Beauty · Skin Care

Origins Original Skin: Retexturizing Face Mask with Rose Clay

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Two weeks back I decided to run poll over on my Instagram stories and asked what product you guys wanted to see me feature in my next Sample Sundays post. It is safe to say that the Origins retexturizing mask with rose clay was the clear winner with a whopping 83% of the votes!

I decided with it being a face mask that I would give myself a week out from these mini reviews to see how well my skin reacted to this product, especially given that the sample size was generous enough to give me three applications with a small amount left for a fourth.

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So once again I got this sample in with my Estee Lauder Breast Cancer Campaign Beauty Box that I purchased and reviewed back in October and I was very excited to receive this product as I have only heard good things about the Origins skin care range. My first impression of this mask was that it seemed incredibly thick in texture when I first squeezed it out of its tube, however once applied to my skin it spread out quite thin and wasn’t relatively heavily like I have found some clay masks to be in the past. As it settled onto my skin for the first five minutes I could feel a cooling and almost tingling sensation but again this isn’t as intense as I often find some of these clay masks to be (looking at you The Body shop  Himalayan Charcoal mask).

Back when I uploaded my haul in October I said that this mask doesn’t smell floral like you would expect, however I was 100% wrong! Once applied to my face the rose / lavender like fragrance was quite potent, but as the mask dried the fragrance did began to mellow out and it reminded me greatly of one of Lush’s fresh face masks called Rosy Cheeks which unfortunately broke out my acne prone skin like crazy so I will admit I was a little worried about how my skin would react to the Origins mask.

Needless to say I was worried over absolutely nothing as per usual, and my skin was left looking radiant and glowing but not in a weird greasy way, in fact my skin looked mattified rather than shiny and also felt soft to the touch. I will however admit that my T-zone area did feel slightly tight but not as uncomfortable as it usually would after a heavy clay mask. Another thing I noticed after using this face mask was that the redness in my cheeks and around my chin area had reduced after the first use and my pores also dramatically reduced in size. Due to only having a sample size of this product I was unable to use it regularly so the redness soon re-appeared after a day or two, however I think if this was incorporated properly into my skin care routine this product might actually end up benefiting my skin in the long-term.

Now the important part, would I purchase the full-sized version of this face mask? The answer is Yes! Although it is quite pricey at £26.50 for an 100ml tube I must admit that in the small period of time I have used this product I have seen a difference in the appearance of my skin. However, you can also get the purify, hydrate and glow set priced at £15 which contains three 30ml face masks, one which is the rose clay mask featured here as well as two other best-selling masks from the Origins range.

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Beauty · Skin Care

Let The Good Times Roll Fresh Cleanser

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I think it is safe to assume that everybody has a draw full of products that they have received from various online orders that very rarely see the light of day. I know I have. In an attempt to use up the ridiculous amount of samples I have stashed away in my room, I have decided to write a small review for each one that will be uploaded on a Sunday. Sample Sundays! God aren’t I clever at this name game. Face mask Friday, Sample Sunday, whatever next? Anyway, hopefully this will get me into a routine to post more regularly as I know I am AWOL a lot of the time.

So first up!

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About two weeks back I received a small sample pot of ‘Let the good times Roll’ fresh cleanser from Lush. I won’t lie, this is a product I have never even looked at never mind contemplated buying, but I was quite excited about testing it out all the same. The first thing that hit me when I opened the little tester pot was the wonderful buttery caramel fragrance that smells good enough to eat. The second thing that I noticed was the colour and texture of the product both looked and felt a lot like raw cookie dough (I know, I refer to everything as food sorry).

So, what I have been doing is taking a small pea sized amount of this cleanser into the palm of my hand and adding a small amount of water to create a paste like consistency before applying the product to my face. This cleanser has a sort of gritty sand like texture that exfoliates any dead skin cells from my face as well as cleaning the dirt from my pores. Seeing as this is a little bit more harsh compared to the ultrabland cleanser I use daily, I have incorporated LTGTR into my nightly face time routine instead, and use this product roughly three times a week.

I have noticed that after using LTGTR my skin was feeling softer and looks brighter but not that horrible shiny clean sort of look a lot of exfoliators can cause. Also, the redness in my skin has calmed down since I have been using this product and my skin feels a lot smoother and less oily.

Due to the above results I have purchased the full-sized version of this product which costs £7.50 for an 100g pot, however considering the tester pot has lasted me two weeks I know that this pot will last me well over a month if not longer. Lush also state that this product is vegan meaning no animal products are used within it at all! Which is another bonus!

Have you tested out ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ face and body cleanser? If so what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments section below.

