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Natalie

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Hey there! I'm a 17 year old gal from Toronto with an interest in skincare and makeup, particularly asian products! You can also find me on Instagram @snailormercury for more reviews and pictures! 

About Me

General Information

  • Ethnicity: East Asian
  • Skin Tone: Medium
  • Skin Type: Combination
  • Hair Thickness:
  • Hair Color: Black

Personal Information:

  • Beauty Interest: Beauty blogger
  • Age Range: 18-24
  • Location: Canada
  • Ingredient Preference: Fragrance Free, Sulfate Free
  • Are you a mommy to be?: No

 This is a character sheetmask with the lazy egg’s face on it, and it sucked. It claims to soothe and moisturize your skin, but it caused pain for me instead~
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🍳Texture: The essence is moderately thick but still on the watery side. It absorbs into the skin really quickly and there’s not much sticky residue.
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🍳Material + Fit: The material is a firm fabric material and the fit is actually really good! It could be a bit smaller on the forehead area though.
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🍳Scent: There is a bit of fruity scent with alcohol undertones.
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🍳Thoughts: This is my 2nd time using this mask and my experiences both times were the same. It’s quite soothing initially but after 30 sec it starts to sting my face so bad that I had to take it off! It felt like multiple bees were stinging my face!! I didn’t want to waste the mask so I placed it  on and off my face periodically for 5 min and attempted to rub the essence in my face. However, after masking, my face was not red or irritated, and the mask is actually very hydrating and brightening. When I posted about the stinging I felt on my IG story, several people DMed me saying that they have experienced the same thing too. The fact that multiple people experienced the same problem probably means that something is wrong with the mask.
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🍳Rating: 3/10 The effects on my skin was good but it wasn’t worth it for the STINGING PAIN!!! Honestly this would’ve been my HG if there was no pain involved since every aspect was a 9/10, except for the masking process. WHY DID YOU HURT ME GUDETAMA I TRUSTED YOU???!

This is a character sheetmask with the lazy egg’s face on it, and it sucked. It claims to soothe and moisturize your skin, but it caused pain for me instead~
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🍳Texture: The essence is moderately thick but still on the watery side. It absorbs into the skin really quickly and there’s not much sticky residue.
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🍳Material + Fit: The material is a firm fabric material and the fit is actually really good! It could be a bit smaller on the forehead area though.
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🍳Scent: There is a bit of fruity scent with alcohol undertones.
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🍳Thoughts: This is my 2nd time using this mask and my experiences both times were the same. It’s quite soothing initially but after 30 sec it starts to sting my face so bad that I had to take it off! It felt like multiple bees were stinging my face!! I didn’t want to waste the mask so I placed it  on and off my face periodically for 5 min and attempted to rub the essence in my face. However, after masking, my face was not red or irritated, and the mask is actually very hydrating and brightening. When I posted about the stinging I felt on my IG story, several people DMed me saying that they have experienced the same thing too. The fact that multiple people experienced the same problem probably means that something is wrong with the mask~


🍳Rating: 3/10 The effects on my skin was good but it wasn’t worth it for the STINGING PAIN!!! Honestly this would’ve been my HG if there was no pain involved since every aspect was a 9/10, except for the masking process. WHY DID YOU HURT ME GUDETAMA I TRUSTED YOU???!

💖Step 1: Cleanser - cloud texture
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The cleanser is a thick white paste initially, but it becomes foamy once you lather it with water. After cleansing, my skin doesn’t feel “squeaky” and dehydrated but it feels refreshing after cleansing with it~ There is a subtle citrus scent that’s not really noticeable so it’s perfect for sensitive noses.
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💖Step 2: Dual morning pad
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It’s a large circle pad with little dots on one side for exfoliation and a soft cotton surface on the other. I really like how you can control the level of exfoliation using either the bumpy or smooth side of the pad since my skin was on the sensitive side that day, so I used the smooth side most of the time~~There was lots of hydrating watery essence left in the packet and so I made a mini sheetmask out of it. My face looks more bright and feels really light because all the dead skin cells are gone~
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💖Step 3: Sherbet ice-cream
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I was quite surprised at the consistency of the moisturizer since its thick and balmy silicone texture doesn’t feel like ice cream! It’s not incredibly hydrating but my face doesn’t feel dry after it so I guess it did it job. Although it’s quite thick, it doesn’t feel really heavy.
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💖Overall: 8/10 Really convenient kit that cleanses, exfoliates, and moisturize! The only gripe I have is that the packaging is a bit hard to open, and the moisturizer wasn't as hydrating as expected. I would repurchase this for trips or just some morning pampering~

