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Brand: Montagne Jeunesse / Tonic / Type: Face Tonic / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types

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      11.04.2011 15:19
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      there are better bargain beauty buys out there!

      After my recent experience with the Aloe Vera face mask from the Montagne Jeunesse range I decided I would not completely write the range off after just one product. Picked up this Sea Minerals mask for 79p in Home Bargains, they seem to be the only local store to stock them form under £1. They also have an offer on, 3 for £2 so not a bad price - it's just a shame about the product.

      I prefer cloth face masks for their lack of mess and ease of application. This cloth facial mask was quite a thin cloth with large openings for the eyes, nose and mouth which is great, but as with the Aloe Vera mask, when you remove the mouth piece to cover your nose it never comes away easily. The mouth piece was firmly attached; if it was perforated it would be much easier. I found lotion from the mask going all over me as I tried to remove the mouth piece. By time the piece was forcefully removed (may I suggest scissors in future!) the piece of cloth for my nose was outstretched and scrunched up so it didn't provide the best coverage!

      The mask itself unfolded much easier than my previous experience and it affixed to my freshly cleansed skin without problems. I found it much easier to smooth down and get the entire mask to make contact with my skin. Ready to sit back and relax for a few minutes I put my feet up and hoped for the best. The packaging recommends 5 to 10 minutes but I lasted about 6.

      Everything started off well, my skin was feeling tingly and refreshed which was quite nice but the smell was extremely strong, very salty and bitter. After about 2 - 3 minutes my skin started to feel tight and began to sting - like when you put sunburn or a cut into the salty sea water - my relaxation was over. I decided to leave it on a little longer, presuming this was meant to be, but then my eyes started to water and sting. It felt as though there were fumes coming from the cloth near my eye and causing me irritation. The itching and irritation continued to build, leading me to call an abrupt end to my home spa session, peel off the mask and rinse my face immediately.

      Once my skin had been rinsed and patted dry I felt much better. Luckily my skin had had no visible reaction to the mask but it did feel quite irritated. For a product that boasts relaxation and de-stressing magic - it failed on all levels. The irritation left me paranoid and constantly checking my skin for hours afterwards for any signs of an allergic reaction. One thing I did begin to notice was after a while, my skin felt really refreshed and soft, and the redness around my blemishes appeared reduced. Unfortunately I'm unwilling to go through the discomfort of the mask again to investigate any continually improvements.

      Face masks should be relaxing, we buy them so we can pamper ourselves in the at home spa, saving us money and time, two things hard to come by these days for the 9 to 5ing amongst us. Even though I have only used two Montagne Jeunesse products, I am reluctant to try any more in the future; my experience with them has been less than satisfying. Though I am still looking to cut beauty cost corners, these bargain buys have taught me to spend a little extra in future.

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      26.02.2011 20:18
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      Not one that I'd use again

      Recently, my mam won a collection of Montagne Jeunesse products, it had every product in the range! As I had only used a few of their facemasks before I was eager to try them all out so that next time I fancied a facemask I could make a better decision, having tried them all! So the other day I decided I would use this facemask because of the claims that it made.

      I've never had the greatest skin, but its not really that bad, just a few spots every so often. When I used the mask it was in a bad state as I had quite a few spots and it had gotten dry which was probably as a result of eating too much chocolate, so I was hoping that the mask would fix this! It claims that it is 'anti stress' which would be good after a long week! It also claims that it is like being at a spa and that it contains extracts of dead minerals from the sea, which I wasn't entirely too sure what they were!

      While when you think facemask you probably think having green stuff all over your face, this is a bit different as its actually a cloth mask which you place onto your face, you get all of the benefits of a normal facemask because it is all infused into the cloth. This may be good for some people because it means that there is a lot less mess but personally I didn't really like facemasks like this, I'd rather just get messy using a normal one! Also, the cloth seemed really wet when I used it, it wasn't that pleasant a sensation using it. You also need to have some scissors handy as there are holes for the nose and the mouth which you need to cut out, I tried tearing and had to give up!

      The smell is apparently dead minerals, and I really didn't like this smell it was way too strong and got right up your nose! I think I'll be going for more fruity masks anytime, they have lots of these in their range so next time I'll use one of those and the smell hopefully won't be eyewatering!

      I find that the majority of the time facemasks don't really make a lot of effect and this one wasn't much of a change. What was alarming was the colour my skin went when I took it off after the recommended 5 minutes, it was totally bright lobster red! Thankfully I wasn't going out anywhere after or I would have looked pretty ridiculous! It stayed like that for a few hours but when I woke up in the morning it was back to the normal colour, and it did feel a bit fresh and tightened but I didn't really think it was that worth it!

