The Face Shop ECO BEYOND Herb Garden Mask Hibiscus

After trying out the The Face Shop ECO BEYOND Herb Garden Mask with Hibiscus I was left unamused. If you look at the ingredients list there is much “Wow” happening in terms of anti-aging care. After you use it, the “Wow” is minimized to the levels of “Meeh”.

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Mask sheets made with natural herbs for beautiful and healthy skin
❇ Hibiscus has been called “Tea of Goddess” due to its excellent anti-oxidant effects and plentiful amount of vitamins. This mask contains hibiscus extract to help smoothing and brightening skin.
❇ Translucent soluble texture
❇ Packages specially designed with actual images of fresh herbs : Displaying product line itself would provide a unique store decoration due to having very distinctive images
❇ Made with thin and flexible Cellulose sheet

Directions from the manufacturer:

Funny enough the original manufacturer’s website doesn’t provide you with the information on application. What it says on the sheet mask packaging is the following:

After washing face apply toner. Open the mask and remove the liner. Carefully position the sheet on the face and gently smooth the sheet to ensure good contact with skin. Leave the mask for 15-20 minutes before removal. Gently tap the residue for absorption.

Ingredients:

Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Triethylhexanoin, Dimethicone, Panthenol, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Dimethiconol, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Glycosphingolipids, Phospholipids, Fragrance, Trisodium EDTA, Ceramide, Beta-Glucan, Butylene Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Cholesterol

My experience:
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I was left unamused after trying this mask out. If you look at the ingredients list there is much wow happening in terms of anti-age. After you use it, the wow is minimized to nearly zero.

The packaging is very pretty and attractive. It almost looks like a small painting, but it its actually a photo of hibiscus flowers. Very fancy. Once I got to the contents that is where things went south for me.

The fit of this mask is very questionable. It was perfect in terms of the size for my face contour but the mouth cutout was too large and the sheet tended to create a huge tent around my nose. I ended up wearing sunglasses for the entire time to press the sheet down so that it wouldn’t bulge. After couples of minutes of wear the edges of the mask started to come of as well. Very poor adherence and fit. Unfortunately that is what you get with the cheap cellulose sheet.

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The essence is semi-opaque and was feeling like a gel at first but turns into nearly water consistency once it comes in contact with my face. The entire solution did not want to stay on the mask but instead was vigorously dripping down my chin. It was a big mess in the end so I removed it after 10 minutes.

In terms of the results the ingredients list looked so promising. I was stunned at how many ingredients are anti-aging and are meant to supple out and nourish the skin. In vivo, none of it happened, but my chest area was pretty happy with an unexpected extra nourishment 🙂 My skin was left somewhat hydrated but definitely required more moisture. There were no signs of any brightening, smoothing, soothing or anything else besides extra moisture. Oh well, I try, I learn, I never repeat this one ever again….

Summary:

Pros:
+ Contains ceramide, niacinamide, phospholipids, cholesterol and beta-glucan
+ Semi-strong floral fragrance
+ Lovely packaging

Cons:
– Contains fragrance and silicone
– Poor fit and adherence of the sheet
– Hard to fing in EU
– Texture of the essence is too runny
– Rough quality sheet

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: Not available
❇ Internationally: Available at the face shop, ebay, amazon, sheetmaskshop and other online retailers
❇ Price is +/- 2,50€ per one sheet mask

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

MISSHA Near Skin Egg White Pack

MISSHA Near Skin Egg White Pack is one of those amazing masks that you want to use every day. To me it feels not like a regular mask but as a part of a spa treatment that I can indulge at home when I am in the mod for some beauty evening. To me this mask is a true gem in my collection.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

 ❇ Sleek skin like a peeled boiled egg: Abundant albumin extracted from egg white helps tighten the pores and make skin sleek and smooth.
❇ Removing waste and sebum: Deeply cleanses waste and sebum in skin with mild heat effect.
❇ Radiant and vital skin: Rice extract and Vita 3 complex helps make dull skin look radiant and revitalized.

Directions from the manufacturer:
1. Take an appropriate amount.
2. Massage gently with fingers until its transparent content turns white.
3. After massaging for 3~5mins, wash off thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Ingredients:

Glycerin, Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose, Distearate Polysorbate 80, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer, Cellulose, Chlorphenesin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tromethamine, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vanillyl Butyl Ether, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Mannitol, Butylene Glycol, Albumen, Panthenyl Triacetate, Hydroxypropylcellulose, PEG-12 Sodium Benzoate, Ethylcellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Rumex Crispus Root Extract, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract

My experience:
consistency

If I remember correctly this mask was one of the first products from the MISSHA masks. I keep repurchasing it over and over again but I have a feeling it has been discontinued because I can not find it at the big retailer stores anymore. Luckily my local MISSHA supplier still sells it.

The mask contains 100 ml of product which is a lot. It is very economic in use! The best part of this mask is how well it cleans my skin. I am left with nice glow every time I use it. the main ingredient is glycerin and the water is nr 2 on the list. It is a true hydration booster type of mask. The consistency is semi-transparent with tiniest white specks in it. the smell of the mask is divine. I can only describe it as something luxurious and herbal. It is a bit medicinal and fresh at the same time.

Once you apply it on the face and start rubbing it in. You feel the heating effect from the moment you start to rub it in circular motions. Be careful, the harder you rub it, the hotter it gets. I prefer using my fingers over it but you can also pop out your Clarisonic and keep swirling it around the skin. In 2-3 minutes it turnes into opaque white substance. After this I keep it on for 2 more minutes and rinse it off.

