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Product Review – The Daiso Silicone Sheet Mask Cover

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This review is for the Daiso Reusable Silicon Sheet Mask Cover. I have had mine for about a month now, and have lots of time to use it with different types of masks. I initially was not planning on reviewing this product but I was asked to by a couple of Instagram followers who saw the picture I posted of mine when it first came in. So I am more than happy to give my thoughts on it.

First off they tell you the color you receive is random, which is fine but it is also true. As you can see the one pictured above is a pinkish color, and the one I received was completely clear.

2016-08-06 02.06.09If you are complete sheet mask addict like me, you may already know about these and know what they are for. But for those of you who aren’t familiar, lets take a look at what the company says about them:

A super hit “mask cover” maked of elastic silicon, which is comfortable to skin, re-usable. It comes with ear loops to keep the mask in place. There are 3 ways that you can use the mask. How to use (a) wrapping effect – wear over a sheet mask, it prevents mask essence from evaporating, helps reserve the maximum amount of essence for skin nourishment, (b) keep in position – wear with the ear loops to prevent the mask from slipping off when you move and so you can do more things than ever rather than resting, (c) use in bath-use in bath without a sheet mask, it works as a face steaming mask for relaxing purpose to re-use it, simply wash and keep it clean after used.

Let me say first that I don’t think points A and B are necessarily two separate things as they are saying, but that was okay for me. I mainly ordered this for the freedom of walking around while using a mask. If you are a casual sheet mask user it probably isn’t a big deal, but when you use them five nights a week it can sometimes be inconvenient to have to stop and lay down for ten to thirty minutes every night.

I was a little concerned based on some peoples comments saying that some brands of these can run really small (just like sheet masks do) and that they didn’t fit their faces or they were so tight that the straps hurt their ears. This was a concern for me because I have a larger than average head size for a woman, I can never find hats that fit me. Only select brands of sheet masks fit me just right. Most range from just a tad too small to way too small that its funny. However I am happy to report that this one fit perfectly fine. As you can see it does fit snugly, but that is what you want it to do to hold everything in place.

And for anyone who is wondering where I got them, you can check out my previous post about where I get my headbands that I use for my beauty routine.

I can’t really offer any opinions on using it as a steaming mask as I do not get to take baths on the regular. Our tubs are just not deep enough, so I am stuck showering. However I may give it a try at least once the next time I take a vacation.

I can talk about the wrapping effect though. This does work quite well for extending the wear of your mask. Its really important to not let them get too dry on your skin because it can start to actually leach the moisture back out of your skin if it does. This mask cover keeps your sheet mask from getting dry for quite a while.

I have found that for me it works best with cream type essence masks or ones that are just made for soothing the skin. I didn’t personally care for using it with anything containing hyaluronic acid as it takes away the cooling tingling effect you often get with that type of sheet mask, at least that was my experience. I also found it was best to avoid using this on especially hot days as it does get a little warm from holding in the body heat.

It is really easy to clean. If I used it with a watery essence based mask then I just rinse it with water and wipe it off. But if I have something more substantial on the mask then I just use a tiny bit of face wash to wash it with and again just rinse it and wipe it off. I then always hang it up on a hook just to make sure if I missed wiping any of the water off it will have a chance to air dry.

So is this a must have product? I think it really falls into a question of your beauty routine. If you use sheet masks three times or more a week its probably a must for you. However if you use it less often its probably less necessary and its more up to whether you just want to give it a try. Its probably great for the person who never has a spare minute to sit down to use a sheet mask but really wants to.

Overall, I am very happy with my purchase. So tell me, who else has tried this? Were you happy with yours? Did you get the same brand?

 

 

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Giveaway! Korean Skin Care Giveaway!

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Guess what time it is, that’s right it’s giveaway time!

I have been trying to do this giveaway all summer and now that I finally have everything in hand I finally can. If you have been with me for any amount of time you know I do a giveaway about once a year. The two previous years we have had a jewelry and accessories giveaway, and a cosmetics giveaway. This year is Korean skin care, which should come at no surprise. Just like previous years, this is not a sponsored giveaway. These items were all procured by me.

The entry to the giveaway will be open for two weeks, and you have many different ways to get entries to the giveaway. There are just a few rules this year. You may only win one prize. So if I draw your name as a winner and then draw your name again that second win will not be valid. US residents only may participate. I am sorry, I would like to include everyone, but since this is out my own pocket including the mailing cost I can not afford to send out packages over seas. You must be at least 18 years old to enter and win. The giveaway closes at 12:00 AM EST on 8/28. Winners will be contacted by 6 PM at the latest on 8/28, and they will have 2 days to respond before a new name is drawn. All prizes will be mailed out on 9/4.

So now that we know how its going to work this year, lets take a look at what we all are here for:

The Prizes!

 

Prize Pack #1:

June's BB Bag from Beauteque

 

June’s BB Bag from Beauteque. – I got an extra BB Bag for June just for this giveaway, and its a good one too. Every month’s BB Bag has a theme, and June’s was “Beauteque’s Beauty Treats – Desert For Your Skin”. As you can see one item didn’t fit in the bag, and that is the super popular Black Sugar Mask from Skinfood. But that bag is filled with other great items. I am not going to list them because if you don’t already get this service I don’t want to spoil it for you. Half the fun is opening the bag and finding out what all the surprises are.

