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V10Plus Water Based Peeling : Exfoliation douce à la japonaise

Je constate que je croule tellement sur les produits que j’ai accumulé en entassé que je deviens de plus en plus selective lors de mes partenariats. Quand le site Mon Vanity Idéal (qui a d’ailleurs accueilli deux copines en stage lors de ces derniers mois, coucou Margaux et Clara !) m’a proposé de tester ce produit, j’ai cependant dit oui pour plusieurs raisons que je vais détailler tout au long de ce post : La technique, le packaging, et la provenance !

V10Plus

V10Plus est une marque… japonaise ! Les cosmétiques du pays du soleil levant ne sont pas nombreux sur le blog, mais je trouvais que c’était l’occasion parfaite qu’on approfondisse tout ça ensemble.
Crées par Mme. Akiko Yokota, les produits phares de la marque sont des petits sérums multicolores qui tentent de couvrir un maximum de besoins possibles, pour bâtir LA routine personnalisée parfaite, et surtout unique & propre à chacun.

Je n’ai pas réussi à trouver les dates de créations exactes, simplement qu’une amélioration de ces petits derniers à eu lieu en 2007.

Si je cherchais les dates, c’est parce que ces sérums ressemblent comme deux gouttes d’eau à ceux de la marque coréenne It’s Skin et j’aurais voulu savoir qui a copié l’autre…

Les vilains ! Ce n’est pas pour nous déplaire cela dit, plus on a de choix mieux on se porte en tant que consommateur, n’est-ce pas ? ;)


V10Plus Water Based Peeling

Mais ne nous éloignons pas trop du sujet du jour, puisqu’il s’agit d’une revue sur le peeling à base d’eau de la marque. Visuellement, il n’a rien à voir avec les petits sérums multicolores : Son tube couleur mint avec des petits dessins de blé et d’algues laissent apparaître un logo doré et des indications roses. C’est très fourni, très japonais… J’adore !

Au premier coup d’oeil, on peut lire qu’il s’agit d’un masque exfoliant à base d’eau aux extraits de son de riz et d’algues. (ce n’est donc pas du blé dessiné sur le tube hahaha)
Attention à ne pas vous faire avoir par le mot exfoliant qui signifie deux choses différentes en français alors que l’anglais distingue bien “scrub” et “peeling”. Découvrez d’ailleurs les différences entre l’exfoliation chimique (peeling) et mécanique (gommage) dans cet article~

Ça y est, vous avez fait votre petite lecture annexe ? Pour ceux et celles qui n’auraient pas fait leur devoir, un peeling va permettre de se débarrasser des petites peaux mortes grâce à des acides qui vont décoller les cellules de la peau, et ce tout en douceur s’il vous plait !
Les termes “chimique” et “acide” peuvent vous faire peur, mais il ne faut pas du tout. Il faut aussi retenir que ce peeling est à base d’eau, vous avez déjà oublié ? ;)

Au second coup d’oeil cette fois-ci, on apprend ce notre V10Plus Water Based Peeling est formulé sans parabènes, parfums chimiques, couleurs artificielles et sans huile minérale.

Voir la composition

Beaucoup de charabia, pas beaucoup d’ingrédients qui nous parlent puisqu’ils forment un procédé qu’on n’a pas l’habitude d’utiliser.

Comment l’utiliser d’ailleurs ? Rien de plus simple : Sur peau nettoyée et sèche, il faut rapidement appliquer une noisette de produit sur l’ensemble du visage et laisser poser 5 secondes. Oui. 5 SECONDES. Pour ma part, j’attends plutôt 10 ou 15 et je n’ai pas eu une once de mauvaise surprise alors tester ce que vous chante dans la mesure du raisonnable.
Je vous conseille tout de même de bien éviter le contour des yeux car d’une part la peau à cet endroit-là est très fine et n’a pas forcément besoin d’être exfoliée, mais le produit ne comportant pas de parfum artificiel, il sent du coup… pas mal l’alcool. Il sent très fort, mais vous êtes prévenus et ça part assez vite !

Le produit est transparent et se liquéfie immédiatement sur la peau pour une application très facile. Une fois les quelques secondes passées, il va falloir masser délicatement le visage… pour apercevoir des petites peluches de peaux mortes mélangé à notre peeling ! Glamour.

Dès la première utilisation, on peut donc constater son efficacité : Si les peluches sont un peu grises ou même beige ou marrons, vous pouvez être certain(e)s que vous venez de faire du bien à votre peau haha.

Le fait qu’il soit à base d’eau le rend intensément doux et il ne laisse pas la peau qui tiraille (même si évidemment, il ne faut pas arrêter sa routine soin ici et continuer avec des agents hydratants). Il la laisse par contre sensiblement plus douce au toucher, plus lisse et visiblement plus éclatante. Et ce dès la première utilisation, oui oui !

C’est donc un immense OUI pour ce V10 Water Based Peeling japonais, qui remplit toutes ses promesses en plus d’être mignon, pratique et ludique.

C’est maintenant que vous allez me détester car s’il vous tente, vous pouvez le retrouver chez Mon Vanity Idéal pour…  58€ les 100ml. Une sacrée somme, je l’admets.

Avez-vous déjà testé des peeling à base d’eau ou des peeling chimique tout court ? Que pensez-vous de celui-ci ? Je suis curieuse !

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Re:cipe Cleansing Oil Petal: The world’s best make up remover is Korean!

I’m still wondering how can I talk to you about this produit only in May 2018 while it’s been my ultimate must have since 2016 … I’m sooooo ashamed!

