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Christmas is less than two weeks away! Do you have all your gifts bought and wrapped and ready to go? Yeah? Good for you. Go have a cookie. But if you’re like me and in the throes of OH SHIT WHAT AM I GIVING TO AUNT SASSY AND COUSIN SALTY AND THE FAMILY DENTIST AND EVERYONE AT WORK holiday panic, however, read on. Maybe my Christmas gifting strategy will give you some ideas.
The Best Way to Gift Skincare
If you’re falling in love with the AB life or reading this post from the bottom of the rabbit hole, then gifting your loved ones some amazing Asian cosmetics may seem like a no-brainer. And in some ways, it is! But in other ways, it’s not.
The thing is that skincare is a very personal thing. If you’ve ever struggled with skin issues and winced at some well meaning friend or relative’s attempt to help you “fix” your face with gifts of cleansers and creams and ointments, then you know: skincare gifts can be embarrassing and often less than useful. The Law of YMMV states that what works for you may not work for anyone else. On top of that, putting together an effective skincare routine is not a short or easy process.
That doesn’t mean you can’t share your love of skincare with your friends and family, though. It just means that instead of looking to make a significant addition to your loved ones’ skincare routines, you should look to give the gift of fun for their faces. And what’s more fun for a face than sheet masks? That’s why this year, many of the presents I’m wrapping up and handing out are hand-curated boxes of my favorite sheet masks. As a bonus to myself, I may or may not have reserved several or more of those sheet masks for my own holiday face. Everyone wins. Here are the masks I’m giving out and where I’m getting them!
From Amazon Prime: My Scheming and My Beauty Diary
If you follow my Instagram account, then you probably already know about my current raging boner for Taiwanese sheet masks. With the exception of Hey! Pinkgo Girl, every Taiwanese sheet mask brand I’ve tried has been stellar, providing spectacular hydrating, plumping, and brightening results at generally very reasonable prices. I get the majority of my Taiwanese sheet masks from Amazon. Here are my current favorites, all of them available for delivery before Christmas as of today.
My Scheming Hot Spring Water Moisturizing Silk Facial Mask
I’ve been using these almost every night and I have no regrets about it. I might be a sucker for fancy water, but there’s no denying that these give my skin a ton of bounce and a translucent glow.
$14.95 for box of 10 (affiliate link)
My Scheming Deep Ocean Water Saccharide Isomerate Mask
A “saccharide isomerate” is a humectant sugar molecule with strong skin-binding properties. In layman’s terms, it grabs on to water and clamps it against skin for hours and hours, resulting in lasting plumpness and hyration.
Tonight's #tbeautyweek #sheetmask review comes with a little #skincare tip 😀 #MyScheming Deep Ocean Water Saccharide Isomerate Mask is becoming one of my favorite #taiwanesesheetmasks. Saccharide isomerate, as @holysnailsblog explained to me, is a sugar that acts as a water-binding humectant but also has some interesting emollient and skin-adhering properties. Basically, juicy, hydrated skin that stays that way for an extra long time, which is exactly the result I get from this mask. I love how smooth and moisturized my skin is after using this, even the next day! Other details: It's a soft, comfortable pulp mask sheet. Has a lake of essence, which I've come to expect and love, but the essence is thick enough to not be too drippy. Clean, fresh, and very light fragrance. I have a headache, but the fragrance didn't aggravate it at all. Stayed moist on my face for about 45 minutes. Because I'm super greedy, I like to immediately seal in the hydration after taking the mask off. Normally I'll just apply my nighttime moisturizer, but lately I've been smoothing on just a couple drops of #BlossomJeju face oil while my face is still damp. It locks the goodness in like no other. Then cream after that! Ingredients: Algae extract, butylene glycol, glycerin, hydroxyethyl urea, caviar, propylene glycol, ceteth-6, sclerotium gum, saccharide isomerate, fugus sylvatica bud extract, ceteth-20, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, dipotassium glycyrrhetinate, sclerotium gum, hydrolyzed silk, biosaccharide gum-1, xanthan gum, sea salt, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, polyquaternium-39, allantoin, sodium hyaluronate, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, methylparaben, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, methylisothiazolinone, sea water, water #fiftyshadesofsnail #rasianbeauty #snailsquad #taiwanesebeauty #tbeauty #skincaretips #beautyblogger #bblogger #abblogger #skincareblogger #sheetmaskaddict #asianskincare #asiancosmetics #skincarereview
$14.95 for box of 10 (affiliate link)
My Scheming Provence Lavender Soothing Mask
Make the flower lover in your life happy by stuffing a couple of these delicately fragranced sheet masks in their stocking. Or, if you really like that person, slide a whole box of these masks under their tree.
