A familiar favorite for Face Mask Friday

Oh yes my darlings, this afternoon I brought back a familiar favorite. It is the Yensa Pumpkin Turmeric 2-in-1 Radiance Polishing mask. I’m sure we have covered the basics before, but to refresh, according to the product page…

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.

mask on

In case you are wondering the 8 orange skin loving ingredients are: pumpkin, turmeric, carrot, papaya, grapefruit, ginger, honey and orange. Personally I think they are stretching the term orange with both honey and grapefruit, but as I adore this mask I am willing to be a little color blind.

I chose this mask because despite the early in the week exfoliation, I could use a little bit more. (I always do this after being sick actually. It doesn’t matter what the illness is, I generally find that as I get better I need more exfoliation. Its like my skin is purging while my body fights the internal fight. But only when I am on the mend.) And this is an amazing and gentle exfoliation. It always leaves my skin feeling simply fabulous and I thought fabulous was perfect for a Friday.

no change after ten minutes

Plus even with my still stuffy nose I can smell this mask. It has a warm scent that it spicy, earthy and sweetly pumpkin-y (it isn’t a ‘pumpkin spice’ scent though) and just reminds me of fall.

This mask goes on clear but with an orange tint. It looks a bit like honey to be honest, but it doesn’t have the cloying sweetness or the intense stickiness. It does make you look wet for the 10 minutes you have this on. The wet look remains as you wait, there is no change in the mask as it sits on the skin.

turns white as you massage with just a little bit of water

And even though it looks liquidly and makes me think of honey dripping, the mask doesn’t drip, it actually stays in place well. I never lie down when I am wearing it though. even though the mask doesn’t move a part of my brain still thinks honey and I just can’t lay back on the pillows. I have to sit up. I have tried and it is fine, it just hurts my brain and becomes less restful, so I work at the desk while it is on. I just have to use the speaker phone if I answer any calls.

when the ten minutes are up, I return the toe bathroom sink. I put a little water on my hands and massage the mask into the skin. Here the masks starts to turn white and the exfoliation comes into play. I massage the mask in small circles periodically dipping my hands under the tap for a little more water. Then when I felt I have had enough exfoliation I rinse the last of the fine grained particles away.

before mask on left, after mask on right, not much difference in the photos, it is a gentle exfoliation after all, but the skin feels so much better, just ignore the baggy allergy eyes

As always my skin looks healthy and freshly exfoliated. It feels fantastically clean and I honestly don’t want to put anything over it for a bit. After a few minutes I will go in and put a tiny amount of moisturizer on my skin. Moisturizing right after exfoliation is always a good thing, I just love enjoying that freshly scrubbed feeling for just a little bit.

Today I brought out this mask because I wanted a little exfoliation and a reminder that autumn is on it’s way and that this summer will not last forever. This summer has been brutal in so many ways and I am more than ready for a change of the seasons. While this Yensa Pumpkin Turmeric 2-in-1 Radiance Polishing Mask can’t change the seasons, It can remind me that a new one is on the way and make my skin feel fabulous while I wait. As far as consolation prizes go, that is a pretty good one.

And as a reminder Yensa still has a sale going on: Yensa CBD cleanser is still on sale for 50% off (!!!) until Monday, August 15th. Use code CBDDAY22 at checkout and stock that cart up to over $50 pre-tax for 50% off the cleanser and for free shipping. CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory and can help your skin relax and feel good while you remove the dirt and makeup from a long day. I really enjoy this cleanser and have used it a number of times.

The Daily: August 11th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. This morning the allergies as well as the dregs of sickness past and need for constant blowing of the nose returned and so makeup remained a pointless endeavor. I did however remember the Depology Derma Face Sculpting mask.

I was supposed to use it yesterday but just felt too miserable so I put it off a day. I suppose it is a sign that I am feeling better. If anything the mask went on easier the second time. Now that I know how to work with the stickiness. It is mostly ensuring that the mask doesn’t fold in on itself.

The gel felt cool against my skin today and I can feel the sort of pressure put on the lower jaw. It isn’t an uncomfortable pressure, just something that fits snugly and stays against the skin. Which is sort of the point. If it sagged it wouldn’t do anyone any good.

