Friday, 25 September 2015

Masks #7 - Lovemore silk masks

Soooo.. I saw lots of peeps posting selfies of themselves with Lovemore's silk masks on /r/AsianBeauty and I just couldn't resist. I did a big haul from BGO and has heard it is so popular on there that they only allow one box of each kind per order now. If you are in any Canadian cities that has a T&T, you can also find Lovemore masks there! Though there is quite a mark up there.

I guess the company is trying to be proactive about counterfeiters so they have placed a hologram sticker on the boxes to let consumers know which ones are the real Lovemore masks. Of course, that is only on the box not the individual masks. 

So I decided to try this during one of the hottest days of summer. I had walked my dog in the sun without a hat so my skin felt like it needs something to help cool down.

 Ingredients: As per the package. 

Butylene Glycol, Glycerine, Sea Water, Xanthan Gum, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Methylisothiazolinone, Glycosyl, Trehalose, Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Luffa Cylindrica Fruit/Leaf/Steam Extract, Soluble Collage, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Hyaluronic Acid Oligomer, Fragrance, Water

Well it doesn't have alcohol so that's good, And it has H-acid!! Yay! But sooo many ingredients I haven't seen in masks before. And the English ingredients were soooo tiny.. Ridiculously tiny, like you need a magnifying glass to read them without squinting. 

So because this is a silk mask it is more delicate and skin hugging than other masks. The manufacturer decided to put two different "pearl paper" on it so you know which side to put on. According to the instructions, you are suppose to remove the stiff white pearl paper first.
Once you take off the white pearl paper, you put on the freshly exposed side onto your face while using the blue pearl paper (it doesn't really have that stiffness or shine of a pearl paper but it serves the same purpose so I will be calling it pearl paper) as a guide. Yup, they put on a blue pearl paper so you can see where the mask is sitting on your face. It's very considerate but I gotta say, it doesn't work every time. For me it worked well the first time. Then the second time I had no such luck. The mask shifted from the blue pearl paper so when I put it on my face it was not sitting properly. So I ended up ripping off the blue pearl paper and put on the mask using the mirror.

This mask was DRIPPING in essence, but I found that this is a common theme among Taiwanese masks. I had to keep one hand below the mask as I am taking it out so it wouldn't drip onto the ground. The essence has a very light smell, like loofah and cucumber. Though it is light, it doesn't go away. I could still smell it as I had the mask on.

They weren't kidding about how it hugs your skin! It was so close I can't even tell I have a mask on up close. Only complaint is that there was a little bit of extra flap around the top of my head and around the chin.
You can't even tell I have a mask on if the folds around the jawline isn't there. I got some stray hair that got trapped under the mask XD  
The instruction said to only have it on for 10-20 minutes due to how thin it is. I actually left it on for 30 minutes because I want it on there for as long as I can. But after 30 minutes the side of my face facing the fan was dry while the other side is starting to dry out. Which I now think is kind of dumb since the mask probably started reverse osmosis on my skin. So yes, for this mask, please do follow their instructions. Or use a mask cover so the essence doesn't evaporate as quickly.

The results was pretty good. My face felt supple and it looked brighter. Any redness from the sun exposure all went away! Best of all, I don't have those annoying fold lines on my face that I sometimes get from the masks itself.

Lovemore Rose Hybrida Whitening Mask Sheet 

After the success of the loofah & aloe vera flavour, I decided to try the rose one as I love roses. The whitening I can do with or without. :P

 Ingredients: As per the package. 

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sea Water, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Rosa Centifloia Flower Water, Sodium Methylparaben, Rosa Rugosa Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance, Tranexamic Acid, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Algae Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Ascorbyl Tetransopalmtate, Decaglyeryl Monolaurate, Glycerin 

Um... Why is Glycerin in there twice?? As the third and last ingredients?? I love how under English instructions, they have to put in bright green letters "Do not reuse mask sheets". That just reminds me of a recent thread on r/AsianBeauty where people reported others who would reuse the mask sheets to be thrifty. Honestly, that is a BAD idea. I love to be thrifty but when the mask is exposed to the air it will pick up pollutants and germs in the air. Just because you put it in a baggy and in the fridge doesn't mean those germs aren't there. By putting it on your face again just means putting more germs on your face and increase the likelihood of breaking out. If you really don't want to waste the excess essence, just rub it on the rest of your body once you took off the mask. The rest of your body can do with a little TLC too.

Anyways, I didn't take much pictures for this since it's same as above (loofah & aloe vera).