      Although mine was free, I think you can get them from places like Asda and Boots and Superdrug for around £1 which I don't really think is worth it when it didn't make too much effect and wasn't really pleasurable, but it might just depend on my type of skin, who knows..

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        24.01.2011 21:12
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        No 'floatation sensation' for me!

        I received this face mask in a multipack I bought from Amazon, and was keen to try it as it was one of the few from the Montagne Jeunesse range that I hadn't already put through its paces. The perfect opportunity arose after a pretty stressful week, which left my skin looking in need of some TLC. This anti-stress mask promised to 'promote a deep sensation of calm as mineral rich ingredients nourish body and soul', all of which sounded very promising.

        The sachet the mask comes in is a little different from the rest of the MJ range, being drop shaped, and not quite so gaudy, while the mask itself is made of 'salon style fabric', rather than the usual gloopy kind that you slop on your face. I was curious to see how it would compare in terms of ease of use and results. It certainly sounded like less of a faff to use from the 'no mess, no fuss, 5 minute face mask' slogan on the front. Ripping open the sachet, a strange smell met my nostrils- it was very pungent, and not the kind of scent I'd automatically associate with relaxation. It certainly did have the vibrant freshness that you'd expect from a mask that trumpets its dead sea credentials from every part of the packaging, but there was another, predominant scent that reminded me of a cold remedy. Sure enough, amongst the seaweed and dead sea salt on the ingredients list, menthol made an appearance. No wonder it smelt so strong.

        While I was slightly dubious about the 'anti-stress' properties of a menthol-scented face mask, it did make for an interesting smell that I wasn't averse to having near my nose for the recommended 5-10 minutes. So, I pulled out the soggy, bedraggled mask from its sachet and set about applying it to my face. This was easier said than done- the mask was so wet that unfolding it took a lot of patience. My hands got covered in the 'tonic' in the process, and were soon in need of a good wash- so much for no mess. Once unfolded, the mask was revealed to be a very thin piece of fabric, reminiscent of a face wipe. It was pale purple in colour, with a floral design on it- nothing like the blue, watery-patterned mask pictured on the front of the sachet.

        The instructions stated that the mouth section of the mask should be removed and placed over the nose, but again, this proved difficult as it was still very well attached. It took a while to tear it out, and I had to go very carefully to avoid ripping the fragile mask. Eventually, the mask was ready to apply. This was a delicate process, involving lining up the rather large mask with my rather small face to ensure that my eyes and mouth were somehow in the right place to avoid contact with the mask (the thought of anything that strong and mentholly touching my eyes made me wince- not exactly relaxing!). Finally, everything was aligned and I patted down the mask to ensure maximum contact with my skin, as instructed. By the time I'd finished, I looked pretty horrific- gazing at the ridges and saggy swathes of mask dangling from my face, I couldn't help thinking of the elephant man! But, putting vanity from my mind, I settled down to relax and experience the 'floatation sensation' promised on the back.

        Quite what this was, I sadly never found out- my 10 minutes of mask time passed uneventfully, except for a slight tingling of the skin on my face, probably thanks to the menthol. What did surprise me was the fact that I found the smell of the mask quite relaxing, and by the time I removed it, was feeling undeniably refreshed and rejuvenated. Unfortunately, the same couldn't be said for my skin; upon taking the mask off, it felt very greasy. I followed the instructions and massaged it a bit to try to soak up the excess before splashing my face with cool water, but after another half hour it still felt very sticky to the touch, and I couldn't resist giving it a good old wash. Often the real test of a face mask's efficacy comes the morning after when you look in the mirror, but I can't say I noticed any difference in my skin after using this, other than that it felt a bit more moisturised (small wonder, given all that excess liquid!).

        The nature of this mask means that you can only really use it once, unlike most MJ masks which I find usually contain enough for two applications. This, combined with the difficulties and lack of results I experienced when using it, makes the usual asking price of 99p rather steep in my opinion, and it's very unlikely that I'll be choosing this mask again.

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          31.08.2010 16:34
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          A facial mask from Montagne Jeunesse

          Lately I've been feeling rather stressed out and it would take me ages to explain why. Normally I would go for a facial at my local beauty salon but as I've been saving hard for a new house £30.00 for a basic facial is just too much.

          My mom popped round and as a gift she brought me some Montagne Jeunesse facial masks all anti-stress I might add. One from my pack so far I wasn't really impressed by, but a bonus being that its far less messy than most facial masks.

