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REVIEW: Nature Republic White Vita Floral mask sheet

Hello everyone, I am back again with another review. I don’t have much to say in this introduction so let’s just get straight into the review.

This post will be short and brief as this is more of a first impression rather than a full review on the product itself.

 

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White Vita Floral Mask Sheet

 

This was one of the free sheet masks my mum received in Korea while shopping in Nature Republic. Because she doesn’t use face masks, she gave this to me.

Brief background: Nature Republic is a South Korean skincare and cosmetic brand. They provide affordable products that also primarily consist of natural ingredients. They are also very famous for their aloe vera products.

Description: As it states on the front, this mask focuses on brightening and moisturising the skin. This will be perfect for those with dry/combination skin.

Packaging: Right off the bat, I find the packaging attractive. I have always loved Nature Republic’s sheet mask packaging, particularly their use of fruit and vegetable images.

 

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Ingredients List

How to Use: As usual, apply this after cleanser and toner and leave on for 10-20 minutes. After removal, massage excess essence into skin.

First impression: I was not surprised to find this mask to be VERY creamy. I have combination skin, leaning towards dry so I actually prefer creamy masks. Some may find them a little too heavy on the skin. After using for 15 minutes, I massaged the remaining essence into my skin and it just left my skin feeling so soft and smooth. It takes a little work to fully massage the whole thing because of how thick the cream is. However, I like how smooth and soft my skin is after using this mask.

Final thoughts: Would I repurchase? Definitely. It adheres well to the skin and lives up to its claims. If you have oily skin, I highly suggest opting for another sheet mask.

 

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REVIEW: Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream – Moist

My parents were recently in South Korea and one of the things I asked her to bring back was Etude House’s famous Precious Mineral Blooming Fit which is something that I have used before. As it turns out, they no longer sell it.

They then explained that the product I am reviewing today is actually their new and updated version of the Precious Mineral Blooming Fit. They even changed the name to ‘ Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream’.

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Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream – Moist

After receiving this product, the first thing I noticed was the packaging. It’s definitely more simple than the previous version. I’ve inserted the image of the previous version below for those who are curious.

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Etude House Precious Mineral Blooming Fit BB Cream

I find the packaging on the new bottle to be simple and honestly, quite cheap looking. It’s now comes in a basic squeeze tube. I wished they kept the pump.

I purchased this for KRW15,000.

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Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream – Moist

This BB cream comes in two different formulas. Matte and moist.

This comes in 5 shades:

  1. Beige
  2. Petal
  3. Sand
  4. Tan
  5. Vanilla

I have the shade Tan which is the darkest shade. For reference, my MAC shade is NC30. Tan is a tiny bit lighter than my skin and is a little pink for my yellow skin but it is still an okay match. Nothing a little bronzer can’t fix.

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Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream – Moist

“Multi-functional BB cream that protects and clears the skin through beautiful covers and blocking effects”

This BB cream contains SPF50+ PA+++ so it saves you from applying sunscreen separately. However, I sometimes on particular days, I like to apply extra sunscreen underneath.

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Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream – Moist

This product has no scent. Again, I am leaning towards the previous version because it had a nice, soft, flowery scent.

After my daily morning skincare routine and priming with Etude House’s Beauty Shot Face Blur primer, I apply this BB cream.

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My face after applying Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream – Moist

This BB cream has a dewy finish and leaves a nice glow to the skin which I would not recommend for those with oily skin.

These two images were taken on the same day and time in two different lightings. The second is in natural lighting and you can see that this BB cream is a tiny bit pink but it looks okay. This is also my face with the rest of my makeup finished.

This has light coverage which would work really well for those who naturally have nice and clear skin. It feels lightweight. As the day progresses, the BB cream holds up pretty well. However, it cakes a little around my upper lip. If you sweat, this tends to fade especially around the forehead but it still isn’t too bad. From what I can remember, the formula is very close to the previous version and I don’t notice any difference.

Pros:

  • Lightweight feeling
  • Leaves a nice glow to the skin
  • Affordable
  • Has a wider shade range as compared to other Korean brands
  • Contains SPF50+

Cons:

  • Fades a little after sweating
  • Still a limited shade range
  • Cheap looking packaging

Overall rating: 3.5/5

REVIEW: Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask

It’s been a while since I’ve posted because I’ve been so busy with uni work 😦 but I’m back!

I’ve wanted to try this sheet mask for so long. This was recommended by one of my favourite beauty YouTubers meejmuse in one of her videos where she talks about the best of Korean face sheet masks which you can watch here.

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Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask

I purchased this mask at MDRanking in Sydney for around $2.50 AUD for a single mask. It’s not exactly cheap but it’s almost impossible to find affordable Korean sheet masks here in Australia.

You may also buy this sheet mask online.

 

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Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask

I was never familiar with this brand prior but I’m always open to trying new skincare products. Papa Recipe is a South Korean skincare brand established in 2012 by a doctor. Papa Recipe is formulated with natural ingredients without the use of artificial preservatives.

