Today my darlings is a bittersweet masking moment. I reached into my masking drawer and pulled out one of my favorite masks. I was very happy to see it because I haven’t used it in a while. It is the Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask. I think this actually might be my third tube of this mask. I liked it enough that I picked up several tubes. I think they might have actually changed the packaging a bit since my last stock up, so it is probably good that I finished this out. I actually like everything I’ve tried from the Superfood line actually. I have the cleanser from the line waiting in my skincare drawer ready to be called into use as well. I don’t tend to buy a lot of backup products, but that cleanser and this mask are two that I will pick up back ups for and tend to order multiples of during sales.
This Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask is a long term favorite. I tend to lean on this mask when I want my skin to feel soft and hydrated just like I turn to the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Chamomile and Cocoa Clearing Clay mask when I want to bring relief to deeply clogged pores. It is a masking staple for me.
So why is it a bittersweet moment with this mask you ask?
Because as I put the mask on I realized I was using the last of the product in the tube. Oh yes my darlings, the mask container must now journey to the empties bin. There is nothing left inside. And it was the last backup of the mask I had on hand.
It does feel fantastic on my face and the scent just says spring is here and the world is full of green and growing things. This mask does have a definite vegetal scent o it which I really like. I also like the way my skin looks when it is washed off. Today I used my Cosmedics Masking brush to apply. Any silicon masking brush will do actually. While it is a bit extra, if you do have a masking brush, this is the mask to use it on. It has a creamy consistency and if applied with the hands there is a lot of product that remains on the fingers. And thus has to be washed down the drain. If you use the masking brush this isn’t an issue as the product goes on your face and not your fingers.
And while a masking brush is an extra skin care tool to add to your collection, I do recommend them. You can easily pick one up relatively inexpensively and it really does help you to use less product. I may not be sold on the usefulness of jade rollers yet, but this is one skin care tool that has earned its place in my skin care arsenal. I am currently using the Cosmedics brush because it came in a Boxy Charm Box and I really like it. It is sturdily built and I really do like the curved corners that let you get into the not so flat spots on my face. I still use my very cheap silicon masking brush that I picked up on Amazon for less than a dollar, and it works fine. The only issue is the squared off corners. And to be fair that really isn’t that big a deal. I think if I were looking for a new one, I would look for one with rounded corners as that is the only difference that seems to matter. But you really don’t have to spend a lot on these.
My masking moment today was less relaxing than usual as I had to take a call in the middle of it. Luckily the Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask is not a clay mask and allows my face to move while wearing it. And the people I was talking to didn’t mind being on speaker phone so I didn’t get mask all over my phone. I did end up keeping it on longer than intended (by about five minutes). I also cast longing looks at my unlit candle and I-pod. I never got around to using either. However the candle will decorate the bathroom when I lounge in the bath with my hair mask on this weekend. I’m going with the ESPA Pink Hair and Scalp Mud which has to sit on the hair for about twenty minutes so I’ll have plenty of time to use the candles then. I just won’t use them today.
My skin didn’t have any issues with the extra five minutes of masking time. And quite frankly I feel very pleased with the end results. My skin is hydrated and refreshed.
But now comes the hard part. This is one of my standard favorite masks. I am trying to work through all of my stockpiled masks and not purchase new ones until I’ve cleared out some space. Not immediately reordering this is going to be difficult. I think I may have to look at the drawer and figure out when I can reorder. Maybe when I use up three more masking products I can reorder this mask. Possibly two. We’ll see. But this is one of my favorite masks and one that I will definitely reorder.
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.
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.
Today I went with the Elemis Super Food Vital Veggie mask for my face mask. I have to say, it smells healthy from the first second you twist open the top. It has the scent of vegetal goodness. I put the mask onto my little silicone spatula to apply it so that if I have to add more to my face I don’t end up covering the tube in mask as I try to squeeze it.
Then when I think I have enough on my face I close the lid to the mask, set it aside, turn on the water and then smooth out the mask onto my face. As soon as the mask is in place I rinse the hands and brush and I don’t coat the bathroom in product.
I have to say this little silicone spatula brush is the best $0.93 I have ever spent. My only regret is that I didn’t get the three pack. I wanted to see how I liked it before I stocked up on back ups. The second that this spatula looks like it is approaching the end of its like, I will be replacing it. It makes masks so much less of a mess to apply.
But you didn’t come here to listen to me wax poetical about my silicone brush. At least I don’t think you did, so to the mask.
According to the website…
Get a shot of green goodness with this treatment mask that nourishes, smoothes and brightens, for softer, smoother, more radiant skin.
Wheatgrass, Kale and Nettle replenish the skin with vital minerals and vitamins for a healthy-looking complexion. Avocado and Chia Seed Oils, naturally rich in Omega Fatty Acids 6 and 9, soften skin and lock in moisture.Vitamin C and Passionfruit Acids reveal a brighter-looking complexion.This product is Vegan Friendly, and like all ELEMIS products, it is cruelty free.
It is clear that the avocado gives it the green color, since it looks like it is the same color as an avocado smoothie. Although I am pretty sure the other greens help with the tint. There is a slight prickling sensation when it sits on the skin. I’m pretty sure that can be attributed to the nettles.
Its not an uncomfortable sensation, in fact I kind of like it. It makes me feel the mask is doing something. It is however a very present sensation. You feel this mask on the face. It doesn’t tighten like clay masks, but it feels prickly. I don’t know any other way to describe it.
I am a big fan of Elemis products. I’ve tried quite a few and I have yet to find one that I don’t actually like. I recently received an Elemis travel sized cleansing balm and I’ve been using it to remove my makeup every night. I am already dreading the day it runs out.
With the mask on I relaxed to music. With all of our fans on in an attempt to keep the inside temperature reasonable while the outside temps soar, candles didn’t seem like a good idea today. So I put on my headphones and put on some music.
I went with Rage Against The Machine in case you were wondering.
The Renegades Album to be exact.
I found it quite soothing.
When time was up, I reluctantly turned the music off and returned to the bathroom. As you can see, the mask absorbed into some of my skin. I think I might have layered it a little too thickly on the skin. For me this is good news as it means I can use less and make the tube last longer. Which is extra nice, because I will be replacing it as soon as it runs out. I’ve actually been trying to use up the masks I have so that I can whittle down my face mask collection to the masks I really love. I’ll still try out new ones but I’m clearing out all of the just okay masks at the moment.
This mask is more than okay. It is fantastic. I wiped off the remaining product with a damp Makeup Eraser (it is going in the laundry this afternoon so the additional product wasn’t an issue). This let me not strip away the nutrients seeping into my skin from the mask.
My skin feels amazing. It is soft and hydrated and just feels super healthy. Which is kind of what I was looking for in a mask today. I just wanted my skin to feel good. And it really does. I think it looks a little better in the last photo, Sorry I forgot to snap a before the mask pic.
Needless to say this mask is staying in my collection. If you are looking for a good hydrating mask, this might be one you want to check out. Just be aware of the prickly sensation. I may like it but I know it isn’t for everyone.
But alas it is now back to work for me. My break is over. I hope everyone has a good day and an excellent weekend. Stay safe and have fun.