The Friday Facemask and Generation Clay’s Detoxifying Charcoal

Welcome once again to the Friday Face Mask.  Today I am taking my masking break a little early as I have some conference calls later and want to be refreshed before hand. 

Today’s Mask?

Generation Clay Detoxifying Charcoal Australian Clay Mask.

I know, you have heard me talk about Generation Clay before.  The Ultra violet Brightening Purple Clay mask is one I routinely return to and I am also a big fan of their Urban Defense Purifying Pink Clay Mask.  Oddly enough, I have never tried their Detoxifying Charcoal Australian Clay mask before.  The only reason I can think of for letting it go so long without trying it out is that I stocked up on the purple Brightening mask and didn’t get around to branching out.  Now, even though I have a larger size of the brightening mask I am not opening it until I have given other masks a chance.

Which is fine because I love trying out new masks.

In case you go looking for this mask it looks as though Generation Clay is a sister line to Generation Skin.    The website where I found the masks listed was Generation Skin. I couldn’t find a separate Generation Clay website so I don’t know if they merged or not. There is always the possibility that it was always Generation Skin and I somehow missed that, but the mask line is still labeled Generation Clay. I’m in no way affiliated with the company and this isn’t a sponsored post, I just like and tend to repurchase their masks.

So, charcoal.

In essence activated charcoal is supposed to be able to suck up the excess oils from your skin.  As clay is also supposed to draw impurities out of your skin as well, it seems like a pretty nice combo.  If you are interested in learning more about charcoal in skin care (in an easily broken down way), I’d suggest checking out this post by Lab Muffin.  I really like her posts actually. And she explains activated charcoal a lot better than I can.

But what should I expect when I apply it to my face?

GENERATION CLAY Detoxifying Charcoal Clay Mask is packed with all-natural
Activated Charcoal. Unlike the black ashy stuff you BBQ with, this kind of charcoal
detoxifies your skin by working like a magnet to draw out dirt, toxins, and impurities.
It’s paired with Cucumber, Marshmallow and Aloe Vera to soothe, and oil-absorbing
Witch Hazel to minimize pores. The result offers a deep clean that keeps breakouts
and blackheads at bay.

Cucumber, marshmallow and witch hazel are all on my list of skin care BFFs.  Growing up we used witch hazel as toner to clear out the pores and reduce pimples. And I have always had good luck using marshmallow based products to reduce redness and irritation. Cucumber I just always think of as refreshing, but I am sure there are some skin care benefits I don’t know about them. Even not knowing the details I like cucumber in my skin care.

Wet Mask

And I am all for a deeper clean.  So, on to the face the mask goes. It is a clay mask and it feels like cool wet clay going on.  As you can see in the photo of the newly applied mask, I can still smile when it is wet.  As it dries over my fifteen minute stretch, I lose the ability to smile and therefore look a little like some sort of grumpy clay based supervillain.

But no matter. 

The mask was applied, I lay down for the fifteen minutes it needed to do its thing and put my ipod on shuffle because I didn’t have anything I was really set on listening to. So my masking play list went from The Offspring to Mozart to Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies.  Which was a little disconcerting.

Note to future self, choose a play list. Or at least stick to one genre.

dried mask, frozen in place face

But in fifteen minutes, brain slightly disordered and mask mostly dry I returned to the bathroom and washed the mask off.  This is one of those masks where a wet brush is not a bad thing to have.  What I tend to do is wet the brush, run it over the mask lightly, saturating the mask, but not scratching the skin.  Then when it is loosened up, I wash it off completely and pat the skin dry. It also helps keep you from splashing charcoal colored water all over the sink and turning a fifteen minute mask into fifteen minuses of masking and twenty minutes of clean up.

Incidentally, the shiny lips are my Bite Beauty Agave Mask at work. Just because the mask won’t let me smile doesn’t mean I can’t show my lips some love.

So did my skin feel clearer and cleaner with my black heads disappearing like magic?

Or science that looks like magic I suppose.

clean skin

My skin wasn’t magically blemish free, but it did feel cleaner and the blemishes I currently have feel a little more dried out. One of my deeper clogged pores that has been driving me crazy as I’ve been trying to get it to come to the surface so it can be cleared out, is just about breaking the surface.  It is at the level now that after my conference call I can apply a Peace Out Acne Dot to it and let it sit for the rest of the day and actually get it cleared out. I can say it wasn’t nearly that raised earlier.  For that alone I would be happy with this mask.

It didn’t really do a lot for the non-blemish areas, or at least no more than any other mask.  I think what I might do however is use this in a multi masking plan.  I really do prefer the Purple Generation Clay mask all over my face.  I think in the future I might use the charcoal mask over the blemishes and the Purple brightening on the rest of my skin.  That might actually put the best properties of each to the best possible use.

But as always, the final question is, would I purchase this mask again?  The answer is yes I would. Like the other two clay masks from Generation Clay I would not mind keeping this on hand.  In fact I think they sell a three pack with one of each in the pack for a bundled savings.  Now that I’ve tried all three, this trio might end up on my restocking list.


Peace Out Skincare

Bliss (and Bite) with the Friday Face Mask

Bliss and Bite Beauty for the Friday Face Mask Win

Welcome once again to Face Mask Friday.  I have to say, I am very happy to be here.  Today has been a nice calm even day for me.  I worked, I walked, I showered I masked.  And then I’ll go back to work for the rest of the day.

first applied

It’s kind of nice.  The mask I went for today is not a new one in my collection.  I have had it a while and I always enjoy using it.  It is the Bliss Pore Patrol Deep Detox Four Clay Souffle Mask. The soufflé mask means that it is a little bit lighter than regular clay masks.  The deep detox part means it really helps with the clogged pores forming bumpy lines in roughly the same locations as my face mask rests against my skin. 

Imagine that.

can’t really smile when it dries down so despite loving the mask I sort of look angry, I’m not I’m just locked in place.

