It’s a Holiday Mask for Face mask Friday

Since I went and used the Santa and Candy Cane Masks for My mid week masking moment i decided to round it out with the third holiday mask I picked up, the Hot Cocoa Revitalizing Mud Mask from Que Bella. You know I love mud masks and I figured this was a self contained one that would have one, maybe two uses and then I could move on to my using up the open masks of my masking drawer plan. Actually I have been using those periodically on days other than Friday to clear them out, so I feel less badly about dipping into a holiday mask.

According to the brand this is…

Perfect stocking stuffer, Contains nourishing cocoa butter, Dermatologically approved, and New for 2022 & exclusive to Target

Yeah not the best description, I know. There is also no ingredients list which I didn’t realize until after I applied it. I was so excited about the holiday theme I got ahead of myself and didn’t check things out like i usually do. This mask retails for $2 in case you are wondering. And I picked it up because of the holiday theme and because I love mud masks.

Normally i am pretty easy going with masks. Some I like better than others clearly, but over all I am generally willing to think of one time use masks as a moment of relaxation. if I use them more than just once it is because they have skincare benefits I like, but the one time use products are more a mental health break or designed to target a specific issue I only need temporary assistance with.

Having said that, I did not like this mask. I cut the pouch open and there was only enough product for one use. I did apply it in a thicker layer than most people but still, if I thinned it out there were maybe two uses. After using it once the bit of mask left behind I had no interest in saving. But I am getting ahead of myself.

First, the scent. It smelled vaguely of cocoa but also vaguely of something slightly industrial. It actually smelled a bit like an unscented candle. but not a soy or beeswax version, something not entirely natural. That kind of waxy candle scent. It reminds me of the red tapered candles that my parents used to get when I was a kid. The kind that were unscented but smelled like red dye and industrial wax when burned. Which is why I went to the website to look at the ingredients. Which they didn’t have on the site.

My skin didn’t react to the test patch so I went ahead and applied it to my face, waited the fifteen minutes and then rinsed it off. There was no tingling or reaction of any kind while wearing it and the mask didn’t really dry down at all in the fifteen minutes which is not typical for mud masks. Still there are a couple of mud masks that I love that don’t dry down so this wasn’t that big an issue.

When I washed it off there was an odd waxy layer left on my skin. It didn’t feel hydrated or really like anything had been done to my skin other than a waxy layer added. It was like the waxy layer was put under the mask and the mask was just for show. To remove it I ended up using a physical facial exfoliant. The one I currently have on hand is the Elemis Skin Buff (I highly recommend it as it is fantastic). It did a lot more for my skin than the mask did.

In addition once the mask was removed I had to clean upo the sink. Not only was there mask residue but my skink had a waxy layer on it where the water was beading up on top of it. So I had to get an exfoliant for my sink as well. (let’s hear it for old fashioned Comet). Over all, I did not enjoy this face mask and quite honestly $2 is far more than this mask was worth. If you are inclined to add small face mask packets to your shopping cart while in Target (which I am inclined to do) give this one a pass. It really isn’t worth it.

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Mid Week Masking With Santa

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.

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It’s Face Mask Friday with Dew of the Gods

I know, this Dew of the Gods Fijifuji Collagen Whip Mask is not a new to me mask,. I reviewed it a few weeks ago when I used and opened it for the first time. You can see that post here if you are interested. I have used this mask several times since then. I have to say there was something about the mask that made me think that it would dry out in the container rather quickly. Thus far that hasn’t happened. I know it has been open less than a month, so it really shouldn’t have dried out by now.

And it hasn’t.

However There was something about this clay mask that just looked as though it needed to be used in a timely manner. I suppose that applies to all skin care but when clay masks dry out you realize that clay is what they use to make pottery and old school mud bricks. I suppose technically they use mud for mud bricks, but i have had several dried out clay masks that make me think of bricks.

I have used this mask a number of times since my first use, so the container has been opened and closed several times. Which I think is important. It means that the mass has been exposed, at least as long as it takes to apply the mask and put the lid back on. So it hasn’t simply been sitting sealed on the shelf. Admittedly I have had masks dry out while still sitting sealed on the shelf. Which is why I try to go through them in an timely manner these days.

And actually that was one of the reasons I chose this mask today. Soon I will be taking out all of the partially used masks and I will go mask-tastic crazy in the run up to new year’s as I clear out the open and partially used sample sizes.

