L’oreal Pure Clay Face Masks

I am addicted to facial masks. Clay masks, hydrating masks, sheet masks – you name it, I love them all. Some of you ladies and gents think, “I don’t have time for that”. But trust me, if you’re serious about skincare, it’s definitely worth the investment in time to pop on a mask, at least once a week, to amp up your skincare routine.

I was super excited when L’oreal came out with 3 clay masks, all meant to do different things.  Of course, being the guinea pig I am for all of you, I bought all three – and at a great deal, each on sale for $12 Cdn.  If you know, there are some masks out there that cost an arm and leg, so getting 3 masks for the price of one higher end sounded like a pretty good deal to me.


I have tried all three and I’ll give you my thoughts on each of them.

For you sensitive skins, all these masks are very fragrant, so keep that in mind, if you find fragrance irritating in your skincare products.

All of these masks are suggested to leave on for 10 minutes, wait to dry, and rinse away.  Personally, my skin is not overly sensitive, so I will typically leave these on for at least 20-30 minutes.

Also, I’ve been using these masks 2 to 3 times a week – rotating every other day with each one.

The red one: Exfoliate & Refine (made of 3 pure clays, red algae, apricot; exfoliates dead skin cells; unclogs and tightens pores)

This is probably my favourite one out of the three. Simply because of manual exfoliation of this mask (since I typically use glycolic acid pads daily for exfoliation) a good once-a-week “scrub” on my skin does it wonders. As you can probably guess, this leaves my face feeling really refined and smooth after using. I let it dry and then wet my hands with water and start massaging into my face. The mask starts to soften up and in circular motions, I work the exfoliating granules into my skin. Rinse away and I’m left with soft, clean, and refreshed skin. If you’ve ever tried the Origins Rose Clay Mask, this one is very similar – but half the price!

The mint green one:  Purify & Mattify (made of 3 pure clays and eucalyptus; for oily and shiny skin)

This mask is the one that leaves my skin the most vibrant and bright looking immediately afterwards.  I love it!  I don’t have overly oily skin and although this mask is targeted for oily types, I think as long as you don’t have super dry skin, this is a good clay mask staple to have in your stash. The scent of eucalyptus is quite strong (I don’t mind it) and it makes me feel like I’m getting a spa treatment. This leave my skin super fresh and clean feeling after using, and somehow bright, luminous and really healthy.  For a mattifying mask, it certainly does, without overdrying.  This is one that I will definitely be repurchasing once I run out of it.

The grey one:  Detox & Brighten (made of 3 pure clays and charcoal; for tired and dull-looking skin)

This mask is your standard charcoal mask. I’d say very comparable to the Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Clay Mask and the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (which I do like very much).  And for about half the price of the Clinique and Origins masks, I’m pretty happy with the quality and performance of the L’oreal one.  After using this mask, my skin definitely looks and feels much cleaner – my pores look like they’ve had a good deep clean!  Definitely a detoxifying mask that sucks out all the impurities and doesn’t leave my skin dry afterwards. I can see this being a really good one to use in the summer months, when I tend to be a little oilier and being outside more, my skin could use this for a really good detox.

If you’re just starting out to clay masks, these are some good options to try (again, if you’re overly sensitive to fragrance, because these do pack a bit of a punch in that respect). Price point is good and the convenience of finding them at your local drugstore is a plus.

I give all three L’oreal Pure Clay Face Masks:  a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried any of these yet?  What’s your favourite?

Thanks for stopping by!


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!

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask

Don’t underestimate the power of a good facial mask!  I’ve been on the hunt for a few varieties to tackle my particular skin concerns — a good one to absorb excess oil and to help clean out my pores and also a good one for when my skin needs hydration.  For my first concern I found the Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal mask works really well for me.


On the Sephora website:

What it is:
A mattifying mask that absorbs oil, impurities, and environmental pollutants to help detoxify skin.

What it is formulated to do:
Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask absorbs oil, impurities, and environmental pollutants for a clear, refreshed complexion. Charcoal powder draws out deep-seated debris to purify pores, while mineral clays soak up excess oil. Recommended for dry combination to oily skin types, the oil-free formula leaves skin feeling renewed and smooth with noticeably refined pores.

This product is an Allure Best of Beauty award winner.

For $29 Cdn with 3.4 oz. (or 100 ml), I think this is a really great price for what you’re getting.

I’ve tried a few charcoal/clay masks over the last year — Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal mask, The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay mask and the Glamglow Supermud mask — they’re all really great at making my skin feel refreshed and cleaned out, but the Clinique mask seems to be more gentle than the others, while working just as well as the others.

This works like your typical clay mask.  About two quarter size globs is what I use to cover my entire face to get a semi-thick layer. After about 20 minutes, it dries and I removed the majority with a few water-soaked cotton pads first and then rinse the remaining off with warm water.  I’m left with skin that feels super soft and my pores look and feel cleaner.

I used this mask once a week (sometimes twice) in the warmer months when my skin is oiler and now, in the winter months I use it once every 2-3 weeks depending on whether I feel like my face needs a good pore-out.

And the fact that this comes in an easy, squeeze tube is also a win in my books — way less messy.  I’m not a big fan of masks in a tub that you have to dig your fingers into to get.

I really like a lot of Clinique products and as I look at my skincare arsenal right now, Clinique is a brand that stands out. I’m glad to have added this mask to my collection!

I give the Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried this mask?  Like or dislike?  What’s your favourite pore-refining mask?

Thanks for reading!!