$14.95 for box of 10 (affiliate link)
My Scheming Snail Essence Hydrating Silk Facial Mask
You didn’t think I was going to put together a sheet mask gifting guide without throwing in some snails, did you? I love these for their skin-smoothing, redness-soothing properties, and the cute graphics may make snails more palatable for the first-time snail slatherer.
#Tbeautyweek continues with the #MyScheming Snail Essence Hydrating Mask! I'm finally done with my briefest but most violent #eczema flare ever; the bumps are gone, but the "affected areas" are dry, peeling, and in some desperate need of hydration and soothing. I've used this mask before and it fits the bill perfectly. Now my skin feels soft, plumped, and comfortable again, and the redness is gone. Some more details: This is one of those newfangled ultra-thin "silk"(?) #sheetmasks. Look at that fit. It feels amazingly light and unlike many silk masks, it stays moist for a good long time (45 minutes for me). A ton of essence, too. Unlike @adoredee, I like being mildly waterboarded when I mask, so I like it! #fiftyshadesofsnail #rasianbeauty #snailsquad #taiwanesebeauty #tbeauty #beautyreview #skincare #skincarejunkie #beautyaddict #taiwaneseskincare #beautyblogger #bblogger #abblogger #beautyproductreview #dryskin
$14.95 for box of 10 (affiliate link)
My Scheming Honey Hydrating Silk Facial Mask
Snail might not be for everyone, but who could turn down the sweetness of honey infused in an exceptionally comfortable silk mask sheet? These intensively moisturizing masks feel great on and make skin feel great all through the next day.
Tonight's #tbeautyweek #sheetmaskreview comes with an extra #dryskin #skincaretip that didn't make it into my recent dry skin #skincareroutine post on #fiftyshadesofsnail! First, the #sheetmask. #MyScheming Honey Hydrating Mask is lovely. It leaves me just as moisturized and glowy as my old #tbeauty favorite, the #MyBeautyDiary Royal Jelly mask, but the ultra-thin mask sheet material and second-skin fit make it much more comfortable to wear for the 45 minutes this mask takes to dry on my face. It's another winner. INGREDIENTS: Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, hydroxyethyl urea, hydroxyethyl ethylcellulose, niacinamide, chorphenesin, sodium hyaluronate, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, honey extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, xanthan gum, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, phenoxyethanol, milk protein, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, arginine, fragrance And now the #skincare tip! You probably already know that sealing in the hydration of a sheet mask with a moisturizing emulsion or cream afterwards will keep your skin soft and plump for longer. But if your skin needs even more than that, a #facialoil can work wonders! @Christine_glow sent me a bottle of the #BlossomJeju Camellia Soombi Essence Oil blend (which smells like jasmine paradise). I smooth 2-3 drops onto my face while it's still damp from the sheet mask, then let it all sink in before adding my cream. Bam. Smooth, nourished skin that stays moisturized all the way through to the morning! #taiwanesebeauty #taiwaneseskincare #kbeauty #rasianbeauty #snailsquad #beautyblogger #skincareblogger
$14.95 for box of 10 (affiliate link)
My Beauty Diary Platinum Series Sheet Masks
I still love My Beauty Diary masks for everyday use, but I’m not as into them for gifting, simply because I find the package designs of the regular MBD masks a little lacking compared to other T-beauty brands, and gifts should be as pleasing to the eye as they are pleasurable to use. MBD’s premium Platinum masks are an exception, though. These come four apiece in elegantly shiny foil packets nestled within storybook-style boxes, making unboxing a treat. The Platinum Hyaluronic Acid masks are among the most plumping that I’ve ever tried, and the Platinum Snail Total Effects masks excel at evening skin tone and firming skin texture. These are slightly challenging masks to put on for the first time, though, so you may want to reserve them for the sheet mask veterans in your life.
My Beauty Diary Platinum Hyaluronic Acid Mask, $12.00 for box of 4 (affiliate link)
From Beautibi: L’Herboflore and Maskingdom
In the last year or so, the North American AB store landscape has expanded significantly, with a number of new shops vying to snag some market share. I haven’t felt compelled to make many buys from the new shops (or non-Memebox US-based AB stores in general)–except when it comes to Beautibi. Seriously, I love Beautibi. The owner, Jennifer, has curated a gorgeous selection of lesser-known Taiwanese sheet masks, among other Asian cosmetics that I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of. Here are some of my favorites.
