It’s Glam Glow for Face Mask Friday

My plan was to go through my sample sized masks and clear a few of them out. And then I saw the Glam Glow Youthmud Face Mask on sale. Now here is the thing. While Glam Glow and I have a hit or miss relationship, I adore this mask. I have had numerous sample sized tubes of it come my way over the years. Any time it is a selection option I choose it and if it is an add on, I add it. I absolutely love this mask.

But I have never had it in a full size before. I’ve lost count of how many samples I’ve had of this mask, but never gotten around to purchasing it. It seemed strange to me that i would never have purchased it, so I went ahead and purchased it. And when it arrived I still had every intention of using my samples. Except when I reached into the mask samples I pulled out the Glamglow Supermud face mask sample.

So I decided it was a sign.

I know, I didn’t need much convincing.

clean pre mask

This mask is an exfoliating mask. It goes on with a rough texture and sits for 10 minutes. Then you add a little water and do a bit of exfoliation rubbing before rinsing it off. They say that the mask feels tingly when it is on and I suppose that is so, but for me it is less a tingling zing and more like a bracing wake up sort of tingling. I always feel more awake when i use this mask.

Plus you know how I love exfoliation.

So today I am using the full size. I think I am going to use this as a full month mask, but it really only needs a twice a week use, so I am going to go for a Monday and Wednesday with the Glam Glow and Friday I an still use my samples. Since most of my sample sized masks are hydrating masks it should work out fairly well.

wet mask

With this mask I was surprised by how large the box was in comparison to the jar. The jar was the size I picture it being, but the box was very large and seemed like overkill. As usual I applied the mask, waited ten minutes, it mostly dried down and changed color, and my skin felt invigorated. It is a clay mask so there is some tightneing in it as it dries. Personally I really like clay masks so I am okay with this even if it does make me look like a grumpy guts midway through because I can’t move my mouth to smile. When it was time to rinse off, I added water, massaged a bit to exfoliate and then rinsed off.

dry mask

With exfoliating masks it is important to moisturize right after. Since I was moisturizing, I like to go over my face with just a little bit of toner on a pad to make sure i took off all of the mask before adding a layer of moisturizer.

Every time i use this mask I am impressed by how my skin looks and feels and this time was no different. i enjoyed it thoroughly and am glad that i will be using this for the next month. I am very curious to see what effect a month of use will have on my skin from this mask.

clean skin post mask

I will be monitoring the exfoliation level though and if it does become too much I will discontinue use. I will be setting aside my regular exfoliators while I use this because i am pretty sure that would simply be overkill. The exfoliating Glam Glow Youthmud Face Mask twice a week should be plenty for me. in terms of exfoliation,

Honestly I am glad that i am finally getting to try a mask that I loved in sample form in the full size. It makes me want to go through my samples faster and to double check my list for things I want to add for longer term use.

Which to be fair, is kind of the point of samples.

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Arriving Soft as a Rose Petal, it’s Face mask Friday

Today’s face mask was an interesting one. I decided that since I hadn’t actually decided on a Face mask of the Month for a full testing, I would try to work through some of my sample sized face masks. They have collected again and I would like to clear them out, if only so i can decide if any of them are worth picking up in a full sized version.

The sample i chose to try out today was the Aceology Rose Petal Face Mask. I have tried quite a few Aceology masks (and really liked them all) but they are all of the peel off variety. Thus one isn’t. It is a wash off face mask. According to the project page you can…

Achieve satin-soft skin with the Aceology Rose Petal Mask. The silky, lightweight gel formula contains rosewater and blueberry extract to replenish your complexion and hydrate deeply for lasting luminosity. 

This Rosewater-rich formula encourages plump, hydrated skin by providing lasting nourishment. Rosewater, which makes up 78% of the mask, sinks straight into your skin to encourage suppleness while soothing reddened or irritated skin. Because of its calming and hydrating benefits, it is perfect for those with reactive skin. Blueberry Extract is naturally jam-packed with beneficial antioxidants which contribute to a beaming complexion that’s protected from free radical damage. Niacinamide (also known as vitamin B3) prevents dryness by strengthening your skin’s moisture barrier, locking in moisture for longer.

Aceology

While I have not used this Aceology Mask before I do like the brand a lot and One of the face masks that I used to puck up on a routine basis was the Fresh Rose Petal Face Mask. I adored it on my skin. Actually that mask and the Soy Face Cleanser were my go to skincare products for a long time. I have branched out but still absolutely adore both.

Mask on

When uncapped, this Aceology mask smells almost identical yo the Fresh Rose mask actually. Dispensed it looks lighter and has a more consistent jelly like quality. The Fresh mask has rose petals in it so there are always flecks. I actually showed the mask on my hand because once applied to my skin , my face actually looks red and either sunburned or irritated. It is neither, it is just the color of the mask.

