Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque Review

Pros:

My skin looks very “clear” the next day.

Cons:

Very tricky to define how skin “removed of pollution”, should look like.

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I have read many mixed reviews about this mask – and was a bit unsure if I should get it. But the smell was so fresh I couldn‘t resist (and yes I was travelling in the US where it was much cheaper then in Europe – so I convinced myself this was a “bargain”).

Basically this mask promises to get rid of signs of pollution – problem is that what those signs aren‘t really defined by Kiehls, or made totally clear by any chorus of scientists, at least not yet. I know, that the topic of pollutions effect on skin is starting to emerge in scientific reports and the new “it” topic (the new “sun can damage you skin”), and I‘m sure we will see many new products on the market targeting specifically the effect of pollution – but for now we don‘t really have a visible way of measuring how efficient these anti-pollution products are. If you want an overview of the main themes in reserach in this area right now, this The Guardian article is brilliant.

Conclusion  – this mask is sticky, but smells fresh, can be left on overnight and makes my skin look very clear the next morning. Does it protect my skin against future wrinkles and signs of me living in a polluted capital – don‘t know, but sure hope so!

Overall:starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarnostar (don‘t know! Read the whole review above to find out why!)

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L’Oréal Purify & Mattify Eucalyptus Clay Mask Review

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Pros:

Removes all excess oil from my skin.

Cons:

The smell of eucalyptus is a bit too discreet for my taste.

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I got this mask after too much time in the sun – using all that sunscreen on my face not only caused my skin to break out but also made it oily. Normally I have dry skin so I kind of didn‘t know what to do – switching all my products – which target dry skin – to products for oily skin felt like a bit of an economic pit and unnecessary. Therefore I decided to invest in this mask – which is friendly to a low budget – and see what happened.

I like that the mask is easy to apply, and also pretty easy to remove (some mud masks can be hell). It did live up to its promise making my skin look much more matte, and made it feel extremely smooth and soft. About the cleansing part – even though I felt my skin was much softer, it was not by any means cleaner – my blackheads didn‘t disappear at all. So in that sense it doesn‘t do what it promises – but then again, I have never meet a mud mask that does. Overall I was very happy with the results – especially considering the price – now I want my dry skintype back please.

Overall:starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarnostarnostar

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Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-boosting face mask review

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Pros:

Brightens my skin immediately.

Cons:

The price is kind of crazy.

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First time I used this mask my face was like “wow wow wow”! I never thought putting pieces of sticky fruit on your face could be so enjoyable. But I really like it. Having read soo many blog posts about Fresh and their face masks – I decided to treat myself while on a recent trip to the US (they don‘t sell them where I live) – and I was really blown away by this one. First and foremost, I have to say that I also tried their rose mask (as a sample) and was not impressed at all, so not sure all of their (very expensive) stuff have the same quality as this mask. It makes my face awake straight away (I put it on when in the shower in the morning and leave it on for around 5 minutes) and my skin definetley looks more bright.

If you are on a budget I‘m pretty sure you can achieve a similar effect making a DIY fruit face mask, I‘m simply too lazy for that.

Overall:starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarnostarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarnostar

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Biotherm Life Plankton Mask Review

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Pros:

Makes my skin exceptionally soft without irritating it…

Cons:

so do many other masks – which are cheaper.

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I got hocked on this mask because it has a soft gel (“hydrogel”) like texture – applying it transforms me into thinking that my rather ordinary bathroom is a spa (but only thinking – not feeling it though!). I think Biotherm are pretty good at making face products which feel fabulous on the skin – just because they are gels – but I have to admit I have very little experience with their stuff (actually I have owned two Biotherm products to this date: see review here and here) – I‘m just one of those people trying everything on in the store and then going home empty handed. But this time the sales guy got me, he applied the hydrogel on my hand with a special brush – and though he tried to make me buy the brush too (the brush costs a fortune) I restrained myself and only went home with the mask (note to self never let an unknown man convince you to try and expensive mask, you will eat noodles for the rest of the week!!).

Conclusion: the mask is worth the money since you need a tiny bit per application so the jar lasts for ages. It gets absorbed easily – so it‘s not greasy, and my skin feels very soft the next morning. Unfortunately many other masks can do that too (see here and here for budget options). The hydrogel quality doesn‘t really make me feel like I‘m a spa at all – unfortunately.

Overall:starstarstarnostarnostar

Value for money:starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarnostarnostar

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Aesop Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque Review

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Pros:

Smells nice of herbs.

Cons:

Doesn‘t give much hydration.

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This is not a leave-in mask but you put it on for 30 minutes and remove it. During my first 30 minutes I went through a bit of a despair crisis – that crisis when you realise you wasted your money yet again! The mask gets absorbed into my skin after about 7 minutes, leaving a thin layer you remove and then realise not much has happened to your skin. It is a bit hydrating but not as much as one would expect – using it in warmer times of the year when you skin is pretty well-hydrated would be fine but this mask will not save you in colder times.

I tried using the mask as an overnight treatment but my skin actually felt pretty dry from that.

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Value for money: starstarnostarnostarnostar

Does what it promises:starstarnostarnostarnostar

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Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque Review

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Pros: 

Feels very soothing and hydrating.

Cons:

Is a bit sticky.

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This is definitely my favourite buy of 2017 to this day. I got this masque as a treat to myself on a trip to New York as a treat and to celebrate new beginnings: new job, new plans, new ambitions and a lot of knowledge from mistakes I made in 2016 (it was a year on standstill full of emotions – and I‘ve decided to make 2017 easier for myself and my surroundings). Surely all my new hopes and promises should come with extra glowing skin I thought…and this masque did not disappoint.

The masque has a gel-like consistency, which feels a bit sticky but very pleasant and soothing on my skin. You use it for 5 minutes and I saw an instant result after the first use: my skin feels very hydrated and look glowing. Also I‘m a fan of the ingredients: aloe vera and calendula are known to have a calming effect on skin. This mask gives me the feeling of being in a spa and I love it.

I have used the Kiehls algea face masque and was a fan too – thought I don‘t think it‘s sold anymore. Though I have mixed feelings about Kiehls and think they make great and not soo great stuff – them seem to know how to make great face masques.

Overall:starstarstarstarstar

Value for money:starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarstar

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The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask Review

Pros:

You see an instant result (10 minutes is all you need).

Cons:

Smells a bit like a candy shop.

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This is my third mask from The Body Shop‘s new series (read the reviews here and here). This mask contains honey, marula and olive oil – all delicious ingredients which are Fare Trade marked. The mask is supposed to replenish your skin and give it loads of love and nurture.

My impressions: first and foremost the mask smells very sweet but delicious, it is pretty sticky but not a pain to wash off – which is important. The results: it leaves my skin feeling very soft and smooth, and you need very little per use (aka putting on a thick layer won‘t increase its effects – trust me I‘ve tried). I think considering the price this mask is very much worth every penny, making me feel like I‘m in my own spa. If you‘re not a fan of sweet smells, don‘t get it – because it smells kind of like a candy shop.

Overall:starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises:starstarstarstarnostar

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