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Friday Favourites – Sheet Masks

Since the 10-step Korean skin care method and its corresponding products have become a full-on trend, you cannot walk into a beauty department without seeing a plethora of sheet masks and The Amazing Blog can see why. Sheet masks are so easy to travel with, just throw one into your bag and you’re good to go! They leave your skin looking ten times brighter in just 15-30 minutes. However, with hundreds of options, it’s so hard to choose the right one. For this month’s Friday Favourites, we have four #amazingfinds face masks, something for everyone. These will leave your skin feeling rejuvenated while you sit back, relax with a cup of tea and watch the telly.

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The first set of masks we have for you is by Mitomo, a Japanese company that specialises in creating high-quality beauty and wellbeing products, particularly face masks. We’ve already tried their Anti-Wrinkle Eye Mask with Gold and Bee Venom and Eye & Nasolabial Mask with Snail Extract and EGF in January, and recently their Collagen + Lithosperium, Hyaluronic + Lithospermum and Q10 + Lithospermum Essence masks. So we were even more excited to try their latest launch of Facial Essence Masks which targets, moisturises and heals sensitive skin.

The Facial Essence Masks come in six different types: Camellia (nourishing), Green Tea (purifying), Rice Leaven (protecting), Sake (moisturising and heat retaining), Soy Bean (irritation reducing and skin improving), and Tea Tree (soothing). Each includes a combination of antioxidants, vitamins, omegas, and organic acids depending on your changing skin needs. It is ideal to use these masks at night so your skin can soak up the ingredients while you sleep. You should use the mask after you’ve cleansed and toned your face (you can also throw in an exfoliating scrub and serum too). After 20-30 minutes, you can gently remove it and rub in the excess essence before following with a moisturiser.

Our two personal favourite masks were the camellia and soy bean. Camellia contains more natural antioxidants than practically any other botanical oil and the results are noticeable. The vitamins and omegas of the mask quickly absorb and instantly reveal more nourished and moisturised skin. While a soybean mask doesn’t sound as lavish as some of the other types Mitomo has to offer, it greatly reduces skin irritation, evens rough spots and texture, and fights any sun damage. After using this mask, your face instantly feels calmer and smoother. These were our favourites, but the line of masks offers a huge variety and each was made with a high quality that you can see and feel.

 You purchase a single sheet mask here for £3.49 and you can also purchase each in a pack of four for £12.50.

 

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The next line of face masks we tried were also from a beauty and skin care brand that we’ve tried, BeautyPro. Previously we’ve tested their Rejuvenating and Brightening Collagen Masks, both of which are for anti-ageing like all of BeautyPro’s sheet masks. Their masks are intended for use by both women and men and are cruelty-free and dermatologically tested in South Korea, the heart of the Korean skin care movement.

Unlike the above Mitomo masks, these BeautyPro’s Natura Sheet Masks are targeted speficially for anti-ageing. They have a range of six naturally infused types for your various skin needs. They each have a unique combination of marine collagen to nourish skin with key vitamins and herbs and botanicals to even skin complexion. The types include Avocado (hydrating and repairing), Rose (soothing and redness reducing), Turmeric (protecting), Multi-Grain (complexion boosting and firming), and Herb (pore minimising and rebalancing). The line of sheet masks also has a Potato & Parsley Under Eye Mask.

While each sheet mask created fast-acting results, the Natura mask that stood out the most to us was the Eye Mask. We don’t often think of ordinary potatoes offering such nice skin effects, but we are sold now. The potato brightened our under eye area, making us look more awake and alive on Monday mornings, while the parsley reduced the puffiness and dark colour of our eye bags. The masks worked so well that we received compliments from our family members on our more ‘awake appearance’.

The sheet masks are available here for £4.95 and a set of three Potato & Parsley Under Eye Masks here for £5.95.

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The next sheet mask we have for you is MILU’s Mud Sheet Mask. While the thought of slathering mud onto your face does not sound very enticing, we can assure you that this is a luxe product that isn’t messy and leaves your skin feeling nourished, purified, and soft.

What draws us to this brand’s ethos is the fact that MILU is like a friend who wants to help you with all your beauty and skin care woes—and better yet provides solutions to enhance your natural features. The radiant and glowing skin of Korean women inspired the company to create products that are additions, rather than replacements, to your daily skin care routine and contain ‘skin loving ingredients’.

