[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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[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

eBay*

 

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[The Face Shop] Natural Sun Eco Inorganic Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+ PA +++ Review

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Hello, my lovely beauties! Today I’m coming to you with a review of my first ever sun stick! When I started my journey with k-beauty not only were k-beauty products largely unavailable in the part of the world where I live, that is, Europe, but there was no sight of face sunscreen in any other form than a cream. I’ve been keeping an eye on sunscreen in a stick for quite a while but I decided to purchase one only fairly recently. Why? The sun sticks have been relatively expensive in comparison to many sun creams and they have largely been made with chemical sun filters which don’t work very well with my skin- that’s why I always opt for sunscreens with physical filters (I ordered a few new physical sunscreens this week so keep an eye on this space as I’ll post reviews of them this month). But! I finally found a sunscreen stick that contains only physical filters (The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Inorganic Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+ PA +++) and I’m just about to share my thoughts on it with you. ❤

 

About the product

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The simplest way to describe this product is to say that it’s a sunscreen that comes in a stick (wow). And I could actually stop here. But, according to the packaging in which my sunscreen came, this The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Inorganic Sunscreen Stick not only ”features inorganic [that is, physical] UV filters but also Calamine powder which helps to calm the skin” and ECOCERT certified Sunflower Seed Oil (for moisturization, I suppose). It doesn’t contain animal-derived ingredients, parabens and was dermatologically tested. But that’s pretty all about the product.

 

 

Ingredients and Texture

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Ingredients: Butylene Glycol, Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Ceresin, Synthetic Wax, Triethylhexanoin, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Aluminum Stearate, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Alumina, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Calamine, Dimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Quaternium-18 Bentonite, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Parfum/Fragrance

 

In terms of the ingredients, the matter is more complicated. To this post, I usually approached the ingredients lists of the products I bought in the way that I would approach any other European food/beauty product where the ingredients are placed in the order of their predominance in a product. So when I saw something as a fourth/fifth/sixth ingredient, I would think that there’s quite a bit of it in the product. However, recently I came across a few posts, fanserviced-b.com and theklog.co among them, that talk about the differences between the US and Korean ingredients lists. I’m not going to go deeper into that topic now, because that’s not what the post is about, but the key takeaway is that anything in 1% or below in a Korean skincare/beauty product can be listed on the ingredients list in ANY order. Which means that, although the first three or four ingredients (probably) may predominate in the product, anything from half down to the bottom of the list may come in various amounts and if something is higher up on it doesn’t mean there’s more of it in the cosmetic. This is something I learnt only quite recently and it makes me feel like a fool, to be honest with you. There were so many times when I bought a Korean skincare product only because the ingredients list looked really well. I suppose, those products’ formulations weren’t something I thought they were. But, there we go- we can only learn from our mistakes (PS. European skincare/beauty products have to list all the ingredients in a descending order of their concentration in a product- so what’s the last is the least (source here)).

But getting back to the ingredients of The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Inorganic Sunscreen Stick- I can only be partially certain that the first few ingredients at the beginning are in the highest concentration in the sun stick and those are: Butylene Glycol, Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide. The last two are physical UV filters that effectively deal with both types of UV rays- UVA and UVB. The rest of the ingredients may be placed in any order and God only knows how much of each ingredient in the stick- including the ECOCERT certified Sunflower Seed Oil and Calamine powder. So even though the product’s description stresses the product contains those two ingredients, it’s certainly possible that there’s less than 1% of each of them in the sunscreen, making me think that whether or not the sun stick contains them, doesn’t really matter- their ”positive” effect on my skin would be so minuscule that I would see no difference. (◔_◔)

According to CosDna and Skincarisma, the ingredients list as the whole is relatively clean and safe. There’s one silicone (Dimethicone) and Butylene Glycol that have a comedogenic rating of 1 (quite low) and there’s also Fragrance in it. Skincarisma also adds that the Sunflower Seed Oil can trigger fungal acne so I’m really not convinced that this ingredient should be so praised in the product’s description. (〜 ̄ △ ̄)〜

