April 12, 2013

The Masked Avengers

I have made no secret of the fact that I love skincare but, masks are a relatively new addition to my regime. I think I must have once considered them to be too confusing to shop for, always stumbling over questions like "Do I need one for dehydration or spots?" "Anti-aging or dryness?" However, once I was introduced to this particular facet of skincare by some of the brands Dee and I work with, I became braver and more able to identify what my skin needed at any one time. Now, I have a tidy little line-up of masks which help my skin repair, recover and look its best. So, I decided to review each one for you and let you know how I use it and for what!

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel* - The newest mask to enter my skincare regime, the Papaya Enzyme Peel from Elemis has blown up in the beauty world since it was first released 10 years ago. The mask incorporates the fruit enzyme Papain, extracted from Papaya and Pineapple, to dissolve dead skin cells and leave skin looking brighter and smoother. I LOVE this mask! It tingles slightly but, not unbearably so, and I love how it leaves my skin looking almost instantly more radiant. It also smells amazing which is a bonus! To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the product, Elemis have released a limited edition packaging (not pictured!) which, when bought, each mask equates to one vaccine for children in Africa. Ethical and effective, what's not to love! Review

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask - While I have mentioned this mask before, I don't think I have reviewed it in full. So, here goes! The Drink Up mask attempts to given parched skin an intensive hydration boost and it definitely does that. Whenever my skin is feeling dry and tight or just looks a little lackluster and dull, I apply a generous layer of this before bed and allow it to work its way into my needy skin during the night. The result in the morning is always beautifully bright and plump skin. Be sure to wash your skin before applying make-up though as any residue from the mask has a tendency to cause cream products to separate.

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5* - I have a massive review of La Roche-Posay's wonder product which was actually used in promotional material for the brand so, you can read that at the link below for a full overview of the product. However, it is a little known fact that Cicaplast Baume B5 can in fact be used as a mask. I like to use this when I am stuck for time and my skin is looking irritated and inflamed. Applying a generous layer of the cream to my face for around 10 minutes and then rinsing off with lukewarm water and a muslin cloth leaves me with calm, super soft skin! Review

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask - I have reviewed this pore cleansing mask from Origins before so, I won't blab on for too long about it. However, this is one of the most effective products I have ever tried and the tube is almost empty. I try to use it about once per week on my T-Zone to clear out any build-up. The result is super clear pores which look smaller. Review

Are there any masks you recommend?


  1. Love origins!

  2. Origins sounds appealing for my skin. I adore your blog, I hope you can follow me back, I'd greatly appreciate it xx

  3. that's so handy, I never know what is what with the masks

  4. I really like the Ren Invisible Pores Detox Mask and the Origins Drink Up Intensive. I want to try the Origins Clear Improvement Mask next.


  5. I need to try the Origins Clear Improvements mask, my pores have been clogged lately so need something like this asap! :)


  6. Oooh the Origins Drink Up Mask looks great!!

    Much love,
    Jennifer x

  7. Really want to try the Origin's brand! Tried looking for it in Arnotts they must have moved it, where do ye purchase? x

    1. I order from House of Fraser online!

  8. Ordered the two Origins masks today, every where i look i read something good about them. Must be a sign :)

  9. I have all of them except for the Elemis and love them! Must give that one a try though, it sounds great! :)

  10. I must try the Origins one! It's been on my radar for ages but I keep forgetting about it!


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