[REVIEW] Skinfood Glacial Water Mask Sheet

Hey everyone! Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted, life has been hectic lately. I picked up one of my first Korean skin care masks at my local mall the other day and I’ve decided to review Skinfood’s Glacial Water Mask Sheet. Yay!

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Name: Glacial Water Mask Sheet (Toning & Soothing)
Brand: Skinfood
Price: ~$1.50 in store, buy it here or in other places online

I got the cotton one since I had to buy some for my sisters as well.

Skinfood released a new line of “glacial water” skin masks, which unlike most skin masks which are based around honey, caviar, or a bunch of random stuff, this is based around water. They also have several other types of “water” masks which include thermal and deep sea and each one has different effects. There sadly weren’t any other masks in the store, so I just picked this up for my skin as a treat.

I have to say this wasn’t one of the best masks I’ve purchased before. It’s hard for it to stick onto your face. The mask stings a bit while it’s on. There’s no fragrance, which is good. Instructions say to “Open the pouch and remove the film from the mask. Apply the mask to the face, and then remove after 20 to 30 minutes.” I left it on for 30 minutes and took it off.

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The first thing you will notice when you put on the mask is that it is incredibly cooling / chill. It will make your skin feel very refreshed and cool, which will feel awesome during the summer or if you accidentally sunburn your face. It isn’t runny at all but there is some difficulty sticking it to your face and dry out a little by the end which will not help with the sticking.

With that being said, I didn’t really notice anything significant after I took my mask off. My face seemed a bit brighter and it was moist (as expected). It wasn’t one of the best masks I’ve used, and my skin felt and looked the same when I woke up from bed the next day. Overall you get what you pay for, but I highly recommend this mask if you’re looking for something to cool down your face or help with sunburns!

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Before & After ~ Not much difference (a little brighter)? Doesn’t really help with redness. The lighting is a bit different too.

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Bonus pic of me and my sister looking extremely attractive while doing the mask.

 

 

Ipsy Sneak Peeks May 2014!

Hey everyone! It’s the start of a new month, and you know what that means… Ipsy sneak peek season!

SNEAK PEEK #1Pacifica Eyeshadow (?) Duo

Image This seems to be a new product from Pacifica since I can’t seem to find it on the website. It appears to be most similar to the Pacifica Enlighten Eyeshadow Palette however! I’m excited to see what this is. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks!

SNEAK PEEK #2: Hang Ten Sunscreen or Jersey Shore Sunscreen

dNMiwJ1   Sneak peek number two is of 2 sunscreens! I guess with the summer sun coming up that this makes sense, even though I don’t use sunscreen as much as I should.

SNEAK PEEK #3: Check below for item list!

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SNEAK PEEK #4: Hair Products!

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SNEAK PEEK #5: Miscellaneous Products!

XaJ2Z3f I’m in love with the colorful floral theme of this weeks sneak peeks!

SNEAK PEEK #5: The bag!

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What a gorgeous bag!

[REVIEW] Etude House Moistfull Super Collagen First Trial Kit 3pc

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After hearing lots of great things about Korea’s skincare products, I went ahead and bought my first trial skincare kit online from Etude House. It’s the Moistfull Super Collagen trial kit, and after using it for 5 days, I can finally conclude about my findings on this product! Etude House has an entire line for the Moistfull Collagen set, but I only opted to get these 3.

I got the trial kit from cosmetic-love.com, which is a Korea beauty retailer. The box came beautifully shipped and included several skinfood samples as well! As of the writing of this post, they offer free shipping worldwide and have a special 20% off sale certain brands. Image

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The Moistfull Super Collagen set is supposed to “experience the moment of skin elasticity” and boasts of having products that contain “collagen and baobab mucin that protects your skin from dryness”. We’ll see if it lives up to its claims! ImageCollagen is a connective protein that is commonly found in both plants and mammals, but it seems like the Moistfull set only takes collagen from trees (perhaps specifically the baobab tree)?

Absolutely adorable paper pink packaging with a little diagram in Korean. Sadly, I can’t speak Korean, but I was able to find a set of instructions in English on how to use these three products. I used these products for 5 days straight before I went to bed. I’ll review them in the order that they came in.

