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Mask Monday – Berries, Lace, and Me as a Bear

I’ve done a little masking!

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This is a cream one. It smelled of strawberry. There was a slight cooling, tingling sensation. I rinsed it off in the shower, and afterward, my skin felt very soft. Not awesome, not terrible.

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I just want to take a minute to appreciate that Hey! Pinko Girl has the most adorable packaging ever. I feel like I need to say something positive about it because I’m about to…not.

I think this might work for someone who has a smaller everything than I do. It’s a relatively thick cloth mask that’s literally lacy so there are lots of open air spaces. The mask has two sets of ear loops – one that holds the mask to your face, and one that holds the neck strap on. That’s a lot of stuff behind the ears. I couldn’t wear my glasses and, even though I felt like I could have used a silicone mask cover on top to keep the essence from evaporating due to the lacy texture, there’s no way I could have fit one on with the ear loops I was already wearing. I felt like this was fairly ineffective because of the actual construction of the sheet. I have a few more to use, but won’t buy more.

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This one was lovely! My skin likes fruit essences and acids. The sheet itself was a medium thickness and was wide enough for my large face. It smelled like berries. There was a very pleasant tingle. It wasn’t drippy and didn’t dry out my face. Win!

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And then there’s this guy. He’s cute, don’t get me wrong! The sheet was very rigid and difficult to mold to the face. It smelled very medicinal – very much like the Montagne Jeunesse sheet masks, which I didn’t like. It performed like them too. There was some burning on the tops of my cheeks – my usual trouble spots – so I took it off early. It was, however, adorable to look at before I put it on.  Afterward, however…

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Skin(and hair!)care Sunday

I finished some bath products recently!

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I got this little shower gel from Urban Dollkiss in my Beauteque bag. It’s a little adorable and, I think, designed to be stackable because there’s a cap-sized divet in the bottom of the bottle.

It was fine. This particular one was very minty, so I had to be careful where I used it.

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Yes, I’ve talked about this guy before. I found it last year, fell in lust with the scent, and bought lots of backups. I have two left after this one. If you want to smell cake in the shower (which, honestly, I always want to smell cake), this is one to go for if you can find it on sale.

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My old standby. I finished this one and three-isn bottles of the conditioner. I keep thinking I’ll find something I’ll like better but I never do.

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Not even Living Proof. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the way this made my hair feel. Hydrated, silky, full of my natural wave. But the scent is a bit off-putting for me. And the price. My hair is almost thigh-length now. I used this bottle and a shampoo mini about 4 times and it was gone. I may treat myself again, but this is not something I’ll buy on the regular.

Sample Saturday

I kind of like the worst-to-best organization to my last post or two, so I’m going to keep doing it that way!

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I got these little guys in a Beauteque bag. (They’re the Ladykin Affinitic Snail Cream.) I like snail essence in skin care, but the formulas on these weren’t for me. One was a cream meant for hydration. The other more of a gel for brightening. They both balled up on me right after application. I don’t know if it was the serum I used or if my skin just said, “Nope!” Nice to try, but not for me.

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I don’t often use hair masks. Most of them are silicone-laden or too expensive to use on very long hair. Normally coconut oil does the trick. But I had this and decided to try it out. It was a thick, solidified cream that was difficult to spread throughout the hair. Surprisingly, there was enough. The instructions said to leave it in for at least five minutes. By the time I got everything done in the shower that I needed to do, it was about ten. The next three days were a struggle. My hair tangled if you so much as looked at it funny! I finally just braided and bunned it and left it up until the next washing day. I wouldn’t recommend this one for very long, fine, wavy hair like mine.

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This was just average for me. It wasn’t super moisturizing, but I used it under an SPF, so it didn’t really need to be. I probably won’t purchase it, though.

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This one intrigued me. Josie Maran has been an all around hit brand for me this year. I think this product separated in the packet, but i used it anyway. It was so moisturizing, I didn’t need anything else on top. I ended up with a deluxe sample of this in a bottle I can shake up, so we’ll see!

Those are all the samples for this week!

Mask Monday – Tapioca Jelly and a Sheet Mask in a Pod

I’ve been doing some masking!

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One of my goals this year is to use more of of my cream and wash-off masks. I’ve stopped buying them because I vastly prefer the sheet masks. But I still acquire them once in a while in my Beauteque subscriptions. This one was…weird. It had the texture of tapioca if it were in jelly form.

