Happy Friday Lovelies! 

 Today’s post focuses on my top picks for facial masks. This is one area which was a bit of a no brainer for me because I have a clear set of masks that just do the trick for my trouble at any given moment and these are it. Highly recommend them, definitely read my original review(s) for those interested, and I hope it helps keep your skin in great shape in 2013!

First on the list is the Alpha-H Liquid Gold Smoothing and Perfecting Face Mask. This face mask is incredible for TONS of skin issues including but not limited to acne, dullness, fine lines, dry skin, scarring, and pigmentation (brown spots). I don’t recommend using this anywhere near the eyes so make sure there is a wide berth from your eyes and the face mask as the skin on your eyes is thinner than the rest of your face and is more likely to suffer from irritation. This mask is seriously potent so I don’t recommend this for sensitive skin as it has a very noticeable tingle to it! If your skin can handle it, it is well worth the temporary discomfort, though, because it feels a bit like a mini peel in that your skin feels instantly softer, clearer, cleaner and brighter after using this face mask. Like many of the Alpha-H products, this utilizes the magic that is glycolic acid at a substantial 15% and is used for exfoliating dead skin cells and encouraging cell turnover while  manuka honey, lavender and vitamin E which work to protect, hydrate and calm fresh cells.

I highly recommend this one for those with trouble skin or those battling dullness, pigmentation or scarring. Although it’s a bit pricey, it’s well worth it, in my opinion!

You can check out my original post on this face mask here.

Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask

Next on the list is the Wei Beauty Purify Chi Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask. This mask is fantastic for those with clogged pores, acne, dry skin, and oily skin. It does wonders for me in hot weather when I’ve been oilier than usual and have a few spots. It definitely has a bit of that tingling sensation, though not nearly as intense as the Alpha-H one. Also, the mask itself is formulated with many natural botanical extracts including Golden Root, Chrysanthemum, and Reishi Mushroom to brighten, purify and de-clog pores. Als, these little pots of face mask will last for about 2-3 face masks each so it does last quite a long time, even if you like to layer it on. I love that applying this mask feels like your very own mini day spa and it works at a level of intensity that most skin types can handle and that is much less intense than the Alpha-H. I don’t know that I’d recommend it for sensitive skin types; if I were you, I’d try to see if you can get your hands on a sample and do a patch test first. You can see my original post on this mask here.


This is probably one of the more unique natural beauty brands I’ve reviewed this past year and with good reason! Dairyface use totally fresh ingredients to keep your face, body and everything else in tip top shape! Their products are all made with a natural base of yogurt cultured from milk produced by grass-fed cows in order to offer your skin an optimal level of omega 3’s, probiotics, prebiotics, and other vitamins. This base in then blended with various herbs to treat different skin issues including redness, irritation, acne, dryness, clogged pores, and dull skin. I love how gentle, yet effective these products are as face masks! Plus, since they have to be refrigerated, they offer instant relief to skin suffering from irritation, redness or dryness. The lactic acid in the milk gently exfoliates skin while also calming it with herbs and using the proteins in the milk to plump and hydrate cells. I think this type of product is perfect for any and all skin types (do a patch test first if you’re unsure!) and one that anyone can definitely benefit from. I have also used these products as a body mask and a hair mask which really softened and hydrated both my hair and body. My only recommendation is be sure to use another body wash and shampoo after these to rinse Dairyface full out otherwise you’ll smell later and have dried milk around on your skin and hair! To see my original post on this, click here.


This last one is one of my favorite all around multi-use beauty products of 2012. It is just such a seriously fantastic product that does so many things and would work for nearly any skin type, including sensitive and acne prone types. It is first and foremost an organically certified cleanse balm which includes many hydrating oils and valuable essential oils which work to cleanse, calm, rejuvenate and moisturize the skin all at once. Since it is also quite hydrating, it can work as a cleanser & moisturizer in one and since it comes with a natural muslin cloth, you can actually get mild exfoliation when you use it to remove the cleansing balm. Aside from that, this balm also works as a face mask and definitely helps to hydrate dry skin. When my skin gets that ugly, tight and dry feeling, I just literally pop a thin layer of this on and my skin instantly feels fuller, smoother, softer and yes, more hydrated. I love this cleansing balm for everything and IT WORKS . Try it, you won’t regret it. To see my original post on this cleanse balm, check here.

Stay tuned for a few more of these “Best of Beauty 2012” posts as I’ll be doing a few more for body and nails.

That’s all for My Favorite Face Masks of 2012 – What’s Yours?

Let me know in the comments!

Have a Great Weekend!

13 thoughts on “My Top Favorite Skincare Products of 2012 – The Best Face Masks

  1. Dash

    Great post! I haven’t tried the Alpha-H face mask but I’m a massive fan of Liquid Gold.

    The Dairyface products look fabulous too – I love the packaging, just like yoghurt!

    My favourite mask is Rodial Dragon’s Blood, I find it works best with my Runner’s skin!

    1. storybookapothecary Post author

      Thanks! The mask is lovely – it does have a similar tingle feeling to the Liquid Gold only it’s a mask so you know! The Dairyface is also really great. I love it for brightening the skin without drying it out. It’s also REALLY softening. I’ve never tried the Rodial one – how is it? xx

      1. Dash

        I wish we had Dairyface here in the UK, I checked out the website but I couldn’t see any plans for them to come over here 😦
        I really love Rodial masks, I’ve tried the 5 Minute Facial and Dragons Blood. Dragons Blood is great when you need a gentle moisture boost, I often leave it on overnight and my skin looks amazing in the morning. xx

      2. storybookapothecary Post author

        Yeah, they seem to be a relatively new company and given the nature of their product ( need to be refrigerated ), it may be awhile until they expand because the investment of companies to purchase their refrigerators to hold their products might be seen as risky to many. Personally, I love their products and wish them much success. They are really great products. Thanks for letting me know about Rodial. I’ll have to check them out! xx

    1. storybookapothecary Post author

      LOL! Yes, it does look exactly like yogurt, but definitely don’t eat it. It smells like herbs, yogurt and lavender and things so yeah. It’s really great for brightening and softening skin though xx

  2. Hannah Ackroyd

    Ooh these all look so exciting! There is something so fun and girly about sitting down with a face mask, I love it! I haven’t tried any of these brands so I think I will have to do some shopping! My Leor just sent me a sample of their sticky toffee face mask…it smells so good I could eat it!

    1. storybookapothecary Post author

      I totally agree – face masks are my mini spa in a bottle! I light a candle and chill haha. I definitely think these are worth a look or two! 😉 Oo I haven’t tried My Leor yet – can’t wait for that review. Sticky Toffee sounds yummy! Lol. xx

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