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Foundations… my top 3.

Ladies and gents, something I haven’t done in a while is talk about makeup, simply because I don’t wear much of it anymore. However there are odd days where I feel up to it and may throw on one of my favourite foundations, so I’ve rounded them up for a quick conversation.

In parcticular, there are three that I go between regularly…

< in order of preference >

it Cosmetics / Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream w/ SPF 50+ / $38.00

it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+, Heavenly Skin Perfecting Brush, Bye Bye Pores Finishing Powder

For the longest time I had read and heard great reviews about this well-rounded product but it wasn’t accessible in Canada yet. When I went to New York City in April I obviously dashed for Sephora and stocked up on whatever it Cosmetics I could. The Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream being one of the products.

I generally wear it when I’m headed somewhere fancy that requires bringing my A-Game, and here’s why:

  • Full-coverage, and I mean FULL. You’ve never seen a CC Cream hide your baggage like this bad boy can,
  • Beyond radiant complexion,
  • Full UVA/UVB protection,
  • Skincare benefits from an anti-aging serum featuing Hydrolyzed Collagen.

I will suggest pairing it with the recommended Heavenly Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush for optimal application and wear. I can’t go an application without it.

You’re also going to want to make sure it’s set well and if keeping to the full range of products I’d say go with the Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder from it Cosmetics, yet another personal favourite.

Seriously though, you can’t go wrong.

Surratt Beauty / Surreal Real Skin Foundation Wand / $65.00

Surratt Beauty Surreal Real Skin Wand

About a year ago I was on the hunt for a new foundation, and again, just so happened to be in New York City as well. At the Sephora on 5th Avenue I came across the line Surratt Beauty, also not available in Canada, and an inclination led me to grab their Surreal Real Skin Foundation Wand.

This unique product has a pump at the bottom and bristled applicator at its top for a one-stop-shop product that has it all concealed into one cylinder. Its a smooth and seamless application that leaves the skin looking fresh and dewy, with every wear. It also last great throughout the day, but do expect a HEAVY glow by the end of the day if you have a slightly oilier skin type.

The only down fall to this great foundation is the possibility of damaging the applicator, leading to the overall waste of the entire product. However it hasn’t happened yet, so I’ll just go ahead and knock on a piece of wood.

I say try it. You won’t regret it. It’s definitely going to remain one of my top picks for quite a while.

The Ordinary / Coverage Foundation / $6.90

The Ordinary Coverage Serum Foundation

When it comes to The Ordinary by Deciem there isn’t much more to be said other than cost effective and results oriented. The Toronto brand popped up just a few years back and has made their mark, fast. Whenever I head into one of their shops the Coverage Foundations are never in stock which make them hard to come by.

So when I went into the Bay & Bloor store last week and saw a full shelf, I 100% matched my shade and snagged a bottle.

For $6.90, I’m not going to complain…

  • It has light wear but great coverage (not nearly as much as the it CC+ Cream though),
  • Sits well over a light moisturizer,
  • Lasts well through contact with light water.

I would certainly not recommend it for an OILY skin type and would highly suggest a slightly mattifying setting powder to finish the application off. The full range of shades also makes it a product for almost any skin colour.

Goodluck getting one. But if you do, enjoy!

Essentially these are the foundations I wouldn’t be able to live without, as of right now.

If you’ve tried any of the above leave us some of your thoughts. If not, happy testing! All the links provided will get you to the right places.

Remember the Foundations,

pG. =D

Biotherm Life Plankton Mask || Week 2 || Day 2

One of my favourite about doing something like The 7 Day Mask Challenge is the fact that my skin consistently looks so fresh and clean, which is more than I could ask for; when it comes to beauty products anyways.

Today I’ll be reviewing my experience the Biotherm Life Plankton Mask as my choice for Day 2 of The 7 Day Mask Challenge.

So this mask made it into my possession by pure fluke seeing as how I hadn’t purchase it but rather it was gifted to me. And yes, gifting me a new mask I’ve yet to try is never a bad idea. When I began researching the benefits of Life Plankton and some of the other products that it can be found in, I became eager to crack open my own Biotherm Life Plankton Mask for a go at it myself.

