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CY Lab Masks

CY Lab is a Taiwanese skincare brand, created by a beauty manufacturer that’s been in the professional spa business for over 30 years, since 1982. Though this brand is considered a professional medical beauty brand in Taiwan, CY Lab was created so that these “high-level skincare series” could now be available to you! This brand is cruelty-free and their products are paraben-free.

CY Lab Top Luxury Mask Variety Set

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PRICE: $9.50 For three or you can purchase individually

Set contains:

Top Luxury Mask – Alpha-Arbutin Skin Whitening

WHAT IT IS

A brightening mask

WHAT IT DOES

Combat dullness and uneven texture, dark spots and uneven skin tone, and help prevent aging

KEY INGREDIENTS

Vitamin C (derived from ethyl ascorbic acid) lightens hyper-pigmentation and evens out skin tone

Orchid Extract is an astringent natural plant extract full of antioxidants that fight free radicals and aging

Arbutin brightens uneven skin tones and tones down redness by prevent formation of melanin

Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Arbutin, Allantoin, Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Butylene Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Water

SCENT/FRAGRANCES

Thin but sturdy cottony stretchy material that adheres like second skin, fit for medium size face, minimal detectable scent

WHY I LIKE IT

This mask contains a highly concentrated ampoule serum that contains both vitamin C and arbutin for powerful brightening effect, while sodium hyaluronate boost moisture and support natural collagen synthesis, and orchid, which has been used in medicinal Chinese formula for thousands of years to boost antiaging and protective effect while endowing complexion with a translucent glow. The mask is a super soft cotton sheet that fit the entire face and has plastic protective layer to peel off prior to using. I left this mask on for about 45 minutes (a bit longer than suggested time) and it was just starting to feel dry. My skin skin feels so moisturized and soft and looks significantly brighter. If you are looking for a sheet mask to brighten and bring life and vibrancy to dull and lackluster complexion, I highly recommend this mask.

Top Luxury Mask – Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate

WHAT IT IS

An antiaging black sheet mask

WHAT IT DOES

Contains sea fennel stem cell extract to maintain skin’s elasticity and antixoidant to slow down signs of aging and stimulate collagen production

KEY INGREDIENTS

Crithmum Maritimum boosts collagen production, reduces fine lines, speeds cell turnover, and evens out skin discoloration

Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract is an anti-aging agent that helps increase collagen and elastin production and improve hydration

Chondrus Crispus is a seaweed full of antioxidants that works to maintain skin moisture levels

Ingredients: Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate, Lecithin, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Collagen, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Butylene Glycol, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Water

FRAGRANCES/SCENT/FIT

Soft and plush, fit my small-medium face just perfect; clear lightly viscous essence with no detectable scent

WHY I LIKE IT

I was so pleasantly surprised to find that this is a black mask. I love black mask because it means adding detoxification component to my masking experience. The mask feels even more velvety than its white counterpart. It’s literally soft and luxurious. The mask comes with a TON of wonderfully hydrating liquid with so much more left over in the pouch. No lie, I left this mask on for close to one hour and it stayed MOIST and WET! Talk about great absorptive power of this black mask! This mask left my skin looking and feeling amazing, brighter, dewy and hydrated. The best part is the next morning, when my pores looks so clean and visibly smaller. The ingredient of Crithmum Maritimum is certain intriguing to me and rarely found in other skin care products and I’m so excited to be trying their Crithmum Maritimum essence that allows me to include this ocean botanical based retinol into my routine.

Top Luxury Mask – Triple Hyaluronic Acid Intensive Moisturizing Repairing Mask

WHAT IT IS

A skin-quenching mask blended with antioxidants

WHAT IT DOES

Intensely hydrating and provide long lasting moisture; help combat dryness, dullness and uneven skin tone and texture for a smooth, healthy-looking complexion

KEY INGREDIENTS

Hyaluronic Acid retains skin moisture levels and promotes collagen synthesis

Saccharide Isomerate is an emollient naturally found in skin and helps lock in moisture

Chondrus Crispus is a seaweed full of antioxidants that works to maintain skin moisture levels

Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Saccharide Isomerate, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Butylene Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Water

