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Oxygen Ceuticals Toning Gel Review

oxygen-ceuticalsHello Everyone

I’m back with another Oxygen Ceuticals review for you. Today I’ll be reviewing their Toning Gel, which is their 2nd step in a 10-11 step regime. I posted a review on their Purifying Foam Wash this week. (Click on the blue words to open the link.)

Oxygen Ceuticals is a Korean skin brand that provides facials, skincare treatments, infrared, lifts, scalp treatments, scar treatments, burn healing treatments etc. They use oxygen in all of their procedures, and not only do they use state of the art equipment, they have also created extremely successful skincare products that can be used as aftercare treatments or regular skincare regimes for people who want to take the best possible care of their skin. Here is the article that I wrote about my experience. Some of you may know that I’ve been asked to review some of their products, so although this is a sponsored blog, I want you to know that I will always give my 100% honest opinions.

This is what the product look like:

And the back:

Their packaging are all pretty generic but they come in different shapes and sizes. This particular tube is slightly skinnier than the facial wash. I like how their shapes and sizes are all a bit different so that it doesn’t get too daunting when you have several of them that look similar.

After washing your face with the facial wash of your choice, apply a pea sized amount of the gel to your hands and spread it evenly across the face. I personally focused on the areas on and around the nose, and the forehead, as these are the areas with the most visible pores.

This is what a product looks like:

It’s quite a water gel, but not super watery. It’s really the consistency that I like, because if it’s too thick then it’s too oily and if it’s too watery then it just runs out too fast.

All of these products have a lovely smell.

Here is a list of the ingredients. As you can tell there are many ingredients that are known to be beneficial for the skin.

I will be posting more pictures of my face in a week or two since I just posted one in my previous Oxygen Ceuticals review, and off course I’m using the products at the same time so the results are an accumulation of not just one product, but all of the ones I listed. Although I am confident that they will perform well on their own, or mixed into your favourite daily routine. 

I have honestly never used high end Korean products, but the results of these on my skin have been noticeable after only 3 days. I honestly don’t know how I’m going to manage going back to my regular routine when these run out. 

That’s it for me. Till probably tomorrow, since I have so much to share with you. 

xoxo

Amanda 

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Oxygen Ceuticals Purifying Foaming Wash

oxygen-ceuticalsHello Everyone

Some of  you are aware that I have been approached by Oxygen Ceuticals and asked whether I’d be willing to review some of their products on my blog. I agreed and ended up receiving a box with 11 full sized products. In my previous articles I shared my experience in receiving and extensive facial from them at the KBeauty Expo in South Korea. I also wrote an article about the products I received and the step by step instructions as to how to use them. In that article I promised you step by step reviews of these products, and here I am. I will be reviewing the step one in my skincare routine.

They have several different facial washes but the one they sent me is called the Purifying Foaming Wash and it is targeted for people who either just underwent procedures on their face or for people with sensitive skin. I love how this company not only provides facials, scar healing treatments, infrared treatments and many more, but they provide an extensive range of products to use after these procedures, or for people like me who have fairly problem free skin, but want to take care of it either way.

This is what the product looks like:

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And here is that back:

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It claims to gently remove impurities without making your skin feel tight and stretched like when you use a really drying cleanser. I can vouch for it gently cleansing my skin, and although it does an incredibly thorough job at cleansing, my skin doesn’t feel dry or too tight after using it. I suffer from blackheads on the nose and textured, clogged pores next to nose. I was worried that I need something with microgranules to help scrub away impurities, but with having a fairly sensitive skin I also didn’t want something that would leave me red and broken out, because that defeats the purpose.

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I was surprised that the product is actually so light and although it does froth up bubbles, it is not extremely foamy like cheap over the counter facial washes that contain Lauryl Sulphate and other horrible cancer causing chemicals. Oxygen Ceuticals as a whole uses safe chemicals and natural ingredients and elements to balance the pH of the skin and stimulate natural regrowth with the use of oxygen.

This is what the products looks like:

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Can you see the little bubbles. I’m assuming that’s what they meant with “Bubble-rich pH 0.5 cleanser” because it is not the foamiest product once it’s massaged onto the skin.

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This is what I looked like after just 3 days of using these products. Don’t let the dark circles scare you. I am anemic and suffer from Coeliac disease, and I assure you no cream will make my dark circles lighter 😉 but a strong concealer can hide it.

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My skin is completely clear, aside from the little reoccurring blemish on my chin that was at this stage busy healing. My skin is cleared, my pores are much smaller and smoothed over, and even the omnipresent blackheads on my nose have disappeared.

I am overall extremely pleased with this facial wash and will have to repurchase the big bottle once this one runs out.  I will be reviewing the rest of the products in step by step sequence over the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for that. For more information on these products and where to get them, please visit the site at Oxygen Ceuticals.

That’s it from me, till next time.

xoxo

Amanda

Kocostar Slice Mask Sheet Apple Review 

Hello Everyone

I’m probably going to be driving you nuts with all my reviews from the Korean Beauty Expo, but I can’t help it 😉 Some of you may know by now that I’ve been to a Korean Beauty expo and was given a lot of free things for reviewing purposes. These masks have been all the rage of Korean beauty enthusiasts on social media lately, and there’s no wondering why. Instead of having the run of the mill regular sheet mask, they have come out with little slices of fruit and vegetables. So you get two sheets of mask stickers that you can place not only all over your face, but anywhere you’d like. The world is your oyster.


I really like all things apple flavoured so I started off but trying the apple one, and I will be reviewing all four of them one by one and not too closely together so I can have a true idea of how they are on the skin.

