PRODUCT FLOPS

Hey, hey friends!
I am starting a new blog series called “Product flops” aka Products that did not work for me. I posted on instagram asking if anyone was interested in hearing my thoughts on products that just didn’t work out for me and I recieved a positive feedback on my comments along with dm’s.

Disclaimer: What may have or may have not worked out for me doesn’t mean it will apply the same for you. Everyone’s skincare type is different. These are my personal experiences with these products..

I no longer own many of these products because I tend to declutter and give away products that did not work for me to my family members and close friends. For consistency, I will be posting a photo of these products I found online with the description and experience I had with it below.

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A couple of months ago, I was on the hunt for a new foundation to try out and I wanted one that had medium coverage and felt weightless on the skin. I saw quite a few bloggers post about this particular foundation and I quickly went to grab it at my local Sephora. The weird thing was, I swatched this foundation at the store on my hand it somehow turned orange within 10 minutes so I thought maybe the tester went bad and went ahead to grab it anyway. If it doesn’t work out, I can just return it, right? I went home to test this foundation out and to my surprise, I turned into an oompa loompa. Even wiping this foundation off with a makeup remover cloth, you can visibly see that it is full blown orange. Thank god I did not go out looking like that because I’m sure many people would find it amusing. It also has a really bad floral scent to it. I am not even sensitive to scents and I didn’t find the scent pleasant at all. Out of all foundations I own whether it’s from the drugstore or high end, I have never seen any of them oxidize the way how this oxidized on my skin.

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Something I quickly learned about Sephora “sale” items are that they USUALLY are on sale for a reason. This was when Sephora had Colourpop for a month and then took them off the shelves for some reason. The highlighter was a fail and was just an oil with shimmers in it. It would constantly seperate with the shimmers at the bottom while the oil fluid ontop. It wasn’t even buildable and was a fail for me. The mist smelled horrendous, it smelled like a bitter herbal scent. The only thing that I enjoyed from the scent was the lip balm for it’s beautiful red orange tint, sweet and soft mango butter scent and performance for lasting throughout a long day. I normally love colourpop products but the liquid highlighter and mist was a total fail for me. I’ll stick to their fantastic super shock eyeshadows, pressed shadow palettes/singles and concealers!

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Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Ivory

*FYI – I purchased this foundation when the shade range was much more smaller back then.
This was my very first high end foundation and was also the only foundation I swore by working at my first job. It has a medium to full coverage.
The consistency was perfect for me since it wasn’t too thick in formula nor was it too watery but how it performed on my face was a different story. As I played around with more makeup, I started to realize that this foundation does not work for me for various reasons. It oxidized into a Simpsons yellow on my face, it clung to all my dry patches and emphasized my pores and has a very odd paint scent to it just like the UD Naked skin foundation and Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation has. Luckily it did not break me out but I definitely would not repurchase this foundation even in another shade.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in 2

This was either the 2nd or 3rd foundation I tried when I got into makeup and it was awful. Urban Decay was reputable for their fantastic naked palettes, perversion mascara and the OG 24 hour glide on pencil eyeliners but this foundation was terrible for me. So terrible that I threw it out and did not think twice to give it to pass it on to someone else. First of all, it had a horrendously strong chemical scent between a spray paint x accetone and it had a strange thin, watery consistency and everytime I dispensed it out from the container, the product would have air bubbles on it. When I applied it on my skin, it dried up pretty fast but within an hour my face started to look extremely dehydrated. I’m not sure what was in this foundation but was bad news for my skin… I broke out on my forehead, cheeks and chin and if any of you know me, I don’t break out unless my skin reacts negatively to a product, hormonal or too much sodium in my diet.

