Vitamasques: K-Beauty Brand Masks Review Part 1

Hello! Today I’m going to review the Vitamasques masks that I got in my lovely batch that I told you about in my previous Vitamasques post.

I have really dived in with these reviews on each individual mask so I decided to break this post into two parts so you could easily access whichever mask you are interested about.

I really hope you like it and enjoy the read!

 

Citrine Face Mask

This was the first mask of the pack I used, since I was pretty excited with all the combination therapy claims, and also because I’m naturally drawn to minerals and colors so I was very curious about this one.

The fabric was different of the ones that had tried before, which were either soft and dense or like a more paper consistency, but this one was fibrous and soft at the same time. I did enjoy the smell and the application was really easy as it stayed on with no sliding or problems whatsoever. When I applied it, there was a lot of remaining serum on the packaging, which I like to use in my neck, hands etc.

After about 20 minutes I removed it, and most of the essence was absorbed into my skin. While other masks still are very damp when you retire them and others tend to dry up faster than they should, these worked perfectly in the prescribed time and the sheet mask was dry but not excessively when I retired it. While I was using it, it stung a little bit on my face, but my skin could have been sensitized due to the use of acids lately on my routine. Anyway it was bearable, just a little bit.

My skin looked brighter and felt great and revitalized, not much as hydrated and soft as evened up and energized. Would definitely want to try the other ones in the gemstones line to see the different effects they can achieve, so I’ll be really looking forward to get more of these.

Black Gold Mask

The next day I picked this mask because I’m always curious about products with gold in it (right as I write I’m spotting a gold speck in my left hand because I just used this one), and purifying masks have been my favorite for a long long time, though I now prefer brightening ones.

The mask fitted perfectly and was less soft than the first one and with more of a wipe consistence, fibrous and thin, with little gold specks all over it. The smell was pleasant though not very special for me, and I used the remaining essence on my neck and hands like always.

Charcoal masks have always been one of my most used ones, along with other charcoal products, since I have dealt with problematic skin and blemishes for the longest time, though that era seem to be over. Being accustomed to this ingredient, I knew it could be a little harsh on my skin but the mask didn’t feel uncomfortable at any time, though it was a little bit itchy, like the last one, in my driest areas like around the mouth.

After the initial occasional stinginess, the mask felt super fresh and relaxing while I had it on. I really felt in the mood of just enjoying the self care moment and peacefully wait til the alarm went off instead of keeping fiddling around with my computer.

In fact, I was so relaxed with this one that tried a technique that I had been looking to try for a while, and that is using a face roller over the sheet mask. I still need to investigate more about face rollers and maybe put up an article about those because they seem really interesting to me and I recently got my first one, an obsidian one from Fourth Ray Beauty. The more I rolled and the more I left the mask on, the more refreshing and amazing it felt on the skin, till I finally stopped and retired it. My skin felt cool and fresh and looked brighter than before using the mask

I have to say that my opinion on this one improved a lot after my first impression, which was good, but I grew to absolutely love its refreshing effect and the rolling experience! One very special mask to definitely try.

Multivitamin Sheet Mask

This one really caught my attention the day I chose to use it because with the spring starting and all, and though I always wear sunscreen, I had a little sunburn situation going on and my skin was really dry around the mouth. All in all I wanted a more nourishing/hydrating mask rather than a purifying one to let my skin recover a bit from the dehydration, so this mask seemed perfect with all the vitamins and nourishing power. It also claimed to have a brightening power which I’m always up for so I went ahead and picked it.

This one also had a lot of left over essence which I could use all over my neck, arms and hands, and it gave a very refreshing sensation from the beginning, kind of similar to the one I had at the end with the Black Gold mask, but this time there was no tingling or stinging.

I have to say that the face roller technique improved the mask experience immensely so this time I reached for it as soon as I was settled with the mask. I like to think that I make the most of the mask this way, since it is supposed to improve absorption of skin care products, and also the relaxing effect is boosted by the cooling quality of the mask so it was perfect. I think that from now on I’ll use my face roller on any mask that allows it!

When I removed the mask my skin felt really nice and comfortable, and it definitely added a beautiful glow to it!

Cosmic Pink Ruby Glitter Peel Off Mask

I picked this one as the first mask for a Friday Night skin care intensive. I was really curious about it because I had been hearing about and seeing glitter masks everywhere but I hadn’t had the opportunity to try one yet. I also had a Purifying one in my set, but since the good weather started my skin has turned a little more dry than usually, probably because of the action of the sun, so I picked this one since it claimed to be revitalizing. I usually prefer sheet masks to peel off ones, so I decided to leave the best for the end and use this one first and then end up the session with a sheet one.

I was advised to only use it in my T-zone because it could be a little painful to remove from the areas with peach fuzz and so I did, because I generally tend to have that kind of problems with peel off masks.

