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[Fascy] Wave Tina Aqua Mask Review

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Hello and welcome (some of you again), my dear beauties! I visit my local TKMaxx store very often and although I usually have to fight myself to not buy anything as I already have too many products, often I simply succumb to it as the urge to buy is too strong. A few days ago I gave up to that urge again as I found a very promising box of sheet masks. The sheet masks were Wave Tine Aqua Masks by Fascy- they came in a box of 10 for £6.99, making each just £0.70. So! Let’s dive into the review straight away!

 

 

About the product

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I must admit, when I bought the box, I didn’t really pay much attention to what this sheet mask was designed to do. 👀 I was only guided by the ingredients list. However, this is what the packaging had to say about the sheet mask’s function:

Fascy Wave Tine Aqua Mask is formulated to supply moisture energy to the dry skin, to boost skin’s moisture by forming moisture membrane on the skin, and to keep skin always bright and smooth. Cellulose mask sheet features excellence in adhesion, clarity and less skin irritation, without adding mineral oil, artificial coloring matter, silicon, paraben and ethanol.

 

So the sheet mask, 100% made of cellulose and with no mineral oil or others undoubtedly unattractive ingredients, was to mainly moisturise the skin, with some additional smoothing and brightening effects. All good and everything, but… Hmm…I’m not so sure about the ingredients the mask was NOT supposed to have, as will become clear down below. Despite that, it certainly did some of the things it claimed. But about that- below!

 

 

Ingredients and Texture

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Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycereth-26, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Aqua, Xanthan Gum, Adenosine, Psidium Guajava Leaf Extract, Rosa Hybrid Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Fragrance, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide 3, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethyhexylglycerin, Cholesterol

 

When it comes to the ingredients list, here are the good and the bad of it.

The good:

  • there’s a variety of botanical extracts (9 in total) which provide a variety of skin-beneficial antioxidants and Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract
  • it contains Betaine which balances the skin’s hydration, Adenosine that has anti-wrinkle (helps to smooth wrinkles) and soothing benefits, and Ceramides (Ceramide 3) which help to keep the skin supple by forming a barrier to prevent moisture loss
  • there’s also Sodium Hyaluronate which acts as a humectant (attracting the moisture from the environment), making the skin well-hydrated
  • the ingredients list is quite clean and safe as the majority of ingredients are non-irritant, don’t cause acne and are green-rated, at least according to CosDna

 

The bad:

  • there are two ingredients which a yellow-rated: Fragrance and PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil so if your skin doesn’t tolerate those, I’d suggest precaution if you want to try out this sheet mask; and also, it breaks one of the sheet mask’s claims as it was supposed to contain no “added mineral oil”, but… isn’t PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil just that? 🧐
  • one ingredient (Butylene Glycol) might cause acne (although unlikely as it’s got the lowest rating of 1 at CosDna)

 

In terms of texture, the essence the sheet mask is soaked in is transparent and liquidy- not too watery, not too creamy.  Just in between. It does take its time to absorb as I had to wait a few minutes before I could continue with my routine. It also leaves a tacky feeling. Not as heavily tacky as some masks I’ve tried, though, so I could top it up with my daily moisturizer without any discomfort. I suppose it was that moisture “membrane” mentioned in the product’s description that made my skin a bit sticky.

The mask’s white sheet also adhered very well and was well-soaked in the essence to the extent it was dripping and there was plenty of the essence left in the packaging. No qualms about that here.

 

 

My thoughts

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So what do I think about this sheet mask? Well, I think it did was it claimed to do. It hydrated my skin and moisturized it pretty well. Although I do think that the mask was more moisturizing than hydrating. I’ve tried some sheet masks designed specifically to hydrate the skin and when I think about the end effect of them and compare them to this Fascy Wave Tina Aqua Mask, they made my skin plumper and more bouncy than this sheet mask. On the flip side, Fascy’s mask moisturized my skin better than those other sheet masks- as already mentioned, it formed a thin layer that locked in all the goodies my skin had absorbed and, although a bit tacky, didn’t irritate me at all, and I could still top it up with my moisturizer.

In addition to a pretty good moisturizing effect, I did notice my skin became a little bit brighter. I’m very pale in general and don’t have any discoloration on my skin but I did have a few pimple scars when I used the Fascy’s sheet mask which, after I’d taken it off, became lighter in colour.

However, although the sheet mask didn’t irritate my skin, what I didn’t like were those few yellow-rated/irritant ingredients (Fragrance, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil and Butylene Glycol). I’m always trying to avoid anything potentially harmful to my skin (is it just wishful thinking?) and, well, I thought that this sheet mask was supposed to not contain the mineral oil, so seeing PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil was a bit of a disappointment.

