Memebox sent me a few products to review from one of their new brands- Botanic Farms. My skin has been looking rough lately, so this was very exciting!
I received two sheet masks, a sleeping pack and a multi-step blackhead clearing strip set. Let’s check them out.
The first product I tried was the Natural Energy Kiwi Sheet Mask ($2). This was a pretty standard white sheet mask like you’ve seen me wear a few times on this blog before. I love using these for a quick, intensive boost whenever I feel like my skin is dull and tired. My skin felt moisturized and fresh afterward.
A few days after that I was ready to try the Polar Energy Hydrogel Mask Pack (Syn-Ake) ($4).
If the first sheet mask was sort of entry level, this one was advanced. It had a jelly-like plastic feel too it and a cool webbed effect like snake skin (attention to detail!). It was meant to promote skin cell regeneration, much like the way a snake sheds its skin (and was not infused with synthetic snake venom as I initially suspected from the packaging). There was limited English on the packaging, so I did my best with guessing which side to stick to my skin (I went with the plasticy side that seemed more clingy) and left it on for at least 20 minutes.
This one looked pretty scary (in fact I had to announce I was wearing it from behind a closed door before I saw my husband so he wouldn’t freak out) but it wore pretty comfortably. I must say, I could feel real results immediately after! My skin felt smoother and more taut.
The Black Soybean Milk Pudding Sleeping Pack ($25) was crazy! It had a thick, gelatinous texture that didn’t want to smooth out at first. However, after massaging the almost chunky jelly on my face for a few seconds, it melted into a more easily applied gel. Even then it was still so thick that it couldn’t fully absorb, more like a slimy version of a mud mask. I just ended up swirling it around on my face for a while which was oddly therapeutic.
What also mystified me about this stuff was the way that the remaining product reformed itself back into a flat surface while I was applying the product. Using this stuff felt like a science experiment (and I’m into that).
What’s up, slimeface?
I can see why this is for sleeping in since it stays slimy for a while, but it did absorb ever-so-slowly over the course of the night. When I woke up, that seemingly impenetrable layer of gel had sunken into my skin, leaving only a faint film behind. My skin felt awesome and so plump and smooth. This stuff is great!
Finally we have the Egg Clear Black Head 3-Step Nose Pack ($3). This is like the ultimate warrior edition of your OG Biore strips.
This was an excellent product for me to try because I have both (ahem) a lot of real estate to try the product on and I have gross clogged pores and blackheads on my nose that I can never get rid of with standard strips.
Step 1 involves a pre-soaked thick tissue material that you apply to your nose. It’s so thick that I thought it was two pieces, but no. It’s pretty comfortable to wear, although it does sort of look like surgical dressing for a nose job.
Step 2 is a little closer to the kind of strip you may be used to, albeit much higher quality. You wet your nose to use it, then peel it off a plastic sheet and it sticks right on. It’s much less messy and much easier to use effectively than a traditional American strip. It has more of a cottony feel and it also has little snips around its edges to help it conform to you nose better rather than leaving those annoying air bubbles underneath. Leave this on for 10-15 minutes.
I thought about showing you the used strip and decided against it. You’re welcome. It was pretty gross, but also satisfying. Way more pore-clearage than a Biore.
Step 3 is a transparent gel strip covered in essence. This only needs to stay on for 5-10 minutes to help the essence soak in before you peel off.
And ta-da! There are still clogged pores on the bridge of my nose, but the sides are significantly clearer. I wonder if I could get 100% clear if I do these more regularly?
And that’s it! Botanic Farm has been good to me. My skin is feeling very soft this week.