Cult Favorite: Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Mask and Blue Clay Mask

To be honest, it’s been so long since I’ve used a powder mask. I usually use them if I have a bit of time to spare at night but the convenience of readily applied masks is just too tempting. When Herbivore Botanicals sent me their Pink and Blue Clay Masks, I had to admit that I kind of missed having powder masks as part of my skincare ritual.

Both masks, when mixed with water, transforms into a pasty mask that feels like you’re at the beginning of your pottery class. I usually use a bowl to mix the mask and both provide a bit of grip to the skin. They both tighten easily so I suggest those with drier skin types to use a bit more water. Both are easily rinsed off after about 15 minutes. They also leave the skin feeling thoroughly exfoliated and cleansed. Both masks are also vegan and cruelty-free.

The Pink Clay Mask ($22) uses french pink clay, rosehip, chamomile, and rose petals to exfoliate, purify, plump, and soothe the skin before leaving it feeling soft, smooth and radiant. I like using this after days if spending time outdoors, exposing my skin to a lot of environmental stressors. It feels purifying and it leaves my skin smooth.

Meanwhile, the Blue Clay Mask ($22) promises to detoxify, draw out toxins, reduce breakouts for a clearer complexion. It contains blue clay, white kaolin clay, and rose geranium essential oil. This is a heavy-duty mask. It tightens a lot more than the Pink Clay Mask and you can really feel it sucking everything out. I like using this when my skin is looking problematic or if my skin is looking dull. It just clears everything out.

I enjoyed returning to powder masks again. I like using them on the weekends when I have more time. They also provide purifying and detoxifying benefits to my skin, which is definitely needed after spending my week exposed to dirt and grime.

The Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Mask and Blue Clay Mask were provided by @herbivorebotanicals and @autumnpr. Available at herbivorebotanicals.com

Skincare Review: The Gaffer and Child Facial Cleanser and Hydrating Serum

Made in small batches from organic and plant-based ingredients, Gaffer & Child aims to product timeless vegan and cruelty-free personal care products.

The Facial Cleanser promises to balance and moisturize the skin using sunflower oil, coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, green tea extract, and willow bark extract. This cleansing oil has a calming smell and leaves the skin feeling soothed and refreshed. It was able to remove everyday makeup without stripping the skin.

To hydrate the skin, the Hydrating Serum ($36) uses argan oil, tomato extract, cold-pressed carrot seed oil, sunflower oil, and lavender extract. First off, this smells amazing – the lavender stands out and gives off a relaxing scent. The oil-based #serum provides a glow to the skin. I prefer a more watery hydrating serum but those with dry skin might enjoy this.

The Gaffer & Child Facial Cleanser and Hydrating Serum were provided by @gafferandchild.

Skincare Review: Yon-Ka Gel Nettoyant, Masque 103, and Lotion Yon-Ka PS

Using the Yon-Ka Quintessence, French skincare brand Yon-Ka combines fundamental essential oils in all their products: geranium to balance, rosemary to detoxify and firm, cypress to refine, and thyme to purify. Their products are also cruelty-free and do not contain parabens, aluminum salts, SLS, MIT, and triclosan.

The Gel Nettoyant ($40) feels gentle but feels hardworking. It doesn’t foam or lather but cleanses the skin thoroughly. Recommend for oily skin, this face cleanser also contains iris root, red seaweed to soften, hydrate, and purify the skin.

I like how it leaves the skin squeaky clean but not tight or dry. My skin just feels smooth and hydrated after every wash. I like this as a morning cleanser because it’s gentle but deeply cleansing.

Containing three kinds of clay (montmorillonite, bentonite, and kaolin) the Masque 103 ($48) promises to clear and purify the skin with the help of borneol, serpolet, and essential oils.

The face mask looks really creamy so I easily assumed it would be gentle despite the detoxifying and purifying claim. So, I was pleasantly surprised as to how cooling it feels on the skin. It also tightens a bit as it hardens but my skin likes it that way. After rinsing, my skin was fresher and clearer without leaving it tight or extremely dry.

The Lotion Yon-Ka PS ($42) this feels hydrating as it uses plant glycerin on top of the blend of essential oils the brand uses on their products. It has a very viscous consistency, almost like an essence, and it has a fresh sweet scent. The face toner has a mist applicator and it dispenses conservatively so you would need four to five spritzes to get enough to cover the skin. I didn’t mind, though because, at 200 ml, this will last me for more than three months. I like spraying this in the middle of the afternoon for a boost of hydration.

These products are gentle and hydrating to oily skin and if you’re a fan of essential oils, this will be a good option for you. My fave, however, is the Masque 103 as it deeply detoxifies my skin without the harsh feeling.

Yon-Ka Gel Nettoyant, Masque 103, and Lotion Yon-Ka PS were provided by @yonkausa and @thewoodsandco. Available at shop.yonkausa.com