Aveda Intensive Hydrating Masque & Deep Cleansing Herbal Clay Masque

I’m back on my face mask kick. I was busy using up what I had already owned, and the process made me feel like “masking” at night was an essential part of my night time skincare routine. While it’s hard to keep up with a strict schedule with so many different face masks, I think my skin really benefited from all the extra attention. Since using up a few products, I was eager to venture out again in addition to re-purchasing key items. I came across the Aveda Intensive Hydrating Masque and the Deep Cleansing Herbal Clay Masque, and I feel very strongly for Aveda products now.

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The Intensive Hydrating Masque “gives soothing relief to skin suffering from excessive dryness, stress and exposure to the elements.” Aveda’s “intensely-hydrating, oil-free masque contains potent, plant-derived humectants.” In addition, it “cools and rehydrates with a surge of moisturizing aloe, kelp and lavender, [and] calms [skin] with rosewater.” The Deep Cleansing Herbal Clay Masque is a mask for all skin types. The “cool, aromatic masque absorbs excess oils and draws impurities from skin with our unique blend of clay. It leaves your skin clarified, conditioned and refined.” Personally, I like to use these masks together. I’ll apply the Deep Cleansing Herbal Clay Masque to my t-zone, which consists of my forehead, nose, and chin; and, then I’ll apply the Intensive Hydrating Masque to just my cheek areas.

I don’t like my cheeks feeling dry, but more importantly, I like to give my skin what it really wants. Since I need a mask that deep-cleanses, moisturizes and tones my t-zone, I stick to a product that will deliver that. While the mask is working, I give my cheeks something that will soothe, cool, and calm the skin’s surface. In both cases, I feel that I can knock out two tasks in one sitting with two different products. My skin’s moisture levels increase, the products both leave my skin soft, smooth, and healthy-looking.

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Overall, I really enjoy these masks and find them to be very effective. I don’t use these masks sparingly. I slap on the clay mask thick and I gloop on the hydrating mask pretty thick as well. I like to leave them both on for a good 30 mins or so before jumping in the shower. On nights where my skin is really feeling sensitive, inflamed, or just dry in general, I apply the mask all over my face. It’s done wonder for days after the pool when my skin has been feeling overheated. For the fair price, I think you get exactly what you pay for. They’re easy to travel with, use, and share with others. The masks do their jobs well — even though the effects are temporary and minimal. I wouldn’t expect drastic miracles with the products, but when my skin needs a good clay mask and hydrating mask, the two products are great.

In general, I’m interested in my Aveda products. I’ve purchased the Shampure Shampoo and I really like it so far. The ranges featured at Aveda can get pricey, but I feel that they have a cult-following for a reason. The products speak for themselves, and since I’m picky with skin products, I’d say it’s a good thing if I’m already really into the masks. The reviews are good and they seem to carry a variety of products for different needs and concerns. I recommend the Intensive Hydrating Masque and Deep Cleansing Herbal Clay Masque!

Deep Cleansing Herbal Clay Masque
Item contains 4.4 oz
Retails for $24.00 USD.

Intensive Hydrating Masque
Item contains 5 fl oz.
Retails for $24.00 USD.

REVIEW: Caudalie Moisturizing Mask

In my recent post about the Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel, I mentioned I was looking into more hydrating products since I’m trying to keep my skin happy, plump, and moisturized throughout the day. Normally, moisturizing masks are not the kind of masks I go for since I’m all about oil-control and purifying my skin; however, I tried a sample of the Caudalie Moisturizing Mask and had to get the full-size afterwards! The Caudalie Moisturizing Mask is a part of Caudalie’s new mask release, which includes the Instant Detox Mask, the Purifying Mask, and the Glycolic Peel. You can read my review on the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask here.

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This mask “restores moisture levels to relieve tightness, reduce redness, and increase softness for a hydrated, dewy glow.” While it’s recommended for people with dry skins, I’ve found that this product is just as wonderful for my sensitive, combination/sometimes oily skin. The Moisturizing Mask “will protect against future dehydration and leave skin supple and quenched with a youthful-looking radiance. It is enriched with vinolevure to strengthen and soothe, grape seed oil to nourish, and hyaluronic acid to moisturize.”