It had a really nice and fruity smell, and it was very refreshing when applied. I was afraid all the refreshment will turn into irritation, since I had just used a peeling cleanser before using the mask and I was scared that my skin might be too sensitive, but it didn’t. The refreshing sensation lasted as the mask dried and it did feel quite revitalizing indeed! I even felt more active and awake though it was late at night, nothing exaggerated but all the refreshment and nice fruity scent took my drowsiness away. I enjoyed the moment and left it on till it dried completely.

It was actually pretty difficult and a little painful to remove, but that has happened to me with every peel of mask that I have ever tried and I had already prepared myself to it so it wasn’t too annoying. My skin was all red when I finally took it all off but not in a bad and irritated way actually, more of that intense natural blush glow that you get when you have a fever. I would recommend using this before another more hydrating and deeply nourishing mask as I did, because your skin is left a little bit upset (though not upset looking) after the removal process and the sensation of a sheet mask after that doesn’t have a price!

Jeju Green Tea Mask

I had this one ready to use right after the Cosmic Glitter Pink one and I have to say that I couldn’t have made a better choice. I generally love green tea masks so I had been saving this one for I day that my skin really needed some love, and still it surprised me so much in a positive way.

The sheet was really soft and the essence had a texture that I really loved, kind of similar to real essence ampules and serums from Korean Beauty cosmetics. Usually the essence that sheet masks have tend to be a little too on the messy side for me, much more viscose than what I would wish for. But with this one it wasn’t the case, the mask was a delight to apply and after the peel off mask my skin felt instantly calmed and quenched. The left over essence on the package was a pleasure to use since it absorbed really quickly and had a very light weight but deeply hydrating formula.

Having it on was such a nice experience, my skin felt so so revitalized and cooled down since the moment I applied it, it was the perfect way to end my skin care intensive session.

I obviously had to use my face roller on it, but I waited for a bit so it had time to act on its own and when I felt like the main impact had already passed, I took out my roller and rolled and rolled over it while I finished watching a movie. I had had a very busy week so I hadn’t had time to use my face roller since the last time I used a sheet mask, so my face felt absolutely amazing while rolling over this mask. I know that I have said it quite a few times already but I highly encourage you to try and use a face roller over your favorite sheet masks since it is such an amazing experience and I think it really boosts the effect of the masks, and also it is as relaxing as ant other kind of massage – I’m always in pain so I’m a massage addict myself.

When I removed the mask my skin felt so amazing that I thought it just needed some oil to seal in the goodness (I picked argan oil in this occasion) and I could already get on my bed. Probably it was the combination of the hard to remove but effective peel off mask and the soothing properties of this one, but my skin felt perfectly smooth as I applied the oil, with zero roughness, impurities or dry patches. This was probably the most amazing my skin texture has been after a mask session! Will definitely use this one again.

 

And that is all!
I will be back very soon with the second part of this post where I review the remaining masks of the set and where I’ll also be giving some final thoughs and conclussions about them and the use of sheet masks or masks in general as a part of a self care routine.
I really hope you enjoyed it!
Lots of love.

Vitamasques: K-Beauty Brand and Products First Impressions

Hello everyone!
Today I bring you my first impressions about the English K-Beauty brand Vitamasques and a little bit of my opinion on skin care and how following a routine benefits both the physical condition of the skin and our mental well being.

The K-Beauty Philosophy

As I talked about in my last article, K-Beauty is all about enjoying the moment and making the most of your skin care routine. Skin care turns into the art of self care, where every second your spend going through your routine is a second you have for achieving inner peace and enjoy a pause away from the modern world.

I’m very happy to see that Western society is slowly taking these values as an example, and luckily now you can find European or American brands that are following the K-Beauty trend, and not only regarding the cute packaging and marketing. These brands are also encouraging the well being of their costumers, inspiring them to take this ‘self care’ routine seriously and offering products that allow them to sink into this routine in a conscious and motivational way.

I recently discovered the British brand Vitamasques, which is one of the above mentioned. Their products, which are mainly masks of diverse types, are designed following the lines of K-Beauty, not only regarding ingredients and packaging but also giving a lot of importance to that self care philosophy.
I have had the luck to be able to try this brand first hand and I want to share this little journey with you, so I’ll talk about my first impressions on the brand and products first and then I will try each one of them in a ‘skin care’ intensive when I will use one product per day and review all of them in another article, where I’ll give you my full opinion on the whole experience and the brand too, along with some conclusions on the importance and benefits of taking up the habit or transforming your skin care routine in an actual self care routine.

Vitamasques: The brand

Before my impressions I will let you know what Vitamasques has to say about itself as in their ‘About Us‘ section in their website:

“We’re a Korean-British brand pioneering affordable but effective skincare to the west. With our impeccable standards of production & design, we’re dedicated to ensuring our products are free-from as many things as possible, such as animal cruelty, parabens, mineral oils and sulphates.

We make our products with the latest innovations and technology straight from South Korea, with an emphasize of quality above all else. 

Our no.1 priority is making sure our customers skin care is easy to use and affordable, while remaining effective. 

