A Wednesday Face Mask

I know my darlings it is not a Friday, but still I decided a face mask was in order.  Given the holiday week, I decided to skip the longer mask review and just go with a one time use.  Of course I did decide to double up.  I used both the SkinMedica Eye masks and the When The last Choice mask that came in this month’s Allure box.

I decided to wear the eye masks under the face mask.  For me the eye section of the eye masks usually fits a bit strangely anyway, so I figured this way I would know that my eyes were covered.  So The SkinMedica Eye masks, which according to the product overview…

The SkinMedica Instant Bright Eye Mask boosts the eye area with a concentrated dose of brightening hydration.

These premium gel patches make an ideal companion to the SkinMedica Instant Bright Eye Cream for their ability to provide immediate hydration and relief to puffy, fatigued eyes. Each gel mask provides potent brightening effects while Rhodiola rosea root extract moisturizes and soothes skin.

The eye masks were interesting coming out of the package.  The top side was a cloth feel which I usually have issues getting to stay on my eyes.  However, this one had a thick gel on the opposite side that more or less glues them into place when I put them on.  They weren’t stuck, I could move them around, but they did stay attached to my face which is a good quality, especially if I am going to use them at my desk. So initially I was very pleased.  But this was only step one of the masking phase.  Step two involved the sheet mask going over it.

thick mask, but not heavy

So to the sheet mask.  It is the When Last Choice Bio Cellulose sheet mask.  When It initially arrived I looked it up and while I found out a lot about the brand I couldn’t find this specific sheet mask. I decided to give it another go. I still couldn’t find it on the When site, but I did finally find it offered for sale at Belks for $7.  I don’t know if this means it is an exclusive to Belk’s mask or if it was discontinued. But the description comes from the Belk’s site. Which is…

When your skin needs a tall glass of hydration, Use When The Last Choice for instant hydration
Nothing feels worse than dry, flaky and tired skin. Ditch your dehydrated skin and soak your face with the latest in facial experiences. Introducing When The Last Choice Face Mask. Designed to drench your deserted skin in super hydrating moisture. When The Last Choice uses an innovatively designed bio-cellulose sheet made from coconuts. The unique second skin design evenly distributes key ingredients of the serum to the entire face effectively delivering the necessary moisture.

The hydrating agents within When The Last Choice include sodium hyaluronate and saccharide isomerate. The mask is the perfect sip for your skin on the go or a relaxing spa night at home.

So being reasonably certain I was in for a hydrating experience, I opened the mask.  It was sandwiched between a thick sick sheet and a thin sheet, that I wasn’t certain was a sheet and not a secondary mask.  I realized it was just ther to keep the mask from sticking to itself and peeled it off, applying the mask. I really like the material this mask is made from.  I’m guessing it is the bio cellulose.  It is thicker than regular paper and adheres well all over the surface of my face.  It feels like paper infused with some sort of gel, but it is lighter and thinner than a gel mask.   Essentially when I put it in place, it stayed there. 

While the mask does have plenty of serum, it wasn’t drippy so I didn’t have to wipe it off of my neck.  Confident everything was in place, I lay down and began contemplating my Thanksgiving day domination.  Even if it is just an in house gathering, getting the sides and the main to all come out at more or less the same time is always tricky. It requires a little plotting and planning.  So as I plotted and planned, (Listening to Rage Against the Machine in case you were curious) I felt my face mask grow cooler against my skin.  It felt as though it was chilling the skin down as I let it sit.  There was no tingling or anything, it just felt like someone had a fan turned on high and was blowing chilled air directly at me. Except without the air movement.

before (L) and after(R) not much different in visible effects but I felt very refreshed and my skin felt fantastic.

As I often use a chilled stone roller to de puff my eyes, I think the cooling will have a similar effect.  But I waited for the timer to go off. Which it eventually did. When I took the mask and eye masks off my skin was soft and very hydrated.  I actually used my vibrating face massager to get the remaining serum to sink into my skin. 

My skin was cool to the touch so I didn’t imagine the cooling nature of the mask.  To be honest, the eye masks were good and I would pick them up again. Given their design, they could easily be used at the desk without making a mess.  There is no dripping serum, no sliding and because the gel is only on the underside, your fingers stay clean.  Not a bad thing to have in the desk for special occasions. Like needing to appear awake for a boring meeting when you didn’t sleep well the night before.

The mask was excellent.  I loved the material, I loved the amount of serum in it and I really liked the serum. I’m a little disgruntled by the fact that I had a hard time hunting it down, but it is worth hunting down.  I think I will try our local Belk’s and see if I can’t find out a little more information. I’ll also poke around a bit, maybe they just changed the outer packaging and I somehow missed it.  Either way, I will definitely be looking for this mask again. I would like to see what effect this would have on routine use.

But for now my darlings, I have a bit of pre thanksgiving prep to do and then I need to put on my makeup and fix my hair for the first of the family calls.  Because yes, after the mask, my bangs are sticking up like a crazy person.  It’s one of the reasons I do my face masks either later at night or on Friday after I’ve completed everything but at the desk paperwork.  But my flat iron is heating up and soon, I won’t look as crazy. Hopefully. 

Have a happy Thanksgiving if you are celebrating and if you are elsewhere in the world, have a fantastic rest of the week. I am going to try to pop back on later with another sales page but I’m not not 100% sure I’ll make it today. It might be tomorrow. Regardless, I will definately be back bright and early Monday morning with my normal schedule.  See you then!

If you are still shopping one thing you might want to check out is the new Besame Cosmetics Mary Poppins Collection. Their collections sell out really fast as they are great makeup and rather affordable. Plus, their collections are absolutely stunning. I tried to get the Sleeping Beauty Collection and missed out. (I so wanted that mirror). The Mary Poppins one looks super fantastic. Plus, they are running the following deal: GET OUR BELOVED WEEKENDER BAG FOR 75%* OFF ($45 VALUE) WITH YOUR PURCHASE OF $65 OR MORE. USE CODE: BFCM2020

Go ahead punk, Cake my Day (Facemask).

That’s right my darlings it is masking time! And although this is the friday face mask, I did something a little different today. I applied the mask as usual but this mask I also applied Monday and Wednesday. As it is recommended to use the mask two to three times a week for best results that it what I did. As we all know in skin care, consistency counts.

