Mask Monday:: Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask

Paula  Says:::

This unique mask absorbs oil, uproots blackheads, and reduces irritation. It leaves skin remarkably soft, matte and beautifully smooth.
  • Blackheads, Enlarged Pores
  • Normal to Oily Skin; Combination Skin
  • Smooths rough, uneven skin
  • Shrinks enlarged pores, reveals younger looking skin
  • As seen in Ebony

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What makes this product unique?
This mask’s unique formula beautifully balances skin by absorbing excess oil without over-drying or making it feel tight. It also doesn’t include irritating, skin-damaging ingredients such as menthol, peppermint, or alcohol. The clay’s drawing action helps dislodge blackheads and cellular debris, while the soothing blend of anti-inflammatory agents reduce redness and irritation. Product easily rinses away leaving skin soft, matte and smooth.

This product is 100% fragrance-free.

Who is this product for?
Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask is recommended for those with normal to oily/combination skin. Excellent for breakout- and blackhead-prone skin, too.

Find it on Paula’s Choice– $19.00

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Mask Monday:: DIY Greek Yogurt and Honey

Its time for another installment of Mask Monday where I share a facial mask with you.  Today is a DIY mask with some ingredients you may already have!

 

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This is a super easy mask and it makes your skin feel so soft! A lot of the masks I make myself contain yogurt.  Not only is it delicious but it is beneficial for your skin.  Yogurt contains  Zinc, Lactic Acid, Calcium and B-Vitamins.   Yesterday I posted all about Yogurt so you know that its not only delicious in your mouth but on your face!  Honey is also excellent for your skin as it antibacterial, moisturizing and full of antioxidants. I forgot to add that not only is my honey local but it is raw.

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SkinCare Sunday:: Benefits of Yogurt for Skin!

In preparation of the DIY facial mask I will be sharing with you tomorrow for Mask Monday I thought it would be a good idea to explain why I put food on my face! A lot of the masks I make myself contain yogurt.  Not only is it delicious but it is beneficial for your skin.  Yogurt contains  Zinc, Lactic Acid, Calcium and B-Vitamins.

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Zinc is great for oily acne prone skin.  It is a transition metal for you chemistry nerds but don’t let that scare you!  It contains properties that are anti-inflammatory and can reduce the redness and swelling associated with acne and rashes.  Impressed? Well the zinc in yogurt also helps to regulate the oil production in your sebaceous glands so it will prevent acne breakouts and help regulate oily skin. 

Lactic Acid is surprise an acid! You may have heard of it before as it is found in many skin care products and it’s also one of the ingredients in yogurt.  Lactic Acid is used in skin care products because it helps prevent wrinkles and works to reduce existing wrinkles. It is also an exfoliator and moisturizer. Talk about multi-tasking!

Calcium is not only needed for strong teeth and bones but also for your skin!  The majority of the epidermal layer of your skin contains calcium.  Calcium contains anti-oxidants that help prevent and heal dry skin and also aids in skin regeneration.  So your mom wasn’t buying into the hype when she told you to drink your milk.  Not only is it good for your bones but it helps your skin.   

 Yogurt contains 3 B vitimans.  B2, B12 and B5.  B2 contains Rioflavin which your body has to have for regeneration of cells and it also works to protect your skin from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.  B12 works to heal uneven skin that can also be rough.  It also contains properties that lighten which makes it great for evening out acne scars! B5 works very similar to B12 but also works to create healthy fat in your skin cells.

 

Yogurt is great for oily and dry skin so no matter your skin type try the Yogurt and Honey Mask and let me know what you think! 

Mask Monday:: Michael Todd True Organics Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask

Wishing it was Thanksgiving since that seems to be the only time you eat pumpkin pie?  Then satisfy your pumpkin craving with this amazing mask from Michael Todd.  I have heard about Michael Todd for a few years and many of the products are on my to try list but I just hadn’t made it that far down the list yet… until I received this mask in my Birchbox!

