I was recently contacted by skincare brand, Montagne Jeunesse to try out two new masks from their range. I've been using these fellas as an at-home facial since I was a teen and to this day, still pop them in my basket in Penneys or in the trolley in the supermarket when I do my groceries.
There's a large range of flavours to choose from, the brand is against animal testing, is constantly working to reduce it's Eco footprint and uses natural ingredients (and where that's not possible- safe man made ones instead).
Given that a single sachet is less than two euro, it's a fool-proof and cost effective way of giving yourself a little weekly beauty treat for less than the price of a coffee. Huzzah!
On to the masks at hand.
First up is the Brazilian Mud Fabric Masque. This fella contains purple Brazilian Mud (rich in magnesium to cleanse and stimulate), Acai berries (high in antioxidants) and Avocado (vitamin enriched to fight free radicals) and comes in the form of a sheet mask of mud infused bamboo fabric.
I was really excited about trying this as I haven't used a fabric mask before (as evident from my over enthusiastic photos below).
To use, you cleanse the skin, apply the mask (very easy as it's pre-cut), relax for 10-15 minutes, remove and rinse off. They include a "massage" step but I left that out as it didn't really seem necessary.
To start with I was all "I'll do a pouty face, like a proper beauty blogger":
Which quickly morphed into "how much can I look like a serial killer":
That aside, here are my thoughts:
It smells really good, fruity like berries.
It feels wet and cold but there's no drips.
It's like a clay mask and feels nice on; comfortable and relaxing.
Seems like a really efficient way to do a clay mask- very minimal cleaning up to do afterwards unlike a lot of other similar masks.
It was slightly too large for my face- you can see in the photos that it starts to encroach on my hair, so I use this on nights in and then shower afterwards!
My skin looked soft and clear afterwards- no redness or sensitive areas apparent.
Make-up free and tired but look how good my skin looks after the mask! Yay!
Next up is the 7th Heaven (Montagne Jeunesse are also using the name 7th Heaven on some of their masks and I think, throughout the UK.) Black Seaweed Peel-Off Mask. This uses chopped black Laver Seaweed from the Welsh seaside and Sea Buckthorn berries, crushed together to make a deep cleansing, detox mask that peels off dirt and grease.
Again, super easy to use: clean skin, apply the mask, relax for 20-25 minutes, peel it off and you're done!
I borrowed my long-suffering husband for this one, who's doing his very best caped crusader face below:
*Gravelly voice* "I'M Batman".
I obviously also got his opinions on it while the mask did its thing:
It feels nice going on (he's never had a facial so has nothing to compare it to but he liked it)
Smells like flowers.
Feels cooling and tightening and a bit tingly, like mint.
It felt refreshing as it was peeling off but it was annoying that some parts didn't peel off and were left behind (that's actually an important note- when applying I layered it on a bit too thickly in parts and those parts then didn't dry completely. I'd recommend a thin layer).
That's it peeling off- you can see the bits that weren't dry and were left behind. I left them on for longer but some still didn't dry so needed a wet muslin cloth to remove.
Skin felt clean and refreshed afterwards.
Would use again- success!
So that's us happy out and amazingly, the good people at Montagne Jeunesse are giving Nurse Fancy Pants readers a chance to try out a mask for yourself too!
Follow THIS LINK for an opportunity to win a free mask! There's 30 up for grabs so quite a good chance to get a nice midweek treat for yourself.
Are you a fan of Montagne Jeunesse too? Have you tried either of these? Do you also make serial killer faces when wearing a sheet mask? (so many questions).