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Etude House Tint My Brows Gel in Gray Brown

I’m sure quite a few of you are shocked by why this product did not work out for me considering the fact this is raved and loved by many influencers and was featured on social media for quite a long time. This product is effective however it has it’s bad side to it. It has a very odd chemical scent to it. I’m not sure how people found it pleasant. I have repurchased this product over 4 times in different shades and my feelings about it have not changed about it. I always thought maybe I got a bad batch, maybe I’m using it wrong. My brows are tinted beautifully after every application, my problem is that I can’t use any face masks or wash my face because the tint will easily come off. The shade I have been using more frequently is Gray Brown but after a few days, the tint on my eyebrows turn into this strange forest green colour… If any of you are on the hunt for a good brow tint, I strongly suggest you to try the clio duo brow pen.

Alright, that is all for today. There are more products I wanted to share but we’ll leave that for another time. Til’ next time, friends.

Toodles!

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[REVIEW] Commleaf Rose Sleeping Mask

Good evening, darlings! I hope you all are having a fantastic Wednesday. The long weekend is upon us and I’m ready to kick back and mask away while I catch up on my favourite netflix series.

Firstly, I would like to thank Charles Kim from Commleaf for reaching out to me and giving me the opportunity to try and test out this product to it’s full potential. I received all of these products 2 months ago and got to try each and every one of them. Today, I will be reviewing the Commleaf Rose Sleeping Mask. I absolutely love sleeping masks and if you guys have not tried out sleeping masks out before, I would strongly like to suggest you to do so. Think of them as an all in one thick moisturizer enriched with nourishing and hydrating ingredients. You will wake up feeling refreshed and so will your skin!

I have used this mask twice every week since I have received it and I am so happy with the results that I had to come on my blog *for once* and share my thoughts on this lovely product.

Claims on this product:

  • Size: 1.65 fl oz/50 ml
  • Convenient overnight leave-on mask
  • Deeply moisturizes
  • Help reduce signs of aging
  • Softens skin texture and brightens overall skin tone
  • An ultra-hydrating overnight mask infused with 75% rose water and rose petals that replenish lost moisture throughout the day. 
  • This sleeping mask is a great way to revitalize the skin with a smooth and supple finish. You will end up seeing your skin GLOWING in the morning. 
  • The essence in the sleeping mask contains ingredients that have the following properties: Hydrating, antibacterial, firmness improvement, and brightening, and anti-wrinkle. 
  • Included 7 botanical patented ingredients that are known to soothe and ease with anti-oxidation, anti-inflammation, anti-blemish. 
  • How to use: On a clean and toned skin, evenly apply a generous amount onto the skin. Use the silicon brush if possible. Gently pat or massage for better absorption. Wash thoroughly in the morning. Use 2-3 times a week.

Ingredients:

Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (75%), Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Rosa Centifolia Flower, Mirabilis Jalapa Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Trichosanthes Kirilowii Root Extract, Ipomoea Purpurea Extract, Oenothera, Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Fructan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Betaine, Trehalose, Panthenol, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Cyanocobalamin, Tromethamine, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Water, 1,2-Hexanediol, Benzyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Raspberry Ketone

The product is also…

  1. paraben-free
  2. sulfate-free
  3. alcohol-free
  4. silicone-free

My thoughts:

I really can appreciate minimalist packaging especially for skincare because I do believe that the consumer should be able to see the ingredients and what they are using. Skincare with busy packaging can be difficult to read.

The first thing I noticed when I dispensed this mask out from the tube, was that it had a very jam-jelly like consistency and beautiful red tint to it. As you massage it into your skin, you will notice the red tint is still there but not as noticeable. It has a faint rose-herbal scent to it. I wasn’t sent a silicone brush with this mask however I used my fingers to apply this sleeping mask and it worked just fine. I would leave this mask on overnight and rinse it the following morning. I am very pleased to see that this product does not break me out nor has an unbearable strong scent to it because I can be very sensitive to scents. My skin feels plump, supple and refreshed from every use!

If you cosDNA these ingredients, all of them are in the safe side of hazard scale and there are no silicones in this product. There are a handful of sleeping masks in the market that contain some sort of silicone in them to fake the appearance of “blurred skin”. I personally don’t have any issues against silicone based products but I don’t prefer them for various reasons – they can clog the skin, be irritating and also pill on the skin.

