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

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

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

The newly opened jar

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

Well…

After one use

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

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

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

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

Ingredients

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

Ursa Major Product page

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Petit Vour July 2020 Unboxing

The July 2020 Box

And a happy national Lipstick day to each and every one of you.  I hope you are flaunting your favorite shades today.  While my lips are clad in my favorite Kristopher Buckle Cashmere lip in Bardot (it wasn’t in my make up bag again this week, but I couldn’t resist bringing it out in celebration today) let me tell you about this month’s Petit Vour Box.

Oh yes my darlings, it too finally came in the mail. There are two levels to this subscription, the Petit Vour beauty Box and the Beauty Box plus (Plus has 5-7 travel and full sized items for $25 per month). My subscription is for the regular Petit Vour beauty box and features four cruelty free items each month.  You get the occasional full sized item, but most are deluxe samples. 

The box is $16 per month and this is actually my second month receiving the box and thus far I am really liking it.  Last month I found an exfoliating scrub I never would have come across on my own and that I have now placed on my to be ordered again list.  It was from B kind and I really like how gentle, yet effective it was.  The link is to my full review. The product can be purchased both at the company site or on the Petit Vour site. I know they have a points system for rewards based on purchases but I haven’t had the subscription long enough to play around with it. 

But on to this month’s box.  The first Item is from Province Apothecary and it is a deluxe sized cleanser and makeup remover (retail $20).  As I am almost finished with my Elemis Cleansing Balm, it is pretty good timing to have this arrive now. 

The big decision is whether I want to squirrel away the remaining Elemis and start testing the Province Apothecary or just bite the bullet, finish the Elemis and let it go. Either way, this will soon take its place in my bathroom next to my Make up Eraser and we will see how well it removes make up.  With luck I’ll like it just as much as the Elemis.

Makeup Eraser: 20% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE! Use code: ECOFRIENDLY20

The second item in my box this month is the Antonym Cosmetics Natural Waterproof Eye Pencil.(retail $19)It is a brown eye pencil, which I have to admit I don’t have a lot of.  It is a standard pencil format, which isn’t my favorite, but the product did feel nice on my hand and not too sharp feeling so it should be fine. 

In addition it has its own rather substantial pencil sharpener on the end.  So when it gets dull I won’t have to go looking for a sharpener. It’s always nice to avoid a panicked search for a missing tool when you are half made up. It arrived too late to be in this week’s make up bag, but perhaps I’ll put it into the bag for a trial next week.

The third Item actually came in two little potted containers.  It is the Ursa major flash mask.  (retail $12).  I’m not entirely certain if that means each pot is one use or what so I will have to investigate before I use them. 

I like the idea of a three minute mask, especially if it matches the claims of increasing firmness and restoring luminosity.  I’m not going to give up my fifteen minute relaxation time each Friday with my face masks, but perhaps a mid-week pick me up for my skin wouldn’t be a bad thing.  Perhaps I’ll make it a self care reward for making it through a particularly grueling work out.

Finally there is a Sea Clay Body mask (retail $8) from Formulary.  I have to say I am intrigued by the thought of slathering myself in sea clay, spa style, but the package suggests it is most effective on the neck, back and décolletage, so perhaps I will reign myself in.  As my décolletage has taken a beating due to my propensity for v-necked shirts while working in the garden, it wouldn’t be a bad thing to treat that particular section of my body to an extra special treat.

All in all, I am really pleased with my subscription this month.  It is my second month and just like the first, I received items I will definitely use and want to try.  My plan was originally to test out this subscription for three months to see if I like it. I suspect I will not only keep this subscription past the three month mark, but if it continues to be such an excellent selection, around month six I may be considering upgrading to the Plus level of the beauty box, especially if I decide to let other beauty boxes go.  For now however I am just going to use my products and report back.  Who knows, I might find another new favorite.


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My first Petit Vour Subscription Box: Reviewing the June 2020 Box

Petit Vour is a beauty subscription box that centers on clean beauty.  I’ve been aware of it for a while but I kept putting off trying it. There was no particular reason, I am just sometimes absent minded. In case you are wondering, I am trying to add and try out new boxes this year so it isn’t always BoxyCharm and IPSY. While I love them and will continue with them, I felt the need to branch out.

So Petit Vour is a monthly subscription box centering on cruelty free vegan beauty. They have two beauty boxes, the regular Petit Vour that is $18 per month and comes with four clean beauty products to try and the second is the PV Plus Beauty box for $25 per month.  It comes with 5-7 travel to full sized beauty products.  I decided to try out the $18 per month beauty box.  June was my first box and I have to say I was impressed with the compact size of the box. 

