[REVIEW] GLOSSIER CLOUD PAINTS

I’m sure everyone has heard of this brand at one point in their beauty journey. Glossier is known for its minimalist and natural makeup. Their skincare products never really intrigued me however their beauty products such as the wowder, balm dot coms and last but not least… their cloud paints! I only own 4 of them and I must say, I think I made some fantastic choices.

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Glossier Cloud Paint
10 ml ~ $22 CAD or buy the duo set and save $8 ($32 CAD)

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The shades I own are:

Storm – red, brick plum shade ~ this my HG, it makes my cheeks look flushed and radiant. Be very careful with this one, I would apply thin layers of this because it’s extremely pigmented and can quickly give you that clown-like appearance. I think this shade would be best for fall-winter. Maybe even spring.
Haze – cool tone magenta ~ out of all of them, I find this one the most difficult to use. I have fair-light skin so I would have to apply really SMALL amounts of this at a time to blend into my skin. It’s really dark and I find this would be best on deeper skin tones.
Beam – light coral ~ I think it’s safe to say that this is my 3rd favourite and it’s definitely perfect for spring and summer.
Puff – cool tone baby pink ~ this is my 2nd favourite out of the 4 I own and it gives me that innocent, youthful appearance.

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Overall:

  • Texture: 5/5 – It’s a unique gel-like consistency and spreads really nicely into the skin.
  • Scent: 5/5 – No scent to it, which is fantastic because we all know fragrance is quite unnecessary in makeup and skincare products. They add no beneficial value or factor to the product.
  • Price: 2/5 – There is a VERY small amount of product in these little tubes however you really only need a dot size amount on each cheek. It really depends on how you see this is. Personally, I find it a bit expensive for what it is. My canmake cheek and lip creams are $10 less than this and work just the same. In fact, I think they’re pretty close dupes to the cloud paints however the cloud paints have more unique and “natural” skin like blush tones.
  • Performance: 5/5 – Long lasting, lasts throughout the day and does not disappear. Be very careful when applying this and do not press too hard on the tube to get too much product out. In addition, be sure to screw on the lid tightly after use because this stuff dries up real fast if you don’t.
  • Packaging: 3/5 –Practical, easy to travel with. I’m not quite sure how difficult it is to get the product when you’re close to the end of the tube, but I’m sure it’s not different than any other tube-based packaging. I’m sure we all are familiar with how annoying it is to squeeze the remaining toothpaste out from the tube, hopefully, it won’t be that way.
  • Overall: 4/5 – I love cloud paints, regardless of the fact that they are so pricey. I have worn mine every single day since I’ve gotten them (3 months ago) and I still have more than half the product left; goes to show you that never underestimate a product because it appears to be little or small.

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[PART 1] Understanding Your Skin + My Experience (How I Learned to Understand My Skin)

Hello friends! I hope you all are having a fantastic week so far, today’s blog post is going to be a bit different from what I normally post. I wanted to step aside from my usual weekly review posts and try to share some tips and my experience with my skincare journey. I hope this can help you.

The beginning…

How I got into skincare, what made me want to make the change…

I was never too serious about my skincare game until I reached my early 20s. I use to rely on makeup wipes and just a cleanser to do the trick however I wasn’t wearing that much makeup back then so I can give myself some slack for that. Between the ages of 15 to around 20, all I used was a foaming cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Remember those drugstore skincare gift sets? Neutrogena? Olay? Yeah, I got those as gifts so I would use those. I actually got into skin care when I noticed changes in my skin around when I was 22. My skin was not as clear/healthy as it was during my late teenage years. I also had a terrible history of picking my acne in my early teenage years where they would scar up. During the time, it didn’t bother me but man, I quickly regretted it as I got older. Around the age of 23, I started to introduce double cleansing into my routine and also serums. Just adding double cleansing in my routine was a huge game changer itself simply because it removed so much makeup off my face. I almost felt disgusted to think back all the previous years of not removing my makeup properly. Anyway, why dwell in the past when you can make a change moving forward, right?

My skin type and concerns…

is combination, dehydrated and PIE. I have very mild texture and some blackheads on my nose that can be very difficult to get rid of.

My early skincare sins

We all make mistakes and learn from them.

I stated one of my skincare sins and that was not double cleansing earlier but honestly, during that time – the learning tools that people had back then were mainly on youtube and even YouTubers made mistakes as well. I remember I would reference an entire regimen a youtube shared because I thought it was best for my skin type. Keep in mind that Youtube back then was a whole different ball game than it is now, there were a lot of amateurs who were enthusiasts and also all about DIY.

