Mask of the Month: Neutrogena Hydro-boost week 2 review

Back at it again with the white face mask! This time I slept with it on! keep reading to see my results. This is such a fun mask! Such little effort but such good results!

The lowdown:

  • Price: $19.99 PricelineWoolworths, $15.99 at Chemist Warehouse, $22.00 Coles ($14.00 sale price). Pack contains 5 masks – approx $4.00 per mask.
  • Target/Aim: ‘… to provide long lasting moisture to help skin look hydrated, radiant and glowing’
  • Skin Type: Suited for Dry Skin but aimed at any skin that needs moisture.
  • Smell: The smell is somewhat like cherry medicine scent – like the rest of the Hydro Boost range. It doesn’t linger nor do I find it unpleasant.
  • Texture: Each is a stretchy cloth mask that feels slippery and like gel.
  • Colour: White and the gel is clear.
  • Directions: “To use, remove mask and unfold gently stretching the fabric cloth to cover your entire face, press lightly with finger tips to set in place and relax for 15 minute allowing the essence nourish your skin. Ideal for use at night, once the fabric mask is removed the concentrated formula works beneath the skin to continuously hydrate whilst you sleep.”

What the packaging says:

Use after cleansing, open pack, take out mask and unfold.
Gently stretch the mask leftwards and rightward to cover your entire face.
Press lightly with fingertips to set in place over face. Relax for 15mins and remove mask. Manage remaining maskhydrating essence on face. There is no need to rinse off the essence. Discard the sheet after use. Ideal for use at night.

New Information:

  • Application: This week I didn’t care so much about getting the mask smooth on my face, I didn’t care if it was wrinkled, I just wanted to make sure that there was no air pockets like last time.
  • Dry Time: This time I slept with it on. Which turned out better than I thought.
  • 5 mins in: When you first apply this, its so cold, so that kind of woke me up a bit, but after a few minutes, its room temperature because of your body heat. It feels refreshing.
  • 10 mins in: Because I’m laying down, the strip between my nose and lip wasn’t such a big issue.
  • Just before removal: So I slept with it on for approx 7 hours and it actually went really well, I thought it’d fall off in the night and I’d end up with a soggy pillow, but that wasn’t the case! Because the gel and the fabric work well together it is the right amount of ‘sticky’ and it didn’t slide around my face at all!
  • Removal process: Super easy!
  • Instant results: My skin felt so supple. A good kind of squidgy? I could feel the moisture being sucked in by my dry skin. It was a nice way to wake up with nice fresh skin.
  • 10 mins after: I was running late this morning so I went straight into my skincare and makeup routine. Makeup applied really nicely over the fresh skin.
  • Next morning: N/A
  • Visible change: It seemed to counteract some redness and obviously my dry patches weren’t so bad.

This mask contains 6x more hyaluronic acid (the moisture stuff) than the hydro-boost serum. (which I also own) so I’m pretty keen on getting some supple skin!

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I’d just applied the mask here, and as you can see there are air pockets around the eye area and bridge of the nose. This is something that I wanted to try and stop. So I re arranged it. I also thing it looks better when the eye cut outs are a big bigger. There is something just super creepy about this top image – I think its the lack of brows.. and expression. Just super creepy.

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Here I’ve re-arranged the mask so theres less air pockets. It looks less creepy too. Shout out to my main man Thomas (the seal in the background) for making an appearance in todays blog post!

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Here I am with my trusty cat pillow ready for a good nights sleep! I made sure to leave a little bit extra space around my nose – I was a little worried of suffocating – spoiler alert, I’m alive!

The only down side I can see to sleeping with it on, is I don’t know when to do my night time skin care – usually I do it before bed, but I didn’t want to interrupt the mask. I think next time I’ll just have to take a nap with it on. Ahh, the things I do for the blog!

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Mask of the Month: SWISSE Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask

Welcome to the first instalment of my new Mask series on my blog. For the month of March I will be testing out the ‘Swisse Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask’ This mask went viral about a month or two ago in some beauty groups I’m in on Facebook and it sent everyone out buying a tub of this stuff and claiming their skin had never looked better but no one really gave a proper review so I thought if I wan’t to know the answers I might as well do it myself!

I’ve compiled a list of judging criteria. I hope to get a thorough review of each mask. This week shall be the introduction of the mask then the next two weeks will be me trailing it and letting you know my thoughts then the last week will be my full review.

Introducing the: SWISSE Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask with Charcoal and Kaolin Clay!