Meanwhile, I obviously wanted to try other products, textures, brands… Some were very convincing and I won’t forget to talk to you about them this time, but I always come back to this Re:cipe Cleansing Oil Rose Petal which is for me, and sooooo far, the best on earth. At least. And if up to this point you’re not fond of cleansing oils and removing your makeup with your own fingertips, it’s now my mission to make you change your mind before the end of this post. ;)

Re:cipe

Re:cipe is a quite underrated Korean cosmestics brand, which doesn’t have many products but for the few that exist… I really want to have ALL ahah. Re:cipe really wants to do things through great quality, original textures and ingredients. To sum things up, I couldn’t NOT not like this brand. Strangely, it’s quite difficult to purchase it so I always go to TesterKorea to fill my stock up. If you have other links, don’t hesitate to share them on the comments! ♡

Re:cipe Cleansing Oil Rose Petal

Can I start this review with anything but the oil itself? You could have imagine it thanks to the title, and it’s right : The bottle has real rose petals that stroll through the oil and make it almost precious. It is wasn’t so efficient, I would almost have keep it to decorate my room.

It’s actually Damas roses petals, whose essential oil is known for its healing, firming, regenerative, and revitalising properties. And when you see its position in the ingredients list, you’ll be rather happy to spread it all over your face

See the ingredients list

Have you ever seen a short list like it ? Excluding emolliants, fragrances and hydrating agents, here’re the different oils you can find in the Re:cipe Cleansing Oil Rose Petal

  • Damas Rose Oil: like I said above healing, firming, regenerative and revitalising
  • Jojoba Oil: Regulating, smoothing and protecting against deshydratation
  • Olive Oil: Protecting, nourishing and fighting against age’s signs.
  • Macadamia Oil: Protecting, nourishing, restructuring and softening.

Bonus: NO paraben, mineral oil, alcohol, benzophenone, artificial colorants and talcum powder.

And… that’s all folks! Here is the best cleansing oils secret. The only thing which could be better than is would be to snap fingers and get clear face, seriously !

Besides, I think it’s always useful to remind that oils (cleansing or not) are NOT BAD for oily skins, far from it. In 2018, I hope we’ll be able to stop the « no oil for oily skins with sebum» nonsense because it’s absolutely wrong! This Re:cipe oil is good for all skinstypes sooo… go go go !

Another incredible thing we can see on the packaging, is that it’s written in Korean, English… and French! It’s made in Korea but the RD Lab seems to be implanted in France. Surprising, isn’t it? Impossible to misunderstand the directions even if there’s nothing more simple : 1 or 2 pumps in the palm of the hand, then gently massage the face to remove absolutely ALL the make up (even the most waterproof one) and it leaves your face clear without any oily or greasy finish, ladies and gentlemen !

I say « no oily finish » because it’s the best point of this oil. A lot of cleansing oils and balms are doing great at removing the makeup, but they often leave an almost sticky finish and the first thing I want to do is to cleanse it right away. As much as I love creams with a sticky finish because it makes my skin firm and plump, I really don’t want my makeup remover to try to do so. It will obviously be done as we neeeever end the skincare routine at the makeup removing step (right ? right ??), but this Re:cipe Cleansing Oil Rose Petal is also cool to use in the morning to cleanse all the impurities, sweating, etc of last night.

Oil cleansing becomes an actual reflex! Its fragrance is pleasent, it emulsifies a bit with water and the skin is completely cleansed without being dry or tugged.

Removing your make up with your fingers is really enjoyable, and it’s ecofriendly because you don’t use any cotton pad. That way you can feel your bare skin under your fingers and understand it, see how it evolves, etc. Don’t underestimate oil cleansing, it’s REALLY the best. ;)

And concerning this particular oil: I told you, it’s perfect. Beautiful, clean, efficient, perfect !

Go purchase the Re:cipe Cleansing Oil Rose Petal on TesterKorea for €14,85/200 ml. Have you already tried it ? If it’s the case, come meet the gang in the comment section! I’m looking forward meeting you there. ♡

trans: @JongInWanKenobi

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WASO Shiseido skincare line: A+!

Who doesn’t know Shiseido? Founded in 1867 by Arinobu Fukuhara in the ritzy area of Ginza in Tokyo, it’s the oldest cosmectics’ company in the world. From its name “do” (house of) and “shi sei” (where everything is born) comes out luxurious, quality and trendy products.

WASO Shiseido

But today, I’m not here to strictly speak about Shiseido but rather WASO Shiseido, their new range for young skins… but not only!

Beauty is born from nature.

(Little trailer of the line to set the mood :)

What striked me first when I received this range (I was so excited as you can imagine) is its simplicity. The packagings are surprisingly minimalist and chic.

And for good reasons, the whole line was made without unnecessary ingredients: no paraben, no mineral oil and no micro beads. Its name itself come from 和 « wa » meaning softness, harmony and 想 « so»  meaning inspiration.

Simplicity is not luxury, it’s an elementary value.

Now we are all in total immersion in WASO Shiseido universe, it’s time for me to deeply introduce the products.

WASO Shiseido Quick Gentle Cleanser

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In addition to a great (and essential) moisturizing effect, cleansing is one of my favourite step in my skincare routine. After removing my makeup, I never feel myself deeply clean without a good cleansing and I tremble when I know that some of us, somewhere on earth, stop right after a simply wipe and a shot of water on their face, brr.

