It’s officially wintertime round these parts. December was incredibly warm, seriously, it was ridiculous. Beautiful. Fantastic. But it was ridiculous. And now that we’re headfirst into the month of February, we have been hit with real winter weather and with it, comes real winter skin woes. Masks are an increasingly popular skin care solution and it is not difficult to understand why.  Using a mask is a convenient and direct way of infusing ingredients topically on the skin. Beauticontrol’s Oxygen Infusion Radiance Masque and Exuviance’s Pigment Lifting Masque both deliver promises to enhance and even tone so can using these masks be the key to brighter winter skin?

Bubble masks and sheet masks also just happen to be two of the trendiest masks on the market. Sheet masks are just what you think they would be: all you need to do is unwrap your mask and place it on your face. There are holes for the eyes and nose and mouth so that the mask is easily moldable to the shape of your individual face. The masks are drenched in a serum that can be rubbed into your skin afterward for long-lasting benefits. Bubble masks are delivered in a form that when exposed to the air, oxygenate and bubble on the skin. The infusion of oxygen perks up dull skin and is designed to leave you with a rejuvenated complexion.

The Beauticontrol Oxygen Infusion Radiance Masque is a bubble mask and part of the BC Spa Bright line of products and is designed to be used as a complement to the Spa Bright Illuminating Serum, both pictured below.
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The Oxygen Infusion Radiance Masque is without a doubt, a “you can feel it working” product. The masque is dispensed from an airtight pump (remember, it begins to bubble when exposed to the air!) and you apply a thin, even layer onto clean, damp skin. Within a minute, you’ll begin to feel the mask activating on your skin…literally. All of the sudden you will feel 1000 teeny explosions dancing across your skin’s surface, it feels a bit like a little festival. But on your face. Yeah. Ok, ok… that’s not a thing.

After the bubbles die down and you’ve rinsed the remaining mask off of your face, you’ll be surprised at how smooth and well, bright, your skin looks. The mask is recommended for weekly use or any time that your skin needs a pick-me-up, the results are instant and transformative. When used with the twice-daily Illuminating Skin Serum, you will notice dark spots  from acne and/or hyperpigmentation fading and a smoother skin texture overall. You can get both of these products here.

The Exuviance Pigment Lifting Masque is a sheet mask that promises to do its part in the fight against skin discoloration. The mask feels slightly cool and refreshing once you’ve laid it out on your face so I took more than the prescribed 10 minutes and kept the treatment on my face and laid down. This, unlike the shower-friendly bubble mask, is definitely a “relax and take your time” type of treatment. I wish I could recommend a glass of wine to go with your mask induced chill time but since you really can’t move your face, I will only suggest that you stick with a nice white. #StainsForDays

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The mask gives you an instant moisture boost thanks to the rich, concentrated serum. Once you’ve rubbed the remaining serum in, you are left with undeniable supple skin. The Exuviance’s masks are sold in a set of 6, which mean 6 weeks of this treatment. I was sent this product for review purposes and I am halfway through the box. I’ve been pleased by the results so far and have been able to incorporate it into my existing home spa routine. Man, I am going to be too beautiful to handle soon.

The Verdict

I’ve been using both the SpaBright set and the Pigment Lifting mask in tandem for the past three weeks and I’m going to give the brightening claim a go. I had a particularly horrible acne battle a couple of months ago. (It was nuts. I was able to tamp them all down before they became full blown explosions but seriously, they WOULD NOT STOP.)  In the almost-acne aftermath, thanks to my aggressive pimple murdering techniques, I had some dark marks. Now, nearly a month later, the lighter marks are gone and the deeper ones are making their way out of the door as well.

Do you have a masque du jour? What is your secret for combating winter dullness?

Kerri is the owner, editor, and designer here at The Right Style. She started the blog as the home for her burgeoning career as a makeup artist and stylist and keeps it going and growing because she’s a madwoman. Visit her at her other passion project, SelfiesandSnark.com and check her out on the day job tip at Kerriestella.com

It’s November. The air is eerily warm but nonetheless, the holiday season is upon us. If your life is anything like mine, both November and December are filled with end-of-year after work celebrations. I find myself needing a look that’s chill (well, chill enough…you know me) during the day but translates into a look that dazzles at night.

