Skinfood Egg White Pore Foam Review

After reading the many ravings about the Egg White Cleansing Foam from Skinfood I decided to give it a go. After all, Skinfood happens to be one of my favourite Korean Skincare Brands and I really liked their Tea Tree Bubble Cleansing Foam. When I received my order, I was jumping in joy, thinking about how all my other cleansers will be cornered for some time now.

Description:

A gentle foaming cleanser suitable for sensitive skin. This new product from Skinfood contains pore-purifying, amino acid-rich egg whites with deep cleansing properties. The Egg White Foam Cleanse is mild enough for daily use and will not strip away any beneficial natural oils.

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How To Use:

Start with a wet face and neck. Massage a small dab of product all over while avoiding the eyes. Rinse off warm water. Follow with toner and usual skincare regimen.

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My Experience:

I’ve never tested my Korean Skincare products on my sister except for the TonyMoly Cleansing Oil as she has an acne prone skin and whatever she applies on her face that is not prescribed by her dermatologist, gives her a bad breakout. However, after her amazing experience with the cleansing oil, she decided to give this cleansing foam a try. So we applied the foam together during our night time regimen. She has an excessively oily skin while I have a combination, sensitive skin. The first thing both of us noticed even before we had washed off the foam is that our skin was feeling too dry. I felt like my skin is being stretched so I ran for my toners and my serums and my cream like I’m running for my life. Our skin did feel clean though. However, with every new cleanser I try testing it once without using an oil cleanser to check if it removes minimal makeup, and this cleanser failed the test. I wasn’t happy with this one, I still am not, but I feel like I need to use any skincare product for at least 28 before reviewing it because that’s how long our skin cells take to turn over.

My sister however, didn’t know what to expect and is just glad that it didn’t break her out. She has an oily skin as I mentioned earlier, so it didn’t bother her much that the cleanser dried up her skin and she’s pretty much pleased.

But then I read reviews from other K-beauty bloggers to find out if it’s just me who thinks that this foam is just a little too drying. I was left in shock when I read their reviews. Turns out that the pH level of this foam is as high as 10.5 and it can completely strip your acid mantle. I was like how on earth can a cleanser’s pH level be that high and still be so popular?! Who uses cleansers with pH level that high?

Also the ingredient list consists of a lot of ingredients that are known to be irritants and the Albumen Extract which is supposed to be the star ingredient of the product come 10th. Yes it didn’t irritate my super-sensitive skin, but I am not repurchasing it again. No amount of Albumen Extract can make me repurchase it again. And dry skin beauties, just stay away from this cleanser.

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Ingredients:

Water, Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, Cocamidopropyl, Betaine, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Albumen Extract, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Trehalose Sodium PCA, Betaine, Sorbitol, Glycine,  Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Beta-Sitosterol, Tocopherol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycine, Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Butylene Glycol, Enanti Chorantha Bark Extract, Oleanolic Acid, Alcohol, Hydrogynated Lecithin, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Parfum

Pros:

  • Didn’t irritate either my super sensitive skin or my sister’s acne prone skin
  • Reasonable price
  • Washes off easily

Cons:

  • That pH level! *Eye roll

Will I purchase it again?

NO

Will I recommend it?

NO

Innisfree Capsule Recipe Pack Jeju Volcano Review

Innisfree has these tiny capsule recipe packs that are basically smaller versions of some of their full-sized products. For example, the Capsule Recipe Pack Jeju Volcano is the mini version of the Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask. I’ve got 3 Capsule Recipe Pack, the Jeju Volcano and two Sleep Packs. I’ll start with the Volcano Recipe Pack.

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Price: Rs. 150 for 10 ml.

Shelf Life: 30 months

Product Claims:

The clay mask pack with Jeju volcanic ashes to absorb sebum to purify pores.

