Review: Tony Moly – Mr. Smile Patch For Smile Lines, Laughter Lines & Wrinkles

Bits & Bobs of Beauty (an online Korean Beauty store), kindly sent me this Mr. Smile Patch by Tony Moly to try out and review on my blog. I’ve been really looking forward to using this product as since my late twenties (I’m 30 now) I have noticed my skin has changed quite a bit and I can see that my skin is not as plump as it used to be. I have started to notice fine lines, wrinkles and smile lines on my face, which sucks! I mean, I know I’m still young but it really annoys the hell out of me when I look into the mirror and notice my fine lines and smile lines becoming more prominent as I get older. I thought I would try this ‘Mr. Smile Patch‘ from Tony Moly to see if it actually works and helps my smile lines become less noticeable as well.

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Tony Moly – Mr Smile Patch

Mr. Smile Patch:

The Mr. Smile Patch is a hydro-gel mask from Korean beauty brand Tony Moly. It targets laugh lines with a potent yet gentle mixture of ingredients. Express your sense of humour while treating your face to a nutrient enriched, vitamin-packed mask. This mask is filled with nourishing Berry, Sesame Seed, and Bean Extract which is packed with vitamins that help your skin fight those stubborn laugh lines!

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Key Ingredients:

Niacinamide – Soothes redness, helps calm and brighten the appearance of skin.

Collagen – Supports skin structure and elasticity.

Sesame Seed Extract – Full of zinc, an essential mineral to produce collagen, and other antioxidants which helps to detoxify skin.

All Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Alcohol, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Prunus Semulata Flower Extract, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Citrate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Fragance

How To Use?

After cleansing and toning, remove patch from packaging (make sure to peel off the clear liner) and place over laugh lines for 20 minutes.

Remove and pat remaining essence until fully absorbed.

Thoughts:

Like I mentioned above – I have just turned 30 years old so as expected, I have noticed my smile lines becoming more prominent. I thought I’d give the Mr. Smile Patch a go to see if it works and makes them less noticeable and to see if it basically helps me to look more beautiful and younger – ha! So, I followed the instructions and cleansed and toned my face and applied the slippery, slimy, ‘jelly-like’ moustache patches over my laughter lines. After putting the patches on my face, I found it tricky at first to keep them on as they kept sliding down my face and falling off – so to make sure they stayed put, I layed down, kept totally still and left the patches on for 20 minutes.

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After I removed the patches I didn’t really see any difference to be honest, no major changes or anything but my smile lines did look a tiny, tiny, tiny bit more plump and firmer and my skin was softer and moisturised, but, nothing to shout about really.

I noticed that the Mr. Smile Patch also contains some questionable ingredients such as methylparaben and artificial fragrance yet it claims to be gentle, so if your into your natural skincare – avoid.  I won’t be purchasing the Mr. Smile Patch again, I don’t think it’s worth the money to be fair and I’d rather use a good, natural anti-ageing facial oil on my smile lines instead. I do love the packaging and the whole idea of the Mr. Smile Patch – the moustache like patches are cute, fun and quirky but I think it is nothing more than a gimmick to be honest.

Disclosure: This product was gifted to me for review purposes.


Where To Buy?

You can get yourself a Mr. Smile Patch HERE on the Bits & Bobs Of Beauty website.

If you are from the USA – you can get a pack of 2 HERE for $9.


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Review: Sand & Sky – Brilliant Skin -Purifying Pink Clay Mask

I received my Purifying Pink Clay Mask by Sand $ Sky in last months Birchbox and I have used it a couple of times since. I have got the 13g sample size tube and I’ve had about 3-4 uses out of it. I was so happy when I opened my Birchbox and seen this gorgeous little thing sitting inside, I’ve heard so many good things about the pink clay mask so I couldn’t wait to give it a try for myself.

For those who don’t know – Sand & Sky are an Australian cruelty-free skincare brand founded by twin sisters – Sarah & Emily Hamiliton. After taking a look at the website it seems they only sell the Purifying Pink Clay Mask at the moment but maybe they will add more products to their collection in the near future.

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What Is The Purifying Pink Clay Mask?

Sand & Sky claim the Purifying Pink Clay Mask is a botanical infused 4-in-1 formula which can be used as an instant detox mask, to tighten pores, to invigorate a dull complexion and instantly boost radiance.

Contains:

Pink Australian Clay which helps to draw out impurities, toxins and pollutants from the skin. Also refines pores and deep cleanses the skin.

Organic Liquorice and Old Man’s Weed which helps to regenerate skin cells and stimulate cell production. Also, gently removes pigmentation clusters from the skin’s surface.

Organic Aloe Vera and Pomegranate which tightens pores & soothes after Detoxify & Brighten and also stimulates collagen production.

Kakadu Plum & Kelp and Organic Mangosteen which helps prevent free radical damage and creates a defence shield to leave skin clear and glowing.


My Thoughts:

As I mentioned above I only have the 13g sample size which comes in a small tube. The full size product comes in a 58ml tub and you get a free face mask brush with it. The packaging is gorgeous, it is a lovely blue colour and it looks fresh and modern. The mask itself is a beige, almost pale pink colour and it smells natural and pleasant.

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I’ve used the mask about three times now and so far I really like it but I wouldn’t say it is the best face mask I have ever used – it doesn’t compare to my Bentonite Clay masks but yeah, I do like it nonetheless. I slather it all over my face avoiding the eyes and mouth and leave my mask on for about 10 minutes each time – after a while the pale pink colour of the mask turns to a ghostly white and you can feel the clay hardening a little. After washing the pink clay mask off my skin, I didn’t see any dramatic results but it definitely left my skin feeling soft & smooth like a baby’s bum. I have dull skin but my complexion did look a little brighter than before.

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As you may know from reading my other posts, I suffer with tiny blackheads on my nose which seem impossible to remove and so far the mask hasn’t done anything at all for them and they are still pretty visible after using the mask a couple of times. So I’m thinking I’d need to use the mask a lot longer than I have to see an improvement and elimination of my blackheads. It has tightened my pores and they don’t look as large now and I love how it leaves my face feeling/looking cleansed and healthier-looking.

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Now lets move on to the price! I nearly had a heart attack when I seen the £39.90 price tag for the 58ml full size tub and it is quite a small tub too. Come on girls… 40 quid for a face mask is ridiculous, you have to agree – whether it works or not! Like I said I do like the pink clay mask but I very much doubt I will buy the full size as it is way out of my budget – I could get over forty 7th Heaven face masks for that! Haha!

Don’t get me wrong, I have put it on my wish-list but in the meantime I think I will buy a 500g tub of pure Australian Pink Clay powder HERE from Amazon UK for just £9.95 and make my own pink clay masks instead. I also have Aloe Vera gel here and Pomegranate oil so I will add a little of them to my DIY ‘Sand & Sky’ face masks.

Check out what Jessicat and Uniquely Julia thought about the Purifying Pink Clay Mask.


Where To Buy?

You can get the full size product HERE on the website.

