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[Unmasking] – Kose Clear Turn Moist Charge Mask

Sheet masks!! They are all the rage right  now! When people say sheet masks I usually think of individually packaged serum soaked sheet of cloth, but this one is a bit different. I’ve actually seen this one floating around on the internet, and was immediately intrigued by it’s more eco-friendly packaging (the environment is just as important as my skin). It’s a big package of 50 sheet masks all in one resealable bag soaked in serum. The instruction states it’s meant for everyday use. I immediately got 2 when I saw these in Taiwan, again it’s been a while and in all honesty I rarely look at pricing when I shop skincare in Taiwan (because no matter how expensive, 99% of the time it’s way cheaper than Canada). I got 2 different kinds, I haven’t opened the other one (I believe it’s a brightening one), this one I’ve been using is more for hydration (or so it claims). It also claims to be the number 1 selling mask in Japan (but a lot of products have this claim lol).

The packaging claims to be 6 step all in one product (toner, serum, lotion, cream, face mask, and eye mask). Well, no…haha. The serum that’s on this mask is super light weight and I would not skip my regular toner, serum, lotion and cream step. It is both a face mask and eye mask though. There are extra patches of the eye (instead of just an eye hole), and you can place this right under the eye or cover the eye entirely and it’ll act like an eye mask, which is nice. The ingredient list is fairly short, although it does contain fragrance, also alcohol. You can actually smell the alcohol in the mask, but it hasn’t done any drying to my skin yet.

Unlike typical sheet masks the 50 sheet are stacked together and you just have to pull one out at a time to place on your face. Sometime the masks stick together and I pull out 2 instead of one, which means I have to put one back, so if hygiene is an issue for you this is probably not the best product. The other thing I was worried about was the serum drying out, because you essentially have to open this package 50 times, and honesty you cant close it right away when you have a wet mask in your hands. But it has been doing pretty well, nothing appears to be dried out. I am not sure how many I have left in there..I want to say I still have 20 or so to go. I really should use these on a daily basis, but sometimes I just get lazy.

Here’s the mask pulled out, I know you can’t really tell what it looks like, but a mask is a mask. The material is fairly thin, and like I said the serum is light weight. With regular masking I usually leave on my face for 30 to 45 mins, sometimes upwards of an hour if I have enough serum left to keep it moist for that long. This mask I can only have it on for about 20 mins and it’ll start drying out. What I found though, if I put a silicon mask on top of it, I can leave it on for 40 mins and it’s still moist, except the silicon mask hurts my ears. Because these masks were so cheap I didn’t really care about throwing them out after 20 mins, so sometimes I use the silicon mask over top, sometimes I don’t

and onto the TL;DR portion of the post…

consistency: very very light weight serum sheet mask, would not suggest skipping your routine in place of this.

scent: the fragrance is very lightly scented, it’s a floral scent with hints of alcohol, if that bothers you, I would not recommend this product

claims: it does claim to be able to replace 6 steps of your routine, which I really don’t think so…maybe 3 steps (serum, face mask, and eye mask). But I still put on my toner, serums before I put this one my face, and end with cream after. It’s more like an addition to my steps not a replacement of my steps haha

packaging: it’s a no frills packaging, it’s literally just a big ziplock bag, but does the job of keeping the sheet masks from drying out

ingredients: there is alcohol and fragrance in this product, and in general people tend to have reactions to these. I suspect the alcohol is to keep the integrity of this product, as I’ve mentioned before hygiene could be an issue if you are placing a mask back into the packaging.

price: I really don’t remember….I think was in the 200~300NT range (8 to 10 dollars)

It is made in Japan.

Overall: it’s by all means not an amazing product. After I take off the mask my face does feel moisturized and plump, but it doesn’t stand out from any other masks I have used. That being said, I would repurchase this, I do like the eco-friendly aspect, and honestly it’s also economically friendly for myself. Not saying I would replace all my masks with this, but at the very least I can cut down on my individual mask purchasing.

Until next time!

 

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Posted by on February 17, 2018 in All Things Prettified!, Skin Food

 

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[Estée Lauder] – Advanced Night Repair, Synchronized Recovery Complex II

imageHellos! So I finally did it! I finally threw down the money on this really really expensive serum. Crazy, I know, but it’s just so good!

