Here’s What Happened When I Used A Korean Face Mask For 7 Days

If I had to choose between skincare and makeup, I’d definitely choose skincare. But no matter how diligent I was with my cleanse-tone-moisturize routine, it wasn’t enough. After traveling to colder climates every few months, my skin hit its limit.

Here's what my skin looks like before the challenge. Dry, red in some areas, and tight!

Here’s what my skin looks like before the challenge. Dry, red in some areas, and tight!

When I got back from Japan last March, my skin was at its worst. It was dry, flakey, and rough—and I didn’t know how to deal. No matter how much I moisturized or exfoliated, nothing was working. So when Watsons asked me to do a 7-Day Korean Face Mask Challenge, I was in because I definitely needed to up my hydration game.

Watsons sent over a bunch of masks and I tried the 23 Years Old Cocoon Willow Silky Mask.

Watsons sent over a bunch of masks and I tried the 23 Years Old Cocoon Willow Silky Mask.

Can you see the little gadget beside the mask? That’s the MiLi Pure device. It hooks up to your iPhone via bluetooth and can check your skin’s moisture level. This way, we can check if the mask I’ll be using for 7 days really works. (Yes, I’m really that O.C. when it comes to skincare.)

This is the first time I'm trying a face mask that covers my lips!

This is the first time I’m trying a face mask that covers my lips! Btw, you guys should follow me on IG via @beautyandsparkl for more behind-the-scenes beauty action!

The mask felt weird and it felt a bit uncomfortable since my lips were covered for about 20 minutes, but despite that, it was very high in quality and very refreshing. It was thicker in texture and soaked in moisture-rich serum. I liked that it was especially made for toning dry, dehydrated skin (so it’s exactly what I needed) and that it didn’t make me breakout the entire week (huge win).

Here are the moisture results courtesy of my gadget from MiLi! The left photo is the moisture level of my face on the first day and the right photo is the moisture level of my face on the last day.

Here are the moisture results courtesy of my gadget from MiLi! The left photo is the moisture level of my face without using the mask and the right photo is the moisture level of my face immediately after.

So in case you’re wondering if Korean face masks really work, here’s your evidence! On average, skin’s moisture level would jump by almost 5 to 7% immediately after using the mask. I really enjoyed using a mask every night for a week since it saved me a lot of time and effort (in my head at least). I just had to slap on the mask—no need to tone or put a separate eye cream. I would just wait 20 minutes, massage it into my skin after, and tissue-off any excess serum on my skin. It became a ritual that I really looked forward to!

And here's a photo of what my skin looked like after the 7-Day Watsons Korean Face Mask Challenge. What do you think?

And here’s a photo of what my skin looked like after the 7-Day Watsons Korean Face Mask Challenge. What do you think?

I still need to work on getting the glow back at this point, but I was super happy that my skin was on its way to recovery. The redness was practically gone, it was feeling a lot smoother, and I could feel the elasticity begin to return. Yay!

But if you truly want to appreciate the before and after shots, take a look at these photos… Continue reading

Sunday Sparkle

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What makes you happy? Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of joy from cooking and baking—and seeing my family enjoy what I make. It’s been a while since I’ve spend time in the kitchen, so I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with new (and old!) recipes.

I've been making this cheese dish a lot! Just place sliced mozzarella in an oven-safe dish and top it off with tomatoes, shredded basil, and a little olive oil. Add anchovies underneath the tomatoes for extra zing and season with fresh pepper.

Here’s a peek at one of my tried-and-tested dishes! Just place sliced mozzarella in a dish and top it with tomatoes, shredded basil, and a little olive oil. Pop it into the oven until the cheese browns and bubbles and enjoy with freshly baked chunks of bread. Yum!

I feel like I’ve just been floating by this week, so I’m making a commitment to living with a little more awareness. So for the next week, I’m going to consciously think of something fun, kind, and productive to do each day. Gosh, that already sounds like a lot of things to squeeze in—but I’m going to make it work and see how it goes! Who wants to join me??

It doesn't have to be anything big, it just needs to be different...like experimenting with a new look! For example. I experimented with a 70s look a few days ago—center part, Farrah-inspired waves, and sunkissed skin. I wasn't in my comfort zone, but it was fun!

It doesn’t have to be anything big, it just needs to be different…like experimenting with a new look! For example, I played around with a 70s vibe a few days ago—center part, Farrah-inspired waves, and sunkissed skin. I wasn’t in my beauty comfort zone, but it was fun!

What makes you happy? And what are you doing to pursue the feeling? Leave a comment and let me know if you want to join in on my little challenge! ♥

Sunday Sparkle

So I’ve been thinking of doing a 30-day blogging challenge for some time now—but I’ve been pretty chicken about committing.

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Challenges are supposed to help you discover things about yourself, right? I kinda want to do this starting July, because it’s going to be a busy month for me. This way, I’ll be able to keep myself more accountable. I also want to see if I can (or should) make blogging a daily habit.

What do you think? Should I do it? What kind of posts do you guys want more of? Leave me a comment and let me know. I need the encouragement! ♥