#63 - Make Up Edit - Karla Cosmetics

Here is yet another post where I fangirl… this time it’s about one of my fav makeup artists - Karla Powell.

I’ve known of Karla’s work since 7 years ago when I saw her work in a magazine (sadly now discontinued). The concepts were fresh and well executed and I’ve since then been a fan and have been nagging my husband to work with her for ages.

And they did, and I did too, as a model for one of her fantastic workshops in London - you truly learn so much and every time I go I learn something new.

Karla is a truly passionate and genuine makeup artist and what gives me more joy is that she’s created her own line of cosmetics that not only, and obviously, she personally uses to create her art, but also accessible and versatile for professional makeup and daily use.

It’s taken me such a long time, I do not know why, but I am now a proud owner of some of Karla’s glitters and the fantastic fix potion!

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The large pot is the fix potion and a little really goes a long way - you do not, repeat, do not, need a lot of product for this to work and keep your glitter in place.

I’ve struggled with this product when I first have it and shared it on instgram - basically my product underneath it kept shifting but when Karla used this product on my during her workshops and IG videos, it stayed put. Karla has kindly advised that it’s best used with a fluffy brush and really gently dabbed on to the lid/skin

Tried it next time and it worked like a charm - I may still be a little heavy handed but my application has gotten better.

Ingredients: Aqua (water), Glycerine Veg, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf powder, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

The product consists of mainly water, thickeners/gel formers and aloe vera that helps with skin conditioning. Does not look like it contains silicones as well and this product is also vegan friendly.

I was really looking for adhesive ingredients since I use it as an adhesive for the glitter, but there really isn’t anything in there other than the carbomer which may be the one doing the job. Definitely does not feel like an adhesive, sits well on the skin (cooling sensation from the aloe) and the glitters really do stay put for the whole day.

Removing is easy - normal eye/lip remover with a cotton pad will generally get rid of the makeup in one go.

The fix potion has multitude of uses besides from using it for the glitters. It works well as a lid primer and to brush through the brows to set and get the editorial fluffy brows look, and used as a mixing medium to create your own shades of lips, glitters and other makeup products.

Excuse the inconsistency in the images, took this a while ago, but also want to show a little close up and the bundle that I got.

The glitters are truly beautiful. I bought a bundle of 3: Mermaid fin (my FAV), kraken, dragon scale, and then an individual one which is rose gold (super versatile). Each of these pots come with a little top that you can use to control the glitter spill - I don’t personally use them but they can be really useful on a set or when you are travelling.

I also bought the silicone applicator, which I just dip into the glitter pots to get the glitter out and apply to lids. Have to admit that I’ve not got the hang of applying the glitter yet but I’ve already had a lot of compliments on the results (and then I will proceed to tell everyone about Karla Cosmetics!)

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Karla has kindly gifted me a couple bags of glitter which I’ve not tried yet, and an eyelash curler. This is now my everyday eyelash curler - I seem to be able to get tighter curls with it and the curler is a little wider on the top compared to my Shiseido one, which makes the curler fit around my eyes better.

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Again, excuse the inconsistency, just wanted to show what the curler is like side by side with my Shiseido one.

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SO, I think my love for Karla cosmetics is pretty clear!

Genuinely though, I’ve tried Immensus Cosmetics glitter last year, and because I don’t use it often, the adhesive dries out. The last time I’ve tried to apply it I’ve really struggled, so if you don’t use glitter often, the best way to have these products is really separately (check out my post on Immensues here ; would not repurchase, by the way).

Karla’s glitters are truly stunning and I can’t wait for any excuse to apply the glitter on my lids. I use them for everyday looks and if my makeup skills were good enough, I’d use them for editorial looks too!

Will be creating some looks with these glitter and share on Instagram so keep a look out!

You can get all these on Karla Cosmetics online store here: https://www.karlastore.co.uk/

This post consists of a few gifted products, the rest is purchased myself, opinions are 100% my own!

#61 - Skin Edit - NAKEUP FACE Stress 0 (Zero) Toner

So I’ve been fortunate enough to have been selected by Jolse to review a toner!

God I do love toners, toners are life, they’ve been such skin savers for me, so I was really excited about trying this out.

