For Sheet Mask Newcomers // Mask Time's Glow Starter

Monday, 22 October 2018


Diving into the world of sheet masks can be an extremely daunting thing. There's so many that it can be hard to find where to actually begin. I've worked with Mask Time a few times to share with you their boxes, usually featuring about 10 or so sheet masks for you try out and treat your skin to. However, if you're not 100% sure on whether or not sheet masks are going to be your thing and don't know what brands you want to use, they also have smaller boxes containing 4-5 masks for you to begin your journey.

This box was sent to be my Mask Time. 

This box, in particular, was August's box, so with summer coming to an end, elements of summer remain in the mask to keep giving you that summer glow. The goal of the box is to give you masks that help treat acne, reduce pigmentation and moisturise the skin. So what are the four masks included?


A'pieu Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask // Watermelon

I've actually reviewed this mask before when I purchased it myself and its one that I absolutely love so was super happy to find it in this box! This mask in particular aims to exfoliate and promote the regeneration of skin cells while soothing and moisturising the skin, leaving you with that famous 촉촉 appearance! Plus it has that super strong scent of watermelon that I adore (plus you know I A D O R E A'pieu).


Dr. Plus Banana Milk Mask

Who else loves banana milkshake? I know I do, it's probably my second favourite next to white chocolate! This is one I'm excited to use as I love the scent of bananas and this mask hopes to help you with acne, moisture levels in the skin and if you're lucky enough to still have the sun with you to be able to cause sunburn (not here, that's for sure!) then this should hopefully be the one for you!


AooL Pore & Spot Care Mask


This is another mask that I have reviewed albeit more recently. Breakouts happen, usually due to hormones and some underlying skin conditions. Acne has been something I've suffered from since I was 9, while I have had treatment in the past through medication that took the bulk away, I still get hormonal breakouts and that's where this came in handy to help me reduce the redness of the spots that had decided to make an appearance. I mentioned in the review but AooL actually goes by ShionLe now (modelled by the boys of Astro!)




Proud Mary Cereal Pore Mask Pack

This the final box in our box is one that seems packed with a bunch of different benefits including anti-aging, skin texture improvement, tightening pores, skin cooling, balancing oils, bacteria fighting, wound healing and breakout preventing!! That's a lot of things this mask wants to do for you. So, here's hoping that it matches up to that when I get around to testing it out!



So this post is to simply introduce to you some of the masks that you can get from Mask Time in their Glow Starter box. Obviously, this changes each month but more often than not, you're able to still purchase the boxes at a later point in time while also purchasing them singularly if necessary. You can actually still purchase this exact box from Mask Time for £12.95 if these are the exact masks you want to give a try. Having tried half the box already I can vouch for their choices that they pop into the boxes and I'm always excited to see what combinations appear each time.

If you were to make your own box of masks for people to try, which ones would you put in and why?

AooL Pore & Spot Care Mask

Tuesday, 16 October 2018


I have all the nourishing, brightening, firming and vitalising sheet masks in my stockpile. However, one type that seems to be ignored by me when it comes to masks, are ones used to treat acne. While of course, one use isn't going to magically take the acne away, it can help diminish the appearance of them either by reducing the size or the redness. So, today I decided to try out the AooL Pore & Spot Care Mask. AooL is a brand that is owned by Shinan Cosmetics and the brand's main focus is skincare, having a line of 5 different sheet masks to be able to be used daily depending on your skin condition, with this one being acne fighting.

My main hopes for this mask is for it to hopefully reduce the pigmentation of some of the larger spots of my current breakout while also helping old acne scars fade. The mask claims do these things while also helping you nourish the skin in the process.

