HD Brows on fleek!

…it was time to correct myself before I wrecked myself.

Years of tweezing and waxing have seen my eyebrows take on all of the geometric shapes they could muster, from the ‘comma’ to the ‘flatline’, they’ve done it all! In September, I decided to let my eyebrows grow out where they have been waxed and plucked in the hopes of a new shape presenting itself by years end. By November, it had become too much and there were only so many two-inch hairs I could pull out by hand, it was time to correct myself before I wrecked myself.

I have always lusted after beautifully arched and perfectly lined eyebrows; eyebrows that are matched to the facial shape without looking like they’ve been glued on. I am fortunate in that my eyebrows are still very thick and grow rather long (in the places that they grow) however they have always been relatively short on the ends and bushy as hell. A car accident in my early twenties left me with eyebrow scarring which I have learned to fill (thank you Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade) and dotted hairs line my unibrow. I would love to have my eyebrows microbladed to shape but now that I cannot tattoo (for the moment), it was time to do the next best thing…

H:Room business card and High Definition Brows patch test

High Definition Brows

I must be honest, I usually pop down to the high street salon (American Nails) and have my brows done for a fiver, this is just a tidy up of growth. This time, I did a bit of a Google and found H:Room in Reading that specialises in HD Brows and this concept that is relatively new to me but well known to others.

High Definition (HD) Brows is a bespoke concept, specialising in tailor making your eyebrows for you. This is about using various tools and techniques to give you the brows you so desperately desire by working with what you have and enhancing it. The process involves tinting, measuring, waxing, threading and some trimming to get your eyebrows squeaky fleek.

I called into H:Room to see what it was all about, they advised me that having not had HD Brows done before, I would need to get a patch test from them and make an appointment in salon. Naturally, I sent hubby down to the salon to pick up my patch test, book my appointment and put down the £15 deposit that the salon required (as a new client). The overall cost for the HD Brows treatment at H:Room is £35 and the £20 balance was due on the day of the appointment.

It is important to note that yes, I did find other salons that do HD Brows for a slightly cheaper price (Ranging from £15 to £35) in and around Reading but I liked the look of H:Room and their various services on offer so I chose to pay the £35 and I am very happy that I did!

HD Brows Process

As soon as I arrived at H:Room, I was made to feel very welcome. I chose a nice, quiet morning for a treatment as I don’t even recall seeing another person in there. Lauren, my stylist, came over to me and ushered me through to her brow station.

We had a brief chat about the patch test and how I had no reaction on my arm after application a few days earlier. She looked at my face and listened to my monologue on arches and length and my Psoriasis and so on and so forth and then she got stuck right in. The process took about 35-40 minutes in total, I actually forgot to time it but I know I walked out of there at 10:40 and we got started just before 10am.

First, the brow tint was lathered over my brows (I wish I had actually taken a picture) and left for some time. I have very dark eyebrows so I wasn’t expecting much from the tint but Lauren assured me that despite that fact, the tint will darken any lighter hairs hiding underneath so it can make a difference (note, this tint does not stay on the skin). Next, she measured up my brows in line with my face and came at me with the scissors and trimmed my eyebrow curtains. We then moved onto waxing – which I absolutely abhor – and I was well impressed with how quickly my eyebrows were waxed and tidied after which the threading above and around my brow was done.

At this point, I had a look at my newly shaped brows in the mirror and absolutely loved what I saw, the arches that I longed for were clearly visible without being filled in and falsified. Lauren then went in with the HD Brows Pro Pencil (I am buying myself this pencil!) to fill in any gaps and elongate the brows on the ends leaving me with full, long, arched, fleeky eyebrows! Afterwards, she applied some balm to sooth the skin after all the poking and prodding and I was ready to put my glasses back on and see the final product.

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Before and After using the HD Brows treatment
Before and After my HD Brow treatment

HD Brow Result

While I know that HD Brows are not a permanent solution to a growing problem (literally, a growing one), it was a great way to get a decent shape to my brows so I once again have a new and fresh canvas to work with. I would recommend contacting your nearest HD Brows stylist as soon as possible and having them done, after all, your eyebrows are the focal point of your face.

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Before and After my HD Brow treatment

I will be back in 4-6 weeks (budget permitting) for a top up!

Have you had HD Brows done? What was your experience?

Shevy

Xx

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Special thanks to the H:Room in Reading for the great treatment.

I wanted to confirm that I have NOT been paid or compensated in any way for this review – This was paid for out of my own pocket and is an honest recommendation.

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Lip Scrub – ing!

A little pot of sugary, flavoured goodness is all you need to exfoliate that soft lip skin and get rid of any hanging bits of unpleasantness.

For an amateur like me, applying a matte liquid lipstick is an art form in itself; the perfect application takes time, practice and a lot of concealer around the mouth to get the straightest of edges and cleanest of applications. There is however another step frequently omitted that would make your lipstick life that much easier in the future, one I cottoned onto a little later in life but something I felt absolutely necessary to share with you, this step requires a little bit of a lip scrub and a whole lot of restraint.

