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Lush Just To Clarify Jelly face mask

Earlier this month I bought one of Lush's brand new jelly face masks and I loved it so much I decided I really wanted to try out another one. The first one I bought was Bunny Moon and this time I decided to go for Just To Clarify. 

Lush Just To Clarify Jelly face mask

Bunny Moon is one for calming and soothing and as the name suggests, Just To Clarify is for clarifying the skin. One of my favourite masks is the Elemis Papaya Enzyme peel, so when I spotted that this contains papaya I thought it might be a much cheaper option. Just To Clarify contains papaya juice for brightening, bamboo stem for exfoliation, grapefruit, bergamot and Sicilian lemon oils for a bit of uplifting and refreshing and some orange juice as well. As with Bunny Moon this one does also contain talc and just a touch of perfume, so that's worth bearing in mind if you are sensitive to either ingredient. 

Lush Just To Clarify Jelly face mask

This one works in exactly the same way as Bunny Moon. You pull of a small chunk (again I used my little spatula to make it a bit easier) and rub it between clean, dry hands to form a paste before applying it to your face. Leave for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse off. As with Bunny Moon I'd recommend using a face cloth of some kind to remove the mask as it does 'set' again on your skin. 

When I tried a small piece in store I was very surprised to find that this is a manual as well as an acid exfoliator, there are some gritty bits in there. Because my skin is sensitive I do tend to prefer acid over manual exfoliation, but the gritty bits are just the right texture; they feel like they're doing something but aren't too harsh. You get the effect of these both when you apply the mask and then when you rinse it away.

I find both jelly masks really nice to wear. You can't smell Just To Clarify as much as you can smell Bunny Moon but they both feel slightly cooling and just feel nice against your skin. After rinsing Just To Clarify away my skin felt smooth and soft, maybe just very slightly red from the manual exfoliation, but that soon settled. Out of the two Bunny Moon is definitely my favourite, but I'm also a big fan of Just To Clarify and can definitely see me repurchasing both when I finish them.

Have you tried any of the new Jelly masks?

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Perfectil Plus Nails

Over the years I've gone through stages of taking different types of vitamins for different reasons. When I was younger I used to get back to back colds through the winter and so my mum thought it might be a good idea if I took vitamin C to see if that would help. I can't remember if it did, but I don't get that many anymore. More recently I started taking vitamin D and calcium tablets because I was concerned (and still am) about my bones and joints. I'm not sure if it helped my bones and joints in any way but one thing I did notice was my nails grew like crazy and were in really good condition. I'm not sure why I stopped taking those, I really should start up again. 

I received an email asking if I would like to try out Perfectil, which is a daily supplement designed to help improve the condition of your skin, hair and nails. There are a few different types available including ones to specifically target either your hair, skin or nails, or a max version to cover all three. There's always room for improvement in my hair and skin but as my nails weren't in the best condition at the time I was sent Perfectil Plus Nails extra support*

Perfectil Plus Nail extra support

Perfectil contains biotin for skin, zinc for hair and selenium for nails and as mine were more targeted towards nails they contained extra selenium. In each pack you get 60 tablets and as you're directed to take two a day that's a 30 day supply. They're to be taken with meals (they should only be taken on a full stomach) and should be swallowed with water rather than chewed (I haven't chewed one but I wouldn't recommend trying it). If you're not good with swallowing tablets then I don't think these will be for you as they are huge! I'm not bad at swallowing tablets at all, in fact I can take some without needing a drink to wash them down, but I struggle with these sometimes.  

Perfectil Plus Nail extra support

One of the first things you notice when you pop one of the tablets out is the smell, which I don't find particularly pleasant. It's definitely a smell that other similar tablets have but I can't really place what it is. I guess it's a natural kind of smell. As I've already mentioned these are pretty big so they're not the easiest to take and you know when you swallow a tablet and then shortly after start burping the taste of it, that can happen with these. They also come in quite large blister packs so they're not really ideal for taking out and about with you if you're eating out and so need to take your tablet then. 

Perfectil Plus Nail extra support

As I mentioned I did struggle taking these at times and along with the smell and the taste if one didn't go down well this meant they certainly weren't the nicest tablets to take. Although I did see an improvement in the condition of my nails it wasn't as big an improvement as I saw taking calcium and vitamin D and as they are also much more pleasant to take (a bit like large citrus refreshers you can chew) I would personally prefer to take those ones over these.

Have you ever taken a beauty supplement like this?

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Carmex Lime Twist lip balm

I'm pretty sure we're all a little bit addicted to lip balm. Is there anybody that doesn't use it at all? I've tried a fair few over the years and I definitely have my favourites, but one brand I haven't tried at all is Carmex. So when I received a message on Instagram asking if they (Carmex) could send me a little something of course I said yes.

What I received was a very sunny little parcel in a bright yellow envelope containing two Carmex Lime Twist lip balms* and some little packs of sweeties. This was in the run up to best friend's day, so there was one for me, one for my best friend and some sweets for us both to share (yeah she never got a look in with the sweets, we do live 100 miles apart now!). I've been giving this a try for a couple of months now so I thought I'd let you know what I think.

