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 🙂

The Pyunkang Yul 3 Step Mask

The Pyunkang Yul 3 Step Mask is a new and very promising, yet inexpensive, 3-step sheet mask that delivers great hydration to my oily and blemish prone skin. I’ve got the 5-mask box from iHerb and they just arrived at my doorstep today.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ The type Peeling Gel gently exfoliates skin removing dead cells and prepping skin for the sheet mask.
❇ The Essence Toner Mask. This sheet mask is made with the same fabric used in Pyunkang Yul’s ⅓ Cotton Pad, which is designed to deliver products to skin more effectively than the traditional versions by soaking up the liquid product and then releasing it back when pressed onto skin.
❇ The Essence Toner, made up of 91.3% milk vecht root extract, full of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, nutrient-boosting properties.
❇ The Balancing Gel seals in all the moisture and strengthens skin’s moisture barrier for long-lasting hydration.
❇ Great for all skin types, especially those dealing with trouble-prone, imbalanced skin.

Directions from the manufacturer:

1. Spread Peeling Gel over wet skin and massage in a circular motion to remove dead skin cells and other impurities. Rinse well.
2. Apply Essence Toner Sheet Mask, adjusting around eyes and mouth. Enjoy 10-20 minutes of sheet masking.
3. Spread Balancing Gel, and then gently tap and press until gel is fully absorbed.

Ingredients:

Peeling Gel: 2 ml
Water, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine Salicylate, Quaternium-60, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyethyl Urea

Essence Toner Mask: 25 ml
Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, Arginine

Balancing Gel: 2 ml
Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Polysorbate 80, PEG-150 Distearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polysorbate 20, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate

My experience:

I’ve tried out some samples from the Pyunkang Yul in the past and I am definitely going to invest into a bunch of the products I’ve sampled once I’m done testing the Whamisa line. I’m using it for the first time today and having it on my face while typing this review.

First of all, the ingredient list is the cleanest from what I have ever encountered. Well, 2nd cleanest after the IUNIK Beta-glucan serum that actually has only 1 ingredient in it, but I’ll brag about that wonder in one of the next posts. All three products presented in this 3-step mask are amazing and can be purchased on their own. I love how some brands make those extra ampoules, cleansers, peels e.t.c. available to the public in case your skin only agrees with one formula out of the three. In case of this particular trio, my skin loved them all and want some more.

All three steps are unscented but I can sometimes catch a hint of some plant scent. It is barely noticeable and disappears fast. The first step, peeling gel, has a light and watery texture to it. Once it touches the skin it feels very refreshing and cooling. I kept it on for 2 minutes and started rubbing my face to ball up all the gunk. After this step washing face is mandatory!

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Step 2, the sheet mask, left me speechless. It is made of softest cotton and is quite fragile. Do not pull hard on the edges as you may tear the fabric. The amount of essence (classic brand toner) is enormous. I was afraid that the liquid will drip off my face but none of it happened. There is no scent to it, it is translucent and bouncy in it’s texture. The wearing time is somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes. After removing the mask it is still damp and I can still could squeeze out plenty of product.  My skin is left super nourished and packed with moisture.

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The remaining liquid absorbed very fast and I proceeded to the next step, the balancing gel. Oh what a surprise it was. The texture on this thing is  a complete dupe of the J.One Jelly Pack. The main difference is that it is unscented and has a less priming (make-up gripping) finish to it. Yet the application and the way it lays over the skin for after first 10 minutes is identical. Do not try to drag the gel over your face, it will ball up and lay uneven on your skin. Instead, tap-tap-tap with your palms and let it absorb entirely.

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What about the end results? Well, I am in love with this mask! Totally head over heels. I am left with moisturized radiant skin with zero tackiness. There are no irritants in any of the ingredients and I’ve already set 2 of the masks aside for my upcoming vacation. From the results I’ve got today, I am certain it will rescue my skin after first days in the sun. I’ve also placed a new order even though I was promising to myself that I will go on a no-buy till Christmas. They are totally worth it and I have a feeling that my holy grail hydrating mask from Mediheal has to share it’s status with this beauty.