          Montagne Jeunesse Calming Face Tonic:

          'No mess, no fuss five minute face mask'

          This face mask claims that it shall calm and soothe your skin and lift your spirits plus with calming Dead Sea anti-stress elements will help you to feel relaxed. With real Dead Sea nutrients and minerals it will leave skin moisturised & re-hydrated. We shall see!

          The sachet the mask comes in is a teardrop shape and the same design as the photo above; the sachet is bright and eye catching but also rather over crowded with all the writing in my personal opinion. It is also very easy to open tear open at the top and it opens up very easily.

          The mask is also:

          Suitable For Vegans
          Gluten Free
          Dairy Free
          Nut Derivative Free

          How to use:

          A great thing is this mask is very straightforward to use for best results it's recommended that you remove any make up and cleanse skin before use. Once your skin is ready for the application, just unfold the mask detach material from the mouth section and place over your nose then place the rest of the mask over your face patting it down for maximum contact.

          Then just lay back for five to ten minutes for the mask to do its stuff. When you take off the mask you need to splash your face with cool water to remove any remaining tonic that maybe left on your skin and pat dry.

          My Findings:

          I'm in two minds with this mask as one it did make my skin look and feel great but the mask also started to sting my face after the first minute and it didn't relax me at all.

          When I first applied the mask I really liked the feel of it on my face it was cooling and relaxing but after the first minute I noticed the cooling started to feel like stinging and it started to feel rather uncomfortable I waited it out for five minutes then removed the mask.

          I swilled my face with cool water and patted dry like the instructions told me to do, and I did notice my skin looked refreshed, felt soft and smooth but that feeling only lasted for an hour or so.

          The smell of the mask was quite clinical I felt it was like a mixture of sea water and disinfectant. It wasn't unpleasant but not really a smell I liked as I prefer fruity scented creams and masks etc.

          The mask itself isn't a cream or a gel like most facial masks are but an actual cloth mask which wouldn't go down well for people that are closeterphobic!

          When removing the mask from the packet I found I had to be very gentle with it and it was wrapped up quite tightly and when pulled you could see it all most rip. When you have to remove the mouth piece to place across your nose I would recommend you cut the little tabs with scissors otherwise you risk tearing the mask.

          Price and Availability:

          I've noticed that Montagne Jeunesse are sold in a range of places, chemists, supermarkets and also seen them on market stalls. Prices starts from 79p and the most I've seen £1.49, you can also purchase them direct from their web site.

          Overall:

          Overall I was happy with the results when I first removed the mask, but the effects didn't last no more than one hour on my face. It didn't relax me at all nor did it leave me less stressed! Maybe if I could have left the mask on for ten minutes the effects would have been a little better but after it started to sting five minutes was all I could manage.

          I do have sensitive skin and I carried out the patch test before hand recommended on the packet and didn't have any reaction so I can not explain the stinging.

          My friend however loves this mask and uses it twice a week, she has no stinging and she said it really chills her out. Each to there own I guess?

          I wouldn't be using this one again myself but recommend you give it a try if it's something you fancy, after all everyone's skin is different.

          Two out of five starts from me!

          Thanks for reading :o)



          Additional Information:

          Montagne Jeunesse does have a rather fun looking web site where you can find out about their new product, and the rest of the Montagne Jeunesse range. There are also chances to win their products and registration is free!

          http://www.montagnejeunesse.com/

          Montagne Jeunesse is Vegetarian Society Approved, BUAV Approved, Not tested on animals and have received Prima Beauty Award.

          Ingredients:

          Aqua (purified water), propylene glycol, PPG1-PEG-9, layryl glycol ether, glycerin, fucus vesiculosus (seaweed) extract, hydropropyl methylcellulose, menthyl PCA, tocopheryl (vitamin E) acetate, menthol, Dead Sea salt, retinyl (vitamin A) palmitate, citric acid, sodium hydorxide, phenoxyethanol, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, methylparaben, propylparaben.

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            11.06.2010 11:04
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            Montagne Jeunesse Face Tonic

            At one point I was using absolutely loads of these Montagne face masks but Ive been neglecting my skin as of late and I thought it was time to treat myself to a few of these masks. Now even though I have tried out so many Montagne masks I had never used any of their "face tonic" range so I pikced up this one and one other to use at a later date and I chose to use this one that very night. Now even though I am going to write a review basically slagging this product off if your reading about this brand for the first time then dont get the impression that it is all bad as it really isnt - its just their face tonics that let me down. I dont recommend these to anyone - in fact STAY AWAY!

