Clinique Acne Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask – Review

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask 100ml If any of you are avid readers of my blog you’ll know that I have combination-oily skin that can be problematic in the T-Zone area. Whilst I don’t have blackheads anymore due to using Paula’s Choice 2% BHA liquid (twice daily) I still suffer from the very rare breakout on my forehead and whiteheads around my nose.

To treat this issue I knew I had to invest in a good clay mask. Clay masks draw out impurities from the skin revealing fresh, clarified skin. Usually, I find it difficult to get the balance right in a clay mask between it being too stringent and not strong enough and have tried numerous ones from the drug store I decided to buy the Clinique Acne Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask which costs £20.00 for a 100ml tube.

Taken from the Clinique website “Anti-Blemish Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask. Soothing natural clay-based mask helps heal blemishes, prevent breakouts and keep skin shine-free. Medicated formula goes deep to clean and unclog pores, rid skin of excess oil. In just 5 minutes, skin looks clearer, smoother, less blemish-troubled. Gentle, non-drying formula won’t irritate skin. Oil free.”

The base of this mask is kaolin. Kaolin is a clay that is used commonly in skincare due to it’s absorbency properties. The formula also contains 1% Salycylic acid which is an especially good ingredient for anyone that suffers from spots. There is no fragrance and oil in this formula making it suitable for sensitive skin. I use less than a 10p amount of the white clay mask on my T-Zone as this is the problematic area on my face. I’m an impatient person so I love that you only have to leave it on for 5 minutes to dry and do its job. The mask is easy to rinse off and leaves my skin deeply cleansed and balanced.

I’ve been using this two or three times a week on my T-zone for more than a month now and my whiteheads have reduced by around 90% and my spots have completely disappeared. I haven’t had a breakout once since using this product. I would recommend giving this mask a try if you have clogged pores around your nose and nothing else has worked for you. I’m so happy that I’ve finally found the perfect clay mask for my skin and I can see this product slowly becoming a holy grail for me. Jay x

Lush Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask – Review

It’s my birthday in two weeks and I’m preparing my skin in advanced as I do not want to breakout prior to the date. In preparation I traded in 5 empty Lush pots to get my free face mask. I chose Cosmetic Warrior as it is meant to soothe and calm the skin as well as deep cleanse the pores from everyday cosmetics.

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Taken from the Lush website: https://www.lush.co.uk/products/cosmetic-warrior

“A gentle and balancing fresh face mask with antibacterial tea tree and fresh garlic working together to cleanse. Fresh green grapes clean and cool the skin, whilst free range eggs tighten its texture and antimicrobial honey leaves it soft and moisturised. Smooth a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.”

This mask has some great ingredients in it, kaolin is a clay that attracts impurities in the skin. Eggs, grapes, tea tree and garlic have anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, and honey is great for anti-septic purposes as well as being deeply moisturising..

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This mask has a really smooth silky texture with small pieces in it, I think what gives it that texture is probably the grapes. I do have to point out that the smell of this mask isn’t the most pleasant, it smells a bit like a tangy salad dressing, despite the added perfume, so that may be something you want to keep in mind before purchasing it. After 15 minutes I washed off the face mask and noticed my skins redness had reduced, was softer, moisturised and cleansed.

I’ve used this mask three times now and I believe it’s kept any inflammation down and prevented breakouts. I would recommend this to anyone with spot-prone skin of all skin types. It may not be suitable for sensitive skin as it does contain perfume.

Jay x

 

Memebox – Cacao + Skin Care + Mask Edition 4 (Unboxing)

So for those of you who don’t know, Memebox is a South Korean beauty box. It is not a subscription service where you pay a monthly fee and the box is automatically delivered, however you just go onto their website and buy the boxes that you want and it begins delivery on the release date.

Each box contains 4-8 full size products or deluxe samples and costs around $23 (£13.48) each. Some boxes are a little cheaper, some a little more expensive depending on what they have in them. The shipping fees are $6.99 (£4.10) for standard shipping (15-25 business days to deliver). If you order over $75 (£44) worth of boxes you qualify for free express shipping which delivers in 3-7 business days.

Overall the actual value of each box comes in at least around $80 (£47), so it’s a great way of trying out new products which you may never get to try otherwise.

Now moving onto what I bought. I got the Cacao + Skin Care + Mask Edition 4 some time last month and it arrived today (woo!!!) *WARNING SPOILERS BELOW*

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Memebox Special #11 Cacao

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1) Etude House Milk Talk 200ml- Full Size $7

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Body Wash that has a chocolate milk scent

2) WondeRuci Cacao Brightening Mask 100g- Full Size $38

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I may have to control myself from eating this face mask

3) Pure Smile Essence Mask Chocolate Milk 23ml- Full Size $1

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Sheet mask infused with milk proteins, cacao, vitamin E and collagen

4) Evas Vitamin Cleansing Dessert Magic Cream Soap Coconut & Cacao 130g- Full size $18

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Facial cleanser with coconut and cacao extract

5) Pure Smile Choosy Lip Scrub Chocolate 25g- Full size $11

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Aw come on! Just a little taste?