You can also get it HERE in the Birchbox shop.

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Review: MABOX – Deep Cleansing Black Mask

I was sent a tube of MABOX’s Deep Cleansing Black Mask to try out & review on my blog and since it arrived I have used it a couple of times already. I do own quite a few black masks already so I’m well stocked up on them right now but it’s always nice to try a new product out instead. I love my black masks and think they are the best thing ever for removing blackheads and blocked pores so I use them a lot. I even posted my own DIY Black Mask Tutorial earlier which was super easy to make and it actually works!

You can read my own DIY Black Mask Tutorial here.

Deep Cleansing Black Mask by Mabox

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The Deep Cleansing Black Mask is made in China and comes in a little box, inside is the 50g black mask tube. There is a little bit of info written on both the box and tube which includes the ingredient list and directions for use, although I must say this is written in broken English that does not make sense and there are a few grammar mistakes too.

The mask itself is sticky and black with a runny consistency, it glides easily across the skin and dries within 15-20 minutes, depending how much you apply. Care will need to be taken when applying as it is very drippy and can get messy. The mask smells slightly perfumed and almost like a solvent – quite strong.

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The Black Mask helps to rid the skin from blackheads, oil, blocked pores and excessive sebum whilst exfoliating and cleansing the skin. It is recommended for all skin types especially those who suffer from blackheads. It is not recommended for use on acne, spots or inflamed skin.

How To Use It?

Steam your face with a facial steamer to open your pores or fill a bowl up with hot water and place a towel over your head to stop steam from escaping. 

Dry your face and spread the mask onto your t-zone, nose, forehead, cheeks and chin or anywhere you have blackheads. Avoid the jaw line, upper lip, eyes, eyebrows and hairline.

Leave on for 15-20 minutes or until the black mask has completely dried on the skin.

Gently peel off the mask, starting from the bottom and pulling upwards

Finish by splashing the face with some cold water to close pores.

Ingredients:

Water, Polyvinyl, Alcohol, Ethyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Polyvinlpyrrolidone, Bamboo charcoal, Xanthan Gum, Essence

Verdict:

I wasn’t a big fan of the scent it had but that didn’t put me off using it. Another thing that put me off a bit was the grammar mistakes on the packaging, I know that doesn’t affect the quality of the product but I just thought they could have at last made an effort with it as it looks unprofessional and makes the product look cheap and tacky.

Although there are one or two things I don’t like about the black mask, it does do the job it’s supposed to, it works. It spread easily on the skin, dried in a reasonable amount of time and didn’t hurt like a bitch when I peeled it off. Once I removed the dried mask from my nose I could see all the sebum, junk, blackheads and dirt stuck onto the strip and my skin looked cleaner and felt soft too.

I would give this 3 stars out of 5.

Where To Buy?

You can get your hands on this Deep Cleansing Black Mask from MABOX here.

It is only £5.99.

Love

Kate

DIY Beauty Project: Activated Charcoal ‘Black Mask’

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In the last few years, activated charcoal has become a must have ingredient in skincare products, mainly because it has wonderful detoxifying properties, it’s great for cleansing the skin of dirt, drawing out impurities and its a godsend for getting rid of blackheads. It’s become very popular for teeth whitening too. I use activated charcoal about once or twice weekly to keep my teeth looking white and polished – check out my DIY Charcoal Tooth Whitening Toothpaste here.

What You’ll Need To Make The Black Mask?

For this DIY you will only need two activated charcoal capsules. If you haven’t got any you can buy some at most healthcare & vitamin shops. I got mine here on Amazon UK. I paid £15 for a bottle of 365 capsules and I only use activated charcoal on my skin and teeth so a whole years supply will last me for ages.

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You’ll also need some non-toxic PVA glue. I picked a bottle up from the kids craft aisle in Home Bargains for 89p.

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You will need something to mix it in such as a bowl or tub and a clean make-up brush or flat make-up sponge. I used a lid of one of my moisturisers which was big enough and I also used a make-up sponge as I didn’t want to ruin my make-up brushes.

How To Make The Black Mask?

Pour a dollop or two of PVA glue into the bowl and carefully open each activated charcoal capsule adding the black ‘ash’ to the bowl.

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Give it a good mix and your done.

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How To Use The Black Mask?

I recommend steaming your face with a facial steamer for five minutes beforehand. If you haven’t got a steamer just fill a large bowl up with hot kettle water, place your head over the bowl and cover with a bath towel to stop steam from escaping.

Using a brush apply the black mask to your t-zone, nose, forehead, cheeks and chin, or anywhere that has blackheads and blocked pores. Avoid your hair-line and your eyebrows as it will hurt like hell if you peel off hairs.

Leave the black mask on for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it has fully dried on the skin.

Peel off the mask starting from the bottom, gently pulling upwards. Once removed, you will notice all the gunk, dirt and blackheads stuck to it.

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Splash your face with cold water to close your pores.

Use once or twice weekly for best results.

Verdict:

At first I was a bit weary about putting glue on my face but it is perfectly safe just make sure you use PVA glue or any non toxic child glue. DO NOT use super glue ha ha. I’ve got to say, I’m very happy and impressed with this DIY, it was the easiest thing to make and I’m surprised at how much it looks like store-bought black masks, it works just as good too. It did work at removing blackheads from my t-zone, it didn’t hurt when removing and my skin didn’t feel irritated afterwards.

So, thumbs up this DIY Black Mask was a success!

Love

Katie

Sunday Pamper Sesh! – Passion Peel-Off Face Mask from 7th Heaven (Review)

It’s Sunday! Which means one thing:

PAMPER SESH! 💅🏻

I friggin’ love Sunday’s! I  park my bum on the couch and stay in all day like a hermit  watching Disney films and chick flicks… I take a nice long bubble bath whilst my roast dinner is cooking, YUM! I paint my nails, get the magic Nair out, do all my tan and shape my brows and I can’t forget a good old face mask of course!

Some of you may know already how much I love 7th Heaven face masks, they are vegan, Peta approved, cheap as chips, contain natural ingredients and they actually work!  I have been using them since I was a spotty teenager and I reckon I’ll still be face masking it when I’m 90 years old!

I’ve bought quite a few 7th Heaven face masks in my lifetime but I don’t think I have ever tried the Passion Peel-Off mask – so I thought I’d give it a go today.

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7th Heaven say:

‘Pulped Pomegranate, Passion Flower, Raspberry Grape, Cranberry and vitamin E contain antioxidants that help protect skin, while pores and dead cells get a deep clean from our peel-off mask!’

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The Passion Peel-Off mask comes in a 10ml sachet like most of the masks from 7th Heaven, which I think is perfect for travelling and especially if you’re like me and like trying new products out. The mask itself is a rose-pink colour and it smells so sweet, almost like strawberry or raspberry jelly. It smells delish! It is also very sticky but after 20-25 minutes, the stickiness disappears and your left with a super shiny face. It looked good, my wrinkles disappeared for a while ha. It didn’t look lilac coloured like the models on the sachet is – instead it was quite clear and looked a little pinky. Also I usually get two applications from one sachet of 7th Heaven masks but this one only provides one.

