Sunday, 28 September 2014

Review & Giveaway: Annies' Way; Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Mask

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about an amazing jelly mask that I first heard of through Lindy from Bubzbeauty - the Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brighting Jelly Mask from Annie's Way! I was kindly sent this product by YesStyle and this is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to purchase legitimate Annie's Way masks since they tubs are quite heavy they often cost quite a bit to ship to New Zealand. YesStyle offers free international shipping for orders over $25USD, and in September are offering a free spatula with the purchase of the Jelly Masks, and a free Jelly Mask or Sheet Mask sample with any order over $17USD.
Before anyone tries to call me out on fake sponsored posts, you can check out my previous un-sponsored reviews of YesStyle from 2 years ago, here, here and here. *sassy finger wiggle* I don't have time for fake paid reviews.
The mask is packaged in a beautiful pastel printed paper wrapping with English translation of the Mandarin instructions, which is great because I am absolutely terrible at reading Mandarin. The mask is made in Taiwan, my boyfriends home!
The packaging is massive, but very practical. It's made of plastic so it's lightweight, and won't break if you drop it. It also comes with a thin plastic covering between the product and the cap so that the mask won't spill into the cap. The mask is super thick and literally like soft jelly, so you can tip the mask over without it spilling out!
The mask had a safety seal so that you know it hasn't been opened, and it came with the spatula to apply the mask with. You will actually need the spatula to get the mask off too, so it's extra awesome that YesStyle are offering this free as their monthly promotion!

"Revitalizing jelly masks treat skin to continuous moisture combined with a whitening effect to minimize dark spots and even out skin tone for a fair and translucent complexion. For a weekly pampering session, spread a dollop of mask evenly on cleansed and toned face and leave on for 30 minutes before scraping off. Wipe face with tissue after removing mask and rinse thoroughly with water.

  • Whitening, moisturizing, minimizes fine lines, leaves skin radiantly bright.
  • Direction of Use: 1. Clean face and apply toner on the skin as base. 2. Apply Jelly Mask approximately thickness 0.3~0.5 cm evenly by using a spatula. 3. After 30 minutes, remove the jelly mask by scraping gently from outside to inside. ( It will be more effective if scrape forcibly. Especially the jelly mask has softened the blackheads and acne. You will be able to scrape it all out easily. 4. Wipe off with tissue paper after you scrape it all out. 5. Repeat the same action few times, and rinse with water. Apply moisturizer or paper mask as what you usually use. Use twice a week, or as needed.
  • Attention: Rinse with water immediately if you feel uncomfortable in the beginning of use the product.
  • Warmest Reminder: For sensitive skin user, use only for 15minutes for first time, and follow by 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Pack Size - 250ml" (1)
  • The mask literally looks like jelly on my face! It's also very cooling and I can feel a slight tingling feeling while using the mask, though it's not at all painful like the Glamglow mask was for me!

    These are the immediate results of before and after the mask was used. You'd probably have to zoom to see the results, but my skin looks more hydrated and my pores appear a little smaller. There is a very small difference!
    Here are the results after one month of use. I'm currently massively breaking out on my chin due to a new serum that I'm trialling (dam you, Shiseido Ultimate serum!) but there's not much I can do about that. I found that the mask lightened some of the smaller scars, but didn't really make my face whiter. It did make it brighter for a short period of time, but if I missed one session of the mask then the brightness would also stop. I found that the mask hydrated my skin a lot, so it plumped out the finer wrinkles on my forehead and mouth, while also helping to remove some of the dead skin from the acne around my chin.
     Cheek comparison
     Forehead Comparison
     Chin Comparison
    Chin Makeup Comparison. This is where you can see my favorite difference, since it was taken midway through my trial (before my breakout). Makeup always gets caught in the super gross acne on my chin. Exfoliation and micro-dermabrasion didn't help, but the mask absolutely, truly helped. I wouldn't recommend it if it didn't.
    What I Love
    -  Immediately brightens skin
    - Hydrates skin (thus improving fine lines from dehydration)
    - Smells lightly and pleasantly of lemons
    - Easy to apply and remove
    - Great practical packaging
    - Lovely cooling feeling

    What I Don't Love
    - Usually need to purchase Spatula separately, which is silly since you do need it to use the mask effectively.

    Final Thoughts
    I really love this mask! I wasn't particularly expecting to like it as much as I do, even though I'd heard Bubz raving about it in a couple of Vlogs and favorite video's! I think that the mask works really well and provides immediate brightening results, but mostly that it really hydrates the skin and plumps it up which helps hide the appearance of fine lines. I'll definitely be using this whole tub, and trying a different version next time! ^.^

    Thanks so much to YesStyle for sending this product for me to review!

    You can win your very own Jelly Mask by entering my giveaway! This giveaway is open internationally too so anyone can enter! (:
    a Rafflecopter giveaway


    1. Oooh, I've never heard of jelly masks before! Your skin looks so soothed and happy in the after photos, I might get myself a tub and give it a go.

    2. Also, when the instructions say 'scrape it off', what does that mean? What did you do for this step?

      1. You just kinda scrape it off with the spatula haha. It's weird and hard to explain, but you can watch me put it on and take it off in the video! ^.^ xx

      2. Oh, duh! Obviously I should have watched the video... I will now. Thanks!

    3. My day is okay! I have been intrigued by this mask! I saw a brief review on a blog not too long ago, so I'm glad you did a more in-depth review! Thank you. =D

    4. Ohhh I have read that this mask is a holy grail for many people! I have been eyeing it for a long time, but I am still deciding :D
      Btw you have awesome makeup, so pretty :D

    5. my day is great so far :)
      rafflecopter name Karin Shaim

    6. My day is okay so far ^_^ thanks for asking.. and thanks about this giveaway!

    7. My day is great cause I found some clothes in my drawer that I totally forgot that I bought few months ago)

    8. That last before/after picture is pretty incredible :O I'd love to give this a try!

      amy | michi★mochi

    9. I have oily skin. Is this not the right product for me? xxx

      1. This mask doesn't really help oily skin, but it also doesn't make it any oilier. I have oily skin and it works great for me! ^.^

    10. It has been nice, I had a walk around the park wit my husband and I received my cute wishlist 2. thank you for asking :)

    11. My day has been good so far!
      This looks interesting, I may have to try this sometime soon!

    12. This looks good - I've heard hyaluronic acid is really good for skin! So nice meeting you yesterday!
      Lena -

    13. You are so darn pretty! My day is going well :) This mask looks so interesting, I have been looking for something to help brighten and reduce fine lines!

    14. WOW! The result looks amazing ^^ You're super pretty btw, I envy hehe x


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