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When it comes to skincare, I rarely change how I do it, but I like switching out the products and trying new brands or items from brands I already know. I have been using the same products for a long time so I thought it was time to switch things out and try some new things out. Here’s what I got and my first impressions of them.

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♥ Simple – Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water

This is a micellar water cleanser, and I love to use these. I have been using one from Garnier but I felt like it was time for something new. The major difference for me was that this one actually had a scent, compared to the Garnier one which was practically unscented. It’s not terrible though, and it does make my skin feel just as cleansed and nice as the other one did. So I’ll give it a 9/10.

♥ Nivea – Soothing Toner For Dry Skin

This one was a bit weird! It totally smells like the Nivea body lotion I used before so it was odd to have that scent for a toner. It is soothing though, and my skin feels a bit more hydrated and not as tight after using it so it works well enough. I used to use a tea tree toner water so having something that isn’t actively combatting breakouts and spots feels a bit weird but so far I haven’t noticed any changes in my skin. I’ll give this a 8/10.

♥ L’Oreal – Hydra Genius Aloe Water

This is a slightly weird one! It’s not a water, it’s not a cream and it is not a gel. I guess it’s like those water creams you hear about in k-beauty, but it is a nice texture. It feels slightly cooling on the skin and it does make my skin feel really hydrated, so I like it a lot! It is light weight and it works nicely under make up as long as you give it a few minutes to dry first, of course. I’ll give this a 9/10.

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♥ Korres – Wild Rose Sleeping Facial Night Cream

This is a very floral scented night cream. I’m not sure what I expected from the scent wild rose but I didn’t expect it to be so potent. It’s not terrible though, it’s just a bit stronger than what I am used to. It is a fairly thick night cream so I only use a little bit at a time to avoid my skin from feeling too greasy the morning after. It works pretty well! I’ll give this one a 8/10.

♥ Dove – Nutrium Moisture Shower Cream Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena Scent

I adore Dove shower creams and milks and this is no exception! It smells so sweet and fresh at the same time and it is very hydrating and soothing to use in the shower. The scent lingers for a while too so that is a plus! I think all Dove shower creams would get an automatic 10/10 from me, I haven’t encountered any bad ones yet.

I also received a sample with my order, which was for the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser. I haven’t tried this yet since I am still getting used to the new products I’m using now, but I am very excited to give it a go after a while.

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think about them? 

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♥ Aloe Vera

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The effect and benefit of this Aloe mask from Tonymoly is all in the name, it’s20160807_153709 very moisturizing! If my skin could exhale a sigh in relief, it would probably do so when i put on this mask. It has a slightly cold feeling at first but that is great for reducing swelling and whatnot.

It smells really fresh and clean and it is a real treat to wear it for the required 20 to 30 minutes, the same amount of time as for their Tea tree mask. The mask is slightly too big, but that has become such a usual occurrence that it doesn’t really phase me anymore until i look at the pictures. It makes me laugh though!

After the allotted time was up, (i had it on for the full thirty minutes), i massaged most of the excess serum into the skin on my face and on my neck. My skin really felt vitalized and refreshed once it had all been absorbed so i would definitely recommend this mask if your skin just needs that extra moisture and you don’t want to spend all that much on high end masks.

My only regret with this mask was only buying a few, because now i’m all out. Luckily, i have a lot of other masks to try out while i wait for my paycheck so i can put it a new order.

Pros:

  • Has a cooling effect at first until the sheet adapts to your body temperature.
  • Very moisturizing and helps if you need a little boost.
  • The longer wear time helps the serum absorb more.

Cons:

  • Just the size, really, nothing else to say!

♥ Tea Tree

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One of my favorite products to be used in any kind of skin care is Tea tree oil. It has great antiseptic and cleansing properties and my skin loves it so much. So when i saw this mask, i was overjoyed. There is a lot of serum in the pack and i actually managed to spill some onto my shirt because it started dripping from the sheet mask. 20160727_131605

I think this was the largest sheet i have used yet, so it made my face look all droopy with it
on, but it was okay, i didn’t feel any discomfort at all. The mask had a very pleasant smell too so that was a big plus! On the instructions, it said to leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes, ten minutes longer than most masks I have tried.

I kept it on for the full amount of time and i couldn’t really tell any difference from the 20 minute masks i usually use. My skin felt just as wet and sticky as usual so the extra time doesn’t really make the skin absorb any more of the serum.

Compared to sheet masks I have used in the past, this serum was easier to massage into the skin and i didn’t have to wipe off as much as i usually do. My skin did feel soothed and soft, so i was pleased with the result. I will most likely repurchase this.

Pros:

  • A lot of serum in the package so you know you wont get cheated.
  • The mask is easy to unfold, easy to apply.
  • It stays in place the whole time, even over your lips.

Cons:

  • It was too big for my face so a lot got stuck in my hair
  • If it gets on your clothes it can make the fabric feel a bit weird

 

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♥ Cucumber & Aloe

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To be quite honest, i didn’t even know that H&M had any skincare like this until i randomly found them on their website. I live too far to be bothered to go into town so I haven’t been in the actual store in a while so they might have it there. Anyways! Their masks come in these cute little plastic containers, similar to coffee capsules and they contain 10 ml (0.3 fl oz). It doesn’t sound like much, but you can honestly get up to three uses if you leave the lid on. I have use number 3 on my face as i write this and i am very pleased with it.

