First Impressions: Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Mask

First Impressions: Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Mask

It’s been pretty hard to miss these gorgeous Herbivore Botanicals products all over Instagram and I’ve been dying to know what all the hype was about. So I finally gave in and bought the Blue Tansy Mask and Lapis Oil Duo! And because I’m always up for some exfoliating, I went for the Blue Tansy Mask first.

Prior to using the mask, I had no idea what Blue Tansy was, so I did some digging. Like all Herbivore Botanicals products, the mask is made with natural, food-grade ingredients and is cruelty free. Blue Tansy is a Moroccan chamomile whose terpenes (like that sticky stuff you find on conifer trees) are naturally blue and supposedly smell really sweet. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (the way most chamomile’s do) and because it’s so aromatic, it can help your body regulate hormones and de-stress. And in addition to the Blue Tansy, this is an exfoliating mask that contains both AHA’s and White Willow Bark (a naturally occurring BHA) so it’s great for inflamed or acne-prone skin.

I decided to patch test this only on my left cheek for the first time because that’s where my texture issues are. Despite the vibrant blue color of the mask, it’s basically clear when you apply a thin layer to your face.

Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Mask Lapis Oil Levitate BeautyI can definitely attest to the aromatic qualities of the blue Tansy ingredient. The mask smells different, but not bad. It’s a very herbal, somewhat sweet scent. The box says you may feel slight tingling sensations, but I didn’t experience any tingling at all.

I chose to leave it on for 10 minutes the first time to make sure I didn’t have any reactions to it, but you can leave it on for up to 20. After time was up, I wiped it off with a wet cotton round as directed. It wiped off very easily and I was left with glowing, baby smooth skin!

So far I really enjoy it as a luxury feel-good product and for the soothing smell and benefits of the Blue Tansy. Plus, I’m a sucker for pretty packaging! But if you’re on a budget and looking for a similar exfoliating mask, try out the Deciem AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution.

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Keep an eye out for a mini-review of the Lapis Oil later this week! And as always, don’t forget to subscribe and follow me on Instagram @Levitate.Beauty for daily skincare updates and reviews.

Adding Vitamin C To Your Routine

Levitate Beauty Sunday Riley ceo

Normally I keep my morning skincare routine pretty simple: splash my face with water, apply moisturizer, and finish up with sunscreen before starting my makeup. But recently I introduced vitamin c into my routine in the form of Sunday Riley C.E.O. (which is arguably their most instagrammed product). My skin has visibly benefited from this addition within a few short weeks! My skin looks more glow-y and my hyperpigmentation has gotten lighter within the short time I’ve used it.

What are the benefits?

If you read my post about Skincare Mistakes, you’ll remember that I recommended vitamin c as a safe alternative to using citrus on your face (which can be quite harmful to your skin).

Vitamin C has so many great benefits including:

  • Reduction of inflammation
  • Promotion of collagen production (making your skin firmer and more youthful looking)
  • Brightening of skin tone and reduced appearance of pigmentation
  • There is also some evidence that it reduces the damage caused by UV light exposure. So it’s a great addition you your routine along with (but not instead of) sunscreen. Just to be incredibly clear here: you absolutely still need sunscreen. Every day. Don’t skip this step!

So What Is Vitamin C Exactly?

Levitate Beauty Sunday Riley ceo derma Doctor Kakadu c

Vitamin C serums can come in different forms: L-ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate and THD ascorbate. L-ascorbic Acid is most common because the most vitamin c research has been done on it (Paula’s Choice states this as the reason they only use L-ascorbic acid).

Sunday Riley, however, uses what they call the “gold standard of vitamin c”: THD Ascorbate. THD Ascorbate is supposed to be more “lipid soluble” meaning it penetrates the skin better than many other forms of vitamin c that are water soluble and can’t penetrate the lipid barrier to reach the dermis. Reaching the dermis is important because this is where collagen is made.

When Do You Use It?

Cosrx Low ph good morning cleanser Biore Uv aqua rich sunscreen levitate Beauty

After patch testing successfully, start introducing it every other day and slowly increase if you want to. Because it helps prevent UV damage I choose to use it every morning, rather than at night. I added it to my morning routine in the following order: Splash with water (or cleanser), Sunday Riley CEO, Moisturizer, sunscreen.

Which Vitamin C Should You Choose?

