Monday, June 15, 2009

Kose Clear Turn White Mask Review + Haul + Reminders

Finals week has finally arrived, I have my first final tomorrow! Wednesday I don't have anything because that was an AP class and Monday is double final for my double language (Spanish & Japanese<--should be easy hehe).

Anyhow I'm going to be reviewing the Kose Clear Turn Essence White Mask today. This is the description of the product on Sasa: Essence with Vitamin C conductor soaked the whole box of mask. It penetrates throug horny layer to whiten your skin with transparent feeling.
HAHA horny layer?? Gotta love "engrish" descriptions...

I purchased this mask box of 22 masks at Mitsuwa market in Edgewater, NJ. The box was on sale for $15.99, I'm not sure what the original price is. Somehow on Sasa this mask box is only $8.50, maybe it's on sale? However at the moment it is sold out on Sasa. This mask sheet box comes in three other kinds: Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen, Q10. I really want to try the Hyaluronic Acid one...

These masks have less serum in them so you can use them everyday, or 2-3 times a week, depending on your preference. Even though they might have less serum, I think they're pretty effective. The recommended time to leave this mask on is 10-15 min, I like to leave it for 15-20 min.
I've used this mask every other day for the past week and it's very refreshing! The previous week I was having problems with hydration around my eyes; the skin was flaking and red due to allergies (I was scratching my eyes). After I started using this mask, all of the flaky skin went away gradually and my skin was really hydrated.

Pros
- No sticky residue left over
- Product claims to fit nicely on the face -- I agree, it's better than the DHC fitting
- 22 masks for $16 is a good deal
- I like to use this almost everyday because masks are refreshing to me
- Hydrates my face without causing any breakout/reaction/oiliness
- Slight brightening after removal

Cons
- Packaging is a little flimsy: reseable flap sometimes doesn't seal securely
- Serum doesn't dry quickly after removal: need lots of patting
- The mask sometimes dries up quickly on one side and flaps around my face

Overall rating: 4/5

How the mask fits on my face:

How the box looks like:

What it looks like when opened:


Weekend Update/Haul:
So remember how I told you that I was going to the Estee Lauder/Aramis Warehouse sale on Saturday June 13th? Well... That was a disappointment!! I was hoping to find some huge MAC sales going on since it is after all, Estee Lauder warehouse. I woke up at 6AM and left the house at 6:45 AM to pick up two friends and go to Oakland, NJ. There was a small line of people when we got there are 7:15 AM. Then as time passed the line got longer and longer. Most of the people there were the hispanic workers that I think worked at the warehouse, since they seemed to know the employees at the warehouse sale. There were some younger people who seemed like they were interested in MAC products (like me) and maybe watched those Youtube videos of people buying lots of stuff at the Toronto MAC warehouse.

I went into the warehouse and browsed through the whole place and didn't find anything! The stuff they had were like Aramis/Estee Lauder perfume sets, Clinique set bags, Estee Lauder set cosmetic pouches, and one little Bobbi Brown set pouch. None of the things were that enticing or "rare items" like the MAC finds that people get in the Toronto warehouse T-T

Anyway, so here's how the process goes with these warehouse sales:
- Line up (make sure you go early before it opens or you will not get the good stuff)
- Enter, check ID with pass, then grab a box with a string on it
- Follow a line and keep moving while grabbing stuff (if you find anything.. haha)
- Get a mix bag if you want surprises and good deal
- Better to pay with cash because sometimes the credit line is long
- Ask the employees for product info if you don't see a specific brand! The Estee Lauder warehouse I went to had a Company Store in the back that had MAC, Clinique, Estee Lauder, and Bobbi Brown makeup products (similar to CCO)

I went into the Company Store in the back that was a lot like CCO but I feel the CCO in Woodbury had more stuff! There was a limited selection and I only purchased 2 MAC eyeshadows: Lotusland and Top Hat (pretty colors, price is meh (not bargain cheap that you would expect in warehouses) $10.25). My mom got two Bobbi Brown e/s.