This mask is a very reliable product for me.  I think I originally received this in a subscription box, however I have repurchased it a couple of times since then.  This and the Bliss Mighty Marshmallow Bright and Radiant Whipped Mask are two I regularly keep around.  The Mighty Marshmallow is really good when I’ve got inflamed break outs as it seems to calm the irritation down and the deep detox is the one I reach for when I have clogged pores.  At the moment all my current breakouts have pretty much cleared up so it is just the clogged pores, hence the choice of mask. Bliss is having a sale on Masks and treatments this weekend as well, 30% off. Since their masks are always affordably priced it is an even better bargain than usual.

Bliss Cosmetics – 30% Off Masks & Treatments!

There is no tingling with this mask and to be honest, very little scent.  It feels cool against the skin, but that I think is mostly just the nature of clay.

clean and no longer looking like I am angry

You may notice that my lips are a bit shiny in the photos (or the camera may not have picked it up).  That’s because I like to indulge my lips a bit when I do my masks.  I usually do, I just don’t always remember to mention it.  MY go to lip product is the Bite Beauty Agave Night time lip therapy mask.  It has almost no scent to it. 

I tend to use the Maple lip mask during the day and the night time one at night, partially because if I try wearing the maple one at night my baby doll wakes up craving pancakes.

starting to reach the bottom of this jar of the Bite Beauty Agave nighttime li

When I mask I use the Night time one as well.  Some of it will wash off when I rinse off my mask but a surprising amount will have sunk in during my fifteen minute masking.  The amount that sinks in always makes me feel as though I’ve been ignoring my lips.  But they do feel wonderfully soft when I am done.  In case you are interested Bite Beauty has a sale going on this weekend for their lip treatments. From today until September 16th it’s buy one, get one 50% off on the entire Agave+ Collection.

Buy one, get one 50% off on our entire Agave+ Collection. 9/11 – 9/16

I highly recommend both the regular lip mask (that’s the maple scented one, although they do sell other, it just happens to be my favorite), and the Nighttime lip mask.  I am actually stocking up on both for the winter. As you can see I am getting quite low on my night time mask and need to restock. Since I have an almost new tube of the regular lip mask I may look around and actually branch out from my favorites and (gasp, shock, awe) try something new. Summer and winter are when I need them most, spring and fall I generally use just regular lip balm and call it good, but summer and winter, my lips need just a little extra love.

And now I am refreshed and my skin feels smooth and clean. For the rest of the afternoon I am going to be working at my desk so I am going to stay fresh faced and just let my skin breath for a little while. I’ll probably give it a spritz of the Timeless Skin HA Spray later on if I need a little refresher, but otherwise I’m just going to let my skin be. For now, it is back to work for me.

Take 30% Off All Face Masks & Treatments With Code SKINTREAT! Valid 9/11/2020-9/15/2020.

My Current Skin Care Line Up

I know I talk a lot about different products, but I thought you might find it interesting to see the full regime as it stands now.  First off, I ought to say that I have a staggered rotation system for skin care. I like to have an older product I’ve been using for a while roll into my trial for a new product so that I’m not changing out every item at the same time. 

For example I am currently testing three Timeless Skin products (gifted to me by Timeless Skin for testing and review purposes for which I am extremely grateful).  The Hyaluronic Acid Serum I have been using for two weeks now (Labor day started week three so I will be reviewing it on the 21st after 30 days of use), while the while the Squalane Oil from Timeless skin is just starting its second week of use and the HA Spray is on its first full week of use.

The same can also be said for my Purlisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk.  I used it for a month but will use it a little bit longer since I just started with the HA spray. I’ll use the same cleanser while I figure out how everything reacts and then I’ll start a new cleanser trial.  I generally find that staggering new products keeps my skin from freaking out with the new so I get a more accurate opinion about how things work.

Now I do have one disclaimer, my skin care routine is slightly jumbled a bit because I am trying to get in several workouts  and don’t want to just sweat off my products, so I’ll try to put those in here as well.

current cleanser

In the mornings, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I am trying to get in about twenty minutes of strength and flexibility training.  This is mostly with youtube videos, wii fit and yoga.  It is done in doors and because I have the tendency to talk myself out of it, I find it is easier to start with the workout before I’m fully awake.  So on those mornings I splash water on my face to rinse off the remnants of my night cream, towel off and after dressing, do my planned work out.

Get free products and coupons with the Purlisse Perks program

After I turn on the coffee pot and cool down a bit, I start in on my morning skin care. I start by washing my face, currently with the Purlisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing milk. 

Toner

I then use a toner.  I just finished the Akar Balancing Toning Mist and am now trying the Pixi Skin Treats Clarity Tonic.  Typically with Pixi I tend to go for their exfoliating toners so this was a new one for me.  While early in my use thus far I have been liking it.

serum

After toning I use a serum on my face, neck and decollete.  Currently, the serum I am trying out is the Timeless Hyaluronic Acid Serum.  And I did remember to take before pictures this time so I will have before and after photos from 30 days of use. 

I’ve actually noticed a positive change actually, but I will get into details with the full review.  At the moment I can say that I really like this serum and am turning into a pretty big fan of Hyaluronic Acid in skincare.

After I apply the serum, I brush my teeth while it takes it’s time settling in.  While this serum sinks in fast, I really like to give it a little extra time to settle in before I move on. You can probably see it in the background of the above photo but I am a big fan of the Aquafresh Extreme Clean toothpaste.  It has been my go-to for years.  I like the taste better than I like the regular aqua fresh.  Although sometimes the foaming can be a bit much.  But it is a good toothpaste.

eyecream

Then once I have wiped up all of the toothpaste fall out, I apply my eye cream.  Currently I am using the Glossy box Skin Care Eye Boost Cream (I’ve almost finished my month of use so a review will be coming soon).  With eye cream I not only use it around my eyes, but on the fine lines around my lips. 

The same formulation that helps eye cream work on the delicate tissue around the eyes also helps it on the fine lines around the lips. It was one of my grandmother’s favorite tricks and one I use increasingly as I get older.  In its own way that skin is just as delicate as the eyes and a little extra help in fighting those lines doesn’t hurt.