But I couldn’t resist using this again, as well as comparing it to the original opening use of the mask.

The container is a very lovely clear plastic that shows off the blue of the mask inside well. They contrasted it with the yellow of the lid. While attractive, it also seals really tightly which helps preserve the mask. Using it today, there has been no change since the first use. The Dew of the Gods Fijifuji Collagen Whip Mask applies smoothly and easily. It feels cool on the skin, smooths out with little effort and covers with not a lot of product.

At first the mask just feels cool, then it starts to tingle a little. I was worried that the tingling would grow more intense but it doesn’t. It does last though. The tingling remained at more or less the same level as it started. it was only as i was getting ready to wash it off that the tingling started to fade. I can’t actually decide if it is something in the mask that causes the tingling or if it is the mask drying out.

In the fifteen minutes that I wore the mask, it only partially dried out. And even then it wasn’t the intense chip me off with a stone chisel that some of the clay masks can get. I suppose that too argues for the longevity of the mask as well.

And I realize that this post seems intensely focused on the drying out of the mask. I’m sorry about that. I think I am so focused on that aspect because the container feels as though it is so much larger than my other clay masks and it seems to use so little with each use. While I love both of those factors, especially as i really like this face mask and how smooth it leaves my skin. I want it to last longer.

I also had to throw out two masks this morning when I went to look at my masks and plan my end of year clear out. So I suppose it is on my mind. I just hate wasting good product.

I’ll try to be less obsessive.

I do like this mask and my skin does feel great after using it. I won’t be using it for a while though as i descend into the land of clear outs. It was a good mask to use today though. It doesn’t dry all the way down but it also doesn’t drip, so I was able to lay back and sort of relax for the fifteen minutes that I wore the mask. Which was a nice change. Usually i do relax with the mask, however lately I have been reaching for masks that I can wear while either moving around the house or sitting at my desk. While this mask can be worn while in motion, even if it does look like a Meso-American death mask made of turquoise.

But today I took the fifteen minutes and used it to decompress. To be honest as much as I enjoyed the mask, having those 15 minutes to mentally relax and take a breather were worth far more than the skin benefits. Don’t get me wrong, I will always love the skin benefits and this Dew of the Gods Mask has them, but as far as self care goes, taking a little time to breath is priceless. And today, that’s what I got. Along with a does of whipped vitamins. I call that a win.

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A little Milk Glaze for Face Mask Friday

That’s right my darlings, the Face mask Friday returns! However todays dinner prep is delayed. For November I have been putting up dinner recipes to get me through the holidays in between the feasting. This week’s is delayed because I am going out tonight. For those who don’t know, today is Veteran’s day. As a huge swath of my family (both living and deceased) are veterans, it is a big celebration. So my babydoll and I are going out to help out at what will no doubt be a very chilly Barbeque at the VFW Hall. Neither of us are involved in working the actual smokers as those have been running for several hours already. I am just involved with the passing out of plates. Its one of those things where the food is donated but then there is an auction that raises money for the local veterans association. Which is, in my opinion a very good thing.

It is also why I am not cooking today and why my face mask is just a little bit early.

And why I am moving around the house with it instead of sitting back and relaxing with a nice scented candle while I enjoy the pore purging benefits of the Milk Glaze Deep pore purging Lactic Acid Clay Mask. or at least what I hope will be the benefits. So alas no candles and fifteen minutes of mid day relaxation. So as I make sure my face is clean and ready for the mask, let’s see what this mask is supposed to do. (I received this in the Winter Subscription that arrived earlier this week and this is my first use of it, or any facemask from Beekman 1802. As always though I did open the tube and test it on my arm yesterday to make sure there were no reactions.)

Get your glow on with Beekman 1802’s Milk Glaze Lactic Acid Pore Purging Clay Mask! This multitasking milk clay mask is enriched with 10% lactic acid and creamy goat milk to unclog pores while gently exfoliating, polishing away oil and impurities to reveal a clearer, more radiant complexion.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Kaolin, Lactic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bentonite, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Sea Silt Extract, Squalane, Caprae Lac (Goat Milk), Lactose, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Milk Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Melia Azadirachta Bark Extract, Corallina Officinalis (Red Algae) Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Glyceryl Citrate/Lactate/Linoleate/Oleate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Kalanchoe Pinnata Leaf Extract, Jacaranda Mimosifolia Flower Extract, Bixa Orellana Leaf Extract, Deoxyribonuclease, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polyglyceryl-3 Caprate, Polyglyceryl-4 Cocoate, Glucose Oxidase, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Carbonate, Citric Acid, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf Extract, Glycolic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Tartaric Acid, Malic Acid, Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride,Titanium Dioxide CI 77891 … and Kindness.

