Buckley London – Miniature Heart Pendant Review

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So here is something a bit different from me …….a review that is not beauty related BUT is beautiful!

As a new blogger I am constantly looking for ways to improve and practise my writing and one of the ways to do that is to seek out blogger opportunities. I am very new to Twitter (Find me here) and last week I was invited to attend a twitter party by @bloggerslvehub 🙂

Now this concept is pretty alien to me. I think of a party as either loud music, drinks and snogging (yes, I’m still stuck in the 90’s!) or delicious food, interesting company and scintillating conversation …..but it always involves actually physically being near people (kind of have to be for the snogging!)

I actually had to google ‘twitter party’ to find out what exactly this would entail (in brief, following a hashtag for an hour or two and chatting to fellow bloggers and brands via the limited letter count of twitter, sometimes with a theme or specific question/s to discuss) and after my crash course I set sail on the good ship #BHTWITTERPARTY!

I connected with a few brilliant brands during this frantic couple of hours and other reviews will be upcoming. I didn’t think that I had been successful in my application to review this gorgeous necklace, as I did not hear anything via email as others did and as this has been a solely beauty blog so far I didn’t hold out much hope, so I was pleasantly surprised when I opened my post on Saturday and found this very elegant white box.

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The box would make this ideal to be given as a gift and has a small ribbon handle at the top – that you can’t quite see in this picture 😉

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The Brand

Buckley Jewellery was launched in 1989 by Adrian Buckley with the aim of designing and manufacturing the best quality fashion & costume jewellery at competitive prices. The company has won the prestigious award for ‘Best Costume Jewellery” four times at the UK Jewellery awards and numerous international accolades.

Buckley London is well known for helping raise vital funds in aid of The Royal British Legion through the sale of the uniquely designed jewelled Buckley Poppy Brooch, as seen on the British Royal Family and in Vogue, Elle & Grazia magazines. The RBL is the UK’s leading charity that supports serving and ex-Service personnel in the British Armed Forces.

Buckley London is stocked at over 600 international retail locations including 100 airports around the globe. Buckley London is also present inflight on over 150 airlines and many cruise services. In November 2014, Buckley opened a new store within Westfield London, featuring the Buckley London brand and Adrian Buckley’s other brands BOUTON and the very gorgeous vintage inspired Attwood & Sawyer


The Necklace

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The Miniature heart pendant* is a dainty hand crafted heart (12 x 12mm), plated with cool rhodium and rose gold and pave encrusted with clear Austrian crystals. It is suspended from a polished rolo chain (symmetrical links that are joined together). The chain length is 16″ with a 2″ extender.

It comes with a standard 2 year warranty and is reversible. You can decide whether to show the crystal side or the plain rose gold side. It doesn’t state this on the website but there is a little sticker on the box.

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My Thoughts

This isn’t at all the sort of jewellery that I would usually go for. I am all about the statement necklace – big, chunky and industrial or neo-gothic / boho style with plenty of silver, black and turquoise (think Maison de Morgana).  Simple, feminine, dainty and sophisticated isn’t me, although I do have some fairly dainty Elsa Peretti Tiffany Hearts in my collection from way back in my early 20’s! I have, however, always been a necklace girl (bracelets annoy me and earrings get lost behind my hair!)

Having said that, there is something undeniably gorgeous about this little heart and I can see myself wearing this for more formal occasions (say a job interview where my normal necklaces may look a little much) or even a date (perhaps it will bring me some luck in that department?!)

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I won’t subject you to a picture of me wearing it (albeit to say I definitely needed the 18″ chain as otherwise it was more of a choker). It is very difficult to get a decent picture of the neck / bust area when you live on your own! Here it is displayed on is a much more palatable model – my Egyptian Bastet statue (which wriggles less than the bunny …yep, I did briefly contemplate that!)

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The necklace is well made and whilst small, feels substantial and solid to the touch. Being reversible gives a bit of variety and allows wear for many different occasions.

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Buckley London do a comprehensive Heart range and whilst the same pendant in Black and it’s matching ring are more my usual style, it is nice to have something a bit different that I can wear for a more subtle effect.


Where to Buy

Miniature Heart Pendant – £35 (www.buckleylondon.com)


So what did you think of my first non-beauty review? Next post upcoming will be the March MaskGenie Pouch, until then:

‘I must go ……….. my people need me!’

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(This fluffy tribble cloud is Archie from FB’s – Bobby the Lionhead Bunny)


*Disclaimer: PR Sample very kindly gifted by Buckley London via The Bloggers Hub, for an honest review. No affiliate links.

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I won the Memebox X NYLON Sweet 16 #ItGirlPalette! – Initial Review and Swatches

Before I get into the loveliness that is the Memebox X NYLON Palette, I have a request.

I have been selected as one of the 8 finalists in Beauteque’s Curate A Collection. They will be selecting 3 winners on the 24th at 12PM EST.  If you like my reviews and fancy seeing what I would put into a bag of my favorite products (hopefully read that as MASKS!!), please help me out by liking / commenting on this post here, by liking / commenting on the pinned Facebook post here and favoriting / retweeting this tweet here.

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Your help and support is extremely appreciated and hopefully if I do get picked I will be able to hold a giveaway here with my obviously gorgeous and much coveted beauty bag!! So speaking of giveaways …….

I won the Memebox X NYLON Sweet 16 #ItGirlPalette Giveaway held by the wonderful Michele at Unboxing Beauty. This is one of my absolute favourite blogs for K Beauty and is the one I always turn to for recommendations on products that I know I will love, as I think that we have similar taste and skin types. I trust her opinion on products and appreciate the thoroughness of her reviews. She packaged my prize very well and it survived the trip across the Atlantic with absolutely no problems.

I NEVER win competitions yet in the space of a couple of weeks I won this and an empties competition in the Memebox Addicts Facebook group (I do use a LOT of face masks!). I’ll be trying out my prize from that (more face masks!!) in the next few weeks and will review 🙂

As Memebox no longer ships overseas I have had to look at the lovely goodies on offer and have a little sob to myself recently, as I can’t get my mitts on them. But here we go! Memebox without the international issues!


The collaboration

Nylon is a cutting edge multi platform media company and beauty, fashion and entertainment magazine. The name references New York and London. It launched in 1999 and the #ItGirlPalette is NYLON’s special gift to its readers in celebration of their 16th anniversary. All of the colours in the palette were carefully picked by NYLON’s senior beauty editors with a strong emphasis on versatility and uniqueness. ….and my favorite bit:

‘This palette is a must-have for all gals that are edgy, trend-setting, and f***ing awesome. Cruelty Free’

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“This palette is inspired by our readers, and made for them- because you love NYLON, and we love you right back. Working with Memebox was the easiest thing ever. I scrambled through my eye shadow archives and picked out and swatched some of my favorite hues, and from there it was kind of like putting a puzzle together and making sure all the pieces fit.”
Jade Taylor, Senior Beauty Editor of NYLON

Now I have a confession …..I haven’t used a powder eyeshadow in a good few years (read that as about 10!). This isn’t because of my contact lenses (for once) and is mainly due to sheer laziness and being stuck in my ways for too many years.  I love my cream eyeshadows and heavily depend on MAC Paint pots, Maybelline Colour Tattoos and Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencils. I like the ease of use – the ‘swipe it on and your done’ aspect and when I lived in a very hot place they were just the easiest thing to use (and surprisingly didn’t melt).

