You Can DIY The Gold Leaf Masks You’ve Seen Everywhere For Under $6

Discriminating against beauty products based on the suggested retail price isn’t in our DNA. From drugstore steals to luxury splurges — and everything in between — we have more than enough room in our hearts (and medicine cabinets) to embrace beauty products from all over the price-point spectrum. But every once in a while, from a purely objective standpoint, we have to stop and wonder, “Does anybody really need that?” In the case of the 24K gold face masks that have been popping up on celebrity faces all over social media, we're veering towards a hard no. Yes, the gilded sheets make for a pretty sweet Snapchat, and sure, they make you feel rich just by association, but the jury is out on whether they’re worth the price tag. Luckily anyone curious, beauty vlogger Farah Dhukai found a way to answer our many questions without dropping $300 on a single sheet mask. How? By taking the DIY route, of course. Armed with nothing but pure 24K gold sheets and her favorite rosehip oil, Dhukai set out to recreate the buzzy treatment — and find out for herself whether it’s really worth it — without the astronomical cost. (Dhukai estimates the retail price of one mask to be around $75-100, with similar spa procedures going as high as $770.) Her version came out to around $6 per use, but she still wasn’t impressed with the results, even at a fraction of the usual cost.

✨DIY 24K GOLD MASK for $6 per use✨ ?A lot of you ask me to DIY and test expensive skincare and treatments that youve seen on instagram/celebs/tv.. so heres my 1st DIY of 2017!? ?COST TO GET EVERYTHING FROM AMAZON: 24K GOLD SHEETS: $10.99 ROSEHIP SEED OIL: $7.48 (u can use any oil, this is just my fav) TOTAL COST TO DIY: $18.47 for 3 TIME USE which = ~$6 per use ?COST TO BUY THIS MASK FROM A BRAND: $75 -$300 for 1-2 time use ?COST AT A SPA: $380-770 per treatment ✌?I tested this mask TWICE to see if its worth spending $ on, if it REALLY does anything, or if it just looks cool and lets you be cleopatra for a day, and if its easy to apply…. Instagram VS Real Life = big difference? 1️⃣TEST #1 GOLD LEAF + OIL SERUM Apply oil to face Apply gold to face with the paper its on. DONT touch it otherwise its a waste/fail Leave on 30 mins - gently rub in with oil (without using oil it jus balls up and flakes off) 2️⃣TEST #2 GOLD LEAF ON CLEAN SKIN - NO OIL -it doesnt stick as well onto a clean face -it does NOT rub into your skin without the help of an oil or moisturizer. -it looks great as a real 24k gold POPPIN highlight on top of makeup but if youre using it for skincare, you have the RUB TF out of ur face to get it off and that just defeats the purpose, cuz rubbing = sagging/aging skin ?RESULTS: the Oil/Serum is what gives you a glow/hydrated skin. The gold looks cool ASF but its VERY hard to work with and you have to have cat like reflexes in order to not ruin the gold leaf and make it go to waste. I literally had to hold my breath at times so the leaf wouldnt fold and fly away. TBH It looks cool on the gram but cool is as good as it gets cuz the gold leaf is not very effective on its own cuz of how hard it is to apply ? If you REALLY want to try the gold leaf facial, do yourself a favour and save a TON of money and just buy the gold leaf off amazon. *Make sure its edible gold leaf and its 23k gold or higher* ps. dont eat it, its edible but it tastes like what it is: METAL. ❤️LIKE dis vid 2 see more like this and leave suggestions below on what you'd like to see DIY'd next!??

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“The oil/serum is what gives you a glow/hydrated skin,” Dhukai wrote in her caption. “It looks cool on the ‘gram, but cool is as good as it gets.” We’re still holding out a sliver of hope that the real thing has magical skin-transforming properties, but you know what they say: Not all that glitters is gold.

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