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May 31, 2010

LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic

Sorry for the lack of updates! The last few weeks of school can get pretty busy, finishing assignments and studying for final exams. I'll be going on vacation soon, so I won't be able to update very much. I really wanted to post something new though, so here's a LUSH review! Hope you're not getting sick of them yet :)

WHERE TO BUY:, lush stores/counters

MY THOUGHTS: This is a soothing mask which is great for sensitive skin. To me, it smells like a mixture of yogurt, blueberries, and clay. There are also little chunks of what looks like blueberries mixed in. Like other fresh face masks, you have to keep it stored in the fridge.

The consistency is thick but creamy and spreads onto my face easily. I leave it on for around 10 minutes. Once the mask is dried, it starts to crumble off whenever I move my face. I wiggle my nose or raise my eyebrows and there's a bit of powdery fallout. It's kind of messy, so I have to make sure I run back to the sink as soon as the mask has dried. However, the end result is soft, clean, and calm skin. It doesn't make me break out either, so I would definitely buy this again.

- Spreads onto my face easily
- Makes my skin feel smooth, clean, and calm
- Doesn't irritate my skin
- Doesn't make me breakout
- Affordable
- Fresh

- Only has a shelf life of 3 weeks
- Must be stored in the fridge
- A little bit messy once it dries

May 09, 2010

*UPDATED* Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

WHERE TO BUY: Most drugstores (Walmart, CVS, etc)

MY THOUGHTS: This is my first time using pore strips. I purchased these because everyone and their mom seems to use them. I followed the instructions on the box for application; I wet my nose, placed the strip on, and peeled it off after 15 minutes. It stuck on to my nose really well. Removal was a little bit painful, but tolerable, sort of like taking a band-aid off your skin. Inspection of the strip showed that some blackheads and whiteheads were removed, but not everything.

UPDATE [May 09, 2010]: I don't think I did anything differently but these worked a lot better the second time I used them. They removed a lot of whiteheads so I'm bumping up the rating from a 3 to a 4. I'm also adding new pictures :)

Each pore strip comes in its own individual packet.

Here's what a brand new pore strip looks like.

On my nose.

First pore strip I used. Removed some blackheads.

Second pore strip I used. Removed a lot of whiteheads!