[REVIEW] Mamonde Vital Vitamin Essence ~ Bitter Orange

Hello, dear friends! Welcome back to another blog post~ This week’s product review is a product I have been using for 2 months now. Please do not be deceived by the image’s usage because I always take my photo prior to using the product. Who doesn’t love looking at a fresh product? This week’s product is a bit different and unique because I don’t really own anything like this.

Mamonde has a lot of unique products in their skincare and beauty line. There’s a wide range of products to choose from and they have a line for every skin type!

DSC_2586This product was kindly gifted to me from Jolse , in exchange for an honest review. Jolse is one of the most reputable online stores and known for their fantastic discounts, sales and also try-me events. They have a fantastic range of products to choose from along with FREE international delivery. The prices cannot be beaten and they hold one of the most fantastic sale events. Be sure to subscribe to their newsletter and bookmark their website to check for new updates on what deals they have for the week. I’m also a huge mask hoarder and always check out their mask value sets.

Available on: Jolse | Amazon | Yesstyle
100 ml – $22 ~ $32 * varies where you purchase this.

My skin type:

My skin type is combination (oily t-zone, dry cheeks), congested, dehydrated and somewhat sensitive.

Alright, let’s hop on to the product details and what it is shall we?

What is it?

This product is a facial essence. The purpose of having a facial essence in a routine is to prep the skin by beginning the process of cell reproduction. It assists shedding old skin and revealing new skin for an improved and radiant appearance.

This essence is packed with vitamin capsules that evenly distribute and cures dull and dehydrated skin. Its main features are being formulated with bitter orange flower, 7-vitamin complex (Bitter Orange Flower + 6 vitamins necessary to replenish and hydrate the skin), vitamin capsules packed with antioxidants and protect moisture barrier.

The 6 vitamins are B3, B5, C, E, F, and P.

B3 (nicotinamide) and B5 (pantothenic acid) are fantastic for softening the skin, improves the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, dullness, and weak skin surface

Vitamin C is one of the most popular ingredients in skin care and known for brightening the skin. It also may be used to combat against acne, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and reduces skin inflammation.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant and effective for soothing skin burns and also diminishing the appearance of scars. It also can combat the effects of toxins in the environment.

Vitamin F is also known as linoleic acid. Linoleic Acid is able to strengthen the skin’s protective barrier and provides moisturizing and soothing benefits.

Vitamin P plays a role in supporting and enhancing the effects of Vitamin C. It helps to repair and renews the skin.

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Overall:

  • Texture: 5/5 – I adore it! I love anything that is in a gel consistency and spreads nicely onto the skin without leaving any sticky residue behind.
  • Scent: 5/5 – There really isn’t much of a scent for this. Maybe there are a tiny bit of citrus notes but I barely smell anything from this product. I do appreciate and enjoy citrus scents but unscented things are fine with me as well.
  • Price: 5/5 – Price is pretty good for the amount that you get! You get 100ml of product, a dispenser that is easy to control the amount of product that comes out. Jolse always has one of the best deals going on so I would highly suggest you head over there and see what deals they have this week.
  • Performance: 3.5/5 – I did enjoy the capsules breaking and disappearing into my skin; the last thing I want is to have random specks of capsule pieces of my face that did not break down evenly or properly.
    It was okay, it was moisturizing, however, I did not notice any major brightening results from this. It is marketed to allow makeup to sit better on the skin, diminishes the appearance of dehydrated skin and naturally brightens dull skin. I mean, I chose this essence specifically for brightening purposes because whenever I see the keywords: Vitamin C, Orange, Lemon/Lime, I quickly assume it’s for brightening. If you’re looking for a brightening product, I would highly recommend the Klairs Vitamin Drop Serum . If you’re curious to see my results, please check out my Instagram post where I share a review and before+after shots on the product.
  • Packaging: 3/5 – A tiny bit hard to read the writing from afar and hard to identify what exactly it is but it is gorgeous. I was actually hoping this would be a glass bottle for aesthetics and give it that luxurious appearance to it. The pump works nicely and gets the capsules out. I’ve seen a lot of capsule-based products pump not pumping out the capsules from the bottle but this does.
  • Overall: 3.5/5 –  I like it but not enough to repurchase this and this bottle would probably last me a while anyway. Don’t get me wrong – it was a great product and gave me no irritation or negative reactions, however, the search for a brightening essence will continue. I still very much love Mamonde products and I would recommend you to try this if you’re looking for something that provides extra moisturization to the skin.

