I love Asian brands.
Here in the US we aren’t privy to many popular products available within various Asian countries such as Japan and Korea. One such product that isn’t as popular here as it is abroad are facial masks. Face masks are a very popular item that come in a number of different formulas and are available from many popular brands such as Kose, Kanebo, and in the case of my review, Etude House.
What exactly is a face mask?
I think here in the US we are pretty much conditioned to associate a face mask with something you’d get in a tube. Something you’d apply and either peel off, scrub off, or wash off. The most popular form of facial masks from Asia are actual masks! As in a mask with holes cut into it for your mouth and eyes. The masks are pre-soaked in different skin treatments such as whitening agents, lotions for dry skin, moisturizers for wrinkles, etc….different masks cater to different skin problems! Each mask is made of a linen like paper that is shaped and contoured to your face. You leave the mask on for anywhere from 5-10 minutes and allow the contents of the mask to sink into your face. It’s a beautifully relaxing experience that’s also very beneficial to your face. I’ve found masks are very helpful for my dry skin in the winter!
You might recognize the brand Etude House if you’re from Korea or you might remember it from a blog entry I did recently! Etude House makes a line of skincare entitled Moistfull. It’s a rather wonderful line of product with a nice, inexpensive price tag!
I’m particularly in love with the masks! The masks are packed full of a moisturizing lotion that makes your skin feel positively spoiled for 5 to 10 minutes with long term benefits! The mask is heavily saturated with a combination of lotion and serum that will make any dry, flaky patches on your face disappear!
I can’t begin to describe to you how amazing the mask feels when it’s on and how wonderful your skin feels after use! The mask fits perfectly over your face and I adore how it contours the shape of my under eye perfectly. Why is that important? This is the perfect solution for getting more moisture under my very dry eyes!
After 10 minutes of leaving the mask on my skin feels cool, refreshed, wonderfully soft, and moisturized! I normally do this treatment before bed while reading a few chapters of a book. The best part is when I wake up in the morning my face is literally glowing and I feel like I can go without makeup!
Etude House Moistfull Facial Masks definately get a hearty Muse Approval for purchase if you can find them! But fear not if you’re unable to locate them you can always use any number of the facial masks available from different brands such as Kose, Kanebo, Sofina, and more!
Facial Masks are a wonderful, and for me, essential part of good skin care!
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After much consideration I gave into temptation and ordered the Pink Clarisonic Skin Care Brush. I’ve been using the brush for over a month now and I think I’m about ready to review it so finally in all it’s glory (with minor snarky remarks here and there) here are my babblings and review of the Clarisonic Skin Care Brush.
Honestly, shelling out $195 USD for a cleaning brush totally made me groan in agonizing pain. I have absolutely no problem shelling out $30 for a single eyeshadow but ask me about my indecision when purchasing this brush and I’ll tell you that the sale’s girl that sold it to me had to pry the money from my hands.
I haven’t seen an official review on this brush so I feel all special and stuff that I’m writing a long, babbling post about this brush because it deserves at least that for the price!
I’m not going to say it sucks. That would be too harsh of me. I am going to be very good about this and point out it’s flaws and point out it’s good features and all that jazz.
What is it and what’s it promise?
It promises to reduce dry skin patches, oily areas, blemishes, and get six times more makeup off your face! Take that! It also minimizes pore size, fine lines, and wrinkles appear smaller too! I’m generally curious about how wrinkles can appear smaller but hey that’s what it says on the Sephora description and who the hell am I to argue right? Although I think they maybe mean fade wrinkles?
I don’t have fine liners or wrinkles and my pores aren’t huge so I can’t really say whether this actually helped any!
Dry patches? No, those are still there.
Oily areas? It’s getting warm out and my oily areas are definately still there!
Blemishes? Don’t have much of a problem with any acne or blemishes so unsure if this works well at clearing those up!
Ok, so far we are off to a smashing start aren’t we? Everything it’s promised isn’t working for me!
After getting this home the first day I purchased it I was tempted to rip open the box with my teeth in excitement but I settled for setting it down and pushing it away while I washed my face as I do normally or you can call it manually if you so please, with my own two hands. I decided this would be an effective test to see how well the brush would be cleaning my skin!
