Pumpkin mask (Soothing + Brightening) by BLING POP

A while ago I have stumbled across this sheet mask on the bol.com and wanted to try it out because so far there were no pumpkin masks in my arsenal. Pumpkin mask by BLING POP looked like a good way to expand my masking horizons.

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Contained pumpkin extract  that helps to reveal skin to looks smoother, younger, radiant and revitalized.

(Could grammar be any better on the packaging….)

Directions from the manufacturer:

Smooth the skin texture with a toner after washing face. Apply mask onto face, smoothing and spreading evenly onto facial contours. Remove the mask after 15-20 minutes. Gently massage any excess essence into the skin.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Convallaria Majalis Bulb/Root Extract, Magnolia Kobus Branch/Flower/Leaf Extract, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Ipomoea Purpurea Extract, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polysorbate 80, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Arginine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol

My experience:

I’ve officially tried it all :))) At least I think I did. Tomato,potato, snail mucin, kelp, seaweed, bean, beet, carrot, you name it. Been there, done that! Only the pumpkin mask was left on my botanical “to do (mask) list”.

I stumbled across the bling pop mask on the bol.com and was wondering whether to try it or not. Guess what I’ve decided? The pumpkin mask comes in the bright colorful girly packaging which catches the eye even across the room. Upon opening the pack, there is a slight flowery-fruity scent that is somewhat strong but after 10 minutes you don’t notice it anymore. The sheet is made of thick cotton which is surprisingly soft.

Application of the sheet was easy-breezy. I was left with some extra folds here and there but it staid on my face the entire 15 minutes that I was cooking pasta. Once I removed the sheet there was some essence left on my skin which felt slightly oily. The second thing I noticed was that my skin felt tighter and firmer.

I can not say anything about the smoothing and brightening since it was too dark and my skin was in pretty good condition that day. It did feel hydrated, but not too much. Since I applied this mask late in the evening I didn’t mind the oily’ish feel and just put my night serum over it for extra conditioning of my skin. This sheet mask did not break me out.

Pros:
+ Alcohol, sulfate and paraben free formula
+ Contains vitamine E and flower extracts
+ Suitable for oily, combination, normal and dry skin types
+ Clean fruity-flowery fragrance
+ Hydrating and plumping on my skin
+ Good fit of the sheet on my face

Cons:
– Contains fragrance
– Careful if you have sensitive skin, may irritate you
– Price differences per sheet mask are very big

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: Available at bol.com
❇ Internationally: Available at cosmetica-fanatica and dorasommer
❇ Price varies between 3-8€ per sheet

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Ampoule

MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Ampoule is a new product from MISSHA from their snail series that that I’ve been looking into lately. I’ve decided to try it out and see what results will I get from it seeing how many positive reviews are out there especially from people with oily and acne prone skin. I’m glad it didn’t disappoint me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claims from the manufacturer:

Recommended for:
❇ Those with dull and rough skin from exposure to extreme weather/dryness
❇ Those who feel that previous skincare steps do not provide needed hydration
❇ Those who want to improve and strengthen their moisture retention barrier
❇ Those who have reactive skin that is easily affected by external conditions

Directions from the manufacturer:

After toner, apply needed amount onto skin and pat to help absorption

Ingredients:

Snail Secretion Filtrate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Water, Niacinamide, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Alcohol, Dimethicone, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Polysilicone-11, Cyclohexasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Dimethiconol, PEG-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, Carbomer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Fragrance(Parfum), Sodium Polyacrylate, Tromethamine, Adenosine, Glyceryl Citrate/Lactate/Linoleate/Oleate, Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Adansonia Digitata Fruit Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, sh-Decapeptide-7, sh-Octapeptide-4, rh-Oligopeptide-1, rh-Oligopeptide-2, rh-Polypeptide-1, rh-Polypeptide-22, rh-Polypeptide-3

My experience:

I’ve tested this ampoule for full 2 weeks, letting my Borabit Ampoule silently cry on the shelf (sorry babe, I love you but girl has to try something else for a change). It performed equally well and I am very satisfied with the results.

