Is it still autumn or are we now edging into winter? Some days it is so grey and misty, I wonder if the seasons are blurring into one. Either way, we need to put a brave face on it. And anyway, it’s a great excuse to brighten up our puzzled faces by improving our home beauty regime.
Taking the challenge as seriously as I could, I appealed to the beauty world at large to send me samples of their highly-rated face masks. And then as they came piling through the door, I panicked. One face was looking at more than 10 masks. A logistical impossibility for any beauty queen…
So…I called on a little (faceless) help from my (now glowing) friends and asked those willing to try a mask and report back. With squeals of delight, masks were chosen according to skin types and everyone hurried home to layer it on.
A few of us tried Aromatherapy Associates’ Overnight Repair Mask and Soothing Treatment Mask. And both masks repeatedly got the big thumbs up (despite the eye-watering price) as we noticed a massive difference in our next-morning faces.
Ahava’s Time to Hydrate was also highly rated but my tester said it was a little sticky to get off.
Lancome’s Hydra Intense Mask was – as expected – an effective mask but we thought lacked any imagination in terms of smell and performance.
Melvita Masque Purifiant had a little tingle and no smell but left the skin soft and smooth.
Yes to Cucumbers Calming Facial Mask was a big hit but then I have always been a fan of the Yes to range (and its great value)… unfortunately it’s not so easy to find in the UK.
Super Facialist by Una Brennan’s Intense Moisture Mask felt a little too tingly for my liking…and I have to admit it didn’t feel too luxurious. We weren’t sure how much the A List facialist uses this mask.
Docteur Renaud’s Raspberry Soft Mask was a great eraser of lines and can be found at good old M&S.
GlamGlow Mud Mask is a pure hero. High in ancient volcanic ash, super antioxidants and minerals, it can’t go wrong.
Sjal Kashmir Saphir Perfecting Mask was as impressive as its sister product the Pearl Enzyme Exfoliating Masque – and just goes to prove that an expensive mask is worth every penny. Check out Beauty Works West for the incredible Sjal range.
Bakel Pure Peel is hard core and for the die-hard beauty regimer. With salicylic and citric acid, you can expect itching as all your dead cells are eliminated by this pioneering, recently launched mask.
Merumaya’s Pure Radiance Mask (which hasn’t even officially launched yet) is pretty much a light bulb moment….
And finally, the best non-face mask award goes to Charles Worthington’s Overnight Ultimate Hair Healer. It’s quite astonishing and, if you are a pristine bed linen lover, then just pop on for half an hour before you shower.