Got dry AND pale lips? Try the Peripera Butter Pang! I have been loving these so much because not only are they oh so moisturizing they are also tinted.
MOISTURE, TRANSFERABILITY & LONGEVITY
These are like tinted lip balm. The tint does not transfer much and lasts about 4 hours (see picture below). I wish the tint lasts longer, but my lips sometimes get dry pretty fast, so at those times I’ve had to keep re-applying anyway.
Another attribute of the Peripera Butter Pang is that the shade changes color depending on the skin temperature; when the skin is heated, the shade gets deeper, and when the skin is cooler the shade becomes lighter. I honestly don’t see the shades changing, but maybe that just means my skin is always on the warm side temperature-wise.
These Peripera Butter Pang lip tints come in 3 shades (Cream Butter, Peach Shea Butter, and Pink Butter), but I have only the Cream Butter and the Peach Shea Butter shades.
Shade #1 Cream Butter: This shade is light, natural-looking, pink. I think this is a good shade for everyday wear if you’re going for that natural look.
Shade #2 Peach Shea Butter: This shade is an reddish orange color. I don’t like wearing a bold red shade on my lips, especially for an everyday look for work, so this shade is the perfect natural reddish color. I think this color would look food on any skin tone, but I think it looks best with a warm skin tone with yellow undertone, like mine.
The main active natural ingredients of the Peripera Butter Pang are the Shea Butter, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, and Camellia Japonica Seed Oil (Japanese Tea Oil, also commonly known as Tsubaki Oil)- all of which have moisturizing properties. There is also Red 27 dye in the ingredients. This is the ingredient that contributes to the change in the shade color according to skin temperature.
To recap, here are the things that I love about the Peripera Butter Pang:
– It’s so moisturizing, just like a lip balm!
– The shades are natural-looking, perfect for everyday wear
– The tint doesn’t transfer much
There really isn’t much about this product that I don’t like. The only thing I don’t like about this product, but can still tolerate, is that the tint doesn’t last all day. Again, my lips tend to get dry pretty fast (within 4 hours), so I have to re-apply anyway- Interestingly, after re-applying once, usually the color seems to stay longer!
By the way, I purchased these tints from Amazon:
So, I have finally revealed one of my two most favorite lip tint products! What do you guys think? Had you heard of this product before? If so, how do you like it? If not, have I inspired you to try it? I hope I have! ^^
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I was reading Sokobeauty’s blog about the Cellnco Vitamin Solution Radiant Whitening Ampoule a few months ago and decided to purchase this product from w2beauty a couple months ago. The product claims to help fade dark spots that resulted from past acne- and you all know that I have some serious dark spots!
Reading through the ingredients, I saw that this ampoule has both niacinamide and L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). I have heard that these two whitening ingredients cancel each other out when used together. Here, the L-Ascorbic Acid is one of the last ingredients on the list and the niacinamide is high on the list, so that usually means there is more niacinamide than L-Ascorbic acid. I was still not expecting much out of this product though, due to the potential offsetting interaction between those two ingredients.
Let me just jump directly to the results I was seeing after using this product for about a month.
Below is what my dark spots looked like on both my cheeks just before I started using this ampoule (i.e. Day 1).
After 1 month, I could see the dark spots becoming lighter…and fewer.
Also note that after that first month, I had a new acne that left me with a new deep dark spot on my left cheek. I continued using the ampoule for a second month. I saw significant improvement on the new dark spot on the left side, as well as continued fading of the dark spots on the right cheek.
I am happy to see that this ampoule actually works!!
CONSISTENCY, TEXTURE, & SCENT
Ok, so let’s talk about the details of the product itself! It has a clear-colored gel-like consistency. I say “gel-like” because when spread out on the skin, it is lighter than gel, but still thicker than water. It is sticky on the skin though.
For those who are sensitive to fragrance, this ampoule does have fragrance. It has the scent of an orange that is not so subtle but also not overpowering. I do like this scent. Also, the ampoule is moisturizing as well. Sometimes I can get away without applying further moisturizer because the ampoule feels moisturizing enough!
Overall, here are aspects of this ampoule that I like and dislike:
– It fades my post-acne dark spots!
– The orange-y scent
– Light gel consistency
– The durable, elegant tear drop bottle
– The stickiness on the skin
This ampoule contains 7.0 oz/ 50 ml of the product and it lasted me a couple months. As I mentioned, I purchased this from w2beauty for $28. I think this ampoule is worth a try if you’re trying to fade your post-acne dark spots. If your skin is sensitive to L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), I think you should still be ok with this ampoule because the L-Ascorbic acid is lower on the ingredient list- but I would just patch-test it first before you apply it on your whole face, just to be safe.
I do wonder though if this ampoule is really ok for those with sensitive skin, so let me know your thoughts! Even if you don’t have sensitive skin and have tried this product, I would still love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below! What other products have worked for fading your hyperpigmentation?
I normally do not dedicate a full review/blog post on sheet masks, but I love these sheet masks so much that I have to dedicate a full review blog post on them! First of all, how cute are these masks?!?!?! I have never seen sheet masks this cute haha…No wonder they’ve been posted all over Instagram!
