MISSHA Tiger animal mask

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

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Claims from the manufacturer:

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

Directions from the manufacturer:

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

Ingredients:

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

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

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

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

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

Summary:

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

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

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

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

MINI CAPSULE PACK Deluxe Set of 4 Face Masks by The Face Shop

Today’s review is kind of 4-in-1 deal. After my recent trip to UK and raiding some shops there that sometimes sell the Korean beauty products (yes, TKMaxx, talking about you here) I finally laid my hands on the capsule masks. Unfortunately, the choices were sparse and the only capsules I could see there were from The Face Shop. Without further ado I present to you the glorious and the magnificent “MINI CAPSULE PACK Deluxe Set of 4 Face masks” or “the set” for short.

The set contains 4 mask capsules that contain 10 grams of product each. capsules are made out of brown nontransparent plastic and are covered with a protective seal. Overall, packaging is nice and my only complaints so far are the too long name of the set(way too long and impossible to remember) and the fact that capsules are filled 1/3rd of the way.

Application is same for all 4 masks: Massage onto clean skin, avoiding the eyes and mouth areas. Leave on for 10 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.

Below are the ingredients for all four masks together with more detailed description of the masks.

Aloe mask

Ingredients: Water/eau, glycerin, propanediol, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, 1,2-hexanediol, beta-glucan, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, peg-32, betaine, potassium hydroxide, diethoxyethyl succinate, peg-60 hydrogenated castor oil, phenoxyethanol, citrus paradisi(grapefruit) fruit extract, xanthan gum, parfum, glyceryl acrylate/acrylic acid copolymer, disodium edta

Texture: Transparent gel
Scent: Very light herbal fragrance
Claims: Soothing

Honey mask

Ingredients: Water/eau, glycerin, propanediol, honey extract, butylene glycol, peg-32, betaine, 1,2-hexanediol, panthenol, carbomer, dimethicone, potassium hydroxide, phenoxyethanol, ppg-26-buteth-26, peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, disodium edta, sodium polyacrylate, theobroma cacao(cocoa) extract, parfum

 

Texture: Transparent gel, very smooth application
Scent: This one smells of raw natural honey that you buy from the farmer’s market. Scent is quite prominent in the pack but gets less strong when applied to the face.
Claims: Moisturizing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pomegranate mask

Ingredients: Water/eau, glycerin, dipropylene glycol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, peg-32, cetearyl alcohol, peg-8 beeswax, peg-100 stearate, panthenol, glyceryl stearate, betaine, sodium hyaluronate, eclipta prostata extract, melia azadirachta leaf extract, punica granatum fruit extract, natto gum, moringa oleifera seed oil, zea mays(corn) starch, mannitol, propanediol, peg-240/hdi copolymer bis-decyltetradeceth-20 ether, caprylic/capric glycerides, 1,2-hexanediol, phenoxyethanol, carbomer, caprylhydroxamic acid, potassium hydroxide, parfum, disodium edta, butylene glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, microcrystalline cellulose, hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, iron oxides (CI 77492)

Texture: milky/yoghurt like cream
Scent: Light fruity fragrance
Claims: Resilience, Lifting

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rice mask:

Ingredients: Water/eau, propanediol, cyclopentasiloxane, domethicone, betaine, polysorbate 60, trehalose, glycerin, 1,2-hexanediol, panthenol, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer, microcrystalline cellulose, oryza sativa(rice) powder,peg-32, jojoba wax peg-120 esters, caprylhydroxamic acid, phenoxyethanol, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, hydrogynated lecithin, dimethiconol, potassium hydroxide, cellulose gum, disodium edta, sodium hyalyronate, ethylhexylglycerin, parfum

Texture: semitransparent gel with crushed rice particles in it
Scent: Very light and reminds of Nivea cream
Claims: Brightening

Conclusion:
Overall interesting concept of capsules. All four masks behaved well on me without causing any breakouts. They were extremely hard to wash off which I didn’t like at all. I would not repurchase this set.