The mask spreads evenly. There were a couple of spots where I didn’t blend it down as evenly as I could, but that is user error. With this mask a lot of product is supposed to absorb and for the most part in the fifteen minutes that i wore the mask, it did absorb well in the areas where I layered it thinly. My skin was left with a slightly sticky film after fifteen minutes and then I washed the mask off.

after 15

I tend to think I have a sticky film over my skin with most moisturizing masks that are designed to sink in with only a little being rinsed off. For me it is the nature of these sorts of masks. with a quick splash of water and gentle rubbing, the remaining mask and all remaining stickiness rinsed off. It was quick and easy. The mask felt like nothing while it was on.

The scent remained until the mask was rinsed, so if you do not like the scent of rose, this isn’t for you. It was a level of rose that I enjoy so I didn’t have a problem with the scent. The issue is that because of the scent and many of the ingredients being similar it is impossible not to compare the two. Price wise they are comparable as well. Aceology is $69 for a full size while the Fresh Rose mask is $64.

clean skin

And to be honest the feel of my skin after the mask is quite similar. Personally I prefer the Fresh Rose Mask as I think my skin had a fractional amount more softness once wear was completed, but over all they are pretty comparable. I think if you liked the Fresh Rose Face Mask you would probably enjoy the Aceology Rose Petal Mask. It comes in a tube rather than a jar which is easier and neater to dispense and it does not have any petals in the product. I prefer the petals but I have friends who avoid the mask because of the petals so this would be a comparable alternative. They are similar in price so one isn’t really in a more “affordable” category while the other is more expensive. But the differences are few and might be affected by your preference for product dispensing and consistency. That is really the biggest difference if you are trying to choose between them.

while my personal preferences do lean slightly towards the Fresh version, I did enjoy this mask and would happily use it in the future. It is another great face mask from Aceology and I am happy to have tried something other than one of their peel off masks. I’m even happier that I enjoyed it.

Is Harmony the Key to Face Mask Friday?

This week I chose one of the prettiest jars in my face mask collection to try out. This is the Keys Soulcare Harmony mask. It is from Alicia Keys’ skincare line. I’ve heard the company has now branched out into a natural look makeup line and I can’t wait to investigate that, but first, there is the face mask.

It is Friday after all and honestly, fifteen minutes of calm, relaxing quiet sound about perfect to me. The last two days have been a bit intense. One of the companies I do some freelance writing for had a computer malfunction and several documents were lost so we’ve been playing who has what version and (my favorite game “Is this the final edit or did we change that thing we were thinking about changing but undecided about?”

As some of the edits had only one or two word choices tweaked it required going through every line of a large document to make sure everyone was happy with the final edit. And I was reminded of why backups are fabulous.

So a harmonious face mask sounded fantastic. According to the website this Harmony Mask is…

A purifying and hydrating charcoal face mask scented with soothing sandalwood and formulated with Manuka honey and gold foil. Purifies and hydrates the skin, Soothes, calms, and balances the skin, Renews the skin’s radiance, Relaxes the mind and encourages stillness

Keys Soulcare
pre mask

As I mentioned before the jar is just lovely. it is purple glass that looks black in most of the photographs. It is shaped like an old fashioned ink well and feels good in the hand. It is an expensive looking container, yet this mask is only $30. It feels like it should cost a lot more.

On opening the jar, the mask itself is a little less pretty looking. It is sort of this gray green brown color that is honestly not that appealing. The scent isn’t exactly enthralling either to be honest. It has a bit of the sandalwood scent to it, but it actually smells a bit like an old school cold remedy that my grand parents or even great grandparents would insist would clear up whatever you had if you just slather enough of it on you. Other than some old school medicinal scent, I don’t know quite what else to term it.

mask on

It isn’t a bad scent. I’m not put off by it, but it isn’t one of those scents where you think, “wow I can’t wait to spend the next fifteen minutes smelling like that!”

So I applied the mask. It applied well but with the shape of the jar, I think that once the product level drops getting the last of the mask from the jar might prove a little problematic. I like the look of the jar, but that shape always makes the last product taken out hard to reach. But for now, it is fine and the jar is pretty.

after fifteen minutes

The scent dims as it is applied and it feels like a soothing clay mask. There is no tingling, or itching or real tightening down of the mask as you wear it for fifteen minutes. After fifteen minutes it looks a little drier, but relatively unchanged. It does dry down enough that adding a little water before wiping it off with a warm damp washcloth is your best bet. It isn’t difficult to remove but adding that extra moisture back before taking it off is a good thing.

And what happened when i removed it?

Well my skin did feel soft and nourished. The mask rinsed away clean without leaving any sort of residue on the skin, but my skin was hydrated. It is not an overly hydrating mask so I didn’t feel greasy. I didn’t really have any major irritations on my skin to see if it was soothing, but my skin did feel really nice when the mask was washed off. I felt extra clean as though any excess oils were washed away. It didn’t strip my skin, just left it really clean feeling.

post mask clean

I really liked it. As hydrating masks go, it was hydrating but not too hydrating for this time of the year. At this time of year I need the too much sun hydrating mask not the winter cold and HVAC leaving my skin gasping for moisture type of face mask. And this worked quite well. The scent may not be the most fantastic in the world, but it isn’t unpleasant and the effects of the mask more than make up for it. I will look forward to using this Keys Soulcare Harmony Mask again.

But for now, it is back to work to close out this Friday and end this very long week. I hope you have a fantastic weekend providing you exactly what you need, exciting if you want or quiet if you need. Either way I hope you recharge and I will see you back here bright and early Monday morning.

Keys Soulcare

Another Claydate for Face Mask Friday

Today I decided to return to the Dew of the Gods Claydate Hya-activated Pink Clay Mask. A few of you may recall I tried it out a few weeks ago. It is a good mask if you are looking to have a bit of a pre clear out. It isn’t a major pore cleansing mask. It doesn’t get deep down, but it will sort of clear out the surface layer of what is on your skin.

For me, this week has been sweat and layers of sunscreen. While my skin is in relatively good shape, I just felt like a little deep cleansing without a lot of rough exfoliation. dew of the Gods fir the bill. While I know in the next few hours there may be a few clogged pores rising to the surface, there won’t me a major eruption of clogs being drawn to the surface like I would get with a deep pore clearing mask, Like Herbal Dynamics Chamomile and Cacao Clearing Mask. If you are looking for a deep clean and an attempt to bring all of your deeply buried clogged pores to the surface, that is one I highly recommend.

However, I didn’t feel I needed that. Like I said, my skin is in relatively good condition this week, but my skin did take a bit of abuse and felt a bit gunky. This mask worked well as a quick, slightly deeper than surface clear out. It got deeper than a regular cleanser, but not too deep.

This is however not a relaxing mask to wear, The entire ten minutes it was on my face, I felt a tingling. It isn’t a harsh tingling but it is noticeable. It is the sort of tingling that while it doesn’t get any worse as it stays longer, I am very aware that I don’t want to fall asleep and leave this mask on too long level of tingling.

so there was no laying back and relaxing with my eyes shut. There was a load of laundry settled in the wash and a scroll through new book releases. which was kind of relaxing in it’s own way. I always feel relieved when i can put all of my sweaty work out clothes in the wash. By the end of the week I am convinced that something evil is going on in the hamper so getting them clean, folded and back in the drawer always makes me feel better.

Before masking on the left, after masking on the right

My skin felt better after the ten minutes as well. I think one of my favorite parts about this mask is that it is a clay mask, which comes with all of the benefits of oil clearing gunk removing clay, but it never dries down to a crisp shell. Which means I can smile when wearing it, and more importantly I can use a damp wash cloth to wipe it off my skin. Afterwards I splashed a bit of water on my face to clear off the last of the residue and then patted the skin dry.

As you can see in the above photographs, There isn’t really much difference in the appearance of my skin from pre mask to post, but it feels wonderfully clean. It is a deeper clean than just using a cleanser, but not a deep enough clean that it will cause me to spend all weekend clearing away the newly risen blemishes. It just sort of purges all the gunk from the week so that they don’t become problems later down the road.

Which is not a bad thing.

In fact it is a very good thing.

I am still undecided as to whether or not I want to make this a month of masking and try it a couple of times a week for an entire month. while I think it would probably be good for my skin, I think it also might be a waste of the mask. This isn’t a mask I really want to use throughout the week. It is a once in a while sort of mask that I just use when I want my skin to feel freshly renewed. And yes it would be a good feeling to have every day, but I think that as we are going into warmer weather, now might be the time for a more moisturizing mask to shine, with masks like the Claydate from The Dew of the Gods subbing in once every few weeks. .

Today it was the perfect mask for me as it obliterate any hold over from the wet sunscreen dust cloud issue from yesterday. Sure my cleansers last night and this morning really took care of it, but now I feel clean enough that it is only a distant memory, my skin soft, revived and ready to finish out the week and take on the weekend. And that is a pretty good result from a face mask.

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It’s a Claydate with Dew of the Gods for Face Mask Friday

There is something utterly fabulous about reaching the end of a difficult week and taking a short break with a face mask. It isn’t a spa visit or a sea side vacation, I know. But it is a few minutes carved out at the end of the week to just sit back and breathe. Not worry about if someone is going to take the wording of your e-mail wrongly, not worried about phone calls, or even what’s for dinner, just ten to fifteen minutes of nothing.

mask with inner lid

It is amazing how recharged I feel after just the short break. I suppose I feel it more because while this week was hard, getting back to a normal schedule and catching up for the things that didn’t get done last week, for the past few weeks I haven’t really taken that time. A lot of my face masks have been worn at my desk while I sorted through e-mails or made lists of calls. A couple of times I have put on a mask with the intention of taking a break and then remembered something and spent the ten or so minutes running around the house getting it done. I attempted relaxing with a mask Monday but I just ended up falling asleep. Which was useful, but not really the same thing.

bare skin before masking

Today I made an effort. I pulled the Claydate mask from The Dew Of the Gods out of the skincare drawer, mostly because it was the last one added and thus the one on top. I decided rather than rummaging, I would start with it today.

