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Five Face Masks To Try

Before becoming a blogger, I was never much into skincare. That all changed within a year and a half, and I've been dabbling into the gigantic world of skincare a whole lot this year. One thing I've not tried much of though are face masks. I think that first time I ever tried one was late last year, so I'm extremely late to the game. Lately, I have been trying to explore more masks, so here are a few masks that I've used up lately and how they worked for me.

Naruko Taiwan Magnolia Brightening and Firming Mask* | This mask has to be one of my favourites. I love the structure of this face mask as it's one of those that loop around your ears, ensuring that the mask is on there tight. I'm sure that this helps in the firming process. The package comes with a ton of serum which is always a plus. I have some spots and redness left over from my teenage acne and whenever I use this mask, I notice my spots getting lighter each time. 

The Solution Brightening Face Mask | So I went a little crazy at The Face Shop a few weeks ago and picked up a ton of face masks. Since the Naruko brightening mask was working well for me,  I decided to pick up one from a store near me. The star ingredient in this mask is Pearl powder. This one feels nice and cooling, but I'm not sure if it works as well as the Naruko one. I'll have to try it again to notice any difference with my acne scars/spots. 

The Solution Smoothing Face Mask | Sometimes, particularly when I try new skincare, my skin goes into a phase where my skin gets some texture. So when I got sucked into The Face Shop's 'Buy 10, Get 5 Free' deal, this was one of the first masks I picked up in hopes that it would combat the occasional texture. The mask contains Black Willow Bark Extract which provides an exfoliating effect. After using this, I did notice a slight smoothness to my skin, but it didn't wow me as much as expected. 

Rodial Bee Venom Micro-Sting Patches* | Technically, this isn't really a mask, but I decided to throw it into this post anyway. Basically, this is a tiny patch that have 350 micro 'cones' that act like stingers to deliver the Hyaluronic Acid and Bee Venom that are in each patch. These are meant to quickly fix your 'wrinkle areas' aka smile lines, crow's feet, and frown lines. To be completely honest, I don't have many wrinkles as I'm still in my early twenties, but I do notice some fine lines starting to form near my under eyes, so that's where I use them. My first reaction to this is that it really does sting. However, they do work pretty well. I noticed that my under eyes were more plump, not the best look for where I used them, but imagine how well they'd work on areas like crow's feet, etc. 

MaskerAide Tell Me 'Pout It Hydrating Lip Mask* | Okay, this one was something I was really intrigued by. I had never tried a lip mask until this one, so I had no idea what to expect. However, the word hydrating had me very interested as my lips are pretty dry sometimes, so I thought this would be a good solution for that. Looking at the ingredients, the lip treatment should make my lips plump and hydrated and definitely aid with dry skin. For me, this lip mask was a meh. I hated the fact that I had to keep it on for so while and couldn't do anything with my mouth for 15 or more minutes. BUT I have to admit that this lip mask does what it says it does. My lips felt extremely hydrated and it was a bit plump (though I don't think I needed that). It made a great base to put lipstick on, but even greater base for liquid lipsticks.

Products marked with a (*) were sent to me for consideration. All opinions are my own. 

What are your favourite face masks? Have you tried any of these?


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