“ Brand: I Love... / Type: Face Mask / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
Being a bit of a beauty product addict, I always like to try out new things and vary the brands that I use. One of my most exciting discoveries has been finding online companies that provide beauty boxes. These usually contain a selection of various make-up, skin care, fragrance products etc, and I have been trying a few from different suppliers. I received a full size version of this I Love... Coconut face mask in my latest delivery from "Joliebox". You can find further information at www.joliebox.co.uk, and I Love... products are available to purchase from Superdrug in their high street stores or online.
Product description: "I Love...peel off face mask deep cleans, refreshes skin and removes dead skin cells. Each mask has the most fabulous fruit extracts of mango & cucumber that are renowned for their antioxidant properties to help you achieve perfect looking skin. Scented beautifully with a gorgeous fragrance."
Recommended directions for use: Tear off the top of my sachet, apply my entire contents evenly to your dry skin, avoiding the eye area and areas of facial hair such as eyebrows. Leave me to set completely, while I work my magic, then peel me off to reveal beautifully refreshed, silky smooth skin.
I like to give myself a good pampering when I am using a face mask, but this face mask was certainly not the type of treat I was expecting! To begin with, I made sure that all traces of make-up were fully removed and I then went about applying the masque. The packaging was quite tough to open, and this mask itself is a different formulation than usual, being designed to peel off. It has a very odd consistency which seemed like it had already started to set before I'd even got it out of the packet, as it was thick and stretchy and did not spread well over my skin. I had to rub it into my face to get it to sit properly on my skin and it felt just like glue as it was very sticky. This face mask was clear with no colour to it at all, and because of the bizarre texture I was a bit squeamish about putting it onto my face and was almost tempted to stop it halfway through the application and just wash the stuff off straight away. It felt slimy and disgusting, and left me with a horrible uncomfortable feeling until it started to dry out. The sachet contained 15mls and this was enough for me to get a full application over my face. There was a lot left over so I offered the rest to my (unlucky!) housemate, and there was enough for another full face application.
The face mask had a very strong scent of sweet coconut, which I really liked as coconut is one of my favourite fragrances. However, it also had a strange undertone that smelled very salty, and I remarked to my housemate that it was particularly unfortunate considering what it looked like we had on our faces.... (not attractive!) they reckoned there might have been a salty smell as it would require ingredients to help the mask dry out to get the peel off effect. The texture of the face mask changes as it starts to dry out, and as it dried on my skin it gave quite a tight feeling. It forms a filmy layer which when fully dry can then be lifted at the edges and peeled away. The masque was ready to remove after 15 minutes, except for two patches on my cheeks that just would not dry, and in the end I just had to wash it off my cheeks with a wet flannel. The bits that did peel off were awfully painful and it felt like the mask had stuck down very firmly. Rather than the fun and silly experience that you usually get with a peel off face mask, this felt more like ripping plasters off my skin and it was very difficult to remove properly. In fact, I was still finding little bits stuck in my eyebrows and around my hairline the following day.
After recovering from tearing this stuff off my face, I noticed that the mask did indeed have some positive results. This item is described as being suitable for all skin types, and it seemed well suited to my combination/oily skin, although my housemate proclaimed it made their normal/dry skin feel "icky". The main benefit for me was that my skin felt wonderful; very smooth to the touch and thoroughly deep cleaned. I really liked the effect and couldn't stop touching my face to feel the effects. In fact, I didn't even finish off with my usual toner and night cream, as I was so impressed with the finish that using the face mask had given. The dodgy salty smell subsided and I was also left with my skin smelling strongly of coconuts. I could smell this on myself for a couple of hours after use and this was a nice little bonus as the coconut fragrance is sweet and girly.
I thought that the face mask did give good results, which is a bit annoying really considering that it was such a horrible experience to actually use it. Despite leaving my skin feeling thoroughly cleansed and smoothed, I can safely say that there is absolutely no chance of me ever buying or using another I Love... peel off face mask. I cannot recommend this at all purely because the application and removal were so utterly horrendous.
It's nice when you have friends who come across something they know you will love and without so much as a mention to you, you get a surprise package in the post. Now I have to admit I don't actually know where this product came from, whether it was purchased or not and it is made by a company I am not familiar with, so I did use my trusted friend Google to find out more.
