Showing posts with label Skincare. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Skincare. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

[Review] Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask (2013)

Hey guys!

I'm back with another "Innisfree" review today - this time, on one of their popular skincare products. It's called the "Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask".






If you've seen my past reviews on pore-related products, you've probably seen a close up of my pores (specifically on the nose). I have huge, congested pores on my nose, and the pores around my nose are also quite large.

As you can imagine, I've gone through many masks (both clay and sheet) and strips and gels and creams - all trying to fix this up. Kiehl's, Neutrogena, Clean and Clear, Holika Holika, I've used a variety of brands trying to get rid of this problem.
None have worked. 

I've basically given up. I probably wouldn't have tried another "pore care" mask if I hadn't been asked to review this.

I kid you not - I'm so glad I did.



Description

"It's more powerful than red clay and mud in terms of absorbing sebum. The micro 'multi-porous' structure of the volcanic clusters work to absorb the sebum inside your pores.
- Rare and pure ingredient from Jeju island
- Formulated from solidified lava caused by volcanic eruptions on Jeju
- Aborbs impurities and sebum deeply embedded within pores

- Tightens pores
- Removes sebum 
- Exfoliates dead skin cells
- Offers deep cleansing
- Enhances skin tone
- Provides cooling effects


This is a "7 free" product - this mask is free from:
1. Artificial fragrance
2. Artificial pigments 
3. Parabens 
4. Benzophenone
5. Ethanol 
6. Animal ingredients (ingredients taken from animals)
7. Mineral oil 

Packaging:
The 100ml comes in a little tub, and it does come with a box. No spatula was included. The tub is made of plastic, and it's quite small. I'd say it's pretty portable, because it's so tiny.







Size:
This product is apparently the "updated, 2013" version of the previous Innisfree clay masks. It comes in 2 different sizes - the 100ml, and the 200ml.

100ml comes in a tub (this one)
200ml comes in a large tube (pictured below with the tub)



Texture: 
When you twist open the lid, the clay mask is grey in colour. It has little beads as well, the volcanic pore clusters!

It's quite thick (but smooth) in texture, and easily spreads across the face. It's cold, and gives a cooling effect as well. After 10-15minutes, the mask hardens on your face but doesn't feel too stiff.






Scent: 
It has a volcanic-y smell - similar smell to the other "volcanic" skincare products I've tried. I personally like the scent because it smells fresh! You don't notice the smell when it hardens on your face.



Price:
- $15.88 on Jolse (100ml)
- $27.99 on Jolse (200ml)




Application

It was a thick clay mask, but I think it's definitely a lot easier to apply than Etude House's "Wonder Pore" white clay mask.

It feels cool and soothing on my skin, which I really like! When hardened (I leave it on for 15 minutes, instead of the recommended 10), it feels stiff but not uncomfortably stiff.



bam is this close enuff?
or dis?

So I leave it on for 15 min. These are the after pictures. (Below)
I'm breaking out, but I feel that after using this mask, some of the zits have gone away faster - and it definitely took care of cleaning my pores.







My thoughts + experience

Sometimes, I'm easy to please with makeup/cosmetics. If it's decent quality and I like the shade, I'll like it. It's a very different story for my skincare.

I am extremely picky with the products I use on my face. To be honest, the only skincare brands I've used (regularly) is Laneige and Shisedo. Even then, I pick out many of my Laneige/Shisedo products often and replace them with new products (same brand) every once in a while.

So it's a pretty big deal that I love this product so much! I've heard a lot of good things about Innisfree's skincare, but didn't know it was this good until now. The Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask (SVPCM) is my go-to mask now.


Right after use, my skin feels very fresh and clean. It feels smooth, light and "breathable". Deep cleansing? Yes, it does.
The pores on my nose are very clean after using this. There is a huge difference between using this simple (no-pain) clay mask and a pore strip. See below.

"Before" picture of pores, "After" using a pore strip, "After" using Innisfree clay mask
There is a clear difference between using a pore strip, and using this pore clay mask. The pore strip removes the "peach fuzz" off my face. It removes some blackheads, but it is not effective enough. It only (partially, barely) gets rid of the junk you have.

