The just past mid week masking with Purlisse

The Purlisse Blue Lotus and Seaweed Treatment Sheet mask is not a new one to me. I tend to buy these in packs and keep them around. They are really good in the winter because they are very hydrating and soothing. I like them particularly when we have cold icy winds that slide down from the mountains and steal all your moisture leaving you with a full body chap.

Well maybe not full body unless you are running around naked like a lunatic, but the winter winds leave every part of me that is exposed to wind feeling chapped. And you really shouldn’t run around starkers in the winter. If you are a nudist, stay inside before you catch pneumonia.

hard to smile when the mask will cover your lips

So if this is the perfect winter mask, why am I wearing it now? well like it actually. And when I reached in I pulled this mask out. It is actually the last of the pack that I bought a while ago. After I purchased it i realized how crazy my sheet mask drawer was getting and told myself i couldn’t buy more sheet masks until I whittled down the lot. Now i am trying to eliminate all that i have left in my collection before the end of the year.

Then I am probably signing back up for my Facetory subscription. Not only does Facetory have a really good selection of sheet masks but I want to try out some of the other skincare they offer and I think that might be a good way to do it. But that is beside the point. I will also be getting a pack of these Purlisse masks for use in February. That is the month of wind around here.

This Purlisse Blue Lotus and Seaweed mask had a subtle clean scent to it. The scent reminds me of the other items in the Blue Lotus line from Purlisse skincare actually. It is a really god line. I especially enjoyed the moisturizer. It has been a while since I’ve used a lot of Purlisse products but for a while I was routinely purchasing the Blue Lotus Moisturizer from them.

a little extra serum but otherwise a nicely moisturized face.

This sheet mask is pretty juicy but it isn’t dripping. I did have to pat off my hands once I’d applied it to my face. That isn’t too big a deal though. The serum doesn’t drip down my face and that is the most important thing. The material of the mask is a cotton like cloth that clings to every curve of the face. This means that the mask stays in contact with the skin the entire time that it is on. Which is important because if the mask isn’t touching your skin then your skin isn’t really benefitting from the mask.

After fifteen minutes of wear, the mask is removed. I always find there is a little too much serum left over for me to simply pat into the skin so I end up lightly patting my face with a soft cloth. It doesn’t rub off all of it but it takes the drippy bits off. And my skin feels chock a block full of moisture. This Purlisse Blue Lotus and Seaweed mask is a mask I have used often so there isn’t really anything surprising about it. But it is also a mask that I will consistently reorder because I really like what it does for my skin.

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The September Sheet Masks

One of the things that accumulate in my house are sheet masks. There are a few I mark out as fantastic and will purchase repeatedly, but there aren’t many. I mark the ones I like on wither Facetory or Masquebar and when I run out, I order them. At the moment I am really liking the bio-cellulose style of sheet masks and they seem to be the ones I tend to order the most. I deliberately didn’t use any of them this month as I want to clear out some of my older masks first. But if you like them Masque Bar has an entire range of bio cellulose masks.

The majority of my masks come from subscription boxes. I put them into a basket and I try to remember to reach for them when I want a quick mask.

The problem is that the mask basket is set off to the side and out of my direct line of sight so I tend to forget about them. I add sheet masks to the basket, but lately I haven’t been taking them out. And so this September I decided to at least try to whittle the basket down.

For those who are routine visitors, you know I generally use a face mask on Friday afternoons to give myself a little bit of a Friday zen moment. Or at least as zen as I get. I’m not a particularly zen person. I’m a writer. Anytime you give me a moment to just clear my thoughts, a plot bunny attacks the back of my brain. I start wondering if you could mix poison into a face mask so that it absorbs through the skin and slowly kills someone long after they’ve left the spa. Then I start wondering who at the spa has murderous intents and why. Is the owner experimenting with a treatment and the poisoning is accidental? Is the victim an ex lover and the poisoning deliberate? Is the poisoner trying to make a political statement about the health and wellness industry?

Is it a combination of things? Hmmm, well?

This is why I tend to listen to music or podcasts when I mask up on Fridays, because seriously this is the sort of thing that goes through my head. And as fabulous as The Masked Murderer Mystery Series would no doubt be, generally I try to at least attempt fifteen minutes of relaxing on Friday afternoon, which works better if I can shut my brain down a bit.