Now if you read my post a couple of days ago you will understand why at first I was a bit apprehensive about using another peel-off mask as I had an awful time with the Black Peel Off Mask from Beauty Infinitive. I was worried that this would hurt too when I started peeling it off but I was relieved that it never; it actually felt pleasurable and satisfying, ha. I began peeling at my jaw line and had no problem whatsoever at removing the mask. Afterwards my skin looked so much brighter and the mask had peeled away all of my dead skin cell build-up on my face which made my complexion appear dull. I love how soft my skin feels too.  I like this mask, it is not my favourite one from the 7th Heaven face mask range but I will use/buy it again especially when my complexion needs a kick up the bum.

Where to buy?

I got mine from Sainsbury’s for super cheap, 79p a sachet but you can seriously get them everywhere. Amazon, Superdrug, Boots, Asda, Home Bargains… The list is endless!

What 7th Heaven face mask should I try next?

Love

Kate x

Review: Deep Cleansing Black Mask (Blackhead Removing Peel-Off Mask) – Infinitive Beauty

Hey girls,

I have been using a new blackhead removing peel off mask for about two months now. It is the Deep Cleansing Black Mask from a small company called Infinitive Beauty and it costs £9.99 for a 50g tube.

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The black mask comes in a basic black 50g tube with a flip lid and it has a pink sticker with the Infinitive Beauty logo on the front as well as another sticker on the back with directions on how to use plus the ingredients list. The appearance of the tube itself is nothing special really but never judge a book by its cover, hey.

Infinitive Beauty say: ‘Restore a youthful glow with this powerful, deep pore, peel-off cleansing mask that purifies skin by removing dull surface cells, blackheads and impurities.’

Results/Thoughts:

After spreading the entire ‘black goo’ all over my face I could smell a very mild tar like smell although it didn’t smell badly. It had a sticky and runny consistency so I had to be extra quick when applying and spreading it over my face to avoid any of the mask dripping off and onto my clothes and surroundings. After about 5 minutes of the mask being on my face I could feel a tightening sensation in some areas on my skin, so I found it dries at different times, in different areas of your face. Ten minutes in and the whole mask had dried and it had a shiny black appearance, my skin felt super tight too. It is recommended that you keep the mask on until it had dried all over so I began to peel it off my face and I started at the bottom of my face near my jaw line, pulling outwards towards the centre of my face. This is when I had a mini panic attack! It was so PAINFUL! It seriously felt like I was being tortured. Ha! Like most girls, boys humans… I have tiny, little micro hairs all over my face and as I was peeling the mask of slowly, I was peeling off all the tiny hairs on my face too. This mask literally takes everything off your face, blackheads, whiteheads and (gasp)… hairs! An hour passed and I had peeled as much as possible off my face before I couldn’t stand it anymore as the pain was unbearable, especially around my jawline, upper lip and delicate eye area. My nose was no bother at all, it peeled off pain-free on my nose area. So, because I couldn’t bear the pain I washed the rest off the mask off with some warm soapy water.

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Never again will I use this all over my face!!! It hurt like a bitch, man!!! I would rather have Mike Tyson punch me in the face twenty times than have to go through that pain again. I suppose if your face is completely hairless, like maybe if you use one of those facial hair removing wands or an epilator, you wouldn’t have the same problem as I did.

I have been using the mask on a weekly basis on my nose, ONLY as my nose was the only area it didn’t hurt. After peeling the mask off my nose, all nose junk, sebum and blackheads are visible on the peel after it has been removed. I love it when you can see all the crap that has been removed. The mask really does work at removing impurities and blackheads and I can definitely notice how cleaner and clearer my nose looks. I have been using it on my nose once a week for about two months now as I really think it has helped remove under the skin blackheads that I have tried so hard to get rid of and the more I use it, week by week the clearer the skin on my nose looks.

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There is 50g of product in the tube and because I am only using the mask on my nose, I think this one tube will last me a very long time. I would recommend this mask and I would buy it again, although as mentioned above I would not put it all over my face again and instead apply it just on my nose, so if you do buy this black mask, you’ve been pre-warned, ha! For blackheads on your nose, it’s very, very good and I like it a-lot!

Where to buy?

You can get some here from Infinitive Beauty’s storefront on Amazon UK. It is £9.99.

Love

Katie x

Disclosure: I was gifted this black mask for review purposes.

 

Sunday Pamper Sesh: Argan Oil Mud Mask – 7th Heaven (Review)

Hi girls,

I think I have quite an addiction to face-masks you know. I have purchased so many and although most are still sitting there unopened I still get the urge to buy more. I use a few different brands but I have noticed that I always go back to 7th Heaven face masks, good job they are cheap as chips, hey! So, on my latest shopping spree I picked up a few sachets of 7th Heaven face-masks, ones which I had not yet tried and added them to my ever-growing, face-mask draw. My skin has been a bit on the oily side and I have broken out in a few pimples here and there, they actually hurt. (I’m blaming the cheap ass Halloween make-up I used last week.) Basically, my skin is oily and problematic at the moment so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out the Argan Oil Mud mask from my all-time favourite cruelty free brand 7th Heaven (aka Montagne ) to help soothe and balance out my skin as I look like I have a volcano erupting on my chin right now and it hurts like a bitch!

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The mud mask is recommended for oily – combination skin and it can be used as a weekly, 10-15 minute treat for your face. The mud contains Kaolin Clay as well as Bentonite Clay and also includes Moroccon Argan Oil, antioxdant-rich Acai Berries and an anti-wrinkle favourite of mine, Rosehip Oil.

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There are lots of other skin loving ingredients in the mud too.

First Impressions

The mud is beige, peachy and pale skin coloured, quite similar in colour to the foundation I wear and it smells sweet and pleasant although I did think it smelled a little artificial. It has a smooth, creamy texture and glides over the skin effortlessly and it felt soothing on my skin once applied. In one 15g sachet there should be enough for two applications, depending how much of the mud you use. Just be sure to seal the sachet up so the mud doesn’t dry out. I fold mine over at the top and use a kirby grip to keep it sealed.

Results:

Five minutes after applying the mud, the beige coloured mud lightened to an off-white, chalky colour and I began to feel the mud drying in some areas with a tightening sensation. After around ten minutes the mud had completely dried white all over.

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I left the mask on for around 15-20 minutes and found it washed off easily with warm water and a face cloth. My skin felt super soft and clean afterwards and it looked a lot brighter and less oily. I don’t usually get oily skin but after using cheap Halloween make-up last week my skin has been problematic and greasy and I as mentioned above I broke out in a couple of spots, so this mask has been perfect for balancing my oil levels. My spots don’t feel as irritated and as sore as they did either and my complexion looks better overall. I will definitely use this mask again and I think I will buy the bigger tube next time instead of the sachet.

Where to buy?