Anyone interested in purchasing, you can find it here (opens up new window)

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Ingredients

This product really boasts its ingredients - it’s a zero water toner with a relatively short ingredients list:

Seawater, Methylpropanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Trehalose, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Betaine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol

This toner is 90% deep sea water that adjusts the pH balance of the skin and the formula is mild and soothing. Also contains other ingredients like my fav centella asiatica, and aloe vera leaf extract to add to the calming and soothing nature of this toner.

I’ve not looked too deep into what sea water brings to the skin that much, but it looks like it helps with retaining the moisture in the skin and helps with skin issues like acne.

Texture

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I wish I took a better picture of the texture…

Anyway, it’s been a while since I’ve used such a thin toner - if you’ve been following for a while you’ll know that my favs have always been the thicker ones from Whamisa and even the Tiam B5 toner. This one is back to what majority of toners are like, watery, but the water base is different from many toners on the market.

Because the texture is so thin, i find that on occasions when my skin is more dehyrdated, I need more than 3 layers of it in the morning, but it can also be easily absorbed.

I’ll be honest, my skin prefers thicker toners I’ve used before compared to this toner. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad toner - it does everything a toner needs to do and is great for people with sensitive skin as it’s fragrance free as well. It’s got the calming element, but I do wonder how much the other extracts are working in this toner.

Efficacy

So I think I’ve delved a little of how I found this toner in the last section.

Unfortunately I don’t think I’ve tested this enough to really see what the slightly longer term results are. This is my AM toner to put the hydration back into my skin and ready for sunscreen and makeup. My sunscreen are pretty good moisturisers as well and really helps keep my makeup from slipping.

Can I say that this toner has improved how well my skin takes makeup? Not exactly. Does it work? Yes it goes. As well as I want it to? Maybe not.

I’m really on the fence with this one because I know that I’m being a little unfair on it.

My skin is dehydrated, it likes fermented skincare, it’s occasionally sensitive, and I get hormonal acne. I live in a more polluted area and commute on trains where the air is…not great. The climate is also drier here and we are still in cooler months.

I can definitely see this being a great toner for the summer and especially for places where it’s more humid because it’s less burden than thicker toners on the skin. It really does make the 7-skin method easier to complete as it gets easily absorbed.

However, if you have dry skin or very dehydrated skin, this might be a little too thin for you and I would probably go with something with bit more richness in it, or other extracts to really hydrate your skin, then paired with a good moisturiser.

Toner on its own I find hard to retain moisture, so although it’s been said this helps to retain the moisture/hydration in your skin, I would definitely not skip moisturiser (who does anyway?)

This is meant to be low pH (pH 5.8) which helps strengthen the skin barrier and protects against free-radicals. Because it’s not actually LOW pH, it’s only slightly acidic, I can layer this on my skin without worrying too much - there is no AHA or BHA in this so absolutely no problem to layer!

This toner is also a behemoth size of a toner - which is great if you want value for your money. It also means you can do a lot more with it, like soaking cotton pads in this toner and use on face like a mask. Or even just use those lil pills that expand into a mask when you soak it in water. This would essentially be a good base for a mask and would be something I’d be interested in trying (adding other serums to mix my own cocktail!).

There are plenty of anti-inflammatory ingredients within this toner, so if you are prone to acne that isn’t cystic, then this would be a good entry toner to use because it’s lightweight and calming.

I’d be interested to see what this product would be like in hotter months, but for now it’s not at the top of my re-purchase list only because of my own preferences, not because this product was a bad one.

#59 - EVENT - K-Beauty Unwrapped ft. URANG

WOW so it has been a while since I’ve really sat down to write something here. These days I’ve hung out more on Instagram where I share more beauty tidbits like first impressions, mini-reviews and features.

Today though, I want to do a good write up of the K-Beauty Unwrapped Master Class hosted by Skinsider UK, featuring an incredible brand - URANG (Ultimate Radiance And Natural Glow).

On the day we had the wonderful Karolina and Zarah (Seoulfull_star) interview Jina Lee, founder of URANG and joined by her sister Junga. I have seen this brand once or twice in Renee/Gothamista’s content but haven’t really delve in too much so it’s been a real treat to know more about the brand and its philosophy from the founder.

Jina is an incredible woman; her brand URANG strives to bring consumers the best possible formulated products withe best ingredients. This started with aromatherapy and one of Jina’s first products is soap.

Jina spoke a lot about how aromatheraphy helps our health (physical and mental) in general and what benefits it brings to us, and bring us to why URANG uses essential oils in their products.