The Cell Renew Snail Ampoule is one of those products with very girly, lux iridescent packaging and is pleasant to look at. I do keep mine in the fridge for the sole purpose of using this serum as a refreshing goodness on hot evenings. What strikes me the most is how economical it is in use. The golden pipette on this is very small and has a button on top. Pushing it allows the product to be pulled into the pipette and if you push it again it will release it’s contents into your hands or onto your face. Despite the fact that pipette is getting only half filled with product, it is exactly the right amount to apply on my face.

The serum has little to no smell. It is fresh and light and I can not pinpoint what particular perfume ingredients are used in it. The consistency is semi-transparent serum that at first feels oily and gliding, but then it is quickly sinking into the skin. I presume that is the famous snail mucin that acts like that on the skin. Once applied it is absorbing fast leaving my skin looking more radiant. When testing it out, the only other product that I used in my evening care was my Super Aqua Mini Pore toner. I didn’t feel like my skin needed any cream after this serum. Last few days I was layering my sleeping packs over it to see if it would cause any breakouts. Also nothing which is a great news for colder months!

What can I say for the 2 weeks of use? My skin is definitely more firm and has less texture to it. I had some small milia breakout situation on my chin right before I started using this ampoule and it was completely gone in 3-4 days. I do notice that my skin got firmer and started producing less oil. I need to blot it once a day nw instead of 2-3 times. It is definitely doing a great job.

I looked up the ingredients and was shocked. 65% of it is the snail mucin filtrate! How cool is that? It is also the 1st ingredient on the list meaning there is no hoax with it having water base with 2 drops of mucin diluted in 10 liters of water. The concentration of 65% is truly remarkable. The minus points on the ingredients are for the alcohol (10th on the list) and silicone(11th on the list) ingredients. Be careful if you have sensitive skin !!!! Still, seeing how my skin has changed over the past 2 weeks, definitely worth buying again!

Pros:
+ Paraben and sulfate free formulation
+ Contains 65% of snail mucin filtrate
+ Contains niacinamide and adenosine, 2 strongest anti-aging ingredients
+ Meets it’s claims on my skin
+ Good skin plumping results on my skin
+ Excellent at evening the texture
+ Gorgeous design of the packaging
+ Regulates my oil production

Cons:
– Contains alcohol, silicone and fragrance
– Pipette with the button picks up less product than similar serum products
– May not be suitable for very sensitive skin
– 30 ml is very little for the price

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: bbcreamshop.eu , missha.nl and littlewonderland.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at misshaus, yesstyle, notino and many other webshops
❇ Price varies between 35 and 40 € per 30 ml

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

Cicaherb Restore Mask by E Nature

E Nature’s Cicaherb Restore Mask is by far one of the best skin calming masks that I’ve tried. Now that my skin is angry at me after my philosophy peel it is a perfect time to review it for you!

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Calming sheet mask
❇ Replenishes the skin and soothes redness or inflammation
❇ Centella asiatica and madecassoside help reduce irritation
❇ Made with Skin-Fit felt fabric, an eco-friendly and bio-degradable material with superior adhesiveness that delivers the essence ingredients thoroughly
❇ Best for all skin types
❇ Paraben-free, mineral oil-free, artificial fragrance-free, cruelty-free, vegan, recyclable packaging, skin safety tested
❇ 25 g / 0.8 oz

Directions from the manufacturer:

Remove film and apply mask on cleansed face. Leave on for 15-20 minutes, then remove gently. Do not rinse. Pat the remaining serum into the skin until fully absorbed.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Methylpropanediol, Propanediol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glyceryl Acrylate/acrylic Acid Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Pvm/ma Copolymer, Trehalose, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Panthenol, Carbomer, Arginine, Disodium Edta, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Madecassoside, Centella Asiatica Extract, 1,2-hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (licorice) Root Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (ginger) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (grapefruit) Seed Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Natural Fragrance

My experience:

I have tried quite few masks containing Centella Asiatica plant extract. To be honest with you, this mask from E Nature is by far my most favorite one.  The mask comes in a simple white packaging with green writing on it. Is it attractive? Maybe not, but yet again, what is inside the pack is well worth the purchase.

I have just recently come back from my trip and my skin was so dried out and not happy with the fact that I was so much in the sun. I needed some harsh resurfacing to get rid of the old dead skin cells so I prompted to my old faithful facial peeling kit from Philosophy. After the peel my skin is usually very red and tight so I go for some Chamomile, Lavender or Centella masks because they all help my skin to bounce into it’s normal shape and feel. Plus all of them are kind of anti-ceptic so I don’t break out the next day after my peel.

