Lush Mask

Once a week I do a facial mask and the Mask Of Magnaminty is by far my favorite from Lush. It’s perfect for my combination skin and anyone with oily or acne prone skin can benefit from using it as well. Because this clay mask also includes peppermint oil it has a nice refreshing feel without being too harsh. It also makes a great spot treatment for pimples, anytime I see one of those bad boys pop up I dab some of the mask of magnaminty on and notice a reduction in size from the day before. Some people claim it minimizes pores and as someone with very visible large pores I don’t really notice a long-term effect so I wouldn’t solely rely on it as a pore minimizer (there are other products on the market for that).

I also have been using sleepy in the evening time after my shower since the lavender scent has a nice calming fragrance.

Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub Review

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Derma E is a skincare company that delivers natural,cruelty-free, eco-friendly products.Derma E is a company striving to lessen the impact on the environment by using wind power which reduces the company’s environmental footprint to sustain clean, renewable energy.
What Is It?

A microdermbrasion scrub with dead sea salt to help retexture the surface of skin.

Product Claims

Immediately improve the appearance of your skin using this gentle yet effective multi-award-winning Microdermabrasion Scrub. This salon-perfect formula uses an exclusive crystal blend including Dead Sea Salt and Volcanic Sand (rich in Silica) to buff away dull surface cells, help diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars, and absorb excess skin oils. Enriched with natural astringents Lime and Lemon Peel plus antioxidants Grapeseed and Vitamin E, this pro-grade treatment retexturizes skin, leaving it soft, smooth and younger-looking. May also be used on your hands, elbows, knees, heels or any part of the body to promote soft, smooth and healthy skin. Ideal if you’re looking for immediate results from a salon-perfect treatment in the privacy of your own home. Please note: The crystal blend used in this product is a large molecular structure and is therefore not bio-available to the body, so there is no possibility of absorption through the skin.

Pros

Effective

Removes dead skin

Softens skin

Salon Quality

All skin-types

Even skin tone

Diminishes the look of blemishes/scars

Vegan

Cons

None

Overall Rating 5/5

The Derma E Microdermabrasion scrub is a must have! If you’re looking for a salon quality exfoliant then look no further. I use this once a week to kick-start my skincare routine because it removes all the dead skin cells that build up and rough patches on my face from healed acne so it resurfaces my skin for a smoother softer texture. I have also used this on stubborn rough patches on my skin like my elbows and it does wonders! personally speaking as someone with sensitive skin I wouldn’t recommend using it everyday but I find using it once a week does the trick. I cannot really comment on the product alone about its claims of diminishing fine-lines as I use other products but perhaps the microdermabrasion scrub coincides with a anti-wrinkle moisturizer. As someone who is in her late 20’s early 30’s I do believe this product is a must-have for people who are looking for a good exfoliant, or if you tend to go to the spa for a microdermabrasion treatment I say you can skip it and do it at home for less than what you would pay based on service. Derma E makes a big range of skincare products and I have used 3 products from the brand all which I am very satisfied with when it comes to down the products performance.

S.W Basics Makeup Remover Review

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What Is It?

Makeup Remover made with organic oils to gently and effectively remove makeup.

Product Claims 

“Makeup removers go onto some of the most sensitive skin on your whole body. So we kept ours as simple as possible (don’t we always?): some super-light, organic sweet almond oil, a bit of organic extra-virgin olive oil, and a little jojoba oil. Shake it up and put it on with a cotton ball to get off all that gunk without any burning eyes or greasy residue. And it doubles as an awesome light moisturizer, so go a little nuts with it.”

Pros

Organic
Great for sensitive skin
Effective
Moisturizing

Cons 

Leaves a greasy film

Overall Rating 4/5 

I brought this makeup remover because 1-It’s make in Brooklyn (got to support my borough) 2-I needed a quality makeup remover for my layers of mascara and 3-you can even use it as a light moisturizer which works for my acne/oily skin! I found this oil to be effective however the instructions call for a cotton ball and it just wasnt working for me I found the best method was to use my fingers and work the product in with my eyes closed then use a facial towel to wipe off the excess it usually works like a charm. I do have makeup/oil residue which i usually splash with a bit of water and use my acne facial wash to completly wash my face. It’s my current facial cleasing regimen and together they work really well.

Mini Lush Haul + Review

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Last week I went to Lush and purchased some goodies, I ran out of my favorite lip scrub but decided to try some new products instead of my usual bath bombs and facial masks. I never used any toners,shower gel or the space girl bath bomb. Yummy Mummy shower gel is a new and popular product that I really wanted to try but was on the fence about but thanks to a fellow lush addict I adore on instagram she provided me with great feed back about it and She did not sell it short of how awesome it is! (Thank you Christina!)

