Friday, July 19, 2013

[Review] The Face Shop volcanic clay nose strips

This is going to be a pretty embarrassing (and gross) post! 

My nose has been pretty "pluggy" the last few days. Clogged pores were just happily clogging it up! So in order to combat this, I decided to arm myself with these volcanic clay (charcoal) nose strips from The Face Shop.

You've probably seen the other version of this product: The Face Shop volcanic clay nose pack! (It's the one that comes in the tube, and is a white coloured paste.

Note: This packaging is the "newer" version of TFS's old charcoal pore strips (the packaging design was discontinued)


These strips are made of New Zealand volcanic clay, which is described as being a "pore clear agent" and a natural mineral.

"There are volcanic activities in New Zealand Rotorua area. This activity creates hot mud spots. New Zealand Rotorua Mud is one of the best three muds in the world!"

I bought the box set of these strips. The box comes with 7 separately packaged strips! If you don't want to buy 7 of them, there is always an option of buying a single strip.

"It has strong blackhead and oily secretion absorption properties. Supported with pore minimizing ingredients, the charcoal pore strip will leave your skin feeling tight and smooth!"

Packaging and directions 

I bought the box, which contains 7 nose strips. If 7 strips is too much for you, most sites sell strips individually.

Packaging was straightforward - the directions come in both English and Korean (They both literally say the exact same thing, so there's no need for translation).

And picture demos! You know I love them!

(In case it's hard to read from the picture)

1. Wash face, leaving nose thoroughly wet (seriously, it needs to be REALLY wet!)
2. Remove the clear lining from the smooth side of the strip. 
3. Apply across the bridge of the nose, pressing down firmly to ensure maximum contact. (!!!)
4. Let dry for 10-15 minutes until the strip has hardened.
5. Slowly peel off. 


There's a fuzzy side (the side that should be facing up, not touching your skin) and the smooth, black side (the side that should be touching your skin)

This is the smooth side - it's really smooth. Yep.
By the way, really sorry that the lighting is terrible and everything basically looks fuzzy as heck! It won't happen again in future reviews/pictures!


Box - $4.50 on eBay
Individual strips - $1 (everywhere)

My experience 
Welp, here comes the horrifying part.

The pores on my nose were super clogged. The lighting in the room was also super, super yellow, so sorry if you can't see too clearly! (Uhm, I'm sure you can still see a lot though.)

So after I washed my face with warm water and steamed it a bit (it is highly recommended that you steam your face before using these), I used a strip! You have to make sure that your face is really wet, or else the strip won't have anything more to stick to. 

When applying it on your nose, make sure you're actually pressing down firmly. You want the strip to stick to all the nooks and crannies of your little nose! :D 

At first, the strip felt really flimsy and floppy - like it would fall off easily. But it won't - the it really sticks on, given that your face is wet! As the minutes ticked by, I could really feel the strip hardening on my nose. It felt weird crinkling my nose, because the strip was all tight and clingy on my face. Yay. 

After 15 minutes had passed, I pulled it off! And no - it didn't hurt at all. Some black parts (like on the edge of the strip) ended up still stuck on my face, but it can easily be scrubbed off with an exfoliator. 


[My nose after the strip]

Well, it definitely pulled some gunk out. Like most strips, it mostly just pulled out my face fuzzel (those little fuzzy hairs on your nose). 

But after using the strip, my face really did feel smoother. Like a baby's bottom! It also felt a bit tighter, but not in a "omg the botox feel" way. My nose felt less oilier as well, which is always a nice thing.

Before using the strip, my nose felt cloggy, gross and... I don't know, like it was harder for my nose-skin to breathe? But after using it, my nose felt lighter and cleaner. And it felt like my nose could breathe.

I must sound crazy right now, LOL. 

To sum it up:

- Cheap
- Easy to use
- Black coloured, so you can see what you pull out! (Everyone likes looking at their gunk.)
- Lightly scented (it isn't overpowering)
- Nose less clogged
- Nose less oily
- Tightens skin
- Doesn't hurt when peeling off

- Mostly face fuzzel removed

Yes, I'll repurchase this when my nose isn't in the best of shape! I think it's great for the price, and definitely worth it. It's fun to look at the gross nose strip too, so... it's basically cheap entertainment as well. Amiright? 

