A bunch of first impressions, part one

Hello everyone!

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

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

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

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

Moving on to the Green Tea Fresh Toner from Isntree   ↓

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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

 

 

Today’s arrivals!

Hey guys!

So today I found a load of products waiting for me in my letter box! Oh, happy day! I ordered all of them around the same date so it’s not a suprise that so many came at the same time, but it still feels amazing to get my hands on them all, MUHAHAHA! (And that sounds a bit creepy). *Cough* ANYWAY, everyday there’s a package (or nine) in my letter box is a good day! Like I’ve said before; it feels like Christmas every single time! Now, I bet you’re all jumping out of your chairs, eager to find out what I recieved today, so let’s start off with the make up   ↓

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Here we have the Holika Holika Heartful Chiffon Cream Lipstick in the colour Almond Choux, the Peripera Rouge Pang Lipstick #PP08, the Play 101 Stick (Contour Duo) and the Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer Super Longlash eyelash primer.

Can’t wait to try them all tomorrow. Well, at least three out of four, as I don’t have two sets of lips (well…)!

ANYWAY, moving on to the skin care products   ↓

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And here we have the Banila Co. Clean It Zero Purity Cleansing Balm, the Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Boosting Ampoule and the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner.

I’ve already tried the toner and the ampoule tonight, and tomorrow I’ll also try the cleansing balm! So excited! Fingers crossed.

Here all of the products that arrived today are pictured together just like a little k-beauty family   ↓

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Ah, the beauty.

And of course the empty boxes, lols   ↓

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Look at all those empty shells!

Stay tuned for more products as they keep coming in! In other words; I’m still waiting for a few other newbies, and if I wasn’t, I would order MORE. Heh. Anyway, I’m very excited to recieve them, especially one of them. Can you guess which product I’m talking about?

And I will of course come back with first impressions – and later on full reviews on all of the products mentioned in this post, as I do with every product I purchase!

Vicky ❤

The products that didn’t make it

Hey guys! 🙂

In this post I’ll take you through a load of skin care products that I’ve put to the test, but for various reasons lost their place in my skin care regimen. I’m NOT saying that any of these products are bad. They just didn’t work out for me, and I’m going to tell you why 🙂

Included in this post (in no perticular order)   ↓

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Essence
Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Essence
Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Essence
The Saem Urban Eco Harakeke Seed Firming Eye Cream
Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Foam
The Saem Iceland Water Volume Cream
Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask
Innisfree Olive Real Cleansing Foam
Mizon Herbal Orange Blossom Ampoule
Tonymoly Tomatox Magic Massage Pack
Mizon Original Skin Energy Placenta 45
Skinfood Premium Tomato Whitening Moisture Synergy Cream

So let’s get to it!   ↓

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
This toner survived in my skin care routine for about two or three weeks, before I went back to my Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner. I didn’t experience any irritation and it didn’t break me out. It just didn’t do… anything? Well, maybe it DID something, but whatever that might have been, I didn’t see or feel any changes. Oh, and I also hated having to spray my toner onto my face or a cotton pad. But I know this is a Holy Grail product for many. It just wasn’t for me.    ↓


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Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Essence

I sort of bought this product on a whim. I had never heard of a deep essence before so naturally I wanted to try it. Honestly, I have some mixed feelings about this product. I really liked the feel of it on the skin and the scent. It didn’t break me out or irritate my skin in any other way. I actually used the whole bottle, I just didn’t repurchase it after it was all gone. But now I’m sat here thinking that I might buy it next time I’m hauling, because it IS a nice extra layer of moisture to the skin.    ↓


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Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Essence

When it comes to this essence, I’ve already written a first impression on it, and I said I’d write a full review on it after testing it further, but I don’t really see the point in doing that yet. If you read my first impression, well, my thoughts haven’t changed at all and I can tell they won’t. The container is gorgeous but nothing about the essence itself impressed me. I’ve heard that many people love this product and it probably works great for them, but for me this will be saved as a last resort.    ↓

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Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Essence

What I said about the Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Essence sort of goes for the Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Essence aswell. This was my first ever essence and I really enjoyed it. I loved the scent, which is similar to the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum, and I liked the feel of it. I guess I just didn’t repurchase it because it was my first essence, I was new to the K-beauty world and I thought I could find something even better. After all, there really is a whole universe of products out there!    ↓

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The Saem Urban Eco Harakeke Firming Seed Eye Cream
If you read my review on this product you already know why it had to go. But for you guys who didn’t read it; basically this eye cream was way too thick and heavy for my eye area and within a week of using it I had full on Milia. This is another product I bought when I was completely new in the AB game and it was my very first eye cream from the K-beauty world. Sadly it didn’t work out and I replaced it with the Mizon Function Formula Snail Repair Eye Cream.    ↓
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This was also one of my very first products from the K-beauty world. I remember getting it after a friend recommended green tea as a soothing ingredient for my sensitive, acne prone combination skin. Plus it was very afforable. I used this cleansing foam for a couple of months before I replaced it. The reason being my face felt dry and tight after using it, which is a shame bacause I loved the scent and it did a good job of actually cleansing my face. It was just too drying on my skin.    ↓
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The Saem Iceland Water Volume Cream
I really wanted to love this moisturizer, because the container is gorgeous and the cream itself smells rather good. But it just didn’t “sit right” on my skin. It’s hard to explain exactly what I’m on about, but sometimes when I apply a new product, it just doesn’t feel right? It’s like I can feel it right from the start if a product will break me out if I continue using it. I’ve had this feeling quite a few times and when that happens I usually don’t proceed using said product. Maybe that’s a bad habit of mine? Because I know you’re meant to give a new product a couple of weeks to give it a fair chance, but I just can’t stand that “weird” feeling some products give me. So this cream had to go.    ↓
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Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream
This cream was my very first moisturizer from the K-beauty world. I loved the scent, but unfortunately this little bastard broke me out. Oh, and that weird feeling I was on about earlier? Yep. That happened with this one aswell.    ↓
kbinnisElizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask
When I purchased this mask I really liked the consept of it. I mean, a mask that bubbles up to a thick foam after applying it to your face!? HELL YES. But I did end up having mixed feelings about this product after using it four or five times. The mask gave my face a deeper cleanse and it removed dead skin and left my face baby soft! However, it dried me out and I didn’t like the scent at all. Now, I’m a person who’s very sensitive to scents, so I gave it to Mocka to try and she loved it! But as far as I’m concerned I won’t repurchase.    ↓
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Innisfree Olive Real Cleansing Foam
This is the cleanser I replaced the Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Foam with. I was still quite new in the AB game when this happened, and because I liked the scent and consistency of the Green Tea Cleansing Foam, not to mention the affordability, I wanted to stick with Innisfree. But this time I went for the Olive Real Cleansing Foam, as this was meant to be less stripping and more hydrating because of the olive oil. But that wasn’t the case, at least not for me. This cleanser dried me out just as much as the Green Tea Cleansing Foam AND stung and irritated the hell out of my face. GOOD BYE.    ↓

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Mizon Herbal Orange Blossom Ampoule
This was my very first ampoule when I was new to the K-beauty world, and I LOVED the scent of it. I even repurchased this product once after finishing the first container. It didn’t cause any irritation or breakouts and it felt nice on the skin. However, it didn’t make a visible difference on my skin (which is what I was after at the time), so I discontinued using it.    ↓
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Tonymoly Tomatox Magic Massage Pack
This is another product that prior to buying it, I had heard a lot of raving about. So when it didn’t do what it promised AND irritated my skin, naturally I was disoppointed. Especially when I wanted to love it so badly! I mean, the container is just… fun?! And the product itself smells sooooo good. But it was mainly the whitening effect I was after, so when I didn’t feel or look any different from using it, it was time for it to go.    ↓
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Mizon Original Skin Energy Placenta 45
After I stopped using the the Mizon Herbal Orange Blossom Ampoule, I moved on to the Mizon Original Skin Energy Placenta 45, which didn’t give me any visible results either. Needless to say; I definetely didn’t miss this product after I got rid of it.    ↓

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Skinfood Premium Tomato Whitening Moisture Synergy Cream
Yet another cream that didn’t live up to my expectations. I didn’t find it very moisturizing, didn’t like the scent, didn’t like the feel of it. And it certainly wasn’t very whitening. Not missed.    ↓
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So there you have it! These are the products that all had a go on my face, but sadly got replaced. I can’t stress enough that just because I didn’t get along with these, that doesn’t mean that other people won’t like them. Again; I’m not saying they’re bad products. They just weren’t a good match for my skin. I know that some of these are loved by many, and my guess is that they aren’t Holy Grail products for no reason  🙂

Vicky  ❤

I’ve got my eye on you

I’m always looking for new skin care products to try. Here are some of the products I’m currently considering for my next haul (categorized + not all steps are included for this post)  ↓

Oil cleansers:

Banila Co. Clean ItZero Purity, Banila Co. Clean It Zero and Heimish All Clean Balm

 

Second cleansers:

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Toners:

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Serums:

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Skinfood Peach Sake Pore Serum

Essences:

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Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence

Ampoules:

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Eye Creams:

Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream and Neogen White Truffle Laycure Oil Stick (this last one isn’t really an eye cream, but can be used on the eye area aswell.)

Extras  ↓

Masks:

Lioele Water Drop Sleeping Pack and A’pieu Good Morning Sorbet Mask

 

These are all products I’ve had my eye on for at least a month, many of them for several months. There have been various reasons for not having purchased them yet, but there’s also a good reason behind everyone of them still being on my radar. Sometimes a product will be prioritized over another product at that perticular time. And sometimes you just already have enough of one product type sitting around. Nevertheless most of these will all get their chance to shine in my skin care routine at some point.

Stay tuned to find out which ones will be part of my next haul and why!
Have you tried any of these? 😀

 

Vicky 🙂

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