While Aleppo soap seems to have healed my acne, I keep using it sometimes to maintain a good skin texture but let’s be honest: It’s a big block that doesn’t even smell good. So it’s important for me to interchange with a nice product to keep it enjoyable…. And this WASO Quick Gentle Cleanser does its job perfectly!

Its little rounded bottle contains 150mL and will last a moment. (I plead guilty: I already started using it when I finally got motivated for the photoshoot :p) Almost every products of this WASO line come with a flat cap like this one (lotion and scrub), they are made to be placed head-down in order to collect easily the substance. Obviously, nothing gets past them!

It’s a sticky liquid gel and a simple, little knob is enough to clean all the face. It will not necessarily bubble (bit it might with a net or a sponge) but you feel that it’s cleansing efficiently!

Its color and texture remind immediately its star ingredient: honey! Used for centuries thanks to its antibacterial properties, it’s a great partner in cosmetics. It’s prized by dry skins thanks to its rich texture, and for damaged skins to smooth and lighten scars and spots.
In this cleanser, honey will be suitable for all skintypes, in a nameless smooth cleansing…

I always expect ONE thing from my cleansers: For my face not to tug and be dry after I rinse it. Fortunately, it’s totally the case with this fresh cleansing gel: It’ as smooth and moisturizing as sweet and efficient. Be ready, the rejoicing is just starting!

Its fragrance is totally addictive! It smells something between ‘clean’ and Korean creams. I L O V E it.

Purchase it for €34,50 at Sephora.


WASO Shiseido Fresh Jelly Lotion

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This lotion is absolutely what I love as a toner: sweet and moisturizing, far from theses astringents tonic lotions which are usually loved here in Occident!
It has the exact same size and bottle as the Quick Gentle Cleanser and its name “jelly” comes from its thick texture which contains small air bubbles. Upon contact with skin, it becomes watery and get to be completely absorbed.

The star ingredient of this Fresh Jelly Lotion is some kind of mushroom, the Shiro Kikurage. It’s an eatable mushroom which looks spongy and gelatinous and which is known for its good skin properties, especially to hold moisturizing into the skin.

It leaves the skin lightly sticky, but as it’s just the first step of a skincare routine (to do at day and night) it doesn’t bother me. It actually never bothers me but I’d rather notice it for the ones who feel it differently. I always associate sticky finishes with ‘firmness’, and this moisturizing lotion totally provides it to my skin. I LO-VE IT. (once again)

About the fragrance, it’s the same as the cleanser’s. Yas! You will now have realized that theses first two steps are yet a love at first sight. Sounds promising, right?

Purchase it for €34,50€ at Sephora.


WASO Shiseido Soft Cushy Polisher

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Don’t let yourself be fooled by the words “soft” or “cushy”: it’s a scrub! I’d rather warn you all because I was confused as well. “Is it a cleanser to use after removing makeup? Uh no, it’s a smooth scrub. Does that mean it’s a chemical scrub without grain? Well no, there is some…”

Stay focused on the idea that it’s a polisher. After all, it is indeed very soft: The milky texture holds some thin grains, but grains never really match with sensitives skins, right?.. What can I say: It’s not my case, my skin isn’t really sensitive so I love it haha.
The tiny grains work deeply and leave the skin really smooth, clear and obviously brighter.

The key ingredient of this Soft Cushy Polisher is… tofu! Surprising, isn’t it? For those who don’t know it, it’s a soft white substance made from mashed soya beans. Regular, it doesn’t have any taste but it goes very well with vegan/Asian courses. Raw, cooked or fry… Wait? We’re here to talk about its properties for the skin, aren’t we? Soya holds lecithin: a substance which help to preserve skin elasticity.
Let’s say that it’s a quite smooth and moisturizing polisher not as abrasive as classic sugar scrubs!

Its fragrance is the same as the lotion, so I can tell you it won’t last long! hehe Its 75mL tube format is as much hygienic as handy thanks to the cap shape which insure a good balance.

Purchase it for €34,50 at Sephora.


WASO Shiseido Quick Matte Moisturizer Oil-Free

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Oily skins will want to steer to the line’s GREEN products because theses are oil-free. Quite the opposite, they only will moisturize and control sebum, and that all we ask them to do!

This instant mattifying clear emulsion-like has a light texture which doesn’t stick, it’s perfect to use it at the end of the night skincare routine, and just before a good moisturizing cream. Alone, I think it’s not enough tho. After all, who’s done after an emulsion? ;)

The key ingredient of oily skins’ products of the line, is the loquat from Japan: a bush whose antioxidant properties are valued since the dawn of time in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Its packaging is really interesting: Cylindrical, long and narrow, it’s the only product of the WASO’s line to have a pump. I really like it, it is suitable to complete a layering routine but it is less essential than the others.

Purchase it for €45,50 at Sephora. (outch…)


WASO Shiseido Clear Mega-Hydrating Cream

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For dry to normal skins, it will be the orange color! This product is probably the most surprising of the range, for a lot of reasons.

Its texture is unseen: It looks compact but all in transparency, turns out to be a non sticky gel. Do you follow me? It’s rather thick but not elastic nor sticky — it’s totally addictive!

The color of the pot gives a big clue about the key ingredient: carrot. Its color symbolizes celebration and happiness in the Japanese culture, the carrot is also rich in vitamins and it’s the sworn enemy of dull skins.

You can immediately feel that the cream is richer than the rest of the WASO Shiseido’ s line. So with my combination to oily skin, I use it only few times a week at night, as the way I put a face-mask, but dry skins will love it for a daily use.