The pore clay mask is different. It deep cleanses your pores. It gets rid of the deep, embedded pore-junk I have. It cleans it so well that I don't have a lot "pore-junk" even later. It really does cleanse my skin and make it fresh, preventing more congested pores.

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Within the first 5 days of receiving it, I used it 3 times. That's a bit more than recommended, but I just couldn't let go of this thing. I saw a noticeable change in my closed comedones (acne bumps), and they either shrank or disappeared. In 5 days!!! WHAT? o___o I still have some closed comedones left, but I have no doubt that this will take care of them.

I'm actually kicking myself for not discovering this sooner.
I could've saved so much money, by not buying those useless Kiehl's / Neutrogena / C&C / Holika Holika mask packs... T_____T


I am a huge fan of this mask. 
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: It works well enough on its own - but I've actually been using it in conjunction with other specific "skincare routine steps". These steps are my ultimate "all kill" in skincare. It's noticeably changed my skin.
(My "all kill" skincare routine will be posted up soon, where this product plays a big part!)




Pros 
- Deep cleanses pores
- "7 free"
- Cleanses and tightens pores
- Exfoliates
- Makes skin softer
- Cooling effect
- Gets rid of my closed comedones (saw results after 5 days)
Pictures of this will be posted in the upcoming "all kill" skincare routine post


Cons 
- 100ml doesn't last too long (I went through this tub fast. If you like this, I really suggest getting the 200ml. It's cheaper for the amount!)



Tip:
Wash it off after 15 minutes - no longer. I once pushed the limit too hard (I dozed off before washing it off), and had it on my face for 30-45min. My skin wasn't too great the next day. It was a bit dry and even a little "flaky" in some areas.



Rating: 4/5
The 100ml specifically gets a 4/5 rating. It loses a star because of its size and price. For the 100ml, I do believe that it's a bit expensive (even though its amazing). It's just too small, that's all.

I'd suggest getting the 200ml, if you're looking for an even "price vs. size" match.



Repurchase? Yes. I have. 
After hitting the halfway mark on this 100ml tub, I knew it was amazing. I quickly ordered the 200ml tube. I love the tube version WAY better - it's easier to use, more hygienic, and better price! I will now be repurchasing the tube version (not the tub).





Thanks for reading, guys!





What about you?
Have you tried clay masks before? What works for your pores?



Note: This review is sponsored, but is 100% honest. My opinion cannot be bought. (Repurchase of 200ml tube was not sponsored.)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

[Review] Laneige Firming Sleeping Pack + Giveaway winner!

Hello!

So I've done a review on Laneige's famous water sleeping pack. Today will be on Laneige's other famous skincare pack - the Firming Sleeping Pack, sold at ibuybeauti.



This product has won several different awards, including the Allure "best of beauty" award. 1 tub is sold every 30 seconds! Next to the Water Sleeping Pack, this product is similar in that it repairs your skin while you sleep. While the Water Sleeping Pack's main goal is for skin hydration, vitality and brightening, the Firming Pack is used mainly to restore skin firmness.




Description 

"A supple and resilient sleeping pack that restores skin firmness while you sleep"
- Laneige

"Laneige Firming Sleeping Pack takes care of your Sleep Line, the potential wrinkles that are formed while you sleep. It relieves skin wrinkles and fortifies skin barriers by preventing skin damage during daytime. This light gel-type pack contains Sleepscent that relieves the skin from stress; it is applied on the skin before going to bed."

The Firming Pack comes in a really pretty, blue tub. It's made of hard plastic, but has a "glamorous", heavy feel to it. Though the size is small enough (smaller than the Water Sleeping Pack_EX), I personally don't find it too travel friendly. The product comes in a small box with a spatula (yay, spatulas!)

Inside, the product is sealed and there is also a secondary white, plastic film over it to keep out air and bacteria (to an extent).






The pack itself is an off-white, cream colour. It's got a jelly like texture - definitely not the same feeling as the Water Sleeping Pack. It's called a "memory foam gel" that "instantly reshapes and rejuvenates sagging skin during the night". There is no need to wash off this mask (you do this the morning after).





