Let’s talk masks today! I have four that I’ve been playing around with for a few months(BAD, LAZY TRAKEE) and finally decided it’s maybe time to share my thoughts on these suckers. And, clear out my photo library, because DUDES I’m hoping to finally get a new computer this month! Wahoo! Fingers crossed! My Macbook is 5 years old and it’s so slow, even I can think faster than this dinosaur on my lap.

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Masks, Masks, Masks

SPOILER ALERT: Two of these are WORTHLESS, One is MEH, and one is GREAT! Time to make your guesses and wagers on which is which! And lemme know in the comments if you guessed right, K?

Let’s start with the WORST one, and to be honest it’s only the worst by like a single hair.

Bliss Multi-‘Face’-Eted All-In-One Anti-Aging Clay Mask($60)

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Bliss Multi-‘Face’-Eted All-In-One Anti-Aging Clay Mask

Stay FAR AWAY from this…this…I don’t even know what to say. It’s apparently “a spa-powered mask that corrects six of the most common visible signs of aging concerns in one flexible clay treatment”. What it really is? IMPOSSIBLE. TO. WASH. OFF. And hey, it’s really too bad, because the ingredients are promising. It has 10% Glycolic Acid to exfoliate, activated charcoal to decongest pores, and even Jojoba Oil to moisturize so that this Kaolin mask won’t dry out your skin. And it doesn’t-I’ll give it that.

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Bliss Multi-‘Face’-Eted All-In-One Anti-Aging Clay Mask

But MAN. This stuff sinks into your pores and doesn’t want to leave! WTF MAN. I’ve never experienced a mask that was so hard to remove. You have to stand under your shower forever to rinse it off, and even then-you’ll probably still have black crap in your pores like I did. BIG BLACK PORES. It’s just horrible.

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask($92)

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Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask

I bought this one on a whim during last year’s November Sephora Sale, but it came in a special package with other samples from PTR, so yeah…review is a long time coming. At least the samples that came along with it were good so it wasn’t a total loss and I didn’t spend anymore for the special packaging. I’ve been trying for months to see if this gold mask would do SOMETHING for me. And? It DOESN’T. It’s supposed to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, firm and moisturize-yadda, yadda, yadda. There’s Caffeine to tighten and firm the look of skin which is ok, but that’s all just a temporary fix. The intriguing ingredients for me was peridot, which is rich in magnesium and is supposed to re-energize and help reduce the aging effects of stress. I gotta a lot of stress to deal with guys. I need any help I can get! And of course, there’s 24K gold to give skin a radiant glow and hydrate skin. Didn’t know gold hydrates, that’s a new one for me.  😛

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Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask

I’ve tried and tried to use this sucker but I HATE IT. For one thing the texture is not my kind of pampering mask. It’s like trying to spread thick, sticky honey on your face. You’re supposed to leave Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask on for 10 minutes, but that’s just stupid when a mask is this expensive, right? Unless a mask has some kind of acid in it, I tend to leave it on for as long as I can stand it. And usually that means an hour before I rinse it off. Result? ZIP. Nothing. Nada.

The only thing good about this mask is that you look like Dana/Zuul from Ghostbusters while it’s on your face and can walk around the house saying in a growly voice: I am The Gatekeeper…We must prepare for the coming of Gozer, The Destructor!

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask

Zuul/Dana and her golden sheen on her face-you can sort of see it here

Other than that, there’s nothing else I can tell you that’s good about this mask. Hydrates? Sure. That’s about it. Don’t waste your money on this one. I’m still trying to use it up, friggin’ useless huge ass tub’o’gold. Thinking about putting it on my face at Halloween this year and imitating Zuul’s voice when I hand out candy to the kiddies.

The MEH Mask: Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask($108)

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Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask

WOAH, yeah the price on this one is WOWZA, hey? But apparently that doesn’t matter to most of us, because at least here in Canada, Fresh is the top selling natural skincare brand at Sephora.  Does Fresh still have makeup? Anybody remember that? Their mascara was the bomb! Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask has of course, Black Tea ferment or Kombucha which is an antioxidant that helps to defend against wrinkle-causing free radicals while softening, smoothing, and enhancing radiance. It also has lychee seed extract that supports collagen, and interesting to me at least-jicama root juice which hydrates.

