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Secret Key Gold Premium First Eye Patch Review

 

Secret Key Eye Patches

Secret Key Eye Patches — Image from beautynetkorea.com

I’ve been using these eye patches for the past couple of months and I think it’s time for a review!

I bought these from my favourite Korean beauty website, beautynetkorea.com
I’ve ordered from this website three times and so far, they’ve never let me down. And plus, they always send some samples for me to try. 🙂

I find that BeautyNetKorea.com does a really good job at explaining what the products do and how to use them. Regarding these patches, the website says:

Feature
1. Experience Luxury professional gold skin therapy at home.
2. Deep and concentrated hydro gel eye patch gives moisture and nourishment.
3. Its effective content helps skin to be more elastic.
4. It revitalizes tired skin around eyes.
5. Instant penetration, perfect fitting, protecting skin from polluted environment.
6. Melt used eye patch in water and apply on arms and legs.

How to use
1. After facial wash, do the basic skin care.
2. Using spatula, put out the eye patch.
3. Put it on the area where it need special treatment.
4. After 20~30 minutes, take it off and pat gently for remaining essence to be penetrated into skin.

The website does come with some strange translations and imperfect English spelling and grammar at times. It’s endearing.

The eye patches come in a jar that has liquid in it and a stack of gel eye patch pairs. In the lid of the jar, there’s a little plastic spatula for picking up the eye patches from the jar. I pick up a pair of eye patches and place them under my eyes. The liquid and gel make the patches slippery, so for the first few minutes of wear, I do rearrange them by pushing them back to where I want them. I lay down and wear these for 30 minutes and relax.

These eye patches feel amazing under my eyes. It’s a cool sensation and almost faintly tingly. After I wear them for about 15 minutes, my tired eyes start feeling relieved and by the end of the 30 minutes my eyes feel like they’re in eye nirvana. When I remove these from my eyes, the darkness under my eyes immediately looks better and my skin looks plumper.

After removing these, most of the time I just chuck them out. Other times, I follow the beautynetkorea recommendation and put them in a spray bottle and add hot water. The gel patches melt in the hot water and when it cools down, you can spray the solution onto your body. This leaves a sparkle to my skin but I can’t say that it works wonders in terms of moisture (other than my skin is now wet, of course).

Here are some of the main ingredients that are in these eye patches. I got this image from the beautynetkorea page and I love how they display the ingredients with pictures.

Secret Key Eye Patches Main Ingredients

Secret Key Eye Patches Main Ingredients — Image from beautynetkorea.com http://goo.gl/QQGvc1

The ingredient that makes the biggest difference, I think, is the Hyaluronic acid. It’s a common ingredient in anti ageing ingredients because it plumps the skin. In the case of dark circles, plumping the skin reduces the darkness since it makes the thin skin a bit thicker and less transparent, hence hiding the oxygenated blood that’s under your eyes. I find that the ingredients in these patches seem to be more concentrated since regular eye creams with hyaluronic acid don’t work the same way for me.

Final Verdict

Everybody’s skin is different so what works for me, doesn’t work in the same way for everybody. I can say that these have worked very well for me and I love using them. When I run out, I will certainly be purchasing more.

The base for beautiful makeup – Skincare. Day 7 of the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge

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Day 7 – Skincare

First off, skincare products work different on different people. I also find that I use different products depending on how my skin is behaving. I don’t always use the same face mask, or the same moisturisers. But here are some of the products that I use most regularly.

First off, moisturisers.

My go to day and night moisturiser is the Nivea Soft moisturiser. This has some Vitamin E and Jojoba oil and I can honestly say that it makes my skin soft. If my skin is extra dry, I sleep with the Etude House moisturising sleeping pack. I had never heard of the concept of sleeping packs until last year. They’re part of the Korean skin care routine. They’re applied generously at the end of your routine, you sleep in them, and you wash them off in the morning. This one works great. After a couple of minutes from applying it it goes tacky, it does feel like something that seals in moisture. In the morning when I wash my face, my face feels shiny, plump and moisturised. I sometimes use the collagen version of this mask but I much prefer this one.

Next up is lip care. My holy grail lip balm is the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula lip balm. It’s the one lip balm that works on me. I also love the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula body lotion. I use this over my body and I also use it as a hand cream. I love that it comes in a pump and it absorbs quickly and really works.

I decided to include the Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream and my Secret Key Gold Premium First Eye Patches. I don’t use these everyday but the eight hour cream is excellent for quickly moisturising dry patches (such as elbows). I apply this generously before sleeping and in the morning my elbows are smooth and soft. The eye patches are also a Korean product. These are gel patches that are soaked in a serum. I wear these under my eyes for half an hour and my eyes feel soothed. I haven’t really given them a proper test to see whether they do anything for my dark circles, I use them occasionally when I’m up for a half hour pamper session.

Next up, cleansing.

Every night I remove my makeup using Johnson’s makeup be gone wipes. I haven’t tried these extra sensitive ones yet but the varieties that I’ve tried from this range have been really well saturated with cleanser and they remove makeup very easily. I’ve tried a variety of cleansing wipes and but I haven’t found another brand that’s so easy to use. After using the makeup wipe, I use the No 7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser. This removes the residue from the face wipes and also leaves my skin feeling clean and soft.

I mainly use two face masks. I use the Glamgldw Youthful Mud Mask to extract blackheads and any gunk from my skin. This also works really well for exfoliating. After using this mask my skin looks squeaky clean and yes, it glows. I don’t always use the Glamgldw mask all over my face. Every once in a while, when I have some problem areas I simply apply it there and it works great. If I that I have a pimple that’s about to claim it’s space on my face, I quickly use the Glamgldw as a spot treatment and it starts deflating this.

When my skin is doing alright and I just want a relaxing all over face mask I like to use the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. This works really well but it doesn’t have the same drastic effects as the Glamglow mask. It’s great as a milder treatment.

And that’s it for my most frequently used skin care products. It’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different and you really need to assess the situation with your skin and figure out what products work for it on that day. I find it quite hard to stick to a particular product constantly.

I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what you think!

Besos