A blast from my past: Queen Helene face masques and a giveaway

Once upon a time, way before the internet, Queen Helene was the queen of the mask and skincare world. This affordable 75 year old line was sold at mass marketers and became a staple for many including our mothers (and grandmothers). Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque was my introduction to doing something to my face that wasn’t just typical soap and water cleansing followed by a moisturizer. I had oily skin back in the day and the Mint Julep Scrub became a savior when I was breaking out. It’s still around and doing its job.

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

“Our original, all-time favorite green masque instantly absorbs excess oil, extracts impurities and helps minimize the appearance of pores. After use, skin is deeply clean with a fresh oil-free feel and healthy looking complexion.” It’s recommended for oily and acne prone skin so I don’t need it anymore but it’s a product I still recommend if asked.

Queen Helene Masques

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Jump to 2017-18 and Queen Helene is still around. Their packaging is more up to date and they’ve added so many new products that they are proud of. They use natural ingredients that don’t contain harsh chemicals or preservatives. As a masque lover I was happy to receive 3 of their masks to test out and compare to the ones I’ve been using for the last few years. These babies measure up to the task while lasting a long time and saving you money. Sure I love my expensive face masks, who wouldn’t? But bringing an affordable product to the blog means that everyone can afford one or more of these.

MUD PACK MASQUE

Queen Helene Mud Pack Masque

The Mud Pack Mask is an Anti-Aging product that helps with toxin relief. It’s meant to revitalize and detoxify. A good mud mask contains Kaolin, aka English Clay, to draw the impurities out of your skin. “This classic facial masque is enriched with Kaolin, a natural English Clay known to immediately lift away impurities and revitalize tired looking skin. After use, skin feels firmer while fine lines and wrinkles appear diminished.”

Queen Helene Mud Pack Masque

Queen Helene Mud Pack Masque

Not everyone enjoys a Mud Mask but I find that even with drier skin it’s great to use about twice a month to draw out the gunk in my pores. I leave it on for up to 10 minutes and wash off to find clearer skin. Sometimes I’ll see tiny little white heads starting to form but using this Mud Pack Mask clears them up.

OLIVE OIL MASQUE

Queen Helene Olive Oil Masque

The Olive Oil Masque is unique to my collection since it’s meant for very dry skin. I have many hydrating masks but none seem quite as moisturizing as this Queen Helene one. There’s a sweet fragrance to this very creamy mask. I don’t find that it dries down completely so my face doesn’t get tight with it. “This creamy, deeply relaxing masque bathes moisture-starved skin in the healthy, hydrating richness of Olive Oil, while gently removes impurities from skin. After use, skin is soft and smooth with a supple appearance.”

Queen Helene Olive Oil Masque

Queen Helene Olive Oil Masque

For these cruel winter days this is a drink of happiness. It contains both chamomile and sage extracts to help soothe irritability. My face does feel soothed when using this so it’s a big help after coming in from the harsh winds.

VOLCANIC ASH MASQUE

Queen Helene Volcanic Ash Masque

The Volcanic Ash Masque is the newest one that Queen Helene has created. I don’t know if you remember when MAC Cosmetics came out with a volcanic ash mask but it was a hot seller and people were upset to find it was a limited edition. Now we have an improvement that is cruelty free on top of everything else. The Volcanic Ash Masque is an anti-pollution mask. “This skin-detoxifying facial masque harnesses the purifying power of Volcanic Ash (also known as Bentonite) to deeply clean skin. Known for its ability to draw out pollutants, Volcanic Ash acts like a magnet for pollutants, bringing them to the surface so they can be washed away. The result is refreshed, renewed skin.”

Queen Helene Volcanic Ash Masque

Queen Helene Volcanic Ash Masque

The Volcanic Ash Masque is black and looks exactly like volcanic ash. I always wash this off in the shower since it can get a little messy when removing it. My shower doesn’t care though and I end up with a refreshed face. I think this one is going to be even better for me in the summer since that’s when the weather affects my skin with pollution, sweat, and perspiration. It’s a good way to be sure that your sunscreen is completely removed too.

