This week I am going to take you through my face mask and eye cream collection – I think face masks have to be my favourite skin care products, one that I do every sunday as a ritual, and sometimes mid-week depending on how my skin is feeling.
If you missed the first instalment of Skincare Week, you can check it out here.
If you wanted to hear my thoughts on each product, check out my video over on Youtube!
Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment – You think you have clear skin? I dare you to get your hands on a sample of this is a clay mask and then tell me how clear your skin was after you use it. This mask is one that dries and then sucks out the impurities and oils from your skin. You apply a thin layer, leave it 15 mins and then you will see all these dark spots and patches of oils and crap that is being sucked out from the depths of your skin. Sounds really gross, but its awesome! Unfortunately it used to be better, they have had to change the formulation (here in Australia at least) to not contain some ingredient, and the new formulation isn’t as good as the original one. I am still trying to source the original mask from the US and I am hoping that they still have the original and the best. I recommend this masque for anyone with problematic skin.
You can get Glamglow Supermud Clearning Treatment at Mecca Cosmetica for $75/35gm
Boscia Luminizing Black Mask – This mask is kind of al all in one peel-off mask. It removed dirt and impurities, absorbs excess oil and leaves your skin looking clear and fresh. The texture of this is a thick sticky black tar looking consistency – at first I thought WTF is this! Once dried you just slowly peel it off and it leaves your skin looking fresh and feeling smooth. There is a trick to this mask and that is knowing how thick a layer you need to apply. If you don’t apply a thick enough layer it’s very hard to peel off, and you have to crash at your face to get enough mask to peel off.
It does takes a bit to get used to it.
You can get Boscia Luminizing Black Mask from Sephora US.
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask – This mask is almost a staple for the Australian Summer and I have recently used this a LOT. It says it is cooling, calming, moisturising gel that helps sooth dry irritated skin. Between the cucumber, chamomile and aloe I found it perfect for those days I got home from a day at the pool thinking I may have got a bit too much sun. I even applied this to my shoulders and decolletage after I thought I was a bit burnt and it worked a treat. I think this would be great for those who get frequent skin irritations to help calm everything down.
You can get the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Masque from Mecca Cosmetica for $56/150mL
Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment – This mask is a thick, rich and creamy mask that gives a lot of hydration. You can leave it on for 15 mins or even overnight which is what I tend to do. Not only does it smell delicious, but in the morning it has soaked into your skin and you are left with the softest skin. A little of this goes a long way so it will last you a long time. I tend to use this more in the winter months as that is when I am more dehydrated and need the added moisture.
You can get Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment at Mecca Cosmetica for $75/50gm
Sephora Lingzhi Mask – this sheet mask is quite large which means it can fit nicely around your face – it also gives you enough room to breath through which is a bonus. It claims to be anti-aging and smoothing by repairing dryness and fine lines. It has lingzhi extract which leaves your still all radiant and glowing. I have used it a few times and I didn’t see any drastic see any changes in the skin, but it does leave my skin feeling hydrated and fresh. Maybe more use over time I will be able to see a bigger difference in my skin. But it is affordable and the Sephora Sheet Masks do come in a wide range catering for all skin types
You can get the Sephora Lingshi Masks from Sephora (obviously) – they are sold individually for $6 or as a pack of 5 for $15
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask – This mask is designed to clear out pores. It is one of those standard masks, that once applied dries out and wash off. I feel like this would be a great mask for someone who has more normal/combination skin. Your skin is left feeling soft and fresh but it doesn’t draw out imperfections like the Glamglow mask. It is a nice basic face mask that would be a good addition to any skincare regime.
You can get Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask from Mecca Cosmetica for $34/100mL
Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque – this mask is an anti agin mask that is designed to dry and photo damaged skin. This mask once applied consecutively does make a difference, I feel that some hyper-pigmentation was lighter and more importantly, my skin wasn’t as dehydrated. I don’t like the smell of this masque, I almost want to get another one to see if they all smell like this one, but it just has a very chemically scent to it. I don’t reach for this one that much because of this scent.
You can get the Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque from Dermalogica salons, online or anywhere that sells Dermalogica for $68/75mL
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask – this lip mask is my go-to night treatment. I tend to get very dry and cracked lips, especially in winter and when I decided to do lip swatch posts (ouch!). This lip mask is a lanolin based treatment that is best used overnight. Since using this I don’t get painful cracked lips, they are so soft in the morning and I feel that I can wear matte lipsticks without them getting as flakey as quickly.
You can get Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask from Sephora (no online site yet for Australia)
Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye cream – This is a brightening eye cream with a hint of a pink undertone to it to cancel out any dark circles underneath your eyes. It also has a opalescent shimmer to it which helps brighten up the eye area. Personally I only use this during the day due to this shimmer, I don’t see the point in having shimmery bright eyes to sleep. I have been using this for almost the entire year so it does last a long time, but I don’t feel that it actually does much apart from brighten.
You can get Origins Ginzing Eye Cream from Kit Cosmetics or Mecca Cosmetica online for $39
Benefit ‘It’s Potent’ Eye Cream – The first eye cream I have used that I can tell works. This eye cream helps reduce dark circles and lines and leaves your eye area feeling plump, tight and you look more awake. Not much more that can be said about this one apart from its amazing and you have to get it!
You can get it from MYER or Benefit Cosmetics (US site) online. They ship internationally which is amazing so you can purchase items at US prices.
Mecca Cosmetica ‘To Save Eyes’ SPF30 Hydrating Eye Cream – This eye cream is great for every day wear, especially when you are spending a lot of the day outside because it does have the high SPF. It is a lovely thin consistancy which glides on nicely and with the metal roller ball applicator is also cooling and helps to depuff the eye area. It leaves your eye area feeling very hydrated and sits under foundation well. I enjoy this eye cream but I wouldn’t use it when there will be flash photography because I can imagine it would have a bit of flashback with the high SPF30.
You can get the Mecca Cosmetica ‘To Save Eyes’ SPF30 Hydrating Eye Cream from Mecca Cosmetica for $35/15mL
And that is everything that I have in my mask and eye cream collection.
I would love to hear what you have used. Leave a comment below telling me what you recommend and what I should try next.