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: 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: 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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Catrice One Drop Coverage Weightless Concealer

Claims
–Full coverage
–Long-lasting
–Moisturizes while correcting the appearance of dark circles and imperfections
–Sweat-resistant

Price
–$6.99 for 0.23 oz
–Ulta, catricecosmetics.com

Shade Range
–4 at Ulta
–8 at catricecosmetics.com
–My shade: 003 Porcelain

Pros
–Hyaluronic acid
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Full coverage
–Easy to blend
–Didn’t settle/crease
–Affordable
–Little goes a long way

Cons
–Shade range
–Lightest shade too dark for me

Final Thoughts
The shade range is total garbage. I bought the lightest shade and had to use a white concealer to make it work. A concealer in dropper packaging like this is interesting and I had never tried one like this before. Dropper packaging tends to be a little messy and the product very liquid-y and runny, but this one wasn’t. The consistency was perfect and I was really impressed with the formula. It was very easy to blend, full coverage, and didn’t settle or crease (any more so than usual concealers, I have fine lines so everything settles/creases to an extent). Catrice needs to work on the shade range, for most of their products, but if there’s a shade for you or you’re willing to mix, I think you’ll like it.

Corrector: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Brightener
Powder: Fenty Pro Filt’r in Lavender

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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.

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Foundation Friday: Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless

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Claims
–Buildable, medium coverage
–Matte finish
–Lasts up to 24 hours
–Waterproof
–Minimize the appearance of pores

Price
–$39 for 1.0 oz
–Ulta, Sephora, urbandecay.com

Shade Range
–50
–My shade: 10NN

Pros
–Vegan
–Shade match for me
–Cruelty free
–Buildable
–Packaging, pump!
–Shade range (9 intensities, 3 master-tones, 7 undertones)
–10NN perfect match for me
–Full coverage with 2 layers
–Easy to blend
–Matte finish but worked on my dry skin

Cons
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I got a sample at Sephora to try before deciding whether or not to purchase. I was really worried about how this would look since it said it had a matte finish, but I was surprised at how it looked it on my skin. It didn’t cake or cling at all. It was very easy to blend and build up the coverage. I tried it with the Catrice powder first and it broke up so the next day I tried it with the Revolution PRO powder and it look so much better. I really loved that combination and how it sat on my skin. The shade range is impressive and there’s a perfect shade match for me. I have plenty of foundations so I’m not buying the full size right now, but I definitely would purchase this one.

Primers: Urban Decay b6 Spray, Physicians Formula Rose All Day Serum Primer, elf Blur Stick
Powders: Catrice Prime & Frime Waterproof Mattifying, Revolution PRO Hydra Matte
Setting Sprays: Essence Keep It Perfect!, Catrice Illuminating Setting Spray

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Mascara Monday: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir

Claims
–Ultimate volume
–Look of thick, false lashes
–Instant, smudge-proof length and volume in 3 strokes or less

Price
–$26 full size
–$14 mini
Sephora & marcjacobsbeauty.com

Shade Range
–1 :: Black

Pros
–Cruelty free
–No parabéns, sulfates, phthalates
–Length
–Volume
–Separation
–No smudging or flaking
–Brush/wand is similar to Too Faced Better Than Sex which I like
–Mini option for travel/testing

Cons
–Expensive
–No waterproof option

Final Thoughts
This was just MEH. I don’t have any complains, but it didn’t wow me and for $26, I want to be wowed. It lengthened, volumized, and separated, but didn’t add much drama. I can get better looking lashes with cheaper mascaras.

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