Add a little green to your life with Guac Star

Icon of Shamrock Clover Leaf, Vector Illustration to St. Patrick's Day

How green are you willing to go for St. Patrick’s Day? Do you dress green even if you aren’t Irish? Do you seek out green treats? Do you imbibe in all the green beer that your body can tolerate? How about a change of pace with a green mask, specifically Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star? For me it’s a perfect way to celebrate this green holiday or any day of the year.

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

GUAC Star is a revitalizing avocado hydration mask that is good enough to eat. I’m amazed at how Farmhouse Fresh has changed my taste. After using half a dozen Farmhouse Fresh products I’m more than willing to use everything in their line. Everything they make is pure, smells fresh and authentic, and does its job exactly as stated.

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

GUAC Star made me love it instantly. The green pudding like potion applies with a refreshing coolness. It contains fresh avocado butter, oil and extract. All Farmhouse Fresh that I’ve used has been loaded with antioxidants and GUAC Star is no exception. It contains green tea, allantoin, and sodium PCA which all work towards making your skin become hydrated. The fragrance is hypnotizing. It is sweet but not cloying. I am not known for a love of fragrance but I love this one. I was using it while emailing a friend and I kept telling her how much I loved it. Her reaction was total shock.

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

Applying this is a delight and you don’t look like Shrek while it’s on. It feels so cool when you are applying it. Storing it in the refrigerator will certainly be a summer treat. Leave it on for 15-30 minutes, wash it off with a warm dampened cloth, and your skin will glow. It hardens while on but not stiffly. It doesn’t prevent you from doing anything since it stays partially damp. When you are finished your skin will be incredibly soft. Avocado is a wonderful ingredient since it’s loaded with vitamins B5, B6, K, E, and C, copper, folate, and potassium. Its naturally high moisturization factor completely comforts and nurtures skin according to the Farmhouse Fresh website.

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star

My favorite time to use this is before my shower. I apply, sit at the computer and 25 minutes later jump in the shower. My skin looks plumper and glowier all day. I can picture doing this after work too to refresh from a hard day. Each jar will give you 14-16 uses. I’ve got another mask from Farmhouse Fresh that I thought was the IT mask but GUAC Star beats it.

What’s your green for March 17th? Mine is from Farmhouse Fresh. — Marcia

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star ingredients

Farmhouse Fresh GUAC Star ingredients

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Are you ready to be wowed with some WOW Facial Masks?

WOW Masks

WOW Masks

While I haven’t had a chance to write about facial masks for the last few months, that doesn’t mean I haven’t used them. I love all varieties of masks and am always eager to make room for more when I’m offered them. WOW MASKS came into my life in December and helped get me through the hectic holidays and family birthdays the last two months.

WOW is named for the feeling that the creators felt after perfecting their luxurious facial masks. I feel pretty wowed after I use one.

WOW mask

WOW mask

WOW MASKS come in a box of 5. They contain RCMP-complex which is the essence of some of nature’s most effective skin-loving plants. The RCMP-complex is combined with Argireline which is known for skin firming and rejuvenation qualities. The masks are considered to be aqua gel masks. They are totally saturated with their ingredients and stay very damp the entire time you use them.

WOW Masks

WOW Masks

What makes these masks unique compared to all the others that I’ve tried is that these facial masks are easier to use because they are in two pieces. If you’ve ever struggled with getting a sheet mask on evenly you’ll truly appreciate that aspect of it.

WOW Mask two pieces

WOW Mask two pieces

It’s easier to apply the mesh mask (the picture is the backing) since you can move it around easily. There are slits at the nose so you can fit it better. Once on you can move them around to get them perfect. At first it’s going to be very wet and slippery but you have time to adjust. After a few minutes they’ll settle in and you can go about your business until you’re ready to remove. The WOW mask people suggest you leave it on for 20-40 minutes to soak in all the goodness.

WOW Mask directions

WOW Mask directions

I notice the effects of this mask for days. The goal is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, help with reducing the look of your pores, and revitalize your skin. I feel like my skin is brighter after using this mask.

