Stuff That's Touched My Face This Month - July 2016 Paula's Choice, Timeless, Maricle

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Aka the truest blog title I've ever written. This is pretty much what this entire blog is about. :-)

This month I had the chance to try out two beauty workhorses, aka products that contain very many active ingredients in the Paula's Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster, and the Timeless 20% C E Ferulic Acid Serum, and I was contacted by miniBbeauty, a Korean beauty instagram account to give an honest review of a product by a Korean brand called Maricle. The product is the Maricle Marine Pure Collagen Whitening Essence.


Paula's Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster


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Tosowoong Essence Cushion SPF 50+ PA+++ #21 Light Beige Review

I'm squarely on team cushion when it comes to base products. I spend much time evangelizing how amazing it is to be able to build up coverage to your particular need with the light, moisturizing layers afforded by many cc cushions. I'd reckon you could potentially put on 100 layers and still look mostly human (if you've seen those 100 layers of makeup videos you'll know what I'm talking about).

By now I assume everyone knows what a cushion product is, but just in case, I'll review - they are compacts that contain instead of powder or a foundation cake, a foundation soaked sponge. With the compact comes an antibacterial bouncy applicator puff that you dip into the sponge, and pat onto the face.

Today I'm pretty delighted to have a cushion review for you. This Tosowoong Essence Cushion was sent to me by Cupidrop.com in shade 21, Light Beige.

There are 3 shades in the range: 21 Light Beige which corresponds to an NC15, 22 Pink Beige which may be an N20, and 1 Pink Tone-up, which is like a shimmery highlighter cushion.

So let's get into the review!

Tosowoong Essence Cushion SPF 50+ PA+++  #21 Light Beige Review


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Summer Finds: Tonymoly and Primera Watery Creams, a Cleansing Water

Friday, July 15, 2016

So right now, on my bedside table, I have a trio of products from my summer 2016 haul, stacked on top of one another, waiting for me to declare my official verdict on them. Which I will do, with much gusto, smacking my gavelin (read: empty skincare bottles) at the end of each paragraph. JK.

Each of these products today I could easily do a full, detailed long-form review on, only in the interest of time, I've consolidated everything into mini-reviews. So let's dive right in.

Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream

Primera Alpine Berry Watery Cream review,  Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream review,  Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea Cleansing Water review



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Dearpacker Jeju Camellia Flower Mask - Lifting and Nourishing Review

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Happy Saturday y'all. Just a quick reminder, it's the final hours to enter my summer mask giveaway, it's international so if you're interested in trying out some fun new masks all with a fruit, flora, and veggie theme, please go take a look!

One of the masks in the prize package will be these Jeju Camellia Flower Masks from newish brand Dearpacker. Dearpacker was a mid-tier brand launched either early this year or late last year by one of the big Korean beauty conglomerates called LG Health and Household. This is the company that owns SU:M37 and The Face Shop. Dearpacker's main focus is on masks, both wash-off and sheet mask varieties. I picked up a 20 pack of one of their Jeju floral sheet masks of which there are 4 varieties: the unfortunately named rapeseed flower, cherry blossom, camellia, and cactus.


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Daycell Esthenique Dark Sugar Cleansing Oil Review

Friday, July 8, 2016

The following review is on a cleansing oil that contains mineral oil, so if that's a dealbreaker for you I suggest you skip this post. I don't mind myself some mineral oil in cleansing oil form as I've used products like the Banila Co Clean It Zero's without getting any breakouts and found that products with mineral oil are often really darn effective.

With that today I want to talk about the Daycell Esthenique Dark Sugar Cleansing Oil. The draw of this product for me was a very positive and glowing review I came across on one of the many Korean beauty forums I frequent - the specific one I think was the one called Yeouya. After seeing the review I did a quick ingredients search on Hwahae and found that the few people who reviewed it on the app also had great experiences with it as well.



Review Roundup: TheSaem Fruits Punch Sleeping Packs, Missha Eyebrow Pencil, TheSaem Super Seed Sheet Masks

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Hi all, I'm back with a review roundup of everything that's crossed my instagram over the past week or so. I do mini reviews on IG but, for anything where you might want to find an ingredients list or more photos and details, I find that I like to cover these types of items on the blog as well.


