the holidays are not the same without lush’s rudolph!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer… he has a shiny nose, y’know?

I was going to wait until I launched the new site to write this review but I am so excited about this product that I just couldn’t wait!

Last week I stopped in at Lush to see what those fresh face masks were all about. They swatched three of them on my arm – Love Lettuce, Oatifix and a holiday limited edition called Rudolph. I will be honest, I had a very difficult time choosing and went back and forth a few times. But in the end, I chose Rudolph. I figured, it’s only available during the holidays so now would be the time to try it!

Picking a limited edition can be a good or bad thing. Good because it’s the holidays and it’s fun to try new holiday products! Bad because if you fall in love with it, it won’t be there after the holidays. So which one is it? Good or bad? Well, let’s move on to my review and I will answer that question later.

lush fresh face mask - rudolph.

lush fresh face mask – rudolph.

Meet Rudolph. Note the shiny nose. 🙂

As Rudolph is a fresh face mask, it does not contain any preservatives and needs to be refrigerated. It is described as “A soothing, balancing mask with fresh cucumber and calming calamine powder” and the directions show that you have to apply the mask to your face and then place the red jelly on your nose just so you look like a red nosed reindeer. What a novel idea!

shiny nose.

shiny nose.

great directions lead to shiny noses.

great directions lead to shiny noses.

I tried this mask a week ago and I also put it on tonight after my post workout shower. It’s a Friday night in and it was a long week at the office so why not? A little R&R never hurt anyone.

When I was putting it on, I noticed that it has a rather thick consistency which can make it a bit clumpy and difficult to spread evenly on your face. Next time, I am going to try to add a little bit of water to see if it helps. The instructions say to leave the mask on for 5 – 10 minutes so I left it on for 10. When it was time to wash the mask off, it took a little bit of effort but it was worth it. My skin never felt better! My face felt fresh (likely due to the cucumber) and soft. I then put on my trusty toner and moisturizer to end.

sorry so fuzzy.

sorry so fuzzy.

So to answer my question from before, I’m leaning towards this being both a good and bad thing. Good because I just discovered a great product! Bad because it’s only available during the holiday season. Extra bad in this case because you can’t even stock up for the rest of the year because it will spoil.

That being said, I am going to enjoy it while it lasts and hope it returns next year! Perhaps when this disappears, I will switch over to Oatifix. That was my second choice.

I’m giving Rudolph 5 pixel stars out of 5.

This product was purchased with my own money.

beauty review. garnier miracle skin perfector.

daily all-in-one bb cream.

sample packet of garnier skin perfector in "light"

sample packet of garnier skin perfector in “light”

Happy Thursday everyone!

As I continue to load my new Alex drawer from Ikea, I am finding products that I forgot I even had left, right and center!

One of the products I found – well, it is a sample really – is the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector (Light).

This BB Cream came as a bonus in my June 2012 Topbox (yes, that was ages ago!) and I received three of these sample packets to try.

Now that I think about it, I think the reason why I haven’t tried it before is because it says the sample is “light”. I am an NC30 or NC35 skin tone when it comes to MAC so “light” doesn’t usually describe me.

What is a BB Cream, you ask? It is a blemish balm or beauty balm. These originated in Asia but soon enough, North American brands started producing them as well. The first one that hit Canada was from Marcelle which I tried and really liked! But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t try others.

how it looks on my hand.

how it looks on my hand.

My first impression when I opened it was that it wasn’t as light colored as I thought it would be. In fact, it matched my skin tone quite nicely once I rubbed it in. I was quite impressed! Though, now I wonder if lighter skin tones are able to use this. It may be too dark. I’m not sure.

You don’t have to use much of the product to cover your face. Each small packet lasted me at least 3 or more days. I applied the BB cream to my face using my fingers. On my fingers, I thought the consistency was a bit thick and sticky. I do wish it was a little bit lighter. I don’t usually have oily skin but I found that my face felt oilier when I put it on. I was definitely aware that I had something on my face. I’m not sure if I like that because I would have thought that the BB cream would go on similar to a moisturizer. At first I thought it was the humidity but it’s not humid anymore so that can’t be it.

the cream fully rubbed in on my had.

the cream fully rubbed in on my had.

At the end of the day, I don’t think I had much left on my face. At least, I didn’t see much when I was wiping off my makeup. This makes me question the longevity of the product throughout the day.

It may just be my preference but I really do prefer a lighter BB cream that I can put on and forget that it’s on my face. Not lighter in terms of color but lighter in terms of consistency. This was just too thick for me.

While I don’t think I would purchase a full sized bottle for myself, I think this is still a very good product that provides great value. You can find this product in your local drugstore for around $15 CDN or even less if it’s on sale or if you have a coupon.

In the end, I am giving this product 3 out of 5 pixel stars.

Enjoy your evening everyone. The weekend is just around the corner!