Archive | May 2017

Etude House Hydrogel Eyepatch

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Hello Everyone

I don’t know if all of you remember, but I’ve been sponsored by ‘n site called Amabie to review some amazing Taiwanese products and one of the products that I had received in the box was a beautifully ornate eye mask by a brand called Aeriaskin. I was so impressed with the mask that I was desperately trying to find something similar locally. I saw this at Etude House and off course I adore cats so I was immediately drawn to this. Much to my surprise I ended up looking like Batman rather than Catwoman. No, I am not complaining.

First off here is what it look likes when removed from the foil:

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I don’t know if you can tell but it’s quite a thick collagen (gel like) cat shaped mask in a mould or container. It comes with a film on either side for protection, so it’s definitely quite fancy.

This is what it looked like after I had removed it:

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And this is what it looked like on me face.

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I really felt more like a Batman than a Catlady, and ended up getting a lot of love on my instagram for posting this image, in which I felt so childish but in a good way.

The overall result of this mask is less puffy eyes; definitely less dark circles. The are the mask touched look plumbed up and the pores were smaller. I am super happy with the results of the mask, but I feel like the cosplay factor made it so much more worth it.

They retail for w3500 which isn’t the cheapest for a mask in Korea, but I’d still say it’s worth every cent and that you should definitely try it if you can get your hands on it.

That’s it from me.

nananana nananana Batman.

SNP Fruits Gelato Brightening Mask Grapefruit Review 

Hello Everyone 

I’ve been super crazy about hauling masks lately but the frustrating part is that I do so many extracurricular activities in the evenings that I hardly get a time to try them. I’ve decided that has to change so I’m going to be inundating you with mask reviews for a while and I’m sure that’s okay. 

What’s really nice about South Korea is that you can find them for very cheap almost everywhere. I found this mask and 2 others from a convenience store. 

I was toying with the idea of making collective blogs but I realized with the empties tag blogs I’ve been doing lately it makes it so long and quite exhausting to write, but then again some of you like it so, please tell me what you prefer: collective blogs or a bunch of separate ones. 

SNP is a brand that I haven’t tried yet, as far as I know so that and the fact that they’re made of ice cream made me very excited about trying these. 

This is what the packaging looks like: 

And the back: 

From what I can understand from the images the instructions say to cleanse thoroughly and then apply the mask, and leave it on for 10-20 minutes. Then when you remove it you should dab the excess liquid into the skin. I also like to remove the remaining liquid from the pouch and to apply that to my neck and décolletage. 

This is what it looked like on my face: 

I don’t know if you can tell but this is literally the thinnest sheet mask I have ever tried and I’ve tried many. It almost made me wonder whether there was anything on my face. I also really likes the texture of the mask as it was slightly milky but not super creamy. Almost more gel like in a way. It’s hard to explain. It did wonder for my skin: and my pores looked much smaller and my skin felt amazingly moisturized and plump. 

Will I repurchase? Yes, but I’ll have to find a ten pack of these because they’re that amazing! 

There you go Ladies and gentlemen. Have a lovely Thursday. 

Xox
Amanda 

Lush Empties Tag

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Hello Everyone

Yes, I’m doing another empties tag. You’ll have to forgive me for inundating you with them, but the spring cleaning has got me in over my head with empty containers that now need to get out of my apartment, because they’re driving me crazy. Luckily South Korea is very efficient on recycling so these will all (except the hair mask container which goes back to LUSH) will go straight to recycling.

My husband and I fell in love with LUSH about 2 years ago when we realised that it is animal cruelty free and their products claim to contain natural ingredients. I was cherry blonde at the time and wanted to systematically go lighter, but I gave up on that idea when I started studying again, and my tuition cost me more than my salary. With that being said, a lot of the products I’ll be reviewing for you today is focused on blonde hair maintenance so don’t be alarmed that I’m now a blue-black brunette and reviewing products for blonde hair.

  1. First up is Daddy-O.

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Here are the site images, since my empty container doesn’t really do it justice.

I’ve decided to use the site’s images for their products since the empty containers don’t really show you what the product looks like.

Purple shampoo is for colour correction. If you’re naturally brunette and want to go blonde, you’ll almost always end up with a bit of orange or copper tones in your hair. Purple shampoo counteracts with the orange to neutralise the colour and make you look more naturally blonde. It’s scientific. The opposite colours of the colour wheel neutralise each other, the same way when I apply orange cream colour on my purple dark circles, they just about disappear. When I went blonde my hair definitely had a coppery tone to it that I didn’t like, and my husband has been going gray for a while now and sometimes gray hairs can go coppery as well, especially if you’ve coloured it. My hairdresser recommended this to us. It worked well for how long it lasted. It washes your hair really squeaky clean and it smells amazing, kind of like Fanta Grape but not in a tacky way. It is very purple. The water will wash out straight up purple which makes it magical in a way, since purple is my favourite colour. We repurchased twice and then we both just realised hey, $30 for a smallish bottle of shampoo is just not a price we want to keep paying, but that’s just Korea for you. All the foreign brands are way overpriced, so I’ll definitely get it again for my husband when we are in the States or home where it’s almost half the price per bottle.