Squalane Oil

After the eye cream I use the oil.  At the moment I am using the Timeless 100% Squalane oil.  Oddly enough, I am finding that I can use it both morning and night unlike many other oils which I have only been able to use at night.  I think it’s because squalane’s main purpose is to simply lock in moisture and it really is just one type of oil (it’s also a really affordable oil as these things go). I’ve just started using it so I’ll have to see how it works moving forward.  Right now I am really enjoying it.  I use three drops and apply it to my skin and then follow with my moisturizer. I like applying the oil first rather than blending it in with the moisturizer. No real reason, it is just what I prefer.

moisturizer

The moisturizer I am currently using is the Dior Dream Skin Capture Totale. It was sent to me by Influenster and comes in a refillable container.  I can already tell you I am going to want to get a refill.

Shop best sellers and new launches on the PTR website!

At the moment it is running about even in my moisturizer preferences with the Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral Rich Moisturizer and the Volition Celery Green Cream. 

Those three may be my top three moisturizers of 2020 at this point.  Still the year is not over.

sunscreen

Speaking of Volition, after I apply the moisturizer I top it off with my Volition Prismatic Luminizing shield with SPF 50. I keep trying other sunscreens and I keep going back to this one.

Prismatic Luminizing Shield SPF 50|Free Shipping, Free Returns & Free Sampling

You will notice there is a second sunscreen in the picture however.  This is the Polaar Fluide Solaire also with SPF 50. While it is a good sunscreen, I don’t like it on my face.  It feels just a little too heavy.  It is perfect for my neck and upper chest where v-neck t-shirts expose the skin and I have really been enjoying using it there to give my skin some extra protection. 

lip masks, the maple day cream is in the tube and the night mask is in the jar.

I then add my Bite Beauty Agave Lip mask in the scent Maple to my lips.  It really does smell like maple syrup.  And it tasks kind of like it too.  I generally find that not only does it keep my lips wonderfully soft but the scent makes me feel like I’ve already indulged in some delectable treat and thus makes it less likely that I will feel like snacking.  I sort of feel Like I’ve already snacked.

NEW! Agave+ Pre-Makeup Lip Serum

And skin care done I sit at my desk and get a few hours of work done.  I don’t put makeup on at this point as my meetings tend to be in the afternoon and I still have my daily walk to get through.  All my skin care has a couple of hours to soak in though. 

Then I take my walk.  Before I leave the house I spray myself all over with a spray sunblock.  I’m partial to one from Neutrogena. Even with the sunblock underneath, I like to be extra careful, especially after my bad burn earlier in the spring.

In general I sweat profusely during my walks.  Which is fine.  I like to think of the seat as encouraging my weight loss.  However I am a mess when I return.  While I often employ the Busy Beauty Showerless wipes to get me through until I can take my evening shower, and have various ways of dealing with my hair, my face is a different matter. 

Busy Beauty features no-water-needed face and body cleansing wipes for every need!

If I don’t wash my face after my walk I am just going to feel gross the rest of the day.  But I don’t want to strip my skin.  So I tend to use a gentle cleanser that will just wash away the sweat (and sometimes pollen) residue from my walk in the park/walking trail. 

Post work out cleanser

The cleanser I have consistently used for a while has been the Olay Cleanse Gentle Foaming Cleanser.  It is an excellent oil free, no frills cleanser that just makes my skin feel less gunky after a good sweat. 

Stock up for the year or save by splitting with friends (or fam you may be staying with)– your skin will be happy you did

To be honest I have been using this as my post workout cleanser since I started my weight loss journey.  I have lost track of how many times I have used up and replaced this bottle. It is also the cleanser I grab when another cleanser is giving me problems because I know it is effective and reliable. So I use it after my walks.

post workout serum

Something new I am trying, because it came to me in an IPSY box, is the 111Skin Cryo ATP Sports Booster.  It is a serum you are supposed to use after a workout.  So because I wanted to see how it worked, I have started adding it to my skin after my quick wash with the Olay.  Previously I just did the quick wash and then moved into my makeup.

After the 111Skin has had a few minutes to settle in, I apply my makeup for the day.  While I usually end with a setting spray, the HA Spray with Matrixyl 3000 sent to me by Timeless claims to be able to be used as a setting spray as well as being skin care, so this week I started using it to set my makeup.  There will be more on that later this week.  But I will tell you now that is it wonderfully refreshing and smells like cucumbers.

skin care based setting spray

And then I go about my day.

At the end of the day I use a cleansing balm or oil to remove my makeup and then I use a cleanser like the Purlisse.  I just finished the Province Apothecary Moisturizing Cleansing oil and tonight I will start using the Kahina Giving Beauty Oil Cleanser.  It too came in a Petit Vour Box and I am looking forward to testing it out. 

upcoming cleansing oil/makeup remover

Often times I will remove my makeup after dinner and then use a mask of some sort while reading or watching television or you tube.  With my mask I will apply the Bite Beauty Agave Nighttime lip therapy mask to my lips.  It is more intense than the maple one I use in the mornings, although with less of a scent. 

Shop exclusive sets not available anywhere else! Discover the new Changemaker Complexion System, Rose Gold Duo, Glace Prep Lip Trio, and Agave+ Lip Balm & Therapy Duo.

It also keeps me from snacking while watching television.  I know it is technically supposed to be left on over night, and sometimes I will re apply it just before I lay down but I find when I am watching movies or television with my babydoll in the evenings I am tempted to snack.  This really keeps me from snacking, even after the face mask is removed.

Eventually, I will migrate to the bedroom.  I do my night time skin care before I start to read in bed.  Once or twice a week I will use an exfoliator.  At the moment I am using the Avant Gentle Rose Beautifying Face Exfoliant.  It is an extremely gentle physical exfoliate but I don’t like to use them too often lest it damage the skin. 

exfoliation

After the exfoliate is rinsed off (on the nights I use it) I go back in with my toner, followed by serum, teeth brushing, eye cream, oil and moisturizer. Depending on the moisturizer I am using I will either use the same one I use during the day or a night cream.  The Dior is good for both day and night, but on a few days where I have been outside a bit longer, I replace my moisturizer with a night cream.  Currently I am trying out the Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping mask.  I only use it a couple of times a week.

