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How To Rescue Your Skin From Halloween Makeup

How To Rescue Your Skin From Halloween Makeup

How To Rescue Your Skin From
Halloween Makeup

Written by Stephanie Orr 

Halloween is without a doubt the most creative night of the year. From flawlessly freaky face paint creations to deadly dramatic transformations, it’s the one evening where pretty much anything goes. 

After spending the last few weeks narrowing down outfit choices and debating over hair and makeup looks, the 31st is now drawing closer than ever. Whilst you may have your Halloween look figured out, there’s one thing you need to make sure you don’t forget - skincare preparation pre and post Halloween. 

Year after year Halloween makeup becomes more and more terrifyingly terrific, but one thing that isn’t so thrilling, are the overly drying and irritable effects some Halloween looks can have on hair and skin the next day. Face paint, fake blood and fright night hair can all cause damaging effects when not taken care of properly with the right practices. Don’t let your Halloween nightmare become a living reality, take care of your hair and skin with our step by step guide. 

Pre Halloween Step 1 - Exfoliate

To get the most out of your makeup look it’s always a good idea to exfoliate first to ensure your makeup sits smoothly. Gently exfoliating away the top layer of dead skin cells can really make a difference, and prolong the overall effectiveness to your makeup and how long it lasts. We recommended using either the Charcoal Gommage Peeling Gel or Rose Gommage Peeling Gel. Both are suitable for sensitive skin and help to purify pores and eliminate impurities for a magnificent makeup base. 

Pre Halloween Step 2 - Eye Mask

The eyes are an area that can really be accentuated for Halloween with major impact. Prepare the area using either the Morning or Evening Goggle Mask. Both of these have been designed to cover the entire eye area and intensely hydrate, to minimise the appearance of fine lines. Although the Morning Eye Goggle Mask is generally suited for the day as it includes anti-pollution ingredients and protection against blue light from smartphones, it can particularly come in handy if you’re going out into the city to celebrate or snapping a few selfies.

Pre Halloween Step 3 - Mask and Moisturise

Follow your next step up with a sheet mask to infuse some much needed hydration into your skin before applying your makeup. All of the sheet masks from our ranges are brilliant for this, but depending on your skin type and any particular concerns you may want to work on, we have sheet masks on hand to tackle everything from dull to oily skin. After you have applied your mask and massaged in the remaining essence, apply a moisturiser followed by a primer to create your perfect makeup base. Both of our Gold and Rose Gold Hydroglow Creams’ double up as a 2 - in - 1 moisturiser and primer.

Post Halloween Step 4 - Cleanse Cleanse And Cleanse

After a night of Halloween Celebrations, an oil based cleanser is likely to become your best friend when it comes to removing your Halloween makeup. Gently cleanse your skin with an oil based cleanser and wash off with a warm cloth

Post Halloween Step 5 - Exfoliate

Following on from the oil based cleanser, gently exfoliate again with either the Charcoal Gommage Peel or Rose Gommage Peel. This is a great way to ensure you have removed every inch of makeup and declogged your pores to prevent makeup build up and breakouts from forming.

Post Halloween Step 6 - Rehydrate

Next apply a sheet mask again to restore hydration back into the skin, if your skin is feeling super dry or irritated from the night before try using the Aloe Hydro Jelly Mask which is perfect for providing a soothing effect.

Post Halloween Step 7 - Moisturise

Finish your skincare steps off with a nourishing moisturiser, both of the Hydroglow Creams contain Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate. The Rose Gold Hydroglow Cream is particularly good for post Halloween skin as it contains an anti-inflammatory effect to protect against redness and irritation

Post Halloween Step 8 - Hair Masque

Whether you’ve backcombed your hair into the back of beyond or have over styled it for your Halloween creation, a hydrating hair masque is always the answer to nursing your hair back to a healthy state. The Blossom Hair Masque and Coconut & Argan Oil Hair Masque are both formulated with a super creamy consistency and are brilliant options for hair which feels unmanageable and in desperate need of TLC.

recommended for oily skin

October 29, 2019 — Clean Canvas Collaborator
Self-Care Rituals By Sarirah Hamid of

Self-Care Rituals By Sarirah Hamid of

Pouring myself a cup of tea, slipping on a sheet mask and closing my eyes to the sound of a podcast. Some days, this is what self-care feels like to me. Other days it’s deep cleaning my workspace, walking on the farm or setting out trays to grow seedlings in Spring. This journey through slow living, mindful moments and exploration has led me to really understand that self-care can be so many different things.
October 10, 2019 — Danny Balkwill
World Mental Health Day

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How to Use a Gemstone Sheet Mask?

1. Freshly cleanse face

2. Apply sheet mask to face

3. Relax for 10-15 Minutes

4. Remove sheet mask and pat remaining essence into the skin

Remember you are not alone, if you are in need of someone to talk to please visit Mind today.

