Two new arrivals!

Hey everyone!

Today’s post will revolve around two products that arrived very newly. I’m talking about the Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Essence from Innisfree and the 100% Organic Cold-pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil from The Ordinary! I decided to include both of these products in one post as opposed to giving them seperate “first impressions” like I usually do. I did this because I’ve already experienced the deep essence before, so I couldn’t really write a first impression post about that one. And Mocka has already reviewed the rose hip seed oil here, as she purchased it before me. But I might do a review on it myself later on, cause you can never get too many opinions on a thing, right? Or can you?  :O

Anyway, let’s see those beauties   ↓

 

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Ahh…

So as you may have guessed, I purchased the rose hip seed oil from The Ordinary after Mocka got on the hype train and ran me over with it! She raved HARD about this product for quite some time and wrote a glowing review on it a while back. Apparently this baby comes from The Skin Clearing Heavens! Needless to say; I was wrapped in a dated newspaper and sold like cold salmon on the street. And as far as I can tell, I’m really loving this sh*t. I think it’s keeping my skin in check, but it’ll take some time before I can confirm this for sure. But what I can say is that it adds some moisture and nourishment to whatever cream you mix it with (if that’s how you choose to apply it, of course). It takes a mediochre moisturizer to the next level, if not even further! It adds a lot of thickness without clogging pores or causing me to break out. Loooove.

When it comes to the Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Essence, this one’s no stranger to me! That’s right, unlike the rose hip seed oil I’ve had this deep essence in my routine at a much earlier stage of my K-beauty obsession. I was slapping that sh*t on my face every day and every night until I ran out. And I don’t know why, but I just didn’t repurchase it after it was gone. And now that I finally have, it’s safe to say that I have a new-found love for it. It smells soo good, and I feel that it helps hydrate my face just a little bit more than usual. Result!

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Both of these products have been successfully introduced into my current skin care regimen. Although one can never be too sure about any product, I have high hopes for the future. Yep, I can see myself using them both in my everyday routine, for quite some time. At least until something potencially better comes along!

Feel free to give me a shout if you’d like to hear more about these two!
Until then,
Vicky  ❤

 

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I’m waiting for you…

Hello everyone!

Today I’ll be taking you through the products I’m waiting for at the moment. You’ve most likely heard of most of them as they’ve been mentioned in previous posts, but some of them were purchased today!  I will also mention a product that I bought ages ago, and still haven’t recieved. So beware of some bitching, cause this chick is frustrated with a big F.

ANYWAY… let’s get to it  ↓

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
I’m gonna be honest with you guys. I just purchased this Rose Hip Seed oil from The Ordinary, without giving it much thought. Usually I do my job when it comes to researching before buying, but now and again my brain seems to lose it’s ability of doing just that, resulting in the occasional spontaneous purchase! But in my defense, I didn’t buy this product on a complete whim either. Cause Mocka hasn’t stopped raving about it since she got her hands on it, and after I read her review, I was sold. Ka-ching!

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The Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Essence
Now, this baby has been away from me for soo long now. We’re talking about a year! I purchased this product back in my early K-beauty days, and although I liked it, I wasn’t sure how effective it was. I guess I can’t remember what ultimately made me decide not to re-purchase it, but the other day i realised that I actually miss it. (Weird how that happens.) In other words; I’m giving it a second chance to blow my socks off, which also means that you can expect a review in the near future! Yay!

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The Nature Republic Shine Blossom Blusher in the colour “Apricot”.
Another newbie that I’m waiting for is this cream blush from Nature Republic, which is a brand I’ve known about for a long time, but haven’t gotten around to trying. I’m always interested in trying products from different brands, both popular, obscure, tried and not tried, so I’m really looking forward to this. And according to my calculations this baby should be just around the corner!

