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[Benton] Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream Review

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Hello, my lovely beauties! Today I’m coming to you with a review of Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream which I bought and tried quite a while ago but didn’t have time to publish the review fo it (I know, it’s just the matter of one click on the ”Publish” button, but what can I say- it just happened). So, without any further ado, I present you with my humble opinion on the cream from one of the most popular Korean skincare brands.

 

About the product

According to YesStyle website, the cream is meant to do five things: moisturize (without clogging pores), regulate oil-moisture balance (make the skin glow without looking greasy), repair damaged skin, whiten and provide anti-wrinkle benefits (fade fine lines and nasolabial folds). It is also recommended for acne-prone and sensitive skin as it’s formulated with mild, non-harmful ingredients.

The Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream takes its ”Steam” name from the way its combined ingredients were treated- high-temperature steam is injected into the mixture to stabilize it. It also contains Bee Venom and Snail Secretion Filtrate, hence the part ”Snail Bee” in the name.

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Ingredients and Texture

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Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Niacinamide, Behenyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Olivate, Palmitic Acid, Sorbitan Olivate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tindorius (Safflower) Seed  Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Plantago Asiatica Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Ulmus Campestris (Elm) Bark Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, sh-Oligopeptide-1, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Myristic Acid, Carbomer, Urea, Arginine, Adenosine, Bee Venom, Pentylene Glycol, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Polysorbate 20, Lecithin

 

The good:

  • most of the ingredients are rated green meaning they’re safe to use (the only exceptions being Tocopheryl Acetate, Urea and Polysorbate 20 which have a yellow rating)
  • contains many skin-beneficial ingredients such as the staple Snail Secretion Filtrate (anti-aging and promotes wound healing), Sodium Hyaluronate (hydrating), Niacinamide (brightening and anti-aging), Arginine (increasing hydration and collagen production) and Adenosine ( soothing and skin-restoring)
  • as well as quite a few plant-derived oils (e.g. Jojoba Seed Oil and Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil) that help with skin moisturization and can provide anti-oxidant benefits
  • the cream also includes a number of plant extracts such as Plantago Asiatica Extract and Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract that provide the skin with a range of different benefits
  • sh-Oligopeptide-1 in the cream which is meant to increase the rate of healing and renewal of the skin as well as slow the thinning of aging skin, thus minimising wrinkles, and Bee Venom that is supposed to even any existing wrinkles, acting as a non-invasive sort of botox

 

The bad:

  • as already mentioned, there are a few ingredients which can be deemed as somewhat safe (yellow rating)
  • although the oils in the cream are meant to benefit the skin, according to Skincarisma, they (Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tindorius (Safflower) Seed Oil and Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil) can also trigger a fungal acne
  • as well as some other ingredients- emulsifiers (Palmitic Acid, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Myristic Acid)

 

 

 

 

 

In terms of texture, the cream is white and thickish but spreads and absorbs pretty well, but needs to be patted in as it is viscous. leaving a thin moisturizing layer. It’s moisturizing but doesn’t leave any uncomfortable tackiness and layers up with other products as well.

 

 

My thoughts

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I bought this cream to deviate from the moisturizer I was using for years and years. My skin is very dry and sensitive so a good moisturizer is a must in both my AM and PM routines. And I used physical sunscreens as well so my moisturizer not only has to be very gentle but also has to layer up well with my sunscreen (if it doesn’t, then I’m left with visible white streaks all over my face). So I was looking at products from brands that offer good quality, rich products well-suited for sensitive skin. And I found Benton. I decided to go for a toner (Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner) and the Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream which I’m reviewing right now. I will review the toner in due time as well.

So what are my thoughts on the Benton Steam Cream?

When I applied it for the first time, I was worried it would break me out as it seemed too heavy, too thick. But I was positively surprised. It spread incredibly well and although it needed patting in to fully absorb, it didn’t leave my skin sticky or feeling overwhelmed by the richness of the cream. Its scent wasn’t overwhelming either- just a slight pleasant scent which I can’t even compare to anything.

In terms of effectiveness, the cream was moisturizing enough to cope with my dry skin but maybe too rich for the season during which I was using it- summer. I believe it would be better suited for the winter season. But although it felt a bit too rich for summer, it didn’t break me out, didn’t cause any other skin problems and layered up well with my sunscreen. However, apart from good moisturization, it didn’t do anything additional to my skin. Yes, the ingredients list was great, with all those skin-beneficial ingredients including Snail Secretion Filtrate, Niacinamide and sh-Oligopeptide-1, but it didn’t do much to my fine lines and a few wrinkles I already have. Nor did it brighten my skin. So, a big let down.

