8 Best Face Masks Transform Your Skin While You Sleep

Face masks, we love! But who has the time?! Still, our skin could use the pampering. That’s why these face masks are extra amazing — you can do them all in your sleep. These eight are the best face masks on shelves now, and each has a slightly different goal, (and a different mix of ingredients) so you can get exactly what you need, plus some Zs. That means you can literally sleep your way to better skin.

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask 

Rodial’s take on a sleep mask incorporates one of the brand’s signatures: dragon’s blood (not real), which plumps and hydrates. It’s a thin, fun-to-apply gel which smells a bit like fruit punch and feels potently moisturizing from first application.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque

The Kiehl’s take on the skincare trend is all about replenishing the skin’s water reserves. On at night (you’re actually meant to tissue off all but a thin layer to sleep in), rehydrated by morning.

Tata Harper Moisturizing Mask

Formulated with hyaluronic acid + Tata’s signature essential oils, this mask has a serum-like texture and a calming, bedtime-appropriate smell.

Dr. Jart Water Max Sleeping Mask 

A light as air gel mask that’s all about hydration. This one feels so good to put on that its tempting to use significantly more than the recommended 2-3 pumps.

Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask 

Erno Laszlo’s formula is literally to face masks what a tempur-pedic is to pillows. It’s pale pink, weightless, and bouncy texture glides on the skin making a dent in the product, but when you go to re-apply the next day, the surface is smooth again–like magic. It relies on ingredients like desert succulent, prickly pear, and Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids to re-hydrate and plump the skin.

Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask

This Korean skincare brand (so you pretty much know they’re good) formulates their sleep mask with walnut extract and hyaluronic acid for hydration, while white mulberry extract helps to calm redness and irritation.

Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask

If you’ve never tried Boscia’s tsubaki (that’s the camellia flower) line of products, here’s one to start with. With it’s lovely light fragrant, smell, and potent mix of Asian power-ingredients (in addition to the tsubaki oil there’s Japanese sea kelp and rice bran oil, this feels like a treat to go to sleep in.

Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask 

Some have compared this magic mask to botox. With ingreidnets like black tea ferment, black tea extract, blackberry leaf extract, and lychee seed extract, Fresh’s mask works to inhibit damaging free radicals and helps to improve skin’s elasticity. If you’ve tried anything from the Fresh black tea collection, then you know the scent is light and refreshing.

Get Your Hands on a Norman Rockwell, and Vice Versa

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is nearly as commonplace as shampoo, and with good reason. It’s a staple. What makes a staple that much better? A collaboration with iconic American artist Norman Rockwell and a mission to donate one million meals to families this holiday season.

The products will be sold in exclusive sets, from which 100% of the proceeds will go to Feeding America, up to $100,000.

As a big fan of Rockwell’s art, this statement from his granddaughter Abigail Rockwell might be my favorite part of the whole operation:

“We are thrilled to be partnering with an iconic brand like Kiehl’s to share Pop’s work with a new generation, especially during the holiday season. His work truly embodies the values that he held close, family, community and the desire to live the American Dream.”

Charming, philanthropic, and genuinely good products. That’s a pretty good trifecta.


Images courtesy of Kiehl’s

Kiehl’s Cool New Collab Combines Art, Beauty, and Charity All in One

Blue Heaven #1 and Blue Heaven #2 by Christopher Makos

Kiehl’s gets my vote for coolest collaboration of the month. In an art-beauty-charity power combination, the classic brand has teamed up with photographer Christopher Makos to auction exclusive silkscreens by the artist that benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Makos, a staple in the New York photography scene, was a frequent collaborator with Andy Warhol. As anyone with an intermediate knowledge of beauty fun facts knows, Warhol was a valued customer of Kiehl’s, and swore by the Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion (often buying it in bulk!)

If you’re not in the art collecting mood this month, you can still buy a limited edition bottle of the formula, designed and featuring art by Christopher Makos.

The online auction goes ’til October 30, 2014 at 5 p.m. EST.

Marilyn Minter + Planned Parenthood + Kiehl’s = Super Cute Bag

Tomorrow night, the famous apothecary Kiehl’s, a fixture of the East Village since 1851, will open a new location in Nolita. To celebrate, Kiehl’s prez Chris Salgardo, Planned Parenthood’s Diane Max, and artist Marilyn Minter are hosting a grand opening, and in conjunction with the opening, Minter created a piece that will be on permanent display in the store. Kiehl’s and Minter will donate $20,000 to Planned Parenthood of New York. All great, right? Totally. But also cool: Minter designed a limited edition tote bag to benefit the organization, and you can purchase one tomorrow night at the event, which takes place from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at 223 Mulberry St.



