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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Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask Review

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Pros:

You need a tiny tiny bit per use – so you can use this jar forever.

Cons:

Might have caused an allergic reaction for my poor friend.

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I haven’t quit made up my mind of what I think of this mask – on one hand I think it‘s really hydrating, I love that you need very little per use, and it‘s not very sticky (despite being a gel). On the other hand I‘m almost certain it gave my friend an allergic reaction – not a serious one just some redness that passed within a few hours – but still a bit of a killer when one brings this for a fun spa day with girlfriends and one of them turns into a tomato (she had tried it once before – which makes it more plausible, since one doesn‘t get an allergic reaction when using something for the first time). After using this mask I still need a cream and a serum but feel baby smooth, but not 100% covered in terms of hydration. This is a decent mask and you can make it last a year at least, but the result is not that fantastic considering its price.

Overall:starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarnostarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarnostar

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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

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The Body Shop AMAZONIAN ACAI ENERGIZING RADIANCE MASK Review

Pros:

Yummy flowery smell and nice texture.

Cons:

Doesn‘t give you that “WOW” glow, which one hopes for.

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I‘m really struggling not to be too harsh to this mask, but I have high standards when it comes to “miracle glow” potions (this is my secret which I shall never stop using, no empty my wallet is). So I do expect miracles when a mask promises skin texture to appear “refined, clearer and healthier-looking”. Unfortunately my only judge this far has been my granny whom I‘m visiting and she always thinks I look like a princes (even when I have chocolate stains all over my pyjamas and haven‘t showered for 3 days), and she said I look awesome after using this mask.

Back to the facts: this mask smells great of flowers, has small exfoliating particles (guarana seeds) crammed in its yelly texture and is easy to remove, not being overly sticky. Sometimes when I use it, it causes extra blood flow to my face thus making me feel extra glowing, this only happened the first 2 times though. It doesn‘t irritate my skin or cause outbrakes, which is great. Why does it only get 3 stars then? Because yes my skin looks nice and smooth afterwards, but no WOW effect, which we all crave and keep searching for.

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Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

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Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask Review

Pros:

This mask is a hydrating bomb.

Cons:

Can cause break-outs when your skin is in a sensitive state.

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This mask is my absolute favourite, the one I return to after fooling around with others and feeling the disappointment, cause no mask compares to this one. It is a overnight mask, so you wake up with nice and hydrated skin the next day after usage. It sinks in fast and the consistency is that of a really thick cream. Not everybody loves this mask and Origins have previously disappointed me but this mask makes up for all of that. I got it two years ago and the tube is still very much full, because you need so little per use. The big minus is the drastic price difference: the mask is much cheaper in the US. Also it smells a bit of old flowers in my opinion, which sometimes can irritate me.

This mask has made me break out on rare occasions, when my skin was so sensitive is should not have put anything on (except this), but still.

Overall:starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarstar

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Beauté Pacifique Deep Pore Cleansing Mask Review

Pros:

Good mask option for girls and guys with problem skin.

Cons:

Doesn‘t clean out my pores.

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Beauté Pacifique Deep Pore Cleansing Mask is a white creamy clay mask that gives you fresh looking skin after use. It has a mild fruity scent which is nice and understated. It apparently has a unisex appeal as my boyfriend has used up half the tube! As for deep pore cleansing, I haven’t ever found clay masks particularly ground breaking, and this one isn’t either. They just can’t do the same as scrubs or medical products but they can reduce shine and astringe pore-size. This one has an added calming cooling effect on the skin which feels great, and isn’t too drying unlike many clay masks. I also like the fact that it’s white so it doesn’t make a huge mess around the sink when I splash it off. The mask isn’t too harsh on sensitive or acne-prone skin, so it’s also a good home-spa option for delicate winter skin.

Overall:starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarstar

Does what it promises:starstarstarstarnostar

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BEAUTÉ PACIFIQUE Instant Hydrating Mask

Pros:

Very moisturising.

Cons:

It‘s a bit pricy.

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Spring is here, and I am almost ready to depart with my “heavy” face creams and move on to lighter products. Naturally I have been locking for a face mask (it‘s no secret that I‘m very much obsessed) to bring into my spring routine – one that isn‘t too “heavy” and “fat” but rather gets absorbed quickly but still makes your skin looks luminous and smooth when you wake up.

I like that the founders of Danish Beauté Pacifique are engineers and have a past working for the medical industry, I just simply can‘t imagine engineers things that would be crappy for your face. I also like that those same engineers develop medical equipment for diagnostics of skin diseases – which makes me feel that they are far more knowledgeable then the execs of some major skin care brands. And of course- as all of you know – I have a soft spot for smaller companies making their way in the beauty industry relying on the quality of their products rather then multibillions dollar ads.

Back to this mask: the consistency of it is very light, it gets absorbed quick and smells of herbs. It can also be used as a 10 minutes mask, but I only use it overnight. The result is satisfying: my skin is soft, looks radiant and I get everything else that one would expect from a very moisturising mask. The only con is that it is a bit pricy. The mask also promises to minimize fine lines and wrinkles but I think I need to use it for a year at least to be able to tell if I can see any of those results…

Overall: starstarstarstarstar

Value for money:starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises: starstarstarstarstar

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Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Overnight Firming Mask Review

Pros:

Makes my skin look more firm and spotless.

Cons:

The price.

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I am a big fan of the Elizabeth Arden ceramide capsules (those golden capsules filled with serum that does amazingness to my skin). So I was really curious to try this new mask from the brand. The mask contains freesia, jasmine, vanilla, and sandalwood scent, and it has even been claimed that it can improve your sleep (not sure about that trial though – anybody would be happy having an expensive mask on being paid to participate in a trial wearing it). What I thought? The mask is easy to apply, dries in quickly – which is a nice change from all those super greasy night masks.  The results? Next day my skin feels more firm, glowing and pretty much spotless when I wake up. The mask is expensive, but the package lasts for very long (a year maybe), so I see it as an investment.

Overall:starstarstarstarnostar

Value for money: starstarstarstarnostar

Does what it promises:starstarstarstarnostar

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