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My skin is feeling velvety after this mask. I try to use it at least once a week, usually in the weekend when I have some more time to schedule my “at home SPA” session which consists of bath with bubbles, moisturizing socks and a fancy skin care all accompanied with some great movie or a book.  This mask is a true must-have for me. Since the warming effect is quite noticeable this mask would not be suitable for sensitive skin types. The rest could enjoy the loveliest scent and heat-effect in those cold months.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Sulfate, Paraben and Alcohol free
+ Contains Rice extract and Vitamine E
+ Loveliest fragrance ever (I mean it!)
+ Amazing pleasant skin warming effect
+ Great purifying and skin tightening product
+ Spa experience at home guaranteed

Cons:
– Contains fragrance
– Seems to be sold out nearly everywhere (Discontinued???)
– Thick formula
– Not an option for sensitive skin

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: missha.nl and bbcreamshop.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at beyonlab.net and amazon
❇ Price is 11,60€ per 100 ml jar

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

What is old? What is new?: November edition

After last mont’s success I’ve decided to proceed with the “What is old? What is new?” themed reviews where I will be
A) giving a short sum-up on the products that I’ve finished and
B) showing you some sneak-previews of newly attained products that will be reviewed in coming months.

* You can always message me about the products listed in the post for a fast-track review.

Empties

So, as usually, today’s first half of the post is the “Empties” category with a  short sum-up of what I thought of the product after finishing it. The “Newcomers” products are listed more towards the end of this post and more thorough reviews that are going to gradually appear on my blog sometime soon.

Empties:

Same as last time, I won’t be reviewing every sheet mask that I’ve use in the past month because the regular sheet mask reviews are appearing here on the blog as a normal content. For all of the Empties  I will be using the 5 point scoring system in order to rate each product based on whether I repurchase it or not:

❇❇❇❇❇– Holy Grail, will probably purchase it up until I retire
❇❇❇❇– Excellent product, will consider repurchasing it (unless I stumble across a better alternative)
❇❇❇– Good one for overal use but there is definitely a better known alternative for it
❇❇– Not impressive or not performing well on my skin
❇– Waste of money (try before you buy)

Skin care

MISSHA Super Aqua Ultra Waterful Active Toner 150 ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

Absolute must have if you have oily dehydrated skin. This product is my HG. It has a pleasant smell and viscous texture. You can decant it and use it as a mist and it will last you a long time. Also perfect for the 7-skin method or for layering with other toners. I am a big fan of the entire range and nearly all products have the HG status in my book.

MISSHA Super Aqua Ultra Waterful Control Emulsion 130 ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

Many people don’t know that this entire line contains the extracts and oils and extracts from desert plants that are holding onto moisture in the most harsh environments. This moisturizer is the proof that sometimes you can use one product and see the results no matter what. Rich, hydrating, nourishing, doesn’t clog my pores and perfectly nutritious for my skin.

MISSHA Time Revolution White Cure Blanc Tone Up Toner 150ml

Rating: ❇❇❇

Not my favorite but not bad either. It hydrates the skin well but for some reason I do feel it sitting on top of my skin. I don’t like that feeling and that’s why I won’t repurchase it again. In terms of whitening the entire line does help with hyper-pigmentation issues.

MISSHA Time Revolution White Cure Blanc Tone Up Lotion 120 ml

Rating: ❇❇❇

Very nice moisturizer that sinks in fast into the skin. The brightening effect is cumulative and is best achieved with using the entire line of White Cure. Will not repurchase it as it is on more pricier side and I do prefer Manyo Factory Galactomyces Niacin essence over it.

MISSHA Time Revolution White Cure Science Blanc Tone Up Cream

Rating: ❇

My least favorite product From the entire White Cure line. It was too liquid in consistency and drooping. After a month it started to separaate in the jar and I had to mix it every time before I wanted to apply it. I’d advise you to skip it and turn your heads towards LIOELE whitening skin care or RE:P products.

MISSHA Super Aqua Ice Tear Emulsion 5 ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇

Very light essence that is perfect for summer. Very neutral and suitable for all skin types, especially for younger teenager skin. Perfect as a basic hydration product for AM and PM care for oily and combined skin types.

MISSHA For Men Extreme Renew Lotion 5 ml

Rating: ❇❇❇

I didn’t realize at first that this sample was from men care line. Anyhow, pleasant scent and texture. Gave it to my husband and he said it was stinging his chin a bit after he applied it on freshly shaved face. Has a pleasant scent but contains a lot of alcohol in formula. Will not purchase a full size.

MISSHA Flower Sleeping Mask [Rose] 100 ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇

One of the lighter texture sleeping masks that has no sticky leftover feel on my face. Very pleasant scent and texture and it keeps my skin hydrated all night long. Loving how simple yet effective this one is. Will not repurchase it yet because I want to finish off some other sleeping masks in my possession but will definitely consider rebuying it for the coming summer.

Estee Lauder Nutritious Radiant Vitality 2-in-1 Foam Cleanser

Rating: ❇❇❇

Very nice and great smelling product. You can use it as a cleanser or a purifying mask. It does tend to dry out my face which I don’t like. It is very effective as a cleanser but felt like it is too much for my skin in terms of pulling out more moisture that I expected. Will not repurchase it again because there are many more cleansers that perform as good as this one without stripping my skin dry.

SPF care

Biotherm Wet or Dry Skin – Melting Sun Fluid Face & Body SPF 30 200ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

My HG product for vacations and going swimming. It is so great on the skin and can be applied on both dry and wet skin surface. The only down side is that it leaves a bit of an oily finish on the skin. The absorbance is superb plus it doesn’t turn white on the skin when it comes in contact with water. Absolute love of mine.

Biotherm Crème Solaire Anti Age – Melting Face Cream SPF30 50ml

Rating: ❇❇

Fail product from BIOTHERM. IT leaves a thick white cast on the face when applied and tends to roll up if you try to use it under your make-up. It does leave your skin super matte for a long time but the white cast is very obvious and not something I want to have on my face.

