A little ray of sunshine with Mio Future Proof Body Butter

There is something about the scent of orange that just says it is going to be a bright sunshine-y day. Maybe it is all of the Florida based orange juice commercials. I don’t know. But in the scent department Mio Future Proof Body Butter delivers an intense orange scent.

which isn’t really much of a surprise.

I tried the Mio Body wash a while back and it too was orange-tastic. It was also a really good body wash that I have repurchased. Actually my brother loved it so I tended to get it for him. It was actually the perfect body wash for him. He didn’t like a lot of the heavy ‘many’ scents like forest and mountain that a lot of people put with men’s bath products and he didn’t like buying the kid’s body wash with the dinosaur head on the top either. He did love citrus so this was a nice alternative for him. I tended to add it into my cart every time I picked something up from the Look Fantastic site.

thick cream and this amount covered both hands and forearms.

But this is about the Body Butter. It does have the same intense scent to it, and while the scent does remain on the skin after use, the scent of the body butter doesn’t really travel. It may stay in the air for a little bit in the room where you apply it, but it fades pretty fast. However after a few hours you can still lift your hand to your nose and smell the orange scent. The thing I like about this is that it isn’t an overly sweet orange scent.

It does remind me of orange juice when I sniff it, but there is some sort of spice in there that keeps it from feeling sweet and sticky (at least mentally sticky – sometimes when things are overly sweet my brain thinks of them as sticky by association.) I can’t really say what spice if any is mixed in because it does just smell of orange to me, but it isn’t overly sweet.

quickly absorbed with no greasy skin left behind.

As for hydration,. it does that pretty well too. The cream is a little thick and when you first massage it into the skin there are a few white streaks, but they are quickly absorbed and what is left behind is freshly hydrated skin that doesn’t feel greasy. What I like is that I can slip this tube into my purse and know that not only is the scent not going to irritate anyone (because it doesn’t travel far enough to irritate anyone) and that after sanitizing my hands I can massage a dollop into my hands to keep them from becoming overly dry and cracked and then just go. The absorption rate is quick enough that I can apply while running errands and then not have to worry about my hands being too slick on the steering wheel.

I was very impressed with this body lotion. I did try it on my post skin shower as it is a body butter and not just a hand lotion. It worked well right after the shower. It took a little longer to absorb in on freshly washed skin (but I am using a hydrating body wash at the moment) but the absorption was still relatively quick. I will personally be using the last of this tube as a hand cream to carry in my purse, but i would definitely consider a full size of the Mio Future Proof Body Butter for my post shower moisturization in the future.



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 Weekly Skincare Line Up: August 12th, 2022

The Line Up: August 12th, 2022

This week was an interesting week for skincare for me. Last week there was almost no skincare actually used on my face. I slept a lot, had both fevers and chills and to be completely honest the most I did was take a facial cleanser into the shower so when I managed to drag myself out of bed to the shower I could wash my face at the same time.

The results were not fabulous. I had blackheads in strange places (weirdly clustered on my temples and the area where my jaw meets my ear for some reason – my only guess is I pressed my hand against the skin there when sleeping?) , oddly oily spots my face mixed with strange dry spots and my lips were chapped like crazy. In short my skin freaked out along with the rest of my internal systems. So this week was all designed to get back to an even plane with my skincare. I started with an exfoliator (see the post on Saturday Skin’s Rub a Dub). I exfoliated my lips and then leaned into my lip mask. I also made conscious choices for much of my skincare. So lets take a look at the line up.

Cleanser: Best Face Forward (BFF) Purifying Cleanser

Toner: Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner from First Aid Beauty

Serum: Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum

Facial Oil: Wander Beauty Glow Ahead Illuminationg Facial Oil

Eye cream: Verso Eye Cream #5 Extra Nourishing

Moisturizer: Korres Santorini Grape Poreless skin cream

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask

As a warning, while I normally include scent descriptions, my nose isn’t giving me much of any scent at the moment so none of the skin care (including the items I am 90% sure are scented) have any scent to them at all for me. As all of them are sticking around for another week, I might get scents next Friday.