INGREDIENTS
Water, Methylpropanediol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Betaine, Panthenol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Chondrus Crispus Powder, Allantoin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Potassium Hydroxide, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Ethyl Hexanediol, Ethylexylglycerin, Fragrance

I actually found this mask a little too big for my face, which tends to be quite rare as they are mostly generally well fitting. This one had to be pulled about a bit to help me make it have as much of the surface area on my skin and not folded over itself. It was however very comfortable and for being quite thick, didn't feel all that heavy nor slip. The scent was quite medicinal but not overpowering. The mask is to be left on for 10-20 after cleansing and toning as per usual and then removed with the remaining essence being patted into the skin.

After removal, I noticed my face was soaked in essence as was the mask. So I massaged the essence into my face and neck while taking the sheet mask and rubbing it on my chest as I've been suffering from some chest acne lately. I gave myself some time to allow the essence to actually absorb into my skin before giving my thoughts on how my skin looked and felt afterwards. There was no stickiness left afterwards, my skin felt smooth and soft and definitely moisturised. The redness in the largest spot on my face looked a lot less red and painful than before but was still raised (probably due to there still being fluid inside). Along with this, my skin looked super bright!

It's always exciting to try new brands but from what I've been able to research as much as I could, it seems AooL is now ShionLe, which was launched this year and are actually using Astro (ya girl loves Eunwoo ♡) as their models for the brand, so while it might not be possible to find this mask as Aool, it can be found under ShionLe. They sell the same masks that they did as AooL and they can be purchased in boxes of either one type or a mixture.

I'll definitely be purchasing this mask again and some of the other versions of them as I was actually spending some time looking at ShionLe's products and these were one of the things that caught my eye! So if you need something to help you with your acne on those really bad days, this may be the one to go for!

Let me know your favourite acne fighting masks!


Review // Dear Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence

Thursday, 11 October 2018



Recently, Wishtrend held an event to apply to be a reviewer for Klair's brand new UV essence. I had put my application in but had forgotten to notify them of me doing so and hadn't actually realised for a couple of weeks. I asked about it and queried whether I was too late for the event and while I was, they were ever so kind to still send it out to me to try out! Sunscreen is something I don't use as often as I should, I guess I fall into the mindset of living in Scotland where it is usually very dreary and that there's little sun so I don't really need it. A lot of the makeup bases I have actually have SPF in it already but the days that I go out bare-faced, my skin isn't always protected, but I also don't want my face to look super white from having applied a sunscreen to it.

This product was sent by Wishtrend to review and the post also contains affiliate links. Using these links while purchasing from the site allows me to earn a small % from the purchase. You are under no obligation to use these links.

This is where the Dear Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA ++++ comes in. Not quite a sunscreen, but a lightweight essence that not only doesn't leave a white cast, but it also doesn't leave your skin feeling heavy or perhaps even greasy. This is a product suitable for vegans and for those with sensitive skin.

INGREDIENTS
Water (Aqua), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Butylene Glycol, Dibutyl Adipate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Silica, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Panthenol, Beta-Glucan, Disodium EDTA, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Adenosine, Sodium Hyaluornate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Allantoin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil


Being part of the Freshly Juiced line from Klairs, it shares the same minimal white and silver/holo packaging. The box for this product is where the holo fits in, however, it sadly got a little bashed in transit. It's intended to help you make your skin looked vitalised and less dull, using vitamins as the key factor to help you do so. I've actually previously reviewed the Vitamin C Serum before but the line also includes a Vitamin E Mask (which I hope to also have a try of soon!). If using in combination with these products, the sunscreen hopes to help you boost the effects of these vitamins while also protecting the skin from UV rays.


The sunscreen comes in a simple little squeezy tube which makes it handy for taking with you on the go and also being hygienic. You're given 80ml of product, which is a fair amount as the majority tend to give you about 50ml. So you've got plenty of product to let yourself get through, so it should last you a while until you need to repurchase.



The sunscreen itself is of a water-based gel formula, meaning that it ends up absorbing into the skin very quickly and not leaving any residue. I find once I've applied it, it actually feels like you have nothing on your skin at all! My skin feels a little softer after application if anything though. It glides and does feel ~airy~ as the name suggests. There is minimal scent involved, I can only get a tiny hint of a gentle scent, but once it's absorbed it's not even noticeable at all. It doesn't leave any white cast at all, leaving a natural finish to your skin.

