Ahh I don't do well with these damn online 3-day sales. As you know the MAC 25% off everything sale (except Viva Glam) expired Thursday night at 11:59 p.m. EST (or 8:59 p.m. PST). When the sale started two nights ago, I first filled my shopping bag with everything and anything I might want to buy...I quickly filled it up to $503 ($500 is the online limit). Then surely enough, items were sold out and removed from my bag until two items were left this morning (haha). Most of the brushes I had my eyes on were sold out...until Thursday night, I noticed after 8 p.m. that all of the previously sold out items were now marked "temporarily out-of-stock" and could be placed in my shopping bag again. So went the mad dash, and as I typed my damn info to order, the seconds passed and the code expired...HA HA! Similar thing had happened back in November with the Sephora F&F Sale. Online 3-day sales=too much pressure, damnit. =)
It's just as well, because I want to get at least an eyeshadow quad and lipgloss and/or lipstick from next month's MAC Hello Kitty Collection, and maybe even something from the Kitty Kouture line. Plus I want to look at the brushes in person too so I can see the sizes. Iyah wrote a nice MAC Hello Kitty post so you can check there for more info (as well as Specktra.org and all the usual suspects). You can also sign up on MAC now for e-mail news about the Hello Kitty collection...and, speaking of MAC, I returned my MSF foundation at Del Amo mall MAC and got this cute MAC Hello Kitty invitation!
I'm so fucking there! A chance to play with and purchase the Hello Kitty collection first...HELL YEAH!! Hmm...Del Amo MAC is not as nice as South Coast Plaza MAC...looks like I might have to swoop up an invitation from there too. Anyone else in my area going?
On to a review...Yume-chan was kind enough to throw in this Kracie face mask for me to try in our December swap. This is the Kanebo Kracie Hadabisei Hikishime Mineral Black Facial Mask (or just Kracie Hadabisei for googling purposes).
Review at a Glance (out of 5 ♥s):
Price: a box of 4 is about $16.99 USD...if I compare it to the KOSE once/twice-weekly box, that's a box of 5 for $12.59 USD, so this one is more pricey (both prices from webichi.com, of course prices vary from other sellers).
♥ it has peep holes for eyes so I can still do other things while wearing the mask.
♥ it feels refreshing, like a facial mask should.♥ it fits very well on my face, not too big or wrinkly at all.
♥ it's nice and thick and soft material.
♥ all of the above makes it stick and stay well on my face so I didn't have to lie down for 20 minutes (the mask doesn't peel or slip off).
♥ it's very liquidy...so put it on right away before it drips...but more than that, I couldn't really tell after wearing it for 20 minutes if my skin was more moisturized or soft (I mean, I did just basically soak it with the mask, so of course that would make it more moisturized and soft, but I can't attribute how much the mask actually benefited my skin).
♥ I'd have to try another one...and maybe even another one...to see if I notice a difference/improvement in my skin.
My Thoughts: It looks like wet black seaweed, doesn't it? hehe On my face, it makes me look like a SUSHI NINJA! But it felt nice, and my face felt fresh and moisturized afterwards. It's a mineral one and it's suppose to be super moisturizing and for dry skin. I've only use the KOSE box masks so far, which are thinner and meant for more daily/every-other-day use as opposed to this one, which is much denser and made to be used once or twice a week, so I can't really compare. I do like it, but I'd just have to try it again to know if I love it, and also try a KOSE mask similar to it to be able to compare/contrast.
In other news...I've extended the mini contest deadline so there's now one week left for my mini contest! I've been pretty busy myself so I've decided the deadline is now January 18th, Sunday 11:59 p.m. PST (ohh just send it in before I wake up Monday morning). Please note, when you send your e-mail to include your actual blurb in the e-mail (not just your blog link!). Thanks! I'm excited to go shopping for the prizes and hope you are excited about the mini contest too! =)