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Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Pollutant Defence Masque || Week 2 || Day 6

Overnight masks are some of my favourite to use, for the reason that they not only simplify a pm routine into fewer steps, but they also take heavy duty action on the skin. Previously I spoke about the Kiehl’s Ulltra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque as well as the Biotherm Life Plankton Mask. Both of these masks are overnight hydrating masks and work to replenish the skin in that nature.

Hydrating masks aren’t the only kind of overnight products though.


Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Pollutant Defence Masque

From the retailers:

  • Helps defend and replenish with hydration, to reduce the visible signs of pollution such as dull, unhealthy looking skin,
  • Formulated with Cilantro and Orange Extracts, our masque protects skin against environmental aggressors while helping to defend pollutants from adhering to skin,
  • With continued use skin looks renewed, radiant and protected.

Evidently this overnight mask is much different from the two that I’ve gone ahead and previously mentioned. That being said, having diversity among skincare products that we interchange between is never a bad thing.

Not only is the mask itself different, but its application is slightly unique as well; it gets layered within a pm routine opposed to acting as a standalone treatment.

Essentially the process begins with cleansing and toning as per usual, and then always make sure to follow with your eye cream. Once that’s absorbed the mask gets applied by first having a small amount warmed up between the fingers and then massaged onto then face evenly. Wait for it to dry, finish with serum, oil and moisturizer.

Yes it’s a lengthy process, but heck does it ever get the job done.

I love how dewy and purified my skin looks the next day. It literally feels like a fresh awakening when you look in the mirror and get caught up in the warmth of your complexion, not even kidding.

I definitely recommend this mask for ALL SKIN TYPES, especially those who suffer from minor breakouts and impurities on the face. I ESPECIALLY recommend it if you’re like me and you live in a city or heavily polluted area where the defence is almost mandatory.

Well that’s a wrap for Day 6 of The 7 Day Mask Challenge Week Two with the Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Pollutant Defence Masque. Tomorrow I’ll be back with my final mask post of the two weeks, and then I’ll be back with one final recap of my overall comparison between a week of Sheet Masks vs. a week of Professional Masks.

Keep the defence,


* the thoughts and opinions shared in this piece belong to the publisher and publisher alone, with no ties to third-party corporation.

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque + Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask || Week 2 || Day 5 

I’m a little late with this post, and for that I am terribly sorry!

Now let’s not waste any time and get right into Day 5 of The 7 Day Mask Challenge. I preach it regularly and I have throughout this challenge already, I LOVE Multi-Masking. Being able to use multiple masks in one session and benefit from the results of multiple active ingredients simultaneously is a great way to maximize on time, and usage. For Day 3 I chose to speak about my favourite combo and now we’ll talk a little more about my second go-to.

Deep pore cleansing is extremely important at keeping our pores minimized and sebum levels low, limiting the possibility of a breakout. And who likes breakouts?

However sometimes we may find that a deep pore cleansing mask may be slightly drying, but that doesn’t mean that all are. Regardless it certainly doesn’t hurt to re-hydrate and re-fresh the skin afterwards, which is why I use a combo of…

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque

Here’s what the retailers have to say:

  • Formulated with Amazonian White Clay to gently draw out oil, dirt and toxins from clogged pores,
  • The addition of Oatmeal and Aloe Vera helps to soothe.

Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque

From the manafacturers:

  • Lightweight gel mask formulated with hand-picked Calendula Flower Petals and Aloe Vera bursts into a refreshing surge of cooling hydration,
  • Upon application, dry skin is instantly hydrated and smoothed,
  • Whith continued use skin is revitalized for a healthy looking complexion.

If you’ve been following along with some of my mask posts you should definitely know how much I LOVE my Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque. I’ve mentioned how great of an addition it is to any Multi-Masking combo and even on its own as a refreshing treatment. It literally softens, hydrates and smoothes the skin with an insanely addictive Sweet Lemon smell. 

Now despite my love for the above, let’s talk a little of the Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque now instead.

I said earlier that some deep pore cleansing masques dry-out the skin and that is one thing I do not find I experience when using the Kiehl’s mask. I love how clean and purified my skin looks post-usage, and how nicely the rest of my routine absorbs into my skin once I’ve washed it off. Despite it not being drying I would NOT suggest a deep pore cleansing mask like this one to someone who suffers from dry skin.

However if you are on the oiler side and prone to larger pores and/or blemishes, the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque is certainly a sure-winner for your cause.

Unlike my week with Sheet Masks, as I begin to near the end of my week with Professional Masks I’ve noticed no negative changes in my skin but only positive ones. With Sheet Masks I had noticed a few random blemishes that had left me feeling uncomfortable and it was 100% a cause of overnourishment. So far these results reiterate Professional Masks being more appropriate for a normal-oily skin type…

… and I’m okay with that.

Tomorrow I’ll be back with another one of my favourite overnight masks, until then…

Stay Cleansed,


* the thoughts and opinions shared in this piece belong to the publisher and publisher alone, with no ties to third-party corporation.

The 7 Day Mask Challenge || Week One || Day 6

Day 6, can you believe it?

If you’ve been following along over the last few days then you are definitely up to date on the array of Sheet Masks that I’ve tried so far. If not, here’s a link to Week One of The 7 Day Mask Challenge.

I’ve got to be front when I say that I have enjoyed the first half of this challenge much more than the second half so far, as a result of my mask choices. Nonetheless I’m a man of commitment so will see the schedule that I proposed right through until its end.

Last night I dabbled with a Sheet Mask featuring Pearl as an ingredient, something I hadn’t tried before. Even though its a product of one of my lesser favourite brands I picked it up to put its claims to the test.

Let’s chat a little about those claims made by the…

Etude House Pearl Mask

The mask itself is quite inexpensive and serves as a nice filler treatment for those of us with elaborate skincare routines, but it’s not something I would count on for extreme results. I would also suggest it for any skin type, but would not use it frequently with oilier skin condotions.

Retailers Description:

  • This mask contains Pearl Extract (Hydrolyzed Pearl) full of Amino Acids and Minerals, brightening up dull skin for a clear and bright complexion.

I’ve mentioned previously that I’m not a huge fan of the sheets used by Etude House in their masks because they allow the product to run creating a mess, and a slight bit of discomfort. Regardless I sat with the mask on for 15 minutes and allowed the Hydrolyzed Pearl to manage my complexion as it said it would. The mask itself was refreshing and had a light cooling to it which I enjoy after a day of running about.

Once I removed the mask I definitely noticed a great amount of the essence still sitting on my skin, so I pat it in. Following that once the product dried in I felt a great deal of hydration and moisture handed back to my skin from the essence containing the Hydrolyzed Pearl. All in all, a decent complexion boost for under $2.00 CAD.

Would I recommend this mask?

Yeah I could definitely suggest it to a few people but keeping in mind that it’s really a nice filler treatment for a light complexion boost, it’s not a heavy targeted treatment by any means.

Would I use it again?

I wouldn’t make it my first choice when shopping for Sheet Masks, but I may give it a shot again in the future.

Overall I give the Etude House Pearl Mask a 2/5 for Sheet Masks.

Well that brings me to the end of my Day 6 post with anticipation for the final night of The 7 Day Mask Challenge featuring another new-try from Innisfree, that I’ve had my eye on for a while.

Check back tomorrow for my final post from Week One of the challenge and a follow-up recap before I head into Week Two, Professional Masks.

Stay Bright,

pG. =D