Fancy stuff! For cheap!

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The Shop Tart has always been intrigued by sheet masks for her face. (Or is it always called a “masque” if it has to do with skincare? Anyone?) They can be very expensive, like more than the cost of a facial in a spa. Just for a disposable tissue type thing you put on your face. But they really work. Recently, the Shop Tart saw a mask/que from Target get props in Allure. She can still see the marks in the driveway from when she pealed out to get that mask. When she got to Target, she headed straight to the Masque Bar by Look Beauty station. And she couldn’t remember which one Allure had recommended.

Masque Bar by Look Beauty at Target

She asked the Tank, “Is my face more saggy or more wrinkled?”

“More saggy, Mommy,” he said. “Because you don’t have any wrinkles!”

Love. That. Kid. She tried both, the wrinkle reducing (with green tea extract, collagen and vitamin E), and the firming and lifting, (with green tea extract, Coenzyme Q10 and vitamin E). The results? Awesome. After just 20 or 30 minutes sitting at her desk wearing the mask, the Shop Tart’s skin was refreshed and plumped, in a good way, like when you fluff pillows and they suddenly look cleaner.

She liked both masks so much, she used one every single day. (Yes, this could get expensive, and she totally promises to chill out soon.) Soon, she went back to Target for more, and tried something new.

Masque Bar by Look Beauty at Target

The brightening mask, with orange extract, licorice root and vitamin C, is another hit. The brightening mask was not quite as good for moisturizing, which is not a fault, since it isn’t meant for that. Just so you know!

Now, the Shop Tart has never used the expensive sheet masks, but she can say that they are less effective than a good, salon facial, but more effective than a mediocre to crappy one. And even if you get regular facials from a pro, these are great for in between appointments. And you know when you have to go out? And your skin looks blah? That firming and lifting masque will totally do you a solid.

So. The Shop Tart has a question. She has some air travel coming up and she thinks her skin would love it if she wore one of the masques on the flight. They most definitely look weird. They could, potentially, scare small children. Is it her right as a paying flyer to look weird and possibly scare children? Or is that just rude? The mask/ques are not messy, because any remaining product can be rubbed into your neck or hands. Or feet! The Shop Tart’s feet need love when she flies! Okay, that might be crossing a line. But really, can she do this in the air? Yes or no? Just be honest!

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9 comments on “Fancy stuff! For cheap!
  1. Sylvia says:

    Dear Shop Tart, I love you, but I’m gonna say “NO!”. Just do in the morning or evening when you get to your destination. Or if you do it, put a scarf over your face and just rest. Because it will be scary/creepy.

  2. Sylvia says:

    Also, thanks for the tips on the mask/ques!

  3. Heather says:

    Hmmm…I’m thinking “burn victim chic” won’t be a good look, and it will definitely scare children (as well as adults). I’m going to agree with Sylvia and say it’s a don’t.

    These look interesting. I’ll have to try one out. Thanks for the info!

  4. Jessica says:

    Go for it! Worse things have happened on a plane!

  5. Kelly Olsen says:

    As one who travels frequently, I would agree with the reader above who said no.

    I swear by the Mario Badescu Aloe and Rosewater facial spray, and carry a small one in my quart sized, under 3oz bag of stuff and spritz my face a couple of times during the flight – depending on the length of the trip. If its an overnight, I try and take a moisturizing mask and use it before bed. It sounds like those sheet masks would be great for travel, and wouldn’t have to go in the quart size bag. I will have to check them out!

  6. MBC says:

    These look great! I’ve been hoping to find a new masque!

  7. Oh! I’ve been looking for a cheaper alternative to the other popular brand. Thanks! As for the plane. Slab some Shea butter on your face it”ll keep you moisturized. Same with feet and hands. But if you do decide to brave wearing the mask…I want video.

  8. Jessica says:

    > Is it her right as a paying flyer to look weird and possibly scare children?

    Absolutely. If people have the right to bring screaming, squirming, antsy, chair-kicking children or germy, sneezing, cold-spreading sick folks onto airplanes, the Shop Tart has absolutely every right to wear a harmless, silent, face-firming mask. But she should probably wait to put it on until after she goes through security, unless she wants to end up on the no-fly list :)

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