There are 8 effects that WOW has found with their masks:

DEEPLY MOISTURIZES

SMOOTHES SKIN TEXTURE

IMPROVES SKIN ELASTICITY AND TONE

PROTECTS CELLS FROM UV DAMAGE

BRIGHTENS THE SKIN

REDUCES DYNAMIC AND DEEP WRINKLES

MIMIZES VISISBLE PORES

CURES SKIN BLEMISHES

PROVIDES A LIFTING EFFECT

Are you ready to be WOWed too? I’m loving what I’m finding when I’m using these. You will be too.  —  Marcia

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Main Ingredients

PEPTIDE ARGIRELINE

A sophisticated peptide that inhibits muscle contraction to give you that much desired firming effect so your skin may return to its youthful self. It also reduces dynamic and deep wrinkles as well as prevents new ones from forming.

COLLAGEN MATRIX

Enriched with peptides and vegetable cell extract, our age-defying firming collagen matrix delivers intense hydration, visibly reduces pore sizes, wrinkles and skin imperfections so you may feel and look refreshed and beautiful.

RMPC COMPLEX

A cocktail of nature’s finest skin loving plants – Rhododendron Ferrugineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricarina) Flower Extract and of Portulaca Oleracea Extract.

 

Masks, masks and more masks in the 9th day of Xmas giveaway

Miss Spa, Antrodia, 7th Heaven, BioRepublic

Miss Spa, Antrodia, 7th Heaven, BioRepublic

Masks, especially face masks, are part relaxation and part restoration. There are so many masks that can do so many things. If you are like me you love them all and look forward to the times you can use them. Today I have a lot of masks provided by Antrodia, Miss Spa, 7th Heaven, BioRepublic and Look Beauty for the 9th Day of Christmas Giveaway. These are all masks I’ve used and enjoy so I’m very excited to share with 3 of our Beauty Info Zone winners.

Mask giveaway time

Mask giveaway time

ANTRODIA MASKS –  This is actually a second chance for you if you weren’t one of the 4 winners from my previous review. One person will be able to win both of their Radiance + Repair Face Masks: Detoxification + Calming and Intense Moisture Replenishment. This way you’ll get to see why I liked these masks so much. They are full face masks that are very hydrating and great for those of us with anti-aging needs. In addition to these two that winner will also receive the fun MaskerAide “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” sheet mask that helps to lift, firm & soften fine lines. You’ll have fun with this package since you’ll hydrate, detox and help with fine lines.

Antrodia masks and MaskerAide I Don't Wanna Grow Up

Antrodia masks and MaskerAide I Don’t Wanna Grow Up

BIOREPUBLIC is a wonderful company if you love to mask. These US made masks come in a variety of “flavors” and I have 3 for one winner. These are cruelty-free and made with the highest quality natural ingredients. All contain Vitamin E and are recommended for all skin types. CUCUMBER BREEZE is a soothing fiber mask that works best on stressed skin. It help tighten pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines. I love this mask! GREEN TEA DETOX is a purifying fiber mask  that is especially good if you want to help with blemishes and imperfections. It leaves you with clean, supple and refined skin while it helps remove excess sebum. ALOE RESCUE is the Revitalizing Fiber Mask. This mask has natural aloe vera juice in it which helps soothe dry skin. It’s really good for after sun use in case you get to go somewhere warm soon. Aloe Rescue provides immediate hydration so you end up with healthy, revitalized and lush skin.

BioRepublic Cucumber Breeze, Green Tea Detox and Aloe Rescue Masks

BioRepublic Cucumber Breeze, Green Tea Detox and Aloe Rescue Masks

MISS SPA is one of my favorite companies for masks since they have created so many. If you have any kind of need just check out Ulta or one of the stores that carries Miss Spa. I promise it will be hard for you to pick out the ones you want. One of the many reasons to love Miss Spa masks is that this is a woman owned company so we get to support women entrepreneurs. The winner of this group will receive the ILLUMINATE HYDROGEL FACIAL MASK which is a two piece mask that’s infused with pearl extract and collagen. The purpose of this mask is to help refine the skin’s surface so you get a lustrous look, clarity and a glow. TONE HYDROGEL CHIN MASK fits onto your chin by slipping the loop hole over your ears to secure the mask around you chin and jawline. This mask has been designed to help with the fines lines and crepiness in that area to give you a more lifted and youthful appearance. Now that your face and chin area are covered you’ll need your eyes and for that you’ll receive one packet of  Eye Repair Patch from Look Beauty. This is to help reduce eye puffiness which we all need. And there’s more!! Two packages of VII Code O2M Oxygen Eye Masks will be in this package too (not pictured).

