Friday Fave: 08/01/2016

This week’s Friday Fave isn’t one thing. It’s a bunch of things. I’m a lover of masks and one of my favorite brands of masks is My Beauty Diary. I have oodles of these on hand (mostly due to a really great sale I stumbled upon in the summer (only 2,50$ a box of 10!!)) and I simply love them! My Beauty Diary is a Taiwanese company and you can find a lot of their products online. I’ve also noticed that many Loblaws stores have started carrying them, so for those of you in Canada, that might be a good place to start.

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I currently have seven different types of these masks in large quantities. I’ll be going through my top 3. As for some general awesomeness… All of the MBD masks that I’ve tried have been thoroughly saturated with essence and adhere well to my face. They’re a little long under my chin, but that just means that I wrap it under and give my neck/chin some TLC. I also love the cute little packages. Which has nothing to do with the product inside, but it does make me want to use it more.

Mexico Cactus Mask

This is a mask for hydration and moisturization. And let me tell you. In my experience, it definitely does. Every single time I’ve used one of these, I’ve been left with super soft and moisturized skin. This mask contains Vitamin C to help with moisturizing and to keep skin supple.  I guess this mask being a hydrating mask makes sense. Cacti are where a lot of water/liquid is found in a desert.

Ingredients (on packaging): Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Morus Nigra Fruit Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Triethanolamine, Laminara Digitata Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Opuntia Streptacantha Flower Extract, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Polyglutamic Acid, Sodium pca, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Lecithin, Polysorbate 80, peg-15 Hydroxystearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Glycosphingolipids, Tocopherylacetate.

Imperial Bird’s Nest

This is another mask that has hydration and skin nourishment as its claim. With winter being rather brutal to my skin, it’s really not surprising that these type of mask are some of my go-to products. At first, it was really weird to think about putting something contain bird’s nest on my face, but I found I quickly got over that.This mask is made with ingredients like bird’s nest, collagen, corraline, and sugar maple.

Ingredients (packaging)water, glycerin, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, phenoxethanol, sodium lactate, chlorphenesin, triethanolamine, polysorbate 20, sodium hyaluronate, xanthan gum, citric acid, hydroxyethyl urea, adansona digitata pulp extract, algae extract, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, hydrolyzed swiftlet nest, kappaphycus alvarezii extract, laminaria digitata extract, lecithin, centella asiatica extract, codium tomentosum extract, cichorium intybus (chicory) leaf extract, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, hydrolyzed rice protein, magnesium gluconate, hydrolyzed soy protein, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, gentiana lutea root extract, maltose, polysorbate 80, malva sylvestris (mallow) flower extract, saccharum officinarum (sugar cane) extract, acer saccharum (sugar maple) extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel extract, PEG-15 hydroxystearate, carbomer, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, polyglutamic acid, sodium hydroxide, fragrance (parfum), glycosphingolipids, tocopheryl acetate.

Sake Yeast Mask

This is a mask for whitening, brightening, and moisturizing. It’s for all skin types and is also said to be anti-aging, regenerating and softening (partially due to the collagen). Sake is a Japanese style of rice wine and this particular sake is brewed with deep ocean water. I had one of these on the other day and my face was a lot smoother and less dry after the fact.

IngredientsWater, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Rice Ferment Filtrate (Sake), Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract,Citrus Medica Mimonum (Lemon) Peel Extract,  Phenoxyethanol Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Chlorphenesin, Triethanolamine, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Lactate, Sarothamnus Scoparius Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Citric Acid, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Xantham Gum, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Lecithin, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract, Saccharum Officium (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 80, Peg-15 Hydroxystearate, Carbomer, Parfum,  Sodium Hydroxide, Iodopropnyl Butylcarbamate Glycosphingolipids, Tocopheryl Acetate

 

I also regularly use the Arbutin (Brightening and Freshening), Lemon Vit-C (Brightening and Luminosity), Natto (Moisturizing and Tightening) and Collagen (Firming for intense plumpness). I just really, really, really love these masks. I’ve only had good experiences with them and I want to try to get my hands on some of the other types that are available (once I make it through more of my stash). The next one I think I am going to try to find is the Apple.

