Facial Pampering Session With My Beauty Diary

I think we can all agree that the best way to wind down after a crazy work week is to sit back, relax, and do absolutely nothing. On my days off from work, you can find me doing just that…with a face mask on. Lately, I’ve been grabbing My Beauty Diary as my go-to face mask. Yesterday, after a two hour workout at the gym, I came home and went straight to bed with my My Beauty Diary mask. My Beauty Diary specializes in facial masks suitable for various seasons and skin types. They have over 10 different masks targeting every skin concern.

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I’m currently using their aloe line since I  have normal skin, but deal with a bit of dryness in the wintertime. The mask claims to make your skin “appear optimal moisturizing, comforting, and soothing.” I choose the aloe line because there are also a lot of benefits of incorporating aloe vera extract in your skin care regimen, especially when dealing with dry, dull skin.


  • Cleanse and tone face before applying mask.
  • Put the mask on and leave it for 20 – 30 minutes, then peel off.
  • Massage the excess essence on the face and neck. No rinsing is necessary.
  • Follow-up with your daily moisturizer.

photo (7)I have read that many other people find this mask hard to put on because it tears so easily. Sorry to burst your bubble but you’re doing it wrong. The mask is lined with a piece of paper that you have to rip off and a lot of people who use this mask have been taking it off before applying the mask to their face. The best way to do this without tearing the mask is to place the whole mask on your face and then peel off the outer layer (pictured here). The mask should easily conform to your facial structure, just pressed it down on your skin where you want it to stick. I promise, it works like a charm.

Now, you can have some fun with this mask. I like to annoy my boyfriend by sticking my face up close to his and pretend I’m Michael Myers. Or you can just sit back, relax for 30 minutes and let the mask work it’s magic.

What I love most about this mask is how soft it leaves my skin feeling I really can’t stop touching it every time! And for the first time, my boyfriend agrees! If you follow my blog, you’d know that he’d rather I slather cocoa butter on my face. A bonus is that it smells very light as opposed to some of the other heavily scented face masks I own. Aloe vera generally is not overpowering, so this mask would be suitable for those who are sensitive to smell. I bought these masks at a small shop in Chinatown, but you can find them online at yesstyle.com for about $13 for a set of 10 masks.

I love pampering myself with a face mask whenever I can. What face masks are you using? Let me know in the comments section below. 

Products I Finished in 2014 – New Year, New Products!

When most people think about the new year, they probably think “new year, new me” but I think “new year, new, products!” I finished a couple of favorites in 2014, and I can’t wait to either make repurchases, or move on to other products. Here’s what I finished in 2014.

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  • Lindi Face Serum
  • Dr. Brandt Pores No More
  • Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel
  • Dr. Brandt Face Cream
  • Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate
  • Biodara Face Serum and Créme De Clay Purifying Mask

Lindi Face Serum: I love this product! It was the first product I wrote about on I Sort of Beauty. The serum is super soothing and silky soft. I would definitely repurchase this.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More: Hands down, one of the best blackhead extractor masks I have ever used. I love that the mask dries into a darker blue color when it’s done and ready to be removed. I need to get this again for 2015!

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel: 2014 was all about natural products for me. I love that this peel is made of organic, fruit-derived hydroxy acids, raw sugar cane, and antioxidant-rich vitamins—A, C, and E. Will definitely purchase the full size product.

Dr. Brandt Face Cream: Eh. I liked it, but didn’t love using it. I preferred using other moisturizers, so will not be seeing this product in 2015.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate: I recently got another one. Why? Because it worked so damn well I felt like I didn’t need any makeup. Love, love, love this stuff! Saying hello to soft, bouncy skin in 2015.

Biodara Face Serum and Créme De Clay Purifying Mask: I wrote about Biodara recently last year. I took the products with me on my trip to Jamaica in October. It was the perfect set to pamper myself with while vacationing. Will I repurchase? I already have!

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  • Amika: Perk Up Dry Shampoo
  • Hello Body Cream
  • MAKE Dual Phase Eye Makeup Remover
  • Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream
  • Imperial Repair Hand Therapy
  • Supergoop! CC Cream

Amika: Perk Up Dry Shampoo: This was my first love (for dry shampoo, that is). I have never used dry shampoo before. I always thought that if I washed my hair every other day or every 2-3 days, I didn’t need dry shampoo. But after using Amika, I realized that there are so many benefits to using dry shampoo. I use it the day after I shower to keep my hair nice and voluminous.

Hello Body Cream: I didn’t love this product, but I didn’t hate it either. It smelled delicious and went on smoothly, but I don’t think it’s hydrating enough. Will not see this product in 2015.

MAKE Dual Phase Eye Makeup Remover: I only found one makeup remover that I loved in 2014, and this product is not it. The remover is not tough enough for eye makeup removal. I won’t be seeing this product in 2015 either.

Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream: I don’t use enough hand creams, but after discovering Supergoop! I’m addicted.

Imperial Repair Hand Therapy: I loved the smell of this hand cream. There wasn’t enough in this sample, I will need to repurchase for 2015!

Supergoop! CC Cream: I have been seeing and hearing the rave about CC creams, but I don’t think this was the best CC cream for me. Will keep hunting for a CC cream to add to my beauty arsenal in 2015.

What products did you finish in 2014? What products will you be taking with you in 2015? Tell me in the comments section below, xo -Linda