 

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[REVIEW] NAISTURE TONE UP CREAM

Hey, hey friends!

I hope you all had a fantastic week so far. I’m just swinging by to share a fantastic new discovery in my skincare/makeup collection. The main reason why I am saying this is because this product is a cross hybrid between the two. It’s a tone up cream! Tone up creams are created to brighten the skin’s complexion and also keeping hydrated at the same time! The application process is quite similar to how you would apply self-tanner on however this is the opposite – where it brightens the skin. I’m sure you’ve seen me feature this a few times on my Instagram feed or even stories before and I’m back today to share my thoughts on this!

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Available on: Naisture Official Website
Tone-Up Cream – 100g ~ $20 USD

Claims:

This cream is suitable for all skin types – dull, lackluster skin and also can be used on the face and body.
The four top beneficial ingredients are niacinamide, pearl extract, shea butter, licorice root.

Key Ingredients: 

Niacinamide: ability to stabilize and tighten your skin barrier + visibly shrinks the appearance of pores and diminishes skin dullness.

Pearl Extract: This extract is from freshwater pearl and is used for various things such as medicine and also skincare. This Ingredient gives the skin a healthy glow and instantly brightens it.

Shea Butter: is a very common ingredient in skincare in rich in fatty acids and vitamins to nourish and soften the skin. Shea Butter has healing properties and also acts as an anti-inflammatory. It can condition, repair and soothe the skin.

Licorice Root Extract: This is a very popular plant extract that provides the skin soothing properties. The extract is potent with antioxidants and can protect the skin.

 

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Polysorbate 60, Glyceryl Stearate, Titanium Dioxide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Pearl Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Disodium EDTA, Carbomer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Oleth-10, Adenosine, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Simethicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, Arginine, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Sorbitan Oleate, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

My thoughts:

I find this tone up cream a lot more moisturizing compared to many of the tone-up creams I’ve tried in the past. Most tone-up creams have a very dry paste-like texture and tend to leave the skin slightly tacky. This cream was the least tacky of the bunch and was comfortable to wear for long periods of the day. I did a hand wash test with this cream on both my hands and it lasted for about 3-4 hand washes before it started to fade off, which is quite impressive! This can be worn with makeup on top however I like to wear this particular tone-up cream alone on top of my SPF and some powder for a “lighter” makeup day. The older I get, the more I realize I don’t really want to cover up my uneven skin tone. Instead of covering up, why not try to reduce it by being consistent with skincare? So that’s what I did, I decided to care for my skin a lot more and I’m seeing a bigger difference in texture and my dark spots are less prominent.

Back to this tone-up cream, here are before and after photos of the effectiveness of it. My left hand has the tone-up cream and my right does not have anything on it. See the difference?

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Overall:

  • Texture: 5/5 – The texture for this is easy to work with and applies nicely into the skin. Some tone-up cream require a bit of work massaging in the product evenly into the skin for an even application – I had no issues using this and it worked like a charm.
  • Scent: 5/5 – No recognizable scent – I smell something very faint – almost like flowers but as you massage it in the skin, the faint scent turns into nothing. This would be ideal for those who are sensitive to scents or dislike having fragrance in their products. It smells like nothing to me.
  • Price: 5/5 – Reasonable. For 20 dollars, 100g of this will last you a long time before you need to repurchase. You only really need a pea size for the face.
  • Performance: 5/5 – Worked exactly how I expected to work and I’m thankful that it was drying or emphasized my texture.
  • Packaging: 3/5 – Practical. You guys know I prefer jar packaging but this works fine. I’m just a bit concerned when I’m near the end of the product that it will be difficult to squeeze out. I’m not a fan of cutting my products open to dig in it either.
  • Overall: 4/5 – This is an affordable, moisturizing and effective tone-up cream! What more can you ask for? I love it, I’m going to repurchase this for sure once I’m finished with it. It’s very similar to the april skin snow tone-up cream but gives less of a pasty, dry texture and glides onto the skin amazingly! Plus, feels moisturizing.