 

 

 

The sunscreen’s texture is interesting, though. It’s white and very solid with a kind of floral scent. The sun stick is quite small (20g half of which is probably the weight of the packaging itself) but very convenient to hold. To get it out there’s a thingy at the bottom (for the lack of a better word for it) to turn. The stick’s surface is rectangular with rounded corners, relatively wide. The surface’s shape, however, makes it quite difficult to apply the sunscreen in places where precision is needed such as around the eyes. And the texture of the sun stick makes it really difficult to glide at the beginning- once there’s one layer of it the stick rolls easily but to get there, you have to be careful not to stretch the skin too much (again, especially around the eyes). Upon application, the sunscreen leaves only a slight white cast but it does have a shiny finish which drove me crazy- my face shined as if it’d produced tons of sebum. But, but, all of the ranting in the section below.

 

My thoughts

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And now, finally, here comes the time for my ranting. Let’s start off with the positives, though, because I feel like this The Face Shop Sunscreen Stick deserves that. What I liked about it is the hands-off experience you get with it. No need to make your hands dirty with the sunscreen (or a beauty sponge if you’re like me and apply a sun cream with it most of the time) and no need to make your hands clean before you can make them dirty. Which saves time, water (you have to wash your hands before and after the application) and doesn’t put you off when it comes to the sunscreen re-application. I loved that aspect of this product. I could just grab the stick, roll it out and put it on my face. What I also liked about it was that it contained ONLY physical/inorganic UV filters. Which meant broad and solid UV protection and my eyes didn’t sting which often happens when the chemical filters start to come off my face when I use chemical sunscreens. However! That’s where the good ends.

The bad. Oh, the bad. First, let me say that the ingredients list wasn’t anything impressive. Although it doesn’t reflect the ingredient concentration, it does reflect what’s in the product. And apart from the two UV filters and the Calamine powder, there’s really nothing skin-enhancing in it (I don’t think the Sunflower Seed Oil is good, especially not for my sensitive skin). I’ve tried much better sunscreens in that respect.

Another thing, the application process, although partly extremely convenient, was at the same time nightmarish. The stick didn’t want to glide easily at the beginning so I had to put multiple layers of it to be sure I spread it properly- I didn’t want to stretch my skin too much so every time I started the application process very gently and always thought I didn’t cover my face with it evenly. After the first application in the morning, there’s wasn’t much of a white cast left and no white streaks either. Just the shiny effect (which, by the way, made my skin imperfections more prominent). But upon first, second, third re-application my face looked worse and worse. Whiter, with more shine and more and more streaks with every re-application, so that at the end of the day I look as if I saw a ghost and sweat like a pig. Sorry for such a comparison, but that’s the only one that came to my mind. To add to all of that, I love the idea of a having a sunscreen in a stick, but I don’t think it’s very hygienic unless you wash your face before every application- I noticed a variety of pollutants stuck on my stick (nothing major but visible nonetheless) which I think, in the long run, would break me out. But that long run probably won’t happen since after 1.5 I used quite a lot of it. I stopped using it for a while but as I return to it, in the next one or two weeks I should be run out of it.

Those would all my thoughts (at the moment) on this innovative The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Inorganic Sunscreen Stick. I liked some aspects of it but I disliked the rest which, to be honest, were in the majority. I certainly won’t repurchase this particular sunscreen stick but I’m in love with the idea of using a sun stick in general, so I’ll keep looking for a better sunscreen in this form. Till next time!

 

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Sheet Mask Compilation- May 2019

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May has gone incredibly fast and, surprise, surprise, we’re in June now. Unbelievable! I’ve been using quite a lot of sheet masks for the past 1.5 months and so I decided to do a quick sheet mask compilation for May 2019. During that month I tried 6 different sheet masks (7 in total, as I used two Jumiso Rich Nourishment ones) and although it may seem not that much (roughly 2 sheet masks a week), I’m still proud of myself that I managed to mask regularly as I’ve been preoccupied with other matters such as my final-year university exams and that made me want to simplify everything else, including my skincare routines. But without further ado, let’s jump straight in.

