Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Beauty Friends II Aroma Essence Mask Sheet Pack

Skin18.com recently launched its new 1-100s Reviews Program. Of course, I hopped on that thing as soon as I heard about it. It's basically a chance to get yourself out there as a beauty blogger and get free product to review in the process. Signing up is super easy. Just click here, and follow the steps to apply. When you first apply, you get 3 masks to choose from: Beauty Friends II, Mirum Fresh Fruit, or Nature Republic Real Nature. I chose a Beauty Friends masks because I had never tried their masks before. The mask you receive is a random flavor. I was sent the Aroma Essence Mask Skeet Pack. 

Claims: This water-soluble essence mask sheet pack is designed to deeply moisturize and condition the skin using concentrated natural plant extracts that help the skin absorb nutrients. Helps to soothe the tired skin and make skin feel soft and supple while it cleans and moisturizes. 


Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin. Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Triethanolamine, Camelia Sinensis Leaf Extract/ Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract/ Mentha Piperita Root Extract, Flycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Prunus Armeriaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Glycine Max (soybean) Seed Extract, Melpighia Glabra (Acerola) Fruit Extract

Some notables in here include Sodium Hyaluronate (for hydration) and Portulaca Oleracea Extract (for soothing).

Process: Wash your face and soothe it with toning water. Apply mask for 20-30 minutes. Remove mask and do not rinse. Allow excess moisture to be absorbed. 

Performance: I'm basing this section mostly off of the claims. I had some active breakouts when I applied this, and they were definitely less irritated after removing the mask. I can actually touch my face without it hurting. I didn't really notice any extra hydration. My face felt very smooth afterwards. 

Final Thoughts: I hated the fit on this. The mask sheet is made of a very thick material. I didn't leave it on for a full 30 minutes because the chin part kept lifting. I'm also not a huge fan of the scent. It smells vaguely like dish soap. This is not a mask I would repurchase. 

Where to Buy: Skin18 | eBay 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Holika Holika Lazy & Easy Character Mask Sheet

If you haven't heard of Gutedama, you've clearly been living under the biggest rock, under the sea, in the Mariana's Trench. Gude is the cutest, laziest little egg you will ever see. He's part of the Sanrio gang, and Holika Holika recently released a bunch of products with his cute little indifferent face on them. I got to try this mask out thanks to my girl Amy of PeepingPomeranian.


Claims: This mask sheet restores the balance of tired skin with soothing essence containing vitamins.

Ingredients: Water, Methylpropanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Egg Yolk Extract, Albumen Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Water, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Trehalose, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ethyl Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Process: After washing the face, tidy up skin texture with toner. Open the pouch, take out the mask, and closely attach on the face while aligning it with the eyes and nose. After 10-15 minutes, remove the sheet and gently pat skin to promote absorbtion of the remaining essence. 

Performance: I set a timer for 15 minutes when I first put this on. After the timer went off, (in the spirit of lazy & easy) I left it on for a few more minut
es because I didn't feel like getting up yet. I had it on a total of about 25 minutes. This tingles a bit on the skin. I wasn't expecting that. I thought it would be more of a soothing mask, but it definitely gives you a kick start. My skin felt more awake after I removed the sheet.

Final Thoughts: The sheet is made of a super thick fabric. I had a hard time getting this to set on my face smoothly. There were lumps and bumps all over. I found that the upper lip part was very large. It overlapped the top of my lip a little. It's cute to wear or to have as a collector's item, but I wouldn't buy it for its effects.

Where to Buy: Imomoko | KPopTown | IBuyBeauti | Memebox 

Kiss, Kiss.
-A

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Llang On The Skin Mask Sheet in Everlasting From Italy

Has anyone else heard of Llang, or have I just been living under a rock? I randomly came across this mask in a set with the other 4 varieties of the On the Skin line while being lame and browsing eBay. It's become a problem. Anyway, since I wasn't familiar with the brand, I bought the set to try, and I'm pretty dang happy I did.

Claims: Calming, Illuminating

Ingredients: purified water, butylene glycol, glycerin, cetylethylhexanoate, shea butter, trehalose, caprylic/capric triglyceride, poly sorbate 60, panthenol,everlasting extract, teatree extract, grapefruit extract, allantoin, xanthan gum, acrylate/C-10-30 alkyl acrylate cross polymer, sorbitan stearate, phenoxy ethanol, sodium hyaluronate, ethylhexylglycerin, caprylyl glycol, disodium EDTA, potassium hydroxide, fragrance

Process: After cleansing, attach the mask on your face tightly. About 10~20 minutes later, take off the mask. Dab your face softly and lightly.

Performance: This mask is made of a thicker fiber. It feels like cotton, but I can't be sure what it is. The essence is thick and milky, and this masks fits really well. I had just a tiny bit of lifting around the nose, but it didn't give me mask beard! I found this super hydrating. It didn't leave a sticky residue, and it lasted lasted about 45 minutes before drying out.