Have you tried My Beauty Diary Masks? Do you love them as much as I do? Let me know!

Cheers,

Kristen

 

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Friday Fave: 01/01/2016

It’s time for Friday Faves! Since it’s January 1st, it’s the perfect time to start the year off right. This week, I’ll be reviewing The Saem Healing Tea Garden Cleansing Water in Tea Tree. I received this back in September in my Beauteque monthly bag.

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Cleansing waters seem to be all the rage right now. I can definitely understand why. They’re perfect for when you’re feeling a little lazy and need a quick clean, or when you need to take off some makeup. I like to use it in the morning to remove my night time skin care. I just don’t have the patience at a ridiculously early hour to do a full cleanse. I’m barely coherent enough to make coffee at that point. They’re also great because they don’t need to be washed off.

This cleansing water features tea tree from Australia. It has three major claims. It claims to remove makeup in one go while still leaving skin moisturized, removes excess sebum and impurities and doesn’t irritate the skin. This type of product is designed to be used with a cotton ball or pad. The cotton needs to be saturated and then you can start dragging it over your skin, going outwards. The product doesn’t contain artificial pigments, synthetic fragrances, benzophenones, parabens, animal ingredients, mineral oils or talc.

I’ve decided to test this product out as a part of this review. I already know that I quite enjoy it. But how does it stack up against some heavy duty cosmetics.

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Here are the products used:

1) Urban Dollkiss Easylooks Soft Lipsticks in 04 2) Tonymoly Auto Lip Liner in 04 3) Skinfood Seaweed Mineral Waterproof Eyeshadow Stick 4) It’s Skin It’s Top Professional Fix Gel Eyeliner in 01 5) Etude House Color Pop 6) Secret Key Holic Pigment Glitter 7) It’s Skin Babyface Waterproof Eyeliner 8) Skinfood Choco Eyebrow Powder Cake

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The top picture is after one swipe. The picture on the left-hand side is after 3 swipes and the final picture is after some serious scrubbing. That being said, I’d never put on eyeliner that thick. Given the staying power of some of these products, I’m actually pleasantly surprised. I don’t wear heavy makeup, so I haven’t had any issues. But, it’s nice to know that if I decided that I needed some heavy duty eyeliner, that this could likely handle it.

Sadly, I only have about 1/3 of a bottle left of this lovely, lovely stuff. It’s surprisingly hard to find at a price that won’t make me cry… plus not having ridiculous shipping to Canada. So even though I love it, I won’t be buying another bottle anytime soon unless I can find it at a reasonable price. I also have two bottles of different cleansing waters en route from The Face Shop.

Have you tried this product? What did you think? Let me know!

Cheers,

Kristen

New Series: Friday Faves

It’s no secret that I’ve been a huge slacker this past while. I have so many unpublished and half-done posts. It’s shameful. With 2016 just around the corner, I’m starting a new series that will guarantee a weekly post as well as share some of my fave things/products. I will still be doing unboxing posts, but this will just be in addition to it.

So, before I embark on this journey, I have to ask. Any products that you’d like to see?

 

Let me know what you think!

Cheers,

Kristen

Mask Genie Weekend Pouch

I have been intrigued by Mask Genie‘s pouches for quite some time. They are always so well curated. So when I saw that there was a weekend pouch up for grabs, I decided to go for it. These are limited edition pouches that are available from time to time. Mask Genie also has monthly bags that you can order. This bag was 17$ USD or 21.77$ CAD. I purchased this back over the summer, and like a major slacker, I haven’t posted it yet. In fairness, I was in the process of moving when I got this, so that may excuse some delay?

