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Montagne Jeunesse Exotic Fruits Collection


The lovely folks over at natural skin care company Montagne Jeunesse recently launched their latest face mask collection, Exotic Fruits, and I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to try the range for myself.  There are three Exotic Fruit Face Masks available; Dragon Fruit Sauna, Paw Paw Peel Off and Prickly Pear Peel Off, all of which are animal friendly and suitable for vegetarians like me.

The first thing that struck me about these masks when I received them, other than the eye-catching, colourful packaging, was the size of the sachets.  They are slightly smaller in size to the Montagne Jeunesse sachets that I’m used to, but they still contain a generous amount of product which is more than enough for one application, so you’re not getting ripped off!

As soon as I saw it I really, really wanted to try the Dragon Fruit Sauna mask as it is self heating, and I absolutely love Montagne Jeunesse’s self heating Hot Chocolate mask, but this one contains kiwi which I’m allergic to, so I will be passing this mask on to a lucky someone at some point.  So, the mask I will be featuring in this post is the Prickly Pear Peel Off.

The Prickly Pear Peel Off is described as being a ‘Shockingly Juicy Skin Boost’, and contains nourishing, natural ingredients from unusual fruits which are included to tackle blemishes.  The Prickly Pear extracts are rich in minerals and Vitamin C, which help to soften and smooth the skin, and the second fruity ingredient, Mangosteen, is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory spot fighting properties.  The mask also contains Melon, which is rich in Vitamin A and cleansing antioxidants.

The product itself is really quite pleasing to the eye, as well as the nose.  It is a bright pinky purple colour which, in all honesty, I would LOVE as a nail varnish shade, and it smells absolutely divine.  The sweet smell of pear comes through really strongly, but not overwhelmingly, and other fruits such as the melon come through too.  It smells and feels so light and fresh – it’s just lovely, and a nice little flashback to summer!

As with all Montagne Jeunesse masks, application is simple.  After washing your face with warm water, you simply smooth it on with clean hands and then relax for 15-20 minutes whilst it dries.  I found that the smaller size of the sachet meant that, for some reason, it was a lot easier to squeeze the mask out of the sachet without making a mess.  It’s really important to create an even layer of mask on your face when applying so it dries evenly, and this was also very easy to do as the thicker areas showed up darker, so I just evened these areas out whilst it was still wet.

When I first applied the mask it made my skin burn slightly, which obviously worried me a little bit, but after 5 minutes or so the burning sensation calmed down and my face was left feeling cooled and invigorated.  I’m not sure what caused the burning sensation but I have been using medicated gel on my face lately, which can make my skin feel quite sore, so it could have been down to that.

After 20 minutes the mask was completely dry but it didn’t go tight at all like some masks do, which is great.  It also peeled off really easily (but unfortunately not in one piece so I wasn’t left with a ghost face to scare anyone with!).  After use my skin felt amazingly soft and I didn’t need to use any moisturiser afterwards as it added moisture to my skin rather than taking it away.  In fact, the next morning my face still felt as soft as it did after using the mask, which is pretty good going.

The whole Exotic Fruits Collection is available on Montagne Jeunesse’s website, as well in Asda and Boots, and each sachet costs just £1.29 – a small price to pay for such a fruity little treat!

Have you tried this range yet?

Naomi x

Chocolate Treat Week: Skin, Bath and Body


In my first Chocolate Treat Week post I will be sharing with you the very best chocolate scented skin care, bath and body products that I have been using lately.  Whenever I have the house to myself of an evening I like nothing better than to run myself a relaxing bath and treat myself with an indulgent beauty regime, and the following four items are the perfect products for a chocolate themed pamper session.

Bathe with… Handmade Soaps Chocolate Bath Treats

I recently discovered a fab little company called Handmade Soaps, who stock and sell a large range of soaps, bath bombs, bath melts and gift sets, all of which are very appealing to the eye as well as the nose.  Among their range they have quite a few wonderful chocolate scented bombs, melts and sets.  The chocolate products pictured above are (clockwise from the top): Chocoholics Gift Set, Fruity Creamy Bath Bar, Chocolate Bath Meltz, Sink the Pink Bath Bomb, Very Berry Bath Creamer, Love Cloud Bath Creamer and Chocolate Ballotin Gift Set.