💗This is my first face powder and honestly I regret trying this product so late since it’s AMAZING!  It’s really versatile and surprisingly, the little container lasts a long time!
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💗Uses: This mineral powder is very versatile.I mainly use it to control sebum and set makeup, but it can also be used as dry shampoo or an eye primer! To control sebum, just gently pat the puff on the oily areas of your face, and for setting makeup, use it all over your face after applying makeup. As dry shampoo, use it on your hair, and as eye primer, apply it on your eyelids before you put eyeshadow on!
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💗Packaging: The container has a separate plastic layer with little holes for the powder to leave. The powder comes with a small puff for application.
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💗Scent: It has a very subtle powdery mint scent from the mint leaf extract. Sometimes I don’t even smell anything at all so it’s perfect for sensitive noses!
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💖Results: This is amazing for controlling oily skin! Without the powder, my face would feel so gross from the oil at around 4pm, but after using the powder, my face feels refreshed until 7! It’s great for setting makeup and making it last longer. For me, there is not much of a whitecast but I'm not sure if there is for darker skin tones. One thing that bugs me is that it’ll get really patchy if I try to reapply my makeup on top of it, but maybe that’s just me. Usually, I just wipe everything off the areas that I need to reapply and re-do my makeup to avoid the patchiness. It’s effective as an eye primer since it makes my eye shadows lasts longer than usual, by about 3 to 4 hours!
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💖Thoughts: 9/10 I don't think I can live without this! I will definitely repurchase it.

☕️As a coffee lover that can’t drink coffee because of her low caffeine tolerance, this sheetmask seemed like a good way to satisfy my cravings!
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☕️Notable Ingredients: Coffee Extract, Caffeine, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Olive Oil, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Macadamia Seed Oil, Ceramide, Squalane, Adenosine. From these ingredients, I can tell that the mask is going to be really moisturizing and brightening!
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☕️Texture: The essence is not too watery, but it’s not thick either. It’s a bit sticky in a sense that it leaves a bit of residue on your face, but it doesn’t feel heavy at all.
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☕️Material: The mask has a cotton-like material, and It feels soft and flexible on my face.
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☕️Fit: The mask fits perfectly on my face except that the mouth hole is a bit too big.
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☕️Scent: It smells heavenly, just like sweet hazelnut coffee~~ It immediately woke me up!
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☕️Results: Immediately after masking, my skin feels a lot more hydrated and moisturized! I noticed some calming effects on my acne and I feel very refreshed! My face was dewy and bouncy after too! The essence absorbed in about 3 minutes. When I woke up the net day, my redness is gone and my skin is less dull!
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☕️Rating: Overall, this mask is very similar to the Nature Republic Masks that I love in terms of the texture of the essence and the effects it had on my skin, so I’ll give it a 9.5/10! I’ll definitely repurchase this since it smells amazing and it’s really moisturizing!

🎈Overview: This hydrogel mask claims to moisturize, brighten, and have an elastic effect on the skin. The mask itself can be reused as a body essence if you dissolve it in hot water! Personally, I think this is a great idea since less waste = more eco-friendly!
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🎈Ingredients: Black bean+black berry peptide, seaweed, and diamond powder. Diamond powder has gentle exfoliating and brightening properties in addition to making the mask sparkle!
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🎈How to use: Remove the white film from the mask and applying the mask on your face, then remove the clear film. Take off the mask once you feel it getting thin due to essence being absorbed into your skin.
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🎈Material+Fit: It has a thick and jelly-like material. The mask is separated in 2 parts (top and bottom), and for me, the bottom part of the mask keeps moving. It would be better if the mouth hole was smaller.
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🎈Scent: There was a mild scent, but it was so subtle that I forgot what it smelled like!
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🎈Results: Although there was essence in the packet, the mask itself doesn’t seem soaked. However, my skin is more hydrated and clear after masking so it worked! There was some brightening effects and my inflamed skin has calmed down a lot. I recommend using the remaining essence in the packet on you face since the effects are more obvious once I used it. I also added hot water to the mask to melt it to use as a body essence, which moisturized my body really well.
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🎈Thoughts: 8.5/10 If you’re looking for an eco-friendly sheetmask that hydrates, brightens, and calm your face and body, then this is perfect for you! Some things to look out for is that it’s kind of hard to tell when to take off the mask since the difference in thickness is not huge, and it might fall off you face if you’re not careful. Otherwise, this is a great mask that I would repurchase as it’s very versatile!

I don't usually use nose strips since they tend to hurt my nose a lot, but when I saw that these came with masks to supposedly sooth your skin, I had to try it lol. 


💦Step 1: A cotton based sheetmask for the nose area with ingredients like witch hazel and peppermint leaf extract! This step is to prep your nose for the nose strip. The mask had a strong yet cool scent of peppermint and citrus, and the essence has a watery texture. It made my nose more refreshed, and my pores looks smaller!
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💗Step 2 of the kit is the nose strip! All you need to do is wet your nose, then place the strip on for about 15 mins. The pain I felt when I peeled it off was a lot less than nose strips from other brands (looking at you TFS), and some of the sebaceous filaments transferred onto the strip! This is actually the first time a nose strip worked for me!
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💦Step 3: Surprisingly, there was two masks in step 3! It wasn’t stated on the package and I only found out when I was digging for extra essence! One of them is a thick hydrogel mask that’s slippery and jelly-like, and it is incredibly soothing on my nose. The second one is a thin mesh mask. I placed both masks on top of each other and flipped them once in a while to get the best of both worlds. This was definitely my favourite step of the kit since the hydrogel mask was really soothing and hydrating!
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🌸Overall: 8/10 One of the best nose strips I tried in comparison to those from TFS since it actually removed some of my blackheads and sebaceous filaments! Also, the masks soothes my nose really well! I would definitely repurchase this, but only for occasional use because I don’t want to be too rough on my nose.

