The Messiest Mask I’ve Ever Used

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Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask

I love Fresh. And I love masks. So when they introduced the Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask I decided to splurge.

And I do sort of like it. Well, it’s full of good stuff like lemon and orange fruit extracts from a concentrated citrus fruit paste of crushed oranges, lemons, and clementines with AHA Fruit Acids to gently exfoliate and smooth the skin and make your skin glow. And it smells really good too! Like a great, fresh squeezed glass of OJ!

But…they’re not kidding when they say it’s a paste! I’d say that it’s like a fruit salsa you guys. When you apply it, there’s chunks of fruit all over your face. You can’t walk around and do things with this mask on your face otherwise you’ll leave bits of it everywhere. It’s just really messy.

But, it does give your skin a brightening lift. I like using it in the morning for a quick 10 minute skin boost. I just wish it wasn’t so chunky, because taking it off is the weirdest thing ever. It kind of feels like you spilled food on your face tbh. Again I have to say, WHY. Lot’s of whys I’ve been wondering lately hahaha.

The messiest face mask I’ve ever used, that’s for sure. What’s the messiest face mask you’ve encountered?

The weirdest, yet coolest skincare product I’ve tried in a long time

YOU GUYS. I found something that’s SO GOOD. Yet SO….different. But WORKS like nothing else I’ve tried before!

Splash Masks! Have you heard of them?

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Blithe Patting Water Mask

Splash Masks are a Korean Skincare invention, of course. Seriously, I’m all OVER the Korean skincare game because they know what they’re doing! Fifteen seconds with a splash mask is equivalent to a 20 minute sheet mask. And that’s with no waiting around, no scaring your hubby because you look like Jason, and my fave benefit-NO AWKWARD MASK SELFIE. #WhyDoPeopleDoThem #WTF #freaksMeOut

Blithe Patting Water Mask is a watery…toner? No, it’s more viscous than that…maybe like an essence…yeah…that’s it. But it’s concentrated and chock-full of good for your skin ingredients like all kinds of antioxidants, glycerin, and my fave chemical exfoliator-lactic acid. My aging, sensitive skin LOVES lactic acid…it’s the only chemical exfoliator I can use without any ill-effects.

There are two ways you can use a splash mask. One way is to dump a capful of it into a bowl filled with warm water and splash your face with that for about 15 seconds. Eh. I guess you could use your sink? And I don’t know about you but I don’t clean my bathroom skink every day! RIGHT? If you do, then WOW, you are like my hero. But my point is that I’d want a clean sink that’s for sure, not one that I just brushed my teeth and spit into! My fave way, which is a tip from the Glow Recipe girls(where in fact is where I ordered my Blithe Patting Water Mask from) is to use it in the shower.  I spread, or PAT a little less than a capful onto my face at the beginning of my shower( I like the idea of putting it on my dry face? But I have put it on my wet face and it still works). I keep patting it on for about 15 secondss-once I feel it tingle-and believe me it doesn’t take long to feel that tingle! Like I said, this is a pretty concentrated mask! Once the tingle happens, I start rinsing my face off under the shower. That’s IT. EASY. NO MESS. NO WAIT.

And when you get out of the shower? SMOOOOOooooove skin is the result. And soft skin too! And no irritation to my sensitive skin either. My face has NEVER felt so moisturized after a shower you guys! Usually it’s tight and dry feeling, but not after using my Blithe Patting Water Mask. NOPE.

Now there are three kinds of Blithe Patting Water Masks, so CHOOSE WISELY. I have the purple one as you can see, which is the Rejuvenating one, which is more suitable for aging skin like mine. It’s fruity smelling, almost grapey if I really want to pin down the scent. It’s not too much either, and I don’t think it’s cloying or anything. Sephora USA is selling Blithe right now which is like WOW-LUCKY YOU GUYS I HATE YOU ALL HAHAHA. But they have only two of them: the one that’s for skin prone to acne, which I got Marky to order and try, and another one that’s full of citrus oils which for me is a no-no, but hey if you can handle them, then you go girl.

I swear you guys-two weeks of using my Blithe Patting Water Mask and my skin is GLOWING and so SMOOOVE. I am hooked. Big TIME.

