We just recently returned from an 16 hour plus round trip to Texas to take our daughters down to college. We had lots of fun but geez… it was so exhausting! I definitely love to travel but it always leaves me looking a bit haggard. I don’t always sleep well in hotels and because we’re always on the go while traveling my beauty routine gets a bit lazy. So when I was given the opportunity to try and review the VIIcode O2M Oxygen Eye Mask I was eager and excited! Easy skincare is what this mama needs while traveling!
I’m no stranger to eye masks, I’ve tried plenty but was always left unimpressed. Most brands I tried were way to wet and slippery and would slide off my face. What intrigued me about the VIIcode O2M Oxygen Eye Mask was it was meant to be worn overnight and the gel eye mask stays in place! Go to bed and wake up prettier… it’s a total win!
One box contains 6 individually sealed eye patches, making them very space efficient and excellent to travel with! These eye masks are rich with oxygen to help diminish dark under eye circles, help with fine lines and wrinkles, and leave your under eye skin looking bright and radiant! I was so impressed with these eye masks, they saved me on our trip!
To use them I simply cleansed and dried my skin. I applied the eye masks and then used the rest of my facial skin care around the eye masks. By applying them to clean dry skin I had no problems with them coming off in my sleep. To get the full benefit they work best when worn 8 hours overnight, however they can be worn during the day if needed. If you have a date night coming up you can wear them 2-4 hours during the day as well. Each morning while traveling my under eye skin looked bright and refreshed! I was blown away by the amazing results of VIIcode O2M Oxygen Eye Mask and I think you will be too!
This is a sponsored post is but all opinions and thoughts are my own and I truly recommend the product!
Sheet masks are the ultimate luxury for me. Don’t get me wrong… I love a good old fashioned regular face mask, but sheet masks are hands down my favorite way to pamper my skin. They’re easy to store and travel with and more sanitary than masks in jars.
Currently it’s winter in Colorado, and due to Covid I haven’t had a facial or been to a spa in a year. So yeah, I’ve definitely been on a mission for a while to find the perfect sheet mask. I reviewed 20 different sheet masks that range in price from $3.99-$35. My only criteria was that each mask be sold as a single. Many sheet masks are sold in a multi-pack, but most of us want to try a single first before we commit to an entire expensive box right? No matter how amazing a sheet mask looked, if it wasn’t sold individually I didn’t try it, and then of course I wanted to try a few others but they were out of stock.
I’m 43 with acne prone skin. My skin was oily living in Texas, but since living in Colorado it’s more normal to dry. My main goals in using sheet masks were to hydrate, plump, and brighten my skin.
FYI: These reviews are not sponsored in any way. All sheet masks were purchased with my own money, and these are my honest true opinions.
SHEET MASK TIPS
While you’re pampering your face why not pamper your mind as well? Lie back, turn the lights out, light a candle, and listen to relaxing music. Use this time to clear your mind and pray or meditate to get the most out of your experience.
For the ultimate luxury after applying the mask use a facial roller over the mask. I use my rose quartz roller and it feels amazing! It’s easier to roll your face with a paper sheet mask on rather than a gel. Gel masks tend to roll off with the roller sometimes.
Don’t waste one single drop! I make sure to get every drop out of each package and massage the liquid goodness into my neck, chest, arms, and hands. Once you’re finished with your sheet mask if you still feel a lot of moisture rub it along your body, don’t waste anything!
I know some people will place used sheet masks in a plastic bag in the refrigerator to save for another use. I’m a germaphobe so I don’t do this, plus I make it a point to use all the liquid up so there’s nothing left to save.
Some sheet masks leave a sticky or tacky residue and it’s definitely not desirable. I’ve found that in most cases this went away in around 20-30 minutes once my skin absorbed the product. Some remained sticky afterwards, but once I applied my regular skin care and makeup it felt much better. A few stayed sticky with makeup all day, below you’ll see which ones they are.
1. La Mer Treatment Lotion Hydrating Mask $35 – A single use $35 sheet mask is ridiculous in price, so I was expecting a lot from this mask. I left this mask on for 20 minutes and rolled my face with my quartz roller, It felt heavenly. Afterwards my skin looked bright and hydrated, with a slight tackiness that quickly absorbed. Minutes later I found myself quickly needing a moisturizer. My makeup went on beautifully and my skin felt incredibly smooth the rest of the day. It’s a great mask but I felt for the price it could have done more. I doubt I’ll use these again due to the cost. I also find it ridiculous that the sheet mask is packaged inside a box, it’s a waste of packaging.
2. JLo That Limitless Glow Sheet Mask $18 – This two piece mask had ear loops for the upper and lower mask to attach to. A bonus is you can walk around while wearing it, the ear loops soon started hurting my ears though. About halfway through my ears started hurting so I had to tear the mask to make the ear loops bigger. When I removed the mask my skin felt very hydrated and once the product finished absorbing into my skin any tackiness was gone. Oddly my foundation went on really splotchy, especially around my eyes and nose, so that’s a deal breaker for me. Again not impressed the sheet mask was packaged inside a box, it’s pure waste.
3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrogel Mask $3.99 – This two piece gel mask was slightly awkward to put on and didn’t cover the sides of my face well. It took me a while to figure out which side was the front, but it felt very soothing and hydrating while I was wearing it. Afterwards my skin had a nice peachy glow, but once the leftover serum dried my skin feIt uncomfortably tight. I quickly grabbed a moisturizer. This is a might be a great budget mask to experiment with if you live in warm, humid climates. Living in Colorado I have to pass on this one.
4. Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Facial Barrier Mask $6 – This mask had a very rich almost heavy feeling. It felt wonderful on my skin and after absorbing all the product I felt like I didn’t need a moisturizer. My only regret was using this mask during the day instead of night. My skin looked a bit greasy and I had to blot some moisture off to apply my makeup. This would be an excellent evening mask in the winter so your skin can soak up all the moisturizing goodness overnight. I’ll be buying this mask again when my skin needs a big boost of moisture.
5. Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mask $12 – This sheet mask gets the award for most drippiest, which was ok with me I love saving and using all the liquid goodness. Afterward my skin tone looked dewy and well hydrated. My skin was just slightly tacky after applying makeup, but I was ok with it. I definitely enjoyed this mask and if you do save masks in the refrigerator this is a good one because the extra serum in the package.
6. STARSKIN Red Carpet Ready Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Face Mask $11 – I loved this face mask! Afterward my skin looked beautifully hydrated with a great glow. There was no sticky residue and once all the product absorbed I didn’t feel a need for a moisturizer. My makeup went on like a dream, it looked like it had actually been airbrushed. I kept looking at my skin in the mirror off and on all day because it looked that good. I’m a definite fan of this sheet mask after seeing the results.
7. Wishful Thirst Trap – Cocoon Mask $9 – This mask made my face itchy… maybe due to the caffeine? After 20 minutes I gladly ripped it off. I was worried I would have a reaction from the itching but luckily I didn’t. Skin felt hydrated afterwards but the itching makes this mask a no for me.
8. Sephora Collection Spirulina Face Mask $5.50 – This spiraling face mask says it focuses on hydration and anti-pollution. Years ago I had a bad experience with Sephora sheet masks on an overnight flight. It was my first time using a sheet mask and it left me wet, drippy, and very sticky, but I decided to push through and give Sephora masks another try. The package says to leave on for 5 minutes but that’s such a short time so I did 20. Surprisingly I enjoyed this mask, my skin felt hydrated and soft. It did feel a bit tacky after removing but that went away in 15 minutes. I actually preferred the Sephora Lychee mask a little more over this one, but this one is still a great option.
