L’Oreal Paris Skin Expert | Micellar Water – Review

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L’Oreal Paris Skin Expert| Micellar Water – Review

Micellar water has become so popular lately! It is the new way to take your makeup off easily without having to use tons of other products.
It helps soothe your skin and does not leave it feeling clogged.

Finding the perfect micellar water for you can be annoying as there are so many different brands with different micellar waters with many benefits. So you are stuck for choice and do not know which one will be the best for you.

My favourite up to now has been the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water. I wrote a review on it a few months ago, if you would like to read my review on that the link is here.
I have been using this product for months and I have never had a problem with it.

I only decided to try a different product as sometimes my skin can get used to using the same product and I also like to switch things up and try new things to compare them.

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Product Details 

The L’Oreal Paris Laboratories have created a Micellar Water, made with purified water from an advanced purification process, and combined micelles that capture impurities, for effective cleansing which is gentle on sensitive skin.

Removes make-up dissolves make-up from the face, eyes and lips in one gentle action, without rubbing or rinsing.
Cleanses delicately captures impurities.
Soothes: Calms skin and prevents irritation.

How To Use;

1. Morning and evening, apply a generous amount to a cotton pad.
2. On dry skin, wipe pad all over the face, no need to rub or rinse.
3. Press gently to lashes, lids and lips and simply sweep away.

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The first thing I noticed when I first used this was that it had no smell to it, this is great as you can not smell any perfume to the product so you know its going to be gentle on your skin.

I found it easily removed my makeup without me using multiple cotton pads to remove the access makeup off my skin. The only thing that I have found with micellar water is that you sometimes need to use another cotton pad on your eyes as some mascara is a pain to remove!

My skin also feels so nourished and hydrated after using this and it does not feel sticky or tight. I know that some micellar waters can leave you skin feeling like you have a thin layer of residue left over and this can make your skin feel sticky. But this does not leave that, it just makes your skin feel amazing after taking your makeup off.

I have only been using this product for 14 days but I have really like this product and I find it removes your makeup without making your skin feel in bad condition.

Packaging

The packing of this product is nice and simple. It has all the information you need to know on the back of the bottle. It is also a big bottle that you know is going to last you a while before you need to repurchase it.

Overall

Overall I think this product is worth its money and it a very good way of removing your makeup without being harsh on your skin or leaving it feeling in a bad condition. I highly recommend this product if you are after a micellar water.

This product was £3.99 in Asda on offer and you can find it online here.

What is your favourite micellar water?

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Hair Care For Coloured Hair | Mini Reviews

Hair Care For Coloured Hair

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When you get your hair dyed either at home or at the hairdressers, you do not want your hair fading quickly or using products that strip out your hair colour.

Over the years of having my hair dyed at home and at the hairdressers, I have finally found products that keep my hair shiny and bright and maintains the colour.

As you can see from the image above all these products are from the L’Oreal range. I have used these products for around 2 years now and I swear by these products.

L’Oreal Elvive Colour Protect | Caring Shampoo

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The science of coloured hair

Repeated washing, sun exposure, pollution and external aggressions can make coloured hair more sensitive. With time colour fades, losing its shine and intensity.

The secret to colour protection

The L’Oréal laboratories have created a formula which acts on 3 Dimensions of colour – Intensity, Luminosity, Reflection:
1 Maintains Colour Intensity: The new Colour-Seal Elixir™ has been developed to intensively condition, to help protect colour from fading and preserve its intensity.
2 Protects Hair: The formula enriched with UVA/UVB Filters protects coloured hair from external aggressions. Hair looks full of life.
3 Prolongs Radiance: The formula with Concentrated Nourishment intensely nourishes the hair and smoothes its surface. Shine is revived and radiance is
prolonged.

Proven results

Intense, radiant colour: 80% of colour radiance maintained after 28 washes

Review

This shampoo is so light on my hair and the only time I see my hair dye in the water is when I was my hair the first time after it has been dyed, after that when I wash my hair it does not strip any colour from my hair.

The shampoo also smells amazing and keeps my hair looking so shiny and healthy! I have been using this shampoo for nearly two years as it is the only shampoo I find that does not strip my hair or leave it looking dull.

This product is £2.50 and you can find it online here.

L’Oreal Elvive Colour Protect | Conditioning Spray

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Product Details 

Does your coloured hair need a convenient protecting boost, that instantly detangles hair, and is so lightweight you can use it everyday?