Dior Capture Totale Solaire Global Anti Aging Suncare SPF 20 UVA 50 ml

Rating: ❇

Huge fail from DIOR. SPF20 is not enough to protect your skin through-ought the day. Sun is not so active where I leave yet I managed to burn my face several times with this product on my face. It is also very greasy and oily and stings when gets into the eyes. I ended up using it as an SPF hand cream. Do not buy, total waste of a looot of money.

Hair care

Rating: ❇

Keratin product containing SLS and other sulfates is not a proper way to treat keratin treated hair. False advertising from the brand and a total fail on the hair. Strips it dry. Smells like coconut oil which is nice. Not worth the money.

One ‘n Only Brazilian Tech Keratin Smoothing Conditioner 250ml

Rating: ❇

Same as with the shampoo it is based on false advertising. Absolutely not suitable for har that had undergone a keratin treatment.  Save your money for better alternatives. Hydrates hair somewhat but brings more damage than good to my hair.

Missha Procure Active Protecting Treatment 150ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇

Very nourishing treatment for my hair. Contains very little fragrance which is very nice for sensitive noses out there. Has a very silicony slip to it when first applied on the hair.  I love that it contains UV filters for protecting my hair. Best suited for more normal, colour treated hair.

Missha Procure Intensive Repairing Treatment 150ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇

Very effective at nourishing super dry and fizzy hair. For now too much on my hair.  Same as with the Active Protecting version, it contains very little fragrance which is quite lovely for a change. Has a very thick consistency that is somewhat oily (not much). Contains UV filters.

Macadamia Professional Ultra Rich Moisture Shampoo 1000ml

Rating: ❇❇❇

Good but not great. Reformulated version is very soapy and strips my hair to the bone in comparison to the original. Will not repurchase it any time soon since I’ve found a much better alternative for it from WHAMISA.

Macadamia Natural Oil No Tangle Pre-Styler Spray 100ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

The entire line of Macadamia hair products in the classic packaging has been my HG hair care for years. This spray is not an exception. It is great at detangling my hair. It makes me sad because is so hard to come buy nowadays. the new packaging has new formula that is not as great as the old original presented to you on the image above.

Whamisa Organic Seeds Hair Treatment 20ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇

I had hoped too much from this product. I was expecting an amazing scent like the deep rich toner from the brand and that’s when it failed me the most. Despite the too high expectations, this ask is very good for thin, brittle hair. Leaves my hair nourished and shiny after one use.

Whamisa Organic Seeds Shampoo for Dry Scalp 20ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

Turning to be my HG product. Mild yet fresh, great cleansing power, doesn’t strip my hair, an absolute WOW for me. Will definitely purchase it in full size for the summer. Sample size was enough for 2 double rinse uses on my hair.

Whamisa Organic Seeds Hair Essence 20ml

Rating: ❇❇❇

Good but not great. Smell is divine yet formula is too much for my hair. This particular essence is one of those “Try before you buy items”.  On more thicker and coarse hair will probably perform beautifully. Unfortunately my bleached thin hair didn’t take it so well.

Fanola Nutri Care Restructuring Hair Mask 1500ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

Superb hair conditioning mask if you have keratin treatment on your hair. Huge size tub lasts you forever and is very affordable investment into better looking hair. My 2nd favorite hair treatment of all times. If you like to tone your hair, this one has a perfect consistency for mixing in a colored toner product.

Body care

Bomb Cosmetics Cleansing Shower Butter Raspberry 320g

Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

One of my bath HG products. Very creamy and soapy on my skin. I usually apply it on my body letting it melt entirely (takes about 5 minutes to do so). after that take your favorite loofah and do some scrubbing. My skin is always bright and smooth and super-soft after using this shower butter. The raspberry scent is my favorite from the entire line.

The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Limited Edition Body Scrub 200ml (sold out)

Rating: ❇❇❇

Cranberry seeds in this scrub are very good at exfoliating my skin. I like how it works on my skin but I am not the fan of the scent. It tends to go sour when comes in contact wit my skin. Will not repurchase it again.

The Body Shop Blueberry Limited Edition Body Scrub 200ml

Rating: ❇❇

Not scrubby enough. This scrub has stained my bathroom and I had to use bleach to remove stains from the tub. Poor performance on the skin. Too much jelly in the formula and too few scrubbing particles. The scent is blueberry-jam and very lingering on the skin.

The Body Shop Special Edition Virgin Mojito Shower Gel 250ml (sold out)

Rating: ❇❇❇

Lovely fresh scent, affordable price. Big downside for me is that it strips my skin too dry and I’ve had to switch over to something more skin friendly. Smell is superb and refreshing. Gives you a lot of energy.

Lancôme Sensuelle Summer Body Moisturizer 400ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

Super gentle yet effective self-tanning product. Do not expect the Black-mamba results in one time use. The gradual daily use will give you beautiful glow that has a very natural shade to it. Doesn’t smell like grilled chicken on my skin and contains little shimmer in the formula. Perfection in my books!

Newcomers:

As for the newest items in my stash I’ve focused on getting a little bit of everything that is related to the winter care. Oh, I also got 2 most beautiful perfumes ideal for the cold months. As you may see, I’m vigorously testing out the HUXLEY line. Now that I’m done testing the miniature gift set from this brand, I finally got the next batch of HUXLEY to try out.  This time oils and essences. I also bought some sheet masks to see what is the fuss about. The review on these will follow shortly after this post. From my HG products I’ve repurchased my TYF sun cream and went again for a box of intensive ampoule treatments by COLLISTAR.

