New Buys: Clean Pores, No Dark Spots & Ceramides!

I get so excited when I find new things to try out especially when it fits into the confines of what I want/expect when it comes to certain beauty products.  These three new additions have me giddy and I really hope that they don't let me down.  They are all drug store brands and really affordable, so I'd love for them to become staples.  Check out my initial thoughts and hopes for these products below:

I'm not sure which youtuber I saw mention this product in their monthly favorites video (Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Peel-Off Mask in Cucumber) but I was instantly into the notion of peel off mask that you literally peel off of your skin.  They remind of those biore strips that clear your pores.  So, I went to my local Ulta to pick it up.  I haven't tested it out yet, but hopefully I'll find use for this in my skin care regimen.  It's touted as a "clarifying mask [that] gently peels away impurities while Cucumber Extract leaves your skin smooth and silky." Cost: $3.99 Have any of you tried this product? How do you like it? How often do you use it?

While picking up the peel above, I decided to try out Freeman's Facial Enzyme Mask in Pineapple too.  Reading the back of the product it sounds a lot like my favorite at-home chemical/enzyme peel that uses more gentle fruit enzymes to get rid of my dark marks/acne scars (See My Review of Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Peel).  The product description for the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Enzyme Mask in Pineapple says "[t]his enzyme mask, with Pineapple Extract and AHAs, gently exfoliates while it lightly moisturizes, leaving your skin soft, supple and younger-looking." If this is even half as effective as my PTR enzyme peel, I'll be happy because it was only $3.99!

Now, THIS is the product that I'm most excited about: L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm.  I've been seeing the advertisements for this product and it's almost like L'Oreal made this product with me in mind.  If you've read this post you know that I am drawn to products that contain ceramides.  And here we have L'Oreal letting me know every chance that they get (print advertisements in my fave beauty magazines) that this product contains Ceramides.  The product descriptions says, "Specifically formulated for damaged, over processed, and chemically treated hair.  This intense luxurious reconstructing balm instantly repairs the 5 signs of damage: 1. Split Ends 2. Weak 3. Rough 4. Dull 5. Dehydrated[.]"  Call me gullible but after reading that I was sold.  If I had to compare it to something already in my stash, I'd have to say it's the Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus.   Comparing the ingredients list and the product descriptions there are some definite similarities between the two.  I'll try it out in a few weeks and share my initial thoughts on the L'Oreal Balm in one of my "Grow With Me: No Heat Challenge" Updates.  It might have too much protein to really show me it's greatness without using heat, but I'll share either way (and do a follow up once I use it with heat).  Cost: $6.99

Have you tried any other these products? What are your thoughts?  Are there new hair or skin care products that you've bought recently that you absolutely love or can't wait to test out? Share below!

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