About the brand
The brand, Unitouch, is a Taiwanese brand that fully uses natural plant essence oils instead of chemically-synthesized oils. They have 4 lines of products: Perfection Perfect Series, Garden Series, So What?! Series, and Miss O Oh Lala Series. The masks that I am reviewing here are 4 of the 5 masks in the Miss O Oh Lala series.
My New FAVORITE Sheet Masks!!
With any sheet masks, I always feel that you can’t see a significant difference (besides moisturization) after only 1 use. With that said, here I will talk only about how these masks feel when I applied them on my skin.
Before I go deeper into the masks, let’s talk about why these are my new favorite masks:
Firstly, I have always loved sheet masks that are thin (the “almost-invisible” kind of thin) and flexible (i.e. easy to fit onto my small face). These Unitouch Miss O sheet masks are thin enough to be flexible to fit onto the face but not so thin that I would worry about ripping it while unfolding it. Essentially, these sheet masks are just the right thickness for me.
Secondly, with other sheet masks that I have tried (and I have tried A LOT of sheet masks), the essence is always dripping from the masks while I was unfolding the masks. Unitouch Miss O sheet masks also have a lot of essence, but the essence doesn’t drip from the masks.
Now, let’s go on to the sheet masks…
Miss O Oh Lala Sheet Masks
This line of the Unitouch products contain 5 sheet masks, but I only purchased 4 of them:
Relax Facial Mask– This masks helps to clean and heal the skin. It has a natural and VERY subtle scent. Below are the main ingredients and their benefits to the skin:
– Citrus Paradisi Extracts: this is basically grapefruit extracts, which contains natural antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
– Avina Sativa Extracts: Oat extracts, which helps fight inflammation, soothes the skin, and moisturizes the skin.
– 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid Extracts: This is a stable Vitamin C ingredient that helps whiten and brighten the skin, as well as protects the skin from ultraviolet B damage and improves collagen formation in the skin.
– SODIUM HYALURONATE EXTRACTS: sodium salt of hyaluronic acid, which keeps the skin well-hydrated that then slows down aging.
Makeup Facial Mask – This mask is meant to be used before putting on makeup. It looks like the primary ingredient is water, but it also includes ingredients like Butylene Glycol and Propylene Glycol that thins out the viscosity of the essence on the mask. I mentioned this mask is meant to be used before putting on makeup, which for me usually means in the morning. However, since I never have time in the morning for a face mask, I used this at night, just like the other masks. It’s as good as the other masks, but I can’t say that it feels like a primer or anything like that- so I think this mask can be used at night too.
Outdoor Facial Mask – This mask is meant to be used to soothe the skin after being out in the sun all day. Like the Makeup Facial Mask, the primary ingredient is water, with thinning ingredients like Butylene Glycol and Propylene Glycol. Since I am rarely outside in the sun for long enough to get sunburnt skin or anything like that, I used this mask under “normal” circumstances- not with sunburnt skin. The mask feels like the other Unitouch Miss O masks; I didn’t feel anything special, compared to the other Unitouch Miss O masks.
So that is it for my full review of the Unitouch Miss O Facial Masks. I purchased these masks from Beautibi using the links below. I would recommend you to try these masks and let me know your thoughts!
A few weeks ago, I was one of the lucky winners of an international giveaway that was hosted by Amabie Beauty (www.shopamabie.com for their store, and www.amabie.com for their review page). The giveaway was for travel sets of 23.5N products.
Since I have combination/oily skin type, they sent me the 23.5N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Travel Set that consisted of the following products:
– Gel Mask
Normally I use products for about a month before writing a full review of them, but since these are travel sizes, I could use them only for about 2 weeks.
About the brand
23.5N is a brand that uses natural ingredients from Taiwan in its beauty products. Their products contain no paraben, no artificial coloring, no fragrance, and no animal testing.
As you can see from the table from cosdna below, there are three irritating ingredients in these products, but they are also lower in the ingredients list, which means that there is not much of these ingredients in the 23.5N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing line. Also, my skin is normally sensitive to alcohol ingredients, but these products did not irritate my skin at all. Keep in mind though that this product line is made for oily skin, and I have combo/oily skin, so if you have dry skin, you might want to dry their set that is for dry skin.
Now, let’s discuss the top ingredients contained in these products and then go on to discuss my experience with each of these products.
Water: well, I think everyone knows what water is ^^
Sodium Hyaluronate: This is an ingredient that is derived from Hyaluronic Acid, which is a substance that is naturally found in the dermis layer of the skin, which is the layer that provides elasticity of the skin. Hyaluronic Acid holds on to the water inside the skin to hydrate the skin and give the skin volume/plumpness. As we get older, the level of hyaluronic acid decreases, making the skin lose its plumpness and youth. Basically, then sodium hyaluronate attracts and holds on to water in the skin to give it hydration and make the skin plump.
Green Tea: Contains a lot of anti-oxidant and anti-aging benefits as the polyphenols in green tea helps neutralize free radicals and as such slows down the aging process.
When I am feeling lazy, sometimes I only wash my face and then put on toner- no skincare afterwards. Normally, my forehead would get oily about an hour or so after the toner. With this toner, my forehead never got oily! The toner also seems to control my sebum overnight and throughout the day too (note: I used this once in the morning and then again at night).