#1: Moistfull Super Collagen Ampoule Essence 25ml

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According to the instructions, the ampoule essence is supposed to be used right after “basic skincare” (aka cleansing your face and moisturizing it). It contains a whopping 90% collagen according to the online instructions! It’s also supposed to “give smooth and elastic skin with intensive tightening care” and “sticky formation gives you feeling of moisture and elasticity”. The English translation wasn’t that great.

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With such a small bottle, you have to shake it a few times for it to get out of its bottle. It is a clear, slightly viscous liquid. But it still pretty fluid and moves around easily. It also has a very faint, citrus / clean scent.

It absorbs semi-easily into the skin. It gave my skin a shiny glow for a minute or two as it settled into my skin. A lot of it can be spread over your face, so I didn’t need a lot of product in order to cover my entire face with it. It felt cool on my skin, and afterwards my skin felt a bit sticky, but cool and soft at the same time. It didn’t exactly make my skin feel any more “elastic” though!

#2: Moistfull Super Collagen Cream 10ml

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The super collagen cream is supposed to be used right after you put in the ampoule essence. Make sure your skin is dry before putting it on! This boasts of having 63% collagen and is supposed to “double the elasticity of your skin” (many mentions of elasticity here) and is supposed to moisturize your skin.

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This cream is very thick and difficult to scoop out with your finger, so I definitely recommend buying a small spatula or spoon to help scoop it out! It also applies quite easily to the skin and has a faint citrus / clean scent. Overall it feels like a normal moisturizer, but feels a bit heavy afterwards. It also makes my skin feel a little tight (“elastic?”) and keeps it feeling very moisturized, albeit in a rather heavy way. I have oily skin, so I would recommend this moisturizer for those with dry or normal skin. It definitely kept my skin moisturized for the entire night! Image

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You can tell that it’s really thick and hard to spread out / scoop out!

#3: Moistfull Super Collagen CC Cream SPF 32++/PA++ 5g

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This is very much like a regular CC cream, except it contains 30% collagen and is supposed to “give moisture all over your tightened skin” boasts of improvements of “whitening, wrinkle improvement, sunblock”. It gives pretty decent coverage and covers most of my flaws — it is a lot like a regular CC or BB cream. It still has that nice citrus scent though! Although compared to other CC creams, this isn’t much different, but has SPF and medium coverage. It’s a pretty nice CC cream but it only comes in 2 shades. It blends very easily and very little goes a long way.

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CONCLUSION:

After using this set for 5 days straight, this is what I concluded. It is a set that is VERY good at moisturizing your skin for up to hours at a time! It also makes my skin feel very clean and soft after I apply the products, and it smells very nice too (although it scent disappears after you apply it). I wake up in the morning and my skin is still moisturized. Image The ampoule essence by itself can make my skin feel a little “tighter” and it does brighten my skin although the effect is only temporary. As for the “elasticity” that is so claimed, I didn’t notice anything significant.

However, this is a very heavy moisturizing cream set. I do not recommend it for people like oily skin like me because I found that halfway through the next day my oil production was off the roof! Image I had to constantly blot my face to keep my face from looking excessively dewy and oily, but I can vouch that it is a great moisturizing set and keeps your face feeling moisturized all day.

I also have sensitive and acne-prone skin, so I can happily say that after using it for 5 days, it did not make me break out at all. Score! Image

I have done some research as well and found out that the collagen in the products don’t actually do much. They don’t get absorbed into your skin or fuse with your skin’s natural supply of collagen. Instead, the collagen in the products mostly stay on top of your skin since it is too large to penetrate the skin. However, studies do indicate that it is great for moisturizing, which is on track with my findings!

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  • Excellent for moisturizing!
  • Very affordable (managed to snag the set at only $7!)
  • Little goes a long way
  • Did not break out
  • Lovely, faint citrus / clean scent
  • CC cream contains SPF and offers medium-decent coverage
  • Skin feels soft and clean after applying

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  • Did not notice any “elastic” or “tightening” differences as claimed
  • Not good for oily skin — the moisturizing was too heavy and caused lots of uncomfortable oil production
  • Difficult to get out of the bottles and containers

All in all, I think this is a lovely product if you would like to moisturize your skin. Image I believe the cream would do the job just fine by itself, since the Ampoule essence and the CC cream seem like regular products. The ampoule essence did make the cream be absorbed easier however. I would not repurchase because it isn’t suited for my oily skin. I’ll stick with my regular light moisturizers! However, I’ll keep using a little bit of the cream and essence when my skin feels dry, and the CC cream is lovely as well.

