A bunch of first impressions, part one

Hello everyone!

About two weeks ago I recieved a bunch of skin care products. And as you might already know, every product normally gets a first impression post dedicated to it, followed by a full review post a couple of weeks later. However, today’s post will be slightly different! Perhaps you’ve noticed that the promised first impressions haven’t been posted? Yep, I’m afraid so. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet, but fear not! Today’s post (part 1) will revolve around half of the products. I will shortly touch on what I initially thought as I tried them for the first time. Also, I’ll let you know how the products are doing so far. Keep in mind that I won’t go into too much detail, just my thoughts so far. After all, the full reviews will include everything! Enjoy!

So let’s start off with the Zero Sebum Fresh Gel Cream from Etude House   ↓

I wanted to talk about this product first is because I’ve owned it the longest. Yes, you heard me. I actually recieved it about a month ago, but I chose to include it in this post since I haven’t talked about it on the blog yet. In fact I probably could have written a full review on it, but I’ll wait until it’s empty (which is very soon)!

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The first time I tried the Zero Sebum Fresh Gel Cream I really liked it. It smelled soooo good. I would describe the scent as clean and fresh. I also noticed how little effort it took to apply- and spread it, thanks to the light consistency. Oh, and it acts nice and cooling on the skin. And while all of this is still true, my view on the Zero Sebum Fresh Gel Cream has changed quite a bit. Not only is this moisturizer less suited to my skin, it’s completely wrong for it. It just isn’t moisturizing enough for my dehydrated combo skin. And I really should have realised this before I bought it, and um well, not have bought it at all. Why? Because it’s just another gel cream. And I am yet to find a gel cream that will give me what I need. In other words; there won’t be any more gel based moisturizers for this girl! However, I think someone with oily skin might really enjoy this product.

Moving on to the Green Tea Fresh Toner from Isntree   ↓

I had high hopes for this product. In fact, my expectations were sky high. Not only did the ingredient list impress me with its promising components, but it was SHORT. We’re talking under twenty ingredients, and in my book that is a very good thing! The main ingredient is green tea, which is full of antioxidants and known for its nourishing abilities. So the Green Tea Fresh Toner is a very clean, pure and natural skin care product. It’s also vegan, yay!

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This toner could be great for normal skin types or anyone who’s looking for a nourishing product, or wants to start introducing products with anti-aging benefits into their routine. However, for me personally, it’s not nearly hydrating enough. But keep in mind that my skin is dehydrated AF! Having said that, I really like the idea of a clean, natural and nourishing product, so I’m going to continue using it for its great benefits, just not on it’s own. For me, the Green Tea Fresh Toner will work better as a thinner layer under a more hydrating toner. So if you’re looking for candidates for a 3 – or 7 skin method, this toner could be a good choice! In other words; this product could be great for people who don’t have dry or/and dehydrated skin. So if your skin type is normal or oily, the Green Tea Fresh Toner may be good for you!

And last but not least, the Caffeine Solution 5% EGCG from The Ordinary  ↓

I suppose you could refer to this product as an eye serum? At least that’s what I’ll call it for now. When it comes to my eye area, I’m not really struggling with fine lines, wrinkles, bags or puffiness. However, I decided a while back that I still wanted to treat the skin around my eyes to some extra pampering. After all, prevention is key! Also, I still haven’t found the perfect eye cream, so why not add an eye serum meanwhile, right?

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So far I’m really liking The Ordinary’s Caffeine Solution 5% EGCG! I’m not sure how to explain it best, but It’s like I can feel it working, or at least doing something. And I think that “something” is a good something. Of course it’s still early days, so I’ll have to wait and see, but I can already tell that my eye area is liking it! It just drinks it all up (and I apply quite a bit) and leaves it soft and way less dry! But only time will tell if there’s any long-term effects in this little bottle   🙂

Disclaimer:
“Remember that we all have different skin types and concerns, and that you might react differently to these products compared to what I did. Maybe your experience will be better than mine, maybe it will be worse. It’s all about trying to find the skin care products best suited to your skin type, concerns and issues. Reading reviews can also be very helpful when you’re choosing which products to buy. And finally, it’s always a good idea to look up a product at CosDna before purchasing. Sometimes a product can turn out to be a little (or very) different to what you expected, and there’s little you can do about it after you’ve opened it. But you CAN check which ingredients are in the product, what they are, what they do, and if they’re listed as an irritant or acne trigger. Good luck!”