This I Dew Care Cake My Day mask is part of a trio f travel sized masks that I received from IPSY this month. And there was just enough product in this first jar to try it three times. This little jar is now, sadly empty. It gave it’s all for my facial hydration.

So let’s talk about it.

According to the product description for this specific mask…

Did someone say sprinkles? Scoop up I Dew Care Cake My Day Hydrating Sprinkle Wash Off Mask packed with moisturizing rainbow sprinkles that give skin an instant burst of hydration. This soft-serve inspired face mask is infused with hyaluronic acid to nourish and plump the skin, while squalane is known to provide deep hydration and improve moisture retention. Cake your day two to three times a week!

I went with three times, today’s face mask being the third. While even three times doesn’t show visible results I was able to get a better feel for it than a one time use.

First off when opening the jar it smells like vanilla cake batter. A part of me wanted to taste it, but I resisted. There is no eating of the face masks.

The mask is white with colored ‘sprinkles’ in it. when smoothed over the face, you can momentarily feel the sprinkles. It isn’t an exfoliate though as the sprinkled melt into the mask as you massage it on. It was just a little bit of a strange feeling when first applied.

Today I applied the mask, set my timer and lay back contemplating murder. Or at least alabis.

first applied

No I am not going on a rampage. I came up with an idea for a murder mystery I just need to figure out what my murderer uses for an alibi. I need it to be good enough to withstand the initial inspection but to have one slightly off detail that the intrepid detective can catch and use to prove she did it. I spent fifteen minutes thinking about it and I think I came up with a good one. Fingers crossed it works.

But then I set murder aside and went to wash off the mask. As you can see from the photo much of the mask sunk into my skin and my skin was very happy to have the moisture. I’m a big fan of squalane and hyaluronic acid so this was kind of a win for me.

15 minutes later

The mask washed off easily with no scrubbing. As it is a moisturizing mask there was no drying and tightening as there is with clay masks. A few splashes of water and a wipe with a washcloth and the remains of the mask were gone.

Using it three times I can definitely say that my skin felt nourished and hydrated each time. After only a week I can’t say that I actually say any real visible improvement, but moisture is always appreciated and there were no clogged pores in my problem areas. So good moisture and no damage. I did have a craving for cupcakes though. which is rare for me because I am not really a cupcake sort of person.

clean skin

Despite the odd cupcake craving, I think that I would definitely give the full sized jar of this mask a try. The full size is 100 g and costs $25 at Ulta. This travel size had 10 g of product in it and gave me a full week’s worth of masking.

Which means the larger one would last a while. Approximately ten weeks if my math is correct. that’s not a bad turn around for a $25 product.

(Incidentally Ulta also has the trio of travel sizes for $20. This is the first of the trio I’ve tried so I can’t speak to my feelings on the other two yet.) And as long as it doesn’t cause me to raid little kids birthday parties in a quest for a cupcake fix all will be well. Thumbs up for the Cake My Day.

Kerastase is having a sale and you know I have a weakness for some of their hair care products so I figured I would share this with you in case you too were looking at picking up some of their products.Because I like you and want you to have fabulous hair. From now until November 27th they have the Thanksgiving sale with 20% off. Use the code THXFF20. You also get free shipping with that as well. I am a huge fan of their Sérum Fortifiant Hair Serum. You only need a little and it lasts for a long time.Sérum Fortifiant Hair Serum

Marvelous Masking

These are a few of my favorite things

Yes my darlings, I am giggling.  We have reached the review post I was so looking forward to doing.  As you know I am a frequent face mask user.  I create posts every week for Face Mask Friday.  When I sat down to think about the face masks I would reorder (or in some cases constantly reorder) I expected it to be a huge list.  I expected it to be massive and unwieldy.  Instead it isn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

Oh, don’t get me wrong, it is still substantial, but it isn’t nearly as massive as I expected. I think this is because while there are many face masks out there that I have tried and liked, because let’s face it,  there are a lot of good masks out there, most fall into the I would use instead of pass on category.  I get a lot of my beauty products through subscription boxes.  This is one way I can try a multitude of products for a fairly reasonable outlay of cash. I like to think of it as clever resource allocation.  Many of the products that arrive I have never tried before or have only heard about but never picked up.  Some of them I don’t pick up again after trying them and there are some that I just pass on to others automatically.

When looking over my lists, both what I’ve posted for Face Mask Friday and the masks I’ve used at other times, I’ve concluded that a lot of them I would use if they came in a subscription box and I might consider picking up if I spotted them on sale. But that just wasn’t good enough to make this post. 

The list of masks I would repurchase deliberately at any time of year, was relatively short so those are the ones I will concentrate on.  Because if I am willing to pay full price for each and every one of these masks then you know I am going to stock up on sales.

So let’s jump in.  I am going to start with the flash mask category.  I know, who thought that would be a category? I technically have three items here.  The first I have already mentioned in the skin care post because I use it as an exfoliator.  It is the Nuxe Insta-Masque.  It is exfoliating particles held in a jelly like consistency. 

You apply it and let it sit 2-3 minutes, then massage and rinse off.  I like to brush my teeth when doing this mask.  It is a gentle exfoliate that has that lovely French Skin Care rose scent to it (while I’m not a big rose scented product person, the rosy scent of French skin care is somehow different to my nose, no clue why but it isn’t cloying and just feels soft to my nose if that makes sense). I put this as a repurchase on my skin care list and I would put it again as a repurchase here. I will also be trying out the other products from the Insta-masque line, but that is a post for another day.

If you are looking for another quick, gentle exfoliating mask, this one of the 3-5 minute variety instead of the 2-3 minute one, I would suggest the Korres Pomegranate AHAS and Enzymes Resurfacing Mask. It is for oily to combination skin and I find that when I am feeling oily and in need of a refresh, this is the mask I reach for.  It is gently exfoliating using soft pomegranate seeds instead of something harsher that could damage the skin and it has that wonderful pomegranate scent to it. I was using this predominantly in the summertime as that is when I am more oily (my skin rides that strange line others call normal and leans oily in the summer and drier in the winter), but I have been finding that the more I wear masks, the more helpful this mask has become.  Even though the summer has ended I find a once a week use of this mask (combined with other masking which I’ll cover later in the post when I get to the clay masks) had been really good at keeping my skin in check. This is a mask I will be repurchasing often, in fact as soon as the tube gets to the halfway mark, I reorder it.

