We all love girls’ nights out, but finances, responsibilities and that dreaded hangover often make these nights difficult. A little rest and relaxation with the girls never hurt, so why not trade in that full face of makeup for a face mask and a night in with your best girl friends? Turn on that Beyonce pandora and keep that wine glass full!
I recently picked up a sample of Peter Thomas Roth’s three revitalizing face masks in a $20 exclusive Sephora “Mini Mask Magic” kit.
Unlike most cakey, powdery masks these gel masks are very sheer when on. Each mask has a specific purpose so you can decide what your skin is most in need of.
The Rose Stem Cell Gel Mask is meant to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while hydrating, brightening and firming skin. You can also stick this mask in the fridge to give more of a cooling sensation, or wear a thin layer over night as an intensive treatment.
My Experience: This rose mask has a light, sweet scent to it and the gel makes for smooth application. The gel mask begins to feel a bit sticky as it dries, but goes back to the gel texture when I removed it with water. It left my skin feeling soft and looking bright. At 23, I don’t have any wrinkles or fine lines, but still enjoyed this mask.
The Cucumber Gel Mask is a detoxifying and hydrating mask. This mask had me at “detoxifying” and “hydrating,” with the everyday tortures that we put our skin through- forgetting to apply sunscreen and getting sunburned; piling on concealer, foundation and powder; forgetting to take our makeup off or enduring harsh weather conditions, it’s safe to say that we put our skin through a lot.
Like the rose mask, it can be used 2-3 times a week. For intense uses, it can be worn overnight or daily, as well. My best friend and I were debating on how an overnight mask would turn out, you would have to be an awfully still sleeper for this to work out or risk making a gel mess all over the pillow cases!
My Experience: I placed this mask in the fridge before use and the chilled, cucumber scented mask gave me a refreshing sensation as I put it on. The texture of the mask is almost identical to the rose mask, I removed it after ten minutes to reveal soft, nourished skin. If I had to purchase one of these masks, it would definitely be this one because of the benefits. It is the perfect cure after a day in the sun or a night out on the town. Next time I’m going to put cucumbers on my eyes while wearing this mask to reduce under-eye puffiness, why not!
One of the most favored and potent masks, the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is an exfoliating peel mask to be used 1-2 times weekly for 3-7 minutes at a time depending on skin sensitivity. The alpha hydroxy acids in this mask make the skin sensitive and more susceptible to burns, so sunscreen is highly suggested after use.
My Experience: As suggested, I rubbed the mask into my skin with moist fingertips in a circular motion and felt the small, grain-sized aluminum oxide powder exfoliate toxins from my skin. This dermabrasion mask smells strongly of pumpkin pie, but lightens a bit as you put it on. The mask smelled like a mixture of pumpkin pie and incense as the enzymes worked to clean my face, stinging slightly as the mask tightened a bit. I got a bit of the mask on my lips and I felt like I was wearing a lip plumper! I washed the mask off after about five minutes and my skin felt clean, tight and exfoliated.
As I said, my favorite is the nourishing Cucumber Mask and my second favorite is the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. It was fun to experiment with these masks and I highly suggest them for a girls’ night in or an at-home spa treatment! This trio is a great way to test a pricey product and see which one you like best. I would estimate that these .5 FL OZ containers have about three uses in them and for $20, you really can’t beat it! Which one of these masks is your favorite?!
Until next week! XO-Ashley (@Ashleysita)