Overall rating:

4/5 (Because it's nothing "OMG this has changed my life!")

What about you?

Have you tried these nose strips, or nose strips in general? Do you like using them?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Korean cosmetics haul! [Tonymoly, Etude house, The Face Shop]

It's so hot in Toronto right now. You can feel the sun bearing holes into your back when you walk down the streets, I'm not even joking.

To add to the crazy factor - I don't have AC in my house

Because it's absolutely boiling inside the house, I always try to find ways to get the heck out and take advantage of AC in malls! Ahaha~ So that's exactly what I did yesterday, when I decided to go to Pacific mall.

I hadn't visited the Tonymoly store yet, so that was my #1 priority! I finally found it (it was beside the Amore Pacific store)

So anyways - Pmall. I went in empty handed, and I came out with this. 

Here's a list of what I got that day: 

1. 10 Tonymoly cucumber mask sheets
2. 10 Tonymoly pomegranate mask sheets (+2 Tonymoly snail mask sheets as a gift from store)
3. 10 C&F herb mask sheets
4. 10 C&F cucumber and green tea mask sheets

5. 3 The Face Shop nail polishes 
6. The Face Shop "pink cushion" blush
7. The Face Shop herb day lip and eye makeup remover tissues
8. [2] The Face Shop nail repair sheets (lemon and paraffin)
9. The Face Shop cotton pad box

10. [2] Tonymoly bunny bars (#3 apple, #4 cherry)
11. Tonymoly cooling eyes stick
12. [2] Missha hand creams 

13. Etude house juicy cocktail graduation nails (Princess Mary)
14. LOTS of samples


Sorry if the packaging looks foggy - I had put them in the fridge (I always use my masks cold), and I took them out to take pictures! 

Tonymoly had a mask sale (10 masks for $10), so I went crazy. The shop girl gave me 2 snail masks for free as well, and said that they were a "hot selling" item right now. I don't doubt her at all - snail emulsion stuff has been a pretty big craze nowadays. 

I've never tried Tonymoly's masks before, so I hope they work well for me! ^____^

I also bought 20 C&F masks at "Debbie". It's a store that sells Missha, Tonymoly, Dr. Jart, etc! 

These masks are always on a "package deal". You buy 10 for $10. They're a regular purchase for me, I absolutely LOVE these masks. They work wonders on my skin, and make it look and feel amaaaazing. *___* I bought 10 herb, 5 cucumber, 5 green tea! 

The Face Shop

I've been to this shop so many times, the ajumma there recognizes me. I bought the above items, and the total price wasn't a lot at all - I think I paid around $12 for the above stuff. Still, she gave me SO many samples, I liked that a lot heheh. 

Random stuff 

These were just random stuff I bought.  Can you guess why I bought 2 more Tonymoly bunny bars, and 2 hand creams? ^___~ 

Anyways, I'm excited to try the Tonymoly fresh aqua cooling eyes stick! It looks pretty cool, and I got it for only $3! (It was on sale, ahaha) The Etude House nail set looks SO pretty as well! So excited, yayyyy! 

Well, that's my haul for this post! Whoohoo, I did go a little mask crazy...

By the way - if anyone lives in Toronto or goes to Pmall: "Debbie" is having a crazy sale right now! I just had to take some pictures and let you guys know!

What did you get on your latest haul? Have you tried these products before?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

[Review] Laneige Deep Cleansing Oil Moisture

I haven't hid my love for Laneige. They have always impressed me, and I continue to repurchase my HG products as well as trying out new ones! Laneige's "Deep cleansing oil moisture" was one of these first-time purchases for me. This product is an oil based makeup remover!

To be honest, I'm not sure why I bought it. I was pretty happy (but bored) with my Sephora oil-based makeup remover, but I guess I felt like a change in my routine!

Let's jump into this review!