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The third flash mask that I have been really enjoying is the Ursa Major Bright and Easy Flash Mask.  It too has a jelly like consistency and when you put it on your face its brown color just makes your face look slightly more tanned than usual, and a bit shinier. It may be the least noticeable of the flash masks and it is one I have worn at my desk with no issues.  It is a flash mask so you only wear it for three minutes before rinsing it off.  Unlike the other two it does not have any exfoliating properties.  It is soothing and hydrating.  It makes my skin look beautifully radiant.  It smells clean and green although the scent is very light and fades almost instantly.  It makes me feel refreshed.

While speaking of refreshed, I have to mention the eye masks that are currently my favorite.  It is the Grace and Stella It’s like an energy drink for your eyes eye mask. For a long time I could take or leave eye masks.  Then I discovered that almost all of them helped with my puffy eyes during ragweed season.  While a victory for eye masks everywhere, the Grace and Stella ones went the extra mile.  Not only do they de-puff and offer anti wrinkle serum (always a plus) but after wearing them I do actually feel slightly energized.  Or at least my eyes feel less tired.  I don’t know about you but video conference calls always leave me feeling drained with my eyes sagging.  I think it is too much computer time.  I can pop these on before my meeting so I can hit the meeting looking full of vim and vigor or I can wait until after I’ve been drained by the meeting and then pop them on to sort of wake me up so I don’t sleep walk through the rest of the day.  At the moment, these are my favorite eye masks and the ones to beat.

Another nourishing mask I enjoy is the Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask. It looks green, it smells green and it is quite nourishing to the skin without being too much moisture added to the skin. I think this is my second or third tube of this mask and it will certainly not be my last. I know that probably doesn’t surprise anyone as I tend to be a big Elemis fan in general.

Speaking of moisturizing masks, one I have really been enjoying lately is the Vichy Masque Mineral.  It is a lightly blue tinted jelly like formula and you really need very little to cover your face so it lasts a while.  It isn’t a terribly expensive mask compared to the others on my list, but it feels very luxurious. 

It is a little different from the others as well.  You apply the mask in a thin layer and just let it sit. You don’t need to wash it off.  I have actually slept in this mask a number of times.  It provides a deep hydration to the skin and when you do get around to washing it off, the skin is smooth, plumped and healthy looking.

To be honest while I have remembered to add sunscreen to my face more this summer than I have in the past (Thank you Volition) on occasion I will forget my neck and upper chest as well as my arms.  Or I will just be in the sun longer than I expected and my skin will take a beating.  I tend to apply this mask on the sun beaten skin and wear it overnight. It really helps. I t has also never given me issues with clogged pores, despite the massive moisture burst to the skin.

However dealing with clogged pores is where the clay masks come in.  Most of my clay masks, at least the ones I consistently repurchase tend to fall into the detoxifying category, or at least they have the effect.  The Generation Clay Ultra Violet brightening purple mask is technically brightening as is the Milk Makeup Cannabis Hydrating Face Mask. Both however are clay masks and clay for me helps wick away a lot of my oil.  These two do that without stripping my skin.  I have lost count of how many times I have ordered masks from Generation Clay.  I’ve used this one, the black charcoal and the pink clay one and to be honest I would order all three repeatedly.  The Milk Makeup Cannabis mask is new to me but I will be using it until it is gone and then reordering it. I was really impressed with it as a mask and I am also looking into other Milk Masks in the future because of it. 

The Cottage Greenhouse Orange Blossom and Honey mask I received in an IPSY box a while back and I used every drop of this product, scraping the jar clean.  It was actually in my empties bin at the beginning of the month.  The label was kept on it for this post but after this the glass jar will have the label soaked off and the jar repurposed.  The mask itself will be repurchased. Not only does it smell utterly delicious, like freshly pulled from the oven orange infused biscotti, but it hydrated my face and left me feeling clean and fresh.  I found I could use this on a day I felt greasy and just feel fabulous afterwards with the excess oil gone but nothing feeling overly dried.

The final clay mask I need to bring up is the Bliss Pore Patrol Clay Mask. I finished using it, thought that I could pick up another one at Target, found they were out and went home to immediately order it. I know I should have waited as they have a great sale on right now but as I have a couple of other products to order from them I will just use the sale for that.  The Pore Patrol is even now making its way through the postal system towards me.  Now not only is it a god mask, But because of its dispenser it is easy to spot mask with this product. 

What I have been doing because of mask related break outs is using the Korres Pomegranate resurfacing mask more often and then as soon as I come back from wearing my public (cloth) mask out for an extended period I apply the Bliss Pore Patrol on to the mask lines where I am prone to clogged pores and onto my chin and around my mouth.  It looks sort of like I have a green clay goatee but it has helped keep the maskne in check.  At least this far.  It is a strange system I’ll grant you but thus far it has been working.

Another masking product that I have been using with good effect this way is technically not a clay mask.  It is a mud mask. The Annmarie Skincare Organic Purifying mud mask to be specific.  I wanted to mention it separately as technically it is mud and not clay.  It is also one of my favorites.  It comes as a powder form and you put it in a little dish and mix it with water. You can make it as thick or thin as you want, plus as it is powder it keeps a really long time.  I am a huge fan of it.  I got it first as a sample (Annmarie skincare does fantastic sample sets and even though I forgot to mention it in the skin care post Their Aloe Herb Cleanser is AMAZING) and picked it up right after. It has been an amazing product to work with on the clogged pores caused by the facemasks.  And truthfully given the current state of things, if there was one mask on this list I would recommend keeping around, this is the one.  Don’t get me wrong all of the masks in this post are fantastic (otherwise I wouldn’t have them in the post) but this has proven to be the most useful and most versatile for this wack-a-do world that we are now living in. It can’t fix everything, but it does amazing with the skin.

