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Michelle  ✨ Skincare/makeup product junkie 🌠 Skin type: Combination with hormonal acne πŸ“ San Francisco Bay Area native πŸ“§ PR/Collabs: theCatandSnail@gmail.com

I got home later than usual last night but still wanted to sheetmask (anyone else have this skincare vs. sleep struggle everyday too?). I ended up choosing this @narukous NRK Rose Astringent Mask.
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The mask has multiple flaps for a better fit, but the material+essence doesn't adhere to my face super well. It's definitely one of those lie-down-and-relax masks, cause even trying to take this mask selfie would cause extra wrinkling around the middle area. I ended up propped up on my bed and scrolling through my phone for 20 minutes while using this mask.
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It has a light rose scent and the essence is also very light and absorbs quickly. After 20 minutes, I thought that the mask was already pretty dried out and took it off at the 25 min mark. The essence absorbed super fast and left no tacky finish at all, which I love. I should have followed up with a heavier moisturizer after but I chose to go to bed instead. My face felt a bit dried out this morning (combination of having the heater on and no extra moisturizer)
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I really like how nicely this mask absorbs, but it's not my favorite out of all the Naruko masks I've tried so far. I think the current winner is the snail one. I might consider purchasing on sale, but there's not really a gap or purpose in my stash for it - would probably be more of an impulse purchase. I received this mask a while back ago during an #bayareaiggals meet-up. Current price on the Naruko US site is $16 for 5 pieces, but they often run additional promos on top, so you can get it for <$10 for the box of 5. Amazon has it for $10.83 right now.
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I'm fully convinced that @sundayriley scents and I just won't ever get along. I wasn't a fan of the martian toner scent and my friend also passed along this Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser to me cause she absolutely abhorred this scent. I was interested enough to try it out, but had full expectations that I was going to hate the scent. Reviews online are kinda mixed about the scent, but I definitely fall in the camp of "hate it." It's hard to describe, but it feels like the smelly version of herbal scents.
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Scent ASIDE, it's not a bad cleanser. It's a very gentle gel-type cleanser made with 2 types of clay for deep cleansing and minimizing the appearance of pores, neroli oil for balancing and soothing, and a bit of Vitamin C. It doesn't really lather and doesn't dry out my skin if rinsed off quickly. For a deeper cleanse, you can wear the cleanser for a minute, then rinse off, but I found that to be a bit drying. It's also supposed to be amazing with Good Genes (Flash Facial: mix 1:1 and leave on skin for 10 minutes) but I haven't been able to test that out. If you have, I'd love to know your thoughts!
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At $45 for 125mL, it's pricey and my nose says no. If you're interested in trying, I definitely recommend going to a Sephora and do a sniff test/get a sample first.
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Switched back to another Japanese mask! I'm thinking about just crunching through these last couple @puresmile_cosme masks so I can try a different brand. The cotton mask material on these masks aren't my favorite and the fit is always a toss-up, so I don't really see a point in saving these masks in my stash.
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This mask is their Black Pearl version and I'm happy to report that the fit didn't suck this time around! Even as it dried, it wasn't falling off as much as some of their other masks. The mask also has a milky essence like the milk mask I tried, so I'm starting to wonder if the milky essence types fit my face better...
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This mask has a bit of a generic skincare fragrance, but it's very light and non-irritating. I wore the mask for almost an hour!! (might be a new record for me) and even after removing, the material didn't feel too dried out. Once absorbed, the finish is just a bit tacky, but not enough for me to dislike the mask. Out of all the puresmile masks so far, this one might be one of my favorites.
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I received this @lorealskin Pure Sugar Scrub, Nourish & Soften from @influenster, and while I'm usually not big on physical exfoliators, I thought this one was interesting since it doubles as a lip scrub as well (my lips have been crazy dry this past week and definitely could've use a scrub...and lip mask)
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The scrub contains 3 kinds of sugars, cocoa butter, and quite a few oils. It smells a lot like brown sugar as well (does any remember that BBW warm vanilla sugar scent? similar to that). The sugars are very gentle as a scrub, and I was able to use it on my face and lips without irritation or feeling like I scrubbed too hard. The amount of oils in this product also meant that while I didn't feel dried out after, I sometimes felt a bit of a film on my face. (It's also too rich to use as a body scrub - I tried. Doesn't feel exfoliating enough and you need A LOT to get a good scrub going)
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Overall, I'm more likely to use it as a lip treatment scrub than a face scrub. It's a nice scrub, but nothing mind-blowing, and I probably wouldn't repurchase after using this one up. I also kind of wish this came with a spatula as it's not the easiest texture to pick up with your finger.