  • Price: $17.99 at Priceline  $14.99 at Chemist Warehouse
  • Target/Aim: To detoxify and purify skin leaving it feeling smooth and hydrated
  • Skin Type: Combination Skin – Well suited for congested and blemish prone skin
  • Smell: It has a cherry/medicin scent like a faint smell of red starburst
  • Texture: Smooth can feel a little gritty once it starts to dry
  • Colour: Dark grey
  • Directions: “Apply to clean, dry skin. Leave on for 10 minutes, or until the mask feels firm and dry, then rinse off with warm water. Follow with your favourite Swisse natural oil and moisturiser. Recommended for use once to twice per week”.

From what I’ve heard about this mask, it goes on dark grey and then dries to a light grey/white colour. The spots left dark on the skin are the pores and that is supposedly where the mask is doing its work. I don’t have ‘acne prone’ skin, however I do get quite large pores so if this mask can do something to clear them or even minimise them. That’d be great!

Let the great mask mayhem begin! Be sure to check back for my thoughts on using this mask for 1 week.

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Monthly Masks!

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I’m so excited to be starting up a series on my blog for you guys! As you might have guessed from the title, I’ll be reviewing a mask (face mask or maybe a hair mask – oh the possibilities). There will be a range of different types of masks and hopefully some that everyone can enjoy! I have a list of some that I’ll be reviewing but if you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments!

I don’t have a strict skincare regime but I must say a face mask once or twice a week has become my little secret to fresh looking and feeling skin. But we’ll just keep that our little secret, yeah?

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Like I said there will be a range of different masks that I’ll be trying out and they will be at a lot of different price points. Hopefully whilst I’m on my mask hunt I’ll find some cheaper alternatives to some higher end masks for you! I really am so excited! I’ve got a range of different types all ready to go that range from: clay, charcoal, sheet mask and even some peel masks, I’ve also got some classic creamy masks and some good DIY masks for you to try out, too!

I’ll be starting the series with the newly risen to fame cult classic ‘SWISSE Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask’. There has been a lot of buzz about this product in particular and I thought It’d be a great spot to start off!

As I have dry skin, I’ll be trialling masks that are more suited towards that and also masks for ‘all skin types’ but I’ll also be doing a few cult classic masks that are more suited to oily skin to see if there are any side effects to dry skin gals/guys using them.

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Beauty Storage #1 – Bathroom

It seems like storage and storage Ideas are the new thing to become obsessed with, and well, I can see why. I like to have things organised or at the very least have a place for everything. I’ll be starting a little ‘series’ of blog posts dedicated to how I keep my stuff stored and organised and kind of looking presentable.

I’ve only recently started getting into ‘bathroom storage’ and to be honest storage is a loose term. I used to keep everything on the bathroom vanity just to sit there, however, when my collection grew a bit I decided I needed something to keep it all in.

The only thing I keep in the bathroom is skincare items, I don’t keep makeup in there anymore. Because bathrooms are usually a damp place it is ideal for growing bacteria and I didn’t want to be putting a dirty brush on my face. Also, my bathroom is quite small so I can’t store my entire collection there anyway!

So up until quite recently, I’d have everything from shower gel, body butter and tanning products to cleanser, exfoliators and face masks placed in the corner of my bathroom counter top. Its not a very large space nor is it anything that I class as appealing. (Unfortunately the bathroom is the last room that will be renovated) There is no reason or rhyme to it except taller things at the back and shorter things at the front. I’d come up with the idea that I wanted some kind of shelving system with at least two tiers to hold all the products that call the space home. It wasn’t until I was looking at the Ikea website that I stumbled upon this pretty little thing and thought that it would be perfect for storing my muddled bunch of bathroom bits (or if that didn’t work perhaps storing my perfume on it instead) or you know, now I’ve got a lovely cupcake server.

I got home and instantly assembled the iconic flat pack doohickey, and set it up in my bathroom. I think it is a good starting point for what I want to do and as I said, if it doesn’t work for this, I’ve got a few ideas for other uses so it won’t come to waste.

 

This is the ‘Before’ picture. As you can see, its all just placed there willy nilly. Theres a mix between body butters and face masks and makeup remover and self tanner. Mainly its just clutter and until I renovate the bathroom there isn’t really much I can do as far as permanent shelving etc goes.


This is the ‘After’ shot. It’s a lot neater and looks to be more organised. On the bottom tear I’ve got body butters, and masks and anything else in ‘tub’ packaging. Up top I’ve got squeeze packaged items. More masks, shower gel and moisturisers. To the side of got some skincare and the other side is makeup remover and cotton rounds.

