Marvelous Masking

These are a few of my favorite things

Yes my darlings, I am giggling.  We have reached the review post I was so looking forward to doing.  As you know I am a frequent face mask user.  I create posts every week for Face Mask Friday.  When I sat down to think about the face masks I would reorder (or in some cases constantly reorder) I expected it to be a huge list.  I expected it to be massive and unwieldy.  Instead it isn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

Oh, don’t get me wrong, it is still substantial, but it isn’t nearly as massive as I expected. I think this is because while there are many face masks out there that I have tried and liked, because let’s face it,  there are a lot of good masks out there, most fall into the I would use instead of pass on category.  I get a lot of my beauty products through subscription boxes.  This is one way I can try a multitude of products for a fairly reasonable outlay of cash. I like to think of it as clever resource allocation.  Many of the products that arrive I have never tried before or have only heard about but never picked up.  Some of them I don’t pick up again after trying them and there are some that I just pass on to others automatically.

When looking over my lists, both what I’ve posted for Face Mask Friday and the masks I’ve used at other times, I’ve concluded that a lot of them I would use if they came in a subscription box and I might consider picking up if I spotted them on sale. But that just wasn’t good enough to make this post. 

The list of masks I would repurchase deliberately at any time of year, was relatively short so those are the ones I will concentrate on.  Because if I am willing to pay full price for each and every one of these masks then you know I am going to stock up on sales.

So let’s jump in.  I am going to start with the flash mask category.  I know, who thought that would be a category? I technically have three items here.  The first I have already mentioned in the skin care post because I use it as an exfoliator.  It is the Nuxe Insta-Masque.  It is exfoliating particles held in a jelly like consistency. 

You apply it and let it sit 2-3 minutes, then massage and rinse off.  I like to brush my teeth when doing this mask.  It is a gentle exfoliate that has that lovely French Skin Care rose scent to it (while I’m not a big rose scented product person, the rosy scent of French skin care is somehow different to my nose, no clue why but it isn’t cloying and just feels soft to my nose if that makes sense). I put this as a repurchase on my skin care list and I would put it again as a repurchase here. I will also be trying out the other products from the Insta-masque line, but that is a post for another day.

If you are looking for another quick, gentle exfoliating mask, this one of the 3-5 minute variety instead of the 2-3 minute one, I would suggest the Korres Pomegranate AHAS and Enzymes Resurfacing Mask. It is for oily to combination skin and I find that when I am feeling oily and in need of a refresh, this is the mask I reach for.  It is gently exfoliating using soft pomegranate seeds instead of something harsher that could damage the skin and it has that wonderful pomegranate scent to it. I was using this predominantly in the summertime as that is when I am more oily (my skin rides that strange line others call normal and leans oily in the summer and drier in the winter), but I have been finding that the more I wear masks, the more helpful this mask has become.  Even though the summer has ended I find a once a week use of this mask (combined with other masking which I’ll cover later in the post when I get to the clay masks) had been really good at keeping my skin in check. This is a mask I will be repurchasing often, in fact as soon as the tube gets to the halfway mark, I reorder it.

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The third flash mask that I have been really enjoying is the Ursa Major Bright and Easy Flash Mask.  It too has a jelly like consistency and when you put it on your face its brown color just makes your face look slightly more tanned than usual, and a bit shinier. It may be the least noticeable of the flash masks and it is one I have worn at my desk with no issues.  It is a flash mask so you only wear it for three minutes before rinsing it off.  Unlike the other two it does not have any exfoliating properties.  It is soothing and hydrating.  It makes my skin look beautifully radiant.  It smells clean and green although the scent is very light and fades almost instantly.  It makes me feel refreshed.

While speaking of refreshed, I have to mention the eye masks that are currently my favorite.  It is the Grace and Stella It’s like an energy drink for your eyes eye mask. For a long time I could take or leave eye masks.  Then I discovered that almost all of them helped with my puffy eyes during ragweed season.  While a victory for eye masks everywhere, the Grace and Stella ones went the extra mile.  Not only do they de-puff and offer anti wrinkle serum (always a plus) but after wearing them I do actually feel slightly energized.  Or at least my eyes feel less tired.  I don’t know about you but video conference calls always leave me feeling drained with my eyes sagging.  I think it is too much computer time.  I can pop these on before my meeting so I can hit the meeting looking full of vim and vigor or I can wait until after I’ve been drained by the meeting and then pop them on to sort of wake me up so I don’t sleep walk through the rest of the day.  At the moment, these are my favorite eye masks and the ones to beat.