Queen Helene Masques

While sheet masks are fun to use they can slip down on your face but you won’t find that with these Queen Helene Masques. You apply, leave them on for 5 to 10 minutes while you do other things, wash them off with warm water and you are on the way to clearer more refreshed skin. —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Three US subscribers will win both the original Queen Helene Mint Julep masque and a Queen Helene Mud Pack masque. Our giveaway ends on 2/1/18 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Be sure you are subscribed and that you comment, all the other entries are there for extra chances. The masks will be sent by Queen Helene’s representative. Good luck and good skin!

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Queen Helene can be found at Sally Beauty as well as Amazon and many mass market stores.

All I want for Christmas is a basket full of Rescue and Renew products from Arbonne

A basket full of Arbonne Rescue and Renew!

You know what I want under my tree? A big old basket full of Arbonne Rescue and Renew products. I could use a lot of rescuing and renewing, that’s for sure! Arbonne has everything I need to rescue and renew me from head to toe and while the whole collection makes for an amazing gift, even just one of these items brings a great big smile of relief.

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Arbonne Rescue and Renew Detox Face Mask

If you have large, congested pores, Rescue & Renew Detox Face Mask ($44) comes to the rescue. This is a creamy French pink clay mask that goes on wet then pulls out dirt and oil as it dries, closing up those pores and making them look smaller in the process.
• Helps skin appear brighter and promotes the look of smoother, softer, and refreshed-looking skin
• Leaves the complexion looking cleansed and renewed
• Safe for all skin types including sensitive skin

Arbonne Rescue and Renew Detox Face Mask

• Dandelion extract contributes to detoxifying effects that promote the appearance of overall skin health
• Turmeric extract helps to promote radiant-looking skin
• Ginger root extract helps counteract the look of dull, lackluster skin by enhancing the appearance of skin radiance

As the mask dries, you can actually see where the concentration of dirt and yucky stuff is – it’s fascinating. The formula uses an oil-pulling technology with 5 self-neutralizing acids to clean skin and leave it looking brighter, plus it has rosemary oil which is very hydrating so skin stays wonderfully moisturized. This is a terrific face mask with great ingredients that lives up to Rescue and Renew name!

Rescue and Renew Detox Body Wash

The Rescue Renew Detox Body Wash ($32) is a lovely, citrus-y smelling body wash that leaves skin cleansed and detoxed yet moist and hydrated at the same time. I always have problems in the winter with dry, itchy skin but whenever I use this body wash my skin feels great. The citrus scent comes from grapefruit and orange essential oils, and the formula also has two excellent skin conditioning agents – alfalfa and chicory root extracts.
• Cleans oil, dirt and other impurities from the skinto help revive lackluster-looking skin
• Helps improve the look of skin’s clarity and brightness
• Hydrates and replenishes moisture content tohelp skin look softer and smoother
• Formulated with pure, aromatic essential oils

Rescue and Renew Detox Body Wash

• Alfalfa and chicory extracts help improve the appearance of skin tone and smoothness
• Mineral salt helps balance the skin’s appearance, revealing a smoother, brighter surface

I think this is a perfect body wash for winter since it takes of dry, itchy skin and it’s especially good for morning showers because that citrus scent wakes you up and gets you in a great mood for the rest of the day.

I absolutely love body oils and the Arbonne Rescue & Renew Detox Oil ($50) has gone to the top of my favorites list. It has a lovely scent with aromatic essential oils including orange, lavender, anise, and bergamot. It makes for a terrific massage oil but I use this in the mornings after a shower when my skin is still a little damp. Rescue & Renew Detox Oil has grape seed oil which is so good for skin…it keeps it nice and firm, and it also has sesame seed oil which helps reduce the appearance of cellulite.  

