Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

5/01/2014


Out of all face masks, my favorite was the Lush Mask of Magnaminty. As for my personal preferece regarding face masks - I prefer the cooling kind rather than warming masks. Those simply make me feel uncomfortable in my own skin. That refreshing, minty sensation is one of many things I love about Mask of Magnaminty. It also is very effective at removing excess oil, it deeply cleansed my skin and was always quite responsive in fighting blemishes. I haven't used it for a while because I want to try some other masks before I go back to it again. I certainly was intrigued by the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque and I must say that I am pleasantly surprised. However, the real question would be - has Mask of magnaminty finally met its match? I've ordered my first tube of Mint Julep from iHerb for $3.84 (you can use my 5$/10$ coupon if you like - ZMW209). Such a low price for a huge 226,8g tube is amazing value and that alone makes this a great purchase. Ingredient-wise, this really is a fuss-free mask with a simple ingredient list. However, the list isn't pristine at all. If you are a beauty Puritan than fragrance, propylene glycol (PG) and paraben at the very end of this ingredient list might bother you. However, it is always up to you to decide for yourself. On the other side, this mask contains some truly awesome ingredients. Basically, this is your good old mud mask.

Od svih maski za lice koje sam isprobala, meni omiljena je uvijek bila Lush Mask of Magnaminty. Po pitanju preferenci, vise volim maske koje rashladjuju i to mnogo vise od maski koje zagrijavaju kozu. Naprosto se ne osjecam prijatno kada njih koristim. Osvjezavajuci, mentolasti osjecaj je samo jedna od mnogih stvari koje volim kod Mask of Magnaminty. Takodjer je jako efektna kod uklanjanja viska sebuma, dubinskog ciscenja koze te mi je svaki put mnogo pomogla kod smirivanja bubuljica. Ne koristim je vec neko vrijeme jer zelim isprobati druge maske prije nego se odlucim ponovo njoj vratiti. Medju interesantnijim opcijama je svakako bila Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque za koju moram priznati da me prijatno iznenadila. No, mozda bi pravo pitanje bilo - da li je Mask of Magnaminty napokon dobila konkurenciju (i to za djelic cijene)? Svoju prvu tubu Mint Julep maske sam kupila preko iHerb stranice za cca 5,50KM (ako zelite, mozete iskoristiti moj kod za popust od 7KM/14KM - ZMW209). Tako niska cijena za prilicno veliku tubu od 226,8g je na samom pocetku veliki plus. Sto se sastojaka tice, radi se o prilicno jednostavnoj maski. Ipak, ako ste puritanci glede sastojaka onda bi vas parfem, propylene glycol (PG) i paraben mogli odvratiti od kupovine. To je u svakom slucaju na vama. Sa druge strane, ova maska sadrzi i izuzetno korisne sastojke. Ukratko, radi se o maski na bazi gline.


Being a mud mask, its main ingredient is kaolin which is one of the oldest cosmetic ingredients. It originates from China hence is also called 'China clay'. Kaolin is a natural claylike mineral (silicate of aluminum) and is composed of silica, iron, magnesium, calcium, sodium, zinc and other minerals. It has excellent absorbent qualities as it draws out impurities and toxins, leaving skin deeply cleansed and refreshed. It also acts as a remineralizer of the skin, similar to thermal mud. It is regarded as a generally stable ingredient. Queen Helene Mint Julep mask also contains bentonite (clay), zinc oxide and sulfur - they all are excellent ingredients for oily skin. Bentonite is effective at absorbing oil from the complexion. Zinc oxide promotes healing of chapped skin (diaper rash creams, anyone?) and is also a mild astringent and antiseptic. Topical sulfur is mostly used for treating acne, seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea, eczema and dandruff. All these ingredients aim at drying out the skin so if you have dry or very dehydrated skin - avoid this mask. I'd say that even oily skin shouldn't overuse it to avoid dryness, itching and irritation.

