I gots me some of that Mishibox Magic!

Hello Darlings!

Can I just start off with giving creds to Mr. Boyfriend for actually getting all the hints I’ve been dropping the last couple of months before my birthday?
With hints being bombarding of Mishibox talk 24/7.
If you’re no stranger to our blog you might have noticed that we love testing new products, reading about them, putting them in our basket, clicking them home, and waiting. Well, we hate the waiting, but everything else is pure skintastic magic!
And when it finally arrives, YAY, Christmas day!

Anyway, I do enjoy a surprise every now and then, so I’ve been considering buying a subscription box, but I never really got around to doing it, so when the SO started asking me about what I wanted for my birthday the answer was simple, and he actually bought it! So hyped!

You know what’s even more hype? The first box arrived yesterday, and I swear it was like a birthday and a mini christmas morning all at the same time!

Now, I will talk about what’s in the box, so if you’re a subscriber and haven’t received your June box yet, you might not want to keep reading on. But if you’re as curious as me, keep reading hun!

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First of all, I love the box, pink, with a little bunny on it, what more can I ask for? Or any other bunny-loving pink-sniffing k-beauty blogger?
Anyway!
Again, spoiler alert, here’s what the box contains!

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Now, this is my first box ever, but I have to say I’m very impressed with the content of it, I haven’t gotten around to testing any of it yet, seeing as I leave the country tomorrow, but I will bring with me a little something something to test while we’re on the road!

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First off, we have this little fellow!
Cleansing water from Thank You Farmer, this is just adorable! And I have heard good things about this brand, so I’m looking forward to trying the product, it’s also sample sized, so super for when you’re on the go!

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Then there’s the A.C. Cure Spot Solution from Proud Mary, not that I’ve actually ever heard of Proud Mary, but if this products works I can totally get why she’s proud. This will also be tested on the road, seeing as my skin is being a total a’hole right now with allergy season and too much BB cream usage.

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YES! LEMON! I like lemons, but the good sour ones, not the bitter mushy ones.
This is the Chamos Acaci Lemon Ultra Whitening Cream, it’s supposed to control sebum and whiten, what’s not to like about it?

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This is just so friggin cute!
It’s the Pink Fruity Wash Off Mask from Half Moon Eyes
I have never tried these types of masks, so I’m actually quite curious as to how they are when applied, I’m guessing it’s just like any other face mask, but hey, they come it these cute little portion sized packs, of course it could be something else entirely or just the same, I’ll just have to test it to know!

Lastly, but not least, the product I’m currently trying while writing this post
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Esfolio’s Red Ginseng Essence Mask Sheet
There’s basically nothing like a real good sheet mask, to me that is.
These are just a must if you want that extra boost of moisture and bounce, these as in sheet masks in general, so far I’m liking this, but I’ll have to report back to you guys on how much I liked/hated it.

So there you have it, pretty simple and fun products I can’t wait to try and hopefully love!
What surprised me the most is that I’ve never used or heard of these products before. I have heard about some of the manufacturers, but not the specific product.

Anyway! In a few hours I’m leaving for my summer vacation and won’t be blogging the upcoming week, I’ll try my best to IG some goodies, but you know, those drinks with umbrellas and shopping might take all my energy, sorry, not sorry.
I’ll be back the week after with juicy new content, but until then Vicky will have to guide you guys in our adventure through the jungle known as everything Asian Beauty related!

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

Hope you guys have a lovely week!
Peace&Love
-Mocka

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The Big BB Cream Battle; Part 3!

Hello Darlings!

Yes, I know, I’ve been off the radar for a while, with summer and all I’ve been offline for some time, and I will be going away on summer holiday this weekend, so this might be my last post for a little while, I will try to IG a little bit, fingers crossed that there’s wifi!

Anyway, you’ve probably been waiting for this mofo, so let’s get this battle over with!

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First off, there are reviews out on these bad boys already, here’s the Missha one, and here’s the Holika Holika one, be sure to read them first, before getting the scoop on which one you shouldn’t be without!

I started this journey being a realistic optimist, thinking that at least one of these would make my skin days better than ever before!
After having tested them both together and separately I’m sad to inform that this post should’ve been a rant of the week, BUT, that’s my experience with them, you might find them amazeballs!

Let’s take a closer look at them separately;

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Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream Shade 21.

