I know what you're thinking; " where has Sam been and why has she abandoned us?" Truth be told, with all of the New Years commotion going on and the school semester staring up, I've been running around like a mad woman. Forgive me? Good. I'm glad we were able to address that and get past it.
The best part about my absence was the fact that I had some time to really dig deep and try products that I know would benefit my readers! So here we go.
First on my list was LUSH's Brazened Honey Mask. I stumbled across this mask's existence through a Refiner 29 post I read a couple weeks back. Incase you missed the article, I suggest you check it out (here). The Brazened Honey Mask is part of LUSH's "Fresh Face Mask" line. The Fresh Face Mask line is made up masks (obviously) that are crafted with fresh and "active" ingredients. The term "active" refers to biologically active ingredients like fresh juices, free range eggs, etc. That's a big clue that the mask must be refrigerated and should be used before the expiration date. The fact that there are fresh eggs or juices in your mask means for a better skin experience. Your epidermis (I'm getting fancy here) reaps the full benefits of active ingredients instead of the processed chemical versions.
One of the biggest benefits of using the Brazened Honey Mask is its ability to repair congested skin. Congested skin is no joke and it can strike whether you're in the harsh cold of winter or soaking up the sun on a regular basis. What is congested skin, you ask? Good question. The trickiest part to identifying whether you have congested skin is that it could happen to anyone. You don't have to have acne or hyper pigmentation; congested skin is the build up of dead skin cells that lead to dull looking skin and "blackheads." Ever wonder why you have those persistent blackheads that won't go away? Most times it's the dead skin buildup (gross!) and not dirt or oils trapped in your pores. Fortunately this problem can be remedied through gentle exfoliation and the Brazened Honey Mask is here to save the day (I mean skin).
- What's In It: Some of the key players in this mask include; Honey (attracts/ retains moisture, antibacterial, reduces inflammation, moisturizes), Kaolin (exfoliates, cleanses), Fresh Lime Juice (skin brightening), Free Range Eggs (Vitamin A, regulate sebum production), Almond Shells & Almond Oil (Vitamin E, gentle exfoliant), to see a full list of ingredients and how they affect the skin click (here).
- How to use it: I read a lot of reviews pointing out the semi-unpleasent scent of the mask; so before I opened the "pot" I had expected a wave of egg smell. Fortunately, I did not experience this. I actually quite enjoyed the smell. Perhaps it's the honey that delighted my senses. You be the judge of that. I would recommend that you use the mask after you have showered and properly washed your face. Proceed by generously applying the mixture all over your visage. I'm talking everywhere: nose, chin, forehead, the whole kit and caboodle. Then we wait. I wouldn't recommend waiting until the mask is "fully dried" but rather 10-12 minutes. This mask works wonders but it is also an exfoliant and you don't want to over dry your skin.
Once your 10-12 minutes are up, time to rinse. Remember how I said that congested skin can be fixed through exfoliation? When rinsing the mask, I try to make gentle circular motions to really buff out any dead skin, dirt, oils, that could be left behind. Pat dry and voila! Be sure to give your skin some time to "calm down" before applying any moisturizer. But I must stress, post mask moisturizing is necessary for this product. I would repeat this mask 2-3 times a week, preferably every other day. You don't want to over exfoliate.
- My Overall Experience: After my first use, I did notice my complexion looking a little "brighter" and I did shed some of that "tired" skin. It wasn't until I used the mask a second time that I noticed my blackheads diminishing (dramatically). The Lime Juice really helped lighten dark spots I had from acne scarring (I noticed this the 4th time I had used the mask). I did have to moisturize after using the mask, not the biggest deal but it is something I should note. I have already finished my first "pot." Depending on how much you apply each time, you can get 4-5 masks out of the pot and it will only run you $7!!!! It's such a steal. I would highly recommend this product and have already purchased another mixture of the Brazened Honey Mask.
Feel free to check out the Brazened Honey Mask on LUSH's website along with their other "Fresh Face Masks" or pop into a LUSH location near you! I hope this review helped and I would love to hear from those who have used the mask in the past! See you guys soon!!!
- XO, Sam