I know that sounds strange to say, but I like that there was very little waste with the box. Everything is recyclable from the box to the little cardboard scrunches inside.  As this is a box that focuses on clean beauty, I appreciated that they continue the theme with their packaging. And because of the way they do their packaging, it is not only recyclable, but it is safe to break up and add to my compost bin. Which I really like.

But what was inside my box?

First up, was the LipDrink Lip balm from Jane Iredale.  It is a full sized lip balm valued at $17.

I’ve tried Jane Iredale lip products before and I really like them.  I like the sleek silver packaging and the fact that the product smells like lemon balm. It is supposed to smell like lemon, but for some reason smells more like lemon balm to me. 

Maybe that is just me.  Either way I like the scent. It looks like pink lemonade though but only gives a barely noticeable blush to the lips. Its not really enough to call color but it is a little something. The fact that it is SPF 15 doesn’t hurt.

Next up is the Speak Deodorant  Cream.  It is a travel size valued at $12.  I’ve been interested in trying out some natural deodorants for a while but haven’t really gotten around to it. 

I suppose now that I actually have one in my possession, I have no excuse not to try it.  I will say that given the heat and humidity going where I am, it would definitely be a test. I’m pretty sure it’s a struggle for my regular deodorant.  Even though this is a travel size, I think that this actually has enough product to conduct a two week trial. I think two weeks is enough time to know if I like a deodorant.

I suspect two days will be enough time for those around me to know how they feel about my deodorant too. If it works, no one will know the difference, if it doesn’t, I’m sure I will hear about it. My loved ones aren’t the sort to let that type of thing pass. At least we are still social distancing so it will only affect the ones I love. And really, when planning a potential stink fest, you should really concentrate on the ones you love.

When I opened the Speak jar, the cream smelled sort of oatmeal like which I don’t hate.  I sense a trial coming on. I may have to be sneaky about it though to get a fair review from my Baby doll. His mom tried a natural deodorant a while back and it didn’t work all that well, so now he believes they are all the same. He’ll say it doesn’t work on principle. So I won’t tell him and see if he notices.

But for now we will move on to item number three. This is a Green Apple cleansing bar that comes from Juice Beauty.  It is valued at $3 and it smells exactly like a green apple.  I have used Juice Beauty Products before and found them to be pretty nice. I think that despite the small size of the bar of soap there is definitely enough of it for me to get enough uses from it to form an opinion if it.  (It is a little larger than a hotel soap bar, actually about like two hotel soap bars put together.)

There should also be enough uses in it for me to decide if I like the BKind Sensitive Skin Facial Scrub valued at $9.  I have to say it is a cute little tube and unlike a lot of small tubes it is packed full of product. There is very little empty air space in it. 

Finally there is the Lauren B Beauty Nail Growth Serum valued at $75.  I believe this is a full sized product.  I don’t know how well it works, but I look forward to giving it a go.  Nail and lash growth serums always intrigue me for some reason. Possibly because I like long lashes without wearing false eyelashes and I want long nails without wearing gel or acrylic. Okay so maybe it is perfectly understandable why they intrigue me.

When I take off my nail polish tonight I will take a picture and start applying it to my nails to see what happens.  I would be thrilled if it worked because my nails have really taken a beating lately.  It happens at the beginning of every summer.  Even with the gloves on I destroy my nails gardening until my plants are big enough that weeds are less of a threat.  Then of course I concentrate on chasing the neighborhood rabbits around with a hose to protect my lettuce beds. 

It’s the circle of life.

Or maybe just the life cycle of my garden.

I have to say I was really pleased with my first box.  In my $18 box I received $116 worth of products, two of which were full sized.  I’d heard of two of the brands, but the other three products were completely unknown to me so there was a mix of the familiar and the unknown. All of them are products I am excited to try out.

In addition, I can go onto the Petit Vour site and get points for reviewing, stocking the points to use on products.  I like the fact that these are clean beauty products.  I have to admit, I am still learning about a lot about clean beauty products and I really like being able to try out brands I’ve never heard of.  As this is my first box, I am not sure if they are more skin care oriented or if this just happened to be a skin care month. 

Either way I look forward to finding out.  And who knows in a few months from now perhaps I’ll give their $25 box a try.  For now I am happy to find out what more goodies the $18 box will bring my way.  It has definitely earned a few more months on my list of subscriptions.


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