While I’m currently using Sunday Riley’s CEO, there are so many different brands to choose from. However, when purchasing vitamin c, it’s important to remember that it should come in an opaque or dark tinted bottle, as prolonged exposure to air and light can make it ineffective (unless it comes as a powder, in which case it’s stable enough to see sunlight).

Here are some of my recommendations:

Sunday Riley CEO ($85) –

 sunday riley ceo Vitamin c serum

Drunk Elephant C-Firma ($80) –

C-Firma Day Serum Airless Pump Drunk Elephant

Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster ($49) –

Paula’s choice c15 vitamin c serum booster

Clinique Fresh Pressed Vitamin C Booster Set of 4 ($79) –
Clinique Fresh Pressed Vitamin C Daily Booster, 4 vials

Budget-friendly pick:  The Ordinary 100% L-ascorbic Powder ($5.80) –

The Ordinary Deciem Vitamin C L-ascot if Acid Powder

Do you use Vitamin C in your routine already? What’s your favorite?

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How My Facial Roller Changed My Life

From Skeptic To Believer

I have to admit, I was pretty skeptical of facial rollers for a while. They always seemed like a silly, unnecessary luxury. But now that I have one I can’t imagine not using it!

A few weeks ago I had my first facial and the face massage part felt SO relaxing that I finally gave in and bought my own roller. I’ve only ever seen jade and rose quartz facial rollers before, but I searched specifically for an amethyst roller because, back when I used to read about crystal healing, I read that amethyst (a type of quartz) is really beneficial for acne due to its cleansing and detoxifying effects. It’s also a crystal used often in meditation to clear the mind of negative thoughts, stress, and anxiety. And whether you believe in crystal benefits or not, there’s no denying that amethyst rollers are a gorgeous addition to your shelfie!

In any case, the internet is magic. A quick Amazon search showed that amethyst rollers are in fact a thing! I got mine from Peace Essential on Amazon for $25USD.

Facial Roller Benefits

Before buying it, I decided to take a minute to look up the various benefits of facial rolling and here’s what I found:

  • It boosts blood circulation and reduces swelling making it useful for puffy eyes/face and dark under eye circles.
  • It smooths fine lines and wrinkles.
  • It can help your skincare products penetrate deeper into your skin.

Once it arrived in the mail, my first question was “where in my routine do I use it?” and my second question was “Is there a proper way to use it?”

When To Use Your Facial Roller

From what I can tell you can use it at any point in your routine! Some people use it immediately after cleansing and others at the very end of their routine. My preference is to use it over my sheet mask.

I’m not always the most patient person and after putting on a sheet mask I always find myself wondering what the hell I’m supposed to do while I wait. Enter the facial roller. Now I just slap on a mask and roll away! By doing this, you’re simultaneously giving your face a relaxing massage and helping the sheet mask essence penetrate into your skin. I find this especially helpful when the fit of a mask isn’t great, as I can just roll over to make sure the product is sinking in evenly.

How To Use Your Facial Roller

First things first, let’s talk about where to store your facial roller. It seems that most people store theirs in the fridge to make sure it’s extra cold and soothing. I tried that once and it was too cold for me personally (I mean, it’s still basically winter in New York!) but this is probably a great option for summer. I find that the roller already gets cool enough in my chilly apartment.

Secondly, it turns out there is a proper way to use it. You should use it from the inside of your face out. Start from each of these points (on each side) and follow through toward the direction of your temple:

  1. Jawline
  2. Middle of your lips
  3. Corner of your nose
  4. Under each eye
  5. Over each eye
  6. Over each brow
  7. Over the forehead

Each time, making sure to roll toward your temple. After you’ve massaged each area a few times, you can move onto your neck, starting from the top and moving toward your collarbone each time.

Now that I own a facial roller, there’s no turning back. I use it every night and have seen so many benefits already. But the biggest and most important benefit for me is: it feels amazing! I tend to grind or clench my teeth throughout the day or furrow my brows when I get stressed or if I’m concentrating. It’s such a great feeling to come home from work and massage those muscles Now that I’m addicted, what other skincare tools do I need to add into my routine?

