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Rachel  A girl in the south U.S. that's obsessed with k-pop, k-beauty, and k-dramas. Skin type: sensitive, oily/combo, pores that are visible from space.

Review! This is the Benton Cacao Moist and Mild Cream, provided by @bentoncosmetic for review purposes. The Benton Snail Bee masks hold a special place in my heart as some of the very first sheetmasks that I tried so when I got the opportunity to review their new cream I was so stoked.

I have sensitive, oily-combo skin, but it's not yet super hot as 🍒+ 90% humidity here (when my face turns into an oil slick). Right now I'd say my skin is leaning more towards "normal" than oily?

This is a first impressions review after about a week of use. Benton explains that this lightweight cream has cacao extracts for dewy complexion, is suitable for summer, and is a naturally derived, mild cream. It has no discernable fragrance.

Spoiler: I love this cream.

Here are a few ways I've used this cream and how it worked for my skin.

Normal Night Routine ☑: When used in place of any other creams/sleeping packs it was a nice closure. My skin was moisturized and still felt light the next day.

Lazy ☑: I went the lazy route at night and after washing my face this Benton cream was literally all I applied and it was awesome. Woke up with soft, dewy, happy skin.

Morning ☑: I don't normally wear creams during the day, but I gave this a try for day use. I lightly applied the Benton and gave some time for dry down before applying my Biore Watery Essence sunscreen. It felt great on my skin and my skin didn't get more shiny than "dewy" during the day.

Night Routine + Sheetmask ☑: The only time I found myself with too much shininess is when I used a heavier sheetmask. Since I wash my face in the morning the extra shine wasn't a problem.

For my skin, this was a perfect texture and super mild. I think that even when my skin gets crazy oily for summer that this will still be a good finishing touch, but we'll see.

If you have very oily skin in a hot and humid climate I'd suggest checking out the review from the always amazing @colebiancardi. If you have dry skin these lovely dry skin ladies have posted reviews: @snuggle_bunnies @littleemptybottles.

Thanks, Benton, for the opportunity to try this cream.

Review! For the #MasksThatDontGetMeWet challenge I used the My Scheming Snail Essence Hydrating Mask.

I love My Scheming masks, but I have other beloved snail masks so this one waited patiently for me in my stash. When I got caught outside with no body sunscreen on (don't be like me, kids) and burned my shoulders I knew it was time to bring out the mighty snail. My face, neck, and chest had sunscreen but it was still a lot of sun exposure.

The package indicates it "enhances skin hydration level and forms a visible skin protective layer." Alrighty then.

These are the thinnest, oh so thin, sheetmasks and they feel like a dream on my skin. Just so comfortable to wear. Soft like a unicorn's butt. I tossed this in the hotel mini fridge for a couple minutes and the extra cooling sensation was lovely.

The essence is very thin and has a generic sheetmask scent. There was a metric crappe tonne of extra essence leftover which I asked my husband to apply all over my burned shoulders. (Swipe if you like to cringe at the consequences of others' mistakes.) He was like, "Oh my God, there's MORE?" when I kept pouring more and more of the extra essence into his hand haha. I don't know if it actually did anything for the sunburn (it's not made for that) but it certainly felt nice on the skin.

The Results.

Moisturizing, soothing, calming snaily goodness in a super soft, super thin mask. I'm in love and want to buy a box of these when I finish my forever no buy.

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Review! For the #MasksThatDontGetMeWet challenge I used the Beauty Friends II Coenzyme Q10 mask.

Not sure why this particular mask spent so much time in my stash. Maybe because the brand has "friends" in it as if it's taunting me that "even a sheetmask makes friends easier than you" hahaha. 😂 The package says it "is designed to deeply moisturize and condition the skin." Okey dokey yo.

The mask sheet was a little thicker than I expected. The fit is particularly awkward around the nose and mouth (swipe for Super Sexy Mask Selfies). The essence is very thin, basically the consistency of water, and it smells like vinegar. Not a low key "if you really think about it it smells like vinegar" but basically a straight up NASAL ASSAULT with vinegar. After you finish gagging into the sink you might notice there's a bit of floral scent, I dunno. I'm not 100% convinced that this mask isn't just straight up white vinegar poured onto a mask sheet.

The Results.

This is supposed to be moisturizing but on my skin this was astringent and stripping. It was ANTI-moisturized like it went back in time and removed the possibility of any future moisture from happening in my face. 15 min post-masking the vinegar smell was still really strong so I rinsed it off.

Trying to think of positives for this mask and the only thing I can think of is that it would be a great mask to shut down the sexytimes if your S.O. is giving you The Look 👀 but you just aint feeling it today.

