[Some By Mi] Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream Review

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Dear beauties! My apologies for such a long period of being quiet here, on the website. A lot has happened that affected me physically and mentally and I just needed some time to deal with everything that has been put on my shoulders. I’ll try to come back to posting weekly as soon as possible, so please just bear with me.

Going back to the topic of this post- I’ve been on a lookout for a new sunscreen for quite a while now. I’ve been trying to find a mineral sunscreen that doesn’t leave a white cast, isn’t drying/breaking me out and isn’t very expensive. It almost seemed like a non-existent sunscreen, like an ideal that hasn’t been invented yet. Fortunately, it exists (and maybe there are even more of them just waiting for me to discover them) and I was lucky enough to start looking for it now as it was launched not so long ago. However, it will be a topic of another review. 😉 Before that, I’d like to talk about another sunscreen which I found just before I discovered my holy grail of sun protection. The review of today’s post is based on my experience with Some By Mi Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream SPF 50+ PA++++.

 

 

About the product

Unfortunately, the packaging of the Some By Mi Truecica sunscreen was predominantly in Korean. I’m not proficient in Korean in any way and so I was relying on the product description on the website from which I bought it- YesStyle (which I started to love, by the way). According to it, the benefits of this sunscreen are as follows:

 

  • A tri-functional product: UV Blocking + Whitening + Wrinkles Improvement.

  • With UV Blocking index SPF50+ PA++++ to block out both UVA/UVB.

  • Its non-nano factors will not absorb by skin easily while provides 100% of physical UV blocking.

  • With 85% of moisture essence, its lotion-like texture gives no white cast finish.

  • With 10,000ppm of Truecica™ for skin soothing, protection and skin barrier reinforcing.

  • No use of artificial fragrance, colourants and 20 harmful ingredients.

 

 

Does the sunscreen live up to those claims? Let’s find out by starting with the ingredients first.

 

 

Ingredients and Texture

Ingredients: Purified Water, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Zinc Oxide, Silica, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearic Acid, Orange Peel Oil, Lauroyl Lysine, Disodium EDTA, Acrylate/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Lavender Oil, Adenosine, Centella Asiatica Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris (Mugwort) Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Madecassoside, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid

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The ingredients in bold in the first ingredients list are sun filters (Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide). The ingredients in the green colour are Tea Tree (helps with acne) and Centella Asiatica’s derivatives- a plant which is known to be the source of active ingredients famous for their healing properties. Now, some good and some bad of the Some By Mi Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream’s ingredients.

 

The good:

  • As the screenshot of the ingredients list taken from CosDna shows, all of the ingredients are super safe, although three of them (Stearic Acid, Butylene Glycol and Zinc Oxide) might potentially, although unlikely, trigger acne.
  • The claim from the YesStyle website that holds the sunscreen contains ”10,000ppm of Truecica™ for skin soothing, protection and skin barrier reinforcing” may be somewhat true as the ingredients in that technology are Centella Asiatica and Tea Tree. The ingredients in the green are just those, meaning there are quite a few of their derivatives in the sunscreen, although it’s hard to say in what concentrations. That being said, the sunscreen seems to be a great option for sensitive skin.
  • It doesn’t include many harmful ingredients (20, according to the product description) such as parabens, artificial fragrance or Phenoxyethanol.
  • It contains two mineral sun filters (Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide) which are good for sensitive skin as there’s a smaller chance of a breakout. Plus, they provide broad protection against both UVA and UVB rays for longer than chemical sun filters most of which are less photo-stable.
  • Due to Centella Asiatica and Niacinamide it contains, it’s got some anti-aging and whitening properties.

 

The bad:

  • As already mentioned, three ingredients might cause breakouts (Stearic Acid, Butylene Glycol and Zinc Oxide, especially the first one).
  • There are some ingredients which may potentially trigger a fungal acne: Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate and Stearic Acid

 

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When it comes to the texture, the Some By Mi sunscreen’s consistency is very much lotion-like. White in colour and with a strong medical scent (I guess Tea Tree and Centella Asiatica may be the culprit here as there’s no fragrance in the cream) it spreads incredibly well. It’s not thick or greasy like many other mineral sunscreens out there and although it leaves a white cast, it is minimal. However, in my experience a least, it doesn’t layer up well so I had to remove it before re-applying it to avoid it rolling on my skin. I don’t know how it would work with makeup (I’ve read positive comments on that) but because I tend to splash loads of sunscreen on my skin (I’m a sunscreen freak that is very pale and doesn’t like the sun at all) I couldn’t put another layer of it 20mins after applying the first layer. So I’m not sure if putting makeup on top of it would work for me either.