I have to admit that I feel a little like I am in an old fashioned cartoon and am the character with a toothache. Luckily it doesn’t encircle my head with a little bow on top. And I can actually speak while wearing it. the mask doesn’t clamp my jaw shut. I actually had a fairly normal sounding conversation on the phone while wearing the mask. I am excited to see what effects wearing the mask has over time. For now, today was a mask day and not a makeup one. I tried adding eye patches, but I actually sneezed them off. So those will have to wait for another day.

For now, we are just going to call this a skincare day and pretend that it was on purpose instead of me bowing to necessity. I hope your Thursday is going smashingly well.

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A different kind of sheet mask from Depology

Depology recently sent over a package of skincare items for me to try out and review for you, including the Depology Derma Face Sculpting Mask. As always even though these items were gifted to me, my opinions are my own. I know many of you are thinking, oh another sheet mask. However the Depology Derma Face Sculpting Mask is a little bit different. For one thing, It doesn’t go over your entire face, it goes under your chin.

According to the Depology Website

The Dēpology Sculpting Mask is infused with essential ingredients to tone and firm your chin, jowl and jawline. Designed with a soft yet firm textured cloth, this mask can be worn whilst getting ready in the morning. This mask hydrates while visibly lifting and firming your skin. See a tighter jawline, jowl and chin from the first use.​ For an extra glow, we recommend using our chin sculpting masks in combination with our popular hydrogel under eye patches.

Full Ingredient’s List: Water, Algae (Seaweed) Extract, Glycerin, Anthocyanins, Sodium Polyacrylate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

Also on their website is a very handy (and detailed) article about why the skin of the jaw sags and why jowls can appear as we age as well as other issues to consider in thinking about your skincare elements. I always find their articles quite informative actually.

Depology very kindly sent over enough masks for a two week trial (use one every other day) so I can try them for longer to see how they perform, but this is a first use post. As I said this mask is a little bit different. It goes under the chin. I’ll admit I was worried that gravity would exert itself upon the mask and as I wore the mask it would grow looser until by the time the 20-30 minute wear time recommended was over, it would no longer be touching my chin. So I took it out of the package with some skepticism.

first applied

The Depology Derma Face Sculpting Mask is folded in half and the package recommends being careful when taking it out. I expected extra serum, but there isn’t any, the outer layer feels dry and soft. Thee is a waxed paper backing on the cloth mask. The careful when removing line applies to the fact that the mask is quite sticky. I unfolded it from the pouch and peeled the backing off. The mask does want to stick you itself, so just don’t let it fold back over.

it covers pretty far back (sorry there was no way to take the pic without looking up my nose.

To apply I smoothed it over my chin and the sides of my jaw. I then had to stretch it to go over my ears. I was worried that because it was so sticky it would pull at my hair (which it didn’t do at all). However once applied there was no fear that it would slide anywhere. The mask stayed exactly where it was placed. I set the timer for thirty minutes and then went about my morning. I had a very full inbox to plow through and it was very easy to forget completely that i was wearing the mask at all. It didn’t shift, it didn’t sage, it didn’t sting and there was no scent detectable with the mask at all.

It did feel a little cool against the skin so it was clear that it was doing something, but there was no mess or comfortability when wearing the mask. It was quite honestly easy to spend thirty minutes wearing the mask with no problems.

removal was simple and easy

At the end of the thirty minutes I returned to the bathroom to remove the Depology Derma Face Sculpting Mask. The mask itself hadn’t changed. It covered my jaw and neck just as it has when I applied it. I was actually pleased with how far back on my lower jaw it covered. It reached all the way back to my neck. I thought this might be the one uncomfortable part, but the soft material contoured to the skin so there was no discomfort no matter how I moved my head during the thirty minutes.

I was worried though about the sticky factor. Would the stickiness that kept the mask in place over the thirty minutes prove difficult to remove? Would it be painful to peel off or leave a sticky residue behind? No in all cases. The mask peeled off easily with no residue left on my hair or skin. There was no pulling and nothing left behind.