Be sure to use the code WELCOME15 for 15% off your first purchase on the website and to sign up for their newsletter to see new product launches and deals!

[REVIEW] IOPE BIO ESSENCE ~ INTENSIVE CONDITIONING

 

Good morning, friends. I hope you had a fantastic start to your week. I wanted to come on here and share a product I have been trying out for the past 3 weeks. Don’t be deceived by the amount I used – these are photos I shot when I first got it. I also used this before I got a chance to take a perfectly new bottle.

Question for you all before I begin my review, do you take photos of everything you first get?

I try my best to take pictures of brand new products but it’s just so exciting to open new products sometimes. I’m sure some of you can understand and relate, haha!

Alright, so today’s product we will be talking about the Iope Bio Essence ~ Intensive Conditioning. This was kindly gifted to me through Meibe Korea in exchange for an honest review of the product.

Iope Bio Essence – Intensive Conditioning
Available at: Meibe Korea|Amazon – Prime CA | Amazon US
168 ml ~ prices may vary where you decide to purchase this. 

Claims:

This is a water-based essence that helps strengthen the skin and to create a clear and smooth appearance. This essence can quickly absorb into the skin and able to penetrate deeply into the skin; which allows long-lasting moisture to the skin. This contains advance Bio-Redox A components that recharge the skin natural strength on a daily basis so that skin becomes strong against time or changes in the environment. This essence also evens out skin oil and moisture balance. For long-term use, it provides conditioning, wrinkle-improvement, and whitening.

My thoughts:

There’s a lot of essences in the market and I’ve tried quite a few. The two popular ones I’ve tried were the Missha fte and also SK-II fte, both were alright. I personally found this did more for my skin than both of those two individually and possibly, combined. My skin instantly felt hydrated the moment I applied this onto my skin and absorbed so quickly! After 2 weeks of continuous use of this product, I noticed my skin was so much plumper, brighter and made product absorption a lot quicker + easier. The reason why I believe this was the product that allowed my skin to absorb more product is that this was the only product I changed and added to my existing skincare routine and even facial oils absorbed a lot faster into my skin when I use this. I usually rely on cotton pads when I am using toners, eye makeup remover, and micellar water but for essences, I like to dose it directly on my face so I don’t have any wasted product. (Yes, I’m serious. It may sound silly but it works and the thought of no wasted products brings me joy, ha!)

TIP: Pour small amounts of the essence on your hand, apply on face then pat and repeat if you need more. If you pour out too much, you make spill some off your hands.
Out of the essences, I’ve tried I prefer this one out of all of them. I would most likely repurchase this because it works best for me!

  • Texture: 5/5 – It’s exactly what it’s named. Micro essence, it’s like water but thinner in consistency. It’s super lightweight feeling and absorbs beautifully into the skin without making it looks wet or leaving any residue/water drips behind.
  • Scent: 5/5 – There is no scent to this and this is for those who are sensitive to scent/prefer to have no scent in their products. It also does not have that ferment scent like SK-II FTE does.
  • Price: 5/5 – I personally think the price is reasonable for what you’re getting. It’s really well made and is a fraction of the cost of many expensive essences out in the market. This will last you a while before you need a replenishment. I’ve had mine for 3 months and barely am halfway in my bottle. I also use this about 4-5 days a week so it has been lasting me for a while now.
  • Performance: 4/5 –  My skin is usually really dull and dehydrated, along with a lot of congestion issues going on around my t-zone. I find this product alone helps other products I apply on my face absorb more faster. Facial oil tends to sit on my face for a while before they absorb in properly and I find this essence allows my skin to drink up the skincare products I decide to apply on. How awesome is that?!
  • Packaging: 5/5 – Packaging feels luxurious and made of a frosted glass bottle with a metal bottle cap, everything is easy to read and clear. There’s a good weight and feel to it but do be careful because it’s made of glass and is fragile.
  • Overall: 4/5 – I would repurchase this and would recommend you to try this if you were interested in getting into facial essences. It’s a great addition to a skincare routine!

Well, that’s it for today! Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions about this product or a product you would like me to try and review for you. I’ll try my best to get it ~ Have yourself a wonderful day!