 

My thoughts

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The verdict?

One of the things that I loved about this Some By Mi Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream is how well it calmed my sensitive skin. No matter how sensitive my skin was on any particular day, when applied, it instantly calmed/cooled down any redness or any small inflammation I was struggling with that day. I believe it was due to the already mentioned Truecica™ technology that contains derivatives from Centella Asiatica and Tea Tree, helping to balance (sensitive) skin and heal it. Although Centella Asiatica and Tea Tree gave out a very strong medical scent which I didn’t like at the beginning, I got used to it pretty quickly so it didn’t bother me that much later on.

Another thing that I liked about Some By Mi Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream was how well it spread (like melted butter on a bread slice, without any better comparison) and its minimal white cast compared to many other mineral suncreams I’ve tried to date. It was also very lightweight and non-greasy which made wearing it comfortable and there was no hair sticking to my face (which by the way drives me crazy, especially when it’s windy outside). I think the ease of spreading, non-stickiness and the fact it was really lightweight can be attributed to the fact that the suncream was designed to be lotion-like with ”85% of moisture essence”.

What’s more, because the sunscreen’s ingredients were super safe and contained only mineral sun filters, not only I was provided with a broad UV spectrum protection (SPF 50+ PA++++) but I didn’t experience any breakouts or clogged pores. And! The suncream didn’t contain lots of ingredients considered unsafe, including parabens or artificial fragrance, giving it a big plus and making it a good sun protection product for people with sensitive skin like me.

However, there are two things which I didn’t like about the sunscreen. The first one is how it layered up… which could be hardly done. As already mentioned, I don’t wear makeup but when I wanted to reapply the sunscreen the first layer from the first application started to roll leaving weird white powder-like streaks. So whenever I wanted to reapply it, I had to remove it all, apply a moisturizer and then I could put it on my face again. All of that took me well 10mins (or more) with every re-application which was particularly annoying as at work I had only 30min breaks during which I had to have my lunch and do other pressing things.

The other thing I didn’t like was that it was a little bit drying. When applied on top of a moisturizer, it wasn’t tragic but I wouldn’t recommend wearing it on its own if you have dry skin like me. And as we all know, there are days when you’re in a hurry and you have to stick only to the most important skincare steps and in the morning, at least for me, it is a solid amount of sunscreen on my face and neck which is the best protection against aging. That’s why when I bought it, I made sure I had another, tested sunscreen at hand to use when in a rush.

Overall- did the Some By Mi Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream live up to its claims? I’d say 99% ”yes”. I’m leaving 1% for a ”no” as there are certain things which cannot be tested with only using the product such as whether the sun filters’ particles were nano (as opposed to non-nano) or how much of the Truecica™ was in it. But I find it a very good sunscreen nevertheless. Maybe not so much for dry skin, but certainly it may be for normal/combination or even oily skin. That’s all from me. Just for the very end of this article:

 

Where you can get this sunscreen if you’re interested (I bought mine from YesStyle so I can vouch for it but I haven’t used the rest- I heard good opinions about them and so I added those stores to show you the options. Always make sure that you buy from the trusted distributor):

YesStyle

Jolse

Sweet Corea

Beauty Net Korea

 

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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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[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?

[Neulii] BHA PHA 5.5 Peeling Pads Review

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And here I come with another review! This time it’s Neulii BHA PHA 5.5 Peeling Pads. I must confess, though- I never tried peeling pads up till now, so this is unchartered territory for me. But that makes me even more excited to share with you my thoughts on this product.

A quick note before I jump into the review, I received those pads from RoseRose Shop for review purposes. Although they were a gift, all the opinions in this post (and everywhere else on this site, if a review is written by me) are mine and only mine and are not influenced by any third party. Okay! Let’s jump into the review then!

 

About the product

When I got the pads, I was really curious as to what exactly they’re meant to do- I only use cotton pads as a tool to apply other products like a toner or a make-up remover on my face and those pads were already soaked in something so I was intrigued.