Artist Kenny Scharf Squirts Kiehl’s for the Holidays

Anddd the gift guides begin. If you’ve got someone on your list that’s the rare combination of both beauty buff and art fanatic, listen up. Following in the footsteps of super successful collaborations with both KAWS and Jeff Koons, Kiehl’s has teamed up with another legendary artist for its 4th annual limited-edition Creme de Corps holiday collection. Brooklyn-based talent Kenny Scharf has created a special package design for the popular cosmetics brand that is as kooky-cool as one would expect.

Scharf’s colorful "Globo Mundo" design is graced on Kiehl’s moisturizer ($29.50-$75) and body butter ($38), as well as a limited "Squirt" collectible sculpture ($50) designed by the artist. Each Squirt is individually numbered and only 2,000 of them were made, adding further to the exclusivity factor and your standing as best gifter of the year. 
The purchase is good karma, too: 100% of net profits support RxArt, a non-profit organization that fosters artistic expression by sharing contemporary art with patients in otherwise sterile healthcare facilities. Shop the collection here.

BlackBook About Town: A Straight-Razor Shave in the Upper East

I’m usually that guy at the gym who is recklessly attacking his skin with a cheap razor blade as if it were some sort of sworn enemy. I shave up. I shave down. Motherfucker, I shave sideways. So it was nice when I discovered there’s actually a class of professionals who will do this to your face in a much kinder way. Justin Virgil, the master barber at the Kiehl’s 1851 spa on the second floor of the uptown Kiehl’s boutique, is a depilator non-pareil. I visited him, after a week of neglecting hygeine, to see what it feels like to be shaved in the hands of a professional and to have gallons of Kiehl’s and no small amount of hot towels wrapped about my face. How does it feel? It feels damn good. 

Three Beauty Gifts No One Will Sneer At

You’ve been there before: you know someone well enough to buy them a Christmas present, but not well enough to actually know what to buy them. It’s enough to tear your hair out. So if you have someone like that in your life, who lies on the fringe of friendship—maybe they’re your boss or your best friend’s girlfriend—here are three beauty gifts no one will return, all under $40, cheapskate. 

Kiehls – Musk Eau de Toilette Spray, $39
While perfume is the most difficult thing to buy someone you don’t know very well, this bottle is a best-kept secret. I know what you’re saying: "Who wears musk anymore?" But it’s a thoughtful alternative to perfume. Besides, this Kiehls musk has been around since the company’s inception, and it’s unisex to boot.    

St. Helena Olive Oil Company – Sacred Bath Kit, $38
Who doesn’t love a good bath? The St. Helena Olive Oil Company is based in Napa Valley where they produce food and beauty products from their own crops. This kit, which includes an organic bath tea, pink Himalayan lavender bath salts, and organic lavender bath milk, gives the gift receiver a luxurious and holistic bathing experience.

MAC – ‘Iced Delights – Rocking’ Nail & Lip Bag, $36
Every girl needs a good red lipstick. It’s a beauty staple. So this holiday, give someone you know MAC’s Nail & Lip Bag. Even if the Kanga Rouge is the wrong shade, there’s still the Golden Blanket Lipgloss and Asiatique Nail Lacquer. And if they don’t like those either, there’s always the snow globe-inspired carrying case. 

Kiehl’s Debuts Its First-Ever Spa & New Oil-Free Collection

Native New York beauty brand Kiehl’s never fails, staying true to their apothecary roots while pumping out must-have, innovative products. This week, Kiehl’s is debuting its first-ever spa, Spa 1851. Located above their new Upper East Side shop, there are three iPad-equipped treatment rooms and lounges furnished with antiques and reclaimed vintage ceilings. One of the first truly unisex brands, the spa offers the same gender-neutral vibe, though it does have a separate grooming station where men can drop in for a shave or hair cut.

The Kiehl’s signature facial is custom-designed for each customer’s needs, and includes a skin diagnosis, infusion therapy, and a hand-blended mask. The anti-aging facial includes either Microdermabrasion or Micro Current Stimulation. Other treatments offered are massage, scalp treatments, and eye treatments.

Just as we enter the sticky days of summer, the brand has brilliantly launched the new Ultra Facial Oil Free Collection, which includes a cleanser, toner, lotion, and gel cream that will control oil without stripping the skin of its natural moisture. The timing couldn’t be more perfect.