Skin type
The Laneige Firming Sleeping Pack is meant for "all skin types"


Size
This product comes in a 50ml tub. It is smaller than the Water Sleeping Pack_EX.


Price
You can get this product for $29.99 at ibuybeauti.



Directions for use

1. After cleansing in the evening, apply toner and emulsion (I use Laneige's LIGHT toner and LIGHT balancing emulsion from their "basic care" set)

2. Apply an appropriate amount of sleeping pack and gently spread from the chin to the centre of the face toward its contours.

3. Let it stay in the skin during the night and wash it off in the morning.

NOTE: Use only 1-2 times a week. 



Applied


It's jelly-like, and jiggles on the spatula. *u* Hehehe.



 Look! The jelly "melts"!


It leaves skin feeling quite moisturized and plump.


Note: Sorry I didn't have an "applied on my face" picture - I was really breaking out at the time. I'll upload one here in the future!



My thoughts 
First of all... this product is so fun to apply! :D It's so "jelly-like", and when the jelly melts on your face, it's cool (how juvenile do I sound?), haha.

Though its named the "firming pack", I never expected it to really firm up my skin and do anything miraculous. During the times I've used it, I've experienced realistic (but satisfactory) outcomes. My skin does feel a little plumper the morning after. The "plump" feeling also gives me a feeling that my skin does indeed feel a bit firmer (Sounds weird, but true). It doesn't give a really noticeable firming effect (as in, "clay mask" kind of "firm), but it's big enough to notice. Not only does it firm your skin, it makes it quite soft as well.

Though the product did what it claimed... it wasn't for me. I don't particularly need a firming product right now, and simply picked this out because I was curious as to how it worked, comparing to Sleeping Pack_EX, etc. Though I don't need it NOW, I know I'll buy this in the future when I do.
Until then, I'll happy use my Sleeping pack!



Recommend? 
The Firming Pack is apparently meant for people in the 20-30 age range, which makes sense. This would be a good product for you if you're in that age range! For $30, it's a fair buy and I'd recommend this for you to try out!

I personally wouldn't recommend this for people in elementary/high school, because... why would you need it? My advice - the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX would be a way better choice for you.



Pros
- Noticeably firms your skin
- Fair price
- Softens skin
- Easy to find
- Award winning product (Allure Korea)
- Doesn't break me out
- Pleasant smell (not overwhelming, etc.)
- Lasts a good while
- Comes with a spatula

Cons
- Not for all ages


Overall rating:
Note: I don't give half marks.

/5



Repurchase? 
I'll repurchase this in the future - not now! I don't quite need it at the moment, but definitely see myself buying this product when I do. Until then, I'll be using more of Laneige's Sleeping Pack_EX. If you're interested in the Sleeping Pack.

If you're interested in the Firming Pack, you can easily buy it (hassle-free and fairly priced) at ibuybeauti.


Thanks for reading this review!


"We are jellies! Hehehe."






What about you?
Have you used Laneige before? Have you tried this product before?







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EXTRA: Here's the "candylens" giveaway winner!
Thanks to all of those who entered this contest - hopefully it was a fresh change from the usual Rafflecopter giveaways, haha. ^___^

The answer: Vassen Latte Brown



Congratulations to Mindy Tran
You got the answer right, as well as having an adorable entry. 


I know all giveaways end with a "oh, I wanted to give all of you prizes!" - but seriously, I really did! Thank you to all that entered, hope you had fun with it.

I'm also having a big "thank you" giveaway very very soon. (I've planned this thing since forever, it's actually quite sad buhahha.) Hope you join in - you never know if you'll pull a lucky one. *u*

Thursday, September 5, 2013

[Review] Tonymoly Appletox Honey Cream

Tonymoly always has super cute packaging. Amiright?



I've always wanted to try their Appletox line. The green apple (peeling cream) and the red apple (honey cream) looks absolutely adorable! Today, half of that dream has come true, heheh. I was able to try out the Tonymoly Appletox Honey Cream, thanks to Jolse! They're currently having a "discount event" right now, so I'd highly recommend you to check it out. (If you follow me on Twitter, that's the cause of my mini "cosmetics-induced panic attack", lol.)








