Mask Monday // Missha Cherry Blossom Something Sheet Mask

Monday, 30 April 2018


You ever buy something purely because it fits in with the whole ~aesthetic~ of your blog? Well, that's exactly what I've done here with this sheet mask. It's pink and mint and cherry blossom, the main things that seem to make up the appearance I am known for. It's also been a little while since I've taken part in Mask Monday, or even used any sort of face mask for that matter. I've actually been under a lot of stress lately, but it's thankfully not showing through my skin. But it's still relieving for me to take the time to take care of my appearance even just for a little while during the week. 

So, this week we have the Missha Cherry Blossom Something Sheet Mask. The perfect mask for the spring time. This comes as one part of a range of body care products, with the rest of the range revolving around shower gel, body lotion and the like. I actually learnt more recently that it is a range that was only available for a limited amount of time, so you may be a bit stretched to find one of these. There are a few eBay sellers that will still have some in their stock though. Missha was actually my first K-beauty brand and the first brand I tried sheet masks from but it has been a good 5 years since I've used any from them so I'm interested to see how they perform now. 

C L A I M 

Cherry blossom extract aims to brighten and vitalise the skin. 

I N S T R U C T I O N S

After cleansing and toning, apply the mask evenly to the face and keep on for 15-20 minutes. After removal, pat remaining essence into the skin for further effect. 



S C E N T  A N D  E S S E N C E 

Well it definitely has a strong strong scent of cherry blossom flowers, the scent actually remained while I wore the mask, so if you're sensitive to fragrances this may not be the most ideal one for you. I found it pleasant and actually quite relaxing. There was a huge amount of essence in this mask. I probably had enough to empty into a small bottle had I thought of doing so. When I removed the mask there was a thick layer still on my skin and when I squeezed the mask I had a whole full handful, though there was probably more really and there was still some remaining in the packaging. The thickness of the essence was that of your typical mask and was very cooling and relaxing on the skin.

F I T  A N D  M A T E R I A L

I found this sheet mask was a little big on the bottom half, however, it was easily positioned to fit comfortably to my face's form. It's a pure cotton sheet mask, so has a good thickness to it without being too heavy on the face. I managed to sit upright without any issue of it sliding off my face. 

R E S U L T

Honestly? This mask didn't do a massive amount. It took a long time for all of the essence to soak into my skin and when it did my skin felt softer and looked a little bit more vibrant. However, it wasn't much to write home about. However, the amount of essence came as a bit of a bonus, as it made a great base for me to do some dermarolling. 



O V E R A L L

A gorgeous smelling mask with that #aesthetic packaging, would be an okay mask for daily use as the change in the skin isn't massive. Definitely wouldn't be one of my go-to masks for brightening. It's not the best and not the worst, it's quite an "eh..." mask. So I probably wouldn't end up purchasing another one! However, if I can manage to get my hands on the other stuff int he range that would make me quite a happy bunny. 


What Missha masks have you tried and which would you say are your favourites?

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Review // Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner

Sunday, 8 April 2018



This product was sent to me by Wishtrend for purpose of review, this post also contains affiliate links which you are not obligated to use for any purchases, however, in doing so I receive a small % of commission. 

One product that I see floating about in instagram skincare routine posts is always the Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Toner, one that's been wildly raved about and used by some for years continuously. A little bit of a cult product if you will within the Asian beauty community. It has also been Wishtrend's top product for the last three years. So, when they offered me a chance to try out and review the newly released unscented version, I jumped at the chance! This updated version of the famed toner takes away the essential oils, making it more suitable for those with sensitive skin or are particularly just sensitive to essential oils being applied to their skin. I've been using this as part of my morning routine lately (as this is when I tend to use my most sensitive suited products) and due to my skin being hypersensitive just now I will be reviewing this on a basis of how my skin reacts during this time too. 


