I came across this Asian beauty product when I was searching for a pore refining mask. You know there are gazillion masks out there and they claim the same thing: to make your skin looks better. Well, I DO think mask is quite necessary in skincare regimen although it's not the main focus (cleanser, toner, moisturizer, exfoliation, treatment). Wise to say a mask would be a "luxury" for those whose skin aren't so problematic but for me who's always battling acne due to my genetically oily skin with large pores, masks are important.
If you've been following this blog for a long time, you know my love for clay masks and the goodness they bring..but for once I felt like trying something new, and that's when I stumbled upon this brand. My Beauty Diary (such a cute name!) is a Taiwanese brand which specializes in masks and other skincare products. The thing that caught my eyes was that their scents sound VERY EDIBLE... I think that's where they got me (lol I love food okayyyyy)
It was actually hard for me to stay focus and follow what my skin needs, not what I feel like nomming. After so much research I narrowed it down to this particular sheet mask that is Earl Grey Tea & Macaron. I mean........how nice does it sound? This sheet mask has a lot of good things in it, including sweet almond protein extract, bergamot essential oil, black tea ferment, and blueberry extract. They claim to brighten, getting rid of the dullness, refreshing the tired skin, and giving antiseptic effect to reduce inflammation in case your skin is red or irritated. Earl Grey Tea & Macaron Sheet Mask is supposedly suitable for normal skin but I figured, what the heck.
So I ordered it through Ebay (after comparing shipping cost with Sasa, YesStyle etc, Ebay still gives me the best price) and it came after approximately 7-10 days. The box contains of 10 individually wrapped sheet masks ($18.60 including s&h) so overall I think you get a very good deal.
As instructed, you're supposed prepare your face (cleanse + tone the skin prior to using mask), then you open the packaging, pull out the mask which should still be attached to its plastic. Then, gently place it on your face while trying to find the suitable position (I found the mask is quite big so you have to maneuver it to fit your face). Now, here's what I do that they don't tell you in the back of packaging: you will find the mask will still have a lot of serum left in the packaging, and I hate to waste stuff so I normally just take the leftover and smear it all over my jawline and neck. Then I leave it on for 20-30 minutes (well...sometimes I forget and leave it up to 45-60 minutes, but apparently my face didn't fall off or anything scary, so I guess it's fine lol) and take it off. I'd like to rinse my face with water afterwards but I read some girls like to leave it as it is.
Now, does it really do what it claims to do?
I mean, I could actually see result right away..which is crazy. My skin does appear brighter right after I wash my face. It also gives my skin this calming feeling, like I just run ice cube all over...and it just feels sooo good. Now, I'm not easily impressed when it comes to skincare. I have tried many different types of cleanser/treatment/mask, you name it, and they all mostly take time to show effect on my skin. But this one is just surprisingly good and definitely gives me immediate effect.
I love having this mask around, you know...for those days when you have important dates or meetings where you want to look refreshed and healthy. This mask is like a quick pick-me-up.
Another thing I shouldn't forget to mention is THE SCENT. Oh. My. God. It smells soooooooooo good and refreshing, like chamomile tea with lemon or something, and it's not overpowering at all. I'd just order for the smell to be honest with you... There was that week where I used this mask 3 days in a row just because :P
Anyway, I really do recommend this mask, not just for people with problematic skin (I'm acne-prone, oily skin for reference) because Earl Grey Tea & Macaron sheet mask does really amazing thing your skin regardless. You can order them from Sasa, YesStyle, or Ebay (<- I just found a cheaper deal, darn it!)
So, please hit me back if you've tried this one or other My Beauty Diary masks, I'd love to branch out and try more :) But before I end this, enjoy my face wearing this mask.....I looked morbid due to the fact that I was using my last sheet mask and forgot to buy more lol
(hey, don't i look like that dude from Texas Chainsaw Massacre? lol)