Archive | December 2016

Korean Skincare: What is a Sleeping Pack?

If you are new to Korean Skincare, it can get a bit overwhelming with all of the various products as well as some descriptions not being fully in English or using words that we have never heard of! Check out my post outlining Korean Skin Care Routine for a quick introduction to the methods while this post is focusing on one of the last steps in the moisturizing section: Sleeping Packs.

So what exactly is a sleeping pack?!?! A sleeping pack is a final moisturizer that you apply in a thick layer and then go to sleep with it! It can be a bit weird at first going to bed with a sticky face (especially if you have cats walking all over you like me!), but I can assure you, when you wake up and have baby soft skin you will be obsessed like me!

How to Use:

  1. After your night time skincare routine is done, apply a nice layer all over skin and then go to bed!
  2. In the morning, rinse off the product and then begin your morning routine!
  3. I use this once a week or if my skin is really dry especially during winter!

Lazy Girl Hack: If I’m too tired to do my whole routine, I’ll simply cleanse my skin then slap some sleeping pack on and then wake up moisturized and refreshed, not to mention not guilty from neglecting my 10 step regimen.

Sleeping pack is a must have for those with dry skin (like me), who want to potentially simplify their regimen, or are new to the Korean skincare routine and don’t have the funds to do a bunch of products.

My Personal Favorite: The Face Shop Jeju Tangerine Sleeping Pack! Unfortunately I was not able to find it on Amazon anymore, but this not only smells great, but also works really well. I don’t have anything to compare it to as this is my first sleeping pack, but I plan to update this post once I try more. It always leaves my skin really hydrated and happy. For more of my beauty favorites click here!

Ones I’m dying to try next:

  • Etude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack
    • Comes in 3 flavors, Strawberry, Green Tea, and Black Tea, with each addressing different skin concerns.
    • The packaging is not only alluring, it’s adorable!
    • Contains hydrating “bobas” that add extra moisture not to mention fun!
  • Etude House Moistfull Collagen Sleeping Pack
    • This one seems to be a cult favorite!
    • Simple and effective this one is perfect for someone new to Korean Skincare products
  • TonyMoly Panda’s Dream White Sleeping Pack
    • I love the packaging, the panda is so cute!
    • It claims to soothe and calm skin, which would be great for winter
    • Has whitening properties, meaning that it evens and brightens skin tone through the use of Niacinamide.
  • TonyMoly Magic Food Banana Sleeping Mask
    • Again, the packaging is a banana….. so cute!
    • Hydrates and calms the skin and contains Banana Extract!
  • Innisfree Green Tea Sleeping Pack
    • I love green tea products and I really want to try their green tea serum so it only makes sense to try this one out too!

Have you tried any of these? Any others I should try?

 

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Review: Essential Burt’s Bees Kit

 

For the holidays I received the Burt’s Bees kit from a close friend and was super excited to try it out. I currently use their cleansing oil  as part of my Korean Skincare Routine and it works really well to remove impurities and break down makeup! So lets get right into the review!

ESSENTIAL BURT’S BEES KIT

  • Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream (0.75 oz)– I’ve been using this exclusively in the morning to cleanse my face and I’m in love! It removes dirt and oil using soap bark and contains aloe and chamomile to leave my skin super soft! It does have menthol in it that leaves my face feeling cool and tingly which I like to help refresh me in the mornings.  It makes a nice lather and you don’t need too much, I really recommend giving it a try but I recommend the cleansing facial oil for sensitive skin.
  • Hand Salve (0.30 oz)– This hand salve is perfect for those that suffer from dry hands in the winter. Containing beeswax and olive oil that locks in moisture and heals the skin. I like to use it on my hands and elbows that get robbed of moisture during the dry winter.
  • Milk & Honey Body Lotion (1 oz)-As if the combination of milk and honey alone wasn’t enough to seduce me, this lotion contains coconut and grape seed oil, is light weight and absorbs quickly into the skin. I feel that I would like to purchase this in a larger volume because it was so easy to  use.
  • Coconut Foot Cream (0.75 oz)– This contained a thick consistency when applied but then it continued to melt and soak into my feet which have been neglected this winter. It contains coconut oil, rosemary and peppermint which refreshed and hydrated my feet. Usually foot creams tend to get sticky but this actually got more liquidy the longer it was on my feet, it was really nice!
  • Beeswax Lip Balm (0.15 oz)– I’ve always heard great things about their lip balm but never got around to actually trying it as I get tons of chapstick from stockings at Christmas time. I prefer using tingly products like carmex so I was pleasantly surprised when this lip balm also left a tingle on my lips! In my opinion their lip balms are the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the company Burt’s Bees so I think this is an essential to try from the brand.

