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?

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NARS Satin Lipstick: Tolede

Slowly building on my NARS lipstick collection, I’ve added another one to my stash. My third choice in the NARS lipstick range is Tolede.

NARS Tolede

NARS Tolede

I was actually about ready to re-purchase my beloved NARS Dolce Vita lipstick (I’m almost finished the tube!) but I thought I’d try another neutral/pink shade from the range.  This shade is described as a “pink rose” and has a warm undertone. Tolede is definitely more pink on me than Dolce Vita is (which is more of a sheer, brownish pink that matches my natural lip tone quite closely).  Tolede also has more of an opaque finish than Dolce Vita, which makes it a bit more appropriate when I want a natural lip with more of a nudge of colour.

The formula is awesome. Creamy and comfortable on the lips. Lasting power is not long, but that’s to be expected with this type of formula. I will say though that once this fades, it doesn’t leave my lips dry in any way.  Wear time I’d say – about 4-5 hours with regular coffee/water sipping before it begins to fade.

The photo makes it look more of a dusty pink but this is actually a classic pink when applied.

This shade is perfect for spring and summer – still natural and it brightens up my complexion when I wear it.  If I had to give this lipstick a mood, this would be my happy lipstick!

I really don’t have anything negative to say about this lipstick – the formula, colour pay-off, and finish is what I’ve come to expect from NARS. Never disappointed!

This retails at Sephora for $35 Cdn.

I give the NARS lipstick in Tolede: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried this shade?  What’s your favourite NARS lipstick?

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Vichy Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil

If you’ve been following my blog reviews for a while now, you’ll know that I’m a BIG fan of cleansing oils. My all-time favourite, The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil, is still on the top of my list, but I’ve ventured out and tried some others – like Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil, Lancome’s Energie de Vie The Cleansing Oil – which are a bit expensive in my opinion for cleansing oils, I wanted to find something around the price point of TBS one (around $16 Cdn) that might give it a run for my money.

I’ve been using the Vichy Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil recently as my make-up remover and so far, so good!

 

First off, if you haven’t tried a cleansing oil, you really have to!  Don’t be afraid if you have oily skin, it won’t add to the oiliness (I have combination skin).  Cleansing oils are meant to be the first step in your cleansing routine – the makeup remover. And most cleansing oils are formulated so that you use them on your dry face, massage it on and then rinse with warm water or remove with a cleansing cloth. Then you continue onto your regular facial cleanser.

The Vichy cleansing oil is great in that it’s really light and it does not leave any greasy residue after rinsing. It has a subtle spa-like scent that I don’t find irritating or overwhelming – it actually makes me look forward to using it at the end of each day to remove my make up!

Another great thing about the Vichy is the packaging – this comes in a plastic container with an aerosol-type pump, which makes it super easy to dispense – a couple spritzes into the palm of my hand with no mess and no excess spillage  – and cleanse away!

I would definitely repurchase this cleansing oil. At $19 Cdn, a very decent price for a great product. And I might be more inclined to repurchase this when I run out of it just because I can find it at my local drugstore; whereas if I want my TBS cleansing oil, I have to take a drive to the mall to get it.

I give the Vichy Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried this product?  Like or dislike?  What’s your favourite cleansing oil?

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