The humidity and lovely stressors of moving across the country (unemployment, for example) have my skin in a state of disaster. Lately all I’ve been saying is how I want to take a vacuum to my face. Basically, I need a purifying facial, but don’t want to fork over the cash. Ya know that feeling (after the holidays, for example) where your body is craving a detox? Well, that’s exactly how my face has felt. I’ve been on the prowl for a face mask to do just that — detox. I’ve been meaning to make it over to Lush to grab a Fresh Face Mask, but the said heat and humidity have kept me in pretty close proximity to my apartment. I was browsing the aisles of CVS the other day looking for a drugstore alternative. There is a serious lack of drugstore face masks. Take a gander if you don’t believe me. I was kind of shocked. Anywho, as I was walking out of the face aisle, the SkinnyGirl logo caught my eye. I was secretly judging the CVS employees for putting alcohol in the wrong aisle, but when I took a closer look, I saw that it was, in fact, skincare. WHAT? Totally missed the memo that B moved beyond low-cal cocktails. Low and behold, the tube read “Detox Face Mask.” At $10, I promptly put it in my basket.
When I got home and was in my bathroom ready to apply the mask, I got a little hesitant. What the hell does Bethenny know about face masks? Is this going to cause some weird outbreak on my face? Whatever, I thought, it can’t get much worse.
I felt the cool cucumber extract instantly. The mask went on flesh-colored, which was kind of nice… You don’t have to worry about scaring the sh*t out of anyone. (Anyone remember the “ghost” scene in It Takes Two?!) I left it on for 7 minutes and then washed off with warm water. And I was impressed!
Not only did my pores look smaller, my face finally felt de-gunked, for lack of a better term. And the best part? My face didn’t get oily the rest of the night. Seriously! A little goes a long way so I imagine this tube will get me close to 10 masks.
In other words, if you’re itching for a detox, go buy it. You won’t regret it!
PS – Nails are Essie ‘Tart Deco’
The hair treatment that I had been using was discontinued so my hair stylist recommended this Bumble & Bumble mask for me! A little bit of back story… my hair is on the road to recovery. I was seeing a hair stylist in my home town for a few years and she was completely annihilating my hair. I knew my hair felt brittle, but I didn’t understand the damage until I went to a different hairstylist in February of 2011. I believe her exact words were “this chick deserves to lose her license.” I’m pretty sure I started crying at the salon. BUT, we’ve been working to get it better since! Now it’s basically just from the chin down that is extremely fragile. Since I refuse to cut my hair more than a half inch each visit, I probably have another year of dealing with the damage!
I’m so scared to let anyone new touch my hair so I actually drove from Chicago to Champaign (a 2.5 hour drive each way) to get my hair done every 6-8 weeks. I can’t exactly fly back to Illinois to have her do my hair now and I’m not sure what I’m doing to do. But I’ve still got 3-5 weeks until I need to figure that out!
ANYWAY, the Bumble & Bumble mask is PHENOMENAL! It’s kind of a pain because you have to wash your hair, then get out of the shower and apply/wait, then get back in and wash it out. The tube says to leave it in for 10 minutes, but I got sidetracked and ended up leaving it on for about 30 minutes. Hey, can’t hurt, right?!
My hair has felt so much softer and smoother since! The added shine is a nice bonus, too. This is definitely becoming a weekly ritual. At $37, it’s a bit pricey, but definitely worth it if your hair is “truly damaged” like the tube claims. You can buy it here! At once a week, I’m thinking the tube will last a few months.
Have you tried either of these masks?? I’d love to know what you thought!