6 Jun 2012

Queen Helene the Original Mint Julep Masque Review

The first time I used the mask, I applied it on my face quite thinly, (due to its consistency), and left it on for 15 minutes, and then I washed it off. Once on your skin, within the first minute you get this stinging sensation, that kind of feels like burning. The sensation is not very pleasant at all, but it doesn’t last for that long, so is pretty bearable. Before I go any further, may I just add, that due to the thick consistency of this product, it was really hard to wash off. With scrubs and masks, I tend to remove them, with my hands and warm water. With this mask (or rather masque), after rinsing my face with water 3 times, I STILL had product on my face. After seeking additional help from my trusty face towel (flannel), I managed to remove the leftover product. My skin felt very, very DRY after using it. Now FYI, my skin type is dry and sensitive, but this mask made it even drier. I was very disappointed as I had read numerous reviews that waxed lyrical about this product.





Product's Ingredients:
WaterAqua , Kaolin , Bentonite , Glycerin , Zinc Oxide , Propylene Glycol , Sulfur , Chromium Oxide Greens CI No. 77288 , FragranceParfum , Phenoxyethanol , Methylparaben

03/06/12

I decided to give this product one last try, as I refused to believe, that this product wouldn’t work for me. After reading other reviews on this product, a lot of people recommended leaving this masque on for an hour, or leaving it on overnight for optimal results.
Applcation Method: I didn’t wet my face before putting the masque on, I just put it on my dry face. I kept it on or about 50 minutes, and when I went to take the masque off, it had dried up and started to crack. As the product had dried up, it was even harder to remove than last time. However, unlike last time, when I did remove the mask, my face did not feel half as DRY, as it did last time, but really soft and smooth. Now the product claims to ‘rinse away blackheads (and) shrink enlarged pores’ but I have not seen such results.
My final thoughts on this product: Please cleanse before applying. Apply generously before application, as this really will make a difference. The first time I used this product, I decided to skip that part and as a result, the product decided to skip giving me the full benefits, so please don’t make the same mistake I did. I’d recommend this product for oily skin, or combination skin that airs on the oily side, as it can be a tad drying. I have also heard that it can be an effective spot/acne treatment, if put on the problem area/(s) overnight. If you have dry skin, you will have to moisturize well afterwards. This product is very impractical, as it is not easily removed. This product is meant to be very similar to the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, so I wanna try that one next. Unfortunately, it only seems to be available in the US. If anyone has any idea, how I can get it over here, in the UK, please let me know. J
For optimal results, leave on for 45 mins- 1 hour/ when the product has dried to the cracking stage. All in all, the masque is alright, and not as AMAZING, as some people have claimed. If this masque was part of my skincare regimen, I would only use it once a week. The only reason why my first two applications, have such a short duration time between them is because I was retesting the product.




Where can you get one from? I got one from Sabina. You can get your one from your local Afro Carribean hair and beauty supply store.

Final thoughts:
Price -£2.49 (5/5) I think the price is pretty cheap and cheerful, and considering you get 33% extra product (59ml) for your money, as it’s a bonus pack, you can’t really go wrong. I would not recommend spending more than £3.50 on this product.
Smell- Mint/ Toothpaste (1/5) I normally like the smell of mints and toothpaste, but in this product I did not like the smell.
Texture/Feel- Toothpaste/Mud (1/5) I’m not a fan of the texture of the texture of the mask. IT's very thick and when it dries becomes hard which make it hard to remove.

Overall rating 2.5/5. Would I repurchase No?

As always stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo