Review: This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up | Mask, Moisturiser & Primer In One

A couple of months back, I got a sample of this In Transit Camera Close-Up face product from This Works in a GlossyBox, and as I had heard so many great things about it, I was excited to try it out. Word on the street is that this is one of Victoria Beckham’s favourite skincare products so you know, if it’s good enough for Vicki…!

The interesting thing about this product is that it’s not just a primer; it’s a face mask, moisturiser and primer all in one. Now, it’s very hard to be good at all those things separately, let alone together in one formula so I was a little skeptical about how well I would get on with this.

The formula is quite thick, much thicker than I would ever usually like in a primer and I really wasn’t sure about it at first. But surprisingly, it blends so well into the skin and actually feels incredibly light on. I thought the thickness might make it cakey or sticky, but once it dries in, it kind of melts into the skin, leaving it feeling very soft and smooth.

However for the purposes of my review, I want to specifically address the three big claims it makes, and how well I think it works in relation to those. As a result, I have broken it down into three parts…

Mask

The purpose of a good face mask in my opinion, is to hydrate the skin and leave it free of any nasties or impurities that we pick up day-to-day. As my skin is on the drier side, I also tend to prefer masks that have a brightening element as a lot of the time my skin looks dull.

From this point of view, while I’m not sure that this tackles nasties and impurities, it definitely leaves my skin feeling plumper and brighter. It contains Bio Boost which is a blend of repairing plant oils; which along with hylauronic acid and caffeine, really help to give the skin a boost of hydration.

Moisturiser

One thing this product is without a doubt, is moisturising. The thickness of the formula means you only need a very small, pea sized amount as a little goes a long way with it.

As I mentioned above, it contains some amazing ingredients including Argan Oil, Shea Butter, Lemon Balm and Hylauranic Acid, all of which are known for being super hydrating and kind to the skin whilst also making it look more radiant too. And, I have to say for me, it really lives up to these claims. My skin feels so soft when I apply this, and I can feel it becoming more hydrated the minute I put it on.

I tend to get some redness around my nose area, and it definitely helps to combat that too, but overall, I just love how my skin feels when I use it.

Primer

So far this product is working for me; I like it as a mask, I like it as a moisturiser, but I love it as a primer!

Like I mentioned above, I tend to opt for primers that have a brightening element, and I love the dewy glow that my face gets when I wear this. Because it’s thick, I tend to wash my face, apply the cream and then let it dry in for a few minutes so that it’s settled into the skin before applying my foundation.

It’s neither oily nor mattifying, but it’s one of the best primers I’ve used for keeping my makeup in place all day long. I’m lucky in that I don’t have oily skin, but I honestly think this would work well on all skin types because of the filter-like finish it gives to your face when you wear it.

Of all the things this product claims to do, for me, it is best as a primer. It brightens the skin, and smooths out blemishes and dryness (especially at the moment when my skin is extra dry from pregnancy). But best of all, its smooth finish also means my foundation glides on so easily without any patchiness.

I find myself reaching for this more and more these days, and I’ve really grown to like it a lot, hence why I decided to share my thoughts with you all. Obviously the tube I have is a sample size but the full size bottle costs €39.50 for 40ml. So yep, it’s spendy.

However, given that you’re getting three good products in one, for me it’s worth the spend, especially if you like your morning skincare routine to be quick and easy.

I don’t think it’s going to replace any of my face masks, I have a particular love for the ones I’m currently using, but as a moisturiser and primer go, I’m definitely sold on this and will be using it for a long time to come.

Sorcha x

Review: Clarins SOS Comfort Nourishing Balm Face Mask with Wild Mango Butter

A few months back, the lovely ladies in Clarins sent me one of their new SOS Comfort Face Masks to try out and it really couldn’t have come at a better time. If you caught my little announcement post the other day, you’ll know that I’m expecting my first baby, and as a result, my hormones have been playing havoc with my skin.

I had to stop using a lot of my skincare products when I found out I was pregnant as many of them containe active ingredients that aren’t recommended for use in pregnancy. That has been a learning exercise in itself, and I’ve found myself trying out so many different products over the past four months in an attempt to find some that will help my troubled skin.

Thankfully, this little gem of a face mask from Clarins has been a godsend and has really helped to keep my skin soft. I’m sure it’s a very common occurance in pregnancy, but my skin has literally been like sandpaper for the past few months; it has been dry, lumpy, a bit flakey and very, very dull. I’m lucky in that I have quite good skin generally so I found it tough trying to find products for a different skin type than I’m used to.

