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Review: Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask

Full review of the Sanctuary Thermal mask review over at http://www.emmasblog.co.uk/2016/01/ReviewSanctuary5minuteThermalDetoxMask.html

We all like a shortcut don't we?
 
Sometimes when I don't want to make the effort to be a proper adult I'll eat crisps for tea and iron my shirt with my hair straighteners. That said, when it comes to my skincare routine I'm all about the commitment, even if I'm super tired and just want to lie down in my orange foundation.
 
I think this dedication comes from my 'headbrace and acne' days, which believe it or not wasn't a winning combination for me. After lots of trial and error I finally sorted out my skin, and as long as I look after it really well I only get an occasional breakout every now and then (yay).
 
Anyway, I've been trying a few masks to really up my skincare game and decided hey, I'll give the Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox mask (£10.50) a go because why not? I've never really found a mask that totally blows me away and this one had good reviews, so I decided to buy it and see what I thought.
 
To cut a long story short this now my must have staple mask, and I can't recommend it enough for problematic/oily skin types.
 
Firstly, it's a total dream to use, heating up on the skin when you apply it to really draw out your impurities. I've been using this once a week/every fortnight on my oily patches and it's made a massive improvement to the texture and tone of my face. A small amount really went a long way and as it contains charcoal and kaoloin clay it balanced my skin without any redness or sensitivity too.
 
I absolutely love this mask and can't recommend it enough if you have oily skin that needs a little TLC.
 
Overall rating: 10/10
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Review: Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover


 
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It's really easy to justify spending a lot on skincare because if a product is going to maybe stop my face dropping into my soup one day it's probably a good investment.

With that thought in mind, I have been trawling my way through a lot of 'high end' skincare bits to see if any of them are worthy of holy grail status and the extra investment. One product that caught my eye was Clinique's 'take the day off' makeup remover because it has a million amazing reviews so how can I miss out on that kind of action? 


I already use No 7's remover and have maybe purchased it eight times because ladies it's THAT good, so anything that was going to contend was going to have a pretty hard job. Still, a girls got to dabble and keep her options open, so after using the entire bottle of Clinique's 'take the day off' remover, I'm back with my full review. 

My first impression with Clinique's 'take the day off' was o.m.g I've made myself blind. I kind of missed the memo that it was silicone based so it slid straight into the creases of my eyes and right into my eyeballs (well done Emma). I found the consistency of the remover very hard to get used to at first because it felt really 'oily' and left a thick residue on my face which was pretty hard to remove. 

 I had to wash my face with a cleanser pretty thoroughly to get rid of the remover but the upside of the formula is that it very quickly removed my makeup. It made my makeup just kind of 'slide' off, ready to be washed away with the remover. I barely had to even apply pressure to remove my makeup; the formula just did absolutely all of the work.  

Overall it does the job of removing makeup really well, but I wouldn't purchase it again. The Clinique remover was quite expensive at £18, and the residue it left was a bit of a faff every morning as it was fairly hard to remove. Still if you had the budget for this and didn't mind the extra work of a silicone formula it is really good at removing makeup. For me though, the No 7 remover is just as good at removing makeup, is only £8.50 and I much prefer the feel of the product on my skin and that it's less work involved. 

Overall rating: 7.5/10

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