The sheet mask inside the pack has a plastic protecting layer to make the application easier. Since I am used to thin-sheeted face masks having no plastic layers it was kind of an overkill for me. If you are not a frequent thin sheet masks user, this plastic divider will definitely be helpful in the application process. Cicaherb mask has somewhat herbal scent to it that irritates my nose-buds. to me the scent is pleasant and unpleasant at the same time. Nonetheless, I can live with it.

Once applied, my face felt an immediate relief. There was no tingling or burning anymore and my skin started to cool off. Since the sheet is very saturated I was able to keep this mask on for good 30 minutes. Even then, after the removal, sheet of the mask was still damp. There was zero residue left on my face. My skin felt velvety smooth and had no tackiness to it. Nearly all of the redness has subsided. Very impressive! I was left with irritation free, hydrated, smooth skin. Will definitely try the other masks from the E Nature brand.

For now I am super happy with this one, will definitely buy more of these.

Pros:
+ Alcohol, paraben, sulfate free formula
+ Packed with antioxidants and anti-ageing ingredients
+ Meets it’s claims 100%
+ Perfect for red, angry, acne prone skin
+ Amazing fit and adherence to my face
+ Eco-friendly & bio-degradable sheet

Cons:
– Natural fragrance is still, khm-khmm, a fragrance
– Light medicinal scent which I am personally not a big fan of

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: littlewonderland , boozyshop and bol.com
❇ Internationally: Available at enature.us
❇ Price is +/- 3€ per mask or 24€ per box of 10

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

 

 

Superfood Blueberry Mask by NOHJ

The Superfood Blueberry Mask by NOHJ is one of those masks that have a nice packaging but when it comes to the contents they are quite disappointing. The ingredient list of this specific sheet mask is the biggest downside for me.

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Contains blueberry, honey, milk, and lemon extracts
❇ Provides brightness, moisture, and balance to skin

Directions from the manufacturer:

Apply to face after cleansing and toning the skin. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. After removing, dab remaining essence into the skin. For a cooling effect, place the mask in the fridge for 10 minutes then apply as usual.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Honey Extract, Milk Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Alcohol, Arginine, Methylparaben, Hydroxyethylcellulose , Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

My experience:

In my experience NOHJ is a brand that is very inconsistent in it’s products. Some have a great formulation and are really good when it comes to being skin-friendly and some of them are just a huge messy mess. The Superfood Blueberry Mask unfortunately belongs to the category number two.

The packaging of this mask is very nice. That’s about it on the positive points. Sheet of the mask is very thick and stiff and has that papery feel that a lot of very cheap masks have. IT doesn’t want to stay on my face at all so I was obligated to stay put in a horizontal position while testing it out. The fit of the mask is very narrow on the cheeks leaving half of them exposed. Overall adherence is extremely poor.

When it comes to the scent at first it is very pleasant and berry-smoothy like but after a minute or two you start smelling something that remotely resemble the industrial glue. It is very strong and artificial and I was sneezing the whole time from it. Once the sheet was on my face and I was on the couch I felt that my skin cools off rapidly. It is a pleasant sensation but I’ve learned from the past that there is only one ingredient that can cause such rapid change-alcohol.  I reached for the package and yep, it was right there on the list. And not the harmless kind.

I took the mask off after 10 minutes because I couldn’t stand the smell of it any longer. My skin was somewhat hydrated. There was no sign of brightening or anything else happening except that my face was semi-matte and somehow sticky all over. Would I purchase this mask again? Hell, no!

Pros:
+ Sulfate free formula
+ Contains Allantoin and Arginine
+ Somewhat hydrating
+ Nice packaging

Cons:
– Contains paraben and alcohol
– Contains artificial fragrance
– Horribly made sheet
– Poor fit and adherence of the sheet on my face
– Leaves a sticky residue on the skin
– Not suitable for sensitive and acne prone skin types

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: littlewonderland.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at beauteque, amazon, koreandepart and plenty other shops online
❇ Price is 1,75€ per sheet

