3 x Face Masks to Plump, Soothe and Hydrate

I've recently moved house during which any form of pampering went out the window, so once I make my way through unpacking the last few (57) cardboard boxes, some self tlc will most definitely be happening. I find leave-on face masks one of the easiest ways to do this... I slather one on as I fall into or out of bed and let it do its thing, zero effort required. I know we're officially meant to 'tissue off' any excess, but why waste a drop? Here are three of my personal favourites, depending on my skin's needs on any given day.

PLUMPING: Purelogicol Triple Helix Collagen Boosting Mask

This feels incredibly luxurious on the skin and is great to plump and smooth before a special occasion or to help fake a few hours extra sleep the morning after. Made with natural plant extracts, essential oils and vitamins, it repairs and hydrates skin while adding extra glow. If I could only have one face mask, it would most likely be this one.

SOOTHING: Ren Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask

As the name suggests, this is one I reach for when my skin looks or feels a little angry or sensitive, which it's prone to more often than I'd like. Designed to protect skin's protective moisture barrier, I find it both calming and soothing, particularly during rosaceous flare-ups.

HYDRATE: Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Mask

I was hooked on this mask made with calming botanicals and antioxidant vitamins from first use... it does exactly as the name suggests and as a dehydration sufferer (is anyone not?!) it's become an essential for me. I'm not sure how often it should be used, but I apply several times a week as it really does deliver the deep hydration my skin craves.

What's your favourite face mask?


Clarins (Secret) Face Contour Palette

Clarins Face Contour Palette is the perfect pick for those who like to add colour and dimension to their face without anyone knowing about it... the Secret Contour if you like, exactly how I think contour should be worn. I'm really not a fan of contouring per se, though totally get that it looks great on certain face shapes. On my face, additional angles are not required and on most, it's an unnecessary extra step best left to the pros (in my humble opinion).

So why blog about the newest contour palette on the block? Because for me it's a great multi-tasking face palette with bronze, blush and powder in one, perfect for those of us who appreciate de-faffing on a busy morning. It works well on light to medium skin tones and anyone who enjoys quite a natural makeup look.

All three powders are matte - and while I'd personally prefer the lightest shade to have a satin finish, it works just fine as a setting powder and even better swirled with the bronzer for an extra subtle look, making it versatile all year around. The blusher is a pretty, soft rose pink, similar to the shade my cheeks go when naturally flushed (always a good gauge).

Above are finger swatches of all three shades - the lightest, slightly vanilla in tone, barely visible. The bronze looks slightly orange here, but appears lighter and more neutral on my face - and I'd say the pink is a touch more blue toned in real life.

These are the swatches blended out with a brush to give you more of an idea how they look applied, though I use less of the bronze shade in particular. Speaking of brushes, the palette includes a good quality one, but as ever I prefer to use my regular brushes.

In summary, the powders are finely milled, easy to blend and skin flattering. I use the bronze to add a tiny bit of warmth, the lightest shade on my T-zone and the blush on apples of cheeks. The palette is both glam and sturdy with a good mirror, great for on the go and I think best for light to medium skins. I've been using it most days for the past month or so and it's been the first to distract me from my trusty Givenchy Lune Rose blush in a looong time.

Clarins Face Contour Palette is available now.

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