The Muse loves a mud mask. Must stem from her childhood days as a tomboy as playing in the mud was a favorite pass time as I recall it. Some of that branches into adulthood as mud masks are so my thing.
I particularly love ones that promise to detox my skin and make me all fresh faced and glowy again!
I recently introduced you to Villainess Soap. Villainess is known for making fine soaps and scrubs but they are also venturing into the land of skin care as well recently with a makeup remover and now mud masks…humff…who knew!
I ordered a few of the masks for myself several weeks ago and I’ve been fiddling about with them for some time. Jump ahead to finally here what I think!
At $12 per 2 oz jar these are an inexpensive mask as you can get tons of use from the one container. The “muds” come packed in a gorgeous little plastic container with vintage label. These are powdered in formula and need a tablespoon or two of water to get them worked up into a fine paste for your face. There are several muds to choose from that work in different ways and for different skin problems. These can be used on face or body. All three that I tried seemed a bit strong so sensitive skin types do beware as most of these caused a mild stinging while setting on my face but I didn’t mind much as my skin is virtually bulletproof, really takes alot to break me out or upset my skin. The three I purchased were Blush, Dulces En Fuego, and Scintillating.
I want to say that Scintillating is my absolutely favorite mud but sadly it’s not. Scintillating is a fabulous scented soap and scrub from Villainous that I adore. It’s a mix of vanilla and mint which is fresh, crisp, and cooling. I was skeptical about it appearing in a mud form but I was determined to love it. The mask supposedly purges oils, toxins, and buildup from the pores and is a combination of powdered mint leaves and essential oils to encourage healthy blood flow to skin. Sounds incredible right? Problem is I couldn’t bare to leave it on my face for more than a minute because it stung terribly. OUCH! I assume it’s the mint that’s a little too intense for me but this one I can’t really rate because it was just too painful to keep on long enough to see any sort of results. All three masks I tried did have a sting but this one was the worst of the lot.
Next on my list was Dulces en Fuego which smells like a herbal hot chocolate cocktail. It’s a mix of rhassoul and white kaolin clays which supposedly draws impurities from the skin. This is supposed to brighten dull completions and promote sluggish circulation. The results are quite good. Can’t speak for any impurities being drawn out of my skin but after use twice a week my skin glows in the mornings after use. This one also stings a bit but nothing as intense as Scintillating. I liked this one very much as the results were visble in my glowing skin.
Lastly my favorite of the lot for is Blush. This is slightly soury sweet smelling mud with a combination of white and pink clays to draw out toxins and marshmallow root to soften skin. Fruit acids help to shed dead cells. The results are also quite visible with this as well. It’s supposed to be very good for cleansing congested pores but for me it did a rather nice job with the flaky patches on my face (chin, between my eyes, etc…) and also gave a fresh, glow to my face. This tingles but doesn’t sting thankfully.
The masks all start out wet when first applied but quickly dry out and tighten on the face. None dried my face out or caused any other skin havoc during use or after but of course results will vary so use caution when trying. Depending on how you mix the mask and how much water you use versus powder you’ll end up with either a runny or thin paste. Below the photos show only a small amount of powder used with way too much water so you’ll want to use enough powder and water to create more of a paste as it makes application easier when you aren’t working with a runny consistency such as this.
All in all I generally liked these for the price. Two of three worked fairly well and I think I’ll indulge further when I complete the three I do have as they are friendly little masks for getting my skin back in order after a rough day of city air. I don’t highly recommend them as they probably aren’t for everyone since the stinging could present a problem but if you’re an experimental skincare type of person these may appeal.
If you’re like to try them for yourself they can be found at www.villainess.net
I’m not the type of Muse that gets excited about skin care. Cosmetics? Yes. Skin care? Not so much. I have me Lush regime and that’s about the extent of what I love about skin care. I’m not up for venturing outside my normal routine although on a rare occasion I’ll test something new out if someone sends it along or if I run across something that tickles me as interesting. But occasions like this are far and between. Recently, I got an e-mail alerting me to H20+ Face Oasis Ultra Hydrator and to say I was impressed is an understatement. This is incredible stuff!
Jump ahead for the review!
At $40 for 1.7oz this is an inexpensive, effective beauty find. H20 Face Oasis Ultra Hydrator delivers a cooling burst of moisturize to the skin with an oil-free formula that doesn’t feel greasy, oily, or heavy.
I could be convinced to switch my Lush Paradise Moisturizer for this. The formula is a gel with little spheres in it. Ok, I admit, I can do without the spheres. I hate chasing these things around my face trying to burst them, no likey. But aside from this minor rant the formula is positively dreamy. The gel absorbs very easily, very quickly, and feels like a cold cup of water for my face. Unlike many gels this doesn’t leave me feeling sticky or tacky just wonderfully soft and moisturized. With Summer here I can’t rave enough about this as it keeps my skin feeling dewy yet not oily, delivering just the right amount of moisturize to my weird combination skin that can’t decide if it wants to be dry or oily right now.
The moisturizer is enriched with nutri-sphere technology, Atlantic brown algae, and antioxidant multivitamins. It instantly gives skin a surge of intense moisture to replenish dull, dry skin.
Overall I’m very impressed with the way the moisturizer sinks into my skin so easily without laying on top my skin as many moisturizers are known to do. I’ve only been using it a very short time so I can’t speak for any long time benefits but so far my skin absolutely loves this.