I think it’s a good thing to buy the trial kit to see if it’s right for you! It’s not an earth-shattering or revolutionary product like it mostly claims to be. It’s just average, but if you’re looking for a moisturizer, this is the thing for you. This was a great kit to get started into Korean skincare and I’ll be purchasing more trial kits in the future, so stay tuned!

 

 

[REVIEW] theBalm Instain Blush in Toile

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Hello everyone!! When theBalm went on sale on Hautelook, I knew I had to grab one of the new, raved-about Instain blushes for myself. After waiting for about a month for it to arrive, it finally did today, and I was excited to tear it open! I ordered it in Toile, which is a strawberry-pink shade. I’ll write about my thoughts and reviews about the product here!  tumblr_me96wysoSZ1qdlkyg



Name: 
theBalm Instain Blush in Toile
Brand: theBalm
Color: Toile
Price: $22
Description: “theBalm’s long-wearing, STAINING powder blush is a fashion must have! With six shades, perfect for all seasons and skin tones, it will give your cheeks color that won’t quit.”

Luckily, since theBalm was on sale, I was able to snag it for a total of $15 ($11 since it was 50%, but there was a $3 shipping charge that I split with my friend).

Packaging: The packaging for this product is super cute. It comes in a little, sturdy cardboard sleeve which the real holder slides out of. The product itself is held in a ecofriendly, cardboard / paper mix that is very sleek and fits into the palm of your hand! It’s a lot tinier than it looks, believe me. It also comes with an adorable little mirror that will be pretty useful.

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Application: With one swipe, I can easily get it onto the apples of my cheeks or onto the back of my hand. A regular brush is more than enough although you can easily swipe with your finger as well. It also blends very easily. You don’t need to jab in your brush, just lightly brushing over it will pick up lots of pigment. tumblr_me96x7sJMZ1qdlkyg Don’t brush too hard or put on too much or else it will look like you’re a lobster!

Product: The product is also very pigmented! It shows up very well onto the skin and although it looks frighteningly neon and bright in the box, it comes off as a satin, sheer strawberry-pink color. It also has a few orange/coral undertones that looks great on my skin! The shimmer isn’t overwhelming, though, and there aren’t any sparkles visible. It is just a very lightly shimmery, sheer, strawberry pink. The “staining” part is true to the name as well, and lasts a bit longer than my other blushes. It gives my cheeks a very natural looking blush that is the perfect color for spring. tumblr_me96wv4pMh1qdlkyg

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  • Pigmented, applies easily
  • Beautiful strawberry color with warm undertones
  • Nice satin finish that isn’t too shimmery
  • Gives a nice, natural blushing look
  • Super cute packaging!!
  • Lasts quite a bit longer than my other blushes

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  • Rather expensive at $22
  • Probably could get a similar color for a cheaper price

CONCLUSION:★★★★☆ 4/5 STARS

theBalm never disappoints with its excellent quality products! This blush is perfect for spring and gives you a natural, strawberry blush. It is quite pigmented and applies and blends easily, and has a nice satin finish. However, it’s rather pricey at $22 a pop, so I will probably not be purchasing another one unless it’s on sale!  ImageI cannot wait to wear it around campus.

Ipsy April 2014 Bag Sneak Peeks!

Hey everyone! Today, Ipsy posted their first sneak peek on what’s going to be in this month’s April beauty bag. I’ll be updating it here with updates everyday and speculation on what the items could be. Stay tuned!

SNEAK PEAK 1: Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil

ImagePrice: $20.00 retail full size
Description: “A must for smoky-eye fanatics: an ultra-velvety, plush version of our creamy, waterproof 24/7 formula. Create perfectly blended-out or rich, defined lines.”

