Hey Honey, you looking for the Friday Face mask?

Well, today my darlings I went with the Hey Honey Show your glow Colloidal Gold and Honey Beauty Mask. I’m also going a little early with the mask as I have a conference call later and the masked look might not be the way to go. It might make the call more amusing, but significantly less professional. This isn’t the first time I have used the Hey Honey Gold mask and it probably won’t be the last. Actually, it definitely won’t be the last.

Today’s use will finish out this trial sized tube, however I have two unopened ones sitting in my masking drawer just waiting to be opened. And soon they shall. I am trying to clear out a lot of my trial sized masks and determine which ones I really want to keep around.

Unfortunately, there are many, many masks I like.  Luckily, it is a deep drawer.  And no I am not attempting to go minimalist with my mask drawer.  That is not going to happen.  I am just way too interested in way to many things for my skin care drawers to go minimalist. 

However, like my skin care drawers I am trying to use up the sample sizes first and then work on the full sized products.  Partially, it is to make certain things don’t go bad.  I hate when good products spoil because they aren’t being used. It is a pet peeve of mine.

But the main reason is that I want to start treating my masks like the skin care they are.  Don’t get me wrong I will still do one off sheet masks and trial sizes, but like regular skin care  I want to see what they do over a period of repeated use. To really see what effects the masks have on the skin over a longer term.

In this case repeated use will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday for most masks. With the final judgement still coming in on the Friday Face Mask post. The only reason the Hey Honey Show your Glow isn’t being done that way (at least not with this tube) is because I can’t remember when exactly I opened the tube or how many times I used it prior (I believe twice but again, not sure).  So I am using the open tube and I will later be using the other two for a full week for review.  If that makes sense.

Mask on!

But enough of the waffling, to the mask Batman!

And yes I heard the doddle de doo scene transfer music from the old Adam West version of Batman in my head when I said that. Feel free to sing along.

Like most Hey Honey products, I really liked this mask. Thus far the only Hey Honey product I wasn’t terribly fond of was the Take Away the Drama Peel off Mask and to be fair, it is only because I’m not a huge fan of peel off masks.  It worked fantastically, and made me cry when peeling it off, but oh the skin was fabulous once I was done. Still, not big on peel off masks. Otherwise, I have had really good luck with this brand.

This mask is luckily not a peel off mask.  According to the product page this mask is…

Formulated with honey and colloidal gold, this must-have mask works to hydrate while preventing premature aging. Colloidal gold provides anti-inflammatory benefits while preventing collagen and elastin breakdown, preventing the formation of wrinkles while mica infuses skin with a radiant glow. Targets dark spots, dryness, large pores, redness and more, Vegetarian-friendly formula, Boost your anti-aging regimen with Hey Honey Show Your Glow Colloidal Gold and Honey Beauty Mask.

When I put the mask on I felt as though I was the victim of a Bond Villain and hummed the appropriate tune to go with it.  I’m sure you can guess what that was…

Clean, post mask skin, The water was really cold so my nose is a bit red

Because of the music in my head I went with a podcast instead of music.  I chose an episode of the History of Rome Podcast by Mike Duncan. I highly recommend it if you are interested in ancient history or scandal.

Really, to me the history of Rome always sounds like a giant soap opera that ran more seasons than anyone can count.  Sure the hairstyles and clothing choices are out of fashion, but the scandal still sizzles and oh my, what big scandal and drama you have Grandma.

Seriously, in one episode a ticked off Emperor Heliogabalus decides to kill his dinner guests by burying them in flowers (some say violets, some say roses, either way they smothered to death).  The flowers drifted down from above, delighting the guests until they started to smother and die.

Tell me that doesn’t sound like a murderous version of Keeping up with the Kardashians or like the revenge of one of the Real Housewives. It is a history podcast and is written like a history podcast, but I would love to see someone take out the historical details, but keep the roman history timeline and for lack of a better term – plot – and write it out, soap opera style. You could rename them: shorten Augustus to Auggie, call Agrippina, Bunny and I am pretty sure that Tiberius would make an excellent Biff.

Yes, these are the thoughts that run through my head.

A lot if I am being honest.

But admit it, you can see Tiberius as a Biff too, can’t you?

You know you can.

So humming my James Bond theme song and envisioning the ancient Romans as soap opera/reality tv stars, I sat with my mask for the required fifteen minutes.  Then I went to wash it off.  No more gold but soft, deliciously soft, skin and dare I say, a slight glow. 

It makes me glad I have two more tubes of this so I can see what happens after a week of use later on. Once I work through a few more open products that I don’t have enough of to do a full week of masking, I will be circling back to this with great delight.  But for now, there is more work to do before I can call it a weekend.  

Before I leave you and head back to my paperwork and conference call, I’m posting a few sales you might want to keep in mind both this weekend and next week.  Next week on November 11th is Singles day.  It started as an Anti-Valentine’s day sale and has grown into a huge on line sales day that a lot of people miss.  There are some really great deals to be had.  So mark your calendars and bring your lists.  I’ll post more early next week, but for those of you wanting to get a jump on your planning, here’s a few things to watch. (These codes are site codes and just there for you to save money, I get nothing from your use of them. Happy Shopping!)

Look Fantastic has 22% off with the code SINGLES22

This Weekend Buxom has 30% off Last Call items with the code LASTCALL (sale ends 11/9)

Hey Honey has a 25% off Friends and Family sale going on with code FF25

Pretty Vulgar has a Spend More Save More sale going on:Spend $50 and get $10 off with code SAVE10, Spend $75 and get $15 off with code SAVE15, and Spend $100 and get $25 off with code SAVE25

Milk(ing) the Friday Face Mask

Today for my Friday afternoon Face Mask I went with the Milk Makeup Cannabis Hydrating Face mask. I have to say I was very excited to give this mask a try. I just love the concept of a stick face mask. I know they have been around a while from different companies but i have never tried any of them.

the plastic cap to keep

And in general I like Milk products.

