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Mediheal Dress Code Blue Mask Review

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Hello Guys

I’ve been intrigued by these masks for the longest time, as they have been all over instagram, but I just for the life of me couldn’t get my hands on them. I actually went out looking for them, but it was all in vain. To cut a long story short I found them very unexpectedly at Incheon International Airport, in one of their little curio shops. They only had the blue and the purple so I grabbed two of each. ¬†As far as I know there are also red and black ones and maybe some others in this line, which I’ll try to get my hands on as well. Some of you may know that I dearly love to try dramatic sheet masks. They are fun and make you look awesome, instead of making you look like the Groke. I’ve tried masks that are like these but just plain black and only focusing on the eye areas. I’ve also tried an Etude House one that made me look like Batman. These are like intricate masquerade ball masks and they really are more girly, but I love it.

This is what they look like in the packaging.

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I will write a review on the purple one once I’ve tried it.

Here is a picture of the back of the mask, with a list of the ingredients, and the instructions.

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This is the first sheet mask from Mediheal that I’ve tried, that is a full face mask. I’ve tried their three step nose patches and I have a few of their charcoal eye masks in my stash that I still need to try and review for you. I must say for W2000 a piece, these are far superior to the average w1000 mask, and I was not holding my breath because companies usually charge more for colour printed masks than they do for the clear ones. Animal masks for example can go for up to 3 times the price, just because it’s an animal mask. These are definitely value for money though and I am very happy I eventually found them.

This is what it looked like applied to my face:

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They say one should never smile while wearing a face mask, since it could cause wrinkles, but I must say my heart is smiling.

This is what the mask looked like after I removed it:

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I really appreciate the art and the effort behind these masks, and they can cheer you up no matter what mood you’re in. This mask did a great job of moisturizing my face without feeling too oily. I believe the blue one says BERRY, I’d imagine blueberry. The texture of the liquid is not too milky but not too gel like either. Just right,a nd there was a lot of product left in the foil packet which I used to rub into my neck, decolletage and breasts. They would make great christmas stocking stuffers and I like that you don’t have to break the bank to get your hands on a few of them.

That’s it from me.

lots of 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 ūüôā 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. ūüôā 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

 

 

Korea Spring Clinique Glossybox

I’ve always wanted to get a subscription box, but I always felt like they were too expensive and I’m not a fan of surprises. I’m also not a fan of trying brands of makeup that I’ve never heard of before. I have however been keeping my eyes on the Korea Glossybox site, to see if there’s anything I would be interested in. I saw this Clinique box in spring, but didn’t want to spend $27 on it, so I gave it a pass, but then I noticed them on sale this month for only $10, so I decided to get one. I am in ecstasy that I did.

Here is what it looks like:

 

It’s a very sturdy little box. I’ve heard other bloggers say they use it to organize their makeup. I will be putting my lipsticks in this one.

Inside you get 5 Clinique minis and a little makeup pouch with the Glossybox emblems on them.

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Here are the items.
1. X2 Clinique anti-blemish solutions clarifying lotion. (It’s really a toner)

 

2.) Clinique anti-blemish solutions cleansing bar for face and body. 15g/ 5oz

 

3.) Clinique turnaround concentrate extra radiance renewer.

 

4.) Clinique anti-blemish solutions clearing moisturizer.

 

5.) Glossybox makeup pouch.

 

There it is guys. I’ll be trying the toner and one of the lotions today. I’m saving the soap for later because I have a Clinique soap already. I think I might actually buy another box just because it’s value for money and I was going to spend money on Clinique this month anyway.

I will keep you all updated on how the products are, but knowing Clinique and their 5 star reputation, I’m sure these will be very good.

Till next time. Have a lovely weekend!

Xox Amanda

GARNIER Skin Naturals. Pure 3 in 1

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I have honestly used Garnier’s Pure range since I was 14. I guess I’ll be giving my age away here, but it is a little over 10 years now. I tried all the drug store facial washes and creams and I was fairly happy with Johnson and Johnson’s Clean and Clear, but in the 9th grade (Or as most of you call ‘freshman year’) I realised that I needed something with better exfoliation. Garnier just came out that year in South Africa and I decided to give it a try. At first I loved it so much that I overused it and washed my face 5 times a day because I just loved the smell of it and the clean feeling it left behind, but I ended up burning my skin ūüė¶ Some say it is a bit harsh, but I was really just being stupid. So I had to give my face a week to heal and then I tried it again, twice a day and I loved it ever since and it has become my go to product.¬†

Okay, now I did not use this particular product. I used a daily scrub, which I only have a photo of, but unfortunately it is in German. I will translate, so please bear with me ūüôā

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Hautklar. Salizylsäure + zink                         Clear skin. Salicylic acid + zinc
Tägliches Anti-mitesser Waschpeeling        Daily anti-blackhead exfoliating wash

Anti-talg, anti-unreinheiten                           Anti-tallow (grease or oily shine), anti-impurities

I have it in German because it’s not available in Korea, so I had to ask a friend to send it to me from Germany. The English product used to also say “Cucumber Extract”.

I don’t have any of this product left, but I will tell you how I’ve experienced it and then review the 3 in 1:

This product is a great exfoliator. My skin feels so soft and squeaky clean after every wash. I dries out imperfections, making them less swollen and helping them to heal faster. It also removes and prevents black heads, white heads and impurities. My skin has been mostly clear all my teenaged years, except for an odd pimple on the rare monthly occasion. I do thank my parents for good genes, but I also believe that this product has a made a difference.

Now back to the 3 in one mask which is very similar (if not better), only it has 3 functions and uses and it really works. I received this yesterday after having to be without it for a month or two. My friend brought it along with a ton of chocolates, dried fruit roll and¬†liquorice. Just some things I love from home. I was honestly most excited about this product because I LOVE it! I don’t know how I’ve managed without it for 2 months…

This product can be used in 3 ways:

wash, scrub and mask. 

I hardly ever use it to just wash because I need that exfoliation. So I scrub daily and mask 3 times a week or for 2 days, once every day before a photo shoot. 

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I did it in haste, so I did not use the product too liberally, but it was sufficient. It’s a white clay that you can either put on and wash off¬†immediately, put on scrub and wash off, or put on and leave it on for 3 minutes, wait for it to dry and then wash off. I did that latter.

I have a bit of a breakout under my chin which I believe is caused by a recent chin wax. I always get little bumps after a wax, which eventually leave 2 or 3 bad zits if I don’t have this product handy. This product really does prevent impurities as it claims…¬†

Only after one mask, my skin feels so so squeaky clean and the bumps are dried out and not swollen. I believe they will be gone in two days or so with continual use. 

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This is the result. Unedited and makeupless. Just my bare skin to show. I’ve noticed that the pores on my nose are no longer black. My skin clear. I don’t get gunk under my nails when I scratch my face and my zits are (like I said) dried out and rapidly healing.

I end off my routine with the lotion that comes in the same line.

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Again, I apologise for the German. If you Google ‘Garnier Pure’, you will find the English version of this. It’s a sebum controlling and matifiying daily moisturiser and it works like a dream.¬†

At the moment my German containers are empty, but I promise to do a more¬†discrete review on all of these products once I have my hands on them again. I wish I had them all now ūüė¶ but I’ll just have to order them from Amazon or have a friend send me some.¬†

I hope you adore the product as much as I do. It is truly worth giving a try.  

Till next time

‚̧ Amanda