To sum up, Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream is a very good moisturizer (especially for the winter season) that works well with physical sunscreens. But apart from that, it didn’t turn out to be as effective as it is marketed (at least on YesStyle) AND the tube is quite small for $15 (50ml)- after a discount. I finished it quite fast so in the long run, I’m not sure whether I’d like to spend so much money on a cream that just moisturizes well. There are other good moisturizers that I can buy for a much lower price.

 

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[COSRX] Centella Blemish Cream Review

Author: Complete My Seoul

This review originally appeared on her blog here. You can also follow her on Instagram here.

Disclaimer: The photos were taken by the review’s author and/or appeared on her blog where the copyrights are stated.

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[COSRX] Centella Blemish Cream Review

 

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“Centella Blemish Cream heals blemishes and acne scars quickly. An advanced formula that’s clinically proven to reduce acne while minimizing the appearance of scars.” – COSRX

Here is another review of a CosRX product that I have bought recently. A while ago, I interviewed CosRX’s Marketing Team Assistant Manager on the brand which you can find here.

I purchased this product from Jolse out of curiosity since there weren’t any reviews about the product yet. I never used a product that contained ‘Centella Asiatica’ extract before, so this will be my first time using it. The ingredient is widely known for its antibacterial and wound healing properties, which can make it popular for those suffering from acne or for those who desire an anti-aging product. Centella Asiatica is an effective natural ingredient in treating anti-aging by providing improvements to collagen support and providing a moisture barrier.

 

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Duration of Use:

July 27, 2015 ~ August 11, 2015
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Directions:

Here are instructions on how to use the product from the WishTrend website:

“1) After cleansing, prep the skin with toner & serum, then apply an adequate amount of the Centella Blemish Cream to areas of dryness, blemishes, and/or acne-prone areas and spread out evenly to assist absorption.

2) Use as a cream for day & night and enjoy clean, clear skin!”

 

– It says to use it as a spot treatment, but sometimes I’d like to cover my whole face with this product right after using a moisturizer to help relieve my troubled skin. It doesn’t make my face greasy at all, which is a bonus for my oily skin.

 

Application:

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The texture is very soft and creamy. When I rub the cream on my face, I find that it does not leave a greasy feeling on my skin. It mattifies it. I have very oily skin and this product isn’t heavy at all when used as a moisturizer. I would continue to use this as a moisturizer instead of a spot treatment if it was cheaper. The price is pretty high for the amount of product inside.

 

Ingredients:

Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Zinc Oxide, Dimethicone, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Viola Tricolor Extract, Elaeis Guineensis(Palm) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis(Palm) Kernel Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Zinc PCA, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract

An analysis of ingredients can be found here.

 

Centella Asiatica Leaf Water: Approximately 51% of Centella water is used instead of purified water in this cream. The ingredient is extracted from the Centella Asiatica herb, which is traditionally used to treat damaged skin, which is proven to speed the process of healing damaged skin and to fade scars. Since the herb is antibacterial and contains wound-healing properties, it is perfect for those who are suffering from acne and/or acne scars.

Cetearyl Alcohol: Another fatty alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol assists in keeping ingredients intact in the formulation.

 

Scent:

There is a ‘plant’ or ‘herb’ smell to the cream which is very faint in my opinion. The scent isn’t something I would be worried about breaking me out.

 

pH Level: 7

 

Moisture Test:

Before application:

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30.9%

 

After application:

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45.3%

 

Thoughts:

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This product has done absolutely amazing things to my acne and cysts after just one day of using it. When I first got it, I patch tested it during my nighttime skincare routine on the upper half of my face where it contained a few cysts. When I woke up the next morning, my cysts completely deflated. I saw results in just one night. Amazing. I followed up with my morning routine. As I was cleansing my face, it felt extremely smooth and soft after a while of having bumpy skin with acne problems. Everything on the upper half of my face disappeared and cleared up. This product is more effective than all my prescription acne treatments which only dried out my skin. This Centella cream is able to moisturize my skin and clear it up as well. Pretty impressive.

The product claims to fade acne scars in addition to treating acne. It might be because I haven’t been using it enough, but I don’t see any visible differences in my acne scars.

The price for this product is quite expensive for its amount given, which is why I see CosRX suggests to use it strictly as a spot treatment. Despite the size, the product is very effective at doing what it claims: getting rid of acne. Even though the price is higher than what I would usually spend on a skincare product, this product is definitely an exception since it was able to give me a difference in my skin in just one day. I would definitely recommend this product to those who are looking for a solution to their acne and cysts!