New Hydrating Cannabis Face Mask: A solid clay mask stick instantly moisturizes, calms, and cleanses for a revitalized complexion.

So I twisted the cap off and took a look. You will notice that there is a little plastic cap over the actual product. If you use any Milk products, you have seen this before. If you haven’t and do pick up a Milk product, remember – Don’t throw that little plastic thing away.

Seriously, it keeps the product from drying out. I learned that the hard way with the Milk Matcha Toner a while back. Excellent product, but without that plastic cap it dried out fast.So keep it.

But you know, remove it before you try to use the product.

without the cap

So cap off, plastic inner cap taken out, I rolled the product up. And because it is me, the first thing I did was sniff it.

I know. Me and scent. In my defense, Cannabis themed products are very interesting in scent. Some maintain the kind of earthy hemp like scent and some products do their best to cover it up. To be completely honest, this mask smelled like Playdoh. Seriously, straight up playdoh.

No clue why.

However, I don’t mind the scent, and it dissipates pretty quickly (it’s not that strong to begin with) so I started to apply it. This mask was fun to apply. It is like drawing on your face with a fat crayon. As the product warms up a little, the application became smoother and I was able to cover myself in green. I had a little issue with getting it into the corners around my nose as it is a fat stick that just wanted to glide over the dips above my nostrils but I got there in the end.

easy to apply

And yes I did spend a moment or two impersonating the Incredible hulk before I left the bathroom.

It seemed the thing to do.

I followed it up with an ‘I’ll get you my pretty’ ala the wicked witch of the west too in case you were curious.

Then I lay down and zoned out for twenty minutes. Alice Cooper provided todays zen sound track in case you are interested. Something about No more Mr. Nice Guy suited the hulked out face mask look.

first applied

And when my twenty minutes was up I went to wash it off. I was very impressed with the washing off process. The mask was dry, I rubbed warm water on my face and the mask came right off. I had to rub a little of course, but I didn’t need to do a harsh scrub to get this off, which I appreciated. Then I patted my skin dry and I have to say I really liked the way my skin looked. it was clean and hydrated without looking overly shiny or greasy which can sometimes happen with moisturizing masks.

after 20 min

To be fair, I am not entirely certain what role the cannabis played in the mask. But that might just be because I haven’t done enough research into the ingredient. The mask felt like a thinned out clay mask. Which, it is a clay mask so it should feel like a clay mask. Personally I love clay masks, they are kind of my go to when looking at masks.I really liked the fact that this was very neat and tidy, easy to use both in application and removal and made my skin look really good. I will definately be reaching for this mask in the future and looking into more Milk masks as well. This was a definite win for me. I am hydrated and soothed and ready to move through the rest of my day.

clean and bright

And now I am going back to work. And yes I am still singing Alice Cooper in my head. Luckily, it is time for my main character to finally throw down with his nemesis so it is good to have in my brain as I start to write the battle scene. whatever works, huh?

Tonight we have the final movie in our pre Halloween movie fest. I don’t know what that is as my Babydoll has decided to surprise me. (we got an amazon package the other day and he took it off to open it in secret while giggling to himself so I’m guessing it is a new arrival). On Halloween after the possibility of trick or treaters is over for the night we are going to curl up in the dark and listen to terrifying radio dramas and drink spook themed cocktails. It should be a fun and spooky night even if it isn’t party central. I hope you have an excellent Halloween yourselves and I’ll see you bright and early Monday morning. happy Halloween!


Time for a little golden self care – rose gold that is…

welcome once again to the Friday face mask. Now I know what you are thinking, and yes, I’ve reviewed this mask before. But this time I did something interesting. One of my Boxy Charm boxes had a five pack of the 111Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Masks. So I thought, huh, I wasn’t sold on the mask the first time, but most skin care requires repeat uses for results. I give other skin care products time to prove themselves, why not masks?

Why not use it multiple times to see if I really like it?

So since I usually do masks Monday and Wednesday evenings as well as Friday afternoon, this week I decided to use three of my five masks. That’s right I went all in to try out the mask. So what should I expect?

Originally created as limited-edition item, this mask has grown into a global cult product and a staple in the 111SKIN collection. Containing 24k Gold and Damask Rose, this mask works both to illuminate and calm the skin for a party-ready glow. Used by supermodels, celebrities and influencers – this is a must-have in any skincare arsenal.

Apply the mask to dry, clean skin. Wear for 20 minutes. Use up to three times per week, and for longer durations when extra hydration is needed. 

So I washed my face. Then, I took the mask out of the pouch and unfolded it. I placed it on my face, which did require a bit of negotiation as it was very slick and tended to slide. As you can see from the photos, it didn’t adhere well to certain parts of my face. I think it wanted a face that was bigger than mine and was grumpy about my average sized head.

The strange look is me trying feeling it slide lower around my mouth and not wanting to taste the serum

I could tell right away it wasn’t going to stay so I hustled over to my bed, grabbed my ipod and lay down. The Pogues provided today’s relaxation soundtrack in case you were wondering.

And I kind of needed something relaxing. Today two of my subscription boxes came in. I was thrilled. Since I figured it would take at least a week before any arrived I was very pleased. I opened them and discovered each of them was missing an item. Seriously, not just one item missing from one box, but both boxes each missing an item. I contacted both boxes and in both cases customer service was ready to leap into action, on that front I have no complaints. everyone was fantastic.

It was just disapointing.

And took a little extra time I had planned to do something else.

