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I like to use a face mask on a weekly basis to keep my skin in tip top condition and one of the brands that I favour is Montagne Jeunesse. I find that their products usually smell delicious and work very well too. They are also a vegetarian company which makes them a perfect choice for me. in addition, they do not test on animals. I tend to buy their masks when they are on a multi buy deal, as they often are somewhere. Where possible I try to pick a nice new "flavour" mask to use alongside my old favourites. This lead me to pick the Fruit Smoothie mask which sounded as though it was made from a particularly lovely range of ingredients. These include raspberry, peach, mango, pomegranate and aloe vera plus a natural clay base. I paid £2 for this and two other 20g masks in Poundworld - on their own they usually cost around £1.00 -£1.20 when purchased somewhere like Boots or Superdrug. You can't miss the sachets, they are always brightly designed and this one is no exception, as it shows a lady whose eyes are unfortunately covered by the fruit. It's definitely not recommended that you follow her example!
WHAT THE MASK IS SUPOSED TO DO
MJ claim this mask is deep cleansing and that is will leave you with "fresher, cleansed and softer skin." There isn't a specific recommendation for which skin types this mask is aimed at, so I resume it is supposed to suitable for all who are looking for these skin benefits. My own skin is combination with an oily t zone.
THICKLY DOES IT
I wasn't sure what the texture of a mask that was called a fruit smoothie would be like, until I saw the clay listed in the ingredients. I thought I would be on safe ground there, as it couldn't be too runny. Thankfully I was right, although I do think it has a bit of a looser texture than some. This does make it easy to slather over your face. Your hands will get messy, as you just have to dive into the sachet and scoop it out and smooth it on. The sachet is quite well filled but the mask seems to settle at the bottom so at first it looks as though you don't have much product inside. Once you start squeezing it out you realise that as usual there is ample to cover your face with thickly. I would say you need to finish applying it quite quickly however. I used a little bit on my face and then started to give my skin a second layer once I realise that I had enough to do that. Even though I did this immediately, the first layer had already started to dry and go "tacky" to touch which made for a distinctly sticky experience for a short while. It doesn't feel as heavy or dense on the skin once on as some clay masks do so I did enjoy using it a little more than average, once the application was over!
The scent of the mask is as lovely as I hoped. I think clay masks have quite an earthy smell at times, but the fruit used here help to disguise that beautifully. I think raspberry is the most obvious scent to me followed by the sweet mango, but the overall impression is an appealing fresh fruitiness. It lasts all the time I have the mask on, and remains on my skin afterwards too, judging by how it lingers on my fingers.
MY MASK IS ON
The mask is a very pale pink at first but as it dries it turns whiter. It also gets harder as it dries out but it isn't the sort of mask that makes you feel you have a boa constrictor on your face! It definitely tightens but stays comfortable for the 10-15 minutes you are required to leave it in place. When the time was up, the mask had a slightly cracked appearance - a bit like me I suppose as there is nothing subtle about the look of this. I don't care if I look a fright with it on as face mask time is me time and my family disturbs me only in emergencies!
Although the mask had dried out, when I came to rinse it off, the contact with water made it go thick and a bit gloopy again. This meant it took longer to wash off than I was expecting and even when I thought I had removed it all, my skin felt a bit sticky so I had to start again. It does come off eventually, and my skin was none the worse for wear for all my splashing - just a bit pink which soon fades. There are some masks that I would use as a last minute skin boost before going out, but this isn't one of them because of the time it took me to feel the mask was really gone and because I needed to re-moisturise afterwards. It is rare for me to find masks drying but this one certainly is for my combination skin. For that reason, I doubt this mask would be suitable for those with really dry skin. I would say the dryness was most obvious to my touch, rather than by the appearance of my skin though.
Apart from the drying effect mentioned above, which was easily solved with one application of almond oil, I found that using that mask had a very positive result on my skin. My face felt very soft, bar the drier cheek areas. My whole complexion looked clearer and smoother. I certainly felt relaxed and refreshed, largely due to the masks lovely scent. I don't need such a deep cleansing product as I used to, but my skin certainly looked clean and that includes my larger pores. I also felt that my oil prone t zone was effectively mattified, an effect which was still obvious the next day.
I use masks weekly, and I can't say that after a couple of days my skin still looked better from using this particular one but I look at them as more of a short time boost for the complexion.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS MASK?
I have already re-purchased this mask and I know it is one I will continue to enjoy using. The scent makes up for the slightly prolonged removal for me. I would recommend it if you are looking for a good general purpose mask to reveal clearer and more radiant looking skin although the slight drying effect would mean I would exclude those with dry skin from that recommendation. I don't have sensitive skin but I didn't experience any irritation from using this.
Available at Superdrug, Boots, Savers, Wilkinson's and many other places.
My husband bought me a range of face masks from my daughters for part of my Christmas present last year and this was one that he bought me which I loved. The masks are available in supermarkets, chemists and discount style stores, they sell at about £1 each or can often be found in 3 for £2 offers which is fantastic value.
The mask comes packaged in a brightly coloured plastic packet with a little nick on the side for opening, it states "deeply cleansed, fresh and sparkling" and says it's crushed raspberry and mango. On the back of the packet it tells you it's a smoothie of raspberry, mango, apricot, peach and pomegranate and when you look in the list of ingredients on the packet you find it also contains dead sea salt and aloe vera both of which are known to be good for your skin.
To use you simply have to tear open the packet and apply to your face with your fingertips, you need to open your pores before hand with warm water for best results and then you simply wait 10-15 minutes whilst the mask dries. Once the mask is dry you simply have to wash it away from your skin which I have found is easiest to do with warm water.
