[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!

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[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. 

 

 

 

 

[MEDIHEAL] DNA Proatin (Aquaring) Sheet Mask Review

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This month it’s Mother’s Day (at least where I come from) and I got this lovely Mediheal  DNA Proatin (Aquaring) Sheet Mask from my dear mom. She knows how much I love Korean skincare and whenever she sees something ”Korean” in the beauty sale, she buys it for me, God bless her (best mom in the world). But don’t worry- I sent her something for Mother’s Day too and she knows how much I love her. So by no means I’m mistreating her. As for the sheet mask, let’s jump straight to the review.

 

Claims

What is this mask supposed to do? Now, here, the back of the packaging of my sheet mask got damaged (don’t ask how, please) so I’m going to use this website’s description of the mask:

This Mediheal Defence: Natural Aquaring system with DNA Mask is made of bamboo cellulose and feels extremely soft and smooth. It is a Creamy Serum mask that creates a protein water lock screen to lock the moisture into the skin. The emulsion provides deep hydration without being sticky. It helps to recover the damaged skin barrier and improves its function to keep the moisture into the skin.

 

And because that tells me little (just that it’s hydrating without being sticky and repairs skin damage, but oh well, don’t most, if not all, sheet masks do that?), I found another website and looked at its product description as well:

Moisturizing, Whitening, Wrinkle Care Effect Creamy Serum Type: Creates Proatin water lock screen to lock the moisture into the skin.

Recover[s] damaged skin barrier and improves its function to keep the moisture into the skin.

DNA and various moisture ingredients give tired skin nourishment and nutrition. PT CELL sheet with friendly material bio and nano technology slowly lift[s] the face line.

 

 

Okay, now, both of those descriptions make me confused. The first one with its ”protein water lock screen” and the second one…well, the whole description is confusing as, apart from referring to the same ”protein water lock screen”, it also mentions PT CELL sheet (God knows what PT CELL actually is), DNA (is it talking about the DNA as in human DNA, that is, genetic code?!) and ”nano technology that slowly  lifts the face line” (hmm… what nano technology?). So what did I do? I kept looking for a third website, thinking, ”third time lucky”. So I found two websites, each of them helping me to understand the things the sheet mask is supposed to do better:

 

Website 3:

Mediheal Defense Natural Aquaring Proatin Mask restores moisture to your skin and keeps it hydrated. This blue package one works on moisturizing. It contains DNA ingredient, amino acid and collagen which can greatly and deeply replenish your skin. Proatin is made by protein and amino acid which strengthen your skin barrier. This enhances skin’s firmness and glossiness. Clearfit Mask can easily fit your face and stick on it. It helps absorption and lifting.

 

Website 4:

  • DNA = Defense Natural Aquaring Proatin Mask (Defense : Natural Aquaring system with DNA)

  • Main Functions: Moisturize water gloss, Whitening , Anti-wrinkle,

  • Recover[s] damaged skin barrier and improves its function to keep the moisture into the skin

  • Moisture protein mask prevents moisture loss with moisture barrier.

  • DNA and various moisture ingredients give tired skin moisture and nutrition for vital skin care.

  • Gives glow for moisture soft skin enhancement.

  • Major ingredients: 19 Amino Acids, Peptides, DNA, Hyaluronic Acid, Aqua-Seal, ceramides, sodium hyaluronate, aquaxy – Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol / Xylitol, Sodium PCA

 

So, I’m still a bit confused by all those descriptions, but what they all seem to have in common is that the Mediheal  DNA Proatin (Aquaring) Sheet Mask is supposed to:

  1. lock in the moisturise in the skin to keep it hydrated
  2. enhance the skin’s appearance and make it glossy
  3. recover the skin’s barrier

It possibly has also face lifting, whitening and anti-wrinkle properties but those are clearly stated in just one description (lifting in two). And the DNA seems to be an acronym (Defense Natural Aquaring) but the description that says that also adds ”Defense : Natural Aquaring system with DNA” just to make me even more confused. Help! How can you use genes in a sheet mask? That baffles me.

However, I’ve got the gist of what the mask is designed to do, so let’s proceed to its features and performance.

 

Ingredients and Texture

Ingredients: Water, Methylpropanediol, Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Niacinamide, Hydrogenated Rapeseed Oil, Althea Rosea Flower Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Xylitol, Betaine, Squalane, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Panthenol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Jojoba Esters, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Allantoin, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Behenic Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Capryl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, Stearic Acid, Tromethamine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Myristic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, DNA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Ceramide NP (Ceramide 3), Phytosphingosine, Tocopherol, Glycine, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Leucine, Alanine, Lysine, Arginine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Valine, Threonine, Proline, Isoleucine, Histidine, Methionine, Cysteine, Copper Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caffeine, Xanthan Gum, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum)

 

This ingredients list is quite long so I’m not going to talk about all the ingredients in detail as it would take AGES and I’m not an ingredient expert so some of those ingredients don’t tell me anything because of, well, lack of knowledge. But I’m going to list points about the ingredients of this sheet mask that I think are worth highlighting:

  • it contains a skin brightening ingredient (Niacinamide) that is very high up in the list, meaning, there must be quite a lot of it in the serum (or emulsion rather, due to its thick consistency)
  • it has the following anti-ageing ingredients: Niacinamide, Adenosine, Ceramide, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Peptides
  • it contains healing ingredients such as Arginine, Allantoin
  • as well as moisturizing/hydrating ingredients, for instance Betaine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Squalane (also anti-ageing) and Xylitylglucoside
  • and plant oils/extracts such as Althea Rosea Flower Extract and Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, also high up in the ingredients list;

 

I also underlined ingredients that are the amino acids as one of the descriptions mentions them. They ”maintain skin’s hydration, texture, resilience, and an overall supple, healthy appearance” and they work well with ingredients such as Peptides, Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid (all of them present in the emulsion).

Overall, based on the ingredients list, the Mediheal  DNA Proatin (Aquaring) Sheet Mask certainly has a highly moisturizing, skin barrier restoring (healing) and anti-ageing potential. Some of those ingredients are supposed to repair the skin, some of them make it more resistant to ageing, some of them hydrate/lock in the moisture to keep the skin plump. And there are quite a lot of them, the majority being safe and effective in what they do. So the sheet mask is a real bomb in terms of active ingredients which is a big plus.

 

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In terms of the texture, the sheet of the mask is white and quite thick. According to one of the descriptions, it’s made of bamboo cellulose and is supposed to fit the face (”Clear Fit Mask”) and stick to it properly.

The serum itself was rather thick, white and very… hmmm… heavy. It was more like an emulsion than serum although the second name of the mask on the packaging says ”Creamy Serum Aquaring Mask”. Why couldn’t they just call it ”emulsion” instead of ”creamy serum”?

Also, what it worth adding, I struggled to open the packaging itself. You can see the evidence in the picture below- it took me ages to rip that thing apart.

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My thoughts

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So now, it’s time for the performance review. Let’s start with the performance of the sheet mask while I was wearing it.

First, as I already mentioned, the packaging was hard to open (I struggled to open it for 5 or more minutes- it just didn’t want to open) and unfolding the sheet mask was also a challenge. When I finally opened the packaging and unfolded the mask to put it on my face (dirty job) it didn’t adhere very well and the fit was horrible (as you can see in the pictures above). The upper part kept sliding hence the noticeable bubble between my eyebrows. The poor fit resulted in the sheet mask almost getting into my eyes (I tried to pull it as high up as I could on my face to adjust it for the lip area) and my upper lip was totally covered (I don’t think that was the designer’s intention, but I may be wrong of course). I definitely didn’t enjoy those 20min of having to re-adjust the sheet mask to keep it in place and it was quite annoying to have something slimy on my upper lip. It was really uncomfortable to wear. So the claim that the sheet mask is an easy fit and adheres well is definitely not worth believing in.

