Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturiser Review

Big news – after years of searching for the perfect product for my spot prone oily skin I think I have FINALLY found it! Since a teenager I’ve suffered with hormonal acne breakouts and blackheads, trying nearly every product you can think of to combat them. Whilst some products did seem to work for the spots, I couldn’t find anything that actually managed to get rid of my stubborn blackheads until I discovered the Mario Badescu oil free moisturiser.

The Low Down

The bottle isn’t that large at 59ml, however a little bit goes a long way. The moisturiser is SPF 30, meaning it does have a thick suncream consistency and smell, but it soon dries off once you’ve applied it. I was worried about my skin feeling oily after application but after leaving it a few minutes to absorb fully my skin was left feeling fresh and awake! Some of the main ingredients are:

Glycerin – hydrates your skin and acts as barrier, working well for oily skin types.

St John’s wort – soothes and repairs delicate skin.

Green tea extract – a powerful antioxidant giving protection against environmental pollutants, UV radiation and premature ageing of the skin.

Aloe Vera – hydrates and softens the skin.

The product itself is dispensed through a ‘flip out’ style nozzle applicator, which can actually be a bit of a disadvantage at times, because product gets stuck in the applicator and dries out, meaning that when you squeeze some product out upon next application you get some of the left over hard residue come out.

The Results

Suffering from very oily skin I’ve always been scared of wearing moisturiser daily, as I’ve never really found one that agreed with my skin. However I thought I’d give this one a shot, and for the FIRST time ever used a moisturiser every morning and night for a month. I wasn’t expecting much but the results shocked me. The blackheads which I’ve had for over 15 years and haven’t been able to get rid off had completely disappeared! My skin was glowing and I felt confident for the first time to leave my house makeup free. Not only did it leave my skin spot and blackhead free, but I was also left is super soft glowing skin. The only downside I found to the moisturiser was that if I wore it under makeup then my foundation didn’t last as long. This was a slight inconvenience but it was nothing some blotting paper and a bit of powder couldn’t fix, it was definitely worth it for the results I was getting!

During the month I had university’s exams I became so stressed that I let my skincare regime slip and forgot to apply for moisturiser for a few weeks. Low and behold the dreaded blackheads returned, so you have to be consistent with the moisturiser to make sure they don’t reappear. Overall I can finally say that I’ve found my holy grail product! Although a little pricey at £18 a bottle it’s worth every penny in my opinion.

What’s your holy grail product?

Laura 

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!

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

Laura 

Jeju Volcanic Lava 3-Step Blackhead Remover Nose Strips


So whilst I was browsing my local TK Maxx store the other week I noticed something in the reduced section that caught my eye, ‘The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava 3-Step Blackhead Remover Nose Strips’. I’ve tried many different pore strips in the past, but these strips really stood out to me as it was 3 step process which is not something I’ve come across before. I’ve always suffered from blackheads, meaning I’ve pretty much tried every product on the market! But priced at only £2 (reduced from £5), I couldn’t resist and purchased them. The Face Shop is a Korean brand, and in the past I’ve had many good experiences trying Korean makeup and beauty products, with many products on the Korean market being superior to those available on the western market, so I had high expectations for the Jeju Volcanic Lava 3-Step Blackhead Remover Nose Strips.

Step 1 

This step involves a soft wet nose patch, which softens the sebum on your nose and allows you to remove it. The patch had a pleasant mint smell, and felt quite tingly and cold after application. Once the patch had been applied for 20 minutes I removed it to find that all the sebum had been lifted up and it was quite gross to see the amount that had actually been lifted from your pores! I washed off the exposed sebum and proceeded to the next step, excited to see the end results, due to how successful the first step was. 

Step 2

This step is the same as your standard blackhead removal strips, where you wet your nose and apply the patch, which after 15 minutes becomes hard and you peel it off. The strip for this step was no different to others I have purchased in the past, however after waiting 15 minutes for the strip to harden and carefully removing it, I was disappointed that it didn’t really pull out any blackheads.

Step 3

Hoping that after the disappointment with step 2, that in this next step, step 3, the product would be able to redeem itself. Step 3 was a similar patch to step 1, however this step is for tightening your pores. The patch itself had a nice floral smell and felt very moisturising, soothing any redness that occurred from step 2. Once I waited 15 minutes and removed this patch my nose felt incredibly soft, but my pores did not look any smaller.

Was it worth it?

I was very disappointed that after spending 50 minutes carrying out this 3 step process that my pores looked no different afterwards. I took a before and after picture to compare the results, but my pores looked exactly the same. This product boasted to remove blackheads and tighten pores, and it did neither. I’m glad that I brought this product at the reduced price of £2 instead of paying £5. Although the first step did seem to lift the sebum, the overall results were disappointing and the whole process was time consuming. There are definitely many more products on the market that are a lot cheaper and considerably less time consuming which I’ve had better results with.

What’s your favourite product for blackhead removal?

Laura