Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty

In February I decided to buy my first EVER lush mask. As a brand I love Lush and their strive to use organic natural ingredients in all their products, as well as being cruelty free. After discussing my skin issues with the sales assistant, she advised me to opt for the mask of magnaminty. This was a self preserving mask so did not need to be refrigerated like many of Lush’s other masks. Priced at £12.50 for a large tub (315g) it was an absolute steal, and I couldn’t wait to get home and try it out.

Initial Thoughts

I couldn’t believe how good this mask smelt, it reminded me of mint chocolate chip ice cream! The peppermint oil gave it a lovely refreshing feel and left my face feeling very cool. The mask has a very thick texture which is from the ground aduki beans and evening primrose seeds which act as the exfoliant in this mask. One of the main ingredients in the mask is honey, which acts as a natural preservative which is why this mask does not need to be refrigerated. In the past I’ve found clay masks to be very drying on my skin, but I was pleasantly surprised that this mask left my skin feeling soft and moisturised. My skin as a whole looked less red and was so soft that I couldn’t stop touching it! I was so impressed with this mask that I started using it 3 times a week; I found a lot goes a long way, so the larger 315g tub that I opted for will last me at least 3 months!

2 Months Later

So how did I get on? My main skin concerns were oily skin and outbreaks which this mask is supposed to combat, without drying your skin out too much. I still got outbreaks whilst using this mask, but they were massively reduced! I could tell this mask was actually working because when I stopped using it for 2 weeks I had a bad outbreak, which was them calmed by the use of this mask. I additionally noticed the blackheads around the corners of my nose were reducing in size which was an added bonus! I found it was great to use in the shower, and applied it to my back also as I sometimes get spots there. I found it be as effective on my back as it was for my face, so if your looking for a product to combat your ‘bacne’ also then give the mask of magnaminty a try!

Final Thoughts

This mask is a great addition to your skincare routine if like me you suffer from oily skin or outbreaks. It contains natural ingredients mean that it’s not that harsh that it drys your skin out, whilst effectively reducing the amount of outbreaks you get. It is a self preserving mask it, you can only keep it for 4 months but I’m sure if you did decide to keep it in the fridge then you could keep it a little longer. Because a lot goes a long way, I found that the large tub lasted me quite long whilst using it on both my face and my body. I’d advice if your only going to use it on your face once a week then to opt for smaller size. The overall effect of this mask was clearer and brighter skin, without the over drying effect that I found many masks which combat acne have. It is well worth a try if your looking for something new to revamp your skincare routine and give your skin the love and care it needs! If you’d like to try it for yourself you can purchase it from the Lush website here.

Have you tried any of the other masks which Lush sell?

Laura 

La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step System Review

So as I entered 2018, I decided to revamp by skin care regime and what better than investing in the highly revered La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step System. I’ve always suffered with problematic skin, which is prone to spots, blackheads and extremely oily to say the least. I’d heard many good reviews about La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] from friends who also had problematic skin, so I went all out and decided to buy the 3-Step System and see if I had finally purchased a product that worked for me.

The La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step System consists of:

  • Effaclar Purifying Gel Cleanser 125ml
  • Effaclar Astringent Lotion 200ml
  • Effaclar Duo [+] 40ml

The set is said to last for 6 weeks, however I found that the cleanser lasted much longer as you only need to use a small amount of it. The first thing I noticed about this system was it’s unusual smell which reminded me a little bit of washing up liquid! That aside, I was excited to try it out and see what results I got.

What does La Roche Posay promise with this product?

Specifically formulated for oily, blemish and acne-prone skin. An award-winning, simple 3-step regime, inspired by dermatologists, which is clinically proven to correct the appearance of blemishes, unclog pores and reduce pore size whilst keeping skin hydrated and reducing the appearance of red and brown marks.” – La Roche Posay

My verdict

After using this product for 2 weeks I noticed no difference to my skins appearance, however the amount of spots I usually get had reduced. I continued to use the product twice a day, morning and night and after 4 weeks my skin looked more even in tone, and the redness around my nose has reduced. Again the amount of spots I usually get had reduced. Excited to see the end result I continued until week 6, and was met with horrifically dry skin. The skin around the edges of my nose and tip of nose were dry, flaky and quite sore. I guess my skin wasn’t used to such a strict regime, and even though I have very oily skin, it left my skin dryer than it’s ever been in my life. I had to stop using it for a while due to this, but when my skin was back to normal I reduced the amount I used it to once a day, and applied a good moisturiser at night which seemed to combat the issue.

Overall, this product did reduce the amount of spots I get, and make my skin tone more even. But the product also claims to reduce the number of blackheads, and unfortunately mine were exactly the same as before I started using the system. I will still continue to use this system as I’m happy with how it reduced the amount of spots I got, but will be cautious over it causing my skin to become too dry. If you’d like to try it for yourself you can purchase the set here.