I got mine from Sainsbury’s for 79p a sachet although they are pretty much available anywhere. Home Bargains stocks them as does ASDA, Superdrug and you can get the full size 175g tube for £5.99 on Amazon UK right here.

Take a peek at some of the other fabulous 7th Heaven products available on the website – www.my7thheaven.com

Which 7th Heaven Mask is your favourite?

Love

Katie x

Disclosure: I bought this.

How To Detox Your Mind, Body & Soul With A Bentonite Clay Bath – Works Wonders For Psoriasis, Eczema & Acne

 

Hey girls, boys…

I’m going to show you all how you can detox your mind, body and soul by taking a bentonite clay bath which will eliminate all toxins and impurities from your skin making you a healthier, happier person with cleansed beautiful skin.

The internet is an amazing place for knowledge isn’t it. I have learned so much more from the internet than I ever did at school and thanks to google I have taught myself all about the amazing health benefits bentonite clay has. After learning how it can help not only the skin but mind, body and soul – I knew I had to use it more often, not just as a face mask.

I came across a post online about the benefits of taking regular clay baths and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. I’ve never had a clay bath before, I have never had a detox of any kind before but I have lost count of how many clay face masks I’ve had in the past so this was something completely new to me. After taking just a couple of clay baths, I can already see and feel the benefits of it and it is something I will be doing a lot of from now on. Maybe twice, three times weekly.

What is bentonine clay?

“Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining. Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound.” – Mountain Rose Herbs

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What Is a clay bath?

A clay bath is a bath with clay mixed in. It helps to eliminate toxins from the skin and body absorbing them into the water. When the clay is mixed with the water it will look dirty and similar to a muddy puddle but I can assure you it’s clean as can be. The very first time I used bentonite clay in my bath, I thought I would feel dirty and minging afterwards because of the colour of the water but I have never, ever, ever felt so clean and pristine after taking a bath in my whole life. It beats a normal bath any-day!

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What can a bentonite clay bath do?

  • Eliminate toxins and heavy metals in the body
  • Removes impurities from the skin
  • Boosts immune system
  • Deep cleanses the skin
  • Calms and reduces symptoms of psoriasis, eczema and other skin disorders
  • Helps clear acne and pimples
  • Speeds healing of cuts, wounds etc…
  • Helps to cool and soothe insect bites
  • Prevents & removes blackheads, whiteheads etc…
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Calms skin allergies
  • Stimulates the lymph system
  • Soothes sunburn and sun rash
  • Gentle detoxification with no side effects
  • Relieves headaches
  • Relieves body aches
  • Great for fatigue

I could go on all day… I’m sure you get the drift!

How to make a clay bath?

I ran a hot bath and sprinkled 1 cup of bentonite clay into the water, stirring well and making sure to squish any clumps of clay sat at the bottom of the bath, allowing it to melt into the water.

For first timers I would advise adding one cup of powder to your bath and for an intense detox add 2 or maybe 3 cups of clay. I wouldn’t add any more than 3 though as you may suffer from stressful detox symptoms.

Fill the bath up just enough to cover your whole body, the hotter the water the better as this will open your pores thus making it quicker and easier for toxins and impurities to be eliminated and absorbed into the water.

Bathe for no more than 30 minutes. As all the toxins are pulled from your body and absorbed into the water, I wouldn’t advise soaking for longer than this. I have heard people take intense hour-long clay baths but this is not something I have tried, YET.

All you gotta do is lie down in the bath, soak, close your eyes, put some relaxing music on, chill out and get detoxing!

Do’s & Don’ts:

Don’t soak in the clay bath for longer than 30 minutes. Lying in a detox bath for half an hour or more can cause over-detox symptoms such as feeling light-headed dehydrated, nauseous and weak. Same goes for the amount of clay you use in your bath too. I’d say anything from 1-3 cups of clay is ideal and won’t cause your body any stress.

Be careful not to slip in the bath tub. Clay, when mixed with water becomes very, very slippy so take care.

Drink a glass of water before and after your bath as this will keep you hydrated.

Tie your hair up in a bun or pony-tail or wear a shower cap when bathing. The clay can make your hair feel crap for days afterwards and dry it out. If clay does come in contact with your hair just wash it with a clarifying shampoo and condition it afterwards. The clay won’t harms your hair in any way but it will make it feel rough!

Don’t drink the clay water. I know you guys aren’t stupid and you obviously won’t drink the clay water but try to keep your hands away from your mouth when bathing. After sitting in the water for 30 minutes or more it becomes saturated with the toxins from your body so the water is toxic, so you really don’t want to swallow any of it.

Where to buy bentonite clay?

The clay I have been using for my clay baths is the Deep Pore Exfoliator 100% Bentonite Clay and I order it here from Natural Supplies for £12.99.

It is a huge 1kg tub and contains nothing but 100% pure bentonite clay. It can be used for face masks, clay baths, body wraps and foot masks. It has been sun-dried, is also cruelty-free and contains no fragrance, chemicals or additives.

I have some bentonite clay from Majestic Pure, but as it is a much smaller tub than the clay from Natural Supplies, so I prefer to use it just for my face masks.

So who else loves to detox their body with a clay bath? Has anyone with psoriasis tried one? It seems to be helping my skin!

Love

Katie x

Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Black Head Perfect Sticker – Review

Hi girlies…

A while back now, I was gifted the 1st Edition BB Mask Bag from Bits & Bobs of Beauty UK which included lots of face masks, neck masks and feet masks along with some other little goodies. Bits & Bobs of Beauty UK are an online British beauty store who sell lots of fabulous Korean beauty products and quirky accessories which you rarely see here in the UK.

One of the items in my BB Mask Bag was a Holika Holika Pig Nose Black Head Sticker and I completely forgot about it until recently when I was sorting out my face mask draw. Yes, I have a draw just for my face masks! He-he! I thought I would give it a go as it has been absolutely ages since I used a blackhead sticker on my nose and I could really do with using one.

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Those of you who read my blog regularly will know how much I hate blackheads. I have lots of tiny blackheads and whitehead’s all over my nose and I have been trying so damn hard to get rid of them with no joy. They are not noticeable when I am wearing make-up but I long for beautiful clear skin and I would love to feel confident enough to brave outside without wearing foundation! I really want FLAWLESS skin!

What it is?

‘An easy-to-use, disposable nose strip sticker which removes whiteheads, blackheads, and dead skin cells. Formulated with a pink clay ingredient, it helps absorb sebum and remove unwanted impurities from your nose, leaving it smooth and clear from impurities.

 

How to use?

I had to use google to find the English instructions for this as the instructions on the back of the sachet were in Korean. I can barely speak English, never mind Korean! Ha!

untitled‘After cleansing, wet the nose with water. Place strip on nose and wait 10-15 minutes. Remove strip, peel off starting from outside edge. Use 1-2 times a week.’ I do advise steaming your face over a bowl of hot water before using the sticker, to open your pores, which will make it easier for blackheads to be removed.

 

Pros:

The packaging is so cute and PINK!

It works!

You can see all the crap from your nose on the sticker after removing it.

