If you’re reading this, it means I was miraculously able to tear myself away from Season 2 of Twin Peaks and managed to get some work done for the first time in a week. It has been absolutely amazing how many plans I can cancel in the name of finishing this show: dentist appointments, work deadlines, human interaction in general. Other than doing a number on my social life, the binge-watching has annihilated my skin. The anxiety of the plot is emotionally draining to the point that I’ve completely fallen off the wagon re: my usual nighttime routine; I’m so wiped after a few episodes that I’ve been doing the bare minimum when it comes to skincare. But I’m a problem solver, and since I wasn’t willing to sacrifice good skin just to get to the end of a ‘90s T.V. show, I found a way to have my cake and eat it too. Two words: face masks. They’re ingenious companions to Netflix because they require you to sit and do nothing- an essential part of the binge-watch is not moving from your couch/bed for hours– but they pack the same punch as applying layers of serums and moisturizers.
As luck would have it, T.V. shows are in their prime ATM. There is literally so much good T.V. I’m having a hard time fitting all the shows in, so instead of flailing around aimlessly and risking confusing plot lines, I narrowed down the top shows to watch now and paired them with on-theme masks, relative to their genres and stories. Depending on your T.V. preferences, heed these suggestions:
T.V. SHOW: Prison Break
If you weren’t aware the reincarnation of Prison Break was filmed in Morocco, then you’re clearly not as invested in the series as I am, which is probably healthy and you should be proud of yourself. I was a big fan of the OG seasons, and even though this one-off reboot feels decidedly different, it’s no less exciting to watch. Plus, Wentworth Miller is a God amongst humans and the show is worth viewing purely to look at him. I’m assuming someone at Josie Maran is also as obsessed with Prison Break as I am because right around the time the show premiered, they launched their Whipped Mud Mask. It somehow manages to be both hydrating and detoxifying- previously an oxymoron, but no more! The detox comes from- wait for it- Moroccan Clay (!!!), with a little Argan Oil to prevent over-drying. When I’m watching the show live, I wear the mask for the first 1/4 of each episode, applying at the opening credits and then running to take it off at the first commercial, about 15 minutes. Oh, and buy the Juicy Mango scent. Trust.
T.V. SHOW: Billions
You wouldn’t think Damian Lewis- more widely known as Brody from Homeland– would be so badass in skinny jeans and graphic crewneck tees, but you, my friend, would be wrong. If you enjoyed Wolf of Wall Street at all beyond just watching Leonardo DiCaprio on a screen for 2+ hours, this show is in that vein in the sense they both deal with finance, but Billions has a thriller component that, in my opinion, makes it more compelling. The show is consistently upping the bar each episode, and the war between the two main characters is easily one of the most exciting dynamics on television. Plus, there’s a fun escapism element watching the lives of the really rich, like the 1% of the 1%. The stakes are high as f*ck when you’re dealing with, quite literally, billions of dollars, and it makes each episode white-knuckle-worthy. Peter Thomas Roth’s 24 Karat Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask– filled with actual gemstones and gold- was made for watching this show. It feels like something a billionaire would use, leaving skin soft and plump, without the billionaire price tag, coming in at $80 for a sizable amount of product.
T.V. SHOW: Riverdale
This series was originally touted as Gossip Girl for the millennial generation, but other than a shared network and the inappropriately eloquent speeches from a high school female lead (a la Blair Waldorf), there’s not a lot of similarity between the two. HOWEVER, Riverdale is still sensational in its own right; catty in the best way possible, with so much fun high school drama that’s even more enjoyable now that I’m years removed from it. If you like a dose of nostalgia (hi, Cole Sprouse and Luke Perry!) or are just a fan of murder mysteries, give it a whirl! For your accompanying face mask, choose something illuminating, like Herbivore’s Brighten Pineapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow, which tackles scarring, hyperpigmentation, and dullness. The show is shot in low-saturation with an overall gloominess that never breaks in 13 episodes, so the combination of the two balances out nicely.
T.V. SHOW: Handmaid’s Tale
Politics aside, Handmaid’s Tale is heads and shoulders above everything else on T.V. I know there’s a lot say about parallels to modern-day issues, but looking at the show in a bubble, it’s phenomenally acted and shot, almost to its detriment since the subject matter is not what one would consider ‘light’. A quick recap on the storyline: set in a not-so-distant future, a very right-wing, Christian government has overthrown the traditional system, almost all women have become infertile, and those that are fertile are trapped as concubine sex slaves assigned to high-ranking infertile couples to bear their children. The show is heavy, multi-faceted, and thought-provoking, so instead of giving too much away, I’ll focus on my show-viewing partner, Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial. I chose it ironically because of the product name as it relates to the shows’ subject matter, but it has ended up being a generally awesome weekly face treatment (baby soft skin + smoother texture are some of the welcome side effects) and my new favorite thing.