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Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

I received this as part of a Clinique gift set from Melita Health and Beauty.

What it is:
A creamy, oil-free facial mask that helps skin drink deep overnight for a soft, dewy glow by morning.

What it is formulated to do:
This rich, penetrating night mask helps skin drink deep to replenish lost moisture, building reserves for tomorrow. Recommended for all skin types, it soothes and nourishes to help skin stay hydrated all night long, allowing you to wake up to soft, dewy, glowing skin.

Suggested Usage:
– Use nightly or as needed.
– After your skin care regimen, smooth generously and evenly over entire face.
– Gently massage until absorbed.

My Experience:
When I saw that this is an overnight mask I was expecting something like a Korean sleeping mask. When I first used this, I applied a very small blob and it completely absorbed into my skin. The second time I used this I used a more generous amount and I was left with a tacky layer over my skin till when I rinsed it off in the morning. I personally like the tacky layer over my skin because it feels like there’s something protecting and continuously hydrating my skin through the night. This has no fragrance, it’s oil free (doesn’t feel greasy) and it’s very soothing to my skin.

Since this is only a sample size, I can’t give a full review of this and I can’t tell how it would work on my skin in the long term. But I can say that my skin feels incredibly moisturised and hydrated in the morning and I think that my skin also looks plumper and my open pores look less pronounced. This didn’t break me out either.

This was nice and I’ll be buying the full size product once I use up my two  Nuxe Crème Fraîche masks that work similarly. I get the Nuxe mask for just under 25EUR for 50ml from Feelunique and this Clinique mask is 32.08EUR for 100ml. 18EUR cheaper per 100ml! Certainly worth converting to this Clinique mask.

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Lush Oatfix Face Mask Review

Lush Oatfix Face Mask

Lush Oatfix Face Mask

I love Lush, and I love trying anything from there. The last time I was in a Lush store, I wanted to try a fresh face mask that I hadn’t tried before and the Oatfix sounded perfect because my skin was very dry and this mask helps with just that. Lush’s fresh face mask line is kept chilled on ice in the store and when you purchase a mask and take it home, you should keep it in the fridge and it should be used within three weeks. This really shows how fresh their ingredients are.

The main ingredients from this mask are:

  • Fine Oatmeal — soothing and anti-inflammatory
  • Organic Illipe Butter — conditions and gives shine
  • Fresh Organic Fair Trade Banana — rich and nourishing
  • Vanilla pod

The description of this mask from the Lush website is as follows:

This gentle, nourishing mask is made with fresh bananas and illipe butter to moisturise dry skin. Oatmeal, ground almonds and kaolin work together in a mildly exfoliating base to eradicate dead skin, leaving you soft, supple and moisturised. Smooth a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes and let the ingredients get to work before washing off gently with warm water.

Since it’s a fresh mask that I can only use within three weeks, I got the 75g tub (the smallest size). This is plenty. In the tub it feels firm but creamy. I applied a generous amount on my dry face and left it on for 15 minutes. It smells divine, almost good enough to eat (but it’s not for consumption because of extra ingredients in there like glycerine and perfume).

It felt very moisturising on my face and a bit calming to my skin. After 15 mins, I rinsed it off. I found the oatmeal quite difficult to rinse off and I used a wash cloth to help. It left my skin feeling very moisturised and certainly very shiny. I can’t say that it did anything else other than moisturise. It didn’t cleanse and it didn’t scrub.

For me, even though my skin was very dry and getting flaky, this was too moisturising. The next day I woke up with an erupting pimple on my face. My skin was moisturised for four days after using this mask — It really has some deep hydration properties. Luckily, my pimple went down shortly after because I was treating it with my trusty Glamglow mask to deflate it (yes, this is how I think of my pimples and Glamglow). About a week after I tried the mask for the first time I thought I would give it another go. But no, same results. Erupting pimple the next day.

I ended up using this on small patches of my face where my skin needed some extra moisture. This way, I didn’t break out. This is a face mask but there was no way I could use this all up within three weeks. I ended up using it on my elbows, knees, and other dry patches of skin on my body. It works great, although I prefer Lush’s sea salt scrub for those areas since it’s quicker and achieves the same results.

Final Verdict

Unfortunately, this mask isn’t for me. It would be a great mask for someone with very dry skin, it does indeed moisturise. It’s made with fresh ingredients and smells amazing. With regards to exfoliating, if anything it’s very gentle and don’t count on it for that. The 75g tub that costs £6.75 lasts three weeks. I found this to be quite expensive since I only applied it on my whole face two times. I used it another two times on dry patches and a couple of times on the rest of my body just to use it up and not throw it away. It’s a lot of product and a lot of money for three weeks worth of face mask.

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The base for beautiful makeup – Skincare. Day 7 of the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge

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Day 7 – Skincare

First off, skincare products work different on different people. I also find that I use different products depending on how my skin is behaving. I don’t always use the same face mask, or the same moisturisers. But here are some of the products that I use most regularly.

First off, moisturisers.

My go to day and night moisturiser is the Nivea Soft moisturiser. This has some Vitamin E and Jojoba oil and I can honestly say that it makes my skin soft. If my skin is extra dry, I sleep with the Etude House moisturising sleeping pack. I had never heard of the concept of sleeping packs until last year. They’re part of the Korean skin care routine. They’re applied generously at the end of your routine, you sleep in them, and you wash them off in the morning. This one works great. After a couple of minutes from applying it it goes tacky, it does feel like something that seals in moisture. In the morning when I wash my face, my face feels shiny, plump and moisturised. I sometimes use the collagen version of this mask but I much prefer this one.

Next up is lip care. My holy grail lip balm is the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula lip balm. It’s the one lip balm that works on me. I also love the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula body lotion. I use this over my body and I also use it as a hand cream. I love that it comes in a pump and it absorbs quickly and really works.

I decided to include the Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream and my Secret Key Gold Premium First Eye Patches. I don’t use these everyday but the eight hour cream is excellent for quickly moisturising dry patches (such as elbows). I apply this generously before sleeping and in the morning my elbows are smooth and soft. The eye patches are also a Korean product. These are gel patches that are soaked in a serum. I wear these under my eyes for half an hour and my eyes feel soothed. I haven’t really given them a proper test to see whether they do anything for my dark circles, I use them occasionally when I’m up for a half hour pamper session.

Next up, cleansing.

Every night I remove my makeup using Johnson’s makeup be gone wipes. I haven’t tried these extra sensitive ones yet but the varieties that I’ve tried from this range have been really well saturated with cleanser and they remove makeup very easily. I’ve tried a variety of cleansing wipes and but I haven’t found another brand that’s so easy to use. After using the makeup wipe, I use the No 7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser. This removes the residue from the face wipes and also leaves my skin feeling clean and soft.

I mainly use two face masks. I use the Glamgldw Youthful Mud Mask to extract blackheads and any gunk from my skin. This also works really well for exfoliating. After using this mask my skin looks squeaky clean and yes, it glows. I don’t always use the Glamgldw mask all over my face. Every once in a while, when I have some problem areas I simply apply it there and it works great. If I that I have a pimple that’s about to claim it’s space on my face, I quickly use the Glamgldw as a spot treatment and it starts deflating this.

When my skin is doing alright and I just want a relaxing all over face mask I like to use the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. This works really well but it doesn’t have the same drastic effects as the Glamglow mask. It’s great as a milder treatment.

And that’s it for my most frequently used skin care products. It’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different and you really need to assess the situation with your skin and figure out what products work for it on that day. I find it quite hard to stick to a particular product constantly.

I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what you think!

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