I love masks, I hunt for them, track them down and collect them. When I find a great one I keep it in my skincare repertoire and go looking for some more. I wish I have more than 1 face just so I can try them all at once. I currently have 6 masks and used to have about 10, so I think it’s time to go looking for more.
Here is the current line up:
1. Simplicite Rosehip and Lavender Complexion Refiner
Another Simplicite product that will forever be in my bathroom cupboard. I apply a thick-ish layer to my face, leave to dry, then rub it off without water. This exfoliates my skin to the right level (I get over zealous with granule exfoliators so I have eliminated them from my skincare routine), cleans my pores out, and leaves me with soft, pink-flushed skin. After which I pat on 1 and a half pump of Simplicite’s Sage Face Oil, and I look as rejuvenated as if I’ve just visited a Balinese spa retreat.
This face oil is for oily/acne-prone skin, Simplicite also has a Rosewood Face Oil for dry/mature skin that my mum swears by.
2. Alpha-H Liquid Gold Smoothing & Perfecting Mask
I am a little worried that it’s not called 15% Glycolic Hydrating Mask anymore, does it mean that it no longer contains that much? Not sure, but I guess I’d just exercise my same old philosophy that I’ll continue to use it for as long as it still works.
This mask pulls out all the underlying impurities in my skin, as such it does have a tendency to break me out a few days after I’ve used it, unless I make sure that I follow it up (straight away) with the next mask.
3. Alpha-H Purifying Clay Mask
I pretty much only use this mask in conjunction with the previous mask, which still makes it very important as I otherwise end up with at least one big zit somewhere on my face. I have used it a couple of times on its own, when my pores are looking particularly enlarged. It does a pretty good job at sucking away all the dirtiness in the pore, but, as much I hate my oily skin, I will always use this with another hydrating mask to fend off ageing.
4. My Beauty Diary Red Wine Mask
Sasa.com lists this as Red Vine mask, but in Chinese it actually says Red Wine Enzyme Nano mask. Now I’m not sure if this is the best sheet mask out there, as I’ve only tried this and My Beauty Diary’s bestseller, the Pearl Powder one and I prefer this. But it does do a pretty good job at hydrating and brightening, and it’s PACKED full of serum which I then spare some onto my poor, neglected, and thus lined neck. I will keep this in my routine but also keen to try Beautymate (recommended by Ponikuta), My Scheming (recommended by Blushfully) and Prof TK’s TPGS-VE (recommended by the Taiwanese tried-it-all cosmetic enhancement guru IGisele) sheet masks.
5. Beauty Talk Oxy Series OxyMask
This is such a great mask for brightening and whitening. It is also such a ‘fun’ mask to have on, as it applies as a gel, then starts bubbling and making popping sounds on the skin! The bubbling apparently is how it delivers oxygen, and acts as a carrier of the marine complexes in the formula right into the skin. Granted, the whitening effect only lasts for a day. But I knew this was a keeper when my hubby exclaimed in fright, “WHOA, you look like a ghost!”, when I emerged from the bathroom after using this
6. Lancome Pure Empreinte Mask
This is actually a very good mask; it does a great job at purifying and minimising the pores. Too good in fact, that it dries rock hard on the face (which kinda freaks me out) and is so damn hard to wash off. Plus I don’t think I need 2 clay masks so will not be repurchasing this.
There are actually another 2 masks in my cupboard: UNT Herbal Cooling Relief Mask and UNT White Mela Control Mask. They are both clear gel masks that feel nice and cooling on the skin, but leaves no lasting effects. Come to think of it, they’ve been there for so long, UNT doesn’t even sell them anymore *walk over to toss both in the bin*
I’m looking to add on another Simplicite one, a couple of sheet masks, and a semi-clay one like the L’Occitane Olive Express Radiance Mask, which was one of my HGs – I am still grieving its discontinuation (why, Lord, WHY???)
What are your favourite masks? Let me know so I can HAUL! (and I’m a poet but didn’t… yeah, you get the drift)
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