I have been feeling a little overstimulated lately, and I think the best way to explain it so it translates for people who are neurotypical (NT) is this: you know how when you hear nails on a chalkboard you stop, paralyzed? It’s a little like that all day long for people who are non-neurotypical when overstimulated (at least for me, can’t speak for everyone). My brain shuts down some areas and I can’t use them as well (especially social skills). This is different from anxiety but produces an end result that looks similar from the outside (but feels unlike anxiety). Another non-NT friend showed me this website where you can select a neurologically distracting noise, this really helps me take the edge off of being overstimulated, and my NT friends say it helps them too, because they can use it to fall asleep. Maybe you’ll enjoy it too! ^_^
 

If you want to learn more about non-neurotypical things you could research Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder. In my case, I’m not neurotypical most likely due to having Neurological Lyme Disease (ie: bacterial brain infection). If you haven’t read about Lyme before, here’s an article I wrote for XOjane: It Happened to Me: I Have Lyme Disease. I hope the overstimulation is a result of treatment, because if it is, that means I should be doing better (funny, right?).
 

So this review hails back to my first Beauty Army box back in September (see that here) where I got my first set of samples from the subscription service. I still use Beauty Army, (bought I think 5 boxes so far) and now I’m waiting for them to have more samples because what they have is either the same as what was in my 5 boxes or something I’m not interested in.
 

  • I know we’re not in love or anything but if you try Beauty Army consider using my link to sign up because Beauty Army rewards referrals (here’s that link). Thanks from me if you do!

 

The retail price of this Lipsi Aphrodite Powder is $20, but don’t worry, you can also get it for $14 if you buy from Beauty Army after reviewing 6 products. Behold, friends! I like this one a lot.
 

image is a photo of a small amount of lipsi aphrodite powder. This small amount is in the product cover to show texture. It's a powder, not unlike other mineral powders.
I had a sample size as you recall from my Beauty Army box
and just so you can see the powder again, I put some in the cover.
 


A nice swatch of the product.
Looks shimmery in photos but not in person.

 

image is a photo of the cakepie not wearing any makeup. This picture is scary, and even so, the cakepie is smiling. She is fair-skinned with some blemishes and bleach blonde hair.
This is my bare face, no makeup.
Don’t be alarmed!

 

Image is a photo of the cakepie with only BB cream on. Two coats of holika holika bb cream have improved the look of her fair skin from blemished and angry to smooth and luminous.
Much better, right? Still a little shiny though, and without powder I have greaseface in an hour.
Oily skin >_< This is me with 2 coats of Holika Holika Peach Girl (Shade 01) BB Cream

 

image is a photo of the cakepie with only holika holika bb cream and a dusting of lipsi aphrodite powder. Her skin is no longer dewy but matte, and the color is about the same.
Now this is with the Lipsi Aphrodite Powder

 

image is a photo of the cakepie wearing a lot more makeup. Eyemakeup in a subtle/natural brown and a faint pink lip and cheek color. It's a good look!
My final look. I’m wearing a little bit of Coastal Scents Warm Palette eyeshadows, Canmake blush, and revlon lip butter. I’m not wearing much else in terms of makeup, I wanted to keep the distractions to a minimum.

 

INGREDIENTS
Talc, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Zinc Oxide, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Trisodium EDTA, [+/- (May Contain): Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Carmine (75470), Ferric Ferrocyanide (77510), Iron Oxides (77491, 77492, 77499), Ultramarines (77007), Chromium Oxide Greens (77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (77289), Manganese Violet (77742), Yellow 5 Lake (19140:1), Blue 1 Lake (42090:2)]
 

Seems like a standard mineral makeup to me. Thank GOODNESS it has effective preservatives (ie parabens), I hate when my makeup gives me acne, and based on my research parabens work best to protect you. They keep my products from being infested with germs!
 

Lipsi Aphrodite powder is supposed to be good at keeping shine down, and also wearing for a long time. I think it does both very well. I have oily skin, so some of the BBs I like to wear (Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream NO02) are too dewy alone, but with this they look super good. This one is a great color match for my skin, so if you wear Missha Perfect Cover BB in #21, or Holika Holika Peach Girl in shade 01 this will match you nicely. It also is mattefying without being CAKEY (the bane of my existence).
 

One problem I have with a lot of powders is they’re light in the package but on my face they start to look dark. The Lipsi Aphrodite powder is not like that, it keeps skin the right color while controlling oil.
 