When I visited the website to look up the mask I found this description of the $42 Claydate mask…

Omg, pink clay? This mineral-rich, luxurious mud of the gods is meticulously extracted and formulated into a creamy, rich base for the ultimate hydrating & healing mask. Claydate is infused with rosehip oil, aloe, coconut oil and hyaluronic acid to purify, heal, tone and remineralize your skin. With clean skin and a clear mind, generously lather onto your face and neck with your fingers or a dry mask brush. Wash off with warm water after 10 minutes. 

Dew of the Gods
mask on, nothing really lathering about its application

I don’t know why the word lather threw me for a bit of a loop, but I suppose it is because lather isn’t a word I associate with clay. It is definitely a clay mask, and Omg it is pink clay. I’ve actually used pink clay masks before and they have turned out well. The color of the clay isn’t that pig a deal. I’m sure there are specific minerals that make it pink and that are good for the skin. If I end up using this for a month of masking, I’ll do a deep dive into the ingredients, but for now, bring on the clay mask.

The container has an inner plastic lid, which is necessary for clay masks. The inner lid keeps it from drying out. It is clay after all. The scent is vanilla with a playdoh undertone. Which actually smells quite nice. It is a little odd but I kind of like the scent. The vanilla isn’t too sweet or heavy and it makes the playdoh scent a little less playdoh-y. I kind of dig it actually.

after ten minutes of drying down, it is dry but i can still smile

The pink clay is a light enough consistency that it spreads onto the skin easily, much more easily than many other clay masks. Because of this I found myself using less product than I expected. Which is not a bad thing. Once my face was covered in a coating of pink, I set the timer for 10 minutes and lit the candle by my bedside. It is in it’s last use phase. The candle is cinnamon and I am reminded that once again I forgot to look at summer scented candles. Still this is the last time it can be used and then the wick will be no more. The last of the wax will be taken out, the inside clean and I’ve decided to use this particular glass candleholder to hold makeup brushes in it’s second life. Partially because I need something to hold makeup brushes and it is the right height.

But it does mean that I really need to get in my summer candle order. I know, I have been dithering about it. Part of me wants to order the La Playa candles I ordered last year from Paddywax. They ae just the perfect summery scents. The ones I picked up were in the citrus line and really made the house feel summery fresh. The other part of me wants to try a candle subscription. I’ve been looking at the Wickbox candle subscription for a while now and I’m thinking that may be the way to go. As this is the last hurrah for my last winter candle I will need to make a decision soon. The problem is of course that I want both.

clean skin post mask

But that is a conundrum for later. Today, there is a cinnamon scented cloud for ten minutes of relaxation.

Except that this is not an entirely relaxing mask to wear. It is the kind of mask that feels a little stingy. It isn’t a bad sting, but it is definitely a prickling of the skin. This is not a face mask you can forget that you are wearing. It started stinging just after it was applied and remained stinging the entire time I wore it. Now i will say this is a first use for me of the claydate Mask, so there is the possibility that with repeated use it will end up stinging less.

But again, that it the subject for a future post.

I was a little nervous about the constant stinging and when my timer went off I fairly jumped up and headed to the bathroom. In ten minutes, the mask dried all the way down and lightened in color slightly. I was worried that such a dry down might make it difficult to chip off as clay can sometimes be a pain to remove. However I used a damp wash cloth and the mask simply wiped off. It was super easy to remove, no jackhammers required.

close up of risen pores

After patting my skin dry, I have to admit, It looked pretty good. My skin felt hydrated and soothed. And I don’t know if you can see this or not, but in the area where I tend to get clogged pores (along my lower orbital bone) I had a few clogged pores brought closer to the surface. I know dragging clogged pores up isn’t really part of this mask’s description but it was a bonus for me. They’ll be annoyingly bumpy for a few days and then they’ll clear off. As I have a quiet weekend planned I don’t really mind.

In fact I really liked this mask. The prickling made it a little less relaxing than I hoped but I have hopes that as my skin gets used to repeated use the stinging will fade. I do like this mask enough to make it the mask for a month of masking. I just need to figure out how often I can or should use it. I think three times a week should be fine, but i want to double check before I decide that it will be my Monday, Wednesday, Friday Mask for the next month. It seems like something I should find out first. In the description it had a paragraph about the mask being blessed by Buddhist monks instead of listing how often it could be used.