The event itself was also a product launch of the new ampoule, with a texture that feels so smooth and formulated with everlasting flower water and amino acids. I love how candid Jina spoke about how this product came about - she told the story of how she’s had her child and not lost the baby fat post-partum and just wanted a product that would make her feel pretty - we’ve all been there and I can tell you that you do not need to give birth to feel this way!


We got to test the whole range of URANG products at the event and as much as I’d love to have purchased the whole line at full sizes (I’d be broke), I went with only 3.

Naturally I went with the new product! Was sold by Shereen at @theywayofthesnail on the true rose repair essence and definitely wanted to try one of the oil serums, so went with the anti-ageing one which is the vitamin oil serum. Girl needs to rewind time as much as she can!!

Skinsider UK and URANG have very generously gifted all of us a travel kit which is AMAZING because I will be travelling in the next month and the following and cannot wait to try out the rest of the range. I have a feeling that blue oil is something I will be putting on the list to purchase.

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It truly was a great and humbling experience at this event and I cannot thank Karolina at Skinsider UK enough to having me and to put together this fantastic master class with a terrific brand at a stunning venue. What better way to spend an afternoon just surrounded by luscious products and beautiful human beings.

URANG has won me over in its brand philosophy - although I am still all for synthetics, I can appreciate the amount of effort to source the ingredients and formulate these products and I already cannot wait til this brand drops another new product! It’s been hinted to be sunscreen!

Have you tried this brand before and what do you think of it?

#58 - Skin Edit - The Truth behind "Effortless"

So it's been too long since my last post - I honestly didn't know how long it's been since I was able to really sit down and write something. Day job is absolutely manic - so much that I no longer have energy nor time to mask everyday and you know how much I love my masking! I have still been posting weekly on instagram on products I like/mini reviews if you follow me.

This has been on my mind for a while and it's something that really resonates with the ethos/name of my blog - I Just Want Good Skin. I want to talk about the truth behind those "effortless" looks, specifically the products behind them.

I will start off by saying that no products guarantee success and the basis of good skin lies with good routines and good habits. Why I call this the "truth" is because I felt that this whole effortless thing is really effort-less, i.e. you don't need to put in effort in it. Wow, was I so wrong and you probably already know this but "effortless" isn't truly effort-less, but rather is the appearance of not needing to put an effort in it - that you are naturally beautiful.

The older I get, the more I see that the truth to looking effortless, facially, is good skin.

Good skin allowed me to look effortless because no only did I have to exert less effort in concealing, it's also made my products look like they work more efficiently than they really are (e.g. foundation).

So what am I trying to say?

It takes a lot of effort to look effortless.

Everyone's routine looks different - let's look at how many products it takes for me to look effortless in the mornings

But first, let's define "effortless" - everyone perceives this differently so for me, it's just an everyday look that takes me less than 15 minutes to put on (doesn't mean it doesn't require effort though).

Daylight only, no filter. As you can see, I'm actually not amazing at applying makeup and often skip the lips because it'll just end up coming off anyway within 2 hours!

Daylight only, no filter. As you can see, I'm actually not amazing at applying makeup and often skip the lips because it'll just end up coming off anyway within 2 hours!

 

Evenings

I start off with evenings because I believe in a solid evening routine. One that you can spend most your time on, the one where you not only wash away the day, but also get ready for the next

So let's count - going with the most basic evening (without masking)

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  1. First step cleansing: Mamonde Petal Spa Cleansing balm
  2. Second step cleansing: Heimish All Clean White Foam Face wash
  3. Exfoliant: Skinfood Pineapple Peeling Gel
  4. Toner: Benton BHA Toner
  5. Serum #1: Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum
  6. Serum #2: Tosowoong Sparkle Ampoule
  7. Eye cream: Purito Centella Green Level Eye Cream
  8. Face cream: Huxley More than Fresh cream

Number of products (typically): 8 (add a few more when masking/fuller routine)

The next day

My morning routines are really simple because I like to maximise sleep and minimise the time it takes to get ready before I step out the door

  1. Micellar water: Orlane
  2. Toner: Whamisa Original Organic Flower Toner
  3. Eye cream: Purito Centella Green Level Eye Cream
  4. Sunscreen: La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Comfort sunscreen

Number of products: 4

 