#beautyfriends #asianbeauty #rasianbeauty #skincare #sensitiveskin #koreanbeauty #kbeauty #asianskincare #abcommunity #koreanskincare #kskincare #sheetmask #sheetfaced

Review! For the #MasksThatDontGetMeWet challenge I used the Skinfood Everyday Green Tea Mask.

This mask has been in my stash for a very long time because of Guilt By Association. Last time I used a Skinfood mask I had an itchy rash reaction. 😱 It was also right before I got a severe case of poison ivy and the memories are intertwined. I just haven't been able to work myself up to trying this mask because of this history 😂 but IT'S TIME.

The essence is clear and fairly watery. This mask fragrance is interesting. It's basically a three part smell. First thing you smell is the sweet, grassy "green" scent. Second wave smells like toilet cleaner. Then, after you remove the mask and the essence begins to dry on your face, it smells like vinegar. But this might just be The Super Smeller. Your Smelling Powers May Vary (YSPMV). The essence dries down in about 5min.

The mask itself is very thick and woven with a neat pattern. It's a very heavy mask that felt scratchy on my skin like a bad sweater and I couldn't wait to get it off. 15min is a long time in a demon sweater for your face. But, the fit is pretty decent.

The directions for post-mask crack me up - swipe for gutter brain jokes.

The Results.

This seems like a good mask for oily skin to balance your skin. Skin felt tight afterwards (until I finished my routine) so it may not be suitable dryer skin types. It has a matte finish. It was supposed to be soothing, but I didn't notice that effect. If all you ever wanted was oil reduction and don't mind the demon sweater on your face, this might be the mask for you.

#asianbeauty #rasianbeauty #skincare #sensitiveskin #koreanbeauty #kbeauty #asianskincare #abcommunity #koreanskincare #kskincare #sheetmask #sheetfaced #skinfood

Review! For the #MasksThatDontGetMeWet challenge I used the Pure Smile Royal Jelly Essence Mask.

This came free with an eBay purchase and stayed in my stash for a while mostly because I was mad that the seller put a "thanks for buying our stuff!" type of sticker on the label and made the package ugly. 😂😂😂(See pic for strategically placed flower) I'm such a broken individual.

This is my first Pure Smile mask. The package says it has Vitamin E, collagen, hyaluronic acid, and arbutin. The sheetmask is what I'd describe as a medium weight thickness and with a clear, slightly thicker essence. It first smells like honey candy with some floral notes and then it quickly fades to a sort of alcohol smell. The essence took a little while to dry down and still was a little sticky but following up with the rest of my routine helped with the stickiness.

The fit was pretty decent and the adhesion was good so I didn't have to worry about its sliding around. It cracked me up me that there was a random slit on the nose. Like, is this a mask for Voldemort?👽 (Swipe for crazy mask selfies) I'm sure it helps with fit, but I still laughed.

The Results.

I have sensitive, oily-combo demon possessed skin. This was pretty hydrating and it felt like I got some temporary juicy/bouncy skin out of it, too. I didn't notice any whitening or calming - just hydration. I was a little concerned about the alcohol smell, but I enjoyed the mask and I might purchase some of these if I find them at a good price.

#puresmile #asianbeauty #rasianbeauty #skincare #sensitiveskin #koreanbeauty #kbeauty #asianskincare #abcommunity #japaneseskincare #koreanskincare #kskincare #sheetmask #sheetfaced

Review! For the #MasksThatDontGetMeWet challenge I used this TonyMoly Goat Milk Moisture mask.

This is the first TonyMoly mask I've ever used. I think it was a freebie from an eBay order. I put off using it because I was worried it would be oily or smell like a wet dog but IT IS TIME TO FACE THE GOAT.

The TonyMoly website indicates: "Formulated with 50% Raw Goat Milk, this serum provides intense hydration while being very mild, light, and perfect for even the most sensitive skin." Sounds good. Let's take this goat for a test drive.

This mask has a milky essence that still feels light - not oily, like some milky masks. It was very lightly fragranced with some generic floral fragrance. I had to get right up in there with the Super Smeller to get a whiff of the fragrance. The fit was actually pretty great on my alien 👽 face.  The mask was still pretty wet at the end of the recommended wear time. Though the mask material was heavier than some masks, the mask felt soothing and enjoyable to wear.

The Results.

The next morning my skin was reasonably moisturized, but not life changing moisture levels. In general, my skin was really nice, calm, and happy. I am really happy with the results and when I'm off my no-buy I'll be looking for more. I'm tempted to try other goat milk items, too. If nothing else, it's super fun to terrorize your S.O. telling them you're wearing a goat mask.