While fun, it is a little less helpful than I like in my description. However the fact that it is blessed by monks is familiar which means I have probably tried a product from this brand before. I just can’t remember what it was. So a files search will soon be needed. Especially if I’m using this for a month. I’ll let you know Monday what I find and if it makes the cut, for now, The Claydate mask from Dew of the Gods is a mask I enjoyed using and am looking forward to using again.

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Time to call The Removalist, it’s Face Mask Friday

This mask isn’t a new one for me in fact i have uses it several times on face mask Friday, The Removalist mask is from Go-to skin care and in my opinion is one of their best products.

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this mask is a detoxifying clay mask that just gives your pores a really good clear out. This week with the sunscreen on during the days I was outside and the humidity making me feel kind of gunky in general I decided this was a good day to roll out a detoxifying mask.

mask on

I love that this mask only requires a thin layer applied to the skin. In fact it works better if it is used in a thinner layer rather than in a thick goopy one. It does tingle a little bit but it also feels very cooling somehow which is a nice contrast of sensations.

well I think it is a nice contrast. My mother does not care for it, which is why she traded me her tube of this mask for my AHAVA moisturizer (which is too moisturizing for my skin). We both got things we loved so everyone was happy.

mask dried, can’t smile

I don’t know why it always amuses me that this mask is a sort of purple-y clay that smells somewhat fruity. I think it is the pepper berry they mention but as I have no clue what a pepper berry smells like that is just a guess. The fruitiness does smell vaguely berry like. It also has kaolin clay which helps to draw out the impurities.

clean and fabulous

Unlike a lot of the clay masks I have it doesn’t really turn gray ish as it dries. It stays more or less the same color it just becomes less shiny. Over all it it is a great Friday face mask and my skin feels excellent.

And of course having put it on I can now kick back and realize that I forgot to look up candles as i reminded myself to do last week. This time, when i am finished with my mask, I am making a to do list. Summer scented candles will top the list. I also need citronella candles too. Last night I took a book out to read and was nearly carted off by the mosquitos. This year they seem to have the wing span of jumbo jets. I was so worried about the proliferation of rabbits this year I forgot all about the mosquitos. Oh yeah, a list is most definitely in order.

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It’s the Friday Face Mask with Wander Beauty’s Staycation

Today I decided a little hydration was in order. Partially because my skin felt dry and partially because I have been using a lot of exfoliation type products lately. And let’s face it, when you exfoliate, having a hit of moisture right after really helps out your skin.

Or at least it does mine. In general this is why shortly after using an exfoliator i end up adding a moisturizer on to my skin. I do let my skin wait just a little bit so that I can enjoy that freshly scrubbed feeling, but then i have to admit i love the feeling of my freshly exfoliated skin just drinking in the moisture.

I know, I really just love skincare.

clean skin pre mask

Today my skin needed some moisture so I decided it was the perfect time for a Staycation with Wander Beauty. According to the website The Staycation Hydrating mask will…

Book the ultimate hydration Staycation with our intensely moisturizing 3-in-1 soothing mask, daily moisturizer and overnight skin-quenching treatment.

Ceramide NP is known to help protect skin’s natural barrier, keeping skin irritants such as pollution out. The result is healthier, more supple skin. Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 diminishes fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing facial muscles, making signs of aging less prominent.

Butterfly pea flower extract is known to have anti-glycation properties which help keep skin looking youthful. Cranberry seed oil delivers potent antioxidant benefits and helps lock in moisture.

Wander Beauty

Now normally I leave the mask description at that, however there is an additional list of benefits below that. And you know I love a list.

7-in-1 Multitasking Mask

  1. Soothing rinse-off mask for instant hydration
  2. Daily nourishing moisturizer
  3. Overnight intensely hydrating mask
  4. Helps improve skin texture and prevent moisture loss with powerful ceramide and peptide combination
  5. Helps protect skin’s natural barrier with Ceramide NP
  6. Diminished fine lines and wrinkles with Acetyl Hexapeptide-8
  7. Suitable for all skin types
mask on

Most of the list was detailed above, but I can’t resist a list of claims. I love that it is suitable for all skin types and that the list points out what each of the specified ingredients accomplishes. I find the fact that it can be used as a regular fifteen minute face mask as well as an over night mask fantastic. Sometimes when the weather flip flops I find it especially fantastic to sleep in a moisturizing mask. we are in the season where sometimes our air conditioner will kick on because the house is to warm but other nights the heat will still start up because temps dropped unexpectedly. A moisturizing mask over night is sort of like skin protection regardless of what the central forced air system decides to do when I am not paying attention.

after fifteen minutes

I find it interesting that when used in a small amount it can also be used as a daily moisturizer. When dispensing it for the first time, it is not surprising that it can be used as a moisturizer. It has the consistency of a thicker gel cream. The thickness of it makes me think it wouldn’t be bad as an over night mask either.