If you’re a bubble bath lover like I am you must try the bath bombs my all time favorite is the phenox rising….pretty much any bath bomb that gives off a pink/purple color.

What Is It? 

A Tea Tree Toner for acne/oily skin.Bubble Gum Lip Scrub to exfoliate dry/chapped lips, Yummy Mummy is a shower gel with a strawberry scent and silver shimmer, and a Space Girl Bath Bomb for relaxation that adds color to water and refreshes.

Product Claims

Yummy Mummy-

 “This super shimmery shower gel will have you turning heads (and noses!). Geranium oil, Brazilian orange oil and tonka absolute are expertly blended together to create one of our most intoxicating, yet delicate, fragrances: Yummy Mummy. Fruity, sweet and dashed with a hint of luster, this shower gel will leave skin unimaginably soft and smelling like scrumptious strawberries. It’s well deserving of its name!”

Tea Tree Water-

“Oily, dull or tired skin brightens up with a routine spritz of Tea Tree Water. Cleansing tea tree, juniper berry and grapefruit waters keep skin looking fresh and and balance skin tone. Light and refreshing Tea Tree Water reduces redness and clears excess oil without drying so you can put your best face forward.”

Bubble Gum Lip Scrub-

“Our sweetest confection exfoliates lips smooth, prepping them for your favorite lip color or balm. A blend of exfoliating Fair Trade sugar and moisturizing jojoba oil, this lip scrub is sure to leave your lips enticingly soft and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time! Scrub Bubblegum over your lips (be sure to lick off the excess) and then apply your favorite lip color for a flawless finish.”

Space Girl Bath Bomb-

“With blasts of sparkles and refreshing grapefruit oil, Space Girl is a Bath Bomb of astronomical proportions. You’ll be ready to explore the cosmos (bath time) in a trail of purple stardust. We put real popping candies into each one to add some pop to our signature fizz. Shaped like Saturn, the energizing scent of blackcurrant candies will make you hungry for your own space adventures as you soak away in the tub. It’s really out of this world.”

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Pros

Pleasent fragrance
Lathers well
Good for sensitive skin

Cons 

Scent doesn’t last very long
Limited eddition

Overall Rating 3.8/5

I am loving this shower gel at the moment, even more than the GUD shower gel I reviewed in the past you can check that out by clicking here. I love the strawberry scent it leaves on my skin however I notice the scent starts to stray less than hour but still delivers squeeky clean skin. The silver luster is mostly composited in the bottom of the bottle so I have yet to see any noticable shimmer on my skin.

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Pros

Great for oily/acne skin
Dries out pimples

Cons

None

Overall Rating 4.2/5 

I’ve only been using the toner water for a week but I have noticed my face to be less oily and pimples have reduced in size and dried. I do find that using this product can cause dryness so if you have sensitive skin like me I wouldn’t suggest every day use and also follow directions and close those peepers because it will sting your eyes!

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Pros

Exfoliating
Edible
Removes dead skin

Cons 

None

Overall Rating 4.6/5

This is my favorite lip scrub, I have a horrible habit of picking/biting my lips which ends in overly chapped lips so this has helped me subside the bad habit alot, it does a great job I usually apply my burts bees lip balm afterward.

DR. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Review

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What Is It?

A anti-aging facial peel presoaked on towelettes.

Product Claims

“These patented two-step treatment pads deliver visable antiaging results without recovery time.They work to reduce the appearance of fine lines,wrinkles,and pore size while creating a more even skintone and brightening complextion. Recommended for sensitive skin, the pads also work to calm redness and irritation and clear imperfections resulting in a healthy, glowing complextion.”

Pros

Fast results
Even skintone
Smooths out skin texture
Helps  to reduce existing pimples

Cons

Drying
Doesn’t minimize pore size
Pricey

Overall Rating 4/5 

I recieved this sample package with a sephora order and just recently used it. I’m on the third day of use and can already see noticeable changes in my skins texture and probelmatic pimples have greatly reduced. I will say it is quite drying which I wouldn’t recommend for daily use though the product claims it is safe to do so. I did get alittle redness post treatment but it went away within 3 minutes, nothing too irritating. I would love to make this part of my skincare routine but holy moly it is pricey! I am pleased with the results which makes me a believer in this product however its one of those products to rarely splurge on.