Then I read in bed for an hour or two and go to sleep.

night cream

I know, that’s a lot of different steps to my skin care.  Personally, I enjoy the ritual of it and I really like taking the time to work on my skin.  At the moment, my skin is doing really well.  Most of my acne has faded. I still have a few clogged pores where my mask presses into my face, but really that is a combination of mask and sweat.  Some combination of elements in the last week has really been doing my skin well. 

This is another reason I like rotating products.  I can check in with my skin and see what I was using when things start to get better and I can monitor it as I stop using certain products and see where things change.  I helps me to figure out what is actually working and what is not.  It is also why I am not opposed to taking extra time in my routine.  To be honest, written out it looks like it takes a lot longer than it actually does.  It only really takes me about twenty minutes in the morning and then another twenty at night (not counting the mask) so it isn’t really as onerous as it looks on paper.

But there you have it.  Even though some of the products rotate out, the sequence and system remains more or less the same.  There are always changes based on products though.  Sometimes the oil I’m testing is one I only want to wear at night and so I skip it in the morning.  Sometimes I will try two different serums, one at night and one in the day because one reacts poorly to the sun. Sometimes my skin needs more or less exfoliation.  But in general, this is my daily skin care regime.



A Monday Face Mask with Peter Thomas Roth

I know, I know, it isn’t Friday.  It is Monday. And a gray dreary rainy Monday at that. Still today, I am posting a face mask.  To be specific, today I tried out the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. The reason I am trying out this mask today is because tomorrow starts the Labor Day sale at Peter Thomas Roth and I want to be prepared.  

Last year, I saw the sale but couldn’t remember what I liked and what I didn’t. And as the Peter Thomas Roth products are on the pricy end of the spectrum, I didn’t feel confident enough to fly blind. So I promised myself I would make an effort to test out a few things before the next sale. Thus far I know the Skin to Die for Primer and the Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral Rich moisturizer are both on the ‘I really want’ list. Then, I remembered that I had a foil packet of the Pumpkin Enzyme mask that I had yet to try out. 

I know I’m cutting my ‘try before the next Labor day sale’ down to the wire. Hence, the Monday Face Mask.

So what is this mask I am trying on this dreary Monday? 

This powerful, triple-action manual, chemical and enzymatic exfoliating treatment addresses a dull, aging, and congested complexion in three ways: exfoliates with Pumpkin Enzyme, reveals with Alpha Hydroxy Acid and polishes with Aluminum Oxide Crystals. Helps even the appearance of skin tone, smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles and clarify to reveal skin that looks smoother, younger, radiant and revitalized.

Okay, now that sounds like something I’d like.  I know AHA’s are really good chemical exfoliate removing the top layer of skin and firming up the layer below. I can’t honestly say I know what pumpkin does, except make my bathroom smell like autumn. But seriously, masks and exfoliates, two of my favorite products and both combined in one. This says Mimsy all over it.

Well, technically it says Peter all over it, but it is in my bathroom so I claim this mask for France, er… Mimsy. 

Okay, maybe I’m not a sovereign nation just yet.

I opened the packet and was immediately surrounded by the scent of pumpkin.  There is no mistaking this for anything else.  It is pumpkin.  Which I am okay with. Not only is it the first name in the product (and second on the ingredients list right behind water), but after a summer where nearly every other product was coconut scented, it was nice to have a change.  And I like pumpkin.  Oddly enough I’m not a big fan of the pumpkin spiced things that invade every autumn, but this is actual pumpkin.

And on to the face it went. 

I know, the picture doesn’t really show much other than I appear to have a slightly orange cast to my skin. There was enough in the packet to cover my entire face.  There was no product left over.  Whoever measured the amount needed in the packets did a really good job.  The physical part of the exfoliant is extremely finely grained. You can tell it’s there, but is is the texture of superfine sugar.

Yup, the mak is on my face. it makes me look a little orange and wet but nothing more.

One of the reasons I didn’t feel too bad about taking a little masking time today was that this is a mask designed to stay on the face for only 5-7 minutes.

I will say, I can see why.  Almost as soon as it touched my skin I could feel a slight chemical tingle to the mask.  Thinking longer than five minutes might be a bad idea, I set a timer so I wouldn’t accidentally leave it on too long.

Labor Day Super Size SKU Sale – Use code SUPERSIZE from 9/1 – 9/8 11:59 PM ET

Five minutes passed and I returned to the bathroom.  The directions say to wet your face and rub gently for a little but to use the physical exfoliation aspect of the product.  When they say add water, they are not kidding.  The mask more or less dried down like textured spray on a wall.  Without water it wasn’t moving.  So I wet my face, rubbed gently and rinsed off. After patting dry, I had a good look at my skin. 

It looks a little brighter although I suspect for any anti-aging benefits I would have to use it on a consistent basis.  There was enough of an improvement in one use though that I am willing to try.  Quite a few of my blemishes have quieted down. 

This weekend I spent with Peace Out Dots (these have really been a great product to use right now. I am going to have to stock up on more soon. I usually just keep the Peace out dots on my face for occasional use but they have been my weekend clearout product lately so I am stocking up.) on my face trying to bring some of my deeper clogged pores to the surface.  Speaking of which they too are having a labor day sale. I’ll link it just below for those interested. I’ve only tried their acne dots but they do have other products addressing different concerns. I just can’t speak to their use as I haven’t tried them. But the dots are Fabulous.

Peace Out: Labor Day Sale! Get 20% Off Sitewide With Code LDW!

While the dots brought them up, this mask sort of cleared them out. I’m guessing that as the Peace Out brought them to the surface, the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask just cleared them out.

after the mask is washed off.

It’s kind of a nice tag team effort.

Inadvertent, but nice.

Despite needing more, consistent uses of the product to see more anti-aging benefits, my skin feels soft to the touch and I have far fewer clogged pores.  I know they will return once I spend more time masked up and in public, but it is nice to know there is a way to deal with them.  I am a fan of having a plan, and of this mask.

