9 June 2014

From My Stash | 5 Face Masks

Face Masks - Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask, Ren Clarimatte Invisible Pores Detox Mask, Cattier Green Clay Face Mask

Having combination skin is a pain in the neck.  You basically have to deal with dry skin and oily skin problems.  I’m going to share my top 5 face masks that are currently working for my skin issues.


This is one of my all-time favourite masks.  I have dedicated a full post to this mask here.  To sum it up, if you suffer from any kind of dryness, want your skin too look plump and fresh or just love incredibly amazing smelling products – you need this in your life! 


I love Ren skincare.  They know skin and their products reflect that.  I started using Ren’s Glycolactic Radiance Renewal mask last year, and haven’t looked back since.  My interest stemmed from researching into products that help with hyperpigmentation.  This mask is designed to renew complexion as the acids in it (Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid and Tartaric Acid) exfoliate and removes dead skin cells.  It also combats congestions and blocked pores helping with my oily skin issues.

It comes with a muslin cloth to remove the mask and again exfoliate the skin gently.  It has a marmalade texture and doesn’t dry out on the skin.  It doesn’t tingle my skin at all, however if you have sensitive skin, you may want to test it out first.

I find that my skin is super smooth after using this and skin tone does look even over multiple uses.  It lasts a very long time, so it’s great value for money; another indispensable product in my stash.


Another brand that I love for their skincare range.  The manuka honey mask deep cleanses your skin without drying your skin out.  This is brilliant if you have combination/oily skin like me.  The mask has a really light creamy texture, and smells very fresh and spa-like.  It doesn’t dry out like traditional masks, but just sets which is easy enough to remove with a muslin cloth or face cloth.  I always find it helps clear up any blemishes threatening to come out and soothes red, angry ones!  My skin feels really soft and moisturised afterwards.  Great mask to use once a week for clarifying.


Can you tell my oily skin needs a lot of cleansing?  I use this Ren mask fortnightly, as I find this to be more ‘extracting’ than the Antipodes one.  This is a thicker mud mask, dries on your skin to a powdery texture.  A little tip, don’t go near food as this is drying, the powder sort of ‘flakes’.  What I find really satisfying is that you can actually see the mask has ‘extracted’ sebum out of your pores.  Really makes me feel like my skin has had a thorough cleaning!  I have a full review here if you want to know more.

Cattier Green Clay Face Mask

Apologies, as this mask is unfortunately not available in the UK.  I came across this mask on Caroline Hirons blog, so I was curious to try it.  I got this from Paris last year and have enjoyed using it when my skin has played up.  I don’t use this as regularly but when my skin just isn’t behaving and nothing else seems to work; this good old clay mask seems to do the job.  It does dry out to the point where you can’t move your face, but it was about €5 so can’t complain!  If you’re in Paris, check it out!


Have you tried any of the face masks mentioned?  What’s your favourite face mask?  Leave a comment below or tweet me @aspiring_london! 
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