Make-up

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  1. Eyeliner: MUA black pencil liner
  2. Eyeshadow: The Body Shop shimmer cubes
  3. Eyeliner: Rimmel Scandaleyes micro eyeliner
  4. Foundation: The Ordinary Serum Foundation
  5. Highlighter: Manna Kadar Glo Illuminator
  6. Eyebrow pencil: NYX precision brow pencil
  7. Eyebrow gel: GOSH brow sculpting brow gel
  8. Mascara: Maybelline push drama mascara 
  9. Light blush/highlighter: Essence Light Up Your Face Luminizer Palette
  10. Light contour: Essence Light Up Your Face Luminizer Palette
  11. Fixing spray: Saat Insight Eleganz Fixer

Number of products: 11

Total number of products: 22 (2 repeated)

22 products in total it takes me to achieve this. Without the evening and morning routine my skin wouldn't be in a good condition, which means nothing, and I repeat, nothing, will stick as well on my face as it does currently, especially the base. I'm also not actually particularly good at makeup either - I understand the theory but in practice is a different thing, so I minimise my routine to something highly manageable in the mornings (and occasionally I still get it wrong!)

Obviously it's not just products, it's time spent on figuring out what works for the skin, maintaining it and having to keep listening to it and feeding it what it needs, and time spent working out what look works best for your face. Everyone is different and I am definitely intrigued to learn and experiment with even more minimal looks.

(The wing liner took me months to master though and even now I get what I call "bad liner days" so I'm not so sure I'm ready to give it up yet.)

Ultimately, my point is, that on one wakes up looking fully polished even if they look like it, and you shouldn't expect yourself to. I say this time and time over again - the skin you work on today is the skin you'll get tomorrow (I should come up with a better catch phrase!).

What do you do to achieve effortless? What products do you use? What does effortless mean to you?

#57 - Skin Edit - PURITO - Green Level Buffet Serum and Eye Cream [REVIEW]

IT HAS BEEN A WHILE... since I found time and energy to return to these blog posts...I have slid off but I am coming back and will make more effort in getting these pushed out!

Today is all about PURITO, who I won the review event! And I am forever grateful because I have fallen in love with their products! Effective and affordable, all that's missing is more widely accessible!

The brand philosophy is to provide "safe and honest cosmetics that everyone [sic] can have faith in applying them"; products are also cruelty free. This is a brand that truly focuses on the ingredients and not fancy packaging - skin care that is safe, honest and works.

I was sent the Centella Green Level Buffet Serum and Centella Green Level Eye Cream and I am so excited to write about them!

Centella Green Level Buffet Serum

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Ingredients (full list below): This product is filled with the good stuff, with Centella Asiatica Extract coming in first on the ingredient list (49%)! Centella Asiatica is now my favourite ingredient to soothe the skin from inflammation and has been far more effective on my acne than tea tree and other acne products I've used. No joke! This also contains peptides, niacinimide, more extracts from centella asiatica, making the anti-inflammatory part even more effective

 Centella Asiatica Extract (49%), Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycereth-26, Carbomber, Carbomer, Sclerotium Gum, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Caprylyl Glycol, Panthenol, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Pancratium Maritimum Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Ceramide NP, Sodium Hyaluronate, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide- 1 2, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-7, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-10

Claims: nutritional serum that protects skin from environment by reinforcing skin barrier.

Efficacy: So. Good. Honestly I don't think my skin has been any better and I haven't even been masking much since I've been so busy. It's unfortunate that my image documentation of my face is not successful, however hands down this would be one of those serums that I will use over and over again.

I still get spots, but with this serum the inflammation goes down the next day (after continuous use for at least 2 weeks). It's so effective in battling against spots for me for the past few weeks I've been using this. This is great for sensitive skin as it's got peptides that helps with skin barrier repair. 

I definitely feel that my skin is smoother and skin texture improved because of this serum, and it also feels less sensitive - which is one of the main change I've integrated into my routine to test this out.  It's easily absorbed, feels really light on the skin (perfect for summer), not sticky and calms the skin down pretty much immediately. Highly recommended, especially for those with sensitive skin as this will help calm it down and rebuild skin barrier, and effective against pollution.

I'm absolutely gutted that I haven't documented this with a proper camera but I don't think I can stress how good this product has been for me so far and without hesitation I would use this over and over again. 

I've been using this solid everyday for over 4 weeks and the bottle still feels pretty full so this will last a while (depending on how large your face is - I use 2 pumps but you may need less/more). This is priced at around £12 and I've been advised by Purito that UK residents can buy it off eBay but I have also seen this on BeautyTap.