The secret to colour protection

The L’Oréal Paris laboratories have developed Colour Protect Leave-in Spray enriched with UVA/UVB Filters. Its formula nourishes the hair and helps protect it from external aggressions to leave colour shimmering.

Delivered in an ultra-fine spray, the formula disperses evenly onto the hair, detangling instantly without weighing it down.

Results:

Your hair is instantly detangled and manageable: combing is easy! Protected, your colour looks vibrant and shines with enhanced radiance.

How To Use

So light, can be used daily.1. On dry hair, to refresh between washes or on the go.2. On damp hair, after washing focusing on the lengths.For extra care and protection use as part of the complete Elvive Colour Protect range. No need to rinse out.

 

Review

I thought I would pick this up as they had a 3 for 2 offer on the L’Oreal Colour Protect range, I thought I would try this as I curl my hair a lot for work and my ends were getting a little dry and not looking the best. After washing my hair I like to spray this on the ends of my hair and then use the hair dryer on it.

Because I do not actually use conditioner on my hair as I feel like it makes my hair far too soft and even thinner looking I find this great to use on days I feel like my hair needs a little TLC without having to use conditioner as it is not as heavy as using conditioner but still has the same benefits.

This product is £4.99 and you can find it online here.

L’Oreal Elive Colour Protect |Styling Mousse

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L’Oréal haircare laboratories presents Elvive Styliste Mousse, offering an impressive combination of care and hold.

The Science of coloured hair
Colouring your hair can alter its natural protective layer, making the fibre more sensitive to external aggressions such as sun and pollution. To help reveal their beauty and ensure a perfect style, they need protection and a long lasting hold.

48H long lasting hold lasting colour vibrancy
Colour Protect Elvive Styliste Mousse is the combination of Elvive care expertise and the experience of L’Oréal Paris experts to create a perfect style. Enriched with UV Filters, its smooth and exquisite formula is designed to:
1 Help to protect your vibrant coloured hair.
2 Offer a 48H* long lasting hold thanks to its strong fixing power.
Create a perfect style that holds!

Proven Results
Lasting colour vibrancy – 48H hold

Review

As I said previously my hair is quite fine and does not hold curls in my hair for a long time, I picked this up as it is part of the colour protect range. I’ve only been using this for 4 months but I find it gives my hair so much texture and hold without it going hard in my hair like some hair mousse do.

I like to put some on my hair and then run it though the ends of my hair and then blow dry and then style my hair. It keeps the curls in place for so much longer and also keeps my hair looking very volumized!

I only use this product once a week.

This product is £1.73 and you can find it online here.

L’OReal Elvive | Extraordinary Oil

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L’Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil.
A 5-in-1 Miracle Hair Perfector

1 Hair has a glowing shine
2 Feels intensely nourished
3 Flows with silky softness
4 Seems sumptuously smooth
5 Looks beautifully perfected

In one simple step, hair is sumptuously smooth, silky, without flyaways:
Use Before shampooing, Before blowdrying, As a finishing touch Ultra versatile. Non-greasy.

How To Use

Ultra-versatile use – non-greasyRub 2 precious drops between the palms of your hands. Apply evenly through the lengths and ends of wet or dry hair. Before shampoo for extra colour protection; before styling to protect and transform your hair; as a weightless finishing touch for silly softness and 10 weeks* if colour radiance protection.*Instrumental test after application of Colour Protect shampoo, conditioner and Extraordinary oil for coloured hair.

Review

As you have probably read a lot in my hair reviews on my blog, I LOVE this product. It is a hair product I use every time I wash my hair and that I swear by.

I only use two pumps of this and I like to run it through my hair and then I often leave it to air dry. I find it keeps my hair looking so shiny and feeling so soft and holds the colour in. I’ve noticed my hair does not look or feel dry when I have used this and because I have thin hair, it often knots a lot but when I used this product it helps get the knots out better and makes it easier to brush.

I rave about this product all the time to everyone as I think its such an amazing hair care product for normal or coloured hair.
This is the most expensive product but it is worth the money and lasts for a good few months before you need to buy a new one.

This product is £8.00 and you can find it online here.

So there’s my 4 favourite hair care products for coloured hair.
What are you favourite hair care products?
What are your thoughts on them?

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Garnier SkinActive – Moisture Bomb|Tissue Mask

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Garnier SkinActive – Moisture Bomb|Tissue Mask

If you know me, you will probably know how much I love these tissue masks from Garner! I always highly recommend them to friends and family and give them as gifts for pamper days.
So when I found out they had brought out two new ones I had to try them out as I love the blue one (Super-Hydrating) a lot!