[JOAH BOX] MARCH 2019 EDITION

Hello friends, today’s blog post will be a bit different from what I usually post and I will be sharing a subscription box service that caters to those who are interested in both K-Beauty & K-Skincare. This was box was kindly gifted to me for me to try, review and share this amazing service with you all!

What is it?

This is a K-Beauty and K-Skincare subscription box service that allows you to try out new products. Each month, those who are subscribed to this service will receive 5-7 full-size products and they can value up to $60-$100; there are lots of well-known K-Beauty brands and also some indie brands as well. How awesome is that? Also, when you share your JoahBox with your family and friends on social media, you will get a chance to win an extra product in your JoahBox. Who doesn’t love freebies?

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Let’s take a closer look at the box! The original service use to give out boxes but now they switched to pouches inside. I actually like the pouches a lot more because they’re travel-friendly and can be re-used. Let’s take a moment and appreciate how adorable everything is! Every box, an information card is included with a gorgeous illustration along with a beautiful customized card. The card resembles a card you could find in a deck of cards. I personally find these little details really make this subscription service stand out.

MILIMAGE – Water Rising Tint

Retails for $12 

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This is a water-based lip tint that is rich in pigment and also provides beneficial moisture onto the lips. It is a hybrid gloss x tint product and has a lightweight water-like texture feeling. There is absolutely no stickiness to this and is long-wearing. The packaging for this is absolutely adorable and looks fun! On the outside, it has the appearance of lipstick inside a frosted container but turns out, it has a doe foot applicator inside.

Joah Tip: Apply a suitable amount on lips from center to outwards. Adjust the number of layers to create the colour you desire.

The 2ndaid – AZULENE Calming Cream

Retails for $15 

DSC_2503Azulene a fantastic ingredient that carries healing properties and is extracted from chamomile; it is also a potent anti-inflammatory and provides the skin rapid relief and reducing the appearance of redness. This cream has calming, soothing and balancing properties.

How To Use: Use once to twice a week or whenever you have skin inflammation or irritation.

 

The Plant Base – White Truffle Turn Over Peeling

Retails for $13

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This is a mild physical exfoliant and has a dual-active formula of natural cellulose and apricot seeds to exfoliate dead skin cells and brighten dark spots without any skin irritation. It is formulated with Ginseng and White Truffle. Also, this product is cruelty-free, hypo-allergenic and uses plant extracts, roots and etc. This sounds like an awesome product!

PONY EFFECT – Stay Put Eye Stick

Retails for $16

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This is a gel-based formula eyeshadow stick that allows you slide, glide and blend this effortlessly. It’s also smudge-free! This is a metallic bronze colour and is perfect for everyday wear! I’ve tried a handful of eyeshadow sticks and this one is really comparable to the Laura Mercier ones but for a fraction of the cost!

 

Dr. Gloderm – Eye Mask Night

Retails for $3

 

This is a hydro-gel mask that provides hydration and an amazing cooling effect on the skin while brightening the skin! If you subscribed to February’s box, be sure to use the jelly mist prior to the sheet mask for full cooling and calming results. Apply this mask and leave it on for 20 minutes, be sure to pat the remaining essence until fully absorbed onto the skin.

My thoughts

Overall, I think this box is worth its value, there were two familiar brands. I knew of pony effect along with milimage, the rest were new brands to me but I thought it was a fantastic experience since there were new brands in this box and it’s an excellent way to experiment and try new products! I also forgot to include the Commleaf  Surely Green 100 Face Oil Mini and it was a sample size and the value is $4. I already own the full size of this product and absolutely adore it!

Subscription Prices:

One time box: $35.95
Monthly box: $35.95
3 months: $105.95 (Save $2 from monthly)
6 months: $207.95 (Save $8 compared to monthly) 

The total value of my box was: $63! That’s pretty much like double of what you pay for the box. I think it’s a great deal and worth a shot if you’re interested in trying out new K-Beauty products.

 

[REVIEW] Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream

Good Morning, friends! Today I will be sharing one of the most incredible discoveries I have found in my skincare journey. I was first introduced to this cream back in late 2017 by my dear friend – Sharon. She kindly sent over a sample of the product and I was instantly hooked to it! This is actually my 2nd tube of it and was kindly gifted to through Meibe Korea for me to do a review for you!

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream ~ 50ml for $60 CDN/ $45 USD
Available on: Amazon (available for Prime)

What is it?

