Loreal Paris: Pure Clay’s Anti-Blemish Mask

20170930_162708.jpgThis is a new release from Loreal’s pure clay’s line and I have to say that Loreal has been killing the skin care game with the products in this line.

I have been using two of the cleansers and I can safely say that they have become holy grails in my skin care regimen and I will give them their own post very soon.

I was initially not that interested in the facial masks but I changed my mind when I saw this at the department store.

My skin has not reacted well to the heat wave that we have had during the summer and I struggled with enlarged pores and black heads + white heads, which is usually not an issue for me thanks to my skin care regimen but the temperatures that have been sweeping over my area the last few months has aggravated my skin pretty badly.

So you can imagine why I was so attracted to this 🙂

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Here’s a very unflattering photo of me without makeup. You can clearly see how textured my skin was and all the red areas. This photo was taken in mid september.

 

Claims

This face mask contains three different kinds of clay: kaolin, montmorillonite and ghassoul.

It also contains marine algae which are known for its anti-blemish abilities.

The masks creamy formula reduces blackheads, tighten pores and gives beautiful skin without drying it out.

 

How to use

Use twice a week  on cleansed skin and avoid eye and lip area.

Leave it on for five to ten minutes.

Wash off with lukewarm water or a cleansing wipe.

 

Results according to Loreal

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Immediately: Skin looks less oily and feels cleaner.

After a week: Pores are clean and less noticeable.

After a month: Black heads are reduced. Skin feels balanced, comforted and improved.

 

Packaging

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The glass jar contains 50 ml of product which accordingly to Loreal is sufficient for 10 applications.

I really like how sturdy the packaging is and especially that it has a protective seal to keep the contents from drying out.

It might not look that great but as always it’s the content that matters.

 

Formula

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What surprised me the most is how gentle the scent of this mask is, it’s a very fresh lovely scent which reminds me of  a mixture of cucumbers and something that I can’t quite put my finger on.

I’m mentioning the scent since heavily scented face masks are a big no no for me.

But the formula is also extremely creamy, which makes the application a breeze. I really love how this feels on my skin.

I also find the shade very beautiful.

But one con I have is that it is very difficult to wash away, I really do recommend having makeup wipes ready to get most of the product off before washing off the remains.

 

Results

First application

After I washed it off I could definitely feel that my skin had been cleansed and some of the oilier parts of my skin had become mattified but I was very pleasantly surprised that my drier areas had become less itchy but also felt moisturized.

My skin was also very soft to touch so I feel that loreal’s claim about this mask not being drying is true.

 

After a week

My skin is clearer and feels refreshed. My red areas have diminished and I have less white and black heads than before. My skin is also less textured compared to two weeks before.

 

A month’s use

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Photo taken in mid October. No makeup or editing.

I am very impressed.

My skin feels so much better and I have no dry patches or black/white heads. My pores have shrinked notably especially on my nose which always have had big pores and a tendency to be dry at the same time.

The oiliness is also gone and there are no red angry patches on my skin anymore.

My skin still needs some more treatments as it still have some occasional breakouts but I am very happy with the results.

 

Conclusion

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I am very impressed by this mask as it gave great results and calmed my skin down. That and the fact that this mask kept its promise to not be drying, something most similar masks have a tendency to do.

The price is also very low compared to a lot of similar masks on the market.

 

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URBAN DOLLKISS: Urban City Real Liptone Tint

51rmouspsilThis is another offering from Urban Dolkiss’s Urban city line.

This liptint comes in five different shades including pink, orange and red.

The claims about this liptint is that it is moisturizing and gentle to dry lips, has a refreshing texture and taste with no stickiness, it also is supposed to give the wearer a vivid lip colour with comfort.

Among the ingredients are pomegranate extract, rose hip fruit oil, macadamia seed oil and safflower oil.

These ingredients drew me in to buy this as I do suffer from notoriously dry lips and I do love the effect that liptints give but they can also be very drying in my experience.

