When Montagne Jeunesse contacted me recently to collaborate with them, I was delighted. I've been buying their masks for years - they're affordable, they have a great range, and they have loads of different types of masks. I can genuinely say that I have put many of these in birthday/get well/new mum hampers over the years - a couple of masks, pair of slipper socks, bar of chocolate and a bottle of wine is one of my go-to "I don't know what to get her" gifts.
With new additions to the line regularly, I was sent two variations to try out.
First up, the Brazilian Mud Fabric Masque, for Nourishing and Replenishing. This contains Brazilian clay and some other natural clays (Kaolin & Montmorillonite). It also contains Avocado oil, Dead sea salt, Acai extract and Aloe Vera leaf juice.
This is a fabric mask, a type I haven't used before. When I opened the packet, I found a little square of clay-soaked material (bamboo fabric). It was easy to unfold and place on my face. It stayed where I put it, it didn't slip or slide off. It felt lovely and cool, and the clay started to dry almost immediately. Mind you, I looked like a Rubberbandit. Or some kind of pig/human hybrid.
Never have I been more aware of my prominent nostrils. Anyway - it felt cooling, it felt tightening but not itchy, and it smelled lovely but not synthetic or overpowering. After leaving it on for the suggested 10-15 minutes (I picked 13) - I massaged whatever was left on my face into my skin and then washed it off with the help of a muslin. My skin definitely felt very soft afterwards, but my forehead felt a little dry.
The second new addition to the range is the 7th Heaven Black Seaweed Peel-Off "Purifying" mask. This is supposedly for ultra-deep cleansing, and is aimed at combination and greasy skin. It contains black Laver Seaweed (from Wales) and crushed Sea Buckthorn berries.
The next time I use one of these I'm going to pour it out into a little dish or bowl, because this time I poured it out into my hand and it was hard to squeeze it into my hand while trying to hold it and apply it. The consistency was thick and gloopy, but it applied well to my face. I may have been a bit generous around my cheeks but I had no application problems other than it going in between my fingers.
I left this one on for the recommended 20-25 minutes, and it felt lovely. It felt ice cold on my face, and it dried well without any major tightening. It was taut, but not very tight. It peeled off like a dream - I lifted a corner at my mouth and it all came off in one go, apart from where I'd been a bit thick over my cheeks and in my eyebrows (try and avoid your eyebrows). My face didn't feel dry afterwards, it felt soft, but I used my moisturiser as usual anyway.
Both of these masks are vegetarian standard and cruelty free. They cost under €2, and they're widely available (several masks from the Montagne Jeunesse range are 4 for €4 at the moment in Boots) - they're genuinely something I do pop into my trolley sometimes along with a bunch of flowers or a hair treatment for a lovely little treat.
If you haven't entered my massive giveaway here - please do. I'm going to pop one of each mask in with the prize too.
In the meantime, if you'd like to try a mask out for yourself, Montagne Jeunesse have very generously provided 30 masks from the new 7th Heaven range for readers of Behind Green Eyes to try. If you're interested, please visit this link to register - you'll be contacted by Montagne Jeunesse directly if you're one of the lucky ones. Enjoy!