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            Price: 99p
            Stockists: Superdrug, Boots ETC
            This product is suitable for vegans, is gluten and dairy free & contains NO nuts.
            This is said to be a "relaxing" face mask that is said to make you feel very calm. Its packed with Dead Sea Minerals and moisturiser to leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated.

            Now this mask is a little different to others from this range as the mask is not made from liquid. This mask actually is made of material and it reminds me of a really big, blue baby wipe but with a little more liquid on it. The only problem with that is that most people will find it doesnt really fit their face. It was way to big for my face personally but when I brother bought one it was far to small so this wont fit to many peoples faces. I suppose it takes out the mess of application though so there are both pros and cons for the way they have designed this mask. To apply this to yor face you simply pull it out of the packet, pop out the "mouth hole" and smooth it over your face. Now as this is quite wet it should stick to your face immediately but I wouldnt walk around the house with it on as it seems like it could fll off any second!

            You are supposed to leave this mask on for about 10 minutes and then when you take it off rub the rest of the liquid that has been left on the surface of your skin into your skin. Apparantly after this you wont need to apply moisturiser because your skin will feel so amazing already. Sounds brilliant right? Wrong!

            The Results:
            I have to say my skin did feel a bit frsher after I used this but that is honestly the only nice thing I have to say. This mask even smells vile! I cant put my finger on exactly what it is but believe me the scent is not great and unfortunately the scent tried to linger on my skin afterwards - I put a stop to that with some scented moisturiser! My face did look bloody awful after I used this mainly because it was bright red. Not that lovely, healthy glowing look your supposed to have but actually really red like a rash. Luckily this went down overnight and there was no rash or anything like that but it scared the hell out of me for a second - your face is one place you cannot hide!

            My face didnt look or feel smooth and soft after using this and I had to slather moisturiser on as it actually felt a bit tight and dry. It refreshed me a tiny bit but apart from that it was awful and I do not recommend.

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              19.03.2010 20:17
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              Don't bother

              I saw this mask in super drug for 99p and as it wasn't in the range that Asda have for sale at 4 for £3 I thought I would add this one to my collection.

              The mask comes in a blue tear drop shaped packet which has a picture of a lady on the front with the mask on her face. The packet says it is a spa facial face tonic mask that is calming and anti-stress. It is meant to be bursting with dead sea minerals to calm and smooth the skin and lift the spirits. It says it is a no mess, no fuss 5 minute face mask. The mask is meant to moisturise the skin to leave it smoth, rehydrated, toned and visibly younger looking. The mask is suitable for vegetarians and is BUAV approved. The only thing I couldn't find is what skin type the mask is meant for as obviously if you have greasy skin, you wouldn't want to use a tonic for someone with dry skin. It is recommended you do a sensitivity test before using this product.

              Directions for use:
              Remove make up and cleanse skin. Remove and unfold mask, detatch material from mouth section and place over the nose. Lean back, relax and put the mask on face, patting it down for maximum contact. Leave to work for 5-10 minutes and enjoy the floatation sensation of dead sea minerals. Remove, gently massage in any excess tonic. Splash face with cold water and pat dry.

              When I opened the packet and had a smell, the mask didn't smell anywhere near as nice as the other Montagne Jeunesse products I have tried before (and I have tried quite a few recently). The only way I can described the smell is like sea water or sea weed (which I guess isn't surprising as it has dead sea minerals in it). The mask is made of fabric and is blue in colour. It was very wet with the tonic but it was easy to unfold. Taking the mouth piece out wasn't very easy as you have to apply some pressure to the mask to pull the extra piece out. These leads to the tonic dripping out of the mask and all over the surface beneath you. The mask was easy to put on but I had to fold up the bottom part a bit as the mouth hole left an area of my chin uncovered otherwise. I did feel like I looked like a character from a horror film with the mask on so I was glad no one could see me. The mask is cooling and quite refreshing. The scent is not so bad once it is on your face. If the scent was a perfume, it would be called sea breeze. My face started to tingle after a few minutes and felt like it was getting really cold. It felt a bit like sitting with an ice cube on your face (I have not had that from other masks in this range) and a bit unpleasant. At no point, did I feel like I was floating away.

              I managed to leave the mask on for 10 minutes and then massaged the mask over my face in circles to make sure all my skin was covered in the tonic. I splashed cold water on my skin after washing the excess tonic off my hands. Once I had patted my skin dry, it did look smooth but I don't think it looked any younger or more toned. I was unimpressed by this mask and this one will not be making it into my favourite Montagne Jeunesse products. If someone gave it to me as a present I would use it again but I wouldn't bother buying it.

              Update - 2 days after using this product I came up in 3 huge spots that could have been classed as extra heads so I definitely won't be buying this again.