Manufactured date
This product has been on my eye since forever. The first time I saw it on eBay, I went slackjawed and said "I need this", only for the packaging itself! Because really - who can resist The Apple of Cute?
I think the stem is the cutest part. It's just so.... 3D. (Okay, I'm so weird.)


Click "read more" to see more pics + full review!


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

[Haul] Korean cosmetics haul + Back to School! [Tonymoly, Etude House, Skinfood, Holika Holika, etc.]

Heyo!

It's been some time since my last Korean cosmetics haul (it has, right? uhh) and I'm back with another! I stocked up on products (and clothes) before the upcoming school year. I don't start classes until the 9th, see. I'm too busy to (frequently) shop during the school year, so hopefully these will last me until the Winter break!

The majority of these products were purchased by myself at Pacific mall (a huge asian mall), eBay and Eaton Centre (a mall in Toronto). Only the Etude tint, colorpop and Laneige pack were sponsored - thanks, ibuybeauti!

The picture below are taken all at Pacific mall: Holika Holika, Missha and Tonymoly. All of the stores had "Back to School" (B2S) sales, and there were lots of products marked down! I personally don't think it was marked down enough for me to go insane, but meh - better than original retail price, still more expensive than eBay.



On the picture above, do you see the red dot on the upper left hand corner? That was a product from Holika Holika - the packaging was absolutely gorgeous and elegant! It looked so expensive, so I was curious and asked the SA how much it cost.

It was $200+. *o*
 Whhhhaaatt...

Anyways - to the haul! I'll start off by showing my Korean (and a bit of Japanese) cosmetics, and then finish off with my "Back to School" clothing haul. 





List of items in this haul

1. Tonymoly sheet masks (10 green tea, 2 aloe)
2. Tonymoly lip scrub 

3. The Face Shop sheet masks (3 green tea)
4. The Face Shop eyelash curler 
5. The Face Shop acne solution foam cleansing 
6. The Face Shop pure water facial mist
7. The Face Shop jelly jello lip tint (02 enamel red)

8. Etude House CC cream - silky 
10. Etude House Fresh Cherry tints (PK001 and RD301)
11. Etude House Nymph Aura Volumer Baby Glow Balm (02 natural beige)
12. Etude House gradation nail sets (#2, #9)

13. Missha Perfect M BB cream (#23)
14. Skinfood sheet masks ("Time Magazine" food mask set)
15. Shiseido "pureness" deep cleansing foam 
16. eBay false eyelashes (3 packs) 

17. Mizon honey black sugar scrub 
18. Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel 
19. Kiss me Heroine make "long and curl" mascara
21. Dermal sheet masks (4 "red ginseng")
22. Bioderma micellar water 


Masks




Somebody save me - I have a true addiction to sheet masks. I kid you not. This stack was supposed to be bigger, but somehow I managed to summon all the willpower I had to not buy an extra 20. These face masks are from a variety of stores: C+F, Dermal, Tonymoly, The Face Shop, Skinfood. 

To be honest, I'm not a really big fan of Tonymoly masks. I find them just "average", and nothing that really benefits my skin. It's just nice to use every once in a while, that's all (+my addiction). 

The C+F and Dermal masks are my HG. I absolutely love them - and they're often much cheaper than Tonymoly, The Face Shop, Etude House, etc.! 



Lip products 


I bought the The Face Shop "jelly jello" lip tint and the Tonymoly lip scrub at Pacific mall. The jelly jello (love that name) tint was only $4 or something! TFS was having a "Back to School" sale, and I was able to grab this for 40% off the original price. 

The Tonymoly lip scrub was pretty expensive, though - no sales on that particular product. I think I paid $13 (with tax)? It's pretty pricey for such a tiny little thing. 



Face products (cleansers, skincare)


Okay, I admit - I probably bought way too much. I haven't even used most of these yet. The Sieseido cleanser is a repurchase for me. I used to use it back in 6th-9th grade, before I switched over to Laneige. I just thought I'd buy it again to relive my love for it! (It's so pricey though aurgh my wallet)

I know Bioderma isn't Korean or Japanese, but while I was buying the Shiseido, I decided to pick this up as well. It was on sale! How could I resist?!