As with all skin care products, this one is not going to be one of those miracle products and this will be one of those that steadily works over time

Verdict: 5/5!!

Centella Green Level Eye Cream

Ingredients (full list below from BeautyTap): product is filled with the good stuff like the serum, with Centella Asiatic Extract being in first place, pepetides, other centella asiatica extracts.

Centella Asiatica Extract, Water, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymer, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cetyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Trimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexa C5-9 Acid Esters, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Cetearyl Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-10, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Tromethamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Panthenol, Carbomer, Stearyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Cholesterol, Acetyl Glucosamine, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ceramide NP, Pancratium Maritimum Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil

Claims: protect skin barrier around eyes, vitalize wrinkles and help skin elasticity

Efficacy: Eye creams are always so difficult to judge whether it works or not and you really, really need to give it time to. I feel like the eye are is an area that when you start seeing wrinkles and other imperfections, it's difficult to reverse the effect because the skin is thinner around there. I also wear glasses so there will be patches where I have more skin texture.

I thought the Benton fermentation eye cream has changed my eye cream game but when this Purito came along, boy was I so pleasantly surprised.

I was skeptical at first but over time I have noticed that the skin around my eyes have been smoother and the skin texture, especially around where my glasses sit, has smoothed out. Usually I see a difference when that area is pretty hydrated but as soon as my skin gets dehydrated, it's back - kind of like a chicken feet texture.

The texture is my main concern, but remember that we get texture for different reasons - exfoliating that area hasn't particularly helped me but hydration definitely has, and so have peptide serums. This eye cream combines it all together (minus exfoliating!) and is a product that works

This eye cream sells for approximately £9-10 and you can get it through ebay and BeautyTap.

Verdict: 5/5!!

Below is my skin now. There was a lot more chicken skin texture going around my eyes and skin after using both eye cream and serum

I absolutely loved these PURITO products and the ethos of the brand is how I feel about skin care - affordable, safe and honest, steadily developing - products that work. I wish they were more readily available and have their own distribution to the UK because I truly believe that many people can benefit from this brand.

At present, we can get it through ebay and BeautyTap and that is about it. Let's hope that these will stay! 

Thank you again, PURITO, it has been an absolute pleasure using these products and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these to anyone!

#56 - Skin Edit - Goodal Waterest Vital Sleeping Pack [EMPTIED]

I am so pleased to say that I have finally used this sleeping mask up!! I absolutely adore this product but it has taken me ages to finish it. If I wasn't experimenting with different sleeping mask (or have bought a v expensive one a.k.a Glow Recipe Watermelon sleeping mask), I would be repurchasing this.

I got this ages ago through SaSa for a cheap price because they tend to go nuts on some products and cut the prices heavily, and then when you go back the next week it's at full price. Clever, get you in, you love it, never get to pay the heavily discount price again!

So, because I bought it so long ago, I don't even know if it's still available. That is a question to ask Goodal! YesStyle has listed this item as no longer available and it's unavailable on Amazon US, and I can't see it listed on Amazon UK. If anyone knows, give me a heads up! I think I've seen it on club clio and memebox but not sure if they ship to UK as I've never purchased from them.

Without further ado, here's a mini review!

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 I have used Goodal's eye makeup remover before and compounded with this product, I really do love this brand. I bought this before I was aware of ingredients and fermentation and all that good stuff for the face, not to mention I wasn't sure where to incorporate this in my routine. I have covered this before very early on in my blog - this goes at the very end of my routine to lock everything in.

Ingredients

I have lost the box for this so have had to look it up. This contains silicone, glycerin, lemon fruit extract, sage leaf extracts, wintergreen leaf extracts, pumpkin ferment extract, root/seed extract, more flower and leaf extracts, bud extracts, more ferment filtrates...etc. The whole line is ferment beauty and this would be no exception.

Claims

This is an overnight mask that stars the "double-fermented lotus flower extract", delivering moisture to skin twice as fast and locks it in. There is also pumpkin extract and AHAs that exfoliates the skin through the night, and Sage leaf extract soothes and calms the skin. as such, you wake up to a "more youthful, elastic, and glowing skin". 

Efficacy

Not gonna lie, I wasn't a huge fan of this product, but only because I didn't know how to use it (it's not you, it's me). Once I've figured out where it should go and how much to apply (not a thick layer and more like a cream), this has been an amazing product to use for my skin.

