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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.

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Mask Monday – Dr. Jart Withdrawl

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This sheet mask from FaceQ was soothing and moisturizing despite the oil control properties. It gave plenty of leftover essence that I saved and used as a serum.

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This one was another hit – and the design on the front of the package? That’s what the sheet mask actually looks like, so there’s some entertainment value here as well!

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Kitten has no sympathy.

And I’m absolutely in mourning because I used the last of my Dr. Jart water-max sleeping mask and it’s out of stock at Sephora. This stuff saved my dry skin last winter. I might have to go hunting!

Skin Care Sunday – Some serums and creams

I don’t know how, but I often use things up simultaneously. I finished a bunch of treatments this week. And one I just broke up with.

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Tony Moly’s Appletox Honey Cream is actually a gel. For me, the jury’s still out on those kinds of moisturizers. It wasn’t hydrating enough to use by itself on my dry skin, so I used it as a serum in conjunction with a cream. I loved the apple scent. And I washed out the container to reuse. But the cream itself I could take or leave.

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I used this cream as a day moisturizer under a separate SPF. It wasn’t too heavy, smelled nice, and sat well under makeup and over serums. It would make a good light night moisturizer as well.

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This is my second bottle of the Mad Hippie Vitamin C serum, and I liked it just as much as the first bottle. My skin has gotten used to its strength. That doesn’t mean it’s not working though!

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I tried it first as a night serum, but didn’t care for the texture and put it away. I pulled it out again and used it during the day. It’s not thick, but it is sticky. And silicony, which my skin doesn’t always appreciate. So I’m letting this one go.

Sample Saturday – Baviphat, Jack Black, and Josie Maran

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This was a sample of the Baviphat Peach All-in-One Peeling gel. I got it in a Beauteque bag a few months ago. This cutie was a mini size, so I only got a couple of uses out of it.

I’ve used peeling gels before, but this one was different. You apply it to a clean, dry face and rub. Eventually, it’ll start to ball up. With your dead skin. Gross! But effective!

I wasn’t sensitive to this at all. Once rinsed off, my face felt very smooth and soft. And it smelled of peaches.  Bonus!

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This turned out to be a fantastic daytime moisturizer. The SPF gave me a slight flush, but it didn’t last. I may put this on the list of full things to try.

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Now this turned out to be an immediate fullish-size purchase. (There are different sizes available.) It was very moisturizing, smelled quite citrusy, and it has physical spf, which means I can put it on over serums in the morning.

Skin Care Sunday – Secret Key & Nature Republic

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I got this toner in a Beauteque bag – which is the only non-nail polish related beauty bag I’m getting right now, which is why I keep mentioning it. It didn’t dry out my skin and was, indeed, soothing. But I don’t think I’ll seek it out on purpose. I missed my favorite from Garden Girl the whole time.

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Keeping with the K-beauty theme, I finished an essence. I actually used this in the morning, right before moisturizer and SPF. Why not at night? I try not to use a lot of silicones overnight, and this has a moderate amount of dimethicone in it.

This was nice. It actually seemed to absorb well. And while it smelled very strongly of rose – a fragrance I do not appreciate – the scent didn’t linger all day.

Mask Monday -PTR, K-beauty, and Sephora

So, the gigantic monthly posts of product reviews seemed like a good idea when I started the blog, but they were getting a bit too long. So I’m splittin’ ’em up!

I have some masks that I used up last week that I really wanted to talk about. First up is the Peter Thomas Roth pumpkin enzyme mask.

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This was awesome, but very strong. A year ago, my skin wouldn’t have been able to take it, so if you’re sensitive you might need to work up to it. I wouldn’t use it in the morning because it makes me flush a bright crimson that takes a few hours to subside. I’m pretty ruddy anyway, but there’s no covering up that kind of redness! In the morning, my skin was soft and I did have a little bit of flaking that wasn’t sustained. A quick wash got rid of it.

I use 2-4 sheet masks a week, and I’ve found that I’m not too picky. I prefer sheet masks because I can wear my glasses (and usually one of those silicone masks covers), and do other things while the masks works its magic.

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I would recommend the Sephora masks for anyone who can’t find big enough masks. I had excess on the edges. Having said that, I probably won’t buy more and I don’t like them more than less expensive ones I find on Amazon or get through Beauteque.

Speaking of Beauteque, I’ve gotten a lot of these money-style masks by Urban Dollkiss through that subscription and I really like them. They’re thin and stick to the face well.

And finally, Face Q It’s Real Aloe Soothing mask had a similar sheet style and was, indeed, soothing. It had enough essence left in the pouch for me to save and reuse.

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I don’t like full-face hydrogel masks, but I don’t mind the patches. I don’t feel like the Tony Moly patches did much for my cheek redness, but the Sally’s Box lip patch felt wonderful

Yeah, I mask a lot. But I feel like my skin is much better off for it. I hope to be back next Monday with more masking goodness!

De-stash & Trash Skin Care – October 2015

Today’s D&T is brought to you by all the things you’ve seen before in these posts!

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The Simple wipes are the only ones so far that don’t hurt my face; I like their micellar water better than Bioderma; I love Garden Girl skin care but Bright Idea is so thick I have to cut it with some oil; I used up bottles of acetone and non; and finally, I switched out my Clarisonic brush. This was the sensitive one.

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I ended up with some fragrence samples. I rarely can tolerate mainstream purfumes, and these were no exception. Instant headache.

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I got this cleansing water in a Beauteque bag. My skin didn’t like it at all, and it wasn’t as effective as a micellar water for eye makeup removal, so I didn’t finish it.

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I love the scent of this body wash.  It does smell exactly like a lemon cake!

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I stumbled over this and another Hyaluronic acid gel in the Walgreens clearance aisle. I loved this enough to repurchase at full price. It’s a thin not-quite-water consistency that doesn’t mess with the other things I use on my face at night.

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Okay, I know. This is completely unnecessary. But I ordered this to see what the fuss was all about. I hate it that I like them as much as I do. Let’s be clear: these fancy cotton squares don’t work any better than any other similar products. But they are so soft. There’s no texture, no random scratchy bits. They bring just the slightest bit of luxury to my nighttime routine. Do I need them? Nope. Do I want them? Absolutely.

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And finally, some samples! I knew I liked the Burt’s serum. I’ve already been through a full size of it.

I really enjoyed the eye cream, but I think they may have discontinued this. I went to order it and found a new face and eye cream combo that contained dimethicone as its second ingredient. Which is something I have cut out of my nighttime routine. Sad now!

And I used the Mizon gel cream as a primer under makeup and it worked really well!

That’s it for skin care! Except for masks, which get their own post upcoming!