Face Mask Essentials

face masks

Ask me for one of my top skincare tips and I'll tell you that I love a good face mask.

I love them so much that I have an obscene amount on my bathroom shelf. Seriously, there are so many.

Basically, I'm obsessed with skincare that actually makes me feel like I'm accomplishing something with it. I like to feel a difference from using the product (but I mean, who doesn't?). Plus, I like the whole experience of applying it, hanging out and relaxing for a little while, then feeling all refreshed after taking it off. I mean, I do not like the washing it off process. It sucks. But it's worth it in the end.

Face masks are the best because you can name your skin concern and theres probably at least five good options out there for you to try. Hydration issues? Face mask. Excess oil? Face mask. Fine lines? Face mask. Improve pores / pull out impurities? Face mask.

You get it.

Here are some of my favorite ones:

Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores
This mask is good for all skin types! There's Bamboo Charcoal to draw out pore-cloggers, white China clay to absorb environmental toxins, and lecithin to dissolve impurities. I'm all for fighting the environmental toxins because I feel like that's my biggest issue when it comes to my skin. It also helps with dryness and uneven texture. My face feels clean and completely refreshed after washing this one off. I actually just used this one the other day!

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask
I included this mask a while ago in a post about acne spot treatments because it's great. It clears the pores of impurities and toxins, purifies from pollution, and invigorates lackluster skin. It has pink clay and coffee to clarify, and we all know how I feel about coffee. There's also papaya enzymes, which soothes redness. For me, you really notice a difference after using this mask and your face feels really clean and firm.

Mario Badescu 'Super Collagen' Mask
This collagen mask tightens and nourishes skin. Plus, it can reduce redness and irritation. Its the most affordable collagen mask I've found and you can feel it cooling and tightening your face. Really, it's $18. Okay. You need it. I really love this brand in general because its good quality for a good price.

Dr. Brandt Skincare MAGNETIGHT Age-Defier™
I'm obsessed with this one. It helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and removes excess oil from the skin. Also, you don't have to wash it off. Win. You use a magnet to almost wipe the mask off of your skin. Just make sure you cover the magnet in tissue because the mask will not come off of the magnet. Believe me on that one. Also, don't wash your face after. Just tap in whatever is left from the mask.

Honestly, I live for masks.

They just have so many benefits and I'm all for prevention when it comes to skincare. I'd rather obsessively apply masks than struggle with fighting wrinkles and damaged skin later on. 

My advice, pick a mask and commit to it! I'll use one of these once or twice a week for a few weeks, and then switch things up. You'll really start to notice a difference in your skin!

+ more posts about masks here and here

Fall Nail Faves + 5 Minute Mani Tips

essie and opi polishes

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I'm trying to avoid wearing my dark, basically black, nail polish shades for as long as possible. Somewhat because I'm trying to avoid be that girl who always has on the same nail color (if you were wondering, it's Lincoln Park After Dark), mainly because I'm trying to avoid staining my nails. Plus it's such a pain to take off dark colors and no one has time for that.

It's still a guaranteed over 75 degrees, so I'm pretty content wearing lighter shades. But since it is fall, I'm going with ones that have more muted tones. Here are my current faves:

O.P.I. - Got the Blues for Red

Essie Gel Couture - Pinned Up

Essie - BBF Boy Best Friend

Essie - Smokin' Hot

Whenever I change my nail color, I always make sure I have time to do a quick manicure. It helps your polish last longer and keeps your nails/hands healthy! And who doesn't want that? I usually try to do this right after a shower so I don't have to worry about soaking my hands. But make sure to take your old polish off before getting in the shower!

5 minute mani tips:

  • push back your cuticles while they're still soft from the shower.
  • use some cuticle oil (I like to use this one by Essie* or this Josie Maran oil that I originally  bought for my face). 
  • file/shape your nails (I only use a nail clipper if they're really long and I want them significantly shorter, or if I'm trying to go from rounded to square nails).
  • wash hands well with soap and water or the oil will stop your nail polish from sticking
  • paint your nails! (make sure to apply thin even coats, it's better to have to do 2-3 coats instead of globing on a thick layer).
  • use quick drying drops* if you're short on time

Once your nails are dry, apply hand cream and make sure you really get it around your cuticles. Mine are always extra dry, and this is really important to keep them from being annoying and peeling!