Review: Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Rosewater Mask
Here’s a face mask that I’ve had for some time. It’s from Andalou Naturals. I was pretty much on a roll with this brand. Thought I’d try out the face mask too. haha. So this is a revitalizing mask. It contains alpine rose stem cells. Delivers hydration and dermal vitality to soothe and nourish sensitive skin. It also contains pomegranate to uplift the tone. Hyaluronic acid and aloe vera to help revive the skin’s moisture barrier for a flawless complexion. If you have read my reviews on Andalou Naturals, the benefits of this product may sounds sooo familiar. In fact, it does. The face mask is a part of the rosewater collection. If you missed out on my reviews on Andalou Naturals rosewater collection & other Andalou Naturals skin care products, fret no more, go here:
Review: Andalou Naturals Luminous Eye Serum
Review: Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Eye Revive Contour Gel
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Pearl Exfoliator
This face mask is very soft and pale pink. It has a creamy, soufflé texture and consistency to it. When applied to the skin, it feels so soft and smooth. It feels like it melts into the skin. The instructions says to leave the face mask on for 10-20 minutes. I left it on for the whole 20 minutes. I need to get that hydration into my skin. Whenever I use a moisturizing face mask, I make sure I get as much moisture out of it and into my skin, lol. So this face mask was very attractive to me because I do indeed love rosewater-based skin care products. Ahem, look at all of the rosewater-based skin care products I tried out from Andalou Naturals! Don’t forget to check them out! Now let’s take a look at the ingredients in this face mask!
It first starts off with aloe barbadensis leaf juice, purified water, rose flower distillate. Next, it goes on to a bunch of ingredients, such as rosehip fruit oil, pomegranate seed oil, plant stem cells (alpine rose, malus domestica, solar vitis), bioactive berry complexion, cranberry fruit juice, panthenol, and so on. The ingredients look very similar to the other rosewater-based skin care products from Andalou Naturals. I’m not shocked. It’s in the same line of products.
But how did this face mask go? Did it work??
Unfortunately, it didn’t do much for my skin. It feels nice and lovely when applied to the skin and while it’s on the skin, except for the fact that sometimes it burned my skin. My skin isn’t even the sensitive type. Isn’t this face mask made for sensitive skin? if you have sensitive skin (or any other skin type), do a patch test first. But once the face mask is rinsed off, I didn’t see any changes in my skin. My skin didn’t look or feel more hydrated or moisturized. It felt like a waste of time using this product. Absolutely no difference. Maybe I’m just better off using a clay mask instead. I always see some effect on my skin when I use those. It helps to remove excess sebum. Or maybe I’m just better off using a good moisturizer or serum that actually hydrates my skin. This mask is just not for my skin type. It didn’t do anything.
This is what the face mask looks like. It looks very pretty. Love the pale pink color. The softness and creaminess of the product is so nice. I loved the texture and consistency of the mask. I just wished it moisturized my skin like it’s supposed to. *sigh*
Pros & Cons
- Nice texture. Feels soft and creamy.
- Doesn’t leave the skin feeling moisturized.
- Sometimes burns the face.
- Doesn’t rinse off clean.
One more Andalou Naturals skin care product that didn’t work. Not only that, it burned my face sometimes when I was using it. It didn’t leave my skin feeling moisturized either. The only good points about this face mask is the light, airy, creamy texture that the mask has. As for results, none. This isn’t a face mask I would ever purchase again. I can’t recommend it to anyone. Let alone someone with sensitive skin. I mean, it burns.
Review: I’m From Mugwort Mask
I’m on to a new face mask! I have I’m From Mugwort Mask! This face mask is enriched with mugwort and botanical extracts to refine the skin. Mugwort extract helps to cool down heated skin and gives relief to irritated skin. It purifies the skin, combats environmental stressors, and stimulates collagen production. It helps to delay the signs of aging and plump up the skin for a more youthful complexion. This face mask is cruelty-free. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors, paraben-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free, mineral-oil free, no essential oils and silicone. That’s awesome! I hope it lives up to its claims. Did it? Well, let’s find out! Here’s my experience with I’m From Mugwort Mask!
