Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

Hey guys~

Today, I’ll be reviewing Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque! 

…… LOLWHUT (is that)? 

…this!


Okay, okay, I know most of you (especially in Asia) will not have heard of this before, but it’s pretty well known in the US!


I must first comment on the size of this.


IT IS HUGE.


Not convinced?

Let me give you a size comparison…

With two standard-size lip balms (for some reason all lip balms are the exact same height and size!)

 

 

Look at that! 

Stack three lip balms up and you get the rough height.

I couldn’t stack three lip balms because I’m uncoordinated and clumsy, okay?

Stop harping on it already!


Okay, now let’s have a look at the label behind-

 


That sounds pretty good, eh?

I’m kinda iffy about the ingredients though… 

 


Sounds really chemical-y. 

Kaolin is sorta like clay (I think it had its roots in China?), and it’s used to make pots and stuff!

So essentially this is like a clay mask- thick and cracks upon hardening. 


This mask (masque) is quite refreshing and cooling, but not so much after you wash it off, and when it dries the mint smell fades and the sulfur in this dominates.

…Sulfur?


Don’t worry guys, sulfur has been proven to be good for the skin and many skin products contain trace amounts!

People go to hot springs for the skin benefits, y’know! 

Swimming in sulfur~~

And you get soft, supple skin!


For some reason the mask was quite itchy when I first applied it but when I washed it off there was no redness or irritation, so perhaps it was cos I’m not used to clay masks?

Hmmmm…. 

Anyway when I washed it off I got baby-smooth and soft, firm skin, so I quite like the feeling of this mask!


I usually use this just before my bath, so I can wash it off and come out feeling refreshed!

No mess too 🙂

It does dry out your skin, being a clay mask and all, so people with dry skin should apply some moisturiser before and after using this mask!

I just apply my after-bath moisturiser and I’m set!

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Loves: Refreshing feeling, baby-smooth skin after using, huge size

Hates: Dries out your skin

Rating8/10

Price: 9.10 SGD, bought on Qoo10 (just type the name in the search bar)

 

The Body Shop Pomegranate Body Polish

 I’ll be reviewing The Body Shop’s Pomegranate Body Polish today~

This body soap + scrub gives off a delightful fruity scent! Squeeze a tiny bit on your palms and rub accordingly. I really love its vibrant red colour and its scent.

 Pretty~

 

As the exfoliating granules are gentler than the other body scrubs (the ones in the tubs), you can use it daily (as stated on the tube); and yet it gets the job done, leaving the skin super smooth! Another plus point is that it comes in a tube, so it’s waaaay more hygienic than dipping your fingers into a tub everytime you want to use it 🙂

  

This body polish doesn’t dry out your skin- it leaves it feeling moisturised, clean, and super soft and baby-like! I think you can even skip the after-bath moisturiser ‘cos my skin feels really bouncy and soft, like after a good moisturiser. It doesn’t feel oily or anything, don’t you worry.

I really like how the scent lingers for an hour or so after you bathe, and it’s not too cloying or strong 🙂

I think this scrub can also lighten your skin tone (by scrubbing away the dead skin), and it does remove some hairs while you’re at it (this may be just me), so I use it on my legs and underarms to brighten it up. I think it works but I searched the Net and there doesn’t seem to be much said about it ;-;

So maybe they haven’t tried or noticed it yet. There is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in this, which can’t be very good for the skin, but maybe that’s why there is brightening properties ._.

It is rather tempting to use it everyday but I really want to make this tube last!  Anyway, I think you shouldn’t use scrubs, no matter how gentle, on a daily basis because it stresses your skin out.

Perhaps you could buy the Strawberry Body Polish that’s going on offer now, for Valentine’s Day. Buy 2 products from the Chocolate/ Strawberry Bath range, and get 20% off, or 3 products and get 30% off!!

Strawberry is a delicious scent as well, but I prefer pomegranate because you get strawberry-scented things everywhere.

Extra tip:

I sometimes mix this in with my facial cleanser and viola! A face scrub! Do a spot test if you are known to have sensitive skin 🙂 But it really makes my face feel baby-smooth and soft~~ * sighhhh * What’s not to love about this?

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Loves: Fruity scent, non-drying, gives smooth skin, scent lingers for awhile, comes in a tube instead of a tub like many of the Body Shop’s products do

Hates: ….. Not that I know of

Rating: 9/10

Would I buy it again?: DEFINITELY!

