Face Mask Friday: Jant Blanc Aloe Essential Sheet Mask

Growing up my mom always kept an aloe plant in the house.  I’d like to say it was a beautiful plant allowed to grow to majestic proportions, but our aloe plant always looked a little rough around the edges.

It was well cared for and certainly allowed to grow large and healthy.  However it has lots of marks showing where pieces were sliced off.  It was an aloe plant that had been through the wars.

In our house, small rashes from nettle stings to poison ivy were treated with a quick rub of alow to get rid of the itch and the sting.  Burns from those incurred while cooking to sunburns were likewise treated with aloe. 

Summertime was a bad time for our aloe plant growing up.  Almost anytime I ended up coming back from swimming I would be given a piece of aloe leaf to rub across my face, especially across the bridge of my nose.

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While I keep an aloe plant in my house, and have pretty much since I left home. It doesn’t get as much of a work out.  Occasionally a kitchen burn will be cause for a trimming.  A few springs back massive sunburns on my legs caused the largest leaves to be harvested from the plant.  But over all it has been left in peace.

This year the summer has been brutal and despite my best intentions, My face has gotten far more sun than I intended.  Instead of stripping my aloe plant bare (especially as it is just now starting to recover from my sunburn hack down)I am turning to a sheet mask.  The Aloe Essential Sheet mask from Jant Blanc to be more precise.

This mask is from Facetory.  (Incidentally I do have a coupon code for them it is MSMIMSY15 if you are going shopping you can save additional by using it. And yes I get points towards products if you do use it so if that makes you uncomfortable feel free to skip the code, no problems from me)They have several subscription tiers available if you are interested in a subscription.  I like their service as it is a great way to try a bunch of different sheet mask out.  There are a lot of sheet masks out there.  Some I have tried and thought this is okay but not something I would bother with again.  Others become staples for anytime my skin needs a little pick me up. Through the Facetory subscription I have tried bunches of sheet masks and have started building a list of masks I really like.  I’ve also found a few brands that I enjoy so it has been a good experience.  If the subscription is not for you, I would still suggest going to visit their site, especially on Mondays.  Every Monday they have a selection of sheet mask available for one dollar.  I tend to visit with my list of masks that I like on hand and when the ones I like rotate into the sales I stock up.

This Aloe mask I have used before and will certainly use again.  When you open it, the mask smells of Aloe.  It feels as soothing as aloe on the skin and after removing the mask my skin feels like it has had an aloe pack pressed on top of it for fifteen minutes. 

I know shocking right.  An aloe mask is aloe-tastic.

But it really is.  Despite wearing sunscreen, my skin takes a beating from the summer sun.  A little extra care isn’t a bad thing.  Today I put on the aloe mask and was transported back to my childhood in the best way.  Most of the details of this mask are written in Korean.  I neither speak nor read Korean.  But I can say that my skin is very happy with the Aloe that was in this mask and next time the Jant Blanc Aloe mask comes up on the Face tory $1 Monday list, I will be stocking up.

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The Removalist for Face Mask Friday

This mask was in my IPSY Glam Bag plus this month, but I have to admit it is one that I have been toying with picking up for a while now.  In general I like Go-To Skincare products.  The only item I;ve tried that I wasn’t incredibly fond of was the Exfoliating Swipies and even that wasn’t a complete dislike.  I liked the formula and the pads but I thought they were a little too exfoliating for daily use and worried that the pre-moistened rounds would dry out before I could actually work my way through them.  Otherwise they were great for a once a week use.  I’m actually slowly working my way through the open container I have.  As of yet they haven’t dried out so perhaps my fears were unfounded.

Regardless, this  mask has been one I have wanted to try for a while.  Clay masks in general are my favorite.  Ones that can get deep down into the pores, especially in the summertime are essential. While I have several that I enjoy using, I am always looking to try new masks from brands I like.  And this one’s description just sounded interesting.  According to the Go-To Skincare Website The Removalist Mask is …

A luscious clarifying clay mask that replenishes while it detoxifies so you get clear, radiant, bouncy skin, without any gross, dry, tight afterfeel. No more clogged pores! No tight, dryness! No worries!

Packed with soothing minerals to calm and clear skin, and plenty of skin-loving antioxidants to brighten, hydrate, and protect, this clay mask takes away impurities, absorbs excess oil and eliminates the blahs.

Suitable for all skin types (even sensitive!) and particularly useful for the oily, congested, or acne-prone, in just 10 minutes The Removalist will reset your complexion, giving pores a big-time clear out and levelling up your at-home facial by at least 200%.

