skincare review: murad instamatte oil-control mask

skincare review: murad instamatte oil-control mask

Happy Thursday! This will be my last post as a high school student… I graduate tomorrow! In preparation for graduation makeup and photos, I’ve been sticking to the skin routine I posted last week, and then I went to get my eyebrows waxed. Oh boy. I hadn’t been in so long! My skin is breaking out like crazy where the wax was put. At least my eyebrows look great though.

Today I want to share with you a skin product that actually works, the Murad InstaMatte Oil-Control Mask! I purchased this for $38 at Sephora. Yes, it’s pricey, but I promise it is sooo worth it. I mean, I’m a broke almost college student and I dished out the cash for this.IMG_6498

When I walked into Sephora that day, I was going in with the intention of purchasing a peel-off mask for my blackheads. This location was out of stock of the one I wanted, and one of the employees asked why I wanted that particular mask.

“Well, I have prom and a dance competition coming up, and I want to get rid of some blackheads.”

“That won’t work,” she promptly replied.

I was slightly taken aback, and then asked what would. I was then directed towards a creamy mask to leave on for a few minutes… Quite the opposite of what I wanted in the first place.

But I am so happy. Within two days it minimized my pores on my nose and cheeks, cleared a majority of my blackheads, and my face was matte! It even helped clean my pores of all the competition cake-up I needed to wear.

I have combination skin, so products usually work for a week or two, and then my skin goes back to the way it was before. Yet, this one (after regular use) works every time. I’ve been using it for a month and a half now, about 3 or 4 times a week. My oils are kept at bay, my skin is radiant and oh-so-soft, and I’m just in love with this product. IMG_6500

When the area around my brows started freaking out after the wax, I knew my problems would go away if I continued to use this mask.

How I Use It:

  1. Start with a clean face.
  2. Pump 4 squirts onto my fingertips and then rub an even layer across my face.
  3. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Use a warm, wet washcloth to gently massage off the mask.
  5. Tone and moisturize when I’m done.

If you have any questions about what the mask claims to do, where to find one, or anything else, you can ask me or I’ll post the link to the product description below!

Overall, this mask is 100% deserving of…

5 Beans out of 5

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skincare review: oatifix

skincare review: oatifix

You can’t have a beauty blog without mentioning Lush.

Lush products are amazing, or at least I haven’t found a dud yet. My entire night routine is composed of Lush products (reviews to come!). On some nights, I just need that extra something to pamper myself after a long day.

I have combination skin, so basically some patches on my face are dry, and some are oily. I also have somewhat sensitive skin. After a day of wearing a full face of makeup, my pores are irritated. For these reasons, Oatifix is the perfect match for me!

If you are unfamiliar with Lush products, visit their site here or search for a store near you. The prices are worth the ingredients used in each product, and, at least for me, the results reflect the price you pay. They’re also vegan and are fighting animal testing, so what’s not to love?

One element in most Lush stores is the fresh face mask station. These face masks are so fresh, you have to keep them in the fridge to prevent them from spoiling. As you can guess, Oatifix is one of them! Oatifix is made from bananas, oats, and vanilla (and other natural ingredients that you can pronounce), and is basically like putting cookie dough on your face. The ingredients help to calm irritation, and make your face baby soft.

I will admit, the first time I used this product, I was not a fan. I thought the product felt too oily to be a mask, and smelled really sweet. I ended up washing out the pot before it spoiled, and didn’t want to try it again. 

Not all fresh face masks are created equal.

Along with sensitive skin, I occasionally have bumps and dry patches appear between my cheekbones and jawline as a result of stress, new lotion, or some other irritant. My mother suggested using Oatifix to help calm my skin down, but all I could think of was the oily texture of cookie dough on my face. However, I wanted my face to revert back to its normal condition, so I gave it another shot.

Since this is a fresh product, it’s made in relatively small batches, allowing for slight differences between formulation. The Oatifix I had the first time was oilier than the one I used most recently. There was still the same fragrance, but this time I was expecting it. (I also ate an oatmeal cookie while the mask sat on my face to ease the cravings I had.)

I’m happy I tried the mask again because my irritation and dryness was reduced almost immediately after wiping off the mask. I’m not saying my stress rash magically went away in one go, but three days later it’s almost gone. Before, the rash would stick around for one to two weeks.

Here’s how I apply it…

  1. Take a small lump from the pot and rub it between your fingertips so it’s not as cold, and easier to apply to the face.
  2. Smear the product all over your face in a thick layer. For this mask, more is more!
  3. Allow the mask to sit on your skin for 5-10 minutes. I usually go for the full 10.
  4. Massage the product into your skin before wiping it off with a warm, wet washcloth.
  5. Follow up with a toner and moisturizer.

And the results are in!

If I were only reviewing this product based on my second (and third and fourth and so on) use, it would score a 4.5 beans out of 5. However, since I had a difficult first use, I have to be fair.

4 Beans out of 5

Thank you for stopping by! Any comments and suggestions are always appreciated. What’s your favorite Lush product?