Price: 18.90 SGD (regular price, but most times they go for 12.90SGD or even down to 8.90SGD at new store openings) , or you can get the Strawberry one on sale during the Valentine’s Day period i.e. NOW!

 

Green Bean Powder Mask

Hey guys!

Today, I’ll be telling you one of my beauty secrets :3

Oooh, a secret!

Okay, okay, I’ll tell you now.

Let me tell you what I do whenever I get really bad breakouts. I don’t use skincare products during really bad breakouts except cleanser once in the morning and at night, like mosturisers and whatnot. Instead, I turn to natural methods to get rid of the acne!

To get rid of the dirty bacteria:

I use green bean powder, mixed in water, and apply it like a mask. I bought mine from an organic health food store which has barley and rice bits mixed in for added whitening properties that doubles as a scrub.

It is located near Bukit Batok MRT and goes by the name of ‘Vitality’. My mum bought this for me though, so I’m not sure of the exact location.You should be able to buy it in supermarkets though, as it is used in cooking. You don’t actually need the mixed version. The powder I used last time was purchased from NTUC.

DO NOT BUY ‘GREEN BEAN FLOUR’. It looks very similar. If you don’t see any green bean powder, it goes by an alternative name- mung bean powder, which is the same thing. It should look something like this.

I usually use lukewarm water because I’ve heard the effect is better (opening pores and all) but some people use cold water to reduce the inflammation and redness. If you really want to do that, I suggest you wrap ice in a thin towel and hold it to the inflamed areas (the towel is to prevent you from getting frostbite) after washing off the green bean mask.

This can double as a face scrub due to its texture or you can leave it on as a mask. It will harden and make your face feel tight. You can choose to either peel it off or wash it off.

Anyway, pour a bit of powder onto a small dish and add a bit of water. You should not get a watery mixture. It should look like a thick liquid (I will upload pictures soon)

If you peel it off you get the added bonus of getting rid of dead skin and blackheads on your nose (make sure you apply a suitably thick layer so you can peel it off).

However, if you have dry skin, or a really bad case of acne, it would be better to just wash it off to avoid damaging your skin. I would suggest using warm/lukewarm water to wash off this mask as it clings on well. Too well for my liking when I am in a hurry sometimes ._.

DO NOT USE YOUR NAILS TO TRY AND GET IT OFF!

Pat dry after washing your face and if you like, you can apply your preferred mosturiser or follow up with a honey and sugar mask! (I will write about this next time)

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Loves: Reduces pores, blackheads, inflammation and swelling, removes dry skin and firms your face. Leaves face feeling smooth and soft

Hates: Hard to wash off at times

Rating: 9/10

Check out this post byViva Woman(click). Her mask tips are interesting!

 

Skinfood Rice Mask Wash Off

Another update today! 🙂 Aren’t you lucky~I’ll be reviewing Skinfood’s Rice Mask Wash Off!

 

 

I put my Lipice balm there for height comparison! Cos when I got it I was like ‘OMG WHY SO SMALL’. Plus they cheat and the base is elevated =..= lll But after using it I realised it really lasts a long time so no complaints now 🙂

cheat lol ._.

 

For some reason, it feels kinda oily so I was afraid it would cause my face to break out 😮 I guess its really moisturising! It claims to be make your skin brighter so I guess what it does is whiten and slough off the dead skin 🙂 the after-effect is similar to the Holika Holika Kiwi Peel-off Cream (click to go) and my skin feels smooth and soft!

I‘m not sure if it really brightens as it claims, but I have been getting fairer! To be fair, I am using Hada Labo’s Arbutin Whitening Lotion, so I cannot be sure if it really works. But my skin feels great and moisturised after applying this mask, a bit like Hada Labo’s Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion, so that tells you how great this is 🙂

After you wash it off, any oily feeling is gone *phew* and you are left with soft baby skin~I rub this in upon application then let it sit for 15-20min as recommended.You can let it sit longer or shorter if you want, I tried it for about 3min another day with about the same results, then for 40min for another. Leaving it on longer just makes the ‘soft, bouncy’ feeling last longer, that’s all.

Remember not to over-use this even though the rice husks are quite gentle! At most three times a week! I really like the fragrance of this mask- it has the underlying scent of cooked rice but has this perfume-y smell that is really quite pleasant, too. It reminds me of The Face Shop’s Rice Cleanser.

