[Purito] Centella Green Level Buffet Serum Review

AUTHOR: Stella from Oh My Stellar!

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

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

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Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum Review

 

Purito Kbeauty Skincare Review Centella Green Level Buffet Serum

 

This product was provided to me by Purito for my honest review. Affiliate links are not used in this post.

 

I was recently approached by a Korean skincare brand called Purito to test out some of their products and, with the experience that I had with them, I was more than happy to. They showed me their English website which talked about their natural and ‘honest’ approach to skincare, focusing on safe and pure ingredients.

 

I’ll go into that a little further down but basically they asked me to choose a few products and to test them out for at least 2 weeks (and I liked that they seem genuine in wanting to demonstrate the effectiveness of their products). I’ll be starting off with their Centella Green Level Buffet Serum – which is one of their hero products. This is sort of an ‘all in one’ product, meaning that it has a buffet of essential ingredients to help target multiple skin needs at once. This seems really great as a daily serum and you can definitely boost it with a second serum depending on the seasons.

 

I think that Purito products would be well suited for people with sensitive skin or those who just prefer to use natural products in their routine. So, if that’s you (or if you’ll read what I write regardless), let’s get on with the review!

 

Purito Kbeauty Skincare Review Centella Green Level Buffet Serum

 

Brand Description

As I mentioned earlier, Purito is a brand that aims to focus on high quality, safe and natural ingredients. They use EWG green level ingredients (EWG stands for The Environmental Working Group and you can read about them here, as well as their rating system) meaning that their products are also safe for varying skin types.

 

They also have a number of brand promises, which I thought were really great and would be particularly interesting for people who are especially environmentally aware and who have sensitive skin. The following is taken from their website. There might be some awkward grammar due to the translation and language barrier, but it’s all pretty clear and pretty good:

  • Based on the data of EWG skin deep, we will continuously give a challenge although it may be difficult to produce it.
  • We will never put bad ingredients such as 20 types of ingredients that require caution and 26 types of allergic ingredients.
  • Our focus will continue to be on ingredients rather than glamorous containers.
  • We will keep the environment in mind, removing unnecessary packaging and eco-friendly material.
  • We will never conduct tests on animals.
  • We will only make mild, non-allergic products to strengthen natural resillience of skin.
  • Until the day comes when everyone uses Purito, we will keep our price at more reasonable levels to get closer to you.

 

Basically, the brand swears by using only skin safe products, focusing on ingredients rather than elaborate packaging, being environmentally friendly, not testing on animals and also being affordable to the average consumer.

 

Packaging

Although the brand states that they don’t put their focus on glamorous packaging, I personally think that it’s important to also keep it in mind – after all, great packaging always makes me more interested in continuing to use a product, and good quality is also a necessity. That being said, even though Purito’s approach is very simple and basic, the quality and aesthetic is still there – they just don’t have any brand gimmick.

 

The serum comes in a brown cardboard box – the actual design of it really suits the brand image, and this type of paper is also better for the environment (it’s uncoated, so there is no unneeded plastic in it). The bottle of this Centella Green Level Buffet Serum is made of a light but sturdy plastic, with a dark green colour. The pump is black and it’s smooth so it’s easy to control how much you want to dispense.

 

With 60mL in a bottle, I’ve been using it twice a day over two weeks now and I’m maybe 1/8 in… so I think that this would last me around 4 months if I continue in the same fashion. It’s a good amount of product, and the price is good too, selling at USD$17.30

 

Purito Kbeauty Skincare Review Centella Green Level Buffet Serum

 

Product claims

This product claims to have four main skin benefits:

  • Strengthening the skin barrier
  • Lightening
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Moisturising

 

According to the website:

  • With collagen, ceramide, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide compounds in it, Buffet Serum will brighten and moisturise your skin
  • The Cica serum contains 49% of Centella Asiatica Extract and Centella Asiatica powder from Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid and Asiatic Acid
  • With Adenosine and four peptides, the serum will help alleviate deep wrinkles

 

This product is recommended for people who want to target multiple skin problems and people with sensitive skin, especially those who are concerned with blemishes and pigmentation. The serum has a light texture and is meant to absorb quickly. However, since there is no alcohol in the formula, it does not evaporate and retains moisture.

