fresh Rose Face Mask

Hey there! I am a huge fan of facial masks – I love that there are so many different kinds out there on the market these days that help with almost any skin concern or even just for a good pampering. A few months ago, I received the Sephora birthday gift which was the fresh Soy Cleanser and the Rose Face Mask. Honestly, I did not like the fresh Soy Cleanser at all, but I’ve really enjoyed using the Rose Face Mask:

Sephora says:

What it is:
A hydrating and toning gel mask with a cult following that’s infused with real rose petals, pure rosewater, and a smart algae that delivers optimum moisture.

Solutions for:
– Dryness
– Redness
– Pores

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

Research results:
In vivo test:
– 100% reported healthy-looking, supple skin
– 93% felt their skin was moisturized, softened, smoothed, and soothed
– 93% noticed a cooling and calming sensation
– 90% said it nourished and visibly improved the appearance of their skin

This is very different to the masks that I’ve tried – typically I use clay masks that really clean out my pores. Or sheet masks that offer some serious serum action when I feel like my face needs some extra attention.

The Rose Face mask is definitely one that leaves my skin super hydrated and super soft. Like super duper soft.  I’m not a big fan of roses or the smell of roses, so that’s a bit of a turn-off for me, but the way my skin feels after using this mask outweighs my dislike of the smell. Don’t get me wrong – it’s not a BAD smell… I personally just don’t like the smell of roses.

It’s a gel-like formula, with little bits of rose petals in it.  Initially, I was worried that it would be too liquidy and would slide off my face, but it doesn’t.  It feels so cooling and refreshing once it’s on the skin; no burning or tingling sensation whatsoever.  I leave this on for about 15-20 minutes.  As you can suspect, this doesn’t harden like a clay mask; rather, it dries out a bit but still stays moist, if that makes any sense?

I rinse this off with warm water, pat my face with a towel and I’m left with the softest and radiant looking skin.  I follow up with my regular toner and moisturizer or oil and that’s it!

This is a great mask to use on days when you feel like you need a boost of hydration or if your skin is feeling a bit “angry” – the rose and rosewater helps to calm things down.  I also feel like this mask would be gentle enough to use everyday (or at least 3 times a week).

I really do like this mask and I’m hoping my little sample size lasts me a while, because the full-size of this product at a price point of $72 Cdn for 100ml, there’s really no way in hell that I’m going to pay that price.  I like this mask, but I don’t love it that much!

I give the fresh Rose Face Mask: a HIGH FIVE

Have you tried this mask?  Like or dislike?  Do you have any suggestions for me on masks that are similar to this one but way more affordable?

Thanks for reading!

Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara

You’d think that with the amount of mascaras I have on rotation I have 12 sets of eyes but that didn’t stop me from trying out the brand new(ish) Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara.

According to the Revlon website:

Our innovative, high-impact formula delivers 5 lash-transforming benefits, while our Revlon Power Mini Brush™ leaves no lash behind. Choosing the one has never been so simple.
• Revlon Power Mini Brush™:
      – Mini oval shape designed to reach every lash
      – Unique mini oval shape for easy application
      – Hollow core designed to deposit formula for mega lash impact

So, I’ll let you know right off the hop that I’ve seen very mixed reviews on this new product – the majority being on the negative side.  All makeup products, in my humble opinion are “to each her own”. Depending on skin type (oily, dry), formula preferences (liquid, stick), finish preferences (dewy, matte) colour preferences, makeup look (natural, glam) and so on and so on… makeup is very subjective.

When it comes to mascara this is no exception. Some gals are blessed with long, lush lashes; others with barely there lashes.  Depending on what you have to work with finding the right mascara can illicit that moment you hear the angels singing!

A lot of reviewers had really high hopes for this mascara as it claims to Do.It.All. – thicken, lengthen, volumize, define and curl.