 

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The sheet masks in the picture above are in the date order meaning the first one from the top left is also the first one I used in May, and the one in the bottom right corner is one of the most recent ones I tried. I reviewed almost all of them on the website and so in this post I aim to give just a brief overview of each sheet mask (what I liked/disliked about every one of them) and will provide a link to the full review of the ones that I already reviewed in full. So, let’s get that ball rolling!

 

 

[Jumiso] Rich Nourishment Sheet Mask

 

 

I absolutely loved this sheet mask. The adherence was divine (see the picture below), the ingredients list top class and the effects amazing. The adherence was great but it made adjusting of the sheet (it didn’t have a good fit for my face) quite difficult, especially with the dripping-everywhere essence as the mask was thoroughly soaked in it. When it comes to the ingredients, the Jumiso sheet mask contains some of the most effective moisturizing, brightening, anti-ageing and healing ingredients, most notably Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate that encourages cell turnover leading to brighter, more even and hydrated skin. The mask’s performance itself was incredible as it not only profoundly hydrated my skin but left it brighter and more bouncy. Simply more healthy-looking and resistant to ageing.

Full review here.

 

 

[Mediheal] DNA Proatin (Aquaring) Sheet Mask

 

 

This one did get on my nerves. I basically looked like a serial killer because the fit and the adherence were terrible- the sheet mask kept sliding off my face and it didn’t fit well around my eyes nor my mouth (my upper lip was covered T.T). And the packaging itself- dear God, it was a nightmare to crack it open. I never struggled with a sheet mask packaging as much as I did with this one. I was really excited to try this mask simply because the ingredients list was wonderful and so promising- full of active ingredients that were supposed to make my face feel and look better through a proper moisturization (lock-in of the moisture) and anti-ageing care (loads of ingredients designed to address wrinkles). It did lock in the moisture but not in the right way- the Mediheal sheet mask was soaked in a heavy emulsion and took ages to absorb, and when it finally did, it left an unpleasantly heavy feeling on my face. It also didn’t do much to my wrinkles. Jumiso sheet mask was much better at both.

Full review here.

 

 

[DermaV10] Anti-Ageing Collagen Woven Face Mask

 

 

This DermaV10 sheet mask was actually really good. I paid for it just £0.89 at my local Home Bargains so I wasn’t expecting much. But I bought because the price was really good and the sheet mask had a decent ingredients list, although I feared I’d get some skin troubles as Phenoxyethanol was high up on the list. But surprisingly, I didn’t get any issues from using it.  More than that, the adherence was really good and after I removed the sheet mask, my skin looked healthier and was noticeably more hydrated. The mask did leave a slightly tacky feeling but it actually didn’t bother me much which usually happens when I’m left with a tacky face. The only thing I can really complain about is the fit- the sheet mask’s eye area was a bit too small for my eyes. But apart from that, a sheet mask definitely worth the money.

 

 

[Kina Cosmetics] Ceramide Face Mask

 

 

I actually tried this Kina Cosmetics Ceramide Face Mask a few times as I bought a pack of 10 for £5.99 at TKMaxx, which seemed like a very good deal. The mask was supposed to hydrate and lock in the moisture and reinforce the skin’s barrier with the help of Ceramides. I have to say, it did hydrate and moisturize my skin really well but left an unpleasant tacky feeling. It took a very long time to absorb and even after that the tackiness stayed. I never like when a mask leaves the uncomfortable stickiness as it messes up with my PM routine (I always sheet mask at the end of the day) and I can’t follow up with the moisturizer. So although I like the Kina Cosmetics mask for its effects (the hydration & moisturization) I definitely didn’t like its tackiness, the fit and the fact that Ceramides, the staple ingredient of the sheet mask, was one of the last ingredients on the ingredients list.

Full review here.