Without further ado, let’s get to this!

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In this pouch, I received 9 masks. Of these masks, I only recognized 2 of them. I like receiving different masks as it lets me explore. (And that’s why kbeauty is awesome.)

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It’s Skin Magic Shaping V-Mask Sheet

I used this as part of my November mask destashing. This is a hydrogel/fabric combo mask. It is hydrogel on the inside and has fabric on the outside. It’s a mask that you put on your chin line. It is supposed to have firming and soothing effects. Personally, I just found it a little weird and a lot restrictive. It was very tight.  It contains caffeine, pumpkin extract, and cucumber.

If you’re interested, I found it here for 2000 KRW (~2$ USD).

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Aritaum Morus Bark Fresh Essence Mask

I’ve never seen a mask made with tree bits before so this was a new experience for me. This was also a mask that it was really, really, really hard to find information online about. The most I could find out about this brand of mask is that they are available on Tester Korea for 1000 KRW.

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BeauNa Orange Pore Tightening Sheet Mask

This mask contains orange extract, which is great for tightening up pores and reducing their appearance. It also contains mineral water and is 5 free (Paraben, mineral oil, artificial dyes, animal oil and triethanolamine free). The packaging also says that it contains pathenol (Vitamin B5) and allantoin to help keep skin soft and supple. Mask Genie actually reviewed this mask, which you can read here.

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LoveMore Soy Milk Enzyme

I have heard so much about LoveMore masks. They seem to be a cult favorite if the internet is to be believed in this instance. Lovemore is a Japanese mask company. This mask contains soy (duh!) and natto, both to help with anti-aging. It also helps improve skin clarity and is deeply moisturizing.

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Beautymate 3D Multiple Refining Smooth V Mask

Since I reviewed this in my mask destashing back in November, I have copied what I said there. This is a Taiwanese mask from the company beautymate. This is the 3D Multiple Refining Smooth V Mask. It’s made from porous pearl paper. It’s for firming, whitening,  refining, moisturizing and smoothing.  I actually assumed this was one of those chin mask things before I opened it based on the V mask deal. It’s actually a full face sheet mask. It has no real odor and makes my skin a little tingly. This is the first time I’ve tried a mask from this company, and so far I’m impressed.

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Foodaholic Snail Mask

I’ve purchased this mask a few times off of TK. I think it’s a good bargain mask and I like putting snail goo products on my face. Snail goo as I like to call it, is great for improving elasticity and nourishing skin.

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Sasatinnie Aloe and Olive Mask

This is  Sasatinnie brand mask that also was used up during my November mask purge. It’s a deep moist silky mask according to the package. It’s a mask designed to brighten, hydrate and nourish. There’s a slight olive oil like smell but it’s not off-putting or anything like that. After taking it off, my skin is so so soft… until it went fiery red. I had a wicked reaction to something in this mask. My face was bright red and warm to the touch and the only bit of relief I was able to get was when I slathered on cooling cucumber gel on it in a very thick layer, but even that heated up very quickly. For that reason, this mask is on my “no way in hell” list. It could be free and I wouldn’t touch it.

 

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Holika Holika Pig Nose 3-Step

I enjoy these three step nose things. While I know that it’s not really attacking blackheads, it is removing sebaceous filaments in my nose. I like the process of all of these steps. It’s oddly relaxing. I usually buy one or two whenever I do a Kbeauty haul.

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SU:M 37 Bubble De-Mask

This is an entirely new type of mask for me.  It’s a mask that you apply for 5-7 minutes before washing off with warm water. It apparently relaxes the skin and creates a smooth face.  It bubbles up on the face and sort of tickles. It’s a good novelty product, but I’d never purchase a full size. I’m simply too cheap to do so.

 

And there you have it! My loooong overdue Mask Genie post. I think that this is a great value and I discovered a few masks that were awesome. And one that sucked. (I’m looking at you Sasatinnie.)