My friends and family were so disappointed that we went to the nearby town called Ridgewood, looking for some place to eat at. We were originally planning to eat some dimsum but it was closed.. So then we found this great pancake house that is specialized in JUMBO pancakes for cheap price! It comes with two large size pancakes or 4 medium size (which looks like large to me). Each large pancake was the size of a small pizza! It was so large... We also ordered french toast and belgian waffles which were both gigantic as well.

Then we stopped by the Container Store for some organizer for my kitchen and I picked up these two travel shampoo bottles for 79 cents each. They look okay :)

Reminders:
I'm still having a blog sale right now -- please help support my trip to Japan! All purchases come with samples and next day/day after shipping! Thanks everyone who has previously purchased from me! CLICK HERE TO BROWSE

Whit is having her first giveaway sponsored by a Korean ebay seller: Click here to win an eye mask pack!

21 comments:

fuzkittie said...

Great review, the masks are pretty good for the price!

Lulu said...

Thanks for entering my giveaway sweetie :)
omg that's terrible w/out a microwave!!! thanks for the suggestion, I am planning on getting a better and bigger microwave for the new house, because my current one is pretty old and very small, and takes forever to heat up food, haha...hopeuflly it doesn't die on me before i get the new one hahaha, I don't want to be heating food w/ a pot! :p
Those masks seem really good, I like how they are not individually packed and it's a great value too! I need to get some to try next time I go to Mitsuwa!

ekimura said...

Hi sweets! great mask review!! yeah I saw that mask at mistuwa I was gonna get it but it was like $22 I think so that is a deal!!

Shopn'Chomp said...

thanks for the mask review! i always see this mask when i go to the japanese market and was curious.

M said...

great review! i need to get my masks when i get to japan.
i'll be in tokyo from june 29 - jul2
then i'm off to kyoto
back to tokyo for jul 7
and off to shanghai on the 8th
let me know if you have time to meetup!

AbcGrrrL said...

Wow the masks = cheap compared to the prices I pay for mine!

Now it's on my lemming list :P

innerchild said...

The mask sounds wonderful. I need to invest in some hydrating sheet masks, cos really, with my dry skin (that I keep complaining about) I -should- be doing sheet masks, right? Aw, I'm sorry to hear the event was a let down. At least you got some Starflash stuff. I think this Collection was a great success, the texture of their es is comparable to the buttery Shu Uemura! :D Just for your inspiration, here's a link to Arora's FOTD using those two eyeshadows! http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_4f0f0bb60100aprj.html

Jamilla Camel said...

Thanks for the review! I have my local supplier of Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese stuff, so I will keep an eye out for it!

Blair said...

The mask sounds great! I've been thinking to get it hahaha

MiuMiu said...

i really like the kose masks! i have the collagen ones...i think i already told you haha. i was retarded..i got it off bobodave for double the price of sasa! i gotta get the hyaluronic ones

dreamer0703 said...

that's why i'm not really into warehouse sale, there's always long line and good stuffs run out fast, hate it that i need to be competitve in shopping, shopping supposed to make ppl feel good, not nervous. I hope you will be able to make it to japan soon :)

♡ Nic Nic ♡ said...

nice review im so lazy with paper masks these days. sounds like theyre working like a treat for you :D

Tracy said...

There is such a thing as the horny layer aka the outermost superficial layer of the skin.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratum_corneum

Interesting review of the mask!

Chomsiri said...

thanks for the review on the mask!

oh hey! im having a contest right now, go check it out k? :D

Zwala said...

great reviews..!!
n if was there..i wud close those doors over ur eyes..!! idk..i just wana do that, when i saw that..!!jk..:P

Pop Champagne said...

cool review! It's so detailed :) Thanks for the review!

Dana Yoshimizu said...

haha, then I could look just like you :)

DSK said...

I have those same masks! I forget about them :D Thanks for the reminder!

IchigoBunnie said...

oo sheet mask! by any chance, do you know what are the ingredients list for that mask? im allergic to sulfates so i needa check ^^()

22 for $16 sounds like a really really good deal!

Kalmo said...

Hi!

Thanks for the review on these Kose masks (22 count), sorry for commenting on an old post but I was searching for a review on this product. ^^ I love the way you do reviews for all products though and I'm def. a new follower! :) Thanks for the reviews!

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