Sanctuary Spa Cleanse 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask

Hi there! I’ve got another face mask review for you today. 🙂 The Sanctuary Spa Cleanse 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask is a self-heating mask. It contains charcoal and essentials oils which promise to cleanse and purify the skin.

When I applied the mask, it felt warm. However, the warming effect lasted for just a few seconds. I left the mask on for about an hour before I washed it off with a foaming cleanser and a sponge.

I didn’t think that my skin felt particularly soft or that my pores looked different. But the mask did a great job around my nose! All in all, I am happy that the mask gave the skin around my nose a deep cleanse. However, the mask didn’t do much else, so I don’t think that I’d repurchase it.

The Sanctuary Spa Cleanse 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask is available as 15ml (sachet) for £2.99 and 100ml (tube) for £10.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Boots Ingredients Cleansing & Purifying Sheet Face Mask With Charcoal & Willow Bark

Hi there! And welcome to face mask week! Today’s post is about Boots’ Ingredients Cleansing & Purifying Sheet Face Mask With Charcoal & Willow Bark.

This sheet mask promises cleansed and revitalised skin in 15 minutes. Just cleanse your face, put the mask on, leave it on for 15 minutes (or until the sheet mask is dry), remove the mask, and massage any excess serum into your skin – job done!

So how’s the mask? Well, I think it’s excellent! When I used this mask for the first time, I could feel a tingling sensation on my skin. It wasn’t painful, and it didn’t feel scary. It was just enough for me to know that the product would work. And it did work!

This mask made my skin feel and look clearer than usual. At the same time it made my pores look smaller. It also seemed to have a calming effect because my skin tone looked a lot more even. To sum it up, this mask packed quite a punch! I would definitely recommend this face mask, and I will buy it again, no doubt!

Boots Ingredients Cleansing & Purifying Sheet Face Mask With Charcoal & Willow Bark is available for £2.50 at Boots. I bought this mask (and a few others) when Boots ran a 4 for £3 promotion.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

I wouldn’t recommend… Montagne Jeunesse 7th Heaven Charcoal Masque

montagne jeunesse charcoal maskHi there! Not too long ago Montagne Jeunesse launched its new 7th Heaven Charcoal Masque. And I picked it up for 85p at my local Asda.

I’ve now tried this face mask, and I regret that I have to say that I don’t like it. And here’s why.

When I applied the mask, it felt scratchy and unpleasant.

A quick scan of the ingredients on the back of the sachet revealed that this mask contains crushed walnut shell powder – which is OK for the body, but not for the face.

The reason is that crushed walnut shells (and crushed apricot stones) are too harsh for sensitive facial skin. They cause tiny cuts on the surface of skin – which is great for bacteria but not for your skin.

Anyway, now I’ve also noticed the walnut image on the front of the sachet – but unfortunately I missed it when I bought the mask. I can only guess that I was too distracted by the charcoal eyes…

OK, let’s get back to what happened when I used the mask… as it was scratchy, I had to take extra special care when I applied it. And I was extra, extra careful when I washed it off. So I didn’t get any exfoliating ‘benefits’ from this mask – but I also noticed that there were no other benefits. My skin felt super dry afterwards – and that was it.

Based on this I wouldn’t recommend this face mask. I wouldn’t recommend it if you paid me. If you want to know more about the abrasive exfoliants I mentioned, check out my friend Janine’s brilliant post about why she threw away her St Ives face scrub.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

30+ New Products – Superdrug, Asda & Bargain Store Haul!

Hi there! I tried my best not to buy more stuff, but I caved. And then I caved again. I bought a lot of stuff in the past three or four weeks… So let’s take a look at the new products that moved in with me.
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Item number 1 is this Flutter Hand Cream – Flutter is a Superdrug brand that always makes an appearance around Christmas. This hand cream was £1. Then there’s this Sweet Snuggles Hand Lotion Set – this set consists of a small hand cream and a nail file. I think it’s cute. And it was £1 only.

I also bought 3 Superdrug Facial Konjac Sponges. There was a 3 for 2 offer, each sponge was £1.99, and thanks to the offer I paid £3.98 in total. Nivea’s Firming Body Lotion was on a better than half price promotion so I paid £2.55 instead of £5.25. And I’m looking forward to trying my new B. Refine Exfoliating Cleanser which was half price as well – it was £2.69 instead of £5.49.
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I also bought new hair care – L’Oréal Nutri-Gloss Crystal Shampoo & Conditioner. These were on a half price offer – £1.99 each instead of £3.99. I also bought two more eyeshadow brushes. These are Superdrug own-brand, they were 99p each.
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I couldn’t resist when I saw this exclusive edition Olay Refreshing Face Wash. It was £1.45 instead of £2.99. And I found this incredibly cute My Little Pony Nail Polish Trio for £2.99 at B&M Bargains. This set contains 2 toe separators and three nail polishes (pink – Pinkie Pie, lilac – Rarity, glitter – Rainbow Dash). Awesome stuff!
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I liked Superdrug’s cocoa butter & vanilla body butter, so I wanted to give Superdrug’s Cocoa Butter & Vanilla Body Scub a try too. This scrub was £2.45 (half price offer). I also bought two more Superdrug Clearly Youthful Glycolic Peel-Off Mask tubes. They’re £4.89 each, but there was a 2 for £5 offer. By the way, this mask is absolutely brilliant. Please check out my review of it!

The Patisserie de Bain set was a freebie. Superdrug gave these sets away as a gift with purchase – all you had to do was buy two skin care products (yes, they included lots of cheap basics – like face wash for £1.50 and the likes – in this offer), and you’d get this Patisserie de Bain set for free.
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Up next is a lipstick – Models Own Miami Heat£1.24 (clearance). And I couldn’t resist this cute Flutter Lip Balm. It’s strawberry-flavoured and it was £1. The Models Own Nail Polish was £2.49 (clearance) and the shade is called Eggshell Goose. The Max Factor nail polish is from Poundworld, so it was £1. I had to have it because the colour really pops!
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I was really happy when my local Asda restocked Alberto Balsam products whilst they were still on a £1 promotion. So I got Alberto Balsam Volume Boost Shampoo & Conditioner for £1 each. The Pantene Breakage Defence Hair Strengthening Tonic was £1 at Poundland.
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Finally I bought a few face masks again. They’re all Montagne Jeunesse masks. I got two Mud Pac and Amore Rose duos for £1 each at Poundland. The Black Seaweed Peel-Off Mask and the Charcoal Masque were 85p each at Asda.
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As I love Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant collection, I bought another product – a serum & moisturiser. This product was on a half price promotion, so I paid £2.94 only. Superdrug also had a new version of the Leafy & Lovely hand cream. It’s probably the same as before – but it was £1 only, so I thought I should have it. Superdrug’s Vitamin E Toning Facial Mist cost me £2.24 only. Superdrug’s Sweet Snuggles gift set was £3.50.
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I also bought 2 Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Masks. They were on special for 99p each. And I got 2 tubs of Superdrug’s Vitamin E Intensive All Over Body Cream for £2.61 each. Superdrug’s Vitamin E Leave-On Moisture Mask was £2.24. And Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Night Cream was also on special for £2.95. I love this night cream. This one’s a back-up! And the last item is a Sweet Snuggles lip balm set which I got for £1. I loved last year’s lip balms, and I’m sure this year’s lip balms are just as excellent.

So this is what I bought over the last few weeks. I know it’s more stuff that I didn’t really need, but I’m still happy that I stocked up on products that were on a promotion. 🙂 Have you tried any of these products – or would you like to try any of them? Feel free to let me know what you think. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde