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When it comes to skincare, I rarely change how I do it, but I like switching out the products and trying new brands or items from brands I already know. I have been using the same products for a long time so I thought it was time to switch things out and try some new things out. Here’s what I got and my first impressions of them.

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♥ Simple – Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water

This is a micellar water cleanser, and I love to use these. I have been using one from Garnier but I felt like it was time for something new. The major difference for me was that this one actually had a scent, compared to the Garnier one which was practically unscented. It’s not terrible though, and it does make my skin feel just as cleansed and nice as the other one did. So I’ll give it a 9/10.

♥ Nivea – Soothing Toner For Dry Skin

This one was a bit weird! It totally smells like the Nivea body lotion I used before so it was odd to have that scent for a toner. It is soothing though, and my skin feels a bit more hydrated and not as tight after using it so it works well enough. I used to use a tea tree toner water so having something that isn’t actively combatting breakouts and spots feels a bit weird but so far I haven’t noticed any changes in my skin. I’ll give this a 8/10.

♥ L’Oreal – Hydra Genius Aloe Water

This is a slightly weird one! It’s not a water, it’s not a cream and it is not a gel. I guess it’s like those water creams you hear about in k-beauty, but it is a nice texture. It feels slightly cooling on the skin and it does make my skin feel really hydrated, so I like it a lot! It is light weight and it works nicely under make up as long as you give it a few minutes to dry first, of course. I’ll give this a 9/10.

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♥ Korres – Wild Rose Sleeping Facial Night Cream

This is a very floral scented night cream. I’m not sure what I expected from the scent wild rose but I didn’t expect it to be so potent. It’s not terrible though, it’s just a bit stronger than what I am used to. It is a fairly thick night cream so I only use a little bit at a time to avoid my skin from feeling too greasy the morning after. It works pretty well! I’ll give this one a 8/10.

♥ Dove – Nutrium Moisture Shower Cream Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena Scent

I adore Dove shower creams and milks and this is no exception! It smells so sweet and fresh at the same time and it is very hydrating and soothing to use in the shower. The scent lingers for a while too so that is a plus! I think all Dove shower creams would get an automatic 10/10 from me, I haven’t encountered any bad ones yet.

I also received a sample with my order, which was for the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser. I haven’t tried this yet since I am still getting used to the new products I’m using now, but I am very excited to give it a go after a while.

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think about them? 

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A Natural way to Detoxify & Renew your Skin within a Few Minutes.

Refines Pores and Brightens, while keeping your skin Hydrated and Smooth. Helps to Balance your Skin’s pH for a Perfect Complexion. Skin becomes visibly Healthier, feels Energized and looks Plumper.

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The Mudmasky Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask was a product that i received in t
he Glossybox for February. As most people can tell from what I have posted during my time here at this blog is that I’m a sucker for face masks. To start with, I was only in love with sheet masks because they were so convenient, but I soon realized that mud masks and the like is great too when I want to do a proper pamper session.

I had never heard of Mudmasky prior to receiving it in the box, so I went on their website to check out what they’re all about and I was very impressed. They have an extensive ingredients list with pictures and everything so it is easy for someone to look it up on their own. If you click on any of the pictures on the website you get taken to a text page instead that explains every ingredient, from what they are to why they are used in the mask. I think it is very good for a company to be so open about what they put in their products, it ups their credibility a lot!

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After doing the research I decided that it was finally time to actually try the mask. It has three different lengths of time that it recommends for you to use, based on your skin type. If you have dry skin they recommend using it for 7 minutes, if you have normal skin they recommend using it for 9 minutes, and if you have oily skin they recommend 11 minutes.  I have dry to normal skin so i compromised and used it for 8 minutes.

When applying it, the consistency is very much like other mud masks, however they say to only use a thin layer. This also makes the tube last way longer, which is a plus because it has a very high price point. (its 79 Euros on their web page, which is approximately $73 dollars). During the initial application the mask feels a bit cooling on the skin, but when it starts drying (after a minute or two) it goes over to a tingly sensation, and it becomes very very tight on the skin. I could barely move my mouth to speak and it was a tiny bit uncomfortable.

When it comes to removing the mask, the packaging says to remove it with cold water, which is probably to further help with minimizing pores. It was uncomfortable at first since my skin felt weird from all of the tingling, but i quickly got used to it. It was fairly easy to wash off and it did exfoliate the skin a tiny bit during the process. After letting my face air dry, my skin felt soft and refreshed and i could almost see that my pores had become smaller. I have used the mask a few more times after the initial application and i am still very impressed with the result! Even if it does show good results, i still think the price is a bit high, but my final verdict is that it is worth it, if you can get your hands on it for a fair price.

Have you tried this mask before? What are your thoughts?

