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November 29, 2014

My Face Mask Collection: What I Reach For When

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Pictured above is my entire face mask collection - I didn't realise I had so many until I came to take the photograph! I thought that I would break down my collection into rough categories, sharing when I reach for what face mask and what I think they're good for. If you're looking for a new face mask to try then I hope this breakdown helps you choose between some very stiff competition! 

When I want to exfoliate and brighten my skin...
I tend to reach for an AHA peel, and the two in my collection at the moment are Madara's Brightening AHA Peel Mask* and Elemental Herbology's Facial Glow. They're both very similar but I think that the Facial Glow is a little bit stronger, making it more effective but also harsher on the skin. However, if you are thinking of trying it out then a good idea is to check Naturisimo's sample section where I usually pick up 15ml tubes for just £2.50 (this is the cheapest way to get your hands on it). 

When I want to declog my pores...
I reach for a clay mask, my long standing favourite is Origins' Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Mask but I also really like Glam Glow's Youth Mud. A cheaper alternative is Super Facialist's Tea Flower Pore Purifying Mask, but I do find it quite harsh on my more dry and sensitive skin - so I only use this on my t-zone.

When I have painful under-the-skin spots...
I like to reach for something cleansing that isn't too harsh. My two picks are Aesop's Parsley Seed Mask and Antipodes' Aura Manuka Honey Mask. Both do a similar job but Antipodes' mask is slightly more gentle and moisturising. This tends to be the mask that I reach for when I have hormonal breakouts, my current tube is a repurchase and I'd choose it over the Parsley Seed Mask.

When my skin is dry and lacks radiance...
I like to use facial oils and intensive moisturising treatments. My favourite one to repurchase is Origins' Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask which is a very thick cream mask with a gorgeous fruity scent. When I want to really pamper my skin I crack out Decleor's Aroma Essence Iris Rejuvenating Treatment*. It's a really expensive product full of essential oils that I use very sparingly, but when I do reach for it I notice that it really leaves my skin looking particularly soft and supple.



  1. wow how many products...
    i want to try them

  2. I bought the Origins masks when they were on offer in Boots and the Drink Up mask has saved my skin lately!
    Kathryn / Cherries in the Snow

  3. I'm obsessed with your blog! And this post is really important because I have highly sensitive skin and eczema, so this post was definitely relatable. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog! I'm a new follower :)

    Kaylyn Nicole

  4. I love how you broke them down into categories...very helpful! :)


  5. I've never tried an over night mask, but have wanted to!


  6. Loved this post, its very informative, I just have one face mask and try to finish it before getting a new one, but after reading this I feel I should invest in more :)

  7. Love this post, its very informative, I tend to have one face mask, finish it before buying a new one but this post has made me realise I can have more dependant on my skins mood!

  8. These are great recommendations as I was looking for some more tubes of face mask because I find sachets a bit annoying and I struggle to finish Lush ones before they expire! xx

    Jasmine // Magpie Jasmine

  9. Great post! I love my face masks and always seem to have several open at once like you for different things. I need to check out the Parsley Seed one! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

  10. Thank you for sharing your love of Antipodes' Aura Manuka Honey Mask. We love it too, fantastic blog. #lovethelove

  11. Great post! You have a fab collection of face masks :-) I've never tried anything by Aesop before, will have a look at this mask :-) xx

  12. I am such a big lover of face masks and I love this post: so much inspiration! ;) xx

    Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty


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