I have a lot of bath products from Handmade Soaps so I haven’t tried all of them yet, but my favourite so far has to be the Chocolate Bath Meltz, which costs £2 for one melt.  As you can see, it looks absolutely lovely – almost like a fancy chocolate truffle, especially with the cute little chocolate heart sitting on top!  The melt combines Cocoa and Arabica Coffee to give it its rich chocolatey aroma and colour, and also contains Lavender and Ylang Ylang essential oils for added relaxation.  I used this melt over the weekend and it really is glorious.  I popped it into the water just before the bath was full and then got straight in.  I recommend doing this as it’s when the melt fizzes that you are met with its beautiful scent.  Unlike some bath products that I’ve tried, this one doesn’t fizz too violently so you don’t get bombarded by the bomb whilst you’re trying to relax.  In fact, I actually found it quite therapeutic watching it spin in the water!  My favourite thing about the Chocolate Bath Meltz is how intensely moisturising it is.  I really wasn’t expecting such a dainty melt to have much effect on my skin, but it made my skin feel creamy and smooth even when I was still in the water, which resulted in long-lasting softness – impressive!

Handmade Soaps pride themselves on their customer service so if you decide to order anything from them you won’t be disappointed!  They deliver their items quickly and they even have a ‘remarkable wrapping’ policy so everything you receive will be as beautifully wrapped as possible.  Everything they sell is already reasonably priced, but Handmade Soaps have been kind enough to give me a special discount code to share with you so that you can get 10% off everything you order!  The code is ‘bewitchery10‘ – just enter it at the checkout to get your 10% discount.

Exfoliate with…  Betty Buff ‘Scrummy Choco’ Sugar Scrub

As I’ve mentioned in several of my previous posts, Betty Buff‘s Sugar Scrubs are my absolute favourite go-to exfoliators.  All of Betty Buff’s scrubs are high-quality and handmade to vintage recipes.  They contain no parabens or artificial colours and fragrances either, so are excellent for use on sensitive skin like mine. 

As well as containing granulated sugar, Evening Primrose Oil, honey and glycerine, ‘Scrummy Choco‘ is made with 100% cocoa which gives it an incredible scent.  As Betty Buff says, it really does smell ‘good enough to eat’ (but please don’t!), almost like a chocolate brownie or uncooked cake mix…  It honestly made my mouth water when I first smelt it!

I have been using this for a while now and the effects are very noticeable.  The cocoa makes the scrub delicately moisturising, and always leaves my skin feeling silky smooth, and my dry patches caused by the drying summer weather have all vanished!  Due to the rich colour of the scrub it also leaves a light brown sheen on the skin, which sounds odd but actually looks great, especially if you already have a tan you want to accentuate.

Betty Buff ‘Scrummy Choco’ Sugar Scrub comes in three different sizes.  The size pictured is the 150ml version, which costs £6.50, but there’s also a 250ml tub available for £8.00 and a 100ml sampler for £4.00.  A little goes a long way with Betty’s scrubs so each size is fantastic value for money.  If you’d like to try it for yourself, which I highly recommend you do, you can purchase it here.

Moisturise with… Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Rich Feeling Lotion

Vaseline’s Cocoa Radiant Rich Feeling Lotion is ideal for those who aren’t too keen on beauty products with a strong chocolatey aroma or appearance.  The lotion is pale in colour and delicately scented with cocoa beans so it isn’t overpowering, and it also has a very delicate formula.

Cocoa Radiant is rich like a body butter, but also lovely and light so it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.  It absorbs quickly without being greasy, rather, it leaves behind a soft creaminess which makes skin feel healthy and supple.  I like to use this after exfoliating and also after shaving as it is protective so prevents any drying or soreness.  What I love most about this lotion is how long the scent lingers…  After a day of wear I can always still smell a sweet tinge of cocoa on my skin which is nicely comforting.

