Wednesday, August 24, 2016

First Impressions/Review: NEW L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask - Detox & Brighten - Charcoal

L'Oreal has recently released a set of three different clay masks that you can now get your hands on at your local drugstore or superstore between $10 to $13. I picked up two of the three, and I'm pretty positive I will be picking up the one I don't have eventually! This line of masks are known as the Pure-Clay Mask with each having their own functions.

Each type of clay mask contains the three pure clays: kaolin, montmorillonite, and Moroccan lava, but what makes each mask unique is that they also each have different ingredients to perform certain tasks for our skin.

The green mask has eucalyptus which is supposed to purify and mattify your face, and the orange red mask contains red algae which supposed to exfoliate and refine your skin. The one I did a first impressions on is comparable to the original GlamGlow mask, the detox and brighten treatment mask that contains charcoal.

The Detox & Brighten treatment mask helps with dull and tired skin, bringing radiance to your skin meanwhile drawing out the impurities. L'Oreal also claims that this product will even out your skin tone.

If you have used clay masks before, applying this charcoal treatment is no different. I used to use my fingers to apply any kind of clay mask, but now I like to use a brush. Clay mask brushes are fairly inexpensive. I recommend using a flat foundation brush that you do not use to apply the mask. You can get the Wet N Wild flat foundation brush for $0.99 at Walgreens or Rite Aid that works perfectly for clay mask application.

The clay comes in a simple jar with a green top. You get 1.7/48 grams of product.

 I recommend applying a thin layer of product or else it will take a lot longer to dry. Avoid the eye area, and let the product work its magic for 10 to 15 minutes. I generally leave on my masks for 15 minutes or until it gets too dry. I do not recommend leaving it on for too long (>30 minutes) because your skin can get irritated from too much tightening. Yes, I am crossing my eyes in the photo below! :P

 This is a photo of my skin after using the charcoal clay mask. I am quite impressed with this product. It left my skin feeling refreshed, smooth, clear and bright! Unfortunately I no longer have the original GlamGlow to compare this to, but the L'Oreal clay mask did essentially the same thing, but at a huge fraction of the GlamGlow price.

If you want to see me try this product out for the first time, check out my first impressions/review below:

  • Inexpensive ($10-$13. I purchased mine from Target for $10. It's affordable!)
  • Draws out impurities
  • Makes skin appear brighter, clearer and smoother!
  • None! I do recommend putting on a mask prior showering because it can be a little messy over the sink! 

That is it for my first impressions and review. Thanks for reading and stopping by. :) 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

KOREAN BEAUTY REVIEWS: Nooni, Cosrx, Nature Republic, Etc.! (EP. 1)

Videos that I enjoy filming are reviews and first impressions, but sometimes I just want to sit and do a bunch of reviews, which is why I'm going to start doing multiple Korean beauty product reviews in one video. Here's the first episode:

These were the products that I mentioned with a few thoughts:

- Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch - Great for taking out acne secretion and healing pimples.
- Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask - Great for firming your face and cleaning out your pores.
- Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Gel - I love this for the summer. Very refreshing.
- Koelf Cosmetic Royal Jelly Hydro Eye Patch - My eye bag"depuffer"
- Nooni Advanced Repair Therapy Super Vitalizing Gel Cleanser - A gentle cleanser for a deep cleanse.
- Nooni Advanced Repair Therapy Super Vitalizing Cream - Great cream for hydration. I like wearing this overnight.

If you want a more in-depth review and more photos of the Nooni products, I did a blog post HERE.

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FTC: The Nooni products were sent to me from Memebox for review purposes. All other products were purchased with my own money. As always, my opinions are my own! :)

REVIEW: Nooni Advanced + Repair Therapy Super Revitalizing Gel Cleanser & Super Revitalizing Cream

I have two products to discuss today from the Advanced + Repair Therapy line from Memebox's brand, Nooni. I was sent the Super Revitalizing Gel Cleanser ($15) and the Super Revitalizing Cream ($40) to review, and I have been testing these products out for about a month since receiving them.

The Super Revitalizing Gel Cleanser is a mild clear gel cleanser that mainly contains centella asiatica extract which can reduce swelling and circulation. According to the Memebox website, this ingredient will calm and relieve skin redness and irritations, good for sensitive skin. Also with ingredients from Jeju Island of Korea, this product is supposed to deep cleanse your skin, remove makeup, keep your skin hydrated, all without stripping your skin's natural oils.

