Review: My Beauty Diary White Lily Brightening Essence Mask

MBD_White_Lily_MaskI’ve used a lot of different MBD sheet masks before and I’ve liked all them so far, this one included. MBD is a great Taiwanese brand that is pretty much credited with starting off the whole sheet mask craze.

This sheet mask comes with lots of essence so there’s plenty left over to put on your skin (it’s especially good to put it on your neck) or to save for a later time to give it a little boost. While you should seal the packet if you don’t want to use it pretty soon I have found that if you use this mask in the evening then put on the essence in the morning you can leave out sealing the packet if you can’t be bothered or simply forget.

MBD masks do tend to be quite small and they are often very thin so you have to be careful not to rip them. Before opening the little packet it’s best to check if the mask is in the way of where you’re trying to tear the packet open as you can accidentally tear the mask from this. But they’re also really light on your skin and very gentle. This particular mask sheet contains Multi-silk, which is super soft on your skin. After using this mask I really feel like my skin has a noticeable dewy glow. It’s a really nice mask for brightening your skin and since you can buy it in a set it’s pretty cheap too.

Annabelle x

Review: The Cure Green Tea Collagen Essence Mask

The_Cure_GT_MasksI bought a set of these masks on offer in TK Maxx a little while ago to try out as I’ve never used anything by this brand before. After I used the mask I felt that it actually left my skin feeling a bit dry and irritated. There was very little essence left after the recommended 15 minutes was up. Unusually for a sheet mask as well there wasn’t really any essence left in the packet after I’d taken out the mask. One thing I did notice straight away when I unfolded the mask is that it’s much thicker than a lot of other sheet masks.

The_Cure_Green_Tea_MaskAfter using the mask my skin looked a little red as well and lacked the usual nice glow you can get from a good sheet mask. I’ve used a lot of green tea products as it’s one of my favourite natural ingredients and I’ve never had any problems with dry or irritated skin before so I can only conclude that it is this particular mask that my skin is reacting to.

I played around this mask and tried varying the length of time it is left on. It is better if you leave it on for only five minutes but even then you really can feel the mask drying out and my skin still felt irritated and dry. So as far as my recommendation goes I personally wouldn’t buy this again and I would suggest that you avoid this if you have particularly sensitive skin. If you have less sensitive skin though you might find this works okay as I know some people do like this mask.

Annabelle x

TK Maxx Sheet Mask Finds

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TK Maxx is a great place to find new masks, whether you’re just venturing into the vast world of sheet masks or looking for a new brand to try. They often have a lot of single masks from a range of brands, including some less well-known ones. If you’re looking for a specific brand you might not find it as their collection on offer can be be very random but it changes pretty often so it’s worth keeping an eye on them as what you’re looking for might just pop up. I love to have a little shop around and see what I can find. They’re also priced pretty cheaply and boxes of sheet masks pop up in their clearance sections pretty frequently. TK Maxx also sell sheet masks on their website, including their clearance section ones, though you do have to pay postage for any orders under £75 (which would be a lot of masks!)

The_Cure_GT_MasksThe Cure Green Tea Collagen Essence Mask [5 pck], £4.99 (Reduced to £3.00) (TK Maxx)

I love anything with Green Tea in so I simply couldn’t resist this pack of five masks. Green Tea is a great all-round natural ingredient that helps both heal and also calm the skin. This particular mask is aimed at all skin types and is designed to hydrate the skin. I’ve not been able to find out too much about this brand from looking online so since this is the first time I’ve used one of their masks I’ll be interested to see how it turns out.

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Seolreim Cosmetic Blooming Cell Dual Effect Mask: Calming Project, £1.99 (TK Maxx)

This unusual looking mask caught my eye and I just had to try it. As a general rule Korean sheet masks that have a medical design to them are usually pretty hard to go wrong with. The material for this mask is designed to be very gentle and soft on the skin so it should be good for sensitive skin.