One of the worst products I used on my skin that I’m almost for sure damaged my skin was St Ives. Apricot Scrub, and I’m almost positive you have heard or have seen this before. This product has probably been around for decades and to be quite frank with you, I don’t see this effective by any means as a facial scrub; Perhaps it would be more effective as a body scrub of some sort.

Another skincare sin I used to do quite a bit was to wipe and towel dry my face with a used towel. Now, I don’t mean like a week old but I’ve used the towel at least once or twice and have been guilty of using it again. This may seem harmless but all the trapped bacteria, oil, and gunk from the previous use are likely to still be on it. It’s always good to towel dry with a fresh, clean towel. I would suggest you buy 5-7 facial towels/cloths for your face and wash them once a week so you have a fresh towel every time. They’re relatively affordable and you can find them pretty much everywhere. I get mine from Miniso and they usually come in cute little patterns or characters on them.

Don’t believe everything you hear, are suggested and see…

We need to keep in mind that youtube/influencers/peers are not medical professionals who can assist you with your skincare needs. You would have to go visit a dermatologist and have a proper consultation because as much as you love and trust your peers, their feedback and suggestions may not be right. The last thing you want is to damage or irritate your skin because you used the wrong product on your skin; your skin is so fragile and you should treat it with respect. This is not limited to skincare only, diet is very crucial and even environment can have irritants to irritate the skin.

Take a closer look…

Whether you have the time now or not, I want you to look at your skin closely and describe to yourself what you see. Texture, spots, patches, dryness, oiliness, redness, dehydration, whatever that might be and write it down on a piece of paper. Of course, there are skin types and I’m sure most of you understand or have an idea what your skin type may be but these are skin conditions. You need to be specific on what you see to be able to understand what you can do to treat your skin.

Here are some examples I would ask myself.

Example:
You see spots on your face.
The questions you should be asking:
Are they different colours?
What colour are they?
What region of the face are they in?

You have oily/combination skin but you have dry patches on certain parts of your face.
The questions you should be asking:

The more specific you are, the better because the chances of you being able to find images on online that match to your skin condition are higher. I’m not saying to self diagnose your skin condition but to have a better understanding of what it could potentially be. I know not everyone can afford the time and money to see a dermatologist so it’s better to do research and have some understand than none whatsoever.

My current skincare sins

I am still quite guilty for still doing these from time to time. I still rub my face against a towel to dry my face after cleansing and I still take scorching hot showers because I can and I will. I know it’s bad for you and dries out your skin terribly but that’s probably the only skincare sin that I will continue to do. From time to time, when I see a breakout appear and it’s raised… I have the tendency of trying to pop it if a pimple patch does not resolve it.

What I know so far and I have I’ve been treating my skin:

I’ve learned to exfoliate 2 times a week and not to do it so frequently. I’ve been also avoiding overusing/or using any AHA based products in general because it can do more harm than help my skin. The last thing I want is to have a weak or broken barrier then having to repair it because we all know how much that can be a pain.

Here is the list of products I have been using and have been working out for me:

  • Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil / Commleaf Cleansing Balm
  • Youth To The People Kale Cleanser
  • Unpa Cosmetics Bye Bye Cica Toner
  • Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner/Tiam B5 Toner
  • Iope Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning Essence
  • First Aid Beauty Retinol Eye Cream
  • Florishe Camellia Full Blossom Serum (get 10% off your purchase click here.)
  • Klairs Vitamin Drop Serum
  • CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

If you have any questions or wanted to know something I did not cover in today’s post, please feel free to drop your suggestions below! Til next time, bye for now!

 

 

 

 

 

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[REVIEW] LANEIGE EYE SLEEPING MASK

 

 

I’m sure most of us know what eye creams, eye patches, and eye masks are and some of us use them but have you ever heard of an eye sleeping mask before? Laneige is well known for its sleeping skincare range. They already have their original sleeping mask, lip sleeping mask and now… eye sleeping mask!

Now that it’s springtime where I am, my eyes are heavily itchy and irritated from all the pollen in the air and my sleeping patterns are not exactly the greatest (but I’m working on it, ok?) so I definitely was intrigued by this product. Thank you so much to the Jolse team for gifting me this product to try out and review. Please be sure to check out their online store for fantastic deals and products. Their mega deals have products that start at 50 cents and also, they offer free shipping worldwide.

