Miracle Masks

Can I just start by saying how much I love facemasks, they remind me of girly sleepovers talking about rubbish, eating pizza and painting each others nails in crazy colours… and dots 😉

So in order to put out a massive hint to my best friend that we need to do this again, and to show my love for some of the face masks out there I’ve decided to dedicate my instagram posts and my blog this week to trying them out. #facemaskweek

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First up is a mask that I’ve been wanting to try for ages! I love the idea of a sheet mask with the hope of it being less messy but still with great results. After following the Garnier UK instagram account after posting about the Micellar Water, I noticed them posting a lot about this tissue mask with everyone commenting it had left them with great results.

I applied the mask after cleansing my face from makeup first and whilst relaxing in the bath to try and get the full benefits of a chilled face mask application. With this mask you simply unfold it and lay over your face, I’d recommend a mirror handy to make sure you get the eye holes in the right place. You then peel off the protective blue layer and smooth out the edges to the curves of your face. The tissue mask is covered in a serum with Chamomile extract and hyaluronic acid that intensely hydrates and comforts your skin while you relax.

I loved the texture of this mask, it really felt as though it was ‘doing something’ and made me sit still which was an added bonus. If you do use it while in the bath as I did just be careful not to get too hot as I found having something covering my face and in a hot bath started to overheat a bit and I think I cut the 15 minute time a bit short.

Overall though I loved this sheet mask and will hopefully try some of the others out after payday 😉

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Next I decided to try the clayMask® from Medik8®, this mask has a thick almost clay like consistency which I’m guessing is where its name comes from. I wanted to give this mask a try as it will hopefully help absorb excess oil on my skin and prevent my pores from clogging.

This mask did leave my skin feeling really clean and fresh afterwards, however it was difficult and messy to apply, but that’s half the fun of a facemask right! I also liked the sound of this mask as it’s ingredients include plant extracts like Passionflower and Willow Bark together with Cranberry Fruit, which to me sounds like would be a good cocktail too!

 

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The 7th Heaven masks are the masks of teenage sleepovers all over the UK I can imagine, I know they were a firm favourite of mine, and still are to be honest! I decided to go back to them and try some new ones as well as one of my favourites, the Passion Peel off. I love these masks as not only are they all peel off ones which are so satisfying to peel off once they’ve dried, It’s like that feeling when you used to peel dried glue off your fingers!

I’ve not had a chance to try these all out yet but the one I’m most looking forward to testing out is the Black Seaweed Peel Off, I’ve always been a lover of seaweed as a skincare ingredient mainly due to it reminding me of being by the sea, which always calms me but I know it’s also good for oily prone skin, having used the Body Shop seaweed range previously.

 

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The Passion Peel Off is one of my favourites though, partly due to its fruity smell of Pineapple and Papaya as well as how soft and refreshed it leaves your skin. Once applied you’ll look a bit red and very shiny, but once its all dried up and you peel away the pale pink mask along with all your dead skin cells, you’re left with a completely refreshed complexion, don’t forget to moisturise on top though as this one can dry your skin out a little.

 

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After the success with the Garnier tissue mask I decided to have a little delve into a few more sheet mask’s, having finally scouted out the Soap & Glory sheet masks in boots, (Found them in the third boots I tried!) I decided to try out the Pore-Refining Mask and the Radiance-Boosting Mask. Firstly can I just say how much I love their packaging, I’m not usually a fan of ‘gimic’ packaging or a lot going on design wise, but somehow Soap & Glory manage to make theirs look great I almost don’t want to use them to ruin it!

Again I haven’t had a chance to try these ones out yet, but planning on a little pamper this weekend so keep an eye on my instagram story to find out how I get on!

 

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Still yet to find a face mask that I’m absolutely in love with, so if anyone has any suggestions of their favourites please let me know!!

Come join the #facemaskweek on instagram or twitter 😀

Nail Recovery

After taking the plunge to remove my gel nail extensions after having them just over a year, I was starting to worry my natural nails needed some more strength. Surprisingly my natural nails were pretty good under the gel extensions, you hear horror stories of people not having much left after taking their fakes off. I’d like to think its all thanks to my fab nail technician! (hey Vik!)

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I always find my nails grow quite quickly, with tapping away on the keyboard at work and general day to day tasks, I was pretty careless with my nails as I knew how strong they were, other than opening can’s of Diet Coke, anyone with fake nails knows how much of a risk that is! (I use a ruler!) So not having any form of protection on my nails, I wanted to find some conditioning nail polish that would restore the strength and generally give them a treat.

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My first purchase was the Super Mani 7 in 1 treatment, I mean 7 treatments sounds perfect.

It claims to:

  • Encourage growth with Keratin
  • Nourishes with Argan Oil
  • Promotes shine
  • Hydrates with Vitamin E
  • Smoothes the nail surface
  • Protects from breakage

Phew.

After using this as base coat under nail polish (I’m not keen on bare nails) for a few weeks,  I have found that my nails seem stronger and less prone to breaking, I’ve also found the colouring on my nail beds has got brighter too. I must warn you though it does have a stronger nail polish smell than normal nail varnishes.

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My second purchase was the Mini Mask, Camouflage, Colour and Condition. I loved the idea of this polish as it promotes strengthening and conditioning as well has having a lovely pinky colour to it. Usually conditioning polishes are all clear, and as I mentioned I’m not a lover of he clear shiny nail look. This polish left a beautiful soft pink colour with a slight matt texture to it. Perfect.

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Another upside to this polish was the brush itself, you can sort of see from my photo it was slightly tapered which made it easy to apply reaching all edges and creating a nice even coat of colour.

In order to give my nails a proper treat, I’ve been using these both together, it’s been keeping my nails neat and building them up to be tough, guess what I can open cans now 😉

Have any of you had a break from fake nails, what did you do to give your natural nails a treat?