My Go-to Facemasks

I love facemasks. Check my instagram, and you’re likely to see tons of posts about different masks I’ve been trying out. (Alternately, look at my desk or in my fridge where I typically have between 10 to 20 masks at a time.) If a store has a sale on facemasks, you can find me there stocking up. But there are a few masks which I find myself purchasing over and over again. These are my go to masks for when my skin is feeling tired and worn out. I’m going to rank my top 4 masks here.

#4: Medi-Heal Pore Tightening Solution

18944749_10155167526651970_1058190762_n-minThis is a mask I tend to use after I’ve done any kind of peel off mask or deep exfoliation. It leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized as well. I personally feel that my pores do look a bit smaller after using them. It doesn’t have a strong smell, and it doesn’t cause any problems for my super sensitive skin, like some other pore masks have. Medi-Heal brand can be found at LOHB and is a decent price, between 1,500w to 3,000w depending on the mask. You can also catch them on sale sometimes, so stock up when you can!

 

 

 

 

 

#3:SkinFood: Propolis and Bee Venom mask

18945084_10155167526571970_2007143161_n-minThis mask is for moisturizing and firming, and while it’s one of my favorites, there is a small disclaimer. As this product uses bee venom, if you are highly allergic to bees, you should steer clear. I have a slight bee allergy, so this mask is one I only use at night time, as my face tends to be red afterwards. You might wonder “Ren, why is a mask you are allergic to one of your favorites?” That’s because it makes my skin feel crazy smooth, and so I can deal with the slight tingling feeling that I get from it. But again, totally not for everyone. It has a light honey like scent.

It’s from SkinFood, which is one of my favorite brands and is also around 1,500w.

#2 TonyMoly Naturalith Goat Milk Moisture Mask Sheet18944542_10155167526536970_1881550360_n-min

This is one of the masks that I have never actually had to buy, but I totally would. TonyMoly has been pushing their Goat Milk line a lot for the past year or so, and as such many times you get this mask for free. It’s great for days when your skin feels super dry, and I like to keep these in the fridge so it’s cool when I put it on. I will say that it does take a little longer to absorb after taking the mask off, so make sure to pat the essence into you skin well. I’m going to assume this mask is roughly 2,000w, because I’ve never actually paid for it since I’m a TonyMoly VIP member. I definitely suggest this one if you have dry skin.

18945351_10155167527081970_2101041643_n-min#1 TonyMoly I’m Real Red Wine Pore Care Mask

This mask has been my favorite mask for around 2 years running now.  It has a really nice fruity wine scent. I find that this one is not only great for pore care but also for moisture, so it’s fantastic. The morning after using this, my skin feels like I could even skip my moisturizer. This is one of the masks that I would 100% recommend as a morning mask because of how nice it makes my skin feel. It’s also one of the ones I prefer to keep in my fridge before wearing it and it’s a huge part of my summer skin care routine. Also perfect for sensitive skin.

It’s around 2,000w, which is a bit more than I tend to want to spend, but it’s so worth it.

And there you have it! My top four masks. I’m going to post a ton of other mask reviews in the future, but at the moment these are my essential sheet masks.  A lot of these you can buy in bulk for cheaper, and if you keep them in the fridge, they last a lot longer! I hope you love them just as much as I do!

-Ren

 

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Pastel Hightlighters: K-beauty brands

Etude House Wonder Fun Park Candy highlighter vs Tonymoly Luminous Rainbow highlighter . How does each product stack up? Which one is worth the money?

Hello lovelies~ It’s Ren here with my first k-beauty post about highlighters! Recently pastel highlighters have been EVERYWHERE online. I love love love makeup, but I’m generally pretty toned down. So while I had used highlighters before, and therefore knew the basics, I figured it would be better to wait until Korean brands caught on before I tried to snag one of the highlighters (although that Kat Von D pallet is VERY tempting).

So I was pretty excited when Etude dropped a pastel line over winter break. These line is the Wonder Fun Park line, and it has a cute carnival theme to it. I ended up buying two things from the line on a whim, the Wonder Fun Park Candy Highlighter (about $16 usd when I purchased it), and the Wonder Fun Park Glitter Pigment in pink (around $10 usd). I also ended up purchasing the Luminous Rainbow highlighter ($20 usd) from Tonymoly as it doubles as eyeshadow and blush, according to the lovely sales lady. So how do they measure up against each other? Let’s take a look!

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Above you can see the differences in the packaging. Etude is more cutesy, which is typical of them, and Tonymoly’s is more sleek and minimal which is a new direction they’ve taken in the past few years with their products. Personally, I prefer the Etude packaging because it’s just really cute and fun, which is a weakness of mine. So packaging wise, I’d give the Etude highlighter  4 out of 5. The Tonymoly one I will give a 3 out of 5 because there isn’t anything really “Wow!” about the packaging, but I do like that it has a button to open rather than having to pry it open.

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And here you can see what the products look like. The Etude pact is more pastel, and not as visibly glittery. The Tonymoly one is more of a bright rainbow than pastel to me, and is visibly got glitter in it. I won’t give points for this, because it didn’t really effect my feelings towards the product in the end. What it really comes down to is how well each product did what it was supposed to do. Below I have two photos of the products side by side on my arm, with and without flash. (I know, I know, I’m pale af.)

etude 1  etude 2

(With flash, without flash)

As you can see in the above photos, the Etude product doesn’t show up at all. It almost looks like there isn’t any product there at all, but this is after using a clean brush to apply almost 4 layers. And yet, it still looks like nothing is there. The Tonymoly one in contrast is very clearly there in both photos after applying it lightly. So, it’s safe to say that the Tonymoly product is clearly the winner and that the Etude one is pretty much only cute to look at. I was super excited for the Wonder Fun Park line as it had been a little while since Etude had released anything I was interested in. Their winter holiday line “My Little Nut” (Etude pls) was also a bit disappointing, and now I find that I am also disappointed in the WFP line. The eye pigments were worth the money spent, but the highlighter was a dud all around. Don’t waste your money on it, if you’re looking for a cute highlighter from a Korean brand, pick up the Tonymoly one this time. It’s actually worth the price. I have links for all of the products below, although the Tonymoly one is not listed on the US website, so I’ve linked it on amazon. I hope you guys enjoyed this little post, and I hope it was useful for you!

http://www.etudehouse.com/index.php/new/wonder-fun-park-candy-highlighter.html

http://www.etudehouse.com/index.php/new/wonder-fun-park-glitter-pigment.html

https://www.amazon.com/TONYMOLY-Luminous-Goddess-Aurolighter-Highligher/dp/B01N2WRRG9