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The Aqua Mask

Description: A new generation of face mask combining Pomegranate and Glycerin in a fresh jelly texture. It hydrates to quench skin’s thirst and it rehydrates skin in just 10 minutes, leaving it replumped and silky-smooth. No Parabens.
Immediately; skin looks bouncy, fresher.
Long-lasting effectiveness; skin feels hydrated, suppler and softer.

Directions: Apply on clean and dry skin. Avoid eye and lip areas. Leave on for 10 minutes, then massage in the excess product until completely absorbed or remove excess with a cotton pad.

The initial application of this mask feels slightly cooling, maybe because I’ve stored it in the bathroom cabinet which is a cool place in general. I can feel a slight stinging to the skin, and it doesn’t feel as if it is immediately hydrating the skin but not drying it either. After the ten minutes was up, my skin hadn’t absorbed a lot of it. I was also reminded about the Garnier Moisture+ day cream that I used to use.. It kinda feels like they just put it in a sachet and are trying to pass it off as a mask because it made my skin feel the exact same way, slightly greasy and not hydrated in the way I like.

Would I buy this one again? No. I did not enjoy the day cream and I did not enjoy this mask.

The Juicy Peel Mask

Description: A new generation of face mask combining Lemon Extract and Smoothing Active Glycolic Acid in a jelly texture that illuminates for smooth, radiant skin with a healthy glow. No Parabens.
Immediately; skin looks more refined, luminous, with a healthy glow.
Long-lasting effectiveness; skin tone appears more radiant, smoother and softer.

Directions: Apply on clean and dry skin. Avoid eye and lip areas. Leave on for 5 minutes, then rinse.

I had some issues with this one at first, because in the English directions it said to leave it on for 10 minutes and in the Norwegian one it said 5 minutes, so I opted for the middle ground, 7 and a half because I couldn’t be bothered to check their website. But it was originally supposed to only be on for 5 minutes, tops.

The consistency for this mask was kind of like a lemon jelly, it was almost completely clear and had a slight lemon scent. It was fairly easy to apply, though with it being clear it wasn’t too easy to see where I had applied it or not until I layered some more on the skin. I kept it on the skin for about 7 minutes, since I couldn’t seem to figure out how long I was supposed to have it on and after five minutes it started to sting a bit. My skin didn’t turn too red though, I was expecting it to be worse after I rinsed it off.

This mask really took care of the oil on my face and made my skin feel super smooth – for a day – the day after my skin was twice as oily as normal so it felt like it had just postponed everything for a day.. So because of that, I didn’t like it too much. A temporary fix is not worth it if the aftermath is twice as bad.

Would I repurchase this? No.

The Volcano Mask

Description: A new generation of face mask combining Volcanic rock and Clay in a self-heating clay texture that minimises the appearance of pores for pure, smooth skin. No Parabens.
Immediately: skin appears purified and looks smoother and less shiny.
Long-lasting effectiveness: pores look unclogged and seem less visible. Skin appears refreshed.

Directions: Apply on clean and dry skin. Avoid eye and lip areas. Leave on for 3 minutes, then rinse.

A 3 minute mask? I didn’t really believe a mask could do anything in just three minutes. This one was for pore minimizing so I only applied it on my cheeks, my nose and my chin because I don’t really have too noticeable pores anywhere else. This mask was really, really thick and it felt as if I had found clay outside and just rubbed it on my skin. I thought it would have the same consistency as the L’Oreal clay masks but this was so much thicker.

It says to be self heating but I didn’t notice that in the short three minutes that it was on my face. It was kind of a pain to remove because it is so thick, but I could see that it had reduced my pores a little bit in that time. It also removed all traces of oil on my face but the same happened the day after as with the juicy peel mask, my skin didn’t like it and produced twice as much oil again.

I would use this again just to reduce pores for special occasions but I wouldn’t want to upset my skin this much just for nothing.

Would I repurchase this? Maybe.

 

Have you tried any of these masks? 

 

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What is it?

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The True Match Minerals Powder claims to be a skin improving foundation that consists of 95% minerals. I purchased one in the shade Rose Ivory because I felt that this was the shade that suited me the best. ( It was also the palest shade I could find. I’m pretty much as white as snow when my skin is behaving properly ). It looks a bit dark in the glass jar, as you can see in the picture below. The powder is dispensed through a mesh layer and the instructions says to just dab your brush down in it to pick up the powder. You can end up picking up a whole lot at once so I would definitely recommend to tap off some of the excess before applying it to your face.

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How does it work for me?

In the picture below I have only applied the foundation to one side of my face. I guess you can tell that it is on the left side of the picture, since the skin there is much more even and less red compared to the right side of the picture. My nose is the easiest to see it on, because the camera couldn’t pick up on the redness of my cheeks too well. The day I chose to document this was a very physically heavy day because I help out with stocking dry goods in a grocery store and there is a lot of heavy lifting so I could really get to test it to see how it would last.

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I applied my make up right before 8 in the morning and it looked fine. I couldn’t really take pictures in very natural light because the sun doesn’t really come up until after 9. I then kept the make up on my face throughout work, and took a new picture around 3 in the afternoon. The foundation has stayed on very well, only fading a bit from my nose, making it shiny, and my cheeks, which was mostly due to me wiping sweat off of my face.

