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 🙂

Water Bomb Jelly Mask – Moisture by BERRISOM

Water Bomb Jelly Mask – Moisture by BERRISOM is one of the 4 jelly masks that this brand is famous for. I’ve got my hand on 3 of them and I will review all 3 of them in time starting with the moisture mask.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ A nourishing face mask for dry skin types.
❇ Offering 120 hours of hydration, WaterBomb Jelly Mask – Moisture is packed with skin soaking favourites that slow moisture evaporation and prolong soft, plump skin. Perfect for a dry, tired complexion, use as necessary to instantly boost brightness and visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Place mask over clean, dry skin. Leave for 15-20 minutes before removing. Dispose of mask and pat excess serum into the skin.

Ingredients:

Water/Eau, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Polyacrylic Acid, Dimethicone, Milk Protein Extract, Honey Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Cellulose Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Octyldodecanol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceramide Np, Tamarindus Indica Seed Polysaccharide, Trehalose, Mentha Spicata Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Silica, Lecithin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Myrothamnus Flabellifolia Leaf Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance/Parfum

My experience:
essence

First of all, the packaging is nice and clear. It has all the necessary descriptions available in english and an easy opening. Once you open the bag you are knocked out by the strong scent of the gel. And by strong I mean very strong. I can live with strongly scented masks but not with these water bomb jelly maks. All of them have kind of similar scent that is verging chemical citronella/artificial lemon fragrance and something very sweet. The exception was this moisture mask. It smells like a laundry detergent straight from the box.

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After you get used to the scent (joking, you never will), it’s time to get the sheet out. It comes out with a big blob of jelly attached to it. But once jelly contacts your skin, it starts melting down into more watery consistency and eventually dripping down the chin. As for the fit and adherence of the mask, both are excellent. The fabric of this mask series is made of the similar synthetic material that is used in Blithe masks. So what about the results?

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Each of the masks in this series are made to hydrate your skin. And they are pretty good at doing so. Unfortunately they are too overpriced for the results. they deliver on my dehydrated skin.  The claim of 120 hours of moisture is far fetched. It doesn’t last for 24h either. I’d say 8-12 hours at most and then you need to consider some other mask. Will I be buying it again? No. I don’t want to sound like a nagging Nancy but this entire series is a huge fail from the brand.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Cute packaging
+ Amazing fit and adherence
+ Paraben, sulfate and alcohol free formula

Cons:
– Bad smell of the essence
– Wonky consistency of the essence
– Overpriced
– Zero results besides basic hydration
– Contains fragrance and silicone

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: I’ve got mine from boozyshop but it is not available anymore
❇ Internationally: Available at amazon and beautybay
❇ Price is +/- 4€ per one mask

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

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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 🙂

 

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 🙂

 

MISSHA Geum Sul Vitalizing Eye Cream & Micro Needle Patch

MISSHA Geum Sul Vitalizing Eye Cream & Micro Needle Patch is an anti-aging treatment for the gentle area under the eyes. It is very unique in use as you have to apply the under eye cream on your face first and only then the special patches with little tiny needles on them. These patches are meant to increase the circulation, tighten and brighten the skin under the eyes which they do!

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eye cream
Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Missha Geum Sul Vitalizing Eye Cream (10ml)
❇ 4 x Needle Patches
❇ Components of the needle: hyaluronic acid, peptides, Madecassoside fermented wild ginseng extract.
❇ Direct transport of active ingredients through a fine micro-needle system in the challenged skin layers.
❇ Cream: An outstanding Eye Cream with oriental extracts and pure gold meets Micro Needle patches of concentrated hyaluronic acid for a smooth eye area and a youthful radiant look.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Apply a fair amount of eye cream around the eyes. Remove the film from the patch and make sure to touch the patch very carefully by the edges. Attach the patch under the eye. Tap gently on the patch to fix it and optimize the absorption into the skin. After 30 minutes, remove the patch. After you have removed the patch, apply again to the eyes Cream to maximize the wrinkle smoothing effect.

You can use a patch every three days. A patch is suitable for single administration. You can use the patch in other areas of the face such as on the smile lines.

Ingredients:

Panax Ginseng Root Water, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Velvet Extract, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Dicaprylate/Dicaprate Hydrogenated Polydecene, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Stearic Acid, Glycol Stearate SE, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Phellinus Baumii Mycelium/Panax Ginseng Root Ferment Extract, Filtrate Panthenol, Beeswax, Palmitic Acid, Polyacrylate-13, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Polyisobutene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chlorphenesin, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Poria Cocos Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Arginine, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Oil Soluble Licorice(Glycyrrhiza) Extract, Polysorbate 20, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Adenosine, Sorbitan Isostearate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Flour Extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Mica (CI 77019), Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid, Copolymer, Pantolactone Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Honey Extract, Panax Ginseng Callus Culture Extract, Gold Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Citric Acid, sh-Octapeptide-4.

