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~*~ Montangne Jeunesse Strawberry Souffle Face Mask ~*~
This face mask was a part of a gift basket filled with goodies that I received from a lovely friend for my birthday at the beginning of this year. They are widely available at Boots, Superdrug and other chemists as well as online and on average are around £1.09 to buy.
Montangne Jeunesse have a huge range of face masks most sounding good enough to eat ...but don't .
~*~ Strawberry Souffle ~*~
The strawberry face mask comes in a foil pack and contains 15ml. The pack is easy to open and has tear in the packet for you to rip it open.
The information on the pack tells you it's loaded with strawberries which leaves your skin hydrated and refreshed. It allows your skin to breath with soothing Aloe Vera and contains calming Vanilla for purified toned and smoother skin .
~*~ How To Use ~*~
Cleanse with warm water only. Apply evenly over face and neck with fingertips, avoiding eyes and lips. Lie back & relax for 10-15 minutes, or until dry. Rinse off with warm water. Pat dry.
Suitable for combination, dry , mature, normal and sensitive skin.
~*~ In Use ~*~
After washing my face with warm water I applied the mask over my face and neck . On first sight the mask is like a thick strawberry yoghurt , pink and very creamy and thick.
There is a slight gritty feel ,due to the pulp from the strawberries but its feels nice on the skin like a gentle scrub.
The strawberry scent is light and delicate, personally I would of liked a stronger scent , but having said that after the 15 mins of it being on my face I was glad of the lighter scent as a stronger one might have caused a headache .
The mask felt very luxurious when applying due to it being so thick and creamy , and during the 15 minutes wait it felt nice and fresh on the skin . It didn't feel like it was drying my skin out , or did it feel heavy .
I used a little over half the packet and have a good coverage over my face and neck , while avoiding the eyes and mouth .
After the 15 minutes wait I washed the mask off with warm water, and patted my skin dry. My skin felt lovely , soft and smooth with no dryness at all .
~*~ Conclusion ~*~
I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the mask left my skin , I wasn't expecting a great deal as to be honest if felt like putting yogurt on my face . Whilst there are better masks out there for dealing with certain problems . I feel this is more of a nice little treat for all round skin .
They advise to use weekly and if you are able to get 2 uses out of packet, and they are often on offer its not an expensive treat for your face.
Soft skin and a pampered feeling all for about 50p can't be bad .
4 out of 5
The last time I bought some Montagne Jeunesse face masks in Primark they were on offer at 3 for £2, so I took the opportunity to try some that I haven't used before. I like to use a mask [or masque as MJ call them] once or twice a week to keep my skin in good condition. There are a couple of favourite products that I like to use on a regular basis, but I also think my skin benefits from the occasional change. That is where MJ masks come in. I think that they are good quality and I tend to love the scents they offer. They are also vegan and not tested on animals. On the last occasion, I chose the Strawberry Souffle mask because I love the scent of the fruit and thought it would be a nice reminder of summery weather.
WHAT THE MASK IS SUPPOSED TO DO
This particular mask is said to be moisturising and purifying. It is supposed to leave my skin not only refreshed but "clarified, toned and smoother." Perfect! My skin is of the combination type, with oily t zone areas and drier cheeks. I usually chose deep cleansing formulations but as I have recently tried some masks that didn't really deliver on that point, I thought I would see how a standard mask would deal with my large nose pores.
The mask comes in a simple sachet with lots of lovely looking pictures of strawberries on the front. Like all MJ products, this mask does actually contain the ingredients that are it's stated "flavour" - in this case strawberries. It also contains vanilla, aloe vera, peach kernal oil and walnut shell powder, along with clay. Opening the packet is easy, and I prefer to just cut a small opening in a corner. This is because the sachet is generously filled whiich is typical of MJ products. There is far more inside than I need to cover my face, even when I do so thickly. So having only a small opening makes storage of the left overs easier.
PLASTERING MY FACE
The first thing I noticed when I squeezed out the mask was the aroma. It does smell of strawberries, but to me it is more the scent of strawberry milkshake rather than the fresh fruit. The scent is sweet and I can just about detect the vanilla too. It is a pleasant combination and not as sickly as it could have been. This is important considering it is going to be applied close to my nose and stay there for some time. In actual fact the scent died away by the time I came to remove the mask but it had lingered long enough for me to enjoy it. The second thing I noticed was the masks gritty texture. I could see little "bits" in the mask which I realised were too large and granular to be strawberry seeds. It is then that I read the packet and noticed the presence of the walnut powder. Thankfully I don't suffer from a nut allergy! I am sure that those that do are used to closely reading packets for the unexpected inclusion of nuts. The walnut pieces are presumably there to act as an exfoliant, and they make applying the mask feel like using a gentle facial scrub. Importantly, they don't feel harsh or rough when the mask is applied to the skin. I did so a bit more carefully than I would normally, just in case. The rest of the mask has a thick creamy texture which feels rather silky. It is easy to spread out and thankfully it doesn't have a messy or drippy consistency. You can stand up without your mask sliding off even when it is freshly applied. You are instructed to leave the mask in place for 15-20 minutes, during which time it slowly tightens and hardens. It never gets to the point of becoming uncomfortable, which would defeat the purpose of what to me is a relaxing treat.
