NEOGEN Super Hydra Aqua Capsule Mask

Super Hydra Aqua Capsule Mask by NEOGEN  is a very outstanding product. The packaging is very eye-catching and that is also the main reason that pushed me into buying this mask. I usually turn to NEOGEN for their amazing peeling products and avoid the masks at all costs because nearly all of them contained a bunch of alcohol in the past. But the time passes, new products getting released so let’s take a look at the newest edition of NEOGEN masks.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ NEOGEN Dermalogy Super Hydra Aqua Capsule Mask delivers the skin-deep, abundant hydration of the combined hyaluronic acid aqua capsule ampoule and moisture aqua serum that helps create a moisture glow barrier for long-lasting, consistent skin hydration and glow
❇ Nano-sized Hyaluronic Acid allows deeper, rapid moisture penetration into the skin
❇ Creates moisture protection barrier for long-lasting hydrated glow
❇ Formula structure containing ceramide and cholesterol similar to the skin structure, helps seamlessly absorb and sustain long-lasting hydration

Directions from the manufacturer:

First, place your hands on the top of the sheet mask where the capsule is located. With light pressure, snap the capsule in half to release the essence into the sheet mask. Next, put the sheet mask on a flat surface and gently rub the top of the sheet mask, allowing the essence to spread evenly and helping the sheet mask absorb all the essence. Then, open the sheet mask, unfold it and smooth it onto face. After 10-20 minutes, remove and discard the sheet mask and gently massage your skin to aid the absorption of the remaining essence.

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Ingredients:

Ampoule: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid(100PPM), Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Fruit Extract, Tillandsia Usneoides Extract, Beta-Glucan, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Trehalose, Allantoin, Betaine, Arginine, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexyglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Carbomer, PVM/MA Copolymer, Propanediol, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium Edta

Mask: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, lycerin, Betaine, Glycereth-26, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Tricholoma Matsutake Extract, Corthellus Shitake (Mushroom) Extract, Inonotus Obliquus (Mushroom) Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Ceramide NP(Ceramide 3), Cholesterol, Phytosphingosine, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Beta-Glucan, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Arginine, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Stearic Acid, Carbomer, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Edta, Fragrance

My experience:

Today’s review shatters my opinion about the sheet masks from NEOGEN. I have tried the knit masks in the past and found them too much for a regular use. The other lower price masks all contained alcohol high in the lists and were not even considered to be bought. So what did this particular mask do that other masks from the same brand didn’t?

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Oh well, I got to admit it, I’m a sucker for good branding and packaging tricks. After NEOGEN has released their Capsule masks (there are 2 different kinds) I thought “OK, not bad, NEOGEN, let’s see what you are made of”. After the ingredients list was approved I’ve placed an order and got both version shipped out. Upon arrival and taking a closer look I was impressed even more. The entire packaging is stunning. Plenty of description in English, Everything is simple enough to open and mix. Overall a good solid way for making things unique.  Maybe it will even become their signature, who knows. On the other hand, adding a plastic capsule to the pack increases the production and the retail value. Not sure if such an addition to the classic hydrating mask pays itself off. If it would have been something more active such as Vitamin C it would definitely justify itself to use a separate capsule to keep the essence/serum/ampoule fresh.

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Opening the capsule is very easy. I’ve managed to do it with one hand without any struggle. After The contents of the capsule have poured out, I’ve placed the mask on a flat surface and rubbed it a bit to spread the essence around the entire sheet. After letting it sit for 5 minutes I took the mask out and applied it on my face. Shape of the sheet is very odd and has two large horizontal cuts around the cheek bone area. Very convenient for people with more narrow chins and/or high cheekbones.

 

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The mask was very oval in shape and after application I’ve noticed how it covers my entire chin up until my neck but not the sides of the face. Essence smelled very light and fresh and reminded me of a floral green tea type of scent. Very “ZEN” if you enjoy that type of fragrance. If your skin is sensitive, fragrance added to this mask will probably not irritate it due to the tons of hydrating and skin calming and nourishing ingredients, but still be aware that it is added into the mix. There is a plastic gauze protective sheet adhered to the mask so that you can apply it with more comfort. It does a trick and is very useful for this particular mask as the essence has quite slippery texture. It absorbs in no time and leaves no residue on the skin making this sheet mask a good product to use under your make-up. Do use a good primer/sealant (such as J.One jelly mask) over it in order to lock all the moisture in.

