With my hours upon hours spent watching beauty gurus on YouTube, and an equal amount of time spent strolling through the aisles of Ulta and Sephora, I honour myself with the self-proclaimed title: Amber, Aficionado of Face Masks.
If you’ve read my previous post about my skincare routine, you know that I’ve spent years curating the perfect products to battle my normal to dry, acne scar-prone, and eczema-prone skin. I failed to include the weekly face mask I do that is a staple to my routine. I try to do at least one face mask a week, but it changes depending on my mood. Despite the few skin concerns I have, my skin is not really sensitive to new products, therefore I’m left with the perfect canvas to test out every different face mask on the market – nothing is off limits.
My collection has been lacking in the new product department; however, I would be nothing without a fully stocked collection of all of my favourite face masks. Some are fairly new, but I fell in love with deeply, while others have been with me since the beginning. The price range for all of them lean towards the more affordable end of the scale, but some are a bit pricier (but I’d say are worth the money if you have the means).
~ Welcome to My Face Mask Collection ~
Starting off as the most affordable, and my tried and true favourites are the Sephora Collection masks. They have several types of masks that cater to different skin concerns (brightening, hydrating, pore perfecting, etc.), which are offered in clay mask or sheet mask form. I’m more a clay mask girl, but either do the job at a drugstore price.
This one is definitely the most expensive off my collection, but what is life without a little balance (I am a Libra, of course). This one is the influencer of all face masks; there is not a single influencer I haven’t heard rave about this mask, and it lives up to its reputation. It is a hydrating mask, which leaves skin super soft and is perfect for sensitive skin. It can be worn overnight, what I typically do, or you can wear it and rinse it off after at least 10 minutes. Either way, your skin will look like it is fresh out of the spa.
Like I said, I’ll try any mask that crosses my path, which is how I found this Korean brand. I found this one while shopping around somewhere and was drawn in by its focus on collagen. It’s a daily sheet mask infused with collagen peptides that refresh and revive tired skin while also reducing wrinkles. Everywhere I look people are discussing the importance of collagen, and how effective Korean beauty is, so it didn’t take much to convince me to buy it. It’s quite affordable and they do the job at refreshing the skin. I even rub the excess product into my hands, and down my neck to reap the full benefits. Although it is daily a sheet mask, I only use it once a week or once every couple of weeks.
I’ve never used a ‘kush’ product from Milk Makeup before, so I was intrigued to see if it is actually worth all the hype that I see all over social media. It’s a stick application, so there is no mess, and you definitely use less product than when you’re applying any other clay mask, which I really like. It’s meant to hydrate, calm, and soothe irritated skin and is rich in antioxidants to protect you skin against the harsh effects of the environment – all things I love in a face mask. After washing it off my skin feels really smooth and refreshed, and it’s a quick 10-minute mask, so there is no waiting around for it to dry.
This mask falls on the more expensive side, but the benefits are worth the money. It comes in a pretty teal colour and works wonders on pores. If you are an oily person, or your pores a big focus for your skincare concerns this one is perfect for you. It purifies your pores and controls oil throughout the day. And its not called the Cold Plunge Pore mask for nothing. When you rinse it off, your face feels like what drinking cold water after chewing minty gum feels like – cooling and instantly refreshing.
This one is not too pricey and does the job better than any other charcoal product I’ve ever used. The charcoal clay mask works to detox skin, clear your pores, and absorb any environmental toxins. This mask feels like I’m deep cleaning my pores and free of any bad toxins in my skin when I use it.
La Neige is known for being extremely pricey, but this is actually one of their more affordable products. If you have really dry skin or just love to be hydrated like me its worth however much it costs. You apply this over your face cream, and like it says in the name you sleep with it. The product absorbs into your skin over night and you’re left with the most hydrated skin in the world.
As the self-proclaimed Aficionado of Face Masks, I'm always looking to try out new products. Let me know if the comments which masks you love and can't live without!