 

 

[Mediheal] W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask

 

 

This Mediheal W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask was definitely something different. It was pitch-black and kind of made me scared of my look. But visual effects apart, it was an amazing sheet mask. Very hydrating, fairly brightening and soothing. My face was left dewy, radiant, plump and ready for the next step as although there was plenty of the essence (in the mask’s sheet and in the packaging) it absorbed super fast with no heavy stickiness. It also had one of the best fits for my face and incredibly adhered well. It contained three ingredients which I was afraid would give me some surprises but it turned out my fear was unnecessary as the Mediheal sheet mask didn’t cause me any issues.

Full review here.

 

 

[Mediheal] N.M.F. Aquaring Hydro Nude Gel Mask

 

 

And finally, the Mediheal N.M.F. Aquaring Hydro Nude Gel Mask. I hadn’t tried a gel mask for quite a while and so this was my first attempt to get back to hydrogel masks. Things I liked first, as there weren’t many. The ingredients list looked great, with a lot of botanical extracts, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine and Ceramides. It was supposed to be very hydrating. But… it wasn’t. Instead, it brightened my skin a little but made my skin so tight I had to quickly apply a thick layer of my moisturizer to relieve this tightness. More than that, the hydrogel mask came in two pieces: one for the forehead and eye area, and one for the mouth and chin area. It was really hard to put both pieces on my face and they were very slippery and didn’t want to stick to my face at all. After a long struggle I managed to make them stay on my face so I quickly took a photo to demonstrate how the mask sits on my face. Verdict? I wouldn’t repurchase. I thought that the Mediheal DNA Proatin (Aquaring) Sheet Mask was a disappointment but that was before I tried this one.

 

How do I rate my overall sheet mask experience of May 2019? 

There certainly were some really bad fails (the Mediheal DNA Proatin (Aquaring) Sheet Mask and the N.M.F. Aquaring Hydro Nude Gel Mask) but the majority of the masks was great. I don’t think I’m going to repurchase any of them anytime soon but not because I didn’t like them but because I’m in a mood of trying something new. That said, though, I’ll certainly go back to them sooner rather than later.

 

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[Mediheal] W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask Review

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Hello my friends! Last week and this week I sheet masked with a truly scary mask- Mediheal W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask. Nevertheless, I think it’s a wonderful mask and I couldn’t resist sharing my thoughts on it with you. So here comes the review!

PS. If you’re interested in purchasing it, you can get it on YesStyle.

 

About the product

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According to YesStyle (where you can also get this sheet mask), this Mediheal W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask:

  • is an intensive whitening and hydrating mask that creates radiant, dewy skin.
  • has whitening and moisturizing power which is due to its excellent whitening ingredients (such as Niacinamide, Acai Fruit Extract) as well as moisturizing ones (such as Xylityl Glucoside, Anhydroxylitol and Xylitol)
  • emits far infrared radiation on the skin to increase its elasticity.

 

The sheet mask is also suitable for every skin type.

 

Ingredients and Texture

Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Glucose, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Trehalose, Charcoal Powder, Disodium EDTA, Arginine, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Zanthoxylum Piperitum (Japanese/Korean Pepper) Fruit Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance

 

When it comes to the ingredients, the Mediheal W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask comes with quite a lof of moisturizing ingredients (Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Glucose and Trehalose). There are also two brightening ingredients in the form of Niacinamide and Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract (contains loads of vitamin C) where Niacinamide is the third ingredient on the list. Additionally, the sheet mask contains a few soothing and skin-conditioning ingredients: Allantoin (soothing and healing properties), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (anti-inflammatory,  improves the appearance of dry/damaged skin and restores suppleness) and Arginine (antioxidant that helps to boost collagen production). 

The bad of the ingredients list are:

  • contains Fragrance and two ingredients are listed as moderately unsafe (yellow rating of 3), according to CosDna, which are Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane and PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
  • contains Carbomer which might be mildly irritant

 

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The sheet mask comes extremely well-soaked in a very watery essence. I had to be really careful not to make anything wet around me when unfolding it. Which means there was looots of the essence left in the packaging which I could reuse the following day. I was in seventh heaven. The essence also absorbs really fast so after taking off the sheet mask, I didn’t have to wait long to be able to finish my routine off with a moisturizer. The sheet mas also left a slightly tacky feeling but it didn’t bother me much- I actually liked it as it made me feel like my skin was fully moisturized (which it was).