Consistency & Fragrance
The consistency is a liquid lightweight consistency, like a typical toner.
For those of you who care about fragrance, this product has no fragrance. I tried several times to catch a hint of scent, and I think it has a hint of a tea scent, but it’s not noticeable unless you dip your nose in the product like I did….literally!
The only thing I’m not a fan of with this toner is the color. It has a brownish color, like the color of tea. Because the color of the product is brownish, I can’t really tell how well it wipes the makeup and dirt off my face!
23.5N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Serum
I tried the serum on its own as well (i.e., without the toner and the gel mask), once in the morning and once at night and kept the rest of my skincare routine constant. I think the serum also works on controlling the sebum. My forehead did not get as oily as usual during the day and when I used it at night, my forehead did not get as oily the next morning.
Consistency & Fragrance
Since it is a serum, the consistency is a bit thicker than the toner.
Just like the toner, there is a very very subtle tea scent, but again it’s barely noticeable- I don’t think most people would be able to detect a scent.
The color of the serum itself is the same as the color of the toner. I don’t mind that color on a serum. The serum also gets absorbed by my skin quickly and does not leave a sticky feeling- don’t you just hate it when your skincare product makes your skin sticky?! This serum actually made my face soft and smooth once it was absorbed by the skin.
Of course the serum works very well with the toner, and ideally you would wear these products (the toner, serum and gel mask) in combination with each other. Realistically, though, sometimes you could only buy one! If that’s the case for you, I think you should try the serum first. Additionally, serums are usually more potent than toners.
Having tried the toner and serum and finding that they do control sebum, I was expecting the gel mask to also control sebum. Unfortunately, I was sad to find that the gel mask does not seem to control sebum when used on its own without the toner and serum. When used in combination with the toner and serum, however, my sebum was controlled overnight and throughout the day.
Consistency & Fragrance
As the name says, the product has a gel consistency that turns more watery on the skin. It is very lightweight, fast-absorbing and is not sticky. It also leaves your skin so soft! Fragrance-wise, I feel that the tea scent on the gel mask is a bit more detectable than the scent on the toner and serum, but it’s still very very subtle.
As you can see from the picture above, the color is a tea color, just like the toner and the serum.
As I mentioned, ideally all three products used in combination would give you the optimal effect, but let’s face it- sometimes we can’t buy all three products. If you could buy only one of these products at a time, I would recommend trying the serum first. Unfortunately, I just checked the shopamabie store and found out that the serum is not sold separately!!! 😔 Well, in that case, I would then recommend you to try the toner first then because it does control the sebum.
I am happy that I got the opportunity to review these products- Thank you again, Amabie Beauty!
These products can be purchased at the links below:
Do you like having a glowy face but not like using powder highlighters? If you can relate to that, then you might want to try the Erborian Glow Creme Illuminating Face Cream.
I purchased this as part of the $50 Klog Box from Soko Glam. I don’t think Soko Glam carries it anymore, but Sephora now carries it. The product claims that it helps give the face “a pearly glow and a radiant complexion”. You can see the “glowiness” when you squeeze out the product from the tube like you can see in the picture below. The consistency is between a cream and a gel…so I guess a light cream consistency.
You can use it as a primer, under your foundation, or as a creme highlighter, on top of your foundation. I usually use it as a primer. I do notice my face looks more glowy when I use this as a primer under my foundation. I wasn’t sure how to capture this on camera though! Also, just a quick note that this product does not have SPF, so if you want to use this as a primer, you still need to apply suncreen underneath.
Effectiveness as a Primer
First of all, since I use this as a primer, I wanted to see how effective it is as a primer. The purpose of using a primer under your foundation is to make your makeup last longer. Does this product live up to that expectation?
Ok, if you have read my post on my favorite bb cushion, the Missha M Magic Cushion, you’d know that cushion holds up well and lasts all day all on its own- so for my testing purposes of the Erborian Glow Creme, I used another foundation that I know does not last all day on its own. Check out the pictures below:
I did not retouch my makeup at anytime during the day when I took those pictures. I think it works pretty well as a primer.
I also have to say, this product does have a floral fragrance. It’s not subtle, but it’s also not overpowering…at least not for me. If your skin is sensitive to fragrance, you might want to take caution.
The main ingredient of this product is licorice extract, which is known for the following benefits for the skin:
– promote skin elasticity and slows down wrinkle formation, and fight inflammation (plant sterols)
– helps reduce hyper-pigmentation (glabridin blocks the enzyme that causes the skin to darken)
– Helps regulate oil production, which helps prevent acne as acne is caused by the clogging of the skin pores due to overproduction of oil. (Licochalcone)
– Also has moisturizing properties
I can’t confirm that it slows down wrinkles since I don’t have wrinkles yet. I also don’t notice my hyperpigmentation reduced or my combo/oily face getting less oily with this product. What I do notice though is that the creme does add moisture to the skin, per my testing using a skin tester below. (I tested on two different areas of my face).
I do like this product because it helps give me that “glow effect” and adds moisture to my skin. I also love the scent. However, other than that, I don’t think this product does anything else, and at the price of $42, I will not be repurchasing.
I had just gotten my second and third tub of the Missha M Magic Cushion when I had a creative urge to take this picture below, which ended up getting so much love (for the picture itself and the product as well).
When I learned about bb and cc cushions a few years ago, I went ahead and tried some- Just for reference, I heard IOPE is the original brand that started the BB Cushion trend, so I tried the IOPE BB Cushion and then CC Cushion. I have also tried the Laneige Anti-Aging Cushion and the Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion. Frankly, most of the BB cushions that I have tried have been too heavy for me and have always transferred to other things easily. I really like the Sulwhasoo Evenfaire Perfecting Cushion, but I was wishing that there is a cushion version of my favorite BB Cream (which is the Missha M Perfect Coverage BB Cream).
A few weeks ago, I was watching a collaboration video on youtube by Morgan from the Beauty Breakdown and Liah Yoo where they talked about their favorite cushions (you can check out the video yourself here). Both of them loves the Missha M Magic Cushion. As these two ladies are my trusted Youtube gurus when it comes to KBeauty, I went to the Missha website and decided to give Missha M Magic Cushion a try, and guess what? I really feel like this is the Missha M Perfect Coverage BB Cream in a Cushion form! My wish had been answered! 😀
The Basics: Packaging, Shades, SPF, and Skincare Claims
The packaging is a white and silver tub, and the inside is just like any other cushion foundation. You can take out the part that contains the product and the sponge, so you can just buy a refill and use the same tub. I actually wish the tub had more contrasting colors, but eh…if I love the product inside, I don’t mind the packaging.
One of the things I love about Missha bb products is that Missha comes out with a wide range of shades, so even those of us with darker skin can use Missha bb products. The Missha M Magic Cushion comes in 4 shades: #21 Light Beige, #23 Natural Beige, #27 Honey Beige, and #31 Golden Beige. I use shade #27 Honey Beige, which is the same shade I use with Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream. Just for reference, I have a little darker skintone than most Asians, with a yellow undertone. If you have a fair/light skintone with pink or natural undertone, I would think that Shade #21 or #23 should work for you.
As the title of this post indicates, this cushion, like Missha’s other cushions and bb creams, has an SPF 50 PA+++. The cushion also has “silica-bead powder [that] effectively absorbs sweat and sebum”, which supposedly is what makes the makup last longer. Additionally, the product contains bamboo water and baobab fruit extract that moisturizes the skin. Baobab fruit is Africa’s “Tree of Life” that contains almost 50% fibre and the highest amount of antioxidants than any other fruits. The product also contains witch hazel extract that soothes and calms the skin.
Coverage & Finish
The AFTER picture below is the coverage I get after only 1 squeeze of a semi- to full tub.
Pretty good right? It instantly covers up my hyperpigmentation marks and makes my skin look flawless. I have always had hyperpigmentation and I have never used a bb cushion that covers those hyperpigmentation marks instantly. Just like the Missha M BB Cream, the Missha M Magic Cushion has a FULL coverage, in my opinion.
Additionally, I think it gives a semi-matte finish, which is the way I like it…..it’s not too glowy and does not make my face look like an oil slick anytime during the day or by the end of the day, but it also doesn’t look super matte, making my face look “flat”.
The only thing I don’t think I like is that it does give a little bit of a white cast effect under superficial lighting, which I’m assuming is similar to what a camera flash would be like. Honestly, though, I think the only cushion that might not give a white cast under a camera flash, yet still has a high SPF content, is the Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion, which cost $60. The Missha M Magic Cushion cost a third of the price of the Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion, so for the price, I’d make that trade-off.
Longevity & General Performance
I tried using this cushion without a primer to see how it performs and how long it lasts on its own. The cushion performed pretty well. At the end of a 9-hr work day without a primer, the cushion still held onto my face, almost as if I had just applied it. It didn’t melt away by my oily face and whatnot. I have a dry nose that tends to get flakey as the day goes on, and I found this cushion kept my nose moisturized- something I am super happy about, because no one wants dry flakes hanging on their nose!
Also, it is not sticky, so I don’t have to worry about my hair sticking to my face when the wind blows. The only thing that bothers me is that the product transfers to anything that touches the face- like my boyfriend’s shirt…sad, but true…lol – I have to say, though that the transfer is not as bad as some other bb cream or cushion products I’ve tried.
It has a subtle floral scent. I think it’s the same scent as the Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream, but a lot more subtle.
What I like:
– The Full coverage
– the scent
– It lasts a whole day, even without primer
– The semi-Matte Finish
What I don’t like:
– It transfers to anything that touches the face.
– The white cast with flash camera
If you live in a dry climate and have normal/combination/oily/sensitive skin, I would definitely recommend this product. If you live in a dry climate and have dry skin, you might want to try the moisture version of this cushion- the Missha M Magic Cushion Moisture; I heard that one is suitable for those with dry skintype. For those of you with normal/combination/oily skin who lives in a humid climate, I don’t know whether the Missha M Magic Cushion would still be light enough for you – let me know if anyone would recommend this for those living in a humid climate!
If you have tried this cushion, I’d love to know what you think! If you have not tried this cushion, do you think you will try it? Have you tried the Moisture version? What other cushions would you recommend for someone with combination/oily skin, with hyperpigmentation, like me? Comment down below! Also, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @aiforbeauty for daily posts (hauls, mini reviews, or just pretty pictures of products I will review in the near future).
