Acne Skincare: LUSH Mask of Magnaminty

Acne Skincare: LUSH Mask of Magnaminty Review

It was never my intention to fall in love with LUSH products.  In fact, I started making my own bath bombs last year in hopes that I could never have to spend money at LUSH, mostly because I’m cheap. But acne is no joke. And neither is your acne skincare routine.

However, desperate times can make a gal do desperate things– like spring for a face mask in a fit of super low self-esteem to help her f!*#ing acne.  I didn’t want to love it.  I didn’t want to fall victim to the glory of LUSH products, and start handing them all my money.  But unfortunately, the face wants what the face wants.

Which is how I ended up with LUSH’s Mask of Magnaminty as an irreplaceable part of my skincare routine.

Mask of Magnaminty (Mag-na-mint-y) is a face and body mask. It is “packed full of peppermint, kaolin, and scrubby aduki beans for deeply cleansed skin”. It also contains bentonite gel, honey, evening primrose seeds, and african marigold oil, and a few other ingredients.

Let me break it down for you:

Peppermint oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A & C, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Vitamin C is great for the skin, as we all know.  And peppermint oil has antiseptic, and regenerative properties that are good for restoring your skin. The menthol that makes peppermint cooling and soothing is also good for the skin.

Kaolin is a soft clay. It helps exfoliate and cleanse skin.

Aduki beans are used as an exfoliant to cleanse and polish the skin.  Ground aduki beans also help absorb excess oil.

Honey is moisturizing and antiseptic.

Bentonite gel is soothing, absorbs dirt and oil, and promotes smoothing of the skin. It is used mainly for the base of a lot of LUSH products for it’s texture.

Evening Primrose Seeds are another exfoliating ingredient, with anti-inflammatory properties.

African Marigold Oil is antiseptic, anti-fungal, and has antioxidant properties that is good for soothing blemishes and inflammation.

Basically this mask is chalk full of skin soothing and cleansing goodies to help problem skin.  The exfoliants remove dead skin while the other ingredients pull dirt and oils, cleanse the skin to remove any dirt and bacteria that is causing breakouts, and then moisturize, sooth and reduce inflammation.

And let me tell you, it works.

Though I can’t get the change I can see in my skin to appear on camera with a before/after, I can assure you that my skin just glows and looks so much healthier after using this mask.  My skin tone is much more even, the redness from my blemishes and scars has softened, I don’t look as textured, and my skin just feels better. I use this about once per week in the evening, and love the results.

Also, a little bit goes a long way, so it is definitely worth the price for something that is not only a natural skincare product, but also effective. I got the smaller version, 4.4 oz, for around $14.00(ish)at the LUSH in Water Tower Place in Chicago. I have had it for a few months, have probably used it 10ish times, and still have maybe 3-5 more uses out of it. Not bad if I do say so myself.

Bonus: LUSH runs a recycling program. If you bring back 5 empty/clean LUSH pots with their little recycling logo on them, you get a free Fresh Face mask. How cool is that?

(Also, this is not a sponsored post what so ever, but hey LUSH, I’d definitely be open to it.  Make me a believer, huh? What other acne products do you have for me?!)

If you have acne prone skin, or have been feeling like your skin is just off lately, I would recommend trying out this mask.

What are your favorite LUSH products? Let me know!


GUEST POST: LORAC Mega PRO 2 Palette Tutorial

Today, we’re going to try something new and I’m hella excited about it! Today we’re going to talk about the LORAC Mega PRO 2 palette with a very special guest!

Meet Kimberly from BlogsForDays! Today she’ll be showing us a tutorial with the beautiful LORAC Mega PRO 2 palette! If anyone remembers, I lusted hard after this baby a few months ago, but didn’t get it.  As soon as I found out Kimberly had it, I had to have her on the blog showing it off.

Without further ado, I’ll throw it to Kimberly!

Guest Post: Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette Eye Make-Up Look

Hello Candidly Kelsey readers! With the invitation of the awesome owner of this blog, I am coming to you with a guest beauty post. My name is Kimberly! I’m so excited to be sharing this with you all because it is… a eyeshadow look tutorial! This is my first ever official makeup tutorial as a matter of fact… no, really! I’ve never posted a makeup tutorial on my blog or anywhere else. I’ve tried filming one before but it was a sad, sad, saaad excuse for a tutorial.

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Anyways, I’m super happy to bring you all this gold coppery smoky eye look using the LORAC Mega Pro 2 palette. I just recently got this palette and I don’t think I even did a swatching or review post on my blog as there are just sooo many shadows in this gorgeous set-up. This is going to take you step by step through how I got this look (with pictures!). Now I’m going to apologize in advance as I have terribly small eyes and that makes this not the best to watch because it looks so much better on the YouTube beauty gurus of the world.

Guest Post: Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette Eye Make-Up Look | Candidly Kelsey

Above are photos of the completed look! Even though this is purely an eyeshadow tutorial, I went ahead and showed you all what I chose for a lip color to go with it. You can obviously go less drastic with a nude color or pretty much any color you feel like you can rock with it!

