Mask Monday: Ahava Hydration Cream

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Claims
–Provide an active hydration boost in just 3 minutes
–Instantly restores moisture
–Left with a smooth, plump, and supple complexion

Prices
–$33 for 3.4 oz
Ulta, ahava.com

Pros
–Packed with moisturizing ingredients
–Left skin soft, supple, and smooth
–Super hydrating
–Easy to apply
–Like that you can rinse off or use as a sleeping mask
–Cruelty free
–Vegan

Cons
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I love the idea of using it as a sleeping mask, but I don’t sleep in masks. Instead, I leave it on for several hours and then rinse. I still get the benefits of the mask even though I don’t sleep in it. It’s SUPER hydrating, however, there are other, cheaper masks that do the same thing.

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Mask Monday: Farmacy Bright On

Claims
–Brighten & detox by removing build up and impurities
–Visibly improve the appearance of skin texture and tone

Price
–$38 for 1.0 oz
Sephora, beautylish.com, farmacybeauty.com

Pros
–Good for all skin types
–No parabéns, sulfates, phthalates
–Clean beauty product
–Cruelty free
–Made my skin feel soft and supple
–Ingredients :: Vitamin C, kaolin, AHAs, aloe, bentonite
–As you massage it into the skin, it changes color from lavender to green. It’s the Vitamin C capsules bursting so you can actually see the mask working.

Cons
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
Prior to using this, my skin felt tight and dehydrated. After, it felt so soft, supple, and hydrated. This is such a cool, innovative product with the color changing formula. A friend gave this to me to try and while I liked it, it is pricey. I don’t know that I’d buy it at full price. I like that you massage it in and get it working before you leave it on to dry which is so simple, but something I had never thought of before.

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You can see how it changed colors after I rubbed it it

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Mask Monday: GlamGlow 60 Second Instamud Pore Refining Treatment

Claims
–Refines pores and evens skintone
–Leaves skin soft and smooth in as little as 60 seconds
–Energize and invigorate while it perfects your complexion

Price
–$42
Nordstrom, Sephora, glamglow.com

Pros
–No parabéns or phthalates
–Pretty color and packaging
–Works in 60 seconds
–Tickle/tingle feeling
–Left skin soft and smooth
–Really only need to leave it on for a minute
–Ingredients: bentonite, kaolin, aloe vera, niacinamide, witch hazel

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
GlamGlow usually knocks it out of the park with their masks and this one is no exception. I LOVE this and it lives it up to all of its claims. It’s a great product to use weekly to keep pores clean and clear. It is expensive, but since I would only use it in targeted areas, it would last me a while and I would buy the full size.

You can see it foaming/fizzing up

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Mascara Monday: CoverGirl Exhibitionist

Claims
–No flaking or smudging
–Lashes are full and defined with one coat
–Volumizing

Price
–$10.99 at Ulta
–$7.99 at Target
–$7.94 at Wal Mart
–$9.99 at Walgreens

Shade Range
–3
–Waterproof option

Pros
–Wand shape
–Affordable
–Pretty packaging
–Length
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–Easily accessible
–Cruelty free
–Volume
–My lashes looked bomb

Cons
–None

Final Thoughts
Y’all my lashes looked BOMB with this mascara. It is definitely one of the best mascaras I’ve tried this year. I got length, volume, and separation without flaking or smudging, what more do you need from a mascara? The wand shape is similar to the Too Faced Better Than Sex, but this is even better and even cheaper.

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Mask Monday: Cosmedix Detox Activated Charcoal Mask

Claims
–Draw out pore-clogging dirt, oil, and daily impurities
–Does the dirty work with gentle, effective ingredients
–Not over drying
–Exfoliates to help smooth skin texture
–Cleanse away pollutants
–Ideal for even the most sensitive skin

Price
–$54 at cosmedix.com

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Gentle enough for sensitive skin
–Leaves skin soft and plump

Cons
–Full size is expensive
–Not readily available :: online or select spas

Final Thoughts
I got this in a Boxycharm and it is a good mask. It’s not overly powerful for drawing out impurities like my beloved GlamGlow, but it’s more gentle than GG. I will use this one up, but I wouldn’t buy the full size.

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Mask Monday: Mario Badescu Rose Hips

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Claims
–Boost radiance in dull, tired skin
–Diminish the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and minor discoloration
–Gently purifies pores
–Leaves the complexion rehydrated and revitalized

Price
–$20 for 2.0 oz
Ultamariobadescu.com

Pros
–Affordable
–Cruelty free
–Works for all skin types
–Thin formula, easy to apply
–Dries down completely
–Easy to remove, almost emulsifies when you rinse it
–Leaves skin smooth and hydrated

Cons
–Scent

Final Thoughts
I really like this mask, but I can’t stand the scent. It’s a great mask, but not a great mask for me.

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Mask Monday: Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure

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Claims
–Eliminate impurities
–Instant complexion perfection
–Clear clogged pores

Price
–$6.99 for 3.4 oz at Ulta, Target, and formula1006.com
–$2.99 for 1 oz at Ulta & Target

Pros
–Ingredients :: salicylic acid, bentonite
–Affordable
–Easily accessible
–Doesn’t claim to be hydrating, but I found it to be
–Skin felt clear and clean without feeling stripped
–Packaging :: squeeze tube, mess free

Cons
–Don’t love strawberry scented things
–Cruelty free status unclear

Final Thoughts
I loved the slight tingle and heat, it made me feel like it was working. My skin felt so plump and hydrated after rinsing. I was really impressed with this mask and would love to try more products from the line. I purchased the travel size to test and I wouldn’t buy the full size because of the scent, but the actual product is good!

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