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Review (Skin Care): Watsons Chamomile Calming and Softening Facial Mask

My friends gave me sheet masks for my birthday (it was then when I first tried leveling up my skin care game) but I didn’t try them immediately because there’s a warning in the package that it shouldn’t be used on damaged skin. I didn’t know what is considered damaged, and I have oily and pimple prone skin, so that made me cautious about the product.

I decided to try one today because I thought I will never really know whether or not sheet masks are effective for me if I don’t try. Also, if I try it later and my skin react in a bad way, it will be harder to treat the damage and I will stress about time constraints (since I’m doing all of this to improve and eventually clear my skin before my wedding) which will then worsen my skin situation.

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Anyway, let’s move on to the review.

Experience:

I tried this one before sleeping. I washed my face with Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser then toned it twice with Nivea Aqua Effect Mattifying Toner. Then, I put on the mask.

I had quite a hard time trying to make the mask stick to my face. It had small holes for the eyes and I worried that products could get into my eyes if I’m not careful. The lip hole was quite small as well, which also made me worried about unintentionally getting product into my mouth.

I was trying to make the mask stick and I get excess product in my hands, so I spread them on the back of my hands, on my neck, elbows, arms and knees (because they’re dry). The package said that I should put the mask on for 15 to 20 mins. But as I was waiting, the back of my hand started to itch and I noticed that it got red and had bumps (like mini mosquito bites). I slightly panicked, but since I don’t feel anything on my face, I continued to wait for my 15 minutes to finish. Then my arm started to itch as well. I removed my mask after a short while. I had it on for more than 10 minutes but under the suggested 15 minutes.

I didn’t notice anything really bad when I removed it so I just removed the product that was in my under-eye (because they say that part has thinner skin and is more sensitive than other parts of the face) and let the rest of the product on my face be absorbed (or evaporate, whichever happened faster). It feels sticky when it dried. I got conscious after some time (around 40 minutes) and worried that it will cause new pimple to show up the morning, so I rinsed my face.

I woke up with slightly paler pimples though. I guess the mask was effective for calming. Some of the bumps seemed more flat as well the next morning.

Rating: 7/10

This is my first sheet mask so I don’t have anything to compare it with so far. Overall I’m giving this mask 7/10 because it was hard to put on and make it stick to my face, especially in the area around my nose and mouth. The holes for the eyes, nose and mouth were a little too small which made the mask hard to adjust. I don’t like that it’s sticky after it dries, though maybe sheet masks tend to feel like that since they’re packed with essence. But, I liked that it was effective even when I rinsed my face to get rid of the sticky feeling. It seemed to really calmed and soothed my skin, and it showed when I looked at my pimples the next morning. It also didn’t make my skin extra oily. img_6038

Also, it’s really cold last night and my skin reacts like I have skin allergy whenever it gets too cold. So, maybe the redness and bumps were actually caused by that and it wasn’t an allergic reaction to the mask’s solution. They were gone after some time as well. I didn’t feel any kind pain, tingling or stinging while the mask was on, so I’m now assuming that the damage mentioned in the warning refers to damage caused by too much sun exposure, burns or wounds.

It wasn’t so bad. I was too afraid for nothing. XD I can now use the rest of my sheet mask collection with less worry.

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Review (Skin Care): Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

I have large pores and an oily skin. And though I love it because these traits are what makes me look younger than my age, it also is a problem for me since these also make me acne prone. I mentioned before how I was never pimple free even when I’m not having my period and even now that I’m way past puberty.

I learned that clay masks are best for oily skin, and when I was first looking for skin care products to try, this clay mask is being featured at the online shop that I was checking out. It had a lot of good reviews and also heard from a friend that the brand has really good skin care products, so I bought it.

The Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask promises to draw out dirt and sebum, chemically exfoliate your skin and free it from dead skin cells, tighten your pores and give you a cooling sensation and moisture.

