Each Saturday during my early teens I’d make a phone call to say this: ”we’re starting at eight. Bring your own face mask. I have polishes.” This was my idea of an excellent Saturday night: all the girls huddled into a room, beautifying (and I wasn’t lying about the polish – I had a collection of over a hundred from Spectacular. I believe this gave me considerable clout among fellow budding beauty aficionados).
Fast forward fifteen years and little has changed – tonight I will be heading over to a friends house armed with my polish collection and a bagful of face masks to watch a film and perhaps the X Factor (I know: so passé. My excuse this year? The return of Cheryl and her sublime face). The only thing that’s changed is the nature of the bring your own instruction – we now also bring wine which, given the otherwise salubrious nature of our evening, surely doesn’t undo our good work.
As autumn closes in, these nights in become a THING among my friends and I. The collective feeling is this: going out for a drink or dinner is fun but staying in on chilly evenings a deux, trois or even quatre is just the superior way to spend a Saturday. No need for the fandango of finding a taxi in the rain or shivering at the bus stop. No extortionate cocktails or nasty hangovers. No naughty kisses that are sorely regretted come the morning (granted, this is just true in the case of my friends nowadays, but I really feel for them on this count).
Enough about the motivation. I suspect you dear readers will have fallen into two camps by now: the first of you lot will have already deemed me an ineffable loser and will have either stopped reading or continued out of some peculiar loyalty without any intention of forgoing tonight’s outing. The other lot will be nodding in agreement, quietly planning an evening of quietude. You in the latter group, I recommend the following routines to accompany your night in… (and, for those of you going out, try doing this the morning after to restore a ruffled complexion).
The Method / Whatever the skin type or mask to follow, always start with a double cleanse. Usually, I start with a pre-cleanse oil and follow with a balm cleanser before putting on an exfoliating mask to remove dead skin cells and pave the way for ensuing masks to penetrate more deeply.
On oily skins, I then apply a purifying mask followed by a ‘nutrition’ mask. On more dry skins I skip the clay and opt for just the nutrition mask (and on very sensitive skin I just apply honey). To finish, I’ll pop a moisturising mask of some variety on, not forgetting to put one on eyes, too.
When friends are scarce, I still try to follow this routine weekly to keep my skin in good nick. In fact, most the brilliant facials I have had follow this method by and large so if you can’t see a facialist too often, I’d recommend investing in some masks and just following something akin to this weekly or fortnightly.
I LOVE //
Purifying Masks / Una Brennan Salicyclic Acid Anti-Blemish Clay Mask, Eve Lom Rescue Mask.