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Sephora Exfoliating Gum Wash: Not quite

Sephora Gomme exfoliante exfoliating gum

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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The softest makeup remover: Nooni Snowflake Stick Cleanser

Nooni Snowflake Stick Cleanser

Even if I think about a million things during my day, I always forget when my makeup remover comes to an end… ugh.

This little cleanser stick (I don’t really like to say cleanser because it leads to confusion), let’s say this makeup removal stick came just when I needed it in my September Joah Box – that I forgot about until then. So, I gave it a chance… I didn’t have a choice tho. Let’s focus haha.

Nooni

I tend to know more and more about the Korean cosmetics market everyday, so there aren’t many brands that I truly NEVER heard of or tested. Nooni was part of those that I saw growing, without having the chance to try any product. So here we are!

I think Nooni appeared on social medias in 2016, and since then I saw it conquer the American market, by being sold at MEMEBOX, Ulta ou encore Urban Outfitters. Just that!
That being said, Nooni’s success isn’t surprising at all. It’s actually “Designed in California, Made in Korea”. This strategy seems to work since we discover a minimalist features brand as we like them.

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You may be thinking: “Minimalist, are you out of your mind?” Not really because when I was doing my researches for this article, I found out that the packaging has been redone – here is a little glimpse:

Joah Box confirmed that it’s a simple rebranding and that the composition is still the same. I think you can actually find both of them on eBay, Amazon etc.

Speaking of composition, here it is:

See the ingredients list
Mineral Oil, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Polyethylene, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed Butter, Ceresin, Microcrystalline Wax, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Salicylic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Water, Butylene Glycol, Prunus Persica (Peach) Flower Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Magnolia Liliflora Bud Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Extract, Prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Oxygen, Citric Acid

Yes it’s quite long and very conventional: You really need to check if your skin doesn’t react to jojoba oil (moisturizing, nourishing) or to olive oil (antioxidant, soften) which can cause ‘breakouts’, but the only thing to regret in this composition are the preservatives (Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol) and PEGs…

Apart from that, nothing to report! There is a lot of natural products such as:

  • Lotus flower: Purifying, softening, moisturizing
  • Cocoa seed butter: antioxidant, filled with vitamins A, B, C, E
  • Shea butter: nourishing, moisturizing, soothing
  • Ginseng: tone up, anti-ageing, destressing
  • Salicylate acide : THE moisturizer!
  • Hydrogen peroxide from Jeju island (makes it fancier)

I was surprised to see there is perfume in the composition because obviously this isn’t good for the skin, but this is forgivable if the product smells really good right? But hear me well: I really, really don’t like the smell of this stick.

It smells chemical, or… plastic, I don’t know, but the kind of smell you don’t want on your face! They point out peach extracts, so it would have been nice if the product smell like it… (And yes, I don’t care about the composition as long as I don’t’ have spots on my face, but I rather remain objective for those who care ;p)

What about the efficiency of the product now? I kind of spoiled it in the title, but it is seriously amazing:
I applied all my strongest makeup such as waterproof brow pencil, Tarte’s Lip Paint (which is soooo matte), the famous Shape Tape concealer and the Curl Fix mascara from Etude House, known for giving a hard time to two-phased makeup removers.

Step 1: Draw circular motions with the stick straight on the makeup. Then massage it with your fingers and you already removed 90% of your makeup! There is only some mascara left, but I told you there isn’t tougher than this one!

Step 2: Put some warm water on your face so the oily texture becomes a light emulsion while finishing the job: There is NO-THING left!

What combination to oily skins will enjoy is the moisturizing finish, which isn’t greasy at all. Of course, dry skins can use it as well but let’s admit that there is nothing worse than this greasy feeling due to a too rich product.
The skin is left clean and soft, at least clean enough to be really cleanSED this time. :D

Why choose a stick over an oil? Because this is so much more practical and ergonomic if you travel! And for those who’d rather die than go to bed with makeup on… You could actually keep it in your bag. haha

I struggled to find it on my favorite eshops and resellers, but here is some links if you’d like to try the Nooni Snowflake Stick Cleanser, which doesn’t smell so good, but is really cute and efficientBeautyNetKorea (15,85€) – Amazon (16€ ports compris !) – eBay (22$ ports compris)

trans help : @Nemerys

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

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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? ;)

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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 !