But losing time seems to be the general theme of the day. I lost time this morning when my happy dance was derailed by the police arriving for my neighbor and then my walk took twice as long as everyone had to stop me and ask if I knew what was going on because I am one of the closest neighbors. You’d think by now that they’d realize I never know what’s going on. I am the last link on the gossip chain. i’ve even heard gossip about myself that I didn’t know.

It wasn’t true though. Alas, I am not in charge of programing at any television network. I’m pretty sure no one wants me deciding what is on television. I have a couple of scripts I wrote, but that is as close to ‘programing’ as I get.

After 20 minutes, head is tilted to help control sliding

Incidentally, the deal with my neighbor is that he was arrested a few months back but due to the pandemic he was sent home under house arrest. Apparently there was a hearing or something last week and he declined to show up so someone was sent to help him with his carpool needs. I have no idea what the details are, but I’m sure one of my neighbors will come up with details at some point.

But I let it all go as I relaxed. Then after twenty minutes I stood up and had to hustle to the bathroom. The mask, which wasn’t dripping with serum when I applied it, had dried significantly and was losing it’s will to stay on my face.

As I said I have been using these masks all week and this is the third application. This loss of cohesion seems to be a common theme. The foil packet remains smeared with serum but the mask holds only enough for use. Any extra serum has to be scavenged from the packet. Its as though the mask material rejects the serum. which is a shame, the serum itself is nice. I would not mind having it in a bottle to apply with a dropper. The mask material though does not seem to be as big a fan.

At the end of the week I am left with the same thoughts I had when I first tried the mask. It is nice, I’d use it again if it came my way, but it’s not worth the price. It didn’t stick to my face. I had no choice but to lay down so it wouldn’t slide off and quite frankly I’ve had $3 masks that are as good, if not better in terms of results. 111skin has several really nice products that very much are worth their hefty price tag. This just isn’t one of them.

The Golden Snail

I have to admit, I have a strange fascination with the concept of snails in beauty. Well with snails in general. I actually like escargot. I tend to view snails as an excuse to eat loads of garlic butter sauce. And I had to do an agricultural history paper once for an anthropology course where I found out that snails were one of the first farmed creatures. The mental image of herding snails still tickles me to this day.

I’ve seen snail based skin care before and although I have been intrigued and flirted with trying it out, I never really got around to it. When I pulled the Tony Moly Intense Care Gold Snail Hydro Gel Mask out of the pile of sheet masks I decided that today was the day. So according to the product page…

The luxe, gel-type mask adheres comfortably to skin to promote maximum absorption, and is infused with a cocktail of hydrating ingredients to leave the complexion feeling intensely nourished and supple. 24K Gold helps to brighten and soothe sensitive skin, and a blend of Fermented Snail Mucus essence, Ginseng extracts and EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) improve hydration and radiance while encouraging collagen production. Enhancing skin’s vitality and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, the luxurious face mask will leave skin feeling smooth, supple and resilient.

The Skinstore

So apparently the snails get a little help from gold and ginseng. I’m not entirely sure that gold has any actual skin care benefits. I’m pretty sure it is just there for the bling factor. I think ginseng is supposed to promote circulation though so I was happy to see that.

The mask comes in two parts, which I actually really like because I can get a better fit on my face with the two part masks than the one part ones. It is the type of gel mask that feels a bit like you are holding jelly in your hands. It is lighter weight than many of the other masks like the 111Skin and the Grace and Stella Gel masks. It is a thinner material than they are. It had the same slip-slidy texture they have though. I was wondering if the snail would make it slimier but it felt the same.

the top half in place

The two pieces went on well to my face and because they are a lighter weight than other gel masks I didn’t have to lie down to keep it in place. I could actually sit up without it sliding. I think the two part mask also helped distribute the weight better and prevented it from sliding.

complete mask on

The mask was saturated with liquid but not over saturated, so there was no dripping. After fifteen minutes I took the mask off and massaged in the remaining serum. I know some people squeeze the mask to extract the last of the serum from it, but when I did there really wasn’t any left to squeeze out. The mask helped the serum and what was left was on my face already.

I do like the texture of the gel masks and the way it felt on my skin. I like that it didn’t slide down my face. The serum in the mask provided me with plenty of moisture and absorbed well without a lot of extra. It was a nice mask and I would certainly use it again. My skin did feel quite nourished. Was it worth the price? Yes.

not a lot of serum left behind

Am I sold on snail as a beauty ingredient? The jour is still out. I think I would have to try a couple of more snail based products to see how it performed. But the snail was the only ingredient in this mask that I have not used before and I did not have any sort of adverse reaction (other than the fact that there was no garlic butter). This does make me more confident in trying more snail infused beauty products. I just wish they’d come up with a different description than snail mucus. I’m okay knowing it’s not the actual snails in the mask but mucus in skin care isn’t all that appealing. Still the mask was a good one and one I wouldn’t mind picking up again. I am just going to think of it as a snail infusion though.

So that was my friday Face mask. It was a nice break from the day and actually allowed me a little time to plan my afternoon.

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The Friday Facemask and Generation Clay’s Detoxifying Charcoal

Welcome once again to the Friday Face Mask.  Today I am taking my masking break a little early as I have some conference calls later and want to be refreshed before hand. 

Today’s Mask?

Generation Clay Detoxifying Charcoal Australian Clay Mask.

I know, you have heard me talk about Generation Clay before.  The Ultra violet Brightening Purple Clay mask is one I routinely return to and I am also a big fan of their Urban Defense Purifying Pink Clay Mask.  Oddly enough, I have never tried their Detoxifying Charcoal Australian Clay mask before.  The only reason I can think of for letting it go so long without trying it out is that I stocked up on the purple Brightening mask and didn’t get around to branching out.  Now, even though I have a larger size of the brightening mask I am not opening it until I have given other masks a chance.

