I like slapping stuff on my face from the pantry to see what happens, it’s interesting. And cheap. And I feel like I’m sticking it to “the man” somehow (no one sells me beauty products by making me feel ugly). I also strive to try out new things I find on Pinterest and the egg white mask kept showing up…
My skin gets gross in the summer. I like to keep my skin tidy and clear so I don’t feel the need to wear foundation. There’s a few obvious skin fixes like adequate hydration, quality sleep, exercise and a decent diet. That’s not always simple to maintain. Besides, my pore problems run a little deeper than needing more beauty sleep once the heat, humidity and UV start taking their toll. (Not to mention the copious amounts of sunscreen I wear.)
In the past, I’ve used an oat bran mask to soften and cleanse my skin. It’s great, does a beautiful job- especially when mixed with a spoonful of plain yogurt. The only thing I don’t love about it is it can be kind of sloppy to apply and chunky to remove. This is no problem when I need a really deep scrub, but I wanted to find a skin fix halfway between an oat mask and a regular cleanse.
Egg white masks are exactly what they sound like- egg whites. That’s it. It tightens the skin, minimizes pores, smoothes out the skin’s texture and removes blackheads- gently. Just whip it up a little so it froths. (Egg yolk hair masks are marvelous, btw.)
I took these pictures the morning after a late night with a friend, you can still see the remnants of a nuevo-flapper eyeliner experiment around my eyes. I quickly washed my face, but nothing serious.
I applied the mask with my fingers. It does smell like eggs, but I don’t find the scent too unpleasant. The egg whites feel like a slightly viscous mask, the kind that will indeed tighten and tone the skin and perhaps peel off. Then I wait. It dries after about 15 minutes.
When it’s dry, my face feels completely immobile. Is this what it feels like to get Botox? Then I rinse it off with cool water. It comes off quite readily, I finger-scrub using a circular motion to clear off every last bit of egg.
Then I pat dry and apply Sorbolene. By the way- that’s the best best best moisturizer I’ve used in my life. It’s better than all of the expensive creams I tried to get my skin under control, it’s better than the “I don’t have rent to pay but I have a job” potions I used in highschool, it’s better than the organic flowery smelling stuff at Lush. It’s simply the best thing I’ve ever put on my skin. A $5 bottle of Sorbolene has lasted me the better part of a year. (It’s also fantastic for removing clown makeup and shaving.) $5 for a year’s worth of the best moisturizer I’ve ever used.
The egg white mask removes my greasies, drags out the impurities and leaves behind smooth-as-charmeuse skin with very little mess or inconvenience. Once I saw the results were worth it, I got over the scent of raw egg. I always notice my skin continues to spit out yucky things for a little while after I remove the mask. Is that TMI?
I did not, did not apply anything except OCC Lip Tar NSFW before taking this last shot. I like a monochromatic look, so I dabbed a tiny bit of Lip Tar on the apples of my cheeks. I took all of these phone camera photos within the same 20 minutes or so in my bathroom.
In fact, I think the effect is even more pronounced on a proper camera so the egg white mask has become a part of the photo-shoot process around here. I want to look nice for y’all. I save the leftover egg whites in the fridge and re-apply for several days in a row. It’s gentle and by the time I use up the entire egg white, I feel incandescent.
Next time I get the itch to try something weird on my skin, I may try the gelatin mask. I’ve read mixed reviews, so I’m feeling more cautious than curious at this point.
Have you ever tried either an oat, egg white, or gelatin mask? How did that work out? What other masks (of any type) do you like to use? I can’t be the only face mask addict out there…
Cake Cake Cake
By this weekend, I’ll have published the last of the Tiramisu Support pages on sewingcake.com, including the FBA page and the Sleeves hack. Tira’s been quite an interesting learning experience, and while it shows in the pattern that Tiramisu was my first release I’m still proud of what we’ve accomplished.
We. You, me, and my long-suffering husband and friends. I didn’t broadcast this widely before, but I want you to know that Cake Patterns and the Tiramisu Knit Dress Pattern came to life without me having to take out any business loans. The pre-sale covered production costs for the pattern, and while I haven’t paid myself or contributed to our rent or upgraded my equipment yet, I think that’s something to be proud of. It’s a big deal to me.
It took over 6 months to build Cake, figure out the process, pole-vault over hurdles and deliver Tiramisu to your doorsteps and letter boxes. Pavlova, the second release, has been in production since late October and is nearing completion! We should go to print in early January. That’s more or less 6 weeks versus 6 months to produce a pattern. I’ll be running the Tiramisu 30 Minute A Day Sewalong in early January, and want to focus my energy on that project.
Instead of shooting for an early January Circus that conflicts with the sewalong, I’ll be running the Pavlova Circus and Pre-Sale from December 15th-20th. It’s shorter this time, dreamier.
During the Pavlova Circus I want to focus more on design inspiration, ballerinas, pattern lore, the new Cake Covergirl and meringues. Oh- and of course, I’ll show you the insides and outs of the many versions of Pavlova I’ve stitched together during production! Basically, this Circus will be all the delicious types of posts I haven’t been publishing lately but have been dying to.
Besides, at this time of year, who has the brain cells for lengthy tech posts? Let’s have some fun!