Another nourishing mask I enjoy is the Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask. It looks green, it smells green and it is quite nourishing to the skin without being too much moisture added to the skin. I think this is my second or third tube of this mask and it will certainly not be my last. I know that probably doesn’t surprise anyone as I tend to be a big Elemis fan in general.

Speaking of moisturizing masks, one I have really been enjoying lately is the Vichy Masque Mineral.  It is a lightly blue tinted jelly like formula and you really need very little to cover your face so it lasts a while.  It isn’t a terribly expensive mask compared to the others on my list, but it feels very luxurious. 

It is a little different from the others as well.  You apply the mask in a thin layer and just let it sit. You don’t need to wash it off.  I have actually slept in this mask a number of times.  It provides a deep hydration to the skin and when you do get around to washing it off, the skin is smooth, plumped and healthy looking.

To be honest while I have remembered to add sunscreen to my face more this summer than I have in the past (Thank you Volition) on occasion I will forget my neck and upper chest as well as my arms.  Or I will just be in the sun longer than I expected and my skin will take a beating.  I tend to apply this mask on the sun beaten skin and wear it overnight. It really helps. I t has also never given me issues with clogged pores, despite the massive moisture burst to the skin.

However dealing with clogged pores is where the clay masks come in.  Most of my clay masks, at least the ones I consistently repurchase tend to fall into the detoxifying category, or at least they have the effect.  The Generation Clay Ultra Violet brightening purple mask is technically brightening as is the Milk Makeup Cannabis Hydrating Face Mask. Both however are clay masks and clay for me helps wick away a lot of my oil.  These two do that without stripping my skin.  I have lost count of how many times I have ordered masks from Generation Clay.  I’ve used this one, the black charcoal and the pink clay one and to be honest I would order all three repeatedly.  The Milk Makeup Cannabis mask is new to me but I will be using it until it is gone and then reordering it. I was really impressed with it as a mask and I am also looking into other Milk Masks in the future because of it. 

The Cottage Greenhouse Orange Blossom and Honey mask I received in an IPSY box a while back and I used every drop of this product, scraping the jar clean.  It was actually in my empties bin at the beginning of the month.  The label was kept on it for this post but after this the glass jar will have the label soaked off and the jar repurposed.  The mask itself will be repurchased. Not only does it smell utterly delicious, like freshly pulled from the oven orange infused biscotti, but it hydrated my face and left me feeling clean and fresh.  I found I could use this on a day I felt greasy and just feel fabulous afterwards with the excess oil gone but nothing feeling overly dried.

The final clay mask I need to bring up is the Bliss Pore Patrol Clay Mask. I finished using it, thought that I could pick up another one at Target, found they were out and went home to immediately order it. I know I should have waited as they have a great sale on right now but as I have a couple of other products to order from them I will just use the sale for that.  The Pore Patrol is even now making its way through the postal system towards me.  Now not only is it a god mask, But because of its dispenser it is easy to spot mask with this product. 

What I have been doing because of mask related break outs is using the Korres Pomegranate resurfacing mask more often and then as soon as I come back from wearing my public (cloth) mask out for an extended period I apply the Bliss Pore Patrol on to the mask lines where I am prone to clogged pores and onto my chin and around my mouth.  It looks sort of like I have a green clay goatee but it has helped keep the maskne in check.  At least this far.  It is a strange system I’ll grant you but thus far it has been working.

Another masking product that I have been using with good effect this way is technically not a clay mask.  It is a mud mask. The Annmarie Skincare Organic Purifying mud mask to be specific.  I wanted to mention it separately as technically it is mud and not clay.  It is also one of my favorites.  It comes as a powder form and you put it in a little dish and mix it with water. You can make it as thick or thin as you want, plus as it is powder it keeps a really long time.  I am a huge fan of it.  I got it first as a sample (Annmarie skincare does fantastic sample sets and even though I forgot to mention it in the skin care post Their Aloe Herb Cleanser is AMAZING) and picked it up right after. It has been an amazing product to work with on the clogged pores caused by the facemasks.  And truthfully given the current state of things, if there was one mask on this list I would recommend keeping around, this is the one.  Don’t get me wrong all of the masks in this post are fantastic (otherwise I wouldn’t have them in the post) but this has proven to be the most useful and most versatile for this wack-a-do world that we are now living in. It can’t fix everything, but it does amazing with the skin.

