Tuesday, 8 August 2017

AFFORDABLE BEAUTY- Life Brand beauty masks

Skin care and beauty products don't have to break the bank, so I'd like to offer up the first entry in my AFFORDABLE BEAUTY series ❤❤❤ 

I have to confess. I'm addicted to Shoppers Drug Mart. I don't know what it is about the place, but as soon as I walk in I know I'm going to walk out with things I suddenly remember I need.  I love the convenience of having everything I want in one place, with brands I'm familiar with and prices I can deal with (I won't even get started on the Optimum points OMG)  so you can imagine how thrilled I was when I stumbled upon the Life Brand beauty masks that were on special when I went looking for items for a girls night with my daughter. I'm usually skeptical with off brand beauty products so I was happy to finally discover what Life Brand was all about. No time like the present...amirite?! 

I got three masks- the detoxifying mask with french clay, the brightening mask with pink clay and shea butter, and the brightening mask with grapeseed extract. I admit that I didn't have high hopes for these masks, I was just happy that I didn't have to go into my personal stash for my 8 year old! Turns out, the Life Brand masks are fantastic for days you need a quick fix at a reasonable price. I would suggest avoiding the peels if you have sensitive skin because the tingling sensation can be a bit irritating. Always double check the ingredients and do a patch test first when you're trying new products!

My favourite out of the three masks was the pink clay and shea butter mask. This mask was gentle yet effective. I did notice an immediate tingling sensation and after 20 minutes, my face was left soft and glowing. The mask spread well and washed off easily. I liked that the fragrance wasn't too strong. The formula felt like any other mid-range product and I was impressed that the masks are paraben free. 

I had a hard time finding the full ingredients list online, but one thing that stood out when I looked at the ingredients on pouch was carrageenan. Wait wuuut??! Let's back up a sec...in case you didn't know, carrageenan has been a bad word in recent studies- particularly when it comes to food. Carrageenan is an ingredient that you can typically find in foods that are smooth and consistent like ice cream, yogurt, pudding, chocolate milk etc. and offers improved texture and thickening of the product you're adding it to. 

So what's it doing in skin care products?? While some studies have shown that degraded carrageenan is harmful and that there is a connection between exposure and stomach ulcers and turmors in mice, food-grade carrageenan has been found to be safe to use in skin care and food. I'm still unsure about how the use of degraded vs food-grade carrageenan is regulated, so if you have any insight about this please do let me know! I'm very intrigued about this topic.

I got these masks at the affordable price of 3 for $5 or $1.50 when its on sale! There's a ton of product in each package, and depending on how thick you like your masks, you can get between 3-4 uses from just one pouch! I also like that there is something for every skin type. You can find brightening, exfoliating, anti-aging and even skin calming formulas. I find that even though its a cheaper product, it's effective and you aren't paying extra for the frills and fancy packaging that some other brands charge. 

I've tried quite of bit of products since my blogging journey began and I can honestly say that the old adage "you pay for what you get" is especially true for skin care. While I liked the results these Life Brand masks provided, I could tell this wouldn't be something I'd rely on as my only source of skin care. The pink clay mask provided a temporary fix and would be perfect for days when I need a break from my regular routine. 

If you're looking for a convenient mask that's great for sharing, then you should check out what Life Brand has to offer. 


Have you tried any Life Brand masks? Let me know which one is your fave!!

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