Kracie Hadabisei 3D Aging Moisturizer Facial Mask

 

Hey guys! What’s this? Another review in like a week? I feel motivated and inspired to keep up blogging ^_^ I hope you like my reviews, here’s a new one today. It’s one of the masks I got from Efacemasks (how did that happen? read here). I have never tried any masks from Kracie before. They are a Japanese brand, and this particular line is called “3D” so it’s suppose to wrap around your neck a bit to help shape your V-line. A sharp and slender V-line is a sign of beauty in a lot of places in the world, but here in the US most people don’t consider any particular face shape to be ideal. Isn’t it interesting how beauty standards vary based on where you live?
 
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Dated: 27th September 2013
Filled Under: Beauty, Reviews
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mj care green tea essence mask

 

Hey guys! I hope you read my update post yesterday talking about my new partnership with Efacemasks.com (as well as all of my health progress, WOOT~). Because of Efacemasks I’m able to bring you this review today; I’m so glad for this partnership because I can review more masks for you guys!
 

So my skin’s been a little stupid lately (hormones?) and it’s all gross and broken out. When looking through the sheet masks Efacemask sent me I wanted to try something that might help my acne. Green Tea marketing usually means anti-acne, so I decided to try the MJ Care Green Tea mask first (the packaging also says it’s “clearing”). I had two of them, which means I got to try it out twice, I got to know the mask better, and got to see how it performs over a couple of uses.
 
 
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Dated: 24th September 2013
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Hey guys, I’m still feeling kinda cruddy over here. Stupid Lyme. The good news is, now I’m totally caught up on Game of Thrones just in time to prevent everyone from spoiling the latest episode (:
 
 

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Innisfree It’s Real Pomegranate Sheet Mask

 

When I’m feeling crappy I like to cheer myself up with a good dose of skincare pampering. I have nearly every sheet mask from the “Innisfree It’s Real” line and it’s about time I start getting through them! What’s cool is this time I took before and after shots. What a helpful tool that is! I always think when I try a sheet mask that they are either so-so or really great (because the results are SO OBVI and I don’t need pictures) but sometimes it’s not possible to notice a result without seeing it in pictures, and this is one case where that is true.
 
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Dated: 3rd June 2013
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Hey guys, I haven’t been feeling so hot lately. In my last update I was doing rather well, but now my meds are different and stronger, so I’ve been weak and in pain again. With the meds I take, that’s a good thing because it will kill the Lyme, but because of feeling crappy I’ve had to scale back again and make sacrifices. Fewer game nights, more lying in bed watching K-Dramas, more kitty snuggles, slower blog posts. It sucks you know?
 

But here’s some good news, and it came at such a perfect time because I had been feeling like butts.
 

You probably already know I created a community on reddit (/r/asianbeauty), heck maybe you’re even a part of it. Usually we chit-chat about different skincare and makeup we love, and talk about products we bought or what we want to buy. I mentioned that I wanted to try the Skin79 Snail BB Cream, and a fellow redditor offered to send me some samples. I asked if she’d like me to send her anything, and she was like: No man, I’m good. What a sweetheart <3   Well, I had forgotten all about it, what with everything going on.   And then MAGICALLY this package with a lovely thank you card appeared in my mailbox:

 

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Dated: 28th May 2013
Filled Under: Beauty, Everything else
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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