 

Prize Pack #2

Lemon D-Toc Peeling Gel   My favorite sheet masks and hair masks out of Korea

 

The person who wins this pack gets a full size Lemon D-TOC Peeling Gel from Secret Key as well as a large pack of masks that I picked out. These are all some of my favorite masks of all time, some of which I haven’t been able to find recently.

The masks included are :

  1.    MediHeal Ade Cacao
  2.    Mediheal Pumpkin-ade Mask
  3.    Esfolio Milk Essence Mask Sheet
  4.    Esfolio Banana Essence Mask Sheet
  5.    Esfolio Egg Essence Mask Sheet
  6.    Freeset Donkey Milk Hydrogel Mask Pack – Aqua
  7.    Skinfood Beauty In A Food Mask – Rice
  8.    Skinfood Beauty In A Food Mask – Black Bean
  9.    PureDerm Vital Radiance Hair Mask – Honey
  10.  PureDerm Vital Radiance Hair Mask – Jojoba Oil

 

Prize Pack #3

Lemon D-TOC Peeling Gel and All Day Fine Pore Toner    Sheet Mask Sampler

 

The person who wins this pack gets a full size Lemon D-TOC Peeling Gel from Secret Key, a full size All Day Fine Pore Toner from Scinic, and a selection of popular sheet masks from Korea.

The sheet masks included are:

  1.  Tony Moly I’m Real Mask Sheet – Lemon
  2.  The Face Shop Intense MasCream Sheet – Brightening
  3.  Esfolio Red Ginseng Essence Mask Sheet
  4.  FaceQ Pearl Brightening Mask Individual
  5.  Tsaio Green Tea Whitening Mask Sheet
  6.  Tsaio Deep Moisturizing Mask Sheet

To enter just sign into the Rafflecopter just below here. Only the first item is mandatory to enter. Everything else is optional to receive bonus entries. Good luck everyone.

* There seems to be some confusion for a couple of folks. The area to leave a blog post comment is at the very bottom of the page, not in the rafflecopter box.  In the raffle copter box you just need to type something like yes or done to identify that you did the task. If there isn’t a comment on the actual page your entry won’t count.

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A Review Of The Sheet Masks I Tried For Beauteque’s Relaunch As Your Mask Marketplace

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As you probably know, last month was Beauteque‘s relaunch as Beteaque: Your Mask Marketplace.

Beauteque: Your Mask Market Place

And at the beginning of last month I posted about the relaunch and the masks I was sent for review. All the masks I was sent I had never tried before. To refresh your memory here are the mask I was sent.

Collection of Sheet Masks Available at Beauteque

In the photo left to right is the Tosowoong Aqua Tok Tok CO2 Fresh Mask, 
Holika Holika Pig-Collagen Jelly Gel Mask Sheet, ThFace Shop Intense 
MasCream Sheet - Firming, Esfolio Essence Mask Sheet - Banana, Etude House 
Wonder Pore Black Mask Sheet, Tsaio Stayed Up Late Mask - Emily, and Mizon 
Ampoule Essential Sheet Mask Peptide.

Lets take these one at a time.

 Tosowoong Aqua Tok Tok CO2 Fresh Mask

1. Tosowoong Aqua Tok Tok CO2 Fresh Mask :

What it does – This nourishing and hydrating face mask contains Glacial milk, Bee propolis and Niacinamide to help moisturize the skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines!

How you use it – Massage CO2 Aqua Gel into the skin for 1 to 2 minutes. Apply CO2 mask sheet to face, leaving it in place for 10 to 20. Rinse off excess with lukewarm water.

My thoughts – This mask was the most unique out of the ones I have tried. It came in two parts. The first part is the CO2 Aqua Gel and the second is the sheet mask. However the mask sheet is completely dry. You put the aqua gel on your face first then apply the sheet mask over it. Once the two are combined on your skin it activates. I didn’t really find the sensation pleasant with this one, however I did see nice results with my skin. On first try I would give this a rating of a 6 out of a 10. I would like to give this one another try in the near future and reevaluate then.

Holika Holika Pig-Collagen Jelly Gel Mask Sheet

2. Holika Holika Pig-Collagen Jelly Gel Mask Sheet:

What it does – Rich in nutritious elements, this pig collagen gel mask and is made with 10,000 ppm collagen from pig skin. Why pig collagen you ask? Pig collagen, much like human collagen, helps to keep your skin hydrated and enhance it’s elasticity. Diminish fine lines, increase your skin’s luminosity, and get supple, baby soft skin with this mask!

How you use it – On a cleansed and toned face, spread the gel mask over your face. Leave on for 20-30 minutes. Gently pat in the remaining product for full absorption.

My thoughts – I think this was one of my two favorites out of the group. It was a gel mask which I love because they have a very cooling a soothing feeling by nature. It was deeply hydrating, but without clogging my pores. And my skin did feel softer after use. I would rate this one a 9 out of a 10.

*Note – This mask is not currently listed on Beauteque’s website. I do not know if it is coming back or not. You can contact their customer support to find out if you are interested.

ThFace Shop Intense

3. The Face Shop Intense MasCream Sheet – Firming:

What it does – This Intensely firming mask sheet with anti-aging cream essence has the effect of an entire jar of cream The dense microfiber sheet adheres closely to the skin, providing soothing comfort. It is formulated with marine collagen and black truffle to leave skin looking supple and improve elasticity.

How you use it – Unfold the mask an carefully place it on your freshly cleansed face. Avoid the eye and mouth contours. Remove after 10-20 minutes and gently dab remaining essence into skin.

My thoughts – I was curious to try this, but a little hesitant at the same time. While I am not prone to having a lot of acne I have had some breakouts when using heavy cream based sheet masks. This did not cause a breakout, so that was a plus. It left my skin feeling very firm, and it seemed like I felt the result for several days after. The only drawback was the scent. It had a fragrance, and you know for me that is a big no no. It did not cause a reaction, but I found it unpleasant. It reminded me of a moisturizer I had tried in the past from the Face Shop. This may just not be the brand for me. However if you do not have fragrance issues you definitely should give this a try. I would rate this a 7 out of 10, and if it were not for the fragrance it would have gotten a 9.

Esfolio Essence Mask Sheet - Banana

4. Esfolio Essence Mask Sheet – Banana:

What it does – This highly concentrated essence mask sheet is formulated with fresh banana extract to help soothe and soften your skin! The fiber and vitamins contained in bananas will help moisturize and brighten the look of your complexion by removing dead skin cells.

How you use it – Apply to face after cleansing and toning the skin. Make sure the mask fits your eyes, nose and lips. Take off the mask after 15 to 20 minutes and dab remainig essence into skin.

My thoughts – Esfolio has consistently been one of my favorite brands because of how well their masks perform. This was not a disappointment. I don’t know that I thought it was super soothing, but it definitely was cleansing and brightening. My one disappointment with this mask was not a fault of the mask so much as I just made and assumption beforehand that maybe I shouldn’t have. Since it was banana I was expecting a banana fruit scent, and it was instead a banana leaf smell. It wasn’t a bad scent, just not what was expected. Any way I would rate this one 8 out of 10.

Etude House Wonder Pore Black Mask Sheet5. Etude House Wonder Pore Black Mask Sheet:

What it does – This mask controls sebum and cleans pores with its black sheet containing oak tree charcoal cooked in a kiln with temperature over 1,000 degrees.

How you use it – Place mask sheet so that it fits contours of the face. Remove mask after 10-15 minutes later and lightly pat to absorb remaining contents.

My thoughts – This is my other favorite new mask. It is a black mask, which usually means there is charcoal involved somehow, and there is with this one. Regardless if you have issues with acne or not, everyone needs to do something to help clean their pores out from time to time. I was especially in need when I tried this mask. While I don’t break out often when I do I get the really painful type. I had a really bad break out after helping a friend clean, and I just knew my pores were clogged. This has to be the best sheet mask I have ever tried for pores. Its reputation is well deserved. It actually cleared up a couple of small pimples over night and my skin felt super clean. I would rate this 9 out of 10.

Tsaio Stayed Up Late Mask - Emily

6. Tsaio Stayed Up Late Mask – Emily:

What it does – Have a late night? Lack of sleep can cause you to not only feel tired but look tired as well. This black mask will help you fake a good nights sleep in just 5 minutes! It can make you and your skin look well rested by helping to brighten and firm your skin with a concentrated beauty essence. Suitable for normal, oily or combination skin.

How you use it – Cleanse and tone skin. Remove from package and fit to face. Can be worn for just 5 minutes if pressed for time, or longer.

My thoughts – This was the only one out of the group that I really just didn’t like. I don’t think there was anything wrong with it, I just don’t think it was for my skin. I didn’t see the type of results I would want. I think it would probably be better for someone with less mature skin. I would rate this one a 3 out of 10.

Mizon Ampoule Essential Sheet Mask Peptide

7. Mizon Ampoule Essential Sheet Mask Peptide:

What it does – Smooth out wrinkles with Mizon Ampoule Essential Sheet Mask Peptide. Powerful peptides in this face mask work to firm and lift your face. Use weekly for a major boost to your skincare regimen. Ideal for all skin types.

How you use it – Simply lay mask on cleansed and towel-dried face, leaving on for 20-30 minutes before removing and patting in excess serum with fingertips.

My thoughts – I thought this did a great job, but yet again it had a scent I didn’t care for. Because of the nature of this mask though you would really need to use it on a more regular basis to see real results. I would give it a second chance. I would rate this one a 5 out of 10.

 

So those are the new masks that  I was sent to review. And while these were sent to me for free all the opinions stated were my own. I want to always strive to be honest in all of my reviews. I would love to hear what you guys think. Have you tried any of these before? Let me know what you think of the ones you have tried before and what your skin type is. If you have any recommendation on what I should try I would love to hear that too.

And as always if you guys would like to purchase any of these masks or anything else from Beauteque, you can receive 10% off your entire order with coupon code KAREN. That can even be used on subscription services and sale items. The code does not expire as long as I am affiliated with them and you can use it multiple times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beauteque Take Two: Rebranding As Your Mask Market Place

Collection of Sheet Masks Available at Beauteque

I mentioned the other day that I would have several upcoming posts involving Beauteque, and this is one that I am very excited to do. I am very happy to be included in the Beauteque Beauties that are helping to announce the rebranding of Beauteque. From today forward they will be Beauteque: Your Mask Market Place

Beauteque: Your Mask Market Place

With this rebranding, they aren’t just changing the name. No there is big changes in the works for the whole company. The biggest change I think is implied with the name. Yes, the focus is turning more towards the masks. They will offer over 500 masks on the website. The options will vary from Korean beauty classics to the latest trends on the market. Here is just a sampling of the ones they carry that I plan on testing out.