This face mask is a soft gel. It has pieces of mugwort within the mask (see photo below). Tiny little pieces here, larger chunks there. They’re not abrasive or harmful to the skin. Very gentle and doesn’t provide much exfoliation. Well, I haven’t noticed any exfoliating effects. They’re just in the mask. So this face mask has a strong earthy herb smell to it. It’s not my favorite smell in the world, but it’s not too bad. I got used to it after a couple of uses. I can deal with it. The product glides over the skin nicely and smoothly. It sticks to the skin well. It doesn’t drip from the face, so it’s not runny. I can get some chores done with this mask on without it making a mess. The mask feels gentle and soothing on the skin while deeply moisturizing the skin at the same time. That’s perfect!
So the suggested time to leave the mask on is 10-15 minutes. Since my skin needed a ton of moisture (as much as I can get), I left it on for the whole 15 minutes. The mask felt soothing and moisturizing when I had it on, but it also left my skin feeling softer, smoother, and really moisturized when I removed it. It rinsed off clean without leaving any sticky residue behind. I’m really impressed. This mask is very nourishing and moisturizing. The quality of the product is very good. Much better than what I’ve experienced with other moisturizing masks. This mask actually does leave my skin feeling hydrated. Exactly what I wanted and expected from a moisturizing face mask! I can’t tell if it has helped with signs of aging or plumping up the skin, but it does a wonderful job at moisturizing the skin without irritating it. That could help with signs of aging with long term use.
This is what the face mask looks like. It’s brown with pieces of mugwort.
Pros & Cons
- Truly moisturizes the skin
- Feels gentle and soft on the skin, smoothing gel texture
- Rinses clean
- Smells like herbs. Some people may enjoy the smell, but I didn’t really like it.
- Expensive for a face mask. For the full-size product, it’s around $35 for a 3.88 fl. oz. (110 g) jar. I have the mini size to try out.
I’m From Mugwort Mask is a very moisturizing mask. It works to hydrate and moisturize the skin. Great for dry skin days. But I don’t have dry skin that often unless it’s from something else I’m using like acne treatments. Also, it’s pretty spendy for a face mask that only temporarily moisturizes the skin. I would much prefer use a facial moisturizer that’ll provide moisture to the skin throughout the day than a face mask. The reason why I don’t use face masks that often. They only provide temporary relief. It doesn’t fix the problem. So! In saying that, I think it’s a good moisturizing mask if you have dry skin, but I don’t feel the need to purchase the full-size product. It was nice to try out.
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Now Solutions Mediterranean Red Clay Powder for Sensitive & Oily Skin. Does it Work??
Here are my thoughts on this clay mask I have been using for many years! It’s Now Solutions Mediterranean Red Clay Powder! It’s a clay mask for oily and sensitive skin. It supposed to help detox the skin, cleanse the pores, and improve skin tone. Mediterranean red clay is highly absorbent. It mixes easily with water and other moisturizing products. Works as a facial cleanser and purifying mask. There’s only one single ingredient in this product. It’s Montmorillonite, which is a natural mineral silicate. I’m so excited to share this with everyone! 🙂
So I’ve been using this clay mask for so many years (as I mentioned earlier). My skin gets really oily, especially during the warmer months but also the cooler months. It’s so weird! Most people have drier skin during the winter. I still have oily skin when it feels dry. It’s a combination of both — oily and dry skin coupled with some flaky skin here and there. My oily skin usually just breaks through in the end, lol. It just wins over! That’s life for me. I still have to treat my skin as the oily type no matter what meanwhile using moisturizing products whenever necessary. So this Mediterranean red clay mask is nice to have around.
