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Review: Faith in Face After Shower Look face mask

Recently, I am on a masking regime that goes at least twice - thrice a week. I was running low on masks already so I decided to try out Face in Faith's masks which I've been seeing some girls on my Instastory use and rave about. 

Just to try it out, I bought their After Shower Look hydrogel masks from Watsons. The original price was $14.50 and I got them at $11.60 because they were having a 20% sale. For a drugstore mask, it was pretty pricey because there were only 3 pieces in the box. If I were to get it at full price, it would have been almost $5/piece as compared to My Beauty Diary masks which are priced at $16.90 for 10 pieces ($1.69/piece). 

There are other ranges of masks but I picked the After Shower Look because it claims to give you "moist skin just like 'After showering", and my face has been a little dehydrated lately. I'm not too sure if the 'after shower look' means moisturised-looking skin but after showering, my impression of skin after shower is squeaky clean and a little dried out. I usually dash out of the toilet and into my room to perform my skincare routine. But it's quite interesting so it was worth a shot to me. On top of that, all hydrogel masks by FIF are paraben free, mineral oil free and cruelty free. For one, I was excited to try out a hydrogel face mask because I've never tried one before. 

Instructions: 

First, cleanse your face. Open the pouch and do a patch test by applying a bit of the essence to your wrist. 

Carefully peel off the thicker protective film from the upper and lower parts of the mask. Apply the mask, fitting it to the curves of your face. Then, remove the thinner protective film from the outside of the mask. 

After 30 minutes, remove the mask and discard. Gently pat the face with fingertips to help the skin absorb the remaining essence. 

Ingredients:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Dimethicone, Sodium PCA, Cellulose Gum, Polyacrylate-13, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Sodium Hyaluronate, CI 42090 

First impression: 

The mask was of a thicker quality than I expected which made me feel better about the pricing. Still, it is quite fragile, so careful handling is required. It's not difficult to get the mask off the protective films and onto the face. As I've already read prior reviews, I was aware that it's a 2 piece mask (top part covers forehead, nose and cheeks, bottom part covers chin and jaw). The fit was fine just as Korean/Japanese/Taiwanese masks made for Asian faces. 

The immediate feeling after application was a slight cooling sensation and the mask continues to sit comfortably on my face. But I had to lie or lean on my bed's headrest or else it feels like it would slip off. 

30 minutes later, the mask got significantly drier than when it was fresh out of the packet. 

Verdict: 

Did it really give me the 'after shower' skin look? Nope. 

Skin was softer after removing the mask but that effect didn't last through the day. Skin wasn't significantly moisturised either. For a mask that costs almost $5 a pop, I'd have to say I expected a lot more. 

However, I did like that the mask wasn't dripping wet with serum because some of my sheet masks are like that and it gets onto my phone and clothes, which can get a little messy. 

It would be unlikely for me to repurchase but I do have one more face mask to try from FIF that I purchased out of curiosity - their Signature Gold Mask that was sold individually so I picked up one piece at $4.95 (about the same price as the non-premium FIF masks). 

ANIA

Mehdi and Fern sent me a bottle of Argan Oil, Rhassoul Clay Mask and Moroccan Rosewater 

Mehdi and Fern sent me a bottle of Argan Oil, Rhassoul Clay Mask and Moroccan Rosewater 

I was sent some products by Mehdi and Fern who are owners of ANIA. The philosophy of ANIA was to bring Africa's best beauty secrets to Singapore because Mehdi, having spent his childhood years in Africa and was influenced by his home country in Morocco. 

The bottle of Argan Oil was what I got to first. I believe we are no stranger to the benefits and multi-purpose of argan oil. However, with all kinds of oils, it's bound to make whatever I touch in the next 30 minutes oily as well, especially my phone, which is why I tend to stay away from oil products. I was pleasantly surprised to find ANIA's Argan Oil fast absorbing.

Trying it on

I tried it on my cuticles because my manicurist always complaints that my cuticles are extremely dry. I have seen it soften over the time and it peels a lot less. I have never seen them so tamed before. I also tried a few drops of it on my hair but I haven't been able to see much of a difference. Perhaps I should try it with a few more extra drops but I have no faith in my hair because the ends are quite badly damaged and I'm worried that it might not be able to absorb anything good I put on it and that I might wake up with very oily hair the next day. On my face, I added a few drops on my face before applying my BB cushion and the rest of my makeup. It helps my makeup go on smoothly and if that's not the best part, it made my skin look dewy (not oily) all day. 

To the Argan Oil, I say a definite yes. 

The Moroccan Rosewater is simply divine. I love the scent of it which I would describe it to be floral and powdery. I find myself constantly opening the bottle to catch a whiff of the rosewater scent. I spritz over my made up face for a calming and refreshing effect. It's just impossible to be bothered about anything when I'm doused in it and I wish that my room can smell like that all the time. 

I have mixed feelings about this clay mask. While I have yet to see incredible benefits from it, I have to report a slight tingling sensation for the first 3-5 minutes after application. Unlike the clay masks that I have tried on, the ANIA Rhassoul Clay Mask is more watery and coarse which I enjoy because it looks, feels and smells organic. Despite it having a more watery consistency, it dries down just about the same time as other clay masks I've tried on. After 8 minutes, I washed it off without much trouble (clay masks are notoriously difficult to wash off) and I looked into the mirror and saw less aggressive red spots and smaller pores. 

I gave the clay mask another shot and the tingling sensation was much lesser and only localised to the area around my nose. What I really enjoyed after removing the mask was the cooling sensation on my skin which seems softened after about 5 minutes of application. My skin feels cleansed without feeling dried out. 

I love a brand who stands for a good cause and has a story behind it. Mehdi and Fern source their ingredients from Africa and harnessed the goodness into ANIA. For a brand dedicated to sharing organic products and making African beauty ingredients available in Singapore, I am pretty much in love with their products. 

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