This isn’t your average clay mask. This is your weekly all-out cleanout for healthy, nourished, clear skin.

I kind of like the thought of having a weekly clear out of my pores.  It’s like laundry day for your skin.  Well, if it works that is. 

So on to the skin it goes.  To apply the mask I am using a silicone masking spatula. Mine is from Cosmedix if you are interested.  I really like the rounded corners, but really any silicone masking brush will do.  I like using the brush because it keeps things a little tidier and wastes less product. 

The mask is an interesting purple color as it applies and oddly enough smells a bit like candy.  I always sort of expect clay based masks to smell a little earthy (although my favorite from Herbal Dynamics Beauty smells like chocolate so I shouldn’t be terribly surprised)

Once in place there is nothing to do but sit back and relax for a bit while the mask settles in. The mask was hard to relax with at first as it tingled slightly.  The tingles soon faded and I was left listening to my History of Rome Podcast while the mask did it’s job.  In the background my La Playa Candle from Paddywax (I have the salted blue agave at the moment) burned, still smelling summery fresh and oddly mixing well with the still slightly candy scent of the mask.

At the end of fifteen minutes I blew out my candle, finding that the mask had firmed up but not gone the solid hard of most clay masks.  I could still move my face without leaving a fine powder of cracked clay behind.  As recommended I used a warm, damp wash cloth to remove the mask.  It always makes a mess of the wash cloth, but I have a set of wash cloths I specifically use during masking and I also do my mask just before throwing on a load of towels for Friday afternoon laundry. So the mask filled wash cloth will soon not be an issue. 

I know it sounds silly, but as it is sometimes difficult to wash a mask completely out of a wash cloth just by rinsing it out in the sink, I have occasionally stretched the wash cloth out to dry, forgotten there were mask remnants on it and then put mask remnants where I didn’t particular want them, so I now time my Friday afternoon Towel wash accordingly and just pitch the still damp wash cloth in.  Easy peasy.

But how does the mask feel? 

skin before the mask on the left, skin after mask removal on the right.

Actually it made my skin feel quite good.  One of the things that makes your pores look bigger is having them filled with gunk.  So even though I know thee is no actual pore shrinking, they look a little smaller in the areas that usually concern me because they are now freshly cleared.  I suspect that in a few hours I may have a few clogged pores brought to the surface.

One of the reasons I wanted a pore clearing mask was that my moisturizer this week was too heavy for my skin and in addition to noticing a lot more of an oil sheen to my skin, I was getting more clogged pores.  I wanted something to clear them out.  I figured that if the Go-to Skincare The Removalist Mask didn’t work I could always take out my Herbal Dynamics Beauty Clearing mask.

However I think it might not be necessary this week.  I believe The Removalist has done its job.  I will have to check in a few hours to see if there is any change to the clogged pores beneath, but at the moment I am quite happy with my skin and will happily use this mask in the future.

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An Ace for Face Mask Friday

Aceology Lifting Treatment Mask

Today I decided that I would use the Aceology Lifting Treatment mask for my Friday Face Mask. It is an new edition to my collection and I feel that as I have been working really hard to clear out some of the older masks, it was time to try for a new one.

This was a new arrival that came in the June IPSY Plus Glam Bag. I’ll admit, I was a little on the fence about it because over all I am not the biggest fan of peel off masks. Often I feel that they are more traumatic than helpful. Don’t get me wrong I have tried one peel off mask that was both traumatic and helpful. The Hey Honey Take Away the Drama Peel off mask was copper colored and left my skin feeling silky smooth with pores so clean it looked like they had been freshly vacuumed by an expert cleaning service. It was also the most painful peel off mask I’ve tried. At least the first few times. By the end of the tube it didn’t hurt that much. I think I had no more fine hairs to rip off. So the pain faded but the fabulous remained.

Dried down mask

Which is part of the deal with a good peel off mask. If you find one that works, you have to sort of commit to using it regularly. If you do the pain sort of fades. At least that has been my experience.

The trick however is finding one that actually works. Many of them don’t do anything more than pull out all of the miniscule facial hairs.

To figure out what category this mask falls into I had to try it. As it has been quite a while since my last peel off mask, I figured this one would hurt. Still I pulled on my big girl pants and took the mask to the bathroom.

The mask is a sort of gold color with a greenish tinge to it. In person it looks a little like copper that is just starting to get that patina of age to it. Surprisingly it smells a little like apples when I put it on. I think I was expecting something more metallic in nature due to the color. The apples sort of threw me for a loop.