I think this Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is going on my list of things to pick up.  This gives me three things that I know I want. Will I be able to get all three of them on this sale? No. I suspect I will go on the site, see what the sale prices are and then start to negotiate with myself. I can usually talk myself into two things, but not usually three.  I don’t know why two seems to be my limit but I do this with anything over $50, from appliances to skin care. I start out with my list and a budget and always come out with two items. It’s like something in my brain says that while I’m there I might as well get a second item, but somehow ends up thinking a third is too indulgent. I’m sure there is some sort of deeply buried memory from childhood or something causing it, but I don’t remember it being in Granda Mac’s lessons in economy and thrift. I’m sure it was though. 

NEW Made to Mask 4-Piece Mask-a-Holic Kit. For a limited time, get a full-size Cucumber Gel Mask, a full-suze Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, a full-size Irish Moor Mud Mask, and a full-size 24K Gold Mask for only $58! A $177 total retail value.

Either way, the Labor Day sale starts tomorrow and unlike last year, I am prepared. And whatever I don’t pick up now, I can always look into picking up during the holiday sales. I’m pretty sure most of my Black Friday shopping will be done on line and I know my cousin has been debating over the mini mask pack for a while. Which means technically I have four things on my list to pick up. One gift and three things I want. And to be honest, I suspect I won’t be the only one mailing boatloads of Christmas gifts this year.  And shopping early leads to shipping early which may actually translate into making it to the destination on time.

If I cross my fingers and make a sacrifice to the postal gods. (Don’t worry the ritual mostly involves setting fire to an old envelope that requires licking to seal while dancing around with the envelopes you don’t have to lick raised high. The only potential bloodshed comes from me tripping over my own feet. No animals (save myself and then only accidentally) are harmed in this Postal Ritual.)

But I digress, to sum up, mask good, sale tomorrow, and Christmas coming sooner than you actually think.

Bubble Bubble, toil and trouble, face mask Friday on the double

Blackhead 02 Bubble Pore Pack Pore Ritual by Caolion

I have to admit, this was my first bubble mask.  I know, they’ve been around for a while.  They were all the rage and now they aren’t talked about much.  Somehow, I never got around to trying any of them.

I think it is my love of clay masks to clean out my pores.

But when I picked up one of IPSY’s masking bundles (mostly because they had a larger size of the Generation Clay purple mask and I couldn’t resist) I figured why not give it a go. 

According to the directions you apply this to a clean face, it bubbles, you give it three minutes to work its magic and then you massage your face before rinsing. Easy peasy right?

So hair back, face washed and onto the face the mask went. I could feel little exfoliating bits so I assumed that was why I was supposed to do a little massaging before rinsing.  I’m okay with that, it didn’t feel too coarse on the skin.  It started bubbling before I finished applying it to the skin which was interesting so by the time I finished applying it I was quite foamy.

Somehow I didn’t expect the sound. 

close up, the upper lip really tickled

It was like spending three minutes sitting in a bowl of rice crispies. There was a lot of snapping, crackling and popping going on.  It also tickled.  Not a lot, but the spots right above my upper lip really tickled.  The closer to my nostrils the mask was the more ticklish it became.  By the time three minutes passed I felt like I was doing a Charlie Chaplin Mustache twitch routine. 

You know, without the actual mustache.

But the three minutes passed and I rubbed and rinsed.  The exfoliation was fine.  The mask rinsed off clean.  I can’t actually say I saw much in the way of pore cleansing.  My skin is nice and soft, but the pores that were clogged are still clogged. 

After three minutes and just before the rubbing and rinsing phases

I’m used to my pore clearing masks bringing more things to the surface.  This really didn’t do that.  It was fun to use and it tickled in a way that was actually pleasant, but most of what it accomplished was due to the exfoliate, which almost seemed to be an extra benefit tacked on and not something they proclaimed in the title.  And truthfully if I am going for an exfoliating mask, I’m probably going for the Korres Pomegranate exfoliating mask.  It takes five minutes instead of three but is worth way more than the extra two minutes. (just don’t use extra time with it, as it is really only meant to sit on the sin for five minutes).

While this mask was fun and it came in a bundle, I probably wouldn’t buy it on its own.  I’ll use what I have but once gone, it won’t be repurchased. I think I’ll stick with the korres on this one.


KORRES

Hi-ho Super Silver (Haze Purifying Face mask from Makeupdrop that is)

Welcome my darlings once again to the Friday face mask.  Today I am trying out the Super Silver Haze Purifying mask.  It has clay.  It has cannabinoids and it has colloidal silver. It came in my August Ipsy bag and this is what it had to say for itself…

Meet Super Silver Haze, your skincare superhero. This polishing mask is powered by bacteria-banishing Colloidal Silver and nourishing Kaolin clay, all with the soothing, anti-inflammatory benefits of 100 mg of CBD.

CBD has a wheelhouse of anti-inflammatory, soothing, and regenerative properties that can help fight acne, inhibit triggers of skin irritation and bring an overall calmness to your skin.

A natural anti-inflammatory and disinfectant, colloidal silver is a super particle that fights bacteria without destroying the skin’s natural flora and has been known to help the symptoms of rosacea, eczema, acne, and aging.

Packed with minerals to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, kaolin clay removes toxins without drying out the skin for a polished glow.