The Good:

  • Great color match! Looks like my own skin color.
  • Takes care of oil.
  • Lasts a long time (4-8 hours), to be fair it’s winter here so maybe different in the summer.
  • Properly preserved to prevent infections/acne-causing germs from growing.
  • Can be bought cheap using Beauty Army’s review system ($6 off).

The Bad:

  • Very pale color, won’t match everyone, and I don’t see other color options.
  • More expensive than drugstore makeup.
  • ALL mineral makeup is so finely grained it can be aspirated (breathed in) and over time could harm lungs/cause inflammation. Some people hold their breath when applying mineral makeup to reduce the chances of problems.
  • If you like oily skin, this powder is your enemy!

Bottom line:
Of all the powders I’ve tried I like this one the best! Yes, friends, this one is going on my “Best of” list! I have annoyingly pale skin and most powders darken me even if they match in the package. The Lipsi powder has no drawbacks for me that are problematic. I will be repurchasing this for sure, and I recommend it to people who have oily, very fair skin. Is it worth purchasing? YES! ^_^
 

Everything in this post was purchased by ME. NO one sponsored it. Read my disclosure here.
 

Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 5th March 2013
Filled Under: Beauty, Reviews
Comments: 4 Comments

I’m starting to get to my backlog of reviews. Good news, right? I’ve had my products from The Body Shop since my epic haul back in November (read about that here), so I’ve had a lot of time to try them and now I’m ready to start sharing with you guys what I learned.
 

image is a photo of the body shop tea tree face mask. It is in a round greenplastic jar with the green product visible through the package. The label is green with green tea tree graphics.
 
$15.50USD, comes in a 100ml (3.38oz) jar.
(I paid about $6 for mine due to epic sale abuse).

 

I bought the Tea Tree face mask because I have acne-prone skin and I thought trying another anti-acne skin product would be a good idea. If it worked well it could help when I get breakouts, or keep me from getting breakouts!
 

image is a photo of the body shop tea tree face mask open jar. The green creamy contents are clearly visible.
 
Check out this sweet texture.

 

When you put it on your skin, it’s very light, fluffy, and the texture is pleasant to work with. The smell will clear your sinuses (this mask also contains menthol), but for a tea tree product it’s not the worst I’ve smelled. I didn’t expect much, as tea tree is really only shown to be effective against acne at concentrations of at least 5%, and this product doesn’t say how much their concentration is (so it’s probably very low).
 

Image is a photo of the cakepie with the tea tree face mask on her face. She is fair skinned with blue grey eyes, she is making a neutral expression. The product is a semi sheer light green and very thin.
 
The mask is thin and semi-sheer on the skin.
Dries lighter in color than what you start with.

 

Normally when my acne is problematic I like sulfur masks (Proactiv’s best product is their sulfur mask imho), or the Queen Helene Mint Julep mask. My skin is oily and also my skin sheds too fast (my two big causes of acne), so I exfoliate and then apply anti-acne masks to improve my skin.
 

When I first applied the Tea Tree mask it felt a bit burn-y, which I think is strange. I can’t be sure what ingredient causes that.
 

INGREDIENTS
Water, Kaolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Myristyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Propanediol, Alcohol Denat., Caprylyl Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Cyclohexasiloxane, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Menthol, Limonene, Leptospermum Petersonii (Lemon Tea Tree) Oil, t-Butyl Alcohol, Denatonium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Iron Oxides.
 

If we look at the ingredients we’ll notice it has Kaolin clay (drying, ie good for my purposes!), cetearyl alcohol (this is not drying; it’s a fatty alcohol), glycerin (one of my fave moisturizing ingredients), myristyl myristate (emollient/thickener, softening). Exactly 15 ingredients in, you have Tea Tree oil. I’m not really sure it’s a high concentration due to its low placement on the list (ingredients are listed by concentration). I also didn’t see any particularly effective preservatives (the safest and best studied, also the most effective are in the paraben category) so ironically this may lead to the product CAUSING acne if the jar becomes contaminated.
 

image is a photo of a tiny white plastic spoon with a little bit of the tea tree face mask product in it. Below you can see the jar it comes in with product visible.
 
I used my cute Baviphat spoon to prevent contaminating this jar of spoilable product.

 

How did it work, though? It definitely “feels” like it’s doing something (burning?), but is it really helping my skin?
 

