MISSHA Near Skin Egg White Pack

MISSHA Near Skin Egg White Pack is one of those amazing masks that you want to use every day. To me it feels not like a regular mask but as a part of a spa treatment that I can indulge at home when I am in the mod for some beauty evening. To me this mask is a true gem in my collection.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

 ❇ Sleek skin like a peeled boiled egg: Abundant albumin extracted from egg white helps tighten the pores and make skin sleek and smooth.
❇ Removing waste and sebum: Deeply cleanses waste and sebum in skin with mild heat effect.
❇ Radiant and vital skin: Rice extract and Vita 3 complex helps make dull skin look radiant and revitalized.

Directions from the manufacturer:
1. Take an appropriate amount.
2. Massage gently with fingers until its transparent content turns white.
3. After massaging for 3~5mins, wash off thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Ingredients:

Glycerin, Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose, Distearate Polysorbate 80, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer, Cellulose, Chlorphenesin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tromethamine, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vanillyl Butyl Ether, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Mannitol, Butylene Glycol, Albumen, Panthenyl Triacetate, Hydroxypropylcellulose, PEG-12 Sodium Benzoate, Ethylcellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Rumex Crispus Root Extract, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract

My experience:
consistency

If I remember correctly this mask was one of the first products from the MISSHA masks. I keep repurchasing it over and over again but I have a feeling it has been discontinued because I can not find it at the big retailer stores anymore. Luckily my local MISSHA supplier still sells it.

The mask contains 100 ml of product which is a lot. It is very economic in use! The best part of this mask is how well it cleans my skin. I am left with nice glow every time I use it. the main ingredient is glycerin and the water is nr 2 on the list. It is a true hydration booster type of mask. The consistency is semi-transparent with tiniest white specks in it. the smell of the mask is divine. I can only describe it as something luxurious and herbal. It is a bit medicinal and fresh at the same time.

Once you apply it on the face and start rubbing it in. You feel the heating effect from the moment you start to rub it in circular motions. Be careful, the harder you rub it, the hotter it gets. I prefer using my fingers over it but you can also pop out your Clarisonic and keep swirling it around the skin. In 2-3 minutes it turnes into opaque white substance. After this I keep it on for 2 more minutes and rinse it off.

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My skin is feeling velvety after this mask. I try to use it at least once a week, usually in the weekend when I have some more time to schedule my “at home SPA” session which consists of bath with bubbles, moisturizing socks and a fancy skin care all accompanied with some great movie or a book.  This mask is a true must-have for me. Since the warming effect is quite noticeable this mask would not be suitable for sensitive skin types. The rest could enjoy the loveliest scent and heat-effect in those cold months.

Summary:

Pros:
+ Sulfate, Paraben and Alcohol free
+ Contains Rice extract and Vitamine E
+ Loveliest fragrance ever (I mean it!)
+ Amazing pleasant skin warming effect
+ Great purifying and skin tightening product
+ Spa experience at home guaranteed

Cons:
– Contains fragrance
– Seems to be sold out nearly everywhere (Discontinued???)
– Thick formula
– Not an option for sensitive skin

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: missha.nl and bbcreamshop.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at beyonlab.net and amazon
❇ Price is 11,60€ per 100 ml jar

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

Charcoal Mask Pack by Kina Cosmetics

Charcoal Mask Pack by Kina Cosmetics is a purifying and soothing charcoal mask that is meant to be used for those with more oily and acne prone skin types. I fount it in the local TKmaxx shop and decided to take it home for vigorous testing 🙂

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Pack of 5 Facial Masks
❇ Made in South Korea
❇ A purifying sheet mask that is formulated with a blend of Activated Charcoal and seven skin-loving botanicals that work to detoxify and cleanse pores, while firming and hydrating skin.

Directions from the manufacturer:
  • Ensure skin is cleansed and toned
  • Remove sheet mask from sachet
  • Gently apply mask ensuring a smooth fit over contours of face
  • Leave on for approximately 20 minutes
  • Remove sheet mask and pat in remaining essence into skin
Ingredients:

Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (matricaria) flower extract, Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) root extract, Camellia sinensis leaf extract, Polygonum cuspidatum root extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis root extract, Butylene glycol, Carbomer, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin, Ethanol, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Triethanolamine, Charcoal Powder

My experience:
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Not all of my experiences with the charcoal (black) masks were pleasant. More than half of the products from this category are tossed into the bin. Luckily today is not the case. Since this particular mask came only in the set I was obliged to buy the 5 pack that worried me a bit. Luckily it does a good job on my skin so  I can keep using the rest of masks without any problems.

