It’s been a while since I’ve strolled in the 34th Street Urban Outfitters but when I do, I raid the back beauty section with hidden Korean brands gems. It’s changed a lot where there were fewer varieties of brands and most weren’t prominently featured anymore getting it’s own shelf space. I had word that some Goodal products were marked down as cheaply as $7 (and lo and behold there was a massive Club Clio/Goodal sample sale in Chinatown the following week I found out). I digress. The newest and most interesting product I picked up was the Kocostar Brightening Mask made from Chitosan fibers and it wasn’t the strange “Chitosan” word that intrigued me but it was a two step mask in that the essence and sheet mask were in different chambers. At the time you’re ready to mask, you need to fold the mask length-wise in thirds and then squeeze on the essence “zone” so that it pops the seal that connects the two compartments. You then drain the essence into the sheet mask “zone” and wait for it to gel up before letting it hit your face. “Cool!” was my first thought but I later learn that “cool” isn’t always better.
If you want to make like Beyonce and get an upgrade in the sheetmasking game, then you should start to shop for modeling masks (aka rubber masks) from Korea! Sometimes you just want something different than a regular cotton sheet drenched in serum. After all, it envelops your entire face for 20 to 45 minutes – you should enjoy this time that you’re taking care of yourself. Like dining out, variety is the spice of life and I appreciate all the unique ways I can mask at home thanks to the popularity of Korean beauty. Modeling/rubber masks is more expensive than your typical cotton sheet mask but the results are worth the extra dollars once in a while. This Shangpree mask, available from Peach & Lily, is truly unique in that it doesn’t use the typical water and powder formula, it’s GOLD and that it was developed from a reputable “model spa” directly from Korea. More than just an upgrade in your routine, it’s a straight up premium treatment that was once only available from the hands of an esthetician. Click to read the full review.
Even though Halloween is over, you can still get a kick out of gory-themed skincare thanks to zombie shows everywhere. There have been human flesh printed sheet masks, “bloody” shower gels packaged in IV bags and face cream with subtle, yet cute vampire teeth printed on the jar. During these past two weeks I’ve been using The Tosowoong Special Edition Cocoon Monster Pack provided courtesy of Cupidrop for my review. I chose the pack and the oil cleanser from the line so I’ll review the oil cleanser in the next post. The pack is a wash-off mask that actually dries and almost warps your face into a rotting zombie while providing nourishment, hydration, pore-tightening and ridding blackheads, whiteheads all at the same time. Oh, and it also contains silkworm coocoon extracts, volcanic ash, EGF and syn-ake peptides. You wouldn’t usually find these ingredients in American skincare which is what makes this line particularly
scary unique. Click to see my zombification!
There was the biggest buzz about the Whamisa Real Sea Kelp Sheet Mask over the summer because Whamisa uses REAL pieces of sea kelp cut into the shape of a sheet mask. It’s also soaked in a glorious essence full of skin-savers that claims to give you moisturization for 72 hours! Following the trend, Tony Moly quickly made a dupe that had an identical ingredient list and uses the same species of sea kelp however I couldn’t handle the putrid ocean/sea kelp smell and wouldn’t repurchase it. Despite the gagging I went through, the essence did as it promised and it brightened, moisturized and anointed me with radiance that lasted for two straight days. Since the essence proved its magic powers, I knew I had to get a Whamisa and compare the brands! It really made me curious to see if the $14 Whamisa splurge was worth it versus paying around $5 for a Tony Moly one. Spoiler: I was able to keep my lunch down this time around. (more…)
A couple weeks ago Glow Recipe held a rubber masking party at their offices on Park Ave! If you were lucky enough to grab a spot, you and four of your friends had the opportunity to try out a Lindsay Rubber Mask in their new Charcoal “flavor” along with any other Glow Recipe products that interested you. I saw their email in time and got a 2pm spot but little did I know that it was a very intimate one-on-one session with co-founder, Sarah Lee, when I arrived! I thought it was going to be more of a “party” atmosphere with other kbeauty fanatics testing products while Sarah or Christine guided us. Instead, I was talking to Sarah directly and it was such a treat getting a close look into her start-up adventure and listening to her advice on working in the beauty industry. The focus of the party was to learn more about Lindsay’s rubber/modeling masks and Sarah was a wealth of information; it made me pop my rubber masking cherry this weekend! Click to read more about my review and Sarah’s take on why Lindsay’s is the best rubber mask she ever came across. (more…)