First impression: J.One Hana Cream

Hello everyone!

I know there’s been little activity on the blog for a few days now, but unfortunatly sometimes life just gets in the way. ANYWAY, sorry for the absence, and I’m back with a first impression on the J. One Hana Cream!

Let’s get to it   ↓

20170628_220148

 

The basics   ↓
Product type: Capsule cream.
Purpose: Improving elasticity, smoothing, nourishing, vitalizing, moisturizing and anti-wrinkle care.
Step in skin care routine: Last step, unless you apply a sunscreen (day) or sleeping mask (night).
Price (Ebay): 33.50 USD

More details   ↓

Colour: Creamy white
Scent: Very perfumey. And please excuse me when I say this, but: it sort of smells like “old lady”…
Consistency: Semi thick. Spreads out nicely.
Appearance on the skin: After application you’re left with a satin to shiny finish.
Feeling on the skin: Feels nice and cool, silky, luxurious and refreshing on the skin.
Container: Medium size, frozen glass container. A bit heavy and possibly too fragile for travelling.
Packaging: Black box with white writing on.

20170628_220214

 

Let me tell you, I spent a lot of time looking forward to the arrival of the J. One Hana Cream, and I was sooo happy when it finally came! Until I opened the jar. Yep, this is another product that left me with a load of mixed feelings and thoughts… We’re talking about a pretty jar of supposedly amazingly moisturizing – and let’s face it, REALLY FUN balls. But there is a drawback. And you can count on me to tell you what it is!

20170628_220007

The thing is, I didn’t really have a certain expectation when it came to this product, cause I didn’t read a whole lot about it before purchasing (which I should have, and usually do!) but I didn’t expect what awaited inside the jar along with the balls; THE SCENT. Or should I say “stench”? I mean, it doesn’t smell like dog sh*t, but in my opinion it still smells quite terrible. More specifically: old lady. (Again, please excuse me, but I’m lacking a better way to describe it…). And this is so, so sad, because the jar is beautiful, although a bit bulky, and the product does a good job of moisturizing. But the scent is just too much in your face, literally. It smells VERY perfumey and old? I mean, when I sniff these little balls of goo, the scent I’m picking up takes me straight back to the 50’s. And I haven’t even been in the 50’s! Someone who is very sensitive to scents, will definetely run a mile from the J.One Hana Cream. 

20170628_220300


“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

20170628_220230

 

Usually, I return after a couple of weeks with a full review of every product I try, but I honestly don’t know if the J.One Hana Cream will ever get as far as a review. The reason being that I had a f*ckton of breakouts the morning after I used it. Of course one can never be too sure if breakouts are the result of a newly introduced product, or something else, but I’m very suspicious towards the J.One Hana Cream now, and my guess is that it is indeed the sinner in this case…

So that’s it for my first impression on this cream! I Hope you found it helpful. And please let me know if you’ve tried it and if you like it! Myself? I am not so sure about this one… However I will update you in a while, on how I get on with my new jar of balls!

Vicky ❤

First Impression; Scinic Propolis 95 Ampoule

Hello darlings!

This week I took to Instagram to see what you lovelies would like to read about, cuz you know, I wanna be hip and one of the cool kids, jk, I’m already awesome.
But this is the product that most of you are curious about, so without further ado, let’s talk propolis!

(if you look really hard, you’ll discover that my little friend Mr.Snail is photobombing this collage)

Name: Scinic Propolis 95 Ampoule
Product: Ampoule
Good for: pore care, anti aging, anti inflammatory, firming, moisturizing.
Description: Bee Propolis is a natural antioxidant buzzing with nutrients and minerals that regenerate cells and renew skin. This ampoule is chock full of Propolis, more than most skincare products out there, leaving you with firm, clear, and healthy skin. Use a few drops a day, and you’ll believe all the buzz around this beehive of youth.
Memebox being the MVP for providing this description
Price: 14$ (Ebay)
Cosdna

img_8589
This is just so pretty, I adore the container, with the tinted glass and a decadent silver dropper, yum!

So, if you’ve been around the internet, you’ll notice the buzz about propolis, and how it’s supposed to be the bees knees, well, they weren’t wrong!
This little sucker is so far one of my favourite newbies, but let’s bee real, I’ve only tried it three times, and most of this love comes from the fact that it hasn’t broken me out yet!