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

My Skin Care Haul

Now that there is summer and I have more free time on my hands I went out an about to the shops to buy some new Skin Care things. I wandered into Kruidvat and was pleasantly surprised that they started selling sheet masks and  wash-off capsules. Everything I’ve bought is from the brand JiiNJU and each and every product is made in Korea. I’ve tried not to look on the ingredient lists to see what surprises I come across later. Price for each is 2,99€

There were 10 JiiNJU products available in the stand so I grabbed them all for the test:


❇ Jiinju Panda Face Sheet Mask
❇ Jiinju Egg White Sheet Mask
❇ Jiinju Cucumber Sheet Mask
❇ Jiinju Bubble Bubble Sheet Mask
❇ Jiinju Avocado Sheet Mask
❇ Jiinju Bamboo Charcoal Sheet Mask
❇ Jiinju Red Cherry Gel Lip Mask
❇ Jiinju Coconut Face Mask
❇ Jiinju Green Tea Face Mask
❇ Jiinju Honey Face Mask

On top of this purchase my two online orders from MISSHA have arrived as well. Everything in one day, lucky me 🙂 First order is from the Dutch MISSHA shop and the second one from the German one. There is no surprise to any of you that this brand is one of my favorites from the entire K-beauty world. All because nearly every single product from MISSHA has amazing ingredients and awesome quality. It fels like it is made for my skin. By now I only experience breakouts when I am trying some other brand products.  So two more boxes of MISSHA, yay!

For more info just click to the links of the products below the pictures. It will lead you to the spot I got these from.

❇ All Around Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF50
❇ All Around Safe Block Sun Cleansing Tissue
❇ All around Safe Block Total Moisture Sun Gel SPF50+/PA+++
❇ Microfiber Clean-T


❇ MISA Geum Sul Vitalizing Eye Cream & Micro Needle Patch
❇ MISSHA Flash-Up Sun Tension SPF50+/PA+++

❇ Premium Water-Jet Cotton Puff
❇ Soft 5 Layer Cotton Sheet [80 pcs]
❇ Phytochemical Skin Supplement Sheet Mask (Isoflavone/Deep Moisture)
❇ Bee Pollen Sheet Mask
❇  24K Collagen Gel Mask

I know it is a lot of stuff. Some of these are my personal favorites, other ones are newest products released by the brand. Let me know if you want to see any specific review on any of the above mentioned products first. I do apologize for the dark pictures, unfortunately it was bad weather and overall very gloomy and dark at the time 🙁

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

MISSHA Rose Flower Sleeping Mask

I’ve been testing few sleeping masks in the course of last 1,5 months and want to share my thoughts on the Rose Flower Sleeping Mask by MISSHA. To me this is a perfect sleeping mask for the summer because it is so moisturizing yet light on the skin.

 Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Sleeping mask containing damask rose water that is excellent for providing moisture to skin to help make skin soft like flower leaves while sleeping.
❇ Containing 10% of damask rose water from France which is excellent for skin soothing, it provides soft care for the sensitive skin that becomes exhausted during the day time.
❇ With gel texture containing full moisture, it plumps the dry skin with hydration.
❇ Soft rose fragrance relieves you while you are sleeping.

Directions from the manufacturer:

At the last step of skin care, apply an appropriate amount, avoiding eye and lip area, and take your sleep. The next morning, wash your face with lukewarm water.

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Glycerine, Cyclopentasiloxane, propaandiol, Dimethicone, ethylhexyl palmitaat, glycereth-26, zoete thee (Framboos) Leaf Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, postelein extract, Aloë barbadensisbladextract, Chamomilla recutita { Matricaria) extract, Polysorbaat 20, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate / VPCopolymer, dimethiconol, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Carbomer, triethanolamine, 1,2-hexaandiol, allantoïne, PEG-10 Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspoymer, tocoferylacetaat, butyleenglycol, natriumhyaluronaat , Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, fenoxyethanol, Fragrance (parfum), Orange 4, Red 33

My experience:

From all of the new sleeping packs that I’ve been testing I reach for this mask the most. It has a very nice consistency and very natural scent that knocks me out into a good sleep.

This mask is a gel formula that is semi-transparent and has a light pink tint to it. It is not too thick nor too thin, just what I like in my sleeping masks. Once I apply it onto my face it transforms into serum-like gel which is very easy to spread over the face and you only need a little of product to cover the entire face. The fragrance is the bomb in this one! Very light and airy and doesn’t cause any headache.

