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

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  ❤

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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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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The Big BB Cream Battle; Part 3!

Hello Darlings!

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

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

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

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

Let’s take a closer look at them separately;

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Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream Shade 21.

Name: Missha M Perfect Cover B.B Cream
Product: BB cream
Good For: anti aging, brightening effects, disguise blemishes
Description:The Perfect Cover BB Cream from Missha offers medium coverage that disguises blemishes, evens out skin tone, protects from sun damage (SPF 42 PA+++), and even provides anti-aging and brightening effects. Perfect for those on the go — this multi-purpose BB cream makes your life (and your makeup bag) a whole lot simpler.
Price: 13$ (ebay)
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My first thought when trying this was that it was superduper grey, and that I would end up with a sick grey-cast on my face after applying it. Well, I was pleasantly surprised when I applied it, and the way it provided cover to the spots and red areas on my face was really nice!
The finish is semi matte with a little too much glow for my taste, so I applied this, then a thin layer of setting powder, just to get that matte gorgeousness going!
The first week I used it I was really over the moon, thinking that it was indeed the beginning of an amazing bb cream relationship!
Well.. My skin has never looked worse. I’m literally back to where I began, and it sucks, you guys. Friggin’ blows.
My chin suddenly got all of these gnarly red zits that were huge and irritated! My temples are still covered in small bumps, and my forehead is CC city. Goddamnit.
So I saw it fit to just shelf this for a little while, get my skin calm again before I continued the battle of ze grand BB creams.

Enter the Holika Holika one!

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

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

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

 

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

Total Score: 7/10

This product gets:

💄💄💄💄💄💄💄 7/10

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

This product gets:

💄💄💄💄💄💄 5/10

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

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

Remember, this is my experience with these products, you might not have the same, and the products can work wonders for some, and be bad for some. Your Mileage May Vary, and we’re all different, you should always check the ingredient list and read about the products you’re considering before purchasing it, but hey, no pressure!

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

Peace&Love

-Mocka

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!


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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   ↓
🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸  
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