Au Revoir Blackheads. You’re not welcome here!
Let’s talk about one my biggest love affairs with skincare, The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay mask. Safe to say....a cult favorite. It is an all natural powder clay, made of 100% calcium bentonite; Which is a type of dry, absorbent clay that forms from old volcanic ash. Bentonite clay has been found to remove bodily toxins upon application by absorbing them. Its a vacuum cleaner for things like dirt and oil and hardens on your skin upon a few mins of application. It’s marketed as the worlds most powerful facial with the purpose of deep cleaning the dirtiest of pores and it does not fall short of that. This product has been in my skincare cabinet for a little over 3 years & I wish I had discovered it sooner. When a friend posted it on her IG and swore by it, I ran after work to get it from the Vitamin Shoppe but soon found out I wasn’t the only girl in Manhattan with hopes of flawless skin. Apparently this was when this product had blown up and was sold out everywhere, I ended up finding it at a beauty supply store in Harlem after hours of searching everywhere. Thankfully now, you can find this $9 mask just about anywhere in the city (Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Rite Aid, Vitamin Stores, local grocery stores, amazon, etc) Being the girl that’s always had troublesome skin this mask promised to help get rid of any impurities on my face, Blackheads and Acne being top of my list. You mix the powder with either water or apple cider vinegar 1:1 & get this cream like consistency which you then apply to the face and leave on for 10 minutes. You start feeling your face tingle & tighten w/in a few mins & before u know it u need a straw to take a sip of water. It’s unlike any mask I’ve ever tried. After washing your face is a bit red but followed with moisturizer and it’s like a new face. Any active pimples/redness diminish & blackheads are gone. I use this once a week subject to how much trouble my face is giving me and I have seen this mask change my skin. If you haven’t tried this, what are you waiting for?! 5/5
AZTEC SECRET-Indian Healing Clay
Empty but disappointed
Briogeo - Don't Despair, Repair! Honey Moisture Deep Conditioning Mask If this was the normal Repair Deep Conditioning Mask it would have gotten all the stars! I bought this mostly because I already loved the original so I thought honey would be nice to try and also because of the super cute packaging! To my surprise, this doesn’t smell like honey. At least not much. There’s a hint of it but I thought it would smell like pure honey. I prefer the smell of the original, it’s much more fresh and makes my shower experience so much better. This is a conditioning hair mask that’s supposed to repair hair and make it smooth all with 98% natural ingredients. You put this bouncy and creamy texture mask on in the shower for 10 minutes and your hair is super shiny and smooth after. Comb it through and it’ll be detangled to your next shower. The consistency is one that you can massage into the hair and feel it dissolving and making everything soft and smooth. Totally love this and does exactly what it claims but this version is just worse than the original. I think this mask is 100% worth it but just not this version. If you like sweet smell but not really honey then you might like this or if honey does wonders to your hair but really, the original is better in my opinion. Wouldn’t really recommend this!
Briogeo-Don't Despair, Repair! Honey Moisture Deep Conditioning Mask
Insta made me buy this. After seeing it on numerous feeds I just couldn’t resist! Cutting straight to the point.. I was disappointed. It’s supposed to gently exfoliate and leave a glow but I really saw no results. It caused no breakouts so I guess if you want a pretty product that smelly like yummy watermelon then purchase but it’s definitely not worth the hype. It is by no means moisturizing which is irritating because when I hear overnight mask I think of hydration and results and this mask really brought neither. Another negative was the separation! It separates A LOT, with the oil completely at the top and goop at the bottom. I wouldn’t recommend this and think it’s very expensive for how little it did. 2/5 stars
GLOW RECIPE-Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleeping Mask
Favorite AHA BHA Mask
A little unhappy that it took me this long to try The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution . I scared myself prior to trying this due to all the reviews I have read/watched. Most have said that the burning sensation was horrid or causes chemical burns. So I was worried since my skin is sensitive and just about anything can flare up my rosacea. I was very surprised when the ‘burning sensation’ was actually just a light tingle. So all is good with this and I can’t wait to use it again. ✨ ⠀⠀ Smooth and radiant skin was achieved after one thin application. Skin did not feel dry/tight after use but it did in the morning. I followed up with my usual routine that I have found to be rather hydrating but I clearly have to up my hydration-game after using this. Congestion that I have been working so hard to clear (physical exfoliants, AHA masks, low percentage AHA toners) for almost a month just did not do the trick but this did—kinda. I still have small bumps near my jawline but they have definitely decreased in size! Update: with consistent usage, the small bumps are gone! ⠀⠀ I have tried 2-3 products from @deciem prior to this and have had mediocre results. This product (along with another one I have been testing) has made me look into other products of theirs to try. So if you have any favorites, please let me know! (Review copied from my Instagram with updates!)
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution