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Thursday, 27 June 2013
Monday, 24 June 2013
DIY Face Mask Sheet
Today, it's about face mask.
I'm not sure if you have seen this before, but i have seen it everywhere and around. You get get this or see these in sasa, in the small beauty stalls and shops, watsons, guardians and anywhere. I've always wonder how this works. All i knew, that it was a face mask. I've never really bothered on giving this a try as i've always bought the packet face mask kind. But today, i saw this at watsons for RM9.90 (for 15 face mask), so i decided to grab one and give it a try.
Now, this funny little white round compressed face mask sheet are dry and 100% viscose. And they look like these.
How does this thing work?
1. Open the packet seal and take one of the round shape mask. Tear of the plastic around it and the top and the bottom piece of white protective paper will come of.
It is not a very big size and you can see the fabric face mask on each side top of bottom already.
2. Next, take a container and put the dry mask on it, and take out our lotion or skin conditioner or diluted serum (concentrated serum will take longer and harder to absorb. I would advise you to stay off using toner as most toner contains alcohol and dries up your skin. )
3. Take your chosen lotion/skin conditioner and pour on top of the mask into the container. The mask will absorb the liquids and expand (see photo below comparison to before and after)
4. Once it is wet and fully absorb (i waited about 2 minutes) open up the sheet to see if it is wet enough, If it is not, place the sheet back into the container and add more.
5. Place mask on face and leave it on for 15-30 minutes. (depending on what solution you use). Then peel it off and massage extra essence into your face.
See comparison before and after.
Products that i have used today for this first trial DIY face mask is
1. Haruhada Hyaluronic Acid Skin Lotion
2. Naris Up Skin Conditioner Marin Collagen
3. Naris Up Skin Conditioner VC (Vitamin C)
You can use any products that you prefer depending on the outcome that you want to achieve.
As you should know the basic ingredients that gives you the benefit and meaning of it. (I'll write a next post on ingredients)
- Hyaluronic Acid is for moisture.
- Arbutin is for whitening.
- Sacrylic Acid (Beta-Hydroxy Acid) is for oily/acne
- Cucumber, Avocado & Aloe Vera is for smoothing and calming.
- and the list goes on.
My thoughts and wonders of this. Pros&Cons
Firstly, the face mask sheet isn't bad. I had expected a bad quality face mask. Like the cheap gonna peel or rough hard kind, cause it cost like RM0.66 for ONE face mask sheet after divided. Tt's a 100% Viscose material face mask sheet. Well, you could go for a much expensive one like COTTON or something, but this mask rates a 7/10 from me.
I would say it's a little inconvience compared to the ready packet face mask if i'm travelling, or i want something fast or with extra benefit. (Like the multiple usage kind) BUT, i think it is cheaper. Think about it. RM9.90 for 15 sheet. And the lotion cost abour RM35 for Naris up 350ml and RM39 for Haruhada 500ml. And to think about it, you can use MORE THAN 15 mask for one bottle. that means it's cheaper!! Well, it's cheap but not travel friendly. BUT on the other hand, with this, you can one main benefit.
For example, if i use the Naris Up Skin Conditioner VC i can purely that benefit, rather than a mix of bit and here everywhere and not getting a full after effect of it. Oh well, i guess it works both ways.
Any downside of this? Not really, i think the only thing i can think of is the trouble to find a container to fill it up and it MIGHT get a little messy if i spill things over. (But i didn't :D)
Would i do this and repurchase again?
Would i recommend it?
WHY NOT? I guess there are more to explore on this. And when i do, i'll update again. :)
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Haruhada High Concentrate Activator
Today, i will be reviewing on a Haruhada product in first impression (Not sponsored). It is the Haruhada Activator. It comes in 6 different kinds. 5 is the same bottle but in different color labels, and one is an entire pink bottle. This bottle retails at RM59 per 30ml bottle, but SASA has a sale of 2 bottles for RM79. That equals to RM39.50 per bottle. (Like RM20 cheaper than the original price). Well, why would i need TWO right? i'm not till that extreme with sales, not with stuff that i haven't try or come across like this.
There isn't much review and information about this. I mean there is, just isn't sufficient enough to let me know what it really does as well as, the effectiveness and what it really does. Or so, enough to convince me to get it.
So what is it really??
