Cosmetic Warrior|Lush Product Review

This is the second face mask I tried from Lush and I’ve used it throughout the entire month of July.

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I’ve been trying to reduce the oily skin on my face and I was recommended this mask as a gentle and balancing fresh face mask with antibacterial tea tree and fresh garlic working together to cleanse.

Fresh green grapes clean and cool the skin, whilst free range eggs tighten its texture and antimicrobial honey leaves it soft and moisturised.

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You just need to smooth a generous layer of this mask onto clean skin and leave for 10 to 15 minutes. I use cold water (you can also use lukewarm water, but avoid hot water) to remove the mask while massaging my face. You can feel a softer skin straight away and it lasts till the following day. I was able to see a difference on my skin, not as oily as before, but the garlic smell is quite strong and needs a lot of time to get used to.

 

The ingredients:

Garlic is antiseptic, and its deep-cleansing action helps to reduce spots and clear the complexion, leaving it feeling soft, fresh and comfortable. Garlic is also a source of selenium, which increases antioxidant activity in the body.

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Fresh green grapes help to degrease the skin and give a thorough cleanse without stripping moisture from the skin.  They also help apply absorbant powders onto the skin to keep them absorbing excess oil and sweat throughout the day.

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Honey is a natural humectant meaning it attracts and retains moisture. In addition to being very moisturising, the antibacterial action helps to thoroughly clean the skin in shower, hair and skin care.

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Tea tree oil has been scientifically proven to be antibacterial, antifungal and particularly effective against the types of fungi we call yeasts.

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I’ve been reviewing a different mask every month, so make sure you’re following me on social media so you don’t miss any of the posts!

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If you’ve tried this mask, please share your experience on the comments’ section. If you have any facial mask to recommend please feel free to share it too.

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Get rid of unused makeup, skin/hair care products| Minimalism Series

Most girls like to show off their beauty products collection and talk about how many amazing lipsticks they have, even though they  probably don’t use half of them.

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I’ve never been one of these girls, but I need to admit that I had a lot of beauty products, enough to spend too much time searching for a specific one and that would drive me crazy. But that’s not the only reason why I took this challenge, here are a few more reasons.

  1. When it comes to expiration dates, eye makeup is to discard after three months. That includes everything from mascara to eyeliner to all types of eye shadow, even the powder form. The reason being that your eyes have sensitive mucous membranes around them that can become irritated if you are using products that have bacteria growing in them, which can easily happen by the three-month mark.
  2. Lip care products should usually be tossed at the one-year mark. If they become goopy when you try and spread them on your lips, it is a sure sign they should be discarded immediately.
  3. If you use a regular store brand or salon brand of hair care products, they will usually retain their benefits for up to 18 months. However, there are a lot of brands out now which advertise the use of Botanicals in their products. If that is the case, they are most likely not using the preservatives and additives in the products that make their shelf life longer, so you will need to watch for a change in consistency and smell to tell you if it is past it’s expiration.
  4. The “haul culture” of beauty (and fashion) blogging encourages women to purchase every new release or cult product, and own a multitude of products that do exactly the same thing. Receiving beauty samples on a somewhat regular basis encourages this habit and it’s surprising how quickly drawers and countertops fill up with unnecessary, unused, or unwanted items.

I’ve started investing in specific organic, natural, non animal tested brand products that I really like and are appropriate to my skin and hair type. And I only buy a product if I don’t have a similar one at home or my recent one just run out.

What happened to all my beauty products?

I separated the items I could donate or pass on to friends from those that were out of date or broken beyond use; I kept any make-up I use regularly and the products I knew I would use up but probably not replace.

So here’s my advice, finish those leftovers that you have since months ago or give it to someone who will use it more frequently. If you don’t want to throw products away, start using them more until you finish them and then don’t buy more of that specific product. Just make sure you trow away every expired product.

Note: If you’re looking at disposing your beauty products there’s a few rules you have to follow. This blog post will help you do it the right way – https://www.beauty-heroes.com/topic/less-is-more/the-right-way-to-dispose-of-toxic-beauty-products/

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Pampa Hamper| Review

I take relaxing time really seriously and having bath bombs and scented candles at home is a must to feel good. You never know when you’ll have a hard day at work and need “me time” when you get home.

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I’ve recently subscribed to Pampa Hamper, a box with a range of hand-made Bath and Pamper treats.

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My first box arrived on a Saturday morning, my first day of holidays before I headed to Portugal, so imagine how happy I was. Especially because the moment that box entered my apartment it left the most wonderful smell.

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This is the first time I use bath bombs from a different brand other than Lush and I was a bit sceptical about this subscription. But you can stop it at any time, so it’s always great to give it a try. And I have a discount code just for my followers, so you definitely should give it a try. I’ll speak about this later in this post.

The box came with 2 bubble baths, a scented candle (Summer Fruits), one hand-made soap, bath salts and a gift of an extra bubble bath.

I always light up the scented candle in the evening so it leaves a great smell in the apartment and relaxes everyone before going to bed. It’s been a week already since I use it every evening so it lasts for quite a while.

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The bubble baths were lovely too and left my skin feel extremely smoothly, even the following day. It’s like I didn’t need moisturiser at all.

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The bath salts are perfect if you want to enjoy a hot bath, but I also enjoy, after a long day of work, putting them in a recipient with warm water and put my feet in while I watch an episode on Netflix. That’s Hygge right there!

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The hand-made soap is being used by everyone at home at the moment, every time they wash their hands and everyone is commenting how good it smells, and it doesn’t leave your skin dry afterwards, which happens with many other soaps.

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So in general it’s a really great box, the products are not tested on animals, everything is 100% hand-made, it’s vegan friendly and 30% less expensive than buying these same products at Lush.

If you want to give it a try you can use my discount: TIGERDISCOUNT and get your first box for £7.99 instead of £10.00.

You can visit their website here – Pampa Hamper

I’ll be sharing the second box on Instagram so be sure to be following me: @melissadesousanunes

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