The mask applied easily enough, but then the application wasn’t the part I was overly worried about. Generally face masks state you should keep them on about 15 minutes. Peel off masks generally need to be completely dry before you peel them off (hence the name) and I rarely find a peel off mask that dries completely in fifteen minutes. Yet most of them still say that fifteen minutes is the duration of wear. which is why I always get a little squidgy about leaving them on longer, worried I will do damage with keeping it on too long. The Aceology mask suggests twenty to thirty minutes of wear.

peeled off

Its a small thing, but I actually like knowing that if I leave it on my skin that long it shouldn’t be a problem. I also figured half an hour was plenty of time for it to dry completely. I also knew that if I laid down on the bed while wearing the face mask with a lit candle and music playing, I would completely fall asleep. Fifteen minutes is a relaxing mask break. And longer and I am flirting with nap time.

So I used my half hour to look into the mask. According to the website…

The Aceology Lifting Treatment Mask is a peptide-packed spa worthy treatment to polish away dead skin cells for an instant lifting and luminous effect.

The formulation of botanicals reduce inflammation and protect skin whilst peptides boost elasticity; combined with hardy orange, green purslane, purple perilla and asphodeloides root making the Lifting Treatment mask perfect for ageing and lacklustre skin.

Delicately infused hardy orange works to calm skin from the deeper layers for intense clarification, while a dream team of antioxidant rich green purslane and purple perilla lock in the skins natural protective barrier and keep moisture intact. Asphodeloides Root – an Asian botanical, is excellent at stimulating natural bounce and reducing inflammation.

just after removal with one wet spot remaining

I’m not entirely certain what combination of hardy orange, green purslane and purple perilla end up smelling like apples, but the only scent I really got was apples. It was a mild scent that faded rather quickly. I applied the thin layer using one of my silicone mask brushes. (I use one from Cosmedix because i liked the curved corners rather than sharp points). I would recommend using the masking brush, whichever brand you use, as it makes clean up easy and wastes less product.

It did take about thirty minutes to dry. I live in a very humid climate and today the air is heavy with rain and it is hot. I think the humidity level is around 92%. So that could have easily affected drying time. After half an hour though there was only one damp spot on my cheek.

Which meant it was time to face the music. That’s right, peeling masks that go on, have to come off.

To my surprise, this one came off really easily. There was some minor wincing as fine hairs were pulled, but over all it came off with no tears. I was quite impressed by that actually. But how does my skin look?

There were a few slightly red spots when the mask came off, but they faded quickly. My skin felt smooth and oddly enough for a peel off mask, hydrated. I can’t say there was a magical difference but I think if there was some sort of magical difference after only one use I would suspect heavy chemicals at work. I suspect that as with most skincare if I want to see a change in my skin I would have to use the mask repeatedly. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t mind doing that. The mask was pleasant to wear, not all that painful to remove and my skin feels very nice. While I am not certain yet if it would go on my repeat buys list, it has certainly earned repeated use to see if the skincare benefits of repeated use make it worth a repurchase. I will continue using this mask and hope that there are some long term results that come through. For now, I am pleased to have this in my skincare repertoire.

As it is the fourth of July Weekend there are many sales out there. On that you may want to take advantage of is from Paddywax. while I didn’t like the candles for my fifteen minutes of zen today, I really love PaddyWax candles and use them frequently. Currently they have a sale going on. The  ENTIRE SITE will be 15% off this weekend! Through Sunday, July 4th, the discount will be automatically applied. If you like having candles around, this is definitely a sale to check out.


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Ah…now that is a refreshing mask

There is no way not to look just a little bit crazy where wearing a face mask. I’ve accepted this. At least this Purlisse Match Green Tea and Lemon Detoxifying Charcoal Mask doesn’t make me look like I am ineptly attempting bank robbery. It is more of the pie in the face version.

I am quite surprised by the whipped cream look to the mask. With the word Charcoal in the title I thought for certain it would be black. Clearly I was mistaken.

This Purlisse Mask came in a subscription box this month (Birchbox I believe) and after applying one layer I can tell there is enough product left in the tube for two more applications. According to the Purlisse website this $35 mask will…

Detoxify, brighten, and clarify all in one step!

Purlisse

I know, a one sentence description. Technically I don’t think that’s even a full sentence. It is however short, sweet and to the point. And to be honest, Today I don’t feel like long drawn out descriptions. This week started off slow and steady and then got very stressful. To be honest, I was okay with what the oral surgeon had planned, but then they gave me three pages of worst case scenarios to read through. I know legally they have to cover themselves and I know I need to know what is going down before they start, but those were a dramatic and traumatic three pages. It is a back tooth so you can’t see it actually, it just affects me eating.

