The Face Shop Real Nature Mask: Aloe Vera

I had a day to myself today, and with some time to spare, I tried out this facial mask that one of my roommates gifted to me a little while back.

With even more time to spare, I decided to write up a little review.

Disclaimer #1: I am not being paid to review this product.
Disclaimer #2: I have good skin, thanks largely to good genes, so please take skincare reviews with a grain of salt.

The Face Shop Real Nature Mask: Aloe Vera

A soothing/hydrating mask sheet containing aloe extract, which hydrates and soothes the skin with a rich sense of moisturization, to provide instant care to puffy and sensitive skin.” – from the package

Pictured: The Face Shop Real Nature Mask in Aloe Vera, as depicted on The Face Shop’s website

The directions indicate that you should use this mask following up a cleanser + toner regimen. I didn’t follow these instructions to a T, but oh well!

The mask is a cloth mask that is saturated with the formula. It is scented, quite strongly so, and smelled a lot like the cucumber-melon fragrance you may find in other products. I struggled a little bit with getting it to be in the right place on my face, but eventually I got it. The problem with this was that I don’t think my entire face was in contact with the mask.

I left the mask on for 20 minutes and could feel a bit of a tingle as I waited. I took the mask off and it was still very much saturated with formula, so I’ve since shoved it back in its bag and will maybe rub more formula into my face at a later date because I am thrifty and also bad at throwing things away.

The formula is pretty sticky, even after patting it into the skin after removing the mask. It doesn’t absorb extremely readily, either, but my face does feel refreshed and seems to be very moisturized.

Ingredients note: This product is not alcohol-free, silicone-free, oil-free, or paraben-free.

Bottom line

This is a decent mask, but I don’t know how moisturizing it actually is (will see how my skin fares tomorrow) or how good it is on sensitive skin. The scent may also be a bit irritating for people. However, I enjoyed it and liked pampering myself for a bit while scaring my little brother.

Would I purchase this on my own? Probably not.

Summertime Sensations

Today, I started really feeling like it was summer. Here’s a list of a few things that gently let me know it’s summertime.

Summer Collage

  • Fireflies
  • The smell of sunscreen
  • Warm thunderstorms
  • Listening to the radio in the car
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Mosquito bites
  • Bare legs
  • Action blockbusters
  • Tomatoes
  • Corn on the cob
  • Barbecue anything
  • Grilled anything
  • The smell of salt in the air
  • Air conditioning
  • Watermelon
  • Ice cream
  • Ice pops
  • Italian ice
  • Crickets chirping
  • The smell of chlorine
  • Going camping
  • Sprinklers

And many more…

Summer is here everyone. Let’s enjoy it the best that we can.

Day 7 — Your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend/love/crush

I don’t have any true ex-boyfriends, but I could write to the person who comes closest.

(Warning: This letter got a bit long, oops. I have a lot more things to say than I thought to this person that I never got to and, unless he reads this, I never will.)

Dear Katana,

Please know that I had so much fun thanks to you. I never planned to spend the summer after graduating high school with a boy I had only known for 2 months, but I’m so grateful for the time we had. It was thanks to you that I was able to attend my prom at all, and I got to have an amazing time at both my school’s prom and yours one month later. I just think we didn’t have enough time together. There was the minor distance that we had trouble overcoming due to lack of cars. And I wanted to stay in my own hometown to go to grad parties and say my last farewells to my school and my friends.

I didn’t tell too many people about us because I had graduated and it didn’t matter enough to tell everyone about it. My friends didn’t believe I liked you, because I was also flirtatious with another boy. (The boy I thought would ask me to prom but didn’t.) I had to tell them that, while I wasn’t proud of it, I liked two guys; while one of them had a year to reciprocate any feelings he may have had and didn’t, you chose to act immediately. I appreciated that so much.

But while you were on vacation, I called you. I didn’t want to have to see you in person because it was a hassle, but also it was harder that way. You told me about Disneyland and seeing Leonardo DiCaprio’s house and how you were getting me Ghiradelli chocolates. I told you that that sounded awesome but maybe we should take a break so that we could focus on our friends and enjoying graduation and our time at home. At the time, you were going to school out of state and I didn’t want to take you away from this time at home. You thanked me for my honesty and consideration, and you admitted that what I told you wasn’t easy to hear.
I think things would have ended a little differently if I knew we’d be going to college together.

I was really disappointed when you started smoking. Not just because of how I feel about smoking but because of how I found out. Your friends, who hadn’t known that I had broken things off, were calling me and texting me and IMing me. They were deeply concerned about you because you had been acting out since you started smoking. I was furious when I found out, because they truly believed I was the only person who could get through to you and that their pleas fell on deaf ears. I called you for the first time in a short while and immediately demanded to know what was going on. You gave me maybe the dumbest reason for lighting a cigarette that I have ever heard, and you were awfully oblivious about the pain you had caused your friends.

I think that was the first time I cried over you. I was just so sad because one of the things I liked most about you was what a great friend you are. These guys looked up to you SO much. They respected and admired you and wanted to protect you. And you hurt them and you didn’t know how. There wasn’t an ounce of ill will between us until this incident, and it wasn’t until this point that our open-ended break was closed.

Your current girlfriend didn’t like me when we were at school, at least not at first. (I’ll admit, I’m still a wee bit scared of her. ^^;) Too many people knew me as your ex, and I had to gently tell them I was just your prom date, out of respect for the very real relationship you have with your girlfriend and also because I’m too proud to admit something like “my first relationship was almost non-existent”.

It sounds mean when I say this, but I mean it as warmly as I can. You have something very real with your girlfriend, and I have something very real with my boyfriend. Our “fling” doesn’t come close to what we have now. We saw less of each other than middle school couples do and we never had a proper date.

But I’m very grateful to you for the short time we had together. You’re a good guy.

I’m glad I met you. I wish you all the best, and I hope we can continue to be friends, even though our paths rarely cross.


I’m sorry we never got to go paddleboating here like you wanted.
I was truly looking forward to that.