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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!

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 – 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 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!

Mask Roundup – February 2015

I did a lot of masking last month! My skin is in a pretty normal, happy state and I really think it’s due to that.

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I used a variety of my favorite sheet mask brand – MJ Care. I get these from Amazon, and can usually find them in 10-packs which brings them to about $1.00 apiece.

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I’m trying hard to get through my non-sheet mask backstock. I loved this brand when I first started masking, but now that I have a bit more experience in that arena, there are some things about it that concern me. This one in particular has a synthetic appearance and a lot of shimmer in it. It didn’t burn and made my skin feel good, so that’s something.

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This was a TJ Maxx find. It was nice in sort of a generic way. Most brands I find there don’t fit my fat face well. And, because I’m lazy and mask right before bed, I don’t love the fact that I had to rinse afterward.

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My face likes fruit enzymes and this one is particularly nice. It made me flush a little, but it didn’t burn or tingle.

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My Beauty Diary is a brand I enjoy. Their sheet masks fit well. They are a bit drippy but I would rather have that than a sheet mask that’s too dry.

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Anybody else find the cucumber disturbingly phallic?

Like this one. I Found it on the Konad website along with the Green Tea one I tried out last month. It just wasn’t juicy enough for me. This one tingled to the point of almost being uncomfortable. A sensation I don’t associate with cucumber. I don’t think I’ll be buying these again.

Mask Roundup – January 2015

I mask often. Sometimes daily. I have for a couple of years. I’m starting to experiment with more than what I can find at TJ Maxx or Amazon. Honestly, sheet masks and essences have become much more accessible and affordable of late. Here’s what I used last month!

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Used the last of a box of Spa Life masks. They were fairly nice, but I didn’t find them to be as moisturizing as other sheet masks.

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I bought a couple of masks from the Konad website when I got my last batch of stamping polish. Because if I see the mask, I have to try the mask. This one was all right. It didn’t have much juice in it, so I put one of those silicone face mask covers on it. It was very soothing.

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This mask cost $9.00. I have never spent that much for a single-use mask before and, honestly, I’m not sure if it was worth it or not.

It was less like a sheet mask and more like a face-sized version of an undereye patch. Which made it much less messy than a sheet mask. But it was also less adjustable.  It was so not the size and shape of my face, so essential areas remained uncovered. Afterward, my skin felt very soft, but I’m not convinced it helped with moisture.

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I used a couple of these this month. I found them to be extremely hydrating, and I could smoosh the mask around for a better fit than the Dr. Jart mask. They’re very moist – a bit drippy, actually, which for me is just fine. I rub the excess into my neck, chest, and hands.

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And finally, I finished up this mud mask. I do a mud mask once a week, and found this to be a perfect one for winter. Even with my dry skin. It does have a manual exfoliating element to it, if you’re into that. But it’s just as easy to rinse it off.

That’s it! It was a lazy masking month for me. I’m expecting a variety box of sheet masks from Memebox and I’ve gotten a box of some of the same from a Taiwan company called Hey! (As far as I can tell. But they have extremely cute packaging.) Looking forward to trying something new!