Kneipp Lady’s Mantle Skincare review and giveaway

Starting a new year makes me think about skincare more and more. I don’t really make New Year’s Resolutions but I do try to start the year off with a new attitude about skincare and how it can keep me looking fresher than a daisy. Well actually let’s say fresher than a Lady’s Mantle which is the flower that Kneipp has used in one of their skincare lines.

To prove I’m not too old to keep on learning, I just learned about Lady’s Mantle and what its uses are. According to drug.com “Lady’s mantle has been used topically and internally, as a treatment for wounds, gastrointestinal complaints, and female ailments. Its tannin content appears to justify astringent and antidiarrheal uses. It may protect conjunctive and elastic tissues and possibly be useful as an antioxidant.” The plant is rich in tannins, salicylic acid, essential oil, bitter substances and phytosterols. It also contains vitamin C and numerous minerals. Lady’s Mantle is rich in antioxidants and helps rid of free radicals and ensures skin’s elasticity for anti-aging benefits. Lady’s Mantle has also been known to calm common skin issues such as eczema and rashes.

Lady’s Mantle (credit to swallowtailgardenseeds.com)

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Kneipp has a complete line of products that are in their Lady’s Mantle category and I was sent a few to test out. One of my personal problems with trialing skincare is that I’m so sensitive to fragrance in the products and that’s what happened to me and these products. The line seems excellent but the fragrant aroma isn’t one that I tolerate well. I believe that others won’t notice it though and that it’s just my personal affliction. I’ve used 3 of the products though and have 2 to give away to a new nose home.

Kneipp Lady’s Mantle Reactivation line

KNEIPP CLEANSING MILK – REACTIVATION – LADY’S MANTLE

This creamy cleanser is one that is used differently than most cleansers. I pump it out and apply it to dry skin. Then I take a moist washcloth to activate and to remove. It doesn’t foam up and interestingly enough it doesn’t leave behind a soapy film. Of course you can use it in the same way you would any other cleanser but by doing it this way it not only gives a gentle cleansing but it leaves behind lasting moisture.

Kneipp uses natural ingredients and the two main ones in this are lady’s mantle extract and nourishing almond oil. I can use this during the day but I prefer not to wash with it at night. It can be used as an eye makeup remover too (I haven’t tried it that way.)

Kneipp Lady’s Mantle Face Tonic and Cleansing Milk

KNEIPP FACE TONIC – REACTIVATION – LADY’S MANTLE

The tonic is to be used after cleansing. It removes whatever cleanser might be left behind. It can also be used any time during the day to refresh your skin. The fragrance of this surprised me since it’s much more “spicy” smelling. It doesn’t have the sweetness of the Cleansing Milk because it contains a mint extract. “The KNEIPP® LADY’S MANTLE FACE TONIC – “REACTIVATION” with its combination of natural functional ingredients with lady’s mantle extract and mint freshens and refines the appearance of the skin.” Use it as you would any toner by shaking some out on a cotton pad and apply in circular movements. It’s pretty refreshing actually but the fragrance does linger for several minutes on me.

KNEIPP 24H FACE CREAM – REACTIVATION – LADY’S MANTLE

“The KNEIPP® LADY’S MANTLE 24h FACE CREAM – “REACTIVATION” with its combination of natural functional ingredients with lady’s mantle extract is suitable as a day as well as a night cream. It protects the skin from photoaging and free radicals. The smoothing intensive care pampers the skin with long-lasting moisture and a gentle fragrance.”

KNEIPP® LADY’S MANTLE 24h FACE CREAM

KNEIPP® LADY’S MANTLE 24h FACE CREAM

I haven’t used this so I can’t give you a personal experience. I know that it has a sweet floral fragrance and that it looks rich and creamy. I’ve chosen not to use it even though I have no doubt it’s a great moisturizer therefore I will be sending this to one of our readers.

