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Going out & getting dressed up is always fun on Halloween, but sometimes a girl just needs a night-in, some of her favorite candy, and a good face mask. Thankfully, we’ve got that gal covered! – xoxo, LK

Earlier this week I attempted to create a skeleton makeup tutorial for my post today. Unfortunately, it was way too complicated, took too long, and I didn’t want to share something unrealistic. Plus I got black and white face paint everywhere, which was NOT fun to clean up. We are busy gals with busy schedules, and don’t have time to paint our faces for over an hour. As I stood over my bathroom sink scrubbing my face in disappointment, I found myself wishing there was a cool Halloween mask that I could easily put on and take off.

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Recently I took a trip to Sephora for some face cleanser, and saw this Boscia Pore-Minimizing Charcoal Hydrogel Mask for $8. I put it in my bag and thought I’d try it out later. Now I love getting dressed up as much as the next girl for Halloween – but I also love a quiet night in doing skin treatments. Then it clicked! The mask I bought is actually kind of skeleton-looking when I put it on, and it does incredible stuff for your skin! I thought to myself, there are plenty of us who might prefer to have a Halloween night in. So steal a few pieces of candy from the trick-or-treater bowl, put on a scary movie, and get ready to treat yo-self! We’re doing facials this Halloween!

Processed with VSCOcam with se3 presetSTEP ONE:

Before beginning, stick the mask in the fridge to chill for about 5 minutes. The cold mask will help reduce any inflammation.

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First, start by cleansing your skin. I love this new Purity Cleanser by Philosophy. Make sure to remove all your makeup and pat dry when done.

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Take a hot, damp washcloth and steam your face for about 3 minutes. This will help open the pores so that the mask can draw out all impurities.


Next remove the facial mask from the package and follow the instructions to adhere to your face. Leave it on for about 20-30 minutes and carefully remove.

Processed with VSCOcam with se3 presetI was very surprised with my results when I took the mask off. I could tell that my pores were definitely smaller, making my blackheads teeny tiny! Because the price of this mask is so low, I would recommend doing one at least once a week. I know I’ll definitely be wearing one on Halloween this year, attempting to scare the trick-or-treaters that come to my door. Nothing will be more frightening than me with no makeup on!Processed with VSCOcam with se3 preset


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It’s hard to believe Valentine’s Day has come and gone already! I remember as a kid it was one of my favorite holidays. It was such a blast having the last bit of the day reserved for giving treats and cards to classmates. As an adult, it’s really special to spend it with my husband, taking an evening to be a little more romantic than usual. One thing has never changed in my feelings for the holiday though, and that is my adoration of CHOCOLATE. Even now that it’s over, I could still veg out on the sofa with a box of See’s Chocolates and call it one of the best nights ever. While I can definitely afford to stop eating so many sweets, I got to thinking, “chocolate can’t be bad for my skin, right?



I did a little research to make sure I wasn’t completely insane, and there are actually a lot of studies that show dark chocolate is great for your skin! It’s packed with anti-oxidants, and when combined with the anti-inflammatory agents in honey, and the soothing components of plain yogurt, we can whip up a yummy face mask with awesome benefits!




  • 2-3 tbs. dark cocoa powder (at least 70% cacao or more)
  • 1 tsp. raw or organic honey
  • 1. tbs. plain yogurt


Mix all ingredients together until it forms a thick paste. You can add more yogurt and honey if you feel like it’s still a bit too thick. Apply to clean skin avoiding the eye area. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water and a washcloth that can be stained. Follow with your daily moisturizer.


Your skin should feel nice and smooth, with a more even skin tone afterward. Plan on tying out this mask? Snap a picture and tag us on Instagram / Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty so we can see your creations!

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