Posto je rijec o maski na bazi gline, osnovni sastojak je kaolin sto je ujedno i jedan od najduze koristenih sastojaka u kozmetici. Kaolin je porijeklom iz Kine i nekada ga nazivaju kineskom glinom. Osnovni sastojak gline je mineral glinenac (aluminijev hidrosilikat) a kaolin konkretno sadrzi silicijum dioksid, zeljezo, magnezij, kalcij, natrij, cink te jos neke minerale. Izvrsnog je upijajuceg svojstva tako da sa lakocom izvlaci necistoce i toksine iz koze, ostavljajuci je duboko ociscenom i osvjezenom. Takodjer obogacuje kozu mineralima, nesto slicno termalnom blatu. Uopsteno se smatra stabilnim sastojkom. Queen Helene Mint Julep maska pored njega sadrzi i bentonit (glina), cink oksid te sumpor - izvrsne sastojke za masnu kozu. Bentonitu je specijalnost takodjer upijanje viska sebuma. Cink oksid poboljsava obnovu ostecene koze (sjecamo se krema za pelenski osip?) te je i blago astringentnog i antiseptickog djelovanja. Sumpor se koristi za tretiranje akni, seborejicnog dermatitisa, rozacee, ekcema i peruti. Svi navedeni sastojci rade na isusivanju koze tako da ukoliko imate suhu ili znacajno dehidriranu kozu - preskocite ovu masku. Cak bih rekla da ni masna koza ne bi istrpila precestu upotrebu jer bi se pojavila suhoca, svrbez i iritacije.



This being said, this really is a potent and powerful mask. It not only removes excess shine and oil - it can help in regulating it in the long run but never overuse it as that can backfire. We all know that stripping our skin from its natural oils can lead to oil compensation (skin trying to protect itself) and even more oil coming our way. If you have sensitive skin, I'd also be careful - test on a small area before covering the entire face. It isn't a miracle worker but it's efficiency cannot be denied. It dries out blemishes, takes away shine and even tightens pores as a short-term effect. It also has minimal impact on blackheads, but it's there. If you use it 1-2x a week, you'll love this mask and gain all benefits. It's of a green coloring due to chromium oxide greens. Texture-wise, it resembles Montagne Jeunesse masks more than the Lush Mask of Magnaminty as it isn't too thick. If you do receive it in a somewhat thick state, it means that it has dried a bit. So do pay attention to always fully close (screw on) the cap as clay in contact with air does harden. It smells exactly like toothpaste which isn't surprising as many toothpastes contain kaolin. Not something I'm crazy about, but I can live with it. Note that this toothpaste scent is pretty strong, though. It never stings my face but I avoid applying it to broken skin. I 'd advise you to do the same. Have you tried this mask? If not, does it appeal to you?

Imajte na umu da je ova maska prilicno intenzivnog djelovanja. Ne samo da uklanja visak sebuma i sjaja - takodjer moze na duge staze da pomogne u njegovom regulisanju. No treba obratiti na optimalno koristenje inace bi se precesto nanosenje moglo obiti o glavu. Svi vec znamo kako agresivno uklanjanje sebuma moze djelovati kontraproduktivno. U tom je slucaju je moguce da narusimo balans koze te da ona u svojoj samoodbrani proizvede jos vise sebuma sto, pretpostavljam, nitko ne zeli. Ukoliko vam je koza osjetljiva, takodjer oprez kod koristenja ove maske - testirajte je na malom podrucju prije nego je nanesete na cijelo lice. Ovo nije cudotvorac ali njenu korisnost zaista je tesko poreci. Isusuje bubuljice, uklanja visak sjaja te cak suzava pore no samo kratkotrajno. Takodjer blago prociscuje mitesere, no nista senzacionalno. Ukoliko koristite ovu masku 1-2x sedmicno, voljeti cete je i koristiti ce vam. Zelene je boje zbog zelenog pigmenta. Po pitanju teksture, vise slici Montagne Jeunesse maskama nego Lush Mask of Magnaminty jer nije gusta niti zrnata poput nje. Ukoliko je vasa maska dosta gusta, to znaci da se vec dosta isusila. Stoga obratite paznju da uvijek cvrsto zatvorite tubu cepom jer se glina u kontaktu sa zrakom brzo susi. Mirise identicno kao pasta za zube sto ne treba cuditi jer mnogo pasti za zube sadrzi kaolin. Miris mi nije idealan no mogu ga tolerisati. Imajte na umu da je dosta intenzivan. Maska mi nikada nije izazvala zarenje koze ni iritacije no ne nanosim je na otvorena ostecenja te bih i vama preporucila isto. Da li ste mozda isprobale ovu masku? Ukoliko ne, da li bi zeljele?

Mint Julep mask freshly applied & completely dry / Mint Julep maska svjeze nanesena i potpuno suha

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