I love the smell of this mask and it is really pleasant and relaxing whilst you wait for the mask to dry, the smell is just exactly like a mixed fruit smoothie, I find the mask is easy to apply and easy to remove and there is enough in one sachets for 2 applications if you apply it thinly which is all you need to get results. After using this I find that my skin feels clean and really refreshed, I have dry patches on my cheeks and I found that my face felt really smooth even the dry parts. To keep the rest of the sachet fresh I simply fold down the packet and then apply a peg and I find that this is still perfect for use a week later which is how long you are advised to wait between applications.
This gets 5 stars from me it performs brilliantly, is pleasant to use and is fantastic value.
With the impending arrival of baby number 3 looming ever nearer I'm very conscious that as a busy mum of 2 year old twins "me" time is going to become very limited therefore I'm currently trying to pamper myself whilst I can! During the week because Mr Lools works long hours I find that I do not have much time (or energy) to spend time pampering and usually once my two monsters are in bed I grab something to eat then collapse on the sofa. On a weekend however, I have been trying to make more of an effort and grab time to have some peace and quiet whilst pampering myself with a face mask. One of the first items I purchased for my pamper sessions was the Montagne Jeunesse Fruit Smoothie Face Mask.
***Montagne Jeunesse Fruit Smoothie Face Mask***
The description on the packaging of the Montagne Jeunesse Fruit Smoothie Face Mask is "Bursting with healthy goodness, this thick smoothie treat of Raspberry, Mango, Apricot, Peach & Pomegranate isn't a drink but it is bound to leave you in a smiley mood."
The face mask is described to have many properties and benefits from the ingredients that it contains. Mango smoothens skin, softens and unclogs pores. Raspberry and pomegranate contain anti-oxidant properties whilst peach hydrates and helps to improve skin.
Montagne Jeunesse describes this product to be for weekly use.
You can purchase Montagne Jeunesse face masks from Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and B&M stores to name a few. My local Asda store sells the 20g sachets for £1.00. Each pack lasts two applications therefore this is reasonable value, maybe not as cheap as purchasing a larger bottle of face mask from a high street brand but definitely cheaper option than premium skincare branded face masks!
The directions for use on the packaging state "Thoroughly cleanse face with warm water only (do not use soap or detergent). Apply evenly over face and neck with fingertips, avoiding eyes and lips. Lie back, relax and de-stress. Leave on for 10-15 minutes or until dry. Rinse with water. Pat dry."
The Fruit Smoothie Face Mask comes in a foil sachet. The packaging is very similar to the other face masks from the Montagne Jeunesse range and has a lady on the front with lots of fruit and a face mask applied to her face. The packaging is functional however after using a number of these types of products over the years I have found that generally the sachet contains enough product for two applications. This is the case with the Montagne Jeunesse Fruit Smoothie Face Mask so when opening the sachet I carefully cut open the sachet at the top as opposed to tearing it open. This means that after the first use I can fold and then tape the top of the packaging back over and store in the bathroom cabinet so the sachet can be used the following week and will not dry out and waste the product.
Before application I ensure my face is clean and clear from all traces of make up and dirt. I also tend to scrape all of my hair back and pin my fringe back as from experience I know that it can often be difficult to wash face mask out of hair.
As soon as you open the packaging the delicious fruity smell is apparent. There is a very fresh and fruity berry scent mixed with the creamy soft scent of the peach and mango ingredients. I find many face masks have a very sweet and sickly scent however this is not the case with the fruit smoothie it is delicious fresh and fruity and almost good enough to eat (but not advisable!).
I applied the product liberally to my face onto my forehead, cheeks, nose. When applying I do not apply around my eyes and only apply to my eyebrows and leave a space under my eyes. I also avoid applying to my lips and directly under my nose although I do apply on the skin between my nose and top lip. The face mask is a very light pink colour so in my opinion it is quite girly and feminine although I do not think males should be put off by this. Secondly the consistency of the cream was a little thicker and a little bit more like a moisturiser than I expected and did not have the hard thick clay like consistency that I was expecting. This made it very easy to apply to the face.
As soon as I applied I felt no discomfort or tightening on the face which I sometimes feel. Once applied I sat back and relaxed in the bedroom whilst reading a magazine. I must admit I use the term "relax" loosely as I could hear Mr Lools having a battle with my twin boys over something downstairs but if the house had been entirely empty I do feel that this would have been a thoroughly relaxing experience and in future I learnt to send the three of them out on an errand in order to achieve tranquillity.
Although there was no tightening on first application I could feel the mask drying out and starting to tighten on my face after around 5-7 minutes. After around 10 minutes the mask had dried out and no longer had the wet feel but I did not encounter any discomfort or stinging once the mask had dried. I did get the feeling that my face could crack which you get with face masks but I did not get the tight uncomfortable pulling type sensation that often occurs when you come close to washing off time.
Once the 15 minutes were up I decided to rinse the mask off which I found surprisingly easy unlike some face masks. It was a simple case of rinsing warm water on the face and I used a flannel to remove the mask from more awkward areas. The mask actually washes off with a little water and does not require scrubbing off like many face masks do. I did find I needed to use a little pressure with the flannel around my hairline and eyebrows but this was more of a wiping than a scrubbing motion.
Once removed my skin looked clean and fresh. I did feel my skin especially my cheeks had a slightly flushes pink look to them but this was more rosy as opposed to red and irritated. My skin when dry had a lovely soft feel to it and felt silky smooth.
