Welcome to my mask box.
People who have had more than a handful of conversations with me know how religious I am about face masks. I am not a face mask practicer purely for the facial benefits (my skin is everything but perfect), but more for the ritualistic, self-pampering moments of peace I receive upon slathering the green goop on my freshly washed face.
As per request of one of my colleagues, I reveal to you the contents of my most sacred treasure chest:
I redeemed some points at Sephora and got a baby Origins pack including this little guy. Though not an actual face mask, this is a "skin-optimizing mask primer" which to me sounds like a fancy pants way to say "toner". Masks always feel like they work a little bit better and leaves your skin feeling a little bit smoother if you use a toner on your face beforehand. This one is also in a fun little spray bottle so spritz!
This one smells kind of swampy but in a nice herbal and refreshing way. Based with herbs and plant oils, this mask comes out green and dries into a disgusting colour of garbage. Okay, not really selling it here but trust me, your skin feels properly nourished afterwards. It works to freshen up your skin while still giving it lots of hydration. Leave on for ten minutes, then rinse off.
I've been a follower of Into The Gloss for nearly three years now and I have never wanted to be American so badly as when Glossier first became a thing and they only shipped to the U.S. Thankfully I have a super American friend with her own black market going on. Just kidding haha. She just let me join in on her order to bring to me when she returned to Copenhagen. Friends that mask together, stay together.
This jolly little tub contains white kaolin clay, amongst other natural things. The minty green layer calms the skin and sucks the oil out. It also has nice little chunky bits that work as an exfoliator after leaving the mask to dry for 20 minutes and then washing it out.
Shoutout to this one for being made in Denmark! If I'm going to be completely honest, I bought this because it sounded like fun. You let the black kaolin clay ink liquid dry for 30 minutes and then you peel it off! May this be a warning to you: this actually is not so fun! It hurts quite a lot! So maybe don't put it on your whole face. Save this one for the T-zone - it's great at getting rid of blackheads and excess oil. It also leaves your skin quite smooth afterwards, but don't forget to be gentle to your poor little face and moisturize afterwards.
Sounds really nice right?? If your skin is feeling drab and dry, put this on real quick (5-10 minutes, then wash off). It's infused with real rose petals!!!
Lush masks always do the job for me and they really make you feel like you're at the spa. You can put this mask on your whole body and the best part about it is that it smells (and tastes!) like mint chocolate chip ice cream! It's another one of those masks with clay from China and lots of natural goodness (Lush is good for that), and it has little exfoliant bits as well. Leave this one on until it feels all dry, then rinse off. It's important to remember that with clay masks, since they tend to draw out the excess oil from your face, that you don't let them draw for too long. Your skin does need some oil and moisture, so you don't want to be too quick to get rid of it all just because of a shiny forehead.
- Lush Rosy Cheeks (not pictured because I used it all up too quick)
This one is so fabulous. For starters, it's a really lovely shade of pink. It has clay and roses and just works well at making your skin one even colour, calm and clean. The mask itself doesn't stay fresh for very long, since all of the Lush products are handmade, but it does feel like magic. No lies.
Masks are terrific at the end of a hard week when you need to unwind, or even at the start of your day to cure a bad hangover. I'm trying to tame myself when it comes to spending all my money on new masks, but I'd love to hear about what some of your favourite masks are - give me a shout!
Happy Monday Masking everyone!