Spartan Races, Trade Shows, and Freaking Fabulous Face Masks

I’ve never taken part in a Spartan Race or other endurance race of any kind, but I have worked at Cosmoprof multiple times and have a feeling that the two experiences are very, very similar.

For those of you who don’t know, Cosmoprof is the most important trade show for the beauty industry in Europe and usually takes place over four days in March.

It always starts on a Friday and ends on a Monday, which means, first of all, that that week you get no weekend break whatsoever. As if that weren’t enough, for some very perversely sadistic reason, the crowds visiting the show get progressively bigger each day (Friday is the slowest day and Monday is the craziest), so that on Monday, after you’ve been working for seven days straight, have been standing 12 hours a day and slept an average of five hours a night over the past three days, you still have to face the toughest challenges.

During this four-day race show, many obstacles are thrown at you along the path. You have to deal with extremely stressed out coworkers, attend social gatherings at night after being on your feet for 12 hours, when all you want to do is just collapse into bed face down without even taking your clothes off…

Speaking of clothes coming off your body (no, you can’t imagine where this is going)… This year, on Monday, when I was almost at the end of this torturous experience, I bent down on my knees to pick up a box and my pants completely ripped.

I’m serious, they literally disintegrated.

I mean, they didn’t just split open in the butt area or got a tiny knee rip – they pulverized.

Yep. I was practically naked from my waist down.

And in any other situation, I would have been excused from work, right? Put on my fortuitously long coat and gone home.

But no!

This was Spartan Race Cosmoprof!

And Spartan Race Cosmoprof ain’t for quitters.

I kid you not, I had to fix my pants with two or three meters of tape, tie my cardigan around my waist like an apron to cover the unfixable parts, and keep working.

Ahhhh, only good times at work.


A great way for me to relax when things are a bit hectic at work is to carve out some well-deserved me-time and put on a face mask. Over the past few months I’ve been using two that are so good I have to share them with you.

Paula’s Choice Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask ($30)


Listen to me.

If you have oily skin you need the Paula’s Choice Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask in your life.

It has an unusual gel consistency that never gets too dry or tight but still manages to remove excess oil and leave you with the most gorgeous clear, bright skin.

I love using it in the morning whenever I can, because I feel that my skin stays matte longer throughout the day.

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution ($7.20)

Have you ever wondered how a snake feels after it’s shed all its skin? I mean, who hasn’t, right? 😉

Well, I think the answer to that is freaking fabulous – which is the way I feel every time I use The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution (click here for more The Ordinary reviews).

If you’ve never used a chemical exfoliant before, you may want to build your tolerance with something milder like the Pixi Glow Tonic, but if you’re an experienced acid user, just go for it. In less than 10 minutes this peeling solution will eat at all your dead skin cells and leave your face as soft as a baby’s butt.

It’s good stuff!

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  • Reply
    June 18, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Oh no, disintegrating pants? Well done for fixing them with tape, I bet shows like The Walking Dead are to blame for ideas like that. And what situation could be more similar to TWD than facing rushed customers at the end of a long working weekend?
    Both masks are instantly sold to me, they sound perfect for my skin.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

    • Reply
      Carol in a
      June 18, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      Haha, I have to admit that I’ve never seen The Walking Dead! But yeah, many Cosmoprof visitors have quite a lot of similarities with hungry zombies…
      I think you’d love both masks.

  • Reply
    June 25, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    My friend told me about the peeling solution. She loves it too! I must try it! 🙂
    Sorry, about your pants! 🙁

  • Reply
    August 15, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    these sound amazing. i’ve read a lot of great reviews about the ordinary. would love to give it a try
    The Glossychic
    Wonder Cottage

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    Heather Noire
    December 17, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    I agree about building up tolerance to the product. I always have to be careful what I use since I tend to have sensitive skin. Loved your review on here for this it sounds like an interesting product 🙂

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    April 14, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks for the review I haven’t heard of this brand before but certainly interesting reading more info on it that’s for sure. As you know I enjoy discovering new brands, and this one sounds like a good one to check out for sure.

    Laura xo

  • Reply
    Heather Noire
    September 12, 2019 at 12:37 am

    I really want to try that mask. I heard a lot about it plus it looks amazing especially on the pores 🙂

  • Reply
    June 5, 2020 at 8:02 am

    Superb Blog Thanks for Sharing!

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