Final Thoughts: My favorite part of this was the scent. It smells so good! I have all 4 of the other varieties of the On the Skin Masks, so hopefully they're all as good as this one. 

Where to Buy: MaskSheets | eBay  

Kiss, Kiss
-A

Friday, August 5, 2016

Phyto Tree All Day Cheese Essence Mask

It's no secret I like cheese one my face. If you read my July Favorites, you'd find more dairy for my skin. I saw this on the Memebox site a while back, and it flew into my cart, because CHEESE!


Claims: Moisturizing, Exfoliating, Nourishing

Ingredients: water, glycerin, whey, xanthan gum, panthenol, betaine, butylene glycol, biosaccharide gum-1, sodium hyaluronate, tremella fuciformis sporocarp extract, chlorphenesin, phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, caprylyl glycol, arginine, carbomer, sodium polyacrylate, fragrance, 1,2-hexanediol, propanediol, disodium EDTA, illicum verum (anise) fruit extract

When first applied.
Process: Evenly apply mask pack to whole face after washing it. Wait for 20-30 minutes to remove. Gently pat allow to absorb. 

Performance: This had such an amazing fit! I don't know a ton about different mask fabrics, but this one is definitely a winner. It immediately clung really well, and it didn't lift for the 45 minutes that I had it on. After 30 minutes, only the upper lip section had dried down significantly. The sheet was saturated with a lotiony essence (probably thick because its cheese). It has a bit of a cooling sensation while wearing it. Once I patted in the remaining essence, my skin felt pretty sticky for a while. Even after 20 minutes, there was still tackiness. 
After 45 minutes of wear.

Final Thoughts: I ended up with slight irritation on my upper lip and around the nostrils. If something made my face irritated, I would definitely stay away from this if you have sensitive skin. The irritation didn't last long, but it was there and I thought it should be noted. 

Where to Buy: eBay | Yamibuy

Kiss, Kiss
-A 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

July 2016 Skincare Favorites

Cleansers: 



Sally's Box Salt Pore Cleansing Foam
I got this from 0.8Liter to review a while back, and it's slowly worked its way into my routine. I've really been enjoying this as a gentle exfoliant as well as a foaming cleanser. There isn't tons of Yellow Dust here in Indiana, but I do work at a pizza place, and I can't tell you how much flour gets caked on my face. That's kind of the same, right? (Right?!) Anyhoo, I love the feeling of this on my skin. The salt crystals dissolve as you cleanse, and yes, this tastes salty. 

Toners:

Klavuu White Pearlsation Revitalizing Pearl Treatment Toner
This is also from 0.8Liter, and MAN am I happy I got chosen for this. The packaging is gorgeous, the scent is divine, and the effects... A1. The texture and effects of this are similar to an FTE, so sometimes I use it as such after I use a different toner and other times (like when I have a short skincare night) I use it alone. This has helped me so much with my hyperpigmentation. I absolutely adore this!

Naruko Luffa Super Hydrating Lotion-Toner
I picked this up on a whim while browsing through eBay after trying out the Naruko Snail and CoQ10 Masks. I figured I'd try more of their products, and toners tend to be non offensive. Well, my bottle broke in shipping, so I had to decant what I could into a container while they sent me out a new one. I'm so glad it broke! Now I have more of the toner than I would have before haha. It has a thicker-than-water but thinner-than-gel consistency that reminds me of the Sulwhasoo Balancing Water. The scent is slightly sweet, and it hydrates really well. 

First Botany Niacinamide B3 Magic Facial Toner
This is how niaciniamide came into my life. This is how I discovered a truly amazing ingredient. I particularly like that this toner tingles on the skin. I honestly don't know how much it's doing for my skin, but I really love it. The spray bottle is really nice. It has a fine mist that doesn't leave big droplets of product on my face. I'm almost done with this, and it saddens me. 

Masks:

Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask
You guys. YOU GUYS! If you haven't tried this mask, go buy it right now! The hype is so real on this. The first time I used this I had some really bad breakouts, and after I took this off, they were smaller, less red, and overall less irritated. So now, whenever I have an angry spot, I whip out one of these babies.

Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Jelly Mask
I already have a full review posted on this, but if you need a TLDR, it's so cool! It has a nice cooling effect, and I just love how hydrated my skin feels afterwards.


Pure Bliss Antioxidant Mask
This has been a favorite since I bought it. It contains glycolic acid, which exfoliates the skin. My face always feels super soft after I use this, but never dry. The glycolic acid makes your face tingle, so if you have sensitive skin, I'd probably stay away from this. 

Moisturizers:

Dear by Enprani Bounce Cheese Cream
Two words: Holy Grail. I can't with this cream. I just can't. I love everything about it from the texture to how plump my skin feels in the morning. This is a pretty heavy cream, which is why I only use it at night in the warmer months. In the winter, I can get away with using it both morning and night. I have a travel size of this to hold me over the shipping time when I use this one up. I have to repurchase it.