Since it is nearly winter rime I am more and more interested in the oil type of products because I’ve started using some heavy duty AHA products and need to be careful with balance my skin’s oil levels as well. Believe me, oil matters as much as moisture when it comes to the skin resurfacing using AHA/BHA acids. Hence, I will be testing the oil balm kit by NEOGEN containing 2 products enriched with white truffle oil. I’ve also gotten some bits and bobs for my hair, couple of ampoules from MANYO FACTORY, two most amazing perfumes for the fall/winter and a new packet of the daily PONG DANG Water masks by MISSHA. I’ve also splurged on two amazing scents from Dior and Elie Saab.

I will do my best trying to review each item individually but can’t promise that this will happen any time soon. I’m starting 2 courses that will continue till middle of December and, unfortunately, I am left with very little time for reviews. I will try to submit as much info as possible when possible but won’t mention any time frames this time.  For now, please, stay tuned for the new reviews.

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

 

By Wishtrend Hours-Long Moisturizing Gauze Sheet Mask

By Wishtrend Hours-Long Moisturizing Gauze Sheet Mask is one of those masks that uses the lanseal fabric as it’s base making this mask very absorbant yet very itchy upon application. I’ve had issue with lanseal from other brands as well so that’s just not my favorite base for the mask.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ The By Wishtrend Hours-Long Gauze Sheet Mask is a mask sheet that contains 30g of high concentration essence to maintain moisturizing effects for an extended time.
❇ High functioning Lanseal fabric that is capable of absorbing a large amount of essence (absorption magnification of about 150 times). Maintains a long-lasting moisturizing effect compared to conventional mask sheets.
❇ Recommended for:
• For dehydrated skin
• For a consumer who wants a premium sheet mask for special care
• For a consumer who wants a mask with a long-lasting moisturizing / cooling effect
• For consumers who want an anti-aging mask
• For consumers who want a whitening mask

Directions from the manufacturer:

After cleansing clean the skin with toner and apply the sheet mask. Wait 15-40 minutes and remove the sheet.

Ingredients:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Isopentyldiol, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Niacinamide (Whitening agent), 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Arginine, Carbomer, Betaine, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine (anti wrinkle agent), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Panthenol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Whitening agent / Vitamin C derivatives), Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate (moisturizing agent), Glutathione (Whitening agent), Citrus Aurantium Bergamia, (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry), Fruit Extract, Natto Gum, Beta-Glucan, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Allium Sativum (Garlic) Bulb Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Lecithin

My experience:
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By Wishtrend Hours-Long Moisturizing Gauze Sheet Mask did not impress me at all. Don’t get me wrong, it is not bad at all. It just reminds me too much of a much more affordable yet as effective sheet mask from The Face Shop. I just’t don’t see that much difference between the two on my skin. So if you ask me did I like it? I’d say it is good for it’s purpose but why would I pay more if I have a more affordable alternative delivering the same results and more. Hence, my advise, try both gauze masks and see which one you like the most.

Wishtrend company is well known in Asia, US and Europe mainly for the COSRX and Dear Klair’s brands that it has created. The Wishtrend products under their company name are relatively new and the latest additions to their skin care products are the Hours-Long Moisturizing Gauze Sheet Mask and the Natural Vitamin 21.5 Enhancing Sheet Mask.

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The gauze mask is made of the lanseal fabric and comes in 2-pieces for upper and lower face halves. The gauze-type of fabric is translucent and thick to the touch but it is an illusion because what you actually feel is the essence. Once the sheet is dry it becomes thin and flat. And itchy! Even though you can wear this mask for 40 full minutes, by the end of the wearing time my face gets red and agitated, especially along the edges of the cut-outs (under my nose and around the eyes). It always happens to me with the lanseal so I have to cut the wearing time right before I feel that the edges start to flatten due to the evaporation of the essence. I would not advise the lanseal gauze masks to anyone with sensitive skin.

The essence is a clear odorless gel with quite thick texture. It lays nicely on the skin and feels very soothing and cooling. Today my max wearing time was 25 minutes and there was still plenty of the essence left on the sheet that I didn’t want to throw away so I gave it a good squeeze and used the essence on dry areas on my body. It took around 10 minutes for it to soak into my skin entirely. the finish on my skin and body was somewhat tacky and glowy. I rolled my fingers over my skin and the residue was balling up which is never a good thing.

The fit and adherence of the sheet were superb but the essence in it let me down by a mile. My skin was left hydrated and felt nourished. Unfortunately there were no signs of brightening or evening out the skin tone. If I was the manufacturer I would consider focusing on reformulating the viscosity product. In terms of ingredients this mask is packed with nourishing, hydrating and anti-aging formulas which is admirable list. Unfortunately in it’s current state, this mask is not for me. I am glad I’ve only got a sample mask from the iHerb instead of grabbing a box deal from by Whishtrend’s website.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Beautiful formulation
+ Packed with anti-aging, nourishing and hydrating ingredients
+ Good fit and adherence of the sheet
+ Sheet comes in 2 pieces for better fit on more angled face frame
+ Unfragranced
+ Good skin hydrating results
+ Mess-free and easy to open packaging

Cons:
– Not worth it’s price
– Too thick essence leaving tacky finish on the skin
– Lancel fabric irritates my sensitive skin
– Extremely long absorption time for the essence
– Zero brightening results

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: littlewonderland.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at wishtrend, amazon, iHerb, yesstyle and many more stores
❇ Price is +/- 4€ per one mask