AQUA (WATER), PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, GLYCERIN, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, GLYCERYL STEARATE CITRATE, ALCOHOL, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, CANDELILLA CERA, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, BRASSICA CAMPESTRIS (RAPESEED) STEROLS, ALCHEMILLA VULGARIS EXTRACT, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL, CITRUS LIMON PEEL OIL, JUNIPERUS VIRGINIANA OIL, MENTHA VIRIDIS (SPEARMINT) LEAF OIL, PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS FLOWER OIL, POGOSTEMON CABLIN OIL, LIMONENE1, LINALOOL1, BENZYL SALICYLATE1, CITRAL1, CITRONELLOL1, LEVULINIC ACID, SODIUM LEVULINATE, P-ANISIC-ACID, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, DEXTRIN, MYRISTYL MYRISTATE, XANTHAN GUM, MALTODEXTRIN, SODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, CITRIC ACID, TOCOPHEROL. 1FROM NATURAL ESSENTIAL OIL

KNEIPP FACE MASK – REACTIVATION – LADY’S MANTLE

Each packet of this face mask has two treatments in it. What I like about this particular mask is that it’s a cream mask that doesn’t dry down completely on my skin. It only takes 10 minutes to use so what I do is apply it as I’m getting ready to shower, then I wash it off in the shower. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and hydrated. It’s currently on sale on their website for $3.25 a packet.

Things to know about KNEIPP®:

  • High-quality natural plant derived ingredients
  • NO preservatives
  • NO paraffin, silicone or mineral oils·
  • NO animal-derived ingredients·
  • NO animal testing·
  • Dermatologist tested·
  • Manufactured with pharmaceutical standards
  • All the products in this article are vegan.

    Win the Kneipp 24H Face Cream and 2 Face Masks

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: One of you will win the 24H Face Cream along with 2 packets of the Face Mask. This is a US only giveaway due to the weight of the moisturizer. The giveaway will be open through January 11, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST. As in all our giveaways you need to be an email subscriber and comment. All other entries are optional to help you become a winner. —  Marcia

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Looking for fabulous affordable skincare? Vivo Per Lei is just that. Learn about it and enter our giveaway

As a beauty blogger I’ve had the opportunity to try skincare lines that cost from a few dollars to over 4 hundred. I’ve found that while it’s exciting to have the opportunity to try out some of the most expensive brands, it’s not what they cost that counts. What counts is quality and how your skin reacts to the product. I’m happy to report that the Vivo Per Lei Collagen Collection has been a delight to use and makes me excited that a few of my readers will be able to win part of the line.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Collection

The Collagen Collection contains 4 products that I’ve been using for about 6 weeks. While it’s considered a collection each piece can be purchased separately so if any one of these make you sit up and take notice there’s that option.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Collection

There are two eye products in this line so one gets used by me in the daytime and one at night. These are interchangeable of course and can be used in tandem if you want but I’ll give my reasons why I use them separately.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Booster Eye Serum ($32) (Amazon price, $19.95) is my daytime product. I look for an eye serum during the day because I don’t want my undereye area to have creams on it most days. Applying eye makeup is often the highlight of my mornings and I am always worried that it’ll end up under my eyes. With a serum, especially this Collagen Booster Eye Serum, there’s no fear of that. Instead it’s a cooling touch that absorbs quickly and gives my eyes the boost the name suggests. My eyes feel moisturized while feeling like my fine lines are lessened. It contains Aloe Vera, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Soluble Collagen, Vitamin A, and Hyaluronic Acid (known for its moisturizing properties). I really like that I look brighter and more rested when using this eye serum. Puffiness and dark circles beware!

