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Blackhead Peel Off Mask Review — January 6, 2017

Blackhead Peel Off Mask Review

Hi everyone, it’s been a while and once again, I apologize. I’m in my final stretch of school currently, with my last semester of didactic learning and one year of rotations left. May 2018, I AM READY FOR YOU!! Anyways, I wanted to review this blackhead removing mask I ordered from Amazon a few days ago. I got it in the mail today and decided to give it a shot. I wanted to get back into reviewing beauty products for you all while also writing my usual blog posts. I decided against having a separate blog dedicated to beauty and lifestyle. Ok, so no more rambling, let’s get into the review.

I’ve seen so many videos on YouTube of people either creating their own charcoal mask with glue and activated charcoal or using a variety of pre-made masks to get rid of those nasty blackheads. I had tried the glue and charcoal mask years ago and it never worked for me, but I decided to give the “store” bought masks a go. I originally wanted to try the Hell Pore Clean Up mask, but because I’m cheap (lol) I decided to go with this mask.

First Impressions:

  • The bottle is really small compared to the Hell Pore Clean Up mask. You can see in the comparison picture that it is about the size of a pair of glasses in terms of length.
  • The reviews on Amazon said there were no English instructions, but the box has English, Chinese, and Korean instructions.
  • The smell is interesting. It’s not a terrible smell to me by any means. It kind of smells like the different hair products a hair dresser uses on you.
  • It’s very thin. It was sliding off my finger while I prepared my camera to take a picture which is why that picture will appear a little blurry.

Application:

  • Application of the mask is easy. I recommend using a brush to get a more even application, though this time I used my finger.
  • I used this on my brother as well (haha), and though I avoided the eye area, he said it kind of burned his eyes and they started watering.
  • For me, once you apply it the smell became overbearing, though like I said, it’s not a terrible smell by any means. (side note: my mom saw me and she’s like “Kya kai lagai hai tumne?” translation: did you put on muck/mold? LMAO)
  • It takes about 45-50 minutes to dry completely.

Removal:

  • OH MY GOD WAS IT PAINFUL! I have a lot of peach fuzz on my cheeks, and while I avoided applying this to my sideburn area (Thank you Pakistani genes for sideburns that make any man envious), it still tugged at that tiny peach fuzz. It took my 20 minutes to remove because I had to keep taking breaks to calm down my face. The areas with peach fuzz were red and extremely sensitive once I pulled everything off.
  • It doesn’t hurt to pull off the mask if you only apply it to your T-zone area (nose and forehead).
  • If you have a lot of peach fuzz like me, I don’t recommend applying the mask all over your face. It hurts like a bish.

Results:

  • My skin definitely looked a lot clearer. I was experiencing slightly oily skin around my forehead and nose, so this definitely helped with that. It removed some blackheads, but honestly not too many for me to think this is a holy grail product. I have read that you need to apply a really thick layer in order for it to properly remove blackheads.
  • On my brother, it had removed a lot of gunk from his pores and his nose area seemed much more cleaner compared to mines. He’s not much into skin care, so his skin has significantly more problems than my skin.
  • I had a few bumps (maybe pre-acne, I’m not really sure what they are) on my forehead that were noticeable less visible after removing the mask.
  • My skin felt so soft and tight after this. I’m young, so I don’t need a tightening mask (yet), but I still like it when my skin feels more taut and clean after applying a mask.
  • I had to wash my face with cold water and apply ice to calm down the areas where it pulled peach fuzz.
  • WARNING PICTURES AHEAD! You can see for yourself how much dirt was on the peeled off mask.

TL;DR

  • Did this mask work? Kind of
  • Will I be doing this again? Yes, but only once every 2 weeks only on the T-zone area this time.
  • Would you buy it again? No. I would want to try the Hell Pore Clean Up mask next once I run out of this.
  • Rating: 3/5

There you guys go. I hope you all enjoyed this review. I did take before and after pictures of my nose and face, but they were not clear and I don’t feel entirely comfortable sharing my face with you guys yet. I want to maintain some privacy, hopefully you all understand. Let me know what else you want me to review!

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Medora Lipsticks Review — August 27, 2015

Medora Lipsticks Review

This is something new I wanted to try out. I know this blog mainly serves the purpose of venting and sharing my thoughts, but I also wanted to do reviews of certain products that I buy or share OOTDs. This is the first post that’s beauty/fashion related. Please let me know on what could be better in future reviews.

When I went to Pakistan, the one thing I really wanted besides the amazing food was a Medora lipstick. Medora has been around for such a long time. My mother received Medora lipsticks as part of her “beauty box” during her wedding. I saw reviews of Medora lipsticks online and thought they were wonderful. Being 21, I am just starting to get into the habit of wearing lipsticks. Now that my face has matured lipstick doesn’t make me look like a 12 year old playing dress up anymore haha.

In total, I bought 4 Medora lipsticks from a store near my nani’s house called Hydri Super Market. Each lipstick was 99 rupees, which roughly equates to about 99 cents! This means I got 4 amazing lipsticks in less than $5.

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While each box says “matte lipstick”, not all the shades are matte. The ones I bought were matte, but there was this one color that had flecks of glitter in it, but the lady at the counter was still saying it’s matte. I absolutely hate shimmer lipsticks, so I stuck on strictly matte rule. The four shades I bought were Demure, Hint of Pink, Coffee, and Rose Berry (see below).

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I love all four shades, but my favorite color has got to be Coffee. It looks so good on my skintone. It’s very similar to MAC’s Chili, but it’s slightly lighter with a more brownish tone. It’s a gorgeous shade of red. I like having dark lips, but I’m not entirely comfortable sporting bold shades. These lipsticks are perfect because I can add on or just apply one coat of lipstick and call it a day.

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The above picture is taken without flash. The shades (from left to right) are Hint of Pink, Demure, Rose Berry, and Coffee. They look different swatched on my hand, but when I wear them on my lips, it’s a completely different color. I think that’s due to the fact that my lips are naturally dark and pigmented. Another thing that’s great about these lipsticks is the fact that they work with Desi skintones. The biggest problem I have hear in America when buying lipsticks is finding a color with the right undertones to match and look good on my skin tone. It’s really hard to find lipsticks formulated to work well with yellow undertones, but these Medora ones are perfect.

These are all single coats. You can see how pigmented these lipsticks are. The only color I haven’t worn is Hint of Pink. My least favorite color is Demure because it looks like a weird bubblegum pink on my lips. Another problem I had was that one of the lipsticks was actually broken, so I had to go and exchange it. I don’t know if that’s common with Medora, but it’s the first time that’s ever happened to me with lipstick.

NOTE: I know I should show how these lipsticks look on my actual lips. I did intend to, but my camera battery died. I will try my best to show those swatches later, but no promises.

I wish I could have bought the entire collection they had at Hydri Super Market, but sadly I limited myself to only four. I also had a limited amount of money that night, so I had to divide it amongst the other things I bought from there.

TLDR;

Pros: Highly pigmented, works well with skin, stays on for at least 6 hours (that’s the longest I’ve worn it), inexpensive!!

Cons: Very strong waxy smell, packaging could use improvement, not creamy so need to wear chapstick underneath

Overall Rating:  4.5/5 stars

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This was my first review, so please let me know in the comments what I did well and didn’t do well. I would love to hear feedback. Until then, au revoir.