An ever so little reunion!

Hello everyone!

Today’s post will be about a product that I recieved the other day, after purchasing it a second time. I’m talking about the Moisture Bound Cream from Earth’s Recipe! Now, if you’ve followed our blog since pretty much the beginning (as it was one of our first posts), you might remember that I had a fling with this product a few months ago. But after I had emptied the jar, I moved on to another, and then another, and another, hoping that I’d come across an even better moisturizer. Turns out that I didn’t and I still haven’t. In other words; we’re back on the Earth’s Recipe Moisture Bound Cream! Stay tuned if you want to know how I’m getting along with this little gem this time around, and if you’re interested in my review on the product, you’ll find it here.

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So it’s been three months since I reviewed the Moisture Bound Cream from Earth’s Recipe, and my thoughts on the product have changed a bit since then. Last time around I thought was pretty good, but now that I’ve switched up pretty much my whole skin care routine, and changed the way I use some of the products, I can tell that this product is even better than I thought. And here’s why:
The products I use before I apply the Moisture Bound Cream are better suited for my skin, and really gives it a chance to shine by providing a better canvas to work on, than before. A good moisturizer is meant to trap hydration inside the skin, making sure that it doesn’t get back out, leaving the skin dehydrated. But in order to do so sufficiantly, there has to be a certain ammount of hydration in the skin to begin with, something I failed to make sure of for a long time, including the period when I was using the Moisture Bound Cream. Since then I’ve thrown out quite a few products that simply were wrong for my skin, and replaced them with more hydrating products. And let me tell you, there is a world of difference. We’re not completely there yet, but we’re definetely getting somewhere! Hydrating products are such a game changer, at least for me. I’ve tried soo many different moisturizers, and I know from experience that you can apply the best moisturizing cream in the world, and it won’t be able to properly do it’s job of moisturizing unless you provide your skin with moisture beforehand.

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I’ll be using the Moisture Bound Cream at least until this jar is empty, and hopefully I’ll have a newfound love for it and purchase it again. If you want to know how it goes, stay tuned and I’ll update you in a couple of weeks! I’m also planning to do a post on my updated skin care routine in the near future 🙂

Until next time,
Vicky  ❤

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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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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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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   ↓

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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.

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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!

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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. 

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

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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 ❤

Review: Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream

Hello everyone!

Today I will be sharing my thoughts – and all over experience with a product that you haven’t seen on the blog for a while. I am of course talking about the Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream! Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t. This cream is rather obscure compared to others, but then again, I know that many of you are deep diggers and hard sniffers like me and Mocka! Now, I must admit that I no longer use this moisturizer. But I did use for about three weeks before it got axed. And you’ll find out why if you continue reading!


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.
(Copy-pasted from my first impression on the same product.)

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So what do I like about the Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream?
Honestly, not a lot. To me this product turned out to be a big disappointment. (You’ll find out more about this in the next paragraph.) I don’t know if it’s the product alone, or if it’s because of the high expectations I had. Anyway, the only thing I enjoyed about the Dynasty Cream, was the pink-ish paper “cloth” thingy that covered the lid when I first recieved it. It was cute, okay? Sadly it stops there.

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And what are the cons?
In my personaly opinion, the Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream comes with several cons. First of all, the scent. I’m not a fan of it at all. To me it’s a bit overpowering. So it’s pretty safe to say that a person with a very sensitive sense of smell, would most definetely find this scent overbaring! Up next is the container, which is very little travel friendly, because it’s heavy and fragile. Yes, it is indeed made of glass and if you read the first impression, you’ll know that mine had some serious leaking going on when it arrived! What’s more? It isn’t really that moisturizing? And how about the fact that it broke me out like a mofo?! Gurl, get out.

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Conclusion
For me this will certainly NOT be a repurchase! I should never have bought the product in the first place, and if I had managed to find the correct ingredients list on CosDna, prior to buying it, I never would have. The Dynasty Cream’s moisturizing ability is simply not good enough, and I own cheaper creams that do a better job. The strong scent and the fact that it caused breakouts, leads me to think that this cream is riddled with perfume and quite possibly other “no-no’s”! Oh, and let’s not forget the stupid ass container.

