Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wine + Mask Wednesday (Intersection Miles Edge White Wine + Anerah Rejuvenating Mineral Mask)

I was really looking forward to my Wine and Mask Wednesday today - this week has been super crazy! 

My theme for this week is to focus on a wine and a mask from small company! 

My wine for this week is:

Intersection Estate Winey Mile's Edge White ~ $18.90. This wine is only available at the tasting room in Oliver, British Columbia, a few liquor stores, and a couple of restaurants. While wine tasting in B.C. leads to some big companies, I love that it also brings you to some smaller, family owned businesses that aren't widely available in stores! 

Mile's Edge is described as:
"Fermented in stainless steel to enhance freshness. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier in proportions determined by the unique character of each vintage. An extended ripening season provided this wine with generous fruit flavours and structure."

Mmmm... this wine is good - I think the blend of Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc is great! Both a crisp wines and the Viognier adds a different fruity flavour not often available in the Okanagan wine region.

It is light and fresh! Perfect for a sipping wine on a patio! 

Now, I need a mask from a small business to pair with my small business wine! Here is what I found:

 Anerah Skincare Rejuvenating Mineral Mask ~ full size is 30g for $24.95 (this is just a sample size I received from Native Box in November). There is little information about this company, and currently from what I can see, this brand is only for sale on Native Box. Here is a closer look at the mask:

This mask is described as:
"The Anerah Skincare Rejuvenating Mineral Mask is a blend of carefuly chosen ingredients: Kaolin - perfect for balancing stressed and sensitive skin, as it creates firmness. Its hydrating properties help to refine delicate lines, moisturise and improve the skin texture. This ingredient is gentle on sensitive skins. Montmorillonite - an active ingredient in Yellow Australian Clay which is great for gently exfoliating and cleansing skin, toning and strengthening connective tissues, stimulating blood circulation, drawing out toxins & superfluous fat, and hydrating, nourishing & feeding your skin, without leaving it feeling dry or tight. Green tea - a rich source of antioxidants, such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Green tea extract is said to help repair the effects of aging and environmental factors. The active constituents in green tea are the Catechin-Polyphenols. Green tea catechins are potent anti-oxidants. Chamomile - among the most popular herbal supplement in Europe. Its extract is commonly used for its soothing effects and anti-inflammatory properties."

The instructions for the mask sound simple - mix 2 tsp of mask with 1 tsp of water, apply to face, leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse off with water. 
(Now, the next part can be described as user error - or I'm sometimes really lazy!) So I didn't want to get a bowl/cup to mix the mask in and make a mess in a dish and I thought I could use my hand and it would be fine - I clearly do not use a lot of mix-it-yourself masks! 

I did use the water to mask ratio to mix:

So there you have it - I'm slightly an idiot and should have mixed it in a bowl (lesson learned!). Here is what it looks like when I applied it:

And, here is what it looked like when it dried:

Okay, I could not leave this mask on for the suggested 10-15 minutes - it got so itchy, it was unbearable! This is how it looked after 5 minutes and it was crazy itchy and very unpleasant! I had to take it off early. It made my skin feel quite dry and I had to add extra moisturizer. 

I like finding smaller, all natural brands and usually the products I find are awesome. Sadly, I will not reuse this mask nor can I recommend it as it just did not feel good at all! 

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