Friday Face Mask: Ultra Violet Brightening Purple Clay Mask
Hello my darlings and welcome once again to the Friday Face mask. Today I decided to go with the Generation Clay Ultra Violet Brightening Purple Clay mask. This is one of those masks that I’ve had several times before, but only in the small trial sized tubes. They come up frequently in IPSY sales (usually sold for $3 on their own or paired with something else). When I see it, I tend to snap it up to keep on hand. I really need to get around to picking up a full sized version as I really do like it. It is on my list of masks to pick up as soon as I whittle down my stash. I’ve had several Generation Clay masks before (the pink clay one was one of my first reviews I believe.) All of their products are good, at least the ones I’ve tried. (and no this is not sponsored)
In the summertime, I really like clay masks in general. I think it is partially because of the cooling effect of the clay. This one especially feels cool and refreshing on the skin. And let me tell you, today needs a little cool and refreshing. Although I’m pretty sure cooling down in the heat isn’t quite why the mask was designed. According to the website…
Perfectly on point in a shade of Pantone’s Colour of the Year’s Ultra Violet, our Generation ClayTM Ultra Violet Brightening Purple Clay Mask is packed with locally sourced superfruit, Davidson plum. A gentle, natural version of skin-exfoliating alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), the hardworking beauty hero rejuvenates dull, tired skin while lightening dark circles and pigmentation.
INGREDIENTS LIST:Aqua (Water), Kaolin, Bentonite, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Arrowroot (Tapioca Flour), Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Maltodextrin, Davidsonia Jerseyanan (Davidson Plum) Fruit Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus) Flower Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Citrus Glauca (Desert Lime) Fruit Extract, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin) Essential Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil, Viola Odorata (Violet Leaf) Absolute, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Lactic Acid, Silica, CI 77491, CI 77007., Limonene.generationclay.com
The mask goes on purple (and easily using my favorite low cost tool; the silicone mask brush) It dries to a lighter purple as it dries down. With clay masks one of the hardest parts is getting them to rinse off. While this does dry down to a crispy shell, what I tend to do is use a face brush to loosen it. The face brush is way too harsh to use on my skin normally, but when I wet it down, I can lightly run it over the surface of the clay mask putting moisture back into the mask and allowing it to be rinsed off easily. I don’t use a lot of pressure and stop brushing before I reach the skin.
A friend of mine is a dermatologist and I have heard many a rant about the harsh bristles. I think the brush came in a holiday gift basket one year so I didn’t go out and purchase it separately but I see them in the Dollar Tree periodically. It is a handy little tool to have around, just not for actually washing my face.
Once dried down, re moistened and rinsed off, I gently pat my skin dry. While I like using this mask, I don’t recommend using it before going out. What I’ve noticed is that in addition to brightening the skin (which it does really well) this mask tends to bring blemishes to the surface of the skin.
When I have clogged pores or pimples that are just under the surface of my skin and won’t actually rise so I can let it heal and send it on its way, this mask tends to bring them to the surface. Maybe it is the drying effect of the clay, maybe it is the AHA exfoliate. I don’t know, but I know that for me it works. Sometimes I will use the mask as a spot treatment, just masking over places I want blemishes to rise to the surface. For me that is often in the curve of my lower orbital bone so I end up looking like a bizarre imitation football player who couldn’t find the jar of whatever black stripes they put under their eyes. Sometimes I add the chin in for a strange purple clay goatee look. Generally I do this when I am in the house alone though as some things don’t need the mockery of others.
So, even though my skin does look brighter afterwards, it isn’t a mask I wear when I’m going out. Luckily my baby and I have a Friday night in planned. My order from Napa Cabs came in (I haven’t signed up for their subscription service – 2 bottles per month starting at $50, but we do like to order from them occasionally. To be honest as they have a better wine selection than many of the places near us, I’ve been considering the subscription. For now we just place an order every few months) and my baby requested a meat and potatoes meal tonight. Literally, actually.
We are grilling a steak (it is enormous so we will only make the one and split it between us – it was the only beef in the store when we went shopping) and I am roasting potatoes with a little sprinkle of salt and hot curry powder. We’ll also have a side salad to go with it. I’ll just have to decide which bottle from the order goes best with curry coated potatoes and steak. Luckily, it’s mostly a box of mixed reds as we tend to lean towards red, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find something suitable. I just can’t remember what we ordered this time around. I tend to order and then forget so it’s always a surprise.
Then after dinner we have a creature feature movie night planned. I know that The Thing has already been taken out and is ready to go into the DVD player. I heard my baby giggle as he selected it. I lean towards Vincent Price, but he loves his monster flicks. Where we go from there is anyone’s guess. I suspect it will be The Tingler as it suits both of us and we haven’t watched it in a while. Admittedly, we don’t have the fun, gimmicky seats, but I’m sure we’ll make do.
For now it is back to work for me. Only a little more to go and this new book I’m working out will be complete. Final edits are never my favorite, but at least they are almost done. I hope you have a great rest of the day, with whatever you plan to do and have a fantastic weekend planned.