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

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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.


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Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask for the Friday Face Mask

Today I went with the Elemis Super Food Vital Veggie mask for my face mask. I have to say, it smells healthy from the first second you twist open the top.  It has the scent of vegetal goodness.  I put the mask onto my little silicone spatula to apply it so that if I have to add more to my face I don’t end up covering the tube in mask as I try to squeeze it. 

Then when I think I have enough on my face I close the lid to the mask, set it aside, turn on the water and then smooth out the mask onto my face.  As soon as the mask is in place I rinse the hands and brush and I don’t coat the bathroom in product.

Easy Peasy.

I have to say this little silicone spatula brush is the best $0.93 I have ever spent.  My only regret is that I didn’t get the three pack. I wanted to see how I liked it before I stocked up on back ups. The second that this spatula looks like it is approaching the end of its like, I will be replacing it. It makes masks so much less of a mess to apply.

Trying not to look like a bankrobber in my mask today. I think I succeeded admirably. Well…maybe admirably isn’t the correct word for that pic.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me wax poetical about my silicone brush. At least I don’t think you did, so to the mask.

According to the website…

Get a shot of green goodness with this treatment mask that nourishes, smoothes and brightens, for softer, smoother, more radiant skin.

Wheatgrass, Kale and Nettle replenish the skin with vital minerals and vitamins for a healthy-looking complexion. Avocado and Chia Seed Oils, naturally rich in Omega Fatty Acids 6 and 9, soften skin and lock in moisture. Vitamin C and Passionfruit Acids reveal a brighter-looking complexion. This product is Vegan Friendly, and like all ELEMIS products, it is cruelty free.

It is clear that the avocado gives it the green color, since it looks like it is the same color as an avocado smoothie.  Although I am pretty sure the other greens help with the tint.  There is a slight prickling sensation when it sits on the skin.  I’m pretty sure that can be attributed to the nettles.

Its not an uncomfortable sensation, in fact I kind of like it.  It makes me feel the mask is doing something.  It is however a very present sensation. You feel this mask on the face.  It doesn’t tighten like clay masks, but it feels prickly.  I don’t know any other way to describe it. 

I am a big fan of Elemis products.  I’ve tried quite a few and I have yet to find one that I don’t actually like.  I recently received an Elemis travel sized cleansing balm and I’ve been using it to remove my makeup every night.  I am already dreading the day it runs out.

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With the mask on I relaxed to music.  With all of our fans on in an attempt to keep the inside temperature reasonable while the outside temps soar, candles didn’t seem like a good idea today. So I put on my headphones and put on some music.

I went with Rage Against The Machine in case you were wondering.

The Renegades Album to be exact.

I found it quite soothing.

When time was up, I reluctantly turned the music off and returned to the bathroom. As you can see, the mask absorbed into some of my skin.  I think I might have layered it a little too thickly on the skin.  For me this is good news as it means I can use less and make the tube last longer. Which is extra nice, because I will be replacing it as soon as it runs out.  I’ve actually been trying to use up the masks I have so that I can whittle down my face mask collection to the masks I really love.  I’ll still try out new ones but I’m clearing out all of the just okay masks at the moment.

This mask is more than okay.  It is fantastic.  I wiped off the remaining product with a damp Makeup Eraser (it is going in the laundry this afternoon so the additional product wasn’t an issue).  This let me not strip away the nutrients seeping into my skin from the mask. 

All cleaned up and feeling good.

My skin feels amazing.  It is soft and hydrated and just feels super healthy. Which is kind of what I was looking for in a mask today. I just wanted my skin to feel good.  And it really does.  I think it looks a little better in the last photo, Sorry I forgot to snap a before the mask pic.

Needless to say this mask is staying in my collection.  If you are looking for a good hydrating mask, this might be one you want to check out.  Just be aware of the prickly sensation.  I may like it but I know it isn’t for everyone.

But alas it is now back to work for me.  My break is over.  I hope everyone has a good day and an excellent weekend. Stay safe and have fun.


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bareminerals Claymates Be Pure for the Friday Facemask

bareMinerals Claymates Mask Duo

So, today I did paperwork.  I got sweaty outside.  I took a shower to get clean,and then did a bunch of editing.  Now it is time for the Friday Face Mask.  Bring on the clowns,  er …clay. Yeah clay.

Today felt like a clay mask kind of day.  If you’ve been following along with my Friday face masks you have probably seen this jar before.  I think it might have been featured in one of my first Face Mask Friday’s to be honest.  It is the Bare Minerals Claymates Duo Be Pure Be Dewy.  It is a mask with two sides.  I reviewed the Dewy side and I have used both since, but I don’t think I’ve posted about the Be Pure side. 

