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This or That: Battle of the Mascaras V2 8

This or That: Battle of the Mascaras V2 // Being Leanna

This or That: Battle of the Mascaras V2!

I hope you guys like this little series I’ve been doing called This or That. I really enjoy comparing products to see what’s the best of the best. Today, i’m bringing you two new (to me) mascaras that I’ve been wearing for a month now.

 

Maybelline Lash Sensational $8.99

We all know and love Maybelline. In fact, my all time favorite drugstore mascara was Maybelline’s the Rocket for the longest time. Lash Sensational promises a “full fan” effect.

 

Pacifica Dream Big Volumizing mascara $16.00

Pacifica is a natural beauty brand that’s 100% vegan and pretty affordable. I’d say they’re right smack in between drugstore and high end prices. This was my first ever Pacifica product and I can tell you right now I’ve got a “must try” list about a mile long now.

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Packaging/Wand

Maybelline: Perfectly sized, curved, plastic applicator with 10 layers of bristles in various lengths. Some short and some long. Really looks like it’ll get onto every lash. The rest of the packaging is pretty normal. Pointed on both ends, nothing spectacular.

Pacifica: Has a straight, boring tube except for the sweet unicorn design on the lid! The Pacifica applicator has uniform, plastic bristles and, with the twist of the top of the wand, the bristles contract and become more tightly lined up.

Winner: Maybelline – even though the Pacifica packaging has a unicorn. Sorry!

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Application

Maybelline: Glides on like a dream. Only takes a few swipes. Grabs every teeny tiny lash. A bit of a wet formula. Can be messy on the eyelids (or am I the only one who still gets mascara everywhere?) Only one coat needed.

Pacifica: Glides on like a dream, gets every single lash in a few passes. Works great with just the regular wand but looks even better with the second coat. Drier formula but stickier to help coat lashes.

Winner: Pacifica, even though it does require a second coat I prefer the more dry formula.  

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Appearance

Maybelline: Eyelashes for days. Every single lash is coated and fanned out perfectly. The head of the wand really helps to fan out the lashes and the formula holds a curl. Lengthens just a tad but the volume is really dramatic.

Pacifica: Really lengthens and volumizes without looking spidery. Holds a curl well but doesn’t curl the lashes itself. Because of the two coat process i’d say it’s definitely more voluminous than the Maybelline. Very dramatic without being crazy.

Winner: Maybelline – The perfect fanned out lashes just can’t be topped in my opinion.

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Length of wear

Maybelline: Great all day, no issues with this flaking. I attribute that to the wetter formula. It does wear off at the ends by the end of the day. On days I work out right after work i’ll have some smudges under my eyes.

Pacifica: Doesn’t move all day. No flaking, no fading, no smudges under the eyes. I do find that i’ll get a bit of flaking on my glasses lenses but nothing on my face.

Winner: Pacifica

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Removability

Maybelline: Easy peasy but causes a mess while you take it off. Raccoon eyes for sure. I use a micellar water on a cotton pad and this comes right off.

Pacifica: Easy peasy again to remove. Micellar water on a cotton pad and it’s gone in a few seconds. The drier formula seems to help it to make less of a mess all over my face. It sort of comes off in pieces instead of completely dissolving.

Winner: Tie!

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Overall winner?

Maybelline! But, I equally reach for both of these. On days when I just need to quickly apply and go i’ll use the Maybelline. I can usually even get away without having to curl my lashes. Every other day I grab the Pacifica. I do prefer the formula of the Pacifica mascara but the Maybelline one will dry down a bit and I know i’ll be reaching for it more and more. Plus, it’s almost half the cost! What’s not to love?

 

If you’re in the market for a new drugstore mascara, I highly suggest both but for $8.99 Maybelline is your best option!

If you liked this battle of the mascaras post you might also want to check out my other This or That posts:

Battle of the Blushes // Battle of the Cushion Foundations // Battle of the Bronzers // Battle of the Mascaras V1

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Travel Makeup Bag Essentials

Happy Friday everyone! 

This has been in the works for quite some time now. I am obsessed with seeing what people pack on vacations so I thought it was about time that I updated my last travel makeup essentials post! I’ve included all of the travel makeup and skincare I take with me on trips. Some of it always stays the same while others are just whatever sample size I’ve got lying around. The makeup that stays the same is really my tried and true favorites so read on! Remember, traveling is the perfect time to use up those dozens of samples you’ve got lying around!

