Friday, January 6, 2017

Happy New Year 2017!!!

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Happy New Year 2017!!! Hope you all had a great time during the holidays and spent some quality time with your loved ones, I sure did. I have so many plans and goals for this new year and I really hope you will all support me on this journey, I will be sharing as I go. 2016 was an ok year but I didn’t get to where I wanted to get. I know everything takes time but I am entering this year with a stronger more positive outlook on everything.

Here are some changes that will be happening in the next few weeks and possibly months on Bravenezz:

1. Bravenezz will be moving to Wordpress.org in the next couple of weeks so keep a look out for that. My reason for switching is because I want to be able to play more with my blog’s theme and make it look more me, I want a website that reflects my personality and who I am as a person. It’s probably going to take me a while to get used to WordPress but I am a quick learner, I’ll get the hang of it. Also, I want to have more control over my blog and I really don’t have that with blogger.

2. I will be posting on the blog 2-3 times a week going forward, it's one of my goals for 2017 to be more consistent with my blog posting. I will let you know which days I will be posting on my next blog post. Ideally I want to have three posts up for you every week. If you have any requests on blog posts you would love to read about, please leave a comment below, that would be really helpful.

I have other plans and ideas which I will share as they arise, for now this is it. I wanted to share this with you since you have all been such a great support and I am so thankful words can’t even explain it. I want to wish you all a happy and healthy New Year and that all your dreams, hopes, wishes, goals come true for you this year.

Thank You!! for all your support in 2016 and I hope you continue to support me in 2017.

Leslie xoxo

Monday, December 19, 2016

The Body Shop Superfood Face Masks!


I believe everyone should have a skin care routine that’s good for their skin type. The earlier you start taking care of your skin, the better it is for you in the long run. My favorite part of my skin care routine is doing a mask two to three times a week. I’ll confess sometimes I do them five times a week if I have the time. They just feel so good and so relaxing, especially after a long stressful day or long working hours. Your skin is the first to show and feel tired and stressed, so what better way to use products that will make you look and feel refreshed. Let’s face it if you’re a beauty and makeup junkie like me, you’ll love these five masks I will be talking about today; read on…


Before I start I want to state that these five masks from The Body Shop were sent to me for review and I am giving my 100% personal opinion and experience about these five masks. I have been using these five masks since the beginning of October. I wanted to have enough time in between to give you an in depth review and experience with each one. These masks are fairly new to The Body Shop and here are their names: British Rose, Himalayan Charcoal, Ethiopian Honey, Amazonian Acai, and lastly Chinese Ginseng & Rice. These five masks are infused with natural, 100% vegetarian ingredients and three of the masks are vegan. There is a mask for every skin concern and are formulated without parabens, paraffins, silicone, or mineral oils. They also came with a brush for application but honestly you can use any flat foundation brush to apply the masks or your fingers (I prefer a brush). If you are new to the blog, welcome!! Also, you may not know I have oily combination skin just in case you were wondering. I get some acne, not too many during the time of the month and do get some dry patches during the cold winter season but nothing too crazy. So I’ll talk in more detail about each mask below.

British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask:
This mask is 100% vegan and it’s supposed to hydrate, soothe and tone your skin. By the name you can probably tell there is some rose goodness in it. This masks contains rose petals, rosehip oil, and community trade aloe vera. This gel like mask feels so refreshing when applied on your skin, it does have a rose scent so I suggest you smell it first before purchasing. After leaving it for about 10 min, I washed it off my face; note this mask does not dry up like some other masks it stays moist and it’s a bit gooey. After removing it, my skin feels really smooth and moisturized. I really recommend this one for people who have really dry skin because of how much hydration it gives your skin. I will be using this one a lot more now that it’s getting colder out for my dry areas.

Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask:
I love charcoal masks because as I mentioned I have oily combination skin; my t-zone is super oily, more in the summer time than in the winter months. I feel like having an oily t-zone attracts all the junk and particles in the air, so applying this thick charcoal mask on my t-zone area or my whole face really helps detoxify and refine my pores. This is my favorite one out of the five because it helps me with my oiliness and clears and refines my pores leaving them less visible. Also, if you have blackheads on your nose like I do sometimes, you will love this mask. After using this a few times my blackheads were completely gone I haven’t had any since using this mask. This mask is made from bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and tea tree oil. I love how this mask brings out all of the dirt, oil and impurities to leave my skin feeling clean and super soft. It’s also great for people with acne. I don’t get them often but this does help minimize them and make them look less swollen and red. To remove this mask after it dries 10-15 minutes use warm water, it removes it a lot easier. Warning it is a little messy but my skin looks and feels amazing afterwards that I honestly don’t mind the mess. (Note if you have dry skin and you use this mask please make sure you use a really good moisturizer afterwards).


Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask:
My initial reaction was can I eat this lol… It smells like honey so yummy (please don’t eat it). It looks and smells like honey, it even has the same consistency of actual honey. This mask is 100% vegetarian with the Community Trade honey, marula and olive oils that will help replenish your skin and keep the moisture in. Like the British Rose mask this doesn’t dry up. I just leave it on for 10-15 minutes then remove it with warm water. I confess I do feel like licking it at times lol… I love how it leaves my skin feeling moisturized, replenished and rested. I feel like this is good for any skin type.

Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask:
I use it mostly on long work days when I get home and need to keep working on blog work too. This wakes me up so I can keep working or I use it in the morning on those days when I only had three hours of sleep and I look like I haven’t slept in three years lol…. This mask wakes you up and makes your skin look and feel more energized. It's suppose to fight any signs of fatigue. It’s the mask that will help hide your hangover, stressed face, not feeling great face or just the fact that you feel like crap, this is the mask for you. This 100% vegan face mask is a bouncy blend containing acai berry, guarana and babassu oil and is formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. What more can you ask for.

Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask: This mask contains ginseng extract, rice extract and sesame seed oil and it’s 100% vegetarian. This is a creamy exfoliating mask, that has been formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. I usually apply a layer of this creamy exfoliating mask after washing my face and patting it dry. I leave the mask for 10 minutes or longer. Then I just use my clean fingers and massage my skin in circular motion to gently exfoliate my skin. I like that the scrubby bits in this mask aren't too harsh on my skin. After exfoliating, I just rinse off the mask and my face looks clean, bright and even.

From Left to Right: British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask, Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask, Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask, Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask & Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask.
These masks have very beneficial ingredients for beautiful looking skin. You can either use the one that’s best for your skin concerns or like I do sometimes, multi-use different mask on different parts of my face to target some problem areas. I mentioned which one was my favorite but I do like all of them and will be re-purchasing them. For more information on these masks and prices visit www.thebodyshop.com


Which one would you love to try?


Leslie xoxo