Firstly, look at that brush.  When I first opened the tube, I was like WTF? How is this little thing going to make my lashes spectacular?  It’s a very small, plastic oval brush and quite spiky which is meant to be able to reach every single lash.  Other than my Clinique Bottom Lash mascara (click for my review!), I’ve never seen a ‘normal lash’ mascara this tiny.

When I first applied this I was a bit scared actually. The tiny size and plastic spikes of the brush made me feel that the chances of poking my eye out were a done deal.  I’m glad to say, no eyeballs were hurt during the application of this mascara. 🙂

The formula seems a bit thick, which causes a lot of product to deposit onto the brush. So when I pull it out, it tends to be a bit gloopy. My theory is that because the brush is so small, it’s picking up so much product where with a normal sized mascara brush, the amount of formula would be just right.  Wiping off the excess helped me to get a decent amount to work with.  As long as I do this, I avoid the clumpiness this can create.

This takes a bit more time to apply because of the size of the brush – a couple times of back-and-forth over my top lashes to coat every single lash.

It definitely defines – it’s very good at separating my lashes.  I can’t say that it makes me look like I have thicker or curlier lashes.

The one other good thing about this mascara is it’s great for lower lashes – again, the design and size of the brush is ideal for those tiny hairs.

I’ve worn this on a typical day – about 12 hours of wear – and it does not flake off or make my lashes fall flat.  I don’t think this is a waterproof formula, however this definitely had staying power.  And at the end of my day, removing this with makeup remover or cleanser was a breeze.

Revlon has a few other mascaras in this new collection that claim to to define, lengthen, volumize and a fiber one – each one is identified with a different coloured cap (blue, purple, green, and pink). Maybe I’ll try one of these out one day.

Overall, I like this mascara, but I don’t love it.  I will not re-purchase this mascara. I don’t like how long it takes to coat all my lashes with this tiny brush – very time-consuming.  And the fact that it doesn’t really do much for my lashes except for defining them, is a miss for me.  I think I’ve had this mascara for about a month now and I’ve maybe reached for it 2-3 times. I’ll probably use it for my lower lashes but that’s about it.

Drugstore-wise, the Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes mascara will still be my all time fave (and one that I always recommend to friends!)

I purchased this at Shoppers Drug Mart for $6.99 Cdn (on sale).

I give the Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara: a THUMBS DOWN

Have you tried this mascara yet?  Like or dislike?

Make Up Forever – Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in No. 9

Yes, another lipstick review. If there’s any makeup item that I seem to always gravitate to spend my money on, it’s lipstick! Today’s review is on the Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in No. 9:

Sephora says:

What it is:
An ultra-creamy lipstick with a translucent soft, shiny finish.

What it does:
Enriched with nourishing properties, Rouge Artist Natural keeps lips hydrated for eight hours after application. Its incredibly smooth texture glides on effortlessly for ultimate comfort while also leaving the lips supple and moisturized. Formulated with mother-of-pearl and colorful pigments, Rouge Artist Natural’s translucent shine adds a natural sheen to the lips.

What else you need to know:
This lipstick is available in an array of fresh, luminous shades with two finishes: satin, iridescent, and diamond.

This shade is described as a Copper Pink colour with a satin finish. As you can see by the swatch, I would say that description is pretty accurate. It’s a warm pink with a brownish undertone. I really like the tone of this shade – on my lips, it looks very natural while giving my lips a bit of an oomph, deepening my natural lip tone yet still looking really natural. I have been reaching for this shade almost every day and it goes with any make up look.  The finish is satin and it glides on smoothly and keeps my lips feeling and looking hydrated. This is my first Make Up Forever lipstick and I really like the formula – it doesn’t last all day, but with a sheer to medium satin finish, that’s ok by me. Reapplying this is sort of a treat – glides on nice and gives me the perfect wash of colour every time.

Uh oh. I might want to try more Make Up Forever lipsticks!

I purchased this at Sephora for $23 Cdn.

I give the Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick: a STANDING OVATION.

Have you tried any of the Make Up Forever lipsticks?  Like or dislike?

Thanks for stopping by!