This cleanser I rolled into the line up because it is specifically designed to deal with blackheads and break outs. It is supposed to be gentle and with Aloe Vera mixed in I was hoping that it wouldn’t dry me out too much, especially as I had some dry spots already. This is my first product from the brand and I have to say I was very impressed. It is a good gentle cleanser that really did help calm inflammation and clear away black heads without causing damage to the drier parts of my face. I was very impressed with it’s use this week. I am going to continue using it this coming week, even though my skin is calming down just because I want to see if it continues to perform well on non freaked out skin or if it is something i need to roll in only when problems arise.

Having a gentle hydrating toner to add in after the pore clearing cleanser really helped me out. I found this wild oat toner a little strange at first as I am use to clear toners that tend to be witch hazel infused but once i got used to the difference I found it to be a really good toner. It was especially helpful on the dry spots.

Last week I did a first use of this Depology serum before my skincare regime crumbled. This week i used it twice a day and have been really impressed with it. It absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy or sticky residue on the skin and Given the amount of product used with the dual application this week, I suspect the bottle will last a little over a month. while a week isn’t long enough to see major reactions, I am seeing some small improvements and hope that those will increase as I continue to use it. But it does feel nice and my skin really seems to enjoy it with no issues.

This is not my first go round with the Wander Beauty Glow Ahead oil and it won’t be my last. I really enjoy this facial oil and it has been amazing to use this week. I used it not only to add a little extra moisturize to the skin in the skincare line up (mostly at night) but it was the perfect follow up to the exfoliation process. After exfoliating, rinsing off and patting my skin dry, I added a little drop of the Glow Ahead oil to my skin and it worked out beautifully. There is a slight illumination to the skin, but as the oil dries and is absorbed it just looks like healthy glowing skin rather than a product you applied. At first (when still wet) it is a little more shimmery.

I have never tried a Verso product I haven’t liked and this eye cream is no exception. This travel sized tube is still going strong and I actually have a couple of other travel sizes of this eye cream so I will be keeping it in for a while. this week was interesting. While I had some small blackheads by the sides of my eyes, my under eyes were dry and flaky. For some reason those were the driest patches of skin on my face. so I used the Verso eye cream on both the crow’s feet area and the under eye. It actually worked well on both parts. the dry flakiness underneath is gone and the black heads (cleared out by the cleanser) did not return. It just made me like the eye cream more.

The Korres Santorini Grape skin cream was a winner this week. I liked it in general when I tried it before, but I figured that since it did have some salicylic acid in the formula, this might be a good time to bring the moisturizer back into the line up and I was right. It provided moisture without being heavy or greasy. I used it both in the day and at night. I applied the moisturizer a little heavier at night than I did during the day, but over all it was enough moisture for me (without being too much) and I didn’t feel the need to bring in a night cream.

And finally we have the Tatcha Lip mask. It performed brilliantly this week. I had the post fever dry lips and so in addition to using this as a night mask, I applied it in the mornings and occasionally post lunch. My lips have a few dry spots left but for the most part all of the cracks are gone and the tiny dry spots are small enough that I don’t feel the need to pick at them. For me that is the big trick. I never mean to pick at dry lips, but I will do it without realizing it while I am working, so it is best not to have those bits.

I know this is mostly a glowing skincare report, but instead of simply trying products this week I actually made choices to specifically deal with what is going on with my skin. In general my skin is pretty okay so it isn’t as major a consideration, but this week. there were issues that needed to be cleared up so I chose accordingly. all in all, I think I chose pretty well. we will just have to see if those choices hold up for a second week.

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Glow Ahead, make my day.