Step One

I first took my Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer and applied that all over the lid and little under the eyes. After I will be taking Sugar and applying that all over the lid with a big fluffy brush to set the primer and give the rest of the shadows a good base to sit on top of. After that I took Porcelain and applied it to the brow bone with a flat concealer brush. Once that’s completed, I took Saddle and applied it in the crease, really blending it out with that same fluffy brush from before.

Guest Post: Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette Eye Make-Up Look | Candidly Kelsey

Guest Post: Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette Eye Make-Up Look | Candidly Kelsey

Guest Post: Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette Eye Make-Up Look | Candidly Kelsey


Guest Post: Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette Eye Make-Up Look | Candidly Kelsey

Step Two

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For this step, I took Black with the big fluffy brush from before and focused it mainly on the outer corner and slightly into the crease to give the look some more dimension and not be so natural looking.

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Step Three

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The next step was where the real colors came into place. First I took my NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk and applied it all over the lid just below the crease. I blended this out with my finger and then a bit with the concealer brush from before. After that I took my L’Oreal Infalliable Setting Spray to wet that concealer brush and applied Penny with the damp brush to really get the color to come through.

Guest Post: Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette Eye Make-Up Look | Candidly Kelsey

Step Four

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After I applied the Penny shade over the lid under the crease, I applied Gold Leaf on the very center of the lid to just make it pop a bit and get it more dimension with the concealer brush. I think these colors too great together. After that I just blended the shades so they didn’t cut off with harsh lines with the fluffy brush.

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Step Five

Next, I put Prosecco in the inner corner and a little bit into the inner corner, then I took Black with a smaller, straight brush and connected it to the rest of the shadows in the outer corner. I blended all of this with a small pencil brush. Then, I put NYX’s Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk on my waterline. Lastly, I applied Revlon’s Super Length mascara in the black shade (I don’t know if that’s the exact name or not).

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Lastly, if you want to add a dramatic lip with this like I did, then I applied NYX’s Velvet Suede cream lipstick in Vintage. And that completes this look!

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I really hoped you all enjoyed this little tutorial! I know it’s simple and not exactly hard but I enjoyed doing it for you all. I also love the LORAC Mega Pro 2, and am excited to try new looks with it. If you’re interested in more from me, you can visit me at! Thank you for reading! ?


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“Havana Nights” OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick

We need to talk about “Havana Nights”.

I’ve always been jealous of girls that can rock a bold lip.  Like they throw on a dark lipstick and then it’s like they stomp down the street circa Beyoncé walk in “Crazy in Love”. Those girls know they look good, and are confident.  They are probably never disheveled, or have cat hair covering their leggings.

I want to be one of those girls.

I’ve shelled out enough money for different lipsticks in the past year in my quest to find my perfect dark lip.  For awhile my go-to was Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte lipstick by Kate Moss in 107, which my mom hated. I wore it anyway because I am a rebel and it was funny to see her hate it so much.

Then this year I had a tiny love affair with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Copenhagen”.  Mixed with a wine-colored lip liner from NYX, it had great lasting power for the price, and didn’t dry out my lips. And then on a whim (and on sale!) I decided to splurge for the OFRA Cosmetics and KathleenLights collab “Havana Nights”.

KathleenLights Havana Nights OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks

And oh… Oh, girl. This is a good one.

If you’re someone like me who does not look good in pink tones, this is a shade for you– though I honestly can’t imagine it being a bad shade on anyone! It’s a dark red, but with a rusty vibe and brown undertones. In some lights in looks brown, in others it looks like a blood red. Like a vampy princess.

The formula is great. It’s not a stain, so it does keep some tackiness that a lipstick does, but the staying power is awesome.

My wear test for this baby included a power-hour (AKA- drinking a shot glass full of beer every minute for an hour because why not), and three hours at a bar. I touched up halfway through the night, but when I got home I was still shocked at how great it looked. It had very minimal bleeding around the edges of my mouth, probably from repeatedly putting a shot glass to my lips, but other than that it still looked great.  It came off relatively easily by oil-cleansing my face like usual and giving my lips and extra scrub.

Like usual, my only complaint is the packaging. It’s a regular tube, but the name is a clear sticker on the the tub with black writing on it. The edges were already starting to lift when I got it, making it look a little cheap. Not sure if all OFRA liquid lipsticks are like this, or just Havana Nights, as it’s a promotional shade, but I was kind of disappointed. I love KathleenLights, so I was hoping for something a little bit more decorative that I would keep after the product was gone.

Overall, I’d give it 9/10 stars. Taking away one point for the packaging because I’m petty.



Favorite Winter Red Polish

I don’t know about you, but the after-Christmas slump of winter is hard for me.  There is virtually nothing to look forward to for months.  Nothing to feel festive about, other than hoping your toes don’t develop frostbite as you walk home.

