Thursday, October 15, 2015

Beauty Lover by Day, Bad Ass Crime Fighter by Night?


Hi everyone! Why do I look like a crazed superhero, you ask? It’s not even Halloween, you say! You’re right – this is not the beginning stages of my Halloween costume and no, I am not Batman.

I’m wearing a Brightening Black Eye Mask from a company called Sexy Look. Since I’ve been going hard at my face mask game, I figured I would try a targeted sheet mask for just the eye area. When I started doing some digging, I couldn’t believe how specific some of the sheet masks got – chin masks, lips masks, neck and cleavage masks, hand masks! Craziness. The skin around the eye area is very delicate and requires care – keeping up with your eye creams for moisture, being gentle when you scrub off your eye makeup, making sure your under eyes doesn’t get sun damaged, trying to get a good amount of sleep to avoid dark circles. With that said, why not give the area a little extra love? A targeted eye mask it is!

I’ll be honest, I chose this specific eye mask because the packaging looked so damn cool. And also because the mask itself is black (many sheet masks I’ve tried are just plain white). I imagined myself sitting on the couch watching TV and simultaneously thinking up ways to be a vigilante. I was sold.

The mask was easy to apply. After unfolding it, I used a mirror to smooth it out. It wasn’t as sopping wet as some of the sheet masks I used, which I preferred for around my eyes. The mask was a little too long length-wise on me, so the ends kind of rested on my hair. I was just going to bed afterward so it wasn’t a huge deal. I left the mask on for 15 minutes, then rubbed in the excess gently around my eye area. My under eyes felt very refreshed and taut. I waited a few minutes for the excess to sink in, then applied my nightly eye cream. When I woke up the next morning, I didn’t really see a noticeable difference. Not that I thought one sheet mask was going to change my face forever, but it seemed the effect of the mask was just temporary from the night before.

This individual mask was $2.50 from Beauteque.com. I probably won’t repurchase. It wasn’t terrible but it didn’t really blow me away either. There are also so many other masks out there to try, so maybe there is an eye mask out there that is going to knock my socks off. I will say, however, that wearing this does make you consider a life of fighting crime.

Friday, October 9, 2015

My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Sheet Mask

 Why this sheet mask, you ask? I’ll tell you how I got here.



I bought this mask from Beauteque.com, and was very happy with my purchase (they are so quick!). Their website describes this Black Pearl mask as:

Description: My Beauty Diary's Black Pearl Mask is the brand's most popular sheet mask! Its essence formula nourishes and brightens the skin with a unique combination of ingredients from the sea: Tahitian black pearl extracts (rich in proteins and amino acids that restore luster) and deep sea red algae (which gives a boost of Vitamin C). A variety of plant and fruit extracts, like pineapple, cucumber, and lime, lighten your natural skin tone and minimize dark spots, while citric acid gently exfoliates dead cells. Cosphingo, a patented long-lasting moisturizer extracted from seaweed, provides hydration. This mask energizes skin and leaves your face soft and radiant.

To Use: After thorough cleansing and toning, apply mask to face and leave for 20-30 minutes. After removal, gently massage the excess essence into skin.

Sounds wonderful and easy enough, right? But why did I even start buying sheet masks to begin with?

The sheet mask market is absolutely exploding lately. They have been an essential part of the Korean skincare regimen for a while now, however now I see them all over the US too. I’ve tried quite a few lately – from the Sephora brand sheet masks, to the new Dr. Jart sheet masks, a Benton Snail Bee mask, an Aloe sheet mask from Korea and the list goes on. I have been completely obsessed with finding sheet masks that are affordable and great. This Black Pearl mask is absolutely at the top of this list for a few reasons.

1. The first thing I noticed about this mask was its WEIGHT. I know that’s a weird thing to say but it’s true. The single packet had some weight behind it, which made me think it contained a lot of product. It did.

2. Unlike the other sheet masks, it unfolded easily do to a plastic, removable backing on one side. Sometimes it’s a tricky thing unfolding sheet masks – they are wet with product, and the folds stick together. But you can’t be too rough and pull too hard to unfold or it’ll rip. A small detail, yes, but I’m trying to give you guys all the facts!

3. It’s $1.99. This is a single use mask. For the amount of product included on the actual mask, this is absolutely 100% worth the $2. As much as I adore Dr. Jart (love their BB cream) – their sheet mask paled in comparison to this one. And get this – it was $9 for a single mask. It was good, not great. The Sephora brand sheet masks are $6 – not a bad price – however I found these to be extremely dry with barely any product on them whatsoever. I bought 2 of the Sephora masks to try and was very disappointed in the results. This Black Pearl mask was $2 and blew the others completely out of the water.

4. The experience while wearing this mask overall was very pleasant. It did what most sheet masks do – relaxes you, has a slight cooling effect, makes your skin feel really nice. I left mine on for 20 minutes. When I removed it, I had to rub the excess product into my face (there was quite a lot). The only slight negative while using it, was that it drips a bit due to the generous amount of product on the mask. I would just keep a small towel handy just in case you need to dab some off your neck or chest area. Other than that, I really loved it. I went back on the Beauteque website and saw that they have a multi-pack of this mask – I'm considering it.

You can get yours here on the Beauteque website! Click here

In conclusion, this mask is a great purchase for the money. If it was $9, I would still buy it. At first, I was very overwhelmed at how many sheet masks there are out on the market - I had no idea what I was doing or how to pick a good one. After doing some research and reading some customer reviews (you guys rule!), I just started trying some and finally found a GREAT one that I love. Happy masking! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Why Buying the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is Worth It

This is one of the most beautiful face products i've ever used - and it's like $20. In a world full of expensive skincare products, it can feel overwhelming when trying to build the perfect product cocktail for your skin.

What's nice about today - you don't need to spend a ton of money to keep your skin looking great. I've tried it all - from La Mer to drugstore skincare products. Now, of course i'm not saying that the expensive ones don't work - they do - and are nice for a treat. But for the non-millionaires out there like me - this sleeping mask is so wonderful and you won't be sorry you purchased it.



As you can see, the texture of the product is like a lightweight gel. The beautiful color, texture and smell really make me eager to massage it into my face. I don't look at this as a chore or just another step in my routine - I look forward to it.

Another thing I love - it's an immediate stress reliever. This sleeping mask is formulated with what they call Sleepscent - which is a smell designed to relax you - think day at the spa. It has such a beautiful cooling sensation also. It dries into skin fairly quickly. For those you don't know, a sleep mask or pack is essentially an overnight moisturizer/mask product that you don't have to rinse off and usually has deep moisturizing benefits.

I use this about 3 times per week as the last step in my skincare routine. I wake up with my skin feeling very plump and moisturized. There's a noticeable difference. I find myself starting my nightly routine earlier now, just so I can give my face a break from my makeup and give the products a chance to sink in. I bought this at Target, who has a wide range of great skincare products, including more Laneige. To get yours or learn more, check it out here.



Thanks for reading!