As an avid reader, by now it is no secret that I have very dry, Psoriasis prone skin and I can assure you, my lips are no different. I have had to learn very quickly that dry lips make for very unattractive lipstick applications and after spending considerable funds on my extensive collection (Jeffree Star and Kat von D included), I have found a ritual that ensures my lips are just as kissable – liquid lipstick or none.

All of the liquid lipsticks I own are quick drying, matte products that dry down onto your lips showing every crack, every crevice and every peeling piece of dead skin (yuck!) so for me, no matter what I do to keep my lips lipstick lush, there is a little ritual I follow shortly before I start my make-up routine that has become mandatory…

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LIP SCRUB LICENSE

A little pot of sugary, flavoured goodness is all you need to exfoliate that soft lip skin and get rid of any hanging bits of unpleasantness. There is a reason that Jeffree Star made a lip scrub not long after he started selling the velour liquid lips, these two beauty products go hand in hand and if you haven’t used any before, now is a good time to start.

I have two go-to pots of lip scrub that I would recommend for use prior to your lipstick application, only a little bit of either lip scrub on the finger rubbed into the lips in a circular motion can do wonders for your after lipstick look. Alternatively, grab a toothbrush and with soft, circular motions, rub the scrub into your lips or rub your lips together softly.

You will have to dig deep to find that restraint I mentioned earlier because both of my recommendations taste as good as they smell but any product that could pass for candy in a jar is going to get a little lick, in fact my daughters can always be found nearby trying to stick their fingers into the lip scrub jars. After applying, feel free to lick the edible lip scrub off of your lips or wipe with a tissue or cleansing wipe if you prefer, but you won’t.

MY LIP SCRUB SAVERS

My first go to jar is (of course) Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub in Strawberry Gum. This lip scrub is Vegan, 100% cruelty free, Paraben and Gluten free and with this product; a moment on the lips is most certainly NOT a lifetime in on the hips. It has very gentle exfoliation and smells and tastes divine, just like a bag of Strawberry Laces (who can say no to those?) I believe there are now 12 different lip scrubs to choose from so if Strawberry isn’t your thing, you could grab a Root beer or Mojito instead and for just £12 for 30 grams from UK appointed reseller Beauty Bay this is a make up bag must have!

Jeffree Star Velour Lip Scrub in flavour Strawberry Gum flat lay

Secondly, the Lush lip Scrub in Sugar Plum Fairy is another favourite of mine and at only £5.95 for 25 grams, it is impossible to say no (That and the fact that they are strategically placed at the check out at my local Lush). This product is Vegan and cruelty free and consists of exfoliating castor sugar and wild orange oil that make this scrub irresistible to the palette. You can grab this scrub or any of the other flavours such as Naked Scrub, Chocolate or Honey at your nearest Lush store.

Lush Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub spilling out of the jar

SCRUB UP ON THE INGREDIENTS

A quick look at what both of these products are made of :

Jeffree Star Strawberry Gum Lip Scrub

  • Glycerine
  • Vegetable
  • Sucrose
  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil
  • Flavour (Strawberry)
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Potassium Sorbate
  • Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed) Oil
  • Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
  • Red 40 (CI 16035)

Lush Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub

  • Castor Sugar
  • Organic Jojoba Oil
  • Sweet Wild Orange Oil
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Synthetic Fluorphlogopite
  • Citral
  • Limonene
  • Flavour
  • Colour 77007

DIY SCRUB LIFE

Now you may feel that these products are a little overpriced for some flavoured sugar and though I am far too lazy to make my own – my motto is why make it if I can buy it, the ultimate consumer – you may feel that you can do it better yourself… and you should! A lip scrub is a beauty regime essential and you can put together your own little lip scrub recipe with the ingredients, oils and sugars you prefer to get rid of those chapped winter lips. With only two ingredients, brown sugar and honey, you can make a lip scrub that rivals the greats and is still just as edible (if not more so).

Ultimately, these are products that I just can’t live without when it comes to the liquid lipstick life and trust me; I am all about that life! A little circular scrub before my make up routine and I have soft, dead skin free lips ready for their Instagram debut.

Do you use lip scrub? If so, what are you favourites and why?

Shevy

Xx

The beautiful makeup brushes in the image are from the Ombre Gardenia brush set courtesy of Blush Tribe Cosmetics.

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Tried & Tested – RégimA Derma Zest Cleansing + Toning Gel

After a few more makeup applications, some iPhone X portrait mode photography testing (priorities) and some seriously dirty brushes, I put the RégimA Derma Zest Cleansing + Toning gel to work on these beauties and was ecstatic with the results.

Disclosure: “This is a sponsored post for RégimA which I have been compensated for. All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.”