So it’s no surprise I went back to a dark red nail polish mood. I’m pretty sick of my last bright orange red I wore during fall, and wanted something warm and cozy but also super low key. Winter is a time that I am constantly trying to slap lotion on my entire body.  And ain’t nobody got time to wait for their nails to dry when it comes to trying to combat alligator skin.

Favorite Winter Red Nail Polish: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure | Candidly Kelsey
Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure line is one of my favorites.  The fat brush gives a super easy application, and the formulas are always great.  They last forever with only minor chipping.  Perfect for winter when you’re shoving your hands in and out of gloves and pockets all day.
I discovered this shade “Maasai Red” at my mom’s house– and after this post goes live, she’ll realize that I promptly stole it from her after Christmas*– and I’ve been obsessed ever since.  It stays on forever, only takes two coats to get a good opaque color, and is the perfect deep red that screams winter to me.
I’ve already reapplied three different times since Christmas, and can’t imagine I’ll get sick of this one for awhile.  Add a coat of Essie Gel Setter Top Coat (which I’m having a loving relationship with at the moment) on top, like pictured, and I feel almost like I’ve got a salon manicure.

Not that you can see it, anyway. My hands are in gloves.Got a favorite winter nail polish? Something other than red? Let me know in the comments.

*Sorry Mom, I did not mean to steal it.  Accidentally left it in my purse after taking it with me to Aunt Connie’s. Total accident, I swear. Total happy accident.


Morphe Brushes Haul and Review

Morphe Brushes: Cheap, Good Quality Make-Up Brushes

After being crazy impressed with my Morphe 35O palette, I made sure to hit the Morphe site on Black Friday.  I had a list of brushes I wanted after watching some beauty guru videos and listening to their favorites.  I am severely lacking in good eyeshadow brushes, so I picked out six that I wanted and were on sale. Though even if they weren’t on sale, most brushes are between the $5-$15 dollar range, depending on the line.  It’s been about a week and a half, so I have definitely formed opinions on them that I thought I’d share.

MB13 – Deluxe Blending Fluff Brush

This one is my absolute favorite.  It’s incredibly soft and picks up the shadows so well.  I never realized just how much a brush could make a difference in application until this using this one.  Where I used to use the fluffy side of the brush that came with my Naked palettes, this one deposits color so much better.  I’d have to say this is a must-have for pretty much everyone.

M209 – Chisel Pointed Brush

This one is less soft, but still gets the job done.  It does shed, which is extremely annoying.  I sort of expected better for the Morphe reputation than brush that sheds.  I use to for more detailed work, like darker colors in the eye crease, or packing color onto the outer or inner corner.  Thankfully, using a clean, fluffy face brush, I can usually brush all the tiny hairs away that shed so but it’s still a pain in the butt.  Maybe I got a bad one, but if it didn’t shed, I’d be much happier with it.

M151 – Small Chisel Fluff Brush

Good for reach small spaces to pack color on.  Haven’t had a problem with shedding for this one, and I really like using it for inner eye highlight, and to help add color to my bottom lash line.  It’s also good for adding extra color to the crease or outer eye when you’re touching up.

M332 – Fluffy Crease Brush

Again, the shedding.  Not a fan.  But because of it’s long bristles more blunt end, it is good for targeting color.  I do like using it for my crease, and for buffing out dark colors that I want to keep closer to my lash line– like a smokey eye.

M408 – Chisel Shader Brush

This one I got primarily for depositing lower-lash line colors. I wanted something short and soft I could use to smudge out colors.  The bristles aren’t at soft as I would like for something touching the most sensitive part of my eye, but it does the job.  I also like it to apply under-brow highlight.

Though, upon looking at the website to find these links, I’m pretty sure I meant to order the M508, not M408, which is advertised as an actual smudger brush.  Whoops! Total Kelsey Move.

B11 – Angled Eyeliner Brush

Yup, got this one for gel eyeliner.  I haven’t worn much gel liner in the past few weeks, but the few times I have used it, I was happily surprised at how much easier it was to put on with a proper brush like this.  It’s easy to get a good sharp angle, and it cleans up halfway decently immediately after using it.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I hate letting eyeliner dry on brushes.  It’s been washed maybe 3-4 times and has held it’s shape, so I’m happy!

Morphe Brushes: Cheap, Good Quality Make-Up Brushes

B11 • MB13 • M209 • M332 • M151 • M408

Overall, I was a tad disappointed, just because TWO out of six that I ordered shed bad enough to leave little hairs all over my face.  I don’t think I’ve lost faith in all of Morphe though, but I think I will steer clear of the Studio Line (which both of these brushes are from) from now on. Upon further inspection, not only are the bristles different, but the actual quality of the handle is different too.  I think I may have just ordered from a slightly undesirable line.

Anyone else Morphe Fans? Give me some brush recommendations! My next hunt will be for a fluffy brush great for highlighting– but not a fan brush!– and big fluffy face brush good for bronzing.  Which should I get?