When I tore open the package it sprayed the extra milky essence all over my mirror. I laughed so hard. I've never had that happen with a sheetmask before. The jokes that followed were definitely not PG-13.

#tonymoly #goatmilk #asianbeauty #rasianbeauty #skincare #sensitiveskin #koreanbeauty #kbeauty #asianskincare #abcommunity #koreanskincare #kskincare #sheetmask #sheetfaced

Review! For the #MasksThatDontGetMeWet challenge I used this Body Prescriptions Oxygen Hydration Mask.

This mask has been in my stash for a while and I think I was just not turned on by the packaging so I gave it the cold shoulder.

The package indicates it's​ for "refreshing, hydrating, cooling, and moisturizing." If you saw my stories a couple nights ago the fit was bizarre. Weirdly shaped eye holes with dramatic eye flaps. It also didn't have great adhesion so it was loose/lumpy. It looked like a clown mask for people who hate bright colors. Swipe if you're ready for ridiculous selfies.

It had a clear essence. There was almost no extra essence in the packet and in general the mask felt kind of dry (not saturated), so that may have contributed to the adhesion issues. The fragrance was vaguely floral but super light. I wore the mask for the recommended amount of time and then rinsed it off as instructed.

The Results.

My skin looked great the next day - brighter and calm. I didn't notice much in the way of hydration and moisturizing. Sad clown jokes aside, I would probably repurchase if I could find them online.

The egg cream mask from this brand gave me better results, but this was more enjoyable to wear because 1) less fragrance, 2) hilarious clown faces for 20 minutes.

#bodyprescriptions #asianbeauty #rasianbeauty #skincare #sensitiveskin #koreanbeauty #kbeauty #asianskincare #abcommunity #koreanskincare #kskincare #sheetmask #sheetfaced

This challenge is still going strong! Thanks to everyone who has been sharing their mask stories!! There's still time to participate if you'd like to join - It's a "come and go" challenge, so you're not behind. When you choose a limp mask from your stash, or one that's been in the friendzone forever, share about it with the hashtag #MasksThatDontGetMeWet. Need all the juicy details? Read below!

What is this challenge?

You know how in your mask stash there are masks that you just can't get excited about? They look flaccid and unappealing at the bottom of your box. You go past them in your stash with barely a glance every time. Maybe there's nothing wrong with those masks, they seem like nice masks, but you just aren't into them. For the month of May, I'm going to commit to finally giving these masks a chance.

Why do it?

You don't really know what you like until you try it ... and there may be some hidden treasures in your stash. Why not let these "unloved" masks get a little quality time? Also, on a private note, I'm on a no-buy right now (more on this to come) and I can see myself swiftly pounding through all my favorite masks ... and feeling like I want more.

Want to join in?

Use a mask that has been overlooked in your stash and post about it with the hashtag #MasksThatDontGetMeWet. It doesn't necessarily mean that mask is "bad" at what it does or that it's not your type ... just that you haven't been in the mood. No prizes or glory - just good clean fun. OK, maybe a little dirty haha.

The end of May will come so fast. Whether you finish a nice handful of masks or 30 masks, size doesn't matter. Have fun!

#badjokes #sorrynotsorry #challenge #asianbeauty #rasianbeauty #sensitiveskin #koreanbeauty #kbeauty #asianskincare #abcommunity #koreanskincare #kskincare #sheetmask #sheetfaced #noonatownshenanigans

Review! For the #MasksThatDontGetMeWet challenge I used this By Nature Nourishing & Refining Face Mask.

I think I've put off trying this mask simply because the packaging is boring. ("ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?") I'm weak.

I have sensitive, oily-combo skin. Looks like this is mask is from New Zealand and features ingredients such as Organic Rosehip Oil, Collagen, Manuka Honey, Argan Oil, Aloe Vera, and Hyaluronic Acid. Is supposed to promote a "smoother, healthier, radiant complexion." Okey dokey yo.

The fit on the mask was great for my alien face. The package says it's supposed to "warm your skin" which felt like prickles on my skin and scared the 💩 outta me. Maybe that's just how my sensitive skin was reacting, I don't know.

The essence was milky colored and had a fragrance that just about killed me. It wasn't strong but whatever the herbal-ish scent in that formulation makes my stomach turn. 😷 Just not for me ugh. (It's the Super Smeller. The Super Smeller is always causing problems.) Instructions say to wear for 10min and then wash off. It always feels weird to wash off a mask but I seriously couldn't wait to get the mask off.

The Results.

I hated the smell and how it felt to wear this mask so much that I really hoped the results were utter 💩, too. But, y'all my skin was amazing the next morning. Bright and glowy with so much of my standard redness gone. My skin looked good through at least half the next day. I'm tempted to buy more. It's only 10min of your life right?

