Wonder workers: Four masks that you need to try this summer

You may have a four-step skincare routine (or in my case, seven steps), but throwing a mask into the mix should be something that you are incorporating every week or so.

I love to do a mask at a minimum of once a week (typically Sunday nights), however, depending on what my week looks like, sometimes I’ll throw one on during the week as well.  As mentioned, I have a pretty rigorous skincare routine, but it’s nice to incorporate something else into the mix to keep my skin in tip-top shape.

There are so many masks on the market and it can be confusing to pick out the one that is right for you. Anti-aging, revitalizing, brightening, hydrating, acne fighting, pore reducing, the list goes on and on in terms of what masks can do for your skin. Then there’s the formulas… sheet masks, overnight masks, clay masks, peel-off masks… I get it, it can totally be overwhelming in terms of picking the right formula for your skin.

If you are on the hunt for a new mask, or don’t know where to start, then you’ll enjoy today’s post.  Here are my top picks of new masks to try out this summer..

Vichy Soothing Aloe Vera Face Mask and Purete Thermale Charcoal Mask

Vichy Soothing Aloe Vera Face Mask and Purete Thermale Charcoal Mask

Brand new to Vichy’s line up are a couple new masks that help alleviate skin irritation and clarifies and cleans pores.

The Vichy Soothing Aloe Vera Face Mask (C$34) helps to relieve distressed, red skin that is sensitive. Spend a lot of time outside this summer? Then this mask is for you!

The formula in this mask (which is also green in colour) contains soothing properties such as aloe vera and Vichy’s Mineralizing Thermalizing Water to strengthen’s skin’s natural defences and deliver a soothing and cooling feel. Throw this mask on after weekend at the cabin or a day at the pool and it will instantly make your face look and feel better, as well as give you that perfect glow.

Also new is the Vichy Purete Thermal Charcoal Mask (C$34), which is formulated with kaolin clay and natural plant-based charcoal to leave your face feeling cleansed. The mask pulls out impurities in the skin and leaves your complexion hydrated and clean.

In addition to their famous Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water, it also contains natural origin charcoal, which pulls toxins, sebum, and impurities from the skin without purging it, kaolin clay, antioxidant Vitamin E, and spirulina extract, which heals the skin.

Both of these masks are perfect for the end of summer and as we head into the fall season. Vichy also has a number of other formulas available in their masks as well, so next time you’re in Shopper’s Drug Mart take a look at the options they have available.

Bl'eau Glacial Oceanic Clay masks

Bl’eau Glacial Oceanic Clay masks

Officially launched as of last month, Bl’eau is a Canadian skincare company that produces masks made from glacial oceanic clay from the shores of Northern British Columbia.

Available in four different formulas, each mask is vegan and cruelty free and is designed to treat different skincare issues.

The Transcend collection features three masks that can be used separately or cocktailed together for a custom mask routine.

The Illuminating Seaweed Clay Mask (C$39) is a mask made with seaweed extract and açai extract. Seaweed is rich in Vitamin A and helps with skin regeneration and to stimulate microcirculation, leaving you with smoother skin, whereas the açai extract contains high levels of antioxidants and Vitamin C to help maintain a youthful glow for more radiant skin.

The Nourishing Spirulina Clay Mask (C$39) helps to hydrate skin thanks to spirulina extract, which contains Vitamins A, C, and E which creates natural anti-inflammatory properties that help to give you a more nourished and vibrant complexion.

Finally, the Revitalizing Algae Clay Mask (C$39) contains algae extract which is enriched with Vitamin E and A to help activate collagen and elastic fibre production, leaving you with firmer and tighter skin.

If you want something truly special, then take a look at their Organics line, which consists of one mask that takes all three of the star ingredients in the Transcend line and puts them into one super mask. The formula contains organic coconut oil, which helps to increase skin’s moisture, organic aloe vera leaf juice, which is packed with Vitamin E to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and Magnolia Bark Extract, which protects skin against inflammation and reduces redness. The first thing you’ll notice about this mask is the beautiful teal crystal packaging that the mask is encased in.  Slather it on and sit back while it does its thing.

