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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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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