Which is fine because I love trying out new masks.

In case you go looking for this mask it looks as though Generation Clay is a sister line to Generation Skin.    The website where I found the masks listed was Generation Skin. I couldn’t find a separate Generation Clay website so I don’t know if they merged or not. There is always the possibility that it was always Generation Skin and I somehow missed that, but the mask line is still labeled Generation Clay. I’m in no way affiliated with the company and this isn’t a sponsored post, I just like and tend to repurchase their masks.

So, charcoal.

In essence activated charcoal is supposed to be able to suck up the excess oils from your skin.  As clay is also supposed to draw impurities out of your skin as well, it seems like a pretty nice combo.  If you are interested in learning more about charcoal in skin care (in an easily broken down way), I’d suggest checking out this post by Lab Muffin.  I really like her posts actually. And she explains activated charcoal a lot better than I can.

But what should I expect when I apply it to my face?

GENERATION CLAY Detoxifying Charcoal Clay Mask is packed with all-natural
Activated Charcoal. Unlike the black ashy stuff you BBQ with, this kind of charcoal
detoxifies your skin by working like a magnet to draw out dirt, toxins, and impurities.
It’s paired with Cucumber, Marshmallow and Aloe Vera to soothe, and oil-absorbing
Witch Hazel to minimize pores. The result offers a deep clean that keeps breakouts
and blackheads at bay.

Cucumber, marshmallow and witch hazel are all on my list of skin care BFFs.  Growing up we used witch hazel as toner to clear out the pores and reduce pimples. And I have always had good luck using marshmallow based products to reduce redness and irritation. Cucumber I just always think of as refreshing, but I am sure there are some skin care benefits I don’t know about them. Even not knowing the details I like cucumber in my skin care.

Wet Mask

And I am all for a deeper clean.  So, on to the face the mask goes. It is a clay mask and it feels like cool wet clay going on.  As you can see in the photo of the newly applied mask, I can still smile when it is wet.  As it dries over my fifteen minute stretch, I lose the ability to smile and therefore look a little like some sort of grumpy clay based supervillain.

But no matter. 

The mask was applied, I lay down for the fifteen minutes it needed to do its thing and put my ipod on shuffle because I didn’t have anything I was really set on listening to. So my masking play list went from The Offspring to Mozart to Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies.  Which was a little disconcerting.

Note to future self, choose a play list. Or at least stick to one genre.

dried mask, frozen in place face

But in fifteen minutes, brain slightly disordered and mask mostly dry I returned to the bathroom and washed the mask off.  This is one of those masks where a wet brush is not a bad thing to have.  What I tend to do is wet the brush, run it over the mask lightly, saturating the mask, but not scratching the skin.  Then when it is loosened up, I wash it off completely and pat the skin dry. It also helps keep you from splashing charcoal colored water all over the sink and turning a fifteen minute mask into fifteen minuses of masking and twenty minutes of clean up.

Incidentally, the shiny lips are my Bite Beauty Agave Mask at work. Just because the mask won’t let me smile doesn’t mean I can’t show my lips some love.

So did my skin feel clearer and cleaner with my black heads disappearing like magic?

Or science that looks like magic I suppose.

clean skin

My skin wasn’t magically blemish free, but it did feel cleaner and the blemishes I currently have feel a little more dried out. One of my deeper clogged pores that has been driving me crazy as I’ve been trying to get it to come to the surface so it can be cleared out, is just about breaking the surface.  It is at the level now that after my conference call I can apply a Peace Out Acne Dot to it and let it sit for the rest of the day and actually get it cleared out. I can say it wasn’t nearly that raised earlier.  For that alone I would be happy with this mask.

It didn’t really do a lot for the non-blemish areas, or at least no more than any other mask.  I think what I might do however is use this in a multi masking plan.  I really do prefer the Purple Generation Clay mask all over my face.  I think in the future I might use the charcoal mask over the blemishes and the Purple brightening on the rest of my skin.  That might actually put the best properties of each to the best possible use.

But as always, the final question is, would I purchase this mask again?  The answer is yes I would. Like the other two clay masks from Generation Clay I would not mind keeping this on hand.  In fact I think they sell a three pack with one of each in the pack for a bundled savings.  Now that I’ve tried all three, this trio might end up on my restocking list.

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Hi-ho Super Silver (Haze Purifying Face mask from Makeupdrop that is)

Welcome my darlings once again to the Friday face mask.  Today I am trying out the Super Silver Haze Purifying mask.  It has clay.  It has cannabinoids and it has colloidal silver. It came in my August Ipsy bag and this is what it had to say for itself…

Meet Super Silver Haze, your skincare superhero. This polishing mask is powered by bacteria-banishing Colloidal Silver and nourishing Kaolin clay, all with the soothing, anti-inflammatory benefits of 100 mg of CBD.

CBD has a wheelhouse of anti-inflammatory, soothing, and regenerative properties that can help fight acne, inhibit triggers of skin irritation and bring an overall calmness to your skin.

A natural anti-inflammatory and disinfectant, colloidal silver is a super particle that fights bacteria without destroying the skin’s natural flora and has been known to help the symptoms of rosacea, eczema, acne, and aging.

Packed with minerals to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, kaolin clay removes toxins without drying out the skin for a polished glow.


