Mud Masks of the Month from Shiny Leaf and 7th Heaven with a giveaway

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Mud masks are one of the first ever masks used. Back in the days of Cleopatra mud masks were considered a cure all for whatever ailed you.

I have two different types of mud masks that I’ve been using and enjoying and I’m excited to be able to give one of our Beauty Info Zone readers a chance to try them both.

Let me start with the unusual – at least to me – Shiny Leaf Dead Sea Mud Mask. Why is it unusual? It’s really a body mask and I haven’t used one of those before. Of course it can be used on your face too but it’s even better for your body. Here’s the routine

  1. Get a generous amount of the Shiny Leaf Dead Sea Mud mask and apply on the body.
  2. Apply on neck, arms, legs, and back until skin is evenly covered with the mud mask.
  3. Let product sit on the skin until it dries.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water carefully and pat skin dry after rinsing.

If you are using this on your body then you want to be near your bath so that you can wash it away. Face or body also have a washcloth ready to help with rinsing. But why do you want to use this mask?

How about the fact that it exfoliates, deep cleanses, and detoxifies? If that’s not enough it helps with problem skin like pimples, acne, and blackheads. That stubborn backne that you hate? Have you tried a Dead Sea Mud Mask on it? Ask a loved one to help you out and try for yourself. Shiny Leaf Dead Sea Mud Mask is 100% natural and it’s loaded with minerals. You are stimulating circulation with this mask on your face and/or body.

Shiny Leaf Dead Sea Mud Mask

I’ve only used this on my face and the results have been great. My face feels smooth as can be afterwards and makeup applies more evenly. I find it to be hydrating instead of drying.

Shiny Leaf Dead Sea Mud Mask

Here are some bonuses … it’s made in the US with mud from the Dead Sea in Israel. This is 100% natural and free of all additives (contains minerals like calcium, magnesium, iodine, zinc, potassium and bromide, which are all good for the skin). Plus it works in just 10 to 15 minutes. And the price is only $12.71 for an 8.8 fl. oz. jar that’s made of plastic so no worries if your hands get slippery. So far I’ve gotten 4 uses from the jar and have over half left. This goes on so smoothly and while it dries down well it’s not stiff.

COUPON CODE FOR 30% OFF!!  Add SHINY30S at checkout and you’ll get this for only $8.90. OMG!!!!! What a steal.

7TH HEAVEN CHARCOAL MASQUE is the second mud mask that you want to know about. I’ve reviewed a lot of different masks from 7th Heaven (also known as Montagne Jeunesse) and have always liked them. At $1.99 each these are great for several reasons besides their efficacy. 7th Heaven masks are great for travel since they are small enough that they take up virtually no room in your packing. When done, you can just toss it and not worry. If you’ve never tried a mask, mud or otherwise, it’s a great way to get into them and see if they are for you.

7th Heaven Charcoal Masque

This Charcoal Masque is especially great for combination and oily skin. While my skin is combo to dry I found this works perfectly on me to refresh my skin. I can’t tell you how much I hate seeing my pores but using this masque cleans them out making me happy again.

7th Heaven Charcoal Masque

7th Heaven Charcoal Masque – you can see the texture

The texture of 7th Heaven Charcoal Masque is different than Shiny Leaf. This is a heavier feeling mask that contains Charcoal Powder (helps absorb oil and impurities), Ground Black Lava, and Crushed Walnut Shell. You can feel the walnut shell, even though it’s ground finely, when you first apply the mask. But you won’t feel it once it’s on and it is gentle on your skin.

7th Heaven Charcoal Masque

This takes 20 – 25 minutes to completely dry and dry it does. You’ll feel your face getting stiff but it doesn’t crack and, other than looking ugly as sin, you can go about your business. My skin really glows after using this. I have been getting 2 uses out of each package though it’s meant for one use. I just don’t find that it makes a difference if I only use half a package. Have you ever been in Ulta with a coupon and you are just short of being able to use it? Go find this mask or another 7th Heaven mask and “spend” your money this way. You won’t be sorry!  —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY:  So that one US Beauty Info Zone reader can have the experience of both types of mud masks the prize (provided by the companies) will be a jar of Shiny Leaf Dead Sea Mud Mask and a package of 7th Heaven Charcoal Masque. A little bit of perfection for your skin. This giveaway is open through 7/29 at 11:59 pm EDT. Remember you must be an email subscriber and comment or your entries are invalid.