Before the lask on the left, post mask on the right. While not a huge difference after one use, there is a slight one and to the touch I can feel the difference. It is a promising start to the trial

The description of the mask claims that there will be results after just one use. In appearance, there isn’t much difference between my before and after from the first use. Which is fine, this is skincare, not magic. However the feel of my skin is nice. The skin feels nice and hydrated and well cared for. I am very guilty of ignoring this part of my face when applying my skin care. I apply products on the face and then I will apply them on the neck and upper chest, but often I will skip under my jaw. Having a product concentrate on that section of my face is not a bad thing. While any changes after a single use are visibly small, the feel of the skin is noticeably improved to the touch. I will certainly enjoy spending the next two weeks trying out these Depology Derma Face Sculpting Masks and look forward to seeing the change that two weeks of use makes.

The Final Glam Glow for Face mask Friday

That’s right it is time again for Face mask Friday. Today I have something a little bit different. If you recall, I reviewed this Youthmud Glow Stimulating Treatment Mask From Glamglow around about six weeks ago. Since then I have used it off and on and today, was the last use out of the jar.

clean skin pre mask

Over the month i learned a few interesting things about the mask. First let’s look at what the brand has to say about it…

An intensely exfoliating clay mask treatment that instantly smoothes and polishes to revive skin’s youthful glow and reveal baby-soft, camera-ready skin in as little as 10 minutes.

Glam Glow

Pretty straightforward right? I had initially planned to use this twice a week, but some weeks I simply didn’t need that much exfoliation. Some weeks it really helped out. I think that is the trick with any exfoliating mask. Figure out what your skin needs before applying and adjust your use accordingly instead of blindly following the use pattern listed out. After all most masks will say 2-3 times a week or as needed. Sometimes you simply don’t need the twice a week exfoliation.

mask on

This mask is a clay base which I love and oddly enough to me it smells a bit like lemon iced tea with just a touch of licorice. I found the scent oddly very appealing. Once applied the licorice root comes out more, but sniffing the jar there is a distinct scent of lemon iced tea. Which kind of made it feel extra summery.

chunky bits

The mask is not a smooth mask. There are bits in it. Part of me likes the natural-ness of the mask that the bits might signify, the other part of me worried about clogging the drain. I did develop a way of dealing with the bits over the course of using the jar, but I’ll get to that when we talk removal.

Applying it was easy, despite the chunky bits. For the most part they stuck into the mask. Occasionally when the mask started drying they might crack off. when the mask is first applied it is quite tingly and made my skin feel warm. I thought there might be a reaction at first, but as I tested it on my arm prior and had no reaction I went forward. After a few minutes of intense tingling, it faded and tapered off to feel like a cooling clay mask.

dried after 10 min

It dried like a clay mask. It changed color and hardened. Smiling does not happen when it is dry. For me I found that ten minutes was the perfect length of time. Removal however was interesting, predominantly because of the bits. Normally because of the hardened clay i would lay a warm wet wash cloth over the mask and let it loosen the clay before rinsing off. While this will work, I live in an older house and the plumbing is occasionally a bit sensitive. while we have upgraded as needed the majority of the pipes are, like the house, from 1952.

PMD tool post mask, pre toothbrush clean

what I found worked for me was to wet my PMD cleansing device and run it over the mask while leaning over the sink. I had to periodically keep wetting it because it doesn’t hold water (since it is silicone). The vibrating tool and little bits of water shook loose the clumpy bits. I don’t think the vibrations are necessary, but I went ahead and used them. A regular wet brush, lightly run over the surface of the mask will do. I went with the PMD Cleansing tool, because the silicone bristles are short and while it rinses off easily under water it is super easy to clean when I am done. (I use an old toothbrush to get the last of the mask out from between the bristles).

bits in the sink, knocked off and getting wiped out before the rest of the mask is washed off

The brush knocks off the clumpy bits and it does moisten the mask but not wash it off the face. Once the bits are knocked off, I take a wash cloth and wipe the bits out of the sink before they can go down the drain. Then I remove the mask. Perhaps you have newer pipes and don’t need this tip, but I found it was really helpful in convincing the sink to drain properly instead of slowing down.

clean post mask skin

After the clumpy bits were wiped away, the now moistened mask was easy to remove and once patted dry my skin felt fabulous after every use. The mask exfoliated well, but not too much and left my skin feeling clean and fresh. I especially loved using it on days where the humidity just made me feel sweaty and gross. It did tame down a lot of the excess oils.

I did notice that the day after I used this mask, I would have some bumps rise to the surface as actual blemishes. The mask basically drew clogged pores to the surface. Repeated use helped my pores have a grand clear out and the longer I used the mask the fewer of these there were. Which was a great incentive to continue using the mask. The texture of my skin is greatly improved.

