I’m still obsessed with face products!
I’ve gotten some new stuff in the past few weeks and I wanna share my thoughts.
There is a Pretty & Cute near my house so I was able to do some in-person shopping for Asian beauty products. The store is really adorable and everything is on these gorgeous white shelves with pretty lighting.
I bought the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Mask which I have used only once so far but really enjoyed. It is grey & has a smooth, kinda sticky texture. It comes with a little miniature spatula to spread it on your face, which is cool. Once you put it on, it immediately bubbles up and becomes a crazy cloud on your face. It’s hilarious. It left my skin a little dry, but so does everything. I also found that the bubbling action was really, really tickly and I wanted to scratch my face really badly. But the fun factor of this product makes up for the weird sensation. I’m into it.
I bought a Pig Nose blackhead removal kit. This is a three-step process and the instructions are not in English, but I found a translation online. The first step “opens the pores”, the second step is basically a Biore pore strip, and the third strip “closes the pores”. I did not discern a difference between this product and Biore, and it was hella expensive comparatively. Probably won’t buy again.
I got the Skin79 snail mask and aloe mask. I love these. The essence is super goopy; thicker than the other masks I’ve tried which makes them stay on my skin better. Very cooling and soothing. Also: cute packaging. Weird: the mouth hole on these masks is like…low? So the top lip part hangs over my lip and makes it aggravating to wear.
Tried the Elishacoy snail mask as well. This was more like the watery essence I was used to. Definitely cooling and soothing, but not as goopy as the Skin70 masks (so not as cool).
At Pretty & Cute I got a free sample: a Nature Republic Olive Give by Nature sheet mask. This was NOT something I enjoyed using. I’m used to sheet masks being soaked in a clear, slightly viscous essence. This sheet mask was soaked in something white and opaque which smelled like super cheap Suave lotion. It didn’t feel as cooling as other sheet masks I have used and the smell bugged me so I ended up removing it after a couple of minutes. Will not be purchasing.
I also went to Lush and picked up some Rosy Cheeks. This is a clay mask which contains calamine and is advertised as cooling and soothing. It smells like roses (definitely my jam) and I loved using it. It’s stored in the fridge so it’s quite cool when you apply it, and the rose smell is strong and pleasant. It is a little difficult to apply (the texture is sort of sticky and it doesn’t spread easily) and it dried sort of slowly, but it was not drying or irritating at all. I really like this product.
Last but not least, my Japanese Biore spf face lotion arrived! I was really excited about this based on the reviews I had read. The smell is citrusy and bright (and a little alcohol-y). The texture is awesome; it’s sort of satiny and does not leave my face greasy at all. I actually find that it is not as moisturizing as I might need, so I’ve been applying a regular Cetaphil lotion sparingly and then layering the Biore over top of it. It is kinda mattifying so it doesn’t agree too well with my makeup, because makeup tends to be drying for me. Overall, I’m still figuring out how to use this…but I definitely prefer it to the SPF lotions I’ve tried up until this point!