6 Masks You Need to Try

6 Masks You Need to Try

What beauty ritual is more indulgent than the mask? Manicures are great, sure, but they require so much attention to detail. Masks, on the other hand, are totally foolproof, and the results are instantaneous. So to spread the joy around, I thought I’d share a few of the masks I’m loving lately.

Sheet masks are everywhere these days, and while you wouldn’t think a flimsy little thing would pack such a punch, they’re incredibly effective. Positively dripping with active ingredients, they hug every contour of your face, saturating your skin with much-needed moisture. Sephora makes about a dozen versions, but I love Lotus, Honey, and Rose the most. (Rose is not pictured here because I am constantly using up my stash. Whoops.) They may be messy and look ridiculous, but hey, those babies work! And they make for some hilarious Snapchat material.

6 Masks To Try

Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask is a little odd, but fantastic. It has the consistency of strawberry jelly, and you can either apply it to a clean face or layer it on top of this cleanser for added exfoliation (I’ve tried this method and it’s awesome). The mask contains pomegranate enzymes and pink clay, which work together to smooth and decongest your skin, leaving it totally refreshed. It’s pretty gentle, but if you have dry or sensitive skin, I’d suggest leaving it on no longer than 10 minutes.

6 Masks You Need to Try // Sleeping Facials

Now let’s talk sleeping masks, the unsung heroes of my skincare routine. All you do is slather on a layer before bed, and when you wake up, your skin will be perfectly hydrated. You don’t even need to rinse them off! They’re also great for travel, since plane air sucks the moisture right out of your skin. I like to use one nightly when I’m traveling – but if you’re comfortable giving yourself an in-flight facial, that would probably work even better. I love Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping Facial (rich and soothing) and AmorePacific Sleeping Recovery Masque (made with bamboo sap, it’s super light and perfect for summer).

Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask...best mask ever!

One of my great pleasures in life is scoring free samples of super expensive products, so nabbing this Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask (which retails for a jaw-dropping $162) was a major victory. Because it seemed so fancy, I saved it for months…until last night. And now I almost wish I had never tried it, because it’s incredible, and I really, really want to buy it. This mask is like nothing else I have ever put on my face. It promises “instant youth” and my god, does it deliver. (Except my skin never looked this good even in my youth!) It feels like velvet, and my skin absolutely drank it up. Everything looked smoother, brighter, more even and less shiny after only 15 minutes. I’m not a person who leaves the house without makeup – EVER – but after using this mask once, I feel like maybe that could change. This is major, guys.

Have you tried any of these? What’s your favorite mask?

♥ Mil

The Beauty Brief

The Beauty Brief

Hello there, beauty lovers! It’s been way too long since our last edition of the Beauty Brief, which means I’ve got a vast backlog of products to share with you guys. I’m planning to make this a monthly series again from now on, so strap in and prepare yourselves for plenty of glossy beauty goodness. This month, I’m giving you the scoop on two new finds and one old favorite.

The Beauty Brief // Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence

This was my first foray into Tata Harper’s all-natural, non-toxic skincare line, and her Hydrating Floral Essence did not disappoint. (Side note: anything with the word “essence” in it sounds mysterious enough to be completely magical, don’t you think?) This nutrient-dense spray is technically a moisturizing toner, but I’ve been using it as a midday makeup refresher. A spritz or two will hydrate your skin and leave you with a lovely, dewy glow. In fact, after using this stuff for the first time, I was immediately told by a stranger that I had “Bambi skin.” Make of that what you will!

The Beauty Brief // bareMinerals Power Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette

As part of my New Year’s resolution to shake up my beauty routine, I thought a new eyeshadow palette was in order. (Sorry, Naked 3!) Though a bit more subdued than the shimmery golden and bronze shades I normally reach for, the bareMinerals Power Neutrals palette is subtle and sophisticated and just what I needed for every day at the office. Plus, the colors have names like “Boss Lady” and “Schmooze,” which I find delightful.

The Beauty Brief // Benefit Instant Brow Pencil

Despite years of over-plucking in high school, the feature I consistently receive the most compliments on is my eyebrows…ha! Meet the secret to my success, Benefit Instant Brow Pencil. Not only is the medium shade the most perfect match for my coloring I’ve ever found, but the pencil itself is very soft, which allows for precision without making your brows look razor-sharp. Pro tip: after blending with the spoolie end, I like to soften the perimeters of my brows with a Q-tip for an even more natural look.

What beauty products are you loving these days? Have you tried anything new lately? Share your thoughts in the comments!

♥ Mil

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