Beauty & Fashion

My First Experience Getting a Facial at Ulta

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I’ve been curious about facials and what getting one would be like for a while now.  In March, I took a day off & wanted to make it a pamper day, which meant taking my time shopping and scheduling an appointment!

I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I decided to go with the 20 minute basic facial.  My skincare specialist introduced herself and then we got started!  First, I filled out a card that clarified whether or not I had any allergies, what kind of skincare products I was currently using, what my skin goals were, etc.

One of the questions asked is if you have ever experienced claustrophobia, which is very important to note.  There were multiple times throughout the appointment that my entire head aside from my mouth and nostrils were covered with a towel, which could trigger some major feelings for people who experience that fear.  The first time it happened, I was a little tense but it went away after the initial cover.

She looked the paper over and then decided what would be best to help with my concerns (I said redness and blackheads/gunky pores).  I somehow forgot to mention my super dry skin, but she told me she noticed it right away and was using hydrating products because of it.  She also said that I had some texture in certain areas that was very likely caused by my filled pores.

I’m not sure what exactly she put on my face in the beginning, but there were probably 6 or 7 different products altogether.  The first ones felt like they were exfoliating and probably meant to get the initial layers of stuff off.  In between each product she used a hot towel and rested it over my face for about 10 seconds before wiping it off.  This happened for about three products before we moved on to the big one – a 10 minute mask.

It had menthol in it so it was incredibly cooling – unfortunately I can’t remember exactly what it was meant to help with.  She layered it on and then put three layers of what felt like towels on top.  I assume this was meant to help the product really sink in! It covered my entire face with the exception of my mouth and nostrils.  I sat there for 10 minutes, and between the 2 and 5 minute period, my face felt so cold!  I assume that means it was working.

After that was wiped off, she used a fizzy mask that was supposed to help get the sebum out of my pores.  This stayed on for around 2 minutes, and it definitely tickled!  I told her it felt like it was going all over my face, even though it was just in the targeted spots.

Finally, it ended with a collagen mask that felt very liquid-y and hydrating.  My skincare specialist was wonderful and answered every question I had, which I thought was very kind of her.

Overall, I enjoyed the experience, but I’m not sure that I would do that specific service again.  When I looked closely at my skin, my pores definitely seemed to be cleared out but they were still very apparent.  I also noticed that there were some dry skin flakes peeling off my face the next morning.  I didn’t see as dramatic of a change as I was hoping for, but I think I just had too high of expectations without a specific problem to target.

I think if you were to try this out, I would highly recommend going in with a specific goal in mind – what do you want to see change with your skin?  That will help both you and your specialist make sure you’re getting the results you want!  I did find this experience incredibly relaxing if nothing else.

For my birthday, I scheduled a microdermabrasion appointment, which I was told gets about 6 weeks worth of dead skin off – as a perpetually flaky dry skin gal, this sounds amazing!  I can’t wait, and I’ll definitely share this experience with you all!

Have you ever gotten a facial before?

My First Experience Getting a Facial At Ulta - A Midwest Belle

Books

Books I’ve Read Recently #1

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I’ve decided that instead of doing a monthly wrap up or TBR, I would rather just share my thoughts on the books I’ve read as I finish them, especially because I have spurts of reading a lot and then not reading at all, and so some months may have 1 book read while others have 5.  This will just help balance everything a little better!

The books for this post are from the beginning of the year until the end of February.

Books I've Read Recently #1 - A Midwest Belle

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Recent Beauty Empties | Winter 2019

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A big goal of mine this year was to make it a point to use up what I have while bringing  Ipsy samples in; in total, I wanted to have 65 empties for the year.

I am so happy to say that I’m doing very well in using my stuff up!  This goal has forced me to keep up with a good morning and nighttime routine and I feel like it’s also helping to promote healthy skin for me.

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Loverecipe Acai Berry Sheet Mask & Loverecipe Aloe Sheet Mask – I thought that this was an incredibly average sheet mask.  It didn’t fit super well on my face, so I had to readjust it regularly for the 10-15 minutes it was on.  It was very saturated with the product which was nice, but it ended up dripping down my neck.  I couldn’t tell a distinct difference between either of the masks; they performed essentially the same.