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Pros Cons
– Effective of getting rid of acne and cysts – Expensive for its amount
– Hygienic container – Not as effective for reducing acne scars
– Got rid of pimples/cysts fast
– Reliable ingredients
– Very faint scent

 

 

Where to buy?
Shop Price Location Free Shipping?
Amazon $18.98 Korea Yes
Jolse $17.60 Korea Yes

 

 

Overall Score

Application                         10
Ingredients                          8
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Scent                                  10
Packaging                          10
Effectiveness                    8

 

Repurchase?  Yes

 

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[Mizon] Hyaluronic Ultra Suboon Cream Review

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Today’s quick review is on Mizon’s Hyaluronic Ultra Suboon Cream. I finished the tube quite a while ago (purchased it from RoseRoseShop) and published this review on my old blog. I haven’t tried the cream ever since but I thought it may come useful to some of you and so I decided to repost it here.

What drew my attention to this Hyaluronic Ultra Subook Cream was its relative affordability (relative, because it was quite cheap but with a shipping cost not so much anymore) and the cream’s ingredients- it was supposed to contain 30% of Hyaluronic Acid- a very potent hydrating ingredient. The reality turned out a bit different, though. But! Let me explain everything in order so let’s dive right in.

 

Ingredients and Texture

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Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Dimethicone, Triethylhexanoin, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, 1,2- Hexanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Panthenol, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Ceramide NP, Betula Alba Juice, Alcohol, Glucose, BHT, Tocopherol, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Propylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phosphatidylcholine, Serine, Lysine, Alanine, Arginine, Threonine, Proline, Phenoxyethanol

 

The good:

  • contains a variety of plant extracts, such as Arnica Montana Flower Extract, which come with a number of skin benefits (for example the Arnica extract mentioned above has anti-inflammatory properties) as well as two plant oils (Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil and Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil)
  • there’s also the staple Sodium Hyaluronate (derived from Hyaluronic Acid and supposedly absorbing faster) that hydrates the skin very well, and Panthenol which attracts and holds the moisture in the skin
  • the cream also contains ceramides (Ceramide NP helps to restore the natural lipid barrier of the skin and keeps the skin’s moisture balance in check), Biosaccharide Gum-1 (soothes and moisturizes) and Adenosine (provides anti-wrinkle benefits)
  • and a range of amino acids (Serine, Lysine, Alanine, Arginine, Threonine, Proline)- each of them has a different function in skincare- some transport moisture through the skin and some work as antioxidants (but most help your skin to reproduce its own antioxidants)
  • most of the ingredients have a green rating meaning they’re safe for the skin

 

The bad:

  • there are a number of ingredients that have 1 or 2 rating for acne/irritation (Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, PEG-100 Stearate, Carbomer, Tocopherol, ) which means if your skin is sensitive to any of them they can potentially irritate your skin or break it out
  • contains three potentially skin-irritating types of alcohol– Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol and Cetearyl Alcohol
  • according to Skincarisma, there are five ingredients that may trigger fungal acne: Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stereate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil and Polysorbate 20
  • some ingredients are yellow-rated (lower rating than green which is the highest)

 

 

When it comes to the texture, Mizon’s Hyaluronic Ultra Suboon Cream itself is white, light and extremely easy to spread. It absorbs quickly, too. And that’s pretty much all I can say about the texture. Nothing to complain about.

 

My thoughts

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So, here comes the verdict. First of all, I’d like to voice my disappointment regarding the ingredients, more specifically the claim that the Mizon cream contains 30% of Hyaluronic Acid. It’s a kind of a shady claim (which as far as I remember was on the website from which I bought it and, just as a side note, it’s a legit website) and seems to be totally invalid- Sodium Hyaluronate is put as the 23rd ingredient on the ingredients list! I’m already aware that the order of the ingredients list does not fully reflect the ingredients’ proportions in the product (at least when it comes to Korean products) but it definitely does not even slightly indicate that the cream contains 30% of Sodium Hyaluronate. And there’s no Hyaluronic Acid in it either. So I feel totally misled. After all, it was one of the two major reasons why I bought it.

However, despite being disappointed, I finished the cream. What are my thoughts on its effectiveness? It definitely didn’t break me out. Didn’t clog my pores. Did moisturize my skin but I wonder if it was any more moisturizing than an ordinary moisturizer. It felt good on my face, especially after applying a bit of a drying vitamin C serum. It was lightweight and left a nice feeling after application. And there was no sticky feeling left either.

How much would I give it?

I think 6 out of 10, on a 10-point scale.

The Mizon Hyaluronic Ultra Suboon Cream wasn’t an outstanding discovery- it wasn’t as impressive as I thought it would’ve been. But it wasn’t bad either. A big minus was definitely that lack of the 30% of Hyaluronic Acid but it worked well on my skin and didn’t cause me any issues.