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Loves: Pleasant smell, cheap, moisturising

Hates: Feels kinda oily at first but no major issues

Rating: 7.5/10

Would I buy it again?: I think it will last a long time… and I have my sights set on the Black Sugar Heating Mask and the Yoghurt Masks (Banana, Kiwi, Papaya… Papaya is good!)

Price: I got it for 7.80SGD online, and they sell it at around 26 SGD in stores. So buy it online!! Go to Qoo10 (click) and hope that it’s discount day 🙂 free samples too hehe

Holika Holika Smoothie Peeling Cream (Golden Kiwi)

Hey guys!

Today, I’ll be reviewing Holika Holika’s Smoothie Peeling Cream (Sunshine Golden Kiwi)!




This was part of my haul over the hols in Brunei. I know, no one goes there right ._.
and no global brands like Starbucks or Forever 21, can you believe it?

Thankfully, the Korean beauty industry have managed to set root and they are swarming all over in all the shopping malls (though there are about 4, 5 malls only).

You see brands like The Face Shop, Holika Holika, Tonymoly, Etude House, The Body Shop (not Korean though).

ANYWAY. Back to business.

You can see from the pictures that its kinda skin-coloured, with little beads of kiwi seeds and stuff for texture (to get rid of the dead skin I guess) then fades to a translucent-y shade of white. I usually apply a thin layer instead of a thick one cos it kinda flakes off and makes a mess when I try to peel it. *tsktsk*

So I just rub at it a bit then wash it off! But that’s just cos I’m lazy haha. Or maybe I’m supposed to apply a super-thick layer? I doubt so :/

Its near-impossible to peel off.





The mask is supposed to remove dead skin and dirt, and after trying it myself I’m amazed at how soft my skin feels.

Like all the dead skin has been removed and I’m left with soft, kissable baby skin! *squeals~* I try to restrict myself to use it only twice a week, but I’m so tempted to whip it out everyday, y’know? The smell is so delicious and it feels so refreshing… even when I put it on an oily face it just cleanses the oil and leaves it soft and clean!

It is totally my favourite mask now!


I was thinking about getting other one in this range, some kind of grape gel thing, but I’m so glad I stuck to my decision and got this instead! So happy 🙂 You must try it yourself to experience it 🙂


It’s very affordable here in Singapore, you know? Check out Kpoptown.com (click to go) for lower prices on Korean beauty products 🙂

(I realised I was totally ripped off when I paid 20 bucks for this ._. so don’t follow in my footsteps!)

Also, if you over-use this mask, your skin will start peeling off. So unsightly!

So don’t. 😛


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Loves: Cheap price, effectiveness

Hates: None, but don’t over-use.

Rating: 9/10

Will I purchase it again?:

I think I’ll try other products first before making a decision… but I totally love this!!

Price:

I bought it for 20 BDN (currency same as S’pore) but don’t be fooled! The actual price is like 14SGD or cheaper. TSK! (I feel so stupid now)

Edit:

I went back to purchase it again, and this time I consulted the saleslady. Apparently a ‘peeling mask’ means that it helps to get rid of dead skin cells, and it should not be peeled off. You need to wash it off after you apply it, and it is best used as a gentle scrub and then let it sit, if you like, as a mask.

Thanks for reminding me!

The Body Shop Passionfruit Body Butter and Scrub

 
I just loooooove The Body Shop.
How could you not? You can smell the shop a mile away- those delicious, fruity smells! I love how they give out those small little sample containers during a new shop opening or for whatever occasion- I just run there and start sampling! I always come out smelling like I’ve just walked into a lovely tropical garden.  
Back to the picture. This is the passionfruit body scrub (left) and the body butter. The body butter is actually pale purple, but you can’t really see it here. The scrub is quite gentle, and leaves your skin smelling nice, and soft to the touch; but like most scrubs you really don’t want to use it more than twice a week in case you rub too zealously and damage your skin. The body butter is suited for normal to dry skin, and I like it because its not oily. I’m thinking of getting the Shea butter for my calves because I have this really awful-looking ‘snakeskin’, but as for now this is fine.  
Effectiveness: 8/10 for both
Overall rating: 9/10 for the scrub and 8/10 for the body butter
Price: SGD30.90 each (before membership discount)
Do you guys have any products from the Body Shop you love as well? 🙂 I’ll post more reviews next time!
UPDATE: The body scrubs and butters are on 30% discount now, so do snap them up quick!