I will note that the masks in the Transcend line tend to dry down as per the usual feeling of a clay mask, however, the Organics mask actually stays on your skin feeling like clay.

All of the masks in the line contain Canadian glacial oceanic clay, which removes impurities from the skin while leaving it feeling moisturized, cleaned, detoxified, and hydrated. Keep a look out on my Instagram later this week for an IGTV on the line as well!

Kiehl’s Avocado Nourishing Hydrating Mask

Avocados are notorious for being a superfood which provides your body with so many benefits. They can help decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, as well as give you a healthy complexion and hair, overall lower weight, and increased energy. So, it makes total sense that they would be perfect in a face mask too, right?

The Avocado Nourishing Hydrating Mask by Kiehl’s (C$56) is formulated with avocado fruit extract, avocado oil, and evening primrose oil to leave skin feeling nourished. It also helps to prevent water loss by sealing in moisture in your skin.  Slather on the green stuff and skin will feel softer and hydrated in 15 minutes.

The first thing you’ll notice about this mask is the texture and colour of it after opening. Kiehl’s took the whole avocado thing really seriously and made the mask look and feel like an avocado. Typically, when applying a cream mask the texture is smooth; this one kind of comes out in chunks (similar to an avocado) and with the warmth of your hands, it melts onto the skin. It’s definitely different from anything else I have in my collection, but I like how it mimics the texture of an avocado.

This mask is truly unique and if you suffer from dry skin, I would recommend picking this up (especially in the winter months).  It’s a nice treat for your skin… just try not to eat it ;).

Kiehl's Avocado Nourishing Hydrating Mask and Biotherm AquaSource sheet mask

Biotherm AquaSource Aura Jelly Sheet Mask

The final mask is a sheet mask since you can’t have a blog posts about masks without including at least one sheet mask!

Brand-new from Biotherm is their AquaSource Aura Jelly Sheet Mask (C$10), which is a sheet mask that includes their iconic AquaSource formula, as well as medicinal aura leaf. This mask helps with urban pollution and daily environmental aggressors to restore skin back to a more hydrated state.

This mask is great for dry and dull skin as the formula heals upon application. Once you apply it, it melts and penetrates deep in the skin, leaving you with a hydrated and glowing complexion.

Masking is such a thing now that there are seriously so many options out there to try out, no matter your skin type. I highly recommend you pick one up and give your skin a treat once a week or so. Your complexion will thank me.

What’s your favourite mask? Are you a clay or a sheet mask kind of person?

Please note, products provided by PR, all opinions are my own.

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Hi-def shine: Revlon Ultra HD Vinyl Lip Polish

Looking for a gloss that packs on some major colour? Then you need to check out Revlon’s new Ultra HD Vinyl Lip Polish (C$11.49).

The pigmented gloss, available in 12 shades, delivers a bold, lacquered finish that gives lips major shine and colour. This gloss comes in a variety of shades to suit just about anyone, and best of all, it’s infused with vitamin E, shea butter, and aloe-leaf extract for a comfortable wear. Thanks to the creamy mango and whipped vanilla fragrance, applying the gloss is super pleasant and inviting on the lips.

Revlon Ultra HD Vinyl Lip Polish Revlon Ultra HD Vinyl Lip Polish wand

Revlon was so nice and sent me all 12 shades to play around with for National Lipstick Day last month (July 29)  I’m not a huge gloss girl, but actually didn’t mind these since they are creamy with a small hint of stickiness (I mean, it’s a gloss, it’s going to be sticky). The colour goes on perfect thanks to the applicator which has a reservoir tip to deliver precise colour. The finish is quite opaque, leaving your lips with bold colour in just one application.

I think these glosses are a really nice addition to the Revlon line up, as well as a great inclusion for your beauty collection.  You can wear them by themselves, with a lip liner, or as a lipstick topper.  Obviously my favourite colours are Act Natural and Birthday Suit, but the bold colours are also super gorgeous IRL as well.

Revlon Ultra HD Vinyl Lip Polish swatches

What’s your favourite lip gloss?

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Lips that love you back: Up your lip care routine with the Chapstick Total Hydration collection

Chapstick Total Hydration collection We all have a skincare routine, so it makes total sense that you would also have a lip care routine, right?