Directions:

Apply the mask over your entire face, leaving the eye and lip areas after washing and toning your face. Enjoy the mask for at most 10 minutes then rinse everything off.

Experience:

I’ve been using this mask for around two months now. I’m not using it religiously and regularly yet. I’m trying to use it at least once a week, but I sometimes get too lazy and go beyond a week before using the mask again. XD

While the mask is on, I can really feel a cooling sensation. I put it on even on the parts where I have pimples and I don’t have any problems with that. The sensation it gives really is relaxing. Over time, I can also feel the tightening, so I try to smile a bit while the mask is on (Hahaha!). After rinsing, my face feel so soft and smooth. My chin sometimes feel a little rough because of white heads and I also get very small bumps on my jaw line. This mask take all of these off. Pimples that are really red and irritated are soothed and are less inflamed after I use this mask. I feel that it really does what it promises to do.

I used to still put on aloe vera soothing gel after using this mask, but I noticed that I get way oilier the next day when I do this, so I stopped (putting moisturizer on after the mask). I realized that this mask was already enough for my skin (on days when I use it) and I don’t need more moisture than what it already gives. My skin feels fresh and clean for days when I use this mask.

Rating: 9/10

It’s really good and I love it! Although I’m really happy and satisfied with this product I’m giving it a 9 since it’s my first clay mask and I may found other clay masks that are as effective or better than this one.

[Pro tips]

  1. Apply the mask evenly on your skin and put just enough amount that you don’t see your skin through. Applying too thinly may not give you the full benefit of using the mask while applying too think layer will be wasteful.
  2. Don’t let the mask totally dry. Don’t wait for it to flake out that you can touch it and flakes would fall off. If you touch your face and it don’t transfer anymore, then it’s ready. Gently wipe the mask off with a towel wet with warm water. Rinse off whatever’s left on your skin, also with warm water, then rinse with room temperature water. Pat your face dry with clean towel.
  3. Make sure your face can handle the warmth of the water you’re using to take the mask off. Your face might be irritated if you use water that’s too hot for you. Don’t trust your hands too much. XD The skin on your hands is way thicker than the skin on your face, and the skin on your face is more sensitive, so just be careful with the temperature.
  4. You might not need to moisturize anymore after this mask if you’re oily since it already offer hydration.

I bought this mask online from BeautyMNL, but you can also get it from other online stores like ALTHEA and InnisfreeWorld.

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Happy 2017!

Happy new year everyone!

In the Philippines, we welcome the new year by gathering and having a feast with the whole family. People also enjoy lighting sparklers and fireworks, but we don’t do that in our home so we just watch our neighbors’ fireworks and firecracker displays. I was a little bored waiting, and wasn’t really doing anything. I thought of doing a song cover but some neighbors already started making noises and their firework displays. Since my niece and I got interested in cosmetics late last year, we decided to put on some make-up and take pictures of ourselves while waiting for midnight. I wasn’t able to take good pictures of the food though because I was too excited (and hungry) to eat. We had ‘kwentuhan’ and ‘videoke’ after eating, and then I invited my niece to try my current favorite mask (which I will review soon!).

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How did you celebrate the New Year? I hope you all had a great 2016 and have an even greater 2017 ahead. Happy new year!

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Review (Skin care): BeautyFix Peel-off Mask Oil Control & Detoxify

Hello!

As I’ve mentioned in my revious post, I’ll be doing reviews for the things I try using, consuming, reading or watching, and this will be the first of many.

I’m learning about skin care at the moment because I’ve been concerned about constantly having pimples on my face, still, and even long after passing through puberty. I wasn’t as concerned before because I was too lazy to care, but now that I’m engaged, I became conscious. I really want to be as beautiful as I can be, have a smooth, flawless as possible, skin on the day of my wedding. And so, I started having regular cleansing routine, and now, trying out products to clear my face with acne and help bring out natural glow on my skin.

Today I will be discussing about (you guessed it, it’s on the title XD) BeautFix Peel-off Max, Oil Control & Detoxify.