Pros:
+ You can get couple of uses out of each capsule
+ Great concept and packaging (I like when products have rather sealed sachets instead of huge tub that once opened can and will collect bacteria)
+ Perfect for vacations and short trips due to the small weight of the container
+ Great combo for multi-masking together with adorable scents
+ Would make a perfect present for a mask-o-maniacs
+ Each mask’s claims are met successfully
+ Quick and easy application/removal process

Cons:
– Capsules are 1/3 full, quite disappointing upon opening
– Hard to get in the shop, long waiting times if I would want to order these online
– Somewhat steep price for the set (+/- 15$ for total of 40 ml)
– Exhausting to pronounce name
– May be irritating for super sensitive skins out there

Where to buy:
❇ NL: try raiding your local TKMaxx store, you may find it there
❇ Internationally: thefaceshop and ebay
❇ Price is somewhere between 8-12 euros per 4 pc. set

Thank you for reading,

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

BIO-CELL Firming Face Mask by The Face Shop

I got the BIO-CELL Firming Face Mask by The Face Shop as a part of a monthly sheet mask subscription. Here is what I think of it.

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ This firming mask features a naturally adhesive bio-cellulose sheet and a Collagen serum.
❇ It restores elasticity and firmness to give you baby-like skin.
❇ Dermatologist Tested / Formulated without added parabens.

Application directions from the manufacturer:

1. Cleanse and tone face. Remove mask from package and unfold.
2. Peel off protective sheet on one side of mask.
3. Place mask on face with the other protective sheet on the outside.
4. Remove remaining protective sheet.
5. Remove mask after 10 to 20 minutes and gently pat to promote absorption of remaining serum.

Ingredients:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Glycereth-26, 1,2-Hexanediol, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Desamido Collagen, Proline, Hydroxyproline, Glycine, Cholesterol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

My experience:

The BIO-CELL Firming Face mask is contained between 2 protective sheets, blue and white. I first removed the harder white layer and applied mask onto my clean face. Afterwards I removed the blue protective sheet and smoothed the cellulose sheet over my face so that there are no bubbles left in between. It took me about two minutes to finish the application process which is quite a lot of time for me.

The bio cellulose sheet is very thin and translucent. It is lightly scented and to my nose it smelled like lavender and citrus. The smell was quite calming and it was present the whole time while I was wearing the mask. I kept it on for about 20-25 minutes and then peeled it off my face. With these type of masks the longer you wear them, the better they adhere. I managed to do some laundry and dishes while it stayed on my face without moving around.

After removing the sheet my skin looked radiant! there were no traces of the thin wrinkles around my eyes and at my laugh lines. My 2 main wrinkles on the forehead were much less noticeable. The effect at my laugh line area lasted for the entire day. Very impressive for a person who smiles as much as I do. Besides the major difference in my wrinkles appearance I have noticed that my skin felt hydrated and well nourished.  It definitely felt rejuvenated and I even got a compliment from my husband that I looked different. Good different 🙂

My final verdict? I want more of these masks in my arsenal! The BIO-CELL Firming Face Mask by The Face Shop did much more than I expected and it instantly became one of my  favorites. I will be trying to get my hands on more of the BIO-CELL sheet masks from this line to test them out and I will definitely let you know about them once I get them.

Pros:
+ Paraben and sulfate free
+ Excellent fit and adherence to the face
+ Excellent moisturizing and skin firming results after 1 use
+ Great at evening out my face wrinkles
+ Light lavender-citrucy fragrance
+ Zero stickiness, perfect base for the make-up

Cons:
– Contains alcohol and fragrance
– Not so suitable for dry and sensitive skin types
– In general biocellulose masks are more difficult to apply than any others
– Impossible to find in NL webshops

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: not available in online shops
❇ Internationally: Available at amazon, ebayroseroseshop, thefaceshop,
❇ Price is +/- 4€

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

The Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule by MISSHA

It took me a while to write this post because I was super busy preparing for my daughter’s birthday. But here we go! Today’s review is about the Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule by MISSHA. The name of it has been changed for 3 or so times.  I think it is now officially called Time Revolution Night Repair Borabit Ampoule.