6) Purederm Nose Pore 6 Strips Choco Cacao – Full Size $6

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Nose pore strips to clear blackheads, whiteheads and dirt

Total Value of box: $81 (£47.46)

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Memebox Special #9 Skincare

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1) Nasarang Rose Balancing Toner ( 5ml sample)

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Moisturising and brightening toner

2) Verikos Advanced Power Tightening Cream (4g sample)

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Skin tightening cream to improve elasticity and glow

3) Boscians Cycle Repair Wrinkle Spot 15ml- Full size $24

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Cream to treat fine lines and wrinkles- think I’ll gift this to my mum

4) Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence 60ml- Full size $18

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Essence to cleanse help rough, damaged skin

5) Dewytree Tea Tree Porest Powder In Toner 200ml- Full size $26

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Toner for clogged pores and enlarged pores

6) Dewytree White Dew 7 Cut Extreme Serum 30ml- Full size $41

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Facial serum to tackle dark spots and uneven skin tone

7) Secret Key Super Plumping Jelly Cream 50ml- Full Size $77

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Plumping face jelly cream. Gave this one to my mum, I’m such a great daughter haha!

Total Value of box: $186 (£108.99)

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Memebox Special #10 Mask Edition 4

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1) Sua Young Berristure 100g – Full Size $40

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Face cream packed with berry extracts used as a cream or wash off pack

2) SLCOSMETIC Soo Effect Plus Essence Sheet Mask (Repair, Energise, Waterdrop)- 3 Full Sizes $2 each

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Sheet masks to repair, energise and hydrate skin

3) WHEN 10:00pm & Travelmate 23ml- Full size $28

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Nourishing night time sheet mask and day time mask to treat damaged skin

4) Skin Factory 7 Seconds Morning Sheet 7in1 150g- Full size $39

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Double sided toner, emulsion and essence face pads

5) Purederm Vitamin C Facial Pads 24ea- Full size $12

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Revitalising face pads

Total Value of box: $125 (£73.25)

http://us.memebox.com/ 

 I’m super excited to try these products out. This is the first time I’ve bought Memebox and I am delighted with it, the sizes of the products and the value for money is amazing. The products that you get are such high end cosmetics from new to market brands that I would never be able to afford otherwise and the packaging is so cute! If you would like individual product reviews comment below and let me know! Also I’d like to see some of your Memebox unboxings so post a link 🙂

Jay x

Lush Mask Of Magnaminty Self-Preserving- Review

Mask Of Magnaminty is a multi-purpose mask with a mixture of gentle yet effective ingredients to clean, calm and clear the skin. The self-preserving mask is different to the regular mask because it does not contain any parabens.

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Easily smoothed over the skin anywhere you like, this mask is made with peppermint oil to stimulate, marigold oil and chlorophyllin to treat the skin; evening primrose seeds and aduki beans to gently exfoliate as you remove it. There’s also mineral rich kaolin to nourish, antibacterial honey, and peppermint oil to stimulate the blood cells just under the surface of your skin to leave it looking bright and refreshed.

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Mask of Magnaminty is supposed to calm, cleanse and exfoliate the skin. The texture of this mask is grainy and cooling but the best thing about it, in my opinion, is the smell. The mask has a lovely peppermint and vanilla fragrance that makes you almost want to lick it!

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After 15 minutes the mask dries, add some water to use it as a scrub and rinse off. I was so surprised that not only had the mask cleansed and exfoliated my skin leaving it clean and soft, but it didn’t feel tight at all. For that reason I would recommend this product for people will combination to oily skin. It can also be used on the skin all over your body to control breakouts.

Another great thing about this mask is the long shelf life of the product. Unlike the fresh face masks from Lush, this mask has a shelf life of around 3 months and you can get between 8-12 applications depending on how thickly you apply it. Furthermore, it costs just £5.25 for a regular sized pot and £9.25 for a large one. Overall I have to say I LOVE this mask and I think it’s my personal favourite from Lush. If you have some oiliness on your skin and you want to cleanse it without drying it out, then this mask is for you.

https://www.lush.co.uk/products/mask-magnaminty-self-preserving

Have you tried Mask of Magnaminty Self-Preserving before? What do you think of the product, comment below!

Jay x

 

Lush Fresh Face Mask Cupcake- Review

I’m a big fan of Lush Fresh Face Masks and I was excited to try out “Cupcake” as I’ve heard so many good reviews about it. Fresh Face Masks from Lush are made in store, they have to be stored in the fridge and have a short shelf life of around 3 weeks.

Cupcake is aimed at deep cleansing teenage skin, oily skin or problematic/acne prone skin. Rhassoul mud, which is highly absorbent, works with cocoa powder to draw out all the dirt and impurities and give a deep cleanse. Fresh mint stimulates and tones the skin, whilst linseed and cocoa butter soften and moisturise. Smoothe a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes. When I first opened the pot the first thing I noticed was the smell, it smells just like chocolate cupcake mix and there’s a strong hint of sandalwood. The texture of the mask is smooth and a little grainy (guessing this is the Rhassoul mud).

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IMG_1290After 15 minutes I washed this mask off and it stained the bowl in my sink and the wall and the floor, so I’d recommend washing it off in the shower! My skin felt very clean, the pores on my nose had shrunk, the oiliness in my skin reduced. However after I dried my face I noticed some redness on my cheeks and a tight feeling in my skin. I moisturised and these symptoms completely disappeared overnight.

Overall I quite liked this product but I’m not sure I would buy it again. It really sucks all the sebum and grime out of your pores but it did leave me with some immediate skin irritation. I have an oily T-zone and this mask made my skin feel dry and tight. If you have dry skin then this mask isn’t going to be for you, but if you have really oily skin then I wholly recommend purchasing this.

My biggest qualm about any of the Lush Fresh Face masks is the three week shelf life of the product, it costs £6.25 for a mask and you get around six uses per pot so I always end up wasting product.

https://www.lush.co.uk/products/cupcake

What are your experiences with this mask? Comment below with your thoughts 🙂

Jay x