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.

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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Bubble Bubble, toil and trouble, face mask Friday on the double

Blackhead 02 Bubble Pore Pack Pore Ritual by Caolion

I have to admit, this was my first bubble mask.  I know, they’ve been around for a while.  They were all the rage and now they aren’t talked about much.  Somehow, I never got around to trying any of them.

I think it is my love of clay masks to clean out my pores.

But when I picked up one of IPSY’s masking bundles (mostly because they had a larger size of the Generation Clay purple mask and I couldn’t resist) I figured why not give it a go. 

According to the directions you apply this to a clean face, it bubbles, you give it three minutes to work its magic and then you massage your face before rinsing. Easy peasy right?

So hair back, face washed and onto the face the mask went. I could feel little exfoliating bits so I assumed that was why I was supposed to do a little massaging before rinsing.  I’m okay with that, it didn’t feel too coarse on the skin.  It started bubbling before I finished applying it to the skin which was interesting so by the time I finished applying it I was quite foamy.

Somehow I didn’t expect the sound. 

close up, the upper lip really tickled

It was like spending three minutes sitting in a bowl of rice crispies. There was a lot of snapping, crackling and popping going on.  It also tickled.  Not a lot, but the spots right above my upper lip really tickled.  The closer to my nostrils the mask was the more ticklish it became.  By the time three minutes passed I felt like I was doing a Charlie Chaplin Mustache twitch routine. 

You know, without the actual mustache.

But the three minutes passed and I rubbed and rinsed.  The exfoliation was fine.  The mask rinsed off clean.  I can’t actually say I saw much in the way of pore cleansing.  My skin is nice and soft, but the pores that were clogged are still clogged. 

After three minutes and just before the rubbing and rinsing phases

I’m used to my pore clearing masks bringing more things to the surface.  This really didn’t do that.  It was fun to use and it tickled in a way that was actually pleasant, but most of what it accomplished was due to the exfoliate, which almost seemed to be an extra benefit tacked on and not something they proclaimed in the title.  And truthfully if I am going for an exfoliating mask, I’m probably going for the Korres Pomegranate exfoliating mask.  It takes five minutes instead of three but is worth way more than the extra two minutes. (just don’t use extra time with it, as it is really only meant to sit on the sin for five minutes).

While this mask was fun and it came in a bundle, I probably wouldn’t buy it on its own.  I’ll use what I have but once gone, it won’t be repurchased. I think I’ll stick with the korres on this one.


KORRES

Vichy Quenching Masque Mineral for Face Mask Friday

Good Afternoon everyone, I hope you are having a great Friday. For me this morning was filled with a whole bunch of little tasks so part of me feels like I didn’t accomplish anything as I flit from one thing to another. At least I feel that way until I look at my to do list and realize how much I’ve actually managed to check off the list.

Once I saw that I was quite pleased with myself.

Ah perception, it’s a wonderful thing.

Today’s face mask is one I have tried before and couldn’t help but pick up again. It is one of my favorite post sun masks, although it is also really good in the deep winter when my skin feels parched from the central heat. The mask I used today was the Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask. It is a little different from my usual face masks.

First off because of the tinted jelly like formula in the clear glass, taking a picture of the mask in the jar is always fun. It either reflects the light or shows what is behind the jar. There is a light blue tint to the mask that makes it look a little like water. Which as all Vichy products are known for their inclusion of thermal waters it is kind of appropriate.

According to the Vichy Website…

Vichy’s first mineral mask enriched with 10% Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water and soothing Vitamin B3 to act as a hydration boost for dry and uncomfortable skin.

Formulated with 10% Vichy Mineralizing Water to help strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier function and protect against aggressors. To nourish and pamper dehydrated skin, Vichy’s Quenching Mineral Mask is a light, fresh and thirst-quenching formula to immediately hydrate and soothe skin. After 4 weeks of use, skin feels revitalized and rebalanced. Paraben-Free.

No mask on

What is interesting is that you don’t really wash this mask off. You apply a thin layer over the face and let it sit for five minutes. During the five minutes you sort of tap all over your skin and then rub the rest of the product into your skin. Then you are done. If using this as a face mask, remember to use a tiny amount as it goes a long way. As you can see from the photos, the mask just makes your skin look wet, so no bank robber look for me today.

There is no tingling, but the mask does feel cool and refreshing. It is one I highly recommend after a day in the sun. While I used it today because yesterday I spent quite a lot of time outside and felt the need for something soothing and quenching, my favorite way to use this is in the winter time.