When I finally took the sheet mask off it not only took a bit to absorb in but left a sticky and heavy (again) feeling on my skin. I don’t like emulsions in general as they usually clog my pores and give me break outs and this was the first time I sheet masked with a mask that was so thick both in terms of the material’s texture and the texture of the… liquid. As for the results, I feel like it did lock in moisture in my skin but not in the right way. It felt too heavy on my face yet I had a need to apply a moisturizer and that was definitely too much for my skin. I didn’t get any zits but I just had this uncomfortable feeling and my skin was shouting ”that’s too much!”. I didn’t notice any difference to my wrinkles (yes, I have some at the age of 23- due to my past experiences) and my pimple scars weren’t diminished so no whitening effect. I also didn’t experience any ”face lifting”. Was my skin more glossy? No, I didn’t notice anything like that.

What I did like about this Mediheal DNA Proatin (Aquaring) Sheet Mask, though, is that it did make my skin firmer. When I touched it it was incredibly bouncy and I don’t know if that will make any sense but my skin felt thicker.

I probably won’t repurchase this sheet mask anytime soon. It’s got an amazing ingredients list (full of wonders, indeed) and it made my skin firmer and more bouncy. But it didn’t fit my face well, didn’t adhere well either and was too heavy for my skin. I still think, though, that this is a good sheet mask to have in your stash. This mask will be my go-to when my dry skin feels extremely dry as I feel it wouldn’t have left such an overwhelming feeling if my skin had been more in need of hydration.

Would I recommend it? Possibly yes, but maybe not for oily skin. But every skin is different so if you have oily skin and already have this sheet mask, just give it a go- it may very well work for you better than it did for me.

 

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

  1. The photos were taken by me and are copyrighted.
  2. 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. 

 

PS. The sheet mask does contain DNA! And I still don’t know what to think of it…

 

 

 

[SNP] Jeju Rest Marine Water Mask Review

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SNP Jeju Rest Marine Water Mask Review

 

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I found this SNP Jeju Rest Marine Water Mask in TKMaxx the other day and I contemplated for a few days more whether I should buy it. It cost £1.99 and I already spent a lot that week and I just didn’t know if I’m prepared to lose another couple of pounds. Doesn’t seem like a lot but when I start overspending, then it’s really hard to stop. But! Nobody knows how long it would be available for in TKMaxx so I bought it the same week with no regrets.

What follows is the review of the sheet mask. But if you don’t have time to read it all here’s the main takeaway point: If you have a constantly dry and, in addition to it, sensitive skin, then I feel like I can highly recommend this mask for restoring the hydration to your face and peace to your soul.

 

Claims and Directions for Use

According to the packaging, the sheet mask is to provide tired and dry skin with relaxation and Jeju’s fresh nature (I thought nature is always fresh?) so that the skin rests and feels comfortable with it. This moisturizing mask contains marine mineral of Jeju seawater and quenches dry skin by forming a moisture membrane.

Okay, that didn’t make any sense to me, so I jumped to a website that sells it to see what they claim the mask does. According to this website that sells it, ”SNP Jeju Rest Marine Water Mask is a moisture replenishing mask that forms a moisturizing barrier on dry skin and keeps it fully hydrated with the marine mineral effect of Jeju seawater”. Now, that speaks to me better. So it should hydrate well. Does it? That’s to be answered later in the review. First, how to use the sheet mask, its ingredients and texture.

 

How to use:

  1. After cleansing and toning the skin, place the mask on the face, centering around the eyes and the mouth.
  2. Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes, then remove the mask.
  3. Gently massage the remaining essence into the skin.

 

Ingredients and Texture

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Methypropanediol, Sea Water (1,000mg), Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Sprout Extract, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Seed Extract, Arctium Lappa Seed Extract, Locinera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Anemarrhena Asphodeloides Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Andrographis Paniculata Extract, Propolis Extract, Forsythia Suspensa Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Glycereth-26, Arginine, Carbomer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol, Disodium DTA, Glyceryl Acrylate/ Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PVM/MA Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance

 

