Masking

 GEL EYE MASK / SEPHORA HONEY MASK 

GEL EYE MASK / SEPHORA HONEY MASK 

Masking is a relatively new term to describe the nutrient-packed facial treatments that deeply nourish skin. Rather than using a mask for a special occasion or girls night in, masking incorporates these deep treatments as part of a regular routine.

To me, there is nothing more relaxing to do on a Sunday night than pamper my skin and prep it for the week. I've discovered a few masks that support a variety of skin concerns, which come in handy during transitional seasons of the year when the weather is hot one day and cool the next. 

HYDRATING MASKS

After extended sun exposure, air travel, or weekdays spent under fluorescent lighting, environmental damage depletes moisture from the skin. A hydrating mask plumps from the inside out, renewing its ability to retain elasticity. 

EXFOLIATING

Dead, dry skin is the enemy of all foundation and concealer. Makeup looks best, and most like skin, when it sits on an even base. An exfoliating mask lifts dead skin to reveal a softer, smoother, resurfaced complexion with even more power than a typical scrub. 

SOOTHING

Sensitive skin is often prone to redness. Cooling, soothing masks delicately calm redness without stripping moisture or altering its texture, like spraying a extinguisher foam on a fire. 

BRIGHTENING

From time to time, a sallow complexion is the result of battling a virus, acne scarring, or hormonal pigmentation. Brightening masks gently lighten grey tones, giving a more luminous, even finish over time. 

DETOXIFYING

Eliminate patches of black heads around the nose, and remove impurities from inflamed pores with a detox mask, which uses ingredients like charcoal to clean and minimize clogged, oily, temperamental skin. 

Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.