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

SKINMISO Pore Beauty Nose Pack

My T-Zone becomes extremely oily and congested and as a result I get a lot of blackhead and whiteheads on my nose. I first saw this product on WishTrend TV’s Youtube channel and decided to test it for myself.

http://www.wishtrend.com/skin-care/323-skinmiso-best-blackhead-remove-10-weeks-program.html

SKINMISO Pore Beauty Nose Pack is a 2 or 3-Step blackhead removal system.

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Step one is a blackhead and whitehead removal mask. Unlike traditional nose pore strips this mask is soft and is infused with the product, it is applied to the nose and left for 10 minutes. It doesn’t dry hard therefore it isn’t painful to take off.

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When you remove the mask all you blackhead and whiteheads come to the surface of your nose. At this stage you can use a cotton swab or a blackhead extracting tool (I bought mine from The Body Shop pictured below) to literally scrape away the sebum and blackheads on the surface of your nose. Now I’m not going to lie this stage was kind of gross but it was really cool to literally see all the gunk being lifted out of my pores.

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After extraction, apply the step 2  mask which is used to contract the pores on the nose. Leave this for 10 minutes and rub in any remaining essence.

Step 3 is an optional essence which is used to control sebum and shine. I’m pretty sure that this product is just a primer because it is exactly like the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser.

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From L-R: Before Step 1 mask. After Step 1 mask (see the whiteheads at the surface). After blackhead and whitehead extraction. After Step 2 mask.

I’m not sure my camera does this product justice but this is the best method I have used so far to clear the blackhead and whiteheads on my nose. The only down side is that the product costs a lot ($19 for 10 weeks worth) which doesn’t make it a weekly nose routine but more of a monthly one.

Jay x

Etude House Color Lips Fit (Perfect Fit Red) – Review

Summer is coming to an end here in England 😦 but I bought one final summer lip tint which I’m going to review for you today. I received Etude House Color Lips Fit in Perfect Fit Red from an Ebay seller BringBringShop for £4.49.

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The lip tint comes with 10g of product which I think is quite a lot for the price that you’re paying. Although the name “Perfect Fit Red” suggests that this is a red colour, it is not. Much like the promotion pictures, it is more of a dark hot pink with a red hue.

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Doe-foot applicator

The doe-foot applicator allows the tint to be applied smoothly and evenly. The product itself has a really nice sweet fragrance. When applied on the lips this tint has a thin cream consistency which dries matte. I prefer to dab a bit of product in the middle of my lips and use my finger or a cotton swab to blend out the product and build up cover if necessary. This tint is also perfect if you like doing the gradient lip trend.   

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The lip tint has really good staying power and is non-drying if you wear a lip balm underneath. It lasts up to nearly 6 hours but I had to top up after eating if I wanted to maintain the opacity of the tint, it does fade to an even tint after around 8 hours which is still really pretty. I do find that if I apply the tint as a full coverage lip-stick with the applicator it causes the colour to bleed, so it’s best to apply this tint in layers.

Overall I’m very happy with this product. It is a cheap, long lasting, comfortable lip tint which can be used to give sheer or full coverage.

Jay x

 

 

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

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Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask is a Jeju volcanic scoria clay mask used to intensively adsorb sebum and purify pores. This pure and rare ingredient formulated from solidified lava caused by volcanic eruptions in Jeju Island adsorbs impurities and sebum that are deeply embedded within skin pores.

Innisfree are known as quite a green company so the box that this mask comes in is 100% recycled. The pot itself is plastic. Overall the packaging feels very earthy which stays in line with the InnisFree brand. I have to say that this 100ml pot is tiny and for £12.90 it makes it quite an expensive face mask. Also the fact that it isn’t in a tube makes it less hygienic.

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After cleansing and toning, smooth the mask on the face avoiding the eyes and mouth area. The texture of this mask is so wonderful. It spread like chocolate spread but is very mousse- y so apply this with a make-up brush in order to avoid dipping your fingers in the pot. The mask itself in a light beige colour and feels really nice on the skin. After 15 minutes the mask will dry hard and can be rinsed off with warm water.

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If you follow my posts you’ll know that I have an extremely oily T-zone and clogged pores around my nose which leads to whiteheads around that area, so I need a mask that completely sucks all the oil out of my pores. This mask left my skin feeling very clean and balanced but I didn’t see a significant improvement in the whiteheads and clogged pores around my nose. For this reason I wouldn’t recommend this if you’ve got oily skin like mine.

This was a nice clay mask to use but it doesn’t do the job for my oily skin, I much prefer my favourite mask from Lush, furthermore the price means that I won’t be repurchasing it for now. If however you’ve got dry or sensitive skin this may work for you as it is extremely gentle and doesn’t cause any irritation by stripping oils from the skin.

http://www.yesstyle.co.uk/en/info.html/pid.1024480332

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.

 

 

 

 

The Face Shop Essential Mask Sheet Hyaluronic Acid – Review

Once a week I treat myself to a Korean sheet mask. There are so many options to choose from to treat different skin care concerns.

My box of Korean sheet masks ^_^
My box of Korean sheet masks ^_^
Which one should I choose?
Which one should I choose?

This week my skin was feeling a little dry so I opted for The Face Shops Essential Mask Sheet Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is used in a number of skin care products because it helps to retain over a 1000 times its weight in water within the cells of skin, making it an excellent moisturiser. It is said to hydrate and plump the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

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Front of packaging
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Instructions

IMG_1275 IMG_1278 I use this mask after toning but before moisturising. The sheet mask smells sort of soapy and it doesn’t fit very well on my face as you can see in the picture. However, it has a nice cooling effect. After 20 minutes the essence in the sheet is absorbed and you massage and pat the remaining product into your skin. I noticed that my skin feels very plumped and moisturised after using this mask. This mask has not broken me out, but then again I don’t have sensitive skin.

I would buy this mask again based on the fact that it is extremely hydrating and it cost me £1.95 each, which is a very good price for sheet masks. The seller below is a trusted Amazon seller from South Korea. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00DWERHHA/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Are you a fan of this product? Comment below and let me know your thoughts.

Jay x