Laneige White Plus Renew Original Essence – Review

Now I’m just going to put a disclaimer in here because I know what you’re going to say. “WHITE ESSENCE?” *insert shocked and disapproving look*. Let me explain. In Korea (where the product is from), the term “Whitening” is different to what you and I perceive. “Whitening” in Korea refers to the removal of sun damage, hyper-pigmentation, hormonal pigmentation and acne damage. In the West we would probably refer to this kind of product as a “Brightening” product. Harmful and toxic chemical skin lighteners like Hydroquinone are banned in Korea and are not used in this product or amongst any reputable skincare lines. So please do not be alarmed, I LOVE my skin tone and would never want to change the colour of my skin.

Now moving onto the product itself. This is the third bottle that I have purchased and I keep coming back to this again and again. I have suffered from hyper-pigmentation for much of my adult life. I started to get an uneven skin tone probably after I hit puberty and after years of sun exposure without sunblock it resulted in a patchy appearance of my skin, especially around my mouth. I stumbled across this essence because it is one of the best selling essences in Korea, I just had to try it.

I bought this from YesStyle for £32.00 for a 40ml bottle. http://www.yesstyle.co.uk/en/laneige-white-plus-renew-original-essence-40ml-1-3oz/info.html/pid.1032410338

The ingredient that make this an effective essence is yeast extract which improves the radiance and clarity of the skin. The formula is also free from artificial colourant, mineral oil and animal derived ingredients. It has rich green tea polysaccharides to moisturise the skin.

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The product comes in a white box with an instruction booklet inside. The bottle is plastic and opaque with a dropper on the top.

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The texture of this essence is sort of in between a toner and a serum. It is a white milky essence that spreads and absorbs very quickly into the skin, I use around 1/2 to a full pump. It has a light floral fragrance. I use this after my toner and before my serum at night, and sometimes in the morning before moisturising. Because of it’s light texture this is ideal for anyone with oily skin.

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So why do I keep coming back to it?

After the first night of using this essence I woke up to plump skin with an immediate improvement in skin tone. I mean genuinely my pores looked smoother (if that makes sense?). After around a month of using the product I noticed that my breakouts had completely stopped which meant I wasn’t getting any new scarring. After 3 months and having finished the bottle I noticed my skin was more radiant, my hyperpigmentation had reduced (although not completely gone) and my skin had a smooth fresh appearance.

A few weeks after finishing the first bottle I started to get the same breakouts that I got before and my skin didn’t look as smooth in texture. So I decided to repurchase the bottle and saw great results yet again! I would just like to reiterate that I saw NO lightening in my skin, I only saw a reduction in scarring and pigmentation marks which mean I now need to wear less foundation to even out my skin tone.

It’s been around 7 months since I first started using this essence and I kind of see it as a curse and blessing. It’s a blessing because my skin has never looked more radiant and healthier in my life and I am wearing less makeup as a result of it. It is a curse because now that I know how good my skin can look, I am going to have to keep repurchasing it!

Jay x

Tester Korea Haul

Hey guys, so I’ve been really busy the past few weeks with work and haven’t found the time to make any posts. However, I am going to try make some more time for blogging because I really enjoy it and I love sharing all the new products that I’ve been trying out.

For those of you that don’t know, Tester Korea is a website where you can buy sample size and full sized Korean beauty products. It is really well priced and it’s great because you don’t have to commit to buying a full sized product when you can just test out a sample.

I found the website easy to navigate and the checkout process was hassle-free. I didn’t have any specific items I wanted to try so I just got a selection of random things that looked interesting. The prices are in Korean won so I kept a calculator nearby to convert the price into pounds. Postage and packaging is measured by the weight of the package and the region which you live in. Overall it cost 47,500won (£28) for the 13 items and 11,190 won (£7) for P&P to the UK. I made the order on the 14th of August and the package arrived on the 27th of August.

Now on to what I bought. As with all packages I receive from Korea this was immaculately packaged with bubble wrap.

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1) MAMONDE Cherry Blossom Foot Mask

I haven’t tried this yet but it seemed like an interesting novelty product.

2) It’s Skin Mini Bebe Hand Cream 30ml  – Vanilla Cotton

I thought this was a cute hand cream to carry in my purse. The packaging is so adorable!

3) ETUDE HOUSE Oh Happy Day Hand Bouguet Hand Cream 25ml – Rich Sugar

Another cute hand cream, this has a sweet fragrance and is very moisturising.

4) Iope Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning Couple Trial Kit

I’ve heard good things about this essence so I look forward to testing it once my current essence runs out.

5) Innisfree Olive real cleansing tissue 10 sheet

I’m not a big fan of make-up wipes but this one is amazing. It literally melts away make-up including waterproof mascara, leaving skin soft and clean.