PY cotton pad fabric is the same as the cotton fabric used in the mask

Would I advise it? YES! to all of you with acne prone, irritated, red, dehydrated, sensitive skin. It will cool down the redness and hydrate your skin to the brim.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Amazing fit and adherence of the sheet
+ 100% cotton fabric
+ Great travel assistant/SOS maks
+ Suitable for absolutely all skin types and concerns
+ Beautiful packaging
+ Meets it’s claims100%

Cons:
– Not for sale in the EU (hopefully, yet)

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: Not available
❇ Internationally: Available at ohlolly and iHerb
❇ Price is +/- 2€

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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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 🙂

 

SKINFOOD Seaweed Marine Food Gel Mask

SKINFOOD Seaweed Marine Food Gel Mask is part of the 5 hydrogel masks from the Marine food series launched by SKINFOOD couple of years ago.  They are not easy to find in EU even though they are of an excellent quality for people with all skin types.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ A refreshing and moisturizing gel mask infused with seaweed extracts and blue marine complex for intense hydration.
❇ Use to soothe and calm a sun-stressed complection.

Directions from the manufacturer:

After cleansing your face, use toner and place mask onto face. Remove after 10-20 minutes and pat excess essence for absorption.

Ingredients:

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Ceratonia Siliqua Gum Extract, Chondrus Crispus Powder, Sodium Polyacrylate, Croscarmellose, Polysorbate 20, Hydrolyzed Pearl, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-6, Algae Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Gelldium Amansii Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Sea Water, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

My experience:
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To me this SKINFOOD Seaweed Hydrogel mask is a good skin refreshing and hydrating mask that is a good make-up base for the day. The mask comes in gorgeous blue packaging that is easy to open. Unfortunately the back side is all in Korean so no idea what it says there. Inside the pack there are 2 pieces of hydrogel (for upper and lower halves of the face). Each piece is protected by 2 pieces of plastic shielding, one thinner and one hard one. The scent of the essence is amazing. It seems like the same type of fragrance is used in scenting each and every mask from this range. The fragrance is floral and marine at the same time. Very yummy.

Essence is transparant and semi-liquid ensuring that this mask won’t glide of your face. The adherence and fit are as good as they can get. The luxuriously thick gel hugs my face in the right places. The eye cutouts are also well positioned and have a nice cut so that the edges of the mask don’t irritate the area close to my eyes. There is a thin sheet of fabric embedded in the gel and sometimes they may cause irritation in the areas with sensitive skin.

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After 40 minutes my skin is supercharged with moisture. What is very lovely about this mask is that it leaves little to no tacky residue, same as the sea cucumber and jellyfish masks. My skin is fresh, extremely hydrated and cooled down.  Loving this mask series a lot. Would I recommend it? Yes, if you have oily and dehydrated skin. This version and the seaweed one are most suitable for you. If your skin is more on the normal-dry side, get the oyster or sea cucumber mask.

Summary:

Pros:
+  Paraben, Sulfate, Silicone, Alcohol free formula
+ Super fit and adherence
+ Good quality hydrogel
+ Skin hydrating results are very prominent
+ Beautiful packaging and fragrance
+ Comfortable application

Cons:
– Hard to get in EU
– Info on the pack all in Korean
– Contains fragrance

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: Not Available
❇ Internationally: Available at beauteque and amazon
❇ Price is +/- 5€ per one hydrogel mask

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

 

SKINFOOD Beauty In A Food Mask – Horse Fat

SKINFOOD Beauty In A Food Mask – Horse Fat sheet mask is something very unusual I’ve stumbled across in last weeks. It was not expensive and I am not squeamish about the ingredient so I decided to give it a go.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ A beauty mask sheet that contains rich nutrients and moisturizing ingredients to make skin moist and smooth.
❇ Horse fat are called Maya in Korea which contain fatty acids which are similar to human oil (sebum), this mean maya can penetrate quickly into the skin comparing with other ingredient.

Directions from the manufacturer:

After cleansing, use a toner to refine skin texture. Place mask on entire face, avoiding eyes and lips. After about 10-20 minutes, remove the sheet and lightly pat to absorb the remaining essence.

Ingredients:

Purified Water, Glycerin, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methyl Glucoside Distearate, Butylen Glycol, Horse fat (40 Mg), Alcohol, Arginine, Acrylate / C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract, Carbomer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Disodium EDTA, Macadamia Seed Oil, Cholesterol, 1,2- Hexanediol, Ceramide NP, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

My experience:
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The biggest issue for me was the sheet. It allowed all the essence to drip down my chin so to me it felt more of a boob mask rather than a face mask. For the rest this mask turned out to be a pretty good one and worth buying again.

