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Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask vs Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque

My combination skin has a long love story with clay masks. I use them once or twice a week, I apply them as a spot treatment for half an hour or overnight and after I got severely clogged pores last summer, all the dermatologists I visited had one thing in common, they all suggested me to keep using my beloved clay masks. The type of skin problem I’ve been dealing with is just as unpleasant as all the other skin problems but what makes the experience even more frustrating is the fact that you see redness and feel the bumps but they’re so deep under the skin that you think nothing can reach and heal them. Of course, I’m far from the thought of telling you that masks can do the whole job, I’ve been prescribed Differin which has made a huge difference to my skin but I still need and like to maintain what’s been achieved, so far. Plus, who doesn’t like to pamper themselves with a face mask?

When I started purchasing more products from skincare brands in the US, I noticed that clay masks with added 10% sulfur seemed to be quite popular. The results that people shared sounded almost too good to be true. I’m probably a bit late to the party but it doesn’t look like it’s as popular in Europe as in the US.
I ordered a set from Sunday Riley that contained their Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask, I loved it and decided to purchase the Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque, as well. I’ve been having them for about 3 months and I decided to do a comparison post.
I must say, this is my favourite type of face mask I’ve tried, so far, it helps my skin a lot, it’s not too drying and I get just an occasional breakout since I’ve started using sulfur treatments but nothing too scary.

Sunday Riley Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask comes in a 60 ml tube for the price of $55, I have the 20 ml mini and I’m keeping what’s left of it for travelling and serious disasters, it’s amazing but it’s just really pricey. My other issue is that I have to import it from the US and pay extremely high taxes and shipping fees. The product inside the tube is yellow green and the texture is a bit like a mousse. You can kind of see it in this post and that’s the second time I mentioned the mask.
The first few times I used it only as a spot treatment because many people said it was too drying and gave them chemical burn. I noticed a difference on the following days, my spots were less red and angry and a couple of days later they were almost gone. I experienced only slight stinging sensation at the moment of application but nothing too painful or drying after that. Then I decided to try using it on larger areas of my face but still not on the entire face. I’d just apply a thin layer of the mask on my problematic zones and leave it on for 30 minutes. The mask washes off really easily and my skin doesn’t feel too tight afterwards. Sunday Riley Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask contains 10 % sulfur that fights different forms of acne while preventing future breakouts, 4% niacinamide, zinc PCA, bentonite clay, tea tree oil and manuka oil, brilliant ingredients list. I’ve been almost completely blemish-free since I started using the treatment twice a week, I know everyone is different and it might not work well on all but it works for me and I couldn’t be happier. Now, it doesn’t fight blackheads and doesn’t make my pores appear smaller but I wasn’t even hoping for that. All I wanted was clear skin with no bumps, red spots and clogged pores and I got what I needed.

Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque is stored in a 142 g jar for the price of $47. Luckily, I can find this one in more countries, I got mine from Norway. This ones has a thick and creamy texture, it’s very different from the Sunday Riley one, they both stink but this is sulfur, so it’s normal. I’m actually used to the smell because when the kitties that we adopt have certain type of skin problems, they get prescribed an ointment containing 20% sulfur but you might need some time to stop thinking about the smell.
The Peter Thomas Roth mask contains 10% sulfur, just like Sunday Riley, bentonite clay, kaolin and soothing aloe vera. I use it twice a week on the entire face or overnight as a spot treatment if I need but I rarely do.  It’s suggested to apply a thick and opaque layer but my personal preference is to use just a a light and thin layer of the mask. It works brilliant and it’s a bit less drying than the Sunday Riley one but a lot more difficult to wash off. It’s suggested to leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes but I keep it on for half an hour. My skin doesn’t feel tight or stripped afterwards and as long as I’m applying a moisturiser after washing my face, everything’s fine.

After I started using these masks, I can see that my complexion continues to get better and I hope soon I can forget about the nightmare that began last summer. For me, the Peter Thomas Roth mask would be the one I’d keep repurchasing, it’s more affordable because it contains a lot more product for a similar price. I’m absolutely in love with Sunday Riley Saturn and I might even like a little bit more than the Therapeutic Sulfur Masque but it’s just too expensive for a lot less product.
Sulfur turned out to be a great ingredient for my skin and I’m looking forward to finding new products with it.


November Favourites

Can’t be the only one that is already fascinated by all the Christmas beauty sets, the lights and the hot drinks, the atmosphere… But before we really start getting into the holiday spirit, I wanted to share with you my favourite products for the month of November.

This time it will be a bit skincare-heavy, thanks to the temperatures below 0. There have been a couple of weeks when I had to go to the doctor’s every morning. It was a big challenge for me and my skin but that is how I found out which skincare bits work really well for me.

The mornings usually start with the new Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant which I’ve been using for about three weeks now and will be preparing a blog post on it. The texture of this face wash really reminds me of the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser, it is so gentle on the skin and leaves it clean but somehow soft and hydrated. I can’t say if it removes make-up well because it’s my morning cleanser but I love how it’s not really foamy and doesn’t strip my skin. Great for all year round but especially during the colder months.