"Haruhada High Concentrate Activator gives soothing and whitening effects. It contains such skin-conditioning ingredients as enantia chlorantha bark extract and oleanolic acid. It leaves skin soft, smooth and lustrous."
- From SASA.com
I know that is really little information enough to be given to someone, or enough to convince someone about it. Haruhada is a brand that i couldn't even find the website to give me more information about it, or the website for the product. Haruhada is a brand from Japan. (Hence, the name) It actually means "Skin of Spring" translated to english. All their products smell very japanese blossom spring smell. LOL. Most of their products contain botanical extracts and hyaluronic acid or collagen, and as we all know, Japanese products are trustable. OF COURSE THEY HAVE TOO! Look at the japanese people. SKin all damn nice one. LOL.
So, today.. it is the Haruhada Activator. What does an Activator really do? It is suppose to penetrate through your skin and activate the cells that are dying, or to boost it up. It's similar to the Lancome Genefique Activator. (Well, all activator does the same right?)
Haruhada High Concentrate Activator gives soothing and whitening effects. It contains such skin-conditioning ingredients as enantia chlorantha bark extract and oleanolic acid. It leaves skin soft, smooth and lustrous.
So here is the packaging. It looks like this.
The bottle taken out comparison to my hand size. It's a 30ml bottle. And it's filled FULL!!
You know unlike those product which they say 30ml but give half (like potato chips)
I quite like the bottle, it's small, but not too small. 30ml is alot. TRAVEL FRIENDLY, i can bring this around for travelling and do not need to worry about check in.
Ingrdients in this products is
These are the four main products and as seen at the back of the packaging, it is stated there. I like how even though it is in Japanese. SASA took the effort to printint out in chinese AND ENGLISH, to let us know at least what it does.
This is the drip. I like that this drip is the pump kind, rather than the push kind. (Like the LOREAL YOUTH CODE)
I found myself getting annoyed at the applicator for the LOREAL YOUTH CODE cz i had to press the tip to push the pressure and get it out, it was so annoying, i could barely get anything out of it, and the thing keeps slipping of my hands.
So this product comes with the rubber tip, just press to pump, and to release. Quick, easy, fast and clean.
So here is one drop of it. like ONE DROP. not the whole pump. and this can cover my whole face. It isn't a sticky solution or a tacky feeling. It is a fluid serum form rather than a tacky heavy serum oil form, and this feels more like an exlixir. the smell is nothing. LOL.
okay i know it is impossible to smell like nothing. But i would say it smells like non-alcohol fragrance free toner.
HAHAHAA. it's true!!
It absorbs into the skin straight away. and it doesn't leave a sticky feeling or dryness. It just feel like a plump nice hydrating clean feeling.
Overall, this product is amazing. Throughout the day, i don't feel my face oily, or heavy. It makes my skin feel soft, smooth and lustrous like it describes. This i would say is a very good skin conditioner. or skin treatment i can say it. Boost up your skin. Apparently this is suppose to give me some whitening effects, but i can't really tell in one applicaiton because this is more like a first impression review. I have used this for a week and using it as a toner way. After cleansing my face, and this is amazing. the moisutizer and my make up feels and looks nicer. and i don't look dull anymore.
BUT, it is hard to say as this is not the only product that i use or recently use. But i would say, it is worth the try and is a good buy.
I know nothing could win and beat the Lancome Genefique Activator or the SKII Facial Treatment Essence. BUt this is definately something to grab when it's on sale.
*note: My sister just called me telling me that the SASA CLEARANCE SALE in CINEALEISURE is selling the botnanical one for RM18! So i told her 'GRAB IT!! WHATCHU WAITING FORRRRR!"
so yea... will review on that when i get it. AND, will update on this product after a long usage because you know there are always products that are amazing in the beginning but after a few trys or a month it changes? So lets see how it would be.
For now here is my summarize of everything.
- it is travel friendly.
- it is not sticky/tacky and absorbs into the skin well.
- my skin is no longer flaring red (or so far not yet but definately reduced)
- it didn't give me a tingling dry tight feeling.
- my skin looked and felt soft and smooth
- RM59 for 30ml bottle?? It's a little too pricey, but getting it for RM18 and RM39 is worth it.
- Have to wait for sales for a cheaper price.
Would i recommend it? YES. why not? It's a good investment.
Would i repurchase it? YES, (i already bought the other ones)
So if you have tried it, let me know if it felt different for you. :)