All in all, I do think Fascy Wave Tina Aqua Mask is a really good moisturizing sheet mask, packed with beneficial ingredients, fully-soaked in the essence and well-adhering. However, I didn’t find it anything special and so I won’t repurchase. It’s a fairly good mask, don’t get me wrong, but I do think my regular moisturizer does a really good job at moisturizing as well and I prefer to stick with it. I think a sheet mask should give something more, that extra boost that you can’t get out from your everyday skincare products. 🤷🏼‍♀️

 

But if you’re interested in trying it out, you can find it in those places:

Your local TKMaxx

YesStyle

eBay*

 

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[Missha] Aqua Peptide Custom Skin Care Toner Review

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My lovely beauties! After using it for 5 months, I thought that it’s high time I introduced you to my most recent toner- Missha Aqua Peptide Custom Skin Care Toner, found on RoseRoseShop during one of my sale fevers. Here we go then!

 

About the product

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So. The packaging doesn’t say much about the toner, at least not in English. T^T Nor does the website where I got it from (RoseRoseShop). But what it does say, reads as the following:

This refreshing toner helps balance and prepare the skin for skincare steps that follow. Dermatologically tested.

And that’s it. That’s all that is in English on the packaging and the website. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ There’s not much in terms of claims and therefore there’s also not much to expect from the toner. Just that it is supposed to balance the skin and prepare it for the skincare steps that follow. Let’s jump to the product itself then and let’s have a closer look at its ingredients list and texture.

 

 

Ingredients and Texture

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Ingredients: Opuntia Ficus Indica Stem Extract, Propanediol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Algae Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Agave Tequilana Leaf Extract, Harpagophytum Procumbens Root Extract, Lilium Candidum Flower Water, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Water, Glycerin, Schizosaccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Fructooligosaccharides, Beta-Glucan, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifluoroacetate, Maltodextrin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer,  Hyaluronic Acid, Magnesium Chloride, Sorbitan Laurate, Nonapeptide-1, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Copper Tripeptide-1, Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hexapeptide-9, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol

 

Before I bought this Missha toner, I made sure I had a proper look at the ingredients list to avoid disappointment. In the past I ditched the toner step in my routine as toners used to dry my already dry skin so much that I didn’t see any point in continuing with a step that only deteriorates the condition of my skin. However, one day I was browsing sale items on RoseRoseShop and I came across Missha Aqua Peptide Custom Skin Care Toner and because it was quite cheap, I had a closer look at it. When I saw how many skin-beneficial ingredients it has, I knew I had to buy it. And so I did.

It’s got 11 botanical extracts, Centella Asiatica Extract being among them (a very potent antioxidant source that promotes skin healing, including mitigating some visible effects of sun damage), 5 types of Hyaluronic Acid which is a great humectant and a wonderful hydrating ingredient (and because there are 5 types of it, there’s a higher likelihood of its thorough penetration to the skin and therefore it working wonders) and loooooads of peptides (10 of them! Crazy!). And, ladies and gentleman, this is just a toner. JUST a toner, a toner that is to balance the skin and prepare it for more concentrated doses of skin-enhancing ingredients contained in serums, ampoules, lotions, etc. Apart from botanical extracts, Hyaluronic Acid and Peptides, there are also other star ingredients such as Schizosaccharomyces Ferment Filtrate (brings suppleness and softness to the skin), Beta-Glucan (soothes the skin) and Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifluoroacetate (God, the name is a little tongue twister but it’s been shown to boost the skin’s production of HA that decreases with age, so it’s a no joke).

Although back then, when I was buying this Missha toner, I wrongly thought that the first ingredients on the list are in the highest concentration, I still think that it is a product with an impressive ingredients list. It’s quite long for a toner and a huge majority of the ingredients is super safer for the skin and extremely beneficial- not only because it’s got loads of good ingredients but, as mentioned, there are also a few types of certain ingredients (Hyaluronic Acid and Peptides) making your skin covered.  👍

According to CosDna, all ingredients are safe (with the exception of Fragrance) and only two ingredients might potentially cause any irritation/acne (Butylene Glycol Sorbitan Laurate) but they both have a very low irritation/acne rating (just 1) and although I have a sensitive skin, the toner has never broken me out, despite using it for 5 months. Also, on a side note, for people prone to fungal acne, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate might trigger it, according to Skincarisma, so just a word of caution.

 

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In terms of texture, the Missha toner is just like water in consistency and absorbs SUPER fast. Like, very VERY fast. I always have to apply it on my face quickly before it absorbs into my hand’s skin (I don’t use cotton pads as they irritate my skin- I prefer applying it with my bare hands). Upon application, it doesn’t leave any stickiness but makes the skin look plumper and more bouncy. However, it’s not moisturizing enough so it’s important to follow up with other skincare steps to ensure proper moisturization as the toner only hydrates.

 

 

My thoughts

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I need to admit that- after years of disliking and not using toners, I got to like this one quite a lot. It’s got an amazing ingredients list which is very clean and safe. As already mentioned, it has never broken me out nor caused any other skin issues (which my sensitive skin is very grateful for). It’s got great hydrating properties as it’s always left my skin bouncy and plump straight after application and the results have always been visible the next morning as well. It hasn’t made my skin feel sticky or heavy so I can always proceed with my skincare routine without any concerns and, because it absorbs so fast, I’ve never had to wait God knows how long before applying my FROM NATURE Age Intense Treatment Essence. It also certainly balances the skin and prepares it for the following skincare steps as I noticed it reduces significantly any tightness or/and redness I get after cleansing my face.

