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[mise en scene] – Hair Mask Treatment

IMG_20170917_201249.jpg Hi peeps! So, a friend gave me a couple of these and I thought I’d review it. I honestly am not even sure of the name of this thing, I just know it is a hair mask treatment, because every thing is written in Korean. While I did live in Korea for a year, I wasn’t very self disciplined with self-teaching Korean. I got through the parts of roughly knowing what each character is suppose to sound like, and that’s about it (LOL). So I did a bit of google search, and found someone selling this online. The instructions are as below:

“After shower, towel dry and apply hair pack onto hair evenly.
After hot oil use steam hair mask cap and massage oil to absorb.
Use sticker to fix hair pack.
After 5~15 minutes remove cap and rinse off with lukewarm water.” (source)

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I know it’s sorta poor English, but at least I can understand most of it.

So a little background on my current hair situation. I have fairly fine hair and for an Asian, not a lot of it. My current hair has been dyed twice and permed twice, so it’s pretty damaged to say the least. The hair stylist that permed my hair had to do it twice, because he said the first time wouldn’t take, as my hair was too healthy. I am sure that’s not the case right now. If I don’t take care of my hair the ends do feel very dry, but my hair has never been brittle. Now on with the review.

When I was reading the instructions I didn’t understand what the “sticker” is suppose to be in order to “fix hair pack.” I was perplexed. So I googled some more and found a YouTube video of someone using it, and finally understood what the sticker was suppose to be.

below is the picture of the “hair pack” (which looks like a really cheap shower cap) The tab circled in red has a peel off plastic part and you can then tighten the cap to fit your head.

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The consistency of the hair cream is really thick. It has a fairly heavy smell to it, but I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what it is. It doesn’t smell terrible or anything, and is a floral scent.

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So as per the instruction, you are to rub this cream on your hair evenly, then wear the cap over your head and massage. After 5 to 15 mins rinse off and style as per normal.

Here’s what the cap looks like over my head. The YouTuber had a bit of an issue putting it on. I just gathered my hair and did a little bun on top of my head and slid the cap over it, but when I was massaging, the hair kept trying to escape. User friendliness is definitely a down fall for this product.

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To conclude…

Properties:

from this ebay seller this mask is suppose to repair extremely damaged hair. It has 7 natural oils: argan, camellia, coconut, apricot, marula, jojoba, and olive oil. It’s suppose to be like going to a hair salon and getting an expensive treatment. (it should be noted here that the seller’s item pictures “perfect serum” but the title says “perfect repair”; the one I used says perfect repair on the packaging)

Price:

I didn’t buy this product, but it seems like it’s in the $15 to $30 USD range on ebay depending on how many you purchase.

Scent:

heavy floral scent, would definitely stay away if scent is a big issue for you. That being said it doesn’t really stay on your hair after you rinse it off.

and of course, like most Korean branded products it is made in Korea.

Results:

I left it on for a lot longer than it suggested (about 45mins), I do this with most of my face masks too because I just feel like it’s such a waste!

I like the fact that when it washed off it didn’t feel slippery, but I can still run my fingers through with easy. Most hair masks or conditioners will feel slippery when rinsing off, kind of gives you a sense of you hair being smooth and healthy, but it really is just the silicone in the product that’s giving you that fake sense of healthiness. After blow drying my hair, it’s shinny, still has a bit of fuzz, but the ends feels very smooth. My hair in general feels like there’s a layer of oil covering it, but not in a gross way. The mask didn’t weigh down my hair like most masks or conditioners will do. I don’t have much volume, but it allowed for me to keep the little volume I could have. Overall, I am pretty impressed with the results. I suspect if I had the time and money to use this at least once a week it would help my hair a lot more than just the one time.

Overall score: 4.5/5 I am taking away 0.5 for the user unfriendliness of the product, but in general I am pretty impressed.

