Foodaholic Gold Energy Hydrogel Mask Review

Hello again Sanseoulites! While it has been awhile I promise I have missed each and every one of you a great deal. After taking a brief hiatus I am ready to get back to work and share my insights. After discovering a new site to order k-beauty products from I knew I had to try them out. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

The Website : Skin 18

They are currently running a promotion for FREE MASKS!!! All you have to do is pay shipping. Just make sure to follow the rules on their page. You can only get 1 of each type of mask. Check them out here.

I ordered an assortment of 15 masks for only $10! I had sticker shock when I went to check out. LOL The package arrived within two weeks which is pretty standard. It came from Hong Kong & had a low value which I know my international friends appreciate.

All the goods from Skin18.

All the goods from Skin18.

After I received these it took me awhile to decide which one I wanted to try first. The lucky winner was the Gold Energy Hydrogel Mask because duh GOLD!! Part of me was curious to try this just because of the brand name Foodaholic.

Foodaholic gold energy hydrogel mask

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Description and Benefits via Skin18:

  • “FOODAHOLIC Hydro Gel Mask-Gold Energy contains a propolis extract with abundant nutrition that glow your skin. Its collagen and peptide help you to maintain vitalizing and elastic skin. The mask that contains a high content of essence replenishes moisture, nutrition, and soothes your skin as well as improves skin elasticity by deeply penetrating into the skin. Its separated mask sheets adhere closely to the skin and enable you to do daily activities while having the mask on.
  • Hydro Gel Mask Pack is a water-soluble gel-type mask pack that contains a high content essence. Active components deeply penetrate into the skin by reacting to the temperature of the skin to replenish moisture, nutrition, and restore elasticity of the skin. This non-sticky mask pack has an excellent moisturizing and lifting effects with a silky texture”.

Directions:

  • Wash face.
  • Apply toner.
  • Apply the 2 piece mask.
  • Leave on for 30 minutes.
  • Remove & pat in any remaining essence.

Price:

FREE from Skin18. Just pay shipping. You can find it here.

My Experience:

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Doesn’t that look pretty? I took the mask out of the package & was amazed by how bright the gold looked. When I removed the paper backing I realized that this mask came in two pieces. The only other time I had ever used hydrogel was with eye patches so I figured it would be a similar experience as far as texture & moisture were concerned. Placing two slick mask pieces proved to be more of a challenge than I was expecting.

Gold mask

The gold looked very translucent once applied & as you can see I had some gaps around my eyes, but at least it stayed in place. I took this off after 40 minutes & even then it still felt extremely moist. I think this is a mask I could have slept in. It did have a slight sticky feeling, but once I let the remaining essence soak in I noticed that it went away.

My overall thoughts:

I was very pleased with this site & the mask. I noticed immediate results. My skin can sometimes dwell on the oily & dehydrated side so to see my face looking plump & radiant…well all I can say is OMG! I was doing a little happy dance on the inside. In the future I plan on reordering from Skin18. Just remember that even though they are offering these freebies; let’s show them some love & buy a few other items as well.

If anyone has tried any other hydrogel mask that you loved then let me know in the comments below. I’m always looking for new beauty products to try out.

Until next time my dears,

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Would you try the PLACENTA mask sheet???

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The word placenta is almost as bad as the word moist. I shudder when I hear it. Ick! Although it’s now 2015 using placenta is not a new beauty or health fad.

Many beauty benefits are believed to be derived from placenta for skincare, but I have yet to see a set standard that the medical and cosmeceutical communities can agree upon. Most of these help fight aging by reducing the appearance of wrinkles, freckles, and blemishes along with a reduction in sagging skin.

I decided to review the 3W Clinic Fresh Placenta Mask Sheet this week because I wanted to see if there would be any noticeable effects.

3W Clinic Placenta mask sheet

3W Clinic Placenta Sheet Mask

Directions:

1. Wash face.

2. Apply toner.

3. Apply mask sheet.

4. Leave on for 20-30 minutes.

5. Remove mask sheet and lightly pat remaining essence for better absorption.

Price:

Roseroseshop has a set of 10 available for $1.84! They currently have 13 different types to chose from.

