If I had all the money in the world, I would be booking regular facials at the beautician and be pampered non stop. Sadly, I am only an administrative assistant and I am more or less living on my overdraft. Temptations arising from my daily blog reads don't help but I've never been raking in money, even before I started blogging. Lately, I've started a face masks routine at home, whereby Sunday is dedicated to a weekly facial.
This is how I had envisaged it would go before embarking on this routine:
On a Sunday evening, around 8pm, I would pat myself on the back for having prepared a week worth full of blog posts. My flat would be immaculately clean and tidy. You could smell the lemon of Mr clean on the floor, you could actually have your dinner on the floor it's that clean. I would then decide to relax, burn a coconut candle maybe, sip a cup of decaf coffee, nourish my nail cuticles, apply a face mask, then quickly jot some notes down about face mask for blogging at a later stage. I would go to bed, refreshed and nourished from the inside.
This is how it usually goes:
It's 22:39 and I realise that I've done naff all, all week end apart from tweeting myself into oblivion, complaining there was not enough sun for taking pictures for the blog, and watching 7 episodes of 24 back to back. The flat is an absolute tip, so I decide to put on a face mask at 11pm because what the hell, wasting a further 15 minutes out of a whole week end is not going to make it worse, is it? I would go to bed, with a lovely nourished skin while it's chaos everywhere else.
When I first shared with you my purchase of the 'self heating smoothie mask' with apricot, peach and mango, I remember one of my readers warning me that 'Be really careful with the heating facemask from there. I felt like Samantha in the episode of SATC when she has the facial peel'. I took little notice of it. I am a big fan of sauna masks. Psychologically, when it heats up, it cleans better, and the cleaning gets deeper. The same way as you soak a crusty porridge bowl in hot water to dissolve the dried left overs, cleansing your skin with heat is better, well, in my head anyway.
The claims of this smoothie mask are quite big: For 99p, it claims to whisk you to the tropics, turn up the heat, deep cleanse your skin and intensely moisturise it.
I decided to put my mask in the bath while I had a head full of dripping conditioner. On opening the sachet, I was greeted by a lovely smell of mango peach and the most delicate texture. I thought the mask really deserved its smoothie name. I couldn't wait to apply it on my face. Heating sensation was not as hot as I expected but it was hot enough to make me feel it's doing something. Immediately after removing the mask, I felt it had cleansed my skin really well (I felt squeaky clean) but my skin felt a bit tight and dry. Not what I would expect from a moisturising mask!
I didn't moisturise my skin right away and was still in the bath, rinsing my hair and going about mah business, in the bath. I couldn't wait to get out of the bath and moisturise my face. Following morning and it was a whole different story: My skin looked brighter, felt so smooth and the feeling of dryness and tightness had totally gone. My skin felt so clean, it almost felt a little bit like I had a salon micro dermabrasion the night before. This feeling of smoothness lasted about 1 week and a half which is more than a regular exfoliation or home micro dermabrasion done at home would give me.
I feel this mask is very potent, maybe too potent for me and I don't even have a sensitive skin. I feel I shouldn't repurchase it but I have been thinking about it all the time ever since. The only thing which has stopped me from re buying it is the fact that, surprise surprise, my local store didn't have any. I wouldn't recommend this mask for anyone with a sensitive skin. I wouldn't even recommend for me, to be honest but this deep down cleanse felt so good, and the smoothness lasted so long that I want it again in my life and soon!
What about that immediate tight and dry feeling you had after removing the mask, will you ask?
I think I can remedy to that. My ultimate favourite body scrub does exactly the same: If I don't go and moisturise right after, it leaves my skin tight and a little bit itchy. So I reckon if I tone and moisturise right after, I should be ok.
Now for the annoying part. Superdrug redesigned all their face masks, I am a bit lost and I don't like the new look of the masks. I think the smoothie mask has survived the redesign. I mean the packs look ok, but I preferred the old design. I can't help but thinking someone went to complain to Superdrug and thought that the model on the packaging was always Caucasian and that it was not representative of the multi ethnicity of Britain. So maybe it's better after all. Well, at least, it’s not god awful packaging like montagne jeunesse. Sorry but I just can’t go past the packaging of montagne jeunesse masks, why do they all have stuff in their eyes, painful!
Any masks from this new collection which you fancy trying?
I reviewed the 'superfruit smoothie one' here if you fancy reading about it
There are so many I want to try. Superdrug needs to make a 3 for 2 offer me thinks.
What: Superdrug Self Heating Smoothie Mask
How much: £0.99
Disclaimer: I bought these myself
with makeup and blogging about it. More about me here.
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