The Perfect Masks to Multi-Mask

The Perfect Masks to Multi-Mask

You may be aware that a couple of months ago The Body Shop released their face masks and sheer weeks later L'Oreal released some face masks too. Of course, me being me, I wanted to try them all out, after trying a few samples I settled on one from each brand; The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal mask and L'Oreal Pure Clay Glow Mask and they have slowly become my favourite face masks. 

The Body Shop are one of my all time favourite brands, most of my body care products are from there and rightly so. I was invited to an event upon the release of the masks and got to try out the Himalayan Charcoal, Ethiopian Honey, and Chinese Ginseng and Rice masks, I was also given a sample of the British Rose, but couldn't try it due to my aloe vera allergy. Of all three of the masks, I tried I wanted the Himalayan Charcoal and so I bought the full sized version. 

To use it's full name the mask is actually called Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, but that's a mouthful so we will opt to call it the charcoal mask. The mask is said to exfoliate, purify and cleanse the skin while purifying and unclogging pores. It contains bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan foothills, green tea leaves from Japan and community trade tea tree oil from Kenya, all beautiful sourced and natural items that leave your skin soft, supple and cleansed. 

If you weren't already aware I am obsessed with the packaging of The Body Shop face masks, the gorgeously sleek pots look so lovely sat out by our sink or on your vanity table. The flat top means you can pile them up and the coloured labels make it easy to recognise each mask. The 75ml pot means it will last for at least 15 applications, maybe even more if you are multi-masking. 

The mask has the strangest consistency due to the little charcoal extracts, but it is pretty easy to apply to the skin with a brush, mask spatula or your hands. When it dries it looks scale-like and reminds me of the lizard bad guy from The Amazing Spider-Man. I leave it on for 5-10 minutes, sometimes maybe a little longer before I rinse it off with warm water.

The Perfect Masks to Multi-Mask

When you are rinsing the mask off it can be quite tough, but you don't have to scrub or irritate your skin to get the mask off, I rub my face with my hands in circular motions under warm water to remove the mask and it work quite well. 

This mask dries in quite quickly and gets incredibly hard and stiff so laughing too much while wearing this mask isn't a great idea. It feels ever so slightly tingly, not in an uncomfortable way, just very lightly. It has a beautifully fragrant smell of green tea and tea tree, a very clean scent, but it isn't overpowering at all. 

I have been multi-masking with this mask using it on my tea zone and chin which are my more oily areas, using this mask it does seem like the areas are less oily than they usually are. These areas also have fewer spots than they were getting before I began using the mask and when I go makeup free I have been told my skin looks much healthier and like I have an inner glow, which I thank the mask for. 

The mask is vegan, as well as being paraben, paraffin, silicone and mineral oil free thanks to the natural ingredients. 

L'Oreal released three Pure Clay masks and since I have an obsession with face masks I knew I had to get one. There is the purity mask, the detox mask, and the glow mask. The detox mask reminded me a lot of The Body Shop mask mentioned above to I decided not to pick that up. The glow mask, on the other hand, sounded right up my alley, I mean I love to glow. 

The mask is said to brighten and exfoliate the face, absorb impurities and excess sebum, eliminate imperfections and clarify the complexion thanks to the mixture of the three pure clays; kaolin, montmorillonite, and ghassoul and the red algae. 

Again, I love the packaging of the mask, it is much more petite than The Body Shop one. It has quite a luxurious feel to it for a drug store product with the white lid with a green band around it. The 50ml pot is said to last about 10 applications, probably more if you are multi-masking like I do. 

The Perfect Masks to Multi-Mask

The consistency of this mask is much smoother, it is lighter and doesn't have any chunks in it like the charcoal one does, it has smooth and creamy. It applies incredibly with a brush, mask spatula or your hands, my favourite thing to use with this mask is a mask spatula, I think it spreads the product much more evenly. I also leave this on for 5-10 minutes, sometimes a tiny bit longer before rinsing it off with warm water.

It is super easy to wash off, all it takes is some warm water and rubbing the product in small circular motions and it comes right off. No scrubbing is needed whatsoever and my skin has never felt even slightly irritated with this mask. 

When the product dries in, it hardens, but it doesn't look much different visually, it does get a little stiffer, but not half as much as the charcoal one, you can still laugh and talk without it feeling too stiff. It has a very cooling feeling to it. It has quite a clean, almost clinical scent to it, which some people may not like, but again it isn't overpowering. 

When multi-masking I apply this product to my cheeks. The first thing that I found after using this product a few times in a row was that my pores looked smaller, tighter, my skin also feels a lot softer, smoother and just like the charcoal mask people have commented I have like an inner glow to my face, which I think it because of the wonderful masks. I never really get spots on my cheeks so I can't say whether imperfections have been eliminated. 

Have you tried either of these masks? Do you multi-mask? What is your favourite face mask? 

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