- Mild & thorough cleansing for clear and bright skin
- A moisture cleansing oil that quickly and gently removes heavy makeup leaving skin moist and purified
- The smooth, gel-like cleansing oil stays on the skin. May be used with wet hands!
- For normal to dry skin types 

As you can see, the bottle comes in a pump form - and there's 175 ml of product that you get! It does last a pretty long time. I've used it a couple times so far, and it doesn't look like its been used at all! It still looks like there's 100% product left... o___o

Product benefits: Skin-soothing witch hazel extracts and moisturizing plant-based squalane sooth fatigued skin and leaves it moist.
- Mild cleansing oil that is free of mineral oil! 
- "Dermatologic test and non-comedogenic (non clogging) test proved that it does not cause or worsen acne"

Ebay (cheapest): $33
Amazon (cheapest): $29
Laneige: $30


- Pump 3 times and gently massage onto face for about 1 minute to remove makeup and residues.
- Add a little bit of lukewarm water to melt the oil and wash off with lukewarm water. You may use foam cleansing if desired.
- May also be used with wet hands!
- The oil retains its cleansing property on wet hands for easier application and more convenient use.

My experience 

This is a good product. It works, it takes off your makeup 100%, it doesn't dry your skin out, etc. It does what it says it'll do. I have no problems with that! Below are some pictures of the product in action.

1. Lancome 5 colour design eyeshadow palette (Bronze amour)
2. Lancome 5 colour design eyeshadow palette (Bronze amour)
3. Bobbi brown lip and cheek tint 
4. Tonymoly petite bunny gloss bar (#4 Apple)
5. Holika Holika jewel light eyeliner (Amber brown)
6. Holika Holika jewel light eyeliner (Pink topaz)
7. Holika Holika jewel light eyeliner (Black)
8. Dollywink liquid eyeliner (Black)
9. Etude house nymph aura pact (Natural beige)
10. Tonymoly backstage gel liner (#2 Brown)
11. Benefit tint (Posie tint)
12. Benefit sun beam
13. Benefit tint (Chacha tint)
14. Missha Perfect Cover BB cream (#23)
15. The Face Shop faceit auto gel liner (Brown)

Phew. That's a lot of stuff on my arm. 

The product is a clear colour (don't let the baby pink bottle fool you!), and it's pretty lightweight. It feel smooth on my skin. My Sephora oil cleanser (the "supreme" one in the green pump bottle) definitely feels heavier and "thicker" than this Laneige one. 

All that makeup gone! I do find that it removes makeup faster than my Sephora one! It's not hard to wash off, and does not leave an oily film over your skin! It removes the makeup 100%, even the waterproof ones. 

After use, the product really lives up to its claim and doesn't let my skin feel dry, tight or oily. (Y'know that feeling you get if you don't wash an oil cleanser off properly? I hate that!) I personally think it's a nice product to have, especially for people with normal to dry skin, as well as sensitive skin! 

I've used this product a couple of times now, enough to say that it does not break me out. I get no acne, no clogged pores, no whiteheads from using this product. That's pretty darn good! 

Now, to recap...

- The nice packaging 
- Portable (it comes with a removable pump-lock) 
- No mineral oil
- Doesn't clog pores
- Doesn't dry out or irritate skin
- Completely removes makeup! 
- 1-2 pumps is enough for me. A little goes a long way with this remover (it recommends 3).

- Expensive
- Works as well as good, $10 removers (my Sephora one)

Repurchase? No. 
It works as well as my cheap, $10, oil based remover. Even though this product does work, is effective and live up to all of its claims, it's just way too much for my wallet. Why would I spend $30 on something that I can get for $10? (I can totally use that saved $20 on food hehe.)

If I were rich, I'd definitely buy this as my regular remover. But I'm not, so eh - Sephora brand for me!

I love Laneige, and may be their #1 fan. But sorry Laneige, this one I'd have to skip next time! T__T

Rating: 3/5 
2 points (I know, that's a lot of points) docked for the price. 

What about you? Have you used this cleanser before?
Would you spend $30+ on a oil based cleanser? (Or am I just crazy cheap? Ahaha)

Friday, July 12, 2013

[Review] Laneige Water Sleeping Pack _EX

If I could take one (makeup/skincare) product with me on a deserted island, this would be the one. Laneige's Water Sleeping Pack_EX. 
... and sunscreen. I'll probably need that too. 

