Hello, my lovelies! Please forgive me for my prolonged absence! Things have been a bit busy, but rest assured I’m back and ready to binge!
You all know I’m a whore for a good face mask… With a 7-month-old baby who just learned (like 2 nights ago) how to sleep through the night, you can imagine my skin is a bit stressed (along with the rest of me). I don’t have loads of time so I try and decompress a few nights a week with a little mask love — exfoliating, hydrating, soothing, purifying — I mix it up depending on my bitchy skin’s latest demands. When a lovely publicist sent me the Radical Skincare Instant Revitalizing Mask ($65) my first thought was,”that’s a small ass bottle for $65.” I’m so judgey.
Little did I know before I made my ugly snap judgement, that this mask starts as a serum so you need about a dime size for your entire face. You give it a good shake before you start, to get all those oxygenating bubbles excited. Once you put on the thin serum, the mask starts thickening into a foam. Then, the magic happens a few minutes later…
The mask starts tickling your face and it begins to crackle and pop in random spots. It’s not subtle either. Put it this way, you’re going to want to rush to a mirror and watch the mask transform. And if you have a stoner friend, but nice and let him or her watch the magic.
Wait until all the excitement has died down (you’ll know you’re done because the foam will have disappeared) and rinse. The results? Brighter, smoother, clearer skin. A word of warning – if your skin is sensitive, use the mask at night. I got a little pink, but the next morning my skin looked amazing.
I’m not sure if Willy Wonka has opened a skincare factory, but I’m pretty sure this mask is made by Oompa-Loompas. It’s that magical…
From their website:
Restores, Stimulates, and Boosts Radiance.
The Instant Revitalizing Mask is the ideal coach for the skin: it delivers the nutrients necessary for hydration and regeneration while teaching it to breathe, stock up on energy and optimize its oxygen resources in rarefied conditions.
- Optimize oxygen resources for a lasting youthful glow
- Stimulates energy production
- Controls oxidation reactions
- Smoother skin
- Antioxidants are the best defence against free radical damage and ageing.
- The strongest antioxidants are found in nature’s dark night shade fruits like resveratrol, coffee berry, acai, grapeseed, red wine extract, pomegranate, and cranberry to name a few.
- Multiple antioxidants are required to fight the numerous types of free radicals. Using one or two antioxidants is simply not enough.
Posted by janna Tags Mask, Radical Skincare, Sensitive Skin
One of the things I love most about being a shameless beauty addict is discovering the kind of products I can’t stop talking about. Whether they were just launched this year or have been other peoples’ cult favorites for decades (but newly discovered by me), when it comes to finding quality beauty products age is of no consequence.
Below you will find my most recommended products this past year that have also found themselves in the coveted position of being in my permanent beauty regimen rotation:
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49): I’m yet to find a lipstick more hydrating that drops as much pigment as these do. I love that they come in both sheer and opaque shades which makes them fun to mix and layer. You can’t imagine how many women have thanked me for introducing these happy little hydrators to their makeup bags.janna Tags Best of, Cle de Peau, Concealer, COOLA, Coola Sunscreen, Decleor, Fresh, lipstick, Mask, Revlon, SPF
I was thrilled when I found out that Bliss was coming out with an “at home” version of their famous rubber mask, Bliss Fabulous Skin-Reviving Rubberizing Mask ($38), which I’ve enjoyed too many times as an expensive upgrade to their in-spa facials. (I find it’s tough for me to say no to upgrades and add-ons when I’ve been lulled into submission with a good neck and shoulder rub. It’s like the aesthetician can smell blood in the water and knows precisely when to slap me with a $60 upgrade option)
What’s so great about this mask? It goes on cold (which instantly soothes irritated skin) and calms the anger and redness right out of my skin, leaving it glowing. Its main ingredients (via Sephora):
Algin: Rubberizes the ingredients to allow key ingredients to be optimally absorbed by the skin.
Seaweed: Draws out dirt and oil while exfoliating skin. Refines pores and reduces inflammation. Aids in natural hydration of your skin.
Bilberry: Acts as an anti-inflammatory to soothe and nourish skin while reducing free radical damage that contributes to skin aging. Calms skin to reduce irritation and redness.
Vitamin C: Brightens skin discolorations (hyper pigmentation), helps promote collagen building, and provides superior antioxidant action.
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I love guessing blind items in the gossip rags, but why should the tabloids have all the fun? If you see a celebrity commit a major beauty faux pas make sure you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can run it as a blind item and help the offending celeb fix the issue!
Which gorgeous starlet, famous for her unique multi-cultural looks, who got her big break on a popular late night “news” show and now is gracing every red carpet because of her role on Aaron Sorkin’s “news” show, showed up in red carpet close ups with a face covered in glaring blackheads?? When I say blackheads, I’m not talking about a sprinkle over the nose… Let’s put it this way, they were so big and black, completely blanketing her forehead, nose, cheeks and chin, at first I thought they were freckles! Our starlet does in fact have some freckles but they’re tough to find in the oil fields. She also had an unhealthy dose of greasy shine to keep the blackheads company. GROSS!