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Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask

What I do really like about this one is that as soon as you put it on, you say AHHHHHH! It cools your face and the whipped, grainy texture is pretty neat too. It’s a great summer mask for sure! But… all I smell is cucumber, and I mean I love cucumbers, but why is that the only thing I smell, Fresh? I see that Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract is an ingredient, but shouldn’t this smell more like tea? Or give me some lychee at least, hey? And so, I’m thinking this is just an overpriced cucumber mask, and that makes me sad and betrayed feeling! When I’m promised tea, I WANT TEA DANG IT. I do like this mask and how it feels, but not enough to repurchase it, especially at that crazy price point. I might as well pulverize my own cucumbers and slap that on my face and save myself $100.

Perricone MD Chloro Plasma

($70 in the US, not sure how much it costs here because it’s not on the Canadian Sephora Site, so I’d guess add a good $15 to that price tag-stupid exchange rate)

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Perricone MD Chloro Plasma

From Sephora’s Site: Perricone MD Chloro Plasma is formulated with the science of phytonutrient microcapsules for deep detoxification and cleansing of the skin. The mask addresses loss of radiance, dull and fatigued skin, enlarged pores, fine lines, and rough skin texture.

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Perricone MD Chloro Plasma

Heck yes! I really like this one! I picked up this mini-size on one of my California trips, and it’s lasted a long time-months-although I only used it once a week, because that’s all my skin needs with this one. Perricone MD Chloro Plasma has Chlorophyll that supposedly deeply soothes and detoxifies skin. There’s Spirulina(Blue-green Algae) that nourishes skin with loads of nutrients. And there’s Green Tea, which is of course a powerful antioxidant. What’s cool about this one is the application. You rub it on your face, and as you rub the little microcapsules burst open and the mask turns green. I like being green LOL! You leave Perricone MD Chloro Plasma on for 10 minutes and Bazinga! Smooth, radiant skin with closed up pores will be yours! And it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin at all so win! This is by far my favourite detox mask at the moment, and since I’m out, I will probably pick up another one at the end of the month when we take Marky back to California.

Wahoo it’s Friday! The first Friday of August! Which means I’m on the #countdowntofall #sorrynotsorry  because fall is my FAVOURITE season, and it’s kind of short here in Alberta. I’m hoping for a cooler August so that the season is extended a bit. But looking at next week’s forecasts of +27C means I’m SOL for awhile  😛

Are you a mask junkie like I am? I love them, but it’s tough to find a good one that actually does something, hey? And is it my imagination or has the price of these tub masks really gone up? Guess that’s why I tend to go for sheet masks lately, as they are definitely cheaper00! What’s your favourite jar mask right now?

Those of you that are around my age probably remember using this excuse to get out of a date on Saturday night: Sorry, I have to wash my hair on Saturday night.  Yup, that seriously was an excuse we used to give, and honestly it really wasn’t the reason you didn’t want to go out, it was because of this:

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And Fantasy Island! And then, Saturday Night Live! Steve Martin, Dan Akroyd, Gilda Radner, Jon Belushi-the good ole’ days of SNL! Saturday was a great night to stay home and catch up on your beauty routine while watching  some of your favourite TV shows. Which, also included washing your hair, so it’s not like we were really lying HAHAHA.

Fastforward to now, thirty years later, and I’ll still give any excuse to not have to leave the house on Saturday night. I love staying in on Saturdays and doing some beauty detoxing. Especially this week! All the turkey, chocolate, Baileys-UGGGH. I really feel the need to detox big time!

Here’s what’s on my detox menu tonight:
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Nuxe Bio Beauté by Nuxe Vitamin Rich Detox Mask

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Nuxe Bio Beauté by Nuxe Vitamin Rich Detox Mask

Nuxe Bio Beauté by Nuxe Vitamin Rich Detox Mask($27) is a deep, pore cleansing mask that uses no clay at all. Say what? Yup. No Clay. No mud. Nada.

