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The big BB cream battle part 1!

Hello darlings!

I’ve had the pleasure of testing, sniffing, and painting with BB cream, in my face that is, and seeings as I’ve had a good experience with both of them, I thought I’d put them both to the test, against each other.
Firstly, they’ll both get a quick review each, then I’ll compare and put them against each other in a final post!

The two BB creams in question are:
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Missha M Perfect Cover BB cream (No.21) & Holika Holika Petit Clearing BB Cream

Today, we’re taking on the Missha one!

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Name: Missha M Perfect Cover B.B Cream
Product: BB cream
Good For: anti aging, brightening effects, disguise blemishes
Description:The Perfect Cover BB Cream from Missha offers medium coverage that disguises blemishes, evens out skin tone, protects from sun damage (SPF 42 PA+++), and even provides anti-aging and brightening effects. Perfect for those on the go — this multi-purpose BB cream makes your life (and your makeup bag) a whole lot simpler.
Price: 13$ (ebay)
Cosdna

Packaging:
This little gem originally came in a sleek little box with silver and red on it, but of course, I managed to toss it out before even considering taking a picture of it, sorry not sorry, a swift google search will show you the box, if that’s what gets your juices flowing, if not, just trust me when I say that it was neat.
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The tube itself is a red little wonder with a silver twist cap, you screw it off, points for the hygienic solution, but you never really know how much you’re going to squeeze out, but then again, we all like a little surprise here and there!

Texture, Scent & Application:
How does one really describe the texture of a BB cream?
They’re all pretty similar but yet unique, this one actually packs a little heaviness, which means that it’s not as runny as the other one, it isn’t hard like concrete either, but I do enjoy it’s consistency, it makes for an easy spreadable product.
Scent wise I don’t get much, it smells like makeup basically. And I also use the Skinfood Peach Sake Powder to set it with, so at the end of the day my whole face smells like fruit. I love it.
This BB cream is for me a little sticky, maybe I’m not patient enough to let it really sink in, but hello, have you met me? I was not dealt the hand of an patient soul, I went all in on sarcasm and napping. Yes, I am the coffee loving nap queen.
Anyway, I don’t mind the stickiness, considering that I always use some peachy fairy dust on top.

Looord, have you ever seen such an awkward hand?
This has to be the BB cream that matches my skin tone the best, when I first tried it I was like, omg, that grey shade, am I going to end up with a granny face?
But it’s amazing how well this thing blends with your skin, this matches me perfectly.
Application wise I smear this one with my little sponge after having applied sunscreen, wait for a minute while I sip my coffee, then set it with the powder mentioned earlier, I then go on with the rest of my face paint, and BAM, done!

Thoughts so far:

I’ve actually gotten to test this out in different situations, I’ve used this mostly for workdays, but also at a party, and a social gathering. Let’s just say that when going to work I don’t expect much from a BB cream, but social gatherings and parties? Gurl, you betta work. Nothing says party pooper like a flaking face in the middle of the dance floor.
But this one does the trick, I’ve tested it once without setting powder, but that really isn’t for me, not that it doesn’t hold, but I feel like the oily t-zone is minutes from erupting like the oily volcano it is.
But this one really gets the whole coverage job done, so far it get’s a lot of love from me, at least.
I really like the fact that it hasn’t made me break out majorly, I’ve had some cheek breakouts, but I get that from almost everything I try, so I’ve stopped being to picky about it, the breakout usually disappears when the party’s over, and we’re back to normal!
So far I like this, but I can’t give HG status to the first BB cream I’ve tried. It works best for me on the weekdays, and as much as it is good, I am searching for a better allround BB cream, or maybe I’ve found it? Stay tuned!

Ratings so far:

Rating:
Packaging: 6/10
Scent: 5/10
Texture: 6/10
Performance: 7/10
Coverage: 7/10
Total Score: 6/10

This product gets:

💄💄💄💄💄💄 6/10

Remember, this is my experience with this product, you might not have the same, and the product can work wonders for some, and be bad for some. Your Mileage May Vary, and we’re all different, you should always check the ingredient list and read about a product before purchasing it, but hey, no pressure!

Next up from me will be the review on the Holika Holika Petit Clearing BB cream, stay tuned!

Have you tried this product?
Let me know!

Peace&Love

-Mocka

 

Comparison: Two cleansing oils

Hello everyone!

So on Tuesday I Instagrammed a photo of the Banila Co. Clean It Zero – Purity and The Face Shop’s Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil, saying that I was doing a little experiment on the two (test + comparison), as well as reviewing the Clean It Zero – Purity, and that a post about this hopefully would be up on the blog the day after. As you might have noticed, that didn’t exactly go to plan. It turned out that a post featuring both the review, the experiment and the comparison would not only be a bit messy and unorganized, but also very big. So I dicided to break the monsterous post into two parts: the review by itself and the experiment/comparison by itself, making it easier for me to do both posts justice, and more pleasant for you guys to read. In other words; today you’ll get to see the experiment and read my comparison on the two cleansing oils, whilst the review on the Clean It Zero – Purity will be available on the blog in a couple of days!

 

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Banila Co. Clean It Zero – Purity VS. The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil!


Many of you have probably already seen K-beauty Youtubers test cleansing oils on makeup swatches, and that’s what I’ll be doing today. The only difference is that I don’t own seventy-three different cleansing oils, I only have two on hand. But that’s how I usually like to operate.Whenever I find a skin care product I like, even almost love, I’ll still be open to testing out a newbie for the same step, just incase I stumble across something even better. And that’s also the case here. I bought the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil back in the day when I was completely new to AB. I enjoyed it a lot and even repurchased it. But is that a good enough reason to stop there? Not try anything another? No. And here we are, with the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil’s opponent: the Clean It Zero – Purity!  