First let’s make a note about what the product CLAIMS to do. It says it’s “suitable” for blemished skin, not that it treats it in any way, or that it does anything actually (clever marketing!). It also says it “instantly cools and lifts away impurities”, but I’m not sure how it would do any lifting, because it’s a wash-off mask. As for cooling, a cooling “effect” is probably because of the menthol in the product, and ice will “cool” skin for free so I’m not sure what the benefit there would be.
 

The Good:

  • Unlike most acne masks, it doesn’t dry hard, which means it doesn’t start to hurt if you accidentally leave it on too long. (I do this a lot)
  • Fun to work with, product in the jar has a “whipped” sort of texture.
  • Mild/tolerable smell, unlike some tea tree products.
  • My skin felt noticeably softer and smoother after use, probably thanks to all the emollient ingredients

The Bad:

  • Smells stupid, like all tea tree products. Bearable but not exciting
  • Burns a little. And that’s strange considering how impenetrable my skin is. Sensitive skin people be warned.
  • Weak preservatives mean you should try to use it up before germs grow in it. This can cause acne!
  • Comes in a jar, so please don’t use your hands or you will infest your product with germs.
  • Terpinen in tea tree oil can cause allergic reactions
  • Concentrations of tea tree oil at 5%+ are shown to be effective, but lower concentrations are not. The amount in this mask is unknown, and could be too low to be effective.

 

COST: One of the more reasonably priced masks from The Body Shop at $15.50USD (as of this posting)
 

Bottom line: Without knowing the concentration of tea tree (but having reasons to think the concentration is low) it seems like the marketing story is just to sell a product. It does soften my skin nicely, but My Beauty Diary Bird’s Nest masks do a better job. The Tea Tree mask isn’t bad, but it’s a waste of money if you need an acne product. If you just want a good mask to relax at night, this an option but there are MUCH better options available and for less. I will not be repurchasing this but I’m glad I was able to try it out.
 

Have you used this tea tree mask before?
 
Have you ever tried a tea tree product?
 
This product was purchased by me. Read my Disclosure here.
 

Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 27th February 2013
Filled Under: Beauty, Reviews
Comments: 20 Comments

Hey guys, you remember a few weeks back when I posted about the Zoya deal where you could “buy 3 for $10 shipped”(normally $8 each)? I got my polishes last week and My Dear Roommate (another polish-olic) said she thought people should see what I did with it.
 

Image is a photo of  three zoya polishes: gilda (opaque pink glitter), luna (opaque silver glitter), and ziv (opaque gold glitter). They are pictured next to a black box with grey, pink, and white text that reads: the new color of fashion ZOYA.
 
Ta da! It’s here!! It came in this box.

 
 

It was very difficult to only choose three polishes from Zoya, I really wanted so many!! Their color selection is extensive. I settled on these three and after their arrival I feel like I made the right choice. I wanted to immediately wear Gilda and bask in the pink glory, but I invented a mani that I thought would be better because it incorporated two polishes instead of one.
 

Image is a photo of  three zoya polishes: gilda (opaque pink glitter), luna (opaque silver glitter), and ziv (opaque gold glitter).
 
Here’s all three sisters together. They’re so cute!

 
 

I also got a little booklet that shows all of Zoya’s polishes (sorry, not pictured). All of the Zoya swatches look good and I’ll tell you right now the product photos are great; in person these look exactly like they do on the website. They also have the best product descriptions. Have you ever ordered a glitter only to find out it was actually clear and you wanted opaque? Bought a color that turned out to be jelly? I hate that too, so the descriptions really helped for me. If you’re still scared that you’ll get a disappointment, you can order little swatch spoons.
 

Image is a photo of a manicure and the two bottles that are responsible for the manicure. They are zoya Gilda (pink opaque glitter) and zoya Ziv (gold opaque glitter). The manicure is a gradient that starts from the gold and gradually becomes pink. The nails are about half  of each color.
 
I know I’m not a nail artist or anything but I was proud of this. It’s sparkley enough for parties.

 
 

I wanted to try out a sponge manicure, and this one comes from Erika over at ErikaJjang. I very obviously made some changes, but the technique is about right. I used a tiny chunk of a soft makeup sponge instead of the kind Erika uses, and managed to do the whole mani with just this tiny part of a sponge. Very little wasted! I wish I had cute little gemstones but alas, I do not.
 
As for preventing a mess, I do something similar to what Erika does, but instead of Petroleum I use body butter. I think it doesn’t really make a difference which you use, I just grabbed what was closest, and they both work. I also clean up at the end using acetone and a concealer brush (mine is from ELF). Bam! Perfect manicure.
 