Anyway…

Packaging:
Comes in a cute yellow box with that silver logo, simple, sleek, elegant!
The bottle/container itself is gorgeous, heavy and made of glass, a hygienic dropper, and the tinted glass, did I mentioned how classy this queen bee is?

Texture & Smell:
It’s heavy packed with propolis and not quite as runny as I thought it would be, it’s jiggle friendly, so you can do the skincare dance while applying it, spreads out nicely, but takes a little bit of time to absorb, at first it was kind of sticky, which left me with this buzzing fear that I would end up being a sweet sticky mess, but no worries, after a while it soaks in beautifully, and leaves your skin dewy and plump!
Scent wise it smells clean, I was expecting this heavy honey goodness, maybe based on the fact that the Banila Co. Essence stick smells of pure honey, but I was everything but disappointed when I discovered that this has a faint floral scent, or natural if you will.
Let’s just say that I love it, but I have no idea which words to use, to describe the scent.


So there you have it, so far so good!
I bought this solely based on hype, and the fact that this is supposed to have anti inflammatory super bee powers, and that it’s good for acne prone skin!
I have high hopes for this buzzing little ampoule, and will be putting it to the test, i’ve had no negative reactions to it so far, and that usually indicates that my skin is going to get along just fine with this product, but one can never be too sure, my face has a tendency to be one devious motherbleeper, trolling me one breakout at a time.

I will be back with a buzzin full review after having put this to the full on honey smelling sniff, apply and roll in it test.

Remember, what works for me, might not work for you, YMMV.
So I’d recommend always taking a closer look at the product before purchasing, unless you’re like me, weak for pretty packaging and cute names.
But for clarification, that almost never works out, my skin likes nice ingredients, and doesn’t really care about pink & shiny.

Have you tried this product?
Let me know!

Peace&Love

-Mocka

First Impression; Banila Co. Clean It Zero Radiance

Hello darlings!

Yes, you read right, another first impression, we all know you love it, us sniffing and testing so you won’t have to!
Today I’m rubbing & sniffing the Clean It Zero from Banila Co, not the pink one, but the shiny silver one, known as Radiance!
This I’ve wanted to try ever since I started K-beauty, but there was always some other oil cleanser that made it’s way to my mailbox, then I figured it was long overdue to try the one thing I’ve had my eye on for more than 2 days! That’s the regular lifespan of my product hypes. 
img_8437

I ordered this around the same time that Vicky ordered hers, but I haven’t gotten down and oily with it until now.
Anyway, let’s get to it!
Name: Banila Co. Clean It Zero Radiance
Product: Oil Cleanser
Good for: cleansing, moisture.
Description: The banila co. Clean It Zero Radiance is a sorbet-like lightweight cleansing balm that gently removes even the most tenacious makeup without stripping the skin. It is formulated with 15% of natural moisturizing oil that helps refine dull complexion while the skin-brightening active agent in Vitisin and Moringa Extract work together to impart a dewy glow. Recommended for dry skin.
Description borrowed from Wishtrend
Price: 19$ (Ebay)
Cosdna

 

img_8430

So a sorbet-like cleanser that to me looks like cocosa, you know, coconut oil? That goo you can use anywhere, anytime basically.

I actually waited to try this until was really caked up makeup wise, we’re talking triple layer foundation caked up.
But before we talk results, let’s talk about the texture & smell!

img_8434
Texture & Smell:
This looks and feels like coconut oil, the scent is fresh and as clean as oil can smell if you ask me, with a hint of sweet sitrus if that is a thing.
I really like it actually, finally I’m smelling something else than that godawful tea tree I’ve been sniffing lately, (Cosrx gel cleansers *Cough Cough*) So I’ve reached the point where anything besides tea tree smells heavenly. It’s almost sad how low my standards are at this point. Anyway! I would’ve enjoyed the scent of this even if I haven’t been tea tree overdosed.
This spreads evenly, I rub it in the palm of my hand before rubbadubbing it all over my face, and just massaging them chubby cherub cheeks!
Packaging:
This came in a decandent box with black and silver decorum, but did I photograph it? Naw. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Luckily Google prevails;
61sTaGnUjwL._SY355_
The container it self is of sturdy plastic with a tin lid, despite my boring description this actually looks more exclusive than you’d think, this container is also highly travel friendly if you ignore it’s size.

