#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.

#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?

 

#45 - Makeup Edit - Immensus Cosmetics [Instagram Made me Buy it]

Today I want to talk about these new makeup that I've bought because "instagram made me buy it". Before I begin, I'd like to let you know that most of their store is now sold out, I think it's safe to assume that after their adverts started showing on everyone's feeds, everyone went to buy it. So if you are interested, read on, and maybe sign up to their list if you're interested to get notifications from them.

Today I'll cover first impression and a review of what I think of these. 

What is it?

If you are familiar with the obscene amount of makeup trends these days, I applaud you, there are so many out there! I'm sure you will be familiar with this whole glitter thing - glitter eyes, glitter lips, giltter boobs, glitter...everything.

Most of the glitter sold are fine glitter in a tube and you have to apply with a adhesive/glue. Immensus makes the adhesive unnecessary as it's already built in in t their glitter products. #NoGlueRequired. This is great news for clumsy people like me because I don't run into the danger of getting glue in my eyes as I have done when gluing on eye-lashes.

Yes, I have clumsy hands, okay.

So I ordered 9, because, why not, they are only £3.75 each. Because I have failed to take images of how they came in, here is one of them from their instagram page (I did an insta-story, okay, no pictures. Don't judge).

Credit: instagram.com/Immensuscosmetics

Credit: instagram.com/Immensuscosmetics

Just to be clear, these are not massive, my 9 baba pots all fit into a small, flat-ish parcel box. Unfortunately their empty palette was sold out when I bought it so I had to opt for Amazon, in which I ordered an empty magnetic palette that was too big.

How to apply

The parcel came with instructions and if you go on to their instagram page, you can just look at one of the videos that does the swatches. What you'll need is a flat-ish synthetic brush to pick up the glitter and gently apply on to your eyelids. Slowly and gently spread it out from the big clump you just made on your lids. If you're terrible with make up like, me, you'll need more practice, like me. Occasionally I cannot get the spread to reach places I want it to reach and end up picking more glitter up and applying and now my lids just like headlights.

Unedited phone images y'all. You can see the blue that's patchy on the left and kinda patchy but a lot better done yesterday on the far right. I've tried to do something bit more subtle and at present I'm not entirely sure if that's possible because really, this is glitter, not eyeshadow. You can build up the density and thus "saturation" of it, but they don't go on like shimmery eyeshadow that you can achieve a subtle shine with.

But I'm okay with that. And now I need to learn how to work with it with eyeshadows like everyone else on instagram does. I find it hard to blend because it has adhesive that comes with the glitter. The only way I think I can do that is to layer very little at a time. This involves patience and practice, and hopefully will get there some day.

Effects

Because these aren't really that "buildable" per se, to a certain extent what you see is what you get. If it doesn't look "pigmented" I would recommend checking whether the glitter has been spread evenly; that being said I also think to a degree it is "buildable", but not like eyeshadows, more like filling in gaps and doubling the amount of glitter in that area.

As such, I personally wouldn't double up on the glitter, because you would essentially be layering the glue/glitter mixture on to previous glue/glitter mixture and run into the risk of shifting the layer you have already applied. They are still somewhat malleable after application so layering it on again may shift the glitter already there.

So, effectiveness? Highly pigmented because of the glitter itself, and because there is already glue within (acrylics polymers), it means when it goes on, it goes on for good for the whole day. I tested it yesterday - applied at around 7am and didn't remove it until 3am (I fell asleep around 12am and didn't get up til 2.45am, with makeup on, whoops). It was still there so no question about longevity unless you are a chronic eyelid rubber.

The colour of the glitter - what you see is what you get. If it looks like that in the pot, it will really be that colour, maybe not as dense because you are not really applying the whole pan on your eyes.

Pros

  1. highly pigmented
  2. formulated with adhesive
  3. easy to remove - this was one of my concerns because glitter can be such a pain in the backside. However this has been a dream just to wipe off with your  normal eye/lip makeup remover. I have had minimal glitter fall out and for any that is left over, you can dip a cotton bud in the makeup remover and gently swipe and it will come off
  4. long-lasting
  5. highly affordable

Cons

  1. doesn't apply that well with fingers - this product is really best used with a brush; eye shadows work well with fingers, but this? Not necessarily
  2. not easy to "blend" - this is not an eyeshadow; this is glitter + adhesive, you will have to practice and try harder to really blend it in like shimmery/shiny eyeshadows
  3. not necessarily easy to apply - maybe you will find this easy to apply, but it took me several attempts to apply it relatively acceptable. But this may just be me
  4. slow shipping/unsatisfactory customer service - this took a while to be shipped. I ordered and waited for 7 days and still hasn't arrived and so I had to email them/respond to the order confirmation to ask. And they still didn't personally respond - I have issues with bad/no customer service so whilst I was glad they arrived, I'm not sure how well Immensus will deal with when it comes to managing or escalating issues relating to orders and products
  5. no free shipping - flat rate no matter how much you buy, no free shipping option when you shop over a certain amount of money

Overall, for these I would give it a 3.5, losing points in the cons section - shipping and customer service to me is pretty important for a brand and product so I have knocked off points for this because it does affect the way I shop an willingness to purchase. That and most of the site is out of stock and they supposedly restock every 1-2 weeks; I haven't seen it happen yet and they are not active on Instagram despite many adverts in my newsfeed.