Directions:

  1. Smooth over your face that can feel dry after cleansing. Rinse off with warm water after 10-15 minutes. Massaging will relieve your facial muscles for more comfortable looks. Choose the right one for your skin condition.
  2. Insert the cap of capsule into the container and pull for air tightness to use for 2-3 applications.

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My Experiece:

If I had any idea that these recipe packs are just the mini versions, I would have bought all of them as it is a great way of finding out what suits best for you. If only other brands had stolen this brilliant idea from Innisfree we wouldn’t need to spend fortune on new products and then get disappointed later.

Coming back to my experience… Even though I don’t have large pores, I have read a lot about volcanic masks and was really eager to try them out. The consistency and texture is similar to any other clay mask and spreads evenly on the skin which can be a pleasant experience for OCD patients 😀

I used the mask after double cleansing and exfoliating my face, and kept it on for like 20 minutes and then washed it off. Like any other clay mask, it took a little effort to wash off the mask, and my skin was left squeaky clean. Okay I’ve already double cleansed and exfoliated my face, my skin was already squeaky clean, I mean my toner soaked cotton pad NEVER finds any residue, but I could feel that even my epidermis layer felt clean as well. I was really happy with the result and trust me it takes a lot to make me happy when it comes to masks as I am huge on masks.

It says that the mask can be used twice or thrice, but in my case, it lasted for more than 4 usages. There’s just one problem, it’s really hard to store it after the first usage and the consistency starts getting thicker after opening the lid. It is suggested to use the mask twice a week so it can take up to 2-3 weeks to finish the recipe pack, and if you keep it open for a month, it’s going to get stiff. There’s one more problem that I would like to point out, since I travel a lot, I always store tiny products for unplanned tours and all, so yeah this is mask is really travel unfriendly if you can’t use the whole mask at once. Some people may find the tiny container unhygienic but I think it’s pretty cute.

If you guys have used it, or planning to use it, I would love to know how it works on beauties with large pores (don’t take offence, I’m just curious).

 

Pros:

  • Controls sebum
  • Pocket friendly
  • Cute packaging

Cons:

  • Storing it can be an issue.

Will I purchase it again?

I’ll purchase the full-sized jar next time.

Rating:

4.8/5

Where to buy:

http://www.nykaa.com/innisfree-capsule-recipe-pack-volcanic-clay.html?root=search&pos=104&queryterm=innisfree

All About Korean Skincare

I am going to talk about skincare today, something that has been overlooked by Indian women for years (I’m not talking about the ancient days here, they did just fine). How many of us have grown up watching our mothers apply routine anti-aging products before completely ruining their skin or have themselves started using them as soon as they turned 25? How many of us prefer using a spot corrector instead of a concealer? Not many I guess.

There are very few Indian women who spends as much time on removing the makeup as much as they spent putting it on. We’ll hide all the flaws using make-up but rarely will try to get rid of them once and for all. It’s like completely depriving our skin of the essential care and when the skin is ruined, we start spending fortune on treatment products.
May be it’s time we learn something from the women with the porcelain skin. I’ve read somewhere that Korean mother’s teach their daughters (and even their son) how to take care of their skin before even they reach adolescence. That explains why you won’t come across a single Korean woman who doesn’t have a flawless skin.  Of course the food they consume also has a part in it. They consume a lot of fermented food (like the delicious Kimchi which is basically fermented cabbage) that are somewhat responsible for their flawless skin. Even the Japanese people eat a lot of fermented food (like Nato, fermented soybean) and don’t they have flawless skin too? Even though we can’t (or may we can) eat Kimchi with lunch and Nato for breakfast every single day, we can always indulge in an extensive skincare routine whether or not influenced by the Korean 10 step skincare routine.
When I first came to know about the Korean Skincare routine about a year ago, I was in my mid-20s and my skin was in ruins. I barely used a moisturizer, not even after exfoliating, deprived my skin of sunscreen and used a harsh face wash which could ‘do it all’. My skincare products included a harsh face wash and a scrubber with large granules. When a colleague noticed the damage, I purchased night creams, serums, eye cream and other stuffs and started taking care of my skin. The damage was too severe that the products made no difference even after months of applying. That’s when I came across the Korean Skincare routine. I didn’t have much of the products, so I followed 5 steps with the products I already have and sure enough I noticed a huge difference the following morning. My skin was even and somewhat glowing. I started doing more research, purchased more products and modified the routine according to my needs. Within weeks my skin was so glowing that my colleagues and friends started asking me what did I do? That’s when I wrote my first article on my first blog about the skincare I was indulging in. The article got a huge response and after my colleagues and friends became Korean skincare converts too, I launched this blog to document my K-beauty Journey.
Korean skincare is all about layering. And if you want to follow the steps using Indian or International products, make sure that the products you are using doesn’t contain parabens or SLS. The more all-natural products you use, the better.
The first step itself contains 2 steps.
Oil Cleansing– It’s like using oil against oil. The oil helps break down the built up sebum, dirt and makeup and with a little effort it all comes off. They say your skin needs to be treated like a flower and not like the dirty utensils in your kitchen. So the key is to be gentle. I am currently using Tonymoly oil cleanser.

