The internet and its ability to connect people from all over the world can be a help or a hindrance to a beauty junkie like me. I may be perfectly happy if I only had access to the products on the shelves at my local Priceline, but I’ll never find out. Instead, I am bombarded daily with more skincare and makeup products I could possibly use in a lifetime by way of advertising, social media, review websites and socialising with friends. If I could turn it all off, would I? No way! I love my daily beauty fix and I’m thankful for the worldwide access today’s connectivity provides.
One of the joys of online shopping is the ability to acquire products that are not available in your home town or country. For those of us not in the US, UK or Europe this has been a blessing. It’s often hard to get our hands on the things we see lining the pages and screens of our favourite magazines and websites. One product I have been curious about and keen to test out was the infamous Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque which was able to make its way to my doorstep from the lovely people at iHerb.
One word of warning about online shopping; do your research, especially in regards to shipping costs. Before I ordered from iHerb I had a quick look on eBay and I kid you not, someone was selling this $4 mask for $100!! Really, one hundred dollars. Be careful. I’ve ordered from iHerb before and their prices, shipping and delivery is awesome. It was a no brainer to order from there. I got the Mint Julep Masque and an Apricot Natural Facial Scrub for $15.58 including the postage, bargain!
Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Masque has cult status. It’s cheap and apparently it works. A friend of mine raved about it and the reviews on Makeupalley range from absolutely glowing-can’t live without it to thoroughly unimpressed. For the few bucks it cost I thought it was worth a shot. I love clay masks and even though this contains potentially irritating ingredients such as fragrance, I was willing to overlook its shortcomings.
Whoa, the mint fragrance is so strong, talk about fumes! I admit it does sting my eyes a little but I never put clay masks up to my eyes so really it’s the smell that causes the tears to flow. It’s seriously minty. Apart from the scent, it’s a light green, thick clay based mask in a huge tube. It spreads on easily and I always squeeze out more than I need. I put on quite a thick layer but you could easily dilute it with a bit of water for a sheerer coverage. The usual clay mask thing happens next; it dries, you can’t move your face and end up scaring the dog and possibly the postman if he comes to the door. I was worried about washing it off as I had read that it can be difficult to remove but I followed my usual procedure of laying a warm, wet washcloth on my face for a minute and it came off easily without too much scrubbing.
The mint scent had me wondering if I was going to be lobster red once this came off, but no, my skin seemed fine. Yep, just fine. It wasn’t amazingly glowy and clear, but it was soft and smooth which is really all you can ask for in a mask. Will I order again when this runs out? No. There’s too many other fish in the sea to try. I’ll definitely use this up though, I like it, and in terms of soaking up oil and leaving my skin feeling happy, it works as good as any clay mask can.
The other product I got was the Apricot Natural Facial Scrub and boy is it scrubby. It’s a little too rough in my opinion. I know that scrubs are generally bad for your skin and I try to limit my usage (I like them too much to go cold turkey), but this one feels like it’s ripping great holes in your dermis. I like the result, (it feels wrong to say that) but my skin really feels smooth afterwards. However, I know it’s bad for me and I end up with major scrub remorse. This product uses walnut shell as the abrasive particles and it smells a like almonds or marzipan. It reminds me of the old Apri Scrub and has a very similar texture. Ouch! I think this will end up being used on my body, or possibly end up in the bin which is disappointing but, them’s the breaks. At $4 a tube it was a cheap experiment that I do not regret in any way.
If you are interested in any Queen Helene or other brands on iHerb then I absolutely recommend shopping with them. You can get the lovely Real Techniques brushes from iHerb too if you can’t find them where you live. Yay for internet shopping!
Online store: iHerb