Like many moisturizing masks, this can be used in two different ways:
(1) First, after removing makeup and cleansing your skin, you can apply this mask onto your skin focusing on areas that need extra attention. Leave a thick layer of product on for about 15-20 minutes. Massage in the product in before rinsing your skin clean and move onto applying your nighttime skin care products.

(2) Another way you can use this is to use it as a overnight/sleeping mask. As a final step in your skincare routine, apply a thin layer of the mask onto your skin and go to bed. Wake up and wash your face with a gentle cleanser in the morning, and then prep your skin with toner, serum, moisturizer before applying sunscreen and your base makeup.

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I like to use this product like a traditional mask rather than a sleeping mask. For me, I use a more intense oil-control/purifying mask on my t-zone and apply this moisturizing mask to my cheeks and under my eyes. Occasionally, I’ll apply this on my forehead but I rarely just use this mask alone all over my face. I do this since my skin has different concerns depending on what part of my skin/face we’re talking a about. This way, my t-zone can get a stronger clay mask, while the drier parts of my face can benefit from a moisturizing product.

I recommend this mask because it’s so hydrating and really plumps up the skin. My face feels comfortable after removing the mask, and in addition, my skin feels clean but healthy before applying additional skincare products. Sometimes I like to apply this quickly in the morning just to give my face a little extra something before I begin my day. I noticed that leaving this mask on for longer than 20ish minutes makes the mask crusty and it flakes off causing a mess. It’s thick and gooey, but you have to use a lot of product to get the results you want. Unfortunately, this won’t last long since I go through so much of the product every time I use it.

Item contains 2.5 oz.
Retails for $29.00 USD.
Made in France.

Nude Skincare Purify Deep Cleansing Mask

Awhile ago when I was on my mask kick, I reviewed the Nude Skincare Advanced Renewal Overnight Repair Mask, and it quickly became one of my favorite overnight masks. When the Nude Skincare Purify Deep Cleansing Mask was released, I knew that I just had to give this mask a try too. As a “purifying clay mousse mask that removes impurities to reveal glowing skin,” this is a lot like the Glam Glow Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment.

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It seems that many brands are coming out “quick fix” masks — meaning, they promise to deliver miraculous results in 10 mins or less. While I always tend to leave my masks on longer than the suggested time, it’s nice to know that you can rely on “quick fix masks” to help when your skin needs it most. The Nude Skincare Purify Deep Cleansing Mask is a “powerful purifying clay mousse with buriti seed [that] absorbs excess oil and gently exfoliates to help refine pores.” It contains “French clay [that] removes impurities while omega fatty acids and sea fennel deliver the perfect balance of nutrients.” This mask is designed for all skin types, and it promises to reveal glowing skin in as little as 10 minutes.

The concept of this mask is much like the Glam Glow Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment: basically, after you’ve removed your makeup in the evening, you apply this mask to dry skin. Leave on for 10-15 mins. Then, when it’s dried, you wet your face and massage the dried mask. This loosens the ‘particles’ of the mask, which will exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin. Rinse with warm water, dry your face, and then move onto your nighttime skin care routine.

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I like this mask a lot, but it’s definitely not a mask you use every night. It’s a good maintaining routine for your skin; so, once or twice a week, or whenever your skin is feeling/looking congested, this mask would be a great way to really kick start your skin. The added benefit of exfoliation will help your skin care products sink in better, since your skin will be able to drink it up after you’ve sloughed off the dead skin cells. The only down side is that you have to use big scoops (with your finger) to really apply the product evenly onto all areas of your face — thus, I see it dwindling away in a matter of weeks (if used regularly). For me, since my cheeks are rather sensitive, I like to concentrate this mask on my t-zone (chin, nose, forehead) since those are the areas that are most oily/congested.

Retails for $48.00 USD.
Made in France.

REVIEW: First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask

Recently hyped as “a gentle yet effective overnight cream that brightens and hydrates skin while sleeping,” I purchased the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask because of the rave reviews. Sleeping masks, or overnight masks are my favorite kinds of masks to use so I was eager to give this one a try.

