Korean Beauty Products: Innisfree Jeju Volcano Capsule Recipe Pack Review

I am back with another Korean beauty product review. I spoke about Innisfree in my last post titled: Korean Beauty Product to the Test: Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Nose Pack Review 

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Korean Beauty Product to the Test: Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Nose Pack Review

I suffer from blackheads on my T-zone, particularly my nose. I have tried a lot of products to get rid of blackheads, masks, pore strips etc. I have been hearing so much about Korean beauty products lately and wanted to test any blackhead related products I could find. I love pore strips, there is a certain satisfaction you get when you peel off that pore strip and see it filled with blackheads. Anyhow these pore strips are from a brand called Innisfree, which is a natural Korean brand. I am not sure how natural the brand is, I definitely don’t think it is 100% natural. Anyhow, these are pore strips, and I don’t care if they are natural, I just want them to work. The product claims to remove blackheads and keep pores clean. Awesome. It contains Jeju volcanic clay (I am not sure what the Jeju volcano is … but it sounds cool). Apparently it is supposed to help with cleaning the pores. Anyhow, the process is straightforward. Wet your nose, apply the strip on your nose, let it dry and wait and see. The strip has this weird smell to it, almost like glue, which made me freak out and scramble to read the ingredients. Imagine it was really just glue, like in those Youtube videos of people removing their blackheads with glue? Anyhow, no glue in this, just a weird smell, maybe the Jeju?

Once the strip dried out, I removed it and the ultimate test would be, how many blackheads are on that damn strip and is this better or worse than the classic Biore strips? So the verdict is in: they are about the same as the Biore strips in effectiveness. I saw a few blackheads on the middle part of the strip and on the edges, probably just as many as I would see with a Biore strip. Unfortunately people, this isn’t the wonder product we have been waiting for to magically remove our stubborn blackheads. I am going to keep searching!


Birchbox Unboxing and Review

So I finally decided to cave and join the world of subscription boxes. This is my very first subscription box and of course, I decided on one focused on beauty. I read a gazillion reviews online, and if you are wondering about Canadian subscription boxes, Canadian Subscription Box Addict is a great website to learn all about these boxes full of goodies!

I subscribed to Birchbox and Ipsy and guess what, on a horrible Monday, I come home from work to find these beautiful packages in my mailbox! Talk about brightening a crappy Monday! Continue reading “Birchbox Unboxing and Review”

Sheet Masks: Are they really worth the hype?

Korean beauty products are all the hype these days, including sheet masks. What is a sheet mask? Remember those Biore blackhead strips? Well think of a similar concept, but not just for your nose, but for your whole face with little gaps for your eyes and mouth. Simple concept, no need to apply the mask yourself, but just stick this sheet on your face.

I decided to venture into a store called Face Shop. I knew it looked familiar, this is what used to be Fruits and Passions everyone. I looked at some of the products – ohhhh, sheet masks. Looked at the back, what? These are made in Korea, sold! They are very inexpensive, $2.00 for a sheet mask. I decided to try the Real Nature Mask Honey. The mask claims to give you radian and illuminated skin and contains honey extract. It is also supposed to moisturize dry skin. I have very dry skin, so I decided to give it a shot.

I used the mask today. You basically open the package, take the mask out, which is a little difficult to unfold, given it is moist and stuck together. You then have to strategically place it on your face. Making sure to avoid the eye and lip area. This is no easy task! Everyone has a different face size, so I felt that the mask was too close to my eye area then I would have liked. I kept it on for a little less than the 10 minute mark, because I felt like my skin was getting irritated. Sheet masks are slightly uncomfortable, compared to a regular mask you would apply to your skin. I took the mask off around the 7 minute mark. There were no instructions about whether you had to wash your face after removing the mask. I washed mine, because I couldn’t deal with the stick residue.

Did it leave my skin moisturized and radiant? The short answer, no! In fact, it slightly irritated my skin and made me all red. I shouldn’t have expected any wonders with this $2 mask, but at least I know now that sheet masks are really not for me.

Have you used sheet masks? Do you have any recommendations? Feel free to respond in the comments section. 



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