Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What's the Best Way to Use Up $50 of Prestige Product in 20 Minutes?

After receiving an email blast from Sephora over the weekend I was inspired.

By what you may ask?

Well cult favorite SK-II is coming to Sephora.  Cate Blanchett's face could convince me to buy any product.  I didn't see it in the store yet when I was in my local Sephora yesterday but I'm excited that this line is going to become more accessible.

For those of you who are not familiar with the brand, SK-II is known for it's key ingredient Pitera which is a blend of vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and organic acids that was discovered at a sake brewery in Japan. Someone noticed that all of the women brewing the rice wine had extremely young-looking hands and SK-II was born.

I currently only own the Facial Treatment Essence and I bought it about a year and a half ago.  At the time, I think I just didn't get it.  I hadn't started using Arcona yet so the watery consistency threw me off.  It claimed to be extremely hydrating but I just wasn't feeling it.  A year or so later and I'm kind of back on the band wagon.

The product I REALLY want is the Facial Treatment Mask which is a scary-looking cotton mask soaked in the Facial Treatment Essence.  I've read a lot of great reviews about this over the years, including one from Tina at The Beauty Snob who likes to wear this for the duration of international flights.

This past weekend Hubby and I had a black-tie event to go to and I really wanted my skin to be glowing.  Not just dewy and fresh but glowing.  I looked into my cabinet to see what would be best and had some of the usual suspects: Kate Somerville Quench Mask, Aquaphor and layers of Arcona products.  Then my eyes locked onto my half empty bottle of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.

The wheels started turning and I decided to make my own mask.  The results were both scary and effective.  I decided to use a kleenex instead of paper towel or TP because I had hoped it would require less product to saturate it.  My cutting skills are a little rusty as I think my neighbor's 5-year old would do a better job cutting but it did the job.

Just in time for Halloween!

After I created my mask masterpiece I poured about $30-$50 worth of Facial Treatment Essence into a small bowl and put the kleenex in to soak it all up.

I then gently unfolded it and placed it over my face.  I looked pretty scary so I'll spare you from those photos but let me tell you, my skin was really happy.  I left it on for about 20 minutes until it was dry and then removed it.  The kleenex was maybe not the best choice because a little stuck to my face but I just gently rubbed my fingers over those spots and it came right off.  next time I'd also cut a tiny hole over my nose so I can breath.  I already looked scary enough with this on without turning into a mouth breather, too.

I immediately followed this up with my usual pre-makeup routine and it was worth it.  My skin was hydrated and glowing to such a degree that now all I can think of is getting the real mask.  I feel more confident about dropping $125 on 10 masks now that I got such great results from my janky homemade version.  I can only imagine how great the real things works.

Photos: Me

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