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Okay on paper this looks like it is right up my alley. Pore purging and exfoliation? Yes and yes please. Actually it is kind of funny. Since I have been using the Glam Glow Clearing Cleanser things have been rising to the surface. this week I skipped the exfoliator so I have some tiny blackheads in the small pores under my eyes and a few deeper clogged pores that have almost but not quite risen to the surface. So taking the time to hopefully clear them out isn’t a bad thing. In fact my skin is more or less primed for this kind of mask.

I also don’t see any problems (or potential problems) with the ingredients list. There isn’t anything that would cause my skin concern. As the brand specializes in products for sensitive skin, that isn’t surprising but every now and then an ingredients list will have a hidden land mine so I like to check the fill list. I did also do the arm test just to be sure. Use the inner arm if you are doing this as it is more sensitive than the outer one.

And so to the face it goes.

The scent of this mask actually reminds me of the Korres Greek Yogurt Probiotic Mask. I like that mask as a moisturizing one, but as you all know at this point, I love my clay masks. Because of the scent though i was surprised as I applied it, and that really is because i have used the Korres one for years and so it was reminiscent. They aren’t alike at all in application.

This is a clay mask. Clay is actually the second ingredient on the list. The masks smoothed over the skin well. It is an easy clay mask to work with. I was able to get a thin layer of mask on my face with no issues. Sometimes clay masks cha stick a little and not spread as easily as I’d like, thus requiring more product. This applied well and I wa actually surprised by how little it took to cover my face. Small amount of product for each application, means more applications per tube. this application created only a thumbs size dent in the tube which gives me great hope that I will get to use it for a while. The mask is $38 so it isn’t outrageously expensive, but it is nice to know I will be able to use it quite a few times.

Well quite a few times if i like it.

After applying I left the mask to sit for 15 minutes. I set the timer and then ran around the house mostly doing laundry. Usually Thursday’s are laundry days but everything got out of whack this week so there is the grand rush to make sure no one runs out of anything important.

Before on Left, after on right

When the timer dinged I returned to the bathroom. I was very surprised that while the mask did look and feel a little drier than before it didn’t really dry down to the hard crackle sort of stage. and it didn’t look any different from my application fifteen minutes earlier. It remained movable. Which also meant i was able to move my face throughout which was nice as well. It made removal very easy. I ran the water until it was warm and massaged it off with a damp washcloth.

there was no sticking and nothing that needed hard rubbing.

As with all masks I dried my face and went away for a few minutes to let my skin settle before returning for a final photo. I was very impressed. I don’t know if you can zoom in close enough to the photos without them fuzzing out on you. I kind of looked in the magnification mirror to check things, especially the small sections of tiny black heads that were around my under eyes. They had been taken out. and one of the deep clogged pores by the side of my nose that was only a slight bump under the skin has also been removed. It has been lifting for days like a slow rising leviathan and this was the final push to get it out of my skin.

I don’t tend to have a lot of massive and visible break outs. I do have the small black heads in certain areas that are easy to cover up as well as the barely visible but painful clogged pores that often drive me a little mad. Mostly because they are sore spots that you can’t really do much about until they do something. I have been working to deal with them so this might feel more dramatic because everything was primed to go and this was just the final knock out punch. But in the end this was a knock out punch. The work I did earlier in the week lined up the pins and this mask took them down.

I enjoyed the process of using it. It wa easy to apply and easy to remove. I didn’t need loads of product so the tube will last me a while. It wasn’t over the top expensive and I think my skin looks great. Maybe it was the goat, or maybe it was that extra dollop of kindness they mixed in at the end, but for me this Beekman 1892 Milk Glaze Deep Pore Purging lactic acid clay mask was a winner.


