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@teddybearbeauty

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Beauty blogger at teddybearbeauty.wordpress.com, find me on IG @teddybearbeauty or Twitter @myteddybeauty!

About Me

General Information

  • Ethnicity: East Asian
  • Skin Tone: Fair
  • Skin Type: Dry
  • Hair Thickness: Fine
  • Hair Type: Straight
  • Hair Color: Black

Personal Information:

  • Beauty Interest: Beauty blogger
  • Age Range: 25-34
  • Location: Canada
  • Ingredient Preference: Hyaluronic Acid, Natural, Oil-Free, Paraben-Free, Sulfate Free, Organic, Vitamin C, Aloe
  • Are you a mommy to be?: No

Disclaimer: I received the Pur-Lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk from Amabie.com as a part of their ABSweethearts Program, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest, and my own. 

About the Brand Pur-Lisse
Pur-Lisse stands for 'pure' and 'smooth' in French and the brand is meant to be a marriage of Asian Beauty and advanced French skin technology. The brand promises to deliver results and radiance to the skin with their products, and was created by actress Jennifer Yen, known for being a Power Ranger (so cool!) and more.

My Skin Type:
I have dry skin almost year-round. Only in the summer time do I suffer from an oily t-zone when it is super humid out, or if I use make up products not suitable for my skin. I struggle with dry patches and hyper-pigmentation from occasional hormonal acne.

First thoughts:
I've never tried anything from Pur-Lisse before, and I was eager to test this Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk out. This creamy, almost emulsion-like cleanser smells a little like citrus to me, but it doesn't have an overwhelming fragrance that bothers me; in fact, the scent is refreshing in the morning! I don't wear make up on a daily basis, so this is sufficient for me as a morning and evening cleanser. However, when I do wear make up, I prefer to use an oil cleanser as a first cleanse.

It's recommended that you apply this to a damp face if you're not using it to remove make up. This cleansing milk does not foam up and has a lot of slip to it. I seem to find myself rinsing more than usual, to ensure that the cleanser is absolutely gone from my face.

Product Description:
Here's the description for the Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk from the website: Blue Lotus cleansing milk fused with Soy Milk, Whole Oat and White Tea is a gentle, soap & sulfate free cleanser that washes away dirt, impurities & makeup in 1 simple step.  This soothing multi-tasker leaves skin pure and clean without stripping skin of its natural oils.

The cleansing milk is sulfate and soap free and is meant to tone and soothe the skin. It's supposed to be suitable for all skin types, but take note! CosDNA flags Laureth-4 as a acne trigger with a number 4 warning. It does not flag Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, which is a coconut oil derivative. If you're sensitive to coconut-oil, steer clear!

Features & Benefits:
The product highlights 4 ingredients with key features and benefits:

  1. Blue Lotus (anti-inflammatory, combats against free radical damage) - Nymphaea Coerulea Flower Extract, 15th in the ingredient list
  2. White Tea (rejuvenates skin) - Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, 14th in the ingredient list. Purlisse let me know that Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract is derived from green, black, and white tea and it is white tea in this product.
  3. Soy Milk (maintains skin elasticity with rich amino acids) - Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, 9th in th eingredient list
  4. Whole Oat (calms and soothes sensitive skin) - Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernal Extract, 13th in the ingredient list

I had to do some research (and ask the brand) to make sure that I was pointing out the right ingredients, since they aren't easy to identify for someone less familiar with ingredients. The key ingredients are not at the top of the list.

Ingredient list (from the Purlisse.com website):
Water (Aqua), Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Acrylates Copolymer, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Tridecyl Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polysorbate 80, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein Octenylsuccinate, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Butylene Glycol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel ExtractCamellia Sinensis Leaf ExtractNymphaea Coerulea Flower Extract, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Laureth-4, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Limonene, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Tagetes Minuta Flower Oil, Michelia Alba Flower Oil.

My Experience & Review
I'm happy to report that this cleanser feels gentle on my skin, and has not resulted in any breakouts after 2 weeks of use. The texture is very similar to a thicker emulsion and is very creamy. A little goes a long (loooong) way because the texture is incredibly slippery, as I mentioned above, I find myself rinsing a few more times to ensure that the cleanser is completely gone from my face. It doesn't foam up at all.

This Blue Lots 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk is, however, a little on the drying side. I wouldn't go so far as to say that it strips my skin completely, but if I don't apply products to my skin almost immediately, my skin begins to feel very tight. I find that it especially seems to dry out the area around my eyebrows and between the eyes, which is typically where I have the most bothersome flaky skin. I am mostly likely going to set this aside until spring or maybe summer, when the weather isn't as dry and the central heat is not running all the time.