Miss Spa Illuminating Facial Mask, Tone Hydrogel Chin Mask, Look Beauty Eye Repair

Miss Spa Illuminating Facial Mask, Tone Hydrogel Chin Mask, Look Beauty Eye Repair

In addition all three of our winners will receive a 7th HEAVEN BLACK SEAWEED PEEL-OFF mask for purifying. This is great for oily and combination skin. Don’t be scared by this black peel off mask when you apply it. It contains Pressed Sea Buckthorn, Harvest Laver Seaweed from the Welsh seaside and crushed sea salt. You’ll be deeply cleansed using this mask.

7th Heaven Black Seaweed Peel-Off Mask

7th Heaven Black Seaweed Peel-Off Mask

So what is your choice? Door number 1, 2, or 3?  — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: The 9th Day of Christmas giveaway has 3 winners – US and Canada only. It will end Dec. 17th at 11:59 p.m. EST. Please remember we check to see that the options have really happened and that you must subscribe to Beauty Info Zone (and stay a subscriber).
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7 Creams Luxury Starter Set from Karin Herzog

One of the hottest gifts this holiday is the 7 Creams Luxury Starter Set from Karin Herzog. It’s a great concept – seven skin care deluxe tubes, one for each day of the week, the whole set lasting for about five weeks. What a perfect gift for a beauty buff. It’s also an excellent way to try all the signature skin care creams from Karin Herzog and the packaging is truly luxurious.

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

This isn’t your typical sampler set. The tubes are generously sized, and the sleek black case with gold hardware is very chic. Each tube even has the day on the label so you know which one to use on Monday, which one on Tuesday, etc. There is also a very nice brush – you will use this long after the initial set is gone – that is used to apply several of the face creams.

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

Monday is to hydrate skin with Rose Gentle Face Cream. It has the 1% active oxygen that the Karin Herzog line is known for and is applied in the morning. Tuesday is for exfoliation with the AHA Remedy Face Cream. The AHA’s get rid of any dead, dull skin and prep the face for the remaining five creams you’ll use the rest of the week. Wednesday is time for a mid-week boost so you will energize, moisturize, and firm up skin with the Vita-A-Kombi 1 Anti-Aging Face Cream. This is applied in the morning and again at night after cleansing.  Thursday is for comforting the skin with the Additional Sweet Nourishing Face Cream, which is a great hydrator and can also be used as a makeup primer. Friday is the day to normalize with 2% oxygen to make sure skin is blemish-free for the weekend using the Oxygen Face Normalizing Cream. For the weekend, you have the Essential Mask Hydrating Face Mask for Saturday and then the Vitamin H Extra Nourishing Face Cream for Sunday.

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

Each tube indicates the day of the week

Each tube indicates the day of the week

The 7 Creams of the Week Set has a lot going for it. The generous size tubes are better than samples, giving you five full weeks to try out seven different products. The packaging is truly lovely, and this set is perfect for gifting to someone for the holidays. It’s also a perfect set for traveling since everything is TSA size. All the creams are for normal skin, and I think anyone would love this except for those very sensitive to fragrance since all the creams are scented.

This set is a $140 value but sells for $100 and I am seeing it on sale for even less at some etailer sites. Put this set on your list of gifts to give…or on your list of gifts for you!  – Lisa

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Ingredients:

Rose Cream: Aqua; Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, Polysorbate 80, 1,15% Hydrogen peroxide, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Rosa centifolia flower water, Salicylic acid, Cinnamomum camphora, Parfum.

AHA Cream: Aqua, Alcohol denat., Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, Tocopheryl acetate, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Isopropyl myristate, Citrus aurantium dulcis peel oil, Citrus reticulata peel oil, Salicylic acid, Parfum, Cinnamomum camphora, Citric acid, Retinol, Formic acid, Beta-carotene.

Vita-A-Kombi 1: Aqua, Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, Tocopheryl acetate, Polysorbate 80, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, 1% Hydrogen peroxide, Cetearyl ethylhexanoate, Isopropyl myristate, Salicylic acid, Fructose, Retinol, Parfum.

Additional Sweet: Aqua, Alcohol denat., Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, Tocopheryl acetate, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Copernica cerifera cera, Polysorbate 80, Isopropyl myristate, Salicylic acid, Parfum, Retinol, Formic acid.

Oxygen Face: Aqua, Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, 2% Hydrogen peroxide, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Salicylic acid.

Essential Mask: Aqua, Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, 2% Hydrogen peroxide, Polysorbate 80, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Tocopheryl acetate, Citrus paradisi peel oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis peel oil, Citrus reticulata peel oil, Salicylic acid, Fructose, Retinol.