Even though it targets dry to normal skins, I’m TOO in love with the texture to put it aside. I have learnt to listen my skin and use it as the way it likes it, so my skin is firmer and plumper than ever. ♡

Purchase it for €45,50 at Sephora. (not ‘outch’ because it’s GREAT anyway)


WASO Shiseido Color-Smart Day Moisturizer SPF30 (Dry to normal skins)

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I wrote “dry to normal skins” in the title because there is a version for combination to oily skins that I will introduce you just after this one.

I can’t really talk about this one because it doesn’t match my skin type. You can literally feel that there is some oil in the ingredients: It’s waterier, it glides on skin and has a more “shiny” and lighter finish. It’s also a bit less covering than my favourite that I will introduce to you right now.

Purchase it for €45,50 at Sephora.


WASO Shiseido Color-Smart Day Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF30 (Normal to oily skins)

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As you can see in the title, it’s the same product as the previous one but oil-free: a must-have for combination to oily skins! Normal skins will also appreciate its good coverage and sebo-regulating mattifying finish.

Carrot isn’t the key ingredient anymore but the loquat of Japan again, like the Quick Matte Moisturizer Oil-Free.

Coming out of the tube, this light cream looks white with microscopic browns grains. By spreading it on the skin, the cream dyes and gets the color of your own carnation! It claims to be an universal tint but needs to be checked for very light and dark skins. It’s the same process as the dry skins’ cream, and they both have an SPF 30 sun protection. Not bad, huh?
As for me, it goes as perfectly well with my skin tone as you could believe of an optical illusion, but the finish on my face is irrevocable: my red patches are visibly reduced and above all, it’s THE perfect make-up base!

Some pores on the side of my nose are too dilated to be hidden: only specific make-up base can smooth them. So can you imagine my surprise when I realized that this little tinted cream totally BLURRED my skin and its capricious pores?!

Right away tested — right away adopted, I only swear by it since. In the last step of my morning routine, it provides a very last touch of moisturizing and seal it while smoothing my skin and complexion complexion. Hello, is it the perfect product?

This time, the tub doesn’t have a balanced cap and can’t be placed as the cleanser, the lotion or the polisher. Anyway, you can still find the same little notch specific to the WASO line, so you can bring it with you everywhere!

Its fragrance… Yes it’s always the same. It’s the same for the whole line even if I didn’t precise it for all the products and honestly, I’m mad about it!

Purchase it for €45,50 at Sephora.


WASO Shiseido is a line which basically targets young skins because of oily-free and special care products. You can also judge it by the packagings, thanks to their rounded bottles and minimalist designs which can easily meet the tastes and expectations of the youngest.

So if you’re looking for anti-aging products… This isn’t the right place to be! But I don’t like to restrict a product to only one kind of skin/people/gender… and I am convinced that everyone can enjoy this qualitative line its own way.
You can find the complete range at Sephora, Marrionaud, Nocibé or Galeries Lafayettes.

Did you aknowledge WASO Shiseido’s line?  Are you attracted by one or more products?

trans. help: @Floryane Chaix

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Clarins Moisture replenish lip balm, always in my bag!

I’m rather happy to be able to review a lot of Korean cosmetics for you guys in a short amount of time these days! Let’s say that reviewing makeup can be done fast but reviewing skincare products is another story, obviously.

Then, I don’t feel guilty at all to tell you now about one of ours brands, a Frenchie brand that does’t need to be introduced anymore: Clarins and its very new lipbalm!

There is ONE lip product I can’t go through winter without and that I should have been reviewing since 2015 or 2016 : Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. That being said, the pot format isn’t really convenient and I can’t carry it out with me like I’d love to. Anyway, I’ll write more about it in a dedicated blogpost: yes, it’s planned!
A lot of lip products are coming soon on the blog btw, I hope you’re ready ;)

Clarins Hydra Essentiel Moisture Replenish lip balm with blue lotus wax

The box of this classic, neutral lip balm is red and white (I’ve thrown it away before the photoshoot, great.), and lets us discover a blue tube containing 15ml of product. Visually speaking, this packaging has nothing to do with the typical Korean cuteness we are so familiar with, but I still decided to give it a chance (in spite of 14 other balms I have already used…God knows why). And I’d never have believed I had done soooo right!

Even if the packaging rings a bell, the composition of this new product is slightly different from the original one: the first balm is made of rose flower wax whereas this one contains lotus flower wax! A great cocktail of oils, waxes and butters– yum!

Ingredients list

I don’t know much about the first lip balm but here is my review of the Clarins Hydra Essentiel Moisture Replenish lip balm with blue lotus wax.

It’s the kind of tube with a lil hole at the tip that lets the product out when pressed. It’s not my favorite format, so I wasn’t really hyped at the beginning… Hopefully I was already aware of Clarins’ quality so I still gave it a try.
If you aren’t hyper either because of the format and packaging, still, imagine that I had been breathing through my mouth for a week because of the flu. My lips were SHREDS.

I didn’t think twice and decided to apply it because I just wanted/needed something thick. All my sticks aren’t thick enough, so there wasn’t any better option than this tube format at the time.
And damn: it was love at first sight, or at least the beginning of our loooong love story…

The texture is very thick but unexpectedly not THAT sticky. I pressed the tube while applying the product on my lower lip, then I pinched my lips and massaged them for a few seconds. I ended up homogenizing the edges with the applicator. The smell is almost imperceptible but still enjoyable.

It makes the lips look very glossy and slightly tinted in pink, which I hadn’t noticed for a while but it really gives a healthy glow !