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)
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My first thought when trying this was that it was superduper grey, and that I would end up with a sick grey-cast on my face after applying it. Well, I was pleasantly surprised when I applied it, and the way it provided cover to the spots and red areas on my face was really nice!
The finish is semi matte with a little too much glow for my taste, so I applied this, then a thin layer of setting powder, just to get that matte gorgeousness going!
The first week I used it I was really over the moon, thinking that it was indeed the beginning of an amazing bb cream relationship!
Well.. My skin has never looked worse. I’m literally back to where I began, and it sucks, you guys. Friggin’ blows.
My chin suddenly got all of these gnarly red zits that were huge and irritated! My temples are still covered in small bumps, and my forehead is CC city. Goddamnit.
So I saw it fit to just shelf this for a little while, get my skin calm again before I continued the battle of ze grand BB creams.

Enter the Holika Holika one!

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Name: Holika Holika Petit BB Clearing
Product: BB cream
Good For: Pore care, cover imperfections, soothe skin.
Description: Clear those pores while getting beautifully smooth coverage! Holika Holika’s  Clearing Petit BB Cream is the answer for your troubled, sensitive skin. Infused with blemish-preventing Tea Tree Oil, redness is reduced and irritated pimples are soothed. It’s also specially formulated with sebum-absorbing powder to control excessive oil production, a common issue for those of us with troubled and sensitive skin. The smooth and natural-looking finish helps to perfectly cover any imperfections for a flawless finish!
Price: 5$ (ebay) Basically, this is dirt cheap.
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This one I did test before I tested the Missha in depth, they both got half a face each for a week before I tested them separately.
But I did wait a little while after the Missha one before I tested this one.
It applies easily, a bit thicker than the Missha BB cream, but both spreads evenly and easy.
This too is too glowy for my taste, so again, I covered this with a little finishing powder, which gives me the matte look I love.
I had high hopes for this one, it’s supposed to contain tea tree, which is a God in the fight against acne prone skin, but it didn’t really help that much in my fight.
The first couple of days I thought that this was helping my skin, rather than f’ing it up, but maybe I was just a happy go lucky fool?
Because my skin didn’t really like this BB cream either.
It’s not as bad as the other culprit, but I’m slowly concluding that my skin is not made to be a BB cream covered canvas.
Now, at this point I reached a crossroad, I could clear up my skin by not using any of the products, which meant going out into the world feeling like shit and looking like shit, which to be honest, no one wants. OR, I could cover up the shit my face was covered in, with the bad guy that gave me a shitty looking face.
Guess what I did?
I made it worse!
But, all in the name of science you guys!
I split my face in two equal parts, not literally tho. And used the Holika Holika on one side and the Missha on the other, just to test if one was worse than the other.
Want to know the results?
HAH, I hate them both. 
Again, my face and BB creams don’t go together. So up until yesterday I continued to mix them for maximum coverage until I today decided that I should just ride this shit out, and stop all BB cream usage until my skin gets better, wise choice right?

BUT, keep in mind that this is my experience with the products, I’m sure that other mortals have better experiences with these seemingly amazing products!
So how did they do in their battle?

I’ve rated them both earlier;
The bold part in parentheses are the old scores, and I’ve also added the Price VS Performance part. Which means, how well does the product perform considering the price.

 

Holika Holika Clearing Petit BB Cream:
Packaging: 7/10
Scent: 7/10
Texture: 8/10
Performance: 6/10  (7/10)
Coverage: 6/10      (7/10)
Price VS Performance: 7/10

Total Score: 7/10

This product gets:

💄💄💄💄💄💄💄 7/10

Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream
Rating:
Packaging: 6/10
Scent: 5/10
Texture: 6/10
Performance: 6/10  (7/10)
Coverage: 5/10    (7/10)
Price VS Performance: 4/10
Total Score: 5/10  (6/10)

This product gets:

💄💄💄💄💄💄 5/10

So based on my experience with these two products and how well they performed without taking into consideration that my skin couldn’t handle either of them, I would have to say that for me, the Holika Holika one is the winner. Not only is it dirt cheap and provides good coverage, but it was also the lesser of two evils for me, and having the sensitive skin that I have, that fact alone scores major creamy points in my book.

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So there you have it, typos and all!
Holika Holika earns a gold star from me!

Remember, this is my experience with these products, you might not have the same, and the products 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 the products you’re considering before purchasing it, but hey, no pressure!

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

Peace&Love

-Mocka

Two new arrivals!

Hey everyone!