Mask on (it just looks wet, that’s it)

What I like to do is right after dinner, remove my makeup and ash my face so my skin is clean. Then apply a thin layer of this mask and let it soak in while I watch television or do whatever in the house that evening. I like to give it a good couple of hours and then just before bed I do my normal nightly ritual. I find this really combats the winter dry skin. I keep it around in the summertime for post sun dryness and in the winter to combat the effects of central heating.

Either way, I like having this mask around. It is a great, simple way to add a quick burst of moisture to your skin. I’ve never had a problem with breakouts or clogged pores from it so I have no problem using it when I am breaking out. It smells clean and fresh and is designed for sensitive skin. I tend to occasionally burn across the bridge of my nose and I’ve applied it over the burn before. It soothes and helps prevent peeling. I know that isn’t what it’s intended to do, but it is a useful trick to the mask if you happen to have it around.

While I chose this mask because of too much sun yesterday, I also chose it because it is quick to use. It is a five minute application and there isn’t a lot of rinsing afterwards. It is perfect on a busy day when you are working from home. which actually describes my day today perfectly. I may not have to see anyone today, but I have a few items I want to clear off my check list before I end the week and start my weekend. So now that my skin is refreshed, I am going to bid you Adieu for now and get back to work. I hope you finish out your week accomplishing all you set out to do and have a great weekend.


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Peeling it off with the Hawaiian Black Salt mask from Freeman

Today I used the Hawaiian Black Salt Peel off mask (deep Cleansing) from Freeman.  This mask came to me via the July Glossy Box and the little pouch claims to have 3-4 uses in it.  So first the official details about the mask. I know that a pack this size can be picked up at Target for $2.99 while a full sized tube is $4.29 at Ulta. (for some reason I couldn’t find a listing for the full size at Target).

According to the Ulta product page…

Boost your skincare routine with this detoxifying peel-off mask. Freeman’s Hawaiian Black Salt Peel-Off Mask helps to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate skin for a luminous complexion. Perfect for all skin types.

It’s a simple description.  I will say it is more of a description than target had.

Freemans masks I am however quite familiar with.  I used to have quite a collection of their tubes in my mask drawer.  It has been a while since I purchased them however.I think they mostly fell out of my purchasing lists because target moved the shelf where they were placed so it is no longer in my direct line of sight.  Anf to be honest that’s how I generally think of Freeman masks.  They are masks I pick up if I see them but don’t really go out of my way to look for. 

But like I said, its been a while since I’ve used them.

So what was this like?

Yeah there is no way to make this look work, I’m resigned to the bank robber motif for friday afternoons

First off I would say that if you are sensitive to scents, this mask (and all the other masks I’ve tried from them) might not be for you.  It does have a strong scent.  I’m not exactly certain what the scent is in this case. Maybe charcoal?  I don’t know, I can’t really identify it.  It doesn’t smell overly chemically, but it is strongly scented.

I applied a thin layer and let it dry as I would any peel off mask.  I will say there is definitely enough product left in the packet for at least two more uses so to 3-4 uses on the label is something I would say is accurate.

And so we let the mask dry. I used the headphones again today instead of the candles and silence.  The Offspring provided my mask relaxation music, in case you are curious.  Not personally of course. There was no band visitation, just the i-pod. It probably indicates a personal flaw but the song Beheaded always makes me happy.

Moving on.

The mask dried well and didn’t take too long.  As with all peel off masks, the thinner the layer you apply the quicker it dries.  I will say it is not a solid sheet of black tar when I apply it.  There are a lot of thinner bits.  There is some pulling with the peel off and any peach fuzz is going to pull and hurt, but as far as peel off mask go, this wasn’t as painful as some I’ve used.  When I tried the Hey Honey Take Away the Drama Mask I actually contemplated leaving it on my face and telling people I had a copper based skin disorder.

My skin once I did peel it off was amazing though.

Maybe the pain is a tradeoff.  This didn’t hurt as much, but it also didn’t do as much.  My skin felt fine after I removed it.  I rinsed my face because it felt like there were small particles left behind.  Some of the under the surface clogged pores look like they are closer to coming to the surface but are not quite there so that is something.  Over all this is an okay mask.  It falls into the category of I’ll use it, and possibly when on a Target run in the future I might toss it in the basket if it catches my eye, but I won’t seek it out.