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Rating   ↓
Colour: 10/10
Scent: 5/10
Consistency: 6/10
Feeling on the skin: 6/10
Appearance in the skin: 6/10
Moisturizing: 5/10
Container: 5/10
Price: 5/10

Overall   ↓
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5/10

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

That’s it for my review on the Dynasty Cream from Beauty of Joseon! As always, I hope you enjoyed it and maybe even found it a bit helpfull. Please let me know if you’ve tried this product and if so; what your experience with it was/is. 


Vicky 

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   ↓

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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.

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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   🙂

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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.


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And remember; I always recommend taking a closer look at any new product before purchasing it, just in case you’re allergic or 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
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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 ❤


Review: Etude House Pure Water Baobab Moist Cream

Hey guys!

It’s time for me to give you my thoughts on the Pure Water Baobab Moist Cream from Etude House! This is a product that I bought on a whim, after just reading a tiny bit about it on the internet. If you’ve followed this blog for a while you may know that I’m searching for the perfect cream. And when I say “cream” I mean a cream type cream, not a gel type cream.
Now, the Pure Water Baobab Moist Cream is indeed a gel type cream. Although I’ve already got enough gel creams, I decided to give this one a go, as I heard rumours about it being good for distressed and sensitive skin, which I have. In other words, I’m still on the lookout for the perfect cream! GAH! Anyways, I told you guys in my first impression on the product that I would return with a review, and here we are. Enjoy!


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The basics   ↓
Product type: Gel cream
Purpose: Purify, hydrate and moisturize.
Step in skin care routine: Last step, unless you apply sunscreen or a sleeping mask.
Price (Ebay): 15.31 USD


More details   ↓

Colour: Semi clear white.
Scent: Smells like MANY other creams out there, which don’t have a particular scent, if you know what I mean? For example the Moisture Surge Cream from Clinique.
Consistency: Gel cream. Lightweight and a bit runny. Spreads out VERY easily.
Appearance on the skin: After application you’re left with a shiny finish.
Feeling on the skin: Feels allright on the skin, a bit sticky.
Container: Baby pink themed plastic tub. Cute but looks a bit cheap.
Packaging: Same as the container.
(Copy-pasted from my first first impression on the same product).

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So what do I think of the Etude House Pure Water Baobab Moist Cream?
After having put this cream to the test for a little while, my conclusion is that it’s nothing special. At least not in my opinion. It’s lightweight and feels nice on the skin. I love the consistency of it and the cool feeling it provides, but it’s just not moisturizing enough for me. I haven’t tried it as a night cream, cause I already know it’s too thin for even a day cream. But I have however used it as a day cream to wear under make up. And it is good for that exact purpose. Also it hasn’t caused any breakouts.

So, if this gel ream was less jelly and more cream, and therefore probably more moisturizing, it would suit me a bit more. And if it had a delicious scent aswell, it would suit me a lot more. But it isn’t and it hasn’t. So yeah… People with less dehydrated skin would probably quite like this, but for me it’s nothing special. Having said that, this cream has a relativly short and nice list on CosDna, which is a bonus as I have sensitive acne prone skin. And what’s more? It contains 17% water from the Baobab Tree. I love natural ingredients.

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What an awesome looking tree! (The Baobab) Photo borrowed from Google.


What are the cons again?
I can’t really come up with that many cons when it comes to the Pure Water Baobab Moist Cream. But as I’ve already mentioned; I just don’t find it moisturizing enough for my skin. And it lacks an amazing scent. I’m not sure if most people would count “scentless” or “neutral scent” as a con, but I for sure do! I know that many people find scents overbaring or at least a bit disturbing and I totally understand that. But for me, I love myself a nice scent when it comes to my skin care products. Not overbaring, just nice. But please note that this is coming from a BIG scent appreciater. So if you don’t like scented products and you’re after a lightweight moisturizer, this might indeed be the cream for you   🙂

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Rating   ↓

Colour: 6/10
Scent: 5/10
Consistency: 10/10
Appearance on the skin: 7/10
Feeling on the skin: 7/10
Soothing: 7/10
Container: 6/10
Price: 9/10

Overall   ↓
🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳   7/10

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. In this case the product isn’t listed there, but usually when you look up a product, you’ll find it   🙂

That’s it for my review on the Pure Water Baobab from Etude House! Please let me know what your experience with this product is, if you’ve tried it!   🙂

Vicky ❤

Review: Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream

Hello darlings!