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💦Claims: It claims to tighten your pores!
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💦Notable Ingredients: Centella Asiatica Extract -- calms inflammation and redness
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💦Texture: The essence is slightly watery, which absorbs more quickly into the skin! There’s not much sticky residue after too~ 💖
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💦Material: This is a cotton based mask and iT FEELS SOOOO SOFT! 😍One of the softest and silkiest mask that I used! Despite it being really soft, it doesn’t break apart easily! 😁
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💦Fit: This mask fits my face perfectly! 💖 No complaints at all! I finally found another mask that has good coverage around the philtrum area 😂😍
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💦Scent: It has a moderate sweet herbal scent? I couldn’t pinpoint a specific scent but it’s not too strong.
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💦Results: It’s a great hydrating and calming sheetmask when you need a moisture boost! I think the pores around my nose shrunk a little bit, but the difference wasn't huge. The mask calmed my acne and there was less redness the next day. This mask is moderately hydrating, meaning that it hydrates well as a supplement to your routine, but isn't moisturizing enough to skip the rest of your moisturizing steps.
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💦Rating/Repurchase:  8/10  I would totally repurchase this! It's great for reducing redness and hydration, and the material is soooo soft! Also, the mask fits PERFECTLY on my face!

Here's a quick review on this green tea essence mask!

🌿Star Ingredients: Green Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract) reduces inflammation and irritation! The leaves contains polyphenol epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which are known for their antioxidants! Another notable ingredient is Panax Ginseng extract aka Korean Red Ginseng! Didn’t expect to see it here!
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🌿Texture: The essence is not super watery, but it’s not tacky and sticky either.
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🌿Material: The material is a thicker cotton like fabric, which makes it a bit harder for the mask to stick to my face. But I like how soft it is though!
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🌿Fit: It fits my face quite well but it could use more coverage around the philtrum area, and the nose placement is a  bit weird.
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🌿Scent: It has a moderate fresh “green tea” fragrance! It might be too strong for those with sensitive noses but I’m ok with it.
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🌿Results: I used it  for 15 minutes as it dried out rather fast. I can’t really attest how fast the essence absorbed since I went outside to pick up a parcek nd forgot to pat the essence into my face. The cold winds didn’t make my face dry despite not putting on moisturizer since the mask was quite hydrating! When I got home, I noticed that my skin is much more calm and there is less redness! There was so much extra essence in the packet. My skin still feels pretty hydrated and calm today due to the mask!
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🌿Rating: 7/10  Overall, this is a pretty great mask, but it doesn’t WOW me so I probably won’t repurchase this (unless it’s on sale haha)

This was actually my first product from Etude House and I bought this product because of the cute packaging! Everyone labels them as lip tints but honestly it feels more like a tinted lip balm! It tastes amazing like orange candies, but it has  little pigment and isn’t moisturizing enough to use it without lip balm. The cute packaging makes up for it though! (The cap falls off pretty easily so be careful!) I won't repurchase this since I feel like it's a bit gimmicky and isn't a great lip product. 

The Estee Lauder Candy Shimmer lipstick has a sweet taste like red jujubes! This is a lipstick that’s more moisturising and sheer, though the colour lasts quite long on my lips. It doesn’t dry up my lips and actually makes them look more smooth! The colour for this shade is on the pink side. 

🌟Star Ingredient / Claims:  The website said that the royal jelly extracts provide nourishment, reduce wrinkles and glow for elastic skin.
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🌟Material: The material is quite soft and flexible.
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🌟Fit: The mask has a really weird fit!!! The eye and mouth holes were gigantic, but at least it covers my entire nose (with so much extra space left).
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🌟Texture: The essence is not too watery, but it’s not super thick either. It’s a bit sticky in a sense that it leaves a bit of residue on your face, but it doesn’t feel heavy at all.
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🌟Scent: Best smelling mask ever :) It has a subtle sweet scent with notes of apple and honey. I was craving some sweet apple juice the whole time I was masking! Not overpowering at all and smelled heavenly~ The apple scent probably came from the apple extract (I was really surprised to see this in the ingredient list!).
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🌟Results: It moisturized my skin, and I noticed some calming effects on my acne! My face was super dewy and bouncy after too! The essence absorbed in about 3 minutes. This is more suitable for when you’re skin is extremely dry since it’s really moisturizing!
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🌟Rating: 9/10 I took 1 mark off  because of the weird fit.
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🌟Repurchase: YESSS!! I just love the scent too much! And it’s great at moisturizing too! 

