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 🙂

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 🙂

 

MIZON Apple Smoothie Peeling Gel

MIZON Apple Smoothie Peeling Gel is a decent product for it’s price. Beware though! It does contain several non-friendly ingredients so people who have a sensitive skin should stay away from it.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ This ultra-gentle exfoliating gel rids the skin of dead skin cells and dirt without harsh chemicals or skin-irritating microbeads. We see why this has received so much love in Korea.
❇ Natural papaya extract contains papain which “digests” dead and/or damaged skin tissue while leaving new, healthy tissue intact for incredibly easy and effective exfoliation
❇ Apple extract contains natural alpha hydroxy acids which further contributes to gentle exfoliation for smoother, brighter skin. Apple is also astringent, tightening pores and helping to clear acne-causing agents
❇ Citrus extracts brighten skin to make it clearer and more radiant

Directions from the manufacturer:

Use 2-3 times weekly. Wash face, dry face and leave the gel on for 1-2 minutes. Gently massage the gel on the face and then rinse off with lukewarm water. Concentrate the product on dry flakes and pores to buff skin to a smooth finish.

Ingredients:

Water, Cellulose, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Glycolic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract,  Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharium (Sugar Maple) Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Gypsophila Paniculata Root Extract, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

My experience:
gel is very thick and has a pleasant scent to it

I’ve got a confession to make. I barely use my peeling creams and gels. I never had found one that would satisfy my nose and my wallet untill I’ve met the MIZON brand product. It is very comparable to the peeling gel from Secret Key but I’m not a big fan of it’s scent. MIZON apple fragrance (which is added into the product) is not strong and reminds me of juicy green apples. You only need a little of the product to cover up your entire face if you don’t exfoliate any other areas of your body. In my case, what you see on the picture is the amount for my face, neck, décolleté and elbows (yes, got rough skin the and this stuff works wonders on dry patches).

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As with every peeling gel, it is fairly simple in use. I like to leave it on for 5 minutes before actually starting to rub. Out f experience with other similar products, it loosens up the dead skin cells more productively and I don’t need to roll the gel around my face (and body) for too long. I tend to use this peeling right before I hop into the shower. In that way I don’t neet to meddle around my sink an can wash the product debris off within seconds.

The gel is very gentle and effective and meets it’s claims. My skin is left soft and supple after use. It doesn’t scream for moisture after I walk out of the shower. I proceed with my skin care and apply a toner and a hydrating mask afterwards to rebalance my skin. Is it the best of the bunch? Not really. I do prefer this one over other brand only due to the fact that it has a pleasant smell to it. For the rest, my MISSHA Super Aqua Oxygen Micro Visible Deep Cleanser peeling does a better job at nourishing and hydrating my skin.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Easy to buy nearly in every K-beauty store in NL and BE
+ Decent content:value ratio
+ Great non artificial apple scent
+ Liquid and easily spreadable consistency
+ Rich in anti-oxidants

Cons:
– Would prefer the product coming in the bottle with pump
– Contains alcohol, parabens and fragrance

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: coos-cosmetic.com and littlewonderland.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at peachandlily, iHerb, amazon and many other online stores
❇ Price is +/- 14€ per tube of 120 ml

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:
contents

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 🙂

 

Lange Hydra-Global Active Cream Mask

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

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Claims from the manufacturer:

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

Directions from the manufacturer:

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

Ingredients:

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

 

Full ingredient list:

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

My experience:

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

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

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

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

Summary:

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

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

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

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

Pumpkin mask (Soothing + Brightening) by BLING POP

A while ago I have stumbled across this sheet mask on the bol.com and wanted to try it out because so far there were no pumpkin masks in my arsenal. Pumpkin mask by BLING POP looked like a good way to expand my masking horizons.

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Contained pumpkin extract  that helps to reveal skin to looks smoother, younger, radiant and revitalized.

(Could grammar be any better on the packaging….)

Directions from the manufacturer:

Smooth the skin texture with a toner after washing face. Apply mask onto face, smoothing and spreading evenly onto facial contours. Remove the mask after 15-20 minutes. Gently massage any excess essence into the skin.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Convallaria Majalis Bulb/Root Extract, Magnolia Kobus Branch/Flower/Leaf Extract, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Ipomoea Purpurea Extract, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polysorbate 80, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Arginine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol

My experience:

I’ve officially tried it all :))) At least I think I did. Tomato,potato, snail mucin, kelp, seaweed, bean, beet, carrot, you name it. Been there, done that! Only the pumpkin mask was left on my botanical “to do (mask) list”.