Incase you aren’t sure what the benefits of (Fermented) Life Plankton aren’t either, here’s a brief overview:

  • Developed by Biotherm Biologists,
  • Micro-Organism,
  • Extreme regenerative properties. 

Although it’s a mask my skin my not necessarily need, it definitely doesn’t harm to gain from the benefits of Life Plankton in a sense of just keeping the skin healthy and nourished. And even if you an oiler skin type, hydration won’t ever kill you.

I give you…

Biotherm Life Plankton Mask

Here’s what the manufactures have to say…

  • Hydrogel facial mask,
  • Use twice-weekly when your over-scheduled skin shows up damage, appears lifeless, feels dry and tights, looks red and irritated,
  • Sheet Mask inspired, Hydrogel texture wraps skin,
  • Visibly brighter and dewy skin.

What I personally love most about this mask is that it’s application is not only easy, but since it’s an overnight mask it simplifies the process of the pm routine on evenings when it’s used. Bonus.

I usually use the The Body Facial Mask Brush to apply this mask, after removing my makeup and going through my evening cleansing process. I also make sure that I’ve toned my skin and applied my eye cream before applying an overnight mask, as it’s the final step in an evening routine and you want to ensure that is so when you are using one; unless instructed otherwise.

The Biotherm Life Plankton Mask has a lovely cooling sensation when it’s applied, and you can honestly feel the Hydrogel wrapping your skin as suggested. And although it tickles, it definitely feels soothing and hydrating. The great thing about this mask is that it also dries extremely quickly so you aren’t waiting and hour before you can go to sleep, which means a longer one. Another bonus.

The next day I prefer to wash my overnight masks off with an exfoliating cleanser and the one I used this morning won’t be on the market until Thursday, but I’ll be back with more about that product then. The reason for this is to ensure that you’ve gotten all of the mask residue from the one that sat wrapping your face all night off of your skin, and to make sure that any foreign debris that may have got stuck in your pores is now also long gone. The result: 

  • Smoother,
  • Radiant,
  • Softer,
  • Calmed,

… skin.

I definitely recommend the Biotherm Life Plankton Mask to anyone in need of repair and revitalizing, deep hydration, extreme soothing and/or just a nice cooling mask after a day of wear-and-tear. Any skin type.

Tomorrow I’ll be back with a Multi-Mask combo with two of my personal faves, so check back after 6 pm for that post and all the luxurious details. Until then be sure to keep exploring what’s out there and let me know if you find anything worth spending some time playing around with.

Stay Calm and Mask On,

pG.

L’Oréal Pure-Clay Mask Exfoliate & Refining Treatment || 7 Day Mask Challenge || Week 2 || Day 1

Well here it is, the beginning of 7 days of indulgence; which is not unusual for myself anyways.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my mask routine can be quite intricate sometimes and even I wonder how, or why. And then I think to myself, “it’s because you enjoy not only looking clean, but feeling good as well.” Don’t we all? Which it’s why I’m sharing my love for Professional Masks over the next few days, so maybe you’ll fall in love as well.

Last night I kicked off The 7 Day Mask Challenge Week Two with one of L’Oréal’s 3 Pure-Clay Masks. The one I went with, L’Oréal Pure-Clay Mask Exfoliate & Refining Treatment. Before I dive into the mask itself, let’s take a look at what some of the designated benefits are from this product…

L’Oréal Pure-Clay Mask Exfoliate & Refining Treatment

 

  • 3 Pure-Clay’s and Red Algae Extract,

  • Potent Pure-Clays and Volcanic Rock exfoliate dead skin on face and smooth surface imperfections,
  • Addresses rough skin deep clogged pores,
  • Imperfections are less visible.

The reason I decided to begin with this bad-boy is because it’s ability to cleanse deeply makes it a good start to any week of consistent masking; to eliminate debris and oils that linger in our pores. That way we don’t trap any unwanted entity in our pores before treating the skin.

