Shiva Rose Honey & Nectar Mask
I’m asking. I am not fussy about my skincare, I’ve never had a facial, and don’t wear much makeup. I use as natural and organic as I can get it products on my face and body, and need a lot of moisture for my face; I have normal to dry skin, and sensitivity/redness on my cheeks, but no other real issues. I’ve never used a face mask.
I bought one though, this one by Shiva Rose, to try. Shiva Rose makes my holy grail face balm, the Rose Glow Balm, which I’ve used and repurchased three times already (it lasts a very long time), so I wanted to try some of her other products. And Finefolk carries them via Garmentory, so I can use credits I earn via my referral link to buy them, when I have credits.*
Anyway, I’ve used the mask once and didn’t notice anything at all – good or bad. And honestly, I find masks sort of a pain, especially because I wear glasses, and can’t wear them while I have the mask on lest I get it all over my glasses. And the waiting.
So, please, why should one use a face mask? What are the benefits? Do you have any others to recommend? Natural or organic please 🙂
Oh, and I’m finally going to give in to the Glossier hype and try something. I’m very intrigued by the new cloud paint (Val REALLY wants me to wear more blush, and I can definitely tell a – good – difference in my appearance when I do!!), and I’ve been interested in the Generation G lip stuff for a while now. I’m not thrilled that they’re not entirely natural, but they are paraben-and cruelty-free. Who has tried Glossier? What are your favorite products?
*if you sign up for an account at Garmentory using my referral link you’ll get a $20 account credit and so will I
I use Aztec Secret Clay mask, and while I haven’t used it lately, I noticed a huge difference in my face when I used it 1-2x/week. My skin cleared up and felt so smooth, and I felt less of a need to use makeup. HOWEVER. The way to make it is by mixing it with apple cider vinegar, which gets messy, and then you have to sit with it on until it dries (at least 20 mins but for me it’s more like 40). Because the clay dries you can’t really move, and it sometimes hurts when taking it off, AND your face is extremely red after using it. I know, I know, I’m really selling it, aren’t I?! But pain aside, I loved the value and the results I got from it and would absolutely buy it again. Has anyone else tried it?
Grechen Reiter says
haha!! it sounds awesome 😉 at least you can see results…i love seeing results!
I sort of don’t understand most face masks or sheet masks either. I’ve tried them, but none have ever really made me notice an improvement in my skin. I don’t do them very regularly though and already have combo oily skin, so maybe that’s why. The only face mask that I’ve ever noticed a noticeable difference and improvement with is the Tata Harper Resurfacing mask. The BHAs in this mask just give my skin an immediate, albeit temporary, glowy look, and my face feels smoother. I’m almost finished with my current tub and will definitely be repurchasing.
Glossier is definitely hyped up to an insane level, but I have tried a lot of their products and really love some of them. The Milky Jelly is my holy grail cleanser, and I Iove the Boy Brow and the Stretch Concealer for my under eye circles. I have two Generation G lip stains. They’re OK, not sure I’d repurchase them. I’ve read that they did reformulate them recently, so maybe they’re better now? The Balm Dotcoms are pretty standard petrolatum based balms, but the scents are so good that I can reconcile the price and some of the ingredient list. I really want to try the Cloud Paint in Beam and Dusk, but feel like I should use up my current blush before I purchase more!
I tried the ACV and Aztec Clay mask once, and you’re right – it really hurt! My pores did look a little clearer afterwards, but my face was so red and tender that I didn’t know if putting my face through that trauma was worth it! I might try it again since people do swear by it and it’s true that it’s really economical.
Face masks are good if your skin feels congested. I’m not sure what your skin type is but I have “normal” skin with very few issues, I really get blemishes at all. Except when the seasons change (or if I’ve been making poor food choices!) my skin can feel “clogged up” so I use a face mask.