Vaseline’s Cocoa Radiant is currently on offer for £2.63 in Superdrug for a 400ml bottle, which is a massive bargain for such a quality product so grab it cheap while you still can!

Cleanse with… Montagne Jeunesse Hot Chocolate Self Heating Face Mask

After a relaxing bath and moisturising session, a face mask is the perfect way to finish an evening of pampering.  Now that Autumn is here and the weather is getting colder, it’s time to step away from the cooling masks and use something a bit more seasonal…  So, what’s better than a self heating mask?  Montagne Jeunesse’s Hot Chocolate Self Heating Face Mask is currently top of my face mask list as everything about it is luscious and screams ‘me time’!

I used this mask last night and couldn’t get enough of it.  The formula is fairly thick, basically like melted chocolate, so it is a little bit difficult to apply but it is well worth the effort.  As soon as it touches your skin it heats up to a comfortable temperature which feels incredible and helps to soothe tired skin and muscles.

The mask is scented with cocoa and orange – a winning combination in my eyes (and nose).  The orange cuts through the sweetness of the chocolate to give a decadent scent which makes for a delicious fifteen minutes of wear, and a good few hours of gorgeous smelling skin.

The mask stays wet and doesn’t dry like a conventional clay mask so it is quite easy to wash off, but its deep colour can make a mess so make sure you use an old towel!  Like all of Montagne Jeunesse’s products, their Hot Chocolate mask is vegetarian and natural, and it contains orange oil which is refreshingly moisturising.  As such, the mask is extremely nourishing to the point that you don’t need to use any moisturiser after wearing it.

Montagne Jeunesse’s Hot Chocolate Self Heating Mask is available on their website for £1.09 per sachet, but I’ve also seen it in Wilkinson, Asda, Superdrug and Boots.  I only used half a sachet for one application so you could get two uses out of it if you’re lucky, which is always a bonus.

The Last Rolo…

The Last Rolo is where I hand over the last few words of each Chocolate Treat Week blog post to another blogger.  In the run up to Chocolate Treat Week I asked five of my favourite bloggers a couple of questions about their favourite chocolate treats, and today’s answers come from Donah of Sweetjellybean.

Can you recommend any chocolate scented, flavoured or themed beauty/fashion products?

Although I try to not use any products that are chocolate scented (as I’ve had enough of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter when I was pregnant!), these days, I’ve been indulging myself with Leor’s Chocolate Truffle Body Lotion. Surprisingly, this doesn’t smell as strong as Palmer’s but still has that lovely chocolate aroma that isn’t distracting. so yes, I definitely would recommend this to anyone, who can’t stand Palmers’ but still love to indulge themselves in a chocolate-flavoured product.

What is your favourite chocolate treat to eat, and why?

Toffee Crisp! Can’t get enough of this when I was pregnant (a hush-hush since I was not supposed to eat this, so this is my guilty pleasure haha) But I definitely don’t mind having one bar or two every week.

Thanks for reading my first Chocolate Treat Week post – I hope you enjoyed it!  If you did, please come back tomorrow to read all about chocolate hair products.

Naomi x

*I was kindly gifted the Handmade Soap Bath products and the Betty Buff ‘Scrummy Choco’ Sugar Scrub by their respective companies for review purposes.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

Montagne Jeunesse Glacial Clay Spa Fabric Mask


You may remember that last month I introduced you all to Montagne Jeunesse’s new range of Clay Spa fabric masks.  I wrote an in-depth review of the wonderful Dead Sea Mud Spa Mask, and today I will share my thoughts on the Glacial Clay Spa mask!  I’d been saving this one to use on a day when I felt I really deserved a treat, so after a feeling stressed and poorly earlier this week I decided to indulge.

Like the Dead Sea Mud mask, the Glacial Clay Spa is a fabric mask, but this one is infused with ‘Real Clay, Arctic Cloudberry & Red Grape’.  The active ingredients are specially chosen for their cleansing and anti-oxidant properties and are all vegetarian and animal friendly (Montagne Jeunesse are approved by PETA, BUAV and the Vegetarian Society).