Aqua (WATER), Montmorillonite (FRENCH GREEN CLAY), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sodium Chloride (Himalayan Salt), Glycerin, Rose Damascena Flower Water, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Lactobacillus Ferment, Leuconostoc/ Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Cannabidiol (100MG), Colloidal Silver, Sodium Hyaluronate, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Peel Oil, Nephrite Powder – CBD SAFETY SHEET


Now I will say that I love green clay.  In fact I love most clay based masks.  My skin really responds well to most of them. And I also do well with the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD.  The Colloidial Silver was a new one on me, but hey, I’m willing to give it a go.

not the most appealing of photos I grant you, but this is the mask

The packaging is cute.  It looks like a paint tube and you have to use the pointy end of the cap to break the seal.  As I used to do a lot of oil painting, I found this both familiar and fun.  I was less enthused when I had to squeeze the mask out of the tube.  It is a thick clay mask and that is a narrow exit hole.  It required some effort and I was unable to use my favorite skin care spatula as I would have needed a third hand to hold it steady.  As it was actually squeezing the product into my hand was an effort.

on the face and looking like 1950s television style masks, it dried tightly very quickly so smiling was not an option

The scent of the mask is nice and green as is the color.  Given the cannabinoids and the clay I expected more of an earth scent.  I expected the green from the clay most french green clay products are green unless someone did some serious doctoring mostly with ingredients you don’t want on your skin. It isn’t an herbally green scent but more of a fresh mown clover sort of green. 

I’m sorry about the descriptors but sometimes scents just come across my brain as colors. This looks army green but smells bright green to me.  My color confusion doesn’t come up a lot but when it does, it sort of locks in. This appears to be one of those times.  I looked at other reviews and no one mentioned the scent so I have no comparisons for you.

Personally I loike the scent, even if I have a hard time describing it. 

Just before washing it off after letting it sit 15 minutes

The mask is a bit dry and crumbly going on the skin, but the warmth of the skin, both fingers and face, help it warm up and spread a bit more creamily. I know it says that it doesn’t feel tight, but I could feel it getting tighter in my cheeks and around my mouth almost as soon as I put it on. 

The mask isn’t tingly but it feels almost as though I can feel the blood sort of pounding in the skin of my face in time to my heart.  It isn’t an unpleasant sensation, I actually kind of enjoy it, but it is an interesting feeling.

After fifteen minutes, I went to wash the mask off.

As far as clay masks go it washed off fairly easily.  While my skin felt soft, the big difference I could see happened when I looked closely.  If you look at the close up of my cheek you can see that several bumps have risen.  Before they were smaller bumps that were much more deeply buried clogged pores.  Now they are closer to the surface and much closer to being able to be dealt with. 

Before and after pics of my face, before the mask is on the left and after is on the right, not much different until you look closely (see below)

That’s not a bad result.  It does mean that this mask isn’t one I’m going to wear when I plan to go out, but as I will be spending the rest of the day at my desk and the weekend more or less in the house or garden, it isn’t a bad thing.  Just something to keep in mind. 

rising to the surface

So it turned out to be a pretty good mask.  Is it my favorite mask? No.  Would I pay the $65 price tag to replace it once I use it up?  Probably not. I would probably pick up a clay mask from Generation Clay to be honest. But it was a nice mask for a Friday afternoon break.  I’m glad I got a chance to use it and I will enjoy using the rest of the product.  I just probably won’t be running out to repurchase it any time soon.

So speaking of spending the rest of the day at my desk, I need to get back to work now that my brief relaxation is over.  I hope you have a great rest of the day and a fabulous weekend.  Stay safe my darlings and I’ll see you back here on Monday.

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Is it a no-cal Afternoon treat? No it’s the Friday Face MAsk

I am used to seeing masks advertised as moisturizing or hydrating, pore cleansing or brightening.  This says none of that.  Or if it does it’s in Korean. The Mellow Cotton Candy Mask does have the word protection written on the front so I suppose that is something.  Admittedly I have no idea what it is supposed to be defending me from. 

I hope it’s Kale.

I don’t like kale.  Surprising when I think about it, as I like most vegetables.  I think it is a texture issue.  It feels like something you should know not to eat when it hits your tongue.  And yes I know it can be blended in a smoothie and consumed that way, but as the benefit of eating kale seems to be mostly dietary fiber based and the blender pretty much nixes the fiber, I don’t really see that as much of an improvement.

My favorite Kale remains the Sweet Chef Kale Serum.  That Kale I love.

So I kind of like the thought of cotton candy protecting me from kale. Actually, I find it somewhat amusing to think of cotton candy as any sort of front line defense.  Let’s face it, if Cotton Candy takes the front lines, the battle lines will be interesting.

And the cotton candy ranks storm kale's front lines, while the Brussels sprouts get bogged down in the taffy trenches. No help coming for the Kale from that quarter.

Poor Brussels sprouts. I actually really like them Sliced and roasted with a drizzle of balsamic and a dusting of parm. Yummy.

I’m sorry they had to go out that way.

I am in a bit of a silly mood today. My plan this morning was simple.  I needed to get my main character from point a to point b. As I was writing the somewhat straightforward scene she decided to take up with a magic mirror with a political agenda. It’s sort of bent everything around in my plot.

It’s a twisted fairy tale story, but I hadn’t planned on a magic mirror.  At least I got to use the name Balthazar. I’ve always wanted to use the name somewhere but no place ever seemed like the right story.  This did.  So now I have Balthazar trapped in the magic mirror and possibly using sleeping beauty (who has found a way out of her sleeping curse) to stage a coup.

It seemed like the perfect time for a Cotton Candy Mask. The more practical looking masks just seemed absurd.

This one was part of June’s Facetory subscription.  I am subscribed to their four pack level of subscriptions.  They also have larger subscription tiers that offer more than just sheet masks.  The larger quarterly one has all sorts of Korean skin care related items. Personally, I am happy with my four pack.  It gives me a good variety while I still work through my regular jarred masks.

Four-ever Fresh Subscription!

