Unboxing January 2015 MaskGenie!

I am so excited to tell you of this new service by a really lovely and talented beauty and lifestyle blogger, Genie @ http://geniesfavproducts.blogspot.com,   She also runs ABCDEats, of which if you follow my blog, I have posted my snack box unboxings and reviews here.  Earlier this month, she started with her own mask subscription service, where you can select from a 10 mask or 5 mask subscription.  It does not automatically renew, but she will invoice you monthly if you request it from her.  All of the masks included have been personally selected and reviewed by Genie on her blog, so you know what you are going to get.  I am currently subscribing to the 10 mask pouch

I received my January MaskGenie pouch ~ let’s see what I got!

The masks come in a very nice chiffon bag.

Etude House Greetea Nose Pack (Korea) This pore pack for your nose is made with 0.1% Green Tea Extracts and is from the famous Etude House beauty company in Korea.   Based on some of the reviews I read, this has a nice herbal green tea scent to it.  Value .50

Description: This is a nose pack that removes blackheads and takes care of pores with its green tea ingredient for a smooth and clean nose.

Ingredients: VP/VA Copolymer, Water, Silica, Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan sesquioleate, Chromium Oxide Greens, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (witch hazel) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance  cosDNA.com analysis

Petitfee 98% Collagen & Co Hydrogel Essence Eye Patch (Korea)   These are hydrogel eye patches, made with Collagen and Co Q10 (.3mg) and will help hydrate and firm the skin under your eyes.   Genie’s review of this eye patch is that is it a drier mask, but you do leave it on for 20-30 minutes to absorb and hydrate your skin.   Value $2.00

Description: Collagen and Co Q10 Hydro Gel Essence Eye & Spot Patch are infused with extracts of natural flower plants.  Our products carry these plant essences directly to the skin to encourage health and reveal true and lasting beauty.  Hydro gel can absorb high amount of water, 98%, hydrating and moisturizing, re-hydrates skin and improves blood circulation.  Collagen is rich in amino acids and Co Q10 is a potent antioxidant and the mix of all these ingredients will help reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes, leaving the area bright and moisturized

I Love Sasatinnie Honey Peach Nourishing & Brightening Mask (Hong Kong)  Sasa is a local Hong Kong company and Genie explained in her unboxing video that it is expensive to manufacture directly in Hong Kong, so this is a treat to have a local mask in here.   I am happy that I got the Honey Peach one and this will “energizes and nourishes skin, effectively moisturizes and brightens skin tone“.  I hope this smells like peaches!     Value $1.00

Ingredients: aqua, butylene glycol, prunus persica (peach) leaf extract, niacinamide, hydroxethyl urea, centella asiatica (hydrocotyl) extract, panax ginseng (ginseng) root extract, hydrolyzed yeast protein, triethanolamine, panthenol, phenoxyethanol, lactic acid, allantoin, carbomer, hydroxyethylcellulose, hyaluronic acid, methylparaben, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, parfum, methylisothiazolinone  cosDNA.analysis

Sister Diary Apple Polyphenol Platinum Mask (Taiwan) I am familiar with My Beauty Diary facial masks and love them, so this is pretty cool that there is a  “Sister Diary” as well.   Again, I am happy with this choice, as the other one was a Rose mask, and we all know how I feel about rose items ~ haha.   Apples are perfect for oily skin and pore tightening and platinum helps oil control (I didn’t know that!)  Polyphenol are antioxidants and apples rank about 48th in the list of fruits and vegetables that contain polyphenols.  Applephenon is apple phyphenol (apple essence).  The formula for Sister Diary masks are made specifically in Japan, even though this is a Taiwanese company.  They do not contain alcohol or parabens.   Sister Diary is Taiwan’s number one seller of beauty masks.  Value $1.29