I managed to scrape the last bits of the tub to show you the consistency. So as you can see, it's a thin, gel-like product, but doesn't get absorbed like gel moisturisers (gel products tend to be absorbed into my dehydrated skin very easily so I struggle with them as I often need more than 1 layer!). However, this stays on the skin like cling film. You'll see the shiny part to my hand (right side of the back of my hand, also, spot my wrinkles I've had since I was a child). It needs to be massaged in a little for the skin to absorb it.

This will practically stay on your face overnight. It does leave a little of a sticky feeling on the face though and if you find this uncomfortable, trying less of this product. With this, less is more and you can always reapply on top if needed.

Verdict: 4.5/5

I think apart from the price, this is a great sleeping pack to use. I find it easy to forget it sometimes though just because of where I place it, but have had made conscious efforts of using this. This has helped me a lot in maintaining hydration in my face - just to be clear, your skin will probably still dry throughout the night, mine certainly does, but this has slowed down the drying for me.

You will also need to remove this mask the next morning and easily done so via a morning cleanse if you do one, or if you're lazy like me, micellar water.

This is not the first sleeping mask I've used, but it's a mask that brought me back to using sleeping masks. It goes on nice and smooth, cooling (great for summer), a little sticky but I can tolerate and your skin will absorb it through the night anyway, and you wake up not feeling that your skin is completely stripped of moisture (mine does when I don't use a sleeping mask or a thick moisturiser!)

If you're looking for a high performing, lightweight, fermented product, comfortable to wear through the night, this is definitely for you!

Have you used this and what do you think?

 

Related:

  1. Dehydrated skin, pt. 2
  2. Lightweight moisturiser
  3. Dr G Aquasis Toner and Gel Cream

 

#52 - Makeup Edit - [JOLSE] SAAT INSIGHT ALL DAY FIXER CUSHION 14.5g [REVIEW]

Here's to another makeup review! I don't do these often, not because I don't use makeup, but because I have more to say about skincare than makeup. I've been very fortunate and won the review event at Jolse and they have gifted me this product to test and review. Notice how it's the same brand as the fixing spray! I was definitely thinking - this is a great combination! 

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I've always been a more foundation kind of person because of 3 reasons: 1) it's more hygienic - I can wash my brushes afterwards; 2) I can mix and match the colours to match my skin; and 3) I am happy to use cheaper drugstore brands. So really, I haven't been actively using cushion foundations much so this product is a challenge for me.

Colour

I' going to tackle this first, because this has always been my issue with cushion foundations. THE COLOUR DOESN'T MATCH!!! I get it, everyone wants to look white and most people in Korea probably have the same skin tone, but most cushion foundations still come in more than 1 shade. This? One shade. Basically if you're darker than white, this might not be for you. And to be honest, this colour did not match my face either. The trick for me was to not apply a lot at once and not to build up too much coverage, and blend to the neck (or wear turtlenecks, scarves...etc. Wrap up other skin so no one can tell the difference).

Coverage

Buildable. Which is something really nice about this, because then you can add more to areas where you need a bit more coverage without sacrificing dewiness, especially if you normally use a concealer that doesn't have the same finish.

I had some redness in my cheeks and some scarring on your left hand side of the face and this has reduced that and I haven't worn concealer over it.

Usually I get hyped when a product has SPF, but I have learnt from Lab Muffin recently that you need a certain amount of sunscreen proportionate to the size of your face for the sunscreen to actually work. I will never use the required amount with this foundation on my face for the SPF 50 to protect me, and if you don't either, I would recommend having sunscreen under your makeup.

Finish

Oh so dewy. I was genuinely surprised - that shine is not an oily shine and I didn't really need to powder. Although I would recommend that you use a fixing spray to prolong this, or a little bit of translucent powder if this finish is not for you.

When I use this product, there are only some areas of the face where I had 2 layers on - where there is redness and texture. On a day-to-day basis, I personally detest thick makeup. Full coverage makeup for me is rare, even going out in the evening, but that is really because makeup coverage tend to be high when I shoot. I am really fond of the dewy-ness this foundation gives and you can see that under different light, there is still a lovely dewy shine to the face.

Comfort

The one qualm I have with foundations is how they sit on the skin for a long period of time and for this reason I prefer cushion foundation/bb creams because they sit far more comfortably on my face. Reason being that a lot of Korean and Asian cushion foundations actually have a lot of skincare properties in them to make the product not only work as makeup, but also skincare. 