A few years ago I started getting very seriously into makeup, I went through a period of binge shopping the latest trends online and discovering a myriad of brands thanks to bloggers and vloggers alike, some of whom I still take advice from and follow today. I have always worn makeup but my experience was limited to Christmas stocking fillers and the free applicator that they came with, never had I splurged on extravagant beauty tools or the Instagram worthy brushes I coveted. Last year, I finally went out and topped up my makup brush collection with a fairly expensive haul of gorgeous tools of unrivalled quality and only then did I think about how much care I needed to take in prolonging the life of these tools.

So I did what most people do, I did a full face of makeup including but not limited to liquid foundation, concealer, cream contour and even cream shadow. In my rush to race out of the door to whichever event I was attending and inevitably late for (perfection takes time), I would shove the brushes back in the drawer as an afterthought. The weekend after would roll around and I would take all of my brushes that had been fermenting in my dressing table for a week and begin the loathsome task of washing them all, with whichever product I had nearest at hand. This, like most makeup addicts and beauty enthusiasts, would often be baby shampoo.

Aerial view of dirty make up brushes in a jar.

Until I realized that this was just not good enough.

I was spending a fortune on makeup brushes yet they were getting sub par treatment and even less care. I couldn’t understand why I was spending so much time concealing concerning breakouts on my skin for which I had no explanation. I didn’t even think to second-guess the integrity of the brushes and then couldn’t understand why the blended and airbrushed look that I desired was near impossible.

The reality is that baby shampoo is designed to wash the hair on a babies’ head, it is a product that is not harsh and leaves a baby with the gorgeous smell we know and love, not to mention a clean head of hair. It is not designed to remove bacteria; dirt; grease; make-up or oily residue from make-up brushes and despite leaving your brushes looking outwardly clean, all the grime it doesn’t get to is left to build up in the bristles of the brush only to be applied to your skin and contaminate your makeup at the next use. You wouldn’t wash your face with baby shampoo would you, so why sentence your beauty tools to the same fate?

This is where RégimA, Derma Zest Cleansing + Toning Gel comes in. Not only is Derma Zest a renowned spa quality, cleansing; clarifying and toning gel for your face, it is also recommended by RégimA for use twice weekly for the washing and maintenance of your daily use liquid foundation makeup brushes. Now my first thought would not be to use a facial cleanser as a brush cleaner but after some consideration and then putting it to use, this made perfect sense. Standard brush cleaners available for purchase generally contain alcohol, not good news in preserving the life of your brushes as it damages the bristles and more importantly, your face; alcohol is for cleaning but NOT cleaning of the dermis. RégimA DZ cleanser is full of good plant extracts that actually work to preserve the bristles while the anti-bacterial properties get to work on the nasties embedded inside.

Over the past few weeks I have been using both baby shampoo and RégimA Derma Zest on my brushes for an overall comparison, I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that after the first wash with the DZ cleanser, the baby shampoo went back in the cupboard, never to be used to wash a brush again.

My experience with baby shampoo was that yes, the brushes looked clean and smelled great but I had some built up liquid foundation stains on my stippling brush that just wouldn’t clean off. Despite a thorough rub of the brushes under warm water using a silicon brush cleaner, there was still some foundation residue on the brush after use – Had I not been looking for it, I probably never would have noticed!

Baby shampoo and dirty brushes
Before – Baby Shampoo
Make up brushes after being washed with baby shampoo
After – Baby Shampoo

After a few more makeup applications, some iPhone X portrait mode photography testing (priorities) and some seriously dirty brushes, I put the RégimA Derma Zest Cleansing + Toning gel to work on these beauties and was ecstatic with the results. On one occasion I washed my brushes in the basin using a silicon brush cleaner (You can use the palm of your hand, it works just as well) and with only a small pump of the product, you get a decent lather under water which is more than sufficient to remove all of the brush impurities and caked foundation.

On another occasion, I decided to give it a whirl in my Lilumia brush cleaner, pumping the product directly onto the brushes and pouring in water to substitute the usual cleaner. This process is of course a little longer as the machine runs for 15 minutes or so but the brushes came out just as clean as if I had done them by hand and you would never catch me putting baby shampoo in the Lilumia machine, another task that Derma Zest can do that baby shampoo can’t! The result in both cases was my brushes coming out as clean as the day I received them, even the stubborn liquid foundation stains my stippling brush had were long gone and the white ended bristles were whiter than white.

Dirty make up brushes and the regimA dermazest cleanser
Before – RégimA Derma Zest
Clean make up brushes after use with Derma Zest
After – RégimA Derma Zest

For a slightly more in-depth look at the review, you can watch this video I put together for you here, a brief before and after comparison of these products.

 

Overall, I am so thankful to the team at RégimA for sending this product through to me; I haven’t used another like it. If it weren’t for them, my poor brushes would still be getting cleaned with baby shampoo and my skin would be breaking out at every application!

