Nooni Spring Water Seed Essence Toner, an Ideal Before Noon Boost of Hydration

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Spring Water Seed Essence Toner by Memebox's house brand nooni, is one of three products sent me for review from this line. I've been using this toner for about a month now, and have finally formulated an opinion about it so here goes nothing. Click to read the two other nooni reviews about the cleansing water here and ceramide cream here. :-)

I selected this product based on the ingredients list which boast carbonated water, olive oil, and green tea extract which I hoped with lead to a very moisturizing and oxidation and UV damage-preventing product. Second, this product is gargantuan, clocking in at 350ml, a full 200 ml more than most other toners and essences I've encountered in the Kbeauty world. (Bigger doesn't always mean better, but it surely is mildly satisfying to know that the product is such a great deal). Lastly, I was intrigued by the inclusion of quinoa extract in the ingredients list, something not stressed in their marketing message for the product.

So let's get right into it.



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Neogen Code9 Lemon Green Caviar and Tox Tightening Pack Kit Unboxing & First Impressions

Friday, May 27, 2016

Hi everyone, today I have a quick unboxing and first impressions of the Neogen Code9 Lemon Green Caviar Essence and Tox Tightening Pack Kit, sent by Memebox, through their Brand Ambassador program. This is my first time using a product from the Neogen brand so I am/was excited to see how it works out.

Neogen Dermalogy is actually kind of like Club Clio in the sense that it's a beauty conglomerate and houses multiple brands. So Neogen Dermalogy is the momma brand and there are 3 brands in all - Neogen Dermalogy, Code9, and RE:P. All three brands are certified cruelty-free as designated by the Leaping Bunny Cruelty-Free standard that was launched earlier this year.

For awhile whenever I thought about Neogen, the images that came to mind were all-natural, fruits and antioxidant packed skincare that came in the simplest and chicest of packaging. But boy is this Code9 brand offshoot a departure from this image. You'll see why below.

According to Memebox...
This is a multifunctional solution essence infused with lemon extract, green caviar, multivitamins and 55 kinds of natural organic extracts that brightens, firms, hydrates, nourishes and tightens the skin in just a single use! This essence is paired with a 100% pure cotton gauze pad that has a cushion sheet and patterned pad that effectively detoxifies and exfoliates the skin. This advanced concept allows nutrients and active ingredients to be fully absorbed by the skin. With continuous usage, it transforms the skin into smoother and more youthful state.


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Get It Beauty 2016 Episode 15: "Aging Backwards"

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Get It Beauty is a Korean beauty network television program shown on the OnStyle channel. It's hosted by (from left to right) actress/model Kim Jung Min, actress and former Miss Korea Honey Lee, and beauty editor Hwang Min Young. They are joined by special MC Luna of Kpop girl group F(x).

They used to release episodes with English subtitles, but stopped back in 2015, so every once in awhile, when I see a show with some useful skincare tips, I like to translate them on the blog. Today's episode is all about tips and tricks to make everyone think you're aging backwards.


The hosts try to guess what the three celebs pictured on the jumbotron screen have in common. 

The show starts by introducing 3 Korean celebrities (Song Joong Ki, Kim Tae Hee, and Kim Hee Ae); the hosts are asked to guess what they have in common. The commonality is that they are known to be 'babyfaces'. Host Honey Lee introduces the topic, stating that people may be born babyfaces, but it's possible for anyone to rewind the clock by using the tips presented on today's show, the "Her Time is Flowing Backwards" special. This episode is all about cultivating beauty and skincare habits that will have everyone guessing your age.

Cherry Blossom Makeup Look & Aritaum Product Reviews

Monday, May 23, 2016

One look I've been seeing trending on Korean beauty Youtube channels has been this bright pink and cherry red look, often dubbed the "Cherry Blossom" makeup look/tutorial. The look brings the focus onto the cheek and lips as it features heavy handed pink blush and a glossy red (often gradient) lip. I recently noticed that two of the makeup products I purchased not long ago are actually great building blocks for this particular look, so I thought I'd give them a quick review, along with a FOTD of what the cherry blossom look I'm referring to above looks like.

The two products I picked up (pictured below) are the...

Aritaum Sugarball Velvet Blusher in 04 Peach Crush
Aritaum Water Sliding Tint in 06 Wild Strawberry

aritaum sugarball velvet blusher and aritaum water sliding tint review cherry blossom korean beauty look

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Nooni Root Therapy Cleansing Water Review, Gettin' Fizzy With It

Saturday, May 21, 2016

I received the Nooni Root Therapy Cleansing Water from Memebox through its brand ambassador program and will be reviewing it for you today. But long story short, I had a very YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary, or less than stellar) experience with this product, so I will be brief with this review.

