Monday, December 5, 2016

Beauty Empties December 2016

Here are some of the beauty products I've used up in the past few months!

This is one of my most used toner of Summer 2016 that I reviewed HERE.

I've finished up and repurchased this toner several times, and it's still one of my favorite! Think of this as a product that has all the benefits of SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion but with brightening booster. The texture actually feels gentler on the skin compared to the SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion, and it also helps to minimize skin dullness and evens out skin tone with consistent long term use.

I have a love and hate relationship with Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Soaps... I love how they clean everything so well with gentle ingredients that's safe enough for sensitive skin. And I mean everything: skin, hair, puppies, babies, laundry, dishes, etc... everything! One of my favorite ways to use Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Soap is as a makeup brush cleanser. However, I absolutely hate how it dries up and thickens so easily that the opening on the lid gets clogged easily. The soap itself is very concentrated so it should be diluted with water. I had it in a pump dispenser to use as a hand wash but the pump kept getting clogged and sometimes it squirted out soap chunks (liquid soap that thickened in the pump). I also had it in a foam dispenser, but, to easily produce foam, it had to be diluted with water so much that it no longer cleaned well. Nevertheless, I do still love it and recently repurchased one in the new Earl Grey formula!

Even with all kinds of lovely chemical peel products these days, I still enjoy physical exfoliation once in a while. But ones with physical exfoliating particles are too rough for my sensitive skin so I prefer gommage or enzyme exfoliators. And Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel is one of my favorites in the affordable (gommage) range. It does what it claims! Gently removes surface dead skin cells and minimize appearance of pore sizes while giving overall brighter and clearer skin tone with consistent use.

I've been a devoted user of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence for 9 years, but in 2016, for the sake of saving some money, I gave in and tried Missha FTE. And I really enjoyed it! It was slightly more moisturizing compared to SK-II FTE. Other than the moisturizing factor, Missha FTE seems to take slightly longer (and need more of the product) to achieve similar result (skin tone and texture) as my beloved SK-II FTE.

I tried serval products from Michael Todd Anti-Aging line and this is the only product I continued using and actually finished. It's a watery toner that's slightly moisturizing and seemed to help prep the skin well for other products, and gets rid of some dullness of the skin.

I had high expectations with this product because it came highly recommended by my facialist who I haven't seen after being disappointed with this product. It really didn't do anything; nothing. It was as if i didn't use it. 

I love this product. This was my second tube, and I'll probably pick up another one soon. This uses retinol derivatives and SK-II's very own Pitera to target fine lines. It's an easy to use cream type product that can be used before or after moisturizer. It smooths and plumps out fine lines with consistent use.

If you like the scent of grapefruit and the texture of whipped body butter, you have to try this! It's luxuriously moisturizing and feels long lasting on the skin.

I already raved about this product HERE.

I love this! I'll be repurchasing this one soon. It's a very soothing and hydrating eye cream that comes in one of those memory-gel-cream texture that can be generously applied around the eyes to use as overnight eye mask. I actually loved using this in mornings (right out of the fridge for the extra cooling effect) to soothe my puffy eye area. After about 5 minutes eye masking, I would massage in the rest of the product to double it as an eye cream.

A great product. I reviewed in HERE.

A good cleaning foam product especially for summer. It takes off even the thickest BB cream and UV products effortlessly and fast. But it's slightly drying on the skin.

I like this one but I don't foresee a repurchase anytime soon unless my skin turns oily and acne infested. I used this during the summer when I started breaking out a lot. This helped in soothing new  acne and some redness but that's about it. And because my skin was also very dehydrated at that time, this wasn't enough to use as a main essence/serum.

After I finished this half size SU:M37 Secret Essence, I decided not to repurchase Missha or SK-II FTE for now, and instead bought a full size of SU:M37 Secret Essence. I will most likely go back to SK-II FTE next summer, but for now, I'm really loving this extra moisturizing fermented essence goodness.

I kept telling myself I like this body oil because I like products with camellia oil and I also like Sulwhasoo products that uses ginseng, and this illi Total Aging Care Body boasts camellia and ginseng as main ingredients. So by simple logic, along with my eagerness to like a product that promises anti-aging for the body, I convinced myself I like this product and kept using it until I finished it. And by no means do I hate it, but I'm glad it's done, and now I don't need to force myself to use it. It's a body oil that feels like oil - no fancy dry or quick absorbing type of oil. It makes skin feel very moisturized and soft but it's not lasting without lotion or cream to seal it in. And it takes too much time and effort to use it -  the firming effect is probably from all the massaging I had to do to get this absorbed in the skin and not solely from the oil itself. 

I love this natural spot treatment! It doesn't do anything magical but it definitely helps to calm blemishes. If I use it right when a new blemish is about to come on, this usually prevents further flare ups. Burt's Bees Anti-Blemish Targeted Spot Treatment is something I always have around.

Let me know if you have questions about any of these empties,


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Becca Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Review

I've been a fan of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors for many years. I have Moonstone and Opal both in Liquid and Pressed, as well as couple of shades in Poured Creme, and some of these are my most used highlighters. I skipped on the highly raved Champagne Pop because it seem to lean slightly too gold for my liking.

But, when Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Quartz was released, I knew without a doubt, that I had to have it. It's a gorgeous soft light/pale pink with slightly warm undertone. My skin is very warm tone with slightly olive undertone, so warm tones do suit me better, however, I don't like overly warm toned highlighters or blushers; that's just my personal taste in shades rather than what "suits" me.