This was a freebie I got with a purchase on the Reddit AB Exchange.

#bynature #nzskincare
#asianbeauty #rasianbeauty #skincare #sensitiveskin #koreanbeauty #kbeauty #asianskincare  #abcommunity #koreanskincare #kskincare  #sheetmask #sheetfaced

Review! For the #MasksThatDontGetMeWet challenge I used this Proud Mary Vita C mask.

I tried two of Proud Mary's Azulene flavor and was unimpressed/disappointed, so I just haven't been able to get excited about trying the Vita C flavor. This mask challenge certainly is helping me get through these masks.

My skin is sensitive, oily-combo demon possessed. The package indicates it helps with "vitality, moisturizing, and skin texture protection." Okey dokey.

It has clear essence that feels slightly thicker than most, but not "heavy." It doesn't really smell like anything but if I get right up in there with The Super Smeller I can detect a tiny citrus smell. Mask fit is fine and the mask itself was very thin and comfortable to wear.

The Results.

This was a very hydrating mask and my skin felt so juicy after. My skin had a lovely softness to it, which was nice. Softness and hydration were the only effects I noticed. Not a bad mask - it was just not "stimulating." Not sure I'd go for a second date. 😜 I purchased this on a YOLO whim from one of the HKC Plaza mega sales for about $1 so I'm definitely not crying here haha.

#proudmary #vitaminc #hkcplaza  #asianbeauty#rasianbeauty #skincare #sensitiveskin#koreanbeauty #kbeauty #asianskincare #abcommunity #koreanskincare #kskincare #sheetmask #sheetfaced

Review! For the #MasksThatDontGetMeWet challenge I used this My Beauty Diary Rice mask. Featured in my 🔥🔥🔥 romance tips in my stories last night.

My Beauty Diary (a Taiwanese brand) makes some of my favorite masks but for whatever reason I just couldn't get it up for the Rice flavor. So, I'm finally giving it a chance in this challenge.

I have sensitive, oily-combo demon possessed skin. The package indicates it's for "deep moisturizing and soothing." I'm all about that soothing action.

This mask has a clear, thin essence that smells fermented like wine. The smell didn't linger while you wore the mask, it was only noticeable for the first few minutes.

The fit was ok except for a huge part above the lip. Like, siriusly, so big it covered up most of my upper lip. (Bonus lip mask?) Package indicated a 20-30min wear time and I wore it for roughly 30min.

The Results.

My skin was moisturized but nothing spectacular or life changing. I didn't see much in the way of soothing, but maybe the skin demons just didn't want to be soothed? I got this from the AB Exchange. Not sure if I'd go out of my way to repurchase since I have other moisture masks that I enjoyed more and performed better for moisturizing and soothing purposes. But these MBD masks are super cheap so that is definitely a positive.

#mybeautydiary #tbeauty #tskincare
#taiwanese #asianbeauty#rasianbeauty #skincare #sensitiveskin #koreanbeauty #kbeauty #asianskincare #abcommunity #koreanskincare #kskincare  #sheetmask #sheetfaced

Review! For the #MasksThatDontGetMeWet challenge I used this DearDerm Egg Elasticity Mask.

I've passed over this mask in my stash probably 100 times because I just couldn't get excited about it for whatever reason. Time to take it for a spin.

The package indicates it "increases elasticity, pore tightening, calming, nurtures skin." Y'all know I have Space Pores™ (pores visible from space) and my skin was red for whatever reason so it seemed like a good choice.

It has a clear, very thin essence that smells vaguely floral but it's very light. The scent sorta reminded me of the Leaders Brightening Mask. There was a metric crappe 💩 tonne of extra essence ... at least as much as the My Beauty Diary masks if not more than that. Such a wet 💦💧⛲ mask. The essence feels light on the skin even though I used a ton of the extra essence. The mask fabric was a neat woven texture that held the essence well. The fit was fine. I wore the mask for the 20min directed on the package.

The Results.

This mask did help calm some of my crazy redness, but I was really impressed that it definitely helped with my visible pores. Space Pores looked much less visible - not gone but like maybe you can only see them from Canada🇨🇦 instead of see them from space 🌎. The effects are temporary of course, but I'm happy. I'd like to try more of these masks.

I think this mask was a freebie I got with an order on the Reddit ABExchange. If you haven't tried it, the ABExchange is a magical place.

#dearderm #eggmask #spacepores #asianbeauty #rasianbeauty #skincare #sensitiveskin #koreanbeauty #kbeauty #asianskincare #abcommunity #koreanskincare #kskincare #sheetmask #sheetfaced

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