Image is a photo of a manicure. The mani uses zoya Gilda (pink opaque glitter) and zoya Ziv (gold opaque glitter). The manicure is a gradient that starts from the gold and gradually becomes pink. The nails are about half  of each color.
 
That isn’t a chip on my middle finger, I missed a spot.

 
 

I really REALLY loved this polish you guys. It was so easy to use, smooth, the glitter is gorgeous and not dotty, chalky, or clumpy. It shines so nicely. Now that I know these are of good quality, I want Zoya polishes in many more colors. >_> Oh no….
 

Image is a photo of a manicure and the two bottles that are responsible for the manicure held in the hand. They are zoya Gilda (pink opaque glitter) and zoya Ziv (gold opaque glitter). The manicure is a gradient that starts from the gold and gradually becomes pink. The nails are about half of each color.
 
My hand is eating all the polish!

 
 

The Good:

  • Smooth, even coverage.
  • Perfectly opaque, only one coat needed
  • Sparkles like the sun
  • Doesn’t clump, no dull glitters, not chalky.
  • Easy to buy the right colors thanks to good swatch and descriptions on the website
  • Perfect polish

The Bad:

  • You will hate wearing junky glitters from now on.
  • The price is higher than cheapie polish at $8 a piece

 


 
I don’t really think this is safe for work. It might also be too fabulous for certain viewers.

 
 

Bottom line: These polishes make me want to go to German Sparkle Parties. I would buy these EXACT colors again + probably empty my wallet buying several other naughty colors too. I would recommend them to anyone! These would be perfect for any party, summer mani, holiday, or whenever you want to make your nails glittery. This is what you might call “A Rave Review”, my friends.
 

Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 24th January 2013
Filled Under: Beauty, Reviews
Comments: 2 Comments

 
Guys, so far I’ve reviewed products I liked, and some that were a bit MEH, so be prepared: today you will be reading a very negative review. As this is only my personal experience, and other people may still like this mask I also have included some tips for those planning to brave a try with it.
 

I got this from my awesome blogger friend Natasha (of Confessions of a Skincare Junkie), who sent me a LOT of awesome stuff during our “Sample Swap”. We both had too many samples to ever use. I suck so I haven’t sent her mine yet, but as a total kindness among the samples she also threw in some mask products she wasn’t planning to use (she knows I love masks!!).
 

Natasha said her Chinese isn’t too good anymore but she sweetly managed to translate a few of the key words for me, so I could discover the functions of the mask. It’s a take off style mask (as opposed to My Beauty Diary, which is left on the skin), and it’s supposed to “whiten” skin (don’t panic! in Asian beauty “whitening” is synonymous with brightening. Nothing can bleach/”whiten” your face in one use).
 

Image is a photo of the front of the packaging for the rolanjona whitening mask, which is a small coated aluminum pouch. It is white with a little bit of green tea flower designs and a small graphic drawing of a woman's face covered in a black mask. It has a yellow sticky note with a chinese character, below that reads the translated word white. The mask is all in chinese and korean, except for the brand name which is in english.Image is a photo of the front of the packaging for the rolanjona whitening mask, which is a small coated aluminum pouch. It is white with a little bit of green tea flower designs and a small graphic drawing of a woman's face covered in a black mask. No sticky note this time. The mask is all in chinese and korean, except for the brand name which is in english.
 
Front of the Package, 25g of product
Click images to enlarge

 
 

Image is a photo of the back of the packaging for the rolanjona whitening mask, which is a small coated aluminum pouch. It is white with a little bit of green. There are two sticky notes on the back, the first one reads: can't find ingredient list; the second one reads: Instructions: leave on 20 min then rinse and moisturize.The mask is all in chinese and korean, except for the brand name which is in english.Image is a photo of the back of the packaging for the rolanjona whitening mask, which is a small coated aluminum pouch. It is white with a little bit of green. No sticky notes on this photo. The mask is all in chinese and korean, except for the brand name which is in english.
 
Back of the package
 
 
Image is a photo of a package of rolanjona black whitening mask opened to show the contents. The mask is a lot of black goo inside a coated aluminum pouch.
 

Based on what the translation said, I was expecting a black sheet mask, but upon opening I discovered it’s not a sheet mask at all. Here I’m thinking: “This looks like a black clay mask. Yay!!” Uh oh…
 
 
Image is a photo of cakepie's face. She is wearing the rolanjona black whitening face mask. It is covering the skin of her face and it is a sleek black mask.
 