Whip that Collagen good, its the Friday Face mask

Today’s face mask is a new one to me. It came in the September Boxycharm and this is the first time I have been able to use it. This is the Dew of the Gods fijiuji Collagen Whip Vitamin mask. Before we get into the mask itself can I just say that this is just a beautiful packaging. I have tried the Claydate mask from Dew of the Gods and it was a great mask that came in a plain looking jar. This jar is just beautiful to look at and I am hoping that it works as well as it looks.

So let’s get into it. This mask is described as following on the brand website…

Vitamin cocktail, anyone? That Fiji glow really hits different. Rich, luscious and thick electric kaolin infused with vegan collagen, vitamin-C and lychee extract brightens, tones and lifts your skin while restoring its natural bounce. Injected with hyaluronic acid, Fijifuji is all about that youthful, radiant glow — it’s a party in the tropics, and the vibe is Fiji-chic.

Full Ingredients:
Aqua, Kaolin Bentonite, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-12 Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,Hydroxyethylcellulose, Allantoin, Camellia Sinesis Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Collagen, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Parfum

skin pre mask

Looking at the list I know that the Aloe and shea butter are going to make my smooth feel soft. I have high hopes for the brightening effects of Vitamin C and the plumping effects of Hyaluronic acid. As Kaolin Bentonite is the second ingredient on the list, I k now that this was a clay based mask, however when I opened the jar I didn’t expect it to be so clay like. Or really so blue. I know you can see the blue through the side, but somehow my brain thought that the jar was colored or something. It is not. That is the color of the mask. Which is kind of fun.

Admittedly when i put it on my babydoll told me I looked like i was wearing a Mesoamerican death mask. But there are worse things. Also this is why i usually use face masks when he isn’t home or is occupied elsewhere. But that is another story.

the product on the side is where I scraped the inner plastic lid

Moving on. The mask was also a lot thicker than I anticipated it being. It is like turquoise clay. I knew it was clay based but somehow the word whip made me think it would be lighter. it isn’t a problem actually as I really liked the texture, it was just a bit of a surprise.

I skimmed the surface of the product rather than scooping anything out of the jar which worked well. It came out easily and went on well. I did make certain that the lids (both inner and outer) were put back on as soon as possible as this looks like the sort of mask that will dry out very quickly if left exposed. I suspect this is a mask that really needs to be used regularly once it is open if you intend to use the entire product. Of course it also looks like i could build a pot with it and fire it to make lovely ceramics, but i won’t.

mask on

The Dew of the Gods Mask smoothed over the skin well and easily. It felt cool to the touch like all clay masks tend to do. After applying it, the only thing left to do was set the timer and relax for the fifteen minutes it took for the mask to do it’s thing.

After about five minutes there was a slight tingling. While some clay masks start to tingle as they tighten and dry out, this was slightly more than that. The tingling didn’t last long but the drying sensation continued. I wasn’t worried about anything untoward happening to the skin. I have had several very tingly masks that made me wonder what was going on under the mask. while sometimes it has led to very good things in a first time use of the mask it always makes me a little nervous and unable to relax completely.

mask after 15 minutes of dry time

This was light enough i wasn’t really worried. The clay stayed in place with no drippage, the tingling was brief and pleasant causing no unnecessary worries and I was able to lay back and relax. the mask has a light almost citrus scent to it when the jar is first opened but the scent fades almost immediately. The scent seems to stay with the jar rather than the product on the skin.

After fifteen minutes I returned to the bathroom and took the mask off. The product page recommends removing with warm water and I second that heartily. Cold water will remove it, but the warm water really does help it release a lot more easily. For removal I soaked a washcloth in warm water and after squeezing the water out so it didn’t drip, I placed the warm damp cloth on my face and let it soak a moment. The heat and moisture loosened it so that I was able to remove the mask fairly easily. There were bits left in the sink afterwards but it was still a pretty quick clean up.

skin post masking

And how did my skin feel afterwards? Clean, soft and fresh. there might have been a little plumping and brightening, but with one use it wasn’t heaps of change. I do like the way my skin feels though and I think with repeated use there might be some improvements to the skin. The big questions is, would i use it enough times to get to stronger results?

The answer is yes. I rather enjoyed this mask. It was a gentle clay mask that left my skin feeling really good. while I would hope the hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C will give long term results, in the short term my skin feels fresh, clean and soft. Those are enough reasons for me to try it for longer to see if there are any long term benefits. I can say that right now, I am happy to have this Dew of the Gods Fijifuji collagen whip vitamin mask in my masking collection.

