Thursday 16 August 2012

Favourite Face Masks

REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask, Bliss Steep Clean Pore Purifying Mask, Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask

These are the masks I rely on if I'm suffering from any breakouts. They all help to clear up my skin, shrink my pores & reduce any blackheads. My favourite one is the REN Invisible Pores mask. This is a fairly recent purchase but its worked wonders on my skin and clears up blemishes the fastest out of any other mask I've tried. Its a traditional clay mask that dries to a hard finish and weirdly you can see where all your pores are all over your face! If I could recommend any one mask, this would be it. I'm a big fan of Bliss skincare products and had two of their facials when I visited New York. Their facials are amazing as they're very technical and they give you very thorough extractions where they manually squeeze gunk out of every pore without leaving a single mark! The products they sell are the same ones they use in their spas and I had this mask applied during one of my treatments. The product comes with a dual pump where blue and green gel come out of either side. You mix this together to activate the exfoliating enzymes and rub it all over your face. It dissolves all the dead skin cells & deep cleans your pores leaving your face looking clearer & feeling softer. The Liz Earle mask is another clay mask but this one is a lot runnier than the REN one. Upon application it is instantly cooling and tingles slightly until it dries. It does a great job of clearing up spots and I like this one because it contains manuka honey which is great for calming and soothing the skin. The little facial sponges it comes with are pretty fab too.

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask

I'm sure we all get those times where your skin just looks dull and tired. I like to use these two masks to perk up my complexion and bring some life back to my skin. The REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal mask is pretty much an all-rounder. It contains 6.5% glycolic acid which is a brilliant ingredient also found in Alpha-H's Liquid Gold. It helps to clear up spots, fade scaring and shrink pores. It also contains fruit acids which help to brighten your complexion and make your skin look radiant. The orange jelly consistency helps to hydrate the skin and plumps out any fine lines leaving your skin feeling super soft. REN recommend using this mask one night and then using the Invisible Pores one the next to get the maximum clearing effects. The Bliss Triple Oxygen facial is world famous and this mask provides you with the effects of that facial at home. Its an orange gel that foams up as you apply it to your face. This, combined with the vitamin C it contains, delivers the oxygen your skin which instantly makes your whole face look brighter and feel tighter. Blemish-causing bacteria are anaerobic, which means they are unable to survive with oxygen present so its really good at getting rid of blemishes too. This was always my face mask of choice following a messy night out. I find that it can be quite drying if you use it too much so I try not to opt for this one too often but my skin loves it when I do.

Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque, Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask

My whole skincare routine used to be comprised of Dermalogica products. I've found better and cheaper products from other skincare ranges now but there are still a few hero products of theirs that I love. This mask is one of them. This tube is the old packaging which was horrible but they've now changed it to a normal plastic tube. Its basically a thick orange cream that becomes a gel on your face as it sets. It contains tons of vitamins and anti-oxidants which help to soothe irritated skin and restore moisture. This mask is ideal for mature or prematurely aging skin but I love this for when my skin is looking and feeling a bit dry. Apparently Victoria Beckham is a huge fan of this product too and always uses it after a long flight. If you're a regular blog reader I'm sure you've heard plenty of people rave about this Origins mask. This is unlike any other mask I've tried because you have to leave it on overnight. Its quite a thick gel-like mask but it soon sinks into your skin so you don't have to worry about getting it all over your pillow case. I don't think it gives you the immediate results that normal masks do but after using this for a couple of weeks I've noticed that my skin feels a lot more hydrated and plump the next morning. Its a brilliant product for anyone with dry or dehydrated skin and I'll definitely be taking it with me next time I go on holiday.


  1. I don't own any masks but I really need to invest. I've heard they work wonders on the skin. I'd really like to try the Bliss steep clean mask.


  2. I love a good face mask! Nothing better than relaxing in a bubble bath with a glass of wine and something working wonders on your face! the REN invisible pore one sounds perfect for me. I have craters rather than pores and a pretty crappy breakout right now so this is on my payday wishlist! xx

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  3. amazing post, absolutely loving your blog! those bliss masks sounds great, so does their facial! i have a few samples of REN masks and some origins ones, and they're all lovely, must buy the full sized products! i have the intense overnight one, but i had a try of their 10 min one and loved it, was good to see what parts of your face are dehydrated! xx

  4. i really want to try some ren and origins products!

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  5. I've heard so many things about the Origins Drink Up mask. I'd love to try it but need to start saving my pennies first! x

  6. i actually went out and bought that REN face mask after reading one of your posts on it! (also bought alpha-h liquid gold too, you're such a good/bad influence haha) tried the mask last night and it's so good! my pores genuinely looked smaller, my skin feels less greasy as the day's went on and it's just a great mask in general!

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  7. My skin is really awful right now - bumps & lumps everywhere and not even liquid gold is helping! Really love the look of the bliss masks to help, they sound.. bliss ;)

  8. I've recently been looking for a new clearing face mask so thanks for this great guide! :) I'm thinking Ren is the way to go.



  9. I have the Ren Invisible Pores Mask and the Origins Drink Up Intensive mask and love them both. I think I might need to order the Ren Glycolactic Mask next.

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  10. This is so helpful! I love your blog!

  11. Thanks for your review and tips :)