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MIZON Enjoy Vital-Up Time Soothing Mask, £1.99 (TK Maxx)

Usually I’m not a huge fan of lavender but recently I’ve come to love my lavender pillow spray (thisworks, £18.00 Boots) so I thought I’d give this one a try. Lavender is great for sensitive skin and is very gentle on spot-prone skin. Mizon specialises in a lot of products designed to hydrate your skin so this mask should be pretty good.

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Mediheal Platnium V-Life Essential Mask, £1.99 (TK Maxx)

This quirky packaging caught my eye (I just can’t resist nice packaging!) and I’m pretty excited to try this one out. This is a brand I haven’t tried much before but they turn up pretty frequently in TK Maxx so I’m hoping it’ll be a good one.



 

Labiotte_Artichoke_MaskLabiotte Marryeco Nutri Moist Sheet Mask with Artichoke, £1.99 [reduced to £1.00] (TK Maxx)

As you may be able to tell from the picture this mask was reduced because it has a mark on the front of the packet. While not quite as photogenic as it would be without this it doesn’t affect the mask at all so I happily snapped this mask up. This mask is supposed to both relax and revitalise you skin. Artichoke is great for hydrating your skin and is supposed to be good for reducing the effects of UV on the skin. So this would be great mask for the summer if it’s nice.
Elizavecca_MaskElizavecca Power Ringer Mask Pack, £1.99 (TK Maxx)

So I really love this brand as they do some fabulously quirky (but still very effective) products. I’ve found a few of their products in the past like the Elizavecca Sparkle Cream a bit heavy on my skin but that shouldn’t matter for this mask. This brand often adds exciting little quirks to their products so I’m excited to see how this one turns out.

Annabelle x

Korean Beauty Haul

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So for my first post I thought I’d start off with a haul of one of my favourite things, Korean skincare. I got all these products from three main places.
The first was Yesstyle, which is a great online store with lots of Korean products as well as a big range of Japanese and Taiwanese ones that I’ll be trying out and blogging about later on. They often have a lot of offers and free shipping to the UK is offered after you’ve spent £30 (it’s hard to spend less, trust me). They have similar offers to other parts of the world and ship to lots of different countries. The post can be a bit slow however, especially if you order something that’s not immediately in stock.
The second was TK Maxx, which sometimes has nothing and other times has lots of discounted skincare products. It’s always worth checking it out just in case.
The last shop is Urban Outfitters, which has been following the recent high street trend of stocking a handful of Korean skincare products. I’ll be doing a post about this a bit later on and reviewing the different high street products available.

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Etude House Collagen Eye Patch One Set, £2.01 (Yesstyle)
This is a re-buy and one of my favourite under-eye products. It works really quickly to brighten the skin under my eyes and I feel it makes a visible difference. Etude House is a massive brand in Asia and I’ve yet to find a product of theirs I don’t like. You do only get one set here so in comparison to other products where you can get around 60pcs for around the £10 mark they are that bit more expensive but I do feel they’re worth it.

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It’s Skin Todak Todak Pack Moisture, £2.50 (Urban Outfitters)
This isn’t a brand I’m very familiar with so I’m excited to try this out. I found this cute little face pack in Urban Outfitters but they also have a range of It’s Skin Effectors on beautybay.com. This particular one is seaweed and lime, which I’m looking forward to trying as I’ve found products with lime in have really brightened up my skin in the past.

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Elizavecca Moisture Sparkle Cream, £5.00 (TK Maxx)
If you’ve heard of this brand then you’ve probably heard of their famous bubble clay mask. They have a lot of exciting products and this one was a steal in TK Maxx, with most places like Yesstyle retailing it at around £12.99. This product is something I’ve used a little before and I feel it brightens up my skin, although as it’s quite heavy I’d recommend using it a few times a week rather than daily, especially if you have have quite oily skin.