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The just past mid week masking with Purlisse

The Purlisse Blue Lotus and Seaweed Treatment Sheet mask is not a new one to me. I tend to buy these in packs and keep them around. They are really good in the winter because they are very hydrating and soothing. I like them particularly when we have cold icy winds that slide down from the mountains and steal all your moisture leaving you with a full body chap.

Well maybe not full body unless you are running around naked like a lunatic, but the winter winds leave every part of me that is exposed to wind feeling chapped. And you really shouldn’t run around starkers in the winter. If you are a nudist, stay inside before you catch pneumonia.

hard to smile when the mask will cover your lips

So if this is the perfect winter mask, why am I wearing it now? well like it actually. And when I reached in I pulled this mask out. It is actually the last of the pack that I bought a while ago. After I purchased it i realized how crazy my sheet mask drawer was getting and told myself i couldn’t buy more sheet masks until I whittled down the lot. Now i am trying to eliminate all that i have left in my collection before the end of the year.

Then I am probably signing back up for my Facetory subscription. Not only does Facetory have a really good selection of sheet masks but I want to try out some of the other skincare they offer and I think that might be a good way to do it. But that is beside the point. I will also be getting a pack of these Purlisse masks for use in February. That is the month of wind around here.

This Purlisse Blue Lotus and Seaweed mask had a subtle clean scent to it. The scent reminds me of the other items in the Blue Lotus line from Purlisse skincare actually. It is a really god line. I especially enjoyed the moisturizer. It has been a while since I’ve used a lot of Purlisse products but for a while I was routinely purchasing the Blue Lotus Moisturizer from them.

a little extra serum but otherwise a nicely moisturized face.

This sheet mask is pretty juicy but it isn’t dripping. I did have to pat off my hands once I’d applied it to my face. That isn’t too big a deal though. The serum doesn’t drip down my face and that is the most important thing. The material of the mask is a cotton like cloth that clings to every curve of the face. This means that the mask stays in contact with the skin the entire time that it is on. Which is important because if the mask isn’t touching your skin then your skin isn’t really benefitting from the mask.

After fifteen minutes of wear, the mask is removed. I always find there is a little too much serum left over for me to simply pat into the skin so I end up lightly patting my face with a soft cloth. It doesn’t rub off all of it but it takes the drippy bits off. And my skin feels chock a block full of moisture. This Purlisse Blue Lotus and Seaweed mask is a mask I have used often so there isn’t really anything surprising about it. But it is also a mask that I will consistently reorder because I really like what it does for my skin.

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Mid week Masking with the Vitamasque Ruby Recharge Mind and Restore Skin

In my masking drawer there is a box where I keep my sheet masks. I will be honest, I prefer regular masks over sheet masks. Partially because of all the waste from packaging and partly because I don’t tend to use the same sheet mask consistently enough to see results, where as with a jar of mask there is generally enough product for multiple uses and there is a better chance of seeing results.

There are of course some sheet masks that I love. Occasionally there will be one that I love as much as the jarred masks, and you now how much I liver non-sheet masks.

A while back i made an effort to whittle down my sheet mask collection. i worked pretty hard at it and got the masks to a reasonable level (in other words the box could be closed). However there are several sheet masks that I would like to try out as well as a few that I tried and loved that I want to repurchase and I refuse to let myself purchase any sheet masks until I have cleared out the box.

bare face pre masking

Oh yes I gave myself an ultimatum. And so the Mid week masking with sheet mask returns. My goal is to clear them out before the Black Friday Sales go up. If I don’t manage to make it to that goal (which I might not, realistically) I want to make sure this box is empty by New Years so i can start fresh. Also because I can’t remember how long some of these masks have been in this box and I want to use them up.

I know, long intro, so let’s look at today’s sheet mask. It is the Ruby Recharge mind and Restore Skin Sheet mask from Vitamasques. I have tried masks from this brand before and they are usually pretty good. I can’t remember if i have tried the Ruby mask but my mind can always use a recharge.

