Simple Evening Skincare Routine for Oily Skin

Very excited to share the first in a little skincare series I’m doing, with this one focusing on those of you in particular with sensitive and oily skin. This routine can be used for any different skin types though ūüôā Enjoy!

Annabelle x

Massive Sheet Masks Haul

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So this accidentally turned into quite a haul (I was only supposed to be buying an eye shadow but I got a little distracted).¬†A lot of the masks I bought were for a post I’m currently working on comparing Korean and UK/European/US brand sheet masks so expect quite a few products from this haul to turn up again pretty shortly.

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IROHA Nature Argan + Hyaluronic Acid (TK Maxx, £3.99)

So this first one is a brand I haven’t come across before. The price wasn’t really surprising because I’ve found the European/US sheet masks are generally more expensive. I’m a bit tentative to see if the argan oil will be a bit heavy on my skin but hyaluronic is a great ingredient for hydrating the skin. I like that this is a face and neck mask as these aren’t that common. I always put any leftover essence on my neck so it makes sense really for the mask to cover it.

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Boots Ingredients Radiance & Brightening: Lotus Flower & Tiger Lily (Boots, £1.49)

Although this is labelled ‘Made in Korea’ I’m putting this in the non-Korean category because Boots is a UK store. I got this one on offer as at full price it’s ¬£2.50. I don’t really know what to expect from this mask as it’s a Boots own brand but I like the simple packaging.

 

 

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FACEINC [by NAILSINC] Facial Sheet Mask: Cat Nap (Boots, £3.33)

Again this mask is supposed to brighten the skin. While this mask does state that it’s for normal/dry skin and I am oily/combination the choice of non-Korean masks were rather limited so I thought I would try this one out anyway. I like the fun design of this one and again it’s quite nice packaging.

 

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Masque Bar Green Tea Sheet Mask [3 pack] (Boots £9.99)

So this is actually a Korean brand that Boots now stocks. I love green tea products so I picked out these sheet masks to try. I admit the packaging is a bit disappointing. Interestingly the instructions are much more like the non-Korean masks above as they just say to apply the sheet mask to a cleansed and dried face. The non-Korean sheet masks tend to just say to apply the mask to a clean face, while the Korean ones usually specify that you should cleanse and tone first.

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Faith in Face Black & White Film Star Hydrogel Mask (TK Maxx, £2.99)

This mask is designed to¬†even out your complexion and give it a smooth finish. I don’t use gel masks that often so this will be quite fun to try out. The packaging does remind me quite a bit of Soap & Glory products.

 

 

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Faith in Face Miss Invisible Pore Hydrogel Mask (TK Maxx, £2.99)

Another hydrogel Faith in Faith mask this is possibly the one I’m most looking forward to trying out of all of my masks because I’m always trying to find ways to tighten up my pores. I’ve tried a lot of different products but I’ve still yet to find anything particularly effective so I have my fingers crossed for this one.

 

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Mediheal Mask Dress Dress Code Red (£3.99)

So I haven’t given a place to buy this because I actually got this from my local Chinese supermarket. I’ve looked online and you can get this on Amazon but ¬†it doesn’t seem to pop up much in UK stores. I like the packaging and design of the mask and I know I like Mediheal sheet masks as I’ve used them before in the past. Mediheal masks crop up pretty often in TK Maxx so I often pick one up when I stop in there.

 

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The Cure S.O.S Bamboo Water-Shot Mask (£2.99)

As with the mask above this was from the Chinese supermarket and again it’s quite hard to find online. I’ve not had the best experiences with The Cure sheets masks in the past; my skin reacted pretty badly in particular to their Green Tea sheet mask. But I thought I would give them another try (and I could hardly resist the adorable panda packaging). The English instructions on this say to put it on after moisturising, which is a bit¬†unusual but could be a mistranslation so I’ll have a little check online before I use it.