Beauty · Hauls · Moisturizer · Skin Care

Estee Lauder Breast Cancer Campaign Beauty Box

2017 marks 25 years since Evelyn H. Lauder and Alexander Penney created The Pink Ribbon which is now an easily identifiable logo of Breast Cancer Awareness.  These little pink bows were originally given out back in 1992 at department store beauty counters to remind woman to check their breasts regularly. Something that some of us, both males and females, still neglect to do to this day.

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This October, which is a month dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness, Esteee Lauder launched a limited edition beauty box featuring eight products all from well known beauty brands worth £91 for the bargain price of £25. Yes you read that correctly, £25. Better still, £15 from each sale goes straight towards the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

With the recent birth of beauty box culture within the younger generations, I think this is a fantastic way to promote Breast Cancer awareness to all ages as well as a wonderful way to raise cash for this worthwhile charity. I also hope that this post will inspire you to check yourself regularly and to make a doctors appointment if you feel as if something is wrong. As embarrassing as it may be having to discuss and show your boobs to somebody for all  of 5 minutes, it is something that may just save your life. Also get your smear done regularly, this is something else that is close to my heart.

Anyway, enough of me pretending to be your mother, lets have a look at the contents of this beauty box.

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The front of this beauty box has the iconic pink ribbon, looking a little aged with the statement ’25 years ago, there was no pink ribbon. Time to end breast cancer’ written in bold text. Underneath it asks you to help ‘support our mission to create a breast cancer-free world’ and inside the box your find a small information leaflet with a handful of facts about breast cancer such as how ‘1 in 8 women, in the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime.’* and that ‘31% of cancers diagnosed in woman are breast cancer.’** The leaflet also goes on to tell you about the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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Lets take a look at the products look inside.

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First Up is the 7ml Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Multi-Action Foam Cleanser / Purifying Mask. This promises to gently remove makeup and other impurities as well as unclogging pores, it also states that it is ideal for normal / combination skin, and that you can use this as a daily cleanser or twice a week as a 3 minute purifying mask. I think I’m more likely to use this as a mask, and will probably featuring it at some point in my Face Mask Friday series. It’s pale ivory in colour and quite thick and tacky in texture, it also smells relatively pleasant.

This box also contains a full sized 15ml Clinique all about the eyes lightweight eye cream. This promises to diminish the appearance of puffy eyes, darkness and fine lines. So hopefully it will work wonders on me when I come to use it considering I currently resemble a raccoon. It is quite thin in texture, and doesn’t have an obvious fragrance to it. The product also left the back of my hand feeling like velvet so fingers crossed it will bear similar results with my eyes.

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Another Clinique product in this box is a full sized Chubby Stick. I’ve used these lip products before mainly during the colder months as it provides instant hydration to your lips and leaves a subtle tint of colour behind. This lip pencil is in the colour number 07 Super Strawberry.

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Origins have included a 15ml re-texturing mask with rose clay which claims to be a 2-in-1 masking game changer. The ‘Rose clay deeply cleans while jojoba beads exfoliate to refine the appearance of skin’. This mask is pale pink in colour, and very thick however once spread across my hand I could see and feel the exfoliation beads. This mask also doesn’t smell like rose like you would expect. This will be another product I feature on Face Mask Friday in the upcoming weeks.

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There is also a 7ml pot of Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base included in this box. I am a little excited for this product I must admit, as at a consultation at the Bobbi Brown make up counters this was applied to my face and felt very nourishing and I was told it was an oil free primer-moisturiser hybrid which was also one of their best selling products. I’ve wanted to pick this product up for a little while so I am over the moon to be able to see how my skin reacts before I splurge on a full size version of this product.

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This box also includes a 14g pot of Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder. The front of the bottle states that this is ‘equal parts dry shampoo, style extender and volume all in  pinch.’ Not much to say about this, it smells pleasant and slightly floral and I look forward to using it in place of my current Lush no drought dry shampoo to see what the results are.

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No beauty box is complete without including a mascara, and this one contains the SmashBox Full Exposure Mascara which states that it helps to both volumise and lengthen lashes with no clumps and no flakes. Bold claim. I look forward to putting it to the test.

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Last but in no means least, there is a 15g GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment. Apparently this ‘scientifically advanced clearing treatment’ will ‘help fight common skin concerns and give super clear, super poreless looking skin.’ Once again bold claims that I will test out and feature in my face mask Friday series soon. First impressions, this was very liquidy and very thin in texture. It smelt slightly of tea tree oil or peppermint oil, I’m unsure which as the fragrance vanished fairly quickly and left behind a liquorice like scent.

