MISSHA Black Ghassoul Peel Off Nose Pack

MISSHA Black Ghassoul Peel Off Nose Pack contains 50 grams of product and is one of the stronger peel off packs from the ones I’ve tried. It also has very thick consistency and a light wet ground scent to it. Very natural but odd for cosmetic products you put extremely close for your nose.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇  Squeezing peel-off type nose pack cleaning pores by perfectly removing black heads and white heads with a benefit of Black Ghassoul, mysterious soil from Marocco.
❇ Black Ghassoul provides lots of important moisture with minerals and magnesium and leaves a fresh afterfeel.
❇ *Containing Ecocert certified Moroccan Ghassoul.

Directions from the manufacturer:

After washing your face, prepare the skin with toner. Apply an appropriate amount over the nose area and leave it for 15 minutes until completely dry, Peel off the mask from bottom to top at once.

Tip: More effective after using steamed towel. Before applying mask, apply small amount of moisturizing essence to minimize irritations on the skin. 

Ingredients:

Water, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Alcohol Denat., PVP, Glycerin, Charcoal Powder, Iron Oxides CI77499, Butylene Glycol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Trehalose, Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract, Rhus Semialata Gall Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Methyl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Sodium Acetate, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Arctium Majus Root Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Sanguisorba Officinalis Root Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Uncaria Gambir Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Extract, Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Saponaria Officinalis Root Extract, Moroccan Lava Clay.

My experience:
consistency

When it comes to the pore cleansing peel-off masks I am pretty sure I have tried them all. This particular peel off product was a part of the set that I’ve bought and it came as a bonus to my main 2 items I was hunting down, the ghassoul cleansing bar and the ghassoul clay pack. So I thought why not to review them all at some point and today is the day for the Ghassoul Peel Off Nose Pack.

The tub contains 50 ml of product which is a lot for a local treatment. If you use it on an entire face (strongly not advised) you will run out of it quite fast. I usually use these type of peel offs only on my nose and when necessary on the forehead. Some people may apply these on the chin, but definitely do not attempt using it near the hair line or on sensitive areas. You will epilate your face! Ouch, ouch and more ouch!

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The consistency of this peel off mask is not droopy as other similar products. It is very thick and almost clay like. You have to apply it in a thin layer! Try to steam your face in advance so that your  pores are open. In that way this mask will grab onto the debris from your pores much better and the extraction will be less painful, especially if your skin is sensitive.

The thicker the layer-the longer the drying time. This mask definitely contains particles of the soil and it makes the drying time even longer. After 20 minutes of drying  everything comes off in 1 piece and it pulls out everything from my pores!!! I would not purchase this mask again simply because the scent of it is just not my cup of tea.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Paraben and Sulfate free formula
+ Contains a lot of herbal and mineral ingredients
+ Great adhesion power
+ Removes a lot of blackheads
+ Does not tug on the skin as much as similar peel-off masks
+ Economic in use

Cons:
– Contains alcohol (as any other peel off mask do)
– Contains fragrance
– Drying time is on a longer side

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: bbcreamshop.eu and missha.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at misshadeutchland, amazon, ebay and other online retailers
❇ Price is +/- 11€ per 50 ml tube when you purchase it outside the set

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

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

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

Empties:

Nearly everything is gone till the last drop

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

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

Skin care

It’s all about the hydration

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

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

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

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

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

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

MISA Geum Sul Emulsion
Rating: ❇❇❇

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

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

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

Cleansers

Cleansers

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

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

MERUMAYA Melting Cleansing Balm 100 ml
Rating: ❇❇

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

 

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

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

Pore and pimple care

COSRX Clear Fit Master Patch
Rating: ❇❇❇

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

Lange Matifying Mask
Rating: ❇❇❇

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

Body care

MISSHA Fresh Mint Cooling Body Sorbet 
Rating: ❇❇❇

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

MISSHA Near Skin Self Control Sticky Massage 200ml

Rating: ❇❇❇❇❇

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

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

New skin care products:

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

Hello from Japan 🙂

Splurge alert !!!

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

I have high hopes for you, guys

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

Anti-aging products

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

MISSHA Geum Sul investigation continues

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

More masks !!!