A little about the Mediterranean red clay powder and product.
The net wt. of the product is 14 oz. (397 g). The Mediterranean red clay powder is a reddish to brown color. It feels very fine and soft. Yes! The product comes sealed!! 👏🏻 I love it when a product comes sealed. It makes me feel so much safer using the product. Knowing that it’s brand new and not used or opened. Out of all of the clay masks or facial masks I have, this is one of the most affordable ones. It’s less than 20 dollars. It simply just lasts forever! I purchased mine years ago, and it’s still good as new ’til today. It still works.
This red clay powder is cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free, non-gmo, halal, and paraben-free.
This is how I use the red clay powder for my oily skin…
This clay mask is not a pre-made mask. You have to mix it yourself. As you see from the photo above. It’s in powder form. The suggested use is one tablespoon of red clay powder with one tablespoon of water. I take about 1-1.5 table spoons of the powder. Add more if necessary. I’ll mix it with some water until a paste is formed. The final product should feel soft and should spread very easily over the facial skin. Just make sure the mixture is a soft and smooth paste. Make sure it’s not too watery and not too thick. We want something that’s smooth and spreadable.
After that, apply the mixture (paste) to the facial skin. The instructions suggests to leave the mask on for 10-20 minutes, rinse off, then apply moisturizer. I’ve done 10 minutes, 15 minutes, and 20 minutes. I prefer 10 minutes. The results were basically the same with all time slots. It didn’t make a difference leaving the mask on longer than 10 minutes. Within 10 minutes, the clay mask absorbed excess sebum from my skin thoroughly and already gave my skin a tightening effect as it dries on the skin. But it’s really up to you how long you want to leave it on. 10, 15, 20 minutes is all good. Just don’t leave the mask on longer than that. It might be tempting to leave it on for 30 minutes (tried it, haha), but it’s not necessary to do so. From my experience, it starts to crack on the face, lol.
I only use a clay mask once every few weeks. I just don’t it’s necessary to use it too often. I mean, it’s great at absorbing excess sebum from the facial skin, but there is such as thing as overdoing it. And using a clay mask more often than one should doesn’t offer additional benefits. It’ll just leave the skin feeling and looking super dry and irritated. Also, it’s a waste of time and product.
This is what the mixture looks like after mixing the powder with some water. It forms into a soft, smooth, somewhat thick paste. 👌🏻
Here are my RESULTS!
After rinsing the mask off, my skin felt and looked less oily. That’s what we want from a clay mask! But at the same time, it didn’t dry my skin out entirely. I don’t find this clay mask too drying. But keep in mind that I do have really oily skin. My pores look cleaner, especially on my nose. Ugh! Those darn blackheads on the nose, lol. It didn’t really help with blackheads, but it does decrease the amount of oil on the skin. I guess it helps in that sort of way. Less sebum means less chances of having blackheads or breakouts. This mask also made my skin feel softer and smoother afterwards. The tightening effect it has on the skin made my skin feel and look more youthful and alive. My skin looked brighter and cleaner.
Here’s a breakdown of my experience with the Mediterranean red clay mask!
- Awesome at absorbing excess sebum
- Leaves the skin feeling cleaner, softer, smoother, and brighter
- Great for sensitive skin. Didn’t irritate my skin at all.
- Easy to mix and apply to the skin
- An affordable clay mask product
- Super effective!
- Have to make the mask yourself
- Messy to clean
This is one of my favorite clay masks simply because it works! Good for sensitive skin? Check! Absorbs excess sebum? YES! Gentle on the skin? Yes. Dries out the skin? Good enough. For very oily skin people, it’s amazing stuff! It’s a really nice clay mask that doesn’t leave the skin feeling like the desert. I could use this clay mask more often than what I’m doing right now (once every few weeks), but it’s just time consuming and once every few weeks is more than enough for my skin. Also, this clay mask is affordable and seems to last forever. I’m still on my first tub of the red clay mask! I highly recommend trying this out if you’re searching for an affordable, effective, good clay mask that works.