Hereafter known as mistake number one.

 
 

Guys I began applying this mask, and let me tell you 25g is a generous amount. It was so much that just to use it up I caked it on everything I possibly could: upper lip, eyebrows, neck. This ended up being a mistake, because this is NOT actually a clay-style mask at ALL but a peel-off mask (and a VERY adherent one at that).
 
 

Image is a photo of cakepie's face. It is partly covered with a bit of rolanjona black tea whitening mask, and partly clean. She is making a very sad face.
 
I am very fussy.

 

And caking it on had two very negative effects for me. One, once this mask dried, it dried unevenly due to the amount of product I put on. And when it hardened, it REALLY hurt, it needed to be taken of IMMEDIATELY. So I peeled it off unevenly to spare myself suffering. And two, once I started peeling it, it was SO stuck to my skin it pulled things off, like some of my eyebrow on my right eye (on the left side in the photo). I learned my lesson, so for my other eyebrow I tried washing it off instead. This is when I learned another exciting fact about this mask.
 
 

Image is a photo of a white sink heavily stained with black inky layers. Also a few black blobs are all over the sink as well.
 
My poor sink.

 

This mask is a lot like squid ink. When washing off mask parts that could not be peeled it was so much black that I thought this mask was breeding. I would rinse rinse rinse, and it looked like nothing had come off my skin, and yet my sink looked like BP Oil had been there. It took me AN HOUR to get this effing shit off my face. I stained my shirt, my sink, and a few of the things around my sink, because this product when combined with water thins and can spread easily. It was a huge hassle to clean up.
 
 

Image is a photo of Cakepie's face. She is making a face of capitulation, but is still partly covered in rolanjona black mask product.
 
I admit, this is my own doing.

 

In a way, I only have myself to blame. It’s not the manufacturer’s fault that I don’t read Chinese or Korean, and I’m guessing it clearly states the mask is a peel-off type. I would have used it more correctly if it had been known to me. Still, in sharing my experience I must be honest. I hated this experience. It was such an effort to get this mask off and clean my sink. I hardly appreciated the benefits of the mask at all.
 
 

Image is a photo of the smiling face of The Cakepie. Her skin is clean and very noticeably bright. A tinge of redness on the skin from peeling is visible.
 
Check it out, this mask actually does work though.

 

I suck for not taking a “before” pic but I’ll tell you what, this is a noticeably brighter Cakepie. You can see a little redness from ripping this mask from my skin (it stuck HARD), but besides that wow. It definitely delivered brighter skin. I don’t know if it was a chemical reaction changing my skin, or if it was the mechanical action of TEARING MY SKIN OFF OF MY FACE. But the result is as advertised.
 

The Good:

  • Annoyingly, this mask really works. My skin was so bright! WOW!
  • Very cheap mask, I found it online here for ~$2 a mask (I don’t know anything about the seller, beware).
  • There is so much product in the pack that if you’re careful (it dries up) I bet you can get two uses out of it.

 

The Bad

  • Ripped my eyebrow off. This stuff sticks REALLY HARD, so don’t put it on anything sensitive.
  • Masks like this can pull and stretch pores, making them bigger!
  • Pretty difficult to find.
  • It was super messy and threatened mass staining of my bathroom (thankfully it came out of the bathroom sink, but left a stain on my shirt sleeve).
  • It hurt my face when it dried because it was so tight.
  • No English anywhere.
  • Did not readily wash off my face (but it’s supposed to be for peeling anyway). Something like an HOUR to get it all clean, off my face and gone forever.
  • Not relaxing.
  • I don’t think sensitive skin could survive this. I have skin impervious to irritation and it still hurt and irritated me a bit.

 

Tips for use:

  • Please do not put the entire contents of the package on your face. Only apply as much as you need to COVER the skin, a thin, thin layer. And apply evenly!
  • Don’t you dare apply this to eyebrows, around the eye area, or places where you are sensitive.
  • Surprise! It peels! So when it hardens start peeling it off. Right away. Don’t wait or you’ll regret it.
  • One more thing: Wear dark clothing or something you don’t care about. It will stain whatever clothes it touches. It has no mercy.

 

Bottom line: I might try this again, JUST ONCE, to see if it works better now that I know more about it. But I was very unhappy despite the good results because it took so much energy. I’m so sick that when I waste this kind of time it ruins my ability to do other things. I hated this mask for robbing me of my energy. I also did not find it relaxing, which is one of the main reasons I love masks so much (of course I also love skin benefits ^_^). I would not recommend this mask, I think there are better, SAFER brightening products available, and products that are much more fun to use.
 

