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Mask Monday | REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

This one is a revisit since I've already waxed poetic about this mask.

Honestly there isn't much more to say that isn't in that post. This is a product I will have in my arsenal as long as it's being made.


I went from a sample size to the mama jamma and I still think it's worth every cent. Something I didn't mention in the initial review that I absolutely love this product for, is its ability to "ripen whiteheads". Now I know you're not supposed to pop your pimples but every once in awhile I do. When I notice one that isn't quite to the surface this is the product I use to make them extraction ready 💪

REN Clean Skincare is available locally from Pure Source Barbados. Let us know if you've tried any of their products.

Mask Monday | DIY Clay and Charcoal Mask

Housekeeping: Shai Simone please contact me via lucinda@modenmakeup.com asap.

I had dis hey tuh do eva long time since...but how my laziness set up 😒 In hindsight, that was totally unwarranted because it's an easy process.


I've purchased Rhassoul Clay before from Pure Source Barbados but this handy travel sized packet came from Healthy Kinks. "Rhassoul clay is rich in magnesium, silica, potassium, and calcium, which all help to nourish your skin. The molecular structure of Rhassoul clay gives it a unique ability to absorb excess dirt and oil, as well as extract impurities from the skin. (That’s why Rhassoul clay used as a face wash or face mask is so effective!)"1 A smart beauty blogger would have measured how much clay she used...but alas...in the Caribbean we accustomed to eyeballing things right? Right.


The desired outcome is a paste so use enough to achieve that. I added two activated charcoal capsules but I think one would have been sufficient. $16.85BDS for 50…

Would I Repurchase? Lancome Grandiose Mascara

After I fell in love with Hypnose Drama I tell myself Lancome mascaras like dem is de 🔌 So when this Grandiose was released with much hype I was excited.

Lancome says: "The 1st swan-neck™ mascara is bent to work with the shape of your face for unprecedented access to all lashes. Corner-to-corner, root-to-tip giving the ultimate in length, lift and volume. Only mascara focused on 3 aspects: Wand + Brush + Formula (most only address brush and formula).
Patented swan-neck ™ wand allows you to reach every lash from corner to corner, working with the contours of the face and eye Elastomer molded brush in monoi flower shape allows for maximum and even deposit of the formula, even the smallest lashes are coated.

Formula is ultra black glossy, quick drying and is the only formula with rose-cell extract so lashes remain soft and supple.

Formula contains less waxes for intense color with no smudging or flaking through the day."

It took a while for this to reach our shores but once it did…

Save or Splurge | Exfoliators

If you want to catch up on this series read the first post here.

I hope my preamble is never too boring for you to get through; I just like to provide context. It's important that you know why I'm thinking what I'm thinking. So, I had to separate cleansers from exfoliators cause these have to be viewed under a different set of parameters. Initially, I thought I would even further separate physical exfoliators from chemical ones but the more I look at my stash I realise that isn't an accurate reflection of the products I've tried.

Recently I saw this hilarious post from Lotus Touch Beauty:


#factsonly 😀
So save or splurge? Splurge (within reason).

This one really comes down to knowing your ingredients. Especially if you have sensitive skin. All of my favourite exfoliators feature a physical component - some agitator that activates when you rub the product on your face - and acids and/or enzymes that "eat away" at the top layer of the skin. Check out the po…

Mask Monday | Boscia Charcoal Pore-Minimizing Hydrogel Mask

First a bit of housekeeping: Alicia Norville please email me at lucinda@modenmakeup.com pronto 😉

So all those masks were for this series...and what better way to start than with your request. Marsha said she was interested in the Charcoal mask; here we are. I should really start by saying that I've never used a sheet mask of any type before despite having a few around here for a couple years. Then when the hype around them went into overdrive I was super skeptical. Hopefully by the end of it all we'll see if they're worth it or not.

From their site: "Innovative 100% hydrogel mask that minimizes the appearance of pores, purifies, and smoothes skin texture. Custom 2-piece design seals in treatment benefits and allows Bamboo Charcoal and Marine Collagen to gently and thoroughly remove blackheads and absorb impurities for a soft, refined, and renewed complexion. “Noticeable pores a major task? Not when you have this hydrogel mask!”

Skin benefits

boscia Hydrogel Mask Innova…

Eyeshadow Declutter

For how much I love and prefer coloured pencil eyeliners over eyeshadows I can't believe how difficult this was for me. It's ridiculous.

After going through my collection, I could only manage to part with the following...


I can't remember if I've used those DIY palettes since making them but after the depotting stress I went through, those ain't going anywhere. Apart from those I still have three large palettes, two small ones and bariffle of pigments. How sway?

Hopefully I can tackle this again at the end of the year and actually make some progress 😔

Have you decluttered anything recently? Let us know in the comments.