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                08.03.2010 21:25
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                I don't have sensitive skin but this gave me a terrible reaction.

                I bought one of these to try out purely because it was on offer, I wish I'd saved myself the 30p...

                The mask is a single use pre-cut cloth that comes folded up in a sachet. I found that there was far too much liquid in it and had to wring it out first. Then you have to detach the strip of cloth from the mouth section (this bit then goes over the bridge of your nose), in doing this I tore the bit between the mouth and nose so it no longer went on right but I suppose that's my fault and nothing to do with the product.

                Then you simply put the cloth over your face - there are cut outs for your eyes and mouth and a triangle slit in the middle for your nose - and press it on so it's touching your skin.

                My first thought was that the smell was very synthetic and chemical, a bit like toilet cleaner but still I perservered. The packet suggests you leave it on for 5-10 minutes and do a skin test beforehand on your arm. Having used some of their other masks I didn't bother to do a skin test, this was a huge mistake. Less than a minute after putting it on, my face began to tingle and then to burn. I took the cloth off straightaway and my face looked like I'd been sunburned. It was bright red and stinging and I had to splash cold water on it to try and wash the tonic residue away as quickly as possible.

                I would definitely recommend you take their advice in doing a skin test first because it took about 5 hours for my face to calm down again and for the redness to go away.

                Therefore, I don't know if this product is effective for other people but for me I'll be avoiding this brand in future and sticking to my good old (even if much more expensive) Lush face masks as my skin clearly doesn't react well with something in this tonic mask.

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                23.12.2008 20:28
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                a bad face mask

                After reading many reviews on here for Montagne Jeunesse face masks, I decided to order myself a few for when I needed a bit of pampering. Tonight was one of those times. I really wanted some chill out time in the bath and tonight I chose the face tonic mask.

                Face tonic is slightly different to some of the face masks in the range as this one is actually a cloth that you lay across your face rather than applying a product and washing off ten minutes later. For my quick (ish) bath this evening this mask seemed to suit my purpose.
                Designed to calm and sooth skin and lift the spirits this was just what the doctor ordered today.

                Settling into the bath I read the back of the packet just to make sure I knew what I was doing. It was fairly self explanatory, just lay over face and pat down, leave for five to ten minutes and remove.
                As I opened the tear drop shaped packet, I pulled out what looked like a very soggy blue jay cloth, much like one you would use in the kitchen. I don't know if this put me off or not to be honest. I was liking the simplicity of the mask and didn't have to worry about getting messy hands in the bath water, but it looked and actually smelt like something that had been sitting on the kitchen drainer for a couple of hours.

                I peeled open the face shaped product and realised I had to remove the mouth piece. Why were the eye and nose holes already removed for you if you had to remove the mouth shape yourself? I didn't understand this for one second, but I eked the cloth material shaped like a mouth oval away from the rest of the mask.

                The mask is just a little bit too big for my face and I suppose I have a smallish face. I placed the cloth over my face and it felt ok not too big and all the relevant holes were in the right place. I was worried that the cloth would be too soggy and I would get excess liquid dripping down my face but there was none of this.
                It felt weird laying a cloth over my face and slightly unnatural as I lay in the bath waiting for the mask to do it's magic.

                I was glad this was only a five minute applications after a couple of minutes I could feel my top lip stinging slightly. I knew I had a dry top lip so this was probably due to cracked skin. I pursued the time but as soon as my five minutes were up I didn't feel calm or uplifted, more anxious and relieved I could take it off.
                I had read that if you are sensitive to the mask it will sting, so I was putting it down to this and my skin wasn't right for this mask. It was a shame as I was looking forward to a bit of calming.

                As I lay in the bath for a while afterwards my face felt slimy with the entire tonic left on my face. I wanted to wash it off but resisted as it might be doing my skin some good (I hoped).
                I ignored my face until I was dressed a while later and then I gingerly touched my cheeks. I was pleasantly surprised to find they felt soft to the touch. Perhaps it had done me some good after all. Sadly as the evening has gone on my skin has felt quite tight across my forehead and nose area.

                I bought this for 99p which the majority of these masks are available for. I wouldn't recommend this one for sight or feeling. It had no distinct smell and did absolutely nothing for my mood or my skin.

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                  17.10.2008 00:08
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                  the most unpleasant 5 minute face mask yet

                  Montagne Jeunesse face tonic masks are cloths face masks that you put over your face for about 5 minutes, to let the liquid sink into the skin and perk it up.

                  There are 7 different varieties of face tonics according to the MJ website. They describe this as skin revitalising and relaxing treatments. They say that the aromas of the masks will help relax the user and fresher up the skin in a 5 minute treatment.

