Friday, 25 September 2015

Lush Halloween 2015

Good evening, dear readers!

While my last post covered most of the Halloween products that Lush is releasing in Canada this year, there were a couple additions since then and I wanted to mention them.


"For dark nights:
A fang-tastically fruity jelly to put the bite back into bathtime. When the dark night rises, seek the fruity candy-scented salvation of this aloe vera and lime juice jelly and cover yourself in a sweet, carrageenan lather. For an extra stimulating hit, use it fresh from the fridge or freezer. A hint of vitamin E-rich carob syrup delivers extra nourishment to the body and adds to that deliciously fruity perfume." -
Pink Moon Knot Wrap $8.95 Can.

Pink Moon

"Moonlit daydream:
When the sky grows dark and mystery looms, ghouls and goblins emerge from their eerie moon of vivid pink, purple, red and white reveals the creatures of the night flying swiftly through the darkened sky. This silky fabric wrap is made from two recycled plastic bottles, and will make a delightfully spooky (and environmentally friendly) gift wrap or colorful accessory. Size: 28" x 28"." -
Pumpkin Heebie-Jeebie, $19.95 Can.

"Delve inside and you will find surprises of the ghoulish kind! This duo of bath indulgences make for a truly spooky Halloween. Our mysteriously earthy Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb magically turns your tub into a spicy herbal soak, and Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar transforms bathtime into a warm, citrusy soak with swirling, shimmering waters. Just be sure to hop out before midnight... 
Contents: Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar, Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb" - Lush
Bat Heebie-Jeebie, $17.95 Can.

"When darkness falls across the land, a midnight shower is close at hand! Take these two eerie sudsers into the bathroom for a seriously spooky wash and emerge smelling truly irresistible. Lord Of Misrule Shower Cream is a mysteriously earthy blend of black pepper and patchouli oils, and Nightwing Shower Jelly's fruity embrace will leave you with loads of energy for trick-or-treating or pumpkin carving.
Contents: Nightwing Shower Jelly, Lord of Misrule Shower Gel 60ml" - Lush
The last two items above aren't listed online yet (so I can't link them), but I was notified of them by a lovely Lush employee.  That bat is SO CUTE!!  I really want to get one for my sister. :D

If you missed my last post, the other Halloween Lush items are these wonderful releases:

Lord of Misrule Shower Cream $9.95-32.95 Can.

Lord of Misrule

"Mischievously herbal:
A feast for the senses! Get down and earthy with this mischievous, herbal blend of patchouli, peppercorn and black pepper with an intriguing fair trade vanilla sweetness. As you rub this addictive lather all over the body, organic wheatgerm oil provides a nourishing dose of vitamin E to ensure your skin is in fine (and fragrant) party form. You won't be the fool after washing with this."
Aliens And Monsters FUN Kit
Aliens And Monsters FUN Kit
"Where no bath has gone before:
Calling all bath-stronauts! A galaxy of bubbly fun awaits you. Make yourself a spaceship, a big dipper, or a super scary monster with this spicy black pepper and vanilla-scented Fun. Use it as a soap, shampoo, bubble bath or just for fun... the only limit is your imagination!" -
Lord of Misrule

"Strange and magnificent:
Inspired by the ruler of the Pagan Feast of Fools, Lord of Misrule brings mischievous revelry to the tub with a spicy herbal blend of patchouli and black pepper oil. As it slowly froths in the water, hypnotic swirling silver luster is released and the deep green exterior soon gives way to a rich, wine-colored center. Just like at the Feast of Fools, when the wine begins flowing, the revelry really begins! Popping candies fizz and crackle, creating a world of magic and mischief right before your eyes." -
Sparkly Pumpkin
"Perfect for long, lingering soaks:
At the end of a long day, pop this Sparkly Pumpkin into the bath. As you crumble its golden shimmeryness under running water, you’ll feel instantly re-energized. An uplifting blend of juniperberry, grapefruit and lime oils will fill the room with an enticing, cocktail-like punch. And as you sink deep under the glittering gold water, you won’t be able to keep from smiling – probably because this little pumpkin is made to make every day bright." -
I am so excited for these! :D  Way to go Lush and THANK YOU LUSH for bringing Lord of Misrule back, along with more LOM scented products.  (P.s., the The Rough With the Smooth scrub that Lush made also shares its fragrance with LOM.)

