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 🙂

WHAMISA Organic Seeds & Rice Fermented Hydrogel Mask

WHAMISA Organic Seeds & Rice Fermented Hydrogel Mask gives you the creme-de-la-creme experience when it comes to sheet masking. Out of 3 kinds this is my favorite and today I will tell you why.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ 95.00% organic ingredients. Lifts, Soothes and Reduces wrinkles
❇ A truly unique blend of fermented organic ingredients to reduce wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and soften skin. The serum of this mask is a carefully crafted blend of organic ingredients including rice, soy and oat ferments, which helps to visibly reduce wrinkles and improve skin’s elasticity, brighten and improve complexion
❇ Suitable for all skin types
❇ Vegan friendly

Directions from the manufacturer:

Thoroughly cleanse and tone before applying mask. The mask comes in two parts (top and bottom) for a better fit.  Apply for 20 minutes before removing. Follow with moisturiser. No need to rinse with water.

Tip: Use regularly 2-3 times a week or over 4 weeks as an intensive course.

Ingredients:

Essence
*Aloe Maculata Leaf Extract, *Lactobacillus/Hordeum Vulgare Seed Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Rice Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Phaseolus Angularis Seed Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Ferment Filtrate, *Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, ***Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, ***Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, ***Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Adenosine, Linalol

Sheet
Water, *Hordeum Vulgare Seed Extract, *Aloe Maculata Leaf Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, *Lactobacillus/Rice Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Phaseolus, Angularis Seed Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Ferment Filtrate, Xanthan Gum, ***Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, ***Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, ***Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract

(*Certified Organically Grown *** Natural Preservative)

My experience:
it looks like there is only essence inside

This mask is made of something that I’ve never  ever seen before in other sheet masks. The consistency of the hydrogel is less dense making it very fragile yet most effective masks in my entire experience of masking. I’ve fell in love with the toner from this brand and I’ve decided to expand my horizons towards the masks as they did seem to deliver good results for other people.

First of all, the scent of all of the Whamisa hydrogel masks are heavenly. This particular Organic Seeds & Rice Fermented Hydrogel Mask had the mildest fragrance of all three. The ingredient list is the bomb! Everything is natural and organic and EWG certified. Of course there is a huge price tag attached to the “all organic” tag but it is wort it to at least try the mask once in your life to see how well it performs. I slipped my whishlist note to my Santa already and these are on the nr 1 place in the list for coming Christmas.

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The hydrogel itself is very translucent and has the same color as the essence. It is a 2-part mask which ensures a great fit for every face shape. To me it felt like the forehead area could be a bit longer because there was approximately 2 cm stripe of uncovered skin left. I could live with that but some of you may not like it so much. It is a lot of money to pay and you do expect great fitting product.

Application time was 40 minutes for me! Very impressive and I felt like this mask could still be left on for another 10 or so minutes easily. My skin was left calmed down, it was seemingly brighter and felt super soft to the touch. I didn’t feel like there was need for more moisture but just in case I’ve applied my Whamisa lotion to pack all the goodness under a protective layer. The best changes in my skin appeared the next day. I’ve produced very little oil through-ought the day and I’ve gotten tons of compliments that I looked very glowy. I agree, I was glowy from within rather than from the surface oils. Very pleasant experience.

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brightening effects are super noticeable with this one

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, before I forget. The essence is very slippery so do lay down and enjoy the time you get to use this gorgeous product on the skin!!!!It is definitely worth the price when it comes to the sensory experience with this product. I highly recommend this one in particular.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Amazing packaging and formulations
+ Unique organic hydrogel sheet
+ Rich and beautifully smelling essence
+ Plumping and rejuvinationg on the skin
+ Maximum hydration and nourishing
+ Best results are seen on the next day
+ Highly brightening product

Cons:
– Price is steeeeep
– Short upper piece of the mask
– Extremely slippery for the first 5 minutes

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: littlewonderland.nl and  honeysu.be
❇ Internationally: Available at amazon, whamisa.co.uk and many other webshops
❇ Price is +/- 8€ per one hydrogel mask

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

 

What is old? What is new?: Empties and new skin care products

Today is the day that I’ve decided to sum up the bunch of stuff that was swirling in my brain and to finally put it on paper. I’ve decided to shortly mention my favorite products that I have used up in last month or so and to finally introduce some new brands into my skin care. So today’s review is all about the Empties and new skin care products that are going to gradually appear on my blog.