FULL INGREDIENT LIST

Aqua (WATER), Montmorillonite (FRENCH GREEN CLAY), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sodium Chloride (Himalayan Salt), Glycerin, Rose Damascena Flower Water, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Lactobacillus Ferment, Leuconostoc/ Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Cannabidiol (100MG), Colloidal Silver, Sodium Hyaluronate, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Peel Oil, Nephrite Powder – CBD SAFETY SHEET

makeupdrop.com

Now I will say that I love green clay.  In fact I love most clay based masks.  My skin really responds well to most of them. And I also do well with the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD.  The Colloidial Silver was a new one on me, but hey, I’m willing to give it a go.

not the most appealing of photos I grant you, but this is the mask

The packaging is cute.  It looks like a paint tube and you have to use the pointy end of the cap to break the seal.  As I used to do a lot of oil painting, I found this both familiar and fun.  I was less enthused when I had to squeeze the mask out of the tube.  It is a thick clay mask and that is a narrow exit hole.  It required some effort and I was unable to use my favorite skin care spatula as I would have needed a third hand to hold it steady.  As it was actually squeezing the product into my hand was an effort.

on the face and looking like 1950s television style masks, it dried tightly very quickly so smiling was not an option

The scent of the mask is nice and green as is the color.  Given the cannabinoids and the clay I expected more of an earth scent.  I expected the green from the clay most french green clay products are green unless someone did some serious doctoring mostly with ingredients you don’t want on your skin. It isn’t an herbally green scent but more of a fresh mown clover sort of green. 

I’m sorry about the descriptors but sometimes scents just come across my brain as colors. This looks army green but smells bright green to me.  My color confusion doesn’t come up a lot but when it does, it sort of locks in. This appears to be one of those times.  I looked at other reviews and no one mentioned the scent so I have no comparisons for you.

Personally I loike the scent, even if I have a hard time describing it. 

Just before washing it off after letting it sit 15 minutes

The mask is a bit dry and crumbly going on the skin, but the warmth of the skin, both fingers and face, help it warm up and spread a bit more creamily. I know it says that it doesn’t feel tight, but I could feel it getting tighter in my cheeks and around my mouth almost as soon as I put it on. 

The mask isn’t tingly but it feels almost as though I can feel the blood sort of pounding in the skin of my face in time to my heart.  It isn’t an unpleasant sensation, I actually kind of enjoy it, but it is an interesting feeling.

After fifteen minutes, I went to wash the mask off.

As far as clay masks go it washed off fairly easily.  While my skin felt soft, the big difference I could see happened when I looked closely.  If you look at the close up of my cheek you can see that several bumps have risen.  Before they were smaller bumps that were much more deeply buried clogged pores.  Now they are closer to the surface and much closer to being able to be dealt with. 

Before and after pics of my face, before the mask is on the left and after is on the right, not much different until you look closely (see below)

That’s not a bad result.  It does mean that this mask isn’t one I’m going to wear when I plan to go out, but as I will be spending the rest of the day at my desk and the weekend more or less in the house or garden, it isn’t a bad thing.  Just something to keep in mind. 

rising to the surface

So it turned out to be a pretty good mask.  Is it my favorite mask? No.  Would I pay the $65 price tag to replace it once I use it up?  Probably not. I would probably pick up a clay mask from Generation Clay to be honest. But it was a nice mask for a Friday afternoon break.  I’m glad I got a chance to use it and I will enjoy using the rest of the product.  I just probably won’t be running out to repurchase it any time soon.

So speaking of spending the rest of the day at my desk, I need to get back to work now that my brief relaxation is over.  I hope you have a great rest of the day and a fabulous weekend.  Stay safe my darlings and I’ll see you back here on Monday.


Shop Now!

Daily Deal

Vichy Quenching Masque Mineral for Face Mask Friday

Good Afternoon everyone, I hope you are having a great Friday. For me this morning was filled with a whole bunch of little tasks so part of me feels like I didn’t accomplish anything as I flit from one thing to another. At least I feel that way until I look at my to do list and realize how much I’ve actually managed to check off the list.

Once I saw that I was quite pleased with myself.

Ah perception, it’s a wonderful thing.

Today’s face mask is one I have tried before and couldn’t help but pick up again. It is one of my favorite post sun masks, although it is also really good in the deep winter when my skin feels parched from the central heat. The mask I used today was the Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask. It is a little different from my usual face masks.

First off because of the tinted jelly like formula in the clear glass, taking a picture of the mask in the jar is always fun. It either reflects the light or shows what is behind the jar. There is a light blue tint to the mask that makes it look a little like water. Which as all Vichy products are known for their inclusion of thermal waters it is kind of appropriate.

According to the Vichy Website…

Vichy’s first mineral mask enriched with 10% Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water and soothing Vitamin B3 to act as a hydration boost for dry and uncomfortable skin.

Formulated with 10% Vichy Mineralizing Water to help strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier function and protect against aggressors. To nourish and pamper dehydrated skin, Vichy’s Quenching Mineral Mask is a light, fresh and thirst-quenching formula to immediately hydrate and soothe skin. After 4 weeks of use, skin feels revitalized and rebalanced. Paraben-Free.

No mask on

What is interesting is that you don’t really wash this mask off. You apply a thin layer over the face and let it sit for five minutes. During the five minutes you sort of tap all over your skin and then rub the rest of the product into your skin. Then you are done. If using this as a face mask, remember to use a tiny amount as it goes a long way. As you can see from the photos, the mask just makes your skin look wet, so no bank robber look for me today.

There is no tingling, but the mask does feel cool and refreshing. It is one I highly recommend after a day in the sun. While I used it today because yesterday I spent quite a lot of time outside and felt the need for something soothing and quenching, my favorite way to use this is in the winter time.

Mask on (it just looks wet, that’s it)

What I like to do is right after dinner, remove my makeup and ash my face so my skin is clean. Then apply a thin layer of this mask and let it soak in while I watch television or do whatever in the house that evening. I like to give it a good couple of hours and then just before bed I do my normal nightly ritual. I find this really combats the winter dry skin. I keep it around in the summertime for post sun dryness and in the winter to combat the effects of central heating.

Either way, I like having this mask around. It is a great, simple way to add a quick burst of moisture to your skin. I’ve never had a problem with breakouts or clogged pores from it so I have no problem using it when I am breaking out. It smells clean and fresh and is designed for sensitive skin. I tend to occasionally burn across the bridge of my nose and I’ve applied it over the burn before. It soothes and helps prevent peeling. I know that isn’t what it’s intended to do, but it is a useful trick to the mask if you happen to have it around.