This has turned into quite a long post, so I wont write too much more. I will say I think this box was fantastic value for money as I will be able to test out products I wouldn’t usually purchase to see if I think they are worth the price tag the full size versions carry. I also feel less guilty spending £25 knowing that £15 will be going towards a good cause.

Once again I urge you to take care of your health and to check yourself regularly and visit all appointments and checkups you may be due. I would rather have this post influence you to do that then to go out and buy certain product. However, if you want to do both then I picked up my box from Clinique but it is also available from Estee Lauder , Bumble & Bumble , Smashbox and GlamGlow.

 

 

 

*Source breast cancer UK
** source breast cancer UK

 

Beauty · Facemask Friday · Skin Care

Bunny Moon Face Mask

The past two weeks have flown over since I posted my first Face Mask Friday review and I wont lie, I have unfortunately neglected my face mask routine in that short space of time. The reason being, as all parents reading this will know, the kids have just recently gone back to school and I am finding it incredibly difficult trying to get back into the school / work / life routine. I honestly have found myself climbing into bed most nights after 11.30pm! Utter madness.

As you can imagine, the combination of late nights and cold early mornings has left my skin dull, dry and incredibly unhappy. Thankfully this weeks face mask review is on another Lush Jelly Mask named Bunny Moon, and seeing as this mask promises to moisturize, calm and clear my skin this may be the SOS my skin is crying out for after two weeks of neglect!

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Bunny Moon was one of the first jelly masks I wanted to pick up and try due to its cute name. Yet I ended up purchasing The Birth Of Venus and 1000 Millihelens before adding this mask to my collection. Bunny Moon is the only product from the Lush Jelly Mask range that is NOT vegan as it includes the use of honey. This is because honey is an antiseptic which helps fight off any pesky acne you may have by cleansing your pours, as well as it also helping to keep your skin soft and smooth. The Bunny Moon mask also includes chamomile and marigold infusion and rose oil within its ingredients list. The combination of these natural ingredients give the mask a ‘clean’ smell which to me smells like talcum powder. The mask is also pale cream in colouring with added gold lustre on top, making it very visually appealing straight away. However, unlike the other jelly masks I own, this one is quite creamy in texture and sort of similar to that of a melted marshmallow. This does make it a lot easier to apply to my face unlike The Birth of Venus face mask, however I do feel I end up using a lot more product when it comes to applying Bunny Moon and if I’m honest, I am three uses into my pot and half the product is already gone.

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This mask feels a little tight as soon as it begins to dry out, but not uncomfortably so. Also, when I come to remove the mask after 20 minutes, it has dried a little like liquid latex dries, and I am able to pull parts of it off my face. Gross? Yes? Oddly satisfying? Also yes. I have found the best way to resolve this is to splash my face with warm water a few times to turn the mask from ‘rubber’ back into the creamy, silky texture it originally was. I then remove the mask by wiping the product off my face with a cloth and warm water as you would with any other face mask.

After removing Bunny Moon my skin does look slightly brighter and firmer in comparison to what it looked like before I applied the mask, it also feels softer to touch.  However, is this a face mask I would buy again? If I’m honest probably not. I personally think I would rather invest in a fresh face mask like oatifix which contains honey to help fight my acne but also contains oatmeal and ground almonds which would exfoliate my skin. I would then continue to use The Birth of Venus every other night instead to help keep my skin looking brighter, more healthy and radiant. This is no disrespect to Bunny Moon, which is still a brilliant mask within its own right, it’s just that I unfortunately don’t think it caters to my personal skin care needs. However, I still have half a pot to use so I may change my mind in time.

Let me know if you are getting on better with Bunny Moon and how your finding Lush’s new Jelly Face Masks. I will be back in two weeks for another Face Mask Friday post, although I have no idea what mask to use next! If you have any recommendations let me know in the comments section below.

 

 

Beauty · Facemask Friday · Skin Care

The Birth of Venus Face Mask

Hello, and welcome to my new fortnightly series I have oh so creatively named Face Mask Friday. To kick-start this off, I have decided to post about the new Lush Cosmetics mask named The Birth of Venus which was the first product I purchased from their Jelly Face mask collection.

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The Birth of Venus mask stood out from the get-go as it contains fresh rose petal infusion, lavender absolute and chamomile blue oil which reminded me of the facial soap Lush also sells called Fresh Farmacy.  The ingredients in both products are very similar and  I always have a block of Fresh Farmacy stashed away for when I suffer from heavy breakouts, because despite being 27 my acne still likes to think that I am 13. Thankfully I was correct in my thinking, and The Birth of Venus helps to calm any redness in my skin or bouts of acne I am suffering from. Also, this wonderful mask leaves my skin feeling soft, dewy and hydrated which is a rarity as most face masks leave my skin feeling quite tight and dry. The benefits of this mask also carry over to the next morning as when I wake up my skin seems to look more plump and just altogether more healthy, which makes applying my foundation a hell of a lot easier.