But it caused stress and as I will not be unwinding with a happy hour tonight as food is problematic and I really don’t think alcohol is a good idea, I made my friday masking time a little longer than usual.

I applied the mask using the masking brush. Mine is from Cosmedics and I do like the rounded edges, but really any silicone brush will work. Using the brush lets me use a little less product as I don’t have bunches stuck to my fingers that I have to wash off. So it lets me get the most out of this small tube.

As I mentioned before, I was not expecting the mask to be white because of the charcoal in the name. However it was. The mask has the consistency of a thick cream and a slight grittiness. I’m guessing those are the charcoal bits. They are very fine grained and when you rub a little bit of the mask between your fingers it feels like there might be a slight exfoliation going on but mostly it feels kind of like a sticky primer. It has that same, slight tacky feel to it.

The scent however is lovely. If you have ever had a bottle of the Lipton Iced tea green tea with lemon then you know what this smells like. This smells exactly the same. Which really shouldn’t come as a surprise as it is a Matcha Green Tea + Lemon face mask. I think I just expected it to smell more like skincare. The scent is very refreshing and the mask applied well.

Once the mask was on, I lit my candle (loving the La Playa Salted Blue Agave by the way – the fresh scent complemented the mask well) and lay back on the bed. Because I wanted something without words to I could just float away, I went with Vivaldi since it is light and frothy and seemed to suit both the mask and the candle.

When my fifteen minutes were over, I regretfully put the music aside and blew out the candle. The mask, while stiffer than when first applied, did not dry down hard and stiff like a clay mask. It stayed supple enough to allow facial movements. As I sometimes like to wear masks while working at my desk, I like to identify what masks I can wear at my desk and still, if necessary answer the phone, even if it is using the speaker function.

Instead of going to the small powder room I use for my skincare needs, I went to the full bathroom and went ahead and took a shower to wash off the mask, and wash my hair (still using the Zents Mandarin Shampoo and Water Conditioner – super fabulous and they continued the fresh theme. Even though I normally go with a hair mask on Saturdays, i decided today was the day i was going to need a little extra destressing time, so I used My ESPA Pink Hair and scalp Mud. It is the one that needs to sit in the hair for about 25 minutes.

I applied the mask,. cleaned out the shower/tub, ran a hot bath and dropped one of the Zents Mandarin Bath Truffles into the water. In addition to smelling absolutely yummy, they have both shea butter and epsom salts in them. My muscles were relaxed and my skin was softened.

More importantly, tension drained.

I did forget my I pod so there was no music, but I did spend quite a lot of soaking time contemplating one of those in shower speakers. I’m thinking that might be an upcoming purchase. We haven’t gotten around to upgrading the bathrooms yet so I am still kicking around ideas as to what i want to do when we do move into fixing up the bathrooms.

Regardless of future improvements, the face mask, hair mask and bath soak did wonders. (I washed out the hair mask at the appropriate time). It was a little longer than I usually take on a Friday. Usually I just have the fifteen minute masking time along with clean up and application time added in. Today I took a little over an hour as a relaxation time and I have to say I do feel much better because of it. It wasn’t over the top extravagant. i used items that I already had in the house, but just taking that little extra time to completely unwind did me a world of good.

I feel better both body and soul and I am confident that my afternoon will be much more productive because of it.

As for the mask, I really liked this Purlisse Match Green Tea and Lemon Detoxifying Charcoal mask. My face feels soft and clean and I am looking forward to using this mask again. It’s light fresh scent makes it a mask I will reach for more in the summer time months, but I think that there will definately be a full sized purchase in my near future.

But for now, it is back to work.

Today there will be no Happy Hour post because quite frankly my treat is going to be a bowl of the Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt from Greek Gods paired with plain bubble water via my soda stream. This will be paired with a couple of Ibuprofen. But oh that happy hour once this dental business is settled will be fantastic. For now though, it is back to work for me so i can slide into the weekend without leaving a load of paperwork behind. I hope the rest of your Friday is productive and that you have a wonderful weekend.

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Face Mask Friday with Korres

Have you ever come across a product that you completely forgot you had?  In the back of my masking drawer I came across the Korres pomegranate resurfacing mask.  I forgot completely that I had it.  I remember loving it, but then I had a slew of new masks come in and it ended up buried.  Since I skipped pretty much all of my exfoliation this week, once I saw the mask I knew, today it was time to see if I liked it as much as I remembered. 

This mask from Korres is also only a five minute mask.  Which given my still somewhat warped schedule, is not a bad thing.  I love the fifteen minute relaxing time with my music and candles.