                  Since I'm pretty happy with most of the MJ products I've tried, I thought I'd give this a go as they were only 99p at my local Boots.
                  I bought the vibrant fresh skin-fast orange oil & vitamin C face tonic (long name I know!).

                  The sachet is colourful, drop shaped and has instructions on the back. It said that I should poke out the eye, nose and mouth holes and put it on my face for 5 minutes.
                  So I took it out of the sachet, it was soaked in the liquid and smelt very strongly of oranges. I took the eye, nose and mouth pieces out of the mask and put it on my face.

                  The scent was overwhelming, I was finding it quite hard to breathe. I thought I'd persist and just put up with it, if it meant me getting nicely perked up skin. A couple more seconds in and my skin was starting to feel a bit tingly, not too uncomfortable so I just ignored that as well.

                  Then, about a minute in, my skin got a bit too irritated and uncomfortable and the scent just wouldn't fade. It was way too strong for my liking.

                  It was the worst 5 minutes I spent trying to bare this prickly, strong smelling cloth on my face. When I took it off, I didn't really notice anything different except my eyes were a bit watery from the heavy aroma it was surrounded by.

                  I'll never buy this again, it wasn't worth the 99p and definitely was not a relaxing and revitalising experience. Many of their products were awesome but this is sadly not one of them!

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                  15.09.2008 00:46
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                  Soft skin at too high a price

                  I've never paid much attention to the Montagne Jeunesse skincare range before but I saw them on offer in Boots a few days ago and thought I'd buy some for gift packs I'm putting together and I'd treat myself to one.

                  When I came to read the back of the tear shaped pack I was surprised to find it would be a paper fold out pack impregnated with the tonic.

                  The instructions said to take it out, unfold, pop out the semi cut out mouth piece and lay it on the face, avoiding contraindications and smooth it to constant contact over the face. Leave it for 10 minutes then remove and massage in the tonic remaining on the surface of the skin.

                  It also suggested for those with sensitive skin, to test on the inner arm skin. Which I didn't do as I've never been allergic to any skin care products before.

                  Having followed the instructions to apply the mask I laid on my bed to read. There was a fabulous fresh and invigorating scent, the mask was cool and felt lovely against my skin.
                  After a minute or two there was a faint stinging sensation, which I expected. After maybe 3 minutes it was a burning sensation so I skipped the remaining time and went straight to wash it off. No tonic massage, no gentle pampering, go straight to sink, do not pass go!

                  When I looked in the mirror I was very concerned. Every area which had been in contact with the mask was now a spectacular red! Panic! I rinsed and rinsed at my face and helped it to cool and calm the sting but the redness did not go.
                  Once it had calmed enough I applied liberal amounts of a none scented moisturiser and left it for a while.

                  After an hour or so the redness had gone so I went to bed.

                  Feeling horrified at such a reaction in the morning, I checked the packaging for expiry dates etc but found it all in order.
                  It wasn't until I logged on to DooYoo later the same day to find Montagne Jeunesse that I found I was not the only one.

                  Despite the raging stinging, the terrifying red skin and the fear or longer term damage, I found my skin to be very soft and radiant in the morning. A wonderful sensation but at cost.

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                    05.09.2008 09:29
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                    There are many other products that will do the same thing without the burning and redness.

                    I love doing face masks but hate having to wash off all the mess afterward.
                    When I saw this in the store I thought, what a great idea.
                    Package says: Beautifully cleansing, replenishes your skin. No Mess, No Fuss, 5 minute face mask.
                    I got the spearmint & tea tree one, not the orange one.
                    When you open it up you unfold a wet, but not too wet cloth in the shape of a face.
                    You pull off the mouth piece and put in on your nose (which I didn't read and ended up not doing that but I don't think it matters either way)
                    The package says to put it on for 5-10 minutes.
                    After about 4-5 minutes my face started burning and so I started reading the package and it says that it is supposed to make your pores zing... So I thought that it was probably just the spearmint, it also says that you should test inside your elbow and if that didn't react then your face shouldn't either, so I rubbed a little bit (from the nose part I didn't put on) just to see.
                    After about 6 minutes I couldn't take the burning any longer.
                    You're supposed to take it off and rub in the moisture that was left on your face and then rinse with cold water.
                    I started to rub it in and headed to the bathroom to rinse and looked in the mirror and almost screamed.
                    My face was bright red anywhere the mask had touched, and my skin isn't usually sensitive to anything.
                    I started to rinse with water but decided that that wasn't enough and jumped in a cold shower to try to cool my face down and make sure there was none of that stuff left on my face.
                    Then I came back in my room and read the other review on here which calmed me down (it says that their face turned red too and returned to normal after around an hour)

                    The skin inside my elbow never reacted to it either, so that test is a complete waste.