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It’s a thick, sticky gel that smells good enough to eat, and it probably is. BIO Beaute is Nuxe’s natural and organic line. Myrtle Leaf Extract will help detoxify, and Orange, Lemon and Mandarin Essential Oils will clarify the skin. This my friends, is the detox mask you’ve been waiting for if you’re like me and most clay ones suck out every last drop of moisture from your face. The directions say to apply Nuxe Bio Beauté by Nuxe Vitamin Rich Detox Mask and leave it on for 5 minutes. What I do, is apply it and then make myself some tea. Chamomile please. In a skull mug, because we’re detoxifying remember?

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About 30 minutes later, I’ll massage the gel into my skin and BAZINGA! It starts to change into an oil, lifting out any clogged dirt in my pores, especially around my nose. I take my time massaging the oil and let it really get the job done. Then, add a bit of water and that oil starts to emulsify-just like an oil-cleanser. Once the mask is rinsed off, I’m left with clear, hydrated, skin. Pores are clean! It’s my favourite mask right now, and I use it every week to keep my skin clear.

Dinner tonight will be something light! Vegetable soup with a side of roasted garlic broccoli. YUMMM. I made this soup last week and we’re having it again tonight. It’s a great, light detoxing meal.

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Ingredients
2 cans chicken broth (I use low-sodium)
3 cups V-8 juice (Again, I use low-sodium V8 or tomato juice)
2 cans Italian diced tomatoes(no salt)
1 small onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1 package sliced mushrooms
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 zucchini, diced
1 yellow squash, diced
2 cups fresh or frozen green beans
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
3-4 cups shredded cabbage
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
Salt and Pepper to taste

Sauté the garlic, onions, carrots, and mushrooms for about 5 minutes in a large pan sprayed with some cooking spray. Add to a large crockpot, with the remaining ingredients. Cook on high for 2-3 hours, or until vegetables are cooked. EASY! And tasty too. This recipe makes a LOT of soup and it freezes well.

And when it’s time for bed, I’ll continue my skin detox while I sleep with Nuxellence Detox.

Nuxellence Detox

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Nuxellence Detox

 

Our skin cells produce waste, just like our bodies. To be able to renew, cells need to detoxify. And that happens at night, when we go to sleep.

How do skin cells detoxify? Science-y time!

 

-Glutiathione, an antioxidant converts toxins into easily eliminated water-soluble elements
-Proteasomes, a protein degradation “machine” within the cell that can digest a variety of proteins and recycle damaged ones
-Autolysis, which is a more comprehensive system that destroys all damaged proteins and cell components.

 
Until now, most skincare products worked on targeting the proteasomes to detoxify. But they get overwhelmed when there’s an overload and buildup of toxins. That’s when Autolysis steps in to compensate. But as we age, there’s a general slowdown and our natural cell detoxing isn’t as effective. Nuxellence Detox($65) promotes Autolysis to help keep cell detoxification young and working by using an extract of silk tree and sugars. It increases the enzymes that are necessary for keeping these detox systems humming along. Nuxellence Detox also helps repair altered Mitochondrial DNA to restore cells’ vital energy, so that detox is even more effective.

Now, you are supposed to use Nuxellence Detox every night, but I can’t as it’s quite powerful for me. If you have stronger and more resilient skin then you’d be fine, but I use it about 3 times a week, and it’s especially effective using it after the Nuxe Bio Beauté by Nuxe Vitamin Rich Detox Mask. It smells floral, but not overpowering at all and the scent doesn’t linger. You can even put another night cream on top if you wish, but I usually don’t. Sometimes I’ll put a face oil on top if my skin is feeling extra parched. But tomorrow morning, my skin will look fresher, brighter, cleaner-younger! I will look rested and radiant, as if I’ve had slept for an extra 2 hours says Nuxe and I say YUP! I really do look like I’ve had my beauty sleep when I use Nuxellence Detox!

Well, time to go get started on my soup and start my Saturday Night Detox! There’s no favourite TV shows on Saturdays anymore, so I’ll probably watch a movie with Marky tonight. Last Saturday night home with the redhead!

Do you have a detox beauty routine too? What products do you use?

It’s no secret that I love face masks. I find that when I use them, my skin looks and feels so much better. And one of my newer favourite masks is the Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask.

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Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask

Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask($52.00) supposedly contains state-of-the-art breakthrough stem cell technology. Rose stem cells specifically. It’s supposed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, rehydrate skin, brighten skin tone, and even help with the dreaded sagging I’m seeing happening.