And when I applied it before I go to bed, there was still some product left in the morning. And man, I just LOVE that feeling: From day one, my lips were doing better for sure!
In daytime, I kept applying it: I didn’t use lipstick on my chapped lips, so let’s use this time to moisture everything! As written above, it gives the lips a pinky gloss looks, what a chance that the glossy trend is slowly coming back haha.

It barely took three days for my lips to be soft and moisturized again… even plumped! I used it in the morning, in the afternoon and at night. I tell you: This lip balm is heaven.

If I had to find a cons or a weakness, it would be its thick – but efficient – texture that is not compatible with any lipstick. You have to choose, but I can tell you this balm is so comfy that it’s not a punishment at all.

I still want to put the stress on the fact that I don’t have very dry or chapped lips in general, so maybe the way I am myself helped the efficiency of the balm or else…That being said, I have the bad habit of biting my lips when I am anxious -and that’s quite often- so my lips are not always smooth nor uniform.

This review is then very personal, but I hope this lip balm will perform miracles on you as much as it did on me!

Are you #ChappedLips team ? Are you tempted by this almost perfect lip balm ?

trad : @qidehae

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My fabulous cleansing…powder?! Green Tea Enzyme Powder Wash By Wishtrend

If you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel, you might believe you’ve already seen this powder wash as I use it in my Night Routine:

You will be pleased to know that I actually still use it and I love it so much that I decided to write a full post about it!

By Wishtrend

Wishtrend

At the very beginning, Wishtrend was a Korean cosmetics eshop based in Seoul but bound for overseas because the website, social media and customer service are all in English. Thanks to the exclusivity of brands available on their eshop, the firm developed its own brand: Klairs. It has a cool retro look which makes me think of Kiehl’s, but Klairs is as good as other big brands because it quickly established itself as a big one too: My favorite toner of ALL TIMES is from Klairs, I even introduced you the 7 Skin Method with it. You can also find it in my full review of the Klairs Rich Moist line that I wrote two years ago. Anyway you understood it by now: I love Klairs.

However, Wishtrend didn’t stop there and developed a new brand: By Wishtrend. A lot of the line’s products are used in my night routine above and… What can I say? I love them as much as Klairs’. Especially this enzyme powder wash that smells like matcha: By Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash.

By Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash

It was officially launched on November 10th 2017, and this little cleansing powder stands out in many ways: Its pastel green and rounded packaging doesn’t imply that it’s a cleanser, isn’t it? So as the texture because when you spill the bottle in the palm of your hand, a greenish powder comes out!

I developed 3 approaches to use it according to my mood or needs:

  • The cleansing day: I pour a bit of water on the powder and I rub my hands to get a soft milky texture that I gently rub on my wet face.
  • The exfoliating day:  I wet my face, then I start to gently rub the powder directly on it. Before it melts, the powder will softly exfoliate the dead skins – not sensitive, combination to oily skins will LOVE it!
  • The cocooning day: With the help of a foaming net, I mix a knob of powder and a little bit of water. Then I get a thicker foam which I massage on my face as the softest cleansing step.

The exfoliating way is my favorite because I love scrubs and it’s a very good 2-in-1. Sensitive and dry skins will enjoy the cocooning one while the classic way will be more than enough when you’re in a rush.

The fact is no matter how I use it, this Green Tea Enzyme Powder Wash is efficient! And thanks to what? An awesome composition obviously:

See the ingredient lists
  • Green Tea: Powerful antioxidant and rich in vitamin A, C and E.
  • Papain: Regular scrub ingredient, which allows to clear the skin from dead cells.
  • Sodium bicarbonate: A really good exfoliating agent since the dawn of the time (or almost)! It deeply cleans the skin, pores and do wonders with acne.
  • Amino acid surfactants: Derived of coconut, it allows to efficiently moisturize without bubbling a lot, while keeping the moisture in the skin as much as possible.

Minimalist composition and great results, it’s what and WHY you can enjoy in this Korean brand! This Green Tea Enzyme Powder Wash will totally suit sensitives skins as much as normal skins, with a simple difference of frequency: Combination to oily skins can use it everyday for its exfoliating point while dry skins will be okay with 2 or 3 uses by week, like a classic and soft scrub.

As if everything I just said isn’t enough, let me tell you that if you’re an unconditional matcha lover like me… You will fall in love in two seconds and half: Its fragrance is SO faithful, it feels that you drink a latte while taking care of yourself! Be careful NOT to ACTUALLY DRINK IT, goes without saying ahah.

And while you could wonder if the bottle will be empty (too) quickly, just know that it lasts a few months according to the quantity you wish to use everytime. A knob is more than enough.

I will totally purchase this cleansing powder again because it combines everything I love: it cleans well, additionally exfoliates, doesn’t tug at all, smells terribly good and it’s so much fun to use it!

Just run buy this Green Tea Enzyme Powder Wash already on Wishtrend for $22! The link is affiliated, but be aware (and I hope you already knew that) it doesn’t change anything I wrote about the product. By the way if you never ordered on Wishtrend yet, tape 017338409 at sign up (not at check out, it’s too late) and we’ll both get -5$. :)

trans: @Floryane Chaix

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Joah Box, the best kbeauty box?

Even if I tend to discover and accumulate always more and more products, beauty boxes are still one of my favorite ways to acquire new things!

Joah Box

You probably already heard about Joah Box’s subscription on my YouTube channel, my Instagram or some reviews I wrote here but I just realized I never properly talked about Joahbox itself… And since I have two new boxes in stock right now, I think it’s a great timing!

