this was forever ☾
November 15, 2012

Mood [Rushed]
Currently Playing [Taylor Swift – Trouble]

Hey everyone ~ I’m going to be introducing a new brand of facial masks that are available for all my Toronto readers! Finally, a company that sells sheet masks in the Western market! You know how much I love sheet masks!

Maskeraide was founded in 2011 by Karyn, a Canadian Makeup Artist/Model turned Marketing and Social Media Maven and Michelle, a cosmetic and skin care addict from Korea. Michelle introduced Karyn to innovative and unique Asian beauty products including BB creams (which have recently become a huge hit among North American women) and Sheet Masks, which Karyn immediately fell in love with. She knew that her and Michelle had to introduce these little miracle masks to the North American market. Together, Karyn and Michelle spent endless hours creating MaskerAide, a line of serious yet fabulous hydrating facial sheet masks that help cure life’s little skin care mishaps.

Look how amazing the package is!! Even the envelope on the outside is hot pink! I love when a company that puts effort into their packaging. It makes everything look so chic and girly!

Once you open the package, all the sheet masks are nicely stacked inside the box. Here are the benefits of these sheet masks:

FUNCTIONAL DESIGN – Unlike liquid or clay masks, sheet masks are totally mess free! They are also convenient and very easy to use. And their small size makes them portable and great for travel.
BENEFICIAL COOLING EFFECTS – The cooling effect of the mask stimulates blood flow and relaxes facial muscles helping to release the signs of stress and fatigue.
ACTS AS AN INCUBATOR – The mask blocks the air from the skin enhancing the skin’s temperature which causes the pores to open and increases the skin’s metabolic rate. As well, it promotes sweat gland secretion increasing the oxygen content within the skin allowing for better absorption of vitamins and nutrients!
PROVIDES DEEP HYDRATION – The intense and quick surge of hydration from one mask plumps up the skin with needed moisture eliminating the signs of dehydration, dryness and aging. This results in perfectly soft and supple skin that radiates with health.
HOLDS & PROTECTS – The amazing material of our masks grabs a hold of our powerful ingredients and keeps them safe from external factors while on your skin.
ECO-FRIENDLY – Production plant emissions during the development of a sheet mask into the air from smokestacks and from waste water are significantly lower in comparison to many other masks that are on the market today.

Here are the sheet masks that are available from the company. All their masks are free of parabens, harsh dyes & pigments, mineral oils, artificial fragrances, benzophenone and glycerins.

All Nighter
Whether you were up all night studying or out all night partying, we’ve got you covered to face the long day ahead. Apply our ALL NIGHTER mask to awaken, refresh and replenish your skin. The cooling effects of the mask will help de-puff and awaken your eyes, while natural Peppermint Oil awakens your senses. Aloe, Argan Oil, Heartleaf (a powerful detoxifier), Honey, Super Fruit and Cactus Extracts work together to erase the signs of the previous night and get you “boardroom” ready!
Price: $4.99 CAD

Detox Diva
Gone are the days of using harsh scrubs and drying clays. Our DETOX DIVA mask (formulated with natural Geranium Oil, Seaweed and Green Tea Leaf Extracts) helps to minimize pores, absorb impurities and protect from toxins and free-radicals without removing your skin’s essential natural oils. Chinese Plum, Strawberry and Lemon Fruit Extracts go to work to gently exfoliate and lift dead skin cells revealing clear luminous skin, while Argan Oil and Honey keep your skin happy and hydrated.
Price: $4.99 CAD

I Don’t Wanna Grow Up
Go ahead, jump in the ‘Fountain of Youth’ and splash around! Who ever said you had to grow up anyway? I DON’T WANNA GROW UP is an intensive, multi-action mask that helps to prevent and combat the signs of aging while nourishing your skin. It provides deep hydration and delivers a healthy dose of age-defying ingredients including natural Ylang-Ylang Oil, Argan Oil, Vitamin E, Hydrolyzed Collagen and Elastin to help diminish fine lines and bring out your youthful glow.
Price: $4.99 CAD

Beauty Rest’ore
Everyday your skin loses essential moisture and nutrients. While you prepare for your beauty sleep, our super hydrating BEAUTY REST’ORE formula (infused with Argan Oil, Super Fruit Extracts, Green Algae and Vitamin E) goes to work to restore, regenerate and repair your skin leaving it silky, smooth and supple by morning. The cooling effect of the mask helps to relax facial muscles easing the signs of stress and fatigue, while natural Lavender Oil relaxes your body and mind. Sweet dreams!
Price: $4.99 CAD

Weather Warrior
Whether you’ve spent the day baking on the beach or skiing down the slopes, your skin has taken a beating. Exposure to damaging elements such as harmful UV rays, wind and extreme cold can leave your skin dry, flaky and screaming SOS! Caring for and moisturizing your skin after exposure to the elements is essential. Apply our WEATHER WARRIOR mask with Aloe, Green Tea, Witch Hazel and Argan Oil to help soothe, calm and heal your skin allowing it to breathe a sigh of relief.
Price: $4.99 CAD

Pre Party Prep
You may be ready for a night of partying and celebration, but is your face? Make sure you stand out from the crowd and start prepping your skin now! Create a perfect canvas for foundation application with PRE PARTY PREP’s silky, lightweight blend of natural Argan Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Super Fruit Extracts, Rice Extract and Honey to energize, hydrate, brighten and prime your skin for a flawless and velvety-smooth finish.
Price: $4.99 CAD

1. To prepare face for your at home facial, start by cleansing and toning your skin.
2. Tear open packet. Gently unfold mask and place on face. Adjust over eyes, nose and mouth for a perfect fit. Rub any excess serum into neck and chest.
3. Relax for 10-20 minutes. Remove mask and discard. Gently pat moisture into skin or give a quick rinse and lightly pat dry.
4. Use once per week. Can be used daily.