I find these a nice once a week face mask as they are not heavy on the skin nor do they dry your skin out. I normally use them at the end of the week to put back moisture in my skin, especially if I have been working a lot in the week as my skin dries out quick and wearing makeup can make my skin dry.

How are these tissue masks different?

This super hydrating tissue mask, inspired by Asia, diffuses the equivalent level of hydrating serum as per 1 week’s use of day care.* Truly innovative, its ultra-thin tissue is infused with a super-hydrating serum. Unmask smoother, bouncier, healthier looking skin in just 15 minutes. Applied to the face, it acts like a hydration wrap that continuously diffuses all the effectiveness of the serum intensely hydrating your skin. Its amazing freshness quenches and comforts skin instantly, for a pure moment of absolute pampering. The mask is easy to apply and remove. Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive.
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 Moisture Bomb|Tissue Mask
Super-Hydrating – Revitalising Mask

This mask is so hydrating and brightens your skin up, I normally leave it on for around 30 minutes (15 minutes more than what it says) as I normally wear it while having a hot bath as it relaxing.

It claims it;
Intensely reheats skin
Reduces the look of fine lines
Revives radiance

Proven effectiveness:

In 15 minutes:
Skin is intensely rehydated
Skin looks smoother
Complextion is radient

In 1 week:
Fine lines appear reduced
Skin looks plumper
Skin residence is revitalised

This product is £1.49 and you can find it online here.

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Moisture Bomb|Tissue Mask
Super-Hydrating – Re Balancing Mask

It claims to;
Intensely hydrates
Helps mattify skin
pores appear less visible

Proven Effectiveness

In 15 minutes:
Skin feels intensely hydrated
Skin appears rebalanced
Skin appears clearer

In one week (3 Applications)
T zone appears matte
Quality of the skin appears improved
Pores appear less visible

This sounds like a good mask as it helps to make your T zone matte and also helps reduce pores!

This product is £2.99 and you can find it online here.

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 Moisture Bomb|Tissue Mask
Super-Hydrating- Soothing Mask

It claims to;
Intensely hydrates
Comforts and soothes
Skin feels softer

Proven Effectivness

In 15 minutes;
Skin feels intensely hydrated
Skin feels soft and comfortable
Skin feels soothed

In one week;
Skin feels nourished
Skin feels revitalised
Comforts feelings of tightness

This face mask would be perfect for those days when you have had a long week and just want to relax and rest your skin.

Overall

Overall, These are all amazing face masks that do what they say on the packet and hydrate your skin without drying it out or reacting to it.
These are perfect for once a month or to use three times a week, they are also perfect for pamper days on your own or with friends.

They are all super affordable and you can always find them in Boots on offer so these are face masks that you can buy without feeling bad about spending a lot of money.

Have you tried any on these face masks?
What are your thoughts on them?

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Little Letters By El – Gift Ideas

Little Letters By El 

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You may have seen me mention these gift ideas on my Instagram or Facebook page before.

My friend has her own small business, She makes personalised letters that can be bought as either gifts or for yourself. Ellie even makes other gift items such as Framed Hearts, Keyrings, Photo Albums and other things. They are all handmade and she spends so much time on them that they look amazing and stand out.

As mothers Day is this month, I thought these Little Letters would be a lovely personalised gift.

So if you are interested scroll down to see what Ellie has to offer.

Canvases & Frames

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Frames are £12 each and you can choose the colour of the frame, as well as the colour of the embellishment and the text pr number ie. 18, 21, 60 or MUM
Canvases are £8 each and come in a range of designs for both boys and girls, including dinosaurs, hot air balloons, tractors, butterflies, rockets and ballet shoes!
These are perfect to put into children’s bedrooms!
Little Letters
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All letters are £8 each plus £3 postage.
Each gift is personalised and people can decide the colours, fabrics, accessories themselves for the letters, and the picture frames! And that they can make unique gifts, for Mother’s Day or birthdays or even just to put up in bedrooms/ kids rooms?

Ellie will also go out of her way to get the fabric you want so it makes your letter unique.

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These letters are so simple but yet so eye catching and unique, I have two up in my bedroom and it just adds a personalised touch to your room. You can just have your first initial or get a few to spell a name.

 

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She made me this keyring for my 22nd and I love it! It Is such a cute personalised item.

 

Packaging

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The packaging of her products are so simple yet cute! They come in a brown paper bag  that has her brand name on with a little ribbon attached.

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I think Little Letters by El is such a unique gift idea and she also makes them in different fabric prints and they are also affordable!

