Giveaway!! MaskGenie Limited Edition Pouch – Animal Masks!

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Update: The winners are Renee C, Tahira P and Athy L!! Congratulations  🙂

I will be holding a giveaway of some of my favorite masks (and some fun extras) next month – sort of a Charlotte’s Web Mask Pouch, so watch out for that if you missed out this time!! xx

As you know I LOVE MaskGenie’s Mask Pouch service and I am so pleased to announce that I am holding a giveaway sponsored by MaskGenie herself!! The pouch that you can win is the Limited Edition ’10 Days in the Wild’ one and you can see Genie’s unpouching video here:

What is MaskGenie?

MaskGenie is a monthly mask service with a difference.  You do not have to commit to a monthly subscription but just buy a pouch as and when you want one. Genie provides monthly pouches of 5 different masks (at $12) and 10 different masks (at $22) every month. The masks are all from reputable Asian brands and international shipping is included in the price. They are available at the website here: http://www.skinilove.com/

She also has occasional themed pouches, such as the Oriental Beauty pouch for Chinese New Year (I have just received the second edition of this) and the limited edition ’10 Days in the Wild’ pouch (that is the one that can be won here!). The pouches are packaged in a drawstring bag each month and are posted securely in a robust envelope marked ‘fragile’ from Hong Kong. I have not had any issues with customs or the postal service to the UK.

I have thoroughly reviewed the January pouch here – MaskGenie January Pouch

and the February pouch here – MaskGenie February Pouch

My reviews of the March and April Pouches are in process and will be posted very soon …yes, I know very late but I haven’t been too well unfortunately and haven’t been able to concentrate for long, and I am working on the May pouches masks (aka putting them on my face!) as we speak. My June pouch is on it’s way.

The Giveaway!

This giveaway is for 3 Limited Edition ’10 Days in the Wild’ pouches. This pouch was for sale at $34, inclusive of shipping internationally.

Animal masks are currently a big hit in Asia, and many celebrities have taken photos of themselves in an animal mask and posted it onto their social media! Not only are the masks super cute, they will actually moisturize and brighten your skin too! Have fun with the masks ~ discover your animal type and unlock the secrets of your true self!  There are 10 different masks inside, all of different animals.’

I have not personally tried this pouch – this one I missed out on unfortunately but they are epically fun masks! Each one not only has a animal face printed onto it but they also have the same great skincare benefits of your more everyday plain sheet masks. Hey, if you are going to scare the neighbour / children / postman / rabbit, you may as well do it in style!!

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Unfortunately I can’t enter my own giveaway and as I haven’t reviewed this pouch myself I would love you to check out my friend’s great and thorough full review of this pouch (with before and after pictures!) at Baby and the Chi’s

The pouch contains the following masks:

  • Luxury Soo Anti-Wrinkle Eye Mask – Penguin
  • SNP Whitening Mask – Panda
  • SNP Soothing Mask  – Dragon
  • SNP Wrinkle Mask – Tiger
  • SNP Aqua Moisturising Mask  – Otter
  • Royal Skin The Animalian Mask – Fox
  • Royal Skin The Animalian Mask – Sheep
  • Berrisom Placenta & Adenosine Mask – Raccoon
  • Berrisom Collagen Mask – Cat
  • Berrisom Snail Mask – Monkey

There will be 3 winners, and each winner will receive one 10 Days In The Wild Pouch. This giveaway is open internationally.

HOW TO ENTER

Enter via the Rafflecopter link below. This will open a new page with the entry form. (I can’t embed the widget as WordPress does not allow this – the link is perfectly safe).

There are a few options so do as few or as many as you want and please come back to do the relevant ones again if you like. There is a free entry and the only mandatory entries are to leave a comment on this post (below) ….

– As you know I LOVE face masks. Which face mask/s would you recommend / like to see me review?

and visit the Maskgenie and Charlotte’s Web Facebook pages.  No need for a ‘Like’ but it would be greatly appreciated 🙂

Enter here: MaskGenie Giveaway via Rafflecopter

OFFICIAL RULES:

1.  This giveaway is sponsored by Mask Genie & Charlotte’s Web: a beauty blog.  There will be three (3) winners.
2.  Each winner will receive one (1) 10 Days in the Wild Mask Genie pouch.
3.  Giveaway is open from 12am GMT (UK) 14/06/15 until 12am GMT (UK) 21/06/15
3.  One entry per person. All entries will be verified and anyone who has multiple accounts will be disqualified.
4. Qualified entries will be randomly drawn via Rafflecopter.
4.  Charlotte’s Web: a beauty blog will provide the information on the randomly selected winners to Mask Genie. Prizes will be shipped directly by Mask Genie, within one week of the details being provided.
5. Winners must respond to Charlotte’s Web: a beauty blog (me!) within 48 hours after contact with their name and address or another winner will be chosen.
6.  Rules subject to change without notice.
7.  Since this is an international giveaway the winner is responsible for any customs and/or import duties to their country.  Mask Genie & Charlotte’s Web: a beauty blog are not responsible for these charges.
8. You must be 18 years or age or older to enter this giveaway.

Good luck! …….and look out for my next posts .. which will be coming very soon I promise! Until then…..

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Review: Magnitone Lucid Cleansing Brush and 20% off Discount code!

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I wrote before about my very first twitter party, held by @bloggerslvehub, which was a great experience. Magnitone was one of the brands taking part and I was one of the lucky bloggers that they very kindly sent a Magnitone Lucid Cleansing Brush* to test out and review! (Plus a lovely discount if any of you want your very own colourpop Cleansing brush!!)

Read on if you want to be able to walk around all day doing this … because your face is sooo damn glowy!!

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First the blurb…

Magnitone

‘Magnitone offer daily skin cleansing and toning brushes for face & body to effectively cleanse, refresh and stimulate your skin…..They offer the latest in deep cleansing innovation, are easy to use and fit right in to your current skincare regime. They use gentle sonic vibrations to dislodge blackheads and whisk away dead skin cells, revealing a bright and glowing complexion.’

Magnitone offers three different types of cleansing brush – the more advanced and also for use on the body Magnitone Pulsar, the special limited edition bright pink Magnitone Lucid by Pixie Lott and the standard Magnitone Lucid, which is the one that I was gifted.

The Magnitone Lucid

The current range is the Fashion Series is inspired by the vibrant colours of the catwalk and the hottest looks of the year. The brush is available in four colours (see above – Aqua Green, Plush Pink, Dazzling Blue or Sunshine Yellow.) I asked to receive the Sunshine Yellow if possible and that is the one that I got!

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‘Magnitone Lucid is powered by Active Electromagnetic Technology™. Enhanced electromagnetic pulsations that send rapid vibrations into skin. They naturally unclog pores, and sweep away dry and dead skin cells, leaving a clearer complexion’

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My Review

Ok, first a disclaimer – I currently use a similar cleansing brush made by a different company. I have been using this since February so when I swapped over to the Magnitone, I did not follow the instructions for new users and those with sensitive skin, as my skin is already well used to this sort of cleansing and exfoliation and is also not at all sensitive. I will list the instructions for first timers in a bit though for anyone who is new to this sort of deep cleansing.

The Lucid comes in a compact box, with everything that you need inside to start you off:

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Inside the box, you will find the Lucid with an Active Clean Brush head already attached (you can buy a Sensitive and a Silk Bliss Luxury Head as well as replacement Active Clean heads separately), a travel charger (plus a two-pin adapter if you need it for travelling abroad), a 12 Month warranty card (remember to register online) and an instruction booklet.

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Unpacked!

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The part that looks like a pebble on the bottom of the brush handle is in fact the ingenious ‘Clink’ charger, which attaches magnetically – you just add the plug into the end of it.

Before using the Magnitone for the first time, it is advised that it should be charged for 24 hours. When the device is charging the red light will flash and will go solid when fully charged. When I charged this for the first time the light went solid within a couple of hours but being the law abiding citizen that I am I left it for the entire 24 hours……just in case! It does say that this is to maximise it’s battery life.

A full charge will normally take about 12-15 hours and will last for about 2 weeks of use (obviously dependent on time and frequency used).

The Magnitone Lucid has two different cleansing modes, deep clean and sensitive, so it can be used by peeps that have sensitive skin as well. The advice given for first timers and those with sensitive skin is to use the SENSITIVE mode for the first 5 days to allow your skin time to adjust and they also recommend only one minute of cleansing each day for the first 5.