I wouldn’t purchase it again though. I’d find it a bit of a waste of money-  a good and cheap regular moisturizer can do as well as this cream.

 

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[A’pieu] Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask Review

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Hello, my lovely beauties! And many, many apologies for such a long period of absence. I had a few things going on in the past two months that totally knocked me off my feet and I had to work hard to pull myself together. As many of you may know, I lost my only and very close grandmother and my mom was diagnosed with cancer a month after that and had a surgery fairly recently. Please, pray for her. 🙏

Due to the circumstances, I went silent here, on my social media and with skincare, sticking just to the basics. But I finally managed to get back to enjoying skincare and writing about it and so here’s a review after over two-month absence.

I tried this A’pieu Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask fairly recently (well, yesterday) so the review is as comprehensive as I could get it. And, obviously, very honest. I hope you enjoy it.

 

About the sheet mask

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According to the packaging, the sheet mask is designed to provide the skin with hydration, to make it brighter and more translucent. It’s made of Tencel fabric (cellulose) that is meant to adhere to the skin well. The serum the sheet is soaked in (and it’s soaked really generously, with the serum dripping when unfolding the mask) is transparent and watery. The ingredients of the sheet mask’s serum are listed below (matching the ones on the product’s label).

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Betaine, Sea Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-yuen Seed Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone, Arginine, C12-14 Pareth-12, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

 

 

My thoughts

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So, after a short introduction to the product, let’s move into what I think about the sheet mask. First, the appearance. Can I just say how cute and yummy-looking the packaging is? After the first short glimpse at it, it made me want to eat it straight away and, when I finally opened it and smelled that delicious citrusy smell, I suddenly felt like I’m in the middle of the summer, somewhere on the beach, eating an orange fruit salad. Such a reinvigorating and pleasing smell!

The packaging was relatively easy to crack open (on the picture above you can see how clean the tear is- it was really easy to tear it apart) but unfolding wasn’t as much. The sheet was quite thin and so well-soaked in the essence that I had to do it over the sink not to spill anything on the carpet. But the dripping of the serum is always a good sign- it means the sheet mask won’t get dry quickly and you can easily enjoy that 20 or even 30 minutes relax with the mask on.

When I finally put it on the face, it adhered quite well but the cut wasn’t one of the best- my under eye area wasn’t covered at all because the cut was too small. The rest of the face was thoroughly covered with minor creases due to the imperfect cut but that wasn’t too bothersome to me.

I left the A’pieu mask on for 15 minutes. After I removed it, I tapped the remaining serum into my skin. It left a slightly tacky feeling but that too was bearable and I could put on my moisturizer after a few minutes without feeling I’m overwhelming my skin.

Now, let’s go back to the ingredients because this is something I pay close attention to when I use any skincare/beauty product. But particularly skincare products. All of the ingredients of A’pieu Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask are very safe (according to CosDna), apart from Fragrance which to some people may cause adverse skin reactions. It also contains a silicone (Dimethicone); however, although some people may be allergic to silicones, they don’t tend to cause/worsen acne nor do they seem to clog pores, unlike some popular beliefs claim.

Aside from that, the sheet mask is full of wonderful ingredients. It’s got Betaine (a gentle hydrating ingredient), Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid derivative that also acts as a potent hydrating ingredient), 9 plant extracts, including Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract and Citrus Junos Fruit Extract (both providing the skin with vitamin C), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract (anti-inflammatory properties), Panax Ginseng Root Extract(boosts skin hydration, diminishes rough texture, helps fade uneven skin tone, and help visibly improve wrinkles by working within skin to bolster its natural firmness), Aloe Leaf Extract (soothes the skin) and Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (potent antioxidant properties). The vitamin C delivered by the first two plant extracts helps to reduce the discolouration and brightens the skin. Additionally, Allantoin and Arginine, both act as great hydrating ingredients while boosting collagen production (Arginine) and increasing skin smoothness (Allantoin).

 

So, what were the results? My skin definitely looked healthier and more hydrated. It was bouncy, smooth and happy. 🙂 However, I didn’t notice any brightening effect or maybe there was one but I’m used to seeing better effects with a more potent vitamin C serum from Purito (the review will be coming soon). I was expecting something more but I guess you can’t get much with just a single use and such a vitamin C concentration. Anyway, I did enjoy this A’pieu Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask not just in terms of the packaging and its aesthetics but also in terms of the hydration and the healthy look it gave me. It’d definitely recommend trying this mask, if you have a chance. Or maybe you already have tried it? Let me know in the comments. 😉

 

 

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[Bellflower] Hibiscus Anti-Aging Serum Review

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I haven’t posted a review of a serum for…. God only knows how long. Ages, it seems. So I’m coming to you with the review of this Bellflower Hibiscus Anti-Aging Serum. I received this product from Bellflower’s founder for review purposes but even though I got it from the brand itself, all opinions in this review are mine and only mine. So, with that being said, let’s jump to the review!