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ This product is suitable for:
– Those looking to address signs of aging
– Those with dull, dry skin
❇ The highly concentrated essential ampoule helps create flawless skin by promoting the skin’s natural power to improve its condition daily.
❇ Helps to brighten skin and reduce signs of aging.
❇ Contains lactic acid fermented ingredients.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Use after Toner/Essence and before Serum/Lotion. Get appropriate amount and gently spread onto face until fully absorbed. For best results, use after The First Treatment Essence.
*Can be used at day and night

Ingredients:

Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycereth-26, Juniperus Chinensis Xylem Extract, Sorbus Commixta Extract, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Betaine, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Disodium EDTA, Silica, Tripeptide-1, Tripeptide-10 Citrulline, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Ceteth-3, Ceteth-5, PEG-5 Rapeseed Sterol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Sea Water, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Chamomile Flower Extract, Ethyl Hexanediol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, PEG-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Polysorbate 20. Cyclomethicone, Grifola Frondosa (Maitake) Mycelium Ferment Filtrate Extract, Ophioglossum Vulgatum Extract, Carbomer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactobacillus/Rice Ferment Filtrate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Yeast Ferment Extract, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Acacia Arabica Stem Bark Extract, Adenosine, Dimethiconol, Xanthan Gum, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Octyldodecanol, Cyclomethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Dextrin, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Manilkara Multinervis Leaf Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Maltodextrin Crosspolymer, Macadamia Seed Oil, Propylene Glycol, Retinol, Cholesterol, Beta-Sitosterol, Lecithin, Panthenol, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Ceteth-24, Choleth-24, Glyceryl Arachidonate, Glyceryl Linoleate, Glyceryl Linolenate, Ubiquinone, Cetyl Phosphate, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Copper, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Biotin

My experience:

The Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule is a wonderful product if your skin needs extra moisture. What stuns me the most is how good it is at calming the redness of my skin. My skin feels smooth to the touch and is very supple thanks to this wonderful ampoule.

A lot of people compare it to the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Sychronized recovery complex II. I personally think that MISSHA’s creation is way better than  the one made by Estée Lauder. Virtually consistency and color wise they are identical. Ingredient wise MISSHA trumps the EL serum in trifold. That is also noticeable by my skin.

I apply this serum before going to bed. That way it stays put on my skin for several hours and when I wake up my skin is feeling and looking amazing!  I do notice a big difference when I sometimes skip it in my evening routine. I Sometimes mix it with my emulsion if it it very hot outside. That gives me a little bit more oomph for during the day and my skin doesn’t feel dry by the end of the day.

Overall this is an amazing skin care product and does wonders for my skin in terms of brightening and evening my skin tone, reducing redness, smoothing out the rough patches of skin that I sometimes get in the winter. On top of that it makes my skin as firm as it gets when you hit your 30’s. It is a total “love, love, love” product of mine. I do have one issue with it. The applicator pipette is smaller than in the EL serum and I need to use 1,5 pumps of this serum to cover my entire face. I would appreciate it a lot if the packaging would be updated.

Pros:
+ Better alternative for more expensive EL’s Advanced Night Repair serum
+ Paraben, sulfate and alcohol free formula
+ Contains skin brightening, anti-ageing, acne fighting, wound healing ingredients
+ Lovely consistency that spreads out evenly
+ Light pleasant natural fragrance

Cons:
– Pipette picks up little product, a bigger size would be nicer. A pump would be even better!
– Packaging looks outdated

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: missha.nl and  bbcreamshop.eu
❇ Internationally: Available at iHerb, misshaus, notino and many other webshops
❇ Price is 34,99€ per 50 ml bottle

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

Innisfree It’s real squeeze mask – Black Berry

Today I am reviewing the It’s real squeeze mask with the Black Berry by Innisfree. This sheet mask is very lovely and affordable option suitable for for the daily use.

 

 

 

 

 

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ A mask made with freshly squeezed blackberry to make the skin firm and supple while reducing wrinkles.Get firm and elastic skin with the blackberry It’s real squeeze mask!
❇ The super food blackberry gives your skin protection to make it more healthy.
❇ Contains Jeju green complex. The Jeju green complex consists of green tea, tangerine, cactus, camellia leaves, and orchids to keep your skin healthy.
❇ Triple-layered sheet. This triple-layer sheet has a long-lasting moisturizing effect so that the essence can gradually be absorbed into the skin.

