Budget Beauty: Dead Sea Essentials by AHAVA Soothing Chamomile Spa Facial Mud Mask

This mask stays on your skin for two minutes.  Two minutes, that’s it.
I needed to open with that because I love love love using this Soothing Chamomile Mud Mask before work!  I’m still so shocked that I have the ability to use a face mask before work…can you tell I’m overjoyed by this?!

Let me take a second to actually introduce this wonderful product, the Dead Sea Essentials by AHAVA Soothing Chamomile Spa Facial Mud Mask is a deep cleaning mud mask that sits on the skin for about 2 minutes.  The main ingredients of chamomile, Dead Sea mud, and a variety of natural extracts work together to unclog pores and purify the skin,
As you can tell from the beginning of this post, I love using this once a week before work.  Usually by Wednesday I need a pick me up, and this quickie mask delivers on that feel good vibe I need by the middle of the week.  Or, if I have a long night out for an event and I’m worried about oil control, I’ll use this mask as a primer before the primer to help keep my skin and makeup look refreshed and clean.
Since mud masks essentially draw out and absorb excess oil from the skin it is best for oily or combination skin types, although you might want to only apply this mask to the oily areas of your face if you have combination skin.  Also, if you’re like me and only suffer from acne once a month, the Soothing Chamomile Spa Facial Mud Mask is a great option for calming breakouts and reducing redness. 
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Budget Beauty: Boots Botanics Iconic Clay Mask

Boots Botanics Iconic Clay Mask

I’m a major fan of the clay mask- they help to control breakouts/ oil production and they leave my skin feeling purified and detoxified.  The Boots Botanics Iconic Clay Mask is a perfectly priced clay mask that will target your blemish-prone areas and clear up any congested areas.

While I use this mask all over my face, it would still work really well as more of a spot-treatment if you prefer that.  At first I was a little confused because it seemed strangely watery, so I always made sure I shook it up a few times before applying.

A key ingredient in the Iconic Clay Mask is willow bark, which is known for its anti-inflammatory and it being a natural salicylic acid.

One tip I recently learned about clay masks is to not let them dry completely.  Typically I would remove the mask once it felt dry and like I couldn’t move my face.  Well, don’t do that.  Remove the mask once you begin to feel it tightening.

Boots Botanics Iconic Clay Mask | $9.39 


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The Body Shop’s Blue Corn 3-in-1 Deep Cleansing Scrub Mask

If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with face masks.  Seriously, obsessed.
I’m a huge fan of The Body Shop face masks, especially the Tea Tree mask.  It’s one of my absolute favorites and I can always rely on it to give my skin exactly what it needs to get back on track.
I’ve been wanting to try the Blue Corn 3-in-1 Deep Cleansing Scrub Mask for quite some time now, and I’m sure glad I finally did!  Except, I do have a funny story…
{Blue Corn 3-in-1 Deep Cleansing Mask, $17}
The first time I applied this mask I applied it all over my face.  BIG MISTAKE WITH ROSACEA, HUGE MISTAKE.  It literally burned my cheeks and I was pretty sure I was going to die so I immediately took it off and stared in the mirror like a crazy person.
I quickly learned, I can only use this mask everywhere else on my face besides my cheeks.  If you have ridiculously sensitive skin I would stay far away from this product, or if you just have super sensitive areas make sure you don’t apply near those areas.  Otherwise, it’s an amazing deep cleanser.
I noticed my forehead and jawline area, where I can sometimes have hormonal acne, looked amazing after using the Blue Corn mask.  It’s so incredibly refreshing, and felt amazing while it was on, and while I was taking it off.  It felt like a mini-peel and I could see immediate results which I love.
This mask is so interesting because with the power it has you would expect it to be somewhat hard and drying to the skin.  The Blue Corn Mask applies very creamy and will not leave you feeling tight and dry after you rinse it off, promise!
The Body Shop always has special offers, and when you’re a Love Your Body Rewards Member it’s that much better, so next time you’re in the mood for a new face mask, I highly suggest this one!!

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

 I’d been meaning to try the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask for quite some time, so when I got it in a Sephora Beauty Insider promotion, it didn’t take me long to go run to buy a full bottle (that I’m now almost out of!).
First of all let me say, I am a huge face mask junkie, and I will try any and every face mask on this planet.
Next, let me say that this mask is not for the faint of heart.  It’s serious.  Like, super serious.  
Why is it so serious?  Well, because it pries every single yuck thing out of your skin…and when I say pries, I mean it.  It’s not the most comfortable experience, but boy does it get the job done
This is a mineral peel-off mask- it applies like liquid and peels off as one whole mask.  The first time I applied it I was a little shocked by how uncomfortable it was to take off.  It was a little painful, but I don’t want me using that word to deter anyone from using it, because it’s also easily the best mask I have ever used.  Any doubts I had were instantly erased when I saw what my complexion looked like immediately after removing it.
{Boscia Luminizing Black Mask, $34}
The black mask is an exfoliator, and it clears the skin of all dirt and other impurities.  When you remove the mask, you can see everything it pulled out of your skin…it’s kinda creepy and downright gross in that regard…but also totally awesome at the same time.  Did that make sense?  
The “immediately visible results” claim is no joke.  My complexion was instantly brighter and unbelievably smoother.  I have sensitive skin and while I did experience some redness after using the black mask, it wasn’t enough for me to say AH I’M NEVER USING THIS AGAIN.    
If you’ve read any reviews on this product you’ll see a lot of people complaining about the peel-off part.  I promise you, the results far out weigh the annoying-ness of taking off the mask.  I mean, isn’t there a saying beauty is pain?  Right?  Okay then.