After washing my face with Philosophy Purity and doing what I call a spot check with Witch Hazel it turns out my face was whistling it was so clean. I simply washed my face as normal and after drying off with a towel I soaked a cotton square in Witch Hazel, smoothed it on my face, and looked at the cotton square. No makeup remained. I decided to do so again with Lancome Bi-Facil and again the cotton square came back clean!
My bright idea to compare the brush cleaning to my hand cleaning had failed. It appears my cleanser was already doing a mighty good job by itself! But I wasn’t swayed! I just knew that the brush would work at making my moisturizer and other face products “sink” in better! My skin would be smoother and more polished once I used this daily! Yes, indeed it would!
No, it wouldn’t.
Hello? Am I using it wrong?
I think it’s basically goof proof that you obviously know you can’t do full makeup removal with the brush. I normally remove everything on my face with my normal cleanser prior to using the brush as an EXTRA step. So now I’m actually adding time to my skincare regime (as if it wasn’t long enough).
Remove Eye Makeup with oil based remover.
Cleanse with Purity.
Squirt a bit of Purity onto brush and go to town for two minutes.
The time I spend doing all this boggles my little brain. I decided, after two weeks of use, that maybe I’d do the brush twice a day! If I used it in the shower in the morning plus in the evening it was sure to produce some dramatic effects.
Yea. Sure it did.
Maybe I need to use it a bit longer to see the ultra dramatic results it promises? It’s been almost two months since I got it and I am not noticing any difference in my skin at all. My products (moisturizer, foundation, etc…) do not work better or “sink” in better. My oily and dry areas are still very much there. I don’t feel polished or smoother thanks to this.
Honestly, the only thing I feel like is I’m wasting two minutes (4 minutes if you could the fact I use the bloody thing twice a day!) a day and I’m $200 broker!
Ok, so I guess this is where I’m supposed to say good things about the brush right? This is the hard part.
Well….mmmm…you get two brush heads with your purchase….that’s good right?
Did I mention that this thing is huge? It takes up some serious room on my bathroom vanity! I hate the clunky feeling of the recharging base as well! I wish they’d give an option to use either the recharger or batteries.
Fact is I’m seriously just a hater at this point. I don’t see the point of this. It’s expensive and it makes ridiculous claims. My skin doesn’t feel any better than when I originally began using it. I’m so sorry to the lovers…I can’t love it. I’m trying really hard though! Honest! My relationship with the brush is still a work in progress and I hope I’ll come back one day and post a brand new review where I am raving about the benefits of giving $200 to Clarisonic!
Fact is…if I were you…I’d stick to my hands and a good cleanser! Works just the same, if not better!
Clarisonic should stick to making toothbrushes.
If all else fails and you really want it maybe write a fan mail to Oprah begging her to send you one! It’s one of her “favorite things” after all!
It’s starting to warm up here in New York. It’s not quite humid yet nor is it sweltering hot but it’s warm enough to make my normally dry skin take on a tinge of oily!
My forehead suffers most in the Summer and becomes a fun mirror of shine and oil!
Never fear, Lush is here to save the day!
When the weather warms up and I know my skin will begin it’s descent into the depths of oily hell I turn to Lush Tea Tree Water to clear up my skin and make it matte and normal once again!
I spritz this on in the AM prior to my normal moisturizer and it mops up excess oil and preps my skin for my moisturizer! When I take off my makeup for the night I spritz it on again prior to my night cream! It keeps me oil free for about 5-6 hours depending on how hot it is and how long I’m outside! You can of course tote it around for fresh ups but I wouldn’t recommend using it on a made up face! I never have to worry about this drying out my face the way normal toners do as it’s 100% Alcohol Free which makes it gentle on my skin and not tight feeling after spraying on!
If you happen to suffer from acne this is a wonderfully refreshing toner for detoxing your clogged pores and not drying out your skin! I personally use it on my T-Zone during warmer days when oil rears it’s ugly head!
The smell is refreshing and it doesn’t sting the way some toners tend too!