I'm not a "gasp" person. I never thought that any product would be so good, it'd make me go all "GASPP!!" But the first time I applied this mask and looked  in the mirror the morning after, I swear I did. My skin had been red, splotchy and dull the day before, but this product made it amazing. In just the first use, it made my skin brighter, softer and a whole lot less red. 

So, without any further ado, I present to you: Laneige's famous, "Water Sleeping Pack _EX". 


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Things I would tell my younger self

When I was in 6th grade, I had just gotten side bangs. 
Having the "center part" for my entire life, this was a huge, awesome change. But to my dismay, these bangs kept curling inward to my face, and spazzed all... squiggly everywhere. I thought my hair was so ugly, and I was jealous of my friends, who had all owned their own straighteners.

So one morning, after my mum had ironed her shirt for the day, I crept into the room and found that the iron was still very much warm.

I put my head on the ironing board.
And I ironed my bangs.

Needless to say - but I completely damaged my hair! It got so... burnt and crazy, I can't even describe how bad it looked. I guess it was my fault for being completely and utterly whack! @__@

I just happened to remember this incident last night, so I decided to dedicate today's post to the topic "things I would tell the young June" - beauty, fashion and life related tips I'd give the younger me. 


This is gonna be embarassing. 

1. Don't iron your hair.

2. Just because The Cute Boy told you your hair smelt good, doesn't mean you should dump the entire shampoo bottle on your head the next day. 

3. Be careful with that wax strip!!! DO NOT DROP IT (Wax side down) ON YOUR WOODEN FLOOR, DAMMIT. 

4. Please don't buy 234823948239 "J-14" (and the like) magazines just for the posters. 

5. Do not over-wax your upper lip. You will have an angry, bright red moustache for the next 5 days. It will be embarrassing. 

6. Don't cry over backstabbing friends. 

7. Please - don't wear that thick, heavy Lululemon sweater in the middle of July, just to "show off" to The Cute Boy.
He doesn't care.
You will melt. 

8. Just because The Cute Boy's favourite colour is red, doesn't mean you should go to the mall every single weekend to buy new red clothes. 

9. Don't try to tan in the middle of the recess playground (ahem, on the cement). Trust me - it won't be the same as a "vacation" tan. 

10. Don't cry over not winning the High school student council election. It was your fault you treated it like a popularity contest, and did a 10 second speech. (Next to the girl who did an actual, real one) 

11. Be nicer to people. The friends you had in Gr. 12 could have been the friends you had your entire HS life. 

12. It's okay for people to be in your life for a short time. People come and go, enjoy them while you have them - and don't wallow in the past.


14. Water really does help with acne. Drink that stuff.

15. Please don't make friends with that girl. She'll tell the coach you have a crush on him, and proceed to ruin your extracurricular life. 

16. Don't buy that "Skin79 hot pink BB cream" for $30 at Pmall. DON'T!

17. Don't try to dry shave your legs 30 seconds before you have to leave the house. Results will hurt. 

18. Buy a bra, man! You're in xxx grade! @__@ (It was way too embarrassing to say, lol.)

19. Uh, what are you doing with that needle? 
Why are you burning it with that candle flame?
WAIT, are you going to poke your pimple with a red hot needle?! 

20. Use chapstick, blistex, whatever. Chapped lips are not attractive.

21. Wearing clothes with huge "A&F" letters on them doesn't automatically make you cool. Stop. -__-

Those are the 21 things I would tell my younger self! Phew! Some of these are embarrassingly recent (can you guess which?), too!

What would you tell your younger self? 
[Beauty, fashion, life tips to the younger you!]

Friday, July 5, 2013

[Review] Tonymoly petite bunny gloss bars!

The Tonymoly petite bunny gloss bars have been on my shopping list for a long time, but I couldn't choose which one to buy! In the end, I saved up some cash and purchased all nine colours. I have no idea what I'm going to do with all of these, but eh - they're nice to look at, right?

Description and packaging

There are 9 Tonymoly bunny bars in total - each has a different, pretty colour and scent! Each of the bars also has its own bunny cap, which have varying facial expressions. How cute is that?!

