The title says it all, doesn’t it? For me, and for many of my friends, masks and serums play an important part of our skincare. We might skim on cleansers sometimes, and some of us might even skip toner altogether. From personal experience, a good cleanser does give you that extra mile but I’ve used some very basic cleansers too, and they’re ok as long as I mask regularly and use good serums. You might remember me complaining about my skin acting up a while ago. It got dry and bumpy, but thank goodness not angry. I minimized everything. Just used my tried and tested staple serum, lots of mists throughout the day and I used sheet masks every night. I could see my skin getting better after just 2 days. Took at least a week for the bumps to go away, and a little longer for the flakes to completely go away, but the most important thing is, there was improvement.

 

 

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Back to masks. I make sure I have a few different ones to target different problems. I haveΒ a few leave on masks that are richer and for more mature skin but lately, I’ve only been targeting on basic things like deep cleansing and hydration. For deep cleansing, I use Estelle & Thild Biocleanse Deep Cleansing Detox Mask. I expected this to be in clay form, as most deep cleansing and detox masks are, but I was surprised this is actually in cream form. It goes on smoothly without drying out my skin, and as it dries, it doesn’t tug on my skin nor does it crack. I apply on cleansed face, before toner, because I have to wash it off anyway. I usually keep this on for 15 to 20 minutes. After this, I will then apply my toner or face mists.

I like to double mask because hey, why not. It’s nice to be able to replenish after some detoxing. I either use Bobbi Brown’s Skin Nourish Mask, or sheet masks. I purchase my sheet masks in bulk because I share with my mom. I go through brands from Taiwan and Korea, and so far, my favourite ones have to be from L’Herbaflore. It’s not pictured here because I ran out, but I repurchased and it just arrived today. It’s very pricey for a sheet mask, but there’s a very generous amount of essence in one pack, and I can use the extra for another mask.

Here, you see the odd one out from BosciaΒ (you can purchase it at Sephora). First, it’s not Asian, and second, it’s a hydrogel mask – looks and feels like jelly. I’ve tried masks like this before, and they’re just too delicate for me. I always rip them. So, no more. The Korean sheet masks you see here are a gift from a dear friend, Sukie. I got to know her from blogging, and we’re now good friends in real life. If it’s difficult for you to get your hands on Asian sheet masks, she can help you. In fact, she sells these sheet masks on Carousell as well. I think it’s best you contact her through her Instagram page and tell her Lily sent you.

And there you have it. Some masks I’ve been using regularly lately. Why lately? It’s because I change up my routine once in a while, silly. LOL! What about you? Do you use face masks? Any favourites to share?

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

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  • ML Chan

    The Donkey Milk one caught my eye! Really? How did that fare? I always dismiss the more “exotic” as pure hype… but obviously I might be wrong!

    And on a separate note, totally addicted to Hannah Martin’s youtube – my eyebags thank you for that one! πŸ˜‰

    • Lily

      LOL I can’t read Korean and the name caught my eye too! It’s quite hydrating, and after I take the mask off, there’s still some stick residue so I just apply a light moisturizer after and call it a night.
      I’m just watching Hannah’s latest video on the Sunset Pink Collection! LOL! She makes me want everything. I think it’s her enthusiasm. Glad you like her too πŸ™‚

  • I love Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask! It’s a mask that rescue my tired or flaky skin, you should try!

    • Lily

      Ooooh! Thanks for letting me know. I’ll jot it down πŸ™‚

  • I love that name Donkey Milk! lol. I love face masks too πŸ™‚

    • Lily

      Hahaha I hope it’s just the name and not real donkey milk. LOL!

  • HAHA Donkey Milk! I love masks too and can’t be without them! I always take them when I travel too.

    • Lily

      Yeah, the name of that mask! Donkey Milk is definitely catchy πŸ™‚

  • iheartcosmetics

    It appears that I was caught by the mention of Donkey Milk as most others in the comments too, definitely not your normal product name lol! x Sarah

    • Lily

      LOL Sarah. You’re right. I mean, they have those snail masks, and mucus masks which honestly, put me off, but donkey milk is still OK. Hahaha!

      • iheartcosmetics

        Haha I feel like I though hmmm Donkey from Shrek is cute….it must be fine! xoxo

        • Lily

          LOL LOL! The mask is pretty good despite the name πŸ™‚

  • I only started using face masks regularly starting early this year, yes, I’m a late bloomer. Previously I would go on up to a year without ever using a mask and my excuse was ‘I have no time’. My skin is definitely reaping the benefits of regularly using masks, it does make a whole world of differences.

    • Lily

      You’re right Shireen. Using masks at least once a week really does your skin good πŸ™‚

      • Where have you been??? Come back, please! LOL!

        • Lily

          Aaw, that’s so sweet Shireen. I’ve just been busy with the kids – one week holidays, and I just forgot to post or schedule anything! I’ll be back soon πŸ™‚

  • I’m alternating between Dizao and EL ANR (both sheet masks) and Clinique (charcoal clay mask) at the moment. I won’t lie, I am so intrigued by the donkey milk mask. And I totally thought that in the voice of Donkey from Shrek.

    • Lily

      Hahahaha! We have Shrek fans here for sure. I never thought of it until you guys brought it up and I can’t get it out of my head now.

  • Donkey Milk!! Hahahaa.!!! I’ve been having the same problems too… except i’m breaking out on top of it all too :(( That Estelle & Thilde mask sounds just like what I need right now!

    • Lily

      The Estelle and Thild mask surprised me! I really like it. Hope you’re not breaking out anymore!