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Due to the combination of fresh ingredients that are present in this mask, the scent is both subtle and very calming, making it perfect to use just before bed. The texture of the mask is silky once applied to the skin and I personally do not find it as heavy or as drying as other facemask tend to be, I also find it sits comfortably on the skin and after the designated time, meaning I’m not itching to remove the mask before its worked its magic.

But what is a jelly mask and how do you apply it to your skin? Well, I wrote up a terrible overview of these fantastic masks last week found here, and as for application this jelly mask turns into a paste incredibly easy. With this product I have already pre-cut the mask into small cubes and I personally find that one cube is more than enough to create a thin layer over my face and neck. What I personally do is take one cube in the palm of my hand, and with clean, dry fingers I work the jelly into a paste. Once a paste has formed, which usually takes me no more than 20 seconds, I apply the product to my face in the same way you would any other face mask. The instructions on the pot advises leaving the mask on for 15 minutes but some nights I leave it on a little while longer, before washing off with warm water and a clean face cloth. The mask isn’t difficult to remove in comparison to other clay based masks I have used in the past.

Lastly, I have been so impressed by this mask I have actually added it to my night-time skin care routine. I was very sceptical of these masks at first, which you may also be when reading this post, however after using them I think it will be very hard for any other face masks to knock it from its pedestal it now sits upon.

Let me know if you have tried The Birth of Venus or any other products from the jelly face mask range and how you’re getting on with them, or if you have a face mask that you think is even better than this one please let me know below!

I will be back in two weeks, possibly writing about the Bunny Moon mask which I am itching to use! Unless another one grabs my attention before hand. How exciting! Until then!

 

 
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Beauty · Facemask Friday · Skin Care

Jelly Face Mask

From what I have seen this year online, 2017 seems to be the year of the face mask.

Way back at the start of January all the major beauty and make up influencers were harping on about how good the Glam Glow masks had left their skin feeling, which at around £40 for a 50g jar of the stuff you would kind of hope so! Then we seen the rise of those black facemask peels all over social media, where people ripped out blackheads (and practically half their face) with this magic pore cleansing mask.

At the end of July, Lush also added a few new face mask to the market. One that was exciting, initiative and has quite a good shelf life compared to the fresh face masks they are known for. The jelly face mask. Lush have launched five of these Jelly masks, all containing carrageenan extract (red seaweed) which is the key to their jelly like texture and is also moisturising on the skin.

Now I wont lie, the first time I used one of these masks I had no idea what I was doing and found the formula quite frustrating. However, after using these masks a few times I seem to have got the application method down to a T! Basically, you pop a small amount into the palm of your hand and smoosh the product into a paste before applying it to your face.

I currently own three of these masks:

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Bunny moon which I purchased under 24 hours ago so I haven’t used this mask yet, but it smells like talc and also contains a small amount of honey which is supposed to help hydrate your skin.

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1000 Millihelens contains fresh apple juice, green tea and witch hazel. Ironically I do believe this product makes my skin break out rather than preventing breakouts, however I have only used it twice so I may need to use it a few more times before my skin starts to settle down.

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My favourite out of all three, and the one which is now part of my nightly face care regime is The Birth of Venus Face Mask. This mask contains fresh rose petal infusion, lavender and chamomile blue oil and helps to both calm and hydrate my skin.

I also would like to try FOMO which is full of calamine powder and rose absolute to help calm and sooth your skin, and lastly Just to Clarify which has bamboo stem and papaya juice which exfoliates and brightens tired skin.

The best thing about these masks is they are highly versatile. Unlike the fresh face masks lush also sell, these masks do not have to live in the fridge and will sit well next to the rest of your skin care products. A small amount of the product also seems to go along way, so rather than getting three or four uses per pot, I imagine one pot could last weeks if used daily, meaning you get a lot more product for your money, which is also fantastic seeing as rather then having a 2/3 week shelf life, these face masks will last at least four months.

What more do you need? I’ve added links to the reviews I have done above, though on the date of publish that will just be for The Birth of Venus Face Mask, but over the next few weeks I will add more. I may even create Face mask Friday! Though to be honest I think I’m testing myself trying to post twice a week, three times may kill me. Let me know below if you like this idea! Also let me know what face masks you have been trying and loving!