Monday, October 15, 2007


An aside, before I get into my post...I have made the best salad EVER. Delicate cod sautee'd in butter, mushrooms, crumbled bacon, cracked pepper and dill served over spinach, ripe tomatoes and shredded cheddar. It's fabulous.

I am not eating my salad looking like this:


This is a photo from last night, wherein which I pranced about the house with green mud all over my face. When your hormones are tantrumming it necessitates skin care you wouldn't otherwise participate in.

I used to like peel off face masks. There is a moment of triumph when you peel it off your face in one large sheet. Ever spread Elmer's glue all over your hand in elementary school and then peel it off after it dried? You could see your whole handprint! It's extra awesome to see your own faceprint! Or you could peel off a footprint or buttprint...let's not get more descriptive than that.

Despite the fun of peel off mask, I'm a recent convert to clay based face masks with lots of good old sulphur in them. Proactiv makes a heavily advertised and expensive version that smells much like diaper cream. (Speaking of buttprints.) I found this version at The Family Dollar for a buck fifty and it smells much better. I'm proud to present October's Bestest Housewifely Doodad:

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque.

It's spearminty! Do not confuse it with tootpaste.

This is lovely stuff on oily skin types. Slathered on once a week, it'll leach out all the nasty crap that infiltrates your pores. Got pimples? A little dab will do ya. Avoid your eyes, let it dry and then rinse off with plain water. The sulphur and bentonite in this all natural formula is what makes this mask work well, while the mint encourages blood circulation.

(Do not answer the door having forgotten that you've dabbed green mud on a pimple. It's your HOA association presidency and they will stare at it while they inspect your siding and fencing for weather damage.)

Mint Julep Masque comes in both tubes and tubs. You may prefer a tub because this stuff is thick. Squeezing it out of the tube takes hand muscle. Buy it at a grocery or department store near you.

If you have very sensitive skin, Mint Julep Masque might irritate that.

God, that was a good salad.

Thank you Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. I like you, I really like you.


  1. for a second there...I thought that was Salad dressing on your face. That's what I get for reading about every 5th word.

  2. Hey Becky, I'm cracking up at your post. I too find great pleasure in the peel off stage of a facial proceedure. But for me, it's Biore pore pads. I love those things. What sort of grotesque feature of the brain allows us to find joy in this process? Sorry it's been so long...busy writing other stuff, but didn't mean to be so neglectful to my friends!

  3. I'd rather put the minty mask on my salad than the cod. Cod needs lemon butter and to be nestled over rice! Cod doesn't belong on spinach. No!

  4. I used to love peel off masks too, until I read that they stretch the skin too much when you pull them off! Don't overdo it with the mint though, it can be highly irritating--that's why it makes your skin pink and the blood flow, LOL. Tea Tree Oil works great on pimples too.
    I'm really enjoying reading your blog!


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