And with that we enter the world of sheet masks.  Don’t worry, I may use a lot of them but not all of them stand out so this is a really short section. I have been getting the Facetory Four-ever fresh face mask subscription for a while.  It is $8.90 per month and generally comes with (you guessed it) four sheet masks.  Every other month or so they will add a fifth one in as a bonus.  I am in love with this subscription.  I know they have higher tiers to their service and offer a selection of non-sheet masks, but this four pack gives me just enough without becoming too much and lets me try all different brands, most of which I never would have picked up on my own.  I also love the fact that pausing the subscription or skipping a month is incredible easy.  They have six months listed out on their subscription page and you just click the months you don’t want the subscription marking them as skipped.  So you could make this an every other month subscription or a once a quarter subscription with the click of a button.  So I personally love the ease and versatility a well as the variety. I skipped November but will be going back in December. 

Having said that, many sheet masks I’ve used I liked and would use again, but wouldn’t order in a pack.  The ones I would order again surprised me.  The ones that I would order again are actually the ones I laughed at when they arrived.  The first is a sheet mask simple labeled Aqua by Beauty Chuck.  Everything else was pretty much in Korean so that was all of the hint I got from it.  I suspected it had something to do with moisture. And it did.  The Aqua mask left my skin feeling smooth and silky and very hydrated without being too wet with excess serum. It is one of the few that I would not only keep on hand but that would actually cause me to write a letter to the company begging to put the making serum in a bottle. Although I’m not certain I could actually mail a letter that started Dear Beauty Chuck. The point is though, it was fantastic.

The two other noteworthy masks both came from the same company.  The company is Candy ‘o Lady. The latest was the Little Witch Candy mask and features a cupcake and pumpkin candy on the package.  The previous one had rainbows and candy on it and was called Mellow Cotton Candy.  I had no expectations for the masks and expected something sickly sweet from them.  They didn’t smell like candy at all.  They smelled herbal-ly and clean like a high end facial treatment. They were refreshing and worked really well with my skin, leaving it soft and fabulous.  They look like they are designed for children to play around with, but there is some serious skin care under the cute. Both Candy o’Lady masks were fantastic so as a brand I will be keeping an eye out for more as well as keeping up my Facetory subscription, even if I do skip a month here and there. And to be fair I never would have picked up any of those masks had I seen them in a store or on line. And now they are in my favorites list. Go Facetory!

There is one mask I tried that I liked in its single use packet and will be picking up for a full sized trial. That is the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. I almost didn’t mention it as I tried only a sample and haven’t done the full size, but as I will be picking it up during the holiday sales, I felt I ought to.  I liked it enough to buy a full sized jar.   More details will of course follow post week long use. Perhaps it will become a favorite, perhaps I will try it and not like it as much as I think i will. However since it is going to be a holiday purchase I decided to put it on the list.

Finally my masking post would not be complete if I didn’t mention my masking spatula.  I picked up a masking spatula from Amazon for less than a dollar and it has been utterly fantastic.  The link will take you to Amazons set of five. I couldn’t find one listed singly, but this is the tool I got so cheaply and love. There are oodles of them around at varying price points. All are pretty good. Recently Boxy Charm sent out two higher end masking brushes from Cosmedix.  I have unboxed them but haven’t tried them yet.  I’m sure I will get a lot of use out of them but quite frankly, my less than a dollar masking brush is still super fabulous and I highly recommend picking one up if you do a lot of face masks.  They keep things clean and quick with much less wasted product.

I’m sure the pricier ones are nice too.

So there you have it my darlings, my masking review.  I am certain that there are a few good masks I have forgotten and I am certain there will be more that I will try soon that I will wish I tried earlier and let you know about.  But right now, these are the staples of my masking drawer and the products I am really loving at the moment. If you are looking to expand your masking game, I really hope this helps you out.

Happy masking!

SiO Beauty Cryo System

Training to be a mime or just face mask Friday? You decide.

Welcome my darlings once again to Face Mask Friday. Today’s face mask was a deluxe sample that came in an IPSY a while back. I thought it looked sleek and spa like when it arrived but somehow it got put with the moisturizers so I forgot I had it.  Today I dug it out.

It is the Georgette Klinger Collagen and Elastin Mask.  A quick look at the site reveals the details…

Renew and replenish a dull complexion with this transformative mask. Featuring Olive and Lavender Oil, our Collagen and Elastin clay based mask is rich in essential fatty acids to soften, calm, and soothe skin, while drawing out dirt and toxins without stripping your surface. Collagen hydrates and promotes healing as Elastin increases elasticity to lift and firm skin. Natural Avocado Oil replenishes and revitalizes your skin’s natural glow and Betaglucan prevents damage and provides an immunity boost, for skin that is smooth, supple and younger looking.

I am all for softening and soothing while not stripping the surface.  So on with the mask.  And in case you were wondering I did look up Betaglucan. It is not someone who loves the movie Beetlejuice and dresses and or recreates scenes from the movie in their home as one might expect. It is an antioxidant that helps with redness in sensitive skin.

Not as much fun as a die hard movie fan, but probably better for your skin.

The scent of the mask leans more towards lavender than anything else.  It is saved from being too floral by the olive which gives it a tempering earth/fruity note. As I find that lavender can be a bit cloying I really enjoyed it.  The scent is very light though and not terribly intrusive.

mask freshly on, smiling still possible

Now even though my   tube was previously unopened, it wasn’t full.  I had only enough product for one application.  I had hoped that I could maybe scrape by with a few, but when I held it up to the light it was clear, there would be no three day test for this tube. So a one shot deal it is.

Slathering it on my face made me feel like I was auditioning to be a mime.  It is white.  Unrelenting white.  No speckles of anything.  When first applied, it is movable, hence the reason I am smiling in the first applied photo.  As it dries it tightens and hardens, hence the reason I am not smiling in the second photo. I couldn’t.  But in between those two pictures I had fifteen minutes of quiet.  It was nice.

I will admit, I thought about Ipsy while I was masking today. I’m sure if you pay attention to subscription boxes then you have probably already heard the news that IPSY bought BoxyCharm.  Everyone is speculation about the upcoming changes.  Well there was one change that appeared in my inbox on Wednesday.

no smiling after fifteen minutes of drying.