 

About the product

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Bellflower is a rather unknown brand as it’s fairly new on the market. According to their website, they’re a brand that provides products which are intensive solutions to skin problems with an emphasis on ”naturalistic ingredients of EWG safety grade not including artificial scent and colors” and the ”necessary quantity of ingredients” rather than their number. And all that with a packaging that is simple and eye-pleasing.

When it comes to the product itself- the Hibiscus Anti-Aging Serum– it is a serum that aims to contribute to making skin healthy, elastic, moisturized and smooth. The health and elasticity of the skin are meant to be aided by Adenosine, Hibiscus Flower Extract, 7 type complex of Peptides and Collagen, while the moisturizing and smoothness effect is meant to be achieved with the help of Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice and Acorus Calamus Root Extract. That’s the only information on the serum’s packaging. On the official website of Bellflower, there’s a bit more information on the product (you can also buy it from there, just by the way) so if you’re interested, you can have a look. However, I’ll use some of the information from their website below to address the ingredients and texture so you won’t miss much.

So! Let’s proceed to the ingredients, my favourite part of reviewing skincare products.

 

 

Ingredients and Texture

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Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Glycereth-26, Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Arginine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Caprylyl Glycol, Wheat Amino Acids, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Copper Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Natto Gum, Hexapeptide-9, Nonapeptide-1

 

So. The good and the bad. Let’s go.

 

The good:

  • the ingredients in bold are the ones mentioned in the product description above (the ”staple” ingredients) and all of them are in the product, which is a big plus (I’ve seen products which claimed to have/not have certain ingredients and the ingredients list was showing something different)
  • contains Adenosine (supposedly there’s 0.04% of it in the product) which has proven anti-wrinkle benefits (makes the skin look younger and smoother) and Hibiscus Flower Extract (there’s meant to be 15,000 ppm of it in the product, according to the serum’s packaging and the Bellflower’s website) which contains AHAs (gently exfoliating acids), and a powerful antioxidant in the form of vitamin C, helping the skin look fresher, healthies and more evenly in tone. Plus, there’s also Niacinamide (2% in the product) which helps to brighten the skin.
  • contains 4 types of peptides (especially copper peptides) that encourage collagen production helping the skin stay elastic (as we age the amount of collagen in the skin diminishes)
  • contains Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice that has soothing and antioxidant properties, as well as Acorus Calamus Root Extract that’s meant to smooth and help to moisturize the skin
  • there are also a variety of other skin-beneficial plant extracts (e.g. Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract) and oils, such as Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil which has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties
  • there’s no artificial colouring or artificial fragrance
  • almost all ingredients are green-rated on CosDna meaning they’re safe to use on the skin

 

The bad:

  • it contains essential oils and while some of them are beneficial to the skin, others such as Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil can make the skin oversensitized; CosDna yellow-rates Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil and Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil in terms of safety, so although they have the potential to provide the skin with benefits, at the same time they may result in negative effects on the skin
  • there are two ingredients which have a rating of 1 (the lowest but of some significance nevertheless): Butylene Glycol for acne and Carbomer as a skin irritant
  • there’s Hydrolyzed Collagen in the serum which, although it doesn’t have any negative impact on the skin, it doesn’t bring in much either- collagen particles are too big to penetrate the skin to reach the underlying structures and stimulate the new collagen production

 

 

 

 

When it comes to texture, it’s very runny (almost water-like), pink-ish (sometimes it looks more reddish to me) and has quite a strong citrusy smell. It seems to be due to the Lemon and Orange oils mixed with other oils (Lavender, Basil and Clary) so it certainly doesn’t come from any artificial fragrance.  The serum absorbed super fast with every application, even faster than my essence which is more watery. It also didn’t leave any sticky feeling so I could easily apply my moisturizer on top of it.

 

 

 

 

My thoughts

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I got this serum over a month ago and for a month I’ve been wondering what actually are my thoughts on it. As much as I love the ingredients list that is packed with skin-beneficial ingredients (especially peptides!), I haven’t seen any significant difference in my skin since I started using it. The only noticeable change I noticed is that my skin felt thicker. After a month there’s been no change to my wrinkles either (yes, I do have wrinkles despite my age) but maybe I’ve had too high hopes. Or maybe a month hasn’t been enough for the serum to show its full potential. I’ll keep using it and maybe when more time passes by I’ll see a difference to my wrinkles and will update this review.