Out of all the masks I have used, this is the quickest and easiest to use, and probably the most effective.  It comes in one fabric piece, with eye, nose and mouth holes already cut out, so all you have to do is place it on your face, press it down and relax for 15 minutes.  Who knew effective skincare could be so effortless?!

Now, I know you all want to know what it looks like, so I have put my reputation on the line to show you just how silly it makes you look!

Gorgeous, right?  To be honest I find it pretty hilarious (not that it gives you much freedom of movement to laugh haha).  Anyway, onto the important stuff…

The glacial clay that forms the basis of the mask is fantastically cooling and makes your face feel instantly refreshed.  The coolness also tightens your skin and soothes any soreness or redness, which does wonders for your complexion.  My face didn’t feel irritated at all whilst wearing the mask, so I was able to completely relax and enjoy the beautiful scent of the mask (my mum says it smells like summer).  After 15 minutes, I removed the fabric and washed any excess clay from my skin with warm water, massaging in a circular motion as I did so.  I didn’t even need to use any moisturiser after wearing the mask as it didn’t cause any dryness.  Rather, it made my face look visibly rejuvenated.

I can’t recommend these fabric masks highly enough and I’ll definitely be purchasing some more.  If you want to try anything from Montagne Jeunesse’s Clay Spa skin care range, you can purchase individual masks for £1.49 each (BARGAIN) from the Montagne Jeunesse website, or they are now available in Boots.  They’ll also be in ASDA as of September.

Have you tried these masks yet?

Naomi x

*I was sent this Glacial Clay Spa Mask by Montagne Jeunesse for review purposes.  All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.  Some affiliate links have been used.


Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes Shine Control Mud Mask


After some delay, here is my final review in the Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes series, and today I’ll be reviewing the Shine Control Mud Mask.

The sachet contains two different products – An Argan Oil and Acai Berry deep cleansing mud mask and a balancing moisturiser.  The mask (left) is beigey orange in colour, almost like a foundation, and quite thick in consistency, and the moisturiser (right) is also quite thick, and has the appearance of an average white moisturiser.

The mask applies pretty much the same as any other mud mask – slap it on, leave for 15 to 20 minutes and wash off.  What makes this mask special though is the added moisturiser.  This mask targets greasy skin and helps to combat shine.  You’d expect such a formula to leave your skin feeling dry, and you’d expect a moisturiser to add too much grease, but this isn’t the case.  The moisturiser is perfectly formulated to hydrate your face without making it oily.  You really get the right balance with this treatment!

My favourite thing about the Shine Control Mask is by far the scent.  It’s hard to describe as it’s unlike any other product I’ve tried, yet it still smells familiar.  It’s sweet, earthy and fresh all rolled into one and I couldn’t stop sniffing the sachet!  I even got my mum to sniff my face haha.

I wish I could say I’ve saved the best mask until last, but I’m afraid I can’t.  The sachet says to leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes, which I did, plus an extra minute or two, and I really wish I hadn’t!  The mask was really hard to remove, even with warm water, and it made my face go red and feel really sore and horrible.  Even now, almost an hour later, my face still hurts :(  Maybe it’s because I don’t have greasy skin so it was a bit harsh on my skin type!  Even so, my skin feels nice and soft.  I’d advise washing this off before it dries completely though, or you’ll probably have the same trouble as me.

Overall, I still adore Montagne Jeunesse skin care products.  They feel like a real treat after a long day, and for just £1.49 you can’t go wrong!  These masks are available online or in ASDA stores, and to top it all off they’re vegetarian and animal friendly – excellent!

Naomi xx


Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes T-Zone Peel Off Mask


I thought it was about time for another Montagne Jeunesse review, so tonight I’ll be telling you all about my experience with the NEW Skin Heroes T-Zone Peel Off Mask!  I used this last night before I went to bed, and I was rather excited about trying it as I’d never used a Montagne Jeunesse peel off before.  Like most of the Skin Heroes range, the mask is applied in two stages.  The first stage is obviously the mask, which contains Tea Tree, Willowherb and Witch Hazel to calm the skin and clean away any impurities, and the second stage is a soothing moisturiser.

