#MaskMonday: St Ives Timeless Skin Mineral Clay Firming Mask

Hey all! I don’t know about you, but I tend to go for the high-end masks. Glamglow is a big one for me but I also have Clinique, Origins, Peter Thomas Roth, Fresh and so on. I have a much harder time finding skin care in shops other than Sephora but back before I started blogging – we’re talking 2014 – I was at Target and saw the St. Ives Timeless Skin Mineral Clay mask and for under $5, I was totally down to give it a go.

  Right off the hop, I was stoked that there was a drugstore clay mask. Clay masks tend to really draw out the dirt in your pores which, I mean, who doesn’t want that? St. Ives is also a brand I trust so this seemed like a great fit.

When I first tried it, I was pretty impressed. It even made it’s way into one of my very first blog posts. The mask goes on pretty thick and I can see the oil pull out of my skin as it dries. It is rather cooling as well – tightening the pores ever so slightly. Speaking of, the mask itself gets ridiculously tight and stiff making it difficult to talk (eat, move, etc).

The removal of this mask is a little hard. The best way I have found to take it off is to hold a hot cloth over the face and then do circular motions until it has completely disappeared. Otherwise, there might be some difficulty and maybe even pain. The sucker stays put, that’s for sure. Does it work? I feel like it is awesome for tightening my skin and pores especially around my cheeks and nose, pulling out oil and keeping my skin semi-exfoliated but as far as taking dirt from my pores, I am not sure. There are better masks out there in that respect (but they are also 10x the price).

The bottle is large compared to most masks I have and you don’t need too much to cover your entire face so it lasts quite some time. With all of this in mind, I do like it and will totally continue using it. For anyone looking to shrink their pores and do some minor firming, this will fit very well. I would look elsewhere if your skin is on the dryer side or sensitive side as it does visibly pull out the oil from the skin and irritates a bit during removal. Let me know what you think of the St. Ives face masks! I am interested in trying them all!

Til next time, ttfn x



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