Sunday afternoon for me usually involves putting a joint of beef in the oven to slowly cook whilst I disappear off into the bath for little over an hour to relax and chill out with a book and maybe a glass of nice chilled wine. That hour is sacrosanct or me, it is my one hour of peace without interruption by telephone, text, Whats'app and so on. Just me, a bath of bubbles, my Kindle and some wine.
I also use this one hour a week to give my skin a little extra TLC and I always have a face-mask to hand somewhere that I have either bought during the week to use or one that I have already have in the cupboard.
Bomb Cosmetics is a company whose products I really like. As I have said in previous reviews for me Bomb Cosmetics are my Lush alternative and I tend use them when I fancy a change of product or if I see something I just want to try. Like Lush they have a wide range of Bath Bombs, shower gels, soaps, Lip Balm, Lip Scrubs, massage bars, foot creams, hand creams and bath salts to name but a few of their product ranges. So if you haven't tried them they are really worth checking out, even if you don't really like all this smelly stuff, they do candles and other items.
Now I do love using face-masks, there is something calming and relaxing about them. Over time I would guess that I have used somewhere between 30-50 different face masks and this is one area that I tend not to have a favourite product, so I am always ready and willing to try something new. I have a favourite shower gel in Lush Snow Fairy, I have a favourite hand cream with Soap & Glory's Hand Food, I have a favourite brand of Make-up with BeneFit and even favourite perfumes and so on.
There is a good range of face-masks from Bomb Cosmetics and this particular one is called 'Honolulu Face Healer and it is sold in a 120g tub for £7.99. The tub itself is made of plastic and is white in colour with scribblings in two different blues, which is the best way to describe it on the tub. You will also find the name of the product and what it is.
Once the lid is removed with a bit of a tug, inside is the face-mask and to look it, well it can best be described as clay coloured and there is a citrusy aroma that first hits you, quite surprising as with something a little dull looking, you would expect to find a not so nice smell, so it was a nice surprise. In with the fruity smell something more floral which becomes evident as the mask is applied to your face. Before using any face-mask, I was once told to ensure that my face was as clean as I could possibly get it to be. So before I ever apply a mask, I also wash my face using warm water to remove all traces of any dirt and grime that might be clinging to my skin and then once that has been done, pat my face dry and begin the process of applying the mask.
Most face-masks come with some sort of instruction. With this one you are told to apply the mask liberally to the skin to form a thin visible layer, avoiding the eyes and then allow the mask to stay on your face for a minimum of 5 minutes to allow the ingredients to sink into your skin and then after you feel you have allowed the mask long enough to work, you remove using a flannel or sponge with some warm water and again using circular motions to do so because this massages the skin at the same time. Once all traces of the mask have been removed and your skin dried, you should feel an immediate softness to your skin.
The ingredients within this face-mask are as long as your arm and all listed on the tub for you to see. For me there are a few that are worthy of a mention. Starting with Kaolin which is used in quite a lot of products particularly ones which are clay based because it its primary objective to is clean the skin and moisturise it at the same time which it does by penetrating the skin quite deep helping to detoxify by removing dirt and grime which is blocking the pores. Clary Sage oil comes next and it cools the skin, particularly where there is inflammation and for those people who have greasy skin it brings some control to the production of sebum. The final ingredient I am going to mention is Marjoram Leaf Oil which is used to refresh the skin.
After using this face-mask, I was quite surprised at how soft and smooth my skin was to the touch, especially as it isn't an exfoliating mask. Added to which, I tend to suffer from dry bouts of skin on both cheeks and just between my eyebrows and I become quite self-conscious about it, particularly in the winter months and again, no sign of either problems after using this mask either. So I am pretty impressed so far. The other thing I really like was how refreshing this does feel upon your skin as it is applied, there is a cool feeling on your skin which is really quite a nice feeling.
As I said, I don't tend to have a favourite face-mask that I want to use over and over again, instead I have a list of those I like and those I don't and this face-mask would fall into the like category and I would be happy to use it again or at least until I run out of it which I would guess using it weekly would be within 6-8 weeks because you really don't have to use very much to ensure you have a liberal covering on your face. So a nice face-mask that does what it states it will do and it is nice and relaxing when being used too.