Mask Monday: Sleeping Masks

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What are they?
A sleeping mask is used as the last step of your skincare routine to provide added moisture, brighten & purify, and help seal in your serum, oil, and moisturizer. Different masks have different ingredients so depending on that, you can use more of less frequently. You can use over a moisturizer or in place of, up to you.

I, personally, don’t like to sleep in these masks. I don’t like the feeling of something heavier on my skin when I sleep. After I remove my makeup and cleanse, I apply the mask, and leave it on all night. Right before I go to bed, I rinse it off and then finish up with my serum, moisturizer, and eye cream. I also like to keep mine in my skincare refrigerator for an added calming effect.


LANEIGE LAVENDER SLEEPING MASK

Claims– Delivers intense hydration while you sleep :: helps dryness, fine lines and wrinkles, dullness and uneven texture :: brighten and purify

Price– $25 at Sephora, laneige.com :: ~$20 on Amazon for 2.3 oz

Product Range– Lavender and Original

Pros– Smells SO good :: ingredients–hyaluronic acid :: affordable :: no paragons, phthalates, or mineral oil :: like the lightweight, gel texture :: leaves skin soft, smooth, and plump :: cooling effect

Cons– Cruelty free :: availability–online or Sephora stores only

Final Thoughts– I really love the lightweight formula as lots oh hydrating masks can be very thick. I love the smell and it’s so calming. Even though I don’t sleep in the mask, I can still keep the benefits of it. LOVE this mask!

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BELIF AQUA BOMB SLEEPING MASK

Claims– Replenishes and revives dull, dry skin for a dewy, radiant glow :: pillow proof formula that absorbs quickly.

Price– $34 for 2.53 oz at Sephora, belifusa.com

Pros– No parabéns, sulfates, fragrance, dyes, synthetic preservatives :: dermatologist tested :: lightweight, gel formula :: leaves skin soft, smooth, and hydrated :: cooling effect

Cons– Not cruelty free :: expensive :: availability–Sephora or online only

Final Thoughts– I got a sample of this, but I got several uses out of this so the full size would last a while. The cooling effect feels so good and makes me feel like the mask is really working. Again, I don’t sleep in this, but I can still feel a difference in my skin after a few hours of wear.

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Conclusion
–I like both, but the Lineage is cheaper ad works the exact same, so I’d go with that one.
–Neither one of these products are cruelty free so keep that in mind if you only purchase cruelty free products.
–Drugstore option 1) Neutrogena Hydro Boost Overnight Mask Pod :: very similar to the belief mask
–Drugstore option 2) Aveeno MaxGlow No Mess Sleep Mask :: smells amazing, no mess application

 

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Mask Monday: Physicians Formula Refreshment Cucumber & Bamboo Clay

Claims
–Cream-to-clay formula
–Never over dries or cracks
–Transforms into a foam when rinsed

Price
–$9.95 at physiciansformula.com
–0.6 oz

Product Range
–3  :: cucumber & bamboo, white halloysite, rose

Pros
–Packaging
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Paraben free
–Gluten free
–Hypoallergenic
–Healthy ingredients :: cucumber, aloe vera, cooling peppermint, bamboo shoot, glacier water
–Left skin smooth
–Easy to remove
–Didn’t leave skin feeling dry or stripped
–Lived up to all claims

Cons
–Although the packaging is convenient, it’s still a little messy
–Expensive for the amount of product you get

Final Thoughts 
I thought this wasn’t going to be messy, but it was very emollient and slid around and got on the packaging. However, it was still less messy than your typical jar/tube packaging. Clay masks can be very drying, but this one wasn’t. My skin felt very soft and smooth and not dry and stripped. It lived up to all of it’s claims and I really like it.

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This or That? It Cosmetics Eye Creams

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It Cosmetics Confidence In An Eye Cream

  • Claims–Brightens eyes to make them appear instantly more awake :: restore the look of firmness :: reduce the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, lines, and wrinkles
  • Price–$38 for 0.5 oz at Ulta, it cosmetics.com
  • Pros–Hydrating :: cruelty free :: works for all skin types :: plumps under eye area :: apricot tint helps correct & brighten :: a little goes a long way :: ingredients (collagen, hyaluronic acid) :: keeps lines and wrinkles away/at bay
  • Cons–Ulta exclusive or online only :: expensive
  • Final Thoughts–I’ve repurchased this several times and it’s my go to eye cream. It’s moisturizing and leaves the under eye area soft, smooth, and plump. I still have some fine lines under my eyes, but they haven’t gotten any worse since using this. I certainly don’t expect this cream to make them go away. I don’t have crows feet though and that is very important to me.

