DIY Beauty: Cocoa Face Mask

DIY-beauty-home-made-cocoa-face-mask-1.jpgI’ve always been interested in trying some DIY beauty products but have never got round to it, either because I didn’t have the right ingredients when it came to making them or I didn’t know what ones to try. Last weekend we had a couple of avocados that needed using up so I tried a face mask and a hair mask.

There are so many face masks out there I didn’t know which to try but I found a chocolate face mask that seemed like it’d work for what I want and we had all the ingredients in the cupboards, it seemed an obvious choice for a first attempt. This recipe is from the Marie Claire website, you can find it here along with five other easy face masks so if this doesn’t seem right for your skin type there are others to choose from instead.

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Review: Tony Moly I’m Real Aloe Moisturizing Sheet Mask

tony-moly-im-real-aloe-sheet-mask-1I’ve tried a few of these Tony Moly I’m Real sheet masks and so far they seem nice enough. I bought the set of sheet masks for around £10 on eBay a while ago and this Aloe Moisturizing Sheet Mask has been sitting waiting to be used. I’m trying to use my face mask stash up by using one a week, I’m not sure how much it has improved my skin but it’s definitely a nice, easy way to have a face mask and these sheet masks are especially refreshing.

This sheet mask is aimed at moisturising and the main natural ingredient for this is Aloe. It seems like it’s one that should also be calming and cooling and would be good for oilier skin too. I know that my skin loves aloe gel when it comes to calming it down after sun burn or a reaction so when I was choosing a face mask in the warmer weather recently it seemed to be the perfect one to try. 

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Review: Face Inc Silver Streak Peel Off Face Mask

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You may know that I do love a good face mask, especially peel off or sheet masks, and so I had to ask for the Unicorn themed gift set that had a mix of Face Inc and Nails Inc products including face masks and nail varnish, two of my weaknesses, for Christmas. This Silver Streak peel off mask was one of the products in there and a pretty silver coloured peel off mask.

I can’t find the official description of what it’s supposed to do, there wasn’t much on the box and all of the online stores have taken it down, but apparently it’s supposed to refresh your skin and brighten your complexion so I was expecting something cooling and refreshing when I used it. I wasn’t the most cautious I’ve been when using peel off masks, I often get a couple of uses out of a pod, as it claims to be for face, body and hands and I tried it on my face, neck and the backs of my hands.

There’s something satisfying about removing a peel off mask, whether it has any benefits for my skin or not it’s just fun. This one has the added bonus of being a silvery colour, though it’s not straight up robot silver as I was half expecting, more a subtle silver shimmer that gives you a sort of sheen and glowy look when it’s on.

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Review: Soap and Glory What a Peeling De-Clog Face Mask

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I have to say I do love a good face mask. Recently I’ve mainly been buying sheet masks but there’s something oddly satisfying about peeling of a peeling sheet mask. One thing I’ve found is that they tend to be fun but a bit underwhelming when it comes to the long term positive effects on my skin. If I see a new one from a brand I love though I do tend to give in and try it.

This Soap and Glory What a Peeling De-Clog Mask costs £4 and you get two little pods of face mask. I think it’s intended for one use each but there’s too much for me to use in one go so I’ve used the one pot twice. It claims to de-clog pores and the other benefits are supposed to be: lifts away impurities and dirt, removes excess oil, purifies, smoothes and brightens which sounds like a lot from one mask. Having said that I gave it a go as my skin has recently been a bit congested and I’ve been getting mini breakouts so I thought I’d give it a challenge and see how it coped.

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Review: CNF Mangosteen Sheet Mask

mangosteen-sheet-mask-1I do love a good sheet mask and, in my recent Korean Beauty haul, I found some new ones I’ve never heard of before, this The Iceland Sheet Mask in Mangosteen is one of them. I think the brand is CNF, there’s not much in English and I’m going by the contact information at the bottom of the sachet on the back. I got the set of five for £5.91 with a silicone puff so they’re around £1 each, a lot cheaper than sheet masks available in the UK.

Until a couple of years ago I’d never heard of a mangosteen, then my parents found them cheap on the market so came home with some. They’re a bit like a lychee in scent and flavour but look like the photo on the sachet. This particular sheet mask is aimed at calming your skin and, as my skin has been misbehaving a bit recently, I thought it would be a good one to start off my once a week face masks to see if I can get through my collection!

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Advent 2017: Day 2!


Laboratories Filorga Paris is one of those makes I’ve only really had in advent calendars, I think probably the previous Marks and Spencer’s ones I’ve bought. Outside of that though I don’t think I’ve ever read anything about them in blogs either, maybe I’ve missed them but I don think they’re a very popular brand. Looking at the price, this face mask in a full sized 50ml tub is £40, they’re definitely on the higher end of the skincare price range but they do seem to have some scientific background, a company I’d look into a bit more.
The product in today’s box is the Meso-Mask which claims to be a smoothing radiance mask and, looking on the M&S website, its for use on your face, neck and décolletage. If you want to use it on that whole area then I don’t see this 15ml tube managing it but I’m interested to see how it works. If you’ve been following my blog you may know my love of a good face mask, though admittedly none of them have this price tag on them.