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As a way to “wake up to a luminous complexion with FAB Facial Radiance® Overnight Mask,” it’s suggested that you can either use this product as a sleeping mask or a night cream. As a “leave-on mask, [this product] is a rich gel cream that is formulated with a powerful combination of ingredients to brighten, hydrate, and deeply nourish the skin” while you sleep. “It goes on like a normal moisturizer and should be blended in until just a slight residue remains on the skin” — essentially, as the last step in your night time skincare routine, it’s best to apply this after your night cream if you choose to use this as a sleeping mask. Upon application, “the skin looks brighter; overnight as the actives are absorbed deep into the dermis, the mask performs its magic.” In the morning, wash your face as usual and your skin will be “hydrated and refreshed, revealing a brighter, more even-toned, and smoother complexion.”

As a night cream, it provides the same results — just less steps. For me, I prefer to use it as a sleeping mask instead of replacing my night cream with it. Its light, gel texture is easily spreadable and blends easily onto the skin. It’s light and doesn’t interfere with any other skin care items you previously applied. The gel-texture is thicker in consistency so it takes some time to absorb. Your skin will look shiny and slick for about 30 minutes, but I don’t mind since I’m just going to bed.

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I think applying a sleeping mask before bed is the best for your skin since it gives it all night to recover and repair itself. For particularly stressful weeks or after a long weekend, this product is great to replenishing the skin, so I find that it’s worth taking the additional few minutes to apply this. While it’s not a necessity, I feel that it’s important to do something a little extra 2-3 times a week. I recommend this sleeping mask, but check out some other reviews on sleeping masks here: Fresh Rose Face Mask & Nude Skincare Advanced Renewal Overnight Repair Mask, Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask, and Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask.

Item contains 1.7 oz.
Retails for $38.00 USD.
Made in USA.

Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask

While I love sheet masks as an added bonus to my night time skin care routine, another great option is an overnight mask that can multi-task. Currently, I’m using the Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask, which is an herbal Korean skincare range. This line is available at Neiman Marcus as well as other various online retailers (including eBay). As a “luxury” range of products, the price points for this line is quite steep but works very well in my past experience. In regards to overnight/sleeping masks, I previously wrote about the Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask, which I really liked; and, also, another popular and well-reviewed item is the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX.

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The Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask is designed to “replenish your skin as you rest.” This “penetrating overnight mask…[is] formulated with Korean medicinal herbs to reawaken skin’s natural glow.” It contains “walnut extract [which] creates an essential moisture layer on the skin, promoting optimal absorption of nourishing ingredients.” Also, “purifying acute lobed angelica extract and antioxidant pomegranate extract” are included to work while you sleep to restore radiance, firmness, and hydration. “White mulberry extract minimizes redness and irritation as hyaluronic acid promotes long-term hydration, restoring and revitalizing skin overnight.”

This mask is ideal for deep hydration and skin-renewing. After my night time cleansing routine, I apply my usual skincare products and let everything sink in. As my last skincare step, I apply the Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask thinly on top of my night cream and leave it on overnight. It absorbs quickly but leaves a light film on my skin — and to me, it feels like a gentle seal over my skincare products.

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The texture of this mask is creamy, just like a night cream or a rich moisturizer. It’s cooling and gentle and doesn’t feel like an additional step. I also like that it absorbs well so it’s not getting all over my hair or pillow. In the morning, I just rinse my face with warm water and use my trusty Cetaphil cleanser to give my skin a fresh start. My skin looks so radiant and bright in the morning, and this product restores my dehydrated/combo skin. Since my skin is re-balanced, my t-zone doesn’t get as oily during the day and my cheeks feel very comfortable. This tube is huge and a little goes a long way. For a luxury and expensive line, I feel like the mask is reasonably priced since you don’t use it every night.

I like this product as a treatment and it makes such a big difference in the condition of my skin in the mornings. It’s a staple item to have on hand in case your skin is feeling dry or dehydrated. It’s an extra step at the end of your usual routine, but I think it’s worth it for the results you get in the morning. I prefer this treatment mask over the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX and the Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask.

Made in Korea.
Retails for $50.00 USD.