What I love about this mask is how quickly it is absorbed by my skin.  Within 5 minutes I am left with no trace of the product on my face and there is no tackiness either. I appreciate it a lot because with the current warm weather, my face enjoys the light and fresh feeling this mask leaves on my skin.

Upon wakening there is no greasy film on my skin I can just simply rinse what’s left with my morning. cleanser and I am good to go. My skin always feels rested and hydrated. It is good for every-day use and the 105 ml jar is going to last me quite a while. Very happy with this new addition by MISSHA. They don’t seem to disappoint me on the sleeping mask front 🙂

Pros:
+ Paraben, Sulfate, Alcohol free
+ Best used for oily, combination and normal skin
+ Contains antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients
+ Very relaxing and subtle rose fragrance
+ Great performance on my oily skin
+ Quickly absorbed by the skin

Cons:
– Contains fragrance (one of the last items on the list)
– Contains silicone
– May not provide enough hydration to the very dry skin
– Does not come with the application spatula

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: bbcreamshop.eu and missha.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at yesstyle, roseroseshop and kollektionk
❇ Price is 11-19€ for 105 ml

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

Hunny Bee Lavender Scented face mask infused with Charcoal

Hunny, sugar, sugar….  Hunny Bee Lavender Scented face mask infused with Charcoal. What a great thing to have when you have blackheads! After using this mask they are nearly invisible on my face.  And it smells like French Riviera.

Claims from the manufacturer:

Hunny Bee is a skincare line focused on giving you a smooth and clear complexion. Our products are made with honey, which has more naturally occuring antioxidants than almost any other botanically-derived source, to keep your skin looking fresh.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Cleanse face and pat dry. Align open areas for yes, nose and mouth. Smooth out bubbles and wrinkles. Leave mask on for 10-15 minutes. Begin to remove the mask by starting from the top and pulling down gently. Gently massage serum left on face until it has been absorbed. Repeat treatment once a week for beautifully radiant skin.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Charcoal Powder, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycine Max (Soybean) Seed Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Honey, Allantoin, Arginine, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Hydroxyethylcellulose

My experience:

This mask is rich in antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients. The smell of lavender is very herbal and strong. I love to use this mask right before getting to bed or after a bath because it is such a nice relaxing experience to me. It is also wonderful at cleaning out my blackheads. After I use it on my face they are nowhere to be seen.

The mask comes in black-and-white packaging and has very customer-friendly rip-off line and descriptions in English. Woohoo, I love That I can actually read what it does to me. Once you open the pack the entire room fills up with it’s fragrance. The herbal, beautiful, natural lavender oil. It is not chemical or irritating but it is suuuuper strong. If you don’t like that in a mask, this beauty is not for you. Unless you want to use some nose plugs while having it on.

The serum of this mask is clear liquid that has some glide to it. It is not thick nor thin, but definitely slightly more viscous than water. There is plenty left in the bag to cover my legs in it. Manufacturer advises to keep this mask on for 10-15 minutes. I disagree. It can stay on my face for up to 25 minutes without feeling dry. The cotton sheet of this mask seems to be thicker than what you normally see in sheet maks and holds on to moisture very well.

The fit and adherence of the sheet is great! It has several cut lines for better fit around the cheeks and chin. The eye area has those little flaps that you could use on the eyelids if you close your eyes. (I personally never did it as I am simply terrified of falling asleep like that and waking up with the mask that is glued to your face). Size of the sheet is larger than average so it would fit anyone for sure.

Once the mask touches my face I immediately notice that my skin starts to cool off. No matter whether it is cold or hot outside, the feeling is always the same. After the mask is removed off my face first thing I see is a very soft and smooth skin surface.  It is also more even in terms of skin tone. The essence from this mask is totally absorbed within couple of minutes leaving no noticeable residue on the skin. This mask is a definite must-have for me and I will be buying more once my stash runs out.

