Unboxing December 2016 MaskGenie + Coupon

The last couple of months from MaskGenie were fantastic and I didn’t check for any spoilers this month, so it is a complete mystery with what I will be getting!

MaskGenie is a monthly subscription of masks ~ facial sheet mask, body masks, wash off masks and hair masks.  The owner lives in Hong Kong and she (Genie) finds masks that are popular, trending, new ingredients and determines which ones she feels are worthy for her customers to try.   Shipping is extremely fast ~ within a week, I get my pouch.  You can order the 8-10 mask pouch for $23.99 and that includes shipping and she just doesn’t ship to the USA ~ MaskGenie ships all over the world.  The 5 pouch mask set is being discontinued starting January 2016, as there wasn’t a lot of subscribers to that and the 10 pouch is now 8 to 10 masks, as Genie wants to be able to add in higher end (more expensive) masks to the pouch ~ the value will still be there, however, it is just that some masks will be more expensive.   I also have a special coupon code for my readers ~ save 5% off any purchase at Mask Genie ~ use code BEAUTYFINDS5

Pouch Revealed!

Nature Pacific Cocoon Silky Mask (S. Korea)  This is a whitening, moisturizing and anti-wrinkle mask made with 2000 ppm  silk from cocoons which will help make your skin look brighter and healthy and willow bark ~ contains salicylic acid (BHA/beta hydroxy acid) and will help exfoliant dead skin cells and is an astringent, anti-inflammatory and is soothing on your skin.  This also has niacinamide to help brighten and even out your skin tone, along with a lot of anti-aging amino acids, such as glycine, proline,  tyrosine and also peptides and hydrating sodium hyaluronate.   I thought this might be similar to 23 Years Old Silky Cocoon Mask, but the ingredients are totally different.  RV $3.00

Description: Cocoon extract and sodium hyaluronate help to moisturize the skin and make rough skin with moisture-filled skin. Adenosine that helps wrinkle gives skin elasticity.

Ingredients: water, glycerin, dipropylene glycol, cetyl ethylhexanoate, propanediol, niacinamide, glyceryl stearate, camellia japonica seed oil,silkworm cocoon extract (2000ppm), salix alba (willow) bark extract, propolis extract, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) leaf extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf extract, usnea barbata (lichen) extract, zanthoxylum piperitum fruit extract, pulsatilla koreana extract, 1,2-hexanediol, glycine,glutamic acid,dimethicone, lysine, lecitin, leucine, methionine, valine, betaine, butylene glycol, serine, sodium polyacrylate, sodium hyaluronate, stearic acid, cysteine, adenosine, aspartic acid, alanine, arginine, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP copolymer, isoleucine, xanthan gum,copper tripeptide-1 , tyrosine, tocopheryl acetate, threonine, panthenol, phenylalanine, polysorbate 60, proline, PEG-100 stearate, histidine, trisodium EDTA, ethylhexylglycerin, phenoxyethanol, fragrance  cosDNA analysis

Lovemore Volcanic Essence Balancing & Purifying Black Mask (S. Korea) Now this is strange!  Lovemore is a Taiwanese brand, but this mask is made in Korea ~ I wonder if it is because it contains Jeju ingredients?    This is a black purifying mask which will help clean, detox and oil balance your skin.  I am pretty excited to try this out as I love Jeju Island ingredients, charcoal masks and any type of purifying products!  This contains 2.7 mg of Volcanic ash and 27 mg of lava mineral water to really help detox your skin for a clearer complexion.  RV $3.00

Description: From Lovemore Gwiyomi series, from the hydrating powers of the Jeju springs in Korea.  Pristine purification – strictly drawn from the pristine spring waters of Jeju Island with its supreme geological environment. The mineralised waters are naturally purified through a multi-layer volcanic rock formation, resulting in an extremely low level of impurity. Mineralised moisturization – mineral micro elements enriches and brings on a healthy glow to the skin. Supreme skincare effects are made possible with high penetration properties that supplements, stores and lock-in moisture to the skin.  Volcanic essence balancing & purifying – volcanic ash from Jeju Island aids in oil absorption, oil balance and deep cleansing of pores. coupled with witch hazel extract’s refining and soothing properties, the skin appears clean, firm and hydrated, rendering a perfect porcelain look.
volcanic essence. 