Small wakeup call or infos for the newbies : (welcome ♡)

  • Monthly: 33$ (26,50€)
  • One time box: 35,95$ (28,90€)
  • 3 months: 97$ (78€)
  • 6 months: 190$ (153€)
  • One year: 375$ (300€)

 Shipping included

I must say that I don’t see any big savings except for the full year subscription, and this is definitely not the less expensive kbeauty box… but objectively, this is one of the best!
Indeed: In each box, you’re getting 5~7 full size products for a total value of 50$~100$, depending on the month and selection. I think it’s a pretty good deal when you think about it, for less than €30 every month haha.

By the way, get 10% off your order with the code MANGO10, which means €22,50 off the year subscription! Just know that I’m not paid nor sponsored, I just asked it for you guys. :B”


Joah Box – September 2017

Yes, you read well: This is the SEPTEMBER box… I’m definitely not late, idk whatchu talkin ‘bout. The worst thing is that this box is truly amazing. Let’s discover the content together:

Dr Jart+ Shake & Shot Rubber Soothing Mask

I won’t introduce the brand Dr Jart+ to you because it’s one of the few Korean brands that are available at Sephora! So the “particular spirit” –to not say creepy– of the brand shouldn’t surprise you, even if this product is not sold in France. (update : it is now!)

There is a baby’s face on the sheetmasks sold at Sephora as well but let’s say that €10,95 for a single use isn’t something everyone can affort… For the same price, you can find this kind of DIY mask !

Mix the two ingredients in the cup, with the baby’ straw which is actually a spatula – and apply it on the face!
I was really happy to get to discover it and I think I’ll make a review about it, if you want so obviously ♡. Don’t hesitate to give me your opinion in the comment section!


A.H.C – The Pure Real Eye Cream For Face

What a surprise to find A.H.C in my Joah Box, because I just discovered the brand at the K-Beauty In Paris expo! Will it be sold in France soon as well? I can’t say, but let’s talk a bit about this luxurious cream :

If you didn’t know, the skin around the eyes is much thinner and delicate than the rest of the face. This is why you definitely can’t use the same cream for these two areas, and “eye creams” are specifically designed to fight effectively against aging signs.

So it’s not a twisted translation, but the power of an eye cream… for the whole face!
The tube, in addition of having the (tiny) size of a classic eye cream, seemed to be only half filled when I pressed it so it better makes miracles with a tiny amount of product. :’)


Nooni – Snoowflake Stick Cleanser

I already wrote you a blogpost about this product, check the full review here. :)


OOZOO – Face Injection Mask : Illumination

If you’re into DIY, you would LOVE this box! First the Dr Jart+ Shake & Shot, now and this sheetmask to soak yourself using the syringe filled with serum on the side… I love it. I just LOVE it. I don’t know if it works yet but still. Haha
Would you be interested by a full review and demo too?


MEDIHEAL – Hair Sheep Steam Pack

They definitely didn’t forget to send original and playful products! I scratched my head reading its name but it’s really… a heated hair mask. No reviews for this one but if you’re lucky, you’ll spot me wearing it on Instagram ? ;p


PONY EFFECT – Mirage Highlighter #Lucid Dream

There are often offers when you wanna subscribe and lately, you could get a free Pony Effect highlighter! The shade is called #Lucid Dream. Like aaall Pony Effect’s products (and PONY herself), the packaging is flawless but I have to admit that the pigmentation is a bit disappointing.

I love high-pigmented highlighters with metallic finishes, but this one is rather discreet and iridescent. meh It’s not bad tho, it’s just not what I’m looking for! If you want me to put it in a giveaway, just hit the comment section once more. ;)

Here is what the September box looked like, and I really enjoyed it! The products were great, and maintain my expectations really high. What about you?

Can’t wait to show you the Xmas Box featuring Korean brand ‘Lapcos’! Stay tuned ♡

trans help : @ericka

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Sephora Exfoliating Gum Wash: Not quite

Some products always haunt me for like, days, weeks, MONTHS but I never jump at the chance by lack of time or opportunity… Anyway, it wasn’t by lack of money for today’s product because I finally decided to purchase it while there was a big sale at Sephora, for €2.60 instead of €8.95!

I heard a lot of things about Sephora‘s makeup (cream lip stain,  mattifying powder, etc…) but Sephora’s skincares and me are like chalk and cheese: I already tried almost ALL their sheet masks (for face, foot, hands, etc) and they aren’t so great, and my opinion about the brand got worse with the famous Mud Mask Purrifying & mattifying which everybody seemed to love but was a terrible fail to me. I didn’t even try to give it away, it just ended in my trashbin… oops.

However, I don’t hold any grudge against the label and I wanted to give it another shot by falling for this kinda weird-textured product, the Sephora Peony Exfoliating Gum Wash !

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There is also a mango version, and maybe I would have fall for this fragrance if it was in sale, but the fragrance of this peony pot is really likeable. Flowery but neither granny-like nor heady. I also like the 160ml pot format and the color, which makes it a cute little bathroom’s accessory – don’t you think?

Let’s talk about the texture: They didn’t lie at all! It totally feels like a gum, or, in 2018, you could match it as a “slime” haha. I admit that it’s so enjoyable to play wit. It’s not difficult to collect some in your hands, but you rather have to grab it between your fingers than glide it like a classic cream because it’s too compact.