Which sort of puts it in the realm of all other Freeman masks.  It might be fun for a Saturday Spa day with the nieces, but it isn’t something I would turn to for serious skin care.

But I did enjoy the fifteen minutes of non-work relaxation on my Friday afternoon, and with luck the clogged pores along my face mask line will finally come to the surface this weekend so they can be dealt with. Since I’m only going as far as my backyard this weekend, my face gets a break from the mask and so I will be encouraging anything pore clearing before Monday. I hope whatever you have planned for the weekend is fun and fabulous as well.(or pore cleansing if you are in the same boat I am in.)




The Friday Face Mask with Generation Clay in Purple

Friday Face Mask: Ultra Violet Brightening Purple Clay Mask

Hello my darlings and welcome once again to the Friday Face mask.  Today I decided to go with the Generation Clay Ultra Violet Brightening Purple Clay mask.  This is one of those masks that I’ve had several times before, but only in the small trial sized tubes.  They come up frequently in IPSY sales (usually sold for $3 on their own or paired with something else).  When I see it, I tend to snap it up to keep on hand. I really need to get around to picking up a full sized version as I really do like it.  It is on my list of masks to pick up as soon as I whittle down my stash. I’ve had several Generation Clay masks before (the pink clay one was one of my first reviews I believe.) All of their products are good, at least the ones I’ve tried. (and no this is not sponsored)

Mask on

In the summertime, I really like clay masks in general.  I think it is partially because of the cooling effect of the clay.  This one especially feels cool and refreshing on the skin.  And let me tell you, today needs a little cool and refreshing.  Although I’m pretty sure cooling down in the heat isn’t quite why the mask was designed. According to the website…

Perfectly on point in a shade of Pantone’s Colour of the Year’s Ultra Violet, our Generation ClayTM Ultra Violet Brightening Purple Clay Mask is packed with locally sourced superfruit, Davidson plum. A gentle, natural version of skin-exfoliating alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), the hardworking beauty hero rejuvenates dull, tired skin while lightening dark circles and pigmentation.

INGREDIENTS LIST:Aqua (Water), Kaolin, Bentonite, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Arrowroot (Tapioca Flour), Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Maltodextrin, Davidsonia Jerseyanan (Davidson Plum) Fruit Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus) Flower Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Citrus Glauca (Desert Lime) Fruit Extract, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin) Essential Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil, Viola Odorata (Violet Leaf) Absolute, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Lactic Acid, Silica, CI 77491, CI 77007., Limonene.

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The mask goes on purple (and easily using my favorite low cost tool; the silicone mask brush) It dries to a lighter purple as it dries down.  With clay masks one of the hardest parts is getting them to rinse off.  While this does dry down to a crispy shell, what I tend to do is use a face brush to loosen it.  The face brush is way too harsh to use on my skin normally, but when I wet it down, I can lightly run it over the surface of the clay mask putting moisture back into the mask and allowing it to be rinsed off easily.  I don’t use a lot of pressure and stop brushing before I reach the skin. 

A friend of mine is a dermatologist and I have heard many a rant about the harsh bristles.  I think the brush came in a holiday gift basket one year so I didn’t go out and purchase it separately but I see them in the Dollar Tree periodically.  It is a handy little tool to have around, just not for actually washing my face.

Once dried down, re moistened and rinsed off, I gently pat my skin dry.  While I like using this mask, I don’t recommend using it before going out.  What I’ve noticed is that in addition to brightening the skin (which it does really well) this mask tends to bring blemishes to the surface of the skin. 

half scrubbed off

When I have clogged pores or pimples that are just under the surface of my skin and won’t actually rise so I can let it heal and send it on its way, this mask tends to bring them to the surface.  Maybe it is the drying effect of the clay, maybe it is the AHA exfoliate.  I don’t know, but I know that for me it works. Sometimes I will use the mask as a spot treatment, just masking over places I want blemishes to rise to the surface. For me that is often in the curve of my lower orbital bone so I end up looking like a bizarre imitation football player who couldn’t find the jar of whatever black stripes they put under their eyes. Sometimes I add the chin in for a strange purple clay goatee look. Generally I do this when I am in the house alone though as some things don’t need the mockery of others.