Today I felt like using it.  On a hot sticky day, relaxing with a cold mask of clay is amazingly refreshing.  Sometimes in the summer time I get head headaches.  When I do pounding back water and using a clay mask helps take the headache away.  Its like the ultimate cold compress.  Not that that is in anyway a part of any mask’s description.  But what is in the Claymates description?

Mask on

Customize your face mask routine with two complimentary formulas that work to target specific skin concerns — just apply each mask for the benefit you want to see, right where it’s needed most. These mineral-rich clay masks also contain fruit extracts to help purify and refine the skin.

Deeply cleanse, purify, and refine the look of pores with Be Pure, a white clay mask infused with white grapefruit and white pear extracts, which help dissolve dirt and impurities. Try the gently warming mask on areas that need a deeper cleaning, such as the T-zone and chin. Skin is left feeling and looking purified and clearer.

I have to say, I didn’t feel any warming.  I just felt the cool of clay. It was nice.  I lay down with my candles flickering and my mask on and for fifteen minutes I didn’t think about anything.  The world was a nice quiet well ordered place. Then of course the fifteen minutes were over and reality resumed.  It was a nice break though and at the end, my skin was fantastic.  We’ve entered the season where to keep my skin balanced I’ll need to alternate between hydrating masks and purifying ones so that everything stays balanced. It’s usually not that bad, but with the extra workouts and the sun, it will be an interesting path to walk this summer. 

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During my fifteen minutes the Be Pure mask dried down but it wasn’t rock hard and was relatively easy to remove.  What I ended up doing is wetting a wash cloth and gently pressing the wet wash cloth into the dried mask.  The mask absorbed the water but the washcloth didn’t get saturated with mask.  The trick is to press gently and not to rub at all.  If you rub, the mask just gets caught in the wash cloth fibers and becomes a mess. Once damped down it was an easy mask to remove and well worth it.  My skin felt infinitely clearer than it did prior to the mask.

Mask off

I really liked this clay mask on the Be Pure side.  To be honest I like it better than the Be Dewy side.  I’ll still use the Be Dewy side, and I understand its use in multi-masking, I just get more of a benefit from the Be Pure side.  I don’t know if the masks are sold separately, but if they are I would purchase the Be Pure on its own.  I’m not entirely sure I would purchase the Be Dewy side. I think it is definitely worth poking around on the Bareminerals site to see if it is available. 

And with that, my Friday Face mask is complete and I can go back to editing.  One of my background characters decided that they wanted a larger role in the story and somehow became integral to the plot when I wasn’t looking, so I’m having to revisit earlier chapters to make sure his involvement makes sense. But at least the story is moving along. The writing I like, the editing may eventually kill me.

Hopefully I can get it all sorted before the end of the day. If so there is a lovely glass of red wine awaiting me. It’s left over from the slow braised short ribs currently in the oven. It is one of my baby’s favorites and he wanted some Friday comfort food this week so I made it for him. It’s one of those dishes that doesn’t take a lot of effort, but does take a lot of time.  At this point it still has a few hours to go and the scent has perfumed the entire house. The aroma mocked my lunch salad.

We really only eat meat once a week, so when we do, I like to make it count.  And there was enough wine left over for a glass or for each of us to have with the meal.  Mostly because the meat took about a bottle and half to make because there was only one really large packet of short ribs in the store when we went. I think it might have been originally packaged for a restaurant rather than home use, but then got diverted to the grocery.  We will definitely have leftovers but luckily this tends to freeze really well.

So on to the edits and then later to the wine and dinner. Then I will spend the weekend investigating a new yoga mat and additional at home gym equipment.  I don’t know what you have planned this weekend but I hope you have a fabulous Friday and an excellent weekend.


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Its Biorace for Face Mask Friday

Biorace Pearl Clay Mask

I love clay masks.  I always have. Clay based masks are always the masks I will return to and the first ones I pick up if allowed to have my way. I picked up this Pore Tightening Pearl Clay Mask from Biorace a while ago, but never got around to using it.  I think because of the gray tone of its packaging it was pushed to the back and sort of forgotten. The packaging is, to be fair, plain, but very straight forward. Looking at it, you know it is a pore tightening pearl clay mask. It feels the need for no other adjectives or clever names.

I admire its audacity.

But does it work?

wet mask

I have high hopes.  I remember trying a biorace sheet mask a while back that I thought was pretty good. And I like to think if your sheet mask is good, then your jarred mask will be better. 

I don’t know why.  I know companies put just as much effort into them, but I always suspect the jarred masks of being higher quality.  I seriously believe it is because they are both one time use items and because they are usually brightly colored.  Bright colors make me thing ‘oh this will be fun’ not ‘I bet this will work.’ I’m sure that is something I’ll need to speak to a therapist about at some point, but that point is not now.  Now I am speaking to you about a clay mask.

So what are its claims?

