SEVEN DAYS OF SHEET MASKS

Every now and then I like to set myself little challenges or experiments just to see how I go.  For example, in the later part of last year, I attempted to streamline my regime and try domestic products in my skincare, instead of my intense Asian style daily regime. To be honest, that wasn't the most successful experiment - my skin saw zero benefits, I saw zero reason to review unimpressive products - hence I'm back here... 

Recently, while returning to my comfort zone, I set out to answer a question that has really been plaguing the ages...

Does using a sheet mask every night as part of your skincare regime really help in any way?

(Note this experiment was actually done late last month - I'm only taking the time to write about it now!)

Sheet masks usually sit in your night regime somewhere after your essences/serums/treatments and before moisturizing & eye creams.  I generally use them as a pick me up when I feel my skin is looking a bit dull, or I'm going out somewhere.  I decided to go ahead and use them the 'proper' way at night.

Below are the masks I tried, including some quick reviews on each!

ALL THE MASKS!

ALL THE MASKS!

Day 1 - Etude House Hyaluronic Acid

  • Korean
  • Just the right amount of essence with a light refreshing scent
  • Mask quality was good - thick, does not tear easily, however a bit of a loose fit for me
  • Instant cooling effect (which I can say for most masks)
  • Afterwards: skin looks plump and hydrated, feels soothed, and skin tone looks slightly more even
  • Rating:  7/10

Day 2 - DEWYTREE Ginseng Nutritious Black Sheet Mask

  • Korean
  • I have previously used and talked about this mask!
  • Very apparent charcoal scent.
  • Very generous amount of essence (I had enough left over to apply to my neck)
  • Good thick mask quality, better fit than EH however lacks proper coverage on my nose
  • Afterwards: Skin looks glowy, feels firmer, pores look slightly less obvious, skin tone looked a lot more refined
  • Rating: 8.5/10

Day 3 - Garnier Skin Active Hydra Bomb

  • Domestic!
  • Good amount of essence (enough) but had a baby powder like scent which kind of put me off
  • Came with a backing sheet, which isn't really necessary
  • Coverage was good, but fit was loose (similar to EH)
  • Mask quality was good, but more papery than the last two
  • Very soothing and comfortable to wear - left on for ages as it didn't dry out too fast
  • Afterwards: Skin felt moisturized but I didn't notice any improvement to it's appearance
  • Rating: 5/10

Day 4 - LuLuLun Rich Moisture

  • Japanese
  • I have previously tried the Pink (Regular/Balance Moisture) version
  • Comes in a pack of seven, hence less essence saturated - less packaging waste and ideal for travel!
  • Clean pleasant scent - a bit hard to describe
  • Mask is of a thinner material than the others, but I think they've improved durability since my last try.  They didn't appear easy to tear (or maybe I'm getting gentler in my old age)
  • This dried out within 10 minutes on my skin, but when I removed the mask I could still see essence on my skin
  • Afterwards: Skin felt refreshed, cool, looked re-energized and glowy
  • Rating: 8.5/10 (extra point for the value for money!)

Day 5 - It's Skin Blueberry Mask

  • Korean
  • Intense berry scent - like berry bubblegum
  • Good amount of essence - best fit and coverage so far!
  • Exceptionally soothing.  Took ages to dry out.
  • Afterwards: Skin very moisturized.  Loved how it seemed to brighten my skin tone up and my skin felt plumper afterward.
  • Rating: 9/10

Day 6 - Apieu Cocorico Silver Sheet Mask

  • Korean
  • Good amount of essence but has a definite floral scent
  • Um, the fit, geez - the mask is this hexagonal textured foil/silk weird hybrid - the coverage was good but getting it to mold to my face was work in itself.  Plus you may risk looking like the Man in the Iron Mask (Picture for reference)
  • Afterwards: Very toned, smooth complexion.  For some reason my face looked slimmer - I don't even know how.... Skin felt and looked refreshed.
  • Rating: 8/10  (Point off for the mask material being a bit of a bitch to use)
Seems legit.

Seems legit.