Overall this is a nice gift set for someone who likes pampering products, especially if they enjoy natural ingredients and natural scents.

 

10 Sheet Mask Packs Under $30

Sheet Masks are amazing instruments to add to your skincare routine. They treat skin concerns with different essences, extra essence can be applied all over body and are a quick way to relax! Try adding this once a week to your beauty regimen for relaxing hydration!

Interested in learning more about Korean Skin Care Routine Breakdown? Looking to add more products to your regimen? Check out my Korean Beauty Favorites of the moment!

Keep an eye out on amazon, I usually save all the mask packs I come across to a wish list then read reviews or if the price drops to a $1 a mask I pick them up.

Check out the following masks for inexpensive yet effective masks that come in a variety of types! I even included an inexpensive hydrogel mask variety pack that looks like a great one to try!

  1. Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet
    • Contains 16 Masks: There are a variety of packs of these but here are all the types: Vegetable Placenta, Olive, Bamboo, Milk, Bee Venom, Acerola, Red Ginseng, Apricot, Pomegranate, Wine, Strawberry, Honey Grapefruit, Rose, Grape, Acai Berry, Seaweed.
    • This is another version with the following masks: Aloe, Herb, Pearl, Syn-ake, Green Tea, Gold, Vitamin, Royal Jelly, Hyaluronate, Cucumber, Q10, White, Aqua, Charcoal, Platinum, Snail.
    • $8.99 total, $0.56 per mask!
    • This is a great deal for a decent mask and I recommend it for those looking to get started with sheet masks!
    • Comes with eye not completely cut out so you can cover your eye, these collagen masks also contain vitamin E to nourish the skin.
  2. Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Sheet
    • Contains 15 Masks: Green Tea, Cucumber, Bamboo, Aloe, Manuka Honey, Kiwi, Shea Butter, Mugwort, Pomegranate, Acai Berry, Tea Tree, Bija, Lime, Strawberry, Rose.
    • $14.49 total, $0.97 per mask!
    • I just got this one for myself for the holidays and I can’t wait to try it. The packaging is really clean and appealing and reviews look great.
    • Contains a triple layer sheet to aid in long lasting moisture and skin absorption regulation.
  3. The Face Shop Living Nature Grind Mask Sheet
    • Contains 15 Masks: Red Ginseng, Acai Berry, Aloe Vera, Avocado, Blueberry, Rice, Cucumber, Green Tea, Honey, Kelp, Shea Butter, Lemon, Mung Bean, Olive, Pomegranate.
    • $15.00 total, $1.00 per mask!
    • They have a 4 star review on Amazon, I look forward to trying them!
  4. Etude House I Need You Mask Sheet
    • Contains 20 Masks 20 of 23 types sent randomly: Aloe, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Royal Jelly, Pearl, Green Tea, Lemon, Pomegranate, Tea Tree, Vita Complex, Olive, Coenzyme Q10, Mugwort, Korean Ginseng, Mango, Snail, Acai Berry, Bamboo, Rice, Honey, Damask Rose, Korean Strawberry, Silk Cocoon.
    • $29.97 total, $1.50 per mask!
    • Looking forward to trying this pack, it has so many plus it has 4.4 stars for reviews on Amazon!
  5. TonyMoly I’m Real Mask Sheet Pack (Individual types are sold on the Official TonyMoly Site at $6.00 for 2 masks or $3.00 per mask)
