The two Christmas surprises mentioned in this post were the two presents that I had personally asked Santa for. I was so excited to unwrap them on Christmas that I used both immediately upon opening them! So here they are!
A curling wand from Remington
I knew that this was what I wanted as soon as I saw it in the store. I didn't even know it had actual pearls infused in the barrel until I read the packaging. I don't really HAVE to own a curling wand made with real pearls, but it sure makes me feel pretty special when using it! The wand came with this nifty glove to protect myself from the heat , and may I say it was definitely a good thing to "have at hand" (lol it's a pun!)
The wand shows you how hot it is and the highest I have set it to is 356 degrees, though I'm sure it goes higher ! the little bars underneath the digits indicate how far your setting is from maximum heat.
So far I have only used it to give myself waves and medium curls but I 'm never patient enough to create the shiny, bouncy curls I pictured having when I first saw the wand. Since I didn't actually read the packaging or pay attention to the directions on the back of the box when I saw it in the store, it's probably fair to say that what made me want it so badly was the color ( I know, I'm hopeless!)
A rice mask from skin food
The second item I asked for was a rice mask wash off from a new store that just opened in the mall. It's called skin food and it basically sells beauty products made with natural ingredients that are beneficial for your body. I have seen their ingredients vary from egg whites to black sugar. Some of the products are unbelievable, like caviar and gold serum or even salmon cosmetics! Of course there's also a bunch of facial masks that use herbs from distant lands with funny names xD !
The purpose of the rice mask is to gently exfoliate (using tiny grains of rice of course!) as well as soften your skin. When I received some samples I completely fell in love with the outcome as well as the fresh scent that is a natural characteristic of the mask. I also loved how only the tiniest bit of product is necessary for the mask to work! This jar is going to last me quite a long time ( the cheap part of me is very happy about this xDD )
The fact is, this stuff is a great skin softener though you shouldn't rely on it to exfoliate and polish like a sugar maks would ( By the way I can do a tutorial on a great sugar mask later...). This is more of a soothing mask that should be applied to a cleansed face before bed so as to allow its nutrients to be absorbed over night. The best results come from allowing the masks to soak in and settle before applying makeup or a cleanser. I wouldn't use this as a moisturizing method before I wear cosmetics or as a cleanser for removing makeup.
If you don't happen to have a rice mask lying around ( or a caviar and gold infused serum!) my best advise would be to apply lotion or some form of a moisturizer to your skin before you go to bed. Our skin uses sleep to replenish and will allow moisture to soak in during this time.
Thanks for reading! :)