Empties:

Nearly everything is gone till the last drop

I won’t be reviewing every sheet mask that I’ve use in the past month here, it is too much work for both me and you so the regular sheet mask reviews will appear as normal content. For al of the products mentioned in today’s post I will rate each product that I’ve used up according to the following score chart:

❇❇❇❇❇– 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

It’s all about the hydration

MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist 150 ml
Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

Amazing quality! One bottle of this magic juice and lasts me approximately for 3 months. In order to stretch it out for that period of time I am decanting it into a spray travel bottle so that I can use my favorite whenever and wherever. Tip: perfect base for first couple of layers if you enjoy doing the 7-skin method.

MISSHA Time Revolution Night Repair Borabit Ampoule 50 ml
Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

Great addition to the MISSHA First Treatment Essence. It smoothes and calms my skin like no other. I only use it in my evening skin care. (I used to apply it in the mornings too but I now have a lighter alternative for my skin needs). If you never tried it, go and buy it and your skin will love you eternally.

MISSHA Super Aqua Ultra Waterful Cream
Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

Holy-moly-grail cream for me. The texture is light and silky, resembling a thick gel. Loving everything about it starting from the fresh cactus-like scent of it and ending up with the way it seals all the moisture on my skin. Who knew that my oily skin will love this so much!!!

MISA Geum Sul Emulsion
Rating: ❇❇❇

Love the smell and the packaging of it. Ingredients are very extensive and definitely benefit the aging skin. After going through the entire bottle I do notice the reduction in pigmentation and fine lines. Unfortunately at some days it felt like too much for my skin. If you have a dry skin, definitely give this one a go.

Lange Hydra-Global Active Cream Mask
Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

Best used as a sleeping mask and not like it is advertised. Amazing skin tightening and hydrating results and zero breakouts. Loving it and had already purchased a replacement jar!!!

Cleansers

Cleansers

Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel 400 ml
Rating: ❇❇❇

Quite reasonable cleanser for oily and combination skin. I enjoy it’s light texture and used it every time in my morning cleansing. For now there are plenty of better low pH alternatives out there so I won’t be repurchasing this tube any time soon. It is very economic in use, the 400 ml bottle lasted me for half a year.

MERUMAYA Melting Cleansing Balm 100 ml
Rating: ❇❇

This particular balmy cleanser did nothing to my skin except leaving it greasy after washing it off. It does take the make off and doesn’t irritate the eyes but the finish of it that remained on the skin is unacceptable for me. Better get a good oil cleanser or the Clean it Zero balm for the same price.

 

Cellio It’s True Premium Real Honey Deep Cleansing Foam
Rating: ❇❇❇❇

I love this cleanser and currently it is my top favorite out there but I have a bunch of other brands lined up in my stash that I want to test first and see if this goodness will remain the ultimate winner. It cleanses my skin gently, leaving it hydrated yet free of all the dirt and grime. Impressive and smells nice.

Pore and pimple care

COSRX Clear Fit Master Patch
Rating: ❇❇❇

Pimple patches are my friends. This particular edition is OK but not the best one I’ve tried. I will stick to the classic COSRX acne pimple master patch or the Lioele patches.

Lange Matifying Mask
Rating: ❇❇❇

It was ok but not as high quality in terms of delivering immediate results as other products from this brand. Overall a bit disappointed with it. Still a good product for those who doesn’t want their skin to shrink like a prune during the application.

Body care

MISSHA Fresh Mint Cooling Body Sorbet 
Rating: ❇❇❇

When it comes to the light fresh fragrance of it and feel on my skin after application, this is a clear winner for me. Unfortunately the hydration abilities of it are not spectacular. It is good for the summer or humid environment but not enough for my skin during the colder months.

MISSHA Near Skin Self Control Sticky Massage 200ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

OMG!!!! My holy grail for….. wait for it…. body!!!!! Whaat? Yep, you heard me! It perorms well on my face but concidering that the jar is 200ml I was never able to use it up within the 12 months since the opening. So here comes the boom- wiht the realization that container is humongous, I’ve started using it on my body and… It completely got rid of my Keratosis Pilaris on my arms. A one skin condition that was never influenced by anything in my life. I swear by this thing and am solely using the next jar on my body as the difference of my skin on my upper arms is tremendous.

P.S> It is not sticky as advertised in the name 🙂

New skin care products:

As for the new skin care, I’ve decided to expand my interests towards organic skin care and hunted down some fun stuff from the Japanese market. Sorry, no Hada Labo product reviews coming…. Yet 😉

Hello from Japan 🙂

Splurge alert !!!