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The Tonymoly The Fresh Phytoncide Pore Gel Cream
Fresh Phytoncide Pore Gel Cream, you say? Who even are you? OH, THAT’S RIGHT! I ordered you AGES ago. Okay, to be fair, it’s not your fault that you haven’t arrived yet. But some person somewhere along the line during this prosess, messed up. I mean, let’s be honest. We have ships, planes, trains and quite possibly UFOs to make sure that sh*t arrives where it should, when it should. And I can accept human error. Things can happen. I can also accept that it takes a couple of weeks for products from Korea to arrive where I live, but not several months. No, just no. This product was lost on it’s way and it should have been sorted a long time ago. #Rantover
But really, they can send me a new one now if they want, but not recieving a product when you needed it, kind of defeats the purpose of the whole thing, right? That’s like recieving your shot after you got ill. And it’s actually quite disoppointing. And sure, I’ve had a few products arrive on me weeks after their estimated date, but nothing like this.

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Photo borrowed from Google.

Okay, moving onto something more pleasant!   ↓

The Tosowoong ACNE Cleansing Foam
Now, this one will definetely be a familiar face for you, if you’ve followed this blog for a while. I have mentioned it in several posts and raved about it in this one! The tube I have standing in my shower at the moment, is running really low and has been for a while now. But instead of re-purchasing it right away, I decided to broaden my horizon even further and went ahead and bought a cleanser from Sulwhasoo that I’ve wanted to try for a long time. And that’s where my beloved Tosowoong comes back into the picture. I just couldn’t bare the thought of hating the Sulwhasoo and not have a backup.

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The Petitfèe Gold & Snail Hydrogel Eyepatches
O.M.G. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’m looking forward to plastering a pair of these babies on my under eyes. I have tried their sister patches (Black Pearl & Gold) once before, and I loooooved them. I’m hoping that these ones are just as good, AT LEAST. And I’m praying that they arrive tomorrow! #Lastchancebeforetheweekend

If you want to read Mocka’s first impression on the Black Pear & Gold eye patches, you’re welcome!

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The J.One Hana Cream
Don’t even get me started on these precious little baby balls!?
I just realised two things after having said that. 1) “Baby balls”? Well, that sounds a bit gross. 2) I can’t know if these (baby)balls are precious before I’ve tried them. But they look damn precious, okay?! And I want them. Now. On my face.

But on the serious note: Have you ever seen a more fun way to apply moisturizer? I just saw these a few weeks ago and I had to buy them. I mean, who doesn’t want balls all over their face? I know I’m preaching about a product I haven’t tried yet, but I don’t care. I still think everyone should try slapping some balls on their face, at least once! That sh*t better arrive tomorrow.

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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

So there you have it; just a little update on the products I’m currently waiting for. Please let me know if you’ve tried any of these babies, and if you enjoy/ed them! And be sure to tune back in for first impressions and reviews on these babies in the near future!

Vicky 

The Ordinary; A double review, Part two!

Hello Darlings!

I’m back at it again, as promised, with part two of this awesome but still very ordinary review adventure!

Today I’ll be taking on the only oil I’ve ever managed to love in my entire life, we’re talking Rose Hip Oil dudes & dudettes!

Let’s just jump right into it, or slide, you know, seeing as it is indeed an oil we’re talking about.

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Name: The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
Product: Daily Support Formula, basically an oil based miracle.
Good For: Maintaining the moisture barrier, anti-aging, get that oily skin under control.
Description:This formulation uses 100% pure Rosehip Seed Oil that is both cold-pressed and organic. Rosehip Seed Oil is rich in linoleic acid, linolenic acid and pro-vitamin A, all of which degrade when the oil extraction process involves heat. While cold-pressed extraction is complex, it preserves all of the quality of this important oil which has been shown to reduce signs of photo-ageing and many other skin conditions.
Price:  11 $ (theordinary)

This one I stumbled upon on Instagram, I had already read several posts about it on reddit, but didn’t really give it much thought, until it popped up in our feed, where the review was awesome, and I thought, what the hey!
Turns out that this shit is the bomb.com, and now I’m trying to imagine how my skin days were before this glorious little gem entered my skincare routine!

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Packaging:
This, as the other product I talked about yesterday came in a simple white box, which again, it’s ordinary, in the double sense of the word.
On a sidenote, yes, I have ended up putting this oil under my eyes, and the caffeine solution on my entire face, you know those days when you just wanna crawl into bed, sorry, not sorry.