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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
Alcohol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated castor Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, D-water, Propylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Betaine, Arginine, Sodium Citrate, Butylene Glycol, Alanine, Serine, Limonene, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Equisetum Arvense Extract

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
Water, Methyl Propanediol, Carbomer, Triethanol Amine, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Caster Oil, Fragrance, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxy-Ethanol, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Arctium Majus Root Extract, Mentha Piperita (pepermint) Leaf Extract, Viscum Album (mistletoe) Extract, Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Extract, Saponaria officinalis Root Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Camelia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Leaf Extract, Citrus Limon(Lemon) Fruit Extract, Melaeuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water

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
Water, methylpropanediol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Arginine, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Honey Extract, Propolis Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrhizate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, PVM/MACopolymer, Trehalose, Panthenol, Allantoin

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)

COSRX cocons de soie

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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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COSRX Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion : Underrated benefits of Birch Sap

COSRX Birch sap Lotion

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Few weeks ago, I introduced you the benefits of donkey milk through my PongDang Cream review. Today, let’s talk about something just as natural as donkey milk, but so underrated : Birch Sap !

The Korean cosmetics brand COSRX puts this ingredient under the spotlights is its very new product Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion :

Birch Sap benefits

Birch sap is mostly consumed orally thank to its boosting, remineralizing and anti-oxidant effects. This is a very good cure for kidney and liver, but also for skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis.
As for the skin, birch sap is known for its anti-oxidant and anti-aging benefits. It also stimulates cell renewal and protects the skin from stress, inflammation, UV rays, pollution, etc.
In short, a gem of nature that you probably did not suspect (yet) the potential!

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La COSRX Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (with Birch Sap) – bon okay on a clairement atteint la limite des titres à rallonge là– est une lotion qui se veut “universelle”, pour toutes les peaux et tous les besoins ! Elle dispense l’hydratation nécéssaire aux peaux sèches, normales, mixtes, grasses et sensibles, et s’attaque aussi à la protection et la reconstruction de l’épiderme pour une peau lisse et éclatante.

TheCOSRX Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (with Birch Sap) –okay this is clearly too long– tends to be an universal lotion, for all skin types and needs! It provides hydratation for dry, normal, combination, oily and sensitive skins, and also helps the protection and reconstruction of skin for a smooth and glowing skin.

Ingredients list of CosRX Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion (with Birch Sap)
Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/, Sodium Acryloyldimethyl, Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Lactate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Ethyl Hexanediol, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil

  • The most present ingredient which goes by the name of Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, simply means birch sap. It represens not les than 70% of the composition, not bad !
  • Let’s note the Allantoin (healing and soothing), lemon peel oil (anti bacterial) and tea tree (anti oxidant).

This is, as usual, a very good composition from COSRX !

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If you already knew the COSRX products, you won’t be disoriented by the minimalist packaging of this lotion.
The product texture is quite milky, my skin likes to absorb it. Its fragrance is pretty strong though… It smells like “tree”, I guess it is a good thing, right? This is not the most pampering fragrance I’ve been smelling these days, but it absolutely don’t bother me.

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When I became aware of all birch sap benefits (also helps my general culture, I can tell!), I immediately suggested to my dad to test it out on his psoriasis. After the first application on his arm, it already itched a lot less! Stay tuned, but for my not-so-sensitive skin, it’s a jewel : This is a perfect moisturizing, soothing and purifying lotion.

Get it on Wishtrend for $20 !

The eshop share new coupons every month and you can discover them on the K-Beauty Deals page. here are the May coupons !

  • Permanent : 5$ off with the code « 017338409 » when you subscribe 
  • 10% on +$50 orders with the code : WISHMAY16
  • One Klairs Cleansing Oil for free on +$99 orders with the code : KLAIRSGENTLEOIL

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NakeUp Face Waterking Cover Cushion : Skincare AND makeup ?

Nakeup Face cushion

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Cushion creams and me are in a love story since they got famous in Korea, long before their Western adaptations. Curiosity has since given way to the Need: I absolutely can’t do without it now. I tested a dozen of different products since, but it seems that there are only my Etude House and Holika Holika reviews around. I promise that if you’re interested, I’d make my cushion creams’ top list !

Meanwhile, I want to introduce you one of them that would directly put to my top 3: The Nakeup Face Waterking Cushion Cover!

