First Impressions Review – FRESH Face Masks

My FRESH face mask collection!

So, I bought the Christmas sets for FRESH face masks during the Sephora Black Friday sales and I’m going to give you guys a short review on all their masks.

The masks that I’m going to detail in this review are as below:

  • FRESH Sugar Face Polish
  • FRESH Rose Face Mask
  • FRESH Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask
  • FRESH Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask
  • FRESH Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask
  • FRESH Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask

How does the FRESH Sugar Face Polish fare?

FRESH Sugar Face Polish is a facial scrub, made with brown sugar and wild strawberries, that helps to exfoliate the skin and reveal a softer, smoother, more radiant complexion.

Ingredients for FRESH Sugar Face Polish:

Sucrose, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit, Propylene Carbonate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candellila) Wax, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Limonene, Fragrance (Parfum), Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Domestica Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Water (Aqua), Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Sorbate, Citral, Geraniol, Linalool, Citronellol, Bht

Well.. To me, this functions like a normal manual facial scrub with granular sugar particles that assist in shedding off the top most layer of my dead skin cells. My skin does feel smoother and softer, but I suppose that most facial scrubs will do that for you. Because this product contains Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil which normally breaks me out, I’m kind of weary about using this product long term. Given that I only bought the mini-size version of this scrub (15g), I don’t think that I would purchase the full-size version of this product. I must also comment on the smell of this product. You know, I’ve always somehow thought that it would smell like caramel or some other gourmand smell but it actually smells of fermented skincare! If you don’t know how fermented skincare smells like, well.. It smells slightly sourish, as though it’s slightly not so fresh (a FRESH product not smelling fresh?! LOL..). Just something to note if you are sensitive to smells in your skincare. It was surprising to me indeed!

How does the FRESH Rose Face Mask fare?

The FRESH Rose Face Mask is a product that I’d wanted to try for a long, long time. In fact, it has been 15 years (yup! it had been that long!) since I’ve known of this product and wanted to try it. The thing which fascinated me at that time was that this mask is made with real rose petals and is touted to be exceptionally soothing and hydrating. The 17 year-old me was so intrigued with the notion of having real rose petals on my face and have always wondered how this product would smell like.

Ingredients for FRESH Rose Face Mask:

Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower, Maris Aqua (Sea Water), Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Faex (Yeast Extract), Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Caramel, Maltodextrin, Parfum (Fragrance), BHT, Citronellol, Phenoxyethanol

Well, the 32-year old me can confirm that this product indeed smells beautifully of roses. This scent is unlike the old-fashioned grandma smell that are sometimes prevalent in rose scents. The scent of the FRSH Rose Face Mask is a lovely green fresh rose smell that is also modern at the same time. True to its claims, it is also very hydrating and soothing and my skin looks very bright, calm and plumped up after I rinse off this mask. I’m so glad that my expectations of this mask did not cause me to feel underwhelmed by its effects. In fact, I truly think that it’s a lovely mask that should suit the skins of most people.

How does the FRESH Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask fare?

I didn’t have any expectations whatsoever for this mask simply because I’ve not yet been exposed to any marketing claims for this product. I knew that it was launched in 2016 but I don’t really see many advertisements either online or on print for it. Maybe it’s good that I don’t have any impressions of this product so that I could truly judge its effects based solely on what I see on my face.

Ingredients for FRESH Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask:

Water, Glucose, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Clementina Fruit Extract, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Fructose, Glycerin, Sucrose, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Pyrus Cydonia Seed Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Sclerotium Gum, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Citrate, Parfum (Fragrance), Panthenol, Caramel, Sodium Metabisulfite, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, CI 75120 (Annatto), Phenoxyethanol, Limonene.

The FRESH Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask is touted to be an instant  glow-giving face mask that’s made with with a concentrated citrus blend of crushed oranges, lemons, and clementines and potent vitamin fruit complex such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B5; lemon and orange fruit extracts; and revitalising minerals. It helps to gently refine the appearance of the skin to soften, smooth, and improve clarity. TLDR; it’s basically an AHA (sort of!) skin refining mask. Although this mask does not contain typical AHAs such as glycolic acid or lactic acid, the fruit extracts basically work in the same way as AHAs to exfoliate the skin surface and refine the pores.

