How To Use Powder Face Masks

I recently popped to TwistBe’s* store in Kamppi district, Helsinki, and had a long chat with Kati, one of the wonderful founders. We chatted lengthy about the store concept and how curated their product lines are, and one brand that I kept seeing in the shop was BYBI*. I’m a fan of this “Instagram chic” British eco brand, but Kati mentioned that some customers shy away from the powder masks, such as BYBI’s Detox Mask. I thought how to powder face masks would be a great idea for a blog post, so here it comes!

How To Use Powder Face Masks | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
How To Use Powder Face Masks | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

What Are Powder Face Masks And How To Use Them?

I like to categorize face masks in five main types

1. Balm/oil-based masks: like Josh Rosebrook Advanced Hydration Mask (review here)
2. Exfoliating or enzymatic masks, for example the Evolve or Tata Harper ones
3. Hydrating masks; wash-off (read more here) and sheet masks (reviews)
4. PRE-MIXED masks that use clays, such as Mahalo The Petal mask (review here and here)
5. MIX-IT-YOURSELF masks, which we’re talking about today!

These masks that come in powder forms are often clay, charcoal, seed powders or some flour-based concoctions that you mix (‘activate’) with a liquid, such as water, aloe vera or honey. This might sound complicated, too much effort or messy, but trust me on this – it’s not. You’re not baking a complex cake here, you’re just mixing a ~2 teaspoons of powder with 3-4 drops of liquid. If it’s too thick - add more liquid. If it’s too runny - add more powder! Simple as that.

How To Use Powder Face Masks | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Why Should I Choose A Powder Mask?

I think there are two main benefits: you get to customize your mask and it’s very cost-effective. Sometimes you might want to use your clay-based mask with water for drawing out impurities or exfoliate, on another occasion you might want to choose honey or aloe for a more gentle, hydrating mask session.

Powder masks stay good for a very long periods of time as they have no water or other ingredients that tend to go off quickly. If you’re concerned of preservatives, there usually is none. You can easily travel with a small amount of the powder, no cabin restrictions on an airplane. Beauty brands also tend to be very generous with the amount of mask powder you get: luxury brands like May Lindstrom or de Mamiel tend to be very pricey, but you get a ton of product when you choose a powder mask over pre-mixed one. Get one to share!

Thirdly, I personally enjoy it a lot. I put my hair up and feel like I’m doing something kind yet beneficial for myself and my skin. If you want to make this a full self-care ritual, maybe pour the powder in a special dish, such as a ceramic cup or even a beautiful soy sauce plate and use a face mask brush to mix and apply the mask. You don’t even need to purchase a special brush if you have an old paddle foundation brush.

How To Use Powder Face Masks | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Some Powder Masks to Try:

I haven’t tried all of these as I still have plenty of de Mamiel Brightening Cleanse and Exfoliate left and I am definitely going to repurchase. It’s amazing, but pretty strong and intense, so I listed alternatives. BYBI is a safe bet for your first powder mask if you’re unsure, but I’ve heard wonderful things about Leahlani! (Note: some of these websites have marked the product as ml vs g, but they are all powder)

BYBI the Detox Dust 60ml / €28.9 on TwistBe (FI)*
May Lindstrom The Clean Dirt Cleansing Clay 200ml / €74 on Jolie (FI)*
May Lindstrom The Problem Solver Correcting Masque 250ml / €105 on Jolie (FI)*
Isla Apothecary Skin Purifying Mud 85g / €38 on Jolie (FI)*
Leahlani Kokoleka Detox Face Mask 100ml / €72 on Jolie (FI)*
Leahlani Kalima Cleansing Powder 100ml / €53 on Jolie (FI)*
de Mamiel Brightening Cleanse and Exfoliate 70g / £45 on Cult Beauty*

Have you tried powder masks? What’s your favorite?

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Great Lashes with Lily Lolo Natural Mascara (Eco Mascara Review)

When Lily Lolo came more accessible to me, I asked some makeup items for review. You know how much I love luxe beauty and that’s still very much true, but with mascaras I like to be more frugal. After all, mascaras go bad quickly and I try to replace mine every three months. I think there’s some hype around this particular eco mascara, but not 100% sure..? Anyway, enjoy the post and let’s see if the mascara is any good!