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

MISSHA Isoflavone Phyto-Chemical Skin Supplement Sheet Mask

MISSHA Isoflavone Phyto-Chemical Skin Supplement Sheet Mask is one of my summer buys from the official MISSHA online store in Germany. Momentarily these are also available from NL MISSHA vendors.  The mask is slightly higher in price when you look at MISSHA masks in general and in my eyes this is justified as the quality of this particular mask is beyond what I could wish for.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Phytochemicals are nutrients that certain plants produce for their own protection. They are found in different colors of fruits and vegetables and contain essential nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals.
❇ A pleasantly silky microfiber material adheres well to the skin and releases the active ingredients without irritation.
❇ The deep moisturizing of extracts of white fruits such as soybeans, beans and soymilk provides the skin in depth with plenty of moisture and helps to store them.
❇ Essences for every skin type. Face mask without dripping and slipping

Directions from the manufacturer:

After cleansing the face, prepare your skin with some toner. Lay the mask evenly over your face. Leave the mask on your face for 15-20 minutes. Remove the mask and gently pat the mask residue until fully absorbed.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Dimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Betaine, Panthenol, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60,Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Allantoin, Arginine, Sodium Polyacrylate,Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, GeraniumMaculatum Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis(Orange) Fruit Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract, Sorbitan Isostearate

My experience:
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MISSHA Isoflavone Phyto-Chemical Skin Supplement Sheet Mask is worth looking into if you have a very dry skin or whether you live in harsh, windy, cold environment. It’s essence is so rich and nourishing that it is almost healing on my skin. I used this mask after 2-step peeling kit which dries out mu skin a lot and this particular mask has restored my skin’s natural protective barrie in no time.

There is no added fragrance to this mask and the essence gives off a vibe of beans. Not my most favorite fragrance in the world but it is so mild that I stopped noticing it after 5 minutes of wear time. Texture of this essence is something that I barely see in the sheet masks. It is very rich and creamy, yet it absorbs so well into the skin. It is opaque white in color and has a nice slip to it.

texture of the essence

The sheet is made of synthetic fibers and it feels very soft on the skin. The only mask that has a softer feel than the Isoflavone Phyto-Chemical mask is made by Huxley. The fit is very good and adherence of it is excellent. I forgot that I had mask on my face and wore it for around 25 minutes. My skin was not feeling tight after exceeding the wearing time nor the sheet was dry. Impressive creation so far!

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In terms of the results, I felt how my skin was balancing itself out thanks to the essence inside this mask. It was moist enough bot not overly hydrated. There was a nice soft and smooth finish that I usually achieve by adding a drop of oil into my cream. I didn’t have to use a cream after this mask as it was so rich and moisturizing. I simply applied the leftover essence on my skin as a barrier cream to see what is going to happen in couple of hours. And it worked great!

MISSHA, you did it again! My skin is more firm and soft to the touch. My wrinkles are visibly smoother and I’m totally in love with the essence in this one. It is simply ideal for post-acid-peel-treatment for oily skin and would be an outstanding item for people with Sahara dry/damaged/patchy skin. I am definitely investing into more of these for my trips to the sunny side of the globe.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Sulfate, paraben, fragrance and alcohol free formulation
+ Highly nourishing and moisturizing for the skin
+ Suitable for all skin types
+ Thick creamy essence that restores skin barrier
+ Amazing fit and adherence
+ Soft and thick sheet that remains flexible on the skin

Cons:
– Contains silicone
– Price is higher than average MISSHA masks

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: bbcreamshop.eu and missha.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at misshadeutchland, ebay, notino, roseroseshop, thebodyshop, kruidvat, etos,
❇ Price varies between 3-4€ per one sheet mask

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

SNP Tiger Animal Warming Eye Mask

The warming eye masks are not new to the K-beauty world and today I’d like to review the one of the funniest looking warming masks – the SNP Tiger Animal Warming Eye Mask.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ This warming eye mask provides increases blood circulation and provides moisture to fatigued eyes.
❇ Perfect for heavy computer users!

Directions from the manufacturer:

Tear the cutting line in center of the mask and hook it on your ears. Illustration should face outward. Heat should last for 20 minutes. Each mask is meant for one time use.

Ingredients:

Polypropylene film, Polyethylene, Felt, Active Charcoal, Iron.

My experience:
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I’ve got my  SNP Tiger Animal Warming Eye Mask from the mask subscription box from the local littlewonderland.nl vendor. this mask is not for sale in individual pieces and it came as a part of the set of 10 different masks that are usually connected to one theme. Since October was the month of the World Animal Day, the theme was obviously “Animals”. So today, after a terrible sleepless night I’ve decided to release my inner beast and  soothe my tired eyes with a roar.

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The  SNP Tiger mask is coming in a cute orange packaging and contains a transparant vacuum sealed sachet inside. Once you open it the mask starts to heat up. I presume some of the active ingredients start to oxidize producing that heat/steaming effect. If you wear lenses remove there prior to using the heating masks. Also if your eyes are very sensitive try to use it for five minutes and see if you get any irritation signs first before proceeding to the full 20-minute wearing experience.

There is no scent to the mask and it remains dry on the face for the entire wearing time. Don’t forget to separate the earflaps ont he back and place those over your ears for a tighter fit. It is tough to describe how it feels on the face but believe me, the feeling is very relaxing. I always have the feeling that I got a facial in the spa even though this is a sauna for the eyeballs. I mean it in a good way 🙂

ZEN!

