Product Review: Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Masque

The Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Tired Skin Reviving Masque Dead Sea Minerals Enriched (what a mouthful!!) is the first masque from Montagne Jeunesse that I have seen which is geared towards men. The packaging itself is also very different from the others I’ve tried and seen and the scent of this masque is not the usual fruity sweet smell.

Instructions on the back of package
I found this masque to be quite powerful on my skin. I washed my face with warm water and patted it dry as instructed and then applied an even thin layer to the skin. The masque start to dry quickly and you can feel it tightening the skin a little and a tingling on the skin. After about 10 minutes I removed it with warm water to dissolve it and then splashed my face with cold water to close the pores. My skin felt very dried out from any oils, and as the package says it felt like I had exfoliated my skin with it too.

The masque consistency
Afterwards I applied a nice moisturizing cream to my face to replenish and hydrate my skin. I must say I was a little scared of the effects this masque would have on my face,  but it did not break me out and it did not give me any dry patches as I thought it would do. I bought this masque for €1.20 from a local store in Malta. So, conclusion I like this masque, it helped reduce some pimples I had and  left my skin feeling very smooth. If you can get past the rather unique smell this has, then do try it out, and even though I am not a man I still love to try new and unique products. 

Have you ever tried this masque? Which is your favorite masque?


Product Review: Palmer’s Fade Cream

I have a problem with hyper pigmentation in my skin, that means that acne blemishes take a long time to fade and every mark I make on my face stays dark for quite some time. I have been looking for some way to lighten my scars and help to even my tone for a long time and not long ago I came across this product which is aimed to reduce the appearance of age spots, sun damage and unwanted discoloration. It is the Palmer’s Skin Success Even Tone Fade Cream, and I decided to give it a try.
 
I have also started using some lightening face masks and tried to increase my Vitamin C intake as this is supposed to help reduce hyper pigmentation in the skin. More over this product contains Vitamins C and E, Alpha Hydroxy and Sunscreen as ingredients.
 
Plastic jar containing 75g/2.7oz of product
What they claim:
Recapture your skin’s most radiant, balanced tone with Palmer’s Skin Success Eventone Fade Cream. Uniquely formulated to reduce the appearance of age spots, sun damage, freckles, dark spots or any other unwanted skin discoloration, resulting in skin that is luminous, clear and even.
 
I apply this before going to bed, however this can be applied under makeup too
Active Ingredients are Hydroquinone as a skin lightener and Octisalate as a Sunscreen
Cream consistency – dense and a little goes a long way
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What I think:
This product is meant to reduce dark spots, now this process takes a while to work. The leaflet suggest you apply the product every day and expect results in a month’s time. It also says that this product will make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and thus you have to be more careful and use sun protection which is not a problem for me since I use products with SPF and also a sunscreen daily. I have been trying this product out for a little over a month now, since I wanted to give my honest opinion on this product. I did notice some lightening of the skin with this product. Nothing too dramatic but that is to be expected. However, I noticed that when a blemish is formed and I apply this product to it, the skin lightens in as little as two days which is a great improvement for me. It does not totally remove the blemish but makes it so much easier to be able to hide it with a little concealer.
 
I do recommend this product, as it does have a very reasonable price especially compared to many others on the market. I got mine from eBay but was very confident in this product as I love the Palmer’s brand and have used hand creams, body creams and even hair masks. In addition they are also a cruelty free brand which I firmly endorse. You can check more information on the brand and this product on the Palmer’s website.
 
Do you use any lightening creams? What would you recommend?
 
 

Product Review: Avon Ageless Results

About two months ago, I have bought the Avon Solution Ageless Results Overnight Renewing Cream. I usually have combination/oily skin but since the coming of colder weather, my skin has been drier than usual and I had no face moisturizer to deeply hydrate the skin. My day face moisturizer is all about controlling the oil in my skin, but during the night I wanted to hydrate the skin and help it look as healthy and bright as possible, so I decided to give this a go. 

A glass jar with 50ml of product
What they claim:
Smooths the look of visible lines and wrinkles. Reveals improved skin texture. Visibly minimizes pores. Protects against future age damage.

Protective plastic cover
My Conclusions:
This product comes in a nice glass jar, with a protective plastic cover with the Avon logo on top. It is a quite a thin cream although it is a night cream and I was expecting some thicker consistency to it. I helped balance out my skin well as I usually apply it during the night and wake up to skin that feels nice and elastic! However, I don’t really care for the smell of this product. It does not have some heavy fragrance to it, but it has that smell that I usually associate with face creams your mother used. I don’t know how to better explain it, I like my products to be fragrance free preferably as I am quite sensitive to scents. Said this, the smell is not so overwhelming that you can’t get over it. It is not pleasant to me but after some time using it I got used to it.

As to minimizing my pores, I have seen no results in that area, but it worked for the purpose I needed it just fine. I don’t know if I would repurchase this product specifically. I will definitely repurchase a night cream when this ends but not sure yet what to try. I got this product from eBay for an affordable price, but you can find all about it on the Avon website where it retails for $15.00 for 50ml/1.7fl.oz.

Do you use a moisturizer during the night? What do you recommend?