I’ve mentioned this Balea Aqua Hydrating Serum before but the day I ran out of it, I realised how amazing it was. It contains Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E , makes my skin smooth and hydrates it really well, preparing it for the rest of my skincare routine. Actually, I’ve used it as a serum, moisturiser and make-up base many times in the past few weeks which has helped me get ready in a few minutes but without sacrificing my skin’s hydration.

Then I’d apply the Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Priming Moisture Eye Balm*. It just works great as a base for my concealer. I have really dark circles and this product smoothes out the delicate skin under my eyes, gives me a bit of brightness and hydration and makes me look a bit more awake.

My evening rituals often involve applying a face mask because it’s relaxing and also great for the skin. I’ve done a full review on all three L’Oréal Pure-Clay Masks here but the one that I’m using the most is the Glow Mask*. It’s a purifying face mask but also makes my skin incredibly radiant and healthy-looking. Plus, it’s suggested that you can get 10 uses from the pot but I’ve already used it more than 10 times and it’s still half full.

I love Dior glosses because they’re moisturising and not too shiny and sticky on the lips. Dior Addict Lip Maximizer is a very popular product that I didn’t think I needed until I saw mum using it all the time. Her lips looked naturally smoother and a bit fuller (sadly, none of us has the fullest lips) but she didn’t even notice. She just enjoys using it on its own or before applying lipstick because it has a delicate vanilla-mint scent and a sheer pink tint. I love that it has cooling effect and feels comfortable on the lips.

Yves Rocher never fail to suprise me with their holiday ranges because the scents they create are still winter-appropriate but they’re not the typical Christmas fragrances we all know. I picked up a few of the new products but what I use the most is their Pear & Cocoa Hand Cream, it has a warm and sweet scent, the texture of the cream is very light yet moisturising and doesn’t leave my hands sticky. The whole family enjoys using the Cranberry & Almond Hand Wash, it smells lovely and doesn’t dry out the hands. I might be going back for their holiday body sprays.

These are my most-loved beauty bits this month, I’m already excited for December!

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On a Rainy Sunday…

photo-23-09-2016-13-10-10postIt’s a rainy Sunday morning, looks quite gloomy outside but just somehow feels calm and perfect for a day in. I’m currently boiling the kettle to make myself a nice cup of Teapigs Spiced Winter Red Tea. It has orange peel, cinnamon, ginseng, cloves and I just love it, makes me think of Christmas time.

Candles are another thing that makes the whole experience really cosy and relaxing. At the moment I’m burning this mini Apple & Blue Clover Candle from Voluspa, I adore their candles, they are coconut wax blend and hand-poured. The scent is floral with a hint of Magnolia and a bit fruity, thanks to the Apple but in a very elegant way, my boyfriend picked it up and he has great taste when it comes to scents.

A warm and soft blanket is always a must in such days and of course, a good book. I have a bad habit of reading several books at the same time but I’ve narrowed the number down to two in the past few weeks.
Cooking and baking bring me so much joy that I can’t miss the opportunity to fill the house with delicious aromas. Pity there are no Premier League games this weekend but we can snack on some pastries later, anyway.

I don’t feel like pampering too much today, however, I need a face mask a couple of times a week and Sunday’s choice is the Sephora Orchid Face Mask. These sheet masks are so easy to use and work wonders on my skin. The Lancôme Juicy Shaker in the shade 283 Berry in Love is a huge love of mine because it hydrates my lips beautifully, thanks to the oils in the formula, has a hint of colour and once the oils get absorbed, I’m left with a natural sheen on the lips. I might paint my nails because I just can’t get enough of the L’Oréal Paris Color Riche à L’Huile Nail Varnishes.

Sunday afternoon is perfect for planning the week ahead, so that will be done later, as well. I’m a bit old-fashioned when it comes to notes, I like writing them down on paper, as well as having them on my phone. And this is actually a way to remember them much easier.

This is my rainy Sunday plan or at least, some part of it. What are you doing today?

L’Oréal Pure-Clay Masks


Today’s post is about probably the most popular face masks in the past few months, the L’Oréal Pure-Clay Masks. Some of you may know that I’ve been struggling with my skin condition for a few weeks now, so I was really excited to try these masks. As a clay mask fan, I had high hopes for them and I have to say, I’m incredibly surprised because they did much more than I expected! Even the people around me started telling me how radiant and smoother my skin looked.

The masks come in glass jars and each pot contains 50 ml product, it’s written that you can get about 10 uses from each pot. There are three types of clays with different ingredients to achieve different skincare benefits. The three clays are: Kaolin (which is known to absorb impurities and excess sebum), Montmorillonite (eliminates imperfections) and Ghassoul (clarifies).
It’s suggested to apply a thin layer on cleansed face, avoiding the eye area, leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then remove.
The face masks all smell quite strong, personally, I don’t find it unpleasant, I quite like the scents but if you’re too sensitive, you should have that in mind.

I feel like the L’Oréal Pure-Clay Masks have different names everywhere but in Norway they’re called: Purify Mask* (green), Glow Mask* (grey), and Exfo Mask* (red).