And with that we enter the world of sheet masks.  Don’t worry, I may use a lot of them but not all of them stand out so this is a really short section. I have been getting the Facetory Four-ever fresh face mask subscription for a while.  It is $8.90 per month and generally comes with (you guessed it) four sheet masks.  Every other month or so they will add a fifth one in as a bonus.  I am in love with this subscription.  I know they have higher tiers to their service and offer a selection of non-sheet masks, but this four pack gives me just enough without becoming too much and lets me try all different brands, most of which I never would have picked up on my own.  I also love the fact that pausing the subscription or skipping a month is incredible easy.  They have six months listed out on their subscription page and you just click the months you don’t want the subscription marking them as skipped.  So you could make this an every other month subscription or a once a quarter subscription with the click of a button.  So I personally love the ease and versatility a well as the variety. I skipped November but will be going back in December. 

Having said that, many sheet masks I’ve used I liked and would use again, but wouldn’t order in a pack.  The ones I would order again surprised me.  The ones that I would order again are actually the ones I laughed at when they arrived.  The first is a sheet mask simple labeled Aqua by Beauty Chuck.  Everything else was pretty much in Korean so that was all of the hint I got from it.  I suspected it had something to do with moisture. And it did.  The Aqua mask left my skin feeling smooth and silky and very hydrated without being too wet with excess serum. It is one of the few that I would not only keep on hand but that would actually cause me to write a letter to the company begging to put the making serum in a bottle. Although I’m not certain I could actually mail a letter that started Dear Beauty Chuck. The point is though, it was fantastic.

The two other noteworthy masks both came from the same company.  The company is Candy ‘o Lady. The latest was the Little Witch Candy mask and features a cupcake and pumpkin candy on the package.  The previous one had rainbows and candy on it and was called Mellow Cotton Candy.  I had no expectations for the masks and expected something sickly sweet from them.  They didn’t smell like candy at all.  They smelled herbal-ly and clean like a high end facial treatment. They were refreshing and worked really well with my skin, leaving it soft and fabulous.  They look like they are designed for children to play around with, but there is some serious skin care under the cute. Both Candy o’Lady masks were fantastic so as a brand I will be keeping an eye out for more as well as keeping up my Facetory subscription, even if I do skip a month here and there. And to be fair I never would have picked up any of those masks had I seen them in a store or on line. And now they are in my favorites list. Go Facetory!

There is one mask I tried that I liked in its single use packet and will be picking up for a full sized trial. That is the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. I almost didn’t mention it as I tried only a sample and haven’t done the full size, but as I will be picking it up during the holiday sales, I felt I ought to.  I liked it enough to buy a full sized jar.   More details will of course follow post week long use. Perhaps it will become a favorite, perhaps I will try it and not like it as much as I think i will. However since it is going to be a holiday purchase I decided to put it on the list.

Finally my masking post would not be complete if I didn’t mention my masking spatula.  I picked up a masking spatula from Amazon for less than a dollar and it has been utterly fantastic.  The link will take you to Amazons set of five. I couldn’t find one listed singly, but this is the tool I got so cheaply and love. There are oodles of them around at varying price points. All are pretty good. Recently Boxy Charm sent out two higher end masking brushes from Cosmedix.  I have unboxed them but haven’t tried them yet.  I’m sure I will get a lot of use out of them but quite frankly, my less than a dollar masking brush is still super fabulous and I highly recommend picking one up if you do a lot of face masks.  They keep things clean and quick with much less wasted product.

I’m sure the pricier ones are nice too.

So there you have it my darlings, my masking review.  I am certain that there are a few good masks I have forgotten and I am certain there will be more that I will try soon that I will wish I tried earlier and let you know about.  But right now, these are the staples of my masking drawer and the products I am really loving at the moment. If you are looking to expand your masking game, I really hope this helps you out.

Happy masking!


SiO Beauty Cryo System

Annmarie SkinCare Review

The line up for the the two week Annmarie Skincare Trial

For the past two weeks I’ve been testing out various Annmarie Skincare Products.  They very kindly sent over samples for me to review.  I have to say it was very interesting to test out not one, but an entire series of products from the same company at the same time.  In case you haven’t heard of Annmarie Skincare, according to their website

We carefully select organic and wildcrafted ingredients — including herbs and plant extracts — to meet the highest standards of quality and effectiveness for your skin and body. We carefully audit our sources to ensure that they continue to meet our standards of purity and sustainability. 

