We Tried 5 K-Beauty Masks Under $3 And These Are The Results

I am hopeless when it comes to skincare. In fact, my skincare routine mostly consists of wiping my makeup off with a baby wipe before I go to bed and the occasional Frank Body Coffee Scrub, whenever I remember that I have it. My 17-year-old sister, however, is a skincare queen with a nightly 10 step K-Beauty routine. I am constantly asking for her advice and she always comes through with the goods, so when she told me that she had ordered a cart full of K-Beauty masks I was keen to try some.

K-Beauty Mask
Alex, a 29-year-old writer and skincare novice with Eilish, a 17-year-old student and skincare queen.

What Is K-Beauty?

With a surge in popularity around the world, K-Beauty, which stands for Korean Beauty, has found its way to the Australian market and is taking the beauty industry by storm. As the K-Pop craze started to grow so too did the demand for South Korean beauty products and now women all over the country are looking to K-Beauty gurus for all the latest skincare tips. I wanted to get the low down on this beauty phenomenon so I went straight to my own guru…

Alex: Eilish how did you get into K-Beauty?

Eilish: I was watching YouTube tutorials one night and a K-Beauty video came up as a suggestion. I am really into K-Pop so I was really interested in learning about K-Beauty.

Alex: You know so much about it now. Who are your main influences?

Eilish: I get most of my information from The Klog, it’s a blog by Charlotte Cho. That’s where I learnt about the 10 Step Routine for Treating Hormonal Acne that I do every night. I also watch Joan Keem’s YouTube tutorials and follow her on Instagram.

Joan Keem is a K-Beauty and fashion icon.
Joan Keem is a K-Beauty and fashion icon with an Instagram account that defines the term GOALS!

Alex: What do you like most about K-Beauty?

Eilish: It has really transformed my skin. I have oily skin with hormonal acne. Since I’ve been using K-Beauty products, I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin. I also love the whole culture surrounding it and I look forward to doing my routine at night. I think K-Beauty is really innovative and they are always ahead of all the latest trends.

Alex: Where do you buy your products from?

Eilish: I mostly buy all of my products online but lately there have been more stores popping up which is really exciting! W Cosmetics has quite a good selection of masks and makeup and they have stores in selected Westfield Shopping Centres.

W Comestics K-Beauty mask section at Westfield Carindale
W Comestics K-Beauty mask section at Westfield Carindale

The Masks

We bought all 5 masks from the South Korean site, I Buy Beauti for under $3.00 each (this is in Australian Dollars, the site is in US dollars so make sure you convert the currency before you checkout). Shipping is calculated by weight, it was only $4 for our order, but it is free if you spend over $65.00. We went with 5 of the most popular masks and though it did help having Eilish to translate some of the Korean, most of the site is in English, as are all of the ingredients on the packets.

It’s Skin Power 10 Formula Mask Sheet

The first mask we tried was the Power 10 Formula by It’s Skin. According to the website, the Vb mask is supposed to balance and moisturise oily skin, leaving it feeling refreshed. Which is perfect for us as we both have oily skin.

K-Beauty It’s Skin Power 10 Formula Mask Sheet

Prepare yourself, the following image is genuinely terrifying and could definitely be used to promote the horror film, Goodnight Mommy. You’ve been warned…

K-Beauty Mask It's Skin Power 10 Formula Mask Sheet

The Verdict

Eilish: I liked the It’s Skin mask. The texture of the mask itself was thick and not as breathable as some of the other K-Beauty masks that I have tried. The formula was cold and left my face feeling nice and fresh. I’d definitely like to use it in the morning to wake me up. It made my skin look… is glowy a word?

Alex: I don’t think so… luminous? I feel like you look luminous. I loved this mask! It made my skin feel tight and refreshed. It did feel really cold which I liked. I feel like if I used this every day it would really help with some of my fine line wrinkles.

K-Beauty Mask It's Skin

It’s Skin Aloe Relaxing Mask Sheet

The Aloe Relaxing Mask also by It’s Skin is described on the site as soothing and cooling. I was worried about trying this one because I have reacted to creams containing aloe vera in the past.

K- Beauty It's Skin Aloe Relaxing Mask Sheet
K- Beauty It's Skin Aloe Relaxing Mask Sheet

The Verdict

Eilish: This one was very cooling and refreshing as well. I think it would be good to do when your skin is feeling inflamed or puffy. It didn’t affect the redness of my acne but it did soothe the pain. I think it’s a good one to do in the morning before school.

Alex: Or when you’re hungover! I like the ingredients in this one, it has cucumber, ginger and liquorice which are all anti-inflammatories. It didn’t give me the same ‘glow’ as the other one but it didn’t irritate my skin which was surprising.

Eilish also informed me that the reason that this mask didn’t fit our faces properly is because our features are too small for our very round faces. This was news to me but could explain why I always found it so easy to peak through the ‘Pin The Tail on the Donkey’ mask as a kid… using my big lemon-shaped head to make lemonade.

K- Beauty It's Skin Aloe Relaxing Mask Sheet

Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air Mask

Etudehouse is a popular K-Beauty brand and Eilish is a big fan of their other products. The description on the website says that the Manuka Honey Rich Moisturization mask improves wrinkles, so I was very excited to try this one! I am turning 30 this year and I feel like my wrinkles are getting worse by the minute. Although I don’t believe that there is actually a mask on the planet that can help with my ‘smile lines’ or ‘judgement frown line’, I am willing to give anything a go, especially when it is only $1.70.