I bought the shade NO.5 Rosewood which is a red with some slight hint of brown undertones. It is neither warm nor cold and I think it is going to suit a wide range of skin tones.

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Packaging

The packaging is adorable and it follows the same cues as the URBAN DOLLKISS Urban City Fresh Blown Eau De Parfum packaging in that the contents are in a glass bottle shaped like an apple with a metallic plastic cap.

The applicator is not of the doe foot kind but more “paddle shaped” which combined with the short length of the handle might make it a bit difficult to apply but the trick is to start on the center of the lip and spreading the tint to the sides and to use the remaining product on the upper lip. The applicator has a tendency to collect a lot of the product.

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The bottle contains 7 grams of product.

I also like the card box the product comes with since it makes it easy to discern the shade from the others.

 

Formula

The first thing I notice is the fresh but mild scent this product has. It is a non-offensive fruity floral scent that I think a lot of people are going to like.

Compared to a lot of liptints I’ve tried in the past this has a very creamy consistency and it does feel very moisturizing on the lips. I’ve found myself reaching for this when I want some colour on my lips but they are dry and if I’d worn something else it would have aggravated my chapped lips.

This does not highlight chapped lips but it makes them look healthy and hydrated.

It is also extremely opaque and pigmented compared to a lot of liptints out there, not that it is always a trait that I want in a liptint but I’m just highlighting how this product differs from a lot liptints on the market.

It also leaves a very beautiful stain so you don’t have to reapply it often.

 

Shade

I really like this shade as it is different from the usual reds I wear.

It is more down toned than the true reds and the bluish red I often gravitate towards and I think that with the formula it makes this a very sophisticated colour on the lips.

I also think that it will work well on different skin tones.

 

Conclusion

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I can whole heartedly recommend this to anyone and especially towards people with dry lips.

The formula is one of the best ones out on the market and most importantly it makes lips look healthy and hydrated.

I will definitely rebuy this one day and I’m interested in buying some of the other shades.

 

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you loved this post!

 

 

H&M: Instant velvet top coat

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I remember some years ago when matte nails where the rage. unfortunately I never got to test out the trend but I’m happy that I was gifted this top coat for my birthday.

This top coat is ,according to H&M, a quick dry top coat and give your nails a super matte finish and in this review I’m pairing it with my beloved Isadora Wonder Nail 191 Black Lacquer.

 

Packaging

It comes housed in a card box but the bottle itself is shaped like the regular nail polishes from H&Ms line.

I have to mention that the formula in this works much better with the brushes that comes with the H&M nail polishes.

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Formula

The content in the bottle is a white casted liquid which is a bit thicker than the nail polish formulas from H&M.

It is a formula that is extremely easy to apply and get even and without streaks.

It is fascinating to watch this go from shiny to matte in a matte of seconds only thing to mention is that just because it looks matte does not mean that it is dry.

 

So how did this perform?

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I really do enjoy this product and I do already have some future plans for some nail art with this.

It is a quick drying top coat and it leaves the nail with a very beautiful matte finish, but the biggest con with this is that it shortened the nail polishes life span considerably.

With the nail polish I used in this review, I can get it to last almost a full week without chipping but with this nail polish it only lasted two days before chipping 😦

I like the effect but I won’t repurchase this.

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Thank you so much for reading!

Let’s wish autumn welcome.

I know that I haven’t written that much the last months but I have some really good reasons why.

I’ve just been visiting my family in order to attend my aunt’s wedding. It was a very heavy visit as it’s been over a year since the last time I saw them but it was also one of the very few times I’ve been emotional during a wedding.

I also met my best friend again and we instantly hit it off with a couple of beers and listening to Bjork like the old days.

So my summer was beautiful and I celebrated my birthday with the best people.

 

Now if there is a season I love more than anything else it is autumn. I love the temperature and the colours everything in nature takes on, the special light during both day and night is also so very unique.

This is also the time of the year that my skin is at it’s best.

But we have a heat wave going on here in the north that is record-breaking and I’m just sitting here wishing for the temperature to go down.

I hope everyone had a good summer.