I adore my current skincare routine – I don’t have perfect skin all the time but I’ve found a really great combination of products that I enjoy using and leave me feeling confident and happy. I’m always keen to try out new items as my combination skin, which has a tendency towards just being plain oily, is a little fussy. Anything I can do to control my t-zone, reduce my pore size, or rid myself of the lines that are coming with age is great. A face mask is an important part of my skin routine, and since starting this blog I’ve tried a lot of different masks. I’m currently using La Mer’s “The Intensive Revitalizing Mask” once a week, but I reckon I only have a use or two left in it. Rock up this Monu Skin mask from May’s Roccabox. I mentioned in the unboxing I’m a little tentative about using this as it is suited for dry or sensitive skin, which is opposite to my needs, so I hope it isn’t too harsh for me.
This is a full size 100ml of face mask, which is enormous for a face mask. The mask is available loads of places online, the best price I found for the same size tube was £19.19 from adeldirect.co.uk plus delivery, which is free on orders over £50. This website also offers the mask in a larger 180ml size for £29.94.
The mask is in a white glossy tube, with a purple band down the left side at the front. The brand, and product details are printed in black, white, purple and grey text, along with a line explaining that it includes Royal Jelly and Evening Primrose Oil. The back of the mask is the place of manufacture (UK), an against animal testing statement, and it has a little description, it says:
“A rich and creamy mask to bathe your skin in moisture, and improve lipid content. Your skin feels rejuvenated and renewed. Our Actives: Comforting Geranium Essential Oil. Royal Jelly, a rich source of beneficial vitamins, fatty acids and amino acids. Evening Primrose and Apricot Kernel Oils with essential fatty acids to help maintain suppleness and elasticity. Natural Kaolin Clay to help deep cleanse and stimulate.”
Ingredients: Aqua (water), cetearyl alcohol, caprylic/caprice triglyceride, stearin acid, glycerin, propylene glycol, cyclomethicone, ceteareth-20, CI 77891, magnesium aluminium silicate, sodium PCA, triethanolamine, kaolin, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, imidazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, royal jelly, urea, propylparabem, equisetum arvense (horsetail) leaf extract, citronellol, pelargonium graveolens flower oil, geraniol, vaccinium myrtillus (bilberry) fruit extract, linalool, phenoxyethanol, sorbitol, citral, limonene, butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben.
Squeezing a little cream out of the tube I can see the mask is a thick, bright white cream. It smells amazing – it’s like sweet flowers and the smell is fairly strong but not overpowering. The fragrance reminds me of jasmine, but looking at the ingredients perhaps it’s the primrose that I can smell, either way I really love the smell of this mask.
Directions: Twice a week after cleansing and toning. Spread a thin layer onto the face and neck, avoiding the eye area, leave for 10-15 minutes. The mask will not set. Remove with warm water using sponges or cotton wool.
It doesn’t take a lot of the mask to cover my face and neck, and the creamy formula spread easily over my skin. The cream is really thick and rich, and the fragrance fills my nostrils as soon as I apply it, until long after I take it off. I decide to leave the mask on for only ten minutes as I’m worried about it being too much for my skin, and I can feel it sitting on my skin as I wear it. After ten minutes I washed the mask off and patted my face and neck dry gently with a towel. My skin feels smooth, and looks plumper (I don’t mean fatter but more youthful); my pores are smaller and I’m glowing. The best news is this isn’t too severe for my skin – I wasn’t oily afterwards and I haven’t broken out either.
I didn’t think I would like this face mask due to my skin type, but I was wrong and I really love it. I’m still a little cautious not to overdo it as it really is a rich, hydrating formula but I can see why it’s so good for dry skin. When my La Mer mask runs out I will definitely replace it with this as my weekly face mask (I think twice a week will be a little too much for me). I love my Sunday pamper day, and for me it just got a little sweeter, and with such a huge tube of mask is likely to stay that way for a long time.