For my birthday I’ve ended up investing into an entire set of Whamisa products. I have sampled each and every product before I bought them  and was quite happy after 1-2x uses. Sorry, my dear wallet, it just had to happen that I wanted them in full-size. Below you can find the list of items that I am already testing or will start testing out on coming Monday. There will be individual reviews of each product that will go live in November because that’s when I’m planning to do it.

I have high hopes for you, guys

❇ Whamisa Organic Flowers Toner Deep Rich 300 ml
❇ Whamisa Organic Flowers Lotion Original 120 ml
❇ Whamisa Organic Flowers & Fruits Feminine Cleanser 150 ml
❇ Whamisa Organic Flowers Natural Fermented Creamy Foam Cleanser 200 ml
❇ Whamisa Organic Flowers Cleansing Oil 150 ml
❇ Whamisa Organic Fruits Peeling Finger Mitt Sebum Care 25 pads
❇ Whamisa Organic Flowers Apple Sebum Treatment  120 ml
❇ Whamisa Organic Flowers Hydrogel Mask

Anti-aging products

Since I am going into the winter mode and I just turned 30, I’ve decided to invest into the Geum Sul line by MISSHA and got 3 unique products that stood out of the bunch with their ingredients and their potential use. I also got another version of the Near Skin Self Control Peeling massage thing-of-a-bobs to see if it is going to improve my Keratosis Pilaris any further.

MISSHA Geum Sul investigation continues

❇ MISA Geum Sul Lifting Special Cream 50 ml (the actual jar is on the photo with Whamisa products)
❇ MISA Geum Sul Vitalizing Finisher 60 ml
❇ MISA Geum Sul First Essence Booster 100 ml
❇ MISSHA Near Skin Self Control peeling massage 200 ml

More masks !!!

What mask-addict blog wouldn’t include the new masks. Ha-ha, definitely not mine. Over past 4 weeks I’ve collected a whole bunch of amazing looking masks from MISSHA and Hello Skin brands and will be doing the test-drives of these in coming weeks. So definitely stay tuned.

New revies are coming out soon

❇ Hello Skin Jumiso Whoa Whoa Soothing Mask
❇ Hello Skin Jumiso Chewy Elasticity Mask
❇ Hello Skin Jumiso Rich Nourishment Mask
❇ MISA Cho Gong Jin Silky Mask
❇ MISSHA Skin Essential Charcoal & Horse Oil Sheet Mask
❇ MISSHA Glowing Oil-Soak Mask
❇ MISSHA 3-step Nutrition Mask

New brand in town

And of course  last but not least, after the Huxley skin care release I was extremely eager to try out their products and see myself what all the fuss is about. Considering that trying out everything full-size would put an enormous dent into my wallet I’ve opted for the set of miniatures that I am planning to take on my coming vacation in January. I also purchased the miniature set of their oils (which is currently flying across the ocean on one of the shipping courier planes). Soon I will be adding review about them too so don’t hesitate to check out my blog around January for the reviews on this brand.

The box
Contents of it

 

The Huxley Deluxe Collection Extraordinary Gift Set containing
❇ Full-size Hand Cream 35ml
❇ Travel-size Healing Scrub 30g
❇ Travel-size Healing Mask 30g
❇ Travel-size Sleep Mask 30g
❇ Travel-size Cleansing Water 30ml
❇ Travel-size Cleansing Gel 30ml
❇ Travel-size Toner 30ml
❇ Huxley Travel Pouch

Pheew, what a lot of writing! I truly hope you enjoy reading my blog. Definitely let me know if you have tried any of the products mentioned today and waht your experience wit them was. Meanwhile, I am looking forward to testing new goodies out and reporting back to you with my thoughts and experiences.

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

Lange Hydra-Global Active Cream Mask

Lange Hydra-Global Active Cream Mask is my go-to product that I always use when I am bored of trying out new products. You can call it a save haven product and I would totally agree with that.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Intense and lasting moisturizing effect.
❇ Remarkable suppleness and an instant well-being sensation.
❇ Reduced signs of stress and fatigue.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Apply a thick layer on cleansed face and neck 2-3 times a week avoiding the eye contour area. Let the active ingredients penetrate for 10-15 minutes, then remove any excess with a cotton pad (soaked with a lotion).