While I used this mask in a sample size before this, it was one that made it onto my list to try out in the full size and I am glad I did. the Youth Mud from Galmglow was a great mask and one I will most definitely order again.

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The Mid-Week Sheet Mask with Beauty Pro

I decided that for a little while I am going to try to remember to bring back the mid week masking, at least when I am not testing out a mask for a longer trial. There are several reasons actually. The first it that I was reminded last week when I used the mask for three days during the week that I really liked having a mid week face mask. The second reason is that I noticed i still have a stockpile of sheet masks I need to work my way through.

one side of the plastic peeled off

I’m not opposed to sheet masks. I like them. I just tend to put them in a box and forget about them. I prefer jar masks for the most part. Admittedly I adore eye masks, especially as allergies have been out of control this year. Plus I recently received this clay sheet mask from Beauty Pro and I wanted to try it out.

That’s right this Beauty Pro Sheet mask is the Pink Clay Sheet Mask. You know I love clay masks. I have tried a few clay sheet masks out before and while some work better than other, they are generally like a good clay mask that doesn’t cause as big a mess.

bottom on with top plastic still in place

So i went and opened it figuring I could wear it this morning when sorting through my early e-mails. which i did. the first thing I noticed was the scent of rose. There is no rose mentioned on the sheet mask, so it was a surprise. Mentioned are Calamine, Vitamin b and White Mulberry but the scent it all rose. And it is a lingering rose. It was with me for the entire duration of the sheet masking experience.

both sides on, plastic still in place

As with most clay sheet masks, at least with all the one’s I’ve tried, they come in two parts. The clay is sandwiched between two plastic sheets. I find it easier to peel off the sheet, apply the wet mask to the skin and then let it warm up on my skin a minute while I put the other half of the mask on. The result is…well it is certainly a look. Not a fabulous one, but a rather memorable one.

plastic removed

With the heat of my skin warming it, the mask is more inclined to stick to my skin than the plastic. So I start sliding the plastic off and making sure to press the mask into my skin so it stays there. The hard part is getting it started. Once started it pulls off pretty quickly. I always have more trouble with the top half than I do with the bottom one. Eventually it was sorted even if I do look a little lopsided.

after 15 min

And then I went to the desk to check out my morning e-mails. Because it is clay there is no sliding and slipping. I could leave the mask on and forget it. Well almost forget i. The longer I smelled the rose the more it felt like someone was shoving a bar of rose scented soap under my nose. I don’t mind rose, but this was a bit much. It is a fancy soap rose if that helps you identify it. Something in the rose scent just reads soapy.

removal

And then after fifteen minutes I went to take it off. while the mask felt good on my skin, I have to admit, I was pretty pleased to be able to get the scent away from me. So what happened during removal? Was it remove the clay mask with a jackhammer and the hottest water my faucet could product?

duty but done

No. while the mask did look like some kind of tan version of the mummy’s bandage wraps, the mask pulled of smoothly and as easily as any sheet mask.

It was dry as my skin absorbed the moisture from the mask and the fiber support system was just holding the much drier clay in place. There were a few streaks of clay dust on my skin which washed off with a simple splash of water.

rinsed clean

My skin feels great. It feels like I just used a clay mask, without all of the mess of a clay mask. Is it the best clay mask I’ve used? No. but it was nice on the skin, left me feeling refreshed without a lot of time spent doing clean up and removal. it has the ease of a sheet mask, but the benefit of clay.

Is it my favorite mask? No. It was okay although i could do without the rose scent. I was able to work at my desk while wearing it and not worry about drips and it didn’t take forever to remove, also a plus.

While I am not rushing out to buy a case of the Beauty Pro Pink Clay Sheet Masks, it was nice and I would certainly use it again. Next time, I would like to try to get one without the intensely rose scent though. That was a bit much.



Finishing out the My Skinny Mask for Face Mask Friday

This week I have been going through a sample sized tube of My Skinny Mask’s Turmeric and Vitamin C Clay mask. The sample size held three uses within it’s tube so I used the first on Monday, the second of Wednesday and the third today.

