So, let’s just get this out of the way. I love this sub. I can’t be without it. This is how I feel, waiting to see if my postman is going to deliver my MaskGenie
My reaction when my MaskGenie arrives
Interpretative Cat Dance images from http://kittehkats.tumblr.com/post/102450204076/cat-interpretive-dance-9-dandelion-floofs-on-an
To recap: MaskGenie is a monthly subscription of masks ~ facial sheet mask, body masks, wash off masks and hair masks. The owner lives in Hong Kong and she (Genie) tries out the masks and determines which ones she feels are worthy for her customers to try. Shipping is extremely fast ~ within a week, I get my pouch. You can order the 10 mask pouch for $22.00 or the 5 mask pouch for $12.00 and that includes shipping and she just doesn’t ship to the USA ~ MaskGenie ships all over the world.
April 2015 MaskGenie revealed!
Mise en Scène Perfect Repair Amouple (Korea) Mise en Scène is part of Amore Pacific company, which is world famous. I am not really sure what the difference is between the hair repair pack (I received the pack twice and gave them away) and the ampoule in regards to ingredients or what it does, but it looks like the ampoule is used right after you perm or color your hair. Ahhh…..Okay, I do color my hair, so I will use this in a few weeks. This is supposed to strengthen, smooth out split ends, moisturize and create shining hair 🙂 There are 7 types of nourishing and hydrating oils in this product: Moroccan argan, camellia, marula, olive, coconut, almond and jojoba. Value $2.00 ~ $3.00
Product Description: Crystal Cublic ™ uses patented technology to provide nutrients from hair and deep, deep repair hair and prevent hair breakage and split ends. 7 kinds of vegetable oil extracts, depth of each hair, nourishing repair. Hair salon level of professional care giving effect to make hair smooth shine. Perfect treatment, and instantly changes the drought damaged hair.
How to use: After shampooing, avoid the scalp, take the appropriate product is only applied to the hair, gently massage, wait 3-5 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. Use Tips: For best results, blow dry hot air for 5 minutes and then rinse
Heat/Warming Patch (Japan) If I didn’t watch Genie’s unpouching video, I would have had NO CLUE what this is! This is a heat/warming patch that you apply on your skin, to give deep muscle heat relief. This patch should last for at least 8 hours. It looks like it heats up to 67 C° (153 F°) and then it will reduce in temperature from 53 C° (127 F°) to 40 C° (104 F°) the longer it stays on. We have similar heat patches here in the states ~ I know because I have used them for my back, but usually they are not stick on types, but ones that have to wrap around a body part, like your waist, wrist or knee. This is very handy and I will be using this on my back. I am basing the value of this product on other heat pads of this type and size (93 mm x 55mm). Value $2.00
Arezia Q10 Eye Mask Whitening, Moisturizing & Eliminating Dark Circles (Korea) Ohhhh Shiny…..Hard to take pics of it too. I have to say that the design on this package is beautiful ~ shiny silver foil with lovely peach-colored cabbage roses and the lettering and banner in a bright pink. It really is pretty! I also love that I can open up the package to view the eye gels ~ they are gels, a sparkly gold hydrogel and then I can put them back into the envelope as it is resealable. I know that sounds like a stupid thing to really like, but I just think it is a nice design. I did take a photo of the back but the silver foil was just too reflective, so I will just repeat what it had in English in the product description below and also the ingredients. I do appreciate it when masks have additional info in English on the packages! These eye masks not only have Q10 collagen, but seaweed and aloe ~ moisturizers full of antioxidants. This also contains ginseng extract, which has the ability to boost collagen production, making it a potent anti-aging ingredient. You wear these like any other eye gel for 20 minutes. Value $1.50
Description: Arezia Q10 Collagen White & Anti- Dark Circle Eye Mask contains collagen to enhance moisturizing effect, leaving skin firmer and more elastic, smooth fine lines and prevent skin from aging. Q10 provides ATP to protect against oxidation and premature aging. The collagen and ginseng extract include amino acid and different kinds of trace elements which can provide rich moisture and nutrition to eye skin. This product increases the elasticity of eye region, prevents the formation of eye wrinkles, under-eye bags and dark circles. The product also alleviate eye wrinkles formation and keeps long term moisturizing.