(I even picked up a new candle actually.  It’s from Paddywax. They currently have a 20% off sale going on for Father’s day fight now if you are looking to stock up. I know you are braced for another Edgar Allen Poe Candle which I absolutely love and will purchase again in the fall, but I decided to shake things up and go with the La Playa Salted Blue Agave instead.  I’ve ordered it before and actually I still use the glass as a drinks glass. They are great glasses and I wanted something lighter and fresher for the warmer weather.  I love the beachy citrusy scent.)

But when time is short, sometimes the candles have to be used later in the day.  I’ll probably light the candle later tonight as it will go well with the ceviche I have planned.

It has been a while since I used the Korres Pomegranate Resurfacing mask.  It still smells as fresh as ever although there isn’t much left in the tube.  I may actually keep it out and use the last of it up this week rather than put it in the drawer again. And then repurchase a fresh tube later. 

Because this is a good mask that I do want to repurchase.  The scent is fresh and clean and very pomegranate-y.  It has a rough texture so you get both a physical exfoliation as well as a chemical one from this mask.  I know chemical exfoliation is supposed to be better for your skin because it is gentler, but there is just something I love about a physical exfoliate.  I don’t use them as much as I used to and limit my time with them so I don’t do damage to the skin and I am very careful about the ones I do use, but on occasion I really like a physical exfoliator.

And this one was really nice.  I left it for five minutes so the chemicals could do their thing and then I massaged it with a little water before rinsing it off.  My skin feels smooth and clean and super fresh.  I have to say, I am almost glad I ended up missing my exfoliation this week, just so I could have the fabulously fresh feeling that I have right now.  I will go back to my normal routine, but really, this is a wonderful feeling and I feel energized enough to plow through the rest of my work day at top speed.

Bring on the paperwork.  I am ready.

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Sand and Sky for Face Mask Friday

Today’s face mask is one that I have used many times in the past and will no doubt use many times in the future. I have gone through several of the small tubes as well as many of the larger, full sized containers. It is a clay mask that always makes me feel refreshed after using it.

I really like the Sand and Sky Australian Pink Clay mask. First of all, I like most clay masks. Clay masks are just my happy place. This one is one I like when I feel just a little bit greasy from sweating, but don’t have a lot of major clogged pores or breakouts to worry about. It helps to kind of close down the appearance of my pores, but is less intense than some of my clearing masks.

At the moment my skin is looking really nice. I’ve had fewer breakouts and I personally feel my skin looks great. Plus as strange as this sounds, I don’t want to use something like the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Clearing Mask today because it will bring things to the surface. I just want a mask that makes my skin feel cleansed and hydrated while shrinking my pores. I didn’t need a deep cleanse.

Mostly because I am actually going out tonight.

I know, Leaving the house. For social reasons. Squee!

Can you feel the excitement?

My babydoll and I have been invited to a barbeque. I had to laugh when I received the invitation. It was just kind of amusing. it wasn’t just a, Hey we are having a Memorial Day weekend kick off barbeque, wanna come? sort of invite.

Almost dry… soon I can change facial expressions again

Oh no. It was more like…

Hey, we decided to have a barbeque because no one is really traveling for memorial day. It will be outside in the yard and on the back porch and including you two there will only be about six people and everyone invited has been vaccinated.

It was the first time I’ve been invited to a social event with so many specific notations.

Well, there was this one time where I attended a family thing where no one was allowed to mention that one of my seconds cousins was getting divorced because her husband slept with her business partner and they wanted to get through their son’s fourth birthday party before the divorce went down.

But that’s family.

And no one asked about my vaccine status.

But beyond that, it is a night out with friends. I am so looking forward to it. So today’s mask, was chosen in part because of that. It is a mask that will clean out my pores but not go deep enough to cause any clogged pores to rise. It will make my skin feel good and me feel fresh and ready to socialize.

The Sand and Sky mask goes on like any other clay mask. I highly recommend a silicon masking brush. the one i am currently using is from Cosmedix. I like it because it has a curved edge to it so I can get everything covered more easily without poking myself in the eye. The masking brush also keeps everything neat.

Although it does sound a bit extra, if you use a lot of masks, I highly suggest picking one up. You can get them relatively inexpensively in pretty much any place that sells skin care tools. I saw a boat load of them at TJMAXX last time I ventured through their doors. And even though it sounds a bit extra, the time it saves you in clean up post masking makes it so worth it.

This mask lightens as it dries and even though it says ten to fifteen minutes i like to make sure that it is actually dry. I try for a thin even layer of mask, but my cheeks always take a little longer to dry. Once the mask turns a uniform gray then I loosen it with a little water rubbed into it and then wash it off. It does take a little bit of rinsing to get it all off, but in the end the skin is clean, smooth and fabulously refreshed.

