I’ve got Mikhila to thank for introducing me to the Sephora Bubble Mask – I bypassed the opportunity to go to Sephora in Paris (I know… but I had a choice of meeting a French friend for a late night drink OR go to Sephora; is it bad that I chose the wine!?). She used hers straight away, raved about it, so of course, I had to have one. So, bearing in mind that Sephora is coming back to the UK (Mrs H confirms this – she’s over in NYC and had it from the horse’s mouth – plus I’m hearing they’re contacting brands in the UK), kicking off their first branch in Westfield Stratford, I thought it might be useful to have an idea of what to buy. Actually, now I think about it, there isn’t a confirmation on whether there will be a Sephora.co.uk for us to shop from (I type it in but it converts to Sephora.com).
The Sephora Bubble Mask is at the top of its game for being side by side with Korean and Japanese bubble masks. The theory of a bubble mask is to oxygenate your skin. My theory is that bubbles can’t do this and bearing in mind that skin is already fed oxygen by the venous system and air is at least 20% oxygen – plus tap water contains oxygen – I’m not sure that skin even needs it. The other thing to point out is that oxygen is a strong oxident – and in skin care what’s the buzz word? ANTI-oxidant. So you’re putting on your face the very thing (in theory) that all your skin care is trying to prevent your skin from getting anywhere near.
However, the Sephora Bubble Mask contains White Tea (and vitamin E), a powerful anti-oxidant, so maybe it all cancels itself out – who knows? What I do know is that the foam element on this is epic – you’re Santa Claus in about two minutes as this stuff bubbles hugely! You can hear it and feel it in a kind of fireworks-on-your-face experience.
Gradually, it starts to dissipate but if you massage it, it sort of revives itself and returns to a denser, more emolient foam.
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It’s absolutely all the fun to use – I found that it did make my skin look brighter and didn’t dry it out – I didn’t get the velvety feeling skin that Mikhila got (we are different skin ages and types) but I had (unusually for me) two small spots on my cheek and it seemed to significantly reduce swelling on both by morning.
The Sephora Bubble Mask is $19 so I am guessing it will be the £ equivalent here – it seems to be a thing for US brands to do that straight number conversion instead of an actual currency conversion. Tsk.
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