• Helps to promote the appearance of healthy, radiant skin
• Delivers hydration and helps skin to retain moisture
• Improves the appearance of dull, lackluster and tired-looking skin, helping skin look softer and smoother

The ingredients are truly top-notch.

• Vitamin E, with antioxidant properties, helps protect skin’s moisture barrier
• Grape seed and sesame oils moisturize to support collagen, helping to promote firmer-looking skin
• Argan oil — with antioxidants, vitamin E,and essential fatty acids — moisturizes and conditions skin

Rescue & Renew Detox Oil is a great alternative to body lotion because it’s not sticky or gooey. This is a wonderful gift to give or receive!

Rescue and Renew Detox Body Lotion

Rescue and Renew Detox Body Lotion

For those who love the basics, lotion is a great choice – skin can always use some rescuing with a little body lotion! The Rescue and Renew Detox Body Lotion ($36) features anise seed oil, which brightens dull skin, along with vitamin B5 for softening and smoothing. This is a shea butter-based lotion but it’s still light and fluffy, and it smells wonderful thanks to the orange, lavender, anise and bergamot essential oils.
• Promotes smooth-looking skin through moisturization
• Provides immediate hydration while also replenishing skin’s natural moisture barrier
• Formulated with pure, aromatic essential oils
• Alfalfa and chicory extracts help improve the appearance of skin tone and smoothness
• Shea butter, a body conditioner, helps moisturize dry skin
• Vitamin B5, a humectant, emollient and moisturizer, helps skin look soft and smooth

Even though it’s light and fluffy it still works wonders on my crazy dry feet. I slather a bunch on at night then cover my feet with cozy socks and in the morning I have heels and toes to be proud of.

Rescue and Renew Detox Soak

Rescue and Renew Detox Soak

A long, soaky bath is a sure way to rescue and renew after a tough day, especially if you fill your tub with Rescue and Renew Detox Soak ($38) These sea salt crystal dissolve quickly and soften the water as well as your skin. They get rid of surface impurities from skin leaving it nice and clean, plus bath it in wonderful ingredients like turmeric root which promotes radiance, as well as tons of wonderful botanical essential oils including grapefruit, tangerine, lavender, juniper berry, ginger, orange, and rosemary. 

Rescue and Renew Detox Gelee

Rescue and Renew Detox Gelee

So this is interesting….I was excited to try the Rescue and Renew Detox Gelee ($58), which comes in either a big tub or else in a box with 10 separate tubes. This is a great gift for the sports enthusiast or the loved one who is on their feet all day and night.  Smooth some of this cooling gel into sore, tired muscles for a terrific cool down and fantastic hydration. The sensation is absolute heaven!  Really interesting ingredients include green algae to smooth skin, juniper berry fruit oil to moisturize and create a moisture barrier keeping moisture in, and aromatic lavender and tangerine peel oils to just help you feel peaceful and happy.

• Moisturizes to promote skin elasticity,helping dimpled skin appear smooth and soft
• Provides immediate hydration while also replenishing skin’s natural moisture barrier
• Formulated with pure, aromatic essential oils
• Safe for all skin types including sensitive skin

Rescue and Renew Detox Gelee

Rescue and Renew Detox Gelee

A little more info on the ingredients – aromatic essential oils like orange, lavender, grapefruit, and tangerine help you relax, while shea butter and vitamin E gets rid of any dry patches. Caffeine moisturizes and helps reduce any bumpy areas, plus it’s an antioxidant and helps fight off free radicals. This is a great product that nourishes your body and your soul!

Rescue and Renew Detox Scrub

Another excellent way to detox, the Rescue and Renew Detox Scrub ($50) is a fabulous exfoliating scrub that is gentle but extremely effective. Skin is constantly renewing itself, which means you have dry, dead skin cells on the surface that need to be removed. If they aren’t, they build up and clog pores, leading to all kinds of skin drama that you don’t want. This lovely combo of coriander seed oil and avocado oil plus sea salt gently removes all the dead stuff and all the dirt and oil, leaving beautifully soft, radiant skin.