Directions from the manufacturer:

1. After washing your face, gently apply toner on your face to even out your skin texture.
2. Then, apply the mask over your entire face, avoiding your eye and lip areas.
3. Remove the mask after 10-20 minutes and gently pat your face to allow the remaining formula to absorb into your skin.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Blackberry Juice(200mg), Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Adenosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tangerine Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, The green Tea Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

My experience:

I did like this mask a lot. Starting from it’s nice recognizable packaging and ending up with good results on my oily skin. It met it’s claims making my skin more firm and on the top of it it evened out my skin tone.

Once you open the packet you immediately smell the juicy berry scent which is not too strong but still lingers on your face while the mask is on. The sheet is made of thin cotton that is slightly rough to the touch. It is quite stretchy too.

I applied the Black Berry sheet onto my face and felt how nice and hydrating it was. The big downside of the sheet for me is the fit of this mask. I have quite prominent nose and no matter how I try to push it down around my nose, the sheet keeps lifting up. Even when  I wear my glasses over it it seems to have air around the nose bridge area. this time I was too lazy to cut it here and there so I just left it the way it is.

After full 15 minutes I took the mask off and was left with baby smooth skin that was very hydrated and looked brighter than before the application. The leftover essence was completely absorbed by my skin in less than a minute. I did enjoy the final results a lot and will be buying it again. The mask does what it promises and has an affordable price tag to it so why not use it more often.

Pros:
+ Affordable price
+ Nice berry scent
+ Hydrating and brightening on my skin
+ Paraben, alcohol and sulfate free formula
+ Suitable for oily and combination skin types

Cons:
– Sheet needs to be cut to fit  my face shape
– Contains fragrance
– May not be suitable for very sensitive skin
– Not an easy to buy product in EU webshops

Where to buy:
❇ NL: Not for sale in NL webshops
❇ Internationally: Available at innisfree website, amazon and yesstyle
❇ Price is +/- 1,50€ per mask

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

SpaLife Pore Refining Lemongrass Facial Masks – 10 pack

Today’s review is about the 10 pack set of Pore Refining Lemongrass Facial Masks made by SpaLife.  I found them in the TKmaxx, the shop where often snoop around when I am in the city center. Last week they had restocked their sheet mask section so I spent quite a lot of time choosing some masks that I din’t try yet. That’s how I came across this big value pack containing 10 masks in it.

Claims from the manufacturer:

Naturally astringent, Lemongrass tightens skin and constricts pores. Its antibacterial properties help remove impurities and free radicals.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Open package and simply pat mask on face, leave for 20 minutes. Gently remove the mask and lightly massage any remaining serum into your skin. Do not rinse. Discard the mask after single use.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Beta-Glucan, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Polysorbate 80, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Chlorphenesin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

My experience:

The seal above the ziplock closure was easy to remove. Once I opened the pack I immediately picked up the typical fresh citronella scent. All 10 masks inside the bag are folded along the length and are easy to separate from each other. The cotton sheet is thick and full of essence.

Once I unfolded the sheet I noticed that it is smaller than any other masks I’ve used. After I applied it onto my face and saw that the part above the eyes was quite short, leaving a mask-free gap which was more than a centimeter high. I didn’t like that so I reapplied the mask.  By that I won approximately 0,5cm of space and my forehead was not feeling bare anymore. 

The sheet is made of very thick cotton that is not too flexible. I feel that with the next application I will be cutting it here and there so that it won’t  let so much air under the sheet. I definitely need at leas 3 more cuts. One in the middle of my chin and 2 somewhere in the temple area or on the forehead.

Once applied, my skin felt slight tingling sensation and started to cool off. I thought that mask had menthol in it but the only ingredient I could find that does it to my skin is the witch hazel. It was a pleasant sensation and I think that this type of mask is perfect for people who go on vacation and need some hydration after being in the sun.

The pack said to keep it on for 20 minutes so I did. The final results of this mask were quite pleasant. My skin was well hydrated and had no sticky feel to it. It seemed more brighter and felt definitely tighter, especially in the area around the mouth.

It is definitely a nice mask but if I would be the manufacturer I would reconsider the quality of the sheet used for it.

