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

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   ↓
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💧💧💧💧💧💧💧  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

 

 

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

 

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!
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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

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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!

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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).

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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.
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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!

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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.
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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

My updated skincare routine!

Hello darlings!

So, as time changes, so does my routine. There’s always something that has to go to make room for something new, and I love rotating products. Basically, I love when something works so well that it can replace something that didn’t work quite as well!

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Look at all those lovelies!

Anyways, my routine for now, step by step:

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We start off with the KOSE Softy Mo Facial Cleansing Oil Speedy, which once up on a time had a label, but not anymore, so I pimped it.
This really gets the job done. It takes all of my makeup off without feeling harsh or leaving an oily residue, love it!

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Cosrx Low Ph Good Morning Gel Cleanser
Ergh, where do I begin with this? I know it’s a HG for many, but for me it’s just ok. It does it’s job and all, but I just can’t stand the smell. I’m really not a fan of the tea tree scent, but I love the job it does.

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Mizon AHA&BHA Daily Clean Toner

This I really like. It feels good on the skin, smells nice and does what it’s supposed to. I also like the design of the bottle, even more when pimped.

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Cosrx Racist Galactic Mice Essence
(Whitening Galactomyces)
I really like the name Reddit has given it, and so far I enjoy it in my routine. This was handed to me by Vicky, as she bought it when she thought she needed whitening, but when that wasn’t the case, she kindly donated it to a fellow K-beauty lover, me that is.

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Skinfood Peach Sake Pore Serum
You guys already know that I’m deeply and madly in love with this serum. There is no other serum for me than this. The smell, the feel of it on my skin, the texture, and it has indeed controlled sebum and smoothened my skin after a while of using it. (I just ordered 3 more just to stock up, that’s how much I love it)!

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Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule
Honestly, I like this, but I have no idea how much of a job it does. It’s nice and sticky when applied but when it soaks in it isn’t noticeable. Neither are the effects, so far.
I’m 2/3 down in this, and have no idea if it works or not, but I’ll use it up, and look for another, just to have something to compare it to.

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Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream
I love this, I love this so much! The smell, the texture, the way it feels on my skin when I massage it in, and the fact that it’s actually helping my skin. After having used this for quite some time I noticed a positive change in my scarring, slowly but steadily.

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Etude House Moistfull Collagen Water Jelly Cream
This just smells so good. That was the first thing I noticed about this jelly when I first got it and started using it. It has this clean fresh scent. I usually use this and the Mizon Gel Cream together sometimes, like actually mix them together in the palm of my hand and slap it on my face, which seems to work for me, but YMMV.
I also love the fact that it is a gel cream, and not a heavy white one (yes, the fear of them white creams are still real).

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Purebess Galactomyces 80 Eye Cream
This.. Well, I ran out of my usual Mizon eye cream and I’m still putting this to the test, so for now it has it’s place in my routine, but I’m not totally sold on it, so I might switch it up and try another one (still waiting on that The Ordinary eye serum, fingers crossed that it’s a miracle worker).

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Missha All Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk SPF 50+ /PA+++
Ah, this guy. It’s the MVP in my routine. My face instantly goes from shiny/dewy to matte, protected and makeup ready! It’s also awesome on those days I’m not wearing makeup and just need my face to not shine as bright as an oily diamond.
Plus for both keeping my skin breakout free, and not leaving a white cast.

So that’s the routine, but I also have my “sometimes buddies”:
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Mizon Acence Blemish Out Pink Spot,
Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
Laneige Special Care Water Sleeping Mask
Banila Co. Miss Flower & Mr Honey Essence Stick

Mizon Acence Blemish Out Pink Spot.
This is the buddy that makes life with spots a little less hard. Slap it on at night and wake up with a face half as angry as the night before.
Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
Well, we’ve all heard of this one, and it does it’s job, keeping them pores at bay.
Laneige Special Care Water Sleeping Mask
Still not a fan of it… Let me rephrase that; I like it, but it’s basically the same as my beloved panda, but 3x as expensive and heavier on the skin.
Banila Co. Miss Flower & Mr Honey Essence Stick
My go to when my face needs a little extra attention in the form of hydration, smells like honey heaven and delivers moisture like the little busy bee it is.

So that’s my routine for now, always changing for both better and worse!

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

Peace&Love

-Mocka

My skin-fix

Hello darlings!
Spring is here, and where I’m from that usually means social gatherings and family parties, which is all fun and games until you get so eager to try ERRYTHING you’ve hauled all at once, because you’re convinced your skin has superpowers and can handle it all, AT ONCE.
So right now my skin is acting up like a toddler turning two, and it ain’t pretty you guys!
Best part? Family gathering this Saturday, yay!