So, even though my skin does look brighter afterwards, it isn’t a mask I wear when I’m going out.  Luckily my baby and I have a Friday night in planned. My order from Napa Cabs came in (I haven’t signed up for their subscription service – 2 bottles per month starting at $50, but we do like to order from them occasionally. To be honest as they have a better wine selection than many of the places near us, I’ve been considering the subscription. For now we just place an order every few months) and my baby requested a meat and potatoes meal tonight.  Literally, actually. 

We are grilling a steak (it is enormous so we will only make the one and split it between us – it was the only beef in the store when we went shopping) and I am roasting potatoes with a little sprinkle of salt and hot curry powder. We’ll also have a side salad to go with it.  I’ll just have to decide which bottle from the order goes best with curry coated potatoes and steak.  Luckily, it’s mostly a box of mixed reds as we tend to lean towards red, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find something suitable. I just can’t remember what we ordered this time around. I tend to order and then forget so it’s always a surprise.

Then after dinner we have a creature feature movie night planned.  I know that The Thing has already been taken out and is ready to go into the DVD player. I heard my baby giggle as he selected it. I lean towards Vincent Price, but he loves his monster flicks. Where we go from there is anyone’s guess.  I suspect it will be The Tingler as it suits both of us and we haven’t watched it in a while.  Admittedly, we don’t have the fun, gimmicky seats, but I’m sure we’ll make do. 

For now it is back to work for me.  Only a little more to go and this new book I’m working out will be complete. Final edits are never my favorite, but at least they are almost done. I hope you have a great rest of the day, with whatever you plan to do and have a fantastic weekend planned. 


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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Face Mask Friday Returns

Biorace Pore Tightening Pearl Clay Mask

Today I felt the need for a little pore tightening in my face mask so I returned to the Biorace Pore Tightening Pearl Clay mask. It is a mask I’ve reviewed before. The linked post is my first impression of the mask and I have to say, I still like it this time around.

It tingles a little as it dries and it felt quite refreshing as it sat on my skin. Today is a hot one with the humidity hovering near the 90% mark. The sky gets cloudy and thunder booms, but thus far no rain. The air is just saturated enough that you can practically take a bite out of it to quench your thirst.

I’d like to say I took my relaxing fifteen minutes laying down, listening to music and watching the candles flicker, but today I wore the mask while working at my desk.

Today somehow feels like I lost time somewhere and have been racing to catch up. The only thing that really threw me off was the missing scale this morning so there are no events to blame. Perhaps it is that I am nearing the end of my manuscript and getting ready to send it to beta readers that has me feeling like I need to catch up.

Either way, I just couldn’t settle today. But I still did the mask. Luckily no one called and there were no video conferences today. I’ve done masks while sitting at my desk before, but usually this is where the sheet masks shine. This is the first time I have ever done a mud mask at my desk. I have to say, it feels a little strange.

I think the strangeness might just be the fact that it does stuff on my face. Sheet masks are applied and have skin enhancing properties, but all they do is dry out a little and rarely to the point of crispness. The clay mask however dries down and tightens as it does so the entire time I had it on I was very aware that I was sitting at the computer with a mask on. Which is a strange feeling. Not a bad one, just a strange one.

But strange or not, the mask did it’s job and I took a break to wash it off. My skin feels nice, my pores, in my opinion, look a little tighter and I feel a bit more balanced. Somehow, even working with the mask on made me feel a little calmer. I suppose that is part of the routine as well, even without the candles.

Although I have to say, I kinda missed the candles.


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Cocktail Cinderella for the Friday Face Mask

Welcome everyone once again to the Friday face mask. This afternoon as I was debating what mask to try the mail arrived and with it my Facetory mask subscription.

I brought it inside, decontaminated the package and then myself and chose one of the masks for my face today. In case you don’t know Facetory has several subscription offers. I am on the four masks per month subscription for $8.90 (four-ever Fresh Subscription). I figured that was enough masks to ensure that I have a steady supply but not to bury me in them. However should I decide I have too many, I can easily skip months with a click on my account page.

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They do have loads of other skin care for sale and some of their tiers for subscriptions aren’t simply sheet masks but include other items as well. I have never tried any of them. But I like their sheet masks. Its interesting because there are some that I try and I know I will not need to purchase again, but I have found a couple of others that I will seek out.

This is my third month (just arriving) and thus far there are two on my list. I marked them down for mentioning in my end of the month empties post. So I’ll leave you guessing until then.