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“Which one of these cleansing oils is better at dissolving and removing makeup?” is without a doubt the million dollar question here. But before we move onto that, there are a few other things about these products that need comparing:

Price
Although comparing a dirt cheap product to a more high-end expensive product (like Mocka did here), might have been more fun or useful to some, these cleansing oils are still in my opinion in two different price ranges. Neither of them are particularly cheap or expensive, however the Banila Co. Clean It Zero – Purity is double the Price of The Face Shop’s Rice Water Bright Cleansing Oil!
Clean It Zero – Purity – 18.97 USD
Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil – 9.07 USD

Type and texture
Both of the cleansing oils are essentially… oils. Who would’ve thought it? However, they’re not even nearly the same type to begin with. What I mean by this is that the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil is an oil in liquid form, whilst the Clean It Zero – Purity starts off as a more solid balm, very much like Cocosa (coconut oil), but during application it transforms into a liquid form oil. When it comes to texture, the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil is very thin compared to the Clean It Zero – Purity (after it has transformed) which is richer and thicker.

Scent
To me both of the cleansing oils have pleasant scents. The Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil has more of a flowery scent while on the contrary, the Clean It Zero – Purity’s scent is more “fresh” and “clean” with a hint of “herbal” (maybe a teeny bit of eucalyptus?). Mind you, someone with a very sensitive sense of smell might find these scents to be a bit overbaring.

Skin type
Whilst the Clean It Zero – Purity is catered to people with sensitive and troubled skin in general, the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil is best suited people with particularly oily skin.

Ingredients list
According to CosDna the Clean It Zero – Purity has a much “safer” ingredients list than the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil, but for me personally, none of them have caused breakouts or any other problems.

Container
The Clean It Zero – Purity comes in a clean looking, solid plastic tub with a metal lid whereas the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil comes in a more cheap plastic container with a plastic pump dispenser. The Clean It Zero – Purity is in my opinion much more travel friendly.

Other
Both of these cleansing oils will to some extent sting if you get them in your eyes. However, the Clean It Zero – Purity stings a lot less than it’s opponent.

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Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are the makeup products that I will be swatching 

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Okay, so maybe not the most hardcore lot you’ve ever clapped eyes on, but I’m not the most hardcore makeup wearer either. The point is that this is a selection of different makeup products with different properties and claims (for example being waterproof, smudge-proof, waxy etc).
Although you for sure can find even more resiliant makeup products than the ones I have on hand, these are definetely a lot more stubborn and long lasting than what I normally wear when I go about my day   🙂

And here are the swatches  

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Before we move on to the actual testing prosess, let’s see what these two cleansing oils actually claim to do   

Banila Co. Clean It Zero – Purity
“An off-shoot from the popular Banila Co Clean It Zero Classic, this is a perfect first step in your double-cleanse. This award-winning hypoallergenic oil cleanser appears as a solid balm and transforms into a silky oil on the skin. Its sorbet-like texture and lightweight formula effortlessly dissolves stubborn makeup and impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Free from artificial coloring, synthetic fragrance, alcohol, parabens, and mineral oil. Formulated for sensitive skin types” – Soko Glam

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil
“Natural extract removes all kind of impurities thoroughly. Maintains healthy skin even after cleansing.”
– Roseroseshop

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The testing prosess  

How exactly did the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil perform on the makeup swatches?

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To the left: Swatches after they’ve set for a while. To the right: The removing prosess with the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil.


As you can tell from the photo, the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil works like a charm on your average day-to-day sort of makeup, but when it comes to the waterproof mascara, the waterproof eyeliner and the liquid lipstick, this cleansing oil is about to give up. But I can’t walk around with this hot mess on my arm all day, so the next logical step is to give the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil a second chance at removing the left over makeup!

Round two! DING DING DING!  

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To the left: Swatches after they’ve set for a while. To the right: The removing prosess with the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil.


So, as you probably have gathered, the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil did infact remove 100% of the makeup, but not in one go, two. It’s probably also worth mentioning that I had to rub quite hard and for some time to get all the remaining swatches completely off.

And now let’s take a look at how the Clean It Zero – Purity from Banila Co. performed  

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To the left: The swatches are ready for the Clean It Zero – Purity. To the right: During the makeup removing prosess.


I slapped the Clean It Zero – Purity on and massaged it in, as the discription tells you to. As you can see, the product removes most of the swatches with ease, but like the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil; it struggles with the waterproof mascara, the waterproof eyeliner and the liquid lipstick. And since I gave the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil a second chance, it would be unfair not to do the same with the Clean It Zero – Purity. So?

Round two. DING DING DING!  

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To the left: The oily makeup mess has been wiped off and the Clean It Zero – Purity has already been reapplied and wiped off again, leaving one clean and happy arm (to the right).


So… The Clean It Zero – Purity also removed 100% of the makeup after two applications, but it failed to break down and remove all of the makeup in one go. And just like the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil, I had to be a bit tough with this one aswell and rub quite hard to get the remaining makeup off. Didn’t someone use the word “effortlessly?”

Summing it all up
The Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil and the Clean It Zero – Purity both work great on your average “day-to-day” sort of makeup, and both of them need to be applied twice on makeup with stronger lasting power. In other words: Performance wise, it’s a tie! So when I remind myself that the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil from TheFaceShop is half the price of the Clean It Zero – Purity from Banila Co, my first thought is “next time I might as well buy the cheapest one, cause they do the exact same thing, they both smell good and none of them break me out”. However, I will for now discontinue using the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil and switch to the Clean It Zero – Purity because I prefer the tub-and-lid container and the product itself doesn’t sting as much when I get it in my eyes (which tends to happen quite a bit)! I also find the Clean It Zero – Purity a lot less messy to work with   🙂

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So that’s it for my comparison on the Clean It Zero – Purity from Banila Co. and the Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil from The Face Shop. For me personally, the winner out of the two is the Clean It Zero – Purity mostly for practical reasons, and therefore I think it’s worth the extra dollars! Stay tuned for the full review of the Banila Co. Clean It Zero – Purity, which will be up on the blog in a couple of days.

