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.

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. 

Is it a no-cal Afternoon treat? No it’s the Friday Face MAsk

I am used to seeing masks advertised as moisturizing or hydrating, pore cleansing or brightening.  This says none of that.  Or if it does it’s in Korean. The Mellow Cotton Candy Mask does have the word protection written on the front so I suppose that is something.  Admittedly I have no idea what it is supposed to be defending me from. 

I hope it’s Kale.

I don’t like kale.  Surprising when I think about it, as I like most vegetables.  I think it is a texture issue.  It feels like something you should know not to eat when it hits your tongue.  And yes I know it can be blended in a smoothie and consumed that way, but as the benefit of eating kale seems to be mostly dietary fiber based and the blender pretty much nixes the fiber, I don’t really see that as much of an improvement.

My favorite Kale remains the Sweet Chef Kale Serum.  That Kale I love.

So I kind of like the thought of cotton candy protecting me from kale. Actually, I find it somewhat amusing to think of cotton candy as any sort of front line defense.  Let’s face it, if Cotton Candy takes the front lines, the battle lines will be interesting.

And the cotton candy ranks storm kale's front lines, while the Brussels sprouts get bogged down in the taffy trenches. No help coming for the Kale from that quarter.

Poor Brussels sprouts. I actually really like them Sliced and roasted with a drizzle of balsamic and a dusting of parm. Yummy.

I’m sorry they had to go out that way.

I am in a bit of a silly mood today. My plan this morning was simple.  I needed to get my main character from point a to point b. As I was writing the somewhat straightforward scene she decided to take up with a magic mirror with a political agenda. It’s sort of bent everything around in my plot.

It’s a twisted fairy tale story, but I hadn’t planned on a magic mirror.  At least I got to use the name Balthazar. I’ve always wanted to use the name somewhere but no place ever seemed like the right story.  This did.  So now I have Balthazar trapped in the magic mirror and possibly using sleeping beauty (who has found a way out of her sleeping curse) to stage a coup.

It seemed like the perfect time for a Cotton Candy Mask. The more practical looking masks just seemed absurd.

This one was part of June’s Facetory subscription.  I am subscribed to their four pack level of subscriptions.  They also have larger subscription tiers that offer more than just sheet masks.  The larger quarterly one has all sorts of Korean skin care related items. Personally, I am happy with my four pack.  It gives me a good variety while I still work through my regular jarred masks.

Four-ever Fresh Subscription!

Due to my love of masks, I have a collection of partially used jars and tubes I am trying to whittle down.  I promised myself once they get to a more acceptable level I can order a jar of my favorite Annmarie Skincare Mud mask, but I have several jars left to go before I feel comfortable ordering it.

(Incidentally if you haven’t tried it and are on the fence, you can order a sample size of it to test out. I highly recommend it in whatever size you try.)

The cotton candy mask is really juicy when pulled from the foil packet.  You are not shorted on serum with this one.  Given the name (and candy pictured on the front of the mask) I expected the mask to smell very sweet.  I was afraid of the cloying factor.  There is none.  This mask just smells fresh and clean.  (Basically it smells more like skin care than candy). The mask itself is on the thinner side, but it adheres well to the skin.  I did have to blot the portion of mask over my eyes because it was a little drippy, but one pat was all it took. I apologize for the somewhat angry look on my face but I hadn’t blotted when i took the pic and realized i could see a drip so I forgot to smile in my haste.

So I applied the mask, lay down, closed my eyes and tried to figure out how Sleeping Beauty works as the leader of a rebellion.

When fifteen minutes passed, I got up to see what happened while I plotted.

The mask was less drippy but not quite dry.  It was far too saturated to be dry, but I was surprised by how much serum was gone.  I’m sure some evaporated, but when I took it off my face and patted the remaining serum in, I had to admit, my skin felt hydrated and nourished. 

And yes a small part of me expected my skin to be a little sticky. 

It wasn’t.  It was simply a decent hydrating mask.  Was it earth shattering? No.  It is not something that I feel I must have on hand at all times.  While it isn’t a mask I will rush out and buy, it is one I wouldn’t mind having on hand for a day when I’ve spent too much time in the sun.  I think it’s one of those I’ll put on the list and next time I order from the facetory site, I might have a couple chucked into the order.  Sort of a while I’m here add on, but not something I’d be there specifically to buy.

I know that sounds like a bit of a mediocre review, and perhaps it is, but the more sheet masks I try out the more I’m finding that they fall into four categories. 

Category 1: I really hate this and/or it made me break out/have an allergic reaction.

Category 2: I’ll use it if it’s here, but I don’t see the point in actually buying it.

Category 3: I like it enough to add it to an order I’m already placing for something else, but not to seek it out.

Category 4: I like it enough that I will repurchase it to keep around and possibly get notifications for when it goes on sale so I can stock up and never run out.

I know, my categories are a bit wordy, but that really is how I tend to mentally categorize sheet masks. I tend to use that system for a lot of beauty items actually now that I think of it. This mask was firmly in Category three. Which is far higher than I expected a mask called Mellow Cotton Candy to reach.

I suppose I’ll have to adjust my expectations.

So now that I have refreshed myself, and bought myself fifteen minutes of thinking time, it is back to work. I don’t think Sleeping Beauty is going to lead a full scale revolution, at least not in this book.  Maybe in the sequel…

Either way, I’m up for finishing the chapter before I call it quits for the day. I hope everyone else’s day is going well and that you are eagerly anticipating a fun filled weekend, or at least a well-deserved break from the work week.

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