Performance:

As I mentioned, it spreads evenly and is easy applicable, major + for that.
I really feared this product when I first opened it, my mind was just like, mygod woman, you’re gonna put heavy devil oilblub on your face? You’re going to clog all the pores you didn’t even think you had!
If you’re reading this and have tried any of the clean it zero’s you know that’s not the case, what-so-ever. You rub, you wash, you’re almost camera ready. This sucker took off 98.2% of my makeup, the thing is that the waterproof eyeliner I use really hates all my oil cleansers, so I didn’t really expect it to take care of what no one else could.
I also experienced the feeling of a film or residue over my face after I washed this off, not that it’s a biggie, I’m just getting started on the whole cleansing routine, but it still annoys me a little bit.

But so far I’m not hating it, I’ll be using it without cake face as well so that it gets a fair chance to blow my mind, fingers crossed! I’m also excited to see if my skin has a hissy fit over this sorbet oiliness, because let’s face it, anytime I really want to love, adore and have a healthy sebum free relationship with a product, my skin get’s jealous and breaks out like a mofo.

I’ll be back with a full review on this when it’s been tested, sniffed and rubbed all over!

Until then
-Mocka

Have you tried this product?
Let me know!

First impression: Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream

Hey guys!

It’s time for me to share my first thoughts on the Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream! This is a product that I bought on a complete whim after my dear Mocka brought it to my attention. (She’s a lot better than me when it comes to finding the more obscure skin care products out there). Usually I do quite a fair bit of research before purchasing a product, but now and again that just doesn’t happen and a product manages to sneak it’s way into my basket. And this mofo did just that. *Cough* ANYWAY.

Let’s get to it   ↓

20170528_191820

The basics   ↓

Product type: Cream
Purpose: Hydrating, whitening, nourishing, smoothing, anti-wrinkle care and moisturizing.
Step in skin care routine: Last step, unless you apply a sunscreen (day) or sleeping mask (night).
Price (Ebay): 17.17 USD

More details   ↓

Colour: White
Scent: Flowery scent.
Consistency: Quite thin for a cream. Spreads out nicely.
Appearance on the skin: After application you’re left with a satin finish.
Feeling on the skin: Feels nice, silky and refreshing on the skin. Oh, and very luxurious!
Container: Medium size, quite heavy and probably too fragile for travelling as it appears to be made of frozen glass instead of the more typical solid plastic. Comes decorated with some kind of cloth, cute.
Packaging: White box with black decor.

20170528_191950

Having only tried the Dynasty Cream from Beauty of Joseon once, my first impression consists of mixed feelings and thoughts. I have many a time purchased a holy grail product, put it to the test and just not understood the hype. Equally as many times have I tried more obscure products and ended up really liking them. Funny how that happens. This is something both me and Mocka have experienced. My point is that I had really high hopes and expectations when it came to this product, and although it’s not bad, I don’t feel like my expectations were met, cause it’s not amazing either. And I’ll tell you why.

First of all, the container was damaged when I took it out of the box and quite a lot of product had leaked out. Now, I could just pin it on bad luck (which it most definetely was aswell) and say “This could’ve happened with any other product” (which probably is very possible) but the fact is that it didn’t happen to any other product, at least not in my personal experience. It happened to this one.

I’ve ordered loads and loads of skin care products from Korea for over a year now, and yeah, sure, I’ve recieved two or three tubs of moisturizer with broken seals, but none of them leaked and were missing product. And all those tubs had one thing in common: they were made out of solid plastic, as opposed to glass or frozen glass (like this mofo).
I know, this can’t possibly happen to all of the Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream tubs. Obviously had I lived in Korea and therefore been able to purchase this product without it having to get on a plane (or three), this probably wouldn’t have happened. But it did, and I’m not happy about it. It doesn’t matter if it’s the manufacturer’s fault or the seller’s fault for not packing it properly. I’m still going to stick to plastic tubs from now on, because of the risky plane journey each of my products must take. This isn’t meant as a rant, just something you might want to consider before buying fragile products   🙂

20170528_191841

Moving on to the product itself, I’m not crazy about the scent. I mean, it’s not bad, it’s just not amazeballs. And if you’ve followed this blog for a while, you may know that a product’s scent is very important to me and there really isn’t a lot inbetween “Disgusting”, “Neutral” and “Amazefest” on Vicky’s Scent Scale. However, when it comes to the consistency it’s actually really nice. It feels very luxurious on the skin and spreads out like a silky dream! Unfortunatly I don’t think the Dynasty Cream from Beauty of Joseon brought it’s A Game when it comes to it’s most imporant task (in my opinion) which is moisturizing. Of course, one can never be too sure from just one application, but I’m going to be honest; I have my doubts.