Vicky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review; Naruko Taiwan Magnolia Brightening and Firming Toner EX

Hello darlings!

I’m back with this little Taiwanese magnolia wonder that I’ve had the pleasure of trying out for the last couple of weeks, and I’m now ready to talk about it!

I actually bought this on a whim, or almost, I read about Naruko on reddit and figured it would be a great idea to purchase it, right away, no researching what so ever, just imagine being a little tipsy, money in the bank and having Ebay bookmarked, we all know what happens. You’ll probably notice that this won’t be my first review on an item purchased while being vino happy.

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But do I regret it? Not at all! I love this boring little bottle containing fun!

Name: Naruko Brightening and Firming Toner EX
Product: Toner
Good For: Maintaining the moisture barrier, anti-aging, get that oily skin under control.
Description: Magnolia Brightening and Firming Toner EX is a brand new high-performance “skincare essence” type of moisturizing astringent made from selected ingredients! Consisting of easily absorbed lubricating skincare liquid drops with macromolecules, it feels lubricating and non-sticky, helping active ingredients penetrate into bottom of skin to tender skin.
Price: 20-29$ (Ebay, Yesstyle)
Cosdna

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Holy balls! I just love this product, and yes, today’s pictures includes Percival, the very photogenic feline that loves a good skincare product just as much as I do.

Packaging:
This comes in a simple bottle, no fuzz really, but it’s simple, and does the job of actually containing the product. Not really a fan of the plastic to be honest, it’s a little cheap looking, but sturdy, so great for transportation!
Also, dispensing this product is a bit annoying, in the morning anyways, you have to flip it upside down and shake it like a polaroid picture, or just.. like the bottle it is. This annoys me because I never know how much product is gonna squish out of it, but then again, who doesn’t love a good surprise?

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Texture&Smell:
This just smells so great! I adore the scent on this one, it’s very flowery and might be a little overbaring for some, but the flowery scent isn’t too synthetic, so you actually feel like you’re buttering up your face with a real flower. The scent lingers for a while, but seeing as this isn’t the final step of the routine you won’t really notice the scent after the layers you follow up with.
Texture wise this is a little more essence, less toner, well, hydrating toner to be exact, so it’s not super runny, but you can’t run to the kitchen to fetch your coffee while having this product in your palm, it’ll get messy and you’ll waste flower toner, just trust me on this one, guys.

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Application:
Cleanse, then toner. This is one of those essence toners, if you were wondering. This also happens to be my first experience with a hydrating toner, and so far I’m not disappointed!

Dudes, do you see the awkward hand? I had to be effective, because it’s summer and mosquitoes are coming.
So first one cleanses, then applies the toner, this takes a little while to sink in, but it’s so worth it, it’ll leave your skin feeling plump and ready for more skin goodness!
This product also happens to be one of those a little goes a long way things, so even tho it costs more than my usual toner, this will be cheaper in the long run, and I am after all a sucker for good buys!
I also used this product to test out the “7 skin method”, for those of you who don’t know what that is, google is your friend.
Okay, I’ll tell you anyways, the 7 skin method is basically patting on 7 layers of toner in succession, this is supposed to increase the moisture level of the skin in an effective way without the heavy and greasiness of all sorts of creams. It’s supposed to work for all skin types and will leave your skin hydrated and dewy, winning!
Anyway, I’ve tried it twice with this one, and it’s just friggin awesome! I’ve never felt so hydrated before, it’s like a new dimension of hydration heaven opened up, so I urge you guys to try it! It doesn’t have to be this toner, any hydrating toner will do!
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Percival gives zero fu*ks.

So what do I think of the product?
So far this is one of the best products I’ve bought on a whim, not that I have gone bananas with impulse shopping, but the list is getting longer every week, sorry, not sorry.
This might even qualify as one of those, how do you say, Le Holy Grail? Read it with a bad french accent, it’s funnier that way.
This has for me done wonders, not in the whole problem care department, but I’ve never been this hydrated before, there’s no tight feeling what so ever, and my skin looks plump for once, in the good way, not the Aw, shit, did I eat the whole cake again? way.
For now there’s only good things to say about this product, but I think for some the smell might be too much in the long run, if you’re like me, smelling the same thing every night and every morning will get tiring, and you’ll hit that wall where the scent repulses you, or maybe that’s just me?
Let’s just love the product for as long as it lasts.

Rating:
Packaging: 6/10
Scent: 8/10
Texture: 9/10
Performance: 9/10
Overall: 8/10

This product gets:

🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸 8/10

Remember, this is my experience with this product, you might not have the same, and the product can work wonders for some, and be bad for some. Your Mileage May Vary, and we’re all different, you should always check the ingredient list and read about a product before purchasing it, but hey, no pressure!

That’s what I have on this flower for now, hopefully the love lasts, and this never makes it to the rant of the week list, but who knows?
My skin always has plans of it’s own.

Have you tried this product?
Let me know!

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Percival Approves of this product.

Peace&Love

-Mocka & Kittycat

I’m waiting for you…

Hello everyone!

Today I’ll be taking you through the products I’m waiting for at the moment. You’ve most likely heard of most of them as they’ve been mentioned in previous posts, but some of them were purchased today!  I will also mention a product that I bought ages ago, and still haven’t recieved. So beware of some bitching, cause this chick is frustrated with a big F.

