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[Etude House] Fix and Fix Primer – Mint Review

AUTHOR: kkochsongi

THIS REVIEW ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON HER BLOG HERE IN May 2017.

Disclaimer: The photos were taken by the review’s author.

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Etude House Fix and Fix Primer – Mint Review

 

 

Primer is something I use pretty much everyday and I’m usually one for a brightening one to help my rather dull skin look a bit healthier. That combined with a nice bright blush seems to give me a healthy complexion that I’m frequently complimented on. Thanks to Etude House, I was able to try a colour correcting primer for the first time in January in cushion form and I was quite happy with the results so I was more than excited to try a different form of the product. When asked which colour corrector I would like I chose Mint because I suffer from redness in my face and redness that increases as the day goes by. Etude House’s Fix and Fix Primer shares its shades with the cushion (aside from the strobing one is changed up for one that seemingly acts similarly to the Benefit Porefessional). But this time it comes in a tube form and a liquid-cream formula.

 

 

The packaging of this product is very sleek and the fact that it’s mint green as well bodes really well with me (I’m gonna say this a million times but it’s my favourite colour!). I love minimalist pastel packaging and this is nice and compact to take about in my bag with me.

 

 

As this is a tube, the product is squeezed out as expected and when it comes out you will notice the mint green is a very pale mint green and from what I have been able to see it is very similar if not the same shade as the cushion, so I was expecting the same result from it other than the application may finish differently due to not using a cushion to apply this time.

 

 

A lot of people when talking about the colour correcting primer from Etude House have mentioned a white cast on their skin as a finish. While this is true, and something I mentioned before, I actually did a bit more research on Korean blogs and articles into it to see why it does. Korea’s beauty trend has always tended to feature pale, flawless skin, but more recently, there’s been some acknowledgement that it can be difficult to acheive for some people with either issues such as redness, dark spots or dullness of the skin and those with more tanned skin. Whitening skincare and procedures have been used regularly for a while, but these products are for the initial instances of skin troubles rather than skintone*, so the usage of what they call “tone up” make up (such as this primer) is becoming more popular to meet with this trend. So this pale white skin is obtained using a primer that creates a white cast and then is covered with a BB cream or foundation, then accentuated with a combination of a bright or soft lip colour. This is of course for those that want to follow this trend that a lot of celebrities are showcasing and has been quite a popularised look in Korea.

 

Because of this, I don’t see a lot of issue with the white cast for myself because I myself am already pale so this helps accentuate that. My only real issue is that because it is a green shade, it takes the warmth out of my skin which then comes back when I add my BB/Foundation on top, so this definitely isn’t something to wear by itself!

 

 

I’ll showcase here the difference in my skintone. I’m actually quite happy with the condition of my skin at the moment asides from my scars, so there aren’t a lot of visible issues but you can see some redness to the cheeks and to the nose area, these tend to be the parts that I suffer from redness the worst especially when the weather is either really hot or cold. Applying the primer does take a lot of the redness away but you can see quite clearly that my skin loses it’s warm yellow tone to it (and you can see that tone remaining on my neck where it wasn’t applied).

I have found using this, that my skin does’t go as red as it normally would throughout the day. This is the same result that I found previously with the cushion. I think I prefer this tube style over the cushion as I find it’s simply easier to apply with my fingers and I also know how much product I have remaining (as cushions do absorb some amount of the product that’s put inside). Would I buy this again? Possibly, I want to try the colour correcting sticks from Etude House as well at some point and see how the two in combination work. I’m actually going to take this primer with me when I go on holiday to Spain in two weeks, so this will be going on top of sunscreen to protect my skin and hopefully reduce any redness in my face with the heat!

 

 

What are your views on colour correcting products? Have you tried any of Etude House’s? Which shade do you think would be necessary for you?

*This is taken from my research on the topic and I’m hoping I haven’t worded my sentences in regards to skintone in a way that may upset anyone, as I feel I’m not in a position to go too into detail in regards to any tone other than my own. If I have worded things poorly, please let me know.

 


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[Klairs] Soft Airy UV Essence SPF50 PA++++ Review

AUTHOR: Wan

THIS REVIEW ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON HER BLOG HERE IN October 2018.

Disclaimer: The photos were taken by the review’s author.