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The wearing time advised is 20 minutes. I’ve kept this mask for 30 and could still have it on my face for longer than that. Mask sheet itself is very thick and dense making it highly absorbent. After 30 min of relaxing around I’ve walked to the mirror to inspect my face. I was amazed at how well did this mask hydrate my skin. My skin looked lifted, more plump and with a very even skin tone. All my redness on my nose and around the cheeks was gone as well as my hyper pigmentation spots. They were barely visible. My skin was glowing from the inside.

I truly enjoyed walking with my bare skin for an entire day receiving compliments from my husband about how good my skin looked. Is the Dermalogy Super Hydra Aqua Capsule Mask worth the money? YES! Is it worth the time meddling with the capsule? Probably not so much unless there would be active ingredients that needed to be contained in an airless environment. Would it suit anyone? Absolute yes! Try it out and enjoy the spectacular end results.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Contains Ceramide, Beta-Glucan, Hyaluronic Acid and Allantoin
+ Very hydrating, plumping, skin tone evening results on my skin
+ Sheet of the mask covers the entire chin area and extends to the neck
+ Overall adherence is superb
+ Wearing time can be extended to 30 minutes without drying skin out
+ Comes with a protective gauze for easier application
+ Lovely fresh fragrance, very mild and joyful

Cons:
– Sheet fit is a bit wonky around the cheeks (wishing for it to be wider)
– Not sure if the added capsule is entirely necessary (it adds  a lot to the price for sure)
– Hard to find as it seems to be sold out everywhere

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: dermarolling.eu and littlewonderland.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at sokoglam, ebay and neogenlab.us
❇ Price is +/- 5€ per one sheet mask

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

NEOGEN Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon

NEOGEN Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon is my 2nd review of the NEOGEN stuff on my blog and there is much more on the way. I am keeping my favorites for last 🙂

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Exfoliation that is so easy, convenient, effective yet gentle. Patented hypoallergenic cotton gauze pads provide a dual texture layer to gently exfoliate dead skin cells, excess sebum, and impurities and softly wipe away exfoliated skin to even out textures while delivering skin benefiting ingredients in the process.
❇ Soaked in Vitamin C rich serum formulated from various antioxidant and vitamin-rich natural ingredients, these convenient cotton gauze peeling pads will leave your skin smoother, radiant, and brighter than ever.  It is like sunshine in a jar for your skin!
❇ Gentle Peeling: Manual Exfoliation Pads Combined with Chemical Peeling Effect of the Lemon Serum Help Remove Dead Skin Cells, Cleanse, and Purify the Skin
❇ Brighter, More Radiant Skin: Lemon Serum Abundant in Vitamins Delivers Brighter, Healthier and Refreshed Skin
❇ Smoother Skin: Patented 3-layer 100% Cotton Gauze Pads Deliver Smoother, Improved Skin Texture

Directions from the manufacturer:

After cleansing, Use one gauze to gently sweep across dry face and neck in outward motion avoiding eye area. Apply more to problem area and rinse with lukewarm water. Follow with your daily toning. For best results, use twice a week or as needed.

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Alcohol Denat, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange)Fruit Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit)Fruit Extract, Tricholoma Matsutake Extract, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea)Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape)Fruit Extract, Saururus Chinensis Leaf/Root Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Glycine Max (Soybean) Seed Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Broussonetia Kazinoki Bark Extract, Coptis Japonica Extract, Tromethamine, Benzophenone-5, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, CI 19140, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum)

My experience:

These NEOGEN gauze peeling pads are coming in big containers with 30 pads per container but for the sake of the review of this particular version I’ve had to score one of the individual tester pads. I like NEOGEN wine and green tea pads a lot more because they suit my skin needs much better than this particular version.

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The Lemon peeling pad  is made in the same way as other peeling pads from this brand. You can insert your fingers in the middle and use both sides of the pad to gently exfoliate the skin. One side is rough and is covered in mixture of gauze and cotton. The other side is embossed cotton that is very soft and glides with ease over the skin. First you have to scrub the face with the gauze side and only then remove the remaining dirt and grime with the soft side.

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The  bio-peel gauze peeling with lemon smells like fresh citrus cocktail. Something about this smell reminds me of going to vacations and ordering mint julep or mojito at the bar. That is the exact smell you get when they start pressing lemon with sugar and mint. Unfortunately of of all 3 gauze pads this particular performs poorly on my skin, hence this is least favorite from the bunch for me. One of the reasons is that it  carries alcohol quite high in it’s ingredient list.