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Bubble Cleanser– It’s the second step of cleansing; making sure that your skin is squeaky clean by now. Two of my favourite bubble cleansers are SkinFood Green Tea Bubble Cleanser and Innisfree Green Barley Bubble Cleanser.

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• Exfoliate: The gentler version of scrubbing. Making sure that the granules are tiny, exfoliate twice a month. This step is the key to get a healthy skin. If you don’t exfoliate your skin, the built up dead cells will prevent your skin from absorbing all the goodness of the products you are applying. Also keep in mind that over exfoliating will only result in melanin production and therefore darker skin. I am currently using Goodal Phytowash Bubble Peeling.

 

Face Packs: The K-skincare can vary from 10-17 steps according to your needs. So you can always include steps which you think is good for your skin. In my case I randomly use many face packs but my favourite ones are any kind of Charcoal masks when my skin needs detoxification and Aloe masks when my skin is irritated.


Toner: You can use your regular toner, just making sure it doesn’t contain alcohol because a toner containing alcohol will only make your skin drier.

My favourite one is Kama Ayurveda Distilled Rose Water.
Sheet Mask: This is my favourite step. Just put on a Sheet Mask and chill for 20 minutes and wake up the next day with a super hydrated plumped up skin. I use sheet masks once or twice a week. I have so many favourites that I can’t really name just one or two. There’s the rice sheet mask from Etude House, the green tea, aloe vera and manuka honey from Innisfree and there’s a lot more to choose from.


Essence: The lighter version of serum yet a powerful one. Essences are very rarely available unless you live in Korea. I have tried the Missha Time Revolution Essence sample and the single application left me spellbound. The following morning was the best my skin has ever looked. However, that was the only time I used an essence but will surely get my hands on the full size soon.
Serum: This one’s a no brainer. The Korean women however apply multiple serums, making a serum cocktail, here’s one for anti-aging, here’s one for brightening, and here goes the spot correction. Of the many serums I have used, my favourites are the Neutrogena Fine Fairness serum and Innisfree Canola Honey Serum.

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Moisturiser/Night cream/Sleep Mask: During the day time I use a moisturiser and during the P.M skincare I use a night cream, replacing with a sleep pack twice a week. My favourite moisturiser is Natural Bath & Body Whipped Cream, Favourite Night Creams are Kama Ayurveda Rejuvinating night cream and Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Night Cream and my Favourite Sleep packs are the tiny capsule recipe packs from Innisfree.


Sunscreen/Cushion Compact:  Cushion compacts are a huge fuss right now, thanks to K-beauty. Only if you use them once you’ll know what the fuss is all about. They flawlessly cover any imperfections giving your skin the dewy look that’s much raved about. I am currently using the Water Glow Cushion Compact from Innisfree and I occasionally replace it by a sunscreen from Chambor Geneva or the Eau Thermale Avene suncreen.