I entered this competition to get out of my comfort zone and I will hopefully be following this post up with a proper full review, with some lovely close-ups of my eyes (you lucky people!) wearing some of these shades. I do need to get some decent brushes first though 😉


The Palette

The palette comes in a fun card box  with a refractive diamond (glass? Ice cubes?) design and has a compact matt black case measuring about 6 x 10.5cm, with Nylon XO Memebox in their signature (Memebox AND Nylon!) hot pink.

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The box has the full ingredients on the back:

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The compact has a good sized mirror and contains 6 smaller eyeshadows and two larger ones (intended to be used as a highlighter and a blush). There is also a cute little brush with a sponge on the other end, which I haven’t tried yet, but is an improvement on the plain sponge tips you usually get in the eyeshadow palettes I had back many years ago 🙂

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As you can see there is a removable plastic cover with the names of the shadows, which is very useful.

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These are the shades as given on the Memebox website:

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You may be wondering about the names …well, wonder no longer:

“Sweet 16” is in honor of it being our 16th anniversary, “The Moment” for us! The remaining shades (Lilo, Mary-Kate, Mischa, Lana, Paris, and Nicole) are inspired by some of our most iconic cover stars, which each embody the color in their own way’

Here is the palette without the plastic cover:

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and here are some not very good swatches. (I need to learn how to do these properly!) I used the MUA Pro-base eye primer underneath and my skin is as pale as a very pale thing (Nars Mont Blanc / MAC NW15 / Dior Cameo).

In direct sunlight:

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In shade:

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and in indirect sunlight:

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Here are the swatches that Memebox gives on their site:

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I can’t wait to get stuck into this when my brushes arrive (ebay!). I particularly like the look of Lana, Paris and Mischa. I have always been quite partial to a rose gold / copper / bronze eye as I have blue eyes but ever since the Christmas Memebox which introduced me to wearing a burgundy glitter pigment on my eyes (Peripera Wholly Deep Jewel Pot), which I absolutely adore I am even veering into a more reddish rusty looking eye.

I also like the look of Sweet 16 as I do like a good pop of blush and I will even try it on my eyes despite the warning on the box that it is not approved for use on the eyes in the USA, Brazil and Canada. I think I will be fine, being far from any of those places and presumably it has been approved by the EU (which have pretty strict guidelines but not obviously as strict as the FDA) 😉

Rules are made to be broken after all!

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These are some of the suggested looks given by Memebox:

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I may attempt to recreate these when I try it out …..or I may just make it up as I go along. I have a teeny problem with always having crazy eyes when I try to take a photo of myself (I think it’s the concentration) so I have to try and get past that hurdle too!


Conclusion (and the rest of the goodies that I won!)

I can’t really conclude properly until I have tried it out on my eyes (and I only got it yesterday) and tested the pigmentation and longevity but I really like the palette so far. There are some really interesting colours and all are ones that I would wear. I am excited to be dabbling in powder eyeshadow again after such a break (and have just bought a Makeup Revolution palette to assist in my experimentations as well).

If you are based in the US, you can still buy this palette on the Memebox website for $29, along with two mystery boxes that contain it.

As well as this gorgeous palette, Unboxing Beauty also included a Starlooks Ultra Matte Lip Slick in Infatuation, which is a bright pink-coral shade and you can see that in the swatches, and an amazing selection of samples. I was very excited that she included two sheet masks that I have been eyeing up but have not tried yet and I am especially looking forward to trying these out! She also included a lovely butterfly card with a personal message and this all together totally made my day (well, my week actually!)

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Till next time (and please vote / like / follow if you haven’t already), Charlotte xx

Would you like to see a Beauteque / Charlotte’s Web Curate – a – Collection?

I have been chosen as one of 8 shortlisted to collate a collection of products with Beauteque,  the online ‘East meets West’ beauty emporium.  They are going to pick 3 winners!

You may have seen the previous collaborations by Harlot Beauty, Bits and Boxes and Sample Hime. They were all very popular and sold out in record time. Now, Beauteque is looking for more beauty bloggers to partner with. The competition is running until the 24th (at Noon EST) and to win, I need to get as many likes and comments as I can on here, on the post on my Facebook page and on my tweet on Twitter. They will take this into consideration, along with my application and the content of my blog. I would absolutely love this opportunity and I am so grateful to be given this chance. It would be amazing to to be able to pick some of my favorite products for a themed bag and share them with you all! If you could see me now – this is my face … yes, slightly pathetic and pleading! Please ‘Like’ me (the post, tweet etc) 😉

me when a sa is wrapping up my goodies(Thanks Olive, source)

Thank you for your help with this! I am planning a giveaway soon and if I get chosen for this, hopefully another one as well! Charlotte x

MaskGenie – February Pouch Review

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It still feels a bit bizarre writing this so long after the month in question but as it’s a review rather than an unpouching I hope that you don’t mind the strange juxtaposition of months! I am working my way through the March pouch at the moment and will hopefully be receiving the April one soon. I have also been a bit inconvenienced by severe tooth pain this month due to my mild brittle bones issues (nothing new but annoying!) which didn’t help my concentration at all. Several root canals and nerve extractions later, hopefully I will be pain free for a while 🙂


MaskGenie

You may notice from the new logo above that MaskGenie now has the new website (www.skinilove.com) up and running! So a couple of things have changed from January but not the important stuff:

‘MaskGenie is a monthly masks membership service, which delivers a beautifully packaged drawstring pouch straight to your door containing a variety of fun and exciting masks from Asia. Unlike other masks subscription services, MaskGenie gives you the freedom to choose what you buy and when you buy, so you never feel tied to anything. Throughout the year, there will also be Limited Edition Luxury Mask Pouches that you can purchase as an extra treat for yourself or for a friend.’

There are two options to choose from for the monthly pouches:

$22.00 (£15 approx) for 10 different masks

$12.00 (£8.20 approx) for 5 different masks

This includes all international shipping and as it is not a sub service, you just go onto the website (this is the change) every month and order your pouch. If you do this before the last friday of the month you will receive the next months pouch.

Genie will post a spoiler for each pouch on the Facebook page before the payment deadline and then a full unpouching video (link at the end for this one) when the pouches have been sent out so that you know what you are going to get! Some people watch because they have no self-restraint (me!) and some prefer a surprise when their pouch arrives! 🙂


The Pouch!

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Red this month! Again there is a little slip in the pouch referring you to the Facebook page for further information about the masks which is not my favorite thing (see January) and it is pretty tiresome to have to trawl down the page looking for the relevant one although now that the website is up and running the reviews of the ones that Genie has tried have been listed on there.

To be honest though, I am not always online when I want to use a mask and I’m not going to power up the laptop just to check for instructions / ingredients. I’m lucky in that I am not sensitive to anything in particular but I can see that not having the information to hand in the form of a card, would be especially annoying for people who do need to check beforehand. Out of 10 products this month, 3 have no instructions or ingredients in English and one other is obviously not a full list (with the generic ‘herb extracts’ listed). A small card with basic instructions and full ingredients would be wonderful but is only a small gripe really.

I have used all of 10 masks this month 🙂 I’ll do these, as ever, in the order that Genie presents them in her unpouching video. I’ll only list usage instructions if they are different from the norm (take out of pouch – put on face – wait – pat in essence – go about life as normal).


Mask No 1: Mediheal Capping Pack (possible variants: S.Q.S Midnight Capping Pack / W.H.P Shower Capping Pack) (Korea)

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I got one of the masks intended for use in the shower.

Description: 

W.H.P = White Hydrating Program. Wash off type pack to provide light and bright skin. Niacinamide whitening ingredients provide skin tone up. Prevent darkening giving clean and clear glowing skin. Firm cream clay formula.