My skin is a combination of oily and dry and I find my forehead nose and chin get greasy and the skin on my cheeks is quite dry. I found after using this face mask the oily areas had benefited the most and looked soft silky and smooth and had no excess oil. Even after a few hours the oily buid up had not returned. The dry patches on my cheeks looked a little less dry but in all honesty still had a very slight dry feel to them therefore I probably would not recommend this product to those looking for a face mask to hydrate and moisture dry skin.
I will definitely be purchasing the Montagne Jeunesse Fruit Smoothie Face Mask again as I feel the scent of the mask is gorgeous and is a great way to pamper the skin whilst relaxing. After use my skin looked brighter and silky and felt very soft without and irritation. I would say on my combination skin the mask was most effective on the normal to oily patches and the dry patches of skin on my cheeks still felt very slightly dry. Therefore I would probably not recommend to those with very dry skin as a way to improve the condition of their dry skin and add moisture
At £1.00 for a pack this is reasonable value but a downside of purchasing the 20g sachets is even when applied liberally there is enough for two face mask applications. Therefore you need to ensure that you open the sachet carefully so you can fold over and tape down the top of the sachet once opened and then use again otherwise you do waste a lot of product.
A great way to have some "me" time without breaking the bank.
Well as you can guess if you're a reader of my reviews I just love face masks any brand any type I just love them. I had another huge pile for my birthday and Christmas, quite a few I haven't tried yet.
Montagne Jeunesse - Fruit Smoothie Deep Pore Cleansing Masque:
'Bursting with healthy goodness, our thick crushed Raspberry and Mango smoothie delight will leave you with fresher, cleansed and softer skin. Lavishly apply and treat your skin to a pore cleansing, sensational awakening.'
* Dry Skin
* Sensitive Skin
* Combination Skin
* Normal Skin
Montagne Jeunesse is my favourite brand when it comes to face masks, there fun they source none animal tested ingredients. Most of all it gets you that much needed 'me' time with some great results. However this one didn't scale up to the norm for me.
First off you need to cleanse your face I used a gentle vitamin E facial cleanser, patted my face dry and applied the mask. The mask is smooth, thick and smells simply divine. It states to leave on your face for 10 to 15 minutes, during that time I laid down on my bed and just relaxed.
I could smell the fruits within the mask and if I could have spread it on a cake I would have! In my opinion the raspberry and apricot are the strongest aromas within the mask. Though when my sister used this mask she found mango to be the stronger scent. While waiting for the mask to work its magic I could feel it set slightly on my face. It doesn't have a tight sensation like a peel off mask can do though.
Once the time is up it is time to wash the mask off I normally use plain warm water and a face flannel as I find it much easier to remove that way. It does take a few minutes to remove all the cream from your face. When I had removed the entire mask I patted my face dry with a clean towel, but I really was hoping for better results.
The product claims that it is a 'deep pore cleansing' masque but other than feeling like a normal washed face, I didn't have that super clean or soft feeling. In fact once removed this mask made my cheeks feel a little dry so I had to use moisturiser after use. Normally there is no need to use a moisturiser after using one of these masks. So sadly I don't rate this one highly at all.
Although the outcome wasn't as good as other Montagne Jeunesse masks I have used I was still nice to relax. The fragrance from the mask also lingered slightly on my face which was rather nice as I do like the scent this mask gives off.
The packaging like always is bright and eye catching so they certainly stand out. It comes in a sachet where you have to rip the marked edge to push the product out. It is a little messy but some of these now come in plastic squeeze tubes. Once empty the packet can be recycled.
Price and Availability:
Most supermarkets sell these masks and are around the £1.09 mark however if you have a Bodycare nearby you can pick them up from around 70p. Superdrug and Asda also do offers, like 3 for 2 etc. You can also purchase these direct from their web site.
Well I have to say I was somewhat disappointed with this product compared to the others I have tried from this brand. I would have liked for it to have more of a moisturising property and a better cleanser.
Two out of five stars from me
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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. They don't just do face masks their is also bath, hair, lip and massage products.
Montagne Jeunesse is Vegetarian Society Approved, BUAV Approved, Not tested on animals and has received Prima Beauty Award.
I really like the range of Montagne Jeunesse face masks, as there is a lot to choose from and they are at a reasonable price. These are normally 99p for a sachet from places such as Asda, Boots and Superdrug. They are also on offer sometimes at three for £4. I have found that one sachet enables two uses, or three at a push. However, they are good to share on a girls night in and to use at the same time, as if you keep the sachet it is not resealable and the mask dries up. It is nice to buy a few of these masks and use them weekly as a treat.
This smoothie face mask contains raspberry, mango and kernal oil amongst other natural ingredients. It is really nice to use and smells lovely. It is one of my favourite face masks to use due to the scent and the lovely feel on your skin.
To use the mask, just tear open the sachet and apply to your face. I like to wash my face first before applying, and then I tend to leave it on for about ten minutes but it is entirely up to you. When applied to your skin, it has a shiny and glittery tint which great, and I definately feel a difference when I use the mask. The mask helps to exfoliate your skin as it contains small kernels, and makes my skin smoother and more matte after use. The mask also washes off easily with a small amount of warm water.
The only downside to this product is that I wish it came in a bottle so you can use it again and again, but making do with buying several packets is fine with me!
Face masks are great for a bit of pampering or even just as part of your weekly skincare regime. For a bit of pampering I decided to use this Fruit Smoothie mask; listening to music while I let the mask dry into my skin. It is one sure way to relax.
I usually use Superdrugs Mud Therapy mask. This has always been great to my skin, leaving it clear, smooth and radiant. So I am not quick to try anything new anymore. But I received this mask as part of a christmas present and I enjoyed these masks before so it was nice having something new to try.