I have a feeling that both of the things I’ve had before from this brand were exactly the same anti wrinkle moisturiser in that did nothing for me but I’m interested to see if this one is better and worth the higher price tag, it’s £40 for a 50ml tub. I think that means this would be around the £8 mark for this small tube which seems expensive but I’m hoping it’ll do more than one mask to make it slightly more cost effective.

Maybe it’s just me but there’s something about matte feeling packaging that says luxury to me and this tube is a matte white, soft plastic that’s easy to squeeze and I can see it being easy to get every last bit of product out, even if it means cutting it open. The screw on top doesn’t come off easily so I can see it being a good one for travel if you want some extra luxury on a weekend away.


The consistency of this mask makes me think it’ll be one my skin either loves or hates. It’s one of those masks that has the feeling of a thick face cream. You leave it on for fifteen to thirty minutes and it does feel nice and cooling on the back of my hand. I didn’t leave it on for that long but it did leave my skin feeling moisturised so I am looking forward to trying it. I just hope it doesn’t make my skin break out.

The scent of this is pretty nice, it has a similar scent to a lot of face creams to me. The kind hats hard to explain but I can only really describe as a powdery floral, I hope that makes sense. It doesn’t smell too perfumey, it’s quite subtle, but if you have a sensitivity to fragrances it may be one to avoid. 

Overall I’m happy enough with this product. Considering some of the products coming up that I know I’m looking forward to more I’m pretty much considering this one as free and I do love a good face mask. Given the price I definitely won’t be rushing out to buy it, unless its some miracle mask, but it’s nice to try. I like how the Marks and Spencer’s advent calendar does have some of these higher end brands that I wouldn’t choose to buy myself due to the price tag.

Advent 2017: Day 2!


Laboratoires Filorga Paris is one of those makes I’ve only really had in advent calendars, I think probably the previous Marks and Spencer’s ones I’ve bought. Outside of that though I don’t think I’ve ever read anything about them in blogs either, maybe I’ve missed them but I don think they’re a very popular brand. Looking at the price, this face mask in a full sized 50ml tub is £40, they’re definitely on the higher end of the skincare price range but they do seem to have some scientific background, a company I’d look into a bit more.

The product in today’s box is the Meso-Mask which claims to be a smoothing radiance mask and, looking on the M&S website, its for use on your face, neck and décolletage. If you want to use it on that whole area then I don’t see this 15ml tube managing it but I’m interested to see how it works. If you’ve been following my blog you may know my love of a good face mask, though admittedly none of them have this price tag on them.
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Review: Beauty Bits Australia Compressed Face Masks

I’ve seen compressed face masks around for a while and not really known what they were so, when I saw these Compressed Face Masks from Beauty Bits Australia in TK Maxx a couple of months ago, I had to give them a try. They’re small, compressed face masks that you add liquid to so they grow and expand and become full sized sheet masks. With the amount of excess mask formula you end up with in sheet masks this seemed like the perfect way of using that up. 

They had two varieties, one with the plain white sheet masks and this Assorted one which has a mix of charcoal infused black sheet masks along with the plain ones. This jar had ten of the charcoal infused ones and fifteen of the plain white sheet masks to make up the twenty five in the pack. These are no longer available in TK Maxx but I bought them for £9.99, at least that’s what the sticker says but I seem to remember it being less than that. There are a lot of companies doing these though so there might be a company that’s easier to find near you and this post might be helpful on deciding if you want to try them.
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Review:  Dr. Organic Tea Tree Deep Pore Charcoal Mask


My skin is definitely acne prone and I’ve been using the Black Magic face wash from One Hand Washes the Other for years but the customs charges I always get hit with make it so much more expensive so I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement that’s easy to access in the UK and this Dr Organic Tea Tree Deep Pore Charcoal Mask might be the closest I’ve found yet. 

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you might be aware that I am a fan of the Dr Organic range, or at least a fair amount of their products, as they often seem to work for my skin and hair plus, as a brand, they’re cruelty free and use a lot of natural ingredients. This particular mask, or face wash as I’ve also been using it for, is also vegan friendly. As far as I’m aware Dr Organic is exclusive to Holland and Barrett’s here in the UK and this mask is part of the skin clear range which includes a face wash and moisturiser. It costs £6.99 for the 100ml tube and can be found online or in some of their stores.
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Review: Tony Moly I’m Real Broccoli Sheet Mask

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I do love a good sheet mask and bought a set of the Tony Moly ones a while ago from eBay for around £10. Most of them have been sat there for a few months but I finally got round to trying the Broccoli Sheet Mask which is supposed to help with vitality so brighten your skin and give it a healthy glow. I have to say this is one of the more intriguing ones, I don’t think I’ve ever used a broccoli based skin care product before.

Sheet masks have become more popular in the UK with a lot of companies bringing out their own versions but I haven’t seen the Tony Moly ones around much despite other products from them being available here. However, I have seen these Brocoli ones in TK Maxx recently and it seems they cost £4.99 there going by the online price so I’d recommend eBay if you’re interested in trying them.

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