The Weekend Post #48: The New Masks

My ‘Weekend Posts’ can sometimes appear like a dumping ground for skincare saviours, but I’m ok with that. I haven’t added any new masks into the mix for a while – I’ve been stuck on the same detoxifying, radiance-boosting and hydrating routine from Aesop, REN and Origins (video here) for months, so it was about time a skincare-nut like myself branched out again. And over the past few weeks I’ve found two newbies that are injecting a bit of much needed ‘zing’ into my skin…

Both are heavily AHA-based; containing natural fruit acids which gently unbind cells in the top layer of skin to activate renewal. Sounds terrifying, but actually just means you just need to factor in 10 minutes for inspecting your complexion after application thinking how bloody fantastic it looks. First up the Nude Miracle Exfoliating Mask*, which I’ve been hearing quite a buzz about recently. AHA’s aside, it’s also formulated with rice beads – double exfoliation time! You’re supposed to massage the mask into your face for one minute, then leave it on the skin for a further five before removing. I was sceptical as I haven’t indulged in manual exfoliation for a long while – but it seems like a gentle slough has done my skin some good. A little goes a long with this suff and you don’t need to go too crazy with the massaging – gently does it. The other mask that’s weadled it’s way into my stocks is the Oskia Renaissance Mask, which truly smells good enough to eat, let alone slather on your face. This is more of a traditional gel-like consistency that you apply for 10-20 minutes then massage with some water on your face to activate it’s second phase as a milk-like texture, leave on a while longer then remove. I’ve found this to be particularly effective at aiding the zapping away the odd blackhead I had appearing round my nozzle, thumbs up. Although it does leave my face a wee bit red – one to throw on before bed to avoid a red-faced day.

If you’ve already got the REN Glycolatic Radiance Renewal Mask or Alpha H Liquid Smoothing and Perfecting Mask present in your stash then these definitely do not need to be added to a high-priority shopping list anytime soon, but if you’re on the lookout for some AHA sandblasted-skin goodness then it might be worth going a little wild on payday. Anyway it goes without saying, you know what I’ll be doing this afternoon. The only question remains – which one to choose?

*PR Sample


  • I love the way you get me excited to use skincare!

  • Jeanette

    Just bought the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, so excited to try it..
    Iร‚ยดm a bit curious, what color do you use in Chantecaille Just skin tinted moisturiser during the winter, when you use Clarins self tanners?

  • This mask has been on my wishlist ever since I read the review on gh0stparties. It sounds lovely! I really want to try the GlamGlow mud mask as well.

  • Margaret
  • Emilie Garnes

    Every Sunday I read your weekend post and well, every time I get overly tempted to run out and buy everything you rave about on the second! In other words, payday cannot come quickly enough ๐Ÿ™‚
    xx Em

  • Lovely review, I love reading your weekend ‘skincare dumping ground’ posts ๐Ÿ™‚
    Find so many things I wouldn’t have necessarily found elsewhere!
    I have a few AHA products on my Christmas list, hoping Santa will bring the lot!
    Daniella x

  • Another NUDE product to add to my wish list! xo

  • I had a fancy sample of the oskia mask (came in a mini glass pot – adorable!) but the smell, roses. Yuck ๐Ÿ™ I couldn’t stand to put it near my face for even a second boo!

  • abbieelizabeth96

    I’ve never been that into face masks, but I’m thinking that maybe I just need to find the right one for my skin. Shame so many of them are so expensive! Do you think you could do a post on some of your favourite cheaper masks?

  • Jennifer

    Have you ever tried ExfoliKate by Kate Somerville? It’s not exactly a mask, more just an exfoliator I guess, but it is amazing! My skin is always super soft after!

  • Mariana

    wow, the Oskia Renaissance Mask sound good!

  • Lulu

    I am definitely on the market for some new masks. My skin is driving me insane!

  • Laura Emily Butlin

    love your posts definitely want to try the Oskia Renaissance Mask now!

  • Amelia

    Ahh I’m such a face mask junkie, stop tempting me with these beautiful posts! No but seriously that Nude mask looks like what’s been missing from my life. Well..maybe not what’s been missing, but definitely something I want now! xx

  • Sharon

    your posts are so informative! definitely a mask fan so i’ll be looking around for it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • clare louise

    Which one do you think is most effective at removing blackheads Vivianna? I’ve had my heart set on the alpha-H liquid gold for a while now and have promised myself it next payday, however all these other choices are seeming tempted too!!!!

  • I love the Miracle Mask, it’s definitely miraculous!