This clay mask reduces the appearance of pores and draws out impurities and purifies skin complexion. The mask is infused with pearl extract to brighten and even out skin complexion.  We’d like to introduce you to a smart and advanced skincare line to care for your skin at home for a spa-like experience. Unlike other products on the market, our products are formulated with the exact amount of each active ingredients to maximize the effect on your skin. Biorace products are safe to use on sensitive and acne-prone skin. Our products are cruelty-free and vegan.

dry mask

As with most masks, this one required application and being left to do its thing for 15 minutes. I have to say I am really loving my silicon mask brush.  It makes it so quick and clean to apply masks.  And there is less waste.  I am very happy with my $0.93 purchase. Which I used to apply the mask.  And then I lit my candles and lay back to let it work.

This week’ I didn’t fall asleep.

The clay was cool against my skin and as it dried I felt it tightening. All of which is pretty typical.  There was no tingling of any sort. There is a slight grittiness to it so it is a little textured rather than smooth. After 15 minutes I found it hard to blow out the candle as the mask tightened so I snuffed it with the jar lid (Thanks Vella Box for sending all of your candles in reusable lidded jars!) and I returned to the bathroom. 

The mask changed color while it dried and I anticipated needing a jack hammer to remove it.  I did not. I did need to use a light brush on the surface to get the water to absorb, but it didn’t take too long overall and it was only a light tracing with the brush to let the water in not a full on scrubbing. I think the somewhat rough texture did a little exfoliation, but not a major amount. It rinsed off clean and I have to say my skin felt smooth, my pores looked a smidge tighter, but where it really shined was on my stress related blemishes.  Let’s face it, this was a rough week all around the USA (and the rest of the world too, no one really got of stress free).

And my face showed it.

After the mask, it showed it less.  The red was less angry, a couple of eruptions were dried out.  Over all, this was a big win for me.  My tube of this mask was only a trial size and I think I’ll probably get about two more uses out of it.  The full size retails for $25 and I think may have to go one my list of blemish fighters to repurchase.  The first six months of 2020 have been quite something and my skin has routinely shown the impact of the stress. While one hopes protests and inequality will start to be addressed more fully, it isn’t going away overnight.  Nor is the pandemic or for that matter murder hornets.

clean skin

Sadly, I doubt the monstrosity of a windmill my neighbor is attempting to build in his back yard will be going anywhere either. 

Over all that one isn’t that bad in the grand scheme of things and it is very quiet.

My only issue is that I can’t tell if he is trying to generate electricity or mill grain.  Thoughts around the neighborhood are mixed.  When I walk I tend to talk to the other people walking around. “do you know anything about…is the latest conversational starter and it is usually followed by a twirling of the fingers or hand symbolizing windmill (although the gesture is probably  not recognized as officially part of the American Sign Language lexicon). 

Oddly enough I don’t think the man building it knows whether it is for power or grain and I think some of my neighbors suspect he’s going to burn something down, or accidentally blow up the power grid. I would be a little less worried if I thought that he knew what he was building. I suspect once authorities have a little more time on their hands someone will be buy to investigate.

All things combine to make this an interesting summer no one will soon forget and my skin might not forgive me for.  So I’m stockpiling complexion assisting products. I suspect they will be needed. I also suspect my fifteen minutes of destressing mask time each Friday will be a very important part of my summer.

But now I have had my destressing and I am ready to tackle my remaining work load for Friday afternoon.  Since I spent more time away from the computer this week than I planned, it is heavier than I like.  But necessary. So I’m going to plow my way through it and then enjoy my weekend.  I hope you have a good weekend planned wherever you are and whatever you are doing. I’ll see you back on Monday. Stay safe out there my darlings.


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The STarry Eyed Plan for Face Mask Friday

I had a plan for Face Mask Friday today. My plan was to use the Starry eyes mask from Pop mask and then use one of my sheet masks. The plan was to give me a full thirty minutes of relaxation time and two masks to cover.

I actually found the Starry Eyes Indulgent Self Heating Mask when I cleaned out the drawer where I keep my masks. I was surprised by how many of the sheet masks I went through and thought surely there must be more lurking, I can’t have whittled down my stash that much.

But oh, I did.

And at the bottom hidden in the shadows was this mask. So I decided it’s day had arrived. I think the reason I hadn’t used it prior was that it is essentially a blindfold and I couldn’t really see it doing much for my skin. Hence the reason for the planned second mask.

See I was thinking.

So I let down my hair from the clip, decided candles could wait until the regular face mask as I didn’t want to have a blindfold on when they were lit since that seemed potentially dangerous, and then lay down on my bed to let the mask work it’s magic.

It warmed in a matter of moments but didn’t get too hot.

At least not that I recall.

Because I fell asleep.