Purify Face Mask* (It’s called Purity in the UK) – This face mask contains three pure clays and also Eucalyptus to purify the skin. You can really feel the Eucalyptus scent when you apply it. The Purify Face Mask* has a nice creamy texture that is really easy to apply. I prefer to use this one mainly on my T-zone, as it can be a bit drying on my cheeks. There is a slight tingling and cooling sensation which is very nice and soothing. This is the most difficult one to wash off, in my opinion but I love the effect of it. It leaves my skin mattified and really soft.

Glow Face Mask* (Detox in the UK) – The charcoal one and probably my favourite of all three. It’s easy to apply, I use it all over my face, it doesn’t dry out my skin and just makes it luminous and super clean. It draws out all the impurities, it feels tight when it dries but doesn’t make my face feel stripped after removing it. I’m just left with replenished and luminous skin. Love this face mask and I use it up to three times a week.

Exfo Face Mask* (Glow in the UK) – This face mask contains Red Algae which is known for its brightening properties. I’ve actually heard some negative reviews about it but so far, I haven’t experienced anything bad or disappointing with this face mask. I quite enjoy using it once a week all over my face because it’s creamy but also slightly gritty and acts like an exfoliant. Contrary to what I’ve read, for me this is an easy to wash off face mask that leaves my skin toned and with refined texture.

I’m really happy I got the chance to try all the three L’Oréal Pure-Clay Masks and I will definitely repurchase once I’ve run out. They are now some of my favourite and most-used face masks not only from the drugstore but in general. The glass packaging feels luxurious, the product itself is amazing and I’m in love with the face masks. They are great on their own, it’s also quite fun multi-masking with them. Me and mum often have these pamper sessions on weekends and we enjoy applying different masks on different areas of our faces. She loves the masks, as well, although we have different skin types.

Have you tried these products and do you have a favourite L’Oréal Pure-Clay Mask?

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Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub

DSC_0397postFirst time when I mentioned the new anti-pollution trend in skincare was here when I shared with you my evening moisturiser from Clinique. Then, I found out about the new REN face mist here and now I’m back with a new product following the trend.
Pollution is damaging our skin and that’s why we should cleanse it well and make sure it’s free from impurities which can lead to long-term damage and premature ageing. Pollution, smoke and other environmental toxins can put stress on our skin and cause clogged pores, increase the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots, as well as loss of elasticity.

There is a new skincare duo from Clinique that aims to neutralise pollution’s harsh effects while controlling excess oil. The two products are City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel and City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub.

Today I’m going to be talking about the Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub* because the brand kindly sent to me both products to test but Norwegian posts were not so kind and my package was almost destroyed when it arrived, there was content missing but they said they couldn’t do anything about it. The products were not available in stores back then, so I haven’t had the time to purchase the cleansing gel and give it a good try.

I’ve been using Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub* for over a month now and I’m ready to share my experience and thoughts with you. Like all Clinique products, this one is fragrance-free and allergy tested, too. I love using clay masks once or twice a weak, as they purify my combination skin and make it look smoother and more radiant.

Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub* comes in a squeeze tube which is really comfortable to use. The texture of the product is relatively thick, paste-like and slightly gritty. It’s pale gray but turns light blue as it dries. The mask needs only 5 minutes to do its job which makes it perfect for days when you’re in a rush or you’re really tired but still want to pamper your skin.
Once the face mask starts to dry, it feels a bit tight but it’s nothing uncomfortable or painful. It’s relatively easy to wash off, the warm water activates the exfoliating properties of the face mask and the skin feels very soft and smooth afterwards.
This charcoal clay mask and scrub works quickly to remove impurities while also removing excess oil and reducing the appearance of large pores.

There are several main ingredients:
Natural Bamboo Charcoal – It’s a natural ingredient that attracts pollutants and other impurities out of the skin like a magnet, trapping them so they can be easily rinsed off the face;
Disodium EDTA – Guards the skin against harmful environmental chemicals and metals;
Kaolin – Natural clay that absorbs excess sebum, helping to make skin appear smooth and matte;
Laminaria Saccharina Extract – Brown Algae extract that helps to minimise excess sebum production, resulting in less surface oil over time;
Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract – An extract native to the mountains of central and southern Europe that protects skin, especially lipids from oxidative damage while also providing anti-inflammatory benefits;
Sucrose – A natural ingredient that helps soothe the skin;
Acetyl Glucosamine – An amino sugar that promotes and regulates cell turnover.

I have to say, the Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub* is now one of my top 3 favourite clay masks because it really does remove impurities but without making my skin dry or irritated. It’s also easy to wash off, provides gentle exfoliation and needs only 5 minutes to work. The retail price in Norway is 390 kr which is quite pricey but I really don’t need much for one application and considering both, my favourite Origins clay mask and this one are 100 ml, it’s going to last me a very long time.
This face mask definitely brightens up my complexion and I think it’s great for people with oily and combination skin. I wouldn’t use it if I have active breakouts though because of the beads in it but I love how this product contains gentle, plant-based soothing ingredients.

Have you tried any of the new Clinique skincare products?

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