There is 150ml (5.07oz.) of product that comes in a tube. Since the recommendation is to wet your hands and face if you're using this cleansing milk for cleansing and not make up removal, I find it a bit slippery to manage and makes a bit of a mess! You don't have to squeeze too hard to get the product, and the cap is secure. Packaging is not see-through so you don't have to worry about light or air damaging or affecting the product.

Out of the four key features and benefits, with just a couple of weeks of use, I think the only benefit I'm able to speak about is whether the Whole Oat (Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernal Extract, 13th in the ingredient list) had any calming or soothing effects. I suffer from some redness in the cheeks and hormonal break outs, and unfortunately, I did not find that this cleanser further soothed my skin.

Overall, considering the relatively high price point of this cleanser ($36USD for 150ml), I find it to be so-so. It may be a different story when the climate isn't so dry,, but for a product that is supposed to be suitable for all skin types, I think it's really more for people with normal or slightly oily skin. Since my skin is so dry, I likely would not repurchase this; my skin did not have adverse effects at all, but I just don't feel that it is exceptional, especially for that price point.

I tried this mask a couple of days ago but didn't get around to writing the review until now. I'm a little blown away, like, 8/10 blown away! The fit was slightly short on the forehead and the nose strip, but everything else was fantastic. The eye area and mouth area were great, the material was super soft, and the slits on either side of the chin were actually long enough that it made overlapping the cheek/chin flaps very comfortable. Adherence was excellent and this mask stuck to my face!
 
The mask had a light lotion scent that is slightly floral. This does linger but it is quite light. Clear essence, not much left in the packet. I wore this mask comfortably for 40 minutes before I took it off.
 
For the results? I took off half a point for the slightly short fit. The other 1.5 points, I'm removing because I didn't see much brightening results, for a mask that says "Intensive Brightening". HOWEVER. The reason this still gets an 8 is because the deep hydration benefits. Upon removal, the essence was a little sticky. A couple black fibres left on my nose (my biggest fear with black masks, taking it off to see black fibres everywhere!).
 
A few pats and my skin was smooth and SO chok chok! Skin felt plump and hydrated. Redness reduced around the cheeks and skintone was quite even. When I woke up the next day, my skin still looked hydrated and complexion was still very even. It was fantastic! I would get this again just for hydration but not for brightening. Maybe another flavour in this line is just for hydration and works just as well? Overall, fantastic experience and great results, even if the results don't meet the original purpose! 
 
I received this mask from Amabie in exchange for an honest review, as a part of their ABSweethearts Program. Thank you, Amabie!

This mask was provided to me by www.Amabie.com in exchange for an honest review, as a part of their ABSweethearts program.

I had pretty high expectations for this mask. It just seemed like a high end one. Pros included a nice tea scent, a comfortable natural fibre mask that was a bit thicker but adhered well, and a mask shape that fit my face surprisingly well! The mask packet advertises that it should be Intensely Moisturizing, so I was excited, considering I have dry, dehydrated skin. I was really looking forward to using the mask since it's been incredibly dry here in the winter! Unfortunately, it did a very meh, 'okay' job. The mask lasted about 35 minutes for me, but the leftover essence was SO sticky! I patted for so long and eventually gave up; it wasn't until after about 20 minutes that the stickiness was significantly reduced. But honestly, a little while later, my skin was leaning towards the drier side again. I had to put on a sleeping mask instead, which is the last thing I expected to have to do with a mask that promises intense moisture. Aside from some moisturizing effects, there really wasn't much. For a mask that retails for some $8 USD, this doesn't fit the bill for me. Perhaps someone with normal skin will have better results, as they skin may not be as thirsty as mine. Despite the comfortable fit and experience, the results were pretty lacking to me, so I really wouldn't choose to purchase it again. I'm a bit confused by the ingredients, because the key ingredients are written in names that are quite difficult to identify within the ingredient list. It makes me wonder whether the concentrations are in fact quite low?