October 10, 2019 — Clean Canvas Collaborator
The Exfoliator Guaranteed To Work on Sensitive Skin

The Exfoliator Guaranteed To Work on Sensitive Skin

The Exfoliator Guaranteed To Work on Sensitive Skin

Written by Stephanie Orr

September 05, 2019 — Fergus Haywood
How to fit Korean Skincare Into Your Routine, The Easy Way.

How to fit Korean Skincare Into Your Routine, The Easy Way.

We just want to chat with you a sec, show you the ropes when it comes to K-Beauty routines because we’re around this stuff every day and honestly, sometimes we forget about what it was like to be total beginners at this kind of thing. You’ve heard of the K-Beauty routines by now, but what does it all really entail, and how can you get the best results? Well, here’s the low-down.
August 19, 2019 — Danny Balkwill
Vitamasques Travel Blog

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The most important thing to do is stay hydrated by drinking lots of water which may seem obvious but it makes a huge difference. Moisturiser in its many forms helps the skin stay supple. As the skin becomes dry on the plane keeping moisture level up is important. Using a mask on the plane is a great way to do this but make sure your hands are clean before applying. My favourite is the Multivitamin mask or the Citrine calming mask (if you're feeling a little anxious too, this one is a winner).
July 22, 2019 — Danny Balkwill
5 Surprising Benefits To Having Oily Skin

5 Surprising Benefits To Having Oily Skin

5 Surprising Benefits To Having Oily Skin

Written by Esme Watling & Edited by Stephanie Orr 

Suffering from oily skin is a common factor for many, not just teenagers and mine has been no different. Having just reached the end of my teen years, I’ve become friends with my oily skin and learnt to work with it instead of fighting against it. 

However, it doesn’t end the second you turn 20 it can carry on throughout life. Oily skin is just as it sounds, skin that produces an excessive amount of oil due to the sebaceous glands beneath the pores producing too much sebum. This causes the skin to look greasy and shiny, and when not treated correctly it can be a contributing factor to causing acne and breakouts. Nevertheless, the answer to treating oily skin is certainly not over stripping it or depriving it of moisture, a lot of the time oily skin can in fact also be dehydrated due to moisturisation steps purposely being skipped, which overtime can only make things worse.

"Don’t blame your oily skin on eating that kebab on the way back from a night out. Although diet and lifestyle can have an effect on your skin’s oil levels it isn’t always the case, hormone levels and genetics have an overriding effect in oil production."

How I Handle It

A big mistake with oily skin is not giving it enough moisture and overcompensating, stripping the skin which in turn causes the skin to produce more oil. In my skincare routine firstly I use a hydrating cleanser, then a glycolic acid for exfoliating. Physical exfoliators can be too harsh and abrasive on sensitive skin and can cause micro-tears. After an exfoliant I then moisturise, it doesn’t have to be too rich, oily skin sufferers can get away with using a lighter moisturiser but it has to be something to keep the skin hydrated. If I’m having a breakout that day I will also apply a spot treatment if necessary. Face masks are a great way to introduce further moisture and all-round benefits for the skin. I try to incorporate a face mask into my routine at least three times a week, if not more. The Multivitamin Mask is my personal favourite for keeping my skin hydrated and nourished, the Soothing Starter Pack includes this as well as two other great masks to maintain healthy skin. An important note is to never forget SPF in the mornings (yes even in the Winter) as it will help to protect the skin from sun damage, premature ageing, and environmental defects such as pollution.

On the subject of wrinkles, a positive about oily skin is that it can keep wrinkles at bay for slightly longer than dry skin does. The natural oils in your skin help to hydrate it and keep it more supple. Although this isn't to say you won't get wrinkles, they may not appear as early and in some cases fewer than those with dry skin


We know oily skin can be a pain but when the skin is balanced via the use of skincare, everything becomes easier. Make up woes are something of the past. By using a pore-refining primer, oil-free matte foundation and a setting powder, your makeup can last a lot longer and while everyone else is paying for the JLO glow, us oily skin sufferers can get it free!


On the whole oily skin isn’t all bad, in fact, once controlled it can actually be very beneficial to have.

recommended for oily skin

July 22, 2019 — Danny Balkwill
Good Chat: Our New Hair Masques

Good Chat: Our New Hair Masques

So you might have seen we’ve been putting out some serious hype for our 2 new hair masques: Coconut & Argan and Blossom – and we want to talk to you a little about hair care and what our new masks can do for you.
May 01, 2019 — Danny Balkwill
Glorious Glossybox Recap | Vitamasques

Glorious Glossybox Recap

The event was full of some huge names in the beauty and lifestyle circles, Nicole CorralesEllie Jarrett and The Style Sisters were there and everyone seemed very hyped for the mask we provided for this month's Glossybox. 
February 18, 2019 — Esme Watling
How I tackle my adult acne... | Vitamasques

How I tackle my adult acne...

I know I’m going to struggle for a long time with my sensitive skin, but I’m slowly learning to love my skin and I’m actually enjoying the journey I’m on to discover what it is that’s making me break out. I think once I crack it, I’ll feel like I’ve just discovered gravity – and what a day that’ll be!
January 28, 2019 — Esme Watling