I’m back to a more stable life and returning to my monthly empty posts. I finished a lot of products over the summer, and between my recent purchases in Asia and my batch of Derma MD products, I have a lot of new things I’m just started working on. Consequently, these monthly summaries of the products I use up may be a bit shorter than they used to be, but there’s still a handful of products to talk about from October!
1. Clark’s Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask deluxe sample … regularly $72 for 1.7 oz.
I had this little sample pot of a hydration mask from an old Sample Society subscription box. I’d started to use it earlier in the summer but then didn’t take it with me abroad, so when I returned home I had a couple more uses left in it. This has a really pleasant, silky texture and clean scent. The ingredients list on Clark’s website is ok, there’s a lot of glycerine and comfrey root in there, plus a handful of other plant extracts and vitamin E. I felt a tiny bit of burn when I used it, though I’m not really sure why. I feel like it was ok, but didn’t make a huge, noticeable difference in my skin. I’m surprised to now see that a full size costs $72, and I really don’t recommend it at that price.
2. My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask … around $14 for a 10-piece box
Here’s another moisture mask, but I liked this one better. This is a 2-pack of hyaluronic acid masks from My Beauty Diary. These are soaking wet sheet masks that I felt instantly plumped my skin and generally made my face feel great. I used a total of 4 masks (2 2-packs) and while I had bought these in Taiwan, I was pleased to see that in the US they were available from Sasa, Amazon, and even Walmart, sold in 10-piece boxes for around $14. The ingredients include a lot of plant extracts in addition to glycerine, aloe, and (of course) hyaluronic acid.
3. Nature Republic Argan 20 Degrees sheet mask
I received this as a free sample from Nature Republic, which was one of the stores I visited in Taipei. Unfortunately, at the moment I can’t find a site from where I might be able to purchase it now that I’m back in the US. This was another super-soaked sheet mask with a milky fluid. I had a little bit of a hard time with the actual shape of the sheet, but the effect of the mask was really nice. Because the goo was so wet, I left it on my face for 40 minutes with no problem, and once I took the mask off it felt like it’d stay wet on my face for a long time so I didn’t bother following up with the rest of my normal skincare. I just applied a little eye cream and left it at that. The mask was still detectable on my skin the next morning, and I felt like I was left with moisturized, firmed, and glowing skin.
4. Innisfree Super Volcanic Ash Pore Clay Mask … $14.00 for 100 ml
Yeah, another mask. Also, another sample from a store in Taipei, this time it’s Innisfree. I got this little sample packet with my purchase, and it’s a clay mask with volcanic ash and is particularly suitable for oily skin. I don’t really have oily skin (it’s combination and mostly prone to dryness, but the center of my face gets a little oily), but I still enjoyed using it. I found it felt cooling the whole time I had it on, and didn’t feel excessively drying. It has both kaolin and bentonite clays, and has a thick, dry-ish texture. Looks like you can buy it on Amazon and BeautyNetKorea for around $14, so it’s pretty affordable.
5. Maybelline Volum’Express The Colossal Cat Eyes waterproof mascara … around $7 (review)
This waterproof mascara was the one I had on me while I was hopping around Asia during monsoon season. It’s a really lovely natural-looking mascara that gave great lift and definition, and I think my lashes look really great in photos. I always got a little on my eyelid right at the base of my lashes when I applied it, so I guess the brush wasn’t ideal for me in that way, but I did really love how easy it was to use on the lower lashes. Probably won’t repurchase due to the trouble I had with the brush, but it was a nice one to have while traveling when my daily makeup was more subtle.
I hope you had a really wonderful Halloween weekend! Have you finished any fun products recently?