 

Pros:
+ Paraben, sulfate and alcohol free formula
+ Has a lovely citronella like scent to it
+ Economic pack
+ Perfect for when on vacation
+ Cheap price
+ Lovely ingredients
+ Unique packaging

Cons:
– Contains fragrance
– Thick sheet makes application more difficult
– Quite small size of the mask in the forehead area
– Ziplock style packaging is less hygienic in use than single pack masks

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE:TKmaxx stores
❇ Internationally: Available at myspalife and amazon
❇ Price varies between 5,99€ and 18€ for a pack of 10

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

Acai Berry Moisturising + Brightening sheet mask by Vitamasques

Today’s mask review is about the Acai Berry Moisturising + Brightening sheet mask by Vitamasques. I stumbled upon the 4-pack while shopping at Tkmaxx and want to share my thoughts on it with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Moisturizing + Revitalizing

❇ A moisturizing Korean face mask made with extracts of the Acai Berry to tighten and smooth your skin. The acai berry has many antioxidant and healing properties for your body. Acai is not only good for the inside of your body, but also good for your skin on the outside.

❇ Our Acai Berry mask gives your skin its much need multivitamin shot. All the way from the forests of the great Amazon basin, acai berry is loaded with Vitamins A, B, C, E and a number of antioxidants. It is a power packed nutrient dense berry good for not only your body, but also for your skin. With all its powers, acai is a perfect anti-ageing treatment you can offer your skin. To top it off, it has the most antioxidants among all berries available, making it the best skin food. One acai berry contains 10 times the amount antioxidants as grapes. Go ahead, nourish with the best. Your skin will thank you.

❇  Inspired by Korean innovation, a triple layer sheet technology designed to enhance the moisture content within the mask and lead to an increased absorption rate within the skin.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Wash and cleanse your face in preparation for applying your face mask. Remove the mask from the packaging and place it tightly on the face avoiding the eyes and lips. After 10 – 20 minutes, remove the sheet from the face and gently pat your face to let the remaining essence absorb into the skin. It is recommended for maximum benefit that the mask be left on for an extended period. This will allow the serum to properly soak into the skin.

Ingredients (not listed on the manufacturer’s website):

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract (10,000ppm), Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Carbomer, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disdodium EDTA, Fragrance

My experience:

To cut the chase, this mask is never going to be in my favorites. The composition of the essence together with the ill fit of the mask made this product an immediate fail for me.  The packaging of the Acai Berry Moisturising + Brightening sheet mask is very promising, nice description on the back written in excellent English, pretty front. What is there not to like? Once you open the pack you immediately sense the berry fragrance, light like a jam.

After taking mask out of the pack it was soaked in the white creamy essence.   I applied it onto my face struggling here and there. I would prefer to cut extra slits into the sheet because it is quite thick and mask tended to slide over my face. On top of it the sheet was not fully soaked in the essence leaving me with dry patches along the folding lines. Not a good start!

After keeping this mask for 15 minutes on the sheet was nearly dried out so I removed the mask and went to the mirror to check how much brighter my face got. Nop, not even a hue lighter. I was quite disappointed in that fact and went about my morning. After an hour time I accidentally touched my face and I instantly felt that it was extremely oily. Not regular sebum oily, but unpleasantly oily.  I immediately rinsed my face off and applied my regular moisturizer.

I would not known if other people have experienced the same with this sheet mask but to me it feels like it is absolutely not suitable for my skin. Biggest downside of it to me is the greasiness it left me with and the fact that it doesn’t brighten my skin. Moisturizing? Yes! Brightening?No! Something that it was supposed to be doing according to how it is named.

Pros:
+ Sulfate paraben and alcohol free ingredients
+ Cute packaging
+ Mild berry scent
+ Good instructions on the pack
+ Affordable price

Cons:
– Contains fragrance
– Does nothing to my face in terms of revitalizing
– Sheet is not evenly soaked in essence
– Sheet adherence is moderate to poor

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: TKmaxx shops
❇ Internationally: Available at beautybay and manufacturer’s website
❇ Price is 6,99€ per set of 4 sheet masks

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

QBEKA snake venom rejuvenating mask

QBEKA snake venom rejuvenating mask is stated to be a biological fiber mask from China. From what I can tell it is a bio-cellulose product but it is way thicker than any regular bio-cellulose masks I’ve ever tried.