Ingredients:  water, trimethylolpropane triethylapplephenonhexanoate/glycerin/cetearyl alcohol/ceteareth 20/glyceryl sterate/PEG 100 sterate/stereath 2/dimethicone/ceteth 24/choleth 24/phospholipid/propylene glycol/disodium EDTA, propylene glycol, hydroxyethyl urea, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, applephenon, 1,3 butylene glycol, glycerin, PEG-120 jojoba esters,  aloe vera extract, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, palmitoyl tripeptide-3, acetyl hexapeptide-3, xanthan gum, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, methlyisothiazolinone/iodopropyl butylcarbamate, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, sodium hyaluronate, perfume, platinum  cosDNA.com analysis

image from http://list.qoo10.sg/item/SISTER-DIARY-FACE-MASK-SHEET-TAIWAN/409171523

MediHeal Mogongtox Soda Bubble Sheet (Korea)  This was Genie’s Featured Mask.   I am very familiar with bubbling wash off masks, but not sheet masks.   This is such a cool concept .  This mask has a lot of good ingredients, ranging from anise, papaya,apple, chestnut bark, rice bran, safflower, propolis, witch hazel and galactomyces ferment filtrate.  I am pretty excited to try this one out ~ I will be sad when it is all used up!   Retail Price:  $4.00

Description: Fresh fine bubbles are formed on the mounting face will grant the self-massage was developed by applying the principles of the carbonated water to produce the bubble on the skin surface of the mask. Various waste and clean-up old keratin between bubbling pores helps manage the papaya fruit extract, green beans between the pores are worried extract apple extract, a rough that will help you prepare for the elasticity of the skin pores, such as persimmon leaf extract grain filling carbonated sheet wash off type.

Ingredients: water, glycerin, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium cocoyl apple amino acids, dipropylene glycol, disiloxane, sodium lauroyl glutamate, methyl perfluorobutyl ether, methyl perfluoroisobutyl ether, hydroxyethylcellulose, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin, caprylyl glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, propanediol, fragrance, disodium EDTA, illicium verum (anise) fruit extract, carica papya (papaya) fruit extract, phaseolus radiatus seed extract, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, castanea sativa (chestnut) bark extract, diospyros kaki leaf extract, oryza sativa (rice) bran extract, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) flower extract, sodium hyaluronate, propolis extract, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) bark/leaf/twig extract, carbonated water (.018 mg), galactomyces ferment filtrate, butylene glycol, milk protein extract cosDNA.com analysis

Secret Key Snail + EGF Repairing Mask Pack I love Secret Key, it is a good solid and inexpensive brand and I did get this product line in the eye cream in one of my Memeboxes.   This contains chondroitin sulfate, which is “a major constituent of mucin” (snail slime)…and “restores damaged skin and keeps it soft, supple and healthy”  Retail Price: $1.30

Description: Tightening/Brightening/Moisturizing/Restoring/ Soothing.   Dual function essence of Whitening & Wrinkle diminishing including over  90% of  yeast ferment filtrate.  Concentrate type of essence reviving healthy skin rhythm keeping moist and clear tone of skin . Skin essence at the 1st stage of skincare : 8 intensive cares of Hydration, Resilience, Brightening, Wrinkle diminishing, Soothing, Rearranging skin texture, Anti-oxidation.  Filtered extract of snail and ingredients of EGF will make your skin which had been damaged by various problems to much healthier and smoother.  Essence with rich nutrition will help improve the condition of skin and provide continuous moisturizing effect after application so that your skin can remain healthy and hydrated.