ANYWAY… let’s get to it  ↓

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
I’m gonna be honest with you guys. I just purchased this Rose Hip Seed oil from The Ordinary, without giving it much thought. Usually I do my job when it comes to researching before buying, but now and again my brain seems to lose it’s ability of doing just that, resulting in the occasional spontaneous purchase! But in my defense, I didn’t buy this product on a complete whim either. Cause Mocka hasn’t stopped raving about it since she got her hands on it, and after I read her review, I was sold. Ka-ching!

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The Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Essence
Now, this baby has been away from me for soo long now. We’re talking about a year! I purchased this product back in my early K-beauty days, and although I liked it, I wasn’t sure how effective it was. I guess I can’t remember what ultimately made me decide not to re-purchase it, but the other day i realised that I actually miss it. (Weird how that happens.) In other words; I’m giving it a second chance to blow my socks off, which also means that you can expect a review in the near future! Yay!

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The Nature Republic Shine Blossom Blusher in the colour “Apricot”.
Another newbie that I’m waiting for is this cream blush from Nature Republic, which is a brand I’ve known about for a long time, but haven’t gotten around to trying. I’m always interested in trying products from different brands, both popular, obscure, tried and not tried, so I’m really looking forward to this. And according to my calculations this baby should be just around the corner!

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The Tonymoly The Fresh Phytoncide Pore Gel Cream
Fresh Phytoncide Pore Gel Cream, you say? Who even are you? OH, THAT’S RIGHT! I ordered you AGES ago. Okay, to be fair, it’s not your fault that you haven’t arrived yet. But some person somewhere along the line during this prosess, messed up. I mean, let’s be honest. We have ships, planes, trains and quite possibly UFOs to make sure that sh*t arrives where it should, when it should. And I can accept human error. Things can happen. I can also accept that it takes a couple of weeks for products from Korea to arrive where I live, but not several months. No, just no. This product was lost on it’s way and it should have been sorted a long time ago. #Rantover
But really, they can send me a new one now if they want, but not recieving a product when you needed it, kind of defeats the purpose of the whole thing, right? That’s like recieving your shot after you got ill. And it’s actually quite disoppointing. And sure, I’ve had a few products arrive on me weeks after their estimated date, but nothing like this.

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Okay, moving onto something more pleasant!   ↓

The Tosowoong ACNE Cleansing Foam
Now, this one will definetely be a familiar face for you, if you’ve followed this blog for a while. I have mentioned it in several posts and raved about it in this one! The tube I have standing in my shower at the moment, is running really low and has been for a while now. But instead of re-purchasing it right away, I decided to broaden my horizon even further and went ahead and bought a cleanser from Sulwhasoo that I’ve wanted to try for a long time. And that’s where my beloved Tosowoong comes back into the picture. I just couldn’t bare the thought of hating the Sulwhasoo and not have a backup.

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The Petitfèe Gold & Snail Hydrogel Eyepatches
O.M.G. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’m looking forward to plastering a pair of these babies on my under eyes. I have tried their sister patches (Black Pearl & Gold) once before, and I loooooved them. I’m hoping that these ones are just as good, AT LEAST. And I’m praying that they arrive tomorrow! #Lastchancebeforetheweekend

If you want to read Mocka’s first impression on the Black Pear & Gold eye patches, you’re welcome!

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The J.One Hana Cream
Don’t even get me started on these precious little baby balls!?
I just realised two things after having said that. 1) “Baby balls”? Well, that sounds a bit gross. 2) I can’t know if these (baby)balls are precious before I’ve tried them. But they look damn precious, okay?! And I want them. Now. On my face.

But on the serious note: Have you ever seen a more fun way to apply moisturizer? I just saw these a few weeks ago and I had to buy them. I mean, who doesn’t want balls all over their face? I know I’m preaching about a product I haven’t tried yet, but I don’t care. I still think everyone should try slapping some balls on their face, at least once! That sh*t better arrive tomorrow.

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“And remember; I always recommend taking a closer look at any new product before purchasing it, just in case you’re allergic or sensitive to one or more of the ingredients. Personally I always check before buying a new product, because I know my skin is of the extra vulnerable type, as I do have dehydrated combination skin with acne prone areas. You can find the ingredients, what they are and what they do at CosDna
.” -Myself, lol

So there you have it; just a little update on the products I’m currently waiting for. Please let me know if you’ve tried any of these babies, and if you enjoy/ed them! And be sure to tune back in for first impressions and reviews on these babies in the near future!

Vicky 

I need this in my life! Or so I think.

Hello darlings!

Long time no see, right?
Well, I’ve spent a little time just doing me, because we all need that sometimes, so I haven’t really been up for the task of blogging, but now I’m back, and I’mma tell you, ladies and gentlemeows, I crave new goodies! And, I’ve now managed to break my no buy, big whoop, right? And here are the products I’m now expecting in the mail!

9Wishes Rice Powder Polish 
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This fried rice of a scrub needs to get on my face right this second!
Not really sure if this actually breaks my no buy considering that I only have one, maybe two applications left of the skinfood sugar mask before it goes bye bye.
Seeing as the sugar mask really doesn’t rock my socks off, I’m ready to try something new, and this one just happened to want to be mine, and maybe we’ll even get along well!

Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner

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Essence and toner all in one pretty blue bottle, say what?
This one I instantly fell in love with after reading the ingredient list on it, omg yaaaz.
So far I’m in the middle of testing another toner that I’ve forgotten to mention, but I still crave more, mooooooooore. So this just had to be clicked home.
Hopefully this will be my next HG, but being realistic I’m just going to think that we’ll get along just fine.
Look how pretty, look at it!

Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule
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Not really a new product to the mix, but I just had to have another one, I’m still not sure if it does anything for my skin, but I like the feel of it, and I truly believe deep within my unicorn shaped heart that this actually works wonders for me, even if I don’t see it after a short period of using it.

Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Essence

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Ah gurl, yes, I went ahead and ordered something containing green tea!
When I first got into asian skincare I tried the green tea serum, at first it wasn’t for me, but when I realized that I was going to run out my heart bled a little. Maybe it didn’t do much for my skin, other than smell nice and hydrate, but we’ve become friends, me and this green tea. I was starting to miss it in my routine, and now, when I’m running pretty low on essence I thought I’d might as well give this one a spin, it has a nice ingredient list, smells like green tea, and maybe, just maybe, this will be the product that should’ve been in my routine ages ago. But we all know that when I want to love a product, it backfires, so with my luck I’ll end up with breakouts and sadness. Only time will tell!
I love how I always make it seem like I have tragic love affairs with skincare products, but in reality my skin is just a playaaaah. Burning through bitches, one by one.
So yeah, these are the products currently on their way, purchased to make my skin happier, and my eyes pleased with the glorious sight of something new!
Next up I’ll give you a first impression on this lotus smelling piece of heaven that I just loooooove so far!

Have you tried any of these products?
Let me know!

Peace&Love

-Mocka

Review: Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream

Hello everyone!

Today I will be sharing my final thoughts- and experince on the Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream. Unlike some of the recent products I’ve reviewed, this one wasn’t bought on a whim. I had actually heard about this eye cream for a long, long time prior to purchasing it, and only good things at that! So when this baby arrived in my post box and I got to hold it in my hands for the very first time, I was fully aware that this product came straight from the deepest part of the holiest of all Holy Grails! Puh! *Catches my breath*.

If you’re interested in the first impression, you can find it here.
But for now, let’s get crackin’ with the review   ↓

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The basics   ↓

Product type: Eye Cream
Purpose: Anti-aging, hydrating and moisturizing.
Step in skin care routine: Optional.
Price (Ebay): 19.50 USD

More details   ↓
Colour: White.
Scent: Smells okay. Floral scent.
Consistency: Semi thick cream. Spreads out nicely.
Appearance on the skin: After application you’re left with a satin finish.
Feeling on the skin: Feels good on the skin, absorbs quickly.
Container: Purple themed plastic tub. Cute but looks a tad cheap.
Packaging: Purple and white themed box.
(Copy-pasted from my first impression on the same product).


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So what do I like about the Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream?
I’ve used this eye cream for more than a month now and I’m totally in love with it! Not only does it look good on the skin plus feel great, but it also performs like a champion. I mean, it really does what it claims to do when it comes to hydrating and moisturizing. When it comes to anti-aging, I can’t really judge it yet, because I don’t have wrinkly under eyes. However, I do have a few fine lines so I will definetely be on the lookout for any subtle changes!

Other than that, the consistency of the Orchid Eye Cream product is simply delicious, and it’s super easy to spread out. And when it comes to the price it’s definetely less affordable than other Kbeauty eye creams that I’ve tried, BUT with this one, a little really does go a looong way. Like I said, I’ve had the same tub for over a month, and I’ve literally just scratched the surface! For 19.50 USD you get a ton of product and it will last you several months. In my opinion, it’s totally worth it.

 

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And what are the cons?
The only cons I can think of when it comes to the Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream is the container and the scent. I’m not even sure that these so-called “cons” really count as cons, as they in my opinion really aren’t a problem, but for some they might be… So, the tub is made of hard plastic and therefore very solid. However, it is a bit big and bulky for an eye cream. My guess is that someone who travels a lot, might not consider the container of this product travel friendly due to it’s size, although it is indeed solid and will keep the product inside nice and safe.

Also, I’d say that this eye cream only scores just above average when it comes to it’s scent. I mean, it doesn’t at all smell bad, but someone who has a super sensitive sense of smell, might not enjoy it because it does have a slightly flowery scent that could take some getting used to. I did, and don’t even think about it anymore, so for me this isn’t an issue. And to be fair; the scent disappears quickly after application   🙂


Conclusion?
I love this eye cream, and I will absolutely repurchase it when the time comes, which will be many months from now, lol! You really get a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to this one and it will for sure last you a long, long time. As already mentioned, the eye cream comes in a secure container, that will protect the product which I for one am very grateful for, because I have experienced the absolute suck when a container breaks and the product inside gets f*cked!
And last but definetely not least, the Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream truly deserves a medal for keeping the dry and fragile skin around my eyes, nourished and super soft. AND a trophy for not giving me Milia, which has kicked my undereyes’ asses before. I must admit that I at first was a bit skeptical towards this eye cream, as it is a rather thick, white cream, but it passed the test, and no signs of Milia ever showed up. Thank God. In other words, I’m really enjoying this product and I won’t stop using it unless I come across an eye cream that has a million medals in it’s pocket!

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Rating   ↓
Colour: 10/10
Scent: 6/10
Consistency: 10/10
Appearance on the skin: 9/10
Feeling on the skin: 10/10
Hydrating/moisturizing: 10/10
Container: 9/10
Price: 10/10

Overall   ↓
🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸  
9/10

“And remember; I always recommend taking a closer look at any new product before purchasing it, just in case you’re allergic or sensitive to one or more of the ingredients. Personally I always check before buying a new product, because I know my skin is of the extra vulnerable type, as I do have dehydrated combination skin with acne prone areas. You can find the ingredients, what they are and what they do at CosDna.” -Myself, lol

Also rember that if you’re very sensitive to smell, maybe consider buying a few samples before comitting to a whole tub, cause I’m telling you, this mother, once she’s moved into your bathroom, won’t leave for a good few months!

So that’s it for my review on the Orchid Eye Cream from Innisfree! As always, I Hope you enjoyed it and maybe even found it a bit helpful. Please let me know what your experience with this product is, if you’ve tried it!   🙂

Vicky 

 

 

Review: Klairs Supple Facial Preparation Facial Toner

Hello everyone!