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Booster Eye Serum

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Booster Eye Serum

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Contour Eye Cream ($32) (Amazon price, $18.95) is what I use at night or if I’m home during the day without plans of applying any cosmetic items. It doesn’t interfere with mascara or concealer, I’m just funny that way.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Contour Eye Cream

As we age the skin around our eyes becomes particularly more sensitive and thinner. The reason for that is that the natural collagen in our body becomes lessened with time. The Collagen Contour Eye Cream is infused with ingredients to help that breakdown from showing on our eyes. It’s infused with peptides, soluble collagen, shea butter, vitamins and hyaluronic acid.

It’s not a heavy eye cream at all, it’s light yet extremely moisturizing. While I may need to use a richer product occasionally this is an eye cream that I’m enjoying.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Rejuvenating Cream ($32) (Amazon price, $19.95) is my absolute favorite product in this collection and what I picked when I was told that Vivo Per Lei would do a giveaway. I want everyone to be able to try this lush moisturizer. It feels so heavenly on my skin that I wish I could bathe in it. It’s recommended for men as well as women.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Rejuvenating Cream

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Rejuvenating Cream

Important to me is that this Collagen Rejuvenating Cream, like the other Vivo Per Lei products, is fragrance-free. That means I only concentrate on the feel of it on my skin as I’m applying as well as the results I’ve seen since using.

My skin is on the dry side. It’s not bone dry but it’s dry and I can see that throughout the day when it sucks in my foundation. Using this moisturizing cream has alleviated that problem. It too has great ingredients like Soluble Collagen, licorice, green tea extracts anti-aging peptides, and encapsulated Caffeine to perk up skin and keep it youthful. If you only can try one product this is the one I highly recommend.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Rejuvenating Mask ($38) (Amazon price, $17.97) is a once a week mask for me but can be used as often as you like. Beauty Info Zone readers know I’m crazy about facial masks and I am very happy to have this one in my collection.

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Rejuvenating Mask

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Rejuvenating Mask

This is a quick mask to use as it dries in just 10 minutes and then you wash it off with warm water. I love using this prior to getting in the shower since my skin does look rejuvenated with it and feels so soft after. It dries down completely so you won’t really want to have a conversation while it’s on. It doesn’t crack on me but it feels tight. When I step out of the shower, I feel refreshed though and my skin isn’t tight. Of course I’ve been using the Collagen Rejuvenating Cream after so the combination is great for my skin. The jar is huge (100 g) and will last me for months and months. It comes with a little scoop so you don’t have to dig your fingers in.

Buying the collection doesn’t save you money but all the pieces in it are so good for my skin that I’m happy to have them all. If Collagen isn’t your thing like it is mine, there’s also a Retinol Collection that’s especially good for wrinkles and a Vitamin C + Amino Collection (this one includes a cleanser and body cream too).

Vivo Per Lei Collagen Collection: Mask, Rejuvenating Cream, Eye Contour Cream, Eye Boosting Serum

Vivo Per Lei is a line I want to explore more and one I think BIZ readers would too. There’s something for everyone, men and women, teens and codgers, that will delight. —  Marcia

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Vivo Per Lei has kindly offered to send my favorite product, the Collagen Rejuvenating Cream, to three US Beauty Info Zone subscribers. Two musts for a BIZ giveaway are to be an email subscriber and to comment. All the rest are extras to boost your chance of winning. This giveaway is open through 12/15/17 at 11:59 p.m. EST. US only.
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A relaxing spa day with FarmHouse Fresh Will Dew mask and MegRhythm Eye Mask

I had to work really hard to write today’s post for you. Imagine how difficult it is to wear a soothing steam eye mask and relish in quiet for 10+ minutes and then apply a probiotic milk balancing mask with a gentle fragrance and calming feel. I know you feel for me. Of course you do. Luckily for you though these two products are easily available for you to indulge in yourself.

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MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask and FarmHouse Fresh Organics WILL Dew Mask

Each month I try to write about the Mask/s of the Month and I’ve been saving the MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask and FarmHouse Fresh Organics WILL Dew Probiotic Milk Balancing Mask to share with you. Perfect timing since Makeup Wars has chosen to highlight favorite at home spa treatments. These two masks have made my October days, many of them stressful, much more relaxing and deserve this honor.

MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask

I’m a mask lover and include them as often as I can without overdoing them. The MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask has proven to be one of the most relaxing eye masks I’ve used. It’s totally different too than the many others I have. There is no mess with this easy mask so it’s easy to use at any time of day or night though I’ve only used it when I don’t have eye makeup on.

MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask

The box contains 7 masks that don’t activate until you tear it open to use. Don’t open it until you are ready to use it since as soon as you remove it from the packet it will begin warming up.

MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask

My advice is to apply it near your bed or couch because once it’s on your eyes are covered and you can lay back and enjoy 10 minutes or more of calming relaxation. They are easy to open and it doesn’t slip down since it has ear straps. As you lay back you’ll feel the temperature rising but never to an uncomfortable temperature.

MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask

When I’m using one I notice the heat and a slight damp effect. When I take it off I realize that it’s been steaming my eye area and it’s damp but not slimy. It’s just the steam.

MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask

After I’m done masking my eyes look and feel relaxed. There’s no magic but there is a feeling that my eyes are less hollowed out and smoother. It’s the perfect way to relax and do yourself some good. It’s available in 3 varieties on Amazon: Unscented (my choice), Lavender, and Citrus for only $10.99 for the pack of 7 (bringing the cost down to $1.57 each). MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask is a treat you’ll all love.

FarmHouse Fresh WILL Dew Probiotic Milk Balancing Mask

There’s no masking the fact that I love FarmHouse Fresh products and my newest acquisition is the FarmHouse Fresh Organics WILL Dew Probiotic Milk Balancing Mask. Talk about a soothing mask and this FHF product will be the first on your mind.

FarmHouse Fresh WILL Dew Probiotic Milk Balancing Mask

This wonderful organic mask is free of synthetic herbicides, pesticides, and GMOs. It’s also paraben- and sulfate-free like all FarmHouse Fresh products. What makes this unusual is that this nourishing mask uses probiotic coconut milk. It combines prebiotics along with the probiotics and certified organic rice extract. Plus there’s sweet almond oil which is “full of essential fatty acids, particularly linoleic acid, that can help maintain the skin barrier and decrease transepidermal water loss, reducing dryness and the look of wrinkles.”

FarmHouse Fresh WILL Dew Probiotic Milk Balancing Mask

That’s just about everything that my skin is looking for. As someone who’s fussy (obnoxiously so) about fragrance I can tell you that this is delightful – coconut with a touch of almond! Really?? How could it not.

FarmHouse Fresh WILL Dew Probiotic Milk Balancing Mask

It’s a very light feeling mask that is moist while on your skin and leaves it with a wonderful glow. It can be left on for as long as you like since it doesn’t dry down or crack. Since it’s so nourishing it can be used as often as you like. There are 14-18 applications in the jar ($40) and after 6 uses I can say I’ll easily get 18 out of it. It’s available on Amazon and Farmhouse Fresh’s website. While I have many masks and love my FHF ones to pieces I WILL buy this one again because I love to look like I have younger skin. Will you Dew this one?

Join my Makeup Wars ladies to see what other ways there are to have an at home spa day.  —  Marcia


I’ve joined the coconut revolution with Palmer’s (giveaway time)

 

Walk into any drugstore or superstore like Target and Walmart and you’ll be sure to see this logo. Palmer’s has been around helping us out for years. But they aren’t the same old Palmer’s of your youth. They are new and improved and keeping up with the times.

My blog partner Lisa is a coco-NUT. Anything that has the scent of coconut is something she’ll try so I had to sneak today’s products by her so that I could see what the fuss was all about. And now I do. Palmer’s has created two great Coconut Oil Formula products that I’m the one getting nutty about.