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Masks were sent for consideration as were the prizes. Don’t forget the coupon code for Shiny Leaf of SHINY30S.

 

Start your year with PÜR Cosmetics for some purely great skincare and cosmetics

There are so many products from #PURBEAUTY that get overlooked in our rush to share the latest and greatest. Since it’s a new year we decided that it’s time to share some of these with you to start the year off properly. We have 5 products that get overlooked but shouldn’t.                                                                     samples

SKINCARE:

There are three steps in the PÜR skincare family. Step one is In The Clear Clarifying Cleanser.

PÜR In The Clear Clarifying Cleanser

PÜR In The Clear Clarifying Cleanser

“Clear skin starts here. In The Clear is a multi-action cleanser that gently exfoliates with lactic acid, clarifies with tea tree oil and soothes extra oily, irritable and problem-prone skin. This clarifying cleanser calms and cools with lavender, peppermint and aloe vera, and is never harsh or over-drying.”

Step 2 is PÜR Dirty Girl, a great detoxifying mudd masque.

PÜR Dirty Girl

PÜR Dirty Girl

Marcia says: This is a great mudd masque. It contains Pascalite Clay which really helps to detoxify skin. It’s great for pore cleansing. I get clogged pores which make them look larger than I prefer so using a mud masque is perfect for clarifying them and keeping the ickies at bay.

PÜR Dirty Girl

PÜR Dirty Girl

PÜR uses soothing botanicals along with this detoxifying pascalite clay. It contains Calcium Bentonite to unclog pores and eliminate impurities; Cucumber Extract to soothe and calm the skin; and Salicylic Acid to gently exfoliate and renew.

PÜR Dirty Girl first applied

PÜR Dirty Girl first applied

It dries down quickly. It doesn’t crack off though it does feel dry once set. You decide how long you want to keep it on – from 5 to 20 minutes. I usually leave it on for 10 minutes.

PÜR Dirty Girl dried

PÜR Dirty Girl dried

I have to use a washcloth to completely remove it and then follow with a toner like Step 3.

Step 3 is Miracle Mist, to hydrate and set.

Pur Cosmetics Miracle Mist Hydrate and Set

Lisa says: Miracle Mist is a hydrating spray that also helps set makeup. It has over 70 essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids to pamper your skin. I find that I prefer it for setting mineral makeup over any other type of makeup – it’s pretty impressive for giving a polished appearance, giving mineral foundation and eyeshadow a fresh appearance and extending wear time.

Benefits:

  • Contains over 70 essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids
  • Instantly infuses the skin with vital moisture
  • Soothes and refreshes dry skin and hair with fulvic acid
  • Locks down mineral makeup for all-day perfection

If you have extremely dry skin this is a great product. It’s also very helpful for those times when powder makeup looks a little too powdery. If you need lots of hydration and love mineral makeup, Miracle Mist is effective, refreshing, and convenient to use.

Now that you know about these skincare items there’s a set that you can get to try them all out. It’s a PÜR Skincare Starter Set at ULTA that is only $29 and contains Simplicity Soothing Gentle Cleanser (0.5 oz.), Soak It Up Intense Hydrating Moisturizer (0.5 oz.), Miracle Mist Hydrate & Set (1.0 oz.), and Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mudd Masque (0.5 oz.). A great way to start a new year and refresh your skin.
Free Shipping on all U.S. orders over $40 at PurCosmetics.com – No promotion code needed!

PÜR Skincare Sampler Set

PÜR Skincare Sampler Set

COSMETICS:

Lisa says: While Marcia is getting her skin care on, I am getting my makeup on with PUR Volume Vixen 4-in-1 Full Volume Mascara with Keratin and Chateau Kisses Lip Gloss in Glitzy.