Washing it off didn't take long and I wasn't left with any residue. My face felt amazingly fresh and clean and I felt that would like to use this mask as a novel way of waking up and feeling refreshed at the beginning of the day. Happily, my skin looked as good as it felt. It looked immediately clear and radiant - I didn't have to wait for my face to settle down before noticing an improvement as sometimes happens. My pores did look clean, which is more than I expected for a mask that doesn't specifically promise deep cleansing. I had already used a cleanser before using the mask, so I was starting from a shine free base, but I did think that my skin remained that way for longer after having used Strawberry Souffle. I was pleased with how soft and smooth my facial skin felt to the touch too. It really did feel moisturised, to the point that I didn't feel the need to follow the mask with a seperate moisturiser. The feeling didn't last much beyond the next day though. I would say the radiance lasted about 48 hours which isn't as long as other masks for me. The sachet instructions suggest the mask is suitable for weekly use, but that wouldn't be frequent enough to maintain results for me.
I would use this when I wanted a quick and pleasantly scented pick-me-up sort of mask, but it won't replace my favourite ones that offer longer lasting effects. I can imagine some people not enjoying the more grainy feel to the mask, although I was only really aware of it when I was actually putting it on. I am not sure the walnut adds much if it is supposed to exfoliate, because I didn't masage the mask it in like I would a scrub. Nevertheless, if you don't mind "bits" in your mask, give this one a try for clearer and softer skin. You can buy MJ masks in most places that sell beauty products, including Superdrug, Boots, Wilkinson and Savers where they cost around £1. They are often on multi buy offers somewhere though.
[This review also appears on Ciao under my user name.x]
I like a nice face mask but don't tend to use them often these days, preferring a good daily skincare regime and not really having a spare thirty minutes or so to spend on applying and removing the mask as often as I'd like. This leads me to just avoid them pretty much completely, treating myself to a nice Lush fresh mask here and there but otherwise not bothering. I only used this Strawberry Souffle one because it was a freebie in the post and none of the kids were around, my sachet is a small 5ml mask which was enough for one application - the Montagne Jeunesse face mask range are generally sold in 20g sachets so in theory by buying the larger one you could get four applications, it never quite works like that though and you'll more likely get a maximum of three thin ones.
Strawberry Souffle is a really nice smelling mask; it smells of natural strawberries but also of strawberry milkshake, which I assume is thanks to the fact that the sub-name of the mask is 'Strawberry & Whipped Cream' and these two ingredients would create such a smell in my opinion. It's delicious anyway, I wouldn't describe it as a particularly pampering fragrance but it's light and cheerful - probably more of a summertime smell than I'd like in mid-December, but then it's been in my drawer for six months so that's my fault!
The mask isn't the vibrant pink shown on the front of the Montagne Jeunesse sachet but a much paler pink which reminded me of baby lotion, I found this irrationally disappointing actually but got over it (ha!) and proceeded to apply the thick smelly cream. It has a really lovely consistency, being light but with substance to create a strong feminine product - the strawberry scent sets this off a treat and on the whole I just think this is a fab face mask from an application point of view. Although this isn't mentioned on the sachet itself, there are strawberry seeds in the face mask which act to exfoliate and polish the skin - they're absolutely tiny and produce nothing more than the vaguest scratchy feeling so I'm not convinced they actually do anything, my skin didn't feel polished or deeply cleansed after use and this made the addition of the seeds seem a little gimmicky.
I relaxed with my Kindle for fifteen minutes and allowed the face mask to work its magic, feeling utterly chilled out and enjoying the rich strawberry scent which seemed to intensify the longer the mask was on my face. Parts of the mask tightened after a few minutes but this didn't become uncomfortable; I realised at rinsing time that these tightening areas were where the mask had dried, which surprised me as I had thought the entire mask would retain its creamy consistency - maybe the layer was too thin from this small sachet as the mask dried in a funny cracked way which leads me to believe it's a mask that shouldn't be allowed to dry out at all, if that makes sense.
It's easy enough to rinse if you use the damp cloth method. Forget throwing water on your face like in the adverts, the only thing this will achieve is a wet floor and (particularly with the darker ones) face mask splashes all over the place. Dampen a clean cloth and use it to wipe the mask from your skin, rinsing the cloth under running water rather than in a bowl - once you've got the bulk of the mask off simply use another damp cloth to rinse away the rest. No mess, no fuss. A quick splash with cool water and you'll have skin which looks and feels toned and refreshed, with the added advantage of not turning your bathroom into a miniature swimming pool.