I’ve seen the Aloe shaped gel on the package in Winners quite a few times so I was really excited to try this mask!

 The essence is is really slimy and slippery! It feels like a more watery version of the Nature Republic Aloe gel. It fits my face really well, and the slimy essence helps the mask stick to my face too! It has artificial aloe vera and cucumber scent. The scent does not fade for a long time but I can still tolerate it. The Star Ingredient of the mask Aloe Vera leaf juice, which is known to soothe irritated skin, especially sun burns!  When I put this mask on, there was a cooling sensation that woke me up 😂😂 Perfect for a hot summer day~ After about 15 minutes of masking, I didn’t notice much improvement immediately other than hydration. The essence absorbed and dried down QUICKLY like an aloe gel! However, there is a feeling of tightness (perhaps it’s the aloe essence residue?) that disappears when I put on face cream. The next morning,  I was surprised to see my redness faded and my breakouts were less inflamed!  

 

Rating/Repurchase: 6.5 /10 It’s an ok mask that can be duped by just slathering Aloe vera gel on your face, but I think this is a great way to sooth you skin on a hot summer day! I probably won’t repurchase this unless it’s on sale for really cheap since I think I can get a similar effect by using my own mask tablets and mixing toner + aloe vera gel.

🌿Star Ingredients: Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit and Flower Extract! (Sweet Orange Fruit and Orange Flower extract!) It is a source of vitamin C, and helps condition your skin! Also, it contains grapefruit extract, which is rich in Vitamin C! Since this mask is only intended to use for a short period of time, i don’t think it would be very effective if you want to see long-term results in brightening or collagen production!
🎉Texture: A more “thin” essence that doesn’t leave your skin sticky after masking!
🌿Material and Fit: The material feels like cotton and is slightly fragile. It fits my face really well like the other masks I tried from the Aritaum family! It actually covers my entire nose, and there is even a bit of extra space!
😣Scent: Just like the Safflower mask from the same collection, it had a strong artificial flower scent that disappears after about 1-2 minutes.
❤️Results: Calmed, Plumped, and Hydrated skin! My skin is less inflamed and a bit more brightened!
👌Rating/ Repurchase: 8.5/10  It’s a great mask but I took 0.5 off because of the strong scent.

 

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This is a mask that's great at hdyrating and mositurizing, but the heavy artificial flower scent might not be suitable for those sensitive to fragrance! 

  • Notable Ingredients: Carthamus Tinctorius Flower Extract and Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Extract! (Safflower flower and seed extract)  It helps to moisturize and condition your skin~
  • Texture: The essence is on the watery side, and there is not a lot of sticky residue after I remove the mask!
  • Material: The material feels like cotton and  is slightly fragile.
  • Fit: It fits my face so well! I guess it runs in the Aritaum family 😂😂 It actually covers my entire nose, and there is even a bit of extra space!
  • Scent: It had a strong artificial flower like scent that lasted for a minute, then then the smell dissipated.
  • Results: It calmed down my breakouts and hydrated my skin really well! I saw some brightening effects too~ It made my skin less angry and red 😁 I actually forgot to put on my moisturizer since my face felt really hydrated. My skin wasn't a dehydrated mess in the next morning too so you can see how hydrating this is 😂😂
  • Rating/ Repurchase: I would definitely repurchase this 8/10 mask if I see it! I just wish that the flower scent wasn't that strong as I was SO turned off by it initially.

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Overall, this is a really great hydrating mask that doesn't leave a sticky residue! It's quite affordable too!

💦Claims:  This mask contains 2000 mg of Hyaluronic Acid, and claims to supply intensive moisture, leaving your skin resilient and moisturized
💦Texture: The essence is really watery!
💦Material: The material is more flexible and doesn’t really have a fabric/cotton texture! It’s a bit fragile though since I accidentally ripped part of the mask!
💦Fit: It fits my face quite well and is only mask that I tried that covers my nose!! However, it would be better if there was more coverage around the philtrum area, or maybe shrink the mouth hole a bit.
💦Scent: There’s no obvious scent.
💦Results: My skin is very hydrated. I like how the essence absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave my skin too sticky. I didn’t notice any other effects other than hydration and the calming of my skin.

💦Rating: 8.5 /10
💦Repurchase:  YES! This is a pretty solid mask for hydration! Not much of a multi-tasker though~

This mask is actually quite effective in temporarily shrinking my pores and making my skin really soft! However, I will not be repurchasing since the harvesting of dead sea mud has detrimental impacts on the dead sea, and it's such a hassle cleaning it up that I don't use it much often anymore!

