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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Mask of Magnaminty

I seem to have a bit of a face mask series going on at the moment, and I've got a few more to come as well! I hope you're all enjoying the horrific photos of me covered in various shades of gunk...
In Meadowhall the other week, I popped into Lush because it smells nice - it always draws me in! I ended up making a couple of purchases, one of which was the Mask of Magnaminty, which retails at £4.75 for 125g, or £8.25 for 315g. Being as I'd never tried it before and didn't know whether I'd like it, I went for the smaller size. Unlike the fresh face masks, Mask of Magnaminty doesn't need to be kept in the fridge, which is a plus for me; I live with boys and they never take kindly to my filling up valuable fridge space with weird stuff they can't even eat!
Mask of Magnaminty is marketed at fighting breakouts. I've been suffering with a few spots lately, which I'm putting down to a combination of dissertation stress and resultant failure to eat properly - bribing myself with chocolate has consequences! Taken from the website:
"The first thing about this mask is that it has to go on easily over the skin. It is what we call ‘slip’ in the industry. On sensitive skin you don’t want anything that drags, because it can cause already disrupted skin to inflame and go puffy. So we have used a combination of bentonite gel, talc, kaolin and vegetable glycerine, to enable you to gently smooth this over your face and get great coverage.
We have then added ground aduki beans and evening primrose seeds to give you the option of gently scrubbing your face for a few minutes when you are removing this, to get rid of any dead skin. Honey is added because it will moisturise the skin but is also antiseptic. Finally we have peppermint oil to stimulate the blood and give a cool feeling and marigold oil and chlorophyllin to help treat the skin."
All sounds pretty good, right!? So, here is what you get and how it looks on the face (a key point, obviously!)

As claimed, I found this went on nice and smoothly without any dragging at my skin. The first thing I noticed was the lovely fresh minty smell and corresponding tingle in my skin - not over the top or stingy, but enough that you could tell it contained peppermint. The scrubby bits mentioned above were also noticeable as I smoothed it over my skin, but felt gentle and kind rather than abrasive. I left this to do its thing for fifteen minutes or so (whilst I checked my dissertation references, if you're interested) before washing it off with lots of warm water and a face cloth. My skin felt quite tight afterwards but once I'd moisturised it was left feeling soft and clean. I found my skin tone generally was evened out, but the blemishes I had on my forehead seemed redder - this might just be from washing my face because that does usually happen. Over the next couple of days I have noticed my skin clearing up though so I'm not complaining too much.

If you're interested, this is how much product is left after one usage. Based on this, I'd estimate a small pot of this mask will do 7 or 8 applications, making it an absolute BARGAIN.
As a side note, I always apply my face masks after removing all my make-up and cleansing thoroughly. I then put some freshly boiled water in a bowl with a few drops of tea tree oil and sit with my face over the bowl and a towel over my head (it's a good look!) for a few minutes so that the steam opens my pores and the mask can do its job better. I'm sure a lot of you are aware of this tip already but if not it's definitely worth a try.



  1. Hot photo! This mask sounds pretty good.

    Lucy x

  2. This sounds like a great mask, I just wish there was a Lush near me :( x


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