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As you can see, I have a heap of body shop stuff and a heap of masks. I’m planning a really in-depth mask review system to start up on my blog very soon, and as for The Body Shop? I love their products, the blueberry range and peach range are some of my favourite scents but also the ones hardest to get ahold of. So sad. I’ve also got a fair bit of ‘Oh Deer Sugar’ products (you guys should know I love them by now) that I’m loving.

Its still not perfect or how I’d like to keep it, but its definitely an improvement. I can’t wait until I renovate the bathroom, I want floor to ceiling tiles and lots of built in shelving! But thats a dream for another time!

What do you keep stored in your bathroom and how is it stored, do you have it presented or put away in cupboards? I’d love to know!

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Getting the chop?

It’s come to my attention that every so often (every 10 or so years per se) I get bored with my long (long, long, long) hair and get it chopped off! The first (and only other time) I did this I was in high school and went from about 28″ to 10″ and absolutely loved it.

hair in inchesI saved my mother a tonne in shampoo and conditioner money and was able to do styles I’d never done before. So I think its about time I get it done again. HOWEVER I don’t trust anyone with my hair haha. Story of my life, right?

So this is where my hair is currently:

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Excuse the Mirror selfie

Because its all pulled to one side it looks a little bit shorter than it actually is but you get the idea!

And this is what I’m wanting to get done. 

I am loving this ‘long’ bob/medium length textured style of hair. Lots of texture and layers with a blunt cut. Hopefully by chopping off half of my hair it’ll be nice and healthy once again. (2 and a half years of bleaching it can’t be great, am I right?) I really like the look of the balayage highlights etc put through it, I’m not sure if I’ll get it all done in one sitting, because A) time and B) money. But we’ll see! It really isn’t that much hair gone, but it will feel like I’m bald, I’m sure. I feel that way after a little trim!

Hopefully by me putting it in writing and out on the internet it’ll persuade me to actually get it done! So, wish me luck?

Any long haired ladies out there who’ve gotten the chop? I’d love to know your feelings about it!

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Priceline up to 60% off Fragrance Sale!

Priceline have been smashing out the sales lately! It feels like only yesterday I was writing up my skincare sale post. Nevertheless, there was a sale at Priceline and I found myself there by accident and spent money to smell pretty!

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I picked up Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday, Beyoncé – Midnight Heat (repurchase) and Bvlgari – Omnia Crystalline (repurchase)

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Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday – 100ml

“This fragrance contains accords of boysenberry, lotus flower, mandarin, star fruit, and vanilla – with top notes of Mandarin, heartnotes of flowerily delicate tones, and dry down of musky, creamy scents. The bottle was designed to resemble Minaj as she appearson the cover her 2010 album Pink Friday.”

This perfume was not only on discount but on clearance too, so I picked it up for $14.50 instead of the full price of $79.00! I wasn’t even intending to get it, but my friends Sarah and Zoe both picked it up and we all joked about how we should all get it, I do really like the scent of it and it was the last one on display so I though, why not? So I picked it up! So now it is going to have a sentimental meaning whenever I wear it which I kind of love. ❤

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Beyoncé: Midnight Heat – 100ml

“Fragrance Notes: Dragon Fruit, Plum, Starfruit, Purple Mokara Orchid, Peony, Black Tulip, Amber, Patchouli, Sandalwood”

This perfume is a repurchase for me. Its fruity without being sickly sweet and kind of floral musky without being ‘dirty’ if that makes sense. This is usually a signature scent for me for the cooler months so this is just in time. This was also another clearance item and I picked the 100ml up for $7.50 instead of $69.00.

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Bvlgari: Omnia Crystalline – 65ml

“Created from the glowing clarity and purity of crystal, Omnia Crystalline is a luminous Eau de Toilette capturing the transparency of lotus flowers, the fruity freshness of nashi and the creaminess of balsa wood. 

Olfactory Family: Floral Woody
Top Notes: Bamboo – Nashi
Heart Notes: Lotus Flower
Base Notes: Sandalwood”

Another repurchase and the only perfume I picked up ‘full’ price. (not on clearance just discounted). I fell involve with this scent when I was in France two years ago and two years ago for Valentines Day, my fiancé bought this for me as a gift (he really liked the scent, too). I picked this up with a 40% discount so instead of paying $89.00 I only paid $53.40. I will never not love this perfume and I will always repurchase it.

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I love perfume bottles and I always keep the ones that I’ve used up. I love the detail and how delicate some of them are. However, the cap for the Nicki Minaj bottle is her head and when the cap is removed it turns into one of the creepiest things ever. It reminds me of the babyhead spider from Toy Story.

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