[A’pieu] Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask Review

IMG_6528

Hello, my lovely beauties! And many, many apologies for such a long period of absence. I had a few things going on in the past two months that totally knocked me off my feet and I had to work hard to pull myself together. As many of you may know, I lost my only and very close grandmother and my mom was diagnosed with cancer a month after that and had a surgery fairly recently. Please, pray for her. 🙏

Due to the circumstances, I went silent here, on my social media and with skincare, sticking just to the basics. But I finally managed to get back to enjoying skincare and writing about it and so here’s a review after over two-month absence.

I tried this A’pieu Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask fairly recently (well, yesterday) so the review is as comprehensive as I could get it. And, obviously, very honest. I hope you enjoy it.

 

About the sheet mask

IMG_6532

According to the packaging, the sheet mask is designed to provide the skin with hydration, to make it brighter and more translucent. It’s made of Tencel fabric (cellulose) that is meant to adhere to the skin well. The serum the sheet is soaked in (and it’s soaked really generously, with the serum dripping when unfolding the mask) is transparent and watery. The ingredients of the sheet mask’s serum are listed below (matching the ones on the product’s label).

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Betaine, Sea Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-yuen Seed Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone, Arginine, C12-14 Pareth-12, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

 

 

My thoughts

IMG_6538

So, after a short introduction to the product, let’s move into what I think about the sheet mask. First, the appearance. Can I just say how cute and yummy-looking the packaging is? After the first short glimpse at it, it made me want to eat it straight away and, when I finally opened it and smelled that delicious citrusy smell, I suddenly felt like I’m in the middle of the summer, somewhere on the beach, eating an orange fruit salad. Such a reinvigorating and pleasing smell!

The packaging was relatively easy to crack open (on the picture above you can see how clean the tear is- it was really easy to tear it apart) but unfolding wasn’t as much. The sheet was quite thin and so well-soaked in the essence that I had to do it over the sink not to spill anything on the carpet. But the dripping of the serum is always a good sign- it means the sheet mask won’t get dry quickly and you can easily enjoy that 20 or even 30 minutes relax with the mask on.

When I finally put it on the face, it adhered quite well but the cut wasn’t one of the best- my under eye area wasn’t covered at all because the cut was too small. The rest of the face was thoroughly covered with minor creases due to the imperfect cut but that wasn’t too bothersome to me.

I left the A’pieu mask on for 15 minutes. After I removed it, I tapped the remaining serum into my skin. It left a slightly tacky feeling but that too was bearable and I could put on my moisturizer after a few minutes without feeling I’m overwhelming my skin.

Now, let’s go back to the ingredients because this is something I pay close attention to when I use any skincare/beauty product. But particularly skincare products. All of the ingredients of A’pieu Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask are very safe (according to CosDna), apart from Fragrance which to some people may cause adverse skin reactions. It also contains a silicone (Dimethicone); however, although some people may be allergic to silicones, they don’t tend to cause/worsen acne nor do they seem to clog pores, unlike some popular beliefs claim.

Aside from that, the sheet mask is full of wonderful ingredients. It’s got Betaine (a gentle hydrating ingredient), Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid derivative that also acts as a potent hydrating ingredient), 9 plant extracts, including Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract and Citrus Junos Fruit Extract (both providing the skin with vitamin C), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract (anti-inflammatory properties), Panax Ginseng Root Extract(boosts skin hydration, diminishes rough texture, helps fade uneven skin tone, and help visibly improve wrinkles by working within skin to bolster its natural firmness), Aloe Leaf Extract (soothes the skin) and Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (potent antioxidant properties). The vitamin C delivered by the first two plant extracts helps to reduce the discolouration and brightens the skin. Additionally, Allantoin and Arginine, both act as great hydrating ingredients while boosting collagen production (Arginine) and increasing skin smoothness (Allantoin).

 

So, what were the results? My skin definitely looked healthier and more hydrated. It was bouncy, smooth and happy. 🙂 However, I didn’t notice any brightening effect or maybe there was one but I’m used to seeing better effects with a more potent vitamin C serum from Purito (the review will be coming soon). I was expecting something more but I guess you can’t get much with just a single use and such a vitamin C concentration. Anyway, I did enjoy this A’pieu Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask not just in terms of the packaging and its aesthetics but also in terms of the hydration and the healthy look it gave me. It’d definitely recommend trying this mask, if you have a chance. Or maybe you already have tried it? Let me know in the comments. 😉

 

 

If you liked the post, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook where I post daily. And if you’d like to buy me a cup of coffee or support me with running the website, there’s a donation button on the right side of the site. Thank you! 😀