The time has now come for me to share my final thoughts on the Supple Preparation Facial Toner from Klairs. I can honestly say that this toner has been thoroughly tested for more than three weeks, which is usually enough time for me to find out if a skin care product is doing what it claims, or pure kicking my ass!

So let’s get to it   ↓

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The basics   ↓
Product type: Toner
Purpose: Balancing the skin’s pH level, prepping the skin for following products, hydrating and moisturizing.
Step in skin care routine: After cleansing.
Price (Ebay): 20.78 USD

More details   ↓

Colour: Clear.
Scent: Smells allright. Clean and medicinal scent.
Consistency: A bit thicker than most toners. Spreads out nicely.
Appearance on the skin: After application you’re left with a satin finish.
Feeling on the skin: Feels cool and refreshing on the skin, absorbs quickly.
Container: Purple and light yellow themed plastic bottle. Looks clean and medicinal.
Packaging: Purple and light brown themed box.
(Copy-pasted from my first impression on the same product).

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So what do I like about the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner?

As I mentioned earlier; I’ve now been using the Supple Preparation Facial Toner from Klairs for over three weeks, and it’s been a true pleasure since day one. I can hand on heart say that I love this toner. It hasn’t caused any breakouts and I feel that it’s doing a great job of it’s main tasks, which are adjusting the skin’s pH level and hydrating – and moisturizing the skin. It feels amazing as soon as it’s applied, as it provides a cooling and soothing effect, and you’re left with a clean and healthy looking face with a satin finish (which is exactly what you want you want when you’re moving on to the next skin care product in your routine!)
This product does have a very clean and rather medicinal scent, but it’s very mild. In other words; if you’re very sensitive to scents, I doubt that you’ll have a problem with this toner, as the scent isn’t overbaring at all. However, I for one, wouldn’t mind a slightly more yummy scent, but I’m not going to complain since the scent of this product is pleasant enough and I do like it. (It’s just not going to blow the head off Vicky’s Scent Scale, but that’s okay, we can accept that!)

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And what are the cons?
I have to say that the cons aren’t that many, but there are some.
For instance the consistency could have been a teeny bit better. Don’t get me wrong; I love that it’s thick for a toner and therefore very nourishing, hydrating and moisturizing but it’s not quite as easy to spread out compared to other toners that I’ve tried. It’s not difficult or anything, I just notice a slight difference. Keep in mind that I’ve only tried applying the product with a cotton pad, so for all I know it might be easier applying it with my finger tips. I just haven’t tried this method when it comes to this product yet, as I prefer using cotton pads for this step in my routine.
Also there is the container. Although it’s a good container, it looks nice, it’s safe and secure etc, the dispenser isn’t the best. When you take the top off you’ll discover that the dispenser is flat and that the only way to get the product out is to hold the bottle upside down and shake (not like ferociously shaking it but you get my point). So when you’re done with that and return the bottle into an upright position, you’re sometimes left with a bit of a mess, which I’ll be honest in the beginning was getting on my tits a bit, but now I’m pretty much used to it and it’s not that bad. Just a thought, though.


Conclusion?
When it comes to Korean Toners I have tried/used the Skinfood Premium Tomato Whitening Toner, the COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner and the Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner, before now trying – and using the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner. I can’t really remember my time with the Skinfood toner or the COSRX toner. All I know it that they didn’t impress me and were ultimatly replaced by the Wonder Pore freshner from Etude house, which is the toner that I’ve used the longest. And because of that I decided that if I was going to compare the Klairs toner with another one, it would have to be the Wonder Pore Freshner.

And I must say that in this case Klairs really gave Etude House a run for their money! I know that the Wonder Pore Freshner is a Holy Grail product for many, but for me it was just “allright”. It didn’t break me out but it didn’t impress me either. Needless to say, now that I’ve experienced the full force of the Supple Preparation Facial Toner from Klairs, I won’t be going back to the Wonder Pore Freshner anytime soon! This will definetely be a repurchase.


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Rating   ↓
Colour: 10/10
Scent: 6/10
Consistency: 8/10
Appearance on the skin: 9/10
Feeling on the skin: 10/10
Hydrating: 8/10
Container: 9/10
Dispenser: 5/10

Price: 7/10

Overall   ↓
💧
💧💧💧💧💧💧💧  8/10

And remember; I always recommend taking a closer look at any new product before purchasing it, just in case you’re allergic or sensitve to one or more of the ingredients. Personally I always check before buying a new product, because I know my skin is of the extra vulnerable type as I do have dehydrated combination skin with acne prone areas. You can find the ingredients, what they are and what they do at CosDna. 

So that’s it for my review on the Supple Preparation Facial Toner from Klairs! Hope you enjoyed it and found it helpful. Please let me know what your experience with this product is, if you’ve tried it!

Vicky

 

 

The Ordinary; A double review, Part two!

Hello Darlings!

I’m back at it again, as promised, with part two of this awesome but still very ordinary review adventure!

Today I’ll be taking on the only oil I’ve ever managed to love in my entire life, we’re talking Rose Hip Oil dudes & dudettes!

Let’s just jump right into it, or slide, you know, seeing as it is indeed an oil we’re talking about.