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

New revies are coming out soon

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

New brand in town

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

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Contents of it

 

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

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

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

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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end results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 🙂

DIY toner mist

Today’s post is very short but yet handy for those who travel a lot of want to mistify their favorite product in order to use it sparingly. DIY toner mist is something I love to use instead of soaking my precious toner into the cotton pads and loosing half of the product that way.

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how it applies

All you need is the toner of your choice and a spray bottle! Ha, not so difficult as you might have thought! Right? Well I could tell you a secret, that the best part of this 2 pc recipe is the actual bottle. I’ve tried my share of splay on products as I am one of the lazy skin care people and the faster I can apply something on, the better it is for me.

main ingredients

So which products did I use?

  1. Institytum Resurfacing Glow toner 49$(My current favorite)
  2. MISSHA mist bottle (35ml) 2,45€
Happy toning to everyone!

Simply add the toner into the spray bottle, make sure the  lid is on tight so there will be no leaking and you are good to go. Take it to your office, holiday, purse… Really, the options are infinite. I prefer to have one of these in my work bag, gym bag and on my night stand. Normally I apply my Institytum toner every time I wash my face with water.

I wish you a happy toning experience and may the easy skin care on the go be even easier from now on!

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 🙂

MISSHA Dong baek (Camellia) Flower Sleeping Mask

Yes, yes I know, 2 reviews in one day!!! I’m trying to catch up with somewhat long break I had without being able to publish anything in-between.

“Camellia” is the English name for the Dong baek flower which is used in the MISSHA Flower Sleeping Mask. I liked the Rose mask a lot and simply could resist myself so I bought it as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Containing 1,000ppm of fermented camellia oil from Jeju which is excellent for skin nourishing, it provides soft care for the dry skin that becomes exhausted during the day time.
❇ With creamy texture containing full nutrition, it plumps the dry skin with hydration.
❇ Soft camellia fragrance relieves you while you are sleeping.

Directions from the manufacturer:

At the last step of skin care, apply an appropriate amount, avoiding eye and lip area, and take sleep. The next morning, wash your face with lukewarm water.

Ingredients:

Water(Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycereth-26, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Honey Extract, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-10, Xanthan Gum, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance(Parfum)

My experience:

Dong baek flower is a stunning flower that has been used in skin care for centuries. It has a special place in Asian history and there are several legends that surround this plant. I have tried several Camellia plant based products in the past and I’ve had only positive experience with it. (Well, maybe except the Illi mask…)

If I would compare this mask to the Rose one from the same series I’d tell you that there are several obvious differences in terms of color, texture, absorption rate and hydration levels. Oh wait I am comparing them 🙂

The Camellia mask comes in a yellow jar and contains 105 ml of product which is a lot. The texture of the substance inside is between cream and thick gel that is semi-opaque and white. The scent of this mask is a very pleasant, light, airy and floral. Once it is applied to my oily skin it takes about 10-15 minutes for it to be absorbed by the skin.  I feel like there is a light thin film left on my skin to protect my skin from drying out. One note that I made for myself is that it would be perfect to use in more colder months. Since it’s a thick gel formulation (much thicker than the Rose one) it would do a beautiful job when the air is cold and dry.

Upon waking-up there is no greasy film on my skin I can just simply rinse what’s left with my morning with just water. I still use my cleanser though because I like a squeaky clean face in the morning. Even after washing my face with foamy cleanser my skin feels well hydrated and that feeling lasts me for a long time. My make-up goes on flawlessly as well. To sum everything up I would definitely recommend it for the use on the cold time of the year or if you have a dry skin. And if your skin is super-duper-dry this mask would be an awesome skin care product for you! Yet again one more great product from MISSHA brand. I start to think they won me over with their products for life.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Paraben, sulfate and alcohol free formula
+ Perfect for dry skin
+  Contains Camellia seed oil and flower extracts
+ Light fragrance
+ Affordable price and easy to buy
+ Beautiful packaging

Cons:
– Contains fragrance
– Contains silicone
– Does not come with the application spatula

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: bbcreamshop.eu and missha.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at vutydesign and roseroseshop
❇ Price ivaries from 15-18€ per 105 ml jar

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

 

