ZMask: Anti-Wrinkle Face and Eye Masks

Occasionally, I get opportunities to review items that I think my readers would enjoy and would like to learn about. I have been focusing quite a bit on skin care in my own, personal life over the past year as I’m wanting to do what I can to keep my lovely, smooth complexion. Even though that’s said wryly, I am having a birthday this month and truthfully, my peak has already past. Now I’m just holding back the signs of time as best as I can afford.

Over the past 6 weeks, I have been testing out ZMask. I had never heard of this product before but with buzz phrases like:

  • Made with natural seaweed extracts
  • Paraben-, fragrance-, and mineral oil-free
  • Clinically proven to reduce wrinkles, ¬†smooth skin, and improve skin elasticity

I was very interested…

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The box has a lot of info on it itself…

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I couldn’t find a number at to a total number of people that gave these percentages however, it’s a starting place for me to look for those results, hopefully, myself.

This is the Complete ZMask System…

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This has 12 full face masks, 12 under eye masks and a bottle of the Instant Youth Potion.

The brochure that came in the kit had lots of information about the ingredients of the products but, it didn’t have any info on how or when to wear the Instant Youth Potion. I’ll speak more on that in a moment.

Even though the instructions state that the masks can be used up to 3 times a week, I did one mask per week along with using the eye masks later on that same week. Don’t be scared, it’s just me working on my wrinkles!…

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I have used paper masks in the past and I think they are really neat. They are not messy like liquid masks. One week I did this while I was in the middle of experiencing a migraine. I don’t know what possessed me to do this with a headache but the cooling sensation of the mask felt really good! I will have to remember this!

Each mask has instructions on it on how to use it but really, it’s a no-brainer. Here’s for the full mask…

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And, for the eye masks…

 

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The masks do not become dry. They stay moist during the time you have them on. Once the time is up, you just peel off the paper mask, throw it away and gently rub in the residue. Here’s what I thought about the residue; it was cooling, as I mentioned. Once I rubbed it in and it dried, my skin was so smooth. It did feel a bit tight which was more of a plumped up feeling rather than a dried skin tight feeling. I did follow up a few times with the Instant Youth Potion…

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The potion didn’t lessen the tight sensation. It didn’t really add to it but I figured out, on my own, that the potion is meant to plump up the skin as well. So, in retrospect, I would use the potion as part of my morning skin ritual. I did this for 4 days straight and I found that I didn’t care for that tightening sensation. Mostly, I believe that I am not accustomed to that sensation.

I will say that even with the skin-tightening, I visibly saw that my skin was smoother. After each type of mask, my crow’s feet wrinkles around my eyes was lessened. I didn’t notice any changes with the wrinkles I have on my forehead.

My box of masks doesn’t look like the box advertised on the ZMask website. I notice from the copyright date, 2010, that maybe I received an older product. Also, my box calls the product ‘Zephyranthe’. I suspect they renamed it ZMask just because it’s easier to remember and customers relate better to brands they can pronounce.

Overall, I found the masks to be soothing to my psyche as well as to my skin. There wasn’t a detectable odor, I didn’t get any irritation and my skin did feel hydrated and nourished.

Have you heard of ZMask before? Do you prefer paper masks over liquids?

 

Kiehl’s: Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Oh, I still have tons of samples/trial size products. It seems they are collecting faster than I can test and review. Today’s sample review created quite a big stir for me. So, it’s getting a front of the vanity showing today.

In June, Neiman Marcus held a Sunday brunch for the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida to introduce us to the many beauty lines they carry. I posted about it here. At that brunch, Ms. Rebecca Weiss, with the Kiehl’s line shared some of their fine products. One that she had a few of us sample on the backs of our hands was ‘Midnight Recovery Concentrate’. It spread out along my skin and I could see it absorbing right in without any rubbing at all. And then the smell…..lavender supreme!!! That got my interest piqued right then.

In our goodie bags, there were several samples of Kiehl’s and that particular product was one of them. I couldn’t wait to try it out on my face.This little sample lasted me 5 nights and I even shared once with my hubs…

After just one use, the next morning my skin was visibly softer and felt softer than I can ever remember. Yes, that good!!! And yes, that dramatic. I knew there was something special about this product and I was not at all disappointed.

I’m not going to lie; this is expensive but it is one of those OMG-IT’S-SO-GREAT worth it items. To make it the best buy, I got the large 1.7 oz and it was just a bit under $70. If you are a loyal reader, you know I really, REALLY have to like something to spend that much on it.

Kiehl’s packages look like they come from an old-time apothecary. Actually, the company was started in 1851 as a pharmacy in New York City. In keeping with their long history, Kiehl’s continues to use essential oils and botanicals in their products. I know the power oils and herbs and, so does my skin.

Besides the obvious lavender oil in ‘Midnight Recovery Concentrate’, there are many other essential oils working their wonder in this elixir. It’s hard to get a photo of the miniscule print, but if you are not able to enlarge it, I’ll tell you I counted 18 oils and botanials in this product.

This product isn’t a thick oil, but a thin one that absorbs into the skin extremely fast. The bottle is as fascinating as the product. It’s a dropper-like delivery system but with a very cool, modern twist to it…

Four drops of ‘Midnight Recovery Concentrate’ is all I need for my face and neck. And, my face stays smooth all the way until morning. I don’t know if this product would be suited for everyone, since it is an oil, albeit very natural ones. But for my slightly dry skin and, for reducing the fine lines I have, I think this is money very well spent. This is not the last you will hear about Kiehl’s!

Check out all the fun samples Ms. Weiss gave me with my purchase…

Indeed, this is the first of several Kiehl’s products that will be making their way to sit on the Pink Vanity.

Have you tried Kiehl’s products before?