The Neulii Peeling Pads, as may the name suggest, are designed to exfoliate. But, surprisingly, that’s not the only thing they are made to do. The packaging itself says the pads:

  • hydrate and nourish
  • refine texture
  • remove dead skin cells
  • reduce excessive sebum

 

Additionally, on RoseRose Shop‘s website, there’s some more information on the product:

Neulii BHA PHA 5.5 Peeling Pad is an exfoliator combined with toner and cotton pad for your convenience. Simply wipe with BHA PHA 5.5 Peeling Pad to gently exfoliate and get rid of skin impurities while moisturizing for smooth and soft skin.

Useful for:

  • when make-up looks patchy and uneven

  • when blackheads or whiteheads appear

  • when your skin looks dull and lifeless

  • when you need to remove dead skin cells and reduce sebum at the same time

  • when you feel residue on the skin after cleansing

 

So the pads seem to serve four main purposes: to exfoliate, moisturize, improve the appearance of the skin and top up the skin’s cleansing step (if needed). Everything in more detail below.

 

 

Ingredients and Texture

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Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Gluconolactone (5%), Glycerin, Tromethamine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine Salicylate (1%), Sodium Hyaluronate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Aronia Melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry) Fruit Extract, Methyl Cyclodextrin, Allantoin, 7-Dehydrocholesterol, Disodium EDTA

 

What surprised me at first was that the ingredients list is one of the first things you see when you hold the Neulii Peeling Pads. It’s quite impressive that Neulii made the ingredients so prominent as usually ingredients lists are in a very small print and put in the least visible place on the packaging. I like to know what I’m buying/going to use straight away when looking at the product, without trying to locate the list of ingredients and putting real effort to actually trying to figure out what’s written in the list (I have quite a poor sight, ladies and gentlemen). But with Neulii Pads, I knew immediately what I would be putting on my face. And I really liked what I saw.

According to CosDna, all the ingredients are super safe (all are rated as green) and just one (Bulytene Glycol) might cause acne (although unlikely because it’s got the lowest rating of just 1).

In terms of what beneficial ingredients the product contains, here’s a breakdown:

  • chemical exfoliants – Gluconolactone (PHA) which is a very gentle exfoliant, suitable for sensitive skin and found to protect the skin from damages caused by UV radiation as well, and Betaine Salicylate (BHA), also very gentle, and considered good for improving skin’s tone and texture
  • moisturizing ingredients- Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate and Allantoin (which also soothes and aids skin repair)
  • botanical extracts- Witch Hazel Leaf Extract (enhances the appearance of damaged and dry skin), Tea Tree Leaf Extract (calms the skin, soothing any irritation), Rooibos Extract (anti-ageing- packed with antioxidants), Acai Fruit Extract (also packed with antioxidants alongside minerals and vitamins A, B, C, and E), Black Chokeberry Fruit Extract (high in vitamin C)

 

It’s an incredibly good ingredients list and I can’t really recall the last time I saw such a clean one. The moment I read it, I couldn’t wait to actually start using the Pads and see what effects they’d give.

 

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When it comes to the texture, the pads are very thin and made of 100% cotton. They’re double-faced, meaning both sides are the same so you can use either. They’re very well-soaked in the essence although there’s not much essence left in the packaging as such (and the packaging seems way too big for the pads, just a sidenote)- it seems like all the pads absorbed all the essence. However, as long as you close the packaging immediately after using the product, the pads should stay well-soaked for a long time. 🙂 The essence itself is very watery and absorbs really fast, leaving just a slightly tacky but not an uncomfortable feeling.

 

 

My thoughts

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I’m absolutely in loooove with those Neulii BHA PHA 5.5 Peeling Pads. ❤ They’re extremely hydrating and skin pH friendly and because of that they’ve replaced my regular toner and I’m thinking whether I still need my essence. I love that they’re multipurpose- they gently exfoliate, hydrate, nourish the skin and keep it clean. Every time I use them, my skin feels well moisturized, smooth, bouncy and properly cleansed (when there are any impurities left on my face, the pads effectively remove everything). And also more radiant and generally healthy-looking.

When it comes to more specific effects, I noticed my pimples are surprisingly well kept at bay- if they appear they never fully develop but disappear the next day and the scars from the old ones seem to fade away so much faster. What’s more, the blackheads on my nose which I’ve had for a very long time (and couldn’t get rid of no matter what I did), disappeared almost entirely after two weeks of using the product! I can’t really speak if the pads also help with sebum control as my skin is very dry and I wish it produced something to make it less like that. But well, with those pads my face is much better moisturized anyway.