MISSHA Bee Pollen Renew Sheet Mask

MISSHA Bee Pollen Renew Sheet Mask is one of the latest additions to the MISSHA skin care line. It is a part of the Bee Pollen line that consists of several pollen based products and is made for more dry and exhausted skin.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Sheet mask for dry, stressed skin – moisture and nutrients even for very sensitive skin. Dermatologically tested, without mineral oil!
❇ The cloth mask with bee pollen extract helps to relax and moisturize dry, sensitive skin.
❇ Fresh and relaxing skin care, even for sensitive skin, with a 100% vegetable bamboo fiber cloth that has tremendous moisture retention properties.
❇ The Sheetmask is filled with the nutrient-rich  Ampouler and provides the skin with energy and elasticity.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Take the cloth mask out of the package, unfold it and place it on your face, avoiding the nose and mouth. After 10-20 minutes, remove the mask and gently pat the remaining essence. Do not wash!

Tip: Place the cloth again on your neckline for 10 minutes.

Ingredients:

Water, Pollen Extract, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, C12-13 Pareth-3, C12-13 pareth-23, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Butylene Glycol, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Callus Culture Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Stearate, Sucrose Cocoate, Polysorbate 60, Arginine, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Polyacrylate, Adenosine, Trehalose, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin

My experience:
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As much as I dislike regular honey sheet masks I fell in love with this beauty. It has a serum with consistency that I’ve never encountered before. It is opaque and ha  a yellow-beige tint to it and it is very watery and light. The texture of it has plenty of slip on the skin so it is very gentle and absorbs almost entirely into my skin leaving very little to no residue afterwards.

The essence is scented and has a floral-honey scent to it which is very mild and disappears soon after application. The fit and adherence of the mask are excellent as with nearly all MISSHA products. What  stands out for this particular mask is how soft it actually is. The sheet is made of the bamboo fiber and is super silky and gentle on my skin. Beware essence may drip down your chin a bit in the first couple of minutes!

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Since the essence is very concentrated and feels on the heavier side, it gave me 30 minutes of wearing time. And to be honest I didn’t mind it at all because the sensation that this mask left on my skin was glorious!  I felt that my skin was hydrated to the max. It felt nourished, looked brighter and smoother. My face looked instantly energized! Overall amazing results that lasted me till the next day. The finish on the skin was bit shiny but it was not oily or sticky to the touch. Very unique experience with this one. Will I buy it again? Yes!!!!

Summary:

Pros:
+ Contains Adenosine, Niacinamide and many more skin benefiting ingredients
+ Rich in natural herbal oils and extracts
+ No sticky residue left on the face
+ Great hydrating and smoothing results on my skin
+ Pleasantly scented essence, plenty of it left in the bag
+ Amazingly soft sheet of the mask

Cons:
– Steep’ish price
– Essence is on the runny side
– Fit of the sheet is on the smaller side

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: Not available
❇ Internationally: Available at misshadeutchland and roseroseshop
❇ Price is 4,50€ per one mask

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

MISA Cho Gong Jin Peel Off Pack

MISA is a separate line of care products designed by MISSHA. It  includes five series: Cho Gong Jin, Geum Sul, Cho Bo Yang, Yu Ryeo and Yei Hyun. Today’s review is about the famous Cho Gong Jin Peel Off Pack.

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Specially Formulated Peel Off Pack with Oriental Medicinal Ingredients:
Nourishes the skin and treats redness and inflammation
❇ Pulverized Oriental Medicinal Ingredients: 
Herbal powders and honey eliminate dead skin cells and other impurities
❇ Tightening Effects: 
Improves overall health and elasticity of skin, firming areas of sagging
❇ Recommended for:
– Those whose makeup does not apply well due to rough skin
– Those who want smooth, soft skin
– Those looking for a peel off type mask that removes impurities and dead skin cells
– Those looking to soothe red, inflamed skin

Directions from the manufacturer:

After cleansing and toning, apply an even layer of product onto skin, being careful to avoid contact with the eyes. After 20-30 minutes, or when the mask has dried, carefully peel off and wipe face with toner before continuing with skincare routine.

TIP: Apply an even layer of product to achieve peel off removal. In the event that you are unable to peel off the mask, use additional product for a thicker application.

