Five of my favourite face masks

I’ll be straight with you. These are not my 5 all time favourite masks. But I am obsessed with face masks, and I want to talk more about them! Think of this as part one of an introduction to my mask collection. These masks are all very different, and funnily enough I realised I’ve managed to pick five from different countries and different skin concerns! Let’s get stuck in!

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Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask – A New Zealand skincare brand, Antipodes have some of the nicest smelling products in the world, the Manuka honey reviews are really good – their hand creams are divine, and I’ve been dreaming of their Juliet Brightening Cleanser for years (soon, my love…). I was very cautious about trying this mask because a lot of people with sensitive skin do react to honey in cosmetics. But I’ve found it to be unbeatable on problem areas! I don’t usually put it all over my face, but when I get hormone-chin it is The Best. It hydrates, soothe redness and inflammation, and purifies with the honey’s antibacterial properties. I will also often dot it on spots when I get in from work and leave it there until I go to bed.

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Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask – Origins are well known as The Mask Brand, and rightly so, their masks are out of this world. But I especially love this active charcoal mask both for myself when my skin is super congested, and for my boyfriend, who has oily skin and open pores. Because I trial a lot of skincare products, some of them don’t work for me and I do occasionally have a skin meltdown where a cleanser hasn’t been working well enough, or a face oil has been way too thick for me. This is my go-to rescue mask for when that happens – over the course of a couple of week’s use it clears my pores and prevents them from turning into spots. Love it.

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Tony Moly Aloe Sheet Mask – This is probably the simplest sheet mask of all time from one of the most famous South Korean skincare brands. With aloe vera to soothe and bamboo water to hydrate, this is a seriously cheap and cheerful mask that anyone can try. It leaves your skin plump, soft and calm. I’ve tried more complicated sheet masks, and they are great, but for me I like to be careful about what I leave on my skin (remember with these other masks they get washed off) so this has become my go-to for when my skin needs a moisture boost.

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Lush Rosy Cheeks Mask – Ok so I may have about 20 favourite masks but if I could only choose one as my all time favourite, it would be this. A pink clay mask with a beautiful rose scent, this mask has everything. Kaolin to draw out impurities and deeply cleanse, glycerin to hydrate, calamine powder to calm redness or irritation and rose extracts to soothe and balance. Honestly, it does everything, and it leaves your skin feeling absolutely wonderful. This is one of my top five all time skincare products. It is absolutely incredible.

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Caudalie Moisturising Mask – Everyone needs a moisturising mask in their collection, and this is one of the best. With hyaluronic acid to hydrate, grape water to soothe (also hydrate) and reduce sensitivity, and Vinolevuere, a hydrophilic active ingredient that draws water into the skin as it’s absorbed, this is a powerhouse of a moisturising mask. It also contains grape-seed oil, a nourishing but light oil packed full of anti-oxidants that will both nourish and protect your skin. This mask can be used on the eye area, which most masks can’t, so if you’re into multi-masking you can always put this around your eyes to give them a treat too.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this mini world tour of my mask collection! If you have any questions about any of these, let me know in the comments.

 

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Tony Moly I’m Real Aloe Moisturizing Sheet Mask Review

By now, everyone knows that Korean sheet masks are the holy grail for radiantly hydrated skin. Backed up of course, by the stunning skin of the Korean actresses, celebrities and bloggers who tell us they use them daily! I wanted to share with you my favourite sheet mask, which also doubles as being a really great intro to the world of sheet masks.

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Tony Moly is a brand that knows how to balance adorable packaging with amazing skincare. My boyfriend loves their Egg Pore range (shaped, of course, like an egg) and I love their Peach hand cream and lip balm – both of which look and smell like peaches (although dirtier minded friends of mine think they look like nipples – I have no idea what they’re talking about).

When I was in Sephora in Paris looking for a suitable sheet mask to introduce me to their many wonders, this one was the first to catch my eye. It seemed like a perfect option for my sensitive, dehydrated but otherwise fairly normal skin. I didn’t need a nourishing mask and I didn’t need a brightening one – quite apart from not really needing those qualities, I was worried about what those added ingredients would do to my skin. The main ingredient in this one is aloe vera so I felt safe trying it out.

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And I have to say, I wasn’t wrong! I was hooked as soon as I applied the cooling, saturated paper to my face. It smells gorgeous, a very subtle, natural scent, and it feels soothing as soon as it touches the skin. The most important ingredients are all hydrating: glycerin, panthenol, water, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera extract and bamboo juice. There’s also star anise extract for an antioxidant effect. It’s a very simple, cheap and cheerful sheet mask.

