Seriously, this IS happening
There is no way to look cute wearing a Beauty Elements Facial Treatment Mask. I really did try to make these pics appear less scary by throwing a chubby tabby cat into the mix (usually works like a charm), but in this case even Tabs couldn’t help.
Er, not sure what’s going on here
Take home lesson: before you pop on one of these pre-moistened cotton masks, usher your crush/hubby/kids outside, since the only option is to look completely frightening.
These treatment masks, which cost $8-15 each, are made by an Oahu-based spa and skincare line called Beauty Elements. You can find them at select stores across Hawaii (I snagged mine at Blue Hawaii Lifestyle in the Ala Moana mall), and I’d bet that at least one of them would ship to the mainland if you called around.
Each one comes soaked with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, silk proteins and seaweed, and they’re supposed to help with a number of skin issues (fine lines, firmness etc.). I picked up two: Hydra (for the dry skin part) and Time Reverse (for the getting old part).
When I took out Hydra this morning, the very first thing I noticed was how cold and slimy the mask felt. I kept thinking of gooey snail slime, which, to quote my eloquent fourth grade self, was “totally grody to the max.”
After I got the mask on, I felt a slight stinging sensation in sensitive areas around the corners of my nose and mouth (I’m guessing it was from the hyaluronic acid), but it went away after about five minutes. After that, the mask felt soothing, crisp and refreshing. I was sitting at my computer at the time, but I think a hot bath would’ve taken the experience to the next level.
When my watch said that 20 minutes had passed, I peeled it off. The fine lines were still there (shoot!), but my face feel slightly tighter, which I guess is the “firming” part. My skin didn’t feel all that hydrated, though. Bummer.
Beauty Elements recommends throwing out the mask after wearing it once, but I’m guessing one could easily eek out a second use. When I pulled it off there was still a LOT of the slimy serum left on it, so storing it in an airtight bag should keep it moist for at least few more days.
The company also suggests using one of their masks at least once a week, although I dunno… The experience was interesting and kinda neat, but I didn’t notice enough of a life-changing difference to commit.
Plus, there’s the whole holy-crap-I-look-like-Michael-Myers thing. Maybe I’ll take it out next Halloween and wear it around the neighborhood to scare trick-or-treaters…
AVAILABILITY: At select stores in Hawaii
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,