Why you may ask? was it to clear out the sample sized tube and decide if it was worth picking up in the full size? Was it to see if any of it’s claims proved true through repeated use?

last of the mask on

Yes to all actually. I figured I could let the open sample linger while I tried other things (and possibly spoil before it could be used) or I could go ahead and use it as justification for mid week masking. Also as this mask claims to be…

Powered exclusively with organic & natural plant-based ingredients our Face Clay Mask keeps skin soft, glowing, and radiant. 

A gentle yet effective formula leaving your skin looking refreshed, smooth and with a radiant glow. 

My Skinny Mask
mask dried, no smiling possible

I figured that I could see if repeated use actually produced soft, radiant and glowing skin. I know most skincare products take thirty days to produce results but I thought that it might be possible to see if repeated use did actually show some effect, even if it wasn’t thirty days worth.

To be honest, I didn’t find a first use of this mask to be all that impressive. I could get over the mustard look of the mask, but my first reactions weren’t more than mediocre. I applied the mask, let it sit for the required ten minutes and then washed it off. My skin was softer and felt refreshed and cleaned but that is usually what happens after most masks. Especially clay ones. The clay absorbs the surface oil and is taken off with the mask leaving my skin feeling refreshed regardless of any other properties the mask holds.

removal takes a bit of effort

Living in an area where summer is famed not only for it’s heat but it’s intense humidity, this facet of clay is a big bonus and one of the reasons I lean into clay masks all summer. Even a poor clay mask is going to take off some of that humidity created oil slick on my skin. and in reducing it will give me less blemish problems. (I’m sure there is a more science themed way to say that, but that is my feelings as to how it works with my skin.)

But even though pretty much all clay masks will do this, not all clay masks are equal. Many clay masks do a lot for my skin. One of my favorites has been the Bl’eau Beauty Glacial Oceanic clay mask. (Incidentally they are having a 3rd Birthday sale so it is 30% off sitewide with the code JULY30, it lasts through the end of the month.) This Bl’eau mask not only gave me the refreshing feel of a clay mask, but it also drew impurities up to the surface so they could be cleared away. While it did other things that were nice too, it also had the benefit of being relatively easy to remove.

The My Skinny mask, is not the easiest to remove. It dries down and it dries down hard. To remove it I soaked a wash cloth in warm water, lay it over the mask for a minute to soften up and then still had to scrub a while to remove it. The mask took nearly five minutes to remove entirely from my skin.

Does my skin feel clean? Yes, it was a clay mask and then I scrubbed my face for five minutes, of course my skin feels clean. My skin also feels soft and nice to the touch. There weren’t any buried pores brought to the surface, but this mask never claimed it would do that. It did claim that it would make my skin glow-y and radiant. In the picture below I have my skin before the first mask (on Monday) and then after the third mask was removed (today).

before masking on Monday on the Left, post masking Friday on the right

I think my skin looks and feels nice. Can that be chalked up to the mask? Maybe a little bit. In the end it is an okay clay mask. There were no objectionable scents. There were no skin irritations or break outs. My skin looks and feels nice. The mask doesn’t feel spectacularly special and it was kind of a pain to remove. While I would use it if another version of this happened to appear in a subscription box, the My Skinny Turmeric and Vitamin C Clay mask isn’t a mask I would specifically go out and purchase. It is okay, but not something I feel I need to keep in my collection.

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The Skinny on the Delayed Face Mask

Friday did not go as planned. I ended up pulled into a project discussion that lasted well past the end of the workday and but then the Friday Face Mask was no longer a possibility. And so we are catching up today. The mask I chose was one of the sample sized masks in my collection. That’s right I have gone back to working through some of my samples (as you will see on the weekly skincare line up when we reach Friday – I decided since I pared everything down last week in an attempt at saving time then I would use this to my advantage and roll in some sample sizes I wanted to try out.)

But to the mask! This mask is one I over looked for a while because every time I looked at it all I could read was the title: My Skinny Mask: Australia. which is fine, but it didn’t really tell me anything about the mask other then where it came from. When looking at the masking samples I knocked it over and found that on the other side of the tube it read: Turmeric and Vitamin C Clay Mask.

clean face to start

That actually gave me an idea of what the mask was. I’m hoping those two titles are just on opposite sides of the packaging because it is a sample size and that the full sized one puts them together. With this hope, I went to the website. The full sized mask comes in a jar and does have the full name on one side. To be honest, I would have reached for it sooner if I had seen the name. The brand is actually Skinny Beauty. They describe this mask as…

A 10 minute Detox for your Skin Powered exclusively with organic & natural plant-based ingredients our Face Clay Mask keeps skin soft, glowing, and radiant. A gentle yet effective formula leaving your skin looking refreshed, smooth and with a radiant glow. 