Ingredients: water, butylene glycol, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, arnica montana flower extract, portulaca oleracea extract, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) flower water, milk protein extract, honey extract, volcanic ash (Jeju Volcanic Rocks 2.7 mg), kaolin, mineral water (lava mineral water 27mg), carbomer, tromethamine, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, allantoin, ceteth-20, steareth-20, tocopheryl acetate, glyceryl stearate, cetearyl alcohol, neopentyl glycol dicaprate, cetyl ethylhexanoate, disodium EDTA, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, penoxyethanol, fragrance, methylparaben, ethylhexylglycerin  cosDNA analysis

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Dreamskin My Flask’In Recovery Mask No 3  EFG Tea Tree (S. Korea) This series of My Flask’In has 4 different masks and I received the EFT Tea Tree version, which will help calm and soothe reddened skin and blemishes and will purify and heal skin issues for a clearer complexion.  I love tea tree ingredients and I am really interested in trying this one out ~ I guess it has so much essence, they even wrote “cut me” (that is so wrong..btw) at the corner of the package to remind you that they have so much extra essence in the bag!  RV 1.00

Description: Korean professional medical brand Dream Skin, with “for the user to create the perfect dream of beautiful skin” for the purpose of scientific research combined with the advantages of herbal medicine plants and Science of Body, developed a series of highly efficient high-quality medical grade skin care products. Dedicated to guests open the door skin, the dream of success in the skin.

Ingredients:  purified water, dipropylene glycol, propylene glycol, ethanol, betaine, carbomer, triethanolamine, phenoxyethanol, PEG-60, allantoin, hyaluronic acid, disodium EDTA, fragrance, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, rh-oligopeptide-1, centella asiatica extract, angelica gigas root extract, silkworm cocoon extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) extract, lilium tigrinum extract, melaleuca alternifolia (rea tree) extract, usnea barbata (lichen) extract, pulsatilla koreana extract, propolis extract, glycine max (soybean) seed extract cosDNA analysis

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B&Soap My Secret Sea Water Mask (S.Korea)  Another sea water mask!  I love it ~ this time from the S.Korean Island of Ulleung-do  (Ulleundgo), which is much further north than Jeju Island and is located in the Sea of Japan.  This is an anti-wrinkle, brightening mask that provides moisture and nutrition to your skin, using pristine Ulleundgo’s deep ocean water (1000ppm), full of rich minerals.  I wonder if Ulleundgo will be the next big thing after Jeju? RV $1.70

Description:  Feeding nutrient, filling water, Ulleungdo deep ocean water/ About 4 billion years ago, deep ocean water in Ulleungdo is deep sea water below 200m below sea level. It is kept in the state, and there are almost no germs, and it is rich in various minerals. Provides moisturization to the skin and helps prevent moisture from escaping from the skin.
Ingredients: water, butylene glycol, niacinamide, sea water(1000ppm), centella asiatica extract, polygonum cuspidatum root extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, camellia sinesis leaf extract, rosmarinus officinals (rosemary) leaf extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, betaine, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, carbomer, arginine, allantoin, trehalose, adenosine, disodium EDTA, chlorphensin, fragrance cosDNA analysis

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Mitomo Gold & Horse Oil Black Sheet Face Pack (Japan) My goal this holiday break is to use my Mitomo masks ~ I purchased a lot from JapanSkin and Genie is adding more in our bags ~ she had one last week.  This has horse oil and whereas horse oil in creams and lotions are too rich for my skin, in facial sheet masks, it is just enough and I love using them in the winter.  This also is a charcoal black mask, so it will help purify your skin as well ~ which as an oily, blemish prone person, I really appreciate!   This also has gold, which is supposed to be a great anti-aging and skin brightener ingredient.  RV $4.00

Ingredients: Made with charcoal, which draws toxins within your skin towards the mask. Includes horse oil, which permeates your skin and restores it.  Blended with more 10 kinds of beauty essences for maximum moisturizing effect. Unlike other oils, horse oil has a composition similar to human skin. It therefore permeates your skin easily and creates an ultra-moisturizing effect. With more than ten kinds of beauty essences blended with the pure horse oil into paraben-free charcoal sheets, this face pack will help make your skin smooth and clear. Best effects achieved with daily use.
Ingredients: water, glycerin, butylene glycol, dipropylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesine, allantoin, carbomer, panthenol, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, triethanolamine, Ba-yu (horse fat), charcoal powder, disodium EDTA, aloe vera leaf extract, sodium hyaluronate, boswellia serrata extract, colloidal gold, hydrolyzed collagen, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) extract, oryza sativa (rice) bran extract, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, ascorbic acid (ascorbyl ethyl acid), fragrance, sodium polyacrylate  cosDNA analysis


