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!

 

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Face Wash and Toner

I have more time today!

I shall review The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Face Wash and Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner today~

I have been putting this review off since God knows when, so I shall finally get down to it today ._.

 

Unfortunately, I have finished off all the contents so you’ll have to satisfy yourselves with a not-so-personalised web image from The Body Shop 😦

 

I’ll add my own pictures when I repurchase hahaha!

(that statement should tell you how great this product is)

 The facial wash is very mild, non-soapy, so you may feel that you don’t get the ‘squeaky-clean’ feeling from this cleanser if you have very oily skin. What I usually do is wash my face with some other cleanser (any one is fine, just make sure you get all the dirt out) then continue with this facial wash and make sure it reaches every inch of your face (don’t forget the chin!) and rub thoroughly (and gently).

After washing off, you’ll have a super refreshed skin and your skin will feel fresh and tingly! Some people say that it stings, but I have no issues with the cleanser. It’s only the toner that may sting. I think that’s part of its job anyway- if it stings, it means its doing its job and killing off all the pimple bacteria!

Now on to the toner. You know most toners now are touting the wonderful properties of salicylic acid and what it does etc etc.? (like my E.L.F zit zapper)

Well, the toner contains naturally-occuring salicylic acid in the willow bark extract this toner has (you have to shake the container as the willow bark will settle at the bottom, it’s a whitish layer). You can’t really see this in the picture above but pop in to any The Body Shop store, you can see it for yourself.

But I digress. Anyway, the weird thing about this toner is that it heats up then cools after application, so you get a warm feeling on your face and you get such pretty red cheeks 🙂 I think it’s waaaay cool! Your skin will tingle a bit. Of course if you lather this toner on directly it will feel like you have first-degree burns or something, that’s why you should follow the instructions on the bottle and use a piece of cotton wool and cloth. I was naughty and just slapped it on directly the first time- and my face felt like it was on fire for the first five seconds! I do that still in the morning when I really need a little waking up, but DO NOT FOLLOW ME if you have sensitive skin.

Anyway, after I started using this range my blackheads have subsided and my pimples subside quicker. You may feel that your pimples look reddish after using the toner, but they will disappear almost overnight! I think there is sodium lauryl sulfate in this though, which makes me a trifle uneasy- you know how people say putting toothpaste on zits will make them better and how your face burns and yet feels cool to the touch? This toner is exactly like it, so I’m wondering if that is the work of sodium lauryl sulfate ._. Hmmmm.

I like how your face feels matt after applying the toner ^^

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Loves: Heating feeling, cooling feeling

Hates: Only small issues, like how the bottle is quite big >< so you’ll have to take a chance and go for it!

Rating: 8.5/10

Would I purchase it again?: Yes, I will 🙂

Pricing: 20.90 SGD

Try Also: Tea Tree Oil, 18.90SGD to effectively target zits! (award-winning)

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