Tony Moly Red Wine Sheet Mask – Another sheet mask that I wasn’t super impressed with!  It was very average.  The fit wasn’t great and had to be adjusted a few times, and I thought it actually burned my face a little, but that could be because the mask was pretty old at that point.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick “Ashton” | Review

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One brand that comes to mind as the pioneer of the matte liquid lipstick trend is Anastasia Beverly Hills! Way back in the day when liquid lipsticks were just becoming a thing, this was one of the original formulas you could find.  Today I wanted to share with you whether I feel like they’ve stood the test of time, or have fallen flat compared to other formulas!

Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick "Ashton" Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: Ashton is described as a “midtone yellow-brown”.  While I find this color really pretty, if you don’t love browns you probably want to skip on this and go for a different color instead.  The yellow undertone might be something that doesn’t work well with other skin tones, so this is definitely a color I’d suggest swatching first!

Packaging: I love how sleek the packaging looks!  The silver tube has ABH’s symbol on the top in black, so it matches the tube and makes it easy to identify among other liquid lipsticks.  I also really enjoy the gold detailing on the top of the tube as well!

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NYX Lip Lingerie “Satin Ribbon” | Review

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When I went into this review, I thought for sure that I wouldn’t love this color and that I would pass it on afterwards because most of the time these shades don’t look good on me, but I was pleasantly surprised!  Because I have such pigmented lips, I’ve always found that pale colors look extremely patchy and weird on my lips, and I’ve always gotten rid of them.  However, I think I’ve found a winner!

Color: Satin Ribbon is an incredibly pale peach nude color that is probably the lightest lip color I own. This is definitely not a color for everyone, because it’s so peachy and pale and could potentially give the look of concealer lips.

Applicator: The applicator is very long compared to most standard liquid lipsticks, as you can see.  This holds enough product to cover both my bottom and top lips with just one side, which is saying a lot!  I’ve found that with most other liquid lipsticks, I have to either dip again or flip sides.  However, since there’s no point at the end of the applicator it’s hard to get a fine line. I personally didn’t have any issue getting a nice application, but it might be difficult for others.

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Huda Beauty Lip Strobe “Mystical” | Review

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As you saw in my Makeup Brands I Want to Try in 2019 post, Huda Beauty is one of the brands that I want to test out this year!  It’s actually funny that I have them on my list, considering I’ve owned something from the brand for over a year, but at least I’m finally getting around to it!  Instead of starting with her liquid lipsticks, however, I’ll be reviewing a lip strobe I got in one of my Ipsy bags.

Color: Mystical is a beautiful purple with blue glitter flecks.  To me, purples always make me feel like my teeth look yellow, and this one is unfortunately not an exception.  However, it is a very unique shade to my collection!

Applicator: The applicator is definitely different compared to others I’ve used so far.  It has a traditional teardrop shape on top, but then tapers to a curved hook.  It’s also incredibly flexible, so it hugs your lips as you apply and makes getting an even line pretty easy.  The applicator holds just enough product to cover one of my lips, so I did have to dip the applicator back in to get more product for the other.

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ColourPop Velvet Blur Lipstick “Lucky Strike | Review

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Today I’m reviewing one of the new products I received from the mystery box Colourpop did a few weeks ago.  This is one of the newest releases from them, and I was so excited to see it, along with their new mascara!  If you’re curious to see what else I got, you can see the other pictures here.

The new Velvet Blur lipstick from Colourpop is described as a “unique matte” that provides a “soft focus, blurring effect”.  In essence, it’s a matte lipstick that doesn’t show texture on your lips!

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Color: Lucky Strike is a midtone neutral pink, and on me it’s a my lips but better color.  The shade has just a touch more pink in it.  It’s definitely a stunning color that would flatter a lot of people.  Depending on the kind of neutral colors you wear, this might feel like a dark shade, so check the lip swatch to see what you think!

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Packaging: Side note: isn’t this packaging absolutely stunning?!  Rose gold is my favorite metal, and the stars on it add such a cute touch to it. The word Colourpop is also etched into the lid of the packaging and is the same color as the small stars.  The shape of the bullet is very traditional to any other lipstick, but there are stars embossed on it as well!

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