I originally planned to use a sheet mask when I did this but it’s package says “do not use on damaged or blemished skin,” and I had 2 big pimples then. I thought this would be perfect since excessive oil production is one of the root cause of clogged pores and blemishes.

Directions

So I did what tas indicated at the back of the sachet. I washed my face with a foam cleanser, I’m using Ponds Acne Solution at the moment, and towel dried my face. I then applied the mask all over my face, trying so hard to avoid my hairs (eyebrows, baby hairs, etc.). I watched videos while waiting for the mask to completely dry and be ready for peeling.


Experience

In the directions at the back it says to wait for 20 mins or for the mask to completely dry before peeling or washing it off. I tried the white version of this mask before and only waited 20 mins back then so I decided to wait for everything to dry this time. It took me around 45 mins, I think, before I peeled it this time. My skin feels like it tightens as the mask dries. It stings (itchy-tickly feeling, very tolerable) a bit, too, especially in parts where your pores are larger or has blemish or small pimple or white heads. It wasn’t 100% dry, but most of it is and only 2 small spots are not. This was my favorite part: I was able to peel almost everything off without tearing it. I had a little residue left on my face which I then had to rinse off with warm water. I also rinsed with room temperature water, towel tap dry my face and patted an ice for a few seconds to help close down my pores. I’m not really sure if that helped though (tell me if you know something  about it or does this as well).

I wanted to put a video for peeling but I don’t have access to such blog feature. One day, someday, I’ll do that.

Results

There’s no noticeable difference between my before and after pictures, but the mask is quite effective when it comes to pulling out black and white heads on your face. I put some mask under my chin as well but it stung (slightly burning sensation, unlike the kind I felt on my face) after a few moments and I panicked so wiped that part out. Aside from that, the only sensation you’ll feel will be the tightening of your face while the mask is pulling out gunks on you skin. After peeling, my skin actually felt fresh, smooth and softer than it was before. You can check the amount of dirt, dead skin cells and sebum the mask was able to get from your face under the mask you just peeled. The mask pulled out less than I expected so I felt like it wasn’t really able to get much of the dirt off my face. Although, it might also be because I’m not really going out often, and my face really wasn’t that dirty. I’m really not sure.

I was oily (-er than I normally am) when I woke up the morning after, though. I guess the oil-control part promised in the package isn’t so effective. This super oily morning face created 2 or 3 new pimples on my face. I’m not sure if this should happen, though some say that they tend to breakout more after they put on mask, that it’s normal and that it will go away more easily, leaving your skin smoother than before. My face actually was oilier days after I used the mask.

It’s been a week since, my face’s oiliness level went back to normal, and a few pimples already appeared and disappeared through out the week. Since I’m new to this kind of pampering, I’m not really sure if this result is normal, good, or bad. Maybe I will be able to tell in the future as I try other masks. If you know whether or not what happend to me is actually the expected result, leave me a comment bellow. 🙂 For more reviews like this, click the like button and stay tuned. Thank you!

[Update]

I had some products left in the sachet after my previous mask session, so I didn’t throw it right away to see if I can still use it. I noticed that dirt is building up again and so I decided to use the remaining product. I only opened the sachet a little the last time and the product in the opening part dried up over time but that also kind of sealed the product inside. I used it and it worked out the same for me.

PS: Be careful in rinsing your face. The instruction said, “Use warm water.” And really, use warm water. but make sure that it’s really warm, and not too hot for your skin. I made a mistake of rinsing my face with a too-hot-warm-water right after I peeled my mask and my skin immediately reacted. I peeled my chin earlier and rinsed it correctly (with a just-right-warm-water) and the too-hot-warm-water didn’t have an effect on it. Anyway, the rest of my face (that was just touched by the mask) became red and lumpy. I kind of panicked and worried that I just ruined my face. I rinsed it with room temperature water and later on dabbed ice on the affected area. The lumps eventually subsided and my face is (thankfully) normal again now. Whew!