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Real Chemistry Luminous 3 Minute Peel

Love to do a skin treatment while i’m away. It’s nice to pamper yourself on a trip. This one is quick, easy and effective. If you’ve ever gotten a Birchbox i’m sure you have about a dozen of these samples lying around.

Supergoop CC Cream, Supergoop Eye Cream

You basically need this whole kit from Sephora. I love Supergoop. As a pale person the amount of SPF in their products was enough to sell me but the quality keeps me going back.

Supergoop Lip Screen

This goes perfectly over any lip color or just your lips alone. This is water resistant which is perfect if you’ll be swimming. Glossy and not stick. Perfect for a lip balm plus, it’s got SPF 50.

Dove Cool Essentials deodorant

Use the spray version normally, use the stick version for travel. Lasts all day, even when sweaty. Has a  nice, fresh scent. Also perfect for the car of gym bag. Not travel makeup but essential none the less. 

Pixi Glow Tonic

Another product everyone and their mother raves about. I like it so far, but I haven’t used it enough to form a solid opinion yet. Are you guys a fan?

Harvey Prince Sea Salt Mist

The first sea salt spray that smelled good and not like coconuts. Plus, it gives my second day hair some beach-y vibes. A must have when traveling.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream

I’ve talked about this dozens of times. It’s my go to fall/winter moisturizer. It’s perfect for drier skin and doesn’t go on too thick. Sinks into the skin beautifully

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Possibly the best dry shampoo i’ve ever used. It smells amazing and makes my hair look even better. Perfect for when you’re on a trip and can’t be bothered to wash your hair. For real though, just go to your nearest Sephora and smell it. I need it as a perfume.

Redken Control Addict 28 

Not crunchy at all.  One of my favorite hairsprays because it is so flexible plus it lasts all day and keeps the fly-aways at bay. I have this in a full sized version for at home use.

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Arrow Endure Water-Resistant Mascara

Any mascara sample will do, I generally use trips to grab whatever baby mascara I have lying around to try out. I generally don’t like a bristle brush but the water resistance is super nice when you’re going to a hot climate where you’ll sweat. Love.

The Balm Fratboy blush

The perfect powder concealer. Not too pink, not too coral and it’s matte. I bring it because of the tiny size but I rarely use this at home. I should really pick it up more often.

Benefit That Gal Primer

I only use this on trips. Generally i’m always tired and this brightening primer really gives that extra needed oomph to my skin. Love how well a foundation layers on top of this.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil – Demolition

If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time you know this is my holy grail eyeliner. It goes everywhere with me. Doesn’t smudge in my water line and doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil – Milk & French Fries

I’ve loved these for years. They’re so inexpensive and they are so easy for the lazy girl like me. I use milk as a highlighter and french fries all over my lid. Done and done!

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Benefit Stay Don’t Stray

Not the best eyeshadow primer i’ve ever used but it definitely does the job and you need an eyeshadow primer if you’ll be using those NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils.

Benefit Posietint

There isn’t much I haven’t tried at Benefit and I love almost everything I try, especially the Posietint blush. It’s the perfect light, pink stain that lasts all day. It’s almost a gel formula so it really sinks into the skin beautifully.

Hey Honey Trick and Treat Concealer

I got this as a sample forever ago and I really adore it. This really conceals any dark circles I have plus it’s a good consistency for any redness on my skin so you don’t need to bring 2 concealers on your trip. It’s got Vitamin E which my skin adores.

Dr. Jart Premium Beauty Balm

I’ve talked about this before too. I prefer a BB or CC cream generally and this is one of my favorites. It comes with me because i’ve got a sample size but any BB or CC cream will do.

Benefit The Porefessional 

My favorite primer ever. I don’t go anywhere without this. Minimizes my pores and keeps me shine free.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

Everyone went crazy over this last summer and i’m still obsessed. Hence why it’s one of the only full sized products in my travel bag. Love the color, love that it has the right amount of sheen. Hate the scent but I think i’m the only one.

Perfume samples

You know you have about a million of them. Traveling is the perfect way to use them up. My favorite perfumes are from Fragonard and I just keep randomly getting samples in the mail. Not mad about it.

Not pictured: Makeup wipes! Those babies are my best friend when i’m on vacation. I always take a pack of whatever I have lying around to take off all my makeup. 

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PHEW is anybody still around? If so, a huge congratulations to you. I hope you had a snack or something.

I was really excited to write up this post because I love to see what people take in their travel makeup bags when they go away on vacation. It gives me all sorts of ideas! I wrote a travel makeup post years ago, feel free to check it out and giggle along with me at how bad it was. Ps- Although some of those products are the same, I promise the ones I have now are all new. I wrote a whole post about how long to keep makeup and skincare products for if you need a handy guide of when to toss your old stuff!