Nooni is Memebox's own in-house skincare brand that launched towards the end of 2015. They first came out with an oil-based cleansing balm and now have added this cleansing water, a toner, a cream, and various other types of skincare to their lineup. 

This particular cleansing water is fortified with the essence of various plant roots and carbonated water sourced from CheongJu, South Korea, and it is meant to remove makeup as a first cleanser. It can also be used to remove oil cleanser residue, so as a second cleanser. The featured roots are lotus (high in antioxidants), fig (actually not that great of a skincare ingredient, it is a potential irritant), and beet root (another antioxidant). I'm uncertain of the benefits of carbonated water to the skin, but when you shake the bottle up, it's fun to see it fizz and bubble over.


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Get It Beauty 2016 Episode 12 - Sun Care and UV Defense

Friday, May 20, 2016

Get It Beauty is a Korean beauty network television program shown on the OnStyle channel. It's hosted by (from left to right) actress/model Kim Jung Min, actress and former Miss Korea Honey Lee, and beauty editor Hwang Min Young. They are joined by special MC Lizzy of Kpop group Orange Caramel and After School.

They used to release episodes with English subtitles, but stopped back in 2015, so every once in awhile, when I see a show with some useful skincare tips, I like to translate them on the blog. Today's episode is all about how to fight the aging and imperfections brought on by UV radiation. This is the sunscreen and sun care episode.

Honey Lee says 'you may have been born with great skin, but there's no such thing as having been born with strong skin'. She'll coat you with UV protection through the advice given in today's episode.

Lizzy of After School and Orange Caramel

[Memebox] Nooni Advanced Repair Therapy Cream Review

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hi all, it's been a while since my last full-size skincare product review. I like to rotate products into my skincare routine every 2 - 4 weeks to make sure that I can pinpoint whether or not a particular product is giving me great results, hence the delay. But today I'll be reviewing the nooni Advanced Repair Therapy Super Revitalizing Cream sent to me by the lovely Memebox team.



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Mamonde Vivid Touch Moisture Lipstick in 08 Orange Flower Review

Monday, May 16, 2016

Warm weather is almost upon us once again and with it the promise of many joyous occasions like weddings, barbecues, picnics and more. Face it, there will be many occasions to wear a bright spring/summery lipstick to brighten your mood and your makeup look. In my last Aritaum haul I picked up a lipstick to help me get into a spring/summery mood and it is this Mamonde Vivid Touch Moisture Lipstick in 08 Orange Flower. I haven't seen much information on these lipsticks online yet so I thought what the hey why not give the internet that rare beast, the k-beauty makeup review.


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Aritaum Salon Esthe Bio Cellulose Masks in Moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid and Brightening Pearl Reviews

Friday, May 13, 2016

I'm going to review the final two masks from my Aritaum mini haul for you today. These are the Aritaum Salon Esthe Bio Cellulose Masks in Moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid and Brightening Pearl. They ended up in my basket because it was a) the only sheet masks at the store were from Salon Esthe or Mamonde, the latter of which has mixed reviews and mostly b) these are neeeew and I always manage to convince myself that the English-speaking internet neeeeeds more reviews of new K-beauty products. So yes, for those of you who are still interested, let's just get right into the short reviews for today.

Aritaum is a brand that's under the Amore Pacific umbrella of brands and they carry mostly makeup items, however, earlier this year they launched a brand under the Aritaum name called Salon Esthe, and it features mostly skincare items - namely different types of sheet masks and wash-off mask packs. In terms of the Bio Cellulose masks, there are 4 kinds - Moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid, Brightening Pearl, Lifting Collagen, and Soothing Teatree.

Biocellulose masks are the fourth generation of sheet masks, which have evolved from paper, to cotton, to hydrogel, to biocellulose. One of the reasons why biocellulose is supposed to be technologically superior to the prior types of masks is because of the way the fibers are cultivated and manufactured - they're supposed to be antibacterial, so great for those whose skin is sensitive or acne-prone. In terms of feel as Tracy of fanserviced coined this term, they feel like face condoms. Or to be more accurate, they feel like a thin, clingy film not unlike the Leaders Cosmetics Coconut Gel Masks, which you've seen me review here before on the blog and may have tried yourselves before, as they are quite popular.

Salon Esthe Bio Cellulose Moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid Mask

These masks come in silver foil packets and have the name and a design printed on the front along with the type of mask it is - each mask design is the same except for the color of the design. The foil makes it feel all future-y.