All of the images in this post are from Lush.
Have a lovely evening! :D

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Saturday, 19 September 2015

New Lush Items

Good evening dear readers!

Hopefully I'll be feeling well enough to blog soon on a more regular basis, but I am definitely putting my health first.  I'm still sick, but feeling a bit better today than last week so I wanted to let you know that Lush is bringing over quite a few products from their Oxford St. store to the North American market (yayyyy finally!).  Not only that, but they've started bringing in Hallowe'en goodies too!

Here's a list:

Lord of Misrule bath bomb:
I'm so glad this is back!  The spicy sweet bath bomb is definitely one of my favourites!
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Lord of Misrule shower cream (currently has only the small bottles for sale, but I'm hoping that they will release the larger ones as well):
I am SO so SOOO excited for this!!  I adore the fragrance of the bath bomb and now that I can have it in a shower gel/cream makes me ecstatic.  I cannot wait to pick this up!

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Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar:
This delightful creation is back in time for fall!  I've wanted to try their pumpkin shaped products before but haven't yet gotten the chance to.
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Golden Handshake hot hand mask:
The looks very intriguing!
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Refresher shower jelly:
Lemon jelly.  That's all that needs to be said.
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Needles and Pines shower jelly:
THIS!!  A shower jelly that smells like pine and cypress?!  I'd feel very relaxed I'm sure!
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93,000 Miles shower jelly:
Eucalyptus, peppermint and cinnamon sounds very interesting and invigorating!
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Don't Rain on My Parade shower gel:
Blueberries, vanilla and violet leaf infusions! And that colooour!
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Beautiful shower gel:
Peach, dried apricots, and MYRRH!!  I had to capitalize that because myrrh is so darn cool.  I heart stuff like that.
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The Comforter shower cream:
I'm sure a lot of fans will want to try this!
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Rub Rub Rub body scrub:
This is both adorable and pretty!
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The Rough With The Smooth body scrub:
Scented with black pepper, patchouli and vanilla, this sounds like it may share the same fragrance with Lord of Misrule (yaaaaaay!!) :D.
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Pumice Power Foot Soap:
Ooo this is made with sweet orange oil!  (I hadn't read all of the descriptions yet before writing this post so I'm getting even more excited as I go along, haha).  I bet it will smell delicious!
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Softy foot lotion:
This is fragranced with lavender, bergamot and sandalwood.  Talk about a relaxing treat!
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There are more items coming, but there are what are listed on the website so far (and are available online right now).  All the photos above are from  In the Lush Times that came in the mail a little while ago, they showed others that will be on their way.

Here is what was listed in the catalogue:

Rainbow Fun
Gold Fun (making it's triumphant return!)
Aliens and Monsters Fun
Big Bang bubble bar
Pink Flamingo reusable bubble bar
Milky Bath bubble bar
The Experimenter bath bomb
Yoga Bomb bath bomb
Guardian of the Forest bath bomb (I will HAVE to get this!)
Frozen bath bomb (if there ever was a "me" bath bomb, this may be it!)
Intergalactic bath bomb
Go Faster Feet moisturizer
Foot Soak and Fancy Free foot soak
Twinkle Toes foot dusting powder
Salted Coconut hand scrub
Love and Light hand cream
Five O' Clock Whistle shaving smoothie
Magical Moringa facial moisturizer
Beautiful shower gel
Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair shower gel
Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream

All in all I'm very excited about these additions to the Lush line, and I think I can even forgive them (at least a little bit!) for getting rid of some of my favourite products.  I hope to pick some of these up next month, and to have more reviews on their way.  Have you tried any of these?  Any catch your fancy?

Have a great evening!

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Friday, 28 August 2015

Small Break

Good morning, dear readers!

I'm going to be taking a few days off from my blog, as I haven't been feeling well and need to recuperate.  It's been a pretty stressful week and I had a scary visual migraine the day before last, so I want to take it easy for the time being.

Wishing you well and I hope you have a great week! :D

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Lush Cup O' Coffee Face and Body Scrub

Good morning, dear readers! :D

Today I have a review of Lush's Cup O' Coffee Face and Body Scrub.  This scrub was very kindly sent to me for review.