** The Range **
I am sure most people reading will have come across Montage Jeunesse products. They are the face masks that feature a woman on the front very happy to be using the product and usually a fruit or veg combination on her eyes. They have a wide range of products for all types of skin with an even wider range of 'flavours' for want of a better word. So if one product doesn't suit, its quite possible that you will find another that will.
The masks are also approved by the Vegetarian Society - a huge plus in my book as a vegetarian. Its not tested on animals, doesn't contain any nasty chemicals, they try to be as eco-friendly as possibly and their ingredients are naturally derived. All great pluses, I am sure you will agree!
** The Fruit Smoothie Mask **
This mask is marketed as being deep cleansing, getting deep into your pores. And if the woman on the front is anything to go by, wearing this mask is really fun! Or maybe she smiled when putting the mask on before realising that if she moved her face now its going to crack? Either way, she seems really excited to be wearing it. But does it live up to this expectation?
On the front, the flavour of mask is raspberry and mango but it also contains aloe vera, pomegranate and peach. All combining for what sounds like a great mask (and partly sounds like a great drink!)
** Using the mask **
On opening this packet you are hit with the scent of raspberries initially; lovely fresh raspberries. On closer sniffing inspection the light freshness of the mango seems apparent. But I feel the raspberry overrides the mango by a long shot. The smell reminds me of summer: sitting in the garden, with the sun shining down and eating lots of fruit and fruit-based iced lollies. All that was missing was the scent of sunscreen to complete the picture.
The mask is quite thick and spreads quite easily over the face (avoiding eyes and lips). As you get quite a lot in one sachet you can get quite a good layer on your face with quite a lot of mask left over . This makes it good if you have someone else in the house who may be interested in using it. I'm unsure of how long the mask lasts in the sachet once opened. It does seem like a bit of a waste though.
Once the mask is on the smell is not so apparent, but for 10-15 minutes you get a bit of relaxing time. So sit back with a good book or lie in the bath with candles around you. Though, the mask will dry and you will be left unable to make any facial expressions (or talk!) without cracking the mask. This may please your partner (or they may just try to annoy you to make you smile and crack the mask). The mask also turns white (so if you fancy giving the neighbours a fright if they look through your window...).
Once the mask is dry you can wash it off. I find this is either best done in the shower or through the use of cotton pads (if you dip them in the water I find you can use three to remove the mask off all your face).
After I removed the mask was where the disappointment started for me. Usually on removing a face mask I'd expect my skin to feel smoother. But in this instance it didn't; quite the opposite in fact. Once I was out the shower my skin looked no different and did not feel any different. I'd have been as well just going for a shower as usual and not using a mask on my face. And on inspecting my pores (I have quite oily skin, so they are quite noticeable and can get quite clogged) and saw no difference. Or I could have given my face a real treat by using my usual.
** Price and Availability **
The mask costs about £1 and can be bought from many retailers such as Boots, Superdrug, Tesco and Asda or directly from Montage Jeunesse.
** Conclusion **
I can't say I will be using this mask again. It may smell good and you may get a good amount per packet, but the results were just too disappointing. So I do not recommend it. As I agree with the ethical standpoint of the company I will be checking out others in the range as I remember some of them being quite good. But this one was just a huge disappointment for me.
I love Montagne Jeunesse masks and I have tried nearly all of the range. I like to use a different mask every week. You can pick up these masks in all supermarkets as well as places like Boots and Superdrug. A sachet costs 99p.
This particular mask is called 'fruit smoothie' because it contains a blend of crushed raspberry and mango. The mask is suitable for all skin types. It is meant to deeply cleanse your pores leaving your skin soft and smooth.
The ingredients are all natural and are listed as;
Kaolin, Dead Sea Salt, Vitamin E, Mango, Aloe Vera, Peach, Apricot, Pomegranate, Raspberry.
To use this mask you simply wash your face with warm water only, and apply a thin layer over your skin. You then relax for 10-15 minutes before rinsing the mask off with clean warm water. The mask has a very thick consistency and spreads really easily on the skin.
This mask is meant to be for one use, each sachet contains 20g which I find is very generous, for this reason I use half a packet and then fold the top over and use the other half a few days later!
I have sensitive skin which is prone to irritation from face masks particularly ones that dry on your face. This mask however does not dry on your skin.
After using this my skin felt really clean, my pores felt unclogged and I didn't experience any irritation. I noticed that my skin was soft and smooth, I didn't need to use any moisturiser afterwards which I have had to do in the past with other masks. This mask also has a lovely fruity smell, it smells more of raspberry than anything else but this is nice especially when you are relaxing.
I think everyone is partial to a bit of me time, but how each of us spend our me time is probably completely different. My me time is usually spent watching trash tv (think Tool Academy, it's my guilty pleasure) whilst laying back on my bed with a face mask with a few candles burning int he background, I can't think of anything more relaxing! I used to be a big fan of the Lush face masks but I would never be able to finish a pot before the use by date, so I moved onto Montagne Jeunesse. The one I'll be reviewing today is Fruit Smoothie, and happens to be one of my favourites.
I was initially using the White Chocolate formula, but it wasn't really doing much for my skin other than making is smell divine! I decided I should probably read the packet and find out what each one is for instead of just choosing the one that sounds the nicest. This is how I chose Fruit Smoothie, it is marketed towards people with problem pores and therefore says that it will deep cleanse your pores and leave your skin fresh and sparkling.