I know I have probably mentioned this Glow Ahead Illuminating Facial Oil from Wander Beauty before. It is one of my favorite products from the brand and I have been using it off and on for a really long time. Recently I pulled it into my line up because I am doing some skin care repair.

with all that went down, my skin had both oily patches threatening break outs and dry patches threatening flaking. It was quite the mess. While I am rotating exfoliation products in and blemish control cleansers, most of them targeted the oily areas of my face. which wasn’t surprising. That is after all their job. And while I am using a moisturizer, it to is designed more for dealing with the oiliness and preventing potential break outs than with the few dry patches that I have.

dispensing tip

Facial oils can be tricky. Some work fantastically well and others just make me feel like I am trying to grease myself up for some sort of Greco-Roman wrestling match that for some reason targets the face. Okay an imperfect metaphor but you get the picture. It is also a category I can forget to utilize which is why I have several facial oils in my skincare drawer all waiting to be tried out.

But now was not the time to try out the new. This was a time to go for the trusted. I know the Wander Beauty Glow Ahead works well with my skin, so I pulled it in for duty in the line up. This oil has a thin dispenser tip which lets you dispense as little as you need or as much as you want. Since the oil is a shimmery pink it is easy to see it rise through the tip to exit the tube, which makes it easier to control. It also reduces the risk of spilling. I use my skincare in a small powder room style bathroom and because of the small space things can get knocked over. So for me, this is one thing that can’t really get knocked over so that is a plus. In addition sometimes I will wear my glasses in the morning instead of my contacts and to apply skin care I have to take them off and I am blind as a bat without them and my radar is less than bat like so occasionally I am Super Klutz in the sink area.

the oil

This oil applies well and absorbs fairly quickly. You can tell it is full absorbed because the slightly sticky feel of it goes away completely. It is slightly sticky when wet. In the title you may notice that it is an illuminating facial oil. The pink oil is shimmery and when wet it does seem to lend a bit of a shimmer to the skin. as it dries and absorbs it looks less like you have golden shimmery bits on your skin and more like you just have healthy glowing skin.

the glow after being massaged in (it was easier to see on my hand)

This week I rolled this Wander Beauty Glow Ahead Illuminating Facial oil in because I had some dry spots that I felt weren’t really getting as much love as i thought they needed. The oil helped them out and really helped out the rest of my skin as well without causing issues. For me this is one of the benefits of a good facial oil. It hydrates the dry spots but doesn’t make the oily spots look greasy. The Wander Beauty Glow Ahead Illuminating Oil was my oil of choice this week and it is one I will be keeping in my line up for a while. Then I promise, I’ll start remembering to give the other oils a chance.

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Rub a dub with Saturday Skin

This week has been about getting my skin back into good condition. It took quite a beating recently. There was fever, there were chills, there were irregular eating habits (Ginger ale was my BFF for the week and while settled the tummy it added way more sugar than I am used to). In addition most of my normal skincare was skipped. I ended up taking my facial cleanser into the shower as a combination shower and skincare moment and that was about it. So once I started feeling better there was work to be done.

One of the first things I needed to do, was to get rid of any accumulated anything that was on my face and that is where the Saturday Skin Rub a Dub refining Peel Gel came into play. According to the product page the Rub a Dub is designed to…

Gently peel away dullness and impurities with power of papaya and pineapple. This refining peel gel gently cleanses skin and improves dullness with natural fruit enzymes. Natural cellulose lifts and removes impurities while aloe extract soothes the skin. Use one or twice per week to treat troubled skin and visibly enhance vitality and glow.

the gel, start with a small amount

When you dispense this gel it is a pinkish gel that does feel like there is an extremely fine grained exfoliate inside. While this may assist, this is mostly a chemical peel. What happens is that the gel pulls up all of the dead skin cells and left over products that are on your skin and rolls them up, like when cloth pills through rubbings and use, although significantly less harsh. these pills of debris as I like to think of them can then be washed away. leaving behind the beautiful skin that Saturday Skin says the product will give you.