Since I like to take risks (says the person who follows the instructions exactly re: charging!), I totally ignored that since I had previously been using a cleansing brush and I went straight into Deep Clean mode ………and as I felt like 1 minute was not enough I did it for 2 minutes from the start!

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I should explain, the Magnitone has an inbuilt facial cleansing timer like other cleansing brushes. This cheeps at you every 20 seconds to remind you to move onto the next section of your face, then automatically shuts off after 1 minute. I had no problems turning the device on again for a further minute as I do 2 minutes with my current brush but if you have sensitive or dry skin or are new to this method of cleansing please take heed.

Magnitone states that:

“You may experience some adverse changes to your skin condition after the first few days of using Magnitone Lucid. This is completely normal as your skin adjusts to the new cleansing method. This happens because the Magnitone Lucid is slowly bringing up the deep-rooted oily impurities from your pores onto the surface of the skin. You should switch to the sensitive setting until any outbreaks clear and moisturise regularly after use”

So that is something to bear in mind if you do buy one of these. I did not have any reaction at all using the Magnitone Lucid BUT I did have some very annoying deep under the skin spots that took ages to go when I first started using my previous brush. I do have very oily skin which used to be very prone to spots even at my age but since I have been using an Asian / Korean skincare regime and a cleansing brush, I have had hardly any even around the time of the month. I will be doing an upcoming post / posts on my skincare steps so watch out for that.

Anyway, maybe don’t start using one of these just before a special occasion and give your skin a chance to get used to it first!

The Lucid is quite light and it fits really well into the palm of your hand, which makes it very easy to use. It is fully waterproof so it can be used in the bath or shower but they do advise that it should not be submerged in water for any period of time!

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In the instruction booklet they advise that you start the cycle with your forehead and brow – I personally would advise against this!! You may end up with cleanser suds streaming down into your eyes for the rest of the cycle ….I did warn you 😉

I start with my nose (as that is the area that generally needs more work) and then move to my cheek, then chin, then the other cheek – ending on the forehead before using whatever time is left to concentrate on any trouble areas.

I am a huge advocate of double cleansing aka the K-Beauty regime (and plan to write a post extolling it’s virtues soon) and I do this twice a day even when I haven’t worn makeup and this seems to suit my very oily skin well. At the moment I am using the Nude Cleansing oil (agh – a western product!! hehe), followed by the Borntree Vita Berry Cleansing foam with the Lucid (a very expensive cleanser that I got in a Memebox last year – it IS wonderfully creamy!).

The other items shown here sort of count as my cleansing routine – a new addition, the La Roche Posay Serozinc; Neogen Code 9 Glucose Skin (a toner – I alternate between these two) and my Elizavecca 100% Galactomyces Essence (another sort of toner and the final part of my Galactomyces Round one testing – see here).

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I would recommend that you use a creamy cleanser with a cleansing brush. I did try a very watery cleanser previously and they don’t froth up enough and do not feel as though they are doing much at all. It is not advised to use these with oil cleansers or anything with exfoliating grains as the brush is supposed to do the exfoliating for you and this would be too harsh and also may damage it.

I clean the brush head by swishing it under warm running water after each use to remove any residue and cleanser.  Magnitone recommend cleaning the brush head properly after each use but since I remove makeup prior to using the brush by double cleansing I feel that this is not necessary. I thoroughly clean it once a week instead.

So have I noticed a difference since swapping to the Magnitone Lucid from my previous brush?

Magnitone promises softer, brighter and clearer skin within 7 days. Although my skin was pretty bright and smooth due to already using a cleansing brush, I would say that it maybe feels a little softer and I am sure that the Magnitone would live up to it’s claims if I had not already been using something similar. It really does make a difference to skin that does not usually get exfoliated much and I would definitely recommend these sort of brushes for most skin types.

Some plus and minus points for the Magnitone Lucid:

Plus

+ the instructions for the Lucid are very straightforward and easier to get started

+ light and fits easily into the palm of your hand

+ feels softer on the skin

+ cleaned very well, skin is noticeably ‘squeaky’ afterwards

+ left skin glowing and (sorry if TMI – blackheads easily extractable)

+ no negative reaction or spots

+ better price than other brands on the market and therefore more accessible

Minus

– switches off after one minute, which I feel isn’t long enough for me

– bristles are long and I find that more difficult to operate evenly on the skin

– results in a lot of spray into the mirror (use in the shower would probably be easier)

– feels softer on the skin

– no stand or travel case so more difficult to charge and store

I definitely recommend the Magnitone Lucid if you are new to the world of cleansing brushes, have been thinking of getting one and don’t want to spend hundreds of pounds – it is such good value for money, especially with this offer!

The Offer

It retails for only £69.99, but if you click here and use the code Charlotte20 at checkout you’ll get an exclusive 20% OFF, making it only £55.99!! (Offer ends 1st June 2015).

Until next time……which will be a very late MaskGenie review and then what will be a new, hopefully fun (!) regular Monday post … stay tuned and please follow me on twitter, Bloglovin and Facebook if you don’t already!

Cxx

(Almost forgot a bunny!)

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

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.

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) 😉

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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 🙂


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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)


Happy Easter (or Chocolate Egg Day) everyone! …..and with that I must dash x

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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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Mini Review – How to make your own Sheet Mask!

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No??  Oh, OK then.

Quite a while ago now I bought some plain sheet masks from Muji. I really love Muji – every time I go in there I come out with a big brown bag full of lovely and practical items.  it smells AMAZING (due to the many Aroma diffusers puffing out their gorgeous citrus-y smoke) and is really good value for money.

Muji is where I stock up on acrylic storage for my makeup, on wipes for my glasses and on blotting paper for my lovely oily face!  Last visit I also bought a couple of empty spray bottles for an upcoming post / experiment on Patting Water and Mists.

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MUJI was founded in Japan in 1980 as an antithesis to the habits of consumer society at that time…..The concept was born of the intersection of two distinct stances: no brand (Mujirushi) and the value of good items (ryohin).

MUJI’s concept of emphasizing the intrinsic appeal of an object through rationalization and meticulous elimination of excess is closely connected to the traditionally Japanese aesthetic of “su” –– meaning plain or unadorned –– the idea that simplicity is not merely modest or frugal, but could possibly be more appealing than luxury.

The Sheet Mask

The items in question are known as Compressed Face Masks and they are available at £3.95 for 20 or £1.50 for 5. I believe that you can buy similar items on Ebay in bulk as well.

They are made of non woven 100% cotton pulp in Japan. Using a compressed facial mask sheet can allow flexibility with ingredients and is also a great idea to use up some products that have been lying around unused in the vast Meme hoard or are soon to expire, as well as true DIY recipes using everyday ingredients.

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They also do an under eye version (£1.50 for 20) that I haven’t tried yet.

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Back view:

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The instructions are obviously not in English, luckily they provide an English instruction pdf on their website.

How to use:

1. Pour face lotion into the cap or something else and soak one sheet with it.

2. After the sheet swells enough with lotion, spread it from the eyes to other parts of your whole face.

3. Stay still to pack the area for 5 to 10 minutes, and then remove the sheet.

Obviously the ‘face lotion’ is up to you (that is the whole point of the endeavour after all) and I would say that the timing is a general guideline and probably (definitely!) is erring on the side of caution there.
NB. Common sense should be liberally applied.

The Essence

I decided to soak mine in the Seatree Syn-ake Essence that I received from Memebox at the end of last year, which had a very short expiry date (Feb 2015).  Got to use it up somehow!

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Product Description:
Seatree Syn-ake Essence contains youth preserving ingredients, such as Syn-ake peptides, similar in composition to snake venom, and hyaluronic acid to help deliver targeted repair – as needed, where needed. Recommended for all skin types, ages and ethnicities, it visibly addresses uneven skin tone, lines and wrinkles for visibly firmer, more radiant and more supple skin.

What is Syn-ake?
Syn-ake is a topical anti-aging treatment….(that) is marketed as an alternative to Botox injections and other types of synthetic treatments that are formulated to get rid of wrinkles, crow’s feet, and other signs of aging. This ingredient, which is used in several different products that are designed to fight aging, is a synthetic form of snake venom. Syn-ake replicates the effects of a peptide that is known as Waglerin 1, which is a component of the venom found in the Temple Viper, a poisonous snake native to southeast Asia.