I've been using this cleanser with my Foreo Luna Mini 2. What I do is squeeze a tiny dab of the cleanser out of the tub, apply it onto my face in areas and then cleanse away using my Foreo. This is standard routine for me when I cleanse my face no matter what facial cleanser I am using.

First, there's a scent to this cleanser, and I may not be 100% correct, but I think it's the centalla asiatica extract. The scent smells like some kind of citrus and other plant combined, but the good thing is that the scent isn't overpowering. It's a scent I am not familiar with, but it's not too bad. Second, the texture of this cleanser is similar to Vaseline. It is a gel cleanser, so it will feel like a gel--lightweight! Third, a little bit of product goes a long way. This cleanser lathers up really well with my Foreo, and I like that because I feel like my face is getting a good cleaning. This cleanser really does clean! My face feels super clean every time I use this, but it doesn't feel like it leaves my face feeling stripped. I have normal/dry skin during the winter and it becomes combination of dry and oily (strangely!) during warmer seasons, so this is great for my skin during the summer a.k.a. right now! If you have dry skin, I recommend using a milk cleanser (Yes to Cucumber! Milk Cleanser is my fave!) since milk cleansers are more hydrating. Aside from leaving my skin feeling clean every time, it also makes my skin smoother and brighter. Overall, I've been enjoying this cleanser although I can probably do without the scent.

Next is the Super Revitalizing Cream which is essentially a moisturizer. This is a "repair therapy cream" mainly containing centalla asiatica along with the three ingredients: calendula, primrose oil, and ceramide 3 which Nooni/Memebox trademarked as the "phyto-cure complex." These ingredients are supposed to nourish, calm troublesome skin and hydrate, respectively. Something I've noticed about this cream compared to other creams I own is that this has a thicker texture, again like Vaseline. I enjoy using this in the evening since it has a thicker consistency, so I recommend applying this right before jumping into bed. I take a small scoop and pat it into my face, and although it's thick, it dries fairly quickly. However, it does leave a bit of tackiness on your face for a while which is also why I prefer wearing this cream in the evening. I cannot vouch that this cream has done wonders for my skin, but I will say that it does provide a lot moisture for my skin. My face feels hydrated and very smooth in the morning! Even during the summer I have dry and rough skin when I wake up, and this product can solve those problems. Overall I am happy with this product, although I'm not too fond of the thick texture. You can see more photos below. :)

The product comes in a 50 mL jar. I prefer my skincare products to come with a pump since it's more sanitary, but I understand that becomes costlier for the company.

Looks like a tub of petroleum jelly right?

Although it has a thicker consistency, it's not hard to work with. It absorbs easily into my skin.

I decided to take before and after pictures of my hand using the cream, and you can obviously see that my hand in the after picture looks a lot more hydrated than the left hand. That's a pretty cool and big difference huh?

Overall, two thumbs up!

*These products were sent to me for review purposes. As always, my opinions are my own.*

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Beauty Sale: Dermstore Anniversary Sale - 25% Off!

One of my favorite online beauty retailers is having their anniversary sale! Dermstore is holding an anniversary sale where you can receive 25% off your purchase (on select brands) with promo code: DS17SALE or DS17. This sale will end in five days on August 15 at 11:59 PST.

First Impressions/Review: St. Tropica Organic Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask

Hi everyone! I have another first impressions review on a hair mask for you today! I picked up the St. Tropica Organic Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask from TJ Maxx for $3.49 after hearing so many positive reviews. The company, St. Tropica, claims that this product is suppose to give your hair a luxurious feel that makes your hair thicker, stronger, longer and shinier. Not only does it contain virgin coconut oil, but it contains a lot of other organic ingredients as well as listed below:

Organic virgin coconut oil, organic biotin, organic horsetail, organic amla, organic hibiscus, organic green tea, organic coconut butter, organic coconut fruit extract

This hair mask is certified organic, vegan, and cruelty free. From the video you can see that my hair is generally weightless with frizz especially during the summer. I have done coconut hot oil treatments previously, but what I noticed about this mask was that it seemed to provide more shine and smooth texture to my hair. You can check out my first impressions above. :)

You can purchase this hair mask in multiple packs on their website or you can purchase single packs on the Ulta website for $3.99 each.

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