However, I generally also use masks on Mondays and Wednesdays as well. These are a bit different. Sometimes I use them in the evening and sometimes I use them post walk and pre makeup. If I use them during the day, I generally have been exercising outside. I then do a quick face wash after cooling down and then I will put on a mask that I can wear while working at the computer. If my schedule allows. I generally find that my skin really enjoys a post workout mask.

Plus even if I work through it, the mask feels like a bit of a treat.

So this September I decided to take nine masks from my sheet mask basket and set them on a corner of my desk where they were constantly in sight. So when Monday and Wednesday masking came around, they were already there and I didn’t have to go to the masking drawer at all. They were already out.

And it works, I did use all of the sheet masks I put out, the last one I will actually use this afternoon, but you’ll see why it doesn’t matter for this list. You see one of the packs of masks I pulled out was a set of six identical masks. I actually have two sets of these. So I figured I would just go ahead and use all six in the first pack this month and then choose three other masks to break out to use to make my nine. So let’s look at September’s Sheet masks.

First the six pack. I’ll admit, I’ve been avoiding these. Mostly because they are rose scented. These are the Honey Jarret Super Beau’Tea Masks. These sheet masks are infused with rose and Jarret tea. Jarret tea is a proprietary mix of Morninga, Lemon Myrtle and Kombucha. The main purpose of the mask is hydration, which it does do very well. It is a very hydrating mask and fantastic to use after walking around outside. It is soothing and Honestly I really love the masking material. It feels like a soft cloth on the skin which is really nice. It clings to the skin and doesn’t slide around. The material is really the one I would choose for masks if allowed to make the call. The scent however is strong. It is Rose with a slightly fermented back note. Seriously, that is the scent. The fermented smell I’m guessing comes from the Kombucha. Everything else is rose. I like the masks but I think it will be a while before I use them again because the rose scent was a bit bombastic. I also think that next time I do this I will choose one from the pack and not put the entire six pack in my line up. But five of this pack have been used and I have one more to use this afternoon. I can’t actually complain as it is a good mask. With the heavy rose scent I don’t know if I would order these masks again, but the serum does feel nice and I really like the masking material so there is a possibility. I just need to let the scent fade from memory before I do. But as I have six more in my basket of sheet masks, it will be a while before I need to commit to that kind of action.

Next up we have the Avette Daily Fresh Squeeze mask. Most of the information on this mask is in Korean but it does have pictures of Lychees on it so that is more or less what I assumed the theme was. This is actually one of a three pack. I used one a while ago and I still have a second one in my mask basket. At least I think it is the same Lychee mask. It might be a different type from the same brand. This mask smelled fresh and was dripping with serum. Very much dripping with serum. I had to wipe some of it off so that it didn’t drip down my neck actually. The scent is certainly milder than the rose. But honestly the effect weren’t as nice. The Honey Jarret did actually provide the better hydration. This was a standard sheet mask. It was fine but not really memorable. The material was typical, the scent was fresh but not really something to remember and the effects were okay. I’ll use the other one in my sheet mask basket, but I don’t see any reason to actually repurchase this mask. It was okay but very forgettable.

The Jigott Pomegranate Real Ampule Mask was actually my favorite of this sheet mask selection. I picked it up on the Facetory site. I really love just poking around there and seeing what sort of masks show up. It smells slightly fruity, but mostly just like clean skincare. While there was plenty of serum, it wasn’t dripping with it. The mask is also 100% cotton. Not only does this really mean that it clings nicely to the skin and doesn’t slide off while I work at the computer but it also means that after I took it off, I rinsed out the remaining serum from the mask and popped it into the composter. It is actually disintegrating nicely. The serum also made it quite lovely to wear as well. It is a hydrating mask and my skin really did enjoy the mask. I will definitely be picking this mask up again.

This brings us to the last sheet mask of the month and it is from the Hello Ganic line of vegan sheet masks. These too came in a pack, but they are all different. This 1 a Day mask is Peach and Lime. Even though it appears to have more English words on it, most of the information is still in Korean. On the back the information that is in in English comes in headline format. There is: Brighten and Even Skin tone. Peach! And Not Tested on Animals. All of which is good to know, but not especially detailed. On the front it does claim that the material of the sheet mask is made from Eucalyptus Sheet. I would have liked more information about that and perhaps the copious amount of writing on the back of the packet does go into it. However despite the fact that there is a lot of writing on the packet, the bulk of the information is written in Korean.

I do not speak or read Korean.

I will say though, sheet masks do make me want to learn.