Collection of Sheet Masks Available at Beauteque

In the photo left to right is the Tosowoong Aqua Tok Tok CO2 Fresh Mask, 
Holika Holika Pig-Collagen Jelly Gel Mask Sheet, ThFace Shop Intense 
MasCream Sheet - Firming, Esfolio Essence Mask Sheet - Banana, Etude House 
Wonder Pore Black Mask Sheet, Tsaio Stayed Up Late Mask - Emily, and Mizon 
Ampoule Essential Sheet Mask Peptide.

Additional changes will include:

  • There will be a new product filter for masks so you can narrow down your search list to suit your needs. You will be able to filter mask searches by ingredient, brand, mask type, mask fabric, and skin concern.
  •  Increased Customer Service. There will now be Live Chat Services and opportunities to speak with a skin consultant to help you learn more about your own skin or to help you find the right mask for you.
  • Mask Sets! Beauteque will be offering lots of mask sets. There will be a large variety of sets to choose from including some based on skin concern, theme, specific lines from a brand, and more. They want to make mask shopping an exciting an cost effective experience.
  • They will have lots of deals going on, so make sure you check them out at beauteque.com

This is such exciting news, and by the looks of the new masks they are adding everyone is in for a grand treat. I’m sure the Mask Maven Subscription can only get better because of this change. I look forward to sharing all of the great information they are send my way, and I hope all of you are excited too.

For those of you who are BB Bag subscribers, don’t worry. It is my understanding that those are not going anywhere. I think even us Beauteque Beauties that had a little heads up were quick to ask that one. We all love our BB Bags, at least I know I do. If anything changes I will make sure to update you guys.

Over the month of July look for various updates and reviews of the masks here on the blog and on my other various social media accounts. And if you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comments below or message me. And as Always, don’t forget you can save 10% on anything you order from Beauteque by using my coupon code KAREN.

 

 

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Brand Spotlight And Promotion At Beauteque – Purpletale

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Feauture article on purpletale korean skin care

As you all know I am a Beauteque Beauty, which is essentially the same thing as a brand ambassador. Over the next few months you will probably see more happening with them here on the blog and with my various social media. Some things may be sponsored, some not. I will make sure you know either way. But one of the things that has started to happen with the program is some of the awesome information they are sharing with us about products and the companies that make the products. They are also bringing out some great promotions. So I wanted to make sure to share some of this with my readers, and I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

For the month of July Beauteque will be featuring a product from a brand called Purpletale. BB Bag subscribers will receive one of Purpletale’s travel-friendly packs in that month’s “Destination: Beauty” themed BB Bag. (sign-ups close July 15)! Don’t forget, if you sign up you can use my coupon code KAREN to get 10% off your purchase, even subscriptions.

You also have the opportunity to win one of these packs through Beauteques Instagram contest. Just go to their Instagram account, follow them and look for the contest.

Now for the info you all want to know, the who what and wheres about Purpletale.

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part 2 of info on purpletale korean skincare

So who has tried this brand before? Did you enjoy it? Let us know your experience with Purpletale in the comments below. Also, I would love to know what you think of this sort of brand spotlight. Are you interested in finding out more about the Korean companies and what their products are about?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why And How My Skincare Routine Has Changed Part 2 – My Updated Skincare Routine for 2016

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 My Skin Care Routine   This is part 2 of the what and why my skin care changed series. In this part I will talk about my current skin care routine and how its different from last year when I posted about How I Was Caring For My Skin. Some things have stayed the same, but a lot has changed and I am really putting a lot more time into my skin. And as I mentioned in Part 1 I am trying to take my skin care routine closer to a traditional Korean routine, or at least as close to one as I can get that works for my skin. I am getting closer, but not quite there yet.

Before I started even writing this, I thought since I had a new camera that takes better pictures it would be great to show you pictures of my own actual products that I use instead of inserting pictures from manufactures. I wanted to include at least one large group picture of it all. So I gathered up all of my skincare and I took this picture.

 

Skin Care Products I Use

And then after I took all of my photos, put everything away, loaded the photos onto my computer, and edited the photos I realized I forgot to include these products:

Skin care products I use

Insert cartoon sound effects here. Waa waa waa……..photo fail. But I am totally laughing at myself because this is the story of my life.

So before we actually go over the products, lets talk about my actual routine. I feel like my night time routine is the one that is the most intense and most actual routine, so lets start there.

Night Time Routine

Step 1. If I have makeup on, I use eye makeup remover pads to remove the eye makeup. And I sometimes will lightly swipe them across my face to start the process of removing the rest of my makeup. I don’t wear makeup every day, so this is definitely a optional step for me.

Step 2. First cleanser. For me I use my foaming cleanser in this step. I know this is the step a lot of people would use either their oil based cleanser or their water free liquid cleanser, but that doesn’t work for me. I have tried several oil cleansers at this point and all that I have tried have irritated my skin. I wouldn’t go so far to say that they caused an allergic reaction, but my skin definitely didn’t like it. My skin does quite well with foam cleansers, but I do find they often leave me a little dry feeling, so this is why I decided to use it first. This may change in the future, and you need to pay attention to your own skins needs when choosing your own routine.

Step 3. Second cleanser.  This is where I use my no water cleanser. I have been using one that has an aloe base, so it is moisturizing at the same time that it cleanses. Since the foam cleansers seem to be a little drying, its nice using this one second to put some moisture back into my skin. If I used it first I feel it would be pulled back out by the other cleanser.