While I chose this mask because of too much sun yesterday, I also chose it because it is quick to use. It is a five minute application and there isn’t a lot of rinsing afterwards. It is perfect on a busy day when you are working from home. which actually describes my day today perfectly. I may not have to see anyone today, but I have a few items I want to clear off my check list before I end the week and start my weekend. So now that my skin is refreshed, I am going to bid you Adieu for now and get back to work. I hope you finish out your week accomplishing all you set out to do and have a great weekend.


Enjoy 6 deluxe minis of our bestsellers with all orders $35+! Use Code: VICHYLUV.

Vichy USA- ACD

The Friday Face Mask with erno Laszlo

Welcome to the Friday face mask.  Today I did a little something different. Technically speaking I used the mask early and it isn’t a full face mask.  I did not sleep well last night and as a consequence this morning I awoke with puffy baggy eyes.  So since I was starting my day working at the computer, I decided to start off with an eye mask.  I went with the Erno Laszlo multi-task eye serum mask.  It came in my July Look Fantastic box and I have been looking forward to using it ever since it came in.

Look Fantastic:
https://us.lookfantastic.com/

I’ve used the Erno Laszlo  Firmarine night cream (Picked up from Lovely Skin during one of their sales a while back) and it was amazing.  I believe it is also carried by Look Fantastic on their store and they are always running some sort of weekly special so it is well worth looking into.

But I hadn’t tried any of their serums of masks.  So I started the day with the Erno Laszlo multi task eye serum mask under my eyes as I began working at the computer. So what is it supposed to do?

Get Glowing Skin with Erno Laszlo

A silky, All-in-one hydrogel eye patch formulated with a powerhouse of ingredients to tackle the major signs of under eye dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles. The multi-tasking eye patch is soaked in serum powered by algae extract, vitamin B3, amino acids and allantoin to give immediate results under the eye area.

Each revitalizing mask conforms perfectly to the contours under eyes, helping our powerful actives penetrate more deeply: Glycerin: a powerful moisture magnet, attracts and holds hydration, helping fill in fine lines and crow’s feet for softer, smoother-looking skin, Vitamin B3: a natural illuminator, defies dark spots and discoloration by jump-starting skin cell renewal, Gotu Kola and other anti-inflammatories: calm stressed skin and improve circulation, reducing puffiness from allergies, pollutants and other assaults.

Lovely Skin currently has the six pack of these eye masks on sale for $38 in case you are looking to pick them up. They are of course also available on the Erno Laszlo site as well and probably a bunch of other places. The Erno Lazlo site not only has the six pack for $38 but they also have a two pack for $14. If you are just trying them out that might be a good option. I know I tend to try samples or smaller packs to see if I like them before I pick up the full sized version. (I just put an order in for Lovely Skin so it’s on my mind in case you are wondering)

Shop LovelySkin for Free Shipping, Samples and Rewards!

So I took the eye masks out of the pack and put them on my skin.  First off, they are the jelly like eye masks which I think always stay in place more securely and in general they seem to provide me with better results.  Or maybe I just think they work better than the paper ones because I just like them more.  There is something soothing feeling about the texture of the jelly masks. 

Mask on!

I will say that once I applied the masks I felt a cooling sensation.  There was no tingling, but it felt cool.  One of the ways I tend to deal with my under eye puffiness is to take the quartz roller I keep stashed in the fridge and roll it under my eyes because cold really helps reduce puffiness for me.  So I was really happy with the cooling sensation. 

I was also happy they stayed in place while I got some work done this morning.  Not slipping makes them extremely convenient. Then of course, it was time to peel them off.

I’m not certain how big a difference you can see in the before and after pics, but I can feel a difference. My eyes feel less baggy and the skin feels a little tighter.  While the masks were saturated in serum when I applied them, the serum appears to have all soaked in and the jelly patches were only slightly damp. 

One day I will get the alignment right, just clearly not today. Before is on the left and after on the right.

My skin also was only slightly damp when I removed them.  I patted the last of the serum in so there was no wasted serum.  While it clearly isn’t a replacement for a good night’s sleep, it does make me feel a bit more refreshed.  So from me, this mask gets a thumbs up and a place on the repurchasing list.  I think I would keep them until I need to look a little more bright eyed rather than use them every day, but I think keeping the Erno Laszlo multi task eye serum mask around isn’t such a bad idea. I’m really glad I tried these today. Thanks to Look Fantastic for choosing this to add to the July subscription box.




Gone in a flash: The 3 minute flash mask from Ursa Major

Normally I just post the Friday Face Mask, and try to just use masks I’ve already talked about during the week, but today I have something a little different.  Instead of my fifteen minute Friday afternoon face mask break, I have a three minute Bright and Easy Flash Mask from Ursa Major. I received two small jars of this from my July Petit Vour box (one is pictured above) and I decided it would be nice to use it on a regular week day since it took so short a time.

Normally during the week I use masks at night because most days I can’t take a 15- 20 minute chunk out of my work day. It makes Friday special. Well one of the reasons anyway. I figured as this was only three minutes, I might be able to actually try it out during the day without a major calamity.

The newly opened jar

While there are no weight markers on my containers, the full sized jar is 1.57 fl oz and retails for $44.  So what does this flash mask do?

Well…

After one use

This gentle but oh-so-effective “flash” enzyme face treatment enhances the appearance of skin’s tone, elasticity, luminosity and firmness – all without the irritation associated with harsh scrubs or chemical peels.

Brightens and clarifies, Boosts the appearance of firmness and elasticity, Balances the look of skin tone and texture, Easy-rinsing gel formula

The mask on the face just makes the skin look a little bit wet.

I’ve tried a 5 minute Pomegranate mask from Korres which I enjoyed, and have on my repeat purchase list and this flash mask also includes pomegranate so I had high hopes.  Especially when I saw the rest of the ingredients.  There are some pretty good things in there such as witch hazel and aloe that my skin tends to like.

