The Best Facial Masks out there – The complete list

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Those of you who have followed this blog for a while know that I do have a craze for facial masks – they are a cheap(er) alternative to getting an actual salon facial and a quick way to make your skin look and feel fab. I have a whole shelf for my masks at home, and I‘m a bit embarrassed to admit that I add at least one to my collection every month (an expensive but satisfying habit). After trying my way through loads and loads of masks here is the top five of my favourites..since we are a critical blog a post of the worst masks out is to follow (next week..so stay tuned).

  1. Of all the hydrating masks out there I find the Origins drink up intense mask the best on the market. Not only does it make your skin super hydrated, but the package lasts for several years and its easy to apply. I have tried so many overnight masks but this one is “the one” for me. Read the full review here.
  2. Kiehl‘s Algea mask is sticky but shows results already after 10 minutes, serving as a hydration bomb. Generally I think Kiehl‘s shows an uneven consistency of the quality of their things, but this mask is a winner and a great investment, containing algeas, green tea and calendula, it calms down my skin and makes it very very happy. Read full review here.
  3. It‘s always nice to know that the people behind what you put on your face have some serious brain power, therefor we are fans of the Danish brand Beauté Pacifique , which was started by scientists from Novo Nordisk (they make insulin which doesn‘t equal faca care in my world but still gives the brand some serious credibility). The instant hydrating mask is like a fat cream that you put on overnight and voila – your skin gets a bomb of hydration with some visible changes the next day. Read the full review here.
  4. The Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is my best friend – I have used it for the past 5 years, and though I never actually used it as a mask, but just as a face cream – I wanted to put it on the list to share with you guys. This is a “Cinderella” cream – meaning it makes your skin glowing and is a saviour when you feel like your face looks like your beeep (you know what I wanted to say). It is e x p e n s i v e but so worth it. Read the full review here.
  5. A good budget alternative is The Body Shop Acai Face mask, which was just recently reviewed by moi. It makes blood flow to your face and give a great glow. It‘s not  the most WOW mask I have ever tried, but it smells great, feels luxurious and the result is decent – especially for the price. Read full review here.

Hope you enjoyed the list and let me know which masks you are using!

The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask Review

Pros:

A good budget alternative.

Cons:

Doesn‘t really have a “WOW what did you do to your face you look gorgeous” effect.

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This is the second mask I‘ve used from this series from The Body Shop (read first review here). This mask contains real rose petals, rosehip oil and aloe vera. It promises to moisturise and tone your skin, and I got it thinking it could give my poor face some extra hydration (everything is dry and tired on my body right now, longing for the sun). First and foremost the mask doesn‘t really smell that much of roses, it is a bit sticky but dries in fast, and is pretty easy to remove. I have been using it about 3-4 times a week and praying for miracles. Verdict: yes my face looks more fresh, but nothing spectacular (which I feel after using my favourite flash balm for example). It‘s a good budget alternative, but definetly not the mask I would use on a spa day with my girlfriends where I want to feel luxurious and extra beautiful after layering my face with lotions and potions. It‘s decent hydration but that‘s about it. Also the whole sticking your fingers into a glass jar is just bad design.

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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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The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Body Butter Review

Pros:

Smells natural and fresh of (pink) grapefruit.

Cons:

Super dry skin – give up right now and look for something else!

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This is my favourite body butter cause I am obsessed by grapefruit, and always looking for new things which are supposed to smell of it. Unfortunately this particular body butter never goes on sale or is sold for 5 dollars at Marshalls (yes it is true you can buy body butter from The Body Shop at Marshalls for 5 bucks and it‘s awesome), so I got it for Christmas from my mum last year. Verdict: beside from the lovely smell, it is easy to apply, dries in quick, and the smell lingers for a while. It never makes my skin feel too oily which is a bonus. The formula of this body butter is a bit more lighter then my other favourite from this range. It is only good for medium dry skin, so useless if you are shedding skin but great during the winter otherwise.

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The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter Review

Pros:

Takes away every trace of make-up and is still being kind to my skin.

Cons:

Leaves a greasy feeling, has to be followed up with a second cleansing step.