At a recommended retail price from only £29.95, RégimA, Derma Zest Cleansing + Toning Gel is an absolute steal for the multi faceted product that it is. Not only am I using it to cleanse my face but also to clean and maintain my brushes as well, they look great and thanks to its plant extract rich list of ingredients, they smell just as good (Oranges and grapefruit, loving the citrus life). I have been using Derma Zest as a brush cleaner for a few weeks now and have noticed a considerable change in my skin; where I used to break out after wearing makeup for a number of days in a row, I no longer have this problem. So, is it the cleaner brushes or the face cleanser doing the hard work? Well, it doesn’t really matter which routine is giving me great skin because you only have to use one product, cleanliness all the way from application to removal.

I know… you want to go and buy this product immediately AND YOU SHOULD but it is important to note that many of RegimA’s products are manufactured for professional use and therefore should not be used in conjunction with any other skin care products. The team at RegimA are always on hand to guide you so please contact them on the links provided below in order to consult with them prior to purchase.

This tried and tested product is definitely #MoonsomniaApproved!

Now that you would like to learn more about the product and the masterminds behind it, head on over to RégimA’s website and / or social media below.

Until next time

Shevy

Xx

Some of the beautiful makeup brushes in the images above are from the Ombre Gardenia brush set courtesy of Blush Tribe Cosmetics.

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Shevy Moonsomnia with dirty make up brushes.

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Battle of the face masks – Part 4, bonus lip mask review & verdict.

In case you missed it, head on over to Battle of the face masks – Part 3  where I look at the second Lush Jelly mask and a 7th Heaven peel off mask.

L’OREAL 

Pure Clay Detox Mask

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I may not have expressed it enough in the Battle of the Face Masks – Part 2 but I was actually very impressed with the L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay multi-masking play kit and I really wanted to try out the clay masks one at a time, purely because I wanted to have a fully black face mask. I also have a little obsession with clay masks and how they dry out so this Detox mask was a winner for me and with up to 10 applications inside this 50ml jar, I will get many more uses out of it.

Like with the play kit, this is a thick and creamy product. I applied this to my face by hand but if you are not a fan of getting your fingers dirty, I would recommend using a brush (A foundation brush will do). It smooths out evenly on the face and need not be thick at all for desired results, be sure to cover your face in full for an all over cleansing experience.

After only 5-10 minutes, this mask is dry. Literally, from jar to face and the mask is already drying out which is great, it does exactly what it says it will do. In that time, the quality ingredients go to work on your skin, Kaolin -a natural clay- starts work on absorbing any impurities on the skin as well as any excess sebum; Montmorillonite -mineral rich clay- begins eliminating the imperfections and Ghassoul -pure clay- clarifies the complexion. Together with charcoal, the 3 clays draw out impurities, detox the skin and really get into your pores to focus on the nasties. This mask is particularly well suited for blackhead prone skin (ie. Me) – I get very noticeable blackheads in my large pores across my nose, it is a wonder to me how this mask (after drying) illuminates those pores and targets the impurities inside.

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Don’t be fooled by the darker patches after drying, these are not wet spots that haven’t yet dried (Unless you have applied the mask too thick). Instead, this is as a result of the different oils on your skin reacting with the mask – the darker areas indicate your oilier areas, particularly in and around the T zone but anywhere on the face depending on your skin.

I absolutely love this mask. After use, my skin really felt clean and look cleaned too. My nose, despite looking horrifying beneath the dried out clay mask, was surprisingly clean once I had washed the mask off and any visible blackheads I had before I started were long gone. I was left with an allover firm, clarified feel and that is after just one use. The packaging recommends 2-3 times a week using this mask and after a week, the skin will be fresher and more luminous. As a clay mask, this one takes the cake. It is an unrivalled, excellent product and well worth its value, I would recommend going out to buy one immediately if you have the £8 to spare.

  • Price – £7.99
  • Where to buy – Boots / Superdrug (Various)
  • Mask duration – 5-10 minutes
  • Claims – Purer, clearer skin (after immediate use)
  • Mess – A medium messy, dries quickly.
  • Easy to use – Simple application but just in case, instructions on the packaging.
  • Smell – Smells really nice, you can smell the clay and charcoal
  • After use feel – Firm, clean and tight.
  • Number of uses –10 applications
  • Shevy score out of 10 – 9/10

7th Heaven

Dead Sea Sheet masque

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I was hoping that like the 7th Heaven mask I reviewed in Part 3, this Dead Sea sheet mask would not disappoint, sadly I was mistaken. In fact, I would like to start off by saying that I don’t recommend this, which I wouldn’t normally do, here is why.

