I absolutely love face masks as whether they are being used as a treat after a long week, or as a means of fixing up your skin, they are so much more deep cleansing and effective than an everyday face wash. I tend to use face masks at least once a fortnight, but try to do it once a week as suggested! The main face masks I’ve tried are the Montagne Jeunesse face mask sachets and more recently, have tried the Quick Fix Facials, a tube of 100ml of face mask. They are all available at Boots!
Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks: £1/15ml – http://www.boots.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=11051&Ne=ManufacturerName|&DM_PersistentCookieCreated=true&langId=-1&categoryId=174849&storeId=10052&cannonicalUrl=en/Beauty/Skincare/Face/Face-Masks/&N=mfName_ntk_cs%253A%2522Montagne%2522|
I’ve been using these masks for a long time and first wanted them because of the fact that they were a one time use and so I could pick different ones each time as opposed to one type of face mask in a tube. Each face mask could actually be used twice as I found once I began using them! There are several types of masks they offer – the mud pacs and the peel off masks. The peel off ones are intended to be easier to use but I personally found them hard to peel off at times, and so prefer the mud masks, which are simply applied like a facial wash, left for 10-15 minutes and then scrubbed off, rather than peeled off. I found that the mud pacs also felt far more deep cleansing and actually felt like it was making a difference to my skin – it felt softer and more cleansed! The texture varies from different masks, from a gel like substance to an exfoliating one. For £1 these are great and they smell amazing! There are a range of different scents, so whether you prefer mint or fruit, there’s one for everyone! My all time favourite one which I use all the time is the hot chocolate one! It smells good enough to eat, however it also has a self heating element to it, so you actually feel it heating on your face as you apply it which really makes a difference to the texture of the skin! You can see it here: http://www.boots.com/en/Montagne-Jeunesse-Melted-Chocolate-Hot-Chocolate-Pore-Cleansing-Sauna-Masque-15g_1392667/
Quick Fix Facials: £4.99/100ml – http://www.boots.com/en/Quick-Fix-Facials-Mega-Moisture-Gel-Mask-100ml_1360898/
After months of using the Montagne Jeunesse sachets, I decided to try something different. The Quick Fix Facials have a range of products for different skin types (I bought the one for dry and thirsty skin) and the fact that they are 100ml means you can use the tube of face mask for at least 10 quick five minute facials, as the product claims. This is great for people who don’t have as much time on their hands to go through the whole procedure of having a face mask on for 15 minutes, as this one can simply be used in the shower and more regularly (at least every 2-3 days) without any problems, whereas the Montagne Jeunesse ones are recommended to only be applied at least once a week for best results. I found the Quick Fix Facials were far more consistent as I wasn’t switching out different types of face masks as with Montagne Jeunesse, however I did find that it did make it more of a chore rather having fun with them as the same one each week was a bit monotonous. However it did feel very exfoliating and had a thick texture, which I applied to my whole face which made it feel cleansed and soft, serving the same function as the other face masks. It works out cheaper due to the fact that at least 10 applications works out at less than half the price of one Montagne Jeunesse sachet! The smell wasn’t as rich as the sachets, and it smelt slightly minty and quite neutral, which wasn’t necessarily a ‘bad thing’, unless you’re like me and enjoy having different scents each week!
VERDICT: Although the Quick Fix Facials are intended to be easier to apply and long lasting due to the amount of applications one tube at £4.99 offers, I find that the Montagne Jeunesse ones are far more fun packaged and the huge variety makes it more exciting to choose and try different ones! They also smell far more rich and have a wide range of scents and therefore appeal to more people! I would recommend Quick Fix Facials for those of you who would rather use one face mask quickly and regularly, but for those who want to keep it as more of a treat at the end of the week, with a burst of different scents, Montagne Jeunesse is the one! 😀
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