Sungod & Catharsis Face Masks by Earthwise Beauty + Giveaway

september 14, 2018

Today I have something exciting to share with you. I've been sitting on this for a while and I can finally spill the beans. Over on my Instagram page I'm hosting a contest, a campaign with one of my fave brands, Earthwise Beauty, where one super lucky winner will receive $150 in store credit to be used on the EWB website! How great is that?! I shared all the rules to participate on Instagram (see here) so go ahead if you want to join in on the fun. The whole giveaway is all about Earthwise Beauty's potent face masks so let me introduce you to them more closely.
Earthwise Beauty Sungod and Catharsis Face Mask. Powder, potent, active, organic
 Earthwise Beauty Sungod and Catharsis Face Mask. Powder, potent, active, organic
Earthwise Beauty Sungod Face Mask consistency mixed with water and honey
Earthwise Beauty Sungod Face Mask consistency mixed with water and honey
Earthwise Beauty Sungod Face Mask consistency mixed with water and honey
Earthwise Beauty Sungod Face Mask consistency mixed with water and honey
I just recently talked about Sungod Face Mask* (see here) so let me just start my review with it. Sungod is a "reparative mask for all skin types" and was created for the souls who always crave sun rays, who worship the sun's power, and who, during dark winter months, dream about sun-washed beaches and cliffs. I live for summers, sun and beaches so Sungod was practically made for me. Sun, as well all know, is so extremely important and not only because of the Vitamin D. But what goes hand in hand with the majestic sun are the unwelcome effects it can leave on our skins, from sun damage, hyperpigmentation, premature signs of aging. Sungod helps and reduces all those effects and also contains plants that are supposedly anti-cancer plants, like Maitake and Shiitake Mushrooms, Wildflower Pollen and Goldenseal. This precious mask nurtures with sun-reminiscent and historically sun-associative botanicals such as Calendula, Sunflower and Turmeric. Check out full ingredient list here. All the roots, the mushrooms, flowers, leaves and so on, make Sungod a very potent, active and nurturing mask.

At EWB they describe Sungod as a mask that rebuilds skin tissue that is compromised, damaged from environmental factors, sensitized, or unhealthy. This is not a face mask that offers a quick but ephemeral brightening or purifying effect. In my experience Sungod is in fact brightening but know that this mask needs a bit of time and regular, weekly use to really show itself in all its potential. I completely agree with Ava's description that Sungod is a reparative mask. It repairs and rebuilds the skin and helps the skin to heal faster and to improve texture & elasticity. They say that you can also expect an improvement in chronic skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, and cold-sore outbreaks. I love that it's so nurturing and just a wonderful mask to use weekly for brighter, thicker and healthier skin.

How I mix & use Sungod?

Sungod smells like pollen and is recommended for all skin types, but be careful if you have very sensitive skin, because it's very potent. It depends on how my skin is feeling but I like to use it two different ways. Lately I've been loving mixing it only with water. I use warm water and treat the mask almost like a tea, hence the quite warm water. I'm very particular when it comes to mixing powder masks and I highly recommend doing it my way, if you don't mind me bossing you around haha. First I put a desired amount of the mask into a mixing bowl (mine is from Laurel Whole Plant Organics). I usually use about a teaspoon. Then I sprinkle in some water with my fingers. I run my fingers under a tap so that only a few drops fall into the mixing bowl. That way I don't add a lot of water at a time and I never have a too runny mixture. And if it is, just leave the mask for 5 minutes and it will thicken up a bit & will be easier to apply.

The second way I like to mix it is with water and raw organic honey (and sometimes with a drop or two of oil and/or a toner, but usually I just stick with water). I prefer to mix it with honey when I feel like my skin needs a little extra moisture or when I don't want the mask to be too active. When I only mix it with water, I do experience a rush of blood into my face which is shown by slightly red skin after I rinse off the mask. It goes away in about 10 - 20 minutes. I leave the mask on for 10 - 20 minutes and that works great for my skin. What I also find very important when it comes to masking is that they always work best when they are hydrated, meaning when they are not dried up on the skin. Every once in a while I therefore mist my face with water or a face mist, in this case with Earthwise Beauty Cistus and Moonlight Face Mist*.

For the end of my Sungod Face Mask review let me tell you that this mask wants a committed relationship. If you have it, you better use it regularly and you will really reap all the benefits. Very impressed with this mask. You can check out Sungod Face Mask hereEarthwise Beauty Catharsis Face Mask mixed with water. TextureEarthwise Beauty Catharsis Face Mask mixed with water. TextureEarthwise Beauty Catharsis Face Mask mixed with water. Texture
Earthwise Beauty Catharsis Face Mask mixed with water. Texture
Catharsis Face Mask* differentiates from Sungod in a way that you don't need to use it weekly to notice results on your skin. It's an instant gratification mask and that is often what we expect from masks. The same as Sungod, Catharsis is also very potent and active but it contains less ingredients, only five to be precise. There is Aloe Vera, Neem (the star ingredient of this mask), Spirulina, Chlorella and Orange Peel. Neem is a very well known ingredient in India and has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years. Neem is strongly antimicrobial, healing for acne of all types. "Fun" fact about me and neem is that I had some toenail fungus and I treated it with organic neem oil & it worked like a charm. Sure it doesn't have the best scent profile but if a plant oil can do that on fungus, then imagine how beneficial it must be for reducing acne. Supposedly it's also great for rosacea because of its cooling and anti-inflammatory nature.

Catharsis is described as a "firming, acne-reducing mask", it removes impurities and provides a strong detox and skin brightening effect, but is nonstripping, nondrying, moisturizing, and gentle. You can mix this mask the same way as Sungod but I prefer to only mix it with water. Neem turns into this unique consistency when mixed with water and honestly it's harder to achieve an even application with it. I love applying Sugod with a brush but Catharsis works best when applied with fingers. Don't fuss around with it and try to make it look all cute. The mask feels very cooling on the skin which is quite pleasant actually. I love the anti-inflammatory vibes it gives me. I find it very interesting and unique that when you have the mask on the skin it feels cooling, but once you remove it my skin starts to feel warm and looks flushed. Skin feels very tight, but not like dry skin tight, but like "did I just get botox?" tight. It is definitely firming, and plumping. The perfect way to describe it is that is that my skin feels invigorated. And soft and radiant. I really like it. Plus there's the whole purifying and detoxifying aspect of Catharsis, which is something  I always appreciate.

This mask is vegan (Sungod contains humanely-gathered flower pollen), smells like neem (the scent is kinda bitter and green) and is suitable for all skin types, especially acne-prone, mature, and with rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema. Check out Catharsis Face Mask here.
Earthwise Beauty Cistus and Moonlight Face Mist
Earthwise Beauty Sungod and Catharsis Face Mask. Powder, potent, active, organic
Earthwise Beauty Sungod and Catharsis Face Mask. Powder, potent, active, organic
As a part of the contest I'm hosting on Instagram (see here), you can get both of these Earthwise Beauty masks with a 25% discount code which is valid only for a few days, from 14th to 18th September.

Use the code "TwoWeeksOfMasking" and you will receive 25% off Sungod (get it here) and Catharsis Face Masks (get it here). This code is not valid for any other Earthwise Beauty product, but you can always use my code "Loveliness" to receive 15% off your order. But as is always the case you can't combine both codes in the same order. Shop Earthwise Beauty products here.

In Europe available at Reina Organics and Eminessences.

Hope you enjoyed this post and have a lovely weekend. See you on Instagram!

Much love to you all,

Jana x

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