My face feels relaxed after using these types of masks and I love them in my routine. I do have a feeling that I don’t usually reach much for them though-out the day leaving them more for the evening experience.  But actually it is very nice to use one in the morning after a rough night. Comparing this mask with the others I’ve tried, this one has the softest earflops ever. They are vey gentle and flexible and will fit everyone without causing any discomfort. The print is fun for using in the public spaces as it loos like a regular sleeping mask that you would put over your eyes. Anyone who likes to enjoy their zen in the plane should definitely invest in a pack of those tiger babies.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Soft comforting fabric
+ Great fit
+ Perfect for travel
+ Amazing spa-experience on the go
+ Does not smudge the make-up

Cons:
– Hard to get in the EU
– Not suited for very sensitive skin

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: Not available for an individual sale
❇ Internationally: Available at amazon, beauteque, charlotterusse and other webshops
❇ Price is around 3€ for one mask

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

MISSHA Tiger animal mask

MISSHA Tiger animal mask is very soothing ampoule-type of mask that intensely hydrates your skin and is a good mask for daily use. You can use it both in the AM and PM routines and see the calming and nourishing results while amusing yourself and others with the tiger face print.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Wrinkle care cosmetics
❇ Rapsberry extract and yeast extract make skin healthy by providing energy and adenosine with the wrinkle care benefit helps make skin more elastic and beautiful

Directions from the manufacturer:

After washing your face, prepare the skin with toner. Spread the sheet mask evenly over the face. Leave it for 10~20 minutes and remove the mask. Gently pat until fully absorbed.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Rubus Coreanus Fruit Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Yeast Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Extract, Adenosine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Betaine, Panthenol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Allantoin, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenyl Trimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Alcohol Denat., Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Propanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethanolamine, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

My experience:
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Rose is one of my most favorite ingredients in my skin care routine. That’s why I didn’t hesitate when purchasing the entire 10-pack from the local online shop. the mask comes in a cute foil-type packaging with the tiger face on it. This particular mask is targeted for the wrinkle care and more drier skin types.

Today my face is feeling very dry after my daily bike rides to work and it was so windy that I felt that my skin is nearly cracking from the cold and the wind. I immediately decided that this is the best time for this review as this mask immediately returns my skin to it’s normal state. The sheet itself has a nice fit but it feels a bit stiff on the skin due to the print/paint on it. One side is definitely more rough and the other one remains soft so be careful and apply the softer surfaced side onto your face.

The essence is clear and runny like in ampoule. It has a rose scent to it that is very mild and fresh and does not give you the “granny perfume” vibe at all as some skin care products do (ekhm-ekhm such as in a lot of Lancome products). To the touch it feels like it is a bit oily but after everything is absorbed into the skin I am left with a nice dewy yet soft and non tacky finish. When it comes to the colder days this is a good base product for under the make-up even for the oilier skin. In the summer it can be too much for that purpose and I use it as an evening mask.

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Once the mask is on your face don’t forget to take some silly selfies or scare some of your family members. My daughter for is loving this print so much that she roars at me and runs after me when I wear it. I absolutely adore the 20-minute play time with her while I’me having this sheet mask on.  Once removed my skin is visually brighter and more even in tone. this mask has some effective soothing results on my skin while making it look glowy. I let the essence absorb for 10 minutes and proceed with the rest of my make-up or skin care depending on which half of the day I use it on.  Is it worth trying? Yes, if you love the clean rose scent, if your skin is dry and angry at you, if you want to have some sheet masking fun and definitely when you have kids who you can amuse with it 🙂

Summary:

Pros:
+ Paraben and sulfate free formulation
+ Rejuvenating and moisturizing on my skin
+ Improves my skin glow and balances out my skin barrier
+ Rich in oils and moisturizing ingredients
+ Good overall fit on my face frame
+ Fun for kids and selfie times

Cons:
– Contains fragrance and alcohol
– Sheet is quite stiff and rough on one side
– Not suitable for very sensitive skin

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: missha.nl and bbcreamshop.eu
❇ Internationally: Available at amazon, ladymakeup and other online stores
❇ Price is somewhere between 10 and 25€ for the pack of 10 masks

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

GOODAL Water Full Firming Mask

GOODAL Water Full Firming Mask is a total fail in my books. It reeks of alcohol and seems to be doing nothing on my skin. Dear reader, please invest into better products than this. Dear GOODAL, reformulate!

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Formulated with marine collagen which improves skin elasticity and gives a healthy-looking complexion.
❇ Mineral moisture from Salicornia harbacea water.
❇ Mineral rich deep seawater and punified enzymes
instill moisture deep into skin.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Cleanse and tone your face. Place the sheet over your face. After 10-20 minutes, remove the sheet and lightly tap the remaining solution for further absorption.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Propanediol, Alcohol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Sea Water, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Soluble Collagen, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Adenosine, Xanthan Gum, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Panthenol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Fragrance, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-20 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sorbitan Isostearate, Squalane, Glyceryl Caprylate, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Hexylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol

My experience:
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Oh boy where do I begin. Everything about the look of this mask tells you “buy me I’m pretty). The ingredients list is outrageously long, filled with all nutrient stuff so it is easy to miss the enemy. This mask is full of good and bad including alcohol, fragrance and bunch of silicone. Packaging is vibrant and pretty, very loveable for someone at younger age.

I got this mask as a part of a monthly subscription box so I rolled with it and tried it out when I got 20 minutes while my baby was napping. Once I opened the packed I immediately smelled something like Old Spice scent aftershave. The scent was strong and reeked of alcohol. I was hesitant to put it on my first but seeing how long the ingredient list was I thought “Oh well, plenty of nourishing stuff there, shouldn’t be that bad”.

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The fit and adherence of this mask are admirable. Synthetic sheet is very thin synthetic fiber that is absorbent and adheres extremely well to the skin. The essence is watery and translucent and couple of drops have escaped onto my shirt. After 5 minutes my face started warming up so I thought that the mask was doing something good. Within another 5 minutes I changed my mind and removed the mask. Upon the inspection my face was red and glowing. It has triggered some reaction that looked like allergic rash after 2 days.

