Lindsey and I have been on the hunt for some face masks that actually make a difference without breaking the bank. I’m personally believing that ignorance is most definitely bliss when it comes to face masks. Expensive face masks just aren’t in the budget currently and for now I don’t know what I’m missing. Haha!
Anyway, although I can’t say any of these were completely life changing, I do think that we found some great, budget-friendly options!
Sephora Collection Clay Masks
Our amazing mama put a couple of these in our stockings this year, and I am actually really impressed with the concept and the price point. Each of these contains enough product for 4 uses and targets specific results. I have used both the White Clay mask which is for remineralizing and soothing and the Green Clay mask, which is for purifying and pore perfecting. My skin has felt fresh after both of these masks and there was a noticeable difference in the size of my pores after the green clay mask. Large pores is definitely a pain point for me when it comes to skin care so I was pretty excited to see some results.
Lindsey has tried the Purple Clay mask for moisturizing and smoothing. Any thoughts on that one Linds?
I’m wearing the purple mask as we speak and I love it! I feel like some masks just tingle too much for my sensitive skin, that it burns and itches. But this mask has the perfect tingle to it that it’s soothing. My skin feels super soft and moisturized after just one use.
With additional formulations for detoxifying & oxygenating, revitalizing & toning, anti-fatigue & energizing, unifying & brightening, and skin balancing & mattifying, it looks like there is something for everyone!
Aztec Secret Indian Clay
I kind of have a love hate relationship with this mask. The first time I tried mixing the dry clay with apple cider vinegar as recommended in the instructions and felt like my face was on fire just minutes in. While I got smart the second time around and just used water, it is still easily one of the most uncomfortable masks I’ve tried. That whole skin tightening until you can’t show any emotions at all thing happens with this mask. AND it is horribly messy to remove. Buuuuttt, my skin feels so deeply cleaned afterwards that forgoing my typical at-home-spa-experience for more of a beauty-is-pain-experience may just be worth it.
Mary Kay Botanicals Mask
Also, gifted to me by my mama, I am loving this whole line from Mary Kay. This mask is a very light application and has exfoliant particles in it so you can exfoliate as you remove it. Who doesn’t love a good 2-in-1.
Garnier Sheet Masks
These masks give me more of that at-home-spa-vibe that I usually like to go for. Pro-tip from Mandy Moore (I’m an insta fan, of course) keep them in your fridge for an extra cool pore minimizing experience. I have tried the Glow-Boosting Formulation and I have the Mattifying and the original Moisture Bomb mask on deck in my fridge.
Dead Sea Mud Mask + Activated Charcoal
This combo has been a long time favorite of mine. The Dead Sea Mud Mask smells amazing and Activated Charcoal has many benefits for the skin. I have been using this after my at home facial routine for a couple of years now.
Ok, this little creation I whipped up in my kitchen gave me the most noticeable results. And you likely have all of the ingredients in your kitchen too!
So I grabbed a little lemon juice, (I used a bottled one that claims to be the real thing because I didn’t have any real lemons on hand) baking soda, and honey. That’s it just three ingredients! This does not smell as good as one might imagine. Maybe adding some ground cinnamon or lavender essential oil the next time will make it more tolerable, thoughts? I didn’t measure anything so I’m honestly not thinking it matters the ratio of each ingredient just that they are all there. The mask dries in about 10 minutes and the baking soda also acts as an exfoliant when you scrub it off.
The pain point I was hoping to target with this little creation was clogged pores and black heads all over my nose. IT WORKED!!! Seriously, I was so impressed. I know I said nothing was life changing, but this one maybe a little life-changing at least. I mean I’ve tried just about everything to get rid of those pesky little things (even DIY black head strips which smelled 100x worse than this concoction.) Nothing has worked like this and each mask probably costs about 10 cents! You cannot beat that!
Do you want to know my secret to evenly applying your masks and not wasting any of that product?! Applying your masks with a flat foundation brush. Seriously, it’s that easy! A more dense brush soaks up quite a bit of the product and tends to wipe it away in areas that you’ve already applied it to your face. With a flat foundation brush like this you can move the product around with ease. So, this will most definitely be life changing if you haven’t applied a mask like that before! Haha! These face mask brushes look like they would work great too!
Skyn Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
I ended up getting a bunch of fun masks for a friend that was getting married and just had to pick up a few extra for myself. These cooling eye gels are seriously super cooling. Some gels you keep in the fridge for them to be cool, but these are cooling straight out of the wrapper. I surprisingly do see the firming happening under my eyes too.
Skyn Plumping Lip Gel
The lip gels are a little odd because your mouth is sealed shut for 10 minutes. But the tingly feeling this gel gives your lips is definitely soothing. I don’t know that there’s a whole lot of plumping happening (ya girl already has big lips) but maybe something like this could be more noticeable on someone else. Either way I like the soothing feeling it gives my lips and it does a little bit of moisturizing too.
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