Syn-ake is designed to work much like Botox, which reduces muscular contractions in the face and reduces cell movement; thereby keeping the skin smooth. The concept behind Syn-ake is that since snake venom causes muscular paralysis, a synthetic derivative of the venom would work to temporarily deaden the muscles in the face to prevent the formation or deepening of wrinkles.’  (source)

BUT

‘experts wonder whether the topical formulations penetrate deeply enough to effectively inhibit muscle contraction. After all, Botox is injected for a reason — to deliver the compound directly into muscle tissue.

“Is the active ingredient really absorbed into the skin like Botox?” asks dermatologist Dr. Vermen Verallo-Rowell. “The action may just be as a good moisturizer, which does soften wrinkles.”

“Skin is programmed to keep proteins out,” adds Dr. Leslie Baumann, author of “The Skin Type Solution.” And the chemical must travel through several layers of skin and subcutaneous fat to reach and penetrate the muscle.’  (source)

hmmmm…..

I have been using this as my night essence since I received it and it was just ok. No obvious results (I didn’t really notice any improved firmness, suppleness or radiance) but I had no nasty reactions. It did have a bit of a strong perfume smell though, which put me off somewhat, luckily it did not last long.

I spent some time trying to track down the product for price / ingredients but it looks like it has been discontinued. The Seatree website seems to be concentrating on more natural plant based ingredients and some rather funky new packaging artwork. They do still have the Syn-ake hydrogel mask but that looks like it for the range.

‘(a) Natural brand, which was born in the Mangrove forest, gives you beautiful and intact skin from Mother Nature. Seatree embodies Sea and Forest, made of natural and pure ingredients, makes women’s skin healthy and full of vitality, providing skin support’

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Making the Mask!

I had actually done this once before and so decided to try it again and attempt to take pictures of the process. The mask pellets are incredibly hard, densely packed little white discs. They are a little like a tiny Draught piece (Checkers for the Americans).

One thing I must point out is that it takes a LOT of essence to get this to swell and work properly.  No wonder masks can be so expensive .. although I very much doubt that they are made by trying to unfurl tightly compressed little pellets from hell 🙂

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Either I am too impatient or I didn’t use enough essence either time but this little nugget was extremely difficult to unravel.  I placed it in a dish and liberally spewed it with essence.

Warning: this picture could look a little dodgy but I promise, that IS the Syn-ake Essence … ahem.

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I hate waiting, so I started trying to unpick it pretty much straight away.

This is the beginning of the unfurling (i.e. after I had been picking at it for a few minutes and sighing a lot)

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It looks like a little flower! I’m thinking this type of course:

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This went on for a while – me cursing and trying to unravel it without ripping (unsuccessfully – both times) and this is the end result, which is not as bad as it could have been imo. This is obviously after it had been on my face 🙂

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I think you can sense the look of frustration that imprinted onto it. This is what it is meant to look like:

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Conclusion

Once on the face the mask feels like any other, albeit a little less snug and well fitting.  It’s a good way to get more intensive benefits from your product because the mask sheet allows it to stay moist and have direct contact with the skin for a longer period of time, like any sheet mask. Again, I didn’t note any particular effects from this essence apart from a bit of hydration but it was a useful one to experiment with and to utilise for this post!

Obviously, the whole DIY thing could be just too much hassle especially since you can get decent sheet masks at pretty good prices but if you like to experiment with DIY skin care, this might appeal to you.

Some notes:

1. It may have been easier with a more liquid substance rather than one that is thicker in texture like this.

2. Or with some of the thicker substances it may be advisable to put it on your face first, then cover with a slightly damp mask (soaked in toner or galactomyces essence perhaps).

3. It would be a good idea to chill the essence or whatever you are using in the fridge before hand for that extra refreshing sensation.

I will have to experiment further (with the 18 I have left!) and report back. I have an old book with DIY Skin care recipes somewhere that I will have to root out but some of the ideas I think look good are:

FOR DRY SKIN: 
Mix coconut water with five drops of coconut oil and half a teaspoon of honey (manuka preferably). Coconut is hydrating and honey helps lock in the moisture.

FOR SENSITIVE SKIN: 
Mix a tablespoon of aloe vera gel with a couple drops of olive oil and a chilled cup of organic green tea. The aloe vera and olive oil are good for dryness, while the green tea soothes the skin and calms redness.

FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN:
Mix ¼ cup of witch hazel, ¾ cups of water, and a teaspoon of aloe vera gel. Witch hazel removes excess oil from the skin and minimizes pores and the aloe vera soothes irritation and redness.

It might also be nice to add a couple drops of skin friendly essential oils such as Tea Tree (great for oily and acne prone skin), Lavender (soothing), Neem (anti bacterial and good for acne prone skin) and Lemon (brightening and pigmentation).

Some other kitchen friendly ingredients that would be fun to try out:

– yogurt
– green tea powder (made up)
– pureed banana and milk
– milk and honey
– camomile tea
– peppermint tea (etc)
– egg
– lemon juice
– avocado
– apple cider vinegar

Maybe not ham though….

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This whole post has gone a bit creepy again …..first suspicious looking white substances and the death rose (rosa calvaria) and now ham face!

To end on a much more pleasant note, I present some bunny babies from a very wonderful rescue that is close to my heart – Save a Bunny (based in the San Francisco Bay Area, California).  These dinky little munchkins will be available to adopt in the upcoming months for those in the area.  For everyone else, there are many wonderful rescues all over the world who would love to hear from you.  (The bun at the back is demonstrating what I should be doing right at this moment!)

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Let me know what you think (of the post not the bunnies, although that is brilliant too!), any ideas you have for some recipes / products that might work? I am hoping to do a giveaway of some fun stuff soon and may get a packet of these to include, let me know if you would like that?

Cheers, C xx

MaskGenie – January Pouch Review

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I couldn’t decide whether this post should be an unpouching or a full review and as anyone who knows me well could tell you, when faced with a dilemma I procrastinate…..BIG TIME!

One of the main targets (time wasters?) for the procrastination this time was my new found love for Buzzfeed video, and more undeniably,  ‘The Try Guys‘ (seriously, check them out – I promise hours upon hours of free time wasting and you may either laugh yourself into next week or fall slightly in love …..probably both!)

Anyway, enough of humorous men and my time management issues and onto MaskGenieMaskGenie has been set up by one of my fellow Memebox Addicts, Genie of Genie’s Favorite Products and came at a very opportune time, just as Memebox was closing up shop to international customers.

I can’t help myself but every time I type the name I think of this!:

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That’s the TV programme ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ (1965-70).  Seriously, I’m not that old, it was repeated constantly in the 80’s on daytime TV!

MaskGenie is a monthly mask subscription service with a difference.  Similar to Memebox, you do not have to commit to months of a subscription but just buy a pouch as and when you want one. Genie provides pouches of 5 different masks (at $12) and 10 different masks (at $22) every month. The masks are all from reputable Asian brands and international shipping is included in the price. Details on how to order at the end of the post.

Genie will post a spoiler for each pouch before the payment deadline and then a full unpouching video (link at the end) 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! 🙂

She also has occasional themed pouches, such as the Oriental Beauty pouch for Chinese New Year (which unfortunately I missed as I did not have the money in time for the deadline – which I really regret as that one looked amazing and even had sweets!) and the current limited edition ’10 Days in the Wild’ pouch (see the end of the post for further details). The pouches are packaged in a drawstring bag each month and are posted securely in a robust envelope marked ‘fragile’ from Hong Kong. I have not had any issues with customs or the postal service.

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Onto the unpouching / review!

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MaskGenie includes a small slip of paper with a ‘thank you’ for purchasing and the link to the Facebook page for more information about the masks. To be honest, I would much rather have an information card with the names of the masks and some details about them rather than having to keep referring back to either the FB page or the Youtube unpouching. That isn’t always entirely helpful either as not all of them are featured on the FB page and having to find the right bit on a video is tiresome (especially when there are a few different types of one mask sent). This is a small gripe however and although I hope that this changes in the future, it is not a deal breaker.

I have used all of the masks for this pouch so far apart from one and I’ll fill in the review for that when I use it!

MASK No 1: MediHeal Mogongtox Soda Bubble Sheet (Korea)

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(Urgh, please excuse the photos! These were among some of the first photos that I took with this camera and hopefully I’ve improved a bit! It was also a very very dull day).

