Review | Ole Henriksen Blue/Black Berry Enzyme Mask
So...a few days ago on the way to lunch, I unintentionally caught my gaze in Andy's side mirror and freaked. The indecisive weather left my sensitive skin in a state of confusion. It was itchy, red, and bumpy. The UN-holy trinity. I needed more than a sesh with my Clarisonic, I needed a mask.
Here's the thing about masks. They're a pain in the ass for impatient bitches like me. You want me to wait HOW long?! 15 minutes?! But desperate times called for desperate measures. I dug through my unsorted pile of goodies and endless treasure and found my Ole Henriksen Blue/Black Berry Enzyme Mask ($36 for 3.5 fl. oz.). I read through the first 5 pages of reviews on Sephora and then read through a few more on Makeupalley before deciding this was The One. I made my way to the bathroom and summoned the energy and patience to commit the next 15-20 minutes of my life to this mask.
The clear gel texture of this mask is lovely. You don't have to worry about scaring anyone off in this mask since it's clear! It also smells strongly like lavender and has a cooling effect. While the directions recommend leaving it on for 15-20 minutes, I actually left it on for closer to 40 minutes, because I was distracted by my crossword puzzle and honestly, I wanted every last bit of the mask to work its magic on my skin. This isn't a mask that really dries out, so it was pretty easy to rinse off with some warm water. I followed it up quickly with some toner and serum. My skin didn't look different, so I just called it a night and went to bed.
The next morning I woke up to someone else's skin on my face. Wow, that's a terrible way to put it. But the irritated, itchy skin was gone. In its place was noticeable brighter, softer skin. Andy even made a comment when he touched my face and I knew this mask was a keeper. It's been two days since I used it and I already can't wait to try it again! My skin has remained impossibly smooth and soft, with my pores looking less noticeable than usual. The enzymes had really gone to work smoothing out the texture on my skin and kicking out the dead skin cells that were clogging my pores. Then we've got sodium PCA, which google tells me not unlike hyaluronic acid! This little guy is naturally occurring in our skin and helps keep in moisture, which brightened and brought life back into my parched skin. Tag team! I truly have nothing bad to say about this mask, but I'll be sure to update if something disastrous happens with my next use. Pro tip: give your face a once over with your Clarisonic before mask-ing! It helps your skin open up, ready to receive the magical properties the mask is about to bestow upon that ass.
If you're looking for more specific mask-ing directions, here are the steps I've found to be most effective when mask-ing:
- Clarisonic thy face.
- apply mask + struggle with how to get that last bit off your finger on to your face (now maybe if you wear glasses you can't put them back on because of mask interference).
- check packaging to see how long you have to leave it on for.
- scroll through instagram for 2 minutes and then hit up snapchat.
- check the time to find it's only been 4 minutes.
- finish the monday crossword.
- wash off the mask after 15 minutes and fail miserably at trying to keep your shirt dry. :(
What's your favorite mask or mask-ing technique?! Comment below + let us know!