This is a moisturizing cream formulated with 5 types of ceramides that help strengthen and protect the skin from water and moisture loss.

Ceramides are lipids that assist and protect skin barrier by retaining skin moisture and they protect the skin from any environmental irritants. They can also improve the look and feel of dry skin instantaneously.

 

My thoughts:

I personally adore this cream and will continue to repurchase it. I do prefer this version over the original one they released with the pale yellow packaging; they removed a lot of the unnecessary filler ingredients such as silicones so it absorbs more easily into the skin rather than just filming a thick film layer on top of the skin.

There are a lot of ceramide creams in the market to choose from so if this is not within your price range, you can always try drugstore ones. My favourite ceramide based cream from the drugstore is the Cerave Moisturizing Cream.

The one thing that kind of confuses me is the claims of this being suitable for sensitive skin; there is bergamot oil (essential oil) in this and although it is on the lower dosage in the ingredients. Please be aware that there is essential oil in this product; Essential oils can be irritating to the skin in some people and may even cause redness to the skin. I believe this cream would perform best on most skin types but most certainly not all – dry, combination and oily.

  • Texture: 5/5 – This has a dense texture to it but spreads and applies beautifully into the skin once your fingers touch it. It creates this beautiful smooth film on top of the skin when first applied and leaves the skin feeling so moisturized and nourished. My skin feels so soft the following morning every time I use this. There is a soft, very light brown hue to the cream so don’t be alarmed if you see that. Initially, when I used the cream I assumed it would be a white colored cream for some reason and was concerned mine may have gone bad. Turns out it’s how the cream is supposed to look like.
  • Scent: 5/5 – I absolutely adore the smell of bergamot and am not sensitive to it so it works for me. I would like to warn sensitive skin users, to be aware that there are essential oils in this so I would highly suggest you to do a patch test prior to applying this directly onto your face and this applies for all beauty products. The last thing you want is a negative reaction.
  • Price: 3/5 – Price is a bit ridiculous for what it is however if you have the budget to splurge on this fantastic cream, go for it. Sephora has two sales every year and usually, it’s between 15% – 20%, I would suggest you purchase this cream during that time. eBay also has a lot of South Korean based sellers who may sell this cream for a fraction of the cost. Otherwise, you can always try cheaper alternatives.
  • Performance: 4/5 –  Works wonders, leaves my skin feeling like SILK the following day and protected. Winter in Canada is extremely brutal and I really relied on ceramide based products and facial oils to nourish, moisturize and repair my skin. This definitely did the job.
  • Packaging: 5/5 – The packaging for this is quite clever. Although I do prefer creams in tubs, this tube comes with a clip that allows you to squeeze every last bit of the product. I find tube products are very difficult to remove the last little bit of product in them so I’m glad they included this useful clip.
  • Overall: 4/5 – I would recommend this for anyone who’s open to trying this cream out because it’s a fantastic cream and has really done a superb job protecting my skin all fall and winter long. It definitely stood by its claims and I will continue to repurchase this as long as it’s available.

Well, that’s it for today, friends! Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions about this or you have any products you are curious about having try and review! Have yourself a fantastic week.

 

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[REVIEW] SOME BY MI AHA, BHA, PHA 30 DAYS MIRACLE CREAM

Hello friends! It has been a long while since my last blog post and I have been quite occupied with life along with my struggles of protecting my moisture barrier. Luckily for me, winter in Canada is almost all over. I wanted to share a product I have been using for almost 2 months behind the scenes. I received this cream back in early February and wanted to give this cream some time to see results.

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Available on: Amazon (Cream) | Amazon – Full Line Set
60g – prices may vary between $20-$25

My skin type:

My skin type is combination (oily t-zone, dry cheeks), congested, dehydrated and somewhat sensitive.

Claims

This cream was designed to firm skin barrier, recover damage skin, soothe, provides scar and pore care. It has a high potency is Centella Asiatic content (700,000ppm) and enriched 4 kinds of cica extracts (Asiatic acid, Madecassic acid, Asiatic acid, Madecassoside) to protect damaged skin barrier. There is also tea tree leaf extract (anti-oxidant), adenosine (wrinkle-care) and niacinamide (whitening/brightening).

What is AHA, BHA, and PHA?