Texture & Smell:
This really doesn’t do anything for me sniff-wise, neither good or bad, which, well, it’s natural, the scent isn’t some overbearing floral explosion, but it doesn’t smell like flat out greasy dirt, it smells.. very little to none, with a whiff of organic, if that’s even a way to describe a scent.
Consistency wise I hate this product, but when that’s the only negative thing I have to say about it, I’ll let it slide, it’s soooo runny, you have to do your best ninja moves so you don’t accidentally end up with an oily sink, or the rubbery floor from hell. Or maybe that’s just me being me.
At first I was like, aw hell no, you gonna be greasy, AND runny? Ain’t nobody got time for that! But when I started seeing positive changes in my skin, I really just learned to live with it. Also, it’s yellow, so when you pick up the dropper, ready to pounce, don’t fear the color, when applying it for the first time I was sure that my days as a pale white breakout-prone faced wannabe cat was over, and that I would forever be known as the oily yellow-tinted cherub cheek girl, well, those fears were so far from the truth, that we really don’t have to mention it ever again.

Application:
When applying you have to choices, you can be a bold mofo and throw it right on your face, but do make sure that it goes on after all water based products, just trust me on this one you guys. Or you can blend it with a product you already have, a moisturizer is a good place to start, that way it’s easier to apply, and you don’t have to jump right into the oil pool if you’re not ready for it.
Also, this goes on at nighttime, let that flowery hip work it’s skincare dance overnight. ( I swear you guys, sometimes I’m just too funny.)
At first you will feel oily, not gonna lie, but it wouldn’t live up to it’s name if it left you with a matte finish after a couple of minutes. It soaks in quite slowly, therefore it’s easier to apply combined with the last step of your routine, the moisturizer, or even a sleeping pack if you’re using that.

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Feels as greasy at it looks.

But then again, this product is packed with linoleic acid, which is known to be a more beneficial  moisturizer for combination/oily skin, seeing as those skin types have a higher concentration of oleic acids (typically found in the more traditional oils like coconut and olive), so you’ll get a better moisture barrier when supplementing with what you have less of. Genius right?
Basically, it’s the good guy oil, there to help your skin to a healthier and happier life!
Or so I think, I might be terribly mistaken. I sometimes am, no shame.

So what’s my thoughts on this product?
I never thought I would see the day where I praised an oil, or an oil product to be specific. It has helped me heaps, and I’m sure I’ll get even better results in the long haul.
My face doesn’t feel as tight as it would those days I didn’t apply a heavy layer of sleeping masks, and I have this awesome glow going come morning.
It has even helped me battle those stubborn whiteheads I’ve had since my teen years, but I’m not going to give all the credit to this oil, I have also stopped wearing heavy foundations, the oil just boosts the effect, one might say.

I will keep you posted when I’ve used it for a couple of months, so far I love it, and I hope you will too!

Rating:
Packaging: 8/10
Scent: 5/10 Doesn’t smell anything, dude.
Texture: 7/10 Still struggling with the whole oil thing.
Performance: 9/10
Overall: 8/10

This product gets:

🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹 8 /10

Remember, this is my experience with this product, you might not have the same, and the product 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 a product before purchasing it, but hey, no pressure!

Have you tried this product?
Let me know!

Peace& Love

-Mocka

 

 

The Ordinary; A double review, part one!

Hello darlings!

As promised last week, and delivered a little bit late, here are finally the reviews on the products I raved about last week, and thought about all weekend!
Today I will be presenting one of the two, and tomorrow the second gem will make an appearance on the blog!
Since these products technically aren’t AB, but many of you guys out there use them, I thought I might get away with talking about them, seeing as they’re doing what we all want our skincare products to do; helping us on our way to healthy skin.

So let’s get on with it, you guys!