Ingredients:

Water, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Ethanol, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, PEG-32, Velvet Extract, Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Bark/Sap Extract, Panax Ginseng Powder, Saccharomyces/Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-Yuen Seed Ferment Filtrate, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme ) Flower/Leaf Extract, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Castanea Crenata Shell Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Acetyl Tyrosine, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Pueraria Root Extract, Honey Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Poria Cocos Extract, Rehmannia Chinensis Root Extract, Gold, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cellulose Gum, Allantoin, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance(Parfum)

My experience:

This specific mask is not harsh for your skin. In comparison to the black peel off masks that remove the dirt from the pores, this is thousand time better product. It is similar to a wax layer that is gentle to your skin and still manages to pull out a lot of dirt and grime off my face. It is packed with a lot of fermented herbal ingredients.  You can literally smell the ginseng and honey. The scent is very strong and earthy. A true luxury item in terms of ingredients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I try to use it once a week and it does wonders to my oily skin. The consistency of it is a dark-brown goo with trillions of specks of dried herbs in it. It is semi-thick and spreads well over your face. I usually apply it with my fingers and wait for about 20 minutes for it to completely dry. Even a thin layer does a good job and it peels off with ease in 1 piece. I tried doing a thicker layer once but the drying time turned to be very long. When removing the mask there is no pulling or tugging on my baby hairs on the face which is very surprising considering the fact that this is a peel off pack. I think this is the first mask that I’ve tried that manages not to hurt my face in the removal process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I prefer to use it before applying my make up. I removes the dead skin cells leaving me with much smoother and brighter skin. I wish it would come in the small mini-tube so that I could take it to vacations with me.  Oh, and the packaging on it is amazing. Thanks to the large cap it can be easily stored vertically on my vanity.

Pros:
+ Paraben, Sulfate and Alcohol free formula
+ Contins velvet and Honey extraxts
+ Bomb of herbal ingredients
+ Amazing texture and scent
+ Peels off in one piece
+ Doesn’t irritate the skin
+ Suitable for all skin types

Cons:
– Seems to be sold out a lot

Where to buy:
❇  NL and BE: bbcreamshop.eu, missha.nl and littlewonderland.nl
❇  Internationally: Available at misshaus,yesstyle and other online beauty stores
❇  Price is 15,90€ for a 120 ml tube

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

MISSHA Black Ghassoul Tightening Mask

I bought the Black Ghassoul Tightening Mask a a part of the MISSHA Black Ghassoul Pore Care Set on the bbcreamshop website. I am not new to mud masks so I pretty much knew what to expect from it.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ The Black Ghassoul wash off mask is great for pore cleaning and tightening.
❇ It helps control sebum as well as skin troubles.
❇ The mask moisturizes and leaves skin with a refreshing feeling.
❇ Free of Paraben, Talc, Mineral Oil, and Fragrance.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Use 1-2 times per week. After washing face and applying Toner, get appropriate amount and spread evenly onto face, avoiding eye and lip areas. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.

Ingredients:

Water, Kaolin, Butylene Glycol, Bentonite, Propylene Glycol, Moroccan Black Ghassoul, Glycerin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Palmitic Acid, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Charcoal Powder, Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Rhus Semialata Gall Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Sanguisorba Officinalis Extract Pelargonium Graveolens Extract, Uncaria Gambir Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Polysorbate 20, Panthenol, Steareth-21, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Ammonium Acryloyldimethylaurate/VP Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, CI 77499

My experience:
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The Black Ghassoul Tightening Mask turned out to be a quiet powerful product for tightening up my pores. I’ve used one of the pore strips earlier today and there were some pretty big gaps on my nose. I’ve literally received this one together with some other MISSHA products today so I decided to do first impressions of it while it was sitting on my face.

The 95ml jar comes with a spatula for scooping out the product. The mask is dark grey in color and it is very thick so please do use spatula otherwise it is very difficult to pick up this mask with a brush. I tried to aplly it with my regular soft bristle mask brush but it picked up very little of the product. The spatula came in handy and I just spreaded it over my face with my small pore brush that is designed to reach well into the nose folds. Application with the hands is also possible and maybe even easier than making my brushes dirty.