Step 4. Toning. It took me a little while to get on board with this step. The last time I had used a toner was in my late teens and it was an American brand. It essential was all alcohol and some sort of acne treatment. I think a lot of people in the US are familiar with this sort of idea of a toner. But Korean toners are a lot different. It is actually very soothing if you choose one with the right ingredients. It is meant to open the pores and make your skin receptive to soaking in the next healthy ingredients you are about to put on it.

Step 5. Now this is where it becomes a little more tricky because I don’t do the same thing for step five every night. Five nights a week I use some sort of sheet mask, I use a variety of different ones. I just try and pick something each night that I feel treats how my skin is feeling that day. On the alternative two days I use either some combination of Ampoules, Essenses, and Serums. Again, I try to choose based on how my skin is feeling and reacting that day.

Step 6. Eye treatment. At this point I will use either an eye serum or eye cream.

Step 7. Moisturizing. You guessed it, this is where I use my moisturizer.

Step 8. Sleeping Mask. This step is only done once or twice a week. In case you are not familiar with Sleeping Masks they are more like a deep moisturizer that goes over everything else you did to seal it in. You sleep in it and wash it off in the morning.

Day Time Routine

My day time skin care routine is far less routine and I do what fits my schedule and needs.

When I first wake up:

Step 1. I wash my face using either the foaming cleanser or the no water cleanser to wake up my face.

Step 2. I use an eye cream.

Step 3. I put on a moisturizer.

Nothing too elaborate when I just get up.

When I take a shower: (most of these steps are all interchangeable and only happen a couple of times a week or so)

Step 1. This step really only happens on an as needed basis. Usually once or twice a week. Before getting in the shower I use a peeling gel on my face and a lip scrub. I use them before the shower so they can just be washed off in the shower.

Step 2. This step is the only one that is a definite that it will happen every time I get in the shower. I use my Daily exfoliating scrub on my face.

Step 3. I use my gel cleanser with my Sonic cleanser to deep clean my skin. This happens about three to four times a week.

Step 4. When I get out of the shower I use my toner.

Step 5. If I feel I need it I work in a serum or essence. Or if I have a sample of a beauty oil I might try it.

Step 6. Eye Cream

Step 7. Moisturize

 

So now lets talk about the actual products that I am using. Lets start by breaking it down into categories.

Exfoliation

Exfoliation Products

Bite Beauty Cherry Lip Whip

The sonic brush I use is the Clarisonic Mia 2. I use it with the gel cleanser listed below. While it is used with a cleanser, it does provide a deep cleaning that is much more like an exfoliation. How often and which brush head you use with it depends on your needs and skin type. This is one of the items I was using last year, but the amount that I use it has changed. I was previously using this one to two times a day, and now I am only use it about three to four times a week.

The peeling gel I use is the one in the front laying down. It is the PureDerm Clean & Fresh Peeling Gel. Peeling gels are a gel like consistency obviously. You take a small amount and rub them on the skin. As you do they start to exfoliate and ball up the gathered dead skin. Its quick and leaves your skin feeling baby soft. I have tried several peeling gels, and I like this one the best out of what I have tried. First the products consistency gives the best results. Some peeling gels are so thick that you end up having to grab double the product to get the same results. This one is a nice thinner, but not watery consistency. It spreads well and works quickly. Also it just has a nice clean scent, not heavily fragranced like some.

The daily facial scrub I use is the Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub. This was also a product I was using last year. This works well for me. I am open to trying other scrubs, and I have tried many over the years, but this has worked the best for me so far. And I know a lot of people are concerned about micro beads right now. There is no worries about that with this scrub.

My lip scrub that I have been using is Bite Beauty’s Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub. I most likely will not be staying with this one. It is not horrible, and I definitely don’t have a bad reaction to it, but it just isn’t doing the job for me. I have recently ordered a couple of lip scrubs from Beauteque to try. Don’t be surprised if you see a product review or pic on my Instagram soon.

 

Cleansers

Cleansers I am using for my current skincare regimen.

The foaming cleanser I am currently using, and have been for the last six months is the Happy Bath Natural Facial Yogurt Foam in Fruit Essence. I like this one, and it works well, but I don’t feel married to it. I am open to trying other brands. I think foam cleansers seem pretty standard to me. I have had some bad ones in the past, but not found any that wow me yet.

The no water cleanser, pictured on the right, is one of the earlier non-mask items I tried. I have tried other brands, and may try some more in the future. But this one is so amazing, and is great for sensitive or dry skin, I can’t imagine switching. This is from Artium its their 91% Aloe No Cleanse Water. I bought this on Beauteque’s Website, however its not currently available on there. They may put it back up, but until then a similar product I was considering trying is Nature Republic Ginkgo Wash Free Cleansing Water, you might want to give it a try as I have heard great things about it.

Fresh Soy Face CleanserMy gel cleanser I use with my Sonic Brush is the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. I really love the way this cleanser leaves my skin feeling, and it has a nice clean pleasant smell. It just smells like fresh cucumbers to me, not in a perfume kind of, but actual fresh cucumbers. However, I have heard a handful of people say they don’t like the way this smells and that it has a different scent to them, more like rotten pickles. I am really not sure what is making for the difference in scents people are smelling, but you will have to judge for yourself.