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Posted by on September 30, 2017 in All Things Prettified!, Randoms, Skin Food

 

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[The Face Shop] – Lovely Me: Ex Pore Ghassoul Mask

imageOOPS! Sorry I missed 2 weeks of posts. I just got lazy the first Sat, and then I was in San Diego for the 2nd, so….I have nothing to say for myself. I am sorry T_T I’ll make it up with fluffy panda pictures next week! I promise! (that probably doesn’t mean anything now T_T)

Anyways, on to the topic at hand. So I got this a while back from ebay for $13.59CND. I won’t recommend the seller though, because I had some issues with the shipping. It took them 3 days to ship after I paid, and I had to email to ask about it.

I had originally wanted to purchase only the Jeju volcanic clay mask, but just can’t resist the adorable packaging!! Can you?

I didn’t have high hopes for this thing. It’s a clay mask, and they never do much except maybe reduce oil. But this mask didn’t even do that. It smelled nice, and was easy to wash off, that’s about all the pros I can give you. It did absolutely nothing for my pores, though from the description it seems like it’s suppose to shrink or at least clean the pores. Nope didn’t do that either.  Definitely not worth repurchasing. But damn that packaging is just adorable!

For those interested, here’s the list of ingredients:

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Here’s the texture of the clay mask. Nothing special really.

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So a 2/5 for this baby, mainly for that cute packaging.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2013 in All Things Prettified!, Skin Food

 

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[JUJU Cosmetics] – Aquamoist Cream

image A couple of sasa orders back, I had gotten this because my Innisfree Green Tea Seed Cream was disappearing quickly. I just wanted a simple face cream that’s not sticky and has moisturising properties. A while back a friend had told me about JUJU Cosmetics, obviously Japanese, the main idea of this brand is less is more. Most of their products (if not all) are non-scented, and are basically the bare bones of skin scare. In this case, the Aquamoist Cream is packed full of hyaluronic acid, which is naturally produced by the body. The cream claims to be hydrating for 24hrs a day. I don’t know how much of that claim is true, and honestly, with my Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair Serum I really can’t tell if this cream does anything. Perhaps I will try a couple of days without the serum and see how my skin reacts to this thing.

That being said, I do still like this cream quite a lot. First and foremost, I like the fact that it isn’t scented. I’ve been looking for a minimalist face cream for a while. Sorry to say, but most (if not all) of the Korean brand cosmetics are heavily scented, even the ones that supposedly focuses on “natural” things.

Secondly, the cream does indeed moisturise, it is the length of this moisturising effect that I cannot comment on.

Last, and most importantly, it is not sticky at all. The texture is a bit of a gel and it spreads quite nicely over the skin. No need for harsh rubbing. When applied it feels more watery than creamy with no sticky feeling after, and that’s something very important for me in any cream.

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If I recall correctly, this little jar was in the ballpark of $20 or so. Money well spent I think. I give it a 4.5/5. Definitely willing to repurchase, but probably won’t end up buying it again just because I like trying new things. That being said, I will probably try something within the JUJU cosmetics brand next time as well.

If I do end up testing this without the serum I’ll let ya’ll know.

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2013 in All Things Prettified!, Skin Food

 

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[Shills] – Black Gel Mask

image My somewhat recent order form Sasa.com included this gel mask. I’ve been wanting to try out these black gel masks for a while. There was another Japanese brand (Hanaka) that was all the rave, but it was a bit too expensive for my blood. So I opted for this Taiwanese brand, Shills, instead. The content is 100g for about $12 on Sasa.com.

The whole idea of this black gel mask is that it removes impurities from the skin. I don’t know how much of that claim holds truth, I mean it’s a gel mask. I think I’d rather trust my pore cleaning to exfoliating cleansers and peel masks. I did hope maybe it just helps draw out the impurities, at which point a good cleanser or peel mask can pull it out, or fully remove it. So I tested it out for a week. I’d put on this mask everyday for a week, then did a peel. I did feel that the peel mask picked up more gunk than usual, which is great.

