Archive | March 2017

Zoo Cat Real Mask Review

 

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Today I will be sharing another sheet mask experience with you. I told you I was going to inundate you. 😉 I was given this mask as a freebie at a shop in Myeongdong called Mask Story. I picked up some eye masks from them, and this was the mask they gave me at the door. I’ve never tried an animal or character mask before, because they usually cost 3 times the price and does the exact same thing, other than making you feel cute for the 20-30 minutes of wearing time. I thought I’d try this one for fun and I must say I have really been pleasantly surprised at the results.

First off, here is what the product looks like: (this is what it looked like after I removed it, but I wanted you to see this before seeing what it looked like on me.)

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I really like the design of this one, and I think they did a pretty good job of making it look like the picture on the packaging, considering that it can’t have big massive ears.

This is what it looked like on me:

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I tried to portray the image of a clawing cat, and I was coincidentally dressed in a smart vintage collared shirt.

The instructions say to cleanse your face thoroughly and then apply the mask and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. The mask didn’t dry  up by the time I took it off, but my skin felt so amazingly moisturized and nourished afterwards.

People say that animal masks are usually not that great, but I must say this one really did impress me. I do have an oily T zone, and I did feel like my nose was a little more oily than it needed to be, so I’d recommend this for people with dry to normal skin, but in saying that, I’m still willing to go out and buy a few of these because they made my skin feel lovely.

Have you ever used an animal mask? Which ones would you recommend I try out for my blog? Please let me know in the comment section below.

 

xox

Amanda

 

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Support Red My Lips with Etude House

red-my-lips-2-mediumHello Ladies and Jellyspoons
It’s that time of year again. Some of you may know about Red My Lips. For those of you who don’t: Red My Lips is a non profit organisation creating awareness and collecting funds for sexual abuse victims. They have a campaign every year where supporters pledge to wear red lipstick throughout the month of April to create awareness about this terrible problem on society.

I’m going to be showing you brand by brand how you, from the options is have in my collection, could possibly go about supporting this cause, if you were interested.

A lot of you probably know by now that I have a longstanding love affair with Etude House, a Korean makeup brand with great quality cosmetics at drug store prices, packaged in the cutest most beautiful way imaginable. Today I will be showing some of the red lispticks I have from them, to give you an idea of what you could wear throughout the month of Apr in support of Red My Lips.

Dear My Wish Lips Talk RD 301


Dear My Wish Lips Talk RD302

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Dear My Blooming Lips Talk Matte RD311

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Dear My Blooming Lips Talk Matte RD306

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Dear My Color Pop OR221

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Color In Liquid Lips RD301

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Nutcracker Sweet RD305

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Dear My Glass Tinting RD303

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There you have it folks. I will definitely adding to this before the campaign starts, so keep your eyes peeled. Also for more information go to Red My Lips.

If there are any red Etude House lipsticks that I haven’t tried yet and that you know of, please inform me in the comment section below.
Lots of love

Amanda

Aeria Skin Ultra Age-defying Mask Review

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Hi Guys

Some of you may know that I have been sent a parcel with a few masks to try out in exchange for honest reviews on them. This is the what I got:

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I have reviewed all of the large products on my site, and today I will reviewing the Ultra Age-defying Mask by Aeria Skin.

This is what it looks like:

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I like the lilac packaging since purple in all its shades and tints is my favourite colour. It also matches my bedding 🙂

This is the back of the packet:

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I think what’s important to note right off the bat is that this company does not test on animals. They have the cruelty free sign on the packet, along with the 100% organic cotton sign as well. So not only do they not test on animals but they also ensure that the sheet you throw away after using the mask is organic, which is better for you skin and for the environment, since it’s able to bio degrade completely and naturally.

My pet peeve about sheet masks is when you pull them out of the packet and they tear because the material is so thin and so heavily drenched in liquid. This mask comes with a plastic protective sheet at the back of it, which not only makes it easier to remove from the foil packet, but it makes it easier and less messy to apply.

I kept the sheet for you to see what it looks like:

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The instructions say:

Begin with a thoroughly cleansed skin. Open packaging and remove the plastic liner film. Place the facial mask on and gently adjust over the eyes. Relax with the facial mask on for 15-20 minutes. Remove mask and discard. Pat remaining serum into skin. Follow with moisturizer. 

This is what it looked like on. I was battling with the flu so this sheet mask really made me feel spoilt and pampered.

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Although this mask was not as slimy and collagen-like as some of the others I’ve reviewed recently, it definitely did a great job of staying on and moisturizing my skin. These masks are on a different league than the average w1000 masks you can pick up here in Korea. They look and feel like they are of a higher quality and the results are absolutely amazing. My skin felt so plumbed up and nourished after using this. I went to my husband and said: feel my face, and he was wowed by how smooth and healthy it was.