I really like this mask actually.

I’d like to say that I lay back and relaxed while wearing it, but I made the mistake of checking my e-mail just after I put it on, thinking I’d make sure there were no emergencies before i relaxed with the mask.

It turned out there was an emergency.

I dealt with it and then removed the mask. Now I feel ready to face the rest of the afternoon and then, oh yes my darlings, then it is time to socialize. With real people. Who don’t live with me. It’s a great way to kick off memorial day weekend. I plan to enjoy it fully and completely. I also plan to take the next few days off. So Monday there will be no posts, but Tuesday i will be back, bright and early. I hope you have a great weekend.


Incidentally if you are looking for a really good deep cleansing clay mask the Chamomile and Cacao clay clearing mask from Herbal Dynamics Beauty is one of my absolute favorites. And at the moment they have memorial day sales going on. You might want to check them out.

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Its a pore clearing Face Mask Friday

Welcome my darlings once again to Face mask Friday.  As my fever earlier this week seems to have brought out a spate of bumpy clogged pores, I am going with a tried and true clearing mask for me.  It is the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Chamomile and Cacao Clearing Clay Mask. And yes, it smells like chocolate.  I know I’ve talked about this mask before so I will link here to the full ingredient break down. 

This mask is one I keep coming back to because it really does draw out the under the surface blemishes.  At the same time, it isn’t a mask I can use every week.  It is a somewhat intense mask.  Often what I do with it, it put a little strip of mask over my problem areas instead of my whole face because often times it is a little too much for my entire face.  Of course when my whole face needs a clear out it is perfect.

I can not smile even though I want to, my face mask won’t let me.

The mask is clay based so I do have sort of the stony faced bank robber look to me when I wear it, which is odd because the entire time I’m wearing it I am very much enjoying the scent of cocoa. The mask does tingle a bit.  Part of that is the drying aspect and part ingredients. I know that once I remove the mask everything will look more or less the same.  Then about five minutes later I’ll look in the mirror and parts of my skin will look a little red.  If I wait another five minutes then the redness is all gone.  What I noticed is that the parts that do get red are the parts that don’t really have any clogged pores for the mask to work on.  It’s why I usually use this mask as a spot treatment on red spots and bumpy texture.

By the time I go to do my skin care this evening, the redness will be a memory and the parts that were red will feel smooth and silky soft.  The parts that had bumpy clogged pores or blemishes that were thinking of coming out but were being really slow about it, will have risen.  It is not a good look, but once all of those blemishes break the surface and emerge from their hiding places deep under the skin, they can be dealt with.  Peace out Acne Dots Can be deployed as can salicylic acid based cleansers. And after a few days of work, I know my skin will be smooth and clear. 

little bit of red post masking

It is why when I do use this mask it is a bit strategic.  This weekend, gardening is the main goal.  It is time to put in the carrot seed in the back bed and start bringing the seedlings out of the greenhouse to harden in the sun during the day. They aren’t yet ready to spend the night outside. And this year I picked up these really cool carrot seeds.  The seed type is called Parisian. And it grows these little round carrot balls instead of long carrots.  We don’t have a deep bed so I’m hoping this will work. I would love to have fresh carrots this year.

But that is sort of irrelevant at the moment.  The point is that the back garden isn’t going to care if my face is dealing with mass break outs.  So it is the perfect time to deal with them.  Today the Clearing mask, tomorrow the breakouts.

If you are going to use this mask, or any clay mask really, I highly recommend getting one of those silicone masking spatulas.  I picked one up very cheaply on Amazon for less than a dollar.  I also have a more expensive one ($12), they both work more or less the same.  The $12 one is better materials and will probably last longer but that is really the only difference. They don’t have to be expensive tools to work.  The thing is, using them, while it feels a bit extra, actually helps you use less product so in the long run, it can keep you from running short of your favorite products.

While this mask can be worn for 10-15 minutes, I recommend doing a test spot to see how you are going to react to it and then starting off with less time, especially if you have sensitive skin. When it is dry I find it best to use a little water to loosen up the clay before you try washing it off. Just kind of pat some water onto it, or use a soft bristled brush to brush water over it to get the clay to loosen so you don’t have to scrub that hard to rinse.  If you do use a brush, go lightly as the point is to loosen the bask not scrub your skin.