Also, it’s probably worth mentioning that I failed to find the correct listing on CosDna for this product prior to purchasing it (God knows how I messed that up), but I found it now! And let’s just say… it’s not looking good. I’m crossing my fingers, hoping and praying that my face won’t look like a rat who barely survived eating rat poison, in a couple of weeks time. Not that it’s the worst CosDna listing I’ve ever seen (cause it’s definetely not) but my skin is sen-si-tive, and usually it’ll freak out if you so much as breathe on it. So yeah.


20170528_192016

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
.

20170528_191928

As with any other product I put to the test, I’ll be back with a full review on the Beauty of Joseon Dynasty in a couple of weeks, maybe even before. Sometimes it takes a good couple of weeks to fully experience the effects of a skin care product, but sometimes you know even after just one week, if your skin is hating or loving it. So stay tuned if you want to join me in finding out if this obscure moisturizer is in fact a hidden gem, a common rock or just pure dog sh*t!

So that’s it for my first impression on this cream! I Hope you found it helpful. And please let me know if you’ve tried it and if you like it!

Vicky ❤


First impression: Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Boosting Ampoule

Hey guys!

The time has come to share my first thoughts on a product that was completely new to me only a few weeks ago. I’m talking about the Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Boosting Ampoule! This is supposed to be a hydrating product, and hydration is something my skin is in desperate need of.
As you might know; I’ve been searching for the perfect moisturizing cream for ages now. I’ve been trying cheap ones, expensive ones and everything in between without any luck. So recently (probably a couple months ago) I thought it was time for me to purchase more hydrating products aswell. After all, what’s the point in applying a good moisturizer if there isn’t any hydration in the skin to begin with? ANYWAY, that is why I ended up buying the Juju Lava Seawater Boosting Ampoule from Innisfree, along with the Supple Preparation Facial Toner from Klairs. I’m not quite there yet, but I’m going to have to start somewhere, right?

Let’s get to it   ↓

20170525_194013

The basics   ↓
Product type: Ampoule
Purpose: Hydration
Step in skin care routine: After toner, before heavier/thicker products
Price (Ebay): 19.65 USD

More details   ↓

Colour: Clear.
Scent: Barely there scent. Smells of something, but hardly noticable.
Consistency: Very thin and runny. Spreads out quite nicely.
Appearance on the skin: After application you’re left with a satin finish.
Feeling on the skin: Feels pleasant on the skin, absorbs quickly.
Container: Beautiful dark blue glass bottle with silver writing on it.
Dispenser: Dropper. Hygienic!
Packaging: Blue and white themed box.

20170525_194649

I’ve actually used the Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Boosting Ampoule a few times now (yep, more than once, shame on me!) and I think I actually quite like it so far. The product is very thin and I love watery skin care products, cause I find that they absorb into my skin like a dream. And afterwards my face always looks and feels refreshed and healthy. What girl doesn’t want that?! When it comes to doing what it claims, which is to hydrate the skin, I’ll have to give this product another week or two, but so far I’m enjoying it   🙂

20170525_194030

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.

20170525_194111

As with any other product I put to the test, I’ll be back with a full review on the Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Boosting Ampoule in a couple of weeks, if not before. It really all depends on how good or bad my skin takes to said product. But I must say that I have a rather good feeling about this ampoule, and although I’m not sure how effective it is yet, I highly doubt that it will give me any trouble! Just how I like it.

So that’s it for my “first” impression on this ampoule! I Hope you found it helpful. And please let me know if you’ve tried it and in that case; what you think of it!

Vicky

First impression: Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner

Hey guys!

It’s time to share my thoughts on a product that I’ve waited for in big suspence. It’s the Supple Preparation Facial Toner from Klairs! Now, I’m going to be honest with you guys; this will be a slightly different “first impression”, cause I’ve actually used this toner for five days already.
The reason why this has happened is because I got a whole batch of new products at the same time, I was in need of a few of them at once, and I just didn’t have the time to write first impressions on all of them right away. This means that there will be a couple of more “first” impressions coming your way, on products that I’ve tried more than once. But fear not, cause I still remember what I felt about these products (and this one) the first time I applied them and my thoughts on them haven’t really changed. So yeah.