Have you tried this bag out? These masks? Let me know!

Cheers,

Kristen

 

 

EOpenmarket Secret Boxes

EOpenMarket is an online Korean retailer and they offer Secret mystery boxes. Which just so happens to be two of my favorite things. I originally saw these on Beejuboxes  and immediately went and ordered. (Can you say no self-control? My poor wallet.)

Anyway, there are four different options when you order.

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I ordered 3 different boxes– one each of Whitening Care, Anti-aging Care and Moisture and Pore & Blackhead Care & Cleaning. This is where it gets a little tricky. There is no product card or list to tell me what belongs with what box. That means, it’s all up to my own interpretation as to what was in what secret box. The only one I know for sure which box it would have been in is the eggs (which I will speak on shortly).

Pore & Blackhead Care & Cleaning:

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Tonymoly Blackhead Steam Balm

This egg removes dead skin and sebum. It’s applied to the nose for 2-5 minutes and is massaged in. It is self-heating and contains salt, egg and charcoal.

Value: 5.17$

source: http://m.eopenmarket.com/product/TONYMOLY-Egg-Pore-Set-Blackhead—Tightening-Cooling–Silky-smooth-Balm-New/1595/?cate_no=62&display_group=1

Tonymoly Tightening Cooling Pack

This egg helps to tighten up pores. It contains bentonite and kaolin from clay to help get rid of sebum and dirt in pores.

Value: 5.17$

source: http://m.eopenmarket.com/product/TONYMOLY-Egg-Pore-Set-Blackhead—Tightening-Cooling–Silky-smooth-Balm-New/1595/?cate_no=62&display_group=1

Tonymoly Silky Smooth Balm

This is a primer designed to help hide large pores, fine wrinkles and scars. This contains egg white and camellia extract.

Value: 7.19$

And from here I can really only speculate.

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Secret Key Multi Cell Night Repair Eye Cream

This is an eye cream that contains adenosine to help with fine lines and wrinkles. The plant extracts help to protect against dryness. Niacin helps to brighten the eye area. It is also mineral oil, color, benzophenone, phenoxyethanol, paraben free. While this seems like a small container(15g), a little goes a LONG way. I’ve been using this off and on for months and I’ve hardly made a dent in this container.

Value: 13$

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Secret Key Multi Cell Night Repair Ampoule

This might actually be the first (and only) ampoule that I own. This is to be applied at night time to encourage moisturization of the skin. It is nutrient rich thanks to plant extracts (grapes, tomatoes, and green tea) and helps to repair fine lines and wrinkles. It contains arbutin and adenosine.

Value: 13$

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Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream

This is one of those “holy grail” products that I’ve seen on many other blogs. It’s a lightweight snail gel cream containing 74% snail secretion filtrate. It’s supposed to help your skin recover. I’ve only just started using it.  (I hope to do a full review later.)

Value: 8$

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Secret Key Snail+EGF Prestige Booster

I’ll admit that I had to do a fair bit of research to figure out what a booster is. From what I understand, it’s like a combo product to be used after cleansing.  It’s like a toner, emulsion, and essence all in one. This is for brightening and wrinkle relief. It contains snail mucus, EGF, birch tree extract, niacinmide, and bifida lysate as the main ingredients. It’s good for sensitive skin and for those who need less harsh products.

Value: 18$

 

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Tonymoly Panda’s Dream Eye Patch

Nothing super fancy here! It’s an under eye patch. I enjoy the pandas. I didn’t notice any crazy effect from this product, but it was relaxing to use.

Value: 1$

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Foodaholic Collagen Mask

I didn’t actually use this mask. I passed it on. But, I’ve used foodaholic masks in the past. I think they’re a good bargain and the ones I’ve tried have been nice.

Value: 1$

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Holika Holika Pig Nose 3-Step

I enjoy these three step nose things. While I know that it’s not really attacking blackheads, it is removing sebaceous filaments in my nose. I like the process of all of these steps. It’s oddly relaxing.