I think everyone is familiar with Montagne Jeunesse packets, even if you aren't aware of the brand. This particular packet is mainly red and yellow with a very happy looking lady pictured on the front. The lady is pictured wearing a face mask and has leaves, mangoes and raspberries arranged over her eyes as these are the fruits that are contained within the smoothie. I don't tend to put fruit on my eyes as my snacks usually go into my mouth, but this is a nice touch. These foil packets also provide all of the information in both English and French, although I stick to reading the English portion of the packet because I don't speak much French. The back of the packet shows that this is approved for vegetarians and tells me the ingredients and directions whilst also informing me that the Crushed Raspberry & Mango smoothie also contains pomegranate, peach and apricot. Sounds delicious!
As with any face mask, you simply cleanse your face with warm water and apply the mask evenly over your skin. You then wait 15 minutes, or until the mask has dried before washing it off with warm water and continuing with your cleansing routine. Easy!
Opening the packet couldn't be easier, simply tear off the marked foil area and squeeze the mask out. You can instantly smell the fruity aroma when you open it up, and it really does smell good enough to eat! The apricot and mango notes are the most noticeable, but they all blend together to make a tropical scented mask. The mask itself is a very pale peach/pink colour and looks just like yogurt. It's very smooth and contains no added bits for exfoliation or anything. I prefer smooth face masks as I exfoliate at other times anyway, but for those of you looking for an exfoliating mask then this is not for you!
It was very easy to apply, but as with all of the Montagne Jeunesse packets, they give you far too much product for one application but don't give you a way to re-seal the packet to use it again. This means you either have to use the rest of it as a foot or hand mask before a manicure/pedicure, get a friend to share it with you or throw the rest in the bin. The packets only cost £1.01 from Boots so you aren't wasting too much money, but it would be much better if you could get two applications out of the packet instead of one.
I left the mask for roughly 20-25 minutes so that it could dry thoroughly (and I was too busy watching Tool Academy to notice the time) and then washed it off with warm water. Before I continued on with my usual cleansing routine, I noticed that my skin looked much brighter and was actually glowing without the help of makeup. I inspected my pores (most of you know about my relationship with my pores!) and noticed that they weren't clogged and were much more refined. Job done. The mask claims to deep clean your pores and it certainly did. Most masks usually leave my skin red and tight, but this left my skin glowing and just like a babies bum - and by babies bum I don't mean sore, stinky and with a rash!
As with any skincare products, I won't recommend it until I've used it multiple times and am sure that it won't cause breakouts or anything. I have sensitive, dry/combination skin with large, clogged pores (I'm not as ugly as I sound, promise) and have experienced to irritation or breakouts even after using this once or twice a week for the past month. Obviously everyone's skin is different so you may have a different experience, but I personally have had no issues and have nothing but good things to say about the mask itself.
As previously mentioned, the mask costs £1.01 from Boots for 20g and is available in Asda for 99p. I only do this mask once or twice a week, so it doesn't cost too much to keep my skin glowing but I still think they should either sell smaller packets or resealable packets so that you can get the full use out of the product.
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As I am sure you are all aware, every Sunday afternoon I attempt to capture one hour of "me time" and it is during this sixty minutes that I escape into a quiet room in my home and pamper myself with some of my gorgeous toiletries. This is generally always a facial whereby I will cleanse and tone and then apply a wonderfully relaxing face mask followed by a intensive conditioning treatment for my hair. I will then perhaps paint my nails or if I have plenty of patience, will carry out a French manicure. A range of facial products that I discovered through reading other writers' reviews is that belonging to Montagne Jeunesse, a South Wales based company who specialise in gorgeous beauty products. Whilst I have since learned that they produce products for the entire body my experience of them is only with regards the face and this review discusses my experience and thoughts with using Fruit Smoothie.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
I always feel quite overwhelmed when standing in a shop in front of the Montagne Jeunesse display, as there is such a huge range of product from which to choose. If you are familiar with the company you will be aware that almost each and every one of the packets will display a beaming female whose eyes are often laiden with leaves and various items of fruit! The company are clearly fun loving and down to earth and it is this reason, as well as reading other writers' reviews that beckoned me to their range. It is very difficult to make a specific choice, particularly as there are masques to tone, cleanse, brighten, wake up and much, much more, so I tend to grab the most eye-catching packets, drop them into my basket and head for the nearest checkout in readiness for my well deserved sixty minutes of me, me, me!
Fruit Smoothie is presented to us in a brightly coloured 15ml curvy shaped sachet measuring approximately 16 cm in length and 8 cm in width and as with the majority of the products within the range we are able to witness an extremely happy female piled up with fruit! As the masque contains both raspberry and mango we are able to see four whole raspberries and two mango slices resting on each of her eyes with several large leaves situated below. Unfortunately, I forgot to visit the supermarket on the way home to stock up on these fruits, so I will simply have to settle with the face masque! The claim is that this masque is pure cleansing and as the proof is in the using, here we go ....
USING FRUIT SMOOTHIE
I firstly ensure that my hair is tightly tied back so there is no risk of any stray hairs attaching themselves to my face masque and then I fasten my fringe to the top of my head. Next I thoroughly wash my face with warm water and towel dry. A real positive is that the sachet easily tears and I say this because I have encountered numerous face masques in the past whereby there simply refuse to budge and a pair or scissors is needed, which subsequently become very messy. Saying that though, I've had the odd one or two sachets from the Montagne range that refused to open, but this may well have been me attempting to tear in the wrong place! On opening the sachet the aroma of the masque greets you within seconds and whilst it is not as fruity as some of the others within the range, its' fragrance is extremely favourable and I am able to detect the distinct fresh aroma of raspberries and mango.