I binged hard on L’Herboflore when I first decided to spend some money at Beautibi. I’m dying for the distinctive artwork on the big, beautiful sheet mask packets–artwork that makes these masks uniquely suited to gifting. It doesn’t hurt that the masks inside the pretty packages have been uniformly great for my skin, either.
Oh my Lord…@beautibi just won my heart with this #sheetmask #haul that I ordered on impulse on FRIDAY EVENING. Not a great picture but believe me, I'm halfway between "IS THIS REAL LIFE" and "I CAN'T EVEN" right now, and that makes it hard to function. The goods (purchased): • L'herboflore (I don't think I can hashtag something with an apostrophe in it) Eight Elixir Royal Whitening Mask • L'herboflore Soy Milk Hydrating Mask • L'herboflore Job's Tears Brightening Mask • L'herboflore Deep Sea Balancing Mask • L'herboflore Cherry Blossom Whitening Mask • L'Herboflore Camellia Nourishing Hydromask • L'herboflore Grape Anti-Aging Hydromask • L'herboflore Palmarosa Reviving Mask • L'herboflore Perfume Lotus Balancing Hydromask • L'herboflore Orchid Whitening Hydromask • L'herboflore Marine Collagen (huehuehue @holysnailsblog) • L'herboflore Lychee Translucent Hydromask • L'herboflore Chlorella Anti-Oxidant Firming Mask • L'Herboflore Immortelle Uplift Firming mask • L'Herboflore 2-Step Modern New York Hydrating Pack • #Maskingdom Radiant Glow Express Mask • Maskingdom Very Precious Mask • #Ladykin Affinitic Snail Cream And the #freebies: • Several more sheet masks, including two TINY SIZE SHEET MASKS OMG • Two TINY SIZE SNAIL CREAMS OMG • A pack of adorable Maskingdom blotting papers • More samples than you can shake a #beautyblogger at! I have been cranky cranky cranky all day long. Now I'm happy! #fiftyshadesofsnail #bblogger #abblogger #skincareblogger #sheetmaskaddict #beautyaddict #skincareaddict #taiwanesebeauty #tbeauty #taiwaneseskincare #instabeauty #hauls #retailtherapy #impulsebuy
Among my favorites are the Eight Elixir Royal Whitening Mask ($6), the Job’s Tears Brightening Mask ($6), and the Soy Milk Hydrating Mask ($6), which was an absolute skin-saver for me when my face was going through a pretty hardcore eczema flare.
#Tbeautyweek Day 2 is kind of a special one! I'd planned to mini-review each #Lherboflore mask here, but the effects I felt from 30 minutes with the Soy Milk Hydrating #sheetmask are so spectacular that they deserve a full review on #fiftyshadesofsnail. So that's what I'm going to do. But here's a little preview: My skin has not felt this incredibly smooth or healthy since my #eczema flare started. I feel healed! Check my blog in the next couple of days for the full review, including a look at some of the many #traditionalChinesemedicine herbal extracts used in this amazing mask. #rasianbeauty #snailsquad #beautyblogger #bblogger #abblogger #asianskincare #asiancosmetics #asianskincare #tcm #taiwanesebeauty #taiwaneseskincare #tbeauty #ravereview #soymilk
Woohoo Saturday! My little shark pup and I had plans to go to the beach today, and I wanted to make sure my morning #skincareroutine was extra photoprotective and extra moisturizing to keep my tretface happy. Key players: #Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum: This is actually Mr. Fiddy's. I borrowed a couple squirts today for its weightless hydration and abundance of green tea polyphenol #antioxidants. It feels great going on and sinks in nicely. I could live without the rather sharp and perfumey fragrance, but it adds an extra layer of defense against UV damage. #BanilaCo Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Essence Oil: My obsession with this product has been totally rekindled. It makes my skin so soft, so plump, and so firm. Honey, propolis, and royal jelly extracts satisfy my honey cravings, and it also contains a huge assortment of antioxidants, ranging from botanical extracts and oils to vitamins B, C, and E. #LHerboflore Grape #AntiAging Hydromask: I picked this one over the rest of my #Maskingdom #sheetmasks because grape polyphenol antioxidants seemed like a perfect complement to the green tea ones I'd already slathered. It smells like grape candy (this is a very good thing to me) and stays damp for over an hour. I should know. I dozed off wearing it and found it still moist when I woke up an hour later. Hydrating and plumping with no sticky or oily residue. @beautibi knows how to curate #taiwanesesheetmasks, that's for sure! #LeadersInsolution Aquaringer Sparkling Mineral Cream: I bought this from #Memebox some time ago. It didn't blow me away the first few times I tried it, but after a couple of months, I'm giving it another shot. It takes a while to sink in but did moisturize my skin well throughout the day. #Biore UV Perfect Bright Milk #sunscreen: The final and very necessary touch. Great protection against both UVA and UVB radiation, sits nicely even over rich creams, and acts as an excellent primer to grab and hold onto makeup! #fiftyshadesofsnail #rasianbeauty #snailsquad #kbeauty #skincare #beautyblogger #beautyproducts
The really cool thing about Beautibi’s L’Herboflore selection is that right now, Jennifer is helping customers curate their own custom L’Herboflore boxes by providing a free L’Herboflore signature box with every order of 5 or more masks! It’s really cute and a great way to present these presents to your favorite skincare lovers. I have a few people in mind who’ll go crazy over these.