It was quite soothing. I’m pretty sure the refreshed part is due to the sleep I got rather than the mask, but lord knows I needed the sleep. Interestingly enough, I tend to get clogged pores along the lower curve of my orbital bone. It really is just on that one spot and this mask did cover that area with its warmth. The heat actually brought a couple of the deeper ones that have been lurking under the skin for months to the surface. I was both pleased and surprised. I think I also might be looking into one of those facial steamers in the future to see if I can harness the power of heat on a regular basis.

Given my unintended lengthening of time, I did not use a second mask today. I will say I was quite pleased with this one. It was soothing enough to send me to sleep and had more benefits than I expected. Now if I can only catch up on my e-mails before dinner time and the official start of the weekend, I will be a happy camper. Good luck with whatever you have planned for the weekend and I will see you back here Monday.


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It’s Pureheals for Face Mask Friday

Welcome to Face Mask Friday.  It is time once again to take fifteen to twenty minutes to relax, destress and just let everything go. 

On Wednesday my Vella Box subscription arrived and so I had a brand new candle to try out.  This one is in the fragrance Cactus and Jade from Roam Botanicals.  I’ll cover the details of the company and such when I review the box, but when lit the candle was a nice lightly floral scent that is perfect for today. 

But what mask did I pair this lovely new candle with?

Today I went with the Pure Heals by Nature Village Pore Clear Black Charcoal peel off mask.  It was in this month’s IPSY box and so I thought I’d give it a try. According to the product information page…

This mask is formulated with activated charcoal, which dives deep into your pores to clear out blackheads, impurities, and dead skin. We love the immediate effects of this mask. Once you peel it off, your skin is visibly smoother and tighter. If you’re on the oily side, this mask also minimizes shine and shuts down the appearance of pores. K-beauty obsessed? You’re gonna want to add PUREHEALS to your list of Korean skincare brands to love.

Sounds promising.

So on to the face it goes. I have to say I did just pick up a tool that is the reason I chose this mask to begin with.  It is one of those little silicone spatula brushes.  It was less than a dollar so I added it on to my Amazon purchase a while ago.  It just came on Monday so this was my first use of it.  I think it may be the best dollar I have ever spent on a product.  It made applying the mask so much easier.  There was less waste and a lot less mess.

I felt a little extra for adding it because it is technically unnecessary, but I have to say I will get this one or one just like it again when this wears out (as the brush part is already kind of loose in the ferrule I know it won’t be lasting all that long).  There is no name brand and it really was the cheapest one I could find since I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, but I love it and may order a sturdier one to make sure I have one around for masks at all times.

But on to the mask.  As it is a charcoal mask, it looks like black tar as it comes out of the tube.  And as a consequence I look like a very inept bank robber with the mask on.  The mask smelled very chemically which I wasn’t a fan of.  The scent dissipated pretty quickly though and what remained was overpowered and subdued by my candle.  The mask dried and like all peel off masks the hour of reckoning was at hand.

The mask needed to be removed.

Here’s the thing with me and peel off masks.  I always expect them to work in a similar fashion to the pore strips you can get to put on your nose.  Personally I am partial to the Biore charcoal pore strips. Some of them do, and some of them don’t.  But most of the pore cleansing ones do something. 

For example the Formula 10 charcoal peel off mask doesn’t peel off blackheads like a pore strip but it brings everything to the surface so the clogs can leave the skin instead of being stuck beneath it in little bumps that never seem to want to rise and be dealt with.  At least on me. Others do act as giant pore strips. An example of that is the Hell Pore mask (which is sold on beautynetKorea if you are looking for it, I’ve not had much luck finding it anywhere else).  I tried a tube of it a while ago.  It acts exactly like a giant pore strip.  It is also called the most painful peel off mask for a reason.  Still AMAZINGLY clear pores (so figure out where you lie on the beauty-pain debate before you try it but I’ll link the site below).

oh the red patches

I wasn’t entirely certain where on the scale this pore mask would lie but when it was dry, it had to come off.

On the pain scale it was about midrange for peel off masks.  The more sensitive areas hurt more.  The thing is, it didn’t really seem to do much other than cause pain. It wasn’t like a pore strip and it didn’t bring the bumps of clogged pores to the surface.  It was pain with no gain.  (and not in the pro-dieting sort of way). 

So now I have red patches that will soon calm down once my skin is over the affront of being peeled for no reason, but I personally didn’t see the benefit in this particular mask.  It is not a favorite. 

If I’m going for a charcoal peel off mask, I will take the gentle draw to the surface of the Formula 10 or the more scorched earth policy of the Hell Pore over the Pure heals. Maybe some of you out there will have better luck with this than I have, but this is not the mask for me.