Its' consistency resembles that of a body cream and I quickly applied the light pink masque to my face ensuring that I did not make contact with my eyes, nostrils and mouth. The only problem I find with using Montagne Jeunesse sachets is that there is too much product for one use and not really enough for a second use, so I tend to pile it on thickly, which is somewhat of a waste. The masque is soft and soothing on the skin and unlike a few of the others I've used, I experienced no stinging, which sometimes occurs for a few seconds following the initial application. The directions for use are that once applied you should relax for 10 - 15 minutes or until the masque is dry. Consequently, this is a wonderful excuse to lie on the bed in total peace and quiet and let my mind wander - what bliss!
Although I have used this masque on several occasions for the purpose of this review I brought forward some of my afternoon "me time" to provide you with accurate information. After approximately five minutes I could feel a slight tightening around the mouth area (something my husband would really have enjoyed had he not been downstairs preparing our chicken casserole!). Famous last words though, as some five minutes later he yells up the stairs "I'm taking the rubbish out" and of course, I didn't reply due to my tightening masque, so I then had him adding "are you alright?". Why my husband does this to me every time I settle down to relax with my face masque I just do not know, so I found myself saying "mmmmm" as loudly as I could through gritted teeth, so not to crack my face that would hopefully turn me into a supermodel! The bridge of my nose was also tightening, so I was aware that the face masque was working its' magic on my rather tired looking 43 year old skin!
The entire experience was extremely favourable, as for the twenty minutes I lay on the bed my face felt very cool and soothed. In fact, I could easily have fallen asleep as I was so relaxed and I was half wishing I hadn't applied a face masque as I knew I would soon have to rinse it all off! I waited a further five minutes for it to totally dry and made my way to the bathroom. I have to say that this is the part of my "me time" that I absolutely hate and one of the reasons I tend to opt for peel off masques as opposed to wash off, as I always splash blobs of face masque all over the sink, taps and black floor tiles! Consequently, a relaxing experience forces me to need to partly clean my bathroom! However, that's my sloppiness and not the fault of the face masque.
Other than the reasons I've explained above, removing the face masque is a relatively easy task, but it takes quite a bit of effort, particularly around the brow area and hair line, as small fragments of masque tend to secure themselves tightly to the hairs. You should use warm water to remove and when your skin is totally clear use a little cold water to close the pores and then towel dry. As I had spent quite a while rubbing my face its' appearance was a little reddened in certain areas, but this soon dispersed and whether this was all in my mind, I do not know, but I felt I appeared a little more awake with my skin feeling extremely soft and thoroughly cleansed, but as for the supermodel look - sadly no! Unfortunately, I find many face masques a little drying, particularly around my chin area and below my eyes, so I always apply my favourite moisturiser; something that I've done for years, as I feel this is an essential part of a beauty routine.
As I am sure you have guessed, I can only speak positively of this gorgeous face masque and whilst the packaging is aimed at the females amongst us, my husband will occasionally share one with me, although he moans "if my mates could see me now!". As most of us are leading rushed and stressful lives I feel it is so important to grab a little me time every now and then when we should allow ourselves to sit or lie in a quietened room and totally relax. Prior to the introduction of the internet this was something I would enjoy quite regularly, but my computer and laptop seem to have taken over my life and clearly yours too, as you're reading this review! Montagne Jeunesse are a wonderful range of products and there is bound to be something to suit your particular needs. As for my experience of using Fruit Smoothie - it was most definitely wonderful and something I have repeated on many occasions. Consequently, this gorgeous product receives 5 stars from me together with my huge recommendation.
I do not feel it appropriate to copy long lists of ingredients into reviews unless there is a likelihood of the user encountering any known side effects with the product. I would advise that there is a fairly length list provided on the reverse of the face mask and those that I feel are of importance are the natural ingredients, ie fruit extract, peach and apricot kernel oil and pomegranate seed oil.
Fruit Smoothie is suitable for all skin types and there are various logos on the reverse of the sachet where we are informed that the packaging can be recycled after use, that it is BUAV approved and that it meets the vegetarian standard. Consequently, Montagne Jeunesse are a company who clearly care about the way in which they products are manufactured, so you have the assurance that the mask is not only kind for your skin.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Montagne Jeunesse face masques are available in stores such as Superdrug, Home Bargains and Asda and tend to cost £1 for one sachet or you can frequently find offers whereby you can purchase 4 for the price of 3. However, as previously stated, there is too much in one single sachet, so why not share it why your partner and enjoy the "me time" experience together? The masques are also available in tubes, but unfortunately, this does not apply to the whole range and I have yet to make a purchase in this format.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
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This horrible winter weather had left me feeling in need of a bit of pampering! I haven't used one of the Montaigne Jeunesse facepacks for years, but keep spotting reviews on here so decided, at the glorious price of 99p from Boots, to pick one up on a recent shopping trip.
There are many different face packs in this range and I have to admit it did take me a while to choose one. They all sound delicious and it's a bit like choosing a desert in your favourite restaurant - lots of fruit on offer but surely you'll have to opt for the chocolate one (yep, there is a white chocolate face mask in the range). But eventually I picked the Fruit Smoothie version which contains raspberry, mango, apricot, peach and pomegranate and promises cleaner, smoother skin.
The sachets are easy to open (as long as your hands are dry) and I think there is enough in here for two applications - just make sure you seal the top up somehow! This particular face mask is a pale, creamy pink colour and is a very thick consistency - much thicker than a cream. Despite this, it is surprisingly easy to apply to the face - it goes on smoothly and easily and, like I say, there is plenty in the sachet. There is a definite fruity smell to the face mask but not as pleasant as I had expected from the description. Having said that, there isn't a bad smell - just not as fresh and fruity as I had hoped!
