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I was sent a Casmara Algae peel off mask to review a little while ago, but I waited for a while to test it out. Mostly because I had face to face blog pitches, and other places to go out and I’ve had mixed experiences of face masks in the past.
With previous face masks they have sometimes made my skin lovely and soft and clear, or they’ve brought me out in a lot of spots. I really don’t think I can pull off the spotty teenager look any more, so I was a little wary and wimped out a little.
However I shouldn’t have worried as my skin was fine and didn’t react. The mask I was sent to try was the purifying one from the Casmara range of masks, which is for ‘refreshing, detoxifyng and purifying’.
Anyway before I tell you what I thought I’ll show you what you need to do with the mask, as it’s a little different that the basic ones I’ve done before.
Firstly I had to tie my hair up out of the way.
I used 3/4 of the provided purifying oxygenating serum to get my skin ready, then I needed to use the lid from the pot to mix the two sachets of the face mask together using the spatula provided. This is where I went a teeny bit wrong, I didn’t mix it for long enough so my mixture was a little bit lumpy still as I put it on my face.
However, it still worked okay.. I just looked even more silly than I was expecting
- Not my best look ;)
Despite the more lumpy than it should be texture, the mask went on easily. I would stick to putting it on in the bathroom for the first time though if you try it yourself, as I did find it a little messy. Although it says to add the mask over you eyelids, I didn’t as I didn’t like the idea of having my eyes stuck shut, but that’s personal preference.
When I had the mask on I couldn’t resist getting up to a bit of mischief. I tried to scare the boys by going into their room like it, but failed as they’re used to me winding them up by now and just wanted to know what I’d done to my face. If you look on my Instagram you can see their reactions.
Then when the mask was almost dry I realised that Harley was talking to one of his friends on FaceTime on his iPad, so I snuck in and suddenly appeared on screen for his friend – who screamed and ran off. I may have cried from laughter a little bit, and his friend was back talking to him straight away so I’m pretty sure I didn’t traumatise him too much.
Whilst the mask was drying it felt a little tight, but not in a horrible way, it was actually quite relaxing lying back waiting for it to dry – in between scaring children. Once it was dry and I’d waited 25 minutes – it says to wait at least 15, it peeled off really easily.
I then used the last 1/4 of the serum to seal my skin. My skin felt a lot softer after the mask, and even better several open pores and yucky blackheads on my chin seem to have disappeared.
The only thing I’d say the mask creators could have improved on is that there’s enough mixture for two masks in the sachets, and unless two of you are doing the masks it is a bit of a waste, so extra sachets with less in and two masks worth still would seem better to me.
However other than that, I really liked the mask and I’d definitely use another one again next time my skin needs a bit of a detox. When you first open it, it does look complicated with the amount of things of separate parts, but really it was very simple and easy to do – just mix it for longer than I did!
You can buy this range of Casmara face masks from Amazon.
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*I was given this face mask for free to review, but as always my opinions and thoughts are my own*