Winter time means dry weather time, which of course, equals to that time of the year when my skin is so…dry. So, there’s this ingredient you see, that’s supposed to help out with moisturising – HONEY. There’s so many benefits to honey, but one of them is that its soothing, and helps with hydration. Around May of this year (2016) in Hong Kong, I went into Holika Holika thinking I’d just buy the nose strip, but I also came out with this product – their Honey Sleeping Pack (Acerola)!
Disclaimer: I do not consider myself as a beauty guru/expert, and all sorts that fall under that category. This product was purchased with my own money and I am not being paid to write this. My review, photos, impressions and thoughts are all my own, unless stated otherwise. While this product may or may not have worked for my skin, it may or may not work for yours – remember, your mileage may vary (YMMV)!
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I’m not entirely sure how I ended up with 1 sheet mask, 1 sleeping pack, 1 serum, and 15 Pig nose strips (which I reviewed) by the time I was done, but I did A LOT of damage to my wallet that day..
Honey Sleeping Pack ‘Series’
Holika Holika has three different varieties for their Honey Sleeping Packs. The information below was retrieved from their website:
This sleeping pack is rich of honey, which provides essential nutrients to the skin. Blueberry contains Anthocyanins and vitamins that help skin to look supple and youthful. (contains 20% blueberry extracts + 20% honey)
Acerola (AKA the one I have!)
This sleeping pack is rich in honey, which provides essential nutrients to the skin. Acerola contains Vitamin C which make your skin more vibrant. (contains 20% acerola extracts + 20% honey)
This sleeping pack is rich in honey, which provides essential nutrients to the skin. Canola Flower Honey contains vitamins and aesthetic ingredients that will improve dull skin and make your complexion look clearer. (contains 20% blueberry extracts + 20% honey)
On to the review with the one I have – Acerola:
Total rating out of 5: 4.0
~$108HKD (20CAD), I bought this when it was on sale, so I paid $76HKD (14CAD) for it. (praisee that I still have my receipt..)
- Leaves skin well-hydrated and moisturised
- Convenient to use on a lazy day
- Smells nice??
- Not too expensive
- Effects are not long-lasting
- Contains several ingredients 3+ on CosDNA, and contains parabens
- Sticky finish
- Lid gets stuck sometimes, making it really hard to open
Will I buy this again
I might? But I’m trying to stay away from harmful ingredients such as parabens, so if I can’t find an equal substitute for a similar price then I might buy it? But then again, I could always use honey..
What you won’t see in my pictures, is the sticker that goes on top of the label that shows all the product info and ingredients in Korean, because I ripped that one off thinking that there would be something cool underneath?? Past me was naive, and wrong…when I realised that I could not read and decipher a single word of Korean.
The product comes in a GLASS container (which makes it heavy), but is also nice – I don’t know, glass containers just make everything way nicer. While the outside of the container has these ripples and indents, the inside of the container doesn’t, so it should be pretty easy to get the product out of all the nooks and crannies.
One thing though – the honey gets a little sticky, and somewhere along the way the lid ends up becoming really hard to twist off. Which bothers me slightly (hence why I gave packaging a 9/10) because it just makes the entire experience unpleasant knowing that I need to summon my super inhumane strength to open this lid while fearing that I won’t be able to open it ever again.
TIP: don’t close the lid too tightly..or you will regret it. Because I did.
Water,Honey Extract, Malpighia Glabra (Acerola) Fruit Extract , Glycerin,Dimethicone,Glycereth-26,Arginine, Carbomer,Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,Phenoxyethanol,Ethanol,Methylparaben, PEG-2M, PEG-90M, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sucrose Distearate , CI 19140, CI 17200,Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Fragrance,Caramel,Disodium EDTA, Dipropylene Glycol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract
I ran this through CosDNA, to quickly see if there were any good/bad ingredients. I suppose the good thing is that, the top three ingredients are Water, Honey Extract and Acerola (the fruit that contains Vitamin C to help with making the skin more vibrant.
The ingredients to be aware of for potentially causing Acne:
- CI 17200 (a cosmetic colorant) – may this is what gives the jar a more vibrant red colour?
- Carbomer – helps control the consistency in the product
Other ingredients to be careful of due to safety:
- Methylparaben – which is often found in many skincare products, acts as a preservative
- Phenoxyethanol – acts as a preservative
After cleansing at night, balance your skin texture with toner. Spread a moderate amount and gently tap to absorb. Do not wipe off. Instead, rinse it off with water on the following morning. (from Holika Holika)
Those are the instructions that I found on the Holika Holika website. Here is how I apply it:
After cleansing, proceed with your normal skincare routine (toner, essence, serum, sheetmask, moisturiser etc.). When you’re finished with ALL your steps, then apply this sleeping mask as the FINAL step to kind of “lock/seal” everything in. Wake up the next day, and wash it off your face with water (I prefer warm)!
Also, I usually scoop out the product with a spatula and put it on the little area underneath the lid, because well if I use my fingers everytime to dig out the product, its not very sanitary now is it?? It also sits better on my mind knowing that the only thing that touches the majority of the product is the spatula (which I clean after each use). #lifeofagermaphobe
There were a few times when my skin was particularly dry, and I noticed that when I applied this my skin would tingle a little. Tingling a little is normal, but if you feel like its tingling for a long time, wash. this. off. right. away.
Not sure if you can tell from the picture above, but the product has this jello-like and thick kind of texture (somewhat bouncy, but also sticky). Hopefully, my gif below will give you a better idea of what I mean by “bouncy.” The stickiness is I guess kind of expected because it’s honey?? Glad it’s not super super sticky though.
Surprisingly, when you spread the product it’s pretty easy to apply and blend out on the skin. It doesn’t exactly turn into a “water-like” texture, but it’s smooth enough and lightweight enough to spread with ease. (hurray!) I also noticed that the colour of the mask itself is actually not as dark as it seems in the container (it fools me every time..)
Besides moisturising the skin, this product promises to make the skin more vibrant. I’m not sure what they mean by vibrant but what I did notice is that it just made my skin a lot more shinier simple because the product is self is pretty thick. The picture below is right after I spread everything out on my hand. Yes, it needs time to settle itself down a slowly be absorbed into the skin.
After the product has set, my skin just looks moisturised and slightly healthier because of the shine. PLEASE DON’T BE FOOLED BY MY HAND COLOUR BEING DIFFERENT. For some reason it just is different and I have no idea why one is paler than the other.
The sad thing about this product, is that it’s not long-lasting and what I mean by that is – when you at first apply it it does all those great things, but after you wash it off the next morning the only thing you’re really left with is the fact that it helped moisturise the skin. I didn’t really notice any difference in my skin being more “vibrant” the next morning. The vibrancy was mainly the “right after” effect of applying it.
After you apply this sleeping mask, I noticed that my skin was also kind of sticky even after its set. Of course if you wait a little longer, it’ll get less sticky but only up until a certain point. Sometimes when I use this mask my cheek kind of sticks to the pillow cover hahaha… (not a good thing, sadly).
TIP2: Don’t apply too thick of a layer, and make sure to wait for while before you go to sleep with this mask on. It can get real sticky.
Overall, a fairly economical, wallet-friendly sleeping mask/ hydrating product. A little too thick to be using as a moisturiser, but definitely good to have during the winter time. It’s got a nice scent (at least to me), and its kind of fun to apply this kind of jello-y gel textured mask sometimes! But I mainly just use it when my skin needs that extra uumf in hydration or when I used a clay mask and the clay stripped my skin of all the moisture it needs. Hopefully you were able to find this review helpful! :)