After doing my usual double-cleanse, one to remove my makeup and the other as an extra-precautionary step to ensure the skin is super-clean, I threw on my toner and then went ahead with applying the mask. I use a mask brush to restrict my use of product but to also make sure I get an even and visible application.

The mask sits on the skin for about 10 minutes before needing washed off. Now since this mask has small exfoliating particles it’s suggested that we apply a small bit of water to the dry mask and massage gently before washing off entirely. This added feature ensure the exfoliating process takes place fully, and you definitely want to do that.

My thoughts on the mask overall are that it’s extremely effective: it cleanses my pores deeply, it definitely refines the texture of my skin for a smoother feel and look, as well as making sure my complexion is warm and even. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be a staple part of my routine.

I would recommend the L’Oréal Pure-Clay Mask Exfoliate & Refining Treatment to anyone looking for a gentle exfoliation, in search of refined pores and smoother skin. Preferably a normal to oily skin type.

Tomorrow I’ll be back with Day 2 of The 7 Day Mask Challenge Week Two as I begin to get even more in depth with my favourite mask routines.

Smoother is always better,

pG.  

Week Two || Professional Masks

One of the questions I often face from many people is, 

What’s the difference between a Sheet Mask and Wash-Off/Professional Masks?

… so I decided to do a little project and point out some of those differences.

Two weeks ago I did 7 days straight of Sheet Masks and starting tonight I’ll be doing the same with different Professional Masks.

The key difference between a Professional Mask and a Sheet Mask is that Professional ones are more targeted treatments, and can offer deeper cleanses while doing so. In essence, someone with a more complex/oily skin type may want to use Professional Masks over Sheet Masks, in order to help address the specific needs and concerns at hand.

… and I love my Professional Masks.

Here’s my schedule for my 7 Day Mask Challenge, Week Two, Professional Masks:

  • May 19th: L’Oréal Pure Clay Pore Refining Mask,
  • May 20th: Brothers Life Plankton Mask,
  • May 21st: Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Energizing Radiance Mask + Kiehl’s Calendula and Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask,
  • May 22nd: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask,
  • May 23rd: Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask + Kiehl’s Calendula and Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask,
  • May 24th: Kiehl’s Cilantro and Orange Pollutant Defendant Mask,
  • May 25th: L’Oréal Pure Clay Brightening Mask.

Intricate, isn’t it?

Much like with The 7 Day Mask Challenge, Week One, I’ll be posting daily about my experience with each mask and what I enjoyed about it.

So check back tomorrow for Day 1’s post, and keep in mind you may be encouraged to try a new mask or two once we get started… and I wouldn’t blame you.

TGIF,

pG.

7 Day Mask Challenge || Week One Recap

First off, my sincerest apologies.

I had originally meant to get to this post last week but as life sometimes has it, I got carried away with other obligations. Like running the Sporting Life 10K Run Toronto on Mothers Day, which will be another blog post on its own very soon.

Essentially I just want to recap my week of Sheet Masks and what my overall results were, as well as my favourites and least favourites from the week. I’ll be keeping it brief as well.

Earlier in the week my skin was in its normal state of habitation with my oil levels at par and slight dehydration, as per usual. So what I really wanted to see was how much glow my skin would have obtained by the end of 7 days of Sheet Masks. If you followed along with my posts throughout the week you’ll know what masks I decided to go with, but incase you didn’t, here’s the link to each day…

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

By the end of using each mask I noticed a few changes in my skin, that gradually took place throughout the week. For example, there was definitely an increase in the warmth of my skin tone and it’s overall “dewy” look near the middle to end of the day. The texture was smooth and my skin was softened, but there was one or two concerns I began to draw near Day 5.

I noticed a few small red bumps begin forming on my skin, a small breakout I imagine, and they didn’t turn into a whitehead but were enough to leave me feeling uncomfortable. This can 100% be attributed to the over-nourishment of my skin with all the Essence from the Sheet Masks.

If you can recall when I first began The 7 Day Mask Challenges I had mentioned the difference between Sheet Masks and Professional Masks and one of the key ones being that Sheet Masks are more of a moisturizing/ nourishing treatment; whereas Professional Masks can be targeted treatments with tremendous results and are better for deeper cleanses as well. It only makes sense that my normal-oily skin type would react slightly off to all the moisture it was receiving from so all the masking.