The back of the pack says to leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes. I could feel the mask drying on my skin rapidly, giving my face a slightly unpleasant (but not painful) "tightening" sensation. It is also advisable to stay away from young children or other vulnerable people while wearing this mask as it's not a particularly pretty sight and you do risk scaring unsuspecting onlookers. My husband helpfully commented that I looked like "a right weirdo" and, to be fair, I think the pink-layer-of-creamy-crust look is not particularly flattering to anyone. Perhaps I should have placed slices of exotic fruit over my eyes like the lady on the front of the sachet.
But I digress... after the allotted 15 or so minutes, the mask was pretty much completely dry on my skin and had started to look a bit flaky in certain areas. I hadn't moved my face for most of the time due to the strange tightening sensation (except to give a suitable response to my husband following the above comment), but just before rinsing off I did look in the mirror and make some funny faces. The mask started to crack all over ... again not one to try in front of anyone of a nervous disposition.
I washed this off in the shower and I am happy to say that although it had gone all dry and crusty, it did wash off pretty easily, becoming creamy again quickly with the addition of water. Do check in the mirror afterwards though as you are bound to have missed a bit - I had a nice pink splodge left on the bridge of my nose (again helpfully pointed out by my observant hubbie).
Usually after washing my face in the shower it tends to feel dry and tight quite quickly, and I can't wait to use moisturiser. But after using the face mask, my skin felt incredibly soft and smooth, and not at all dry or tight. I was very pleased - and even more so when I saw in the mirror that my skin had a nice healthy pink glow! It really did make my skin look clean and fresh.
Best of all, in the morning (I used this before bed) my skin still felt beautifully soft and smooth, and looked healthy. So all in all I think this is a great product for the price - especially if you can get two applications out of the sachet. It is very easy to apply and wash off, and leaves skin looking and feeling great afterwards. I didn't expect such good results from this little sachet so I was delighted.
I shall treat myself to these a little more often from now on, and I can't wait to try out a few others in the range!
This is a gorgeous face mask and is a really indulgent treat when soaking in the bath.
I tried this recently and it made me feel very summery as it has a lovely fruity smell and it really does smell look a smoothie and definately smells good enough to eat. It smells of lots of different fruits and definately has strawberry in it which is always a winner.
I got this mask in a 4 for £3 offer and I think they cost about £1 normally so I don't use one every day but usually once a week. The packet of this face mask really appealed to me as it is bright and looks fruity and it caught my eye in the shop.
It is very simple to use you just tear open the packet, apply it to your face with your fingertips then leave on for 10 to 15 minutes and wash off.
I found this to be a very relaxing face mask because of the smell but it is also very refreshing and after using it my skin looked brighter and healthier and it left my skin feeling soft and smooth. It left me and my skin feeling wide awake and healthy.
A lovely indulgent treat of a face mask.
Fruit smoothie face mask good anough to eat! I tried this one this morning as I am feeling a little sorry myself with having a second cold within three weeks.
This I have to say has made me feel better in myself but also bought a bit of colour back to my skin. I have broken skin around my nose and mouth due to my cold and this mask seems to have calmed it down as it doesn't sting or even look sore now. I can smell it slightly but remember the smell from the last time I used this particular one. Its real fruity and smells good enough to eat. It smells refreshing so its a perfect mask for the morning to awaken your skin and get you ready for the day.
The last time I used this mask was the night before my wedding. The next day I was stunned to find my skin looking beautiful the most its looked good in years, it did wonders. It made my skin look so radiant and clear I was gobsmacked well and truly! I didn't need to use the amount of make-up I usually need for the daytime so that was really nice for my wedding.
It really has tighten my pores and evened my skin out. The dry and shiny patches have gone and left my skin looking flawless. I was getting the usual compliments that brides get but also compliments about my skin from my friends and family that know my skin isn't perfect.
This contains crushed raspberry, mango, seed oil, kernal oil, leaf juice friut extract and more. Montagne Jeunesse does say that ALL there ingrediants are natural from plant and mineral sources. They are vegetarian certified, most of there products are dairy free, and suitable for vegans. Not tested on animals. Nothing nasty and no chemicals. They care for the enviroment so they scrutinized all product materials and there packaging can be recycled.
This product I get from tesco which costs me 99p. They sometimes have offers on such as buy three for £4. I have now spotted there website which I will buy from now as they have a much bigger, wider variety of products that I'm sure I will get addicted too!
They do mens range, face scrubs, body scrubs, eye treatments, hair products, bath bits and pieces, foot and leg treatments (foot cooling gel, lovely for the summer I bet! and tired leg moistiriser, perfect for working legs!) shimmer moisturisers for the body, anti cellulite body masque and loads more!
They also do free delivery over £7.50 which I think is great which delivers to you within three to seven days.
This is such a great range and I think it's clever where you can just buy a sachet and if you don't like it its cost you 99p and you've not got more just to be wasted!
Perfect for girlie parties, if your daughter is having friends to stay then this would be fun for them and just having me time, you could buy all of the products and do a top to toe treatment!
Its my Mums birthday soon and as they do anti ageing products for face, neck, hands and body I thought this would be nice idea. She would love these as she can have some birthday me time as well as feeling better after treatment.
I think I could possibly get my hubby into this product as the packaging for the men is really manly.
You apply to face and neck avoiding eye and lips, leave on for 10-15 minutes and reove with warm water. I found this easy packaging to work with as I rolled it up first to push all the product up to the top then tore off from the easy tear marking and carried on rolling it up till all product was out. I do find that there is enough product for two applications so I personally take what I need then fold it at the top and save for another day.