I would like to suggest this to everyone simply because it is an all around great sleeping mask. It brightens, fights signs of aging, heals scars and counters acne.

Where to buy?

Greenalleyshop 

Walmart 

Amazon

 

I hope you all found this review helpful and please feel free to write a comment below if you’re more curious on this product or you wanted me to review a particular product. I am open to suggestions. Have a good night!

[UPDATE] Where have you been?

*DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT A BEAUTY-RELATED POST. PLEASE CHECK MY OTHER POSTS IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THAT. THIS IS A LIFE UPDATE POST. THANK YOU & GOOD DAY*

Hello Friends! I know, I know.. I have not been as active on my blog but I can explain… So I wasn’t as clear on my Instagram as I should have been. I got laid off my previous job and I was fortunate enough to get back in my feet within minutes. I was secured a position as the exact same role and duties at another place with a higher salary. I guess some things can be a good change.

My previous company was trying to exit from the market for a while and they finally did. I started noticing few to no calls and sales so they had to do what was best for them. However that being said, I had A LOT of administrative filing, paperwork and data entry to do to restart from square one. It is exhausting but very rewarding. I promise you that I will be more active here in about 2-3 weeks or so. Things are starting to really fall back into place for me and I can finally organize my thoughts on what I can do for my blog. I have many of you to thank for providing me fantastic ideas on what topics I should cover on my blog. I absolutely love how you guys are curious of what skincare products I like or dislike, places where to shop/shop smart and etc. In my perspective, I think anyone can achieve anything they want to achieve whether it’s your social media, work, life and etc. You just got to have the proper tools to guide you. The best guide I can thank and give credit for is google. I google EVERYTHING, guys. Yes, everything. Everything I want to know… usually there will be a post, website or forum on it. Do I always go by it? absolutely not but it is amazing to connect with others online to share yours thoughts with.

For a while, I was quite embarrassed to admit that I lost my job but the more I thought about it. I didn’t lose my job because of me nor did the employees… It was just poor management lead from one thing to another. Things that are way beyond any of control. Yes, I will admit it was quite traumatizing initially but as time progressed, I started to realize how many skills and attributes I have developed from my previous jobs and most importantly now. To think, at the age of 21.. my very first job was at a grocery store. I had no experience in anything, no sense of direction where to go for job wise and somehow I was fortunate enough to land my feet on an administrative role. How cool is that? Just for anyone’s reference, I majored in arts. I didn’t find a passion in it therefore I decided to stop pursuing. It was more of a hobby for me. Sure, I have a creative mind and skill but I felt very annoyed when someone told me to draw or paint something. I would much rather do it for my own pleasure than do it for others. As selfish as it sounds, I am being very transparent on my feelings.

Anyway, if you gotten this far on my post. Thank you, I will speak to you all soon!

[BEWARE] If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

Hi friends! Welcome back ~
So, I’m pretty sure many of you have already read my k-beauty shopping tips post. I suppose this is a continuation to that.

I found this seller on my recommended ebay feed and the first thing I noticed was the price for the Skin79 was quite low.
Here are several reasons to be aware of and why I believe this seller is a fraud:

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  • Products he/she selling is irrelevant to K-beauty or any sort of beauty related product
  • BE VERY careful of the item location, notice it says “Seoul, Korea”, while the other items are listed “China”
  • The seller is based off another country – it IS possible that they are reseller who is selling FRAUD products
  • Be sure to check seller rep by the star beside their username and always check the feedback ratings

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  • That extremely sketchy description gives it away “red/gold bucket”… who writes that? LOL you mean… bottles??
  • Sellers that sell counterfeit products will always use very specific terminology and key words such as “HIGH QUALITY, 100%, REAL, (BRAND) NEW, CHEAP, AFFORDABLE, GREAT VALUE and etc”, there will be sellers who like to live on the edge and even try to write “AUTHENTIC” – this is the most effective way to trick consumers in believing it is the real deal
  • Even if you ask whether it’s authentic or not, most will play it off as it is. If you don’t believe me, see sites like aliexpress, alibaba, wish and etc and read their choices of wording the product’s description
  • Always take cautions purchasing on Ebay. This is quite concerning to see that 44 of these potentially fake bottles were sold to people.
  • Your skin is more important than getting a good bargain on a fake. Your skin over a cheap price tag + it potentially being counterfeit!Counterfeit makeup can potentially do a lot of harm to not only your skin but your overall health. You and I both do not know what these unauthorized factories are doing behind closed doors, nor have these products were FDA approved.