 

Pros:
❤️ Shrinking pores
❤️ Gently exfoliates
❤️ Isn't drying on the skin
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Cons:
🤤Hard to clean up
🤤Long drying time

 I purchased this on impulse because of a friend’s recommendation (Worse $25 spent yIKES) early on my AB journey and got a cystic pimple on my chin! I tried to use this 3 times separately and a cyst appeared on similar spots each time! This toner contains volcanic ash from Jeju Island and claims to absorb sebum and give you smooth, soft skin without any shine. Besides the cyst on my chin, this actually has pretty great sebum absorbing effects, and my face was less oily throughout the day. I think my Innisfree no sebum mineral powder works better though 😁 Since I can't use it on my face now, I apply it on my hands to make them less sweat! It works quite well in making my hands sweat less lol. 

  • 💦Claims:  This mask uses the Natural Moisturizing Factor (N.M.F) system to provide intense hydration with Hyaluronic Acid & Ceramide. It’s also loaded with Witch Hazel to help with acne.
  • 💦Texture:  The texture of the essence is slightly sticky, but still on the water side.
  • 💦Material: The material is on the thicker side and feels more structured than other masks. It’s made of 100% pure cotton!
  • 💦Fit:  This mask has an almost PERFECT fit for me! It covers the area below my nose for once , and feels like it’s custom made for my face shape :) If I had to be picky, the eye holes could be smaller.
  • 💦Scent: It has a slight water and witch hazel smell? I don’t know how to describe it but it’s not too strong.
  • 💦Results: It provided intense hydration without a sticky residue, which I love! I noticed there’s less redness on my face, and my pimples / whiteheads calmed down. I think my skin was brighter too! I feel like my face became slight tighter and more v-shaped temporarily
  • 💦Rating: 11/10  HG MASK for sure!!
  • 💦Repurchase: Of course, but after I finish my other 2 boxes :) 

I won this eye contour cream from a giveaway hosted by Amabie and Atopalm! Thanks guys!

This is a thick eye cream that provides ample hydration! It has a subtle lavender and orange scent! After applying this cream around my eyes, the dryness disappears and the area felt hydrated for a long time. This cream has a matte finish and no oily film! Overall, I like this eye cream a lot since it doesn't cause milia and hydrates the area around my eyes well! 

 

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This was part of my giveaway prize from Amabie beauty and Atopalm! Thanks guys!

This mist provides lots of hydration! It helps my skin absorb the Real Barrier Extreme Cream more efficiently. It has the same lavender and orange scent as the cream. The misting bottle is better than I expected since it's really easy to control the spray and the mist comes out in a fine and even layer. I use it as a hydrating toner in my routine as I feel like it would mix with my makeup weirdly if I use this to rehydrate during the day!

 

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This is my giveaway prize from @amabiebeauty and @atopalmusa ! Thanks guys ❤️

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💕Overview: The Real Barrier Line from Atopalm is formulated for dry and sensitive skin types. It claims to reinforce and support the skin's natural barrier.
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✨Ingredients:
💦Hyaluronic acid, ceramides to help restore your skin barrier.
💦Squalane, phytosterols, vitamin E, panthenol, allantoin, and madecassoside to help moisturize and soothe.
💦Potential red flags: butylene glycol, cetearyl alcohol, and dimethicone.
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💕Scent: It has a subtle lavender and orange essential oil smell that I love!
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💥Texture: This is a REALLY THICK cream with an almost balm-like texture. There is no greasy or sticky feel. It spreads quite easily despite the thickness.
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💦Results: Honestly this would be my HG cream if it didn’t break me out :/ It restored my skin barrier from dehydrating effects of tretinoin. This is the only moisturizing step in my routine but my skin does not feel dehydrated at all! It absorbs and works more efficiently with a toner or the Real Barrier Essence Mist! This cream also helped eliminate my redness overnight! (Most results I've seen for reducing redness!) Although it broke me out, I noticed that my acne scars faded a lot faster than usual! Maybe it’s the vitamin E~
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✨Packaging: It comes with a small spoon/spatula
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✨Repurchase: Sadly, No. Although I love how it made my skin less dehydrated, it broke me out (medium sized pimples in various areas of my face!!) ! I’m going to keep using it though since my skin won’t be able to survive winter without it.

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This eye mask gently heats your eyes for about 10 minutes to relieve stressed and dry eyes using steam. It has ear hooks so it won’t fall off! You don’t have to rub it to activate the heat so it’s really convenient. This is perfect for plane or train rides, or while you sleep! You can get it in different scents like lavender, but the one in the picture has no scent. The lavender one does not smell too strong and is very soothing~

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This is my HG second cleanser!! It’s honestly the best since it’s gentle on my wallet and skin ;) For about $12-15 (depending on where you buy it), you get 355ml of cleanser, which is even larger than my Kikumasamune lotion!
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🎆Overview and Claims: This is a cleanser that is geared towards those with normal to oily skin.
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🎇It includes beneficial ingredients such as niacinamide, 3 types of ceramides, cholestral, and Hyaluronic Acid!
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🌻Scent: There is no noticeable scent.
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🌻Texture: It comes out of the bottle as a clear, gel like liquid! Once you spread it out on your face and emulsify it with water, it laters slightly into a white foam, just like hand soap. It doesn’t foam up a lot though so this might disappoint some foam enthusiast (like me hahaha).
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✨Results: It removes the oil residue from my cleansing oil and cleanses my face gently! My face does not feel dry or tight afterwards.
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✨Packaging: It has a pump that “locks” when you move it to the side. 

