Skinfood Beauty in a Food Mask | Bird’s Nest – Review

 

Skinfood Beauty in a Food Mask Bird's Nest

 

I always thought that the only bird’s nest I will ever have is my hair after getting up. But Skinfood apparently thought that using a bird’s nest for your skin is the way to go. Well, let’s see.

Masks are a great way to relax. Maybe watch a movie, paint your nails or just laze around with friends. 
Just do not try to clean your room while masking, it will go wrong. Or cook. Or ask your parents for money, they will think you are on your way to rob a bank. There are so many things you should not do while you are masking, I actually never thought there were that many. 
Do you have any bad masking stories? I would absolutely love to know your masking mishaps, so leave them down in the comments. 

 

The product:

Skinfood | Beauty in a Food Mask  – Bird’s Nest

To be honest with you guys, I did not know that to think of a mask called “Bird’s Nest” I am normally not the type to shy away from challenges, but after my first – a little bit shocking – encounter with snail essence products, I guess I got a bit more aware of what exactly I am patting into my skin.

But that does not stop me from trying every new and interesting thing I can get my hands on. I just test them on a small area before using them on my whole face.

 

Ingredients:

Water: Well, we all know water. But do we know what water really does is in our skincare products?

While oil seals in moisture, it is water that actually does the moisturising. There are also some ingredients that are not oil soluble like botanical extracts that are water soluble.

It can also help against some cases of acne and rosacea. Water cools the skin and with some water based toner you might get positive effects against a heat related breakout.

But drinking water is always good for your health and body. So never forget to drink enough water. 
I am prone to fainting and my blood circulation somehow is not the best and whenever I do not drink enough water I get dehydrated really fast and feel even dizzier than normal. While that might nor be the case with everyone, it is still really important to drink enough, especially in regions with high temperatures like Japan

Glycerin: Is also known as Glycerol or Glycerine. Glycerin is an ingredient that is found naturally in the skin, helping it establish its’ natural balance and hydration levels. Products that contain Glycerin help the skin maintain a natural healthy look.

Pure Glycerin takes the water from the skin and therefore is normally only used in concentration of 5% or lower, in order to prevent that from happening.

Swiftlet Nest Extract: Bird’s Nest is made of the solidified salvia of male swifts/swallows. Their spit is often used in skincare products because it is very nutrient rich. It apparently contains protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and amino acid.

 

Though is looks like eating it directly is more beneficial to your health than putting it into skincare products and some people seem to a bit wary of the Extract, as it is a really expensive ingredient and they think the beauty industry only uses its’ name to make a good impression. What do you think?

Shea butter: One of the main benefits of shea butter is the fact that it is moisturising and contains a ton of vitamins that are beneficial for your skin. It reduces inflammations – we all know and hate them – and makes your skin soft and smooth.

Shea butter actually offers UV protection? With its SPF around the small amount of 6, it will not prevent that sunburn from making you look like a crab but still, it’s the thought that counts, right?

The full ingredient list is from Pretty & Cute

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Swiftlet Nest Extract, Shea Butter, Polyglyceryl-3 methylglucose distearate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Carbomer, Carmober, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Portulaca, Oleracea Extract, Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Hydrogenated lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cholesterol, Ceramide NP, Ascorbul Tetraisopalmitate, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance

 

How to use it:

After cleansing, use a toner to refine your skin texture. Then place the mask on your entire face, avoiding eyes and lips.
After about 10-20 minutes, remove the sheet and lightly pat to absorb the remaining essence.

One thing I noticed is the time recommendation. It is about 5 to 10 minutes shorter than other masks I have used so far. I wondered about that…

 

Skinfood Beauty in a Food Mask Bird's Nest

 

 What it claims to do:

  • Moisturizing
  • Repairing
  • Promotes collagen production

 

Linked from Pretty and Cute

 

What it really does:

Let’s start with the sheet itself:
In comparison to the Aritaum and It’s Skin sheet masks, this one is a bit rounder, so this mask should fit people with a round face. But as always, masks are on the bigger side and for people with a smaller face, this might mean having to fold the mask at the neck or cutting it to fit their face.