Apparently Ipsy is discontinuing the IPSY Glam Bag Ultimate. They are replacing it with the Ipsy Glam X.  What this means is that you can switch your subscription to Glam bag plus and then four times a year pay more for a total of $55 and get a an upgraded month. Which sounds an awful lot like the Boxy Luxe Category. I went and switched to that so starting in January I will be on the Glam X plan instead of the Ultimate. What I find amusing is that they staggered the quarters so that the up-charged month for IPSY is not the same month as the Up-charged month for Boxy Luxe.  Boxy Luxe is for March, June, September and December.  Glam X will be for February, May, August, and November. I suppose now that Ipsy and Boxy aren’t rivals they can coordinate. 

It’s like a victory for conglomerates everywhere.

It also means that I will be getting fewer sample sized products each month from IPSY.  With the Ultimate there are four samples in the bag each month.  The Glam bag has no samples and the Glam X will have no samples.  It is seven – eight full sized products.  I’m guessing that I will still end up with samples from add ons but it means fewer ones automatically ending up in my dressing table and skin care selections.

Which I’m fine with.  As I have spent the last few months whittling down my samples collection I realized how quickly those samples can build up.  They clear out fast when you concentrate on using them, but my skin is craving the stability of more longer use products. Plus, I used so many skin care samples that my reviews of hair, bath and nail products had to take a back seat. And I have SOOOOOO many hair products I really want to sit down and talk to you about. Lock down was the hair care repair extravaganza at my house this summer.

clean, fabulous and able to create facial expressions again

To be honest I was actually thinking about paring my IPSY back to the Glam Bag level in January anyway due to the samples.  Now I will just try out the Glam X tier as they get that going and see how it looks.  So that will be something fun to report on in the new year.  I’m also planning more ingredient break down posts in the new year as well as a few other surprises I can’t wait to share with you.

But after fifteen minutes of plotting out my plans for 2021 and wondering what other new changes IPSY and Boxy would have before things settle back down, I needed to remove my mask.  As you can see in the photo, the mask dried and tightened. No more smiling for the camera. However it washed off really easily.  I did not need to use a brush to loosen it as I do with some of the clay masks I love so much.  It was very easy to rinse and I happily let my potential future as a mime go down the drain.

I was a little worried that the mask would be too much moisture for my skin as it is designed more for dry skin, but it wasn’t.  My face felt wonderfully soft and refreshed after using this.  I was actually quite pleased with the mask.  I am also quite sad there was only one use in the tube, but I think this is definitely a mask I will look at picking up for a full product test.  I really enjoyed using it.  It was a lovely end to a slightly off balance week.  And even though my thoughts drifted more into speculation and planning than a zen nothingness, it was still relaxing.  Although really, it is rare that I go into the zen nothingness anyway.  I tried last week and end up turning Roman history into a reality show/soap opera.  Well, more an updated version of the soap opera that it was naturally.  I still think Tiberius would have made a great Biff.

Yeah, zen nothingness might not be my strong suit.

But I did enjoy the break. And now it is back to work.  Have a great rest of your Friday and a fantastic weekend.

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Hey Honey, you looking for the Friday Face mask?

Well, today my darlings I went with the Hey Honey Show your glow Colloidal Gold and Honey Beauty Mask. I’m also going a little early with the mask as I have a conference call later and the masked look might not be the way to go. It might make the call more amusing, but significantly less professional. This isn’t the first time I have used the Hey Honey Gold mask and it probably won’t be the last. Actually, it definitely won’t be the last.

Today’s use will finish out this trial sized tube, however I have two unopened ones sitting in my masking drawer just waiting to be opened. And soon they shall. I am trying to clear out a lot of my trial sized masks and determine which ones I really want to keep around.

Unfortunately, there are many, many masks I like.  Luckily, it is a deep drawer.  And no I am not attempting to go minimalist with my mask drawer.  That is not going to happen.  I am just way too interested in way to many things for my skin care drawers to go minimalist. 

However, like my skin care drawers I am trying to use up the sample sizes first and then work on the full sized products.  Partially, it is to make certain things don’t go bad.  I hate when good products spoil because they aren’t being used. It is a pet peeve of mine.

But the main reason is that I want to start treating my masks like the skin care they are.  Don’t get me wrong I will still do one off sheet masks and trial sizes, but like regular skin care  I want to see what they do over a period of repeated use. To really see what effects the masks have on the skin over a longer term.

In this case repeated use will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday for most masks. With the final judgement still coming in on the Friday Face Mask post. The only reason the Hey Honey Show your Glow isn’t being done that way (at least not with this tube) is because I can’t remember when exactly I opened the tube or how many times I used it prior (I believe twice but again, not sure).  So I am using the open tube and I will later be using the other two for a full week for review.  If that makes sense.

Mask on!

But enough of the waffling, to the mask Batman!

And yes I heard the doddle de doo scene transfer music from the old Adam West version of Batman in my head when I said that. Feel free to sing along.

Like most Hey Honey products, I really liked this mask. Thus far the only Hey Honey product I wasn’t terribly fond of was the Take Away the Drama Peel off Mask and to be fair, it is only because I’m not a huge fan of peel off masks.  It worked fantastically, and made me cry when peeling it off, but oh the skin was fabulous once I was done. Still, not big on peel off masks. Otherwise, I have had really good luck with this brand.

This mask is luckily not a peel off mask.  According to the product page this mask is…

Formulated with honey and colloidal gold, this must-have mask works to hydrate while preventing premature aging. Colloidal gold provides anti-inflammatory benefits while preventing collagen and elastin breakdown, preventing the formation of wrinkles while mica infuses skin with a radiant glow. Targets dark spots, dryness, large pores, redness and more, Vegetarian-friendly formula, Boost your anti-aging regimen with Hey Honey Show Your Glow Colloidal Gold and Honey Beauty Mask.

When I put the mask on I felt as though I was the victim of a Bond Villain and hummed the appropriate tune to go with it.  I’m sure you can guess what that was…

Clean, post mask skin, The water was really cold so my nose is a bit red

Because of the music in my head I went with a podcast instead of music.  I chose an episode of the History of Rome Podcast by Mike Duncan. I highly recommend it if you are interested in ancient history or scandal.

Really, to me the history of Rome always sounds like a giant soap opera that ran more seasons than anyone can count.  Sure the hairstyles and clothing choices are out of fashion, but the scandal still sizzles and oh my, what big scandal and drama you have Grandma.

