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If you haven’t heard of Herbivore yet, you came to the right place, because you NEED to know about them. Basically, they’re a new-ish (since 2013) skincare brand that describes themselves as “truly natural, cruelty-free skincare that provides results you can see and feel”. They’re really big on botanical ingredients as well as gemstones and crystals, and they focus on making products that smell and feel good to add enjoyment to our skincare routine.

Now, if you’ve been with me for a while, you’ve heard me ramble ON AND ON about how the experience of skincare and beauty in general matters to me. Like, if a lip gloss is pretty, that’s cool. But there are so many pretty glosses out there, that I’ll always pick the one that also smells good, feels good and makes me feel good.

And this rings especially true for skincare, because when it comes to taking care of my skin (and myself), I want it to feel really good.

The first time I saw Herbivore products was at Sephora last year, when I was shopping for a Christmas gift for my sister-in-law. Right away, I was really drawn to their Hydrate + Glow Gift Set, with its pink shades and minimal luxe glass packaging. I ended up buying it because I felt like it was something I would love to receive myself, and I saw ingredients like rose, hibiscus, coconut and gemstone. I was sold.

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It wasn’t until a few months later, during the Sephora yearly sale, that I ended up buying the Brighten mask for myself. In the beginning, I was really hesitating between the Brighten mask and the Pink Cloud moisturizer, but ended up going with the mask, because you guys know, I’m a sucker for a good mask.

But here’s the thing: The Brighten mask is an exfoliating mask that contains AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) - And I’m not suposed to use acids on my face in combination with Curology. The way I understand it, Curology already contains ingredients that exfoliate the skin, so they don’t recommend using more, to not over-dry or irritate the skin.

But I’ve been using Curology for about a year now, so I figured at this point, I could slowly reintroduce some acids. If you’re wondering why I need (or want) some acids in my skincare, or what they even do, here’s the deal:

AHA’s and BHA’s stand for alpha and beta hydroxy acids, and they’re basically exfoliators that remove dead skin cells, or the entire first layer of your skin. They’re also called resurfacing acids, because they allow the “new”, fresh layer of your skin to come out looking all fresh and glowy.

Since texture is my main skin concern now that I’ve got my acne under control (thanks to Curology), this type of ingredient is really something I’m looking for when it comes to skincare.

Not only does this mask contain AHA’s extracted from pineapple and papaya, it also contains rice powder and Brazilian white tourmaline gemstone, which both soften, smooth, brighten and illuminate the complexion.

I personally found this mask super effective in doing all of that, and I find that the more I use it, the more I actually love it. It’s super gentle, and the fact that I’m able to use it in combination with Curology brings me to believe that it would be safe even for super sensitive skin.

At first, the texture of the mask threw me off a little, because it’s quite runny. It definitely has nothing to do with the texture of a clay or jelly mask. It feels more like a runny yogurt, but once you put a thin layer on your face, it stays in place and doesn’t run. The smell is also quite divine. It has a subtle piña colada aroma, in the sense that it smells like pineapple, but in the most natural way possible.

All in all, this mask really works when it comes to brightening the skin and giving it a super healthy glow. I highly recommend trying it out, especially if you’re into natural, vegan and cruelty-free beauty. I personally feel like it makes my face look radiant, and quite frankly, looking at least 5 years younger. No joke!

This has quickly become one of my favourite face masks, and I love that I can use without feeing guilty, because it’s so clean. It’s also certified “Clean” by Sephora, which means it doesn’t contain an extensive list of 50 undesirable ingredients like sulfates (SLS and SLES), parabens, phthalates, and more.

It also doesn’t contain preservatives, so I think it’s important to mention that I’ve had it for months and it’s still good to go. I had one mask (from another brand) go bad on me last year after a little more than a month and that was super disappointing because it was an expensive product and I had to throw it away - it smelled so disgusting that I was scared to put it on my face, lol. This Herbivore mask claims to be good for one full year after opening (which is pretty standard) and I feel like it’s accurate. No matter what, this one won’t go to waste because it’s SO GOOD, I’m for sure gonna be using all of it before the year ends!

Have you guys tried this mask or any other Herbivore product? Please let me know what else I should try from them in the comment section below!!

Love you guys!

Have a great weekend,

Jenny xx

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