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Lush Dusting Powders

March 6, 2017 — 1 Comment

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Sells a range of natural handmade bath and body products including natural soaps, bath bombs, shampoos, fragrances and specialty products. They’re 100% vegetarian and 80% of their products are suited for vegans. I’m only a regular consumer and my posts and reviews are not sponsored in any way. If you have any questions, contact lush at uk.lush.com or whichever site is native to you.

♥ Silky Underwear

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Silky Underwear from Lush is the first dusting powder i have tried in my life and i am honestly surprised that i have not even been remotely curious to try it before. The powder makes my skin feel silky smooth and it can be used as a deodorant, as a booster to help with the dreaded ‘chub rub’ in the summer, it can stop things from chafing and it can ‘dry’ out your hands if you need it to.

This product is honestly so versatile and i don’t really understand why i did not show any interest in it at first. The smell is lovely too, a nice and subtle jasmine scent that wont overpower any perfume you wear.

One thing to keep in mind while using it is that a little goes a long way. A month into using it i have maybe used one sixth of the bottle, and i have used it in many, many ways since i got it in the mail.

I would recommend this dusting powder to anyone who has been skeptical of trying it, it really is worth it, and the price is not bad at all when it lasts for so long.

Ingredients; Cornstarch, Kaolin, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Magnesium Carbonate, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Vetivert Oil, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Benzyl Cinnamate, Linalool.

Rating (out of five stars); ★★★★★


♥ Fairy Dust

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If you have a sweet tooth and love the snow fairy scent from Lush, you will probably love this too. Like other dusting powders, this makes your skin feel great and dry and it can help with chafing and the dreaded chub rub in the summer. However, i would not recommend using this as a deodorant powder, like i occasionally do with Silky Underwear if i’m not doing anything particular. The main reason for this is the amount of glitter in it and it can feel kind of abrasive on sensitive skin. But if you enjoy glittery armpits, go ahead and use it!

Fairy dust is great for the skin, great for sprinkling on your sheets before going to bed, and you’ll wake up with glitter everywhere. It’s quite charming, i must say. I also sometimes pour some onto my carpet and vacuum it up to make my room smell lovely. It’s a very versatile product and i’m sure you would love it if you’re into more ‘girly’ and sweet scents.

Ingredients; Cornflour, Sodium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Carbonate, Perfume, Synthetic Musk, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Citral, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Snowflake Lustre, Fandango Lustre.

Rating; ★★★★★


♥ First Snow

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First snow is one of many dusting powders made by Lush, and it is not part of the regular range of products. I think it was first released with the Christmas range years ago. I purchased two bottles from two separate people in a Lush Facebook group because i was on a dusting powder spree and wanted to try them all. I do regret purchasing it now, i will probably never finish them so i would most likely pass them on to a friend.

When i first received them i was very excited. The silky underwear dusting powder has made such a big difference in my life so i was hoping this would  do the same. The powder is light and full of glitter and it looks great on the skin.

The thing i don’t like about it however is the smell. I have been on many a vacation to the canary islands and every time i’m there, the cleaning ladies at the hotel use a citrus scented chemical solution to clean the bathrooms. That is exactly what the dusting powder smells like to me, and I really cannot stand having it on my skin.

It is very festive and sparkly though, so if you can handle cleaning supply-scented stuff, you would probably love this. I will not ever purchase it again, but it is still a good product, i just wish it had a different scent.

Ingredients; Cornflour, Snowflake Lustre, Magnesium Carbonate, Talc, Geopearl crystal glittering rainbow, Perfume, Sweet Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil, Citral, Limonene, Citronellol, Linalool.

Rating; ★★★


♥ Mr. Sandman

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Mr Sandman is part of the Lush Christmas range. It is also part of the ever so popular Twilight scent family, and it smells wonderfully of lavender and chamomile. It is not an overpowering lavender scent like i can find other products to be though, in fact it is very pleasant!

Dusting powders are very versatile and i use them in many ways. I sprinkle some onto my mattress before putting on new sheets, i sprinkle some on the floor when i vacuum to use it as a room scent, i use it as dry shampoo if i’m in a pinch and i use it ‘normally’ by rubbing it into my skin whenever i need to freshen up a bit. The dusting powder absorbs oil and moisture and leaves your skin feeling really smooth and nice.

I think dusting powders are some my favorite products from Lush, both because they are so versatile and also because they last for a really long time. You don’t have to use much at a time so a bottle is almost guaranteed to last you for ages. The weight on the bottles might not seem like a lot but the powders get a bit compacted after a while and then you can just shake the bottle and it looks completely full again.

Another thing that is great about this dusting powder in particular is that it is great to use before bedtime, which you can kinda tell from the name. It doesn’t have an insane amount of glitter either so that is a bonus. I feel like using it before bedtime is like receiving a big, warm hug and it really helps me to fall asleep a bit more comfortably.