Seriously, in one episode a ticked off Emperor Heliogabalus decides to kill his dinner guests by burying them in flowers (some say violets, some say roses, either way they smothered to death).  The flowers drifted down from above, delighting the guests until they started to smother and die.

Tell me that doesn’t sound like a murderous version of Keeping up with the Kardashians or like the revenge of one of the Real Housewives. It is a history podcast and is written like a history podcast, but I would love to see someone take out the historical details, but keep the roman history timeline and for lack of a better term – plot – and write it out, soap opera style. You could rename them: shorten Augustus to Auggie, call Agrippina, Bunny and I am pretty sure that Tiberius would make an excellent Biff.

Yes, these are the thoughts that run through my head.

A lot if I am being honest.

But admit it, you can see Tiberius as a Biff too, can’t you?

You know you can.

So humming my James Bond theme song and envisioning the ancient Romans as soap opera/reality tv stars, I sat with my mask for the required fifteen minutes.  Then I went to wash it off.  No more gold but soft, deliciously soft, skin and dare I say, a slight glow. 

It makes me glad I have two more tubes of this so I can see what happens after a week of use later on. Once I work through a few more open products that I don’t have enough of to do a full week of masking, I will be circling back to this with great delight.  But for now, there is more work to do before I can call it a weekend.  

Before I leave you and head back to my paperwork and conference call, I’m posting a few sales you might want to keep in mind both this weekend and next week.  Next week on November 11th is Singles day.  It started as an Anti-Valentine’s day sale and has grown into a huge on line sales day that a lot of people miss.  There are some really great deals to be had.  So mark your calendars and bring your lists.  I’ll post more early next week, but for those of you wanting to get a jump on your planning, here’s a few things to watch. (These codes are site codes and just there for you to save money, I get nothing from your use of them. Happy Shopping!)

Look Fantastic has 22% off with the code SINGLES22

This Weekend Buxom has 30% off Last Call items with the code LASTCALL (sale ends 11/9)

Hey Honey has a 25% off Friends and Family sale going on with code FF25

Pretty Vulgar has a Spend More Save More sale going on:Spend $50 and get $10 off with code SAVE10, Spend $75 and get $15 off with code SAVE15, and Spend $100 and get $25 off with code SAVE25

Milk(ing) the Friday Face Mask

Today for my Friday afternoon Face Mask I went with the Milk Makeup Cannabis Hydrating Face mask. I have to say I was very excited to give this mask a try. I just love the concept of a stick face mask. I know they have been around a while from different companies but i have never tried any of them.

the plastic cap to keep

And in general I like Milk products.

New Hydrating Cannabis Face Mask: A solid clay mask stick instantly moisturizes, calms, and cleanses for a revitalized complexion.

So I twisted the cap off and took a look. You will notice that there is a little plastic cap over the actual product. If you use any Milk products, you have seen this before. If you haven’t and do pick up a Milk product, remember – Don’t throw that little plastic thing away.

Seriously, it keeps the product from drying out. I learned that the hard way with the Milk Matcha Toner a while back. Excellent product, but without that plastic cap it dried out fast.So keep it.

But you know, remove it before you try to use the product.

without the cap

So cap off, plastic inner cap taken out, I rolled the product up. And because it is me, the first thing I did was sniff it.

I know. Me and scent. In my defense, Cannabis themed products are very interesting in scent. Some maintain the kind of earthy hemp like scent and some products do their best to cover it up. To be completely honest, this mask smelled like Playdoh. Seriously, straight up playdoh.

No clue why.

However, I don’t mind the scent, and it dissipates pretty quickly (it’s not that strong to begin with) so I started to apply it. This mask was fun to apply. It is like drawing on your face with a fat crayon. As the product warms up a little, the application became smoother and I was able to cover myself in green. I had a little issue with getting it into the corners around my nose as it is a fat stick that just wanted to glide over the dips above my nostrils but I got there in the end.

easy to apply

And yes I did spend a moment or two impersonating the Incredible hulk before I left the bathroom.

It seemed the thing to do.

I followed it up with an ‘I’ll get you my pretty’ ala the wicked witch of the west too in case you were curious.

Then I lay down and zoned out for twenty minutes. Alice Cooper provided todays zen sound track in case you are interested. Something about No more Mr. Nice Guy suited the hulked out face mask look.

first applied

And when my twenty minutes was up I went to wash it off. I was very impressed with the washing off process. The mask was dry, I rubbed warm water on my face and the mask came right off. I had to rub a little of course, but I didn’t need to do a harsh scrub to get this off, which I appreciated. Then I patted my skin dry and I have to say I really liked the way my skin looked. it was clean and hydrated without looking overly shiny or greasy which can sometimes happen with moisturizing masks.

after 20 min

To be fair, I am not entirely certain what role the cannabis played in the mask. But that might just be because I haven’t done enough research into the ingredient. The mask felt like a thinned out clay mask. Which, it is a clay mask so it should feel like a clay mask. Personally I love clay masks, they are kind of my go to when looking at masks.I really liked the fact that this was very neat and tidy, easy to use both in application and removal and made my skin look really good. I will definately be reaching for this mask in the future and looking into more Milk masks as well. This was a definite win for me. I am hydrated and soothed and ready to move through the rest of my day.

clean and bright

And now I am going back to work. And yes I am still singing Alice Cooper in my head. Luckily, it is time for my main character to finally throw down with his nemesis so it is good to have in my brain as I start to write the battle scene. whatever works, huh?

Tonight we have the final movie in our pre Halloween movie fest. I don’t know what that is as my Babydoll has decided to surprise me. (we got an amazon package the other day and he took it off to open it in secret while giggling to himself so I’m guessing it is a new arrival). On Halloween after the possibility of trick or treaters is over for the night we are going to curl up in the dark and listen to terrifying radio dramas and drink spook themed cocktails. It should be a fun and spooky night even if it isn’t party central. I hope you have an excellent Halloween yourselves and I’ll see you bright and early Monday morning. happy Halloween!


The Daily: October 29th, 2020

And so the rain continues. I cut my calories down and decided that today was just the perfect day to plow through as much desk work as possible. My babydoll ran to the office this morning but turned right around again when several overflowing creeks cause the roads to his office building to be closed down and impassable.

