Review: Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist Mask

Dr. Jart+ pore minimalist mask

Dr. Jart+ pore minimalist mask

I received the Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist in my November Birchbox. I hadn’t done any research into this product, so this is more or less a blind review. After a whirlwind month of late nights at work, social events, and just plain winter fatigue I hadn’t gotten a chance to treat myself to a mask. My face needed this. Badly. Winter dries me out big time and due to a recent hormone flux I had a small teenage style breakout across my forehead. I was not taking proper care of my skin. Did you know that when your skin is dried out it can become even oilier? True fact.

One of my New Years resolutions was to take better care of my skin. I’ve rushed out of the house without moisturizer a few times. Fallen asleep without taking off my makeup. All the beauty sins I tell all my friends to avoid. Last night I got home and kind of stamped my foot (quietly, I have neighbors downstairs!) and said it’s time to give your face some loving.

Let’s start with the packaging. It appears there is no front or back. The foil pouch has lots of serum in it that the mask must soak in. It was folded up into a little square and was a little messy coming out. Even the nose piece is folded up, and folds out over your nose. It didn’t cover the tip of my nose, though, which I thought kind of needed some extra love as well. I kind of expected the mask to suck onto my face and stick there. While it (mostly) stayed in place, it didn’t cling on. The sides and the chin didn’t stay on at all. I kept pushing it down or holding it in place.

I look like I'm wearing a carved wooden mask.

I look like I’m wearing a carved wooden mask.

The mask didn’t have a particularly fragrant smell, but it still kind of irritated my eyes. Not to the point of allergy, but it wasn’t pleasant either. Maybe I should’ve put little cucumbers on and pretended to be in a spa. I was actually too busy watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I took turns laughing at the show and laughing at my reflection in the mirror. I actually looked funnier than when I put on any of my cream face masks. It reminded me of a Jacques Nestlé painting I sit across from at work.

inverse colors of my mask

After 15-20 minutes I removed the mask. I like that you do not have to rinse off your face once finished. Silly as that sounds, it can be a deterrent for doing a nighttime mask. That would mean washing my face again. Meanwhile, I had plenty of time to make silly faces in the mirror before removing the mask. I expected more of a glowing face when the mask was removed. Overall, I was pretty disappointed. I would be open to trying this again if I received another sample, but I would not actively seek this out as a purchase. In the meantime, I can happily say I remembered to moisturize before I left the house this morning!

The power of the outffit of the day (OOTD)

It’s a well known fact that women don’t dress up for men, they dress up for each other. And for me, it’s also for myself. Even if I’m not going to be seen by anybody, I love to put together a good outfit down to my sleepwear. It gives me some sort of giddy pleasure. It gives me purpose in an insane world, or some other Clueless-inspired quote.

I get the whole overabundance of selfies. No, I do not want to see a picture of you driving. Unless it’s hilarious. No, I do not care about you sitting at the computer at work. I understand if you’re just sending a cute picture to a friend, but the whole world? Come on. This is ONLY okay if it is some sort of a once in a blue moon situation, and if there is some sort of humor behind it (have you noticed the trend of needing humor in your selfies? remember this). I used to work with two young women who took selfies at work everyday. It wasn’t any type of special picture, they weren’t silly, they weren’t informative, it was just to show that they were there and smiling for whatever audience read their snapchats. I was always left scratching my head. But the people who have selfies with a purpose I not only understand, but even occasionally enjoy.

Hit a high note with your makeup today? Post it! I’ll like it. I want to see your cute outfit! That is, unless it’s almost the same outfit daily, just swapping the same shirt for a new color or print. That gets old and boring. But new combos? I love that stuff!

And in return, I have to submit my own personal wins. I spent nearly six years wearing scrubs. At first it was fun trying to dress those up. My most creative attempt was probably pairing polos or plaids underneath. My drawer of cute long sleeve shirts is a testament to my long attempts at perking up my daily uniform. Now that I’m free from that I’ve been having a blast getting dressed everyday. I’m going to show that shtuff off. I look cute and I know it! Okay, I hope it. And maybe you’ll be inspired to try some wild things and I can enjoy your posts rocking your funk.

