I first fell in love with Ouai (a line of luxe haircare products by celebrity stylist Jen Atkin) when I got my hands on its Wave Spray. And now, I’m equally obsessed with Ouai Finishing Crème, a lightweight hair cream that protects from heat styling, smooths dry ends and gives fine to medium hair that lived-in look. The scent is not overbearing (at first I smell melted butter and then as time goes on, a light floral scent… but if you read the reviews, you’ll see other comparisons) and does its job in maintaining smoothing flyaways and giving strands a piece-y second day hair look. I’ve been using my flat iron a little too often this summer (lately I’ve been obsessed with smooth and sleek hair) and yet this is the only product I’ve relied on because of its staying power. Just know that a little goes a long way—a dime-sized amount applied to ends gives a lived-in look with just a little bit of shine. The line itself is pretty pricey but if you’re using heat styling products on a frequent basis or constantly battling flyaways, then Ouai Finishing Creme is worth every penny.
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What it does: This bio-cellulose sheet mask is designed to hydrate, smooth and leave skin dewy and supple. It’s safe for sensitive skin types.
How to apply: This moisturizing mask was tricky. Most of the ones I’ve tried up to this point are usually double-sided with serum but this one has a protective film on one side of the mask. It took me a few minutes to figure out which side had the protective film. Once I did, it contours to your face so you can leave it on for 20-25 minutes. No rinse needed.
What it felt like: This felt like any other serum-packed sheet mask. It was equal parts soothing and refreshing. I enjoyed every minute of it.
What I did while I masked: Watched a bevy of Dateline re-runs. Because you know how much I love a good murder mystery.
The results: The mask smelled great but once I removed my mask, the product felt more sticky than moisturizing. I ended up wiping off the excess product with a tissue. Once that was taken care of, I was pretty impressed with how smooth and glowy my skin looked. You can scoop up a single sheet mask for just $6 at Ulta so it’s a cheap alternative to those other pricey masks at department stores.
What it does: This gentle exfoliating treatment mask removes dead skin cells for a renewed, hydrated complexion. Lactic Acid works to peel away dirt while Bentonite Clay and plant-based microencapsulated beads slough away old, dead skin cells.
What it felt like: It has a grainy texture, yet it’s easy to apply a thin layer to skin. There was no strong tingling sensation—this mask was not harsh on my sensitive skin. As I washed it off, I felt a cool, refreshing feeling
What I did while I masked: This Tula mask was a quickie—only five minutes, so I wore this while I took a shower.
The results: I absolutely love this exfoliating treatment mask—and not just because of its beautiful Tiffany blue shade. I applied a thin layer to my t-zone area and it easily wiped away dead, dry skin while controlling excess oil and shine. This cleared my pores thanks to those tiny, finely milled gentle exfoliating beads. I was really impressed with the results. I also love that it only required five minutes. If you’re traveling or on-the-go too often, this is the perfect mask for a quick skincare pick-me-up.
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