Clarins Double Serum
To be very honest with you, this was a pure #carolinehironsmademedoit product. I watched @carolinehirons' video about this product and thought it seemed really interesting. When I saw it on @octoly, it was an insta-pick.
This product has been around for over 30 years but in 2017, they added another plant extract and removed the mineral oil. The 21 plant extracts in this bi-phase formula of water and oil are supposed to address anti-aging concerns like firming and radiance.
I actually really like the packaging, you can twist the top to control how big of a dose of the serum pumps out. With my dry skin, I often use one big pump for my whole face, sometimes 2 if I'm feeling even drier than usual. The tiny dose is good for more oily skin. The serum sinks in right away and I move on to my next skincare step.
What I really don't like about this is the strong floral scent. Fragrance is pretty high up on the ingredient list which is upsetting for such an expensive product ($89 for 1oz) since the fragrance doesn't serve any functional purpose IMO.
I've been using this product every night for the last 1.5 months and haven't seen any noticeable effects. Clarins' marketing for this does say this will "target lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone, and boost radiance in just 7 days." To me, this just provides a bit of moisture but that's about it.
Maybe I'm just too young for this product. 🤷🏻♀️ Either way, this will not be repurchased. I might not even try and finish it. 😱
I received this product complimentary from @clarinsusa & @octoly. All opinions are 100% my own #gifted#honestreview#octolyfamily#NextGenSerum#skincare#skincarereview#clarinsdoubleserum#clarins
Maskingdom Skin Signature 3D Redefining Mask.
Happy weekend everyone! I had do some errands around the house like laundry so this mask was perfect for moving around. It has ear hooks along with a chin strap so this mask wasn't going anywhere.
This mask has a very light fresh scent that seems to be common with the other Maskingdom masks I've tried so far. This mask material is different than the others though. It was stretchy and on the slightly thicker & plush side. I was able to wear the mask on for ~30 minutes and my ears didn't feel any discomfort!
This mask claims to protect skin from stress & improve skin elasticity, however, I was pleasantly surprised to see some nice brightening effects. Bonus: my @wayskin_ device also said my skin had good moisture levels after using this mask. #rasianbeauty#sheetmask#sheetmaskselfie#maskaddict#mask#maskselfie#skincare#kbeauty#asianbeauty#koreanbeauty#koreanskincare#instabeauty#instaskincare#taiwaneseskincare#taiwanesemask#maskingdom
Isntree EGF Repair Ampoule
Another @isntree_official product review! This time, I'm quite ambivalent about this product compared to the love I feel for the Hyaluronic Acid Toner.
My skin background: dry, prone to mild acne. I'm in my very early 30s so I guess anti-aging is something to be mindful of.
This ampoule is teeny tiny. It's 16.4g and I would mix 1 pump into my first essence every evening. With 1 pump each night, this little bottle lasted 70 days. For @isntree_official, the price is on the higher side at $27.
This product doesn't have much of a scent my nose could detect which is great for those of you with sensitive noses.
Results: this might not have been the right product for me at this time which is why I'm so ambivalent about it.
I haven't been using much in terms of chemical exfoliants because I've had such good results from using Differin so that means I haven't been using any products that could irritate my skin. In terms of the anti-aging claims, I don't have any fine lines or wrinkles yet (knock on wood). So while I used this products, I didn't see any wrinkles pop up. But I also haven't seen any lines well after I finished this bottle so I can't say if this did anything.
Overall, this product didn't hurt my skin, but I also couldn't tell if it helped either. If you're curious about @isntree_official products, I wholeheartedly suggest giving the Hyaluronic Acid Toner a try over this ampoule. On the flip side, @smoresandpores LOVES this ampoule so YMMV!
Disclaimer: I received this product for free from @melodycosme. #rasianbeauty#skincare#kbeauty#asianbeauty#koreanbeauty#koreanskincare#instabeauty#instaskincare#isntree
Skinfood Real Tea Gel Mask - Rose
No, I didn't suddenly get a bunch of freckles, those are just flecks of rose petals in my mask! Swipe to the next picture to see the mask up close.
This is a 2-piece hydrogel mask. It has a slight rose scent & wish it actually smelled more like roses, because I am a rose LOVER. I also didn't feel any rough texture with the addition of the rose petal bits suspended in the mask.
Unlike other hydrogel masks I've used, this mask adhered to my skin right away without sliding around at all.
