Saturday, 24 July 2010

Skincare on a budget: Beautyfriends sheet masks

During my share of browsing on my favourite Korean shopping oasis online, that is gmarket, I stumbled upon a Korean brand I haven't heard from before: Beautyfriends!

Well, googling a bit later I found that Kathi from Lotuspalace, or the queen of Asian cosmetic reviews, already has written something about their brand over here, so check that out for a profound review. I will be focussing more on the fantastic deal I got!


First of all, I love the name Beautyfriends. It is how I see the fellow bloggers I sometimes communicate with online. As sort-of-friends that review, show you their new and not-so-new goods, and often write entertaining articles about their finds in the field of beauty.


Well, as I wrote earlier, I was able to pick three sheet-masks from a collection of 10 sorts, and I stuck to the Marine Algae mask, which I considered to be often really soothing for sensitive skin and marine properties are often ace for anti-aging (see the infamous Creme de La Mer, a product that I do not rate so high, but it is a popular and highly raved product based on Marine and Algae properties).

I also took Pomegranate, as the fruit is also highly acclaimed in anti-aging skincare, and Royal Jelly. Royal Jelly is something my dad was really fanatic about when I was younger, as it is a super energiser and life-booster product. So I added that one in the selection of 3 masks I picked.

3 picks...I figured that I would receive 10 masks. The price is 9,900 won, approximately $ 8.48 and even a ridiculously cheap 6.50 euro and perhaps only 5.50 British Pounds. (Not xe.com right now, but you can always check for the precise rate).

No sir, or no lady...I got a hefty 30.....yes THIRTY sheet masks for only 6.50 euros!!! Wowza, in three different sorts

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I figured that the quality of these masks would be not extemely sophisticated. Somehow, that suprised me.

The sheet masks are quite liquidy...thus, it is more of a tonic-like substance than a gel-like or cream-like fluid inside the sheets. I found them to be really moistened up and there will be plenty of substance left in the satchet after you got the sheet mask out.

Scent-wise, they have a artificial scent that somewhat is reminiscent of the type of mask, so expect a marine-type-artificial scent with the marine and a pomegranate faux-scent with that mask. Nevertheless, the perfume is not obtruding and did not irritate my skin.

The shape of the sheet mask is not perfect. The mouth is not wide enough for me, so it covers a bit over corners of my mouth, which makes it perfect for people with dainty mouths. Further on, it does not reach the sides of my face, but a bit of stretching makes up for that.

The effect, nevertheless, if absolutely lovely. It perks up the skin in a slight but somewhat noticeable manner and the added moisture is really lovely when your skin feels like it could use that little bit of extra.

What the good thing is of a somewhat budget purchase with reasonable quality is that it takes less to put on a mask and treat yourself. I mean, I have SKII sheet masks as well, but they are an average of $10 per masks. That means that  I save those treatments for special occasions and really take my time to let the highly expensive substance do its magic on me.

However, daily life sometimes is a bit hasty so it is good to know that you can put on a cheaper variety, and not feel as guilty when you have to take it off after 5 minutes because you really have to go to work/study/friends/etc...Somewhat I feel not so guilty about a sheet mask of $ 0.28 being thrown away than a sheet mask of $ 10.

Still, SKII is of a better quality, honestly. It really can take me from looking tired (after hours of travelling) to ready-for-a-night-out (still need the makeup though, it is not that miracle-esque :D).

Overall, if you already are familiar with ordering on gmarket, try this package of sheet masks (and try different kinds so I can read new reviews about those ;p) and you can share so much with your friends ...or you can try the seller Kathi listed in her posts about these masks (again, the link to her post here).

8 comments:

sizbelle said...

thats really a steal 30 masks for that price! guesss its very suitable for daily routine, sounds pampering to use mask daily and maybe i can use the expensive ones on wkly or fornightly

琬安琬安 said...

Nothing comes from nothing.............................................................

Shanghainese Dumpling said...

Wow 30 masks for that price!!!! that's fantastic!!!

林聖瑤 said...

It is easier to get than to keep it.......................................................................

DaniloM_W志竹olff0615 said...

不錯的資訊~我會好好記下來!............................................................

陳v柯凡蕭珈火豐晏雄 said...

一棵樹除非在春天開了花,否則難望在秋天結果。............................................................

黃怡張華樺張華樺妹 said...

良言一句三冬暖,惡語傷人六月寒。......................................................................

Julia said...

Would you mind telling me the name of the seller? Thanks!!