But, what were my favourites?

Well I have to say that I definitely fell out of love with the Etude House brand due to its sheer tendency to run, and the sheets were too thin with little ability to sit well on the skin.

However I DID highly enjoy the quality of the Innisfree Sheet Masks and their ability to sit comfortably without having the Essence run down my neck. Although don’t get me wrong, their masks won’t work any miracles, rather they were a great way to indulge and relax.

The real deal was when I threw on both the SNP and Dewytree deep cleansing masks that not only felt amazing, but produced incredible results. I had mentioned that I received numerous compliments after using the SNP Charcoal Mineral Mask and I swore that I would use it again, again and again.

Tomorrow morning I’ll be back with my 7 Day Mask Challenge Week Two schedule, Professional Masks.

Despite the greater commitment required in terms of time for their usage, I cannot wait to see the results after 7 days straight of these bad boys.

Until Tomorrow,

pG.

Rodan+Fields || A few things…

A little while back I was approached via DM on Instagram by @mlong8 who works for the brand Rodan+Fields, and she asked if I’d be interested in trying a few products; being the junkie that I am and all. So of course I went ahead and said yes but since I had never heard much of the brand before, I went ahead and did a little bit of research on my own.

Here’s the important stuff, from Rodan+Fields themselves:

  • Founded in 2002 as a department store brand by Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields,
  • Dermatology based skincare products,
  • Creativing positive changes in both people’s skin and their lives,
  • Independent Consulting.

Essentially another brand geared towards improving the way we look and feel both physically as well as mentally, and truly, both are equally as important.

When shopping on Rodan+Fields you can expect to see pricing on individual products as well as kits ranging from  $5.00 up to $400.00 in pricing.

Let’s get to what Michelle (@mlong8 on Instagram) sent me, and what my overall thoughts are…

The Redefine Daily Cleansing Mask

How to use:

  1. Clean makeup off of skin,
  2. Wet finger tips and massage quarter size amount onto dry skin,
  3. Allow two minutes to dry,
  4. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Here are my overall thoughts:

  • It has a creamy-clay consistency,
  • It offers light exfoliation,
  • The smell is somewhat medicinal,
  • A generous amount is needed for one application,
  • It has a light cooling sensation,
  • Quick-dry,
  • A slower/longer removal process (like a deep pore cleansing mask),
  • Smooth and even skin appearance post-usage,
  • A lovely product but I could not commit to using it daily.

The Micro-Dermabrasion Paste

How to use:

  1. Massage onto clean dry skin on face and/or body,
  2. Massage for no more than 30-60 seconds,
  3. Use on damp skin for more sensitive skins,
  4. Rinse thoroughly after usage.

What I think of the produxt:

  • Thicker consistency like a hair pomade that contains thick exfoliating particles,
  • Fruit-like smell but also medicinal, almost liquor like,
  • Broke down and spread across face easily,
  • Only a light pressure is needed as it is an abrasive exfoliator,
  • Do not need to do for long,
  • Easy wash-off,
  • My skin was extremely smoothe, radiant and supple post-usage,
  • Skin felt nourished and moisturized (not overly dry),
  • Would use once a week.

The Redefine Night Renewing Serum

How to use:

  1. Cleanser and toner,
  2. Apply product across entire face (avoid eye area),
  3. Finish with moisturizer.

Some of my thoughts:

  • A rich and heavy gel consistency,
  • No obvious smell,
  • Great spreadability across skin,
  • Fast absorption,
  • Smoothing and softening,
  • Next day results were hydrating, soft and radiant skin with minimized fine lines.

The Redefine Lip Renewing Serum

How to use:

  1. Apply evenly to entire lip area in evening. 

Here’s my thoughts:

  • Thick, heavy gel consistency,
  • Vanilla like taste,
  • Slow-dry,
  • Next day results were much softer, hydrated and smoother lips.