Lily Lolo Natural Mascara Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Lily Lolo Natural Mascara Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Lily Lolo Natural Mascara

Lily Lolo started as a mineral makeup brand for more than 10 years ago, in the UK (to my understanding). They make cruelty free eco makeup and a couple of skincare products. The brand has two mascaras ‘Natural’ and ‘Big Lash’. Natural Mascara* is 7ml and retails €17.9 at House Of Organic(FI)*, Lily Lolo (UK).

Lily Lolo Natural Mascara Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Lily Lolo Natural Mascara Review and Demo | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Lily Lolo Natural Mascara Review and Demo | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Using the Natural Mascara

Now, this mascara isn’t natural finish in my opinion.. Not that it’s a bad thing, but if you’re looking for barely there, natural look eco mascaras then Inika Long Lash Mascara (review) is pretty nice. Personally I’m all about va-va-voom volume, length and buildability. This formula is nicely dry after one to two weeks of use and you can layer and build the mascara to the intensity you wish. The wand is semi-large and the tube rations you quite a lot of product: I recommend swiping off the excess to a tissue or in the tube. The color is nicely black.

I have pretty average lashes so I need to curl mine carefully, then zig-zag the mascara wand from the roots and move towards the tips. Luckily enough the wand is not too obnoxious and I have managed to apply mascara without smudging or poking at my eye. The curl holds pretty nicely: not as efficiently as with water-resistant formulas, but pretty well. What I like the most is the dryness and I can keep layering this mascara without my lashes sticking together. There is little clump, but doesn’t bother me. For cleaner look, you can use a lash comb (mine is this from Wayne Goss).

The wear for the Lily Lolo Natural Mascara is another highlight - it does smudge if your eyes water (if laying on your side, for example), but if you walk in a slight rain or wear it +8 hours it doesn’t move around. This smudging is also far from panda eyes. No flaking. The mascara stays put and also removes well with an oil based cleanser and warm water.

Lily Lolo Natural Mascara Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Btw this eyeshadow is Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in New Moon. Thanks Jenny/Geeky Posh for the help! If you want some kick-ass skincare reviews and info, check out her blog.

Lily Lolo Natural Mascara Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Overall thoughts

To me eco mascaras are not a “thing”, but I know that many of my readers prefer to choose a natural eco brand. I still prefer my Heroine Make and MAC Extended Play mascaras for HC long wear, but I’ve given 4.5/5 in my Excel sheet for Lily Lolo Natural Mascara. When you want something with volume and length that stays put, but doesn’t take a lifetime a remove I think this mascara is worth a go!

PSA: My blog has been 100% ad and affiliate link free, but from this post forward I will be using ad links on some of the products. This is to support the domain and blogging costs, so if you want to purchase a product and support me (for no additional cost), use the ad link. :) If not, just google! x

*This mascara was kindly gifted for consideration.
All thoughts are my honest and my own.
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Luxury In a Bottle - Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser Review

If you know green beauty, you gotta know Tata Harper. She’s a pioneer in luxury skincare whose aim is combining efficacy with eco products. Last Summer I had a pleasure to meet her at Naturelle’s Master Class and I gotta say that she glows from the inside out - and I’m not only talking about her skin! Her personality and philosophy is so radiant it was contagious. Today I’m taking a closer look at her famous Regenerating Cleanser**, I hope you enjoy the review!

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Tata Harper and Regenerating Cleanser

Like many green beauty founders her brand has a personal backstory: her stepfather got diagnosed with cancer and Tata started paying attention to product ingredients. She couldn’t find something effective, safe and 100% natural that was a pleasure to use, so she decided to make it herself. All Tata Harper Skincare is made in Vermont, but her passion for beauty comes from her Colombian background.

Regenerating Cleanser is Tata Harper’s daily exfoliating treatment cleanser for dull and congested skin. It provides a gentle physical and chemical exfoliation with the combination of apricot microspheres and BHA from willow bark. 100% of total ingredients are from natural origin, 82% from organic farming. See certifications here. 125ml pump bottle retails for €82 / $82. Available at Sokos, Stockmann and Naturelle (in Finland) and Cult Beauty* (worldwide).

