March 6, 2013

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque Review

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

So you love Lush Mask of Magnaminty? Queen Helen Mint Julep Masque is the perfect way to get your Lush fix on the cheap!

At around $2.99 this delightful mint mask is the perfect treat for those that need to detox their pores.

Take a peek!

Ok, so, I do recommend it for those with combination or oily skin however, those, like me, who have dry skin you’ll have to practice a little caution. I tend to use this in the Summer when my skin is a bit more combo and I’m suffering from oily forehead, nose, and chin. However, in the Winter when I’m patchy around my cheeks this does make me drier and tighter. I like to use it maybe once a month in the Winter and once a week in the Summer.

Oily skin can probably get more use out of it as it does do a fairly good job of sucking up excess oil and mattifying skin!

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque Swatches

The mask was created to draw out impurities and dirt in pores. I don’t have larger pores outside of the ones on my nose which do have issues with blackheads. This smells exactly like Lush’s popular Magnaminty mask except it doesn’t have those tiny little pieces of chocolate in the mix. To me it kinda smells like mint ice cream or a big stick of mint gum. It’s a very pleasant scent. It has a cool, refreshing feel on my skin with a slight tingle when applied.

The mask is a thicker texture that dries down to a tighter, drier cracked version. You’ll leave it on 15-30 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water or use a wet wash cloth to take it off and rinse off any excess left behind after using the wash cloth.

My experience with the mask is it does indeed suck up all excess oil and leaves skin looking and feeling squeaky clean. The pores of my nose aren’t exactly cleaner after use but those blackheads need extracting as even a Biore Nose Strip can’t get to those bad boys. In the Summer it’s a really great way for me to draw out oil and keep it at bay. Since I’m not THAT oily to begin with it does a fairly good job mattifying my skin for a good week after I use it. In the Winter, I tend to use it when I want my skin to feel extra, extra clean…particularly after a work out or something when my skin feels gross, oily, and just dirty…..! It leaves skin tighter and drier in the Winter months but a little moisturizer easily gets rid of the tight feeling and my skin has a nice glow to it after use so it is worth the hassle.

If you’re looking for a mask to get your skin squeaky clean and to give it back a bit of glow when it’s looking lackluster this little mask is the perfect pick.

It retails for around $2.99-$3.99 in drugstores so you can’t beat the price.

Loves it.

Especially a nice pick for those who don’t want to dish out for Lush’s higher costing mint mask!

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque 3

I purchased this item.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • AnniLau

    I like a good clay mask, but sulfur gives me hives. Unfortunately, I used this mask several times before I realized sulfur was an ingredient…I just thought my skin was purging, but I suppose the itchiness should have been a clue.

  • Kris

    I have been using this since jr high/high school days! When friends came for a sleepover, we would always use this mask as part of our beauty regimen. Now I’m in my cough**latethirties**cough, and I still prefer it over expensive masks. Even my husband uses it on occassion after a fresh shave.

  • Lawgirl5

    This has a huge cult following and its under my bathroom sink right now. I like it but don’t use it often as it tends to stain my wash cloths. One would think I’d just use the same one just for this but that’s too organized and obvious.

  • Denise

    Muse–I’m older than you but I remember when this came in a tub and was a staple of every teenager back in the late 70s thru the late 80s! it was great! My skin is dry now so I probably wouldn’t use this but it sure does bring back memories!!!

  • Tiffany Martin

    I LOVE this mask. It helps out when I get pimples and I need them to dry up and die. I have oily, acne-prone skin though.

  • Danii

    It’s funny you reviewed this! I reviewed it last month for my own blog. I liked it, but of course, does nothing for my skin. My blackheads do look a bit better after using Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure or maybe I’m fooling myself. You can check out both reviews on my blog! (I know, I don’t smile in pictures but I hate smile in self-taken photos.XD Plus who wants to smile with a mask flaking off their face?)

    • the Muse

      danii def doesn’t do much for my blackheads either but does a great job giving me back a little glow and makes my face feel SUPER squeaky clean ;D

  • kimkats

    Wow – I used this stuff over 40 years ago when i was so very oily…. glad to see it’s still around – it really did help! one thing tho – I can stain your washcloths so rinse well with water and don’t use a good washcloth with it!!!