Vitamin H: Aqua; Alcohol denat.; Petrolatum; Paraffinum liquidum; Glyceryl stearate; Isopropyl myristate; Tocopheryl acetate; Stearyl alcohol; Cetyl alcohol; Polysorbate 80; Cinnamomum camphora; Cetearyl ethylhexanoate; Salicylic acid; Cyanocobalamin; Helianthus annuus seed oil, beta-carotene, daucus carota sativa root extract; Riboflavin; Pyridoxine HCl; Biotin; Formic acid; Thiamine nitrate; Parfum.

Farmhouse Fresh has Pudding Apeel to renew your skin

I’m beginning to feel like Farmhouse Fresh can do no wrong. This is only my second product from them but both are amazing plus Lisa has reviewed many before she steered me to try the brand. I hate to say she was right (I’m stubborn) but she was right. Farmhouse Fresh rules.

My new item fits in perfectly with my love of masks. PUDDING APEEL is a facial mask in a jar.

Farmhouse Fresh Pudding Apeel

Farmhouse Fresh Pudding Apeel

press sample

Similar to other products from Farmhouse Fresh PUDDING APEEL has the most delicious fragrance and this is coming from someone who never uses fragrances. This is a Tapioca + Rice Active Fruit Glycolic Mask that smells and looks like a creamy, delicious pudding.

Pudding Apeel ingredients

Pudding Apeel ingredients

Farmhouse Fresh Pudding Apeel is a mask that helps resurface you skin. It’s a gentle exfoliator that uses glycolic acid and alpha hydroxy acids that are provided by fruit extracts. This is a wonderful hydration mask that moisturizes with honey and coconut milk, soothing green tea and honeysuckle extracts.

We’ve all heard about using AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) and how it helps to renew skin but finding a product that is both gentle and effective isn’t quite as easy as it sounds. We want the cell turnover without using anything that’s harsh. This mask is so gentle that it can be used every day without a problem. I purposely used it for 7 straight days to test that out without using any other masks and I loved how smooth my face looked and felt.

Farmhouse Fresh Pudding Apeel

Farmhouse Fresh Pudding Apeel

When you apply this you can feel a tiny bit of grittiness which is just the brown rice micro grains that are used in the formula to help exfoliate. I don’t seem to need too much to do the job. You can leave it on for 20-30 minutes, I seem to go closer to the 30 minutes because it’s so comfortable on.

It dries down and hardens but it’s not a “can’t move my face” hardening. I can still talk and I can put my glasses back on after about 5 minutes.

Farmhouse Fresh Pudding Apeel

Farmhouse Fresh Pudding Apeel

What’s so alluring about this is the fragrance. You’ll swear you’re in the kitchen or a bakery. It’s not overwhelming at all but it definitely is fragrant. Once washed off it just makes your skin feel soft.

Pudding Apeel ingredients

Pudding Apeel ingredients

Pudding Apeel is made with 97% natural and naturally derived ingredients. The fragrance of it is natural and comes from the ingredients used, not artificial fragrance. Ingredients include allantoin (an extract from comfrey root) and that helps reduce inflamation. The tapioca assists in the silky finish your skin will feel after using this mask. Honey is a natural humectant that will condition skin while coconut milk provides moisturizing properties. While it sounds good enough to eat, it’s much better just to use this on your skin since that’s what everyone is going to see.

Power to the pudding!  — Marcia

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wilmaSCHUMANN Treatment Masques – you’ll love them

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Using a facial or eye mask has become a mission with me. I use masks at least twice a week mainly because I love the feel and the results. I’ve tried many different ones and haven’t found one I didn’t like but now I’ve found a company whose masks I L.O.V.E. WilmaSCHUMANN sent me a set of their Hydra Gel Masques and I’m crazy about them.

wilmaSCHUMANN Hydra-Gel Masks

wilmaSCHUMANN Hydra-Gel Masks

wilmaSCHUMANN has created 4 types of Hydra-Gel Masks, each with a different end goal. They target different problems and work to help hydrate your skin. I’ve got to tell you that these are the most relaxing and best fitting of any full face mask I’ve ever tried. I feel like I’m in a spa when I use these. A box of 4 of these beauties is $39 and oh so worth it to me. Each mask is loaded with Hyaluronic Acid along with ingredients for your specific needs. If you aren’t sure which mask would best suit you, try the Variety pack like I have and you’ll get to try all 4.

