An Ace for Face Mask Friday

Aceology Lifting Treatment Mask

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

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

Dried down mask

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

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

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

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

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

peeled off

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

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

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

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

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

just after removal with one wet spot remaining

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

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

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

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

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

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Sand and Sky for Face Mask Friday

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

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

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

Mostly because I am actually going out tonight.

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

Can you feel the excitement?

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

Almost dry… soon I can change facial expressions again

Oh no. It was more like…

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

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

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

But that’s family.

And no one asked about my vaccine status.

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

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

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

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

I really like this mask actually.

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

It turned out there was an emergency.

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

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

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Herbivore’s Prism for Face Mask Friday

Welcome once again to another episode of Face mask Friday.  I’m afraid today I am going to have to keep a very good eye on the clock as I am trying the PRISM Botanical AHA + BHA Exfoliating Glow Facial.  It is a resurfacing mask and it is recommended as for a maximum of 1 to 2 times per week usage.  With new chemical exfoliation masks (or at least new to me exfoliating masks) I am always a little on the nervous side the first few times I use them. After I see how my skin deals with the ingredients I relax a little bit more.  As I sometimes have a tendency to fall asleep if I lay down with a mask and some music, I am going to sit up with this one. 

It is a clear mask so looking into the jar really just makes the jar look empty until I put the spoon in it.  I am not a big fan of sticking my fingers directly into jars of skin care.  I like to keep the jars as free of contaminants as possible.  Plus with this jelly like consistency, just dipping fingers in to get a swipe of product didn’t really work.  It has the consistency of a loose water cream rather than a firm jelly.  I was expecting something more along the lines of the Vichy Mineral Mask.  It has a similar clear gel look to it, but is a bit firmer in texture.  That mask sort of melts to liquid in the hand, but this one is more liquidy right out of the jar. 

Hence the need for a spoon rather than a spatula. 

Applying it was super easy though.  I massaged it into my face like I wood a moisturizer, avoiding the eye area.  And then I rinsed my hands and the spoon off.  It didn’t take much to cover my entire face and then of course my face just looked wet. 

According to the Herbivore website this mask is…

A jelly-textured, concentrated blend of plant-based AHA‚ and Willow Bark-based BHA in an exfoliating rinse-off weekly facial that naturally helps transform skin from dull to radiant and glowing in as little as one use.

Use 1-2 times per week as a resurfacing mask. Apply a thin, even layer to clean, dry skin, avoiding the eye area, Leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. For sensitive skin, leave on for 5 minutes and Follow with a nourishing Herbivore Facial Oil.

I have a small bottle of Go To Face Hero Face oil handy since I know how it reacts with my skin and I really like the oil.  I figure since I am using an unknown exfoliate, I might as well go with a known oil.

with the mask on, my face just looks wet

Full list of ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Gluconolactone, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Sodium Phytate


I really like many of the items on the ingredients list, many of them like Aloe Barbadensis, Rosa Damascena Willow Bark and radish root are old friends and tend to work really well with my skin.  There are citrus fruit extracts like Orange and Lemon in this mask.  I know some people have a sensitivity to them.  I personally don’t and I tend to use products that include those elements infrequently enough that I don’t really fear using them here.  Even though this mask says it can be used once or twice a week, I tend to use a retinol during the week and then just turn to exfoliating masks just once a week.

While skin care tends to take time to work, this mask claims that in one use you will see results.  Below are images of my face before using the mask and after I removed it (but before adding oil).

Before on the left, after the mask on the right

I am pleased that there is no real redness as chemical exfoliating masks tend to give me a slight redness which tends to fade a few minutes after washing.  My skin might look a little brighter, but then again it could be just the really cold tap water I used to rinse the mask off.  I will say that my skin feels really soft and very smooth. For that alone I would continue to use this mask once a week.  While I would probably skip this week, I could see adding this to my Sunday evening routine. Using it once a week to see how my skin gets on with it over time. With the retinol in use during the week I don’t think I’d use it for one of my midweek face masks.  There may be others who see an immediate reaction with their skin, but I suspect for me it will take a few uses to show anything. Because I had no adverse reactions I am defiantly willing to give it a go.  Maybe I’ll check back with you after a month of once a week uses and see how I feel about it then. Perhaps the results will be more visible. 

