MOONFACE GIVEAWAY

***GIVEAWAY ENDED*** This giveaway will run from today, 1 December 2017 until Friday, the 8th of December 2017 at 1700 after which I will announce the winner. 

***UK ONLY***

GIVEAWAY ENDED – Congratulations 

It feels like only yesterday that I was thanking everyone for over 2000 views on Moonsomnia and now we are nearing 3000 – hopefully reachable by the end of the year. Thank you to everyone who supports me: my readers on the blog, my followers and fans on social media and of course the amazing brands that allow me to collaborate with them.

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I did a survey on Twitter regarding a little giveaway to celebrate my blog getting off to a wonderful start and it is only fitting that the majority of votes wanted a FACE MASK giveaway, so here it is. Don’t forget to head on over to my face mask reviews for more information about some of the masks you can win in this little hamper:

I have put together a few of my favourite masks to give away, you need only follow the link below! This giveaway will run from today, 1 December 2017 until Friday, the 8th of December 2017 at 1700 after which I will announce the UK winner at random. 

MOONFACE GIVEAWAY – CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Unfortunately this giveaway is only open to UK residents, hopefully in the future I will be able to do international giveaways.

A list of the masks in the little hamper :

  • Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask – Green Tea
  • Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask – Pomegranate
  • L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask (50ml)
  • Freeman Pomegranate Peel-Off Gel Mask
  • Garnier SkinActive Matcha + Kaolin Mask

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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!