I went on a face mask hunt.

14/07/2017 § Leave a comment

I have recently gotten back from my trip to Taipei, Taiwan. What I thought would be a cheap and budget travel turned out to be a shopping galore trip. Don’t ask me how. It just ended up that way.

For most of the blogs that I read about Taiwan travel, one of the things that is always there is face mask. It is always mentioned that face masks are cheaper in Taiwan as compared to Singapore. I have only recently been into frequently using face masks, so I wouldn’t know the price difference very much. Etude House’s face mask would cost at least over a dollar; so that’s a basis. Since face mask is a must buy in Taiwan, so buy I did. Maybe, I went a little overboard with face mask shopping but when there were so many to choose from, and with so many cute packaging, I just can’t help myself. I just have to purchase them.

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These are basically what I bought for face masks. I purchase two boxes or pieces of some, which I did not put there so I actually have more than what is displayed in the photo. All the face masks that I bought are all made in Taiwan. I have My Beauty Diary, Beauty Buffet, Sexylook, Dr. Morita, My Scheming, Lovemore, L’Herboflore, Hey! Pink Go Girl, Hanaka, and Naruko. Yeah, I definitely went crazy buying all these face mask. But when they are being sold as 1-for-1, I don’t think anyone can help it. I don’t know if I will ever go back to Taiwan too, so I might as well stock up. (Note: the pink box of Naruko Collagen Booster firming mask has been taken by my housemate. So I am 8pieces less of face masks to use.)

Most of the brands that I read in the blogs were My Beauty Diary, Naruko, Dr. Morita, Sexylook, and L’herboflore. In my case, as long as I see that it is Made in Taiwan/MIT, I would no doubt purchase it. Most shops selling beauty products, such as Watsons and Cosmed (which are literally in every street corner), are selling most of the brands. Cosmed has more face mask options though. Poya, another store selling not only beauty and skin care products, have fewer stores but they have more options for mask sold in individual packs. So if you ate not planning on bulk buying like I did, that is a better option. Some shops like 86Shop and Little 3 are selling other brands that are not sold in Watsons, Cosmed, and Poya too.

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Beauty Buffet is specially made for Watsons, hence you could only purchase it at a Watsons stores in Taiwan. I have not read much about it, but I got a box that is being sold for only Ntd399 containing 32pieces of mask, in 4 types, namely Rice Wine Yeast Moisturizing mask, Rose Water brightening mask, Black Pearl whitening mask and Cherry Blossom whitening mask. So I guess it maybe worth a try. Apparently, I can use it everyday too. I also got 4 boxes (4pieces per box) of Gudetama x Laimo face mask from the same brand at Ntd69 per box.

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I got Hey! Pink Go Girl from Little 3, but 86Shop is also selling it. I have never read anything about it too, a relatively new brand of Taiwanese face mask from what I understand, but the packaging is too cute to ignore. So I purchased two of each mask. It is, unfortunately, only sold individually at Ntd 19 and Ntd39 (for the thicker pack, which are the green and white packs). Brightening white yogurt liftting lace mask and White tea and vitamin c mask are both using lace type of mask instead of the normal plain silk sheet. I am excited to open the package and see it for myself.

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Hanaka is a brand that I have read in blogs, but the product that this brand is popular with seems to be the gel-type face mask. Why I did not buy that is a wonder to me too. I just seem to have problems with gel-type masks. I found the Chamomile and Royal Jelly mask at 86Shop at about Ntd90 each for a pack of five masks. They are also being sold individually, but buying the set is cheaper, and you get a pouch for the packaging too. I have a problem with oil and sebum, particularly in my T-zone. Hopefully, the one for oil control helps with it. I got the nose mask from Poya at about Ntd39 just so I could try it.

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My Beauty Diary is like a very common brand of face mask in Taiwan. You could find it almost everywhere, and they come in a variety of types too. I like the Black Rose Brightening Mask. I have a guest from Taiwan who gave me a box of these during one of her visits to Singapore, and the mask is just really nice to use. The fit of it to my face is also just right, so I love using it. I bought other types of face mask  too which were Sahara Scenedesmus Oil Balancing mask and Mexico Anastatica Pore Refining mask. I hope the other two were as good as the Black Rose mask. My Beauty Diary seems like an institution in Taiwan with regards to face mask, so I have high hopes for the new products I am about to try.

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Most of the My Scheming face masks that I bought from Poya were individual packs with very cute designs, each costs Ntd19 only. I got one of each type, except for Green Tea & Barley Whitening Mask, Deep Cleansing Pore Minimizing Mask, and Bamboo Charcoal + Volcano Mud Extract Pore Minimizing Mask, which I got two of each. I got a box of Gudetama face mask too (from Little 3), because why not? It’s cute alright! Also, I got a nose mask too to try it out.