This is what the apple one looks like:


I was considering taking out only one sheet and using only that, but I decided to use them all because I had this nightmarish fear that they would dry up in the packet by the next day, and go to waste. (Ps I still haven’t found a way to look cute with a sheet mask on, so in the words of Charlotte Lucas: “don’t judge me. Don’t you dare judge me.” 😀


Here is the back of the packet and the list of ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Neofinetia Falcata Callus Culture Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, 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, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Allantoin, Betaine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Arginine, Cellulose Gum, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance. 

And this is what the little slices look like when they are done. I really didn’t want to throw these away, they are so cute!


This mask really did do wonders for my skin. My face looked really clear and smooth. The pores were less visible and the little spots were soothed. I am also impressed with the amount of excellent natural ingredients there are in it.

Will I repurchase this? That’ll be a hard yes from me, for sure. They are also great stocking stuffers.

That’s it from me, guys. I will be alternating my mask reviews for the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled for the next Slice Mask review. Also, which one of these would you like to try? Let me know in the comment section  below.

lots of love

Amanda

 

3 Days Love Skincare Treatment Review


Hello Everyone

Today I am going to share my experience at a booth at the KBeauty Expo that took place in Ilsan on the of October. I was just wandering around the booths when I got approached by the people are 3 Days Love. They wanted to know if I’d be willing to have a treatment done by them, so I agreed to it.
From what I could see by the banners and posters that were hung around the booth, this procedure involved some form of acupuncture and it got me curious. They laid me down on a bed and proceeded to removed my makeup. They then applied their a light version of their cream called Soft Peel Cream (The silver packaging) and started massaging it into my face. I was confused because from what I could tell, the lady didn’t use any pins; she didn’t use any equipment but I could clearly feel the millions of little pinpricks of acupuncture all over my face. They then explained that the cream they were using contains little microscopic pieces of coral that they call Bio Micro Needles and get lodged in the skin. The cream penetrates the skin through the little hollows in the pieces of coral, and the acupuncture-like pinpricks stimulate the skin and promote regrowth. It’s a reverse peeling process.


They then applied a second cream (The gold packaging) with more pieces of coral, or perhaps larger pieces, and the pain was a bit worse the second cream. The first cream called Soft Peel Cream was used to wean one into the pain level, and the second one, called Hard Peel Cream,  was more painful than the first. I must admit that it was quite a painful experience, and I wouldn’t recommend to anyone who is very sensitive or doesn’t have a high threshold for pain, but in saying this I want to add that sometimes a little bit of pain is worth it.


Here are the samples of the after care treatment that they gave me:


Luckily the following steps are aimed at soothing the pain and leaving your skin as little irritated as possible. The first of the post treatment steps is a cooling spray called Peptide Mist. They covered my eyes and sprayed the mist onto my face. It was really refreshing after the painful treatment. The man explained that it’s a spray that doesn’t need to be tapped into the skin because it automatically absorbs into one’s skin.
Next they applied a light cream called Derma Touch S.C Cream, which also aided in recovering my skin from pricks of the coral creams. I actually expected my skin to be extremely bloodshot and irritated, but my skin had no signs of irritation or redness, so I felt confident that even though the treatment was painful, it wasn’t bad for my skin.

They then applied the Recovery Balm (BB cream) that not only acted as makeup, but as soothing and rejuvenation after the treatment. As you can see in the pictures, you can’t tell that I just underwent an acupuncture like treatment.

One of the men at the booth sat me down and explained the process to me in full. He kept insisting that shouldn’t use anything other water to wash my face for the following 3 days, and from day 4 I can start using a mild foam wash.  He told me that my skin was going to start peeling within that time period. I’m now going to give you a day to day feedback after the procedure.

Sunday: (The day on which I got the treatment) I had to go to choir straight after I went to the expo. I had no time to go home and rest. My skin hurt with every movement. I could clearly feel that my face was riddled with little prickly pear thorn like pins. It was very painful. I felt miserable and grouchy and sore. By the time I came back from choir, my skin still hurt. I washed my face with water and applied the 3 steps that they gave me in sample sizes, including the bb cream, and went straight to bed.

Monday: Today my skin looks absolutely flawless. The spots on my nose are gone. The pores are tighter and my skin looks overall more clear and mattified. The pain is completely gone. The only noticeable feeling is a feeling of tightness.

Tuesday: my skin feels tight and dry. There are signs of peeling, as little patches of dry, dead skin cells are showing. I have been told not to scratch, even though it might get itchy. I applied the 3 step post treatment products one extra time, just because I felt like my skin needed more nourishment. I also had my braces readjusted today and had some filing done on my teeth, so the constant open mouth position also made my skin feel tight and stretched.

Wednesday: I woke up this morning with a lot of flaky skin around the outer edges of my face: around the jaw and up the cheeks after washing my face little rolls of dead skin came off and the peeling is much less visible to almost gone.

Thursday: My skin feels very firm and healthy. There were still little patches of dry skin here and there but it all came off after washing is with a mild clay facial wash.

They also gave me a sample of their Whimela Skin Implant Cream which is a light, daily version of their Peel creams. It can be used daily because you can hardly feel the bio micro needles. It is not only good for maintaining the effects of the treatment, but it also has whitening properties.

Here is what the Whimela Cream looks like:

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My conclusion: Yes, these products really work. My skin did feel and look amazing afterwards. I must say though that I was told that this treatment is aimed at people older than 35, and I just turned 30, so perhaps it’s a bit premature for me to be getting into procedures such as these. It was overall a very informative and interesting, although painful, experience, and I would recommend it to anyone who is open to trying different things.

 

Here are the pictures that I took from the brochure they gave me:



 

For information on the rest of the product range that this company has to offer, please visit 3 Days Love.

That’s it from me, till next time.

love

Amanda

 

Skincare Empties Tag

IMG_3580Hello Everyone

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

 

 

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