Please do your research on counterfeit makeup if you have not already.

Here is a list of website links to articles on dangers of counterfeit makeup:
1. 13 Terrifying Dangers Of Counterfeit Makeup
2. CBC – Counterfeit May Pose As Risk
3. Health Line

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  • Other additional things you can do whether you are purchasing on ebay or not is to always ask the seller to provide clear images of all angles of the product and also to show proof of purchase
  • Click here to see the differences: Skin79 Counterfeit vs Authentic

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Until next time, friends.
Hope this helped, I’m looking into doing a series for this. What do you think?

[REVIEW] Benton Tea Tree Cleansing Water

You thought it was just only one review for today but.. SIIKEEE! I’m back for another one!~ This product is the final product I have recieved from the StyleKorean Lucky Clover Box.

Ok guys, I am very serious when I say this is the first product that caught my eye in the box and it was also the very first product I tested out! Look how much I have used within a month! That’s quite a lot of product that was used! I barely make dents like that in products that fast because I’m constantly juggling through various other products. It gets overwhelming but I wanted a consistent routine so I used it quite often to get an idea how I feel about this cleansing water!

Product:
200ml – $18 USD
Available on StyleKorean

Claims:

  • Cleanses Impurities
  • Sebum Control
  • Calming & Hydrating

Revitalizes

What is tea tree oil used for?
Tea Tree oil is applied on the skin to treat acne and various infections.
Tea tree oil can reduce skin inflammation, allergic skin reactions and disinfecting the skin by killing bacteria and fungus.

Ingredients:
Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Water, Water, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Melaleuca alternifolia leaf oil, Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate, Polyglycerl-10 laurate, Sodium Chloride

My thoughts:

The product is very mild where it does not irritate or make my skin feel itchy after wiping it on my face with a cotton pad and does not strip my skin moisture while clearing out the excess dirt/makeup off my face however that being said it doesn’t do an amazing job removing my makeup residue. I really like tea tree scented products, it has such a pleasant scent to it! The moment you open the cap, you can smell the tea tree. It is suggested to use the product by soaking it in a cotton pad and placing it around your waterproof/colour based products and it will mildly cleanse, hydrate and refresh the skin. I found that it did a good job removing my lip products and eyeshadow + liner pretty well but it didn’t remove all of my waterproof mascara, which is kind of expected because the mascara is extremely heavy duty.

  • Texture: 5/5-thin watery consistency and spreads evenly throughout the face
  • Scent: 5/5 – LOOOOVE tea tree scented products
    Price: 4/5 – Reasonable pricing and you get a lot of product for what you pay for.
  • Performance: 3/5 – Does a decent job, I still had a BIT makeup residue! *kiss me x heroine mascara
  • Packaging: 5/5 – Simple, gets to the point and easy to read

 

 

*Overall* – 4/5 – I will repurchase this because it doesn’t strip my skin or irritate it. My skin has it’s moments where it constantly changes in sensitivity. Luckily when I use this product, I don’t have to worry it making my face itchy once it dries up. My other cleansing waters tend to make me feel very itchy after I use it so I have to be extra careful with those.

Ok guys, that is all for tonight. I hope you all have a good night.
Take Care!

 

 

 

[ REVIEW] HYGGEE ALL-IN-ONE H2 SOAP

Hi friends!