So obviously I would never recommend anyone ever,  to go apeshit on their skin introducing more than one product at a time, but what I do with mine, well, let’s just all take a minute and learn from my mistakes, mmmmkay?
So when I end up like this, I need to have a go to, a miracle fix to get that dewy glow just in time to look fabulous when interacting with other people. This is where I find the whole “less is more” principle to help heaps!
I basically just go back to scratch, call on the help from the snail gods, and sneak in a couple of sheet masks, this works wonders, and my skin has once again restored faith in me. At least for now.

Of course, getting healthy skin is all about patience, but as you might have picked up by now, that is a trait I’m not blessed with, but what I lack in that field, I make up for with charm and an exemplary sense of humor! Or so I’d like to think.

Anyway!
Here’s my “bulletproof back to basics saves me every time” routine

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil (PM Routine)
This really gets the job done, I’m a sucker for 7 layers of makeup, so when the day comes to an end and all I want to do is to get it of as quickly as possible, this is my best friend, but, this f*cker stings more than a pms infused bee if you’re lucky enough to get some in your eye.

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Cosrx Good Morning Low PH Gel Cleanser
I hate how he smells, but loves the way he works his magic. Yes, my cleanser is a “he”, no worries! As I’ve complained about before, the scent on this one is not for me, what so ever, but the effect of the tea tree I just love, so for those days I have a cold we get along very well, but other than that we just barely get along. 
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Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner
This, I’m not that sure about, it does it’s job and I like the packaging, but I have been experimenting with another toner, that might just kick this one out of the routine, but for now, we’re the bestest of friends!
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Skinfood Peach Pore Sake Serum (Reviewed)
I LOVE THIS! There is a slight possibility that I might just be addicted to this fruity little guy, it leaves your skin with a semi matte finish, amazing smell, and your pores look smaller, I would like to believe that this is a gift from the peach gods, created to solve all my problems while smelling amazing, but maybe I’m just imagining the effects? I will get back to you with this when I have investigated more. 

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Etude House Moistfull Collagen Water Jelly Cream (Vicky’s Review)
My worst fear when first starting with Korean skincare was heavy pore clogging creams, so after googling, redditing and dating CosDna this was the one I ended up with, I love the fresh feeling, the scent and how it just absorbs right into the skin, so this might be in my routine for evah evah, she said, right before she discovered a moisturizer from paradise.
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Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream
My first eye cream, and I’m still sticking to it, it’s snaily and doesn’t break me out, that makes me a happy kitty! 
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Missha All Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk
I just love the finish on this badboy, it’s a perfect primer, doesn’t leave a white cast, smells good, and doesn’t break me out, all the things I want in a perfect sunscreen! 
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Simple as that!
For me this does wonders, these are the products that I know my skin loves and doesn’t reject at all, so when all else fails, this is my go to!
In my everyday routine there are a few other lovelies, but when it comes to a skin detox so to speak, these are the ones I j’adore!
So that’s it from me today, I would love to hear if you have a “Zombie apocalypse” routine you use when all else fails!

Peace&Love

-Mocka

Unboxing more goodies!

Hello darlings!
I promised yesterday to show you all my goodies, my AB-goodies that is!
I’ve been expecting several packages this week, and the first one that came was the one I ordered from Jolse, so kudos for fast shipping, I love it when it takes less that 10 days all the way up north!
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So without further ado, here’s the lovelies I will be testing in near future:

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Cleansers, YES, cleansers! I’ve already mentioned my feelings towards the Cosrx Good Morning Low PH cleanser, I don’t hate it, but I’m always in the market for a better one, sorry, not sorry!
Anyways, I ordered two new to test
Cosrx Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser, because one should always have a secret exfoliating weapon for those days your skin wants to be squeaky clean!
And I’m super excited to try it, because deep down in my unicorn soul I am indeed a Cosrx fangirl!
Next I purchased the
Missha Calendula Cleansing Foam for two simple reasons, It has calendula in it, which not only sounds sweet, but calendula is shown to not only promote skin healing and repairing, but also reduce inflammation, which makes it the perfect match for my combination/sensitive skin, seeing that my skin doesn’t act up like a bitchy teenager and rejects the product, it has happened before. And because the ingredient list isn’t terribly long, and there are none to few irritants in it, something that isn’t always easy to come by these days.

And lastly, I threw in some Tony Moly sheet masks, because I love sheet masks, who doesn’t?
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Best part is that they’re cute, has Bulbasaur (Isanghessi) on them AND green tea, love love love!
One of these bad boys are being applied tonight!

So I didn’t exactly raid the store, but I secured myself some goodies to try, what surprised me the most was the amount of freebies, we’re talking a lot!
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And do you see what I see? Samples of the new Cosrx PHA moisture renewal power cream, I have high hopes for this bad boy, and I’m definitely testing the samples!

So that’s my little post coming to an end, there’ll probably be more of this in the near future seeing as I’ve been good at mini hauling lately. So bear with me on this, I’ll be charming and fun in between these segments, promise ❤

 

-Mocka