 

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These hydrocolloid patches work the best on pimples with whiteheads or popped ones. Usually it heals my acne in about 3-4 days. These are similar to the Cosrx ones except that they are tinted slightly yellow and have less staying power! 

 

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These patches are not hydrocolloid patches and are much more thinner and unnoticeable! It has tea tree oil and salicylic acid in its ingredients. These patches feel like tape and they have higher staying power than the COSRX ones! In my experience, these works the best on cysts or larger pimples or little whiteheads. However, the results are not as effective as hydrocolloid patches so I use it to prevent myself from touching my pimples. I don’t think I will be repurchasing this since it did not really do much~ 


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This mask focuses on hydratin and mositurizing dry skin. It has sea water and plenty of plant extracts as ingredients.  I usually underestimate character masks since I think it’s a bit gimmicky, but I love the design of this “mask”querade! 
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💦Texture: The essence is on the watery side.
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💦Material: The fabric is quite thick, soft, and stretchy.
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💦Fit: This mask has one of the best fits! It clings perfectly to my facial features and I didn’t have to do much adjustments. It could have more coverage around the mouth area but other than that, this is perfect!
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💦Scent: It has a slight earl grey tea and “water” scent.
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💦Results: My skin is so hydrated! It does not have a sticky finish at all since the essence absorbed so well! Also, the mask held a lot of essence so my masking session went a bit longer than usual (30 min). I don’t think my skin has ever been this hydrated after a mask!
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💕Rating: 11/10 I THINK I FOUND MY HG MASK!
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💕Repurchase: Definitely! I need to check if they sell these in boxes since I love it!! I would love to try the violet and black mask from the same line based on these results! 
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I have this lipstick in 340 Envious and i love it! This is my favourite lipstick~  The colour is a more magenta leaning red, but still mainly red (wow that colour description lol). A little swipe goes a long way and the pigment has a strong staying power. This isn’t really moisturizing so I use lip balm before hand. This lipstick somehow blurs my lips slightly and makes it look like I have really soft lips~

 

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With fermented Carica Papaya, this claims to help relieve boils, burns, chafing, cuts, and cracked skin. It is mainly made of petroleum jelly so it feels like vaseline. I use it as a portable alternative to Vaseline in case my lips gets chapped or my face gets too dry during the winter. I’ve only used it to moisturize cracked skin so I can’t attest to how well it works in other areas, but in my experience so far, it’s basically expensive Vaseline. If I get to try this on burns, cute, chafing, and the like, I'll update on how it performs here~

 

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This is a physical sunscreen with SPF 30  that you can find at most natural health food stores like Whole foods. It pilled terribly for me. After I put it on my face and tried to spread it, little pieces of sunscreen (they look like dead skin but it's white) just starts forming and it's so hard to get it off! It has a matte finish for me (combo-oily skin). My mother loves this sunscreen but unfortunately this didn't work for me. Also, this is quite expensive with less SPF protection in comparison to Asian sunscreen's such as innisfree (check out my other review!) or biore so I don't recommend this. 

 

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This is one of the most hyped products from Cosrx so I gave in and bought it in January. I started using it around March/April so it definitely lasted me quite a while. There is no scent and the essence is on the thicker side. It feels slimy at first, but it still absorbs nicely. It soothes my skin and provides light to medium hydration, since this saved my dehydrated af skin during the winter I love how the pump bottles are super sturdy! I'm going to decant my Scinic Iceland AIO into it after I finish it. I also decorated the bottle with the stickers from the Christmas Set~ I was actually on the fence in terms of whether I’ll repurchase this since I didn’t feel like I need it in my routine (It’s kind of meh). However, I’m thinking of using this as my main moisturizer now so I’m going to repurchase this!

 

 

Rating: 7.5 - 8 /10 This snail essence doesn’t necessarily WOW me, but I think it’s a solid product that does what it’s supposed to do: to hydrate.


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I got this tea tree oil since I had a good experience with the Medicated Gel from the same brand and needed something stronger to fight my pimples. This is indeed quite strong so you have to be careful to not use too much of it, or else it’ll hurt! It works well as a spot treatment to eliminate pimples with whiteheads, and is a stronger / quicker counterpart of the medicated gel! This is also very versatile since I can make my own facial spray by adding a few drops of the oil in a spray bottle filled  water

 

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This was one of my first skincare products and I’ve used this for about 7 years already! It’s more effective on pimples with whiteheads since it dries up the white head. This is a milder acne treatment in comparison to the others, but still effective nonetheless.

 

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I didn't really like  this mask since the fit sucked, it only covered half of my nose and the area around my mouth and chin wasn't covered too! The essence of this mask is quite thin and watery but 
the material is a thicker cotton like material which made it quite difficult to stay on my face. 
 It has a subtle verbena scent. Perfect for those who are sensitive to fragrance since it's veryyyyy subtle.