However today, we are testing this for the first time as a fifteen minute mask. Application was easy. I took the amount you see dispensed on my hands, rubbed my hands together and massaged it into my skin. I then rinsed my hands, set the timer and lay back for fifteen minutes.

post mask fabulous

I half expected the mask to melt and drip because t reminded me of a moisturizer. It did not. The Staycation mask stayed where I put it. Leaving me free to lay back, close my eyes and realize that I will soon need to order candles. I have winter scents and I have summer scents. In the spring I tend to use up the winter scented candles while I plan my summer candle purchases and then as they start to run out I will inevitable find a cinnamon or cardamom scented something at the store that will remind me to order winter scented candles. It will also remind me to restock my baking spices. With the weather so wonky this year I haven’t even gotten around to looking at summer scents. I suppose it is off to the Paddywax site later tonight then.

But for now, there is the mask. After fifteen minutes of speculating about citrus versus sea side scented candles, I got up and went to wash off the mask. Most of the mask absorbed into my skin, which is pretty typical of hydrating masks, They absorb in and, well hydrate. The fact that there was only a little left on my skin meant that I had more or lass applied the right amount of mask to my skin.

what remained rinsed off easily with warm water. I patted my skin dry and then took a look. There probably isn’t much visible difference in the photos, but my skin does feel quite nicely hydrated without feeling greasy. In fact my skin feels quite fabulous. And the few dry spots I noticed earlier are gone. Those were the spots where there was very little to any mask left over on my skin. So I guess we all know why they are no longer dry.

I really enjoyed this Wander Beauty Staycation Mask as a fifteen minute face mask. It wa my first use of the product but it won’t be my last. I will certainly use it as a fifteen minute mask again and I can’t wait to try it out as an overnight mask as well as a possible moisturizer. If it works as all three, there is the distinct possibility that a tube of this will be added to my travel kit to take the place of several products. It may be a Staycation mask, but there is no reason it can’t be taken on the road. Especially since travel always dries me out. Stay tuned my darlings, there will be more tests to come.

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It’s Pumpkin Turmeric Masking time with Yensa

Ah yes, we have reached Friday afternoon. Doesn’t it feel wonderful? It has been a long week for me. I spent a large amount of it fighting off allergens which always leaves me exhausted. while none of the sinus meds make me tired when taking them once they are out of my system I just sort of feel like crashing.

So it is the perfect time to kick back a little and take a breather with a face mask. And today I am using one of my favorites. This particular tube came to me from the brand, however I have purchased and used so many of this mask since it first came out that I know exactly how it performs. This is the Yensa Pumpkin Turmeric 2-in-1 Radiance polishing mask + 8 Super Orange Essence.

We all know that exfoliators are something I simply enjoy. There is something just fantastic about a physical exfoliator. It is like scratching an itch or reaching the end of a really good book. There is just something I find satisfying about it. However you do need to be careful. First of all not all exfoliators are alike. Some are gentle and others, not so much. In addition, even if you find a good one, it is easy to over do it. Sometimes a little bit of a good thing goes a long way.

I try not to use physical exfoliators more than once a week. Sometimes it goes to once a month, depending on my skin at the moment. That is the only reason I do not use this mask throughout the week and will have to keep it for a once a week use. The Yensa Pumpkin Turmeric mask is a gentle exfoliating mask. Its particles are fine grained and I have never had a problem with this mask causing skin issues.

bare face before mask

I have on occasion wanted to try eating this mask.

which you shouldn’t do.

Seriously, don’t eat the mask.

Just enjoy the delicious scent of it. It smells of warming spices and orange. It is actually what my house starts to smell like as we shift from Thanksgiving to Christmas. It is the scent of holiday baking lightened up with the burst of orange citrus.

According to the website…

Get your SUPERFOOD GLOW on with our Pumpkin Turmeric 2-in-1 Radiance Polishing Mask. Infused with 8 orange skin-loving ingredients to help nourish and polish the face for hydrated, smooth, supple and radiant skin.

The lightweight and exfoliating formula polishes and resurfaces skin in only 5-10 minutes! Pumpkin helps boost collagen and Turmeric soothes skin.

8 BENEFITS: Infused with 8 SuperOrange Essence, 2-in-1nourishing mask and face polish, Hydrates to leave skin smooth, supple and radiant, Pumpkin boosts collagen, Turmeric soothes skin, Ginger evens skin tone, Papaya helps with discoloration, Grapefruit brightens skin

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mask on

As with all skin care products you do need to use it repeatedly to see the full results. Today I applied the mask, let it sit for ten minutes so my skin could absorb the goodness and I could enjoy the scent. It was yummy smelling.

After ten minutes of sitting, I returned to the bathroom, and wet my hands a little but before starting to massage the mask on my skin. I rubbed in light circular motions all over my face so that I could get the benefit of the exfoliation. I highly recommend wetting down your hands first as it just keeps the mask from simply sticking to your hands.

mask off

As you massage, the mask turns whitish and then you rinse it off. My skin was left clean and freshly exfoliated. My hands actually feel a little softer too, and I can’t complain about that.