 

I have a really, really small but round face, – which makes it look bigger and more bloated than it is – so masks never really fit me. I don’t really mind a big mask, so I never thought about cutting it down before. But I really noticed the difference in the length when applying the mask. It actually fit to my eyes, nose and mouth without me having to tug the parts into place every few minutes. Still, it was wayyyy to big. 

The mask is made of cotton, which is hypoallergenic, and is a bit on the thicker and robust side. To tell you the truth, I did not like the heavy feeling of the thick cotton on my skin as it was somewhat restrictive. But the sheet does not rip as fast as others might.

 

Skinfood Beauty in a Food Mask Bird's Nest

 

The essence is really nice if you apply it on your hands without the sheet mask and does not have a noticeable fragrance as far as I can remember.
But when I applied the sheet mask on my face it felt really heavy and constricting, not as comfortable as I would have liked my mask to be. The sheet felt caky and after about 10 minutes some areas of my face began burning a bit. I did notice it, but as it was not that uncomfortable I ignored it. After the recommended 15 minutes my upper lip, where some of the serum spread by accident really began to burn and the mask felt so uncomfortable that I gladly removed it.

It might be beneficial to the review to add, that I have a strong aversion to heavy creamy and sticky things, because they make me feel claustrophobic and really uncomfortable. And Shea Butter, as you might know, is really sticky, heavy and slow to be absorbed by the skin. 
Maybe those of you who prefer a heavyweight formula over something more lightweight will be really happy with the Bird’s Nest Mask.

After removing the mask – and all of the excess essence on my lips – I patted it in and used the excess on my arms. The mask has enough exceeded essence to dampen both arms and the chest area thoroughly, and there was a bit left that I used to pat into my face.
The essence takes a lot of time to sink in, so I recommend this as the last step of your evening routine.
Even after a few hours there was still some excess left that had yet to sink in and I decided to skip my regular night cream and just go to sleep like that.

My skin felt plump and taught – in a good way – and the morning after I could still feel this healthy tightness whenever I touched my cheek area, so there are definitely visible, positive of the mask.

Summarised:

The cons: 

Con 1: The cotton sheet is thick and the combination of that and the creamy essence makes the whole mask heavy and restricting. It is definitely not unbearable, but if I had to choose, I would definitely prefer more lightweight products.

Con 2: The fact that my lips burned to the point of me having to remove the mask is definitely a big negative point.
No product should cause such an amount of discomfort, and before you risk inflammation or an allergic reaction, I recommend you to stop.

 

The pros: 

Pro 1: When applied to the skin by itself, the essence has a really nice texture and spreads smoothly. Though I do not feel like patting the essence is as effective as just spreading it out and letting it rest. But that could also be my dislike of sticky things.

Pro 2: There are some noticeable positive results after using the mask. The skin feels really healthy, young and plump. I know that the mask definitely is moisturising, but I associate moisturising with a light feeling and you definitely don’t have that with the Shea Butter in Bird’s Nest.

 

Conclusion:

I really liked the results of the Beauty in a Food Mask – Bird’s Nest Mask, even though the time it takes for the essence to sink in is exorbitant. But I do not really know if the results are worth the negative things that happened through the masking.
Would I use the mask again? Yes, whenever my skin needs a power boost, I feel like this Mask could really help.
Would I purchase it myself? Nah, not really. I feel like I can get better masks for my money, and I always want to try new things.

 

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This mask receives a two out of five from me. The results were so nice, but all the positive effects get overshadowed by my unpleasant masking experience. It is such a waste, as the masks definitely helps the skin.

 

 

My Alchemiin Tip:

Should you really dislike the shape of a mask, or don’t want to get any essence on your hair, take a pair of scissors and cut down the mask to fit to your need.
Do not throw away the leftover sheet though, as you can still use it for some small patch treatment on a later date. You would not want to waste the good stuff right?

 

If you have used this mask before, do tell me what you thought of it down in the comments! With that, until next week!
Love, Eden

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