      • StellaDiva

        Yup! It came in a tub in the 70s. Same brand also had a hair treatment that reeked but we still used it.

      • StellaDiva

        By tub I mean large jar. Stuff was dirt cheap and there were not a lot of masks around. This is around the time that Après apricot scrub came out. The stuff made with ground up pits that tore your skin apart but you still used it.

        • Miss D

          Yup, my mother used this growing up and we still have a small jar of it in the bathroom- like this a lot! πŸ™‚

          • Logan

            Oh my god, I remember my mom having that apricot scrub when I was a kid, and I thought it was so grown up! I am in college now, and I was skyping her and had a jar of the mint julep mask in the background because I was getting ready for a pre-finals girls night, and she went on and on about how when she was in high school this was THE thing for sleepovers. I feel like if she loved it then, and I love it now, this stuff’s not going anywhere πŸ™‚

  • Ruth

    I just purchased this over the weekend and really enjoyed it. i have combo skin and it sucked up all the oil (and then some!) and left me squeeky! I too noticed that it didn’t get the blackheads from my nose, but not a whole lot of products do. I do a biore porestrip and then extract the rest; it’s a process. but squeezing out the gunk is pretty fun =D

    • the Muse

      same issue here, unless I get a drill those blackheads don’t wanna move, they need to be chiseled out.

  • JayJ

    This stuff has quite the following, but it didn’t do too much for me. I always use it Sunday night while folding laundry to keep my mind off stratching my face ha :). I’ve so far found the Oatmeal n Honey scrub to be a ton better but very strong-smelling.

  • Quinctia

    This is just such a classic product. I almost always have a tube of this kicking around. Every once and awhile, I just want to put on a clay mask, y’know? (I’ve got one of these and another brand’s “warming” mask right now. They’re both clay-based, so I just apply according to what sensation I want on my face that day, haha.)

  • MJ

    You can still get these in tubs at Sallys! This is one of the most reliable masks out there- not amazing, but one you can be certain is of good quality.

  • Lena

    Hi Muse,

    I think I found you about a month ago and I am in awe at how many products you review daily! Is your house just overflowing with products? You are definitely feeding my addiction!

    I bought this yesterday as I have very oily, acne prone skin. I definitely feel less shiny/oily today so I’m glad I purchased it!

    • the Muse

      hehe lena nice to meet you and yes, I have one room dedicated to my really awful beauty hobby πŸ˜€ I’m glad to hear it dear! Someone mentioned using it as a spot treatment on pimples which I thought was brilliant! I hope to hear from you again soon! Love chatting up with new readers! TGIF!

  • nuriz

    hi all,
    i have been using this mask too.
    just a lil tips,use this mask as your spot treatment on your zits.
    i usually leave it overnight,and my zits shrunk!

  • Lena

    Wow, I used this overnight on a few pimples and they completely dried out. Awesome!

  • Melzkel

    I love this stuff, have been using it for years. It’s a multi-use product for me. Not just a mask, but also spot treatment for the rare zit I get, it’s also wonderful on bee/wasp stings and insect bites, as it draws out the venom in the same way it draws out oil. Recently I had a weird crazy/itchy rash pop up on the topside of each arm, from my wrist to my elbow, and as a last resort after applying a ton of different things, I smeared both arms with this mask, and left it on all day and overnight on my day off–kept it mostly contained under long sleeves, as it was dusting off quite a bit lol–the next day my rash was 50% if not more, improved. I did it again that day, and it was mostly cleared up by the next morning.

  • Meg

    I love this mask! When I have really bad acne, I mix it with a pinch of salicylic acid gel or benzyl peroxide, and leave it on overnight. When I wash it off in the morning, my pores are practically invisible!

  • Cali

    I love this stuff; I use it every other day in the summer. Combo skin plus living in the desert is not a great combination. I get the best results when I use this stuff, rinse in warm water, then put a Biore strip on immediately after. It seems like the pore strips are much more productive after the mask pulls the gunk closer to the surface.

    Also a fab overnight spot treatment.