Beauty Wishlist – February

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There’s a lot of beauty related items that I really want at the moment but creating a wishlist really allows you to visualise and differentiate between what you want and what you need. I’ve managed to whittle my wishlist down to 10 things I want to buy in the next few weeks.

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1) Paulas Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

2) Paulas Choice 10% AHA Weekly Resurfacing Treatment

3) Narciso Rodriguez For Her EDT

4) Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

5) L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara

6) Etude HouseDarling + Syn-Ake Bio-Cellulose Mask Sheet

7) Clinique Superdefence SPF 20 Age Defence Eye Cream

8) Laneige Water Sleeping Pack

9) Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

10) Annie’s Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brighting Jelly Mask

Whats on your beauty wishlist? Comment below and let me know.

Jay x

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