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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Review: Refresh & Revive Grape Self-Heating Facial Cream Mask

Today I've got another post in my Budget Beauty Series for you; Refresh & Revive's Grape Self-Heating Cream Facial Mask. This was an impulse buy from Home Bargains at 49p, because I'm a sucker for face masks and, come on, grapes!
The packaging is nothing fancy, a purple/grey sachet with a nice illustration which clearly tells you what it is, but I like simple and effective so this is right up my alley. According to the packaging, "Grape self-heating cream mask contains antioxidants which penetrate your skin as it heats up. The Grape, Pomegranate and other botanical extracts leave your skin feeling soft and radiant." A quick scan of the ingredients list suggests that the "other botanical extracts" mentioned include Lavender, Green Tea and Witch Hazel, all of which are known for their soothing properties and are widely used in skincare.
On snipping open the packet, I was greeted by a strong waft of scent, reminiscent of grape-flavoured sweets from when I was a child; this is over-powering so if you don't like it, you will hate this product. If you're not a fan of heavily-scented skincare, I'd advise you to steer clear. I really liked the scent, however, so I wasn't put off. The mask is less "creamy" in texture, and more "gloopy"; a thick, sticky, viscous, translucent lilac goo. It was quite difficult to spread evenly over the skin, but once it was on my face I could feel it gently heating up almost instantly. This is a sensation I love and this mask is pleasant, not making it feel like your face is on fire but rather like you're being gently warmed. The instructions suggest leaving for 15-20 minutes, which I duly did (and it still smelled just as strongly after the twenty minutes were up!), before removing in the shower. I have to say, it took some removing, and even standing with my face directly under the shower-head it took a while, so I wouldn't like to try to remove this just with a face-cloth! Afterwards, my skin was left feeling soft and healthy, so I'd say the mask lived up to its claims! I think it also helped to clear out the congested pores around my nose a little, which I'm putting down to the self-heating element.
This product is apparently made in Korea exclusively for TJM Ltd. (the company that owns Home Bargains), so I don't know if you'd be able to buy it anywhere else if you don't have a Home Bargains near you. A sachet for one usage cost me 49p from Home Bargains - this is definitely something I'd repurchase.
Do you pick up budget beauty buys like this one, or are you distrustful of cheaper skincare?



  1. I used to be very distrustful of cheaper products but when I moved to Korea that changed a little. Cosmetics here are much cheaper and some of the cheapest brands are actually really great quality. Just shows what a mark up there must be on some of the expensive stuff, it's all probably quite cheap to make I would guess.

    I like face masks, only got into them when I moved here but there's soooo many good ones to choose from!

    Amelia @ UGLY DUCKLING xxx

    Brand new post, come say hey and check it out at Ducklingtoswan.com! :)

    1. I'd love to go cosmetics shopping in Korea! It's sickening to think of the profit the cosmetics companies must be making out of us :/ xo

  2. I don't know where my nearest Home Bargains is, but I really want to go to one! I like a mixture of high end and mega cheap stuff - if it works, it works! x

    1. You need to find it and get yourself in girl! ;D I'm the same, it's nice to treat yourself but if cheap stuff works just as well, then awesome :D xo

  3. Hi there,

    Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for the lovely comment on my blog :) Since you last visited I have had an enormous makeover and i'd love if you came back to take a look :)



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