Pros:
+ Sulfate and alcohol free formula
+ Contains Vitamine E and allantoin
+ Skin cooling and soothing mask
+ Great at evening the skin texture
+ Amazing fragrance that relaxes you to the bone
+ Makes my blackheads disappear

Cons:
– Contains fragrance and methylparaben
– Hard to find item in the shops

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: TKmaxx shops
❇ Internationally: Sometimes available at ebay, currently couldn’t ind any listing of it anywhere online
❇ Price is +/-4€ per sheet

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

 

My sunscreen favorites this summer

Today’s post is a quick sum-up of my most used sunscreen this summer. And yes, one of them is a baby product which I found works amazing on my baby and me both so I just use the same product on myself when we go out for a stroll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I feel that all three products are well worth mentioning. It is possible for me to start comparing hundreds of sun care products and come with a top 10 but to mee it seems like it is a big overkill on the topic. I found three products that work for me and I want to share them with you because I am convinced you would like an honest review on things as they are.

1. Missha All Around Safe Block Sebum Zero Sun SPF50

This sunscreen is designed for your face and does an amazing job at protecting oily skin from harmful UV rays and scorching sun. By the time I tried it I lost all the hope in finding a good quality sunscreen that would not be responsible for my make-up gliding off my face like a melted ice-cream.

It was a blind buy that I’ve repurchased twice this year already and I’m almost out of this tube. I have oily skin and the Sebum Zero formulation does excellent things for my skin. It does leave a light white’ish cast on my skin which is not a problem since my make-up applies like a magnet over it. Downsides: not waterproof. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

2. Missha All-around Safe Block Kids Sun Mousse

Another blind buy that landed to my list of favorites! I use it whenever I go for a walk with my daughter and seeing the latest weather it is pretty much daily. I initially bought it for my babygirl and once I saw how easily it goes on I started using it on myself. Once you push on the dispenser you see a foamy solution that is easily absorbed by the skin and leaves no sticky nor white residue.

What made me fall in love with this particular product is that I do not get any yellow stains from this sunscreen om my white clothes. Plus it dries matte! It may seem expensive but it lasts you forever and the scent on this one is very light and fresh. Out of 3 products this is so far my favorite. I used it on my face too and worked pretty well on me. Downsides: not waterproof.

3. Biotherm Wet or Dry Skin – Melting Sun Fluid Face & Body SPF 30

This sunscreen is my holy grail for going onto vacations that involve aquatic activities. Waterpark, beach, pool, you name it. It can be applied over wet and dry skin and provides an amazing protection. Ii is very easy to spread out over your skin and is not easily washed off even by the salty and chlorinated water. Not sure if it comes in other SPF other than 30.

I’ve used in my trip to Cape Verde (not too far from the equatorial line) and it was plenty for my skin not to be baked alive. On the opposite I was left with a nice  bronzy glow 🙂 Downside: leaves a oily-type finish on your skin so careful with wearing clothes over it.

Summary:

If you are picky about your sunscreen, the above mentioned products are definitely worth trying out. Each of them has a easy and fast application, they offer a great protection and all of them are extremely simple in use.

Where to buy in NL and BE:

❇ Missha All Around Safe Block Sebum Zero Sun SPF50
missha.nl
bbcreamshop.eu
littlewonderland.nl
❇Missha All-around Safe Block Kids Sun Mousse
missha.nl
bbcreamshop.eu
❇ Biotherm Wet or Dry Skin – Melting Sun Fluid Face & Body SPF 30
douglas.nl
parfumdreams.nl
parfumswinkel.nl

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

Skinfood Real Tea Gel Mask Lavender

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇A real flower tea gel mask containing lavender petal powder and lavender flower extract that moisturizes skin and promotes relaxation.

❇ Lavender is excellent for sterilization, antiseptic, and relaxing purposes. The mask also contains peppermint, chamomile, and rosemary leaves.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Extract mask and tightly apply on facial skin, following the contours of your face. After about 10-15 minutes, remove the sheet and pat face to absorb the remaining essence. Apply any remaining essence in the pouch to your neck and body.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, 1,2- Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Ricimus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Powder, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Disodium Edta, Fragrance, Water, Potassium Hydroxide

My experience:

The Real Tea Gel Mask Lavender by Skinfood brand is one of those masks that contains pieces of the shredded plant in the gel. I like it a lot but it is great not only because it looks nice but because it does something amazing to my skin!

The sheet of this mask is  made of hydrogel, mesh and plant particles and is soaked in a lot of essence that has light tea brew color to it. The essence is completely transparent, runny and smells of lavender. The scent of this is heavenly. I do not appreciate lavender in body products but when it comes to the skin care I like it a lot. The hydrogel is protected by 2 layers of plastic,  transparent and white ones. The mask is split into 2 pieces for the bottom and top parts of the face.

