Dermal: Snail Gold Hydro Gel Eye Patches

Salut! How’s your Sunday going? We hope you’re having a beautiful day! Vancouver is a beautiful sunny day which has been rare these past few weeks so we’re definitely taking time to soak up the sun 🙂

Helen’s Wishlist was posted on Thursday – did you see anything you liked?? If you haven’t seen the post just yet, hit up our Beauty Page and you’ll be able to catch up on some products Helen’s been having an eye on lately 😉 This week we’ll be delving into the world of Korean Beauty… snail eye masks! What?!! Don’t worry, they aren’t as weird as they sound, we promise!

Description

Dermal’s Snail Gold Hydro Gel Eye Patches were something we first came across these when we were browsing our local supermarket, Superstore. As we were browsing the aisles in the beauty section, we came across a whole aisle dedicated to Asian beauty products – everything from Korean sheet masks to Chinese skin creams to Japanese hair care products. AKA – what we once dreamed of was suddenly a beautiful reality!

The eye patches are essentially little masks for your under-eye area – an intensive under-eye treatment. They are a thin, gel-like mask, made up of vegetable gums, seaweed, agar, and konjak to name a few ingredients. They are also made with natural extracts, making them biodegradable. Given that the masks are saturated in the extracts and essence, they adhere well to your under-eye area without slipping and sliding out of place. It comes in a container of 30 pairs and retails for about $16 USD or about $22 CAD.

Review

These eye patches are a super easy way to add a little something special to your skincare routine. You literally just plop them under your eyes and you can do whatever you want for 20-30 min while it drys. It’s definitely hydrating for the under-eye area and if you place the container in the fridge beforehand, the patches will be nice and cool when you apply them. We’ve found that this helps with redness and reduces puffiness. Our eyes (especially Helen’s) are sensitive but these patches don’t cause any irritation at all. One container will last you quite a while and if you break down the cost, a pair of eye patches costs less than a dollar. If you’re lucky, single pairs cost around $3-4 each so it’s a good bang for your buck (note: we’ve seen eye masks go for $6-15 per pair at Sephora from various brands!). In terms of packaging, we love the gold…who doesn’t… but we also enjoy the fact that it comes with a little spatula which helps take out the patches and it keeps everything super sanitary. Lastly, as an environmental bonus these patches are biodegradable!


With lots of skincare products it’s hard to see immediate differences upon first use and sometimes it can take a month to see any changes. So far we haven’t experienced anything mind-blowing but so far so good. It does a great job at hydrating and de-puffing so no big complaints.

Pros Cons
  • Easy to apply
  • Moisturizing, hydrating
  • No irritation
  • Cooling
  • Biodegradable
  • Lasts a long time
  • Affordable 
  • No immediate changes or improvements 

Have any of you tried out an under-eye mask? If you have, let us know! We’d love to try some new ones! As always, thank you for stopping by, we hope you have a lovely week!

 

 

Body Shop Seaweed Oil Balancing Clay Mask vs. GlamGlow Supermud

Bonjour mes amis! Hope you enjoyed our last post on Wet n Wild lippies. Unfortunately we don’t like everything we try out, and we really struggled with these lipsticks in particular. We want to provide a honest review and the Megalast lipsticks just didn’t make our cut. Check out last weeks post where we break down the good, the bad and the ugly…

This week it’s the battle of the masks. We are putting The Body Shop Seaweed Oil Balancing Clay Mask against the infamous GlamGlow Supermud. Who will be the victor? Keep reading to find out 😉

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Description

The Body Shop seaweed clay mask is meant to deeply cleanse your skin leaving it feeling fresh and revitalised. It contains mineral rich bladderwack seaweed which helps detoxify, purify and balance facial oils, so it’s a suitable product for those who have combination and/or oily skin. This 100% vegan mask comes in a 100 mL container and retails for $23 CAD and USD.

The GlamGlow mask is intended to help treat acne and blemishes, pores, and oiliness. It claims to have Activated-X charcoal that helps detoxify, lift impurities, and leave skin feeling brightened, softer, and overall healthier. This comes in a 1.7 oz jar (~48 mL) for $79 CAD or $69 USD. GlamGlow also offers a travel size in Canada, $24 for 5 single-use packets at 0.01 oz each.

Review

We first came across The Body Shop mask while we took a weekend getaway to Vancouver Island. Looking for an inexpensive way to treat ourselves, we stumbled across this mask while we were in The Body Shop. We decided to give it a try since we both love a good clay mask and ended up loving it! The clay mask is a thick consistency but applies very smoothly and easily. There is a slight seaweed scent, however it is not overpowering and pretty undetectable when applied. We normally leave it on for about 25 minutes before washing it off, at which point your face feels really tight. As it drys, you can actually see the oils being pulled out from your face! Gross but very satisfying 😉 It’s easy to wash off and once it is completely gone our faces felt clean and refreshed. We did experience a bit of tightness afterward, so we recommend following up with your favourite moisturizer.