Volume Vixen 4-in-1 Full Volume Mascara with KeratinVolume Vixen 4-in-1 Full Volume Mascara with KeratinVolume Vixen 4-in-1 Full Volume Mascara with Keratin ($21): This is my go-to mascara. I only need one coat for tons of drama. I love the separation, the fullness, and the length – plus this jet black mascara doesn’t smudge. I also love how my lashes are soft, not stiff, which I think is a much more attractive look. Do lashes really look as good as false eyelashes like the claim? Not really, but they are as close as I’ve ever gotten with a mascara. This is a real winner.
Chateau Kisses Lip Gloss in GlitzyChateau Kisses Lip Gloss in GlitzyChateau Kisses Lip Gloss in Glitzy

Chateau Kisses Lip Gloss in Glitzy ($18):  I love this lip gloss. It has wonderful slip without being sticky, and the color lasts a nice long time. I think Glitzy has just enough shimmer to make my lips look bigger without looking like I am trying too hard. Isn’t Glitzy a gorgeous shade? There are seven more shades available and I swear I want every single one.

Wearing my PUR Cosmetics

Wearing my PUR Cosmetics

Marcia says: One last cosmetic item that just never gets talked about are Perfect Fit eyeshadow trios. There are a dozen different trios to provide beautiful colors for your eyes. Whether you like greens, browns, purples, or brights there’s a set for you. I have Wild Child which fits into my cosmetic life perfectly.

PÜR Perfect Fit Eye Shadow Trio in Wild Child

PÜR Perfect Fit Eye Shadow Trio in Wild Child

I buy too many neutrals so having this purple toned trio is a great change of pace and a reminder of why I wore purple on my eyes for years and years. With built-in firming ingredients and light-diffusing mineral spheres, each shade helps create a velvety smooth, crease-free finish.  My new favorite way to wear shadow is to use the darkest shade buffed smoothly onto my lid, take the middle shade from the lid up into the crease, and apply a highlight shade on my browbone. Wild Child fits perfectly. I love the lighter purple to give the illusion of lift. I use the highlight shade too in the inner tear duct. This is just right to give me the cool toned purples I like.

PÜR Perfect Fit Eye Shadow Trio in Wild Child

PÜR Perfect Fit Eye Shadow Trio in Wild Child

We hope to be back with more PÜR and some of their newest products but we’re happy to remind ourselves why we like the brand.

PÜR is sold at ULTA as well as their own website and Kohls. Samples sent for consideration, affiliate links in use

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac – what have you done to me?

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

I’ve reviewed a lot of masks from 7th Heaven and each has their own unique differences. The latest one to grace my face is the DEAD SEA MUD PAC. This is actually for combination and oily skin while I have combination/dry skin. But I’m not fussy about things like that since I already know how 7th Heaven masks work for me.

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7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

This is a once a week mask that is meant to draw out impurities and open blocked pores. Even though I’m no longer considered to be oily I still get blocked pores. Using this for the last month has helped with my pores, even my dermatologist noticed.

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

This mask has aromatherapy benefits too. The key ingredients are Lavender which is well known to be soothing and relaxing; Seaweed and Sea Salt. The mask is made with nutrient rich minerals that were harvested from the Dead Seas.

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac

While the mask looks blue on the package it’s a very light shade of blue so you won’t look like a Smurf. The mask hardens but never feels uncomfortable. It doesn’t crack off but it does crack when dry. I have no trouble removing this with just a washcloth after my 15 minutes are up but I always wash my face after anyway. I have gotten two uses out of each package, I just seal my package in a sandwich size zip bag and it’s good for one more time.

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac (right after application)

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud Pac (right after application)

You can find this and other 7th Heaven masks at Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kroger, Harmon Discount and KMart. Go from blue to beautiful with this $1.99 mask.  — Marcia

*sent for consideration

Time to play in the mud with Miracle Skin Transformer Mud Mask

Miracle Skin Transformer is providing more miracles for your skin – this time with their Miracle Revival Mud Skin Restoring Treatment Mask  ($38).