Doesn’t that picture look so attractive??? Honestly, it was that packaging that attracted me to this product. It is the Hokkuu Green Tea Volcanic Clay Mask. No, not Hokku – Hokku is the opening stanza of a Japanese poem. Hokkuu (with double “u”) is a skincare company that created this, and other, spa-quality products. You can learn more about the company here.
Hokkuu produces 2 types of spa-quality skincare products:
Hokkuu Spa Technology: incorporates cutting edge research and technology and pharmaceutical grade ingredients.
Hokkuu Certified Organic: incorporate only natural ingredients with no synthetic chemicals, parabens, toxins, and fragrances
This green tea clay mask is currently the only product in their Spa Technology line.
Now, let’s talk about the product…
Here are the claims that the company makes about this product:
Cleanses and exfoliates your face without overdrying
My favorite part of the mask is that it does NOT dry out the face like other clay masks I’ve tried. The directions say to leave the mask on for 10 minutes, but I leave the mask on for 15 minutes most days, and guess what…the mask is still wet even 15 mins into application! After I wash off the mask, my skin also does not feel dry. I took the moisture level of my face with my moisture analyzer immediately before and after application of the mask.
Now, in terms of how well the mask cleanses the face: I tested this by applying the mask to only half of my face immediately after double-cleansing but BEFORE toning. Ten minutes after application, I washed off the mask and used Son & Park Beauty Water to tone my face. The Son & Park Beauty Water is very good at picking up any leftover dirt and makeup, so I thought this would be a good toner to use.
I applied the mask to the left side of my face where I was having a pimple- I figured this would allow me to see whether the mask does anything to the pimple too.
In the picture above, the left cotton pad is the makeup/dirt that I wiped off from the left side of my face, the side I applied the mask on. The right cotton pad is the the makeup/dirt I wiped off from the right side of my face, the side I did NOT apply the mask on. I don’t think the picture shows very well, but the “stuff” picked up by the left cotton pad was greenish in color, which means it was remains of the mask. The “stuff” picked up by the right cotton pad was brownish in color, which means it was the makeup that I still had on my face after the double-cleansing process.
In terms of cleansing the face, I think that the mask does its job of cleansing the face and it makes my skin feel squeaky clean and refreshed! I would still tone after using the mask though, just in case there is any leftover mask on the face, like on the left cotton pad in the picture above. However, I don’t think it did anything to the pimple there.
Makes your face smooth and soft
Although the mask does not have granules like most exfoliating products, I think it does exfoliate the skin because after washing off the mask, my face felt soooooo soft! I literally could NOT stop touching my face because it felt so soft and smooth.
Like I mentioned above, in the section about the cleansing test, I don’t think it does anything to irritations and pimples.
Helps prevent acne & blemishes
I’m not sure if it does- I’m not saying it doesn’t help prevent acne & blemishes. I have been using this product three times, and I think I might have to use the product some more to see whether it helps prevent acne & blemishes.
Brightens the skin
I haven’t found a good way to test this yet, so I can’t say how true this claim is. Do let me know in the comments below (or comment in my instagram pic of the product) if you have a suggestion on how to test claims like this.
Personally, I like my masks to have a pleasant smell, and I think this mask definitely has a pleasant smell; It has a floral scent that is not over-powering and does not linger on the face after I wash it off.
Here are the ingredients that are listed on the product packaging:
Let’s talk about the main active ingredients that contribute to the claims above:
Volcanic Soil– purifies and cleans the skin
Glycerin – seals in moisture, as well as cleanses, tones, and purifies the skin. Additionally it softens the skin and has been known to heal wounds, making the skin more smooth. Good for all skin types.
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract– this is more commonly known as green tea extract. It has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants helps firm the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, as well as reduce the appearance of scars.
Chitosan Glycolate – antimicrobial and hydrating and wound-healing. It is derived from the exoskeleton of crustaceans.
Even though I don’t think the product makes my pimple any better and I can’t confirm its claims about helping to prevent acne/blemishes or brightening the skin, I love that the product remains moisturizing 15 minutes into application, unlike other clay masks. I also love that the mask makes my skin feel baby soft and smooth and actually cleans and makes my face feel refreshed. Last, but not least, I love the subtle fresh floral scent!
I only wish that the product comes with a spatula. Hokkuu sells a separate wooden brush specifically for this mask, though, so I might purchase that and see how well it helps with the mask application.
You can purchase this mask, and other Hokkuu products, directly from their website here
Have YOU tried this mask? If so, let me know what you think of this mask! Also, let me know if you have suggestions on how to test a product’s claims on brightening the skin and on helping to prevent acne & blemishes!
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I am so excited to write about this next product because this is a product that sold out within hours of its launch a month or two ago! This is a product that Charlotte Cho, founder of Soko Glam, helped create with COSRX, one of the biggest Korean beauty brands: COSRX Triple C Lighning Liquid. The “Triple C” stands for COSRX, Charlotte Cho, and Vitamin C.