The mask comes in a orange packaging with horse’s head on the picture. The essence is enriched with horse oil/fat and I was very careful opening the package because I didn’t know what to expect. To my surprise the essence in the bag was fragranced with something herbal and flowery so there were no traces of any kind of animal smells. Essence itself was milky white and had a nice slip to it. After applying the mask on the face I kept it on for 20 minutes and then removed.

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I can’t tell that much magic has happened but it was definitely not a bad experience. My face was well moisturized, it had a slight sheen to it leaning towards more oily finish. There ws no tackiness or stickiness to it. Once I woke up I saw that my skin was well moisturized and had a more even tone. I liked the look of it so I was running around doing my stuff with zero make-up on. I am intrigued by the horse fat ingredient and will be looking some more into it.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Pleasant scent and formula of the essence
+ Good skin rejuvenating results
+ Great hydrating mask
+ Interesting concept ingredient
+ Silicon, paraben and sulfate free formula

Cons:
– Drippy
– Hard to find in NL
– Would like to see a better quality sheet on this mask
– Contains fragrance and alcohol

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: I’ve got mine from boozyshop.nl but it seems to be not available from this store anymore
❇ Internationally: Available at beauteque,  amazon and skin18
❇ Price is +/- 2€

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

 

Matcha Clay Pack by LEEGEEHAAM

Matcha Clay Pack by LEEGEEHAAM is a good clay mask if you want something that is easy to use and comes in a large container. If you don’t mind spending 20$/€ you should try it out. I should warn you though, it is not a holy grail product.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ A wash-off type clay pack with antioxidant-rich matcha purifying and detoxifying dull skin. It helps to tighten enlarged pores as it dries, maintaining skin smooth and revitalized.
❇ Redness might appear right after rinsing off, which is due to the product’s tightening function.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Apply an appropriate amount on face gently. After 10 min, wash off with warm water.

Ingredients:

Water, Kaolin, Dipropylene glycol, Bentonite, Camellia sinensis leaf extract, Betaine, Silica, Butylene glycol, Montmorillonite, 1,2-hexanediol, Illite, Hydroxyacetophenone, Hydroxyethyl urea, Cellulose, Xanthan gum, Chromium oxide greens, Citric acid, Citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, Disodium edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil

My experience:
texture is very watery yet thick

It reminds me of the L’Oreal Purify & Mattify Face Mask from thePure Clay series except that LEEGEEHAAM mask is much better version out of the two. If L’Oreal breaks me out like a beast, this one does a decent job at mattifying my face and temporarily tightening the pores.

Anyhow, do not attempt to apply it on an entire face. When this mask is dry after 10 minutes it tugs a lot on the skin. If you have a sensitive skin use it more-less like a spot treatment or just cover the necessary areas.

The mask is sea-foam green in color and the jar contains 110 grams of product which is a nice amount. The packaging is sturdy plastic that has very minimalistic logo on it and a brief description of the back. The scent is very fresh and not too strong. Mask itself is very soft and creamy but the consistency is a bit on the thicker side. With this particular product the less is more. More you apply, more it will tug on the skin irritating it…

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The advised wear time is 10 minutes which ensures that the mask is entirely dry by the end of that time. When it comes to rinsing it off, it is a very pleasant experience. Mask comes off in very little time and requires minimal effort. After it is washed off, my skin is pleasantly hydrated but I still have an urge to moisturize my skin after 15 minutes. When it comes to the results, this mask is nothing special. It does diminish the appearance of my pores a bit and gets rid of my oil. It basically does everything other clay masks do. Overall it is a pleasant product but I would not purchase it again. There are many other masks performing better on my skin for much less $$ spent.

Summary:

Pros:

+ Easy to wash off
+ After use skin is decently hydrated considering this is a clay pack
+ Decent amount of product in the jar
+ Minimalistic packaging
+ Sulfate, silicone, alcohol, paraben free formulation

Cons:
– Pulling too much on the skin
– Not worth the price, there are better masks delivering better results at lower price point

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: littlewonderland.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at amazon and glowrecipe
❇ Price is 20,95€ per 110 grams jar

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

PETITFEE Azulene Ultra Soothing Pads

PETITFEE Azulene Ultra Soothing Pads are my newest buy from and my immediate holy grail product. I’ve tested these out for 2 weeks in a row and I am happy to report that these deliver immediate results on my skin! Sooo, off to the review….