I’m a big fan of their commitment to sustainability and was thrilled to be able to try out their products. Before I get into the individual products, let me go over the regime I’ve been following during the trial.

First up was the Aloe Herb Cleanser which I used twice daily, once in the morning and once at night. There was also the Anti-Aging Serum which I also used twice daily after cleansing. As AnnMarie Skincare provided me with two types of facial oil, I used the Herbal Facial Oil for the first week and the Anti-Aging oil for the second week.  The oil I applied twice daily as well, applying it to my skin after the serum was given a little time to sink in. 

On Tuesdays and Thursdays I used the Ayurvedic Facial Scrub.  The final element to this skin care trial were the face masks.  Two masks were provided.  The first week I used the Illuminating Pearl Mask Monday , Wednesday and Friday and the second week I used the Purifying Mud Mask for the same three day system.

The only item I didn’t have with this line was a moisturizer so I used the Purlisse Blue Lotus Moisturizer since I knew how it performed from an earlier trial of the product.

Over all, I really enjoyed these products and I think they worked really well together.  Individually there are some that I liked better than others. So let’s get into the individual products .

First up is the Aloe Herb Cleanser. It is an herb infused facial cream cleanser that smells of lemon verbena.  Seriously, the scent alone is worth buying the product.  It is a wonderful aroma to wake up to and equally pleasant to take off the day.  But a cleanser isn’t just about scent, no matter how scent oriented I am.  According to the product page…

The cleanser is creamy but doesn’t really foam up. It does however work well and smell amazing.

Cleanse and lift excess oil with this pH-balanced, aloe vera-based cream cleanser. Infused with beautifying herbs and a light blend of natural oils containing essential fatty acids, to keep your skin naturally hydrated. Gently removes makeup and impurities without drying or leaving any residue. Leaves your skin feeling nourished, soft and beautiful.

I have to say, my skin felt nourished and soft with no residue left behind.  It isn’t the greatest at removing mascara, but it took down all other makeup with no problems.  And then I did a quick clean-up of the raccoon eyes with the Makeup Eraser easy peasy. Since most cleansers have some issues with mascara, I’m willing to give it a pass on that, especially because of the scent.

Next up, was the Anti-aging Serum.  Again this is a product I really liked. The sample vial had just enough product to last for the two week test.  I took the eye dropper from an empty bottle of serum and used three drops of the serum for each application.  It covered my face well, absorbed quickly and smelled deliciously herbal.  I couldn’t identify any particular herbal scent but it is very herbal-ly smelling. I was very sad when the bottle was empty. I actually upended the bottle and tapped it on my hand to get the very last drops out of it befire I finally had to admit that it was empty.  On the product page…

This versatile, aloe vera-based serum provides active nutrients for all skin types, firming and tightening the appearance of aging skin. Hyaluronic acid hydrates, while the herbal extracts buddleja davidii and edelweiss protect skin from environmental stressors. Life everlasting flowers soothe and refresh.

Perhaps I couldn’t identify the herbs by scent because I am unfamiliar with how most of the ones listed actually smell on their own.  Either way I did see an improvement in my skin’s texture and while my fine lines weren’t magically erased, they didn’t get any larger and my skin had a healthy glow to it.

The anti-aging oil

Next up we come to the oil and I have to admit, I had a little bit of a problem with the oils. The scent of both the Herbal Facial Oil and the Anti Aging oil are sharply herbal, but despite the two oils smelling different from each other they both have a slight medicinal scent to their aromas that I didn’t find all that appealing.  Perhaps it is the willow bark. In addition, they both have a slightly thick texture to them that I didn’t particularly care for. It is purely a textural issue as both products performed well. 

The Herbal Facial Oil is…Specially formulated with cleansing botanicals, white willow bark and neem, this delicate herbal blend helps unclog pores and balances natural oils. Lightly moisturizing with a fast-absorbing grapeseed oil base. Leaves skin soft and smooth for a bright and beautiful complexion.

While the Anti Aging Oil is described as… This luxurious, herb-infused formula delivers intense moisture to keep dry and mature skin supple and dewy. Antioxidant-rich seed oils — chia, goji berry, and broccoli — firm and tighten, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Jojoba oil resembles your skin’s natural oil, softening and conditioning mature skin. Your skin vibrates in perfect harmony.