I love buying my K-beauty products from Soko Glam, because they ship from New York, so it is faster for me to receive the products, and COSRX is one of my favorite Korean beauty brands. That’s why when I heard that Charlotte Cho collaborated with COSRX to create this product, I knew I had to get my hands on it immediately- and I did! I purchased this product within a couple hours of its launch, which was lucky because a few hours later, this product was sold out! Because Charlotte Cho and COSRX want to keep the high quality and freshness of this product when it reaches customers, they sell this product in batches, meaning that once they sell out the current batch, it will be another month or so until the product is back in stock. Also, this product is sold exclusively in Soko Glam.
Anyway, let’s get to my review!
The COSRX Triple C Lightning Liquid contains 20.5% pure Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) and 72% black chokeberry. Vitamin C not only reverses signs of aging, it also helps reduce skin blemishes, provides hydration which then heals scars, decreases inflammation and irritations, and lightens hyperpigmentation. However, most Vitamin C is also known to be “unstable”, meaning that the vitamin C contents (and hence effectiveness) reduces when exposed to air and when stored at higher temperature. Studies show that Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is more stable and does not oxidize as quickly when stored in refrigerated condition. Luckily, Charlotte Cho and COSRX included a high amount of black chokeberry as well to help stabilize the 20.5% ascorbic acid. Charlotte Cho talks about the ingredients of this serum in more detail here.
Although the black chokeberry supposedly helps stabilize the vitamin C, I keep mine in the refrigerator anyway just to postpone the oxidation even more.
How I Use It:
I have been using the COSRX Triple C Lightning Liquid once a day, at night for about a month now. I was applying one drop per cheek during the first week, then 2 drops per cheek ever since. Before trying this product, I had tried another Vitamin C product by another Korean brand that also had 20.5% pure vitamin C. That product seemed to make my face itch, so I stopped using it after a couple times.
When I purchased this COSRX Triple C Lightning Liquid, although I was excited, I was also a little nervous that my skin would have the same reaction. However, I am happy to find that in the last 1 month that I have been using the COSRX Triple C Lightning Liquid, my face has not experienced any irritation, itch, or even tingling.
Does It Work?
The question that everyone wonders: Does it work? I have had hyper-pigmentation for years (as explained in more details in my bio), and my skin just naturally gets hyper-pigmentation easily. Here are some pictures I took during my testing of this serum:
As you can see from the above pictures, I do not notice a dramatic lightening of my hyperpigmentation in the first 14 days of use of the serum. For full disclosure though, I did forget to apply the serum for a random few days. For the next 20 days, I did apply the serum once a day every day with 2 drops on each cheeks in each application- by the end of Day 34 after I had started using the serum, I did see a dramatic effect on my hyper-pigmentation. Through those 34 days, I did not use any other product to treat the hyper-pigmentation.
I am not disappointed purchasing this serum. I would recommend this serum, but I would also recommend storing it in your refrigerator after each use to keep the serum fresh. Also, I believe that the lower temperature of the refrigerator increases the effectiveness of the serum.
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Happy National Sunscreen Day!!! In celebration of National Sunscreen Day, and since summer is starting, I thought this would be the perfect day to write about sunscreen! In this post, I will share with you the benefits of sunscreen, the two types of sunscreen, and my experience with two sunscreen products that turned me from a non-sunscreen-wearing person to a sunscreen-wearing-person.
Why is it important to wear sunscreen?
Sunscreen help decrease your risk of skin cancer
It helps prevent facial skin discoloration and fade existing post-acne hyperpigmentation
It helps to reduce the appearance of facial red veins
It slows down the development of wrinkles
It prevents sunburns
I used to hate wearing sunscreens, even on my face, because I hated the smell, thick consistency and greasiness of most sunscreens. It was only recently that I found sunscreens for the face that does not have that thick consistency and greasiness, and the smell, that most sunscreens have.
Types of Sunscreens
There are 2 types of sunscreens: Physical and chemical. Each type has its own cons and pros.
Physical sunscreen contains active mineral ingredients such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. These ingredients sit on top of the skin and deflects damaging UV rays and the heat and energy of the sun away from the skin. When you use a physical sunscreen, you can go out in the sun immediately after you apply the sunscreen- no waiting period. Physical sunscreens are less likely to clog your pores and less likely to irritate the skin. Physical sunscreens are also sweat-proof and water-proof.
While those are all good things about physical sunscreens, physical sunscreens also have some down sides- the characteristics that made me NOT want to put on sunscreens in the past. This kind of sunscreens does have a tendency to leave a grey cast on the skin and have a thick consistency. With physical sunscreens, the thicker the consistency, the more effective it is.
Chemical sunscreens contain organic ingredients such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, and avobenzone. Instead of deflecting UV rays and heat, organic ingredients in chemical sunscreens create a chemical reaction that turns UV rays into heat and releases that heat from the skin. Chemical sunscreens usually have a thinner consistency than physical sunscreens, so it’s easier to spread. While with physical sunscreen more is more, with chemical sunscreen, less is more.
As with physical sunscreens, chemical sunscreens are also not without downsides. Chemical sunscreens usually require 20 minutes to start working- that means you have to wait 20 minutes after applying a chemical sunscreen to go out in the sun. Chemical sunscreens are also more likely to clog pores (if you have oilier skin) and more likely to irritate the skin, so those of you with sensitive skin may not like chemical sunscreens.