Today’s post will revolve around two products that arrived very newly. I’m talking about the Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Essence from Innisfree and the 100% Organic Cold-pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil from The Ordinary! I decided to include both of these products in one post as opposed to giving them seperate “first impressions” like I usually do. I did this because I’ve already experienced the deep essence before, so I couldn’t really write a first impression post about that one. And Mocka has already reviewed the rose hip seed oil here, as she purchased it before me. But I might do a review on it myself later on, cause you can never get too many opinions on a thing, right? Or can you?  :O

Anyway, let’s see those beauties   ↓

 

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Ahh…

So as you may have guessed, I purchased the rose hip seed oil from The Ordinary after Mocka got on the hype train and ran me over with it! She raved HARD about this product for quite some time and wrote a glowing review on it a while back. Apparently this baby comes from The Skin Clearing Heavens! Needless to say; I was wrapped in a dated newspaper and sold like cold salmon on the street. And as far as I can tell, I’m really loving this sh*t. I think it’s keeping my skin in check, but it’ll take some time before I can confirm this for sure. But what I can say is that it adds some moisture and nourishment to whatever cream you mix it with (if that’s how you choose to apply it, of course). It takes a mediochre moisturizer to the next level, if not even further! It adds a lot of thickness without clogging pores or causing me to break out. Loooove.

When it comes to the Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Essence, this one’s no stranger to me! That’s right, unlike the rose hip seed oil I’ve had this deep essence in my routine at a much earlier stage of my K-beauty obsession. I was slapping that sh*t on my face every day and every night until I ran out. And I don’t know why, but I just didn’t repurchase it after it was gone. And now that I finally have, it’s safe to say that I have a new-found love for it. It smells soo good, and I feel that it helps hydrate my face just a little bit more than usual. Result!

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Both of these products have been successfully introduced into my current skin care regimen. Although one can never be too sure about any product, I have high hopes for the future. Yep, I can see myself using them both in my everyday routine, for quite some time. At least until something potencially better comes along!

Feel free to give me a shout if you’d like to hear more about these two!
Until then,
Vicky  ❤

 

Rave of the week: The Ordinary

Hello darlings!

As you can probably tell by this post’s headline this is a rave! On a Monday? Outrageous!
Seeing as I haven’t got any real hate going on in the product department I decided to actually put out some good vibes for a change.
And let me tell you guys, these things smell of good vibes and happy skin!

This post is not sponsored in any shape or form, these are all my honest opinions.

After getting a hot tip from a lovely Instagrammer I decided to hop on the hype train!
I’ve been using two of their products for 1 1/2 weeks, and I can already see a difference!

So first, I want to talk about the product that eradicated the millia I had from previous bastards. I’m talking caffeine deliciousness in the form of a bottle & dropper
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Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
(pictures borrowed from The Ordinary’s website)

This is pure genius.
So far this product has de-puffed my bags and it seems that the purple/blue hue that I tend to have after long nights of hauling and sniffing snails are slowly starting to run for the hills, or back to the store they came from. Mygod, my sense of humor is amazing. (Shopping)bags under my eyes, get it? Hah! I know it’s bad when I feel like I need to explain it.
It is apparently a known effect that when one mixes caffeine and Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) from green tea leaves, you get de-puffed, at least according to Deciem’s website. So basically, I could’ve mixed coffee and green tea and mashed it together and applied the goo to my face?
Yeah, probably not, that would’ve been way to easy, I think I’ll just stick to this serum instead.
I’ve actually considered patch testing this on other parts of my face, just to see how it reacts, if I end up doing it, I will let you guys know how it went!

Moving on to the darling close to my heart;
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The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

Where do I begin with this beauty?
I had basically lost all hope that my closed comedones where ever going to get the hell off my face. The last couple of months I’ve been testing and buying everything I thought was going to help me, but always ended up breaking out or getting even more CC’s. I really thought that I had to accept the fact that I was forever going to be known as Miss Bumpyface.
And let me tell you, that on it’s own is actually pretty sad. I’ve had troubled skin since pre-teen years, and tried endless varieties of skin care products. Most of them just made my skin angry, super oily, and super bumpy. Western skincare is well and all that, but you basically pay a lot of money for products designed to dry your skin out, in hope of luring the sebum and puss out, and we all know that isn’t really how it works.
So when I finally got into Korean skincare there was yet again hope for me and my bumps, or humps, all depending on the size of those bastards.
So I started purchasing everything whitehead related, but the products didn’t really seem to DO anything, they just made my skin feel soft, but didn’t really take care of the problem.
So when I purchased the rose hip oil I was super skeptical, but thought, what the hey!
And let me tell you guys, it is the bomb dot com!
This oil has really helped my skin in the short time I’ve used it, and I’m just super excited about it!
I know it’s a tad far out to call it a Korean skincare product considering it’s from a Canada based company, but seeing as rose hip oil itself is popular in AB skincare, I’ll just go with it!
I’ve gone from having CC’s all the way from my cheekbones to my chin, to just having this contour line that is slowly fading as well, *happydance*
I can’t give full credit to the oil itself, but with the assistance of my Cosrx Galactomyces essence they do one hell of a job!

So far so good, darlings!

