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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Since being on this shopping cleanse – which I have been sticking too, honestly it’s not really that hard, I truly don’t need anything! – I’ve been cleansing some of the other aspects of my life as well. Most notably my fabric stash. Now I’m not diagnosed or anything like that but I am a self proclaimed fabric hoarder. There, I said it. I am. I save even the tiniest bits of scraps. Now this came in handy when I wanted to sell these bows in my Etsy shop but for the most part, I never use them!

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Like….come on. What am I truly going to do with these? But I feel the need to keep them. Probably because fabric is the foundation of what I do and to throw even the tiniest bit away is really tragic. P.S. I watch a lot of Hoarders so I know all the signs and a lot of those people say things like what I just did all the time!

I keep all my fabric in this box. Which is really unsightly and I usually have it covered with a scarf and then some thing set on top of it. Which is another problem. It’s such a hassle to get into that I never actually use what’s in it! I’ve found more black knit fabric that anyone truly needs simply because I would always just buy new yardage instead of checking to see what I had. Stupid of me, I know. But – no longer! I plan on using everything in my box before buying new. The only time I’ll buy new yardage is if what I’m making calls for more and/or it’s a special item.

Okay, that got a bit long winded for just an intro into what this post is actually about! So while going through my fabric stash and getting rid of all those tiny, itty-bitty scraps I found these lovely fabrics that I had purchased a while back and we used as decor for a couple parties we had. Now, they had been outside but I tossed them in the washer/dryer – twice…you never know! – which is standard protocol for new fabric anyway.

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Aren’t they great?! I love the print on all of them and knew I wanted to wear them. And, the fact that they were being recycled instead of just sitting around is great. If we plan more parties and new more fabric we can get some more. But these beauts aren’t available anymore and I’m all about unique stuff! I’ve made two items with the fabrics thus far and have plans for the others as well.

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I found a pattern that I really loved one day while wasting a night in JoAnn’s – so much more satisfying that going clubbing! I don’t tribal4commonly buy commercial patterns because the sizing is always a bit weird but this one I really liked and they were having a sale, plus I knew I would get a ton of use out of. I like basic patterns that I can build off! Similar to the skirt I’m about to talk about this dress used pleats in the front and then gathers on the sides. Much more flattering! I had the most yardage of this yellow printed fabric so I whipped this dress up! I really love it and it’s perfect for summer. I haven’t made the belt yet but I plan on it. I really love the dress as is, but I feel like it’s “missing” something.I think the belt will set it off.

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The second item I made with the fabrics is this skirt. It’s pretty basic – no pattern needed. Just a box pleated skirt with waistband and side zipper! I think I’m going to make a tutorial on this because it’s so easy. A couple cuts, a couple seams, and a zipper. I needed something to wear to an event that wasn’t super dressy but still was funky. I whipped this up in about 3 hours – there was a lot of breaks taken to check on the puppies (read what happened to our baby here) – and was super easy. It’s doubled up so that it isn’t see through or too thing. The weight in the hem helps it to stay down too which is nice. The only thing I wish I had done was interface the waistband because it is a little flimsy and the fabric does get a bit wrinkly. But my mind was wondering a little and at least now I know for next time! I know I definitely want to make another skirt out of the other fabric. I love the fit of this one! I love skirts like this but gathered waistbands aren’t always the best look on my body type but it seems like pleats are! Perhaps I’ll write the tutorial with the next one I make!

xoxoxox Megan

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