Claims

This is the very first ever leave-on eye mask that can provide deep hydration throughout the night, depuff and soothe fatigue eyes. It’s cooling ceramic massage applicator allows you to control and target specific areas on the eyes and for even application. Laneige created an eye moisture wrap technology that helps treat, soothe and maintain long-lasting and deep hydration while you sleep.

This product is free of parabens and phthalates, dermatologist tested and LANEIGE does not test ingredients or products on animals.

Ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hesperidin, Caffeine, Beta-Glucan, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Adenosine, Triethylhexanoin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Peg-14m, Disodium Edta, Fragrance.

Key Ingredients:

  • Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract is a fermented ingredient that allows absorption into the skin. It’s also known as “baker’s yeast”.
  • Caffeine has fantastic soothing and antioxidant properties that can temporarily depuff the eyes, reduce the appearance of dark circles and tighten the skin.
  •  Adenosine is yeast derived and has proven anti-wrinkle benefits due to its ability to energize the skin’s surface so it looks smoother and younger.
  • Ascorbyl Glucoside is a stable form of Vitamin C combined with glucose (sugar). It provides antioxidant and skin replenishing benefits.

My Skin Type and concerns:

Combination | PIE | Congested | Dehydrated | (Occasionally) Sensitive

My thoughts

Initially, I found the applicator really chunky at first when I pulled it out of the container, however, as I used it more and more I got used to it. I also did not understand why the product was in this kind of container because how exactly do you even get the product at the very bottom out? I know I have not reached the bottom yet but these are several concerns I noticed right off the right that I want you all to keep in mind.

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Overall:

  • Texture: 5/5 – This is the original sleeping mask’s sister but a more lightweight feeling. I would describe this texture like a water-based gel and it spreads really nicely on the skin. You will notice that it will dry up into a slightly tacky consistency but it’s not uncomfortable and if you layer your skincare products on top, you’re likely to not even feel it.
  • Scent: 4/5 – No scent. Even though it says there is fragrance at the very bottom of the ingredient list, I do not smell anything. Which is nice because I find my eye area quite sensitive and I’m not going to take my chances applying products that have fragrance (irritant) under it. I’m also very milia-prone under the eyes so I have to take precautions using any sort of eye product.
  • Price: 3/5 – Price will vary where you purchase this from however I found it relatively expensive at Sephora. If you’re interested in trying this, I would recommend you to purchase it off Jolse because it’s a fantastic k-beauty shop and everything is a lot more affordable than most retailers!
    Performance: 5/5 – It was a very pleasant experience, I would definitely recommend this to those who suffer from puffy eyes because this really does the trick and does exactly what it claims to do. Like I said before, I am milia-prone so a lot of eye products out in the market don’t always work for it. I’m very thankful that this did not give me any milia and I found it really lightweight where my skin could breathe.
  • Packaging: 3/5 – Eh. It looks aesthetically pretty because of the frosted glass packaging give it’s that extra fancy appearance to it but I’m still questioning why they ended up choosing this sort of packaging because it’s just not sanitary by any means and it’s weird! How do you even get the product out from the bottom? shake it? hold it upside down?
  • Overall: 4/5 – I like it! For some reason, I think I may repurchase it simply because I enjoyed the product however I do hope by then that they decide to change up the packaging to be more hygienic. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the results it has given me. The skin under my eyes feels refreshed, plumped and as a matter of fact, I found it even brighter!

25 ml ~ price may vary between $30 ~ $44
Available on: eBayJolseStyleKorean | Amazon

 

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[REVIEW] 107 Coreflex Essential Facial Mist

 

We all love a fantastic deal, Jolse is not only known for their amazing mega deals (products go low as 50 cents!) but they have a huge range of k-beauty products to choose from and free shipping! How incredible is all of that? I honestly have been shopping from them for over 3 years now and every time I get my parcel from them, everything is secured in packaging and they always include a generous amount of freebies to try from. I appreciate that they include an exfoliating cloth and blotting sheets, those are definitely essentials. I also want to give a special thank you to the Jolse Team for kindly gifting this product over to me in exchange to share a review and my thoughts with you guys.

Ok, without a further or do, let’s get into the breakdown of this lovely facial mist.

Available on: Jolse

The brand:

I wanted to share a small introduction of 107 ONEOSEVEN Skincare because some of you may either already know of the brand or don’t. They are an indie K-Beauty brand based in Korea and they believe in creating skincare that can rejuvenate the skin and give it a long lasting healthy-looking appearance while delaying the signs of aging. Their products are formulated with naturally fermented premium vinegar in their products to allow you to achieve that radiant and smoother skin complexion. Say goodbye to fatigue looking skin and hello to radiance! Only naturally fermented vinegar can promote clear and natural glow to the skin.