The team is always pushing new formulations that are focused on getting rid of ‘negative’ ingredients and practices such as parabens, mineral oils, sulphates and animal cruelty . We’re also trying to make more products Vegan friendly too!”

I must say that besides being a shop, I find the Vitamasques website quite interesting and entertaining. You can clearly feel their passion for their brand and for what they offer. They have a ‘Skin Journal‘ section where articles about skin care and such can be found. For me, researching about what is good for your own skin is a very important step of taking up the K-Beauty philosophy, since each individual has their own necessities. Therefore, I’m always up for reading about skin care journeys, advice, reviews and what not, so having this section in their website is definitely a very positive point for me.

Also, they have another section called ‘Mask Finder‘ where they guide you through their products depending on what your skin concerns are and what you are looking for in a mask. Besides that, you can check out all of their products and recommendations in their shop section.

All in all the brand gives me a really positive vibe. As I have said before, the passion they have for K-Beauty is really noticeable and each product is designed with the greatest love. They want you enjoy using them as much as they did coming up with it and I think that’s simply great. Not many brands actually care about their costumers that much, and Vitamasques is definitely one of those.

It’s one of those brands that you feel good about supporting them, and that makes you rely on their products as much as in their passion.

Also mention that they have a physical store in London (you can find their exact location in their website), which I really wish I could visit, and that they have also a Youtube channel with tutorials, reviews and all kinds of useful and fun videos, along with other social media such a Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Masks Package: The products

I got a totally fantastic package where I could find a little bit of everything from the brand. It included a total of nine products, with sheet masks, sleep in masks, eye patches and much more among them, along with a super cute panda headband to make sure your hair is kept out of the way while you submerge yourself in the sacred time of the skin care routine.

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I will now show you each one of the Vitamasques products, using images and information  directly from their website so you can read the back of each one properly and know everything about them in case you are curious!

  • Citrine Face Mask


    Feeling down? Mindfulness not quite cutting it? Take time out for yourself and chill the heck out with this 4-in-1 Yuzu and Calendula mask. Gemstone + Aromatherapy + Skincare + Colour = 😊

    This yellow coloured mask contains Citrine stone extract and citrus essential oil to help you to uplift your mood, at the same time the yellow plant extracts such as Yuzu, Evening Primrose and Calendula help to nourish your skin.

    The Gemstone collection is also completely Free of Mineral Oil, Phthalates & Sulphates, Animal Cruelty and Vegan-Friendly.

  • Avocado Sleep In Mask


    It’s the Avocado golden age – smoothies, salads and even in beauty. Why? it can nourish, moisturise, relieve inflammation, prevent and assist in healing acne and give skin a much-needed lift and firm. 

    Our sleep masks are super luxurious and super easy. Just combine the mixture, apply to a cleansed face, pat into face and neck and sleep (easy, right)? No need to rinse!

    Wake up the right way, on both good sides of your face.

    Perfect for sharing between yourself and a friend, or store the excess in your fridge for another session.

     

  • Black Gold Mask


    This ultra-thin mask is made from two of our loves: Charcoal and gold!

    This mask is going to banish excess oil and tighten pores whilst detoxifying and getting rid of any nasties that you’ve come in contact with during the day. Perfect for if you live in a polluted city or have concerns about large pores or an oily t-zone.

    Vegan friendly and super luxe, we really think we’re on to a winner here.

     

  • Cosmic Blue Glitter Peel Off Mask


    Are you after some cheap thrills and cosmic peels? We gotchu’ – made with Hyaluronic acid, Sapphire and Bamboo powder with rice bran extract to help hydrate and purify the skin.

    Peel to reveal hydrated and purified skin, revitalising your complexion. Also, glitter. Lots, and lots of glitter… you’ll never feel so a-peel-in.

     

  • Cosmic Pink Ruby Glitter Peel Off Mask


    Are you after some cheap thrills and cosmic peels? We gotchu’ – infused with ruby &  diamond powder plus rosehip oil to revitalise dull and tired skin.

    Peel to reveal energised and firmer skin, revitalising your complexion. Also, glitter. Lots, and lots of glitter… you’ll never feel so a-peel-in.

     

  • Kiwi Slice Eye Mask

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    A convenient and luxurious soothing therapy for your tired eyes and face, they provide a cooling sensation and a natural aroma of freshly cut kiwi slices. 

    Its a simple no fuss, fun way to feel pampered. Just cut/tear open and place the aromatic kiwi fruit slices on your face, neck and eyes to instantly combat fatigue. Feel recharged for any occasion.

    • Made with real kiwi extract! 
    • Eight re-energising face pads
    • These mini slice masks are perfect for your eyes, face and neck.
    • Re-sealable pouch
    • Made in South Korea.
  • Multivitamin Sheet Mask


    Go straight to plan B. We’re obsessed with this multivitamin mask, packed full of B vitamins to soothe, hydrate and nourish your skin. This ultra-thin mask is perfect for daily use, a great balance of everything you need.