I stumbled across the bling pop mask on the bol.com and was wondering whether to try it or not. Guess what I’ve decided? The pumpkin mask comes in the bright colorful girly packaging which catches the eye even across the room. Upon opening the pack, there is a slight flowery-fruity scent that is somewhat strong but after 10 minutes you don’t notice it anymore. The sheet is made of thick cotton which is surprisingly soft.

Application of the sheet was easy-breezy. I was left with some extra folds here and there but it staid on my face the entire 15 minutes that I was cooking pasta. Once I removed the sheet there was some essence left on my skin which felt slightly oily. The second thing I noticed was that my skin felt tighter and firmer.

I can not say anything about the smoothing and brightening since it was too dark and my skin was in pretty good condition that day. It did feel hydrated, but not too much. Since I applied this mask late in the evening I didn’t mind the oily’ish feel and just put my night serum over it for extra conditioning of my skin. This sheet mask did not break me out.

Pros:
+ Alcohol, sulfate and paraben free formula
+ Contains vitamine E and flower extracts
+ Suitable for oily, combination, normal and dry skin types
+ Clean fruity-flowery fragrance
+ Hydrating and plumping on my skin
+ Good fit of the sheet on my face

Cons:
– Contains fragrance
– Careful if you have sensitive skin, may irritate you
– Price differences per sheet mask are very big

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: Available at bol.com
❇ Internationally: Available at cosmetica-fanatica and dorasommer
❇ Price varies between 3-8€ per sheet

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Ampoule

MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Ampoule is a new product from MISSHA from their snail series that that I’ve been looking into lately. I’ve decided to try it out and see what results will I get from it seeing how many positive reviews are out there especially from people with oily and acne prone skin. I’m glad it didn’t disappoint me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claims from the manufacturer:

Recommended for:
❇ Those with dull and rough skin from exposure to extreme weather/dryness
❇ Those who feel that previous skincare steps do not provide needed hydration
❇ Those who want to improve and strengthen their moisture retention barrier
❇ Those who have reactive skin that is easily affected by external conditions

Directions from the manufacturer:

After toner, apply needed amount onto skin and pat to help absorption

Ingredients:

Snail Secretion Filtrate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Water, Niacinamide, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Alcohol, Dimethicone, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Polysilicone-11, Cyclohexasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Dimethiconol, PEG-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, Carbomer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Fragrance(Parfum), Sodium Polyacrylate, Tromethamine, Adenosine, Glyceryl Citrate/Lactate/Linoleate/Oleate, Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Adansonia Digitata Fruit Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, sh-Decapeptide-7, sh-Octapeptide-4, rh-Oligopeptide-1, rh-Oligopeptide-2, rh-Polypeptide-1, rh-Polypeptide-22, rh-Polypeptide-3

My experience:

I’ve tested this ampoule for full 2 weeks, letting my Borabit Ampoule silently cry on the shelf (sorry babe, I love you but girl has to try something else for a change). It performed equally well and I am very satisfied with the results.

The Cell Renew Snail Ampoule is one of those products with very girly, lux iridescent packaging and is pleasant to look at. I do keep mine in the fridge for the sole purpose of using this serum as a refreshing goodness on hot evenings. What strikes me the most is how economical it is in use. The golden pipette on this is very small and has a button on top. Pushing it allows the product to be pulled into the pipette and if you push it again it will release it’s contents into your hands or onto your face. Despite the fact that pipette is getting only half filled with product, it is exactly the right amount to apply on my face.

The serum has little to no smell. It is fresh and light and I can not pinpoint what particular perfume ingredients are used in it. The consistency is semi-transparent serum that at first feels oily and gliding, but then it is quickly sinking into the skin. I presume that is the famous snail mucin that acts like that on the skin. Once applied it is absorbing fast leaving my skin looking more radiant. When testing it out, the only other product that I used in my evening care was my Super Aqua Mini Pore toner. I didn’t feel like my skin needed any cream after this serum. Last few days I was layering my sleeping packs over it to see if it would cause any breakouts. Also nothing which is a great news for colder months!