I actually don’t mind that results weren’t immediate.  Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of instant gratification.  However in Skin care that sort of freaks me out a bit.  In most skin care (especially chemical exfoliants) if results are that immediate, there is something really, really strong involved and without knowing exactly what it is, I am hesitant to put it on my face.  Slow and steady increased results over time are more in my comfort zone. Skin care isn’t magic and really shouldn’t be expected to work with a Ta DA after a first use.  Since my skin had no issues, I am perfectly happy to give this mask space to work. So for now, my skin feels soft and smooth as well as refreshed.  For everything else, we’ll talk in a few weeks.  See you then.


A little Milk (Makeup) for Face Mask Friday

Welcome once again my darlings to the Friday Face Mask.  Today I chose to go with the Milk Hydrating Clay face mask.  This is one of those easy to apply, easy to remove face masks.  It comes in a stick form and you basically feel like you are running a fat marker over your face.

Except that you don’t end up with a sharpie mustache, but a face that looks like you ae turning into the Wicked Witch of the West. Or The Incredible hulk.  Take your pick. The best part is the complete lack of mess. 

Well the second best part.  The best part is that it is a really good clay mask. 

I have to admit, I did choose this partially because it is a good clay mask, but partially because of the lack of mess.  It is one of those masks  that doesn’t drip and while it does dry down it doesn’t dry to the point of restricting conversation.  So I was able to put the mask on and move around doing stuff instead of relaxing. 

I know, I usually love my fifteen minute break on Friday afternoons when I get to zone out for just a bit, but today, that just wasn’t happening.  Thursday did prove to be the calm before the storm and I have been running around today in an attempt to get everything squared away before the weekend.  This weekend I have   seedlings to plant and a long list of garden chores so I won’t be able to get much work done. And so I had a working mask today.

An easy mask to move around in, just don’t answer the door after forgetting that you are wearing it.

When doing a working mask, this Milk hydrating mask is a good one to use.  It is easy to apply and rinses off fairly easily.  It doesn’t drip and you can still talk while wearing it. You just might what to use the speaker phone option so it doesn’t get all over your screen.  Plus you do need to remember that it is green.  I forgot I was wearing it and surprised the Postman.  I heard him leaving a package, and opened the door before he could walk away.  He looked up and almost fell over. 

That was when I remembered I was wearing the mask.

But now the mask is gone and my skin feels fantastic.  It is soft and hydrated and ready to tackle the afternoon.  Despite not zoning out for a bit, I feel quite refreshed.  The one thing you have to remember with the Milk Masking Sticks is the same thing you have to remember with all Milk Products.  When you open them they come with a little interior plastic cap.  DON’T Throw it away. 

You need to replace the cap after each use to keep the stick from drying out.  If you leave it in place the stick will last quite a while with no problems.   This is one of my top Milk Products.  I also like the Melatonin Overnight serum and the Matcha toner.  With all of them, just remember to keep the inner cap on them so they don’t dry out and they really do last a while. I really need to look into picking up that Melatonin Overnight serum again.  It was very light weight and perfect for summer.

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It’s Elemis for Face Mask Friday

Today my darlings is a bittersweet masking moment.  I reached into my masking drawer and pulled out one of my favorite masks. I was very happy to see it because I haven’t used it in a while.  It is the Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask.  I think this actually might be my third tube of this mask. I liked it enough that I picked up several tubes. I think they might have actually changed the packaging a bit since my last stock up, so it is probably good that I finished this out. I actually like everything I’ve tried from the Superfood line actually. I have the cleanser from the line waiting in my skincare drawer ready to be called into use as well. I don’t tend to buy a lot of backup products, but that cleanser and this mask are two that I will pick up back ups for and tend to order multiples of during sales.

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This Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask is a long term favorite. I tend to lean on this mask when I want my skin to feel soft and hydrated just like I turn to the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Chamomile and Cocoa Clearing Clay mask when I want to bring relief to deeply clogged pores.  It is a masking staple for me.

So why is it a bittersweet moment with this mask you ask?

Because as I put the mask on I realized I was using the last of the product in the tube.  Oh yes my darlings, the mask container must now journey to the empties bin. There is nothing left inside. And it was the last backup of the mask I had on hand.

It does feel fantastic on my face and the scent just says spring is here and the world is full of green and growing things.  This mask does have a definite vegetal scent o it which I really like.   I also like the way my skin looks when it is washed off.  Today I used my Cosmedics Masking brush to apply.  Any silicon masking brush will do actually.  While it is a bit extra, if you do have a masking brush, this is the mask to use it on.  It has a creamy consistency and if applied with the hands there is a lot of product that remains on the fingers.  And thus has to be washed down the drain.  If you use the masking brush this isn’t an issue as the product goes on your face and not your fingers. 