Missha Aqua Peptide Custom Skin Care Toner is certainly a toner worth checking out. It’s very hydrating in a non-sticky way (as opposed to many toners that contain alcohol and leave the skin feeling very dry), it does what it’s supposed to do (balances and prepares the skin for the next skincare steps), it’s beneficial for the skin (with all those skin enhancing ingredients discussed above) and it’s largely safe for the skin.

Would I repurchase? Certainly. As for now, though, I won’t- I bought it in February this year and I still have half of a bottle left despite using it very generously every day. :O So one more pro- if you want a toner that lasts ages, this one will be your friend for a looong time.

 

Where you can get it:

eBay*

RoseRoseShop

YesStyle

 

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[muju] Sweet Animal Mask- Unicorn and Zebra Review

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I like trying new things. Especially things that are fun or cute, or both. And the muju Sweet Animal Masks seemed so cute and fun to use that I had to try them (although the Unicorn one was rather creepy than cute- the packaging was cute but the mask itself made me look quite… scary). I got those two masks from my mom in Poland (hence Polish print on both of them) but they were made in South Korea and so as a k-beauty addict I feel I have a duty to say what I think about them. And so here’s the review.

 

muju Sweet Animal Mask- Unicorn

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First, in order, comes the muju Sweet Animal Unicorn sheet mask. In terms of what it is designed to do, its packaging says, quite appealingly I must admit (I really liked how the brand described both masks in such a smooth way; comments in the square brackets mine):

When your skin is dry, matt, and you wish you could shine [oh, yes, baby, bring it on], it’s time to meet our Unicorn. This sweet animal contains ingredients that help to moisturize, brighten and smooth the skin.

Carrot Root- repairs, smooths and moisturizes the skin, protects and facilitates tanning.

Panthenol- regenerates and smooths the skin.

Star Anise- has purifying, depigmenting and anti-irritant effect.

Thanks to the printed sheet, the mask is more efficient and fun.

 

Ingredients: Water, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Panthenol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Erythritol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Parfum (Fragrance), PEG-14M, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Natto Gum, Disodium EDTA

 

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After a long and productive day at work, I wanted to shine. So bad. So I put a Unicorn Mask on my face (sometimes I wonder how far I can go to enhance my skin) and became a unicorn for 15 minutes. The muju sheet mask was well-soaked in the serum (although there wasn’t much of it left in the packaging)… and was huuuge. As you can see in the picture above, the upper part of it was sticking out well beyond my forehead. However, although big, the size did bring the mask to life more than if it’d been smaller as the unicorn horn looked as if it’d been coming out of my forehead. And the sheet mask adhered surprisingly well to my skin as well. Not to mention the fun the print brought me when I was putting it on my face and then while I was taking sweet, sweet selfies.

In terms of the ingredients, most of them are clean. There are only a few which had a yellow CosDna safety rating (PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Parfum (Fragrance), PEG-14M, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil). And the staple ingredients were right at the beginning of the ingredients list making me hope there was a considerable amount of them as opposed to other ingredients.

The effects? My skin did look slightly brighter and definitely less dull. It was well-hydrated and moisturized (I should start distinguishing those two, honestly) but despite that I still put a layer of my moisturizer on top of that to finish off the whole routine. The sheet mask left only a slightly tacky feeling (nothing bothersome) and brought some healthy look to my skin.

I really liked it, although I looked..creepy.

 

 

muju Sweet Animal Mask- Zebra

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After trying the muju Unicorn mask, the next evening I tried the Zebra one. This is what its packaging had to say about its main purpose:

When you notice first wrinkles and fine lines [mine have been with me for a while now T^T] or that your skin loses its elasticity [welcome to my world, luv], it’s time to meet out Zebra. This sweet animal contains ingredients that help to plump out wrinkles and to add back firmness and smoothness.

Fig Extract- has firming, moisturizing, and anti-aging properties and stimulates the collagen synthesis.

Collagen- helps to add back moisture, smoothness and elasticity.

Witch Hazel Water- regenerates the skin, improves blood circulation and has anti-aging effect on the skin.

Thanks to the printed sheet, the mask is more efficient and fun.

 

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Panthenol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel Water), Allantoin, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyacetophenone, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-14M, Natto Gum, Erythritol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal

 

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To be completely honest, this sheet mask had a much worse ingredients list than the Unicorn one as there were more yellow-rated ingredients. However, I enjoyed muju Sweet Animal Mask Zebra more than the Unicorn one. Why? There are two reasons. First, I didn’t look creepy but actually quite cute (wouldn’t you agree?). Second, to my eyes, it gave out much better effects. My skin was as well-hydrated and moisturized as with the Unicorns sheet mask but somehow it looked better (healthier, more even toned, plumper) after I took off. Which makes me wonder- was it the result of the Fig Extract that was fourth on the list (praying here that there was a considerable amount of it in the essence and that it wasn’t just a marketing trick)? If so, then the Fig Extract becomes my number one skincare ingredient from now on. ❤

 

 

I’m looking forward to trying more of such funny/cute/creepy looking sheet masks. If you have any ideas what sheet masks I should try next, let me know in the comments!