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It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream

  • Claims–Instantly brighten and reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles
  • Price–$48 for 0.5 oz at Sephora, itcosmetics.com
  • Pros–Cruelty free :: hydrating :: blue tint brightens :: ophthalmologist tested :: ingredients (collagen, caffeine, hyaluronic acid) :: works for all skin types :: keeps lines and wrinkles away/at bay :: little goes a long way
  • Cons–Expensive :: Sephora exclusive or online only
  • Final Thoughts–Like the aforementioned, this hydrates, smooths, and feels so good on the skin. I love the blue packaging, it’s my favorite color!
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Confidence In An Eye Cream is on the left, Bye Bye Under Eye on the right 

NOTES

  • Confidence In An Eye Cream can be purchased at Ulta where you can use your reward points for money off.
  • Bye Bye Under Eye is a Sephora exclusive where the sales (10-20% off) only happen a few times a year.
  • I didn’t notice that one worked drastically better than the other.
  • Both hydrate, smooth, and keep lines/wrinkles at bay
  • Neither are cheap, but they aren’t has highly priced as other high end eye creams. I’m scared of crows feet so eye cream is one product I’m willing to splurge on.
  • They are both good and give similar results, just depends on your price/store preference.
  • I’ve gotten the Confidence In An Eye Cream half off at Ulta several times during their 21 Days and Skincare sales and I prefer Ulta’s reward system.

I say all that to say that I prefer…

CONFIDENCE IN AN EYE CREAM!

I find this one to be slightly more emollient and my dry skin needs that. I also prefer the price and that I can usually get it on sale.

Mask Monday: Origins Clear Improvement

Claims
–Purifying mask that deep cleans and visibly reduces pores
–Flush out toxins and dirt & debris that can clog pores and cause skin to look dull

Price
–$26 for full size 2.5 oz
–$13 mini 1.0 oz
Sephora, Ulta, origins.com

Pros
–No parabéns or sulfates
–Mini option available for travel/testing
–Ingredients :: charcoal, kaolin, white China clay, bentonite

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I heard this was a dupe for my beloved GlamGlow SuperMud, but it definitely isn’t a dupe. It isn’t as strong as GlamGlow, but it’s still a good mask. I only use it in my T Zone because I don’t want to dry out the rest of my face. My skin felt clean, but not dry and stripped. I feel like I got a really good, deep clean. I’ll still reach for my GlamGlow over this and I think there are cheaper masks that do the same things. It’s just a “meh” from me.

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October Favorites

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  • Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder in Fair
    • I had some serious powder woes earlier this month. No powder and foundation combination would work on my skin. Everything looked like a dry, cakey mess. I hadn’t used this powder in a long time so I decided to go back to the basics with this one. It never fails and I plan on keeping it in my collection.
  • CYO Illuminating Mixing Cream
    • Jessica Braun used this in a tutorial and it looked really pretty and I happened to find myself in a Walgreens that carried CYO so I picked it up. OMG where has this been my whole life? It’s the best primer if you have dry skin. You can also mix it in foundation, but I haven’t tried it that way. I ordered 2 backups.
  • Coty Airpsun Powder in Translucent
    • My makeup soul sister swears by this powder and when I was having powder woes, I decided to get it. I don’t know why I ever stopped using this. It’s so good, even on my dry skin and you can’t beat the price!
    • If you’re looking for in stores, it’s always near the nail stuff. I don’t know why.
  • Loopy Case
    • I usually don’t spend more than $10 on phone cases. I like to switch them out often and they are cute ones that are super cheap so why bother? Welllll the Loopy case has changed that.
    • My sister had it and I played with hers and I had to have one. It pained me to spend that much on a phone case, but it is definitely worth every penny. I got an additional “loop” because I needed a little color.
  • Powder Puffs
    • As you read above, I was having a rough time with powder. I had been using a brush or a damp sponge, but I just couldn’t get the finish I wanted without caking. I remembered Tati talking about velour powder puffs so I bought a pack on Amazon and problem solved.
    • I used the pointed tip to set my concealer and then just dab the rest of my face with the bottom.
  • Kopari Coconut Rose Toner
    • First of all, this smells AMAZING. I can’t wait to use this product every day. It feels good on the skin, hydrates, and doesn’t dry out my skin.
  • Air Pods Case (not pictured)
    • I won a pair of Air Pods at a company event and I FREAKING love them. I dont’ know how I ever lived without them. However, the case is really small and easy to lose in my huge purse. Amazon saved the day, as always!

Mask Monday: Tarte Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask

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Claims 
–Clay :: tighten pores; treat blemishes and blackheads; polish away dead skin cells to treat flakes and uneven skin tone without over drying
–Gel :: calm redness and inflammation; boosts clarity and circulation; supple, soft, and energized look

Price
–$40 at Sephora, tartecosmetics.com
–$24 mini

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Hypoallergenic
–Dermatologist tested
–No parabéns or phthalates
–Convenient 2-in-1 packaging
–Clay :: exfoliates, skin felt clear and clean and not stripped
–Gel :: left my skin hydrated and supple

Cons
–Expensive
–Sephora exclusive

Final Thoughts
I love the convenience of a 2-in-1 mask as you can really customize and target according to your needs. The clay left my skin feeling soft and clean without feeling dry and stripped. The gel area really hydrated and made my skin SO soft. I would definitely buy the full size of this mask. I got a sample and got several uses out of this packet so I’m thinking the full size would last a long time.

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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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