Hello Kitty Snail Whitening Mask (S. Korea) How cute is this packaging ~ not only with Mz Kitty, but a little snail in the upper right hand corner 🙂  Hello Kitty is marked by Sanrio Co in Japan, but this is a Korean mask, made with snail smile.  This also has niacinamide to help brighten your skin, along with some wonderful soothing and hydrating ingredients, such as chamomille, witch hazel, hyaluronic acid.  I wonder if this has the Hello Kitty face printed on the mask?  RV $3.00

Description: Filtered Snail Mucus facilitates skin cell regeneration or prevents it from being damaged skin to revive or recover. A balanced mixture of Niacinamide, an essential ingredient for brighten dark and dull skins, leaving your skin clear, fresh and moisturized. Chamomilla Recutita Leaf Extract and Hamamelis Virginiana Extract calm the skin problems, leaving it healthy and glowing.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Hyaluronic Acid, Betaine, Alcohol, Allantoin, Niacinamide, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Polysorbate 20, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Chamomilla Recutita Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Fragrance cosDNA analysis


Naruko Narcissus Repairing Mask (Taiwan)  I actually have purchased this and used this before, so I will repeat my review here.  This mask is made for prematurely aging skin ~ well, I am not prematurely aging, I AM aging!! haha  This will hydrate, repair and soothe your skin, while restoring elasticity.   This mask is part of  what I call their classic series (I have no idea if they call it that or not) but all of those masks have a one color package (in this case, purple) and all contain a compound called phytoferulin, which has these ingredients:  kalanchoe spathulata, licorice root, alpine skullcap, masterwort, ginkgo biloba, alps wormwood, leontopodium alpinum, alpine willowherb, calendula, chamomilla recutita and green tea. In addition to these ingredients, this has several ferments ~ psaudoalteromonas, bifida, lactobacllus and it has some marine life ingredients ~ brine shrimp and red seaweed.  And of course, narcissus bulb, which is known to help repair damaged skin.

Like most Naruko masks, this is dripped wet with essence and has a very light bitter scent that goes away quickly.  The mask fit is good and I was able to keep it on for 50 minutes and it was still very wet around my cheeks and chin area ~ for some reason, my forehead, nose and upper lip area dry out  faster.  It had a cooling effect on my face, and it felt really fantastic ~ I had been feeling overheated and run down lately, due to the oppressive heat and my darn ear infection, so it felt good on my skin.  When I removed it,  I noticed how brighter my skin looked, soft and smooth.  Very hydrated with no sticky or tacky residue.  This is a really nice mask ~ I didn’t notice any other benefits, but I was fairly pleased with this one.  RV $2.75

Ingredients: Purified water, butylene glycol, glycerin, sodium PCA, PEG-55, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, chlorphenesin, hydroxyethylcellulose, sodium acetate, isopropyl alcohol, cellulose,  kalanchoe spathulata extract*, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract*, alpine skullcap (scutellaria alpina) flower/leaf/stem extract*, masterwort (peucedanum ostruthium) leaf extract*,ginkgo biloba leaf extract*, alps wormwood (artemisia umbelliformis) extract*, leontopodium alpinum extract*, alpine willowherb (epilobium fleischeri) extract*, calendula officinalis flower extract*, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract*, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract*, lactobacillus/olea europaea (olive) leaf ferment extract, quaternium-16, tetrasodium EDTA, bis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane, polyquaternium-39, disodium EDTA, mentha piperita (peppermint) extract, eucheuma cottonii (red seaweed) extract, sodium hyaluronate, pseudoalteromonas ferment extract, bifida ferment lysate, lactobacillus ferment, snow fungus (tremella fuciformis) extract, artemia (brine shrimp) extract, narcissus tazetta  (narcissus) bulb extract, sorbitol, dihydroxy methylchromone, essential oils of mandarin, tangerine, sweet orange (citrus sinensis), ylang ylang (cananga odorata), potassium DNA    *phytoferulin  cosDNA analysis

