Good afternoon my darlings. I hope your Friday has been going super fantastically, or at least fantastically productive. I just spent far too long on a conversation with someone who complained a lot about washing reusable masks, but didn’t want to buy the non-reusable ones.
It turns out she takes all of her laundry to the dry cleaners rather than washing it at home. Or has in the past. From the conversation I gathered that the pandemic has forced her to do laundry herself for what sounded like the first time in her life.
As my mother taught me how to do my laundry when I was about ten and then put my laundry on my weekly chores list, I was kind of surprised that she made it to her forties without any laundry skills. Our family did the drycleaners once a year when we took the winter coats out of storage. My mom did my brother’s laundry until he hit his twenties and then he finally learned to do it himself. Mostly because he is too cheap to pay a dry cleaners.
And yes this meant that I spent the bulk of the conversation wondering if her underwear was dry cleaned as well. I didn’t ask because there is really never a good time to ask a professional associate about their underwear, but the question still haunts me.
And I bet you’re now thinking about it too.
You are welcome.
So I am ready for a change of mental processes, a Friday etch-a-sketch for my brain if you will. And so on to the Friday Face Mask. Today I went with Farmacy’s Honey Potion. It comes in an adorable glass jar shaped like a honeycomb cell. The lid is plastic but made to look like wood. It is also magnetized so that it keeps the metal spatula in place. I’m pretty sure this is the only reason I haven’t lost the spatula yet.
So from the Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing antioxidant hydration mask I expect…
An intensely hydrating honey face mask for a glowing complexion! Infused with powerful antioxidants, this warming mask leaves skin soft, supple and plump with hydration. Mask day or night for an indulgent spa experience. Hydrates with honey. Pure and sourced from U.S. farms , our honey blend delivers skin-loving moisture, nourishment and antioxidants.
– Use the magnetic spatula to spread a thick layer onto clean skin.
– Massage for 1-2 minutes while it warms and transforms into a white cream. Avoid lip and eye areas.
– Leave on for 10–15 minutes then rinse off.
– For sensitive skin: Due to the warming sensation of the mask, we recommend patch testing before use of the product.
Glycerin, Diglycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Honey Extract, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Panthenol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract, Honey, Water, Flavor, Vanillyl Butyl Ether
Well, I used the metal spatula to take the mask from the jar. I didn’t really care for the metal against my skin so I transferred it to the silicon spatula. I figured that at least it kept the mask in the jar from becoming contaminated.
While the mask looks just like jelly on the face, when I did massage it did turn white as they claimed. It also warmed up quite dramatically. One of the things I like about the rubbing it in part is that because you are massaging it all over your face, you don’t have to make certain you have an even layer to start with. It is spread out evenly as you massage it in.
After the initial warmth during the rubbing, the mask cools back down so as intense as the heat feels it doesn’t last long. There is a little bit of tingling as it sits but it isn’t a lot. It is enough that you don’t forget that you are wearing the mask though. When you have this mask on, you know you have this mask on.
After fifteen minutes I returned to the sink to wash it off. As you might expect there is a fair amount of rubbing as you wash it of. During this time the mask warmed back up. It wasn’t as dramatic as the first blast of heat but it was nice. The washing off did take a while. This mask didn’t want to let go. While the mask didn’t feel sticky going on to the face (which considering it looks so much like honey I sort of expected it too) when rinsing the skin after the mask, my skin felt a little sticky until I managed to wash all of the mask off. Once it was off my skin felt absolutely lovely. Soft hydrated and clean. Maybe the stickiness is there to make certain you rinse it all away.
I rather enjoyed this mask. It was warming, it was hydrating and it made my skin feel soft to the touch. There is surprisingly little scent to it. I again expected it to smell like honey. It does not.
I also think that those with sensitive skin might not be as enthused as I am with this mask. The heat and the tingles are a bit intense. I could see it being a bit much for some. To be honest I actually prefer it to the bubbling masks. I prefer this sort of heated tingle to that oxygenated fizz. The fizz I will keep in my bath bombs and champagne.
This mask had an intense tingle that I am okay with. I also think the results are better. If you feel like zooming in on my chin, you can see that a couple of under the surface blemishes have been pulled to the surface. While not terribly appealing to see, it does make them easier to deal with and quicker to fade away without scaring. That is a big plus in my book.
As the results are supposed to be more dramatic after repeated use, I may have to try this throughout the week next week (I tend to do facemasks Monday and Wednesday evenings) and see how it performs. For now, I will say I like it and am not opposed to trying it longer to see if I do get the results mentioned on the product page. I think I’ll decide whether or not I would repurchase it after the repeated usage and comparison to claims. For now, my first impression is quite hopeful.
For those doing a little shopping this weekend, here are a couple of offers you might want to look into. The first is from Kerastase. I am a big fan of anything from their Genesis line. It is fantastic on over worked hair. I tend to get it and then save it for Fridays after I have completed all of my weekly workouts because I don’t want to sweat or do anything to my hair after using it because it feels so soft and lovely. I even deal with crazy unstraightened bangs because I don’t want to add the heat protectant spray to my hair.
Also to look into Paula’s Choice is having a Love your skin Weekend where there is 15% off everything. I highly recommend the Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment. I really enjoyed using it, just remember that retinol does make your skin sun sensitive so it is a night time only kind of product. At least for me. I turned red, red, red when I forgot that. But when the sun goes down, It is fabulous to have around.
And if you are looking for a little makeup to go with your fabulous skin and hair, NYX Professional Cosmetics is having a 30% off sale this weekend Plus a little bonus for those stocking up. I am really loving their Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil. It gives great coverage but feels like you are wearing nothing at all on your skin. I actually think I am going to be using that in this coming week’s makeup bag. I think I have my summer shade and nee to figure out how light I need to go to pick up a winter one. Because this is one I will be picking up in additional shades to use year round.
So for those of you planning to restock or starting to pick up your fall and winter shades as we edge out of summer, there are a few deals you might want to take advantage of. Happy shopping and have a great weekend.