I will keep you posted, and there will be a full review up on these good guys when I’ve tested them thoroughly.

 

Have you tried these products?
Let me know!

-Mocka

 

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, the hype.

Hello darlings!

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So after endless posts about how amazing this thing is, I had to buy it, Stylekorean had an offer on the set, the sleeping mask and the lip mask, and I thought “what the heck!”

But I must say, I don’t see the hype. Don’t get me wrong, it’s delish fish on the skin. You wake up baby smooth and overall it’s a good sleeping mask, but here’s the kicker; it feels EXACTLY the same as the panda sleeping pack, no joke. I felt no difference, and last night I put them both to the test.
I scraped the barrel, or container of the panda, and put it on the left side of my face, the Laneige on the right side, slept like a baby, and woke up this morning.
No difference, the same smooth face, (with a little purging from other products here and there) on both the right and the left side. Shocker, right?
And comparing the Cosdna on both makes me an even bigger fan of the Panda!
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Not that there’s a major difference. Both have irritants/acne but the panda has extracts that my skin seems to like, remember Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV).
What my skin prefers might not be the thing that your skin needs.

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But don’t get me wrong, I love it, which makes sense considering that I love the panda, only thing I find different between the two is that the Laneige doesn’t spread as easily and it has a blue hue to it, which the panda doesn’t.

I was surprised to discover this. I might not be the first, but I haven’t seen anyone comparing the two, seeing as they’re in way different leagues.
But hey, I’ll empty the Laneige, but I won’t buy it again. I understand why it’s a highly praised product, but if you can get three pandas for the price of one Laneige, I know which one to pick.

I will of course be back with a full comparison post, if that’s interesting?
I just had to inform the interwebs about my shocking discovery, which probably is neither, and has been mentioned a thousand times before.
But there you have it! And that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

When it comes to the lip mask, I like it so far, I’ve tried it two times, it is my first lip mask though, only thing that comes close to this are the different lip scrubs I’ve tried, but then again, two whole different things! I’m interested in trying more lip masks, because it is a nice concept, go to sleep with dry lips, wake up with smooth kissable lips, what more can a girl ask for? 

Let me know if you’ve tried these products, and what you thought about them (:

Peace&Love

-Mocka

Update: Banila Co’s Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Cream

Hey guys!

Today I decided that it’s time to give you all an update on what’s been going on with the Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Cream from Banila Co. Those of you that read my previous post about this product, already know that I temporarily ditched my Earth’s Recipe Moisture Bound Cream (reviewed) in order to continue my loving relationship with the Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Cream (reviewed). The main reason being that I suspected good ol’ Mr. Honey to be breaking me out! Naturally I wanted to find out if this was the case or if something else was causing the breakouts. As I’ve said before; I REALLY wanted to love the Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Cream, and I didn’t want to stop using it if I didn’t have to.

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So what exactly has been going on?
I’m back with an update only 6 days after I began using the Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Cream again! Therefore some of you may guess that my little experiment didn’t go down so well. To those of you who did: You’re right! It didn’t end well…
This time around the cream didn’t break me out, it just didn’t provide enough moisture for my dehydrated combination skin, and accordingly didn’t perform the way I needed it to. In other words, I’m back on the Moisture Bound Cream from Earth’s Recipe. This one’s still not moisturizing enough for me, but it IS the most moisturizing cream I’ve tried so far. I’ll give it that! This whole experience with the Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Cream means that I’m still searching for the perfect moisturizing Cream! Maybe one of the creams I purchased in my last mini haul will have the power to knock out the Moisture Bound Cream? God, I really hope so.

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Please let me know if you have tried any creams that are worth mentioning!

Vicky ❤

Hello, Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Cream…

Hey guys!

It’s now been about a month since I took a break from the Banila Co. Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Cream. I didn’t want to part with this beauty but I was experiencing some breakouts, and suspecting that this product might have been the culprit. So I switched the Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Cream with another cream that was new to me at the time; the Earth’s Recipe Moisture Bound Cream (first impression here) which I have now used for a little over 3 weeks time, reviewed and taken a break from in order to retest my beloved honey…

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If you’ve followed the blog for a few weeks, you might know that I promised to give the Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Cream a second chance and get back to you with an updated review after retesting it for an additional couple of weeks. So that is what’s going to happen now. I’m determined to find out if this product IS in fact causing me to break out or if it’s innocent. Of course I hope that it is, because I REALLY want to love this cream! It feels soo good on the skin, does a great job of moisturizing AND it smells amazeballs.

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So there you go! A little update from me. Until I’ve properly retested it, you’ll get reviews on other products, first impressions of new ones, haul posts, chitchats and more.

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– Vicky ❤