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I'm not sure when my obsession with masks started. I think it was the Go-Go's Beauty And The Beat Album, I received one Christmas as a gift from my brother. He also gave me a Men At Work album and I since have been fascinated with Wombats so there you go.
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The Album Art consisted of all the women in the Go-Go's band sitting around in white towels with white towel turbans sporting bright pink lipstick and white facial masks. I think it was the cool contrast between the lipstick and the mask, but I insisted in buying some Noxema and slathering it on my face whilst I wore lipstick. And thus started my downfall into skincare. By The Way, Noxema is awful stuff and NOT a mask, which I found out too late. I think my goal, after seeing the album art for Beauty And The Beat was to rinse of that mask and have that pure glowing dimples perfect face of Belinda Carlisle (the lead singer). You know what? That never ever happened. No facial mask has yet to give me dimples or make me a lead singer in a famous rock band. I'm pissed. What some of those masks HAVE been able to do is give me clearer skin. I guess that's what I'll have to settle for since I can't be a dimpled rock star.
Liz Earle has such a mask...no it won't give me dimples either, but it makes my skin look pretty good. It's called the Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask. I had an opportunity to try it out recently and it was pretty nice.
The mask itself contains Green Clay to draw out impurities and Manuka Honey and Propolis to soothe the skin. It hosts some other natural ingredients as well to tone and balance the skin...all of which leave this army green colored mask smelling very "herbal" that's the best way I can describe it. The texture is very runny. Almost a liquid. I found that applying the mask with my fingertips left it looking streaky and the coverage uneven. I used an old flat foundation brush to apply and this worked a lot better for me.
The directions on the mask say that you can apply it all over your face or in targeted areas (like nose, chin and forehead) I applied the mask allover my face, because I can use all the help I can get. The directions read to use the mask for about 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse off using the sponge they provide. I'll tell ya what. That sponge is super. It takes the mask off easily and rinses clean fast. It was super easy to get the mask off of the corners of my nose and on my chin...sadly, no dimples for which to scrub the mask out of, but I suppose if you are lucky enough to have dimples this sponge would do a good job at removing residual mask leavings from said dimples. The mask didn't dry tight on my face like a lot of clay masks do and it didn't crack after 10 minutes of wear either. I hate that feeling. Once rinsed off my face didn't feel tight or dry or have any residue left on it.
My skin looks pretty much the same after using the mask. I'm sad to say that I did not turn into Belinda Carlisle, nor did my congested forehead clear up either. The mask does not promise to turn me into Belinda Carlisle, but it does promise to draw out impurities and while it may do that on a low level, the deep cleansing I need must require laser resurfacing or something. My skin was not super red after rinsing off the mask and I did not experience any reactions from using the mask. The Liz Earle website stresses that those with sensitive skin do not use this mask. And while I consider my self to have sensitive skin, I did not have any problems with this mask at all. However, your results may vary so it is best to follow the manufacturer's recommendation as to appropriate skin types for use of this product.
Do you NEED this? Honestly? No. I love Liz Earle Products and as much as I want to say YES! I can't say you NEED it. It's nice to have and it's a fun little treat for your skin, but I didn't experience any significant change in my skin after using it for a few weeks. Perhaps long term use may be the key to having this work. I'm not upset with the performance of this mask. It's on par with some others that I have and still use. I plan to still use this mask until it's gone. Should you be looking for a clay mask that does not dry out your skin and does not leave your face feeling rough and raw, this might be a good one to try. A generous sized 2.5 tube retails for $24 USD and comes with 2 sponges. Replacement sponges can also be purchased separately.
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Kaolin, Mel (honey), Montmorillonite, Glycerin, Glyceryl stearate, Propolis wax, Hectorite, Alcohol denat., Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil, Decyl glucoside, Ethylhexylglycerin, Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool, Xanthan gum, Lactic acid, Polyaminopropyl biguanide, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic acid, Dehydroacetic acid.