    • Contains 11 Masks: Brightening Lemon, Skin Soothing Tea Tree, Radiance Tomato, Moisturizing Aloe, Pore Care Red Wine, Elasticity Pomegranate, Vitality Broccoli, Skin Purifying Seaweed, Clear Skin Rice, Nutrition Avocado, Skin Purifying Makgeolli.
    • $10.69 total, $0.97 per mask!
    • These masks have such easy to follow and visually appealing packaging with the cutest drawings!!
    • Author Note: TonyMoly does not have an official Amazon store, so be cognizant of that information if purchasing through Amazon. They sell the types individually for customizable orders. Each selection contains 2 masks priced at $6.00 or $3.00 per mask sheet.
    • Uses a Three layered pulp sheet to prevent evaporation.
    • Talc, paraben and artificial pigment free so perfect for sensitive skin.
  6. the SAEM Natural Facial Mask Sheet
    • Contains 15 Masks of Random 20 types: Bamboo, Rice, Pomegranate, Lemon, Cucumber, Green Tea, Honey, Tea Tree, Oatmeal, Aloe, Gold Kiwi, Olive, Blueberry, Acai Berry, Rose, Shea Butter, Argan,Avocado, Potato, Red Ginseng.
    • $11.98 total, $0.80 per mask!
    • The packaging is very appealing and really looks professional and classy.
  7. TonyMoly Pureness 100 Mask Sheet (Individual types are sold on the Official TonyMoly Site  at $6.00 for 2 masks or $3.00 per mask)
    • Contains 7 Masks: Hyaluronic Acid, Snail, Propolis, Caviar, Pearl, Shea Butter, Collagen.
    • $7.70 total, $1.10 per mask!
    • They contain unbleached cotton sheets, thick and saturated with essence
    • Author Note: TonyMoly does not have an official Amazon store, so be cognizant of that information if purchasing through Amazon. They sell the types individually for customizable orders. Each selection contains 2 masks priced at $6.00 or $3.00 per mask sheet.
    • These masks have a high end type of feel with the type of cotton and packaging.
  8. Skinfood Beauty In A Food Mask Sheet
    • Contains 10 Masks: Strawberry, Snail, Jeju Tangerine, Propolis & Bee Venom, Black Bean, Rice, Ginseng, Aleo, Horse Fat, Birds Nest
    • $13.33 total, $1.33 per mask!
    • I am interested in these masks mostly because they have interesting types that you don’t see often in masks like Horse Fat, Birds Nest and Jeju Tangerine, Although these unconventional types may turn some people off.
  9. Nature Republic Real Nature Mask Sheet
    • Contains 10 Masks: Rose, Avocado, Shea Butter, Aloe, Green Tea, Tomato, Acai Berry, Royal Jelly, Bamboo, Cucumber.
    • $11.40 total, $1.14 per mask!
    • These have great reviews online and looks like many people with sensitive skin recommend it!
  10. Nature Republic Aqua Hydrogel Sheet Mask
    • Contains 4 Hydrogel Masks: Aloe, Argan, Pomegranate, Shea Butter
    • $17.50 total, $4.38 per mask!
    • I figured I’d add this last one as a hydrogel variety pack as they are usually VERY expensive and usually only come in one type.
    • What makes hydrogel so great?! This gelatinous sheet mask alternative carries higher amounts of essence to be absorbed into the skin. They are usually higher end and pricier but the benefits of a gel mask are usually better than traditional cotton or cellulose sheet masks with more absorption and nutrient delivery.
    • These indulgent masks have a 5 star rating on amazon so they are worth giving a shot for a super pampering session once a season!

Are you in love with sheet masks too? Let me know your favorite down below in the comments!!