Unfortunately, there isn’t an offical website for this brand where I can find more information on other products that they carry.

 

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Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask

This Bombee Honey mask is enriched with honey extract and is made to supply moisture and nourishment. This aims to target different skin needs while maintaining the moisture and vitality of the skin.

This mask also said to contain exclusive gold complex which helps moisturise the skin and boost the hydration. I’m not too sure what gold complex is myself but it sounds good.

 

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Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask

I use this after cleaning and toning my face as per usual. While using it, I was surprised to find a lack of a honey scent, although it doesn’t really matter much to me.

This mask is made out of natural bio-fiber paper which made it very easy to apply and stick on to the skin. I really hate thick, hard, and paper-like sheet masks which I have experienced with some Innisfree masks. There is a generous amount of essence soaked into it so it really feels like your skin is taking in all of that goodness.

My face felt super soft and supple after using it and I definitely would use this again in the future.

Pros:

  • Targets different skin needs.
  • Little to no scent. Good for those who are sensitive.
  • Sticks onto the face very well.
  • Soften and smooths the skin.

Cons:

  • Not as accessible as some other brands.
  • More on the pricey side.

Overall rating: 5/5

REVIEW: Tony Moly Pikachu Mask Sheet

This was something I purchased purely based on the packaging. I’m a sucker for anything cute. Can you blame me?

I purchased this at MD Ranking for $2.50 AUD which is not bad but there are other cheaper sheet masks out there.

For those who are not familiar with Tony Moly, it is a South Korean brand that offers skincare and beauty products. It is an affordable brand that offers quality products without breaking your wallet.

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Tony Moly Pikachu Mask Sheet

This isn’t my first time using sheet masks from Tony Moly and I enjoyed using their I’m Real sheet masks.

Tony Moly actually have these sheet masks featuring other Pokemon characters and I have inserted an image below.

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At MD Ranking, they were only selling the Pikachu and the Meowth mask and I considered purchasing both but eventually just settled with Pikachu.

Tony Moly also has other Pokemon skincare products and even makeup!

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Tony Moly Pikachu Mask Sheet

Each Pokemon mask caters towards different skin needs:

Pikachu – Moisturising

Meowth – Nutrition

Charmander – Brightening

Squirtle – Hydrating

Bulbasaur – Pore

This is what websites online have to say about the Pikachu mask:

“The nourishing honey provides full vitality to skin as the nourishing honey deeply penetrates into skin.”

Because this is a moisturising skin, this will be suitable for those with dry, flaky skin.

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Tony Moly Mask Sheet

This is one of those masks that feel kind of stiff and paper-like. However, it is not as stiff as the Innisfree Real Squeeze mask so it’s not too bad.

In terms of moisturising, this mask is adequate but nothing outstanding. This mask is one of those products that is only really interesting for the packaging. I can’t really say that my skin was feeling VERY soft after but it was okay.

However, I am not saying this is a terrible product. If you are looking for an affordable mask that will provide nothing more than a decent job at moisturising your skin, then this will be good for you.

Pros:

  • Attractive packaging
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Only mediocre in moisturising

Overall rating: 2.5/5

You can purchase this mask from these sites: YesStyle, Style Korean, Shopee

 

REVIEW: Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask – Rice

I have used a few masks from Innisfree before however, I never had the chance to review them. This was given to me by my brother but you can purchase this at any Korean cosmetics store in Sydney for $1.80 AUD which is very affordable considering majority of the sheet masks range from $3 to $9.

So let’s just jump straight into the review!

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Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask – Rice

This mask is part of Innisfree’s It’s Real Squeeze line which consists of 10 different type of masks. The line contains Aloe, Acai Berry, Rose, Tea Tree, Cucumber, Manuka Honey, Green Tea, Pomegranate, Rice, and Shea Butter. All of these have different purposes, catering towards whatever your skin needs.

I have tried a few of these before (before I started reviewing) however, for now I only have the rice mask. The rice mask is made to give your skin a dewy finish so I would not recommend this to those with oily skin.

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Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask – Rice

This is what Innisfree has to say about the line:

“It’s real squeeze mask – A top 10 best seller that provides a customised solution suited to various skin concerns with freshly squeezed natural ingredients”

I use this after cleansing and applying toner. I leave it on for about 15 mins and gently pat the remaining serum into my skin.

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Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask – Rice (Ingredients list)

This mask feels like thick and paper-like. I’m not a fan of the thickness of the mask because I feel like it does not stick to my face as well as I would like it to. The serum inside is quite milky and moisturising. Although I would have liked a little more serum. I’m one of those who likes to dump thick layers of skincare on my face. However, it is moisturising and left my skin feeling soft and smooth. There is little to no scent which is good for those who are sensitive to scents, like me.

This mask isn’t outstanding but it does the job and it is also affordable. This is nice mask to use for those who are looking for something affordable but is also a quality product.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Moisturising

Cons:

  • Mask does not adhere to skin very well

Overall rating: 3.5/5

REVIEW: Lovely Cookie Blusher

Etude House was one of the first few Korean brands that I had discovered when I took an interest in South Korean culture. Their Lovely Cookie Blusher was also one of my first few purchases from them.