The mask itself is cream based, so it doesn’t have the clay or gel formula you get with a lot of masks, but is very easy to apply and spreads evenly over your skin. I liberally apply it using a makeup brush to make sure I cover all the problem areas and leave it to sit for about a half an hour to an hour, so that it can work its magic. 

Before Application
Unlike some masks, the creamy formula makes this so comfortable to wear and I find it so refreshing on my skin, particularly on days when it is extra dry. I tended to get dull skin every now and then even before I was pregnant, but it has been especially dull lately and this mask has really helped to inject some life back into it.

Apply using small makeup brush
Mask Applied

The hero ingredient in this mask is Mango butter which is rich in fatty acids and is known for re-hydrating the skin and protecting it from dehydration. While sometimes claims like this can be a little far fetched, for me, this mask definitely lives up to the claims because it really works.

Mask after 30 minutes
It made my skin less dry, much softer and smoother, and definitely more hydrated, so it’s a winning product all round for me! I love it and am already half way through the tube.

It’s on the pricer side at €38, but in comparison to some skincare products on the market, I think this is a good price point. So if your skin is in need of some TLC, and you don’t mind splurging a little, then this is definitely worth the investment.

After Mask
Pregnancy skin is a whole new world for me so I’ll be sharing lots more posts with you over the coming months on what I’m using. Some things I’ve tried haven’t been great, but I’ve discovered a few nice products like this one that really have been my saving grace so I’ll be sure to tell you all about them.

In the meantime, if you have any tips for me then please send them my way! I need all the help I can get right now and would love to hear your thoughts.

Sorcha x

Hydro Face Mask by VitaMasques

Although I’ve been keeping up with my daily face routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising while away on my trip, my skin has been feeling very dull and dehydrated. It’s probably from a combination of things – suncream, sun exposure, lack of exfoliation and less face mask use than normal.

Usually at home I would do a face mask at the very least once a week, but here the weeks are flying by and it’s been a good three weeks since I last used one.

Rather than bring a big tub of one of my favourite masks with me, I decided to bring a few sachets of new masks I hadn’t yet tried, one of which was the Hydro Face Mask from a brand called VitaMasques. I got this mask in September’s Glossybox and popped it straight into my suitcase to try out on my travels. 

According to VitaMasques, this mask contains a patented AMF (Artificial Moisturising Factor) which enhances the skin’s ability to retain moisture, and has been formulated to provide hydration and moisture to the skin.

It claims that this AMF will keep the skin hydrated for up to 120 hours, and contains extracts from the Rose of Jericho, which enhances and further optimises moisture retention in the skin.

Some bold claims right? Well, I was happy to discover that this mask is really brilliant. It totally revived my skin and brought it back to life after a dull few weeks.

The mask comes in two parts and feels like a soft silicone. The top part covers the eye and nose area while the second covers the mouth area. I actually really liked this because it meant I could properly apply the mask and spread it evenly over my face without getting too much product on my hands. Unlike most masks, this one should be left on the skin for up to thirty minutes which meant I could sit back, relax and let the formula soak into my skin.

After my thirty minutes was up, I took off the mask then rubbed the left over product on my face into my skin. It instantly felt better, definitely more hydrated and super soft too. And when I woke the next morning I really felt like my skin had been completely revived.

It’s hard to review a product properly after only just one try, but because this worked so well I just had to review it. I think I’ll definitely be purchasing this one in the future.

Sorcha x

Review | Kiehl’s Tumeric & Cranberry Seed Energising Radiance Masque

When it comes to beauty products, one of my favourite things of all time to use is a good face mask. I love nothing more than coming home after a long day, taking off all my makeup and applying a mask to rid my skin of the day’s impurities and it give it a good boost.That, and the fact that I’ll never say no to a bit of pamper time.

My favourite kinds of masks are paste-like masks that once applied, become hard on the skin so you can barely move while wearing it and end look like something out of a horror movie (you know the kind I mean!). For me, I always feel like I’m getting a deeper treatment with these kinds of masks, and there’s something quite spa-like about having them on your face.

This Tumeric & Cranberry Seed Energising Radiance Masque was launched in February of this year but I only got around to trying it out before the Summer. I had been reading a lot of good reviews about it, so of course you all know what I did next. I’m a sucker for a good review so immediately went out to buy it.

