i subscribed to ipsy about a year ago because i was genuinely interested in moving away from my $8 drugstore makeup basics, but was also overwhelmed by the prices and selection available. it's been a fantastic way to sample products AND it's forced me to learn how to do things like apply eye shadow and attempt a skincare routine.
i definitely still spend a lot of days with a bare face, but beauty products are absolutely an aspect of self care for me. especially as a new mom, having time to shower, change out of my lounging clothes and pamper myself is proving to be a huge contributor to my overall mood. there's some truth to the look good, feel good cliche. so, i'll be reviewing samples and staples here, because... why not? (and i promise i'll never endorse anything insincerely).
so, my glam bag arrives and, behold, this peel off mask. now, i am a giant weirdo who enjoys peeling sunburns and would still probably indulge my childhood hobby of coating my hands in white glue and peeling it off if i had some laying around... so i am inevitably excited about this.
after sneaking a shower while my partner held our darling baby, i slather this copper goodness all over my face and wait the (five to) ten minutes recommended on the container. it smells great and feels refreshing.
now, the removal. even for someone with a weird peeling fixation, this is a bit of a chore. the mask comes off in small patches. it also clings tightly enough to my skin to remove some peach fuzz around my jawline (unintended perk?). here are the results of approximately twenty minutes of peeling:
shortly after i take this photo, i give up and wash the rest off. my skin certainly feels fresh, if slightly raw and, after some moisturizer, i have a nice glow going on.
i forget to take a photo of my skin immediately after, so here i am living my best back seat station wagon mom life in a parking lot later in the evening:
i'm just wearing a tinted moisturizer and my skin is definitely more vibrant than usual.
so, in closing, this was a fun product with visible results, but also a bit of a chore. if i was going to rate it, which i guess i probably should if i plan on reviewing things, i'd give it a 3.5/5. it was fun to wear (i'm a sucker for glimmery, nice smelling masks) and it left my skin feeling fresh and renewed. it was also a bit of a pain to get off and felt alarmingly like getting my face waxed at times. was the sample cool? hell yeah! would i pay $49 US for it? i definitely need to give the sample another go before deciding. but you can get your hands on a bottle here if you want to!