 

Toners

Rice Ceramide Toner

I only have one toner that I am currently using. It is The Face Shop’s Rice Ceramide Moisture Toner. Again I got this through Beauteque, but they don’t seem to have it on their site at the moment. I have tried several toners at this point. Again this is a product that I don’t feel tied to like I do some. They have some new toners on their site that look really interesting, and if you are looking to try a new toner you might want to give them a try too. There is the Tony Moly Goat Milk Moisture Toner and the Hanaka Camellia Hyaluronic Acid Moist Toner.

 

Sheet Masks

Some of my favorite Sheet Masks I use in my regular skin care routine.

These are by far my favorite part of my skincare routine. Its like having a little mini spa moment in your own home, and there is such a variety to target all sorts of areas and problems. I use a lot of different ones and constantly try new ones because I subscribe to Beauteque’s Mask Maven Subscription Service. Often I find new masks or new brands that work really well for my skin and then I purchase the ones I like to use on a more regular basis.

So pictured above are some of my favorite masks that I use the most often. All are masks that I have discovered through the Mask Maven service and then repurchased. From left to right:

Mediheal Kiwi Apple-ade Mask – For cleaning and soothing the skin.

MediHeal Ade Cocao – This one does so much so here is the description from the website; This is a skin purifying mask that changes your skin to be clean and soft. Its purifying effect with the cacao extract and coffee extract are excellent for sebum control and pore tightening. Raw cocoa is an anti-oxidant that helps to fight free radicals. The ingredients also provide hydration to the skin. The natural cellulouse tencel sheets are highly dermotropic and fixed easily on skin. They are helpful for sensitve skin care and deliver the effects of enriched-essence softly.

Esfolio Volcanic Ash Essence Sheet Mask – For getting rid of texture on the skin. This one is not currently available on the website, but I also highly recommend any of the esfolio sheet masks. I use several other ones, this is just my favorite one for me.

Scinic My Juicy Bottle Mask – Aqua Ampoule Juice – Softens and hydrates skin. Has a pleasant cooling and tingling sensation.

 

Ampoules, Essenses, and Serums

Serums, Essences, and Ampoules I use in my skin care routine

I have used and tried more than just these three items, but these are the ones that are actually part of my routine now.

This first one isn’t technically a ampoule, essence or a serum. It falls more into the category of a face oil, but I am putting it here because I feel the concept is still the same for what it does. I am using the Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment. I have used this some at night, but this tends to get used more during the day. I think out of everything I have tried it does the best under makeup because it has a slightly tacky feeling on the skin, sort of like a primer would. I like this over a more traditional face oil because its less oily feeling a more of a creamy texture. The regular oil from this brand is too heavy and leaves my skin feeling oily all day.

Next you have the Milky Dress Peach Essence. I purchased this from Beauteque, but they don’t seem to have it at the moment. It is great for treating sensitive skin with redness. You can look for when it comes back in stock on Beauteque’s Milky Dress Product Page. I use this one both equally day and night, just depending on when I feel I need it.

I am also currently using the Scinic Honey All in One Ampoule. This is one of those lazy day products that are great for your skin. What I mean by lazy day, well as implied by all in one it takes the place of more than one thing. So you can use it to substitute for toner, lotion, essense, or all three. So usually on the nights I use this (and I do strictly use this one at night since the consistency is very thick and sticky) I wash my face, put some of this on, and then I moisturize and call it a day. It is used for irritated skin or if you are acne prone skin.

 

Eye Creams and Serums

Eye Creams and Serums I use in my daily skin care

Etre Belle Golden Skin Caviar Eye Gel

I would say this is the one area I was previously lacking in. I was not doing anything to take care of my eye area and it shows. It is the one are where I can really start to see the signs of aging. So now I am making sure to take extra care to use good products to take care of that area.

In the morning or anytime I cleanse my skin before doing my makeup I use the Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream. I haven’t been using this one super long, but I was impressed with it enough after using the sample just a couple of times to make it a permanent part of my routine. You can definitely feel it wake your eyes up, and there is a visible difference when it goes on. I think there is something in the formula that must help reflect the light in a way so as to make the under eye area appear different.

Then at night I am alternating between two products. I don’t know that I feel tied to either of these. One is a serum and one is a moisture cream. For the longer amount of time I have been using the Clinique All About Eyes Cream. I don’t dislike it so much as I am not sure its doing as much as it should for me.

But I also recently received the Etre Belle Golden Skin Caviar Eye Gel in one of the many subscription boxes I receive. I think this one might have came out of Glossybox. I have gotten a lot of great products from Glossybox, but I am still deciding how I feel about this one. Sometimes I feel like I can see a difference and other times I can’t, but its only been a few weeks.

 

Moisturizers

Moisturizers I use for my daily skin care

First up I use the LadyKin Elmaju Natural Broccoli Super Brightening Cream during the day time. It is a brightening cream that has almost a color correcting effect to it, so I like using it under my makeup. When you read about it, the description will say it whitens, but often with Koren/Asian products there is a translation issue and the words whitening and brightening are interchangeable. So don’t worry, there is no bleach in this face cream.

At night I use either the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief or the Moisture Surge Intense For Very Dry To Dry Combination Skin. Both work great, but I have a slight preference for the Moisture Surge Intense. I use whichever Sephora happens to have in stock at the time, they always seem to be out of one or the other at my local Sephora. I think the one I have in the picture is the Moisture Surge Extended. These are really intense moisturizers in a gel like consistency. They have an almost cooling sensation when you put them on. This is one of the products I doubt I will ever change. Last year I was using a Clinique Moisturizer, but I was not using this one. I was using the anti redness one. I do still occasionally use it, but with my new skincare routine its just not as necessary anymore.