    Leaves your skin feeling extra soft with no nasty tacky residue. 

    Suitable for all skin types, this product is formulated to give your thirsty skin all it needs for some serious get up and glow!

     

  • Jeju Green Tea Sheet Face Mask

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    A deeply hydrating face mask infused with Jeju Green Tea extracts to cleanse, moisturise and clear skin.

    The green tea harvested on Jeju Island is rich in amino acids and minerals to keep skin moist and hydrated. The unique and gentle formula is designed to sink deeply into the skin leaving it juicy and supple.

    Use this mask for a little tender loving care for your skin.

     

  • Bamboo Charcoal Sheet Face Mask

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    Looking to do a cleanse and detox? Yes? Perfect! You’re looking in the right place, Charcoal is the purifier of choice for the last 10 years in beauty.

    It covers some essential skin care steps such as purification and cleansing so all the icky build-up and dirt is cleared away, tightens the pores again to stop that horrible stuff from getting back in there and removes oil so you don’t get excessive breakouts.

    We recommend using this mask during a detox week, to help draw out any impurities which you can then reduce and keep your skin squeaky clean and clear with your normal detox routine.

 

And that is all!
I’m pretty impressed with the variety of the package and the masks couldn’t have made a better first impression on me.
Most of them are from types that I’ve been wanting to try since forever, for example the glitter peel-off ones, the eye patches, the sleep in mask, and of course the one that has me more intrigued and excited is the Citrine one, which is supposed to combine aroma therapy, gemstone therapy, colour therapy and skin therapy.
The selection of masks as I’ve said is quite impressive and the customer care is great. They really manage to make you feel that you have put your skin’s health into good hands and that they take the subject as seriously as you, and with the same amount of love!

I can’t wait to start using them, I will be reviewing each one of them as I use them in my notes and when I’m done with the whole package I’ll post another article with all the reviews and my final impressions and conclusions.

I’m so excited to begin this journey into improving my self care routine through a more deep, conscious and kinder skin care routine and I’m very happy to do it by the hand of such an awesome brand as Vitamasques.

Will be back soon with those reviews so stay tuned for more!
Thank for reading and lots of love!

 

 

Pure Clay Cleanser and Pure Sugar Face Scrub L’Óreal Review

Today I bring to you the Pure Clay Cleanser and Pure Sugar Face Scrub from L’Óreal review! Since I shared with you my latest skin care routine and now there have been some changes, I thought I might as well share them with you, specially when the results are so good!

For the past week I have been trying a new face care routine, or at least I have implemented some new products, and now that I’ve formed an opinion I wanted to share my experience with you.

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Introduction

A few months ago, some new face care products by L’Oreal Paris were released, following their Pure-Clay line. I had already tried and love one of these masks, specifically the black one, which really seemed to help bringing more light to my face and evening out my skin tone. Anyhow, though I liked it, it took me forever to use it up and I didn’t think or repurchasing it.

This was months ago, so when they released the two new masks (yellow and blue) and added them to their Pure-Clay line, I wasn’t really willing to buy them all in a rush. Also I read somewhere (I haven’t contrasted this information still) that all the masks of the line had basically the same ingredients but different colors. Though I didn’t confirmed that, it was a bit discouraging so I postponed trying the new ones for when I was feeling in a more ‘clay mask’ mood.

A few more months passed and then L’Oreal Paris released two more lines of products following these original line: the Pure Clay cleansing gels and the Pure Sugar face scrubs. The second ones really caught my attention and I kept seeing both lines in adverts and posts all over the internet, so at one point that I had some store credit in the skin care department, I thought it was time to give these two new lines a try even if it was only to confirm that they weren’t for me.

Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong!

The products

I bought the Pure Clay Charcoal Detoxifying gel wash and the Purify and Unclog Sugar Scrub with kiwi seeds.

Here is what L’Óreal website says about them:

PURE CLAY DETOX & BRIGHTEN CLEANSER

Daily Cleanser with 3 Pure Clays and Charcoal. Detoxes & Brightens Dull, Tired Skin. Removes everyday impurities.

“L’Oréal Paris Skin Experts created our 1st range of clay-to-mousse daily cleansers that leave skin looking perfectly clear. Each cleanser is powered by 3 different clays in their pure form and enhanced with a nature-sourced ingredient. Indulgently formulated to seamlessly transform from clay-to-mousse, Pure-Clay Cleansers remove everyday impurities without overdrying. Pure-Clay Cleanser Detox-Brighten goes beyond daily cleansing to clarify and detoxify for skin that can breathe better. Immediately skin is purified of dirt, oil and pollution, and is left with a clean, clear healthy look. Skin looks revitalized with a fresh glow. Use after use, skin’s overall quality is improved. Dull skin appears more radiant and luminous. Skin looks more beautiful.”

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PURE SUGAR PURIFY & UNCLOG FACE SCRUB

Deeply yet gently exfoliates for soft, smooth skin. Purifies & unclogs pores. 3 Pure Sugars + Kiwi.

“This Pure Sugar Scrub is made of three naturally derived sugars (brown, blonde & white) and enhanced with real Kiwi Seeds. This light, gel-like sugar scrub is truly kind to your skin. Because the scrubbing particles are made of sugars and eventually melt, harsh exfoliation is prevented. Purify and unclog pores for soft, smooth skin. See effective results immediately. With this exfoliating sugar scrub skin feels purified and clean. Dirt, oil and impurities are effectively removed. Dull skin is gently polished away. In 1 week: skin feels baby-soft, smooth and comforted. Pores look tighter, unclogged and less visible. Skin looks less shiny and rebalanced. Skin looks healthier, smoother, glowing. Can also be used to smooth and refine lips.

My first impressions were positive, I loved the packaging, and the gel seemed really easy to use, which I always appreciate since I’m accustomed to more natural and organic skin care that usually tends to be a little messier. Both products looked great and got your expectations high with some fancy how to use instructions and sweet promises about a better skin.

I must say that the Kiwi Sugar Scrub smells DELICIOUS. Like, really amazing. And the Pure Clay Charcoal gel smells exactly the same as its mask version (the black one).

I’ll list the ingredients of both products down here so everyone can know beforehand if this is a product that they might be willing to try or not.

Ingredients

  • PURE CLAY DETOX & BRIGHTEN CLEANSER: AQUA/WATER, KAOLIN, GLYCERIN, COCO,BETAINE, PROPANEDIOL, SODIUM LAUROYL SARCOSINATE, POTASSIUM LAURATE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, HYDROXYPROPYL STARCH PHOSPHATE, SODIUM, CHLORIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PARFUM/FRA- GRANCE, TETRASODIUM EDTA, CI, 77499/IRON OXIDES, MOROCCAN LAVA CLAY, MONTMORILLONITE,, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CHARCOAL POWDER, LIMONENE, LINALOOL, SODIUM, BENZOATE, POLYGLYC- ERIN-10, POLYGLYCERYL-10 MYRISTATE, POLYGLYCER- YL-10 STEARATE, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE, TOCOPHEROL. F.I.L.
  • PURE SUGAR PURIFY & UNCLOG FACE SCRUB: 782791 35 GLYCERIN, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SUCROSE, CYMBOPOGON, SCHOENANTHUS OIL, ACTINIDIA CHINENSIS (KIWI) SEED, PEG-30 DIPOLYHYDROXYSTEARATE, ACCHARIDE HYDROLYSATE, TRIDECETH-6, TRIETHANOLAMINE, MENTHA PIPERITA OIL/PEPPERMINT OIL, ACRYLATES/C10-30, ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, CI 19140/YELLOW 5, CI 61570/GREEN 5, CARAMEL, LINALOOL, LIMONENE, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE. F.I.L. # B210673/1

The review

Both products work amazingly. It really was a surprise to find that they worked so well for me, a wonderful surprise I must say! I’ve been looking for some ‘easy’ skin care products that I can use whenever I don’t have that much time but that still do their job and don’t upset my sensitive skin. With these, I’ve found them where I least expected them. Let’s dive in each one of them!

Pure Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser with Charcoal

I use this now everyday, mainly at nights after I’ve removed my makeup or in the shower. The consistency is really great, it has a deep grey color and a fragrance that is the same of the Pure Clay mask of the same color. It foams up really quickly and after you have used it you feel your skin clean and smooth, almost as the same feeling you get with micropeeling products.

I’ve really grown to love it just through the start of my first tube. The packaging also is great for taking it anywhere you plan to sleep, or to the gym, the sink or the shower. It does an amazing job at reducing redness, pimples and blackheads. My skin hasn’t look smoother in a long time, and I must say that it is thank to this little gem. I’m really really happy I found it.

Also, you new very little product for each ‘wash’ so it really lasts a long time. If your skin is sensitive but on the oily/combination/acne prone zone, you have to give this a try!

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Pure Sugar Purify and Unclog Face Scrub with Kiwi

This face scrub is really special due to two things. First of all, it is really dense and rich, and as much as it exfoliates your skin perfectly well, it also leaves your skin nourished, smooth and full of life. And second of all, the smell. The smell is so good that when I couldn’t decide which one of the three Pure Sugar face scrubs I wanted to try, I just had to buy this one for he smell (and the kiwi seeds too, that really pleased me). Luckily I can say that I didn’t make a mistake!

The sugar in this makes a perfect exfoliation, not harsh at all, the sugar almost seems partially melted into a rich creamy honey texture that replenishes your skin with shine and vitality at the same time that it gets rid of dullness and dead cells. It is all in all a delight to apply and have on. What I usually do is apply in the shower and leave it on for a minute before scrubbing it all and then rinse it of. This way I think I can get better advantage of this nourishing quality of it.

If you are looking for a good face scrub that leaves your skin amazing and smelling divine, this is the Pure Sugar scrub for you!