Description:
Blackhead Control, deep cleansing. Extracts from papaya, apples and mung beans clean dead skin and microscopic keratin from pores with bubbling. Fine bubbles are formed, developed by utilising the principles of carbonated water, which will provide a massaging sensation. It is a wash-off typed soda peeling sheet, not only it helps skin pore care but also allows tree leaves and Galactomyces ferment filtrate to clear skin. Suitable for: combination skin / oily and acne skin.

How to Use:
1. Apply mask pack on dried face after face washing.  Contents may stay at the bottom of the pouch, it is recommended to mix the contents by rubbing the pouch before use. (Use immediately after open).
2. Stay for 10 minutes and remove sheet when enough bubbles cover your face.
3. Softly massage face with remained bubbles and wash off with warm water.

Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids, Dipropylene Glycol, Disiloxane, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Phaseolus Radiatus Seed Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Castanea Sativa (Chestnut) Bark Extract, Diospyros Kaki leaf extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propolis Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark /Leaf/ Twig Extract, Carbonated Water (0.018 mg), Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Butylene Glycol, Milk Protein Extract.

My Thoughts:

This was actually the last mask that I tried from this pouch and it was definitely one of my favorites!

This mask was the spoiler for this pouch as Genie had tried this one out during a mask challenge and a lot of people really wanted to try it out!

When you open the pack there is no distinct smell at all and you find a dense, fairly thick black sheet mask. After unfolding, you will see that the mask only covers part of your face. The mask was full of essence and there was plenty left in the pouch. Having not read the instructions above (which were not in English on the package) I put some on the bits of my skin not covered by the mask and the rest I used afterwards.

You put it on like any other sheet mask and after half a minute or so it starts to bubble up with fine white bubbles. One thing that I questioned before I used it was whether the bubbles appeared on both sides of the mask as from the pictures that I had seen, it seemed that the bubbles were mainly on the side exposed to the air. I did find that they were mostly on that side but that the essence still soaked into the skin fine on the other side. You do get a slight tickling sensation (much less so than say the Elizavecca bubble clay mask) when the mask is on but I found that that was mainly in the places that I had put the essence directly onto the skin.

I don’t quite get why it is shaped like it is, other than for the sake of being different / quirky, and it would be great if they made one that covered the entire face. One thing that possibly may influence it, would be the potential for bubbles to drip down into the eyes if it was covering the forehead and that would NOT be good! The bubbles didn’t seem to go any further than the material though and definitely didn’t drip onto my neck / chest whilst they were doing their thing.

Disclaimer: I find it very difficult to take photographs with masks on, as I remove my contact lenses to use them and to be frank, I am as blind as a very blind bat! (-15 myopia). If I tried to take a picture in that state I would probably end up taking it of my feet or worse – boobs! As a consequence of this it is very unlikely that I will be showing off my visage a la sheet mask but luckily in this case Genie did the honours on her Facebook page.

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It says to take off after 10 minutes and Genie made a point to emphasise this as she left it for 15 and had a slightly red face afterwards.  I, of course, got distracted and left it on for about 20 minutes (maybe longer!). Luckily I am not that sensitive and saw no redness but obviously if you have sensitive or a drier type of skin I would advise that you follow the instructions 😉

I then poured out the remaining essence in the pouch and massaged it into my skin like a foaming cleanser, washing it all off with warm water and then continuing my usual routine. I found that my skin looked clear and even and that my pores seemed a bit less noticeable.

I would definitely like to try this mask again and would buy it. It has good ingredients, is fun to use and showed some results.

8.5/10

This mask is available to buy in packs of 10 at Sasa (¥189.10 / £20.40) and Ebay ($24.92 / £16.80). It is also available as a single on Ebay ($3.99 / £2.70).

MASK No 2: Beyond The God of Patches Bye-Bye to Excess Fat (Korea)

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Description:

With a simple application, this firming patch provides intensive conditioning for the abdomen, thigh, upper arms and other areas that require special care. This hydrogel-type product helps to achieve smooth and soft body contour and its cooling and moisturizing composition provides firmness to the skin surface.For smooth and firm skin. Leaves a refreshing and moisturising feeling. After repetitive application, you will find your skin much firmer and moisturized. Beyond The God of Patches Bye-Bye to Excess Fat is produced by using natural and organic ingredients without chemical preservative, chemical colourants and animal experimentation.  Beyond products are dermatologically tested. Contains Garsinia Canbogia Fruit Extract (HCA).

How to Use:
1. Clean areas where to put patch and make it dry.
2. Remove film of patch.
3. Attach patch on the trouble areas and attach adherence sticker over it to fix it.
4. Leave it for 8 hours for absorption of active ingredient and remove.
* Recommended to attach during working out or sleeping.

Suitable for all skin types.

Ingredients: (were not on the package but these are thanks to Biancardi at CosDNA)
Purified Water, Glycerin, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, 1,2-Hexanediol, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil,  Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract,  Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Caffeine, Agar, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Paeonia Suffruticosa (Peony) Root Extract, Niacinamide, Carnitine, Ethanol, Disodium EDTA, Isomerized Safflower Acid, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglutamic Acid, Coco-Glucoside, Garcinia Cambogia Fruit Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract,  Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glaucine.

My Thoughts:

This is the one mask that I haven’t used yet. I am saving it for a special occasion!! I have another similar slimming patch that I was sent as a free sample with a Tester Korea order (bit of a weird one there!) so I may compare the two. Genie did use this mask as part of her challenge. She used it on her tummy and wore it overnight. She said that it felt a lot firmer the next day and that she and she started to go to the loo a lot!  It may possibly act as a diuretic and any weight that you lose may be water weight.

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This mask is widely available. For example, Rose Rose Shop (2100 Won / £1.25); Korea Depart ($13.10 / £8.85 for 5); Tester Korea (3500 Won / £2.10); Ebay ($40.60 / £27.52 for 10) and various Amazon sellers.

MASK No 3: Secret Key Snail & EGF Repairing Mask Pack (Korea)

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I received three of these masks in my Memebox Secret Key Value Set so I will copy the info from there.

Description:.

These masks have a dual function essence that has Whitening & Wrinkle diminishing properties including over 90% of yeast ferment filtrate.  They also contain filtered extract of snail and ingredients of EGF, which will make your damaged skin look much healthier and smoother. This concentrate type of essence will revive the healthy skin rhythm keeping the skin moist and with a clear tone.  This Essence with rich nutrition will help improve the condition of your skin and provide continuous moisturising effects after application so that your skin can remain healthy and hydrated. They have 7 intensive results of Hydration, Resilience, Brightening, Wrinkle diminishing, Soothing, Rearranging skin texture, and Anti-oxidation.

How long to use:
15-20 minutes.

Ingredients: (in Korean but the key ones are)
Snail Mucin (Chondrotin Sulfate), Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Albutin, Adenosine, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract , Grapefruit extract and Rosemary Leaf Extract. It also contains rhEGF, which helps skin firming.

My Thoughts:

This mask is one of the MaskGenie‘s favorites. It is her go-to for breakouts or that time of the month as it is very soothing and lessens redness and irritations.

It wasn’t one of my favorites I’m afraid. I know a lot of people rate this one but it really did nothing for me. I will however try again with the other three that I have and will update if my opinion changes.  My thoughts from the previous review:

Sheet masks are all pretty similar. It is rare to find either a really terrible or a really amazing one. This was one of the good but not amazing ones. The fit was a bit off (after all everyone’s face shape is different). There were huge gaps at either side of the nose and the mask was incredibly wide on me with excess folds at the cheeks (I don’t have a narrow face!).

The mask did not smell of much and had a decent amount of essence soaked into it. I invariably always fall asleep when I have a sheet mask on and I did when I tried this out, when I woke up some hours later it was bone dry and even the essence that is usually left in the pouch (there always seems to be plenty with a lot of brands) was non existent.
The mask left my skin feeling comfortable and clear but it was not luxurious or special in any way. I did compare it unfavourably with the Benton Snail Bee Mask, which has a similar function.

I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to buy this mask but would happily use it if it came in a set or subscription.

6/10

These can be bought at BNK for $5.40 for 3 with free shipping (£3.50).

 

MASK NO 4: Sister Diary Rose Hyaluronic Mask or Apple Polyphenol Platinum Mask (Taiwan / Japan)

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I got the Apple one ….thank f….

(NB: my abject hatred of strong floral scents, most especially Rose is well known!)