This is worth five out of five in every way.
Thank you for reading :-)
I am quite lucky to have normal skin and don't tend to get spots, but I still love pampering myself from time to time with face masks, to make my skin feel revived and fresh looking. I hadn't enjoyed simialr face masks by this brand but was tempted by the fruit smoothie mask hoping it would be better than the last mask I tried.
What is a Fruit Smoothie mask?
It is a face mask which contains fruity ingredients such as Mango seed butter (great for adding moisture to dry skin), Peach kernel oil (leaves a lovely fresh fragrance), Aloe Vera leaf juice (very soothing and great for sensitive skin), Pomegranate seed oil (fruity and good for cleansing) and raspberry fruit extract (great for moisturising the skin).
How do I use it?
Simply cleanse the face as usual to remove excess dirt and oil then apply the mask to damp skin, avoiding the mouth and eye area. Try to apply evenly and leave for 10-15 minutes before washing off thoroughly. Use once a week.
A 20g sachet costs 99p, they are sometimes on offer. I find this a little expensive considering the price of a bottle of face mask and the small quantity this sachet contains.
I ran a deep bath and got ready to relax with this product. It is quite a thick and creamy texture and a pale pink colour. It smells very fruity but a little synthetic at times. It was very easy to apply and went on my skin nicely, without stinging or soreness. It dried on my skin within 10 minutes but i kept it on for 15 minutes to pamper my skin. It felt nice, and I would recommend chilling the sachet in the fridge first so it feels nice and cool when you apply it, perfect for the summer too! The product took a little effort to wash off because it was sooo thick but this wasn't really an issue. Afterwards my skin felt velvety soft afterwards and very refreshed and cleansed. I was suprised at how good the product was. I would use this again but maybe try another brand as it is expensive for the small ammount you get.
I love these packets of face mask and I am slowly working my way through the whole Montagne Jeunesse range. As I have two horses I don't get to spend much money on me and as these were on multibuy offer in Asda at 4 for £3, I bought some more. You can buy them individually for 97p though if you wanted.
The fruit smoothie mask packet is yellow and orange with the usual Montagne Jeunesse smiling lady on the front. She has leaves over her eyes with raspberries and mango on them. This mask is said to be pore cleansing and is meant to smell like crushed raspberries and mango. It actually has mango, peach, apricot, pomegranate and rasberries in the ingredients along with dead sea salt. This mask is for normal, dry or t-zone skin and is suitable for vegetarians as it is BUAV approved. The mask is meant to leave your skin feeling fresher, cleansed and softer.
The directions for the mask are:
Cleanse skin with warm water only, apply mask evenly over face and neck, leave for 10-15 mins or until dry, rinse with warm water and pat dry. Use weekly.
When you open the packet, you are immediately hit with the fruity smell. It smells just like a smoothie. You can definitely pick out the smell of the raspberries. The mask itself is pale pink in colour which changes to white as it dries. It is a good consistancy and it was easy to apply to my skin, it was a bit like putting yogurt on your face. It stuck to my skin well so I was able to get a decent layer of it all over my face. It smells lovely on your skin too so it was quite tempting to lick a bit from near my mouth but I resisted. The mask tightens over your skin as it dries which feels a bit weird but made me feel like it was doing something.
The mask took a bit of time to rinse of where the kaolin clay had dried but I was really pleased with the results. My skin was matt, hte tone looked even and it was plumpier than before. It really did feel cleaner. I wouldn't say fresher but my skin was definitely smooth. I would use this again before a night out as it left my face looking really good and I wouldn't need to wear foundation after using this product.
This little packets of face masks are really handy for girly nights in or just for when you want to feel girly all on your own. I bought my Montagne Jeunesse Fruit Smoothie Face Mask from my local wilkinsons for 99p for a 20g packet. Each packet gives just a little over one application, 2 at a push if you wear it thinly. That is quite expensive if you think about it, as a bottle of face mask would cost approximately £2.50 - £5.00 depending on what brand you get. You would usually get about 10-15 applications per bottle, so in comparison 99p for one applications is a little expensive!
The face mask comes in a foil type packet that you rip open and simply squeeze out. What I dont particularly like about this is that when your hands are already wet from touching the face mask you have to squeeze the packet, which can be a little hard to do especially with slightly slippy fingers. This thus means you either have to wash your hands to squeeze the full contents out or simply go without.
The ingredients / flavours of this ´fruit smoothie` face mask allows you to get the aroma of raspberry, mango, apricot, peach and pomegranate, which kind of makes you want to eat it actually. Yum. When this mask is on, it doesnt half give you a craving for a refreshing fruit drink!
The texture of the mask is soft and a little thick, which I prefer to those thin masks you can get. Applying the mask is a little messy and sticky and access from the packaging isnt the best to be honest. However once the product is on, you get the fruit fusions, which helps you relax. When the mask is on, you can feel your face to be a little itchy, which I always think means that its working. After 10-15 minutes, depending on how thick the application is and the air around you, you can rinse the mask off with warm water. The mask washes off easily and when your face is clean and dry, you can certainly notice that your face is softer! My face felt fresh after using this and not at all dry, which is something that happens to my skin when I use masks. Something I hate.
I have to say that even if this product is 99p per application, I certianly would be buying it again. It left my skin feeling fresh, clean and soft. Whats more is that when it was on, it gave a nice refreshing and relaxing smell. I cant stand it when you have to wait for something that smells!
A good face mask, would certainly recommend it!