And it does. This product works well, it really takes off all of the external gunk and leaves you with fresh skin. It isn’t harsh. It is very gentle but as with anything you can over do it so stick to once or twice a week. The fun thing with this product is that it will tell you when you are doing too much. The more often you use the product, the less effective it looks like it is working. This isn’t because it has stopped working, it is because you don’t have as much gunk on your skin as you did so there is less to remove. The more you have to clear off then the more dramatic the removal process is. If you use it and aren’t getting a lot of dead skin removal then you might want to think about backing down on your exfoliation.

As my recent skincare usage has been abominable, there was a lot to remove.

not the most attractive, but this is what the pilling up of dead cells should look like if you have a lot to remove

One of the tricks to using this product though is to start with a smaller amount of product than you think you might need. If you add too much at a time it takes longer for the gel to sort of evaporate and kick into motion and it wastes product. If you start with a little product and then just add a little bit more if you feel you still need it, the process is quick and easy and no product is wasted so this little tube will last a lot longer than it looks.

I am a big fan of this type of product. It especially helps me out in the summer time when I am sweating a lot and my pores have a tendency to gunk up and cause blemishes. It helps keep the surface clear of dead skin cells ad anything that may help in clogging the pores and thus reduces the amount of blemishes. Plus, right after use my skin feels amazingly soft and fresh. I like peels in general and Saturday Skin’s Rub a Dub is a good one that is gentle enough to use at home by novice skincare users who want the clean fresh skin but who are nervous about the words peel. there is no burning or irritation and as soon as you finish using it you rinse the last of the product off of your skin. It is affordable, easy to use and painless with good results. Over all, an excellent product.

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Unboxing the Beekman 1802 Summer Subscription Box

As you know I love skin care so it was really only a matter of time before I went for an entire skincare subscription box. I am also beginning to look more at quarterly boxes. I actually find this an interesting box for me to subscribe to. A long time ago I picked up a book called Candy Everybody wants by Josh Kilmer Purcell and then I liked it enough that when I saw I am not myself these days I picked that up. (both great books by the way, I really enjoyed them). When I picked up the second book a friend of mine said, ‘wait isn’t that one of the Fabulous Beekman Boys?” And thus I was introduced to the show. It was hard to catch so I never managed to catch all of the episodes and would at some point really like to circle back and watch them again.

box closure detail, and yes, that is a goat on the snap

I enjoyed the show and it was with great delight to find years later the Goat farm took off (the site has a goat cam you can actually watch if you’d like). And that they now have a subscription. Aside from general nostalgia I like the look of the skincare and I like the transparency of their ingredients lists and that all of their products are good for sensitive skin. They are leaping bunny approved as well. This is my first box from Beekman 1802 so I am bound to be a bit wordy on this one.

The box is $65 per quarter and this is the Summer Box. The Summer Box Comes out in July so I am a little slow out of the gate. The autumn box releases in November, or at least i will get it in November. They charge you the same time as you sign up, so I signed up on August 4th so I will be charged November 4th for the Autumn box. The fee is a flat $65. No handling fees no extra shipping fees. Just $65. All of the products come from the brand Beekman 1802.

While I like that it is a brand box and I think they do have a wide enough array of products that there shouldn’t be a lot of repetition, this will be something that i am going to keep an eye on. I am hoping that they will rotate products and it will feel fresh each quarter instead of the same old things. As I have only tried their soap before I am actually looking forwards to trying out more from the brand. I will also be looking at how much (or little) I enjoy the products as well as if I find the $65 per quarter worth it.

So This quarter there was an item that was outside of the box which is why I think the mailing box was a little large. So let’s look at that first.

the item out side of the box was a package of Pure disposable facial cleansing wipes. While I am not a big fan of these because of the waste, they are useful and I really like that it is a 100 count package. That’s a lot of wipes. I will try them out, but I am really hoping it isn’t an item sent often. The problem isn’t that I don’t like wipes, I do. I really do actually, they are quite convenient. I just don’t want to get back into the habit of using them again now that I have sort of broken myself of it.

