Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Testing Out Three Masks From Papa Recipe

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Happy Hump Day, dear readers! I hope you have been having a great week so far! For today's blog post, I wanted to share three different masks I tested out from Papa Recipe. I was originally introduced to the K-Beauty brand a couple years ago and tested out a few sheet masks. If you are interested, you can check out my previous review from over a year ago here. I had the opportunity to try out three more products; let's jump in and get a closer look at them!

2 STEP Skin Cleaning Solution

I have seem 2-step skin care products like this before, but this is the first time I have used one. Let me start out with details on my skin. I have combination normal to oily skin. My oily regions are in the T zone: forehead, nose, and chin. I do not experience a lot of breakouts, but it is common for me to have a pimple or two around the time of my menstrual cycle. This mask is geared more towards someone with a lot of acne, but I opted to give it a go anyway just to see how my skin responded to it.

Step 1: All Kill PeelingBong

Ingredients and basic directions

Step one is to rub a large swab on your skin. Pretty easy and fast, right?

Because the second ingredient is alcohol, which is notorious for drying out the skin, I opted to use this on my T zone area only. This is wear I am most likely to get a zit, although I am occasionally graced with one on a cheek.

Step 2: All Care Mask

I used the second step face mask for about 15 minutes before removing from my face and tapping in the remaining essence left on my skin.

I have mixed feelings about this particular 2 step mask system. While the alcohol in step 1 and the tea tree water and witch hazel would kill acne-causing bacteria, they are so drying to the skin and can be irritating for many. The general premise behind this brand is using gentle but effective methods in their products, and I have to admit I am surprised to see this join the lineup. I'm not finding it on the website so perhaps it is now discontinued. My skin was left feeling a little tight and dryer than I would like, but other than that, I had no issues with the single use on my sensitive skin.

Sparkling Bubble Toc Mask

The idea of bubbling masks isn't new to me, but this was another first for me. This is another product geared more towards an oily skin type, and it is supposed to help clear out your skin and remove waste while helping to control oil production.

The base of this mask is black, and it started bubbling on my face almost immediately after application. I found the shape to be interesting as the cheek area is partially cut out. When I first unfolded it, I was also surprised there was no mask for the forehead area, especially since that is  common oily spot, but given how much this mask bubbled, I wasn't surprised too much longer.

I could wipe off the bubbled portion and it would build back up again quickly. This mask is meant to be left on for about 10 minutes, and I removed mine well before the 10 minute mark. I found the bubbling at the nose to be most problematic as the bubbles would go up my nose even with constant wiping off. It is not a sensation I would recommend.

This is another product I couldn't find on the brand's website. While it was overall a fun experience, once getting past nose issues, it left my skin feeling incredibly dry. Even with moisturizing immediately after rinsing off, it sent my skin into oil production overdrive, causing more breakouts than I generally experience with my skin. I would not recommend this product if you come across it.

Bombee Honeyed Pudding Peel Off Facial Mask

My mask world has been overtaken with sheet masks, so it has been quite some time since I have used a peel off mask! This one came with a handy spatula for application in the box. I didn't realize how much I would appreciate that fact! Yes, this mask does contain honey, but wow does it feel like you are rubbing honey on to your skin!

In addition to the stickiness, the next thing you can immediately see is gold shimmer. I'm not sure how I managed to not photograph the ingredient list, but one of the ingredients is gold.

Even with the spatula, this is not easy to apply to the skin. I found it to be a little too thick to come out of the normal opening of this tube and had to unscrew the lid to get it to dispense easily onto the spatula. The texture is very sticky. You would definitely want to have your hair pulled back when using this mask.

Once applied, you simply wait for it to dry. I found it takes about 15 minutes to dry off, and you then can peel it off your skin. I don't know if it's because it has been so long since I've used a peel-off type mask, but peeling this off stings. It's not as intense as the black charcoal masks I've tried in the past, but it still isn't a great sensation. Because this came in a tube, I have used it a handful of times, but I've not really noticed any improvements to my skin and I'm not crazy about the experience. Having to unscrew the lid to dispense on the spatula also leaves a sticky mess on my countertops to clean up, and that's just more of a hassle than I personally want to be dealing with. Add to it that my skin is just too sensitive for the peel off stage and it's going to be a pass for me.

Trying these three different masks has certainly been a learning experience for me. While I had initially enjoyed my experience with the brand, these products left me disappointed. The silver lining is two seem to no longer be available for purchase, so perhaps Papa Recipe realized they weren't great and removed them from the brand lineup. The honey peel off mask wasn't something I cared for, but others may enjoy trying it out. I have enjoyed their honey sheet masks in the past, so I'm not ready to write off the brand for myself altogether. They have several non-sheet mask type skincare products that I am curious about, so perhaps those would be better suited for me.

Have you used any Papa Recipe products? If so, which ones were your favorites? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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