Ingredients:

The only available information from the Lange website: Tropical Mango Butter (emollient, softening, regenerating, antioxidant and soothing), NATAMILK® Honey and Shea (moisturizing, nourishing, softening, soothing), Organic Horse Chestnut (tones).

 

Full ingredient list:

Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Ether, PEG-8, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Methyl Methacrylate, PEG-Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance, Polysilicone-11, Titanium Dioxide, Tromethamine, Galactaric Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Isohexadecane, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Flower Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Hydroxycitronellal, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Silica, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 80, Citronellol, Polysorbate 20, Geraniol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Linalool, Blue 1 (CI 42090)

My experience:

I first bought it around 4 years ago from the TKmaxx  store in UK after my most favorite mask from this brand was discontinued. It’s predecessor, the gel mask was my nr 1 most used mask for years and with this mask  I am compensating the loss of my favorite (R.I.P darling, we remember you). The Hydra-Global Active Cream Mask is the next best thing available from the  hydrating line currently produced by this French brand.

The cream-mask is a thick beige colored cream that spreads out well. It is non-sticky and has some light fresh scent to it. You can use this mask as a wash(wipe) off-treatment if you apply a thick layer on your face or use it as a sleeping mask (thin layer of product is advised). I usually go for option nr 2 because it is easier for me. I usually do my evening skin care routine that I finish off with this product applied last.

Once  applied it take about 10 minutes for the product to sink into my skin. After 10 minutes my skin feels very hydrated and there is very little residue left on my skin. I you apply it in a classic way you will be having the white cast as this is a cream mask so definitely clean it off your face afterwards. Since I use it overnight only I rinse it off in the morning.

What does it do to my skin? First of all it hydrates and does it very well. Being a cream mask, this specific mask is one of the few cream products that doesn’t break me out. On contrary it fights my existing blemishes and reduces the redness and inflammation on my skin. On the days when I don’t want to experiment with my skin care I always reach for it because I know my skin will look nearly perfect by the time I wake up. To me it is a good old faithful friend. What about you? Have you tried it?

Summary:

Pros:
+ Paraben, Sulfate and Alcohol free formula
+ Rich in anti-ageing ingredients and vitamine E
+ Contains UV shields
+ Suitable for the dry skin
+ Light pleasant fragrance
+ Ultra-moisturizing when used as a sleeping mask

Cons:
– Contains silicone and fragrance
– Less suitable for sensitive and acne prone skin
– Steep price

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: TKmaxx shops
❇ Internationally: Available at lange.fr and amazon
❇ Price is  – 98€ per 50ml jar

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

My Skin Care Haul

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

BIOTHERM Wonder mud beautifying smoothing mask

The Wonder mud beautifying smoothing mask belongs to the Skin Best series made by BIOTHERM. It is a 3-minute purifying non-drying mask and here it is what I think of it.

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ 3-minute mask, with mineral clay, to cleanse deep, reduce the look of pores and get a healthy-looking glow. This non-drying mask removes impurities and excess sebum and unclogs pores.
❇ Use twice-weekly to cleanse against the build-up of city grime, makeup and impurities to help fight dullness and let skin feel as if it can breathe easier.
❇ This mask combats dullness and absorbs oil and impurities. Skin looks noticeably healthier, brighter and more even, feels soft and looks luminous.
❇ Tested on all skin types, even sensitive.
❇ Purified and healthier-looking skin within 2 weeks.
❇ Pores look reduced within 4 weeks.
❇ Gentle, comfortable and non-drying texture for easy-on, easy-off application.
❇ Freshness streamlines application and removal.
❇ Dead surface skin cells are scrubbed away with a sweet sensory experience.

Directions from the manufacturer (Multiple ways to mask):

❇ Non-drying, in 3 minutes your mask is on – and off again.
– Option 1: Use twice weekly all-over at hometime or after your run for a deep-cleansed glow.
– Option 2: Use to target trouble in the T-zone.
– Option 3: Apply to cheek contours only for light-reflecting contouring when the big occasion calls.

Ingredients (listed on the official website):

FORMULA WITH ASTAXANTHIN, GHASSOUL MINERAL CLAY, AND LIFE PLANKTON.

