It took me YEARS to succumb to the rave that rippled across Asia. Yes, My Beauty Diary marks created a ripple that shook cities, villages, mountains and beaches. Alright I’m exaggerating here, but not much really. There was a time when you couldn’t browse the internet 10 minutes before some review/rave/mask-wearing phantom appeared to sang sonnets about the MBD masks. Really, it was a few YEARS that I ignored the hype. I mean, come on, with a name like My Beauty Diary?? How could it not be something useless with synthetic ingredients targeted at 14-year-olds?! Sometimes even I am amazed at my pigheadedness.
What made me crumble was offer of a discount. What else?! I remember buying my first few sheets, and oh.my. I was hooked. it was sooo good. I remember using the Bird’s Nest mask, and it was such a relaxing experience that resulted in a bright, glowing, plump skin texture that I was like, DAMN!
These masks are made in Taiwan, and boy those Taiwanese really make good products [MBD, DAAI TV, some NYX and other big cosmetic brands’ products. Really, Taiwan is such a model for creating wealth out of everyday products. Not bombastic planes! phones! cars! But basic, everyday products which you buy in bulk, make repeat purchases and can’t live without. But I digress]. Now, whenever I see these masks, I hoard. They’re not sold in Indonesia yet, but a few hours to the east will get you some (Singapore, Kuala Lumpur), so no biggie. I have dreams though, of personally bowing down at the altar of MBD in Taipei.
Anyway. I don’t really bother to read what the masks are prescribed for anymore, or even their ingredients, and have accepted that they’ve got magic, they are ALL good. I use them indiscriminately, usually as part of an afternoon treatment after a shower, where I put the mask on my face, and drench the left-over liquids all over my body. I leave the mask on at least an hour, while napping or working, and have been known to sleep with them on (they’d be somewhere around my toes in the morning). When I do remember to take them off, I don’t rinse the liquid off my skin, leaving it overnight until my morning facial cleansing time. So essentially, I leave the liquid on for 12 hours or more, which might be the reason I get such good results with these masks.
So how do they compare with masks from other brands? I’ve tried a few, believe me! Tony Moly, The Face Shop, the generic ones from Watson’s or Guardian, the pricey SKII, etc. What MBD does better is consistency. All the masks are consistently good across variants, with great scent and hydration at the heart of it, and a royal splash of the magic liquid that’s enough to coat your whole body. I don’t even bother anymore with other sheet masks from other brands when there’s so many from MBD to choose from (well, except this Garnier one which I’ll post about later).
Here are a few of my MBD favorites. It’s pretty hard to pinpoint to just a few since they’re ALL good. I’ve not used one without smiling and just chuckling happily afterward. But if I MUST choose the top five, these would be my picks.
1. Bird’s Nest. This one really holds a soft spot in my heart, since it was my first and introduced me to the brand. Great job with this one, which will get you hooked as it’s got a pleasant, soft, clean scent, and results in hydrated, plump and just overall bright skin which will last a couple days.
2. Red Wine. This is one really tightens your skin in addition to hydrating it, with a unique red wine-like smell that I find so relaxing.
3. Apple Polyphenol. This one also tightens your skin, and the scent of apple is so energizing and relaxing at the same time.
4. Imperial Bird’s Nest. To be honest, I have no idea how this one is different in terms of ingredients compared with the Bird’s Nest Mask, but it does give similar effects although I feel the brightening effect is less pronounced, and they hydrating impact is more. This is a good one to use after a day out in the sun and/or the water.
5. Royal Jelly. I like this one mainly for the scent, which is a sweet and warm caramel scent. True, it’s not something you’d like to smell all the time, but so fitting when you’ve got a slight craving for something sweet like a Snickers or two. It is hydrating as all MBD masks are, but I haven’t noticed brightening, tightening, etc. To me, using this one is like getting my dose of veggies – honey is like veggies for the skin, you’ll notice the effect after 20 years. 😀
I’m going to spare you the face-with-mask picture. But don’t be like me, at least try these.
And if you have tried them, what are your favorites?