C L A I M 

Supple Preparation Facial Toner and the Version II, the Unscented. The first burst of hydration the skin meets, is the toner. Meet the non-irritating toner that rejuvenates and restores the skin. [...] The Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner balances the skin’s pH level and improves the effectiveness of the entire skin regime. // From Wishtrend

I N G R E D I E N T S 

Water, Butylene Glycol, Dimethyl Sulfone, Betaine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Natto Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Chlorphenesin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Panthenol, Arginine, Luffa Cylindrica Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Beta-Glucan, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Portulaca, Oleracea Extract, Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Copper Tripeptide-1

P A C K A G I N G

The bottle of this comes in the same style as the original however, instead of the darker bottle colour, which may have led to it being difficult to see how much product is remaining unless held up to the light, it's transparent. That combined with the purple label and white text makes for an aesthetically pleasing product. One that blends well with my skincare packaging which is either white, pastel or has some blue/greens.

S C E N T  A N D  T E X T U R E

Despite this being "unscented" don't be fooled into thinking that there will be absolutely 0 scent to it. It simply means all the strong scented fragrances coming from the previous essential oils will not be contributing to it. It has a very light chemical scent, it's one that actually reminds me a little of the dentist. You know the pink water they get you to swill your mouth with after your treatment? It reminds me of that exactly! However, it's fairly light and doesn't linger. As you can see from the bubbles in this toner, this is a very thick one. It's not your typical light watery type toner but one that is slightly similar in thickness to a serum. Despite this being a thicker toner, it doesn't leave any sticky residue on the skin. It absorbs quickly, allowing you to carry on with the rest of your skincare routine in good time. 


R E S U L T 

I personally apply toner with my hands and pat it into my skin gently. I usually do this a maximum of 3 times, depending on how my skin is at the time. For me this prevents wasting product being absorbed into the pad and allows for my skin to be refreshed. So my result is based on this method of application.

In my time using this product so far, I've found it to be one that has made a bit of difference to the texture of my skin. I haven't changed any of the other products in my skincare routine so I feel this helps let me know that this is one of the products benefiting my skin. My skin feels more supple to touch and looks a lot clearer and brighter with use of this product. It also hasn't caused any kind of bad reaction to my skin during it's hypersensitive period and was actually one of the few products I could actually use on my skin at the time. There was no tingling, so stinging, no tightness, just a smooth and easy application. Helping aid my skin get a bit more moisture in it when I couldn't use my more nourishing moisturisers. Using this in the mornings, I feel like this has helped make my make up apply smoother as well. Overall it has had a very positive effect on my skin and I'm looking forward to continuing using it. I can really see why the product has been such a bestseller! 



For me personally, essential oils don't seem to have too much of a negative impact on my skin as it can be quite resilient to most ingredients. So I think from this experience, I would definitely like to try and give the original version of this toner a try and see if there is a difference between the two in how they benefit my skin. And I think with how this product has turned out, once I have finished it that will be my next purchase!

This Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner can be purchased here for $21.99 (£15.61~ approx). The original version is also available for this same price. 

Have you tried either of these toners from Dear Klairs before? Or have you actually been able to try both? What has been your experience with them? 

 


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First Impressions // Dr.G and Blossom Jeju

Wednesday, 4 April 2018



These products were sent to me by Skinsider for purpose of review.

I love trying new skincare and I was so happy when I was given the chance by Skinsider to try some products from two brands I have heard of but haven't gotten round to trying. Those brands namely are Dr. G and Blossom Jeju, the latter in particular is one that I have seen doing the rounds on the K-beauty community on Instagram. So, you can imagine how excited I was! Due to these being sample sized products, I will only be giving a first impression on them as some of them I only got about 2-5 uses out of on average.  

A B O U T  S K I N S I D E R 

Skinsider is a UK based store owned by Karolina. They stock a range of Korean skincare products, primarily those in the mid-high end range. They make sure the products shared on their site are tried and researched to best advantage skin and those with different skin types. One thing that has made them stand out from some of the other stores is that they also have a section listing some vegan Korean products. I mention this due to me having a fair few vegan followers who may be wanting to experiment in K-beauty but struggle to find out which brands/products are or are not. 

D I S C L A I M E R

When trying out new skincare, I have skin that doesn't react negatively to certain ingredients apart from times around my period where my skin is hyper sensitive and I'll usually choose to refrain from skincare or skincare primarily marketed at sensitive skin. So, I would say on the whole I have fairly robust skin and don't need to worry about certain ingredients. However, because I know there are those that suffer from certain reactions to certain ingredients in skincare, I have also shared the ingredients list so you can decide for yourself whether the product is suited for your skin or not. 

