Review: Mask of Magnaminty

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I’ve had problem skin for a while and I know it’s attributed to a couple main things: I love sugar and I love dairy products. I can’t help it. However, I have recently been looking for new products to try and see which ones do the best at helping with the problems. I’ve tried thousands of different face masks throughout my years but since I only recently got on the Lush train this one has become my favorite!

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I actually picked this pot up about a month ago and I would be lying if I said I used it regularly like I planned on so I could really see the effects but I have used it enough that I know it’s a good one. The thing that draws me to it the most – and all of Lush’s products actually – is that they are natural. It feels a lot better on my face as opposed to the other more chemically based products. This one doesn’t need to be refrigerated so I just leave it on my bathroom shelf with all my other stuff. Plus Mask of Magnaminty has aduki beans mixed in so when you remove the mask it acts like an exfoliant as well! They are really gentle and with this I don’t feel like they are tearing at my skin – you know what I mean? I’ve tried exfoliants before that were almost painful because they were so abrasive.

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The consistency is pretty thick but I’ve found that if you cleanse your face first and then apply the mask without drying your face it goes on smoothly. The jar says to leave it on for 5-10 minutes I tend to leave it on a bit longer just to make sure all the business really gets into my skin. The base of the product is peppermint which really gives a cooling effect on the skin and helps cut down on the redness. The smell isn’t overpowering or too perfume-y. It just smells really natural. I hate products that are super floral or intense, this one is just fine and once it dries on your skin it doesn’t smell at all.

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I haven’t used it anywhere else except my face but it does claim to be a body mask as well. I don’t really need it anywhere but my face and so far I love what it has done. It leaves my skin feeling super smooth and soft and helps clear up any gross bits I may have going on. It’s not necessarily an acne treatment but I have noticed a reduction in pore size and help old acne scars.

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Like most of the Lush pots this one is part of the “bring in 5 empties and get one free” program which is super nice. Anyone who loves Lush knows that it’s not really the cheapest products – this pot was around $20 for 11.1 oz – but you also have to think of the positives; the company helps tons of charities, the products are fresh, no animal testing, recycled packaging, etc. I feel okay with spending a little more for a much better product and that I’ve had it for about a month and haven’t even gone through half the pot yet.

xoxoxox Megan

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*All opinions are my own. I purchase this product with my own money.

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Haul: E.L.F. (face)

And, we are now finally to the end of this super large haul of lovely beauty/makeup products. Here were the eyes and the lips segments – definitely give those a look! The final installment is all about the face products that I got. I have never tried an E.L.F. foundation before because I am honestly hooked on the Rimmel London Stay Matte foundation. I don’t think I will ever be able to get away from this. It’s pretty light weight but it builds up nicely in the areas where I need it the most.

E.L.F. - Face

The thing I really wanted was the green primer because it helps a lot of redness but it was out of stock when I made this order so I had to try something else. I also have tried the purple primer and that works well also. I don’t think the green was discontinued or anything like that I believe it was just out of stock because people were stocking up. I know they sell it in the stores for the same $3 price. I highly recommend it!

E.L.F. - hydrating primer

Hydrating Primer

The first primer I picked was this hydrating primer. I tend to have drier skin when I first get back to L.A. and if I spend a lot of time outside. Plus the use of the Stay Matte foundation, I do need a little something. I haven’t used it too many times because it does get a little oily as the day goes on if I use it all over my face. It (all of the E.L.F. primers do actually) feels really nice going on and is great if my skin is really dry but I never use it all over my face just on the dry areas.

E.L.F. - poreless primer

Poreless Primer

The second primer I got was this poreless primer. I tend to have really large looking pores sometimes – purely because I never drink enough water. I do see a reduction in pore size after using the product, however it obviously doesn’t completely mask the pores on your face. This also has a really silky feeling going on and doesn’t get as greasy has the hydrating primer. I can use this one all over my face and be okay for the entire day. However, neither of these work quiet as well as the green tinted primer.

E.L.F. - fan brush

Studio Fan Brush

I really like the E.L.F. brushes! They aren’t too expensive and they work well for me. I had a fan brush but it was really big and I would end up looking like a disco ball after getting my highlight on. I picked this smaller fan and it has been working well. The bristles are synthetic and are a bit scratchy if I get wild and hit my face wrong but it works well just the same. I haven’t cleaned the brush yet (I just started using it actually since I’ve been in Iowa) so I can’t comment on how it holds up when cleaned. All of my other brushes are fine so I would assume that this one would be good too.

E.L.F. - blending sponges

Blending Wedges

I needed some new blending sponges and needed spend a couple more dollars to get the free shipping so I picked these. The idea of reusing a sponge really grosses me out – I don’t know why because I reuse my brushes – so I always get disposable ones. I only use them for foundation and blending concealer so I just buy them from the dollar/99 cent store. But like I said, I needed to spend a bit more and needed new sponges. These come in a little round circle and are great for blending. I have noticed a difference – these are dope! The only thing I’m not too wild about is they smell really, really intensely of a dentist’s office when you first open them. Like my eyes watered. I love going to the dentist but this smell was out of this world. I don’t know why they smelled like that but I had to leave the package open for a while to let them air out.

E.L.F. - radiance enhancer

Radiance Enhancer – Sunrise

I have never used anything like this before. I assumed it was kind of like a liquid highlight. Which is basically is, it has a really shiny finish to it, the only weird thing is it comes off as this mauve color. The shine is pretty intense and the weird color it leaves behind makes me not want to use it that much. I have and I would definitely say less is more because of the colors it has in it and the shine factor. I plan on doing more research on this product to see if other brands have something comparable and if they also come out in a strange purpley/pinky/beige tone.

E.L.F. - pressed powder

Pressed Powder – Buff

The final face product is a pressed powder. I have never tried this product before I usually got the translucent E.L.F. and the color corrector (which I don’t like, it comes off almost white which looks weird on me since I’m usually pretty to very tan) powder but I like this one so much better! The translucent one is nice but this powder has a little bit of color in it which helps mask my problem areas even more without having to add more foundation. It’s not overly heavy or matte and just gives your skin a nice smooth look. It does get a little bit dusty when you swirl the brush in it (it also comes with a little cosmetic round but I never use them, again, it freaks me out) but that goes along with it only being $3. But considering it is $3 this is a great product and I will definitely be buying this again.

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Phew! That completes the E.L.F. haul. Took a while but we made it. Again all of this stuff only cost me $40. How awesome?! I’ve used pretty much everything and 95% of the stuff I am in love with and will totally buy again. I posted this on Instagram the other day showing that even when I travel I bring ALL of my makeup. What? It’s an obsession!

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xoxoxo Megan

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