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PALMER’S COCONUT OIL CLEANSING BALM

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm

Cleansing Balms are a great alternative to regular cleansers since they are so gentle on your skin. This one by Palmer’s uses their Coconut Oil Formula which uses only ethically and sustainably sourced Coconut Oil and Tahitian Monoi Oil that’s been infused with Tiare flower petals. Sounds fancy doesn’t it? But this is just $8 and will last for so long.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm

Upon opening you’ll find a slightly solid texture that you use on dry skin. Work it onto your face with just a small amount of warm water and it will transform into a rich and creamy texture to gently remove everything from the day from dirt and impurities to  makeup. It feels wonderful while on and you’ll enjoy massaging this in. I use warm water and a wash cloth (usually a flannel cloth from The Body Shop) to remove this.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm

So why this cleansing balm as compared to some of the more expensive ones?

  • No Phthalates
  • No Parabens
  • No Mineral Oil
  • No Gluten
  • No Sulfates
  • No Dyes
  • Natural Coconut Oil & Monoi

Not only is this effective but the smell is intoxicating! My skin doesn’t feel stripped and this adds just the right touch of hydration especially as the weather is flip flopping around.

PALMER’S COCONUT OIL HYDRATING FACIAL MASK

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hydrating Facial Mask

As a certified (or is it certifiable?) mask lover I am totally impressed with the Hydrating Facial Mask from Palmer’s. The first time I used it I was bowled over by it. This is one of the gentlest masks I’ve ever used and it’s definitely the least messy mask I’ve used. I can’t rave about this enough and for sure I’ll stop at Walmart to pick this up when I’m done with this tube.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hydrating Facial Mask

It shows up as a pure white on my skin so my pictures wouldn’t show you anything. This Coconut Oil Hydrating Facial Mask feels so light on yet when I wash it off my face my skin is totally replenished and feels soft for days. It only takes 10 minutes to use and then I massage it onto my skin before rinsing. While it makes no promises to reduce pores and make me look 10 years younger, it does tighten up my pores and makes my skin look its best. I can use this as many times a week as I want because it’s as gentle as a lamb.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hydrating Facial Mask

It’s made with pure coconut water along with a rich blend of natural oils (Coconut Oil, Monoi Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil).

  • No parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates and dyes
  • No gluten
  • Made with natural coconut oil and monoi
  • Formulated with ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients
  • With raw coconut sugar
  • Made with natural vitamin E

Not only am I happy that I’m now part of the coconut family but two of you will be able to win these products thanks to Palmer’s.  —  Marcia

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Cleaning up from head to toe with Murad and Kneipp

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask and Kneipp Sugar Body Scrub

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I’ve never been to a real spa, have you? I make my own spa days though at home with all the wonderful products that are available. As a matter of fact over the weekend I cleansed from head to toe and included Murad Pore Extractor Pomegrante Mask and Kneipp Sugar Body Scrub. I felt like a million with clean hair from Keune (review upcoming) and my soft face and body.

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask

I love when I have extra time in the mornings so that I can apply the Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask. It takes just 10 minutes and feels so comfortable once on. Once in the shower after the 10 minutes I massage it onto my skin so that I’m exfoliating with the mask too.

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask

I’ve always said that my pores are my nemesis. As a teen I had terrible blackheads and very oily skin. As an adult I have neither but I have remnants of those days with my enlarged pores. This Murad clay mask has really helped with making my pores appear smaller.

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask

The mask features intensive ingredients that work together to give you visible results in just one use:

  • Volcanic Clay acts as a magnet to help extract impurities and excess oil
  • Pomegranate Extract promotes glowing skin for visibly refined pores, while strengthening and rejuvenating the top layer of skin.
  • Lactic Acid polishing beads serve as an exfoliate, lifting away dirt, debris and dead skin cells that have clogged pores throughout the day.