Overall I have to say that I’m impressed with the few samples I’ve tried and I can see why it’s a growing brand, in areas that it is. Personally I’d opt-in for the Micro-Dermabrasion Paste and the Redefine Lip Renewing Serum if I were to grab any Rodan+Fields for myself.

If you’re interested in learning more definitely give their website a visit and/or reach out to one of their personal consultants, or even…

@mlong on Instagram.

Until next time.

Stay in-the-loop,

pG. =D


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 

The 7 Day Mask Challenge || Week One || Day 5

It’s hard to believe that I’m already on my Day 5 post of The 7 Day Mask Challenge, when I committed myself to the cause last week I wasn’t sure how great my actual dedication would be.

And well, here I am.

Going into the last 3 days of the challenge I’m using masks that are a little more nourishing and firming to follow-up and free the detox mask I had did the other night. The mask I’m going to review today is one that I’ve actually tried before, and obviously loved. It uses one of my favourite ingredients that also happens to be the primary ingredient in my AM moisturizer, the Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream.

Although right now we’re going to dive into the Sheet Mask up for discussion…

Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Manuka Honey Mask

As per usual I kicked off the night with my evening routine by removing my makeup with the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil, there’s nothing like the scent of Lavender before bed. I then got myself comfortable in bed and applied my Sheet Mask. To understand this mask more let’s take a look at some of the things the retailer has to say about their product.

Retailer Description:

  • Manuka Honey from New Zealand’s Manuka Flowers have abundant nutrients for healthier skin,
  • The Jeju Green Complex consists of Green Tea, Cactus, Camellia Leaves and Orchids to keep the skin healthy,
  • The triple layer sheet has long-lasting effects so that the essence can gradually be absorbed into the skin.

Now if there is one key thing I like about the Innisfree masks opposed to the Etude House masks is that the sheets used are much different in their level of comfort. The Innisfree triple-layer sheet is thick and holds the essences for comfortable absorption where as the ultra-thin sheets used by Etude House let the product run wild and messy.

My 15 minutes with the Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Manuka Honey Mask was comfortably spent and I could feel the Jeju Green Complex delivering the nutrients into my skin. Once I removed the mask I noticed greater radiance and soft, smooth skin that left me smiling before tucking into the sheets. 

Additionally, the absorption speed of the remaining essence once the mask is removed is quite fast meaning that there’s no long wait time before continuing with the remainder of the nightly routine. This is always a bonus!

Would I use this Sheet Mask again?

100%, this was my second time and I certainly see myself grabbing it off the shelf at M Brand Shop again when I feel it’s necessary.

Would I recommend it?

Absolutely, especially if you’re looking for a nice mask to relax with that features Manuka Honey and its’ benefits. 

Overall I give the Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask a 3/5 in its category.

Tonight I’ll be moving onto a new-try, the Etude House Pearl Mask, and I mentioned earlier in this post that I’m not the biggest fan of Etude House so let’s see how this goes over. However I’m always open to trying new things and broadening my horizons so I don’t see the harm in trying something Pearl related at least once. I mean, it could be a real treat after all right?

If you’re reading from Toronto stay dry out there tonight and if not, I hope the weather is better wherever you are.

Stay Dry,

pG. =D

The 7 Day Mask Challenge || Week One || Day 3

Well I’m almost halfway through the first week of the two week challenge I bestowed upon myself, The 7 Day Mask Challenges.

Week One consists of Sheet Masks and Sheet Masks only, while Week Two will consist of just Professional Masks alone. Incase you’re just tuning in now…

Last night I dabbled with the Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Rice Mask that claims to be moisturizing and complexion enhancing, it was the latter that sold me on it. Also, I haven’t ever really tried anything with a Rice content before.

To prepare my skin I cleansed with my Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser and did a little exfoliating with the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Skin Brightening Exfoliator. Exfoliating is one thing I’m being sure to keep consistent with during this challenge to ensure that I don’t create and build-up or clogging where I may not want it.

I did mention that this could either go one of two ways for my skin, because it often doesn’t benefit to overload the skin with moisture so consistently. However to avoid this even moreso it helps to piece together a solid mask schedule before diving into a week straight of them.