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Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF50 PA++++ Review


 

**Disclaimer: PR gift from Wishtrend, but all thoughts and opinions provided in this review are my own and not influenced by the company in any way.**

 

KLAIRS Soft Airy UV Essence SPF50 PA++++

 

PRODUCT INFO:

The Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA++++ is an everyday sun protector for sensitive skin. As is it water-based, it holds a gel-type texture to give a soft weightless and light finish. Also with its high SPF and PA level, it completely guards the skin against UVA, UVB without leaving any greasiness or white cast.

This sunscreen from Klairs is also cruelty free and vegan friendly. It retails on Wishtrend for USD23 for 80ml. 


 

PACKAGING:

The silver foil design on the tube does start to fade and rub off

 

This is part of the Klairs Freshly Juiced Line of skincare so the packaging is in line with the other products such as the Vitamin E Mask – reviewed here. I love the silver holographic packaging which catches the light in beautiful ways and makes it fun to take pictures of! The sunscreen itself comes in a nice big squeezy tube with a minimalist white design. What I wish Klairs would change on their packaging is the silver parts of the design – it always comes off very easily with the slightest rub and transfers onto your hands.

Regardless, I appreciate the soft tube packaging which makes it travel friendly. The tube is so squishy I would just be careful that you don’t press down on it too hard when unscrewing the cap because it will end up squeezing out way too much and make a mess.


 

INGREDIENTS:

Ingredients

Klairs prides itself on its clean, safe ingredients that are gentle and suitable for even sensitive skin. The ingredients in this sunscreen are all EWG green level approved and notably include niacinamide (brightening), adenosine (anti-ageing), panthenol and beta-glucan (wound-healing) and sea buckthorn oil (antioxidant, anti-inflammatory).

The sun protection ingredients used in this are diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate and ethylhexyl triazone. These are chemical UV filters thus making it a chemical sunscreen (you can read the difference between chemical vs mineral here). Essentially this means the UV filters are absorbed into your skin which in turn absorb the harmful UV rays, convert it into heat and release it from your body.


 

APPLICATION:

Pointed applicator tip gives good control of dispensing product

As with all sunscreen application, this should be applied as the last step in your skincare routine and before you apply makeup. This means after moisturiser but before your primer or foundation.

As all chemical suncreens take time to absorb into your skin and provide the optimal protection against UV rays, you should ideally be applying this 15-30 minutes before you leave the house and are exposed to the sun. If you wear makeup I would wait at least 5 minutes after sunscreen before going in with your base.

Make sure you use a liberal amount to cover your entire face and neck. Dermatologists say we should be using 1/4 of a teaspoon to get the most effective protection and while I don’t measure the amount I use everyday, I do try to be liberal and judge it based on how much my skin can take without it starting to feel too suffocated.

 

 

This sunscreen is recommended as one that you can re-apply over makeup (as we should be topping up every 2-3 hours with sun exposure). To be honest I haven’t tested this out because I never re-apply any liquid sunscreen over my makeup. I rarely am exposed to long periods of sun in the UK, so I have to admit on a day to day work basis, I never top up my sunscreen after the initial application. If I did though, I’d be more likely to use a sunscreen powder or cushion over my makeup.


 

CONSISTENCY/TEXTURE:

 

As the name suggests, this is soft and airy which makes it a pleasure to use. It isn’t really that essence-like in my opinion though and I’ve tried other essence sunscreens (both mineral and chemical) that are more lightweight and milky. This one leans slightly on the creamier side and reminds me of a light lotion or emulsion. However, it does apply really nicely. It spreads easily and absorbs quickly into the skin without feeling greasy. It leaves no dreaded white cast (even though it comes out the tube very white, it imparts no colour), which makes it great for every skin tone. If I do apply too much though, it can feel a teeny bit heavy and tacky so you do need to be careful to ensure your previous skincare products have sufficiently absorbed into your skin before you apply a big dollop of this. (Which I can be guilty of if I’m in a rush in the mornings). Likewise, make sure you leave enough time for the suncreen to settle and dry down on your skin before going in with your foundation base.

 

 

What I do love about this though, is that even when you apply a lot of this water-based sunscreen you never look overly dewy or oily. This is a problem I have with chemical sunscreens like the Make P:rem Blue Ray sun gel where you can get very shiny and oily if you apply liberally. This Klairs UV essence simply makes you look hydrated with a natural semi-matte finish.


 

SCENT:

This is aimed for sensitive skin so as with all Klairs products, there is no strong added fragrance. There is a very light chemical scent which comes naturally from the ingredients including a couple of essential oils.