How to Use:

1. After face wash, use toner and apply onto face avoiding eye and lip area.

2. After 15-20 minutes, rinse off with lukewarm water, finish with cold water.

Major Ingredients (full list in Korean):

Niacinamide Whitening mix, Rice Extract, Licorice Extract.

Review:

Although the variant that Genie used and introduced in her unpouching was the sleeping pack variant (She gave the sleeping mask 10/10 on the Facebook page), the main point of interest of these masks is the packaging which comes with a lid that you twist open, and then push back to close, so that it’s not just a single use mask. There is intended to be enough product for you to use 2-3 times.

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You can all breathe a sigh of relief as I am not going to subject you to any hideous pictures of me in masks in this review. I have taken a few for the next one but as usual THIS is my face whenever a camera is aimed at it:

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This variant is a thick white clay type of mask which surprised me a little as being a hydrating / whitening mask I did not expect clay! The scent of this mask is very very floral (VERY!). I couldn’t pinpoint the scent exactly and since I have no idea what the ingredients are I can’t enlighten you but if you don’t like strong scents I would avoid this one as it is a quite old fashioned scent and it does linger and is still there when you are washing it off.

I don’t tend to take 20 minute showers as I don’t wash my hair in them (contact lens issues again!) so I just used this as a normal wash off mask. I had to find the information on how long to keep it on from the net, as there is nothing on the packet (this is when an informational card would come in handy).

The mask spreads fairly thickly and dries very quickly (within 5 minutes). I found the cap a little bit fiddly to close, especially the first time I used it when the pouch was more full, as it is difficult to do without putting pressure on the pouch itself and squirting mask everywhere. The pouch is also a bit of a strange shape and I found that the corners made it very difficult to extract the last bits of mask when it was almost finished so I think it is a bit wasteful to be honest. I used it three times but I was pretty generous so you would probably be able to eke it out for 4.

Whilst on my face it felt a little bit burny (which I almost never get with masks as I am not sensitive), it was a bit gritty when washing off but came off easily. My skin was a bit pink and felt tight and shiny not hydrated. It was definitely not whitened at all.

Unfortunately I would not buy this mask again as it did not suit me or do anything in particular.  It is a shame as I really liked the Mediheal Mogongtox Soda Bubble sheet from the last MaskGenie pouch and have already bought some more of those.

3/10

Where to buy:

Korea Depart: $1.49 / £1 (plus postage)

Sasa: $3.80 / £2.60 (plus postage)

Ebay: £3.95 / $5.84 for 2 (inc postage)


Mask No 2: Adin Herb Essence Mask (Korea)

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Description:

Enriched with extracts from herbs including rosemary, lavender, ginseng, lemon and others, it provides moisture and various nutrients to the tensed and stressed skin, and keeps it comfortable and healthy.  Formulated with Vitamin E, collagen and hyaluronic acid, it makes skin moist and elastic, and also reduces tension in the stressed skin and has astringent effect.  It is especially suitable for use when special care is needed, such as when the skin looks dull rather than vital, or when dryness is felt, it comforts skin through providing nutrition and moisture immediately as well as calming.

Ingredients:

Purified Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hyaluronic Acid Extract, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Dipropylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Collagen Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Herb Extract, Fragrance.

Special Instructions:

In Summer: Keep the package in refrigerator

In Winter: before using, soak the package 2-3 minutes in warm water.

Review:

Genie hadn’t tried this mask but included it because of the colour of the package and the herbs.

I was really looking forward to this mask, expecting a gorgeously scented relaxing, soothing experience as I love herbal scents but unfortunately this was just a bog standard every day mask. This was the first one that I used and it was before I started writing notes on the masks at the time but from what I can remember the smell was the most disappointing thing. It smelt more like toilet cleaner than delicious lavender and rosemary. It was a very synthetic smell and to be honest, to me it smelt a little bit ‘off’. I still have the empty pouch (I save them for this reason) and although I can detect a faint herbal smell, it still smells very strongly of a not very nice air freshener.

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Luckily, the scent did not persist too long whilst on the face and the fit was average. I left it on for the full 30 minutes prescribed (I used the summer method as I like the added cooling effect). The results were just average as well. My face looked slightly moisturised but that was about it. Not one of my favorites and I did not find it particularly relaxing.

4/10

Where to buy:

Ebay: $2.89 / £1.95 (inc postage)


Mask No 3: Tuningface Essence Mask Sheet – Dramatic Lifting (Korea)

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There was a choice of three types from this brand – the yellow (Dramatic Lifting), blue (Different Moisturising) or pink (Amazing Brightening). I got the Yellow 🙂

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Description:

Younger skin of the face. Firming & Lifting Phyto-collagen helps anti-stress of skin. Volume: 23ml of essence

Ingredients:

Deionized Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Ethyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Betaine, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Natto Gum / Pectin, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Soluble Collagen, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Rose Water, Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract, Green Tea Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Peptide, Fragrance

Review:

With the name ‘Dramatic Lifting’ I was expecting miracles ……of the DRAMATIC variety!!

Although Genie had not tried this mask prior to the video unpouching she did try it later and gave this one 7/10. Here is her Facebook picture to show the fit of this one:

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I had this mask in the fridge for a good few hours before use and followed the instructions on the back to pat the pouch prior to opening to distribute the essence (In fact I shook it out a few times for good measure as I can’t see patting doing much at all!)

The smell of this one was AMAZING! Genie described it as bananas and cherries. I agree, with perhaps a hint of pear and rather than fresh fruit I think it smells more like glacé cherries and fruit schnapps or a fruity cocktail (perhaps that was wishful thinking!)

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When looking at the ingredients there are no fruits listed BUT there is alcohol, so that may be where my craving for cocktails came from 😉

NB: A lot of research has been done into Alcohol in skincare products. The consensus is usually that it is a bad thing. Personally, I have never had any problems with it – probably because I have very oily skin. I do know that people with sensitive or very dry skin would be best to avoid products containing it in higher levels. I try to always list the ingredients in these products so that you can make an informed decision if it is something that you would rather avoid. I hope to write a post (or a few) in the future pulling together the most recent research about various pertinent skincare ingredients as I do love to research things! Let me know if you would be interested in the comments.

The fit of this mask was a bit weird. It had a lot of pockets and folds that wouldn’t smooth out (as I think you can see in Genie’s picture).. You would smooth one and another would pop up next to it! The eye holes were a bit too small and felt like the material was encroaching onto my eye from one side or another but the fit around the sides of the nose was good and snug although the perennial problem of air bubbles caused by too much material across the bridge of the nose reared up again. There was plenty of material to fold under the chin.

I removed the mask after about 30 minutes and it was still pretty damp. My skin looked smooth, healthy and clear and very slightly plumped up, especially the nose / mouth lines. I also noticed that a couple of blemishes appeared lighter. My skin did not feel sticky even after I added the excess essence.

But ‘Dramatic lifting’?? I don’t know! My skin felt a little tighter but that was about it. False advertising, lol.

This was a decent everyday mask. I wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase it but I would use it again and I’d try the other two in the range.

7/10

Where to buy:

Tester Korea: 1000 won / £0.62 / $0.91 (plus postage)


Mask No 4: Deary Invisible Elastic Mask – Chamomile Arbutin Whitening (Taiwan)

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This was another mask with some variations sent out. We could have received Pomegranate Renewing and Whitening, Edelweiss Hyaluronic Acid Moisturising, Chamomile Arbutin Whitening or (thank fuck I didn’t get) Rose Idebenone Whitening. The mask gods were smiling on me again 🙂

Description:

Reduces the appearance of annoying dark spots and acne scars, leaving your skin feeling perfectly petal-supple! The Azulene and bisabolol extracted from chamomile are combined with marigold essence to repair, soften and brighten skin. This mask soothes irritation while bolstering the skin’s natural defenses against environmental damage. A DOH-approved skin-whitening agent, arbutin helps to reduce melanin production and fade spots; it clears and evens out the skin tone. The dullness-reducing African potato extract is combined with pearl powder, rich in amino acids and trace elements, to make your skin radiate from within. 