🌱Results: My redness was gone and it calmed my acne. I felt hydrated too! The next morning, my face was soft and there wasn't any residue from the mask. ·

🌱Repurchase: Nahh. There are many better options out there with similar results and better fit so I won't repurchase it. Unless it was on sale 😂😂 I think this would be a good mask for people that doesn't like sticky residues the next day  since it had none!

My skin tone is about NC 15-20 and I use the shade in 01. This concealer has really high coverage, and it's perfect for covering acne scars and pimples. However, it's a bit too dry for covering dark circles.  The concealer lasts the whole day and I can say that this is my favorite concealer! 

 

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I have the NYX Butter lipstick in Fireball and I love the colour! It's an orange-ish tone. 
 It feels really smooth and buttery but doesn't have a long staying power. As much as I love the colour, I won't be repurchasing this since I feel like I can find a similar shade with better staying power.

 

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 This is a waterproof physical sunscreen that has Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide as UVA and UVB Filters! I’m always on the lookout for a good physical sunscreen since I’m afraid that a chemical one would be too dry or harsh for my sensitive skin. I purchased this from Jolse for about 8 dollars since my Derma E sunscreen was pilling terribly.
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🌱Star Ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Green tea and other plant extracts, sunflower seed oil
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🌱Scent: It smells like plant extracts
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🌱Texture: It has a thicker consistency like a creamier lotion, but it’s very smooth and easy to apply it.
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🌱Whitecast: The sunscreen is slightly tinted but it still brightened my face for about 1 to 2 shades! I actually like this “white cast” since it looks quite natural and evens my skin tone.
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🌱Results:  It lasts the whole day and does not feel heavy on my face (or maybe I’m just used to it). I think it’s not incredibly moisturizing, but does not necessarily dry you out too. Even when I don’t feel like wearing sunscreen, I still put this on since I consider it as a brightening primer!


· 🌱Repurchase: Definitely! I also have a backup ready because I like it so much!

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This spot treatment has acne fighting ingredients like Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil! It works best on preventing breakouts and healing larger pimples and cysts. Whenever I feel one forming under my skin, I just put a bit on to stop it from actually developing. Usually, it eliminates the pimple in about 3-4 days. Unlike other treatments, it doesn’t really form a visible scab (like the dried off part), but instead slowly become smaller and disappear. It can be quite drying though so be ready to amp up your hydration game! I really like this spot treatment since it's faster and more effective than the others that I tried!

 

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This is the only oil cleanser that I've used so I can't make any comparisons, but I like this oil cleanser a lot! It removes all my makeup and sunscreen properly, and doesn't leave my skin dry.  It also removes some of my dead skin and grits. 9/10 would recommend. I just wish they had either a larger size or refill packets so I don't feel wasteful. I use up a bottle in about 5-6 months! 

 

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I purchased this cleanser during their Christmas Sale since it was on sale, and I totally regret it. It's a thick and paste like when you squeeze it out of the tube and quickly turns into a foam once combined and lathered with water. After using it, it left my face squeaky clean and super dry, which isn't a good thing when it comes to cleansers. It also made my hands really dry too, and even the harsh cleansers I used before I got into skincare wasn't that intense!! I checked the ph of the cleanser online and it's a whopping 12! In order to use it up, i used it as a brush or a food cleanser, and I'm so glad that I used it all up now.  

 

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I really like these patches since they help heal my breakouts faster! It works best on pimples with whiteheads since it sucks the gunk out of it. The material is on the thicker side so sometimes it doesn't stick to my face that well, but these patches prevents me from touching my pimples, so that's a plus!! I love these patches!! 

 

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🎉Claims: This mask claims to firm and colour-correct your skin.

🎇Texture: The essence isn’t thick and sticky like the Leaders and jayjun masks. Most of the essence has been absorbed by the mask sheet so there wasn’t extra in the package.

🎆Material: The material of the sheetmask is a thicker cotton-like fabric, which makes it harder for the mask to adhere to my face.

🌻Fit: The mask fits my face pretty well, but I would’ve loved more coverage at the philtrum area

🌹Scent: It smelled like witch hazel. Surprisingly, there wasn’t any orange scent.

🔥Ingredients: They mentioned that Vitamin C and Aloe are their star ingredients! In their ingredient list, witch hazel and Vitamin E was listed too

✔️Results:  The mask isn’t completely drench in essence, so my philtrum area dried out in about 10-15 min. This mask is great if you don’t like that tacky feeling, since the essence dries down and absorbs quickly.  It actually achieved its claims of colour correcting as it evened my skin tone and took some of the redness away. However, I can’t attest to its firming ability since my face isn’t sagging to begin with.

 This mask is great for a quick masking session and for brightening.