How would I feel about purchasing some of these? I’m definitely going to buy some masks from them in the future, including this one and some more of their eye masks.

That’s it from me. I will probably be inundating you with sheet masks reviews this month, because I have so many to try out.

xoxo

Amanda

CY LAB Top Luxury Mask Review

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Hello Everyone.

Some of you may know that I have recently been asked to review a few Taiwanese cosmetics. Among some of the other masks that I had received is this lovely mask by a brand called  CY Labs. I wasn’t familiar with the brand up until now so my views on the product is completely objective, and it’s my first try of any Taiwanese cosmetics.

I think something that doesn’t get enough attention in the cosmetic and skincare business is when a company tries its best to provide us with quality without exploitation, short cuts and abuse. CY Labs is proud about this: “100 % made by own ISO/GMP certified cosmetic factory. No animal testing. Safety and beauty care for your skin.”

NO ANIMAL TESTING will always land a brand in my good books.

The first thing that I noticed about this mask is that the packet is fairly smaller than the Korean sheet masks that I have tried, but I was pleasantly surprised that this mask came with separator, a thin sheet of plastic on mask that makes it possible to fold it small enough to fit the packet without sticking together and creating a hot mess.

Here is what it looks like:

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This is also the shape and size of the actual mask, which is probably hard to really get an idea of until you see it applied. Before I show you the picture of it applied to my face, I want to show you the instructions and the write up of the ingredients.

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Their claims:”All new high-level skin care series, the utilization of skin basic-level activation technology from our lab, can effectively nourish from the surface skin to the deeper skin.”

I applied this mask by placing it on my skin and removing the gauze like plastic from the mask and then smoothing it out for maximum contact and no air bubbles. This is what it looks like:

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As you can see it is an extremely thin mask, which is why (I believe) they bothered with putting a layer of gauze on it. It is also very slimy, which to me is makes for a great mask, lots of moisture and desired results. “Slimy, yet satisfying”

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My skin felt extremely plumped up and moisturized after the 20 minutes, without feeling greasy, and the overall tone of skin was firmer and clearer. I really feel like this is not the average w1000 mask from the teenaged marketed brands here in Korea. It’s definitely more pricy and better quality than those. I feel like the fact that it’s name has the word Lab in it, makes it seem more researched and the brand provides the best they can.

Would I purchase these? Yes, I definitely will do so in the future. I’ll try and get some variations to try out for you. As a disclaimer: I have combination to oily skin and I struggle with black heads on the nose, but this did not affect my skin in a negative way at all. I truly am impressed.

There you go ladies and jellyspoons. Have a lovely week!

xox

Amanda

SaintFengel Galaxy Purifying Gel Masque Review.

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Hello Everyone

Some of you may know that I’ve recently started posting my blogs on an Asian review site called Amabie. I have also written separate reviews on there of products (masks) that I haven’t reviewed for you here. To cut a long story short, I have ever since been recognized for writing honest and thorough reviews and was selected as one of their A list bloggers for the month of February.

Here is the post they put on Instagram to make the announcement:

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If you are on Instagram, please go and check out their site.

Here are the goodies that I got:

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I have already reviewed the Aria skin Brightening and Soothing Eye mask for you and you can see it here.

This is what the product looks like in the box:

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and here is the write up about the product that was in a printed booklet they sent along with the products:

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At first I thought it would be a gel like mask that dries like regular charcoal masks, or like the one in the viral video where a girl freaks out because the mask snagged on her peach hairs. But thank goodness, this mask does not dry like white glue mixed with charcoal. It’s a gel formula that absorbs into the skin like a slimy sheet mask would, except it’s more like a sleeping pack that you wash off after 30 minutes.

The actual product is literally one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. My pictures don’t do it justice. It’s like a tiny little galaxy in a black pot:

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The mix of bamboo charcoal and pearl extract makes it look like a night sky in the country side of  Southern Africa, where the stars are so abundant you don’t need a flashlight.

Here’s another attempt at a photograph:

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It’s so pretty to look at. It comes with a nifty little spatular that helps with application. I tend to ditch those and use my hands instead, but it does rather feel like applying icing on a cake, when I do use the spatula.

This is what it looks like:

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This is what it looks like applied (Both times):

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As you can see, it’s not the regular kind of charcoal mask that makes you look like the moon emoji, but the gel makes it very light in colour.