As you may have heard me say before, I have a tendency to suffer from dull, dehydrated skin. My skin is dry and because of that, brightening and hydrating products of all kinds have become my best friends over the years. Given this masks claims to invigorate and brighten the skin, it was an obvious choice for me to try out.

The mask is full of gorgeous natural ingredients; Tumeric is known for its anti-bacterial and brightening properties and has been used in products for many years to detox and cleanse skin, while Cranberry is full of anti-oxidants and the seeds provide a gentle exfoliation on application. It also contains some of my favourite oils including Jojoba seed oil, Eucalyptus leaf oil and Peppermint leaf extract. And that’s the first thing you smell when you open the tub.

Maybe it’s a nod to my Mum rubbing Eucalyptus oil on my chest when I was smothering with a cold as a child, but I always get such a homely, comforting feeling from the smell. It’s refreshing and warming all at the same time, and the minute I smelled it, I knew I was going to like it before even putting it on my face.

The texture of the mask is paste-like as mentioned above and has a kind of yellow colour. To use, you apply a thin layer all over (avoiding the eye area as always) and leave for 5-10 minutes to soak into the skin and dry out. (I always tend to leave my masks on for a bit longer, but if you’re not a regular mask user then I wouldn’t recommend this). When you first apply it, your face starts to tingle ever so slightly and I absolutely love this feeling – there is just something so satisfying about actually feeling a product work.

When I’m ready to remove the mask, I lightly splash my face with water a few times then use a good facecloth to remove the excess.

My skin feels so amazing every time I use this, it is smooth, it is soft, it is fresh and bright – everything it claims to do, it does for me. I’m quite good with skin care and do use a lot of brightening products, but the best time to see if a product really works is when it is badly needed Which is what happened this weekend while away for my sister’s wedding.

After very little sleep, and a lot of alcohol over the five days while we were away, my skin was so tired, dehydrated and in need of some TLC. I applied this twice while we were away, the night before the wedding and the night after, and it honestly brought my skin back to life both times. Again, it passed my test with flying colours.

I usually use a mask once to twice a week, but if I feel my skin needs a boost, then sometimes it could be three times a week. Everyone’s skin is different, and you’ll know when you need a boost, but once a week is a good guideline to go by.

The price for the 75ml tub is €34 which to me, is very good value. I really love it. If you’re interested in trying it out, it’s available from the Kiehl’s store in Dundrum or from Debenhams beauty.

If you’ve tried this mask please let me know your thoughts, or if you know of any other good brightening masks then send them my way, a girl can never have too many!

Sorcha x

 

My Faves Part 1: Eve Lom Rescue Mask

Last night as I was applying my favourite face mask for a bit of evening pampering, I decided I would write a blog post about it to share with you all. I have a lot of favourite products that are not new to the market and therefore haven’t written about them, but then I thought, why not write about them? Some of the greatest products out there are classics! So going forward I’ve decided to add a new section to my blog called ‘My Faves’.

For this post, I’m talking about my Eve Lom Rescue Mask. This face mask is by no means new on the market, in fact many of you may have already tried it, but it’s the best one that I’ve come across in a long time and have been using it for over a year now. I apply it usually around every two weeks or so and still love it as much now as the first time I tried it.

The Rescue Mask is made of a clay called Kaolin Clay and contains some great ingredients such as honey and sweet almond. According to Eve Lom; Kaolin Clay (absorbs excess oils and reduces puffiness), Camphor (cools and decongests), Ground Almonds (gently exfoliates) and Honey (conditions the skin).


The mask is quite thick, as you would imagine from any clay mask, and I tend to apply a generous amount all over my face, obviously avoiding my eyes and mouth. The mask smells amazing, and starts to dry into the skin and harden quite quickly after application, so be prepared to sit quietly for ten to fifteen minutes while the mask does its work. The perfect excuse for some quiet time!

After roughly fifteen minutes, I splash some warm water over my face, then using a warm damp muslin cloth, gently wipe and remove the mask from my face.

The softness of my skin after this mask is just incredible, and it also leaves skin looking fresh and glowing. So in other words what I’m saying here, is that Eve Lom is very justified in its product description. It reduces puffiness, it decongests, it exfoliates and it conditions. What more could you need in a mask?!

The 50ml tube that I have will set you back €45 so it’s not cheap, but it will last you around three to six months depending on how often you use it. So given the lasting time, to me that’s not bad.

If you’ve tried this, or decide to try it then I’d love to hear your thoughts, and I’d love to hear about your favourite masks too. As you know, I’m always on the lookout for new things to try so send them on!

Sorcha x