Blogmas #3- Mask of Magnaminty

The colder months have greeted the Pacific Northwest and it doesn’t look like it’s leaving anytime soon (did it ever leave is the real question?). My skin gets extremely dry in the fall and winter months. A couple of years ago I learned about exfoliating which helps my skin stay soft, in addition to regularly moisturizing. However, sometimes my face gets extremely dry and it’s hard to reverse the symtopms. This season, I’m prepping my skin before dryness has a chance to attack it.

Last week, I celebrated the end of finals week by treating myself to a Lush face mask. Mask of Magnaminty is the first Lush face mask I ever bought. I have tried the Cupcake face mask before and loved it. So I had high expectations for this one.  It was featured in my holiday wishlist: Lush edition.

About the mask:

00411This is a deep cleansing mask for your face or body (recommended for back). It does not need to be refrigerated because of it’s self-perseveringingredients. The star ingredients include china clay, fresh peppermint, vanilla and honey. Aduki beans are added in to help exfoliate your skin. A cooling and tingling sensation is felt when the mask is applied due to the peppermint added. It’s recommended to use on a weekly basis.

The Lush associate who was helping me said she recommends this mask for anyone who doesn’t know exactly what they want in a mask yet. It’s a great “first timer” mask, which makes it a popular mask for Lush.

The 4.4 oz retails for $13.95. The 11.1 oz retails for $25.95. The associate told me this mask has a 14 months shelf life, so you can use it accordingly to your schedule.


 

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Impression:

After applying a generous layer to my forehead and upper lip (by accident), I could feel the cooling and tingling sensation in those areas the strongest. I could also feel the sensation on my cheeks, which I enjoyed very much.   No chunks or flakes fell as the mask was drying, which is a plus. When I washed off the mask with warm water, I could feel the cooling sensation throughout the rest of my face.

Smell:

The intended smell is suppose to be mint. I’m able to smell detect mint, but it not exactly like a “mint chocolate chip” scent. It’s more of a peppermint  mixed with tree and grass notes, giving it a more “organic and natural” smell. I was worried I would be bothered by the smell, especially when it was resting on my face. Amazingly enough, it was not strong enough to bother me.

Texture/ Consistency:

The paste itself is smooth and can be build to make a light or thick layer on the skin. It is easy to apply and spread on the skin. However, the Aduki beans can clump together which makes it harder to disperse evenly.

Effectiveness:

It left my skin feeling soft, but other Lush face masks also did the same. I forgot to check to see if my pores were noticeably clearer than before. Opps. I will check next time to see if I notice a difference.

Picture from Lush


Leave a comment down below and let me know what my next Lush face mask should be. Also, let me know how your week is going too!

-Kim 🙂

 

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Haul: Drugstore makeup

Drugstore Haul

Hi everyone! During a nail painting party in my dorm one night, my friend had the Essie Mint Candy Apple polish. I painted my nails using that and fell in love with the color. My problem was that I was still a nail polish newbie and a broke college student. I didn’t want to spend the $8 on a nail polish when I could easily borrow it from a friend down the hall.

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Bartell Drugs with one of my friend during our Spring Break. There was a nail polish that caught my eye:

Wet N’ Wild: Treehugger

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This is from their new line, Silver Lake. At my drugstore, it retails for $1.99. This reminded me of the Essie Mint Candy Apple color (but at a fraction of the price)! The Wet N’ Wild polish was more of a muted and dusty mint green. Me being me, I stood in the aisle and Googled swatches. At first, I was disappointed because the color was not as bright as Essie’s. I ended up leaving without Treehugger in my possession.

Weeks later, I kept on thinking about the polish. I decided that it was a sign I should get it because if I kept on thinking about it so much, it meant I actually wanted it. It wouldn’t be an impulse buy. After my philosophy class today, I made the trek to Bartell Drugs to buy it.

While I was there, I picked up a couple of other beauty related items I thought I would share!

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Stickers: Real Lace Fabric

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I saw these during my first drugstore run. They were on clearance and I debated on getting them. I had never used nail stickers and had heard good and bad things about them. What caught my attention was how Sally Hansen used real lace for the sticker. I decided not to buy them because, like the nail polish, I didn’t want to buy it on impulse. Weeks later, I couldn’t stop thinking of how they it would be over the TreeHugger color and other spring nail polishes. I finally bought them today and I think the price was even cheaper than when it was on clearance weeks ago! Yay!Nail Sticker collage

I’m not going to lie, I was disappointing when I took them out of the box. I compared the nail stickers to the size of my nail beds and realized: A) I had tiny nail beds or B) the nail stickers are meant to be bigger in size so you can cut it to your nails. I’m pretty sure I just have small nail beds. Whatever the reason is, I’m still excited to test them out!

L’Oreal: Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner- Silver

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I saw this on clearance and decided to purchase it after reading good reviews on it (again, while standing in the middle of the aisle). I heard that the application was silky and creamy, which matches what L’Oreal claims. One Youtuber claims that it won’t smudge after you let it set for a few minutes. I have oily eyelids and every eye product often smudges or smears on me after a few hours of wear. I wanted to put the Youtuber’s claim to the test with my oily eyelids.

I originally bought the silver color because that’s what I could find and liked from the clearance shelf. Looking at it now, I’m debating whether or not to keep it. Silver seems like a bold color and I’m not sure if I can pull it off (especially for daily wear, which was my intention). I’ll keep you updated if I keep it or not.

NYX: Butter Lip Gloss- Creme Brulee and Apple Struddle

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I bought these as a belated birthday present for one of my best friends. She is starting to become a huge makeup junkie and wanted to try these products out. While I was at the drugstore, I texted her with an offer to buy makeup as her birthday present. She gave me a list of products and I made the hunt for them. Two products I picked up were these lip glosses. Judging from the sample model photos provided at the bottom of the stand that these lip glosses were placed on, the color seems to be pigmented and left a very glossy shine to them.

Thank you so much for reading until the end of my drugstore makeup haul! Please feel free to leave any comments suggesting future topics I could write about or improve on. I am planning on doing a review post on the Wet N’ Wild Treehugger polish. Keep your eyes open for that in the near future!

-Kim 🙂