Now that we have those basic information down, I want to tell you about the 2 sunscreens that have turned me into a sunscreen-wearing person: the Missha All Around Safe Block Sun Essence SPF 45 PA+++ and the Missha Zero Sebum SPF 50 PA++. Yes, they are both from the brand Missha.
This one was actually the sunscreen that inspired me to switch over, to the sunscreen-wearing side. This is a chemical sunscreen.
The reason that this sunscreen inspired me to switch over to the sunscreen-wearing side, is that this sunscreen does not feel or smell like the typical sunscreen that my parents used to make me wear when I was little (now I understand that those sunscreens from my childhood were physical sunscreens!) . The consistency is thin and very weightless consistency; it has a very subtle floral scent (definitely not the common sunscreen smell), does not leave a white cast, and is easily absorbed.
Below are the active ingredients:
Octinoxate, Octsalate, and Pheynlbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid
According to my research, these ingredients are much gentler than avobenzone or oxybenzone & protects against both UVA and UVB rays, though these ingredients protect against UVB rays more than UVA rays. UVB rays burn only the superficial layers of the skin while UVA rays go deep into the dermis, which is the skin’s thickest layer. If you plan on staying indoor all day, then this sunscreen provides adequate protection against UVA rays- but if you are going to be outdoor most of the day or all day, you will need a sunscreen that has stronger protection against UVA rays.
This sunscreen also has beneficial skincare ingredients such as aloe leaf juice, licorice extract, and cucumber extract- all of which contain moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antioxidants and skin brightening properties.
This one is a physical sunscreen- It was included in the Klog Box that Sogo Glam was selling for $50.
Being a physical sunscreen, this product’s consistency is more like a typical sunscreen consistency than the Missha All Around Safe Block Sun Essence.
It does make you look a little ghostly immediately after application, but that ghostly appearance does fade away a few minutes after application, so I don’t really mind the white cast since it fades away fairly quickly. I do love the smell of this sunscreen- it has a subtle floral smell, which is unlike a typical sunscreen.
As a sunscreen, it provides protection against both UVA & UVB. As a skincare product, the ingredients in this product also provide other skin benefits. Let’s start with the ingredients that sound like natural ingredients: Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract, and Rosa Devaruca Bud Extract. These three ingredients helps maintain the skin’s elasticity and natural collagen (i.e. keeps the skin supple), kills bacteria under the skin, helps reduce swelling, and helps balance the oil production, for those of us who have combination/oily skin. I put this last claim to a test:
I took a picture of my forehead, which is the area that tends to get oily during the day, immediately upon application, 4 hours after application, and 7 hours after application.
As you can see, my face still gets oily during the day when using Missha Zero Sebum. My next question was, is it as oily as when I do not use Missha Zero Sebum SPF? So I tested this using a blot paper.
I blotted my forehead (again, the part of my face that usually gets the most oily during the day) at the end of my 9-hr workday once when I was wearing the Sebum Zero SPF and once when I was wearing the All Around Safe Sun Essence that does not claim to control oil. Everything else about my makeup was kept the same in both conditions. The left side of this picture (the side with a ring on my finger) is the Sebum Zero SPF; the right side is the All Around Safe Sun Essence. Conclusion: I think the Sebum Zero SPF does make me less oily at the end of the day, though not completely matte.
Now, let’s talk about the ingredients that sound kind of…scary, such as dimethicon, butylene glycol, beeswax, stearic acid, isopropyl palmitate, ethyhexyl palmitate. Firstly, numerous studies have been done on these ingredients and these studies have deemed it appropriate to be used in skincare/cosmetics products. Secondly, most of these ingredients (such as dimethicon, stearic acid, beeswax, isopropyl palmitate, and ethyexyl palmitate) have hydrating and moisturizing properties. Here are some other benefits of these ingredients, besides hydrating & moisturizing:
– Butylene Glycol keeps the product from drying out and enhances the penetration of the other beneficial ingredients into the skin.
– Beeswax is an emulsifier when used with other ingredients; it keeps the other ingredients in the product from separating.
– Stearic acid, which fatty acid naturally produced from vegetables, helps repair the skin.
For me personally, I think I prefer the Sebum Zero SPF over the All Around Sun Essence. Although I don’t like the thicker consistency of the Sebum Zero SPF, it does make me less oily at the end of the day and is less likely to clog my pores…and my pores are pretty easily clogged. The All Around Sun Essence is more likely to clog my pores, since it is more of a chemical sunscreen.
I don’t think the All Around Sun Essence is bad though- I think it’s still worth a try if you don’t have sensitive skin. According to a friend who has dry sensitive skin, the All Around Sun Essence did break him out when he tried it.
OK! That is it to my super long post about this. Please comment and let me know what you think about these two sunscreens- have you used them? how do you like them? Any other sunscreen that you think I should try? Also, don’t forget to hit the subscribe button on your right side of the page if you’d like to be updated on any new blog post that I have.
