Ooh, hurry up July! That’s when the Masque Bar Modeling Masks arrive and they’re absolutely a snip at £4.99. I’ve seen far more expensive versions of these and I’m so pleased to see this brand making an affordable – but also very good – version of the modeling mask trend.
They look a lot like cereal bowls – I thought I’d been sent a bag of porridge to be honest! When you open up the carton, you’ll find powder in several varieties. The one I’ve used to photograph is the Lavender Mask so there are tiny pieces of lavender in it. The main ingredient is Diatomaceous Earth – I had to Wiki this one. Put simply, it’s is a naturally occurring, soft, rock made from fossilized remains of algae (diatoms) that can be very easily powdered down to ultra fine particles. So, they can’t be vegan can they? I don’t know how vegans feel about fossils – if you do, please let me know! It’s also got glucose, potassium powder and peppermint oil amongst others.
You add seven scoops of water with the included spoon thing, and then mix it up to a paste – I used the long end of a teaspoon because you can’t really do it with the included spoon.
Using the (tea) spoon handle, spread it over your face and leave it for about 10 minutes. The most notable thing about this mask is how cooling it it – lovely on a hot day.
Elizabeth Arden Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules
I’d be prepared to put money down to bet that you won’t have experienced a skin care texture like this before...
After it has set, simply peel it away!
These masks come off in one go – they’re such a move on from traditional peel off masks where you end up picking bits off for weeks afterwards, and they don’t pull at your skin at all (so any facial down or hair is safe from tugs). You can see a slight bit of residue flaking at the edges but that’s it. My skin felt completely refreshed afterwards and lightly moisturised. Honestly, they’re great! Variants are Lavender (relaxing, hydrating), Tea Tree (soothing, hydrating), Collagen (purifying, exfoliating) and Charcoal (cleansing, oil removal). They’re launching at ASOS and I’ll try and flag up when they go live.
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