Now on to the box. The box itself is sturdy reusable cardboard. The lid is fastened down with an actual snap and lifts up (it has a paper hinge at the back). I don’t know if it is because so many of the subscription boxes just seem to toss items into a box or what but I have to say when I opened this I was momentarily stunned by the neatly placed array of products. I mean just look at it. It looks nice and neat and opening it I had to remember it was a subscription box and not a gift box that I ordered or that was given to me. It looks like a gift box you would get as a present and quite honestly it felt special opening it.

it feels more like a gift box than a subscription box

I honestly had the flickering thought of “wait, it’s not my birthday…”

which is a great feeling for a subscription box. There are several items for the body as well s for the face. Inside the box there are seven items (only one doesn’t look full size, which I think might be why the cleansing wipes were added. So there are a total of eight items in the box and only one looks not to be full size. I am ninety percent certain the box was supposed to have seven items.

The first item out of the box is the one I have used a version of before, it is the soap. I have used their regular Goat’s milk soap and loved it. This bar is the Goat Milk Body Soap with CBD. It is a large 9 oz (255 g) bar of soap. There is a light scent to it. My nose is mostly still stopped up so very little smell is actually making it through, but my babydoll claims it just smells like soap. which for him means something akin to Ivory or Dove unscented. So I am guessing there is no lingering CBD scent. The proof will be in the washing so I’ll find out in the bath, although I fully expect this bar of soap to be appropriated. Like Oat Milk, Goat’s milk is good for my baby’s skin as he has sensitive skin prone to allergic reactions. So at least one of us will get a lot of use out of it.

The second Bath item is the Sunshine Scrub which is a body exfoliant. I love body exfoliants (well I love most exfoliants actually) and I just finished up a jar so I am happy to see this. I actually prefer the product in a tube as with the jars I always end up getting water in them. The only catch is that some times the tubes will log up and be hard to use. It will be interesting to see how this works as a product and to test the packaging.

The third body item is called the Pure Goat Milk Body Serum. I’ll admit I had to read through the product information to figure it out. What it boils down to is that this is a clear body oil for use right after the shower in place of body lotion. I have actually been enjoying body oils lately. In the summer they are much lighter. I really like that this is in a pump top glass bottle. Not only is the glass bottle beautiful but some of my other oils are open top bottles and I really wish they had a pump. This does so as soon as my current bottle is finished I will be rolling this in for a try.

The other four items are for the face. The first is the Milk Primer. I know I was a little makeup excited as well, but it isn’t that sort of primer. from what i can find on the packaging it is a sunscreen that you apply with your skin care. It is SPF 35 (I prefer 50) so I will still add an extra layer of sunscreen before I leave the house, but I don’t mind having that extra layer automatically applied a part of my skin care.

There are two full sized Boosters, which are essentially serums, in this box. The first is the Collagen Booster and the second is the Smooth Booster. I’ll be looking more into the details once I start to use them (which won’t be until I finish my current skincare serum trial). Both are items that I can use in my skin care though. One boosts collagen production and firms the skin while the other is a BHA resurfacing serum (smooth Booster).

These Boosters can either be used alone or added to a moisturizer to boost the moisturizer. I think this is why there is a travel sized version of their moisturizer in the box. It is the Bloom Cream. It is 15 mL and I am pretty sure it is here so you can play with the intensity f the two serums.

Both boxes say that the serums are more intense if you don’t mix them. since everything in the box is more or less targeted to sensitive skin, it makes sense to have the Bloom Cream and to be honest I am never mad about trying a new moisturizer in a smaller size before thinking about committing to a full sized one.

So that was my first Quarterly Box from Beekman 1802. Was it worth the $65? Absolutely. It is full of products that I will use and that I am looking forward to trying out. The subscription felt like a gift when it arrived. It really felt like care was taken in putting it together and it felt special. It was a beautiful presentation and I have to say all of the bottles look and feel super lux. I can not wait to start trying out these products. A few I will rotate in quickly while others will have to wait until I finish out existing products, but I am actually very excited about getting to try out so many items from a single brand and I have to say, I am already looking forwards to November’s box from Beekman 1802.