The 'I Love' it available in places such as Superdrug, The Co-op and on-line via places like Bath and Unwind, one of the more frequent websites I visit. It is a brand which sells products in a variety of different types, uses and flavours and anyone who loves the N-Spa range (Like me) will no doubt become a huge fan of this brand too. Oh and apparently it only costs about 49p per sachet!
So, I had been feeling a bit miserable having had the worst cold I have had for a few years and I was feeling all yucky, didn't want to go out and if I am honest, I didn't want to leave to my bed. On my first day back to work, my trusted Postman rang the bell and said he had a parcel for me, well I hadn't ordered anything (to my knowledge) and wasn't expecting anything, but he had a small cardboard box, wrapped in bright pink paper which had been cello-taped to within an inch of its life. Inside the box, once I had hacked away at it using knives and scissors in such a way that anyone who adheres to 'Elf n safety' guidelines would have been left a nervous wreck.
Inside the box were two gifts - a Coconut Face-mask and a Coconut lip balm with a note saying "Rachel, you are a bit weird loving all things Coconut, I can't stand it, but I saw these and thought of you. Hope you enjoy them, much love xx" and I knew it had come from my best friend, who hates all things coconut... and she thinks I am weird!
Anyway, home from work, bath is run and I am determined to use the face-mask which states it is a "peel off face mask deep cleans, refreshes skin and removes dead skin cells" and given the state of my face, this sounded perfect and it is suitable for all skin types. The sachet itself I quite liked because it is quite cheerful and definitely colourful. It has a blue and yellow band running round the outside and in the middle is a lovely yellow and blue heart with the words I Love above and Coconut face mask below in black lettering. To the left hand-side of the sachet is a helpful indentation to make tearing the top off a little easier when it comes to using.
There are also some helpful instructions which tell you have to use the mask. But before using any mask you should always wash your face with warm water to ensure that all traces of make-up and surface dirt and grime have been removed, this allows the ingredients of your face-mask to penetrate your skin to get to work, naturally you also need to ensure you have patted your skin dry. Once that is done, with dry hands, tear the top off the sachet and then squeezing the sachet from the bottom up, apply the contents to your dry skin, avoiding your eyes and eyebrows. Now as soon as you squeeze this product from the sachet, there is one aroma for me and that is the lovely creamy smell of coconut and the what you don't get is a cream, its more of a gel like consistency which sticks quite nicely to your face and spreads really well and relatively easily. Whilst the sachet says to use the whole lot in one application, I found that I used just under half to cover my face, which is doubly good because I get two face-masks for the price of one.
Once this mask is on your face, all you need to do is lie back and enjoy the smell of coconut. There is no time frame given on the sachet as to how long this mask should remain on your face, but given my face felt slightly stiff after 5 minutes, I took that as being long enough and I gently peeled off as much of the mask as I could, then using a flannel and warm water I removed the remaining pieces of mask from my face, as I would do any other product like this, rubbing gently in circular motions to ensure I had removed all traces. Then once my face was dry and I was out of the bath, I wasn't surprised to find that my skin felt soft and smooth to the touch and smelling rather wonderful.
As for the ingredients, well there was a sticker over the bit that listed them on the sachet and when I picked it off, the writing came with, so that was of no help to me whatsoever. All I know is that it definitely uses Coconut and for the skin it has numerous benefits because it and the coconut oil and milk it products acts as a moisturiser, so those of us who suffer from dry skin would benefit from using products with Coconut in them because it helps to prevent the drying out and flaking of the skin. It is also delays wrinkles, crows feet and it also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, eczema and other skin issues. The most important thing for me though is that Coconut oil helps to exfoliate your skin removing dead and dry skin cells which is why your skin feels soft and smooth after using.
Having used this entire sachet, I have to say that I did really like the face mask. It was easy to use, it stuck to your face and wasn't really runny like other face-masks I have used. I like the fact that as soon as you apply it, it stays where it is put as you spread it across and around your face and after doing so, it all seemed to have dried at the same time, which meant you could peel the mask off your face without having to wait for the bit around your nose to dry, or the bit above one eyebrow. That said, the mask was removed with easy, there is nothing quite like pulling a dried face-mask off your face, it is quite refreshing to feel it pulling away from your skin, much like when you were a child and you (well I would) put Copydex glue on your hand, wait for it to dry, then peel it off.
Now all I need to do is test and try some of these other flavours and scents and see how they compare to this face-mask.