Have you tried a splash mask yet? Have you tried any innovative Korean Skincare yet? What’s the coolest Korean Skincare product you’ve tried?

 

Over the summer I’ve been trying and using a LOT of different skincare. One brand I was super grateful and excited to try out was For Beloved One, which is a top-selling premium skin care brand from Taiwan.

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For Beloved One

In Canada, you can find For Beloved One products at T&T locations across Canada and also online at YesStyle.ca, and Amazon.ca as well.

For Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid Tri-Molecules Moisturizing Surge Cream($94.99)

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For Beloved One Surge Cream

This is a face cream that can be used daily, morning and evening. It’s kind of the hallmark moisturizer of For Beloved One. It combines trace elements found in minerals with water to activate the skin’s protective mechanisms. So lightweight, this gel melts instantly into skin with a cooling effect. Rich in copper, the malachite essence found in the cream helps to keep moisture in to relieve dryness. There’s also aquaphyline that hydrates skin and forms a protective layer to lock in moisture, which also helps to keep that moisture in your skin. It also contains an interesting ingredient called Exo-H. Exo-H increases the production of hyaluronic acid in the dermis and activates the skin’s self-hydration mechanism by drawing water from the deeper layers of the body to the skin’s surface. As you can tell, everything in this cream is for hydrating and KEEPING your skin hydrated. I REALLY like this one! After a couple of weeks of using the Surge Cream, I noticed that my skin was so well hydrated and not flaky at all. I think any skin type could use this one too, even oily skins. But if you have a oilier skin I’d use it only once a day not twice.

For Beloved One Melasleep Brightening Daily Defense Cream($55)

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For Beloved One DD Cream

A DD Cream! My first one I think! There are three DD creams(rose, peach and lavender), all of which offer skin SPF45.

  • Rose tint adds a healthy skin complexion to fairer skin tones.
  • Peach tint strengthens foundation for a natural and even skin tone.
  • Lavender tint improves dull, sallow and blemished skin.

For Beloved One Melasleep Brightening DD Cream contains a revolutionary ingredient, Purisoft® LS 9602, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract. This is really cool science actually! It’s a positive micro-protein that forms a protective membrane on the skin’s surface which carries a micro negative electron. Dirt particles are positive charged, and since like charges repel each other, pollutants and dirt are unable to adhere to the skin! Neat huh? There’s also Aquaphyline in the DD Cream as well, to help retain and replenish moisture.

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For Beloved One Peach DD Cream

I have the peach tint, and I really like it! It does a pretty great job at evening out skin tone and it really brightens it up too. You can kind of feel a protective barrier on your face when wearing it, but it doesn’t leave my face greasy at all. It works well under makeup too as a primer/sunscreen. My only problem with it is that it’s a bit pricey for the amount you get I think. Would I rely on this as JUST my sunscreen? Yup! To effectively cover your face you need at least 1/4 of a teaspoon. And I say at least that much, because it does depend on the dimensions of your face. But also remember that most of us don’t apply ENOUGH sunscreen. So, I always imagine 1/4 of a teaspoon when I dispense SPF into my hand, and that’s what I apply, sometimes more. 1/4 teaspoon is about 1 ml, so that’s about a month and half or so one tube will last. Oh, and the active sunscreen ingredient is Titanium Dioxide which is another plus for me as I prefer mineral sunscreens on my face. Because it is on the pricey side, I prefer to use this on no makeup days, setting it with a bit of powder and that’s it. I’ve just finished the tube I was sent, and have re-purchased another to take with me this week on our 3 week road trip so, that should tell you that I like it a lot.

For Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid Tri-Molecules Moisturizing Bio-Cellulose Mask($63)

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For Beloved One

These masks are AMAZING. For me they rank right up there with the Tatcha Sheet masks that I love, but those babies cost $34 each. Definitely special occasion masks only. These are expensive too-you get 3 masks for $63, but $21 per mask is a bit more tolerable. Yeah, I know still expensive! But if you want to whip your skin into shape fast these masks will do that! Made with a web-like fibre that’s actually 1/133 as thick as other sheet masks, they hold a lot of serum which is great. The combination of this fibre with the serum allows the mask to actually hold onto the contours and grooves of your skin, actively seeking out wrinkles and fine lines. It’s a smart mask, and its like getting an extra huge shot of the Surge Cream. It infuses your skin with hyaluronic acid, malachite and copper peptide to energize, hydrate, and firm your skin in 15-20 minutes. I leave my masks on for as long as possible, until I feel there isn’t much product left, and this one I leave a good 45 minutes on. SO SO GOOD you guys. Worth every penny!