My skin feels absolutely lovely after using Strawberry Souffle, and also smells amazing! My skin is soft, smooth and has the feeling of healthiness about it - I found my skin was a little pink after rinsing but this soon settled down and within thirty minutes my skin had its usual tone again. I wouldn't have felt comfortable going out with such pink skin and feel my usual foundation wouldn't have covered this, so would recommend you apply this face mask with plenty of time to spare if you're using it prior to a night out. I think the main benefit to my skin is that it feels refreshed after use, the feeling doesn't last for too long and by the following evening I couldn't feel or see any improvement in my skin - this isn't an issue however as I appreciate Montage Jeunesse aren't the height if luxury, so if I can obtain good results in the short term then that's good enough for me!
After really putting in the hours at work recently, I decided yesterday that I needed a bit of me time now that a few days off had finally stopped being a distant dream on the horizon and had actually begun. So, after more cups of tea than are probably medically advisable, I finally hauled myself out of bed after a lie in, and headed to the bathroom to see if I had any treats lying around in "that box" that most women have somewhere in their house, where unused cosmetics and girlie treats get stashed. Sur enough, as suspected, I had some Montagne Jeunesse face masks, which are always my go-to brand and which recently I stocked up on having seen them on a ridiculously good offer in Home Bargains (3 for £2; not a bad saving when they retail at approximately £1.09 each and even then I consider them great value).
From my remaining colourful, playfully-branded sachets I chose Strawberry Souffle, a purifying mask based on, yes well done, strawberries. It claims to cleanse and tone as well as purify, leaving skin hydrated, refreshed and able to breathe. It contains Aloe Vera to sooth and Vanilla for it's calming influence. It is gluten free with no added Parabens, and retails officially at £1.09 per sachet, but these are often available on offer in discount stores and places like Wilkinsons and are also widely available in many supermarkets.
It also contains cream and, of course, strawberry, and is suitable for all skin types. For more information, this and all the Montagne Jeunesse products are profiled on their website, www.montagnejeunesse.com. They are proud to advertise that their products are vegetarian and never tested on animals, so you can enjoy these treats guilt-free.
To apply this one, you wash your face with just warm water, then apply and relax fro 15-20 minutes. This one will not dry whilst on your skin, so you just wash it off afterwards.
I followed the instructions, having washed my face, got my hair out of the way and opened the sachet using the small perforated curved tear point towards the top of the sachet on one side. This made a small opening in the packet so I thought, rather than get in a mess trying to extract the last scraps when my hands were covered in product, I would empty all of it onto a suitable surface - in this case my leg (it was the nearest thing I had to, er, hand!) before applying in one go.
As soon as the product emerged I was hit by a sweet, strong strawberry smell. It smelt natural, and reminded me of strawberry yoghurt - that'll be the cream and vanilla then! The colour wasn't bright pink, but a soft, baby pink, and immediately I noticed a strong presence of strawberry-seed like rough material, presumably designed to exfoliate. The smell was very pleasant but I was worried that, when on my face for 20 minutes, it would be cloying.
I needn't have worried. I applied this and relaxed, and enjoyed several aspects of using this mask, such as:
- The scent. It did not become cloying and was gentle, pleasant and very relaxing. It smelt fresh, light and summery.
- The texture was light and creamy and applied easily, the pack holding just enough for a full-face treatment, and despite staying a cream it had enough consistency to not slide or run when against your body heat.
- The fact that this did not dry out. Many mud packs from this range do dry and crack on your skin, as they are intended to as part of their working process. However, as they dry they can feel stiff and as you flex your facial muscles the drying can feel quite tight. You don't have that with this product. I did wonder if it would make it less effective as a cleanser, but again I needn't have worried.
- When I came to remove this, it felt slightly gel-like when water met it's surface, but it came off with much less effort than the drying mud-packs, and before I removed this I was able to rub the pack around my face a little as it was still soft, thus getting the most out of the exfoliating quality of the strawberry seeds (I shall presume that's what they were).
So, how did I feel after I used this? Well, I wanted to look my best that day as I was seeing Mr Rarr for the first time in a fortnight due to him being away for work, so I removed this, then went about my usual routine of moisturiser and make up with extra care.
My skin is prone to becoming shiny and I try to combat this but throughout the day it will, inevitably, require matifying now and then. After using this, my skin felt plump, moisturised, fresh and happy, so I felt this was not likely to change. I put the rest of my face on, thought I looked ok, hopped in the car and went off to see the love of my life, who I was picking up and driving home. Driving for four hours in the sun? I was GOING to go shiny!
But amazingly, whilst I did a little, it was actually less than I would normally have expected and considerably less than I thought I would after using a face mask that claims to leave skin moisturised. So, I love this mask!
I'm now writing this the following morning and even after the last two weeks of working flat out and travelling a lot, my skin looks smooth, far fresher than I have any right for it to be, and I was surprised at how well I looked this morning.