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Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask

As you can see it’s a pink, gel which is kinda’ cute for a mask. Almost looks like that Dippity-Do hair gel from the 80s everybody used. Do they even make that stuff anymore?

There’s a LOT of rose in Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask. There’s Desert Rose to support the skin barrier and help with cell regeneration. There’s Damask Rose to tighten pores and smooth skin. Rose Commiphora helps reduce redness. And Pale Rose helps rebuild moisture levels in the skin.

All that rose would make you think that this mask would actually be really heavily scented with roses, right? I was kind of disappointed that it only has a faint rose smell, so faint that I can barely detect it. But I guess that’s good for those of you that detest scented skincare products.

Now, there are two ways you can use Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask. You can leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse it off with cool water. I do this sometimes after a shower, and it’s ok. Nothing to write home about. This week it’s been really hot and humid in Edmonton, so I’ve been storing it in my fridge and using it cold after I shower in the evenings post walks. I think I’ve mentioned before that I get really red-faced post workouts, so when this mask is cold, WOW. So much better! So cooling and it really takes care of my red-face!

But the BESTEST way to use Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask is to leave it on overnight. Now, you can even layer this over top of your other skincare if you want, but I like to use just this. It’s a bit tacky, but that doesn’t bother me because the next morning I don’t even recognize my skin! Redness?? Pretty much GONE. My face looks so even toned, feels so smooth and hydrated, yet tighter and lifted! I’ve never had a mask make such a difference in my skin as Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask has, especially when I use it 3 times a week. You don’t need a lot, so this tub of magical roses will last quite awhile.

So, if you want to wake up to hydrated, glowing, smoother, softer, and brighter skin- then give Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask a try! Right now Sephora has a trio of Peter Thomas Roth Masks  that’s a great deal! I want to try the Pumpkin Enzyme one next I think. Pumpkin! Is it fall yet? 😀  I’m so tired of summer already!

Do you use masks? What are some of your favourites? 

I love me a good mask! It’ll get your skin looking better than it did 30 minutes ago. But a great mask? Well, now that’s the kind of mask that will get your skin looking AWESOME FOR DAYS.

May I introduce you to the great masks of Masque Bar by Look Beauty!

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Masque Bar by Look Beauty

Shoppers Drug Mart has just introduced Masque Bar by Look Beauty, a range of facial masks developed in Korea. Each mask contains high quality serums that are spa-quality.

Masque Bar by Look Beauty has two kinds of masks-sheet masks and mud and crème masks. The sheet masks are pre-cut to match the contours of your face and are easy to use. I think sheet masks are my favourite kind of mask to be honest. They’re just less messy!

The Brightening Sheet Masks($9.93/3) contain orange extract, licorice root, and Vitamin C which are soaked into thin cotton fiber.

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Masque Bar by Look Beauty Brightening Sheet Mask

Loved this mask! It fit my face well, and was comfy to wear. After 30 minutes, my skin looked fresher and brighter!

Now, even though I said that sheet masks are my favourite, this Pore Refining Crème Mask? Is seriously AWESOME.

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Masque Bar by Look Beauty Pore Refining Crème Mask

The Masque Bar by Look Beauty Pore Refining Crème Mask has a gentle blend of Coenzyme Q-qo with raspberry and lemon extracts to help minimize pores while soothing skin. There’s plenty of mask too-nothing worse when there’s not enough if ya’ know what I mean. After 3o minutes it does dry a bit, but not like a clay mud mask at all. It stays fairly soft. But after? WOW my skin looked SO GOOD. My pores were cleaned out and they looked smaller. And my face was bright and tight! And moisturized too! Yup. I’m willing to put up with the messier crème mask for the results that this one gives!

Masque Bar by Look Beauty also has a Wrinkle Reducing Sheet Mask, and an Anti Blemish Mud Mask too. They cover pretty much all your skin woes! Me? I am getting more of those Pore Refining Masks that’s for sure! My skin looked so good for days!

You can find these great Masque Bar by Look Beauty at your local Shoppers Drug Mart right now.

What’s your favourite kind of face mask? Sheet? Or crème/mud?

*products sent by the lovely PR, but as always, thoughts are mine because SERIOUSLY. My crazy is MINE and why would I let someone else ruin it? [emoji smiling face with horns]