So that’s it for today! I hope you learned something new or at least enjoyed this post a teeny weeny bit. Happy skin care hunting (if that’s what you’re doing)! And if you’re just chilling, I hope you have a great day. PS: If you have any tips or tricks you’d like to share with me, feel free to do so! Oh, and stay tuned for part two.
– Vicky ❤

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The biggest game changer so far!

Hello everybody!

So, i know it’s been quite some time since you heard from me, and for that I’m sorry. I’ve been meaning to post for a while now, but sometimes life and health just won’t cooperate (something that’s been happening quite a bit lately). Hopefully things are starting to turn around, resulting in the blog being back to normal. That’s what I’m aiming for at least, and I have quite a few things I want to write about! So without further ado, let’s start with a product that literally has CHANGED my skin game like no other. I’m talking about the 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil from The Ordinary!

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I’ve already talked about this product here, and Mocka has reviewed it here, but this oil is a total amazefest so I decided that it deserved another post! And here we are. If you read my last post about the Rose Hip Seed Oil, you may remember that I really enjoyed using it every night and that I believed it to keep my troubled skin in check. However, I wasn’t 100% sure, because it does take a couple of weeks for a product to show it’s true colours.

This is an oil that is supposed to have skin clearing properties, amongst other things, and boy is that true! I can say, hand on heart, that this product has been the biggest game changer for me, so far. And I f*ckin’ love it. Sure, I’ve noticed small improvements after using other skin care products aswell, and my skin is better now than it was a year ago, even without the Rose Hip Seed Oil. But hot damn! After I introduced this oil to my skin and let it work it’s magic for a few weeks, my skin looks amazing compared to what it used to. And no, it’s still not perfect, but it’s pretty damn close! And I’m never going to stop using it.

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The way I apply this oily delight to my skin, is first mixing it with Skinfood’s Tea Tree Clearing Emulsion on my hand, then spread the “mixture” on my face. It works wonders! But you can also mix it with other products or just apply it on it’s own. Just make sure you apply the oil after you’re done applying your water-based products. This also means that the oil won’t nesicarily blend well with all products, if you choose to mix it like I do. You kinda just have to find out through some good old trial and error! Good luck, it’s totally worth it 😀

It’s also worth mentioning that The Ordinary actually isn’t a Korean brand BUT other than being a very effective product, it’s also natural, organic, nourishing and super cheap! Oh, and it will last you a long time.

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This post probably sounds very “sponsored” by now, but I promise you, it’s not. I’m just a regular skin care junkie that has discovered a truly amazing product that I love and will from now on never be without. And I just wanted to share the news with you, so it hopefully can help others with awkward skin 🙂

That’s it for now!

Until next time,
Vicky 

Don’t lead me in to temptation, I can find it myself, thank you very much.

Hiya Darlings!
Missed me?

For once the weather up north has been summer-ish, so I’ve spent far too much time trying to get tanned when I should in fact realize that I’m a lobster-girl. Forever red, never sunkissed.
But! I haven’t forgotten you, even if you’ve forgotten me!
So today I thought I’d share a little something something, which basically means that I broke my no-buy, for the what, 19283959th time? And just HAD to get some things!
So this is what I’m currently longing to get my peach smelling impatient little hands on!

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Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum
This.. Where to begin? Vicky has raved about this since the beginning of time, so first I ordered a pack of 20 samples, used them, didn’t really feel overly enthusiastic about it, until I ran out. I actually started missing the serum from my routine, and seeing as my beloved peach serum  seems to be discontinued, I have to find something else to love, I’m thinking this will do until I find my HG/Love of my life serum.