You’ll love this if:
- Your skin needs a burst of moisture quickly!
- You want a light moisturizer that’s not oily or greasy.
- You love moisturizers that absorb in a snap and aren’t laying around on your skin.
- You’re trying to beat the Summer heat with a moisturizer that light yet moisturizers dry, tired skin.
I have to say even though it’s only been a short time I’m using this I’m loving it so far and feel the need to slap a Muse Approval on it!
Good stuff, very good stuff.
The entire H20+ Skincare line is quite inexpensive and worthy of a peep! Check it out at www.h2oplus.com
Anyone a fan of H20+?
Tell the Muse!
I’m getting cozy with Illamasqua today so I thought I’d muse some about their nail varnish!
Jump ahead for a peep!
Illamasqua has taken the Beauty Blogging world by storm this year. With many beauty bloggers and junkies alike getting their hands on Illamasqua goodies since it hit our side of the pond and is now available at Sephora is it any wonder we are all very happy?
As Fall rolls in I imagine you may be looking for three shades of cool to get your nails in tiptop shape. My picks for Fall in regards to nails always consists of the same colors. A true red, a beautiful chocolate brown, and a hardcore black.
Illamasque Nail Varnish in Ruthless has me covered for red. This true, rich shade of red has a beautiful glossy finish.
What are your fav shades of Fall from Illamasque?
Any that’ll be topping your nails this season?
The gods are every so friendly when they bless us with products that can work in a multitude of ways. For example say you want your skin prepped, mattified, evened out, and protected from the sun. You’d need a few products to do that right?
How about one product….
See? It’s a tiny miracle when one product can multitask as my primer, even out my skin tone while acting as my tinted moisturizer, and providing me with SPF and sun protection!
Click below to hear all about my rave for the brand new Dr. Denese Defense Day Cream.
Dr. Denese SPF 30 Defense Day Cream will not only act as your daily dose of sun protection but also manages to act as a primer that mattifies your skin, a tinted moisturizer to even skin tone out, and holds the key to light Summer coverage.
Why oh why did I discover this so late into Summer? I do so wish I had this in my beauty arsenal since June at the very least. Now that I have it I’ll never let it go!
Not only does this provide me with my daily dose of SPF it also acts as my foundation and keeps my skin matte and oil free. The formula feels quite like a primer as it has that silicon-feel so this could easily work well at filling pores and smoothing your face out. It’s oil free and mattifies my face brilliantly although I probably couldn’t get away with this in the Winter when my skin is dry but right now when I’m a bit shiny it’s ideal. You can of course wear it with foundation or powder but I can get away with using it on it’s own. It’s slightly pigmented and tinted with melanine which is the skin’s own natural color pigment allowing for a natural skin color on any skin type as it self-adjusts to disguise imperfections. It’s not going to offer full on coverage but it does offer very sheer, light coverage, enough to even out my skin tone and give me a very natural, flawless finish. The effect is that of using a mineral powder in my opinion as it gives my face a slightly airbrushed look. The finished results could account for the formula which creates a barrier on the skin acting much like a primer. Many SPF’s are heavy and greasy so I love the idea of my moisturizer having built in SPF and acting as a foundation and primer all in one.
Overall, I absolutely love this stuff. Incredibly good. If you happen to fall into the category of loving lighter makeup during the Summer this is the ideal treat. It manages to perfect already good skin, wears long while offering a decent SPF for face, and leaves a matte and velvety smooth finish.
This morning’s FOTD was very minimal as you can see below. For my foundation, primer, and moisturizer I used Dr. Dense SPF 30 Defense Day Cream. As you can see in the photo my skin looks incredible (feels like it too!). It’s so strange as the product is very subtly tinted but it manages to create nice, even coverage on my skin.
Total Muse Approval for purchase.
Well Soap & Glory The Greatest Scrub of All isn’t my greatest love of all but I will say it’s cheap and works pretty good for the price!
Click it to hear the review!
I’m kinda sadly in lust with Soap & Glory. I can’t help myself I tend to want to try anything and everything they release. I told you ALL about the Soap & Glory Skincare line a few months ago and was ever so happy at how quickly it decided to make the trip to US shores.
Soon after it arrived on Target store shelves I proceeded to slap much of it in my cart supermarket sweep style and haul it home for a good testing. Soap & Glory The Greatest Scrub Of All is a rather great, inexpensive way to strip dull, dead skin off your face to reveal fresher, healthier skin. Granted, this doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of say Philosophy or Lush but it’s worthy of a pick up if you’re a lover of Soap & Glory or you’re just wanting to scrub down on the cheap!
Although I wish that Soap & Glory might extend their signature scent to their skin care it has yet to happen. This scrub is very lightly and freshly scented. It’s a basic scrub with little spheres of joy that pop open as you scrub, w00t! The scrub does a nice job of scrubbing my dry skin without causing my skin to feel tight. Yes, indeed, it’s possible to fall victim to the dreaded over scrub and end up with drier skin instead of softer. This is gentle enough not to strip or make my skin drier than it already is.
If it’s inexpensive you seek with an edge of shabby chic cuteness Soap & Glory The Greatest Scrub Of All is your gal! Don’t blame me if you break into sudden song (Whit’s making a come back maybe she’ll take on the theme for S&G)!
Snag it at your local Target.