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Sometimes you find amazing beauty products and fall hopelessly in love with them. Which is exactly how I feel about Neogen’s Pink Cactus Liftmax Knit Mask and their Code 9 Gold Black Caviar Essence & Gold Tox Tightening Pack Kit. Oh, be still my beating heart.
What’s so good about the mask and kit, I hear you ask? Let’s start with the mask.
Pink Cactus Liftmax Knit Mask, Neogen at Selfridges (UK) and Soko Glam (US), £6.50
I adore sheet masks and own over 350 (#sorrynotsorry) so any new additions need to be pretty special to impress me. The Pink Cactus Liftmax Knit Mask is super exciting. It’s a knitted mask and contains pink cactus, a great anti-ageing ingredient.
I was anxious the mask would be too thick but I needn’t have worried. Forget visions of thick knitted jumpers, this mask is made from 100% pure knitted cotton for an incredibly comfortable and luxurious fit.
To apply, the handle part of the mask must be on the left hand side with the mask pulled tightly across. The suggested time to wear it is 10-20 minutes but I found this so relaxing that I fell asleep for about 30-45 minutes with it still on my face.
Panic not, fellow sheet mask lovers. I know it’s often a case of playing sheet mask Russian roulette leaving masks on for longer than the recommended time but my skin was still so moisturised after removing it. Very impressed!
The neck is often overlooked in beauty regimes (something I’m sometimes guilty of) and I’m thrilled this mask also includes a neck part. I could definitely feel a cooling and tightening effect while wearing it.
The dewy glow I had afterwards was UNREAL. I’m talking about a glow to rival Gong Yoo and Lee Dong-Wook. Which makes sense considering the mask is soaked in 60ml of essence. I used the extra essence from the packet underneath my moisturiser. I hate to see waste!
Opuntia ficus-indica seed (cactus seed) oil helps deliver deep hydration to the skin and tighten pores. It’s also great for preventing wrinkles and maintaining a youthful appearance alongside vitamin C and beta-carotene. Another key ingredient is opuntia cochenillifera (prickly pear cactus), famous for its anti-ageing and moisturising benefits.
Niacinamide promotes a brighter complexion and reduces redness (take that, mild rosacea). Other ingredients include moisturising hyaluronic acid and soothing rosa damascena extract to help calm skin with its anti-inflammatory properties. Persea gratissima (avocado) oil further boosts dry skin and shields it from UV damage. Jania rubens algae encourages skin protection and healthy skin metabolism.
This kit is suitable for all skin types too. Admittedly, this mask is on the pricier side but I’m so impressed I already want to buy more.
Code 9 Gold Black Caviar Essence & Gold Tox Tightening Pack Kit, Neogen at HSN, approximately £36.66
Gold. Black. Caviar. Oh my goodness, it just screams luxury, doesn’t it?
I think I’m going to marry this kit. I don’t know how I ever managed without it. If you suffer from redness or dry or dehydrated, you need to buy this, it’ll change your life.
The kit consists of 250ml of gold black caviar essence and 25 triple layer exfoliating pads. The first layer is a gold coated cotton gauze with a criss-cross pattern to gently remove dead skin cells. The second layer is a gold cushion pad to help press the gauze into the skin more effectively and the third layer is embossed to allow the essence to be easily absorbed into the skin.
Preparation is easy, all you need to do is pour the essence (which looks amazing, I mean look at it, it has gold flecks in it!) over the pads in the black container until they’re fully submerged. I followed the instructions and left the container in the fridge for nine hours.
It claims to be a 9-in-1 product and have anti-ageing, detoxifying, glowing, lifting, moisturising, nourishing and properties. It also aims to boost elasticity, improve skin tone and texture.
I had high expectations…
The kit comes with a stand and a pair of plastic tweezers so they’re easy to pick up. I love how simple these pads are to use, just place fingers inside the pad and gently massage the golden side across the face to exfoliate. Finish by gently swiping the cushioned side to boost absorption.
My face was glowing after the first application and looked immediately firmer, smoother and more youthful. Eat your heart out, Gong Yoo! To further test this product after first trying it, I didn’t use anything on my face afterwards. My skin was still dewy the following morning.
I use them after cleansing and toning. I keep them in the fridge for an extra boost, perfect on a warm day! Once I’ve used the pad and patted the remaining essence in, I continue with the rest of my skin care routine.
The core ingredients, gold and black caviar extract help tackle wrinkles, hydrate skin, promote a glowing appearance and boost skin elasticity. Unfortunately, collagen levels in our body are reduced from the age of 25 and at the grand age of 28, I want to continue making sure my skin stays firm and moisturised. This kit also helps reduce the redness across my cheeks.
Skin brightening niacinamide encourages a clearer complexion, collagen plumps skin and sodium hyaluronate helps skin retain moisture levels and look youthful. Needless to say, this kit is ideal to use if you’re concerned about fine lines or wrinkles.
Other skin brightening ingredients include glycyrrhiza glabra (liquorice) root extract, vaccinium angustifolium (blueberry) fruit extract and oryza sativa (rice) extract. Vitis vinifera (grape) fruit extract has anti-ageing benefits and helps protect skin from UV damage.
Although this kit contains alcohol quite high up in the ingredients list and I have sensitive skin, my skin didn’t react at all. I’m so happy! Overall, this is definitely one to repurchase!
This is a collaborative post but this does not influence my opinion.