Do you have this product? Have you bought from them? What was your experience? Tell me in comments below :)

 

 

#35 - Skin Edit - the SAEM Natural Condition Rice Cleansing Cream [REVIEW]

So a while ago, I bought this new cleansing cream by The Saem to try out and I think I'm ready to review this product for you :) Post contains affiliate link, it won't cost you extra but helps me out a little! :) N.B. I still bought this product myself

The SAEM Natural Condition Rice Cleansing Cream

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So, when this arrived, I thought, "Damn son, this tub is large!" And for good reason. When I first bought this, I thought it was more balm because I didn't read the product description properly. It clearly said "cream", but when it came I was fully expecting it to be a balm and thought, "oh cool, it's massive and will last me a while!". No Jaye, wrong. This is a cream product. But okay, cleansing cream is still a cleansing cream, if it does the job well, it is what it is.

So now, after using it a while, I am going to review this on these areas: texture and fragrance, how to use, feeling on skin and effectiveness, and packaging

Texture and fragrance

This is a very creamy product, as opposed to a more balm, solid texture like my all time favourite Heimish all clean balm. Because it's lighter, you will find that you'll need more product when you use it. It's comfortably creamy, spreads well and you can emulsify it when you use it on your face. Although ti's creamy, it still feels a bit dense, bit like a rich body lotion.

What you'll immediately notice next is how it smells - rice. Shoudn't come as a surprise seeing that it's in the name...but really, I couldn't smell anything else other than a faint smell of rice in this product...like rice lotion. The smell isn't overwhelming at all, it's more on the subtle end of the spectrum, which is great because I genuinely hate strong smelly products, unless of course it naturally smells like that, such as products made up of strong herbs (e.g. tea tree oils).

How to use

Now... I haven't actually been using this according to how it says as I normally emulsify and rinse. The directions note that you should wipe it off with tissue, which I have also tried on a friend after heavy application of make up for a photoshoot. I can't stress enough how important clean skin is and thus removing makeup thoroughly is absolutely crucial to good skin. Instead of using a tissue, however, I have used cotton pads.

The issue I have with wiping off products like this instead of rinsing is that I feel that I tug harder at the skin when wiping off in hope that that pressure will wipe off the make up after massaging that product in, rather than the product actually doing the work. Whereas rinsing, I use less pressure as the massaging really should loosen up the make up and dirt and washes away with the water.

Feel on Skin and Effectiveness

Honestly this is the part that I still am not quite sure. I think most of the time it works and when your make up isn't super heavy you can get away with cleaning your skin with this once. With my friend that had 2 inches of make up on her skin, I did this process twice to make sure everything is off - and even so I wasn't 100% convinced like I am with other balms. It may be because I'm biased because this doesn't feel like an oil cleanser.

Let's start with how it feels - because the texture is lighter, it also feels lighter on the skin. It's more like applying a cleansing lotion on your skin rather than a balm that melts into oil. I'm not used to this so I'm 50/50 on how I really feel about it. On one hand I think it's great that it just sinks in and massages well, on the other hand, do I feel like it's really cleansing my skin properly...?

Here I used a liquid liner on my hand to show how well it removes the makeup. So first I put the cream on top of it, massage it in, and wiped off (instead of rinsing off). Now, in the first image on the 2nd row, the first time I've used this, you can still sort of see the blue eyeliner there, then the next one is when I've cleaned it again with the cleanser and wiped it off (also wiped it off harder). I wouldn't apply this kind of pressure on my face though so if you want to make sure it's really clean, I would recommend massaging it longer than you normally would, which is what I do before I rinse it off.

I've tried emulsifying this product and frankly, I don't think it does it well. It's like halfway rinsing rather than the normal emulsifying, probably because of the more creamy texture rather than a balm texture.

Now, because this product is marketed as a brightening cleanser, it not only contains rice, but also papain enzyme extract that midly exfoliates and softens the surface of the skin. Rice water is rich in vitamins and amino acids - my mother has always advocated natural methods and there was a period of time where I used rice water as as toner when I was in my teenage years. It is also great for soothing, clearing up, and moisturising skin.