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Nakeup Face is a young Korean cosmetics brand  I learn to discover thanks toTesterKorea‘s “Real Tester” event, one of my favorite online stores. Their prices are so cheap, and every of my orders are so huge that it’s still too shameful to be discussed. haha
The packaging is super sober: Black with a holographic touch, everything I love! I chose the 21 shade because it suits me the best in winter, but sometimes I go 23 when I get some tan.

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This Waterking Cushion Cover tends to stand out through many points:

  • A very qualitative composition that combines extracts of propolis (revitalizing), lotus (cleansing and brightening), aloe vera (moisturizing and soothing), and rose water (softening). Just that !
  • Also, instead of using purified water, this cushion is made up of carbonated water to have a real airy finish while good covering.
  • It corrects and unifies even the most troubled skins through a flawless coverage.
  • Its texture does not file and does not oxidize: The complexion stays fresh for 24 hours, even if you do some touch ups. No cakey effect!
  • Its puff is anti-bacterial and limits the emergence and development of microbes.
  • It is an all-in-one product which has a SPF35 / PA ++ sun protection and acts as makeup base, foundation and BB cream.
  • Its texture clings to the skin for an immediate smoothing effect, besides its “brightening”, anti-wrinkle and protective benefits.

A patented formula that promises sooo much ! Let’s see what I’m really thinking about it.

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Its texture is just perfect: airy but covering. You don’t really feel it on your skin, but you can see its effects! The application is super nice and you get an even complexion without much effort.

Note that this really smells good to me, and its glowy / dewy finish will please K-beauty junkies. If this is not your case, a powder will matify everything, don’t worry ! My combination to oily skin makes me powder my T-zone for a better stay, which is also very honorable even if I won’t say 24 hours.
Since I always add a little contouring, I never do touch-ups: This is the kind of gesture I have a lot of trouble making, I find it dirty …

My skin tends to blush easily, which is dotted with small acne scars. After the application, I find it smooth, radiant and even !

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Get it on TesterKorea for a little less than 17$, love it !

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Christmas 2015 Wishlist : 100% Korean Cosmetics !

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Decidedly no one can escape from the “Christmas Wishlist” craze. Everyone asks us what do we wish for and sometimes we find out that we have absolutely no idea of what we want. Personally… That’s not my case at all hahaha ! I’m an eternal shopaholic unable to save any money…Even if I have to admit that I calmed myself down a little bit on asian cosmetics since I already tons of them all around my house. ( I could write one post a week during two years with all the products that lay down everywhere … *escape to hide myself* )

My life as a “beauty blogger” allows me to be aware of the release of almost all the new products (or not) and because of that… Well, I always have a little memo laying around the corner with a list composed of a billion of futile products to buy.
While making my own wishlist, I realized that it contains exclusively Korean skincare and not a single make-up item. Well that’s not so bad after all. So now let’s get started with my wishlist in details !

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1. PRIMARY RAW – DOYOU AZULENE GEL CREAM

This brand just poped out on the Internet especially thanks to Glow Recipe ; and I already fell for it even if I still haven’t got a chance to test it out ! I’m a big fan of “moisturizing gels” which are, to me, way lighter and fresher on my combination skin. I already tested out the “Chia Seed Cream” from The Face Shop and “Aqua March” from Holika Holika and both of them completely satisfied me!
This one is a gel composed of bamboo sap and azulene which are distilled in camomilla flowers’ steam. I’m pretty interested by the vitamins pearls that seems to feel great on the skin. Moreover, the packaging is litterally to die for. Did I said ” To die for” ? Well so as the price… Almost $50 …

2. SON&PARK – BEAUTY WATER

Don’t ask me why but this brand intrigue me! Their packagings are so minimalist that their products seems very classy and the brand got an award on Soko Glam that’s all I need to add it. Once again we are speaking of a product a little bit on the pricey side since it’s around $30 : Quite pricey for a beauty water! It takes the pledge to purify, exfoliate and gently moisturize ; a sort of multi-task product that would replace your toner, scrub and emulsion. It’s perfect for all skin types; with a PH of 5 that will balance your skin after you rince it off.

3. BLITHE – PRESSED SERUM CRYSTAL ICEPLANT

If you never heard of this brand (yet) it’s completely normal. It’ a freshly made new brand that we are lucky enough to already be able to find on Peaux D’Anges! I have the “Green Tea Splash Mask” which will be reviewed here very soon but this ” Pressed Serum ” attracts me a lot and has a great packaging. It seems to be a 2 in 1 “cream/serum”. A good excuse to put it in your shopping bag asap.