The sheet of the mask is black and veeery soft and flexible. It is medium thick and fits like a glove. The adherence is very good too. Essence of this mask is a bit milky yet transparant and it feels like a good ampoule would feel. It has a bit of slip to it but there is no droopiness at all. the scent of the sheet is very pleasant and it smells of lemons and lavender. A die hard combination for bath lovers. It is very relaxing and airy which I like a lot.

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I wore the mask for 20 minutes and it came off damp. I presume I could pull another 10 minutes out of it but I didn’t think it was necessary at the time. My skin was looking very fresh and bright. The small lines have disappeared  off my face for an entire day and my skin remained baby smooth. I only used the sunscreen afterwards. What I noticed at the end of the day is that my skin had produced significantly less oil than what it normally does when it is so hot outside. The only product that was new to my routine was this particular mask.

I must investigate it a bit more to see if it is actually the case with this sheet mask or was attributed to something else such as hormones 🙂

Pros:
+ Alcohol and Sulfate free formulation
+ Contains charcoal powder and allantoin
+ Packed with natural herbal extracts and oils
+ Great fit  and adherence on my face
+ Amazing skin soothing and brightening results

Cons:
– Contains paraben
– Hard to find in the stores and online
– Not sold as single sheets

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: TKmaxx shops
❇ Internationally: Available at  kinacosmetics
❇ Price is 12$ for the 5-pack

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

WYT Oxygen AHA Bubble Peeling Mask by NEOGEN

WYT Oxygen AHA Bubble Peeling Mask by NEOGEN is a staple product of many and today I will review this sheet mask for you.

Claims from the manufacturer:

This Oxygen AHA Bubble Peeling Mask has an impressive skin clearing formula containing AHA and BHA that will suck out the dirt, clean the pores, and remove dead skin cells to leave the skin clear, smooth and glowing. Save yourself the manual exfoliation and deep cleansing headache as you sit back and watch the bubbles do your work!

Directions from the manufacturer:

1. After cleansing, retrieve the mask from the pouch and apply it on your face. Upon applying the mask, bubbles should start to foam and you will leave the mask on about 5-10mins. After leaving on for about 5-10mins, remove the mask and rinse the remaining product from your face until it is completely and thoroughly washed off.

Ingredients:

Water(Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycerin, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Lactic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Salicylic Acid, Papain, Trehalose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Oxygen, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Pyyrus malus (Apple) Fruit Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch hazel) Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, laminaria Japonica Extract, Polypodium Vulgare Rhizome Extract, Cetraria Islandica Thallus Extract, Sphagnum Magellanicum Extract, Propanediol, Maltose, Butylene Glycol, Cyclodextrin, Niacinamide, pathenol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Rutin, Tocopherol, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Polycaprolcactone, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Carbon Dioxide, potassium Hydroxide, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, AHA1% (Lactic Acid + Tartaric Acid), Fragrance(Parfum)

My experience:

I’ve bought this sheet mask online because I ran out of my bubble peeling gel by MISSHA that I love to death. I thought why no tot try something else for a change and since NEOGEN products are on my “to test” list I decided to start with some peeling products from this brand.

The mask comes in black and white packaging with clear instructions written in English which is always a good thing. I’ve opened the pack and saw that the sheet was black. Once I touched it it felt very soapy and somewhat slime’ish. I immediately popped it onto my face and was staring in the mirror to see how fast it starts bubbling. After one minute my face was covered in bubbles but there were no accompanying bubbly sounds yet. After 5 minutes I started to hear light hissing and popping and my skin felt light tingling.

The thicker areas of my skin could tolerate it well but when it came to the spots around the eyes it started to burn. I tried pushing the mask around my eyes to create moe open space but that was not a great idea. The solution went everywhere and I did get it into my eye. I had to take the mask off and rince my eyes immediately. I know this is not adviced, but I quickly cut larger holes fr the eyes and popped the mask back for the remaining 5 minutes. It felt waay better this time.

My skin felt this amazing bubbling sensation  that I like so much from my peeling products. It was not harsh. On the other hand, the smell of this mask was. It is scented like those Citronella candles that are repelling mosquitoes. Well the smell repelled me too. After 10 full minutes of my face it didn’t disappear anywhere.  Huge downside for making this mask a pleasant experience. I really really hate the smell of this mask but I love what it does for my skin.