What can I say for the 2 weeks of use? My skin is definitely more firm and has less texture to it. I had some small milia breakout situation on my chin right before I started using this ampoule and it was completely gone in 3-4 days. I do notice that my skin got firmer and started producing less oil. I need to blot it once a day nw instead of 2-3 times. It is definitely doing a great job.

I looked up the ingredients and was shocked. 65% of it is the snail mucin filtrate! How cool is that? It is also the 1st ingredient on the list meaning there is no hoax with it having water base with 2 drops of mucin diluted in 10 liters of water. The concentration of 65% is truly remarkable. The minus points on the ingredients are for the alcohol (10th on the list) and silicone(11th on the list) ingredients. Be careful if you have sensitive skin !!!! Still, seeing how my skin has changed over the past 2 weeks, definitely worth buying again!

Pros:
+ Paraben and sulfate free formulation
+ Contains 65% of snail mucin filtrate
+ Contains niacinamide and adenosine, 2 strongest anti-aging ingredients
+ Meets it’s claims on my skin
+ Good skin plumping results on my skin
+ Excellent at evening the texture
+ Gorgeous design of the packaging
+ Regulates my oil production

Cons:
– Contains alcohol, silicone and fragrance
– Pipette with the button picks up less product than similar serum products
– May not be suitable for very sensitive skin
– 30 ml is very little for the price

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: bbcreamshop.eu , missha.nl and littlewonderland.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at misshaus, yesstyle, notino and many other webshops
❇ Price varies between 35 and 40 € per 30 ml

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

MISSHA Rose Flower Sleeping Mask

I’ve been testing few sleeping masks in the course of last 1,5 months and want to share my thoughts on the Rose Flower Sleeping Mask by MISSHA. To me this is a perfect sleeping mask for the summer because it is so moisturizing yet light on the skin.

 Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Sleeping mask containing damask rose water that is excellent for providing moisture to skin to help make skin soft like flower leaves while sleeping.
❇ Containing 10% of damask rose water from France which is excellent for skin soothing, it provides soft care for the sensitive skin that becomes exhausted during the day time.
❇ With gel texture containing full moisture, it plumps the dry skin with hydration.
❇ Soft rose 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 your sleep. The next morning, wash your face with lukewarm water.

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Glycerine, Cyclopentasiloxane, propaandiol, Dimethicone, ethylhexyl palmitaat, glycereth-26, zoete thee (Framboos) Leaf Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, postelein extract, Aloë barbadensisbladextract, Chamomilla recutita { Matricaria) extract, Polysorbaat 20, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate / VPCopolymer, dimethiconol, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Carbomer, triethanolamine, 1,2-hexaandiol, allantoïne, PEG-10 Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspoymer, tocoferylacetaat, butyleenglycol, natriumhyaluronaat , Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, fenoxyethanol, Fragrance (parfum), Orange 4, Red 33

My experience:

From all of the new sleeping packs that I’ve been testing I reach for this mask the most. It has a very nice consistency and very natural scent that knocks me out into a good sleep.

This mask is a gel formula that is semi-transparent and has a light pink tint to it. It is not too thick nor too thin, just what I like in my sleeping masks. Once I apply it onto my face it transforms into serum-like gel which is very easy to spread over the face and you only need a little of product to cover the entire face. The fragrance is the bomb in this one! Very light and airy and doesn’t cause any headache.

What I love about this mask is how quickly it is absorbed by my skin.  Within 5 minutes I am left with no trace of the product on my face and there is no tackiness either. I appreciate it a lot because with the current warm weather, my face enjoys the light and fresh feeling this mask leaves on my skin.

Upon wakening there is no greasy film on my skin I can just simply rinse what’s left with my morning. cleanser and I am good to go. My skin always feels rested and hydrated. It is good for every-day use and the 105 ml jar is going to last me quite a while. Very happy with this new addition by MISSHA. They don’t seem to disappoint me on the sleeping mask front 🙂

Pros:
+ Paraben, Sulfate, Alcohol free
+ Best used for oily, combination and normal skin
+ Contains antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients
+ Very relaxing and subtle rose fragrance
+ Great performance on my oily skin
+ Quickly absorbed by the skin

Cons:
– Contains fragrance (one of the last items on the list)
– Contains silicone
– May not provide enough hydration to the very dry skin
– Does not come with the application spatula

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: bbcreamshop.eu and missha.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at yesstyle, roseroseshop and kollektionk
❇ Price is 11-19€ for 105 ml

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