Review: Mask Maiden – Korean Skincare

by michela wariebi

Your epidermis is showing!  *Cue beauty geek sensibilities and crack a little smirk or give a chuckle.*  If you don’t know, your epidermis is your skin and it is the largest organ of your body.  That means that not only does our skin act like other organs, absorbing most of what comes into contact with it, but it is also the most visible.  It only follows then, that it is of the utmost importance that we take impeccable care of our skin, being conscious about what we bring into contact with it and making sure to maintain its visual health.

I am personally obsessed with maintaining clear and youthful skin, but that has resulted in my having the most basic routine.  I am slightly concerned about using something too heavy in chemical ingredients and somehow permanently ruining my skin.  But with age comes new issues and I was very happy to meet the ladies of Mask Maiden recently at a meet and greet for the DIY Makeup Expo. This Korean skincare company hopes to make Korean skincare more readily available to markets outside of Korea.

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For a little context, you should know that skincare is a very regular part of Korean culture.  Koreans shop for skincare just like they shop for groceries.  Quality, well-deveoped and extremely user friendly skin care is readily available in Korea and at very affordable pricing. Korean skin care has been steadily making it’s way into the US markets for the past few years and I suspect that more is on it’s way.

Mask Maiden is basically an on-line on-stop shop for all things Korean skincare-related.  They carry products from industry favorites like Tony Moly and cult favorites in Korea that have yet to catch a hold in the US.

I received a selection of products from the ladies at Mask Maiden and gave them all a try.  I cant’ tell you all how absolutely impressed I was with the quality of the products, the results and after a scan of the website….the PRICES! Keep reading for a review of what I used.

Egg Pore

Bye bye Biore.  These lovely strips from Tony Moly use a mixture of eggs and other natural ingredients to clean out blackheads and impurities from the nose and boy do they work!  I won’t tell you all how long I stared in amazement at what this little strip pulled from my nose, just know that it worked wonders. Unlike other strips that I’ve tried, it didn’t get extremely tight on the skin when it dried and it was painless to remove and left no residue.

According to Mask Maiden, “Egg whites are also high in collagen and Vitamin A which is essential in treating scars, thus improving the appearance of pores and acne.”  Hey now!  The more you know.  These are officially a part of my beauty regime.

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Pig Collagen Jelly Gel Mask Sheet

Okay, I was initially grossed out at the thought of putting pig collagen on my face, but then I thought about how much bacon and prosciutto I eat and I got over it.  I also found out that many high end skincare products contain pig collagen as an ingredient, but refrain from mentioning that for the obvious reasons.

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This mask is meant to aid in hydrating the skin and has anti-aging benefits. Now, when I received it and I read the package and it mentioned whitening, I was apprehensive about using the product.  I absolutely, under no circumstance encourage bleaching or skin lightening of any sort outside of dark spots due to acne and scarring from injury.  However, after a bit of research, it became clear this was not a skin lightening product.

The first ingredients of the mask are water and glycerin meaning that it is true to it’s hydrating claims.  Glycerin is a humectant which means it holds on to water, helping your skin maintain it’s hydration levels.  The pig collagen works as an anti-aging agent helping to replenish and maintain elasticity. Pig collagen is the closets to human collagen and, so despite the initial cringe factor, it’s really great for keeping your skin youthful and plump.

Now, my only struggle with this mask was getting it out of the packaging, off the sheets and on to my face without it ripping into pieces.  The mask was literally falling apart as I attempted to remove it from the package and get the two parts onto my face.  It was a bit frustrating, but I was able to finesse it on after some work.  This may be a result of the package lingering in my purse for a few days before I used it.

After the recommended 30 minutes, I removed it and BABBBBYY, my skin was looking baby fresh!  I could literally see the difference in the plumpness of my skin immediately.  Additionally, my skin just felt very refreshed and hydrated, almost like having been misted with a refreshing spray. If you can get past the whole pig collagen portion, this mask is definitely a potential go-to beauty product!

Tony Moly Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch

Oh how lips are ignored in the grand scheme of beauty products. And an often overlooked fact is that most lip products are drying.  If it doesn’t explicitly say hyrdating, your favorite lipstick, lipgloss, stain etc. are all drying out your lips.  Keeping that in mind, it’s important to make and extra effort to keep your lips well hydrated, moisturized and healthy.  I am especially plagued with extra dry lips because I love matte lipsticks.  So I can’t tell you the praise I gave for being introduced to this lip patch.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU beauty gods.

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First, the packaging is just cute as hell.  It looks like candy, but it ain’t for children, you hear me!  The mask is made of a hydro-gel material and a variety of berry extracts including bearberry, black berry, blueberry and strawberry, all high in vitamin C, helping to retain moisture and elasticity at the same damn time!

I tried this one first out of the group of products and I was extremely pleased with the results.  You definitely have to just lay back and let the mask sit on the lips because it did not stick, so once I sat up it slid off my lips. That wasn’t necessarily problematic though, just worth mentioning.  After the mask my lips felt INCREDIBLE. Soft, supple hydrated and they stayed that way for a day or two.  These are a beauty must have for any regular lipstick, gloss or stain wearer, especially if you’re a fan of super-drying mattes. I am in love with this lip patch!

InnisFree Capsule Recipe Pack Jeju Volcanic

So we are all pretty aware of the major mask craze going on right now, and it is super exciting to find something a little different being offered on the market. These little capsules that look very similar to your favorite Keurig pack, are actually packed full of 2-3 uses of high quality facial masks.

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This particular capsule is a volcanic ash clay mask that is supposed to, clarify, exfoliate and brighten skin while removing dead skin cells.

Natural ingredients include:

  • Jeju Volcanic Scoria
  • Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
  • Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract
  • Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract
  • Orchid Extract
  • Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract
  • Cryptomeria Japonica Leaf Extract
  • Bambusa Vulgaris Extract
  • Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract

So I used this mask while I was on the tail end of a heat rash breakout and the results were awesome!  I followed the directions as listed and when I rinsed the mask of my skin was visibly brighter.  The awesome thing beyond immediate results is that my skin continued to glow and to have a certain brightness for a few days after.  I will definitely be using this mask regularly and exploring some of the other capsule options.

All in all, I am officially a huge fan of mask Maiden and Korean skincare.  They just make skincare easy without compromising the quality of the products and the prices are unbelievably low.  I especially am a fan of Mask Maiden because they are carrying a variety of Korean brands in one space, with a site navigation that makes shopping and exploring new products and brands very easy.

The ladies at Mask Maiden were kind enough to give me a code to help you guys with shipping! Use coupon code “MICHELA2015” to get free shipping on your entire order. Be sure to check them out!