I love when people say "diamonds are a girl's best friend," because in my mind I'm thinking, um have these girls ever had chocolate?! lol. Chocolate is a girl's best friend. Now that we got that all cleared up..
Back in February for Valentine's Day, my lovely fiancé got me the Chocolate Lover's box by Vegan Cuts. Which, if you have not yet made your way to Vegan Cuts website, do yourself a favor and check it out, because it's fabulous. You can get great deals and free shipping on a lot of items. Plus, they offer monthly beauty and food boxes, as well as special occasion boxes, such as this Chocolate Lover's box I got.
In that lovely box, I received this sample of Thesis Beauty Chocolatier's Gift Face Mask. It's all natural, organic, vegan, and made with top notch ingredients like raw cacao powder, Kaolin and Moroccan Rhassoul clay, organic spices, and a few other skin loving ingredients. This mask is like a miracle product that does it all. It moisturizes without being heavy. It effectively cleans your skin without being harsh. It smoothes and revives your skin. Skin of all types and ages can use this product. I have oily acne-prone skin all four season, but I'm also lucky enough that in the winter I get dry skin patches as well. And when I was using it during the colder months, my dry patches felt smoother after I used this. And now that it's almost summer, and my oily acne-prone skin is about to be at it's worst, I still haven't had any issues or reactions. I believe it's gentle enough that even those with sensitive skin will be able to use it with few issues, if any at all.
One of my favorite things about this mask is that it's a powder. This is a plus for me because I love having the flexibility to mix whatever liquid I want with it depending on which skin concern I'm dealing with. Also, because of that flexibility, you can mix it to whatever consistency you like. Most pre-mixed masks contain fillers, which aren't always good ingredients. This mask is only good ingredients with zero fillers. What you may not realize is because it's not pre-mixed, you can actually make the product last much longer. I have only used 1/4 of my little tiny sample since February, and I use this mask at least once a week. A little really does go a long way, and anything that gives me more bang for my buck, sign me up!
I'm also a huge fan of the scent. It's smells like rich decadent dark cacao. Like, a really fancy dark chocolate bar. Cacao doesn't smell like the chocolate you might be thinking of. Most of those "chocolate" scented items aren't made of real chocolate. The smell is not sweet, but it's very pleasant and natural.
Something about this mask just feels so fancy and luxurious to me. It's probably a mixture of the smell, and the quality ingredients, that make it feel like something you would get as a facial at a spa. Usually, I come home from work on Friday night. Take my makeup off and wash my face. Then apply this and take a deep breathe and relax.
You can mix it in a bowl, or in a lid of some sort, on a plate. Pretty much whatever you choose. I'm lazy and would rather not waste a dish, so I use my palm. I also feel like just mixing it with my fingers leaves kind of a gritty texture to it, as you can see, because it's not fully mixed, and that grittiness provides a really gentle exfoliation while applying it. You can essentially mix this mask with anything. You could use water, any type of non-dairy milk, hot or cold teas, juices. Experiment with a little bit of everything to decide which you like best! You may want colder products for a refreshing summertime treat, or hot products to warm you up on a cold winter's night. I tend to mix mine with water because I like the consistency to be a little more watery than thick.
I just pour about half a tablespoon in my palm, add about 8-10 drops of water, and mix with my finger. This is about enough for my cheeks and my chin. I usually have to add an additional dime sized amount, with 4-6 drops of water, for my forehead and nose. Be sure to avoid getting it too close to your eyes, nose, and mouth. You can let it sit and dry on your face anywhere from 15-30 minutes. The thinner it is the quicker it dries, obviously. But, I usually watch TV or do some light housework while I wait, and the time flies by.
Not exactly the most glamorous picture, but this is what it looks like while it's drying. The paler parts are dried, and the darker parts are still drying. I also recommend using something to keep your hair back, like my adorable Hello Kitty head band, because otherwise your hair gets in your face and it's just a big mess. When it's all dry, I rinse my face with lukewarm then cool water, pat dry with a towel, and apply my usual skin care products I do every night. My skin always feels so much softer and smoother afterwards. This mask is a definite recommendation!
You can purchase a 2.85 oz jar for $19.95 on the Thesis Beauty website. Their website states that they offer free shipping on order over $75, otherwise, shipping is never more than $4.95. Considering the ingredients, the versatility, the results, and the longevity of the product, $19.95 is a very fair price. You could get a store bought, chemical laden, non-vegan, bunny harming "chocolate" mask at a drug store for cheaper, but you're not gonna get the same results, or good feeling you get buying vegan and cruelty free!