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Name: Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Product: Eye Serum
Good For:  Reducing Puffiness, Reducing eye-contour pigmentation
Description:This light-textured formula contains an extremely high 5% concentration of caffeine, supplemented with highly-purified Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) from green tea leaves. Independent studies have shown that topical use of each of caffeine and EGCG can help reduce looks of puffiness and of dark circles in the eye contour. Additional studies have shown that caffeine can also reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Price:  7.50 $ (theordinary)
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So, this didn’t really stand out to me at first. I’d already tried out some eye creams that did nothing, so I kinda just assumed that a serum would work just as bad, meaning it wouldn’t do sh*t. But hey! Always nice to get smacked in the eyeballs with a pleasant surprise!
I should’ve known that this would be a gem, based on the ingredient list alone, but again, we are talking about an eye serum and my track record with eye anything haven’t exactly been the most epic fairytale one could imagine.
With that being said, let’s talk facts.
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Packaging:
It originally came in a plain white box which most of the products do, come in a box I mean, not all of them are white.. some are purple, some black, some yellow, some multicolored. ANYWAY.
And the container itself is plain, one might even call it “ordinary” which I’m guessing is kind of the point.
It’s hygienic because of the awesome dropper, and it’s easy to control how much product you dropehdidrop out.

Texture & Smell:
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It’s just the right amount of runny, unlike it’s friend I’m going to talk about tomorrow; that shit is a hot mess. It’s really room temperature, but you get my point.
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It spreads evenly, and a little goes a long way, which is awesome. Not only is the product cheap, but it will last you a while, and that’s always a victory.
It does take a little while to soak in, but it’s worth the wait you guys, promises!


Smell wise.. I got nothing, maybe a hint of clean and natural, but it smells close to nada. Might be that my nose is out of order, so let me know if you have this, and have sniffed out a different scent. I would love to know if I have a broken sniffer I didn’t know about!

So how do I like it so far?
I was sceptical the first week, I didn’t really think it would do anything, and when I didn’t see any results after four days, I wasn’t impressed, but being the impatient soul I am, I continued to test it for almost two weeks before I realized that it was indeed doing wonders for me! We’re not talking extreme makeover wonders, but it’s slowly de-puffing the area I once considered damned, and I haven’t looked this awake in.. well I can’t remember.. It’s that good.
And that’s just the results I’ve had in the last three weeks. I’m sure that the effects will get better over time, because this seems to be one of those products that’s in it for the long haul, and sure, I’ll stick with it, cause girl, I wanna have them glowy glam eyes!

Rating:
Packaging: 8/10
Scent: 9/10 Can I really rate it when it doesn’t give off a scent?
Texture: 9/10
Performance: 9/10
Overall: 9/10

This product gets:

☕☕☕☕☕☕☕☕☕  9 /10

Stay tuned for tomorrows review!

Remember, this is my experience with this product, you might not have the same, and the product 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 a product before purchasing it, but hey, no pressure!

Have you tried this product?
Let me know!

Peace& Love

-Mocka

 

Rave of the week: The Ordinary

Hello darlings!

As you can probably tell by this post’s headline this is a rave! On a Monday? Outrageous!
Seeing as I haven’t got any real hate going on in the product department I decided to actually put out some good vibes for a change.
And let me tell you guys, these things smell of good vibes and happy skin!

This post is not sponsored in any shape or form, these are all my honest opinions.

After getting a hot tip from a lovely Instagrammer I decided to hop on the hype train!
I’ve been using two of their products for 1 1/2 weeks, and I can already see a difference!

So first, I want to talk about the product that eradicated the millia I had from previous bastards. I’m talking caffeine deliciousness in the form of a bottle & dropper
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Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
(pictures borrowed from The Ordinary’s website)

This is pure genius.
So far this product has de-puffed my bags and it seems that the purple/blue hue that I tend to have after long nights of hauling and sniffing snails are slowly starting to run for the hills, or back to the store they came from. Mygod, my sense of humor is amazing. (Shopping)bags under my eyes, get it? Hah! I know it’s bad when I feel like I need to explain it.
It is apparently a known effect that when one mixes caffeine and Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) from green tea leaves, you get de-puffed, at least according to Deciem’s website. So basically, I could’ve mixed coffee and green tea and mashed it together and applied the goo to my face?
Yeah, probably not, that would’ve been way to easy, I think I’ll just stick to this serum instead.
I’ve actually considered patch testing this on other parts of my face, just to see how it reacts, if I end up doing it, I will let you guys know how it went!