Day 7 - La Glace Wrinkle Care

  • Hong Kong (I mean it says France, but it's from a company based in Hong Kong. Confusing AF)
  • Good amount of essence with a slight fragrance - not at all unpleasant
  • Mask quality is good - nice thick cotton.  The fit was a little tight around my eye area but otherwise OK
  • Afterwards: Not ground breaking - skin felt slightly firmer and was more moisturized.  I felt like this is a mask that would be beneficial to use on a regular basis though.
  • Rating: 7/10

So what does this all mean...?

OK, so I'm going to come out and straight up say it - I found my skin loved the extra pampering over this experiment.  I'm of the opinion that this extra step really gave my other products the little boost to perform a bit better and overall my skin really started looking more refreshed and glowy.  That said, there is the price point to take into account here.  If I could afford it, I'd be doing sheet masks every other day - IMAGINE THE COST!

Thankfully, there are a few options out there that can bring this cost down.   Companies like LuLuLun and Missha already do bulk packs of masks that will last a month for reasonable prices and keeping packaging waste down!

There's also compressed sheet masks available readily online to DIY your own with your favorite toners or essences - or even your essence leftovers from other masks.  (I'll be testing this out soon).

So yes, if you can afford it, why not add a sheet mask to your daily skin care?  Personally I'm going to try to do it around three times a week.  Here's hoping I continue to see results!

[Some love from Jolse Bae] Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream: YES YES YES!

Disclaimer: I received this product from Jolse after applying to review it for them.  All experiences and views expressed in this review are hella fo real :)

Before I get into this review, I thought I'd share a little bit of back story on my building obsession which all started back in 2016 when I stumbled across a blog post at Snow White & The Asian Pear about this mythical unicorn of a cream.  Now of course, being me, I immediately decided to seek out this wondrous cream to judge for myself.  Alas, I was on the slow bus, the hype was real, and I could find it nowhere I was happy shopping from, nor at a price I was realistically going to pay for a product I had no idea whether it worked for my skin.  So I put it on the back burner.... on a real steady simmer.  Finally, after over a year of not really finding my groove moisturizer wise, I was trawling Jolse when the clouds rolled away and angelic choirs sang on high...

Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream was back in stock - I wanted, no I lie - I NEEDED - this cream in my life now.  And lo and behold they were asking for applications to review it.  So I applied.  Then I ordered one anyway.  Funny story, not only did I have my own lovingly purchased jar of this little gem, but two days later I received one complimentary from Jolse for review purposes.  I THINK I DIED AND WENT TO HEAVEN.

Any excuse for a Lucifer gif, amirite?

Any excuse for a Lucifer gif, amirite?

First up: Quick note on my skin condition leading into this review!  As it is Summer here in Perth my skin is doing it's best to be as combination as annoyingly possible.  My skin texture is somewhat dull due to excessive sunblock usage and slacking off in my double cleansing routine.  I have had a few minor breakouts. FYI I have tested this product for three weeks now...

OK, enough ranting ... let's talk about this product and why it's so lusted after.

A massive reason contributing to this products cult following is the formulations basis in ķ•œė°© (hanbang) ingredients, that is to say traditional Korean medicine and beauty ingredients.  There are some pretty killer ingredients here ranging from centella asiatica, ginseng, honey and radish leaf extract through to some stellar oils - shea butter, safflower, sea buckthorn and sunflower.  Also niacinamide.  Did I mention niacinamide? No? NIACINAMIDE!  What I would be hoping for is it to deliver on three main things: 

  1.  Be moisturizing but not greasy.
  2. Perhaps fade some of my recent acne pigmentation scars.
  3. If lucky, help improve the appearance of my incoming forehead wrinkles (yay aging).

First Impressions

In all it's glory....

In all it's glory....

The packaging is seriously gorgeous.  It's understated luxe in such a way that I seriously need to hide all other products in fruit shaped bottles from it's range.  Seriously, super grown up guys.

The scent is slightly floral, but not overpowering.  Although I do find it lingers for a while after application unless I am applying other products.

The cream itself is less a "cream" and more watery/gel like in consistency.  I find it similar in consistency to a cream I used to love, Etude's House Moistful Collagen one.  A little goes a long way with this though.  It spreads pretty easily but I find does leave a slightly tacky finish.  Which I found is incredible under makeup.  Just saying.

SO THE REAL THOUGHTS?

It's been three weeks.  Do I like this cream?  Will I buy again?  Could this be a staple in my beauty stash?  In case you didn't notice the blog title - YES, YES and YES.