Due to my love of masks, I have a collection of partially used jars and tubes I am trying to whittle down.  I promised myself once they get to a more acceptable level I can order a jar of my favorite Annmarie Skincare Mud mask, but I have several jars left to go before I feel comfortable ordering it.

(Incidentally if you haven’t tried it and are on the fence, you can order a sample size of it to test out. I highly recommend it in whatever size you try.)

The cotton candy mask is really juicy when pulled from the foil packet.  You are not shorted on serum with this one.  Given the name (and candy pictured on the front of the mask) I expected the mask to smell very sweet.  I was afraid of the cloying factor.  There is none.  This mask just smells fresh and clean.  (Basically it smells more like skin care than candy). The mask itself is on the thinner side, but it adheres well to the skin.  I did have to blot the portion of mask over my eyes because it was a little drippy, but one pat was all it took. I apologize for the somewhat angry look on my face but I hadn’t blotted when i took the pic and realized i could see a drip so I forgot to smile in my haste.

So I applied the mask, lay down, closed my eyes and tried to figure out how Sleeping Beauty works as the leader of a rebellion.

When fifteen minutes passed, I got up to see what happened while I plotted.

The mask was less drippy but not quite dry.  It was far too saturated to be dry, but I was surprised by how much serum was gone.  I’m sure some evaporated, but when I took it off my face and patted the remaining serum in, I had to admit, my skin felt hydrated and nourished. 

And yes a small part of me expected my skin to be a little sticky. 

It wasn’t.  It was simply a decent hydrating mask.  Was it earth shattering? No.  It is not something that I feel I must have on hand at all times.  While it isn’t a mask I will rush out and buy, it is one I wouldn’t mind having on hand for a day when I’ve spent too much time in the sun.  I think it’s one of those I’ll put on the list and next time I order from the facetory site, I might have a couple chucked into the order.  Sort of a while I’m here add on, but not something I’d be there specifically to buy.

I know that sounds like a bit of a mediocre review, and perhaps it is, but the more sheet masks I try out the more I’m finding that they fall into four categories. 

Category 1: I really hate this and/or it made me break out/have an allergic reaction.

Category 2: I’ll use it if it’s here, but I don’t see the point in actually buying it.

Category 3: I like it enough to add it to an order I’m already placing for something else, but not to seek it out.

Category 4: I like it enough that I will repurchase it to keep around and possibly get notifications for when it goes on sale so I can stock up and never run out.

I know, my categories are a bit wordy, but that really is how I tend to mentally categorize sheet masks. I tend to use that system for a lot of beauty items actually now that I think of it. This mask was firmly in Category three. Which is far higher than I expected a mask called Mellow Cotton Candy to reach.

I suppose I’ll have to adjust my expectations.

So now that I have refreshed myself, and bought myself fifteen minutes of thinking time, it is back to work. I don’t think Sleeping Beauty is going to lead a full scale revolution, at least not in this book.  Maybe in the sequel…

Either way, I’m up for finishing the chapter before I call it quits for the day. I hope everyone else’s day is going well and that you are eagerly anticipating a fun filled weekend, or at least a well-deserved break from the work week.

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The Pore Green Tea Mud Sheet mask for Face Mask Friday

What a name huh?

I’ll admit I chose the Pore Green Tea Mud Sheet mask that I received from my April Glossy Box because I was curious.  On the front it is listed as a 3D mask sheet and it is much thicker than your usual sheet mask packet.  So instead of thinking, oh what would my skin like today, I decided to indulge my curiosity. 

Bring on the Pore Green Tea Mud Sheet Mask!

Since there was nothing on the enclosed pamphlet about this mask (and most of the info on the packet is in Korean) I went poking around on-line before applying it to my face.  You know, safety first.  According to Amazon:

JJ YOUNG Pore Green Tea Mud Sheet Mask – Moisturizes and Calms The Skin with Green Tea Leaf Extract, Control Sebum and Cleans Pores with Kaolin – 0.85 oz. It Attaches Tightly to Face Through The Benefits of Mud. Kaolin Controls Sebum and Reinforces Firmness. Hydration and Skin Lifting, Leaving the Skin Calm and Moisturized with Green Tea Extract Controls Sebum and Eliminates Impurities within Pores with Sea Salt and Prevents The Loss of Skin Hydration and Leaves Skin Moisturized. Lifts Sagging Skin and Face.

For some reason the description really liked the capital letters. I left them because they looked fun. I have to say my favorite line is ‘Attaches tightly to face through the benefits of mud.’ The price I found on line was generally around $19.99 for a five pack if you are interested in attaching this to your face through the benefits of mud.

Okay so knowing that it is essentially a clay mask in sheet form, I went and opened it.  Once opened, it had a pungent scent of clay and green tea leaves.  It smells exactly like what it is.  There is no mucking about with other fragrances.

JJ Young apparently has no time for that.

the pieces

The mask slid out of the packet in a triangle shape.  There were many layers of plastic folded between the layers.  It turns out the mask is in two parts, each sandwiched between two plastic layers, one clear, one not. I peeled them from the plastic and placed the muddiest side against my skin.  I put on the lower part first, then the upper. There is some overlap.  I will say they stick better to the face than many other face masks I have tried.  Once in place, it wasn’t going anywhere.

Apparently it attaches well through the benefits of mud.

On the skin, it feels exactly like a mud mask and not really like a sheet mask at all.  It is alomost like they took a mud mask and spread it out on a mold and did something to it (possibly involving a magic wand) and it temporarily became a sheet mask.

But I feel deep down, it still yearns to be a regular mud mask.