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When you apply the mask it does have a tingle which is the enzyme from the pumpkin working with the glycolic acid to dissolve dead skin and clean out clogged pores. I have to say with one use I could see a brightness and my skin felt amazing!  Because this mask contains a pretty powerful exfoliant I don’t think it would be best for those with sensitive skin.

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I have been using Mario Badescu facial products but when I’m finished up with those I am definitely going to give the Michael Todd line a try!

Products Mentioned::

Michael Todd True Organics Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask

Buy from Michael Todd or Birchbox:: $34.00

Sign up to get your own Birchbox for only $10.00 a month to get samples like the Michael Todd Mask! 

 

What is your favorite facial mask, and what do you think I should try next? 

Mask Monday::Freeman Star Fruit Purifying Facial Paper Mask

Its time for Mask Monday!! I am excited to share a paper mask with you today.  Paper masks are popular in Asia and have in the past year made their way to the USA.  I picked this one up at Wally World.  Like most beauty products you can find paper masks at every price point, but I wanted to start on the low end for my “first time”.

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(the packaging the paper mask comes in)

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(this looks like something from Transformers)

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The mask was super super wet.  The instructions say to leave on for 15-20 minutes and then rub the excess serum into your skin (don’t rinse it off).  The mask made my skin feel hydrated and my skin was much softer after use.  My only complaint was the eye holes!  As you  can see in the picture they were a little too small.  My eyes did water a little bit and I am certain that was due to the serum getting very close to them because of the size of the holes.  This mask will not “dry” like a clay mask, but you can feel the it getting drier even  though it is still wet (if that makes any sense!)  Overall I liked this new type of mask and I will definitely be willing to try others!

 

Mask Monday: Queen Helene Natural English Clay Mud Pack Masque

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This mask is a recent discovery  and has made its way into my mask rotation.   This mask has both  Kaolin and Bentonite clay (which you can read my post on here) which are both frequent ingredients in facial masks.  This mask has the faint scent of rose to me (which is one of favorite scents so extra points!) and my skin feels extra soft and slightly firmer after use.  I will issue a warning, my sister tried this mask and said that it burnt her face.  I personally feel a slight tingling but not what I would consider a “burning” effect.  She powered through and after 12 minutes or so washed off the mask.  Her face was a bright red and we both were worried that she was having an allergic reaction. After about 15 minutes her face returned to its normal color and she said her face felt soft and firmer but it wasn’t worth the pain she experienced to use it again.  She does have more sensitive skin then I do so that could be a contributing factor.  Point of this story is if you have sensitive skin or I have scared you with this story, do a spot test before you apply this all over your face!

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This mas goes on a light brown/tan color and dries to white. If you couldn’t tell by the tightening of your face, you will know to rinse off your face when the area you have applied this mask to is white.  I have also used this as spot treatment for stubborn acne and after a night sleep I can tell a difference in the size and color of any outbreaks.

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***Queen Helene Masque, Mud Pack – 8 oz***

Mask Monday: Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty

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Mask of Magniminty is probably one of my all time favorite facial masks and I think I am on my third jar (that should tell you how much I like it!).  If you have been a reader of my blog for any length of time you know how much I love Lush.  And this fresh minty mask is no exception to my Lush love.  This refreshing mask contains both of the clay’s that I mentioned in my initial post about masks, Bentonite and Kaolin clay.  You can read about the benefits of these two clay’s here.

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I try and use a mask twice a week and since I have started this routine I believe my skin has showed an improvement.  I like to keep this mask in the refrigerator and really take advantage of the minty coolness  effect it has when applied to your skin.  I find the best way to use this mask is to steam my face before applying and I feel like it really penetrates my pores and gets the gunk out of them.

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This mask also has ground aduki beans which exfoliate your skin as you take off the mask.  So really its a two in one product; a mask and scrub and hey I like to use multi-tasking products to save time!

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You can buy Mask of Magnaminty online or in a Lush Shop.

4.4oz  retails for $12.95

11.1oz reatials for $24.95