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I love @tonymoly.us_official for their cute packaging, but I've never had amazing experiences with their products until I tried their Master Lab Ultra Collagen Mask sheet, and was pleasantly surprised with the results!
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The mask doesn't come with any paper lining inside and was a bit hard to unfold. It's a stretchy fabric-like material made from cellulose and has a really soft texture and is really good at absorption and adherence. The last ingredient on the list is fragrance, so there's some added fragrance, but I thought it smelled more like the freeset donkey masks. It's not too strong or artificial.
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I wore the mask for 40 minutes and although it started to dry out, it was still really comfortable to wear and didn't feel tight on my skin or fall off. The essence does dry a little tacky, which is probably the only thing I wasn't super happy about for this mask.
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I received the mask from @imarleneesta's giveaway, but they usually retail for $4/piece in stores like Ulta and can sometimes be found at Marshalls for half off. It's not an immediate must stock up on mask, but I'd buy them on sale (after my no-buy!)
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I almost never review makeup (I love swatches but I'm always lazy to do them...?) but I thought I'd share some quick thoughts about this @labiotteofficial Wine Lip Tint. (two wine-related products in a row too!)
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The first time I swatched one of their lip tints was at a Memebox influencer event (I think the R01 shade), where I was testing out lip colors and cleansers. This one DID NOT BUDGE at all, even after 3 different cleansers and wipes, so onto my wishlist it went. (Cute wine bottle packaging is also a plus!) The R01 Shiraz Red shade was way too red for my daily makeup looks, so I wanted something pink/mlbb instead. I bought the PK01 in Taiwan for maybe $7 or $8 USD. I really wanted the shade CR01 (rose coral), but the store didn't have any in stock 😒
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The color is very, very light on me. Online swatches made it seem pinker, but it's not quite as pigmented as I would have liked. I thought the coloration was very similar to Benefit's Posie lip tint. It's not as budge-proof as the RD01, but it's still long-wearing and the light pink shade fades very naturally throughout the day. I can feel the product as it dries down, but it's very comfortable to wear after it's set.
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I honestly would consider buying the coral rose shade in the future, but I also picked up a couple Peripera ink velvets in Taiwan...so I'm going to test those out before deciding if I want/need another wine lip tint. After all, I still haven't finishing a single lip color and really don't need to be adding more to my collection right now. Have you tried this or any of their other wine lip products?
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Happy Lunar New Year! I have relatives coming over tonight for our big dinner (possibly with figure skating playing in the background), so in preparation for today, I also wanted to prep my skin too. Last night's mask is the @mybeautydiaryus Red Vine Revitalizing Mask. The ingredients list has wine extract has antioxidants to help fight free radical damage, and citrus extracts for brightening.
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If I haven't raved about the fit for MBD masks enough, I'm letting you know right now that the fit is so freaking goooooddddd. It also smells like grape candy which is a plus.
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I probably kept this mask on for too long, about 50 minutes or so. It was starting to get pretty dry when I removed it but my face absorbed everything from this mask - no stickiness, no tacky finish, nothing. Masks that absorb fully are such a huge win for me, and made me love this mask immediately. My face looked more plump and hydrated afterwards (not a whole lot of brightening though). My lazy self didn't follow up with another cream afterwards, but I should have to seal it all in.
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The mask had a lot of extra essence left over so I saved the packet and saturated a cotton pad with it this morning and used them on my cheeks. Again, everything absorbed super nicely and didn't interfere with my sunscreen or makeup afterwards. The masks are usually under $2/piece and I'm kinda thinking about if I should buy a box of these masks on my next Taiwan trip already...
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Happy Valentine's Day! πŸ’•πŸŒ My love for snail as a skincare ingredient is no joke. My answer to "favorite skincare product" 90% of the time is Mizon Black Snail cream (I occasionally also say one of the isntree toners or clinique moisture surge) so I was so excited to try another black snail product. I finished my Benton snail essence in the first few days of January and knew immediately which snail product to add to my routine next: the Black Snail Restore Serum from@iunik_official.
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I've been using this non-stop for the last 6 weeks and wanted to share some thoughts about it with you. The serum ingredients contain 70% snail secrete filtrate, centella, and also extracts from what they dubbed as "five black super foods": black beans, black rice, black sesame, kelp, and eggplant.
