I am a sheet mask junkie, hydrogel and bio cellulose being my favorite. So when I saw the Masque Bar foil mask display at CVS, I had to check it out. The new line has three different types of masks; gold, silver and rose gold. Each element comes in two variations, a foil sheet mask and a peel off mask. The peel off mask is available in a single use pod or a tube.
I decided on the rose gold foil mask made with soybean, witch hazel and mushroom extracts, designed to nourish and hydrate skin. The mask actually has paper on the inside – a foil only mask would probably slide right off!
Which brings me to what is so wonderful about this mask – the foil keeps your face warm! Most sheet masks can freeze your face off, making you want to remove them before they have served their purpose. The foil layer in this mask pulls the heat from your body making your face nice and toasty. Now, I used it in the spring, I’ll have to see what happens when I try one in the summer. It could get too hot. I have already bought another one (silver), but I’m not a fan of the peel offs. You can find them at CVS and I usually pay little to nothing for them with coupons and rewards bucks. Amazon (I may get a commission from this link) is also carrying them.
I have wanted to try a peel mask for awhile and now I know why I didn’t. This mask was a disaster for me. Formula 10.0.6 is a relatively new brand that can be found in ULTA, CVS, Target and other retailers. The line includes facial skin care products like moisturizers, toners, cleansers and masks.
I grabbed the Get Your Glow On Skin-Brightening Peel Mask because it was on sale and I wanted to try a peel mask. I cleansed my face and went it for the kill. First off, it’s hard to spread the mask on. The consistency is kind of like rubber cement and the translucent color makes it hard to see how thick/thin you are applying it.
Formula 10.0.6 Get Your Glow On Skin-Brightening Peel Mask
Once I thought it was applied thoroughly, I waited for it to dry. The tube says 10-15 minutes, but it was probably a little longer (I also live in a humid climate). It was hard to get off, and definitely did not come off in one big piece. There were little patches that I couldn’t get off and when I tried to use water, it gummed up again! I even tried a cleansing wipe without much success. Suffice to say I couldn’t tell you how the mask treated my skin because I was too focused on taking it off. Later on in the day there were still little pieces of mask peeling off.
I’m not going to blame my misfortunes on this brand. I’m sure I would have similar results with another brand and peeling masks Just aren’t my thing. If I do try one again I will get something dark and deep like those black charcoal (I may get a commission from this link) masks.
Winter can be hard on your skin. Cold weather outside coupled with heat inside buildings can create dryness, itchy skin and sallowness. My usual treatment go-tos are tissue and hydrogel masks, but putting them on in the winter makes you feel like you’re in a cryotherapy booth. Here are three products that will soothe winter skin without making you feel like you dunked your face in ice water.
This pink tinted mud mask is made with youth inducing evening primrose oil, meadowfoam oil, aloe and rosemary leaf extract. It soothes and hydrates skin. leaving behind a faint rosewater scent. Each packet can easily produce least two mask sessions. Find them at Ulta and CVS stores.
Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask, $7.49 (I may get a commission from this link)
This mask is perfect to use after a day out in the cold. Just peel the tab and feel the mask heat up on your fingers. Natural charcoal helps to draw out impurities and blackheads while heat soothes your skin. Note: This mask is more effective and easier to remove in the shower.
I got a sample of this mask, tore through it and went to buy the full size. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask has this “Moisture Wrap” technology that creates a barrier to hold in moisture for eight hours. You can use it with your favorite overnight moisturizer or by itself. I like to cleanse with PIXI Glow Tonic first to keep oily skin at bay, and then apply the Water Sleeping Mask. The directions say to use it two-three times a week, but if my skin is really dried out and needs a good plump, I use it everyday. Get it at Sephora or Laneige.com.
Neutrogena has added a sheet mask to its Hydro Boost line and it’s only $3!
The new mask uses my favorite ingredient, hyaluronic acid to hydrate and boost plumpness in only 15 minutes. Unlike most affordable sheet masks, this one is made from hydrogel and not paper. The thicker, gel-like material helps to push the ingredients into your skin and produces better results than a paper mask.
The mask is available wherever Neutrogena is sold (I found mine at CVS) and online at neutrogena.com. Neutrogena also has a second hydrogel mask called the Deep Clean Purifying Mask, also priced at $3. Head over the website right now and you can get two Light Therapy Masks for the price of one ($35)! These innovative masks use LED light to kill acne causing bacteria. Masks last 30 days and can be reused by purchasing a Mask Activator for $14.99.
Check your CVS app and you may have a coupon for a free Beauty 360 Facial Mask! This is the second one I have scored in the past couple a months. The quality is on par with most basic facial masks and even if you’re not into them, you can keep it for a teacher gift or stocking stuffer.
To check and see if you’ve got one, download the CVS app for your smartphone and log in with your rewards card info. Tap on “Deals and Rewards” and scroll down through the coupons until you find it. You’ll have to load it to your card or it won’t work!
Choose from full size and eye masks, from brightening to plumping, and everything in between. The masks retail at $3.99 or 2 for $7.