So I enjoyed the actual use of this mask, found it a relaxing treat to my senses, an effective beauty product to boot, guilt-free, added-Paraben-free, and extremely good value whether you buy this at full price or - as I will stock up when I next do - on offer.
Well done Montagne Jeunesse, you've got a top-quality face mask product here and I love you for it!
I had dinner with 2 of my best friends on the weekend, and completely randomly one of my friend tells us she had bought loads of stuff in New Look so they gave her loads of freebies and if I wanted any of them! She had 2 5ml trial size sachets of this Montagne Jeunesse Strawberry Souffle Moisturising and Purifying face masque. As I had read a good review of this range of products ages ago I decided to give it a go!
The sachet is a foil sachet, and it is easy to open, just tear across the top. The masque itself is a thick, creamy consistency with small "bits" inside kind of like Strawberry pieces and the masque is pink and quite whipped. Upon opening the sachet it smells ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! It has a strong, gorgeous strawberry scent and made me want to eat it!
- How to Use -
The instructions on the pack are really straightforward.
1. Clean the face
2. Apply the face mask
3. Leave and relax for 15-20 minutes
4. Rinse off and go!
- My Experience -
I washed my face with warm water and dabbed it dry with a towel. I then applied it onto my face using a finger and wiping is across my chin, cheeks, nose and forehead , avoiding the eye area as recommended. I actually found this 5ml trial size sachet was more than enough to cover my face liberally and evenly so I was pretty happy with the quantity in this and can't imagine how much is in the bigger sachet, I think with me it would probably go to waste!
On my face, it felt quite smooth and relaxing, and smelt so good! After a while I did start to feel a slight tightening on my skin, but more so in that it was drying more than making my face feel taught and drying out my skin which is a good thing! I wore this whilst pottering around the house, so kept it on for about 20 minutes, before washing it off.
Washing it off was easy to do, I used a warm flannel and gave my face a good wipe to remove the face masque. As it had hardened slightly I did find I needed to give a bit of a good rub to get it all off effectively, but it was super easy to remove really!
In all honesty I didn't notice a huge amount of difference in my face! It left my skin smelling absolutely lovely, but I wouldn't say my face looked particularly clearer or that it removed the appearance of any spots or anything, (considering I don't really have any!) but I did feel slightly fresher and bit more rejuvenated! Another small downside is that it left my face feeling extremely dry and I was eager to slap some moisturiser on!
Overall, this is a nice products but I wouldn't really see me rushing out to spend money to buy and use it. I found it was a nice face mask for a change, as I hadn't used one in years and it did feel relaxing but I was rather disappointed with the after effect! I wasn't expecting miracles but had hoped for some hint of improvement in my skin, whether it look clearer, or brighter or even feel smoother but I more felt it dried my skin out and just left my face smelling nicely of strawberries! In future I may give other varieties in the range a go, but probably pass on doing this one again.
When it comes to my face I have to admit I don't take all that good care of it really. I'll use any old wipe or cleanser and toner that is reasonably priced and when I remember I do use a moisturiser and do own various bits and pieces I never seem to use them though and forget their existence lol.
However the one thing I do like to treat myself to is a face mask, even if its just one a week as I find them luxurious but that if I also pick the right one my skin thanks me for it too.
I usually buy Montagne Jeunesse face masks and I usually get them in Asda for a pound each or in Boots for not alot more than that (available in all other good chemists and supermarkets too of course) however I treated myself to a random selection of Montagne Jeunesse face masks from Amazon and I ended up with 6 different ones for a fiver including the postage and packaging and of course this was one of them.
The Packaging is just like the usual products from this range. On the front there is a lady wearing the face mask with leaves and strawberries covering her eyes and its plastic on the outside and foil on the inside. On the front we are simply told what it is and who it is by and that it is 'Strawberry Souffle Moisturising Purifying Masque' and that is Strawberry & Whipped Cream and there is various bits of information on there too in a foreign language (as there is also on the back of course). On the back of the sachet other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and being show via diagrams how to use it, ingredients and warnings are given, like all other products from Montagne Jeunesse this meets with the vegetarian standard an isn't tested on animals and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Its a simple to tear open sachet too though not resealable so the idea is one sachet is one application of course.
Using The Masque (mask to me lol):
The mask itself as soon as you tear open the sachet smells really natural and of strawberries. According to some information on the back of the sachet this also contains Aloe Vera to give a soothing effect and vanilla to give a calming one but I cant smell those fragrances at all.....only strawberries which is yummy (though don't taste the mask, I did lick my lip by mistake and it tastes vile lol).
So its like a nice thick light pink cream, not drippy or anything like that and thicker than I was expecting it to be. You simply massage it gently onto the face (your not meant to do eyes but I did and mine were fine by the way and not agitated at all) and although for the most part the mask is smooth and cooling there are bits of exfoliating strawberry seed in there too which are a little scratchy when being applied but didn't seem to harm my skin at all but I was gentle applying it. I was left with rather alot of product that even though I applied it thickly sadly had to be thrown out or dry up!
