Friday, 15 October 2010

My mask of the moment

I must confess that face masks don't feature very highly or predominantly in my beauty regime.
I view them as an added extra, a Brucie bonus...a special treat for when time allows.
Previously, in a hope to conform to the stylised image of the girl with cucumbers on her eyes wallowing in a foamy bath with a green solution caked on her face, I use to splurge on those little 99p sachets from Boots.
Faling to transform my life, I hadn't contemplated using a face mask for many moons...

That was before this little beaut beckoned to me!



This Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask is really special.
It is a highly concentrated clay and botanical mask that sucks out all the impurities, excess oils and nastiness in your skin, leaving your skin feeling fresh, clear and purified. It also contains Manuka honey, organic aloe vera and the essential oil of rose-scented geranium, all making it sound rather lovely.
The smell is quite pungent yet completely indescribable. I can't express what the scent is reminiscent of, maybe slightly like damp moss and earthy wood fires, laced with a sweet, herbal-like undertone?!

The mask is rich and concentrated and Liz Earle do advise it isn't suited for sensitive skin, but it is specially formulated for oily, combination or problematic skin.
My skin is just quite normal really, with maybe a few seldom yet troublesome breakouts.

The mask is really easy to apply. Just take a generous dollop and smooth onto your face and neck area, avoiding eyes, lips and hairline, and leave for 5 - 10 minutes.
I was crazy and left mine on for a whole 20 minutes and my skin loved me for this rebellious streak!

Once on, the greeny-tinged mask will dry on your skin, making it feel tight, but not unpleasantly so.
WARNING: you will resemble the Incredible Hulk for the duration of this treatment. 
I sat, twiddled my thumbs, did some sit ups and ate some toast, and attempted to distract myself any way possible from the niggling itch on the tip of my nose. And then voila, was time for removal. The starter kit, which is the one I am using, comes with two circular sponges which you can soak it water and then gently wipe away the mask. I personally preferred to splash it off with cool water over the basin. 

What I loved about this product is the way it made me skin feel the moment after I had rinse it off. It felt really fresh and cleansed and deeply-purified. The moment I had washed off the mask, my skin didn't feel tight any longer, but toned and really smooth.
Another plus about this product is that you are able to use it as a facial mask as often as you require, or as a intense treatment on specific areas or blemishes. I may have to rethink my beauty regime, and reassess my precious free time, as I do believe there is a vacancy for this certain magical mask to join my beauty regime.

Price: £12.50 for the starter kit (including 75ml of the deep cleansing mask and 2 sponges)
Available online at Liz Earle.

Do you use face masks as part of your beautifying program?
Which are your faves and would you be tempted to try this?

23 comments:

*Onna's Little Blog* said...

a brucie bonus... <3 lol


I love using face masks but im always left thinking what was the point? because I never see a big difference in my skin....hopefully this might be a HG face mask :p xxx

WelshBeautyBlog said...

I've just blogged about this mask too, briefly. I've been using this in my new skincare regime and I love it!
As you say, I don't really rely on masks to do anything worthwhile or beneficial for my skin but this one is the exception - it's fantastic! xxx

Rhamnousia @ Desi Girl Does Makeup said...

I really like the Origins Mud/Clay mask.

It dries very dry and very quickly and is really easy to wash off, only mask to ever leave my face soft after taking it off.

Michelle said...

I love reading your reviews Milly! They always make me want to go out and buy the products mentioned! I currently have a trusty Lush fresh facemask in my fridge, but I might ask for this as a Christmas treat! xx

Sophie said...

This is also my current mask, and I love love love it's so soothing and luxurious xx

Cheated Hearts said...

I'm in need of a new face mask, this sounds good

Cheated Hearts said...

I'm in need of a new face mask, this sounds good

Nikki said...

Great review! I have been using this as well from the starter pack, I have only used it once though and cant remember what its like! I must slap it on for a while later on! :)

Laura said...

I've been using this recently and i love the way it makes my skin feel after. Great review :) x

Ess-Jay24 said...

I use face mask as a 'brucie bonus' too :) But this one sounds amazing, i must give it a try!
xx

Olivia said...

I use a face mask once a week. It's great to have a bit of pamper time and I can always feel the difference in my skin after! Currently using The Body Shops 3-in-1 Honey and Oat Scrub Mask. It's divine!! x

Reyna♥ said...

Great review!(:

louise said...

This sounds really nice. My current fave is the No 7 Sauna Mask, it has a warming effect and its nicely exfoliating without being overly scrubbing. Nothing better than putting a face mask and a hair mask on and having a lie down in a big bubbly bath xx

glamour rouge said...

Ive used this mask before & although I found it a good oil absorbing treat,I really didnt like the smell :(
Sometimes I use egg white as a mask! thats good for tightening pores! :)

www.glamourrougenotes.blogspot.com

Dollymix said...

I've been wanting to check out Liz Earle for a while. Might have to invest in this mask!

Teacups and Buttondrops said...

Looks good. Not really a face mask person but I may be tempted to buy some :)

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Nicola said...

Oooo I have this and love it!! I love how it's really quite cool as soon as it goes on! xx

jennie said...

Ooh great review! This sounds like a really lovely product! xo

Real Girls Beauty said...

I want some of this now, thanks for the review x

Kerrymarie said...

I tried this and the day after i used it, it broke me out something awful and i still have the scars from it! It may just be my skin but this was evil! :( xx

Milly said...

Hey gals
Thank you all for your comments and nice to hear many of you have also tried/loved this. :)
@Kerrymarie - oh no, that is such a shame. Just proves how skin products are such an individual preference. x

pinksealight said...

you make me need this ! x

purity lover said...

Just wanted to let you know that I have been using Purity 12products for a few months now, and I have NEVER had this kind of reaction from other people before. I work in retail and my customers will tell me how perfect and flawless my skin looks almost every week! I’m like floating from too much flattering. My co-worker told me the other day I look 30 . . . I'm 43. My boss apologized for staring at my skin — he said it is so flawless! Haha! You can go to their website, I think it’s http://if1s.com?124

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