REVIEW: Glam Glow ThirstyMud™ Hydrating Treatment

I was hesitant to give into the hype around the Glam Glow masks, so I didn’t even bother to get one or try them out until recently. With an early birthday gift card, I decided to treat myself and purchased the Glam Glow ThirstyMud™ Hydrating Treatment. With the purchase, I also got a sample size of the Glam Glow YouthMud™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment, but I admit I’m afraid it may be too strong for my sensitive skin.

The cashier at Sephora kindly packed a few samples of the Glam Glow SuperMud™ Clearing Treatment and the Glam Glow BrightMud™ Eye Treatment as well. I’ll be trying those out as well and will report back as soon as I can. Based on current reviews I’ve read, the general consensus is that pretty much everyone loves the Glam Glow masks.

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The Glam Glow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment is a “non drying hydration mask to deliver instant, extreme hydration.” This leave-on mask is formulated with “ThirstyMud™ [which] uses the newest, most advanced, and extreme hydration active technologies.” This mask is designed to moisturize, restore, replenish, and calm the skin with “Dewdration™,” which “boosts and locks in moisture for a dewy and youthful result. Another fancy ingredient is “HydraPack™,” which “leaves skin with an instant silky, soft, and supple feel.” And, finally, “GreenEnergy™ smooths and energizes the skin, giving you a healthy-looking, glowing complexion.”

DEWDRATION™: A blend of actives containing hyaluronic acid and citric acid for deep hydration; boosts and locks in moisture for a dewy, youthful look.
HYDRAPACK™: A blend of actives containing botanimoist, moisturizing sugars and acids from apples, oat bete glucan to soothe and calm the skin, and hydraclay to trap and retain moisture in the skin.
GREENENERGY™: A blend of actives containing raw honey and ginger root for radiance and detoxifying; coconut provides immediate skin conditioning.
Teaoxi Olive Leaf: Delivers naturally moisturizing linoleic acid.

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It’s recommended that this mask be used up to 2-3 times per week or when needed. At $69.00 USD for just over an ounce and a half, this product is super pricey. After cleansing and drying your skin, apply an even layer for 10-20 mins. For me, I like to use this at night after my cleansing routine. I leave it on for about 30 mins. while I wash the dishes or I’m painting my nails. Since the mask doesn’t dry hard, it’s low maintenance and will allow you to multi-task. If you want to really pamper yourself or you’re getting ready for a big day/night, this can be used on the neck and chest as well.

After a few minutes, the product will absorb into the skin. It will just feel slippery, but won’t drip or get messy. It’s recommended that you wipe off the residual product with a tissue and massage remaining product into skin. You can also rinse with water — which is what I normally do if I use the mask before a shower. I prefer to wash it off since I have a set nighttime routine with specific products I prefer to use. Another way to use this mask is to leave it on overnight “to infuse the skin with moisture and wake up with extremely hydrated skin.” Because the mask absorbs, it won’t get all over your pillow case and sheets; it just feels like you’re wearing a rich moisturizer/cream to bed.

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The Glam Glow ThirstyMud™ Hydrating Treatment is a great treatment product, and is rumored to have been used by celebrities before red carpet events before being available to the public. Because of the natural ingredients in this mask, it smells like coconuts and feels rich on the skin. You’ve got to apply a good layer onto your skin, so with regular use, this tub won’t last long unfortunately. If you’ve got severely dehydrated and dry skin, this may not a be a cost-effective way to go since it will run out so quickly. For me, I use it as a treatment mask about once a week. I estimate that, in total, this product will last less than 2 months.

I recommend this product if you’re really looking to pamper yourself. It’s like magic — your skin becomes so soft, plump, and hydrated that it naturally glows from within. Pores, lines, and pigmentation appear to be temporarily in check, so I can see why people use this right before an event. I will test out the rest of the samples I got and will report back. Until then, I’d like to re-purchase this item but it’s just too ridiculous for the amount you get and the short amount of time you have to use it. I don’t mind splurging on skin care products — especially ones that work — so I’m a little disappointed that I’ll purchase it only when I really need to. I’ve got SK-II products that are expensive but last a year, so it’s a shame I’m not willing to keep a mask this great on hand!

Contains 1.7 oz.
Retails for $69.00 USD.