My skin feels smoother for a few days after using this and then it’s time for me to hop in the shower and use it again! There is the teeniest fragrance. I have to stick my nose into the jar to smell anything. Being so sensitive to fragrance I can assure you if it doesn’t bother me, your’re not going to notice it at all. This is available at both Ulta and Sephora. There’s a reason it’s subtitled Pore Rescue – you’ll love it but your pores won’t.

Kneipp Sugar Body Scrub

While the jar just says Sugar Body Scrub this Kneipp delight is in actuality Almond Milk & Almond Oil Sugar Body Scrub. And it is a delight. This is a scrub I’ve been reaching for again and again. The scent of almond is one of my favorites and this has just a whiff of it. The fragrance isn’t strong or overwhelming at all.

Kneipp Almond Milk & Almond Oil Sugar Body Scrub

Kneipp calls this “Soft Skin Indulgence” as you’ll end up with the softest skin that’s conveniently moisturized at the same time. I don’t need a body lotion after using this scrub since it leaves my skin with a hint of oil to keep it soft. This body scrub even contains true ingredients of almond blossom.

Kneipp Almond Milk & Almond Oil Sugar Body Scrub

I absolutely can’t wait until my new shower is installed so that I’ll have a bench to sit on and be able to massage this onto my entire body more easily. Kneipp’s Almond Milk & Almond Oil Sugar Scrub is a very affordable luxury that is great for all 4 seasons.

Make your own spa day with Murad and Kneipp. Any products you get from them are wonderful and of course I think these two are tops.  —  Marcia

 

Murad ingredient list: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Bentonite, Butylene Glycol, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Polylactic Acid, Sodium Palmamphoacetate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Kaolin, Methyl Gluceth-20, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Polysorbate 20, Punica Granatum Extract, Schinus Molle Extract, Acacia Concinna Fruit Extract, Balanites Aegyptiaca Fruit Extract, Gypsophila Paniculata Root Extract, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Xanthan Gum, Propanediol, Disodium Carboxyethyl Siliconate, Citric Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Amyl Cinnamal, Red Lake 40 (CI 16035).

Kneipp Ingredients: SUCROSE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS HYBRID OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) FRUIT EXTRACT, SINE ADIPE LAC, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL, GUAIACUM OFFICINALE WOOD OIL, LAVANDULA HYBRIDA OIL, POGOSTEMON CABLIN OIL, LIMONENE, LINALOOL, COUMARIN, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENYLPROPANOL, GLYCERIN, AQUA (WATER), TOCOPHEROL. Note: this product is cruelty free but not vegan. It’s made without animal testing, parabens, silicone oils and preservatives.

Mask of the Month: Osmosis Gel Mask

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask is one of the most refreshing products I’ve tried in a long time. It was what I turned to often during the stress of moving which made me love it even more than I already did. If you have dehydrated skin even in the heat this is a mask you need in your life.

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You can tell a lot about it just from the name

  1. hydralift  –  it gives your skin and mood a lift!
  2. firming  – the mask not only tightens and firms but it adds hydration
  3. gel mask  – the gel consistency is soothing and calming

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask

This Osmosis mask is the easiest product to use. You apply it for 5 to 15 minutes on a clean face and wash it off. That’s it. It can be done morning or night. Any time you want an extra dose of cooling or moisturizing this is perfectamundo. (from Urban Dictionary: 2)psuedo-street slang signifying that something is exceptional or that it is perfect. Popularised by the t.v. character Arthur Fonzirelli.)

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask

Just look at that gel! It’s so inviting. Just a thin layer is all it takes. You can use this daily if you want or treat yourself once or twice a week. It feels deliciously cooling once on. It contains Cucumber Extract which provides a cooling and healing effect if your skin is irritated. Then Aloe Vera helps speed up cell renewal and quickly penetrates for immediate hydration. With Hyaluronic Acid as an ingredient I knew that this was a mask that would fit into my life well. Don’t tell me you can resist that?