And while a masking brush is an extra skin care tool to add to your collection, I do recommend them.  You can easily pick one up relatively inexpensively and it really does help you to use less product.  I may not be sold on the usefulness of jade rollers yet, but this is one skin care tool that has earned its place in my skin care arsenal. I am currently using the Cosmedics brush because it came in a Boxy Charm Box and I really like it.  It is sturdily built and I really do like the curved corners that let you get into the not so flat spots on my face.  I still use my very cheap silicon masking brush that I picked up on Amazon for less than a dollar, and it works fine.  The only issue is the squared off corners.  And to be fair that really isn’t that big a deal. I think if I were looking for a new one, I would look for one with rounded corners as that is the only difference that seems to matter.  But you really don’t have to spend a lot on these.

My masking moment today was less relaxing than usual as I had to take a call in the middle of it.  Luckily the Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask is not a clay mask and allows my face to move while wearing it.  And the people I was talking to didn’t mind being on speaker phone so  I didn’t get mask all over my phone.  I did end up keeping it on longer than intended (by about five minutes).  I also cast longing looks at my unlit candle and I-pod.  I never got around to using either.  However the candle will decorate the bathroom when I lounge in the bath with my hair mask on this weekend.  I’m going with the ESPA Pink Hair and Scalp Mud  which has to sit on the hair for about twenty minutes so I’ll have plenty of time to use the candles then.   I just won’t use them today.

My skin didn’t have any issues with the extra five minutes of masking time.  And quite frankly I feel very pleased with the end results.  My skin is hydrated and refreshed. 

But now comes the hard part.  This is one of my standard favorite masks.  I am trying to work through all of my stockpiled masks and not purchase new ones until I’ve cleared out some space.  Not immediately reordering this is going to be difficult.  I think I may have to look at the drawer and figure out when I can reorder.  Maybe when I use up three more masking products I can reorder this mask.  Possibly two. We’ll see.  But this is one of my favorite masks and one that I will definitely reorder.

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It’s Masking time with bareMinerals

Today when I reached for my facemasks I decided to go with the bareMinerals ClayMates Mask Duo. As you can see from the jar there are two masks in the jar. They are separated by a plastic barrier so they don’t mix. The white mask is called Be Pure and the pink Mask is called Be Dewy.

I tend to not reach for this mask a lot and I have had it for quite a while. I was reaching for it fairly regularly for a while, but the problem was that I was really only reaching for the Be Pure side. The Pink Be Dewy side of the dup is okay, but not really my favorite. On the other hand I really like the Be Pure. It is an excellent clay mask.

As you can see from the photos I have now used up almost all of the Be Pure. I am actually going to keep the jar out of the masking drawer and make a concerted effort to use up the pink mask so that I can finish out the mask and not let it continue to age in the drawer. Like i said there is nothing wrong with the Be Dewy it just isn’t my favorite. I generally find that this sometimes happens when you get duos. One side you like better and use more while the other side gets left behind.

Since I do like the Be Pure Mask I am going to see if bareMinerals has it in a single rather than as a duo. If they do I will be repurchasing it. In general I like bareMinerals products. They work well and I don’t have to second guess the ingredients. They sort of fell off my radar for a while but I’ve been using both their Bounce and Blur Blush and Gen Nude Lip Gloss recently and it has just reminded me of how much I really do like the brand. The only thing I have to worry about when I go to their website is the fact that I am just going to want to add in a full size of the Bounce and Blur Blush to the cart.

I don’t like to buy full sizes of makeup products until I have used up the sample size that I have. Mostly because I know once I get the full size I will use it and stop using the sample and it will go to waste. This year the two samples I am trying to use up are the bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush and the Nars Bronzer in Laguna. Once I use them I will purchase both in the full size.

So no blush when I go mask hunting. Not yet anyway. I can tell you that when this jar is empty I will be finding a new use for it. It is heavy frosted glass with a rose gold top. It is just a pretty jar. with the divide in the center it might actually be a really good container for small earrings. I will see, but rest assured it will be reused.

Today’s masking moment was a nice time to lay down and relax. I went to the gym this morning and did the first workout in the trainer designed program. It turns out today was arm day. My arms now feel like limp noodles and the excuse to just sort of lie down for a little bit and not actually use them was fantastic.

