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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. 




Oka (Wrinkle Care) Mask Review 

Hello everyone

Some of you may know that I have been gifted some masks to test when I visited the KBeauty expo at Kintex last month. One of the brands that gifted me some products is called Oka. That is what’s really great about attending expos such as these. You get to become acquainted with brands you’ve never heard of or otherwise might never have heard of before, and it really broadens one’s horizons.

This is what I got from Oka:

The first thing I tried is the Wrinkle Care Mask. Firstly, how freaking adorable is the packaging on these masks? I want to cut the faces out and use them for scrapbooking, they are so pretty.

I don’t know if you can notice from the picture, but the packet is quite chunky. I was expecting it to either be a lipmask or some mega thick mask, but it turns out the mask is quite thin but there is serum for days in that packet! I was literally able to lather my whole upper body, stomach and thighs with the excess serum after applying the mask AND serum onto my face.

Here is what I looked like during the application:

As you can tell, it’s a thin sheet, which is the way I like it.

Here is the back of the packet:

The instructions said to put the mask on for 15-20 minutes: I’m never much of a timer when it comes to things like this. I just go with the feeling of it and to me when the mask starts to feel like it’s drying on my skin, I take it off and tap in the excess serum.

Here is a list of the ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Propanediol, 1,2- Hexanediol, Diglycerin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Centella Asiatica Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Octyldodeceth- 16, Carbomer, Arginine, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine.  

I’m going mmmmm that makes sense: Avocado, Royal Jelly and Collagen… those are all really excellent ingredients so it makes sense why it’s so good! My skin did feel amazing afterwards. It definitely felt like a high quality mask to me.

Would I purchase this? Yes, I want to buy them in bulk and get my hands on the ones I haven’t had the opportunity to try yet.

I will be posting a review of the other mask that I got from this line soon!

Until next time



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:



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.




Mediheal Dress Code Blue Mask Review


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.


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.


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:



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:



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






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


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:


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 


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


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


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


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.

ALOE FEROX Classic MoisturizerIMG_3589

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.


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


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!





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.


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


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 😦 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 🙂


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. 


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. 


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.


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 😦 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