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Facemask Friday: Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask Review

April 11, 2014
Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask Review

Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask Review


Today’s facemask is the Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask from Murad, a brand that I’d not heard of before this sample arrived in last month’s Love Me Beauty box. I say sample, but it’s not actually a sample – when you purchase this you receive six of these little sachets, and I’m not entirely sure I like this concept as one of the first things I noticed was that you get way more than you need for one use.

The official description-

Dissolve tired cells and free skin from trapped impurities for a refreshed, revitalised and balanced complexion.

Despite being an exfoliating mask there are no grains or abrasive particles at all, the mask has a clear gel texture and no amount of scrubbing in the world is going to make it buff away dead skin like a conventional exfoliator. It gave a sort of tingly sensation that I imagine could be quite uncomfortable if you have very sensitive skin, but it was mild enough on my own skin which is tough as nails.

Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask

Although the Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask doesn’t really “set” like a clay mask it does tighten ever so slightly after around 10 minutes which I always think is a good reminder to go take it off!

It washed off in a matter of moments and I have to say my skin felt amazing! When I got out of the shower and had a peek in the mirror I almost gasped, ,my ruddy greasy skin looked radiant and bright and the effects lasted for a good few days!

I’ve stuck religiously to my Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed (Reviewed here) recently, but I think I might consider buying a box of these for days when I really need a pick me up.

£25 for a box of six sachets from

Totally hellbent for being blown away by the results

– Gem

Beauty Boxes

Love me Beauty March Edition 2 Review

March 17, 2014


Gem and I finally broke and both ordered one this months Love me Beauty box. Okay, admittedly I blame Gemma entirely – since she ordered hers first which made it impossible for me to resist.

For those that may not know, Love me Beauty is a beauty box similar to Birchbox and Glossybox, but with a twist. Each month you get to see in advance what will be in the box, and you can choose from 2-3 “menus”. Each one has 2-3 staple products with the others being unique and a little different, giving you the option to choose the box you like best.

My first box, was edition 2. Even though I knew exactly what was coming, I was still really excited to receive this bundle of joy in the post this morning.



The packaging – although nothing too fancy, was perfect. There was no inner box, so on opening the outer cardboard one, you are greeted with a perfectly placed card telling you all about the contents of the box. Underneath that, wrapped delicately in shredded and tissue paper lay the contents of the box.

Whoever packed this – deserves a medal! This is -the- best packed box I’ve ever seen and everything was so beautifully placed and packed I have no idea how it survived in transit.

Enough lusting over the packaging details and onto the products:


Murad – Pore and Line Minimising Hydrator – 10ml sample – £49.50 for 50ml

This claims to reduce the appearance of pores and repairs skin breakouts to reeal a more even skin tone. Recently, my skin has been very dry which has resulted in some industrial strength moisturiser from the Docs. Unfortunately this is quite thick and greasy, which has left me open (and my skin seemingly) to pores – something I’ve never really suffered with. Usually this would be thrown Gem’s way but not this time. After sampling some, it doesn’t feel too heavy on my skin which is nice and almost has a somewhat clinical smell to it. It was quite pleasant to apply so we shall see whether this proves to be useful after a few weeks of using it. At nearly £50 for the full size though, I’m not sure I’ll be splashing out on this any time soon.


BlanX – White Shock Toothpase – 15ml sample – £7.50 for 50ml

Brains and I saw the TV advert for this the other week, and for some reason it really tickles Brains. Allegedly, this toothpaste reacts to light and the more it’s exposed the more chance your teeth have of becoming whiter. I’m really intrigued to see the results of this – having seen it advertised I presumed this would be another fad that cost £20-30 a tube, but I’m quite impressed by the price tag for the full size version. Now I’m spending a little more time out in the garden, I’ll be putting this to the test. It seems to smell and look like regular toothpaste which is also a bonus.

Heres the advert for a little chuckle:


Nip+Fab – Post Workout Fix – Full size sample – £9.95 for 50ml

This is the largely the product that made me pick this box. I love Nip+Fab and am a huge fan of their Dry Leg fix which worked a treat. Only the other week Gem and I had a heavy gym session, which rendered us unable to walk down stairs or get back up from the loo due to significant muscle aching. I’m really looking forward to giving this a go after next weeks Gym sessions to see how it fares. The great thing about this – is that it’s almost like a roll on deodorant, so you just roll it straight onto the desired area. Easy peasy, which means you don’t have to slap on more cream resulting in slippy greasy hands. It smells like a combination of Mouthwash and BIO freeze, so I imagine the notion is quite similar to other muscle gels.


Deep Steep – Moisture Stick in “Honeydew Spearmint” – Full size sample – £3.60 for 15ml

I was expecting a lip balm sized stick when I saw this on ordering, but actually its much bigger. This is supposed to hydrate even the driest of skin, so it should work in perfect harmony with mine. It recommends trying it on cracked hands, lips, cuticles, heels or elbows so looks like it’s fairly multi purpose – I also noticed when checking the ingredients that there was a little note saying “we do not test on animals” which also bumped up the brownie points. This is a little like a glue stick, but when rubbing the stick onto your fingers or desired area, a little bit of the product melts gloriously onto your skin and it feels so soft and silky. I’ve tried a little on my face and it seems to be faring well. I reckon this is going to be a great addition to my festival packing and at only £3.60, it’s probably worth dropping into my hand bag for when I’m out and about. Full on impressed!


Quintessentially English – Bath Salts in “SummerSolstice” – 50g sample – £4.25 for 100g

I absolutely loath baths – but I do -love- bath salts, and like to use them to fill up my make-up brush containers. Not only do they give off a lovely smell, they keep the ends of my brushes smelling fresh too. I was expecting this to be a little bigger, but it’s not big deal. I have to say, the smell of these are just amazing. It’s infused with lemongrass, so you get that lovely lemony smell that’s not too overpowering. It almost makes me want to sit in the bath just to use it. I’m sure I will find a pot to give these little delights a home to!


The Vintage Cosmetic Company – False Lashes in “Gracie” – Full size – £6

One of my fav bloggers reviewed these the other day and they looked so adorable. I never used to be into falsies, but ever since I started receiving them in my beauty boxes I’ve been brave enough to try them out and they really aren’t that bad to apply. These look super classy and I’ve really enjoyed a lot of the other things I’ve tried from The Vintage Cosmetic Company. Definitely going to be wearing these on my next evening out.

I’m really happy with this box and I know, with four boxes now I’m going to have to choose one of them to go! I’m going to see what next month has in store for Love me Beauty. If you’d like to get your hands on one of their boxes, head on over to their website here for just £10 plus £2.95 P&P.

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Totally hellbent for trying out new boxes