Full list of ingredients:

Aqua, Kaolin, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Prunus Armeniaca Seed Powder, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Capryloyl Glycine, Steary lAlcohol,Xanthan Gum, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Limonene, Vitreoscilla Ferment, Linalool, Geraniol, Myristic Acid, Moroccan Lava Clay, Citric Acid, Haematoccus Pluvialis Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Potassium Sorbate, Parfum [+/- CI 77891, Mica, CI 77491, CI 77510]

My experience:

At first I liked this mask but more I used it, more my opinion of it has changed. I purchased it around  3 months ago. I loved the way it is packaged, great quality glass, beautiful vibrant color, big size jar. Unfortunately this mask doesn’t come with an application spatula.

I still remember the first time I used it. It was so creamy and went on with a nice thin layer. I was surprised to find scrubbing particles in it but I did like their presence in (it makes it easier to wash off this mask off).  Back then I put a nice layer and covered my entire face and left the mask on until it was half-dry. Then just simply rinse it off, tone – you are good to go.

Couple of days later I reached for it the second time. That’s when it started acting wonky on me. I applied it for 3 minutes as it was advised by the manufacturer and washed it off. The next day my skin was feeling very textured and I couldn’t get rid of the feeling that my pores were ultimately clogged. So I did apply it for the third time and same thing happened.

I started poking the mask around and saw that it has a mica glitter powder in it. After you wash the wonder mud off your face, look closely and you will see some small golden-hue specks of glitter (fine milled powder) remaining on the skin. That was the reason that my skin was boycotting. I immediately stopped using this mask because it did me no good whatsoever.

Today I reached for it only to write this review and it is officially the last time I will use it on my face. The texture of this mask is very soft, creamy, almost whipped. It is highly scented with that artificial strong lemony(citronella) fragrance that lingers on top of your skin even after you rinse the mask out. To me it does nothing in the 3-minutes application time. My skin does not feel more hydrated or revitalized, it also doesn’t look any brighter, cleaner, calmer… Nothing.

The rinsing part is also so-so. If you let this mask on for longer than 5 minutes then it comes off much easier than after 3 minutes wearing time. Once I was washing it off my skin felt greasy (I presume there is a high content of glycerine it it). In order to protect my skin from the aftermath I had to go over with my foam to oil cleanser + toner to remove every last bit of it off my face. Unfortunately the Wonder mud did no wonders and left me extremely disappointed.

Pros:
+ Sulfate and paraben free
+ Contains vitamine E
+ Pretty packaging
+ Good texture of the product

Cons:
– Description on the manufacturer’s website is disturbing and not clear
– Contains alcohol and a lot of skin irritating ingredients
– Contains fragrance, beware it is very strong
– Not skin friendly for oily (which is weird considering it is a clay mask), acne prone and sensitive skin
– Does nothing good for my skin
– Does not meet it’s claims
– Overpriced for what it is

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: parfumerie.nl and easyycosmetic.nl 
❇ Internationally: Available at biotherm , ebay and at many other online retail stores
❇ Price is  33,40 € per 75 ml jar

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

My TOP 10 sheet masks for my oily acne prone skin

Today’s review is an overview of my “Kati’s hall of fame” – my top 10 sheet masks of all times! Actually there are 9 sheet masks and 1 patch treatment.  I will group these in 5 categories: best hydrogels, best prepping masks, best ultra-hydrating sheet masks, best purifying masks and best anti-aging masks.

You can read the ingredient lists and quick sum up on each mask in this post. If you click on the name you will be redirected to places where I usually buy mine from. I also included the prices per 1 piece. Coming days I will be also gradually adding the individual reviews about each product listed in this post 🙂

Best hydrogels

Sampar H2O ‘Emergency’ Mask – 8,80€ 

An absolute favorite of mine in the category of hydrogels is a Sampar H2O ‘Emergency’ Mask. This mask claims to hydrate your skin for 72 hours and it does! It is packed with amazing ingredients and it smells of roses. A definite must-try product.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Ethylhexylhexanoate, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus Carrageenan, Glyceryl Stearate, Cellulose Gum, Panthenol, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Dipotassium Glycirrhyzate, Caulerpa Lentillfera Extract, Butyrosmermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Seedcake Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, CI 17200, Tamarindus Indica Seed Polyssacharide, Trehalose, Myrothamnus Flabellfolia Graveolens Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol

Skinfood Real Tea Gel Mask Lavender – 4,95

Another great hydrogel product is made by the Skinfood. They have and entire line of Real Tea Gel masks with different scents and actions which are all doing a good job but my favorite is the lavender one. The scent is very relaxing and it plumps my skin in no time. It also clears out my pigmentation spots extremely well.