So what should have our pretty starlet done prior to hitting the red carpet??
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Happy Earth Day, Bingers! What better way to binge this Sunday but on a brand like Eminence? It’s an all-organic and bio-dynamic line (the company has been using sustainable farming and green practices to create organic products since 1958), and uses ingredients like cranberries, blueberries, and chocolate which you can literally see, smell, and feel in most of their products. I know it’s a bit much to choose the whole brand for Sunday Splurge, but I feel like in honor of Earth Day we should embrace a family-owned company that invests so much in helping the environment (and because I love the products, of course). Read the rest of this entry »Posted by janna Tags Eminence, Mask, Masque, Scrub, Sunday Splurge
I’m surprised the Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask wasn’t my first Sunday Splurge. At $88.00 a jar and an insanely addictive consistency, this mask is one of my biggest vices. You’re bound to overuse this product, both in quantity and frequency. If I won Powerball tomorrow? I would call Fresh and have them ship me vats of this mask so I could take baths in it.
This mask has such a unique consistency that when you first dip your fingers in (which is a luxurious experience in itself), the mask feels like “velvety, whipped” ultra-light, non-sticky icing. As soon as it’s applied, it has an instant cooling effect, which is followed by a mild tingling. If you massage it in a little, you can feel the tiny Hyaluronic spheres bursting and the mask takes on a wetter consistency. Then, stop playing with it (trust me, this is the toughest part). The jar says leave it on 8-10 minutes. There’s no science to it, except when you feel it start to dry or ball up, go ahead and rinse it. (Note: if you leave it on longer than 10-15 minutes, it gets tougher to remove with just a rinse. I usually wet a cotton pad and wipe it off, then splash my face with cool water.)
It leaves my skin visibly smoother, less red, more even, and gives it an airbrushed quality. Unfortunately, this magical visual effect only lasts six hours, but the benefits of the hard-working anti-aging ingredients perpetuate.
See Fresh’s description:
BLACK TEA INSTANT PERFECTING MASK is an intense hydrating treatment that immediately reveals softer, more supple, and younger-looking skin. This skin perfecting formula was scientifically proven to have a significant moisturizing effect 6 hours after the mask is rinsed from the skin surface*! Additionally, it was tested by a consumer-testing panel under dermatological control and was proven to**:
- firm the complexion
- improve skin elasticity
- leave skin feeling velvety, soft and smooth
- leave skin looking resilient and radiant
- smooth the texture of the skin & decrease skin roughness
- hydrate, nourish and soothe
- improve skin tone
*in vivo test
**in vivo test, 32 women tested for 4 weeks and applied 3 times per week
– Black tea refines the skin’s texture, enhancing radiance and smoothness.
- Lychee seed extract stimulates collagen production.
- Firming polysaccharides give an immediate lifting effect and work to reduce fine lines and wrinkles over time.
– Sake: Detoxifies and softens the skin and is rich in proteins, amino acids, and trace minerals.
- Hyaluronic spheres: Increase skin firmness, suppleness, and hydration
I like to put the mask on cleansed skin before I get in the shower so it works with the steam and protects my skin from drying out. I’ll also use it after a cold day here in Manhattan, when my skin had to battle cold wind, dry indoor heat, pollution, and possibly rain or snow. Actually when I think about it, I realize I don’t need a shower or cold day to provoke me to dip my fingers into this magical jar of cloud fluff. I’ll use it any chance I get!Posted by janna Tags Fresh, Mask, Sensitive Skin, Sephora, Sunday Splurge
In honor of Halloween, I thought I would give you the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask for my Sunday Splurge. Not only does the mask make me look like Jason from Friday the 13th, but I actually need it after having a decadent Halloween party last night when I consumed a few too many glasses of witches brew.
For a mask, it’s priced quite high (6 for $90 or 10 for $125) but it’s the only at-home product I’ve ever used where I literally look like I just got a facial (minus extractions, of course). This is the mask you want around the day of a special event, the morning after a night of cocktails, or after a long flight. After cleansing, apply the sheet to your face and relax for 20 minutes (or multi-task like I do and dry your hair while the mask is on). The liquid soaking the cotton mask is so magical I cut open the pouch and rub the leftovers all over my neck and decollete.
The magical liquid is called Pitera. According to SK-II’s site, Pitera is “derived from a unique yeast’s fermentation. It is a blend of vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and organic acids that work together to allow the skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process to function at its prime, enhancing the renewal of the skin’s outer layer.”
I can’t promise the mask will “enhance the renewal” of your skin, but I can promise (based on my own multiple experiences) instant plumping, hydrating, and healing. So if you’re like me and you use everything in your arsenal to remove your Halloween makeup, your skin deserves a little luxury. Happy Halloween!Posted by janna Tags Mask, SK-II