Coming out of the packaging, the tissue mask is folded which, when undone, is not as fluid filled as other tissue masks I have used, an early indication of an ineffective mask as there isn’t enough product in the tissue to work on the skin. When unfolded, it is quite clear to see that the face mask is huge and doesn’t have any slits allowing for overlap and a better fit. I had only had it on a few minutes but it fell off multiple times and my early annoyance was not going to see me getting scissors to cut it down.

The packaging shows a mask that fits to the face shape with blue waves across it, the mask that came in the package was a plain white sheet mask that does not fit at all. The packaging also makes mention of its calming and cleansing properties thanks to the chopped seaweed, dead sea salt and red algae. Sadly, I was left with unpleasant smelling skin and a tingling underneath my eyes and around my mouth that I was a bit concerned about… after a few minutes, I actually washed my face to make sure I had removed all of the product.

I firmly believe that there are much better tissue masks out there (Including one of my favourites mentioned in the Battle of the masks – Part 1) and a baby wet wipe would better do the job than this one. This is the harsh truth. Not recommended, not at all.

  • Price – £1.08
  • Where to buy – eBay / Boots / Superdrug
  • Mask duration – 5 minutes
  • Claims – Smooth, Hydrated Skin.
  • Mess – None.
  • Easy to use – Very easy to use, not easy to keep it on.
  • Smell – I am sorry to say but it smells like a toilet cleaner.
  • After use feel – Tingling, no visible change.
  • Number of uses –1 application
  • Shevy score out of 10 – 1/10

Bonus REVIEW – PIL’ATEN

Pink Collagen Crystal Lip Mask Membrane

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If you are a fan of keeping your mouth closed or looking silly, this one is for you. I may even use this on my children, as, you know, a treat. 20-30 minutes (Where possible) of silence and breathing solely through your nose in order to have moisturised, plumper looking lips is the name of the game.

I originally saw this on one of my favourite YouTubers Snapchat accounts when she received it and tested it out. Then, a few Instagram stories ago, Grace Davies (Of X-Factor fame) had also been relegated to the no talk zone. I was uber curious and ordered myself one off eBay at the bargain price of £0.99 with free shipping.

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t understand a damn thing on the packaging but after a brief internet search, I discovered that this collagen and strawberry infused lip mask was designed to soothe the lips (You can smell the aloe vera from across the street) and moisturise, some reports even mentioned plumper lips thanks to its collagen base. Pil’aten’s own website claim that this mask is perfect for tired and cracked lips, the strawberry gel and collagen working together to restore moisture.

So did it work? Well, I managed to keep it on my lips for about 15 minutes after which I felt like it had started drying out and wouldn’t stick to my mouth and lips anymore. While I should have taken my piercings out for better application, I can honestly say that my labret ring was a little tighter on my bottom lip – Did I just give myself 99p lip fillers? My lips felt a little tingly but no more moisturised than they were before I started. A fun little mask and great for a pamper day in with your friends, don’t forget the cucumber.

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VERDICT

I have spent a few weeks and a few £££’s trying out some of the most accessible face masks out there and I started with a favourite which is yet to be out done, the Garnier Tissue mask. As far as the other masks go, based on my views I think it is fair to say that the L’Oreal Clay Mask is a pretty close second with all other masks falling behind. I didn’t think it could get worse after the Lush Jelly Masks, obviously I am not a fan, then the 7th heaven dead sea sheet masque popped in and took bottom spot.

Ultimately, the age old saying rings true when it comes to face masks. You get what you pay for. Tried and tested beauty brands may get lambasted for the prices of some of their products and yet when you can buy them, they do exactly what they say they will do. Ultimately, it is all down to personal preference and what works for some, may not work for others.

That said, buy the lip mask. After all, you’ll have enviable Instagram photos.

Until next time

Shevy xx

Battle of the face masks – Part 3.

In case you missed it, you can click here for Part 2 where I look at the L’Oreal Multi mask play kit and the gold bio collagen sheet mask.

LUSH 1000 Millihelens

Jelly Face Mask

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I was desperately hoping that this mask would be better than the one I tried in Part 1 (Bunny Moon Jelly Face Mask) but alas, I was not to be proven wrong. If anything, this mask is worse than its predecessor and further strengthens my anti-Lush-Face-Mask resolve.

To reiterate, I love Lush. I really do, generally their products are unrivalled and they remain the masters of the bath bomb. That said, I don’t believe their face masks are doing their brand any favours after my experiences. The consistency is just weird, there is no other word for it. The mask is gelatine like in the tub but once rubbed between the fingers for application, forms a gluggy; lumpy; rough paste that doesn’t translate well onto the skin. This application was for more difficult than the last as the lumps that I just could not paste down would fall off my face despite me trying to rub them in. After 10 minutes of fighting with this non user friendly formula, I was left with my face looking like a halloween mask – I was just missing the hat.