For once, I thought the sachet contained the perfect amount of mask.  I found it to be a bit messy at first as it was quite runny, so kept dripping between my fingers, but I got it all on my face eventually!  It wasn’t too sticky either so the bits I got in my hair came out easily.  The mask had a very powerful cooling effect on my face.  At first I was a bit dubious because it was so tingly and I thought I was having an allergic reaction, but once it settled down I found the cold tingle to be quite pleasant and refreshing – it definitely wakes you up!  The sachet recommends that you leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes, but it wasn’t quite dry after 20 minutes, so I left it on for an extra 10 before peeling it off.  I always enjoy peeling masks off for some strange reason, and I challenge myself to see whether I can get it all off in one piece, and I pretty much succeeded with this one!  (Tip: The ghost face you’re left with can be quite amusing to scare people with haha).  There was a lot of dead skin left on the mask when I peeled it off so it obviously does its job, which is all you can ask really!  Definitely top marks for this stage.

Next step was the moisturiser.  There was far too much in the sachet for one application (I think I used about half of it), but it’s a great quality moisturiser – not too greasy, smells gorgeous (almost minty) and very softening.  I almost wish you could buy a big bottle of it as I’d probably invest in some!

I really liked the T-Zone Peel Off mask overall.  It’s definitely more fun than the clay ones, and a lot easier to remove, but it didn’t leave my skin as soft as the clay masks do.  I’d still use it again though as a quick fix, or to wake me up!  If you want to try any Montagne Jeunesse skin care products, you can buy them online, or in ASDA, for £1.49 per sachet (RRP).

Naomi xx

PS. Don’t forget that Montagne Jeunesse are animal friendly too!  All of their products are vegetarian and approved by BUAV, PETA and the Vegetarian Society, which is one of the reasons I absolutely love this brand :)

Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes Dry Skin Mask


As I mentioned here, this morning I received my package of Skin Heroes products from Montagne Jeunesse, and since I’m having a Friday night in, I thought I’d treat myself to a little pamper session using one of the masks!  The first mask I’ll be reviewing is the Dry Skin Mask.  According to the packaging, the mask combines Raspberries, Blueberries and Red Grapes which ‘are high in anti-oxidants that protect and replenish’.  One thing I love about Montagne Jeunesse is that their skin care products are full of natural ingredients where possible, which are delicate on the skin – great for someone like me with sensitive skin!  They’re also vegetarian friendly which is an added bonus.

The Dry Skin Mask comes in a sachet containing two products – 15g of Ultra Moisturising Mask (Left), and 3g of Rehydrating Skin Serum (Right).

The instructions for use are as follows…

Firstly, submerge skin in this creamy souffle and let the super fruits explode into action.

So this is what I did!  After removing my make up and washing my face, I applied the mask liberally to dry skin and left it to work its magic for a good 15-20 minutes, as the packaging suggests!  There was a generous amount of mask in the sachet for one application – I smothered it on and was still left with some excess.  The mask smells a bit like fruit yoghurt which is lovely, but I found it also had a slight whiff of something else, I’m not sure what, but it wasn’t too nice.  Luckily that subsided after a while!

As the mask dried it felt refreshingly cooling, and didn’t go tight and crumbly like a lot of masks do.  When it came to removing the mask, it came off easily with warm water and a flannel.  I patted my face dry with a clean towel and moved onto to step two, which helps you to…

   rehydrate with this follow on serum of crushed Blueberries and pulped Raspberries, an anti-oxidant frenzy.

Initially, I didn’t think the 3g of serum would be enough to moisturise my face with, but it is so rich it was almost too much!  It took a while to fully massage in but I got there eventually.  The skin on my face usually gets very dry and itchy when I use face masks, so I was worried that this would do the same despite its claims, but I was proved very wrong.  The combination of moisturising mask and hydrating serum left my skin feeling soft without feeling taught or greasy – just what you want from a mask!  These masks cost £1.49 each in ASDA or on the Skin Heroes website and are definitely worth it – the perfect Friday night treat!

Look out for my next Montagne Jeunesse review, coming soon!

Naomi x

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