My Thoughts

These sheet masks are quite amazing! I have never tried a cream based serum mask before and I must say they are very moisturizing. I love them! Since the masks are free from artificial fragrances the smell is very natural and not over powering. They are also vegan friendly since they do not add any ingredients derived from animals. The price of each mask is not too bad either at $5 a piece. It won’t make that big of a hole in your wallet. Of course, it’s not as cheap as masks like Taiwanese My Beauty Diary or My Beauty Scheming (我的心機) at around $2 a piece. But it’s not as expensive as some of the masks from Lancome or SK-II. Maybe they will sell them in a set in future so it’ll be even more affordable.

I especially like using these masks just before I head out the door. They are great for keeping the skin smooth and soft for makeup application. So when I have extra time in the morning, I like to pop on one of these just before applying my foundation. It’s a excellent for prepping your skin. Plus, with the weather slowly becoming dryer and colder, I can’t help but use sheet masks on a daily basis because my skin is just drying out too quickly. The only complaint that I have about the masks is the fitting. They are definitely a little too big for my face in comparison to my regular sheet masks by My Beauty Diary.

See, even celebrities Jessica Simpson and Jamie Chung (Hangover 2, Sucker Punch) are getting into the trends of sheet masks!
digging sheet masks!

Product (4/5)
Cost (4/5)
Ease of Use (5/5)
Packaging (5/5)

January 23, 2012

Mood [Okay]
Currently Playing [None]

Even though Winter is my second favourite season, next to Fall, it does have its disadvantage: DRY SKIN! I generally have very oily skin, but against this harsh Winter weather in Toronto, even my face can start to get flaky. This makes the application of foundation really difficult and my face gets extremely red because it’s so sensitive. Plus, not to mention that it hurts! Thus, over the years, I have discovered little things that I can do to prevent my skin from becoming overly dry during the Winter. I wanted to share these tips with you as well and so here are my 5 Winter Skin care tips:

#1: Gel Moisturizers

Gel moisturizers are my favourite cream to use during this time of the year. Gel moisturizers tend to provide a burst of moisture that perfectly quenches and hydrates the skin. They are very light and absorbs really quickly into the skin. I love using gel creams during the winter just right before my makeup routine. It really smooths all the rough patches on my face. Here are two of my favourite ones and you know what’s so great about these besides smoothing dry skin? They are incredibly affordable! Remember my review here of the Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream? It was only $10 CAD and as you can tell, I’m almost out of it (That was my second jar). I recently discovered this new one by L’oreal and I would argue that it’s even better than the Garnier one. Not only does it offer sun protection but it’s also suitable for oily skin. It is a little more expensive than the Garnier one, however, you do get more product. Both of these creams come in a very heavy jar container, so it’s very chic. (Available at your local drugstore)

#2: Hydrating Facial Masks

I cannot begin to explain how amazing facial masks are, especially during the dry season. Most sheet masks recommend that you apply one sheet on a weekly basis, however, since my face is extra dry during Winter, I apply on every single night just after my shower. Sheet masks contain a lot of serums and if you look for one that’s specially for hydration, it’ll be dripping when you take it out of the packaging. My favourite sheet masks of all time are still My Beauty Diary and My Scheming because they have the most serum per sheet. (You can see my reviews of face masks here). I would recommend the Aloe Vera one by My Beauty Diary for hydration. (Available at Artie Style, $15.99/10 sheets, Use code “THISWASFOREVER” for 10% off on $20+ purchases)

#3: Evian Water Facial Spray

This little spray never leaves my purse during the Winter. I carry this around with me all the time and whenever I feel my face tightening from the cold, I quickly take this out and give it a few sprays. Evian supplies the vital moisture skin so desperately needs to look soft, supple, healthy, and young looking. You can use it to rehydrate and deliver the perfect balance of minerals skin demands. Don’t worry about messing up your makeup because the spray can even act as a makeup fix. The best part is that you can also take this with you on the airplane for easy travel. (Available at Sephora $10 for 2 50ml bottls)

#4: Hand Moisturizer

I can never leave home without my hand lotion. It’s not just my face that gets very dry during the Winter, but my hands always crack and becomes dry from the wind. Thus, it’s essential to carry a decent hand lotion in your purse. This is the new one that I’ve been loving by Crabtree & Evelyn. I am very picky about my hand creams because I want to provide a great amount of moisture without being overly oily. Plus, the scent need to be mild and not too strong. Prior to using this one, I had been using the L’occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, which is just as good. (Available at Crabtree & Evelyn, $9 CAD)

#5: Humidifier

Last but definitely not the least, this is my new baby humidifier. Isn’t it just adorable? Central heating systems (as well as space heaters) blast hot dry air throughout my home and this can cause my house to be very, very dry. Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. I have placed this right inside my bedroom and turn it on whenever I’m in my room. I turn it on every night before I go to bed as well so that my face will not be dry in the morning. Plus, with the humidifier around, it can also help boost up my body’s immune system. Why? That’s because dry air is one of the major causes of respiratory infections, nose bleeds and winter colds. A lack of moisture can prevent your body’s immune system from repelling infection causing germs, and can actually promote the growth of some bacteria, viruses, and respiratory irritants. (Available at your local Walmart, $17.99)

I hope this post had been helpful and informational. Of course these tips are not definitive. If you have any other ideas on how to combat dry skin during Winter, please share them with me in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!