When I was back in my hometown Glasgow a few weeks ago, one of the first few things my lovely mother did for me was to book me in for a facial at the beauty salon. I used to get facials ALL THE TIME back in my pre-Aussie days (before 2009) because :-
1. I was vain (okay, I kinda still am!) and wanted to have amazing looking skin whilst I was flirting with all the guys (yes, I used to be a big flirt too!)
2. I used to have a semi-stressful lifestyle where I worked really hard and partied even harder so I earned good money (back then!) and could afford/needed to pamper myself
Nowadays, facials at a beauty salon are a long-lost luxury for me. Instead, I have to resort to good old DIY (even have to trim my own hair!) facials at home with face masks which I’ve had fun testing (anything non-nappy-related is fun for me these days haha!)
Anyway, let’s take a look at them together and maybe you’ll find one that will tickle your fancy…
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Purifying Mask $9.99
This is a clay mask which helps draw out impurities so I use this when my pores are looking huge-ass-scary and clogged with nasties but I don’t have time to manually squeeze out those suckers myself. I wouldn’t say that this mask removes all the gunky stuff but I think it does help as my skin feels cleaner after using this. I don’t use it all over my face, mind you, but only around the midsection where I get most congested which includes my nose (hello blackheads!). Now that I am typing this up, I’ve just had this lightbulb moment (don’t you just love those moments?!) where I think it would totally help with my back-ne so I’m gonna get my husband to slap it all over my back tomorrow night. For under a tenner, this is definitely worth a try for all those out there who suffer clogged pores.
Quick Fix Mega Moisture Gel Mask $8.95
This is another budget-friendly mask at under a tenner. I am a dry-skinned girl especially when I returned from holidays recently. There’s just something about cabin pressure which dehydrates skin faster than a turkey with no feathers sunbathing in the oven (sorry, it’s midnight and my metaphors suck after a day of clingy teething baby!). Anyway, this is not a miracle mask which will get rid off any dry patches immediately but it did help restore some moisture to my skin. I found this to be better than using the hydrating disposable sheet masks. And another lightbulb moment (I’m on a roll tonight!) – I’m going to try this on my elbow – do you have dry elbows too??
Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask $47
To cure my afore-mentioned dehydrated skin, this was one of my skincare saviours! Not only is the mask cooling and soothing on dry, cracked skin, but it is perfect for those who suffer from lazy-itis. That’s me, BTW! Why? Well, you slap this on after cleansing and go to sleep. Yup, it’s not one of those “wait 10 minutes and then wash it off” masks. You just sleep with it on. Genius! I did this 3 nights in a row to completely get rid of those severely dry skin patches. Definitely worth getting especially when Clinique do those Gift With Purchase deals. This mask plus a Chubby Stick and hello GWP! And I am not just loving this because I was a Clinique It Girl last year
Ultraceuticals Ultra Energising Mask $65
This mask is targeted at those who have tired and dull skin with anti-fatigue ingredient, caffeine – BUT NO YOU CANNOT DRINK THIS :P! Who better to test this out than yours truly (with the grumpy teething baby!)? That’s what I did one morning when I was feeling extra rough (apply to skin for 10 minutes and then rinse it off) and guess what? My GUY friend actually did NOT believe that I didn’t have any makeup on when I had lunch with him later on the day! True story. This mask is also ideal for those who are looking for fragrance-free and paraben-free skincare.
Estee Lauder Nutritious Vita-Mineral Skincare Radiant 2-Step Treatment $92
This is the creme de la creme (read : most luxe) of the face masks reviewed here today. To me, this feels more like a “proper” DIY facial because it has 2 steps just like the facials I have at the beauty salon. The first step is the 10-minute detoxifying clay mask which helps remove impurities (bye bye clogged pores). This is then followed by the nutrient-infusing mask – which you don’t have to wash off (another lazy-itis winner!), but you sit back, relax and let it absorb. My skin feels amazing AND looks amazing (even if I say so myself!) when I use this. Is it worth every dollar? Yes! It’s still much cheaper than getting a facial at my local beauty salon. Plus you don’t need to use a lot so the cost per use is great especially as I get amazing results with this 2-step mask.
Are you a fan of facials at the beauty salon or do you prefer face masks in the comfort of your own home?
Disclosure : All except Clinique were provided for editorial consideration but all thoughts remain my own as usual Goodnight (or good morning when you read this!)