 

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[The Face Shop] Natural Sun Eco Inorganic Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+ PA +++ Review

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Hello, my lovely beauties! Today I’m coming to you with a review of my first ever sun stick! When I started my journey with k-beauty not only were k-beauty products largely unavailable in the part of the world where I live, that is, Europe, but there was no sight of face sunscreen in any other form than a cream. I’ve been keeping an eye on sunscreen in a stick for quite a while but I decided to purchase one only fairly recently. Why? The sun sticks have been relatively expensive in comparison to many sun creams and they have largely been made with chemical sun filters which don’t work very well with my skin- that’s why I always opt for sunscreens with physical filters (I ordered a few new physical sunscreens this week so keep an eye on this space as I’ll post reviews of them this month). But! I finally found a sunscreen stick that contains only physical filters (The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Inorganic Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+ PA +++) and I’m just about to share my thoughts on it with you. ❤

 

About the product

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The simplest way to describe this product is to say that it’s a sunscreen that comes in a stick (wow). And I could actually stop here. But, according to the packaging in which my sunscreen came, this The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Inorganic Sunscreen Stick not only ”features inorganic [that is, physical] UV filters but also Calamine powder which helps to calm the skin” and ECOCERT certified Sunflower Seed Oil (for moisturization, I suppose). It doesn’t contain animal-derived ingredients, parabens and was dermatologically tested. But that’s pretty all about the product.

 

 

Ingredients and Texture

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Ingredients: Butylene Glycol, Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Ceresin, Synthetic Wax, Triethylhexanoin, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Aluminum Stearate, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Alumina, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Calamine, Dimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Quaternium-18 Bentonite, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Parfum/Fragrance

 

In terms of the ingredients, the matter is more complicated. To this post, I usually approached the ingredients lists of the products I bought in the way that I would approach any other European food/beauty product where the ingredients are placed in the order of their predominance in a product. So when I saw something as a fourth/fifth/sixth ingredient, I would think that there’s quite a bit of it in the product. However, recently I came across a few posts, fanserviced-b.com and theklog.co among them, that talk about the differences between the US and Korean ingredients lists. I’m not going to go deeper into that topic now, because that’s not what the post is about, but the key takeaway is that anything in 1% or below in a Korean skincare/beauty product can be listed on the ingredients list in ANY order. Which means that, although the first three or four ingredients (probably) may predominate in the product, anything from half down to the bottom of the list may come in various amounts and if something is higher up on it doesn’t mean there’s more of it in the cosmetic. This is something I learnt only quite recently and it makes me feel like a fool, to be honest with you. There were so many times when I bought a Korean skincare product only because the ingredients list looked really well. I suppose, those products’ formulations weren’t something I thought they were. But, there we go- we can only learn from our mistakes (PS. European skincare/beauty products have to list all the ingredients in a descending order of their concentration in a product- so what’s the last is the least (source here)).

But getting back to the ingredients of The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Inorganic Sunscreen Stick- I can only be partially certain that the first few ingredients at the beginning are in the highest concentration in the sun stick and those are: Butylene Glycol, Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide. The last two are physical UV filters that effectively deal with both types of UV rays- UVA and UVB. The rest of the ingredients may be placed in any order and God only knows how much of each ingredient in the stick- including the ECOCERT certified Sunflower Seed Oil and Calamine powder. So even though the product’s description stresses the product contains those two ingredients, it’s certainly possible that there’s less than 1% of each of them in the sunscreen, making me think that whether or not the sun stick contains them, doesn’t really matter- their ”positive” effect on my skin would be so minuscule that I would see no difference. (◔_◔)

According to CosDna and Skincarisma, the ingredients list as the whole is relatively clean and safe. There’s one silicone (Dimethicone) and Butylene Glycol that have a comedogenic rating of 1 (quite low) and there’s also Fragrance in it. Skincarisma also adds that the Sunflower Seed Oil can trigger fungal acne so I’m really not convinced that this ingredient should be so praised in the product’s description. (〜 ̄ △ ̄)〜

 

 

 

The sunscreen’s texture is interesting, though. It’s white and very solid with a kind of floral scent. The sun stick is quite small (20g half of which is probably the weight of the packaging itself) but very convenient to hold. To get it out there’s a thingy at the bottom (for the lack of a better word for it) to turn. The stick’s surface is rectangular with rounded corners, relatively wide. The surface’s shape, however, makes it quite difficult to apply the sunscreen in places where precision is needed such as around the eyes. And the texture of the sun stick makes it really difficult to glide at the beginning- once there’s one layer of it the stick rolls easily but to get there, you have to be careful not to stretch the skin too much (again, especially around the eyes). Upon application, the sunscreen leaves only a slight white cast but it does have a shiny finish which drove me crazy- my face shined as if it’d produced tons of sebum. But, but, all of the ranting in the section below.