Let’s get to it   ↓

20170523_223501

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.

20170523_224404

Having used the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner a few times now, I can honestly tell you that I so far LOVE it. It’s slightly thicker than most toners I’ve tried but it glides on nicely and it feels very pleasant, nourishing and moisturizing on the skin. And I was hoping that it would, so I’m very happy with it so far. I feel that this toner is very soothing and calming, something that my sensitive skin highly appreciates! When it comes to the scent, it doesn’t really smell of much. It has a very clean and maybe even a medicinal scent. Not bad!

20170523_223435
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.

As with any other product I put to the test, I’ll be back with a full review on the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner in a couple of weeks, maybe even before. Usually it takes about two weeks for me to make up my mind about a product as to whether it is bad or good for my skin. BUT since I’ve “cheated” and already used the Klairs toner for nearly a week, my guess is that I’ll be back with a review in less than two weeks. Yay!

So that’s it for my “first” impression on this toner! I Hope you found it helpful. And please let me know if you’ve tried this product and what you think of it!


Vicky ❤

Lagre

First Impression: Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Mask

Hello Darlings!

Sorry for being radio silent for a couple of days, I’ve been sniffing too many snails, and licking too much honey, so I had to take a little break!
But, I’m back with another first impression on what seems to be a favourite for a lot of you guys!

First off, I just have to say that it annoys me just looking at it. Not that I hate the product or anything, but this took almost 3 months before it arrived, so basically the seller annoys me. I had to message them several times before they even shipped the product. A-holes.

Anyway! Let’s talk rice!
img_8207
Name: Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Mask
Product: Sleeping mask
Good for: Brightening, hydrating, nourishing
Description: The Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask is designed with pure, natural ingredients for a gentle formula that effectively brightens, nourishes, and hydrates to transform dull, uneven skin tone into healthy, radiant skin. As a 3-in-1 mask, the Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask can be used as an overnight mask, a wash off mask, or even as a cream. Enjoy your beauty sleep the right way and pamper your skin today with the Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask !
Description borrowed from Wishtrend
Price: 12-16$ (Wishtrend, Jolse, Amazon, Ebay)
Cosdna

img_8208

Yet another Cosrx product, huh?
Yes! This was indeed one of the first products I purchased, the first sleeping mask in fact, but due to super slow sellers/shipping this fried rice didn’t show up until now.
Anyway, I swiftly made my way to the bathroom, slipped on my PJ’s and put this one to the test only hours after I had received it!

img_8206
Packaging:
Nice, simple, elegant. Typical Cosrx, in other words; cute little jar with a matching box. Sort of what you see is what you get kind of thing.
This is one of the things I like about both Cosrx and Mizon, simple packaging and good products, (give or take a few fails).

img_8209
Texture&Smell:
This doesn’t really smell much to be honest. I get this little whiff of sweet rice, but when applied to my face it slowly fades. Now, my nose might still be out of order, boogers and all, but for now I’ll stick to that description. Maybe it has dramatically changed when it’s time for the review.
img_8210

At first I was like, what, this consistency? Now, keep in mind that I’m used to the Laneige and the Tony Moly Panda, so I was expecting this cloudy gel cream looking thing, which it has hints of, but leans more to the creamy specter of the scale. Which makes a lot of sense when reading about it, this product triples as a moisturizer, a wash off and a sleeping pack, all depending on what you want to use it for!

img_8211
It’s super easy to apply, spreads nicely and doesn’t resemble sticky rice, which is nice!
And when it soaks in you’re left with a dewy finish, just my cup of tea! Or bowl of rice.
img_8212

So after 5-6 minutes you’re left with this. Of course when I apply it before bedtime I usually spread on a generous layer, brush my teeth, dance around a little bit, and then think about making my way to bed, so the soaking usually takes a bit longer.
I have still to try this as both a wash off and a moisturizer, but if my skin doesn’t totally ragequit on this bowl of yum, I’ll try it. Maybe not at the same time, but fear not, this product will be thoroughly tested, sniffed, applied in a various amount of ways and almost eaten, so that the review will cover all the little grains of this little bad boy!

But so far I like this product. Fingers crossed that my skin loves carbs as much as I do!

Have you tried it?
Let me know!

Peace&Love

-Mocka