This Sea Water Collagen Essence Mask is meant for skin maintenance, and shows that it contains 1% Sea Water. I take that to mean something akin to moisture and hydration, and perhaps a bit of soothing. It is a thick, but soft cotton sheet, but unfortunately, the kind with a pattern on it. Since it adheres pretty well, if you leave it on for a long while, the pattern will be imprinted onto your skin! The mask had a light scent that wasn't bothersome at all. The recommendation is 20-30 minutes of wear; aside from the chin area, the mask lasted about 40 minutes for me. Since it's been cold here, the mask did also stay cold so it had a cooling effect on my skin. Upon removal, the mask left my skin moisturized, and a little brightened. The reduction of redness may have been from the cooling effect of the mask. There wasn't much essence left in the packet at all, so I had patted it onto the cheek area of the mask. Once I patted in the remaining essence on my face, the result was a non-sticky finish. Most of my face felt hydrated enough even an hour later when I went to bed, but since it's been dry lately, I did layer on a sleeping mask for overnight. Overall, it's an okay mask but nothing particularly outstanding. I personally am not a fan of patterned masks due to the imprint they can leave on my face, so I'm unlikely to repurchase this. This mask was provided for me by Amabie.com under their ABSweethearts program for an honest review.

With a blog name like teddybearbeauty, of course I just HAD to get this super cute Missha x Line friends collab cushion! At first, I was a bit concerned that this may be dry as the Sally version is the 'moisture' version of the cushion. I purchased this in shade 21 and it is a little light for my skin. But first, let's talk packaging.

This is not a cushion with a sticker on it for the collab. It's a pretty sturdy case with a nice sized mirror and the cutest puff you can get. I got mine with an extra refill and extra puff, although I know they had some specials where you could get an additional refill.

The coverage is considerably high for me, although I still use concealer under the eyes and on darker spots (acne scarring). If the weather is super hot, I find that the cushion slides a little around my nose and settles on either side. My nose does get a bit shiny after a few hours of use. This colour works well for me in the winter though, and with a primer and setting it with translucent powder, I find that the cushion stays well for a work day (around 9 hours including commute). When I use blush on top, be it tension blusher or powder blush, it sits well on top of the formula.

Overall, for the price of the cushion (around $20some Canadian dollars since I got it with free shipping), I'm really loving it! The case is just so adorable that even applying it makes me happy already! The product does also have SPF 50+ in it, although I do still try to layer additional sunscreen on underneath.

The fit of this mask was great for my face and the material was very comfortable! The mask was drenched in essence and stayed wet for a good 45 minutes. It smelled pretty good and had some mild brightening effects. Best of all, I had used this at a time my face was breaking out with random zits, and was hoping the mask would help with some of the break outs. Some of the bumps were smoothed and less inflammed after the 45 minute pampering session. These are excellent budget masks and I really love the variety of flavours you can get! Have already repurchased.

I thought these masks would be great as budget masks, but they're really not. The fit is terrible for me, with the extra slits around the mask I just can't get this to fit right. Some of these smell like alcohol. Overall, aside from moderate hydration, which is something I expect from almost all sheet masks, there was nothing else. A lot of other budget masks have helped to reduce redness, or brighten my skin, and even help to temporarily even out skin tone. Somehow, these Real Nature masks don't do any of that. They were easily accessible at a local store, but I would likely not repurchased. I tried about 5 of them out of 10 that I have, and so far, none have made me feel like I should run and repurchase them.

Kiehl's

Lip Balm #1

12/01/2016

This is one of those lip balms that do create a seal over the chapped lips but doesn't last very long. It's sticky, and the applicator is terrible; you can't really apply it directly so you either have to use some kind of lip brush or your finger. As someone with always chapped lips, the only time this works for me is overnight but even then, it isn't my top choice. Not a fan especially for the price.

This Sleeping Mask is multi-functional! I'm able to use it not only as a sleeping mask, but also as a daytime moisturizer in a very light layer, which is hydrating enough for my dry skin if I keep my normal essence and ampoule layers underneath. For it's intended use as a sleeping mask though, I find you need to use it a few days in a row before you begin to see the effects, and after that, I was hooked! My skin is brighter and more hydrated in the morning, which is exactly what I wanted! The product consistency is a little thick but absorbs easily and isn't overly sticky after use, though I find this depends what you use under it, or whether or not it's used after a sheet mask with a sticky finish. The jar has a good amount since a little goes a long way, but now that their limited edition for Christmas 2016 is to release this product in a tube form, I'm all over the more hygienic option! There's hardly any scent to this product and it works great for sensitive skin.

I purchased this not for personal use but for my boyfriend. I saw Youtuber Jen (Meejmuse) talk about how her husband used this post-shave, and picked this up for my boyfriend exactly for that reason. He uses it only after shaving (but will use it all over the face to avoid wasting product!) and has found that the product has helped reduce irritation and redness from sensitive areas after shaving, as well as reduce acne. While he doesn't have acne prone skin, he used to get some very small white heads post-shave, and now that rarely happens. Plus, it's simple enough that even he doesn't find it troublesome to use, and of course, you can't complain about the Mr. Cosrx graphic on the lid!