They're described as being an "intermediate form between lipstick and lipgloss". When the adorable caps are off, they look like regular lipstigloss (?) bars. There are 2g of product in a bar. The downside of the packaging is that they come with a little barcode sticker on them. Once you take this sticker off, you lose the number of the shade. (I find this incredibly annoying, I like having my numbers on the actual product! Do I sound crazy yet?~)

You can buy these for $6 on ebay! 

(From left to right)
#1 - Juicy strawberry
#2 - Juicy grape
#3 - Juicy apple
#4 - Juicy cherry
#5 - Juicy peach
#6 - Juicy orange
#7 - Neon orange
#8 - Neon yellow (doesn't go on lips yellow, it changes colour once applied)
#9 - Neon red

The bottom of the gloss bar has a date imprinted onto it - this is the manufacture date.

click to read more, and see swatches!~

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

[Review] The Face Shop's mini pet perfume hand cream

Hey guys, I'm back with another review. This time, I'll be reviewing The Face Shop's mini pet perfume hand creams - in 2 scents, "sweet" and "floral"!~

Aren't they absolutely adorable? 


The packaging is adorable - it's what made me go crazy over it!~ There's currently 4 different versions of the hand creams, so you can pick out different, unique ones to fit your own tastes.

[There's the kitty, bear, monkey and hamster/bear/puppy]
I have no idea what the last one is, so yeah.

Although the bottle part is adorable, the product doesn't come in an outer box. So if you're planning to give this one as a gift, well, no box. There's just a little plastic wrap around it, that's all! It doesn't detract any cuteness though, so that's just a very minor thing.

"Fruity floral" scent

You've got to twist the kitty's head off to get to the product inside - when you first open it, there's a little clear film over the bottle.

It's not a sticker, so you don't have to peel it off. Just a tiny flick of a finger will do. I don't really get why TFS did that, though. I see no point in having a flimsy seal, if it's not going to seal the product in...?

And on the bottom of the bottle are the product's information. 

- "Lovely me:ex"
- Mini pet perfume hand cream
- 03 white floral (04 fruity floral for "sweet")
- 30mL
- The Face Shop
- Made in Korea
- Expiration date: 2015/ 09/ 04 (2015/09/15 for "sweet")

You can flip the sticker, and it opens up to have some more information, mostly about the product's ingredients.


In Korea: $4
(Lowest) on eBay: $6
In North American stores: $8-13

The product: 

Basically, people buy this product just for its adorable packaging. There aren't any "WOW!" properties of the hand cream that make it stand out, and worth buying. 

It's got no anti-aging claims, no sun protection, etc. It's just a simple hand cream that smells very nice. Ideal for a young person, or someone who just loves cute stuff.
Note: Both of the hand creams, "floral" and "sweet" are white in colour. 

I took a little dab of the product and applied it to my wrists. Surprisingly, the smell lasts for quite a long while. It's not heavy nor is it sticky, and leaves a very nice scent that goes strong for a couple of hours, actually!

Between the "floral" and "sweet" scents, I'd have to say that floral is better. It's got a light, pleasant, flowery smell to it. It's got a stronger scent than "sweet", though. The smell reminds me of flowers (really nice flowers), and all that good stuff.

"Sweet" has a lighter scent - it would be good for people who only want a FAINT scent on their hands.  It doesn't really remind me of "fruity florals". It smells like grandma perfume, actually. (I have no idea how to describe that so yeah...)

- Isn't sticky or heavy
- Not oily
- Smells nice
- Small and cute bottle, very portable
- Bottle is hardy (will not break if you drop it)

- If you apply too much, it will get oily, greasy and have a overpowering smell. If you don't go crazy over this and smear it all over yourself, you'll be fine.


I would repurchase this product if the price was $4 (or less).
Anything more than that is overpaying for it, and I wouldn't recommend it if you had to buy it for $6+. 

It's an adorable, lovely smelling product. But with that $6+, you can find yourself a hand cream that actually does wonders, and a lot of it. Aveeno has a really good oatmeal one that comes in a HUGE pump bottle that costs around $7.



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