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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Beauty Friends II by Vanedo - Snail 23gr. Essence Mask Sheet Pack, review

Snails: the most daring girls out there would leave these beings “have a walk” slowly on their face, for all the other ones, serums and face creams or sheet masks like Beauty Friends II by Vanedo Snail 23gr. Essence Mask Sheet Pack, are a much more practical and “hygenic” option.

Beauty Friends II by Vanedo Snail 23gr. (Snail Essence Mask Sheet Pack) is one of those trendy facial treatments coming from Korea: a sheet mask you can wear but ... not in public!
Vanedos motto isFeel the beauty within with Beauty Friends!” and it makes it possible with more than 20 water-based sheet masks rich in natural extracts and vitamins.
Each Vanedo mask has one key ingredient you can guess from its colourful package: in this case, it’s snail slime.

Beauty Friends II by Vanedo - Snail 23gr. Review: the sheet mask Korean trend

This Vanedo sheet mask contains filtered snail secretion which "regenerates the skin while it cleanses and hydrates" but how?
Although disgusting, snail secretion is rich in vitamin A and E, collagen, elastin, glycolic acid and a substance called allantoin, which together create an active pool acting as an antioxidant, light chemical exfoliating (read peelingand moisturiser in one.
Thanks to these ingredients, snail slime is able to facilitate and increase cellular regeneration; it makes the skin smoother and more elastic, while imperfection, fine lines and scars look less visible, skin texture get refined and skin colour brighter and healthier.

Beauty Friends II by Vanedo - Snail 23gr. Essence Mask Sheet Pack, review

THE PRODUCT: packaging

Beauty Friends II by Vanedo Snail 23gr. (Snail Essence Mask Sheet Pack) is folded and contained inside a bag with Korean and English instruction accompanied by illustrations.
It’s a lightweight non-woven fabric mask, it's discoidal in shape, that is roundish but flattened at the edges.  

Beauty Friends II by Vanedo - Snail 23gr Essence Mask Sheet Pack, review

Formula and texture: the mask
Beauty Friends II by Vanedo Snail face mask is soaked in its essence so that it sticks well to the face, however, it doesn’t completely cover the face. Indeed, expect some folds on the side of your face, near the temples, due to the shape of this sheet mask.
The nose opening is wide enough, those for the eyes are very wide and elongated, resulting slightly uncomfortable.
Vanedo's Beauty Friends II mask is lightweight and made up of a soft fabric that tends to warm up quickly.

Formula and texture: the serum/essence
The treatment contained in Beauty Friends II by Vanedo Snail sheet mask is a non-sticky transparent fluid with an odd scent that’s hard to describe. The scent is slightly refreshing and could vaguely recall of cucumber. 
The essence is water-soluble and doesn’t clog the pores. The water-based formula has been studied to help the hydration and the absorption of the nutrients coming from plant extractsportulaca, grapefruit, gastardia and liquorice roots, apricot, soybean and acerola combined with snail secretion (12 mg.).
The freshness isn’t a “real sensation” since I didn’t perceive it at skin level. This is why I highly recommend placing the bag in the fridge prior to the application.

Beauty Friends II by Vanedo - Snail 23gr. Essence Mask Sheet Pack, review

Beauty Friends II by Vanedo - Snail 23gr. Essence Mask Sheet Pack, review

How to use:
Beauty Friends II by Vanedo Snail sheet mask (Snail Essence Mask Sheet Pack) needs no big tips for a correct use; its instruction recommends applying the mask after cleansing and prepping the skin with a toner. This snail sheet mask can be used both cool or warm, by putting the sealed bag in hot water (50C°) for 2-3 minutes. It should be kept for 20-30 minutes and, once removed, one has to let the face absorb the remaining serum.

Under a shower of suitcases, bags and boxes for a big move, I tried to relax with this Beauty Friends II by Vanedo Snail sheet mask and, given my past experiences, I calmly opened the sachet... I’ve been surprised again by the huge amount of serum contained in this package.
I applied the mask “au naturel”, at room temperature, but I wished I had it cooled down. The colder the better, because this mask tends to warm up quite fast.
Once on my face, I noticed the Beauty Friends II by Vanedo Snail sheet mask was creating a slight itchy feeling around my eyes and lip area; this sensation disappeared quickly but the serum tends to redden the skin.
This reaction wasn’t and isn’t a serious issue as, I can assure you after using other snail-products, that snail secretion is naturally powerful and irritate sensitive and dry skin areas.
I held the mask for half an hour and, about 10 minutes before the removal, I flipped it and reapplied it. At the end of the session, my skin was smoother and well hydrated; the excess essence, massaged and padded on my face and along my neck, dried out in the twinkling of an eye.

Beauty Friends II by Vanedo - Snail 23gr Essence Mask Sheet Pack, review

The treating fluid dries without leaving any residues or stickiness
, thanks to its light consistency, unfortunately, it doesn’t leave the skin refresh as I wished...
After this sheep mask, the face was ready for the next regime steps: I applied the COSRX Snail Advance 96 face essence, to "stay on topic”, and my day cream.

EXTRA
These are some extra considerations and details about the Beauty Friends II by Vanedo Snail 23gr. Essence Mask Sheet Pack:
the amount of essence is very generous and shouldn’t get wasted! I kept it till the last drop inside a glass container and I’ve been using it for about a week.
I highly recommend keeping the mask in the fridge, in order to get the most from this Vanedo’s sheet mask pack by combining relax, pleasure and care.
The last consideration is no less important: I strongly recommend to let the mask for just 15 minutes to avoid any undesired redness, itching or annoying reaction.
If your skin is very sensitive, you don’t have to worry that much: any redness will fade in 5-10 minutes and your skin will shine soon after.

Beauty Friends II by Vanedo - Snail 23gr + COSRX Snail Avance 96 face essence

PROS:
it’s easy to use,
it hydrates,
it leaves the skin smooth and supple,
it improves skin colour,
non-sticky formula,
it gets absorbed quickly,
the serum quantity is fairly generous (=more applications)

CONS:
it might cause redness and light itches,
it doesn’t completely cover the face oval,
it isn’t cool or refreshing



Beauty Friends II by 
Vanedo Snail 23gr. Sheet mask (Snail Essence Mask Sheet Pack)
is easy to find online, it’s available on Amazon and e-shops specialised in Korean and Asian skincare.
Not a great news: the sheet mask trend is so popular! I've found my Beauty Friends II by Vanedo face sheet mask at My Beauty Routine without extra custom duties (hallelujah!) at 1.50€ per bag (23 gr.) as the other face mask from this range.
If you live outside Italy, you can find it at skin18 at a regular price of 1,40$
.

Beauty Friends II by Vanedo - Snail 23gr Essence Mask Sheet Pack, review

Would I use it again? Absolutely, but cool! Even in this time, the disposable nature of the Beauty Friends II Vanedo Snail Essence Mask Sheet Pack has been "defeated" by my green recycling habit: a Vanedo mask becomes a week of treatment!
Do I recommend it? Partially yes: I recommend it if your skin hasn’t experienced any hypersensitivity to snail secretion before.To open a sheet mask or not to open it? In my opinion, it's always the right time for some extra cuddles!



Valentina Chirico aka Valens



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