There wasn’t a lot of Zen in my mask today. My baby doll is working from home today and when he is in the house masking becomes a sort of amusement for him.  He grew up with brothers and his mother had her own off limit’s bathroom so all this “fluffy” stuff is alien territory for him.  Some things he likes, some things he actively mocks.  And lets face it some things he actively mocks he really likes. Seriously, if you heard him mocking bath salts, bath fizzes and bubble bath, you would never suspect him of having his own private stash. He hasn’t tried any face masks but he finds them oddly fascinating. Also he thinks anything mud or clay based he can make up by taking a hose to a clay patch in the backyard. He keeps threatening to start his own skin care line called Mystic Mud. Don’t worry, I won’t let him.

But that was my face mask for this Friday.  No candles or musical interludes with eyes shut and thoughts adrift. Just a good pore cleanse and empty threats about the skin care line my baby doll will never create. Fun and in its own way, a little relaxing.


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Blanc Therapy for Face Mask Friday

Welcome once again to face mask friday and I can tell you, I am ready for a small break from my day. I spent so much of my week playing catch up and I’m fairly certain my e-mail took advantage of my inattention and began reproducing like bunnies. Maybe they just heard Easter was approaching, I don’t know but it was a lot of e-mails.

And so I very happily stepped away from my computer to take a break. Today I went with a sheet mask from the brand Blac Therapy. I used the Avocado one as it is nice and hydrating. Blanc Therapy is one of those brands that I was introduced to through my sheet mask subscription with Facetory. I honestly would never have found them on my own and now I keep reordering from the Facetory site. Their egg white mask is on my list of top masks and apparently I am not the only one who loves it as it sells out really quickly. Especially when they have $1 Masking mondays – which they have every week, because you know, there’s a Monday in every week.

Funny how that works.

They rotate what masks are in the weekly sale and I’ve learned through my subscription which ones I like. Before I got the subscription, I didn’t really think about sheet masks that much to be honest. And to be fair a lot of them are pretty indistinguishable from the others. It’s the stand outs I remember now. I get the Four-ever Fresh Subscription since Four sheet masks a month is plenty for me right now, but they do have the Seven Lux which unsurprisingly has seven and they also have a quarterly box that comes with skincare items that aren’t sheet masks. I haven’t tried it, but it is on my list of subscriptions to try. One thing I absolutely adore about the subscription (besides it’s low cost) is how easy it is to pause. If I get a bunch of sheet masks and feel overwhelmed I can skip a month (or several months) with a quick click of the button and then when I’ve worked through my masks I can start the subscription up again. It is also why I don’t always review the mask subscription on a regular basis.

Lately I’ve been working through my masks to get the number down, so I skipped a few months and am now ready to start the subscription back up again.

With the Blanc Therapy one of the things I really like about the mask is the material. I know that sounds strange but I was reminded about masking materials earlier this week. On monday I used an ONA gel mask and it kept peeling off my face, lifting up around the edges. It was a little annoying (although the serum was good).

This has that thin biocellulose kind of material that clings to the skin for the entire masking time. The mask is very saturated but not drippy, so if you want to use it at the desk you can. I started to go to the bedroom with it on and light the candles (still using the Poe Candle from Paddywax – although it is almost completely spent. I’m still trying to decide on spring scents for both my masking moments and for the house.) but the backlog from my e-mails kept calling so I ended up sitting at my desk with the mask on.

After fifteen minutes I took it of. Patted my skin down and let the remaining serum sink in. Now dry, my skin feels amazingly smooth and hydrated. I really like the Blanc Therapy masks and I’m really glad the Facetory subscription let me find them.

There is plenty of serum, but not too much, they never irritate my skin. the serum is hydrating and the mask stays perfectly in place once you apply it. Really, what more could you ask for from a sheet mask? Now, despite taking my masking break I am refreshed and ready to go on with the rest of my day. I hope the rest of your Friday goes well and I will see you back here later for the Happy Hour.

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Peter Thomas Roth for the it’s not Friday Face Mask

I know it is not Friday, but that doesn’t stop me from using a face mask.  In fact, I use them throughout the week. The one I used this week was the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber gel mask.   My skin in general tends to do well with PTR products. Several have made it on my list to repurchase or purchase in a full size. I ended up picking up fewer items on my personal list than I planned this year as I went a little overboard in my role as Santa this year. When all was said and done, I was kind of shopped out.  There are still things I need to pick up and replace or pick up to try, but I needed a little break from retail for a bit.

With all of the shopping and all of the sales it felt a little insane this year. I think partially because most of my shopping I did at home on my computer instead of facing the crowds. So I did a deep dive into brand sites, bringing the sales home to me.  Because of several relatives I am also now being cyber stalked by companies that specialize in Bigfoot and alien themed items.

Which is kind of fun in it’s own way. I was actually amazed at how many of them there were.

