I saw this sign on the streets of Bristol this summer and it made me laugh and cry at the same time!
Do we all have mornings when we are just knackered, or is it just me?! A poor sleep, a relentless schedule, being a contestant on “Strictly”, having the kids all ill at the same time, or even if the dish has run away with the spoon; whatever the reason, these mornings are a part of our lives and for me they mean my skin looks and feels fairly bla. It’s Sods Law it’s the days we look the most tired that we need to look our best- an interview, date night or perhaps you’re picking someone special from the airport. OR maybe there’s nothing special going on, you just want to look half decent and go about your day.
Whatever your reason for wanting to improve on “paper-bag face” there’s a certain something I now keep on hand to help. All you need is ten minutes and a bit of facial massage and you’ll see less paper and more pretty. It’s yet another Charlotte Tilbury product, her Goddess Skin Clay Mask and I have to say I quite love it! I know I go on and on about this line but that’s because I’ve discovered some truly outstanding things from it. You’ll see by the state of the packaging that it’s well used and I’m not talking out of my…mask.
Standing by for a skincare 911 call, my Goddess Skin Clay Mask
I was persuaded to try the mask by Miss Tilbury (“and the Award for Name Dropping goes to….”!) herself when during conversation my dialogue veered towards how tired I felt which happens in most conversations these days (16-hour days will do that to a person). Hence a suggestion to try the mask…always the sceptic, but ever the optimist, I did, using the sample packet available from any CT counter, and was very pleasantly surprised. I normally stay away from clay masks because I have dry skin but the addition of oils to this one make it a very soothing product and I’m not left with that “tight” after-mask feeling. I am now a convert and keep this on my top shelf for skin 911 situations.
Charlotte Tilbury developed the mask with her team of scientist and with a large dollop of inspiration from Ibizan women who had beautiful skin into their old age, and who swore by daily clay masks. Here’s the blurb, from the CT website:
“This supercharged Goddess Skin Clay Mask is based on an ancient Mediterranean beauty recipe, which combines gentle yet nutrient-rich Spanish clay with Sweet Almond Oil, prized for its nourishing properties.
Working with the world’s leading laboratories, I took this centuries-old remedy and added the latest anti-age breakthrough ingredients, such as the BioNymph Peptide Complex to create a glow-giving formula your complexion will drink in. Try it using my patented Tilbury Tap Pro-Collagen facial massage for boosted results. Celebrity facialists have been sharing the formula with their clients to use in between treatments leading up to a red carpet appearance. Now everyone can have flawless, glowing Goddess Skin – discover the rebirth of your skin, the results are breathtaking.
The clay mask has a rich and creamy texture
• Spanish clay absorbs oil and helps draw out impurities without drying.
• Sweet Almond and Rosehip Oil nourish and delay signs of skin ageing.
• BioNymph Peptide Complex aids collagen production and improves elasticity.
• Essential oils create a smooth, hydrating formula that never feels chalky or dry.
• Frangipani Flower Extract boasts soothing antiseptic properties and leaves skin looking cashmere-soft”
This Is How You Do It:
On a dry face, apply a fairly generous layer of the creamy and fragrant mask, not getting too close to the eye area.
You too can look a bit Mrs Danvers for ten minutes!
Then go do something for 10 minutes (make healing tea, shower, read British Vogue).
Tis the perfect time to catch up on essential news…
When you’re ready to wash it off, use warm, not hot, water, to emulsify the mask and start the massage technique, which goes something like this…
Upwards motion at all times! Start with the neck
Up and around the jawline to the ears
Very gently, using index finger only, around the eye area in a circular motion, from inner corner to outer
a sweep up from nose to the temple
Iron out those forehead creases…this feels really good!
Give those brows a good pinch from inner to outer corner
Push upwards and outwards at the corners of the mouth
rinse off any remaining mask and dap dry gently with a warm cloth
Mask Off! Feeling soft and plumped up, my tired face is ready to pretend it’s wide awake. Look good, feel better, its not a bad philosophy
The facial massage part of the process is important so please don’t leave out this step as you rinse the mask off. You can do the massage in the shower the shower to save yourself a few minutes if time is of the essence. The process will encourage blood flow to the face (and neck) muscles and may even help to increase collagen production. Be gentle and always remember, Upwards and Outwards!
So Charlotte Tilbury Cosmetics has just announced their top-selling/award-winning products and I was a bit shocked that this wasn’t one of them, hence the honorary mention today. I’ll comment on the winners in due course but I think this should be near the top of the list. It is gentle enough to use on a daily basis if needs be, apparently that’s what those glorious women of Ibiza did but I don’t think they were as busy as we are; I use it maybe three times a week and am happy with that.
The mask retails at a mid to high price point, but I do think the skincare in this line is remarkable value for your hard-earned money, and it’s certainly not at La Mer or Sisley prices. The one thing I have to mention is that the mask is quite fragrant, with frangipani oil as one of it’s ingredients, so if that’s an issue it might not be the mask for you. I do find it strong, but more pleasant than not and once the mask is off it dissipates as you go about your regular skincare and makeup routine. If you’re not sure whether you’d love it or not: remember to ask for a sample at the counter! and if you ever order anything from them online, you can request two free samples included with every purchase, quite a brilliant idea. You get a good amount in the sample packet, definitely enough to let you decide whether you want a full size one in your life.
Mask On, Mask Off Glossaholics, and grasshoppers! Here’s to more beautiful days and less “you still look tired” ones! By the way, people who like to tell you how tired you look deserve to be….shunned. At the very least. It’s never a compliment and as my grandma would have said, “if you’ve nothing nice to say…
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