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.

First use of the Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum

Depology recently sent a box of products to me to try out for the purpose of review including Depology’s Matrixyl Collagen Boosting Serum. while these were gifted to me, as always my opinion is my own. As Depology is a brand that focuses on anti aging skincare I am thrilled to be able to test out some of their products. They are a Korean Skincare brand and according to their mission statement…

Years of experience in the fast-paced Korean beauty industry has made us highly ambitious to be as innovative as possible and continuously discover new ways to contribute to the ever-evolving world of beauty and skincare. Our hope is that we can help people feel comfortable and confident in their skin using effective and non-invasive skincare solutions.

I am all for non-invasive treatments. And since I just finished the serum I was trying, it seemed like the perfect time to roll in the serum they sent me to begin it’s trial. *I’ll be adding in some of the other products as we go on so that I can not only try out the products, but get a feel for the brand itself as these are the first items I have tried from them.

While this is a first use post, it is mostly to record my first impressions and a little bit about the brand. The biggest benefit to the first use posts, especially with things like an anti-aging serum, is that I can put up the photos of my skin before I start testing the product. I find it much easier to not lose the before pictures if they are posted with the first use. I also know that no matter where I save them by the time the month long trial has gone through I will have forgotten where I actually put the photos if I don’t.

So let’s first look at what I should be expecting from the Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting serum, shall we?

A supercharged serum formulated to hydrate the skin, counter the visible signs of aging and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Apply after cleansing and toning the skin every morning and night. Optimal to use before the application of micro-dart patches, to boost effects of the patches.​

Depology’s Matrixyl Collagen Boosting Serum

Now Depology did send over some of the Mirco Dart Patches which I am very much looking forward to trying, but I want to get a feel for the serum on it’s own before I start having it work in conjunction with something else. That way I know what item did what and if they have some sort of Wonder Twins Activate kind of powers.

my bare skin before the start of this trial

As you can see from the photo, the serum is clear. It is slightly thicker than water. It has a certain viscosity to it when dispensed from the dropper. I worried that the viscosity might cause it to be a little sticky. When applied there is a slight stickiness, but as soon as it dries down and is absorbed the stickiness is gone and the skin just feels smooth.

The absorption takes about thirty seconds. So it is really quick. Which I appreciate especially in the morning. This is a twice a day serum, and while I don’t mind taking more time in the evenings, the mornings can get pretty rushed. So no delays to wait while serum absorbs is a good thing.

the lines at the side of my eyes

There is no scent to the serum. I don’t know why I expected there to be, but there isn’t. Which means it doesn’t compete with any of the other products in the skincare line up. Many of which do have scents at this time. In general I don’t mind scent in my skin care, but I prefer to keep them light. Having no scent is actually a bonus sometimes.

the line on my forehead that helps me measure efficacy

So as I move forward with this serum the things I will be looking out for are a reduction of the fine lines and wrinkles. As you can see, there are many on which this serum can work. I will also look at an over all reduction of the signs of aging. For me that means better skin tone, plumper firmer skin and that sort of thing. some of that may show on the photos. I am guessing that a lot of it is going to be something that is more noticeable by touch but there could be some in the photos, which is why I have taken both over all pictures as well as close ups.

The products themselves look really interesting and I can hardly wait to give them a try. While thee is the newness aspect of course, I am really hoping that they show some effect. I always root for any kind of skincare to be effective actually. I hate to see them fail. And this serum has a pretty good ingredients list to get it started.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Matrixyl 3000, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Extract, Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate, Trehalose, Hydroxyacetophenone, 1 ,2-Hexanediol, Coconut Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Allantoin, Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum. 