 

THOUGHTS:

 

I’m always hesitant to try out new sunscreens and tend to stick to good ones that I’m familiar with. For me, having the right formulation (combined with high UV protection) is the key part of why I’m able to wear sun protection everyday. I don’t like ones that are difficult to apply, alter my skin condition and disrupt how my makeup wears on top of it. (Check out my post here on why we should wear sunscreen all year round).

I’m extremely happy with the Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence in this respect as it meets my expectations – it’s very hydrating, blends smoothly, absorbs and dries down quickly and leaves no white cast. This is the perfect type of broad-spectrum sunscreen I will appreciate in the colder months because it won’t dry me out like some mineral sunscreens tend to do in Winter when my skin gets more dehydrated. My makeup sits well over this without pilling, and does not affect its longevity nor increase my oil production during the day. This would be well suited for all skin types and especially if you have sensitive or dry skin and have avoided sunscreens for being heavy, drying, unblendable and thick.

I’m not sure if this would be my go-to sunscreen in summer though just because I do prefer a more milky, watery consistency for the hot weather like the Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish. I also tend to prefer mineral sunscreens during that time of year just because I like to know I have immediate protection right after application and that my makeup won’t disrupt the efficacy if I don’t leave a long enough wait time after sunscreen application. Mineral ones also tend to last longer as they sit on your skin, while chemical filters are absorbed and break down after a couple hours due to its process of converting UV rays into heat. If you read my sunscreen 101 post you can find more details about why I prefer a well-formulated mineral sunscreen. This is entirely my personal preference and nothing against the Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence. I do really enjoy using the Klairs one and will definitely be using this for the rest of the year and repurchasing for the colder months.


 

To grab yours, this is now available on Wishtrend here.

[Skinfood] Black Sugar Wash Off Mask Review

Author: Janah

This review originally appeared on her blog here in January 2018.

Disclaimer: The photos were taken/arranged by the review’s author.

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Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask Review

 

Hello everyone! I’m so glad to finally be able to sit down and write a beauty review today. 

To be honest, it actually feels like a crime writing a review right now because I (for the love of the skincare gods) bailed out on my skincare routine out of sheer laziness during the last two weeks of December (2017) and I stopped putting anything on my face, save for a cleanser and a moisturizer. During that time, I just kinda left my skin as it is and didn’t even bother to exfoliate. So by the time the new year came, my skin felt rough and dry.

In an attempt to finally draw myself out from my skincare rut, I scoured my shelves for the most promising exfoliating scrub in my stash and found the Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask.

Let’s head on to the review.

 

Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask

 

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Product Description

The Black Sugar Mask Wash off Mask is an exfoliating mask scrub which effectively cleanses the pores and leaves the skin soft and smooth. Enriched with vitamins, minerals, and other organic ingredients, this mask scrub helps in removing dead skin cells and revitalizing the skin.

Usage Instruction

After cleansing, apply desired amount of product onto face. Leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water.

Ingredients

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Quantity | Price | Availability

100 g | PHP 330 | Althea Korea

 

I got this mask from my first ever haul from Althea Korea, together with the Rice wash off mask which I really fell in love with. (You can check the review here) I seriously almost totally forgotten about the Black Sugar mask until I rummaged through the pile of unopened skincare products in my stash.

 

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The Skinfood Black Sugar Wash off Mask comes in a super cute plastic container which is also the same container as the Rice Wash off Mask. It also comes with a thin plastic lid that separates the actual product from the top cover. The plastic lid is embossed with Skinfood’s logo, as shown in the photo below.

 

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The product information is written in Korean and in English. The manufacturing date and the expiration date are also printed on the container. Apparently, mine is expiring in a few months haha. (Skincare gods, please forgive me for using this just now!)

 

 

The actual product comes in a lumpy and sticky texture, so much like caramelized sugar. Some reviews claim that this product smells like burnt sugar, but for me, the scent leans more on the citrusy or lemony side.

 

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This wash off mask has sugar granules which others find quite abrasive for the face. For those who have acne-prone or sensitive skin, extra care must be taken in using this product as the granules may indeed cause irritation. But so far, this mask scrub really worked well on me as it was able to deeply exfoliate my skin and leave it fresh, smooth and supple.

The only drawback that I have with the wash off mask was that it wasn’t able to remove all of my blackheads and whiteheads completely.  There was still a noticeable amount on my nose even after using the mask. Maybe I’ll try chemical exfoliation soon to finally get rid of these pesky blackheads.