After using any of the NEOGEN pads I can always see how well they remove all the dead skin. The pads get dirty even after I do my double cleanse and run my face over with the Thank You Farmer moss cleansing water as a last step before actually using the peeling gauze pad.I enjoy using these about 3x a week. Read the instructions carefully and don’t forget the last step which is to rinse your face after peeling. Removing the remaining liquid is a mandatory step when using these particular peeling pads.

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So do these peeling pads actually work? Yes! 100% All NEOGEN pads are effective peeling products and do not break me out. Unfortunately the lemon pads frequently irritate my sensitive skin leading to occasional breakouts. It never happens with other 2. Don’t know where that difference may come from but I am definitely staying away from the lemon version. Nonetheless, despite my experience with these pads, they may work better for you. Especially if your skin is normal to oily.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Lovely light scent
+ Great pad design
+ Soft gauze and cotton sides of the pad
+ Gentle mechanical and chemical exfoliation duo
+ Handy sample packaging, easy to travel with
+ Does not irritate my skin

Cons:
– Woud like to see all of the pads in individual sachets such as with sample version (more hygienic and travel-friendly)
– Broke me out every other time I’ve tried them (only happened with lemon version of these pads)
– Price is quite steep in comparison to other peeling pads
– Contains alcohol (too high on the list)

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: littlewonderland.nl, honeysu.be, coos-cosmetics.com
❇ Internationally: Available at neogen, sokoglam, amazon and many other shops
❇ Price varies between 22-32€ per package of 30 peeling pads

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

 

Charcoal Mask Pack by Kina Cosmetics

Charcoal Mask Pack by Kina Cosmetics is a purifying and soothing charcoal mask that is meant to be used for those with more oily and acne prone skin types. I fount it in the local TKmaxx shop and decided to take it home for vigorous testing 🙂

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Pack of 5 Facial Masks
❇ Made in South Korea
❇ A purifying sheet mask that is formulated with a blend of Activated Charcoal and seven skin-loving botanicals that work to detoxify and cleanse pores, while firming and hydrating skin.

Directions from the manufacturer:
  • Ensure skin is cleansed and toned
  • Remove sheet mask from sachet
  • Gently apply mask ensuring a smooth fit over contours of face
  • Leave on for approximately 20 minutes
  • Remove sheet mask and pat in remaining essence into skin
Ingredients:

Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (matricaria) flower extract, Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) root extract, Camellia sinensis leaf extract, Polygonum cuspidatum root extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis root extract, Butylene glycol, Carbomer, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin, Ethanol, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Triethanolamine, Charcoal Powder

My experience:
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Not all of my experiences with the charcoal (black) masks were pleasant. More than half of the products from this category are tossed into the bin. Luckily today is not the case. Since this particular mask came only in the set I was obliged to buy the 5 pack that worried me a bit. Luckily it does a good job on my skin so  I can keep using the rest of masks without any problems.

The sheet of the mask is black and veeery soft and flexible. It is medium thick and fits like a glove. The adherence is very good too. Essence of this mask is a bit milky yet transparant and it feels like a good ampoule would feel. It has a bit of slip to it but there is no droopiness at all. the scent of the sheet is very pleasant and it smells of lemons and lavender. A die hard combination for bath lovers. It is very relaxing and airy which I like a lot.

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I wore the mask for 20 minutes and it came off damp. I presume I could pull another 10 minutes out of it but I didn’t think it was necessary at the time. My skin was looking very fresh and bright. The small lines have disappeared  off my face for an entire day and my skin remained baby smooth. I only used the sunscreen afterwards. What I noticed at the end of the day is that my skin had produced significantly less oil than what it normally does when it is so hot outside. The only product that was new to my routine was this particular mask.

I must investigate it a bit more to see if it is actually the case with this sheet mask or was attributed to something else such as hormones 🙂

Pros:
+ Alcohol and Sulfate free formulation
+ Contains charcoal powder and allantoin
+ Packed with natural herbal extracts and oils
+ Great fit  and adherence on my face
+ Amazing skin soothing and brightening results

Cons:
– Contains paraben
– Hard to find in the stores and online
– Not sold as single sheets

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: TKmaxx shops
❇ Internationally: Available at  kinacosmetics
❇ Price is 12$ for the 5-pack

