Cheap and Shiny Sephora face masks

I read about these new Sephora face treatment masks…and after a (NOT cheap) $300 Elizabeth Arden Red Door Facial, I thought let’s try some upkeep.

For my birthday, I wanted to take care of my skin, and my stylist recommended Elizabeth Arden. She knows everyone because she used to work there, and although it was quite pricey, she did a wonderful job. I saw Claudia at the 5th Avenue location and got a diamond dermabrasion and collagen treatment with the facial. My skin needed it, especially as I wear so much foundation on a daily basis. My skin is still smooth and glowing, but since I don’t want to get a facial more than a few times a year, I tend to do masks and care at home.

At $6 each Sephora’s new Face Mask Collection is a bargain, especially when you consider that a mask is an expensive add-on during a facial. They have a variety with different ingredients to address different skin needs. I picked the Honey Mask: Nourishes and balances to soothe and refresh dry or sensitive skin.

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Hi Honey!

I love honey for my skin, and I wanted something simple. The ingredients are surprisingly nice:

-Natural Honey Extract: Supports nourished, soft, velvety, and comfortable skin.
-Aloe Vera Leaf Extract: Soothes sensitive skin.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Triethanolamine, Mel Extract (Honey Extract), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Piroctone Olamine, Polyquaternium-51, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate.

You use it on a clean, washed face, and very important: make sure your skin is absolutely dry. I waited a few minutes after washing to make sure I had no water left on my face. If you have water on your face, it will inhibit absorption according to my esthetician.

You open the mask, and unfold the cloth carefully so you don’t rip it. Put it in place, and smooth the edges down. Also, be prepared to not answer the door.

Even with a small smile, this looks scary. Glad I hadn't ordered food delivery!

Even with a small smile, this looks scary. Glad I hadn’t ordered food delivery!

After looking in the mirror, I felt like the look was missing something.

Yes, I run with scissors!

Yes, I run with scissors!

Yeah…maybe not.

I left it on about 20 minutes, removed the cloth, and massaged the serum left on my skin into my face, neck and hands. I didn’t take a close look at my skin until the next morning, when I went into work and got ready to do my makeup.

I may look unhappy (it was 3:30am!) but very happy with the way my skin felt and looked. Perfect canvas for foundation.

I may look unhappy (it was 3:30am!) but very happy with the way my skin felt and looked. Perfect canvas for foundation.

I have a bit of redness on my cheeks normally, but I think it left my skin bright, smooth, and hydrated.

All in all, I had a great experience with the Honey Mask, and will use the Rose Mask this week since I’m a big fan of Rose for facial beauty. From my limited experience with it, I recommend it as a nice, cheap way to keep your skin looking happy and healthy.

But I don’t recommend running with scissors, no matter what that picture says.

Much Love,

Gloria

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