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Did you know that the slime of garden snails is beneficial for your skin?? In ancient Greece, snail slime was used to treat burns and inflammation. In more recent time period, the Chileans use snail slime for softer and smoother skin. Snail slime has been officially registered and recognized as a cosmetic ingredient known as “snail secretion filtrate”. Additionally, snail extracts has been a popular ingredient in Korean skincare products in the last 5-10 years. Snail Spa has also been popular in Thailand and Japan. The snail spa involves snails crawling around your face, leaving the snail mucin wherever they go. NO SNAIL IS HURT IN THE PROCESS of extracting their slime, which I will discuss later in this post.
How the Snail Secretion is Harvested:
Before we start talking about the benefits of the snail extracts, my experience with some snail extract products, and the consistency & smell of these products, let’s talk about how the snail slime was harvested first. As I mentioned, no snail was hurt in the process, according to my research.
Lab-grown common garden snails are immersed in a special steam bath, where the water contains ozone that kills bacteria. The warmth of the water is warm enough to be harmless to the snails and warm enough that the snails naturally release their slime. The snail slime is then filtrated multiple times to ensure purity. Additionally, to ensure the quality of the snail secretion, the scientists regulate what the snails eat and how they are kept.
Benefits of Snail Extracts
Now that hopefully I have alleviate your concerns about the harvesting process, let’s talk about benefits snail slime has for the skin. Snail slime contains hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, antimicrobial, copper peptides, and proteoglycans. These substances have the following benefits for the skin:
– moisturize and hydrate the skin
– help stimulate the production of elastin and collagen, so they’re good for anti-aging.
– help to prevent acne
– repair damaged skin and help fade acne scars
Consistency & Smell
I know what you’re thinking: Snail slime? Ewww, so slimy and possibly smelly? I had those thoughts too in the beginning, but I found out that these snail products used for skincare are actually not as slimy as I thought, although they are gooey-looking as in the pictures below.
They’re also not smelly- Actually, they don’t have a scent at all! I have a sensitive sense of smell, so I usually smell the faintest scent that most people don’t smell. With these snail products, I do not smell anything at all.
Seeing how gooey the consistency is, you might think that it’s sticky. The snail products that I’ve tried do not feel sticky. Instead, my skin almost immediately feel soft and hydrated when I use these snail products, which I will discuss a little bit later in this blog post.
COSRX is one of my favorite K-Beauty brands. This brand combines natural ingredients and science to create affordable skincare products that resolves its customers’ skincare problems. Also, another thing I like about this brand is that they spend less time trying to make the packaging look expensive or cute so that they can focus more on creating quality content.
Personally, I’d rather buy a product that doesn’t look like much packaging-wise but the product itself is of high quality and is effective. For more information on this brand, you can check them out on their website here: http://cosrx.kr/?page_id=18859
COSRX Advanced Snail Mucin 96 Power Essence
This essence product contains 96% of snail mucin (hence, the “96” in the name of the product)- it’s the highest % of snail mucin that I have ever found in a cosmetics product. Because this is an essence, I use it at the step where I usually use an essence, which is immediately after the toner step in my skincare routine.
I used a skin analyzer to test whether the essence increases my skin’s hydration. As you can see in the pictures on the side, the water level of my skin before I applied the essence was 43.6%. After I applied the essence, the water level of my skin increased to 48.3%.
As with other essence, this product not only hydrates my skin but also prepares my skin to better absorb the next products in my skincare routine. Although the essence has a gooey and sticky consistency, which might seem nasty, it’s actually not sticky at all. My skin absorbed the essence quickly, so I didn’t have to wait around to apply the next steps of my skincare routine.
Packaging-wise, as with other COSRX products, the packaging is simple and classic, and kind-of presription-looking with a pump.
COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All in One Cream
This cream contains 92% snail mucin. I use this as the last step in my skincare routine to lock in all the essence and serums that I have applied in previous steps. Like the essence, the cream has a gooey consistency, but when applied to the face, it’s not sticky at all. In fact, my skin absorbs the cream quickly as well. Although the cream is a lot more light-weight than other creams, I still use it only at night because I do get pretty oily during the day (especially my forehead), so I like using even a more light-weight moisturizer (like a gel moisturizer) for daytime.
In terms of the packaging, it’s the sleek, simple, classic packaging like other COSRX products. I also like the fact that there is a spatula in the packaging that can be used to scoop up the product.
According to my skin analyzer tool, my skin hydration was at 31.4% before I applied the snail cream and 48.9% after I applied the snail cream (and after the cream has been absorbed by the skin). That’s really good hydration!!
With both the essence and the cream, my skin felt soft immediately after application. Not sure if I noticed my acne hyper-pigmentation fading much, but I definitely noticed my skin felt more hydrated and has a better texture. I have been getting compliments on how good my skin looks ever since I started using the COSRX snail products.
I got the COSRX snail essence and cream both from Soko Glam. Here are the links:
Ok! So I hope that through this blog post, I have been able to make snail extract skin products less nasty to you. I would encourage you to try these snail products and see how it works for your skin. Caution though, there are people who are allergic to snail mucin, so before you buy the full size products, I would recommend trying a sample first. I cannot test these products for their anti-aging claims, since I luckily do not have wrinkles yet, but please do comment down below if you have seen the anti-aging effects of snail products and let me know what you think of it! Even if you have not seen the anti-aging effects, comment anyway and let me know what you think of these products and let me know if there are any other snail products that you’d like me to try! Also, subscribe if you’d like to be updated on new posts as they are published.