That being said, you can actually SEE the grains more than you really FEEL them on your skin… And now we’re coming to the why and how of the title’s “not quite”: It’s supposed to be an exfoliating gum wash, but the gum doesn’t really wash nor exfoliate!

The grains seem to be locked up in the texture and can’t really reach the skin for a proper exfoliation. When you scrub it on your skin, the gum will gently transform into a cream which doesn’t spread evenly and easily nor bubble. Okay, let’s say it still can be used to ‘wash’, but how long does it take to wash your while body with it?! The only good point is that it can be easily rinsed off with lukewarm water, but still…

In a nutshell, it’s a cute and funny product but not particularly useful of effective… Sephora’s skincares have a looong way to go to get my heart.
I couldn’t find the ingredients list anywhere, neither on the product nor on the website, not cool.

If you could gave me only ONE Sephora’s skincare product, what would it be? Because right now, I’m losing hope to find a nugget in this label…

If you are interested to try it anyway, you can find both Mango and Peony Exfoliating Gums Wash on Sephora, one of them are still on sale right now.

trans. help: @Floryane Chaix

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My experience with a pulsed light hair removal device at home (semi definitive)

In the last semester of 2017, I started to try out a product I wouldn’t have think about if I wasn’t asked to test : A pulsed light hair removal device !

Pulsed light hair removal, what is it?

As my middle name goes by Captain Wimp, hair removal always meant shaving to me. However, I was really tempted by the idea of getting hairless legs and armpits for days, weeks, MONTHS…

To understand what pulsed light hair removal is, we first must know about a hair’s cycle of life:

  • Anagen phase: hair growth
  • Catagen phase: retraction of the follicle
  • Telogen phase: regression and death of the hair

The hair follicle is located near the root, which ends with the bulb. Pulsed light flashes destroy the bulbs in order delay the growth. Just that simple!

The light beam made by the device is absorbed by the melanin of the hair, then transported to the root. Its thermal effect is what will destroy the bulbs.

For my experience, I got the Smoothskin Bare Black available on Darty.com and Amazon.com for about €250. At first, you may think it’s a (too) big investment… but you have to know that it’s what you would pay for only 8~10 sessions at a beauty institut, and for only one area. So if you want to remove hair from your legs, armpits, face etc: Well, it’s actually a pretty good deal right? ;)

SmoothSkin Bare

The SmoothSkin Bare device is as beautiful as it’s particularly ergonomic, handy and easy to use. It provides very fast pulsed light flashes which break the phases of the hair’s cycle, thus preventing the hair from growing back.

And when I say “very fast”, imagine 0,6 second between every flash when you hold the button and sweep methodically the area. You must assimilate the rythme of these flashes and go slowly up, not to forgot any area – That is perfect for the legs, but the « buffer mode » (you push, you shift, you push, you shift…) is better for other small areas like armpits, face, etc.

I always had many questions about this technic. Today, I still think we mustn’t take it lightly but it’s more accessible, affordable and easier than I believed – and it’s now time for the answers!
When I first understood how pulsed light hair removal works, the first thing I wondered was

Does it hurt? Does it burn?

The answer is obviously no! It stings/heats a little bit, you can relate the feeling to a slight pinch but it’s very fast and far from being painful (for the wimp that I am, remember).

What about the results? Can I see them quickly?

You must be patient and practice hair removal once a week, on a freshly shaved skin to allow the light to reach the bulb more effectively. Even if you’re doing it seriously, you can easily imagine that your hair just won’t fall in front of you immediately…
I noticed that my hair was more scattered and grew less quickly at the 4th session (one month). However, the brand advises to go up to 6 sessions to observe a good result and continue until 12 sessions for optimal semi-final hair removal: 92% of your hair should be gone for a looooong time. Not forever obviously, and that’s why it’s called semi-definitive, but a very good and satisfying moment (which I obviously can’t evaluate at the moment).

Whose for?

I don’t really know if this is the right answer for ALL pulsed light devices (I think it is), but the treatment is NOT made for those who have very dark skin or very light hair (white, gray or red). Don’t ask me why…It’s okay for very light to dark skins with natural dark blond, light brown or brown hairs tho!

In the end…

I am very satisfied of my semi definitive hair removal experience by pulsed light thanks to my Smoothskin Bare! I got rid of this daily burden by a painless and effective way. Women who just hates hair should appreciate it.

Once again, I know that everyone can’t afford it. But if you have a mom, sisters, cousins or girl friends that are also interested, you can share it and divide the price because light flashes are unlimited if your device is connected on the power supply! However, I think they should provide a pair of glasses because the light beams are quite powerful and you shouldn’t look at it directly.

What do you think of hair removal by pulsed light? Will you get started, too?

trans help : @atemonaku_ohayo

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PACK-age Float Mask Bundle, for masks lovers !

Instagram is my favorite network, because it is very multi functionnal : It’s eye candy, and you can discover a lot of accounts to follow, makeup / deco / lifestyle inspirations, make friends and… find out new brands and stores ?

This is exactly what happened for this new Korean brand specialized in sheet masks called PACK-age. As soon as they reached me, I accepted to receive their products which, you’ll see, are as good as from well known brands !

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PACK-age FLOAT Mask Bundle

I got the full set which goes by the sweet name of FLOAT Mask Bundle. The packaging is very ergonomic and soooo eye candy, thanks to the cute hot air balloon in this soft blue sky.

The Float Mask Bundle includes 17 items : 8 facial masks, 8 nose strips and 1 foot mask. Not bad huh ?