Of these skin-loving ingredients that are found in the Mud Sheet Mask, a few jump out at us namely the two types of clay used. Bentonite clay extracts impurities from pores and reduces skin blemishes while kaolin clay minimises and deeply purifies pores. With these benefits, it’s no surprise why these clays are the main or key ingredients in many face masks currently on the market. However, many of these masks only use one of these clays in their formulas, not both like this sheet mask. Together they create a dynamic combination that softens, tightens, and evens your skin. The mask also has soybean to soothe your skin and rose flower to reduce pollution effects, and it has been dermatologically tested for sensitive skin.

For smaller and smoother looking pores, put the mask on for 30-40 minutes until it dries then peel it off. Remove excess mud with warm water. You can purchase the Mud Sheet Mask here for £9.

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Finally, to complete our Friday Favourites, we have the Oh K! Mix Your Own Gold Dust Peel Off Mask. After testing their Cooling Eye Pads and Coconut Water Face Masks, we couldn’t wait to see what else the Korean mask brand had to offer.

Using the expertise, skills, and passion of Korean dermatologists, Oh K! creates high-performance skin care essentials for every type of skin. Did we mention their products and masks also come in cute packaging? The Cooling Eye Pads came in panda-shaped packets and the Gold Dust Peel Off Mask came in a vibrant yellow box with bubbly letters and gold powder on the front.

The mask is designed to give you a natural and radiant glow. The box comes with two gold dust sachets, two gold liquid formula sachets, a spoon, and a container. The gold powder is enriched with hyaluronic acid, allantoin, gold, purslane extract, gotu kola extract, and peppermint oil while the gold liquid is infused with collagen, gold, hyaluronic acid, and pearl extract. These luxurious and precious ingredients give the mask its nourishing, replenishing, and glowing properties. Hyaluronic acid, gold extracts, and collagen provide deep moisture, rejuvenate skin, and promote a supple, younger-looking complexion.

This mask offers the ultimate at-home pampering experience. In just 15-20 minutes, you peel off the mask and your skin has been transformed. After application, our skin looked immediately more luminous, radiant, and refreshed. It’s the perfect mask for anyone looking for a brightening boost. Just mix the gold dust and gold liquid in the mixing pot, apply it to your face, and enjoy having a golden goddess glow. The Mix Your Own Gold Dust Peel Mask is available here for £12.50.

Whether you want to perk up your skin, have some ‘me time’, or both, we hope we’ve helped you navigate the complicated yet exciting world of sheet masks. So, relax and let the sheet mask do all the work!

Terrafertil Goldenberries

Goldenberries blog With the spring right around the corner, it's that time again where we try to work out a tad bit more than normal and eat a tad healthier…well at least the girls in the office are. At The Amazing Blog we have found a delicious berry snack that provides you with a satisfaction of feeling good, while eating them. The superfruit Terrafertil dried Goldenberries  (or as we call them in the UK Cape Gooseberries) is the perfect snack to crave.

The dried Goldenberries really are a “little nuggets of nutritional gold”. Goldenberries soar right past cranberries by providing you 166% more antioxidants. These little nuggets contain a rich source of vitamin C, iron, magnesium, potassium, fiber, and phosphorus. While eating Goldenberries I enjoy the taste of them and feel good about eating them (not that guilty feeling I have after eating chocolate covered raisins). The Goldenberries have a sweet and sour taste at first, but as I kept popping them into my mouth it started to balance the two tastes together. With these dried Goldenberries grown and processed in Ecuador and Colombia on Terrafertil Goldenberries Fairtrade farmland selected for soil and air quality, it ensures the highest standard of fruits. Organically produced and distributed, the UK is finally getting the gift of Terrafertil Goldenberries.

You can snack without feeling guilty with Terrafertil Goldenberries. For only £2.99 a bag, you can feel good about the way you snack! To purchase these little nuggets of nutritional gold you can go to Holland & Barrett. Snack the right way with Goldenberries to feel full of nutrients!

 

Peachy Pink Gold

There are times when you come across with products that you simply can't ignore; whether it's because of its effects or the effort and thought put in their design, you just can't get enough of them - they're wonder products. Something similar happened to the gang at The Amazing Blog when we came across Peachy Pink London and their Peachy Pink Gold leggings. The British brand has unveiled a new age-defying gold fabric techonology which is revolutionising the woman's shaping and skincare market. Peachy Pink Gold is created using an exclusive luxury fiber that features 24-carat gold particles. Nygold, the fiber, is the result of a breakthrough in nanotechnology, which is proven to have an anti-ageing effect on the skin. These gold particles supply skin cells with constant moisture - Peachy Pink London claims that as soon as the hyaluronic acid molecules come into contact with the skin, they can reduce the appearance of age spots and even sun damaged skin by keeping them hydrated and plump. These particles act as conductors on the skin to speed up and intesify the absortion of the hyaluronic acid by the skin cells. The natural hyaluronic acid in our skin decreases as we age, leaving skin dull and tired-looking; and this anti-aging techonology has a direct impact on the skin preventing premature aging.