4. SUM37° – MIRACLE ROSE CLEANSING STICK

I’m cheating a little bit here… since I already have it! But as I said earlier; I have a billion of products that wait for me to fully try them out and this is one of them. I put it in my wishlist so you can put it in yours as well hehe ! #Temptation
I’m pretty sure that all of you guys know about this miraculous cleanser stick which is made of real rose petals that fermented for 365 days at precisely 37°C (and it has been named after that). I think that this product is very poetic ; a real jewel. How can we resist?

5. BANILA CO – CLEAN IT ZERO

I think everyone already saw this cleansing balm everywhere and I feel a little bit left out since I didn’t tried it out myself. #sheep. Nah seriously ; till now I was only swearing about my Rose cleansing oil from Re:cipe, but cleansing balms are really nice to use and get off your make-up just as well even if it’s waterproof.
You take a small amount off the balm on your hands , that turns into oil as you warm it a little bit. I choosed the Resveratrol version (what an easy name) that is less well-known compare to the classic one since it is made especially for combination to oily skin types! At the moment, I’m testing out the “Absolux ” balm from UNT which is also a great product ! :3

6. LANEIGE – LIP SLEEPING MASK

This is clearly Laura’s fault! I HATE YOU. Look how she sells it to me… I was literally forced to buy it so as one of my friend. An effective review, I can tell. It moisturizes, nourishes and plumps your lips, and also gently exfoliates them during the night – so much that you wake up with a perfect smile. Definitely a big YES for me ! Moreover, I actually already ordered it. Oopsie. <3

7. KLAIRS – FRESHLY JUICED VITAMIN C SERUM

I’m really a compulsive buyer since I already own the OST Vitamin C ultra concentrated serum that hasn’t been opened (yet) in my drawer… But I love Klairs and especially the store Wishtrend. The packaging got me a first sight ; but for the moment I’m just keeping an eye on it with all the good reviews I can read on this product. Vitamin C contains antioxydents actives, that fight against wrinkles and is also a great helper to heal your skin. Well, the perfect type of product for my combination and proacne skin type.

8. RE:CIPE – SLOWGANIC CLEANSER LEMON

I LOVE this brand since the very beginning ! After I fell for it’s real rose petals cleansing oil, I really want to try this lemon cleanser with 98% natural composition… The texture seems so intriguing and I really want to know if it’s worth the hype. **
You can buy it on Peaux D’Anges for €17.90.

9. NEOGEN – BIO PEEL GAUZE PEELING WINE

Once again, an innovative brand that I really want to introduce on the blog… But due to the price, it will not be for anytime soon! This product is very “high tech” and it also got an award on Soko Glam, so I trust it all.
Almost $30 for 30 cotton pads soaked in naturally fermented red wine that will helps to exfoliate your skin. It’s also a powerfull antioxydent thanks to the resveratrol that it contains.

10. NEOGEN – CODE 9 LEMON GREEN CAVIAR ESSENCE & TOX TIGHTENING PACK KIT

And finally, a product from the same brand since these little cottons pads caught my eyes out of curiosity… Lemon, Caviar and Vitamin C that are included in this serum that you are supposed to pour on these 3-layers cotton pads. It’s made to tighten pores, fight against spots & scars and brighten your facial complexion. I really want to test that out!

Did you  already know all the brands I spoke about? What is THE product that you want to get for Christmas ?

Avec la participation d’Alexandrine B. pour la traduction -merci !

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Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish BB : Worth a try ?

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I’m back with a new product to introduce to you, even if the brand might already be familiar to you through my last blogpost about the Rich Moist Soothing line.
Today, I’m going to write about a very promising BB cream, which is already quite popular among beauty blogs since it seems to be amazing.

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This BB cream promises to :

  • Adapt to the complexion: 3/5

If there is one thing that completely frustrates me in this cool product is its UNIQUE shade. Why Klairs, WHY ? The pigmentation is still very present, but I believe that their “smart color system” was a risky bet : It is slightly too clear to me. Nothing dramatic, but I have to be objective and that point is not really respected in my opinion, imagining that it won’t fit the lightest and darkest complexions.

  • To adapt to all skin types (dry to oily, through sensitive and acne-prone): 4/5

I only have one skin so it seems a bit tricky to answer for them all, but having read my girls with very dry skin who have enjoyed this, my combination skin liked it too ! Note that this is a non-comedogenic product (which does NOT cause nor stimulate acne) which is absolutely not negligible for me.
Concerning its promise of controlling sebum… it’s not very disappointing but not great though: My T-zone is shiny by the end of the day, but once again it’s not dramatic compared to other general products. It has a dewy finish, so I think it’s still doing its job well that can not be compared with mattifying products.