Rescue and Renew Detox Scrub

• Cleanses to combat the daily wear and tear of environmental exposure and pollution by effectively clearing pores of excess oil, dead skin, and buildup
• Helps improve the appearance of radiant, brightened skin
• Hydrates to promote the appearance of softer and smoother skin, leaving skin feeling touchably soft
• Formulated with pure, aromatic essential oils
• Safe for all skin types includingsensitive skin
• Dermatologist-tested• Vegan
• Vitamin E, with antioxidant properties, helps protect skin’s moisture barrier
• Avocado oil, with moisturizing properties, helps protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier from water loss
• Coriander seed oil, with antioxidants, soothes skin
• Passion fruit seed oil moisturizes skin

This is a really wonderful, gentle sea salt scrub that smells fabulous – like oranges and grapefruits – that works!

Shea Butter Hand Cream

Last but not least, no gift list is complete without a hand cream recommendation! I have hand cream everywhere – next to my bed, next to my computer, in my desk at work, in my car, in my purse…I just can’t get enough. And I can’t enough Arbonne Shea Butter Hand Cream ($20). It smells yummy, soft and buttery. It moisturizes beautifully and soaks in quickly, so I can get back to typing or whatever right away without leaving those tell-tale greasy spots. The ingredient list includes skin happy ingredients like shea butter, vitamin E, and coconut oil. It’s all good stuff and a wonderful hand cream that even the most picky person on your list will love.

Arbonne uses pure, botanically based ingredients that contain no animal products or by-products | artificial flavors | artificial sweeteners | benzene | bisphenol-a | carbon black | formaldehyde-donating preservatives | hydroquinone | mineral oil | parabens | petrolatum | phthalates | sodium laureth sulfates (SLES) | sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) | synthetic dyes | talc | triclosan | triethanolamine (TEA). You can find the products reviews and so much more online at arbonne.com.  Happy shopping!! – Lisa

Masks of the month and a giveaway: Freeman Beauty Infusion

Freeman Beauty Infusion sheet masks

Sheet masks are always a fun treat and Freeman Beauty has created a new line, Freeman Beauty Infusion. The masks in this line cover everything including dehydrated, dry, and uneven skin with their serum infused sheet masks. Their masks contain naturally derived botanicals boosted with scientific ingredients to quickly deliver top skincare benefits!

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I was sent 5 different masks ($3.29, $3.19 with Sally Beauty beauty club) to test along with some extras for a giveaway. You can find these masks at Sally Beauty and some at Ulta. All Freeman Beauty Infusion masks —

  • Instantly boost purity, restores balance and clears pores
  • Free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and mineral oil
  • NOT tested on animals
  • Dermatologist-Tested

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Revitalizing Sheet Mask with Pomegranate & Peptides

Revitalizing Sheet Mask with Pomegranate & Peptides is the first of the 5 different types of sheet masks I used from Freeman Beauty. With the promise of instantly boosting radiance and increasing resiliency it totally intrigued me. I applied it shortly after getting out of the shower and left it on for 15 minutes. As suggested I patted the serum onto my face to let it become absorbed and add the benefits to my skin. My email buddy can testify that I wrote her mid day and told her that my face felt so soft that I didn’t want to put on makeup after. I just wanted to feel how soft it was. I caved and applied my face before going out for dinner and did notice the radiance.

Hydrating Sheet Mask with Manuka Honey + Collagen

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Hydrating Sheet Mask Manuka Honey + Collagen

Manuka Honey is being used more and more in skincare and it’s always a welcome addition. This Freeman Beauty Sheet Mask is another softening mask with the use of the manuka honey. The skin-plumping collagen helps to improve elasticity and restore smoothness.This mask is great for normal to dry skin. Like the other masks recommendations are to leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then allow your skin to benefit from the extra serum infused into the mask. I used this prior to bed one night and woke up to skin that was so hydrated and plump.