W H A T  I  R E C I E V E D 



Finding a good toner can be a bit of a struggle, in my own experience a lot of the ones I have used have ended up drying my skin more than it was before, however this one claims to help your skin hold moisture for more than 48 hours. This is a very light and refreshing toner that is coupled with a soft and gentle scent to it. The consistency is that of typical toners, a thin liquid and is very cooling on the skin. Making it an ideal toner to use when your skin is feeling on the hot side for whatever reason 

 As implied, the toner didn't do any drying of my skin and actually managed to add some more moisture to it after using my cleanser. Which is a complete bonus and not something I see often! It helped my skin look brighter and provided for a good base for the rest of my skin care routine to be applied to. 

I N G R E D I E N T S 

Water, Polygonum Fagopyrum (Buckwheat) Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Octyldodeceth-16, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Arginine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance(Parfum), Polyquaternium-51, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Raffinose, Madecassoside, Saccharide Isomerate, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/leaf/stem Extract, Sucrose, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Serine, PCA, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Alanine, Threonine, Hydrolyzed Extensin, Mourera Fluviatilis Extract, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Magnesium Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate.



Dr. G Aquasis Water Soothing Gel Cream

Along with the previous product in the line, this moisturiser aims to help your skin retain it's moisture levels for over 48 hours.

Now this is a thick gel type moisturiser and this is only a good thing in my eyes as my skin, particularly in the winter, needs something a little bit more robust in order for it to feel properly moisturised. A little goes a long way and it applies to the skin so smoothly and absorbs within good time. Following immediate use my skin felt velvety soft and just looked like it had been given a good kick of moisture into it. After using at night, my skin still remained incredibly soft and looked healthy, looking like it didn't actually need to be moisturised again. This seemed to remain with the regular use of this product, making it an ideal product for those who want a moisturiser that will truly moisturise and give you supple looking skin. 


Sometimes I find gel type mositurisers can leave the skin feeling a bit tight and dry, however, there is absolutely no issue here with this product and it's just an all round good product. This is one I am definitely considering purchasing a full sized version of as the price is fairly reasonable for the actual results it gives. 

I N G R E D I E N T S

Water, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Alcohol Denat., Pentylene Glycol, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Raffinose, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethiconol, Fragrance(Parfum), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Tromethamine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Polygonum Fagopyrum (Buckwheat) Seed Extract, Madecassoside, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/leaf/stem Extract, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Extensin, Polydecene, Saccharide Isomerate, Polyglutamic Acid, Sucrose, Serine, Arginine, PCA, Alanine, Squalane, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Fruit Extract, Threonine, Mourera Fluviatilis Extract, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Magnesium Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate.




This is a product I've seen doing the rounds not only in the Kbeauty community, but in the beauty/skincare community as well and one that is highly raved out. I'm always anxious about trying out hyped up products but I'm always up for trying anything. Peeling gels are such a fascinating and enjoyable product to use and I love when you massage them into the skin how the dead skin cells attach onto the product making little clumps. It's so so satisfying to do and I could easily do it everyday.

Upon first use, I found this product had quite a strong scent to it, one that reminds me a little of witch hazel if I am honest. A pleasant scent, but still one that is on the strong side. This has a nice consistency to it, not too thick and not too thin. I typically apply a thin layer all over my face onto dry skin and spend 1-2 minutes massaging it gently or until there are no more new clumps forming when you are rubbing it in. The result of this was a gentle exfoliation that left my skin looking a lot smoother and feeling softer. Having used more abrasive type gels in the past for this kind of thing, I think the mild versions are much more beneficial to me in the long run. 


A couple of days of use and the appearance of my skin had improved in terms of how bright my skin was. While it did help my overall texture, my skin just looked full of life compared to before. This would be a great addition to your weekly skincare routine, using it ideally 2-3 times a week. Another one of these products I intend on possibly purchasing in the future again.