Key Ingredients: Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Albutin, Adenosine, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract , Grapefruit extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract  (source)

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Dermal Syn-ake Collagen Essence Mask (Korea)  This was another mask that could have had a choice ~ Syn-ake Collagen Essence Mask or Collagen Essence Mask or Charcoal Collagen Essence Mask ~ and I lucked out and received the Syn-ake mask.  I would have been happy with the Charcoal one as well, but I really like venom products, so I will enjoy using this one.  This mask contains Vitamin E and 0.2% Hydrolyzed Collagen, which will revive your skin, making it bright.  Syn-ake is the official name fora minute peptide ingredient (The Swiss Technology Award) and is similar to real snake venom.  This mask contains 2.5 ppm Synake and is supposed to keep your skin smooth, elastic and preventing your muscles from contracting ~ kinda like Botox.  This mask is supposed to have a cooling feeling as well and help firm your skin.   Genie’s review states that this mask is soaked with essence and is really good for a lower end brand mask.  Retail Price .80 cents

Ingredients: water, glycerin, butylene glycol, dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate (2.5 ppm syn-ake), sodium hyaluronate, hydrolyzed collagen (.02%), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, portulaca oleracea extract, beta-glucan, panthenol, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), polysorbate 80, disodium EDTA, xanthan gum, methylparaben, phenoxyethanol, fragrance  cosDNA.com analysis

Lebelage Natural Mask Egg (Korea)  I have not tried an egg facial sheet mask before, so this is really interesting!   This mask contains egg yolk extracts, which help keep your skin look fresh and clean, enhancing your skin’s own moisture and firmness.    Lebelage has other masks that I am really keen to try out ~ charcoal, aqua, green tea, red ginseng and royal jelly.   This does have rose water in it, so that could be an issue.  I will open up the package, take some essence out and do a spot test before deciding if this goes on my face.   Retail Value $1.18

Ingredients: purified water, glycerin, butylene glycol, sodium hyaluronate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, xanthan gum, calendula officinalis flower water, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower water, rosa damascena flower water, malva sylvestris (mallow) extract, mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf extract, veronica officinalis extract, melissa officinalis (lemon balm) leaf extract, achillea millefolium (yarrow) extract, portulaca oleracea extract, egg yolk extract, panthenol, beta-glucan, disodium EDTA, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), phenoxythanol, methylparaben, polysorbate 80, fragrance  cosDNA.com analysis

image from http://www.lebelagecos.com/product_view.asp?f_num=16

NextBeau EGF Collagen Piggy Mask (Korea)  I am glad I got this piggy version as this is a pore tightener mask and the other NextBeau offering was more for drier skin (Aqua Collagen Piggy Mask – Moisture Collagen)  I saw some images on how the collagen from pig skin was rendered and I suggest that you don’t look this up.  It is pretty yucky looking…but fat rendering has been going on for thousands of years, so I guess I shouldn’t be squeamish about it.  Retail Price:  $1.00

Description:  Collagen which has excellent effect to the sleek skin decorate beautiful and confident skin.  Provide the moisture and nutrition to the skin by containing E.G.F,  to help promote the elasticity and keeps the moist skin. It is a essence pack that keep the vibrant skin and sleekly.

Ingredients: water, glycerin, propylene glycol, hyaluronic acid, betaine, panthenol, hydrolyzed collagen (1.000 ppm), allantoin, carbomer, triethanolamine, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, methylparaben, disodium EDTA, polysorbate 20, human oligopeoptide-1 (60mg), fragrance  cosDNA.com analysis

Beyond The God of the Patches – Bye Bye to Excess Fats Firming Patch (Hippo) (Korea)  Okay, I am going to need a LOT of these.  Like, to cover my whole body, thank you very much!  haha  So, here we have hungry hippo who needs to get a firm tummy…  Genie’s review states this is a combination of a cotton and hydrogel sheet and it is soaked in essence.    She wore hers overnight, as it states to keep it on for several hours.  Retail Value $4.00

Description: With simple application, this firming patch provides intensive conditioning for the abdomen, thighs, upper arms and other areas that require special care.  This hydrogel-type product helps to achieve smooth and soft body contour and its cooling and moisturizing composition provides firmness to the skin surface.  Garcinia Cambogia fruit extract to (HCA) and caffeine enriched effective component of the hydrogel-type products, such as giving a green thumb to cool the skin soft and smooth and give a strong tension on the skin surface with a moist feeling.