Ingredients

Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) leaf juice*, alcohol*, glycerin, sodium levulinate, sodium anisate, lactobacillus/punica granatum ferment extract, populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract, sclerotium gum, pectin, water/aqua/eau, sodium hyaluronate, medicago sativa (alfalfa) extract*, hibiscus sabdariffa flower extract*, salix alba (willow) bark extract, copper PCA, caprylic/capric triglyceride, rose extract, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, santalum album (sandalwood) wood extract, passiflora incarnata fruit extract, prunus armeniaca (apricot) fruit extract, rubus idaeus (raspberry) fruit extract, cananga odorata flower extract, cucumis melo cantalupensis fruit extract, coffea arabica (coffee) seed extract, cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel extract, prunus amygdalus (sweet almond) fruit extract, citrus limon (lemon) peel extract, ananas sativus (pineapple) fruit extract, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel extract, aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) wood extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) extract * Denotes organic

Ursa Major Product page

So onto the face it went.  I will say that I only needed half of the jar to cover my face completely so my two little jars have enough product for four face masks. And I didn’t look like a bank robber. The mask just made my face look wet. 

I really like that Petit Vour gave me enough product to try this mask repeatedly. The mask went on well and smells slightly tart but mostly sort of grassy.  I’m guessing that’s the alfalfa. It smoothed over my skin and I’m not going to lie it felt like I was sort of putting jelly on my face. Some sort of weird colorless jelly, but still, jelly. 

It applied well and it didn’t warm up and drip or anything it stayed exactly where I put it.  I think from the consistency when I applied it I was expecting it to drip as it warmed to my body temperature.  It did not. 

I know the images don’t line completely up and I apologize but it does show before and after, personally I think my skin looks better after. I’m still having breakouts, but that is not from the product.

There was a slight tingle, but it was really very slight.  More like a wash of cool air over wet skin than a chemical tingle. I’ll admit I was worried as I thought anything with that short a wait time might have a super chemical burn.  This did not. 

It was light and pleasant and after three minutes rinsed off cleanly.  I don’t know if my skin felt firmer after using it, but my skin felt soft and  hydrated and to my eyes looked refreshed as though I took a nap when no one was looking.  I wouldn’t call it luminous, but I will say it is somewhat brighter which I consider a definite benefit. 

I think this is a mask I would like to keep on hand for days when I feel a bit draggy and have a little time before an important meeting.  I think taking the three minutes, using the mask and then applying makeup for the meeting would do wonders for my ability to look awake and vibrant. (clearly in the photos I applied no makeup.) I am really happy this product came in my Petit Vour box, because I had never even heard of this company.  Now, it is on my watch list. It also makes me wonder what sort of goodies will come in my August Petit Vour Box.


Cruelty-Free Beauty Box

Peeling it off with the Hawaiian Black Salt mask from Freeman

Today I used the Hawaiian Black Salt Peel off mask (deep Cleansing) from Freeman.  This mask came to me via the July Glossy Box and the little pouch claims to have 3-4 uses in it.  So first the official details about the mask. I know that a pack this size can be picked up at Target for $2.99 while a full sized tube is $4.29 at Ulta. (for some reason I couldn’t find a listing for the full size at Target).

According to the Ulta product page…

Boost your skincare routine with this detoxifying peel-off mask. Freeman’s Hawaiian Black Salt Peel-Off Mask helps to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate skin for a luminous complexion. Perfect for all skin types.

It’s a simple description.  I will say it is more of a description than target had.

Freemans masks I am however quite familiar with.  I used to have quite a collection of their tubes in my mask drawer.  It has been a while since I purchased them however.I think they mostly fell out of my purchasing lists because target moved the shelf where they were placed so it is no longer in my direct line of sight.  Anf to be honest that’s how I generally think of Freeman masks.  They are masks I pick up if I see them but don’t really go out of my way to look for. 

But like I said, its been a while since I’ve used them.

So what was this like?

Yeah there is no way to make this look work, I’m resigned to the bank robber motif for friday afternoons

First off I would say that if you are sensitive to scents, this mask (and all the other masks I’ve tried from them) might not be for you.  It does have a strong scent.  I’m not exactly certain what the scent is in this case. Maybe charcoal?  I don’t know, I can’t really identify it.  It doesn’t smell overly chemically, but it is strongly scented.

I applied a thin layer and let it dry as I would any peel off mask.  I will say there is definitely enough product left in the packet for at least two more uses so to 3-4 uses on the label is something I would say is accurate.

And so we let the mask dry. I used the headphones again today instead of the candles and silence.  The Offspring provided my mask relaxation music, in case you are curious.  Not personally of course. There was no band visitation, just the i-pod. It probably indicates a personal flaw but the song Beheaded always makes me happy.

Moving on.

The mask dried well and didn’t take too long.  As with all peel off masks, the thinner the layer you apply the quicker it dries.  I will say it is not a solid sheet of black tar when I apply it.  There are a lot of thinner bits.  There is some pulling with the peel off and any peach fuzz is going to pull and hurt, but as far as peel off mask go, this wasn’t as painful as some I’ve used.  When I tried the Hey Honey Take Away the Drama Mask I actually contemplated leaving it on my face and telling people I had a copper based skin disorder.

My skin once I did peel it off was amazing though.

Maybe the pain is a tradeoff.  This didn’t hurt as much, but it also didn’t do as much.  My skin felt fine after I removed it.  I rinsed my face because it felt like there were small particles left behind.  Some of the under the surface clogged pores look like they are closer to coming to the surface but are not quite there so that is something.  Over all this is an okay mask.  It falls into the category of I’ll use it, and possibly when on a Target run in the future I might toss it in the basket if it catches my eye, but I won’t seek it out.

Which sort of puts it in the realm of all other Freeman masks.  It might be fun for a Saturday Spa day with the nieces, but it isn’t something I would turn to for serious skin care.

But I did enjoy the fifteen minutes of non-work relaxation on my Friday afternoon, and with luck the clogged pores along my face mask line will finally come to the surface this weekend so they can be dealt with. Since I’m only going as far as my backyard this weekend, my face gets a break from the mask and so I will be encouraging anything pore clearing before Monday. I hope whatever you have planned for the weekend is fun and fabulous as well.(or pore cleansing if you are in the same boat I am in.)