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The Aqua Mask

Description: A new generation of face mask combining Pomegranate and Glycerin in a fresh jelly texture. It hydrates to quench skin’s thirst and it rehydrates skin in just 10 minutes, leaving it replumped and silky-smooth. No Parabens.
Immediately; skin looks bouncy, fresher.
Long-lasting effectiveness; skin feels hydrated, suppler and softer.

Directions: Apply on clean and dry skin. Avoid eye and lip areas. Leave on for 10 minutes, then massage in the excess product until completely absorbed or remove excess with a cotton pad.

The initial application of this mask feels slightly cooling, maybe because I’ve stored it in the bathroom cabinet which is a cool place in general. I can feel a slight stinging to the skin, and it doesn’t feel as if it is immediately hydrating the skin but not drying it either. After the ten minutes was up, my skin hadn’t absorbed a lot of it. I was also reminded about the Garnier Moisture+ day cream that I used to use.. It kinda feels like they just put it in a sachet and are trying to pass it off as a mask because it made my skin feel the exact same way, slightly greasy and not hydrated in the way I like.

Would I buy this one again? No. I did not enjoy the day cream and I did not enjoy this mask.

The Juicy Peel Mask

Description: A new generation of face mask combining Lemon Extract and Smoothing Active Glycolic Acid in a jelly texture that illuminates for smooth, radiant skin with a healthy glow. No Parabens.
Immediately; skin looks more refined, luminous, with a healthy glow.
Long-lasting effectiveness; skin tone appears more radiant, smoother and softer.

Directions: Apply on clean and dry skin. Avoid eye and lip areas. Leave on for 5 minutes, then rinse.

I had some issues with this one at first, because in the English directions it said to leave it on for 10 minutes and in the Norwegian one it said 5 minutes, so I opted for the middle ground, 7 and a half because I couldn’t be bothered to check their website. But it was originally supposed to only be on for 5 minutes, tops.

The consistency for this mask was kind of like a lemon jelly, it was almost completely clear and had a slight lemon scent. It was fairly easy to apply, though with it being clear it wasn’t too easy to see where I had applied it or not until I layered some more on the skin. I kept it on the skin for about 7 minutes, since I couldn’t seem to figure out how long I was supposed to have it on and after five minutes it started to sting a bit. My skin didn’t turn too red though, I was expecting it to be worse after I rinsed it off.

This mask really took care of the oil on my face and made my skin feel super smooth – for a day – the day after my skin was twice as oily as normal so it felt like it had just postponed everything for a day.. So because of that, I didn’t like it too much. A temporary fix is not worth it if the aftermath is twice as bad.

Would I repurchase this? No.

The Volcano Mask

Description: A new generation of face mask combining Volcanic rock and Clay in a self-heating clay texture that minimises the appearance of pores for pure, smooth skin. No Parabens.
Immediately: skin appears purified and looks smoother and less shiny.
Long-lasting effectiveness: pores look unclogged and seem less visible. Skin appears refreshed.

Directions: Apply on clean and dry skin. Avoid eye and lip areas. Leave on for 3 minutes, then rinse.

A 3 minute mask? I didn’t really believe a mask could do anything in just three minutes. This one was for pore minimizing so I only applied it on my cheeks, my nose and my chin because I don’t really have too noticeable pores anywhere else. This mask was really, really thick and it felt as if I had found clay outside and just rubbed it on my skin. I thought it would have the same consistency as the L’Oreal clay masks but this was so much thicker.

It says to be self heating but I didn’t notice that in the short three minutes that it was on my face. It was kind of a pain to remove because it is so thick, but I could see that it had reduced my pores a little bit in that time. It also removed all traces of oil on my face but the same happened the day after as with the juicy peel mask, my skin didn’t like it and produced twice as much oil again.

I would use this again just to reduce pores for special occasions but I wouldn’t want to upset my skin this much just for nothing.

Would I repurchase this? Maybe.

 

Have you tried any of these masks? 

 

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My skin care routine changes rather frequently, and I alternate between products, I go for the ‘lazy’ option quite often and sometimes I use face masks often.. My skin doesn’t like it if I use the same products for an extended period of time so alternating between products that I know work for me is the best solution.

On lazy days I use only Micellar water, a toner and moisturizer, but on regular days I use a proper cleanser first before doing the rest of the steps, sometimes adding in time for a mask too.

Here’s everything I use currently.

Simple Micellar Water, Neutral Skin Tonic, L’Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water

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L’Oreal Pure Clay Illuminating, Purifying and Exfoliating Gel Cleansers.

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Simple Vital Vitamin Foaming Cleanser & Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Gel.

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L’Oreal Pure Clay Glow Mask.

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I honestly spend more money on skincare than I do on make up, and it has pretty much always been that way. I really hate how oily my skin gets so I’m glad that I have skincare products to prevent and help aid that. I’ve tried to not use cleansers and all but it just feels so disgusting since I get a lot of oil on my nose, forehead and chin. So yeah, if I had to choose between make up and skincare, I would definitely choose skincare.

What would you choose if you had to pick one of the two?

What is it?

L’Oreal has had clay masks on the market for a long time, I have used them all and I have been very happy with them so of course I had to purchase this too. Or these, rather, because there is three different kinds. They have one that is purifying, one that is exfoliating, and this one which is illuminating. What this is, is basically the clay mask mixed with cleansing gel. It smells the same, it looks like a more watery version of the mask and it makes my skin feel just as soft as the mask does.

