Beauty Review: Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask

This was very much a “meh” for me. While it’s a gentle face mask and certainly didn’t harm my skin, I really didn’t see any difference after I used it. The smell is DIVINE, but the texture is chunky with the fruits they put in it, which was kind of gross. Not my thing at all. It does what any sort of vitamin A/E infusion would do — make skin a little bit brighter and plumper, but for $62 for 3.3oz/100mL? No thank you. Not worth the price AT ALL. Just break open some Vitamin E capsules and rub it on your skin to get the same results.

Beauty Review: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

This is a peel-off mask with activated charcoal that is supposed to make your skin look gorgeous, basically. It’s supposed to purify and minimize your pores, get rid of access oil, and gently exfoliate. How does it really work?

Actually, I was super impressed with this product. Getting it on was a challenge, because it’s INCREDIBLY sticky and trying to tame the baby wispy hairs around my face is impossible, so things got a little messy. It didn’t hurt too much as it dried, but I felt it noticeably tighten my skin. Even my husband commented on how great my skin looked afterwards, and without even telling him what I used and what it was supposed to do, said that my pores looked a lot smaller and less noticeable.

I’m not sure if this would be a regular purchase for me, however. At $34 for 2.8 oz, it’s on the fairly expensive side. It doesn’t help that it’s sticky and thick and you use pretty much half the bottle for one use, so while I think it works well, for those on a budget, there might be something similar that’s more reasonably priced. I’ll update with suggestions if I find anything.

A few tips if using this:

DO NOT under any circumstances use it if you have any scrapes or wounds on your face. This stuff is sticky and it peels off. You don’t want it peeling off a scab, causing a scar. It got a lot of my peach fuzz, so I can’t imagine would it would do to a healing scratch.

Also, it has a warning that says don’t get it near your eyes. Stay well away from your eyes with this! First, you don’t want it catching any stray eyebrow hairs. Also, the skin under your eyes is super sensitive and delicate and does NOT need a peel-off mask to help clarify it. Basically, just imagine large slices of cucumbers were around your eyes and go from there. Be very careful!

Beauty Review: Fresh Rose Face Mask

$62 at Sephora

I received the Fresh Rose Face Mask from Sephora as a birthday present and was super excited to see how this would help my skin. Chicago gets super cold and dry during the winter, and I fly a lot, so my skin goes through a lot of trauma and is frequently dry. The sample was large enough to try for quite a while, so I was able to see how it affects my skin long-term.

My skin is prone to redness, dryness, and a little bit of acne if it gets too irritated. I have combination skin, so I have to fight the constant battle between my face being too oily and too dry. As a result, I look for skin products that are super hydrating while still being light and not creating too much shine. This face mask seemed to be perfect for those requirements (it’s gentle enough for every day use!) and was especially great for getting rid of my redness.

This mask smells amazing and is super gentle on the skin. When I put it on, I could feel it cooling and soothing, so it’s great for getting rid of redness and inflammation. However, it doesn’t do very much to hydrate my skin. Aside from getting rid of redness, I saw no noticeable difference in how hydrated my skin looked or felt, even after using it for 10 days. With the price, I’m not sure it’s really worth the money just to get rid of redness (other toners do that just fine). I wanted to love it, because it was a nice part of my day to have my skin smell like roses (my husband loved it!), but it simply didn’t work for me.

However, there are others who RAVE about it on Sephora, so it might be that it’s just not good for my skin type.