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Laozhongyi Moisturizing Mask (Chinese) Oh, I saved my favorite for last.  Look at this design ~ Beautiful Chinese Opera lady. I had some help from the lovely Deirdre  @catachreses_ and Annie @curbsidetreasure with this mask, as I wasn’t sure about some of the Chinese translation. Lao zhongyi means Old Chinese Medicine (or Old Chinese Doctor, but I will go with Medicine), which is probably TCM – Traditional Chinese Medicine.  This mask does have a lovely herbal formula of the 7 white herbal ingredients

  1. Atractylodes (Bai Zhu) This is part of the sunflower family and it contains essential oils and amino acids, such as aspartic acid, serine and glutamic acid, which will help brighten a dull skin tone. 
  2. White Tribulus Terrestris Fruit  (Bai Ji Li )  This ingredient contains flavonoids and saponins which are powerful antioxidants and it will help soothe and repair skin issues, such as allergic skin conditions, eczema and other rashes.
  3. White Poria (Fu Ling) is poria cocos, a fungi that is used for its anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, combating free radicals.
  4. White Peony Root (Bai Shao Yao) is an anti-inflammatory and will help brighten a sallow complexion and overall brighten.
  5. White Ampelopsis Japonica (Bai Lian) will detox your skin, reduce swelling, heals wounds and reduces redness.
  6. White Dictamnus Dasycarpus/Densefruit Pittany Root-bark (Bai Xian Pi) helps detox, reduces itching and skin issues.
  7. Baiji (Bletilla Striata) will act as an astringent and help heal wounds, while reducing swelling.

This also has beta glucan and sodium hyaluronate for a hydrating and moisturizing mask.  This sounds lovely!   I translated this using a google app translator, so all mistakes are mine own.  If you can deal with a butchered google translation,  the legend behind these ingredients is really a cool read, full of concubines and an Emperor  ~ 7 White Herbal Ingredients.   RV $2.00?

Description: “Qibai” herbal formula and adds natural moisturizing factor to moisturize the skin, nourish and revitalize skin, increase elasticity and shine brightly.

Ingredients  water, butylene glycol, glycerin, chitosan (carboxymethyl chitosan),, sodium hyaluronate, β-glucan, xanthan gum, allantoin, hydroxyacetophenone (p-hydroxyacetophenone), 1,2-hexanediol, white poria cocos extract, white peony root extract, white atractylodes root extract, tribulus terrestris fruit extract, white ampelopsis japonica root extract, white dictamnus dasycarpus root extract, white betilla striata root extract, rose extract, green tea extract, ginseng extract, angelica root extract, saussurea tridactyla (snow lotus) extract, dendrobium candidum extract, mango extract cosDNA analysis

Original Chinese Ingredients: 水、丁二醇、甘油、羧甲基壳多糖、透明质酸钠、β-葡聚糖、黄原胶、尿囊素、对羟基苯乙酮、1.2-己二醇、茯苓提取物、芍药根提取物、白术根提取物、蒺藜果提取物、白蔹根提取物、白鲜根提取物、白芨根提取物、玫瑰花提取物、茶叶提取物、人参提取物、当归根提取物、雪莲花提取物、铁皮石斛提取物、芒果提取物。

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Another great month from MaskGenie! Getting brands from Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China is a treat and I am fantasticated by some of these masks ~ such as the Laozhongyi and B&Soap masks.   I paid $23.99  for this pouch, which included shipping, and received a retail value of around $21.00 to $23.00 ~ it was difficult to estimate some of the masks, because I couldn’t find a price on them.   This is a pretty high value pouch, as shipping from Hong Kong is not inexpensive and should be factored in with the cost, as you are supporting an indie, woman-owned business. Do you get this month’s pouch from MaskGenie? What are you looking forward to trying out?

If you are interested in MaskGenie,  just go to her online store at www.skinilove.com  and you can place your order that way, which would be month by month OR if you think you want this to be a reoccurring subscription, email Genie at her FB page at and let her know to invoice you monthly.   Use coupon code  BEAUTYFINDS5 to save 5% off any purchase at Mask Genie


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