After 30 minutes, the mask edges started to thin out so it was time to end this rose tea party. This claims to brighten and have anti-wrinkle effects. I did notice a good brightening glow out of this mask! Overall, I enjoyed using this mask and plan on purchasing the Lavender and Chamomile varieties to try.
Disclaimer: I received this mask for free from @skinfood_us. #rasianbeauty#sheetmask#sheetmaskselfie#maskaddict#mask#maskselfie#skincare#kbeauty#asianbeauty#koreanbeauty#koreanskincare#instabeauty#instaskincare#rosemask#skinfood#skinfoodmask#hydrogelmask#hydrogel #🌹
Leaders 7 Wonders Caribbean Coconut Calming Mask
Oops. This mask expired in August, but I used it anyway! I'm very familiar with @leadersusa masks so I know how they should look, feel, and smell. Everything seemed fine and my face didn't fall off either. So if you have a expired mask on your hands, I'd do a quick check just to make sure things aren't off. Of course, your skin is precious so if you're not comfortable with the risk of using an expired mask, just throw it out and use a different one.
Anyway, let this post be a reminder to go through your sheet mask collection and make sure you use your soon to expire masks ASAP!
Also, here's a Korean translation of the characters you see next to the date
제조 = manufactured date. I've seen masks good from 1-3 years after manufactured date. I tend to err on the more conservative side and try to use masks with a manufactured date sooner.
까지 = expiration date #rasianbeauty#sheetmask#sheetmaskselfie#maskaddict#mask#maskselfie#skincare#kbeauty#asianbeauty#koreanbeauty#koreanskincare#instabeauty#instaskincare#leadersmask#leadersusa
Maskingdom Hypoallergenic Ultra Comforting Mask.
When I made my last order at @beautibi, they were running a promotion where orders over $25 received 3 @maskingdom360 masks. And in lieu of getting the cute Beautibi tote bag since I already got one at KCON, Jen offered to give me 4 more Maskingdom masks. They all expire this month so you'll be seeing a lot of Maskingdom! And aren't their mask packaging just so beautiful? I almost feel bad ripping into the packaging... almost.
This mask has a light fresh scent, it's pretty faint as I really had to sniff the packet. The mask is made of a study papery material you'll find very familiar if you've used other Taiwanese masks. I liked how the slits were designed around the jawline to customize the fit.
After 25-30 minutes, I removed the mask. TBH, I didn't notice much of a difference in my skin. The packaging claims to make your skin feel "soft, moisturized and detoxified." I didn't really get anything but some basic hydration. Oh well, glad I didn't pay for this one. #rasianbeauty#sheetmask#sheetmaskselfie#maskaddict#mask#maskselfie#skincare#kbeauty#asianbeauty#koreanbeauty#koreanskincare#instabeauty#instaskincare#taiwaneseskincare#taiwanesemask#maskingdom
🙅🏻Things I'm letting go🙅🏻
It actually takes a lot for me to give up on a product. Unless it breaks me out or causes irritation, I will be stubborn and use up a product no matter how much I may dislike it. So I've finally decided to let these products go because they really make me sad.
Tell me if you've had to let go of anything recently!
* = product provided for free or at discounted rate for review.
🙅🏻Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Overnight Purifying Gel. This is impossible to layer with. Apply it on top of other skincare products and it balls up. It also never dries down so it just stays sticky. Also didn't do anything for clogged pores or acne.
🙅🏻Vicco Turmeric Skin Cream. This stuff really works on acne and I've even used it on burns. However, I cannot stand the smell of sandalwood. It lingers forever and drives me crazy.
🙅🏻11 Huesday De-spot Luminosity Serum* Like the Vicco, this has a strong fragrance that lingered even when I applied products on top. Hard pass.
🙅🏻J.One Jelly Pack. Used this every once in awhile as a makeup primer which worked well! But I've had this for over 2 years now and it should be tossed by now.
🙅🏻Sekkisei White Washing Foam* pH tested this and it was between 8-9. Sorry, my dry face would not be a fan of this. #rasianbeauty#asianbeauty#skincare
Blossom Jeju Brightening Essence Petal Mask.
Another @blossomjeju mask this week because they all expire this month. I tried this mask before and didn't think it was particularly brightening for me. That's always disappointing especially since this mask retails for $6. However, even though I knew this mask wasn't going to brighten, I still enjoyed this mask a lot.
