“ Brand: Sanctuary Spa / Type: Face Mask / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
The Sanctuary Active ReverseTransformation Mask
I love trying out new products in beauty and toiletries and because of this I am forever sending for samples or buying testers from different sites. These I bought from http://www.latestinbeauty.com/ where you can choose three sample and pay just postage once a month. You pay by text and so far I have done this for about six months and all have arrived fine except one. I contacted them and they sent me a second set straight away.
I was keen to try this out but having seen the price in Boots - £27.50 from both Sanctuary Spa and Boots - for a small tube of each part of the mask. This was obviously a luxury mask and so I wanted to choose a time when I was going to get full value from it.
Tthe Sanctuary Spa Active Reverse Thermal Transformation Mask that I got was in a small pack in a very classy looking cardboard pack which contained two sachets; one of each part of the two step process . the colour of the cardboard and packaging is the same as that of the full sized product except in the full size pack you get two small tubes rather than the two sachets.
So in my sample pack I checked the instructions and inspected the two sachets. Like the full sized pack step 1 was in a silver coloured sachet and step 2 in white one. This face mask is slightly different from other masks as it is a two stage process.
First wash your face or cleanse it thoroughly of all make up and then pat dry then apply step 1. Step I is a peptide Transformation Serum which you smooth on with a generous layer over your face and neck. It feels lovely so smooth and so gentle. The next stage is to massage a generous even layer of step 2 over the top of step 1 to generate a warming effect the step 2 smells gorgeous and slightly of rose which is not surprising as this is a rose clay mask with thermal qualities hence the warming effect.
You put this all over your face and neck but be careful to avoid your eyes. Step 1 is a white coloured serum which is beautifully easy to glide over your face and neck. Step 2 is an orange sort of coloured more gooey clay which goes over the serum very easily and as you apply it you can feel the warming effect straight away. Once you have both stages on your face this is when you lie back and relax. I put mine on before I get in a bath but that does make it hard to time the mask. You can just sit in a chair and read or lie on your bed and pop a cucumber slice over each eye and then set a timer to ping after your 15 minutes are up. I find it hard to read with a face mask on as I have to wear glasses to read and they get mixed up with the mask and means I have to wash them afterwards so I tend to do my face masks in the bath and sometimes do a hair mask as well.
After 15 minutes of relaxation with the warming face mask you gently rinse it off with warm water and then they suggest applying Peptide day cream to protect the newly pampered skin. I toned mine uing my Lush toner then applied my usual moisturizer.
They suggest using this three times a week on alternate days to see the best results but at the price this costs I can't see me spending that on a face mask. It is hard to judge how much younger and gorgeous I look after one use but let's put it this way, I am not rushing out to buy it as I feel the results were not startling and I enjoy my Lush or Montagne Jeunesse ones just as much as I did this one and they are a heck of a lot less money.
The serum which was white rather than clear like many serums was lovely to apply with a smooth silky feel and had a pretty nice smell a bit like almonds. It did feel a bit like putting on a quality face cream. The second sachet was a pink sort of clay colour which smelled lovely and of rose and expensive rose at that but it was a lot thicker and gloopier to apply and sort of ran down my face a bit so I had to work to massage it in . It did indeed feel lovely and warm on my face.
The product claims to firm your skin, even skin tone and also minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They also say this will encourage cell renewal in skin and help the skin increase it moisture and hydration levels. You are meant to have a lovely glowing, smooth balanced complexion after you have finished. Sadly for me, Sanctuary Spa say that best results are achieved after 4 weeks and more amazingly that this can do the same job a having surgery on your face. I can't say whether or not this claim is true as I have not used this for four weeks and I am disappointed that the miracle didn't even begin after my one application.
I do sadly have a few lines and wrinkles and I still have them despite all my attempts at reducing them. Of course I have no idea what my face would look like had I not applied all my lotions and potions over the years.
This felt lovely and was a really nice mask but I am not convinced that it is worth the price. I am not sure it does any more than my Lush face masks. My face felt nice and moisturized after using this but it does after all my other masks too. It would have to do a lot more than I found it did if I was going to pay nearly £30 for two small tubes which would probably only give me about 10 uses at a guess from the tube size.
So if you have lots of money this is a lovely face mask but whether or not it actually does make you look years younger and save you spending at the face clinic I am not so sure.
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After reading loads of reviews on the famous GlossyBox.co.uk and the wonderful products they send to their subscribers I decided to take the plunge in January and sign up for £12.95 per month. Many people sign up to this service to test out great expensive products that they wouldnt otherwise try usually due to the high price tags, but to the likes of people like me if you try something and it works you are more likely to go out and buy the full size product in future. I recieved my first box at the end of January and the first product which caught my eye and I tested was the Sanctuary Spa Active Reverse Thermal Transformation Mask (2 Steps).
In this tester I recieved 2 sachets with step 1 and step 2. Similar to the full size product you see above step 1 comes in a silver coloured sachet and step 2 in white. Unlike other face masks where you rub layer into your face and neck, this particular Sanctuary Spa mask is a bit different. First you apply step 1 to your neck and face after cleansing away all impurities and then apply step 2 immediately over the top without washing off the first layer. Step 1 is a white coloured serum and step 2 is an orangey coloured sticky clay. The product description tells you that the mask warms up the skin on your face whilst working its magic.
I decided to try out these products on the day I recieved the box whilst relaxing in a bubblebath - as this is usually when I get a chance to chill with no interuptions. As per instructions I applied step 1. I was surprised by the white colour of the serum as I assumed it would be transparent in colour so as not to curdle with the second layer I was about to apply on top. Step 1 was very pleasant to apply in the sense of no stickiness and had a pleasant spa-like scent which had a hint of almonds. It was almost like applying a thin face cream. Upon opening the second sachet containing step 2 I was very put off by the colour - which true to its name was the same as that of clay. Step 2 again has the same spa-like scent as step 1 and in my opinion was very uncomfortable to apply in the sense it was quite messy and sticky... however within less than 5 seconds of application upon touching my skin true to the product description you immediately feel the warmth of the clay which makes the stickiness of the clay more barable. In all, it made my bubblebath that little more enjoyable than usual and due to the cold weather made me feel a bit happier and comfortable. I left the mask on for the recommended 15 minutes and then patted my face dry with a towel as instructed.
The two steps when used together claim to firm the skin, reveal a more even skin tone and minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. On top of this is also supposed to encourage cell renewal and boosts hydration levels so that when the mask is washed away after use you are left with a nicer glowing complection. Sanctuary Spa claims you can achieve these results within 4 weeks and can work just as well as getting surgery on your face.
As I am 25 years old I don't suffer as such lots of wrinkles and fine lines as what an older lady would be experiancing but I don't have the best skin in the world and for a long time I have suffered from uneven skin tones which push me into wearing quite a lot of make up which in term is also not very healthy for my skin to go through. However after using this mask just one time I did notice how much clearer my skin looked and it felt great to touch. These results lasted over 12 hours and for the first time in a long time I didn't feel the need to wear make up. For long term effects on how this works I can't comment on if its as good as getting surgery but in my opinion I don't think any product is that good... but this is defintely a contender for a preventative in younger women judging by the short term effects I experienced. I do believe this is a product worth spending money on the full size product due to its effects and its warming pleasantness in the bath - which is something I will be doing in the near future.
You can buy both products together in a set for £27.50 from both Sanctuary Spa and Boots - in the set you recieve 50ml Step 1 and 75ml Step 2. I will be purchasing from Boots to take advantage of the points which come with it.