TheSAEM Fruits Punch Sleeping Packs


These adorable sleeping packs by the brand TheSAEM caught my eye because of their packaging (omg little juice boxes squee!) but when I pulled up their ingredients list on the HwaHae app and found out the ingredients looked quite impressive and appropriate for dry skin, I checked out with them so fast I probably gave them a little bout of whiplash. The packs come in Peach, Apple, and Banana, and as you may have guessed, they contain some peach, apple, and banana in each pack, respectively. The scents are bright and loud and pretty accurate, with the banana having a bit of an after-scent that is less pleasant than the others. The consistency of the packs themselves are a gel formula that gets watery after making contact with the skin. When first squeezed out, they look and feel a bit like the famed Mizon Snail Recovery Gel, so, a clear, cloudy gel. I have to say that I'm more happy with these products for the sensory experience, the visual and the scent are all quite amazing. In terms of results, these don't really do too much besides moisturize. They each come with 100ml of product in squeeze tube format for a pretty low price so I don't mind one bit.

Find them at Jolse $11.20eBay $14.09


PEACH INGREDIENTS 
Water, Glycerin, Glycereth-26, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Betaine, Trehalose, Honey Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Lilium Tigrinium Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Arginine, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, CI 15985, CI17200, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance

APPLE INGREDIENTS Water, Glycerin, Glycereth-26, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Betaine, Trehalose, Squalane, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Honey Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Coptis Japonica Extract, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arginine, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Panthenol, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

BANANA INGREDIENTS Water, Glycerin, Glycereth-26, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Trehalose, Betaine, Honey Extract, Shea Butter Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Arginine, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, CI 19140, CI 15985, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance

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Summer Giveaway: 'Whole Foods' Sheet Masks

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Hi everyone, I have a giveaway running on my Instagram from now until Saturday 7/9 11:59pm EST. This one is funded by me and is open internationally. For more details check out the actual instagram post below!


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The TheSaem masks are really nicely moisturizing and nourishing cotton sheet masks and the Dearpackers are kind of a unique breed of mask - really great for someone who is in a bit of a sheet mask rut and perhaps looking for a slightly different experience as the fiber of that sheet mask is different.

Also, just some personal news. I don't think I've ever shared but I'd taken a break from work for a rather extended period of time, and have been searching and interviewing for full-time work for the past few months. I feel lucky and blessed to be able to say that last week I secured a full-time position. I'm super ecstatic but also a little sad that I will probably need to scale back my blogging efforts until I am successfully transitioned into my new role. Nevertheless, I will try to keep active on my instagram, so if you want to keep up with what I am using and chat back and forth, instagram is where you will find me: @kinsengnsq. This blog will still be updated every once in awhile if I find products that merit a full-on post.

With that toodles! Until next time. The winners of this giveaway will be notified via instagram.




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Manyo Factory Active Refresh Herb Peeling Gel Review

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I'm pretty lazy about my exfoliating regime, when I pick a product I want it to have an impact. I have this perception that peeling gels are mostly 'exfoliating lite' and as such, they almost never make it to my shopping cart.

I'm going to talk about you guessed it, a peeling gel today that was sent to me by Memebox. I'm one of their brand ambassadors and get to try one or two of their new skincare products every month. Without them, I would never have owned a peeling gel to feature. Oh Memebox, you broaden my horizons, and I appreciate that. :-)




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Hada Labo Shirojyun Lotion Trial + My Ideal Toner

Saturday, June 25, 2016

I'm not so sure the internet needs another full-blown Hada Labo Shirojyun Lotion review, but I think I might microblog my experience with it. Ooh "microblog", I feel all Techcrunch-y calling it that.

But seriously, there are many full reviews of this essence/toner. Here's a link to an excellent one done by Holy Snails, and here is a link to a thread on reddit where many people discuss their experience with it. I'd just like to add one more data point for you in case you're considering this one.


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