The mask’s sheet itself was scary pitch black and adhered very well (as you can see in the photo above). I left it on for about 20min and afterwards it was still so wet I could wipe my feet with it (I genuinely think I should take more care of my feet) only to bin it still being wet. What a shame I could not use it on anything else as I feel it was quite a bit of a waste throwing it out with so much essence in it.

 

My thoughts

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Before I say anything else, let me say this: I was quite scared by just looking at myself in the mirror while wearing this mask. It’s so black (thanks to Charcoal Powder) and its cut has something monstrous about it that it made me think I look a monster or a serial killer. And I couldn’t resist the temptation to send my mom a photo just to scare her away. 😛 This sheet mask was so much fun. Ekhm. Getting back to its performance, though.

I not only enjoyed this Mediheal W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask in terms of its visual effects but also skincare effects. It was veeeery hydrating, soothing and fairly brightening. The variety of its hydrating ingredients made my skin plump and bouncy, and my fine lines and tiny wrinkles either disappeared or diminished in appearance. My skin was also left super calm and any irritations from the week just went away. The brightening effects resulted in my skin getting a more healthy look which made me look fresher at the end of the day than in the morning of any other day.

I really liked that the sheet mask was so well-soaked in the essence and that there was so much of it to use. I didn’t like that the essence was dripping all around when I was unfolding it but when I finally placed it on my face, I was over the moon. A good sheet mask equals happy Blue. 😀

The other thing I didn’t like is some of the ingredients (the ones with a yellow rating and Carbomer) but because I didn’t feel any negative effects in a form of pimples or irritation, I would gladly repurchase this Mediheal W.H.P. White Hydrating Black Mask. Because, let’s be honest- how often do you get a sheet mask that can scare people away while providing you with all the benefits? This sheet mask has truly become one of my favourites.

[Neulii] BHA PHA 5.5 Peeling Pads Review

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And here I come with another review! This time it’s Neulii BHA PHA 5.5 Peeling Pads. I must confess, though- I never tried peeling pads up till now, so this is unchartered territory for me. But that makes me even more excited to share with you my thoughts on this product.

A quick note before I jump into the review, I received those pads from RoseRose Shop for review purposes. Although they were a gift, all the opinions in this post (and everywhere else on this site, if a review is written by me) are mine and only mine and are not influenced by any third party. Okay! Let’s jump into the review then!

 

About the product

When I got the pads, I was really curious as to what exactly they’re meant to do- I only use cotton pads as a tool to apply other products like a toner or a make-up remover on my face and those pads were already soaked in something so I was intrigued.

The Neulii Peeling Pads, as may the name suggest, are designed to exfoliate. But, surprisingly, that’s not the only thing they are made to do. The packaging itself says the pads:

  • hydrate and nourish
  • refine texture
  • remove dead skin cells
  • reduce excessive sebum

 

Additionally, on RoseRose Shop‘s website, there’s some more information on the product:

Neulii BHA PHA 5.5 Peeling Pad is an exfoliator combined with toner and cotton pad for your convenience. Simply wipe with BHA PHA 5.5 Peeling Pad to gently exfoliate and get rid of skin impurities while moisturizing for smooth and soft skin.

Useful for:

  • when make-up looks patchy and uneven

  • when blackheads or whiteheads appear

  • when your skin looks dull and lifeless

  • when you need to remove dead skin cells and reduce sebum at the same time

  • when you feel residue on the skin after cleansing

 

So the pads seem to serve four main purposes: to exfoliate, moisturize, improve the appearance of the skin and top up the skin’s cleansing step (if needed). Everything in more detail below.

