Sorry for leaving my blog (and reading blogs 🙁 ) behind for a week! I’ve been guilty sleeping and watching Breaking Bad for the past week. Lately, my skincare regime has been owned by laziness so I’ve been doing more pampering with masks than the usual. My Beauty Diary Mask mask sheets are usually my first option(a review from my amateur blogging days) but I have a collection of other masks that I want to finish using up. Some of these products have been sitting in my bathroom for over a year and they gots to go (for all those who watched This Is The End, you know what I mean :P).
Since it’s kind of hard to review skincare and it may be boring to constantly a single product all the time; it’s more fun/easier to do a battle of masks post, but lemme know if it’s too long of a read.
The first two masks are the Fresh Rose Face Mask 3.4 oz and Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask 5 oz. These two are more of a jelly, liquid texture sort of mask. I got the Fresh Rose Face Mask as a sample from an online Sephora purchase, and the Cucumber Gel Mask from a Sephora 500 point perk. These are more on the liquid-y side of masks that focuses on hydrating and soothing the skin.
The Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask ($54 for 5 oz.) is practically dessert for my skin as macarons are dessert for my stomach. This green gel mask is aimed to refresh, cool, moisturize, and calm the skin. If I used extreme measures to eradicate pores, this one is perfect to calm my nose down. Not only can I put it on my face, but it works for the under eyes to treat puffiness as well. This stuff feels extra amazing after it’s been refrigerated. The downside is that there are parabens in the product, both methylparaben and propylparaben is on the bottom of the list of ingredients.
The star ingredients:
- Cucumber Extract: Helps to naturally nourish, hydrate, comfort, soothe, calm, and de-puff the appearance of skin.
- Papaya Extract: Rich in vitamins and a natural enzyme that helps to soften the appearance of skin.
- Chamomile Extract: Helps to comfort and soothe skin.
- Pineapple Extract: Contains a natural enzyme that helps to soften the skin.
Results: This is amazing for an overnight treatment. One time I fell asleep while having this on and I woke up with supple and soft skin. I was touching my face, trying to remember what I put on, and remembered that I had not rinsed off my mask.
The Fresh Rose Face Mask ($68 for 3.4 oz) is something I always hear about as I remember Sephora associates always boasted about this product and numerous emails had promote this as well. I have a love-hate relationship with Fresh products. I used to love those Fresh lip treatments, yes the ones that cost $26 for a stick, but it stopped to deliver exceptional results after a while. When I saw that you could get this highly praised mask as a sample, I was on it. This mask is also a gel formula that aims to hydrate, tone, and cool the skin. This one also contains cucumber extract, like the Peter Thomas Roth mask. However, this mask is not meant for the undereyes. The Rose mask is a brown gel with tiny rose petals infused in it.
The star ingredients:
- Pure Rosewater and Rose Petals: Notable for their soothing and toning properties.
- Cucumber Extract and Aloe Vera Gel: Help reduce inflammation; provide an immediate cooling and calming effect.
- Porphyrydium Cruentum: Vitamin-rich algae; delivers optimum moisture.
- Green Tea: Rich in antioxidants; helps brighten and protect.
Results: I’m not a Fresh pro, but I feel like the ingredients used may be too gentle for me, as I didn’t feel like my skin bounced back to life after using it. It smells very fresh, as the brand is, and the floral aroma isn’t pungent; for some reason I really enjoy flowery scents in skincare or food, but not too much for actual flowers. My skin felt softer after using this and my moisturizer is absorbed easier, but the day after, it felt and looked the same to me anyway. As much as I wanted to like this product, I wasn’t WOW-ed by it, given the price and hype for it.
These next set of masks are white, clay-like, thick masks.
I bought The Face Shop White Mud Nose Pack when The Face Shop opened in Richmond Centre earlier this year and they had a Buy 1 Get 1 50% off promotion. For those who haven’t heard of them, they are a Korean beauty brand and their prices are quite affordable. I don’t remember the full price for this, I think it was around $8? I am always on the lookout for my nose, and I’ve used charcoal masks, peel off stickers, so I wanted to try out this mask with white mud. I couldn’t find any information on white mud in the interwebs and I haven’t seen other skincare products with white mud, and here I was hoping it would be a new experience. I applied a thin even layer on my nose and left it on for 5-10 minutes, until it dried. Then, I peel it off, similar to the Biore nose strips.
The star ingredients:
- White Mud & Burdock Extract: sebum removal
- Aloe, Wormwood, licorice extract: soothing
Results: There’s a tradeoff with this: you can remove some blackheads, but it will be very painful. I think this is even more painful than the nose strips, but more cost effective? I don’t recommend doing this before going out because your nose may be red, flaky, and dry. I put a hydrating mask after I tried the mud mask. To prevent wastage, I will be using this on my leg to rip my ingrown hairs, hope that works.
The Origins Out Of Trouble(TM) 10 Minute Mask To Rescue Problem Skin ($28 for 3.4 oz)has been on my blog before; it’s a mask that aims to rescue “troubled skin.” It’s a white goopy paste that is applied over the face and throat for ten minutes. This mask claims to
- sop up oily-shine
- slough off sticky, dead cells,
- sweep away irksome debris.
The star ingredients:
- Camphor: This highly aromatic herb has been prized for its purifying and preservative powers. It is also a counter-irritant and skin purifier.
Results: This mask can be left longer than 10 minutes; I find that my face gets smoother. Unlike other clay masks, it doesn’t really dry and crackle; it sticks on the face and I find that it is hard to remove it with a washcloth. This product is more of an immediate fix for me, which is why I love bringing it around when I travel. It does a quick job of refreshing the face after flying around an airplane or feeling like I rubbed hamburger on my face. It has a herbal smell from the camphor, which I love, but may be a throw off for some. Long term wise, I haven’t noticed less shine or anything, I think the shininess of my face is more affected by my regular skincare products. Nevertheless, this is is a decent product, but I can live without it.