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This or That? Battle of the Blushes 19

This or That? Battle of the Blushes // Being Leanna

This or That: Battle of the Blushes

I’m trying to bring this back as a series. If you’ve been here any length of time you may remember my other This or That posts: Bronzers, Foundations and mascara! Today, i’m bringing you blushes! And not just 2, this is a comparison of 4 of my favorite blushes. So, before we start this battle, let’s introduce the contenders.

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Cargo Water Resistant Blush in Los Cabos $26.00 for .11oz

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NARS Blush in Deep Throat $30.00 for .16oz

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Benefit Rockateur Blush $29.00 for .17oz

This or That? Battle of the Blushes // Being Leanna

NYX Cosmetics Ombre Blush in Soft Flush $9.99 for .28oz

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Packaging:

Each of these 4 blushes have vastly different packaging which makes this pretty difficult to chose the best.

Cargo- Metal, compact tin. Easy for travel.

NARS- Using their signature rubberized packaging that is amazing and easily recognizable but also gets insanely dirty. I definitely used some makeup remover for this picture.

Benefit – Again in the signature box packaging. Very fancy, but also very clunky in terms of size.

NYX – Thin and sleek packaging but it’s as large as the palm of my hand.

Winner: Cargo

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Application/Blendability:

Cargo- The silky texture of this blush is easily picked up by a blending brush and can be applied effortlessly with a light hand. This blends in beautifully if you don’t have too much product on your brush. You definitely do not need to swirl your brush around in this as it is very pigmented.

NARS- This blush has an incredibly silky feel and is definitely the most finely milled powder of the bunch. It’s fine texture easily melts into the skin and applies sheer but can easily be built up to a rosey hue without looking like you’ve got too much blush on.

Benefit- Almost a creamy texture if you can believe it. The packaging creates a nice barrier in which to swirl your brush in to get as much product as possible. The creamy texture blends into the skin flawlessly and almost acts as a cream blush. Are the other Benefit blushes like this? Let me know your favorite Benefit blush below!

NYX Cosmetics- You might have assumed that because of the lower price point this wouldn’t blend or apply as well as it does. I am pleasantly surprised at the quality of this blush, especially with how well it applies. Definitely use a light hand and be sure to tap off any excess as this is a very pigmented blush that is super powdery.

Winner: Tie between Cargo and NARS

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Pigmentation/Appearance:

Cargo – Depends on the shade but this coral/tangerine shade is incredibly pigmented and it’s perfect for spring/summer. You definitely do not need to swirl your brush around in this as it is highly pigmented, a few taps in the product and you’re good to go. Lasts all day but is definitely not “swimmable” as it claims.

NARS – Very sheer but easy to build up without looking cakey on the skin. Orgasm is the usual favorite shade but I prefer the more blush pink of Deep Throat. It’s a beautiful natural looking flush with a hint of shimmer. Flatters all skin tones.

Benefit- The very sheer coverage does require some more swishing than all the other brands but the color payoff is fantastic. Because this acts as almost a cream blush I find it lasts longer than all the other brands. Plus, who doesn’t love rose gold?

NYX- Huge color payoff and pigmentation with little product needed. Because this is so pigmented you need to be careful to not apply too much. This lasts moderately well throughout the day but if I don’t touch it up it’ll be gone by dinner time. Have ya’ll tried this ombre blush? 

Winner: NARS

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Removability:

Cargo: Easily removed with soap and water or a makeup wipe.

NARS: Needs a little coaxing with a makeup wipe.

Benefit: Slides right off with some makeup remover

NYX: Usually removes itself but also easily removed with a makeup wipe. 

Winner: NARS- lasts all day and doesn’t fall off your face unless you want it to.

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Overall Thoughts?

Honestly, I love all 4 of these for different reasons. The Cargo is my absolute favorite in the summer because of its coral shade. It’s not waterproof but I do find this works the best when i’m working up a sweat out in the sun. The NARS I’ve been using for years and feel that this is the most flattering blush shade I’ve ever used. This works on any skin tone at any time of the year. Benefit and I have a very strong relationship and I love me my Rockateur blush but i’m falling out of love with it as it gets older. The product is getting flaky and strange, has this happened to anyone else? NYX is good, but not what I grab for on a daily basis. I love this when i’m in desperate need for a bit more color on my cheeks. The NYX blush definitely is the most bang for your buck but I think the Cargo blush is the most value for your money.  