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Contain superior rejuvenating energy, activate the potential in deep skin.
❇ Adopt advanced biological fiber, perfectly attach on skin, deliver snake venom active peptide and other medical cosmetology ingredients into deep skin, reduce dry and fine lines, fade dull tone, shrink rough pores, prevent early ageing of skin cells, and keep skin smooth, moist, lustrous and delicate with rejuvenating function as a miracle.
❇ Royal superior skincare, Integration of natural beauty and advanced technology.

Directions from the manufacturer:

After skin cleaning, take out the mask from the bag, the mask has 3 layers, remove the reticular layer. Apply the middle layer which is the biological fiber mask on the face, remove the smooth layer, adjust the mask to make it perfectly attach on skin.  Keep it on skin for 15-20min, remove the mask, wash free, gently massage skin to absorb the remained essence.

Ingredients:

Deionized water,1-3 butanediol,methyl 4-hydroxybenzoate,aloe,hydrolyzed collagen,hyaluronic acid,tranexamic acid,vitamin B5,Palmitoyl Oligopeptide,Palmitoyl Oligopeptide-7,Palmitoyl Oligopeptide-3, tripeptide-10

My experience:

I was quite skeptical about this sheet mask. It’s manufactured by a Chinese brand QBEKA. I was searching for some time and still didn’t find any information or their website. That is very funky in such digital era. Oh well, I took the risk getting it anyway. My experience with it was very neutral.

The package is well made and opens up very easily. Once I opened the sachet, I saw that the serum was milky-white, more of a lotion consistency. There is no smell to the essence at all. I found it promising. The sheet of the mask is made of what looks like extra thick bio-cellulose sheet sandwiched in between 2 white fiber layers.

Application of this mask was easy-peezy. There are no any additional cuts except the holes for the eyes and a cut-out for a nose flap. I thought that I would neet to do some tailoring with scissors but the mask adhered to my face surprisingly well. I enjoyed walking around with it and even managed to pluck some weeds in the garden. The sheet of the mask didn’t move.

Once I removed the sheet after 20 minutes of wear I’ve noticed that it did get thinner. Now it was shrunk to the thickness of a bio-cellulose mask that I was more familiar with. I patted the leftover essence into my face, waited until it dried and looked in the mirror for any signs of brightening and dark spot reduction. Nope, nothing. Nonetheless the QBEKA snake venom rejuvenating mask has hydrated my skin very well. That’s about it.

Pros:
+ Affordable bio-cellulose mask
+ Alcohol, paraben and sulfate free mask
+ Hydrates my skin well
+ Unscented
+ Suitable for all skin types
+ Good fit and adherence

Cons:
– Claims to do it all but in the end the results are only hydrating on me
– English translation on the pack is just hideous
– Absence of the ingredients in English on the pack

Where to buy:
❇ NL: Not available in the Dutch webshops
❇ Internationally: Available at aliexpress
❇ Price is 13,29€ for the pack of 5

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

 

Innisfree It’s real squeeze mask – Green tea

Today I am reviewing the It’s real squeeze mask with the Green tea by Innisfree. This sheet mask is an affordable and quite good quality sheet mask suitable for for the daily use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Soothing and moisturizing effects of green tea extracts.
❇ Jeju green complex consists of green tea, tangerine, white lotus, camelia, and orchid.
❇ Three-layered sheet for longer moisturizing and great adherence.

Directions from the manufacturer:

After washing your face, gently apply toner on your face to even out your skin texture. Then, apply the mask over your entire face, avoiding your eye and lip areas. Remove the mask after 10-20 minutes and gently pat your face to allow the remaining formula to absorb into your skin.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Betaine, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Extract, Lactic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

My experience:

To me this mask feels like it is lacking something. Yes it is nice and hydrating, it meets it’s claims, there is a nice fragrance to it. But yet, something is still missing to make it my go to product.

Once you open the packet you smell the hint of the freshly brewed green tea. The mask in the pack is made of thin cotton sheet that is slightly rough to the touch. I applied it onto my face and noticed the cooling effect of the essence immediately. The big downside of the sheet for me is the fit of this mask. I have quite prominent nose and no matter how I try to push it down around my nose, the sheet keeps lifting up. Even when  I wear my glasses over it it seems to have air around the nose bridge area.

