Oskia Renaissance Mask Review

Oskia’s Renaissance Mask aims to resurface and brighten the skin by increasing cell turnover. Some ingredients of note are lactic acid, fruit acids and MSM (organic sulphur). A 50ml tub of this will cost you £51. To me, that’s super expensive, and I only have the product to try because I got a mini tub within the 2017 ASOS Beauty Advent Calendar. Otherwise, there’s no way I would have spent that much money on a face mask! So, after trying it, do I feel it’s worth the price?

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The product itself is a gel-like consistency which is initially pink in the pot but quickly turns white when you apply it and massage it into the skin. It has a pleasant fragrance, which is apparently a combination of rose, passion fruit and camomile. Once massaged into the skin for a minute or so, the instructions say to leave it on for 10-20 minutes, however I’ve left it on for well over that (about 40 minutes) with no irritation. It’s a very gentle formula which is great for sensitive skin, however, the flip side of this is that any exfoliation is not as powerful as you would get from other products.

Once it’s been left on for a while it stays quite oily and tacky on the skin but the colour goes from white to almost transparent, all be it making the skin look very shiny. Before completely washing off, it is recommended that you emulsify it by wetting your face or hands slightly and massaging all over again.

Once removed, my skin felt super soft, nourished and plump. My skin did look healthy and had a bit of a sheen to it, although I do wonder whether that is just residue left over from the product. Any immediate difference was minimal and as always with masks, it’s so hard to know if you’re getting tangible results as they usually only come about as a result of prolonged and regular use.

As for enjoyment to use, this is a wonderful and luxurious mask which does make you feel like you are really pampering yourself. Which, if you were to splash out £51 for this product, is the least you would expect! It does tick the luxury ‘treat yo’self’ box.

Now to whether I think this mask is worth the price… For me, it’s not something I would probably buy for myself as it is just too much money for me to justify when there are such dubious and intangible effects on the skin. I’ve managed to get just about 5 uses out of this 10ml pot, so applying that to the 50ml there is potentially 25 uses per pot, which actually works out at good value! So despite that high purchase price, if it’s something you fall in love with it could turn out to offer decent value for money for a high-end luxury face mask. I’ve really enjoyed using this and if I happen to acquire another pot in future I will be happy to pamper myself with it!

Love Nicole xxxx

COOLA Mineral Sunscreen Cucumber Matte Finish SPF 30

I am on a quest to try out as many mineral/physical face SPF’s as possible, within reason. If they’re over about £35 then I’ll pass. In fact, this one from COOLA costs £36 from Cult Beauty (it’s available for less on other sites) and I only bought it because they had a 15% discount at the time. I’d heard some positive things about this brand so I wanted to try it out.

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No7 Nourishing Cleansing Balm Review

I love cleansing balms! Unfortunately, they can be pricey. This one from No7 costs £13 which, while not exactly being cheap, is pretty good for a cleansing balm. Also, Boots often have 3 for 2 offers or money off vouchers on No7. Anyway, is this product actually any good?

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In short: yes. This is a wonderfully smooth and nourishing cleansing balm. The second ingredient listed is coconut oil which doesn’t shock me as it looks off-white like it and melts beautifully into an oil you can massage all over your face. It removes base makeup incredibly! When I use this I feel confident it has gotten all my makeup off my skin. It doesn’t remove eye makeup quite so well so I definitely say remove this separately, however, it is safe to rub over your eyes. I’ve not had any discomfort from doing this.

It is fragranced quite strongly but it’s a fresh, non-offensive scent. As well as coconut oil, this cleansing balm also contains some cocoa butter and grapeseed oil. It is a nourishing cleanser and not drying at all. I find it easy to remove using a damp cloth (one comes in the box with it) and it doesn’t leave any residue behind.

At £13 for a 125ml tub I think this cleansing balm offers good value for money compared to many other cleansing balms. You don’t need to use a huge amount each time so this tub should last a good amount of time; I’m still getting through my tub but I will try to remember to update this post once I’m finish with it and say roughly how long it lasted.

I am a big fan of this cleansing balm and would definitely recommend it.

Love Nicole xxxx

Good Things Manuka Honey Radiance Face Mask

This is a clay based mask which costs £5.99 for a 100ml tube. It used to be available from Boots but it doesn’t appear to be listed on their website anymore, although it is possible it could still be in stock in some stores. I liked the ‘Good Things’ range so I hope it’s just a case of repackaging or something like that, rather than it being discontinued. Otherwise, I’m writing this review for a product that no one can buy anymore… But I’ve taken the photo for this post so I’m writing this regardless ha!

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This tube provides excellent value as you can get so many uses out of it. For £5.99 I’ve gotten at least 10 uses, maybe more. As a clay mask it, of course, tightens as it dries but it doesn’t completely freeze your face or feel uncomfortable. The type of clay it contains is kaolin which is proven to draw out impurities, absorb excess oil and be gentle on skin.

After removal, I found the mask left my skin feeling very soft. It didn’t feel dried out or irritated at all. Visibly, I can’t really tell a difference, however I do think the condition of my skin improves when I regularly use face masks.

This mask also contains honey and beeswax which was partly what sold it to me, however, from looking at the ingredients list I think there is only a very small amount of these ingredients. I know how brilliant manuka honey is for its antibacterial properties but this does not contain enough of it to reap any of those particularly benefits. The presence of honey and beeswax is pretty unnoticeable in my opinion! If you would like to try a very good manuka honey mask I recommend the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask.

For a basic, good value clay mask this is a worthy choice! Used regularly, you could experience the benefits of the clay absorbing excess oil and drawing out any dirt or spots. Plus, the pampering and self-love that comes with taking the time to use a face mask is a benefit within itself.

Love Nicole xxxx