As for now, though, I can voice my full thoughts on other features of the product. I love how fast the serum absorbed every time and didn’t leave my skin tacky. It’s quite runny and spreads very well and so one or two drops were enough to cover my entire face. It comes with a small pipette which makes it very easy to get the product out and the bottle itself is made of glass which ensures the ingredients stay stable. I already mentioned that, but I’ll say it again- I’m a big fan of the ingredients in this serum (although some of them may have a negative impact on the skin, such as some essential oils). I’m a dry and sensitive skin type but I haven’t experienced any negative effects.

Overall, I do like this Hibiscus Anti-Aging Serum from Bellflower. It had positive effects on my skin: moisturized it well, made it thicker and more radiant. However, what I counted on the most when I started using it was an improvement to my wrinkles. It hasn’t done much to them but I’ll continue using the serum and I’ll continue having hopes- maybe after two months of using it I’ll finally notice some changes.

 

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[Some By Mi] Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream Review

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Dear beauties! My apologies for such a long period of being quiet here, on the website. A lot has happened that affected me physically and mentally and I just needed some time to deal with everything that has been put on my shoulders. I’ll try to come back to posting weekly as soon as possible, so please just bear with me.

Going back to the topic of this post- I’ve been on a lookout for a new sunscreen for quite a while now. I’ve been trying to find a mineral sunscreen that doesn’t leave a white cast, isn’t drying/breaking me out and isn’t very expensive. It almost seemed like a non-existent sunscreen, like an ideal that hasn’t been invented yet. Fortunately, it exists (and maybe there are even more of them just waiting for me to discover them) and I was lucky enough to start looking for it now as it was launched not so long ago. However, it will be a topic of another review. 😉 Before that, I’d like to talk about another sunscreen which I found just before I discovered my holy grail of sun protection. The review of today’s post is based on my experience with Some By Mi Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream SPF 50+ PA++++.

 

 

About the product

Unfortunately, the packaging of the Some By Mi Truecica sunscreen was predominantly in Korean. I’m not proficient in Korean in any way and so I was relying on the product description on the website from which I bought it- YesStyle (which I started to love, by the way). According to it, the benefits of this sunscreen are as follows:

 

  • A tri-functional product: UV Blocking + Whitening + Wrinkles Improvement.

  • With UV Blocking index SPF50+ PA++++ to block out both UVA/UVB.

  • Its non-nano factors will not absorb by skin easily while provides 100% of physical UV blocking.

  • With 85% of moisture essence, its lotion-like texture gives no white cast finish.

  • With 10,000ppm of Truecica™ for skin soothing, protection and skin barrier reinforcing.

  • No use of artificial fragrance, colourants and 20 harmful ingredients.

 

 

Does the sunscreen live up to those claims? Let’s find out by starting with the ingredients first.

 

 

Ingredients and Texture

Ingredients: Purified Water, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Zinc Oxide, Silica, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearic Acid, Orange Peel Oil, Lauroyl Lysine, Disodium EDTA, Acrylate/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Lavender Oil, Adenosine, Centella Asiatica Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris (Mugwort) Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Madecassoside, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid

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The ingredients in bold in the first ingredients list are sun filters (Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide). The ingredients in the green colour are Tea Tree (helps with acne) and Centella Asiatica’s derivatives- a plant which is known to be the source of active ingredients famous for their healing properties. Now, some good and some bad of the Some By Mi Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream’s ingredients.

 

The good:

  • As the screenshot of the ingredients list taken from CosDna shows, all of the ingredients are super safe, although three of them (Stearic Acid, Butylene Glycol and Zinc Oxide) might potentially, although unlikely, trigger acne.
  • The claim from the YesStyle website that holds the sunscreen contains ”10,000ppm of Truecica™ for skin soothing, protection and skin barrier reinforcing” may be somewhat true as the ingredients in that technology are Centella Asiatica and Tea Tree. The ingredients in the green are just those, meaning there are quite a few of their derivatives in the sunscreen, although it’s hard to say in what concentrations. That being said, the sunscreen seems to be a great option for sensitive skin.
  • It doesn’t include many harmful ingredients (20, according to the product description) such as parabens, artificial fragrance or Phenoxyethanol.
  • It contains two mineral sun filters (Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide) which are good for sensitive skin as there’s a smaller chance of a breakout. Plus, they provide broad protection against both UVA and UVB rays for longer than chemical sun filters most of which are less photo-stable.
  • Due to Centella Asiatica and Niacinamide it contains, it’s got some anti-aging and whitening properties.