 

 

Ingredients and Texture

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Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Gluconolactone (5%), Glycerin, Tromethamine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine Salicylate (1%), Sodium Hyaluronate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Aronia Melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry) Fruit Extract, Methyl Cyclodextrin, Allantoin, 7-Dehydrocholesterol, Disodium EDTA

 

What surprised me at first was that the ingredients list is one of the first things you see when you hold the Neulii Peeling Pads. It’s quite impressive that Neulii made the ingredients so prominent as usually ingredients lists are in a very small print and put in the least visible place on the packaging. I like to know what I’m buying/going to use straight away when looking at the product, without trying to locate the list of ingredients and putting real effort to actually trying to figure out what’s written in the list (I have quite a poor sight, ladies and gentlemen). But with Neulii Pads, I knew immediately what I would be putting on my face. And I really liked what I saw.

According to CosDna, all the ingredients are super safe (all are rated as green) and just one (Bulytene Glycol) might cause acne (although unlikely because it’s got the lowest rating of just 1).

In terms of what beneficial ingredients the product contains, here’s a breakdown:

  • chemical exfoliants – Gluconolactone (PHA) which is a very gentle exfoliant, suitable for sensitive skin and found to protect the skin from damages caused by UV radiation as well, and Betaine Salicylate (BHA), also very gentle, and considered good for improving skin’s tone and texture
  • moisturizing ingredients- Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate and Allantoin (which also soothes and aids skin repair)
  • botanical extracts- Witch Hazel Leaf Extract (enhances the appearance of damaged and dry skin), Tea Tree Leaf Extract (calms the skin, soothing any irritation), Rooibos Extract (anti-ageing- packed with antioxidants), Acai Fruit Extract (also packed with antioxidants alongside minerals and vitamins A, B, C, and E), Black Chokeberry Fruit Extract (high in vitamin C)

 

It’s an incredibly good ingredients list and I can’t really recall the last time I saw such a clean one. The moment I read it, I couldn’t wait to actually start using the Pads and see what effects they’d give.

 

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When it comes to the texture, the pads are very thin and made of 100% cotton. They’re double-faced, meaning both sides are the same so you can use either. They’re very well-soaked in the essence although there’s not much essence left in the packaging as such (and the packaging seems way too big for the pads, just a sidenote)- it seems like all the pads absorbed all the essence. However, as long as you close the packaging immediately after using the product, the pads should stay well-soaked for a long time. 🙂 The essence itself is very watery and absorbs really fast, leaving just a slightly tacky but not an uncomfortable feeling.

 

 

My thoughts

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I’m absolutely in loooove with those Neulii BHA PHA 5.5 Peeling Pads. ❤ They’re extremely hydrating and skin pH friendly and because of that they’ve replaced my regular toner and I’m thinking whether I still need my essence. I love that they’re multipurpose- they gently exfoliate, hydrate, nourish the skin and keep it clean. Every time I use them, my skin feels well moisturized, smooth, bouncy and properly cleansed (when there are any impurities left on my face, the pads effectively remove everything). And also more radiant and generally healthy-looking.

When it comes to more specific effects, I noticed my pimples are surprisingly well kept at bay- if they appear they never fully develop but disappear the next day and the scars from the old ones seem to fade away so much faster. What’s more, the blackheads on my nose which I’ve had for a very long time (and couldn’t get rid of no matter what I did), disappeared almost entirely after two weeks of using the product! I can’t really speak if the pads also help with sebum control as my skin is very dry and I wish it produced something to make it less like that. But well, with those pads my face is much better moisturized anyway.

All in all, I love the Neulii BHA PHA 5.5 Peeling Pads for what they contain and what they do. They contain super clean and beneficial ingredients which do moisturize, gently exfoliate and nourish the skin while at the same time addressing the skin’s imperfections. There’s absolutely nothing bad I can say about those pads. Maybe just that the packaging is too big for all the pads (seems like a waste of plastic) but apart from that- nothing. I truly have enjoyed this product and I’d certainly recommend it to everybody interested in chemical exfoliating- regardless of the skin type as the pads seem to be very gentle. But remember to always patch test any product you buy, just to be on the safe side!