Still after applying it, I light my candle. Actually I had to light two.  My Fern and Tobacco candle from April’s Vella box is now about spent and so I called in an older champagne scented one for back up.  They blended nicely. Incidentally, it turns out that the small candle from the smallest Vella Box subscription box will last for almost exactly a month’s worth of uses.  At least for me.  It’s the first today and I think my next candle is expected between the 5th and 7th . Which means I might actually have it for next Friday. And yes I do use the candle for more than just my Friday face masks.

the residue

So the mask is applied, and now we wait.

Well I waited, you don’t really have to since I write my mask experience up after I complete it.

So twenty minutes passed.

Pleasant thoughts filled my mind as I went to my happy place.  Oddly enough in my happy place dragons blasted tumble weeds that looked suspiciously like enlarged images of the virus causing so much trouble at the moment, but still it was a happy place. Because they were good dragons. Not the princess snatching kind.

But alas all good things must come to an end. Eyes were opened, candles were snuffed and I returned to the bathroom to see what the mask did while I lost myself to daydreams for a few moments. In the bathroom I expected to see the same sort of drying that I normally see with mud masks, you know, the mask changing color.  There might have been a little, but it wasn’t that noticeable.  The mask did dry a bit, even if it didn’t change color, and it felt tighter on the skin.  There was no possibility of smiling. So, yeah another serial killer looking photo for me.

close up of mask post use

The mask peeled off easily and even though it left a little residue it was easily wiped off.  I took a good look at the mask after removing it and it looked less like a sheet made of mud and more like a loosely woven sheet (almost like cheesecloth) that had mud pressed into it from both sides, like the cloth was the bizarre filling in a mud based oreo. (Which actually sounds disgusting now that I’ve written it out, but I will leave it because I can’t be the only one with that image in my mind. Plus I can’t think of a better description.)

 I will say my pores looked smaller, a little bit of redness I had from the sun has gone and my skin (once I washed off the residue and let my skin dry a bit, felt really nice.  It is not quite up to the Annmarie Skincare Mud mask level (which is my standard of fabulous mud masks) but it is far closer than I thought a sheet mask would get.  Most sheet masks I like, but I don’t really add to my list for potential repurchasing.  Thus far the only one on the list are the black gold under eye gel masks from 111Skin.  This face mask I will be adding to the purchase list.  My skin and mud get along like…well I suppose you could just call me Miss Piggy if you’d like. The issue is they often take a bit of extra time, especially with post mask clean up.  Normally, I don’t mind the extra time when I am masking, but there have been days where a mud mask would have been fabulous, but I didn’t have the time.  This would have been perfect for those times. 

I heard of JJ Young prior to this, but I don’t recall ever trying any masks from them before.  I may joke about the sticking benefits of mud, but I will be ordering this one again.  The one drawback is all of the trash produced by it.  I can’t lie, it is a lot. 

That more than anything will keep me mostly using my favorite jarred mud mask, but I will be keeping a few of these on hand for when I just don’t have the time for a regular mud mask. I will be poking around to see what other sort of masks they have from this company.  While I did find this mask on Amazon, it is also listed for sale on the Glossy Box site.  I will also be poking around the Facetory site later to see if it is there as well. If you like mud masks, I would definitely recommend giving this one a try, especially if you are pressed for time. I’ll link Glossy Box below if you want to check the mask out on their site.  I’ll also link Annemarie Skincare and my all-time favorite mud mask as well if you are curious.

Now it’s back to work before the weekend Wonder Woman marathon can begin. I hope whatever you have planned is fun and fabulous. I’ll see you back here on monday. Have a great weekend.

$10 sample kit

The Friday Face Mask with Korres Hydra Biome

Korres Hyda-Biome Face Mask

I have talked about Korres before and I have tried several of their masks. The Pomegranate exfoliating mask remains one of my favorite. And while I love nearly everything I have tried from the Pomegranate line, I wasn’t the biggest fan of their rose line so I have put off branching out into their yogurt themed products.

Until today that is. The Korres Hydra-Biome Probiotic Superdose Face mask was offered for sale on the Boxy Charm add ons so I decided to take a chance and snap it up. (plus on the sale site it was $12 instead of the normal $49 so I thought it would be less of a risk.

Lately all of the ads I have seen for Korres feature one of the products from their yogurt line so I suppose it was time. I really hope they aren’t attempting to get rid of their pomegranate one though. So what is this wonder yogurt themed skin care product supposed to do? According to the product page…

This mask works to fortify your skin’s natural protective layer, often broken down by stress, pollution, diet and more. Through a clinically tested blend of superfoods, hyaluronic acid, and skin-rebalancing technology, it improves elasticity, radiance, and texture for a revitalized, healthier look. Key ingredients: – GREEK YOGHURT – delivers instant soothing, cooling sensation with a Superdose of pre and probiotics to nourish skin. MICROBIOME RE-BALANCING TECHNOLOGY – Cutting edge microbiome rebalancing technology clinically proven to balance your skin’s invisible microbiome to protect and relieve signs of stressed skin. – LACTIC ACID – a natural AHA that gently dissolves dead skin cells for a natural glow.

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Okay then, not a bad sort of claim. I respond well to lactic acid and I can always use a dose of prebiotic nourishment, so light the relaxing candles and bring on the mask. First of all I would like to say this mask comes in a really pretty frosted glass jar. I love masks in glass jars. I don’t know why but it always makes me feel like they are more luxurious. Plus when they are empty I can use them to start seeds in the spring. Seriously most of my seeds were started in glass Oui Yogurt jars or empty skin care product jars. Eventually they’ll make it to recycling, but for now they are being reused at home.

But I digress.