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I think it held up pretty well, and it has on other days when I haven’t done as much too and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who prefers powder foundations over regular foundations. My skin can’t handle liquid foundations so powders have been my go to for the past few years. It really feels like I’m wearing nothing at all and it’s really nice!

Have you tried this foundation before? What did you think of it? 

What is it?

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Kukuí Oil is a spray designed to combat frizz and dryness, especially for naturally curly hair but you can use this for other hair types as well. Ideally it is supposed to be used on damp hair after a shower but you can also use it on dry hair to tame frizz. I have been loving OGX products for years, and sadly I heard that they are no longer cruelty free but I struggle with parting with the products after relying on them for so long.

How does it work?

Spray it on your hair, massage or brush it in and feel how healthy and soft your hair is after! The first time I used it I sprayed it on damp hair after just using shampoo and it honestly felt like a completely different head of hair. My hair gets very frizzy during the colder months of the year so having something like this is very, very important for me. The spray bottle is not too big either so it’s easy to just put it in your bag and bring it with you wherever you need to go.

The second time I tried this spray I used on dry hair and it worked very similar to how it was in damp hair. What I did notice though is that when you use this on dry hair, be careful not to spray too much close to your scalp on the top of your head because it will make your roots appear and feel greasy faster than usual. That was what the only 1-star review I could find of it said too when I looked at their website, so the general consensus seems to be that it is good! I’m glad I’m not the only one thinking that.

So I would really recommend this if you struggle with your hair feeling dry and frizzy, because it will nourish it and make it feel soft, look shiny and healthy and just improve your hairs health overall. I have tried many hair oils in my life and this is the best one I have found so far! I would totally include a before and after picture of my hair while using this, but my hair is jet black and you can’t really see any individual strands or any proper details in pictures.. Believe me, I tried and I was very unsuccessful.

 

Have you tried this before? What did you think of it?  

 

 

ELF Lip Exfoliator review

October 24, 2017 — 9 Comments

What is it?

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The ELF lip exfoliator is basically a lip scrub in lipstick form. It’s in a sleek, matte black packaging and it is conveniently shaped like a lip stick for easy application. It is a mixture of oils and butters and it has a grainy texture. Since it contains butters it will melt at body temperature and it will create a slip when you use it to make it easier and more gentle on your lips. Using it is quite simple, all you have to is to apply it to your lips with small circular movements for better exfoliation and then wipe it off afterwards. It’s always a good idea to apply a lip balm after you exfoliate your lips too, just to make them feel more nourished.

I have used the scrub many times now (it doesn’t look as pretty as in the picture anymore) but it works really well for me. As you can see in the pictures below, on the top my lips look uneven in color because they’re dry. On the bottom is after exfoliation, before applying a lip balm and the color has evened out because the exfoliation has brought more blood to them and made them more smooth. There’s no dry lines anymore and they generally feel a lot healthier.

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I’m very impressed with how well it works, how it smells and how it tastes. You’re not really supposed to taste it but I just had to. It should be somewhat safe so I don’t think it will hurt me in any way to have done that. I tend to leave it on my lips for a little bit to let the oils and butters do its work before wiping it off, but I don’t think everyone would enjoy that feeling.

However, if you don’t have too sensitive lips and want a scrub that is less messy than a traditional sugar scrub, plus it’s affordable ($3 on their website), I would recommend this. If it doesn’t work for you, at least you haven’t spent loads of money on it.

Have you tried this scrub/exfoliator before? What did you think of it?

What is this?

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I found this in the Maybelline display at the grocery store here and I was immediately intrigued, especially since I have been loving purple a lot the past year or so. I haven’t had a proper blush in ages because I feel like my cheeks shine through no matter what so I decided on purchasing this one. It also comes with a highlighting shade so it was kind of a twofer. The idea of it, as told by the backside of the packaging is to use the blush, then highlight on top of it to give a different effect, apparently.

In the pan, the highlighter looks really pale, but when I swatched it, as you can see below, it looks more golden than white. For me, that is kind of a problem since I’m really pale and golden shades doesn’t suit me too well. The other shades look gorgeous though, there’s a good variety between shades, one pink-ish, one light purple and one that looks a lot deeper.

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The blushes are very pigmented, so you would have to be careful when applying it. I used a round contour brush to apply it the first time because my blush brush had been used for highlighter previously and I didn’t want to wash it. By using that I pretty much just stamped a circle of color onto my cheeks and I looked like a clown. You can also see in the picture below that the palette has a lot of fallout so be careful when using a brush to apply it. I only gently swiped into the color and that was how much came out, a bit more than what I’m used to from other Maybelline products. I guess it makes up for it by being super pigmented.

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All in all I found it to be a good enough blush, the highlight was too dark so I resorted to using it on my eyes along with the purple shades instead. The colors blend really well so they are ideal for being used as an eye shadow too.. So this is technically a three-fer palette then, blush, highlight and eye shadow in one!

Have you tried this before? What do you think about it?