The texture is gel like (obviously). It does look black in the container.

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But once out of the jar, it’s more clear like with a tint of black.

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This is about as much as I put on my face.
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Once dried it makes the skin look a bit dirty-like. But washes off pretty easily.
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The other thing that these black mask gels claims to do is brightening, and I can actually see this after I wash off the mask. Here’s my hand’s before and after picture. Hopefully, you can kind of tell, in the before section, the skin is a bit more uneven, where as after is brighter and more even. These pictures are taken out doors with natural light. The difference is a lot more obvious in person, the before side was pretty red and the after was even toned.

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I normally use this after shower, and after I splash my face with cold water (to shrink pores), It stays on my face for about 15 to 20 mins, it doesn’t take too long to dry out, then I’d wash it off. The gel mask is gentle  enough to use on a daily basis, and I like the idea that it draws out impurities, and there’s no pain involved when removing. If not for cleaning effect, at the very least it does brighten and even out my skin tone. It also reduces redness when I extract pimples, which is a great plus. I’d give this a 4.5/5, and I would definitely repurchase this. I may even try the Hanaka brand.

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2013 in All Things Prettified!, Skin Food

 

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[Un-masking] – Naruko Raw Job’s Tear Sheet Mask

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 Hello recent haul from Sasa.com! As my night cream slowly running out, I started looking into a replacement cream. I ended up with a Juju cosmetics one, and of course for the free shipping I had to get some other stuff (that’s really just an excuse…). So came with it, Naruko Raw Job’s Tear Sheet Mask, and Black Gel Mask from Shill’s. I have a pile of sheet masks that I haven’t used up yet…oops! All well!!! XD

Anyways, I tried it out the very next day, and I was pleasantly surprised. I actually didn’t expect much from Naruko products after I tried their lotion and toner. But the sheet mask was surprisingly good. The box of ten was on sale for $12.70USD from $16.90USD. I originally saw this mask for $24.99CND at a local Asian supermarket, and it was on my mind for a few weeks and so I decided to order it with the cream.

The Brand:

Naruko is a Taiwanese brand established by the famous (at least in Taiwan) Niu Er (牛爾) cosmetologist. From what I known from this shows, he focuses mainly on natural things and being eco-friendly. His brand actually reminds me a lot of the InnisFree brand from Korea, which I also love. Though like I said, I tried some of his other stuff, and it wasn’t that great for me. However, I do want to point out, I would probably love it in Taiwan. Most of the things I tried from him were very light weight and cooling, probably not the best for the dry weathers of Canada.

Ingredient list for those who like to know what’s in there.

image The packaging is pretty simple and un-flashy, one of the things I love about this brand.
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The mask sheet itself isn’t as fitting as my all time favourite My Beauty Diary, but it’s pretty good. It soaks up a lot of the essence and doesn’t dry out fast. I can leave this on for a good 40 mins and it’s still pretty wet. There’s not much scent for the actual product, and what’s there isn’t unpleasant. My face feels really dewy after I remove this mask. The other thing I really like about this mask is the essence doesn’t leave a sticky feeling after I massage into it. Some of the other masks I’ve used from Korea leaves a sticky feeling until the very next morning, after I wash my face. I hate it when my hair sticks to my face…arg!

The mask claims to be whitening, calming, moisturising, and helps repair damages done by UV rays. I don’t know about the whitening claim, but it does indeed calm and moisturises my skin. I am always pretty suspicious of whitening claims from skin care products, I never really feel like they work that well.

Finally, one thing I really like about this brand, is the whole eco-friendly concept of their packaging. This box was made from the packaging! All of their packaging turns into something else that you can reuse.

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I am giving this mask a rating of 4/5, since I’ve only used it a couple of times, I will reserve some points for if it turns out to be a dud haha.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2013 in Skin Food

 

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