If you do want to look into the Hell Pore, the only place I’ve managed to find it consistently is on BeautyNet Korea (link below) Just search Hell Pore and it’ll come up. I cried when I peeled it off (literally cried, that is not a figure of speech, there were real tears) but it it did draw everything out. It’s kind of the nuclear option for clogged pores. And after that first time I ended up using it in patches instead of doing a full face each time I used it. And even then I used it sparingly. You are warned.

Its the Friday Face Mask with Berryglow from Glamglow

Welcome once again to the Friday Face mask.  I have to say, for me, it has been a good day.  The lack of pain has let me focus so much more today than I have gotten to do in the past two weeks and as a consequence I have been plowing through my to do list.

Items have been checked off, lines drawn through them with speed and I like to think a certain sort of flair.

While my stress level isn’t risen enough to demand I need a break given the amount I’ve gotten done, I feel I deserve my Friday break as a reward for my productivity.  As such I am turning to my newst mask.  This is the GlamGlow Berryglow probiotic recovery mask.  It came in this month’s BoxyCharm base box. As so many boxes came in at the same time I haven’t gotten a chance to post that box review yet. It will be up on Monday actually, along with my Glossy Box review.

But by then you will already know my feelings on the Berryglow.

If you hate spoilers you can always put off reading this until Monday afternoon.  I won’t mind.

Go ahead, all those who don’t like spoilers, I’ll wait.  Anyone waiting with me for them to leave can hum the Jeopardy theme song along with me.

Da de dum, da de dum…

Okay spoiler haters are gone. Which is good because I think I automatically went into the Final Jeapardy theme in my head.

Not that it actually matters…

So to the Glamglow.

Glamglow is one of those brands that I often find myself on the fence with.  Some products I like, some products I don’t. I know that’s not terribly unusual. There are several brands out there that have both products I love and those I hate.   With Glamglow it tends to be like and dislike instead of love and hate if that makes sense.  Of the products I’ve tried from them, the products I dislike aren’t ones I dislike enough that I wouldn’t continue to use them and simply not repurchase and those I like, I like, but don’t tend to love enough to seek out.

I find them to be very middle of the road leaning towards good.

At least for the products I’ve tried. 

If you’ve tried and loved them, send me a message and let me know what products I ought to give a go from them.  I’ll be honest because I am so ambivalent to the brand, I don’t actually seek them out so my trials with them are incidental rather than intentional.

Given their following I’m sure there is something they do that is fabulous.

I will say right off the bat, I love that when I opened the jar it was absolutely full. Right to the brim full, no extra air pockets.  All product. And being me, I of course took a great big sniff.

It smells of berry.  Which I hate to say because berry is not actually a scent.  Strawberry is a scent as is raspberry.  This is just general berry. There is an underlying scent to it though that makes it smell sort of like a smoothie that has been dosed with an artificial berry flavored protein powder. Not that I am advocating tasting the mask, it is just the same scent. Generic berry with an underlying scent of artificial-ness.

So time to apply it onto my clean skin. 

applied

I will say the mask smooths on well.  It feels cold and not a lot of product is needed to cover the face.  Also the product in the jar seeps back into the divots created by taking some out to form a flat surface again.  It seems like a little thing but it limits the air contact to the top layer.  Or at least that is my thinking anyway. It also lets me see exactly how much I used.

after 20 min

Once on I left it twenty minutes and relaxed.  Unfortunately I am sans candle today.  I am eagerly anticipating my next Vella box shipment and hoping it arrives before next Friday. Although I can’t really blame them for my lack of candle.  I usually have a couple around the house but I was so focused on using up my winter candles that I didn’t buy spring and summer scents before self-sequestering.  I’m considering it part of my decluttering and spring cleaning.

Besides I don’t really need a candle to enjoy my face mask, it’s just part of my habit. Admittedly so is over stressing , but I’m happy to leave that out of today’s equation as well.

So the time passes. I spent the time listening to old 1980s tunes.  I just finished watching the American Horror Story 1984 so the tunes were stuck in my head. 

I heard the word jump a lot.

When I looked in the mirror I could see much of the mask was absorbed.  I washed the rest off my skin and patted my face dry.  The skin was nicely hydrated and felt smooth.  I have no complaints.  It is a nice product. I will enjoy using the rest of the jar.  Will I repurchase when the jar is empty? Probably not. 

clean skin

This falls into the nice to use since I have it, but not really amazing enough to repurchase category.  The claims of the mask are similar enough to the Korres Hydro Biome mask I tried a couple of weeks prior and I have to say I like that mask much better.  That I would repurchase once I’ve gone through the jar.  This I won’t.

Still it is a good product to use and I will enjoy using it while I have it. 

And now that I have had my break, it is back to work for me.  I still have a lot of items I want to check off my to do list before I call it a day. I’m hoping this afternoon will be just as productive as this morning.  Then I can rest and enjoy my weekend, ready to get back to my regularly scheduled routine on Monday. I hope everyone out there has a great afternoon and a fabulous weekend.  I’ll see you back here on Monday. Posted below are a couple of links from Korres in case you wanted to check them out.