This mask, surprisingly, is my favourite out of all the masks that I’ve bought. The mask itself looks like orange marmalade and has a citrus-fruity smell which I love. There’s bits of the orange or lemon pulp included in the mask which contributes to the interesting jam-like texture of this product. I just smear a thin layer of it all over my face and wash it off after about 15 minutes. It takes a bit of effort to rinse off all the fruit pulp from your face but the end results are stunning. My face looks so even-toned and bright with an intense glow afterwards. I actually looked like I’ve been drinking 8 glasses of water, eating super healthy food, exercising regularly and always had 8 hours of sleep all my life. The glow is unreal, you guys!

How does the FRESH Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask fare?

FRESH’s Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask with advanced antioxidants is a hydrating treatment that claims to immediately reveals softer, firmer, healthier-looking skin. The innovative formula’s velvety whipped texture has an immediate cooling effect to refresh the skin and the senses. I had originally thought that this mask would be my favourite out of all the masks that I’d bought. I saw so many reviews from people claiming this mask to be their holy grail. However, I think it was just an okay mask to me and apart from some softening of my skin, I can’t really see much effects after using it.

Ingredients for FRESH Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask:

AQUA (WATER), GLYCERIN, RICE FERMENT FILTRATE (SAKE), CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, BETAINE, SACCHAROMYCES FERMENT FILTRATE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL EXTRACT, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL, LITCHI CHINENSIS SEED EXTRACT, RUBUS FRUTICOSUS (BLACKBERRY) LEAF EXTRACT, ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER OIL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, ADENOSINE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, TOCOPHEROL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, POLOXAMER 407, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, MENTHOXYPROPANEDIOL, MALTODEXTRIN, SILICA, CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), TRIHYDROXYSTEARIN, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, DISODIUM EDTA, SODIUM CITRATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CITRIC ACID, CARAMEL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, POTASSIUM SORBATE, BHT, BIOTIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, LINALOOL

How does the FRESH Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask fare?

Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask is a triple-threat noncomedogenic treatment that can be used as a purifying face mask, a daily deep cleanser, or a spot treatment to minimise small imperfections. I think that this is a good clay mask and does whatever it claims to do. I’m not sure if I would repurchase its full-size version though. I’ve got too many different clay masks that I love.

Ingredients for FRESH Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask:

Solum Fullonum (Fuller’s Earth), Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Fusanus Spicatus Wood Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Sodium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, BHT, Alcohol, Farnesol, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol.

How does the FRESH Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask fare?

This product is another surprise winner in my books. It is an overnight mask that you’ll leave it on over your moisturiser and claims to allow you to awaken with lifted and firmer-looking skin every morning with constant use. Well, I don’t know if my face is lifted or not. But I can tell you that it does leave your face incredibly soft, smooth and deeply replenished every time I use this product. Very nice! 5 stars!

Ingredients for FRESH Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask:

AQUA (WATER), GLYCERIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, JOJOBA ESTERS, ISOHEXADECANE, AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER, DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, CAMELLIA OLEIFERA SEED OIL, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, MIRABILIS JALAPA EXTRACT, GLYCERYL STEARATE, STEARETH-21, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, DIMETHICONE, OXIDIZED CORN OIL, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER), CERA ALBA (BEESWAX), KIGELIA AFRICANA FRUIT EXTRACT, SACCHAROMYCES FERMENT FILTRATE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, RUBUS FRUTICOSUS (BLACKBERRY) LEAF EXTRACT, LITCHI CHINENSIS SEED EXTRACT, ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER OIL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, ADENOSINE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, TOCOPHEROL, CETEARETH-20, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), CETEARETH-12, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, SODIUM CITRATE, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE STARCH, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, SORBITAN LAURATE, DISODIUM EDTA, MALTODEXTRIN, SILICA, TETRASODIUM EDTA, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, ACETYL DIPEPTIDE-1 CETYL ESTER, CITRIC ACID, CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), BHT, POTASSIUM SORBATE, BIOTIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, LINALOOL, CITRONELLOL, GERANIOL

I hope that this overview would give you some guide to choosing the right type of face mask for your skin. Which mask are you most interested in trying? Let me know in the comments below!

Where can you find it?

I bought all the products from Sephora Online. They retail at S$88 (Picture Perfect Mask Set) and S$45 (Mini Mask Trio Set). These are all limited edition sets.

As usual, thank you for reading!