Brightening Sheet Mask with Hibiscus and Vitamin C

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Brightening Sheet Mask Hibiscus + Vitamin C

This masque is recommended for night time use. Here’s what Freeman Beauty Infusion has to say: “Become a modern day sleeping beauty with this concentrated, serum-infused Freeman Beauty Infusion Brightening Hibiscus & Vitamin C Sheet Mask. Boosted with concentrated Vitamin C to help minimize dark spots and correct discoloration. Hibiscus instantly brightens, quenches thirsty skin and improves skin tone. Perfect for all skin types.”

Cleansing Sheet Mask with Charcoal + Probiotics  is the only one of these 5 that isn’t a cotton sheet mask except it really is since it’s a bamboo sheet mask (I wouldn’t have noticed the difference if I wasn’t examining the package). It’s just like the others in the way it applies and the usage.

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Cleansing Sheet Mask Charcoal + Probiotics

This concentrated serum-infused sheet mask instantly clears pores with activated Charcoal that gently draws out oils and toxins without over-drying. Boosted with powerful skin-balancing Probiotics to reveal a fresh, clear complexion. Perfect for all skin types.

Purifying Sheet Mask with Sea Kelp + Probiotics is similar to the Charcoal mask except that it uses Sea Kelp to renew, hydrate, and clarify skin. This mask is particularly good since the probiotics help to prevent breakouts as it balances the skin’s ecosystem.

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Purifying Sheet Mask Sea Kelp + Probiotics

While sheet masks aren’t everyone’s favorite because they can seem messy, they really are a great way to try out a mask without spending a lot of money. When I look at an array of masks in a store I like having the option of spending about $3 to test out a mask to see how my skin reacts. I’m happy to have discovered Freeman Beauty Infusion and I’m sure you would be also.  —  Marcia

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Sheet Masks

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Two Beauty Info Zone subscribers will each win 3 masks. Mask package 1 contains Revitalizing Sheet Mask Pomegranate + Peptides, Hydrating Sheet Mask Manuka Honey + Collagen, and Cleansing Sheet Mask Charcoal + Probiotics.

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Prize package 1

Mask package 2 contains Brightening Sheet Mask Hibiscus + Vitamin C, Hydrating Sheet Mask Manuka Honey + Collagen, and Purifying Sheet Mask Sea Kelp + Probiotics.

FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION Prize package 2

You can savor them all for yourself or share with friends. Either way your skin is going to love you! Open for US and Canada through 9/16/17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

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What better way to start the weekend than with a Mask giveaway?

You all know that I love masks and collect them. But sometimes I get overwhelmed in the amount that I have and that’s when it’s time to share. One of my favorite brands is 7th Heaven. These are affordable masks that are totally efficient. Use them once a week for 15 minutes and wash off leaving skin that’s exfoliated and fresh.

In today’s giveaway there will be 4 winners and each winner will receive a 7th Heaven Red Hot Earth Sauna Masque and a Hot Spring Sauna Masque.

7th Heaven Red Hot Earth Sauna Masque

7th Heaven Hot Springs Sauna Masque

In total each winner will receive 5 masks. Here are some ideas of what you’ll find in a winning package:

Masque*ology

Two people will get a Masque*ology Mask (Vita Clarifying Cream Mask and Special Care Cream Mask).

Antrodia Radiance + Repair Mask: Intense Moisture Replenishment

Two will receive masks from Antrodia like the Intense Moisture Replenishment or the Detoxification + Calming Mask.

Eyedews eye mask

Two will receive a set of 3 Eyedews Under Eye Masks.