9. TONYMOLY I’m Real Aloe Mask Sheet $3.75 – Immediately the cutesy packaging threw me off but I decided to go ahead and give this sheet mask a fair chance. Instantly we were off to a bad start. The mask didn’t fit well over my eyes and mouth, I had to rip them to get them to fit. Instantly I felt the tiniest bit of irritation but I decided to push through. 10 minutes later I literally ripped it off. My skin was bright red, my eyelids felt extremely itchy and irritated, and my entire face was sticky. I ended up washing my face to get it off. This one was a hard no for me.
10. No7 Restore & Renew Multi Action Serum Boost Sheet Mask $5.99 – My favorite thing about this mask is it has an attached neck mask included. As exciting as that was, I had a hard time keeping the neck mask in place, even while on my back. My skin had an undeniable glow afterwards, felt hydrated, and my makeup applied smoothly. At around $6 this is a fantastic budget mask that gives good results.
11. Lancome Renergie Lift Multi-Action Ultra Double Wrapping Cream Face Mask $15 – This two piece cream based mask was one of the best face fitting masks I wore. It felt wonderful on my skin and afterwards my skin did look hydrated, plump, and firm. When I removed the mask I had a lot of white residue on my face that I was able to massage into my skin, this could possibly be an issue for darker skin tones. I’ll definitely be using this mask again, especially before taking photos.
12. TONYMOLY Intense Care Snail Gold 24K Hydrogel Mask $10 – I was a little nervous using this mask mainly because I had such a bad experience with the TONYMOLY Aloe, but also the word snail was throwing me off a bit. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this mask. Afterwards my skin looked plump and hydrated. I did a quick target run and again I had a skin compliment from a stranger and that’s with half my face covered with a mask. Will order again. At $10 it’s a definite repurchase for me. By the way this is the mask I’m wearing in the above photo.
13. Oh K! Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogel Sheet Mask $6 – This two gel piece mask had a pretty iridescent look. I wasn’t expecting much from this mask. I think it was the cutesy packaging. When I took the mask off my skin looked plump and had a nice glow. An hour later my skin felt very moisturized but also incredibly sticky. Although this mask gave my skin a nice glow it was the stickiest mask by far that I used. An hour later my face was still very sticky after using my skincare and makeup. A hard no for me.
14. Lancome Advanced Genifique Hydrogel Melting Rejuvenating Face Mask $15 – This gel mask felt great on and had a nice pleasant scent. After removing I felt some hydration benefits and my skin had a slight tacky feeling. Nothing really good or bad really stood out about this mask. It was pretty basic, some hydration but without any other benefits. I probably won’t use it again unless it’s on sale.
15. Dr. Jart+ Dermamask Water Jet Vital Hydra Solution $6 – This is a fantastic hydrating mask for the price and definitely my favorite Dr. Jart+ sheet mask. Afterwards my skin felt and looked so nourished and hydrated. It delivered the perfect amount of moisture without being too heavy or sticky. My makeup also went on very nicely after using this mask. Being at such a great price I’ll definitely be repurchasing.
16. Sephora Collection Lychee Face Mask $5.50 – The lychee mask is listed as a moisture and glow mask. So far it’s my favorite Sephora mask and I loved the heavenly scent. I found it very hydrating but in a light feeling way, with no sticky residue. I do think my skin needed a little more moisture because I quickly needed a moisturizer, but at under $6 I still found it enjoyable and beneficial. When I’m looking to restock sheet masks around the $6 mark I’ll gladly pick up another one of these.
17. Dr. Jart+ Dermask Micro Jet Brightening Solution $9 – Not only did my skin feel fantastic after this, I glowed for days! I used this the morning before our Las Vegas trip. With the sun, alcohol, and lack of sleep Vegas isn’t exactly easy on the skin. This little gem saved my skin, I saw the lasting effects well into the week. Great hydrating and brightening mask.