When applying them I had to think ’this is good for me’ before I applied them. And they were good for my skin, even if I wasn’t the biggest fan of the scent or texture.  My complexion is smooth and bright, my skin clear and kind of glowy. They really work well, but that scent and texture really threw me.

The scrub comes as a powder, which I like but it is a little too gentle a scrub for me.

The Ayurvedic Facial Scrub is designed for sensitive skin and is a very mild exfoliate.  The product page describes it as…

This fragrant Indian herbal treatment with horsetail and fenugreek seeds exfoliates and softens. Mineral-rich Rhassoul clay from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco absorbs excess oil. This gentle but powerful treatment leaves skin revitalized, fresh and alive.

It has a similar scent to the Purifying Mud Mask, which shouldn’t come as a surprise since it has some of the same ingredients.  Like the mud mask, it comes as a dry powder that you mix with a little bit of water to turn into a paste. The process made me feel like a mad scientist when I used it.  It is a decent exfoliator and if you have sensitive skin, I can see this being perfect for you.  It left my skin feeling fresh, but I personally prefer a slightly more exfoliating exfoliator. It was fun to mix though and I enjoyed playing around with the consistency.

I reviewed both the Illuminating Pearl Mask and the Purifying Mud Mask in separate posts so I’ll just link those reviews instead of going into great depth here ( Previous in depth reviews: PEARL and MUD), but to sum up both posts; I loved the face masks. The Illuminating Pearl Mask left my skin glowing and the Purifying Mud Mask left me feeling deep down clean.  Personally, I prefer the Purifying Mud Mask, but I tend to lean towards more pore cleansing masks in general.  Both are good and well worth trying out.

Of the products I used during this trial I have to say the Aloe Herb Cleanse, the Anti-aging Serum and the two masks were the absolute best and they are products I will be adding to my list of products to purchase. I loved how they performed and how they made my skin feel.

While the Ayurvedic Facial Scrub is not my absolute favorite, I have a couple of friends with sensitive skin who I will definitely recommend it to as I think it would be more up their alley than mine. 

I think I would have to pass on the facial oils.  Although they did lovely things for my skin, I just don’t think I could take the texture of them long term. I think if I purchased them, I would look for reasons not to use the oil.  In all fairness though, my mother actually uses the Herbal Facial Oil for oily skin and she absolutely loves it. It is one of the few facial oils she can use that doesn’t leave her feeling greasy. Since a little goes a long way, and I was using two separate oils, I have some left over.  She has already staked a claim on them and they will be leaving my bathroom and going straight to hers where they will be used and well loved.

Over all I really liked this trial and I loved the way my skin looked and felt.  I found some products that I really liked and will be ordering and some that just weren’t for me. It’s always good when a brand that has such a good ethos also has good products and I was very pleased with Annmarie Skincare.

Soothe Sample Pack from Annmarie Organic Skincare, is it worth it?

The sample pack with the three serums added in

I am a sucker for samples.  I love them  If I can try something before I buy it then generally I am all in whether it is a tiny spoon of ice cream before I commit to a cone or a face cream I have never tried before, trying it before I commit makes me a happy camper.  I find this especially true with skin care, especially if I am just getting to know about the company. 

Sample Kit with free Skin Detox Guide

Annmarie Organic Skin Care sells a starter sample pack for about $10.  With this sample pack you get a sample of their cleanser, a facial oil and they send you three samples of their bestselling signature serums.  And if you are thinking, why would I pay for samples, don’t.  The sample kit comes with a $10 coupon that you can use towards a future purchase should you decide you like the products.

How could I not be interested?

Especially when I started looking into their website and products. Not only are they natural and organic but they are heavily into sustainability. All of which made me more interested to try them.. After all how can you not love something called ‘Wild crafted’?

There are several different kind of kits available and they are labeled via skin concern: Balance for normal to combination skin, Purity for oily skin, Restore for dry or Mature Skin and Soothe for sensitive skin.

The container is collapsible paper and the packets are stiff paper that doesn’t fall over and drip product everywhere

The company very kindly sent over the Soothe Sample kit for me to review. They also sent over samples of additional products so while this is a review of their sample kit and a first impressions of the products, I will be able to do my full two week review after using the products for two weeks.

Actually what is nice is they sent samples of their cleanser, serum, facial oil, face scrub and two types of masks so that for the duration of the trial I can use only their products which I really appreciate.