Oh and for those of you looking at the photo and thinking you said four masks, but I see five, this month they threw in a fifth surprise mask for fun. I don’t know if they do that every other month but I received an extra mask in April and now one in June.

So today’s mask, now that you know where it comes from is supposed to moisturize the face. At least from the one line of English on the packet. It claims to be…

A hydrating essence that moistens and alms the skin that has been exhausted and stimulated and provides a healthy clear skin.

I’m guessing that means it helps with redness as well as moisturizes. Everything else is in Korean and alas, I do not read the language. Although I am thinking of adding it to my routine. At least enough so I can read my skin care products because I really like Korean skincare. Pictured on the package are pineapples oranges and limes. I’m not entirely certain what sort of drink is supposed to be portrayed but when I opened the mask it smelled exactly like the fruit salad served with school lunches when I was in elementary school. The kind that comes in giant cans and has a cherry as the highlight.

It felt very strange to wear the scent on my face.

But wear it I did. And I am glad I did. The Cocktail Cinderella from Puclair is a very nice mask. When I took it off and patted it in, my skin felt nicely hydrated. After the remaining essence sank in, my skin felt very soft. This is one of those masks that makes me wonder if they sell the essence separately, because elementary school vibes aside, my skin really enjoyed this mask. I can live with a little random nostalgia for nice skin.

I’m also very pleased with my mailman’s timing today. I also hope he gets some sleep and maybe a nice refreshing mask tonight because he looked exhausted. I waved from the driveway but even from a distance, his dark circles were obvious. Rest well Mailman Josh and I hope you have a nice weekend. I hope the rest of you have a nice weekend as well. I am off to finish this last little bit I need to get done before my weekend of birthday extravaganza kicks in. happy Friday.


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Its time for Face mask Friday with Grace and Stella

Okay you see the mask, you know why I had to put this on regardless of whatever other face mask I planned to use. I mean look at it. It just says wear me. Either that or I’, an ancient Mayan carving. I can’t really decide.

But I knew I had to try it on.

Okay first, the basics. This Anti Wrinkle and Energizing face mask comes from Grace and Stella. I’ve used their pore clearing mask before and really liked it, so I was definately down to try something else from the brand.

Plus, who doesn’t want to temporarily look like an ancient Mayan god, or temple carving. Not sure which it most resembles.

So on to the mask. It came in this month’s Boxycharm premium, (subscription review posting on Monday) and it was in a plain white box with five of its friends. Which means this will not be the last time this mask is seen. The box is a bit large because each mask comes in it’s own separate envelope like this and has a little plastic tray inside. I can sort of see the need but when I opened it and tried to slide the tray out the mask stayed inside while the empty tray slid out so I had to fish out the mask anyway. No matter, I then had my mask.

The mask is thick. Really thick. I don’t know if the picture does it justice, but look at a close up of my nose in the pic with me wearing the mask. It is THICK.

Also I apologize for the picture of me wearing the mask. I saw myself in the mirror and couldn’t stop laughing. It just cracked me up.

I will say I did not do any of my candle lighting this time. Because the mask is so thick, I kept feeling like it wanted to slide down. So I found it best to just lay down so it would stay in place. Once I was horizontal, the mask was fine. I actually really enjoyed it on my face. As long as I didn’t look at it, I didn’t laugh.

So twenty minutes went by and then I returned to the bathroom. Where I looked in the mirror and promptly cracked myself up again. This mask just gave me an attack of the giggles. It also made my skin feel super hydrated. I really liked it actually. Giggles and all. I don’t know maybe I won’t laugh as much next time, but I doubt it. And they say laughter is good for you anyway.

The six pack of masks apparently costs $25 and I have to say, I would definitely be willing to spend that on these masks. They feel like they are worth the price. I also want to find out if they make a bottle of the serum to sell separately. Its a common theme. If the mask is good, I want to try the serum on it’s own. This was good, and I will be checking into it.

So that was my Friday Face Mask, giggles and all. But sans candle this time. Next time I’ll remember to light the candle before applying the mask. That way I’m not worried about it sliding off.

Now it’s back to work for me. Just a little more work to get through before the end of the day and the weekend. It’s going to be a quiet one, but I will be spending it putting the finishing touches on my Birthday at home spa plan for next weekend. Almost all of the elements are in place. Just a few more elements to go and my plan will be complete. And yes, I ended that thought with evil laughter. Now I return to editing. I hope you enjoy the rest of your Friday and have a great weekend.


Caudalie