Surprise ya’ll, I was never allergic to anything until GOODAL came along. I would never advise this mask to anyone no matter what skin type you have. It also feels weird to supply you with the links where to buy it from. I still included them in case you have had previous experience with this mask that didn’t end up in a disaster.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Good fit of the sheet
+ Highly adherent to the face
+ Pretty packaging
+ Low price

Cons:
– Contains alcohol, silicones and fragrance
– Smells like alcohol the entire wearing time
– Broke me out after couple of hours
– Left me with a skin rash for 2 days
– Not suitable for any skin types
– No effects of anything but pain on the face
– Not available in EU

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: Not available
❇ Internationally: Available at amazonyesstyle, roseroseshop, and other online stores
❇ Price is +/- 2€ per one sheet mask

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

Whamisa Organic Fruits Peeling Finger Mitt Sebum Care

Whamisa Organic Fruits Peeling Finger Mitt Sebum Care pads are a great way to exfoliate skin with naturally occurring acids. The cleansing process is very easy and the end result is a soft skin with less texture and flaking.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ 97.2% organic ingredients
❇ Gently exfoliate your skin with this organic peeling finger mitt, designed to easily remove dead skin cells.
❇ The organic exfoliating essence is cleverly formulated with plant-derived exfoliants such as betaine salicylate and fruit acids to gently exfoliate skin and cleanse pores effectively, while nourishing/moisturising skin with apple and raspberry ferment filtrates, sodium hyaluronate, and beta-glucan.
❇ Ingredients fermented with our signature process increase efficacy and better nourish skin.

Directions from the manufacturer:

After cleansing, slip fingers into mitt and gently buff in a circular outward motion from center of face. For neck, begin at the collar bone and move upwards. Rinse off thoroughly and follow with a Whamisa toner.

Tip: Use 2-3 times a week. Best used during evening skincare routine.

Ingredients:

*Aloe Maculata Leaf Extract, *Ethanol, *Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, *Saccharomyces/Apple/Sucrose Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Ferment Filtrate, *Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, *Lactobacillus/Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Diospyros Kaki Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Beta-Glucan, ***Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, ***Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, ***Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Betaine, Betaine Salicylate, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, L-, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Leaf Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Oil, d-Limonene.

(*Certified Organically Grown ***Natural Preservative)

My experience:
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The container of the Organic Fruits Peeling Finger Mitt Sebum Care pads has 25 pads that are entirely soaked in the peeling solution. These pads are unique to the brand and are something in between the famous NEOGEN and MISSHA peeling pads. Whamisa pads are made of 2-layered soft embossed cotton sheets and have a similar embossed pattern as in MISSHA peeling pads.  At the same time, the way these pads are made resembles the NEOGEN ones. The exception is that these do not have a gauze layer for extra mechanical exfoliation making them super suitable for people with sensitive skin who doesn’t want to have that extra scrubby feeling on the skin.

In terms of scent these pads have a mild herbal fragrance to them and I can distinctively smell the apple seed oil. Overall it is similar to the Apple sebum treatment from this brand. You do smell a trace of alcohol in these as well.  The size of the pads is similar to other brands and they are thoroughly soaked in the peeling solution. There is no dripping and you can use the pad on the rough skin areal of the body as well.

I usually take one pad an use one side of the mitt to exfoliate. Then I turn it around and use the clean side to remove the last traces of dirt and grime off my face. With the same side I proceed to exfoliating my knees and elbows to keep the dry skin there at bay. Once I’m done I just rinse my face and proceed with my skincare routine wether it is AM or PM.

I am using these pads every other day and went through half of the packaging. For the results so far, I’ve seen that my skin is looking way better than before. The surface of the skin is definitely more smooth and less textured than before. I can’t say wether it is only the pads or the fact that all of the Whamisa products in my current routine are doing so great that I barely have any blemishes appearing on my skin.

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Anyhow, straight after use you will feel how soft and smooth your skin is. Also try doing the 7-skin method after those peeling pads and you will probably notice that all the layers are absorbing much faster and the freshly exposed new layer of the skin remains super hydrated, especially on the next day. If I would have to make a choice based on the performance of the pads after one month’s use, I’d  rank it as follows: Whamisa, NEOGEN, MISSHA. Simply because I see most results in terms of softness, hydration and less blemishes from Whamisa. Overall, I’m super happy with these pads even though the price is on the steeper end when compared to similar pads.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Beautiful packaging
+ Soft double sided cotton mitts are gentle on the skin
+ Rich in naturally occurring acids and skin softening ingredients
+ Immediate smoothing result after one use (both face and body)
+ Skin smoothing, de-texturizing, brightening and hydrating results on my skin within long term use
+ Reducing breakouts on my skin

Cons:
– 25 pads in a pack seems to be so little
– Price is very steep when compared to similar pads from other brands
– Contain alcohol, may not be suitable for skin that reacts to ethanol

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: honeysu.be and littlewonderland.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at amazon, whamisa.co.uk, glowrecipe and plenty other online retailers
❇ Price is +/- 30€ per container with 25 pads (= 25 uses)

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

My weekly pampering routine

Once in a while I like to treat my skin to something extra special. Being a working mom, raising a toddler and keeping with all of the household chores takes it’s toll on my skin because I don’t have much free time on my hands during the week. My weekend is my special time for me and that is the time when I treat my skin with my favorite skin products. Hereby I present you with, ta-daaaaa,  my weekly pampering routine!

*If you click on the green links you will be redirected to the webshops where I bought my products from. 

Today’s pampering routine

So what does my pampering ritual consist of? To me one of the core products for this purpose is a two-step peel. I usually rotate between 3 sets of peels, one is from PHILOSOPHY and two are from NEOGEN (with rice and with vinegar). This time I was in the mood fore some vitamin C and brightening of my skin so I opted for the Microdelivery Resurfacing Vitamin C/Peptide peel from PHILOSOPHY.

