Face Mask Friday – June 15th 2018

So, this is a series that has been dead for a while, like a year and a half to be exact. The originals don’t exist on my blog anymore but I recently acquired quite a few face masks and I thought it could be fun to review them. The series might take a break now and then, as I don’t want to buy things purely for a review, I would rather just review things if I have them on hand. This will be posted bi-weekly for now, so I can spend some time truly testing these out and not have to rush it.. So without further ado, here’s the first mask of this revival.

Sencebeauty FACIAL SELFHEATING MASK DETOX GOLD 5-PACK

( Costs 19 NOK at Lyko.no, roughly equals to $2 )

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Here’s three things I need to say straight away:

  1. Its VERY golden. And very thick, it was really difficult to apply it to the face.
  2. It does not heat up so not sure why the website claimed it was self heating.
  3. it WILL hurt like a bitch, this is one of those painful peel off masks. It will rip out the hairs on your face.

DSC_0632I love the color of this mask, and from reading the package it does sound really good. It took some time to apply it, it’s very thick and rubbery, kind of reminds me of the texture of chewing gum.. Not that I have ever rubbed chewing gum on my face but you know what I mean. (I hope you do at least). On the packaging it said to apply it rather thin on the face, but thicker towards the edges to make it easier to peel. Then leave it on for 15-20 minutes, or until it dries completely. From experience, the longer you keep it on, the better because it’s barely possible to get it off if it’s still kinda wet.

I was not prepared for how it would feel to peel this one off once it had dried. You can see on my cheeks that it was applied in a very thin layer but it still hurt like heck. It did remove most of the blackheads on my nose but honestly, with how painful it was, it’s not even worth it, and I still have 4 single use packs left that I have no idea what to do with. Not only did this hurt, it left my face looking so incredibly red that it looked sunburned. I had to apply some cooling Aloe Vera to help my skin but it still took hours before it was back to “normal”. It was still red and hurt quite a bit the day after.

So.. Would I recommend this one? Not really. Unless you enjoy the pain that comes with these peel off masks.. If you do, then go for it, it does cleanse your skin and remove blackheads but for me it was not worth it.. at all.

Have you tried this mask before?

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Feelosophy Xotic Soothing Face Mask

Feelosophy is an in-store brand for one of the Pharmacy chains here in Norway, Apotek1. I usually buy sheet masks but this was on sale for 10 NOK (a bit over a dollar) so I thought like “why not”. If it didn’t work out, it wouldn’t have been too much of a loss anyways since it was so cheap. Most masks like these that I’ve seen cost around 25 NOK.

This one in particular smells like strawberries and vanilla. The consistency is very thick, but the coloring was a bit odd. It was as if it had a slight metallic sheen, or well, you know the color regular chewing gum ends up with? It looked a bit strange. It did smell quite nice though, and it’s meant to be soothing for the skin, something I found it to be.¬† It says on the package to keep it on the face for 10-15 minutes, I had it on for the full 15 and it made my skin feel kind of weird. It tingled a little bit, I’m not sure if a soothing mask is supposed to do that. It didn’t really turn red, but after I washed it off, my skin felt kind of tight. I had to put on a moisturizer afterwards for it to turn back to ‘normal’.

It’s not a bad mask, by all means, but it’s not the best I’ve ever tried. There are others, both from H&M or a shop called VITA that are around the same price range as this is without the discount, and those work a lot better. This one is meant to be a weekly/bi weekly treatment but I don’t think that I will try it again since it made my skin feel so tight. It doesn’t really claim to be overly hydrating but it shouldn’t make my skin react in that way honestly.

Have you tried any good face masks lately? Where did you buy them from and how did they work for you?