Before we talk about the ingredients and the product breakdown, I want to share a break down of what AHA, BHA, PHA are because I know they can get confusing and even myself get them mixed up.

AHAs are used to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation – dark spots, scars, enlarged pores and uneven skin tone. This is excellent for penetrating deeply into the skin and removing excess dead skin cells and surfacing the skin. You may have seen them in your skincare’s ingredients before. A very common one is Glycolic acid; this acid is derived from fruit extracts and even sugar cane. Another AHA is Lactic acid and unlike most AHAs that are derived from fruits, this one is made from lactose in milk. It’s also known to reduce the effects of aging. Whatever kind you decide to use, please be advised to wear sunscreen every day to prevent age spots, skin irritation, and burns.

BHAs are meant to be applied a few times during the week until your skin adapts to its effects. BHAs do not sensitize the skin like AHAs do but please be sure to wear sunscreen every day to prevent any further sun damage. A very common BHA that you may already use in your skincare routine is Salicylic acid. This is a common ingredient used to treat acne and also calm skin’s redness and inflammation. This is more suited for oilier skin types.

PHAs are quite similar to AHAs however they are much milder. This is usually for those who have more sensitive skin types who can tolerate neither AHAs and BHAs and is an exceptional alternative. PHAs can help smooth and resurface the skin without any skin irritation.

Key ingredients:

Centella Asiatica Extract (Cica): is a plant-based ingredient that has multiple healing properties. The extract is rich with amino acids, fatty acids and etc that can help treat and prevent acne, calming down skin inflammation and promote collagen growth.

Niacinamide: ability to stabilize and tighten your skin barrier + visibly shrinks the appearance of pores and diminishes skin dullness.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract is an antiseptic and a moisturizer. Aloe is known to soothe act against inflammation and is clinically proven to heal burns, wounds, and scars.

Madecassic acid is an antioxidant and helps replenish the skin’s surface.

Ceramide: are lipids that assist and protect skin barrier by retaining skin moisture and they protect the skin from any environmental irritants. They can also improve the look and feel of dry skin instantaneously. *amazing for winter*

Full list of ingredients:

Centella Asiatica Extract (70.8%), Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Water, Niacinamide, Caprylic/Capric Trigyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Maleleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract (10000ppm), Cholesteryl/ Behenyl/ Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender Extract), Rosemary Extract, Origanum Vulgare Flower/ Leaf/ Stem/ Extract, Thymus Vulgaris Extract, Fructan, Albatrellus Ovinus Extract, Willow Bark Extract, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Lentil Seed Extract, Witch Hazel Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Coptis Japonica Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Betaine, Allantoin, Madecassoside, Madecassi Acid, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Adenosine, Ceramide NP, Oleanolic Acid, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid (100ppm), Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Polygryceryl-3 Methyglucose Distearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lactobionic Acid(100ppm), Citric Acid(11ppm), Ammonium Acryloyldimenthyltaurate/VP Copolymer, 1-2 Hexanediol, Benzyl Glycol, Ethylhexyglycerin, Raspberry Ketone, Disodium EDTA, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) oil.

My thoughts

The first thing I noticed about this product’s ingredients was that the first ingredient listed is Centella Asiatica Extract. This means the potency of this ingredient is very concentrated. I swear by this ingredient and use this on a regular daily basis – it’s one of my favourites for countering skin irritation and redness. I see a huge significant difference when using products with this specific ingredient. The texture of this cream is a gel and has a very pleasant cica, fresh scent to it. The moment I applied this onto my skin, it instantly felt hydrated, moisturized and cool! I did not refrigerate this product but if I did, I bet it would be even more cooling. I noticed the appearance of my skin looked brighter and more even after using this cream.