I probably have way too many mists now (I rarely use any), but I also picked up that The Face Shop pure water facial mist. Why, I do not know. 

Can't wait to try this stuff! What do you want to see reviews on first? :)



Face products (makeup)


So many people were crazy about my last Etude House CC cream giveaway, and really showed interest in it. I hadn't used a CC cream before then, so I was curious about all the hype. My cousin went to Korea and while she was there, I asked her to pick this up for me! This is the silky version. 

The Missha BB cream is another repurchase for me. It doesn't match me currently (thanks, summer sun) , but I do find that it's alright in the wintertime. I just bought it... really, really early. 

The Etude House Balm (the circle thing) is a random purchase for me. I do not know why I bought it. I didn't even check the colour before buying it (I bought "02 natural beige"). I'm scared. .-.



Eye products 



The Face Shop eyelash curler was a measly $2.75. I used it before, and it was decent. It's a pretty good deal, and there's nothing to complain about, yay! 

The eBay eyelashes were a first time buy for me - they were approximately $1 per box. PER BOX. You really can't go wrong with $1, can you?! 
And also - they sell these exact lashes at Pacific mall, but charge $10+. Do not buy them, and just buy them on ebay. (They buy it there themselves, it's the exact same thing)

The Kiss Me mascara is also a repurchase, my HG mascara! It was $20, but I think it's pretty worth it. I haven't had good experiences with drugstore mascara here (Maybelline, etc), so meh. 



Nail products 


These Etude House gradation sets (09 and 02) aren't bad! They're pretty amazing, and I really, really like them! I have several other sets, so I'm not that new to these. I've never tried these particular colours though, so I'm excited! 

Okay, so that finishes up my Korean (and Japanese and "Western") cosmetics haul! I think I went a little overboard, but... YAY OVERBOARD. 




Onto the clothes that I bought! 
I didn't take detailed pictures, it's just basically a sneak peek. I'll most likely start having OOTDs on my blog soon, and these will be in them! 

These clothes were purchased by myself at Eaton Centre. It's a bunch of stuff from Club Monaco, F21, Roots and Abercrombie and Fitch (they have pretty stuff sometimes, I cannot resist). 



Club Monaco 



They had a freak sale a few days ago, and I went freaky. 50% off already marked down items? Count me innnnnnn. Some of the clothes I bought weren't 50% off though, sobsob. T__T They were just too pretty to wait until a sale came around. 

The scarf is SO soft, it's like... so soft I can't even. And it's so full as well, so poofy but thin! Y'know what I'm talking about, right? 
And it was $10. Original price: $80 or something (can't remember). 



Abercrombie and Fitch 




I bought 2 shirts, and a couple of jeans (not all of the jeans were pictured... because... why?). The sparkles and stuff on the blue shirt was just omg. I cannot get away from the sparkle. 

True, they're very shoddily sewn onto the shirt - but... sparkles! Me likes The Shiney! 

And I bought more skinny jeans. It's for the upcoming autumn/winter season, when I wear my children my lovely, lovely boots and tuck them in. I love boots so much, I can't even explain. *u* 



Roots and Forever21

The green shirt picture came out a bit weird, but... hm!



I'm not sure why the pictures of my green F21 shirt came out so... "sketchy". No idea, but in real life it doesn't look like that! I love it, it's one of my current favourite shirts (wearing it right now hehehe). 

The Roots sweatpants... these are my first pair. Everyone raved about them, but I never really "got" the craze until now. Why are they so comfy?! These are for my hobo days, and those "its too cold to go out to school but I need to in order to get an education but argh why" days. 

Those Forever21 socks! How can I say no?! (I can't seem to say "no" to a lot of stuff, hnng). They're adorable! A piggy! A kitty! Made in Korea! Me likey. 
They were $1.50, too. *u* Hohohh I'm gonna go buy more soon.


Well, that's it for my Korean cosmetics and Back-2-School haul! 




What about you?
What'd you buy in your last haul? What'd you get for B2S? What do you want me to write a review on? Am I asking too many questions?
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