If you dare try this evil mask you have to tell me how it went! Please heed my warnings before you do (I hope you have a better go than I do).
 

Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 23rd January 2013
Filled Under: Beauty, Reviews
Comments: 16 Comments
Image is a photo of the my beauty diary red vine mask. It's a small rectangular pale pink pouch with vertical stripes and tiny red wine bottle and grape graphics on the top and bottom of the mask. In the center of the mask it reads Red Vine Mask in english, and there are some words in Chinese characters as well, but I can't read them.

 

Hey guys, I’m still feeling a bit better, so I have another review for ya! I know you all still want the Coastal Scents review, and don’t worry IT WILL HAPPEN. I have to save that for a day when I don’t have a lot to do, thanks to Lyme disease I always have to ration my choices. A great story about how that works was written by Christine Miserandino called “The Spoon Theory” (read it here) and it’s worth reading if you or someone you know has a difficult illness or disability with a fatiguing aspect.
 

I picked up this particular My Beauty Diary (MBD) mask during my Imomoko haul in September (want to see what I got? click here). It came in the “Top Seven Sellers” mask pack, and I’ve reviewed almost all of them now (just the Black Pearl and Arbutin left!), so far the Bird’s Nest mask has been my favorite, and you can always read about my favorite products I’ve reviewed in my “Best of” tab on my top bar.
 

If you’re new to sheet masks, you should read about how to use them here. There’s also info on the different MBD masks there as well so you’ll be all prepped forever.
 

Upon opening the package, the scent truly does smell quite a bit like red wine, but it’s not like red wine really smells good, so I don’t know if that’s the greatest idea. It doesn’t smell unpleasant or anything, thankfully, but it’s not exciting to me.
 

As always, the MBD masks are very thin so I had to be careful not to tear it. Successfully applied, I left it on for more than the recommended 20 minutes because I’m a rebel. Afterward I didn’t notice too much of a change. The Red Vine mask is supposed to have a toning, brightening, tightening effect, and I did feel like my skin was “tighter”, like an astringent had been applied. It was NOT overdry, and I think with regular use perhaps it would be good for my oily, acne-prone skin (overdrying oily skin can trigger your skin to produce MOAR OIL, which is not desireable).
 

MBD also advertises that the Red Vine Mask has a lot of antioxidants, and perusing the botanical ingredients it has the “tea” plant (camellia sinensis), grapefruit, licorice, chamomile (beware if you have ragweed allergies!), and watercress (nasturtium officionale). In just a quick lazy search I found some pubmed articles on some of their antioxidant activities. If this mask does have antioxidant effects the benefits to skin would not be obvious with one use.
 

Ingredients:
WATER, GLYCERIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) FRUIT EXTRACT, GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, TRIETHANOLAMINE, ARNICA MONTANA FLOWER EXTRACT, YEAST EXTRACT, STYRENE / ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, DIMETHYLSILANOL HYALURONATE, POLYSORBATE 20, METHYLPARABEN, HYDROLYZED LACTOBUMIN, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT, NASTURTIUM OFFICIONALE FLOWER/LEAF EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM HYALURONATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SQUALANE, DIMETHICONE, CARBOMER, XANTHAN GUM, SODIUM HYDROXIDE
 

The Good:

  • Doesn’t smell bad
  • Does what is promises (tightening effect)
  • MBD masks are very cheap!
  • May even have long-term effects due to antioxidant ingredients
  • Doesn’t dry out skin
  • Good for oily skin

 

The Bad:

  • Not a moisturizing mask (but it doesn’t say it is, though!)
  • Smell is not bad but it’s also not exciting.
  • No way to know the concentration of botanicals, there might not be enough to do anything
  • Ragweed allergy people avoid it or your skin may react.
  • Not as effective as retinols or other expensive ingredients (but it doesn’t claim to be!)

 

Bottom line: I’d include this in a once-weekly mask protocol to keep skin youthful over time. I imagine the effect wouldn’t be very noticeable, you’re far more likely to get results from retinols, but it may help the health of your skin, and at the very least the astringent qualities can help oily skin.
 
Have you tried this mask? What did you think? What are some of your favorite MBD masks or other mask brands you enjoy?
 

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Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 8th January 2013
Filled Under: Beauty, Reviews
Comments: 7 Comments