The lack of posts in the last 5(ish) months is not without cause. Shortly after I started posting I went back to my winter semester of my third year (junior year) of university and my time was spent staring into a microscope, reading textbooks and attempting to keep my head above the flood of school work. I also went through a tough time (and still am) when my dog, Maggie, who has been apart of the family since I was 8, had to be put down suddenly. She became sick, but nothing that the vet expected was too intense, and after about 2 weeks of nonstop trips to his office and tests galore we had to put her down. It was the hardest day of my life. My heart was and still is broken. If you have ever lost a pet or had to make the decision to have a pet put to sleep, my heart goes out to you. It is gut- wrenching pain to watch your beloved animal fall into a sleep they won’t ever wake up from. I think the only thing that has kept me sane is the thought of Rainbow Bridge.
Maggie on our deck, 2010.
Ok, so now that we are all caught up, on to the fun stuff!
As I was putting a mask on my face this morning before jumping into the shower (about 10 minutes before), I was thinking to myself, “why don’t I write a blog post on this lovely mask?” and then I thought, “well, I’ve tried a few different ones, so why not compare them?” So, here I am. I’ll be writing about two masks from The Body Shop, and one mask from Clarins. I tend to stick to the brands that I know, and I’m a big fan of both Clarins, and The Body Shop.
to check it out on The Body Shop website (not an affiliate link)
The first mask that I wanted mention is the Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask. This was one of the first masks that I ever tried and the ladies that work at my local store were very generous in giving me a sample to try! I really liked the sample, so I waited until a good sale and purchased the mask for half price. This mask will run you about $22 full price, but like I said, you can always wait for a good sale! I really liked this mask for a couple of reasons: 1) I have oily skin in the summer and I liked how the mask “cured” on the skin. The mask was thick and slightly moist in the container (make sure you put the lid on tight!) and when it was spread on the skin and exposed to air it dried to a finish that made it hard to move my face! It reminded me of the “classic” slumber party/girls night mask that we see in movies and on TV. 2) I also really liked what the mask did for my skin. I often used the mask at night or in the evening and found that during the next day my skin was very oily (I just compensated for this by using mineral makeup for the day). However, for about 4 days following this mask, my skin was AMAZING! My pores felt tight (in a good way), my Tzone was rarely shiny, and breakouts were at a minimum! Another point that I want to make: the container this mask comes in is HUGE! I had this mask for over a year (I didn’t use it much during the winter- maybe once every two weeks). I used it about 2X a week during the summer and it lasted me until the first part of this spring. So, if you’re looking an inexpensive mask that gets the job done, look no further!
to see this on The Body Shop website (also not an affiliate link)
The second mask that I tried from The Body Shop was the Tea Tree Face Mask. During the summer of 2011 my skin started to break out very often and I turned to the Tea Tree line from The Body Shop. I LOVED it. I now find it too harsh for my skin, but for teenage and acne prone skin it is a great line and it’s fairly inexpensive if you wait for a good sale (I’m all about the sales- have you noticed!?) I picked this mask up at an “in-between” time. I had just finished my Seaweed Ionic Clay mask and was waiting for my new one to come in from Clarins. I was just looking around the store and found these masks that were sold as a single use packet. I knew that I would be a couple of weeks at least before the Clarins mask would be in, so I decided to give it a try! The single use packet is more than enough to slather this over the entire face and costs $2 (CAD). I think the price is great if you are just looking to try a mask or are wanting to take a mask while you are travelling. If this mask is a frequent staple though, I would suggest buying the larger, multi-use container (which, as the website says is only $15!). I liked the cooling effect of this mask, however, I was very skeptical about it and blasted the sale lady with questions regarding this “feature”. My skin is very sensitive to cooling ingredients. Peppermint, spearmint and usually any other kind of mint makes my skin FREAK OUT! The sales lady assured me that the mask wouldn’t make my skin freak out. And she was right. The cooling sensation, mixed with the gel-like texture of this mask was heaven. This mask isn’t a clay mask- meaning it doesn’t harden on the skin, but stays with a creamy texture! I can’t really say that I noticed a huge difference in the amount of oil on my skin, but just experiencing the feel of this mask was enough for me to go and buy 2 more single use packets. I would suggest that next time you’re out, to pick up one of these and try it for yourself. On hot summer night, the cooling effects of this mask will leave you much more comfortable and probably ready to head to bed!
Last, but not least- the most expensive mask that I have ever tried. Clarins Pure and Radiant Mask with pink clay. Although this mask contains pink clay, it is not your standard, hardening clay mask. This mask is SO creamy and gentle on the skin that it doesn’t harden (even when exposed to air). This mask can be found as part of Clarins Oil Control line. For a 50ml tube, this mask will cost you about $31 CAD. This is a lot. I know. I would like to state that I did receive this mask as part of gratis from the company. This gratis was NOT part of this blog, but a part of my JOB. I work in cosmetics and we are given a gratis directly from the company. I use my gratis to try new products and will sometimes put reviews of them here if I am impressed/unimpressed with them. I will ALWAYS let you know if something was a gift/gratis.
The reason that I chose to include this mask is because it is amazing. It controls oil (I find it works for about 4 or 5 days) without making the skin feel tight and closing the pores. It is creamy and very easy to work with. Although it is an oil control mask, I feel like my skin has also been hydrated when I remove this mask. I really can’t say enough good things about it. It is great if you have oily, but sensitive skin- as all of the ingredients used by Clarins are plant derived. I have been using this masks about 2 times a week and I can really see a difference in my skin when I use it! I encourage you to find your nearest Clarins counter and talk to the cosmetician and ask for a sample. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!
Disclaimer: none of the links in this post are affiliate links- meaning I DO NOT get paid when you click or purchase items. I just thought I would make it easier for you to find the items online! 🙂 Also, as mentioned above the Clarins mask was a gratis. If you’d like to find out more about what a gratis is and why we receive them, please contact me.