Trying Out Samples: Pyunkang Yul Eye Cream, Purito Sleeping Pack, B.LAB PHA Cleansing Oil, Isntree Mugwort Clay Mask, Purito BHA Moisture Gel
I have samples to try! A ton of them. 🙃 I’m going to start off with 5 samples that I have. Here’s a list of product samples I am going to test out! They are…
- Pyunkang Yul Eye Cream
- Purito Dermide Cica Barrier Sleeping Pack
- B.LAB PHA Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil
- Isntree Real Mugwort Clay Mask
- Purito BHA Dead Skin Moisture Gel
Now on to the reviews… 🙂
Pyunkang Yul Eye Cream:
This eye cream smells like herbs, which made me curious to see what’s in this eye cream. So I looked up the ingredients of the eye cream. Lo and behold, the first ingredient is Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract. No wonder why it smelled so herby. Other ingredients that stood out to me include petrolatum, dimethicone, shea butter, licorice, sodium hyaluronate, and lactobacillus/ginseng root ferment filtrate. The texture of the eye cream is soft, silky, and creamy. It glides over the under eyes nicely and smoothly. It also blends into the skin very well with little effort. It reminds me of Benton Fermentation Eye Cream. The texture is very similar. And I really liked using Pyunkang Eye Cream due to the similarities they have. I think I’m falling in love with this eye cream…kinda…the herbal scent throws me off every time I use it…so…
Purito Dermide Cica Barrier Sleeping Pack:
I’ve used Purito Dermide Cica Barrier Sleeping Pack before <<< Go here to read my previous review on it! My thoughts on this sleeping pack hasn’t changed. I didn’t use it on my facial skin. I know what’s going to happen. And that is breakouts! I don’t want that, lol. I ended up using the sleeping pack on my body instead. It’s rich and creamy like it was before. It’s also moisturizing and helps to seal in moisture. Great for the moisture barrier. Too bad it’s incompatible with my skin type. I’ve moved on to other sleeping packs and moisturizers that work better for me. I’ve also finished my tubes of Purito Dermide Cica Barrier Sleeping Pack and haven’t purchased a new one since. Honestly, I’ve moved on to better skin care products that work for my skin. This isn’t a bad product if it works for you. Everyone’s skin is different.
B.LAB PHA Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil:
This is a very lightweight, elegant oil. It feels so soft and lovely. The oil moves over my facial skin smoothly and feels moisturizing on the skin. It’s very different compared to the cleansing oils I have used. I’m glad I had a chance to try this cleansing oil out. I really liked the way it felt on my skin! Now let’s look at the ingredients! It contains isopropyl myristate, which is comedogenic. BUT! The cleansing oil isn’t left on the skin for too long. Just enough to remove sebum, oil, dirt, makeup. Speaking of makeup, it removed my waterproof eye makeup perfectly! No tugging involved! My makeup came off. 😀 This cleansing oil also contains jojoba seed oil, grape seed oil, honey extract, and tea tree oil, to name a few. No wonder why I liked it. It contains tea tree!! Even though it’s the last ingredient on the list, lol. My experience with B.LAB PHA Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil was wonderful. I enjoyed every minute of it. I’m tempted to purchase the full-sized bottle now.