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerine, 1,3-Butylene Glycol, 1,3-Propanediol (Zemea®), Hydrolyzed Silk, Algae Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Chamomile Extract, Calendula Extract, Arbutin, Hypoxis Rooperi Rhizome Extract, Pearl Powder, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Nicotinamide, Allantoin, Methyl P-Hydroxybenzoate, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance.

Review:

This mask has got some great ingredients and although this was again one of the first ones that I tried out of this pouch (pre-notepad) I did quite like it.

The fit of this mask was pretty good – as shown below by the lovely Genie (with the Edelweiss variety):

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There were no superfluous air pockets and folds. There was plenty of essence with this mask and it smelt really nice – it kind of  reminds of something but I really can’t remember what! I think it is a skincare item that I have used abroad as it conjures up holidays in Germany and Austria for me (I know! I’m really weird with smells. They remind me of places but not of what they are 🙂 ). I think that the smell is actually that of Chamomile and possibly Calendula (Marigold) as a lot of skincare products contain them. The scent is mild anyway so will not annoy. I fell asleep in this mask as it was a very soothing smell and after removing, my face felt very hydrated and soft.  A good every day mask and I would like to try the others (apart from the Rose obviously!).

Update: I asked my father to sniff the mask pouch and the winner is SAVLON!! That would be why it reminded me of holidays … adventures with so many scrapes and bruises!

7/10

Where to buy:
Amazon.co.uk: £6.95 (plus £3.99 delivery) (Box of 5)
Ebay: $10.99 (Box of 5) (only ships within US)
Amazon.com: $10.99 (Box of 5)

Mask No 5: Secret Key Gung Solution Doctor’s Mask – Lifting (Korea)

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There was a selection this time between Pink (Lifting with Peptide and Collagen), Yellow (Brightening with gradual illumination of the skintone by Vitamin C and Lemon), Green (Calming and soothing with Tea Tree and Aloe Vera) and Blue (Moisturising with Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramide).

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Description:

Power lifting care mask for elastic skin. Filling skin from deep down with skin-elasticity improving contents – peptide and collagen. For smoother and sharper face line and skin that lack nourishment. Silky and thin mask fits on your face , which material passed non-heavy metal test of Fiti test centre.
– Improving skin elasticity
– moisturising
– nourishing

Main Ingredients:

Peptide, Collagen, Human Oligo Peptide-1 (Full list is in Korean)

Review:

For more about the brand Secret Key itself please see my Secret Key Memebox post.
The Gung Solution range is Secret Key’s cosmeceutical, dermatological range of masks. This is a cotton blend face sheet mask with eye flaps for if you like to lie down and relax with your mask on. Here is Genie with the Blue Moisturising mask on:

I found the pouch a bit difficult to open because of its shape at the top and almost resorted to scissors but just about managed.

This mask has a mild creamy scent, sort of reminiscent of hand cream. Slightly floral but very subtle. There is tonnes of essence on a decent thickish sheet and I found the fit to be very good, apart from the ever problematic nose area. The nose flap was very short and narrow and I had to gently stretch it slightly. There was plenty of material to overlap at the chin, which helps the mask to feel snug. I found the eye and mouth holes an ideal size for me and I do enjoy the eye flaps as I like to lie down and relax with a mask on if I can. Genie cut the eye flaps off and used them at the sides of the nose, which is a great idea for when you just don’t have the time to lie down.

I had put this mask in the fridge for a good few hours before use and when on it felt lovely, relaxing and cooling and I fell asleep for approximately one hour. The mask itself was dry by this time but my skin underneath still felt moist. My skin looked plumped up and my nose/mouth lines were definitely more shallow and less noticeable. My face felt firmer and more bouncy! Not sure if ‘lifted’ exactly but definitely healthy, clear and nourished. I did notice that the pores around my nose looked a little open but since this mask was not supposed to be dealing with them I didn’t mind so much and it caused no issues.

I liked this mask and saw a noticeable difference after use. In fact I have already bought and received one of the Moisturising variety from a UK sale and 3 of each of the others from Beauty Net Korea (see below) on ebay.  I may review the lot 🙂

8/10

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Where to buy:

Beauty Net Korea: $4.50 / £3 (for 3, postage included) (The link is for the Lifting variant but the others are there too)

Beauty Net Korea on Ebay: $4.49 / £3 (for 3, postage included)


Mask No 6: Foodaholic Snail Natural Essence Mask (Korea)

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Description:

The optimum skin condition is maintained by snail extract to make elastic and moisturising. For elasticity and nutrition, Contains Snail Secretion Filtrate. Filled skin with rich moisture and makes the skin tight and shiny. It gives your skin a fresh cool feeling and is rich with moisture and nourishment for healthier skin. This mask will tighten your skin and provide long lasting moisture with moisture retaining properties. All Foodaholic Natural Essence Masks keeps the moist hydrating sense based on silky touch and excellent contact of 3D shape natural pulp mask.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Trehalose, Panthenol, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Snail Secretion Filtrate (0.1%), Beta-Glucan, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Corydalis Ochotensis Extract, Chenopodium Album Flower Extract, Lactuca Indica Extract, Draba Nemorosa Extract.

Review:

Foodaholic does a whole range of 3D masks (mostly food related unsurprisingly) that are relatively cheap and readily available. Again this was a pre-notepad mask but I do remember that the fit of this mask was great! The fact that it is 3D means that rather than a simple shape cut out of a circle of material, more care seems to have been taken and areas like the nose and chin adhere more closely to the natural curves of your face, with seams (one main one down the centre to fit the curve of your face) and slits around the edges so that you can adjust the fit. It is snug and cups the chin very well especially.

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The shape also makes it easier to do things whilst you are wearing it (hoovering, aerobics?), without fear of it falling off…….not that I do that.  I’m all about the relaxing with my mask on watching some great TV.

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Yes, that IS a throne made out of asparagus. There are people more crackers than me out there!

As Genie says in her unpouching video, this mask will fit all sizes of face including men. The mask is easy to put on and smells very slightly earthy to me. It has a very mild smell though. There is not a lot of the slightly thick essence but plenty for the time that you will be wearing it.The sheet is made out of a natural wood pulp so do not be surprised if it is not entirely white and pristine – there may be natural marks and spots in the material as it won’t have been bleached and treated. When I removed this mask, my skin looked glowing, bright and shiny. It gave a good moisturising and nourishing boost without stickiness. I really liked this one and plan to buy some (ok, a lot!) of the others in the range to try out 🙂

8/10

Where to buy:

Beauty Net Korea: $3.15 / £2.15 (for 3 of one type, shipping included)

Tester Korea: 500 won / £0.31 / $0.46 (each, plus shipping)

Ebay: £2.50 / $3.70 (for 3, inc shipping)


Mask No 7: My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Mask (Taiwan)

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Description:

Recommended for normal skin types in need of a radiance boost. Purpose: Optimal Whitening, Brightening and Moisturizing.