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Pure Sugar Purify and Unclog Face Scrub with Kiwi L’ÓREAL

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Pure Sugar Purify and Unclog Face Scrub with Kiwi L’ÓREAL

Other products

This line has other probably amazing products that I still haven’t tried.  I’ll leave you with all the information about them directly from the L’Oreal website in case you are curious about them!

  • Pure Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub

    Coconut oil sugar scrub. 3 Pure Sugars Plus Cocoa. 3X weekly cleansing treatment.

    “Naturally derived blend of 3 Pure Sugars are paired with finely crushed Cocoa, luxurious coconut oil and rich cocoa butter. This buttery-soft sugar scrub is truly kind to your skin. This scrub with brown, blonde and white sugars, rich in minerals, melts into skin for gentle, yet effective exfoliation. Experience more supple, nourished skin on both face and lips with this exfoliating sugar scrub. See effective results immediately. Skin looks more refined, feels softer and smoother. Dirt, oil and impurities are effectively removed. Dull skin is gently polished away. Skin feels smooth and comforted. In 1 week: Skin feels nourished, softer, more supple. Dry skin is smoothed. Skin looks heathier, smoother, glowing.”

  • Pure Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub

    Smooth and Glow. 3 Pure Sugars plus Grapeseed. 3X weekly cleansing treatment.

    “L’Oréal’s Pure Sugar Scrubs are a naturally derived blend of 3 pure sugars paired with finely ground Acai, nutrient-rich Grapeseed and Monoi Oils. This ultrasoft sugar scrub is truly kind to your skin. It is made with brown, blonde and white sugars, rich in minerals and melts into skin for gentle, yet effective exfoliation. This L’Oréal face scrub can leave skin smooth and glow for both face and lips. See effective results immediately. This grapeseed oil sugar scrub leaves skin feeling fresher and rejuvenated. Dirt, oil and impurities are effectively removed. Dull skin is gently polished away. In 1 week: skin feels baby-soft, smooth and comforted. Skin looks rebalanced, healthier, smoother and glowing.”

  • Pure Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser

    Daily Cleanser with 3 Pure Clays and Red Algae. Exfoliates & Refines Rough, Clogged Pores. Pores appear tightened.

    “L’Oréal Paris created our first range of clay-to-mousse daily cleansers that leave skin looking perfectly clear. Each cleanser is powered by 3 pure clays and a nature-sourced ingredient. Indulgently formulated to seamlessly transform from clay-to-mousse, Pure-Clay Cleansers remove everyday impurities such as dirt, oil and pollution without overdrying. Pure-Clay Cleanser Exfoliate-Refine with Red Algae goes beyond daily cleansing to exfoliate, unclog and minimize pores. After using this exfoliating facial cleanser, skin feels smoother and looks healthier with refined texture. Use after use, skin’s overall quality is improved and pores are tightened.”

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  • Pure Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser

    Daily Cleanser with 3 Pure Clays and Eucalyptus. Purifies & Mattifies Oily, Shiny Skin. Refreshes and Cleanses Skin.

    “L’Oréal Paris created our first range of clay-to-mousse daily cleansers that leave skin looking perfectly clear. Each cleanser is powered by 3 pure clays and enhanced with a nature-sourced ingredient. Indulgently formulated to seamlessly transform from clay-to-mousse, Pure-Clay Cleansers remove everyday impurities such as dirt, oil and pollution without overdrying. Pure-Clay Cleanser Purify-Mattify with Eucalyptus goes beyond daily cleansing to deep clean and remove excess oil for skin that feels refreshed. Immediately after using this Eucalyptus facial cleanser, skin feels purer with a matte finish. Use after use, this cleanser for oily skin improves skin’s overall quality. It leaves skin with a clean, clear look”

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    And this is it! I really hope you enjoyed this review.

    Don’t forget to let me know if you use any of the recommended products or the other ones in the line!
    Thank you so much for another day, and back very soon!

Luminance Routine: A Spring Rebirth for your Skin!

Now that spring is here and everything is about light and nature, I always find it time to renew our skin care routine and give our skin a proper rebirth!

As we talked about in the last article, the glow is the trend for 2018. If you want to achieve it from within instead of faking it with make-up, keep reading!

Usually for me, spring is time to clear up the skin tone and bring brightness to our faces. The winter is finally out, flowers start blooming and sun starts shining. Summer is on the horizon and everything is about living and shining. Normally skin problems can cause dull skin and uneven skin tone, specially if you have a skin that tends to scar or redden easily after breakouts or your skin is dull and tired. Skin can be stressed too by factors like pollution, sleep and real stresses, that reflect on our skin giving it a general ‘worn’ appearance that takes away our natural glow.

There are lots of skin care products out there specifically formules to get rid of imperfections and uneven skin tone and that promise a brighter and younger look.

Today I’ve decides to share with you my particular selection of them: the ones I’ve incorporated to my skin care routine!