EEeEeeEEEeeee!! Urban Decay is going to be in Ipsy! I’m screaming from happiness. Image I can’t wait to see the rest of the bag!

SNEAK PEEK #2: Cailyn Lip Balm, Mary Kay Jelly Lip Gloss, or Starlooks Lip Pencil

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The 2nd sneak peek are all lip products! I haven’t tried any of these brands before. I wish there were lipsticks though. From left to right:

Cailyn Lip Balm
Price: $19
Description: “This Advanced Technology stabilizes pigment powders and allows color stay put longer without losing its vibrancy. This balm won’t smudge or need to be retouched as daytime transforms into evening.”

Mary Kay In Play Jelly Lip Gloss
Price: $10
Description: “Lip sync to full-on glossy goodness with a fun jelly texture. Offers brilliant, intense shine with a sheer wash of color. Leaves lips feeling soft, smooth and quenched with moisture.”

Starlooks Lip Pencil
Price:
$12
Description: 
Starlooks’ long-lasting, full-coverage Lip Liner enhances the shape of your lips and gives them perfect contour and definition, with high-end quality you’ve never before experienced. This creamy, moisturizing formula glides on softly to smooth lips and ensure lipstick stays in place, while extending its wear.”

SNEAK PEAK #3: City Color White Gold Shadow and Highlight Mousse, Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Eyeshadow, or Rainbow Honey Nail Polish in Midnight Fountain

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City Color White Gold Shadow and Highlight Mousse
Price: $3.99
Description: “Brighten your eyes and cheekbones with our radiant White Gold Shadow & Highlight Mousse. This smooth and creamy product is enriched with luminosity, providing a beautiful gold sheen finish.”

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Eyeshadow
Price: $12.99
Description: “Our goal was to create the ultimate shadow where blendability meets the maximum color payoff. Our buidable colors will take you from subtle highlights to dramatic smokey eyes.”

Rainbow Honey Nail Polish in Midnight Fountain
Price: $10
Description: The central meeting place of our proverbial garden, Midnight Fountain brings it all together – full of shimmer, color, and glitter, this color stands out on its own and also pairs up well with the glitters and cremes in the Midnight Garden Collection.”

SNEAK PEAK #4: Lollitint, Cover FX Mattifying Primer, dr. brandt microdermabrasion, or St. Tropez Gradual Tan

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(Top Left) Lollitint
Price:
$30.00
Description:
 “Hello lolli! Our candy-orchid tint treats lips & cheeks to a “pop” of dreamy sweetness. It’s the flirtiest flush you can get from a bottle…and its smudge-proof, smooch-proof color lasts from A.M. to P.M. Talk about stain power!”

(Bottom Left) dr. brandt microdermabrasion
Price: $78.00
Description: “dr. brandt microdermabrasion is a revolutionary formula designed to mimic the transformative brightening, smoothing effects of the popular in-office microdermabrasion treatment at home.”

(Middle) St. Tropez Gradual Tan
Price: $30.00
Description: “A multi-action moisturizer that prolongs youthful skin and creates a gradual, sun-kissed glow.”

(Left) Cover FX Mattifying Primer
Price:
$38.00
Description: “
A lightweight, water-resistant gel-primer that helps keep skin matte while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and pores.”

SNEAK PEAK #5: Big Sexy Hair Mini Root Pump, Kiss Lashes, St. Tropez Multi Action Face, Dementer Jasmine Roll-On PerfumeCoastal Scents Brush (?), more Eyeliner?

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Big Sexy Hair Mini Root Pump:
Price
: $6.00
Description“This mousse helps you create big volume by pumping up hair at the root. It dispenses out as a spray and turns into a mousse to give tresses tons of volume.”

Kiss False Eyelashes
Price
: $3.99
Description: “Go from ordinary to extraordinary with Ever EZ strip lashes! Contact-lens friendly and easy to apply, lash strips are made with premium, natural hair, are lightweight and reusable.”

St. Tropez Multi Action Face Gradual Tan
Price:
$35.00
Description: 
A multiaction moisturizer that prolongs youthful skin and creates a sun-kissed glow.”