When Lush announced their massive Oxford Street store a while ago, many fans were super excited!  The only problem: it's in the UK.  So while they brought out a LOT of new products (I think a couple hundred??) most were only available at that one location.  Cup O' Coffee was one of those products, but it has since found its way into other locations, including North America.  From what I heard, more products will be making their way over, but slowly.

This mask doesn't require refrigeration, and so you can order it online as well as purchase it in-store.

Here is Lush's description:

"Wakes up tired complexions
If you're a sucker for the strong, dark, stimulating type, this coffee-filled mask is just the things to kick-start your day.  Wake up and invigorate the skin and mind with the rich, intoxicating aroma of freshly brewed coffee and sweet roasted cocoa extract.  Kaolin deeply cleanses impurities from the pores and ground coffee acts as a gentle scrub to buff away dryness and reveal the glowing skin beneath.  Smooth this one all over your body to feel soft, clean and wonderfully fragrant." -

This mask/scrub combo retails for $10.95 for 150g, and $19.95 for 325 g.

The mask has a thick, sticky formula and it scoops out and applies pretty easily.  The stickiness and thickness aid in keeping this mask onto the skin, where some other masks could drip off more easily.

Here is the ingredient list:
Coffee Infusion (Coffea Arabica), Water (Aqua), Talc, Kaolin, Agave Syrup (Agave Tequilana Leaf Extract), Glycerine, Fragrance, Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoidese), Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla Planifolia), Roasted Cocoa Extract (Theobroma Cacao), Coriander Seed Oil (Coriandrum sativum), Bentone (Hectorite), Caffeine Powder (Caffeine), *Coumarin, *Limonene, *Linalool.  *Occurs naturally in essential oils

For my face, I left the mask on for 5-10 minutes as instructed. I then exfoliated gently by wetting my fingers to moisten the mask more (this type of mask never dries in the time you have it on, so I made it more runny and workable) and rubbing slowly.  Rinsing it off took a bit of work because of all the coffee grounds, but it wasn't too bad (using a damp cloth would help too!).

(Please forgive the really puffy eyelids; I had a pretty terrible evening yesterday.  Also ignore the nose hairs that I just pointed out that are badly in need of a trim.)

Afterwards my skin felt softer and slightly fragranced.  The mask helped boost circulation and while there were a couple dry skin flakes afterwards that I didn't notice before and my skin was a teeeeeensy bit dry, it was loads better than other masks I've used that are deep cleansing.

Usually they dry the crap out of my skin and make it feel very tight, yet this did not.  While my skin was a bit drier after using it, it wasn't a significant amount.  There was absolutely no oiliness on my skin, and while I did wash my face before which would have removed oil, the feeling of my skin makes me think that it actually did some deeper oil removal than just the surface.

I then used this on my body and while I couldn't scrub as much as I would have liked (really scrubby scrubs can be a bit tough on my hands because I'm constantly scrubbing the same part over and over again) it did soften and didn't dry out my skin.  For a little while, the scubbing actually ended up numbing the skin on my palms and fingers a little bit.

Unfortunately it turned out that I actually didn't like the fragrance of Cup O' Coffee, although I was pretty sure I would.  You definitely smell coffee (and I love the smell of coffee!) and there is cocoa in there, but there is something else... some other ingredient that just doesn't quite agree with me.  I'm wondering if it is the coriander, as there are a few herbs that I can't tolerate as well.

After bathing I looked at my facial skin in the mirror again, and it turned out that the mask actually ended up irritating it a bit.  My skin has been a bit off lately with red bumps, and I probably shouldn't have used a scrub at this moment in time (as scrubs with grinded shells, beans, and stuff like that can cause micro-tears in the skin and while not everyone is concerned about it, I do have pretty sensitive and easily irritated skin and actually usually avoid really scrubby scrubs.  I know that might sound scary to some people, but it makes sense; anything that is sharp that you rub on your skin can do that, whether it is a grinded bean, shell, or a pumice stone).  However, the thickness of the mask does help to protect the skin from intense scrubbing, as it kind of "cushions" it and makes it feel less abrasive.  So if you are concerned about that, I would suggest gently rubbing it (not roughly!) while there is a lot of mask on your face, vs. rinsing most of it away and using just the coffee grinds.