 

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LS Cosmetics Oriental Herbal Tightening Mask (£2.99)

I absolutely love the packaging on this one, it’s incredibly cute and I’ve never seen anything quite like it before. This mask is supposed to brighten up the skin and enhance its elasticity. I’m looking forward to trying this out, though I admit the incredibly long list of ingredients on the back is a little daunting…

 

 

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S+Miracle Facial Care Pearl Special Mask (£2.99)

This is a 3-step brightening and revitalising mask and I like these multi-step ones as they are usually pretty fun. I admit I have no idea what is in the step 1 and 2 sections because there’s no English but I’m really curious to find out. These multi-step masks are great for travelling because you can add in extra products without having to bring lots of bottles.

 

 

 

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Etude House 0.2 Therapy Air Mask: Snail  (£2.99)

You can buy these pretty cheaply in bulk on websites like Yesstyle (10 for around ¬£15) though I only got the one here. Etude House is a brand I’ve used many times and I love snail products so I picked this one up. This mask is supposed to be a very lightweight, non-irritant style.

 

 

 

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Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask: Green Tea (Yesstyle, ¬£2.88)

Innisfree is one of my favourite brands but I’ve had some fairly mixed experiences with their sheet masks. I’ve never had a problem with them causing a reaction to my skin but I haven’t found them to be particularly exciting in the past. I love anything green tea though (as I’m sure I’ve already said) so I’m hoping I’ll like this one a bit more. It does have alcohol quite high up the ingredients list, which I admit did surprise me as innisfree usually focuses a lot on ingredients that are kind to sensitive skin.

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The Face Shop Real Nature Mask: White Tea (£2.99)

While I’ve tried a lot of green tea products I’ve never tried white tea before. White tea is apparently supposed to help brighten and clear up the skin.

 

 

 

 

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SNP Beijing Opera Aqua Mask (TK Maxx, £1.99)

This mask is a repurchase and one of my favourites. I find this really hydrates my skin and leaves it with a lovely glow. The mask does genuinely look like the little picture so you can’t really wear this one in public like on a plane unless you want to get some very weird looks.

 

 

 

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SNP Beijing Opera Waterfull Mask (TK Maxx, £1.99)

This is another mask in the same range as the one above so I thought I’d get it to try out. Hopefully it will be as good as the one above. I’m not entirely sure what the difference between the two is besides the design on the mask itself as they both appear to be hydrating masks.

 

 

 

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The Creme Shop Caffeine & Dark Chocolate Masks [5 pack] (TK Maxx, £5.00)

These last masks combine caffeine and dark chocolate, both of which are great for brightening up the skin. They also contain hyaluronic acid, which like I mentioned earlier helps to really hydrate the skin. Personally I really love the design of this packaging and as a big mocha lover I just had to get these.

So that is everything (at long last)! That ended up being rather a long post but I hope you enjoyed it. If you’re interested in seeing¬†how the non-Korean masks fare compared to the Korean ones then keep an eye out as I will be doing a little post on this some time soon.

As always, if you haven’t already then please do check out my channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsYuSTZgGK8ZNOGZsK9Jz7Q

Annabelle x

 

Review: Innisfree capsule recipe pack (green tea)

Innisfree_Green_TeaThis Innisfree Capsule Recipe Pack (green tea),¬†¬£3.75 (Yesstyle)¬†was one of the first Korean beauty products I tried and it’s been one of my absolute favourites ever since. It comes in this cute little capsule, which can be re-sealed as it has a solid lid. You can get three or even four uses out of this mask and as it’s a mask in a capsule rather than a sheet mask you can really easily vary how long you leave it on for and how much you want to use.¬†I mostly use this mask as a little boost under my make-up in the morning. You just put it on after you’ve cleansed and toned then wash it off after 5-20 minutes (depending on how intensely you want to use it). Moisturise and then you¬†have a nice dewy base you can put your make-up onto.

This mask is really moisturising and leaves your skin feeling lovely and soft and with a nice natural glow to it. It doesn’t smell particularly strong but while the scent isn’t very exciting it feels really nice and light on your skin. Innisfree use natural ingredients that are very gentle on your skin. If you want to get an extra soothing effect you can leave this in the fridge for a little while beforehand. I recommend this little mask for all skin types and at ¬£3.75 for at least three uses it’s not exactly expensive.

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