Peachy Pink Gold has been designed to refine the skin whilst hydrating it - at The Amazing Blog we've found that these leggings are as effective as a moisturiser and after wearing them for more than 6 hours, we can definitely tell that our skin looked brighter and even softer.

Once again, at The Amazing Blog we love all rounder products, Peachy Pink Gold gives you the appearance of a more slender body while it protects the skin from free radicals responsible for premature aging.

The Peachy Pink Gold Leggings and High-Rise Shorts are available on their website, they retail at £74.90 and £69.90.

 

 

 

JAMELA Luxurious Gold Crystal Collagen Facial Masks

While Egyptians believed the healing powers of gold could cure all manners of physical and spiritual affections (Cleopatra wore pure gold for a radiant complexion) and Romans used gold preparations for treatment of sore skin, today gold is used to treat and rejuvenate the skin. Many luxury spas offer 24k gold leaf treatments to calm and soothe the skin, preventing fine lines and wrinkles - gold locks in moisture and keeps skin firm by maintaining collagen in the skin holding back the breakdown on elastin. At The Amazing Blog, we've come across the perfect (and luxurious) gold leaf treatment without having to splurge on a spa. The folks at Jamela have developed and exclusive formula for extracting the rejuvenating properties of gold and infused them with organic nutrients and anti-oxidants, into an all natural collagen-based mask. The Luxurious Gold Crystal Collagen Facial Masks claim to aid the promotion of collagen and improve elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I've found that the fabulous Jamela masks leave my skin tighter and definitely brighter.

The application is pretty easy. Cleanse your face and apply carefully the mask to dry skin; to see the effects, the minimum time is 30 minutes, however, it is suggested to wear it for 5 hours overnight to see optimum results. The masks are collagen-based and they dissolve in water above 70° C - so if you fancy a luxurious bath after wearing your mask, we suggest you to throw it into the bath and you'll feel the benefits on the rest of your body too.

At The Amazing Blog we're thrilled with the Jamela Crystal Collagen Facial Masks, they contain 100% high molecular plant collagen with 24k gold and they have this lovely rose scent too.

If you really wish to treat your skin and try the benefits of gold, the 5 mask pack of the Jamela Luxurious Gold Crystal Collagen Face Masks retails at £37.50 and can be purchased through their website.

 

Cocofina

We girls at The Amazing Blog know the importance of staying hydrated. But whether you're a self-confessed gym bunny, are keeping cool during the (occasional) spells of sunshine or simply sipping fluids on a day-to-day basis, sometimes water just doesn't cut it. Yes, it's good for you; but while it might flushes out toxins and keep skin glowing, it tastes kind of bland right?

Thankfully, we recently came across Cocofina Coconut Juice, whose special properties put H20 to shame. Cocofina Coconut Juice or Coconut Water is the clear liquid found within young green coconuts. As the name suggest its made from the finest small coconuts at their water ready peak hence the name 'Cocofina'. What is special about these coconut water drinks is their infusions. We loved all the different flavour combinations of  Cocofina Coconut Juice with Pineapple and Lime (very zesty and refreshing), the Cocofina Coconut with Apple and Blueberry (deliciously fruity) and their Cocofina Coconut with Tea and Passionfruit (aromatic and sweet).

Many people don't realise that coconut juice is one of nature's superfluids, and with such an acolade comes a huge amount of health benefits. Cocofina is naturally isotonic, meaning that it rehydrates faster than water and is naturally low in both fat and cholesterol, with no added sugar. In addition it's a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, Potassium, Iron, Calcium and Magnesium.

With a refreshing, fruity taste and so packed with goodness, Cocofina has become The Amazing Blog's favourite new drink and it's no surprise that it won Gold in the Soft Drink category at the Excellence In Food And Drink Awards! Oh, and finally - it's brilliant for hangovers having been tried and tested by staff at The Amazing Blog - so certainly a must have in this office!