How To Use:  Wash the area where you want to apply the patch, wipe it clean and dry it thoroughly.   Open the pouch and remove the film on the patch.  Gently place the patch on the area, making sure that the patch is attached properly.  Apply the adhesive bandage on the patch.  For the active ingredients in the patch to be absorbed fully, leave on the patch for 8 hours before removing it.

Ingredients: Purified water, glycerin, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, 1,2-Hexanediol, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil,  Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract,  Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, caffeine, Agar, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Paeonia Suffruticosa (peony) Root Extract, niacinamide, Carnitine,ethanol, Disodium EDTA, Isomerized Safflower Acid, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, potassium hydroxide, phenoxyethanol, Polyglutamic Acid, Coco-Glucoside, Garcinia Cambogia Fruit Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract,  Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glaucine  cosDNA.com analysis

They had this image inside the folder and I had to post it here.  These poor guys just have some boo-boos going on here…

I am very pleased with my first month with MaskGenie.  I like the variety of the masks, from the types to the brands.  This month, with the exception of the Hippo patch, was focused on the face.  I hope in future months,  she might add some other masks (just not hoo-ha masks ~ lol).  The masks I am looking forward to using first are Sasatinnie Honey Peach, Sister Diary Apple Polyphenol Platinum, Mediheal Mogongtox Soda Bubbling, Secret Key Snail+EGF and Lebelage Egg.  They are look great and I will use them all.  I think Genie did a fantastic job curating January 2015 pouch and I cannot wait to see what she will pick out in the upcoming months!  I hope she continues to include local Hong Kong companies that make masks.

If you are interested in MaskGenie, just go to MaskGenie FB page at https://www.facebook.com/MaskGenie and email Genie with your selection ~ either $22.00 US for the 10 pouch or $12.00 US for the 5 pouch.   This month’s pouch was worth about $18.00 or so (and this is based on what I found out there), but the $22.00 also includes shipping too.   It only took a week for this to get to me, so it was pretty fast shipping.  Since many of these masks I have never heard of,  I like that I will have a chance to try some new masks, specially curated, knowing that Genie has used them herself.  She internationally ships and the shipping is included in the price.   MaskGenie also has some special pouches ~ they have an Oriental Beauty pouch that is separate from the monthly ones.

“Chinese New Year is just around the corner, and in order to celebrate this, MaskGenie has decided to launch the Oriental Beauty Pouch (limited edition). Each pouch will contain 10 different masks (ingredients including ginseng, pearl, and other oriental herbs) all nicely packed into a red silk pouch with golden thread weaving.  USD 23.50 Shipping Date 2/9/2015.”

 image from https://www.facebook.com/MaskGenie

Spoiler for Oriental Beauty Pouch: Herba Saussurea Involucrata Revival Mask Sheet (Taiwan).  Genie’s review (source) “Let’s begin with talking about the ingredients of this mask ~ herba saussurea involucrata has always been mentioned in those imperial Chinese dramas being the only thing that can cure deathly poisons or deathly illnesses, and you need to climb high mountains and risk your life to pick it on a cliff ~ it so happens that this rare flower is the major ingredient of this mask, so it had to be somthing for me to try! It’s a very thin silk mask, although the part for the nose is rather big, it adheres to the face and stays put very well. There is no scent at all. After removing it after 15 minutes (recommended time is 10-15 minutes), there was still a lot of essence left on my face. After massaging in the essence, my face felt super smooth, and the bumps on my forehead felt less bumpy! My pores also appeared to be smaller too!!! I was so amazed by this mask that I kept touching my face the entire night!!! This has now become my favourite mask!!! This brand is well-known for using natural ingredients in their masks. Rating: 9/10” 

[ All items purchased with my own money ]

[ descriptions in italics from the product’s linked site ]

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