I don’t know if it’s a new thing for me, but suddenly I’m all about masks. I don’t think it is new.. it’s a women’s tradition, sleepovers, girls nights, pampering for a big day. I can remember being little and doing the Queen Helene Mint Julep mask with my mom and sister, letting it burn up on my skin and splash it off, feeling all fresh and tight-skinned. Anyway, I wanted to put together a little guide for you on some recommendations for some of my favorite masks, and some that I have been wanting to try!
So if you haven’t ever used a mask before, they come in different forms. You can get sheet masks, which is like a moist piece of paper you place over your face and let soak, gel or creme masks, that you smear all over your skin, and those can also come in rinse-off and peel-off form! Peel off is the most fun for me, but sometimes can be a little painful. Above I have pictured a combination of some in my collection.
Sometimes, you may have different needs depending on the time of year or your skin that day. That’s why I recommend getting some of the mask multi-packs to give you versatility and more bang for your buck. Boscia has a great Multi-Masking Medley, which runs for $18 and gives you four individual packets of masks to use. Two of the Luminizing Black Mask, a Brightening White Mask and Green Tea Oil-Control mask. (The Bosica Sake Bright White Mask is a favorite of mine, I will always get compliments on my skin after using this!)
Around Christmas time is the best time to get these multi-pack samplers of all beauty products, but you can often find them afterwards as well (and sometimes on clearance!) Another great option I recently got with my Nordstrom Notes is the Glamglow Multi-Masking Set which is a kit that has all of Glamglow’s amazing mud masks for you to try! There is a large size (1oz.) of the Supermud Clearing treatment, and then minis (.24 oz) of the Youthmud, Gravitymud, Thirstmud, Flashmud and Powermud masks. These can be used alone, or all combined in different areas of the skin for their best use! The kit even comes with a little map with ideas of combinations and mixtures of the masks to use. ($42 for $92 value) Gravitymud is one of my favorites, because again, it has that fun peel-off feature and is in an amazing silver color, smells like a pina colada, and firms your face right up (think no fine lines, bouncy cheeks, tight AF look.) I was not the biggest fan of the Youthmud and it’s “tinglexfoliate” technique… that shit BURNED my face. It’s supposed to minimize pores and hydrate, but my skin just felt tight and dry after, not in a good way for me. The one thing I would say is that it did even out the texture of my skin.
Another really fun form of masks is sheet masks! These are great for when you need a quick pick me up, or if you’re lounging around watching movies or hanging with girlfriends. I just feel so pampered when I do a mask, so since these are so affordable and diverse, I always have a collection on deck! I picked up a few new brands pictured above from Target to try out for this post. My go-to sheet masks though, are definitely the Sehora Face Masks which comes in 8 different forms focused on specific skin care needs/benefits. I typically go for a hydrating form (Lotus or Rose) for these, because my skin is so dry. But at $6 a pop, why not try them all? I know Sephora recently started making masks specifically for under-eye, feet and nose strips too. I could talk about Sephora collection products all day (swear by: Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer, Citrus Brush Cleaner.. Coconut Makeup Removing Wipes… but that’s for another post!) These three masks I got from Target though ran about $3 each average.. I can’t swear by them because for a price that low, who knows, but it’s worth a shot. I typically find Yes-To products being decent, and my skin isn’t too sensitive, so these will be fun to test out.
Also pictured: Lush Cup-o’-Coffee Face and Body Mask which I LOVEEEE. This smells like delicious coffee (my life blood), and gives me a nice smooth complexion, and a touch of tan added to my face as well. It’s a gentle exfoliant, and makes my skin bright and supple. And it’s only $20 for the large size! Boom.
Mario Basescu Super Collagen Mask ($18) which is good for signs of aging and mature skin. This one purifies and feels pretty soothing (it contains oatmeal), but the scent is just okay for me. It’s a cream form you spread over your skin and then rinse away.
And last but not least, my friend Judy is always coming through with the Korean skincare hookup! This is the Innis Free Jeju Volcano Capsule which is like a two-time use size. It’s a thick mud consistency and dries on the skin for rinse off, once applied. It smells very earthy and gave me a refreshed, smooth, clear-pore look without drying my face. For the price ($2) I definitely want to try more of their products.
And lastly I wanted to give a quick first-impressions on the Eve Lom Cleanser ($50-$135). At first glance, I thought the formula was going to be more like a solid cleanser, but when I dipped my fingers in, it was a buttery-crystalized form. It melted instantly when rubbing into my skins warmth, and felt amazing on my face. Supposedly, this is a cleanser suitable for all skin types, and has a unique property to the cleansing balm, that it can deep clean pores without leaving your skin stripped and dried. You rub the magic butter (it literally feels like that) all over your skin, and then press the hot-soaked muslin cloth over your face and release, repeat. After doing this about three times, you then wipe away the excess with your cloth, and rinse your face with cold water to seal the pores that you just purged. I think it worked pretty well, my face felt clean and bright for sure, but for the price point I’m not totally sold that I’d purchase it on my own.
So what are your favorite masks for me to try? Any questions just let me know!!