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  • Texture: 5/5 – I love gel creams, they’re not ideal for me during winter but I’ve been using a lot more facial oils on my skin so it all works out. I am very thankful to know this cream does not pill nor is it sticky. It absorbs seamlessly into my skin without any issues.
  • Scent: 5/5 – There is a light cica scent to it and I absolutely adore it! If you’ve ever smelled cica products, they smell very pleasant to them.
  • Price: 5/5 – This is pretty affordable for cream and will last you a while before you need a replenishment. It’s a lot more affordable many resurfacing creams in the market and would highly recommend you to give this a try.
  • Performance: 4/5 – Absolutely fantastic! My skin definitely has improved from what it looked like since early February to today. It’s less textured and way brighter looking. My skin was going through multiple phases during winter and it was never consistent but I found myself reaching for this cream a lot as night care to resurface and restore my skin. The following morning after using this cream, my skin is soft to the touch and quite radiant! I have this healthy glow to my face. I also used this during when I had a few active breakouts and almost immediately after I applied this cream on, it had this amazing soothing sensation to it. After maybe about 3-4 consistent uses every night, my breakouts were practically diminished and no longer inflamed!
  • Packaging: 5/5 – Practical and easy to use. I prefer jar packaging over tubes because tubes are such a pain to get the excess product out when you’re almost done using it.
  • Overall: 4/5 – This product is a beautiful product and definitely worth a shot trying. I find this is an effective cream and budget-friendly because it will last you a long time and user-friendly. Anyone who struggles with uneven skin or acne-prone skin really should try this product out. It’s quite mild and does the job for a reasonable price! I would definitely repurchase this along with their toner from this line! Alright, the reason why I jotted off 1 mark is that the name “miracle”. Yes, this is an effective product however there really isn’t a product out there that is a one-stop shop that will solve all of your skin care issues. Everyone has different skin concerns and we need to keep that in mind. You as the individual, need to be able to take care of your skin and be consistent with your routine. With consistency, you will see results! Overall, I would highly recommend this for you guys to give this a try if you have similar skin concerns like I do.

I hope this review helped you out on whether you would be interested in this cream, thank you for dropping by and have yourself a fantastic day!

 

This product was kindly gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

 

 

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[SWATCHES] Etude House Lavender Land Palette

Good morning, my beautiful gems. I know I’ve been MIA but I’m back! I wanted to share a palette that I just received from my twinsie. Her name is Sharon and she is also known as @sherhearti on Instagram. Please check her out!

Alright, let’s dive into this! This is one of etude house’s newly launch products and can be found on: Amazon | Etude House | Ebay | Yesstyle

Ingredients – From: Etude House Official Website
Shades from left to right.

#1, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, TALC, CALCIUM TITANIUM BOROSILICATE, SILICA, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, NEOPENTYL GLYCOL DIETHYLHEXANOATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, SYNTHETIC WAX, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), ISOSTEARYL NEOPENTANOATE, DIPENTAERYTHRITYL HEXAHYDROXYSTEARATE/HEXASTEARATE/HEXAROSINATE, ZINC STEARATE, NYLON-12, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, POLYPROPYLENE, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), PTFE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), TIN OXIDE, DIMETHICONE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, BARIUM SULFATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, RED 7 (CI 15850), ROSIN / COLOPHONIUM / COLOPHANE, , ,
#2, TALC, MICA, SILICA, IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), SYNTHETIC BEESWAX, CAPRYLYL METHICONE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, BARIUM SULFATE, RED 7 (CI 15850), ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, DIMETHICONE, METHICONE, ROSIN / COLOPHONIUM / COLOPHANE
#3, TALC, MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), DIMETHICONE, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, ZINC STEARATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, NYLON-12, BORON NITRIDE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), ISOSTEARIC ACID, BARIUM SULFATE, YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140), RED 7 (CI 15850), ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, LAUROYL LYSINE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, TIN OXIDE, ROSIN / COLOPHONIUM / COLOPHANE
#4, TALC, MICA, POLYETHYLENE, TRIETHYLHEXANOIN, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE, ZINC STEARATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), DIMETHICONE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), BARIUM SULFATE, PCA DIMETHICONE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, RED 7 (CI 15850), TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), ROSIN / COLOPHONIUM / COLOPHANE
#5, CALCIUM TITANIUM BOROSILICATE, MICA, TALC, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, DIMETHICONE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, BORON NITRIDE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, NYLON-12, SILICA, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, BIS-VINYL DIMETHICONE/DIMETHICONE COPOLYMER, IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), SILVER (CI 77820), TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TIN OXIDE
#6, TALC, MICA, SILICA, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), ZINC STEARATE, CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, CALCIUM TITANIUM BOROSILICATE, CAPRYLYL METHICONE, SYNTHETIC BEESWAX, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, METHICONE, DIMETHICONE, BARIUM SULFATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), RED 7 (CI 15850), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), RED 6 (CI 15850), TIN OXIDE, ROSIN / COLOPHONIUM / COLOPHANE
#7, MICA, TALC, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, BARIUM SULFATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, NYLON-12, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742), ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, DIMETHICONE, SILICA, IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), POLYPROPYLENE, PTFE, CARMINE (CI 75470), ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, RED 7 (CI 15850), CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), WATER / AQUA / EAU, ROSIN / COLOPHONIUM / COLOPHANE, , ,
#8, TALC, MICA, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, CALCIUM TITANIUM BOROSILICATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, DIMETHICONE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, ZINC STEARATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, NYLON-12, BORON NITRIDE, ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), ISOSTEARIC ACID, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, BARIUM SULFATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, RED 7 (CI 15850), TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, LAUROYL LYSINE, CARMINE (CI 75470), TIN OXIDE, ROSIN / COLOPHONIUM / COLOPHANE
#9, CALCIUM TITANIUM BOROSILICATE, TALC, MICA, NEOPENTYL GLYCOL DIETHYLHEXANOATE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, DIPENTAERYTHRITYL HEXAHYDROXYSTEARATE/HEXASTEARATE/HEXAROSINATE, ZINC STEARATE, NYLON-12, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, POLYPROPYLENE, ISOSTEARYL NEOPENTANOATE, PTFE, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, SILVER (CI 77820), TIN OXIDE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), , ,
#10, MICA, TALC, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, NEOPENTYL GLYCOL DIETHYLHEXANOATE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), NYLON-12, SILICA, HEXYL LAURATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, ISOSTEARIC ACID, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TIN OXIDE, WATER / AQUA / EAU