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Tony Moly Panda’s Dream White Magic Cream, £2.99 (TK Maxx)
This was another bargain from TK Maxx, with this cream retailing at around £10.00 elsewhere. This is a very cute little cream and is for brightening and moisturising your skin. It also contains bamboo extract, which goes nicely with the panda theme. Like the Moisture Sparkle Cream I’ve found this is a bit heavy for everyday use but is great to use a couple of times a week to give your skin a boost. It’s not just a face cream of course and it is great for nourishing your hands in particular.

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Innisfree capsule recipe pack (green tea), £3.75 (Yesstyle)
This is another re-purchase and currently my favourite innisfree product. With this I felt a really quick visible difference in brightening my skin. It’s great for if you want to give your skin a quick boost. It’s really easy to use and not particularly expensive. Innisfree is a brand that really focuses on using natural ingredients so their products are great for sensitive skin like mine. I find that I can’t use a lot of face products because of how sensitive my skin is but I’ve never had a problem with innisfree.

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Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Rice, £2.35 (Yesstyle)
You can get a lot of innisfree masks wholesale on Amazon and also Yesstyle, in either mixed packs or as a set. As I’ve never tried this mask before I thought I’d just get the one. This particular mask is a bit of a marmite product so I’m excited to try it out. I really like the brand so I’ll be interested to see if I like this one too. Innisfree masks aren’t too expensive, which is great, although you do have to be a little careful as their sheet masks do rip pretty easily.

A useful trick I’ve found for sheet masks is that you can put them in the fridge for a little while beforehand to really get a cooling effect.

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SNP Beijing Opera Aqua Mask, £1.99 (TK Maxx)
Modelled on genuine Beijing Opera masks this looks like a fun little sheet mask to try out. It contains coconut water and hylauronic acid and is designed to hydrate and moisturise your skin.

 

 

 

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SNP Gold Collagen Ampoule Mask, £1.99 (TK Maxx)
This is another SNP find from TK Maxx. I’ve been wanting to try out a gold mask for a while now. You can get this one online quite easily from Amazon as well as quite a few other retailers. This mask is designed to both hydrate and firm your skin, which is something I always look for in a mask.

 

 

MBD_BoxMy Beauty Diary White Lily Brightening Essence Mask, 7pcs £11.23 (Yesstyle)
So admittedly this is a Taiwanese not Korean brand but it is one of my absolute favourite brands for sheet masks. While I haven’t tried this particular mask before I’ve used a lot of My Beauty Diary face masks and really liked them so I bought a seven-pack of these ones. The White Lily mask is designed to both brighten and calm the skin, which is great for sensitive skin. These masks are also infused with multi-silk, which is incredibly gentle on your skin. Their masks do tend to be quite small but they’re not particularly expensive and there is always lots of essence left over that you can use either on your body or under make-up to give your skin extra radiance.

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Mediheal P. D. F. A. C Dressing Ampoule Mask ex, £1.99 (TK Maxx)
Containing ingredients such as salicylic acid this mask is designed to treat irritated skin and to tackle spots and other problem areas. This is a great mask to try for skin that is both spot-prone and sensitive. Mediheal have a focus on using natural ingredients and on balancing out your skin so their products are great for a whole range of skin types.

 

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Oh K! Coconut Water Fibre Face Mask, £8.00 [3 pack (I may have used one already…)](Urban Outfitters)
These masks are available on beautybay.com, ASOS and many other retailers so they’re not too hard to find. They are a good size and fit nicely so you don’t have to worry about the edges of your face being left out. The coconut water aims to nourish and hydrate so they’re great for giving tired skin a little boost, especially if it’s quite dry.

 

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Kokubo Princess Bath Salts in Smooth and Silky Honey, £3.32 (Yesstyle)
So not technically a Korean product either but this was my impulse buy of the day. Infused with milk extract, vitamins, minerals and royal jelly it aims to promote skin renewal. I’ve never used this brand before but I love bath salts so I thought I’d give this one a try. Kokubo has a lot of bath related products, with a whole range on Yesstyle that I’m sure I’ll be trying out soon.

 

Annabelle x