There's been much talk of the hour-long, twelve-step skincare routine that Korean women reportedly indulge in twice a day to keep their complexion looking its best, but, seriously, who has time for that?

Sheet masks, on the other hand, are a Korean invention we can totally get behind.

Unlike traditional masks that you spread on then wash off, with a sheet mask, all the skin-soothing goodness is saturated in a face-shaped sheet that you place on cleansed skin, then peel off when it's done.

They do look slightly scary, like some kind of a post-cosmetic surgery bandage, but the effects are well worth 15 minutes of weirdness - plus they make for a good Instagram post.

Here are our top 10 sheet mask marvels...


"I've always been impressed by how good Korean women are at listening to their skin," says Katalin Berenyi, co-founder of Erborian. "This inspired me to create 'shots' of serum for the skin - travel-friendly, take-anywhere masks that promise instant beauty results for all women." The Erborian Bamboo Shot Mask, £6 each, enriched with Bamboo Waterlock complex, is designed to create the 'tchok tchok' plumping effect that Korean women covet (


The mack daddy of all sheet masks, Givenchy Le Soir Noir Face Mask, £225 for four, Debenhams, is a black lace beauty inspired by the Riccardo Tisci's catwalk designs. Pressing a reservoir on the packet releases Vital Black Algae Sap Concentrate, a powerful serum that works with the lace to lift and resculpture where you need it most (


A world first, the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Powerfoil Mask, £16 each, is a foil-backed sheet that allows the hyaluronic acid-rich serum to penetrate deeply and deliver maximum moisture in just 10 minutes (


New at Selfridges, Nannette de Gaspe's Restorative Techstile masks are unique because they're dry - the lifting properties of the Neck Masque, £70, are woven into the fabric and are activated by massaging. Plus, they can be reused about five times (


Made from cellulose extracted from fermented coconut water, the high-tech DHC Bio Cellulose Mask, £7.50 each, Escentual, is permeated with botanicals and amino acids to sooth irritated or blemish-prone skin (


Starskin Detoxing Sea Kelp Leaf Face Mask, £12.50 each, ASOS, is a two-part mask that's cut from sustainably sourced Korean sea kelp and with a whole bottle's worth of organic serum added, bringing 72 hours of hydration and wrinkle-smoothing marine goodness (


Specifically designed to replicate a week's worth of moisturiser, Garnier's new SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask, 99p each (reduced from £1.49), Boots, is loaded with hyaluronic acid and pomegranate extract, and it's a major bargain too (


Combining antioxidant-rich raspberry, soothing rosehip and collagen-boosting Tamanu oil, Origins Plantscription Youth-Renewing Sheet Mask, £32 for 6, John Lewis, soaks skin with a trio of anti-ageing actives (


Bringing the expertise of the Splendieuse range to an intense weekly treatment, Nuxe Splendieuse Anti-Dark Spot Perfecting Mask, £30 for 6, Escentual, supplies your skin with an amplified dose of the patent-pending, dark spot-defeating serum (


If you're prone to acne, drenching your skin in serum might exacerbate the problem, but Skin Republic Spots & Blemish Sheet Mask, £4.99 each, Superdrug, won't. Instead, tea tree and salicylic acid get to work on reducing oil, clearing pores and calming existing blemishes (


:: With sweat, rain and even tears (hello, wedding season) to tackle, summer calls for an infallible mascara. Our testers try the latest launches...

:: Givenchy Noir Couture Waterproof Mascara Black Velvet, £25, House of Fraser (

"It's hard not to lay it on thick with this statement-making mascara, which, once applied, refuses to budge. Able to survive outbreaks of sweat and summer rain, it certainly lives up to its waterproof claims - and even a swim in the sea won't result in panda eyes. But the formula is very thick, so apply sparingly."


:: Too Faced 'Better Than Sex' Waterproof Mascara, £19, Debenhams (

"I've tried a lot of waterproof mascaras in my time, and one thing I've learnt is that to get the smudge-freeness, you lose a little in the volumising and lengthening stakes. This baby has proved me wrong, however - just one coat delivers thick, curved lashes of dreams. This is as good as it gets."


:: Bourjois Volume Reveal Waterproof Mascara Black, £9.99, Superdrug (

"Perfect for the everyday, this skinny-combed mascara catches lashes and leaves them clump-free and volumised. Living up to its waterproof tag (without proving hard to remove) too, it's a worthy investment - especially considering it comes with a built-in, magnified mirror."



The beauty world is fizzing with excitement right now in anticipation of the arrival of Charlotte Tilbury's first-ever perfume. With Scent Of A Dream, the make-up legend has created a whole new category, called the 'floral-chypre', by working with award-winning fragrance and neuroscience experts to blend "intoxicating floral extracts and musks from scent history, with newly-discovered psycho-active ingredients of the future". We've had a sneak preview and can tell you this truly dreamy scent has to be worn to be believed, which you can when it's launched on September 5, on Net-a-Porter.

:: Charlotte Tilbury Scent Of A Dream, £49 for 50ml,



Advertisers would have us believe that all women are constantly striving to lose weight, but a new study reveals that 64% of women aged 16 and over are comfortable with their current weight. The survey by sports nutrition brand Bio-Synergy also showed that just 10% of women try to maintain their body shape to please their partner, compared to 25% of men, which is all good news for the 'BoPo' (body positive) movement.


Silicone cleansing brushes can set you back £100 or more, but now Lidl has got in on the action with a mega bargain brush. The Silvercrest Silicone Facial Cleansing Brush, which comes in two varieties for combination and normal/sensitive skin, is just £14.99, and will be in stores from August 29, until stocks lasts. Find your nearest branch at