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Name: The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
Product: Daily Support Formula, basically an oil based miracle.
Good For: Maintaining the moisture barrier, anti-aging, get that oily skin under control.
Description:This formulation uses 100% pure Rosehip Seed Oil that is both cold-pressed and organic. Rosehip Seed Oil is rich in linoleic acid, linolenic acid and pro-vitamin A, all of which degrade when the oil extraction process involves heat. While cold-pressed extraction is complex, it preserves all of the quality of this important oil which has been shown to reduce signs of photo-ageing and many other skin conditions.
Price:  11 $ (theordinary)

This one I stumbled upon on Instagram, I had already read several posts about it on reddit, but didn’t really give it much thought, until it popped up in our feed, where the review was awesome, and I thought, what the hey!
Turns out that this shit is the bomb.com, and now I’m trying to imagine how my skin days were before this glorious little gem entered my skincare routine!

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Packaging:
This, as the other product I talked about yesterday came in a simple white box, which again, it’s ordinary, in the double sense of the word.
On a sidenote, yes, I have ended up putting this oil under my eyes, and the caffeine solution on my entire face, you know those days when you just wanna crawl into bed, sorry, not sorry.

Texture & Smell:
This really doesn’t do anything for me sniff-wise, neither good or bad, which, well, it’s natural, the scent isn’t some overbearing floral explosion, but it doesn’t smell like flat out greasy dirt, it smells.. very little to none, with a whiff of organic, if that’s even a way to describe a scent.
Consistency wise I hate this product, but when that’s the only negative thing I have to say about it, I’ll let it slide, it’s soooo runny, you have to do your best ninja moves so you don’t accidentally end up with an oily sink, or the rubbery floor from hell. Or maybe that’s just me being me.
At first I was like, aw hell no, you gonna be greasy, AND runny? Ain’t nobody got time for that! But when I started seeing positive changes in my skin, I really just learned to live with it. Also, it’s yellow, so when you pick up the dropper, ready to pounce, don’t fear the color, when applying it for the first time I was sure that my days as a pale white breakout-prone faced wannabe cat was over, and that I would forever be known as the oily yellow-tinted cherub cheek girl, well, those fears were so far from the truth, that we really don’t have to mention it ever again.

Application:
When applying you have to choices, you can be a bold mofo and throw it right on your face, but do make sure that it goes on after all water based products, just trust me on this one you guys. Or you can blend it with a product you already have, a moisturizer is a good place to start, that way it’s easier to apply, and you don’t have to jump right into the oil pool if you’re not ready for it.
Also, this goes on at nighttime, let that flowery hip work it’s skincare dance overnight. ( I swear you guys, sometimes I’m just too funny.)
At first you will feel oily, not gonna lie, but it wouldn’t live up to it’s name if it left you with a matte finish after a couple of minutes. It soaks in quite slowly, therefore it’s easier to apply combined with the last step of your routine, the moisturizer, or even a sleeping pack if you’re using that.

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Feels as greasy at it looks.

But then again, this product is packed with linoleic acid, which is known to be a more beneficial  moisturizer for combination/oily skin, seeing as those skin types have a higher concentration of oleic acids (typically found in the more traditional oils like coconut and olive), so you’ll get a better moisture barrier when supplementing with what you have less of. Genius right?
Basically, it’s the good guy oil, there to help your skin to a healthier and happier life!
Or so I think, I might be terribly mistaken. I sometimes am, no shame.

So what’s my thoughts on this product?
I never thought I would see the day where I praised an oil, or an oil product to be specific. It has helped me heaps, and I’m sure I’ll get even better results in the long haul.
My face doesn’t feel as tight as it would those days I didn’t apply a heavy layer of sleeping masks, and I have this awesome glow going come morning.
It has even helped me battle those stubborn whiteheads I’ve had since my teen years, but I’m not going to give all the credit to this oil, I have also stopped wearing heavy foundations, the oil just boosts the effect, one might say.

I will keep you posted when I’ve used it for a couple of months, so far I love it, and I hope you will too!

Rating:
Packaging: 8/10
Scent: 5/10 Doesn’t smell anything, dude.
Texture: 7/10 Still struggling with the whole oil thing.
Performance: 9/10
Overall: 8/10

This product gets:

🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹 8 /10

Remember, this is my experience with this product, you might not have the same, and the product can work wonders for some, and be bad for some. Your Mileage May Vary, and we’re all different, you should always check the ingredient list and read about a product before purchasing it, but hey, no pressure!

Have you tried this product?
Let me know!

Peace& Love

-Mocka

 

 

The Ordinary; A double review, part one!

Hello darlings!

As promised last week, and delivered a little bit late, here are finally the reviews on the products I raved about last week, and thought about all weekend!
Today I will be presenting one of the two, and tomorrow the second gem will make an appearance on the blog!
Since these products technically aren’t AB, but many of you guys out there use them, I thought I might get away with talking about them, seeing as they’re doing what we all want our skincare products to do; helping us on our way to healthy skin.

So let’s get on with it, you guys!

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Name: Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Product: Eye Serum
Good For:  Reducing Puffiness, Reducing eye-contour pigmentation
Description:This light-textured formula contains an extremely high 5% concentration of caffeine, supplemented with highly-purified Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) from green tea leaves. Independent studies have shown that topical use of each of caffeine and EGCG can help reduce looks of puffiness and of dark circles in the eye contour. Additional studies have shown that caffeine can also reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Price:  7.50 $ (theordinary)
CosDna

So, this didn’t really stand out to me at first. I’d already tried out some eye creams that did nothing, so I kinda just assumed that a serum would work just as bad, meaning it wouldn’t do sh*t. But hey! Always nice to get smacked in the eyeballs with a pleasant surprise!
I should’ve known that this would be a gem, based on the ingredient list alone, but again, we are talking about an eye serum and my track record with eye anything haven’t exactly been the most epic fairytale one could imagine.
With that being said, let’s talk facts.
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Packaging:
It originally came in a plain white box which most of the products do, come in a box I mean, not all of them are white.. some are purple, some black, some yellow, some multicolored. ANYWAY.
And the container itself is plain, one might even call it “ordinary” which I’m guessing is kind of the point.
It’s hygienic because of the awesome dropper, and it’s easy to control how much product you dropehdidrop out.