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PACK-age Monthly New Feet

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I started with the foot mask because the brand recommends to wear it at least 60 minutes. Perfect for cocooning evenings, or whenever you get some free time !

It was my very first experience with foot masks. I indeed wash and exfoliate my foot but I plead guilty for the lack of moisture around them ! I have some calluses… #soglam

It felt so weird when I put this sock-shaped foot mask on ! It’s slippery, almost sticky when you walk with these on. What I don’t recommend (to walk with) because you will look like in the middle of a desperate struggle with the floor :’)

As a tip, I also wear real socks on to make it stick better to the skin, and then be more efficient.

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See the ingredients list

It’s a peeling formulated with orange oil extract which allows dead cells to peel and give you baby foot.
After the 1 hour application, I rince my foot with lukewarm water and I immediately feel both them and the calluses way more softer. However, you will have to wait 4 or 5 days so the dead cells will start to peel and give you those real baby foot. ♡


PACK-age Melt Me Softly Nose Strip

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While I was waiting for the foot mask to work its magic, I applied the two other masks for a total time of one hour. No waste of time, but total cocooning out here. ;)

For those who didn’t understand in the name of the product or when I said “nose mask”, it’s definitely not a nose patch, but a real mask.
Indeed, patches need to be applied wet, and then catch and unclogg pores of black head and sebaceous filaments when dry. A more or less pleasant process, but not very efficient or even useful as I explain to you in my blogpost about black heads and received ideas about them.

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This mask, however, is soaked in essence and doesn’t dry. Its shape suits the nose well and doesn’t move.

See the ingredients list

Thanks to the plants extracts and lemon essence, the nose mask won’t unclogg black heads and blemishes but it will… melt them ! Hence the name. ;p

I apply it for like 20 minutes, then gently massage my nose and cleanse it with my usual foam.

I am not surprised to see that the Melt Me Softly Nose Mask has some pepermint in its formula, because it has such a minty feeling on the skin ! Beware sensitive eyes because the scent is quite strong, even more with these days’ low temperatures.
After 20 minutes, I didn’t note any huge changes on my nose… but my dilated pores on my inner check were no more ! They are tighten, and my skin is soften. I wish the strip was bigger ! haha


PACK-age Everyday Bouncy Facial Mask

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I concluded my cocooning day with a classic sheet mask, just the nice moisture boost I needed after the purifying and refreshing nose mask.
I also apply the sheet mask for 15-20 minutes, just like all my usual ones.

See the ingredients list

Contrary to the two other masks which have already quite good formulas, this Everyday Bouncy Facial Mask is silicone, fragrance, phenoxyethanol, paraben, mineral oil, alcohol, pigment et PEG freeeee~

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Honey and propolis extracts confirm that the sheet mask offers a great moisture, but I really want to talk about its texture first : A lot thinner than classic sheet mask, so it sticks perfectly to the face and allow the essence to be easily and intensely spreaded onto the skin.

However, the mask shape gets a bad mark because it has some totally non useful cuts which lead to a waste of time and covered face surface.

The Everyday Bouncy Facial Mask leaves my skin so moisturized and bouncy indeed !

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After this cocooning session I did at the end of the morning, just know that my skin has never been so radiant and my makeup THANKED ME. It was flawless AF.

Excepting the ingredients list, everything is written in Korean… So I made some research and I highlighted the directions and what’s important about each product. Just tell me if you need more information, as usual. :)

Now available at Moonimask.com, yeah !

Giveaway!

What an awesome duo we’ve got here… I’m so delighted to have discovered it.♡ And because this blog means nothing without you, one of you can win :
1x Melt Me Softly Nose Strip
1x Everyday Bouncy Facial Mask

The only mandatory step is to subscribe to the blog. Open internationally and until 31/12. Results in the widget on 01/01/2017, so stay tuned. :D

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Skin exfoliation with silk cocoons ? (COSRX)

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No, you aren’t dreaming: I just used the term “skin exfoliation” and “silk cocoon” in the title. None of the two terms mean something other than what you already imagine … But don’t be scared: no worm was hurt during the writing of this blogpost. (;

Skin exfoliation with silk cocoons
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Small disclaimer about the “cruelty-free controversy” of this product: Some people say that they have killed and extracted worms from their cocoons, others are struggling to affirm that they were already transformed into butterflies. I like to believe in the second one. ♡

The composition of silk cocoons is very similar to skin proteins. Indeed, silk contains 12 amino acids which are useful for all skin types, of all ages. These cocoons allow therefore a totally natural exfoliation, cleansing, moisturizing and firming effect when you rub it on your face.

Before you wonder how you could possibly rub that little dry and rough shell on your skin, be sure to soak it in hot water for 2 ~ 3 minutes. Once softened, insert your finger in and massage your skin with circular motions.

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Each cocoon can be used 4 ~ 5 times. You just have to make sure to rinse them properly, dry them and keep them in a hygienic place. Don’t forget to let them soak in boiling water before use to remove any possible bacteria that could fit there.

You should know that skin cells renew every 30 days : This is the time for cells to reach the surface of the skin: So I used these cocoons for 1 whole month, and I found that my skin texture was definitely more smooth and firm.

I have not seen any drastic moisture nor improvement on my sebaceous filaments, but exfoliation is clearly and immediately distinguishable, even more if you gently massage the cocoon on your lips, for example: They come out softer than ever!

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In a nutshell, it’s a cool gadget. You can buy a set of 12 silk cocoons from the Korean brand COSRX on Fleurs du Japon for only € 5.90 ~ Give it a try, ok?

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