My experience:

I can’t brag enough about how great this product is. First of all you get 10 ml tube of cream that is going to last you for a long time after you are finished with the patches. I’ve used only third of the tube for all of my patches and am still enjoying the amazing goodness and it’s benefits every evening before going to bed. With what is left in the tube I am still able to make it through the month with daily applications which is definitely worth it!

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The entire system of the cream-patches-cream application has improved my under eye area tremendously. I’ve used the entire set up in 2 weeks and the area under my eyes is baby smooth and completely wrinkle free. And I did have plenty of crows feet to work with. The entire system is quite easy to apply, the wearing time of 30 minutes is also pretty much tolerable if you do it once or twice a week. Once I fell asleep with these on and woke up an hour later. I’m happy to report that there was no issue with that either. The patches adhere well to the skin under eyes but they do not stick there on permanently and the removal process in very gentle.

The needles on the patch are quite sharp to begin with but they do not prickle or penetrate the skin. There was no issue with hurting or any pain/discomfort whatsoever. After 10 minutes you feel that the points are starting to get softer and eventually they dissolve after releasing all of the hyaluronic acid.

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As for the results. I’ve got incredible brightening effects that were visible for days after following the first application. Overall effects were cumulative and now, week after I’ve stopped using patches (because I’ve ran out of them) my skin is still bright and perky. I would definitely recommend these patches for anyone struggling with the crows feet and dark circles underneath the eye area. I’m putting these on my Christmas wishlist. Hey, Santa , wink-wink 😉

Summary:

Pros:
+ Sulfate, alcohol, paraben free formula
+ Contains loads of skin brightening and anti-aging ingredients
+ Great fit and adherence of the patches for the area under the eyes
+ Amazing effects of the dual treatment on my skin
+ Best skin  brightening product for under the eyes I’ve ever tried

Cons:
– Price is  quite steep for 4 patch sets
– The amount of cream is more than what you need for using with the patches
– Packaging haz zero description in English.

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: bbcreamshop.eu and missha.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at misshadeutchland, ebay, beautyboxkorea and other international vendors
❇ Price is 20-40€ per box depending on where you buy it

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 🙂

Water Bomb Jelly Mask – Anti-Wrinkle by BERRISOM

Water Bomb Jelly Mask – Anti-Wrinkle by BERRISOM is yet another disappointment of mine from this brand. Actually this entire jelly mask series is not good for what it’s worth.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ A nourishing face mask for aging skin types.
❇ Offering instant and long-lasting anti-aging results, WaterBomb Jelly Mask – Anti Wrinkle deeply hydrates and smooths at surface level.
❇ Formulated with skin repairing ingredients like Pomegranate and Tomato, use as necessary to create a brighter, more youthful complexion.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Place mask over clean, dry skin. Leave for 15-20 minutes before removing. Dispose of mask and pat excess serum into the skin.

Ingredients:

Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polyacrylic Acid, Dimethicone, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Wine Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Cellulose Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Monascus Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Tamarindus Indica Seed Polysaccharide, Trehalose, Mentha Spicata Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract Silica, Lecithin, Myrothamnus Flabellifolia Leaf Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyquaternium-51, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

My experience:
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First of all, the packaging is nice and clear. It has all the necessary descriptions available in english and an easy opening. Once you open the bag you are knocked out by the strong scent of the gel. And by strong I mean very strong. I can live with strongly scented masks but not with these water bomb jelly maks. All of them have kind of similar scent that is verging chemical citronella/artificial lemon fragrance and something very sickening sweet, worse than a cotton candy.