If you find you don’t have any issues with your skin breaking out or feeling congested a face mask might not be something you need, at all. I typically use any cruelty-free/vegan clay mask and then ‘Good Skin Day’ by Tropic Skincare (which is a fruit acid exfoliate.)
I use the Aztec Clay mask as well and really like it! My face was red and felt a little tender after using it the first time. Since then, I’ve just put on a very very thin layer and my skin didn’t have as much reaction but my pores still felt cleaner.
I’m the same way about masks, Grechen. I have rosacea, and a lot of masks will exacerbate it, so I have to be extra careful. Many masks offer a ton of moisturize, so I think a lot of people like that, plus just relaxing for 30 minutes while it’s on.
I jumped on the Glossier train last fall and I’ve found that I either love or hate their products. The Skin Tint is one of my favorite foundations and is so light and perfect for everyday use, and I love their Boy Brow. I use the brown shade and just ordered the clear version. It’s probably their very best product. The moon mask made my face itch right away, and the balm dot calm is basically scented vaseline. I just ordered their concealer and am hoping I will like it, since I love the foundation. I also like their cleanser, which is gentle and affordable. Try the products and see what you think.
Meant to say moisture, lol.
I remember being OBSESSED with masks as a pre-teen / young teen but haven’t used one since! Honestly my whole skincare routine is very minimal — I really don’t wash my face at all (if I wear makeup I use warm water and a washcloth to remove) and use a daily moisturizer with SPF. I’ve maybe had two facials in my whole life. Do I really need another place to spend $$$??? Probably not. 😉
I wish I could try the Glossier products somewhere before trying them…
The mask that I only feel useful is Caudalie Moisturizing Cream Mask. It makes such a big difference and I kept buying it over and over again. And I just placed an order on the glow balm through your referral link, hope I will love it. As the glossier cloud paint, I purchased two shades: dusk and haze. They are still on the way though. But I did try the boy brow, and I do love it.
Grechen Reiter says
oh, i hope you love the glow balm, i really love it, and a little goes a LONG way!! i use it mostly at night unless my face is super-dry during the day, because it’s very moisturizing. oh, and my favorite time to use it is after shaving my face, it’s so soothing and calms everything down instantly.
before “buying” them is what I meant to type…
Grechen Reiter says
that’s what i’m thinking too – i don’t need to spend any more money on skincare – i think my routine is pretty great as- is. i’m such a sucker for marketing though LOL
i keep waiting for glossier to do a pop-up with nordstrom or something – but i wonder if they’ll ever go retail
Grechen Reiter says
i’m trying to get my friend to try boy brow, i’m not sure i need it? i have never in my life thought about using a brow cream. i don’t even shape my brows anymore since i wear glasses, although i probably should. i’m going to try a few things and see what i think – just the blush and lip stick is really all i “need”
Alexandra Marie says
I *love* masks. I think I love feeling pampered/the ritual of some of that stuff. Lately, my favorite has been sheet masks. I’ll put them on before I take a shower, let the steam do its work, and then rub in the excess after I get out. I notice the biggest difference if I do it before bed.
My new favorite mask is one I found in Target: MIZON Enjoy Vital-Up Time Anti-Wrinkle Mask with “snail secretion filtrate”. What I normally do with sheet masks is squeeze out the extra serum before I use the mask and I was able to use the excess as a night treatment for over a week! I feel like it relaxed the crease forming between my eyebrows (thanks, mom), and made my face *so soft*.
I haven’t used Aztec Clay, but have used French green clay from little packets you get at Whole Foods. My skin responds the same way as you describe–super red after. I find it really exfoliating even though it’s just a smooth clay. And my skin looks and feels much better after I use it. I don’t mix mine with apple cider vinegar. I originally used water, but have lately been using olive oil to make it a bit more comfortable on my skin. That was recommended on the packet for dry skin.