wilmaSCHUMANN Hydra Gel Mask packaging

wilmaSCHUMANN Hydra Gel Mask packaging

When you buy these you’ll receive a sturdy package that’s almost 8″x11″ and holds the 4 masks. Each mask is loaded with serum so they’ll never dry out before you can use them or when they are on your face.

wilmaSHUMANN Hydra-Gel Masque  - loaded with skincare ingredients

wilmaSHUMANN Hydra-Gel Masque – loaded with skincare ingredients

The Hydra-Gel Green Treatment mask has Aloe Vera as one of the main ingredients.

wilmaSCHUMANN Aloe Vera masque

wilmaSCHUMANN Aloe Vera masque

When you use the green Aloe Vera masque you are helping to soothe and hydrate irritated or sensitive skin. Aloe Vera, Allantoin, Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid work together to calm your irritated or reddened skin and to provide mild hydration. While my skin isn’t really irritated I loved the soothing effect of this mask.

wilmaSCHUMANN Aloe Vera masque opened

wilmaSCHUMANN Aloe Vera masque opened

wilmaSCHUMANN Aloe Vera masque applied

wilmaSCHUMANN Aloe Vera masque applied

The mask is so easy to apply because it’s soft but sturdy enough get it on your face and rearrange it without going through gyrations of trying to get it on properly. It stays on well but I love to lay down and give myself a break for the 15 minutes it says to leave this on. The mask stays cool and hydrating the entire time. You could easily use it longer if you want. It doesn’t drip down your face and neck, it’s just cooling and luxurious feeling.

wilmaSCHUMANN Red Wine masque

wilmaSCHUMANN Red Wine masque

The beautiful hot pink one is their Red Wine Masque Use the Red Wine masque to help you fight off free-radicals and damaged caused by sun, smoking or stress. It contains Resveratrol and other anti-oxidant ingredients that are especially good as a first line of defense against skin exposed to free radicals and environmental damage. While I don’t smoke and I don’t go out in the sun, I’m loaded with stress so having this mask will really help on the days when everything pops up and you don’t know which way to go.

The Key Ingredients in the Red Wine Masque are Aqua, Glycerin, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Allantoin, Methylparaben, Sodium Polyacrylate, Rosa Canina(Rose) Fruit Oil, Hyaluronic Acid.

wilmaSCHUMANN Deep Sea Soil black Hydra-Gel Masque

wilmaSCHUMANN Deep Sea Soil black Hydra-Gel Masque

The black wilmaSCHUMANN Hydra-Gel Masque is their Deep Sea Soil one. This is their nourishing mask which I’m saving for winter when my skin reacts to the cold outside air and the dry heat inside. The Deep Sea Soil mask is made to assist your skin in its natural repair process. It’s loaded with Allantoin, Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid so that you’ll be well hydrated. This is the mask that’s actually recommended for a more mature skin (ahem, could that be me??) or for skin that shows a lot of damage from environmental factors.

Key ingredients are Aqua, Glycerin, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Marine Soil, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Allantoin, Methylparaben, Sodium Polyacrylate, Rosa Canina(Rose) Fruit Oil, Hyaluronic Acid.

wilma SCHUMANN Hydra-Gel Masque Collagen

wilma SCHUMANN Hydra-Gel Masque Collagen

The last of the 4 masks in the variety pack is the Hydra-Gel Masque with Collagen. This baby is for hydration plus! Use this masque if you’re looking for deep hydration. The white collagen masks contains Collagen, Allantoin and Hyaluronic Acid to boost the moisture of your skin. Of all the masks in this set I’m sure this is the kit I’ll be buying. It’s great for dry skin or for use in colder or dryer climates. The Key Ingredients are Aqua, Glycerin, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Allantoin, Methylparaben, Sodium Polyacrylate, Rosa Canina(Rose) Fruit Oil, Hyaluronic Acid.

wilmaSCHUMMAN Hydra-Gel Masqe application

wilmaSCHUMMAN Hydra-Gel Masqe application

There are so many things to love about these masques. I especially like that they are soft and sturdy. I’ve had no problems with applying them and wearing them. I feel that the ingredients are the best. My skin is always soft and primed and ready to go after using one of these. There is a faint rose scent from natural rose water with them but it’s non-lingering and I barely notice it and don’t notice it one bit when the mask is removed.

wilmaSCHUMANN can be found online but it’s also carried at many CVS stores though I’ve never seen them. I put my zip code in the store finder and it came up with dozens of CVS stores as well as a spa that carries the brand. I know I’m anxious to try more from the line.