 

[Kina Cosmetics] Ceramide Face Mask Review

IMG_3882

 

My dear beauties! Here I come with another sheet mask review. I found this Kina Cosmetics Ceramide Face Mask a few months back (January this year) in a nearby TK Maxx. I love popping in there regularly as they always have some k-beauty products and sometimes you can come across some really good deals. I bought this sheet mask in a pack of 10 for £5.99 (which makes each sheet mask just £0.60!) and it has lasted me for a long time- I still have a few left as I have used this mask alongside other sheet masks. Initially I was really happy with it (as you might probably know if you follow me on Instagram) but it took me quite a lot of time (and sheet masks) to truly get to know what this Ceramide Face Mask has to offer. So let’s jump straight to the review!

 

Claims

What is this sheet mask? According to the back of the packaging, Kina Cosmetics Ceramide Face Mask is

a function driven facial sheet mask that is uniquely formulated to deliver targeted benefits to address specific skincare concerns. Powered by two complexes crafted with 17 botanical extracts, and a boost of Ceramide.

Not sure what are those ”specific” skincare concerns but there we go. The packaging says what it says. On the front of it, it says something more as to what the sheet mask is designed to do, which is to

quench, strengthen dry skin and lock in moisture for lasting hydration.

 

That’s what the front and back of the packaging has to say about the mask. Pretty straightforward when you add everything up. The sheet mask’s main aim is to hydrate the skin which it is expected to accomplish with the help of a variety of botanical extracts and the ceramides.

 

Ingredients and Texture

IMG_2587

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Angelica Keiskei Leaf/Stem Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Glycine Max (Soybean) Seed Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Salvia Miltiorrhiza Flower/Leaf/Root Extract, Schizandra, Chinensis Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Ceramide NP, Carbomer, Arginine, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin

 

The packaging didn’t joke about those 17 (!) botanical extracts. I counted them all and there indeed are 17 of them, plus Schizandra which is a five-flavor berry (all of them in green bold font above). Which means the sheet mask contains loooooads of antioxidants and other goodies specific for the plants the extracts came from. However, with the name of the mask (Ceramide Face Mask) and the claim it contains Ceramide as a staple ingredient, one would expect the Ceramide to be quite high up in the list. But it’s not, unfortunately. It’s the 6th ingredient from the very end of the ingredients list. Very disappointing.

On a brighter note, the sheet mask is quite clean as only a few ingredients were rated yellow for safety or irritant/acne-causing by CosDna (in yellow and red, respectively, in the ingredients list).

 

IMG_4032

 

When it comes to the texture, the mask’s sheet was white and quite thick as for a sheet mask (you can see it in the picture above). The fit wasn’t perfect (I’ve seen worse though, so it’s not something to cry about) and the adherence was okay. But just okay. Which means it could’ve been better.

The essence the sheet mask was soaked in was very watery and took AGES to absorb into my skin (more about it below). The sheet was well drenched in it but unfortunately, there wasn’t enough of it left in the packaging to apply on the neck.

 

My thoughts

IMG_3922

 

There are days when I love this sheet mask (just like when I tried it the first time) and there are days when I’m not so keen on it. I love it for its effects. This Ceramide Face Mask is SUPER hydrating– every time it made my skin very plump, bouncy and healthy-looking. So it definitely lived up to its claims about hydration.

However, on the downside (and what I’m not so keen on), the essence took very long to absorb and left a very unpleasant tacky feeling. Every time I sheet masked with this face mask I had to wait for about an hour or so to be able to apply my moisturizer (I can’t go to be bed without applying it). The tackiness gets even more uncomfortable in the warm weather which has just arrived in the North West of England. So the most recent use made me end up with a super tacky feeling which drove me crazy. Even after three hours after using the sheet mask, the stickiness didn’t diminish and I went to bed with an urge to wash my face again. But I didn’t because I also knew my face was clean and over-cleansing isn’t good for the skin just like over-exfoliating isn’t.

In addition to that, the fit could’ve certainly been better (to please skincare perfectionists like me- I hate when I sheet mask and see creases and air bubbles on my face just like the ones you can see in one of the photos above). And although the 17 botanical extracts are really impressive (and effective!), the position of the Ceramide on the ingredients list was very disappointing and I’m not sure if it did much to my skin. I think the hydrating effect was mainly due to the extracts.

All in all, I love this Kina Cosmetics Ceramide Face Mask for its effects and cleanliness of the ingredients list. But I’ll probably use it only during colder days of the year and/or when my skin needs really deep hydration.

 

Do you have a product that you have a love-hate relationship with? I’m curious to hear your thoughts!