Skinny Beauty
the mask goes on looking like mustard

I do like vitamin c on my skin and we all know I love clay masks. So I made sure my skin was clean and dry, and I opened the mask. There isn’t much scent to the mask and because of the turmeric I expected it to be a sort of yellow color. I didn’t expect it to look so much like mustard. It felt a bit like I was putting mustard on my face. There was no mustard smell though which was nice.

can’t smile without cracking once dry

The mask applied easily enough. The clay is not a terribly thick clay. Sometimes when jarred clay masks go into a sample sized tube they don’t come out all that easily. This one did, which was nice. I applied a thin layer and probably have enough mask left for two more applications.

As is usual for clay masks it dried down. It looked less like mustard as it dried. In the ten minutes the thin layer I applied dried almost completely. It was also the flaky and brittle kind of dry. It did not want to come off of the skin easily, so I ended up soaking a wash cloth in warm water and laying it across my face and counting to twenty. This helped soften it enough to be able to remove it without a lot of harsh scrubbing. with the washcloth warm water soak, removal was fine.

Post mask skin

So was my skin brightened and glowing? A little, maybe. I think that this is a mask that would have to be worn repeatedly before any sort of results were to appear. My skin did feel very clean and non-oily which for me is typical for me from clay masks. I generally find clay masks remove all of the excess oil from the surface of the skin and this was no exception. As for the rest, repeated applications may help, but I didn’t see any change. Since I have two more uses in the mask and a penchant for MWF masking, I will be trying this mask again on Wednesday and then on Friday so that I can see if repeated use does show any results. (And so that I am not putting a partially used sample back in the drawer. I’ll compare Friday’s Pics to this and see if there is anything noticeable after three applications. For now, I am just going to enjoy the post mask clean skin from My Skinny Mask.

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Face Mask Friday: Cela Masque de Glacier

It is once again face mask Friday. When looking in my mask drawer I realized I had this unopened clay mask from Cela in the drawer. It is the Cela Masque De Glacier Clay Mask. I chose it today because it seemed like a clay mask kind of day. In fact any day I am dealing with break outs seems like a clay mask kind of day. And while the sugar break outs caused by birthday celebrations are mostly faded, they are still clay mask worthy.

the second reason that i wanted to try it out today was that it reminded me a little of the Bl’eau Beauty Glacial Clay Mask I tried a while back (and absolutely adored. While the above link will take you to the Bl’eau site – where they are having a birthday celebration of their own with 30% off CODE JULY30 – this link will take you to the full review post I did on the mask). They are both Canadian and both glacial clay.

bare face before mask

When opening the tube of the Cela mask it even smells vaguely like the Bl’eau mask, which was quite encouraging. It has a milder scent and there are fewer herbal elements mixed in, but it is the same clay based scent.

Dispensing it into the hand it is a much thinner consistency and I can see why it was put into a tube rather than in a jar. It was drippier and as a result I think I ended up applying it a little bit thicker than I planned.

It has almost exactly the same color as the Bl’eau mask once it is on, even if it is a little bit thinner. What I found interesting was the length of time it was worn. Most masks tend to be worn for 10 to 15 minutes. Yet this mask recommended that the mask be worn 20-25 minutes. It also said that a mild tingling may occur.

I set the timer for twenty minutes but instead of laying down and letting the mask do it’s thing I sat at my desk and monitored.

The longer wear time combined with the potential for mild tingling left me a little cautious. However there were no problems. There might have been a mild tingling, but it was more of a cooling as the clay dried down. While the above picture is of the mask wet, the lighter picture with the dried mask is after 20 minutes. I think if I had worn it for the full twenty five minutes then the mask would have fully dried down.

And now that I know that the mask isn’t going to cause any issues, I will probably feel comfortable wearing it for the full twenty five minutes next time.

But is it worth trying for a second time?

I think it is. I found the Cela Masque de Glacier clay Mask to be a really good clay mask

I enjoyed using it and I think that my skin feels quite refreshed after using it.