Containing rich vitamins, minerals and Amino acids, the finest Black Pearl essence from Tahiti can rapidly moisturize tired and dark skin. Accompanied by hydrolyzed yeast proteins, optimal whitening extract in Vitamin C as well as the patented long-lasting moisturizing ingredient Cosphingo™, it rejuvenates the skin to its original smoothness and softness, reviving skin to its flawless, fair nature. The deep-sea Red Algae and the water-like active factor of Malvasylvestris extract can instantly release skin from dryness and enhance its adjustment to the environment. The Sugar Maple complex and the highly effective moisturizing essence in sugar cane bring intense hydration, leaving he skin translucent and moisturizes. Does not contains Paraben preservatives, alcohol or fluorescent agents.

Ingredients:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Lecithin, Polysorbate 80, PEG-15 Hydroxystearate, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Polysorbate 20, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Polyglutamic Acid, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycosphingolipids, Tocopheryl Acetate.

Review:

Again I feel like making Pirates of the Caribbean jokes whenever I mention Black Pearl (got to get over that – it seems to be a popular ingredient in K Beauty and this could get very boring!) but any excuse for a picture of Johnny, right?


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That will absolutely be the last time … I promise. My Beauty Diary is a very popular brand and is apparently the first brand of sheet mask that many people use. I think these people are not from the UK, as I had never heard of MBD growing up and it is not available here in the shops. The first sheet mask I ever used would probably be good old Montague Jeunesse (although famed for their wash off mask sachets, they do sheet masks as well).

Short interlude: Apparently, MJ has now changed their name and this is their new one …anyone guess why I included this? 🙂

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Anywhoo, this was my first experience with a My Beauty Diary Mask and I liked it! It was a thick sheet with a protective cover one side (a bit like the ones that you get with hydrogels but not usually with your bog standard sheet masks). This does make unwrapping a little easier as there is less chance of ripping it and it makes it easier to know which side to put against your face as well (the side protected by the backing sheet).

It smelt a bit perfumed but luckily that did not persist once the mask is on your face. There is plenty of essence but the mask is just right, not too soggy. It fit quite well, snug around the eyes and mouth, with the nose as usual being the problematic area. The nose on this had an especially wide bridge and that results in an awkward fit with air bubbles. The nose was also a bit short (or my nose is too long, either way). It fit nicely under the chin.

The mask had been in the fridge for a few hours when I used it so it was nice and cooling to wear. I fell asleep and woke about 2 hours later with the mask a bit dry but my skin underneath was fine. There was a little bit of essence left in the pack, which I applied, and my skin looked really nice – plumped up with fine lines diminished, hydrated, even in tone, glow-y and a bit brighter. Not really whiter though but I don’t think I can get much paler at the moment!  I would definitely like to try this one again and I can’t wait to try some of their other types as well. I have just bought a Cactus one from a UK seller and hope to order a few more.

8.5/10

Where to buy:

Ebay: £13.29 / $19.70 (for 10, free shipping) (There are plenty of other sellers as well)

Beauteque: $14.60 / £9.85 (for 10, plus shipping)

YesStyle: £9.90 / $14.70 (for 10, free shipping)


Mask No 8: Etude House Collagen Eye Patch (Korea)

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Description:

A hypoallergenic hydrating and intensifying elasticity eye sheet soaked with collagen essence made of natural fiber and botanicals. Collagen and essence eye mask for moisturising and revitalising under eyes. These disposable collagen eye patches are designed to make under eyes firmed and moisturised. Contain active collagen, Vitamin A and E and green tea extracts. – Hydrate & intensify elasticity of skin around eyes like baby’s skin. – Brighten and care darkened eyes with essence containing collagen and vitamin. – Tighten skin around eyes by intensifying sheet made of special natural fiber.

Ingredients:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, PEG-75, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum,  PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Retinol, Polysorbate-20, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

Review:

‘Nothing can go wrong with Etude House’ – MaskGenie. Well, she is right! I do like Etude House products, especially their masks! (see my post on a selection of Etude House Masks).

Firstly I must say how great the packaging of these is. The pouch was really easy to open by ripping down the side. Inside is a little flip tray containing the patches. This was nice and secure and kept the patches really moist. There is lots of essence, with no distinct smell. You have to remove a clear / white protective netting cover and the patches themselves (sheet not hydrogel) are even in shape rather than some eye patches that you see that are shaped like a sort of teardrop. This picture shows the shape of these pretty well.

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I did find this shape a little harder to use than the teardrop version. They do not cover as much area as you cannot fit them as closely to the shape of your under-eye. These did feel very snug and refreshing whilst on however (they had been in the fridge prior to use). They did not move around much once on yet they were easy to adjust if you needed to. They totally dried in about 30 minutes.

I could not see any particular improvement to my under eye area (although I don’t particularly suffer from dark circles) and I needed to apply an eye cream afterwards as usual, as they did not feel that moisturised. I did enjoy using them due to the cooling, refreshing, de-puffing sensation though and would use them again because of that and the convenience of individually wrapped ‘portions’ that are a lot less messy than the large pots of hydrogels like the MYPU ones from the Night Care Memebox.

6/10

Where to buy:

Etude House website: $1.00 / £0.67 (per pair, plus postage)

Tester Korea: 1000 won / £0.62 / $0.92 ( per pair, plus postage)

Ebay (f2plus1 / Beauty Net Korea): $2.99 / £2.00 (per pair, inc postage)

Ebay (Rubyruby76 / Rose Rose shop): $4.76 / £3.20 (for 5 pairs, inc postage)

Update: Whilst looking at various websites for prices I found that on Korea Depart it said that these had been discontinued by the brand. They are however still available elsewhere and on the brands website so who knows! If you are very keen, perhaps stock up!?

Mask No 9: Skinfood Black Bean Nose Pack (Korea)

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Description:

Containing black bean extract, this nose pack removes blackheads and dead skin on nose, keeping it clean and smooth.
Easy and convenient way to keep clean nose skin.
Removes blackheads and dead skin thoroughly. Black beans with rich nutrition provide silky skin texture. Easy sheet type nose pack.

Ingredients:

Not given on separate mask packet (presumably on the box as it comes in a set of 7).

Main ingredient: Black Bean extract

Review:

Apparently Genie found these quite difficult to get hold of so she hadn’t tried them herself. This is another black / coloured nose sheet (which are not my favorites as I find it more difficult to see the results!)

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The instructions given on the back amused me:

‘Identify blackheads on your nose pack by the eye’

‘A look at the used nose pack from a right angle gives you a real glance of removed blackheads’

But this is so much more difficult than it has to be on a black or coloured surface – it will always be white blackhead strips for the win for me, as I like to see the icky results.  It IS satisfying to see these things working:

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It has been a lot less satisfying since I have been using a Clarisonic as there is much much less to extract though!

Anyway, back to the review. I really like Skinfood but this was not my favorite of their products. The strip smelt similar to the Purederm Charcoal nose strip (from Memebox) and the Etude House Green Tea one (January MaskGenie), slightly earthy and musty. Not the most pleasant smell but not a deal breaker.

The main problem that I found with this one however was that the black dye started to come off when the strip was dampened first onto my fingers and then around my nose whilst I was smoothing / pressing it on. It was seeping out of the edges!

When I removed the strip my nose was now partially dyed black and it took a bit of washing to remove this. Apart from that, the strip worked as well as any other and although difficult to see it did remove a few pesky blackheads.

I would not buy this strip again though because of the leaking dye and because it worked no better or worse than others I have used. I don’t know whether anyone else experienced this. I couldn’t find any other reviews online that mentioned this issue. My nose was no wetter than normal when I use these things and the weather was not particularly warm or humid – just an average UK March evening. Perhaps I got a dud one? I’ll give it one point less than the Etude House Green Tea from last month because of this.