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I concentrate all my efforts into an anti-spot routine that works both on preventing and treating dark areas or scars on my skin as well as a moisturizing and renewing it deeply. I generally combine the action of scrubs and deep daily cleansers with lightening treatments and a good SPF cream. I’m always drawn to those type of cosmetics, but this spring my routine is one that deserves to be shared. I’ve curated some of the products after years of testing and loving them and others are just recent purchases that I totally fell in love with.

All in all, if you need inspiration to find your perfect radiant glow routine, here you have my favorites for this purpose!

The Routine

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Luminance routine on my Instagram @deathlessvogue

•Rare earth deep pore daily cleanser from Kiehl’s.

First I start my routine with this awesome cleanser. This is a re purchase so I could say it falls under the category of favorite. I hardly ever repeat with a cleanser, except the ones from Lush, but that’s another topic! It really gently but deeply exfoliates and leaves your skin ready to take in any treatment and absorb its properties and benefits to the fullest.

It contains different types of clay that help your skin clear out and stay balanced and looking rested and full of energy. You can feel your skin breathing and it leaves you with a matte but not flat finish that have you feeling fresh and awaken. I use this at least once a day, sometimes both in my morning and night routine. If you want my opinion, it’s perfect for the shower!

•Concentrated brightening essence from Caudalie.

This is a recent discovery and I can’t be more in love with it! It is a brightening essence that you can use after the cleansing step and before your creams. Think of it as a tonic meets serum product. Its texture is just like water and it feels amazing on the skin. It helps reducing spots, marks and dullness, bringing a new appearance to your skin, boosting the radiance effect of the rest of your routine! It also evens out the skin tone and promotes a healthy glow.

This is the first product from Caudalie that I incorporate to my routine but I have tried others and they are definitely a recommendation. They work perfectly and are full of natural ingredients, and they also have amazingly specific products for almost every need. If you are looking for an organic, efficient and sofisticated brand, give this one a try!

I usually apply this with my fingers to all of my face after the cleanser and then wait a bit for it to dry.

•Breakout control blemish treatment facial lotion from Kiehl’s.

This is also a great new discovery. It was actually a recommendation I got at Kiehl’s for my specific skin type. I don’t have a lot of breakouts right now but I have had problems with acne during my high school years and my skin always tend to go back to that kind of problems when it’s stressed. Also I have very delicate and somewhat sensitive skin and I still have some marks (but not scars) of these past problems.

This Kiehl’s product is wonderful since it works in both the blemishes and the skin tone. It reduces the appearance of the marks and also prevents your skin from breaking out more. I’ve been using this for two weeks now and I must say it works as it promises!

I recommend to use it at night because of its peeling power (it has salicylic acid on it), which can leave your skin more unprotected and sun can be a bit damaging, like with all lightening or renewing treatments. In fact it is a night treatment! You should wear sun protection anyway on the mornings to make sure no harm is done to your skin! This brings us to the last product of the routine.

•Ultra light daily UV defense from Kiehl’s.

A good old favorite had to be added to this routine! The protection in this sun screen is as high as you can get and a little bit goes a long way.

I highly highly recommend using sun screen everyday, even in winter, since most of the skin problems you can get with age (dark spots, wrinkles, dull skin tone, tired appearance) are due to sun exposure, beside obviously some serious skin diseases, so you can never wear enough sunscreen.

I have a wide range of sun screens that I like to combine to achieve the desired finish and protection, for example you can use a matte finish cream with some color if you want to go for an everyday sunscreen or if you don’t want to wear make-up that day. If you are going to put on make-up anyhow, or if you don’t care about looking natural, you can use some powerful traditional sunscreen like that one from Kiehl’s!

 

 

So this is it!
I hope you have been able to find inspiration to start spring with a new skin care routine that brings out the best of your skin.
What is your spring skin care routine? Any skin goals for the summer?

Have a wonderful Friday and stay tuned for more! 

Elvive Low Shampoo Analyzed

Elvive Low Shampoo has arrived in the best moment for our hair!

With the holidays so near our manes have to face the damage of the brushing and the heat of party season. The hottest way to protect it are the new washing creams, the new hair trend that you need to try.

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Low shampoos are a softer, and more respectful with our hair, alternative to traditional shampoos. With their base without sulfates, they cleanse without drying, and their cream properties with oils strengthen and nourish our tresses. Their moisturizing power is great and they are meant for dry and damaged hair.

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Sulfates are a chemicals generally added to cleansing products to maximize their power. In many cases this is a blessing since we can take advantage of this but in others it can be a little too harsh. Fragile hair, which need a rest after being periodically exposed to dyes and heat or that is naturally prone to this, may need something gentler than a shampoo with sulfates. After all, you can also find them in washing liquid, which may be a little discouraging to people who already fear for the well being of their tresses.

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Elvive has launched three different low shampoos is this line to meet with every girl needs.

Dry: Elvive Extraordinary Oil Low Shampoo

For manes on the edge! Rocking pastel tresses? You can’t remember how many times you have bleached your hair? Shedding is more than a problem now? Style it everyday? This is the low shampoo for you! It contains a blend of six extraordinary flower oils that helps to revive your hair and replenish its health!

