Review: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

Review: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

Happy Tuesday, lovelies! It’s gorgeous outside in SoCal :) soaking it up until the rain comes this weekend. 

This is my first review in a while! I guess I haven’t been inclined to post one in a bit because I haven’t come across a new product that I fell in love with or totally hated. I’m going to try to post more on here! Promise! There are new and exciting things happening beyond Let’s Talk Pretty, and I’ll be sharing them with you all soon enough ;)

About the product:

  

This mask is free of any parabens, sulfates, and phthalates (whatever that is). This product is made with active charcoal and white China clay (so fancy). I have been using Origins Night-a-mins oil-free moisturizer and enjoy it, so I thought I’d give one of their masks a try. They have tons of masks to choose from, but the pore-cleansing charcoal mask stood out to me. As something with sensitive and temperamental skin, I wanted to make sure that it wouldn’t make my skin freak out. With over 2000 reviews and 4.5 out of 5 stars on Sephora, I thought it would be a good choice. 

The process:

The instructions on the container say to cleanse your face and then open up your pores with a warm towel prior to applying the mask. I took the lazy route and just splashed my face with warm water after cleansing and sort of held my warm palms against my face for a couple seconds at a time. Then I dabbed my face dry with a towel before applying. 

The instructions then say to layer on the mask, let dry, then rinse off. They do not give you an amount of minutes you should have the mask on. I suppose it would depend on how thick you applied the mask. I applied the mask with one layer and then touched it up with another layer. With clay masks, you don’t want to leave them on too long because they will start to draw out the natural oils in your skin. When it had fully dried (it was VERY tight & I couldn’t move my face at all), I rinsed it with warm water and patted dry. 

Results:

After drying my face, my pores felt so tight (in a good way!).. My face had a very nice glow and my skin was squeaky clean and shiny! I applied my usual moisturizer afterwards. This morning, it seems that my my face is still feeling refreshed and my acne marks have reduced a lot. This mask is great too if you’re trying to dry up a pimple! 

In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this product! Like I said before, I have sensitive skin and it still worked amazing for me because it has natural clay ingredients. I found mine on Sephora.com (because I love getting the samples), but they also have the product on the Origins website :)

Thank you all so much for reading! Tell me about another mask you really enjoyed in the comments!

Take care everyone! Xoxo

Hit or Miss | 2015 VMAs Red Carpet

Hit or Miss | 2015 VMAs Red Carpet

Hey there lovelies! First off, thank you for tuning in on this wonderful Monday :) Hope you’re all starting off the week right!

Let’s cut to the VMAs last night. Who watchedβœ‹πŸΌ? I actually did not watch the entire thing πŸ™Š I didn’t have it set to record &, honestly, the whole thing turned out to be bit much anyway lol However, I dug my way through the fashion of the night right away. I must say, I was a little underwhelmed. Anyone else felt/feel this way?? 

Here are some of the celebrity ensembles from last night. Some fab, some fun, and some questionable. 

  Chrissy Teigen: Wifey of John Legend HIT the mark in this black Marchesa gown with stone embellishments. The sheerness of the dress is both soft & sultry. Paired with simple makeup & an effortless updo, she is flawless. 

  Karlie Kloss: This was a huge MISS in my opinion for Kloss. With the exception of side-boob, everything about this look is flat. I’m not saying that she has to show every curve; however, this Louis Vuitton dress does nothing for this beauty. 
  Britney Spears: There’s no doubt that Spears is looking fit & beautiful as always. Buuuuut does anyone else feel like she seems a little robotic? Also, this Labourjoisie dress is a tad reminiscent of a look we’ve seen before? Personally, I would love to see this pop princess in a gown for a change. I know minis are kind of her thing, AND it’s the VMAs, but that’s just me :) Can’t really classify this as a hit or miss. Keep on keeping on, Britney. 
  Vanessa Hudgens: Miss Hudgens stays true to her boho style with this Naeem Khan organza gown. Although this dress has a plunging neckline & ornate details, she dresses it down with braids & long, wavy locks. Keeping with the festival-inspired theme, she layers tons of gold & stone accessories. This look is a total HIT!
  Miley Cyrus: …. I literally can’t even.
  Rita Ora: I’m going to have to say HIT for this one. This edgy, yet whimsical custom made gown was designed by Vera Wang with shoes by Staurt Weitzman. Some are saying that this dress has too much going on, but with her slicked back ‘do & strappy heels, I say she’s a stunner.
  Kylie Jenner: This is another look to add to the HIT list. Kylie shows some leg in her micro-mini Balmain dress. I’m loving that the rest of this outfit leaves her fairly covered. Her silky-smooth hair & bangs seem to reflect a modern Betty Page. Classic, but her makeup gives that signature Kylie vibe. Winning combination. 
  Kim Kardashian & Kanye West: Might as well follow Kylie’s look with her big sister, Kim. Too bad that these two are on my MISS list. Another neutral combination, yet not as successful. Kanye is basically just a mess in this outfit. There’s no better way to say it. I get that he’s a minimalist, but he looks as if he woke up & suddenly decided to attended the VMAs. Kim, like her younger sister, is dressed in Balmain. This caramel, lace-up dress is baby bump friendly, but not figure friendly. The large cargo pockets on her hips exaggerate their wideness & the top of the dress leaves no support for her chest. This is one of the more flattering angles of this dress as well. Sorry, Kimye. Thumbs down. 