Cons:

Information is in Korean which I don’t understand.

Ingredients contain Methylparaben, Dimithicone and PVP.

Key ingredients include Water, PVP, Dimethicone Copolyol, Kaolin, Titanium Dioxide, VP/ VA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, CI 17200.

Results:

Before using the sticker I did think it wouldn’t work very well as I have literally tried all kinds on my nose and had no results. But, when I peeled the sticker off my nose after 15 minutes, I was surprised that it had worked and I was very pleased with the results. After removing the sticker from my nose I could see a few blackheads had been removed and there were plenty of whiteheads and sebum on the sticker too, they looked like tiny, micro white hairs stuck to the pink clay and I felt so bloody good looking at all the nose junk that had been removed, definitely the best part. I did have a few blackheads on my nose still but less than before and hey, I have only used it once so I’m sure when I use it again there will be less uglies on my nose. My nose definately did appear clearer, I was happy and found it worked well on my nose so I do recommend Holika Holika blackhead stickers.

Will I use again?

Yes, I’d use again. I do try to avoid beauty products which have parabens in as much as possible but saying that I was pleased with the end results.

What is the best blackhead removing sticker yo have used? I am willing to try some new ones out! Operation Blackhead Buster has begun!

Love

KATIE x

 

 

 

 

 

Art Naturals – Dead Sea Mud Mask

 

 

Hello Girls (& Boys!)

I have another Art Naturals product here for review. It is their Dead Sea Mud Mask.

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I have tried quite a few products from Art Naturals now and I can honestly say that I haven’t a bad thing to say about any products that I have used from them. Art Naturals has become one of my favourite brands lately and I have replaced most of my beauty products from ‘popular, big brands’, especially those who test on animals and use harsh ingredients, for ‘natural’ and kind brands like Art Naturals whose products are chemical free, cruelty free, contain nothing but natural, kind ingredients and are gentle on the skin, gentle enough to calm my psoriasis instead of irritating it!

I can definately see ‘natural’ and cruelty free brands becoming more popular in the near future as people realise nasty, harmful ingredients and testing on animals is really not nessecary in a beauty product, really though, why should an animal suffer just so we can look fabulous. I agree it is pretty hard knowing which products are kind, some poducts don’t tell you if it has been tested on animals or not so always look for the little cruelty free bunny on the back of a product to know 100% if the formula has NOT been tested on animals. A brand will never say ‘this has been tested on animals’ so look for the cute bunny for confimation!

Art Naturals Dead Sea Mud Mask

This is a 250 ml tub of deep skin cleansing, pure heavenly face mask! Dead Sea Mud is amazing for all skin types and everybody can benefit from it in some way. It draws out toxins, impurities, blackheads, dirt, oil, helps acne, calms skin conditions and disorders as well as reducing large pores and if used often it will help give you radiant skin and a brighter, clearer, more balanced complexion.

I’ll be honest, this mud mask from Art Naturals is completely identical to the Majestic Pure one I reviewed a while back, it has the exact same ingredients, same 250ml sized tub, the mud is the same dark grey colour, same thick consitency, same scent and it has the same price. The only differences being, the label and a different company name. Majestic Pure say to leave their mask on for five minutes while Art Naturals say leave on for 15-20 minutes. So basically I would imagine they both have the same formula, just sold by two different companies with different time directions.

I’ve had the same results with this Dead Sea Mud Mask as I did with Majestic Pure’s one. I do love them both! You can read my review for that here if you’d like.

How to use it?

‘Cleanse and tone first, and dry skin. Use clean dry hands when scooping the mud out of the jar to avoid contamination and bacteria. Test on a small area for allergies before using all over the face. Apply a thick layer of the mud onto your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Let the mask sit for around 15-20 minutes until it has dried. Remove the mask by wetting hands and gently lathering in circular motions for a complete exfoliation. Wash any excess mud off with lukewarm water and gently pat dry. Follow with your favourite moisturiser. For best results use every 3-4 days.’

TIP: Apply a very thin layer as the more you put on the longer it will take to dry and remove.

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Results:

This is really messy to apply as you can imagine, it gets everywhere if you are not careful so if you are as dopey and careless as I am, use it while bathing or use an old t-shirt to avoid any staining. Be careful not to get it into your hair too if you don’t plan on washing it afterwards, tie it up into a bun and use a hair band to protect your hair line.

After using this 4 times in three weeks I can say that my complexion is definately brighter and my skin looks clearer and feels moisturised and smoother. I have had a little pimple break out on my chin but I have had no major reactions or break outs.

I will continue using this once a week to keep my skin balanced and to draw out all toxins and impurities that have built up which cleansing and toning alone can’t achieve. I still have those annoying, under the skin, tiny blackheads on my nose that even comedones and blackhead extractors can’t remove so using this regulary may help draw them out, a few at a time.  I am so determined to get rid of them.

I don’t recommend using dead sea mud daily as it is possible you will remove the ‘good’ oils that your skin produces to protect it from external factors, so once a week is perfect in my opinion.

I do recommend steaming your face before using any face mask to open the pores. Just make sure you splash some cold water over your face when you remove the mud mask to close the pores and avoid any new blackheads, pimples or spots appearring.

Where to buy it?

You can buy it right here. It is £14.95 for a 250ml tub. Which is a little expensive for a face mask, yeah, but it will last a while and you defo get what you pay for! Check out some other Art Naturals products too, I especially love their essential oils, hair masks and bath bombs.

Thanks for reading girlies! If you have tried a dead sea mud mask before or if you are thinking of buying this one for yourself I would love to hear your thoughts!

Have a beautiful day!

LOVE

KATIE ROSE x x x

e-mail: whatkatieroseloves@hotmail.com

 

Dead Sea Mud Mask | Majestic Pure | Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne & Problem Skin Complaints

 

Hello ladies! 😊

I got myself some of this – Majestic Pure Dead Sea Mud Mask 260ml – Spa’s Premium Quality Facial Cleanser for All Skin Types – 100% Natural Formula, Absorbs Excess Oil, Removes Dead Skin Cells, Dirt and Toxins to Reveal Fresh and Soft Skin – Known to Heals Acne, Acne Scars, Pimp .. to trial for my skin which is very prone to breakouts, large pores and stubborn blackheads on my nose that won’t budge. I also have the odd bit of psoriasis on my face and I’ve heard Dead Sea mud does wonders for treating and improving psoriasis so I’ve been more than happy to try this mud mask out for my skin problems.

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What Is Dead Sea Mud, Why Should You Use It & What Does It Do?

Dead Sea Mud starts out in the surrounding mountain areas as alluvial silt. Over time, this mud is washed down from the mountains by rain water until it reaches The Dead Sea, (a lake that sits between the West Bank, Israel and Jordan). Within the mud, scientists have found high concentrations of minerals like magnesium, bromides, phosphates and sodium.