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

Best prepping masks

MISSHA Super Aqua Pore-Kling Bubble Sheet mask – 2,85

What can be most annoying than sliding around make-up? Unfortunately a lot of sheet masks contain a lot of oils in the ingredients and leave a film on the skin that make-up just doesnt adhere to. Here I have 2 great products that transform your skin and deliver excellent make-up base. My all time fave is the Super Aqua Pore-Kling Bubble Sheet mask. It removes all the excess of dirt and oil off my skin making my make-up last me the entire day!

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Niacinamide, Cellulose Gum, PotassiumAlginate, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Mentha Rotundifolia Leaf Extract, Water (Carbonated Water), Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 20, Panthenol, Adenosine,1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, lllicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

bioBelle five minute #Primer Facial Mask – 3,99$

Newest favorite of mine is the #Primer Facial Mask by bioBelle. This one is the bomb if your skin is red, dry, patchy and you have only little time to do something about it before you have to run out to an event! I don’t know what sorcery they use but it works like a charm!!!

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Trehalose, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Niacinamide, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxylated Lecithin, Panthenol, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Aroma, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propylene Glycol, Saccharide Isomerate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Chlorphenesin, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Sodium Citrate, Lactic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate

Best anti-aging masks

 Rodial Freeze and Smooth Neck Mask – 7

My nr 1 anti-aging “slap on – remove – you’re good to go” product is the Freeze and Smooth neck mask by Rodial. And I don’t use it on my neck but on my forehead where I have 2 deep wrinkles that make me look like grumpy old lady. Excellent results in reducing the depth of wrinkles and toning the skin around them. I wish it would come out in a face mask option. If oyu can’t get this specific one, a good alternative is the – Rodial Glamtox Firm and Tone Neck Mask – 7$

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Olive Oil PEG-8 Esters, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Arginine, Xanthan Gum, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Protein, Panthenol, Sodium Citrate, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Beta-Glucan, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Pentylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, sh-Decapeptide-7, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate.

My Spa Life Beauty Trip Tokyo Seaweed and Omega 3 mask – 6$

Seaweeed and Omega 3 mask is my best friend when it comes to lifting my skin and making my appearance little younger 🙂 With consequent use of this I do notice that my skin is transformed into something gorgeous. Yumm!

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Algae Extract, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Natto Gum, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Panthenol, Allantoin, Erythritol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-14M, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Xanthan Gum, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance (Parfum)

Best purifying masks

Spa life Bamboo Charcoal Facial Mask Infused with Multi Vitamins & Hyaluronic Acid – 12,99$

This black charcoal hydrogel mask by Spa Life is the one to get if you suffer from the large pores. After 40 minutes on the face they are gone!!!! Of course they come back, but only the next day. Psst, it is also great at brightening skin.

Ingredients: Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Aqua (Water), Allantoin, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Red Algae Extract Glycerin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B3, Lubrajel Oil, Microprotein, Dmdmh and Iodopropynyl Butyl Carbamate, Hyaluronic Acid, 3-Amionpropyl Phosphate Derivative, Disodium EDTA, Grape Seed Extract, Rose Essential Oil, Bamboo Charcoal, Xanthan Gum, Vaseline, Carbopol 940, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethylol Dimethyl Hydantoin, TWEEN 20

Hunny Bee Lavender Scented Charcoal mask – 4

Hunny, sugar, sugar…. Sorry where was I ? Oh yes the Hunny Bee Lavender Charcoal mask. What a great thing to have when you have blackheads! After using this mask they are nearly invisible on my face.  And it smells like French Riviera.

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

Best ultra-hydrating sheet masks

Blithe Blue Zone Marine Mask Abalone – 3,95

When it comes to sheet masks you have hydrating and you have ultra-hydrating in my opinion! So here it is my absolute most loved, best ever used, most hydrating mask for my skin that descended from the beauty heaven and landed on my lap is the Blithe Blue Abalone mask. NO joke, this is my nr. 1 fave!!!

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Sea Cucumber Extract, Allantoin, Potassium Hydroxide, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta, Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether, Pancratium Maritimum (Sea Daffodil) Extract

Mediheal, N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask – 1,47$

The one and only Mediheal N.M.F. Aquaring Ampoule mask is my trusted companion. Affordable, great at hydrating the desert face, brightening, smoothing, soothing and so on. It does it all!!!