Ingredients: Q10 Collagen, pure water, sorbitol, propylene glycol, hydroxyethyl cellulose, xanthan gum, water soluble silicon oil, 2.2-dimethyl propionic acid (Propanoic acid), 5.5-di methyl hydantoin, ginseng, seaweed, aloe extract cosDNA.com analysis
The History of Whoo UI: Gold Peel Off Mask (Korea) I had tried the previous History of Whoo item, which was a wash-off pack made from deer antlers (Nok Yong) and I wasn’t so impressed by it. Perhaps it is my skin type? I am hoping to have better luck with a peel off mask, as I do like peel off masks and this one sounds pretty good. This is made with “Royal” Korean medicinal herbal ingredients and gold and will remove dirt and other impurities in your skin. The History of Whoo is pretty expensive for many people, but I have found a little trick ~ if you purchase a lot of sample packages off eBay which could come out to be the same as purchasing the full sized product, it does come out a lot cheaper. Yes, it is a pain to use packets, but it certainly saves on the $$. This product is pretty expensive for a full size 80 mL tube ~ it retails around $80.00. This sample is a 2 mL, and I found an eBay listing where you can purchase 15 of these for under $16.00, which is a savings of 50%. Value $2.00
My Beauty Diary Black Obsidian Moisturizing Black Mask (Taiwan) This is a MBD mask, even though it doesn’t really say it in English! Black masks are really all the rage now, and this one is a moisturizing and brightening mask. This contains black obsidian from France, calendula, licorice, seaweed, aloe and jojoba, which all contribute to healthy, radiant skin. MBD masks are free of paraben preservatives, alcohol, mineral oil, pigments and fluorescent agents. Value $2.19
Description: Nourishing & Hydrating ~~ Black Obsidian from France is rich in trace elements and minerals that restores healthy skin, supports the skin’s protective mechanism and initiates the skin’s hydrating power. The infusion of 3D Hyaluronic acid and yeast compound provide nourishment and refinement to the skin as well tighten and regulate skin tone, while Laminaria digitata and sugar maple deliver intense hydration to the deep layers of skin to improve dry skin texture, revealing brighter and more luminous skin. Moisturizing and Illuminating ~~ Contains numerous soothing ingredients including Calendula officinalis, Licorice, and Ruscus aculeatus extracts to relieve dry, rough and irritated skin. The product is also rich in Bladder wrack seaweed, Aloe vera, and hydrolyzed Jojoba for improved hydration, allowing the skin to feel nourished, soft, and refreshed. (source)
3D Hyaluronic acid and Yeast Compound : The unique structure of the 3D Hyaluronic acid locks moisture into the skin to replenish and retain hydration. It also forms a protective film over the skin to prevent dehydration, allowing skin to stay moisturized. The yeast compound helps tighten and regulate skin tone, promoting a fine and glowing appearance. The product effectively soothes fatigue skin in just 15-20 minutes to reveal a youthful and velvety smooth complexion. It also helps brighten the skin and fight the effects of aging.
Conforming Black Sheet Mask Material to perfectly fit your Face and Neck: The Black Mask material infused with essential essence provides the perfect fit that conforms with your facial contours and delivers instant nourishment to dry skin and simultaneously eliminating impurities in the pores, giving you porcelain, shine-free and silky smooth skin.
Ingredients: WATER, GLYCERIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, ANANAS SATIVUS (PINEAPPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT, HYDROXYETHYL UREA, CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM (LEMON) FRUIT EXTRACT, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT, RUSCUS ACULEATUS ROOT EXTRACT, CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) FRUIT EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED FUCUS VESICULOSUS PROTEIN, LAMINARIA DIGITATA EXTRACT, PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT, PHENOXYETHANOL, POLYGLUTAMIC ACID, CHLORPHENESIN, SODIUM LACTATE, ARNICA MONTANA FLOWER EXTRACT, GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, POLYSORBATE 20, TRIETHANOLAMINE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM PCA, CODIUM TOMENTOSUM EXTRACT, DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE, LECITHIN, VACCINIUM MYRTILLUS FRUIT EXTRACT, SACCHARUM OFFICINARUM (SUGAR CANE) EXTRACT, ACER SACCHARUM (SUGAR MAPLE) EXTRACT, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) FRUIT EXTRACT, POLYSORBATE 80, SODIUM HYALURONATE CROSSPOLYMER, HYDROLYZED JOJOBA ESTERS, CARBOMER, IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE, XANTHAN GUM, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, FRAGRANCE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, HYDROLYZED YEAST PROTEIN, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, HEMATITE EXTRACT cosDNA.com analysis