Continuing with mud masks…the most expensive mask award goes to….the GlamGlow SuperMud™ Clearing Treatment.
One of the masks that most people may or may not have heard of is the GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD(TM) CLEARING TREATMENT . Ridiculously expensive and promised to deliver skincare results that rival Hollywood actors, this bugger has quite high expectations. Is it so amazing that it has the “TM” trademark symbol beside the name?! I was extremely intrigued by this a year ago when I read a mountain pile of reviews on this and I found a decent price on Amazon for around $35! (PS- I remember this used to be $69 CAD for 1.2 oz at Sephora and now it’s $76!! INFLATION!! *shakes fist* ) This mask treatment claims to fight skin concerns such as breakouts, discoloration, black heads, white heads, razor bumps, and ingrown hair. I was kind of intrigued by the ingrown hair portion, but it would be a waste if I used it on my leg, yeah?
There are several masks from the GLAMGLOW line, however, when I purchased it there was only this one and the YOUTHMUD™ Tingexfoliate Treatment. You can use the mask for all over the face application or to treat certain areas of the face. I already had a separate face exofliation product so I opted for this SuperMud instead. As the name of the product has the word “mud” in it, expect something thick and dark in the jar.
The star ingredients:
- ACNECIDIC-6™ 4.4%: A proprietary six-acid blend of AHA and BHA acids perfectly PH balanced to deal with damaged skin, de-clog, and minimize pores, pigmentation, scaring, and breakouts.
- Activated-X Charcoal: An extreme absorption carbon, attracting toxic substances into its mass up to 500 times its volume from all skin types.
- K17-Clay™: Extracts and encapsulates excess sebum oils, bacteria, and toxins in a controlled stasis state.
- TEAOXI™: Delivers daily fresh natural eucalyptol, natural-linalool oil, and powerful flavonoids direct into the formula from real pieces of eucalyptus leaf.
Results: The coolest thing about this mask is that you can see the oil spots that the clay mask is taking care of (known as “Pore-Matrix™” ). If you have trypophobia (fear of clusters of holes) I suggest you do not look below or just scan very briefly. I was extremely fascinated by this technology and this is probably why I wanted to try the mask in the first place. (I also enjoy seeing the little stuff that is stuck on pore strips after ripping them off my nose, yup.) I have an extremely oily T-zone and the pores on my nose loves to torture me with its speedy oil production powers; and you can see these suckers being cleaned up with the mask treatment. All the dark grey areas is where you can see the mask is cleaning up the dirty work.
One time I had these two zits on the side of my face that were really annoying me, and when I put on the mask, I could see that most of the mud dried into the light grey state, but the mask turned dark grey where my zits were.
A word of caution, don’t leave this mask on longer than 10-15 minutes. One time I was on the the phone and I left my mask on too long and it got really itchy after 30 minutes and when I washed it off, my skin reacted to it and I got tiny bumps everywhere that not even a bunch of masks and BB cream could save me. Putting a thin layer will solve those pesky skin problems, too much product will suck the moisture from your face. I’ve had my jar for over a year now and I’m almost finished with it. It is also starting to dry a bit in the jar; it’s harder to smooth it out on my face.
All in all, I can’t see myself shelling out $79 for it, but I may eventually give in to Amazon‘s deal for it later down the road.
Okay guys..last mask here, saving the cutest for last! The Tony Moly Latte Art Milk Cacao Pore Pack (around $13-$15 for 85g depending where).
Tony Moly is also a Korean beauty brand, and all their products are SO ADORABLE. (Check out this Tony Moly Bunny Gloss Bar.) Some of their skincare products are packaged like food! I’m not sure where you can buy it in Vancouver (or in North America, maybe Chinese beauty shops?) but you can get it online on eBay or Amazon
This mask is also for pores as the name suggests(I got a lot of those, which is why I need to use them up ASAP!) As I mentioned, clay masks can be drying, and Tony Moly gets around this by adding milk cream. Looking at the mug packaging below, you can see the swirls of milk and coffee aka the fusion of moisturizing milk cream and the pore killer, cacao pack. Also, that flat white piece on the lid is a spatula for mixing!
The cream and the cacao is separated in the mug, so I mix a 1:1 ratio and apply it to my face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes (until it dries.)
- Cacao pack from Ghana: Contains cacao oil, which has an excellent sebum-absorbing function, and it removes impurities from the pores.
- Marshmallow extract: provides excellent moisturizing effects to the skin
- Peppermint and white willow extracts: remove dead skin cells and tighten pores,making the skin smooth and firm
Results: THE SMELL! The aroma is just like coffee with a bit of cocao. It’s like your skin is envious of your tastebuds for tasting coffee and now the skin can experience it too. I may be a bit biased to the cuteness of it all, but the product works well (given the price too!) My skin was evidently smoother,my nose wasn’t shiny, and the pores on my cheek appeared to be smaller, which makes makeup application so much easier. The pore pack is also easier to clean from the face, compared to GLAMGLOW and Origins.
Whoo that was a lot of masks, no wonder my mom complains the bathroom is overflowing with random bottles and jars. To summarize the types of masks I covered:
- Pore reduction: Tony Moly Latte Art Milk Cacao Pore Pack, GLAMGLOW Super Mud Treatment, The Face Shop White Mud Nose Pack
- Hydration and Soothing: Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask, Fresh Rose Face Mask
- General clean up: Origins Out of Trouble Mask
What masks do you use to attack your problems?
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