So the story goes, I’ve always wanted to try out this serum, because I have seen SOOOO many reviews on it, and none are negative. Well, except of the price obviously. Estee Lauder is an expensive brand, everyone knows that. The most high end I have gone is Biotherm, hummm…maybe Clarin’s is a bit higher. In any case this beats all of them hands down. A month or so back, I finally got a sample of this baby from Sephora. As most Sephorians will tell you, Sephora is pretty generous with their samples. When I was there the bottle was pretty much empty, and the sales girl literally dumped every drop out for me. I was able to use that sample for a few weeks before it ran out. And I was pretty amazed at the result of a few weeks of usage. It took me another few weeks before I could get this. Because I wanted to redeem the shoppers points I had to buy this. Of course Estee Lauder is not found at any Shopper’s Drug Mart, they are only available in Murale stores (correct me if I am wrong here). The only Murale in good old Vancouver is about an hour bus ride away from where I live, so to make the story short, it was sorta hard to motivate myself to spend $8 of bus money and do the 2 hour to and from trip just for a bottle of serum. Luckily (or unluckily), my family doctor is located in the same mall. And since I had been sick for the past week, my mom wanted me to go get a check up, just in case. So on my doctor trip, I went and exchanged my points for this little guy. I got the bigger 50ml bottle, because it just made more sense. Without points it came to around $117 after taxes. I forked over $85 worth of points, and paid $30-ish to bring it home.

I am sure I don’t need to introduce this product too much, I would say it”s pretty well known. Estee Lauder claims this to be an anti-aging serum, and helps repair your skin while you sleep. The idea is that our skin does repair work of it’s own at night time though a process call catabolysis (this is why people who sleep late have horrible skin). And this serum helps support that process, essentially making the repair work less work with a technology Estee Lauder calls ChronoluxCB.

Because of how expensive this product is, you’ll have to excuse me for not posting a picture of it on my hand. I did, however, managed to take a picture of the product dripping from the dropper. The consistency of the serum is fairly liquid. It has a very very slight gel texture, but a little bit goes a long way. I’d probably be able to cover my face with a couple of drops.

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The serum also has a slight colouring to it, yellowish, but not very visible when it’s only a little bit, and obviously it doesn’t show up on your face when you put it on. The scent is a bit of a herbal floral mix, a bit more herbal than floral. Not an overpowering scent by any means, and disburses quite fast after application.

Here’s the list of ingredients:
imageWell, I am sure some of you are wondering what it did to my skin to make me feel like I need to spend this kind of dough on this serum. Well, some of you might know, after my return from the humid weathers of Asia, my skin has been drying out. While Asian, and especially, Korean weather/humidity has been good to my skin. I’ve had less black/white heads, less dryness. My skin felt pretty plump and hydrated on a daily basis, and I wasn’t even watching what I was using on my face. I didn’t use an eye cream, and didn’t have lines under my eyes. That all went to shit after I came back to Vancouver. Obviously, Vancouver, with its rain is a bit more humid than other parts of the country, but it just wasn’t enough for my sub-tropical body. My skin started drying out, lines under my eyes were becoming very very visible. My make up, especially foundation would “float” on top of my skin, and refuse to be blended. I’d get dry patches of skin flaking off on parts of my face (nose and forehead especially). I added eye cream to my nightly regime and it did little to nothing. So I decided I needed a serum, but didn’t know which to use. I used a few different serums, none really stood out, Vichy’s Aqualia Thermal serum was the only one that sort of helped. I went through 3 or 4 bottles before I stopped purchasing it because it was a bit costly ($40 a bottle if I am not wrong), and I had to use a lot of it. A 30ml bottle only lasted me about 2 months or so. With the points I had saved up from Shoppers, I decided that I would like to try the Estee Lauder serum, since it had so many good reviews. But me having sensitive skin, and it being high on the price rage, I thought I should get a sample to try out first. Murale refused to gave me a sample, and the tester they had on display has also gone bad (it smelt like glue…), so when I saw it at Sephora I was quite excited, I quickly asked for a sample and went home happy. Once I started using it, I saw pretty much immediate results. I was still sleeping late (yeah I know I am terrible), but fine lines reduced under my eyes, my cheeks didn’t feel dry and was looking dewy and plump again! SO EXCITING! I didn’t notice any change in the amount of blackheads, but when I use my Diaso Charcoal Peel Mask, it did end up pulling out more blackheads than it did before, and I felt my skin smoother after the peel. Where as I’d still feel roughness before (meaning the blackheads weren’t cleared out). So it was all positive!

Ok…that’s a lot of sharing…haha. I will update with more if this serum ends up disappointing me in the end, but currently it’s getting a 10/10 (especially with the price I actually paid for it).

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2013 in All Things Prettified!, Skin Food

 

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