Tasty Tuesday! Don't forget you'll get L'Herboflore's signature box with any order of 5+ masks. This makes a wonderful holiday gift or a pretty way to store your pretty masks! Also, our giveaway will end some time tomorrow, so don't forget to enter! 🤗💕#skincare #skincareaddict #skincarejunkie #beauty #beautyjunkie #mask #masking #maskpack #pink #lherboflore #tbeauty #asianskincare #rasianbeauty #instadaily #instabeauty
MasKingdom is another Taiwanese sheet mask brand that combines quality sheet masks with beautiful, unique packaging design. Each line evokes beauty in a different way, from the classic elegance of the Secret Recipe masks to the sexy retro-chic of the Metropolitan masks. Jennifer sent me an assortment of MasKingdom masks to try, and I found a few more favorites to hoard and give.
I’ve had great results from every velvety-soft Secret Recipe MasKingdom mask I’ve tried, and they’re available at Beautibi in a set of 5 for $25. The Chinese Medicine masks are wonderfully hydrating and calming when my face feels a little upset; those are also packaged in a set of 5 for $25. And the Very Precious Mask from the Metropolitan Series has an amazing ingredients list and the ability to bring my face back to life no matter how little sleep and how much stress I dealt with the day and night before.
This #Maskingdom #taiwanesebeauty #sheetmask spree is seriously one of the best things to happen to my skin (and my enjoyment of #skincare). Tonight I picked the Very Precious Mask. This is not actually one of the newly launching masks at @beautibi but one that I bought from them a few weeks back in my big introductory haul. It's been calling to me ever since I looked closely at the ingredients and noticed snail secretion filtrate, niacinamide, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, rice extract, and even glycosphingolipids–some of my favorite ingredients for overall calming, soothing, brightening, and healing fatigued-looking skin. When I'm tired or stressed, it shows in my face as a general dullness and blotchiness that simple moisturization usually can't fix. I wanted to see if this one could. Like the other Maskingdom sheet masks I've tried, the Very Precious Mask is thin, soft pulp that holds plenty of essence and adheres closely and comfortably to my face. I kept it on for 50 minutes without the sheet fully drying out. Results: a nice boost of hydration and a general evening out and brightening of my skin tone. Redness is calmed down but circulation looks improved, so my face overall looks much livelier, as if I've just gotten up from a good night's sleep instead of being just about ready to lie down for one. The more time I spend with this brand, the more it's starting to edge out some of my other #tbeauty favorites! If you're keeping score, right now my Maskingdom ranking from favorite to least is: Masque Lift Express Line Smoothing, Very Precious Mask (this one), Imperiale Repairateur, White Tea & Ginseng, and Aqua-Collagen. #fiftyshadesofsnail #rasianbeauty #snailsquad #taiwaneseskincare #taiwan #beautyblogger #bblogger #abblogger #skincareblogger #skincareblog #skincarereviews #sheetmaskreview #packagingporn #design #instabeauty
MasKingdom Very Precious Mask is very precious indeed at $8 but totally worth a splurge.
All this talk about sheet mask gifting kind of has me itching to gift myself some sheet masks, too.
Are you giving out any AB presents this year?
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