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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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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.

Mask Monday – The Body Shop and Lots of Sheet Masks

After the craziness of the past few months, I feel like I’m finally back to my regular masking schedule and my skin is grateful for it!

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This sheet mask was okay! It was a little small, so if you have a big head or chubby face like I do, you may not like it. The sheet was medium in thickness. It smelled of fermented honey and there was a lot of essence left over that I saved and used throughout the week. There was no sensation with this mask.

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One of my goals for the upcoming year is to use up all my non-sheet masks. I was feeling particularly dry mid-week, so I pulled this one out. It’s a cream mask, and definitely one-use only. I had to work to get enough out for my whole face. There was a lot of tingling – not something I associate with a moisture mask. Once I rinsed it off, it didn’t feel like I had used anything at all. Not recommended – at least not for hydration! However, I love The Body Shop’s Tea Tree mask for breakouts.

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I scared the cat with this one, folks!

I didn’t expect this one to be black, even though it says it right on the packet. Although it fit really well, I felt a little sinister with this on my face. It got worse once I put a silicone mask cover and my glasses on, which is what I typically do. I loved this one, though. Good size, adhered well, enough essence, but not too drippy, the essence absorbed right away, and my skin felt awesome. Definitely recommended.

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We need something cute after that one, and this egg essence mask fits the bill with its packaging! This was was very cold as it sat on my face, even under the mask cover. The sheet itself was smallish and medium in thickness. Afterward, my skin felt dry, but not dry. Which makes so sense. I think it may come in handy during the summer, when I sometimes get an oily T-zone.

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And finally, I used a My Beauty Diary Natto mask. I’m very familiar with these. The sheets from this brand are thin and very drippy, but always leave me feeling mosturized.

Mask Monday

I have been reunited with my Dr Jart Sleeping Mask! While I was out of it, I tried out a couple of new things.

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I had high hopes for the Korres Greek Yogurt Sleeping Facial. I didn’t like it back in October; I gave it another try last month, and it still didn’t suit me. It felt too heavy over all the layers I use at night. And there was a lot of peeling, but I’m not convinced it was dead skin. I think it was the product itself. I decided to pass this on. Maybe it’ll work better for someone who otherwise keeps it simple.

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After giving up on the Korres, I remembered the Peter Thomas Roth mask minis I have in my mask drawer. Some of the gel kinds can be used as sleeping masks. I liked this one much better. I got two traditional uses out of this mini, and finished up the jar with a week’s worth of sleeping mask usage.

One of my goals this year is to use up more of my non-sheet masks and peels.

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So, I pulled out the Ladykin Greenharmony Pear Mask Pack. This one had a lotiony consistency. It felt and smelled just lovely, and left my face feeling very soft.

I used up three sheet masks:

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Both the Hanaka and the Urban Dollkiss currency masks were thin and adhered well to the face. The Shara Shara mask was a little thicker, but smelled divine. All moisturized nicely and none of them made me sensitive.

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!

Mask Roundup – March 2015

Had a rigorous masking month!

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I didn’t finish this, but I felt it was noteworthy. It’s my first sleeping mask, which has now pushed me down the slippery slope of layering and multi-step skincare regimes.

When I woke up, I was covered in skin flakes. My face, my pillowcase, the t-shirt I slept in. It was kind of icky. Once I washed my face, though, my skin looked bright and clear. I’m not sure if it was supposed to exfoliate quite like that. I’ve used it several times since and the results have not been as dramatic. But I do think it has done lovely things for my skin when used a couple times a week.

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These were nice, but I have resigned myself to the fact that I shouldn’t use eye patches. They’re very effective on my undereyes. But I have small eyes, and the patches are usually large enough to cover the tops of my cheeks where I am most sensitive. Every single patch I have ever used has caused some irritation there. There were some metal-infused ones that lasted precisely 23 seconds before I had to fling them off and rinse my face.

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I’m familiar with the My Beauty Diary Natto masks. They’re very saturated and drippy. I have started saving the leftover essences from the pouches in little plastic condiment containers for an extra boost at the beginning of my skincare regime. I don’t know if it does any good, but it can’t hurt!

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This was nice. The beads weren’t sharp or uncomfortable, and the mask itself seemed moisturizing enough.

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I regret that this went bad. Note to self: natural products are to be used first!

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I got some of these in a Korean beauty box a couple of months ago. The top two are sheet masks, which turned out to be very nice. The bottom two were hydrogel masks, which I felt kind of dubious about at first since the only one I have ever used was a Dr. Jart one that I didn’t particularly like. These carried a lot more solution in them, and have changed my mind about hydrogels in general.

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More of my favorite cheap and cheerful staple masks!

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Can we just take a minute to appreciate the adorableness of this Go! Pinkgo Girl packaging? The masks themselves are very thin but manage to carry a lot of essence. They adhere well to the face, too, which I enjoy because I like the freedom of being able to walk around and do other things while I’m masking.

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And I tried out a couple of Sephora’s masks. By-and-large I feel most sheet masks Sephora carries are overpriced. But I liked these. They were big enough to cover the periphery of my face, which is a rare thing.

That’s it for March!