It has a low to medium coverage and doesn’t cover pimples well. This just evens out and brighten my skin tone. Shade No.21 Beige is the perfect shade match for my skin tone after I put on sunscreen, since my Innisfree sunscreen has a slight white cast!It has a semi-matte finish which made my makeup less oily at the end of the day. It’s not really moisturizing so don’t forget your moisturizer! Sometimes I even feel a bit dry/dehydrated, but that might just be me not using enough hydrating layers in my routine. I like to use this when my skin is relatively clear since it brightens and evens my skin tone. Not really for people who are looking for a product to completely cover their acne scars and pimples.

My face has been breaking out recently so I used this mask to calm my skin! 

🎇 Claims: This mask claims to moisturize and brighten your skin.

💦Texture: It has a thick essence that helps the mask adhere to your face quite well. It’s so thick that I have to pat my face for 5 minutes for the essence to absorb into my skin!

🌠 Material: cloth-like texture (think baby wipes) after the essence has been used up.

👩 Fit: This mask fits my face perfectly except that a small part of my nose isn't covered. The fit is a lot better than some of the masks I tried.

🌼 Scent: The essence has a perfume like floral scent that is slightly on the strong side. I can tolerate it and I'm used to it already.

💥 Star Ingredients: Amino Acid Complex with cysteine, lotus extract, and vitamin c. These ingredients help to brighten and tone your skin

🎉 Results: My skin feels heavily moisturized, and I can see that it evened my skin tone slightly! I can still feel the residue of the essence on my skin so if you don't like sticky masks, this isn't the one for you. I think it's perfect for when you're looking for some heavy moisturizing during winter! Sometimes my routine isn't enough for winter so I get dehydrated easily, so masking with this really helps!

Part of the reason I bought this from amazon.jp is because of the cat themed packaging! 😻Surprisingly, ‘Benjamin’ came 2nd on the Japanese beauty review site Cosme’s ‘best fragrance’ ranking for the first half of 2017! According to cosme, “benjamin” has a mature fruity scent with fresh pears and refreshing jasmine. And it’s true! It has a really refreshing and fruity scent, and I can definitely smell some jasmine! However, i couldn’t really smell any pear in it. If you put a little on your wrist and move it around, you’ll get this nice and subtle scent! (I smelled it directly from my wrist and boy was the scent strong!! ) I really like this Perfume Stick but the price is a little steep for such a small amount 

The Cosrx Overnight Honey  mask is such a staple in my routine~ I use this as my daily moisturizer instead of an overnight mask. 

🐝 Texture: It's a light gel-like moisturizer but it doesn't really sink in that quickly. Usually I wait for about 5 to 10 minutes before I go onto my next step. ·

🐝Finish: The finish is pretty dewy, and I consider that as a plus! ·

🐝Hydration/moisturizing: I don't think it would be enough hydration if you use it alone unless you use it sparingly. Usually I'm kinda frugal and use only a teeny bit but my skin feels less thirsty when I use more. I recommend using it with more hydrating products!

🐝Scent: At first I expected an artificial honey scent of some sort but I'm surprised that there's no scent at all! ·

🌻Overall: This is a solid gel moisturizer for daily use but I recommend using it with additional hydrating products! Especially for winter

🌻Rating: 8/10 ✔

 

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This is a 3 step mask that comes with a “blooming essence”, a mask, and a “hydro eye cream”.
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🌸 Step 1: Blooming Essence
· This essence was thicker than I expected! It actually felt like a gel moisturizer instead of an essence. There was an old lady flower scent which was tolerable. My face was quite sticky but moisturized at the end. I felt like I didn't even need to mask since I was already super moisturized. 
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🌸Step 2: Baby Pure Shining Mask
The mask was completely soaked in a sticky and thick essence! It actually fits my face quite well and covers my nose unlike other masks. This reminds me of the leaders masks since the essence was really thick, except for the material, which was cotton-like. I took the mask off after 20 min and my face was super sticky!
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🌸Step 3: Hydro Eye Cream
The eye cream was also really thick! There was so much excess in the pouch that I used it for my whole face! 


🌸Results: My face was really bouncy and moisturized the next day! The mask brightened and evened my skin tone~
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🌸Repurchase: Overall, this mask was quite heavy and sticky, so it would be best to use it during winter or days where your skin is really dehydrated or dry. I might repurchase it if it was on sale, since it's not cheap, but it does it's job of moisturizing well. ·

 

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The Face Shops's Lovely ME:EX Dessert Lip Balm comes in a cute honey pot and I love how moisturizing it is! You can also use this as lip gloss because it has a really glossy finish.  It's perfect for those who constantly have dried lips because it provides INTENSE moisturization and it's a great occlusive, especially for overnights and during winter!  It smells like honey and the fragrance is pretty strong as expected from products from The Face Shop. It has a paste like consistency but melts upon contact with your lips. I actually bought this because of the packaging is super cute and it comes with a little honey spoon! But it's not really convenient to take the lip balm out so it's recommended that you use it at home.  Overall, I really like this product and I might repurchase it in the future! But I haven't seen them in the stores for a while and I have so many lip balms waiting for me to use~~

 

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