Spring sheetmasking: SexyLook Moisturizing Black Mask & MediHeal Mask Dress Code Blue
Wedding and banquet season is in full swing in my part of the world, so it’s convenient to have some tricks up your sleeve prior to the odd invite that may drop in your mailbox. So if you’re into sheetmasking, make yourself comfortable… I’m going to go ahead and say that, after trying these sheet masks, I absolutely recommend them both for pre-party preparations.
MediHeal Mask Dress Code Blue
Though these can be found in any decently-stocked Asian beauty outlet, I actually bought these in Incheon Airport in Seoul, where I had to stop for a brief layover.
Good thing it was brief, because close to the departure lounge there was a cosmetic shop, and I had to drag myself out by the ear to avoid walking out with two of everything. But anyway, I didn’t leave empty-handed, and snapped up this 10-unit box of MediHeal Dress Code Blue sheetmasks.
K-beauty aficionadas will probably have seen this one many times before, or some of its sisters; the MediHeal Dress Code Blue sheetmask is for deep hydration, while AFAIK (since I haven’t tried them), others from this line are for calming and toning (Dress Code Violet), antiaging (Dress Code Red, and brightening and evening skin tone (Dress Code Black).
From what I’ve been able to find out about the maker, MediHeal’s cosmetics originated in a rather well-known beauty school in S. Korea, and that’s pretty evident in its “spa glam” fancy design.
I’m actually not much of a fan of those kiddie-like masks with designs and animal faces and whatnot… I’m here for the hidration, period, so let’s be serious. Still, I have to admit how pretty and appealing these are, from a superficial viewpoint… I kinda felt like I ought to have donned chopines to match my Baroque masquerade look while lounging around the house.
Besides, this mask is well made for its purpose of making the skin drink up to the last drop of hydration, whether it wants to or not (I say this because, odd as it sounds, my dehydrated skin can sometimes be a bit mulish to absorb the treatment it clearly needs… why?!)
Anyway, the tissue is fairly thick and consistent, and the fit is very nice; on top of that, if you’re on the small side like me, you could probably coat yourself from head to toe with the amount of essence this brings: the mask is quite soaked, and then there’s enough essence left to apply to face, decollétage, hands and forearms for a couple more days… not bad at all!
Of course, this intense soaking shows when you remove the mask, and a little afterwards… if you’re already familiar with K-beauty, you’ll recognize this as chok-chok, and if you’re not, this concept expresses that bouncy, youthful, radiant quality of skin that’s full of moisture and winning tickets in the genetic lottery.
That’s what it looks like when you remove this mask and the day after, so it’s definitely something to keep in your beauty stash for upcoming weddings or events where you need to look your freshest for the pics.
SexyLook Moisturizing Black Mask
Thanks to the magic of the internet, I learned that this was the SexyLook Moisturizing Black Mask after I brought it home, since I couldn’t get the faintest clue from the packaging; I bought a 5-unit box in Hong Kong and besides a tiny bit of English, all the info is in Chinese characters and kana (is this in Japanese? Mandarin? Hokkien Taiwanese? 😓 Oh, the joys of being a bilingual illiterate… )
But anyway, a bit of googling showed me that this mask, like the one above, is for intense moisturizing… well, that’s a relief. Though in truth, I wasn’t too troubled by this deep and important matter, since all I wanted was to try this Taiwanese brand, which I knew to have a good reputation among A-beauty folk in blogs and discussion forums.
I don’t know the exact reason for this mask being black, rather than white like most sheet masks, but apparently this includes activated carbon, which has been a thing in cosmetics for a while now (don’t worry, it doesn’t stain fabrics or anything).
The tissue itself is soft and rather thick, and the cut and fit of the mask is also very good, so it’s comfortable to wear, though not as supersoaked in essence as the previous one. Still, this one packs a pretty punch of skin-moistening action.
See analysis in CosDNA.
Moreover, every time I’ve used one of these masks, besides leaving my skin plump and soft, I have the impression it is noticeably brighter… it could, of course, be an optic illusion after removing the black material, but the effect seems to linger for a little while. Curiously enough, this mask isn’t supposed to be brightening like another SexyLook black mask from this same line, but I still have the impression that it does something similar to that.
In all, none of these sheetmasks do anything very astounding or unusual for this kind of treatment, but what they’re meant to do, which is add moisture to the skin, they do very well. I personally have more faith in a regular care routine than in masks and such, but I have to admit it’s nice to just slap on one of these things for an insta-fresh face. I think they both deserve 4.5 points.
1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the container and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I don’t think I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.
And a last rec for today…
I hadn’t done a Friday Musings post in a while, and I don’t know why, I really enjoy doing them… for anyone who is a recent visitor in this blog, Friday’s are the days I often pick to post about things outside the world of cosmetics.
Still, I can’t think of many things that go better with a sheetmask and chill than a book… so today I bring this title to check out (or 2 titles, if you want to practice your Spanish and are curious to see another brief book review in the Spanish version of this blog):
“An Almond for a Parrot” by Wray Delaney
This is a historical novel by Wray Delaney, a nom de plume of author Sally Gardner, known for her children’s stories (this, by the way, is very much a story for adults).
I didn’t really know what to expect from this novel, bought on a whim, mainly because:
- it was one of the few English-language books available in the store;
- I was kind of in a rush, and determined to walk out of the bookshop with something;
- and, just look at this pretty cover…
Anyway, this ended up being one of these gobble-up-in-one-go books, leaving me unable to put it down (I love it when this happens).
The novel begins in the prison cell of its lead character, Tully, a young prostitute in mid-18th century London. Tully has been jailed for murder, and she decides to write her story down while awaiting her trial, from her childhood as a girl without a mother, and neglected by her father, until she becomes the star of one of London’s most famed and elegant brothels.
The story, despite various dark moments here and there, is mainly a romantic tale and a very rose-colored vision of the life of a prostitute, yet it isn’t too flowery or saccharine for all that, in my opinion; despite some parts that really strained my suspension of disbelief, on the whole the story was well balanced and entertaining, and quite enjoyable.
It also has a supernatural element, since Tully is endowed with some psychic abilities that determine her path… and of course, there are several erotic passages, something that, had I realized this before picking up the book, it would have given me pause.
That’s not from any moral qualms or anything of the sort, it’s because I dislike so much erotic literature out there… much of what I’ve read in that vein is so, so, SO bad, it’s just made me want to gouge my eyes out with a spoon, then get me to a convent high in the Abruzzesi Appenines.
Actually, there are many points in this novel that are kind of suspiciously similar to good old Fanny Hill… Fortunately, this is one of those rare cases where I didn’t end up skimming/skipping over these passages, because the writing is still entertaining and well woven into the story.