Kitty Blackadder

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oatmeal Mask

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oatmeal MaskFirst Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oatmeal Mask

Ah, the depths of January, the perfect time to review a hydrating mask (or lotion, or cream, or shampoo, or hand cream, EVERYTHING is dry in January). I've had this since Christmas, and, like most face masks, planned to review it after maybe just one or two uses - 'cos usually with masks, you just know right away - right? Well, no, not with this one...

So this is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oatmeal Mask, it costs £17.50 and is available with free delivery - here. I'm a bit of a drugstore face mask gal really, so what with the difference in price tag, I expected big things from this mask, and, truthfully, after the first use, I wasn't sure it had delivered. It's supposed to hydrate skin; leaving it soft and supple and also to calm redness - of which I have a lot on my cheeks.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oatmeal Mask

As far as applying the mask, I had assumed it would be similar to Oatifix from lush, which is essentially like submerging your face in a bowl of porridge and then sitting about like that for 15 minutes. The First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oatmeal Mask on the other hand, is more like a cream with the odd oat-y bit scattered throughout - so it's significantly more pleasant to wear. 

In terms of what it does, well that's where the confusion happened. I kept it on for ten minutes and rinsed it off with no issues - eager to check out the results. But, truthfully, not a lot appeared to have changed. My redness was all still very much present and my skin still 'looked' dry. Once I had left my face alone for ten minutes or so, I came back to it. Redness was still there, but my skin did feel a bit plumper and softer. 

So all in all, that sounds not too bad, however, what I would say, is for me this was more like an SOS treatment - you know, if you're going out that night and your skin needs sorted out now, then this will make it look plump and lovely, but, the next day, expect your skin to look as bad as it ever did - that was certainly the case with mine anyway. 

I feel like if this was drugstore and cost half the price, it maybe wouldn't bother me so much - it is, after all, rather handy to have something to revive your skin for a night out or something, but, for the cost of this, I'd expect/prefer it to be something that when used over a period of time (I've used it 4 times in 4 weeks) would improve the overall quality of my skin - not just be a quick fix. But then, this product reviews well, so maybe I'm just expecting too much. 

Have you tried this mask, and what did you think?


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