Value: 3$

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Oodles of samples! (Value: 2$)

 

Overall:

I was pleasantly surprised by these boxes. They turned up a little worse for wear, but the products inside were cool. While I wish I hadn’t received a bunch of anti-wrinkle stuff, it is good anti-wrinkle stuff. I paid 60$ USD and received a value of a little over 75$ USD.

 

Have you tried these? What did you think? Did you think it’s worth it?

 

Cheers,

Kristen

 

#Novmaskdestash- Week 1

One week into my instagram challenge (check out #novmaskdestash for more info!) and I’ve done fairly well. I’ve used quite a few masks this past week, and I’ve had a few other bloggers/vloggers take up the challenge with me. (Feel free to join! I love checking out the pictures)

 

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Esfolio Gold Mask

This is a moisturizing mask that actually contains colloidal gold. It also has hyaluronate, cucumber, and witch hazel. It simply soaked in essence, but it’s not drippy. The fit isn’t the best. It doesn’t quite get all of my forehead. It didn’t leave a sticky residue and made my skin surprisingly soft.

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Angellooka Ultra moisturizing hand mask pack

I actually just received this mask the other day in my Beauteque bag but couldn’t wait to use it. This is a hand mask so it comes with two little gloves that you wear for 15-20 minutes. The packaging claims you can use a touch screen while wearing (you can!). They’re also warming, which was pretty weird. It heated up quite a bit, almost to the point of feeling prickly. This mask made my hands super soft. There is a bit of a smell, but nothing overwhelming. Great mask!

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Hanaka V-Line Enchancing Mask

 

 

It’s supposed to enhance your v-line (???) and contains collagen and centella asiatica. This mask is a bit weird. It has ear holes that you hook on the side of your ears to hold the mask in place. It covers my entire chin and most of my neck. It has a faint smell but nothing bothersome. It’s decently saturated with essence, but not to the point that it drips. I really like the packaging on this mask. I think the queen of hearts theme is adorable.

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Hanaka black rose acne fighting mask

This mask has great amusement value and promoted me to take many ridiculous selfies. It works a bit like one of those pore nose strips but is way messier. It has no odor and is a bit tingly on my face. I stuck to applying this to oilier areas of my face because I didn’t want to dry out my cheeks. When it’s dry, you peel it off and out comes some pore gunk with it. I don’t know if I’d ever buy a full size, but this one-time package is fun.

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My Beauty Diary Mexican Cactus

I love these masks. They are one of my favorites to grab when I need an extra boost of hydration for my skin. They’re saturated with essence and while the fit isn’t stellar, it still works great.

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It’s Skin Magic Shaping v-mask sheet

This is another one of those really weird v-line masks. I’m not sure why I had one, let alone two. It’s like hydrogel on one side and fabric on the other. It’s a bit of a tight fit.

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Skinfood Deep Sea Water Mask

It’s the deep sea water mask for brightening. The fit is ok. It doesn’t sit well on my nose and there was extra under my chin. The smell is faintly floral (which is a bit weird). This mask is simply saturated in essence. It left my skin soft and feeling moisturized.

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Leaders Amino Acid Ac-Free Mask

Today’s mask is a Leaders brand mask that is an amino acid ac-free mask and is for oily skin types. It’s calming and contains aspartic acid, AHA, BHA, and snail secretion filtrate. It is a very saturated mask that fits my face well. It’s so saturated that it ran down my neck a bit. There is no real odor. It left my skin a little bit sticky, but that dissipated after an hour or so.

Overall:

I thought this week went fairly well. I was well over my goal of 5 masks (I did 8). I even managed to find time to do one while traveling somewhere overnight. Hopefully, I will be able to reduce my mask collection to a slightly more reasonable level this month.  Stay tuned for more mask reviews!

Cheers,

Kristen