Ingredients:

Aspergillus/Saccharomyces/Rice Ferment Filtrate, 1,3 Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Arbutin, Water, PEG/PPG-18/4 Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Vinegar, Adenosine, Lactobacillus/Soymilk Ferment Filtrate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allantoin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Claims

  • Rejuvenates, balances, strengthens and creates a radiant effect on the skin
  • Formulated with saccharomyces and lactobacillus ferments
  • Provides a pack of nourishment to the skin

Key Ingredients:

  • Saccharomyces lysate extract is a type of yeast that is often used in skin care products for its ability to promote absorption, add beneficial nutrients, reduce irritation, and optimize cellular oxygen consumption.
  • Adenosine is yeast derived and has proven anti-wrinkle benefits due to its ability to energize skin’s surface so it looks smoother and younger.
  • Castor Oil contains fatty acids that help in restoring the skin’s natural moisture balance.
  • Hanega Vinegar is packed with amino acids that can strengthen skin and increase the resilience of complexions.

My Skin Type and concerns:

Combination | PIE | Congested | Dehydrated | (Occasionally) Sensitive

My thoughts

It was instructed to use this after cleansing and to be sprayed on a cotton pad/apply with hands. I personally am gradually phasing out from using cotton pads because they absorb so much of the product and it’s extremely wasteful. My tip for you all is with clean hands, apply the skincare products on your palm and apply directly onto skin; that way, no product would be wasted and you save a lot of money doing this so try it for yourself! After a long day, I double cleanse my skin and go in with this product, I gently layer this mist on for an even application. Once it dries, my skin has this amazing GLOW to it, as if I just finished my entire skincare routine. I know it sounds like I’m exaggerating but I, myself, was pretty shocked to see what the mist could do for my skin. I’m a skeptic of a lot of things and until I try things, I will know exactly if it benefits or does anything for me. I had very minimum expectations from this product simply because it’s a mist. C’mon now! To my surprise, it did more than I expected it does for you so therefore, I’m quite pleased with it.

Overall:

  • Texture: 5/5 – Although this isn’t a cream or serum to reference off of texture. I will determine the texture and finish of this mist. I found the nozzle was pretty decent and evenly distributed product throughout my face. I also really liked how hydrated and nourished my face was after it dried up. It layers beautifully as the toning step and also a skincare “final step” mist. There was an ever so slightly tack when it dried however, it did not bother me as much as I thought. The trick to avoid this issue is to simply apply serums, creams on top of it.
  • Scent: 4/5 – There is a scent to this but rather more florally than anything sour. I was actually kind of nervous when I found out that there was vinegar in this but luckily it all worked out and it didn’t smell foul. The scent is rather pleasant and does not linger, give it about 10 minutes and it will go away.
  • Price: 3/5 – It is expensive! This is what you call boujie k-beauty because the price is about the same as Tatcha’s luminous dewy skin mist. If you have the money to get this, I would recommend you to do so because it’s like nothing I own. It’s the most nourishing and hydrating mist I own, it kind of plays three roles as a:
    toner – rebalances the skin
    serum – nourishing and hydrating benefits
    mist – delivers product evenly throughout the face without physically needing to apply it on
  • Performance: 5/5 – What can I say? I’m blown away by this and I’m very thankful I was gifted this to try it out because I’m not sure if I would have purchased this. Like I said before, if you have the money, get this because it does exactly what it claims and you will likely want to expand and try more from the brand. I personally had a positive experience every time I’ve tried their products.
  • Packaging: 3/5 – Kind of extra, in a sense where there’s too much going on. In fact, I had issues identifying what exactly it was; I had to look at the nozzle. The font sizes and claims on the front of the bottle were a lot. Anyway, I’m not bashing the graphic design to this, however, I’m just putting it out there that most people would have issues identifying what this is and does. The nozzle is alright, a lot better than most facial mist nozzles I’ve tried doesn’t get all over the place and is easy to work with.
  • Overall: 4/5 – The final verdict is this works, does the job as what it suppose to do and I’m very pleased with it. Would I repurchase this? I’m likely not going to, however, that being said, if I somehow have extra money to spare, I would most definitely repurchase it. Sure, this is a fantastic product however, you can achieve something similar or the same results if you have a proper and elaborate skincare routine. There’s no such thing of a one-stop shop, skincare item that will and can solve all your products. You as the user need to be able to do that for your skin. Try it if you like fermented products and want to achieve that skin glow because this will give that to you!

 

 

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