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

Dr. Althea Water Glow Skin Renewal Hydrogel Mask

Dr. Althea Water Glow Skin Renewal Hydrogel Mask is one of my very favorite hydrogel masks that battle the dryness of the skin in a heartbeat. They are quite pricey and not easy to get in NL but luckily they occasionally appear in TKmaxx and then I get my chance to stock up on these beauties.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Dr Althea Water Glow Skin Renewal Hydrogel Mask helps relieve sensitive skin by hydrating skin while tightening, whitening and relieve inflamation. It also helps reduce wrinkle and spots.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Open the pouch and take out a mask. Remove films on the both side and attach to face for 20~40 minutes, then remove the mask.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Niacinamide, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Polysorbate 60, Chondrus Crispus Powder, Lactobacillus Ferment, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglcerin, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Mirabilis Jalapa Extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Convallaria Majalis Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine Flower) Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Hyacinthus Orientalis (Hyacinth) Flower Extract, Harpagophytum Procumbens Root Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Agave Americana Leaf Extract, Rhodiola Sacra Root Extract, Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea Leaf Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract, Alcohol, Potassium Hydroxide, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Propolis Extract, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Leucojum Aestivum Bulb Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil

My experience:
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Dr. Althea’s Water Glow Skin Renewal Hydrogel Mask contains plenty premium ingredients  and is extremely pleasant in use. I usually stock up on the 5-pc boxes of it when I can. The essence used in this hydrogel mask is very gelatinous and transparant and smells of white flowers. Very relaxing and pleasant sensory experience whiffing those beautiful fumes. As the name states, this is a hydrogel mask. There is a mesh embedded into the gel so that the mask won’t rip in pieces when taking it out of the package. Some people find that the mesh is irritating the skin, which I can confirm (Nature Republic, you know you have it). Luckily Dr. Althea mask has no issue with the mesh as it seems to be the soft kind.

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The fit and shape of the hydrogel mask is great for my face shape. It fits me like a glove! Composed of 2 pieces of milky-white hydrogel, this mask has 2 sets of plastic protectors shielding hydrogel from adhering to each other. Once applied it doesn’t slide down my face so I can run around the house while masking which is always a good thing for me. I get full 40 minute wear out of it and it is still damp upon removal. The leftover serum sinks fast into my skin and I am left with glowy and minimally tacky skin. The tackiness gets less in about 30 minutes so I don’t have the need to rinse it off.

I Usually use this mask before going to sleep so I Apply my night cream or oil and go to bed. I do feel that using sleeping mask after this hydrogel is an overkill. Same with Whamisa hydrogel masks. My skin is radiant from within and hydrated on the next day. There are very little wrinkles present and I adore how smooth my skin feels like.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Paraben, Sulfate, Silicone free
+ Packed with Niacinamide, Allantoin, Adenosine and fermented ingredients
+ Extremely great for oily  and combination skin
+ Controls my oil production, very  long-lasting hydrating effects
+ Great fit and adherence of the hydrogel
+ Lovely fresh floral scent

Cons:
– Contains alcohol and fragrance
– May not be suitable for sensitive skin
– Mesh-type hydrogel
– Somewhat expensive

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: bbcreamshop.eu and littlewonderland.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at amazon and  yesstyle
❇ Price is +/- 5€ per one hydrogel mask

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

 

MISSHA 3-step Hydrating Mask

MISSHA 3-step Hydrating Mask is an affordable 3-step treatment for when you are on the go and need a moisture boost. It is a perfect combination for when you are on the plane or trying to recover after prolonged sun exposure.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Step 1: Essence fills up the skin with nourishment
      Step 2: Sheet mask for intensive moisture care
      Step 3: The finishing cream helps form a moisture barrier over the skin
❇ The fine air pocket sheet containing moisturizing essence effectively helps deliver active ingredients to the skin.
❇ The all-in-one mask pack consisting of essence, mask and cream helps provide intensive care to the skin anytime and anywhere, with just one sheet.
❇ Abundant strong moisture of hyaluronic acid helps keep the skin moisturized for long hours by delivering generous amounts of moisture to the skin in each step.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Apply the moisture and abundant nutrition delivering essence on your cleansed skin. Apply the sheet mask and leave it on for 20-30 minutes. It transports active ingredients deep into the skin. Tap the remaining essence into your skin and seal everything with the hydrating cream.

Ingredients:

Essence: Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Methylpropanediol, Glycereth-26, Sodium Hyaluronate, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Root Extract, Allantoin, Panthenol, Carbomer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Tromethamine, Fragrance.

Sheetmask: Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Trehalose, Allantoin, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Root Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tromethamine, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyacetophenone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance.

Cream: Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Root Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Carbomer, Allantoin, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Tromethamine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance.

My experience:
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I like the 3-steps masks as they save a lot of time when it comes to  traveling. They are a great space saver because some sort of cleanser, peel, ampoule, SPF, oil, eye cream is usually a part of the 3-step program. I like to take such masks for short getaways because I don’t have to pack a whole bulk of skin care items with me and I’ve got everything I need in one of such packages. This particular 3-step Hydrating Mask by MISSHA contains a moisture ampoule, sheet mask and a hydrating cream.

