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Valentines Day Activities That Won't Break The Bank: Featuring Muddy Body

Claudia Di Capua

Courtesy of amscan.co.uk

Courtesy of amscan.co.uk

You know it's almost Valentine's Day when bae starts making guest appearances on the blog! I've put together a list of affordable V-Day activities that are fun to do with boyfriends, girlfriends, best friends, and family! Honestly, at home facials with Muddy Body and bae sound like a perfect date night to me. Use code CLAUDIA10 to get 10% off all Muddy Body products! They make great gifts too!

There has been a lot of pressure for people to give elaborate gifts and do crazy things that are often pretty expensive on this holiday. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but where are the fun V-Day options for people like students that don't have lots of $$$$ to spend?! In this case, we must be creative! We decided to put together a list of fun AND affordable Valentine's Day activities for not only students, but anyone else that thinks they want to have a spectacular February 14th without breaking the bank! P.S. Keep in mind that nothing on this list is restrictive to couples! Do these activities with your friends and family if there isn't a significant other in your life.

Let's start off by discussing one of my favorite skincare brands, Muddy Body.

I love this company because of the all natural and organic ingredients that are in each product. All of the masks keep you skin feeling soft and nourished days after using it, which is why I thought it would be a fun activity to do with Marijn (Bae=Marijn). We both get that oily skin glint every now and then, so I figured he would be the perfect candidate to join me. It's a fun activity to do with someone else because you can treat it as somewhat of a spa day and have fun applying the mask on each other like we did! I'm a huge fan of the Detox mask, but wanted to try out the Refresh mask this time around. They both work really well to tone and soften skin! See how to apply and use the mask in my last post featuring Muddy Body by clicking HERE.

One of these bottles is only $23.99 and get 10% off by using code CLAUDIA10 at checkout!

Courtesy of amscan.co.uk

Courtesy of amscan.co.uk

Other V-Day Activities:

1. Bake your own Valentine's Day inspired desserts and have a movie night. Make a cupid cake or heart shaped cookies (or both, obviously). 

2. Go ice skating at your local ice rink with your significant other and/or friends.

3. Go to a painting class. If you go in groups, the rates go down!

4. Make a sweet Happy Valentine's Day/Love you video! Get creative, but no weird stuff.

5. A surprise dinner made by you.

6.  Go to a pet shop or adoption center and play with puppies!

7. Put together V-Day treats and bring them to an orphanage or homeless shelter.

8. Take a cooking class (a sushi or chocolate making class will do).

 

L'Reve Pearl Facial Peel and Moisturizer

Claudia Di Capua

L'Reve is a Luxury Skincare brand combining some of the most sought after jewels with different skincare treatments. For this post, I will be reviewing the Pearl Facial Peel and Moisturizer. I will say that both were very easy to use and really did softened my skin. Many of L'Reve's other products (that I will later be reviewing) include materials such as gold and diamonds, which explains the higher cost of the products. Keep reading to find out how I scored about 8 items that would have normally totaled to about $2000 for just over $100!

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Facial Peel:

The purpose of this peel is to remove any and all of the dead skin cells that are on the surface of your face. At first, I wasn't sure if it was going to work because the peel didn't kick in until I rubbed it in a bit. Sure enough, after circling the gel like peel onto my face, I could feel the little beads of dead skin sloughing off and piling up on the surface of my face! It was honestly so satisfying because it felt like I was purging my skin! 

How To Apply:

1. After cleaning and drying your skin, apply the peel moving your fingertips in a circular motion around the surface of your face.

2. After enough dead skin has been released, rinse your face with warm water. 

Buy this product HERE

Moisturizer:

This luxury moisturizer was the finishing touch to this routine. My face was so soft after using both products! I found that my skin was soft for more than just the immediate period of time because i still felt smooth the next day. Moisturizing is the best thing you can do to replenish your skin after taking off that dirty dead skin! You help to heal and repair the new skin that becomes exposed. 

How To Apply:

1. Place on desired amount.

2. Rub the moisturizer in in a circular motion until your skin has absorbed it fully. 

Buy this product HERE

I was lucky enough to have found this product on Haute Look. Normally, L'Reve products can range from $70 all the way to $1,000. I was able to score about 8 items for a little over $100! I encourage everyone to sign up with Haute Look because I have found so many deals on brands that I actually love!

Overall, I loved how this product worked on my skin. I know that normally these products cost a bit more, but I definitely think that they work! My skin is still extremely soft a few days after, so I will likely continue this regimen once a week and moisturize daily with my normal moisturizer. 

Muddy Body Detox Mask

Claudia Di Capua

What is Muddy Body?

Muddy Body is a company that creates face and hair mask products out of 100% all natural and organic ingredients! Yup. All 100% of it is natural. Their masks are infused with plant extracts, refining clays, butters and botanical oils. All of these ingredients help to tone your skin reduce blemishes and marks, and reduce redness.

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I knew I had to try this product out, so I collaborated with the Muddy Body team! My University has finals this week, so I wanted to try out my Detox mask before my exams came around. Find the steps on how to use this product to get the most out of it and the effects it had on my skin below! Use code CLAUDIA10 to get 10% off your next Muddy Body order.


Before you begin, make sure you have a small bowl, a spoon and a cup filled with about a 1/2 inch of water on hand!

Step 1:

Pour a spoonful of your mask mix into your small bowl. It's ok if this looks like more than what you need for your face. I used the excess mask I had and put it on the tops of my hands! 

Pour a spoonful of your mask mix into your small bowl. It's ok if this looks like more than what you need for your face. I used the excess mask I had and put it on the tops of my hands! 

Step 3:

Step 2:

Next, pour a few drops of water into the bowl containing your mask to activate the it. You can also use other liquids like rose water, apple cider vinegar or green tea for added benefits!

Next, pour a few drops of water into the bowl containing your mask to activate the it. You can also use other liquids like rose water, apple cider vinegar or green tea for added benefits!

Step 4:

Once you've combined both the water and mask powder, stir them together until you achieve a smooth and "muddy" consistency using the special face mask application brush. 

Step 5:

Apply and have fun with it! Naturally, I drew a mustache and heart on my face, but I eventually got to the rest of it :). Make sure to evenly apply the mask on your face. Leave it on for about 10-15 minutes (selfies and snapchats are a must). This is definitely a fun thing to do with your friends, boyfriend, girlfriend or family! 

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When the mask dries on your skin it should look like drying clay. It also resembled somewhat of a camo print on my skin!

Step 6:

Once the mask dries or you've waited 10-15 minutes, rinse off the mask with warm water and pat your skin dry. For the best results use the mask 1-2 times a week. It will keep your skin feeling soft and clear!

The impact of the detox mask was instantaneous. My face felt smoother and my skin felt tighter in the hours after I took it off. I took this picture the morning after using the mask and I noticed that I had almost no redness whatsoever. I normally have pink cheeks and some redness around my nose, but this mask helped to reduce that substantially as well as keep my skin super soft! 

Have I convinced you to get muddy yet?! Try it out for yourself! Truly, I only post about products and items that I really feel are beneficial and do what they say they can do. This mask as well as my refresh mask are definitely now part of my beauty regimen. Take care of your skin, guys! This product can definitely help you do that! Use code CLAUDIA10 to receive 10% off your next order with Muddy Body and post your new items on social media with #GetMuddy!