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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7 Responses to “My Beauty Diary Red Vine Mask Review”

  1. Lisa Says:

    I love their masks! I think one of my favorite is the Apple & the other is the Berry one. I liked the “tea” set, but too bad it’s limited edition D:

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    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    I still have to try both of these!! I bought the Apple masks during the last Sasa deal over the holidays, so I WILL be trying those.

    What do you like about the Berry mask?

    Oh the tea set? Not sure what you mean, help me out?

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  2. Renae Says:

    Don’t you just love MBD masks? So affordable and so much variety! The red wine fragrance sounds nice. Most of the ‘flavours’ carry a nice scent except for some which smell a bit chemical-ish. Have you ever tried the MBD Chocolate flavoured mask? It smells sooo good! 🙂

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    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    I really DO Renae!! They’re relaxing and cheap, and my skin loves them.

    If you like the smell of red wine, the mask is pretty spot-on!

    I have yet to try chocolate, I just hauled a bunch of masks from Sasa during some of their holiday deals but I guess I missed out for not grabbing that one. I’m a good-smell connoisseur (:

    Thanks for the recommendation ^_^

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  3. Nancy H. Says:

    I used this a long time ago, but I can’t remember if I liked it or not…
    Probably wasn’t all that great if I can’t remember it! Either ways, MBD masks are really affordable and generally great~ I personally prefer some of the other ones, but it is great to change them up and try different ones. My favorite mask is probably the Strawberry Yogurt one 😀

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    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    I haven’t tried that one yet either (: Everyone seems to have a favorite but what’s the greatest is that they have such a variety, something to please everyone ^_^

    If you get a chance to try it again it might be worth trying but everyone’s skin is different. I’m glad you recommended the Strawberry Yogurt, it sounds so delicious, and I like the idea of that yummy smell. I bet it’s very relaxing ^_^

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  4. watao0oo Says:

    Hellos, just dropped in to check out your blog because you commented on mine 🙂

    Wanted to mention that my personal favourite MBD mask is the Green Apple. I’ve used over 4 boxes of it already! But there are a few more flavours I want to try out still~ keep the reviews coming! 😀

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Dated: 8th January 2013
Filled Under: Beauty, Reviews