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[Review] Skinfood Fresh Apple Sparkling Pore Toner

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Hey everyone!

Today I’ll be review Skinfood’s Fresh Apple Sparkling Pore Toner. I bought this at a local store that sells Asian Skincare. It’s a lot cheaper online but I ran out of my Skinfood Tomato Toner and I forgot to reorder it. So I went to a local store. They didn’t have the tomato toner so I thought I’d give this a go.

I’ve already finished most of this bottle now, I need to go order another toner!

 

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Packaging: It comes wrapped in a layer of plastic. It is a glass bottle with a plastic cap. A little heavy, but that’s alright. I’m always worried about dropping it though, so I poured it into a small plastic bottle and use it from there instead. It looks quite pretty though.

Texture/Smell: It is very light and absorbs quite easily. I expected a strong sweet artificial apple smell, but it wasn’t like that. But it didn’t smell as sweet? Has a more bitter smell to it, if you get what I mean haha. It smell/feels like it contains a  fair bit of alcohol in it as well.

Effectiveness: It’s not bad. I’m not sure if it does that good of a job at taking care of my pores tho. But it’s still an alright toner I suppose. I don’t think toners do that much anyway. There’s not that much of a difference with this one.

Rating: 3.5/5

Repurchase? I’m not sure. I think I’ll go back to my Skinfood Tomato Toner or try the Skinfood Lettuce and Cucumber Toner. I think those are/would be more hydrating.

This is review is not sponsored by any brands or stores. Everything is my own honest opinion. 

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[Review] Etude House I Need You Mask Mugwort

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Hi everyone! Today I’ll be reviewing Etude House’s Mugwort I Need You Mask. I received this mask from Kosmeshop quite a while ago and used it yesterday. This mask is for soothing and brightening. As I went bush walking yesterday without sunscreen, the mask was much needed to calm down my skin.

Also to be honest I’ve never heard much of mugwort before seeing this mask. But it’s a herb used in food and medicine.

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Ingredients:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Alcohol, Panthenol, Carbomer, PEG60Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract (20mg), Potassium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

Warning: Contains fragrance.

Notable Ingredients:

Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract – soothing, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant
Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract – cleaning

Mask quality and fit: 3.5/5
The mask quality was pretty good, it wasn’t too thin and felt fine. The shape of the mask is alright, but the eye holes are a bit too flat and made it slightly uncomfortable. It also didn’t fully cover my big forehead 😦

Smell: 4/5
The smell isn’t that strong so I am really not sure how to describe it. But it smells fresh.

Serum: 4/5
There wasn’t that much essence in the packet even though I tried to squeeze some out to use later as I didn’t have that much time for a mask yesterday. Still a decent amount though. The consistency was fairly thin but a bit thicker after you cool it in the fridge. It absorbed fairly quickly compared to some of the other masks I’ve used.

Results: 3.8/5
After the mask my face seemed to calmed down a bit and was less red. However the next morning my face didn’t seem as smooth as I was hoping for. Slightly disappointing. I’m not sure if it did much brightening like it was supposed to. It did sooth my skin though.

Overall rating: 3.8/5
It was actually a pretty good mask, but I think I had higher expectations as I’ve read some good reviews on it. But I think it’s worth it for the price.

Repurchase? Yes, I’ve already ordered 2 more 🙂 You can get them from Kosmeshop for just $0.87 each! There are a ton of other types as well if you wanted to try a different one.

Links are affiliate links and the review is sponsored by Kosmeshop. However, I am not paid any monetary compensation for this review or for the links. 

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[Review] Royal Skin The Animalian Mask Tiger + Panda

 

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Hi everyone! I’ll be reviewing the Tiger and Panda Royal Skin The Animalian Masks today! I will be combining the reviews as the ingredients list are the same on the two masks and I feel like they worked the same. I received both masks from Skin18! I’ve always wanted to try a patterned mask so I was delighted when I received them!

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Ingredients: 
Water, Dipropylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Betaine, Panthenol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, BIS-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ilucium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexyglycerin, Dimethicone, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil

Notable ingredients: 

Hydrolyzed collagen – anti-aging, wrinkle improvement, moisturising
Sodium Hyaluronate – hydrating
Hamamelis Viginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract – pore care, calming
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract – hydrating, soothing
Portulaca Oleracea Extract – anti-aging, anti-inflammatory
Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract – soothing, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant

Mask quality and fit: 4.5/5
Mask stuck to face fairly well and was very soaked. The fabric was fairly soft and nice and the design was so cute! The colour did not come off the mask while I was using it.