Isntree Real Mugwort Clay Mask:
This mask is green in color and has tiny little specs of exfoliating mugwort leaf powder in it. It didn’t feel rough or abrasive on the skin. I didn’t use it to exfoliate my face. I applied the mask as is. Just spread the product all over my facial skin and let it sit. It sticks to the skin pretty much instantly. I couldn’t move the mask around anyways, lol. The mask feels lightweight and has an herb smell to it. I didn’t care for the smell of the mask. It’s whatever. I was more curious about what it could do for my skin. This mask contains kaolin and bentonite, which is very good for oily skin. It absorbs excess oil. The instructions says to leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes. I left it on for 10 minutes. After I rinsed the mask off, my skin didn’t feel super dry like I thought it would. I use other clay masks that dry out my skin a bit too much. This one didn’t. It absorbed the oilies on my facial skin and left my skin feeling clean. Not dry and taut. So the sample size was one application. I thought it was an enjoyable experience. Not sure if I would purchase it because I don’t really need a clay mask right now. I have plenty of other products I have to finish up first. This one was OK from this experience. 🙂
Purito BHA Dead Skin Moisture Gel:
Yay! A BHA product to try! This product is a gel. It absorbed into my skin so quick! It literally vanished into my skin when I applied it to my skin. In an instant it disappeared into my skin. WOW. I’m impressed with the absorption! So this product contains, looking at the ingredients, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, betaine salicylate, sodium hyaluronate, and tea tree oil (loooveeee! my fave!!). That’s not the full ingredients list, but that’s what stood out to me the most. It has TEA TREE!! Even though it’s at the end of the ingredient list. It does contain BHA but a weaker form of salicylic acid. Overall, the ingredients look pretty good. I’m not sure how effective it is. The sample was just a tiny pouch. I used it 1-2 times and my skin didn’t break out either time. It leaves my skin feeling moisturized but not oily or greasy. This is something I would like to try again. I must now! lol. I’ve been trying to find a good BHA product and this one also contains tea tree.
Whew!! Those are my thoughts on these samples. So, it looks like it’s 2/5 that I really liked! 🙂
Have you used any of these products before? If so, how did you like them? Did they work for you? Share your thoughts in the comment section!
Skinfood Face Mask Wash Off: Rice Mask vs Strawberry Mask vs Black Sugar Mask
Here’s my review on Skinfood face masks! I have the Rice Mask, Strawberry Mask, and the Black Sugar Mask. I purchased these face masks because I wanted a physical exfoliant in my routine. I have those pesky, annoying dead skin clinging to my face sometimes that I need to get rid off. So I haven’t found a facial scrub that I like yet. These seem to fall in line with what I’ve been searching for. Each individual mask has its own benefits and purposes. Check them out right here:
Black Sugar Mask
The benefits look amazing. Skinfood face masks have a ton of good reviews on them. Also, they’re not too expensive either. They’re all under $10 each (depending where it is purchased). I’ve used Skinfood products in the past before too. From what I remember, they’re not too bad. I used to be an avid user of their bb creams. This brand brings back some good ol memories. But I think the bb cream I used often has been discontinued. So here are my thoughts on Skinfood face masks! I hope this is helpful and enjoy! Don’t forget to leave a comment. 😊
Skinfood Rice Mask
⭐ Key Ingredients: Rice Bran Water, Vitamin E
The rice mask contains white particles that are a little gritty. The base of the product is lightweight and creamy, which makes the product feel less harsh on the skin. I love the creaminess of this product. It feels soft and fluffy in texture. When applied to the skin, it feels like I’m applying tapioca pudding onto my face. The product feels cooling and soothing. It calms the skin down. Even though it has some grit, it doesn’t exfoliate the skin well. I tried adding a little bit more pressure (not too much) to remove dead skin cells hanging from my face. It still didn’t work. It’s not a good exfoliating product. The rice mask is too gentle for that purpose.
After massaging the product into the skin, I left it on for 15 minutes. Instructions advises to leave it on for 10-15 minutes. After rinsing the product off, it left my skin feeling moisturized but that’s about it. My skin felt softer due to the moisturizing properties. I didn’t notice brighter-looking skin after using it. There was no change in my complexion or acne marks. For my oily skin, I’ll have to pass on this product. It’s too rich for my liking. This rice mask would work better on someone with dry or normal skin. This product does contain fragrance, which didn’t bother me too much. If you’re sensitive to fragrance, this may not work for you. It has a sweet and soapy smell. I can’t pinpoint exactly what it smells like, but it’s not my fragrance of choice.
Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Mask
⭐ Key Ingredients: Organic Black Sugar, Strawberry Seeds, Strawberry Seed Oil
The first thing I noticed when I opened the strawberry mask was the smell. It smells really good. Smells like strawberries! The face mask looks like strawberry jam. 🍓 The mask is made up of small particles that are gritty (black sugar) and strawberry seeds to remove dead skin cells. This face mask, in fact, does a very good job at exfoliating the skin. It helps to remove dead skin and flakes from the skin. My skin is left feeling softer, smoother, and cleaner afterwards.
With this product, I leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Instructions advises leaving the product on for 10-15 minutes. Since the face mask has a waxy consistency to it, I didn’t enjoy leaving it on my skin for too long. It just feels too waxy and feels like it’s going to clog my pores. Also, it makes the skin look super shiny and oily before rinsing it off, lol. I have oily skin, so I didn’t want to aggravate my skin. 5 minutes is more than enough. Sometimes 10 if I’m feeling a little bit risky, haha!
Fortunately, leaving it on my skin hasn’t caused clogged pores or irritated my skin yet, but I make sure to remove every trace of the product off of my skin to prevent breakouts. As for results, this face mask didn’t moisturize my skin. It didn’t leave my skin looking brighter either, but it makes a very good facial scrub. I think it’s too abrasive though to be a part of my skin care routine. I prefer something less harsh and more gentle on the skin.
Skinfood Black Sugar Mask
⭐ Key Ingredients: Black Sugar, Macadamia Seed Oil, Shea Butter
Last but not least, we have the Black Sugar Mask! It’s the most popular out of the bunch! I’ve always wanted to try this face mask. I thought I would give it a go since there’s so many good reviews on it. I wanted to see what the fuss is about! It’s about time! Here are my thoughts on it. 🙂 My first thought when opening the product is that it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing face mask compared to the rice mask and strawberry mask. This one kind of looks like 💩. Maybe chocolate? lol.
The face mask isn’t runny. It’s a soft, thick paste, which made it less messy to use. When I applied this product to my skin, I dampened my skin thoroughly, so it can glide on my facial skin much better and more freely. The mask has large crystals (black sugar) compared to the other face masks from Skinfood (rice and strawberry). They are a tad too big and rough on the skin. I can feel the granules rolling on my face even when I add water to it. Water does help to soften them up a bit, but it still feels abrasive. I made sure not to apply too much pressure and not to scrub my face too harshly.
After massaging the product into my skin, I left it on for 15 minutes (as the instructions advises to do). Once I rinsed the product off, my skin felt soft and smooth. My complexion looked brighter and glowy. It looked more even. The results were very nice. I really liked it. But still, I think this face mask is too abrasive for the delicate facial skin.
I really wanted to like Skinfood face mask products. They’re very affordable, and they come in cute packaging. For me, they didn’t live up to the positive reviews. They also didn’t deliver results. The rice mask was supposed to brighten the skin, but there was no brightening effect in my skin. The strawberry mask felt too waxy, greasy on the skin and was too harsh on my skin as a face scrub. The black sugar mask was even more harsh and abrasive on the facial skin even though it was the only one that brightened my skin while leaving my skin feeling softer and smoother. But harsh facial scrubs will only do more damage than good in the long run.
I still have these products, but I don’t use them on my face anymore. I use them as a body scrub instead of a face scrub. Seems to work better for that. Overall, I wouldn’t purchase any of them again. I gave the rice mask plenty of tries and still ended up with the same results. Yes, I had hope, lol. Would I recommend Skinfood face masks? No, I wouldn’t recommend the rice mask, strawberry mask, or the black sugar mask. Skinfood does have other varieties, but I’m not interested after this experience. Maybe some time in the near future I’ll give them a go.