  • To brighten the complexion: 5/5

We really can’t say it doesn’t: No grayish neutral sub-tone out there, this BB is very brightening. A picture is worth 1000 words.

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I enjoyed this BB, but I still am a bit disappointed because I would have liked a small variation of shades for my girls (since it fits me pretty well), and a cushion version, oh yes !! (I will email them, seriously. haha)
The fact that it is non-comedogenic makes me want to advise it to all acne-prone skins. It won’t to cure acne, but you can doll yourself up with this product : This is already a good point, and a very good reason to stop foundations!
Note that it also has anti-wrinkle agents (yes, it doesn’t hurt anyone, even teens. haha) And a good sun protection (SPF40 PA ++).

[SU_SPOILER TITLE=”Ingredients List”]WATER, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, BETAINE, CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, NIACINAMIDE, POLYSORBATE 60, DIMETHICONE, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, ZINC OXIDE, YELLOW OXIDE OF IRON, ISOAMYL P-METHOXYCINNAMATE, DIETHYLAMINO HYDROXYBENZOYL HEXYL BENZOATE, BENTONITE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, SILICA, RED OXIDE OF IRON, BIS-ETHYLHEXYLOXYPHENOL METHOXYPHENYL TRIAZINE, STEARIC ACID, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, CHLORPHENESIN, TALC, BLACK OXIDE OF IRON, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, FRAGRANCE, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, SODIUM HYALURONATE, GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, PORTULACA OLERACEA EXTRACT, PIPER METHYSTICUM LEAF/ROOT/STEM EXTRACT, ALLANTOIN, ADENOSINE, SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, LINUM USITATISSIMUM (LINSEED) SEED EXTRACT, HIBISCUS ESCULENTUS FRUIT EXTRACT, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, ARCTIUM LAPPA ROOT EXTRACT, HIBISCUS MUTABILIS FLOWER EXTRACT, CORCHORUS OLITORIUS LEAF EXTRACT, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE[/SU_SPOILER]

Still, I find it a bit pricy : I think the brand should review it downwards. This is still a good investment in my opinion, it is far below western luxury complexion products, which however has a quite good ingredients list.

This BB cream really suits all skin types. Ultimately, it is a successful bet for Klairs!

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Klairs Rich Moist, my cocooning friend

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October just started and the summer warmness seems to be definitively gone. No more fresh and light skincare routines, hello intense moisturizing and nutrition!

Every year, I try to find the golden mean for my combination and troubled skin (dilated pores, small acne, redness, etc.). Last winter I felt for for theSteam Cream from Sea Tree-that I still like-, and this year my partner will go by the pretty name of Dear Klairs.

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Since 2009, Dear Klairs (or just Klairs) remains true to itself. Cruelty-free but not eco-friendly though, It’s a sober yet chic brand with a single flagship line: the « Rich Moist Soothing » one. La mode se démode, concepts and trends change. But according to Klairs, the skin will always need the same thing: Moisturing and soothing.

With essential ingredients for a healthy, balanced skin as hyaluronic acid and beta glucan, the Rich Moist line targets all skin types : Dry, combination, oily, sensitive, or reactive skin. All skin types need hydration and Klairs understood us by creating an ultra smooth line for skins that need to be comforted with the winter coming.

This is a quite small yet well-known Korean brand that has nothing to envy to K-beauty giants. It is produced and redistributed almost exclusively by the firm WISHCOMPANY and their e-shop WISHTREND (coucou Marie-Anne. ♡)

The great «  Rich Moist Soothing » line

At first, I was skeptical when I got to know this line. Not that I thought it was bad for my skin -on the contrary: although Klairs is not organic and eco-friendly, the ingredients are still pretty good-, it’s just that I always aim at oil-controlling and keeping my acne faaaaar from me, especially when I tried to not end up like a frying pan all summer. So « rich » products immediately inspire me a useless nutrition/sebum food.

Set aside my prejudices, I finally fully understood the title : Rich. Moist. MOIST. RICH-MOIST. So, it changes everything right ? As soon as weather is getting cold, I don’t drink a lot of water and my skin is almost yelling at me, constantly dehydrated. Seeing this intense moisturizing line that seemed suitable for all skin types makes me want to give it a try and here’s my review.