Over all I really enjoyed using this mask today. I have used it in the past and I will no doubt use it again in the future. The only issue I have is in remembering to moderate my use of it. The scent of the mask and the delightfully gentle exfoliation make me want to reach for it more often than I really need to exfoliate. I am very glad to have this mask around for when I do need a bit of exfoliation. And as I put this Pumpkin Turmeric mask from Yensa away for use late, I am already looking forward to taking it out again.

If you are looking to stock up, wither for yourself or someone you love, now is a good time. Yensa has several mother’s Day bundles out now. Great products with an even greater deal. You can check them out here or follow the link below.

Thirty Days of the Bl’eau Beauty Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask

For the last month I have been using the Bl’eau Beauty Glacial Organic Clay Mask. The brand very kindly sent it to me to try out, but as always the opinions in this post are my own. while this mask can be used daily (or as needed) I opted for a Monday, Wednesday Friday approach o application. And after a month of such wear the jar is completely empty.

I tend to apply masks a little on the heavy side, but that meant that I had fourteen solid uses out of the jar. It was a very interesting clay mask and had a couple of atypical features for a clay mask. Which we will get to below. First I want to remind everyone what this mask is supposed to accomplish.

good to the last drop

Sourced from ancient glaciers off the coast of British Columbia, our Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask gently exfoliates, soothes redness and irritation, and infuses thirsty skin with intense hydration. Boasting more than 60 minerals, micronutrients and rare elements that are proven to detoxify and replenish, this detoxifying botanical blend promotes a softer, brighter and radiant complexion. 

*NSF certified organic: Our Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask is committed to the NSF/ANSI 305 Standard. The NSF/ANSI 305 is an American National Standard written specifically for personal care products containing organic ingredients. 

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To wear this mask I applied it like I would any other clay mask. I used the provided spoon (which I have to say is the perfect shape, the slight curve in the spoon/spatula made it ideal for applying the mask. It was easy to maneuver around my face and while I applied it with one side, I then turned the spoon over and smoothed it out with the other side. The only minor flaw was that the angled edges of the spoon end left lines on occasion so I would have rounded those off a little more, but that is a vey minor complaint (and as the second pass with the spoon took the lines out, not really a complaint, it was simply the only potential modification I would make otherwise fantastic application.)

mask applied

But this isn’t a tool review, it is a mask one.

The mask smoothed on well and very easily. It felt cool against the skin like a clay mask would, which was expected. The scent of the mask is fresh with slight floral and earthy notes and a slight oceanic tang. I know it sounds like I am describing a perfume. It is in no way perfume-y, but it is a very lovely scent. The scent fades after application so it isn’t overwhelming. To figure out the scent I kept opening the jar and sniffing. which is why my nose ended up with more masking on the end than any other part of my face. You mostly get the scent when you first open the jar. It did cause me to look over the ingredients to figure out what it was that created the scent.

Spoon!

Full list of ingredients:

Sea Silt, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Glycerin*, Cetearyl Alcohol, C15-19 Alkane, Chondrus Crispus Powder, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Cellulose, Coco-Glucoside, Sea Silt Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract, Propanediol, Aqua, Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Glyceryl Caprylate, Pentylene Glycol, Alcohol.

* Organic ingredients

Formulated without parabens, sulfates, PEGs & mineral oils

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The lavender and Jasmine are where the slight floral notes come from I believe, but they ae very light and instead of dominating, they mostly help to lighten up the earthy/sea scent. There is also the trace of Aloe which is I think what my nose picks up as the fresh scent in this mask.

Over all though it is a fresh scent that dissipates quickly and smells nice while it lasts.

wipes off with a damp cloth, no chipping away of the clay required

As per the instructions, I let the Glacial Oceanic Clay mask sit for fifteen minutes each time before removing it. Here is where it doesn’t behave like your typical clay mask. In fifteen minutes of wear almost every clay mask I have tried has hardened to a crispy shell. It is vaguely reminiscent of that ice cream topper that went from liquid in the bottle to a hard shell when it hit the cold ice cream. (Magic Shell was the name I knew when I was a kid, not sure if they even make that any more, but I digress.)

Then to remove the clay mask you have to chip through it to reveal the skin beneath. This mask never really hardened like that. In fact after fifteen minute of sitting, I was easily able to take a damp wash cloth and wipe the mask off of my skin. I then splashed a little water on my face to make sure nothing was missed and then patted my skin dry.

Occasionally I would use the mask in the afternoon while sitting at my desk. Most often it was a post dinner relaxation. while the act of simply sitting down with a mask on a regular basis was in itself calming, I found that after removing the mask I had little desire to put anything on top of it. My skin felt moisturized, so I didn’t need any moisturizer (which can sometimes happen after an intense clay mask, at least for me) and my skin felt soft and clean so I didn’t want to put makeup on after it. I ended up finding myself using the mask after I knew that i would not have to leave the house and put makeup on. Not that I couldn’t, I just simply didn’t want to.