When I initially saw the ingredients list of this sheet mask, I hesitated whether to buy it. I always try to avoid products which contain oils, Castor/Mineral Oil in particular. But in this case, although present, Castor Oil is one of the last ingredients on the list and the amount of it is most likely minuscule. Additionally, there’s Propylene Glycol (safety rating according to CosDna- yellow 3) and Fragrance (rating between green and yellow) but both of them feature at the end of the ingredients list, just like the Castor Oil. When I conducted the full analysis of the ingredients, I was positively surprised because apart from those three, everything else was super safe (all the safety ratings were green), largely non-irritant (apart from Carbomer that was rated as 1, but which is actually really low) and non-acne causing (apart from Butylene Glycol which had a very low rating of 1). When you look at the ingredients list it becomes clear that the vast majority of the ingredients is safe and, what’s more important, beneficial because there are a lot of plant extracts (Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Sprout Extract, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, to name just a few), Propolis Extract (which is good for soothing, healing and balancing the skin), Sodium Hyaluronate that moisturizes the deeper layers of the skin, Arginine (boosts collagen production) and the staple Sea Water from the Jeju island which is one of the first ingredients on the list. The Sea Water is full of magnesium (alongside other minerals) which helps with moisture retention in your skin and diminishes skin issues (I guess that’s what ”quenching the dry skin by forming a moisture membrane” refers to in the description on the packaging).

In general, I really liked the ingredients in this sheet mask and I’m glad I wasn’t put off by that Castor Oil, phew.

 

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In terms of texture, there’s nothing on the packaging that says what the sheet of the mask is made of. However, I found this SNPcos.us website which seems to be one of the main SNP products distributors and claims the Jeju Rest Marine Water Mask is made of porous pulp fabric with special air pockets that hold the essence in the mask for longer so that it can penetrate the skin without the sheet mask drying out. It’s also designed to smoothly wrap and strongly adhere to the skin. Which it actually did, as you can see in the picture above. It adhered exceptionally well and didn’t dry out much after 20 mins.

The mask’s essence itself wasn’t anything unusual- its texture was somewhere between the consistency of water and gel- less watery than water but more liquid than a gel therefore easy to spread but also easy to spill. There was enough essence to keep the sheet mask fully soaked but not enough to use it the following day on its own.

 

My thoughts

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I loved this sheet mask! And I’m starting to love SNP. For my dry and tired skin, the sheet mask was a fully hydrating and soothing experience. It left my skin moisturized, better-looking and so smooth. I couldn’t stop touching my face! After I took off the mask and the essence was fully absorbed by my skin, a light film formed on my face. Initially, I thought it may be the remnants of the essence but after an hour the film was still there. I started worrying that my pores will clog because of that and after the first ”wow” effect of the sheet mask I was going to dismiss it as one of the disappointing products. But then I realized my pores were fine (no clogging whatsoever) and the film helped to keep my skin hydrated long after I removed the mask. I was curious how long it would last for so I didn’t apply my moisturizer after using it for about 2 hours. And although the film slightly diminished it was still there and my skin was still super smooth and well moisturized. After two hours I had to leave the house so I applied my moisturizer but I feel that if I’d left the film on its own overnight I’d have woken up with my skin still feeling the effects of the Jeju Rest Marine Water sheet mask (I need to add that when I applied the moisturizer I feared it might’ve been too much for my skin and I was expecting a few pimples. But somehow, the moisturizer worked well with the mask and nothing like that happened).

Overall, I think the mask does what it’s claimed to do- it strongly hydrates the skin with the ingredients being largely safe, non-irritant, non-acne causing and, of course, effective. It moisturized my skin very well for a long time, didn’t clog my pores, didn’t break me out and resulted in a generally very positive experience. Therefore, when I see another SNP sheet mask, I’m definitely going to buy it! …And maybe a few other SNP products as well.

 

 

 

[Mediheal] Mask Dress Code Violet Review

Author: Blue

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Mediheal Mask Dress Code Violet Review

 

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When I sheet mask, I usually do it in my night routine which I then end with a sheet mask and skip the moisturizer. I skip the moisturizer because most of the sheet masks I’ve tried so far were so sticky and so… heavy that putting an extra layer on top of the shield that the sheet mask had left seemed… a little bit too much. There have been, however, a few masks that I liked a lot and deviated from that tendency because they were not only effective but also light (and non-sticky). This Mediheal Mask Dress Code Violet (I tried the Red one as well with the same effect) is one of those masks that I can follow with a rich moisturizer and my skin loves it. But let’s dive into the details.