About two nights a week I additionally use a night mask. I use Clinique’s Moisture Surge Overnight Mask. I love the way this one makes my skin look and feel when I wake up. My skin always feels so soft and smooth after using it.

 

Lip Balms and Masks

Lip Balms and Masks that I use in my daily skin care

My lips stay dry constantly no matter what I do. So I try to stick with the better products that I have found, and I use even heavier mask ones at night.

So when I finish my skincare regimen morning and at night I put on this Catnip – Natural Lip Balm from Wild Rose Herbs. Yes you read that right, it is a catnip lip balm. I actually got this lip balm for the first time when I use to subscribe to the Cat Lady Box (I will save that story for another time). The tube reads: “Herbacious, fresh, and minty. May cause Kitty Snuggles.” Well in all honesty it should read will cause kitty kisses. My cats are already prone to trying to give kitty kisses, but when I have this on and they are near they will practically leap on me to give me kitty kisses. But that isn’t why I have continued to use it, because that’s really only funny the first couple of times. Its really one of the best quality everyday use lip balms I have found. Yeah I have tried some treatment type lip balms like the ones from fresh that are slightly better, and I do use those some. However these are $3.95 versus the $26 price tag on the Fresh brand.

At night right before I am about to go to sleep I use the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask. It is a more intense moisturizer. You can use it during the day, but I don’t like how thick it is for daytime use. But I do love how much moisture it puts in my lips on the nights I use it. I try to use it every night, but I forget sometimes or there have been times I travel and don’t take it with me.

 

So as you can see there are a lot of changes and additions to my skin care routine, but there are still a few old faithful products that have stuck in there. I definitely know that I am on the right track though because my skin has never looked or felt this good in my whole life. In the last nine months I have have had only two flare ups of my contact dermatitis, and they were so mild compared to the past. One was related to something I ate and the other was being around someone with a perfume on I had a reaction too. Those of you that follow me on Instagram or happen to be Facebook friends with me on my personal account see a lot of the pictures I post of me using my various skin care products or the makeup looks I do. But I have to say, one of the pictures that I have taken that have made me happiest is this one:

Me with no makeup and no filter right after doing my nightly skincare

It makes really proud I suppose, to say this is me with no makeup and no filter. I’m 38 years old and I think I look damn good for 38. Korean skincare saved my skin and made my life quality better in so many ways. I wish I had a picture to show you of how bad my skin looked in the past, but it wasn’t until my skin started looking better that I realized how much I avoided the camera on days my skin was the worst and I didn’t have makeup on.

As I told you before when it comes to the products at Beauteque, that is where I buy, and where I have been buying since before I became one of their social beauties. If you want to use my discount code and help me out great, you can get 10% off your order with the code KAREN. So just my name in all capitals. But if you don’t want to use my code that is fine too, but do yourself and your skin a favor and try their products.

 

I like hearing from my readers. Have you tried Korean skincare? If so did it help you? Have you tried Beauteque?

 

 

 

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Why And How My Skincare Routine Has Changed Part 1 – Being Introduced to K Beauty and Beauteque

What to decide about my skincare

What to decide about my skincare

I have mentioned in a post or two my involvement with Beauteque, and have hinted at an upcoming post. So this is a little past due. And of course if you started following me on Instagram then you have seen some of the products I have been using. This post is a two parter about how I came to be involved with Beauteque and promoting them, and what my current skincare routine is. It is two parts because 1. there is no way to fully explain either of those two parts without the other, and 2. if I tried to combine them into one, it would be unbearably long to read.

So lets start with how I first come to hear about Beauteque. I, like a lot of other people, watch youtube videos. I watch a lot of makeup tutorials. I also watch some unboxing videos,  especially if I am considering a new subscription box to try. I like to see what is in their past boxes and see if I think its worth the price for me. So as I was watching some unboxing videos it recommended that I might like one by a YouTuber named victoria donelda. And here is the video I watched:

After I watched that I was intrigued because I had heard about Korean skin care and beauty a little bit, but I hadn’t really made any major efforts to find any. And honestly I didn’t know where you could get it in the US at the time other that Sephora, and it seemed so expensive there. I definitely think skin care is worth spending money on if it works, but as I have talked about many times it is really tricky for me due to my Balsam of Peru Allergy. Laying down premium money for something I may not be able to use is not something I like to do. So hearing that there was a Subscription service, I thought hey maybe I should give it a try. I had just given up a couple subscription boxes I didn’t really like that well, and I was looking for something new to try.

For me subscription boxes, especially when it comes to skincare and makeup that are new brands to me, are a good route to go. They are usually set up where you get a good sample of a variety of things and it comes with cards that explain the products. And usually the price is better than if you bought it all individually. So I looked at their website and found they had not one, but two subscription services. They have the first one that was shown in the video called the BB Bag and then they have one where you strictly get different types of masks called Mask Maven. Clicking on the links will take you to see what was in a past months bag.

The BB Bag runs $24 a month and you get 6 to 8 full sized products as well as a cosmetic bag. The Mask Maven is $15 a month and you get 9 to 11 masks of various types. And if anyone was looking for their Head to Toe Box, I am sorry but they fazed those out some time last year. After looking over Beauteque’s website and viewing several other unboxing videos of their subscription services I decided to sign up for both services. Quite honestly what I really thought would happen is I would sign up and get them for a couple of months. I thought I would maybe end up at best with one or two products that I could use, and the rest would be put to the side to use as gifts for various people. Because 90% of the subscription services I have tried, that is what happens. However that was almost a year ago, and now I could not imagine giving up my subscriptions.