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Missha All Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk

To be honest, this is just a repurchase of the sunscreen close to my heart.
I’m THIS close to running out, and unless I want to act like a weird emo vampire, this better arrive soon! I have a backup from Tosowoong, but nobody can really compete with this lovely milk, that not only protects my skin, but also makes for a kick ass primer!

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Well, what can I say?
I fell head first for one of the Jolse Cosrx deals, and bought this, the gel cleanser I’ve tried before, but not the not so infamous moisture lotion with birch sap, but I know it’s raved about, and if I’m not mistaken it’s not a heavy moisturizer, which makes it a good companion in the summertime, so this I’m actually excited to try out!


And then, this one!

Basically I’m planning a trip in the beginning of September which might include sunbathing, and seeing as I’m an impatient lobsterprone person, I figured I should travel prepared, and what better way to treat sunburn than some aloe goodness? And have you seen that container? It’s adorable!
So yeah, it might not be all new shiny products, but some good old friends of mine, or my skin, all depending on how you see it!

Anyway, have you tried any of these products?

Let me know!

Peace&Love

-Mocka

July Mishibox!

Hello darlings!

As I mentioned in my previous post the Mishibox for July arrived in my mailbox this week, and I’ve already tried one of the products inside! And I loved it, just FYI.

So if you’re a subscriber and haven’t received your box yet, you might consider not reading beyond this point, cuz I’m about to spill the beans on this box!


I actually reused the picture of the box itself from the previous post, because I’m a bit lazy in the summertime. Sorry, not sorry.

Anyway! Stop reading here if you don’t want to know what the box contains, as for the curious ones, let’s get cracking!


So many goodies! So yes, a lot of masks in this one, well, not a lot, but two face masks and a foot mask? Whoever packs this box wants us to stay glowy and hydrated in the summertime!

I’m a sucker for sheetmasks, so this is something I’m looking forward to try, the yoghurt mask pack from Skin’s Boni. I’ve read good things about it on Instagram and they’re almost always never correct. You feel me? 


Next we have the all in one modelling mask from Lindsay, now here they had a bunch of different ones, and you get one at random, lucky for me I got the shiny gold one that’s supposed to energize, this is going to be a treat for the skin after those long summer days at work!


Ah, this one. The Foot & Heel peeling mask from Esfolio.

I’ve already used it, and I have to admit that it’s my first time trying a foot mask, it was weird, imagine wanting to walk to the kitchen to grab another cup of coffee with these foot-diapers on. The struggle was real. But I managed. Now I’m just dreading the whole peeling part, which is to occur within the next three days. Oh god why.

Im guessing that the Mishibox people are big on spot treatments, the June box had a spot treatment from Proud Mary, that really didn’t do shit, so why the F are you so proud, Mary? But this one might be more up my alley! This is the Trouble Skin Solution from Chamos Acaci, and seeing as I love the lemon cream from the June box, things are looking good for the spot solution from the same manufacturer.
MCC’s Natural Herb Essential Lip Balm
This is one thing I’ve never actually used frequently, something as simple as a lip balm, and when I think about it, it makes perfect sense to care for your lips the same way you care for the rest of your body. I’ve previously used Laneige’s sleeping lip mask but it gives me nada except a greasy smooch on my pillowcase. Lovely. 

And lastly.. uggh. I’m sorry, but if you’ve leaped up with this blog you know how little love I have for Laneige, or rather the Laneige products I’ve tried so far, so in this month’s Mishibox there was of course a sleeping pack sample, from no other than Laneige. And again, any takers? It’s up for grabs!

So there you have it guys! Now I just have to test them all thoroughly, sniffing every scent and feeling every texture before I give you all awesome updates and reviews! Any wishes on what to test first? Let me know!

Have you tried any of these products? Feel free to share your experience with them!

Peace&Love

-Mocka


Vacation-Loot!

Hello Darlings!
How’ve you been?
I’m finally home from vacation, and back on track with some K-beauty goodies!
So, we basically went on a Scandinavia tour, via car, so imagine my skin condition after long drives with the aircondition maxed, lordy, dryer than a dessert!
So I’ve been using a lot of sheet masks, and we’re back to basics!