Dead Sea mud is excellent for reducing inflammation, hydrating and improving psoriasis, acne and other skin disorders. Dead Sea mud helps give a healthier skin tone by removing dead skin cells that dull complexion. Once these dead skin cells are removed, new cells are able to regenerate for younger and healthier looking skin. Blood circulation in the face is increased and the skins complexion appears brighter. This causes toxins and acne-causing bacteria to be removed from the face. The mud mask increases the skins ability to absorb nutritious minerals and proteins.

Dead Sea Mud Mask is suitable for all skin types. It is a great face mask that helps to deeply cleanse and shrink large pores, which in turn eliminates blackheads and pimples. It also tightens and tones the skin as well as removing impurities. It is also beneficial to use Dead Sea mud as an anti-ageing treatment to reduce wrinkles and fine lines and it also significantly reduces redness and inflammation of the skin and can be used on both the face and body.

Apart from skin care, the Dead Sea mud is thought to help relax the muscles in the body. The mud increases tranquility and calmness. At the same time, arthritis patients use the mud to reduce aches & pains.

How To Use Dead Sea Mud Mask From Majestic Pure

It’s very easy to use, simply apply a thick layer of mud on to the face (and neck if you wish) and leave it to dry for 5 minutes. To remove the mask, gently rub your face in circular motions which helps exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells, then wash any remaining mud with warm water and pat dry with a towel. I use a good moisturiser afterwards to hydrate my skin even more.  

It’s recommended to use this mask about twice a week, five minutes each time.

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Thoughts

What I love about Majestic Pure’s products is how natural and safe the ingredients are. (Full list of ingredients and their benefits are at the bottom of this post). A while ago I jumped on board the ‘natural’ bandwagon and turned my back on most products because they contain huge amounts of unnecessary chemicals, irritants, additives and artificial fragrances, which I believe do more harm than they do good. I’m convinced that using natural ingredients and chemical-free products is the best option for me, especially because of my psoriasis. One of the main reasons I’m on this natural route is to gently calm my skin disorder instead of irritating and aggravating it. I really do think natural is best – especially for problem skin!

I found this Dead Sea Mud Mask has a light pleasant aroma, I can’t pin-point the exact scent but I’d guess it was Aloe Vera. The mud is a light grey when sitting in the tub but once it has dried on the face it is dark grey, almost black. It was very easy to apply, although it did get a bit messy so I advise protecting your hair and clothes if you don’t want any product on them. I also recommend wearing plastic gloves when applying the mask, if you have any. Sh*t gets real messy!

Once the mask was on my face I waited around 10 minutes for it to dry (after the recommended time of 5 minutes, the mud was still wet.) I could feel a slight tightening on the skin although the sensation was not as ‘tight’ feeling as hard drying clay masks. Removal of the mask was easy too. I particulary enjoyed the exfoliating part the most – rubbing my skin just before washing it off to gently exfoliate my dead skin cells which I think definitely helped my skin feel softer and look brighter too. I was impressed with how soft my skin felt afterwards and I could definitely see a difference and slight improvement. I’m looking forward to using this twice a week to improve my skin further and hopefully calm my psoriasis.

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Where to buy?

The tub was £29.99 but it’s now on sale for £10.49 , you can get a 250g tub of Dead Sea Mud Mask from Majestic Pure’s website here. Or if you prefer you can buy on Amazon UK just click the link to shop it here – Majestic Pure Dead Sea Mud Mask 260ml – Spa’s Premium Quality Facial Cleanser for All Skin Types – 100% Natural Formula, Absorbs Excess Oil, Removes Dead Skin Cells, Dirt and Toxins to Reveal Fresh and Soft Skin – Known to Heals Acne, Acne Scars, Pimp ..

You should check out the other products available from Majestic Pure, which I highly recommend! I’ve recently reviewed some of their Indian Healing Clay Mask from Majestic Pure which is a huge tub of bentonite powder and when mixed with water it creates a detoxifying clay – you can read all about it here.

INGREDIENTS

APART FROM DEAD SEA MUD, THE OTHER INGREDIENTS IN THIS MUD MASK ARE:

Deionized Water – Deionized water is purified water which has mineral ions (salts) removed. The mineral ions that are removed include copper, iron, sodium, calcium, chloride, and bromide. Deionized water is made by taking conventional water and exposing it to electrically charged resins that attract and bind to the salts, removing them from the water. Because most of the impurities in water are mineral salts, deionized water is mostly pure.

Kaolin – Kaolin is a soft white mineral that has a large array of uses. It is most commonly found in the form of a fine clay that was originally produced in China, which is why this material is sometimes referred to as ‘China clay’. Like other clays, it is very absorbent, and it can pull oils and dirt out of the skin.

Shea Butter – Shea butter is extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree, which grows in the savannah of Western Africa. Growing up to 60 feet tall, the Shea tree does not flower before it is 20 years old and can live up to 200 years. The Shea nuts are harvested, crushed and boiled to extract the Shea butter. Given its high content in anti-inflammatory and healing components, Shea butter helps the healing of skin disorders and skin problems such as:

  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • rashes
  • hives
  • insect bites / stings
  • contact dermatitis
  • dry skin
  • cracked skin
  • burns
  • minor cuts 

Aloe Vera Juice – Aloe Vera grows wild in tropical climates around the world and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses. Aloe Vera is considered by many to be a miracle plant, it has a huge range of skin, health and hair benefits. Aloe Vera helps soothe sunburn because the natural nutrients and antioxidants in the plant work to soothe the pain and help to regenerate the skin. It’s great for acne too. Auxin and Gibberellins, two hormones found in Aloe Vera, have wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce skin inflammation, promote the growth of new cells and al treat small minor cuts. Aloe Vera gel can help smooth out some those fine lines and wrinkles by improving the skins natural firmness. The gel of Aloe Vera plant can be also help treat scars as it promotes the healing process and softens the appearance of scar tissue

Sunflower Oil Sunflower oil is extracted from sunflower seeds. The oil is amazing for hydrating and moisturising the skin. Sunflower oil works well for improving psoriasis symptoms as well as soothing, sore, irritated skin..

Vegetable Glycerine Due to its hygroscopic properties, vegetable glycerine is used in many moisturising skin products because it seems to help relieve dry skin problems by drawing water up from the lower layers. It is also a component of glycerine soap, which is often used by people with sensitive skin. Vegetable glycerine is used as a substitute for ethanol in some products (the chemical known as alcohol) — The advantage of this is that people who do not want to be exposed to alcohol can still have access to the botanical products. The disadvantage is that the products without alcohol have a much shorter shelf life.

Jojoba Oil – Jojoba is a golden liquid wax (often called jojoba oil) that is made from the jojoba bean.  It is a plant native to South-western North America, and it was highly valued by the Native Americans as a potent balm for skin ailments.. Jojoba is a golden liquid wax similar to the protective wax produced by human skin to keep it smooth, supple and moisturised. Jojoba is the only plant in the world known to produce this unique golden liquid wax. All other plants in the world produce oils. Jojoba is naturally antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and hypoallergenic, so it is used to soothe a wide range of skin conditions.