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The essence is transparent and lightly scented. As we all know, MISSHA fragrances are always mild and pleasant to the nose. In this case all products have the same marine type of fragrance that is very fresh and energizing. Ampoule absorbs into the skin in no time and you can proceed to a step to within a minute. The sheet of the mask is soft and made of synthetic fabric. It is stretchy and hugs face curves in an excellent manner. The fit and adherence are superb.

After 20 minutes there is little to no essence left on the mask. Everything seems to be absorbed into my skin leaving me with no residue. My skin is very hydrated and has a lovely glow to it. In order to keep it that way it is always advised to use a cream no matter what. This particular cream that came with the mask is more of a thick white gel. It has a slip to it and what is in the sachet is enough to cover my face and neck. Overall a perfect amount of everything for a lazy skin care day. My face remains hydrated till the next day and I don’t have to worry about my skin screaming for more moisture.

the end result
Summary:

Pros:
+ Great 3 in one product for travel
+ Amazing hydrating results on my skin
+ Calming and cooling + it reduced texture on my skin
+ Good ingredients in all 3 steps
+ Perfect for all skin types
+ Affordable and very effective for it’s price

Cons:
– All 3 steps contain fragrance which may not suit the ultra sensitive skin

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: bbcreamshop.eu and missha.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at amazon, stylekorean and other online retailers
❇ Price is +/- 2,95€ per one sheet mask

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

TONYMOLY Megatox Bright Shot Ampoule Mask

TONYMOLY Megatox Bright Shot Ampoule Mask is rocking it with the fun syringe-like packaging. Some may fin it convenient to store, others not. I’m quite tolerant towards unique outer shell but of coarse my goal here is to go more in depth about the contents of this Megatox Bright Shot Ampoule Mask.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Give your skin a shot of hydration with our Megatox Ampoule Mask! Just one shot will help to boost skin to the next level with our microcell sheet soaked in highly concentrated dermatologist-grade ampoule.
❇ Brightens the skin and combats dark spots with Glutathione, an antioxidant that rids the skin of free radicals and toxins that can lead to hyper-pigmentation.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Peel back the back of the packaging and unroll the sheet mask. Adhere the mask over the face and wait 15-20 mins for the ampoule to completely absorb into the skin. Remove the mask and pat the remaining ampoule into the skin.

Ingredients (from the packaging):

Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Trehalose, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Fragrance, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Hydro-xyethylcellulose, Triethanolamine, Ethyl-hexylglycerin, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance

My experience:
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First of all the ingredients list threw me off by a mile. Original retailer information states all of the ingredients in different order. On the back of the pack the order is according to the EU standards but still there are six (last on the list) ingredients that repeat themselves. Not a promising start for a company pushing the ampoule shots for 7-9€ a pop.

The mask is rolled up in a plastic capsule in shape of a syringe. Very interesting concept but unfortunately not new. In my opinion it is handy for travel, yet not handy for storing at home in my mask box. Once the packaging is open you see that the sheet is almost translucent and the ampoule is filled to the brim with the fluid. Rolling out the mask and application can be troublesome as the sheet is very thin. What I do not like is that despite the light and airy sheet it was not shaping to my face much. Usually you would be able to pull a bit here, tuck a bit there and the adherence would be perfect. To my disappointment it is not the case here.

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The essence smells like a baby-powder. Fragrance of it has a medium potency. I could smell it throughout the entire wearing time but it was not an unpleasant scent. After 20 minutes I removed the mask and saw and felt that my face was plumped up. My skin is well hydrated and has a nice sheen to it though. After the essence has absorbed, I am left with no residue or tackiness on my skin. I would still not use this mask in the morning as it is an ampoule product which tends to work better overnight.

The greatest disappointment of the days was that I’ve gotten zero brightening on my skin. It also caused some milia type breakouts on my cheeks that have developed overnight. If you are looking for a good mask that will even out your skin tone and make your skin glow from within, this is not a product for you. If you are looking for a good hydration, you may consider trying this one out. Oh, almost forgot, one more thing –  the syringe shape container is not the most handy shape when you are trying to extract the remaining essence. I’ve had some difficulties and ended up throwing half of what’s left away because I didn’t plan to scoop all the nooks and crannies of the container.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Soothing and hydrating on my skin
+ Soft mask sheet
+ Good fit to my face frame
+ Rich in nourishing ingredients
+ Light inoffensive scent

Cons:
– Expencive for EU customers
– Hard to get the remaining essence out of the plastic container
– Sheet fabric is not flexible, hence lifts a lot around the nose
– Don’t see much brightening happening on my skin
– Contains fragrance
– Caused a break-out on my skin

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: boozyshop.nl and Bijenkorf
❇ Internationally: Available at tonymoly.us, beautybay, tonymoly.eu and other online stores
❇ Price varies between 7 and 9€ per one ampoule mask

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

WYT Oxygen AHA Bubble Peeling Mask by NEOGEN

WYT Oxygen AHA Bubble Peeling Mask by NEOGEN is a staple product of many and today I will review this sheet mask for you.