Ingredients:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Ethyhexanoate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Allantoin, Hydrolyzed Placenta Protein, Disodium EDTA, Perfume.

Here’s the CosDNA analysis.

Does it contain placenta?

Yes, it contains Hydrolyzed Placenta Protein, but it is so far down the ingredient list that I doubt there is much at all.

What is Hydrolyzed Placenta Protein?

Hydrolyzed :  Break down (a compound) by chemical reaction with water.

Placenta Protein: TLDR version – hormones and other “bad stuff” is removed in order to be used.

My Experience:

I have used other 3W Clinic mask so I did not expect any sort of variation. Here’s what the mask looked like once it was opened.

Placenta sheet mask

I actually thought this mask was going to cover my entire face and neck once I pulled it from the packaging. I was pleasantly surprised to see that once I applied the mask there were no air bubbles so all of my face was covered. The mouth portion was way too big so I had to pull it up, but other than that I had no complaints.

Fast forward thirty minutes later and I remove the mask sheet. It was still very wet, but somehow my face felt sticky. I almost decided to wash my face, but instead I relied on the patting method & allowed it to dry some more. In the end it felt like I had a very thin film resting above my skin.

My Overall Thoughts:

I’m sad to say that I was not impressed with this mask. It was just well…meh. I have used the lemon and the snail from the 3W Clinic series and I liked them so much better. I will probably use the ones I have, but I do not think I will repurchase them. I would give this mask a 2.5 our of 5 stars.

Until next time SanSeoulites,

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Etude House Dr. Ampoule Dual Mask Sheet Review

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Hello fellow SanSeoulites! Recently I decided that I wanted to try out a the Dr. Ampoule Dual Mask Sheet from Etude House. I figured it would end in one of two ways. #1 I would absolutely love it or #2 my poor face would be a soaking wet mess. Let’s just say I hoped for option one. They come in five different varieties: brightening, time, lifting, vital, and essential. After looking at this photo I kind of feel like I need them all.

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*Photo credit Jolse

I decided to try out Time mostly because I wanted to help “fight aging”. I know there is no stopping it, but there is no reason I can’t do it gracefully. 😉

Description via Jolse: 

  1. 2 step intensive mask of natural cellulose sheet and ampoule
  2. Removes dead skin cells and makes skin soft, smooth and elastic
  3. Moisturizes and boosts suppleness.
  4. Artificial pigment free, talc free, mineral oil free, benzophenone free.

Benefits via Sasa:

This Dr. Ampoule Dual Mask Sheet[Time Care] contains amino acid, nano peptide, adenosine that makes skin feel luxuriously soft and look radiant. Vitamin A protects the skin to wrinkle skin. Oats replenish nutrients that skin needs. Astaxanthin has rich antioxidant capabilities to enhance the skin.

Directions via Etude House:

Step 1. Extract and apply #1 serum to face.

Step 2. Remove and unfold mask sheet and apply to face. Leave on for 15~20 minutes and remove mask. Allow remaining essence to absorb into skin.

Price:
Etude House – $3.50 (shipping can be expensive)
Jolse – $4.44 with shipping for only $2.50
Korea Depart – $13.45 for a pack of 5
***Disclaimer – I received no compensation for this review and the links are only provided as a way to help you find the product.***

My Experience:

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In the photo you can see that the mask is labeled 1 and 2.  You simply open section one first, apply to your face, & then open section two and put the mask on. I recommend tearing off section one first for easy application. The back of these masks do have directions in English, however, it is very small to read. Just look for them at the bottom below the bar code.

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Silly me forgot to take a photo of how the serum looked so you will just have to take my word for it. When I opened it I discovered a clearish white gel that had a very thick consistency to it. I was doubtful this mask would even work at this point.

dr ampoule time dual sheet mask

The mask itself seemed like any other sheet mask from Etude House. It contained a lot of essence so of course I decided to use the extra for my neck and hands. I love the fit of these mask mostly because they are the right size for my face. (Yes, I  am pint size).