But that is another matter. Right now it is time for a little masking moment.  I’ve actually been using this mask all week  in different ways, but I’ll get to that soon.  First, we look at the mask and it’s claims.

This ultra-gentle gel helps soothe, hydrate and detoxify the look of dry, irritated skin with botanical extracts of Cucumber, Papaya, Chamomile, Pineapple, Sugar Maple, Sugarcane, Orange, Lemon, Bilberry and Aloe Vera. Excellent for helping to calm and soothe the skin’s appearance after sun exposure, peels, waxing, facials and extractions.

Nice and simple, right?

As I went on many walks this week, there was much sun exposure.  Also while Monday and Tuesday were sunny, lovely days, yesterday and today the wind slapped my skin something fierce. While not as harsh as peels and waxing, my skin needs a little soothing TLC.

So to the mask, my darlings!

It is a gel mask and when dispensed it looks like green goo.  Actually it kind of reminds me of 1980s hair gel. I am fairly certain one of my cousins had a tube that was this shade of green and probably this consistency.

I was pleased that it didn’t look green on the face.  It actually just makes your skin look damp when you apply it.  So I apply it today, make faces at myself in the mirror as I wash my hands and then take myself off to the bedroom.

Mask ON!

Today’s candle is in the scent Vintage Suede by Everyday Luxe. I sort of ended up with it as a surprise present.  My babydoll came home after shopping, pulled it out of one of his bags, handed it to me and said “Here, this one doesn’t stink so I thought you’d like it.” And then he walked off.

Romantic, no?

I have no idea what store it came from as he visited several.  I suspect it was on an end cap or near where he waited while he stood in line to check out.  I think Everyday Luxe is a division of Colonial Candles but I can’t find anything that even looks like it on their website. Regardless, it was thoughtful and it doesn’t stink.  It actually smells very nice.  Slightly floral and slightly earthy. To be honest, to me it is one of those scents that gets my wires crossed so it smells a bit like light blue to me.  I know that doesn’t help anyone out, but sometimes my nose and brain have issues with scent and color.

So today, I relax with my candle lit, my i-pod playing in my ears (I went with vintage AC DC today as it felt appropriate) and the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel mask on my face for fifteen minutes.

When applied it feels a little sticky, like well, like you are rubbing a gel onto your face. It is quite cooling and soothing to the skin, however as it cools and soothes, there is the slight feeling as though there is an ant crawling on your face.  Not a lot, just the one.  The sensation dies down after a moment or two but it is a little tickly and strange.

Once the sensation died off, the mask was fine.  It actually was less sticky to the touch when the ant finished his march across my face.

At the end of ten minutes I rinsed it off and patted my skin dry.  I also blew out the candle and stopped the music. Alas they did not shake me all night long, just for fifteen minutes.

Mask OFF!

Right after I dried my face, the skin didn’t feel like much had happened.  About five minutes later when the skin was no longer damp, I did notice a change.  My skin was soft and the slit windburn I had was gone. That rough path was soothed and smoothed.  I was quite impressed.

As this mask came in my Macy’s Beauty box, I looked at the blurb about it in the pamphlet.  In the description most of the items came with a pro tip for using the product.  As I am an avid amateur, I was happy to have a pro tip. The one for this mask was to apply it at night, sleep with it on and then rinse off in the morning.  On one of my masking sessions earlier this week I did just that. 

I applied the mask, sat up and read in bed until the ants stopped marching and more importantly it was no longer sticky, and then went to bed.  In the morning I washed it off. To be honest I didn’t notice a difference between the 15 minute application and the overnight one.  All the overnight one does is let you not wash off the mask, so it saves you a face wash.  It doesn’t make the product work any better, at least not in my opinion. So as far as pro tips go, I’m happy to know the mask won’t cause my skin damage if left on over night, but I see no real benefits.

As this was a sample sized tube, the question remains, would I purchase a full sized jar of the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask.  I think I would, but I think it would be a mask I would tend to use more in the summer time.  I could very easily see myself using this after spending too long working in the garden or after going on too long a walk.  I really liked it for the slight wind damage, but I really thing this would be best used to sooth after sun damage. So while I will probably pick up a full size of this mask, I think I will put it on my Spring products purchase list so that it is available throughout the summertime. And with that my darlings, I leave you for the week.  I will be back on Monday, but I am taking Christmas off so there will be no Friday Posts.  I hope you and yours have a very merry Christmas no matter where you are spending it. Even though a large chunk of mine will be spent on video calls, it will still be spent with family. Have a good holiday, my darlings and I will see you back here on Monday.


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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.

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