Product Review: Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment

 

The Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment is a blemish cream that you can apply to any acne or blemishes on your skin to reduce the acne and treat it. As I have acne prone skin I love having good products that help me to treat any acne that appears on my skin, and this is my favorite product for that. I have other products that I use to treat my acne, such as the Avon Blemish Treatment which I did a review HERE. However, if I have a very persistent pimple or some acne which I want to dry up quickly, this is what I will use. You can find more information about this product on the Neutrogena site HERE.
 
Directions on the tube

What they claim:

On-the-Spot® Acne Treatment is a spot acne treatment that provides maximum-strength results without drying out your face. It goes deep down in pores to kill the acne bacteria that cause pimples and helps stop new ones from forming.
Some medicated spot treatments contain high doses of Benzoyl Peroxide that can irritate skin, causing redness and dryness that can make acne worse. On-the-Spot® Acne Treatment contains just 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide, yet it provides the same maximum level of effectiveness with 70% less irritation.
 

Fight acne and get maximum-strength results with an acne spot treatment that won’t dry out your face.

  • Oil-free
  • Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
  • 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide

 

Active Ingredients and Drug Facts

 

Directions
What the product looks like
What I think:
I find this product really effective to treat my acne. It is a cream consistency which you apply to any acne on your skin and after a few minutes it dries to a nearly transparent layer on your skin. Do not apply to skin which is healthy as it will dry up the skin. However, this is really effective where you have the acne, as it dries up the pimple and you are left with clearer skin. I usually apply this during the night, before I go to bed, so that the product can work while I am asleep and when I wake up the pimple has reduced and I can cover it up with some concealer. This product contains 21g/0.75oz and retails for $6.99 on the Neutrogena website. I got mine from eBay and this is already my second bottle as it is a life saver for me 🙂
 
What is your favorite blemish treatment? Do you like Neutrogena?
 
 

Product Review: Avon Illuminating Eye Cream

A few weeks ago, I got myself this Avon Solutions Plus Total Radiance Illuminating Eye Cream (Phew! That is a mouthful :P). I am still searching for my perfect eye cream and I decided to give it a go. I have sensitive eyes, very dark circles round my eyes and they are puffy too so I need something to illuminate my eyes whilst reducing the puffiness and the dark circles without irritating my eyes.  I got this product from eBay for about €4.00.

What they claim:
For normal/combination skin. This soothing gel refreshes and revives the eye area. Minimizes the appearance of undereye bags and helps brighten dark circles. Hypoallergenic. Dermatologist-tested. Fragrance-free.

What I think:
This product has a peachy color to it which does not transfer to the lid at all. It has tiny particles in it which can better see in real life that I think are for brightening the eye area. I like the effect this product has on the lid but I’m not sure this is my favorite eye cream yet, still looking. This product retails for $12.00 on the Avon website (I got it for a good bargain), and it contains 15ml/0.5fl oz. It has a light scent to it but it is not overwhelming and not irritating at all. I use it day and night and apply it gently all over the lid and then pat it under the eye to reduce the puffiness. It applies really easily and absorbs instantly into the skin. It works well as a base under makeup and does not get greasy and I can tell since I have oily lids.

Do you like Avon products? Which is your favorite eye cream?


Product Review: The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist



I bought this product some time ago as I wanted to try a face mist to use during the night when I didn’t want to be bothered with applying a moisturizer before going to bed. I love The Body Shop items and their values and the ingredients they put in their products so I decided to give it a go. I got mine from eBay but on The Body Shop Website it has a retail price of $16.00 for 3.2 fl oz.


What they claim:
Give your skin an instant pick-me-up with a go-anywhere, rosewater-scented mist that moisturizes, conditions and protects.

How it works:
♥ Vitamin E is a nourishing natural antioxidant that moisturizes and protects against premature aging and environmental aggressors.
♥ Glycerin moisturizes skin to improve softness and maximize hydration.
♥ Liposomes and lecithin help skin to quickly absorb vitamin E and restore skin’s natural moisture balance.



My Conclusions:
I love this product for a light but hydrating mist all over the face. It dries up fast on its own and it has a nice rose scent to it! I find this particularly useful when I am studying and I don’t go out that much.

Do you like The Body Shop? Have you tried anything from the Vitamin E range?

Haul: Asian Products

Camellia Face Masks, Rose Eye Masks, Pore Strips
I have been dying to try out some face masks and as they are usually sold in Asia, I decided to give them a try. However, since there are no stores here in Malta that do sell Asian brands such as these I decided to try and purchase some from eBay. MissGlamorazzi on YouTube had been raving for some time about the Beauty Diary face masks and I really wanted to try some. So I got the ones shown above in the green and yellow box which are pretty similar! As I was browsing I also happened to see the Eye masks which intrigued me as I’d never really thought about them. I have dark circles round my eyes and they do tend to get a lot puffy, so I decided to give them a go also. They turned out to be really nice and cooling eye patches that you can put on you eyes and they have little slits so you can keep your eyes open. Lastly, I saw the pore strips which I must say where a huge disappointment and did not work at all.


Camellia Mask



Rose Eye Mask

Pore Strips



My Conclusions:
I love the bright and fun packaging that all these products come into. As I said I am not impressed at all with the pore strips but maybe I just got the wrong brand or something. I definitely love the masks and will be sure to purchase more of the face masks in the future as they are truly relaxing and calming to the skin. I love the eye masks too but will have to try them further to see whether they do reduce my dark circles.

Have you tried any Asian products? Would you recommend any?