Sheet Masks Part I

My love for sheet masks continue. You can see my constant sheet mask posts on my Instagram @beausci2010


I have found a few new sheet mask online retailers and purchased masks from a few new brands. Of the masks in this post my favorite brands are the My Beauty Diary (Taiwanese), Maskingdom (Taiwanese), Freeset Doneky Milk (Korean) and Love More (Taiwanese).


Keep Calm and Mask On!!!

Sheet Masks on the Go – Work Trip Skincare

Whenever I travel for work, I always bring a sufficient number of sheet masks with me. For this particular 5 day work trip  I brought along 17 sheet masks and 2 tube masks (1 glycolic acid and 1 mud). The joys of checked luggage – it allows you to pack whatever you want. I used a few and some I left as a small thank you gift (tied with a bow) for the cleaning lady.

Sheet masks are a great way to take of and treat your skin while away especially after a plane ride. The air in the airport and plane usually dries out my skin, so as soon as I check into and get settled in my room, I cleanse, detoxify and mask. Masks specific for restore moisture and boosting hydration are the best after a flight e.g mask with green tea, bamboo, honey, aloe and hyaluronic acid. As the trip progresses with long days, I usually use masks that detoxifies  (mud & sheet masks with charcoal), brightens (pearl and rice) and repairs/treats (snail and tea tree).

[Review] Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant


Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

20160224_215836-2_resizedPaula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant rapidly exfoliates to unclog pores and improve skin’s appearance by acting on the skin’s surface and inside the pores.  The lightweight liquid formula allows for a faster, more gentle, exfoliation making it ideal for unclogging pores.

There is a great deal of research indicating that BHA (salicylic acid) drastically  of skin. Beta hydroxy acid (BHA) or Salicylic acid exfoliates skin to improve its texture (smooths the surface) and tone. It is the main ingredient in numerous acne products.

* 2% BHA unclogs & diminishes enlarged pores.
* Green tea extract calms redness.
* Dramatically improves skin’s texture for radiant, even-toned skin.
* Clinically proven to hydrate, brighten & smooth fine lines.

Key Ingredients: methylpropanediol, salicylic acid, green tea, BHA (beta hydroxy acid).

Product Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Methylpropanediol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Butylene Glycol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Polysorbate 20 (solubilizing agent), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (anti-irritant/antioxidant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancer), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent)

Suitable for: All skin types but is better especially suited for those with normal to oily/combination skin/blemish-prone skin. This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free, non-irritating, not tested on animals and has a pH of between 3.2-3.8. 

What does it do? Smooths out wrinkles, counteracts the effects of aging, tightens enlarged pores, reduces blackheads and redness.  

How to Use: Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Lightly soak a cotton pad and apply over the entire face, including the eye area but avoid the lower lash line and eyelids. Do not rinse. If used during the daytime, follow up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater.

Volume: 4.oz.

Where to Purchase: The Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant retails for $28 and can be purchased directly from Paula’s Choice, the SkinStore, the DermStore and QVC.

My Thoughts: I like this exfoliator and regard it as a second toner in my skin care routine. It is very mild and non-irritating and even those with sensitive skin will be able to use it with no issues. I had a few dry patches (winter induce skin issue). I use this at night as part of my East-meets-West skin care routine. BHA is now more commonly used in many non-acne products as it is very effecting in reducing wrinkles and improving the texture of aging skin. I will continue to use this more or less until it is finished to truly access the results but so far no issues and my skin continues to improve daily.

If you are interested in trying this Paula’s Choice has provided a 20% off coupon code “PRBHA16“. This offer includes free shipping and expires May 30, 2016. 



Disclaimer: This product was received from Paula’s Choice and their representatives through BzzAgent for review considerations. This does not influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. The overall description of the product, some images, the benefits, and ingredients were adapted from information found on Paula’s Choice. 

‘Black Friday’ Haul #1- Pretty & Cute


I received the first of my post-Thanksgiving/Black Friday hauling a few days ago. Up first is all these lovely masks I picked up from Pretty and Cute. It was super fast shipping.  Not only was the shipping exceptional but the sale was even better.  They offered 30% off sitewide: 35% of Skin79 and 40% off Lioele products.

