Makeup Wars ~ My Favourite Mask

For this weeks Makeup Wars feature I am going to do something I never do, which is review a sample. Now the reason I am breaking my rule is that this was a very generously sized sample that I received in a beauty box and I got weeks of use out of. And I have been missing it ever since it ran out!

The Pure+Simple Calming Cucumber Mask ($25.25 CAD/50 ml) got me through some vary harrowing skin times. I was trying to do my best to get an amazing retinol product to work for me but my dry, sensitive, rosacea afflicted skin would have none of it. My skin was raw, peeling, and sore. The Calming Cucumber Mask was like my little miracle tube. One treatment with the retinol product and I would be red and raw and then one treatment with the Calming Cucumber Mask and my skin was repaired. It was a yo-yo I continued a little longer than I should have but even afterwards I found myself turning to the mask whenever my skin felt overly dry, over exfoliated, or I was suffering from a rosacea flare up. The mask is designed to nourish and calm skin with its cooling and soothing properties and it does a wonderful job of it.


The Pure+Simple Calming Cucumber Mask contains Sea Algae to help restore moisture to the skin as well as antioxidants, Grapeseed Extract, and Vitamins A, C, and E. It infuses skin with hydration and plumps up skin cells leaving it feeling renewed and rejuvenated just as promised. Another bonus is you can cool this mask in the refrigerator to provide extra soothing to skin irritated from things such as sunburn and rosacea. You can even use it as an eye mask to help with puffiness and dark circles! You leave the mask on for 30 mins prior to rinsing off to ensure good penetration but you can also do what I did the majority of the time which is leave it on as an overnight treatment and rinse it off in the morning.

I can’t believe I’ve been letting my penny pinching ways keep me from buying a vat of this stuff. I had almost forgotten about how much I loved and then missed this mask. Pure+Simple is a Canadian company and you can find out more, as well as purchase their products, on their website.

Make sure to check out the favorite masks of the other Makeup Wars members. Just click on the thumbnails below or use the Previous and Next buttons at the top of this post. If you have missed out on the previous Makeup Wars be sure to check them out, including our Favourite Non Powder Eye ShadowsApril Fools Day PrankSpa Pampering at HomePantone Color of the Year Emerald Green LooksTravel PicksValentines Day LookHoliday LookHoliday WishlistsFavourite MascarasFavourite Fall LookFavourite Red LipFavourite Makeup BrushFavourite Fall Nail Polish, and Most Expensive Makeup Look.

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  • kelly

    I love discovering new brands! Thanks!

  • Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    Yep, anything that says cucumber is hands down always amazing.
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  • Retrodiva

    I have to agree – I’ve never gone wrong with cucumber anything.
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  • Pink Sith

    This sounds great! Even my oily acne prone skin suffers from time to time and this mask sounds like exactly what I need to make it chillax! I’m adding it to my list!
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  • Phyrra

    Wow, sounds lovely!
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  • MarciaF (beauty info zone)

    I had a reaction to a retinol product too and was at a loss for what to do. I ended up Egyptian Magic and Reviva Labs Willard Water to get rid of the peeling and tightness. This sounds like a great product.
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  • Pammy

    This sounds like a great healing mask to have on hand for whenever your skin gets irritated. Sounds so soothing!
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  • Brittany

    This masks sounds niiiiice. I like to put mine in the fridge too. It feels so good on the skin. Especially after a warm shower.
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  • Carleen

    I love cucumber masks! This one sounds great!
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  • Eugenia

    It says cucumber, I’m already sold!
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  • Cindy (Prime Beauty)

    This sounds great for after a chemical peel, I’m anxious to try it!
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  • jbrobeck

    This mask sounds wonderful!

  • Christine

    This sounds like a must have for those of us with rosacea!

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