I’m a big fan of sheet masks! I like to get a few when I’m at Sephora (because I am there A LOT) and do at least one a week. I always go for the anti-aging, brightening, or hydrating ones because I have dry, reptilian skin. I do notice that my skin feels more moisturized and brighter over the next few days, and it’s just something nice to do for me. But I also do the Biore nose strips to rip out my blackheads (sooooo satisfying) and I’ve tried a few overnight masks that you just leave right on. Those feel nice, and your skin is so glowy when you get up!
Oh man! Don’t get me started on brows…. 😉
Had a couple of fancy facials in my life, and found them underwhelming 🙂
As a result, never invested in facial mask either. I have sensitive skin, so it’s always scary to try anything new. Just good moisturizing cream that makes my skin feel good and tinted sunscreen to hide rosacea (Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50 tinted has good coverage and feels like I have nothing on my skin. And mineral sunscreen too, because regular chemical sunscreens make my skin feel uncomfortable…).
Grechen Reiter says
no! start! i want to understand….
Miss G, I want to say first of all, that I think you are beautiful exactly as you are…makeup or no makeup. And second, I LOVE makeup in all forms, even tho I truly don’t wear very much of it myself and wear even less now that I’m 56. Soooo….that being said, my theory on makeup is “Do what’s fun for you and makes you feel good!” Pretty much, that’s it! But the former MUA in me can always see simple ways that one can brighten, look fresher or accentuate a feature here or there. That’s where makeup comes in. I’m a big believer in Bobbi Brown’s theory that blush brightens your face and draws attention to your eyes. I never feel finished without it. With rosacea myself, I use a subdued soft rosy shade, and I’m loving Vapour’s multistick right now, for lips and cheeks. I used to just tap a little on my cheeks with my fingers, but I’ve gone crazy over Bobbi’s “Full Coverage Brush” which has synthetic bristles, hence, it’s perfect for creamy formulations. It gives me an “airbrushed glow”!
As for face masques (They sound more French when you spell it this way…it’s like spelling the f-bomb “phuque” to give it cache 🙂 ), I think they’re good for a few reasons: 1) Added moisture, like Cathy’s sheet masque (and relaxation) 2) Anti-zit defense (and relaxation) with industrial strength clays as readers referred to above and 3) Peel masques, which are my favorite …such as Tata’s like Michalla mentioned, January Labs “Power Peel Exfoliant” and Herbivore Botanicals “Blue Tansy masque”…really, chemical exfoliants, which is just another way to do it. If you enjoy it, go for it. I do it once a week when I take a bath.
I love some of the Glossier products, including the Skin Tint that Catherine mentioned (AWESOME when mixed with a pump of Vapour’s Soft Focus Primer, http://www.vapourbeauty.com/face/vapour-organic-beauty-stratus-soft-focus-skin-perfecting-primer.html), my daughter is nuts about the “Super Pure Serum” that I sent her for acne, and I’m dying to try “Boy Brow,” because there’s nothing easier to amp-up your look than grooming your brows with a brush through product. Try it! You’ll be amazed at how much attention it draws to your eyes.
Ok. Done with my “schpiel”! 😉
I really like Glossier products. I have four Generation G lipsticks. Keep in mind, they’re matte. They stay on a long time, in my experience. I also adore Glossier’s concealer and priming moisturizer and would re-buy both.
The boy brow has a small wand, typical for what you’d find on the end of a mascara. You brush the cream onto your brows. It’s a terrific product.
I’ve been a longtime user of Benefit’s Gimme Brow which I think is pretty similar to the Glossier product. it does make a big difference in looking more polished but still natural.
I wear glasses too, and I use mask time as an enforced relaxation/meditation time. I’ll usually lay down or put my feet up, maybe have some music playing, and try to unwind.
My number-one mask is When’s “Makeup Base” sheet mask. I don’t know how they do it, but it’s like the most perfect makeup primer ever. I use it on nights I’m going out and want to look my best – my skin looks amazing when I’m done using it, and I don’t have very good skin.
