June 15, 2012

Montagne Jeunesse Masks Series - #1 Chocolate Masque

Today I decided to start a new series of reviews for the travel size mud masks & face treatments from Montagne Jeunesse
(logo from Montagne Jeunesse)

I know we have all seen these on the end caps at Wal-Mart and CVS.  The packaging is so inviting looking, so I decided to give them a try. I am addicted to mud masks of all kinds and I love the benefits they provide.

(photo courtesy of yahoo images)

Check out the LABELS section in the sidebar to see all the reviews as I add them.

First mask I have tried is: Chocolate Masque (Mud Mask)
The label says this mask is for normal to dry skin and your T-Zone area, for deep pore cleansing. This description was perfect for my skin tone.  It states the mask helps to unclog pores by drawing out impurities. It also contains Dead Sea Salt to assist in skin healing, and Cocoa and Shea butters for moisturizing.  Please make sure to see all the ingredients in case you are allergic to something.

The consistency is typical mud mask, very smooth and slightly thick. It felt like mouse almost, but thicker. It had a very strange feel, but fun and different at the same time. The first thing I noticed when I opened the package was the strong chocolate smell that hit my nose. It reminded me of raw brownie mix, before baking. It was so enjoyable and downright yummy smelling. I like to apply my masks thin so I can definitely get a second use out of this package. The cost varies by store, but usually they run between $1.39 - $1.99 here in the US.

As this mask dries on your face, it feels like a typical mud mask,  hardening and getting 'tight', but not too tight. The directions say you should wash your face with warm water first, (which opens pores), and then apply and let dry 10-15 minutes before rinsing and patting dry.  

It rinsed off easily, but it was a bit messy. The water that drips off your face into your sink is dark brown. BE VERY CAREFUL when rinsing off. I would not suggest wearing a white top when using this mask. I waited 15 minutes as directed, and rinsed. The first thing I noticed, was my skin felt REALLY soft. My skin is usually very dry and crazy after a mask usually, and that was not the case with this mask. I can honestly say my face was softer and fresher feeling than any other mask I have tried to date. It's been several hours since I used the mask, and I'm having trouble not touching my face lol. Even though this was a messy mask after I rinsed it did not stain my skin or my towel, and that was a plus. 

  Overall, I loved this mask and I will be using it again. I can deal with the messiness of if, becasue the benefits out way that 10 fold. I didn't expect much of this mask because of the inexpensive price tag, but I was very impressed!!!

I'm now really excited to test the others masks I have purchased. These masks are intended for once a week use, so other reviews will be posted weekly. It is not recommended to do them more often than weekly. If you over mask you can really irritate and harm your skin.

Thanks for visiting, and if you have used these masks I would love to hear your experiences with them.

Pretty In Pink

Today I have a fun one. This is OPI: Pink Me I'm Good. This was a Limited Edition OPI that was sold at Ulta for Valentine's Day in 2010. I really wanted this when it came out, my closest Ulta is a 1 & 1/2 hour drive (each way), and I remember taking the drive just for this polish way back when.

I'm still on vacation, and this one did give me some trouble with application. It was very very thick, and I really needed to have thinner for this. I was on my way out the door for dinner when I was applying it, so by the time I realized I needed thinner it was too late lol. This is one of the those polishes, for me, that does need thinner in between uses.

I made due and I'm really happy how it came out. This is 3 coats. I did very little clean up. I thought being on vacation I would have time for being more picky, and that is just not the case. There is less time LOL.

I used Seche UV and my UV light to dry this in a bout 10 minutes so I can run out the door. It still looks great and I'm having trouble wanting to change this one.

It is a Pink Jelly with gold glitter, and flashes colors of orange/gold to me when in bright light. It is GORGEOUS to say the least. It was so worth the drive for this.

Hope you guys like it! Happy Friday.


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