Have you tried any products from the Effaclar range?

Laura 

Garnier Pure Active Matte Control Anti- Blemish Face Moisturiser

After spending most of the festive period eating copious amounts of chocolate, biscuits and unhealthy food my skin understandably decided to break out badly. I’ve always had very oily spot prone skin, and have struggled to find one product that actually improves my skin and doesn’t break the bank…until now! I’ve been a fan of the Garnier Pure Active Micellar Water for some time now, as it’s the only micellar water that I’ve found which suits my skin, as it is aimed at people with combination and oily skin. However, I had not heard about any other products in the pure active range until I came across the Garnier Pure Active Matte Control Anti- Blemish Face Moisturiser on offer in Asda for £4. At that price I couldn’t resist and brought a tube of it, eager to get home and try it out.

The product contains ‘airlicium’, which is derived from a natural mineral silica which has absorbing properties which is how it can keep your skin matte for longer. It also contains salicylic acid which is good if you have acne prone skin as it will help reduce the amount of spots you get. My first impression was that this moisturiser didn’t look (or smell) like your standard moisturiser but looked more like a primer. It smelt very fresh and was clear in colour with a blue tint; I was expecting this to be a white cream like standard moisturisers. I first applied it before doing my makeup and found it left my skin feeling really soft and matte, better than most primers I’ve used in the past! I was really impressed with how long my make up stayed on using it, compared to when I apply my makeup with normal moisturiser or primer. I usually get shiny skin within 2-3 hours of applying make up but I was shine free for 6+ hours with the moisturiser. Along with its brilliant shine control capabilities I found that using this moisturiser daily reduced the amount of spots I got, and helped reduce the redness of my skin that was caused by my current break out.

I’ve now ditched my current primer for the Garnier Pure Active Matte Control Anti- Blemish Face Moisturiser because even though it is a moisturiser (and not a primer) I found that it actually works better than my current primer AND moisturises at the same time! If you have oily skin and your looking to try out something new I’d definitely recommend this product, to use as a primer under your foundation to reduce shine, or as a standard moisturiser.

Have you found any products for oily skin types that actually work?

Laura 

The Amazon Beauty Sample Box Review

After recently joining Amazon Prime I came across this amazing beauty sample box which was exclusively available to Prime members. Priced at £14.99 with free shipping I couldn’t say no and purchased this box ,which contained 9 beauty products. Additionally there was a deal available for prime members which meant if they purchased this box they were given £14.99 in credit making it practically free!

Unlike standard beauty box subscriptions, you were told what you were receiving within this one off box, which included:

  • Rimmel London Insta Fix and Go Setting Spray 100ml (Full Size)
  • WUNDER2 Dual Precision Brush (Full Size)
  • Bourjois Rouge Laque Liquid Lipstick (Full Size)
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (Full Size)
  • L’Oréal Paris 3 Pure Clays Multi-Masking Face Mark Play Kit (Full Size)
  • NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Cleansing Pads (Sample Size)
  • Yardley London Floral Fragrance Collection (Sample Size)
  • Bio-Oil Specialist Skin Care Oil (Sample Size)
  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (Sample Size)

Rimmel London Insta Fix and Go Setting Spray 100ml

This was probably my favourite product out of the box as I hadn’t used a setting spray before. The Insta Fix and Go Setting Spray can be used as both a primer and a setting spray so it saves you money as you don’t have to buy two products. It also has a beautiful cucumber/watermelon scent that I absolutely adore! I’ve always had issues with my makeup going patchy a few hours after application or my skin becoming ‘shiny’ which is because of my oily skin type. However I found this product definitely helped to keep my makeup intact and controlled the oil so I stayed shine free for longer. I will definitely be re-buying this product when it runs out.

WUNDER2 Dual Precision Brush (Full Size)

I was pretty thankful for this product being in the box, as I had just lost my favourite Zoeva brush which I used to apply my brow pomade! Overall it’s a great quality angled brush, it’s just the right firmness to give you a smooth and precise application of brow product, although it could do with being a little thinner. The spooly on the other end is an added bonus and allows you to brush your brows into shape before application.

Bourjois Rouge Laque Liquid Lipstick

I’m a massive fan of high end liquid lipsticks, and hadn’t used a drug store brand liquid lipstick before so was excited to see the results. It came in shade 08 Bloody Berry which is a beautiful deep red colour that I loved. The formulation had a satin finish, and was very pigmented but didn’t seem to dry as well as other liquid lipsticks I have used before. I was willing to look past this fault until I tried to remove the lipstick and found it nearly impossible to do so! It stained my lips pretty badly, so I sadly won’t be reaching for this product again.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

In the past I haven’t been too impressed with Sally Hansen nail varnishes so didn’t have high expectations for this product. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it has great pigmentation unlike the product I tried before (Sally Hansen Salon Nail Lacquer). I’m a massive fan of nude nail varnish so I fell in love with this shade 230 Nude Now and found that it chipped less than my trusted OPI nail varnishes, so I was extremely pleased overall with this product!

