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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Spa Day!

My friend Devin recently invited me to a little spa day lunch/get together she was having! It was really great because she had awesome food and we made a bunch of beauty products that were all natural and have proven to work wonders for me! I went with Emily (we do pretty much everything together!) and then there was a bunch of other girls there too. It was really great and Devin made us all little gift bags that had recipes and other cute little things in them.

Favorite Recipes:

*If you try any of these let me know how they worked for you! I’ve loved everything I’ve made and used!!

Green Tea Toner:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of distilled water
  • 1-2 green tea bags OR 2 teaspoons green tea leaves

Steps-

  • Bring water to a boil
  • Place tea in a clean heatproof bowl and pour in boiling water
  • Steep for 2-3 minutes
  • Remove tea bags/strain out tea leaves
  • Allow liquid to cool before pouring it into a clean bottle with tight fitting lid
  • Yields: 4 ounces

To Use-

  • Apply toner to face using a clean cotton ball

Summer Sandal Scrub:

Ingredients-

  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Steps-

  • Heat coconut oil
  • Stir all ingredients together until you have a smooth paste
  • Store leftovers in a clean jar with tight fitting lid in a cool, dark, dry spot
  • Should last 3-4 weeks
  • Yields: 3 ounces

To Use-

  • Massage 1-2 tablespoons of the scrub into each foot
  • Focus on rough areas (i.e. the heel)
  • Rinse off

Lip Exfoliator:

Ingredients-

  • 1 teaspoon almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

Steps-

  • Stir ingredients together until you have a smooth paste
  • Store left overs in  small container in  a dry, dark spot
  • Yields: 1/2 ounces

To Use-

  • Gently massage onto lips using fingertips
  • Rinse well with warm water

Blackhead Scrub:

* This one is my favorite and works very, very well!!

Ingredients-

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons water

Steps-

  • In a small bowl, stir all ingredients together until well mixed
  • Yields: 2 ounces

To Use-

  • Massage the mixture into damp skin
  • Let sit for a few minutes
  • Rinse with warm water
  • Pat skin dry

 

Hair Growth:

Ingredients-

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup rosemary

Steps-

  • Boil ingredients together
  • Reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes
  • Strain rosemary
  • Store water in bottle

To Use-

  • Wash hair regularly
  • Apply rosemary water
  • Wrap hair in towel to sleep on
  • Rinse out in the morning