Good morning, dear readers! :D
Today I have a review of the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask that I purchased a couple days ago.
I had a sample of this product that I used before, and I found that it did make my skin look more lovely after using it, so I went out and purchased the full product from Sephora.
Here is the description on the box:
"An innovative peel-off mask that helps boost skin clarity and helps minimize the appearance of pores. Removes dirt and impurities, absorbs excess oil and reveals a healthy, glowing complexion. Montmorillonite Clay absorbes excess oil, dirt and toxins from the skin. Pine Bark Extract, a powerful antioxidant, conditions the skin and defends from free radical damage. Vitamin C helps brighten skintone and reduct the look of fine lines."
Now I didn't really look at my skin much before and after (as I remembered my skin looking better and brighter when I used the sample), so I cannot say if it helped reduce my pore size and fine lines. However, it does remove gunk from your pores (some of which are actually sebaceous filaments), dry skin, and a bunch of the tiny fuzz people have all over their faces (which I am very pleased about, because I hate having a fuzzy face!). I don't have much in the way of black heads, so I cannot comment on that.
After application, you are supposed to leave it on for half an hour.
Here are the ingredients:
Water, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycereth-26, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Acrylates/Palmeth-25 Acrylate Copolymer, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Pentylene Glycol, Montmorillonite, Acrylates Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus (heheh 'globulus') Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officialis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Sodium Hydroxide, Diglycerin.
Here is what I looked with it on my face:
(Although that looks like a thin layer (which it was), it peeled off quite well and worked well. No need for super thick applications!)
And, here is what it looks like when you remove it:
(I apologize if there is any gunk you can see in that black blob!)
I must admit, it was pretty fun walking around my house and freaking people out hehehe. :D
Would I buy this again? Yes. Although it was expensive, I find that it does make my skin more smooth and brighter, and it is really fun to apply and wear. I finally got around to using that awesome facial mask brush from Born Pretty Store, and it worked so well! :D
Here is an excerpt from Sephora.com, about the Boscia brand:
You don't want preservatives in your food, so why would you want them in your skincare? Boscia knows that chemical preservatives in skincare can cause a variety of skin irritations from eczema to blemishes to rashes—and wants to make sure your skin isn't a victim. Boscia is one of the world's first preservative-free, botanically-based skincare lines. This revolutionary Japanese brand creates some of the most innovative antiaging and skin-purifying products—free of chemicals and full of the finest botanicals. Preserve your skin with their preservative-free assortment and boost your glow forever.
There are several big selling points for me when it comes to the Boscia brand. First off, they don't use parabens or other nasty chemical preservatives. Second, they are completely cruelty free, as is the other company Kenji Ikemori created, Fancl. Third, it is a Japanese based brand, and I will admit that I am a huge fangirl for Japan (seriously, I LOVE Japan!! O_O) I want to support a brand that believes in being cruelty free and free of nasty preservatives. While it is an expensive brand (for me, at least), I believe in their company ethics and so have no problem spending money on good products. (Also, it takes me a loooong time to use up skin care products, so I can also justify the price because of that.)
I can't wait to review the other Boscia products I got!! :D
What are your thoughts (and experiences!) on Boscia and their Lumizing Black Mask?
Have a wonderful day!!! :D