Thursday, 29 January 2015

May reviews Montagne Jeunesse masks

Like Mack, I love to treat myself to a face mask at least once a week. I have a couple of favourites but also love having in a selection of Montage Jeunesse masks so that I have options and can pick the one that I feel like using each time.  I remember using these as a teenager, and still love picking through the choices today.  

These masks are readily available in most pharmacies and supermarkets and cost around £1. You can also order directly online (currently with free delivery over £15). If you're sparing with them, you can just about make each sachet last for 2 masks, which makes them even more of a bargain.

The company claims that its products are cruelty-free and made with natural ingredients.  All ingredients are listed on the website.

The choice of masks is huge, depending on where you buy from. Most of them require leaving on for around 10-15 minutes. I have oily/ combination skin and have used the following masks recently -

Deep Sea Mud Pack - "We’ve harvested ultra-deep cleansing Dead Sea Minerals to penetrate deep into pores drawing out impurities. Our Mud Pac is Nutrient rich with Seaweed & Kelp to help restore skins vitality leaving you cleansed to the core and totally relaxed."

This is marketed as an 'anti-stress', which sounded exactly what I needed at the time I used it. I was getting over a cold and felt run down and miserable. The mask was lovely to apply - it was cooling and creamy and felt like a nice treat. Immediately after removing it my skin looked a bit blotchy, although luckily that did not last too long and it did feel like it had had a good cleanse. I am not sure it quite lived up to the promise to leave me 'totally relaxed' - I suspect that any relaxing influence might have been more to do with the 15 minutes I spent lying down waiting for it to do its job, but I would re-use this mask.

Blemish Mud Face Masque - "Enliven your skin and help combat unsightly blemishes with our Aloe Vera and Willow Blemish Mud. Our special blend of nature’s remedies naturally targets your problem areas for a clear and clean complexion."

This is more of a white mask, not green as the packet suggests. It smells slightly medicinal, which I didn't mind too much considering I was hoping it would save my skin, but it might not be one for when you want a relaxing treat. This is one of those masks that cracks when it dries if you try to move a muscle. Once I'd cleaned it off, I instantly came to the conclusion that it was my favourite of all of those mentioned here. It was the one which felt most like it had really cleaned my skin and seemed to make the biggest difference in terms of the look and feel of my skin. It definitely felt much smoother. I can imagine that this might be a bit tightening or drying if you have dry skin, but for me it worked really well.

Black Seaweed Peel Off Masque - "Our chopped black Laver Seaweed (from the Welsh seaside) and crushed Sea Buckthorn berries are pressed together to make our black peel off mask. A seaside detox to cleanse deeply and peel off dirt and grease weekly."

This was really messy to apply as it was quite runny. It was definitely black, as promised, and I really panicked when I peeled it off and it left my face with a grey tinge! Luckily that came off with a warm facecloth and it did leave my skin feeling clean and fresh. I'm not sure it is one I would be in a rush to repurchase given the other options available, but it did have decent results.

Passion Peel Off Masque - "Pulped Pomegranate, Passion Flower, Raspberry, Grape, Cranberry and Vitamin E are anti-oxidants that help protect skin, while pores get a deep clean peel-off."

This had a lovely fresh, fruity scent as you can imagine from its name. It was certainly a pleasure to use from that point of view, and it did leave my skin feeling softer than before I used it. If this wasn't a peel off mask, which I have decided are not really for me (I find that they never quite peel off as they promise, and I always end up making a mess with them and getting bits caught in my hair) I would definitely come back to this one as a pampering treat.

Which are your favourites?

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