Wednesday 1 August 2012

Review: Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Spa Mask


I feel like it's been years since I last managed to blog properly. I've been so busy and haven't had a day to myself in ages. Even today I had my parents round for tea and homemade vegetable lasagne (possibly my one dish that is just unbeatable!) They kindly brought round some post for me too and one package got me really excited...but more on that later ;)

Since my folks left and I have some time to myself, I realised that it was a perfect time to finally try out the masks that the lovely folk over at Montagne Jeunesse sent me a few weeks ago. I feel bad that it's taken me quite so long to get round to using one of these masks but I'm now really having a nice relaxing evening where I don't feel like I'd be rushing the nice face mask experience.

So I was sent the new clay infused fabric face masks by Montagne Jeunesse a few weeks ago and today I'm trying out the Dead Sea Mud Spa Mask. Their are two masks in this range and I will be trying the Glacial Cly Spa Mask next time we have a nice warm day as it apparently has a cooling effect. I have tried one of their other fabric masks before (review here) so I sort of knew what to expect...

Some nice packaging to cheer up my morning!

The inner packaging..

All this packaging for 2 face masks. Now then, I know it's a lot of packaging for just 2 little masks but I quite liked the fact that this felt like a proper PR thing. I actually really enjoyed reading all the information on here too. It gave me some background on the brand that I didn't know already like: they have a wind turbine that what live in 2001! I knew they were an eco-friendly brand but I thought that was pretty cool to be honest.

More inner packaging.

So this is the outer packaging of the Dead Sea Mud Spa Mask that I decided to use this time round.

Back of the packaging with the instructions on it. I like how it contains all the information without being ridiculously over complicated!

Here is a lovely picture of my freshly cleansed face. Don't I look fetching?! Haha!

When you first get the mask out it feels quite squidgy! You have to go careful when you open the mask as I feel like it might rip easily if you're a bit too vigorous with it. You can see that it is totally saturated with the mud which is really good.

I did have some residue left on my hand after putting the mask on but that was super easy to wash off (plus it didn't dry in a horrible way that makes my hands feel weird. Let's just say that the feeling of dry cay makes me feel a little queasy!)

I feel like this picture makes me look a bit like Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre! Haha! The mask comes in a "one size fits all" size but I have a small face and needed to fold a few bits over in order for the mask to cover my face properly. You can see that I was a little off with the mask placement and I have wonky eye hole placement but overall it was very easy to apply. It felt quite cooling and just felt really nice on my skin. I did find the scent a little overwhelming and it stung my eyes a little towards the end but I think that's because I lost track of time and ended up leaving it on for 20 minutes (it's recommended timing is 10-15 minutes) I would've liked the nose strips to be a little longer so that they covered the sides of my nose as I have terrible pores at the moment that need a little TLC too!

Once I took the mask off I was left with a bit of residue that needed massaging in. It felt really nice to massage in and didn't feel sticky or anything.

I used some cotton pads with water on to remove the excess that had dried (because I was too lazy to pop downstairs and rinse it off!) Please ignore the horrendous bags under my eyes in this picture!

Here is a disgusting picture of the cotton pads I used to take off the excess. Despite having cleansed my face before using the mask, I believe this shows how well the mask works. It obviously cleaned my skin very well and left it feeling epically soft! Most of you know that I have problems with dry patches of skin and this has left them feeling completely nourished and not at all dry in the slightest.

  • Easy to use
  • Smells fresh and clean
  • Re-hydrated my skin nicely
  • Made my skin feel invigorated
  • Slightly cooling effect
  • Made my skin feel so soft!
  • Not very messy at all
  • Quick
  • Barely any residue to clean up afterwards
  • Didn't get in my hair at all (This always happens no matter how careful I am!)
  • Stayed on without any extra help
  • Nose strip a little small
  • Face mask a little too big overall for my face
  • Smell was a little bit manly (If that makes sense. I didn't mind this but some people might!)

Overall I absolutely loved this mask! The first fabric one I used was lovely but this one just beats it by miles! The infusion of clay left my skin feeling so freaking soft and smooth and just left my face feeling totally refreshed. I wouldn't class this one as a relaxing mask as the feeling is almost a little minty fresh but the feeling after is quite relaxing (have I mentioned that I now have such soft skin?!) The mask also contains Aloe Vera Leaf Juice which I felt was good for my sensitive skin too.

All in all, I will definitely be looking out for these masks when they are released in Boots in mid-August and in Asda in Septemeber. They are only £1.49 too, which I think is a massive bargain! You can also find them on the Montagne Jeunesse website right now (I know I'm very tempted to pick up some more of some of the classic Passion Peel Off masks which are my all time favourites!) Also for anyone who is concerned about cruelty free products, you can rest in peace with this brand as they are vegetarian-approved, made from natural ingredients and paraben-free. Montagne Jeunesse is proud of its uncompromising natural credentials and ethos for ‘Conservation of Energy, Protection of Animals and the Environment.’ This is possibly my favourite thing about the entire brand really.

So have any of you tried this kind of mask or thinking of heading out to get one to try? I highly recommend them for a quick easy face mask fix for busy days! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Until next time,

This was a PR sample but all opinions are my own and have not been brought at all.

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