For Beloved One is a skincare brand that I’m so glad I got to discover and share with you guys. These three products are top notch. Yes I know, they are on the pricey side. But they work and work well. I’ve scouted out the brand at T&T, and sometimes you can find trial sets so that’s what I would do if you’re interested. When I repurchased the Peach DD Cream, I actually bought it in a set that came with 2 mini DD Creams in lavender and rose which was cool and it didn’t cost more than just getting the DD Cream on its own. So there are deals to be found! Personally, I tend to spend my money these days on skincare, and not on makeup. But that’s me, as I’m more on the side of trying to keep my skin at its best so that I don’t have to wear a lot of makeup as I age. For Beloved One has a few other interesting products that I’d love to try and probably will once I get back from the road trip.

What do YOU spend most of your beauty money on? Skincare? Or Makeup? 

 

You know, it’s when I clean out my bathroom and am able to take a close look at what’s in my cupboards that I realize I have a problem. You’d think I’d notice BEFORE THEN. Nope.

Mask Overload #MaskFiend

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#MaskFiend

 

Holy CRAP…when did this situation happen???!! It’s ludicrous.

Granted, some of them are PR Samples, so for those I scream UNCLE, and you can’t hold me responsible for. But some of that ridiculous mask overload is my fault, and hey…I’m owning up to it. Because you know what? I’M A #MASKFIEND. There, I finally admitted it! And it feels GOOD.

What’s a #MaskFiend? Well, if you love the instant and sometimes a few days lasting effects of INSTANT BOOST SKINCARE  for your skin woes, then hey….JOIN ME. OWN IT MAN. It’s ok. We could have worse addictions…and I know, I’m from a drug-riddled-addicted-family that only me and my little bro escaped the really awful effects of so, I know what I’m talking about here, I swear to God.

Ok, well enough self-loathing. Let’s analyze this mask overload, shall we? More Tracy Unplugged for your entertainment. Although seriously when am I NOT UNPLUGGED??! I gotta get a new saying, so if you can help me with that I’ll love you forever.

The WorkHorsies(see what I did there?) from my Forever Fave Love Avène

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Avène Loves

 

I can’t live without these two masks from Avène, so trust me, these are repurchases. The Eau Thermale Avène Soothing Moisture Mask is a workhorse mask for me and my dry, easily irritated aging skin. It’s something I slap on after a shower without even thinking. I never wipe it off. I’ll even use it as a moisturizer if my skin is feeling REALLY dry…like now. We have had no rain here, and I’m sure you’ve all heard of the #FortMacMurray Wildfire. It’s so SO DRY HERE you guys….I walk across the carpet in my house, and I am setting off SPARKS at anything I touch and it’s not even winter #NOHUMIDITYATALL

The Avéne Antirougeurs Redness Relief Soothing Repair Mask is another I’ll slap on every other day to calm and soothe my red face. It’s just so good…both of them are. Pretty much Holy Grails for this #maskfiend that’s for sure.

Sleeping Masque

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Amore Pacific and Nip+Fab Soften

 

The Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Masque($72) I bought after trying a sample. Yup. One night, one try was all it took for me to buy the full size. It’s the best sleeping mask I’ve tried to date. I don’t know, I think it’s the Bamboo Sap that my skin loves, because there’s another mask I’ll show you later with the same ingredient), but it works for me. I use this at night when my skin is extra-parched like right now. I’ll slather on a light layer and wait a bit for it to sink in before hitting the sheets, otherwise my pillowcase gets the brunt of the good stuffs. It takes a bit of time to sink in before you can go to sleep, but hey…that’s ok with me because it IS a mask so, I expect that. The next morning my skin is so soft and smooth and flake-free…it’s amazing stuff.

The Nip+Fab Soften Kale Fix Clay Mask is a new one that was sent for me to try, and if you have dry, dehydrated skin that breakouts, you NEED this. It’s not a drying out clay mask, so this works for those of us that have dehydrated skin. It’ll draw out any gunk without making your skin look like the Sahara. It’s a great drugstore find that’s for sure!