6) Laneige Time Freeze Essence 5ml

I’m all about wrinkle prevention so maybe this essence will be the one.

7) THE FACE SHOP Jewel Therapy Cherry Blossom Clear Hair Mist 100ml

This is a nice hair mist which gives the hair a pretty fragrance, I do however find that it doesn’t add shine like it’s supposed to.

8) NATURE REPUBLIC Happy Mate Shoe Spray Soft Floral 150ml

This is a spray for your shoes. I just spray the sole of the shoes and let it dry overnight, it keep your shoes smelling fresh. Also the packaging is adorable 🙂

9) Somang Pure Female cleanser 5ml.*10ea

As the name suggests this is a feminine cleanser. Normal body washes are too harsh to use “down there”, this wash leaves me feeling fresh as a daisy.

10) BANILA CO The Secret Highlighter #02 Moon

This is a beautiful gold liquid highlighter. I think it’s a dupe for Benefits Moon Beam which I believe has been discontinued in the UK

11) E CHOICE Shea Butter Foot Cream 60g

This is a really thick foot cream, perfect for healing those tired soles.

12) Innisfree The green tea seed serum 1ml*10ea

I’m looking for a new serum so I thought I’d give this a go, yet to try it though.

13) Etude Baking Powder B.B Deep Cleansing Foam 30 ml

I’ve tried this face wash before but I wanted a sample size for my travel bag.

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Finally here are all the samples that I received with my purchase. I would have preferred less BB Creams because they won’t match my skin tone.

Overall I’m very happy with my Tester Korea experience. The products are fairly priced, there is a wide variety of items on sale and the buying process was very easy. I will be buying a few more things when I get the chance, if you want individual product reviews let me know in the comments.

Jay x

Memebox – Cacao + Skin Care + Mask Edition 4 (Unboxing)

So for those of you who don’t know, Memebox is a South Korean beauty box. It is not a subscription service where you pay a monthly fee and the box is automatically delivered, however you just go onto their website and buy the boxes that you want and it begins delivery on the release date.

Each box contains 4-8 full size products or deluxe samples and costs around $23 (£13.48) each. Some boxes are a little cheaper, some a little more expensive depending on what they have in them. The shipping fees are $6.99 (£4.10) for standard shipping (15-25 business days to deliver). If you order over $75 (£44) worth of boxes you qualify for free express shipping which delivers in 3-7 business days.

Overall the actual value of each box comes in at least around $80 (£47), so it’s a great way of trying out new products which you may never get to try otherwise.

Now moving onto what I bought. I got the Cacao + Skin Care + Mask Edition 4 some time last month and it arrived today (woo!!!) *WARNING SPOILERS BELOW*

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Memebox Special #11 Cacao

MEMEBOX SPECIAL #11 CACAO
MEMEBOX SPECIAL #11 CACAO

1) Etude House Milk Talk 200ml- Full Size $7

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Body Wash that has a chocolate milk scent

2) WondeRuci Cacao Brightening Mask 100g- Full Size $38

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I may have to control myself from eating this face mask

3) Pure Smile Essence Mask Chocolate Milk 23ml- Full Size $1

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Sheet mask infused with milk proteins, cacao, vitamin E and collagen

4) Evas Vitamin Cleansing Dessert Magic Cream Soap Coconut & Cacao 130g- Full size $18

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Facial cleanser with coconut and cacao extract

5) Pure Smile Choosy Lip Scrub Chocolate 25g- Full size $11

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Aw come on! Just a little taste?

6) Purederm Nose Pore 6 Strips Choco Cacao – Full Size $6

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Nose pore strips to clear blackheads, whiteheads and dirt

Total Value of box: $81 (£47.46)

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Memebox Special #9 Skincare

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1) Nasarang Rose Balancing Toner ( 5ml sample)

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Moisturising and brightening toner

2) Verikos Advanced Power Tightening Cream (4g sample)

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Skin tightening cream to improve elasticity and glow

3) Boscians Cycle Repair Wrinkle Spot 15ml- Full size $24

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Cream to treat fine lines and wrinkles- think I’ll gift this to my mum

4) Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence 60ml- Full size $18

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Essence to cleanse help rough, damaged skin

5) Dewytree Tea Tree Porest Powder In Toner 200ml- Full size $26

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Toner for clogged pores and enlarged pores

6) Dewytree White Dew 7 Cut Extreme Serum 30ml- Full size $41

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Facial serum to tackle dark spots and uneven skin tone

7) Secret Key Super Plumping Jelly Cream 50ml- Full Size $77

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Plumping face jelly cream. Gave this one to my mum, I’m such a great daughter haha!