Description:

Pore tightening – Using Europe rare species of apple – Spatlauber Apple effectively tighten skin, regenerate skin pores, hydrate skin and lock in skin moisture. Through latest micro molecule technology, essence particles is now small enough to penetrate deep into skin most inner layer, brings you incredible silky smooth skin.
Oil Controlling – Platinum helps to renew dead cell, effectively control skin oil secretion. Enhance skin tightening and hydrating effect, which improve skin clarity and promote youthful skin. Natural hydrating factors help skin to absorb the nutrition, penetrate deep inside the skin, and prevent skin dryness.

How long to use:
15-25 minutes.

Ingredients:
Water, Trimethylolpropane Triethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20,  Glyceryl Stearate, Peg 100 Stearate, Steareth 2, Dimethicone, Ceteth 24, Choleth 24, Phospholipid, Propylene Glycol, Disodium Edta, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract, Cucumis Stivus Fruit Extract, Applephenon, 1, 3butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Peg 120 Jojoba Esters, Aloe Vera Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Palmitoly Tripeptide-3, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Xanthan Gum, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Methylisothiazolinone/Iodopropyl Butylcarbamate, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Perfume, Platinum.

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My Thoughts:

I believe that these are in some way associated with the better known My Beauty Diary brand. They are supposed to be made to a special formula developed by a factory in Japan, that apparently adheres to the face better. The intended Rose variant ran out and some people will have got this Apple version instead. I am pleased with this situation 🙂

I have to say that I really loved this mask!! It had a gorgeous sweet apple scent (very slightly floral, not too strong) and the mask itself really felt like it hugged my face.

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…..but in a good way!

The mask was cooling and really refreshing. I fell asleep and when I woke up my face felt smooth, moisturised and my skin looked refined, bright and clear. It didn’t feel sticky like some masks can. There was still a lot of essence left in the pack, which I patted in for added nourishment.
This mask does contain alcohol, so may be best to avoid this one if you have dry, reactive skin or are at all sensitive to it.

I have a My Beauty Diary Apple Polyphenol mask coming in my long awaited Beauteque order (less said about that the better at the moment but I will be doing a post at some point) so I will be able to compare.

I would definitely buy this mask again and I wish that it was more widely available.

8.5/10

I could only find this mask in a few places and none of the ones that I had used before. It is available for S$1.29 (about 65p and about £2.20 with shipping) on Qoo10, and also on various Malaysian and Hong Kong based sites.

MASK No 5: NextBeau Aqua Collagen Piggy Mask or EGF Collagen Piggy Mask (Korea)

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Aww!!

This was again a choice of two masks from the same range. I got the EGF Pore Tightening version.

Description:

Provides moisture and nutrition to the skin by containing E.G.F, which promotes elasticity, Helps to keeps the skin moist. It is a essence pack that keep the skin vibrant and sleek.

How long to use:
20~30 minutes.

Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Hyaluronic Acid, Betaine, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Collagen (1.000 ppm), Allantoin, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 20, Human Oligopeoptide-1 (60mg), Fragrance.

My Thoughts:

MaskGenie used the Aqua (Moisturising) version of this mask and thought it was pretty good for the price as an everyday mask.

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I think there are much better ones out there at a similar price point that produce superior results and are more satisfying to use. I honestly don’t remember that much about this mask other than it wasn’t a particularly good fit with the nose and mouth holes being too big and it had no discernible effect on my skin or pores. Hyaluronic Acid is fairly high up on the ingredients list, which implies a high level of moisturisation but it was not particularly noticeable to me.

Would I buy this mask? nope (I would of course use it if I got it elsewhere).

5/10

If you want to prove me wrong :),  this mask is available in the following places: Ebay ($2.79 / £1.88) or Rubyruby76 on Ebay ($14.03 / £9.51 for 10); Roserose shop (the same place!) at Qoo10 (S$14.40 / £7.00 for 10 inc shipping).

MASK No 6: Petitfée 98% Collagen & Co Q10 Hydro Gel Essence Eye Patch (Korea)

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Description:

Collagen and Co Q10 Hydrogel Essence Eye and spot patch infused with extracts of natural flower plants. Our products carry these plant essences directly to the skin to encourage health and reveal true and lasting beauty.  Hydro gel can absorb high amount of water, 98%, hydrating and moisturizing, re-hydrates skin and improves blood circulation.  Collagen is rich in amino acids and Co Q10 is a potent antioxidant and the mix of all these ingredients will help reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes, leaving the area bright and moisturized. They are to relieve eye fatigue pressure, eliminate eye lines, eye bags, dryness and roughness.

How long to use:
20-30 minutes.

Ingredients: in Korean unfortunately and I couldn’t find an English list.

My Thoughts:

MaskGenie initially did not try these out as she is not a fan of hydrogel masks (I love them!). But has done since the pouch has been sent out as she had one left over. She noted that they look like the yinyang symbol when you take the disc out from the packet! 

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When you have opened the packet, you remove the film, and tear the two patches apart along the dotted line. As Genie noted, this patch is pretty dry. In fact, I did wonder whether I got a dud or it had dried out in transit as normally hydrogels are as wet and slippery as normal sheet masks … sometimes even more so. The fact that it is this dry (it feels almost silky rather than moist) caused problems for me with adherence. They are quite large and it was pretty difficult to get them into a comfortable position under my eyes and every time I moved it, it started to slip. I ended up having to lie down and stay very very still.


After the recommended time I really didn’t notice any difference to my under eye area. The area felt bone dry and the slight dark circles I had (I had been up for way too long) were exactly the same. These are apparently pretty expensive but I would say not really worth it. I have tried much better eye Korean patches and I would not buy these.

5/10

If you want to try these out they are available at Qoo10 (S$7.99 / £3.90) or a website I haven’t heard of before called Skincare Genies ($12.99 / £8.80 for 5). They also sell them in a pot (maybe more moist?) for $19.99 / £13.50 (for 60). There is also a ridiculous listing on Ebay for $119.99 for 5 (funnily enough by the same seller as the Qoo10 listing!)

MASK No 7: Etude House Green Tea Nose Pack (Korea)

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Description:

Easy-to-use nose sheets are formulated with green tea additives that purify pores of deep seated dirt and excess sebum. Powerful adhesive clings tightly on skin, binding whiteheads, blackheads and excess sebum ready to be lifted away to keep nose clear and smooth. Green tea extracts not only remove waste materials, blackheads, sebums and dead skin cells on the skin, but also tighten pores and relax skin. Use pore strip 2-3 times per week to minimize pore size and keep pores clear of dirt and debris.

How to use:
1. After cleansing, wet nose with lots of water, remove patch’s transparent film & press smooth side of patch onto center of nose.
2. After 10-15 minutes, once patch dries up, remove patch starting from outer edges.
3. Apply toner to nose after use.

Ingredients:
VP/VA Copolymer, Water, Silica, Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Chromium Oxide Greens, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance.

My Thoughts:

Etude House is a very well known Korean brand. It’s pretty cheap, cheerful and very cute and makes some very good products and some more average ones. I have used many different brands of nose strips over the years, from the classic (and relatively expensive) Bioré to your more bog standard 99p for 6 from the cheap beauty shop (probably Purederm!). They are all much of a muchness but where the ones I have used in the past and the Korean branded ones I have used more recently differ is that the Korean ones all seem to be coloured and scented rather than plain white and smelling of nothing.

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These little lovelies are a muted apple green and smell VERY strongly of something but definitely not green tea! I think it was more of a minty herbal, slightly smoky smell, quite artificial.  The smell continues as it is drying on your nose (close proximity!) unfortunately.

Ok, the results – just ok! I have had better. There was a bit on there but not much. I think part of the problem I have with these coloured nose strips is that it is much more difficult to see the gunk that they extract (too much information??) than on a plain white strip. The Black charcoal one that I have used previously was impossible, especially in the fairly dull light of a British winter. Of course, it could be that my skincare routine and relatively new Clarisonic are rendering this process obsolete? hmm

Anyway, a nose strip is a nose strip. Despite the claims they are never going to purify or tighten your pores. They will however hopefully suck out any lovely blackheads that happen to be lurking (temporarily … they always come back!).

Some tips from my experiences with these things to make the process more successful:

1. Use a mask that opens pores before hand. I recommend the Tony Moly Egg Pore Blackhead Steam Balm or a clay mask that does not also claim to tighten pores. Alternatively, holding a warm wet flannel on the area for a bit before will also help.

2. Really wet that nose area!

3. Press the strip down all over thoroughly.

4. Leave it until it is bone dry.

5. Pull it off slowly but surely. Firm and even is good, like ripping off a plaster.

6. Complete the routine with either a mask which will soothe and calm the area or a splash of cool water and a decent toner.