While taking into consideration what I wrote if you have sensitive skin, don't let that put you off trying this because what does or doesn't work for me may work completely different on you.  If you are curious and want to give this a try but might be concerned about your own skin sensitivity, just pop into a Lush store and I bet they would be more than willing to give you a sample! :D

You're probably wondering then if someone like me has these skin problems, then why try out a super scrubby scrub mask?  Well, I adore Lush and had the opportunity to try this so I wanted to give it a go.  While it may not have worked for me as well as I hoped, everyone has different skin and you never know for sure how you will react until you try something (well, unless you had an allergy, then that's completely different!!).  Plus, I don't HAVE to scrub intensely when using this mask; it's perfectly acceptable to use it more of a mask than a scrub, and rinse it off without excess rubbing.

All in all the mask does remove excess oil, it doesn't dry out skin very much at all in the process like most clay masks will, it definitely scrubs and it will leave your skin fragranced for a decent while afterwards (which is a big bonus to those who love the scent!).  It does feel cool and refreshing on the face while it is on and that helps you relax yet can gently help wake you up in the morning.  While the fragrance may not be for me, others really like it and I can see it appealing to many people (and have seen other reviews where the reviewer loves the scent!).

I'm extremely thankful that I got to try out this product and I'm realllly looking forward to getting my hands on Rosy Cheeks next time I get to Lush.

I hope that you have a wonderful day! :D

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Demeter Fragrance Review - Mulled Cider

Good morning, dear readers!

Today I have another Demeter Fragrance review for you, and this one is for Mulled Cider.

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From Demeter Fragrance:
"Autumn in a bottle, with notes of sweet apples, cinnamon, spices.......
Cider is a relative of wine, with almost as ancient a history. Cider was common in England back before the Christian era, where apple trees were worshipped as sacred.  Especially in New England, cider was an immensely popular drink with the pilgrims and was drunk at meals by everyone, including children. Even clergymen, while denouncing 'harder spirits', would drink cider as a matter of course."

I have been really looking forward to trying this one out!  I LOVE autumn, and apple cider brings back fond memories of my childhood.  I love the scent of cinnamon and apples, and having those together in a fragrance sounds wonderful.  I'm used to the non-alcoholic version of apple cider that sells in the fall, and that is the kind we would have with cinnamon sticks poking out.  I do like the alcoholic version as well that I buy in liquor stores, but I find it very different, and have never tried that mulled with any spices (although I probably should!).

Mulled Cider is one of my favourite Demeter fragrances.  The moment I smelled it, I really liked it!

As my sister and I were testing all sorts of fragrances that morning, I sprayed it higher up on my arm to avoid mixing the scents.  Then a perfectly round rash happened! :O

The other marks on my skin that look like mini rashes are actually scars.  But the rash was exactly where I sprayed the perfume, in the exact shape and size of the spray!  After a couple hours the rash went away and nothing else happened.

At first I was very disappointed, as this is one of my favourite scents from Demeter so far.  The initial burst of apple and then the drydown of cinnamon goodness is delightful!  While some people refer to it as being more reminiscent of apple cinnamon candles or a "Christmas cupboard", I can agree but I love that scent so it isn't a negative thing to me.  When it is on your skin the fresh apple dies down pretty fast and I did get a holiday cinnamon potpourri vibe from it, but I really like it!

So, desperate to not let this fragrance go to waste, I resorted to spraying it on my shirt instead of my skin.  It turns out this was a way better idea, because the apple in the fragrance lasts even longer this way, and by the end of the day my shirt was still very fragranced.  I would caution anyone trying this without testing it on a little bit of fabric first, as there could be staining (although I didn't notice any, I'm covering my butt here!).  Actually, the clothing staying power on this is so good that by the end of the day I was a little sick of smelling it so much! XD

All in all I'm extremely pleased with this Demeter choice!  While my skin is sensitive to it (I'm guessing it's the cinnamon part!), I have no other problems with it and as long as I don't put it directly on my skin, I'm good! :D  I think I will especially enjoy wearing this during the autumn and winter months.

Are you a fan of apple cider?  Whether it be the drink or the fragrance?

Take care and have a wonderful day!