So I’ve been diligently working at one end of the house while he has worked in the other. I also took the opportunity for some skin care. I slathered the last of my e-cooking foot cream on my feet (there wasn’t much left) and pulled on a pair of heavy socks and I applied the Vichy Quenching Mineral mask on my face and let it sit.

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Do you know Vichy is now available at Walgreens? When I went on my elf hunt (the foundation hunt, I was not in fact hunting elves.) they had an entire shelf of it. That and La Roche-Posay. I knew they carried the La Roche-Posay cleanser now and again but they now have a whole bunch of products. I was very pleased to see it and will be returning soon.

But for today it was the Vichy Mineral mask at my desk while I worked. I think my favorite thing about that mask is that you don’t wash it off.

You apply a layer and let it just absorb in so once you put it on you can forget about it. It’s why I generally use it at night (you don’t want to put makeup on over it) but I figured I wasn’t going anywhere today so I went for it. That’s right, Hair pulled back, shiney faced at the desk masking. Sure it is taking advantage of a rainy day but why not? As you can see from the photo while I have no makeup on and my face looks very shiny…oh so super shiny… If I had to get up and answer the door, I wouldn’t look absolutely crazy.

Trust me I have frightened some Jehovah’s Witnesses with some of my mud masks before. And there was a child selling magazine subscriptions last year who I am certain I traumatized with the Bliss Mighty Marshmallow Mask. Right now it is people still trying to convince others to vote for their candidate who are circling around. As I already voted, I am a wasted effort, but they still pop round. The Vichy mask is much less frightening when seen unexpectedly. Plus if I have to unexpectedly pop on my face mask there won’t be dried clay flakes all over it. Just another reason to love the mask.

So even though I am not working out today, I am watching my calories and doing something good for myself. Most noticeably my feet and face. Although I will be using the Crest White strips in a few minutes so I guess teeth are included in the cold and rainy self-care regime today. And now I am going to take my soft little tootsies, my shiny, shiny face, and soon to be brightened teeth and get back to work. Cause this is pretty much me until dinner time. I hope if the weather is wet and nasty where you are, you find a way to make the best of it as well. And yes, I am crossing my fingers that two days of inactivity don’t burn me on the scale tomorrow morning. I am trusting the calorie count to see me through. Please don’t let all of my math be in vain!

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The Friday Face Mask with Rodial

Welcome once again my darlings to Face Mask Friday.  Today was an interesting masking experience.  First, if you see the white turban like structure on my head it is because I decided to wash my hair before applying the mask and to add the ESPA 20 minute scalp mask on to it. I figured letting the mask sit in my hair while I sat with a face mask was a good idea.

From my collection of sheet masks I pulled the Rodial vit c energizing Brighten and Renew face mask. I know it came in one of my subscription boxes.  I think it was a Glossy Box, but I’m not 100% on that. I know they currently have a limited edition Rodial box for sale (but it focuses on the Dragon’s blood line). Either way, it was the sheet mask I decided to try today. 

Usually sheet masks fall into two categories for me.  Category 1: Nice to use but not something I would go out and pick up multiples of and Category 2: Nice and must keep multiples of on hand.

This mask was something different.

We’ll start with the positives.  The serum in the mask was fantastic.  I really liked the way it felt on my skin.  My skin absorbed it well and felt fabulously energized just as the mask descriptor would lead me to believe.  I really liked the serum of this mask. And actually when I went to look this mask up, I found that Rodial sells this mask in a jar as a gel mask. I bet that is fantastic because the product in the mask was fantastic.

You know what I didn’t like? The actual mask the serum was on.

Thick mask material

I’ve had masks where part of the mask wouldn’t stick down onto my face because of sizing issues.  This was something else.  I think the difficulty was that the paper of the mask was so thick that it didn’t want to conform to my face.  It was folded into a square in the package and saw absolutely no reason why it should not retain its crease lines regardless of the contours of my face. 

That picture of me with the mask on is actually the best I could get it to conform to my face. And while I don’t need to have an exactly perfect fit on my mask, I do need it to lay against my skin, if only so that my skin could absorb the wonderful serum.

But the paper of the mask was too thick.  I lay down to wear the mask and kept having to reach up and try and press the mask back down onto my face.  I could actually feel it lifting. It was a distinctly unrelaxing masking experience.  There was no floating off into a moment of zen, there was not even a sing along to my music.  I didn’t actually put on my music as I was so fixated on the mask and what it was doing.

Would I wear this mask again?  No, most definitely not. However I will look up Rodial and see if they sell the serum for this mask as it is a serum I really would like to use for longer periods.  The sections of my skin that got the serum loved it.  And when I went to the bathroom to remove the mask, I squeezed out any remaining serum and smoothed it over the rest of my face to ensure that my whole face received the serum-y goodness. 

Then I let it sit for another five minutes before rinsing the mask out of my hair out so that my skin had time to absorb the serum and that it didn’t go down the drain with the hair mask. Incidentally the ESPA Scalp mask performed excellently this way.

I will not purchase this mask, but as the serum in the mask was excellent and Rodial does sell a jarred gel mask with the exact same name, I would consider purchasing that. I know there is such a thing as a qualified success.  I think I found it’s opposite, the qualified failure. And now face soothed, and hair gloriously treated, it is back to work for me for the rest of the afternoon. I hope everyone out there has a fantastic weekend.

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Time for a little golden self care – rose gold that is…

welcome once again to the Friday face mask. Now I know what you are thinking, and yes, I’ve reviewed this mask before. But this time I did something interesting. One of my Boxy Charm boxes had a five pack of the 111Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Masks. So I thought, huh, I wasn’t sold on the mask the first time, but most skin care requires repeat uses for results. I give other skin care products time to prove themselves, why not masks?

Why not use it multiple times to see if I really like it?

So since I usually do masks Monday and Wednesday evenings as well as Friday afternoon, this week I decided to use three of my five masks. That’s right I went all in to try out the mask. So what should I expect?

Originally created as limited-edition item, this mask has grown into a global cult product and a staple in the 111SKIN collection. Containing 24k Gold and Damask Rose, this mask works both to illuminate and calm the skin for a party-ready glow. Used by supermodels, celebrities and influencers – this is a must-have in any skincare arsenal.

