If you haven’t caught the first instalments of September’s face mask challenge you can catch up on them here and here. In short I was meant to do a mask a day, mainly face masks but with the odd hair/body mask thrown in for good measure. I started off really well and then my skin had a bit of a reaction and because of doing masks every single day, it meant I couldn’t be sure of which mask caused the reaction. So I decided to change to masking as often as I can and as often as my skin can take, rather than committing to one a day.
To wrap up the challenge, I am going to talk you through the final masks I used for September’s mask challenge and give you my thoughts.
I managed to do another 8 masks, which meant I did 18 out of 30 days ( a pretty big fail, but it is still the most masks I have ever done in one month.)
Clay Face Mask
The next category I chose was clay/mud and I chose the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay mask. This is a really beautiful clay mask, as it doesn’t dry the skin out at all, like some clay masks can. It leaves the skin feeling smooth and much clearer. It needs a little more work to remove it than some of the masks I use, but I find this with most clay/mud masks.
Autumnal Face Mask
The next category that I chose was Autumnal and for that I kind of cheated as this mask is the same mask I would pick for the favourite category too. It is the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme mask. I cannot rave about this mask enough. I have done a full post on how much I love this mask ( here ) and it is because it is amazing. My skin looks brighter, clearer and the fine lines around my eyes are totally gone after using this mask. It smells really strongly of pumpkin, so if you don’t like the smell of Christmas in a jar, you won’t like this.
Hydrating Face Mask
For a hydrating mask, I used my Aveda Intensive Hydrating Masque. This is a beautiful, gentle, hydrating mask. It is a clear, gel like liquid that feels quite cooling on the skin when you first apply it. I use this a couple of times a month (mixed with other hydrating masks on the weeks I don’t use it) and I find, even in the colder months, it keeps any dehydration at bay.
Luxury Face Mask
For the luxury category I opted for the La Prairie Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask – which is the epitome of luxury, it is a £240 face mask. This is the mask I mentioned in the last post, that I used the night after The Sanctuary mask and then woke up the next morning with a reaction. So I unfortunately can’t recommend this mask, as I don’t know how great the results can be, due to the reaction.
Transformative Face Mask
For the transformative mask, there was only one option in my mind. The Zelens transformer mask. This is another rather expensive mask, at £95 but it is a really amazing mask. There is a lot of science that goes on behind this mask, that I can explain in more detail, if you guys are interested. In short, there are ingredients to help restore vitality, and ingredients to help with cell turn over. The outcome being AMAZING looking skin. It is up there with one of my favourite ever masks. I have the old packaging, as you can see below, it is now packaged in a jar.
For the eyes category I used the Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair Eye masks. I love these too. I like to store them in the fridge so they are even colder when you use them. They just help to hydrate and plump the under eye area, which is exactly what I want them for. So for me these are a big win. There is a full post on these here.
Soothing Face Mask
The soothing mask I chose was the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oatmeal Mask. This mask I do really like for general soothing. On the day I used it, it was lovely, but my skin wasn’t particularly angry. So it wasn’t in need of soothing. When I have had flair ups in the past I have tried this mask and it hasn’t helped – but I have found the only thing that does help my skin in that situation is La Roche Posay Toleraine ultra and basically no other products, even cleansers hurt.
Coffee Break Face Mask
For my coffee break mask I went for the Ren Flash Rinse 1 Minute facial. This is a really amazing mask. I find the results are immediately visible on the skin. (I think I am noticing a theme, I enjoy acid based masks – A LOT) This is an acid based mask, that you apply for one minute and then wash off. You can literally see the difference immediately. I rub it in to the skin in circular motions first for about 30 seconds and then leave it for the one minute and rinse.
That is the full round up of my September face mask challenge, I really enjoyed it, even though I failed. I also learned what I do and don’t like in a mask, which was really interesting.