FRAGRANCES/SCENT

nearly transparent, great fit, watery essence

WHY I LIKE IT

Like a cool drink of water for the skin, ultra low molecular hyaluronic acid replenishes moisture while saccharide isomerate naturally hydrate and refreshes, and seaweed extract, which contains algeinic acid, moisturizes and removes impurities. The mask is ultra light and soft. The mask adheres comfortably to the skin, giving me the ability to multi-task while improving my complexion. Formulated with only natural and safe ingredients, this ultra-soothing and hydrating mask allows pores to absorb essential nutrients and moisturizing ingredients for an ultimate hydration therapy, giving my skin a serious recharge, making it glowy bouncy all day long.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I am so impressed with all three of Cy Lab masks. They are simple comfortable on the skin and provides the instant results I am looking for from a mask: improving complexion, brighten and even skin tone, added hydration and suppleness. The ingredient lists are short yet powerful, contains only non-nonsense or fillers, and gentle for sensitive skin. These are definitely a repurchase in my books. You can find these at Amabie Shop: http://shopamabie.com or Miiru Shop https://www.miirushop.com/

KOTOHA

Every year, summers take a toll on my skin. The scorching heat, pollution, and humidity causes some damages manifesting in sun spots, hyper pigmentation and discoloration.  My hunt for brightening elixir never stops.  Kotoha is becoming one of my favorite skin care lines that brightens.

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About KOTOHA

KOTOHA is a prestige natural beauty brand, based in London, and established in 2015 by founder Yoko Obata.  The entire product line (skincare and hair care) relies on ‘shoyaku’, a Japanese word for ‘active medicinal herbs’, to keep the skin looking radiant. We already know to look towards the East for the latest skin care innovations. And sometimes, it’s the ancient rituals that have made their way into the modern world of beauty. After all, Japanese Geisha and Chinese empress all shared porcelain and glowing skin thousands of years ago before cleansers, exfoliators, or sunscreens were invented. They created quintessential beauty ideals, and symbolized true femininity and grace, which influenced many prestige, and herbal-based beauty rituals. Founder Yoko started out with incorporating natural herbal ingredients into her own skin care routine; and soon the results were so obvious, and she was encouraged by family, friends and private clients to develop these products into her revolutionary brand, KOTOHA Cosmetics London. Knowing exactly which herbs to choose, and understanding the active ingredients and the right formulations, KOTOHA brings you a line of products using ancient skin care wisdoms from the Far East, to get your skin looking radiant.

Skin Cherish Lavender Cleanser

Price: £30.00 / 110g

What It Is

  • A nourishing cleaning balm

What It Does

  • One step Cleanser that gently melts away makeup and impurities; leaving the skin hydrated and silky smooth

Key Ingredients

  • Sea whip extract (soothes)

How It Looks/Feels/Smells

  • It’s a buttery balm that turn into a milky cleanser, and smells like an aromatic and relaxing blend of herbal flowers

Why I like it

This Lavender Cleanser is by far my favorite product of the bunch.  It is designed to function as one-step oil and water-soluble cleanser.  I scoop a small spoonful into my hand and it feels silky smooth like butter but not heavy.  When mixed with a splash of water, the cleansing balm emulsifies into a light, milky emulsion.   I massage on effortlessly, and the product feels so good that it encourages me to really work it into the skin, which is no doubt good for circulation and a dewy glow.  The smooth and gentle balm removes everything from tenacious eye mascara and eyeliner, dirt and impurities while feeling very moisturizing on the skin; and it really helps to clean up the pores without leaving the skin tight and dry.   The oil component helps to prevent transepidermal water loss, and it leaves my skin simply refined and hydrated.  The water-soluble component makes this so easy to rinse off with no residue whatsoever.  My face feels squeaky clean but not stripped and I’m comfortable in doing one step cleanse when I use this.  I feel that this can be used on dry and oily complexions alike.

Moist Essence Water

Price: £28.00 / 150mL

What It Is

  • A highly emollient and rejuvenating toning water

What It Does

  • Hydrates deeply to refresh skin and give glow; anti-aging and rejuvenating facial toner; prepare skin for other products

Key Ingredients

  • Full of the ‘magical’ shoyaku (oriental medicinal herbs) including Ginseng and Peonia Lactifolia.  Ginseng is one of the most sought-after ingredients in the beauty industry for its anti-aging effects. Peonia Lactifolia has been used in the Far East for hundreds of years and helped many people develop youthful skin.