Overall Winner – Cargo!

Question of the Day: Have you guys ever used this blush or any of the other shades? I’d love to know your thoughts! Leave a comment or tweet me!

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Rediscover Your Old Makeup Favorites // Being Leanna

In January I put myself on a three month long spending ban (Month 1 & Month 2) and I told myself i’d start to de-clutter before I bought a house. One of my goals in de-cluttering was to go through all of my makeup and toss what was old or i’d never use. I also wanted to use up as many of the sample sized products as I could. In doing those, I got rid of a ton of stuff! But, I also rediscovered a bunch of favorites that had been hidden away. 

Today I wanted to share with you guys the products i’m loving again to remind you to shop your own collection! You never know what’s hiding in those drawers. I also wanted to share these rediscoveries with you because if I was this excited about rediscovering them than you definitely need them in your own collection!

Seeing as it’s spring now lots of us are doing some spring cleaning so I highly encourage you to go through your makeup stash and take a peek at what’s in there. You never know what you could rediscover! 

Rediscover Your Old Makeup Favorites:

E.l.f. High Definition Powder in Sheer

This lovely powder covers up any oil, looks matte, stays all day. It is a loose powder so it will get everywhere if you’re not careful. Shocked I let this fall by the wayside. For the price, it’s definitely the best powder I’ve used. $6.00

Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel

So good I wrote a post about it before and, it’s my most viewed post! Love this two step process, first you apply the scrub and then come in with the lactic acid gel. It heats up and feels amazing on the skin. Wash it clean and it literally gives you the smoothest skin ever. My winter skin could have really used this. $72.00

Rimmel Wake Me Up Anti-Fatigue Foundation

Seems to not be available anymore but they have it in a BB cream. Then again I bought this in England so maybe it was never available here? You can find it on Amazon or the BB cream at Ulta. This foundation has a dewy finish without being too shiny. I have fairly oily skin so it’s saying a lot if I don’t think this is greasy looking. Love the finish and staying power. $6.99

Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in Peachy Dream

I’m starting to wonder just how old my makeup is? I did a huge cleanout not too long ago and tossed anything I didn’t think was good anymore. This isn’t sold either, can be found on Amazon though. Honestly, any peach/coral blush is a favorite of mine. Why I ever stopped using this is beyond me but i’m so happy it’s back. 

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Elizabeth and James Nirvana in Black and White

Mini rollerballs are the best for traveling or keeping in your purse. Or your car which is where I found mine recently. #oops These two scents are amazing. They’re a bit musky which I love. The white is more of a day time scent while the black is more for night time. The best part is that they can be layered for an even more amazing scent. $25.00 

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy

Best eye brightener around. I’ve mentioned before that I get super dark circles if I haven’t been sleeping well and this really counteracts that. It can be easily layered under any concealer without creasing which is obviously really important. If you need an under eye brightener, this is it. The stainless steel tip is also insanely cooling and refreshing on tired eyes and puffiness. Win win. $36.00 

Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment

If you’re looking for a balm (bomb, get it?) tinted lip balm this is the one you need. Best lip balm/moisturizer ever. It’s one of the few tinted lip balms that I actually enjoy, most tinted balms tend to not be moisturizing. And it smells amazing. Pretty pricey at $24.00 (I have a mini) but I only break this out on days where my lips really need help. The color is gorgeous and there are 12 shades!

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Maybelline The Rocket Volum’ Express in black

My favorite drugstore mascara. I always have a backup on me ready to go but i’ve been trying to use up the 5 other open mascaras I have *no shame*. The formula is amazing, really adds volume without clumping. I’m blessed to have super long lashes but they don’t curl or look very thick and this mascara really helps. If you’re looking for an amazing, inexpensive mascara, this is for you. $6.99

Makeup Eraser

Bought it, loved it, went on a micellar water and makeup wipe binge and now i’m back to it. Love it, works well, easy to clean, does stain pretty easily with mascara though. If you haven’t tried it, it’s pretty great. Promise. $20.00 

 

Bhcosmetics Contour and Blush palette

This is really inexpensive for the amount of product you get. I highly suggest it for anyone who wants some color variety but doesn’t want to break the bank. Not the best quality but it does last well on top of foundation. Very pigmented so you’ll only need a small amount. $10.99

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Batiste Dry Shampoo in Original

Love the original formulation, works well, does what it says and it’s super cheap at $7.99 a bottle. I got a dozen different dry shampoos in my Birchboxes and I had been trying to use those up. Now that they’re all gone I went and grabbed my Batiste instead of buying one of the samples I had. That’s saying a lot!