The ingredients include witch hazel, green tea and apple juice though I was hard pressed to smell the apple in the product. The green tea was overpowering and not the most pleasant smelling of ingredients. The mask does not ‘dry out’ on the skin so after 5-10 minutes, you will be removing the same gloopy product you applied and left with green tea smelling skin with little to no change in appearance. My skin didn’t feel toned, bright or firm and instead it was extremely dry and tight – Not a recommendation for sensitive skin, or for my skin at least.

While I understand that Lush use only the best ingredients and this will influence the price point, despite multiple uses included in the packaging, I do believe this mask to be overpriced for what you are getting,  It is difficult to work with, not exciting to use and overall a bit of a let down. That said, these products have not completely gone to waste – My 11 year old daughter is now trying them out for herself. Failing that, we will find a way to channel them into slime production.

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  • Price – £6.95
  • Where to buy – Lush UK
  • Mask duration – 5-10 minutes
  • Claims – Bright, toned, firmer skin
  • Mess – So very messy.
  • Easy to use – It wasn’t difficult but it isn’t a hassle-free product either, very messy, streaky on skin, clumpy.
  • Smell – Didn’t smell apple at all, just a strong green tea smell.
  • After use feel – Not much different to before use.
  • Number of uses – 4-5 comfortably, you don’t need to use a lot.
  • Shevy score out of 10 – 1/10

7th Heaven

Dead-Sea Peel-Off Mask

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Oh how I absolutely love peel-off masks and what would a face mask battle be without good old faithful Montagne Jeunesse face mask? I have been buying and using these face masks for years, always affordable and very effective and their peel-off masks never disappoint. I love to be able to peel off the mask once it is dry, as if I am peeling off skin after a sunburn at the beach (This is not an endorsement for sunburn, or skin peeling) and the better the peel, the better the mask.

This peel-off mask is specifically for normal and oily skin so I will start by saying I probably should not have used it, dry skin and all, that said I was definitely not mad about the results. The packaging, however, is a little misleading as once the mask is applied it has a more see through appearance rather than a blue, opaque look. That is my only criticism of the packaging because a small disclaimer about their cruelty free product makes everything else seem insignificant, I love this : ‘We’re vegetarian and animals are our friends, that’s why we don’t bash bunnies or add bits of animals!”

The clear, blue tinged, gloop like liquid is squeezed out of the packaging and then applied to the face avoiding the eyes and mouth (And preferably eyebrows, I am still picking dried gel out of them). It can be a little messy if unprepared but barring the packaging that gets extra sticky, this isn’t the messiest mask I have used. It dries fairly quickly and if given the full 25 minutes, you are left with a sheet that peels off the face in one piece, taking the dirt with it. Careful though, it’ll take any piercings in the way as well – Do not get in and around your nose rings! 

The crushed sea salts, pressed chamomile and chopped up seaweed all work together to leave your skin feeling clean and refreshed. My skin was a little dry afterwards, probably because this mask is not designed for my skin type but that aside, I was relatively happy and felt that this little guy delivered. It is good value for money and definitely a mask I would buy again and again.

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  • Price – £1.08
  • Where to buy – eBay / Boots / Superdrug
  • Mask duration – 20-25 minutes
  • Claims – Cleansing and nourishing, revitalisation.
  • Mess – Very sticky and the packaging gets messy but easy to deal with.
  • Easy to use – Very simple
  • Smell – Clean and refreshing, chamomile infused
  • After use feel – A little dry but definitely cleansed.
  • Number of uses – 1
  • Shevy score out of 10 – 7/10

Six face masks down, 2 more to go.

The Battle of the face masks is ongoing! To be continued in Part 4.

Battle of the face masks – Part 2.

In case you missed it, you can click here for Part 1 where I look at the Garnier tissue mask and the Lush Jelly Face Mask, Bunny Moon. 

L’OREAL

MULTI-MASKING PLAY KIT

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What is it about a tried and trusted name brand that gives us the confidence to know that the product is going to work, no matter what? I was feeling a little ‘un pampered’ this morning and decided that my face needed a good cleanse and rejuvenation to make me feel better, picking up this Pure Clay mini mask play kit was a no brainer, I have been ogling it all week and was very excited about using it this morning.

Multi masking is a very new concept to me. It is mostly common knowledge that the skin on the face and the T zone have different skincare needs so combining different clays and masks over the face in targeted areas should give an overall desirable result. L’Oreal have tapped into this targeted treatment with this range of clay masks (also available in larger size containers individually) that can be purchased and tested together without forking out for the more expensive alternatives.

Purity (Green) – A clay and Eucalyptus based purifying mask

Detox (Black) – A clay and charcoal based detoxing mask

Glow (Red) – A clay and red algae based brightening mask

The back of the packaging gives you various multi-masking suggestions and I opted for the de stress configuration. I applied the red mask on my forehead first, this mask has a pleasant perfumed smell and lovely grainy texture, I found this took a little longer to dry than the other two but this could also have been my heavy handed application. On my nose and chin I applied the green mask, a very smooth and creamy texture with easy application and quick drying – I was amazed at how large my pores around my nose looked when this dried out. Finally on my cheeks I applied the black, detoxing mask which went on easily and also dried out speedily. After 10 minutes, the clays are almost completely dry and the face feels tight and treated. The clay masks were easy to wash off and surprisingly less messy than expected. A little goes a very long way with these masks, the thinner the application the quicker the dry out.