 

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Overall, I really enjoyed using the Black Sugar Wash off Mask. The mask really delivers its claim in providing effective exfoliation. Although I still prefer the Rice Wash off Mask as it milder and more gentle on the skin, I am still gonna keep the Black Sugar Wash off Mask in close range for days when I feel like my skin needs that extra hand in getting rid of deep-seated dirt and dead skin cells. To sum up, the Black Sugar Wash off Mask is really a great exfoliating scrub that’s worth every penny you pay for.

 

Ratings

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4.9 out of 5 stars

 

What I like:

  • It effectively exfoliates the skin.
  • It effectively removes dead skin cells and other impurities.
  • It smells very citrusy and lemony.
  • It comes in a super cute tub which makes it easy to scoop the product out.

What I don’t like:
I really wish the wash off mask could remove all of my blackheads but it wasn’t able to accomplish that task perfectly well.

Will I repurchase?
Yes! It is a pretty great wash off mask after all.

Will I recommend?
Yes! I recommend the Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask to those who are looking for an affordable and effective exfoliating mask scrub.

 

I am not paid or compensated to write this review.
All opinions expressed in this post are my own.
All items featured in this post are purchased through my own means.

That is all for today’s blog post.
See you again in the next one.

Thank you for dropping by! 💕

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[Mizon] Multi Function Formula All in One Snail Repair Cream Review

Author: The Empties Diaries

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

Disclaimer: The photo was taken by the review’s author.

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Mizon Multi Function Formula All in One Snail Repair Cream Review

 

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In today’s review, I will be talking about a veritable cult favourite: Mizon’s snail cream, or, as it is also known, Multi Function Formula Snail Repair Cream. As far as I can see, this is available online only. I have trawled quite a few blogs in both Korean and English, and even their company site, as far as I can remember, only delivers online. This, of course, can be tricky for those of us who would much prefer testing a product in person before buying.

EDIT: The company contacted me to advise that their products are also available through a store called Village 11 Factory, Sinsa, Garosugil. I have not personally been to this store, so if you have been, please share your experiences in the comments.

This retails for KRW39,900 last time I checked locally, though Mizon frequently puts these babies on sale. I remember purchasing them for about a manner (KRW10,000, roughly USD 9) in the past.

What it is

This cream is housed in a dark brown glass jar and comes with a protective plastic lid. To be honest, the packaging could be improved on. A pump would be much better suited to this product in my opinion, as the cream is quite runny and would lend itself to pumping or using a different kind of dispenser.

The cream is a translucent white gel cream.

How it applies

Due to its slightly gelly, viscous, slimy texture, this goes on very smoothly and spreads easily.

How it smells

Of pretty much nothing. Perhaps a slightly playdoh-y scent that does not linger and is non-intrusive.

How I felt about it

This is not meant to replace your regular moisturiser, it is meant to go UNDER your moisturiser according to Mizon. A lot of people seem to be confused by this concept. This is not meant to replace the last step of your current skincare routine – it goes on after toning. You then follow up with serums, moisturisers, oils, sleeping masks and the like. This is how I used the snail cream, too: I would tone first and then follow up with moisturising serums, essences, moisturisers, oils (evening routine) or sunscreens (morning routine).

When I was still using the cream, this was helpful in managing my acne and reducing overall inflammation. I did not find it to be very moisturising and thought of it as a treatment product for acne breakouts. It did indeed work very well when used in this manner, as my breakouts were reduced while I was using it.

When I first started using it, I saw the best results from a single product that I had seen in a long time; breakouts were reduced and future acne sort of went back in itself.

Final Thoughts

I would consider repurchasing this in the future. I just wish it were accessible instore somewhere, as I actually do not like online shopping. I also wish that it were a bit more hydrating. This was fine when I was in my mid-20s, however now that I am fast approaching 30 and my skin is getting a bit drier, this is slightly drying at this point in time. For now, I am using up different products and am focusing more on hydrating ingredients and moisturising skin care.

[Lioele] Water Drop Sleeping Pack Review

Author: Jojo (howdoibeauty)

This review originally appeared on her Instagram profile here.

Disclaimer: The photo was taken by the review’s author.