I purchased this blush in Japan for ¥500 which is roughly around $5 AUD.

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Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher

This blush actually came with a little powder puff which I never used so I disposed of it. I will insert a photo of what the original packaging looks like for those who are curious.

This as one of those makeup items I purchased on a whim and I came into this with no knowledge of it.

This is what Etude House has to say about it:

“A blusher that supplies cheeks with vivid colour for a preppy and gorgeous look. Easy and fun to apply with powder puff.”

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Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher

The packaging of this blush is adorable with Etude House’s traditional cute, princess-y aesthetic. The blush is contained in a plastic, dome-like compact which allows the powder puff to sit perfectly inside.

I’m personally not a fan of the powder puff. It fails to dispense a desirable amount of product on my cheeks . It is also not waterproof and easy to clean. Because of this, I apply this blush on the apples of my cheeks with my trusty powder brush from Nude by Nature.

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Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher – shades

This blusher comes in eight different shades which mainly consist of baby pink/coral type of shades which I am personally a fan of. I really don’t like certain type of blush colours (e.g. hot pink)

The shade I have is No. 6 Grape Fruit Jelly.

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Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher – No.6 Grape Fruit Jelly

The picture above is what the blush looks like. If you’re wondering why there’s a hole, it’s because I poked it with a needle to see how deep it was.

I have had this for 3 years and I have only made a faint dent. This lasts for so long!

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Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher

Everything on the back of the packaging is written in Japanese so unfortunately I am unable to provide any further information on what is written.

This blush is not the most pigmented blush out there. It just adds a soft wash of colour on the cheeks. However, it IS buildable. I am not one for very bright and strong blushers and I love to use this blush on days when I want to go fo fresh, dewy look. It is very easy to blend and does not fade throughout the day.

Pros:

  • The shades are very natural
  • Buildable
  • Cute packaging
  • Very affordable
  • Lasts very long

Cons:

  • Powder puff is practically useless

Overall rating: 4/5

REVIEW: Tony Moly Master Lab Sheet Masks

This would be my first time using sheet masks for about 2 months now and I am SO happy. I stopped using face masks for a short period of time because I was trying to hold on back on my spending towards skincare products. However, I just could not resist.

I purchased these in a pack of 10 for $20 at a Korean beauty store called AHA. I had never actually seen or heard of these prior. The packaging and title just intrigued me. This was also recommended by the lady who served me at the store.

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Tony Moly Master Lab sheet masks

These sheet masks belong to Tony Moly’s Master Lab collection, consisting of five different types which aim to moisturise, hydrate, brighten, and repair skin damage.

This mask is said to transform dull and tired skin into healthier-looking, moisturised skin in as little as 20 minutes.

I really love the packaging on these. I don’t know why, but I’m always drawn to sheet masks with a medical type of aesthetic.

Intensive Moisturising – Ceramide Moisture Care

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Tony Moly Master Lab sheet mask – Intensive Moisturising

You will see down below that a lot of these sheet masks cater towards dry skin much like this one. However, this one in particular is for dry skin with flaky cracks. This claims to deliver rich moisture deep inside the skin using ceramide.

Intensive Moisturising – Collagen Elasticity

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Tony Moly Master Lab sheet mask – Intensive Moisturising

I feel like this Master Lab mask would work well for those with older skin as this caters to help sagging skin due to the lack of elasticity. This sheet masks claims to make the skin more elastic and firm with collagen.

This leaves the skin with a highly absorbing and moisturising finish.

Intensive Hydrating – Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating

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Tony Moly Master Lab sheet mask – Intensive Hydrating

This Master Lab mask recharges the skin with moisture which works best for those with dry skin.

Intensive Damage Care – Snail Mucin Skin Damage Care

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Tony Moly Master Lab sheet mask – Intensive Damage Care

If your skin type is rough due to dryness, this would be the best one to use as this Master Lab mask in particular really helps to assist those problem areas by boosting the skins radiance.

Intensive Brightening – Vitamin C Brightening

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Tony Moly Master Lab – Intensive Brightening

For those who have dull skin and could really use a boost, this would be the one for you. This Master Lab masks contains Vitamin C which really helps brighten the skin.

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Tony Moly Master Lab sheet mask – Intensive Hydrating

I was surprised at how thin these sheet masks are. They feel very delicate to the touch and because of these, there was more essence soaking into the masks themselves which I really, really liked.

This stick beautifully on my face and there is no hassle during application which I occasionally experience with other sheet masks. But because of how small my face is, I still need to do a bit of folding on the sides but that doesn’t bother me because I need to do that with every single sheet mask I’ve used anyway.

Tony Moly’s Master Lab sheet masks work very well and live up to their claims. This leaves my skin feeling very healthy and moisturised and I pretty much have no complaints with these.

Pros:

  • Very thin mask
  • A lot of essence soaked into the mask
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • I have no complaints

Overall rating: 4.5/5