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Fresh Pressed Ginger + Vitamin C for my Friday Face Mask

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are having a good one.  Today for my Friday Face mask I decided to try the Sweet Chef Ginger + Vitamin C Sheet mask. I chose it for a couple of reasons. 

The first is that at the moment sheet masks are easier to apply and remove. This week as I’ve been recovering from sunburn, I have been going through my extra moisturizing masks and using the excess serum on arms and legs to aid fried skin. The ease of application and removal has been a fantastic feature this week.

As an aside, most of the masks have been just fine general sheet masks.  One of the ones I would re-order though came from my Facetory Subscription. It was the Vitality mask (I think it retails for $2.50) with pomegranate.  It was extremely hydrating and felt very good on the skin.  I will definitely be re-ordering it for use throughout the summer. Thus far it has been the best of the bunch.

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The second reason that I wanted to try the Sweet Chef mask is because of the serum shots also offered by the company. If you remember I had the bottle of Kale serum and the Kale sheet mask and did a side by side trial.  In that I basically found that the liquid in the sheet mask felt more or less like a watered down version of the product in the serum shot.  As I am a big fan of Vitamin C serums, I wanted to test out the sheet mask and see if I liked it enough to try the Ginger serum shot.

It seems like everyday companies are having sales so as I was especially interested in the possibility of purchasing the Ginger Serum Shot from Sweet Chef I wanted to try it out before I happened to see a sale.  I didn’t want to buy it, then try out the mask to find I didn’t like it at all.  I would consider that a foolish waste of money. So I tried out the mask to see if I liked it, that way if I know more or less whether I want to try the serum before I see a sale and pounce.

If that makes sense.

So, according to the Sweet Chef website…

Oh, ginger snap! The Ginger + Vitamin C Fresh-Pressed Sheet Mask instantly leaves your skin looking radiant and glowy — just the way we like our selfies. The potent blend of Ginger and powerful Vitamin C help fight environmental aggressors, revive dull skin, and even skin tone.

as always, the sheet mask is way too big for my face, it makes me wonder if I just have a tiny head and no one bothered to tell me until now.

There is a slight ginger scent to the mask, which as I like the scent of ginger, I don’t mind. It isn’t hot on the skin like ginger, it has the same coolness most sheet masks possess.  The serum soaked into the skin well and after using, my skin did, in my mind, appear brighter and more refreshed.  I wouldn’t say glowy, but certainly more refreshed.  If the same holds true with the ginger as it did with the kale, then the ginger serum shot would be a bit more potent. 

As I really liked this mask I think I am going to have to put the Ginger Serum Shot on my to try list.  At the moment I am finishing up the 111Skin Vitamin C serum so I have time to wait, but it is definitely on my to try list. I would actually consider picking up this mask again as well. I really felt quite refreshed after using it.  It is actually one of those masks that I could see having more of an effect if used more routinely. 

A lot of sheet masks I tend to think of as nice, but not something I would use on a regular basis. Or something I would only use to address a specific issue.  For example, the Vitality mask I mentioned earlier, I will be ordering to keep on hand for when my skin needs extra hydration after being outside for too long. It isn’t something I would consider a routine part of my weekly skin care.  I could see adding the Ginger mask in on a routine basis.  That not only speaks highly of the mask, but actually makes me more interested in trying out the Serum shot.  I suspect even if there is no sale, I will end up purchasing it and testing it out.  At this point I am too curious not to.

I hope everyone has something fun to do this weekend.  Currently my plans involve re-reading the Peter Mayle Marseilles Caper and the subsequent books in the series.  It’s one of those series I can re-read over and over again every few years.  It seems like a good time to take it out.  Our weather has turned cold again as a front moves through and the mountains are even expecting a little snow tomorrow.  It definitely seems like a good time to read of adventures in the south of France. Whatever you have planned, I hope you take some time to enjoy yourself.


The Pore Green Tea Mud Sheet mask for Face Mask Friday

What a name huh?

I’ll admit I chose the Pore Green Tea Mud Sheet mask that I received from my April Glossy Box because I was curious.  On the front it is listed as a 3D mask sheet and it is much thicker than your usual sheet mask packet.  So instead of thinking, oh what would my skin like today, I decided to indulge my curiosity. 

Bring on the Pore Green Tea Mud Sheet Mask!