I N G R E D I E N T S 

Water, Cellulose, Dipropylene Glycol, Trehalose, Butylene Glycol, Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Rhus Semialata Gall Extract, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Bark Extract, Honey Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Chlorophenesin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Capylyl Glycol, Glycerin, PEG-60 Hydrogenated castor Oi, Allantoin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA

Dr. G Radiance Dual Essence BB Cream
I'm a big lover of BB creams and have been using a variety for the last 8 years, I've had some great experiences with some and some poor ones. However, my short experience with this one in particular lands itself in my list of great ones. A BB cream intending on brightening the skin, while providing UV protection with an SPF of 50+. There are also no parabens, alcohol or sulfates. However, due to fragrances within the ingredients, it may not be 100% suitable for those with sensitive skin. 

This Dr.G BB Cream comes in one shade only and I would say it's a fair shade with yellow undertones to it. The consistency is thinner than that of other BB creams I have used but isn't super thin. I think this is what gives the BB cream a rather natural look and coverage. However, I found that the coverage did last for the majority of the day with no issue and there was no greasiness 


Here's a little before and after (this is completely unedited as to show an accurate result. I did however apply a tinted lip balm in the second image) so you can see the appearance of it on my skin. I find the application to be light-medium and the finish one that is half matte/dewy. It covered up my redness well while brightening up my overall complexion. Of course, you can still see my deeper ice pick scars but I never expect make up to cover these, however some of my more shallow ones are less visible. One thing that lets me know the coverage is natural is that it doesn't hide my beauty spots!

It's a little more expensive than my usual BB Creams I go for, but I feel like it would be one I would buy in order to have one that had a very natural finish to it rather than full coverage. 

I N G R E D I E N T S 

Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Sorbitan Isostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cetyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Phenoxyethanol, Stearic Acid, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Trihydroxystearin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Fragrance(Parfum), Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Water, Nelumbo Nucifera Callus Culture Extract, Coral Powder, Dipropylene Glycol, Sucrose, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Serine, Arginine, PCA, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, Alanine, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Threonine, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf/Stem Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Seedcake Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract, Phytic Acid, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Mourera Fluviatilis Extract, Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, Amethyst Powder, Pearl Powder, Tourmaline, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer.



I'll be honest here, this is a product that has been on my lust list for the longest time and I'm so so thankful I have been given a chance to sample it out! My main reason for not buying it yet is that it is way way out of my price range but being able to try a sample of it allows me the chance to try it out and see if I feel like it is worth that price tag. This was definitely my most anticipated product while I was waiting for the package to be delivered. 

The product comes out of a little dropper and is a clear liquid with a soft, gentle floral scent that seems to primarily come from the jasmine oil within the ingredients. The inclusion of this could cause a reaction to those with sensitive skin but it's all a matter of knowing your skin and how it reacts to certain oils and fragrances  It's a quite a light serum that still has some viscosity to it. It is spread over the skin with ease and does take a little bit of time to absorb into the skin. However, when it is fully absorbed, your skin is met with a boost of moisture and just feels and looks more healthy. Like, it came as a surprise how much this serum could make such a difference to the appearance of my skin!


I've had a good few uses out of this sample size, and I have been using it sparingly in order to try and get the most out of it and it's safe to say I might end up splurging on the full sized version somepoint or another. I feel like it could definitely be a product that could benefit my skin in the long run and be worth the price in the end. It's also made me want to try out some of the sheet masks that the brand has on offer as well to see if they work as well as the serum does. 

I N G R E D I E N T S

Camellia Japonica Flower Extract(55.22%), Glycerin, Propanediol(EcoCert®, Natural Origin), Water, Pentylene Glycol(EcoCert®, Natural Origin), Niacinamide, Xanthan Gum, Panthenol, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Citric Acid, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Betaine, Adenosine, Sorbitan Caprylate, Opuntia Ficus-Indica fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hizikia Fusiforme Extract, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Trehalose, Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Algae Oligosaccharides, Bioflavonoids, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Ecklonia Cava Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sargassum Fulvellum Extract, Levulinic Acid, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Leaf Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Skin Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Silybum Marianum Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Yeast Beta-Glucan, Fragrance.


Thank you again to Karolina from Skinsider for offering to send me these samples, I've been extremely impressed with the standard and it's clear to see why she chooses to stock them on the store. I will definitely be making full sized purchases of the moisturiser and the serum when I have the spare money sitting around to get them. The other products are on a maybe list of potential products I will buy!

Have you tried any of the products I've tested out here? Or are there any you're interested in trying? Let me know in the comments below!

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