I am a little under halfway through my review jar with daily morning and night use, and the occasional slather on my hands for fun thing, but boy my skin is loving this stuff... seriously, like Harley loves the Joker obsessional stuff.  My first real noticeable change came about three days in when I realized a minor breakout I had experienced was like nearly completely healed.  I never heal that fast.  I'm talking, you could not even tell I had had one.  That good!  About a week in people started commenting on how glowy I looked.  (I actually got asked if I was pregnant - haha - no jokes).  Then about two weeks in even I have started to notice my forehead lines actually look less prominent.  I'm not kidding.  This cream is turning back time for me, and I could not be happier.

Would I recommend it? Yes!  But as always YMMV - if you're fighting aging concerns yet have normal to combination skin I think this cream would be a star in your beauty regime.  I can't talk for dry skin gals, I'm under the impression it might not be intense enough, but who knows? 

It's hard to find a product that you love and can rely on.  For my grandmother it was Oil of Ulan (before the name change) and I recall her using this nightly with the lovely jar sitting on her dresser.  I do hope that the Beauty of Joseon Cream will be around for a while yet, as I can picture myself using it for years to come.  PS This is not the end!  I will definitely do a bottom of the bottle review on this one - I at least have three weeks left (plus a second jar!) and want to see if it will assist in fading my hyper pigmentation from my adult acne fiasco.  Stay tuned!

Thanks to Jolse for the opportunity to review - and dare I say find a HG product to add to my collection.

Cos why not haha...

Cos why not haha...

Bottom of the Bottle & Bin Bound: Rest of Autumn

*Edit: This post was scheduled to be posted yesterday (2 July) but something went wrong.  Anyway, here it is...

I can't believe we're nearly at the halfway point of the year again - seriously where is time even going #oldladyproblems.  The only good thing about the endless march of time is that just like that I'm getting ready to place my WINTER haul order.  Thankfully, most of my Autumn products are still going strong, in fact I'm planning a post to talk about some of my favourites from that haul.  There could be a new HG contender in there, just sayin'.

So anyway, onto the stuffs.

LANEIGE TIME FREEZE EYE SERUM:  

Officially my first Laneige brand product, I was expecting big things from this cult brand.  In usual fashion, the packaging and branding is on point, however I wasn't that blown away by the performance of this serum.  I did find however, that when layered with other eye products it worked a bit better.  Not a rebuy.

BANILA CO. PRIME PRIMER (CLASSIC):  

A silicone based primer that works to even out imperfections and supply a base to your foundation/BB/CC.  I actually didn't mind this primer, although I'm usually pretty iffy about these silicon-y ones.  This also comes in a Matte version which I would be interested in trying out.  I couldn't use this on a daily basis however, it seemed to make me more prone to breakouts - even with my epic skincare regime.

HOLIKA HOLIKA BIRDS NEST GOLD LEAF CREAM:

I have talked about this product previously in a first impressions post way back  but not alot since.  I actually took quite a bit of time away from this product over the warmer Summer months as it was just too rich for my oil-prone skin.  Once Autumn rolled around I started cranking back into it as my go to night cream.  I really like this stuff.  The balm like texture melts wonderfully into the skin, and although it remains a little sticky by the next morning I found myself waking up to glowing soft skin without fail.  I also found it seemed to assist with healing any breakouts I had.  That said, it's very pricey for a night cream, and if I'm going to spend that much, I may as well finally get some hanbang action going on.

VELLA NECK TIGHT CREAM:

This is one of those products I had stored away for the longest time and only finally got around to using.  Basically it's a thick cream for use on your neck and decolletage.  It's OK, nothing special.

My two BIN BOUND products are Elizavecca's Milky Piggy Bubble Clay Mask which I reviewed in this post and I have struggled to really like this mask.  I just don't find it that enjoyable to use and to be frankly honest, it does shit all for my skin.  

The other one going the way of the dragon, is Skin Therapy's Bee Venom Protective Moisturiser (ONLY SPF !!! WTF) which I picked up in Coles.  I've really wanted to try some bee venom type products to see if they do help with plumping fine lines.  Well, this one doesn't.

Coming Soon: A round up of some samples I've tried recently!