As if this isn’t long enough… let me tell you about the wilmaSCHUMANN Hydrating Facial Mist for quick hydration on-the-go that I was also sent. At first I thought this was for spraying on when the masque was on my face but the masques have plenty of serum.

wilmaSCHUMANN Hydrating Facial Mist

wilmaSCHUMANN Hydrating Facial Mist

The Hydrating Facial Mist is great when you need a quick pick up during the day. The spray is made to revitalize your skin and add anti-aging ingredients that help rehydrate when you need it. It’s particularly nice if you wear mineral makeup since you can spray it on and refresh the look so you don’t look so powdery through the day. It’s not meant to be shaken which of course I did the first time I used it. Instead just use it as it is so the mist is a mist and not a splash of product. It has a very subtle almost herbal fragrance and it’s refreshing and not sticky. (Key ingredients: Sodium PCA, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Echinacea Angustifolia (Echinacea) Flower Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Camelia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Pelargonium Graveolense (Geranium) Oil)

I hope you’ve gotten this far since I want to reiterate how much I like these products. Wilma Schumann has been in the skincare business for 30 years, mostly in Europe, and we’re lucky to have their expertise. Which masque appeals to you most? I love them all but the white collagen one wins for me. — Marcia

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Yummy skin care from Farmhouse Fresh: Facial Buffing Biscuits

Farmhouse Fresh Facial Buffing Biscuits

Farmhouse Fresh Facial Buffing Biscuits

Yum, biscuits! I love delicate, flaky biscuits and the Facial Buffing Biscuits from Farmhouse Fresh certainly look good enough to eat. Don’t give in to the temptation to scarf these down, though. Instead, smash them up with some water to create a skin-nourishing scrub or mask.

Farmhouse Fresh Facial Buffing Biscuits

The new Facial Buffing Biscuits ($24) that Farmhouse Fresh sent me to test are certainly unique. These thin square biscuits buff skin, balance oil production, and moisturize dryness all while providing the nourishment skin needs. There are four varieties available: Burdock and Butter for dry skin, Strawberry Lavender for normal/oily skin, Tea Cucumber for normal/oily skin, and Mango and Poppy Seed for normal/oily skin. I was sent the Mango and Poppy Seed to try.

I love the beautiful packaging. Four thin square biscuits are housed atop a nest of shredded paper in natural-fiber cartons. The biscuits can be split into four pieces each, equaling sixteen in-home treatments. These are definitely fragranced, although the scent is really delicious! I expected it to smell fruity, but instead it smelled warm and yummy…yes, like a biscuit! The ingredients sound like things you might put into delicious biscuits: milk, mango butter, poppy seeds, rice powder, strawberry, mango, and green tea extract.

The Mango and Poppy Seed Facial Buffing Biscuits have mango seed extract, which has beta carotene plus vitamins A and C. The mango is astringent so it fights acne, while mango butter also softens and hydrates skin. The biscuit also has turmeric, which is a great antioxidant that fights free radical damage  Exfoliants include rice powder and poppy seeds.

One biscuit...

One biscuit…

...and one fourth of a biscuit

…and one fourth of a biscuit

A single biscuit can be divided into fourths for four treatments. I recommend having a little bowl or steel palette ready for mixing as it’s a little to difficult to do just using your hands. You also want something blunt to crush the biscuit, like a makeup brush handle. Then I just use my finger to mix in some water to create a paste. Sometimes I use the paste on a damp face as an exfoliant, gently scrubbing away dead skin then rinsing right away. When I have time though I like to leave it on my skin for about ten minutes so the fruit extracts and antioxidants can really do their work. The scrub removes oil and dirt, and used as a mask I find it definitely tightens my pores. Because I have an oily t-zone I concentrate my scrubbing and masking on my forehead, nose, and chin. The Mango and Poppy Seed is also a great exfoliant for the neck and decolletage.

While four biscuits for $24 seems spendy, it’s much more reasonable when you figure it’s actually 16 treatments. This is a fun, unique way to buff and feed your skin. Farmhouse Fresh continues to impress me with beautifully packaged, effective products that are a great departure from the same old, same old.  – Lisa

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Farmhouse Fresh Facial Buffing Biscuits