The getting back up part, not so much. I suspect that tomorrow will be somewhat achy for me. I can already start to feel it a little bit in my upper arms. which is not a bad thing. The ache at least means there are muscles under there somewhere. So that’s encouraging. I also think that tomorrow there will be a long hot soak in the bathtub with some muscle relaxing bath salts. But that is for tomorrow. There is still work to be done today and now that my masking time is through, I need to get going on it. I very much enjoyed my break though. I hope you have a great rest of the day and a fantastic weekend.


It’s a bird, it’s a plane. No it’s… Supermud!

GlamGlow Supermud that is.  Today I decided to take out the sample of the GlamGlow Supermud Clearing mask for my face mask Friday.  I have worn a mask quite a lot this week and while that means that breakouts might be imminent, I didn’t think it was quite necessary to break out my Herbal Dynamics Beauty Chamomile and Cacao Clay Clearing mask.

Instead I decided on the sample of GlamGlow Supermud.  While the tube looks like it might have multiple applications in it, alas it does not.  I managed one full face of super mud before the tube was squeezed dry.  I used my Cosmedix silicone brush to apply it so that I didn’t waste any drop of product. 

I have an interesting history with GlamGlow.  Sometimes I really, really like their products and other times I feel they are overhyped and underperform.  However the ones I like, I really like.  The Bright Eyes eye cream I used and loved. When a sample came up on IPSY I snatched up a second sample just to have it on hand. 

Mask on

I’d like to say that as soon as I put this mask on I relaxed, but I didn’t.  I put the mask on and thought “Wow this smells like a combination of Licorice, peppermint and Eucalyptus.’  And then I reallzed it tingled a bit and felt a bit too energizing to lay down and relax while wearing, so I went to my desk. 

I didn’t stay there long though as my baby doll is working from home today.  After laughing at the surprise of walking around the corner to find me in the mask, he decided it smelled delicious.  He wanted to know what was in it and so I pulled up the site.  He felt vindicated when they said licorice root was in it as it is (against all odds) his favorite candy.

I don’t like it as candy, but I do like it in skin care. In fact my skin reacts really well to it in skin care.

After fifteen minutes

Full Ingredients: Water\aqua\eau, kaolin, magnesium aluminum silicate, mandelic acid, carbon, eucalyptus globulus leaf, tartaric acid, pyruvic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, eucalyptus globulus leaf powder, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, hedera helix (ivy) extract, symphytum officinale (comfrey) leaf extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) extract, peg-12 dimethicone, caprylyl glycol, sodium hydroxide, butylene glycol, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, hectorite, hexylene glycol, glycerin, calendula officinalis extract, maltodextrin, ethylhexylglycerin, xanthan gum, fragrance (parfum), limonene, benzyl benzoate, linalool, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, iron oxides (ci 77499).

Clean skin (I forgot the before picture today)

In fact this mask has several things my skin likes.  Kaolin clay is always a win with me as is much of the acid squad listed. Aloe and Eucalyptus I always like as well.  There is also the licorice root and the cucumber in there as well.

Over all it is not hard to see why I liked the feel of it on my skin or why my baby doll likes the smell of it.  In addition to liking licorice he adores the scent of eucalyptus.  It is his favorite bath salt. (not that he usually admits to having a favorite bath salt. At best he admits to using bath products he happened to find in the bathroom even if they are specifically ordered for him.).

Amused with the mask, and a story he wanted to tell, my baby doll stuck around until my alarm went off, even though I couldn’t chat as the clay tightened down on my skin.  After my fifteen minutes, he went back to work and I went to wash off my face. 

I wet the mask to loosen it and then washed it off.  It is clay so it did take a little bit of coaxing to rehydrate and rinse off.  Once off though, my skin felt really good.  While not always in love with the full slate of GlamGlow Products, I definitely think that the Supermud Clearing mask is going on my list of products to purchase from the brand. 

My skin feels nice and despite the lack of pulling my pores feel like they have just had the clearing of a peel off mask. It is a really nice and cleansing feeling. You know, without all of the horrid skin tugging drama of a peel off mask. This is definitely a product I will use again. Sadly though my sample sized tube is empty I am slowly working at clearing out my mask collection and only restocking the products I absolutely love. So it may be a while, but the GlamGlow Super mud mask will return.

For now, this little empty tube must become the first empty in the bin for April.  I have to say it looks kind of sad and lonely sitting in the bottom all alone. But at the moment, that can’t be helped.  Soon enough it will gain some friends.  For now, the mask stands alone.

