15 March 2012

Battle of the Berry Face Masks

When it comes to face masks, I don't like to splurge too much, in fact, I don't like to splurge at all. The majority of the time, they contain ingredients that can just as easily be found in your kitchen cupboard. If you know me, you'll know I like to be as natural as possible with the products I use, and so when I feel my skin needs a treatment, I tend to make my own, this way I know which ingredients are really going into the mask and onto my skin.

Berries come in all different size, shapes, colours and tastes but most of them are all known for containing anti-oxidants. Not only is this important for the body on the inside, aiding in the protection of cells against radical damage, but it also works wonders for the skin on the outside too. Although I much prefer to whip up a face mask myself, I have tried a few berry based treatments in different variations, (it's nice to have a treat every once in a while, isn't it?!) that I thought I'd share my thoughts on.

Neal's Yard Power Berry Facial Mask
I purchased this quite a while ago, but however many times I seemed to have use it, I still haven't been able to use it up, probably because such a little goes a long way. I have no idea why I purchased this in the first place, for £24.50 I think it's probably one of the most expensive skincare items I've ever tried. I hadn't read any reviews previous to buying it, but something about the description drew me in. This mask claims to 'boost radiance and protect youthful skin'.  It is 93% organic and contains acai, blueberry, cranberry and grape, and is mineral oil, paraben, silicone free. I love the consistency of this mask, the texture is a gel, although it is quite gritty from the berry seeds. When it comes to removing it, it transforms into an milk lather and gently exfoliates the skin. It truly leaves gives my face an instant, radiant glow and is deeply nourishing. I don't think it's something I'd ever repurchase, purely because of the price tag, but it was definitely nice as a treat.

LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask
This was the first face mask I had ever tried from LUSH and seeing as I had 5 empty black pots to trade in, I figured why not. The consistency of this was much thicker, and slightly harder to apply. The Catastrophe Cosmetic says it will calm and cleanse the skin, again containing anti-oxidant and vitamin rich blueberries, to help reduce inflammation and have an antiseptic effect on any blemishes. The smell isn't anything special, and I don't like how easily it flakes and crumbles with a single facial expression once it has set, but I do like the fact that it doesn't contain any preservatives, which means it does have to be kept chilled and used within about 2 weeks. Again, it left my skin looking refreshed and it helped clearing a few little blemishes up! It's a lot cheaper at £5.75 but don't forget to keep your empties in order to get one free!

Lady Soma Antioxidant Berry Masque
I was sent this face mask to try, again the description drew me in and I was looking forward to trying it. I slathered it over my skin and within a few minutes, it began to sting. I decided to keep it on figuring it might just be 'doing its thing' and the natural ingredients were working. When it came to taking it off after 10 minutes, my cheeks and forehead were quite sore and irritated. I immediately contacted the company and told them what had happened, they assured me that the reaction was completely normal. My skin can be quite sensitive to new products so I decided to give it another go. As the mask is more suitable for combination skin and for those who suffer from hyper-pigmentation, large pores and/or dry, rough skin, I was recommended to just try it on the nose area, I also used it on my chin. This time, it didn't sting or irritate and left those areas feeling deeply cleansed, brightened and smooth. I have used it several times since then and haven't had any more problems, so I would only recommend this mask if you do have a combination skin type and would say it isn't particularly suitable for sensitive skins. The consistency is a much smoother cream, applies and removes easily and honestly smells good enough to eat! It contains blueberry, cranberry and pomegranate, and once again is free from those chemical nasties! This mask is available online at ladysoma.com for $32.99 (offer international shipping).

What is your favourite face mask to use? Have you ever attempted your own DIY version?!



  1. The Lush face mask is one of my favourites i love all their face masks though :)

  2. out of all those face masks Ive only tried the Lush one and it worked pretty nice , but since I dont have a Lush near me well its kinda hard to get it , and once I do its a hassle I have to put them in an ice chest so they wont go bad and wow its a journey

  3. I love the Lady Soma masque - I have VERY OIL skin and its the only masque that totally takes the oil off my face! Great review!

  4. So what are the results on the LUSH face mask? Did it really do what it claims to do? Did you see any immediate, or later, visible changes?
    I'd really like to try more of their fresh masks. I tried the Outifix, not easy to apply either, and didn't work. Got more break outs out of it instead...

    1. It took a few uses to really notice any results, it helped clear up a few imperfections here and there, and definitely left my skin looking a lot brighter. Oh no, I was looking to try that one next, think I'll give that a miss now, thanks for letting me know! xx

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