Claims from the manufacturer:

This Oxygen AHA Bubble Peeling Mask has an impressive skin clearing formula containing AHA and BHA that will suck out the dirt, clean the pores, and remove dead skin cells to leave the skin clear, smooth and glowing. Save yourself the manual exfoliation and deep cleansing headache as you sit back and watch the bubbles do your work!

Directions from the manufacturer:

1. After cleansing, retrieve the mask from the pouch and apply it on your face. Upon applying the mask, bubbles should start to foam and you will leave the mask on about 5-10mins. After leaving on for about 5-10mins, remove the mask and rinse the remaining product from your face until it is completely and thoroughly washed off.

Ingredients:

Water(Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycerin, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Lactic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Salicylic Acid, Papain, Trehalose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Oxygen, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Pyyrus malus (Apple) Fruit Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch hazel) Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, laminaria Japonica Extract, Polypodium Vulgare Rhizome Extract, Cetraria Islandica Thallus Extract, Sphagnum Magellanicum Extract, Propanediol, Maltose, Butylene Glycol, Cyclodextrin, Niacinamide, pathenol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Rutin, Tocopherol, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Polycaprolcactone, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Carbon Dioxide, potassium Hydroxide, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, AHA1% (Lactic Acid + Tartaric Acid), Fragrance(Parfum)

My experience:

I’ve bought this sheet mask online because I ran out of my bubble peeling gel by MISSHA that I love to death. I thought why no tot try something else for a change and since NEOGEN products are on my “to test” list I decided to start with some peeling products from this brand.

The mask comes in black and white packaging with clear instructions written in English which is always a good thing. I’ve opened the pack and saw that the sheet was black. Once I touched it it felt very soapy and somewhat slime’ish. I immediately popped it onto my face and was staring in the mirror to see how fast it starts bubbling. After one minute my face was covered in bubbles but there were no accompanying bubbly sounds yet. After 5 minutes I started to hear light hissing and popping and my skin felt light tingling.

The thicker areas of my skin could tolerate it well but when it came to the spots around the eyes it started to burn. I tried pushing the mask around my eyes to create moe open space but that was not a great idea. The solution went everywhere and I did get it into my eye. I had to take the mask off and rince my eyes immediately. I know this is not adviced, but I quickly cut larger holes fr the eyes and popped the mask back for the remaining 5 minutes. It felt waay better this time.

My skin felt this amazing bubbling sensation  that I like so much from my peeling products. It was not harsh. On the other hand, the smell of this mask was. It is scented like those Citronella candles that are repelling mosquitoes. Well the smell repelled me too. After 10 full minutes of my face it didn’t disappear anywhere.  Huge downside for making this mask a pleasant experience. I really really hate the smell of this mask but I love what it does for my skin.

The rinsing off part is very fast. I am left with visibly brighter and squeaky clean face. What I felt immediately that I needed some hydration after this mask. I put on my Instytutum toner that is very rich and hydrating and my face looked flawless. NEOGEN does some serious business when it comes to the peeling products. What I can conclude so far is that I must try more of their sheet mask offerings to wether fall in love with them or stay neutral to this specific brand. My overall “go for it” advise when shopping for NEOGEN is their pads products and few items from the Agecure line. The reviews on these will follow as well so don’t forget to check my blog once in a while.

Summary:

The WYT Oxygen AHA Bubble Peeling Mask was effective product for my skin type but I can never get used to the way it smells. Would I buy it again? Probably not. It was a pleasant experience but for less money I can control the areas of application using my favorite peeling gel that delivers same results and hydrates my skin.