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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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Balance Me for Face Mask Friday

Balance Me AHA Glow Mask

Today my darlings we are going for another Balance Me Product for Face mask Friday.  This brand.  Oh this brand.  At this point I have tried a multitude of their products.  And here are the two basic truths. 

They work really well.

I can’t get past the scent.


I tried the Vitamin C serum.  It worked really well. The formula was excellent on the skin.

It also smelled exactly like Lemon Scented Pledge.

I tried their Bakuchiol Serum. (Bakuchiol is like retinol but doesn’t give you the same sensitivity to sunlight.) I loved the way it worked on my skin and even in a small sample tube I saw some decent results.

It smelled like high end floor cleaner. The floral kind.

For me this is the curse of Balance Me products.  My nose gets me every time. I was however excited to see this in one of my subscription boxes though, because it is a mask. And I know I love masks.  I love them in all shapes and sizes.  Even if there are some I won’t try more than once, I will try most of them at least once. 

Oh speaking of masks, Facetory is having a massive Spring Sale.  I’ll put the link below but if you are looking to stock up, now is the time to hit them up.  Fabulous products and while they are usually affordable anyway, the sale just makes them super fabulous. I highly recommend checking them out. I use the four-ever fresh mask subscription but they also sell individual skin care products (not just masks).

Four-ever Fresh Subscription!

But back to the AHA Glo Mask from Balance Me.  Why was I so excited to get a mask from them? Because masks aren’t worn every day. The thing with the other two products I mentioned is that they have to be used on a consistent daily basis to achieve results.  I knew that no matter how good they were the scent would still make using them a chore and I would seek out other products. At this point in my life I know this about myself.  I’ve tried to use good products whose scent I just don’t like and it just doesn’t work out, no matter how much I tell myself that this time will be different. There are just so many other products to choose from.

With a mask I am hoping that it works as well as all the other Balance me Products but that even if I am not as fond of the scent as I might be, it will be okay because it isn’t an everyday use product.

So are you ready?

Then it is masking time?! (and yes the theme song that I am now singing is oddly  enough based on the Adam West Era Batman song. Sing it with me…da na na na na na na na Mask Time!)

Okay now that we are all on the same page it is time to dispense the mask. It is white.  It is creamy and while it does have a citrusy scent that leans towards lemon and an underlying tone that makes me think floor cleaner, it is actually not bad.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not picking it up in a body butter scent, but it is a lot less strong than any of their other products have been. 

Oh my darlings, could this be the Balance Me product I enjoy?

Let’s apply and see.

I applied it to the face in a thin layer. The scent is a little stronger when applied but it still isn’t too bad.  The timer is set for fifteen minutes and While normally I lie down and relax, een if my thoughts aren’t as zen like as are usually encouraged, today I have several e-mail I need to type up so I will unfortunately be sitting at my desk.


But if you are missing your candles I suggest bouncing on over to Paddywax.  The last of their holiday scents (I adore the spicier candles and stock up on pre spring sales each year) are now all listed on their sale page AND they just released a line of incense called HAZE if that is more your thing than candles. I tend to lean more towards candles, but some of the incense scents are quite tempting.

Okay everyone back from the Paddywax site?  Excellent.  I finished my emails and the timer has dinged so off to the bathroom I go.

Much of the mask has absorbed which is usually a good sign.  According to the Balance me website …

After fifteen minutes

Restore radiance with our triple-action chemical exfoliation. Packed with a bio-active blend of fruit acids including glycolic, lactic and malic for maximum efficacy, our face mask will brighten, deeply purify, plump, and reveal a natural, more youthful, luminous glow in less than 15 minutes. To boost the formulation, we’ve blended with Kaolin Clay to draw out impurities and maintain the skin’s natural moisture barrier to lock in hydration and combat potential irritants.

RESULTS: Brightens, plumps and deeply purifies. Expect a natural, more youthful complexion.

Here are my before and afters.

makeup newly removed on the left, mask freshly taken off on the right (the red is partially because the water was really cold)

I have to say it was easy to wash off and quite enjoyable to wear.  I would say my skin looks a little brighter.  Most skin care requires repeated use for differences to be obvious.  While I don’t think my sample size will give me repeated use results, I do have enough in the tube for about two more applications.  I think what I may do is try this out on Monday and Wednesday for my masking and see if there is any greater difference.  I don’t think I’ll see major differences with such a short trial length, but there might be a few more details I can find out.  The detail I am most interested to see is if I am relieved that the tube is used up or wishing there was more in it.  Balance me is a relatively affordable brand.   A full sized 50 Ml tube is $29 (although it is only $21.95 on the Allbeauty site – I love their everyday discounts).