Sunscreen:

Mizon UV Sun Protector Essence SPF 35 PA++
Being a woman of color, it's hard to find a sunscreen that doesn't leave a white cast. This one actually doesn't! My last sunscreen left a slight one, but it didn't mesh well with any of my eye gels that I'm currently using. I have zero problems with this particular sunscreen meshing with anything. There's no weird pilling or milky residue after I put on my eye gel on top of this, and I really appreciate that. 

Where to Buy: 
Sally's Box - K-beautyholic | Vitamall 
Klavuu -  Klavuu 
Naruko - eBay 
First Botany - Amazon | First Botany 
Papa Recipe - Amazon | Memebox | Wishtrend | Yes Style 
Annie's Way - Amazon | Yes Style | Beauteque
Pure Bliss - Amazon  
Enprani - Memebox | Korea Depart 
Mizon - Amazon | eBay | RoseRoseShop

Kiss, Kiss
-A 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

NO:HJ Black Intracell Boosting Mask


A photo posted by Aramicah "Mikey" Johnson (@aplaceforthese) on



NO:HJ has been releasing so many new masks lately. I got the pleasure of trying out this variety thanks to 0.8Liter free of charge for review. You can look into how to get product here. The Intracell line is the newest thing to hit the shelves, and I was so excited to get this campaign. You get 10 sheets per pack, and each pack looks like a little book sleeve!



Claims: Exfoliating, Nourishing, Purifying


Ingredients: I couldn't find a complete ingredients list for this ANYWHERE, and trying to translate the ingredients from the package wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. So I'll just list the notables, ok?


Ascorbyl Tetraisylpalmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ubiquinone, Orange Peel Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Hollyhock Extract, Green Tea Extract


Process: After cleansing and toning, apply the mask sheet to the face. After the mask starts to bubble, leave on for 5-10 minutes. Remove the mask and massage in bubbles, then rinse.


Performance: Almost as soon as I got the mask on my face, it started to foam up. The mask smells like hand soap, which isn't bad. It just does. I kept this on for 10-15 minutes because I forgot this wasn't a normal sheetmask. My skin felt super soft once I washed it off, but after it dried, it felt a little tight.


Final Thoughts: I love the thickness of the mask sheet. Black mask sheets are my favorite. They usually have a thick, feltlike texture. I'm so glad I got a full set of these masks, so I can get more uses out of them.


Where to Buy: Beauteque | Korea Depart | eBay

Kiss, Kiss.
-A

Friday, July 29, 2016

Kose Clear Turn Babyish Moisture Mask

Japanese sheetmasks are a new discovery for me. If I'm thinking of sheetmasks, it's probably Korean or Taiwanese brands, but thanks to trusty eBay, I found a 7 days mask pack of these adorable Babyish sheetmasks.

I decided to go take a picture of my morning routine outside and I saw a gian Amazon package! But it was for my mom😢 I'm on a no buy at least until September because I have a problem. Anyhoo! Here's my morning routine😁 . . . ▶️#LeeJiHam Tea Tree 90 Essence . ▶️#DermaNu Youth Activating Eye Gel . ▶️#Olay Tone Perfecting Cream . ▶️#Mizon UV Sun Protecter Essence . ▶️#Foxbrim Peptide Complex Serum ▶️#BeautyByEarth Facial Toner ▶️#TreeOfLife Retinol Serum . ▶️#Foxbrim Vitamin C Serum . ▶️#Strexderma Hyaluronic Acid Serum . ▶️#MaryKay Timewise Cleanser ▶️#Kose Clear Turn Babyish Mask . . . #kbeauty #sunblock #spf #sunscreen #essence #ljh #teatree#eyegel #peptides #toner #facialmist #retinol #vitaminc #hyaluronicacid #cleanser #sheetmask #sheetingaway #facemask #jbeauty
A photo posted by Aramicah "Mikey" Johnson (@aplaceforthese) on

Claims: Moisturizing - soft and smooth as a baby's bottom

Ingredients: Water, BG, DPG, Sorbitol, Chamomile Extract, Glycosyl Trehalose, Peppermint Extract, Serine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyquarternium-51、Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben

What a cute resealable package!

Process: After cleansing, apply mask sheet to face. Leave for 15 minutes and pat in remaining essence.

Performance: Maybe I have a big face, or maybe Japanese women have smaller faces, but this didn't cover everything. It has a cooling effect on the skin, and lasts about 20 minutes if you're being conservative. I don't know that my skin felt like a baby's, but it was definitely hydrated and plump.

The downsides of not being able to read Japanese. 

Final Thoughts: The masks aren't super wet with essence, probably because there's several sheets in the pack, but the cling is good, and they work how they're supposed to.

I completely forgot to get a pic after I put this on. So this is how it dried. 

Where to Buy: Amazon | Yes Style | Rakuten | Imomoko 

Kiss, Kiss.
-A