Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Body Shop Superfood face masks review!

For the most part, I try to keep to a proper skincare routine, but you know yourself, sometimes things can slide and before you know it, you look in the mirror and think "Why face?  Why are you doing this to me?  Have I not minded you enough?  Have I not drank enough water where I'm widdling every 5 minutes?  Sort yourself out mate..."

Then you realise that you're demented talking to your skin like that and you just need to give your skin a boost.  Enter The Body Shop's Superfood face masks (€25 each)!

This month, The Body Shop are releasing five new face masks aiming to tackle all skin concerns.  Multi-masking is still a big thing and the idea is that different bits if your skin will tend to have different issues, so rather than slathering the one mask all over one's face, one can apply different mask to different parts of one's visage depending on the skin issue.  This works out well for brands if we're shelling out our spondoolies on more than one product, but it's worth it if the products do their job and do it well.  While making us look even more ridey than we already are of course.

As I am completely and utterly jammy, I got to go to England earlier in the summer with The Body Shop to get a first look at the masks, see how they work and scare the bejaysis out of myself due to ghosts.  Ok, there weren't any ghosts, but head over my Instagram (lovelygirlybits) to see how demented I am.  I saved a video of me scaring myself twice.  No ghosts.  Just me.  But let's talk about the masks!

The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask

This mask is great for giving the skin a proper lift and you know in a ad when someone's showing you how to clean something in the kitchen and when it's clean, it makes a "ding!" noise?  That's what this mask does to your skin.  It makes your face ding.  Or in normal people's words, it leaves your skin looking clean and bright.

The idea is you apply a layer of this creamy exfoliating mask packed with ginseng and rice extract along with sesame seed oil over clean skin, leaving it for 5-10 minutes, longer if you'd like and then use a face cloth to gently buff the mask over the skin, gently exfoliating your visage and leaving you with a lovely bright complexion.  The scrubby bits in this mask aren't too abrasive and if you find using a cloth is a bit harsh, then loosen and emulsify the mask with water, have a scrub and rinse it off

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

When I applied this one for the first time, all over my schnoz I think, the sensation surprised me a bit.  I've never used a charcoal mask that tingled before!  Anyway, after a minute or two, that sensation went away and the charcoal got to work, drawing the impurities out of my skin.  Along with bamboo charcoal to draw out impurities and excess oils from the skin, this also has green tea leaves for exfoliation and tea tree oil to help keep your skin clearer for longer.  Now, the best part about using a charcoal mask is when it dries hard and you get to crack it and there is no attractive way to do that, so get ready to throw shapes with your face!  Your pores won't know what hit 'em!

The Body Shop Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask

You're wrecked, you're stressed and you look it.  Your face is the equivalent of the word "bleh".  You are the personification of that upside down miserable faced filter on Snapchat.  You need something that will give your skin an immediate boost of something.  Anything!  The Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Masks fits the bill lads and while the acai berry helps fight the appearance of fatigue, you can have the benefits of guarana seed extracts which is packed with caffeine (I'm liking the concept of coffee on my insides and coffee on my outsides), along with Community Trade babassu oil which is not only gas to say out loud, but it softens, smooths and revitalises the skin.  Using this mask that looks like jam means you can be dead on the inside but thanks to your face, you can fake it 'till you make it.

The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask

Please do not eat this mask.  Yes it smells like a pot of actual honey, it has the consistency of actual honey, but don't be fooled.  Now because I've told you not to eat the mask, you're going to want to aren't you?  It's totally what I'd do being the bold child that I am.  Along with the Community Trade honey with helps replenish and keep the moisture in your skin, it also has Community Trade marula oil and organic olive oil which help with issues like skin elasticity.  If you have dry or really dry skin, you're going to want to check this one out and get ready to torment people around you by asking them to touch your gorgeous skin.

The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask

I've left my favourite mask until last and it's the mask I've been using the most - the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask.  Girlfriends, the only place on my body that I don't mind being plump is my face and this mask not only leaves my skin feeling bouncy soft, but it feels so nourished and hydrated after using it.  With ingredients including rose petals from the farm we visited on our trip, rosehip oil and Community Trade aloe vera, my skin literally drinks this mask up.  If I'm feeling really lazy, I'll apply a thin layer before I go to bed and then sleep in the mask, washing it off in the morning.  Baby soft skin first thing in the morning is always a good thing!  Or if it's pamper time, I lash it on nice and thick for at least 15 minutes.  Either way, it works wonders on my face and will be the one I finish first because no matter what issues are going on with my skin, a shot of moisture is always a good thing.

So yes, you can either use these on their own or tackle specific skin issues head on by using different masks on different bits of your face.  It's worth noting that all five masks are made with 100% vegetarian ingredients and the Himalayan Charcoal, British Rose and Amazonian Acai are all 100% vegan and they don't contain parabens, paraffins, silicone or mineral oils.

Sunday evenings are always my pamper evenings, especially in the darker months when it's all cosy in the house.  Give me my fleece pyjamas, a face mask and twinkly lights and I'm good to go!  I'm sorted for masks this autumn and winter lads!  Which mask is tickling your pickle?

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