Cheap and Good Favorites

March 24, 2013

I like to do a compilation of random things I like as my weekend post. This week is all about some of the Asian beauty products I like which are excellent value for money!



1. My Beauty Diary Masks (Camellia Mask) – They have been a staple for me for countless years. They do a great job and the paper mask itself fits my face perfectly, and best of all they are so affordable so I can use one a day! I have probably used every single series from the My Beauty Diary Mask Range and the Camellia is one of my favorites. It belongs to the premium range (so slightly more expensive) but it delivers super hydration which can keep my skin feeling hydrated for a number of days.

2. BONANZA Active Moisture Membraneous – Best selling mask in East Asia. It’s pretty cheap and comes in a huge tub (250ml). It has a clear gel texture and must be kept in the fridge. The instruction states that to get the best results, apply a layer of your preferred serum first, then apply a very thick layer of this mask for more than 30 minutes to ‘push’ the benefits of the ingredients into a deeper layer of the skin. I am not sure how it works but I do like the result! It’s very soothing (ideal for hot weather), cooling, and hydrating. The skin appears more plumped and translucent after each use. And again, the affordable price allows me to slather this mask on everyday.

3. Innisfree Mineral Shimmering Base – I am all about dewy skin these days and the performance of this shimmering primer exceeds some of the very expensive ones I own. It is hydrating and contains super fine shimmer so it sets on the skin seamlessly, adds a beautiful gleam without settling into pores/lines or making the skin look scaly which is the main issue I have with some shimmering products of Western brands.

4. SCINIC Snail Matrix Cream – Yep it’s made of Snail mucus! And it’s the hottest ingredient in the Korean beauty market for the past year, and there are thousands of korean brands that have released series of cosmetics with the IT ingredient. If you can get over the fact that it has Snail mucus…then you really should give this interesting moisturizer a try. The texture is tacky and gluey, but interestingly it transforms into a liquid-like texture upon application, and it is super hydrating and lightweight. Possibly the best $20 moisturizer I have ever used!


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

ra March 24, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Reika, do you still use the c.u.r.e. exfoliator? Did you buy it again?


Aminah March 24, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Hello Reika,I love these posts they are short,sweet and simple 🙂 I too love the beauty diary masks,I stock up on them when I am in Hong Kong.


Maria March 24, 2013 at 7:17 pm

thanks a lot for this post! will try to get all of these products! 🙂


Reika March 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Glad to know you like this post Maria!


Rose March 24, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Can you do a review on all your favorite Korean/Japanese makeup and skincare products? Thanks!


Yvonne March 25, 2013 at 7:03 am

i’ve been using my beauty diary masks for about a year, and they’re definitely great for the money. i’ve tried a snail face mask when i was in taiwan, and it totally stung like crazy! not sure if i liked it…


Reika March 26, 2013 at 7:20 am

I bought the snail mask by my beauty diary, so I’ll give them a try soon! My skin is very sensitive, and I didn’t have any problem with the snail cream..


Aerie March 26, 2013 at 6:40 am

Thank you so much for these reviews Reika! I’ve been looking for products to achieve dewy, luminous skin too! I always appreciate your recommendations! 🙂


Becca @ The Beauty Sample March 26, 2013 at 9:35 am

To be honest, I was a bit grossed out when I first heard about this new “it” ingredient popping up all over in Korean skincare brands but now, I am really really intrigued! You make it sound so light and refeshing but effective–perfect for my oily skin!


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