 

The bad:

  • As already mentioned, three ingredients might cause breakouts (Stearic Acid, Butylene Glycol and Zinc Oxide, especially the first one).
  • There are some ingredients which may potentially trigger a fungal acne: Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate and Stearic Acid

 

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When it comes to the texture, the Some By Mi sunscreen’s consistency is very much lotion-like. White in colour and with a strong medical scent (I guess Tea Tree and Centella Asiatica may be the culprit here as there’s no fragrance in the cream) it spreads incredibly well. It’s not thick or greasy like many other mineral sunscreens out there and although it leaves a white cast, it is minimal. However, in my experience a least, it doesn’t layer up well so I had to remove it before re-applying it to avoid it rolling on my skin. I don’t know how it would work with makeup (I’ve read positive comments on that) but because I tend to splash loads of sunscreen on my skin (I’m a sunscreen freak that is very pale and doesn’t like the sun at all) I couldn’t put another layer of it 20mins after applying the first layer. So I’m not sure if putting makeup on top of it would work for me either.

 

My thoughts

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The verdict?

One of the things that I loved about this Some By Mi Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream is how well it calmed my sensitive skin. No matter how sensitive my skin was on any particular day, when applied, it instantly calmed/cooled down any redness or any small inflammation I was struggling with that day. I believe it was due to the already mentioned Truecica™ technology that contains derivatives from Centella Asiatica and Tea Tree, helping to balance (sensitive) skin and heal it. Although Centella Asiatica and Tea Tree gave out a very strong medical scent which I didn’t like at the beginning, I got used to it pretty quickly so it didn’t bother me that much later on.

Another thing that I liked about Some By Mi Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream was how well it spread (like melted butter on a bread slice, without any better comparison) and its minimal white cast compared to many other mineral suncreams I’ve tried to date. It was also very lightweight and non-greasy which made wearing it comfortable and there was no hair sticking to my face (which by the way drives me crazy, especially when it’s windy outside). I think the ease of spreading, non-stickiness and the fact it was really lightweight can be attributed to the fact that the suncream was designed to be lotion-like with ”85% of moisture essence”.

What’s more, because the sunscreen’s ingredients were super safe and contained only mineral sun filters, not only I was provided with a broad UV spectrum protection (SPF 50+ PA++++) but I didn’t experience any breakouts or clogged pores. And! The suncream didn’t contain lots of ingredients considered unsafe, including parabens or artificial fragrance, giving it a big plus and making it a good sun protection product for people with sensitive skin like me.

However, there are two things which I didn’t like about the sunscreen. The first one is how it layered up… which could be hardly done. As already mentioned, I don’t wear makeup but when I wanted to reapply the sunscreen the first layer from the first application started to roll leaving weird white powder-like streaks. So whenever I wanted to reapply it, I had to remove it all, apply a moisturizer and then I could put it on my face again. All of that took me well 10mins (or more) with every re-application which was particularly annoying as at work I had only 30min breaks during which I had to have my lunch and do other pressing things.

The other thing I didn’t like was that it was a little bit drying. When applied on top of a moisturizer, it wasn’t tragic but I wouldn’t recommend wearing it on its own if you have dry skin like me. And as we all know, there are days when you’re in a hurry and you have to stick only to the most important skincare steps and in the morning, at least for me, it is a solid amount of sunscreen on my face and neck which is the best protection against aging. That’s why when I bought it, I made sure I had another, tested sunscreen at hand to use when in a rush.

Overall- did the Some By Mi Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream live up to its claims? I’d say 99% ”yes”. I’m leaving 1% for a ”no” as there are certain things which cannot be tested with only using the product such as whether the sun filters’ particles were nano (as opposed to non-nano) or how much of the Truecica™ was in it. But I find it a very good sunscreen nevertheless. Maybe not so much for dry skin, but certainly it may be for normal/combination or even oily skin. That’s all from me. Just for the very end of this article:

 

Where you can get this sunscreen if you’re interested (I bought mine from YesStyle so I can vouch for it but I haven’t used the rest- I heard good opinions about them and so I added those stores to show you the options. Always make sure that you buy from the trusted distributor):

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Jolse

Sweet Corea

Beauty Net Korea

 

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[Fascy] Wave Tina Aqua Mask Review

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Hello and welcome (some of you again), my dear beauties! I visit my local TKMaxx store very often and although I usually have to fight myself to not buy anything as I already have too many products, often I simply succumb to it as the urge to buy is too strong. A few days ago I gave up to that urge again as I found a very promising box of sheet masks. The sheet masks were Wave Tine Aqua Masks by Fascy- they came in a box of 10 for £6.99, making each just £0.70. So! Let’s dive into the review straight away!