I don’t know if that can be considered a learning incentive but after using so many really good Korean skin care products learning the language seems like the next logical step. Its a sneaky way to get you to want to learn. I respect that. Even as I fall into the trap.

When I opened it and applied it I didn’t find anything different about the sheet mask material. It looked like a sheet mask. It stayed on well and although it was saturated with serum it wasn’t saturated to the point where it dripped. It did have a vague scent that was peach crossed with lime. So it smelled like the claims on the package. My skin felt nice after using it and I wouldn’t mind using it again. I can’t say I saw much brightening or evening, but I think I’d have to use the mask on a routine basis to see progress, just like any other skin care. I liked it enough that I am looking forward to the other sheet masks that came in the package and I would consider repurchasing it.

So there you have it, the Sheet masks of September. Today of course I will use the last of this pack of Honey Jarret masks. And afterwards, I am going to avoid rose scented sheet masks for a little while. I know there are quite a few from different brands lurking in my sheet mask basket. But I think for now, the rose scented masks from all brands will be pushed to the side for a bit.

Over all I really liked the idea of counting up the Monday and Wednesdays in the month and then selecting the same number of sheet masks. Keeping them out where I could see them and easily reach for them made me use them. I tend to go more for jars of masking products naturally so this actually reminded me to use them. It was a great way to trick myself and I found at least one mask that I will be ordering again in the future. I probably will not do this in October because I am getting ready to start a month long masking trial, but I think that I will definitely be bringing back the stack of sheet masks back for another round. And honestly, I’m kind of looking forward to it.

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Cool Down and Drop Kick with the Face Mask Friday

Good afternoon my darlings and welcome to the Friday face mask.  Today was a sheet mask kind of day.  I love masks but somedays are not meant for the wash off kind of masks.  This was one of those days.  This was a sheet mask day.  In fact it was a Cool Down Drop Kick kind of masking day. 

That’s right is was time to try the Haruharu mask that came in one of my Facetory Boxes.  For those who don’t know, Facetory is a sheet mask subscription.  I absolutely love it because it lets me try all sorts of different sheet masks so I can build a list of those I want to re order.  It also lets me reorder the ones I like. Sheet masks can pile up though, especially if you have any subscription boxes and Face Tory is super easy to pause. If you are drowning in masks you just press a button and skip the month.  They have different numbers of subscriptions.  I use the Four pack masking subscription as that is the right amount for me. 

Four-ever Fresh Subscription!

They also have other skin care products and non-sheet masks and you don’t actually have to be a member of the subscription service to order from them.  Even if you don’t sign up for a subscription, I highly recommend signing up for their free newsletter.  They’ll send you e-mails about deals that way. And every Monday they have a selection of masks reduced to a $1. The newsletter lets you know which ones.  Some of my favorites have made the rotation list into the $1 Monday lists so I think it is well worth checking out.

The only issue I have with some of the masks is that most of the information is in Korean.  I do not happen to be able to read Korean so sometimes I have to sort of guess as to what the mask is for.  This one actually says soothing and Maqui berry in English.  Hich would provide me with more information if I knew what a maqui berry was.

According to Healthline: Maqui berry (Aristotelia chilensis) is an exotic, dark-purple fruit that grows wild in South America. It’s mainly harvested by the native Mapuche Indians of Chile, who have used the leaves, stems and berries medicinally for thousands of years 

When I took the mask out, it smells somewhat grape like. Beyond that the only other English on the package is Cool Down Drop Kick.

I will say the mask, right out of the package is quite juicy with serum.  On the face it feels instantly cooling.  The extra serum means that the mask sticks well to the face.  Even though it felt oversaturated, no serum ran down my face once it was on.  I did have to wipe off my hands, but the mask didn’t drip.

So mask in place I lay down closed my eyes and listened to my ipod. Today was actually a Beethoven kind of day.  I know, surprise. But that was what appealed when I scrolled through my play lists. So I relaxed and I listened.