 

My thoughts

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And now, finally, here comes the time for my ranting. Let’s start off with the positives, though, because I feel like this The Face Shop Sunscreen Stick deserves that. What I liked about it is the hands-off experience you get with it. No need to make your hands dirty with the sunscreen (or a beauty sponge if you’re like me and apply a sun cream with it most of the time) and no need to make your hands clean before you can make them dirty. Which saves time, water (you have to wash your hands before and after the application) and doesn’t put you off when it comes to the sunscreen re-application. I loved that aspect of this product. I could just grab the stick, roll it out and put it on my face. What I also liked about it was that it contained ONLY physical/inorganic UV filters. Which meant broad and solid UV protection and my eyes didn’t sting which often happens when the chemical filters start to come off my face when I use chemical sunscreens. However! That’s where the good ends.

The bad. Oh, the bad. First, let me say that the ingredients list wasn’t anything impressive. Although it doesn’t reflect the ingredient concentration, it does reflect what’s in the product. And apart from the two UV filters and the Calamine powder, there’s really nothing skin-enhancing in it (I don’t think the Sunflower Seed Oil is good, especially not for my sensitive skin). I’ve tried much better sunscreens in that respect.

Another thing, the application process, although partly extremely convenient, was at the same time nightmarish. The stick didn’t want to glide easily at the beginning so I had to put multiple layers of it to be sure I spread it properly- I didn’t want to stretch my skin too much so every time I started the application process very gently and always thought I didn’t cover my face with it evenly. After the first application in the morning, there’s wasn’t much of a white cast left and no white streaks either. Just the shiny effect (which, by the way, made my skin imperfections more prominent). But upon first, second, third re-application my face looked worse and worse. Whiter, with more shine and more and more streaks with every re-application, so that at the end of the day I look as if I saw a ghost and sweat like a pig. Sorry for such a comparison, but that’s the only one that came to my mind. To add to all of that, I love the idea of a having a sunscreen in a stick, but I don’t think it’s very hygienic unless you wash your face before every application- I noticed a variety of pollutants stuck on my stick (nothing major but visible nonetheless) which I think, in the long run, would break me out. But that long run probably won’t happen since after 1.5 I used quite a lot of it. I stopped using it for a while but as I return to it, in the next one or two weeks I should be run out of it.

Those would all my thoughts (at the moment) on this innovative The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Inorganic Sunscreen Stick. I liked some aspects of it but I disliked the rest which, to be honest, were in the majority. I certainly won’t repurchase this particular sunscreen stick but I’m in love with the idea of using a sun stick in general, so I’ll keep looking for a better sunscreen in this form. Till next time!

 

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Sheet Mask Compilation- May 2019

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May has gone incredibly fast and, surprise, surprise, we’re in June now. Unbelievable! I’ve been using quite a lot of sheet masks for the past 1.5 months and so I decided to do a quick sheet mask compilation for May 2019. During that month I tried 6 different sheet masks (7 in total, as I used two Jumiso Rich Nourishment ones) and although it may seem not that much (roughly 2 sheet masks a week), I’m still proud of myself that I managed to mask regularly as I’ve been preoccupied with other matters such as my final-year university exams and that made me want to simplify everything else, including my skincare routines. But without further ado, let’s jump straight in.

 

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The sheet masks in the picture above are in the date order meaning the first one from the top left is also the first one I used in May, and the one in the bottom right corner is one of the most recent ones I tried. I reviewed almost all of them on the website and so in this post I aim to give just a brief overview of each sheet mask (what I liked/disliked about every one of them) and will provide a link to the full review of the ones that I already reviewed in full. So, let’s get that ball rolling!

 

 

[Jumiso] Rich Nourishment Sheet Mask

 

 

I absolutely loved this sheet mask. The adherence was divine (see the picture below), the ingredients list top class and the effects amazing. The adherence was great but it made adjusting of the sheet (it didn’t have a good fit for my face) quite difficult, especially with the dripping-everywhere essence as the mask was thoroughly soaked in it. When it comes to the ingredients, the Jumiso sheet mask contains some of the most effective moisturizing, brightening, anti-ageing and healing ingredients, most notably Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate that encourages cell turnover leading to brighter, more even and hydrated skin. The mask’s performance itself was incredible as it not only profoundly hydrated my skin but left it brighter and more bouncy. Simply more healthy-looking and resistant to ageing.

Full review here.

 

 

[Mediheal] DNA Proatin (Aquaring) Sheet Mask

 

 

This one did get on my nerves. I basically looked like a serial killer because the fit and the adherence were terrible- the sheet mask kept sliding off my face and it didn’t fit well around my eyes nor my mouth (my upper lip was covered T.T). And the packaging itself- dear God, it was a nightmare to crack it open. I never struggled with a sheet mask packaging as much as I did with this one. I was really excited to try this mask simply because the ingredients list was wonderful and so promising- full of active ingredients that were supposed to make my face feel and look better through a proper moisturization (lock-in of the moisture) and anti-ageing care (loads of ingredients designed to address wrinkles). It did lock in the moisture but not in the right way- the Mediheal sheet mask was soaked in a heavy emulsion and took ages to absorb, and when it finally did, it left an unpleasantly heavy feeling on my face. It also didn’t do much to my wrinkles. Jumiso sheet mask was much better at both.