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Fairest Glow

I’m very fair and you can always see my veins so, in the summer, if I haven’t gotten a little tan I always spray this on before heading out. It’s perfect for work so I can get away without stockings and it’s perfect for those short shorts that show off a lot of leg. I haven’t had any issues with this coming of which is a huge bonus. If you aren’t great with fake tanner (me) you need this in your life. It’s 300x easier. $12.99

Dr. Jart+ Beauty Balm

$39.00 This is the first BB cream I bought and i’m still in love with it. I always forget how great it is on my skin and how well it holds up throughout the day. The spf 45 is the biggest winner for me, it’s the perfect summer foundation when you’re looking for light/medium coverage.

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Two of the lip products you see in the pictures above got tossed a few days after I took these pictures. When looking up links for you guys I noticed that neither product had been sold in quite some time so I trashed them. Don’t want to be using old products on my face!

Question of the day: Have you ever done a search through your collection and discovered some new favorites? If not, now’s the time! 

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The Eye Mask You’ve Been Searching For 10

The Eye Mask You've Been Searching For // Being Leanna

Oh hey guys! Do you remember me? It’s been a little over a week but I feel like I’ve been gone ages. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I went to Philadelphia last weekend for the first time! I thought it would be a nice relaxing weekend with plenty of time for blogging. Nope. I was out all day for the whole long weekend and did 0 blogging. Hence my disappearance. But, I did actually use my Snapchat (BeingLeanna) if you follow along you’ll have seen snippets of my adventures!

I’ll be posting about Philadelphia soon but in the meantime i’m bringing it back and talking about my second favorite topic, skincare. Boy oh boy this winter did my skin in. I’ve been doing everything in my power to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate and have found some excellent products. You all know my love of masks so today, i’m talking all about this amazing eye mask I discovered the VII code O2M Oxygen Eye Mask. It’s a mouthful but I promise it does wonders. 

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VIIcode O2M Oxygen Eye Mask

I have tried out many an eye mask in my day. As someone who suffers from dark circles I’m willing to trying anything with promises of making them better. This company reached out to me and offer to send me a box and I happily agreed. I had never tried an eye mask quite like this before. If you’re looking to step up from just an eye cream, keep on reading!

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Does It work?

The VII Code mask is an 8 hour, overnight treatment which is different from any other sheet mask I’ve tried. As a person who sleeps on their stomach I was very skeptical that these would even stay on my face that long. Luckily, I was proven wrong in my first night of wearing these. The eye masks are made up of a gel-like material which feels insanely comfortable on your skin. Think of those gel insoles for your shoes, but for your face. Cushy and comfy in all the right places. 

Needless to say after my first night I was hooked but I would never write a review without a full and thorough test so I used these as directed until my box was empty. You’re supposed to apply the mask two to three times per week and there are 6 masks per box. I used this for three weeks. VII Code does say that three boxes is a full “treatment” but I had results after just one use. I can’t comment about it’s claims to help crows feet or fine lines but I can say that I saw an immediate reduction in my dark circles and after continued use the puffiness under my eyes has mostly disappeared.  

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Pros:

//These actually stick to your eyes! I can’t tell you how many eye masks I’ve tried that slip down my face because they have so much product in them. The gel texture really keeps a firm hold without being stiff or uncomfortable.

//Stomach sleepers can wear these! As I mentioned before I was hesitant but I was definitely proven wrong. I expected these eye masks to wander around my pillow case but they stayed put. 

//They actually reduce under eye circles. Really. The ingredients in these eye masks combined with the wear time really seem to be doing the trick. They don’t dry out as you sleep and you barely even notice they’re there. 

Cons:

//They’re expensive. They currently retail for $55 on Amazon making them a tad over $9 per mask. If you don’t have under eye issues these probably aren’t the eye masks for you.

//If you need to re-position them they don’t stick as well. This isn’t really a big deal, just make sure you get them in a good spot on the first try. Close to the eye socket but not too close where it’s annoying. 

Overall:

I’ll definitely buy another box or two of these to get the “full treatment” in and see if there is any lasting effects. I really enjoy pampering myself and these sure do feel like a treat. I highly suggest popping them in the fridge before applying for an extra cooling effect. Paring these up with my favorite pampering products really feels like a luxury some nights. If you’re in the market for a great feeling eye mask, this is definitely for you!

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Have any of you tried these masks? What is your favorite eye mask, i’d love to try it out!

 **This product was sent to me for review, however, all thoughts and opinions are always my own. No affiliate links were used. 
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