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Lioele Water Drop Sleeping Pack Review

 

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A little #TextureTuesdaybefore the night is over 🙃
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Happy to report that @sokoglam Best of K-Beauty Picks have never failed me 👏👏👏
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Picked up this @lioele_official Water Drop Sleeping Pack a while ago and have been using it intermittently in between my other overnight masks but used again this week because I’m back on the road and have to pay more attention to my skin’s hydration levels 💧
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First of all, LOOK AT THAT BEAUTIFUL BLUE COLOR 😍 literally enough to make me fall in love haha ❤ I like that when I bought it the tube was sealed. Such a small thing, but makes me feel so much more confident in the freshness of the product when I receive it 😅
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There is a very slight, fresh fragrance which I don’t mind at allll 😊 The texture of the product itself is a lightweight oil-free gel that reminds me of the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask or the Mizon Good Night White Sleeping Mask. It applies a little viscous…not thick, but with a type of retentiveness to its texture, if that makes any sense 🤷‍♀️ But that viscosity quickly turns into a more watery substance on your skin as it gets absorbed whaaaatttttt haha but actually you can visibly see the gel changing into moisture droplets! 😯
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I usually apply a little more when using overnight masks but still the product gets absorbed quickly and there is no sticky residue afterwards. In the morning when I was my face I do feel like I am washing off a layer of product, but I don’t mind it because 1) it’s not at all heavy, 2) my skin feels so smooth and hydrated afterwards, 3) the layer feels more like a barrier that keeps the hydration in overnight than anything else 😁
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What’s your favorite overnight mask right now? 👇 I’m on a no-buy but taking notes for later haha

[iUNIK] Tea Tree Relief Serum Review

Author: skinxmakeup

This review originally appeared on her Instagram profile here.

Disclaimer: The photo was taken by the review’s author.

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iUNIK Tea Tree Relief Serum Review

 

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🌿TEA TREE RELIEF SERUM 🌿
🔑 Tea Tree Leaf Water 67%.
🔑 Centella Asiatica Leaf Water 19.5%.
• Reviewing this in terms of its claims:
🍃 Powerful Relief: I do find this to be relieving but perhaps not as powerful as it claims. However, it does provide relief every single time I apply this without fail.
🍃 Soothing Care: I find that my skin is less inflamed every time I use this, in this way it does soothe and to some extent reduce pain when I am breaking out.
🍃 Natural Moisturising: In terms of moisture this does not provide a ton but does enough as I have not noticed any dry patches recently. However, I feel this is more down to my whole skincare routine rather than just this one product.
🍃 Whitening and wrinkle care: I think by whitening they actually mean brightening, which this serum hasn’t noticeably done for my skin. In terms of wrinkle care I don’t really have wrinkles but I’ve been using this on my forehead to see whether it’ll help with my frown lines in which makeup sometimes tends to set but it has not helped with that.
💚 Overall I rate this 3.5/5, this serum is just satisfactory, I wouldn’t say I’m disappointed by it but I’m just not wowed. Would I repurchase, not really, unless I notice anything impressive from continued use. I will say I have been using this for 2 months or so and there is still so much left!

[Eyenlip]  Calamansi Vitamin Solution Mask Review

Author: Miss E.

This review originally appeared on her blog here. She’s also active on her Instagram profile here.

Disclaimer: The photo was taken by the review’s author.

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Eyenlip  Calamansi Vitamin Solution Mask Review

 

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📍 Claims: 
✔️ Calamansi contains about 30 times more Vitamin C than lemon so it’s great for beauty treatments and gives your skin what you should be proud of.
✔️ Provides vitamins to the dull and lifeless skin to vitalize so that you can be confident about your skin.
 ✔️ This is a mask that contains Niacinamide with Adenosine components that helps with skin whitening and wrinkle reduction.

✔️ The soft feeling of natural color microfiber sheet that allows anyone to use it without irritation.

👸🏼 Impression:
 ✨ True to its words, it doesn’t leave any stingy feeling on my skin.

✔️ Odorless. I don’t have any issues with the smell but, just in case some of you do have, then this mask will be great for you.
✨ Contains a lot of serum left in the package. You can use it with your DIY mask by soaking it in the serum inside the package or put the serum on your neck.
🤔 The mask reminds me of Watson’s 365 mask (due to its thin feel)
✔️ Leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. Fit for dry and other types of skin.

So far, I haven’t had any issues or breakouts caused by the mentioned products. I usually am careful with Mask Sheets as some made my skin breakout even after the first use.
Where to Purchase: I got this as a freebie from Kyoung’s Korean Cosmetic.
(disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post!)
Ratings: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