Here’s a list of the ingredients:

Fresh Organic Lemon and Seaweed infusion; Sodium Lauryl Sulfate; Sodium Laureth Sulfate; Fresh Sea Water; Perfume; Cocamide MEA; Propylene Glycol; Glycol Cetearate; Fresh Organic Lime Juice; Extra Virgin Coconut Oil; Violet Leaf Absolute; Rose Absolute; Bermont Oil; Cananga Oil; *Limonene; Linalool; *Citronellol; Coumarin; Isoeugenol; Alpha Isomethyl Ionone; Benzyl Alcohol; Hexyl Cinnamal; Colour 42090; Colour 17200; Methylparaben; Propylparaben.

Would I repurchase? Probably not. I think it’s rather aggravating when a brand claims to be ‘natural’  and rigs their prices up because of that very claim, when it continues to use inorganic chemicals in their products. Would I recommend this to someone who doesn’t mind the chemicals and wants to maintain blonde hair without looking like a duracell battery? Yes, absolutely!

2. Next is Happy Happy Joy Joy.

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I was recommend this conditioner because I struggle with dry tips. I must say I really liked this one. It smells citrusy which is one of my favourite smells in hair products. It’s quite a thick cream white product and it feels natural. I must say it’s not as super moisturizing as I would’ve like it to be, but I believe it’s also because I used it with Daddy-O which really does do a great job of getting rid of excess oils in the hair and removing natural and unnatural buildup. I used this along with my Marilyn hair mask, which ended up being a great combination over all.

Would I repurchase? Yes, I think I will buy this again when I’m home where they charge much less than here in Korea. It’s definitely not a product that needs to be used on blonde hair only. It’s more of a general moisturizing conditioner, so I’d be happy to use it again even though my hair is now permanently blue black.

Here are the ingredients:

Rose Water (Rosa centifolia), Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Almond Milk (Prunus dulcis),Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cold Pressed Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Fragrance, Cetrimonium Bromide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Aurantium amara), Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeodora),Rose Oil (Rosa damascena), Glycerine, Tincture of Benzoin (Styrax benzoin), Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellol,*Limonene, *Linalool, *Citronellol. *Occurs naturally in essential oils

3. I then tried a different range and got told that the Fairly Traded Honey shampoo is a good one for brown hair.

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This was probably one of my favourite products by LUSH. I’m dead against any company that does unfair trading or supports child slavery so the ‘fairly traded’ part of the name really caught me. I also like honey and have long known of it’s health benefits. Ladies and Gentlemen, this comes with a price though. I spent $50 on a medium sized bottle of this stuff and I swiped my card expecting to pay the usually $28 of the Daddy-O shampoo. So when I got home and used the product and only much later realised that it ended up costing me, I had to reevaluate everything I loved about it. I loved the smell that is very much honey like and with an added earthy smell of the geranium oil and other oils they add to it. It’s quite sticky, but I think a fault that many people make is to use too much product, since it takes only about a teaspoon amount to froth up your whole head if you have short hair, and even with long hair you really should only be washing the roots, and it really does makes ones hair squeaky clean and free of build up.

I want to repurchase this so badly because it’s really nice, but the price point is just too high for me.

Here are the ingredients:

Fairly Traded Honey, Linseed Mucilage (Linum usitatissimum), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sunflower Lecithin (Lecithin), Lauryl Betaine, Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens), Beeswax Absolute (Apis Mellifera), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), *Citral, Geraniol, Lilial, Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Eugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, *Farnesol, Hydroxycitronellal, Fragrance. *Occurs naturally in essential oils

4. Up next is another conditioner called American Cream. 

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This is a lovely conditioner and probably my favourite by Lush. It’s very creamy and has a sweet, almost old lady perfume sort of smell, but not in a bad way.  Strong hints of vanilla is what overpowers the smell for me, even though it has a ton of other ingredients as well. I found that it was quite moisturizing as well. It was also a more affordable purchase at close to $30 a bottle. I used this with both Daddy-O and Fairly Traded Honey, and it worked well with both, since both are really good cleansing shampoos and one would need good moisture after using them, especially if you have slightly dry tips.

I’m planning on repurchasing this in the future and using it once a week as a spoil, to my usual $5 conditioner. I don’t know if I’d justify using it every time though.