18. Dr. Jart+ Cryo Rubber with Brightening Vitamin C Mask $14 – I thought this mask was such a silly gimmick, but the reality was the mask looked nothing like the cover. First you rub a cream on your face and they you apply a rubbery 2 piece cheap face mask over the top. It slid around and didn’t stay in place, and when I removed the mask I had lot of leftover residue that I eventually dabbed off. Later that day my skin did look good, but I won’t be repurchasing this because of the silly unnecessary amount of waste this product produced. Afterwards you’ll be left with an unnecessary pile of garbage.
19. Farmacy Hydrating Coconut Gel Sheet Mask $6 – I couldn’t get this mask to stay on properly, it kept lifting especially around my eyes and nose. Afterwards my skin felt hydrated and not sticky but I didn’t think this mask was anything special. There are many other sheet masks for around $6 I’d rather use.
20. Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask $22 – The nice thing about this mask is it’s dry so it’s mess free and reusable up to 3 times. It’s a great option when your skin needs a nice boost before a date night or special occasion. I definitely saw results, my skin looked fresh and plump the rest of the day and my makeup went on smooth like butter. If you do get 3 uses it makes the price a little over $7 per use which is more reasonable.
I loved so many of these sheet masks, and I’ll definitely be repurchasing them, but I decided to pick 5 overall winners.
I used all these sheet masks in a 4 week period, taking notes as I went. After using all of these masks my skin looked insanely good, almost like I had laser treatments done. So yeah, you can definitely say I’m hooked!
Does dry winter skin have you down? If so it’s time to indulge with this DIY rose petal green tea body scrub! I love creating body scrubs and this time I wanted to create the ultimate feminine body scrub.
Combining Rose petals and green tea with a double dose of skin hydrating oil is a perfect luxurious at-home spa treatment. Not only does it smell incredible it does magic for your skin. Colorado winters are brutal on the skin, but since exfoliating my body in the shower 1-2 times a week and using this scrub daily for my hands my skin is incredibly soft and hydrated.
I always like to give my scrubs a hint of color with food coloring for visual appeal, this is optional however. Just two drops of regular grocery store red food coloring creates this lovely dusty rose pink. If you’re worried about your towels staining have no fear, I promise it won’t stain. I have white towels and I’ve never seen a trace of color on any of our towels after using my scrubs.
A combination of coconut and grapeseed oil gives the skin incredible hydration. I recommend using refined coconut oil because it doesn’t have that coconut smell, but that’s up to you.
To create that heavenly rose scent we use rose petals and rose water. Rose petals are easy to find and affordable. Craft stores usually sell them in the soap making aisle or you can buy a huge food grade bag from Amazon like I did. You can also dry your own petals if your up for it.
Rose water is usually found at specialty grocery stores, cooking stores, and of course Amazon. I used this one. You can also use rose oil (good quality is expensive) or a rose oil blend. It’s more potent than rosewater so you’ll probably only need a few drops.
Another tip: If your rose petals are large like mine run them through a mini food processor or crush them by hand. By doing this 99% of the rose petals easily go down the drain.
I’m so in love with this body scrub (and my girls are too) that I created a larger batch than usual. Feel free to make a half batch if that works best for you. Or keep one batch for yourself and give another away to a friend who needs a little pampering too.
1/2cuprefined coconut oil (refined has no coconut smell)
2 dropsred food coloring (optional)
1tsprose water (or a few drops rose oil)
4green tea bags, opened
2Tbsgrapeseed oil (olive & almond oil work great too)
In a medium size bowl add coconut oil and mix with a spoon or fork until it softens up. Do not melt the oil!
Add rose water and food coloring to the coconut oil and stir to blend.
Add sugar, green tea, and rose petals to the coconut mixture.*If your rose petals are large crush them by hand or run them through a mini food processor.
Using a spoon, mix the ingredients together until it's almost blended, then use your fingers to completely blend the mixture.