I scratched my nose by accident in case you are wondering. That is not mask related

I think that it may have brought up some of the clogged pores that hadn’t risen as a result of my sugar extravaganza. I suspect they will be rising later on as blemishes and will need to be dealt with over the weekend.

But I have some Zitsticka patches for them. And to be honest, I always sort of expect clogged pores to rise after a clay mask. I am always disappointed when they don’t actually.

I know I did a lot of comparing to the Bl’eau Mask in this post but the two are quite similar. I think the Bl’eau mask was a bit more effective and had an herbal component that this Cela Clay Mask lacks, but it was a good mask to use. The thing to remember is that it is going to have a longer use time. I think it does need the full twenty to twenty five minutes to work and do it’s pore cleansing best. Rushing it isn’t going to help any one, so just prepare yourself for a longer masking experience. There is something to be said for the longer relaxation time. I think I will enjoy it more now that i am not worried about what tingling evil might occur in twenty minutes and i am looking forward to using this mask again.

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Is it a bird, is it a plane? No it’s Supermud

Last week I indulged in a first use of the Glam Glow Youthmud and as I can use the exfoliating maks two days a week i am continuing it for the month of July on Mondays and Wednesdays. More than that will be too much exfoliation, so it is back to clearing out some samples from my collection. Some of them will make it to full sized purchases, others will not.

Since I have one remaining sample size from Glamglow it seemed like the perfect time to go ahead and use it. So todays mask is the Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment.

mask on

It is…

A clarifying mask with six exfoliating acids and activated charcoal to instantly and visibly clears pores and improves the complexion of normal, combination, and acne-prone skin. Skin Type: Combination and Oily, Skincare Concerns: Pores, Acne and Blemishes, and Oiliness

This advanced clearing treatment instantly fights skin imperfections and skin problems, and is suitable for acne-prone skin. Kaolin clay, activated-x charcoal, and the Super Six Acid Blend instantly work together to target skin congestions, clogged pores, and dead skin cell buildup, resulting in clearer, poreless-looking skin.

Glam Glow
mask dried, can’t smile

I do have a couple of blemishes and clogged pores so while I will show the mask on at the beginning and just before I wash it off, I will also put the before picture of my face and the after picture of my face in the image compare so it can more easily be judged with the instant pore clearing.

Going on, it is a mostly smooth mask. There are a few bits in it, but they feel incidental instead of like exfoliation beads. The Eucalyptus makes it’s presence felt immediately with the licorice root not far behind as far as scents go. I actually rather like the scent of it. It smells very medicinal. The tingling arrives almost as soon as the scent and lasted for the full ten minutes I wore the mask. In that time you can see that the mask dried to an ashy color instead of a dark gray.

It also dried pretty stiffly so it was hard to smile. I am not actually trying to look grim and actually enjoyed this mask. I decided that today I could just lie back and relax to scented candles. And yes I know I said I was going to look at a summer scent but I did end up just reordering the Edgar Allen Poe from Paddywax’s Library collection. I can’t help it, it is my favorite candle scent. I keep meaning to branch out and then i think about how much I like ti and then it ends up in the cart. I have occasionally convinced myself to get the summery candles from the La Playa line, but still somehow still end up with Edgar. Its a great candle.

And it worked for me today. I returned to the bathroom washed the mask off and patted my skin dry. Is my skin cleared? Are my pores minimized?

Before on left, after on right. Not much visual difference unless you get really close, but the feeling is good

I can say that my face feels clean and significantly less oily. I think that some of my pores have cleared out as well. Is it an instant miracle? no. But honestly I’d be very suspicious of skincare that was. Do I think that repeated use of this Glam Glow Supermud Clearing mask would produce results? Actually yes, I do. I suspect from the way it worked with my skin that if i were to use this on a regular basis, my skin would achieve the results touted on the product page. I simply don’t think that skincare is an instant magical cure all. I do like this mask and it is definitely going on my list of products to purchase in a full size. I think that this would be a fantastic mask to try out in a full sized test because I think the results were good with the single use and would probably be better with repeated use. However this little tube contained only enough product for one use, so a full trial and whatever results it might yield will have to wait for another day. Today though, I am pleased enough to put it on the list of products to use again.

LovelySkin

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.

LovelySkin