Halloween is the perfect time of year to experiment with a quirky Korean sheet mask haul. My devilish stash combines my enthusiasm for dressing up for Halloween with my addiction to Korean beauty.
Sparkling Clear Black Charcoal Mask, Goodal (a dear friend sent me this but you can also buy it at Yesstyle for £4.60)
Bubble masks are huge at the moment. Like ordinary sheet masks, you apply them after cleansing and toning but unlike conventional sheet masks, they bubble on your skin. Yes, they actually bubble and within 10 minutes you look like The Moon from The Mighty Boosh (FYI: If I can work a Noel Fielding or Boosh reference into a blog post, I totally will!), which only adds to the fun.
The Goodal Sparkling Clear Black Charcoal Mask claims to make skin porcelain smooth and I must admit, I was sceptical this could be achieved with a bubble mask. How wrong I was. I absolutely loved using this mask! Admittedly, it was a strange sensation as this bubbled on my face and I was worried my super sensitive skin would react badly to the mask. I’m relieved to say it didn’t.
Ingredients include extracts of black charcoal to help promote a flawless complexion and Chojeong mineral water, which makes skin smooth and removes sebum from pores.
There was no forehead part to this mask which was disappointing because it was so fantastic. After 10 minutes, I gently massaged the remaining bubbles into my skin for extra exfoliation and washed it off. I immediately noticed how much clearer my skin was. I would definitely use this again! My complexion was glowing (move over, Gong Yoo!) and much softer. Confession: I might have fallen in love with this bubble mask.
Avocado Masquerade Eye Sheet Mask, The Creme Shop at TK Maxx, £4.99 for a pack of three
Taking inspiration from elegant masquerade Halloween masks, this is a feast for the eyes in more ways than one. It aims to tackle deep and fine wrinkles as well as loose skin, worry lines and dreaded crow’s feet.
Not only did it look stunning, it was incredibly moisturising, too. The mask adhered to my face extremely well, although because it covered the majority of my face, I think this eye mask could have been a little smaller.
Unfortunately, because the skin is thinnest around our eyes, they’re one of the first areas on our face to age. You know those late nights when we’re binge watching things on Netflix? Yeah, that’s not helping either. It’s a blessing that this Avocado Masquerade Eye Sheet Mask delicately nourishes the sensitive eye area. I was also delighted with the extra essence, which I’ve been using for over a week with the Muji Under Eye Patches.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s obsessed with avocados so needless to say I was thrilled to find this as the main ingredient. Avocados are an excellent source of vitamin E, which has excellent anti-ageing properties. It also contains skin brightening niacinamide.
Overall, I was very impressed with these eye masks. I’m not sure if they live up to the claim of ‘ageing backwards’ but they certainly helped plump up my skin! My eye area looked brighter and refreshed. I’ve already bought more!
Venetian Carnival Mask Shiny Star Mask, Skin 79 at TK Maxx, £2.99
I’m all about the chok chok glow of Japanese gymnast Ryohei Kate and Korean actors Gong Yoo and Lee Dong-Wook (I know, I’m subtle in that I never mention them. Like ever.) So, if a mask says it’s going to give me an illuminated glow, I’m all over it. I’m not even sorry.
The Venetian Carnival Mask Shiny Star Mask aims to make skin clear and bright. Ingredients include brightening niacinamide, panthenol to help heal and repair the skin’s lipid barrier as well as hyaluronic acid to stimulate collagen production. I’m delighted another ingredient is ginseng extract to protect against free radicals.
I’m pleased to say it delivered on its promise. After using this, my complexion was brighter and the chok chok glow I had was unbelievable. I had a lovely, natural shine. I would certainly buy this again and keep it for days when my skin really needs a boost.
Pore Bubble Cleansing Mask, Skin 79 at TK Maxx, £2.99
The Pore Bubble Cleansing Mask from Skin 79 was absolutely divine. This was very similar to the Goodal bubble mask in that it gently exfoliated my skin and cleared my pores but this one covered my entire face. I applied this after cleansing and toning my face and couldn’t wait for the bubbles to work their magic.
Ingredients include echinacea extract and milk protein to promote collagen production and boost moisture the skin’s moisture levels. Camellia sinensis leaf (green tea) extract has anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Again, I looked like The Moon while wearing this but it was totally worth it. After 10 minutes I massaged the remaining bubbles into my skin and washed it off with lukewarm water. I was very impressed with this bubble mask. My skin looked incredibly clear and moisturised.
How about you? Are there any sheet masks you’ll be trying for Halloween? I’d love to know!