Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Four face masks to try from Origins, Emma Hardie and Alpha-H

Mask crusaders, workin' overtime, fighting crime, fighting crime!  Yes, if you know what I'm talking about there then we can be friends because we're around the same age and had brothers who loved 80s cartoons.  There is not a single solitary time where I pick up a face mask and don't start singing this song.  So I basically have a theme tune for when it's time to pamper my skin a bit and I love it!

Recently, I've been trying out some new face masks and thought it was high time you knew about them.  I contemplated including the Clark's Botanicals Deep Moisture mask but felt that I'd wittered on a little too much about it, but know that just because it's not in this mug shot line up doesn't mean I don't use it all the time.  I just needed to let the fantastic four have their moment.

Masks are a quick and easy way to give your skin some much needed oomph and it's a perfect excuse to take it easy for the few minutes that it's on.  At the moment, there really is a mask for every skin issue you might have which is good and don't feel like you have to apply just the one all over your face.  Try applying different ones to different parts of your skin.  Do your cheeks need a bit more moisture than the rest of your face?  Or how about taking care of pores on your schnoz?  Mix and match folks!

Origins GinZing Refreshing Face Mask - €30

Origins have extended their GinZing range to include a refreshing face mask and it makes me happy when brands do this with ranges I love.  I use the GinZing face wash every second day or so and have been haring through the GinZing moisturiser like there's no tomorrow.  The refreshing face mask is designed to inject a bit of oomph back into dull skin and the citrusy scent helps lift your mood too.  Now, masks like this are good for the morning time when you want to look fresh and awake, when you feel anything but.  Coffee beans helps energise the skin while cucumber refreshes and Hoelen Mushroom soothes and this cooling gel texture feels lovely on the skin.  I like to apply it at the weekend if I'm messing around the house because I'm a disaster and know that if I put this on during the week, it'll be all over my work clothes and they'll be refreshed when it's me who needs it!  I leave it on for at least 10 minutes and if I haven't managed to get it all over myself, I tissue the remainder off and I look and feel more perky in the face department!

Alpha H Balancing and Pore Refining Mask - €32

I do like a good pore refining mask because the pores on either side of my nose could be used to store things they're that big.  This mask from Alpha H not only helps to shrink the appearance of them, but it manages to do so without stripping my skin.  It's the only mask I've tried apart from the Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask where I've seen a dramatic result after one use.  It's clay based which makes me happy because I know it's going to work hard at removing gick from my skin and when I say gick, that's the scientific term for impurities and toxins.  It smells like lavender and I almost feel it to be a waste if I apply it before bed because when I use it, I want to show off my skin.  That or apply makeup because it sits nicely on my face what with having constricted pores and all.  Love it.

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Age Support Instant Radiance Mask 

If you're looking for something that's a proper luxurious treat for your skin while knocking a few years off yourself then this one from Emma Hardie is worth a look.  It has the texture of silk on the skin.  Silk that smells gorgeous.  It has Hyaluronic acid which we all know now means increased moisture along with Paper Mint Extract and Persea Fruit Extract which work on toning and firming the skin which I'm all about at the moment.  You can either apply it to your face and leave it for 5-10 minutes before rinsing it off or leave it on overnight as a treatment.  You know me and my love of not having to wash things off and watch them go down the sink, so I apply a layer, let it sink in while I read a book (currently reading the latest Bridget Jones book and poor Bridget... I won't spoil it but man!)  When I wake up the next morning, my skin feels touchably soft and I look far more awake than I should be at 5am.

Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Face Mask - €47

This is the only mask of the four that I haven't tried because I don't have sensitive skin but wanted to give you the heads up.  If you're someone who suffers with redness or blotchiness and have sensitive skin that needs a bit of TLC then this could be the one for you.  Not only does it help soothe the skin but it also helps to replenish moisture and rebuilds a protective barrier to help prevent any future flare ups.  I'll be gifting this to a sensitive skinned friend who shall give it a go and report back.  I love the Mega-Mushroom range and might give this a sneaky go for the craic and see what happens.

If you're a face mask fiend then make sure you check out the rest of my blog posts on masks.  This post was inspired and requested my Auntie Phyllis who got me into makeup and beauty yonks ago!  She was asking me about face masks at Joanne's wedding so Phyllis, if you're reading this then let me know which one you want to try!

What face mask do you rate at the moment?  Let me know in the comments like a good child.


  1. I never think of using masks, ever. I buy the odd cheap one from the supermarché but it's something that would never occur to me! Like the sound of the Origins one a lot.

  2. Love the sound of the Emma Hardie, and the Origins, and the... Oh hell I want them all! I'm an absolute sucker for face masks!

  3. Can't remember the proper name bit loccitane has a lovely one from its angelica(?) range. You just leave it on for 3 mins then wipe off the excess and your face is glowing. For some reason I can't use masks that you have to leave on for 10mins or more, the feeling of it tightening on my face gives me shivers!

  4. I didn't even know that origins made a gin zing mask until I saw your post, I know for sure I am now going to be grabbing this when I have a bit more of spare cash to spend - darn it being responsible and buying school books! hahahahaha I love the eye cream and the gel moisturizer from that range!!

  5. How much is the Emma Hardie one?

  6. I'm always skeptical about 'brightening' face masks, do they really make so much of a difference? I'm in the market for a good hydrating one, I've heard good things about origins 'drink me up'. At the moment I like to use the Boots botanicals clay mask on my clogged t zone and recently I've been enjoying beauty flash balm! Hate it as a primer, love it as a mask!


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