Makeup Wars: The Best Face Masks

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Makeup Wars: The Best Face Masks via @15minbeauty

Today for Makeup Wars we're showcasing our favorite face masks, a topic that is right up my alley! I'm a big fan of skin care, and actually, quite a few of these products were featured in my favorite skin care savers post (and the follow up, the best drugstore skin care products).

1. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate (my Midnight Recovery Review): Ok, yes, this is not a face mask. But I've yet to find a hydrating face mask that works anywhere near as well as this one, so I had to include it in the post! I only need a few drops on my face at night and I'll wake up glowy!

2. L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Glow Renewal Facial Oil: This is the L'Oreal dupe of the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. The oils are different, but they work the same way, except this one feels a little bit heavier on my skin. Super glowy results!

3. Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque (my original Rare Earth Mask Review): Yes, there are cheaper clay face masks out there (and I'll be recommending one in a moment), but now that I have rosacea and I'm pregnant, I've been reaching for this one over any other. It pulls everything out of my pores, doesn't get that "so tight it hurts" feeling as it dries, and it doesn't irritate my skin. Definitely worth the extra money if your skin is at all sensitive!

4. Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque: Depending on where you get it, this mask is usually in the $3-5 range, which is pretty tough to beat! It does a great job of pulling everything out of your pores, and I used it multiple times a week during my first (rosacea-free) pregnancy to help keep the hormonal blemishes at bay. However, my skin seems extra sensitive during this pregnancy, so this mask can be a bit irritating (hence, I'm using the Kiehl's), but I'm hoping that I'll be able to use this one again after I deliver.

5. Bliss Multi-‘Face’-Eted All-In-One Anti-Aging Clay Mask: This mask was just released by Bliss, and because it isn't pregnancy friendly I'm staring at it longingly on my countertop! It's yet another clay mask (I love cleaning out my pores, can you tell?), but this one has a few anti-aging extras. In particular, it has 10% Glycolic Acid, which really will help to exfoliate your skin and clean out your pores even more. There's also Jojoba Oil to help add moisture and plump up your skin and Kojic Acid to help with discoloration.

6. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask (my Instant Oatmeal Mask review): This mask is hydrating and it can be a bit exfoliating (there's oatmeal in it, you can use it like a scrub as you remove it), but mostly it is just really soothing. If my skin is red and irritated at all, this is the mask I reach for. In no time my skin feels more comfortable, it adds some nice hydration and my redness is gone. And did I mention it smells like cookies? It does.

7. Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask: Yes, I know this mask says hydration, and it is hydrating (though not quite as hydrating as a few drops of that Kiehl's Midnight Recovery). But, really this creamy mask is similar in effect to the First Aid Beauty Oatmeal Mask. It adds some moisture and calms down irritation. But, it doesn't smell like cookies.


What are your favorite masks? Do any of them smell like cookies too?






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14 comments

Phyrra said...

The Rare Earth Mask sounds amazing

A Girl's Gotta Spa! said...

Ok, the Bliss mask is now on my list. I love clay masks!

Pammy BlogsBeauty said...

I have been dying to use that Kiehl's Midnight Recovery for ages now!

CollectiveBeauty said...

All of these sound fabulous! I don't currently have a favorite mask, but I adore FAB so I might try that one!

Jamie said...

The First Aid Beauty mask is one of my faves!

Jenny B. said...

I purchased the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery oil based on your rave reviews, and I have to say that I'm not impressed. Maybe I just have insanely dry skin, but argan oil did a better job at half the price.

Christine Mikesell said...

I'm sorry to hear that! Argan Oil really doesn't work well for my face, it makes me look greasy but doesn't add moisture, and it seems to flare my rosacea. The Kiehl's really is something I purchase over and over.

clarice said...

First Aid Beauty mask is stunning! love it!

Blushing Noir said...

The Kiehl's sounds like perfection!!

Jessika Barber said...

None of my masks smell like cookies! I'm going to check out the Boots one for sure!

penguin said...

I am a face-mask-addicted :P I used the Kiehl Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque, it works perfectly, Also, i am in love with the NUXE Vitamin Rich Detox Mask (it has orange smell) :P you may try it :P

Nikki Tross said...

When do you put your masks on in your skincare routine? It isn't on your flow chart ;-). I most likely and doing it wrong. Hahahahaha

Nikki Tross said...

Also... With the hydration mask (No7) did you have any burning when you first put it on? I have rosacea as well and the first time I used it, it did sting and burn a bit... I need something hydrating though for the winter. Thought Id try the cheaper one first ;-)

Christine Mikesell said...

Hi Nikki!
I didn't make it really obvious in the pic, but really #1, 3, 6 are my "basic" fave skin care treatments/masks, and the arrows point to cheaper alternatives (or in the case of the Bliss, a mud mask with a little something extra added) I haven't had any issues with the Boots stinging or anything. It just feels like I'm putting on a lot of lotion!

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