You leave this on for 15-20 minutes and the strawberries in this (this contains strawberry pulp) is meant to be very moisturising and I found after 15 minutes the mask had dried fully on my face and felt a bit tight as it contains clay so then I removed it with the help of a clean flannel and some warm water and it wasn't overly hard to do that at all.
I was really pleased with the results that this one gave me! My skin was left looking brighter and more radiant than prior to using it for certain and I could really tell the difference. Skin simply looked cleaner and fresher and certainly felt smoother to my touch as well. I had spots the day I used this as well and a day or so later they vanished! I don't know if that was a coincidence or not but I don't care they went and I'm not going to look for them lol.
The only issue I had with this is that although I rinsed the mask off really well, in part like on my forehead and on my chin my skin felt a bit sticky and also this is meant to offer a toning effect to the skin, well again it made my face feel unnaturally tight but to be fair I did get round that by applying some gentle moisturiser which combated it.
This left my skin looking fresh, bright, smooth and smelling nice for a couple of hours too and like I said I was very impressed by this one, even my friend commented later that day that my face looked different and that my wrinkles had gone.....so I shouldn't really moan about the toning capabilities this has then should I?! lol.
Will buy it again and use this before a night (or day out) to remove excess oils from my face and to get my make up to sit nicer on my smoother skin. Recommended by me!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I was sent this face mask as part of a swap so I thought I'd give it a go. I didn't buy it myself, but the mask costs a pound on Amazon for a single use sachet.
First off, the packaging. It's not recyclable, but it is small and labelled in both English and French. I liked that the ingredients list is labelled in standard Latin with translations so you can tell what you're getting. The picture on the front I found a bit off putting but I gather it's standard for this range of face masks. Getting into the mask could have been easier, but I like the idea - there's a tab you remove and then the mask squeezes out meaning you don't lose a lot of product just opening the packet.
On opening, I found a thick pale pink cream, looking very like the cream on the packet. I couldn't see the gritty bits, but I could feel them when on my face. The scent was not like real strawberries, but like cheap strawberry-flavoured cosmetics, with a clear soapy smell as well (not surprising as stearic acid - or soap - is one of the ingredients). This means that it feels less like smearing strawberry mousse over my face than I was expecting, but more like a cleansing experience.
My skin is very greasy and I'm having terrible pregnancy breakouts at the moment. I did feel some drying of the product while it was on, but once it's been washed off, my skin looks no different than it did before. It feels a little different, not dryer but a different quality to the grease. I think if I had my normal skin this would help me, but for my dreadful current skin I need something with a bit more oomph.
I have tried the Montagne Jeunesse range before and really enjoy using their face masks as they are fun and the lovely descriptions on the packaging makes them sound very appealing. I was lucky enough to receive a whole bunch of different masques through a Facebook competition, and this Strawberry Soufflé one sounded delicious. The masques are available to buy in most high street beauty stores and will cost around 99p for a 15ml sachet.
This item is described as a Strawberry Soufflé Moisturising and Purifying Masque with pulped strawberries. Montagne Jeunesse say: "Loaded with strawberry goodness which leaves your skin hydrated and refreshed. Allow your skin to breathe with soothing Aloe Vera and calming vanilla for purified, toned, smoother skin."
Recommended directions for use: Relax with this treat weekly. Cleanse, apply, relax for 15-20 minutes, rinse.
I like to give myself a good pampering when I am using a face mask, and with the right preparation and aftercare I have noticed that my skin is becoming more healthy looking and is kept in better condition. To begin with, I washed my face with a hot cloth cleanser to make sure all traces of make-up were fully removed. I then went about applying the masque. The packaging opens easily, so you can squeeze the pouch and the contents come out of the corner through the small tear. This helps to control how much product you want to come out of the packet.
The masque itself has a think consistency, making it extremely easy to spread onto my face. The liquid stayed in place well and didn't make a mess or drip anywhere when I was putting it on. I actually layered this over my skin a couple of times to get a thicker application and this felt smooth and comfortable on my face. The masque is made from pulped strawberries and there are a few small granules which I believe are from the strawberry seeds. These do not feel rough when applying or removing the masque, and they give a light exfoliating action. The masque is a pale light pink colour and has a gorgeous strong smell of strawberry. This is not quite a natural fruit smell, as there are also other ingredients included and it has what I would think of as a strawberry milkshake fragrance, which is very sweet and yummy :)
This should be left on for 15-20 minutes to allow it to really get to work on your skin. I left it on for the full 20 minutes and by this time the masque was still creamy and moist, and it had not dried out or gone patchy. The masque seemed to wash off easily although it did leave a slight sticky feeling behind. Afterwards my skin felt smoothed and I did not notice any sensitivity. I did not follow up with a moisturiser as I felt like my skin had benefited enough from just using the masque, although this was only a temporary moisture boost and the results did not last. The masque is good for giving a light level of moisturisation, which suited my combination skin just fine, although I did not think it was very hydrating for a treatment product.