I ended up cutting the mask down the lines of the nose flap so that it fits my face beter. The sheet has 2 cuts on the shin area which I felt were very necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After full 15 minutes I took the mask off and was left with baby smooth skin that was moderately hydrated. The leftover essence was completely absorbed by my skin after a minute. I did enjoy the final result but there wasn’t immediate ” WOW this stuff is awesome” going on as with some of my favorite masks. Overall a simple sheet mask not without it’s flaws. It does what it promises and has an affordable price tag to it. Applying make-up over it is possible but on that day I didn’t do it.

Pros:
+ Affordable price
+ Nice natural green tea scent
+ This sheet mask meets it’s claims
+ Paraben and sulfate free formula
+ Suitable for oily and combination skin types

Cons:
– Sheet needs altering for my face shape
– Contains quite a lot of alcohol and fragrance
– Not suitable for dry and sensitive skins for a long term use
– Not an easy to buy product in EU webshops

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: bbcreamshop.eu and littlewonderland.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at innisfree website and on  ebay
❇ Price is +/- 1,50€ per mask

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

MISSHA Embo Gels: Part 2 Vital-Bomb mask

Today I am reviewing the 2nd hydrogel sheet mask from the brand MISSHA which is the Vital-bomb embo gel mask.

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Gel Masks with embossed surface.
❇ Special care for their dry and fatigued skin.
❇ No mesh type of transparent hydro gel is adhered to the skin without irritating and delivers active substances perfectly into your skin.
❇ Containing Multi Vita Complex and Vital Complex which consists of Grapefruit Extract, it makes your skin vitalized.

Directions from the manufacturer:

After washing the face, prepare the skin with toner. Remove films from the both side of sheets after opening the pouch. Placing the embo side onto the skin, spread evenly the upper part from the eyes and the lower part from the lips. Leave it for 20-40 minutes and remove masks. Pat leftover essence lightly to be fully absorbed.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Agar, Carrageenan, Mannan, Dextrin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Betaine, Allantoin, Panthenol, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Centelia Asiatica Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract Polygonium Cuspidatum Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Litorice) Root Extact, Camellia Sinsensis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomillia Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Polyacrylate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Gaprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhyxylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

My experience:

The mask itself is translucent and has one side that is smooth and the other side is ribbed or as they say – embossed.  Each mask from this series is made of the same material. I took the mask out of it’s pack and removed the safety film preventing the folded sides of the mask from sticking to one another. I applied both halves of the mask with the embossed side onto my face. To me this mask felt more fragranced than the Nourishing-bomb. I immediately smelled the licorice in it (one ingredient in the entire perfume industry that I truly dislike). If you like the scent of citrus and licorice, this one is definitely for you!

I kept the sheet on for approximately 30 minutes. By the end of the wearing time my skin felt cooled down and I felt that my skin was getting tighter on my cheeks. After removing the mask off my face and waiting for the essence to fully absorb my face was yet again super-smooth and well hydrated. I’ve noticed that my pores in the T-zone got visually smaller and my skin was more bouncy than before I did the mask. There was no sticky residue left on my skin.  Since today was a sunny day I just put on my 50 SPF sunscreen and mascara on. By the end of the day my pores were back to their normal size but my skin was still as bouncy and hydrated as after applying the Vital-bomb mask in the morning hours.

Same as the Nourishing-bomb, the Vital-bomb preformed well on me. The biggest results for me were the long-term hydration and plumping effect of this mask. On the downside I am not so fond of the fragrance on this one. We’ll see what other 3 masks will bring. In the end of the series, in my 5th post I will let you know which one(s) is my favorite from the entire line.

Pros:
+ Paraben, sulfate and alcohol free formula
+ Extremely good fit due to 2 parts of the mask
+ Remarkable adherence to the face-no need to lay down with this one, it adheres better to the face the longer it’s on
+ Hydrating and plumping effect on my skin that lasts me all day
+ Smooths down the imperfections in dry areas of the skin
+ No sticky residue left after removing the mask
+ Fragrance is the last ingredient on the list

Cons:
– Still more pricy than the regular cotton/bamboo sheet mask
– Contains fragrance if you are sensitive to it
– I personally don’t like the scent of this mask that much

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: missha.nl, bbcreamshop.eu and littlewonderland.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at ebay, yesstyle.com and many other webshops
❇ Price is ranging from 2,90-3,65€ per mask

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