All in all, I love the Neulii BHA PHA 5.5 Peeling Pads for what they contain and what they do. They contain super clean and beneficial ingredients which do moisturize, gently exfoliate and nourish the skin while at the same time addressing the skin’s imperfections. There’s absolutely nothing bad I can say about those pads. Maybe just that the packaging is too big for all the pads (seems like a waste of plastic) but apart from that- nothing. I truly have enjoyed this product and I’d certainly recommend it to everybody interested in chemical exfoliating- regardless of the skin type as the pads seem to be very gentle. But remember to always patch test any product you buy, just to be on the safe side!

[Kina Cosmetics] Ceramide Face Mask Review

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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

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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).

 

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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

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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!

[Jumiso] Rich Nourishment Sheet Mask Review

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Not so long ago, during a very ordinary day, while browsing my Instagram feed, I came across Mask House UK’s post about a special deal- free postage with orders above £5 (yes, £5! Initially I thought it was a mistake and figured they must’ve missed ”0” to make it £50. So I went onto their website and saw it really was JUST £5! I was shocked. Positively, of course). So what did I do? I had to order something, of course. But because I already placed three orders on three different websites that week, I knew I shouldn’t spend much. So I went for sheet masks (cheapest products out there) that were below £4 (I wanted to buy a few within £6 budget that I set for myself). I also wanted to buy something worth trying (with a decent ingredients list) and so after a long search I found this Jumiso Rich Nourishment Sheet Mask and bought it for £2.50 (in the end, I bought two Jumiso sheet masks and one pore stripe to make the balance above £5 and get the free postage). And I definitely don’t regret spending a few quid more that week. Not just because of the Jumiso’s mask ingredients and the mask’s performance (of which more below) but can we please all admire its cute packaging? After using both sheet masks, I obviously had to keep their packaging.

But! Without any further ado, here goes the review.

 

Claims

So let’s start with claims. According to the packaging,

This revitalising sheet mask contains natural ingredients which nourish and balance [the] skin. Its gentle 100% cotton fabric is of the finest quality for the perfect adherence while still allowing [the] skin to breathe.

The description is short and very general so I thought I’d supplement it with the product description from the place where I bought it- Mask House UK:

What it is:
A cupra sheet is made of the 100% mildest cotton yarn with the finest quality with black ginseng to deeply nourish the skin

Why we love it:
The sheet has superior adhesion to the skin, it is breathable and it promotes quick absorption. The nutrition is provided by boiling black ginseng 9 times in a row and including Korean herbal ingredients.

So basically, the claims about the Jumiso sheet mask can be broken down into two points:

  1. It’s made of 100% high-quality cotton that makes the mask highly adherent but also breathable for the skin while promoting the ingredients’ absorption.
  2. The natural ingredients (black ginseng among them) it contains nourish and balance the skin.

 

 

Ingredients and Texture

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Betaine, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus Ferment, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pyridoxine HCI, Maltodextrin, Silica, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide NS, Triethylhexanoin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, PEG-32, Panthenol, Allantoin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragrance, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA

 

Looking at the ingredients list, four things jumped to my eyes:

a) the mask contains a number of ingredients that moisturize/help to keep the moisture in the skin (I put those ingredients in bold navy font above); there’s also Shea Butter that acts as an emollient and helps with dry skin

b) there are ingredients which have brightening properties (Niacinamide, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate- Vit. C) as well as anti-ageing (Tocopheryl Acetate- Vit. E, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil which also contains Vit. E, and two types of ceramides: Ceramide NP and Ceramide NS; interestingly enough this sheet mask contains more ceramides than a ceramide mask I have in my stash- and it has ”ceramide” in its product name) and wound healing ones (Allantoin and Arginine)

c) other key ingredients include: Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate (”the mother of all k-beauty ingredients, also known to be the star ingredient in Missha’s Time Revolution First Treatment Essence, which is a fermented ingredient that works to encourage cell turnover, leading to brighter, more even and hydrated skin”), probiotics (Lactobacillus Ferment and Xylitol) which restore microflora on the skin balancing its pH level, among other things, and plant extracts (Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract and Panax Ginseng Root Extract, the staple ingredient mentioned in the second product description) that act as antioxidants helping the skin to look healthier and younger 

d) the sheet mask contains four ingredients that are yellow-rated in terms of safety (I put them in orange bold) and two ingredients which might be irritant/cause acne (very unlikely as they have a rating 1 which is very low; I put them in red colour in the ingredients list)

 

Overall, the Jumiso Rich Nourishment Sheet Mask contains a variety of ingredients that nourish the skin (vitamins, extracts, ferments and other active ingredients) helping with its regeneration, suppleness, moisture and balance. The mask also has skin balancing properties as it contains probiotics that balance the skin’s pH level.