 

Claims and Directions for use

The sheet mask ingredients make it a toning-regenerating sheet mask. It is supposed to brighten, regenerate and restore the skin’s pH level.

To use the mask:

  1. Cleanse the face and neck, apply a toner and place the sheet mask on the face
  2. Stretch the sheet towards the ears and upwards to adjust it to your face shape
  3. Put the remaining essence from the packaging onto the neck and pat it in delicately
  4. Leave the sheet mask on for 20 mins and after removing, pat in the remaining essence onto your face

 

 

Ingredients and Texture

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium DTA, Panthenol, Trehalose, Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Olea Europeana Fruit Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia Flower Water, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Morinda Citrifolia Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Ficus Carica Fruit Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Ginko Biloba Nut Extract, Methylparaben, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 80, Adenosine, Fragrance

 

In terms of the ingredients, the sheet mask seems to have its pros and cons.

Pros: 

  • lots of botanical ingredients- extracts (e.g. Hamamelis Virginiana Extract), water (Lavandula Angustifolia Flower Water) and juice (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice) that are nothing but beneficial and skin-friendly. According to CosDna ratings they’re not irritant, don’t cause acne and are super safe (top green satefy rating)
  • one of the first ingredients on the list are Sodium Hyaluronate and Hydrolyzed Collagen which keep the skin moisturized (Sodium Hyaluronate) and contribute to its elasticity (Hydrolyzed Collagen) making it plumper and more wrinkle-resistant
  • the mask also contains other beneficial ingredients such as Panthenol, Betaine, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin and Adenosine that help to fight/prevent the signs of aging

 

Cons:

  • it contains a few ingredients that aren’t considered too safe such as Tocopheryl Acetate (safety rating 3- yellow), Triethanolamine (safety rating 5- yellow) and Polysorbate 80 (safety rating 3 again). Triethanolamine can cause acne
  • contains a paraben (Methylparaben) and Fragrance

 

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Unfortunately, the packaging doesn’t say what the sheet mask is made of but my guess would be it’s a cotton sheet. It comes with printing in the shape of a carnival mask which is made of materials that don’t cause allergic reaction nor do they discolour the face. The essence in which the mask itself is soaked is transparent liquid a bit thicker than water but it’s easy to spill nevertheless (which I already did). Its fragrance isn’t overwhelming but very discreet and actually pleasant. I can’t really compare it to any fragrance as it doesn’t remind me of anything.

 

My thoughts

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I generally like Mediheal sheet masks and this Mask Dress Code Violet didn’t disappoint me. It’s got a ingredients list full of wonders which do wonders. I did notice a significant difference after using it and I already did it a few times. Every time the effects were the same- my face looked a lot healthier and noticeably brighter (not significantly brighter, however, as I’m already pale but it did made my pimple scars less noticeable). My skin was also much more elastic and softer. The essence from the sheet mask absorbed super quickly and didn’t leave a sticky or heavy feeling so I could top it up with my daily moisturizer. The end effect was a fully hydrated, healthier-looking skin that I couldn’t resist to touch. There’s the abundance of the essence as well which lasted me for two more days so even though I threw away the (cotton) sheet itself, I still could enjoy the mask’s benefits for two more days.

The downside of the mask are a few ingredients that are potentially unsafe for the skin (such as Triethanolamine or Polysorbate 80) and made me a bit concerned. But they were further down the ingredients list, so their amount in the essence must’ve been scant. Methylparaben and Fragrance also made me a bit suspicious of the mask but when I saw it didn’t contain Alcohol (yaay) or Mineral Oil (yaay) I decided to give it a try. And I don’t regret- I’ve already repurchased it.

Would I recommend it? Definitely. But make sure you use a moisturizer afterwards, especially if you have naturally dry skin like me. The mask is brightening/regenerating, but it’s not moisturizing enough. So a good moisturizer on top of that and you’re ready to shine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Tony Moly] Pureness 100 Snail Mask Sheet Review

AUTHOR: Miriam

THIS REVIEW ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON HER BLOG IN 2018 HERE.