I haven't personally used much rice products and frankly that rice toner hasn't really worked for me, perhaps because I had more problematic skin, or just too lazy to make fresh rice water every few days to use. I can't really vouch that this product has brought about that much change to my skin - the whole brightening thing hasn't really been made apparent to me. Again, I find that sheet masking has done this a lot better than using this cleanser. 

However, that being said, this product is great in not stripping your skin of moisture when you cleanse your face, nor does it leave an uncomfortable, sticky film over the face like some other lotion types of products I've used. That being said, I do think I wash this product off with second cleansing immediately so I don't give my skin a chance to feel that film even if it did. The immediate feeling is clean skin, but definitely not as clean as you would with a balm. I think this would be great for summer months because it's a lighter product, as opposed to me trying this out during autumn and winter month. It would also be beneficial for those with drier skin as this would not only cleanse, but also restore some moisture back into the skin, instead of adding more oil elements.

Packaging

I got nothing to complain about with this packaging... it's a large tub with a lid that lips up instead of unscrewing like all my other balm products. It's easy to access and when you're done with it, you can clean it out and use it for other things. The only issues is that because it's a large tub, it now longer fits in the normal area in my small bathroom...

Overall consensus

So how do I feel about this product in whole. Personally I would rate it a 6/10 and unlikely to repurchase it, not because it's a bad product, but because I don't feel like it's suitable for me and what I look for in a first step cleanser. I am actually likely to use it as a second step cleanser, but still would prefer a more foamy cleanser than this. This is sort of in between balm and foamy, it's just a "halfway there" product for me. If I want to remove makeup entirely, I prefer something that is heavy duty that actually leaves my skin squeaky clean - notice how I never mentioned how clean this leave my skin, and that's because every time I clean my skin with this, I don't actually feel my skin is 100% clean. This cleanser doesn't reassure me that my skin is clean until I'm done using a second step cleanser.

The product says it will do 4 things: 1) brighten; 2) exfoliate/smoothes skin; 3) cleanses; and 4) soothes (I hope I interpretated this properly as I do not read Korean and had to rely on google translate and one of the translation is "arranges the skin"....). Has it done these? Honestly, I don't know and I don't like that even after using it for a month or so I still don't know. It does it job as a cleanser, but I sure don't feel that this meets what I'm looking for in my first-step cleanser, especially when I have a lot of make up on. It has worked well enough in cleaning the majority off and my skin feels clean, but I certainly don't feel confident that everything is gone, which is the way I like it and exactly what balm cleanser have done for me.

I can only speak for myself and my experience with this product and hope to hear your view as well! Did you like it, will you try it - maybe this product will be for you, especially if you have sensitive skin, or have roseaca/eczema as this supposedly soothes and calms the skin down.

I have to say though, this product has not broken me out, so it ain't all bad!

#28 - Huxley - Secret of Sahara: Anti-Gravity [Impression]

So recently I've emptied my horse oil moisturiser and dove into buying a more...pricey moisturiser. Huxley has always been on my list to try and this moisturiser does not disappoint!

I really feel like I'm really late to the k-beauty game but at the same time there is so much to learn about these different brands and I'm really pleased that they are (somewhat) accessible.

So just a short first impression to this product.

I love it.

Yeah, that's it, really! I'm really fond of this - I still haven't come across a moisturiser that makes me think wowholy grail! Yet. Whilst this isn't a holy grail for me yet but I would happily buy another tub of this when I empty it.

This cream is formulated with organic sahara cactus oil (so it says) to strengthen the skin and creating a lifted and plumped appearance. With the amount of hydration it gives, you can feel the difference. Lifting though, is another story - I'm sure that will take some time! 

This cream is rich, yet light and not oily and keeps your skin moisturised. You don't need a lot of this for your whole face either, which is great because...well, you can use it for longer. I have sensitive, acne prone and oily skin and this hasn't fuelled my skin to break out, nor did my skin became dehydrated again after a while - it happens when I try gel moisturisers, which clearly are not "strong" enough fro my dehydrated skin!

The smell is light but not artificially fragrant but it does have a really lovely smell that doesn't overwhelm you. It's always a such a treat to use this last in my routine. 

This cream is easily absorbed, but does not clog. Although I do layer on serums and ampoules and masks beforehand, I still feel that this cream makes a difference when it comes to hydrating, and locks all the good stuff in well.

I'm definitely keen to try other products from the same brand! I got this from Cosmetic Jolse. They do some really sweet deals from time to time and stock many different asian beauty brands. Definitely check them out and if you have a haul, show me! I want to see what you've got.

 

 

 

#12: Skin Edit - 5 reasons why I hate peel off masks

So you know how we love positivity and all that? Not on my blog post today. Today is going to be a very biased "thoughts" about peel off masks. So if you really can't take the negativity in this post, my feelings are all in the title. If you want to read how "triggered" I get about masks, read on (I will try to tune it down). 