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask

I like using this before bed so that I wake up with softer skin. My friend Cindy from Prime Beauty told me she used this after a peel at a medispa and that it helped vanish the flakies after just one use.

While this is expensive at $52 it lasts for a long time since you need so little of it. A biggie for me is that this isn’t messy and I can spend that 15 minutes doing whatever I want since it’s not dripping down my face.

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask was a no brainer for me for a mask of the month! Make it a mask of your month too.  —  Marcia

 

Aqua, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel), Sodium Hyaluronate, Oleth-10, Glycerin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Potassium Hydrolyzed Polygamma-Glutamate, Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Extract, Chamomile Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Saccharide Isomerate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Allantoin, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Rosaceae (Rose Absolute Moroccan) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Tromethamine

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Mask of the month: Better Skin Lava Magik

lava magik

When you think of lava what’s in your mind? Black or ash colored gritty yet moist ooze came to my mind when Better Skin offered Lava Magik for me to use and review. At first I wasn’t so sure but then I remembered that one of my very favorite moisturizers ever is Better Skin Mirakle Cream so I gladly agreed.

Remember my fear about the color? Gone the instant I opened the jar of Lava Magik. No black, no ash, no grit, no slime. Just a beautiful orange colored and fragranced exfoliating mask for me to enjoy.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

Lava Magik is a triple duty product that I’m enjoying incorporating into my skincare routine. Not only is it a mask but it’s also a cleanser and a scrub. Three for the price of one. Also one jar taking up residence on my vanity instead of three products so it’s space saving too.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

But the beauty of Lava Magik is how it performs. Cleansing and exfoliating are two of the benefits of this jar. I either do a quick cleanse with it to refresh my skin at the end of the day by adding water in the palm of my hand, washing, and then removal with a wash cloth. For exfoliation use this one or two times a week on damp skin. Massage it in with circular motions and after about 60 seconds you are done. Since there is some scrubiness to Lava Magik I recommend a wash cloth to remove it fully.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

But it’s the mask that intrigues me and makes me want to use this. First it has an extremely pleasant orange fragrance that is sweet and true. It’s not artificial, it smells like the real thing.

Dampen your skin and apply this, letting it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. It slightly hardens but it doesn’t prevent you from doing anything else. You can go on the computer or read since it doesn’t slide off. You can even talk. And it doesn’t scare anyone that walks in on you.

After 10 minutes I wet my fingers and massage it in so I’m getting the exfoliation part. Then I remove with lots of warm water and a washcloth.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

But you know all that from other exfoliators and masks. What you don’t know is that Better Skin created this with skin cleansing volcanic lava from France enriched with nourishing calendula, sweet orange and grapeseed oils, cucumber, parsley, and chamomile for healthy radiant, more youthful looking skin.

Now for the many benefits (from betterskin.com):

  • A cleanser, scrub & mask
  • Excellent antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-yeast fighting skin cleanser
  • Buffs away dull surface cells creating a youthful glow
  • Retexturizes skin, leaving it soft, smooth and younger-looking
  • Helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars
  • Absorb excess skin oils
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Helps prevent acne outbreaks
  • Stimulates collagen production
  • Helps calm rosacea, psoriasis and eczema
  • Rich in minerals
  • Minimizes pores
  • Minimizes blemishes

Better Skin Lava Magik leaves my skin so soft and prepped for makeup. I can use this mask morning or evening and since it’s so fast and not messy it doesn’t interfere with my routines. Using Better Skin Mirakle Cream is a delightful way to complete this treat but it works well with any moisturizer I’ve used it with.

Better Skin Mirakle Cream and Lava Magik

Better Skin Mirakle Cream and Lava Magik

Lava Magik is happily my mask of the month and will continue to be used for many months since it’s got a lot of magik/magic to it.  —  Marcia

 

Paraben-free, Surfactant-free, Gluten-free and Vegan

INGREDIENTS:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Pumice, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract

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