Thursday, 29 August 2013

The mask that started my addiction!

I've always loved the concept of masks and the thought of how relaxing it would be to sit back with a face mask on and let my face absorb some of the good stuff but as I'm sure you know by now, I'm one of the laziest people when it comes to skincare. And that's the reason why every time I went out shopping and saw a mask that I liked, I would always put it back as I didn't want to waste money on something that I was too lazy for.

Being a blogger, I often get asked to trial products but something that you might not know about me is that I'm super picky with what I like and I hate to waste people's time so I generally turn down offers. However, I was really excited about one product that I was offered to try so I said yes and it started a mask addiction! I used to be too lazy but now I genuinely take the time out to use masks :)

Obligatory face mask selfie :P
The product is called the Michika Complexion Synergist 3-in-1 mask. The 3-in-1 refers to the moisturiser, toner and boosting serum qualities of the mask. It claims to simplify your skin care ritual if you use the mask instead of doing the 3 things (moisturising, toning, applying serum). I'm a bit iffy about that as I'm quite particular about my skincare and I can't not moisturise and do my normal routine so I've been using the mask at the start of my skincare routine. Obviously this would be really good for some people and it's really down to personal preference. One tip I have for you for this mask is to wait a few minutes after you take it off for the serum to really sink in as the mask leaves a fair bit of it behind.

Michika Facial Mask
One thing that I'm not too sure that I like about the mask is the green tea fragrance in the ingredient list. When Larisa (the owner of Michika) contacted me about the mask, I jumped on the opportunity as I'm a sucker for all green tea related things (especially green tea ice cream!) so I couldn't resist a green tea mask. Obviously, they're green tea scented but I generally avoid skincare that contains fragrance. If something has fragrance listed in the ingredients list, I won't buy it. I find that skincare that is perfumed really irritates my skin. Luckily, my skin was fine with this mask but if anyone knows anything about about different types of fragrances (and if they're good or not), please leave a comment for me :) I'd love to learn more about it!

Onto the good things about the mask! I've loved how moisturising it is and it makes my skin feel so supple. One of the great things about the mask is that it has just the right amount serum on it so that it doesn't drip everywhere (something I hate!) or feel dry.

The selling feature of this mask though was the instructions on the box that advise you to run the mask (before you open it) under hot water before using it. I used to be lazy with masks because I hated that sudden cold feeling on my face from a cold mask. Running it under hot water warmed it up a little bit so that it was a lot more comfortable to wear. It feels like Larisa really took into consideration the small details when she created this mask and the instructions.

The instructions told me to relax and leave the mask on for 20 minutes but I got bored after like 2 minutes so I spent the time on my laptop blogging and watching youtube. Obviously, I was sitting up so it also passed what I call the "sliding off the face" test. One of the most annoying things about cloth masks is that they can start to really slide off the face if you sit up but this stayed relatively in place (with a few adjustments here and there for my eyes). The mask even has eye patches if you want to use them which I thought was handy.

It's obviously hard to take a photo when you
can't see :P
Now the cost of these masks is $28.30 for a pack of 5 masks (including shipping in Australia. Larisa also ships overseas). However, I was just on her website and noticed that she has a crazy sale on and is selling a pack of masks for $7.90 + $7.50 shipping (in Australia, $12.50 for overseas customers). That works out to be $15.40 for 5 masks which is a pretty good deal :)

Now, Larisa has also generously offered to hold a giveaway so that 6 of my readers will be able to try out her masks! This giveaway is for Australian residents only (sorry international readers!).

The terms and conditions of this giveaway are:

1. Winners will be generated by random through Rafflecopter
2. This giveaway is open for Australian residents only
3. You must be 18 years old or older to enter
4. Prizes to winners will be shipped after you provide your shipping address (I will forward your email details to Larisa who will be in contact with you)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I love that you warm the mask up before putting it on-fantastic idea!

  2. OMG these sounds so good! Me wantie!

  3. I like how most masks now have eye patches. but it is annoying for when you want to do stuff like work on your blog whilst it's working on your face. :)

  4. I have tried these masks as well and they are absolutely amazing!!

  5. How moisturising are these??? I tried them and was blown away.

  6. I was a huge fan of these too! :) Lovely review

  7. Thank you! I hope to have a chance to try these too! =)
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  8. I think you have made a great screaming header "the mask that started my addiction" in the first place :). Even you had some little 'unlikes', we are happy, that you've found it good basically. Thank you for the review and an opportunity to conduct a giveaway. If you all have any concerns or wishes, please contact us not hesitating customersup (at)

  9. Love these masks Jen they look amazing :) Connor



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