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How does it work?

The cleanser contains 3 different pure clays; Kaolin, Moroccan Lava Clay and Montmorillonite and it contains charcoal powder to help purify your skin. The gel is advised to either use on damp skin or to mix it with a tiny bit of water to form a mousse, then apply it to the face. I use a wet washcloth to remove anything on my face but you could easily just use water.

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The cleanser was very light, very gentle and it was very easy to remove. It didn’t foam up too much so I suppose I never really used enough water at the time ( I use more with it now). Pairing this with the Glow clay mask might just be too much for my skin but I think it works extra well, at least for now. My skin has never felt or looked better. Usually my face turns bright red after using any kind of cleansers but luckily it didn’t happen with this.

I would definitely recommend this for someone who wants to treat their skin a little bit extra because it feels so lush. Have you tried this cleanser before? 

What is it?

Korres softening cuticle oil (also known as Nail Care Myrrh & Almond Oil) is an oil treatment for your nails and cuticles, to soften and remove them. It has 95% natural ingredients and smells pretty much just like almonds. So if you’re not too keen on that, you probably wouldn’t enjoy smelling this one.

Korres is a Greek brand and it is fairly expensive here in Norway so I definitely would expect very good quality at the price point it has. This bottle of nail oil contains 10 ml (0.35 fl.oz) and costs 139 NOK ($17/£13). Luckily you don’t have to use too much at the same time so I guess it could last a while. I’ve been using it over a few weeks and it hasn’t gone down by much yet.

Here’s a cut out of the ingredients listed on their website, you can really see how much good stuff that has been stuffed into this tiny bottle:

THE INGREDIENTS

MYRRH / It enhances keratin, while also boosting hydration levels in the under-the-nail skin area, restoring their elasticity.
ΑLMOND, SUNFLOWER, MACADAMIA OILS / Improve nails texture and provide long-lasting hydration, reducing nail moisture loss. They have antioxidant, regenerating and nourishing properties.
KERATIN / It enhances nails natural growing process, improves their appearance and their resistance against breaking and chipping.
PROVITAMIN Β5 / With moisturising properties, it improves nails flexibility and strength.
CALCIUM / It strengthens and protects nails’ enamel, increasing their resistance to breaking
LEMON OIL / Rich in vitamin C, this is a potent antioxidant ingredient. It contributes in strengthening nails enamel, while it provides brightened, rejuvenated look.
CAMELIA OIL / Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, it revitalizes skin and nails. It is easily absorbed while it provided deep hydration.
VITAMIN Ε / It has antioxidant properties, while improving nails texture.

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Why did I need it?

As you can see in the picture below, the place where I have my work experience is very hand-heavy when it comes to things to do. Most of the time I restock dry goods in a grocery store so there is a lot of cardboard and plastic tearing to get things out of their packaging and it really takes a toll on my nails and fingers. I try to take good care of my hands, always using hand creams and what not but I haven’t been the best at taking care of my nails, so I decided to invest into this oil.

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It’s very easy to apply, it comes in a typical nail polish bottle so you just need to open it and brush the oil onto your cuticles and your nails. The instructions says to just apply it, then massage it in but I like to leave it on for at least 20 minutes to let the oil really get into my cuticles and nails to get the most benefits from the ingredients in it.

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The result?

My nails definitely end up looking more hydrated and healthier, and it also helps for the dry skin around the nails. It also leaves them smelling like almonds and I think it’s really cozy for some weird reason. It does what it promises to do, however it’s not a very long lasting result and it says on the bottle to use it frequently for the best results. It is a good quick fix though. I just wish it was a tiny bit cheaper, or that the effect of it lasted a bit longer than it does. It’s not terrible though!

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So yeah, that’s my experience with this nail oil! Have you tried it before? Or do you have recommendations for other oils that work well? Let me know!

What is it?

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Kukuí Oil is a spray designed to combat frizz and dryness, especially for naturally curly hair but you can use this for other hair types as well. Ideally it is supposed to be used on damp hair after a shower but you can also use it on dry hair to tame frizz. I have been loving OGX products for years, and sadly I heard that they are no longer cruelty free but I struggle with parting with the products after relying on them for so long.

How does it work?

Spray it on your hair, massage or brush it in and feel how healthy and soft your hair is after! The first time I used it I sprayed it on damp hair after just using shampoo and it honestly felt like a completely different head of hair. My hair gets very frizzy during the colder months of the year so having something like this is very, very important for me. The spray bottle is not too big either so it’s easy to just put it in your bag and bring it with you wherever you need to go.

The second time I tried this spray I used on dry hair and it worked very similar to how it was in damp hair. What I did notice though is that when you use this on dry hair, be careful not to spray too much close to your scalp on the top of your head because it will make your roots appear and feel greasy faster than usual. That was what the only 1-star review I could find of it said too when I looked at their website, so the general consensus seems to be that it is good! I’m glad I’m not the only one thinking that.

So I would really recommend this if you struggle with your hair feeling dry and frizzy, because it will nourish it and make it feel soft, look shiny and healthy and just improve your hairs health overall. I have tried many hair oils in my life and this is the best one I have found so far! I would totally include a before and after picture of my hair while using this, but my hair is jet black and you can’t really see any individual strands or any proper details in pictures.. Believe me, I tried and I was very unsuccessful.

 

Have you tried this before? What did you think of it?