The Super Speedy Facial

Say hello to ‘Beauty Hacks’ week here on VDM. Seven days crammed with posts and videos filled to the brim with makeup shortcuts, products that make our regimes that little bit more streamlined and tips that will have you nodding along and thinking ‘genius’. Ok, maybe not the last one… 

I love a good at-home facial come Sundays. Though I must admit I’ve been a bit slack recently and my complexion is punishing me for it with a sprouting of fresh blemishes on my chin as a daily occurrence. Noice. So it’s time to pay my skin the same attention that I do Ryan Gosling GIFs and get to work, only this weekend time really isn’t of the essence. I’m back in Brighton with people to see, places to go and a belated Mother’s Day dinner to attend. It’s times like this when I fallback to a three product routine designed to cleanse, buff and nourish the skin through the barrier and into Monday feeling and looking fresh. Feel free to swap-in products and substitute but for me this is what today’s quickie facial is shaping up like:

THE DEEP CLEANBoots Shine Away Botanics Ionic Clay Mask. Using a cleansing mask isn’t anything new, but using it as a cleanser with only a few minutes of skin contact – well that’s a little different. I propose using your usual unclogging mask favourite, but applying it like you would your usual cleanser post-makeup removal. It’s a weird one to get used to at first – time is of the essence here people – and you’ll be surprised how soft things feel after a quick slap on/rinse off.

THE BUFFEROskia Micro Exfoliating Balm. Ain’t nobody got time to sit around and wait for AHA’s to do their skin scrubbing thing. Sometimes you’ve just got to go back to basics with a subtly sloughing formula that is gentle enough not to irritate, but gets the job done. The Oskia fits that bill to tee giving the skin a good polish but without the beaming red cheeks after that I so often sport when things get too rough.

THE OILTarte Pure Maracuja Oil. Naturally the final step to any facial routine, speedy or otherwise, is to dose up on the moisture. A good one-step option is to opt for an oil – they really step up to the plate when it comes to delivering moisturiser fast and effectively. There’s a tonne that I turn to, but Tarte’s offering is one of the least typically oily I’ve come across and doesn’t leave you looking like you could fry an egg on your chops after application.

Three products, five minutes tops, your skin will be thanking you come the morning and you’ll still have time to clear out your wardrobe/cook a roast/watch a shed load of TV among other Sunday-reserved activities. Who said Sunday was the day of rest?


  • Anna Blush

    I always work Sunday’s but hate to miss my weekly pamper to this super speedy facial is perfect. I’ll have to try the mask cleaner trick x

  • I really want to try the boots botanics range!! Everyone seems to be talking about it
    Great post 🙂

    Elizabeth x

  • Esme

    That mask sounds so lovely, the boots botanic range is awesome <3

  • I’m such a huge fan of the Botanics mask, it’s a dupe for Origins clear improvements!

    Josie xoxo | Fashion Mumblr

  • i love the botanics range, never tried the mask though but its on my wishlist xx

  • Imogen Stafford

    this is a must try!

  • Jessica Whitbread

    I’m such a huge fan of the boots botanics ionic clay mask – it’s such an amazing product for the price! I recently blogged about it too!

  • sofika
  • great idea! x


  • Kristy

    Like the idea of using a mask as a cleanser, a good idea that I wouldn’t have necessary have thought of.

    Kristy |

  • Daniella

    @viviannadoesmakeup is the boots mask a dupe for the origins charcoal mask???



  • I give the clay concept is similar to the Ren clear calm cleanser that’s a clay based cleanser, in fact quite a few bands have made clay based cleansers. I really need to try that tarte oil it’d raved about my some of my favourite yotubers across the pond 🙂 x

  • ooh that mask sounds fab & its super affordable!

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  • lisa robb

    This looks like an amazing skin routine.
    L x

  • viveleblitzpost

    what could be a dupe for the oskia balm, because I’m not sure where to get that in nyc

  • Iso Bean

    I love that Botanics face mask, will definitely be making quick use of it when I’m in a hurry!

  • Patricia Montenegro

    I love using the Tarte Maracuja Oil when I feel/see any bumps on my skin. Maracuja oil has some great anti-inflammatory properties! Xo

  • Maquillage Magic

    I have the clay mask from Botanics, it is really good and also really works!! Haven’t used it in a while but thing I might have to get it back out tonight!

    Laura from Maquillage Magic

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • Love the idea of a quick pamper- you’ve picked some great products! Really want to try some Oskia skin care soon 🙂

  • Hope

    Some great beauty hack tips. Love the idea of using a mask as a kind of cleanser H xx

  • Margarida Gomes

    I read your blog for a couple of years now, actually it was the first blog I ever read in my life! I was wondering, why did you stop identifying the products that were given to you? You used to put a little * next to them or something similar, and for some time now you stopped. Why?? 🙁 I do not apreciate the change. Makes you seam less honest about your choices, you know? I still read your blog, and very much enjoy your writing…!! Just not so sure about your chosen products…

  • Vera Sawicki

    Great post! I want to try the clay mask.

  • The Maracuja OIl is my favorite oil to use right now 🙂 I just love how fast it absorbs into my skin.


  • Love the look of the Tarte Oil, it sounds amazing! x

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  • Patricia Gomes

    I love that clay mask! Mine’s almost over, might get a friend in the UK to bring me one. I find it genuinely better than clay masks from Lancôme and REN I’ve used before.

  • Tamsin Wong

    A good oil is so essential I’m just always so stuck for choice! Perhaps the tarte oil is just what i need…X

  • MyOwnLoves

    Nice recommendations, thanks!

  • Abigail of Curiousity Beauty

    definitely going to give this a go! the buffer sounds lovely x

  • Yes yes yes to all of this! Love maracuja oil.