K-Beauty Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air MaskK-Beauty Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air Mask

The Verdict

Alex: This mask was my absolute favourite. The cream was so soft and when I took it off, my skin felt as smooth as a baby’s butt. More importantly, this mask fit my face which helped my recently bruised ego. It made my skin look so tight and fresh that I would feel confident going out without makeup after doing it. My friends reading this might not think that that means too much as I often leave the house fresh/zombie faced depending on how much sleep I’ve had but, I mean I would go ‘out-out’ with no make-up on after this mask, like to a restaurant.

Eilish: This mask definitely made our skin glow. I really liked the essence of this mask. There was a lot of extra cream which I love. I learnt the best tip from one of my favourite YouTubers, BeautybyBriddy, in her Formal/Prom GRWM + Vlog 2017 video, that when you are left with excess cream on the mask, squeeze it together and rub it on your legs as a moisturiser.

K-Beauty Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air Mask

Skinfood Beauty In A Food Mask Sheet / Innisfree My Real Squeeze Mask

For our final mask of the week, Eilish was keen to try the Watermelon Beauty In A Mask, mask by SkinFood as she uses their other products. I love anything rose water flavoured so I decided to try the Innisfree My Real Squeeze Rose mask.

K-Beauty K-Beauty Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air Mask
The Verdict

Eilish: This mask was my favourite. It smelt amazing, good enough to eat! It did exactly what it said it would on the website, it left my skin feeling moisturised and looking glossy. The mask itself was really thick and it was freezing which was cool considering it was only kept at room temperature. My skin felt hydrated for the whole day which is a lot longer than it does when I use my regular moisturiser.

Alex: The Innisfree Rose mask was a gel rather than a cream like the other masks we tried. It made my skin feel kind of sticky but very clean. I think I would use this mask before doing my make-up for a special event.

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Three Ultra Alternative & Very Creative Ways to Get a Bargain

Looking for some new ways to save cash so that you can start putting it away for that holiday you’ve been dreaming of / the house you want to buy / the bag you lust after / coffee (that one’s mine)? Here are three ultra alternative and very creative ways to get a bargain…

Make The Absolute Most Out of Free Trials

We all love a good free trial, especially when it’s for a streaming service! They lure you in and get you addicted to the kinds of shows you never knew you needed but now can’t live without. Before you know it you’re halfway through Stranger Things and your month is up! But what if I told you there was a way to buy yourself some more time, for free!

Here is how it’s done… between myself and my husband, we have two visa debit cards, a credit card and three email addresses. So, whenever I sign up for a free trial I use his email and visa debit card for the first time, then again with my email and visa debit card and one more time with my second email and credit card. So I get three free goes before I ever have to pay. Today I signed up for a free month trial of a streaming service, I shared the password with my bestie so that she can use it too, at the end of our free THREE months on my cards we will use hers because sharing is caring! Aaagh, that’s a lot of info, here is a breakdown…

A creative homebody's guide to staying inspired

Save With Social Media

So it turns out Instagram, is actually good for more than just stalking your ex’s new girlfriend’s cousin’s pug dog! There are hundreds of pages dedicated to helping you find bargains, there is everything from pages that share in-store bargains to ones that keep you up to date with online travel deals. Here are just a few of my favourites…

Home Is Where A Bargain Is is run by Ashlee, a Melbourne mum who loves a bargain and knows where to find them! Her favourite stores to showcase are Kmart, Big W, Target and Aldi. She posts daily and includes heaps of info in her descriptions too, so you know exactly how much things are and where you can find them.

Kmart Bargains is run by Aimee, a Kmart enthusiast from Western Australia with a keen eye for a bargain and beautiful taste in home decor. She posts frequently, especially when there are new products in stock and even shares her clever hacks, just like the one above. Check her Insta now to get a glimpse of Kmart’s new arrivals!

You’ll never miss a bargain again when you’re following Addicted to Bargains run by Brisbane’s own bargain Queen, Sam. If you’re looking to shop for the whole family, she’s got you covered with posts featuring products from Target, The Reject Shop, Kmart, Spotlight, Pillow Talk, Big W and Bunnings. She posts 2 – 3 times a day as well as updating her super informative story all day long!

If it’s not half price, it’s not a sale is this Sydney mum of two’s motto, and if it’s half price then you are sure to find it on The Savvy Saver Insta page. Ravin is passionate about stretching every dollar as far as she can and loves to help others do the same. She shops absolutely everywhere and posts insane bargains several times a day.

If you are like me you will go to great lengths to avoid paying for parking, unfortunately, this is not always possible. Luckily, Parking Deals Australia has set up an Instagram page to keep you up to date with parking deals from around the country!

Thought planning a holiday for the whole family was too expensive? Thrifty Family Travels will make you think again! Melissa’s Instagram is what dreams are made of, pristine beaches and delicious food, all at a reasonable price! Her blog is not only stunning but it is a must read if you are planning a trip with kids.

Another great way to save with social media is by following local pages such as the library, shopping centre, closest museum and art gallery on Facebook and Instagram. If your suburb has a page follow that, as well as your closest city. Following all of these pages will ensure that you never miss a free event or sale!

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My son Oscar at a free reptile show at Westfield Carindale
Pit The Big Grocers Against Each Other And See Who Wins (Spoiler Alert, It’s You!)

Whenever I have a really tight grocery budget I always make a comprehensive list of everything that I will need for the whole week. I then fill an online cart with all of my items on both Coles and Woolworths websites. I have no intention of ordering them online but it is a really good way to compare prices and work out where I am going to go shopping.  I prefer to go to the actual store instead of shopping online as there are always clearance items that differ from store to store and are not available online.

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