This brings me to yesterday’s outfit. I started with a coral red j.crew dress. I wore it all summer with a white blazer on interviews. It was time to bring it into the fall. Hanging next to this in my closet was a purple plaid button down from Madewell. I love purple and coral together and a lightbulb went off when I saw the two together. I was a little nervous to pair them, I wasn’t sure if it would look too “jumper”ish. It needed a little edge, so I added a blingy statement piece from Bauble Bar (I will be writing a love letter to them very soon) and my adorable grey Splendid booties. To think I’ve gone YEARS without boots is hard to believe. I missed so many outfit opportunities. The only downside is that my hair was NOT working with me that day, and I ended up throwing it up in a fit of frustration. Next time this outfit comes out I vow to have a more awesome up-do.

Cute outfit brag: jcrew dress, madewell plaid button-down, baublebar necklace and splendid booties. Feeling pretty adorbs if I must say so myself

Cute outfit brag: jcrew dress, madewell plaid button-down, baublebar necklace and splendid booties. Feeling pretty adorbs if I must say so myself

So that’s my brag, and explanation. Thank you instagram and maggerific for giving me the forums to talk ad-naseum about what I wear. In the meantime I’ll be admiring your awesome outfits and rolling my eyes at the pointless selfies. Selfie responsibly people.
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Spaghetti yarn with golden meatballs

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I recently went from a very busy high pressure job in a doctor’s office to a quiet existence in a furniture showroom. Because there is only so much dusting to do and few customers to come in and move things around, I have started going a little nutty with my spare time. I needed something to do that kept my hands busy, because I do not always have access to a computer.

A few days ago I escaped took a walk to Duane Reade to get some snacks. I took a few wrong turns and ended up in front of Purl Soho. It was a knitting paradise with gorgeous yarns that all called my name. If I had the time I would’ve spent hours in there studying the different types of yarns and other projects they had (umm hello looming, I will be back for you!).

Getting good yarn is not cheap, but the color and texture is something quite special. This yarn is a wool/cashmere blend that I do not seem to be allergic to. I’ve been on the hunt for merlots and goldenrods lately. This yarn is a gorgeous golden orange with many different flecks of color in it. Now I would like to start dying my own yarn… oh boy, I’m getting ahead of myself. Project ADHD!

The yarn comes bundled in a wrapped-up form, not in a ball. I usually avoid the yarn balls at home (due to my cat stealing them and making them her own personal toys), but it’s a lot easier to knit from a ball, especially when you’re hiding it under your desk! The store was packed with other excited knitters and there was a long wait for them to ball the yarn for me. I returned to work and first made a mess of a tangle. This turned out to be a blessing.

I spent the last few days at work untangling and rolling the ball and it has been more relaxing than the act of knitting itself. I need to buy more yarn just to make yarn balls! Once I completed the ball I felt a sense of accomplishment and simultaneous sadness. I found a pattern online for my intended project (a knit earwarmer/headband) and quickly realized I am not good at following a pattern. I have created my own Maggie-pattern and will post instructions as soon as I can figure out what the heck I’m doing. One thing is for certain, I have no idea exactly what I’m doing just yet, but I know it will come out quite special.

Promises of updates soon!

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Welcome (obligatory first post)

So I decided to start a new website. Blog seems too marginalized. But website also sounds a little more professional than this is. How about MAGazine? Like it. Love it. Live it. MAGazine.

Okay, so what will this MAGazine be about? Why do I want to read your thoughts? you ask.
So here’s the thing. I’m passionate. About so many things. It’s not that I can’t make up my mind. I just have too much love that it needs to be spread around.
Loves:
  •  reading / writing – aka Literature
  • makeup – buying, using, doing, all of it
  • fashion – wearing, reading, reviewing, tawking over cawfee
  • DIY – I LOVE arts and crafts, I spend more time on pinterest than any other website. Sorry I’m not sorry.
    I’ll be posting some of my projects and sharing other favorites
I hope to curate something truly terrific, hence the name, Maggerific. Sit back, enjoy, and please be patient while I make up my mind on colors.
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