Count me amongst the mask lovers (and a mask lover who wears glasses– Julie is right: they force you to do nothing! Or, I’ll just wear my glasses and wash them off after.) That said, I consider masks to be something I do for immediate results, as an extra to fix some fleeting need (a zit; skin that is tired because I’m stressed/traveling/tired.) I’ve never had a professional facial– and it’s probably best I don’t know what I’m missing, since I don’t need to add that regular expense– but I enjoy the simple, and relatively affordable pleasure of a mask at home.
I tend to think mud masks are much of a muchness, but I currently have a Kiehl’s one I like that doesn’t overly irritate my skin. As someone with mostly dry skin, though, moisturizing/brightening masks do me the most good. When I travel, I’ll frequently use a moisturizing mask on the plane (one that is clear, not a sheet mask; I think I mostly use something by Boscia), because by the end of the flight it will have completely absorbed and I get off the plane NOT looking like a desiccated corpse.
My real love, however, is the Sunday Riley Flash Facial, which is a combo of the Ceramic Slip cleanser mixed with Good Genes. (I use Good Genes a couple times a week, alternating with retinol, at night as part of my regular program.) It is brilliant. Perfect before getting on a plane. Perfect after arriving. Perfect before a special event when I need a little extra pep. It brings immediate, visible results, brightens my skin, and gets rid of any errant flaky bits.
I’ve also become a fan of the SK-II sheet masks, used mostly only after a long-haul flight, so a box lasts me a few months, and I wait for the Sephora VIB sale to bring the price down further. SK-II might be overhyped, but I’ve been pleased with the results.
My daughter tells me that Glossier has a store in NYC!!! The perks of going to college in New York 🙂 I’m going in on Sunday…I’ll report back about samples!
OMGee!!! A Sephora SA once told me about mixing Ceramic Slip with Good Genes, but I didn’t get it. You just explained it SO much better!! Thx, Mustard! I’m going to try it.
Glad to have helped: it’s really a miracle worker for me, and so even though Ceramic Slip isn’t my everyday cleanser, I keep rebuying it to always have on hand for use with the Good Genes. (I like it better than the REN Glycol-Lactic mask, which I kind of think is supposed to do similar things.) You can play around with the proportions– the more Ceramic Slip you use, the runnier it is, so go easy at first– and I usually leave on for 10-20 minutes, or until I remember that I should wash my face…
It’s what Jen said, below: “It’s the difference between looking more polished but still natural.” I think that groomed brows can give a huge “oomph” to your eyes, even if you wear glasses. I wear them, and I’m now at the point (Believe me, part of this is the aging process…you lose hair where you want it, and gain hair where you DON’T! #hellowhiskers) where I wouldn’t think of going out with running a tinted brow groomer through my eyebrows. Sometimes, I’ll wear just Vapour primer, brow groomer and tinted lip balm. It makes that much of a difference!
I concur with Jen, Benefit’s “Gimme Brow” is great. I love the teeny brush and fibers that help fill in bare spots. Just get a color that matches, or is one shade lighter than your brows (I use blonde). I’m not crazy about Bobbi’s…the brush is too big. Heard great things about “Boy Brow.”
Hey Mustard, if you like SK-II you should check out the Missha Time Revolution sheet masks (official name “Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Mask”). The formulation is supposed to be similar to SK-II, but the price is much lower. AND both the mask and the Essence itself are both paraben-free (which was the reason I’d never tried SK-II even though I was intrigued – parabens make my lips swell up and become highly sensitive).
Jenny S. says
I love face masks especially those cute Korean and Japanese ones. Personally, I decided to join the face mask craze because I was hoping to minimize my overly large face pores and it actually worked for me. I’ve seen a lot of all-natural face mask concoction, and by far my favorite is the beeswax with sweet almond oil, honey, rosehip oil, and lavender essential oil. It leaves my face smooth and pampered. Thanks!