Since 2000, Pantone–the company that created every designers’ dream, the Pantone Color Matching System– declares a “Color of the Year“. This year’s color, Marsala, pretty much hit it all the way out of the park when it comes to providing a the perfect glam beauty look.

Seriously, take a look at this baby:

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Are you seeing what I’m seeing? The perfect reddish-brown nude. Look a little deeper and you have a vampy, berry shade on your hands. However this shade translates on your skin tone, I’m betting that the look is winning.

In the look that I’ve created, both the eyes and the lips pay homage to Marsala, the glam color of the year.

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Graphic eyeliner.

 

 

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Silver shadow used as liner brightens the inner eye. Get the Look: Beauticontrol Color Impact Eye Shadow in “Titanium”

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Matte, Plummy lips. Get the Look: Lip Perfecting Pencil in “Wine”

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Marsala translates beautifully to the nails, too. I’ve been wearing the hue as a nude all season.

Using this beautiful purple from @essiepolish as a neutral right now. I have long fingers and long nail beds already but I love the way this time elongates the whole shebang. I used a matte topcoat to neutralize this even further.

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Are you going to incorporate a little Marsala into your holiday looks?

Kerri is the owner, editor, and designer here at The Right Style. She started the blog as the home for her burgeoning career as a makeup artist and stylist and keeps it going and growing because she’s a madwoman. Visit her at her other passion project, SelfiesandSnark.com and check her out on the day job tip at Kerriestella.com

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If you’re a regular here at The Right Style, than this woman is probably a familiar face. If you’re a newbie, meet my mom, Kyle. She’s a character, that’s for sure and she’s my very first beauty inspiration. Never one to let time pass her by, she showcases the way she does beauty over 50.

I took these photos of my mum when we were having our casual Saturday selfie session. ( I’m joking. That’s not a thing.) She had just gotten the new Lovely Eyes palette (on sale RIGHT NOW!) and was pretty much 100% on her diva schtick.

Honestly, it wasn’t hard to see why.

My mother is a woman “of a certain age.” (Hint: I’m 30 and she was 27 when I was born. You do the very simple math.) She is a Beauticontrol consultant so anti-aging is a big part of her business, but she uses a few makeup techniques to keep up her youthful appearance.

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Kerri is the owner, editor, and designer here at The Right Style. She started the blog as the home for her burgeoning career as a makeup artist and stylist and keeps it going and growing because she’s a madwoman. Visit her at her other passion project, SelfiesandSnark.com and check her out on the day job tip at Kerriestella.com

 

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Summertime and the living is easy! And hot. And a bit melty. Wearing makeup in the summertime is a balancing act– you want to look bright and vibrant but you don’t want to be overly made up; if you’re anything like me, you want to be as naked as possible when it’s hot outside. I created this super simple makeup routine to help you beat the heat but still look chic! (I made a rhyme, y’all!)

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Kerri is the owner, editor, and designer here at The Right Style. She started the blog as the home for her burgeoning career as a makeup artist and stylist and keeps it going and growing because she’s a madwoman. Visit her at her other passion project, SelfiesandSnark.com and check her out on the day job tip at Kerriestella.com

My phone rang. I was being invited to an important, potentially life changing meeting. I tried to hide the shock induced stammer in my voice and, of course, said “I’ll be there.”

I hung up the phone, holding it a little too loosely between my fingers. My mouth was left so wide open, I am still shocked it didn’t develop a rug burn. Then, I felt the side of my lip slowly curl into the biggest “I’m so proud of myself! I can’t believe this is happening!” smile and let out a squeal reminiscent of my 13-year-old self at a Backstreet Boys concert. (Funny how our goals and priorities shift as we age, isn’t it?)

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Nicole has barrel raced a horse, held an alligator, scrubbed sea turtles, and swam with sharks. She’s traveled to London, Florence, Rome, Pisa, Nice and Barcelona. Nicole is always trying to scratch her adventure itch and will give just about anything a try. She’s currently learning toddler speak and how to balance an 18 month old’s wants, needs, tantrums and kisses, which may be her greatest quest yet. Next up? Blogging for the genius fashionista Kerri Estella at The Right Style. You can catch up with her here or on her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/nkbeauti