Dyed: Elvive Colour Protect Low Shampoo

If you dye your hair regularly but you don’t use and abuse the bleach, this one is perfect for you. It protects your color and retains its shine so you can space up the re-touches. It also contains a UV filter that acts as a shield and prevents your color from fading under the sun.

Curly: Elvive Extraordinary Oil Curl Nourishment Low Shampoo

For really curly or afro hair, this one fits perfectly the needs of heads that need a little extra love and that are naturally dry and fragile. Its detangling power is amazing and it helps you achieve perfectly defined and nourished curls!

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Why a washing cream?

These products are mainly meant for people with fragile hair. For some of you, lucky ones, this might be a term which doesn’t apply to you, but most of us have had some experiences with it. Maybe because you are a dye addict or a straightener fan, you know that some times you hair seems to be unable to take it up. Frizzy, unruly hair that has lost its health is a nightmare, and in those situations even washing it can look scary. Then fear no more! Washing creams don’t foam, they nourish your hair and leave it ready to be untangled. They don’t strip your color or your natural moisture, and they are far way gentler chemically speaking. Their cream texture makes them easier to apply and distribute, and also transforms your shower into a ritual!

How to use?

This is where the experience may differ from what you are accustomed to. Washing creams have different properties and therefore different characteristics, so pay attention to this!

1. Apply 10 to 15 pumps of the product to wet hair.

2. Massage well into the hair from scalp to ends and leave it in for three minutes.

3. Rinse carefully with water, untangling the hair with your fingers.

The Pros of Solid Shampoo

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Since the restrictions about liquids on flights were implanted, travelling with your favorite shampoo seems to be a real problem.

The remedy for frequent travelers and for people on the go in general exists. In fact, it’s been around for more than fifty years: solid shampoos. “They were invented while experimenting with a new solid soap base in the form of wormy bits that generated a lot more foam than normal soaps. Afterwards, essential oils and natural ingredients such as fruits, flowers and herbs were added to the formula. This is how the solid shampoo was born, which was later patented as an invention.” explains Gloria Pavía, marketing director at Lush.

In other words: a soap bar for hair. Simple and handy. The washing ritual is similar to the one we know so well for cleaning our hands, and the effectiveness, equal to the one of a liquid product. “The bar can be lathered directly on wet hair to get foam, or be worked on wet hands to then apply the foam we created onto the hair. You then massage your scalp and mane as you would do with a liquid shampoo, rinse it and apply conditioner if needed. It’s important to let the shampoo bar air dry, so it doesn’t lose its properties with humidity.” From Herbal Bionature, another manufacturer for solid shampoos, it’s advised to do the washing “in the direction of hair growth to prevent tangles.” and to “rinse properly with plenty of water to eliminate all product traces and prevent frizz and stiffness“.

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Why aren’t them easily found on shops? Pavía admits that “because of a patent matter, very few are produced yet. Also it’s difficult to change consumers habits, more accustomed to reach for the bottle than for a bar.” In Herbal Bionature, things are even more complicated. “We elaborate them with 100% natural pure oils, without sulphates, silicons or parabenes. A lot of conventional shampoos include these ingredients. They achieve short-therm good results, but they usually leave residues that, long-term, get accumulated over the hair and scalp giving it a dirty or grease appearance. Switching to one without all those chemicals implies a period of adaptation, because those residues often take a few washes to be completely eliminated. At the beginning you may feel a little hardness on your hair, but with time the hair shaft will acquire more softness, shine and strength.”

Now that you know how to use it, let’s see some of it advantages.

  1. Flying careless. If it goes on the suitcase it can’t explode or spill, and if not, you can carry it with your perfectly because it’s not a liquid.
  2. Less weight. To prevent overweight on your luggage or in your shopping bag. “One shampoo bar equals to three bottles of shampoo.” Herbal Bionature states. Do the math.
  3.  It saves space. Think of all the space you get for other products or goodies! And their shape make them really easy to apply.
  4. Bye bye, plastic. Forget about conventional bottles. The planet is happier! You are saving it tons of plastic and the air pollution that it’s generated during its manufacturing and transport. In Lush, they have the numbers: “Each year we sell 1.900.000 solid shampoos. This saves the production and transport of 5.700.000 plastic bottles, or which is the same, 142 tons of plastic less.” An eco-friendly gesture that prevents 484 tons of CO2, the gas responsible for global warming, to be released into the atmosphere.
  5. It’s more natural. Since they contain very little or no water, there’s no need for synthetic preservatives. “In that dry environment, bacteria can’t reproduced. They can be stored for two years and a half in perfect conditions.” Pavía states.
  6. Saving. Each bar last for 80 to 100 uses. This would mean three bottles of conventional shampoo, that’s why all distributors agree that “though in the first buy they may seem more expensive, they are cheaper long-term.”