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As you can see on the left, below, you only need a thin layer of the mask, just enough for your skin to look dewy and nice. I put too much on my cheeks the first time so it refused to dry properly, but i learned my lesson the second time around. You’re supposed to keep it on for 15-20 minutes, depending on how long you feel it would take for it to dry. I left mine on for a full 20, and it dried like a second layer of skin, as shown on the right.

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The peel off process was simple, and there was not much left over after i was done. I cleansed my face with some toner water just in case, and i was very happy with the result. My skin felt refreshed and it left behind a slight scent of cucumber.

So all in all, i would recommend this mask a lot, i have yet to try their Tea tree peel off mask, but i’m really looking forward to it!

Pros: 

  • A lightweight, refreshing mask
  • Gentle scent of cucumber
  • applies easily
  • peels off usually in one go
  • Can be enough for up to three uses

Cons:

  • A bit hard to get off if you accidentally layer it on too thick
  • The lid isn’t technically resealable so you might end up spilling it if you’re not careful.

♥ Manuka Honey

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My local H&M used to only have a few of these masks available, so i was pleasantly surprised when i found that they finally had stocked up on more of their face masks. They come in cute little pots, and for the peel-off masks, they often contain enough to apply it twice.This one in particular contains honey, and oh boy, can you smell it!

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It is a vivid, orange colour and it is a bit thicker than the previous peel off mask i tried from them. It’s almost like you could feel the honey in it when you applied it. I just used my fingers to rub a moderately thin layer all over my face, avoiding the eyes and lips. I did get a tiny bit stuck in my eyebrow and it was a bitch to get out again.Also, the mask looks really yellow on your face so it kinda looks like you have some20161215_123444 sort of skin disease.

I left it on to dry, and it took so long that i forgot to even check what time it was when i peeled it all off. It came off in one piece so that was good! I felt a slight itch when i had it on but i didn’t think it was anything serious. After toning my skin i noticed i had really dark red marks on the skin beneath my eyes that actually felt really warm and inflamed. There was no indication that i was allergic to any of the ingredients and still it happened.. So it didn’t help my skin much, it just made me in need of a moisturizer to calm down my skin.

Pros:

  • Easy to apply
  • Smells of honey
  • Comes off in one piece if you make sure to connect everything
  • Doesn’t hurt that much when you peel it

Cons:

  • Takes quite a while to dry
  • Made my skin really irritated so be careful if you have sensitive skin.

♥ Raspberry Leaf

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After the disaster that was the Manuka Honey peel off mask, I didn’t really have any good expectations about this one at all. This is a mask made for combination skin so it’s supposed to nourish and reduce oil at the same time. When you open the packaging it reveals a raspberry colored mask (big surprise, right?) and it smells just like raspberries too.

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It was not as thick as the honey mask and the color lightened a bi20161219_191511t, only showing a pink tint on the skin as you applied it. It was a bit more runny so i could get two used out of it because if i used too much at once, it would start dripping off of my face, and no one wants that to happen.

There is not really any set time limit for masks like these since they basically just have to dry up complete so that you could peel them off. This one took about twenty minutes to dry completely, though i found it to be slightly damp on my cheeks even if the rest of the face was dry. I’m not sure why that happened but it took another five minutes for it to become stiff like the rest. Once i peeled it off my skin felt nourished and refreshed, and it didn’t stick to any of the hairs on my face to make it painful at all.

I was very pleasantly surprised to find that it worked better than the honey mask and i would definitely repurchase this to use it again. The lovely scent is a plus too, it didn’t get overwhelming and it was just the right amount of raspberries. I would recommend this to anyone that has combination skin and is in need for a refreshing experience.

Pros:

  • Easy to apply
  • Not too thick
  • Smells really nice
  • Doesn’t pull on the hairs when you peel it off

Cons:

  • Dries a bit unevenly
  • A bit too runny if you apply too much

 

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20160711_145245This week: Iroha Radiant in 15 min Moisturizing Aloe Sheet Mask!

I found this sheet mask where i usually buy my skin care products, a Norwegian store called Vita. It is like american drug stores and whatnot, just on a smaller scale. I have only used clay/fresh facemasks before that you apply then rinse off at the sink so sheet masks are kind of new to me. There haven’t been a lot of talk about them in stores here so i guess we are slow to the trend now that sheet masks are everywhere.

I did prefer the sheet to the normal face masks i use but this one in particular was so wet that when i put it on my face, the serum was running down the skin on my throat and it felt horrible. I had to rub it in as best i could and at least it left my skin feeling fresh after.

The mask itself worked out fine, it left my skin feeling pretty hydrat20160711_150628ed and refreshed, but the serum took quite a while to absorb into the skin after. You’re supposed to wear the sheet for fifteen minutes then massage the excess into your skin, which i did. I would recommend wiping most of it off though, it made me feel kind of sticky since it wouldn’t absorb it all. A quick cleanse with some toner water took care of that though so i would recommend doing that if you don’t want to go as far as washing your face.

In conclusion, it isn’t the best mask i have tried, but it’s certainly not the worst. Not sure if i would repurchase this particular one though, but I’m still curious to try their other varieties. I would love some tips on good sheet masks though, it’s not the easiest thing to do research on and decide on your own.

What is your favorite mask?