And there’s a smattering of others including some of these:

Florapy Floral Therapy Facial Masks

Meltology Self-Heating Spa Facial Mask

Perfective Ceuticals Divine Brightening Mask

MaskerAide Pre Party Prep

So what do you say? Do you want to win a set of 5 different facial masks? Of course you do. To enter you must be a Beauty Info Zone email subscriber living in the US or Canada (Quebec doesn’t allow these giveaways though). The giveaway continues through 7/12/17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Four winners! I hope you are one of them. —  Marcia

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Unmask prettier skin with Earth Therapeutic K-Aesthetics Facial Masks

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Each of these masks is available in a 5 pack for $11.99 on the Earth Therapeutics website as well as at Amazon but for slightly more money.

Masks of the month: Miss Spa 24K Gold Creme Mask and Oxygenating Bubble Mask

Miss Spa masks

Miss Spa masks

Every month I plan on sharing masks with you and today I have 2 that I’m totally crazy about! I’ve been so busy using MISS SPA OXYGENATING BUBBLE MASK and MISS SPA 24K GOLD CREME MASK that I’m ignoring everything else including their Overnight Gel Masque (review coming). These two masks are amazing to use and easy to get your hands on.

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I am so used to sheet masks that I’d forgotten about how efficient and comfortable another type of mask could be. These are perfect for those of you who say you aren’t comfy with a sheet mask. They feel great on my face, cost $6.99 each (I get 2 uses per package), are available at Ulta, and work so wonderfully you’ll love them as much as I do.

Miss Spa Oxygenating Bubble Mask

Miss Spa Oxygenating Bubble Mask

MISS SPA OXYGENATING BUBBLE MASK is like a party on your face. It’s the most fun you can have without getting drunk. The Oxygenating Bubble Mask starts by looking like a gel but turns into a cream mask once applied.  Suddenly it starts tingling and moving and grooving. You can watch it in action if you want.

Miss Spa Oxygenating Bubble Mask in action

Miss Spa Oxygenating Bubble Mask in action

Leave it on for about 15 minutes to deliver an oxygenating effect that will revitalize dull skin. This mask is infused with antioxidant rich white tea extract that helps to reinvigorate your skin. There’s also pineapple fruit extract and vitamin B3 to exfoliate and even your skin tone. I seriously love how this feels but it does feel funny. It’s like someone is tickling my face as the bubbles fade away. I wash it off with either plain water or use a washcloth and my skin feels and looks brighter than ever. I love applying it just after my shower while my hair is drying.

Miss Spa 24K Gold Creme Mask

Miss Spa 24K Gold Creme Mask

Miss Spa 24K Gold Creme Mask

Miss Spa 24K Gold Creme Mask

As much as I love the oxygenating bubble mask I can’t help but love MISS SPA 24K GOLD CREME MASK a little bit more. It makes me feel like I’m in a fairy tale when I turn gold wearing it. I don’t know what I was expecting the first time I used this but when it turned into a true metallic gold on my face I was amazed and fascinated.

Miss Spa 24K Gold Creme Mask wet

Miss Spa 24K Gold Creme Mask wet

Miss Spa 24K Gold Creme Mask dry

Miss Spa 24K Gold Creme Mask dry

Miss Spa uses pure 24K gold when creating this. The gold promotes luminosity and my face truly glows after I use it. The peptides and moisturizers in it work to deliver hydration and increase elasticity.

Water (Aqua), Gold, Propanediol, Glycerin, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Lauryl Lactate, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Niacinamide, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Hydroxide.

It’s a great mask to use when you are doing things around the house. It dries but never uncomfortably. It doesn’t crack and there’s no fragrance. And you’ll feel like you’ve had the Midas touch even after washing it away. It’s perfect to use before a special occasion since your skin will look ahmayzing!

I’m truly enamored with these two masks and I’ll be found at Ulta purchasing more. Target has a line of Miss Spa Facial Sheet Masks ($3.99) too if you are looking for more to make you appear younger than springtime.  —  Marcia

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Masks of the Month from The Body Shop

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask and British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask and British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask

Last month I introduced what I hope will be a monthly post: Masks of the Month. I started with ToGoSpa and their lip and eye masks plus Hada Labo Tokyo sheet masks and why I liked these. I’m all about masks and love to use them therefore this month I’m going to share with you some Body Shop masks that I was sent.Not everyone loves sheet masks but there’s an alternative, turn to The Body Shop for one or more of their jar masks. The Himalayan Charcoal Purify Glow Mask was particularly great for me at holiday time but also great since then.

