When you hear the words Montagne Jeunesse does it take you back to being on the cusp of your adolescent years, and venturing in to the world of beauty products other than those you got free with "Shout" and "Girl Talk" magazine? I know that that;s where it immediately takes me.
It's a brand that always brings back the nostalgia. And one that I never tire of cheekily indulging in from time to time. So when I saw the chocolate-themed bumper pack of face masks on Feel Unique I knew I had to invest. Chocolate + Beauty Products = Jackie is in heaven.
I pulled out the Hot Chocolate Masque at random. With everything in the pack of five having a cocoa theme, I knew any would satisfy my inner chocoholic. As soon as I cut open the packet, I was hit with the fragrance. To be honest, I was expecting it to be more chocolate-y, it being a hot chocolate mask and all, but it was the orange oil that came through the most. This wasn't a bad thing. However much I love chocolate, I think a really intense fragrance sat on my face for 15 minutes might have given me a headache.
The masque instantly turned warm as soon as it hit my skin. It was a lovely sensation, especially after a little time out in the cold during my evening commute. The consistency was a little on the runny side, and I found myself unable to use the whole pack on my face because there was just so much. Looking back, I could have probably saved the second half for another time, but there was no real way to store it without everything getting coated in chocolate-y mess.
I sat back and relaxed as 15 minutes ticked. As usual, I got distracted watching YouTube videos and went over the time when I needed to wash my face. The reminder was the slight tingly, itchy sensation on my nose. Taking that as a sign, I rinsed the masque off with warm water, and patted my face dry. Any longer, and I think my skin would have just found the masque formula too irritating (I have a very sensetive visage!)
The hot chocolate masque claims to cleanse the skin, leaving it feeling "soft and refreshed." Was my skin clean after using it? Yes. Was it smooth? Kind of. To be honest my skin felt borderline smooth and dry. Although the masque is suitable for all skin types, I don't think it was quite right for me. I need something really hydrating, and this, although fun to use, wouldn't give me the long-term results I look for in a face mask.
Having said that, I am really looking forward to trying the other masks in the Chocoholic Delight Pamper Pack. It's going to be a novel element to my skincare routine to use when complete girly escapism is needed.