face mask friday

It is face mask Friday! Another week over and the weekend about to begin. The perfect time to treat your face to a face mask. Every week I review a different face mask for you all. Most are for my skin type which is normal to dry. But others take my fancy and end up in the basket as well. 

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This week’s mask is another by the brand Yes To, a brand I have used a fair few times. Their tomatoes detoxifying and hydrating white charcoal mud mask is the mask I am reviewing tonight. It is formulated with white charcoal and tomato extract to hydrate dry and sensitive skin. 97% of the ingredients are natural and the mask allows an ultimate detox. Helps to keep skin clear, balanced and looking healthy. They are vegan, cruelty, paragon and silicone free which is really good. 

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Quite a few of Yes To’s masks are in tear drop shaped packaging. Which is cute but I wouldn’t overly say it has a meaning to the mask. I love how all of their packaging has the illustrated person ready for a spa day on them. Apart from the red stripe across and the cherry tomato cut in two, really you wouldn’t even know there were tomato extracts in this. Other than the illustrated lady and tomatoes I like the floating feathers flowing down. If you can get your products right, I guess you really don’t need a lot on your packaging. It doesn’t need your eyes drawn to it as much. 

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On the back everything is basic. A white background colour with black writing. I would say that its quite cramped on the back and maybe should be spaced out a little more. The directions blend in with every language written in. Just feel it could look a little cuter being the illustrations on the front, why not use them to show how to use the mask. 

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They have a little groove towards the top which forms the opening to the mask. Before this mask I had never heard of a white charcoal mask. Had you? I always read the directions on masks especially because they can always differ. A typical charcoal, clay or mud sort of mask is a good 15 minutes wear. Whereas this is a 5-10 minute wear. So really do take the time to read the directions. Some change as well in starting with a damp face or how to remove at the end. 

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Normally I play around with the packet to make sure the mask isn’t going to overflow straight away. Of course with this one I didn’t and the mask was unfortunately in the tear, upper third and a bit blobbed out. Not that it matters but if you want to try get two out of one pack I would advise to squish the mask down prior to opening. 

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I guess I went to this mask with open eyes not knowing what to expect. I’m pretty sure I have used mud masks before but this was really like a putty, clay texture. Really soft and smooth and a little went a long way. Which is good. It has been really hot in the UK as well and this cooled my face as I applied it. 

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People always say to me to use a makeup brush for masks. But honestly I get such a better coverage when I use my fingers that I like it better. They run better over my face and the brush just seemed to get clogged up and clump in places. So my advice is to use whatever works for you. A finger is as ok as a brush. 

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When applying this it was really easy actually. Even with the packet having been splattered with the mask. The tiniest bit went the far. I got a whole cheek done in two 5p splodges. Masks for me need to work to their full capacity, so I really do love an even coverage across. Not too much and not too little. The perfect amount of an even layer in a mud type mask is the best. It is a waste of mask if not. 

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It didn’t take too long to cover my face and for me to be happy with it. If you are a regular face mask Friday reader, you will know I must have a small face compared to others, so what I see as a little of the mask, may take you a little more for a full face coverage. 

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Then we wait. This is why skincare is for everyone and no body especially right now can tell me they do not have time for skincare. Ok this is a fairly short wear time but other that are 20 minutes plus, allows you time to do pretty much anything around the house. 5 minutes you could sort the laundry out, meditate, read a little, check your emails, make a jelly. Anything and that is why skincare should be in your routine. Also because it’s as important as your teeth and your eyes, its the only thing that is always on show. 

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As I just said 5 minutes is such a short time, 10 minutes being the full time to leave this on. So really its a mask that works quick. When I was waiting for this to remove, the longer the time the warmer this mask got. There was a very little tingling sensation as well. Which can happen to me as I do have sensitive skin but it’s a rare thing. I did leave it on for about 10 minutes in the end and I would say by 6 minutes in the tingling settled and the mask felt ok. 

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I love them masks that set and you can’t move your face without cracking it, I really did think that this would do that but it didn’t. After the time was up and I went to wash it off, there texture was exactly the same as it was when I applied it. Maybe charcoal mud masks don’t set. It really was like mud if I am honest but white. 

skincareTo remove it, the directions asked to use water and wash it off. When I move I must invest in flannels purely for removing face masks! But it took a good 4 or 5 washes with the flannel and cold water. Even after that when I was taking the photos I saw some on my eyelash (somehow!) And my hair line. I tend to take it off in sections as well because I am always weary of getting it in my eyes. 

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Afterwards there was a glow to my face. So soft and smooth and perfectly hydrated. How something that stays on for 10 minutes maximum can do such a good job is beyond me. I do have pretty good skin I am not going to lie. But with my hay fever and allergies being sky high, my skin gets irritated. The drier it gets as well with me blowing my nose every half hour. 

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Today as well the day after my skin feels so good and though its really hot in the UK, my skin looks pretty good. Maybe a little on the hot side but everyone would have been today! 

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100% can’t fault this mask, Yes To’s range is amazing and really affordable. Meaning their range is affordable for everyone. Being versatile is a huge thing to be in the skincare market and this is. Ok it doesn’t have picture formed directions but the directions are simple. 

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Price wise this is just under £3 so really that is fairly cheap. Most average around £5-£8. I am one for products that work and are affordable. As much as I want to look after my skin, I don’t want to be paying out a fortune especially for a 1 use product. 

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It works, it does the job amazingly, affordable and honestly what is there not to like? Yes it tingled a little but not for that long and maybe that was a sign of the mask working. Being I didn’t have any other effect on me and my skin looks and feels amazing today. 

Have you used Yes To products before? I would recommend their products especially this to anyone. What is your go to face mask at the minute?

Melanie Kate

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Hey! I am Mel, a fashion and lifestyle blogger from the UK.

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