Would I buy these? No but they weren’t that bad as these things go.

6/10

These are widely available: from Etude House itself ($0.50 / 35p) or from Yes Style (£5.90 for 10). Tester Korea has them for 500 Won (30p).

MASK No 8: Lebelage Natural Essence Egg Mask (Korea)

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Description:

– Containing egg yolk extracts helps skin keep fresh. Egg tightens skin and provides nutrition.

– preserve moisturising and nourishment skin and help to manage a healthy, energetic and clean skin.

– this is an effect of enhancing the skin’s elasticity and moisture.

How long to use:
20-25 minutes.

Ingredients:
Purified Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Xanthan Gum, Calendula Officinalis Flower Water, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Water, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Egg Yolk Extract, Panthenol, Beta-Glucan, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Phenoxythanol, Methylparaben, Polysorbate 80, Fragrance.

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Yeah, couldn’t resist …. at least it isn’t another bunny 🙂 ♥

My Thoughts:

I had high hopes for this mask, knowing that eggs have been used in beauty for thousands of years. The All-China Women’s Federation tells of Zhang Lihua, a renowned beauty who lived around 600 B.C. and used a facial cream made from egg white and powdered vermilion. There isn’t much actual scientific evidence out there to back up the many claims and home remedies around but it has been shown that egg whites applied to the face and neck will tighten the skin, providing an instant temporary face lift.

This was another mask that I don’t really remember much about. The fit wasn’t good, with the eye and mouth holes being a bit too big so that I had to do a lot of adjusting before it sat right. The scent was slightly floral and a little bit ‘off’.  It reminded me somewhat of going into a hotel room on holiday for the first time (very specific I know!) – I presume because the floral fragrance smells a bit like a room cleaner / air freshener.
There was no noticeable results. My skin felt a bit sticky afterwards but that was about it.  Nope, I wouldn’t go for this one.

5/10

This mask has been available on Ebay but there are no current sales.

MASK No 9: Dermal Syn-ake Collagen Essence Mask or Collagen Essence Mask or Charcoal Collagen Essence Mask (Korea)

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I got the Syn-ake version.

Description:

1. It is a simple sheet type essence mask offering your skin direct nutrition, and after using it is possible for you to go out without washing your face.

2, Compared to other masks you can feel the difference immediately when using this mask only once and it includes a high quality mask sheet that sticks to your face very well.

3. It contains minute peptide ingredient “Syn-ake” (2.5 ppm) which is officially authorized by the Swiss Technology Award. The “Syn-ake” is similar with a real Snake venom and it spreads to your skin fast and keeps your skin smooth and elastic while preventing skin muscular from contraction.

4. Vitamin E and Hydrolysed Collagen (0.02%) – it provides your tired skin nutrition and makes your skin healthy and bright.

5. When you put mask sheet on your face, it makes you feel cool and keeps your tired skin elastic.

How Long to use:
15-20 minutes

Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Beta-Glucan, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 80, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

My Thoughts:

‘It makes you feel cool ‘ …. ha, no. I don’t think that a sheet mask can ever do that!

I do of course realise that they mean cool, as in, cooled down. Just being facetious as usual. This mask makes a lot of promises and as I understand it, you are never going to see an immediate result from using syn-ake as it is meant to be a cumulative thing. So with that in mind, and not expecting miracles, this mask was ok.

The sheet itself was a decent thickness and there was plenty of the essence. There was no distinctive smell and this was one of the masks which has eye flaps, which you can choose either to fold down so it is like a normal mask (and you can see!) or have them up (and not see – obviously this is not a problem for me as I can’t see anyway!).

My skin felt a little bit moisturised but not as nice as my main stand by masks. This mask is good for a daily mask and I would try the others in the range but wouldn’t specially purchase it. I think you would have to use it pretty frequently to see any changes of the botox-lite variety!

6.5/10

This mask is available at Tester Korea for 500 Won (30p!).

MASK No 10: Sasatinnie Soya Milk Mask or Honey Peach Mask (Hong Kong)

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Description:

Suitable for all skin types. Energises and nourishes skin, effectively moisturises and brightens skin tone.

How long to use:
15-20 minutes

Ingredients:
Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Niacinamide, Hydroxethyl Urea, Centella Asiatica (Hydrocotyl) Extract, Panax Ginseng (Ginseng) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Triethanolamine, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Lactic Acid, Allantoin, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hyaluronic Acid, Methylparaben, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Parfum, Methylisothiazolinone.

My Thoughts:

Sasa is an retail store which is really popular and famous in Hong Kong. Genie wanted to include a mask made by them as it is rare to find a mask made in HK because of the high salaries and standard of living, which make production costs generally higher. I was thinking perhaps Sasa is equivalent to our Boots here? High Street but not necessarily cheap / cheap.

The first thing that you notice about this mask is the smell – it is very strong! I wouldn’t quite describe it as fresh peach. It is more of a concentrated peach juice or a peach jelly sweet perhaps! The mask has plenty of rich, milky, slightly sticky essence and fits pretty well.

This mask really moisturised and hydrated my skin and my face seemed a lot brighter and clearer after use. I found this one relaxing and a pleasure to use.

Yes, I would buy this one!

8/10

This is available directly from the Sasa website at $8.80 (£6) for 10, plus shipping. Also available on Amazon at £21.99 plus £4.99 shipping.

Conclusion

This first pouch from the MaskGenie was a bit hit and miss for me but I do love that about masks. You never know whether they are for you until you try them and it is worth trying some so-so masks to find some that you truly enjoy.  They are generally fairly cheap so it isn’t like buying a £90 serum and finding you don’t like it!

This was a good wide selection of masks, personally chosen by Genie and you can see the process here in her unpouching Youtube video.

I had no bad reactions and I would use all of them again if I was gifted them or got them in a box / pouch. I went ahead and ordered the February Pouch (upcoming post) and the March Pouch (awaiting!).

Out of 9 masks that I have tried I would definitely want to stock up on 3.

Luckily, that may become easier as Genie is working on a MaskGenie website which will sell the pouches, as well as some masks that have been in previous pouches that maybe hard for us to get our hands on without paying a lot of money for shipping. I put in a vote for my favorite 3 from this pouch right now! 🙂

I also hope that some of the masks from the Oriental pouch that I missed out on will be available to buy separately.  In anticipation……

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The website will make it easier for people to order the pouches as well, as they will no longer need to e-mail or message Genie each month, and can just press the icon on the new website. She will still continue to automatically invoice every month however.

At the moment though the process for ordering is as follows:

There are currently two options for the monthly pouches: US$22 for 10 different masks, US$12 for 5 different masks. That price includes all international shipping (refreshing, I know!)

If you would like to order, please send an e-mail to maskgenie@gmail.com with which set you’d like to order (10set or 5set), and please provide your PayPal address so she can send you an invoice.  All pouches are purchased separately, but if you would like to be invoiced automatically each month, please let them know.

At the moment of posting the April pouch is still available (Spoiler: One of the new My Beauty Diary Black Masks!,  Deadline: 27/03/2015) and there may be some Limited Edition 10 Days In The Wild pouches left (animal masks but be quick!!)

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I know this post is extremely long (understatement of the year!) so I was wondering what you think – would it be better to post a quick unpouching at the time of receipt and then review the masks as and when?

or perhaps it would be better to split the review into two ‘5 mask’ smaller ones?

Let me know what you would prefer and any ideas, requests, complaints are always welcome (some of those are more welcome than others of course!).

and with that I bid you adieu…..

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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 🙂

Memebox – Skin Factory Value Set

This is going to be a pretty short one as Memebox has removed all trace of this box from their website and I (rather stupidly) did not save the information beforehand!   I ordered this at the same time as the Detox & Renew, Elizavecca set and Secret Key Set – just before Meme broke up with the world. I got this box essentially for one product but the rest aren’t bad either! The box cost $37 shipped (£24 approx) and I have no idea what the Memevalue was for the contents but I will link to places to buy the products at undoubtedly cheaper prices than that Memevalue anyway. $24 is very good value though considering the usual online price of the main item.

The Box

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The Brand

Skinfactory is a trusted Korean Brand which started as a cosmetics brand founded by a group of medical specialists (from Seoul National University) to offer pure & natural skincare products which emphasize the well-being & balance of the skin for both man & woman of all skin types.