 So to The Soothe Sample kit.  It includes a sample of their Aloe Herb Cleanser and the Herbal Facial oil for sensitive skin.  The three serums that came with the kit are the Citrus Stem Cell Serum, the Probiotic serum and the anti-aging serum. 

Right off the bat I have to say that I love that the packaging is paper, easily collapsible and recyclable.  I also like that they provide a website link for further instructions. 

By following the link and going to the Sooth kit I find that…

This herb-infused, mildly formulated sample duo includes our Aloe Herb Cleanser which gently lifts away impurities, while our Herbal Facial Oil for Sensitive Skin delivers essential oil free, lightweight moisture to keep skin calm and at ease.

At Annmarie Skincare, we handcraft skin care, using organic and wildcrafted ingredients, that promises beautiful, glowing skin.

The directions suggest using the cleanser and following up with the oil.  Nothing strange about that, but it doesn’t mention the serums.  I believe that the serum is supposed to come between the two.  Because they left out the serums I decided to try the duo without the serum in between first and then get to the serums later.

These are very much sample packets and I had two concerns when opening them.  Concern one was that there would be very little in the packet.  Concern to would be that there would be a lot in the packet.  If you’ve ever used little sample packs often having them for more than one use gets messy.  You open them, use them once and then set them aside to use the remainder later and they leak all over the sink and make a mess.

While these packets did have more than one use in them.  The paper packet is designed in such a way that the top, if you tear it right, only exposes a little hole for the product to come out of and the paper is also designed to stand upright.  The way it is folded on the bottom means that it won’t slump over and spill everywhere.

I know it is kind of a silly thing to be excited about, but I really was excited about this.  (it’s the little things in life right? Plus it shows they really thought about things, which I appreciate).

So that you aren’t flying blind on product usage, they provide a website link to explain more about the products in your kit so you don’t have to navigate their main website looking for it and they don’t wast paper printing details out.

But packaging means nothing if you don’t try the products. 

My first run was with the cleanser and facial oil.  The cleanser smells like lemon verbena which is one of my all-time favorite herbs in the garden.  It is in face what summer smells like in my mind because my Mom used to use it in her homemade bug spray.  Whatever mix she concocted (I do not have the recipe) had loads of lemon verbena in it and we were hosed down with it to keep us bite free. It worked pretty well actually.

While I adored the scent of the cleanser, I also really enjoyed using it.  It took very little to wash my face and the small packet managed to stretch to four face washes, so I got two days’ worth of use out of it. It took off my makeup, although it needed a little extra help with the mascara (but that is one of the reasons I keep a Makeup Eraser around).  Quite frankly the scent makes me perfectly content to let the mascara slide. Most cleansers have issues with it and not all of them smell as good or leave my skin actually feeling conditioned. Seriously, it felt good enough that I really didn’t want to put anything else on my skin.

But I did.

The Herb Facial oil came next.  It smelled like oil with some indefinable herbs infused into it.  It was thicker and more viscus than I expected and only a drop or two was actually needed. Going on the skin it felt kind of sticky, but after applying, I gave it a moment to do its thing and it absorbed well.  I finished with a light moisturizer and was very happy with the results.

Later I tried the serums and they too contained enough product for multiple tests. The Citrus Stem Cell serum smelled slightly citrusy but mostly herb and the other two just smelled very herby. My nose couldn’t pick out any distinct herbs but the probiotic serum did smell slightly sharper than then the Anti-Aging serum.

While there was enough product in this sample kit to get a good feel for the products, there was not enough to see any type of results. Luckily the folks at Annmarie were kind enough to send other larger samples that I can try for the duration of a full trial.  I will have to report back after using them, but I have to say given my initial exposure, I have a very good feeling about them.  My initial impressions are all pretty good.  Thus far the only slight negative was the slight stickiness to the Herb Facial Oil. And even that goes away pretty quickly leaving the skin soothed and nourished.

While I eagerly jump into the trial of the skin care regime, this post was more about the sample packets and whether or not it is worth the initial $10.  I have to say I think it is.  There are two days’ worth of products in the packet and three separate serums to try so you can see what works well with your skin.  It is enough to see your initial reactions to the products and to learn if they are right for you. Personally, I really like sample kits of skin care products and I think the fact that it comes with a $10 off coupon is just the cherry on top. I’ll be back in a few weeks to let you know how the products work over time.

I have a good feeling about this one.


sample kit