The Perfect Face Mask Combo | Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque and Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Out of Trouble Mask

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My skin has been so unhappy recently, I think I have had more blemishes in the past few months than I have had in my whole life, and not only that my skin is also quite dehydrated. I usually have combination oily skin, but I am finding now that my skin is mostly normal (except my oily nose) and dehydrated all over, even my previously oily areas are less oily. This has caused me to have a good look at my skincare routine. I expect I will write an up to date skincare routine soon once I finish tweaking it.

Since my skin has changed I have found I am reaching for a clay mask to deeply clean my skin (mainly my nose and chin) and a hydrating mask to rehydrate the rest of my face. Now usually I would have used these masks at separate times on separate days, however after having a facial recently where the beautician targeted different areas of my skin with different masks I have changed my face mask routine. I discovered I could either use both masks at the same time as the beautician did, or I could use one after the other. I find that clay masks leave my skin feeling a bit tight now, so using a hydrating mask afterwards really helps relieve that feeling.

The Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque is a bright mint green clay mask that smells strongly of fresh mint. I personally love the scent, but it does feel like you are rubbing toothpaste all over your face. The mask feels smooth and cooling when you apply it to the face which is nice and relaxing. I usually only apply this mask to my t-zone as that is where I get the most oily and the most blemishes. It does a fantastic job of absorbing excess oil and reducing the occurrence of spots. I can say without a doubt it is one of the best clay masks I have ever used.

The Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Out of Trouble Mask is a creamy hydrating mask with a scent that reminds me of peaches. Like the Queen Helene mask it feels cooling when you apply it to the face and it also feels quite soothing on the skin. It provides an instant  – well not quite instant – shot of hydration to the skin and I find that it stops my skin feeling quite so tight. Even though I have an oily nose and oily-ish chin and forehead I still apply this mask to my t-zone as my skin is also dehydrated in those areas.

The Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque and the Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Out of Trouble Mask are the perfect products to help deeply clean and hydrate the skin. The Queen Helene retails for approximately £4 and is available here, and the Origins retails for £23 and is available here.

Product Rave | Soap & Glory Beauty Accelerator Night & Flight Moisture Miracle



Being someone with combination skin I never thought I would be able to use a moisturising face mask. Even though I have combination skin it can become dehydrated, especially on my cheeks, so I do like to add intensive moisture into my routine if I can. Prior to using this product I thought I would wake up with spotty, oily feeling skin. I saw this on offer in Boots a long time ago I decided to take the plunge and try it.

The Soap & Glory Beauty Sleep Accelerator Night & Flight Moisture Mask – wow what a mouthful – claims to stop dry and dehydrated skin in its tracks and leave your skin looking luminous and dewy in the morning. Now, luminous and dewy are not usually two things someone with combination/oily skin wants from their skin care, however I find this product leaves my skin looking plump and hydrated in the morning with no excess oil in sight.

The mask goes on clear so, as they claim, it could be used to help keep moisture locked in on long-haul flights – no one would even know you were wearing it. It has a sweet fruity smell which does linger on the skin but it is not over powering if you are sensitive to highly fragranced products. Once applied the mask does not feel tacky and begins to sink in quite quickly but you can feel it on your skin for a while after it is applied, so that is something to be aware of if you do not like the feeling of product on your skin.

I have mainly been using this once a week after I have used a manual face scrub to soothe my skin and add some intense moisture over night. You only need to use a small amount, around a 50p piece size – but you can apply more if you like – so this pot will last a long time. I believe it is a similar product to the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask but is nearly half the price, though I have not tried the Origins so I can’t say for sure if it is a dupe.

The Soap & Glory Beauty Sleep Accelerator Night & Flight Moisture Mask retails for £13 and is available from Boots in the UK. (At the time of posting it is currently included in the buy one get one half price offer)