Is it a no-cal Afternoon treat? No it’s the Friday Face MAsk

I am used to seeing masks advertised as moisturizing or hydrating, pore cleansing or brightening.  This says none of that.  Or if it does it’s in Korean. The Mellow Cotton Candy Mask does have the word protection written on the front so I suppose that is something.  Admittedly I have no idea what it is supposed to be defending me from. 

I hope it’s Kale.

I don’t like kale.  Surprising when I think about it, as I like most vegetables.  I think it is a texture issue.  It feels like something you should know not to eat when it hits your tongue.  And yes I know it can be blended in a smoothie and consumed that way, but as the benefit of eating kale seems to be mostly dietary fiber based and the blender pretty much nixes the fiber, I don’t really see that as much of an improvement.

My favorite Kale remains the Sweet Chef Kale Serum.  That Kale I love.

So I kind of like the thought of cotton candy protecting me from kale. Actually, I find it somewhat amusing to think of cotton candy as any sort of front line defense.  Let’s face it, if Cotton Candy takes the front lines, the battle lines will be interesting.

And the cotton candy ranks storm kale's front lines, while the Brussels sprouts get bogged down in the taffy trenches. No help coming for the Kale from that quarter.

Poor Brussels sprouts. I actually really like them Sliced and roasted with a drizzle of balsamic and a dusting of parm. Yummy.

I’m sorry they had to go out that way.

I am in a bit of a silly mood today. My plan this morning was simple.  I needed to get my main character from point a to point b. As I was writing the somewhat straightforward scene she decided to take up with a magic mirror with a political agenda. It’s sort of bent everything around in my plot.

It’s a twisted fairy tale story, but I hadn’t planned on a magic mirror.  At least I got to use the name Balthazar. I’ve always wanted to use the name somewhere but no place ever seemed like the right story.  This did.  So now I have Balthazar trapped in the magic mirror and possibly using sleeping beauty (who has found a way out of her sleeping curse) to stage a coup.

It seemed like the perfect time for a Cotton Candy Mask. The more practical looking masks just seemed absurd.

This one was part of June’s Facetory subscription.  I am subscribed to their four pack level of subscriptions.  They also have larger subscription tiers that offer more than just sheet masks.  The larger quarterly one has all sorts of Korean skin care related items. Personally, I am happy with my four pack.  It gives me a good variety while I still work through my regular jarred masks.

Four-ever Fresh Subscription!

Due to my love of masks, I have a collection of partially used jars and tubes I am trying to whittle down.  I promised myself once they get to a more acceptable level I can order a jar of my favorite Annmarie Skincare Mud mask, but I have several jars left to go before I feel comfortable ordering it.

(Incidentally if you haven’t tried it and are on the fence, you can order a sample size of it to test out. I highly recommend it in whatever size you try.)

The cotton candy mask is really juicy when pulled from the foil packet.  You are not shorted on serum with this one.  Given the name (and candy pictured on the front of the mask) I expected the mask to smell very sweet.  I was afraid of the cloying factor.  There is none.  This mask just smells fresh and clean.  (Basically it smells more like skin care than candy). The mask itself is on the thinner side, but it adheres well to the skin.  I did have to blot the portion of mask over my eyes because it was a little drippy, but one pat was all it took. I apologize for the somewhat angry look on my face but I hadn’t blotted when i took the pic and realized i could see a drip so I forgot to smile in my haste.

So I applied the mask, lay down, closed my eyes and tried to figure out how Sleeping Beauty works as the leader of a rebellion.

When fifteen minutes passed, I got up to see what happened while I plotted.

The mask was less drippy but not quite dry.  It was far too saturated to be dry, but I was surprised by how much serum was gone.  I’m sure some evaporated, but when I took it off my face and patted the remaining serum in, I had to admit, my skin felt hydrated and nourished. 

And yes a small part of me expected my skin to be a little sticky. 

It wasn’t.  It was simply a decent hydrating mask.  Was it earth shattering? No.  It is not something that I feel I must have on hand at all times.  While it isn’t a mask I will rush out and buy, it is one I wouldn’t mind having on hand for a day when I’ve spent too much time in the sun.  I think it’s one of those I’ll put on the list and next time I order from the facetory site, I might have a couple chucked into the order.  Sort of a while I’m here add on, but not something I’d be there specifically to buy.

I know that sounds like a bit of a mediocre review, and perhaps it is, but the more sheet masks I try out the more I’m finding that they fall into four categories. 

Category 1: I really hate this and/or it made me break out/have an allergic reaction.

Category 2: I’ll use it if it’s here, but I don’t see the point in actually buying it.

Category 3: I like it enough to add it to an order I’m already placing for something else, but not to seek it out.

Category 4: I like it enough that I will repurchase it to keep around and possibly get notifications for when it goes on sale so I can stock up and never run out.

I know, my categories are a bit wordy, but that really is how I tend to mentally categorize sheet masks. I tend to use that system for a lot of beauty items actually now that I think of it. This mask was firmly in Category three. Which is far higher than I expected a mask called Mellow Cotton Candy to reach.

I suppose I’ll have to adjust my expectations.

So now that I have refreshed myself, and bought myself fifteen minutes of thinking time, it is back to work. I don’t think Sleeping Beauty is going to lead a full scale revolution, at least not in this book.  Maybe in the sequel…

Either way, I’m up for finishing the chapter before I call it quits for the day. I hope everyone else’s day is going well and that you are eagerly anticipating a fun filled weekend, or at least a well-deserved break from the work week.


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