Opening the packet the scent of rose washes over me. I know I should have been clued in by the red package and ruby name but recharge and restore aren’t words I associate with rose. I like some rose scents and dislike others. This one is okay but it is intensely rose. If you are not a fan of rose scented things then you are going to automatically want to avoid this mask. It is very rosy.

the mask is folded into a little square and it is very juicy. It is also made of a cotton type material that I both love and get annoyed by. I love the material because it feels soft against the skin and adheres to the contours of the face. It is a pleasure to wear actually. It is just a pain to unfold. The cloth wants to stick to itself and as soon as you get one edge unfolded another part will have gotten stuck. The best way I have found to deal with this material is to stretch out the main portion and put it on your face. Then when it is stuck to your face and more or less anchored into place you can work on unfolding the edges so you are covered.

post mask

It is the only way to put this mask on without spending a lot of time trying to get it unfolded. Once on my face I did have to wash my hands as there was serum all over them. The serum however wasn’t dripping from the mask as I feared. I have had some juicy masks do that on me before and I was glad not to face that again.

And then I sat for 15 minutes.

when I went to remove the mask, It hadn’t really dried at all. I peeled the wet cloth off, which was very easy and I threw it away. There was excess serum on my skin and I patted it in and there wasn’t too much.

My skin felt very hydrated and while the serum of the mask was somewhat sticky while it was damp, as it dried my skin wasn’t sticky at all. There is just that momentary wet stickiness to deal with. The rose scent lasted until the mask was removed and disposed of. I like the way my skin feels after this mask. Would I purchase this particular mask again? Probably not.

While it was a good mask, it wasn’t good enough to make me accept the heavy rose scent. I don’t mid rose but this was a lot of it ad it lingers. Anything that heavily perfumed makes me want to wash my face. which would make the mask pointless as I would be washing off the remaining masking goodness. I do like the serum, I like the cloth, I just can’t take the scent. As much as I probably wouldn’t repurchase this mask because of the scent, I would look into other Vitamasques masks because of the way it performed. I would just hope that they aren’t all rose scented and it is just the Ruby one.

Its the Friday Face mask with Mudmasky

I have, over the past two years or so, received several Mudmasky products. While I am generally down to experience any kind of mask that doesn’t cause me skin irritations, it seems to me that this one is always talked about as being fantastic. Anytime I see a Mudmasky review they are always glowing reviews, but the products I have tried are always just so-so.

In my masking collection I found this Mudmasky Vitamin A Booster Blue clay mask. And you know how I love a good clay mask. It was unopened, so I have have not tried ir and I deliberately steered away from all reviews so that I wouldn’t get over hyped and then let down. I find that for me this is the best way to tell if I really like a product.

clean face prior to masking

sometimes I will look at the reviews and if they are all really great reviews I will feel more let down by the product than I might otherwise have been. And conversely if I read a bunch of bad reviews and then try it, I might think it is better than it is because it wasn’t a bad as the reviews painted it. I don’t know if that is the way anyone else’s brain works but that is how mind does so I didn’t look at the product information on the website until after I tried the mask. I went solely based on what is on the tube. Still it makes sense to post the what to expect before the actual results so, according to the product page…

This Fragrance-free Clay Mask is formulated with a blend of flowers, fruits, and Grade 1 Clay. The clays used are considered the purest and most premium available on earth. As a natural alternative to retinol, we have used Bakuchiol , suitable for even the most sensitive skin. Refines and tightens the pores and boosts your skin with a high dose of natural Vitamin A, your skin will look visibly smoother after just 1 use.

mask on

I should also point out that this mask is a full size and retails for $59. Which is incidentally the same price as one of my favorite clay masks, the Bl’eau Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask. (Although Bl’eau is having a big Labor day sale so you can snag that fantastic mask or their other products for less, this link will take you there if you are interested.)

I say this because this is the mask that I will be comparing it to in my mind. They are the same price, both clay and both pore refining. There are different aspects of each of course, but I will still compare them mentally when deciding my repurchasing options. If that makes sense.

mask dried

So onto the face the mask went. I know it is fragrance free, but there is a slightly odd scent to it (that I’m sure is just the product since fragrance isn’t listed in the ingredients). This is going to sound strange but it reminds me of grape flavored cough syrup. which was odd. The scent dissipates quickly but for what it is worth that is the scent I got from it.

