Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask Review
I’ve been such a fan of Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask that when I heard they were releasing a new avocado-themed mask, I had to have it. I ordered this directly from the brand’s website during their pre-sale because I was just that excited to cosplay as toast (#millennialjoke).
I’ll pay extra for avocado at Chipotle, but what does it do for the face?
Avocado oils and extracts are an excellent emollient and good antioxidant. They come loaded with moisturizing fatty acids such as oleic and linoleic acid. Fatty acids are the building blocks of the skin’s natural oil barrier, which is responsible for keeping the skin plump and hydrated. For a PubMed source on the studied effects of topical avocado oil, read this abstract.
This mask is 74% avocado extract or oil, which is where the creamy texture and moisturizing effects are derived. This mask also contains manuka honey, kaolin clay, and polyhydroxic acids (PHAs). Manuka honey is an antioxidant, anti-bacterial substance. Kaolin is a light clay that absorbs excess sebum without being drying. PHAs are extremely gentle exfoliators, whose large molecular size prevents it from penetrating too deeply into the skin. So overall, one would expect this to be a moisturizing mask with slightly clarifying properties.
My Experience as Toast
The mask has a rich, creamy texture with a very emollient slip. It does not absorb completely, but does not feel suffocating; It feels like a light clay mask is resting on the face. I use it as the last step of my routine, and a little goes a long way. If I used too much, it would pill slightly, but nothing that trial and error could not solve.
While I expected this to have an avocado scent, the fragrance is more like a gentle spring rain. It has a very fresh scent that is perfect for bedtime.
In the morning, I splash my face with water to reveal a plump and dewy complexion. I was really impressed with how moisturizing this was, especially since it’s wintertime, and I live in a desert. This mask definitely feels like a luxury that delivers results.
The mask retails for $45 at Sephora and on Glow Recipe’s website. You get 80 mL of mask for this price, which I think will last at least 6 months of nightly use.
This mask will be a favorite of those with dry to combination skin, who are looking for a deeply moisturizing mask. I enjoyed the rich texture, the fresh scent, and the noticeable dewiness in the morning. I think that Glow Recipe has another hit on their hands!
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask Review
The Lip Sleeping Mask from kbeauty brand Laneige is an Internet darling. With over 4,000 reviews on Sephora and dozens of rave reviews on the r/AsianBeauty subreddit, I almost didn’t want to add to the noise. But I’ve been so impressed by this little jar that I had to add my voice to the choir.
Moisture Wrap Technology
The classic Lip Sleeping Mask comes in a pink tub and berry flavor. It smells and feels like a lip smoothie, containing raspberries, strawberries, cranbierres, goji berries, and blueberries. From time to time, Laneige releases other limited edition flavors, but I haven’t tried them.
What all of the lip masks share is something that the brand has trademarked as “Moisture Wrap” technology. From what I can tell, this is fancy branding for their mix of emollients (shea butter, waxes) and moisturizers (beta-glucan, sodium hyaluronate).
Lip Mask Experience
The tub comes with a small silicone spatula, but I prefer using my fingers. (It’s easier for me to clean my fingers before and after than the spatula every time.) The texture is a slighty sticky coating that I dab over my lips. You can definitely feel it there; It’s not a weightless experience.
In the morning, the mask washes off naturally as I brush my teeth. This leaves smooth, supple lips behind - the perfect base for a lip crayon (I’m currently obsessed with the Clinique Chubby Sticks).
The mask retails for $20 at Sephora, though you can sometimes find it for less on Korean beauty sites such as Yesstyle. $20 is a great deal, as a little of this mask goes a long way, meaning that this jar lasts forever. The amount pictured above is about 6 months of nightly use, and I’m not even half way!
The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask has cemented itself as a critical piece of my nighttime routine. If you’ve ever struggled with chapped lips, this mask will last you a long time and is worth the splurge.
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MYK Silk Beauty Eye Mask and Pillowcase Review
Silk sleeping masks, pillowcases, and bedding are all the rage these days. The brands pushing these products claim that they cut down on sleep lines and wrinkles over time, thanks to the reduced friction of skin against silk. While I find this claim dubious, silk is hypoallergenic, cool to the touch, and more resistant to dust mites than the average cotton pillowcase. I was excited to put these claims to the test when MYK Silk sent me their Beauty Eye Mask and queen-sized Pillowcase to review:
Beauty Eye Mask
They gifted me their Beauty Eye Mask in the color French Grey. The padding is smooth and soft, and the mask has an adjustable velvet headband so that you can customize the fit. I enjoyed sleeping with this to block out morning sunlight and was impressed that none of my nighttime moisturizers or sleeping packs rubbed off on the mask.
The pillowcase in Ivory is silk on one side, and what appears to be cotton on the other. This is fine, since who ever needs to sleep on both sides of the pillow at once? While I didn’t notice any difference in fine lines, sleeping on silk was a comfortable and cooling experience.
The Beauty Eye Mask retails on their website for $20, while the queen-sized pillowcase is $21. These prices sound about right for the quality. You can also use my code TIF15 for 15% off your purchase (I do not receive a commission).
Before splurging on a silk set, I would recommend MYK Silk as a starter kit first. It’s an affordable way to add some luxury to your evening and test-drive whether or not you’ll enjoy the feeling.
I received this product free to test.