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Desert Plant Complex – Trehalose, aloe leaf water and opuntia coccinellifera extract; superb moisturizer that revitalizes and maintains moisture.
❇ Soothing Energy – Ceramide NP, sodium hyaluronate, pantherol and 6 natural extracts calm and deeply moisturize dehydrated inner skin.
❇ Calming Blue Azulene – The dark purple-blue color azulene, centella asiatica, madecassoside and chamomile extract soothe the skin.
❇ Perfect Fitting Pad – A perfect fitting pad with good moisture retention that does not dry easily.
❇ The dark purple-blue of this product is not an artificial pigment but azulene’s unique color. The color is vulnerable to direct sunlight, and may fade during use, but this is not related to quality.

Directions from the manufacturer:

❇ As a toner: After cleansing, tone skin with a piece of soothing pad to replenish moisture.
❇ As a quick mask/patch treatment: For intensive hydration, place the soothing pads onto areas where it feels dry. Leave it for 10 minutes.
❇ As hydrating booster under make-up: USe in the morning prior to applying your make-up. Leave on for 5 minutes.

Ingredients:

Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, niacinamide, methyl gluceth-20, sodium hyaluronate, betaine, trehalose, erythritol, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, centella asiatica leaf water, madecassoside, aloe barbadensis leaf water, opunita coccinellifera, hydrogenated lecithin, ceramide np, octyldodecanol, caprylyl glycol, panthenol, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract, origanum vulgare leaf/flower/stem extract, thymus vulgaris (thyme) extract, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, sodium guaiazulene sulfonate (25.6 mg), disodium edta, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, adenosine, arginine, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate / vp copolymer, propanediol, polyglyceryl-10 laurate, fragrance, ethylhexylglycerin

My experience:
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I’ve kept my eye on these pads for some time now. Finally, when bunch of stuff in iHerb went on sale I managed to score them at around 15 euros which was a very good deal, considering the fact that the jar contains 70 pads! Do I like these? I love them! Why? Well, see for yourself.

First of all. The packaging is very neat and sturdy. Considering the whole thing was shipped from a different continent and my iHerb boxes come smashed 99% of the time, the entire thing survived the travel very well. The tub is transparant and inside you see neatly stacked pads which are submerged in the purple-blue tinted liquid. The hue may vary from tub to tub due to the fact that the essence is photo-sensitive. The container comes with small plastic tweezers that you should use to pick up the pads from the container. A very handy addition that I’d personally like to see in other brands (NEOGEN, please take a note). There is a little plastic shield sealing the whole thing that you should remove in order to get to the pads.

pads are very thin

Once the jar is open you sense some light fragrance. Upon vigorous sniffing I’ve figured it is a combination of white florals and lavender. Very light and pleasant smell that is not overwhelming nor artificial. The pads are composed of thin synthetic fabric that resembles thin sheet of felt. Careful, once you pick up pads they may drip a bit at first. Each pad contains a lot of essence. If you use it just to wipe and tone your face with, there is plenty to go over your face and neck and some of the Décolletage.

I tend to use these pads as a patch treatment after I do my cycling outdoors, or after going to the gym. As I tend to get a super-red face after sports, these are a must-have for me when I need to recover my face a.s.a.p. After 10-15 minutes application my cheeks are not glowing like a hot iron anymore. It never happens naturally within the same period of time so I know it is 100% the effect of these pads. And yes, you may say, well it is cooling your face, blood vessels are shrinking, hence less redness.

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I know, I thought of it as well and put it to the test. I’ve applied a regular sheet mask on my face and the results were quite poor in comparison to those pads. That’s why I am super amazed by how effective these pads are. I’ve tried using these as a quick make-up primer as well and they do an amazing job for it. If you have a sensitive and dry/dehydrated skin, these pads may become your holy grail. I know they are mine!

