My Favourite Fall/Winter Face Masks!

Hello beautiful people!
I hope you all had a lovely and safe Halloween! I can’t believe we’re already in November, Christmas is next month!! 2015 is just flying by.

Speaking of November, it’s gotten quite cold here in Toronto, so I’ve had to adjust my skin care routine a little bit, and I find I’m definitely using a lot more face masks.
With the cold weather comes comfort food, sweet treats, sugary drinks, which are all delicious and festive – but I find my skin has a tendency to break out from all the treats, look duller and uneven because of the lack of vitamin D, and I also tend to use more full coverage products throughout fall/winter. Basically my skin has been a nightmare these passed couple of months, and I found that these 5 face masks have really helped me turn it around!

First is the GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment ($76)
I’m pretty sure I’ve raved about this a million times, but it’s honestly a product I can say is 100% worth the hype and the money. I have combination skin, so I find that I get quite a lot of black heads and spots throughout my t-zone and this masks literally just pulls them all out and makes my skin look and feel amazing. This is a mud/charcoal mask that is meant to draw impurities from the skin while exfoliating and improving the texture of your skin. It applies this dark grey colour, and it has the famous GlamGlow tea leaves in it, but it dries down this bright white colour. Once it dries you can literally see all the pores it’s pulled toxins from, which sounds disgusting, but honestly makes me feel like the product is worth the money because you can literally see it working. It does tingle a little bit, and sometimes I find my skin purges for a couple of days, but all in all this mask has shrunk the look of my pores and reduced my breakouts a ton! I use this once or twice a week depending on the state of my skin, but if you have dry or normal skin you could use this only when you needed it. I know it’s expensive, but Christmas is coming and this could be a lovely present from Santa ;)!

Next is Origins Original Skin Retexturizing mask ($30)
This is also a clearing mask that is clay based, but this also has little exfoliating beads in it to help resurface your skin, making it feel soft and smooth. This mask is meant to deep clean while also restoring a nice skin texture and brightening your complexion, I like to use this when I don’t feel like my skin is bad enough to need the GlamGlow, but I just want a nice pick me up. It goes on a cute baby pink and dries down the same colour, as you wash it off you’re supposed to rub the beads into your skin for a deeper exfoliation. Honestly this mask leaves my skin feeling baby soft, and really does brighten up the look of my complexion. Foundation applies beautifully after I use this mask which is always a bonus. This one is definitely a more budget friendly option, and would be great for any skin type except maybe dry, as I did find a bit of tightness in my skin after using this, but a heavier moisturizer after use would probably remedy that. I would definitely recommend giving this a go if you have sensitive skin, or are new to face masks, or even if you’re not, it’s just a great product.

Sometimes my skin gets really sensitive and red and irritated from the cold weather, and using too many exfoliators (we’re all guilty of this right? it’s not just me… right?) So when my skin needs soothed and babied, I reach for the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask ($28)
This mask is so thick and luxurious, with little bits of oatmeal in it to help nourish and sooth your skin. My sister has dry and sensitive skin – she uses this all the time, and she absolutely loves it. It really does make your skin feel soft and nourished and really pampered. This is a good one to slather on while you’re in the bath or watching TV, it says to leave it on for 10 minutes but I’ve definitely gotten away with 15-20 before and it was fine. Again, the price point is great so if you’re just looking to pamper you’re skin I would suggest giving this a go.

Another luxurious and pampering product is the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask ($30)
This is another really thick and lovely mask, which smells absolutely divine. It smells a little bit citrusy and fresh, so amazing. The great part about this mask is that a little bit goes a long way, so you’re definitely getting your monies worth, and it’s really hydrating. Even though I have slightly oily skin, I like to use this once a week to give my skin a bit of a plump up and a nice drink. I wake up in the morning with softer and suppler skin because the product has been soaking into my skin all night. I even use this on my hands when they get super dry, I’ll leave it on for a TV show or something – wash my hands, and they feel so much softer. A good valued, multi-use product!

Last is the GlamGlow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment ($76)
This is one of the best hydrating masks I’ve ever used, and it smells like coconut heaven. This is literally a pina-colada in a jar. Again, it has all the fancy GlamGlow science behind it, but it’s packed full of HydraClay which traps and retains moisture in the skin. You can apply a thin layer and allow it to absorb for as long as you like, and then wipe off the excess, or you can apply it before bed and use it as an overnight mask. I like to use this when I’m flying, because there’s nothing worse than getting dry skin from pressurized and recycled air from a plane. I wore this when my mom and I went to Texas last year, which is a 3 and a half hour flight and my skin was amazing the whole trip, and since this applies relatively sheer, no one really notices you’re wearing a mask. If you haven’t tried this, I would give it a try, especially if you have dry skin!

That’s it for now my loves,
until next time,

September 2015 Favourites!

Hello beautiful people!
Apologies for being MIA the passed couple of weeks, I was away at the cottage and then I caught a nasty cold. Alas! I am back and so excited to be writing my September favourites post for you guys!
The leaves have started changing here in Toronto, and it’s gotten a little bit chillier which makes everything so cozy and lovely! I love autumn! Let me know in the comments what some of your favourite things about fall are!

First up is actually a re-discovered favourite! The GlamGlow Youthmud mask is not one I used to reach for very often, I found I prefer to use detoxifying masks or hydrating ones, but lately I’ve noticed my other masks just weren’t doing the trick for me. My skin has been feeling a little bit rough and uneven, my foundation even started bunching in weird placed on my face, so I thought I’d give this baby a try for some intense exfoliation. (This is a small sample size)
This masks tingles ALOT, to the point where it’s actually slightly uncomfortable, but the effects are incredible! After one use my skin was softer and radiant! I noticed a bit of purging a few days later, which was great because my detoxifying masks weren’t helping me out with any of my congestion. After using this my moisturizers and treatments absorbed faster, and my foundation applied seamlessly! I think I’ll be using this at least once a month from now on!

Essie’s fall line of nail polishes knocked it out of the park this year! I picked these 2 up at the beginning of September and have been wearing them non-stop!
The one on the left is called “frock n’ roll”, which is a really beautiful dark purple with silver micro-glitter in it. This applies incredibly opaque, it looks almost black until you see it in certain lights and the glitter comes into play. It’s incredibly easy to take off, considering it has glitter in it as well! Wearing this one makes me feel super vampy and sophisticated!
The polish on the right is called “leggy legend”, it’s a really gorgeous copper/bronze shade that looks like a sunset on your nails. When the shimmer in this catches the light it’s absolutely stunning! it’s not a colour I would normally go for, but when I wore it I feel in love, because it makes me feel edgy!

Revlon Black Cherry is the perfect berry lip for fall, it’s a gorgeous merlot shade that makes my lips look fuller and sexy without being too matte or too glossy. I’ve been wearing this a lot recently, and I just love it, obviously I have to re-apply after eating but other wise the longevity of this is really great. Since the formula isn’t matte, it doesn’t dry my lips out at all, which makes it comfortable to wear all day. If you’re looking for a new vampy lip colour I would highly suggest picking this classic up!

My last favourite is a book I could not put down in September! The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is the best book I’ve read in quite a while. I’m garbage at describing things without completely ruining the whole book, so I’m going to copy the insert from the book.
“Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood – those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best from is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovered a power of her own – an ability she didn’t know she had. Except… her blood is Red.
To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard – the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly violent dance, pitting prince against prince and Mare against her own heart”
If you enjoy fantasy novels, with magic and mystery I would definitely suggest giving this a go! The second book in the series comes out in February and I cannot wait!

That’s it for this post! I’ll be back very soon with a fall make up look for you guys!
Until next time my loves,