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Glamglow and Laneige

Ok, confession time: I had NO idea that the GlamGlow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment was a PEEL OFF MASK??!! #FML I swear I’ve used this twice and hated it because it was so DAMN HARD to wash off HAHAHAHAHAHA so, I can’t really give you a review other than it makes you look all silver like The Terminator#2, so…yeah…but initial thoughts are that there’s a bit of firming so… I’ll get back to you about that bugger, now that I know how to use it. I really need to start reading beauty directions on the packages again. Seriously.

The Laneige Mulberry Yogurt Repairing Mask is only $33 Canadian which is a STEAL when it comes to masks. I like this one! It’s formulated with extracts from raspberries, blueberries, wolfberries(WOOHOO what’s a wolf berry because DUDE I want one), cranberries, and strawberries- a Multiberry Complex that delivers loads of nutrients and antioxidants deep into the skin to help nourish and eliminate harmful free radicals. It’s SUPER nourishing and hydrating- I mean it feels and smells like a yogurt berry smoothie hahaha! It’s a lovely, nourishing, moisturizing mask that I’m happy to have in my #maskoverload arsenal.
#MaskFiend1.jpgLet’s start with the bottom of that trifecta of AWESOME. The Filorga Meso-Mask I’ve talked about HERE , so read about why I love that one so much and will always have it on hand.

The Erborian Bamboo Waterlock made my Skincare 2015 faves list, and with good reason! It’s the best hydrating mask I’ve ever used. It’s a refreshing gel that you can use as a rinse-off mask, or as a leave-on treatment. Bamboo sap and fibers helps to lock in moisture and you immediately feel hydrated. The sap contains amino acids, to help hydrate the skin, while the fiber contains proteins and lipids to help maintain skin’s natural moisture. I’ll put it on after I shower and just let it sink in-why rinse it off? It also reduces visible signs of fatigue, so I love using this overnight. And the bamboo scent is so calming and green and lovely. Really one of the best masks I’ve ever tried!

The Clinique Sculptwear Contouring Massage Cream Mask($54) I got during a Shopper’s Optimum Points Redemption, so it was sort of free, and it’s ok? It’s really nourishing and moisturizing I’ll give it that much. But as far as any sculpting or contouring going on,  I call #TRENDBULLSHIT on that…good job Clinique on using those buzz words that are going around the beauty world right now, but your mask is just hydrating. That’s about it. At least it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, so I’ll give you that much. But it doesn’t do much more than that.

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These are the two masks I use when I want to brighten and make my skin look super CLEAN and NEW.

Consonant DHE Mask($45) is a 100% natural mask that’s formulated to detoxify, hydrate, and exfoliate to give you more radiant, healthy, youthful-looking skin after just one use. I bought this one form Well.ca when I became quite taken with the brand and wanted to try more of their products. It’s formulated with mineral-rich Manicouagan clay that’s extracted from the site of a 215 million year-old asteroid crash in Quebec like HELLOOOO— that’s like SOMETHING SPECIAL you guys! It detoxifies and clarifies your skin with the help of willow bark and tea tree extracts. Plus it’s got the potent HydrExtreme that I talked about HERE . This mask has a unique blend of alpha hydroxy acid fruit enzymes that gently exfoliate, revealing softer and smoother skin without any kind of irritation whatsoever. And my skin usually HATES any kind of glycolic or AHA’s, yet in this mask, those ingredients work! It’s so GOOD and it’s available at Sephora now so YAY for that!

The Caudalie Glycolic Peel($39) is a peel treatment mask that tightens pores, reduces oil, renews skin texture, and gives that immediate burst of radiance to your skin. In 10 minutes dudes. Yup, it works that fast. And it’s not irritating at all, even for my super-sensitive skin. It contains a butt load of active ingredients like papaya enzymes and glycolic acid that brighten and give you that radiant, young skin we all crave. GOOD STUFF.

Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask

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Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask

I can’t remember why I picked up Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask($21 USD) but HOOWEE this is good stuff. If your skin is REALLY DRY, or you dried it out doing something extreme like trying to dry up a breakout-this is the stuff you need to repair you damaged skin barrier. It’s so emollient…like almost butter. I use this when I’ve had to combat any breakouts by using some kind of Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid Treatment, because LORDY those things parch my skin something fierce. This mask has all kinds of plant-based oils, essential fatty acids, and lipids that dry skin needs to repair and replenish itself. It’s super creamy and soothes and reduces any kind of inflammation to instantly restore radiance and soothe dryness. It’s the best healing mask I’ve tried, and it’s affordable too, so YAY. Love Paula’s Choice LOTS.

Is that it? I think that’s it, HOLY SHIZ. And that’s just what’s in my cupboard, because I have a skincare drawer of sheet masks too so, HOLY this is a serious issue I have??!!  I still have a few jar masks that I need to try that have been sent to me so…OY VEY. I’ll get to them soon, I promise, because that’s what I do. I just feel the need to actually USE one of these up first before cracking one of those open, ya’ know what I’m saying’? Christ on a BIKE.  😛

Are you a #MaskFiend too? What are some of your faves? Share! Enable a fellow #MaskFiend…like I need any help  😀 😀

Have you heard of Mesotherapy Facial Rejuvenating Treatments? Your skin gets cleansed, peeled, then a series of micro-injections filled with vitamins, peptides, minerals and amino acids to the dermal layer are given. The treatment usually ends with a soothing kind of mask and a glycolic serum. The result? Skin that seriously GLOWS, is smoothed, and all signs of fatigue are erased. Sounds good, yeah? I’d love to get this done, but the minimum $200 price tag is…well, yeah…not something I can afford at the moment!

But I’ve found a pretty good alternative thanks to my fellow skincare-loving blogger Phil@Mirror Reality: Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask($70).

Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask

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Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask

Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask is inspired by Mesotherapy Facial Rejuvenating Treatments. If you want radiant, smooth, YOUNGER looking skin, then you need this mask! It’s probably my favourite one at the moment, because every time I use it, I see visible results and my skin keeps looking better and better. There’s not a lot of skincare that gives you visible results after one use, but this stuff really does it!

Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask contains rhamnose polysaccharide to help even the skin and gives the complexion an instant boost of radiance. Rhamnose sugars function as cell-communicating ingredients, and they like talking to fibroblasts specifically. Remember those fibroblasts I told you about? Fibroblasts are cells that create collagen, so rhamnose can talk to fibroblast cells. They tell those fibroblasts to begin producing normal, healthier cells, so more collagen gets made! Which means less wrinkles, skin irritations get soothed, and the complexion becomes more even, brighter, and plumper. NICE.

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Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask

Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask also contains 12 vitamins to stimulate the vital functions of cells, 23 amino acids to stimulate the construction of elastin and collagen, loads of minerals and antioxidants-heck Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask contains 94 ingredients, 69% of them being active ingredients. Now you understand why I can see visible results!

It’s a lightweight cream texture, yet buttery feeling. I love the light, floral fragrance which is nice and gentle and not obnoxious at all. I use my Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask after every shower, which I know…is a lot, but dudes I’m so addicted to how good my skin looks when I use it that I just can’t help myself! There’s some serious mask jealousy happening in my bathroom. I’ve had to separate some of the more indignant ones like my Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask, which I thought was pretty awesome, until I met Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask. 😛 And it’s just going to get worse since I just ordered another jar, so best to put a stop to anymore mask mutiny.  😛

The instructions say to put a thickish layer(I actually find it doesn’t take much at all to get good results) over your whole face, eye contour and neckline, and to let it sit for 15-30 minutes. I let it sit for a good hour, because that’s what Phil told me to do, and he’s always right when it comes to skincare. Seriously-go read his blog and LEARN. Then, I remove whatever is left with a wet cotton pad and Bazinga! Smooth, even-toned, redness GONE, pores closed, soft, and glowing, radiant skin is MINE ALL MINE! And it can be yours too if you try this stuff. And you just GOTTA. Yup!

You can order Filorga from The Shopping Channel and also from Murale here in Canada.  In the USA check out Amazon and FeelUnique.com.

THANK YOU PHIL. YOU ROCK.  😀

Instant results you guys! Any skincare products/masks that give you instant visible results? Let me know!