Usually these face masques contain far too much of the product and there is always some leftover which gets wasted if you do not store it and re-use correctly. However, with this one there seemed to be a bit less included and I was able to get one full application to cover my face, and then there was a little bit of excess which I used to cover underneath my chin. This was the perfect amount for a single application and there was nothing leftover to be wasted.
This Strawberry Soufflé masque was a nice treat to use as it felt so smooth on my skin and smelled delicious. It did not overload my skin and left it feeling softer afterwards, so I think it was nice for a little home spa pampering session. I would recommend it for those that don't have dry skin as it worked well and was easy to use. I look forward to trying more products in the Montagne Jeunesse range.
Montagne Jeunesse are against animal testing, and have been approved by BUAV and the Vegetarian Society. Keep your beauty cruelty free!
I adore going to the beauticians and being pampered but sadly I cannot afford to go as much as I would like. So I have my own pamper sessions at home, which really given the right product can be just as nice. One thing I do pretty much on a daily basis is face masks, I love them!
Montagne Jeunesse - Strawberry Soufflé face mask:
"Cleanse your skin with our Strawberry Soufflé face masque as part of your regime for a purified, toned smooth complexion. Loaded with natural goodness which leaves skin hydrated and refreshed allow your skin to breathe with soothing Aloe Vera & calming Vanilla"
I've used this mask a few times now and all in all I think it is just ok. Like with most masks first off you cleanse your face ready to apply the mask. Once your face is prepped and ready you can then apply.
Tear the perforated edge at the top of the packet and squeeze out the contents I just normally squeeze out small amounts at a time so I can slowly build the cream up over my face. One thing I noticed first was the scent to start with I found it to be a rather artificial strawberry scent. However once a couple of minutes have past the aroma seems to be much nicer.
Within the cream there are a lot of little strawberry seeds so as your applying this facial mask it is somewhat exfoliating. The cream smoothes over the face with ease, normally when it's cold I put my face mask packet in some warm water first so it makes the mask a lovely luke warm. Then likewise on hot days I tend to place it in the fridge before use.
Once you have coated your face then it is time to sit back and relax for 15-20 minutes; during this time I can feel my face just being soothed. It was really easy just to relax; the sachet gives you just the right amount to cover your whole face well so you really get a great coverage.
As you are waiting for your mask to work its magic after around 10 minutes you can feel the mask tighten ever so slightly. When you look in the mirror you can see that parts of the mask goes a little like a mud mask where you're too scared to smile it case it cracks and crumbles over your face! However this mask does remain soft even though it does look a little dry.
When 20 minutes is up it is time to remove the mask and what I think works best is to use a face flannel. This makes it much easier to remove all the cream from your face, if you're just using water and your hands you will find you will be there for a very long time!
The scent from the mask even after washing your face still lingers around your face for a good couple of hours which is nice. But I would have rather of had better results on the quality of my skin after use rather than just scented skin.
I don't really see the benefit from the mask in all honesty it just feels like I've just washed my face and have that fresh feeling. Which I get every morning anyway from my facial wash, so for me I just wanted more in a mask. So the feeling felt nice when applying but you may as well just wash your face for the same after feeling.
Price and Availability:
Most places I've noticed the price has gone up to £1.09 however I personally recommend going to Bodycare if you have one close as they are only 79p. Or in Asda you normally can get 4 for £3.00.
For me this is pretty much a run of the mill face mask nothing special I'm a shamed to say, it does leave my face feeling nice. But just not nice enough and so far I'm yet to find a mask that lives up to my beloved face polisher.
I would still recommend this face mask but in my personal opinion I think it is best suited to the younger teens.
Two out of five stars from me.
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I have had a few face masks sitting in my bedroom for a good few months now and have never really got around to using them but a couple of weeks ago I used one before I went to a wedding and I was impressed with the results and so I vowed I would make the time to use the others that I had too. My son has been with his Dad this whole weekend which is a very rare occurrence indeed and so I have been very bored and so I write this at just before 6pm on a Saturday night in my pyjamas after having a hot bath and a face mask! I really do need to get me a life!
The face mask that I have used and will review now is the Montagne Jeunesse strawberry soufflé one.
==What is it?==
The face mask comes packaged like all of the other Montagne Jeunesse face masks I have seen in that it is contained in a foil squishy packet which has a picture of a smiling woman with the face mask on as the main focus. We are told the product name in both English and French and they both seem to have equal coverage on the packaging to be honest. We are also told that this particular face mask is a moisturising and purifying one which contains strawberries and whipped cream.
You can pick up this face mask from places such as asda for around £1.00 which is a reasonable price to pay really to treat your skin every so often I feel.