 Emily Ratajkowski: I was a bit torn about this outfit. The more I stared, the more I felt like it completely distracted from her gorgeous face. This Altuzarra dress is SO busy already, but then to add the Aristo over-the-knee laced boots.. I’m not sure if this is edgy & strong or just cluttered. Luckily, she is wearing simple makeup, hair, & accessories to balance everything out. Does it really tho? I’m still stumped on this one. I’ve noticed that Emily tends to lean more towards dark or edgy looks, so it would have been nice her see her in a pop of color. 

  Lily Aldridge: This Angel floated her way right onto my HIT list in this sexy yet classy Alaxandre Vauthier Haute Couture gown. Lily is looking flawless & elegant with understated hair & makeup. Her plunging neckline adds some edge to this sleek ensemble. 

  Nicki Minaj: *sigh* I have so much to say about this gown, but I’d rather just say MISS!

  Selena Gomez: I would love to have left the best for last, but sadly, there were slim pickings. This was another look from last night that I was on the fence about. I absolutely love Selena. She’s a doll & a smart girl. I enjoy the subtle sparkle of this Calvin Klein dress with the leather zipper accent. However, I feel it’s a bit too simple. In addition, under the lights of the red carpet, poor Selena’s “pedals” were exposed through the more-than-expected sheerness of her gown. Fortunately, she was able to make a wardrobe change…

  Selena continued to enjoy the event & dance the night away in a fun LBD with zippered slits on both sides. I’m going to put her on the HIT list due to her overall good taste & resilience throughout the evening. 
What was your favorite look?? Is there anyone’s outfit that you felt was a HIT that I didn’t include? Which of Selena’s outfits did you like better? Leave a comment & share your thoughts!

I hope everyone has an amazing week & I’ll see you Friday for your weekly dose of trending fashion! Bye, beauties! πŸ’œ

| Pastel Perfection |

Hello gorgeous!
This outfit I put together for today is everything I’m loving this season. Pastels are everywhere right now, so I definitely wanted to incorporate them. This is the perfect ensemble for a romantic Spring date or a fancy brunch with the girls! Feminine, classy, and so stylish. I wish this was in my closet!! (Although that perfume IS on my vanity :D love it)
Hope you all enjoyed this one!
Until next time!
xoxo
Pastel Perfection

+ Coachella 2015 +

+ Coachella 2015 +

Hello lovelies!

First off, I’m very sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while. Been VERY busy. But enough with the excuses :)

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending Coachella!! It. Was. Amazing. So many awesome and talented performers. Not to mention the outstanding (and sometimes outlandish) fashion! 

For those of you who don’t follow my Instagram (@letstalkprettyblog), you haven’t seen a stitch of any of my outfits from that wonderous weekend! And to those of you that have, I’ll include where I got my pieces :)

Day 1

   

     

We’ll start at the top :) A lot of things I wore are random or unknown brands because I got them from a consignment shop where I work. The shop is called Ritzy Ragz for locals who are interested!

| Hat – Tilly’s | Sunglasses- Unknown | Vest – Unknown | Bikini Top – Express | Lace Shorts – Bar III | Shoes – Bamboo | Jewelry – (rings) Forever21 & H&M, (snake bracelet) Stella & Dot, (necklace) Forever21|

Day 2

   

     

| Flower Crown – Homemade! | Bandeau – found on Ebay | Dress – Free People (found @ Ritzy Ragz for cheap!) | Shoes – Bamboo | Jewelry – (earrings) Francesca’s, (rings) H&M, (bracelets) HM Willow & Free Press |

Day 3

   

   

| Headband – Lane Bryant | Bralette – Full Tilt | Lace Top – Free People | High Waist Shorts – Braxton Jeans | Boots – Wild Diva | Jewelry – (rings) Forever21, (bracelets) Forever21 & Ritzy Ragz |

Hope you enjoyed my festival outfits! I had such a blast putting them together! Hope everyone enjoys their weekend! 

Until next time! Xoxo