Eye Cream: Another no brainer. I am using Neutrogena Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream.
Mists: In order to maintain the dewiness achieved by the extensive skincare routine, women in Korea use mist periodically whether they are in office or in public transport. And no, it doesn’t ruin your make-up. The one that I have been using is from Innisfree and it’s been working pretty good on my skin.

So that’s about it. It might look extensive and time consuming, but once you start experimenting with this routine you will soon find yourself hooked and will start to modify according to your needs. Often times I use only 5 steps during the night and sometimes it gets down to 4 steps during the morning as I rarely use the oil cleanser during my A.M skincare. Even if you are too lazy to try it out, you can take it from the laziest person on the country that it’s really worth a shot.

Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Aloe Mask Review

Hey guys, today I’m going to review the last squeeze mask from my Innisfree Haul. It’s the Aloe mask. I guess everybody is well aware of the goodness of aloe vera and sure I had to pick one aloe product for no particular reason.

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Product Description:

Hydrate your skin with the It’s real squeeze mask – aloe!
1. It’s real squeeze mask – aloe
The Aloe gives your stressed skin vitality by soothing and moisturizing it.
2. Jeju green complex
The Jeju green complex consists of green tea, tangerine, cactus, camellia leaves, and orchids to keep your skin healthy
3. Triple-layered sheet
This triple-layer sheet has a long-lasting moisturizing effect so that the essence can gradually be absorbed into the skin.

How to Use

1. After washing your face, gently apply toner on your face to even out your skin texture.
2. Then, apply the mask over your entire face, avoiding your eye and lip areas.
3. Remove the mask after 10-20 minutes and gently pat your face to allow the remaining formula to absorb into your skin.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Ethanol, Betaine, Grapefruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Extract (200mg), PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tangerine Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, The green Tea Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Prickly Pear Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

My Experience:

The packaging and fitting of the mask were similar to the rest of the masks from the “It’s Real” range. However, the colour of the sheet and the serum were slightly different, the whole thing was transparent. If I’m remembering correctly even the green tea mask was a bit transparent whereas the rest of the masks were soaked in milky white serum. I felt the cooling and soothing effect of the mask as soon as it touched my skin. Oh! How I am craving the mask in this terribly hot weather!

I kept this mask on for 30 minutes and when I removed the mask my skin was deeply nourished and my cheeks were feeling like a baby’s butt. My skin wasn’t really irritated before I used the mask but I have a feeling that it had the power of recovering irritated skin. A day or two ago I was ranting about how sheet masks should do more than just nourish. This sheet mask however, took nourishing to a next level while soothing my skin and making it soft. If I had stocked up a bulk of this sheet mask I would probably throw them all in the freezer and apply them every other day.

Pros:

  • Nourishes
  • Soothes
  • Pocket-friendly
  • Paraben Free

Cons:

Nothing that I can point out.

Will I purchase it again?

Yes.

Rating:

4.7/5

Where to buy?

http://www.nykaa.com/innisfree-it-s-real-squeeze-mask-aloe.html?root=search&searchterm=innisfree%20&type=product&ptype=product

It’s Real Squeeze Mask-Bamboo Review

Hello lovely people, I am back with yet another review from Innisfree “It’s Real” Sheet Mask range, this time it’s the bamboo mask.

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Product Description:
Provide your skin with moisture with the It’s real squeeze mask – bamboo!

1. It’s real squeeze mask – bamboo
Bamboo water quickly quenches your skin’s thirst by providing moisture.

2. Jeju green complex
The Jeju green complex consists of green tea, tangerine, cactus, camellia leaves, and orchids to keep your skin healthy.

3. Triple-layered sheet

This triple-layer sheet has a long-lasting moisturizing effect so that the essence can gradually be absorbed into the skin.