Since there was nothing on the enclosed pamphlet about this mask (and most of the info on the packet is in Korean) I went poking around on-line before applying it to my face.  You know, safety first.  According to Amazon:

JJ YOUNG Pore Green Tea Mud Sheet Mask – Moisturizes and Calms The Skin with Green Tea Leaf Extract, Control Sebum and Cleans Pores with Kaolin – 0.85 oz. It Attaches Tightly to Face Through The Benefits of Mud. Kaolin Controls Sebum and Reinforces Firmness. Hydration and Skin Lifting, Leaving the Skin Calm and Moisturized with Green Tea Extract Controls Sebum and Eliminates Impurities within Pores with Sea Salt and Prevents The Loss of Skin Hydration and Leaves Skin Moisturized. Lifts Sagging Skin and Face.

For some reason the description really liked the capital letters. I left them because they looked fun. I have to say my favorite line is ‘Attaches tightly to face through the benefits of mud.’ The price I found on line was generally around $19.99 for a five pack if you are interested in attaching this to your face through the benefits of mud.

Okay so knowing that it is essentially a clay mask in sheet form, I went and opened it.  Once opened, it had a pungent scent of clay and green tea leaves.  It smells exactly like what it is.  There is no mucking about with other fragrances.

JJ Young apparently has no time for that.

the pieces

The mask slid out of the packet in a triangle shape.  There were many layers of plastic folded between the layers.  It turns out the mask is in two parts, each sandwiched between two plastic layers, one clear, one not. I peeled them from the plastic and placed the muddiest side against my skin.  I put on the lower part first, then the upper. There is some overlap.  I will say they stick better to the face than many other face masks I have tried.  Once in place, it wasn’t going anywhere.

Apparently it attaches well through the benefits of mud.

On the skin, it feels exactly like a mud mask and not really like a sheet mask at all.  It is alomost like they took a mud mask and spread it out on a mold and did something to it (possibly involving a magic wand) and it temporarily became a sheet mask.

But I feel deep down, it still yearns to be a regular mud mask.

Still after applying it, I light my candle. Actually I had to light two.  My Fern and Tobacco candle from April’s Vella box is now about spent and so I called in an older champagne scented one for back up.  They blended nicely. Incidentally, it turns out that the small candle from the smallest Vella Box subscription box will last for almost exactly a month’s worth of uses.  At least for me.  It’s the first today and I think my next candle is expected between the 5th and 7th . Which means I might actually have it for next Friday. And yes I do use the candle for more than just my Friday face masks.

the residue

So the mask is applied, and now we wait.

Well I waited, you don’t really have to since I write my mask experience up after I complete it.

So twenty minutes passed.

Pleasant thoughts filled my mind as I went to my happy place.  Oddly enough in my happy place dragons blasted tumble weeds that looked suspiciously like enlarged images of the virus causing so much trouble at the moment, but still it was a happy place. Because they were good dragons. Not the princess snatching kind.

But alas all good things must come to an end. Eyes were opened, candles were snuffed and I returned to the bathroom to see what the mask did while I lost myself to daydreams for a few moments. In the bathroom I expected to see the same sort of drying that I normally see with mud masks, you know, the mask changing color.  There might have been a little, but it wasn’t that noticeable.  The mask did dry a bit, even if it didn’t change color, and it felt tighter on the skin.  There was no possibility of smiling. So, yeah another serial killer looking photo for me.

close up of mask post use

The mask peeled off easily and even though it left a little residue it was easily wiped off.  I took a good look at the mask after removing it and it looked less like a sheet made of mud and more like a loosely woven sheet (almost like cheesecloth) that had mud pressed into it from both sides, like the cloth was the bizarre filling in a mud based oreo. (Which actually sounds disgusting now that I’ve written it out, but I will leave it because I can’t be the only one with that image in my mind. Plus I can’t think of a better description.)

 I will say my pores looked smaller, a little bit of redness I had from the sun has gone and my skin (once I washed off the residue and let my skin dry a bit, felt really nice.  It is not quite up to the Annmarie Skincare Mud mask level (which is my standard of fabulous mud masks) but it is far closer than I thought a sheet mask would get.  Most sheet masks I like, but I don’t really add to my list for potential repurchasing.  Thus far the only one on the list are the black gold under eye gel masks from 111Skin.  This face mask I will be adding to the purchase list.  My skin and mud get along like…well I suppose you could just call me Miss Piggy if you’d like. The issue is they often take a bit of extra time, especially with post mask clean up.  Normally, I don’t mind the extra time when I am masking, but there have been days where a mud mask would have been fabulous, but I didn’t have the time.  This would have been perfect for those times. 

I heard of JJ Young prior to this, but I don’t recall ever trying any masks from them before.  I may joke about the sticking benefits of mud, but I will be ordering this one again.  The one drawback is all of the trash produced by it.  I can’t lie, it is a lot. 

That more than anything will keep me mostly using my favorite jarred mud mask, but I will be keeping a few of these on hand for when I just don’t have the time for a regular mud mask. I will be poking around to see what other sort of masks they have from this company.  While I did find this mask on Amazon, it is also listed for sale on the Glossy Box site.  I will also be poking around the Facetory site later to see if it is there as well. If you like mud masks, I would definitely recommend giving this one a try, especially if you are pressed for time. I’ll link Glossy Box below if you want to check the mask out on their site.  I’ll also link Annemarie Skincare and my all-time favorite mud mask as well if you are curious.

