I had this sheet mask waiting in my ‘to review’ pile and it had been in there for so long that I had almost forgotten about it. It seems like life gets so busy lately that sometimes we just need to take a step back and relax – which basically means we should all be masking. I’ve gotten some people interested in sheet masks (and kbeauty, which I never shut up about) and so two nights ago, my work colleagues ended up in a group chat sheet mask session. While everyone was making use of the masks that I’d shared around (you can see the pile on my Instagram), I took the opportunity to pick this one up!
This is a 24K Gold Snail Mask that I was sent a while ago from Elizavecca and, from what I can see on their website, is meant to be used as a daily mask pack to hydrate and refresh a tired complexion (which is great, since I am always tired), as well as having anti-wrinkle benefits.
The packaging and concept didn’t excite me much as it seemed to be a fairly standard product, but the ingredients were decent:
Snail slime filtered water 1000pm
Witch Hazel extract
I’m keeping this short and brief, so just read on for the verdict!
I was originally debating whether to do this review just on Instagram or here on my blog, but considering that I’ve been falling behind so badly on posts (literally, because I have so many lined up to be written), I figured that it would be better for me to just write here.
This is a Three Step Blackhead Solution (nose pack) that I received to review from Elizavecca a significant time back. I’ve had it sitting on my desk for a long time but I hadn’t used it yet because things got too stressful for me. However, during the time that I was spending at home, I decided to take a half hour out of my night to pamper and relax myself a bit. For most people, this would involve a sheet mask, but I actually have a love for pore strips. I find it so satisfying seeing my pores cleared out, and the clean sensation afterwards is so good.
So, read on for my review of this mask! You can get this off of the Elizavecca website for 3,500 won (around AUD$4), which is a pretty standard price for these sort of ‘special’ masks.
I’ve been trying to get more active on my blog again but it’s proving more difficult than it should be because of work. I have also been having some trouble with my health that I haven’t been talking about much, but I am taking care of myself and trying to get back to my full spirits. Hopefully, things get a little bit easier but – in the mean time – you can keep following me on Instagram and also check out my Youtube Channel! For now though, let’s jump right into a review. As with most of my sheet mask reviews, I’m going to keep it fairly short and sweet.
This is the Milky Piggy Water Lock Hydrogel Melting Mask that I recieved from Elizavecca to review. They had actually sent me a package of things to test but it’s been taking me a while to get through them. However, everything I have tested so far has been great and I actually really enjoyed this mask! This is (as you can tell) a hydrogel mask, meaning that it doesn’t use a cotton sheet but rather a gel material that is cooling, clings well to the skin and actually helps to hydrate better. These masks are usually considered a premium product and cost more than your normal sheets, but I love them a lot and I tend to save them for special days.
The packaging has a super cute pig illustration and, as usual, I had to take the time out the admire it. The milkypiggy has on a clear hydrogel mask too and I love the colours. It has a quirky look to it that would make it a fun gift – or just to collect yourself. Overall, the packaging design is quite normal, but it’s cute!
On the Elizavecca website, you can buy this as a pack of five for 38,000 won or – if you are after an english website – they also sell on many other online stores and platforms too.
I am finally writing this review! I’ve started a lot of posts and have had to stop lately because I’ve been so inundated with work and it’s really stressing me out mentally and physically. I’m working five days a week, which is pretty standard for most people, but trying to also add in blogging, daily social media updates (which is, yes, a necessity), as well as photoshoots and trying to get back into music… it can really drain a girl down. That being said, I do have a lot of content planned and the photography is done to be shared and posted – so hopefully I can keep the ball rolling.
I’m going to try and keep my posts a little more concise starting from now – especially the reviews. This is mostly because i’m not convinced that people like to read about me rambling on and because short points are probably easier to help people draw their conclusions. Please let me know in the comments below if you prefer shorter, more frequent posts or more lengthy, less frequent posts?
And back on track! Today, I’ll be giving you my thoughts on the Kangsi Pack from Elizavecca. They recently sent me a second package of different masks and goodies to test out for you guys and, so far, I’m really happy with their products. You can read my glowing review of their retinol cream here (no pun intended) and I have a few more sheet masks to review as well. The below product is one of their really popular wash off mask packs, which contains 24K gold and looks like a glittering dream. That is, until it dries.
A few weeks ago, Elizavecca sent me another package of goodies to try out and review for the blog – and I was pretty crazily ecstatic. One of the products that I was most excited to try out – but also the most nervous about – but this EGF Elastic Retinol Cream. It cleans to be a product used by entertainers (specifically actresses) to achieve their flawless skin complexion. Now, I’m not sure if I believe that these famous kdrama actresses are actually using Elizavecca, but the idea that they’re using a retinol cream for this is actually not much of a stretch.
Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A (also called a retinoid) and is primarily used for wrinkle care and anti-aging to give a more youthful complexion – it has been used in skin care since the 70’s, so it isn’t a new discovery at all. This is an ingredient that is actually backed by dermatologists and you can get both over-the-counter and prescription retinoids (which will be pure retinoid) to used. Retinoids increase cell turnover, so that it is helping to get rid of old and damaged cells. It also thins the top layer of skin while thickening the smoother, second layer to make the skin look more luminous and firm. It also helps to boost collagen production and prevent its break down when it is penetrating deeper into the skin, as well as clearing pores and decreasing oil production (as stated by Real Simple). All in all, retinoids really sound like a magic product!
In addition to this magic, star ingredient, this cream also contains CF-Nest Extract of 80% (which is a very popular product for Asian beauty, helping with moisture balance) and EGF (which is suitable for dry weather and helps to strengthen skin nutrition). Unfortunately, I can’t find information on the % of the retinol ingredient in this, but I jumped right in anyway!
Before trying out this product though, please read all instructions – or at least finish up this review – because retinol is a product that you have to slowly progress your skin into. It’s not okay to just slather your face with it because you will likely not get good results.
So, with that sappy 100th post post out of the way, I’m happy to be able to launch right into my next review. This one I’ve actually seen testing for a really long time because I wanted to test it under different conditions and situations too, so this is going to be a well considered post. I also filmed a video for this (which you can find at the end). This is a face mist that is also a spray on mask pack – which is a pretty interesting concept, in my opinion. Those who know me well would know that I carry a small bottle of mist around with me daily: I use it to touch up my make up, to rehydrate my face and also to wake me up when I’ve already gone over my daily caffeine allowance.
The following product is called the Hell Pore Water Up Peptide EGF Mist One Button, which is a serious mouthful so I’ll call it the One Button Mist from here on. This was sent to me for review purposes from Elizavecca and it’s from their Hell Pore line – you know, that apparently super painful mask that I… actually didn’t find that painful? I actually really liked that mask though, so I was interested to see what this product could do for me.
I used this spray during the day on top of my make up, as well as on days when I wasn’t wearing any make up. Although the weather is very hot here, I have also had some trouble with dry lips (which does come into play). Interested to read about this? Click on!
I’ve been slowly getting back into the swing of doing these reviews so, hopefully, they will be more regular soon enough. I took a bit of time before and during my trip to test a lot these upcoming products since – being skincare – I wanted to be able to give a good review that consisted of more than initial thoughts.
So I have been really lucky lately to be collaborating with Elizavecca. You have most likely heard about their brand before – they went viral a while ago for their interesting bubble masks and the intense hell-pore mask (which I have previously reviewed here). For today, I’ll be introducing to everyone their Aqua Hyaluronic Acid Water Drop Cream – a total mouthful, so from here on I’ll just refer to it as Water Drop Cream.
This is a light weight but highly moisturising cream that, in my opinion, is perfectly suited for the summer weather. It’s special feature is the visible ‘water droplet’ effect when the cream is lightly rubbed onto the skin. I found that it was great to use under make up because it is fast absorbing and leaves skin feeling smooth – also, we all know I’m a sucker for hyaluronic acid. In addition to hydrating our skin, it also had red ginseng extract which had great anti-aging benefits.
These masks are definitely going to take me a while to get through (because I seldom have the time for daily masking) so I thought that I would post up this review first with the overall comments before gradually adding in notes for each individual mask. Great idea, right?
Anyway, the first thing I want to say is Happy New Year! This one is going to be my first review of the year and I’m pretty happy that it’s for an Elizavecca product – their brand made quite a splash in 2016 and I’m hoping that they become even more popular in the year to come. It’s great watching some of these more off-beat or independent brands thrive in an industry as saturated as kbeauty.
For these masks, I received them from BB Cosmetic when I was in Korea last year (that is strange to say) and they are meant to be used as daily masks, I believe – though I will be spreading them out. They all use different ingredients to target different things, though the description is a little difficult to understand. Selling in a pack of ten, you’re meant to be able to pick and choose which mask(s) to using during the week to customise your skincare.
If you’re interested in this product, check out BB Cosmetic and don’t forget to use my code for 8% off your purchase: QAL3F6ZA8YZ
I’ll be honest, the reason I wanted to try this is because I watched Tati’s video and seeing her tear up trying to peel this off sort of made me laugh. I’ve had experience using peel off masks before (along with nose strips) and they generally don’t hurt me much. They also don’t usually remove blackheads from my pores either, so I mostly use them for a bit of fun and just general pore cleaning.
For Elizavecca’s Hell Pore Clean Up Mask though, the product had been hyped so much and there are so many (way overly faked) screaming videos of people peeling it off, that I just had to try it out for myself. For this review, please keep in mind that different skin types and sensitivities will react differently – my own is generally not very sensitive (aside from allergies) so what doesn’t irritate my skin might do yours.
I received this product from StyleKorean for reviewing purposes, so remember to click onto their page to check it out (as well as all the other pretties that they carry – just in time for Christmas shopping). On with the review!