Full review here.

 

 

[DermaV10] Anti-Ageing Collagen Woven Face Mask

 

 

This DermaV10 sheet mask was actually really good. I paid for it just £0.89 at my local Home Bargains so I wasn’t expecting much. But I bought because the price was really good and the sheet mask had a decent ingredients list, although I feared I’d get some skin troubles as Phenoxyethanol was high up on the list. But surprisingly, I didn’t get any issues from using it.  More than that, the adherence was really good and after I removed the sheet mask, my skin looked healthier and was noticeably more hydrated. The mask did leave a slightly tacky feeling but it actually didn’t bother me much which usually happens when I’m left with a tacky face. The only thing I can really complain about is the fit- the sheet mask’s eye area was a bit too small for my eyes. But apart from that, a sheet mask definitely worth the money.

 

 

[Kina Cosmetics] Ceramide Face Mask

 

 

I actually tried this Kina Cosmetics Ceramide Face Mask a few times as I bought a pack of 10 for £5.99 at TKMaxx, which seemed like a very good deal. The mask was supposed to hydrate and lock in the moisture and reinforce the skin’s barrier with the help of Ceramides. I have to say, it did hydrate and moisturize my skin really well but left an unpleasant tacky feeling. It took a very long time to absorb and even after that the tackiness stayed. I never like when a mask leaves the uncomfortable stickiness as it messes up with my PM routine (I always sheet mask at the end of the day) and I can’t follow up with the moisturizer. So although I like the Kina Cosmetics mask for its effects (the hydration & moisturization) I definitely didn’t like its tackiness, the fit and the fact that Ceramides, the staple ingredient of the sheet mask, was one of the last ingredients on the ingredients list.

Full review here.

 

 

[Mediheal] W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask

 

 

This Mediheal W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask was definitely something different. It was pitch-black and kind of made me scared of my look. But visual effects apart, it was an amazing sheet mask. Very hydrating, fairly brightening and soothing. My face was left dewy, radiant, plump and ready for the next step as although there was plenty of the essence (in the mask’s sheet and in the packaging) it absorbed super fast with no heavy stickiness. It also had one of the best fits for my face and incredibly adhered well. It contained three ingredients which I was afraid would give me some surprises but it turned out my fear was unnecessary as the Mediheal sheet mask didn’t cause me any issues.

Full review here.

 

 

[Mediheal] N.M.F. Aquaring Hydro Nude Gel Mask

 

 

And finally, the Mediheal N.M.F. Aquaring Hydro Nude Gel Mask. I hadn’t tried a gel mask for quite a while and so this was my first attempt to get back to hydrogel masks. Things I liked first, as there weren’t many. The ingredients list looked great, with a lot of botanical extracts, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine and Ceramides. It was supposed to be very hydrating. But… it wasn’t. Instead, it brightened my skin a little but made my skin so tight I had to quickly apply a thick layer of my moisturizer to relieve this tightness. More than that, the hydrogel mask came in two pieces: one for the forehead and eye area, and one for the mouth and chin area. It was really hard to put both pieces on my face and they were very slippery and didn’t want to stick to my face at all. After a long struggle I managed to make them stay on my face so I quickly took a photo to demonstrate how the mask sits on my face. Verdict? I wouldn’t repurchase. I thought that the Mediheal DNA Proatin (Aquaring) Sheet Mask was a disappointment but that was before I tried this one.

 

How do I rate my overall sheet mask experience of May 2019? 

There certainly were some really bad fails (the Mediheal DNA Proatin (Aquaring) Sheet Mask and the N.M.F. Aquaring Hydro Nude Gel Mask) but the majority of the masks was great. I don’t think I’m going to repurchase any of them anytime soon but not because I didn’t like them but because I’m in a mood of trying something new. That said, though, I’ll certainly go back to them sooner rather than later.

 

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[Missha] Cicadin Centella Mega Sun Protection Cushion SPF 50+ PA ++++ Review

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My dear beauties! Here I come with the first review of a sun cushion. I never tried sun protection in any other form than a sun cream (you can see the review of my favourite one here) so I’m super excited to share with you anything and everything about this Missha Cicadin Centella Mega Sun Protection Cushion SPF 50+ PA ++++  which I got from RoseRoseShop.

 

About the product

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So what the packaging and the RoseRoseShop website have to say about this cushion? First, let’s start with the website, according to which this Missha cushion is

Formulated with carefully chosen ingredients for sensitive skin.
Infused with mild physical sunscreen ingredients.
Provides a cooling sensation to the skin as it contains 38% Centella Asiatica Extract in place of water.