Now it’s back to work before the weekend Wonder Woman marathon can begin. I hope whatever you have planned is fun and fabulous. I’ll see you back here on monday. Have a great weekend.



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The Friday Face Mask with Korres Hydra Biome

Korres Hyda-Biome Face Mask

I have talked about Korres before and I have tried several of their masks. The Pomegranate exfoliating mask remains one of my favorite. And while I love nearly everything I have tried from the Pomegranate line, I wasn’t the biggest fan of their rose line so I have put off branching out into their yogurt themed products.

Until today that is. The Korres Hydra-Biome Probiotic Superdose Face mask was offered for sale on the Boxy Charm add ons so I decided to take a chance and snap it up. (plus on the sale site it was $12 instead of the normal $49 so I thought it would be less of a risk.

Lately all of the ads I have seen for Korres feature one of the products from their yogurt line so I suppose it was time. I really hope they aren’t attempting to get rid of their pomegranate one though. So what is this wonder yogurt themed skin care product supposed to do? According to the product page…

This mask works to fortify your skin’s natural protective layer, often broken down by stress, pollution, diet and more. Through a clinically tested blend of superfoods, hyaluronic acid, and skin-rebalancing technology, it improves elasticity, radiance, and texture for a revitalized, healthier look. Key ingredients: – GREEK YOGHURT – delivers instant soothing, cooling sensation with a Superdose of pre and probiotics to nourish skin. MICROBIOME RE-BALANCING TECHNOLOGY – Cutting edge microbiome rebalancing technology clinically proven to balance your skin’s invisible microbiome to protect and relieve signs of stressed skin. – LACTIC ACID – a natural AHA that gently dissolves dead skin cells for a natural glow.

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Okay then, not a bad sort of claim. I respond well to lactic acid and I can always use a dose of prebiotic nourishment, so light the relaxing candles and bring on the mask. First of all I would like to say this mask comes in a really pretty frosted glass jar. I love masks in glass jars. I don’t know why but it always makes me feel like they are more luxurious. Plus when they are empty I can use them to start seeds in the spring. Seriously most of my seeds were started in glass Oui Yogurt jars or empty skin care product jars. Eventually they’ll make it to recycling, but for now they are being reused at home.

But I digress.

When opening the jar I found the typical plastic topper keeping the cream safe from the lid. Once removed I found a thick white cream that reminds me more of yogurt than face cream. It was kind of nice. I took a sniff, because you know I have to smell everything. It does not smell like yogurt. I was actually worried it would be like smearing my afternoo snack across my skin, but no, it is not. The scent is…healthy smelling. I know that is not a terribly great descriptior. It kind of smells a little like you just opened the dairy case in a healtfood store. You can smell the dairy, but you also know someone is stashing homeopathic concoctions somewhere nearby. It isn’t herbally, but it is like something that smells ‘good for you’.

after 20 min

And yes I have been thinking of that description since about noon and it is the best I can come up with.

It doesn’t smell like you are smearing yogurt on your face though, which is what I was worried about. So I was happy, and yes, the scent is going to bother me all weekend. You can rest assured my darlings that I will be thinking and ruminating on the scent trying to pin point it all weekend. I suspect it may come to me sometime in the dark hours after three am. Because I know I’ve smelled it before, I just can’t place it.

Okay so while my brain goes crazy trying to place the scent, I will apply it to my face. It goes on nice and smoothly. There are no solid bits in it. I expected that the mask would be cool and upon first application it was, but then it got a little war, I’m guessing that was the AHA activating and relieving me of dead skin cells. The feeling of warmth didn’t last long.

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As you can see from the pictures, as I sat for the twenty minutes with the mask on, much of the mask was absorbed into my skin. At the end of my masking time, I blew out the candles, washed off the mask and patted my face dry. My skin felt soft and refreshed and I think some of the redness I noticed on my skin was at least tamped down. Over all I was very pleased with this mask. I’m still not giving up my pomegranate themed line, but I suppose I can give yogurt more of a chance. Thanks Korres for suggesting I get out of my comfort zone.

Now freshed faced I am tackling the rest of my day. Burpee just delivered out live plants and soon we will have a bay tree in a large pot. For now it will live in the sun room. In a few weeks it will migrate to the back porch. And we will never go short of bay leaves for seasoning again. Once safely potted, I will get back to my writing. Then…then it will be the weekend. It is getting harder to remember which days are work days and which are weekends, but I hope you take some time off from working from home and do some fun weekend stuff. have a good one and I will see you back on Monday.


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