Opening the pack is very easy as they provide you with a small slit which you tear across to open the top of the pack. Once you have done this you can use the product and I always squeeze some of the face mask on to my fingers and apply it to my face until I think there is decent coverage there. I find that I never use all of the contents of the packaging but perhaps use around three quarters so there is never enough left to apply it for a second time on a subsequent occasion and I am not even sure if it would last well anyway should I wish to.
I noticed that the face mask was a very pale pink in colour and smelt like strawberries, not fresh strawberries but that artificial strawberry smell you get in strawberry scented products. It is quite a pleasant smell and is certainly not off putting as you apply it to your face. I noticed as I applied a thick layer to my face that there were some little seeds or something in the face mask as well which didn't hurt my skin in any way but were noticeable as I applied it to my face.
I applied the face mask before I got in to the bath as I do have real trouble with sitting still and relaxing for any period of time and so I knew that if I was in the bath with a face mask on I would be forced to chill out for a bit. I lay in the bath for around fifteen minutes and then washed off the face mask. I noticed that the face mask had tightened on my face as the clay within it began to set slightly but this wasn't uncomfortable at all and just made me feel like the mask had been working its magic.
When I washed the face mask off I was initially disappointed because I could still feel seeds all over my face despite numerous rinses! My skin also felt a bit squeaky and much like it does when I have washed it with soap and this is not something that I like to do as I find it very drying. However, by the time I had dried myself and got in to my pyjamas my skin was feeling very soft and to be honest it felt much like new skin as it felt that soft which I was very impressed with. My skin also felt toned and smooth which is obviously a plus point.
I have to say that after initially thinking this product was perhaps going to be a let down for my skin I was very impressed with how it made my skin feel once I had allowed it a few minutes just to settle down after it had been rinsed off my face. I would certainly recommend using this product and I will certainly use it again in the future.
Thank you for reading my review!
I love these face masks, this particular one I recieved as part of a fresh and fruity set for christmas, it contained four masks for the price of three. They are usually aroound 99p each.
This mask promises to moisturise and purify the skin. The first thing you notice when you open the sachet is the smell of strawberries. It reminds me of those campino sweets you used to be able to get. You need to cleanse your face with warm water only and leave wet, this helps to open the pores. The mask has a creamy consistency with strawberry seeds and spreads very easily. As with other masks I have reviewed I found the packet contained too much for one use so I folded over the top and kept it for another day.
You need to leave it on for 10-15 minutes. This mask does not dry. This mask is easy to rinse off and is not as messy as the ones that dry on the skin. The first thing I noticed after I had removed it was how soft my skin felt. As I have mostly dry skin I tend to find a lot of masks make my skin very tight and sore, and I need a moisturiser afterwards. This wasn't the case with this product.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for a weekly treat at a reasonable price, it has all natural ingredients and is competatively priced.
How does the thought of strawberry souffle and whipped cream sound to you? Yummy? Well, I like it too, but I'm not referring to food, as I'm talking about a nourishing and purifying face masque manufactured by Montagne Jeunesse. I love to be able to grab a little "me" time when I can and although I often find it hard to find, I will set try to aside some time every Sunday when I will pamper myself with different beauty products.
The mask is contained within a single use foil sachet where we are presented with 15ml of product. The appearance of the packaging is most definitely eye-catching with its' image of a smiling female whose face is covered in a thick bright pink mask with a few sliced strawberries and leaves on her eyes. Montagne Jeunesse are based in Swansea, South Wales and manufacture a huge variety of face masks; many of which I've tried over the last couple of months. We are informed that this mask is loaded with strawberry goodness, which leaves skin hydrated and refreshed. The product also contains aloe vera to soothe the skin, together with vanilla, which we are informed will purify, tone and smoothe. We are advised that this is "sexy natural skincare".
Of course, the proof of the pudding is in the eating or not quite in this case, so let me inform you of my experience with this product. Firstly, I made sure my face was clean and dry and I opened the sachet by way of the perforated area on the upper left hand side, which allows the entire upper section to be removed. Whilst I have used this mask on many occasions I decided to pamper myself whilst writing this review to enable me to provide concise information.
Unfortunately, the statement where I advised that tearing the perforated area normally allows the upper section of the sachet to be removed was incorrect on this occasion. Although this has never happened before it seemed that the tear was not low enough and the mask would not dispense. Consequently, it was necessary to use a pair of scissors. Each time I open one of these masks I am simply blown away by the delightful strawberry aroma, which smells absolutely gorgeous and very thirst quenching. Both the appearance and texture of the mask is similar to that of yoghurt even down to the tiny bits, which I presume are strawberry seeds. In fact, the mask smells good enough to eat and we are provided with a warning on the rear of the sachet advising us that this product is NOT edible!
The mask is easily applied to the face and is fairly thick. However, I would suggest you run yourself a sink full of warm water in readiness for when you need to remove the residue from your fingers, as I frequently forget, which results in rather gooey pink taps! The next part is very simple and that is to sit back and relax, so I'll be back in 15 - 20 minutes.......