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L’Herboflore is one brand that I have a difficulty finding in every shop that I went to. I was just too excited and happy when I found a stall in Taipei 101 solely meant for this brand. The packaging is just too cute with artsy prints of nature. The face mask were sold individually for Nt60 each piece, which is way pricier than the other brands, but with the promotion that my friend availed, we got 15 masks (5 of which were mine) for free. I only paid an additional Ntd98 for an additional 5 masks. Hopefully, the masks would work better than the others in terms of quality as it seems to be more exclusive.

Honestly though, there was one brand that I was never able to find at all: Maskingdom. It might a specialized brand, like L’Herboflore which I only found at Taipei 101. Perhaps I should have tried locating that shop too, but I did not have that much time searching for a single shop. Maybe, the next time I visit Taiwan I will come prepared.

I have not used any of those yet, but once I am finished with whatever face mask from Etude and Innis free that I have, I will slowly start using these face mask. I only hope that they are compatible with my skin type. So far I did not have any problem with any of the face masks I have used, so I am hoping it remains that way.

Besides face mask, I have also purchase eye masks and nose masks.

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I am very excited about the nose mask as I have never tried these before. Though the eye mask seems to have a promising effect too, but I still have a lot of eye mask I purchased from Guardian, so I am unable to use Dr. Morita’s yet. But I will one day.

It was very unfortunate that I did not buy any foot or hand mask. Yeah, Taiwan seems to have a mask for everything. Well, for my next visit, that will be part of the plan.

Whenever that maybe.

I am really becoming a skin care junkie.

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Eye Mask and its cuteness

08/07/2017 § Leave a comment

First and foremost, this is not a review. I am just stating what I feel like about certain things, and this post happened to be about eye masks or patches or whatever they are actually called.

Facial sheet mask is very common. Now imagined a specified version of that for your under eye, and you get an eye mask/patch. As mentioned in my previous post, I’ve recently been into Korean skin care regimen, and part of that is the eye mask. It was also my sister who said that Etude House Eye Patch is a good product and so I tried it. I started with the Collagen eye patch, the ones in pink packets. Eventually, a sales personnel informed me that the 24k Gold Theraphy Collagen Eye Patch works the same way, is actually better, and is cheaper. So I bought it to try it out.

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The Gold Collagen Eye Patch comes in a circular container with 30pairs of eye patches. So it is good for a full month’s use. As a collagen eye mask, it has this jelly-like texture. You put a pair in your under eye, and as it dries out, you will feel the skin around your eye area firms or tightens. Your skin eventually absorbs the essence, dehydrating the collagen eye patch. The product in general is pretty good. It helps reduce puffiness of the eyes and brightens it.

My new favorite, however, is the Bye Bye Eye Mask series from Guardian. The packaging is so cute and it was on 3-for-2 sale when I first bought it. I eventually bought more after trying it out.

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So if you don’t find these cute, we just wouldn’t get along well in life. Period.

I think there were 6 kinds of eye mask in this series, each animal representing a different kind of benefit.

Obviously I only got 4 of them, because I think the other two are kind of redundant. The Bye Bye Stressful Eyes or Melon revitalizing Eye Mask (cat) has a soothing and revitalization effect.  The Bye Bye Dehydrated Eyes or Avocado perfecting eye mask (elephant) helps to moisturize and to improve fine lines. I feel like the four in the picture addresses more of my concerns. And my favorites are the Bye Bye Panda Eyes/cocoa brightening eye mask and Bye Bye Tired Eyes/cucumber moisturizing eye mask.

So these are eye patch sheets soaked in their essence to address different beauty concerns, and individually packed in overly adorable packs. The essence also smells very nice, especially the cocoa. I keep mine in the fridge to keep them cool, so whenever I want to use them, my eyes cools down too. I use way too much computer, so cool patches are kind of refreshing, and is very welcome.

Unlike the gold collagen eye patches, these eye mask doesn’t make the skin around your eye area tightens. At least not as quickly, while it dries up and your skin absorbs the essence. I always used the cocoa brightening mask and alternate the others in between. The effect would be noticeable after a few use.

I have a very weird and bad sleeping habits; sometimes I wouldn’t be able to sleep, other times I oversleep. I work on a shifting schedule and a proper sleep pattern is hard to come by. It would be good if I get the same shift for a full week. With my sleep pattern as it is, together with an unhealthy eating habit, I sometimes wonder why I bother soendung money on beauty products. I know it would help but it would be difficult with my kind of lifestyle. Still I enjoy the pampering I do to myself just to keep up appearances.

By the wayn would probably go to Guardian again to hoard more of those cute eye masks. I just can’t get enough of them. I know, I’m obsessing.

Speaking of masks, I am planning to purchase a lot of sheet mask from Taiwan on my next trip. Do check my Instagram for my travel updates. 😁

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