Activated Charcoal is the current rave in beauty spaces. Many bloggers have been singing its praises about its amazing results so we here at Fontana Beauty Vibes decided to try it for ourselves. Activated Charcoal is available in soaps, masks and capsule form. My skin has been experiencing sporadic breakouts so I wanted to really see what kind of results I would get. For this review I tested the Bel Espirit Activated Charcoal mask and soap.
Activated Charcoal Mask
Initially when I heard about activated charcoal I imagined it having a very strong obnoxious smell. I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this mask and it was the complete opposite. It had a very faint charcoal smell that was not overwhelming. I applied it in thick layers all over the perimeters of my face and made sure to avoid my eyes. After a few minutes the mask began to dry. I felt a pulling sensation as if the product was lifting particles from my skin. My face really seemed to tighten up and I could barely move the muscles in my face. Following the activated charcoal mask fully drying I rinsed with warm water.
So did it work?
Well immediately after rinsing, my face felt really smooth. However I noticed there was a lot of white particles that surfaced on my face which would explain the pulling sensation I experienced. So in that sense it did work because it removed the impurities from my skin. I recommend using a facial moisturizer as you will experience dryness.
I used the soap consistently for one week so that I could be able to give a fair review and it has fast become my new fave. Over the course of one week there has been a noticeable change in my skin. My acne is slowly clearing up and overall my skin feels softer and smoother.
To be honest when I decided to test these products, I was thinking to myself that this was just another trend and I had little confidence that it would work for me. Turns out I may have found the perfect solution to all my acne troubles.
It’s no secret that finding “Your True Shade” for many black women can be an extremely difficult task that is quite frustrating. Dianne Plummer knows this struggle all too well and she exemplifies what it means to use a challenge as an advantage. Fontana Beauty Vibes had a little chat with Dianne. Here’s what she had to say:
Why did you decide to create “Your True Shade”?
Your True Shade (YTS) inception was actually out of a personal need as it started while I was studying engineering in Stockholm. I have very sensitive skin, and as a black woman who was living in Northern Europe, it was difficult to find products that could match my skin tone as well as not irritate my skin. As a result, I decided to use my background in chemical engineering to create my own line of makeup and skincare products, and that is how YTS was born. Now back home in Jamaica, I want to share this secret with you. My vision for YTS is for it to be the leading cosmetics brand of the Caribbean and its diaspora.
What’s the biggest challenge you have had to face being an entrepreneur?
The biggest challenge I faced was getting persons to actually believe in the brand Your True Shade and actually want to purchase a product that is just as good as an international brand and even healthier for the skin. However, once someone sits in the chair and tries our foundation, they quickly accept that it is a good product.
Why should women support Your True Shade?
Your True Shade is a brand for those who want to take better care of their skin while having that flawless finish. Supporting Your True Shade is a positive direction towards healthy skin. Its made by a woman who understands the different skin tones in addition to the chemistry of makeup and skincare, as a result will ensure that the best ingredients are used. Wear your true shade.
What do you enjoy most about being an entrepreneur?
The best thing about being an entrepreneur is being able solve someones problem through our products and services and this is normally followed by a smile from our clients when they find their true shade.
What’s the single most valuable advice you wish someone had given to you when you just started out?
I have been an entrepreneur for about two and a half years and now I have learnt that following your “gut” is very important and can save a lot of time.
You can find the entire makeup line “Your True Shade” at Fontana Pharmacy’s Kingston and Montego Bay locations or you can order online at fontanapharmacy.com.
Hello there Beauty Vibers!
Happy new year!!
Am I the only one feeling like we’ve been in 2017 for a while now?! Just the other day we were popping champagne, ringing in the new year and now it’s almost spring!
The times of dark, vampy looks are almost over and I am absolutely ready to take on the bright, bold and pastels that come along with Spring. But what do we do until then? We embrace the transition!
Here are a few tips for the transition.
Liquid or cream foundation
Choose liquid or cream foundation to keep your skin moisturized! If you have oily skin, that’s not a problem, you still need to stay moisturized.
My go-to foundation now is the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless. If you’re more for a Dewy look then give the Maybelline Fit Me Dewy and Smooth. I have normal skin, for the most part and I tend to get oily throughout the day and this foundation set with a loose powder, like the Sacha Buttercup powder, the Mary Kay translucent powder or the Black Opal Deluxe loose setting powder, keeps me looking great throughout the day- often only getting a bit shiny towards the end of the day.
Mix up your nail polish!
Right now at Fontana you can get Pink Princess Nail Polishes for 50% off! Yes! 50% off!
This nail polish brand carries beautiful spring-ready nail polishes. Try out a few of the colours!
Bold and beautiful lips!