It went onto the face easily and smoothed well over the skin. There are no solid bits it is just a blended clay paste. which I did like about it as I didn’t have to worry about my sink clogging. (Old house, old pipes). the mask felt cool to the skin which tends to be something that happens with most clay masks. There was a little tingling, but it was mostly the mask as it dried. It was more a sensation of water evaporating from the mask than an actual chemical tingle.

post mask

I let the mask sit for fifteen minutes as recommended and then went to wash it off. As you can see from my inability to smile in the photo, the mask dried down pretty hard. I patted water on it to loosen it and then it rinsed off fairly easily. There was not a lot of hard scrubbing which was pleasant. I do love clay masks but sometimes removing them is like chipping a statue out of granite. This was a relatively easy to remove clay mask. I did wet it back down before I used the washcloth though.

Here is the thing. I believe that skin are takes time to work. Yes a mask may give you an immediate result, but generally speaking immediate results disappear almost as quickly as they come. Skincare works based on repeated and consistent use. So I am always a little skeptical when I see the words ‘results after one use.’

As you can see above this mask did have those words. And did I see results after one use? Maybe a little bit. I can say that my skin felt very clean and looked very clean as though the mask purged some deep down gunk it had been holding on to. which was a nice effect. My skin did feel smooth but part of that was that it simple just felt clean.

I suppose you can call that results after one use. What i would call that is encouraging. It is an encouraging sign that repeated and consistent use may actually show some results. I think what I might do is give this mask a little stretch of time to see if there are more results. So There are today’s pictures. I will use this mask for the next week (not every day, but every other day as recommended) and I will see how a week of repeated regular use causes my skin to respond. I think that may give me a better idea of results expected and results that I can share with you.

So I intended to see if I liked the Mudmasky Vitamin A Booster Blue Clay Mask enough to keep it in my mask rotation and I decided that I did like it enough and that I saw enough positive things in my one use to try regular use for a week to see what happens. I suppose tune in next Friday for the comparison pics and further thoughts. I hadn’t planned on a longer trial but this seems like the right thing to do with this mask. And so the surprise Mudmasky trial begins.

Illuminating with Pearl for Face Mask Friday

I love when I go into my masking drawer and find something special that I thought I was out of. I tend to periodically get the samples kits from Annmarie Beauty. they are wild crafted beauty with some fantastic skincare. Their aloe cleanser smells of lemon verbena and makes the skin fel fantastic and the Charcoal mask is my special indulgence for myself every holiday season (it is especially useful to have around post holiday treats when my skin is feeling the effects of too much sugar and fat). I tend to pick up the trial kits to use for travel actually. Also they often rotate which masks are in the trial kits so I can try some of their new to me masks before I decide whether to purchase them or not in the full size.

This Illuminating Pearl mask from Annmarie Skincare is the perfect mask when you have had too much sun and need a little extra moisturizing pampering for your skin. According to the product page…

pre mask skin

This luxurious mask restores balance and harmony while creating the perfect beautifying ritual. Honey delivers complex nutrients and hydrating properties to visibly improve tone and radiance. Turmeric’s bioactive compounds leave your skin feeling calm, making this mask ideal for sensitivities. Skin brightening pearl powder enhanced with uva ursi and licorice transforms your complexion to have an everlasting glow.

mask on

The mask has a lightly herbal scent to it. I am not too partial to the scent of licorice so at first I was hesitant, but the licorice is only a back note. it mostly smells generally herbal. The consistency of the mask lets you know that there might be honey in the mix despite not having the sweet scent to it. It isn’t sticky but it has some of the viscosity that I would associate with honey. What is interesting about this mask is that I always seem to get it in my sample packs (which I usually order when I am preparing for holiday travel) and I usually set it aside because it’s time to shine is really in the summer.

after fifteen minutes

Too much time in the sun, sweated out in the garden and feeling a bit dry? That is when it is time for the pearl mask to shine. It goes on easily with either your fingers or a masking spatula. Then you let it sit for fifteen minutes and lie back and enjoy the scent of the herbs. It is super relaxing and the scent has almost an aroma therapy effect. You can picture yourself lying back in a field of green growing things. Minus the bees and other insects, possibly damp ground, and hay fever.

mask rinsed off

Okay it is like a fantasy of lying back in a field.

Over the fifteen minutes the mask becomes a little sticky and you can really feel where the honey came into it. When going back to the bathroom. I can see that most of the mask absorbed into the skin. The sticky parts are just what remained after the rest of the mask sunk into my skin. Rinsing it off is easy. as soon as the water touches the mask it looses it’s stickiness and rinses off cleanly and easily.