 

According to your skin needs, they also have a recommended skincare routine on the product page. For myself, I worked this product into my normal skincare routine (so that I could observe the changes with only this additional product) but took out my whitening serum as I didn’t want it to overlap.

 

Purito Kbeauty Skincare Review Centella Green Level Buffet Serum

 

Personal Results

So following the recommendation from Purito, I used this serum for a total of two weeks and a kept a close eye on my observations during that time.

 

My immediate thought is that the serum has a very light, almost liquidified gel sort of formula. It feels a bit slippery and spreads/pats easily on the skin without any need for rubbing to help it absorb. There is a fresh scent but it’s very light and not noticeable enough to bother anyone. I typically use 2-3 pumps at night, and then 1-2 pumps in the morning (when I have to put make up on over it). Once applied, it leaves no sticky residue or heaviness. Other products are easy to then layer on top of it and I find that it also wears well under make up.

 

Since the formula is a little bit cooling when you apply it, it’s also a good addition to my morning routine.

 

After using it for two weeks, I noticed that my skin was feeling very well hydrated and smoother than usual. I also had a minor break out on my chin when I first started to use this, and it cleared up completely within the week (and it was one of those awkward ones that I had issues with for a while). This is still some scarring, but I’m hoping that longer term use will fade that more. That being said, I’m unable to comment on the anti-wrinkle properties of this product and I didn’t see much brightening, so I will likely add in the Vitamin C serum after this weekend to boost that property more.

 

I don’t feel that this serum is a sort of miracle product that will perform miraculous feats that you see advertised pretty often, but instead it is a gentle formula that is effective over time. This is definitely very suitable for sensitive or problem skin and I think that this sort of slow, nourishing approach will be very beneficial for my skincare in the long term.

 

Purito Kbeauty Skincare Review Centella Green Level Buffet Serum

 

Overall, I really like Purito’s brand philosophy and I’m happy that they gave me the chance to try out their range! I’m going to continue to use this Buffet Serum in my skincare routine, as well as adding in their Pure Vitamin C Serum to see if it will help fade this acne scarring on my chin as well as some of my sun spots. I am currently also using their exfoliation pads, which I will also continue to do, and I intend on writing a thorough review for that at the end of my testing period.

 

So, until then, here’s my verdict!

 

SO WHAT IS IT?

A light, buffet serum that targets multiple skin concerns (Skin barrier, whitening, anti-wrinkle and hydration).

 

THE GOOD

  • Safe and natural ingredients
  • Environmentally friendly paper box packaging (for those who look for this)
  • No animal testing
  • Very hydrating and maintains that moisture through the day
  • Obvious improvements to skin breakouts
  • Fresh scent that isn’t overwhelming
  • Absorbs quickly and easy to layer other products
  • Works well under make up
  • Affordable

 

THE BAD

  • Not immediate results – product needs to be used over time
  • Brightening/Whitening benefits aren’t visible
  • Average, simple packaging (which some people may prefer and others may not)

 

RATINGS

  • PACKAGING | 3/5
  • PRICE POINT |4/5
  • HYDRATION | 5/5
  • BRIGHTENING/WHITENING | 1/5
  • ANTI-ACNE | 4/5
  • ABSORPTION | 5/5

OVERALL RATING? 7.3/10

 

WOULD I RECOMMEND?

This is a product that would definitely benefit someone is a sensitive skin type. Personally, my skin isn’t very sensitive so I’m used to using stronger and more potent products and ingredients (some of which probably aren’t suitable for all skintypes). For that reason, Purito is a brand that I would recommend people to check out themselves and to see if it suits their needs.

 

WHERE TO GET IT FROM

If you want to get your hands on the Centella Green Level Buffet Serum it is selling on for USD$17.30 for a 60mL bottle. Alternatively, you can also visit the Purito website to see all of the other products that they sell.

[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

 

skinfood black sugar wash off mask review

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

skinfood black sugar wash off mask product ingredients

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.

 

skinfood black sugar mask review 01

 

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.

 

skinfood black sugar mask review 02

 

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.

 

skinfood black sugar mask review 05

 

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.

 

skinfood black sugar mask review 06

 

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

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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.

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