How to us:

  1. After washing your face, gently apply toner on your face to even out your skin texture.
    2. Then, apply the mask over your entire face, avoiding your eye and lip areas.
    3. Remove the mask after 10-20 minutes and gently pat your face to allow the remaining formula to absorb into your skin.

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My Experience:

It’s my least favourite mask from the “It’s Real” squeeze mask range.

The fitting is just like the other masks from the “It’s Real” range and the serum is a bit runny. As usual I double cleansed my face, toned and applied this mask, keeping it on for about 30 minutes.  When the mask started feeling dry, I removed it and massaged the serum into my skin. It absorbed in my skin and I finished it off with a sleeping mask. I did not notice any dramatic improvement in my skin texture, except for the fact that my skin felt decently moisturised and nourished, which is the basic expectations from any sheet mask.  The following morning my skin showed no sign of the pampering I did the night before which was really disappointing.  May be it will work better on dry skin beauties, but honestly speaking,  since my combination skin receives enough pampering and is always well hydrated (even during winter) so I expect more than just nourishment from a sheet mask.

Pros:

  • Pocket friendly
  • Paraben Free
  • Moisturizing and nourishing

Cons:

  • Does nothing other than nourishing (it doesn’t claim o do anything else though)
  • Added fragrance

Will I purchase it again?

No

Rating:

3/5

INNISFREE IT’S REAL SQUEEZE MASK, GREEN TEA REVIEW

I’ll take it that if you are reading this, I won’t have to give an intro about the benefits of green tea. I’m a huge fan of green tea. And this sheet mask was the star product from my Innisfree haul.

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Purpose: The Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze mask in Green Tea is a sheet mask designed to hydrate skin.

Do not use if: You are sensitive to alcohol, citrus extracts, fragrance, or anything else in the ingredients list.

When and how to use: In the evening, after cleansing and before your final moisturizing step, tear open the mask packet, remove the sheet mask, unfold and fit over face. The mask has several slits to assist in customizing fit. Leave on for 10-20 minutes (or longer if the mask sheet has not yet dried up), then remove. Pat or massage in excess product and finish with your emollient and/or occlusive moisturizing cream.

Ingredients list: Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, alcohol, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) fruit extract, betaine, camellia sinensis leaf extract, xanthan gum, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, 1, 3 propanediol, ethylhexylglycerin, sodium hyaluronate, citrus unshiu peel extract, orchid extract, camellia japonica leaf extract, opuntia coccinellifera fruit extract, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, citrus tangerina (tangerine) extract, lactic acid, ascorbic acid, citric acid, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, fragrance

 

Don’t you just expect the star ingredient of a product to be on the top of the ingredient list? I was disappointed as well. Also I hate the fact that all the “It’s Real” squeeze masks has added fragrance even after their claim of being an all-natural brand.

My Experience:

If you have been reading my previous posts, you’ve probably read about how I was struggling with dull, rough and flaky skin throughout my Delhi-Agra tour. I had three more weddings to attend the day after I reached home, and another one to host the next day at a different town. I literally had no time to go to the parlour (also I don’t trust the parlours at my hometown) and I was afraid I had to stand next to the beautiful bride with a dry and flaky skin.

The morning after I reached home I went through an intensive skincare routine. I double cleansed my face, exfoliated, used a face pack, toned and then used this precious green tea mask. I waited for about 25 minutes and those 25 minutes I was in heaven. Trust me I didn’t mind the cooling sensation during the chilling weather. After removing it I finished it off with a whipped cream. [ You can read about the detailed routine here http://beautifullyme.in/index.php/2016/01/24/getting-festiv-hectic-travel/] If you could see my face right after I took off the sheet mask you would probably say that I’m lying about my skin being dry and flaky. The instant recovery of my skin was unbelievable, like the tour never happened. My skin was soothed and nourished and I was like ‘where did all those flaky skin go?’ Down the sink I guess, after all I exfoliated patiently. Even though I used a lot of products with my routine that day, I am pretty sure that I should be thanking this Sheet Mask for saving the day. If I had more of this mask, I wouldn’t be using them right away, I would be saving them for a stressful day or might even pack them while travelling again.

