L’Oreal Pure Clay Face Masks

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As you may know already, I’m a huge fan of a face clay face mask so when I heard that L’Oreal were bringing their own clay masks out, I got really excited! Even more excitingly, when these were released they were on offer for £5 each (rrp. £7.99) so I picked up two of them to try out!

L’Oréal have brought out three different clay masks, each containing 3 pure clays along with their own different unique ingredients to do different jobs for your skin –

  • L’Oréal Pure Clay Purity Mask with the help of eucalyptus, aims to purify and mattify the skin.
  • L’Oréal Pure Clay Detox Mask which contains charcoal to detoxify and clarify.
  • L’Oréal Pure Clay Glow Mask including red algae to brighten and exfoliate.

I decided to try the Detox and Glow mask based on my skin type (combination/mostly dry). I try to avoid most mattifing skin products as they tend to dry my skin out, but I do really like the fact that L’Oreal have decided bring out different masks to suit different skin types. The great idea about these masks though, is that you can use these all together as a multitasking mask treatment! For example – If you get an oily t-zone but the rest of your face looks dull and dry, you can apply the Detox mask just to your t-zone and use the Glow mask on the rest of your face to get the perfect balance all at once, rather than having to use different masks at throughout the week to gain your desired effect. Genius idea L’Oreal (both for skin care and marketing!) – Bravo!

I’ve use these now each on their own all over my face and using the multitasking way, and I’m really enjoying them! The Detox mask is very much your traditional clay mask. When applied is dries on the skin, getting deep into all of your pores to give them a good clear out. I find this one really good when my skin is being troublesome because it really helps to clear my skin. The Glow mask is also good too but very different to anything I’ve used before. Its clay based also contains exfoliating beads (the type you find in the scrubby, gritty exfoliators). I’m not the biggest fan on the gritty exfoliator beads as I tend to use more chemical exfoliates but I have to say this does make my skin feel soft and glowy after using it.

The only down-size I feel is the packaging. These face masks jars do look lovely and feel a lot more expensive that they actually are, but I’m waiting to knock one of these babies from my sink in my bathroom for it to smash and cover my floor in clay gloop. Just a word of warning if you’re a little clumsy, like meJ! All and all thought, I really like these clays masks and they are perfect if you are look for an affordable clay based face mask.

Have you tried the L’Oreal Clay Masks yet? What did you think?

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Got 5 mins? Sanctuary Spa Thermal Detox Mask

   

I love a clay mask! My favourite being the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask but it can be a little pricey at £24.00. Although I have to admit it’s totally worth the money, I really wanted to find a cheaper alternative – I’m trying to save the pennies at the moment for my Wedding!

Roaming the aisles of Boots, I discovered that quite a lot of brands were now bring out their own clay masks which is amazing and I’m going to make it my mission to try them all and report back. This time however I settled on trying the Sanctuary Spa Thermal Detox Mask. Reason being it was on offer at £6.67 (rrp. £10) but loved that is was a thermal mask.

The Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask is a clay based face mask to cleanse and purify your skin. The self-heating mask warms the skins once you apply to your face and starts to open up your pores. The charcoal and kaolin clay then helps draw out impurities within your skin. It also contains soothing and calming myrrh oils which leaves your skin feeling cleansed and super soft. The thing I love most about this mask is that you only have to leave on your skin for 5 minutes to feel the benefits, which means it’s so much easier to incorporate in your skin care routine. It’s also non-drying so it doesn’t feel uncomfortable on the skin either. Rather than using it as a daily cleanser, I tend to use this more of a mask 1 to 2 times a week and I’ve found it’s helped to balance and calm my skin a the while keeping any spots or blemishes away – win win for me! 

 

If you’re new to clay based skincare, I would definitely recommend  The Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask as an introduction to clay masks, plus it doesn’t break the bank either.

Have you tried the Sanctuary Spa Thermal Detox Mask before? Is there another other high-street clay face mask you would recommend me trying next?

JorgObe The Original Black Peel Mask

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JorgObe The Original Black Peel Mask deep cleanses the pores, reduces the skin’s production of excess oil and prevents new blackheads. Soothing plant extracts help the skin regain its natural moisture balance, leaving if soft and with markedly reduces pores.”

Have you heard about this stuff yet? They have done a lot of online marketing for this product, I’ve seen it so many time on Facebook and after receiving a lovely Selfridge’s voucher at Christmas I decided to give it a go. I love a face mask, especially a peel off mask – isn’t it so damn satisfying peeling the mask from your face (just me?). Anyway, I do suffer with pesky blackheads on my nose so I was intrigued to see if this would work to remove them once and for all. I’ve tried clay masks before which do help (my favourite is Origin’s Clay mask) but the campaign for this mask almost claims to the remove them all in one fail sweep (or peel as the case may be). Worth a go right?

The day I got my hands on this mask, that evening I gave it a go (the boy may of also given it a go to, but shhh I didn’t tell you that!). It comes out of the tube in a thick black gooey texture and I applied it mainly just across the bridge of my nose. You then wait 30 minutes till it dries completely and then peel off. The first thing I learned, is that you have to put a thick layer on otherwise it doesn’t peel away very easily. When I tried this the first time, I applied it quite sparingly because, a) I was trying it for the first time so I didn’t want to go too heavy in case my skin reacted badly to it, and b) I didn’t want to waste it. Once it dried, I was left with a very thin and patchy layer which was difficult to peel. I therefore ended up washing most of it away with water which defeats the objective of peeling the mask off whilst it removes your blackheads – fail!

The next time I used it I went it heavy, ensuring I was covering the bridge of my nose with a thick layer of the mask. I waited 30 minutes (praying no one came to front door!) until it was dry and then started to peel. This time it was much easier, and although it stings a little when peel it from your skin, it’s satisfying to know whatever is underneath the mask is being dragged away too. I did notice a difference in my pores after the treatment, but I’ll admit that I wasn’t blown away. There were still a few stubborn blackhead lurking behind but I have found the more you use it, the more it improves. When you have a look at the peel afterward you can sort of see what it has removed – disgusting but kinda pleasing! I try and use this treatment once a week and I do find it does also keep excess oil away which is great!

Have you tried JorgObe Black Peel Mask? What are your thoughts?