Here are the ingredients:

Honey Water (Aqua), Vanilla Pod Infusion (Vanilla planifolia), Propylene Glycol, Fresh Organic Oranges (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis), Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Fresh Strawberries (Fragaria vesca),Fragrance, Lanolin, Cetrimonium Bromide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla Planifolia),Clary Sage Oil (Salvia sclarea), Lavender Oil (Lavandula augustifolia), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax tonkinensis pierre), *Linalool, Coumarin, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.*Occurs naturally in essential oils

5. Last but not least Marilyn. 

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I wanted to get this for my short cherry blonde hair as my best friend has blonde hair and swears by this hair treatment. The product comes in a small black tub and costs closr to $30. It’s meant to be applied to dry hair, which to me makes one use a lot more product that one would with wet hair. You leave it in for 30minutes and then wash it out. I only got 4-5 uses out of this pot and my hair was pixie cut to a short chinese bob length. It smells absolutely amazing, with camomile being the strongest scent I could pick out of it. My hair felt amazingly soft and nourished after every use.

I would repurchase this if I were blonde, but right not my hair is blue black and I doubt whether I’d ever go blonde again before I’m grey. I enjoyed this product and was happy with it over all. I would recommend it anyone who can afford a good treatment on blonde hair.

Here are the ingredients:

Linseed Mucilage (Linum usitatissimum), Chamomile Infusion (Anthemis Nobilis and Chamomilla Recutita),Saffron Infusion (Crocus sativis), Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice (Citrus limonum), Cetearyl Alcohol, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum),Chamomile Oil (Anthemis nobilis), Soya Lecithin, *Citral,*Limonene, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.*Occurs naturally in essential oils

As you can probably tell all the ingredient lists are full of really great natural, organic elements but it also contains a ton of sulfates, parabens and alcohols which to me is a bit contradictory to their so called ‘we use fresh natural ingredients’ claim. I get that they didn’t say we ONLY use fresh natural ingredients, but I feel like a lot of their fans are duped into thinking their products are holistic and natural, which most definitely aren’t. It was only when I did some more research for my blog that I realised their shampoos are NOT sulfate free. That’s going to play a massive role in whether I ever purchase from them again or not, since I do feel a bit like I was played for the fool.

That’s it from me, folks. I’m sorry that it’s such a mouthful. Have you ever tried LUSH? How were your experiences?

xox

Amanda

Skincare Empties Tag

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It’s springtime and I’ve decided to take one of my off days of this 5 day weekend to spring clean our apartment. In the process I’ve come across a whole box of empties that I’ve been allowing to accumulate with all the best intentions of blogging on them for you, but it’s reached a level of crazy and I want to just get them out of my house now so here I am 🙂 Don’t be confused as to why I have so many empty moisturizers since some of them come from 2015.

IOPE Complete Anti-Aging Cream

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I got this as a gift when I paid for club membership at a store called Aritaum here in Korea. They stock a ton of international brands and high end Korean brands and I was excited to try this product, since IOPE is an extremely popular and raved about brand in Korean beauty circles.

The product comes in a classy container with the smallest amount of indigo iridescence in the plastic. It right off the bat game me the impression of dewy moisture, which might be off putting if you’ve got oily skin, but I used this product in the dry Korean winter and it did not create too much moisture or an excess of sebum, and I do struggle with oily skin in the summer. With that being said, I’d not recommend this product for usage in the summer, since even the product feels light, it is quite oily and could potentially break you out. I’d recommend it for the winter and if you have dryer skin.

My thoughts: I’d repurchase and I’d give it 5 stars. It really does live up to the IOPE name.

INNISFREE Green Tea Balancing Cream:

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I don’t know if I’ve made this obvious on my blog, but I am a major fan of Innisfree and I’ve been using their products almost exclusively for my skincare routine. The problem is that I’m very curious and so I’m constantly trying new product lines and off course, not all of them are for my skin type. The Green Tea line however is very extensive and has different segments for different skin types. I’ve been using the balancing line for a while now because I know the moisture line will be too oily and the fresh line won’t be oily enough. I use it with the Green Tea Seed Serum which is the brand’s number one seller, and I also use the Green Tea facial wash. I’m currently using the Orchid toner with the line and my skin looks and feels amazing. The cream is just right for my combination skin and if I make a point to not over apply on my nose and forehead, I have no complaints with the product.

My thoughts: As you could probably tell, the image above is a new pot of cream and the one in the collective image is older. That’s because I’ve repurchased and I’ll be doing so for a few more times I’m sure. I give this product line in its entirety five stars.