This has become a product I rely on a lot during the day. Because I work evenings and don't tend to actually apply my make up until the late afternoon, I'm often barefaced the rest of the time. This allows me to protect my skin from UV rays and rounding off my skincare. Even though we feel like we're heading towards a very soon winter here, I'll be continuing using it through the cold months. I'm eventually planning to make a purchase/repurchase of the three products in the Freshly Juiced line sometime in the future so I can see how effective they are while being used together.

So if you're looking for a sunscreen suitable for sensitive skin, isn't going to leave you looking like a ghost and feels like your own skin. It can also be applied over make up if necessary for top ups! This is the one for you! It's retailing on Wishtrend for $23 (£18~) and if you would like to find more out about the Dear Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence, be sure to check out the Q&A on the Wishtrend site.

Let me know your favourite Klairs products below!


Introducing Jinmee & the Hydrapuff

Tuesday, 9 October 2018


Jinmee / 진미 is a brand new UK based Korean beauty brand helping you follow the K-beauty philosophy of skincare first. Bringing products to let you simplify your skincare routine while also getting the most out of the products you use. Taking inspiration from the owner, Karen Hong's own Korean heritage and the sheer focus on skincare. While the skincare industry is so vast with so many products aiming to help with any skincare problem, Jinmee wants to teach you that the application of your products is just as important as the product itself. They recently got in contact with me to work with them for the launch of the product I'm going to be speaking about today, which they have generously gifted to me.

Jinmee comes from the term best beauty, which I believe derives from the hanja 眞美 / true beauty. 

Today I'm super excited to share with you their first product the Hydrapuff, It's very common to use cotton pads along with your skincare, particularly when it comes to toner. But more often than not, you'll find these often quite thick pads can often soak up more product than it is actually applying to your skin. The Hydrapuff aims to reduce product waste (as much as 50%!) and be a multifunctional product. Not only letting you use it in place of cotton pads but easily being used as mini sheet masks to target specific areas with your skincare.





The pads come in a gorgeous box with splashes of bold watercolour, combining it with the brand's signature coral and a little rose gold. Simple but aesthetically appealing!



Each pad comes as a set of two, that can either be used as one on its own for swiping application of products or taken apart in half by tearing down the perforation line to make it two little parts of a sheet mask. You can use as many as needed to cover your face or target specific areas. For instance, suffer from redness in your cheeks? Use one pair of the Hydrapuff pads, soak it in a brightening serum, apply and leave for 5-10 minutes. You will only need a small amount of product for it to be fully moist.


They are incredibly thin compared to your average cotton pad, possibly about the same thickness as a sheet mask before any essence is added, if not a tiny bit on the thicker side.




I have only used these twice so far but am so far enjoying using them and I'm looking forward to trying out different products and DIY masks to make the most out of them and really amp up my skincare routine. I already have a few ideas in mind with what I'm going to use them for and you can bet I will be sharing them with you guys! If you have any ideas for things you think would work with this product, let me know and I can test it out for you!

The Hydrapuff is currently available on the Jinmee store retailing at £6.50 for 60 pairs and will launching in Topshop stores late October!

If you would like to learn more about the hydrapuff itself, be sure to check out their F.A.Q on the site to do so.

Will you be adding the Hydrapuff to your skincare collection?

Skinfood Beauty In a Food Mask Sheet // Watermelon

Saturday, 6 October 2018



Anyone else manage to accumulate a massive amount of sheet masks to the point you don't think you're ever going to be able to get through all of them? I'm currently finding myself in that position but I'm aiming to work through them over the next few months to at least reduce my pile down! Today I'm going to be sharing a little review on the Skinfood Beauty In a Food Mask Sheet in my most favourite ever scent/flavour of anything ever, watermelon. I love the scent of watermelon, even if it's that artificial one, it still smells the best to me and is super refreshing. Plus the actual fruit is delicious.

