I have a non nail post for your today at last!
I absolutely love skincare. I am obsessed with my face to the point of insanity; and I have to be pretty ill (self inflicted or not) to leave my make up on over night. I moisturise myself so much I can't hold a phone without it slipping off my face. That was a lie but you get my point.
I do a face mask at least once a week, but I try to do one on a Sunday and one on a Wednesday. I just think that the skin needs a little extra attention every now and then, whether that be a deep cleanse, a moisture boost, or just a bit of a pamper for the sake of it.
I'm sure you've at least heard of Montagne Jeunesse, but in case you haven't they're a skincare company that sell a huge selection of face masks, and hair and body products. I first noticed them because of their fun ingredients and natural ingredients, including fruits as well as the standard clay and herb based masks.
I've always found their products to be of a good quality, and especially good as most of their facial sachets are under £3, which means you can pick and choose what you fancy at any particuar time, rather than having loads of big tubes of products you don't really like (one day I'll show you my facial skincare drawer. it's a perfect example of this!)
So, as I said, their products are all made of natural ingredients, as well as being vegetarian approved (some are vegan), and paraben free. They also list all of their ingredients on their website, which I think is a very very good sign; there's nothing worse than a company who's scared to tell us what we're putting on our skin. Montagne Jeunesse is proud of its uncompromising natural credentials and ethos for ‘Conservation of Energy, Protection of Animals and the Environment.
So, this is one of two new fabric masks from Montagne Jeunesse, and I'll be reviewing the other one soon. They're both natural clay based masks soaked into a bamboo fabric mask, which claim to deep cleanse your skin, as well as brightening it up a bit.
I washed my face with my usual cleanser, using a muslin cloth to remove any dead skin (I always do this before a mask, and recommend you do too!), let skin dry and then got on with application.
Now, I've never used a fabric mask before so was a bit scared, and having read others' reviews on this expecting it to be massive on my face... which it wasn't, so I clearly have a huge face.
The only issue I had with the fit of the mask was the nose area, as you can see from the above picture it's a got eye, nose and mouth holes (thank god!), and the nose area covered the middle of my nose but not the crooks (?!) on the sides, which is where I personally find I need the most extra cleansing. I did manage to get it to cover these areas but it took a bit of manouvering.
The mask is really quite wet, I was expecting it to be drier, but it wasn't wet enough that it would drip. It felt very cooling on, but I couldn't help but feel a bit like a burns victim, although I assume this is something to get used to with fabric masks in general. It was very pleasant on the face, cooling and comfortable.
The mask smells really lovely and fresh, but unfortunately this made my eyes water slightly, although they do tend to do this with most strongly scented (natural or otherwise) products, and it died down after a few minutes.
Once it was safely on my face and my eyes had been dabbed appropriately, I sat down with my book and chilled for about 20 minutes (they recommend 10-15, but I got too into my book!), and then inspected it in the mirror. My face was feeling a little bit tight but not too bad, as the mask hadn't entirely dried like classic clay based masks. The chin had dried quite a lot and detatched itself from my face but this was possibly due to tea sipping. I'm not sure if this is meant to dry out entirely, but I doubt it as it would fall off your face I imagine!
I peeled off the mask and was pleasantly surprised to see a very small (slightly green) residue on my face, which washed off really easily, which is my usual gripe with clay masks. I absolutely cannot stand the feeling of when you get the dry mask wet, I know that sounds so bizarre but the feeling of my skin suddenly releasing makes me shudder. This wasn't an issue however and I was all cleaned up in a couple of seconds, with some help from a trusty flannel.
I then let my face dry and toned/serumed/eyecreamed/moisturised (told you I was into it) as usual.
MY GOD MY FACE WAS SMOOTH. I did the mask a good few hours ago now and my face is still insanely soft, it's amazing. I've had a good inspection with my magnifying mirror and my pores look a lot clearer as well, especially around my nose.
Both of the new Clay Spa masks retail at £1.49* (absolute bargain), and are available in Boots from mid August, and Asda from September. They can be purchased now from the Montagne Jeunesse website here.
Okay, I saved this until the end in case any of you have nightmares, but here is me laughing at how much of a weirdo I look with the mask on:
*This product was sent to me for review but all opinions are my own.