Smell: 5/5
I thought the smell was nice, a bit like soft drinks in my opinion. But I don’t know, I seem to think a lot of products smells like soft drinks!

Serum: 4.5/5
There was a lot of serum in the packet and I used the leftovers on my face for the next few days with good results. The mask lasted quite a while without drying out.

Results: 4/5
The masks made my face brighter and less red after using. My face felt really moisturised. I didn’t experience a break out or anything. I must say I was quite satisfied!

Overall rating: 4.6/5
I really liked these masks! I think I would probably repurchase 😀 You can get them at Skin18 at $1.80 each! There are other designs too! I think the masks are adorable as gifts as well 🙂
Links: Tiger, Panda, Fox, Sheep

Links are affiliate links and the review is sponsored by Skin18. However, we are not paid any monetary compensation for this review or for the links. 

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[Review] The Saem All-in-one Mojito Moisturiser

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Hey everyone! I received this moisturiser from Kosmeshop a while ago and have been using it for a few months now. Please check out Kosmeshop if you haven’t already! They have great prices and a big selection of items!

The item claims to be an all-in-one product, replacing your toner, essence, serum and moisturiser! Although when i use it i still used a toner anyway as i’m more comfortable with it like that 🙂 Most of it is made up of citrus extract? And i think it is lime that is used. If you didn’t know mojito is a cocktail 😀

There are other products in this line,which is endorsed by IU! I can’t find a picture with the whole line so you’ll just have to take my word for it 😛

Other ones that you can find at Kosmeshop: The Saem Mojito Moisturizing Jelly Mist (Grapefruit) 100mlThe Saem MOJITO Water Mist (Lime) 100ml

Ingredients: (credits to cosdna)

Citrus aurantifolia (90%), Glycerin, Glyceryl acrylate/acrylic acid copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Mentha piperita, Chaenomeles Sinensis Fruit Extract, Melissa Officinalis Extract, Citrus aurantium amara, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus/Aspergiullus/Prunus Mume Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Malva sylvestris, Primula Veris Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Carbomer, Octyldodeceth-25, Decyltetradeceth-25, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, 1,2- Hexanediol, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance, Sparkling Water, Asperigillus/Camellia Sinensis Leaf Ferment Extract Filtrate

Packaging: Comes sealed in a layer of plastic. It is a green plastic bottle with a pump and a cap. Very easy to use, simply push down on the pump, dispenses easily. It is small and convenient, didn’t spill when i traveled.

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Texture/Smell: The texture is like a gel, it has a herbal smell? Absorbs quite easily, but can feel slightly sticky when you first put it on. The smell also goes away really quickly and isn’t strong at all. It doesn’t have the perfumey smell a lot of other products have.

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Effectiveness: I must say i really quite like this moisturiser 🙂 I used this instead of my usual essence + emulsion and i think it worked quite well! It decreased the number of pimples in the centre of my face, i.e. nose and around there. I think this sort of makes my face slightly more oily sometimes but it still doesn’t break me out haha. A bit weird, but i’m okay with it as long as i don’t get break outs!! It moisturises my face really well. I still have pimples buts its definitely not making it worse, and cleared my face after the Cosrx BHA skin-returning A-sol.

Rating: 4.2/5

Repurchase? Yes i think i will repurchase 🙂 You can buy one at Kosmeshop for $9.31!

Links are affiliate links and the review is sponsored by Kosmeshop. However, I am not paid any monetary compensation for this review or for the links. 

 

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Package from Kosmeshop! + Cute Character Socks review!

Since i just did a post of the Cosrx Natural BHA Skin returning A-sol, i thought i might as well just show you the rest of the package i received from Kosmeshop a few weeks ago!

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Everything was packaged so neatly! Wrapped in bubble wrap and plastic bags.

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Most of these are unexpected samples 😮 When Kosmeshop approached me asking me which products i wanted to review, i only chose the Cosrx BHA A-sol and The Saem All-in-one Mojito Moisturiser, and they offered me character socks as their choice of review item. But i thought it’d only be one pair! So imagine my surprise when i received a full box of goodies!

Row 1: Cosrx BHA Skin Returning A-sol, Mizon Ageing Care Firming Solution S-Venom Wrinkle Tox Cream, The Saem All-in-one Mojito Moisturiser, 2xSample Skinfood Egg White Pore Foam, 2x Sample Tony Moly Gold 24k Mask

Row 2: 2x Luke Charcoal Nose Cleansing Strip, 2x Sample Tony Moly Brightening Peeling Gel, Sample Tony Moly Panda’s Dream White Hand Cream, Sample Tony Moly Panda’s Dream White Magic Cream, Sample Tony Moly Nutra Energy 100 Hours Cream, Sample Nature Republic Snail Solution Foam Cleanser, Sample Tony Moly Banana Hang Milk, Inppouch Make up Cushions/Puffs

Row 3: Etude House Sheet Masks: Mugwort, Aloe, Bamboo, Sample Tony Moly Ferment Snail Cream, Sample Nature Republic super aqua max combination watery cream, Sample Skinfood Premium Tomato Whitening Essence, 2x Sample Holika Holika Aloe 99% Soothing Gel

Heres a photo on the socks 😀 I forgot to include them with the other products oops!