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Ingredients; Tapiocha Starch, Magnesium Carbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Chamomile Powder, Lavender Powder, Perfume, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Sand, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Radiant Gold and Glamour Gold Lustre.

Rating; ★★★★★

Have you tried any of the dusting powders from Lush? What do you think about them?

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After ages of hearing both good and bad reviews about the infamous silisponge, i decided to just purchase a ‘knock-off’ version of it. I mainly did it because it’s pink, but also because then i wouldn’t feel bad about tossing it out if it sucked as bad as the reviews I have read.

The sponge is very soft and comfortable to hold, and like the reviews says, it’s smooth and wont absorb any product. The official videos for the sponge shows to dab like how you would use a make up sponge so that is how i used them. I decided to use a concealer that is a few shades too dark just to show you how it performed versus the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I used a thin line (on the right) for the silicone sponge, and a bit thicker (on the left) for the RT sponge, since those sponges are known for absorbing products and i wanted it to be fair.

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I quickly started using the silicone sponge first so that the thinner line of concealer wouldn’t have any time to dry and i was initially impressed by the coverage it gave, as you can see in the picture below. However, i noticed that it just layered the concealer on top of the skin instead of blending it in, so it ended up looking very cakey and not nice at all.

With the RT sponge, i got a bit less coverage, but you can see that it blended in way more naturally since it’s not as visibly beige on the skin like how the result from the silicone sponge was.. So my verdict is that it’s definitely not worth the hype since it won’t blend the product into the skin as effortlessly as other sponges would. I could probably see it being great for stage make up, since it is kind of cakey anyways, but for an everyday look, i wouldn’t recommend it.

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Have you tried the Silisponge or any of it’s knock-offs before?
What do you think about it? 

 

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♥ Charcoal and pumice

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Charcoal and pumice is a really thick mud mask full of nutritional and exfoliating ingredients. As it is quite thick, i would really recommend making sure your skin is wet before trying to apply this or else it would be really hard to spread it out properly. It has a dark grey color in the little pot but it shows up a lot lighter on the skin. I could easily get two uses out of this one because it’s so thick. They probably want you to apply it really thickly, but i found a thinner layer to be better and somewhat more beneficial. It also saves you money since you get to use it twice, not that they are all too expensive but it’s always nice to save.

You’re supposed to leave it on for about 10 to 20 minutes, but i honestly just left it on until it was dry, which took closer to 20 minutes. I’m sure it would dry faster if you use less water when applying it though. It made my skin feel firm and nice when it dried down and i thought it was fun to look at it as it cracked when i tried moving my face. I used a scrubbing brush to remove it from my face and it left my face feeling exfoliated and refreshed, i really enjoyed it and i would definitely recommend it for anyone with tired skin.


♥ Liquorice and sugar

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This one interested me the most out of the three, mainly because I absolutely love the scent of licorice.  I thought it would kind of have the same muddy texture as the other two masks so that i could use it twice, but this one was more liquefied and I had to use the whole thing at once.  As you can see in the image below, it kind of looks like black tar in the little pot. The pot had been resting on its side in a woven basket of mine so that is why all of the product is gathered in a corner.

It was really easy to spread out on the face and it felt really light weight and nice. I noticed that it felt a bit abrasive when putting it on at first but that’s what it is meant to be! I left it on for 20~ish minutes, I had thrown away the packaging because they take up less space with just the pot, but most of them say somewhere between 10 and 20 minutes so i figured i would be safe with 20. When the time was up, i used my face scrubbing brush to remove it and it left my skin looking kind of red since it was so exfoliating on its own to begin with. The redness didn’t last for long though and my skin felt so soft and moisturized and i couldn’t see or feel any oiliness when I ran my hand over it like an hour later. I definitely recommend this one for those who want a gentle but good scrubbing to reduce the appearance of oils for a while.


♥ Dead Sea mud

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This is another mud mask, and surprisingly enough it wasn’t as thick and chunky as the first one mentioned in this post. It definitely has a consitency quite like the L’oreal Purify Clay mask, and it is absolutely lovely! It feels a bit cold at first so it helps calm down your skin right away when you apply it. Like the other two masks, it has exfoliating properties. It’s by no means as rough as the others but it’s still there.

It says on the package that it is for combination skin and i would definitely agree with that! I had the mask on for about 20 minutes, and when i washed it off i could feel a teeny tiny bit of oiliness so I don’t think this would be right for oily skin at all because it nourishes the skin so much. I didn’t use my scrubbing brush for this one, just water and a washing cloth so that could be why i could feel some oiliness here and there. But it is a nice mask for when your skin needs a bit of love and care, so i would definitely recommend this one too!

 

Have you tried any of the H&M face masks? What do you think of them? 

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