Apply the mask to dry, clean skin. Wear for 20 minutes. Use up to three times per week, and for longer durations when extra hydration is needed. 

So I washed my face. Then, I took the mask out of the pouch and unfolded it. I placed it on my face, which did require a bit of negotiation as it was very slick and tended to slide. As you can see from the photos, it didn’t adhere well to certain parts of my face. I think it wanted a face that was bigger than mine and was grumpy about my average sized head.

The strange look is me trying feeling it slide lower around my mouth and not wanting to taste the serum

I could tell right away it wasn’t going to stay so I hustled over to my bed, grabbed my ipod and lay down. The Pogues provided today’s relaxation soundtrack in case you were wondering.

And I kind of needed something relaxing. Today two of my subscription boxes came in. I was thrilled. Since I figured it would take at least a week before any arrived I was very pleased. I opened them and discovered each of them was missing an item. Seriously, not just one item missing from one box, but both boxes each missing an item. I contacted both boxes and in both cases customer service was ready to leap into action, on that front I have no complaints. everyone was fantastic.

It was just disapointing.

And took a little extra time I had planned to do something else.

But losing time seems to be the general theme of the day. I lost time this morning when my happy dance was derailed by the police arriving for my neighbor and then my walk took twice as long as everyone had to stop me and ask if I knew what was going on because I am one of the closest neighbors. You’d think by now that they’d realize I never know what’s going on. I am the last link on the gossip chain. i’ve even heard gossip about myself that I didn’t know.

It wasn’t true though. Alas, I am not in charge of programing at any television network. I’m pretty sure no one wants me deciding what is on television. I have a couple of scripts I wrote, but that is as close to ‘programing’ as I get.

After 20 minutes, head is tilted to help control sliding

Incidentally, the deal with my neighbor is that he was arrested a few months back but due to the pandemic he was sent home under house arrest. Apparently there was a hearing or something last week and he declined to show up so someone was sent to help him with his carpool needs. I have no idea what the details are, but I’m sure one of my neighbors will come up with details at some point.

But I let it all go as I relaxed. Then after twenty minutes I stood up and had to hustle to the bathroom. The mask, which wasn’t dripping with serum when I applied it, had dried significantly and was losing it’s will to stay on my face.

As I said I have been using these masks all week and this is the third application. This loss of cohesion seems to be a common theme. The foil packet remains smeared with serum but the mask holds only enough for use. Any extra serum has to be scavenged from the packet. Its as though the mask material rejects the serum. which is a shame, the serum itself is nice. I would not mind having it in a bottle to apply with a dropper. The mask material though does not seem to be as big a fan.

At the end of the week I am left with the same thoughts I had when I first tried the mask. It is nice, I’d use it again if it came my way, but it’s not worth the price. It didn’t stick to my face. I had no choice but to lay down so it wouldn’t slide off and quite frankly I’ve had $3 masks that are as good, if not better in terms of results. 111skin has several really nice products that very much are worth their hefty price tag. This just isn’t one of them.

The Golden Snail

I have to admit, I have a strange fascination with the concept of snails in beauty. Well with snails in general. I actually like escargot. I tend to view snails as an excuse to eat loads of garlic butter sauce. And I had to do an agricultural history paper once for an anthropology course where I found out that snails were one of the first farmed creatures. The mental image of herding snails still tickles me to this day.

I’ve seen snail based skin care before and although I have been intrigued and flirted with trying it out, I never really got around to it. When I pulled the Tony Moly Intense Care Gold Snail Hydro Gel Mask out of the pile of sheet masks I decided that today was the day. So according to the product page…

The luxe, gel-type mask adheres comfortably to skin to promote maximum absorption, and is infused with a cocktail of hydrating ingredients to leave the complexion feeling intensely nourished and supple. 24K Gold helps to brighten and soothe sensitive skin, and a blend of Fermented Snail Mucus essence, Ginseng extracts and EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) improve hydration and radiance while encouraging collagen production. Enhancing skin’s vitality and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, the luxurious face mask will leave skin feeling smooth, supple and resilient.

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So apparently the snails get a little help from gold and ginseng. I’m not entirely sure that gold has any actual skin care benefits. I’m pretty sure it is just there for the bling factor. I think ginseng is supposed to promote circulation though so I was happy to see that.

The mask comes in two parts, which I actually really like because I can get a better fit on my face with the two part masks than the one part ones. It is the type of gel mask that feels a bit like you are holding jelly in your hands. It is lighter weight than many of the other masks like the 111Skin and the Grace and Stella Gel masks. It is a thinner material than they are. It had the same slip-slidy texture they have though. I was wondering if the snail would make it slimier but it felt the same.

the top half in place

The two pieces went on well to my face and because they are a lighter weight than other gel masks I didn’t have to lie down to keep it in place. I could actually sit up without it sliding. I think the two part mask also helped distribute the weight better and prevented it from sliding.

complete mask on

The mask was saturated with liquid but not over saturated, so there was no dripping. After fifteen minutes I took the mask off and massaged in the remaining serum. I know some people squeeze the mask to extract the last of the serum from it, but when I did there really wasn’t any left to squeeze out. The mask helped the serum and what was left was on my face already.

I do like the texture of the gel masks and the way it felt on my skin. I like that it didn’t slide down my face. The serum in the mask provided me with plenty of moisture and absorbed well without a lot of extra. It was a nice mask and I would certainly use it again. My skin did feel quite nourished. Was it worth the price? Yes.

not a lot of serum left behind

Am I sold on snail as a beauty ingredient? The jour is still out. I think I would have to try a couple of more snail based products to see how it performed. But the snail was the only ingredient in this mask that I have not used before and I did not have any sort of adverse reaction (other than the fact that there was no garlic butter). This does make me more confident in trying more snail infused beauty products. I just wish they’d come up with a different description than snail mucus. I’m okay knowing it’s not the actual snails in the mask but mucus in skin care isn’t all that appealing. Still the mask was a good one and one I wouldn’t mind picking up again. I am just going to think of it as a snail infusion though.

So that was my friday Face mask. It was a nice break from the day and actually allowed me a little time to plan my afternoon.

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