The mask has a very light rose smell followed by a smell that I can only describe as tea. This is where I had trouble with putting on the mask. The mask pulled away and shifted between the pearl papers so nothing is aligned. I just put it on using my mirror. Still works.

For this one I learned my lesson and took it off after 15 minutes because my cheeks were starting to feel dry to the touch. Don't want that reverse osmosis!

As for results, honestly I didn't see much difference. The only thing I noticed was that my cheeks are less flushed than before but honestly that could be done with any masks.

The disappointment with this mask actually made me kind of sad. That I spent all those money getting all these masks and they barely had enough results to warrant its cost. It's about $1.60CAD /mask from BGO if you buy enough for free shipping, or about $2.80/mask from T&T. But I made that decision to buy it all without trying them first so I won't pout too much. Will continue to try all the ones I got but probably won't repurchase them again, unless I find one that has great results of course!

Bonus review: 
Kindle Love

So this was given to me by Mogie because her aunt brought back boxes from Hong Kong and said these are expensive and are really nice. Since she knows I love to mask she gave me a box. XD Yay!

Doesn't the package makes you think this is a box of condoms, not masks??? Even their little label on the bottom left of the packaging says "ignite love". Oh I guess that's why it's called Kindle Love. It's another word for ignite.. XD Haha it's not that much better. XD Sorry I got a dirty mind :P

 Ingredients: As per the package. 

Water, Glycol, Glycerin Polyether-26, Lipolic Acid, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Licorice Dipotassium, Carbomer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triethanolamine, Acrylamide/acryloyl Dimethyl Taurate Copolymers, 1,2-Pentanediol, Kanzou Ekisu, Horse Fat

Oh god. I put on something that has horse fat in it.. NOO  I didn't know that when I put it on.. Frick.. I have no problem with putting on horse fat when it comes from reputable brands.. But when it's a brand I can barely find any information on, I am nervous.

Like I mentioned above, this is an unknown brand. Mogie's aunt bought these in Hong Kong, so she probably thought this was a Hong Kong brand. But no.... This is a mainland China brand. If you read my post about regarding problems with Oh Sheet Masks sending out primarily masks from China, you will know why I am pretty nervous about masks coming from China. I tried to look up this brand both in English and Chinese. and I can barely find any information on it. So I am pretty nervous about this mask. But after considering the fact that Mogie's aunt lugged it all the way from HK to Canada and that I should be more adventurous, I decided to do it for science.. XD *So dramatic*

So the mask is protected by a single sheet of pearl paper. Supposedly you are to put on the mask + pearl paper on your face and adjust before taking off the pearl paper. But that pearl paper is plasticky and hard to adjust. I tried the recommended method but found that I cannot see where the mask is sitting on my face and when I tried to peel off the pearl paper, the mask came along for a ride too. I ended up just taking it off and applying it like any normal sheet mask.

The mask is sitting in a clear watery essence, smelling kind of chemical and slightly salty like salt water. I don't particularly like the smell but found it tolerable.

Can you see all the little white fibres sticking up?
The mask fit well with my round face. There wasn't too much extra flaps and just minor adjustments needed. However, I can see little fibres sticking up from the edges and I can pull them out with my fingers. I don't know if they are the silk fibres but not too impressed with how they are put together.

Can you see the brown tinge?  *poop!!*
One disgusting fact. The mask itself turned brown after I took it off and let it air dry for a day. I took it off and just scrunched it up and tossed into the trash. The next day I see this brown crumpled ball of something and was like what the heck I don't remember throwing out brown coloured items. So I smoothed it out to see it was the mask... Ewwww why did it turn brown like that? Did it oxidize or something? None of my masks has turned that colour before.

I took it off after 17 minutes and the mask was still pretty moist. But I just didn't want it on my face anymore. My face felt no more moisturized than before. Honestly it felt like I just put some water soaked mask on my face and nothing happened. I gave some to my mom and she said it did nothing to her. Mogie had extras and tried it and said she saw nothing as well.

So this just kind of strengthens my refusal to use skincare products from China. I don't mind spending money to try out new things, even if it doesn't do much to my skin. That is part of testing and trying out what works for your skin. But I am only willing to risk it with reputable brands, brands others has tried before, that I can easily find reviews for instead of just websites that try to suck you in and plant trojans on your computer.  I would never spend any money on buying products from a brand where I cannot find any information on, and their masks does nothing and changes colour after exposure to the air. I am glad that this mask did nothing to my face but I don't think I'll risk it next time. Because who knows where they got those ingredients.. Especially the horse fat.....


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