Texture & Smell:
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It’s just the right amount of runny, unlike it’s friend I’m going to talk about tomorrow; that shit is a hot mess. It’s really room temperature, but you get my point.
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It spreads evenly, and a little goes a long way, which is awesome. Not only is the product cheap, but it will last you a while, and that’s always a victory.
It does take a little while to soak in, but it’s worth the wait you guys, promises!


Smell wise.. I got nothing, maybe a hint of clean and natural, but it smells close to nada. Might be that my nose is out of order, so let me know if you have this, and have sniffed out a different scent. I would love to know if I have a broken sniffer I didn’t know about!

So how do I like it so far?
I was sceptical the first week, I didn’t really think it would do anything, and when I didn’t see any results after four days, I wasn’t impressed, but being the impatient soul I am, I continued to test it for almost two weeks before I realized that it was indeed doing wonders for me! We’re not talking extreme makeover wonders, but it’s slowly de-puffing the area I once considered damned, and I haven’t looked this awake in.. well I can’t remember.. It’s that good.
And that’s just the results I’ve had in the last three weeks. I’m sure that the effects will get better over time, because this seems to be one of those products that’s in it for the long haul, and sure, I’ll stick with it, cause girl, I wanna have them glowy glam eyes!

Rating:
Packaging: 8/10
Scent: 9/10 Can I really rate it when it doesn’t give off a scent?
Texture: 9/10
Performance: 9/10
Overall: 9/10

This product gets:

☕☕☕☕☕☕☕☕☕  9 /10

Stay tuned for tomorrows review!

Remember, this is my experience with this product, you might not have the same, and the product can work wonders for some, and be bad for some. Your Mileage May Vary, and we’re all different, you should always check the ingredient list and read about a product before purchasing it, but hey, no pressure!

Have you tried this product?
Let me know!

Peace& Love

-Mocka

 

May Empties!

Hello Darlings!

Yet another month has passed, and yet more products have been squeezed to the last drop! So of course I see it fit to write about the empties that are about to hit the bin!

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I must admit, I haven’t really been good with the sheet masks this month. In a time where there’s been a lot of stress and little time for care, I really should’ve, but hey, there’s always June!
Also, Lately I’ve been very fond of the whole outdoorsy look, mostly because of the good lighting, but I’m also a sucker for the green grass that let’s us all know that summer is here, sort of at least. We live in a very rainy place.

I was expecting more products in this picture, but I have a tendency to become this cheap ass hoe (can I really write that in a blogpost?) whenever a product is coming close to the end, so I don’t splurge anything on my skin, it only gets the bare necessities. Unless I have backups ready to go, then it’s all ’bout them heavy layers.

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Etude House Moistfull Collagen Water Jelly Cream
So this has actually lasted me a while, a little over 2 months actually, and I’m really pleased with it, but I’m still looking for something better. Not that it’s bad, but my search will continue until this one product appears from the heavens and slaps me in the face with moisture from the k-beauty gods themselves.
And this didn’t do that.
Currently I’m working another Etude House moisturizer into my routine, so maybe that will be better?
And for those who’ve followed us for a while, I’m still afraid of the heavy, white, greasy creams, so I’m still sticking to lovely gelness!

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Skinfood Peach Sake Pore Serum
Looord, I still love this as much as the day we met, and it almost broke my heart when the pump wouldn’t spew out my precious goo. Luckily I’ve got three more just wanting to be spread all over my face. Yes… that sounds so wrong, but oh so right.
And if you haven’t read it, here’s the link to my review on it.
This is still golden in my routine, and I highly praise it, so if you’re looking for a heavenly smelling serum that controls sebum, and isn’t harsh on the skin, which no serum should be really, then try this!
But remember, YMMV, what works for me, might be a disaster for you, so we do recommend checking out a product before purchasing it, use CosDna to see what ingredients it contains, google a little to see what other people think of the product, THEN, throw that mofo in the basket.

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Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream
No routine is complete without some snail, for me that is.
I love the light feel of this gel, and it’s slowly helping me gain control over my awful scarring that has started to fade after introducing this into my routine.
It also helps to hydrate, and smells fresh.
Did I mention that the packaging is pink?
Love it!

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Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch
You’ve probably heard about these a thousand times, and they’re worth the attention they get.
For me they’ve been lifesavers after a night out, or when I’ve had too much chocolate, but really, with this tool, how can there ever be too much chocolate?
When in need of a pimple friend for those unwanted visitors, this helps a lot, so it’s probably a good thing that I’ve ordered a couple more.

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TonyMoly I’m Real Makegoli Sheet Mask
This was actually a pleasant surprise for me, I’ve been a fan of the I’m REAL masks from tonymoly for a while, but I’ve only gotten around to trying the pomegranate and the avocado, last one being my favourite go to when my skin is crying out for hydration and plumpness. But this one you guys, my skin really digs it! The scent, the feeling on the skin, and the fact that I really didn’t want to take it off at all, says something about how amazeballs it is.
My face felt super fresh and happy after using this, so now I just have to get my hands on a few more.

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Elizavecca Milky Piggy Silky Creamy Donkeysteam Cream Mask Pack

I got a cramp just from writing the entire name.
First off, it’s weird. The texture is indeed creamy, and first I was like, fuc* no, I’m not putting something creamy on my face, but when it was on, all was well. However it still creeps me out that the mask is soaked in cream, not essence, but this is some good donkey steam if you don’t sniff it too hard. My face really liked the boost of moisture and the scent faded into this pleasant fresh almost flowery scent.

So yes, that’s a little about a lot!

Have you tried any of these products?
Let me know!

Peace&Love
-Mocka