Matrixyl 3000 is a considered a “synthetic peptide.” that basically tells the skin to start replacing collagen that is lost. For a more detailed and scientific version this article from MiamiMD can break down all of the details for you in a much more concise way. I just know it is used in some anti-aging skincare items. I came across it with Timeless Skincare a while back and my skin really responded well to it. Thee are some other favorites for me in the ingredient list as well. Aloe is always my friend and you know I love hyaluronic acid. Grapefruit seen extract tends to help brighten the skin and fade age spots so I am pleased to see it here.

I can’t say that I’ve ever had cactus extract in my skincare so i will have to take a deeper look into that as well as see how it works with my skin. Most of what I have found about cactus extract involves preventing hair loss and reducing sebum. I’m guessing it is for it’s sebum reduction properties it is used here. But I suppose if I start sporting a full beard we will know why. I am also pleased to see coconut oil, rosehip oil and sunflower seed oil, all of which my skin has responded to positively in the past.

Over all it is is an ingredients list i can get behind and I can’t wait to see what a month of solid use of Depology’s Matrixyl Collagen Boosting Serum looks like. And once I get a feel for it on my skin, I will start to incorporate the micro dart patches to see how the products work together. So stay tuned and let the testing of the Depology’s Matrixyl Collagen Boosting Serum begin.

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.

LovelySkin

The Skincare Lineup: July 29th, 2022

Good morning my darlings, it is time for my favorite post of the week, the skincare post. while I do like doing the individual reviews of items there is just something I really enjoy about talking about the products when they are in motion. Or maybe it’s because I get to talk about a lot of them at once in a way that would make anyone I was actually talking to who didn’t love skin care glaze over and not politely while looking for exits. Regardless, it is my favorite post. So let’s dive in.

Cleanser: Tatcha Soft Cream Cleanser

Toner: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner

EyeCream: Verso Eye Cream Extra Nourish #5

Daytime Serum: Sulwhasoo First Care

Night Serum: Kiehl’s Retinol Fast Release Wrinkle reducing Night Serum.

Moisturizer: Augustinus Bader The Light Cream

Lip Mask: Tatcha kissu Lip mask

Okay last week I was working with some sample sized products. Some of them ran out and were replaced, others hung on for just one more week. The Tatcha Cleanser sample had enough for two weeks worth of night and day cleaning. I really like this cleanser so I was happy to use it for another week. The tube is alas empty now so I am am a little sad. But I know I will pick it up again. This isn’t my first go round with this cleanser and it won’t me my last. what I love about it, is that it is a slightly thicker consistency. I can wet my face then apply the cleanser to the skin like a really thick moisturizer. I can see exactly where the cleanser is so I know all of my skin is covered. Plus with the thicker consistency less product is needed so the product’s use can be extended. Then water is added, the cleanser massaged into lather and rinsed away. The clean is fantastic and my skin feels nourished as well as cleaned and not stripped. It is a really good cleanser and I have to say I really like the light scent of it. It is the scent of Tatcha skincare. Their primers too have it. I am not entirely certain what that scent is, but all their products seem to have it so I think of it as the Tatcha scent. It is light though so it isn’t overpowering.

This week’s toner is new. I thought I had another sample sized toner in my collection, but if I do, I couldn’t find it. As toners aren’t often sent in most subscriptions (the way cleansers are, I have a boatload of those to work through actually) so they don’t accumulate as fast. Admittedly now that I have said this, I will probably receive a host of toners. It seems to go that way doesn’t it? I was excited to try this toner actually. There are a few products from First Aid Beauty that I absolutely love (Like their Ultra Repair Moisturizer, which was perfect for winter dry skin, hydrating but non-pore clogging). While this is from the same Ultra repair line that has done well for me in the past, especially in the winter, I have also never had an oat based toner before. Most of the toners I tend to lean into are Witch Hazel based. I have more or less always used them and so I gravitate towards what I know. I was surprised to find this was a white liquid.