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Their products include cleanser, toner, essence, serum and special cellulose cotton facial masks  Additionally, all Skinfactory products have completed clinical testing through the Hushu Clinic, with which they collaborate.  Hushu is a well-known International Dermatology Clinic.  All their products are fragrance-free, pigment-free, preservative-free, alcohol-free and mineral oil-free and are dermatologist tested.   They are a socially responsible company, committed to limiting the impact of its actions and products on the environment and only the best ingredients from nature are used to make their products. 

The company is owned by Beauty Finest, which also looks after Skin Watchers, Chamos Acaci, Yadah Korea (which I really like – see Detox and Renew review) and Hermippe. The brand also has it’s own website with content in English at www.skinfactorys.kr

The Contents

1. NengJangGo 7 Seconds Morning Mask
Full Size Product: 150g / 20 ea (38,000 won retail / £22.15)
Ready your skin before makeup in the morning with this 7 Seconds Morning Sheet which works as a toner, a lotion, and an essence all in one! What’s more, a quick 7 second wipe with this dual facial sheet will give you all the effects of a facial massage, an anti-wrinkle serum, and a dead skin cell remover.
How to use: After washing your face, insert two fingers inside the dual sheet and gently massage your face for 7 seconds with the dotted side of the pad. Then, with the other softer side of the pad, pat it on for another seven seconds for essence absorption.

Tip: Use this before special occasions or any time when you have to look your best. Use the included tweezers to pick up the pads. If you don’t have enough time to apply makeup, just use this sheet and apply BB cream to be ready for your day!

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Ingredients: (disclaimer: there are full ingredients in English on the package but they are so tiny I couldn’t even read them with a magnifying glass!, so this is just a list of the most pertinent, followed by a screen grab of the full list from Wishtrend) Cos 5 Complex (Patent Ingredient), Skinpia 10 (Patent Ingredient), Niacinamide, Adenosine, Cellplus+, Morinda Citrifolia Fruit Extract (Noni), Echinacea Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Galactomyces Fermentation Filtrate, Jasmine Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea), Red Wine Extract, Papaya Extract, White Rose, Freesia, Iris, Lily, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Snail Slime Filtrate, Grape Extract and Orange Extract. This product is free from: Parabens, Ethanol, Silicon, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Phenoxy Ethanol, Mineral Oil, BHT, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Talc and Triethanolamine.

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My Thoughts

This definitely appeals to my inherently lazy side! I am saving these for the summer when I won’t feel like layering many products and hopefully having much more fun outdoorsy things to do, it will also save time in the morning. They are also meant to be stored in the fridge and at the moment that may result in the damn thing freezing to my face if I tried to use them in my bedroom first thing in the morning! This is my usual morning routine:

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Yep, I like sleep! I would hibernate if I could….. The other reason that I wanted to try these is that they have become a Memebox Addicts holy grail (oh no, not that again!).

They were in a previous mask box and a LOT of people like these very much, they have shown excellent results with many different people (presumably with differing skin types) and when a product gains that sort of a following I would be pretty stupid not to want to try it. They have been comments on how wonderful their skin looks after using, that their skin looks ‘brighter, firmer and more moisturised’, that they would ‘buy them again and again’, that it acts like a primer and it makes makeup go on much easier and that the speed of use is a major plus point (yes, I put opinions in my spreadsheet wishlist – I am a beauty nerd!).

The sheets come in a plastic jar with a plastic lid and the inside is reminiscent of a tuna or coke can with a metallic pull tab. There are tweezers provided to pick up the little sheets of heaven (and that can apparently be reused as, well, tweezers afterwards). The sheets themselves are round and have a pocket where you insert your fingers so that you can use them as a massaging pad, without getting your fingers all in the goodness on the surface. The pads have different surfaces on either side; a dotted side for exfoliation and a smoother side for patting the remaining essence in afterwards. There is an instruction leaflet inside showing the correct method of massage to stimulate your ‘blood spots’, as specified in Korean Traditional Medicine. Similar concept to acupressure I would think.

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With the known results and my built in laziness these pads are a winner. They are more expensive than a lot of the other Korean products I have been using (especially for only 20 uses)  but that may be due to the very long and impressive ingredients list and to be honest, I don’t mind paying a bit more if it is something I know will work. Can’t wait to try them and I will report back when I do! The company also makes a version of these pads for men (Homme) and a Night time version (Platinum Rose Wine). These cost $20.23 from Wishtrend, not including shipping (£13.10 approx), which isn’t too bad. They also take 15% off of you buy this with one of the other two.

2. 7 seconds Touch Fit Lip Tatoo Pack – No 02 Jewellery Pink
Full Size Product: 25ml (15,000 Won / £8.75 approx)
The innovative, revolutionising 7 Seconds Touch Fit Lip Tattoo pack is here to perfect and plump up your lips. Included in the pack are the 7 Seconds Touch Fit Lip Tattoo and the 7 Seconds Speed White Cream to maximise the effects of each product for that flawless look that’s sure to flaunt your lips and turn heads.
Made with all natural ingredients with no irritants, hydrate, nourish and colour with the Lip Tattoo Pack! The Fit Lip Tattoo will add a touch of natural long lasting colour that’ll last up to 12 hours allowing you to seize the day in style.

How to use: 1. Apply Touchfit along the lipline and fill in colour for plumping lips, 2. Let the Touchfit on your lips dry for about 5-10 minutes, avoiding touching the lips or rubbing them together, 3. When the product gets dry, take it off slowly from the lip ends inwards, 4. After the colour of Touchfit sits well on lips, finish with lipgloss or lipbalm for moister lips.

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Ingredients: Water, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Butylene Glycol, Peat Water, Pentylene Glycol, Cl17200, Fragrance, Royal Jelly Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Torreya Nucifera Extract, Cornus Kousa Extract, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Chloranthus Glaber Extract, Musa Basjoo Extract, Cl 45410:1, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sea Water, Saccharomyces/Piatinum Ferment, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Rheum Palmatum Root/Stalk Extract, Asarum Sieboldi Root Extract, Larix Sibirica Wood Extract, Quercus Mongolia Leaf Extract, Persicaria Hydropiper Extract, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Corydalis Turtschaninovii Root Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Machilus Thunbergii Bark Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate.

My Thoughts

This is a LOT of fun! There was a similar product by a different brand called Skinaz in a box that I missed last year and I really wanted to get my hands on one to try. When I saw that the 7 Second Sheets came with one of these it really made my mind up. I wasn’t too sure about the colour but i thought, at least I can try the concept and see if it works for me. Here are some swatches (please excuse the quality of photographs, I was finding it very difficult to focus whilst holding the camera in the other hand!):

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It is pretty subtle and a nice cool toned pink colour. I haven’t got round to trying this on my actual lips yet as I am usually in a rush in the morning and haven’t really got the time to be waiting 10 minutes for my lips to dry… in actuality, I could… but that would mean getting out of bed earlier and I refer you to the cartoon above! I will have a go soon though and I plan to try the Secret Key Lipstick over the top for moisture since they are so similar in tone. Here is another couple of peoples lips for your delectation:

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This shade of the 7 Seconds Touch Fit Lip Tattoo and and two others (Sexy Pink and Vita Fruits Peach) are available at Wishtrend for $17.90, plus shipping (approx £11.60).

3. Silk Cellulose Mask Sheets x 7
Full Size Product: 30ml (3000 won / £1.75 approx)

One each of:  

– Aqua Skin in Ampoule Mask
– E.G.F Moisturetox Ampoule Mask

– Vega Vita Plex Ampoule Mask

– Vega Collagen Ampoule Mask

– Solution A-Plus Ampoule Mask

– Daily UV Care Ampoule Mask

– I 2. P. L White Mela-X Ampoule Mask

How to use: 1. After washing, apply your usual toner,  2. Then cut along the first dotted line to access essence. Apply the essence on your face. If there is extra, you can apply the essence on your neck, arms and so forth, 3. Cut along the second dotted line and remove the mask sheet, Then spread the mask sheet evenly on your face, 4. Relax for 30 minutes then remove the sheet. Softly massage your face to make the remaining ingredients absorb entirely. It is recommended that you repeat the process 2-3 times a week for best results.