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Tony Moly Pureness 100 Snail Mask Sheet Review

 

 

Hey Beauty Lovers!

As you know, I’m slightly obsessed with sheet masks. I usually stick to higher end masks, but every now and then, I like to give more affordable options a try. I purchased this mask from the dollar section of the MaskSheets site with my own money.

 

This mask is marketed for sensitive skin, and it claims to repair damaged skin. I decided to test out these claims by using it the day after a chemical peel. My skin feels pretty sensitive and can get irritated easily after a peel, so I was really hoping that this mask wouldn’t burn my skin!

 

Ingredients:

water, glycerin, butylene glycol, alcohol, snail secretion filtrate (7000 ppm), betaine, phenoxyethanol, sodium hyaluronate, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, allantoin, camellia sinensis leaf extract, hamamelis virginiaana (Witch Hazel) extract, morus alba bark extract, 1,2-hexanediol, propanediol, caprylyl glycol, illicium verum (anise) fruit extract, carbomer, triethanolamine, xanthan gum, disodium EDTA, ethylhexylglycerin, fragrance

 

Directions:

Apply the sheet mask after cleansing the skin. Leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes. After removing the mask, gently pat the remaining essence into your skin. For best results, use 2-3 times a week for 4 weeks.

 

How I Used This Mask:

After double cleansing, I applied rose water, essence, and serum. I then applied this sheet mask, and left it on for 30 minutes. I pat the remaining essence into my skin, and I followed up with moisturizer. I only have one of these masks, so I will not be testing it out over the course of a month.

 

What I Liked About This Mask:

  • Great fit for my face, and it stayed put the entire 30 minutes
  • Made with Snail Secretion Filtrate
  • Successfully calmed my irritated skin after a chemical peel
  • Didn’t make me break out
  • Unbleached cotton sheet- I’m not usually a fan of cotton sheets, but this one was actually very comfortable
  • Instant results
  • Affordable

 

Side Note:

Taking the mask out of the packaging, the first thing I noticed were black specks all over the sheet. Of course I freaked out, but after inspecting the packet, I noticed that it does have the following statement:

 

“This mask sheet is made by NON-bleached fabric which contains cottonseeds.”

 

I assumed that the black specks were cottonseeds, and I really hope they weren’t insects. Needless to say, I had anxiety the entire time that the mask was on my face. The mask did feel very soothing, and my skin looks surprisingly refreshed when I took it off.

 

Overall, I’m impressed with the quality of this TonyMoly mask!

 

I hope you enjoyed this sheet mask review! You can find all my skincare reviews by clicking the Skincare Reviews Series tab here.

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[Eyenlip]  Calamansi Vitamin Solution Mask Review

Author: Miss E.

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Eyenlip  Calamansi Vitamin Solution Mask Review

 

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📍 Claims: 
✔️ Calamansi contains about 30 times more Vitamin C than lemon so it’s great for beauty treatments and gives your skin what you should be proud of.
✔️ Provides vitamins to the dull and lifeless skin to vitalize so that you can be confident about your skin.
 ✔️ This is a mask that contains Niacinamide with Adenosine components that helps with skin whitening and wrinkle reduction.

✔️ The soft feeling of natural color microfiber sheet that allows anyone to use it without irritation.

👸🏼 Impression:
 ✨ True to its words, it doesn’t leave any stingy feeling on my skin.

✔️ Odorless. I don’t have any issues with the smell but, just in case some of you do have, then this mask will be great for you.
✨ Contains a lot of serum left in the package. You can use it with your DIY mask by soaking it in the serum inside the package or put the serum on your neck.
🤔 The mask reminds me of Watson’s 365 mask (due to its thin feel)
✔️ Leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. Fit for dry and other types of skin.

So far, I haven’t had any issues or breakouts caused by the mentioned products. I usually am careful with Mask Sheets as some made my skin break out even after the first use.
Where to Purchase: I got this as a freebie from Kyoung’s Korean Cosmetic.
(disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post!)
Ratings: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