First 5 minutes nothing happened. Mask remained moist and didnt change any color. After 10 minutes on my skin I felt slight tightening sensation on my nose and to me it was a cure to wash it off. Rinsing it out was quick and easy. My skin seemed brighter on the areas I’ve placed the product. The gaps from extracted earlier sebum were gone. There was no irritation or redness of the skin. The mask did a good job on evening my skin and shrinking the craters on the nose are. The only other skin care step this day was a spray toner to restore the moisture barrier of my skin.

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To sum up: the mask did what I expected it to do. It is very economical in use and a little goes a long way. I like this mask much more than the Ghassoul mask from the TooCoolForSchool that I’ve been using for shrinking my pores. There is no scent to this product and it has a decent price. The ingredient list is also very good. Will I purchase it again? Yes! Considering the amout of prouct in it it will probably be somewhere next year 🙂

Summary:

Pros:
+ Paraben, Sulfate,  Perfume and Alcohol free formulation
+ Contains charcoal powder and Panthenol
+ Rich in Vitamine E and Camelia Flower extract
+ Great purifying mask that tightens up my pores
+ Suitable for all skin types
+ Economic in use, the less is more
+ No fragrance

Cons:
– Contains Dimethicone
– Very thick consistency, hard to apply with the brush

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: bbcreamshop.eu and easycosmetic.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at missha.nl, misshaus and amazon webshops
❇ Price is 11,95 € per 95 ml of product

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

MISSHA Airy Fit Sheet Mask – Pomegranate

I was waiting and waiting and waiting for the MISSHA Airy Fit sheet masks to turn out in the (semi)local webshops because I really don’t want to order from Korean websites and have a month wait. I was lucky to spot the Ary fit Sheet mask series at the German MISSHA site so I went a grabbed some masks from the newest added sheet mask line. Today’s review is about the Airy Fit Sheet Mask with Pomegranate.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ The sheetmask with Pomegranate makes the skin elastic and soft. Tired skin gets an elasticity boost!
❇ A cloth mask delivering its active ingredients effectively to the skin. The mask adheres through a lot of moisture to the skin.
❇ Rice paper is twice as thin and lighter than regular paper, which makes the mask feel like a second layer of 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, Butylene glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycerin, Carbomer, Arginine, Coptis Japonica Root Extract , Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Trehalose, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, PVM/MA Copolymer, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil

My experience:
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Today’s review is one of many to come because I am pretty sure I’ve got all of the airy fit masks to play around with. I was able to get them from Germany for 1,80 per sheet which I do think is reasonable price for slim-fit sheet masks.

By slim-fit I mean those products that are made of the thin velvety fabric that is capable of absorbing a lot and adheres very well to your skin. I can immediately recognize this type amongst many because they usually don’t have any extra snips in them, only the openings for mouth, nose and eyes. The rest is unnecessary because the staying power of such thing is enormous. I can jump around and swing my hair like I am on the rock concert and it will still stay put.

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The packaging of this entire series is worth mentioning. Very sleek, matte colorful. I like it a lot. Mask inside is almost transparent wen wet and indeed very thin. The essence is also transparent and is not watery. The application was a pleasure because no essence was trying to escape from my face. Another major lovely feature. As for the scent, it doesn’t smell like much. Very light airy, fresh hint of something green. I had it on my face for 20 minutes and couldn’t smell anything at all. Only when I was inspecting the insides of the pack I caught a slight whiff of fragrance.

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The wear time for me was full 20 minutes.  Very lovely. My face was left with little residue on the skin that I just patted in and after 3-5 minutes no traces were left on the surface of my skin. Upon the inspection in front of the mirror I saw that my skin tone was more even than before the application. The greatest difference what I felt was that my skin was more even, had nearly no texture and felt super smooth. I get the same feeling after my peeling and I was surprised that a sheet mask can achieve nearly the same level of smoothness.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Sulfate, Alcohol and Paraben free formula
+ Contains several vitalizing oils
+ Great fit and adherence of the sheet
+ Very thin and soft material
+ Affordable price
+ Amazing skin smoothing and plumping results
+ Excellent formulation, the essence is not runny and absorbs well

Cons:
– Disappointed not to see vitamins added to this ampoule mask
– Hard to get in EU shops

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: Not Available
❇ Internationally: Available at mishadeutchland and roseroseshop
❇ Price is between 1 and 2€ per sheet and depens on where you get the mask from

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