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.

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

Hey Honey, you looking for the Friday Face mask?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mask on!

But enough of the waffling, to the mask Batman!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A lot if I am being honest.

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

You know you can.

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

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

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

Look Fantastic has 22% off with the code SINGLES22

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

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

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

Oh Honey, Honey…It’s the Friday Face mask

Good afternoon my darlings.  I hope your Friday has been going super fantastically, or at least fantastically productive. I just spent far too long on a conversation with someone who complained a lot about washing reusable masks, but didn’t want to buy the non-reusable ones. 

It turns out she takes all of her laundry to the dry cleaners rather than washing it at home. Or has in the past. From the conversation I gathered that the pandemic has forced her to do laundry herself for what sounded like the first time in her life. 

As my mother taught me how to do my laundry when I was about ten and then put my laundry on my weekly chores list, I was kind of surprised that she made it to her forties without any laundry skills. Our family did the drycleaners once a year when we took the winter coats out of storage. My mom did my brother’s laundry until he hit his twenties and then he finally learned to do it himself. Mostly because he is too cheap to pay a dry cleaners.

And yes this meant that I spent the bulk of the conversation wondering if her underwear was dry cleaned as well.  I didn’t ask because there is really never a good time to ask a professional associate about their underwear, but the question still haunts me.

And I bet you’re now thinking about it too.

You are welcome.

So I am ready for a change of mental processes, a Friday etch-a-sketch for my brain if you will. And so on to the Friday Face Mask. Today I went with Farmacy’s Honey Potion. It comes in an adorable glass jar shaped like a honeycomb cell.  The lid is plastic but made to look like wood.  It is also magnetized so that it keeps the metal spatula in place. I’m pretty sure this is the only reason I haven’t lost the spatula yet.

So from the Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing antioxidant hydration mask I expect…

An intensely hydrating honey face mask for a glowing complexion! Infused with powerful antioxidants, this warming mask leaves skin soft, supple and plump with hydration. Mask day or night for an indulgent spa experience. Hydrates with honey. Pure and sourced from U.S. farms , our honey blend delivers skin-loving moisture, nourishment and antioxidants.

Use the magnetic spatula to spread a thick layer onto clean skin.
– Massage for 1-2 minutes while it warms and transforms into a white cream. Avoid lip and eye areas.
– Leave on for 10–15 minutes then rinse off.
– For sensitive skin: Due to the warming sensation of the mask, we recommend patch testing before use of the product.

All ingredients
Glycerin, Diglycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Honey Extract, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Panthenol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract, Honey, Water, Flavor, Vanillyl Butyl Ether

Farmacy

Well, I used the metal spatula to take the mask from the jar.  I didn’t really care for the metal against my skin so I transferred it to the silicon spatula.  I figured that at least it kept the mask in the jar from becoming contaminated. 

While the mask looks just like jelly on the face, when I did massage it did turn white as they claimed. It also warmed up quite dramatically. One of the things I like about the rubbing it in part is that because you are massaging it all over your face, you don’t have to make certain you have an even layer to start with.  It is spread out evenly as you massage it in.

After the initial warmth during the rubbing, the mask cools back down so as intense as the heat feels it doesn’t last long.  There is a little bit of tingling as it sits but it isn’t a lot.  It is enough that you don’t forget that you are wearing the mask though.  When you have this mask on, you know you have this mask on.

before massaging

After fifteen minutes I returned to the sink to wash it off.  As you might expect there is a fair amount of rubbing as you wash it of.  During this time the mask warmed back up.  It wasn’t as dramatic as the first blast of heat but it was nice.  The washing off did take a while.  This mask didn’t want to let go.  While the mask didn’t feel sticky going on to the face (which considering it looks so much like honey I sort of expected it too) when rinsing the skin after the mask, my skin felt a little sticky until I managed to wash all of the mask off.  Once it was off my skin felt absolutely lovely.  Soft hydrated and clean.  Maybe the stickiness is there to make certain you rinse it all away. 

I rather enjoyed this mask.  It was warming, it was hydrating and it made my skin feel soft to the touch.  There is surprisingly little scent to it.  I again expected it to smell like honey.  It does not. 

I also think that those with sensitive skin might not be as enthused as I am with this mask.  The heat and the tingles are a bit intense. I could see it being a bit much for some.  To be honest I actually prefer it to the bubbling masks.  I prefer this sort of heated tingle to that oxygenated fizz. The fizz I will keep in my bath bombs and champagne. 

This mask had an intense tingle that I am okay with.  I also think the results are better.  If you feel like zooming in on my chin, you can see that a couple of under the surface blemishes have been pulled to the surface. While not terribly appealing to see, it does make them easier to deal with and quicker to fade away without scaring. That is a big plus in my book.

As the results are supposed to be more dramatic after repeated use, I may have to try this throughout the week next week (I tend to do facemasks Monday and Wednesday evenings) and see how it performs.  For now, I will say I like it and am not opposed to trying it longer to see if I do get the results mentioned on the product page.  I think I’ll decide whether or not I would repurchase it after the repeated usage and comparison to claims.  For now, my first impression is quite hopeful.


For those doing a little shopping this weekend, here are a couple of offers you might want to look into. The first is from Kerastase. I am a big fan of anything from their Genesis line. It is fantastic on over worked hair. I tend to get it and then save it for Fridays after I have completed all of my weekly workouts because I don’t want to sweat or do anything to my hair after using it because it feels so soft and lovely. I even deal with crazy unstraightened bangs because I don’t want to add the heat protectant spray to my hair.

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Also to look into Paula’s Choice is having a Love your skin Weekend where there is 15% off everything. I highly recommend the Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment. I really enjoyed using it, just remember that retinol does make your skin sun sensitive so it is a night time only kind of product. At least for me. I turned red, red, red when I forgot that. But when the sun goes down, It is fabulous to have around.

And if you are looking for a little makeup to go with your fabulous skin and hair, NYX Professional Cosmetics is having a 30% off sale this weekend Plus a little bonus for those stocking up. I am really loving their Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil. It gives great coverage but feels like you are wearing nothing at all on your skin. I actually think I am going to be using that in this coming week’s makeup bag. I think I have my summer shade and nee to figure out how light I need to go to pick up a winter one. Because this is one I will be picking up in additional shades to use year round.

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So for those of you planning to restock or starting to pick up your fall and winter shades as we edge out of summer, there are a few deals you might want to take advantage of. Happy shopping and have a great weekend.

The Friday Facemask and Generation Clay’s Detoxifying Charcoal

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

Today’s Mask?

Generation Clay Detoxifying Charcoal Australian Clay Mask.

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

Which is fine because I love trying out new masks.

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

So, charcoal.

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

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

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

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

Wet Mask

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

But no matter. 

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

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

dried mask, frozen in place face

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

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

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

Or science that looks like magic I suppose.

clean skin

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

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

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


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Bliss (and Bite) with the Friday Face Mask

Bliss and Bite Beauty for the Friday Face Mask Win

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

first applied

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

Imagine that.

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

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

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

clean and no longer looking like I am angry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The newly opened jar

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

Well…

After one use

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

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

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

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

Ingredients

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

Ursa Major Product page

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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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