Jojoba oil helps:

  • Scars
  • Burns
  • Rashes
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Nappy rash
  • Cradle cap
  • Acne
  • Wrinkles
  • Stretch marks
  • Dry and sensitive skin
  • Sun damage
  • Pigmentation
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Oily skin
  • Age spots
  • Nourish hair 

 

Xanthan Gum – Xanthan gum is a sugar-like compound made by mixing aged (fermented) sugars with a certain kind of bacteria. It is used to make medicine. In manufacturing, xanthan gum is used as a thickening and stabilizing agent.

Calendula Oil – Calendula oil is distilled from the flower tops. The oil is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial so it is helpful for wounds, acne, ulcers, bed sores, varicose veins, rashes, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions.


 

Have any of you used any Dead Sea mud products before to improve any skin problems? Did they improve your skin?

LOTS OF LOVE

KATIE xxx

 

 

 

Indian Healing Clay (Powder) from Majestic Pure

 

HI GIRLS!

I was so excited when this therapeutic grade Indian Healing Clay arrived from Majestic Pure. I love my facemasks and use them quite regularly. I love them even more when they don’t contain any nasties or chemicals. I’ve used all kinds of clay facemasks in the past mainly 7th Heaven ones which come in a little pouch as well as sheet-masks from a Korean beauty store, but I have never tried any from Majestic Pure as I’ve only recently became a fan of their products. I’ve had lots of their essential oils though and I they were good quality & I really loved them, so I got myself this Indian Healing Clay which contains 100% Pure Sodium Bentonite and nothing else! I’ve also ordered a Dead Sea Mud Mask from Majestic Pure so I can’t wait until that arrives either!

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 What Is Clay?

Clay makes a fabulous face mask for shrinking pores, tightening and toning skin, removing impurities, getting rid of dead skin cells and just making your skin look and feel good! It’s good for soothing the skin and is especially good for treating cuts, bruises, insect bites, bee stings, boils, rashes achy joints, acne and burns amongst others!

For more info on Pure Sodium Bentonite, click here.

Before I get into my review, I have to give you a little tip/warning – If you buy this, before you open the tub, don’t lie down when your opening it for the first time! I lied on my bed lying down and began to open the tub to have a nose at the contents… What happened? All the powder went all over my new top! Ha-ha. I really thought this was a ready made face mask and it was solid clay and all yo do was dip your hands into the tub then apply it as it is, straight to your face – but it’s not… It’s clay POWDER which you add water to and then mix to a smooth paste! Blonde moment! So be careful when you open this so you don’t waste any product!

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I was very pleased at how big the tub is. It looks much bigger than the picture the company have displayed, which actually looks quite little compared to when the tub is in front of you. It does say that the tub is 16oz but I’m useless at oz, fl, mg, g measurements and the likes so I never had a clue about how much product I was buying. I did expect this to be a much smaller tub!

On the side of the tub are directions for use which is handy as I had never used clay powder before so I didn’t know how to mix it – definitely saved me a Google search trip. For the face all you do is mix 3 parts water with one part clay powder then mix it until you’ve got yourself a smooth paste! Put it on your face and leave on for 20 minutes. It does say if you have sensitive skin you should leave the clay on for 10 minutes only and reduce the time in half. To wash off – just use lukewarm water. Simple! This can also be used for clay baths and foot soaks tot, the clay draws toxins from the skin and pores so it’s great for your body as well as your face, but I’ve only tried it on my face at the moment.

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When mixing this I put 3 parts water and 1 part clay powder into a bowl and mixed but it didn’t seem I had done it properly so I added a bit more clay and water and mixed like mad, it was lumpy to begin with but after continuously mixing I was left with a smooth paste. I scooped it up with my fingers and slathered it all on my face (you might want to wear plastic gloves as it gets messy!) I left the clay mask on my face for about 20-25 minutes and felt it drying after 5 minutes. I love how clay masks feel on the skin when they dry. I then washed it off with warm water and dried with towel. My face did look a bit red once it was washed off but the redness faded, I think my skin is more sensitive than I thought and I probably should have left it on for 10 minutes instead. When the redness faded, my skin looked great and was lovely and soft to touch. I’m going to use this 1-2 a week, I’m hoping for a clearer complexion and I’ve tried everything to get rid of impurities and blackheads under my skin on my nose and nothing has worked so far. As this clay draws out impurities and toxins I think my skin will definitely improve the more I use it! Best thing is the powder will last a lifetime as only one scoop is needed each time!

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You can get some here from Magestic Pure on Amazon UK. It’s £8.49 to buy.

LOTS OF LOVE

KATIE xo

Korean Beauty | 1ST Edition Mystery B.B Mask Bag | Bits & Bobs Of Beauty UK <3

Hi Girlies…

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Lately, I’m absolutely loving Bits & Bobs Of Beauty UK which is a UK-based online beauty store specializing in Korean Products. All of the beauty products they stock are genuine and imported from the main manufacturers in Korea. They sell lots of fabulous skin care products, gorgeous Korean make-up and quirky accessories too and I’ve just fell in love with everything!

1st Edition Mystery B.B Mask Bag

I woke up on my birthday a few days ago to the 1st Edition Mystery B.B Mask Bag which was gifted to me from the lovely ladies at Bits & Bobs Of Beauty UK.

Thanks B.B Beauty! 🙂

The Mystery B.B Mask Bag’s are filled with 10-12 selected Korean sheet masks for the eyes, face, neck, hands and feet! It will cost you over £30 if the selected contents are purchased individually but if you get yourself a B.B Mask Bag it will only cost you £16.99. Bargain!

If you’re only familiar with traditional face masks and not sure what a sheet mask is: Checkout The Beauty Breakdowns YouTube vlog for information about sheet masks, how they work, and what they’re used for!

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I received a gorgeous hot pink drawstring bag which was filled with ten FABULOUS skin care goodies (8 sheet masks, black head strip for the nose and smile patch for smile lines) as well as some delicious chocolate money! Yum!

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Here’s what was inside my 1st Edition Mystery B.B Mask Bag.

The Mask Bags are perfect for a girls night in with your friends or if you are in need of a ‘pamper sesh’. They are also ideal as a gift set! I’m so excited to start using my Korean sheet masks, especially Tony Moly’s Smile Patch for my deep smile lines between my nose and mouth! I will keep you all updated and will be reviewing each mask in the coming weeks. Stay tuned…

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Tony Moly – Mr Smile Patch

Unfortunately the very popular 1st Edition B.B Mystery Mask Bag has now sold out but keep your eyes peeled for the 2nd Edition B.B Mystery Mask Bag which will be up on the website and available to buy this month – because of the high demand for the 1st Edition Mystery B.B Mask Bag –  the next editions will need to be pre-ordered! All monthly mask bags will be sent out on the 1st week of each month so if you would like to receive your mask bag on time, order and make a payment before the last day of each previous month. You must be quick as the goodie bags sell out pretty fast.