The product itself lasts a very long time. We’ve each had ours for over a year although it does start to dry out beyond that point. Price wise it’s fairly reasonable especially in comparison to high-end masks. The only drawback is that it comes in one size which may make it not as travel friendly.

Thanks to Youtube and TatiWestbrook we decided to give the GlamGlow line a try. Although we only have the sample size in the photos we have tried the full sized version for a couple of months (you may start to see which one we like better). The consistency of this mask is thinner than the Body Shop mask and it contains small pieces leaves. It’s not runny by any means which makes it easy to apply. When you first apply it, you can feel a tingling and burning sensation. You might also notice a licorice scent, and just like the clay mask it is unnoticeable once it’s on your face. We were alarmed at first but it does go away. Again you can also see your facial oils being extracted. It’s easy to wash off and similar to the clay mask our faces felt a bit tight, so we applied moisturizer right afterward.

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Completely dry. The dark spots are my facial oils being extracted.

The biggest drawback is definitely the price and the burning sensation may agitate the sensitive people out there (us included). The seaweed gives the same results but at a lower price point and more product. Save some money to buy more product 🙂 (never ending spending cycle :’) ).

Pros Cons
Body Shop
  • Affordable
  • Visibly extract oils
  • Skin feels soft and refreshed
  • Lasts a fairly long time
  • Product drys out before you can finish it
  • Comes in one size
GlamGlow
  • Visibly extract oils
  • Skin feels soft and refreshed
  • Comes in various sizes
  • Das expensif!!!
  • Product drys out before you can finish it
  • Burns sensitive skin

Do you guys have any other dupes for the GlamGlow mask? Have you tried out the Body Shop mask? Let us know in the comments below!

The Body Shop: Body Butters

Hola Senoritas! Welcome to our first blog post! We have a great product to share with you this week: BUTTERS! The Body Shop body butters have been a long time favourite of ours and we’re pretty sure you’re gonna love them too! You butter..hehehe 😉

Description

The body butters are marketed as a line of natural moisturizers that will give you rich hydration, making your skin feel soft and smooth. They are known for their buttery texture and variety of delicious scents. Their products are also enriched with community trade shea butter or cocoa butter. The butters come in 3 different sizes, minis at 50 mL for $6, regular at 200 mL for $21, and jumbo at 400 mL for $34.

Review

As mentioned before, these body butters have been a long time favourite for both of us. Funny enough, we both discovered these gems through our mothers and since then they have been a staple product in our daily skincare routines. We’ve used a variety of the butters throughout the past few years but today we’ll be reviewing the Pink Grapefruit and Coconut body butters.

The butters are incredibly moisturizing without being greasy or too heavy. There are a variety of scents to choose from, from fresh and fruity to sweet and subtle. Regardless of the butter you choose, the scents generally smell authentic and true to life. The Pink Grapefruit leaves behind a fresh, slightly sweet scent with subtle citrus notes while the Coconut leaves behind a creamy, milky coconut scent (delicious!). Because the butters leave behind a subtle scent, these are great options for people who don’t wear perfume and still want to wear a scent that isn’t overpowering. These bad boys will generally last you a long time since the butters are so rich, so a little goes a long way! And to add the cherry on top, the packaging is colour-coordinated, making it easy to spot  different body butters in your collection – shout out to all OCD homies out there!

Our only critique on the butters is based on personal preference of scents, although the formula is still spot on. Every year around the winter holidays, the Body Shop launches limited edition holiday scents, like Vanilla Chain, Frosted Berries, and Spiced Apple. While these scents are fun and festive, they often smell sweeter and more artificial than the permanent collection.

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Jumbo Body Butter and iPhone 5 for size reference

Not sure if you’re convinced to try the body butters yet? Try the mini size! The selection is limited but they’re a good way to try out the formula and scent without too much commitment.

If you are convinced, please wait for a sale! There’s always some promotion or sale where you can save money, and most of the time you can get it for half off. On top of that, whip out your membership discount! If you purchase products regularly from the Body Shop, you may want to consider looking into signing up with their membership program where you get 10% discounts on all purchases and other perks.

Pros Cons
  • Very moisturizing, not greasy
  • Subtle, non-artificial scent
  • Comes in 3 sizes
  • Good range of scents
  • Colour-coordinated packaging
  • Long-lasting, little product goes a long way
  • Holiday collections produce artificial scents that tend to be overpowering

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Let us know your thoughts on the butters and comment below if you have any questions!

Stay hydrated, friends 😉