Anyway, I’ve given samples to my friends and even they have agreed, it’s just too great of a mask to allow the peel-off process to deter you away from it.  

If you’re looking for a new intensive face mask, one that will seriously rid your complexion of all the unwanted dirt and grime, I highly suggest this product, it’s so amazing and will instantly change the look and feel of your skin. 

Racinne: Ultimate Aqua Blanc Brightening Masque Review

I was recently given the opportunity to try out a few of Racinne’s products from their Ultimate Aqua Blanc Series.  If you’re unfamiliar with Racinne it’s a skincare company based out of Canada focused on biotechnology and the use of various herbs to create skincare lines aimed at treating different skin types and focus issues.  Racinne has three different lines, Ultimate Youth Power, Ultimate Hydra Perfection, and the one I sampled, Ultimate Aqua Blanc.  
I had requested to sample Aqua Blanc because its ingredients best suited my skin type.  According to Racinne’s site, Aqua Blanc products contain an “effective brightening formula penetrat[ing] deep into the core of skin cells to facilitate self revitalization and regeneration, correcting enlarged pores, balancing oil distribution, reducing dark spots to reveal brightened, glowing looking skin”.
I need that oil balance and the brightening agents, so I was super excited to try out the Ultimate Aqua Blanc Brightening Masque.  When I first applied this mask it just resembled a thick moisturizer, no color or anything, and certainly not messy to apply.  The purpose of the Brightening Masque is to “promote skin rejuvenation, strengthen moisture level and reduces pigmentation”.  It also helps with UV damage, which unfortunately I think every young woman has to deal with these days.

I can say without a doubt it increased moisture level just in the short amount of time I had applied it.  The directions say to leave on for 15mins, wipe of excess, and then rinse your face.  I left it on for probably close to 25-30mins while I took a bubble bath.  Then I wiped it off and rinsed.  My skin felt so supple and soft, I was really impressed!
I have to say I wasn’t expecting to notice the effects instantly my first time using it, but I definitely saw a brightness in my face that wasn’t there before I applied it.

I would suggest using this product in the AM before going out on the weekend or something, since the brightness results really are instant you wouldn’t want to apply it at night and then go to sleep.  I’d say only apply in the evening if you’re about to go out and party the night away! 

I applied the mask again a about a week after first using it and had the same results, which tells me that the Ultimate Aqua Blanc Brightening Masque is a consistent product, which is what I aim for when adding new products to my routine.

You can purchase the Ultimate Aqua Blanc Brightening Masque and other Aqua Blanc products on the Racinne website!  Stay tuned for some more Racinne reviews coming soon.

[Disclaimer: I received free samples directly from Racinne for use in connection to this posting. All opinions, however, are my own.]

Ahava Purifying Mud Mask

In my April Birchbox I received this little gem of a face mask, Ahava Purifying Mud Mask.  I’m currently doing a full body detox [more on that next week] so I figured on Sunday morning, why not detox my face too?  It just seemed to fit.
Ahava describes itself as the Dead Sea cosmetic brand.  The brand uses ingredients such as dead sea mud, date extract, vitamin C, raspberry root extract, witch hazel, Shea butter, and Icelandic moss to create its line of natural products.  The main ingredient, however, is their Osmoter, the brand’s own dead sea mineral concentrate.  What is Osmoter, you may ask?  Well… 

Given my preferences on Birchbox I was given Ahava’s Purifying Mud Mask which is perfect for the combination/ oily skin out there.  It says to leave on the product for two minutes, but I had mine on for about 10.  One thing I really loved about this mud mask was that I never got thatoh, I can’t move my face’ feeling [because of the added jojoba]…which is so common with all mud face masks!  It just makes the experience of giving yourself a face mask more enjoyable…in my opinion. 

My skin wasn’t irritated by the mask at all, but I must say that by the afternoon it definitely had brought impurities to the surface, which I didn’t mind because I knew I’d be rid of any little flare ups by the next day, but some people may not like…even though it’s a positive sign of the product working!