My thoughts: The product feels amazing on the skin. I had no irritation or adverse reactions to it. I used it twice and from the first to the second time the dullness in my skin got less. My skin felt really hydrated and the pores feel tight in a good kind of way after I’ve washed it off and the following morning. I notice some black heads and small pimples coming out on my forehead about a week after the first use. I feel like this is where their claims of it cleansing the deeper layers of skin, is proven to be true, because even though I don’t get breakouts in that area, I know the pores aren’t 100 percent clean. So to me it’s a sign of the product delivering on its promises. After the second try my skin looked much better. The pores that before had been blocked and visible are now clean and smaller, and my skin looks and feels overall more clear and matte.

Would I replace it? Yes, this is definitely one of the most luxurious masks I’ve ever tried. It feels expensive, yet it’s not. The results are amazing in my opinion, and the beauty of the pearl and bamboo charcoal in the gel is really something one has to experience for oneself.

There you have it guys.  I hope you’re able to get your hands on this.

xox

Amanda

 

Etude House Kerry Hess Lipstick Review

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Hi Ladies and  Jellyspoons

It’s been a long while since the Kerry Hess collection released at Etude House, and you all know I can get a bit crazy when they release something new, because know exactly how to package cute products and provide stunning quality for low prices. I wasn’t able to get all of the collection, but I by the time I eventually got the products I wanted, I was so pumped about the blushes which you can see here, that I completely forgot to review the lipsticks! How silly of me!! So I thought, you know what: they are still available on their site so I’m going to go ahead a review them anyone. Rather late that never, right?

I realized that I never wear my peachy  lipsticks so I didn’t get the whole collection. I got three of the five. Here they are:

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If you are familiar with the brand you can probably tell that the lipstick containers are similar to their Dear My Blooming Lips Talk and Dear My Colour Pop lines. If you want to see a review on them you can find it here.

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Actually they have just recently changed their packing for the Dear My Blooming Lips Talk line, to a less princessy look. Cha cha cha cha changes. I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about it.

Here is a picture:

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Okay, so let’s get back on track. Not only are the Kerrie Hess lipstick is matte container, as compared to the original Dear My Blooming Lips Talk line, but it also has a special detail – there are tiny little ballet shoes printed on the inner shaft of the lipstick bullet.

Here are the swatches of the three I got:

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PK022:

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As you can tell, some of the collies are very similar. They are a bit more on the matte side with regards to texture or finish. 
Do you honestly need them, aside from the packaging? I’d say, no. There are very similar ones ok the permanent line, but I’m still happy hat I got them. The purple was a fail, as they usually are. It’s not oftennyou find an Etude House purple that wears purple, and that makes me sad. I don’t want to wear my limited edition Belle lipstick to death because I can’t find another colour similar to it 😦 

There’s you have it. Would you purchase these? Let me know in the comment section. 

Xox

Amanda  
 

 

Aeria Skin Brightening and Soothing Eye Mask Review 

Hello Everyone

I was given this mask in exchange for an honest review, by Amabie.com. Please do yourself a favour and check them out. They are they largest Asian cosmetic review page on the net. You can follow me there at Makeup with Kokerface as well.

First off I had to check off what my problem areas are, and they had sent me this mask because I wrote that dark circles was problem for me. I thought that was really nice of them.
About the brand: Aeria Skin is a Taiwanese cosmetic brand that is animal cruelty free and uses only vegan ingredients. I feel like this is very important to note since NOT all Asian brands are cruelty free, and that’s something that really concerns me personally.

About the mask: something that struck me from the get go is that the mask is shaped like a mask you’d wear to a masquerade ball. It fits really well on my face even though I have an a high nose bridge. What I really like is that it’s fairly wide and covers a very large area under the eye and a large part of the forehead as well.

This is what it looked like on me: 

As you can see it’s quite ornate with the lacelike cut on the top and the eye openings are beautifully shaped whilst still doing a proper job of covering all the areas that need hydration.

I popped mine in the fridge for 10 minutes before using as I do with all sheer mask. I believe the cold makes them more effective.

The verdict: honestly after a long week of crying and being overworked and PMSsed, this mask did wonders for my weary, puffy, dark eyes. The puffiness was significantly less and the dark circles were much less noticeable. I have an autoimmune disease so I didn’t expect miracles but the results were great considering I only had the mask on for 20 minutes. I’m honestly really impressed with this mask and would recommend them to anyone who struggles with dark circles, puffy eyes or just needs a boost after a late night of partying or crying.

Will I repurchase? Yes, I’ll be off to Myeongdong this week to try and see if I can find these somewhere. If I do I’ll be adding to this review with a before an after picture. I will need to get these in bulk.

That’s it for today. I hope you’ve had a lovely day!

xox

Amanda