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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Nautical and Nice: Curate-a-Collection with Beauteque

This is the moment that you all  I have been waiting for. Here’s the low-down on the collection that I helped to curate as part of a blogger contest Beauteque held. I, along with two others, Michele from Beautyfindsforme and Priyanka GlamourandGiggles had the amazing opportunity to each curate a collection. It was truly an awesome experience, and if you haven’t checked out Beauteque yet, get on that!

Without further ado, here’s the result of all of our hard work. I present to you, Nautical and Nice, featuring pictures taken on a nice sandy beach.

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Mizon seaweed jelly scrub

This gentle scrub cleanser is rich of seaweed it has strengthening and  exfoliating  benefits. Seaweed is filled with vitamins and nutrients that provide anti inflammatory effects reducing swelling of pores  and blemishes. Lifts away dirt, oil, and dead skin cells.

To use: massage into skin for 1 to 2 minutes, rinse off with warm water.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract, Caulerpa Lantillifera Extract (sea weed),Glucomannan (konjac), Amber Powder, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Powder, Undaria Pinnatifida Powder (sea weed), Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 60, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/ VP copolymer, Methyl Chloro Isothiazolinone, Xantham Gum, Methyl Isothiazolinone, Chlorphenesin, 1,2- hexanediol, Fragrance

I love the ingredient list for this scrub! The seaweed ingredients help strengthen your skin and exfoliate. Seaweed is chock full of vitamins and minerals that are great for the skin. It can help clear out your pores while being very gentle to the skin. This scrub also contains konjac, which is a vegetable root that is often seen as a sponge, but can obviously be used in other ways. The konjac is one of the ingredients that makes this scrub slightly tacky to the touch.

I find this to be very gentle on my skin, which I appreciate. It’s something that I am comfortable using often since it’s not too abrasive. Plus, having skin prone to acne and oiliness, it helps keep my pores a bit cleaner and clearer.

Finally, this scrub is free of so many bad things for your skin. Such as: parabens, GMO, benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, artificial colors, benzophenone, sorbic acid,  ratyum petrolatum, talc, sulfate-based surfactants, triclosan, synthetic antioxidants, benzalkonium chloride, and imidazolidinyl urea. Most of the aforementioned ingredients are artificial preservatives.

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My Beauty Diary black pearl mask

This essence formula nourishes and brightens skin with a unique combination of ingredients from the sea: Tahitian black pearl extracts (rich in proteins and amino acids that restore luster )and deep sea red algae (which gives a boost of vitamin C ). A variety of plant and fruit extracts, like pineapple, cucumber, and lime, lighten your natural skin tone and minimize dark spots, while citric acid gently exfoliates dead skin cells. Cosphingo, a patented long-lasting moisturizer extracted from seaweed, provides hydration.

To use: Apply 20-30 minutes to clean skin, the remove. Massage remaining essence into skin.

IngredientsWater, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract,  Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Lecithin, Polysorbate 80, PEG-15 Hydroxystearate, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Polysorbate 20, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Polyglutamic Acid, Iodopropynyl Cutylcarbamate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycosphingolipids, Tocopheryl Acetate  (COSDNA)

I adore My Beauty Diary masks and when I remembered that this one existed, I knew that I had to pick it to include in this theme. These masks a saturated and fit well (in my experience). In the case of this mask, the pearl helps the skin look bright while the plants/fruits also help to make the skin more vibrant. I hate when my skin looks dull, so this mask is a winner for me.

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Nature Republic Hawaiian Seaweed Pack

Gentle mask that peels off. Seaweed extract cleanses pores clearly to create smooth skin. Adheres to skin lightly to remove impurities and dead skin cells clearly. Deep sea water contains minerals that offer vitality to the skin.

To use: After cleansing, apply a moderate amount all over the face except the eyes and mouth areas. Peel off from the chin to the forehead after 10-15 minutes when it gets dry completely. Rinse off with warm water.

I love, love, love this peel off mask! Aside from the fact that I quite enjoy peel of masks, this one is really quite lovely in spite of it’s brownish-green appearance.  I put this on and wore it for about 20 minutes before attempting to peel it off. It left my skin nice and soft. It was also a fair bit less oily when I peeled it off, which I definitely appreciate in this heat. And, even though the oiliness was gone, my skin wasn’t dry– it was actually pretty hydrated. I didn’t find that it had much of an odor, which I appreciated it. It had a bit of a smell upon first going on my face, but it quickly dissipated.

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Skinfood Seaweed Mineral Waterproof Eyeshadow

A beautiful neutral shadow complements everyone.

To use: swipe across lid.

With this eyeshadow, you can pick either honey or beige when you order your bag. The color pictured above is honey, and it’s a nice and creamy neutral. What I love about this eyeshadow is that it covers well and it also has a handy blending tip at one end of the stick. This was a little soft when I first opened it, so I would suggest sticking it somewhere cooler so that it firms up a little bit.

If you’re interested, this eyeshadow comes in multiple colors– most of them neutrals.

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Innisfree Sea Salt Whipping Cleanser

A refreshing cleansing foam that cleanses the skin thoroughly with a rich, sea salt extract-infused foam that’s as soft as a whipped cream. Soft, rich foam thoroughly. Sea salt removes dirt from pores, while jeju mineral salt protects skin.

To use: lather well, then massage into face. Rince with lukewarm water.

Ingredients: Sea Salt Extract, Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Bambusa Vulgaris Water, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Water, Lauric Acid, Cocamide Dea, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Silica, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Mineral Salts, Ceramide 3, Fragrance

Innisfree makes a few different versions of this cleanser, and all of them have varying amounts of jeju mineral salt. This particular version has 30% salt. The other versions, Sea Salt Perfect Cleanser and Sea Salt Jelly Cleanser hae 40% and 20% respectively. The version I chose is smack dab in the middle in terms of salt content. This lathers up nicely and you can really feel the salt on your face, which provides a nice and gentle exfoliation.  One word of warning, be careful around your eyes! You don’t want to accidentally get this in them.

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This collection is selling for 29$ on Beauteque.com and is currently still in stock as I’m posting this review. I truly hope you all enjoy my hard work and will let me know what you think!

Cheers,

Kristen