Mask Monday: Sephora’s Ginseng Mask

If you have every been to a Sephora makeup store, you know how much time you can spend in there. Also, how much money you’ll spend too. It’s not hard to rack up a huge haul with a bill that’s even bigger. So, when I go to Sephora I want to make sure every single one of my purchases give me the best that can be offered.

When I picked up Sephora’s Ginseng Mask for toning & Revitalizing, it had some big shoes to fill…

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Kinda cute how the picture of the lady applying that ‘fiber mask’ is doing it oh, so smoothly. Aaand, moving on…

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I love the bright yellow packaging the mask came in but, I didn’t like the white lettering for the instructions. You might say, ‘Hey, Kimberly…what? Are you new?’ However, I think it’s important to make the directions clear for everyone. There is always a first time and, I wanted to know exactly how long it was going to take to get revitalized.

This single-use mask cost $6. I have to tell you that right up front because all the other single-use paper masks I have purchased are not even close to that cost. Thus, my expectations were extremely high. I was impressed with the packaging…

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I had to take this photo and enlarge it a lot to be able to read the ingredients. It sure as heck didn’t happen when I was at the store. I felt the need for extremely thick readers to see this…

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For touting Ginseng as the headliner, I found that it was listed high in the ingredients. And, if you squint really hard, you can see that there are several other natural/herbal type of items in there too.

The package that contained the mask was hard to tear open. I’m OK with that because there’s less chance for the mask to dry up. When I did get it opened, this mask was juicy…

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Of course, I was kidding earlier when I mentioned the drawing of the lady applying the mask since these masks never quite mold to my face. Or, anyone else’s for that matter. I don’t fuss about it too much. This one was so juicy that I knew my entire face was going to get some product on it.

Now the good part; kicking back and chillin’ for 15 minutes while the Ginseng mask does its thing. While the product itself was very cooling, there was not any odor at all. Not even a hint of the aloe vera. But, that juiciness was mostly from the aloe and, surelycreating the cooling sensation.

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When the fifteen minutes was done, I took a photo of my revitalized self, got a good chuckle and then removed the mask. I rubbed in the remaining juice and enjoyed very soft skin. Do I feel revitalized? Yes, I do. Do I feel toned as well? I would say so as my skin felt slightly plumbed after using this mask.

The entire experience was a very good one. I feel I got my money’s worth, my skin felt great and I enjoyed using Sephora’s Ginseng mask. I would love to use this one again.

Sephora has several different types of single-use facial masks. Have you tried any of them?

Mask Monday: Forever 21 Pearl Mask Sheet

The last Baroness paper mask I have to share with you is the Pearl Mask Sheet…

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I picked this paper mask up at Forever 21 along with the tomato mask and the snail masks. All three are from Korea and the brand is Baroness.

Like the two before, the pearl mask had no odor. That’s nice since I kick back and leave it on my face for 20 minutes. This mask felt cool on my skin. After my 20 minutes were up, I removed the mask and rubbed in the remaining residue. It was soft and creamy and left my skin feeling smooth. I didn’t feel the need to add any other skin product on my face after using this mask. However, right before bedtime, I did use my Kiehl’s Midnight Repair Concentrate.

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In my opinion, for $1, I got a very nice experience and feel my skin benefited from using these masks. Forever 21 has a huge turn over of their inventory. I haven’t seen these again since I purchased them. I have, however, picked up a foot mask that I will be reviewing. I have learned that when I see something like this, and the financial investment is small, I need to go ahead and stock up. I wish I would have with these Baroness paper masks.

One thing that I did notice with the ingredient list on all of the Baroness masks; the headlining ingredient, as the pearl is with this mask, is practically insignificant. As you can see here, the Pearl Powder is the last ingredient and only .01% at that…

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Actually, I purchased these on a whim rather than buying them for the healing or anti-aging or any other reason of the purported title. It was a pleasant experience and a lesson that just because a product says that it is a ‘pearl’ mask doesn’t mean that it has a lot of that ingredient in it.

No scary photo of me wearing the pearl paper mask, this time. It looked just like the other two. And also, I forgot to snap a photo. Regardless, I would recommend these masks because it gave me a reason to lie down and just be for 20 minutes. No cell phone, no TV, just me and my own thoughts. The masks are a tool, if you will, to mentally check in with myself. Even though I usually post this series on Monday, I actually use the masks on Sunday evening. It’s a ritual that I enjoy to end my weekend and begin to move towards the start of a new week. And hopefully, my skin gets a little joy out of it as well.

Have you ever used any beauty product that has pearl powder in it?

Freeman Beauty: Facial Hydrating Paper Mask Blue Agave

This happened last night…

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No, I haven’t become a Jason from Friday the 13th groupie. I have really dry skin during this time of the year and I needed moisture PDQ.

A month ago, I purchased a bunch of Freeman single use masks. Because the skin under my eyes and on top of my cheeks feel so dry, I was looking for a moisture treatment to soothe my skin. This is the one I picked to use…

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Yes, my skin IS thirsty. The humidity is super low in the early Spring in Colorado. Last year, my first Spring here, my lips got so chapped. My hair was beyond parched. And, even my sinuses were dry and hurt. I’m doing better this year because I started my ‘stay moisturized’ regimen early and, I have vamped it up, overall, as well. However, my face still needs extra and Freeman’s Facial Hydrating Paper Mask was just the ticket.

This paper mask was so easy to use. There’s nothing to it, really. The serum on the mask is thick but not tacky and the minute I had the mask on and in place, it was immediately cooling and I could feel my skin drinking in the hydration…

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Hooray for Freeman Beauty not testing on animals!!!

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This is what the mask looks like coming out of the envelope…

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I open it up and separate the mask from the backing…

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Then it is just positioning it on and letting it sit for 10 minutes. After the time is up, I throw away the mask and massage in the serum that is left on my skin. Again, it isn’t sticky, it doesn’t smell at all and my skin felt ‘ahhhhhh’. About 2 hours later, right before bedtime, I did put on some extra moisturizer under my eyes and on my cheeks where it had felt dry and tight before using the mask. I did that just as an extra measure.

What a treat this was! If you are experiencing dry skin any time of the year, I recommend Freeman’s hydrating mask. I got this one at Walmart for around $1.50 and, it is one that I definitely will get again.

Have you tried any of Freeman Beauty’s paper masks? How do you combat seasonal dry facial skin?

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?