Ok, I'm back as my twenty minutes are up and I am feeling somewhat sleepy, particularly as I decided to allow my face mask to work its' magic whilst I lay on the bed. I did not feel any adverse effects whilst the mask was on my face, which was a real positive, as with some products I tend to experience a little burning or stinging around the eye area, but fortunately this was not the case, which surprised me, particularly as the mask contains strawberries. However, one thing that happens to me is that I always tend to suffer with an itch as soon as I've applied a face mask. Consequently, it was necessary to run to the bathroom for a cotton bud and for me to scratch that itch!
Within approximately ten minutes of applying the mask I felt a little tightness to the whole of my face as the mask started to dry, but the sensation was not at all unpleasant. In fact, I found it so relaxing that I almost dropped off to sleep. Once my time was up I went into the bathroom and rinsed off the mask with a little warm water, which was somewhat of a challenge. The reason I say this is because it took a good few minutes to successfully remove the whole of the product. What I particularly liked is that the strawberry seeds were tiny exfoliating balls and I found it strange that I could find no reference to this on the sachet. Consequently, I gently massaged the mask into my skin whilst I was rinsing.
Unfortunately, the biggest annoyance for me when using face masks is that they lodge themselves under my long fingernails when I am attempting to remove them, so I had to scrub hard with the nailbrush. I rinsed my skin with a little cold water to close the pores and towel dried my face. Every time I use a face masks from this manufacturer I instantly feel that my skin appears radiant and perfectly soft and smooth, so I definitely believe that this product is of a high quality.
My sister stopped using face masks many years ago as in her experience she would also suffer a break out of spots within days. However, I cannot say that this has ever happened to me. Montagne Jeunesse recommend applying this mask on a weekly basis although I tend to use masks twice a week and alternate with different products within their range. Whilst I tend to take my time on a Sunday with my pampering session, my mid-week mask is somewhat rushed.
It is very difficult to evaluate this product for its' effectiveness, particularly as I have a beauty regime that I follow every day whereby I use other products, such as cleansers, toners and moisturisers. However, I believe that using this mask, in addition to my other items has given my skin a twice-weekly boost and as far as I am concerned this is a superb low budget facial and such a great product receives 5 stars from me.
Montagne Jeunesse facial masks are available in most supermarkets and chemists and tend to retail for around £1 per sachet. However, I frequently purchase mine from Home Bargains as they are regularly on offer at three for £2.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
My skin has been in a right state lately. I've been quite ill and I've ended up with spots, blotchiness and just generally dull and unattractive skin. I decided a face mask was in order and chose to go with Montagne Jeunesse's strawberry soufflé mask which I bought a while back from their website.
This mask claims to be moisturising and purifying as well as being 'loaded with strawberry goodness'. They say it will leave your skin hydrated and refreshed, and as well as pulped strawberries it also contains aloe vera to soothe and vanilla to calm, tone and purify the skin.
As with most of the Montagne Jeunesse range of masks, this comes in a sachet. The front is adorned with a picture of the woman wearing the mask, trademark leaves over her eyes, and a background of strawberries and whipped cream.
The directions on the back are simple and easy to follow and it shows diagrams just in case you need them. It's simply a case of cleanse, apply, wait for 15-20 min and then wipe off.
The sachet has a perforated notch on the side, which I found tore away easily, so I didn't need to go running for the scissors. The mask itself is a very pale pink colour - so pale it's almost white in fact, and I was surprised to find it is peppered with what I assume to be strawberry seeds.
I found that even with a bad cold I could still smell the strong strawberry scent and I thought it was quite a true to life fragrance.
It smoothed across my skin easily and the strawberry seeds give it a very slightly gritty texture, which I suppose is probably also mildly exfoliating to the skin.
I left the mask on for around 15 minutes and during that time I could smell the strawberry scent on my skin. I did find after around 10 minutes the mask started to make my skin feel slightly tight, but at no point was it ever uncomfortable.
When it came to rinsing the mask off, I found it had set on my skin and become slightly hard, and I used a wet flannel to remove it, as I found that way it was easier to get all of it off.
After using this, the immediate difference I noticed was the feel of my skin. It didn't feel as dried out and was smooth and soft to the touch. I also thought my skin looked a bit brighter, and I think this could have been down to the fact it seemed to have added a bit of moisture back to my skin.
I used this at night before I went to bed and the next morning I could see a marked difference to the way it had looked the day before. I'm not saying it was a miracle but my skin was definitely looking brighter, smoother, and generally healthier than it had done.
A 15ml sachet of this mask costs just 99p and you can buy from Boots, Superdrug and Wilkinson's amongst other high street stores. As mentioned I purchased mine online from www.montagnejeunesse.com and although I've only used the site this once so far, I found it to be quick and efficient and I had no problems with it.
Overall I was really pleased with this mask and it's definitely one I would use again. It gives almost instant results and I think it would be great to use before a night out or special occasion and it's a real bargain too!