5/10

Where to buy:

Tester Korea: 3400 won / £2.10 / $3.15 (for 7, plus postage)

Korea Depart: $2.62 / £1.75 (for 7, plus postage)

Ebay (rubyrubystore): £2.91 / $4.33 (for 7, including postage)


Mask No 10: Jant Blanc Coenzyme Q10 Plentiful Essential Skin Mask (Korea)

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Description:

The Co-enzyme Q10 ingredient will fill up the elastic fibre structure of disordered skin with ageing and supply the skin oil and water and nutrition to make a firm and healthy skin.  The hypo-allergenic moisture mask will deliver Co-enzyme Q10 essence ingredient into skin  deeply without water evaporation by highly breathable fabric.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Alcohol, Ubiquinone (0.005%), Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polysorbate 80, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Disodium EDTA, Hydrogenated Lecithin.

Review:

Another one that was difficult to get hold of. A rare mask 🙂

This one had been chilling in the fridge for a couple of days when I used it. There wasn’t much of a smell with this one, mainly fresh and slightly of alcohol (which it does contain – see ingredient list).

It was made of a quite thick material and is another 3D mask. It was a bit of a strange fit, there were a lot of flaps at the edges that seemed a bit too big or long for me and the essence is very watery so it did not stick very well around the outer parts of my face or indeed, anywhere that well.

The fit was great around the nose, with an extra long nose piece and snug at the sides but the strip between the nose and the mouth was too wide and either had to be bunched / folded up or drooped down over my lips. The fit under the chin is very good, as it cups the chin closely.

The information on the mask pouch did not really enlighten me as to what this mask was meant to do so I looked up Co-enzyme Q10 (otherwise known as Ubiquinone).

it is a vitamin-like, fat-soluble substance present in all human cells. It is responsible for cell protection and production of the body’s energy.

A handful of studies have shown that coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) may have an effect on skin and the appearance of wrinkles, most notably by reducing UV damage, stimulating healthy collagen production, and reducing substances in damaged skin that wreck havoc on its support structure (Sources: Biofactors, Volume 32, 2008, pages 237–243; and November 2005, pages 179–185; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2006, pages 30–38; and www.naturaldatabase.com).

There is also research showing that sun exposure depletes the presence of CoQ10 in the skin. This is not surprising because many of the skin’s components become diminished on exposure to the sun. The latest research suggests that topical application of CoQ10 has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. As such, it is one of many helpful antioxidants for skin, but it is not the only one or the “best” (Sources: Biofactors, September-October 2009, pages 435–441; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 2005, volume 125, number 4, pages 12–13; and Journal of Dermatological Science, August 2001, Supplement, pages 1–4).’ (source)

Sounds pretty good to me! However, this is one of the first times I have ever taken off a mask at the lower end of the time suggested. This was because it was not sticking properly and kept coming away from my face. It had dried out very quickly and it was a pretty humid day so not sure why! I felt a bit leprous with bits peeling away from me  and this kept popping into my mind!

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I think that because the essence was so watery, it had not adhered to the mask very well as there was plenty of essence left in the packet. (If I used this one again I would add this prior to using the mask in the hope that it would stick better). I added all of this to my face and neck when I removed it. The essence felt a bit tingly but only a slight sensation.

My skin looked a bit pink (maybe the alcohol) but even and clear. It felt a bit sticky and tight though so not one to use before going anywhere. I would like to try another mask with Co-enzyme Q10 but I don’t think that I would try this one again as it was not a relaxing experience and the results were not good enough to be worth it.

5/10

Where to buy:

Ebay: $9.56  (for 5, does not ship to the UK, EVERYWHERE else but not the UK, lol …. what did we do to deserve that!)


Conclusion

Another good pouch from MaskGenie. I think the great thing about this service is that you can try out masks that you otherwise would not be able to get hold of as a one off and see if you like them enough to order more. With this and the January pouch I have discovered some masks that I have absolutely loved and want to buy more of (and indeed, have done) and also crossed some of my list that were not up to the standard I look for / did not suit my skin at all. Everyone’s skin is different and we all look for different things from a sheet mask. I hope that the information that I give helps you decide whether a mask is worth trying out, even if it was one that was not for me.

You can see the process that Genie goes through to pick the masks each month in her February unpouching video here.

Out of the 10 masks, I would definitely be buying / using 3 again (same as last month and that to me is worth the process of trial and error).

As I said at the top the new website is now up and running and the pouches that are available on the site are as follows:

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May pouch – order here

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10 Days in the Wild Limited Edition Pouch – All animal masks 🙂 Only a few pouches left! Order here

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Oriental Beauty Pouch #2 – Limited Edition, shipping 20.05.2015 – order here

Till next time – likely to be a lot more timely than this one as I have almost finished using the masks from the March pouch already!

Charlotte x

NB. All prices and availability correct at time of posting. These opinions are my own, not sponsored, often brutally honest and may include naughty words and gratuitous bunny pictures 🙂

ETUDE HOUSE – a wealth of Masks!

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Two things that you should know about me:

1. I love Korean skincare – it works for me much better than Western equivalents (not saying that there aren’t exceptions – there are of course and I love finding them). K Beauty suits my skin type (oily, sometimes dehydrated and starting to age), it uses ingredients that are miles ahead of anything seen over here and is often much better value for money (even if you take into account shipping from Korea).

2. My favorite type of product by far are masks – of any type, shape and form.  I’m totally obsessed with masks! This has always been the case. When I was very little I used to make my own real mud masks or masks out of kitchen bits and bobs. I graduated onto very expensive Western branded concoctions which sometimes worked and sometimes didn’t. I have my all time favorites and some ingredients will always work for me (bee venom, snail, hyaluronic acid) so if I see a Western mask with decent ingredients I WILL buy it. However, for sheet masks, Korean beauty is the place to shop! Unfortunately they haven’t yet invented a mask that does this but I wait in everlasting hope:

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(with thanks to S in the Memebox Addicts FB group!)

Etude House – the brand

Etude House (Hangul: 에뛰드하우스) was established in 1966 but became the company we know in 1985 (not quite as old as me!!) and is part of the overall global conglomerate that is Amore Pacific (which also owns brands such as Sulwhasoo, Laneige, Mamonde and Innisfree). The brand name ‘Etude’ comes from Frederic Chopin’s studies of the piano.  Etude means study in French. Their brand image is very pink and pretty, very girly and youthful. Everyone is a princess.

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Now if you know me, you know that I am not exactly a ‘pink’ person.  I like pink lips and cheeks but not clothes or decor.  I do however like anything cute and therefore…… yes, I AM a princess!!

My face if anyone dares say I’m not…..

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(Thanks Moo for your undeniable princess-ness! Source)


The Masks

Etude House makes a variety of sheet masks, from standard sheet masks to bio jelly coconut masks, from place specific (eye, nose, chin etc) masks to Hydrogel masks and I love them all! In this post I will be concentrating on some of the ‘I Need You’ Sheet Masks and the ‘Skin Note’ Deep Moisturising Hydrogel Masks.

Etude House ‘I Need You’ Sheet Masks

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Etude House makes 20 different variations of these masks. These are (with the ones I have tried so far in bold):

  • Aloe
  • Collagen
  • Hyaluronic
  • Royal Jelly
  • Pearl
  • Green Tea
  • Lemon
  • Pomegranate
  • Tea Tree
  • Vita Complex
  • Olive
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Mugwort
  • Korean Ginseng
  • Mango
  • Snail
  • Acai Berry
  • Bamboo
  • Rice
  • Honey

Directions for use: (I’ll put this once for each type as they are obviously all the same)

1. Apply toner to skin after cleansing.

2. Remove mask from pouch and apply to face, placing mask to fit eye and lip area.

3. Remove mask after 10~15 minutes and lightly massage remaining solution into skin with hands.

Mask Fit:

The same for all this type. (+ Bonus funny / scary picture!)