So before we even get into putting on lipstick, during this dry and cold time, we need to keep these lips moisturized. Before applying lipstick, exfoliate to get rid of any dry patches and dead skin.
Mix a little brown sugar with some honey or olive oil and apply to your lips; wipe with a wet cloth and voila! Apply a little lip moisturizer / balm and then apply your lipstick.
Pink Princess Lipsticks are also on 50% while supplies last so you need to go get them before they run out!
These are just a few ways I’m getting ready for spring!
Share your thoughts! Comment below!
Dry, chapped lips are the worst! No one wants crusty looking lips and I am here for you if you’re not about that life!
So you’ve decided to take the plunge. You’re not sure what the results will be, but you’ve decided to give it a try regardless. Not ready to jump in? Maybe you should transition? Continue Reading
I am a big fan of Irie Rock products, why? Because they work!
I’ve been using Irie Rock skin care products for about a year now and these products work well on my skin, so when I saw that they released a new product, I just had to give it a try!
The Irie Rock Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Clarifying Acne Masque is the newest product in their Tea Tree & Witch Hazel line. The masque has antiseptic and anti-acne properties that helps to “undo damage” leaving your skin looking and feeling amazing. The Glycolic and Salicylic acid work on exfoliating the skin, while the Bentonite Clay pulls impurities and detoxes the skin, leaving your skin feeling really soft.
This masque has a liquid consistency; the thing I love about the packaging of this product is the fact that it has a pump, which limits the mess usually associated with masques.
I cleanse my skin before applying the masque then apply one pump to each section of my face, smoothing the masque over my skin. Upon applying the masque I could feel my skin tingling, which I suspect is from the tea tree and witch hazel, along with the peppermint. Unfortunately this masque is harsh and I notice that effect after about a minute after applying the masque to my skin as my eyes began to water a little. This sensation lasts for a short time, after which the masque starts to dry on the skin. I leave the masque on for about 30 minutes, by this time it is dry and my face is a little tight. I then remove the masque either with warm water, rinsing it from my face or with a warm wash cloth, which easily removes all the product from the skin.
After removing the masque, my skin felt great. I believe applying this masque to a new pimple will help to dry up the area and possibly reduce any redness and swelling which may be associated with acne.
There is no fragrance added so this is not a ‘sweet smelling’ product. What you will smell is the tea tree oil and witch hazel, making this product smell quite similar to the Irie Rock Tea Tree and Witch Hazel toner.
Give it a try and let me know what you think by commenting below!
Inna di lataz,
Hello Beauty Vibers!
Skin care and health is very important to me. Recently, I had a few breakouts in my problem area, which is my right cheek, and for some reason, I went and squeezed and irritated the area, which left me with a lot of dark spots.
I was given the AriClearSkin Acne Treatment System line and because I haven’t used the entire line together, I decided to give it a try. For one week, I included these products into my skin care regimen and consistently used the products to see how they would work and if they would remove the spots.
Personally, I’m not a fan of sulfur and given that I’m not having an acne problem, but a dark spot problem, I decided to use the AriBriteTone cleansing bar instead of using the AriSulfur bar which comes in the acne system.
Unfortunately, I did not document my time using the products, so I will not be able to show you my results. As I said before, I incorporated the Ari products into my regimen, so they were not the only products used, but I replaced many of my usual products with the Ari products. The great thing about this is it is just four steps and it doesn’t take too long.
- Cleanse: I cleanse my face with my favourite cleanser, which is the Irie Rock Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Scrub, just to wash away any makeup or dirt on my skin. This is not something you need to do, this is just my preference. I then follow up with the AriBriteTone bar which I apply to my face as usual then I use a spin brush to wash my face. If you don’t have a spin brush, that’s fine. When you purchase the regular size bar soap you get a cleansing sponge which will work well.
- Tone: I apply the AriToner after cleansing to remove anything that may have remained on my skin after cleansing. This toner closes the pores and brightens the skin. I put the toner on to a cotton pad and then apply to my skin, concentrating on my cheeks.
- Moisturize: After cleansing and applying the toner I apply this lightweight moisturizer and work it into my face, just like I would any other moisturizer.
- Spot treatment: Dab just a little of the spot treatment onto the spots. This is a bit concentrated, so you don’t need to use a lot.
I started to see results two days after I started using these products consistently. The spots started to fade and my skin just looked brighter, not lighter, but brighter. I have a little bit of discolouration and I’ve seen where that is minimized and my skin looks clearer. There were a few spots on my forehead and my left cheek which were barely noticeable which are now gone and the spots on my right cheek are almost gone, will probably be gone by the end of the week.
Please note that results will vary. Using the products consistently has definitely contributed greatly to my results. During my time using the products, I did not make any significant changes to my diet or water intake, nor was I taking any medication.
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