Besides the fact that this is a gorgeous 'my kind of shade,' it has that familiar soft, slightly creamy to the touch texture that other Becca Shimmering Perfectors (Pressed) are known for. However, this one does feel and look slightly less pigmented, and slightly more lightweight, compared to the other ones I own. And don't get me wrong, this can be just as opaque on the skin as the other Shimmering Perfectors: whereas Shimmering Perfector Pressed in Opal, Moonstone, and Rose Gold (what I have in my possession for comparison) need one swipe, Rose Quartz need two swipes to get the same intensity of opaqueness. This actually worked to my benefit because it was more forgiving to uneven skin texture and fine lines.

Swiped on with fingers:

Applied with brush:

After 6 hours:
Without primer or foundation, this still held up decently for over 4 hours on my skin, but by the end of 5th hour, it did somewhat faded out. With a good primer and setting mist, this lasted over 8 hours on the face without much fading. And this Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed actually looks great foiled on the eyes! It almost looks metallic when it's foiled; sorry, no picture of the foiled version but do try it out for yourself!

This is unfortunately no longer available for purchase as it was a limited edition. If you missed out and haven't tried any Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector yet, do check out the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal which is still my favorite!


Friday, November 18, 2016

23YearsOld Badecasil Cera 3 Cream Review

23YearsOld Badecasil Cream has quickly become a cult favourite among many skin care connoisseurs in Korea. It's especially popular for acne-prone skin types, but overall it's a great all-in-one night cream to deeply penetrate the skin to clear out blackheads and whiteheads while replenishing moisture to the skin. When I got hit with my acne attack of the year this summer, I decided to try out 23YearsOld Badecasil Cera3 Cream. I went with the Badecasil Cera3 Cream instead of the original Badecasil Cream mainly because it's a gentler, more hydrating version of its' predecessor. I started with the Badecasil Cera3 Cream with hopes that it will help to repair my damaged skin with Betaine Salicylate, and moisturise and protect my skin with Ceramide...

Monday, October 3, 2016

My Favourite COSRX Products

CosRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad

AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid

COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad, AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner, AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid

I've been hearing a lot about effectiveness and affordability of COSRX products! So when I started having some skin troubles this summer, I decided to try these out...

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Bonvivant Botanical Mask Pack Giveaway Results

Bonvivant Botanical Mask Pack in Aloe, Rose, and Mint and Teatree

Thank you for all four of you that participated in the giveaway! πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜† It was tough trying to pick two winners out of four! 😁😁😁 Ok, it wasn't THAT tough, I just wrote 1-4 on pieces of paper and then chose two with my eyes closed! πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜ And the winners are...

I know it's annoying having to log into Google or Blogger account to comment on my posts especially if you don't have an account with either... Some of you emailed me to enter via email or to tell me to change my commenting system... I'll try to change it soon! I'll be updating my blog design very soon so please be patient until then. Thank you!
For now, to show my appreciation to the other two lovelies that entered the giveaway but didn't win, I'd like to send a little gift package of few masks to each of you. So now everyone is a winner! 
Please email me at with your shipping address to claim your prize!


Friday, September 30, 2016

ETUDE HOUSE Pink Skull Color Eyes - #2 Punky Skull Review + Swatches

Etude house released a new collection called Pink Skull last month and I decided to try out the Pink Skull Color Eyes eyeshadow palette!

Etude House Pink Skull Color Eyes palettes
Aren't these the cutest!? 😍😍😍

I didn't get both palettes. I chose #2 Punky Skull palettes for myself and the other one was for a friend. I've used my palette 4-5 times so far and was about to upload some swatches on insta-story, but thought I'd post it here instead...

Monday, September 26, 2016

LEADERS INSOLUTION Coconut Water Gel Masks

Advertisements for Leaders Insolution Coconut Water Gel Mask(s) have been all over place this summer in Korea... And I finally got around to trying these out! My review here is based on trying each of these four types (Aquatoning, Luminous, AC & Pore Care, and Volume & Glow) three times in a week.

Leaders Insolution Coconut Water Gel Mask in Aquatoning, Luminous, AC & Pore, and Volume & Glow.
Leaders Insolution Coconut Water Gel Mask bio-cellulose sheets are made from naturally fermented coconut and the mask serum contains 30% coconut water as well as coconut oil. Each of the four types has different added ingredients that reflect different skin care needs. Aquatoning mask has hyaluronic acid for deep hydration and adenosine for wrinkle care. Luminous mask has sea buckthorn berry extract for added vitamins and nutrients as well as niacinamide for brightening. Volume & Glow mask has squalene and adenosine for lifting and firming. AC & Pore Care mask has witch hazel water and eucalyptus to soothe and smooth sensitive skin (see below for full list of ingredients for each mask).

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Bonvivant Botanical Mask Pack Review + Giveaway

Bon vivant botanical mask pack from memebox review and giveaway

Hi guys, long time no blogging... To kickstart regular blogging this Fall, I have a review of Bonvivant Botanical Mask Packs as well as a small giveaway for those of you that are interested in trying these masks. This is sponsored by yours truly, me!

With recent news of how some Korean sheet masks are folded unhygienically by very poorly paid workers, it's become a must to check out not only the ingredients, but also the brand background and how products are produced. And this is just my opinion after some research online as well as experience with the brand in the past, but Memebox (umbrella company to Bonvivant) checks out to be a reputable trusted company based in Korea.

I found these masks intriguing because they are made with 100% biodegradable botanical fibre. I've used plenty of cotton, gel, cellulose, and even foil sheet masks, but now, we are all getting hyped about botanical fibre sheet masks, so of course I had to try it out...
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