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Monday, 24 February 2014

Beauty: Beautymate Purifying & Hydrating Set

Do you know what are the three basic steps to skincare? They are:

Cleanse -> Tone -> Moisturise

So, it is super vital that you follow these steps in the day and night to keep your skin clean, refreshed and moisturised! Today I will be talking about a new toner that I got, thanks to Natta Cosme! It is the Beautymate Purifying & Hydrating Nano Toner from Japan. *awesome sauce!*



Why is it important to use a toner?
Well, I remember reading somewhere that a good toner removes excess makeup residue & oil, to leave the face feeling taut and smooth. Some experts say that it is not important but it is recommended that people with oily or acne prone skin to use them. Also, those who wear makeup frequently should use a toner after cleansing too! Well, that sounds like me cos I apply my BB cream almost everyday.. >.<

A little bit about Beautymate before we start the review. Beautymate is a skincare series developed in Japan and is tailor-made for Oriental women. (Asian skin ftw!) They use premium-grade, all-natural ingredients to let you indulge in freshness, softness and gentleness. 

Ok so before we start, I have to tell you first.. The first few photos are not mine because I went back to KL without bringing the whole box from Natta Cosme, just the toner and mask only. So silly of me -.- So I had no photos of the product in the box and Princess Neverland generously let me use her photos! Thank you, my dear! :D

So happy when I saw the parcel, it arrived right on CNY Eve! Perfect time to hydrate and freshen my skin as CNY was so HOT.


The toner was wrapped in bubble wrap for extra protection and to prevent leakages. And omg, there is a mask too! So did not expect that. Can't wait to use it!

I personally like the inner packaging, makes the items look somewhat more.. expensive. HAHA. XD

Took the following shots with my housemate's Sony Nex-5T. The photo quality is so good. I am so tempted to get one for myself now, omg! Sorry not sorry for the photo spam.


A little card and note/ brochure from Natta Cosme came with the items.



Beautymate Purifying & Hydrating Nano Toner is formulated with some very interesting ingredients..
Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract hydrates the skin and facilitates fast absorption. 
Hydrolyzed Pearl balances the skin pH value, brightens the skin and makes it soft and smooth 
Glycoproteins helps to increase moisture balance of the skin by 60% for up to 15 hours and above
Sounds so WOW!

The toner bottle comes with a plastic cap and the body made of glass, so it's a little heavy. Not recommended for travel purposes.. But it's a full-sized bottle of 120ml, can use super long wei!


Yay! It comes with a pump for easy usage and control over the amount of toner needed.


The toner comes in a colourless watery form so that it can be readily absorbed by the skin!

Now to test it out :D

Last week, I realised the skin on my nose was peeling a little. I have no idea why but it is not a glam look at all! :( 
I think it's because I left the exfoliant serum on for too long the night before -_-
Photo taken w my noob iPhone 4S front camera.

Directions to use: 


Use in the morning and evening on cleansed skin. Moisten cotton pad with 1-2 pumps of the toner. 2 pumps is enough for the whole face!


Stroke over face in an OUTWARD motion. This is to avoid the the residue from "going back" into your open pores. Remember to BE GENTLE with your skin.

Alternatively, you can use your hands and pat on the toner gently. Of course, it is more hygenic to use a cotton pad but I usually prefer patting it on.


Don't forget to apply on your neck too!

Avoid eye area. It is recommended to use twice a day (morning and night)

After that, you can apply your serum, eye cream, pimple cream (optional lah duh) and moisturiser. Moisturiser is a must, btw! Especially if you sleep in an air-conditioned room like me!

Thoughts:
There is no sticky feeling after using it and I suspect it's because the product is absorbed quickly by my skin. There is not much fragrance, which is good as my skin is sensitive towards certain fragrances in skincare products. The overall smell is just very soothing and light. The feeling after swabbing or patting the toner on is so nice because it leaves a cooling effect! My regular toner does not leave that noticeable cooling effect.

Results:


I have been using the toner for about 2 weeks now. What I find that my skin is defintely more hydrated, no kidding! At least it doeasn't feel dry and tight by the end of the day and after applying my makeup and all. As for the smoothness and brightening, I don't see or feel much difference.. 
Also, after using the toner consecutively and religiously for 5 days after I found out that my nose was peeling, I find that my nose has stopped peeling! Thank goodness. Will see if continued usage makes my skin brighter or not, but so far I am liking the results.


Now, for the Beautymate Purifying & Hydrating Nano Mask, the surprise gift received.


Why is it important to use a mask?
It is recommended to use a mask every 3 days to keep your skin soft, smooth and hydrated. A good facial mask will draw out impurities from the top layers of the epidermis. Using a mask before toning and moisturising will actually make the process more effective.

So last night I finally got the time to try out the mask. Was pretty excited to see its results when used with the toner. 



The Beautymate Purifying & Hydrating Nano Mask is made of newly imported nano technology, combined with close-fitting mask cutting. It promises to effectively release essence nutrients into the skin cells to moisturise, improve and refine the skin. The ingredients are Gingko Biloba and Morus Nigra Leaf Extracts for whitening and Pearl Powder for cooling and calming of skin, reducing wrinkles and increasing moisture levels.

Directions for use:


Peel off the porous plastic layer before you apply the mask or remove it after you have fitted the mask on your face!


Spread mask over face and gently press on the mask with fingertips to ensure a snug fit. Leave mask on for 15-20 minutes, then remove. Wipe off remaining essence with a cotton pad. Use 1-2 times a week or more often when necessary.

Remember not to leave the mask on for more than 20 minutes as it will start to draw water OUT of your skin, instead of replenishing it! 

Thoughts:
The mask may not fit my small face as perfectly as I'd like but it'll do. It does feel super snug though, like I can feel my skin tightening especially on my upper lip and cheeks area. Very strong fragrance like most masks have and the material of the mask is strong and firm.

Results:



 I removed the mask after 20 minutes, and look! There are water droplets left on my forehead and nose. Lol! I guess that means the essence isn't absorbed fully by my skin? My skin feels more taut, moisturised and looks significantly brighter. Pimples don't look so red now! There was so much essence left in the mask that I patted it on my neck and limbs as lotion hehe.

Overall, I think this toner and mask set is good for people with sensitive and dry skin as it is very gentle on the skin. Your skin will feel refreshed and hydrated when used daily. The price is also very reasonable for a huge bottle of toner like this! You can choose to purchase the toner here and the mask here, or you can get the toner and 7 pieces mask set here for RM42.90. It's more worth it when you get it in a set. This is on promo, so grab it fast from Natta Cosme!

For more information, do check out the links below:


Cheers,
Carinn xx





Disclaimer: Even though the products are sponsored, the review is based on my personal thoughts, experiences and preference after trying out the products




8 comments:

  1. Good tips sharing for skin care.

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  2. I saw Dream catcher in your room haha!!

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    1. Yup! It's a gift from my friend! :)

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  3. Nicely done. Clear pics. Power of iPhone. =D

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    1. Thanks! But for this I used my housemate's Sony camera. So.. iPhone not power enough! XD

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  4. Love your reviews. Been searching product that could hydrate my skin actually. Will put this toner in my list :)

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    1. Thank you! I hope it works for you too :)

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