                    I thought I would put a review on here so that if others had this experience than they should know not too worry, that your face isn't going to stay red for days or anything. Mine already feels better.
                    I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone though, there are other products that will give you the same feeling without the stress or embarrassment of a bright red face.

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                      24.08.2008 23:32

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                      This was the first time I used this product and this brand. I have used facials (lotions) before...but never an actual mask...it was easy and did exactly what it promised!!Just read and follow the instructions the first time and you will love the feeling the mask leaves afterwards!!I will definitely buy this product again.

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                      29.03.2007 19:23
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                      Make sure you test it first!

                      I do look after my skin pretty well on the whole, but with a presentation to give the next day, I thought I could do with a bit of a boost before facing the enemy. I had picked up this face tonic from Boots a day or two before, so was well-prepared.

                      The product
                      I was familiar with the brand name, probably because of having previously read reviews on this site, but had never actually used it myself. However, I was happy enough to give it a try, especially as a sachet was only 95p.

                      I knew that the tonic was going to be orange-scented, but I hadn’t really read the sachet instructions before I opened it and presumed it would be in the format of a spreadable face mask. Therefore I was surprised to find something that felt like one of those wet hand towels you get in restaurants. When I opened it up, I realised that it had been cut into the shape of a face with spaces for the eyes and nose and was pre-soaked in some kind of lotion. The cloth was pale orange in colour with pictures of orange slices in a darker orange all over it. The smell was very fresh and orangey.

                      The claim
                      Although the sachet was covered in writing, there wasn’t much in the way of English. However, the general gist was that if you are late for a very important date, this energises the skin and is ideal for a quick fix.

                      Using it
                      The mask was cut a little too large for my face and I ended up having a narrow section covering my hair and another section that I had to tuck in under my chin. Not having read the instructions carefully, I didn’t immediately realise that I was supposed to cut out the mouth area and stick the strip over my nose before applying the rest of the mask. Once I’d done that with a pair of scissors (the cloth is too tough to just tear it by hand), I was all ready to go.

                      The cloth was very moist and felt cold against my skin, but it didn’t drip down my neck, nor was it uncomfortably cold. The instructions said to leave it for 5-10 minutes; as I believe in getting my money’s worth, I left it on for about 10 minutes, then used the cloth to wipe the rest of the lotion into my face and splash with cold water.

                      The results
                      When I first looked in the mirror, I was absolutely horrified. Where the mask had been (and bear in mind that it has bits cut out of it to fit around the face), my skin was absolutely bright red and looked ridiculous against the rest of my skin. I was really surprised because there was no burning sensation, rather the opposite.

                      Frantic at the idea of having to give a presentation with a face that was patchily red, I splashed it with more cold water – it was still bright red. I then decided to leave it for an hour or so to calm down. Thankfully, when I looked again an hour later, it had returned to its normal colour and actually felt beautifully smooth and taut, without being too dry.

                      I applied some moisturising lotion and went to bed. By the next morning, my skin did look really good, very healthy without being too red.

                      Conclusion
                      Although the results were good, I can’t really given this product more than three stars. Firstly and most importantly, I don’t see how it can be marketed as a quick fix when it left my skin in the state that it did. Anyone using it just before a date could be in for a big shock. Looking at the packet afterwards, it did recommend doing a skin test on the inside of the arm beforehand, but I have never done so with any other skin product and I have never had a problem before. My skin is certainly not sensitive. I'd certainly advise anyone else to test a patch of skin first.

                      Secondly, I prefer to use a product that I can spread over my neck and the top of my chest rather than just my face. Although there was some spare cloth to tuck under my chin, it was nowhere near enough.

                      Thirdly, I felt that the cloth didn’t stick to my face as much as a spreadable face mask would have done and I had to keep pressing it down against my skin. This didn’t help with the patchiness once I took the mask off.

                      If this was the only face mask that I could get my hands on, I would consider using it again, simply because it did eventually leave my skin looking good and it is a relatively good price. Otherwise, I will look out for another product next time.

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                        A nice wake me up face masque

                        Face tonic

                        Every so often, I decide to beautify (!) myself, and begin to slap on the face masks before the slap!

                        I have no loyalty to any one brand or type, but buy according to what's on the shelves at the local chemist at the time, so this time, it was this one which caught my eye.

