New Buys: Clean Pores, No Dark Spots & Ceramides!

I get so excited when I find new things to try out especially when it fits into the confines of what I want/expect when it comes to certain beauty products.  These three new additions have me giddy and I really hope that they don’t let me down.  They are all drug store brands and really affordable, so I’d love for them to become staples.  Check out my initial thoughts and hopes for these products below:

I’m not sure which youtuber I saw mention this product in their monthly favorites video (Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Peel-Off Mask in Cucumber) but I was instantly into the notion of peel off mask that you literally peel off of your skin.  They remind of those biore strips that clear your pores.  So, I went to my local Ulta to pick it up.  I haven’t tested it out yet, but hopefully I’ll find use for this in my skin care regimen.  It’s touted as a “clarifying mask [that] gently peels away impurities while Cucumber Extract leaves your skin smooth and silky.” Cost: $3.99 Have any of you tried this product? How do you like it? How often do you use it?

While picking up the peel above, I decided to try out Freeman’s Facial Enzyme Mask in Pineapple too.  Reading the back of the product it sounds a lot like my favorite at-home chemical/enzyme peel that uses more gentle fruit enzymes to get rid of my dark marks/acne scars (See My Review of Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Peel).  The product description for the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Enzyme Mask in Pineapple says “[t]his enzyme mask, with Pineapple Extract and AHAs, gently exfoliates while it lightly moisturizes, leaving your skin soft, supple and younger-looking.” If this is even half as effective as my PTR enzyme peel, I’ll be happy because it was only $3.99!

Now, THIS is the product that I’m most excited about: L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm.  I’ve been seeing the advertisements for this product and it’s almost like L’Oreal made this product with me in mind.  If you’ve read this post you know that I am drawn to products that contain ceramides.  And here we have L’Oreal letting me know every chance that they get (print advertisements in my fave beauty magazines) that this product contains Ceramides.  The product descriptions says, “Specifically formulated for damaged, over processed, and chemically treated hair.  This intense luxurious reconstructing balm instantly repairs the 5 signs of damage: 1. Split Ends 2. Weak 3. Rough 4. Dull 5. Dehydrated[.]”  Call me gullible but after reading that I was sold.  If I had to compare it to something already in my stash, I’d have to say it’s the Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus.   Comparing the ingredients list and the product descriptions there are some definite similarities between the two.  I’ll try it out in a few weeks and share my initial thoughts on the L’Oreal Balm in one of my “Grow With Me: No Heat Challenge” Updates.  It might have too much protein to really show me it’s greatness without using heat, but I’ll share either way (and do a follow up once I use it with heat).  Cost: $6.99
Have you tried any other these products? What are your thoughts?  Are there new hair or skin care products that you’ve bought recently that you absolutely love or can’t wait to test out? Share below!
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  1. I've tried the cucumber peel. It's in my skin care regimen and I use it once or twice a week. The enzyme mask I have seen before so I definitely want to try that out. Great buys can't wait to see your reviews! !!

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  2. The Loreal repair line is on my list of products to try over the summer and yes those ad's are very inviting. Looking forward to your review


  3. I'm not sure if that product from L'Oreal is in the UK yet but I remember using a product from their Elvive range which had ceramides in. I was so excited when I tried it a couple of years ago after reading about ceramides. The Damage-Erasing balm looks intersting!


  4. I've been seeing the total repair 5 ads a lot and I have every intention of trying some 🙂


  5. I used to use the cucumber peel when I was in high school and I really liked it! It's so convenient to be able to just peel a mask off as opposed to having to rinse, scrub, and rinse some more! I would love it so much if you could do a review of the Freeman's facial as I am a PJ and am already experiencing the urge to go purchase it!


  6. I've revamped my skin care regimen a LOT and am a facial mask junkie and OMG I have been dying for someone (else, lol) to try that L'oreal product, especially since they make the famed Kerastase line.


  7. Thanks, I used the peel a couple days ago and it was very interesting. I definitely had fun with that one. I'll probably use it a couple times a week. Hopefully, my skin agrees with it. Thanks for sharing with me.


  8. Ok, I'm glad it wasn't just me. I will surely be back with a review. If you end up trying it too, let me know what you think of it. 🙂


  9. I vaguely remember that Elvive line, but I never tried anything from it (sadly). Hopefully this Erasing Balm does not disappoint. It looks so good in that little jar.


  10. Oh you like the facial masks, great! I'm waiting to use the enzyme mask because I don't want to introduce too much newness to my skin at once. But after a few weeks with the cucumber peel I will be testing it out. I don't know anything about that product but I'm going to resist the urge to look up info on it. I need to work with what I got before I start scavenging for more, lol. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  11. If you do end up trying it, definitely share your thoughts on it. I'd love to hear!


  12. Yes! I think that's my favorite part. I LOVE peeling it off, lol. I will be sure share my thoughts once I've used them both. 🙂


  13. Lol, I guess I'll be the test dummy on this one. After reading and writing these comments I almost want to give the Erasing Balm a try with tomorrow's wash day, just to see what it's like. …No, I'll wait until next week, I think. 🙂

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