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Jelly on your face…?

Seems like it! The Jelly face masks were revealed earlier this year and they are now to be found in Lush stores everywhere, and they’re really interesting. I had this pot sent to me by the lovely Storm and I really fell in love with it and how fun it is.

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This face mask contains ingredients like apple juice, green tea, witch hazel, Sicilian lemon and Brazilian orange oils, and neroli oil. All of these will help brighten your complexion and work on any trouble spots you might have. All of the ingredients are ethically sourced and they are all vegan so it’s safe to use for pretty much anyone. The ingredients used have exfoliating, rejuvenating and moisturizing properties so they will be a treat for your skin.

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What is made kind of obvious by the name, is that they have somewhat of a jelly texture to them. It honestly feels like Lush accidentally combined a shower jelly with one of the fresh face masks one day and just rolled with it. It woDSC_0202rks, although it is a bit lumpy when you use it. You’re supposed to either rub the jelly directly onto your face, or break off a piece and rub it between your hands to form more of a paste before applying it to your face. I chose the latter,  and it kind of looks and feels like the Mask of Magnaminty from Lush.

It is not as tingly or cooling, but it does feel good on the skin, and you can really feel the witch hazel work on any impurities you might have. I had a very recent breakout around my nose and boy did it attack that area. My skin felt a lot better afterwards though, so for me it was definitely worth the pain as it stopped the spot from growing bigger.

The mask is to be left on for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. I used warm water and a washcloth and it was fairly easy to remove, it just took a couple of wipes here and there to get it all off. I didn’t feel any immediate miracles happening with my skin but as time went on it felt better and better. My skin felt really rejuvenated the morning after and I am definitely going to use this again, at least enough times to use up everything in the pot it came in. The pot is part of the recycling program Lush has too so you can keep it and trade it in for a free fresh face mask when you have five empty ones. Unfortuately the jelly mask doesn’t count as a fresh face mask so you can’t exchange the pots for it.

All in all, I would give this mask 8/10, it would have been a full score if I had felt any immediate effects.

Have you tried a jelly mask before? What did you think of it? 

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I received a sample of this clay mask from L’Oreal and it had enough for two (could have stretched it to three) uses and I was really happy with it! (Although it was sent to me for free, all of my opinions are my own.) I have tried their purifying clay mask before and I was very happy with the result from that so my expectations were high. I used a brush to apply it to my face and it went on in a thin, smooth layer. I think it has been the easiest application I have ever experienced with a clay mask and I truly enjoyed how it felt on my skin.

I noticed that the layer I had on dried fairly quickly but I decided to keep the mask on my face for the entire duration of the suggested time that was 10 minutes. It stiffened up my face like a clay mask would and I found it a bit uncomfortable because I couldn’t smile and I definitely couldn’t frown without it feeling like I was cracking my entire face up.

The mask contains charcoal and other detoxifying ingredients and I could see it attacking the blackheads on my nose, drying in small circles around them and it honestly felt a bit weird. My nose did look clearer when I washed it off though so it definitely must have done something to it. I would have showed a before and after picture but blackheads and all of that makes me feel all queasy and squeamish.

When I rinsed the mask off of my face, I was greeted with the softest feeling skin that I have ever felt in my whole life. My face felt like it was new and I was sad to have finished my second application already, definitely wanting more of this great mask. After using roughly 50 different kinds of sheet masks last year, I feel like this is the year of the clay mask for me and I am really glad I got to test this one out! I would definitely purchase this on my own if I am in need of a face mask in the future and I would recommend this to anyone who wants to give their face a good detox treatment.

Have you tried any of the clay masks from L’Oreal? What did you think of them?

 

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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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It always feels weird to make wishlists based on the season of the year, but some products just sound more tempting and more useful in the summer. Cooling products, for example, are great to use during the summer and I would definitely never use them during winter because it’s cold enough here already. I always feel like using lip products and brighter colors in the summer too, I suppose that is a norm for most people. But for me who usually only wear black and don’t care much for daily make up, it is strange indeed! I have incorporated more pink and blue into both my wardrobe and my make up and there’s a few more things I would love to purchase before summer is over. If I can ever convince myself to do so is a different story, but a girl can always dream! Is there anything you want for the summer? Here’s my somewhat short beauty wishlist at least!

  • Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipsticks in Dark Wine & Dark Pink Frost

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  • NYX Liquid Crystal Liner Jade & Wet n Wild Megaslicks Lip Gloss Strawberry Ice

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  • Max Factor Wild Shadow Pots Turqoise Fury & Brazen Charcoal

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  • Nip+Fab Dragons Blood Fix Pads & Skinlite Cooling Cucumber Pads

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  • Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Honey Drops Cream & L’Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water

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I’m sure we all have those days where all we want is to get rid of our make up and go straight to bed. Or maybe we want to stay in bed in the morning instead of going to the bathroom to wash our faces. The former happens a lot to me when I come home after a long day, so having products at hand that I can use without needing any water is great.

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The first thing I do is to use the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. It is very convenient, it doesn’t have to be rinsed off and it removes make up like a dream while still being so gentle to sensitive skin. I just use it with a cotton pad, wipe off my make up and then go over again with a new cotton pad to properly cleanse the skin. Then I spray some of the Tea Tree Toner Water onto a cotton pad and use small circular movements as I apply it to the skin. Then I let it dry for a few minutes before moving onto the next steps.

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After using the toner I move on to moisturizing the skin, and lately I have been loving the Figs & Rouge Hydra Activ Smart Nutrient Day Cream. Even if it is a day cream, I also use it at night because it has been so beneficial for my skin, giving it just enough moisture without making my skin feel greasy. It is great for using under powder make up too since it makes sure that you don’t have any dry patches the powder can adhere to. Under the eyes I use the oOlution Eye Love cream which hydrates, depuffs and tightens the under eye area. I love using it because it always makes me look so awake. It also works great under a concealer because it’s not too heavy so it just makes the area smooth and nice. Lastly I use Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Balm, this one is especially great to apply before bed because it is a thick formula that takes some time to absorb. I always wake up with soft lips after using it and I love it. It also has SPF in it so its great to use during the day too.

So that’s what I use when I don’t want to spend ages in the bathroom to get ready and just need a quick fix! What do you usually use? 

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