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My favourite would have to be the first and third one 🙂

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So cute! I wore them as soon as I had them washed ^.^ (I’m wearing the one shown above right now as I’m typing this!) They are very comfortable and the colour is not wearing off and is still bright after a few washes! Really recommended! Kosmeshop stocks a wide range of these cute character socks which you can find here! They are very cheap as well at $1.94 a pair! I think I’ll have to get more soon! Which one is your favourite?

Please look forward to reviews of the other products shown in this post! 🙂

Links are affiliate links and the review is sponsored by Kosmeshop. However, I am not paid any monetary compensation for this review or for the links. 

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[Review] Cosrx Natural BHA Skin Returning A-sol

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Hey everyone! I’m finally back! Sorry for the long hiatus, i was extremely busy and stressed 😦

Anyways, back to the review!  So i received this Cosrx Natural BHA Skin Returning A-sol from Kosmeshop. Please check them out! They have great prices and a big selection of items!

Ingredients (from box): Propolis Extract, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, water, Glycolic Acid, Betaine Salicylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Allatoin, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethyl Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil.

Active ingredients: Betain Salicylate 1%

How to use: (from box)
You can use this as a toner or as a spot treatment.
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Packaging: The packing is a opaque white bottle with a black plastic pump and a clear cap. You have to tilt the bottle to spray the liquid out onto your hands as otherwise it’ll just drip down the side as you can see the pump’s mouth is very short and small.

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Texture/Smell: The texture is quite runny, pretty much like water. It is a bit sticky even after you pat it onto your face. It has a smell to it, which i think is mainly the tea tree oil. It’s not too strong though and disappears fairly quickly.

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Experience/Effectiveness:
As many of you might know, this Cosrx BHA A-sol is quite popular especially on the Asian Beauty SubReddit (I’m Skincare Safari on there!). Unfortunately, as much as i wanted to like this and thought it would work, i don’t think it really worked for me, and in fact i think it made me break out 😦

I used this product for two and a half weeks twice a day in place of my toner. At first i was getting a few white heads, and i thought maybe i was just purging. What wishful thinking. I searched in many places and people think that since BHA only at 1% concentration it would not be strong enough to exfoliate and cause purging. And they are probably right. And it’s not at the right pH either. As i kept using for the 2 and a half weeks, my skin just didn’t get any better and got progressively worse instead. Maybe it was my stress levels rocketing, but i’m pretty sure that the BHA A-sol broke me out 😦 My face felt a lot more lumpier than usual. My skin got better after i quite using it and switched moisturisers 🙂

When i tried to use this A-sol for spot treatment it didn’t do much for me either :/

I must say i was pretty disappointed in the product as it worked miracles for so many others. I’ve seen a few other reviews where the product didn’t work so it’s not just me. Supposedly propolis might be the reason i broke out, but i’ll have to check this with other products containing propolis.

But since the A-sol did work for many others, you should try it out to decide for yourself. You can get it here from Kosmeshop for $14.37. But if your skin isn’t getting better then stop using it!

Also a note, i found the sample packets of these Cosrx products very annoying… I had a sample sized version of this A-sol before from Roseroseshop and I was very excited to try it. But the rip made it hard for the product to come out and I didn’t manage to use any of the product as it spilled all over the packaging in small holes between the plastic covering inside :/

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Rating: 2/5

Links are affiliate links and the review is sponsored by Kosmeshop. However, I am not paid any monetary compensation for this review or for the links. 

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2nd Package from Skin18!

Hi everyone! I’ve been really busy lately so i haven’t been able to update my blog much, I’m so sorry 😦

I wrote the draft of this post a month ago whoops. I really have been extremely busy lately, but a month from now i will be free as a bird and will edit and publish all my draft posts 😀 And update with all my new products i bought!! Can’t wait!

Anyways, onto the post!

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Neatly packaged as always!

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Items from left to right:

1st row:

2nd row:

I have used some of these masks already, so please look forward to the reviews! 🙂

Links are affiliate links and the review is sponsored by Skin18. However, I am not paid any monetary compensation for this review or for the links.