Colour Descriptions:

There are no English shade names listed anywhere besides the Korean ones, so I’ll be describing the colours from left to right.

  • #1 brown with duochrome blue shift to it, this one really reminds me of urban decay solstice
  • #2 matte chocolate brown, a bit too powdery for my liking
  • #3 copper with a subtle sheen to it
  • #4 matte light milk coffee tone, perfect for a transition shade!
  • #5 shimmery rose gold, buttery smooth and applies easily
  • #6 a very light, pale lilac colour – chalky and difficult to apply on. ( as you can see on the photo, that’s 3 swipes!)
  • #7 a shimmery warm-tone purple with a sheen
  • #8 brown-purple shade with silver shimmers
  • #9 Glitter gold shade with silver glitters
  • #10 a bronze tone with sheen to it ~ this is beautiful and layers well!

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Tip: if you’re struggling to apply shadows in general and you don’t have a base to work with. Apply a concealer on your eyelids to prep your eyelids for eye shadow and they will appear more opaque and will last longer. This is what I did when I didn’t have an eye shadow base and works wonders. You can even use your foundation or bb cream to double up as a concealer and eye primer if you really wanted to!

Overall Thoughts:

  • Texture: 3/5 – Maybe I am use to american/western types of eyeshadows but the texture of these shadows are dry feeling, tad powdery and the glitters have a grit feel to them. They apply beautifully with fingers. I prefer to apply k-beauty eyeshadows with my fingers rather than using brushes.
  • Scent: 5/5 – No detectable scent, there are some eyeshadows in the market that have scents to them, which I don’t mind however it can be irritating those who are sensitive to fragrance.
  • Price: 5/5 – Etude house eyeshadows are relatively affordable. Their singles range between  3-7 dollars. Their palettes consists of 10 shades and range between 15-20 dollars varying where you decide to purchase it.
  • Performance: 5/5 – These are really long-wearing eyeshadows. I can get away without using a base and they will stay last on my eyelids. I don’t have oily eyelids so that could be why they last so long.
  • Packaging: 5/5 – C’mon now! It’s etude house, they’re known for their iconic adorable packaging. I absolutely love their design for their packaging.
  • Overall: 4/5 – It’s a good palette for those who are interested in trying out purple but doesn’t really want to commit to using all purple on their lid. There’s a good colour story and range of colours from duo chromatic, shimmer, glitter and mattes for transition.

Until next time, friends! 🙂 I’ll be back soon with more skincare reviews. Please let me know if you enjoy these swatch posts.

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