[Jumiso] Rich Nourishment Sheet Mask Review

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Not so long ago, during a very ordinary day, while browsing my Instagram feed, I came across Mask House UK’s post about a special deal- free postage with orders above £5 (yes, £5! Initially I thought it was a mistake and figured they must’ve missed ”0” to make it £50. So I went onto their website and saw it really was JUST £5! I was shocked. Positively, of course). So what did I do? I had to order something, of course. But because I already placed three orders on three different websites that week, I knew I shouldn’t spend much. So I went for sheet masks (cheapest products out there) that were below £4 (I wanted to buy a few within £6 budget that I set for myself). I also wanted to buy something worth trying (with a decent ingredients list) and so after a long search I found this Jumiso Rich Nourishment Sheet Mask and bought it for £2.50 (in the end, I bought two Jumiso sheet masks and one pore stripe to make the balance above £5 and get the free postage). And I definitely don’t regret spending a few quid more that week. Not just because of the Jumiso’s mask ingredients and the mask’s performance (of which more below) but can we please all admire its cute packaging? After using both sheet masks, I obviously had to keep their packaging.

But! Without any further ado, here goes the review.

 

Claims

So let’s start with claims. According to the packaging,

This revitalising sheet mask contains natural ingredients which nourish and balance [the] skin. Its gentle 100% cotton fabric is of the finest quality for the perfect adherence while still allowing [the] skin to breathe.

The description is short and very general so I thought I’d supplement it with the product description from the place where I bought it- Mask House UK:

What it is:
A cupra sheet is made of the 100% mildest cotton yarn with the finest quality with black ginseng to deeply nourish the skin

Why we love it:
The sheet has superior adhesion to the skin, it is breathable and it promotes quick absorption. The nutrition is provided by boiling black ginseng 9 times in a row and including Korean herbal ingredients.

So basically, the claims about the Jumiso sheet mask can be broken down into two points:

  1. It’s made of 100% high-quality cotton that makes the mask highly adherent but also breathable for the skin while promoting the ingredients’ absorption.
  2. The natural ingredients (black ginseng among them) it contains nourish and balance the skin.

 

 

Ingredients and Texture

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Betaine, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus Ferment, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pyridoxine HCI, Maltodextrin, Silica, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide NS, Triethylhexanoin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, PEG-32, Panthenol, Allantoin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragrance, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA

 

Looking at the ingredients list, four things jumped to my eyes:

a) the mask contains a number of ingredients that moisturize/help to keep the moisture in the skin (I put those ingredients in bold navy font above); there’s also Shea Butter that acts as an emollient and helps with dry skin

b) there are ingredients which have brightening properties (Niacinamide, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate- Vit. C) as well as anti-ageing (Tocopheryl Acetate- Vit. E, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil which also contains Vit. E, and two types of ceramides: Ceramide NP and Ceramide NS; interestingly enough this sheet mask contains more ceramides than a ceramide mask I have in my stash- and it has ”ceramide” in its product name) and wound healing ones (Allantoin and Arginine)

c) other key ingredients include: Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate (”the mother of all k-beauty ingredients, also known to be the star ingredient in Missha’s Time Revolution First Treatment Essence, which is a fermented ingredient that works to encourage cell turnover, leading to brighter, more even and hydrated skin”), probiotics (Lactobacillus Ferment and Xylitol) which restore microflora on the skin balancing its pH level, among other things, and plant extracts (Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract and Panax Ginseng Root Extract, the staple ingredient mentioned in the second product description) that act as antioxidants helping the skin to look healthier and younger 

d) the sheet mask contains four ingredients that are yellow-rated in terms of safety (I put them in orange bold) and two ingredients which might be irritant/cause acne (very unlikely as they have a rating 1 which is very low; I put them in red colour in the ingredients list)

 

Overall, the Jumiso Rich Nourishment Sheet Mask contains a variety of ingredients that nourish the skin (vitamins, extracts, ferments and other active ingredients) helping with its regeneration, suppleness, moisture and balance. The mask also has skin balancing properties as it contains probiotics that balance the skin’s pH level.