Carmex Lime Twist lip balm

The Carmex Lime Twist lip balms come in pretty traditional twist up and down tubs; nice and easy to carry around and don't involve having to stick your finger in a pot. The first thumbs up! The second is that these contain an SPF of 15. I don't know about you but although I do use facial SPF most days (a must if you're using retinol or similar products) I don't apply it to my lips. But yet your lips haven't really got any where to hide; if you're out in the sun they are too, constantly. So having SPF in your lip balm means they're protected. It's not a particularly high level of protection, but if you're anything like me you probably reapply quite frequently.

The primary ingredient in this is petrolatum (what you'll find in Vaseline) which is an ingredient that works as a barrier; sealing in the moisture that is already there rather than adding any. However the next highest ingredient is lanolin, which is the complete opposite of petrolatum. Lanolin is an animal by-product (so no good for vegans I'm afraid) and is what makes sheep (or more specifically, their wool) waterproof. Lanolin is an effective moisturiser that soothes and softens rough, dry skin.

I love the Lime Twist flavour; it's a little different and when you first apply it there's a nice tingle to it, and I do mean a nice tingle, a refreshing tingle. I have a whole load of lip balms (doesn't everyone?!) but this is one of my current go to's and the one (yes just one) in my handbag. I haven't suffered with really sore lips as I don't tend to in summer but it does a good job at keeping my lips soft and hydrated. I also like that there is a best before date on the bottom of each tube. The dates on my two were quite short, but I have no way of knowing how long the samples had been hanging around before being sent out. 

Prices vary but a Google search suggests you can find the Carmex Lime Twist lip balm for around £3.

What is your favourite lip balm?

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New in from Lush - Bunny Moon Jelly face mask

If you're a Lush fan then you may have heard that a few Lush products are shortly going to be retired, or in other words, discontinued. I'm not usually bothered about the Lush products that are leaving us, they're often something I've not used or are not keen on if I have tried it. This time however it is a bit of a blow that The Comforter shower cream will soon no longer be available. Knowing just how popular The Comforter bubble bar is this feels like a strange move to me and every person I've spoken to about it online feels the same. But it is going, and so I've stocked up on a few bottles. I just wish I could afford to spend nearly £30 on 1kg of shower cream...

As is usually the case when old products are discontinued this is to make way for some shiny new products to hit the shelves. So far I'm aware of two new products, and both involve jelly. There's the new jelly bombs that turn your bath water to jelly (I haven't found these in my local store yet) and jelly face masks. 

Lush Bunny Moon Jelly face mask

Lush do like to come up with some quite unique product concepts, but they don't always quite work, like the solid in shower block of sun screen that lasted for I think three uses. Jelly products aren't new to Lush, they already have shower jellies (which are slippery little buggers but do work if you can keep hold of them!) but jelly face masks are new.

There are currently five jelly masks available and they're £6.95 for 65g, so 30p cheaper than their existing masks for 10g less. I suffer with redness across my cheeks and breakouts on my chin, so I decided to go for one called Bunny Moon. This contains antiseptic and moisturising honey, soothing and balancing rose oil, calming chamomile and marigold infusion and a little comforting vanilla absolute. There is some talc in there and a trace of fragrance, so that's worth bearing in mind if you are sensitive.

To use the mask you pinch off a bit (I used a little spatula I got with a hair dye to break some off) work it between clean, dry fingers to make a paste and then apply it to your face. Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse off. 

Lush Bunny Moon Jelly face mask

Before I go any further I want to talk about the scent. It's unusual, but oh it's gorgeous! I think it might be a combination of the rose and vanilla with a little hint of honey. It's difficult to describe but you have to go and have a sniff in store. I don't think it's one that everyone will like, but if you do like it I think you'll love it. It's not hugely easy to break a bit off as it is a jelly so there's that whole almost suction like effect, but it wasn't too difficult using my little spatula. I used a piece probably about the size of a small marble and there was enough, but I would like to use a little more in future. It's only a small tub but I can see it lasting a couple of months if you use it once or twice a week. I thought breaking it down into a paste wouldn't be that easy either but it melts down quite nicely. It then applies easily to the face but you might want to use a mirror to make sure your application is as even as possible. 

I don't know about the other masks but this is a joy to wear. You don't need to store these ones in the fridge as they're self-preserving, but it still had a slight cooling effect and just felt lovely against my skin. You can also smell it as well, which I found very soothing. When it comes to rinsing I would recommend using a facial cloth as it does set again and splashing water on your face is not enough to remove it all. Once rinsed off my skin felt amazing. Smooth and soft and soothed (with a reduction in redness) and I actually didn't do my second cleanse (I'd removed my make-up earlier in the day) because I didn't want to risk loosing how lovely my skin felt. I then applied my evening skincare and that absorbed really well.

One thing I've never been keen on with Lush face masks is having a shelf life of only three weeks, although in general I've always found them to last longer than that. However these ones, or Bunny Moon at least, have four months, so if I do accidentally forget about it for a week or two I'm not risking it having gone off. I can't see me forgetting about this one though as I'm dying to use it again, I love it!

Will you be trying one of Lush's new jelly masks? 

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