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Thursday, 20 August 2015

3 New Lush Face Masks!

Good afternoon, dear readers! :D

Something exciting for us Lush fans; they've brought three new face masks into their North American line up in the past little while.  Two are Fresh Face Masks and the other is similar to Mask of Magnaminty in that it doesn't require refrigeration (and so, can be ordered online)! :D

They are:

Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask (60g for $12.95 Can)- to calm and cleanse

Rosy Cheeks
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Cup O' Coffee (150g for $10.95 Can. or 325g for $19.95 Can.) - both a face and body mask for scrubbing

Cup O' Coffee
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Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask (60g for $10.95 Can) - to cleanse and brighten

Don't Look At Me
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Rosy Cheeks' ingredients look very awesome to me; calamine to help keep itchiness and redness at bay, glycerine to draw moisture into your skin to help offset dryness, clay to draw out dirt, rose petals and rose oil to tone and's the full list:

Calamine Powder, Glycerine, Kaolin, Water (Aqua), Rose Clay (Kaolinite), Red Rose Petals (Rosa Centifolia), Fragrance, Rose Oil (Rosa damascena), *Benzyl Alcohol, Lilial, *Citronellol, *Geraniol.
*Occurs naturally in essential oils

Rosy Cheeks
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Cup O' Coffee's ingredients include kaolin, agave syrup, glycerine, fair trade vanilla absolute, caffeine powder, and some other interesting things:

Coffee Infusion (Coffea Arabica), Water (Aqua), Talc, Kaolin, Organic Agave Syrup (Agave Tequilana Leaf Extract), Glycerine, Fragrance, Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla Planifolia), Roasted Cocoa Extract (Theobroma Cacao), Coriander Seed Oil (Coriandrum sativum), Bentone (Hectorite), Caffeine Powder (Caffeine), *Coumarin, *Limonene, *Linalool
*Occurs naturally in essential oils

Cup O' Coffee
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Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask's first ingredient is kaolin, and the second is fresh organic lemon juice.

Don't Look At Me
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Because of the high concentration of lemon juice, I would caution those with sensitive skin to do a patch test (although I think sensitive skinned individuals should patch test anything new, I also understand how frustrating that can be and I rarely bother with it because I'm lazy and impatient).  When I used Lemony Flutter it was perfect on my skin, and Brazened Honey had some tingling (but nothing bad).

Several citrus juices/essential oils (lemon, lime, bergamot, and bitter orange are all ones that do this) make skin tissue much more sensitive to UV, so I would suggest using this mask in the evening, and applying a decent SPF on your skin if you are going to be exposed to UV.  :D

Here is the full list of ingredients:

Kaolin, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice (Citrus limonum), Glycerine, Rice Syrup (Oryza Sativa Syrup), Ground White Rice (Oryza Sativa Starch), Organic Silken Tofu, Murumuru Butter (Astrocaryum murumuru), Bentone (Hectorite), Rice Milk (Oryza Sativa), Water (Aqua), Fragrance, Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), *Limonene, *Geraniol, *Linalool, *Farnesol, Blue 1
*Occurs naturally in essential oils

I'm excited about these face masks and look forward to trying them!  While they are more expensive than the other Fresh Face Masks available until now, I believe is it due to the cost of the ingredients used.  Lush has some real winners in the face mask category (Brazened Honey will always be a favourite of mine!), so I bet these will be delightful and I will review them as soon as I can. :D

Have you tried any of these yet?

Have a lovely day!


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Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask

Good morning, dear readers! :D

Today I have a review for Peter Thomas Roth's 24K Gold Mask (Pure Luxury Lift and Firm Mask).

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I got a sample from Sephora a few month ago, and finally got around to using it!

Here are the ingredients:


The instructions say to layer enough on so that it isn't transparent.  However the sample size I had would not allow that for the full face, but honestly I think it was enough and I doubt if I globbed it on really thick I would get much more benefit from it than the amount I applied.  You are then supposed to keep it on the skin for 5-10 minutes.

(I'm looking suuu amuuuused here!  Yep, I suffer from resting bitch face!  That and googley photo face!)

I was sad that my camera didn't pick up as much glint off the gold as what was seen in person.  While not quite as extreme, I got that "Gooooldfinngaaaah!" song in my head for a little bit. XD

See?  It barely shows up here at all, but in person it looks pretty awesome!

I left mine on for longer than five minutes, I think around 7-8 or so.  I used a small soft yet scrubby cloth from The Face Shop to help remove it, and I think it would take quite a bit of rinsing if you were using just water and your fingers only as the mask doesn't dry.