Of course I start with the two-step cleansing. As with every product mentioned today I also indulge myself with more luxurious and most aromatherapeutic cleansers for this purpose.  For the first step I use the MISSHA Time Revolution White Cure Oil Cleansing Balm. It removes all of the dirt and grime from my skin as well as all traces of the SPF and waterproof make-up. It is bright yellow and smells like bouquet from jasmine and lillies-of-the-valley. For the Second step I grab my most favorite heavy duty foam cleanser ever – the WHAMISA Organic Flowers Foam Cleansing Cream. It also smells like flowers but the scent is more sweet than from the cleansing balm.

After my skin is as clean as it can get, I proceed with the peeling kit. All of my two-step peels have the same idea behind them. First you apply the cream step containing abrasive crystals and scrub your face with it for around 60 seconds. Then you take the peel liquid containing some kind of acid (AHA, BHA, PHA or combination of several acids) and apply it over the scrub on your face.

PHILOSOPHY Peeling Kit
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You feel a light warming up sensation when acid liquid comes in contact with the crystals. Once the warmth subsides, gently rub your face for another minute or two. You will notice that when both products are in contact on the skin, the mixture not only gets warm but also bubbly. Don’t be scared, that is what supposed to happen. After you are done with buffing your skin, rinse everything off and be careful not to get any of the mixture in your eyes.

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Peeling in action

After the peel I always feel that my skin has lost a lot of moisture so I proceed with 3 – 5 layers of the MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Mist. This product is wonderful to use after the peels as it soaks into the skin in no time. I always go for the mist type of toners because I don’t want to tap my sensitized skin straight after peel as it is not always pain-free. If your skin is dry, you may opt for something more heavy duty and use more viscous toning agent. Yet again be careful with tapping or applying the product with your hands because it may sting your skin.

wonderful for calming and hydrating the sensitized skin without

After my skin is hydrated it’s time to focus on the large blackheads that thrive on my nose. I use the Lioele pore cleansing liquid and apply it on two 1/3 Cotton Pads from Pyunkang Yul that are perfect for doing at home DIY patch treatments. Once my blaackheads are loosened I proceed tot he nose strip set. Today I’ve used the nose strip from The Face Shop but to be honest any will do.

Pore cleansing trio: Lioele Blackhead Clear; The Face Shop JEJU Volcanic Ash Nose Strips; Pyunkang Yul 1/3 Cotton Pads

Lioele Blackhead Clear liquid is quite effective at lifting the blackheads to the surface so that even the mediocre-performance nose strips improve their action due to this product.  If you want a suggestion on which is the best nose strip for that purpose, I’d say that MISSHA multipack of 8 has a good price=quality ratio. If you don’t own anything like LIOELE nose liquid, then you can go for the 2 or 3-step nose patches that contain similar products in their first step. Holika Holika Pig Clear Blackhead 3-Step Kit ones are pretty good alternative.

1/3 Cotton pads soaked in Lioele Blackhead Clear solution
The Face Shop JEJU Volcanic Ash Nose Strips

After my nose is squeaky clean I proceed to the  next step which is  balancing my skin. For that purpose I use a moisturizing lotion and a first treatment oil. I apply couple of drops of the MISSHA’s MISA Cho Gong Jin First Oil. It smells like lavender and herbs and has a very light pleasant texture that sinks into my skin in seconds. Afterwards I seal it off with my  WHAMISA Organic Flowers Lotion. Yet again, this product is nicely fragranced and highly moisturizing on the skin. It takes about a minute for it to completely absorb and it makes my skin super soft and glowy afterwards.

WHAMISA Organic Flowers Lotion Original; MISA Cho Gong Jin First Oil
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The next step is not going to be a surprise to anyone. It is a sheet mask.  After chemical peels I go for more nourishing sheet masks. Nearly every time I choose something that is rich in oils or has a thick essence in order to nourish my skin. A lot of lifting and anti-ageing masks are good for that purpose. Today I wanted to try something new and got the  Isoflavone/Deep Moisture Phytochemical Sheet Mask by MISSHA. I was super happy with my choice  as my skin felt that it got the necessary boost of nutrition and at the same time it toned don the redness after the harsh peel. If you look for a good alternative to that for a more affordable price, try the JM solution Water Luminous Golden Cocoon Mask. It is one of my go-to’s for the days I want to give that extra “OOMPH” to my skin.

MISSHA Phyto-Chemical Isoflavone Skin Supplement Sheet Mask

After the sheet mask is off I walk around for about 20 minutes to see what my skin still needs and depending whether it still feels tight or not I apply something like an oil serum/essence. I usually use the NEOGEN Serum in Oil Drop (with white truffle) but since my HUXLEY miniature essence and oil set arrived in the mail I decided to test out the Essence-like Oil-like Secret of Sahara Oil essence. It felt very rich and a bit too oily but my skin liked it a lot.

HUXLEY Oil Essence “Essence-Like, Oil-Like”
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My skin is always super hydrated, nourished and relaxed after such routine. If it still shows some signs of redness I use the Madecanol cream but this step is entirely optional today. This cream is made for irritated red and acne prone skin and calms it down in no time. If your skin is dry, go for Madecanol balm as it is more suited for that purpose.

I appreciate skin care products with relaxing scents and don’t mind highly fragranced products once in a while. If I would use those on a daily basis I would probably get sick from the scents in a short period of time. Hence, using them once a week makes those items extra special for my face and senses as I achieve the feel of being in a  spa and my “ZEN” state even when my toddler is running around me 🙂 I hope you like this post and try out some of my favorite products mentioned here. Let me know how it goes!

For now, thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