Pros:

  • Does what it claims
  • Soothes nourishes and recovers damaged skin
  • Pocket-friendly

Cons:

  • Even though the mask smelled more like regular green tea and not like a perfume, I still would prefer products that don’t contain artificial fragrance.

Would I purchase it again?

Yes.

Rating:

4.9/5

Innisfree White tone up 3D Sheet Mask Review

Hello dreamers, hope I am not boring you guys with my serial reviews of Innisfree products.

Today I am back with Innisfree White Tone Up 3D Mask.

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Product description
Formulated with fresh berry ingredients to refine skin texture and vitamin B3 to brighten up skin tone, this great sealing and penetrating effect of the whitening 3D sheet mask helps you to present a brighter and milky complexion.

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How to Use:
Use white tone up skin after cleansing your face.
Depense on your skin concern you can use white tone up spot essence.
Take the mask out of the bag and unfold it.
First place the chin part of the mask on you chin, and then lightly press the mask onto your face while aligning the center of the mask with the center of your face.
Then, place the neck part of the mask around of your neck.
Using the precut sections in both side of the chin, align the mask so that if adhere tightly to the neck.
Leave the mask on your face for 10-20 minutes.
Remove the mask and spread any remaining essence over your face with your hand.

My Experience:

Most of my purchases from the Innisfree store are meant for nourishing and moisturizing purpose. However, for the sake of my love for brightening products, I picked up this 3D mask and had great expectations from it. After all it claims to lighten the skin tone and only we Indians know what that means to us. A 3D Sheet Mask is simply a mask that had been sewn in such a way that that it covers your whole face and neck all together. Starting with the fitting- I’ve used 3D mask with far better fitting. It was too big for my face, the upper part went beyond my hair line making my hair all messy, and the eyeholes were so big that even my eyes were popping out, and so were my eye bags.  The nose portion was hanging almost near my lips and my chin was looking like I’ve got a French Beard. The neck portion wouldn’t stay on the neck even while I lay flat on my bed and the whole mask was all wrinkled up on my face because of the huge structure. Who they thought was going to try their mask? Big foot? A selfie would have proven my point but I don’t have the nerve to upload a picture of myself looking like a zombie. They are by far my worst sheet mask selfies ever. The quality of the sheet was good and it was soaked in almost half a bottle of essence. I usually leave the sheet mask on my face until they starts feeling dry, but this 3D mask wasn’t showing any sign of drying out even after 35 minutes so I removed it. To my major disappointment, my skin tone was nowhere near brightened. My face was just layered with a watery essence. Usually if you sheet mask the night before, it shows on your skin at the morning. However, there were no sign of a brighter skin in the morning, it was well-nourished of course but there wasn’t any improvement of my skin texture. One perk of using a sheet mask is that no matter it proves to its claim or not, the least it can do is nourish your skin. I was actually planning on purchasing this mask on a bulk, but after testing just one, I won’t bother purchasing another.

Pros:

  • Paraben free
  • Didn’t irritate my super sensitive skin

Cons:

  • Doesn’t do what it claims
  • Worst fitting
  • It was messy and drippy

Will I purchase it again?

Never

Innisfree “It’s Real”Black Berry Sheet Mask Review

So I posted my long pending Innisfree Haul yesterday. Few of the products have already been reviewed. I am going to review the rest of the products, starting with the Black Berry Mask.

Sheet masks are by far the favourite step of my skincare routine. I use sheet masks every twice a week (sometimes more). They have particularly been my best friend since the Indian summer has hit my skin too hard. The weather here is so bad but truth is that I can really get dehydrated, but my skin cannot, thanks to my elaborated skincare routine. Taking the sheet mask out of the freezer and throwing it on my face has been the best part of my day since the last couple of months.

