Pampering myself and drinking wine is definitely not out of the realm of normalcy for me. I'd even wager it's a pretty standard routine for many of us.
The other day, though, I was struck with what I felt was a truly ingenious idea, if I do say so myself: pairing a befitting face mask with your wine, like the way you pair a certain type of cheese or food with wine.
I hope that these pairings inspire you to treat yourself and your face tonight.
Prosecco + Banila Co. Lace Hydrogel Eye Patch
Um ... lace and prosecco? Duh. I feel like Marie Antoinette whenever I drink this sweet, bubbly stuff, and I'm sure that if MA was alive and well today, she'd be wearing all the lace hydrogel eye patches.
This particular lace eye mask is made by banila co. and it smells like roses, making it that much more lovely of a pampering experience. This mask came in my Beauteque Mask Maven subscription ($15/month for about 10 masks), but I've also purchased it individually ($5).
In addition to drinking while masking, Lady La Femme Italian Prosecco is one of my favorites to bring to parties because the bottle is so pretty and it's under $20.
Chocolate Wine + Skinfood Strawberry Wash Off Mask
I just want to say that these are two of my most favorite products in the world. Chocolate Shop Chocolate Red Wine is about $15 a bottle and it tastes like the most perfect blend of chocolate and red wine, as you'd expect. It's very sweet, but very good.
The Skinfood Strawberry Black Sugar Mask Wash Off ($15) is a cult favorite in the Asian skincare world. It exfoliates and brightens and smells like sugary strawberries.
Rosé + Shara Shara Honey Bomb Ampoule
I've talked about this Shara Shara All-in-One Honey Bomb Ampoule before, and it's definitely one of my go-to products. It comes in a giant-ass 250ml tub and can be used several ways.
One: You can apply a tiny bit of the ampoule and let it absorb into the skin like serum. Two: You can apply a generous amount and let your skin soak up all the nutrients for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing.
I paired the honey ampoule with a Sangiovese Rosé by Waterbrook because the wine is sweet and has juicy notes of strawberry and melon, which I think goes nicely with the sweetness of honey.
Chardonnay + Captain Blankenship Mermaid Mask
The mask features all sorts of ingredients from the sea, including organic seaweed, bladderwrack and kelp, as well as organic blue-green algae spirulina and nettle powder. To use it, you mix equal parts water and powder and then apply to your face. (I've written about it here, as well.)
Bubbly + Goodal Phytowash Bubble Mask
I think this bubbly duo should also include a bubble bath, but that's just my opinion. The wine is Gruet Blanc de Blanc Sauvage, a very dry, 100 percent Chardonnay "Champagne" that'll cost you about $13.
The Goodal Phytowash Yerba Mate Bubble Peeling Mask ($33) is a bubbling mask that foams up after you apply it. It sort of tickles your face as you're wearing it, which makes for a fun skincare experience. I will say that it doesn't get as huge and foamy as other bubbling masks, but it makes my skin feel really clean and soft.
Merlot + The Body Shop Blue Corn Scrub Mask
I've always felt like merlot and veggies go well together, hence this pairing. And while corn is technically a grain, I still count it as partial veggie when putting my meals together. Also, I really wanted to introduce you to this Blue Corn 3-in-1 Deep Purifying Scrub Mask by The Body Shop ($18). It gently exfoliates, detoxes, and moisturizes the skin, and it's perfect for those PMS weeks where oily skin is more of an issue for me.
The Merlot is another one by California's Josh Cellars that costs under $15. Personally, I find that Josh is always a solid, affordable choice.
• What's your go-to wine?
• Have you ever thought to pair wine with a carefully selected mask?
• Which of the above pairings appeals to you most?