Drizzle grapeseed oil evenly over the scrub mixture and quickly blend together using your hands.
Store in an airtight container.
Like all my body scrubs I recommend using them on the body only, not your face. In the past I’ve said it’s okay to use homemade body scrubs within 2-3 weeks. That’s just a general guideline, but sealed in airtight containers I’ve found a few body scrubs months later and they are perfectly fine.
What are you waiting for? Go turn your winter dry skin into winter happy skin.
Let’s talk face masks… no not the ones you’re forced to wear out in public, the beauty kind! It’s been a rough few months in the beauty department with the stores and salons closed. My daughter Haley and I are rocking some pretty serious roots and I’ve forgotten what it’s like to be pampered in a salon or spa. So we’ve been making easy beauty recipes at home, and this simple recipe has just 3 ingredients! When it comes to DIY skincare recipes I’m all about simple and easy to find ingredients.
For this beauty face mask the winning ingredient is turmeric! Consumed in food, turmeric gives the body tremendous health benefits, but did you know you can use it topically on the skin too? Not only does it have anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, it also helps reduce acne and acne scaring, and overall it brightens the skin. Being a woman in her 40’s with acne prone skin and having 2 teenage girls I’d say this DIY face mask is a winner!
Clearly turmeric is the all-star ingredient, but let’s not forget about the honey and greek yogurt. Honey is anti-bacterial and helps to even the skin tone, and it is also moisturizing. Yogurt contains lactic acid that helps exfoliate the skin and boost collagen, and it helps to prevent wrinkles. Combining all 3 ingredients gives you an incredibly easy and effective at-home face mask for pennies!
The recipe below is enough to make 3-4 face masks depending on how thick you apply it. Feel free to reduce this recipe for a smaller portion or double it if you need more.
In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients until blended.
Apply an even layer to the skin for 15-20 minutes.
Rinse using a dark or old wash cloth and apply your regular skincare. For extra exfoliation, once dry wet your finger tips and gently massage the skin, rinse, and apply your regular skincare.
Use immediately or chill in the refrigerator until you're ready to use. I love using this mask chilled, it really de-puffs and wakes your face up.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator in a clean, sealed container and use within 5 days. You can use this mask up to 3x a week.
READ MY HELPFUL TIPS BELOW!
WILL MY FACE STAIN YELLOW?
Yes and no. After you remove the face mask you may see a faint yellow residue. This can be solved easily by washing your face with a gentle cleanser or using a toner with a cotton ball to remove residue. If any mask gets up in your hair line you’ll probably want to jump in the shower.
A FEW TIPS
Turmeric stains so use caution. Use a dark colored wash cloth to avoid staining or paper towels to remove the mask. Also be careful about your countertop or floor and wipe up any drips immediately.
I like to use this face mask right before the shower, it’s so easy to just jump in and rinse and not to worry about staining my wash cloth or countertop.
Don’t use this mask right before a date or special event in case you do have a little yellow residue.
As with all DIY skincare recipes you’ll want to keep things sanitary. If you’re saving leftover mask be sure to scoop out the face mask with a clean spoon (no fingers) to keep it fresh and clean.
Be sure to slice up a some cucumber so you can feel like a spa diva… or if you just need a snack.
This was a lot of fun! We loved this face mask, we all had incredibly smooth, glowing skin afterwards, and bonus you can even eat it! Head to the kitchen and create your own spa night!
We are officially snowed in today, and with Thanksgiving just days away we’re already full of Christmas spirit! The girls and I are big fans of anything gingerbread so we decided to give our favorite sugar scrub recipe a gingerbread twist. ‘Tis the season for dry winter skin! Living in the mountains is especially hard on our skin, so this delicious sugar scrub is the perfect solution to keep our skin silky smooth.
I’ll show you how quick and easy it is to make this scrub. You probably have most or all of the ingredients already on hand in your kitchen.
Just a warning this gingerbread sugar scrub smells so good you might want to eat it!