After drying my skin, my skin looked rather dewy yet not oily.  My skin was softened, and it really made my skin look lovely!  It didn't dry my skin out, which is really nice as a lot of masks can do that.  By an hour or so later it was less dewy although it still looked nice.

The mask stung a little bit on my skin but I can't say whether that is because my skin has been more sensitive than normal lately, or if the product itself would do that to me either way.  It wasn't horrible pain or anything like that, it just stung enough to be noticeable.

As for firming up the skin, I can't really say that I noticed a difference.  I'm only 30 so the firmness of my skin is not quite an issue for me just yet.

I'd say that it definitely smooths the surface of the skin, but that would not include fine lines as I noticed no difference with mine.

I wish I had better before photos for this post.  I took some, but I've been using my phone camera as my other camera needs new batteries, and it doesn't work as nicely.  The after photos turned out okay as I took them in my bathroom, which yields better quality photos some of the time (maybe the lighting?).

So while my before photos didn't turn out, you can see in the after ones that my skin looks smooth and dewy.  If my skin has a bit more pinkness than normal in it, it's because I exercised about 30 minutes beforehand and my face tends to stay red for a while.

There are some red bumpies on my skin (and a stupid picked-at blemish on my chin) but I had a lot of those before using the mask, so while I can't be 100% in saying that the mask didn't cause any (as most products do that to me) as I didn't count them beforehand, they were probably all there before.
(Edit: hours later I still hadn't gotten any new bumps, and by then I usually would have if a product caused it.  Woo!) (Edit no.2: Okay so a few days later my skin erupted in tiny red bumps, so many of them!  As this is one of the only different things I used around that time, I'm starting to suspect that it may have been this :()

Is it worth $92.00 Can for a 5 oz jar?  Eeehhhhhhhhhh...While the results were definitely lovely, I don't know if it's worth that much (to me).  I've used other masks that yielded lovely results for much less, and one thing that I wish this mask did is plump up fine lines.  It's not really marketed to do that, but I could see myself being more inclined to purchase this if it had that benefit as well.  The dewiness it imparts isn't oily looking or sticky, so that's a bonus that I really like.  However it doesn't stay looking as dewy for the whole day.  I'd definitely suggest getting a sample and testing it for yourself to see how your results are.  I've seen some pretty mixed reviews on this, so like any other skincare item how it works on me isn't necessarily how it will work on you.  I think it's a bit pricey for me personally as I look for more plumping masks.

Have you tried this or any other Peter Thomas Roth masks before?

Have a lovely day! :D

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Sheet Mask Love!

Good morning, dear readers, I hope you are doing well! :D

By now I'm sure that most of you have heard of sheet masks; the skincare wonder that originated in Asia (I've read that it started in Korea) and has swept across continents to beauty bloggers and skincare lovers across the world.  But for those of you who haven't, I hope this post helps spread the sheet mask love!

My personal introduction came when a friend sent me a package in the mail a couple years ago and there were items like under-eye hydrogel patches in it.  I actually didn't use them, as I had no idea how to or what exactly they were used for, and there weren't any English instructions.  I'd never seen anything quite like it.

I'm sure that I've seen some big skincare brands like Shiseido having masks over the years, but I never paid much attention to them until recently.

When The Face Shop opened up some stores semi-local to me, my sister and I had to check them out.  There is a whole wall section designated to just sheet masks and hydrogel patches!!  Talk about glorious!

These single-serve masks provide boatloads of hydration, and boast other beneficial ingredients to help nourish and condition the skin.

When you have a sheet mask package, you tear open the top of it, remove the saturated mask, and place it on your face.

Sizes vary, as do shapes.  Some come split into two halves for a better fit, some have ear loops to help secure the mask, some even have an added patch for the neck area.

Afterwards, you can tip the sachet upside-down and squeeze out the remaining serum, and what I like to do is rub it onto my neck, chest, and then the backs of my hands.

The reason why these are so hydrating (besides the actual ingredients, of course!) is because of occlusion.  The extra essence and the mask fibers trap the moisture between the mask in your face, so it doesn't evaporate as fast and gets absorbed by your skin.  These can work wonders to re-hydrate the skin, which in turn can plump it up and make wrinkles and fine lines appear more diminished.

