A Week of Masking – Quarantine Edition πŸ‘

Hiya everyone, are you still here? – Yeah, I sort of neglected SimplyEm’sBlog again… Well, I’ve mainly been writing mini Kbeauty & small brand skincare reviews over on Instagram – as I have been doing for quite some time now – so I haven’t entirely given up on this whole skincare lark. Quarantine has been extended in the UK, which wherever you are in the world is fairly relatable, but with the lockdown being quite strict here I’ve devised a list of blog posts which will hopefully be an easy read for you during this time.

I’d say around a year ago I did a ’30 days of masking’ series, and if you don’t know how that went…well, it half failed. I leant that masking can take place everyday as long as you aren’t ‘playing around’ with ingredients. Anyway, with this in mind and with time being plentiful for sticking to a good skincare routine, I thought I’d do another masking series to showcase sheet masks I’ve used within a entire week (this particular week I masked 5 days out of 7).

You know how this goes: I’ll give an overview of the ingredients and supposed benefits of each mask before revealing an overall rating.

Let’s dive into it.

MONDAY

AYSWE FORMOSA CHARMS BLACK CHARCOAL BALANCING MASK

These Formosa Charms Black Charcoal Balancing Masks, by Taiwanese brand ‘Ayswe’, contain Organic Honey Aroma Black Tea. The sheet itself is a Bamboo charcoal sheet to absorb unwanted impurities out of skin, whereas hyaluronic acid & Baobab extract works on retaining moisture to hydrate skin. Vitamin C + black tea focus on evening out & brightening dull/uneven skin tone, whilst organic aloe plus white tea soothe & repair skin – therefore making it suitable for all skin types. These masks are cruelty-free & formulated with ingredients which pass EU standards.

Overall the fit of the mask is comfortable, doesn’t cause friction when placed against skin & will fit most face shapes/sizes well. It’s virtually unscented: free from fragrance, with a minute aroma from the tea ingredients. In my opinion it contains plenty of essence without being too saturated (28ml to be exact). Sometimes when the concentration of tea is high in skincare I get breakouts, however there seems to be a good ratio of tea extract to other ingredients to provide a mild enough balance in these masks. After just one time use this mask helped make my skin feel plump again, after I had been depriving my skin of sheet masks for 3 or so days.

Rating – 7.5/10

WEDNESDAY

DETOSKIN PEONY FLORIS MASK

Some time a go a raved about Detoskin sheet masks. Well now they have a new Spring collection consisting of 5 floral inspired sheet masks: Rose, Lily, Cherry blossom, Peony & Chamomile – each with a their own purposes ranging from firming to brightening effects. The type claims to bring moisture to skin whilst purifying & energising it. The essence holds 1,000ppm of Peony extracts. Other floral extracts include Sambuscus Nigra (Elderflower) + Nelumbo Nucifera (Indian Lotus flower). Just a like their other mask these are very comfortable. I often have a issue with the way fabric feels against my skin, but these seem to stay in place and are very soft. The overall fit wasn’t bad neither. In my opinion the essence is of an ideal consistency – not too thick nor too watery, with 25g being plentiful. The Peony version is one I would recommend to those who feel like they need to comfortably tighten their skin without having to necessary do face massage for a day.

Rating: 7.5/10

THURSDAY

DEWYTREE DEEP EX AQUA MASK


For those who aren’t familiar with this range of sheet masks, they contain Green Enzymes for light exfoliation & to aid the formula in supplying hydration to skin. By ‘green’ enzymes they are referring to the use of plant derived enzymes: Papain. It’s also jam packed with various fermented extracts from soybeans, barley & lactobacillus from fermented pear juice. To maintain a good balance between exfoliating ingredients & those which concentrate on the provision of hydration or skin soothing – multiple Hyaluronic acids, Ceramide 3, camellia & lavender have been used.

These masks particularly meet the needs of dry skin types which requires non-physical exfoliation once or twice per week, however I also found it to be fitting to my current sensitive combination skin type – as long as they aren’t used too frequently. What I like most about these sheet masks is how soft the fabric is, with the ideal thinness to adhere well to skin without being fragile. I haven’t noticed a significant difference between the ‘Aqua’ & ‘Fitness’ versions, I would say they are equally great & handy.

Rating: 8/10

SATURDAY

BYWISHTREND NATURAL VITAMIN 21.5% ENHANCING SHEET MASK

These masks cover 4 points of care: Antioxidation, skin tone improvement, calming & moisturising. Hippophae Rhamnoides Water (Seaberry) & Green Tea water are the key ingredients which provide most of the Antioxidants plus a helping hand of vitamins. Greatfully these masks contain just 13 ingredients – which is considerably minimal compared to similar Vitamin sheet masks. I was pleased to find that it also contains camellia sinensis leaf water, panthenol & allantoin which all contribute as moisturisers & calming agents.

The sheet itself was comfortable and drench with a generous amount of essence. I like how there are incisions near the bridge of the nose to allow flexibility for shaping it around various nose shapes. However the lower half of the mask was a fraction too big for me personally; then again the mask still stayed put & done it’s job nicely. I’m definitely going to repurchase this someday as it’s simple enough formula is well suited to sensitive skin types.

Rating: 8/10

SUNDAY

TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL PORE TIGHTENING EGG CREAM MASK

Eggs we first introduced as a skincare remedy way before commercialised K-beauty came along, for it’s ability to chance skin textural issues for the better. Egg yolks supply skin with fatty acids for key moisturisation, whilst egg whites are abundant in the albumin protein – essential for removing excess oil & skin firming/pore tightening. This egg based skincare line by Too Cool for School, has been around for some time now as it remains one of the most popular among similar brands’ egg skincare.
At first glance the mask seemed to have not made much of a difference to pore size; however once the oxygen had gotten to my skin after removing the mask, I saw that the pores either side of my nose had constricted slightly just as I’d hoped. I’d say this mask is a handy once per week treatment, but I think I’d rather use an egg based foam cleanser for longer lasting poor size reduction.

Rating: 6/10

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Disclaimer: All products featured in this post were gifted in exchange for honest reviews. All opinions expressed are my own & have therefore not been influenced by any brand or company in association.

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5 thoughts on “A Week of Masking – Quarantine Edition πŸ‘

  1. It’s been ages since I tried a new face mask. I typically stick to the same one every couple of weeks. But now you’re making me want to branch out and attempt something new. These sound so fascinating! Thanks for sharing your reviews.

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  2. I am a huge fan of masks, but have never tried these ones. I love they way they make my face feel afterwards. I’ll have to check and see if these brands are available in my area. Thanks for the suggestions.

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  3. I’ve been loving facemasks recently but I’ve never been a massive fan of sheet masks. After reading these reviews however I feel like I might just have to give them another go! Great post!

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