Supple Preparation Facial Toner

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Let’s say it : This toner is the smoothest I have ever met. It looks like an essence ! Though it finishes cleaning up my face, purifies and moisturizes at one point we almost forget for the rest of the skincare routine… Toners are known to be drying as hell, even my combination skin if I leave it alone for like 2 minutes. 

This is however a real treat. It balances the pH of the skin, which allows the rest of the routine to be more effective.

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

In this toner, key ingredients are the amino acid (anti-inflammatory), phyto-oligo (great hydration) and Centella Asiatica for its regenerative and healing properties.

So YES it’s true : when it comes to combination/oily skin, we tend to turn to much more acidic, drying toners. But tugging your skin in winter (oh it’s not winter yet?) is really the worst thing to do: It will turn very sensitive and dry… So I believe that this toner is really suitable for all skin types. Use it as much as you want !

Get it on WISHTREND for $ 21,99

Rich Moist Soothing Serum

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Here is another product for all skin types, but significantly more targeted for dry skins which need extra moisture. Remember : Even oily skins need moisture as bodies need water. Including an extra moisturizing serum into your routine will never ever be bad for your skin !

It is a transparent and odorless serum that blends very well into the skin. The finish is quite sticky when you pat it, but not for so long. You may think I’m a weirdo, but I like the stick side. Makes me pat longer. ;p

ingredients list
Water, Sodium hyaluronate, Butylene glycol, Peg-60 hydrogenated castor oil, Dimethyl sulfone, Betaine, Natto gum, Disodium edta, Centella asiatica extract, Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, Carbomer, Arginine, Lysine hcl, Proline, Sodium ascorbyl phosphate, Acetyl methionine, Theanine, Chlorphenesin, Tocopheryl acetate, Illicium verum(anise) fruit extract, Citrus paradisi(grapefruit) fruit extract, Nelumbium speciosum flower extract, Paeonia suffruticosa root extract, Scutellaria baicalensis root extract, Panthenol, Luffa cylindrica fruit/leaf/stem extract, Beta-glucan, Althaea rosea flower extract, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, Perfume, Portulaca oleracea extract, Apium graveolens (celery) extract, Brassica oleracea capitata (cabbage) leaf extract, Brassica oleracea italica (broccoli) extract, Brassica rapa (turnip) leaf extract, Daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract, Oryza sativa (rice) bran extract, Solanum lycopersicum (tomato) fruit/leaf/stem extract

Let’s note once again the key moisturizing ingredients, which deeply protect your skin. When I used this serum, I was unconsciously reassured because my skin was actually very well moisturized.

Get it on WISHTREND for $ 22,99

Rich Moist Soothing Cream

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If I could give one good point to my summer skincare routine, it is the moisturizing gels: Watery and much lighter than creams, I feel that my skin is breathing while having its daily moisture. Creams are often too rich for me, sometimes I’d like to finish my routine with serum / emulsion / eye cream and nothing else..

This small pot promises to seal the natural moisture of the skin as well as the one that you have lavished in the rest of the routine… This cream immediately moisturizes the skin, on the short and the long term.

Keep it by your side from October to March, and your skin will be thankful !

ingredients list
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Bees Wax, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Stearic Acid, Petrolatum, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Beta-Glucan, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, PEG-100 Stearate, Ceramide 3, Sorbitan Stearate, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Arginine, Illicium Verum(Anise) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi(Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, hlorphenesin, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Algin, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Natto Gum, Centella Asiatica Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Apium, Graveolens (Celery) Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Brassica Rapa (Turnip) Leaf Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine

Get it on WISHTREND for $ 23,99

This is a line that clearly targets dry and dehydrated skin, BUT it’s still formulated so that all skin types can enjoy its benefits.

I’ll say it once more : I have combination to oily troubled skin (more I say, the more I find that it’s really not a gift from God…), but my skin has greatly appreciated this line: It’s plumped, moisturized and full of vitality ! It just does not treat blemishes, so I like to alternate between this line and a more acne-focused routine, or even a bit of both depending on the day and mood.

PROMO CODE: Enter the code 017338409 when you subscribe and receive a $5 voucher !

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Congratulations, and thank you for that must-have line, Klairs!

Now, I want to get, try and review the cleansing line that seems to target more combination to oily skin… Ambitious !

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