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Purpose: Innisfree’s It’s Real Squeeze Mask in Black Berry is a moisturizing sheet mask that claims to deliver nourishment for healthier skin.

Do not use if: You are allergic to blackberries or sensitive to silicones, fragrance, or anything else in the ingredients list.

When and how to use: In the evening, after cleansing and before your final moisturizing step, tear open the mask packet, remove the sheet mask, unfold and fit over face. The mask has several slits to assist in customizing fit. Leave on for the time specified on the label (or a little bit longer), then remove. Pat or massage in excess product and finish with your emollient or occlusive moisturizing cream.

Ingredients list: Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, cetyl ethylhexanoate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) fruit extract, rubus fruticosus (blackberry) juice, polyglyceryl-3 methylglucose distearate, glceryl stearate, dimethicone, PEG-100 stearate, carbomer, xanthan gum, ethylhexylglycerin, adenosine, potassium hydroxide, sodium hyaluronate, citrus unshiu peel extract, orchid extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, camellia japonica leaf extract, opuntia coccinellifera fruit extract, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, fragrance

I particularly dislike products containing artificial fragrance. I cannot imagine why someone would intentionally and unnecessarily add ingredients that can trigger irritation. The rest of the ingredient list however consists of lots of natural ingredients and fruit and leaf extracts. Although I can’t say that I feel the same way about PEG-100 stearate, carbomer and dimethicone which are known for being irritants.

My Experience:

Like most of the sheet mask, the Innisfree Blackberry mask comes folded in individual packaging. The serum was thick in consistency and so was the cotton. I didn’t have any trouble unfolding it and to my pleasant surprise there were no excess serum dripping all over my dresser while unfolding it and fitting it on my face. There were enough serum to cover the necks and hands but there weren’t any serum left at the packet, which I think is good because I hate the messiness the sheet masks sometimes create when there’s a lot of leftover serums. The mask fit my face perfectly, I didn’t have to tear the eye holes and unlike many other sheet masks, the forehead part didn’t mess up my hair.

Even though it was written to leave the mask on for 10-20 minutes, I love leaving my sheet masks on for at least 30 minutes, or until the masks starts to feel dry and comes off the skin. The 30 minutes have been very pleasant, mainly because it felt so cooling and soothing (I did throw it in the freezer for an hour before I used it). The smell however wasn’t particularly of black berries; remember the added fragrance on the ingredient list?

After taking the sheet mask of, I massaged the serum on to my face and it absorbed easily. I finished my routine with a brightening serum and then a sleep pack.

The following morning my skin felt noticeably plumper and even. One perk of using sheet mask is that you can really feel the difference the next morning. And this morning the difference was noticeable. Most of the “It’s Real” Sheet Masks from Innisfree claims nothing but nourishment, so does this one and thus I wasn’t expecting more from it and I am happy with the result.

Pros:

  • Does what it claims
  • Didn’t irritate my super-sensitive skin
  • Affordable
  • Lots o natural ingredients

Con:

  • Some ingredients are known to be irritants

Rating:

4/5

Will I purchase it again?

Not if I have the option to purchase the Green Tea or Manuka Honey sheet masks from Innisfree.

Etude House I Need You Mask Sheet Rice! (Purifying) Review

Hi guys, I am back with my Korean Skincare reviews. This time I am going to share with you guys my experience with Etude House I Need You Mask Sheet Rice.

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As you guys might already know that I had been experiencing a real bad breakout lately. My skin is going through the healing process now, so I am trying to use detox and purifying products on my skin so that my skin heals rapidly.

Rice has always been a major part in Japanese and Korean Skincare. In fact the Japanese Geishas are known to use rice water to clean their face since the ancient ages.