Which means that if the scent doesn’t get to me and I see some slight results, this may be the first Balance Me Sample I’ve tried that I am willing to put on my try in the full size list.  And honestly because I so liked the effects of the other products and couldn’t take the scent, I suspect that if the scent doesn’t make me want to avoid this by the end of the product then I may just give the full size a more complete try to make up for my noses rejection of the others. But that is something I’ll have to get back to you on.  For now, this AHA Glow Mask from Balance Me is a definite maybe.

Korres and the Friday Face mask

Have you ever tried a face mask and thought, that’s okay but nothing super fabulous, but then later you try it again and and are blown away by how fabulous it really is?

For me this is the Korres Hydra-Biome Probiotic SuperDose Face Mask.  I tried it and it was a good mask but not one I would reach for consistently.  Then I saw it and said to myself ‘Self, you really need to use that and not let it go to waste since it is open.’

Sometimes I yell at myself for things like that.  Especially with face masks.  I really love trying new face masks and so sometimes I have to reign myself in and use the ones that are already open before moving on. I have had some very stern talks with myself on the subject.

And when I tried the mask on, I found I loved it.

Now truthfully, the mask didn’t change.  A masking fairy didn’t fly into my skin care drawer wave a magic wand and poof suddenly it was an entirely different mask.

Although seriously how cool would it be to have a face mask fairy?

I bet she would smell of cucumbers and pomegranates.

But I digress.

The Hydra Biome mask.

the mask in the jar

The thing that changed, was the season.  When I first tried this mask, I tried it in the summer time.  I remember it being cooling and refreshing and good, but not something I wanted to reach for repeatedly. Then winter came.  The air dried out and so did my skin.  I stopped sweating outside and wasn’t nearly a oily as I am in summer months.  This is when I tried the mask again and oh my darlings did I love it. This is now one of my favorite winter pick me ups.  It is still cool and refreshing, but now my skin drinks in the moisture and my skin feels healthier because of it.  I know it probably did all of those wonderful things for my skin in the summer time, but I think then the product was too moisturizing for me to really appreciate it.  Now that my skin is craving extra moisture, this mask really shines.

I applied it today and really loved it.  Last week I used the quick and easy (and beloved by me) Milk Hydrating Clay mask and earlier in the week I used the herbal essences Herbal Dynamics Beauty Cacao and Chamomile clearing mask on my few problem areas so today I had no clogged pores to address.  I just needed moisture and soothing and that is exactly what this mask provided.

I popped it onto my face using my masking brush.  This is one of those masks where the silicone spatula brushes really shine regardless of which one you use.  It lets you neatly apply the product without dipping your fingers in the jar, but also lets you use less product.

The mask after fifteen minutes

Once applied I lay down and put on my music while it soaked into my skin.  I went with the Pogues  today as they suited my mood, and I thought of skin care fairies.I know, I wish I could claim deep thoughts, but my thoughts were kind of shallow.  I went with my Poe Candles from the Library collection from Paddywax as my accompaniment.  It is sweet and spicy with a hint of musk and quite frankly I really like it.  I picked up the small candles (the $12 ones) because I really like the little tin box, but quite frankly I really should have gone for the larger amber glass ones as I like them so much.  The tin I’ve got is almost empty.  There is just something so appealing about those little boxes though.

The candle worked well with the music.  The slight yogurt scent of the mask luckily faded into the background.  As much as I love the mask, I’m not a huge fan of the yogurt scent of it. It doesn’t bother me as much in the winter as it did in the summer though.  I think in the summer I kept thinking dairy in the heat and wasn’t happy with it.  In the winter there is no heat so the dairy scent doesn’t concern me.  I know that is very silly, but my sense of smell is always getting me into trouble.

At the end of the fifteen minutes I blew out the candles, turned off the music and dismissed thoughts of skin care fairies. Most of the mask sunk into my skin and the rest wiped off easily with a damp washcloth.  My skin now feels refreshed and clean as well as very moisturized without feeling greasy.  I may have been on the fence about the Korres Hydra Bioma Probiotic Face Mask in the summer, but in the winter, with my skin, this mask shines.

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