To preserve the texture of the scrub, it’s important to keep the coconut oil at room temperature and not to melt it. This keeps the mix light and fluffy. I decided to skip the essential oils this time and just use regular spices from our kitchen.
Use a spoon to soften the coconut oil a bit, add the spices, and mash it up to make a paste. Then simply add the sugar and mix well. Once the scrub is mixed together use your hands to blend and break up any coconut oil or sugar lumps. It’s that simple!
This sugar scrub makes an adorable Christmas gift too! Why not share the gingerbread love? Tie a pretty bow or gingerbread ornament to the jar and you’ve got a perfect holiday gift that’s quick to make and budget friendly. Be sure and check the dollar stores for cute holiday jars.
We generally use our scrubs within 2-3 weeks but I have kept some for up to a month and the quality has been fine as long as water has been kept out of the jar. This recipe makes about 2 1/2 cups, we were able to fill 2 small jars.
In a medium size bowl add coconut oil and mix with a spoon until it softens up.
Add spices to the coconut oil, mash and stir well to blend.
Add brown sugar and mix again, using a spoon and your fingers to blend.
Store in a clean storage container and use within 2-3 weeks.
I like to leave a jar of scrub by the sink and use it a few times a day. It’s a lifesaver for our dry winter hands and gives us our gingerbread fix! It has all the yummy goodness of gingerbread but it’s calorie free!
We’re just getting started with our gingerbread spiced fun so expect more on the blog soon. As for now we’re off to play in our snow. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
May is just days away, and here in Texas the temps are starting to warm up fast… summer is just around the corner! Those first few days of wearing shorts and dresses can be a little scary, especially when you’re dealing with dry post-winter skin. So this is where you need a good body scrub on your side. Coconut and lime is such a winning combination in my book!
This is such a fun scrub to make and to use in the shower. It takes me back to my childhood of coconut snow cones in the summer, only with a fresh twist of lime. I don’t know about you but it’s engrained in my brain that coconut is supposed to be blue! Some of my best memories growing up involve having a blue tongue. Using this scrub is like having a tropical summertime party in the shower, it’s calorie free and leaves you with silky soft skin too. Plus I’ll show you how simple it is to make!
It’s really easy to zest a lime using this zester tool, it work’s great for zesting all citrus. Be sure to save the lime for another use. You can use any lime oil, but if you followed my last blog post you know I’ve just gotten started with Young Living so naturally I used their oil. It’s the highest quality and priced affordably. I added a little coconut extract just to up the coconut fun since coconut oil isn’t very fragrant… remember I’m wanting to relive my coconut snow cone days.
You can absolutely leave out the drop of food coloring if you desire but the small amount shouldn’t stain your skin and adds to the blue tropical party! We have white towels and have zero color residue when drying off.
In a medium sized bowl add the coconut oil and stir with a spoon until it softens up. It's important not to melt the coconut oil so your scrub will have a light fluffy texture.
Add the lime zest, lime essential oil, coconut extract, and food coloring to the coconut oil, and stir to blend.
Pour in the sugar, and mix well. Store in a clean container.
As with all homemade body scrubs you’ll want to store them in a cool, dry location and use them within 2-3 weeks. Have no worries about the lime zest spoiling in the mixture, the lime oil is a natural preservative. Take care, though, when using it in the shower not to let water get into your container or it might dissolve the scrub.
Coconut oil makes an incredible moisturizing body scrub. In the winter months when my skin is extra dry I simply rinse it off in the shower and towel dry. My skin is on the oiler side, though, so in the warmer months I need to rinse with a gentle soap or body wash afterwards, but I still feel the moisturizing benefits. Just listen to your skin… you know what’s best. Either way this scrub will leave your skin silky smooth and have you ready for summer!
I’m feeling summer vibes this week so look forward to another post soon that involves limes… and maybe a little tequila. Cheers!