Put a bird (nest) on it (your face)!
Towards the end of 2014 I stumbled upon Reddit’s Skincare Addiction sub – no idea why or how, but there I was, a poor creature who had been trying for years and years to find something that her skin would like and wouldn’t make it red and angry. From there I learned about the science of skincare and how some things that were in the products I was using were in fact things that would make my skin angry (looking at you, rosemary). It was eye-opening and I finally felt things starting to make sense. And then, somehow, I stumbled in to /r/AsianBeauty and from there it was all snails and sunshine. I read up and thought about these products and then one day someone posted about a sale on MyBeautyDiary masks and I decided it was the perfect time to take the plunge. They call sheet masks the “gateway drug to Asian Beauty” and I now have the overflowing bathroom counters to prove it. Sometimes I crave the simplicity men have, they can simply own the best electric shaver and that’s all they will need.
I got three kinds – Black Pearl, Imperial Bird’s Nest, and Mexico Cactus. Who doesn’t love pearls? The “whitening” bit was a little scary but you soon learn to ignore that part and read it as “brightening” instead – there’s no bleach involved! The Imperial Bird’s Nest I had read good things about and understood it was something about a swiftlet nest but decided I probably didn’t need to know much more. The Mexico Cactus was a total Homesick Texan pick, and ended up making for great gifts to others since it had a bit more citrus in it than my skin would appreciate. I was trying out a new cleanser (the much-beloved-but-not-here Hado Labo foaming cleanser) and found my skin was getting a bit dry and irritated. Ignoring that little voice that was saying I probably shouldn’t be putting unknown masks on my face while I was unhappy, I dove in and tried a Bird’s Nest mask. It was glorious. So hydrating! So calming! I loved it and those silly birds that worked so hard to make it.
Snails are amazing, but what really makes my skin happy is those bird nests. So I’m pretty much a sucker for anything bird’s nest related, even more so when it comes in a blue shiny box! MemeBox was running boxes with a color theme, and of course the aquamarine caught my eye (blue) and it contained the SNP Bird’s Nest Revital Cream which looked great on digital paper – check out those ingredients!
Swiftlet Next Extract (1000mg), Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, Adenosine, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Ceramide, Butylene Glycol, Trehalose, Triethanolamine, Arnica Flower Extract, Potassium Sorbate
That’s a lot of swiftlet spit! Plus hyaluronic acid and Niacinamide?!?! You’ve got tons of anti-inflamatories and ceramide here, which makes for a fantastic combination of moisture and brightening and (maybe) anti-aging. There’s a lot to like there.
I started using this cream at night, after finally finishing off a jar of CosRx Advanced Snail 92 and then doing a bit of moisturizer shuffle in the rotation. It was love at first apply. I swear my skin immediately glows. The cream is light and absorbs quickly, and instantly my skin feels… fresher. Tighter. I find the “gives energy” claim on the jar to be interesting, because it really does feel like my skin perks up! I’m guessing that is due to the adenosine, which is often referred to as the backbone of energy transfer in the body. Or, it’s just the birds getting to me. The cream has these “hyper moisturizing” capsules in it that give it a somewhat chunky appearance, but it’s not at all – you just scoop a bit out and warm on your hands and then apply.
I highly recommend you give this a try if you’re looking for a light, all-weather moisturizer. Memebox appears to have the best price on it now, at $20. Not bad at all for a large jar of product with great ingredients. If you’re not in the US, BeautyNet Korea has it for just a bit more.