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Dr. Jart+ Transfoam Clay

PRODUCT REVIEW: Dr. Jart+ Transfoam Clay

A few weeks ago I bought the Dr. Jart+ Transfoam Clay Mask Set! It comes with 3 different masks (Calming, Moisturizing, and Refreshing) which makes it a great set for multi-masking! The cool thing about these masks is when you rinse them off they transform (or “trans-foam,” if you will) into a foamy cleanser that’s supposed to wash away oil and dirt.

The packaging also says it can remove base makeup but I’d say this should NOT replace your makeup remover. I’d stick to using my normal Micellar Water and cleanser first.

I chose not to multi-mask because my skin has just been generally dry all over, so I pulled out the Moisturizing Pink mask and went for it. I let it dry for 3 minutes (as the instructions recommend). When I rinsed, it did foam like a cleanser which was cool!

After rinsing, I wouldn’t describe my skin as feeling hydrated, but the mask was significantly less drying than my normal clay masks which I loved. I’ll definitely continue to use it throughout this winter over my Queen Helene mask which feels too drying right now. I’d say this is a great mask for oily or combo skin.

I have been able to try the other two masks over the past few days and here’s what I thought:

White (Calming)

My skin wasn’t irritated when I used this so I feel like I can’t have a fully accurate review of it yet. But it did feel nice on my skin and when I rinsed my skin felt smooth and it does contain chamomile which is a calming ingredient.

Green (Refreshing)

This one felt very similar to Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Mask. It has somewhat of a cooling/tingly/minty feel to it. My face felt a bit dry after using it so be sure to follow it up with a moisturizer or a sheet mask! I’d recommend it for oily or combo skin.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I wouldn’t let these replace my normal cleanser, but I did like them a lot as masks! They felt much gentler than other clay masks I’ve tried and I liked that they dried within 3 minutes, so it’s not as much of a time commitment. My favorite was the pink hydrating one because it didn’t leave my skin feeling dry – I have a feeling I’ll be using that one the most!

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Product Review: Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Masque

Product Review: Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Masque

It’s been a while since I’ve posted! I’ve been a bit overwhelmed with balancing the blog and Instagram with my day job. But I’m coming back with a plan and I’m stronger than ever 💪🏽 Get ready for more consistent posts from me!

So let’s talk Skincare! If there’s anything you should know about me it’s that I adore drug store products. Up until this past May I was in college and I didn’t have much of a budget for skincare, so for a long time I would only buy from CVS and I found a routine that really worked for me.

Now that I have a full-time job, I’ve had fun playing around and experimenting with different products but I still find myself going back to a lot of my drug store stuff because it works! One of my favorite masks is Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Mask, which I’m actually wearing as I type this. I bought it on Amazon for about $5, but I’ve seen it in places like Family Dollar for as low as $3!

This mask has been a miracle for my oily, acne-prone skin. It’s a clay mask with a bit of sulfur in it, which is beneficial for killing bacteria, drawing out oil, and exfoliating the top layer of your skin, making it ideal for acne-prone skin types. I tried to find out the exact percentage of sulfur content in the mask, but my search only gave me results of other people asking the same question with no answers. In any case, it seems like it’s enough sulfur to help out my skin!

The mask has a minty smell that I find really pleasant – however, some people are sensitive to fragrance so be sure to patch test if you decide to try it out. Most times I use it as a spot treatment mask, but every now and then I’ll apply it all over my face if I’m experiencing extra-oily skin or a big breakout.

The most satisfying part of this mask is that, as it starts to dry, you can see dark-green spots where the mask is “pulling out” oil from your skin. Today, that was mostly on my chin, around my nose, and anywhere I had pimples. After about 10-15 minutes, the mask is completely dry and ready to rinse off with warm water. Less is more when it comes to this mask – it’s really thick and you don’t want to have to wait 30 minutes for the mask to fully dry.

I highly recommend using a moisturizer in your routine after using it, and maybe even following it up with a hydrating sheet mask, because my skin does feel a bit dry when I rinse it off. If you already have very dry skin, maybe stick to using it as a 5-minute spot-treatment rather than all over your face.

I only use this mask about once every other week, because I find it too drying to use more often than that. But everyone’s skin is different, so just pay attention to what works best for you, whether that’s using it more or less often than I do.

Overall, I really love this mask and can’t think of any complaints other than it’s really hard to squeeze the product out of the bottle. But I’ll put up with it, because the benefits are more than worth it!

Comment below and tell me! – what are some of your favorite drug store products to use?