The fit of the sheet is good for my face frame. You see it very often that the hydrogel masks are nearly always fitting any type of the face better than a regular cotton or felt fabric sheet. I usually apply the bottom piece first so that the top part will overlap it preventing it from sliding down my face. Overall the way this mask is cut reminds me of the MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro Gel.

Once the mask is on my face it tends to move around for first 5 minutes but then it adheres and I can not even move it with my fingers until the time I have to peel it off my face. The average wear time with this one is 20-30 minutes. After that the edges start drying out and poke the already sensitive skin under my eyes. Once the mask is off I am left with baby smooth skin witha trace of stickiness. This disappears after 20 minutes and my skin is looking glowy, radiant and brightened. The texture spots are as good as gone. I do not have any need to hydrate my face but I still apply my moisturizer over my face. Overall a great mask to have for those days when your skin is dry and dull. This one definitely saves the day!

Pros:
+ Paraben, Sulfate and Alcohol free
+ Contains Niacinamide and Lactobacillus Ferment
+ Amazing fragrance
+ Pleasant fit and adherence of the sheet
+ Great at brightening and hydrating skin
+ Evens out skin tone and calm irritated spots
+ Good for all skin types
+ Cruelty free

Cons:
– Contains fragrance
– Has a mesh layer that sometimes irritates my skin (around the edges of the mask)
– Runny essence

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: boozyshop.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at skinfood, sokoglam, amazon and many other webshops
❇ Price is 4,95€ per sheet at Boozyshop

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

Milk Mellow Dessert Pack by MISSHA

After my recent spike of interest in the wash-off type of masks I would like to present to you this Milk mellow dessert pack by MISSHA. This mask comes from the 3 piece dessert series of wash-off masks.

 

 

 

 

 

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Soothes, refreshes, and protects your skin from external irritants
❇ Contains milk protein and egg extract which prevent moisture loss
❇ Brightens skin for more even tone
❇ Pudding texture helps to make skin soft and elastic

Directions from the manufacturer:

Dry skin after washing and apply a moderate amount avoiding the eye line and lips. Wait for about 5 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.
Tip: Steam your face before application to open pores.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Dipropylene Glycol, Betaine, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Coco-glucoside, Butylene Glycol, Benzophenone-5, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Benzoic Acid, Milk Protein Extract, Egg Yolk Extract, Milk Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Seed Extract

My experience:

First of all lets talk about the packaging! Lovely and practical, just the way I like it. The tub of this mask  has whooping 200 ml in it! It looks like a  yoghurt pack except the cap on it is a screw-off instead of being a thin plastic sheet.  All this is wrapped into paper with the instructions on the bottom.

Once you open the jar you’ll see a white thick gel that becomes transparent after application onto the face. I needed a large spoon to cover my entire face in a thick even coat. The scent of this gel reminds me of condensed milk. It is very mild and inoffensive.

The instructions say to leave it on for 5 minutes and then to rinse it off. I was struggling a lot with the wash-off part. The mask was so dense that water just glided off it. After some more fighting with it I took a wash cloth and removed the majority of the mask off my face and then proceeded to the rinsing phase. It worked much better!

My face was left smooth and soft and my deep wrinkles on the forehead were less deep. this effect has lasted me for approximately half a day and I did enjoy the fact that my face was nearly wrinkle-free. The hydrating power was excellent! My skin felt moisturized for an entire day. I didn’t need to apply any moisturizer after this dessert pack.

To sum up: I had my ups and downs with this Mellow Dessert Pack but in the end I am always left with the plumped and hydrated skin. I do recommend using it in the bath because washing it. off can sometimes be difficult. Using it in a bath ritual works for me! So definitely try it 🙂

Pros:
+ Paraben, sulfate and alcohol free formula
+ Very hydrating and nourishing on my skin
+ Pleasant clean scent
+ Contains UV filter
+ Nice cooling effect on a hot days (keep it in the fridge for more chilly feel)

Cons:
– Hard to remove off your face
– Contains fragrance
– May not be suitable for sensitive skin type

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: bbcreamshop.eu and missha.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at yesstyle and beauteque webshops
❇ Price is 12,95€ fro a 200 ml jar

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