Thursday, January 15, 2015

Journey to Minimalism: Face Masks #NYG

It's not a secret. I love face masks. But then it really dawned on me, do I really use that many? If I had it my way everyday would be a spa day and I can use a different mask. If I was able to do that then my ridiculous mask collection could be justified but sadly that is not the case. I forced myself to really look at all my masks, sort them into different groups based on what they do, and pick just the winners in each category. I must say I tried to do one per category but in some cases it was just too hard! What I'm trying to do here is to then focus on the "losers" of the categories and finish them up and maintain just a small mask collection. I'm not going to go into too much detail about each mask but awhile ago I did a post the highlighted my entire mask collection at the time. Obviously I have some new ones and there are others that I used up but it will give you a general idea on my thoughts there!

Acne/Detoxifying/Exfoliating
Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
Michael Todd Pumpkin Mask Exfoliating Treatment
ClariSEA Exfoliating Charcoal Treatment
Feeling Beautiful Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask
I hope this isn't too shocking. I've been raving about the mint julep mask for a year now and my love has been unwavered.

Peel Off
Charcoal Peel Off Mask
Feeling Beautiful Pomegranate Facial Revealing Peel Off Mask
Julep Mask Noir
Queen Helene Grape Seed Extract Peel Off Masque
MIGABEE Antipollution RE-Peeling
This one was tough but in the end I chose two of these peel off type masks because they have different functions. The charcoal one is great at cleaning out pores, and the grape seed one is unmatched at softening lines.

Moisturizing/Hydrating/Brightening
Feeling Beautiful Chocolate & Strawberry Mask
Queen Helene Avocado & Grapefruit Facial Masque
Michael Todd Pearl & Silk Facial Mask
Feeling Beautiful Golden Grain Facial Brightening Mask
Eclos Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask
I almost kept said the chocolate and strawberry one just because it smells so delicious, but then I remembered it doesn't really do anything for my skin at all. The avocado and grapefruit mask though is fantastic at brightening my skin and leaving it feeling soft and looking fresh.

Clay/Mud
Feeling Beautiful Acai Facial Purifying Clay Mask
dearberry Pure & Popular White Clay Pack
InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Mask

None of these! I'm really not in love with any of the clay or mud masks that I own and frankly I don't really need one for my skin. The mint julep does a great job sucking up the oil and my peels are fantastic with my pores so I have no need for a specially dedicated mask!

What this list really should have been named is "Queen Helene Masks are Supreme" because I ended up wanting to keep all the masks I have from that brand! It's fantastic because these masks cost about $3 for a generous tube so it really goes to show price doesn't always mean quality! Now that I have sorted out the winners in each category I'm excited to finally cut down on my collection. While it is really fun to have so much choice, it really isn't necessary and it's a huge storage issue for me. I'm looking forward to finally finishing up some face masks and reclaiming shelf space in my bathroom!
Honorable mention is the True Blue Spa Pumpkin Face Mask. This is my favorite hydrating mask and sadly Bath and Body Works decided to discontinue it. If it ever came back I would buy it continuously. It still makes the list as a mask I will keep around but unfortunately I wouldn't be able to buy it again!

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