Happy 2018, chingu’s!
We’ve made it to another year. As things continue to shift and change in my life, I promised to post more and share more all-things-Asian with my readers. I hope you all stick around and enjoy the content because it all started with a k-drama…
I’m finding more and more k-beauty products in stores in the US.
Truth be told, I’m not a beauty guru. As I’ve reached another milestone age (30), I’ve decided that I want to take care of my skin as much as I possibly can. While I’m still relatively young, I’m not getting any younger. The new year inspired me to start 2018 off on a positive start by trying a Korean face mask. I don’t know much about beauty, but I know Korean beauty standards are no joke and that they have great skincare items on the market.
So, I took the plunge. I went out for my birthday with friends, which was December 30th. After dinner, we headed to Kohl’s and browsed around the store. It snowed terribly on Saturday and thwarted my original plans, but I believe that things happen for a reason. Sometimes I can be hopefully optimistic. Anyway, as I was moving away from the jewelry department, I noticed one of my friends, Bekah, was looking at face masks. Instantly, I was drawn in and then I noticed that most of the writing was in Hangul (Korean). I’m not sure what made me as excited as I was, but I ended up purchasing 5 different face masks.
The Berrisom Red Gingseng Animal Mask had me so excited that I tried it that same night. It was a little nerve wracking (and a bit strange to be honest) as I had never tried a face mask before.
Most of the instructions are in Korean, but you can easily follow by the pictures on the back side of the face mask. There are instructions printed in English below the Korean instructions, so be sure to look carefully if you feel you need to review the instructions first.
The moment I pulled the mask out of the packaging, I was shocked by how wet it was. Now, please note that I have zero experience with face masks, nor do I know anyone who has tried a face mask, so I was trying this with little expectations. This particular mask is part of an animal mask series by Berrisom, so it was printed and shaped like a tiger. I don’t have a picture of me wearing it, but here is a picture for reference:
The moment I put it on my dry face, it was cold, wet, and a bit awkward as I tried to adjust the eyes and mouth holes to line up with my own. It wasn’t a perfect fit, but it fit well enough. It didn’t take long before I could feel the nutrients absorbing into my skin. It was really relaxing and comforting. It felt like I was being pampered. As for the smell, it had a very clean, earthy smell to me. Gingseng is a Chinese root and you can really smell that earthy, natural scent. It’s almost like a woodsy scent. It reminds me of being in the woods after it has rained.
Personally, it’s not my favorite scent, but I wore the mask for 20 minutes and it didn’t bother me. My skin felt really hydrated and soft once I peeled off the mask and dabbed the remaining moisture into my face. Again, I don’t know a lot about face masks, but even two days later, my skin feels softer, healthier, and not as rough. Winter weather here in Pennsylvania has been wreaking havoc on my face, so the fact that this mask is holding up for so long has earned a lot of brownie points with me.
I would definitely try it again. If you love earthy smells and like the idea of a hydrating face mask, I think the Berrisom Red Ginseng Animal Mask claims to do exactly like it says.
It’s a bit pricey and cost $3.99 at Kohl’s. This beauty item is excluded from any kind of discount, but you can use Kohl’s cash to pay for it, which I did.
It’s a lot cheaper to buy the whole 7 set series here on Amazon for only $11.90 with prime. If I stick with this brand of face mask, I think that’s going to be the smarter way to go. But if you’re in the US and would rather purchase it in stores, I can confirm that at least my Kohl’s carries these.
If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know.
P.S. I have very, very sensitive skin and I had zero reactions to this mask.