I started out with just those subscriptions, and I tentatively tried a few items at a time. It was kind of a relief the first few times I used a sheet mask and didn’t have a bad reaction. I was really worried because the packages do say they have fragrance, and that is usually a big no for me. What I have since learned is that fragrance in Korean beauty is very different from fragrance in the US. The best example I can give you is this. Think of your favorite fruit and what it smells like. Now think of the perfume version or lotion that might be sold here at a store like Bath and Body works. It always has that heavy chemical smell doesn’t it? But Korean products almost smell like the actual item, and most likely its because most of their skincare is actually made from the real item instead of some chemical process.

But obviously, using a product and it not causing a bad reaction is not enough to keep using something. What I did notice was each time I used a sheet mask my skin would look or feel a little better than my normal for a few days. So I started becoming more interested and really put some effort into researching Korean Skincare and Beauty products. It was really decision time, did I want to continue getting products and experimenting with them, or did I want to cancel my subscription?

How Asian Skin Care Layering WorksThee first thing I looked closer at was the actual company I was buying from, Beauteque. I started by digging around on their website. And I have to say, after reading How Beauteque Was Started, I was impressed and felt a bit of a connection to the company.

So I did some more research and one of the the things I can across was the graphic you see to your left on Pinterest (you can click on the picture to see it larger, or follow the links to the articles below to see it explained). I have since seen several graphics that are similar, but I still think this one is the best for a beginner.

The graphic led me to a couple of wonderful blog post from a blog called Darwin Discovered. They had done a two part series about Asian skincare. The first article is 5 Observations on Asia’s Skin Care Culture and the follow up article is The Asian Skin Care Technique: Layering. I continued to read other information, but I really feel those were the integral pieces that made me decide to not only continue on with Korean Skincare, but to start giving it a real try.

I had essentially decided that I was going to start adding more items in a little at a time, and giving an Asian beauty routine a try. There was really only one problem, I fully admit that while I knew a lot about makeup, I was a bit skincare illiterate. I feel like I had always tried to take care of my skin with the basics. That for me was cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing. And of course I knew that there were items available for wrinkles, but I hadn’t really felt I was there yet. Looking back at a year ago, I feel a little clueless.

I did start adding products in right away. I won’t talk about what in this article, that will be covered in part two. But what I added in the immediate were the things I was more familiar with. One of the things I had no clue about was Essences and Serums. I had noticed that some of the sheet masks that I had been using said they contained them, but I hadn’t really given it much thought. So my search to find out what they were lead me to this video:

I immediately became hooked to this ladies videos. If you are interested in Korean skincare and you want some of the science behind it or a just a decent explanation of the hows and whys of the products, the you should subscribe to Gothamista’s Channel on YouTube.

Over the next few months I started adding various products to use. I feel like I have my skincare routine now about 80% to where I want it. I am still learning and trying things. My skin has made such drastic improvements, I didn’t even think were possible for me. I feel like a whole new world has been opened up for me, and I am so thankful for it. And so when Beauteque sent out an email offering the opportunity to become a part of their new Social Beauty program, I jumped at the chance.

As I had mentioned in a post a few months back (and this was just a couple of weeks before this offer happened) I was looking for ways to help add income to our household so I could keep the blog going too. So I kind of felt like that if I do get any kind of earnings from promoting them it was a amazing opportunity since I had already been doing some post on my own personal Facebook page about how wonderful these products were. To maybe earn some money for something I was already doing, and its something that might actually help someone else, I was definitely on board.

So I want to be completely up front with everyone, like always. Yes I am affiliated with the company now. However any of the products you see me posting about are products I bought myself because I actually buy from them and believe in them. They have made a real difference in my life. I had been buying and using their products a full eight months before signing up to be affiliated with the company.

How it works for me is I have a coupon code, which is my name KAREN in full caps. When you use it on Beauteque’s Website you receive 10% your complete order including sale items and subscription services. On their website you can not stack coupons, so you have to figure out which one works best for you obviously. So sometimes you may go to the site and see they have a coupon code that is for 15% off something or for a free item with purchase. So the advantage with my coupon code is being able to use it even on sale items, because many of the other codes do not let you do that. However if you prefer to use one of the other codes, but you would like to still show me support, I still can receive credit for referring you if you type my code into the comment box when you are checking out. And because I also know some people feel funny about using coupon codes for whatever reason, you do not have to give me credit at all. But if you have severe problems with your skin like I have had all my life, I highly recommend giving some products a try. Give it 30 days and just see if it makes a difference.

I don’t think this is necessary to say for most people, but let me just put this out there, everything stated in this article is of my own opinion. I am not a doctor, so please do not take my opinion as anything more than an opinion. I deal with a serious allergy, but I do not have symptoms as bad as a lot of people, so I have more freedom to try new things to see what works for me. Even with these products I still carefully read the ingredients and avoid any of the natural ingredients I would typically be allergic to like lavender essential oil. If you are dealing with a serious allergy, please don’t take my word for it, consult with your doctor before trying anything.

Now that that is said, I want to hear from those of you who have tried Korean skin care, or even Beauteque. What have your experiences been? Have you had improvements in your skin as well? Do you do a typical Asian skin care routine or are you trying to build up to it? Have you tried anything from Beauteque? What were your thoughts?

 

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