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The texture is a little stringy-gooey - kind of like pulling melted cheese, and there's not a lot of scent to speak of. I was originally worried that as a watery serum, it wouldn't be hydrating enough, but it applies super nicely and absorbs really quickly, so there's not a lot of wait time between this step and my next step, usually a heavier lotion or a cream. I use about 75% of a dropper's worth to apply, both AM and PM.
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I'm already half way through the product and it's a high-contender for repurchase once I use up a few other snail products in my stash. The product is listed on their website for $15.49 for a 50ml bottle which is a pretty solid price for me, but if you're looking for a starter snail product to try, Mizon and Cosrx both have a little more budget-friendly options.
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Thank you @iunik_official for sending this serum to me - I can't wait to try out the other products that I picked from their line. The products were given to me for free in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
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I tested out another @puresmile_cosme mask in preparation for Japan. This time it's the Camellia Essence mask version, with notable ingredients including hyaluronic acid, collagen, and vitamin E. .
The mask fit is closer to what I remember with other Pure Smile masks. It fits on your face, but with plenty of wrinkles and starts to fall off my chin as it dries. The mask scent is floral, but not too strong.
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I wore the mask for 30 minutes, but I did have to keep readjusting the chin to keep it adhered to my face. My face was nicely hydrated, and surprisingly looked brighter right after too! The clear essence had to be massaged into my face, but left only a slightly tacky finish and I didn't think I needed another moisturizer to go on top, which is always nice and easy.
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I don't love it enough to repurchase though, mainly for fit issues. Mask provided courtesy of the BF, and doesn't seem to be readily available online. A quick search revealed more ebay sellers than anything else, so I'm hesitant to provide an estimate on price.
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A long while back, I used the Bonvivant Mellow Clay Mask with Mint and Tea Tree but wasn't too impressed with it. It was pretty runny and hard to apply, so I stayed away from using this Bonvivant Mellow Clay Mask Hawaiian Pink Calamine version until a few friends told me it was way different and a lot better to use.
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The mask texture is completely different from the blue version and almost feels a bit spongey upon application. It spreads surprisingly well for a clay mask and I can get a thin layer on my face pretty easily. The mask contains Hawaiian Clay and Pink Calamine and is meant to hydrate, brighten, and soothe skin. I personally didn't see a whole lot of effects from using the mask, but I'll happily use up the rest of my mini jar.
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This exact mask under the Bonvivant brand isn't available anymore, but it's available under @idewcare as the Take it Easy calm mask, $19 for a 70g mask at @ultabeauty.
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The beach was super fun yesterday, but because it's SF, it was also pretty cold. Honestly I went mainly to play with dogs πŸ˜… (and okay, the snacks too)
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Last night's masking session called for some hydration and brightening, and this @jayjuncos Rose Blossom mask fit the bill!
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The mask has a slightly pink/brown tinted essence (looked a little more pink this morning dried out in the trashcan) and has a nice fresh rose fragrance. It's pretty light and doesn't smell too artificial. The fit was also pretty solid, only a bit of wrinkling near my chin but no real complaints.
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I wore the mask for 40 minutes, most of it was dried out by the end, but I still had some esssence left around my forehead and cheeks. The esssence didn't absorb all the way through and dried a little tacky, but my face looked a bit more plump and brighter afterwards.
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I received this mask from the lovely @ptitelady. They're usually sold in packs of 10 online, ranging from $20-25 for a box. I don't think I'd purchase this right away, but I might consider it on sale!
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This morning's routine has also been a pretty standard one for me. I've been alternating between the Su:m37 MRCS and this Sunday Riley cleanser for morning cleansers, but I might just stick with the MRCS for a little while longer so I can use it all the way up. I'm already starting to dig up the parts of the cleanser stick at the base of it.
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πŸ”Ά@sundayriley Ceramic Slip clay cleanser - I just learned you can leave this on your skin for 1 minute for a deeper cleanse. I'll have to try that next!
πŸ”Ά@missha.official FTE, intensive
πŸ”Ά@swanicoco.en Bitamin C toner*
πŸ”Ά@iunik_official Black Snail Restore Serum*
πŸ”Ά@huxley_korea Secret of Sahara oil essence - I'm almost halfway and already starting to get sad about finishing it up.
πŸ”Ά@scinic_official Snail Matrix Eye Cream
πŸ”Ά@Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream* - decided to let go of the Clabiane sunscreen since it expired. Using this sun cream since the creamier consistency works well for winter. I brought the Biore along with me for a beach trip today, as I still prefer the matte finish for easier reapplication. .
*PR Gifted
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