MST

Is this mud mask a miracle for your skin?

Who doesn’t love playing in the mud? It’s always fun to get dirty in the name of getting clean. I adore mud masks so I was thrilled when Miracle Skin Transformer sent the BIZ their new mud mask. This mask promises some real miracles for your skin – hydrated skin, improved firmness, redness reduction, wrinkle reduction, detoxification and protection from free-radicals. It even takes on uneven pigmentation and dark spots.

MST

Miracle Skin Transformer – a HUGE jar of mud

Inside the huge jar is what MST calls the M3 Complex, which is a combination of antioxidants and vitamins like green tea and mushroom extract, oat beta glucans, and extracts of the Resurrection Plant (boy that sure sounds like something that makes miracles happen!). It’s got bioactive silt from European lakes to invigorate the skin and Kaolin clay to help keep skin clear by drawing out impurities.

MST

mud never looked so good

The mask is applied to clean, dry skin.  It’s left on for 15 minutes, then rinsed off with warm water. I find it makes my skin tingle a bit, in a pleasant way. It smells sort of like mint. Afterwards, my skin is extremely soft and hydrated. I’ve been using this twice a week for a month, and my skin looks great.  I have definitely noticed an improvement in skin tone with less redness and an overall brighter complexion. If I have the beginnings of a hormonal outbreak, I use this mask and blemishes run away.

If you like mud masks, this is one to check out. I think it’s a total winner, it does everything it says and doesn’t dry out my skin at all.  Hooray for miracles and mud!  – Lisa

*pr sample

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque – a winner if I ever tried one

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque (from kiehls.com)

Has this happened to you? You’re “just looking” and you’re approached by a sales associate to see if they can help you. You ask a question and of course they have “just the product”. After listening you decide to buy it but then you get home and have doubts. If you are like me you probably have similar products at home. So are you second guessing your decision? Or maybe you are like me and say “but this one is by Kiehl’s!” That was my situation at the opening of the Somerset Collection Kiehls store in Troy, MI.

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque

My problem was a breakout on my chin. At my age I can’t believe I can still break out but I do and I need something reliable to have for those occasions. The very well informed salesperson recommended Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masquefor my chin. This big jar is $23 and weighs 5 fl oz, enough for a year easily. She told me to use the mask on my whole face or just my chin and that the breakout would be gone in the morning. Oh yea sure, like that’s going to happen!

peeking inside the Kiehl’s jar

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque is like an old-fashioned mask. It looks like gray mud or mixed cement in the jar. It hardens just like mud or cement would. I left it on for 20 minutes, took it off and that little bugger was still there. Darn. My skin looked great, especially my pores but I still saw that thang. I decided to dab on a little right on the breakout and go to bed with it on.
Next morning I still saw it but it was small. Took my shower and guess what was gone after washing?  She was right!  I still had some redness and I had some flakey skin but I didn’t have my zit. A little gentle exfoliation and some concealer and I was good as new (or in my case, good as old).

I can’t tell you about this any better than Kiehl’s can so read on: Our Rare Earth masque helps purify and detoxify skin while minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores. Formulated with Amazonian White Clay to gently draw out oil, dirt and toxins that can clog pores. The addition of Oatmeal and Aloe Vera will help soothe, hydrate and protect sensitive skin. I’ve since used this on my whole face and on my nose only to get at those nasty pores and loved how it’s worked on those areas.

Sometimes all the technology we are used to isn’t as good as the proven stuff. Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque is part of their original line. The company has been in business since 1851 and it keeps getting better. They know that bringing in the new doesn’t have to mean out with the old. Their Pore Cleansing Masque proves that point. Now I just have to hope my adult kids remember that lesson and don’t believe in “out with the old”.  — Marcia

p.s. For a look at the Kiehl’s store please check out 15 Minute Beauty. She’s the wise one and remembered her camera when we met to check out the store so I’ll leave the amazing pictures and descriptions to her.