I know I shouldn’t be surprised it is after all made with oats, but it did take me by surprise. I was very impressed with how it performed though. Oat based products are very soothing on the skin and this is no different. I did have a l few stress related blemishes I was taking down this week and this really did help the reddened irritations surrounding hem to be less irritated without drying out the skin. I really liked it this week and am looking forward to using it longer.

The Verso Eye Cream was new to me as well. It is a sample. This was it’s first week of use but as the sample tube wasn’t very full it looks quite spent. There is enough product to get me through a second week, mostly because when you use eye cream you use so little of it. I have never tried a Verso product I didn’t like and this was no exception. It is a great product. I just wish there was more in the tube so I could use it longer. It is fast absorbing, not greasy, plumps the fine lines and doesn’t clog the pores, what more could i ask besides more product in the tube?

the Sulwhasoo First care looks like it will stain but it won’t the color disappears

The Sulwhasoo First Care Serum is in a sample size that too has now been emptied. It is not the first time I have used this serum and not the last. It is a great serum and I have used several samples as well as a full sized bottle. The full sized bottle is really pretty too actually. I know looks don’t matter, but the serum inside is fantastic so i don’t mind that I like the look of the bottle. It also fits really well in the hand and I enjoy picking it up. So that is a little extra benefit. The serum can look a little odd at first, It is a golden color that looks like it might darken the skin, but it doesn’t it absorbs fast leaving no tint behind.

The Keihl’s night serum is doing well also. It is a full sized bottle so it will be around a bit longer. It is a good retinol and it hasn’t productid any sun sensitivity. Usually in the summertime, even though I use retinol type products at night, they can make me sun sensitive the following day. So in the summer time i tend to switch to bakuchiol products since they are retinol like but don’t have the same sun sensitivity. I like them because of that, but I always find I get better results with a retinol. So I am pleased this one hasn’t cause issues this summer. And if it hasn’t caused issues this summer I think I am in the clear.

The Augustine Bader was sent to me by Influenster. I have had issues with the Rich cream so i tested this on my arm for three days before moving to my face. I had no issues with it. The cream is a light weight water cream and is great for day time use. I noticed last week that I thought I was going to have to roll in a night mask a few nights a week. I didn’t get around to it, and I will definitely be adding one in this week. This is a good day cream, but it just isn’t enough for night time use without a back up every couple of days. The tube kind of drives me a little batty though. I looks cool but it get knocked over really easily and it can only stand one way, upside down. the bottom is rounded. I don’t think i would mind as much if the writing was swapped around, but because I don’t think about it, especially in the morning, I tend to first try to put it down with the writing facing up which doesn’t work. I do like the shape and the pump. If it was a little wider in the base for stability or maybe a little shorter it would not get knocked over so easily but that is a packaging issue. The product itself is a really good day cream.

Which brings us to the Kissu Mask from Tatcha. What can I say, I love it. I only need a light swipe of product to hydrate my lips and keep them healthy and so this little jar will last a really long time. I also plan to use every drop of it so you will be hearing about it for a while. It is great to absorb in over night, but a lighter coat in the morning will help the lips hydrate before lipstick is added. If you have a drier lip product whose color you like, it is a great trick to help out your lips. Apply a thin coat of the mask about fifteen minutes before you apply your lip products. Most will absorb in but wipe off the last of what remains and then apply the lip product. It lets the lippies dry down as intended but keeps your lips from drying out.

But that is me for the week. The emptied sample sizes will be replaced. I am not sure if they will be replaced by full sized products or sample ones this time around. I was looking at my cleansers and while I still have a handful of samples, I have a lot of full sized cleansers I need to work through, so i might go full size. I also have a package that just came in from a brand. If there is a serum in there it may be rotated in. We shall see. Actually I shall see tonight given that I’ll need to replace them tonight for my nightly routine. But you my darlings will have to wait and see what appears in next week’s exciting skincare line up. Stay turned and have a great Friday.