The gorgeous goodie bags will have different contents inside each month which will allow you to purchase as a one-off, every month or whenever you feel like it.

(There is no fixed subscription for this and you can choose when to purchase.)

Where To Buy

To buy a B.B Mystery Mask Bag OR to browse the website click here.

Social Media

Connect With Bits & Bobs Of Beauty UK On Facebook

Follow Bits & Bobs Of Beauty UK On Instagram

Thanks For Reading Girls…

…stay tuned for my sheet mask reviews!

Love

Katie

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Double Egg Face Mask | Natural & Homemade – Beauty Recipe ❤

Hi Girls…❤

These cucumbers ARE scary___scary good at revitalizing my skin that ___

Today I’m going to share a natural, home-made beauty recipe with you all! My ‘Double Egg Face Mask’ uses both the egg white and the yolk to tighten pores and give you a gorgeous complexion. It is very simple to make, gentle on the skin and contains zero chemicals unlike store bought face masks.

It’s also SUPER CHEAP as you only need one egg!


Egg Whites

Egg whites have astringent properties that help shrink large pores by tightening the skin and eliminating blackheads. The egg white also help keep wrinkles at bay and cleanses, tones and brightens the skin.

Egg Yolks

Egg yolks lock huge amount of moisture into your skin cells, leaving your face soft and smooth. Egg yolks treat acne, pimples and repairs the skin as well as hydrating, moisturising and nourishing dry skin.


Let’s Do It!

Before you apply this facemask – it would be wise to do a simple patch test on your inner wrist or elbow to see if you have any allegic reactions to egg.


Ingredients

 1 EGG
2 SMALL BOWLS
A WHISK / FORK
2 SLICED CUCUMBERS* (optional)
OR 2 COLD TEABAGS* (optional)

*(FOR OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS SEE TIPS & TRICKS BELOW)*


Part 1 | Egg White

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1) Crack an egg and separate the egg white from the yolk – placing the egg white in one bowl and the yolk in another.

2) Whisk the egg white with a fork and apply to your face.

3) Leave on for around 15-20 minutes.

4) Peel the egg white off your face and cleanse with warm water to make sure all traces of egg are removed. Splash your face with cold water or run an ice cube across it to close your pores. Then pat dry with a towel.


Part 2 | Egg Yolk

Egg Yolk

1) Whisk the yolk with a fork and apply it generously to your face.

2) Leave on for 10-20 minutes.

3) Wash your face with warm water to remove all of the yolk from your skin.

4) Finish by rubbing an ice cube / splashing cold water over your skin to close your pores.

All done. 😊

I recommend doing the ‘Double Egg Face Mask’ twice a week! ❤


Tips & Tricks

Facial Steam

1) Take a hot bath or shower before you apply the face mask. The steam produced by hot water will cleanse your skin and open up your pores. I steam my face the ‘old-fashioned’ way by placing my head above a large bowl of hot kettle water then cover my head with a bath a towel – this stops steam from escaping. You can do this for however long you want but for best results – I recommend 5 minutes!

2) Place a cucumber slice on each eye to soothe and refresh tired or bloodshot eyes. Cucumbers are very high in Vitamin E which helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes – acting like an anti-ageing treatment.

3) Recycle two used teabags. Put them into the freezer for 5-10 minutes to ensure there cold. Take them out of the freezer and place one teabag on each eye. You can use any type of teabags, my favourites being chamomile, green tea or just good old Tetley. Teabags contain tannins and caffeine which help by reducing puffiness, dark circles as well as tightening as soothing the delicate skin around your eyes.


Thanks for reading girls, I hope this works as good for your skin as it does for mine!

Love

Katie ❤

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Sunday Pamper Sesh: Creamy Coconut Face Mask – 7th Heaven (Review)

I remember when I first discovered Montagne Jennesse / 7th Heaven Face Masks’ once upon a time when I was a rebellious teenager. I would buy one every week out of my pocket money, picking a different one each time. ❤

Somewhere along the line, as I got older and started trying out different skincare regimes – I stopped doing my weekly ‘Pamper Sesh’, where I would put a face mask on, some sliced cucumbers on my eyes and chill out in my bedroom listening to Britney Spears on the radio. Those were the days. 😂

I saw the masks again while out shopping today and I thought I’d have a blast from the past and start my ‘Pamper Sesh’ back up again – minus the Britney this time round!

I’ve stocked up on loads of face masks to try out but the first mask I’m going to review is the luxurious ‘Creamy Coconut’ one, which is for tired and dry looking skin. I suppose it would work well on oily / combination skin too.

I decided to try the Creamy Coconut mask out first because I just love coconut. Coconut products have always been a god-send for my skin, especially for treating my psoriasis.

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Results

When I first applied it, the mask had a cream like consistency that gradually hardened and dried a little. The dried effect was nothing like that of a clay mask, which I’m not happy about. I really love it when you can’t move your face or smile or frown when wearing a clay mask…. I’m so weird!

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The scent of the mask is beautiful as you can imagine. It filled the room with a potent coconut smell and my boyfriend asked why he could smell coconuts all over the house. Ha. DUH.

It is recommended to leave the face mask on for 15 minutes but as I was far too busy chillin’ – I left mine on for about an hour.

Warm water removed it effortlessy and after patting dry, my skin was noticeably smoother and softer to touch as well as being a little bit brighter than beforehand.

I’m definitely going to add the Creamy Coconut mask to my beauty regime. #LOVE ❤

What’s Good

The Creamy Coconut Face Mask is not only filled with pulped coconut but shea butter and ground cocoa too. Packing pure goodness!

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My favourite thing about 7th Heaven’s Face Masks’ is that they have not been tested on animals. PETA have also certified that the face masks have been made cruelty free!

I like. 👌

7th Heaven Face Masks are in 15 ml sachets and you could probably get about 2-3 applications from one sachet, all depending how much you apply.

The face masks also do what they claim to. My skin is much more rehydrated and happier now after only one use. The zombie complexion has lessened!

What’s Not Good

I’ve got no complaints! All gravy baby! 👌

Where To Buy

You can buy them everywhere; Asda, Superdrug, Boots, Home & Bargains as well as 7th Heavens’ website – here.

How Much?

I got mine for about £1 each I think. If you’re not from the UK – unlucky you! I’ve heard they are much dearer to buy in Australia and the USA, costing $6 or more which is madness! I suppose we are good for something, eh! 😊

I nearly forgot to mention – after having a browse on their website I noticed that face masks are not the only products made by 7th Heaven, they also do hair masks, men’s face masks, scrubs and soap amongst other things. I really can’t wait to try out the ‘Dead Sea Salt Bust Firming Gel’ (not that I need it – the girls are firm – said the liar 😉) as well as the ‘Peach Oil Cleansing Soap’. LUSH 😍

What’s your favourite 7th Heaven Face Mask girl’s? Which one shall I try next? 😘

Are there blogging gals that have tried any of the other products? Feel free to pop your ‘review links’ below so I can have a read… ❤

Well, dolly-birds, until next time!

Love…

Katie ❤

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