Pros:
+ Paraben Sulfate and Alcohol free formualtion
+ Contains acids, skin anti-aging and brightening ingredients
+ Packed with Niacinamide, Vitamins and Panthenol
+ Affordable price
+ Great immediate results on the skin
+ Good quality of the sheet
+ Washes off in seconds

Cons:
– Strong scent
– Irritates skin around the eye area

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: littlewonderland.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at neogen, yesstylemasksheets and many other online stores
❇ Price is 2,95€ per sheet

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

It’s SKIN Power 10 Formula Mask VB

It’s SKIN Power 10 Formula Mask VB is a sheet mask belonging to the Power 10 skin care line. Each of the 10 masks targets a specific skin concern. The VB mask is meant to balance out the skin with the Vitamin B6 and is, in theory, a perfect product for the combi and oily skin types.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ The VB mask is enriched with vitamin B6 to balance the skin’s sebum production and restore moisture levels. Leaves the skin looking clearer and healthier.
❇ VB mask sheet delivers water-oil balance and sebum control effects on the skin. For oily, acne prone skin.
❇ Power 10 Formula Mask Sheet is clinging tightly and soft texture with highly enriched essence.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Apply mask over the cleansed face. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes, then remove gently. Do not rinse. Pat the remaining serum into the skin until fully absorbed.

Ingredients:

Water, Dipropylene Glycol , Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate , Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride , Dimethicone , Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate , PEG-100 Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Centella Asiatica Extract , Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract , 1,2-Hexanediol, Xanthan Gum , Tocopheryl Acetate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract , Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-6, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract , Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Extract , Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract , Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

My experience:
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It’s SKIN Power 10 Formula Mask VB has a vitamin B6 rich formula that is meant to be used on the oily and combination skin types as it is a balancing mask. To begin with, the packaging is very sturdy and cute. Also not as big as other masks so it is easy to take with you on a vacation. The sheet itself is made of a very soft cotton fabric and feels nice and soft against the skin.

The actual essence is transparent and feels like gel. Nearly all of it is on the sheet and there are only few drops left in the bag. I’ve turned my sniffing skills to the max but couldn’t identify much scent. Even though the fragrance is listed as the last ingredient, none is found by me. The essence absorbs fast and the wearing time is 20 minutes. Hence I would not advise attempting keeping it for longer that that.

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After removing the sheet, my face is left moisturized and fresh looking. My face is very nice and smooth to the touch and there was no residue left on the skin after all of the essence has absorbed. Honestly, this particular mask doesn’t impress me at all. It does deliver decent results and meets it’s claims but for some reason I don’t feel like I need it in my life as much as for example my Blithe masks. Maybe it is because when it comes to the sebum and pore control, the charcoal masks seem to be more efficient and pore minimizing on my skin than this particular sheet mask from It’s SKIN.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Contains anti-aging ingredients
+ Rich in hydrating plant extracts
+ Suitable for oily and combination skin
+ Great quality cotton sheet
+ Good adherence and fit of the mask
+ Delivers hydration yet manages to mattify the face
+/- Even though the fragrance is added to the ingredient list, it feels like it is unscented. I can not identify any fragrance of it.

Cons:
– Contains silicone and fragrance
– Price is quite high for what you get

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: bbcreamshop.eu and littlewonderland.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at masksheets and iHerb
❇ Price varies between 3 and 5€ per sheet mask

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

INSTYTUTUM Alive Water

INSTYTUTUM Alive Water is my savior for when it comes to hot and dry scorching weather. I’ve ran out of it before the summer and had to finish my other mistifying products before heading off and buying another one.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Designed for those who understands the power of science, who embrace the benefits of pure water, who hold education close to their heart, and who believe that giving is a way of life.
❇ With INSTYTUTUM, your skin care routine will make an impact on the world by giving pure water to communities in need.
❇ Alive Water is a daily breath of fresh Adriatic sea air that will bring a feeling of refreshment to tired skin. Loved for it’s ability to cool down, soothe and comfort your skin, and to give a healthy hydrated glow so it may embrace the new day.

Directions from the manufacturer:

From a comfortable distance spray on your face and feel the perfectly balanced water working it’s magic as it cleans your skin.

Ingredients:

Water, Propanediol, Levulinic Acid, Panthenol, Glycerin, Cystoseira Amentacea/Caespitosa Branchycarpa Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sucrose, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Meristotheca Dakarensis Exract, Jania Rubens Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Potassium Sorbate, Crithmum Maritimum Extract.

My experience:

INSTYTUTUM Alive Water is one of the finest facia mists that I’v ever tried, and I tried many because I am all for the lazy skin care routines and freshness of my skin. I love to use facial mists and the name Alive Water simply called to me. After running out of my 1st bottle I finally got the 2nd one and could take decent photos of the product. I’ve fished it out from my stash because it was extremely hot for October in NL. Last 3 days it was 27 degrees Celsius  + dry air and my skin was begging for moisture.