These pimple patches are my holy grail! I've tried a couple others that are just as discreet, but aside from covering the acne, they didn't do much else. Not only are these Cosrx pimple patches relatively discreet, they work incredibly well. I find that I have to use this on a 'popped' Pimple for it to take effect; I apply it at night and when I take it off in the morning, it's so satisfying to see all the bad stuff stuck on the sticker (it will turn into a white spot!). I find that when I put this on acne that isn't quite ready, it doesn't do much aside from preventing further irritation. The Patches do come in three sizes, and for myself, I find that I use the smallest ones the most. I've used sterile scissors to cut the larger ones into two so I don't waste the large patches, since I don't mind if it isn't in a circle! Plus, these patches come in incredibly sanitary packaging; it has a zip-bag, but inside is another packet, within which the patches sit with a clear plastic sheet over top. Fantastic - just wish I didn't have to use them as frequently as I do! 

This product gets a lot of love, and for good reason! It's an unscented product with a slightly goopy texture (it IS snail essence, after all!) but it absorbs well on the face! Usually, 1.5 pumps will do the trick and cover my face. I use this after toner, or after another essence. Aside from a boost in hydration, one of the slower results from this product is reduction in acne scaring, or PIH. I've gone through one bottle, and haven't opened my back up just yet, but I am already missing it! One of the other great things is the packaging. Not only is it simple and sleek, it is also incredibly functional, with a pump bottle that works to ensure you get almost every last drop of product, and completely sanitary! This snail essence is amazing!

The material of this mask is soft and plush but it was a bit short on the forehead and sides. The mask has a creamy essence and it was soaked in essence with not much left in the packet. The scent is pleasantly light and didn't really bother me but it does not dissipate, so beware. Upon removal, I found the essence just sitting on my face. Despite patting and gently massaging, even after half an hour, touching my face with the back of my hand left an oily imprint! While not completely uncomfortable, it's not exactly the kind of finish I look for from a sheetmask. It left me unsure whether my face really was moisturized, or if the essence was just sitting on my face and not fully absorbing. The next day did not produce amazing, out of the ordinary skin, so I likely would not repurchase this mask.

Terrible fit for me. This mask is super narrow and short which I find typical of character masks. It smells of alcohol, so if your skin is sensitive to alcohol, be sure to avoid this. It is fun like all character masks, but doesn't provide the results I would look for in a mask. The material felt like paper so it wasn't very comfortable. It provided very slight moisturization to my skin and not much else. While some people like character masks for masking parties, I'd personally look for results over just pure fun, so I would not repurchase this, nor recommend this mask to my friends.

This hair oil has a scent that will linger, so if that's not for you, steer clear! For me, I love the subtle scent so it's a bit of a bonus for me. I use this hair oil in the morning, just at the ends of my hair. It leaves it looking super shiny and tangle free! My hair is generally healthy as I don't dye my hair, but growing it out does leave it prone to tangles and split ends. This makes combing out tangles on a bad hair day super easy, and gives my hair a health glow!

This thin mask has a very awesome fit for me! It fit to the top of the forehead and from ear to ear for the perfect masking experience. The mask is soaked with essence that smells strongly of ginseng and the packet doesn't have a lot of essence left over. The mask certainly provided hydration and softening; after 40 minutes, upon removal, my face felt hydrated and it was brighter and plump. There was some redness reduction, but not much around my hormonal acne. I patted in the essence but it probably took another 10 minutes for it to full absorb. Even the next day, my face felt smooth and soft!

The Dear Klairs sheetmask is one of my go-to masks. It is fairly affordable, and has a thick, plush material that is very comfortable on the skin. Despite this, it also adheres very well. The mask lasts 30 minutes for me and when I remove it and pat in the essence, it leaves behind a very smooth and matte finish so my skin always feels supple. It worked very well in the summer time despite the AC blasting in the house, but now that it's winter, I'm still able to get good results from it. The mask is super gentle and I've recommended it to several friends, all of whom have tried and purchased it due to the gentle but effective results. There's a slight brightening effect from this mask as it reduces redness from my face. I'm not a fan of the eye 'flaps' but I just think of them as added moisture under the eye, to keep the mask from drying up too quickly in some places. Usually, the strip between the nose and upper lip is the first to dry.