Anyway, it’s suggested to use this product twice a week, which I think I’ll start doing, so I can see maximum benefits.  Added bonus: the mask works well as an overnight spot treatment as well. 
Sooooo, in conclusion, I will certainly be buying the full size Purifying Mud Mask, it’ll be a good thing to mix up my face mask routine for the summer! xo    

The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Face Mask

I really love The Body Shop, I mean like I realllllyyyy love that store.  All of their products are great, nothing ever disappoints me.  One of the very first products I started using was their Tea Tree Face Mask, I think I’m on my third or fourth pot and you get SO many masks out of it!

First thing I like about this mask, it’s super cooling and a tad tingly…I personally love that feeling, I guess it makes me think the product is actually doing something!  This mask is geared toward blemish prone skin, so it’s right up my ally– its goal is to remove impurities and combat excess oil & I think it succeeds at both.  [You won’t feel dried out after using it, I promise!]  I def see a difference in shine control right after using it, which is super important to me.

I ideally try to use this mask once a week, but the reality is I don’t always get the chance.  If you pick this up def try to keep on a schedule when using it, and it’ll be super effective!  I noticed a change after two weeks.

PS: I also use the Aloe Protective Restoring Mask [see review here] to combat redness and help keep me hydrated during the winter months.  Just like this mask, it works! 

Juice Beauty: Organic Facial Rejuvenating Mask

I’m def a fan of Juice Beauty products, I used to use their Blemish Clearing Serum & loved it. [I just decided to switch up my routine, but I’ll most likely go back to it] but recently I’ve been obsessed with [and 2x a week using] their Organic Facial Rejuvenating Mask
When I was home for winter break I promised myself I’d used this mask twice a week.  Thank god I did that, the difference in my skin is amazing!  We all know the winter months can be harsh, back home in Jersey it was particularly windy, but  I really wanted to try to keep my skin looking above-average fresh and radiant.  Well, that’s exactly what I did, & it was all thanks to Juice Beauty! 
Obviously, Juice Beauty is known for its natural ingredients, the main ingredients in this mask are…
Sunflower & olive oil
Apple, lemon, white grape, & aloe leaf juice 
Marigold extract 
Organic raw sugar cane 
Best part about this mask?  It works well for every skin tone, the main focus is infusing your skin with antioxidants & vitamins, and from the looks of my results, that’s exactly what it does!  & added bonus, absolutely no breakouts whatsoever the whole holiday season. BOOM. 
I def suggest this mask for anybody, just use your daily cleanser & then apply the mask for about 10mins.  I guarantee you’ll notice a difference after the first week [if you use it twice, or the max, three, times a week.  I think it’s a great way to start off the New Year! xo 

The Body Shop’s Aloe Protective Restoring Mask

I recently purchased the Body Shop’s Aloe Protecting Restoring Mask, and I reallllyyyy realllyyy likeeeee itttt!!

First of all, it’s recommended by Vogue, so obviously it must be good.  But, that’s not the reason I bought it.  I tend to have some redness sometimes on certain areas of my face, you can never tell with makeup on, but I don’t always want to wear makeup.  SO, I need something to combat this issue.  We all know aloe heals sunburn, so using aloe in a mask form for the face just makes sense.  Duh.


This mask is very cooling and refreshing, it doesn’t have that ‘stingy‘ feeling most masks do.  I’m using it weekly, and I hope to see results soon!  Although, if I don’t I don’t think I’ll necessarily mind, it’s just nice to use once a week to unwind, it’s very relaxing.  Anyway, the texture is very creamy, so it applies more like a moisturizer than your typical face mask does.

I think this mask will really show its true colors in the winter weather when everyone’s skin is battling the harsh coldness.  Hopefully it’ll keep me hydrated and glowly during the winter!

I def suggest this product, as always I love love love The Body Shop.  If you’re a little weary on the price just sign up for their emails, they’re always sending out coupon codes and deals — I recently saved over $70 and ended up paying only about $30 for my order.  Perfection, right?

Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Mask

 I decided this was a perfect time to write about the Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Mask because…it’s currently on my face.  
If you don’t know, vitamin E is fabulous for your skin…and your body in general.  It’s an antioxidant which helps the skin battle pollution and sun damage.  It also seriously helps in the anti-aging category.  It can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and keeps the skin super hydrated.  Lastly, it can also help fade any scars you may have, for example any acne scarring.

It’s basically a super thick lotion, you apply it all over the face and leave it on for however long you’d like.  They suggest minimum 10 minutes…you can even sleep with it on if you have super dry skin and are looking for a serious treatment.  Also, you just tissue off the mask, no water required, which helps to allow the moisture to be locked in.
The main ingredients are vitamin E (duh), cotton seed oil, rice bran, and organic soya oil.  These other ingredients (besides the vitamin E) have repair and healing properties in them which is why the longer you leave it on, the potentially better results! 
I really love this mask and I try to use it once a week.  It’s very calming and cooling, unlike most masks that have the tingling feeling to them.  You have to remember the purpose of this mask is not to clear up skin or unclog pores– it’s to hydrate and repair aging or sun damage. 
This will be perfect to battle the harsh winter weather, even though we still have a few more months…keep this mask in mind!