Of the masks I’ve been trying recently, this is certainly near the top in terms of performance. Willow Cell Renewing Cleansing Mask isn’t one to just lie on your skin leaving you wondering quite what good it’s done after 20 minutes. It feels balmy when you apply to your skin and then tightening as time goes on.
After using, my skin definitely looked perkier and felt cleansed, although I wanted to put face oil on straight afterwards because while it wasn’t drying exactly, my complexion needed a moisture top up. It’s relying on coconut extracts to do most of the work – apparently, it has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties so it could be a good one for skin prone to break outs. Actually, I felt this mask is probably going to be more impactful on oily skin. Anyway, one side of my face looks a good deal brighter than the other (I did a half face test) so it’s certainly done something good in terms of brightening and cleansing. The only thing I don’t like is the brand’s use of wording around Gatuline Expression – a natural crease smoother (the entire Willow range is organic); you can’t compare the effects of anything purely topical as having similar effects to Botox and if you do, you can be sure that Allergan, who owns Botox, will chase you down. Also, the term ‘crow’s feet’ needs to be put in the bin for ever. There was little or no visible ‘tightening’ effect although I certainly could feel a tightening effect while the mask was on my skin. The Mask is £38 and you can use it as a 10 minute treatment mask or as a quick 1 minute cleansing mask and I think I’d be inclined to use it as the latter.
The Vitamin Lip Oil is also rather lovely. It’s a solid oil, so it’s not at all the same as a thick balm although it does look as though it should be balmy. It applies to the lips as a light, film-forming silky oil, so personally I’d use it as a daily lip conditioner rather than to treat chapped or cracked lips. It’s got all the right things in it – Vitamin E, Mango Butter, Vitamin A and C as well as the Gatuline Expression. It is formulated with essential oils so if you don’t like those, give it a miss. I’ll easily use this to the last drop. It’s £18. Willow Beauty is HERE.
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