This line of masks is super fun! This is the brightening version, and it definitely had some brightening effects! I always feel like it's a ball or party when I use this line of masks. It's one of the 'fun' masks I would use at a mask party. It's a little hydrating, though not enough to warrant no cream or sleeping mask after removal. But the mask stays wet for a good 30 minutes, with tons of essence left in the packet, and there's a good result at the end of the pampering session. The only thing is that the mask does have a slight scent of alcohol, and while my skin is not particularly sensitive to alcohol, I'm not a fan of using products with strong scents.

This giant jar of Honey AIO smells divine! This product is affordable, versatile, and gives a boost of moisture for my dry skin. My two main complaints are that the spatula is small (to get to the bottom of the jar), and that the finish can be a bit sticky. Aside from that, though, I love using this AIO after my toner and essence, right out of the shower. It keeps my skin moisturized as I go about the rest of my shower routine, and by the time I'm ready to blowdry my hair, I can layer on other products including a cream, which reduces the stickiness if I use just the right amount. It's usually the third step in my routine, although sometimes I will use a bit more if I'll do some chores and whatnot before going back to my nighttime routine such as sheetmasking. It does give a boost if you apply it before a sheetmask, especially the hydrating variety. All in all, I would repurchase this, if I ever ran out of it! A little goes a long way so this will certainly last a long time. I always decant it to avoid spilling it, and to ensure that there is reduced chance of contaminating the product. It is in a dark jar though, so just in case, I always try to decant it in a darker container as well.

This amazing mask works so well as both a sleeping pack, or a super quick moisturizing wash off mask (if applied in a thicker layer)! It has a ton of superfoods, and spreads easily. It's not difficult to wash off, but when used as a sleeping mask, it dries matte (takes a little while depending how much you put on) and doesn't stick to the pillow at all. I always wake up with refreshed, moisturized skin! There aren't really any brightening effects that I've noticed, but for my dry skin, I'm always concerned about moisture and love moisturizing sleeping masks. Plus, this mask is so pretty to look at, with it's dark colours and white moisture flecks, it looks like a dark galaxy! The hydration flecks dissolve as you massage the mask in lightly. The mask smells a bit sweet, and overall, is always fun to use! For some more detailed photos please check out my full blog post at https://teddybearbeauty.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/review-banila-co-the-black-17-sleeping-pack/

This is a very popular exfoliant in the asian beauty world, and for pretty good reason! Not only does it have a sweet, citrusy scent, you also have full control over how harsh you want the scrub to be! Simply add water (or mix with other masks!) to change the consistency to your liking and your skin's sensitivity when you use it. This Black Sugar Wash Off Mask hydrates the skin when you leave it on for a bit, so even after washing it off, my skin doesn't feel dry or tight. This says a lot for someone with dry skin! Best of all, this is a very cost-effective mask. The only small complaint is that it lacks a spatula to scoop out the product, but other than that, everything is an absolute WIN!

This is my holy grail cleanser. I've never felt this way about a cleanser before. Many people complain that this smells very strongly of tea tree, but I don't find that to be the case. The cleanser is gentle, pH is suitable for the skin, and the slight scent is refreshing no matter what time of day I use it. I put a little on my fingers and make sure to lather it up before applying it to my face. It is very effective as a second cleanser, or a single cleanser if you do not have make up on. I'm just about to run out, and I would immediately repurchase if I didn't already have several other cleansers in my stash, awaiting use and review. I would definitely come back to this one in the future. A little goes a long way, and with twice-daily use, this tube lasted me for quite some time. It is also a very affordable cleanser!

The packaging of this product is 5 stars, no questions asked! Even the mini-puff is super cute! I got this in the colour Lavender Basket, and the colour is super pretty on my fair skin! I found the product felt cool when being applied to the skin. But be careful as you can easily pick up too much product and end up looking like a clown! You need to have a very light hand and slowly build this up to the intensity that you want. The colour does stay all day though, and you just can't help but feeling happy applying it, because the little case and puff are so adorable!

This mask is loved by many kbeauty addicts, and for good reason! Not only does it smell yummy but the material is thin and pliable. It's a little difficult to manipulate as it is so thin, but once you get it on your face, it's like a second skin! The mask lasted a good 45 minutes and was still drenched. There is quite a bit of essence left in the packet, too. The mask left my skin hydrated, brightened, and redness was visibly reduced. This mask is one of my favourites and I don't ever want to be without it!

You can also read my in-depth review on my blog, at https://teddybearbeauty.wordpress.com/2016/07/08/review-papa-recipe-bombee-honey-mask/

 

 

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