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It functioned like both a mask and one of those exfoliators that you rub into your skin until it balls up. You’re supposes to rub it in and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing it off. There was a little tingling, and my face felt a bit tight. I assume there was some exfoliating going on, but it wasn’t obvious.

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This one was very much like all the other My Beauty Diary masks I’ve tried. Thin sheet that adheres well and really drippy with essence. But my skin always feels wonderful afterward!

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This was a sheet mask in a little plastic pod instead of a pouch. It threw me, but I was delighted it wasn’t a wash off. (I can’t wear my glasses with cream or clay on there!) I really liked this one. The sheet itself was of medium thickness, and I needed a silicone mask cover to keep it on if I wanted to sit up. It was really, really moisturizing!

Sample Saturday – SKII and Literal Snail Cream

I’ve done some traveling and have finished up a few samples!

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I got this lotion in a set I bought myself for my birthday. I used it in the morning after cleansing. I sort of have a non-opinion about this. It was nice; a little bit moisturizing and softening. I don’t know that it really did too much. At least not visibly!

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I had high hopes for the Raw Sauce! The jury is still out – I’m working through the smaller full size right now. I love the way this sunk into my skin. It wasn’t sticky at all either and had a nice “it’s working” tingle. I didn’t like the strong smell of alcohol though. It’s the second listed ingredient.

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This was kind of nice! It had a nice berry smell. I had some trouble with product or dead skin shedding and I don’t know whether it was this or…

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this. The moisturizer is the third item in Korres’s Greek Yoghurt line. The face wash was meh, but the moisturizer and sleeping mask is firmly in the “not for me” camp. I can’t tell whether the yogurt in the product is extra exfoliating. If that was the case, it happened instantly because things started flaking off as soon as I applied this stuff. It’s more likely that it was the product itself rolling off my skin. I’m sure this line would work for someone, but my skin rejected it.

Mask Monday – Mostly Beauty Friends II

Well, the peeling from last week’s Baby Foot Mask began a couple of days ago. So yucky, but totally worth it! Especially since we’re heading into that pre-spring time of year here in the South where we end up having all the seasons in a single week. It was 71 degrees here yesterday! I may pull out my sandals, just in case!

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Monday, I used My Beauty Diary Apple Polyphenol mask. It’s intended for oil control and pore care, but I found it to be moisturizing as well. And it smells very pleasantly of apples. Like the rest of the My Beauty Diary masks I’ve used, this one was drippy. The sheet was thin, though, and adhered well to the face.

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Unless I’m struggling with a specific skin concern, I usually hit up random.org to choose my masks. This week, I ended up with two from Beauty Friends II that way. The first was tomato…

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…and the second was kiwi! These I didn’t like as much as other brands. There was plently of extra essence, and they both smelled like the fruits on the packages. The sheets were not meant to be used on a chubby face, that’s for certain. Width-wise, they barely extended past the outside corner of my eyes and I had a lot of extra space at the hairline. With some creative folding and a silicone mask cover, I got them to stay on.

The tomato, I didn’t find to be that hydrating. In fact, my skin felt rather dry once the essence was absorbed.

I just took off the kiwi mask, and it feels very much the same. I got these in a Beauteque Mask Maven subscription, and was the first brand I didn’t like. I probably won’t be seeking these out on my own, and will probably pass on any I do get to some of my more oily-skinned friends.

Mask Monday – Juicy Mango and the Baby Foot

Just one sheet mask this week, which is weird for me! One of my goals for this year is to use up more of my cream and gel masks, so that’s probably why.

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This one by Holika Holika was pretty nice. It was thinnish – not the thinnest by any means, but not quite medium. It had a lovely smell. There was a weensie bit of tingling, but nothing too intense. There wasn’t a lot of leftover serum in this one, but there was plenty on the sheet.

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This is the second time I’ve used the Baby Foot peel. I just did it last night, so it’ll be a few days before I start seeing the effects. If you’ve never heard of it, or have never done a foot exfoliation mask like this, you keep it on for about an hour. There is some heat and tingling as the serum works, and then you wash it off with soap and water.

At first, you don’t think it did anything, but a few days later, you start noticing some flaking. A day or two after that, the dead skin starts peeling off in sheets. It’s so gross. But after it’s all over, I do have softer, more attractive feet.

I just picked one up by Tony Moly that’s supposed to be similar. I might try it in a couple of months, right before sandal season starts in earnest.

This is a pretty intense treatment. I don’t recommend it for everyone. Especially not for diabetics. Your mileage may vary. Ask your doctor if you’re not sure.