                        **The Promise**

                        This product is needed right here right now. Going out? Feeling down? Want a tonic for your face and soul fast? Yes please.
                        The spearmint and tea tree will apparently cleanse and clarify my skin and and reduce excess oil; all of this in 5 minutes.
                        IT'S A MIRACLE!!

                        **Packaging**

                        This is a single use face mask and comes in one of those water droplet shaped packets which you have top tear at the top. On the front is a lady looking fairly normal and also a picture of her wearing this strange mask like thing over her face. The usual instructions and ingredients are listed on the back

                        **Using it**

                        This is shown in a series of pictures but they are also written for those people who want to read the instructions, and if you are good at French, they are written fully in French.

                        The mask is very simple to use:
                        1. Remove make up and cleanse (so your face is already clean)
                        2. Snip open the packaging and remove the mask
                        3. Pull the spare piece of mask from the mouth part and place on the end of your nose
                        4. Lean back and carefully place the whole mask over your face, patting it down as you go.
                        5. Lie back for 5-10 minutes and allow the mask to work
                        6. Once removed, massage in excess liquid
                        7. Splash your face with water and hey presto! A clean face.

                        **The Mask**

                        Pull it out and this is exactly what it says it is- a mask. There is a piece covering the mouth but this is easily removed for your nose. The mask itself is green with the manufacturers logo written all over it. It smells very spearminty and is very moist.

                        **Warnings**

                        Test for sensitivity, and if it gets into your eyes, wash out immediately. Sensibly enough, it tells you not to use it on babies or small children, although if anyone could get a small child to lie back for 5-10 minutes with a mask on their face, then they truly have a well trained child!!

                        **Ingredients**

                        Sometimes I do get messages asking for the ingredients, so for anyone with no allergies, bypass this bit!

                        Aqua, Propylene glycol, PPG-1PEG-9 Lauryl glycol ether, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium lactate, Hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose, Glyceryl oleate, Menthyl PCA, Mentha viridis (Spearmint), Melaleuca alterifolia (Tea tree oil), Lactic acid, Methylparaben, Betula alba (Birch), Achillea millefolium (Yarrow), Arctostaphylos uva ursi (Bearberry), Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, 2-Bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3-dial, CI 42090 (FD and C blue No 1), Cl 419140 (FD and C Yellow no 5)

                        Phew…and all of these are going to be good for my face?

                        **Made By**

                        Montagne Jeunesse
                        Swansea

                        Somehow, I thought it was going to be made in France.

                        **Website**

                        www.montagnejeunesse.co.uk

                        Lots of information about their products, stockist, and includes an on line ordering service

                        **Other Products**

                        Huge range of products, including face masks and tonics, leg and foot care, and even fab face food, which is food for thought.

                        **The Verdict**

                        I was going out, and I did need a tonic for my face so I was a prime candidate for giving this a go.

                        The packet is surprisingly simple to open. I usually find with these tear packets that I need to find a pair of scissors or manage to chew a tiny corner off the packet and then can't get the product open. This opens really easily, which is just as well, because you have to get the masque out in one piece, or it won't work. The masque is very moist and is folded up so that it fits in the packet. Open it out, and there is a piece over the mouth which peels off without a struggle, and is about nose size, so on it went. Because the masque is so moist, you can actually put it on your face while standing up or sitting; you don't have to lie back, because it won't fall off your face. It is a bit big, so watch it doesn't go in your hair if you have a perfectly coiffed up do.
                        It's a really lovely smell if you like spearmint…very fresh; I almost felt as though I should be cleaning my teeth with it.

                        After about 10 minutes, I took it off, ready to look rejuvenated. The masque peels off with no trouble, and there is liquid residue which is very moisturising when you rub it in.
                        It's a pleasant way to spend 10 minutes in the bath, with the masque on your face, but I don't know that it was the miracle I expected. Yes, my face felt incredibly clean and smelt fresh, but for me, it didn't feel as though it was doing anything other than freshening my skin. It's a bit like putting on a moisturising toner.
                        I would use it again if I wanted a lie down and a quick "pick me up" for my skin, but not necessarily for that deep down clean feeling.

                        If you have someone knock on the door whilst using it, you could feel a tad ridiculous.

                        One thing I did like about the product, apart from feeling fresh, is that it takes no effort to remove it. A lot of masques take a lot of scrubbing and washing to get rid of all the residue; this residue you can rub into your face.

                        So, it's worth the 99p I paid for a quick "I've cleaned my face properly" feeling, and I will be trying the others in the range…I do believe there is an orange one- ZING! I want to smell like a Satsuma!

                        Thanks for reading

                        Daniela x

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