Why is that? Well firstly, the packet of camellia oil is generously sized and will last awhile. I actually collected all the oil packets from 3 @blossomjeju masks and decanted them into a small dropper bottle for easier dispensing.
Secondly, the mask itself just smells amazing. It reminds me a lot of a floral tea and wish the scent came in a perfume or body oil because I want to be one with the fragrance.
Like I said, this mask doesn't brighten for me, but it's nicely hydrating and I love the sensorial experience of using this mask.
Disclaimer: I received this mask for free from @takegoodcare.ca. #rasianbeauty#sheetmask#sheetmaskselfie#maskaddict#mask#maskselfie#skincare#kbeauty#asianbeauty#koreanbeauty#koreanskincare#instabeauty#instaskincare#blossomjeju
Blossom Jeju Nourishing Essence Petal Mask
I often get asked what my favorite masks are so I will look to the masks I eagerly repurchase. They're usually not the flashiest masks, but I can always depend on them. Hm... does that apply to dating too? Go for the person that you can depend on? 🤷🏻♀️
Anyway, this mask was a fast favorite when I first used it this year and when they were on sale from @takegoodcare.ca, I happily purchased a few more.
This mask contains 2 steps. The first step is to apply the camellia oil. I only need a few drops, so the packet is enough to last a few days.
Then apply the sheet mask on top. I love the way the mask smells like a floral tea. The cupro material is super soft and is soaked with essence.
Like the name says, this mask never fails to make my skin feel nourished and I particularly enjoy using this mask after a day out in the sun or when I over do it with actives.
BTW, if you're curious, some other sheet masks I love and have repurchased are:
🙏Tosowoong Pure Propolis Mask
🙏Cosrx Holy Moly Snail Mask
🙏Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Mask #rasianbeauty#sheetmask#sheetmaskselfie#maskaddict#mask#maskselfie#skincare#kbeauty#asianbeauty#koreanbeauty#koreanskincare#instabeauty#instaskincare#blossomjeju
Meant Do-All Wash & Conditioner
When @joinpalm had this @meantsimply shampoo & conditioner set as one of their August Palm Picks, I was excited to give it a try but also wanted to see if my husband would like it too. He's a huge fan of using a all-in-one product in the shower to cleanse his hair, face and body. His favorite @moltonbrown all-in-one product was sadly discontinued so I've been on the lookout for a replacement.
The Do-All Wash clocks in with a pH between 5-6 and has a bright grapefruit scent. For me it's a good clarifying shampoo and lathers nicely. My husband has been using it on his face, hair and body and has had no complaints.
The Do-All Conditioner smells like bergamot (think Earl Grey tea) and has a thick creamy consistency. I used it once as a shave cream and it worked well but it clogged up my razor with each swipe so I had to run it under the faucet for awhile to clean it out. Another minor gripe is I wish it came with a pump. So I've been storing it upside down so I can squeeze the conditioner out faster. As a conditioner, it moisturizes my hair well without weighing my hair down.
After a few weeks, my husband asked me if I could buy more of the shampoo... YAY mission accomplished! So I've repurchased 2 more bottles of the Do-All wash for my husband and expect to buy more in the future.
Use code MOMEANT20 to receive 20% off your @meantsimply order from now until 10/9. (Not an affiliate code)
I purchased these @meantsimply products via @joinpalm at a discount in exchange for a review. #skincare#instabeauty#instaskincare#simpledoesit#meantsimply#palmbffs
Audrey & Young Green Bean Tofu Mask
I know my pals @mindyourbeauty & @jeekee.noona love the Audrey & Young masks and I had tried a different one before and really enjoyed it. @jeekee.noona was generous enough to share this mask with me help me give major props to Jiki for the mask love!
This mask has a very slight greenish tinge to it and has a faint herbal scent. I love these masks because of the microfiber material which just fits so well and also stays wet for a long time.
After 30 minutes, I removed the mask to bouncy supple skin. Seems like this mask is a little hard to find unless you use a Korean shopping service or find it on eBay. Let me know if you come across this mask. #rasianbeauty#sheetmask#sheetmaskselfie#maskaddict#mask#maskselfie#skincare#kbeauty#asianbeauty#koreanbeauty#koreanskincare#instabeauty#instaskincare#audreyandyoung