When opening the jar I found the typical plastic topper keeping the cream safe from the lid. Once removed I found a thick white cream that reminds me more of yogurt than face cream. It was kind of nice. I took a sniff, because you know I have to smell everything. It does not smell like yogurt. I was actually worried it would be like smearing my afternoo snack across my skin, but no, it is not. The scent is…healthy smelling. I know that is not a terribly great descriptior. It kind of smells a little like you just opened the dairy case in a healtfood store. You can smell the dairy, but you also know someone is stashing homeopathic concoctions somewhere nearby. It isn’t herbally, but it is like something that smells ‘good for you’.

after 20 min

And yes I have been thinking of that description since about noon and it is the best I can come up with.

It doesn’t smell like you are smearing yogurt on your face though, which is what I was worried about. So I was happy, and yes, the scent is going to bother me all weekend. You can rest assured my darlings that I will be thinking and ruminating on the scent trying to pin point it all weekend. I suspect it may come to me sometime in the dark hours after three am. Because I know I’ve smelled it before, I just can’t place it.

Okay so while my brain goes crazy trying to place the scent, I will apply it to my face. It goes on nice and smoothly. There are no solid bits in it. I expected that the mask would be cool and upon first application it was, but then it got a little war, I’m guessing that was the AHA activating and relieving me of dead skin cells. The feeling of warmth didn’t last long.

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As you can see from the pictures, as I sat for the twenty minutes with the mask on, much of the mask was absorbed into my skin. At the end of my masking time, I blew out the candles, washed off the mask and patted my face dry. My skin felt soft and refreshed and I think some of the redness I noticed on my skin was at least tamped down. Over all I was very pleased with this mask. I’m still not giving up my pomegranate themed line, but I suppose I can give yogurt more of a chance. Thanks Korres for suggesting I get out of my comfort zone.

Now freshed faced I am tackling the rest of my day. Burpee just delivered out live plants and soon we will have a bay tree in a large pot. For now it will live in the sun room. In a few weeks it will migrate to the back porch. And we will never go short of bay leaves for seasoning again. Once safely potted, I will get back to my writing. Then…then it will be the weekend. It is getting harder to remember which days are work days and which are weekends, but I hope you take some time off from working from home and do some fun weekend stuff. have a good one and I will see you back on Monday.


Show your glow with the Friday Face Mask

Good afternoon my darlings and welcome to the Friday Face Mask. I hope you have had a good morning. While I got a fair amount done this morning, I also took a call from my mother who informed me that she has decided to stop watching the news and is now re-watching all of the old movies in her collection.  She’s decided that if she interspaces her DVD selections with the Hallmark Channel Movies she can entertain herself between bouts of cleaning and purging for months. My brother is restocking her groceries as needed and has decided someone will either tell her when she can leave the house again or the apocalypse is truly neigh and she will never need to leave her house again.

I sort of got the impression that the deep down cleaning is actually in case there is a full on apocalypse. Because one doesn’t want to leave a mess at the end of the world.

That would be rude.

And while I don’t think the world is ending, after the call I went to the kitchen and did all of the dishes. Not because I don’t want to be rude to an incoming apocalypse (although I don’t) but because we are out of butter knives. 

My darling dearest likes to take the occasional snack break throughout the day.  For some reason this seems to involve dipping a butter knife into the peanut butter jar, coating it and then licking the knife off as his snack.  He doesn’t double dip, he only goes in once and then puts the knife in the sink. But he does this three times a day, which sort of uses up our supply of butter knives.  And yes I asked him why he doesn’t use a spoon.  Apparently the spoon gets too much peanut butter. I also asked and yup, he does keep a small jar of peanut butter and a knife in his desk drawer in the office too.

The things you learn, huh?

Anyway, the morning is settled and this afternoon I am going to attempt to pull weeds.  The ground is wet enough for them to come up pretty easily but it is not actually raining and not terribly warm outside.  We had frost last night, but not a deep one so the ground isn’t frozen. Before this though, I am taking a moment of relaxation (20 minutes in fact) with my Friday face mask.

I put it on a little early because my work was already interrupted by the call and dishes. Today’s selection was the Hey Honey Show Your Glow Colloidal Gold and Honey Beauty mask.  It was a deluxe sample size that came in an IPSY box and it is the sort of size where I can get between 3-5 uses out of depending on how full the tube actually is.  Hey Honey is usually pretty good about not leaving a lot of empty space in their tubes. The full mask retails for $65.

So what to expect from this mask? According to the website…

Show Your Glow provides anti-aging effects while hydrating skin and helping to prevent premature aging. The colloidal gold is an anti-inflammatory which helps prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin, preventing wrinkles from forming and smoothing the appearance of fine lines, while mica is used to give the skin a radiant glow. 

Personally I am not too thrilled by the mica as I’m not sure where the mica is sourced and there have been huge issues depending on where it comes from.

The mask is as gold as its name implies and the skin is covered in a yellow gold goo.  It is a little thicker than many face masks, which I think is due to the honey component.  I know there are vegans who avoid any honey as it is an animal product, but personally I adore honey. Growing up, at the first sign of a scratchy throat honey and a slice of lemon went into a tea cup and hot water was poured over it.  We also used it on cuts when there was no antibacterial ointment.  I am a huge fan of it and my skin always reacts well to it. There is also the comfort factor as it was present from my earliest childhood on. I think that’s why I tend to like most of Hey Honey’s skin care products.  I’m not such a big fan of some of their makeup, but I like their skin care.

This mask was no exception.  Even though it was a little thick on the face, it washed off easily with no scrubbing at the end of my twenty minute break and my skin felt amazingly soft.  I don’t know about long term anti-aging effects, but I have had some stress related breakouts lately and this did help calm my skin a bit.  I appreciate the assistance.

So thus cleansed and refreshed, I am ready to tackle the bind weed that is now attempting to take over the patch of ground where my pepper plants and tomatoes will spend the summer once removed from my small portable greenhouse (it’s the size of a book case and great for starting seeds in the early). Let the weed  whacking commence!

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