Friday, 6 February 2015

The Body Shop - Bouncy Sleeping Mask

I'm not a huge beauty type person - don't get me wrong, I love makeup and I own an insane amount of it, but I've always been poor at remembering to cleanse, tone and moisturise. I've been getting better lately (hell, I even remember to use eye cream these days - my forty year old self better be thankful given the amount of time it takes me to wash my face) and so when Ash suggested at The Body Shop Event that there was an extra step that could really help, I decided to take a shot on it and picked up The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask.

Bouncy Sleeping Mask

A lot of people on Twitter have been talking about this and asking about whether it's worth the money and I feel like it's biggest advocate, it's seriously killed me to wait the week fair test period to try this out properly before I talk about it - but I have figured out some finer points in that time. I'll be honest, I bought this not because of the benefits as much as me and Katy were completely fascinated by the feel. This is really hard to scoop up with your fingers, it's almost like starting to set PVA glue in the tub, and I love it. It comes with a plastic spoon to scoop out about the right amount, which is helpful as sometimes it's like pushing it away with your fingers instead of getting any out. I also like that it's not "wet" like a lot of heavier moisturizers - I so nearly used the word moist, couldn't bring myself to do it - because I am prone to spilling literally everything on my bedsheets (get your minds out of the gutter). I tip my hat to the fact I don't have to get up out of bed to wash this off as you sleep in the mask, it's the ultimate lazy girl skincare helper - you do have to wait a decent ten minutes for it to start to soak in before you settle down, though.

This goes on as the last step of your skincare routine at night, so after moisturiser - which felt a bit weird and foreign to me, but seems to work. I've been using it alongside Hydraluron Moisture Jelly and it seems to work wonders, I'd be tempted to say it's the mask doing most of the hard work though, I've used Hydraluron in the past and results were pretty negligible. I have some niggles with this, and they're things that seem stupid but do somewhat take the shine off the product - the first is that the sticky nature of this product means stuff does get caught up in it in the jar, fluff off bedsheets, hair (if you're anything like me that seems to moult regularly)... I know, pretty picture right? It's also sticky on the skin, which isn't that bad if you sleep on your back, but I'm prone to sleeping on my front with my head tipped sideways, and sometimes I feel like I'm peeling my face away from the pillow when I move around.

Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask Inside

Is it worth the £22? I'm going to say yes - although I think I got discount on this at the event, but I can't find the receipt to confirm - I have combination skin and this has worked wonders; my skin is smoother, brighter and does look refreshed (The Body Shop have also promised it would be more bouncy, but I'm not sure how to measure that, so I'm going to go for a massive question mark on that one.) You get a lot of product for your money, and I've barely made a dent in the pot in the last week of generous use - although, admittedly, it's hard to tell as this is a lot like Illamasqua Hydraveil in that it resettles after you mix it up. It's, as people have rightly said, a lot more than you'd expect to pay in The Body Shop, but even with the niggly bits I have issues with, it's well worth the money - this is territory that The Body Shop haven't really strayed into before, new, unique product with the ability to gain cult following.

Have you tried The Body Shop's Bouncy Sleeping Mask? Will you be buying it?

Sammy xo.

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