Thursday, 24 November 2011

[Review] Sophie Monk's Blackhead Set & Masks


If you do read my blog, I'm sure you've already heard of Sophie Monk. I've blogged about Sophie Monk before here. Makiyo came to Singapore to promote Sophie Monk earlier this month. Did you get to see her? It was a pity I didn't as I was unable to make it.


Introducing you....


Sophie Monk's Strawberry Bye Bye Blackhead set


I am sure 99% of you have issues with blackheads/whiteheads! Lucky if you don't have them.

According to dermatology.about.com

Blackheads, also known as open comedones, are follicles that have a wider than normal opening. They are filled with plugs of sebum and sloughed-off cells and have undergone a chemical reaction resulting in the oxidation of melanin. This gives the material in the follicle the typical black color.

Whiteheads, also known as closed comedones, are follicles that are filled with the same material, but have only a microscopic opening to the skin surface. Since the air cannot reach the follicle, the material is not oxidized, and remains white.


Just reading about the blackheads already made me feel disgusted since I've got so quite a number of blackheads.

There're so many beauty products in the market that claim to fight blackheads/whiteheads but are not really effective. I'm going to review about this Bye Bye Blackhead set to see if it really works. 


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This 3-step process of the Strawberry Bye Bye Blackhead set softens and removes blackheads and whiteheads, as well as tightens pores

The sweet-smelling strawberry blackhead mask absorbs deep into pores to clean out oil and dirtremoving blackheads and dead skin cells instantly.


from left to right:
Deep Serum Softener,  Sebum Purifying Mask, Pore Treatment Essence 

1) cleanse your face to get rid of any surface dirt.





2) Take 2-3 drops of the deep serum softener and massage gently on the affected area. 

For me, my affected area is my nose.

I did some highlighting on photoshop to let you all see my blackheads clearly because the original picture does not show my blackheads clearly. Refer to the small and darker picture. Yeah, see the tiny dull dots on my nose? That's my blackheads! Blackheads are one of my worst enemies.



3) Apply sufficient amount of mask on the desired area.



Depending on the amount of mask you need, squeeze out a sufficient amount and apply it on the desired area. The mask has a creamy and smooth texture. When you apply it on, you can smell the strawberry scent! There is also a mild cooling sensation.


This is how my nose looks after the application of the Sebum Purifying Mask.


4) Wait patiently for 20-30 minutes after applying the mask on. 


Finally, the mask hardens! Here's a tip for you. I suggest that you do not apply it too thin as it will not be easy to peel off when it hardens. Do not apply it too thick too as it will take a much longer time to dry up. Of course, a thicker mask would mean it would be easier to peel. 




5) After the mask hardens, always peel the mask from bottom to top. 

It is neater and easier that way too imo.





Check out my before and after.

These 2 pictures were taken at different spots in the house in the same day of application that's why the colour differs. I could not see all the gross blackheads on the original picture due to the strong lightings so I used highlighting in photoshop to make them more obvious. I used the same settings 20% highlighting and 65% tonal width on both pictures so that it would be more fair to compare. 

(Please ignore my nose facial nose hair thank you very much)

Notice that my blackheads have become significantly lesser? (That's not my boogie on the after picture! It's the residue left from the mask) I'd say my blackheads have decreased around 50%.  I think it plucked out some of the fine hair on my nose too :P



6) Lastly, apply the Pore Treatment Essence. 

Clear liquid. It will not be sticky so don't worry about not washing it away after application.


I like how I can peel the whole thing off in 1 piece and it does not break. It is also not painful at all! In fact, it is quite shiok to peel off and best if you can see your blackheads/whiteheads on the pink thing!! Sense of satisfaction ;) This is really a neat process too. While applying the mask, you can smell strawberries throughout the 20-30 minutes. So nice right? Say byebye to painful squeezing of blackheads already.

Bye bye blackheads!! Off you go!!!




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Sophie Monk also has double lifting masks, which are the best selling items in Singapore and Taiwan. 

With a full chin wrap that hooks onto the ears, these masks create a lifting effect while allowing its active botanical ingredients to penetrate, moisturize and firm the skin. 

If you're wondering whether you're suitable to use the mask, good news is they've got 4 different types of masks to cater to different needs!




1. Whitening (Makiyo's favorite Double Lifting Mask) (pink): Moisturizing, Firming, Brightening, Evens skin tone
2. Hydrating (blue): Moisturising, Firming, Nourishing, Increase elasticity
3. V Shaping (yellow): Moisturising, Firming, Nourishing, Softening
4. Pore Minimizing (green): Oil Control, Firming, Softening, Stabilizing
5. Moisturizing (black): Moisturising, Nourishing, Deep cleansing, Skin renewal





I am totally new to this double lifting mask thing and I was quite excited to try out the mask! When you wear the mask, there are 4 holes for you to hook behind your ears; 1 pair at the chin area and another at the face side area. So actually, the mask size is smaller than your face. Well, at least for my face lol.

Leave the mask on for about 30 minutes.



You can see how the mask looks tight on me. If it feels tight, it should be good right? The mask definitely did some double lifting! My eyebags are bulging out a little too because of the tightness :/ Don't, DON'T smile while doing this mask!! There's no room for you to smile lol!

I've tried out 2 masks... The scent is really nice-smelling!

Whitening Mask: (my mum tried this)
she could feel that her complexion became 'brighter' after 1 use. There is concentrated whitening and moisturizing essence. This is recommended for people who is finding whitening types of masks.

Pore Minimizing Mask:
It cleanses deeply and tightens pores from inside out. Apply once and you'll get clean and refreshing pores. I do find that my pores are minimized a little and they appear to be cleaner as well. This mask will control oil secretion. Say bye to acne and pimples because oiliness and clogged pores result in acne!

V-shaping Mask:
This is my favourite!!! I'm not sure if my eyes are playing a trick on me but I do feel that the fats on the side of my face has been reduced, like at least 1 cm lesser. Of course, you'll need regular use of this in order to maintain right? So I'm going to stock up! If you have tried this, please tell me if it works for you! 


I did not rinse the excess liquid on my face off. Just massage and pat it gently on your face and let it absorb into your skin. Wash it off the next day when you wake up. I can feel that my skin is fully moisturized throughout the night despite sleeping in a air-conditioned room.


If you're searching for double lifting masks, this is it for you! The masks are available at $2/pc ;)

Sophie Monk is available at Guardian stores. 

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