My Experience With I Need You Mask Sheet Rice:

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Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, CetylEthylhexanoate, Dimethicone, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract,  Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Panthenol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract (20mg), Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Allantoin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-6, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Disodium EDTA,Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

 

[Directions]
1. Apply toner to skin after cleansing.
2. Remove mask from pouch and apply to face, placing mask to for eye and lip area.
3. Remove mask after 10~15 minutes and lightly massage remaining solution into skin with hands.
[Caution]
1. For external use only.
2. Avoid contact with eyes.
3. Keep out of reach of children.
4. Discontinue use if signs of irritation and/or rash appear.
Review:
On first look inside the pack, I was really impressed to see the thick consistency of the serum. Thick consistency means better hydration, and in this chilly season, nothing can impress me better than a product that providesgood hydration. The serum is whitish in colour and the amount is no less or no more than what is needed. I have used some sheet masks which creates a mess while applying, the serum spreads all over the hand, runs down the neck and after taking off the mask, the serum takes forever to absorb. However, this mask was nothing like that. There was a little excess serum which was perfect to cover my neck. I put it on my face for around 30 minutes but it didn’t dry out. Also it fit perfectly on my face, except for the eye area. The eye holes are rather small, but it didn’t bother me that much. After 30 minutes, I took it off, revealing a pump, moist and smooth skin. The serum absorbed quickly in my skin with a few pats and then I finished it off with my night cream.
Will I purchase it again?
Of course I will. I love Etude House products. I purchased a pack of 10 Mask Sheet and I really hope that by the time these 10 Mask Sheet is used, my skin is healed completely. I will be trying out other flavors of I Need You Mask Sheet, mostly the brightening ones, but right now what my skin asks for is purification. 🙂
Rating:
4.5/5
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Trying out Korean skincare products III: Innisfree It’s real squeeze mask, Kiwi Review

I’ve wanted to try out sheet masks ever since I was introduced to the 10 step Korean Skincare regimen and I finally ordered a pack of 10 sheet masks from amazon.in.

One of my favourite Korean skincare brand Innisfree has opened a store in Delhi which makes me wanna fly down to Delhi and grab as much Innisfree products as I can, but having a full time job makes that really impossible for me. So, instead I ordered them online.

Sheet mask

 

The Kiwi sheet mask claims to moisturize skin giving it a soft smooth, radiant and healthy glow.

Unlike many other Korean products this one contained instructions and details in both Korean and English.

 

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Ingredients list: Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, cetyl ethylhexanoate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) fruit extract, actinidia chinesis (kiwi) juice, polyglyceryl-3 methylglucose distearate, glceryl stearate, dimethicone, PEG-100 stearate, carbomer, xanthan gum, ethylhexylglycerin, adenosine, potassium hydroxide, sodium hyaluronate, citrus unshiu peel extract, orchid extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, camellia japonica leaf extract, opuntia coccinellifera fruit extract, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, fragrance

 

The masks are soaked in white colour serum and is very easy to apply.I used it after cleansing and toning my face and it fitted me properly.  The smell was too good.  I applied it after an exhausting day at work and to my amusement I fell asleep and took a catnap while laying back with the sheet mask on my face. I kept it on my face for around 20 minutes and when I removed it, I felt a layer of serum on my skin. I gently pat the serum to allow the remaining formula absorb my skin. I waited another 5-10 mins to let my skin completely absorb the serum and then finished it with a night cream.

My Experience:

My skin felt refreshed immediately after applying it and I woke up the next morning with a baby-butt soft face. My skin had a radiant glow and the dewy look remained for the next few days. I am so including this sheet mask in my night time skincare regimen and looking forward to trying out other sheet masks from Innisfree.

 

Would I Recommend Innisfree Kiwi It’s Real Squeeze Mask?

Yes, I would so recommend any skincare junkie to try out this amazing product.

If you live in India, you can order yours from http://www.amazon.in/Innisfree-Its-Real-Squeeze-Mask/dp/B00P8CHYIG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1442643014&sr=8-2&keywords=innisfree+mask.

Rating: 5/5