How It Looks/Feels/Smells

  • A clear liquid with natural scent; I apply with a cotton pad

Why I Like It

Some toners are meant to cleanse the skin, balance the pH or exfoliate.  This is definitely a moisturizing toner.  It really boosts skin suppleness and hydration level when applied to freshly cleansed skin.  I use this product liberally and enthusiastically because it absorbs so easy and doesn’t saturate on the skin.  It feels incredibly light and indulgent on my skin, like splashing fruit-infused water on the face.  It gives my skin a toned and refined look, and boost the performance of other products.

 

Brightening Serum 

Price: £35 / 50mL

What It Is

  • A dullness-fighting, dark spot lightening serum

What It Does

  • Even out skin tone, brighten and clarify skin, fade spots

Key Ingredients

  • The shoyaku herb mulberry root bark extract was used to treat uneven skin tone and skin pigmentation in the Far East for hundreds of years. Vitamin C – is also highly effective for treating skin pigmentation and freckle. The anti-oxidant moringa makes this serum powerful, yet it is also gentle. It helps skin look bright and clear.

How It Looks/Feels/Smells

  • This serum is really lightweight, highly moisturizing, clear lotion-like consistency; minimal detectable scent

Why I Like it

I am absolutely in love with the luxurious silky serum.  Let’s get this straight, lightening spots takes patience and persistence, so I’m not expecting to see much changes after a few weeks of using.  However, I can attest that this product works fast to completely brighten my complexion, and making the skin look healthier, clearer and plump.  The product is weightless, fast absorbing, and boast the high potency ingredients (vitamin C and mulberry root bark extracts) to back up its brightening claims.   I follow this with the Kotoha anti-aging moisturizer to get the most powerful brightening results.  And overtime, I hope to find that it will help to fade some dark spots.

 

Anti-Aging Cream 

Price: £45.00 / 50mL

What It Is

  • A facial moisturizing cream for dry skin or age 40+

What It Does

  • Hydrates skin and protects against aging environmental oxidants
  • Hydrates skin while improving brightness and texture

Key Ingredients

  • This anti-aging cream uses two of the finest ingredients available, ginseng extract and CoEnzymeQ10.  To develop the velvety texture, Kukui nut oil is added, which is native to Hawaii and high in anti-oxidants and contains Vitamin A and C, both traditionally used to treat sun damage. Other selected oils from all over the world include ellagic acid-rich pomegranate oil, hemp oil and rosehip oil.

How It Looks/Feels/Smells

  • Despite the botanical oil infusion, this cream actually feels like a water-based cream, refreshing and hydrating  without creating an oily slick.  It smells clean and natural

Why I like it

This product is formulated for busy women in their 40s who are just starting to experience natural signs of aging, while battling dullness and spots.  This is packed with natural antioxidants derived from Kukui nut oil for skin protection.  This came as a combination with the brightening serum as Kotoha’s ‘brightening set’.  I feel that the cream can be easily layered with its light and easy to absorb texture.  I am digging the creamy silky formula, which glides on beautifully.  Like all their products, I am impressed about how quickly it goes from cream to a light lotion texture as it sinks into the skin.  I don’t like products that lingers too long because I’m always rushed for time in the morning, and this one I can follow with sun screen right away.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The best part is that KOTOHA’s products are all natural and are free from well known toxic ingredients such as Paraben, SLS, SLES, artificial fragrances and artificial colours. Products are available only at KOTOHA London. As a first time client, you will receive a Special offer of a 10% discount.