I just went with the 30% off since I got a variety of products. These masks ranged from around $1.50 to $2.50 and I picked up 2 of each.

The Face Shop real natural Green Tea mask.

Lioele Viva La Vida Whitening, Perfect Essence Brightening and Ginseng masks.

Holika Holika Aloe, Tea Tree, Honey and Pomegranate Juicy; Ceramics + Honey, Arbutin + Pearl sheet masks.

Purederm Skin Recovery Red Ginseng Essence masks.

My Beauty Diary Roe, Sake Yeast and Black Pearl masks.

Girl’s Day Shining Pearl, Protect & Healing Red Ginseng, Fresh Vitamin C, Moisturizing Snail  Collagen masks.

Naruko Rose & Botani HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating masks.


#iloveprettyandcute #haul #prettyandcutehaul #beauty #mybeautydiary #HolikaHolika #Naruko #GirlsDay #TheFaceShop #Lioele and #Purederm

MaskGenie September 2015 Mask Pouch

September’s pouch arrived in record time and I couldn’t be happier. Shipped on the 14th and got to the US (my zipcode) by the 21st. This month’s masks include a few brands that I have never heard of or used such as DiaForce, Simply Aqua and Mask Pack. 

September Mask Genie Pouch
1. DiaForce Ruby Hydro Ampoule Gel Mask (Korea)
2. Mask Pack Royal Oriental Medicine & Thermal Water (Korea)
3. Etude House Hyaluronic Acid Mask (Korea)
4. Dr. Morita Revitalising Essence Facial Mask  (Taiwan)
5. My Scheming Crystal Whitening Brightening Eye Mask (Taiwan)
6. Mediental – Acai-Berry (Korea)
7. Nature Republic Skin Smoothing Blackhead Removing Nose Patch (Korea)
8. Holika Holika Juicy Mask Sheet Blueberry (Korea)
9. Sam Tin Platinum Essence Facial Mask (Taiwan)
10.  Simply Aqua Moisture Mask (Taiwan)


Here is MaskGenie’s review/recap/unpouching of the September 2015 Pouch

One Direction “Na Na Na” Nail Polish Review and Swatches

20140803_234900-1Included in the “Up All Night” collection from One Direction is a gorgeous metallic aqua-blue (serious duo-chrome) nail polish. This is absolutely gorgeous and although I wore it for three I did not have any tip wear or chipping.





isclaimer: The product has been received from Markwins International and their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product.  You can keep up to date with the release of  the collection @ Makeup by One Direction

One Direction “The Looks [Up All Night] Collection” Lipstick & Gloss Review &Swatches

The New 1D makeup collection is about launch!!!! Are you excited? Here is a peek at two of the items in the “Up All Night” set in The Looks Collection. I Should Have Kissed You is a bubblegum pink matte creme lipstick and Taken – a Liquilights Glow Gloss which is a very glittery very pink lip gloss that glows neon orange under UV light.


20140804_002329-1L to R: I Should Have Kissed You and Taken

20140804_002217-1I Should Have Kissed You alone

20140804_002309-1I Should Have Kissed You with Taken on top

 My thoughts: They are really nice colors and this pink is wearable (if you are a fan of neon pink lip products). The lipstick is a bit drying and the gloss is very glittery, this is certainly marketed towards younger 1D fans.




Disclaimer: The product has been received from Markwins International and their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the products.  You can keep up to date with the release of  the collection @ Makeup by One Direction. This is a limited edition collection.

Wet N’ Wild Depotting – DIY 2014 #1

Here is the first DIY of the New Year. In the continued effort to de-clutter I decided to finally depot all my Wet N’ Wild shadows. I only kept two of the more neutral palettes that I usually carry in my makeup bag and depotted the rest. I also depotted a few single ELF and NYX shadows. The easiest ones to depot (with zero casualties) were the NYX. Most of the WnW came out undamaged but I found if heated too much especially the mattes they will over bake and crack. I was able to get all these done with one tea light. I tried to depot the NYX 10 pan palettes but that did not go very well.
Tools– empty 15 pan palette (with insert removed); tea light; paper towels and makeup remover for clean up (water does not work very well); razor blade (single edge is the best, a knife or push pin are not as versatile).