Summary:

Pros:
+ Silicone, Alcohol, Paraben, Sulfate free formulation
+ Rich in skin brightening, calming and anti-ging ingredients
+ Amazing skin cooling and calming effects if applied as patches
+ Comes with little pincet for hygienic use
+ Extremely hydrating for my oily skin
+ Beautifully glowy finish when used after toner

Cons:
– Hard to get in the EU
– Photo-sensitive, need to remember to keep it in the dark container (I use the original cardboard packaging)

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: Not Available
❇ Internationally: Available at iherb and  yesstyle
❇ Price is around 20€ per 70 pads

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

PACKage Everyday Bouncy Facial Mask

PACKage Everyday Bouncy Facial Mask is what it says- an everyday sheet mask that can be used by all skin types. It is an OK product for everyday but it still lacks that “oomph” what would make me want to buy more of it.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

The PACKage Bouncy Everyday Facial Mask is formulated with Honey, Propolis, Hyaluronic Acid, and Galactomyces Fermented Filtrate. Nourishes, hydrates, and protects the skin with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Remove film and apply mask over cleansed face. Leave on for 1520 minutes, then remove gently. Do not rinse. Pat the remaining serum into the skin until fully absorbed.

Ingredients:

Water, Methylpropanediol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Arginine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Honey Extract, Propolis Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, PVM/MA Copolymer, Trehalose, Panthenol, Allantoin

My experience:
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To me this mask just smells of Alcohol. I don’t know why but I can’t shake the feeling it does contain it. Unfortunately the entire packaging is in Korean so I can’t read the ingredient list off it. Whatever info I find outside tells me it is not there but I am still on the fence with this one.

The sheet mask is thin but yet very sturdy. It applies with somewhat difficulties but overall doesn’t take too much time. The essence in this mask is transparant, jello’ish and has a nice slip to it.  The overal fit and adherence are amazing! Once you push out all the bubbles it stays on your face for the entire time. Another disappointment with this one is the short wear time. I could only manage to wear it for 15 minutes and that was already a long stretch. In normal circumstances, considering the amount of moisture left in the sheet I would be removing it after 10 minutes.

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There was nearly no essence left over in the bag to apply elsewhere on my body. Unfortunately, the effects weren’t  noticeable much on my skin. Yes, it felt more hydrated than before but for the rest it was pretty much it… I was left a bit disappointed. Being very famous brand creating one of the best masks ever for sensitive skin (the one with the Centella A.), this mask did pretty much nothing for me. There was a light reduction in the redness of my skin but it was so unnoticeable that is it barely worth mentioning it.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Paraben, Sulfate, Alcohol and Silicone free formulation
+ Contains Panthenol and Allantoin
+ Very soft and flexible fabric of the sheet
+ Great fit and adherence of the mask

Cons:
– Disturbing Scent reminding me of Alcohol solution
– No description in English on the pack
– Does nearly nothing for my skin

Where to buy:
❇  NL and BE: boozyshop.nl , haruharubeauty.com and littlewonderland.nl
❇  Internationally: Available at facetory, stylestory, amazon e.t.c
❇  Price is 2,50€ per sheet mask

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

MISSHA Cucumber Airy Fit Sheet Mask

MISSHA Cucumber Airy Fit Sheet Mask is an excellent product if you like the super-thin sheet masks that don’t move around your face once applied. This specific mask is so good that I could actually eat my lunch while having it on and there were zero issues with adherence.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ The sheetmask with cucumber extract clears the skin and provides it with plenty of moisture. Ideal for dry skin. Excellent air permeability through thin and lightweight fabric.
❇ Environmentally friendly material: safe use with 100% natural ingredients
❇ Comfort for the skin with excellent adhesion
❇ A cloth mask delivering its active ingredients effectively to the skin. The mask adheres through a lot of moisture to the skin.
❇ A great fresh-up through the cold brewing method: active ingredients are released to the skin more safely and with more freshness.

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.

Tip: The mask remnants can also be applied to the area of ​​your neck and pulled in. The application is recommended 2-3 times a week.

Ingredients:

Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Propanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene glycol, Allantoin, Sodium Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Coptis Japonica Root Extract , Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Beta-Glucan, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil

My experience:
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It’s not a secret to anyone that I am a fan of the  MISSHA brand that makes very affordable products and has a super impressive quality-price value. Airy fit sheet masks are a good example of what I mean. The sheet is the most thinnest that I’ve encountered so far. It is comparable with the Etude House 0,2 mm masks but these sheets are more soft upon drying out.