Masks vary with what they are supposed to address, such as aging, dark spots, healing, or just plain moisture.  How effective they are can vary, and unless used repeatedly the effects will generally be very short-term (usually a couple days maximum).

Masks can also be found for fingers, hands, and feet (which look like little booties and gloves!), and I would like to try those as well.

The biggest effects I get whenever I use face masks is an incredible boost in hydration, plumped up skin, and a more even skin tone with dewiness.  Almost all masks I've used do this, and I'm quite happy about that! :D  I can get redness on my face and they really help to make the whole face look more even in tone and just overall fantastic.

You can also use masks to scare people! :D  Someone will definitely do a double-take if they see you sporting one of these beauties:

(Reclining and relaxing whilst indulging in The Face Shop Aloe mask)

I do have sensitive skin, and sometimes I will get bumps from sheet masks, but nothing super serious.  Honestly, a couple little temporary red bumps the next day can be so worth it for me to spend up to 20 minutes feeling super relaxed and having otherwise great looking skin.  What I cannot do is use sheet masks more than one day in a row, because then my skin gets a bit overloaded and can get a lot of little bumps.  Not everyone has this reaction though, and as I said my skin is very sensitive and it is difficult for me to find any skincare product that wont cause at least a few bumps.  Seriously, almost EVERYTHING I use on my face will break me out in bumps, whether it is just a couple here or there or a bunch of them.  Even really inert things.  Sunscreens, moisturizers, serums, even toners can do it.

Some people use sheet masks once a week, some three times, some people use them every day!  I know that personally I cannot do that, but if it works for you and makes you happy (and you can afford it) then by all means have fun! :D  Of course I would caution to be aware of the type of ingredients in them, as some can cause irritation if used too frequently (I think ones that exfoliate could do that from what I've read somewhere).

Back to the mask goodness!

Sheet mask material can range from cotton and other plant fibers, to pure seaweed, and then hydrogel.  Hydrogel is super neat!  I've only used a hydrogel lip patch before but they are really interesting.  Here's an interesting article about hydrogel medical dressings.

(Hydrogel lip patch)

You can get spot patches as well, in various materials to apply to specific areas for targeted treatment, whether it be pimples, dry patches, under eye bags, the 11's,...

Two of the biggest draws for me to sheet masks is that they can give wonderful results, and they are SOOOO relaxing!!  I've never had a facial, but this is what I would expect it to feel like (minus any massaging, etc..).  You can cool the masks down in the fridge for an added refreshing experience and to help reduce puffiness, or you can keep them at room temperature and I find that as the sheet masks dry, a cooling sensation can be felt.  And from what I've seen of people who have had professional facials, it really makes your skin look like you just had one!  It can really make your face glow.

In the end I heartily suggest giving these a go if you have the opportunity to!  You can also patch test a bit of serum on your arm to check if you are sensitive to any ingredients or prone to breakouts (I should do that but I never seem to bother with it).

The price range of masks can be from around $1-2 to pretty expensive.  At Sephora you can get a 6-pack of sheet masks from Guerlain for $152.00 Can., so that equals $25+ per mask before taxes.  You can buy a single SK-II mask at Nordstrom for $23.35 or go for the 10-pack at $185.45 before taxes.  Their 10-pack Brightening Derm Revival Mask goes for $233.52 and ends up being just over $266 after taxes.  You can buy one(!) Cle de Peau Intensive Brightening Mask for $41.21+ tax!! Ayiyi!!

A lot of people can justify the expense as they treat it like a facial, and some facials can go for hundreds of dollars.  Personally I just can't afford it right now.  I mean if I saved up sure, and being able to buy a single mask vs. a whole box makes a world of a difference (especially if you've never tried the product before and don't know how you will react to it).  But $25+ for one mask when I could buy 10 for that price?  Hrmm.  I should never say never, because I like reviewing things, and I like fancy-schmany things... but still.  NO ASHLEY!!  Do not be distracted by the beautiful celebrities! Hrrrmph.

A couple favourites of mine are The Face Shop hyaluronic acid masks and their honey mask.  Sadly the stores that I go to tend to be out of these often and they don't restock as much.

Have you tried sheet masks?  What are some of your thoughts and favourite go-to's?

Have a loverly day!


(P.S. please forgive the darker photos, my light box is out of commission for the moment.)
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