Birthday Haul: Mask Edition

Ready for round two? I am! Continue reading “Birthday Haul: Mask Edition”


Monday Mask: Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay

Hello again! Today’s mask is going to retexturize my skin and reveal new skin! Or something along those lines. It’s the Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay. Heavy on the rose part.

According to the description, it’s supposed to be like multimasking, that is using more than one mask at once. It has “Meditteranean rose clay, Canadian willow herb, and exfoliating jojoba beads”. It says it will provide a gentle “deep clean while refining skin’s texture”. “Pores appear to vanish and clarity is restored for a radiant, youthful-looking complexion that’s silky-smooth to the touch”. You are supposed to leave it on for 10 minutes.

As I said before, it has a very strong rose scent, so be cautioned. The colour is a light pink with small exfoliating beads that you can really feel when smoothing it on your face. It feels a little cooling when drying, but nothing too extreme. By the end of the 10 minutes, it’s fairly dried down, except for a few spots where I laid it on thick.

I will say, it’s a bitch to remove. Those jojoba beads mentioned before? They don’t actually move around unless you scrub at your face. Then they’re fine.

I will say, my face feels extremely smooth and soft, which is lovely. My skin also doesn’t look red or irritated, something I appreciate from my skin care.

My verdict? I would mask again! I’d have to see if this makes a difference in overall texture over time, which might lead me to purchase a full size, but for now I will see how the rest of this deluxe sized sample goes.

Let me know if you’ve tried it and if it’s your holy grail!

Monday Mask: Lise Watier Bio Lift Eye Patch

This week is a bit different than previous incarnations, I’m doing an eye mask! I’ve had this for well over a year but never used it because I really didn’t see the point. My undereye area is pretty normal I would say. I have a few fine lines, but it’s not oily or really I’ve never felt the need to add an eye mask to my routine. But in the name of science, I’ll try it! Continue reading “Monday Mask: Lise Watier Bio Lift Eye Patch”

Monday Mask: Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub

img_2164It’s another Monday and another mask. Today is the Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub, a very long name for a newish mask.

First off, the texture is nice and has these very fine beads so you can feel a little bit of something when spreading it out. I did find I needed to use a lot of it since if you spread it out too much it just slides away. It has no real smell, which is a plus. It also dries fairly quickly. You only need it on for about 5 minutes, so a quick mask for a busy day. It doesn’t completely dry in 5 minutes, but I’m sure if you applied a very thinner layer it would be completely dry.

Taking it off is pretty quick and easy, though not the easiest I’ve ever had. The little beads really come into action when you wet your face and really give you a nice exfoliation. My face felt soft and smooth, if only a tinge dry once you dry the water off.img_2166

It’s a fairly pleasant mask, very quick and easy to use. I wouldn’t use it more than 2 to 3 times per week as it does give you some physical exfoliation, but as a nice mid-week pick me up, it’s great.

I would consider purchasing the full size in the future, but since I don’t really need a physical exfoliator since I have a Clarisonic, it’s not a high priority.

One thig to note, I can’t seem to find it on Sephora or the Canadian Clinique website, but Nordstroms does have it for 28$ CAD, which is a standard price for Clinique.

Monday Mask: Dr. Jart+ Brightening Infusion Hydrogel Mask

img_2160It’s a Monday mask! A couple months ago I tried to do  mask everyday, which didn’t really work out, but I did like the idea of testing and reviewing mask. So Monday Mask was born!

Our first mask is the Dr. Jart+ Brightening Infusion Hydrogel Mask. This is the first hydrogel mask I’ve ever used after hearing about them for so long. It’s very different than the paper masks I’m used to, especially since this came in two parts. On bigger part for the top 3/4 of the face and a smaller one for below the nose.

Do I look like a serial killer enough?


As for the fit, I had no problems with it that I normally wouldn’t have. Most never fit perfectly, but with this one I didn’t feel like it would poke me in the eye or drip into it. It had no real smell that I could sense, but don’t take my word for it since I have very little sense of smell.

It claims to boost dull and lackluster skin, bathing it in hydrators and brightening actives and immediately restores youthful glow.img_2163

Do I really find it did much? Not really. It takes a few minutes after taking it off for the essence to sink in, but even then it still feels rather sticky. It does feel hydrated, just with this sort of film on it. I’m hoping it sinks in after a while.

Would I repurchase? I did find this at Winners for 5.99$ CAD vs 9$ CAD at Sephora, so if I found more at Winners I would consider it. It is rather expensive for a one time use product, especially since I don’t see much of a difference, but I do have another one to try so maybe it’ll work better the second time.

As a side note, I did notice the next day that my skin did look a little brighter, so it does work ever so slightly.

Thanks for reading, let me know if you’ve ever tried this mask and what you thought. Or, recommend me some hydrogel masks that really work!

Mask Month: Day 4

Are you tired of this yet, because I’m just tired in general. The urge to go back to bed as strong today but I am here. I wanted something moisturizing after all the clay masks I’ve done, something maybe glowy. So I went for glowy.

Today’s mask is the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. Short, and sweet, and to the point. I like it. It is said to provide deep cleansing and pore minimization, it will detox the skin and eliminate dead cells and stimulate cell renewal. It’s supposed to be like a chemical peel but without the downtime. Doubtful, but we shall see.

It has a slightly thick gel texture that spreads really easily. It has a fragrance, but I can’t put my finger on what that is,  but maybe something warm? This is why I don’t talk about perfume. After a few minutes it seems to dry down to a weird sort of clay mask feeling but still incredibly shiny. Like I just applied moisturizer.

So after leaving it on for a half hour, it comes off very easily. My skin does look glowy and fells sort of soft, but some parts have that really dry feeling,

Overall, I give this mask a 5/10 would not mask again. I wouldn’t say no to another free sample, but I would not spend the 58$ price tag for it.

Mask Month: Day 3

I really did not want t get up for this, but here I am.

Today’s mask is the Paulas Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask. I’ve had this for a few months when I ordered a billion samples from them and just have not used it. Haven’t been too impressed with their stuff, but maybe that will change today. It’ supposed to absorb excess oil, reduce enlarged pores and blackheads and smooth rough, uneven skin.

It has a thin consistency, not as thick as most clay masks. It has the typical off white colour with no scent that I can tell. the foil sachet had just enough for a whole face if spread in a thin layer and I was able to get everywhere. It does dry to the typical dry mask where you can’t even smile.

It dries down by the end and removal is fairly easy for a clay mask. After, my skin feels tight and dry but that’s about it. Fairly average, did what I expected it to do.

I give them 5/10 would not mask again. It’s just average, unless I don’t get oily all day and all night, I wouldn’t purchase this.

I will say, kudos to yesterday’s mask, my skin felt so soft and smooth this morning.