The mask fits really well to your face – I know in the picture it’s quite wrinkly but I was being lazy, and it also sticks really well in case you have to get up to hunt for your phone or  answer the door or something. After you remove it, the liquid absorbs beautifully as you massage it in, and the skin is left plump, smooth and radiant. I like to bring some of the liquid down and massage it onto my neck and chest too – skincare doesn’t stop at the chin! I really recommend it if you’re simply looking for a hydration boost, have sensitive skin or aren’t sure where to start in the world of Korean Skincare.

You can get Tony Moly Sheet Masks from Sephora and Cult Beauty for £6. But to be honest, I get mine from eBay for £2.10 each and free shipping. It depends on whether you want to take the risk or not to be honest. The seller I get them from has 100% positive feedback from 1500 people…so I’m happy to trust them. It’s totally up to you.

Korean Skincare Review: It’s Skin Self Care Foot Peeling

Recently I indulged my curiosity and paid (literally, haha) a visit to YesStyle.co.uk, a wonderful website where you can buy all kinds of beauty products. They’re mainly Asian ones from Korea and Japan, but I think the focus is just generally brands that are popular in these places, as brands like Clarins and Olay are on there too. Well, whatever their raison d’être, they’re amazing, and you get free shipping to the UK when you spend over £20. I would have been harder pressed to spend under £20!

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Here are my purchases – I cannot wait to tell you about the other two. But first, the foot peel. This thing. I mean, whatever crazy magic is in that box I don’t know, I really have no idea what it’s made out of that gives it the ability to do what it does. All I can say it that it is INCREDIBLE. Get yourself over to YesStyle.co.uk immediately and buy one. I can barely even think straight I’m so impressed.

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It’s unlike any other product I’ve ever used, because for the first few days (for me it was a week) NOTHING HAPPENS. Your feet look exactly the same. Then, all of a sudden, you’re shedding skin like a snake. I’ve seen photos of some people literally loose the dead skin in one go when using this. For me it flaked off instead, but still its incredible how much softer and smoother my feet are. They’re still flaking, but I couldn’t wait any longer to talk about it! It’s so weird, fun, disgusting and fascinating.

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The first thing you notice is how ludicrously adorable this is. I’m not sure how they got that baby to do that with its feet, but whatever. South Korea really knows what its doing, with its skincare and packaging, I’m telling you. They also really like to have special lightweight travel strollers for their babies, they often customize them themselves with art made at home.

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The only other thing in the box are these booties. I mean, its ridiculous, this whole process was a delight from start to finish. I get to wear BOOTIES for an hour and a half?! It’s Skin, I love you.

So, you put a bootie on…

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They have an absorbent paper lining which helps to hold the liquid onto your feet, and to stop it sloshing out. They also have ties which you do up after pouring the liquid in, so they don’t fall off if you have to walk about.

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I offer no apology for the sorry state of my leg/foot in this photo. Frankly, I’m about to link you to a picture of my peeling sole, so consider this your preparation. Anyway…you pour the liquid in, using one foot shaped sachet for each foot (funnily enough). I didn’t open them very well so the liquid spurted out a bit, but because I wasn’t 100% sure what it was made out of I didn’t want to use my scissors! That was probably silly, as I think its mainly fruit acids…so use scissors if you want.

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So there you are! That’s it for the next hour and a half. I settled in for three quarters of Pacific Rim, some Rosehip Tea and a bit of chocolate. If you’re super organised you could even do a face mask. I was wary of walking around in the booties, but actually if you tread carefully they’re surprisingly resilient – no leaks at all. When the hour and a half is up, you rinse your feet in warm water, pat dry, and leave them alone.

You can expect the peeling to happen anywhere between four days and two weeks, and when it starts just be aware that you either have to have understanding housemates or wear socks ALL the time. It’d be like a gross version of Hansel and Gretal otherwise. One other tip I’ll  give you DO NOT pull at any of your peeling skin. If you see something you think is a half-flake, and pull it, you’ll find that the bit that’s still attached is literally still part of your skin. Ouch.

Want to see my feet two weeks after I used it? HERE YOU GO! That was about halfway through the peeling – they’re very soft now although lots of bits are still coming off and some more bits are just starting as well.

I am besotted with this product, and its only £8.90 from YesStyle.co.uk! Give it a try, I’d love to know if you enjoy your gross foot peeling as much as I did.