Transition To Summer – Whamisa Organic Flower/Apple Sebum Treatment

Summer is coming, and that means transitioning my skin care to lighter products that will help me combat the oily t-zones that comes with sunny and humid weathers. In comes Whamisa! I learned about Whamisa through my search for ASIAN AND NATURAL skin care products and found it at BeautEastSphere (https://www.beauteastsphere.com/). For those European based skin care addicts who are ready to take the plunge into natural beauty, BeautEastSphere is worth digging through for their natural and organic selections. It really is great for someone like me who loves Korean and Asian skin care, am ingredient conscious yet am a little less adventurous because of sensitive-prone skin. It takes the guessing game out of out shopping when I know that every products on their website are free of unnecessary chemicals, fillers, parabens or additives. Additionally, they want their customers to fall in love with their products, ingredients and result, so that skin care is not just a trend to follow, but a commitment to yourself to treat with care and love. Currently they carry a limited but highly selected brands including Aeria Skin, Blossom Jeju, Whamisa, Make P:rem, Polatam and the Konjac Sponge Co. Their founder – Chana is a sweetheart to talk to and will answer any of your questions.

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About Whamisa
“Wha” in Korean means “flowers”, which symbolizes the magical and miraculous power of the fermented flowers behind this brand. Everything in Whamisa products, even down to the packaging is good for you. They are formulated with the concept of organic and double fermentation, where botanical ingredients such as rose, aloe vera, rice and organic apple are fermented into smaller molecules to facilitate deeper absorption of their essential nutrients and ingredients. It’s also appealing in its waterless formula. This has been in my previous review. Instead of using water in product formulation, it uses botanical plant juices like aloe vera to maximize the active ingredients and thus is much more result-driven. It also means that a little product can go a loooong way because every part of their products are created to be safe and effective. The company also put emphasis on packaging so it looks as fabulous on your nightstand as it does on your face, and makes for great photo opportunities =)

Whamisa Organic Flower/Apple Sebum Treatment

Claims: 
•Organic and natural
•Fermented skincare
•Hydrates and mattifies
•Controls oil and shine
•Free of parabens, alcohol, synthetic fragrances or dyes

Ingredients: *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, *Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, *Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, ***Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract , ***Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, ***Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, **Titanium Dioxide, *Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, *Centella Asiatica Extract, *Houttuynia Cordata Extract, *Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, *Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, *Lactobacillus/Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Nelumbium, Speciosum Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelon) Rhizome/Root Ferment Filtrate, **Salicylic Acid, **Spirulina Platensis Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, *Certified Organically Grown **Natural Origin ***Natural Preservative

Directions: Apply after toner or essence. Pat gently until absorbed.

Review:

The ingredient list is 96.00% organic. Here’s a breakdown
Hydrating: Aloe, tea leaf, paeonia, cucumber, bergamot
Brightening: apple, caemllia, licorice
Anti-inflammatory: camellia, dandelion
Sebum control and balancing: lactobacillus, salicylic acid, lemon
This list is packed with a lot of active ingredients from botanical extracts to help keep the skin conditioned and hydrated. Fermentation of the ingredients, notably organic apple are naturally acidic so they serve as a gentle exfoliator for your skin.  This helps the skin to remain balanced and regulate sebum production.  Acidity discourages bacterial growth, so it keeps the skin calm and minimize breakouts.  Fermentation also act as a natural preservative (think kimchi) so it reduces the need to add any unwanted chemicals to ensure lasting effect.  I am also a big fan of pump bottles.  I feel it is the most hygienic way of dispensing the appropriate amount of product.

This product is light, refreshing and clean!  It has the consistency of a light essence, yet creamy white colour of a lotion.   It absorbs very quickly without any stickiness and leaves the skin moisturized, illuminated and toned in a 1 single step.  Many ‘sebum control’ products are astringents and skin-stripping, while this product helps me balance the oil while also keeps my skin HYDRATED, and brightened throughout the day.  Normally I have to blot my face frequently throughout the day.  Since I started using this product, my face feels so much less oily and the result is comparable to my Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder, but with much more skin benefiting ingredients.  I get occasional acne breakouts or whiteheads along the chin, and it is much less frequent since I’ve incorporated this into my routine. Overall, I feel that this product really does what it claims: minimize shine, moisturize and mattify AND it’s organic and natural.  I would recommend this to anyone with combination or oily skin who’s looking for a product that can maintain shine-control and yet still hydrates and plumps the skin.

You can find this product along with many other natural and summer-loving skin essentials from BeautEastSphere https://www.beauteastsphere.com/.  Photo below are some of the other lovely natural brands that they carry.

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