 

 

About the product

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I must admit, when I bought the box, I didn’t really pay much attention to what this sheet mask was designed to do. 👀 I was only guided by the ingredients list. However, this is what the packaging had to say about the sheet mask’s function:

Fascy Wave Tine Aqua Mask is formulated to supply moisture energy to the dry skin, to boost skin’s moisture by forming moisture membrane on the skin, and to keep skin always bright and smooth. Cellulose mask sheet features excellence in adhesion, clarity and less skin irritation, without adding mineral oil, artificial coloring matter, silicon, paraben and ethanol.

 

So the sheet mask, 100% made of cellulose and with no mineral oil or others undoubtedly unattractive ingredients, was to mainly moisturise the skin, with some additional smoothing and brightening effects. All good and everything, but… Hmm…I’m not so sure about the ingredients the mask was NOT supposed to have, as will become clear down below. Despite that, it certainly did some of the things it claimed. But about that- below!

 

 

Ingredients and Texture

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Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycereth-26, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Aqua, Xanthan Gum, Adenosine, Psidium Guajava Leaf Extract, Rosa Hybrid Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Fragrance, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide 3, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethyhexylglycerin, Cholesterol

 

When it comes to the ingredients list, here are the good and the bad of it.

The good:

  • there’s a variety of botanical extracts (9 in total) which provide a variety of skin-beneficial antioxidants and Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract
  • it contains Betaine which balances the skin’s hydration, Adenosine that has anti-wrinkle (helps to smooth wrinkles) and soothing benefits, and Ceramides (Ceramide 3) which help to keep the skin supple by forming a barrier to prevent moisture loss
  • there’s also Sodium Hyaluronate which acts as a humectant (attracting the moisture from the environment), making the skin well-hydrated
  • the ingredients list is quite clean and safe as the majority of ingredients are non-irritant, don’t cause acne and are green-rated, at least according to CosDna

 

The bad:

  • there are two ingredients which a yellow-rated: Fragrance and PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil so if your skin doesn’t tolerate those, I’d suggest precaution if you want to try out this sheet mask; and also, it breaks one of the sheet mask’s claims as it was supposed to contain no “added mineral oil”, but… isn’t PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil just that? 🧐
  • one ingredient (Butylene Glycol) might cause acne (although unlikely as it’s got the lowest rating of 1 at CosDna)

 

In terms of texture, the essence the sheet mask is soaked in is transparent and liquidy- not too watery, not too creamy.  Just in between. It does take its time to absorb as I had to wait a few minutes before I could continue with my routine. It also leaves a tacky feeling. Not as heavily tacky as some masks I’ve tried, though, so I could top it up with my daily moisturizer without any discomfort. I suppose it was that moisture “membrane” mentioned in the product’s description that made my skin a bit sticky.

The mask’s white sheet also adhered very well and was well-soaked in the essence to the extent it was dripping and there was plenty of the essence left in the packaging. No qualms about that here.

 

 

My thoughts

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So what do I think about this sheet mask? Well, I think it did was it claimed to do. It hydrated my skin and moisturized it pretty well. Although I do think that the mask was more moisturizing than hydrating. I’ve tried some sheet masks designed specifically to hydrate the skin and when I think about the end effect of them and compare them to this Fascy Wave Tina Aqua Mask, they made my skin plumper and more bouncy than this sheet mask. On the flip side, Fascy’s mask moisturized my skin better than those other sheet masks- as already mentioned, it formed a thin layer that locked in all the goodies my skin had absorbed and, although a bit tacky, didn’t irritate me at all, and I could still top it up with my moisturizer.

In addition to a pretty good moisturizing effect, I did notice my skin became a little bit brighter. I’m very pale in general and don’t have any discoloration on my skin but I did have a few pimple scars when I used the Fascy’s sheet mask which, after I’d taken it off, became lighter in colour.

However, although the sheet mask didn’t irritate my skin, what I didn’t like were those few yellow-rated/irritant ingredients (Fragrance, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil and Butylene Glycol). I’m always trying to avoid anything potentially harmful to my skin (is it just wishful thinking?) and, well, I thought that this sheet mask was supposed to not contain the mineral oil, so seeing PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil was a bit of a disappointment.

All in all, I do think Fascy Wave Tina Aqua Mask is a really good moisturizing sheet mask, packed with beneficial ingredients, fully-soaked in the essence and well-adhering. However, I didn’t find it anything special and so I won’t repurchase. It’s a fairly good mask, don’t get me wrong, but I do think my regular moisturizer does a really good job at moisturizing as well and I prefer to stick with it. I think a sheet mask should give something more, that extra boost that you can’t get out from your everyday skincare products. 🤷🏼‍♀️

 

But if you’re interested in trying it out, you can find it in those places:

Your local TKMaxx

YesStyle

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