Annie’s Way – Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask Review

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I purchased this mask off of YesStyle for $21.90. It comes in a fairly large tub of 250 ml and a spatula for spreading the jelly mask on your face. There was no noticeable scent that I could smell, it’s texture is that of the hair gel that comes in tubs. It is definitely a JELLY mask but that makes it very easy to apply on your face. It almost made me feel like a glazed donut … There are 6 different jelly masks that Annie’s Way offers: Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Moisturizing, Q10 Anti-aging, Lavender Relaxing, Honey Deep Moisturizing, and Italy Red Wine. I went with the Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid mask because it is their “signature” mask that is most raved and reviewed online.

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What it claims to do:

-whitening 

-Moisturizing

-minimizing fine lines 

-leaves skin radiantly bright 

Instructions: First cleaning face and apply toner on the skin as base. Apply jelly mask approximately thickness 0.3-0.5 CM evenly by using the spatula. After 30 minutes, remove the jelly mask by scraping gently, wipe off with tissue and rinse with water. Apply moisturizer as what you usually use. Use twice a week or as needed.

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Ingredients (vary a little bit between online & on the box, I have listed the ones off the box): Dist water, Carbopol 940 (emulsifier), Hyaluronic Acid (moisturizer), Butylene Glycol (solvent moisturizer), Arbutin Extract (whitening), Vitamin EC (antioxidant whitening), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (antioxidant whitening), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate (anti-inflammatory anti-allergic), D-panthenol (antistatic moisturizer), Methylisothiazolinon (preservative), Iodopropynyl Butylcarbmate (preservative)

*function according to CosDNA


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Pros: 

-easy to apply, easy to wash off after using wash cloth/spatula to scrap off most of mask

-stays very well on your face-no fear of it dripping or getting on anything

-DEFINITELY brightens, and whitens– my face looked significantly brighter after even 1x use (note-I have used this mask now 3x with 3 different toners as bases)

-In these pictures, I had been only sleeping 2-4 hours everyday because of finals but I had no noticeable dark circles/bags from my fatigue!

-value: it’s a large tub for ~$20

Cons: 

-I have dry skin, so this almost felt too dry for me. The directions do state to use a toner base, the first time I used CosRX A-Sol, which I don’t think was moisturizing enough. It was slightly better when I used the Missha FTE as my toner base, however, I had the most moisturizing results when I used my hada lobo gokujyun milk which is the fairly thick even on its own. It also served to double up on my hyaluronic acid since both of those have it.

-30 minutes is a big of time to wear a mask, it got a little annoying towards the end

-although Annie’s Way does not claim this directly, some folks have claimed it “sucks” out their blackheads and minimizes pores–I did not see those results

*note: skin type – non-sensitive, dry skin in desert weather


I do enjoy this mask and see results from it. I wouldn’t call it my HG mask but I would repurchase jelly masks from this line, possibly the Honey Deep Moisturizing next. I love the concept and how clean it is!

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IOPE Air Cushion N23 vs Laneige BB Cushion in Medium Review

When BB creams first hit the Western markets in 2012, I was obsessed!! A tinted moisturizer, primer, skin firmer all in one, how could it do so much?!  Then I saw BB air cushions, which meant I did not have to use foundation brushes or even worse my fingers!

*Skin Type & Climate: Dry, desert climate with non-sensitive, dry skin. 

I got my IOPE Air Cushion from RoseRoseShop for US $30 which comes with the compact (cushion inside already) and 1 replacement cushion. The cushion case itself was thicker than what I anticipated but still very slick and aesthetically pleasing. The compact has a mirror included, then the blender, then the cushion liquid beneath it. The color was a bit lighter than what I anticipated with N23 being the darker of the shades offered from IOPE. The blender is AMAZING, in that it uses very little product but distributes it evenly across your face. I was really timid with the product initially but even if you get too much product out you can always blot it in and it still looks great.

Pros:

-Blender is great, easy to use, pretty much dummy proof

-lasts for a long time, you use very little product each time

-doesn’t look cakey-I generally use 1 layer alone, but have experimented with layering. My need for coverage is only for evening my skin tone rather than any concealment.

-resusable- you can buy replacement puffs, along with cushions and not have to buy a whole new compact

Cons:

-limited in range of colors, I quickly out-tanned my shade

-puff gets dirty pretty easily

-hygienic concerns-you use the blender on your face, then dip it back in the cushion.


I started using this product back in February and fortunately/unfortunately, living in California means I get tan, quickly! IOPE’s range of shades was just not cutting it for me anymore, which led me to buy the Laneige BB Cushion sold at Target in medium. I purchased my Laneige BB cushion for $34 at Target which is comparable to what I got my IOPE for (they have the same mother company).

Differences 

*it is pricier than IOPE by $4, but for me to have it accessible at Target is amazingly convenient!

*larger range of shades, most likely because it is sold in the USA – from the picture below, IOPE’s darkest shade N23, is still much much lighter than the medium for Laneige. Which is great for me!

*they DO NOT sell just the cushion replacement (yet?!) meaning, even though you can replace it, they don’t sell the refills for it! Frustrating!!

*Scent: there is a slight difference in smell, I find the Laneige to be a tad stronger and more floral. The IOPE scent is a little lighter and less noticeable for those who are sensitive to smell.

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If they start selling the refills for my shade, this is a no brainer, re-buy for me. Otherwise, I may use the cushion and make my own DIY with bb cream. At ~$30, this is an expensive form of bb cream and I do believe you are paying for convenience. I would not want to spend that much money for more cushions that have the compact included because it’s just so wasteful! Once the initial investment is taken care of, replacement puffs can be bought for about $2-$3.