These sheet masks fit fairly well. The width and length are fine for me, there is a slight overlap under the chin which makes for a more snug fit, the eye and mouth holes are not too big or too small (this is sounding like Goldilocks now…..) The only issue, as always, is the nose area. My nose seems to be much too narrow, long and large for Korean sheet masks and this results in the excess material at the top making that area not fit well and the mask always finishes very short of the end of my schnozz. Funnily enough the hydrogels are very different!

And now for the demonstration …. you have seen one sheet mask selfie you have seen them all!?!  This was the Mugwort mask. This terrible picture demonstrates the fit around the nose area.

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Disclaimer: I took this picture after falling asleep in my contact lenses (hence the blood shot-edness) and without said contact lenses in ….aka I could not see a thing! Not the camera or myself in the mirror. It was basically a case of aim the camera somewhere at my head and click. My view at the time was something more like this (which is much more pleasant I’m sure you’ll agree):

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1. ‘I Need You’ Collagen Sheet Mask

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SKIN FIRMING. This mask sheet contains Collagen (Hydrolyzed Collagen) that strengthens the skin for firm, youthful skin.

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Dimethicone, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract,  Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Panthenol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Allantoin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrolysed Collagen (2mg), Trideceth-6, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

Review: This mask had a fairly thick milky white serum and did not really smell of anything in particular. With this one, I did not fall asleep (hallelujah!). The mask had been in the fridge for a few hours so felt very soothing and calming. After about 20 minutes I removed the mask and patted the remaining essence (there was plenty!) onto my face. My skin felt a little firmer and tighter. It felt moisturised but a bit sticky. All in all, a decent nightly mask which will provide mainly hydration and maybe a little bit of firming / tightening.

Score: 7.5/10


2. ‘I Need You’ Pearl Sheet Mask

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BRIGHT COMPLEXION. This mask sheet contains pearl extract (Hydrolyzed Pearl) full of amino acids and minerals, brightening up dull skin for a bright and clear complexion.

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Alcohol, Panthenol, Carbomer, PEG60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum, Hydrolysed Pearl (20mg), Potassium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

Review: As usual, I left the sheet mask in the fridge before application so that it gave a cooling / soothing effect. This mask does not really smell of much apart from a standard creamy skincare smell. This one has a clear, slightly thinner consistency serum I didn’t really see much of a whitening/brightening effect on my skin when I removed the mask and patted in the extra essence but I did look healthy, hydrated and glowing with an even tone, albeit slightly sticky.  This was one of my favorites.

Score: 8 / 10


3. ‘I Need You’ Green Tea Mask

This mask sheet contains green tea extract (Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract), providing moist and comforting relief to sooth out rough and irritated skin. Confession: I tried this mask last year when I received one in the From Jeju Memebox. This was a long time before I started this blog and subsequently I do not have any photographs or the ingredients list. I do remember not being that impressed at the time and I think compared to the ones I have tried here this was my least favorite. It did smell rather pleasantly of green tea I remember but it didn’t have any discernible effects, maybe because my skin is generally not rough and wasn’t irritated at the time. It also left my skin a bit sticky.

Score: 5/10 (There are plenty of the others I would buy first although I will try it again and change the score if I was obviously deranged the first time I used it).


4. ‘I  Need You’ Mugwort Sheet Mask

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SOOTHING & BRIGHT. This mask sheet contains mugwort extract (Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract) that improves circulation for a clearer complexion.

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Alcohol, Panthenol, Carbomer, PEG60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract (20mg), Potassium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

Review: This one had a lovely smell, somewhat reminiscent of cucumber (which is strange as there is none in it .. I presume it is the Mugwort itself, which I have never tried before). It smelt very fresh and clean.

‘Mugwort is a common name for several species of aromatic plants in the genus Artemisia…..Artemisia Princeps or Japanese mugwort, is a perennial, very vigorous plant that grows to 1.2 meters and is known as yomogi (ヨモギ) in Japanese….In Korea, it is called ssuk (쑥) or tarae ssuk (타래쑥), which is deeply related to Dangun Sinhwa (단군신화), legend of Gojoseon, the first Korean kingdom… Known as a blood cleanser, it is believed to have different medicinal properties depending on the region it is collected. In some regions, mugwort thins the blood, while in another region, it is claimed to have hallucinogenic properties, causing some to pass out from direct skin contact (dermal absorption) with the active chemicals. For this reason, some Koreans also wear a silk sleeve when picking mugwort plants…..Mugwort pollen is one of the main sources of hay fever and allergic asthma in North Europe, North America and parts of Asia‘   (source: Wikipedia)

This mask had plenty of a clear watery gel type essence. The sheet itself was a decent thickness and adhered to the face well, only falling away a bit when madly trying to aim a camera at one’s face! This one had not been in the fridge but it was still pretty cold as the weather was a tad icy. It felt very cooling and soothing. There was plenty of essence in the pack, which I applied liberally after I took the mask off. The essence had a slightly sticky feel as it dried but that was fine for use as a night time mask. This one did not feel particularly moisturising but my pores looked smaller and more refined and the tone of my skin was even, clear and more healthy looking than normal!

Score: 8/10


5. ‘I Need You’ Snail Sheet Mask

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Look at those little snaily faces!!

SMOOTH FIRMING. This mask sheet contains snail mucus ingredient (Snail Secretion Filtrate) that protects the skin’s natural barrier for smooth and elastic skin.

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Dimethicone, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract,  Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Panthenol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Snail Secretion Filtrate (20mg), Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Allantoin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-6, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

Review: I love anything snail … I may have mentioned that before! Snail mucin has magical properties that can fade acne scars, smooth and revitalise skin and clear the complexion. My HG essence is the Benton Snail Bee and I tend to enjoy most snail items that I have tried (apart from Secret Key’s EGF snail masks for some reason – see Secret Key box post and January Mask Genie post).

This mask was slightly different. The sheet itself was a tiny bit thicker and white rather than translucent. The essence itself was also thick, white and very creamy. There was no distinctive smell. I wore this one in the day as I had unfortunately fallen asleep in my makeup the night before and my skin needed some serious TLC. I found that it stayed on my face very well as I was on the computer so not that active! The mask was still damp after about 20 minutes so I took it off and applied the rest of the essence from the pouch. My skin was left very happy – shiny (in a good way!), even and glowing. I would get this one again.

Score: 8/10


6. ‘I Need You’ Rice Mask Sheet

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PURIFYING. This mask sheet contains rice extract (Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract) that brightens up dull and rough skin for smooth and healthy skin.

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Dimethicone, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract,  Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Panthenol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract (20mg), Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Allantoin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-6, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

Review: This one smelt almost like baby lotion (lotion that you put on babies, not lotion MADE out of babies). It was a light creamy smell and very pleasant. The smell, as ever, dissipates once the mask is on. The essence was relatively creamy and white, the same as the Snail and Collagen versions (the ingredients for these are different to the other two masks that I have used recently, which may be why!). When I tried this one (it had been in the fridge) I fell asleep for about 2 hours with it on. The mask itself was dry but my skin underneath felt plump and moist and even more so when I applied the copious amounts of essence left over in the pouch. My skin looked plumped up, brighter, shiny and very smooth. My forehead looked especially tight and glowy.

Score: 8.5/10 (I think this was my favorite but it was very close).

