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.
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..
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.
So I popped into Lush last weekend to exchange my 5 empties to receive a free face mask. I decided to try one that I haven’t tried before called The Sacred Truth. The Sacred Truth is intended to brighten dull, dry, tired looking skin.
Revive your complexion with ginseng and ginkgo leaf to boost blood circulation, whilst honey, yoghurt and free range eggs leave skin soft and moisturised. Wheatgrass is full of nutrients to feed your skin, whilst the enzymes in fresh papaya will strip away dead skin, helping to give you a gorgeous glow. Smoothe a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes and let the ingredients get to work before washing off gently with warm water.
The mask has a really earthy plant like smell, I think the ginseng is quite pungent, but it’s nice nevertheless. Straight out of the fridge this mask feels extremely cooling after a long hot shower. It has a really smooth texture and is light green in colour. After 15 minutes the mask dries completely and is ready to wash off with warm water.
Immediately after washing this mask off I noticed that my skin was much brighter and hydrated. Also the next morning my skin was really plump! The papaya and ginseng gets rid of the skin cells in a gentle way to reveal softer, brighter skin and the shea butter and essential oils gives the skin some much needed hydration. There is also green tea powder in the mask which is a great anti-oxidant. Because this mask is so nourishing you could even use it twice a week as it has great anti-ageing properties.
I’m loving this mask so far and I am going to repurchase soon. It is hydrating and brightening so I would recommend to anyone with dry, dull or mature skin, however I would not recommend to anyone with acne-prone skin as the oils could trigger a break-out.
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask is a Jeju volcanic scoria clay mask used to intensively adsorb sebum and purify pores. This pure and rare ingredient formulated from solidified lava caused by volcanic eruptions in Jeju Island adsorbs impurities and sebum that are deeply embedded within skin pores.
Innisfree are known as quite a green company so the box that this mask comes in is 100% recycled. The pot itself is plastic. Overall the packaging feels very earthy which stays in line with the InnisFree brand. I have to say that this 100ml pot is tiny and for £12.90 it makes it quite an expensive face mask. Also the fact that it isn’t in a tube makes it less hygienic.
After cleansing and toning, smooth the mask on the face avoiding the eyes and mouth area. The texture of this mask is so wonderful. It spread like chocolate spread but is very mousse- y so apply this with a make-up brush in order to avoid dipping your fingers in the pot. The mask itself in a light beige colour and feels really nice on the skin. After 15 minutes the mask will dry hard and can be rinsed off with warm water.
If you follow my posts you’ll know that I have an extremely oily T-zone and clogged pores around my nose which leads to whiteheads around that area, so I need a mask that completely sucks all the oil out of my pores. This mask left my skin feeling very clean and balanced but I didn’t see a significant improvement in the whiteheads and clogged pores around my nose. For this reason I wouldn’t recommend this if you’ve got oily skin like mine.
This was a nice clay mask to use but it doesn’t do the job for my oily skin, I much prefer my favourite mask from Lush, furthermore the price means that I won’t be repurchasing it for now. If however you’ve got dry or sensitive skin this may work for you as it is extremely gentle and doesn’t cause any irritation by stripping oils from the skin.
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*
Memebox Special #11 Cacao
1) Etude House Milk Talk 200ml- Full Size $7
Body Wash that has a chocolate milk scent
2) WondeRuci Cacao Brightening Mask 100g- Full Size $38
I may have to control myself from eating this face mask
3) Pure Smile Essence Mask Chocolate Milk 23ml- Full Size $1
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
Facial cleanser with coconut and cacao extract
5) Pure Smile Choosy Lip Scrub Chocolate 25g- Full size $11
Aw come on! Just a little taste?
6) Purederm Nose Pore 6 Strips Choco Cacao – Full Size $6
Nose pore strips to clear blackheads, whiteheads and dirt
Total Value of box: $81 (£47.46)
Memebox Special #9 Skincare
1) Nasarang Rose Balancing Toner ( 5ml sample)
Moisturising and brightening toner
2) Verikos Advanced Power Tightening Cream (4g sample)
Skin tightening cream to improve elasticity and glow
3) Boscians Cycle Repair Wrinkle Spot 15ml- Full size $24
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
Essence to cleanse help rough, damaged skin
5) Dewytree Tea Tree Porest Powder In Toner 200ml- Full size $26
Toner for clogged pores and enlarged pores
6) Dewytree White Dew 7 Cut Extreme Serum 30ml- Full size $41
Facial serum to tackle dark spots and uneven skin tone
7) Secret Key Super Plumping Jelly Cream 50ml- Full Size $77
Plumping face jelly cream. Gave this one to my mum, I’m such a great daughter haha!
Total Value of box: $186 (£108.99)
Memebox Special #10 Mask Edition 4
1) Sua Young Berristure 100g – Full Size $40
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
Sheet masks to repair, energise and hydrate skin
3) WHEN 10:00pm & Travelmate 23ml- Full size $28
Nourishing night time sheet mask and day time mask to treat damaged skin
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 🙂
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
After 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.