INNISFREE Orchid Enriched Cream 

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This is one of those Innisfree products that I felt I had to try because I’m curious and I love Innisfree. I bought the whole set of these products including the serum, the toner and this cream. The trio did not work well for my combination skin when it was still warmer, but once fall and winter came along it was just just almost not too oily for my skin, which I thought was okay since it’s not terrible to over moisturise in the winter. I would not use this in a humid summer. I enjoyed this porduct line a lot and I am currently still using the toner along with their Green Tea line. I feel like this is something that would work just a bit better for me in my mid thirties, but not just yet. The cream does have quite a sticky feel to it. So if you don’t like your skin feeling sticky after applying cream, then this won’t be for you.

My thoughts: Would I repurchase. Yes, I will repurchase this in the winter again, but for sure not in the summer as it’s just a tad too oily for my combination skin. They get 4 stars from me.

TONY MOLY The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream

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Curiosity strikes again. I’ve been using the Innisfree Green Tea range almost religiously for a while now and I ended up getting some samples of this line when I bought a Tony Moly highlighter. (Which I’ll be reviewing for you soon). I tried the samples and ended up loving it so I bought the full size product. It’s a light feeling white cream that reminds me quite a bit of the Nivea Aqua range that was popular when I was in high school. It moisturizes well but it feels light and water at the same time. I like the way this felt on my skin and definitely understand how this product range put Tony Moly on the map internationally.

My thoughts: I would repurchase this in a heartbeat. I just currently have so many other products to work my way through that I’d probably have to wait till I finish those first. I am currently using their Green Watery Cleanser which is like a toner that you use after washing your face. It cleans the pores deeper than a facial wash ever could, and I really love that product too. (more extensive reviews for that coming up later.)

NATRI-SILK Facial Moisturizer

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Natri-Silk is a South African brand with its focus on natural ingredients.

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Above is a write up of all the ingredients and the great news that this entire brand is paraben and petroleum free.  With ingredients like Aloe Vera Gel one can imagine it being a very light and gel like formula, which it is. The product is a white gel like lotion with strong hints of lavender, citrus and rose. I really enjoyed this product as it is not every day that you get an all natural product that works really well. This is again a lotion that is not too oily for my skin even though it contains a whole list of essential oils. The citrus and lavender can make it a little bit sensitive on open skin, but that’s because it’s purifying the area and killing off any germs and bacteria. My skin always looks and feels amazing after using this cream and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to steer clear from chemicals and animal tested products.

My thoughts: I am honestly proud to say that this is a South African product because it is that good. The fact that it contains only natural ingredients really stands out for me and it did absolute wonders for my skin. Would I repurchase? Yes, in fact I have a back on my dresser, just waiting to be cracked open. (I will do a more extensive review on it and some other products in the line very soon) It gets 5 stars from me.

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Aloe Ferox is an extremely well loved brand in South Africa, as it is very affordable and contains only natural ingredients and their products work every single time. I have tried lip balms, lip ointments, facial soap bars, hand creams and you name it from this brand. Whenever one of my family members drives past Hartenbos, I ask them to get me some of these products at their Aloe farm store. It’s out in the Klein Karoo. Their products in my opinion have not gotten the rave reviews they deserve on an international scale. My mother in law only uses this moisturiser and has been doing so for years, so she likes to get me some of their products when she gets half a chance. I like this particular product because it’s similar to the Natri-Silk one in that it’s light yet moisturizing enough for young and aging skin. This tube goes a very very long way, in fact it took me close to a year of daily usage to empty it.

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My thoughts: I dearly want to repurchase this but I’ll have to wait till I’m home in December. The only small complaint I can think of is that it’s easy to over apply and then cause excess sebum because the product feels so light on the skin that one would imagine it’s just not enough, when it truly is. It gets at least 4 stars from me.

INNISFREE Super Volcanic Clay Mousse

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Yes, another Innisfree product. No, they aren’t sponsoring me. 🙂 I just love them. The Volcanic Clay range has been my very favourite for years, but they unfortunately decided to cut my favourite lotion permanently so I’ve had to reach out and try their other lines. This is not a lotion, but a face mask instead. They came out with a volcanic clay mask in a tub that you have to apply with a tiny little spatula. It works great but it’s messy and the product dries out after a few months. This is what I believe to be the better version of that one, as it comes in a spray can and works almost like shaving cream. This insures that the product doesn’t dry out and the application is smoother and easier. The product is a brown gray mousse that you apply to your face and decolletage and it dries out to a crusty mud. It claims to minimize pores and extract blackheads from the skin. It feels cooling on the skin.

My thoughts: I have found that the product is affective and does what it claims, although I won’t use it more than twice a week because it’s messy and can be quite drying on the skin.

That’s it from me. I know it was a mouth full, but I haven’t been on here for way too long and now I seem to be over compensating. Another great thing to remember is that Innisfree gives you W500 in club points for every empty container you hand in and you can hand in up to 6 at a time. Club points for days, y’all!

xox

Amanda