The Skincare Edit: Doubling Up

There’s nothing better than sitting down and sorting out the week ahead of you, overdosing on ice cream and watching Silent Witness on catch up – with a face mask (or two) on the go. I’m a big fan of the whole “triple threat” facial – detoxing, brightening and moisturising. But there are some times when your skin just doesn’t need certain elements of the full three, so I opt for two. The beautys in question this week are the Origins Clear Improvement Mask and Nude Miracle Mask.

My skin is looking pretty good at the moment – the eating more fish and vegetables thing seems to be majorly paying off, so I opted away from the out of trouble mask (thank god, because there are only a couple of uses left of that baby) and picked up the clear improvement mask. Some people use it for spots, but for me I find it works best as a preventative measure – getting all the nastys out and keeping my skin looking super clear. This mask is great as you can leave it on for a good 10 minutes before washing it off, leaving you ten minutes to get through as much Ben and Jerrys as you possibly can before you need to move again.

I then wash this off and pat my face dry before applying the Nude Miracle Mask. I like this mask as the effects are similar to those of the Ren Glycolatic Radiance Renewal Mask, but with an extra exfoliating kick too. This leaves my skin looking extra radiant and clear the next morning. I apply this onto dry skin (I find its rather drippy otherwise) and massage the beads in for about a minute before leaving the mask on my skin for another five minutes. This is a great mask to use on its own if you like a brightening mask that doesn’t need as long on the skin.

So, face masks complete? Check. Ben and Jerrys all gone? Check. Silent Witness watched? Check. Week organised? Damn… knew I forgot something…


  1. Catherine
    30 Jan 2013 / 4:05 pm

    Face masks with ice cream sounds perfect! I really want to try some Origins ones. xo

    • HelloOctober
      30 Jan 2013 / 8:02 pm

      Dooo it! 🙂 x

  2. Lauren Rose
    30 Jan 2013 / 4:06 pm

    I love REN's Radiance Renewal Mask, simply because it gives me results straight away.
    I've only used the Clear Improvement mask once so I need more time to make a decision on it 🙂 x

    • HelloOctober
      30 Jan 2013 / 8:02 pm

      I love both! 🙂 x

  3. Hannah
    30 Jan 2013 / 4:16 pm

    The Nude skin mask looks fantastic, i really need to try a few more face masks as i own the origins drink up one and a boots one but neither of these! I hope to expand my collection soon! xx

    • HelloOctober
      30 Jan 2013 / 8:04 pm

      Origins are definitely the best ones to expand your collection with, I always see results and the pricing is slightly more reasonable than other brands x

  4. Leanne Rachel
    30 Jan 2013 / 4:31 pm

    I love the Clear Improvement Mask, it's definitely one of my favourites! xx


    • HelloOctober
      30 Jan 2013 / 8:04 pm

      Sameies! x

  5. Natalie
    30 Jan 2013 / 5:03 pm

    I have never thought of doing this before! Definitely considering it now though. I'd love to give some Nude skincare products a try.
    Natalie xoxo
    The Blonde Ethos

    • HelloOctober
      30 Jan 2013 / 8:04 pm

      They are great, but pricey! x

  6. Bright Town Girl
    30 Jan 2013 / 5:24 pm

    These are both on my wishlist. I can't get enough of face masks at the moment. x

    • HelloOctober
      30 Jan 2013 / 8:05 pm

      Same, you get more instant-ish results than with general skincare! x

  7. molly
    30 Jan 2013 / 5:40 pm

    i love face masks because they always make my skin super soft and makes my skin clear aswell, but i havent tried these two before they sound really good though xxxx

    • HelloOctober
      30 Jan 2013 / 8:05 pm

      They are lovely! 🙂 x

  8. lily white english rose
    30 Jan 2013 / 6:22 pm

    i love that the nude mask has exfoliating beads, got to love a dual product 😀

    • HelloOctober
      30 Jan 2013 / 8:06 pm

      Dual product and only takes 5 mins? Perfect!

  9. Maddy
    30 Jan 2013 / 6:34 pm

    Want to try the Origins face masks so much! xxx

    • HelloOctober
      30 Jan 2013 / 8:06 pm

      You can get samples from the counter or travel sizes so it's definitely worth looking into x

  10. LuxeLifeAspirations
    30 Jan 2013 / 6:35 pm

    The Nude mask sounds great 🙂

    • HelloOctober
      30 Jan 2013 / 8:08 pm

      It is lovely 🙂 x

  11. mel davies
    30 Jan 2013 / 7:20 pm

    I am just SO tempted by the Origins Clear Improvement mask! xxx

    • HelloOctober
      30 Jan 2013 / 8:09 pm

      Get a sample if you're on the fence but its so worth trying!

  12. Millie
    30 Jan 2013 / 8:23 pm

    Great post! I really want to try that Origins mask, it seems great! 🙂 ♥

  13. Emily
    30 Jan 2013 / 8:48 pm

    I totally adore the clear improvements mask, its a firm fixture in my sunday afternoons on the sofa! I haven't tried the nude miracle mask, I normally follow with the green origins one to leave on overnight (gone blank over the name!) which is my little skincare treat ever week, it's just gorgeous. This miracle mask sounds really good though, I definitely like the sound of the exfoliating element too xxx

  14. Emily
    30 Jan 2013 / 9:39 pm

    I've wanted the charcoal mask for ages!

  15. Alexandra Churchill
    30 Jan 2013 / 10:56 pm

    The Nude Mask is a truly wonderful product, glad someone else agrees!

  16. Georgia Smith
    31 Jan 2013 / 12:58 am

    I've never doubled up masks, I usually stick to a mud mask to stop oily skin but then im left quite dry around the cheeks, I may have to take a lead out of your book and paste on my Dr.Hauschka moisturising mask on after next time!
    Brilliant post!
    Georgia, x

  17. Shen
    31 Jan 2013 / 10:28 am

    Haha I loved this post. You know what ice cream is super nice? Green & blacks organic ice cream. I've never had chocolate ice cream like it. its so wonderful, biatch to get hold of but gorgeous. Maybe try that next time with your face masks!

  18. Katherine xo
    31 Jan 2013 / 10:58 am

    got both of these so will have to try doubling them up for sure 🙂 x

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