Conclusion

I would definitely try all of these again as the price is very good for the quality and results that they give you. They are a great every day mask to maintain and improve your skin – dependent on the ones you choose and your skins needs at the time. I would like to try all of other types of this mask that Etude House makes in this range as well and I’m putting an order in – especially the Aloe (soothing and cooling), Vita Complex (purify and brighten), Korean Ginseng (nourishing and revitalising) and Acai Berry (antioxidants). I will list places that you can purchase these at the end of the post.


Etude House ‘Skin Note’ Deep Moisturising Hydrogel Masks.

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Etude House makes 5 different types of this mask. I bought one of each. I have only tried 3 so far (in bold), as I use hydrogels less often due to the slightly higher price and generally superior effect – great for a special occasion or once a week rather than every day. I will update this post with further details when I try the final 2!

1. DEEP MOISTURIZING

2. LIFTING UP

3. BRIGHTENING

4. PORE TIGHTENING

5. CALMING FACE

Directions:

1. Prior to application, cleanse face, pat dry and wipe with toner facial pad.

2. Remove mask from pouch, unfold and remove upper and bottom films on both sides of mask.

3. Adhere transparent film-removed side of mask to face, fitting appropriately to eyes and lips.

4. Leave on for 20~30 minutes. Remove mask and massage remaining solution into skin with hands.

*More effective when side with transparent film is adhered to skin.

Mask fit:

As before, they are all the same. I especially like the fact that the side that is supposed to go against your skin is specified, as often (in fact with most hydrogels I have tried) either this is not mentioned and both sides seem exactly the same or in one notable case it specified a colour film which did not exist in reality! I do really appreciate this.

The masks come in two pieces, as have all other hydrogels I have tried. They are very slippery and easily damaged so best to take your time and don’t do this without your eyes in … contact lens / glasses joke 🙂

They do take a bit of adjusting and messing around to get the best fit but when you do so they are snug and will stay put. As they warm up they seem to adhere more closely to your skin. I generally put the bottom half on first (as that seems more likely to slip) and then the top half, slightly overlapping the bottom, to secure it. It is best to stretch it slightly when adjusting and then smooth it out, whilst pressing slightly, to make sure it is adhered firmly.

These hydrogels have an excellent fit: snug around the eyes and mouth (although the bit above the mouth can slip, especially if you are not lying down), much more covered at the sides of the nose than a standard sheet mask and the nose on these is very very long. It overlaps at the end, which is amusing! I have not yet attempted to take a photograph of me in one of these yet but I think one ‘selfie’ per couple of months is quite enough for your poor eyes.


1. ‘Skin Note’ Deep Moisturising Hydrogel Mask

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This is a Hydrogel Mask with hyaluronic acid (Sodium Hyaluronate) and seaweed extract (Jania Rubens Extract), quenching dry and thirsty skin with its burst of deep, long-lasting hydration.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenyl Trimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Gardenia Florida Extract, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Jania Rubens Extract.


2. Skin Note’ Lifting Up Hydrogel Mask

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This is a Hydrogel Mask with Collagen (Hydrolyzed Collagen) and Royal Jelly (Royal Jelly Extract), snugly hugging the face to provide elastic and bouncy skin with its special ingredients.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenyl Trimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Gardenia Florida Extract, Fragrance, Potassium Hydroxide, Royal Jelly Extract, Hydrolysed Collagen.

Review:

I used this one quite a while ago now.  I have recently got into the habit of writing down my thoughts at the time of using a product – I have a special notebook and everything! It isn’t this one but I think I should get this:

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Anyway, this was unfortunately pre-notebook. I do know that this was my least favorite out of the three that I have tried. It was perfectly ok but I remember that I noticed no particular skin improvements apart from hydration. There was definitely no lifting of any kind going on, which is a shame as I could do with a bit of that!  Perhaps this needs to be a regular usage sort of situation to see anything significant? I am willing to try!

Score: 7/10


3. ‘Skin Note’ Brightening Hydrogel Mask

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This is a Hydrogel Mask with pearl extract (Pearl Powder) and Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), snugly hugging the face to provide a movie star’s glowing complexion with bright and radiant skin.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenyl Trimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Potassium Hydroxide, Pearl Powder, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate.

Review:

As is usually the case with hydrogels, there is no particular smell with this one – just a general clean skincare scent. This mask had been in the fridge for a few hours when I used it and yes, I fell asleep with it on. When I woke up, all of the gel had absorbed leaving the mesh / base. My skin looked and felt very moist and plumped up but I wouldn’t say that it looked brightened exactly. The results were not as bright and whitened as other masks I have used but I definitely looked more radiant and hydrated, with my nasolabial (nose to mouth) lines looking less deep and my forehead looking smooth. I would definitely try this one again.

Score: 8/10


4. ‘Skin Note’  Pore Tightening Hydrogel Mask

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This is a Hydrogel Mask containing Morocco Clay (Moroccan lava clay) and unripe apple (Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract), snugly hugging the face to tighten and clear up pores for smooth skin.

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allantoin, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, Bentonite, Ethylhexylglycerin, Peat Water, Acacia Senegal Gum, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Potassium Hydroxide, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract.

Review: The ingredients are a bit different on this one – can’t wait to try it.


5. ‘Skin Note’   Calming & Relaxing Hydrogel Mask

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This is a Hydrogel Mask containing aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract) and glacial water (Water), snugly hugging the face to soothe and freshen up exhausted and irritated skin.

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allantoin, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, Gardenia Florida Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Potassium Hydroxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract.

Review:

This hydrogel mask had a notably green tinge to the gel and after wallowing in the fridge for a few hours it felt wonderfully cooling, calming and relaxing. I used this after a wash off mask that I will soon be reviewing that had stung a little so the calming, soothing aspect was welcomed. I fell asleep (surprise, surprise) and the gel was mostly absorbed when I woke up.

The results from this one were interesting … the pores at either side of my nose actually looked bigger (a first from any mask!) and a couple of reddish marks from healing hormonal spots did not look any lighter in colour. Perhaps this was not the purpose of the mask though (the cooling sensation would be lovely after sun exposure I think) and the size of the pores did improve as I patted the rest of the essence in and completed my night time routine. There was again plenty of essence left over in the pouch and although it was a little bit sticky, my skin felt like it enjoyed it and was more hydrated afterwards. This was an OK mask, comparable with the Lifting one and not as good as the Brightening.

Score: 7/10

Conclusion

Interestingly, I think I preferred the standard sheet masks overall. I would definitely buy most of them again (especially as the prices are very good) but I would not save the Hydrogels for before special occasions like I do my absolute favorite ones. I would instead use them as a once a week treat to maintain my skin. I will order some more Hydrogels and a decent varied stock of the ‘I Need You’ sheet masks for every day use (and use them dependent on what my skin needs that day).

Etude House makes very good sheet masks at a very decent price. They are fairly easy to get hold of and are often on offer at the various outlets, especially their own website, which has regular well received promotions such as free shipping when you spend over a certain amount. Here are some of my favorite places to shop.

Shop these masks*:

Etude House

‘I Need You’ Masks ($0.95 / 65p, plus shipping)

‘Skin Note’ Hydrogels ($2.50 / £1.70, plus shipping)

Tester Korea

‘I Need You’ Masks (1,000 Won / $0.91 / 61p, plus shipping) (quite a few types OOS at the moment)

‘Skin Note’ Hydrogels (2,500 Won / $2.28 / £1.54, plus shipping)

Beauty Net Korea

Set of all 5 ‘Skin Note’ Hydrogels ($14.40 / £9.71, including the shipping charge)

They are also available widely on Ebay and Amazon.

*(all prices and links correct at time of posting. No affiliate links)


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Disclaimer: All views are my own, unbiased and honest. All items were purchased by myself from various outlets. Opinions are subjective to skin type.

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