Anyway!
While walking the streets of Copenhagen I stumbled upon a local Sephora, which we don’t have in Norway, and I know for a fact that they have an overpriced section with some K-beauty goodies, so of course, I bought some stuff!

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Firstly the Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Special Kit, and I know, the eye stick has been featured on my “Rant of the week” a while back, but I really wanted the gel cream!
And since they only had the set I bought it. Did I mention that it was overpriced? Let’s just leave it at that.
I’ve only tested it twice, because I of course ran out of my beloved Etude House Water Jelly Cream right before we headed home again. And I really like it, I did think that it would resemble the sleeping pack that I love, and I was not wrong! So I’ll post a first impression of it later, promises.
The eye stick on the other hand has to find itself another home, any takers?

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I also bought the Panda’s Dream Smudge Out Mascara, it was just standing there next to the registrer, calling my name!
And I love it, but holy balls, it’s one smudgy mess to wash off. We’re talking triple rounds with the current oil cleanser I’m using. Not sure if I should switch to a different oil cleanser or maybe just stop triple layering my mascara. We all know I’m not going to do either, because nothing beats that badass panda eyes look in the evening.

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And last but not least, sheet masks!
I’ve heard many great things about Dr.Jart and figured it was about time I got on the hype train, the one I don’t trust but am to curious not to get on sometimes.

I haven’t tried any of them yet, but stuck to the trusted snail hydrogel mask from tony moly, this is one gem I stumbled upon the last time I was abroad and visited Sephora, that goddamn store, draining my wallet one visit at a time.

So yeah, that’s a little update from me, I also received the July Mishibox this week, so I’ll blog about that as well, because the content was awesome!

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

Peace& Love
-Mocka

July empties!

Hey everyone!

In today’s post I’ll be taking you through the skin care products that are either empty as we speak, or running very low.

So let’s get to it!

The Multi Function Formula Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule from Mizon   ↓
Okay, I’ll be honest. This bad boy has been close to empty for some time now, but I took a break from it a while back and recently started using it again. Well, the little that was left. ANYWAY. It’s completely empty now, and I’m considering repurchasing it! If you’re interested in Mocka’s review on the product, you’ll find it here!

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The Moistfull Collagen Water Jelly Cream from Etude House   ↓
This is a great little cream if you want something cheap that will last a long time, smells lovely, and last but not least; takes it’s job of moisturizing quite seriously. You can read my review on it here! I’ve finished about 7 tubs of this gel cream, and although it’s not FANTASTIC, it’s great for the price! Definetely a repurchase for me.

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The Multi Function Formula Snail Repair Eye Cream from Mizon   ↓

I’ve had two or three tubes of this little gel, and now that I’ve emptied the most recent one, I know that I will repurchase! I’m not sure how effective it is, but I love it’s thin consistency and gentle cooling effect. And I just think that it’s a great little eye cream to have on hand. Plus it’s mega cheap!

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Photo borrowed from Google.

The Jeju Lava Seawater Boosting Ampoule from Innisfree   ↓
Now, this little sh*t didn’t exactly last long before the “Repurchase or not?-question” became real! The thing is, when it arrived, about one third of the product just wasn’t there, and then, about a week ago, me being the idiot that I am, managed to knock it over TWICE in about 7,5 seconds. So, yeah. But I do like the product and I might repurchase it. You’ll find my first impression here. Lol, you know you’ve messed up when you spill the remaining half of a product down the sink before you get your review out.

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The Jeju Horse Oil Soothing Gel Cream from The Saem   ↓
Oh my Gosh. I just love this one. I’m usually not a fan of body lotions but this has seriously impressed my balls off. It absorbs into the skin like a dream, leaving it soothed, moisturized and smelling delish! After application the skin has a natural glow and doesn’t feel sticky or oily when touched. Score! I don’t use it every day or night, but whenever I’m going out and my arms/legs are showing, I put some on. Bye bye dry patches, hello amaze! If you’re interested in the first impression, you’ll find it here.

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So that’s it for my July empties! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

– Vicky  ❤

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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