For me it’s an absolute “must have item” for the long, hot Summer ahead!
Good-bye oily skin! Hello, Gorgeous!
Lush Tea Tree Water is most definately Muse Approved for purchase!
Use this already?
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Ok kids if you were wanting it I’m here to tell you it’s back!
The Pink Clarisonic is available at Sephora once again!
How long it’ll be around remains to be seen! I believe they felt it was a good idea to have a few around for Mother’s Day!
I admit I’m lemming it a bit and trying not to cave because I sincerely do not need a $200 cleaning brush!
Tell me how wrong it is to purchase this thing!
Go on convince me!
Have to have it?
Tell me all about it! I feel your lems!
What’s it do? Who’s it for? How do I use it?
Sounds like something you might find in a jewelry showcase eh?
My skin is fairly clear and I doesn’t really give me too much woe. I take super good care of it and that could be the reason that I’m not crying over it at night.
I suffer from one main problem that I’ve had for years and nothing really helps it. Blackheads. On my nose.
I don’t have a ton of blackheads but I have about two stubborn ones that won’t go anywhere. I’ve tried just about everything even having them professionally extracted only to have them pop back up over and over and over again!
Nose strips. Don’t work.
Various lotions and potions. Don’t work.
Extracting them? Works temporarily but they pop back up like an ugly penny!
They bug me really bad. I guess you can’t really see them unless you have a 10X zoom but I know they are there and for me that’s enough!
I was busy blabbering about blackheads in my Biore PJ Party post a few weeks ago remember?
And a lovely reader and friend, Gezebel, had suggested Silver Powder.
Hmm….a solution maybe????
I rushed to Mario Badescu’s site to check this out!
I happily ordered it as it’s only $12 bucks USD so what’s the harm right? I also crawled the internet for a coupon so I saved $1.80 USD with a coupon code I found! YAY me!
I got this super fast. Within a day it was on my door step! Go Mario Go! Props for awesome shipping time.
More props for the awesome freebies my box came with. They included a mini slew of all sorts of skincare wonder that I’ve never tried. I got a Cucumber Tonic Mask, some Enzyme Cleaning Gel, Moisturizer, Cucumber Cleansing Oil and some Eye Cream! Wahooooo for freebies! The Muse likey samples!
Anyway about that Silver Powder I mentioned….
Well. The verdict is in and I like it.
It didn’t work the 1st time or the 2nd time for that matter. It was however successful at turning my nose a strange pale white color temporarily.
However, that 1st and 2nd use did “fade” the blackheads. I know weird but the effect was interesting. I really had to look to see them. So I went from viewing them in my 10X mirror to hauling out the big guns and peering at them with my 12X! Yup sadly those two evil suckers were deeply embedded in my nose.
But I wasn’t giving up!
Last night I attempted a 3rd run with Silver Powder. It deserves to be mentioned that several people around the internetz mentioned that using silver powder and proceeding to use a nose strip seemed to pick up more blackheads and that’s what I did the first two times without too much success!
However, this third run I just applied, waited 10 minutes, and washed off with a wash cloth.
And….mmm..pretty successfully this time around!
My nose is looking pretty darn good. I do see a tiny bit of one blackhead that’s sorting hanging on but I think I can successfully wash him away with a final run of Silver Powder!
So how do you use Silver Powder anyway?
Basically Silver Powder is just a white loose powder sorry to disappoint but no silver here. Basically you take a dampened cotton ball and dab it into the loose powder. You proceed to take the cotton ball with the now damp Silver Powder and pat it on your nose (I rubbed it a bit as well). This creates a bit of a mask over your nose (or if you prefer you can of course use it on any clogged pores you have on your face! I only have blackheads on my nose so that’s where I used it!). You live this on for 10 minutes and wash with cold water after the time is up! Some folk like to use a nose strip afterwards as I mentioned above and that works very well but I found just washing it off works just as well!
The Muse Approves of Mario Badescu Silver Powder! It takes a bit of elbow grease but with a little patience you can happily kiss your Blackheads goodbye plus it’s $12 bucks for a HUGE supply! This stuff will last you a year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cheers to that!