#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.

#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?