As I lay down, he mask almost felt like it was getting colder and colder.  It was kind of fun, in an odd sort of way.  After fifteen minutes I turned Beethoven off and returned to the bathroom. There was no noticeable drying of the mask.  It appeared just as soaked as when I applied it.  Once removed there was a lot of serum on my skin. I rubbed as much of it as I could into the skin but had to wipe some off in the end.  Once my skin was patted dry, I have to say I really liked it.  I felt super refreshed as though my skin just pounded back an energy drink.  It was kind of nice actually.  The skin felt soft and clean, but it was mostly the feeling of suddenly being wide awake that this mask provided.  That is I think this masks strong suit. I didn’t feel terrible soothed, but I did feel invigorated.  I feel ready to tackle the rest of my day.  And so that is where I will be going now.  Later I’ll return for the Friday Night Happy Hour post, but for now, I am going to finish out my workweek feeling energized and revived.  I also think that this mask is going to go on my list of masks to reorder. I don’t think it is one I would use often, but I can definitely see the perks of keeping it around for occasional use.


The Curateur Subscription box has launched a new Welcome Box for you to try out the Subscription. The Welcome Box costs $25 (instead of the usual $99 of the full subscription box) It includes the best sellers and member favorites: Kat Burki Form Control Marine Collagen Gel (retails at $160), Carly Cushnie Grey Horizon Ombre Scarf (retails at $150), Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Glow (retails at $25), and Eddie Borgo Supra Link Necklace Gift With Purchase (retails at $350).

Those who sign up for the welcome box receive the same member benefits that seasonal members enjoy (you can find them listed on the website) and the box will roll into the normal seasonal subscription in Spring of 2021. I haven’t heard any spoilers from the Spring box but their past boxes look really amazing, so I’m sure the Spring one will be as well. The Welcome Boxes go on sale to day and I expect they will run out quickly.

The Friday Face Mask with Rodial

Welcome once again my darlings to Face Mask Friday.  Today was an interesting masking experience.  First, if you see the white turban like structure on my head it is because I decided to wash my hair before applying the mask and to add the ESPA 20 minute scalp mask on to it. I figured letting the mask sit in my hair while I sat with a face mask was a good idea.

From my collection of sheet masks I pulled the Rodial vit c energizing Brighten and Renew face mask. I know it came in one of my subscription boxes.  I think it was a Glossy Box, but I’m not 100% on that. I know they currently have a limited edition Rodial box for sale (but it focuses on the Dragon’s blood line). Either way, it was the sheet mask I decided to try today. 

Usually sheet masks fall into two categories for me.  Category 1: Nice to use but not something I would go out and pick up multiples of and Category 2: Nice and must keep multiples of on hand.

This mask was something different.

We’ll start with the positives.  The serum in the mask was fantastic.  I really liked the way it felt on my skin.  My skin absorbed it well and felt fabulously energized just as the mask descriptor would lead me to believe.  I really liked the serum of this mask. And actually when I went to look this mask up, I found that Rodial sells this mask in a jar as a gel mask. I bet that is fantastic because the product in the mask was fantastic.

You know what I didn’t like? The actual mask the serum was on.

Thick mask material

I’ve had masks where part of the mask wouldn’t stick down onto my face because of sizing issues.  This was something else.  I think the difficulty was that the paper of the mask was so thick that it didn’t want to conform to my face.  It was folded into a square in the package and saw absolutely no reason why it should not retain its crease lines regardless of the contours of my face. 

That picture of me with the mask on is actually the best I could get it to conform to my face. And while I don’t need to have an exactly perfect fit on my mask, I do need it to lay against my skin, if only so that my skin could absorb the wonderful serum.

But the paper of the mask was too thick.  I lay down to wear the mask and kept having to reach up and try and press the mask back down onto my face.  I could actually feel it lifting. It was a distinctly unrelaxing masking experience.  There was no floating off into a moment of zen, there was not even a sing along to my music.  I didn’t actually put on my music as I was so fixated on the mask and what it was doing.

Would I wear this mask again?  No, most definitely not. However I will look up Rodial and see if they sell the serum for this mask as it is a serum I really would like to use for longer periods.  The sections of my skin that got the serum loved it.  And when I went to the bathroom to remove the mask, I squeezed out any remaining serum and smoothed it over the rest of my face to ensure that my whole face received the serum-y goodness. 

Then I let it sit for another five minutes before rinsing the mask out of my hair out so that my skin had time to absorb the serum and that it didn’t go down the drain with the hair mask. Incidentally the ESPA Scalp mask performed excellently this way.

I will not purchase this mask, but as the serum in the mask was excellent and Rodial does sell a jarred gel mask with the exact same name, I would consider purchasing that. I know there is such a thing as a qualified success.  I think I found it’s opposite, the qualified failure. And now face soothed, and hair gloriously treated, it is back to work for me for the rest of the afternoon. I hope everyone out there has a fantastic weekend.

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