Happy Friday and welcome to my Face Fridays series! As I may have mentioned in previous posts, I have recently become obsessed with skincare. As I approach my thirties, I realize the importance of taking care of your skin before you are stuck trying to fix it. So, one Friday per month, I will dedicate a post to sharing some facial skin care products so we can all glow up together.
When I first started my skincare journey sheet masks, a K-beauty staple, were some of the first additions to my routine. The first ones I purchased were from Ipsy, and I had no clue where to get them because no US retailers (that I was aware of at the time) sold them. So, imagine my surprise when, walking through my local Target, I stumbled upon some sheet masks. (I low-key did a dance in the aisle.) Since then, Target’s face mask selection has grown to include not only sheet masks, but also mud and peel-off mask packs. I have never tried them until this point, but in an effort to expand my skincare routine even more (especially since the cooler weather means back to the heavier makeup) I decided to give some of them a try… and not just one at a time here and there. Nope…I grabbed seven and decided to try them all over a week’s time. So here it is, my Target face mask haul featuring Que Bella brand masks.
Deep Cleansing: Aloe Vera Cream Mask
Initial thoughts: Could feel my skin really tightening while wearing the mask. Afterwards, my skin felt clean and verrrrrry dry, but looked brighter.
Next day: Surprisingly, my skin felt extremely oily. I suspect that my skin overcompensated for the dryness by producing excess oil.
Moisturizing: Gel Eye Masks
Initial thoughts: These eye masks were super easy to apply while I was getting ready for a wedding last weekend. I left them on for twenty minutes as I was getting dressed, and as soon as I took them off, I could see that my under eye area was moisturized and plump.
Next day: I didn’t evaluate my under eye area the next day because I had been at the wedding until extremely late, but I will say that my makeup went on really nicely after using the masks. Unlike the other masks from Que Bella that I tried, this one came with three mask packs. I would definitely use these again in preparing for a big event.
Refreshing: Pomegranate Peel-off Mask
Initial thoughts: I noticed that if you put on too thick of a layer, it will don’t totally dry down properly. Taking the mask off, certain areas hurt a bit as the mask was pulling pretty firmly on my skin. After taking it off, I could clearly see that my pores were much smaller and my skin was brighter.
Next day: The irritation remained for a little while after taking the mask off, but by the next morning it was gone. My pores still looked fantastic.
Relieving: Watermelon Peel-off Mask
Initial thoughts: Smelled like candy. Unlike the pomegranate mask, this one did not hurt as much coming off. My face felt smooth and soft, and my pores looked pretty good..
Next day: My face still felt and looked as good as the previous night.
Repairing: Charcoal Mud Mask
Initial thoughts: This mask was very cooling while on and it lasted even after the mask was washed off. My skin was left tingling and refreshed, but felt a little dry.
Next day: This mask was THE most amazing of all of them. I was dealing with a terrible hormonal breakout, and this mask noticeably reduced both the size of my pores AND my breakout. My skin felt really balanced.
For my final two masks, I decided to use them together. In order to effectively use two masks at the same time and reap the benefits of both masks, you have to make sure you use masks whose effects complement each other. You wouldn’t want to use two masks that are drying because you’ll dry out your skin. If you use two moisturizing masks, your face can become oily. Also, you have to make sure to use them in the same order that you would use your non-mask skincare products. You wouldn’t put on a serum then use a cleanser. So, I used my purifying mask to cleanse my skin. Then, used a perfecting mask afterwards to balance and moisturize my face.
Purifying: Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Mud Mask
Initial thoughts: Very strong tea tree smell. After I took the mask off, I was a bit taken aback. The mask had drawn the oil from my skin to the surface, but it was left at the surface. My nose was covered in white heads, but not ones that could just be washed off. Other areas of my face were extremely dry. There were visible dry patches on areas of my face that were not usually dry.
Perfecting: Superberry Mud Mask
Initial thoughts: This mask smelled like candy-scented Play-Doh. It was a bit odd. After taking the mask off, I could feel that the tightness/dryness from the other mask was gone although the dry patched were still there. My face overall felt firm, and the whiteheads were still there.
Next day (for both masks): Some blemishes that I had been fighting to fully get rid of were gone. My skin looked balanced and the overall tone was markedly improved.
What are my overall thoughts of the Que Bella face mask line? I would definitely purchase them again. I didn’t even grab the entire line, so I would even get some of the others and try those out. I definitely want to stock up on the Charcoal masks as a great way to keep my skin under control during the Red Lady when my hormonal breakouts are in full effect. At only a couple of dollars per mask, I think these are a great value and would definitely recommend them to someone looking for some mask additions to their skincare routine. Besides the charcoal mask, my favorite was the moisturizing gel eye masks. A perfect day-off treatment to make your under eye area looking great, they were super simple and convenient and exceeded my expectations.
Do you guys have any face masks that you’re loving right now? I’d love for any suggestions on masks or other skincare products to feature in one of my next Face Fridays posts. So, comment below!
Have a great weekend!♥