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illi Hanbang Calming Mask (Korea) I love illi products ~ their parent company is Amore Pacific, which is world famous and I have also tried illi masks in the past and their cleansers as well. This is a calming mask, which is made from mugwort, ginseng and Schizophyllum Commune Mycelium Ferment Filtrate Extract, which is the fermented product of Schizophyllum Commune, a mushroom. Value $1.70
Mugwort for Soothing Effect + Schizophyllum Commune Mycelium Ferment Filtrate Extract for Soothing Effect + Ginseng for Skin Vitality Effects (source)
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG-32, Glycereth-26, panthenol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyphosphorylcholine, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Artemisia Princeps (Japanese Mugwort) Leaf Water (84.1ppm), beta-glucan (mushroom filtrate), propanediol, phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
It’s Skin Blackhead nose sheet (Korea) This is a nose pore strip. If you don’t know how to use one, you just apply the strip to your clean and slightly damp nose. If the sheet doesn’t want to stick to your nose, moisten the sheet with more water. In about 15-20 minutes, when the sheet is dry, remove gently and all of the gunk that was stuck in your pores wil be removed. Value 50 cents
Ingredients: PVP, Water, Silica, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf/TwigExtract, Artemisia Vulgaris (wormwood) Extract, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Montmorillonite (white clay), Dimethicone, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Titanium Dioxide, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Polysorbate 60, Fragrance, Methylparaben cosDNA.com analysis
Soo Beauté Jeju Guava Mask (Korea) I’ve never had a Guava mask and I am pretty excited to try this one out! This also contains mung beans, a favorite ingredient of mine. And of course, this gets high ratings as this is from Jeju Island, a place I wish to visit one day ~ it looks so beautiful and I certainly get enough products that contain ingredients from that island! This is an anti-aging and moisturizing mask and I am not sure what MMB means! This brand also has some other masks types I might be interested in ~ whitening tangerine, anti-aging dandelion and soothing lava water. Looks like another purchase at sasa.com! Retail Price: $1.00
Description: Jeju Guava Mask is derived from natural ingredients and brings a hydrating and moisturizing effect to your skin. With its MMB penetrating system, the mask delivers a full hydrating effect deep into the skin. Jeju Guava is rich in vitamin C and tannin which together deliver an anti-oxidant and excellent skin whitening effect, together with anti-aging properties enhanced by added hyaluronic acid. Helps retain water in the skin and prevent premature wrinkles. Mung Bean extract helps in smoothing the skin
Ingredients: water, butylene glycol, glycerin, alcohol denat, trehalose, psidium guajava (guava) leaf extract, psidium guajava (guava) fruit extract, phaseolus radiatus (mung bean) seed extract, dimethicone, carbomer, methylparaben, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, triethanolamine, xanthan gum, betula platyhylla japonica (Japanese white birch) bark extract, rumex crispus root extract, hydrogenated lecithin, 1,2-hexanediol, propylparaben, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, fragrance, sodium hyaluronate, phenoxythanol, ethylhexylglycerin cosDNA.com analysis
Aritaum Ganoderma Lucidum Fresh Essence Mask (Korea) This is supposed to be an nutritious herbal mask that firms and is an anti-wrinkle mask. Genie tried this mask personally, and according to her Facebook review, this mask is soaked in essence, but left a greasy film behind. She had to wash her face afterwards. I will be interested in seeing if that happens when I try this mask. When I looked up Aritaum Korea site, I noticed that Aritaum is also a child of Amore Pacific! That said, I think this mask might be no longer made, as Korean website no longer has it ~ or it could be under a makeover. I noticed that all of the Fresh Essence masks have a new look to them. Its key ingredient is Ganoderma Lucidum (20mg) extract, and it also contains potassium hydroxide, phenoxyethanol, adenosine, and niacinamide. Value $1.50
What is Ganoderma Lucidum? It is an Asian fungus, known as lingzhi in China and reishi in Japan. It is well known in Oriental herbal medicines and contains ganodermic acid and ling zhi 8-protein ~ anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic ~ which help reduce skin inflammation, puffiness and fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps combat free radicals, healing damage and promoting cell regeneration.