The Body Shop HIMALAYAN CHARCOAL Purifying Glow Mask

The Body Shop HIMALAYAN CHARCOAL Purifying Glow Mask

This 100% Vegan Mask is muddy looking goodness. Charcoal masks are meant to deep clean and that’s what I like about it. I have pores but I don’t like pores! Therefore once a week or once every other week is very helpful for those getting the gunk out of my pores, especially the ones on my nose. Even though I exfoliate often my nose often doesn’t want to cooperate. The Himalayan Charcoal mask has helped with the cleansing I need.

Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

As many of you know I am phobic about fragrance so I worried about this mask but it has an intoxicating tea fragrance. Ingredients include Bamboo Charcoal from the Himalayan foothills, Community Trade Tea Tree Oil from Kenya, and Green Tea Leave from Japan.

Full Ingredients

Aqua/Water/Eau, Kaolin, Moroccan Lava Clay, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Alcohol Denat., Camellia Sinensis Leaf, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Pumice, Argania Spinosa Shell Powder, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Parfum/Fragrance, Charcoal Powder, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Limonene, Linalool, Methylpropanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Menthol, Disodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil/Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Citric Acid, Menthoxypropanediol, Citral, Geraniol, Coumarin, Caramel.

Himalayan Charcoal Purity Purifying Glow Mask ($28) can be left on for 5-10 minutes. In 10 minutes it completely dries down but isn’t stiff. I use a muslin cloth to wash it off and then continue with my skincare. The Body Shop recommends using it 2 to 3 times a week but I think that depends on your particular needs.

The Body Shop BRITISH ROSE Fresh Plumping Mask

The Body Shop BRITISH ROSE Fresh Plumping Mask

The other mask that I have from The Body Shop is British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask. When I first saw the words “british rose” I worried about the fragrance. Even though a mask is on for a short time my sensitive nose can pick it up all day long BUT this smells pretty darn good and I don’t mind it at all. This mask is the total opposite in texture of the charcoal mask as this one is gel like. As a matter of fact it reminds me of a jar of jelly. It’s soft and has little bits of rose petals crushed into it. Sort of like Valentine’s Day in a jar.

The Body Shop BRITISH ROSE Fresh Plumping Mask

The Body Shop BRITISH ROSE Fresh Plumping Mask

This too is 100% Vegan but it works to plump and moisturize your skin. The British Rose mask never dries down. It stays moist just like it wants your skin to feel. It’s especially nice if your skin is feeling dehydrated by winter winds and weather. The three key ingredients are rose petals and essence of hand-picked roses from Britain, Rosehip oil from Chile, and Community Trade Aloe Vera from Mexico.

Full Ingredients

Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Propanediol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-32, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Rosa Gallica Flower Powder, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Methylpropanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Disodium EDTA, Rose Extract, Benzyl Salicylate, Menthoxypropanediol, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, CI 14700/Red 4

While I don’t feel that my face looks all glowy after using this it does feel hydrated. I leave this on for about 10 – 15 minutes before washing it off with a washcloth, either muslin or terry.

The Body Shop BRITISH ROSE Fresh Plumping Mask

The Body Shop BRITISH ROSE Fresh Plumping Mask

The Body Shop BRITISH ROSE Fresh Plumping Mask

The Body Shop BRITISH ROSE Fresh Plumping Mask

One reason I love to use masks so much is that whenever I notice that my face needs some extra help, whether that’s hydration, deep cleansing, or a fresh glowing face, I turn to a mask. It gives my face the extra vitality that I need to make a change. Are you ready for a change?  Try The Body Shop masks!  —  Marcia

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These two masks are available at both The Body Shop and Ulta.