Ingredients: Water, Glycereth-26, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana water, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Seed Extract, Glutamine, Glutamic Acid, Arginine, Alanine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Beta-Glucan, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Panthenol, Trehalose, Betaine, Carbomer, Allantoin, Polysorbate 80, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance,  Polyglutamic Acid

Final ranking (+ links to reviews):

    1. Blithe Blue Abalone mask
    2. Sampar H2O ‘Emergency’ Mask
    3. Spa Life Seaweeed and Omega 3 mask
    4. Mediheal N.M.F. Aquaring Ampoule
    5. bioBelle #Primer Facial Mask
    6. MISSHA Super Aqua Pore-Kling Bubble Sheet mask
    7. Skinfood Real Tea Gel masks
    8. Rodial Freeze and Smooth neck mask
    9. Spa Life charcoal hydrogel mask
    10. Hunny Bee Lavender Charcoal mask

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

Sisley Gel Express aux Fleurs mask (Express Flower Gel Hydrating Mask)

Today’s review is about the Sisley Gel Express aux Fleurs mask. This mask is  my least favorite from all of the masks I’ve tried so far from this brand.  Unfortunately it doesn’t do much on my skin in terms of hydration and removing signs of fatigue. The only reason I still use it is because it is quite good at evening my skin tone for those days when I am absolutely not in the mood for wearing makeup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ BENEFITS
Express Flower Gel is a very fresh, moisturizing, and toning cream-gel mask specifically designed for dehydrated, lifeless, or tired-looking skin. Through its exceptional concentration of moisturizing active ingredients (Lily and Iris extracts), it regenerates (Sesame extract), hydrates, tones, removes traces of fatigue and stress, smoothes features, and evens the complexion in just 3 minutes.

❇ RESULTS
Skin is left toned and hydrated and features are smoothed. Signs of fatigue and stress fade away and skin is left looking magnificent.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Two to three times a week, apply to clean, dry skin on the face and neck, including the eye contour. Allow to remain on the skin for 3 minutes, then wipe away the excess. It is not necessary to rinse. This gel is ideal for restoring skin for a well-rested appearance before an evening out.

Ingredients:

Active ingredients (listed on the manufacturer’s website):
❇ White Lily: hydrates, softens
❇ Sesame: hydrates, protects, and regenerates
❇ Rose: Freshens, softens, astringent
❇ Iris: softens, tones

Full list of ingredients (not listed on the manufacturer’s website):
Water, Rosa Centifolia (Cabbage Rose) Water, Dimethicone, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Sorbitol, LiliumCandidum Flower Extract, Peg-40, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, SesamumIndicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Crosspolymer, Octoxynol-13, Sodium Methylparaben, Propylene Glycol, ChlorhexidineDigluconate, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Geraniol, Citronellol.

My experience:

I bought this mask from the parfumswinkel.nl. Prior to buying it I tested it out in the store and was hoping that this mask will deliver as good results as the Black Rose Cream Mask.

The Express Flower Gel Hydrating Mask comes in a nice pale blue semi-transparent tube with a plastic seal. With help of the cap you can easily remove it and get to the product itself. Cream-gel is whitish in color and looks quite thick. Once you start spreading it out it turns into more gel like consistency and gives off light fragrance that disappears in seconds.

I tried using it for advised 3 minutes and didn’t like the fact that within that time it does absolutely nothing to my skin. The only thing I am left with is a sticky finish. Wiping it off with simple tissue won’t do. I have to use my toner to fully get rid off the tacky residue.

After trying it out in the different ways I do think that the best results on me are achieved when I leave it overnight just like with a regular sleeping mask. In the morning I rinse of my face and it looks more glowing and semi-hydrated.  I do have a big downside to report! It is packed with comedogenic ingredients that occasionally break me out when my skin is more sensitive than usual. Would I buy it again? Definitely not! I would rather splurge a bit more and get the Black Rose mask instead.

Pros:
+ Sulfate and alcohol free
+ Best suitable for normal or dry skin types
+ Light fresh fragrance
+ Light hydration effects on my skin
+ Evens the skin tone

Cons:
– Contains parabens and silicones
– Contains 5 comedogenic ingredients
– Not suitable for acne prone skin
– Overpriced for what it does
– Leaves a tacky film on the skin
– Sometimes it breaks me out

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: ICI PARIS XL and  Douglas shops
❇ Internationally: Available at sisley, amazon and many other webshops
❇ Price is +/- 95€ per 60ml tube

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