Clay masks have a tendency to dry out the skin after use and I can confidently say that even with my historically dry and sensitive skin, these masks left me feeling cleansed and refreshed and yet still hydrated. 2-3 times a week and my face will be thanking me for it. This is a definite recommendation with only a few drawbacks to mention, the small 10ml pots have quite a lot of product in them for the amount you need, only the containers are not resealable so the chances of these masks drying out before I use it again is imaginably high (To be confirmed). I have also always wondered why hair removal cream came with an applicator but clay masks do not, hopefully L’Oreal will jump on that one and a little applicator could be included in the neat little packaging.

An important side note, I am happy to report that Face ID on the iPhone X still worked with a face full of clay mask!

  • Price – £7.49
  • Where to buy – Boots / Superdrug (Various)
  • Mask duration – 5-10 minutes
  • Claims – Green (Purity) – Purifying, Black (Detox) – Draw out impurities, Red (Glow) – Brightening
  • Mess – Should have been messier, surprisingly clean and hassle free.
  • Easy to use – So easy, felt like a paint by numbers
  • Smell – Clean, pleasant, the red mask has a very nice smell.
  • After use feel – Clean, tight, refreshed
  • Number of uses – 1, possibly more if the product doesn’t dry out.
  • Shevy score out of 10 – 7/10

24K Gold Bio Collagen Face Mask

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I would just like to pop in the disclaimer that I cannot be hold responsible for Spandau Ballet’s ‘Gold’ getting stuck in your head after reading this, I have been singing it on repeat for hours! Speaking of gold, I was somewhat intrigued by this mask that I found on eBay which claims be a Gold Bio-collagen facial mask so I had to buy it and give it a whirl, for science of course!

The terribly translated packaging claims that this mask is formulated with ‘pure gold, natural bio ingredients, hydrating compound…’ and I am yet to confirm if gold is an adjective or a noun. Unfortunately the natural ingredients mentioned are not listed on the product so I have little to no idea what I am putting on my face, that said, the item specifics on the eBay listing mention Contains Minerals, Ammonia-Free, Alcohol-Free and that it is suitable for all skin types. Upon further investigation, there is a caution on the packaging that this should not be used on hyper-sensitive skin. I read this after I had used it.

Fear not! My face is fine.

The mask itself has a gel like texture, like one of those sticky hands that you throw up against a wall and it sticks but not before collecting as much pet hair and dirt as possible along the way. It is quite thin and very wet, soaked in the excess bio-collagen gel which is recommended to be added over the mask once it is on the face. The mask itself is extremely ill fitting, when I managed to get it to stick on my forehead, I lost all contact around my nose and it started breaking as I tried to smooth it into a more covering position. The instructions recommend 20-30 minutes on the face but I didn’t even manage 15, as the gel is absorbed into the skin the mask begins to dry out and lift from the face. When I stood up, the mask fell off. Test phase forcibly completed.

After use, my skin definitely feels hydrated and smooth showing off it’s plumper, fuller look. The gel itself isn’t sticky on the skin and the mask leaves behind a refreshed feel that sadly is not long lasting. While I didn’t absolutely abhor this mask, I don’t think I will be using it again. There are better sheet masks out there at a lower price with more desirable results.

  • Price – £2.49
  • Where to buy – eBay
  • Mask duration – 20-30 minutes
  • Claims – Younger, glowing look, rehydrate and improve elasticity
  • Mess – Not messy at all.
  • Easy to use – Very simple
  • Smell – Doesn’t really have a smell.
  • After use feel – Hydrated, plumper and fuller
  • Number of uses – 1
  • Shevy score out of 10 – 5/10

Four face masks down, 4 more to go.

The Battle of the face masks is ongoing! To be continued over in Part 3.

Battle of the face masks – Part 1.

I am not the most beauty or skincare savvy person and yet I always seem to have a mask or two at arms reach…

Like many others out there, I have this unexplained obsession with face masks. Even the most useless of products can make me feel pampered after its 15-20 minutes on my face on a low day. I am not the most beauty or skincare savvy person and yet I always seem to have a mask or two at arms reach so I decided to share some of these masks with you. They are not all high end, luxury products but rather accessible products for the everyday ‘beauty product challenged’ individual (Me!).

Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask

Super-Hydrating Revitalising Mask

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This mask has always been a firm favourite of mine so it was no surprise that I decided on this mask to be the first of my daily masks to try for the purposes of this little exercise. I went through a dedicated weekly use phase a few months ago until one day, I walked into my local Tesco and just couldn’t find it again. For some reason, local stockists didn’t stock this mask for a while and I was absolutely distraught. Imagine my excitement when I walked into Tesco over the weekend and not only did I find this mask but I also found the Green Tea and Chamomile versions as well (which I subsequently purchased and stashed on my face mask windowsill).

My biggest skincare gripe is my dry, dehydrated skin (no matter what products or moisturisers I use) but with this tissue mask, I am assured a fully rehydrated face after use. As a Psoriasis sufferer, I have unusually sensitive skin but this tissue mask is perfect for my problematic dermis. This mask is definitely beautifying over relaxing, I don’t feel the need to add cucumber slices over my eyes nor do I get the feel of laying at a health spa, relaxing in wait for my next treatment. This is a business mask, it gets down to business, does what it promises to do in good time and has excellent long lasting results.

It is extremely easy to use and stays on the face once applied and smoothed out correctly, it is a mask I like to use in the bath as I can actually carry on bathing and doing my thing while it’s doing its thing as well. Fortunately, it sits relatively comfortably around my facial piercings, making this my go to NO MESS – NO FUSS beauty must have. Once the mask comes off, you’re left with a beautiful serum which you can gently massage into your skin, it smells natural and fresh and your skin gives off a hydrated sheen unrivalled by any other product. You may find the serum to be a little sticky on your face at first, this does dissipate as the product is absorbed into the skin. (Garnier also make the Moisture Bomb Day Cream or Night Cream that can be purchased separately, the night cream does give you the same serum infused feeling after use and retails for approximately £8). Currently my favourite sheet mask which I will purchase again and again.

  • Price – £2 (I bought it on special, £1 less than usual)
  • Where to buy – Tesco or Boots
  • Mask duration – 15 mins
  • Claims – Intensely rehydrates skin, reduces the look of fine lines, revives radiance.
  • Mess  Almost mess free
  • Easy to use – Very easy to use, remove from packaging, apply to face, remove blue film and leave to do its magic.
  • Smell – Fresh
  • After use feel – Smooth, hydrated, supple skin.
  • Number of uses – 1
  • Shevy score out of 10 – 8/10

LUSH Bunny Moon

Jelly Face Mask

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It is a common, well known fact that I am a huge Lush fan. They are the masters of the bath bomb and many other products that I have tried, tested and loved. For some reason, the look and feel of the Jelly Face mask was intimidating and until this day, I had never bought or tried it. Suffice to say, the review of this mask will not be getting me on the PR list anytime soon. 10 minutes on the timer couldn’t have ended sooner for me.

The initial draw card of this mask was its shimmery sheen on the outer skin-like surface, I was intrigued by the idea of a jelly that went onto the skin and the honey and chamomile properties that it consisted of. I was sadly mistaken when, after application, I realised that the shimmery sheen is for the tub only and doesn’t translate onto the face. In terms of application, you need not use a lot but the pasting of the mixture between your dry fingers is a messy process and application to the face can be quite frustrating. I spread it all over the skin and worked the pasty product as best I could for maximum coverage but pulling the paste in one area left a gap in another, I was practically plastering my face to fill the holes and ended up with big gloopy lumps everywhere..

Lush products are well known for their strong smelling products, I love it! My bathroom smells like a Lush kitchen, much to my husband’s chagrin. That said, this mask has a rather subtle smell when in the tub, a faint hint of honey and marigold. Once on the face, the vanilla tones are extremely overpowering (I don’t like Vanilla on the best of days) with the honey and chamomile overshadowed. I got very little out of the rose oil that is supposedly in the mask (Couldn’t smell that at all) and ultimately didn’t care for the very strong scent on my face for a full 10 minutes.

Despite all of the above, I was hopeful that the end result would be true to the claims of soft, strokable skin. Alas, this was not the case. Once I managed to get the gloopy product off of my face, off of my basin taps and out from between my fingers, my skin didn’t look or feel any different than before I started. I didn’t feel relaxed, refreshed or revitalised and didn’t at all feel like I had a face mask on only a few minutes earlier.

Honestly, I would not be buying this product again (I do have a second one to try / review, hopefully that fares better). I love Lush but this mask is a rather frustrating fail in my opinion. Or maybe jelly masks just aren’t for me? Who knows.

  • Price – £6.95
  • Where to buy – Lush UK
  • Mask duration – 5-10 minutes
  • Claims – Soft and strokable skin.
  • Mess – So very messy.
  • Easy to use – It wasn’t difficult but it isn’t a hassle-free product either, very messy, streaky on skin, clumpy.
  • Smell – Overpowering vanilla smell.
  • After use feel – Not much different to before use.
  • Number of uses – 4-5 comfortably, you don’t need to use a lot.
  • Shevy score out of 10 – 2/10

Two face masks down, 6 more to go.

The Battle of the face masks is ON! To be continued… in Part 2!