The watermelon mask aims to moisturise the skin and help sensitive and dry skin feel a lot more noirished and less agitated. I've been suffering from the cold for the last 3 weeks, my skin hasn't had it's usual TLC and just doesn't feel as good as normally would. So this is exactly what I'm after!

INGREDIENTS

As far as I understand this is the correct ingredients list, as I found it incredibly difficult to find the listings for this product with the same ingredients.
Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Isododecane, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hizikia Fusiforme Extract, Aronia Melanocarpa Fruit Extract, Caulerpa Lentillifera Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, D&C Red No.33(Ci 17200), Fragrance
 As per usual with a sheet mask, after washing your face you apply the mask evenly to your face and leave it on for 10-20 minutes. I usually end up leaving the mask on for the full 20 minutes to get the most out of it. This particular mask fits very well to my face, there are a couple of slits, namely along the jaw and the inner corners of the eyes just to make it easier to adapt the mask a little to suit your face shape and feature aligning. This made it super comfortable to wear and I suffered from no slippage while upright. It has a moderate scent of watermelon without being too much, it's a little on the artificial smelling side but at the same time, also smells quite like an actual watermelon.



There is the perfect amount of essence in the package and it's not too moist to the point that it drips everywhere but there's enough to rub down into your neck to moisturise it.

Unfortunately, my experience with this mask has not been a good one. After taking the mask off, my skin was very red and blotchy and suddenly burning and felt hot to touch. It was just so painful and tight and just didn't look good. It didn't feel remotely nourished and felt drier than it was before I did the mask if anything. Wasn't what I was expecting from the mask at all. I don't normally react to sheet masks or any kind of skincare as my skin is pretty resilient to ingredients and isn't sensitive for the majority of the time. The mask was also manufactured this year as well, so it's not like it was expired or anything. It just didn't work well. That's not to say you will have the same reaction, but this is the honest experience I had with it.

I'm a little bummed. I really like Skinfood as a brand and have loved their skincare and make up for years, so for my first experience with their sheet masks to be like this is a little discouraging. However, I'm not going to write the masks off completely and will possibly give this particular mask or the other versions of it a try again in the future and see if my skin reacts the same then too. It may just be a case of the fact I changed my hormonal contraception this week and it may just be a hormonal difference causing my skin to react in such a way, or it could just be that this mask in particular just doesn't agree with me, sadly.

I hope this hasn't put you off buying any of Skinfood's masks and bear in mind, that everyone's skin is different and reacts differently. Now, I'm away to go and cover my face in aloe vera to take some of this burning and redness away. So I'll leave you with the vine I quote everytime I mention watermelons.



It's Skin's Power 10 Range Now Available in Boots

Thursday, 4 October 2018


One of the major downsides of being thoroughly into K-beauty, is the fact that a lot of the time when it comes to buying stuff you have to allow a few weeks for shipping. Sometimes it would be great to just be able to walk into a store and be able to pick up some of your usual pieces. Well, some good news is that now Boots stores in the UK are now stocking It's Skin! For the moment it's just a few of the products from their Power 10 range, but hopefully, this will open up to a few more products and some of their make up as well (which is affordable and one of my go tos when I need something in an emergency) With the ever-increasing popularity of Korean skincare in particular, it's exciting to see what other brands make it over here into stores.

I have used a few of the serums from the line and absolutely loved them, with them being on the relatively affordable side as well, they're great little powerhouses dedicated to helping you with your own particular skin issues. The line features the serums, cleansers, sheet masks and moisturisers and is all colour coded so you can end up having an all matching coloured set of skincare.


The products should be popping up in various Boots stores up and down the country over the course of this month, however, if your local one happens to not have it in store, you can click and collect to pick up the next day. I guarantee you that you will probably be seeing a little haul of the Power 10 products in the near future from me.