Yes, Asian are absolutely obsessed about skincare and I love it.

With makeup, expect it to crease, especially in drier areas or oilier areas. This product has done well for me and have been long lasting - I put this down to the skincare ingredients as well as skin prep before makeup application. I don't think I can emphasize enough how important skin prep is and I genuinely believe that it contributes at least 70% to good makeup.

Many low coverage foundations still make my skin feel like it can't breathe - not this cushion. Eventually I forget that I'm wearing foundation on my face.

How to use

I know what you're thinking - there is only 1 way to use this. Dab and apply right? Well I am here to shed some knowledge to what I have learnt. Here are some tips to applying and using cushion foundation:

  1. Don't take too much product on your puff: instead, dab for a little, apply, and dab again. This will avoid having too much product in one area of the face. Because you have not squirted the product out on a palm or back of your hand, it's slightly harder to manipulate it
  2. Pat more than you think you to: the cushion isn't just there for you to apply the product normally. If it is then you should just go use a sponge or a brush. Using the puff itself should make the product adhere to your skin more and patting it more times makes the product mesh in with your skin more than if you just simply applied it.
  3. You don't have to hold the puff in one way: most people would just slide the fingers between the ribbon and the puff, but I have squeezed it thinner to reach areas that are harder to reach, e.g. around the nose, eyes, and chin. This gives you more control on where you put the product and how you blend it

Ingredients

After I've spoken highly about the skincare aspect, it's only natural that I cover some key ingredients in this cushion.

This product contains Centella Asiatica extract, camellia lower extract, snow lotus flower extract (patented component), aloe vera leaf extract, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and chamomile flower extract. There are probably 1 or 2 more extract that I'm not 100% sure what they are. Essentially there is a lot of calming and moisturising ingredients that make this suitable for those with sensitive skin too

The Verdict

I would give this a 4/5 - the one point missing being the colour! This, however is not unique to cushion foundations and it is also the very reason why I don't buy many, or any, of them, because the colour just doesn't match me. I am impressed, however, by the skincare components, and the finishing of this product and it would be one of the things I would purchase if I suited the colour.

Interested in giving this a go? Here is the link on Jolse.com (opens new window).

This product has brought me back to taking interest in cushion and BB products. Although honestly, foundations last for so long for me (don't use much of it) that it would be a long time before I start buying more. I would gladly buy more skincare than makeup!

Did you find this helpful? Would you try it? Have you tried it and what are your thoughts? Let me know :)

#51 - Skin Edit - Blossom Jeju Camellia Soombi Deep Repair Moisturizer [SKINSIDER UK] [Review]

Another week, anoter review! This week is the Blossom Jeju Camellia Soombi Deep Repair Moisturizer, kindly provided by Skinsider UK for review purposes. You can check out their product on their site here

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Packaging

You know it's a premium product when you love the packaging this much...! That statement may not be entirely true but you can count on me loving this packaging. The whole bottle feels luxurious - white and gold, a pump that dispenses the product out easily, a cap that fits right back on and no product residue at the pump, and the bottle feels heavy - like a glass bottle weight. I always have to err on the side of caution using this, like how I use my Whamisa toners because I'm such a clumsy being, but I do really love the packaging and it's just me who's clumsy. I'm sure most of you don't have such problems like I do!

Brand

So, I watch enough Korean drama to know that the island of Jeju is one of the most popular places to visit in Korea, but also that it is a volcanic island containing ingredients that are great for skincare. You've seen other brands like Innisfree contain a line of products that is from the Jeju island, only this brand is created by an individual, Sungha, not only inspired by the island, but also found ingredients on the island to create these products.

The ideal behind the brand is using their flagship ingredient, Camellia Oil, to create products that is natural, high performing and protect the skin from the environment, restore and maintain natural vitality and radiance.

Ingredients

I may not be an expert in ingredients but I am thoroughly impressed by the first ingredient on the list: Camellia Japonica Flower Extract (66.63%). This comes before water and glycerin, and also what puts the brand at a higher price point. The list also contains Camellia Japonica Seed Oil (2.96%) and a great blend of fruit and nut oil, seed oil, root extracts, peel extracts and at the very end, fragrance.