I don't actively purchase these masks (I've done it once back in 2014) but this month's GlossyBox came with one and I had to use it anyway so I can submit a review. In short, this particular one isn't too bad, but not every peel off masks are like that and just because these peel off masks don't work on my skin and I hate it, doesn't mean you should too.

Positivity ends here now.

 

1. Messy, oh so messy, but so hard to clean

So this happens every time. It could be because I'm clumsy, but I'm certain that this doesn't JUST happen to me. Tell me I'm not the only one. This stuff is a nightmare to get off too and I've learnt the hard way to not wash with water, and use a dry toilet paper/tissue instead. I opted for fingers because they are much easier to get off than a face mask brush. I've had experience with ones that just wouldn't budget and it's a mixture of water, soap, scrubbing, then more scrubbing with tissue to get it off my fingers.

2. Is it dry? I think it is, oh no, wet spot

So you probably thought, "oh I need a little on my nose, and seeing that I've got some product left, I'm going to apply more around the chin too". Until you discover that it doesn't dry evenly and if you accidentally touch these spots whilst you're waiting for a century for them to dry, you're going to get them on your fingers and end up with a bare patch on your face. So you say, "J, just don't bloody touch your face". How else will I know if all of my mask is dry, huh? HUH? Fine, I won't touch it, I just have to wait for it to dry and feel like it's for reals gripping on to my skin. 

But there will still be some wet patches that aren't dry. How do other people do this; again, is this just me??

To be fair, this one from Beauty Pro isn't too bad in waiting time to dry. If you've made a mistake like I have by applying it over the brows...that bit feels like it's never gonna dry.

3. I love how satisfying it feels to peel off. NOT.

Okay, okay, so it's dry, ish. Most of it is anyway, so I'm so ready to peel this pesky thing off my face. Those videos are hilarious! I'm going to have so many white heads and blackheads peeled off from my face.

This is the WORST part for me and one of the core reasons as to why I hate these masks - you have to tug on your skin! This Beauty Pro one wasn't too bad actually, but trust me I've used worse. That peeling feeling really doesn't sit well with me and if you continuously tug on your skin like that, like using nose pore strips (again, something I hate), your pores WILL sag and you will end up with larger looking pores.

Also I didn't peel off white heads/blackheads on my face or nose. Thankfully this wasn't one of those that feels like it's glued on to your face, otherwise I'd be in for a ride of discomfort.

Also notice how there are still bits left - these are WET SPOTS that I thought was dry. Think again, J, NOT dried.

4. I'm going to have such clear skin! Oh...maybe not?

They say these are supposed reveal fresh, clear skin...BUT DOES IT THOUGH??? From the pictures you probably think it does, but I can tell you this is 100% down to the camera being a little further away and not focused on the same spot. In other words, it's not focused at all, so it looks better. 

That being said, with skincare products, habits are key to having good skin, so maybe if you do this regularly enough, you will eventually peel off a layer of the skin and reveal good skin. But I ain't going through that mess and peeling and tugging at my skin/pores that often I can tell you. The Kiehl's Rare Earth clay mask does a much better job in the first application - no tugging, quick dry and you can TELL if you still have wet spots.

5. What is that strange sensation/itch on my face...

Just going to reiterate... you've tugged your skin

I don't know if many people get this or if it's just me (again), but I always have this itchiness/tingly sensation on my face that is not pleasant after I use these masks. It isn't so intense with the Beauty Pro one because it wasn't like one of those that glue on to the face, but it still gave me a little of that feeling. Remember, it's from the tugging of the skin.

Also because you've applied it on dry skin, when you peel it, your skin is still dry, if not drier. The mask doesn't inject water in the skin so you're not really getting moisturising factors. I opted in using the 7 skin method afterwards as I felt it was the only way I could rehydrate my skin well in a short period of time. If you have the time I highly recommend using toner immediately and then slap on a hydrating mask or a soothing mask to ease the irritation you've caused your skin.

So there you have it, my rant about how much I dislike/hate these peel off masks. In fact, I don't even use them any more and I honestly don't care for this trend of using these peel off masks. They've been around for ages and if you want to use it on just the nose area, I prefer these over a nose pore strip as that essentially is glue...and well, this at least has other stuff in it and it "soaks in" to the pores. But there are a million of other ways to deal with clearing pores (clay masks!) and skin regeneration (acids) that doesn't involve physically tugging at your skin, which I would say is one of the top things you can do to make your skin age quicker. You won't see it immediately, but doing this long enough and you will see pores looking more like a tear drop or elongated where the skin around it has lost elasticity.

What do you think? Do you like these masks? Is it just me who has these problems? How often do you use it and does it give you results?