Lit from Within: I Know Why Superheroes Wear Masques
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Monday, August 18, 2014

I Know Why Superheroes Wear Masques


Hello, Fireflies!

My name is Nidia, and I am a masque-aholic.

I admit it.  I used to never see the point.  I started off with peeling masques - the gateway masques.  Then, it was the harder stuff, the clay masques.  I'm even experimenting with snail extract masques.  It's a problem.

But they feel SO GOOD!

After trying the original Glam Glow masque (see my initial review HERE), I knew I needed to find a budget-friendly alternative.  I didn't think I was ready for a DIY version, but after seeing Laura's recipe on My Newest Addiction, I did a little research and found another recipe on The Twisted Horn, and some more recommendations on the Amazon.com reviews for the clay.

Here's the recipe I came up with:

Lit From Within's DIY Clay Masque

1/4 cup Bentonite clay
2 Tbs water
2 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar (organic, with mother)
8 capsules of activated charcoal
1 Tbs coconut oil
goo scraped from 1 leaf of fresh Aloe Vera (about 1 tsp)
3 drops of lavender essential oil
4 drops of clary sage essential oil

Mix it all together in a sandwich baggie, and it's no-mess.  You don't even have to open the charcoal capsules if you don't want to - they dissolve in the Apple Cider Vinegar!

Pro-tip:  Use a synthetic-bristle brush, like a foundation paddle brush, to apply the masques.  You'll get a nice, smooth, even application, and you won't be cleaning the mess out from underneath your fingernails.  

I do like the cooling sensation of the original peppermint and eucalyptus oils, but this version is more calming.  I may add in some peppermint oil next time.  I've applied two masques so far from this batch, and there's probably at least two more.  I'm keeping it in the fridge.


For comparison, I rehydrated my left-over Glam Glow masque and tried it again.  My version is definitely missing the pulsating, tingling feeling that I believe comes from the peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils.  Mine is also missing the leaves and grit, which I don't mind at all.

I mean, what is the deal with the leaves?  It makes me feel like this masque was scooped up from the forest floor, complete with leaves and twigs.


Another supposed dupe for this masque is the Queen Helene Mint Julep mud masque. I love this masque, and it's usually under $4.

I have also found some other fun masques.  This is the Gargamel masque, made from smushed Smurfs:


Ok, not really, but it could be.  It's the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Dead Sea Minerals Facial Anti-Stress Mask.  Say that five times fast.  I don't know if it actually did anything for my skin, but it is relaxing.  And, the hubby and I got a good laugh over my blue hue.

On another home-spa day, I did a hair masque and a face masque at the same time!

I'm wearing a self-heating conditioning cap on my hair, over my Kimble Beauty conditioning hair masque, and a Secret Key Snail Repairing sheet masque on my face.  Witness my first sheet masque.

My head was so warm, and my face was so cool.  Feel the sensation!


What are you favorite masques?  Do you DIY?

28 comments:

  1. I've never tried a DIY face mask but its been something I've been interested in trying. I love face masks as well. I have a lot of sheet face mask which I try to use at least once a week.

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    1. I just bought some sheet masques. They are so weird! They seem to all be hydrating, though, which I need less than deep cleaning ones.

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  2. OMG your face in that last photo, LOVE! lol!

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  3. OMG, that is the funniest photo ever! Seriously, the recipe for the first masque is just great!

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  4. OMG love this post. That is a great photo with the sheet mask on. I need to try all of these DIY Glam Glow Masks. I totally agree with you, who wants twigs and leaves in a mask. lol....

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  5. bahahah you are too cute!! Love the diy ideas! The baggie...such a brilliant idea!

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    1. LOL. I can't take credit for the baggie idea - it came from one of the Amazon reviewers for the clay. Worked like a charm, though! Those charcoal capsules and the clay can get everywhere! And I didn't have to melt the coconut oil or do any of the finessing of the mixture - just dump and squish!

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  6. I love the subject title! Hahahaha. Bookmarking this so I can do all of these :)

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    1. Yay! I'd love to hear about your faves.

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  7. That last picture lol! I am collecting masks like crazy lately lol

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  8. I also love masks but my thing is definitely more Asian sheet masks for deep moisture.

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  9. OMG! LOOOVEEE the pics!!! I love masks!!

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  10. Okay, your last mask pic made me crack uuuuup. Hilarious!!

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  11. Clay masks are too drying for my skin but I love hydrating ones.

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  12. LOL! I love masks, too. I'm going to have to pick up the Queen Helene soon.

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  13. You crazy lady, your last photo made me laugh!!!! I love masks too

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  14. Great diy recipe. Queen Helene Mint Julep masque is one of my all time favorite face mask.

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  16. Love your post! Thanks for linking me! Your pictures are hilarious! LOL

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  17. I don't DIY but that Glamglow mask hurt my face so bad. I'd be willing to try a DIY for safety sake lol

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    1. For $$ sake, you should try the Queen Helene masque. It's so wonderful. If you do DIY, and the astringent part is what hurts your face, I wouldn't use the Apple Cider Vinegar, or dilute it more with water. Or use chamomile tea, like Laura uses in her recipe. These oils are, in my opinion, much easier on the skin, so you might like that part. I actually like the sensation from a little peppermint oil, I'm finding, even though some things I'm reading say that it's damaging to the skin.

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  18. LOOL that last picture has me cracking up like crazy hahaha! Looks like you had a fabulous SPA day :)

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  19. I LOVE Your photos... oh my gosh, you crack me up. I want to try this because I spent so much money on my glamglow for it to only dry up... the first one I got dried, then returned and the second one dried up too... Errrr.....

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    1. Same thing happened to me - the jar for Glam Glow is terrible. I saw that they are now using a tube for their samples, which seems to me to be a better idea. I was told you can just rehydrate it the jar with water, if you want to try and save your investment.

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