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The water that is used in this mis is  filtered 5 times and it is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which all boost collagen production. It is scentless liquid that comes in 50 ml travel size and has a beautiful packaging. Very minimalistic and luxurious looking, just the way I like it. I love how aesthetically beautiful the entire line from this brand looks. Well, used to look, they changed it in 2018 making it look horrendous and cheap. The classic white-silver packaging is as amazing as it’s contents.

This mist itself is very fine and layers well throughout the day even over the make-up. It is a perfect make-up spray for me, even though it is not marketed as that.  Overall, it leaves my skin looking healthier. It also applies well over the existing sunscreen which is a great bonus. I tried using it after my gym routines or cycling outdoors but I’ve found a better skin soothing alternative for this purpose. For now this mist will go into my travel must-haves for the coming vacation as it saved my skin on our last trip to the scorching Africa.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Perfect travel size packaging
+ Amazing make-up setting spray
+ Extremely fine mist particles
+ Soothing and hydrating
+ Alcohol, silicone, paraben, sulfate free formulation
+ Suitable for all skin types

Cons:
– Steep price
– Hard to get in NL

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: TKmaxx stores
❇ Internationally: Available at manufacturer’s website
❇ Price is +/- 20€ per 50 ml travel size bottle. Original 150 ml bottle retails for 30€

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

MISSHA Black Ghassoul Peel Off Nose Pack

MISSHA Black Ghassoul Peel Off Nose Pack contains 50 grams of product and is one of the stronger peel off packs from the ones I’ve tried. It also has very thick consistency and a light wet ground scent to it. Very natural but odd for cosmetic products you put extremely close for your nose.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇  Squeezing peel-off type nose pack cleaning pores by perfectly removing black heads and white heads with a benefit of Black Ghassoul, mysterious soil from Marocco.
❇ Black Ghassoul provides lots of important moisture with minerals and magnesium and leaves a fresh afterfeel.
❇ *Containing Ecocert certified Moroccan Ghassoul.

Directions from the manufacturer:

After washing your face, prepare the skin with toner. Apply an appropriate amount over the nose area and leave it for 15 minutes until completely dry, Peel off the mask from bottom to top at once.

Tip: More effective after using steamed towel. Before applying mask, apply small amount of moisturizing essence to minimize irritations on the skin. 

Ingredients:

Water, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Alcohol Denat., PVP, Glycerin, Charcoal Powder, Iron Oxides CI77499, Butylene Glycol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Trehalose, Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract, Rhus Semialata Gall Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Methyl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Sodium Acetate, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Arctium Majus Root Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Sanguisorba Officinalis Root Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Uncaria Gambir Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Extract, Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Saponaria Officinalis Root Extract, Moroccan Lava Clay.

My experience:
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When it comes to the pore cleansing peel-off masks I am pretty sure I have tried them all. This particular peel off product was a part of the set that I’ve bought and it came as a bonus to my main 2 items I was hunting down, the ghassoul cleansing bar and the ghassoul clay pack. So I thought why not to review them all at some point and today is the day for the Ghassoul Peel Off Nose Pack.

The tub contains 50 ml of product which is a lot for a local treatment. If you use it on an entire face (strongly not advised) you will run out of it quite fast. I usually use these type of peel offs only on my nose and when necessary on the forehead. Some people may apply these on the chin, but definitely do not attempt using it near the hair line or on sensitive areas. You will epilate your face! Ouch, ouch and more ouch!

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The consistency of this peel off mask is not droopy as other similar products. It is very thick and almost clay like. You have to apply it in a thin layer! Try to steam your face in advance so that your  pores are open. In that way this mask will grab onto the debris from your pores much better and the extraction will be less painful, especially if your skin is sensitive.

The thicker the layer-the longer the drying time. This mask definitely contains particles of the soil and it makes the drying time even longer. After 20 minutes of drying  everything comes off in 1 piece and it pulls out everything from my pores!!! I would not purchase this mask again simply because the scent of it is just not my cup of tea.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Paraben and Sulfate free formula
+ Contains a lot of herbal and mineral ingredients
+ Great adhesion power
+ Removes a lot of blackheads
+ Does not tug on the skin as much as similar peel-off masks
+ Economic in use

Cons:
– Contains alcohol (as any other peel off mask do)
– Contains fragrance
– Drying time is on a longer side

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: bbcreamshop.eu and missha.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at misshadeutchland, amazon, ebay and other online retailers
❇ Price is +/- 11€ per 50 ml tube when you purchase it outside the set

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