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Aqua Skin in Ampoule Mask
 

SKINFACTORY’s Aqua Skin in Ampoule Mask is the best hydrating facial mask for your dry skin. Ingredients like seawater, tocopheryl acetate, sweet almond oil, and sodium work together to give your skin maximum moisture ! With 30 ml of ampoule solution for each silk cellulose sheet mask (the greatest amount in the Korean market), this hydrating facial mask is the best bang for your buck ! All it takes is just 20 minutes to give your skin the radiance and moisture that it deserves and desires !

Aqua Skin In was developed by medical specialists from MIRROR dermatology clinic. This is a cosmeceutical mask and it has completed clinic testing. With it’s long nature, cotton fibres, the silky cellulose mask provides excellent adhesion for optimal effect.

With great ingredients !This hydrating facial mask is packed with great ingredients that aim to moisturize and soothe your skin !

  • Seawater Moisturizing and soothing.
  • Tocopheryl acetate Conditioning and moisturizing.
  • Sweet almond oil Moisturizing.
  • Sodium hyaluronate Moisturizing and strengthening.

This hydrating facial mask is perfect for :

  • People who want to restore lost moisture in their skin.
  • People who have very dry skin.
  • People who feel their skin dried out due to environmental changes.
  • People who want healthy, moisturized skin.

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Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Propylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ester Dimethyl Silane, Disodium EDTA, Sea Water, Tocopheryl Acetate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Fragrance, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen.

E.G.F Moisturetox Ampoule Mask

The Skin Factory’s Ampoule Mask is a good facial mask which regains the lost skin flexibility. 53 amino acid proteins accelerate skin conditioning. The skin Factory’s ampoule mask provides 20% more moisture to Your skin.
It adds more elasticity and strengthens your dry and aged skin.

  • Human Oligo Peptide-1 conditions your skin.
  • Carbomer strengthens skin barriers.
  • Centella Asiatica accelerates skin elasticity.

These ingredients firm and lift the skin.

Facial mask is the best, if you :

  • Want to add more elasticity to your skin.
  • Want to condition your skin.
  • Want to strengthen the skin barriers.
  • Want a mask for aging skin.
  • want to exfoliate skin cells.

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Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Propylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Betaine,Rosa Centafolia Flower Water, Centella Asiatica Extract, Allantoin, Carbomer, Triethanolamine,  Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate,  Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ester Dimethyl Silane, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, rh-Oligopeptide-1, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol.


Vega Vita Plex Ampoule Mask

Best ampoule mask to brighten your skin !Skin Factory supplies essential vitamins to your face. An ampoule mask gives a silky sensation.

Natural Bark Sap provides intensive moisturizing and improves the skin. The Japanese Cellulose mask stays better than other masks. Vega Vitaplex Ampoule Mask gives essential vitamins to dull skin.

  • Tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E derivative) provides skin moisturizing and conditioning.
  • Panthenol (Vitamin B derivative) strengthens the skin barrier.
  • Green tea seed oil (Vitamin A, B2, C) calms the skin and controls the sebum.
  • Ascorbyl glucoside provides clearer and brighter skin.

Ampoule Mask is perfect for you :

  • If you want to know how to lighten skin.
  • If you want a clear skin.
  • If you want a mask free from paraben.
  • If you want to regain the lost moisture.
  • If you want a highest selling product in Korea.

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Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Propylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil,  Carbomer, Triethanolamine,  Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate,  Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ester Dimethyl Silane, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Fragrance, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Sodium Hyaluronate.

Vega Collagen Ampoule Mask  

Vega Collagen Ampoule Mask increases moisture to your skin. It contains hydrolyzed elastic to provide skin conditioning and refines the skin glows.

Collagen face mask for elastic skin. Patented hydro gel facial mask to get moisturized skin

  • Hydrolyzed elastic provides skin conditioning.
  • Phellinus linnets extract makes skin smooth.

This face mask for sensitive skin is perfect

  • If you want more flexible skin.
  • If you want smooth and a sensational face mask.
  • If you want to add moisture to your skin.
  • If you are looking for easy to use facial mask.

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Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethanolamine,  Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate,  Fragrance.

Solution A-Plus Ampoule Mask  

The Skin Factory provides an aging facial mask which increases the gloss and shine on your skin.
It alleviates the skin wrinkles and delivers younger and brighter skin. Facial mask to calm rough and bumpy skinSkin Factory’s face mask for sensitive skin smooths and calms the trouble skin. It cleans and moisturizes the skin with key ingredients.

High moisture face mask ! Patented hydro gel facial mask to get lucid skin.

  • Coconut oil and Argan Oil softens and brightens your skin.
  • Chamomile extract enhances skin calming.
  • Castor Oil adds moisture to troubled skin.

This face mask for sensitive skin is perfect

  • If you want brighter skin.
  • If you want clean skin.
  • If you want to calm rough and bumpy skin.
  • If you are looking for easy to use facial mask.

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Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Alcohol, Centella Asiatica Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Chamomila Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Betaine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allantoin, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ester Dimethyl Silane, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Triclosan, Salicylic Acid, Phenoxyethanol.


Daily UV Care Ampoule Mask
 

SKINFACTORY’s Daily UV Care Ampoule Mask is the best facial mask for UV care.
This is the perfect way to end a long day under the sun, with ingredients like cucumber and aloe extracts to soothe your tired skin, and honey and caviar extracts replenish lost nutrients !

This facial mask for UV care is packed with great ingredients that aim to calm, soothe, moisturize and nourish your skin !

  • Aloe vera & cucumber extracts moisturize and calming effects.
  • Witch hazel & chamomile calming effects.
  • Mallow extracts calming effects.
  • Caviar extracts nourishing effects.
  • Peppermint oil refreshing effects.
  • Red clover extracts calming effects.

This facial mask for UV care is perfect for :

  • People who have been outdoors for a long period of time.
  • People who have been exposed to an extended amount of sun.
  • People who have irritated skin due to sun exposure.
  • People who want to restore the moisture and nutrition lost from sun exposure.

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Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol,  1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine, Alcohol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Arginine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Xanthan Gum, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ester Dimethyl Silane, Sodium Polyacrylate, Disodium EDTA, Hyaluronic Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Piper Methysticum Leaf / Root / Stem Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomila Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Honey Extract, Caviar Extract, Ricinus communis (Castor Seed) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propylene Glycol, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Leaf Extract, Hordeum Vulgare Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Primula Vulgaris Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Achilea Millefolium Extract.

I 2. P. L White Mela-X Ampoule Mask

The Skin Factory provides a whitening facial mask which delivers brighter skin. The key ingredients add moisture to your dark and dull skin. The skin Factory’s whitening facial mask transforms dull and dark skin into brighter skin. It moisturizes and conditions the skin with Rose Water.

  • I2.P.L provides intense perfection light for skin whitening.
  • Rosewater helps in skin conditions.
  • Allantoin adds moisture to dull skin.
  • Mulberry Root Extract provides skin care.

This Facial Mask is the best, if you :

  • Are looking for a whitening facial mask.
  • Want to condition your skin.
  • Are looking for the perfect mask which regains the lost moisture as well.
  • Wants energetic moisture which recharges your skin.

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Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Propylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol,  PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Betaine, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Rosa Centifolia Flower Water,  Morus Alba Bark Extract, Arbutin, Disodium EDTA, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ester Dimethyl Silane, Fragrance.

I will review these in more depth as I use them but I must say that they look pretty impressive and a bit different to the usual sheet masks that I have been using. I’m not sure whether the essence is in a separate pocket like some others that I have seen (it doesn’t seem like it to me). It looks like you just access the essence that is always remaining in the pouch first, then put the mask on top.

I’m sure the blurb on the Memebox website said something about using one a day in a specific order but since I no longer have access to that information I will try and see what other info I can find and update this as soon as I can. We shall see! These are also all available at Wishtrend and are $4.00 each (approx £2.60). There are also other versions available – a Real Honey Moisturising Ampoule Mask, a Volcanic Ash Black 3D Ampoule Mask (that one sounds interesting!), a Real Shiny Pearl Ampoule Mask and a Silky Dream Cream Sheet Mask.

Conclusion

This box is a bit of a weird one. It seems a bit sparse and it mainly centred around the HG item that everyone already knows about. It seems like they just threw in a few other bits to make up the difference – but, to be honest, when those other bits are some great looking sheet masks and a fun lip tint then that is not a problem. It is definitely my least favorite of the three Value sets that I got in that order but that may change as and when I use the items. I also ordered a Sally’s Box Mask Value Set, just after the closure and I will be doing that next along with the promised MaskGenie pouches. Did you get this box? What do you think about it?

Till next time 😉
Charlotte x