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Ingredients

Hordeum Vulgare Leaf Juice*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Propanediol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Sorbitan Olivate, Aqua/Water/Eau, Lactobacillus Ferment, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Arnica Montana (Arnica) Extract*, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Leaf Extract*, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract*, Spiraea Ulmaria (Meadowsweet) Extract*, Coco-Glucoside, Cetearyl Glucoside, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil*, Kaolin (White Clay), Sclerotium Gum, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Sodium Phytate, CI77491 (Red Iron Oxide), Aroma**, Alcohol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool *Ingredients from Organic farming ** Clinical grade essential oils blend

This cleanser is in a in a barley base with emulsifying agents based from olive oil. After moisturizing sunflower seed oil, the apricot seed powder is high in the ingredients list, making this creamy cleanser generous with mechanical ‘scrubby bits’. The apricot seed powder is very fine, more like fine sand than very gritty. Personally I can use this cleanser on a regular basis, but you might want to sample it first if you’re sensitive or very prone to redness.

What I really enjoy in this formula are the amount of fermented ingredients (Lactobacillus and Leuconostoc from pomegranate and radish root) and BHA delivered from Willow Bark Extract. Willow bark naturally contains salicylic acid, which helps the skin shed dead cells and clear pores while stimulating new cell growth. Salicylic acid is one of my favorite exfoliants, to get the full benefit I would leave this cleanser on a couple minutes as suggested on Tata’s website. Notice that this combination of manual and chemical exfoliation will make the skin more sensitive to sun and I always recommend using a sunscreen.

After Willow Bark Extract the formula is packed with many botanical leaf extracts such as arnica, borage, calendula and alfafa. There is also a small amount of white clay that helps to pull out impurities. Overall this ingredient list looks very safe and well-balanced to my eyes. There is a small amount of essential oils if you’re very sensitive. To battle acne I might use a BHA toner instead and not aggravate the skin with too much scrubbing.

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Using the Regenerating Cleanser

Tata’s cleansers are among the most beautiful and luxurious I’ve ever tested. I love it how their website provides information on different cleanser types and what are suitable for specific skin concerns. For dull and congested skin she recommends using this cleanser in a combination with her strong enzymatic mask, the Resurfacing Mask. If you’re curious, you can read more tips on this article. At the Master Class I tried topping the Regenerating Cleanser with the Resurfacing Mask for 5 minutes for deeper exfoliation, but for this review I’ve used the cleanser on its own.

In my opinion, the Regenerating Cleanser is best suitable for mornings when you feel extra gunky, sweaty, oily or as a second step after thoroughly removing makeup. You get the whole exfoliating effect by massaging the cleanser on dry skin by using circular motions and buffing. Most times I’ve applied the cleanser on damp skin for gentler results; I use strong acid toners regularly so I don’t want to over-exfoliate my skin too abrasively, but if you suffer from a lot of congestion or build-up you might want to apply the cleanser on dry skin time to time. If there isn’t many acid containing products in your routine already, one way to get all the benefit from the willow bark extract is to leave the cleanser on the skin for a 5 minute mini-mask.

The texture of the Regenerating Cleanser is creamy with sand-like particles called ‘apricot microspheres’. I used to be afraid of manual scrubs because I didn’t want to get micro cuts on my face, but since they are called spheres I assume it’s safe. To be honest, I’ve grown to like a little scrubbing from time to time. The Regenerating Cleanser feels especially satisfying on the days when I’ve worn sunscreen and makeup for hours and my face feels extra grimy.

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Final Thoughts

What I love about this Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser is its simple efficacy. Of course I take the luxurious user experience into account when I’m using a cleanser this $$$, but nothing beats how clean, fresh and radiant my skin feels after each use. There’s no greenwashing, gimmicks, unrealistic magical promises or fancy feeling fragrances. Yes, the price is very high for a cleanser, but you get what you pay for: certified organic ingredients, a perfected formula in a generous 125ml heavy glass pump bottle. If you’re on a budget I highly recommend picking up an acid toner and a good serum first, but if you want to treat yourself I think the Regenerating Cleanser is lovely.

In the end I think it’s your choice what’s worth it for you and if you want to splurge on a cleanser or skincare in general. Will I be buying a new bottle after finishing the sample? Yes. I’ll be saving up and keeping my eyes open for sales! xx

**This bottle was kindly gifted for consideration.
My thoughts are honest and my own.