As my skin is still recovering from the excess of thanksgiving and i am still trying to use up the stash of sheet masks before the new year (yes I know I intentionally bought a Christmas themed sheet mask, thus adding rather than subtracting), I decided to go with the sheet mask today. The Fantasy Santa Purifying Sheet Mask is from the Masque Bar which I really like and one of the reasons I want to sort through my collection is that I want to actually reorder some of the ones I like from them. By the way they have some spectacular Holiday masking collections this year.. They are great for personal use, stocking stuffers or holiday masking. When we get together there is usually a quiet day where we all break out some face masks and put on a movie. Everyone brings a couple of masks and we put them in a batch. I tend to split my sheet mask purchases between Facetory and the Masque bar. They are both good but tend to carry different things.
I also decided that I was going to go ahead and use the lip mask from Vitamasques (Candy Cane Lip Probiotic Deep Repair) I purchased today as well. Somehow no matter what I do, when I travel my lips always get a bit dry and rough. I think it is actually the travel. Travel by car isn’t as bad as travel by plane for my lips. Perhaps it is just more encapsulated air. I tend to use lip products before I travel and then at night before bed after I have arrived, but it is the travel in between that gets me. And I always tuck a lip balm in my pocket for the drive, but then I forget about it, so it is really my own fault.
Regardless, a lip mask today sounded good. It should come as no surprise that the lip sheet mask I picked up was a candy cane themed one. I am a sucker for peppermint. I absolutely despise spearmint, but adore peppermint. ANd this is the time of year when peppermint shines. As a general rule, I don’t care for the lip sheet masks. A lot of them that I have tried have been either the gel like material used for under eye patches, which is too heavy to actually stay on the contours of my lips for the duration of the masking time (at least the ones I’ve tried) or the paper is too thick and won’t adhere to the contours either. I had a real problem with the Rodial ones with that actually. The serum was fantastic but the paper would only stick to my face on the sides of my lips and bubbled up over them which more or less defeated the purpose of using it.
This one was thin enough paper and it was well saturated with serum so it stuck right on. There was a slight scent of peppermint but to be honest if the mask wasn’t covered with candy canes I really wouldn’t have thought ‘peppermint’. Or Candy Cane. It did adhere well, but the mouth slit was sort of useless. I apologize for any serial killer vibes you may get from the pic but since it adhered so well I didn’t want to disturb it by doing something as radical as smiling.
One of the ways I have found to keep a lip mask in place is to apply a sheet mask over it and so onto the face went Santa. At least it is supposed to be santa. Perhaps if I let the lower half with the beard hang down it would look more like the jolly old elf but with it tucked against my skin (and with the lip mask on under) I think I look more like some strange sort of clown who strayed too far from a very cut rate circus.
It was somehow less holiday inspiring than I hoped it would be.
But the mask was on and both it and the lip mask were sitting well against the skin. The face mask had a slight I am skin care scent to it with maybe a hint of pine. I set the timer for fifteen minutes and then took to my desk to check e-mails.
While I love the down time of masking, the beauty of sheet masks is that they can be worn at the desk. (and sine I work at home I do either take the makeup off before I put them on or I used them pre makeup or I just skip the makeup that day and go for skincare.
After fifteen minutes, the masks looked the same. They were both saturated enough that they weren’t going to dry out in fifteen minutes. I peeled the face mask off first and found that while there was still serum left on my skin a lot had absorbed and by the time I disposed of it and peeled off the lip mask most of the serum left on the skin absorbed as well. It was actually quite nice. A lot of masks tell you to pat the remaining serum into the skin but a lot of the time I jst pat it off with a towel because my skin has absorbed as much as it can. Maybe my skin was extra thirsty or maybe this serum just absorbed or even evaporated. Not sure. Post travel it could go either way. It generally takes a week or so for my skin to settle back in.
My skin did feel quite nice after the mask. It is a purifying mask so it will be interesting to see if in the next few hours, or even tomorrow morning if there are a spate of clogged pores rising to the surface. We shall see.
But then there are the lips. The deep repair mask did deeply hydrate my lips. Not a rough or dry spot was to be seen. Although I didn;t see any terms that made me think this was a lip plumping mask, my lips do feel like they have been plumped. They might not look any bigger but they have that estranged stretched feeling that you get when you use a good lip plumper. There was some tingling about 5 or so minutes in but it was mild and it faded quickly. The feeling of being plumped remained though.
Overall, I have to say I did like the masks. While I don’t think that Santa and his candy cane lips will be around for the year, I think that both brands will consistently have these types of masks. While I will need to wait to see the effects of the sheet mask in the morning, I liked how it felt and wouldn’t mind using it another time. With the lip mask, I was very impressed with the way it actually stuck to my lips. It was the first lip mask I have used that actually remained on the area it was supposed to cover. And while I wasn’t expecting any lip plumping there is no denying that my lips are fully hydrated and feel soft with no dry rough spots. And for me that is a big win and a reason to repurchase.