Review – Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream

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Trilogy’s Rosapene Night Cream is a product that I had discovered entirely by chance. It was during the period of time that I was trying the Differin Gel for the first time and was worried about waking up with a dry peeling face. Back then, I had a sample of this night cream and I used it for the first time together with the Differin Gel. When I woke up the next morning, I was so surprised to find that my face was super soft and smooth. While I bought my Black Chicken Remedies Love Your Face Serum some time back, I also added this item into my cart. However when I actually received this product, I promptly forgotten about it until now. My skincare cupboard is literally so full of products that I could go “treasure hunting” and find some products which I didn’t even remember that I’d bought. I’m gonna try my darnest to keep to a no-buy ban for 3 months since I’ve gone way crazy with my skincare purchases during the November Black Friday sales and the December holiday season.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate, Coco-Caprylate, Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil (and) Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (and) Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil (and) Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (and) Tocopherol, Lycopene, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil (and) Tocopherol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil (and) Tocopherol, Mel (Honey), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (chamomile) Flower Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Parfum, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid (and) Benzyl Alcohol, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Dehydroacetic Acid (and) Benzyl Alcohol

How does the Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream fare?

Trilogy’s Rosapene Night Cream is an antioxidant rich night cream that claims to restore, rejuvenate and re-hydrate your skin. Trilogy claims that you will wake up to a brighter and more revitalized skin the morning after.

Well, I’ve been using this cream for around 1.5 months and I’ve been loving it! You know, I was so worried that it would break me out because the Trilogy day cream that I’ve tried previously broke me out even though I couldn’t find any offending ingredients in it. Luckily that never happened with this product. I like that the Rosapene Night Cream is a mid-weight cream that offers substantial moisture without the greasiness of heavier creams. It sinks into my skin easily and leaves it matte yet moisturized (very odd description, I know!). My skin feels so soft and nourished the next morning when I wash my face, and I knew that I was onto a good thing. I like it a lot and I think I will repurchase it once I work through my heaping stash of skincare products (I really need to stop my skincare hoarding habits!). In my opinion, this cream is very good for combination to dry skins. Severely dry skins might prefer a richer cream and extremely oily skins might not appreciate its relatively creamier texture.

Where can you find it?

I bought it from Adore Beauty online. It retails at AU$46.95 (60ml sized).

In Singapore, you can buy it from Zalora SG. It retails at S$88 but is often discounted for around S$60++.

Thank you for reading!

Review – La Roche Posay Serozinc

Ok, this review is way overdue given that I’ve had this product for a few months and am about to finish one whole bottle of it. La Roche-Posay is a brand that would not be foreign to many people since it’s a commonly accessible French pharmacy skincare/ bodycare brand. They are most well-known for their dry sensitive skin range and many people swear by their Toleriane Cream which is a soft face cream specially formulated to soothe heating and irritations in intolerant skin.

However, the product that I’m going to talk about today is meant for an entirely different skin type – the oily blemish-prone skin. The La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray is a facial mist toner featuring Zinc Sulphate, specifically designed to target key signs of oily, blemish-prone skin. It has a very short ingredients list which I’ve included as below.

Ingredients

AQUA, SODIUM CHLORIDE & ZINC SULFATE

How does the La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray fare?

The La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray is touted to specifically target key signs of oily, blemish-prone skin. Essentially, it is meant to be an oil-blotter mist (Imagine that!) that you can use as a toner for oil control and mist throughout the day to help control sebum production. The results that you should see while using this product is skin that looks and feels less shiny and greasy and mattified.

To be perfectly honest, I really don’t know why I bought this product. I’ve dehydrated combination dry skin that would benefit from more moisture instead. However, it was on sale (Original price is S$24.90 and I bought it for $19.90) and I guess it was an impulsive buy. *shrugs* Anyway, I’ve been using it in the evenings after my acids as a soothing hydrating spray and it seemed to be working well. My skin doesn’t feel any stinging at all and I like the light moisture hit that it gives to my skin before I pumped in all my intensive hydrating and moisturizing treatments. I’m not sure that I would repurchase it again though since I don’t really see much effects from it. Maybe oily blemish-prone skins would love it more than I do.

Where can you find it?

I bought it from the physical Watsons stores. It retails at S$24.90 (150ml sized).

You can also purchase it from Watsons Online here.

Thank you for reading!