Moving on to the darling close to my heart;
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The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

Where do I begin with this beauty?
I had basically lost all hope that my closed comedones where ever going to get the hell off my face. The last couple of months I’ve been testing and buying everything I thought was going to help me, but always ended up breaking out or getting even more CC’s. I really thought that I had to accept the fact that I was forever going to be known as Miss Bumpyface.
And let me tell you, that on it’s own is actually pretty sad. I’ve had troubled skin since pre-teen years, and tried endless varieties of skin care products. Most of them just made my skin angry, super oily, and super bumpy. Western skincare is well and all that, but you basically pay a lot of money for products designed to dry your skin out, in hope of luring the sebum and puss out, and we all know that isn’t really how it works.
So when I finally got into Korean skincare there was yet again hope for me and my bumps, or humps, all depending on the size of those bastards.
So I started purchasing everything whitehead related, but the products didn’t really seem to DO anything, they just made my skin feel soft, but didn’t really take care of the problem.
So when I purchased the rose hip oil I was super skeptical, but thought, what the hey!
And let me tell you guys, it is the bomb dot com!
This oil has really helped my skin in the short time I’ve used it, and I’m just super excited about it!
I know it’s a tad far out to call it a Korean skincare product considering it’s from a Canada based company, but seeing as rose hip oil itself is popular in AB skincare, I’ll just go with it!
I’ve gone from having CC’s all the way from my cheekbones to my chin, to just having this contour line that is slowly fading as well, *happydance*
I can’t give full credit to the oil itself, but with the assistance of my Cosrx Galactomyces essence they do one hell of a job!

So far so good, darlings!

I will keep you posted, and there will be a full review up on these good guys when I’ve tested them thoroughly.

 

Have you tried these products?
Let me know!

-Mocka

 

Mini hauling, once again!

Hello darlings!

So, I’m still as sick as a fuzzy duck, so today’s post is going to be sweet and short, but I will be back stronger, faster and 50% more snailier tomorrow, promises!

After endless double taps on instagram I’ve discovered many exciting products that I really want to try, and after a little googling, stalking and reading reviews I decided to take the plunge and get on the hype train to The Ordinary city, and am I hyped? YAAAZ.
What’s not to love? Clean products, lovely packaging and dirt cheap, only thing missing is seven unicorns on the package and some glitter popping out when you open it!

Anyways, here are the products I’m dying to try, and that are currently on the way;

Pictures are kindly borrowed from their official website.
So rose hip oil I’ve heard good things about, both on Instagram and Reddit, and I think it’s definitely worth a try! When it also costs close to nada I have nothing to lose!
The caffeine solution, I’m hoping, is going to be a miracle worker for the huge IKEA bags currently residing under my eyes, it’s either that or stealing someone else’s, and I’ve heard that’s a lot of work for nothing. Not really, but I found the thought funny.

I’m soooo ready to try these, and I’ll be sure to let you all know when they arrive and have gone through the whole sniff, feel, test routine!

I also got one more thing, and this has to be the ultimate cult product that everybody has heard of, are in possession of, or have oily dreams about at night! I’m talking Banila co.
BUT, not the pink one, the radiance one!
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I’m not sure if this is new, lesser known or just shit, but I had a hard time finding reviews on it, not that it’s a bad thing, I still need a new oil cleanser before the one I have runs out, so why not try something people adore?
Now, I don’t totally trust cult products, some of them I find to be overhyped, *COUGH* Laneige.
But I’m always willing to whip them onto my face and see what the fuzz is all about, and I will, and you bet your sweet oil cleansers I’ll be honest! Because it’s fun!
So yes, that’s what I have for now!

Tomorrow will be more fun, promises!

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

Peace&Love

-Mocka