Total Value of box: $186 (£108.99)

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Memebox Special #10 Mask Edition 4

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1) Sua Young Berristure 100g – Full Size $40

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Face cream packed with berry extracts used as a cream or wash off pack

2) SLCOSMETIC Soo Effect Plus Essence Sheet Mask (Repair, Energise, Waterdrop)- 3 Full Sizes $2 each

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Sheet masks to repair, energise and hydrate skin

3) WHEN 10:00pm & Travelmate 23ml- Full size $28

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Nourishing night time sheet mask and day time mask to treat damaged skin

4) Skin Factory 7 Seconds Morning Sheet 7in1 150g- Full size $39

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Double sided toner, emulsion and essence face pads

5) Purederm Vitamin C Facial Pads 24ea- Full size $12

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Revitalising face pads

Total Value of box: $125 (£73.25)

http://us.memebox.com/ 

 I’m super excited to try these products out. This is the first time I’ve bought Memebox and I am delighted with it, the sizes of the products and the value for money is amazing. The products that you get are such high end cosmetics from new to market brands that I would never be able to afford otherwise and the packaging is so cute! If you would like individual product reviews comment below and let me know! Also I’d like to see some of your Memebox unboxings so post a link 🙂

Jay x

Korean Skincare Routine

I went to Korea this summer and one thing I noticed about Korean women was that their skin was FLAWLESS. Now I’m not talking about some 20 year old with perfect skin, I’m talking 40 to 50 years old with no wrinkles, no dark spots… nothing. It’s easy to see that Koreans are very into their skincare, there are so many cosmetic shops on every road in the big cities.

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Selfie on Seoraksan Mountain

So when I came back home I wanted to adopt this skincare routine, in hopes that it will help my skin in the future. I know that different people have different versions of the routine buy here is my version broken down for you:

Day time

Step 1: Cleanse

Opt for a cleanser that refreshes the skin in the morning but doesn’t strip your skin of it’s natural oils. Massage cleanser into skin, wash off and pat dry.

Step 2: First Essence (Optional)

This step is used to inject a bit of moisture into the skin after cleansing. First essences have a very watery consistency. Pat a few drops into the skin, let absorb for a few minutes.

Step 3: Toner/ Skin Refiner

Used to bring the pH level of the skin to its natural level which is important in protecting the skin against bacteria and reducing sebum production. Use a cotton pad to wipe across face and let absorb for a minute.

Step 3: Essence

Essence is packed with targeted skin care ingredients for you concerns whether it is anti-ageing, hyper-pigmentation, dryness etc. Pat a few drop into your skin and let absorb for a few minutes.

Step 4: Gel/ Lotion/ Emulsion/ Cream

This step is all about moisturising. Gels and emulsions are much lighter compared to lotions or creams and are ideal for the summer or oily skin. One thing to note is you should always (all year round) use a cream that has a high level of SPF in it that will protect you from UVB and especially harmful UVA rays. Let absorb for 10 minutes.

Step 5: Eye Cream

The under eye area needs extra hydration, it also helps concealer glide on better. Pat into the under eye area with the ring finger.

Night time 

Step 1: First Cleanse

This step is targeted at getting rid of make-up, especially tough eye make-up. Massage cleanser into skin, wash off and pat dry.

Step 2: Second Cleanse

Just like the morning opt for a cleanser doesn’t strip your skin of it’s natural oils. Massage cleanser into skin, wash off and pat dry.

Step 3: First Essence (Optional)

Same as day time

Step 4: Toner/ Skin Refiner

Same as day time

Step 5: Serum

Serums are like thicker versions of essences but with a higher concentration of skin care ingredients to target your skin care concerns. Again pat a few drops of this into the skin and let absorb for 5 minutes.

Step 6: Ampoule, Booster (Optional)

Ampoule is even more concentrated that serums and are usually quite expensive, the booster is used with the ampoule to help it absorb better and literally boost its benefits. This step is really only necessary for mature skin types.

Step 7: Cream

Night creams usually are a lot thicker than day creams and do not need an SPF. Massage and pat in with your palms.

Step 8: Eye Cream

Again as it is night time, when your skin aims to regenerate, opt for a thicker eye cream. Pat into the under eye area with the ring finger.

Once a week:

Sheet mask

Sheet masks are absorbed with essences or serums. Leave it on your skin for 20 minutes then rub in the extra essence. Use before night cream.

Deep cleansing mask

Used to deep cleanse the pores of all the grime, sebum, whiteheads and blackheads. Clay masks are especially good for this.

Twice a week:

Sleeping pack

A sleeping pack is used after the night cream and it gives a boost of hydration to the skin. Your skin will appear plump and hydrated in the morning.

Facial scrub

This step is used to exfoliate all the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin revealing fresher brighter skin.