I’ve been using Chapstick ever since I was a kid. The brand has actually been an expert in lips for more than 125 years (crazy, right?!), and just like how I have evolved over the years, so have they (they have more than just Cherry Chapstick nowadays).

Brand new to the brand in Canada is their Total Hydration collection – an advanced skincare line just for lips!  The whole line is made using premium botanical ingredients to nourish and enhance your lips including botanical oils and Vitamins C and E and allows you to mix and match products to create the perfect lip care routine for you.

The Chapstick Total Hydration collection consists of five different products – a lip scrub, lip oil, and three lip balms that were created to work together and separately to get rid of dried, cracked lips and help to keep your lips in tip-top shape.

Chapstick Total Hydration collection

I highly recommend starting your Chapstick Total Hydration routine with the Chapstick Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub, which is available in two flavours, Peppermint and Sugar Plum. This scrub is enriched with naturally sourced ingredients, including shea butter, coconut oil, sugar crystals, and vitamin E to exfoliate and smooth lips prior to your next steps.

I love using this scrub first to get rid of any dead skin on my lips and then will go in with either one of the lip balms or the lip oil to leave my lips feeling nourished and moisturized. This scrub is also great for your lips prior to applying lipstick since it leaves them nice and smooth.

Next up, I love to grab the Chapstick Total Hydration Vitamin Enriched Lip Oil.  This oil is also available in two flavours (Sweet Nectar and Peach Tea) and is a vitamin-enriched lip oil that is formulated with vitamin C, E, and Omegas 3-6-9 to replenish and moisturize. It feels super lightweight on the lips and its non-sticky formula glides on for a comfortable wear. It also leaves behind a slight sheen, so it works wonders as a gloss as well if you want to layer it on top of one of your favourite lipsticks.

Chapstick also has three different types of balms to choose from in the Total Hydration line, including Moisture + Tint, 3-in-1, and Natural Moisture.

The Chapstick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint is a tinted lip balm available in three shades (Merlot, Rose Petal, and Coral Blush) and is also enriched with Omega 3-6-9 rich oils and shea butter to hydrate lips and give them a hint of colour. I love using this product when I’m out and about (I typically reach for Rose Petal since it’s a pretty pale pink) and want a hint of colour, but don’t want to wear a lipstick.  It also pairs well for beach or pool days, when I’m wearing CC cream or a tinted moisturizer and some mascara.

For really dry lips, I love using the Chapstick Total Hydration 3-in-1 Lip Balm, which is available in two scents (Coconut and Original). The 3-in-1 lip balm provides up to eight hours of moisture for healthy and smooth lips. The biggest difference in this formula is that it’s aimed to moisturize, renew, and protect the lips. The botanical moisturizing complex hydrates the lips, whereas the age-defying formula helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines. Finally, this balm helps to improve damaged appearance of lips and renew the moisture barrier. I love using this one before bed since it provides benefits to my lips all night long.

Chapstick Total Hydration collection

The last balm is the Chapstick Total Hydration Natural Moisture formula, which is available in Mint, Citrus, and Vanilla. This particular formula contains 100 per cent naturally sourced avocado oil, coconut oil, and shea butter to help replenish the lips moisture barrier. This lip balm is the ultimate product for extremely chapped lips and those needing a little extra TLC.

Depending on how I’m feeling that day, I love to mix and match these different products to create my own custom lip routine.  I also want to note that all Chapstick Total Hydration products contain no parabens or synthetic preservatives.

I’ve said it on more than one occasion on this blog that if I were to pick one beauty product to take with me to a desert island, it would be lip balm.  I’m the kind of person that always has to have a lip balm on me since my lips get so dry so fast. With so many options to choose from, I love how Chapstick has created an advanced skincare routine for my lips.

Chapstick Total Hydration collection

Give your lips some love and definitely check out the Chapstick Total Hydration collection, which is available exclusively at Walmart Canada, both in-store and online. I would love to hear what’s included in your lip care regime and how this line has helped you step up your beauty routine.

Do you have a lip care routine?

This post is sponsored by Chapstick.

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