So If you are stuck on what to buy someone as a present or want a personalised hand made gift, Little Letter By El is the perfect place to find them.

To check out her Facebook Page and to see her handmade gifts and the prices just click here.
If you are interested in buying any of these items, just go to her Facebook page and send her a message.

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Clinique – Pep-Start | Review

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Clinique – Pep-Start | Review

I have had my eye on the new Clinique Pep-Start collection since it has come out. I wanted to try the Pep-Start Eye Cream, Peep-Start HydroBlur Moisturiser and the Pep-Start Cleansing Swipes. I always go to Boots when I buy my Clinique products as I always find the ladies on Clinique so helpful and I also get Boots points.I went into Boots to pick up the Clinique Airbrush Concealer as I had run out that morning and I told the lady serving me about how I’d had my eye on the Pep-Start and she showed me this little Pep-Start mini kit. I decided to buy it as for £20 and 4 Clinique products you can’t really go wrong.

This little kit from Clinique consists of;

Pep-Start 2 in 1 Exfoliating Cleanser

Pep-Start Eye Cream

Peep-Start HydroBlur Moisturiser

High Impact Mascara

Review

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Pep-Start 2 in 1 Exfoliating Cleanser

By combining gentle cleansing with exfoliating power, this 2-in-1 formula takes away dirt, dulling dead skin cells, excess oil and impurities to give skin a smooth finish and a radiant glow. Preps skin for makeup. It is gentle enough to use twice a day.

How To Use

Wet face and hands. 
Work a dime-sized amount into hands, lather and massage over skin. 
Rinse well, avoiding eye area. 
Follow with moisturizer.

This is very gentle on the skin and can be used as an every day cleanser. Most exfoliation washes are quite harsh on my skin and I need to use a heavy moisturiser after as my skin feels irritated but with this I do not have to use moisturiser.

It gets rid of all the grime from the day so you are left with a clean canvas to re apply your makeup or even just to take it all off.

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Pep-Start Eye Cream 

Hydrates, brightens, perks you up. It’s cool touch and de-puffing tip help keep eyes looking fresh. Smooths the way for makeup, too. Have it on hand.
Ophthalmologist Tested.

How To Use

Use twice a day, morning and night.
Gently squeeze a small amount of product onto applicator tip.
Swipe in circular motion around eye area, including lids.
Use finger to smooth in any excess until absorbed.
Reapply as needed throughout the day.

I really like this product as it is light on the eye area, hyrdates my skin and makes my under eyes look less dull and dark. It is good to use everyday and a little bit goes a long way so you do not have to use a lot of the product.

It is also perfect for prepping the eye area before applying concealer as it hydrates and I find my concealer does not go cakey after a while when using this eye cream.

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Peep-Start HydroBlur Moistuiser 

This lightweight, 24/7 hydrator provides matte moisturization, instantly blurs imperfections and preps for makeup.

How To Use

This multitasking moisturizer can be used 3 ways: 

On clean skin for an instant filter and all day hydration.
As a perfect primer for foundation, tinted moisturizers or powder.
Throughout the day—over makeup—as needed
Avoid eye area.

This mosituriser is very light weight and sinks into the skin almost straight away so you are not waiting for it to dry. You do not need to use a lot of this product and it is not harsh on the skin. It does not have a perfumed smell and it also creates a smooth canvas for your makeup.

I also like the packaging of this moisturiser as it is cute and practical as you do not have to squeeze a tube or pump the moisturiser out.

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High Impact Mascara 

The Clinique mascara favourite in a waterproof version so you’re ready for anything. Instant volume and length that resists flaking, clumping and smudging.

I use this mascara for day wear as it gives the right amount of volume and length on your lashes without them going clumpy or applying to much product.

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Overall

 I like these Clinique Mini’s as you can try out some of the Pep-Start products without committing to the actual size products.

My favourites of these products are the Pep-Start Eye Cream and the Peep-Start HydroBlur Moisturiser. I am not a big fan of the Pep-Start 2 in 1 Exfoliating Cleanser but I still use it.

I do not like the added mascara they put in as it is always a little free gift with Clinique and even though it’s a good mascara and a use it for the day I have lots of them so would prefer to have something you do not usually get as a free gift.

I also LOVE the packaging of this range as it just pops and stands out and looks nice and bright on your dressing table.

The prices of the full products are;

Pep-Start 2 in 1 Exfoliating Cleanser – £16.50

Pep-Start Eye Cream -£22.00

Peep-Start HydroBlur Moistuiser  – £24.50

High Impact Mascara  – £17.50

You can find these online at Boots or Clinique.com or in store.