I love, love, love the packaging on these! very simple yet colorful. The big downside of these is how difficult is to get these into NL. I was lucky enough to order them from Germany but I don’t think they were initially supposed to be for sale in Europe. There is no ingredient list on the back of the pack and that’s why it doesn’t qualify for the EU retail standards. Nonetheless, I was lucky to snatch the existing types to try them all out.

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The essence of the cucumber mask is very watery and light in texture. It is not droopy or runny, not sticky, yet holds on well on my face. Very good quality sheet makes sure the mask can be used even during eating. Scent on this particular mask is very light and leaning more towards the green tea range.

The wear time was 20 minutes on my skin on a dry warm day. Very nice for something so thin and seemingly fragile. After the mask was off my face my skin felt very hydrated and calmed down. The effects are similar with the pomegranate mask that I’v tried from this range already. Out of the two so far, this one is definitely aimed at replenishing skin’s moisture barrier.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Silicone, Paraben, Alcohol and Sulfate free formulation
+ Amazing fit and adherence of the sheet
+ Light watery essence
+ Good hydrating and relaxing results
+ Excellent skin smoothing results
+ Affordable price
+ Pleasant non-offensive scent
+ Very nice and polished packaging

Cons:
– Hard to find in EU (currently possible to buy it only in 1 shop)
-Ingredients list on the back of the pack is missing

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

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

ADORLÉE Lavender Brightening Restorative Firming Mask

ADORLÉE Lavender Brightening Restorative Firming Mask is a sheet mask that blew my mind off in terms of amazing skin calming and plumping results. The scent of this one is also incredibly pleasant and relaxing.

❇ Lavender oil: detoxifies skin, helps to treat acne, recovers damaged skin cells.
❇ Bamboo extract: improves skin’s moisture retention, contains high amount natural silica which plays a key role in improving elasticity, achieving the healthy skin look.
❇ Hyaluronic acid: hydrates skin, absorbs water, nourishes skin particles.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Cleanse face thoroughly and pat dry. Apply mask gently onto face and smoothen out the edges lightly with fingertips. Leave on for 15-20 mins.
Remove and gently massage the remaining essence from package into skin.
Do not rinse after use.

Ingredients:

Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Panthenol, Taurine, Beta-Glucan, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Propanediol, Allantoin, Jojoba Wax PEG-120 Esters, Alpha-Bisabolol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Bambusa Textilis Stem Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Potassium Hydroxide, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil

My experience:

This sheet mask was a random buy during one of the visits to the local TKmaxx shop. It was just hanging there so lonely on the rack that I thought “I’ll give you a try, darling”. This particular mask came in a multi-pack of 6 that i am very excited about.

The packaging of the mask is very minimal. Too minimal I would say. I have to keep the original box otherwise I won’t know what’s in the sachet. The sheet of this mask comes with a plastic protection layer so that it applies better onto the skin. It is quite handy to have the protector as the mask fabric is very light and thin. It went on effortlessly and stayed put on my face for 25 minutes!!!! YES! I could manage wearing it for so long in 33ºC heat without it drying out.

The scent on this mask is very strong. It smells exactly the same as my  aromatherapy oils that I use in bath. It is not artificial or clingy to my nose and disappears fast after the mask is off my face. I checked my skin 10 minutes after I removed the mask. It was glowing!!! there was not oily type of glow, it was radiant from within. The red spots that I have on my cheeks from time to time were gone. I felt that my skin was very plumped and hydrated. I didn’t care for any moisturizer after I did this mask and went to bed. The results were still there the next morning. I was so impressed by it that I went back to the store and got myself another pack of this mask.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Paraben, Sulfate and Alcohol free formilation
+ Contains skin brightening ingredients
+ Great lavender scent
+ Great fit and adherence
+ Great essence that feels very light and is not sticky at all
+ Excellent at hydrating and calming my skin down

Cons:
– Lack of information on the packaging of the mask itself
– Hard to buy it online

Where to buy:
❇  NL and BE: TKmaxx shops
❇  Internationally: Available at adorlee, bestbuy and amazon
❇  Price is 35€ for the 6-pack

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