I hope you all are enjoying your Wednesday! We’re already in half of the week, won’t be for long til we enjoy another relaxing weekend! I came on here today to share my thoughts on another StyleKorean lucky clover box product! ~
I have recieved from the StyleKorean Lucky Clover Box that was sent to me! This is the HYGEE All-In-One H2 Soap and it’s a facial cleanser in a soap bar form! I don’t know of many soap cleansers in the market other than the well known dove soap bar but I haven’t used that in yeaarrrs plus it was quite stripping on my skin. Can I just say that I am really liking the embossed logo design on the soap.

80g – $21.60 USD
Claims:

  • Tightens your skin
  • Is very sensitive and mild product
  • Improves skin tone

I was quite blown away with the ingredients because I can read majority of the ingredient names! Majority of my beauty products, I can hardly say that because most of the stuff I own has some sort of long chemical name.

The FULL Ingredients:

Coconut oil powder, silver, raisinseed oil, plumseed oil, avacado oil, armeniae oil, omijaseed extract, casterseed oil, glycerin, licorice, bamboo salt, (Cosam) Shurbby sophora, White lotus, goldthreat, codonopsisi, mung beans. pine incense and hydrogen gas

First thing I noticed when I removed it from the packaging was the scent to it. It has this very clean, fresh, linen scent to it. It also lathers very well! It actually lathers a lot better than the heimish green foam cleanser I got from the box. It did list that this is not suitable for removing makeup and only for secondary cleansing use, which is fine with because I don’t normally directly apply any sort of cleanser on my skin expecting it to remove all of my makeup. I always go in with an oil cleanser to ensure most of the product is off anyway.

As for brightening wise, I did notice my skin looking like a shade brighter and it was not stripping at all. I’m very concerned when cleansing products lather/ bubble up too much because those tend to be the most stripping on my skin. I also saw the ingredients has glycerin as one of their ingredients; glycerin is an excellent ingredient for beauty products because it helps combat skin dehydration!

Texture: 4/5 – Soft, foamy lather
Scent: 3/5 – Not a bad scent but can be a bit too strong for those who are sensitive to scents
Price: 2/5 – very expensive for a soap bar cleanser and it doesn’t seem hygenic in my opinion
Performance: 4/5 – brightens the skin and does not feel stripping or leave some strange residue behind!

Overall: 3/5 – Meh! personally would not repurchase this but it is nice for those who want to try new things and types of cleansers. It’s great for sensitive skin folks but the only downside is it’s in bar form. Unless you wash your hands thoroughly first, lather it on your hands and then apply on your face.

Cheers~

 

[REVIEW] ABIB HAND CREAM TYPE V

Price: 50ml, 21.50 USD = 27.94 CDN

When we are young, we tend to neglect our skin because our priorities are focused on something else like games, toys and friends. I started noticing the texture of my skin around my hands changing when I hit the age of 20. I use to have naturally soft, baby skin like hands but now I noticed my hands are very dehydrated so I invest in a lot of hand creams and I have A LOT of backups of my favourite hand creams such as l’occaitane ones * specifically the cherry blossom & zesty lime one* !

This is one of many fabulous items I have recieved from stylekorean’s lucky clover box and I must say. My initial reaction was it’s unique aesthetic to it. It looks exactly like a oil paint tube/skincare ointment tube. It has a thin aluminum seal to it so you have to use the top of lid’s needle to prick it open. My initial thought was the cream is quite thick in texture but as you massage it in, it leaves minimum tacky residue and there’s no shiny film residue which is nice! Hand creams tend to make my hands “shiny” and clammy feeling so it’s nice to know this doesn’t do that. The fragrance to this is a citrus x musky scent. It reminds me of some kind of jo malone fragrance. I’m not very familiar with the fragrance names but this definitely smells like something in the jo malone fragrance collection. I would recommend to everyone who enjoy citrus and musky scents and those who like hand creams that leave no residue behind! Price is kinda expensive so I would wait for a sale if I were you because I personally wouldn’t spend almost 30 dollars for a hand cream. That’s way out my budget but it is a nice product to have if you want to spend a little extra for a hand cream.