Dementer Jasmine Roll-On Perfume
Price
: $10.00
Description“Jasmine Jazzed – An exotic, sweet, warm floral bouquet. Demeter’s Jasmine is the experience of the living flowers picked on a beautiful spring night. Captivating and seductive, we’ve taken our original scent and made it even better.”

Last item: I’m not sure what eyeliner the bottom left is. I’ll have to do more research and get back to you on that! If anyone has any ideas, please let me know!

My Influenster Uni VoxBox has arrived!

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My first Influenster VoxBox has finally arrived. It’s the UniVoxBox that’s designed specially for college students, and they sent me a bunch of free samples and awesome coupons to try out too! I wrote a previous blog post about this Vox Box before it actually came out, so you can head on over there to read more about it. Image

My thoughts on this box? Pretty great! For a free box, the stuff they included was very decent. 

I’m most excited about the tampons though, those things can be expensive LOL. And with summer coming up, there will be lots of swimming to be done (as well as a lot of tampons used). I haven’t tried out the Real Tea yet, but it will definitely come in handy when I run out of bed too late to get breakfast. 

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The pen is a regular pen, with a very fine point! It glides effortlessly and they included a coupon to buy another pack. I might actually take them up on it.

As for the makeup, the foundation is very creamy and spreads easily. It was medium coverage and matches my skin tone pretty well! The lipstick is a bright fuschia (which isn’t my favorite color, to be honest) but I’m excited to try it out and see how it works out. The nail sticker thingies are in a horrible pattern that I wasn’t a fan of at all, sadly. I will probably be giving those away to my sister.

All in all, my first Vox Box has went awesomely and I can’t wait to see if I’ll qualify for another one! Image

 

March Ipsy Box 2014 + Swatches!

My March Ipsy box finally arrived, and I am happy to say that I am pretty pleased with this month’s beauty box. Although there were only 4 items, I was still satisfied because the quality of the items are pretty decent. So without further ado, this month’s beauty box!

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In this month’s Ipsy bag, I received the following:

(1) NYX Love in Rio Eyeshadow Trio in The Brazilian
Price
: $5.99

ImageLove, love, love that Ipsy included a wearable, everyday shade mini eyeshadow palette this time! I could definitely see myself wearing this around everyday. The colors included are a dark matte brown, a shimmery toffee, and a light pink highlighter. ImageThe pigmentation honestly isn’t all that great. The dark matte brown has the best pigmentation, whereas the toffee has only average and you can barely see the highlighter. It’s a lot better if you wear primer underneath it though! The included eyeshadow brush isn’t that great either, it’s just a regular drugstore one.

(2) Chella Eyeliner Pen in Indigo Blue
Price: $24.00

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This is a liquid felt tip eyeliner in Indigo. I was a little apprehensive about wearing a dark blue eyeliner, but it turns out that it looks pretty natural from afar and doesn’t even look like blue until you’re close up! Image The ink is phenomenal and has really great staying power. It also dries very quickly. The tip is very fine, so it might be hard to draw a nice thick line, but is perfect for drawing thin ones. I love trying out new things, so I’m excited to wear this out more. I would definitely not spend $24 on it though– maybe if it was half off!

(3) Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready
Full Size: .12 oz $18.00 // Sample Size Price: .053 oz $7.95

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Although this was in mini size, I have to admit that I was very impressed with both the color and the formula for this lipstick! It was so rich and creamy and leaves a beautiful dusky-rose glow on your lips that is simply gorgeous. It’s a little purplish too. I really like this one. Image

(4) Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer
Full Size: 1.3 fl oz $22.00 // Sample Size: .4 fl oz $6.77

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I tried using the Pixi primer on my NYX Rio palette, but it didn’t really work. My UDPP worked as usual and brought the colors out really beautifully. Honestly, this facial primer is a little too shimmery and oily for daily wear and it doesn’t seem like it helps much in bringing out the colors or keeping the staying power on. It’s very light and shimmery though so I might use it as a highlighter?

Anyway, I’m very, very happy with this months Ipsy and I can’t wait for April! The total price of this months bag is over $40, which is great considering that I pay only $10 a month to try out these new products. Image I have to say that my favorites this month must be the eyeliner and lipstick though. Hooray for  beauty boxes!