The rinsing off part is very fast. I am left with visibly brighter and squeaky clean face. What I felt immediately that I needed some hydration after this mask. I put on my Instytutum toner that is very rich and hydrating and my face looked flawless. NEOGEN does some serious business when it comes to the peeling products. What I can conclude so far is that I must try more of their sheet mask offerings to wether fall in love with them or stay neutral to this specific brand. My overall “go for it” advise when shopping for NEOGEN is their pads products and few items from the Agecure line. The reviews on these will follow as well so don’t forget to check my blog once in a while.

Summary:

The WYT Oxygen AHA Bubble Peeling Mask was effective product for my skin type but I can never get used to the way it smells. Would I buy it again? Probably not. It was a pleasant experience but for less money I can control the areas of application using my favorite peeling gel that delivers same results and hydrates my skin.

Pros:
+ Paraben Sulfate and Alcohol free formualtion
+ Contains acids, skin anti-aging and brightening ingredients
+ Packed with Niacinamide, Vitamins and Panthenol
+ Affordable price
+ Great immediate results on the skin
+ Good quality of the sheet
+ Washes off in seconds

Cons:
– Strong scent
– Irritates skin around the eye area

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: littlewonderland.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at neogen, yesstylemasksheets and many other online stores
❇ Price is 2,95€ per sheet

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

Skinfood Real Tea Gel Mask Lavender

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇A real flower tea gel mask containing lavender petal powder and lavender flower extract that moisturizes skin and promotes relaxation.

❇ Lavender is excellent for sterilization, antiseptic, and relaxing purposes. The mask also contains peppermint, chamomile, and rosemary leaves.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Extract mask and tightly apply on facial skin, following the contours of your face. After about 10-15 minutes, remove the sheet and pat face to absorb the remaining essence. Apply any remaining essence in the pouch to your neck and body.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, 1,2- Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Ricimus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Powder, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Disodium Edta, Fragrance, Water, Potassium Hydroxide

My experience:

The Real Tea Gel Mask Lavender by Skinfood brand is one of those masks that contains pieces of the shredded plant in the gel. I like it a lot but it is great not only because it looks nice but because it does something amazing to my skin!

The sheet of this mask is  made of hydrogel, mesh and plant particles and is soaked in a lot of essence that has light tea brew color to it. The essence is completely transparent, runny and smells of lavender. The scent of this is heavenly. I do not appreciate lavender in body products but when it comes to the skin care I like it a lot. The hydrogel is protected by 2 layers of plastic,  transparent and white ones. The mask is split into 2 pieces for the bottom and top parts of the face.

The fit of the sheet is good for my face frame. You see it very often that the hydrogel masks are nearly always fitting any type of the face better than a regular cotton or felt fabric sheet. I usually apply the bottom piece first so that the top part will overlap it preventing it from sliding down my face. Overall the way this mask is cut reminds me of the MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro Gel.

Once the mask is on my face it tends to move around for first 5 minutes but then it adheres and I can not even move it with my fingers until the time I have to peel it off my face. The average wear time with this one is 20-30 minutes. After that the edges start drying out and poke the already sensitive skin under my eyes. Once the mask is off I am left with baby smooth skin witha trace of stickiness. This disappears after 20 minutes and my skin is looking glowy, radiant and brightened. The texture spots are as good as gone. I do not have any need to hydrate my face but I still apply my moisturizer over my face. Overall a great mask to have for those days when your skin is dry and dull. This one definitely saves the day!

Pros:
+ Paraben, Sulfate and Alcohol free
+ Contains Niacinamide and Lactobacillus Ferment
+ Amazing fragrance
+ Pleasant fit and adherence of the sheet
+ Great at brightening and hydrating skin
+ Evens out skin tone and calm irritated spots
+ Good for all skin types
+ Cruelty free

Cons:
– Contains fragrance
– Has a mesh layer that sometimes irritates my skin (around the edges of the mask)
– Runny essence

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: boozyshop.nl
❇ Internationally: Available at skinfood, sokoglam, amazon and many other webshops
❇ Price is 4,95€ per sheet at Boozyshop

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

BIOTHERM Wonder mud beautifying smoothing mask

The Wonder mud beautifying smoothing mask belongs to the Skin Best series made by BIOTHERM. It is a 3-minute purifying non-drying mask and here it is what I think of it.

Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ 3-minute mask, with mineral clay, to cleanse deep, reduce the look of pores and get a healthy-looking glow. This non-drying mask removes impurities and excess sebum and unclogs pores.
❇ Use twice-weekly to cleanse against the build-up of city grime, makeup and impurities to help fight dullness and let skin feel as if it can breathe easier.
❇ This mask combats dullness and absorbs oil and impurities. Skin looks noticeably healthier, brighter and more even, feels soft and looks luminous.
❇ Tested on all skin types, even sensitive.
❇ Purified and healthier-looking skin within 2 weeks.
❇ Pores look reduced within 4 weeks.
❇ Gentle, comfortable and non-drying texture for easy-on, easy-off application.
❇ Freshness streamlines application and removal.
❇ Dead surface skin cells are scrubbed away with a sweet sensory experience.

Directions from the manufacturer (Multiple ways to mask):

❇ Non-drying, in 3 minutes your mask is on – and off again.
– Option 1: Use twice weekly all-over at hometime or after your run for a deep-cleansed glow.
– Option 2: Use to target trouble in the T-zone.
– Option 3: Apply to cheek contours only for light-reflecting contouring when the big occasion calls.

Ingredients (listed on the official website):

FORMULA WITH ASTAXANTHIN, GHASSOUL MINERAL CLAY, AND LIFE PLANKTON.

Full list of ingredients:

Aqua, Kaolin, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Prunus Armeniaca Seed Powder, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Capryloyl Glycine, Steary lAlcohol,Xanthan Gum, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Limonene, Vitreoscilla Ferment, Linalool, Geraniol, Myristic Acid, Moroccan Lava Clay, Citric Acid, Haematoccus Pluvialis Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Potassium Sorbate, Parfum [+/- CI 77891, Mica, CI 77491, CI 77510]

My experience:

At first I liked this mask but more I used it, more my opinion of it has changed. I purchased it around  3 months ago. I loved the way it is packaged, great quality glass, beautiful vibrant color, big size jar. Unfortunately this mask doesn’t come with an application spatula.

I still remember the first time I used it. It was so creamy and went on with a nice thin layer. I was surprised to find scrubbing particles in it but I did like their presence in (it makes it easier to wash off this mask off).  Back then I put a nice layer and covered my entire face and left the mask on until it was half-dry. Then just simply rinse it off, tone – you are good to go.

Couple of days later I reached for it the second time. That’s when it started acting wonky on me. I applied it for 3 minutes as it was advised by the manufacturer and washed it off. The next day my skin was feeling very textured and I couldn’t get rid of the feeling that my pores were ultimately clogged. So I did apply it for the third time and same thing happened.

I started poking the mask around and saw that it has a mica glitter powder in it. After you wash the wonder mud off your face, look closely and you will see some small golden-hue specks of glitter (fine milled powder) remaining on the skin. That was the reason that my skin was boycotting. I immediately stopped using this mask because it did me no good whatsoever.

Today I reached for it only to write this review and it is officially the last time I will use it on my face. The texture of this mask is very soft, creamy, almost whipped. It is highly scented with that artificial strong lemony(citronella) fragrance that lingers on top of your skin even after you rinse the mask out. To me it does nothing in the 3-minutes application time. My skin does not feel more hydrated or revitalized, it also doesn’t look any brighter, cleaner, calmer… Nothing.

The rinsing part is also so-so. If you let this mask on for longer than 5 minutes then it comes off much easier than after 3 minutes wearing time. Once I was washing it off my skin felt greasy (I presume there is a high content of glycerine it it). In order to protect my skin from the aftermath I had to go over with my foam to oil cleanser + toner to remove every last bit of it off my face. Unfortunately the Wonder mud did no wonders and left me extremely disappointed.

Pros:
+ Sulfate and paraben free
+ Contains vitamine E
+ Pretty packaging
+ Good texture of the product

Cons:
– Description on the manufacturer’s website is disturbing and not clear
– Contains alcohol and a lot of skin irritating ingredients
– Contains fragrance, beware it is very strong
– Not skin friendly for oily (which is weird considering it is a clay mask), acne prone and sensitive skin
– Does nothing good for my skin
– Does not meet it’s claims
– Overpriced for what it is

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: parfumerie.nl and easyycosmetic.nl 
❇ Internationally: Available at biotherm , ebay and at many other online retail stores
❇ Price is  33,40 € per 75 ml jar

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