I decided to leave the Dr. Ampoule Dual Mask Sheet on for roughly 30 minutes, but when I removed it I realized that my face felt like it was still soaked. I attempted to remain optimistic and patted my face to absorb the rest of the liquid. Even then it was still very wet so I decided to see how long it would take to air dry. After ten minutes everything had absorbed into my skin. I WAS ECSTATIC! The mask worked and did not leave any sort of film. I was very afraid that I was going to have to simply wash everything off afterwards.

My overall thoughts:

I liked this mask and in the future I would like to try out the other varieties so I will definitely repurchase. My cons would be the texture and the heaviness of the product.  If the texture is something that would bother you then I would not recommend this mask series. I don’t mind how long it took since that is usually the amount of time I leave sheet mask on anyway. I would give this mask 3.5 out of 5.

Until next time my dears,

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My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Mask Review

Hello my dear SanSeoulites! This is the first post of a series I like to call Mask Mondays. Today I will be reviewing the Black Pearl sheet mask from My Beauty Diary. They are a very popular brand from Taiwan. I have included a chart below that contains most of the different varieties that they offer. I am a visual type of person so a photo like this allows me to quickly scan and pinpoint my skin needs.

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Black Pearl Benefits:

Brightening

Firming

Moisturizing

Regenerating

Whitening

Contains collagen

Company Description via Sasa:
“My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Mask provides intense whitening and nourishment. Containing luxurious Tahitian black pearl essence with rich vitamins, minerals and amino acids, it provides nutrients to tired and dull skin. Natural pearl shell extracts contains the smallest molecular structure of protein amino acids. It can instantly infuse into skin, making it soft and luminous.
Deep sea red algae and mallow extracts can hydrates skin, restoring skin’s natural moisture. Patented moisturizing ingredients CosphingoTM maintains skin’s natural state of healthiness. It hydrates and locks moisture, restores skin’s softness and smoothness. Does not contains Paraben preservatives, alcohol or fluorescent agents.”

Directions for use:
Apply on cleansed and toned face for 20~30 minutes. If there is essence left, use fingers to massage gently for better absorbance. No need to wash away. Continue with lotion or cream to lock the nourishing ingredients into skin.

Price:

Sasa  has a box of 10 available for $13.50

Walmart is a great choice if you live in the United States. They are $13.75 for a box of 10 and shipping is on the cheaper side.

Minnano Japanese Grocery is my local choice. They only sell individual masks, but that is a plus if you want to try out different varieties. You can read about my experience here. Current prices: 1 x $1.60 or 3 x $3.99.

***Disclaimer – I received no compensation for this review and the links are only provided as a way to help you find the product.***

My experience:

When I found this mask I was surprised by how small the packaging was compared to other companies. A part of me thought I had just bought the dreaded knock-off version. Once I consulted with the beauty community they put my fears to rest. While I purchased a few different kinds I could not wait to try the Black Pearl!

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I hadn’t even opened the package yet and I was already in love.

Once opened I discovered that this was a cotton sheet and you peeled the mask off of the plastic backing.

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To my surprise this packet contains a lot of essence…I mean A LOT!!! I hade a soaking wet mask and enough to save for later. I will probably buy a few cotton masks to soak in the remaining essence. I know a lot of people leave these masks on until they dry or go to sleep while wearing them, but I decided to play it safe for my first time so I only left it on for 25 minutes.

This mask was waaaaay too big for my face, but I made it work! The scent was not strong and I had no adverse reactions. After I removed the mask I patted the remaining essence onto my skin and neck. My immediate impression was that my skin seemed brighter, although that was a temporary effect. I wish I had time to use something like this is the morning to give myself a bright and dewy look.

My overall thoughts: 

I liked this mask and now that I know how to use it I will try out a few more of these. I will definitely repurchase in the future. It’s way too easy to run down to Minnano to pick up a few. If I had to rate this I would give it a 4 out of 5. The fit of the mask was the only con I had. With that being said I only have one other question.

What’s your favorite mask from My Beauty Diary?