The only downside of the ingredients list is that it contains a few ingredients that might be considered unsafe or might irritate the skin/cause acne. However, they are further down list so their effect should be fairly weak and definitely outnumbered by the positive effects the rest of the ingredients.

 

 

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In terms of the sheet mask’s texture- Oh My God. They didn’t bluff by saying the sheet is made of ”high-quality” cotton. It’s extremely soft and delicate in touch. And very thin. As you can see in the picture above, although the sheet covered my eyebrows you can still see them through very well- that’s how thin the sheet is. And it’s 100% cotton so it’s also biodegradable.

The essence in which the sheet was soaked (dripping soaked actually- when I took it out of the packaging I couldn’t stop the essence dripping off the sheet. I felt soo guilty about wasting so much of precious essence but there we go) was very watery. There was loads of it in the packaging and it proved to absorb very fast as well.

 

 

My thoughts

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So now, coming to the sheet mask’s performance. There are a few things which I absolutely love about this Jumiso mask.

First, the adherence. Adherence, adherence, adherence. It was brilliant. The sheet adhered so well that it was really hard for me to move and adjust some of its parts to my face (more on the fit below). As I already mentioned, the sheet was also dripping with the abundance of the essence of which there was plenty left in the packaging. It lasted me for three days. The essence absorbed super fast into my skin so when I removed the mask all the essence was locked in my skin within two minutes. It did leave a slightly tacky feeling but it wasn’t uncomfortable and I still could carry on with my PM routine and apply a rich moisturizer.

Secondly, I absolutely love the ingredients list and how effective it was. First of all, the sheet mask didn’t break me out even though it contains Castor Oil which my skin doesn’t like (but it was at the very far end of the ingredients list so it’s understandable as its quantity must’ve been scant; or maybe it was the probiotics that prevented any breakout?). Straight after removing the sheet mask, my skin was super hydrated, plump and bouncy, and slightly brighter as my old pimple scars became paler. I also saw my worst wrinkles were noticeably diminished. I have no idea when was the last time I saw any product do anything to my wrinkles. They aren’t that deep but they are definitely visible. I’ve tried a countless number of products that were supposed to address my wrinkles but I can’t recall any product that actually changed the appearance of them. But this Jumiso sheet mask did. Straight after removing. More than that, after taking the mask off my skin was so bouncy and elastic that even though I laughed really hard and frowned a lot that same night, I couldn’t see any bad changes to the newly improved wrinkles nor could I see any new temporary wrinkles formed (which usually happens when I frown/laugh, especially around my eyes). There were no changes whatsoever. I was really impressed.

However! There are also things I don’t like about Jumiso Rich Nourishment Sheet Mask. One of them is the fit. The eye area was too small which resulted in the sheet not adhering well in some places around my eyes. Also, the incredible adherence made the fit adjusting worse. Because the fit wasn’t good I had to move the sheet’s parts around to make it fit my face better. But because the mask stuck to my face so well, the adjusting was hell. Quite a few creases and air pockets formed and that drove me crazy (I’m a perfectionist when it comes to skincare and I can’t stand when a sheet isn’t adhering to my face evenly). And the fact that the sheet mask was dripping with the essence didn’t make it any better. But as they say, you can’t have everything.

 

All in all, I really enjoyed the Jumiso Rich Nourishment Sheet Mask and loved the results it gave. I would definitely repurchase it if I have a chance. But as for now, I want to venture out and try other sheet masks out there to expand my horizons and add more products to my collection of holy grails. ❤

 

 

Thank you for reading the review! Before you leave, here are just three things I’d like to add:

  1. The photos were taken by me and are copyrighted. 
  2. All the opinions in this post are entirely mine; all the claims are based on my own knowledge. 
  3. If you’d like to have your review of a k-beauty product/store featured on the website as well, just send me an email on email.kbeauty.reviews@gmail.com. I’ll be more than happy to publish it here! The more reviews, the merrier.