For now, let’s get back to the…

Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Rice Mask

I had been eyeing this one down for a little while now and decided that The 7 Day Mask Challenge would be a good time to give it a go.

Retailer Description:

  • Authentic face mask made with fresh Rice ingredients to moisturize the skin,
  • Jeju Green Complex consists of Green Tea, Tangerine, Cactus, Camellia Leaves and Orchids,
  • A triple layer sheet for complete adherence and long-lasting effects,
  • Clinical Test completed: moisture level in the skin increased by 125% after using product.

Alright so before going ANY further I want to touch on the last claim in the above list made by the retailer. I’m not going to agree nor disagree, however I am going to say be mindful of claims like this. I mean, who wants skin that’s 25% more moisturized than what the skin can truly handle?

Anways, after preparing my skin I placed the mask on for 15 minutes and let it get to work, and it was an enjoyably comfortable 15 minutes at that. The mask itself wasn’t too wet in product and it fit the face quite well, it began to almost tighten too. At moments I felt my skin tightening with the mask and I imagine that was a factor of Rice being in the formula. It wasn’t a product of dehydration either, something was definitely taking its course in my skin.

Once I removed the mask I payed notice to the radiance my skin had obtained, and the overall enhanced glow that it had been given by the Jeju Complex. I let it dry for a few moments, after patting it of course, as per normal and then went on with the remainder of my nightly routine.

Would I try the Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Rice Mask again?

Absolutely, it was refreshing and inexpensive all together.

Would I recommend it?

Sure, there’s no harm in healthy, comfortable moisture.

Overall I would give this Sheet Mask a 3/5 stars in its category.

Now that I’m halway through I’ll be detoxing my skin with the Dewytree Detox Black Mask to pull any unnecessary sebum and debris out of my pores, before going forward with the rest of my 7 Day Challenge Schedule.

Catch ya tomorrow?

Stay Fresh,

pG. =D

The 7 Day Mask Challenge || Week One || Day 2

Yesterday I shared my experience with the SNP Charcoal Mineral Black Ampoule Mask and my positive results overall. Right after posting that I went on to my Day 2 Sheet Mask, the Etude House Hyaluronic Acid Mask.

The mask itself is obviously much different from the one that I did the night before, in the sense that it’s more hydrating than pore tightening. The reason for the change in benefit is because you never want to over-nourish OR over-stimulate the skin with products offering the same results, on back to back days anyways.

That being said I began Day 1 with pore tightening and followed with the hydrating mask to offer a balance in the skin, before going at Day 3 of The 7 Day Mask Challenge.

Let’s take a look at Day 2’s mask choice…

Etude House Hyaluronic Acid Mask

Retailer’s description:

  • Low-irritant mask made of breathable o.2mm air sheet,
  • Contains Hyaluronic Acid,
  • Provides intense moisture and smoothness to skin.

Personally I’m often drawn to products that use Hyaluronic Acid in their formulation because my skin drinks it like I drink water. I usually have a lot of dehydration in my skin due to wearing makeup and a filthy addiction (that I’m slowly kicking), so the HA really does wonders for carrying that H2O back into my skin. 

The mask itself was drenched in the Hyaluronic Acid formula and at moments it may have felt slightly uncomfortable, like the drops of serum dripping down my neck for example. I’ll definitely take note of this when using any Etude House mask in the future. Regardless I kept it on for 15 minutes in total to ensure that I was going to see the right end result, being smoother skin and more hydrated skin.

And are those are the results I felt, saw?

Yes they were, definitely. Although there was no DRASTIC change in the quality of my skin post-usage it definitely felt nourished and soft, which all of us can potentially benefit from.

Would I run to the store to pick this up?

Probably not, there’s other masks on the market that I’d rather try instead.

Overall I give the Etude House Hyaluronic Acid Mask a 2/5 stars for Sheet Masks.

Tonight I’ll be indulging in my third mask of The 7 Day Mask Challenge, and I’ll be back tomorrow with a follow-up post.

For now, leave a comment with what hydrating Sheet Masks you use in your routine.

Hydrating is key,

pG.