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[Review] Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX

Just read skincare-holic's review of this product... she gave it pretty high ratings of 4/5! I dont know though, I use this mask too and while it smells nice and is quite pleasant to use... I dont think it's that effective! My skin doesnt really feel hydrated after it. Have you all used this product too? What do you think?
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oh i tried this before! quite nice! but i changed to innisfree sleeping pack nowadays..
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