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I usually just wash my face with some kind of foamy cleanser before I continue with the whole, toner – serum – moisturizer – thing. But some days when my make up is extra heavy, it doesn‘t feel like my skin gets clean enough with one cleansing step only. Using my regular cleanser twice instead results in a dried out skin. Big nono. Those days i start my facial routine with this cleansing butter instead, which melts into an oil that erases e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. When I wash it off with water, that oily feeling is still there which needs to be followed up with my regular cleanser. Kind of irritating but totally worth it for that super clean feeling. Also, the smell is really nice, mild and floral. This is the second time I bought this cleanser, and will definitely go for a third one when this is done.

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The Body Shop Divide And Multiply Mascara Review

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Pros:

Doesn‘t smudge.

Cons:

Makes small lumps, which looks very unnatural.

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The Body Shop usually have a pretty good quality of their stuff, and since I was looking for a new mascara I thought I should give their make-up a go, which I regret now..The brush is made of rubber, which makes it easy apply the mascara even in the corners of my eyes. But when you start layering the mascara (looking for that va-va-voom effect one can not be fine with just one layer of mascara), it starts to lump my lashes and even when I use and extra brush my eyelashes, the mascara makes small lumps. Basically this is the worst mascara I have ever used, because it looks sooo unnatural. The mascara is to thick in its consistency which leads to the lumping. You may think that this can be because it‘s too old, but I bought it 2 months ago. It doesn‘t smudge though. Seriously promising that it will divide anything is a joke targeting my poor vallet.

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The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel Review

Pros:

A bottle lasts for ages.

Cons:

The price.

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This is by far the best grapefruit shower gel I have ever used (this is the worst one). I have an unhealthy obsession with grapefruit and tend to irrationally purchase anything that promises a hint of this healthy fruit, in it (did you know that intakte of grapefruit interacts with a long list of medication btw – few people know this – if you want to read more check out this site ). This time I was not disappointed. First and foremost my bottle (250 ml) lasted for ages, since you only need a tiny amount per shower and the shower gel lathers really well. Secondly the smell of grapefruit lingers on my skin and in the bathroom for ages and thirdly, my skin is not dried out after use. The downside of this shower gel is that it‘s a bit expensive and that The Body Shop only put the bigger bottles on sale each season (and not the smallest sizes which are the most convenient, unless you plan on living in a pink grapefruit cloud for a shower for a few years..).

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The best and worst beauty products of 2015 – the complete list

Happy new year lovelies, we have made a small list of what we liked and disliked this year:

Best budget product ever.

Best hair leave in treatment.

The DIY of the all.

The hair mask that changed our hair game.

The splurge of the year.

Best thing for your eyes (hey sexy cat eyes).

The oil that doesn‘t kill sensitive skin.

Best foundation to hide our pimples.

Algeas became our new favourite put-in-my-face thing, how random and awkward, but great result.

The body lotion of the body lotions that has been nourishing and loving to our winter skin.

And WHAT WE DID NOT LIKE:

Let this one stay away from your lashes.

This serum can stay where it belongs – far away from our face.

The body butter that left us wondering what the hell.

Our hands cried of anger after this one ( This one was pretty bad too though).

The splurge we regretted.

The concealer we will never repurchase.

Our lips were so mad with us after we used this one.

Thank you for a great 2015 and we are looking forward to guide you through another exciting year!

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Body Butter Review

Pros:

It’s a fair trade product.

Cons:

Smells too sweet and does nada for my dry post-vacation legs crying for help.

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I have written a review of a body butter from Body Shop before, but I thought this one deserved a review of its own.  This range of argan oil products is relativly new (compared to all the other flavours we all grew up with literally stealing it from our mum – or is it just me?) and is made from community fair trade argan oil from Morocco.

According to the Body Shop website, this body butter will make you skin soft and smooth with 24 hours of hydration and have a buttery texture. The texture it sure has, and yes it makes your skin soft…but I tried using it post-vacation, when my tan was falling off and my legs crying for help – and it did NOTHING! Literally my legs were just as dry after application as before, the 24 hour hydration promise feels like a joke when your legs won’t stop peeling and you know how much this product costs. So no, I do not recommend this body butter, seriously what is the point of calling it a hydrating product when it won’t save your sun tan?

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