Immediate Feeling and Effacacy

Honestly I struggled with this product, because it doesn't make me immediately love it. in fact, I was so confused about this at the beginning. My idea of a moisturiser is a lot thicker because I use it most often in the evening and during the day I still use slightly heavier moisturisers and/or sunscreen. This product's consistency is quite thin and smells amazing. I will put my hand up to say that I am not someone who likes heavily fragranted product - this moisturiser isn't heavily scented but my god the scent is divine. The combination of the floral, fruit, peels...etc. in the ingredients all meshed so well and created this scent that calms me down.

The Camellia Soombi Deep Repair moisturiser is quite a lightweight moisturiser, which means it gets absorbed into the skin very quickly and if you have dehydrated skin, you will feel like your skin just drank a good amount of water.

So what confused me?

For some weird reason I have experienced a little tightness in my skin after applying this. So after the initial moisture surge, my skin felt tight, a bit like it's dehydrated, and goes away when I apply the second layer. However, after using this continuously, this seems to have gone away so potentially this product has repaired skin barrier and made my skin more able to retain moisture.

Okay let's just ignore my historic skin reading for a bit...and the level of inconsistency I measure my skin! This is what my skin is like 4-5 hours after I've done a quick 3-skin method and 1 layer of this moisturiser. My skin is classically dehydrated (if that even is a thing...!) and previously by this time it would have dropped to less then 30%. Now, this may be because of the 3 skin method, but to a certain extent I definitely feel that the moisturiser helps to lock some of that moisture in. It's difficult to determine because of my preconception that because it's a thin moisturiser, it's not as good in locking the moisture in like some of the other thicker creams that I use. The only "tight" area when I did this reading is actually around my eyes (I have applied eye cream but recently I'm thinking my eyes need something stronger and serums...)

So you can see that I have applied the product to the back of my hand and I took a reading probably 15 minutes after. The other hand hasn't got any product on it (again, my hands/skin is notoriously dehydrated). You can see the stark difference in the readings 31% versus 12%.

Is this for me?

Good question, also one I can't answer. Reason being that because this is a natural product, it contains a lot of different extracts and oils that your skin may not be tolerant to - natural isn't always good, e.g. coconut oil has worked absolutely terrifyingly on my skin and I have never, ever used it again on my face or hair. There is coconut oil in this product, but it hasn't affect my skin, and most likely because it being furhter down the ingredient list as well as the entire formulation of the product that has worked, and despite some ingredients that I thought would be heavy (shea butter, mango seed butter, olive fruit oil...), this product is far from it and has absorbed into my skin really well. However, I do need 2 layers of this to feel hydrated and if I use this in the evening, I also layer a thicker moisturiser and sleeping mask on top.

The price point for this is also higher (£45.00) than some other moisturisers, including my favourite Huxley (~£30.00) moisturisers, which are thicker but does not feel thick at all on the skin. If you have the budget for this, I would definitely recommend trying this, especially for the coming months where it will be warmer, or to combat the changing weather. I have used this in a "transition" season/weather and it has helped with my skin be more tolerant of my environment - I sleep and live within a very dry indoors too and my skin normally struggles to retain moisture, especially when the heating is on.

If I wasn't such a hopper and curious to try so many different products, this is high up on my list to purchase. Not only does it look luxurious, it also feels luxurious with an incredible ingredient list. You can buy this from Skinsider UK (who have provided this for review purposes; my opinions are my own), and I have seen them do sale/discounts and bundles for their products. I think if this was paired with another product, e.g. serum, mask, toner, it may be a popular and decent set to have on the shelf.

I say this often - one product does not always work well on its own, rather you will need to pair it or use it with other products within your routine to really bring out the qualities of the product. Each product have their own function that supports other products you use for your routine.

I would absolutely love to try the essence toner and use the 7 skin method to see if I can give my dehydrated skin some love and to achieve the "glass skin" that is so popular these days, and to pair it up with this moisturiser.

Conclusion

This moisturiser is a solid 4/5 for me and I would definitely recommend this as a day moisturiser under your sunscreen and/or makeup; and would be a 5/5 if it was even more hydrating for my skin, i.e. I don't need to use 2 layers of it. This being said, this may be environmental factors and my original skin condition. I'd like to know if long use of this product is truly "anti-aging" and if there is a way to track if it really deeply repairs my skin to retain moisture better.

Skinsider UK provides a lot of information about the product - I would highly recommend looking at the ingredient list to see if there are potentially any ingredient that may irritate your skin in this product.

Have you used this? What do you think of this and what other comments would you add?