The only downside of the ingredients list is that it contains a few ingredients that might be considered unsafe or might irritate the skin/cause acne. However, they are further down list so their effect should be fairly weak and definitely outnumbered by the positive effects the rest of the ingredients.

 

 

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In terms of the sheet mask’s texture- Oh My God. They didn’t bluff by saying the sheet is made of ”high-quality” cotton. It’s extremely soft and delicate in touch. And very thin. As you can see in the picture above, although the sheet covered my eyebrows you can still see them through very well- that’s how thin the sheet is. And it’s 100% cotton so it’s also biodegradable.

The essence in which the sheet was soaked (dripping soaked actually- when I took it out of the packaging I couldn’t stop the essence dripping off the sheet. I felt soo guilty about wasting so much of precious essence but there we go) was very watery. There was loads of it in the packaging and it proved to absorb very fast as well.

 

 

My thoughts

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So now, coming to the sheet mask’s performance. There are a few things which I absolutely love about this Jumiso mask.

First, the adherence. Adherence, adherence, adherence. It was brilliant. The sheet adhered so well that it was really hard for me to move and adjust some of its parts to my face (more on the fit below). As I already mentioned, the sheet was also dripping with the abundance of the essence of which there was plenty left in the packaging. It lasted me for three days. The essence absorbed super fast into my skin so when I removed the mask all the essence was locked in my skin within two minutes. It did leave a slightly tacky feeling but it wasn’t uncomfortable and I still could carry on with my PM routine and apply a rich moisturizer.

Secondly, I absolutely love the ingredients list and how effective it was. First of all, the sheet mask didn’t break me out even though it contains Castor Oil which my skin doesn’t like (but it was at the very far end of the ingredients list so it’s understandable as its quantity must’ve been scant; or maybe it was the probiotics that prevented any breakout?). Straight after removing the sheet mask, my skin was super hydrated, plump and bouncy, and slightly brighter as my old pimple scars became paler. I also saw my worst wrinkles were noticeably diminished. I have no idea when was the last time I saw any product do anything to my wrinkles. They aren’t that deep but they are definitely visible. I’ve tried a countless number of products that were supposed to address my wrinkles but I can’t recall any product that actually changed the appearance of them. But this Jumiso sheet mask did. Straight after removing. More than that, after taking the mask off my skin was so bouncy and elastic that even though I laughed really hard and frowned a lot that same night, I couldn’t see any bad changes to the newly improved wrinkles nor could I see any new temporary wrinkles formed (which usually happens when I frown/laugh, especially around my eyes). There were no changes whatsoever. I was really impressed.

However! There are also things I don’t like about Jumiso Rich Nourishment Sheet Mask. One of them is the fit. The eye area was too small which resulted in the sheet not adhering well in some places around my eyes. Also, the incredible adherence made the fit adjusting worse. Because the fit wasn’t good I had to move the sheet’s parts around to make it fit my face better. But because the mask stuck to my face so well, the adjusting was hell. Quite a few creases and air pockets formed and that drove me crazy (I’m a perfectionist when it comes to skincare and I can’t stand when a sheet isn’t adhering to my face evenly). And the fact that the sheet mask was dripping with the essence didn’t make it any better. But as they say, you can’t have everything.

 

All in all, I really enjoyed the Jumiso Rich Nourishment Sheet Mask and loved the results it gave. I would definitely repurchase it if I have a chance. But as for now, I want to venture out and try other sheet masks out there to expand my horizons and add more products to my collection of holy grails. ❤

 

 

Thank you for reading the review! Before you leave, here are just three things I’d like to add:

  1. The photos were taken by me and are copyrighted. 
  2. All the opinions in this post are entirely mine; all the claims are based on my own knowledge. 
  3. If you’d like to have your review of a k-beauty product/store featured on the website as well, just send me an email on email.kbeauty.reviews@gmail.com. I’ll be more than happy to publish it here! The more reviews, the merrier.