However this mask had an interesting effect. The morning after applying this mask, I found that several of my deeply clogged pores had moved closer to the surface. In fact in the beginning, it was quite a lot of clogged pores rising, more than I actually thought I had to be honest. For the first week the clogged pores rose at a pretty rapid rate. It was as if my skin noticed things were clearing out and just sent clogged pores racing to the exit.

What I ended up doing was employing a Saturday exfoliation session. It cleared out a lot of the rising clogged pores and kept my face relatively clear. After that initial week, it was less noticeable as most of my pores were cleared out. There were a few more deeply buried clogs that slowly moved to the surface. The mass evacuation of the first week slowed dramatically in the second.

It was interesting to watch the deeper clogs being drawn out to the surface of the skin with each application. In the second week I ended up using my exfoliator Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and that did seem to help. In the third week my skin was getting back to normal and just began looking good. It was clear and fresh and I went back to the once a week exfoliation.

This week, the final week of the trial, was preceded by me consuming much more sugar, fat and salt than I usually eat. We had company and that is just what happens. Interestingly, the reactions to my skin after a week of indulgence usually would hit me in the middle to end of the following week and I would go into the next weekend vowing to eat better and take better care of my skin.

less of a pose and more that my headband was slipping off the back of my head as I was taking the picture

I don’t know if because my skin had so recently been cleared out or if it was the Monday use of the Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask, but by Monday around 11 pm when I was getting ready for bed, (I used the mask around 7pm) I noticed the break outs had arrived and while they were more than I would like, they were not as bad as I feared they would be at the end of the week. In fact now, when I would expect them to arrive and be planning a weekend of skincare domination, the break outs are clearing up.

Over all this was a very interesting mask trial. I would definitely use this mask again and it has certainly made it to the top of my to be repurchased list. I love the scent and the application, I love the way it doesn’t completely dry down but most of all I love that it really does detoxify my skin. (and yes I love the look of the jewel shaped box too).

In the future, I think this is a mask I would use when I know I have some time where I won’t have to go out in public for a few days. After applying it and rinsing it off, I don’t want to wear makeup so there is that aspect. Then the following day I would let things rise, and then use the exfoliator. I would always pair this with a gentle exfoliator. How often the exfoliator should be used will depend on your skin and what the mask brings up.

If I had a major event scheduled I would make it a month of masking prior to the event, because once the skin has a chance to clear out it looks radiant. It is a hydrating, and not a drying mask and my skin quite honestly loved it. This Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask from Bl’eau Beauty gets two thumb’s way up from me and it makes me not only want to repurchase, but to try out more items from the brand.

Currently Bl’eau Beauty has an Easter Sale going on. You can get 18% off site wide with the code EASTER18 until April 14th. In addition they have 20% off their Hydration Collection and Bundles until the end of the month. And the one thing better than great skincare, is great skincare with a discount code. Happy shopping!

Face Mask Friday: Week Two of Bl’eau

I am working on a four week trial of the Glacial Oceanic Clay Face mask From Bl’eau Beauty. They kindly sent it to me to try out and review. This is the end of the second week and I noticed after I applied today’s mask that I am also about half way through the container. I have always had the tendency to apply face masks a little heavier than I probably need to. I always remind myself to lighten up the application, but somehow never do.

Before

I think part of it is that I like that full mask of product and don’t really like it when it is streaky. I actually sit there with my little skincare spatula and make sure the lines are smoothed out. I know probably a sign of OCD tendencies, but I try not to get too obsessive about it.

During

However you tuned in today to hear about the Bl’eau Beauty mask. This second week has been interesting.

In the first week there were a lot of clogged pores that had been deeply buried that worked themselves to the surface to be cleared away. I was actually kind of amazed at the ones that came up. This week, I spent more time with a face mask on wandering out and about in the world than I usually do during the work week. There were meetings and a lot of places with crowds. Also the weather warmed back up. And grew humid.

Post Masking

So hot breath inside the mask hot humid air outside the mask…yeah clogged pores on the chin. But they weren’t deep clogs and Wednesday’s mask just sort of pulled them right up before they could get comfortable and cause issues. So I was pleased.

I have also noticed that when I first wash off the mask, my skin has this nice glow-y look to it. The longer I use the mask (days not letting the mask sit for longer than recommended) the longer that glow-y look lasts. and I don’t mean glow-y as in, oh look at that highlight, I mean it as in Wow my skin looks great today kind of way.

The second week is when I find that face masks have three options. They can stop working because they have now fixed the problem you were using them to address. They can start to cause issues or they can continue to work beautifully. This mask continued to work beautifully. It is quite the relief. And now that I know this mask is going to continue working well for myu skin I am going to spend this next week taking a deep dive into the ingredients list and see if I can figure out exactly what it is that my skin likes so much.

So into the Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask ingredients list I go. Whish me luck.