The water does bring up the licorice root scent, but only momentarily as it disappears when the mask is washed down the drain. It is soon gone and I think my skin looks and feels great. I now that I often sing the praises of the charcoal mask (which is fantastic, I can’t lie) but that is mostly due to timing. I pack these mask up in the fall and winter, but this Pearl mask is the best post sun masking experience. I am so glad I came across it in my masking drawer today. The Illuminating Pearl mask from Annmarie Skincare was a pleasure to use and a mask I will be picking up again.

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The Mid-Week Sheet Mask: Cosocodi Ganoderma Stem Real Mask

It is that time again my darlings. The time when I realize that my sheet mask collection has once again managed to grow unchecked. I thought to look into the box o’ sheet masks when I saw that Facetory had a sale going on. They are one of the main places I get my masks. They actually have several levels of sheet mask subscriptions (and other skin care products too actually) I had one of their subscriptions for a while and really enjoyed it. It was a great way to try a bunch of different masks, find the ones you like and then order the ones you like.

I know, not rocket science.

They also have Masking Mondays’ where each Monday they put certain masks on sale (they rotate through so it isn’t always the same one). I tend to read them and compare the sales to my favorites list and then pounce when my faves go on sale. But I haven’t been using my sheet masks as much.

dripping mask

Well that’s not entirely true. I reorder the ones I know I like and then just use those and reorder them instead of trying out the random collection of masks in the box. So I need to start using them to see if they are worth repurchasing or if I can just delight in a grand clear out.

which is also a long winded way of saying there will be sheet masks cropping up periodically in the near future. Todays is the Coscodi Ganoderma Stem Real Mask. Quite the mouthful isn’t it? Looking it up I found it mentioned on several sites, including Facetory where I received the mask originally. I could only find the mask for sale on a few sites. One of them was Walmart so that is the one i went with and where the description came from. According to the Walmart product page for this mask…

mask on

Stem cells from the Lingzhi mushroom help keep the skin healthy by penetrating the dermis of the skin. This highly-nutritional and well-fitted sheet mask contains red ginseng and adenosine to enhance skin elasticity, while niacinamide and scutellaria baicalensis root extract helps cleanse the skin from fine dust particles, brighten, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. It’s packed with ingredients that provides skin a whole new glow!

Now I am always in favor of niacinamides and anti aging properties in masks. While I don’t believe fifteen minutes with a mask is going to shave off a decade of time from my skin, I am in the every little bit helps category of skincare users. So I opened the Coscodi mask and took it out of the packaging.

mask off, skin really wet

It always amuses me when the mask is wrapped up into such a small package inside of the large pack. I took it out and it was juicy. You can see the serum just dripping off of it. It took a little bit of work to unfold it completely. It was very wet and wanted to stick to itself. The material is also fairly thin. The thin material and serum did help once I got the mask unfolded and on to my face.

It adhered well to the contours of my face and didn’t move the entire time I wore the sheet mask. I was worried that the mask would drip once it was on. Maybe it dripped it’s excess out into the sink while I unfolded it, but it didn’t drip while I wore it. which was a plus.

pat dry

As per instructions I let the mask sit on my face for fifteen minutes. In that time i answered e-mails at my desk. while i like to make Friday Masking an event, I never feel like taking that much of a break mid week. That is also the beauty of sheet masks They go one, and come off without a lot of clean up time.

when the mask came off, my skin had a lot of excess serum on it. They say to pat the excess serum in, but there was way too much and it would have taken my skin far to long to take it all in. I did end up wiping some of the excess off.

this mask had no scent, but the serum does feel a little sticky. As it dries and it fully absorbed into the skin , the stickiness goes away. But there was a lot of serum and it does take a while for it to absorb. I don’t know if it is the length of time on the skin or what, but I really feel like I want to wash my face. My skin looks fine and I’m sure it is well hydrated, but I very much feel the need to wash my face. I’m trying to give the serum time to sink in and at least possibly provide some benefits, but it is really difficult.

i will say that my skin does look healthy and hydrated, but this feeling of needing to wash my face is a bit much. While I’m sure this mask has it’s fans, I am not one of them. I think that this might be a one and only use of the Coscodi Ganoderma stem real Mask. The effects seem to be minimum, at least from this one use, but the need to wash my face is too strong to ignore. This mask is not for me.

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