Have you tried any of the Clinique Pep-Start products?
Which ones are your favourite?

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Real Techniques – Miracle Complexion Sponge | Review

Real Techniques – Miracle Complexion Sponge
 Review

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I came across the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge in ASDA when I was doing my food shop. I have seen everyone rave about beauty blenders but never thought of buying one as I rarely wear foundation so thought it would be a waste. Anyway, It was on offer so I decided to pick it up and give it a go.
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 About
Real Techniques by Sam Chapman introduces its new innovative Miracle Complexion Sponge. The Miracle Complexion Sponge will give you the pixel perfect, flawless base you have always dreamed of. The sponge is completely unique, featuring 3 distinct surfaces that give you 3 ways to apply liquid foundation.
 
Optimize your beauty routine with this 3-in-1 multi- functional sponge
 

Rounded sides – blend large areas of the face with a repeated “dabbing” or “stippling” motion 

Precision tip – covers blemishes and imperfections 

Flat edge – for the contours around the eyes and nose

Its versatile design evenly blends makeup for a smooth, enhanced finish, use with your favourite foundation to help reduce the appearance of pores

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Review

I tried the sponge out first with my Clinique Superbalanced Foundation, I put some of the foundation on the back of my hand and dotted it over my face using my finger. I then used the sponge to blend the product in. I found that the sponge soaks up more of the product then it did distributing and blending it in over my skin. I then tried it with my Clinique Airbrush Concealer, I found It blended the concealer more and it made it less cakey looking then it did when applied with my fingers or a foundation brush.

One of the things I like is how different sides of the sponge help apply different face product better. The pointed end is perfect for applying concealer as It can get under the eyes and around the nose better than a brush can.

Overall

Overall I must say I am not a huge fan of this product, I find that it soaks up more of the product you are using then it does distributing it over your skin. I only like it for blending concealer under my eyes and around my nose and I have not used it a lot since buying it. I know a lot of other people love beauty blenders but I will stick with my Stippling Brush when applying my base makeup.

Using the sponge also felt like I was blending the products in more then using the stippling brush as you have to dab the sponge around your face alot more so the product is all blended in.

This product is £5.99 and you can pick it up from Boots, Superdrug, Asda and other places or you can find it online here.

Have you tried the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge?
What are your thoughts?

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NSPA – Deep Cleansing Mud Mask | Review

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NSPA – Deep Cleansing Mud Mask

A Dead-sea mineral mud mask to treat and refresh the skin for a beautiful complexion.

With Dead-Sea minerals, natural Beeswax and Seaweed extracts to deeply cleanse the pores and replenish tire skin.

How To Use

Apply to clean, damp skin with your fingertips, avoiding the immediate eye area. Relax and enjoy for up to 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water and gently pat dry.

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Most Sunday evenings I like to have a pamper day….who doesn’t?
I love to have a hot bubble bath, put a good film on my TV, apply a hair mask to my hair and put a face mask on.

I have ran out of my Lush face masks and do not have any others so I went to ASDA (my local supermarket)  in search of a face mask because you can’t have a pamper day without a good face mask! I found this NSPA mask in the beauty isle and I have never heard of this brand before.

I picked it up because I wanted to try it out and as it comes in a small packet I knew if i did not like it I would not have wasted money or product.

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Review

My first impression of this face mask was that even though it is a little packet, you do get a lot of product in it. You can get around 3-4 face masks out of this if you use it evenly, which I found great. Because you can get more then one use out of this packet and it is obliviously not reseable. I suggest folding the top over and holding it with a clip or putting it into an empty container to stop it from drying out.

The product is not messy,  as it is a clay mask it is a thick consitensy which is easily spreadable on the skin. It dries quite fast and it goes lighter when it is fully dry so you know when to wash it off. When on the skin it is not harsh and when drying it can itch a little but that is all.

Once dried I took a face cloth, soaked it in water and wiped the mask off my skin. It was easy to remove which I like as nobody likes a face mask that is hard to remove and messy.

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Overall

My skin felt really nice and smooth after using this, I thought my skin also looked nicer. My skin did not feel irritable after using this face mask and I just put my favourite moisturiser on after taking the mask off.

I would recommend buying if you are looking for a new face mask to try as you can buy the small packet to try it out and then if you like it you can buy the bigger tub.

This product is £1.59 in ASDA and you can find the full products on the NSPA website here.

Have you tried out any of NSPA products?
What is your favourite face mask?

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