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After you get used to the scent (joking, you never will), it’s time to get the sheet out. It comes out with a big blob of pinkish jelly attached to it. But once jelly contacts your skin, it starts melting down into more watery consistency and eventually dripping down the chin. As for the fit and adherence of the mask, both are excellent. The fabric of this mask series is made of the similar synthetic material that is used in Blithe masks. So what about the results?

jello-like essence

Each of the masks in this series are made to hydrate your skin. And they are pretty good at doing so. Unfortunately they are too overpriced for the results. they deliver on my dehydrated skin.  The claim of 120 hours of moisture is far fetched. It doesn’t last for 24h either. I’d say 8-12 hours at most and then you need to consider some other mask. No any other results spotted. Will I be buying it again? No. I don’t want to sound like a nagging Nancy but this entire series is a huge fail from the brand.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Cute packaging
+ Amazing fit and adherence
+ Paraben, sulfate and alcohol free formula

Cons:
– Bad smell of the essence
– Wonky consistency of the essence
– Overpriced
– Zero skin lightening results besides basic hydration
– Contains fragrance and silicone

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: bbcreamshop.eu and littlewonderland.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at amazon and beautybay
❇ Price is +/- 4€ per one sheet mask

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 🙂

Laneige Lip Sleeping mask (Berry)

Laneige Lip Sleeping mask is a very raved product on the web. I was avoiding testing it for as long as I could but with the latest hot summer my lips are chappier than they’ve ever been so I had to purchase it. Here is what I think of the Berry version of the sleeping mask.

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Lip Sleeping Mask has a softening balm texture that closely adheres to lips for quick absorption.
❇ Enriched with vitamin C and antioxidants, its Berry Mix Complex™ offers a nutritiously sweet and fragrant blend of raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, and blueberry extracts to indulge the senses.
❇ Exclusive Moisture Wrap™ technology boasts hyaluronic acid and minerals to form a protective film over the lips to lock in moisture and active ingredients.
❇ A generous layer of this soothing mask at bedtime helps reduce flakiness so you can wake up to lips that feel refreshed, supple, and soft to the touch.
❇ An exclusive technology that features a mineral network of moisture-rich beta-glucan to form an 8-hour time-release moisturizing layer over skin. It locks in active ingredients and mineral water.
❇ Rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants from a nutritious blend of raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, goji berries and blueberries, Berry Mix Complex soothes and softens, revealing smooth, supple lips.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Apply a liberal amount to your lips with the spatula at night. Gently wipe your lips clean with a tissue the next morning to remove dead skin cells.

Ingredients:

Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, Polybutene, Microcrystalline Wax, Shea Butter, Synthetic Wax, Candelilla Wax, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Hydrogenated Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Mica, Astrocaryum murumuru Seed Butter, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Aromatics, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Methicone, Carnauba Wax, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, CI 15985, CI 15850, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Water, Potassium Alginate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Alcohol, Lycium Fruit Extract, Cranberry Fruit Extract, Strawberry Fruit Extract, Raspberry Fruit Extract, Sapindus mukurossi Fruit Extract, Blueberry Fruit Extract,  Rubus chamaemorus Seed Extract, Coffee Extract, Chenopodium quinoa Seed Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Glucan, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ascorbyl Glucoside

My experience:

The Lip Sleeping Mask from Laneige is available in 4 different scents: Vanilla, Berry, Grapefruit and Apple-Lime. These lip products claim to gently melt away the dead skin layer and to repair dry lips overnight. The little plastic jar contains 20 grams of product. There are also mini travel versions available in the web that have 3 grams respectively.

The packaging of this is very pretty. The container is made of matte plastic and the lid matches the color of the outside packaging. The spatula applicator of the berry lip mask is also the same color as the paper box the mask comes in. Inside the jar there is an opaque pink cream that looks like wax at the first glance but has a very soft texture. It resembles those vaseline-based lip glosses that melt over your lips and are not tacky to the touch.

I used this mask for 2 weeks daily and to be honest I don’t see much improvement in condition of my lips. And yes I drink around 4 liters of water per day so I am not dehydrated if you wee wondering that it may be the cause. What I did notice is that my lips were smoother to the touch. Unfortunately chapping part was not influenced at all. I tried to use the lip peeling scrub and the sleeping lip mask together before going to sleep. No success there either.

I am somewhat disappointed in this product. I  guess reading all the reviews online made me think it is a miracle product which it is absolutely not. Not for me at least. From my previous buys I can say with 100% certainty that the classic lanolin-based lip balm and madecanol balm work much better than Laneige when it comes to the lip care. I will still use this product but more as a daily lip gloss. Wil lI repurchase it?? No.

Pros:
+ Paraben and sulfate free formulaiton
+ Rich in antioxidants and hyaluronic acid
+ Nice amount of product in the jar
+ Beautiful packaging + bonus spatula for hygienic application
+ Softens lips without making them tacky

Cons:
– Contains alcohol and silicones
– Does very little to the lips in terms of hydration and moisture retention
– Expensive for a lip balm quality product

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: littlewonderland.nl and bol.com
❇ Internationally: Available at sephora, laneige.com and amazon
❇ Price is 18,95€ per 20 ml jar of product

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