by corinne iaia

December 01, 2014

MASKS FOR AN INSTANT (AND LASTING) GLOW


I love makeup to the point where I can't get enough of the stuff...obviously. But to me, the most important aspect of the beauty world lies in the realm of skincare because no matter your efforts, your artist qualities won't be well represented on a bumpy canvas. Tending to the skin's every need is important and one of my favorite ways to keep it in tip top shape is by using masks a few times a week. I have masks for every skin woe you can imagine but the ones I use that cause the biggest difference in the health of my skin are in the form of exfoliating masks and peels. They might seem a bit intimidating at first, but once you've gotten into them you won't want to ever be without them again. They are the key to keeping pores unclogged, surfaces smoothed, and the overall tone even and glowing. Here are just a few that I love and if you're not already acquainted, allow me to introduce you...

REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask // This little bottle is filled with a creamy orange substance reminiscent of marmalade and has reached cult status for very good reason. It's all natural and after just one use you get noticeably brighter smoother skin. Used weekly this product will help to keep skin clear and over time will help reduce clogged pores by helping to remove dead skin cells via the inclusion of glycolic and lactic acids. A bonus is that the bottle is so well designed and doesn't allow for any air to enter keeping your product in tip top shape until the very last drop.

GLAMGLOW Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment // Another well known favorite, this mask is basically the do it all treatment of the bunch. It comes in the form of a gritty mud and dries down to a tingling and exfoliating clay. You can feel it working its magic, sucking gunk from your pores and sweeping away any dry skin - without drying things out. This is a powerful little pot and I recommend using it before an important event...or just whenever your skin is begging for a boost. This stuff will give you just that and instantly

Nude Skincare Miracle Mask // My newest addition to my radiance-inducing stocks and I can already tell it's going to be a long-term relationship. If you are pressed for time this is the one for you, no questions asked. It takes all of five minutes to let all the natural ingredients get to work and rear actual instant results. I love that it includes little particles of rice to help slough off dead skin cells in conjunction with the AHA's and hibiscus extract that do the un-manual part of the exfoliating. This stuff smells good enough to spread on toast and packs a ton of punch for a five minute treatment. I think I will be adding this to my midweek morning routine while I make myself a cup o' joe.

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask // All of Tata's products make you feel like you're relaxing on one luxe spa - even when you're just standing in front of the mirror in your bathroom. The texture of this is similar to a jelly and when applied the skin feels quite soothed compared to other exfoliating masks. My only minor complaint with this is that the pot is slightly small for the price, however, you only need a tiny bit each time so it will still last. Other than that this is a pot of natural BHA wonders that invigorates, exfoliates, and relaxes skin all at the same time. Brilliant. 

Elemis Enzyme Papaya Peel // The cream of the crop, quite literally. This is a great pick for the drier skinned girls who still want (and need!) to add an exfoliating product to the routine. It is in the form of a cream and instead of drying down like most this stuff is quite literally absorbed right into the skin, similar to a hydrating mask, but still results in gently exfoliated and radiant skin. This is a great product to start with if you are sensitive or if your skin isn't quite used to chemical exfoliants yet.

P.S. - I wanted to share another little piece of info with you guys as well. I have spotted GLAMGLOW masks, which are usually quite expensive, in multiple TJMAXX stores. I would suggest having a look as they are selling at nearly half price there, making it all the more okay to treat yourself. Happy shopping...
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  1. All of these sound absolutely amazing! I'm all about the glow, it's especially awesome to get glowing effects from your skincare. I definitely want to try at least one of these, haha!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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