L’Oréal Paris 3 Pure Clays Multi-Masking Face Mark Play Kit

People could barely get enough of L’Oréal’s clay masks when they first came out, and I didn’t actually purchase any myself due to them always being sold out when I looked. The hype has dyed down a bit now but it’s still a popular product and I soon found out why! This set is perfect if you want to try out the masks but don’t want to buy the full jars. It also allows you to see which mask suits you best, and I really like the concept of it. You get around 2-3 applications out of each tub because a little goes a long way. Overall the masks left my skin feeling soft and looking clearer. I also noticed the amount of spots I got seemed to decrease which is always a plus!

NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Cleansing Pads

I was excited to try these pads as I’ve heard great things about NIP+FAB skincare products. The first thing I noticed was the sickly orange scent they had, which I wasn’t a massive fan of, however I didn’t let that put me off. In the sample you receive 5 pads, which I used each night for 5 nights consecutively. I found my face felt sticky after each use which I wasn’t a fan off, but I have to admit my skin was looking smoother and brighter by the end of the 5 uses, so these pads do actually work.

Yardley London Floral Fragrance Collection

This collection contained four 1.5ml samples of different eau de toilette fragrances; English lavender, English rose, lily of the valley, and English Bluebell. I’m not a massive fan of lavender or rose, but I was surprised to find these two were my favourite out of the collection! The lily of the valley fragrance was my least favourite and had a very weak smell, and I found the English Bluebell smelt almost like men’s cologne.

Bio-Oil Specialist Skin Care Oil

Bio-Oil is something I’ve used before and I’m sure everyone has heard of. I have to say I’m a massive fan of Bio-Oil because I’ve had great results using it on stretch marks which were caused by a weight gain. In the box your given a small sample bottle which has enough for 2-3 uses on small areas.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

I’ve heard of this brand before but didn’t know a lot about their products. They’re products are aimed at people with dry and sensitive skin, especially people who have eczema, acne, rosacea and psoriasis. Having sensitive, spot prone skin I was interesting about trying this and the results I would get. In the box there was a 29ml sample bottle which was enough for 4-6 uses depending on how much you use. I found that it left my skin feeling soft and clean, and was also good at removing makeup. It hasn’t caused a massive improvement with my skin, but it’s a nice gentle cleanser which I would recommend to people with sensitive skin who are struggling to find a facial wash that is gentle enough.

Overall, I thought this box was an amazing deal! The cost of the full sized product alone was RRP £37. I’m a massive fan of beauty boxes and had never heard of amazon sample boxes until this month, but it is definitely one of the best boxes I have bought. I find a lot of times with beauty boxes that it can be hit and miss with the items you receive, but the amazon beauty sample box was bang on with its range of products and really proved to be worth the price!

Have you heard of #AmazonBeauty before?

Laura 

MUA Silent Disco Eyeshadow Palette 


I love eyeshadow as much as the next girl, but when you look at my current collection there are two main trends; high end eyeshadow palettes, and palettes with nude/copper tones. So I decided to go out of my comfort zone and try some drugstore brand eyeshadow, consisting of colours that I had NEVER experimented with before, and this is when I came across the MUA Silent Disco Palette. Priced at £4 for 12 shades, I wasn’t expecting much for pigmentation and quality, but oh was I wrong.


The shades have a mix of finishes, with some being satin, some matte and some shimmery and for £4 the pigmentation was great! I have paid a lot more for eyeshadow palettes that were less pigmentated that the Silent Disco Palette. With the array of colours in this palette you can create many looks, with my faveouite eyeshadow look being ‘the sunset look’.


For this look I used my trusted Zoeva rose gold brush set, and applied techno (yellow), which I found to be the least pigmented out of all the shadows, followed by go ape and just dance (both orange), and lastly freak out (red). The eyeshadow were surprisingly easy to blend and created a subtle look which I loved.

Since buying the Silent Disco Palette, I have put down my trusted Urban Decay Naked palettes and have been experimenting more with vibrant colours, and I have to say I’m loving it! I never thought that such a cheap eyeshadow palette could be so good, or so easy to use. It has made be an MUA convert and I’m enjoying experimenting with other products in their range. At £4 for 12 shades, you can’t go wrong with this palette, and it’s cruelty free. So if you’re ever wanting to expand your eyeshadow colour range, then I highly reccomend taking a look at the Silent Disco palette, it’s definitely a great place to start! You can discover more of the MUA range here.

Do you have any MUA products that you love?

Laura