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So, I thought it was about time that this lovely pink tube of goodness got it’s own review!
This is one of my favourite gel creams! It hydrates, smells nice, and I feel a difference in my skin since I introduced it to my routine. This was in fact one of the first creams I ever dabbed on, when first starting K-beauty.

So, let’s get snailin’!

Name: Mizon Multi Function Formula Snail Recovery Gel Cream
Product: Gel Cream
Description: This cult favourite from Mizon is a lightweight gel type cream that helps to nourish skin. It’s concentrated with 74% snail extract; an ingredient loved for its ability to help promote the repairing of skin seen through the reduction of acne scarring, dark spots and fine lines. Also formulated with a medley of botanical and floral extracts, in addition to hyaluronic acid to deliver serious hydration without leaving any sheen or grease
Ideal for oily or combination skin types.
(Borrowed from Peach&Lily)
Claims: Hydrates, repairing the skin
Price: 4.45-18(!) $ (E-bay, Roseroseshop, Peach&Lily) Can I just say wtf to the markup on this sucker? 
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So this, I’m in love with! It’s the first cult product that I actually like. Sometimes I do wonder why certain things have become a cult favourite, like the Laneige product that I hate, what on earth? How did it come to be a HG? Anyways, this is not a rant, so let’s continue with my favourite snail!

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Directions:
Apply to face, pat pat pat.
This is indeed a moisturizing gel, so you can of course use it as one. I usually use this in a combination with the Etude House Jelly because I feel it hydrates more that way, you still get the snaily goodness, but with an extra layer of hydration. But of course, you can apply it any way you want!

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Texture&Smell:
This is one cloudy looking gel that spreads evenly. It is a bit sticky when you first apply it, but once it’s all soaked in, it isn’t sticky what so ever!

I usually let it soak for about 3-4 minutes while I make faces in the mirror, do my hair, and slurp my coffee, in the morning routine that is. When night time comes I’m all about efficiency and can’t wait to go to bed, so then I just do the “can’t wait to hit they hay” dance. This has to be the product that me and my skin can’t live without, it just loves it, and slurps it up in minutes, craving more.
Scent wise it’s sweet with a hint of floral, I adore the smell, but I’ve read that others find it overbaring, which I can relate to, but I find it to just leave a hint of floral when it dries, so fear not if you don’t love the smell, it fades!

Container:
I like how simple the design is, a good old fashioned squeeze tube (hygienic!) in pink, what more can a girl ask for?
The best part is that they’ve incorporated a cute white snail on the tube, it took me ages to see that it was in fact a snail, but hey, now it can’t be unseen!
The one thing that Mizon does right is that they focus on the product, and not some fancy packaging, “Hey, we made an awesome gel cream with 74% snail, enjoy the product, we don’t need no glitter and sparkles” Maybe not what they were thinking, I’m just jumping to conclusions here.

So what do I feel about it?
I think this is the review where I’ve used the word love the most times, I can’t get enough of this gel, and my skin really loves it! Did I mention it’s dirt cheap? 4.50 for a tube that lasts a while, that’s a lot of product for your money!
I have felt improvement after starting to use it, my acne scars have faded a bit, and my skin feels clearer, and a tad more even skin tone wise, which is very nice if you ask me!
So I would definitely recommend this, seeing as it’s a lightweight hydrating gel, with snail power!  It probably won’t make you break out, but I can’t guarantee it. If it turns out to be a bad guy, you’ve only wasted 5 bucks!

Overall?
I’m never ever going to stop using it, I think.
So far this is my ride or die bitch, a trusted snail that supports me through purging and breakouts, and never disoppoints.
I love it! And it’s pink, huzzah!

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

This product gets:

🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌    9/10

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Have you tried it?
Let me know!

Peace&Love

 

-Mocka 🐌