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Sasatinnie Platinum White Truffle Brightening Silky Mask (Hong Kong) I am so happy that Genie put in another local Hong Kong mask from Sasa. I really loved the Honey Peach version and I have purchased a few of those boxes off of Sasa’s website ~ not only for myself, but I am giving a box to my mother, who is now addicted to facial sheet masks too! I am pretty excited about this mask as well, as I am always looking out for whitening/brightening products to improve my skin tone. The last time I received a mask with platinum in it, which was from MaskGenie, was a Sister Diary Apple Platinum mask and that one I loved, as I did notice a brightening effect right after I took off the mask. But I haven’t been able to find any Sister Diary masks that will ship to the USA and I am hoping that this mask has the same effect, because it is more easily available for me to purchase. Value $1.30
Description: Sasatinnie Platinum White Truffle Brightening Silky Mask helps brighten and improve skin tone. Luxurious plantinum delays skin aging by enhancing skin’s absorption power. Skin reveals youthfulness. Improve skin pigmentation and radiance by artubun, ECO Gigawhite, ECO Licorice extracts and Mulberry extracts. Skin is whitened and brightened with improved skin tone fairness. The moisture-locking 0.2 mm feather-like cotton made of plant fibre from Japan holds 100% essence.
Ingredients: aqua, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, morus bombycis root extract, propylene glycol, chrysanthellum indicum extract, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, malpighia glabra (acerola) fruit extract, hydroxyethyl urea, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) bark/leaf/twig extract, butylene glycol, tuber magnatum (white truffle) extract, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, glycyrrhiza blabra (licorice) root extract, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, glycerin, colloidal platinum, malva sylvestris (mallow) extract, mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf extract, primula veris extract, alchemilla vulgaris extract, veronica officinalis extract, melissa officinalis leaf extract, achillea millefolum extract, xanthan gum, sodium hyaluronate, alcohol, chlorphenesin, phenoxyethanol, alpha-arbutin, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
Bio’Main TMC (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Sleeping Pack with Fomes Japonica Spore (Taiwan) This is an unexpected surprise! This is a sleeping pack and it is big enough for 2 – 3 uses. It is made with Fomes Japonica Spore, Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen. Fomes is a fungi that is in the shape of a horseshoe, so it is also called the horseshoe mushroom, and it is to help refine skin tone and texture. Based on the reviews that I have read on this mask, it is a strong herbal-y scented, creamy mask and it also helps draw out impurities and heal acne quickly! I am going to use this tonight! Please do not take offense at the description below ~ this is actually what is written on the package itself!! This is fairly inexpensive, so if this works nicely on my skin, another Sasa haul is due! Value $1.10
Description: The Chinese Medicine Masks series adopt the latest technology to extract the essence from the pure natural Chinese herbal medicine. It combines the traditional Chinese medical theory thoroughly with the modern beauty industry; therefore greatly enhance the effect of beauty nursing which especially suits for the skin of eastern females.
Every month, Genie exceeds my expectations and produces another fantastic bag. Guava mask? Never had one before…The TCM Sleeping Pack is a HUGE surprise for me, and she listened to her customers who (like me) loved the Sasatinnie masks. A MBD mask that cannot be found in the states easily, and a top notch illi Hanbang mask ~ parent company is the famous Amore Pacific. Plus all of the other masks too which I am looking forward to using. Just really well done, Genie! I paid $22.00 for my pouch, which includes international shipping, and received a value of $17.69. Oh, and I got 11 products this month!
If you are interested in MaskGenie, she now has an actual store front! Just go to at www.skinilove.com and you can place your order that way, which would be month by month OR if you think you want this to be a reoccurring subscription, email Genie at her FB page at and let her know to invoice you monthly.
I also have two additional Limited Edition pouches coming in ~ the 10 Days in the Wild should be shipping out next week and she just released an Oriental Beauty II edition ~ featuring the very popular LoveMore masks, which will ship on May 20th.
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Oriental Beauty Pouch #2: LoveMore Edition!! It’s time to explore the ancient beauty secrets of the East! Incorporating masks which contain what is known as the “five elements”: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water – our MaskGenie Limited Pouch has again, something that is not going to disappoint!
LoveMore, a popular Taiwanese brand, has a line of masks that are specifically made with Eastern herbs, and this pouch will contain them all! The amazing thing about LoveMore’s masks, is that the mask itself is made of 100% silk, and are so thin and adhere so well to the skin that it’s also known as a “second skin” to the skin. LoveMore masks also contain a lot of natural ingredients. There have been a few LoveMore masks in our previous pouches, and they received high ratings and reviews! Each Oriental Beauty Pouch #2: LoveMore Edition contains 10 LoveMore masks. USD $26.50
Do you subscribe to MaskGenie? What masks interest you the most this month?
[ All items purchased with my own money ]
[ descriptions in italics from the product’s linked site ]