The cushion’s packaging provides the same information so I’m not gonna repeat it. The fact that it’s got a cooling effect (38% Centella Asiatica Extract) and that it contains physical filters were the main reasons why I went for that cushion in the first place. I was looking for something that would make sunscreen re-application easy but effective, skin-friendly (my skin can hardly tolerate chemical sunscreens so I always need to opt for physical ones and I wanted to get something that doesn’t have any unsafe or irritating ingredients) and which wouldn’t leave me look like a monster (white streaks are my worst nightmare). This Missha cushion turned out to be the best option out there withing the affordable price range.

 

Ingredients and Texture

Ingredients: Centella Asiatica Extract, Propyheptyl Caprylate, Zinc Oxide, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Titanium(IV) Oxide, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Propanediol, Glycerol, Silica, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Eggplant Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa Root Extract, Holy BasilMoringa Oleifera, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Magnesium Sulfate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Sorbitan Caprylate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polyurethane-11, Ethylhexylglycerin, Guaiazulene, Amber Powder, Calamine, Madecassoside, Chlorella Vulgaris Powder

 

Because the ingredients list on the cushion’s packaging is in Korean (and I’m not sure if there’s the full ingredients list on it anyway), I took this ingredients list above from CosDna. I also resorted to it before I actually purchased the cushion to avoid any disappointment in a form of irritation that would make me have to stop using it. So.

 

The good:

  • Centella Asiatica Extract instead of water so loads of it (supposedly 38%)- has potent antioxidant properties and contains amino acids and Madecassoside (there’s also additional Madecassoside added, towards the end of the ingredients list). It has soothing and hydrating effects so it’s good for upset skin. Also, it mitigates some of the visible effects of sun damage thus it’s a perfect ingredient for a sun cushion!
  • two physical sunscreen ingredients: Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide that provide  broad sun protection against UVA (responsible for aging) and UVB rays (responsible for tanning) while being safer and largely non-irritant for skin than most chemical sunscreens
  • contains quite a few botanical extracts providing the skin with a variety of antioxidant benefits
  • almost all of the ingredients are super safe and non-irritant apart from Stearic Acid that has the acne rating of 2

 

The bad:

  • contains Lavender Oil which can lead to skin’s oversensitivity and make it irritated (although CosDna doesn’t rate it as either irritant or unsafe, weird)
  • contains Stearic Acid that has an acne rating of 2 and which can trigger fungal acne (Zinc Oxide has a rating of 1 so it might also cause acne for some people but it’s never caused me any issues)
  • Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, that can also be found in the ingredients list, may trigger fungal acne as well

 

The cushion seems to have a pretty decent ingredients list when compared to so many sunscreen cushions in a similar price range (about $14). Because I never tried a cushion until this very one, I thought I shouldn’t be overly picky and went for it to test how it works for me.

 

 

 

 

The cushion comes in a, well, cushion compact form, with a puff that rests on the inner lid of the compact. As you can see, when I opened the product for the first time, I had to peel off a plastic protector that was separating the inner lid and the contents on the cushion. The cushion contents itself was of a very washed-off green colour with a white cross in the middle. When applied on the face, the contents had a texture of a watery cream of the same washed-off green. However, when patted evenly over the face, it blended in well leaving my face a bit paler but with no white streaks. The cushion’s packaging also contained a mirror which was really handy as I didn’t have to carry around my own mini-mirror to apply and re-apply it onto my face throughout the day. The puff, however, was waaay too big for my face and I struggled with it quite a bit. I must admit, even though the cushion’s name says it’s ”Cicadin Centella Mega Sun Protection Cushion” I didn’t expect it to be so big.

 

 

My thoughts

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I can say I really liked this Missha Cicadin Centella Mega Sun Protection Cushion. Why?

  • it really soothed my skin. It gave a nice cooling sensation and my skin never broke out while using it.
  • the coverage was really well (although it’s not a makeup cushion) as it hid small imperfections on my skin. It also made my skin paler but that’s something common for physical sunscreens and, because it spread incredibly evenly, it didn’t bother me
  • it left no white streaks. After using the cushion for the first time, I’ve become a fan of applying a sunscreen with a puff and after I ran out of the cushion, I’ve been using my makeup sponge to apply and re-apply my other sun creams
  • the application and re-application process was so easy- I didn’t have to touch the sunscreen (good for hygiene… and laziness reasons) and there was also a mirror inside it so I could re-apply it anywhere at any time
  • the cushion provides a broad and long sun protection against UVA and UVB rays (the maximum I’d say) which is something I always look for in sun protection products

 

But there were also things I didn’t quite like about this cushion:

  • as already mentioned, the compact was waaay too big and it was a bit of a challenge to apply the sunscreen with such a big puff, especially around my eyes
  • it lasted me only for about 2 weeks while a normal sun cream usually lasts me for 3. I’m quite money-conscious so when  I buy something I want it to last me as long as possible. Next time I might invest in a cushion that I can re-fill.
  • the puff rests on the inner lid of the cushion and it’s not washable which I find very unhygienic. I didn’t get any breakouts from using it but I fear if I’d been using it for longer, I’d have got some kind of irritation from it
  • the cushion’s packaging didn’t have the ingredients list in English so I couldn’t compare it to the one on CosDna. I always need to know what I’m applying on my face in case something bad happens so no ingredients list is a big disappointment for me
  • it has a very strong medical scent, most likely due to the high concentration of Centella Asiatica Extract. But I got used to it after a few days so it wasn’t that bad in the end

 

Overall, I enjoyed using this Missha Cicadin Centella Mega Sun Protection Cushion as its positives outweigh negatives. The cushion’s performance was amazing and I just wish it’d lasted me longer and had been a little bit smaller. However, although I liked it a lot, I don’t think I’m going to repurchase this cushion anytime soon. I’m venturing out to explore the sun protection products a bit more- recently I’ve been trying a sun stick (another sunscreen form in addition to creams and cushions) so watch out for my review of it!

Have you ever tried sunscreen in cushion?

[Mediheal] W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask Review

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Hello my friends! Last week and this week I sheet masked with a truly scary mask- Mediheal W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask. Nevertheless, I think it’s a wonderful mask and I couldn’t resist sharing my thoughts on it with you. So here comes the review!

PS. If you’re interested in purchasing it, you can get it on YesStyle.

 

About the product

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According to YesStyle (where you can also get this sheet mask), this Mediheal W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask:

  • is an intensive whitening and hydrating mask that creates radiant, dewy skin.
  • has whitening and moisturizing power which is due to its excellent whitening ingredients (such as Niacinamide, Acai Fruit Extract) as well as moisturizing ones (such as Xylityl Glucoside, Anhydroxylitol and Xylitol)
  • emits far infrared radiation on the skin to increase its elasticity.

 

The sheet mask is also suitable for every skin type.

 

Ingredients and Texture

Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Glucose, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Trehalose, Charcoal Powder, Disodium EDTA, Arginine, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Zanthoxylum Piperitum (Japanese/Korean Pepper) Fruit Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance

 

When it comes to the ingredients, the Mediheal W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask comes with quite a lof of moisturizing ingredients (Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Glucose and Trehalose). There are also two brightening ingredients in the form of Niacinamide and Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract (contains loads of vitamin C) where Niacinamide is the third ingredient on the list. Additionally, the sheet mask contains a few soothing and skin-conditioning ingredients: Allantoin (soothing and healing properties), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (anti-inflammatory,  improves the appearance of dry/damaged skin and restores suppleness) and Arginine (antioxidant that helps to boost collagen production). 

The bad of the ingredients list are:

  • contains Fragrance and two ingredients are listed as moderately unsafe (yellow rating of 3), according to CosDna, which are Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane and PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
  • contains Carbomer which might be mildly irritant

 

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The sheet mask comes extremely well-soaked in a very watery essence. I had to be really careful not to make anything wet around me when unfolding it. Which means there was looots of the essence left in the packaging which I could reuse the following day. I was in seventh heaven. The essence also absorbs really fast so after taking off the sheet mask, I didn’t have to wait long to be able to finish my routine off with a moisturizer. The sheet mas also left a slightly tacky feeling but it didn’t bother me much- I actually liked it as it made me feel like my skin was fully moisturized (which it was).

The mask’s sheet itself was scary pitch black and adhered very well (as you can see in the photo above). I left it on for about 20min and afterwards it was still so wet I could wipe my feet with it (I genuinely think I should take more care of my feet) only to bin it still being wet. What a shame I could not use it on anything else as I feel it was quite a bit of a waste throwing it out with so much essence in it.

 

My thoughts

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Before I say anything else, let me say this: I was quite scared by just looking at myself in the mirror while wearing this mask. It’s so black (thanks to Charcoal Powder) and its cut has something monstrous about it that it made me think I look a monster or a serial killer. And I couldn’t resist the temptation to send my mom a photo just to scare her away. 😛 This sheet mask was so much fun. Ekhm. Getting back to its performance, though.

I not only enjoyed this Mediheal W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask in terms of its visual effects but also skincare effects. It was veeeery hydrating, soothing and fairly brightening. The variety of its hydrating ingredients made my skin plump and bouncy, and my fine lines and tiny wrinkles either disappeared or diminished in appearance. My skin was also left super calm and any irritations from the week just went away. The brightening effects resulted in my skin getting a more healthy look which made me look fresher at the end of the day than in the morning of any other day.

I really liked that the sheet mask was so well-soaked in the essence and that there was so much of it to use. I didn’t like that the essence was dripping all around when I was unfolding it but when I finally placed it on my face, I was over the moon. A good sheet mask equals happy Blue. 😀

The other thing I didn’t like is some of the ingredients (the ones with a yellow rating and Carbomer) but because I didn’t feel any negative effects in a form of pimples or irritation, I would gladly repurchase this Mediheal W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask. Because, let’s be honest- how often do you get a sheet mask that can scare people away while providing you with all the benefits? This sheet mask has truly become one of my favourites.