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beautiFRIDAY: PUREDERM Hydro Soothing Cucumber Pads

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beautiFRIDAY: PUREDERM Hydro Soothing Cucumber Pads

Written by Ji | 08 September 2017

beautiFRIDAY: PUREDERM Hydro Soothing Cucumber Pads

Last week, I briefly went over what KCON had to offer for Korean Skincare and Make Up.  This week I wanted to share with you an item that helped with my puffy eyes.  On this week’s BeautiFriday Adventure, I wanted to give a BIG thank you to Adwin Korea Corp for bringing PUREDERM Hydro Soothing Cucumber Pads to the convention.

They were at last year’s KCON, and I loved their super affordable products, that produce amazing results.  I bought these pads for $1 and I really wished I bought more.  On day 2 of KCON, I woke up, and my eye bags were no joke.  There are simple ways of fixing this problem, but I was not home with my arsenal of goodies to make these eye bags disappear.  Luckily, I bought these Hyrdro Soothing Cucumber Pads, and they worked like a charm.  These pads smelled like fresh cucumber.  It was refreshing to close my eyes for 15 minutes, smell the beautifully scented product and of course listen to my KCON playlist.  After 15 minutes, I removed the product and was amazed on how quick my eye bags disappeared.  I knew that I had to go back and get some more.  But I was not the only one who discovered this amazing product.  Because when I came back to their booth, they were sold out.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, a million times yes.  Besides working like a charm, this product is resealable!  It’s convenient, affordable and it works!  I just wish I bought more, but luckily one pack holds 10 sheets.  That should tie me over until my shipment comes in.

 

Want to know more about this booth, stay tune.  I did a quick interview with the representative at the booth and I will update you all with all the goodies I bought from them.

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beautiFRIDAY: Secret Nature Moisturizing Rose Mask

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beautiFRIDAY: Secret Nature – Rose Mask

Written by Ji | 11 August 2017

 

beautiFRIDAY: Secret Nature- Rose Mask

I have finally finished my project and I needed a little R&R before the next one begins.  If I don’t have time to go to the spa, I create my own at home.  I turned on some music, took out a moisturizing mask, and for 20-minutes, I let everything go and just relaxed.  For today’s BeautiFriday adventure, I tried out Secret Nature Rose Moisturizing Mask.

This mask has a beautiful strong rose scent.  The whole entire time I wore this mask, I felt like I was surrounded by roses.  Even though the product was heavily scented, I did not feel overwhelmed by the fragrance.  Instead, I felt as if I was transported to a rose garden.  This mask is perfect for all the flower lovers out there.  Besides the beautiful scent, this product is filled with serum.  As I took out the face mask, the serum started to fall from the mask to my lap.  I quickly examine the mask and applied it to my face.  When I opened the mask pouch to see if there was any leftover serum, I was surprised to see about 1.5 tablespoons of serum leftover.  I applied all that extra serum everywhere.  I felt and smelled like I bathed in rose water.  It felt fabulous.  The next 15 minutes went by quickly, as I enjoyed rose scent and light music.

After wearing the mask for 20 minutes, I dabbed the rest of the mask serum onto my face, neck and arms.  Keep in mind, I already applied all the excess serum all over my body, so I am reapplying to places that that had already had serum on them.  It didn’t take long for the serum to dry and absorbed into my skin.  The rose scent stayed the rest of the day (probably because I soaked myself in the serum) and the face mask glow lasted for the next several hours.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would.  Even if this mask did not have that beautiful rose scent, I would still buy this product.  My face felt a bit sticky after, but with the amount of excess product left over, plus how well it moisturized my face; this mask is a winner.

 

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beautiFRIDAY: TONYMOLY I’m REAL Lotus Mask Sheet

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beautiFRIDAY: TONYMOLY I’m REAL Lotus Mask Sheet

Written by Ji | 28 July 2017

 

beautiFRIDAY: TONYMOLY I’m REAL Lotus Mask Sheet

 

Welcome back to the second part of my TONYMOLY face mask review.  On today’s BeautiFriday adventure, I tried out TONYMOLY I’m Real Lotus Mask Sheet.  On the previous article, I wrote about how I loved the scent and thickness of the TONYMOLY face mask.  I am hoping that those two great qualities will carry on to this mask.

After prepping my face for the mask sheet, I tore open the package and was happy to see it had the same thickness as the previous mask sheet but the scent was very light.  During the 20 minutes I had the face mask on, occasionally I would smell a very light floral scent.  But the scent will come and go and would only last for a second or two.   When I first applied the mask, I was concern about the quantity of serum the mask will provide.  Unlike the Green Tea mask, this one is dripping serum.  It was leaking off my chin for the first minute.  I had the keep applying the dripping serum to my neck, so I wouldn’t waste any of the product.  Even though the mask is dripping serum, the mask feels somewhat dry.  I honestly think it’s because of the thickness of the mask and not because the mask itself is dry.

After 20 minutes, I applied all the left-over serum from the mask to my arms, hands, legs and feet.  I am impressed with how much serum this package has.  And the glow it provided to my face wasn’t too bad either.  For brightening or luminating sheets, I don’t expect much.  They moisturize your face but after any face mask, your face will always have that “glow”.  But after an hour of running errands, my bare face (with sunscreen) still had that bright glow.

 

Will I but this again?

Yes.  I am revising my maybe to a full yes.  If the next few sheets I receive are filled with serum like the Lotus Mask sheet, I will continue to use this brand.  But if they lack serum like the Green Tea one, I will have to pass.  I really do love the thickness and the sturdy feel to these masks.  Most face mask are the same.  With thousands of them out there, a product needs to stand out with their formula.  I can see why this mask is a favorite with so many consumers.  TONYMOLY face mask impressed me with their Green Tea and Lotus face mask serum.  So much so, I ordered more before I even finished writing this article.

beautiFRIDAY: Etude House Tint My Brows Gel

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beautiFRIDAY: Etude House Tint My Brows Gel

Written by Ji | 30 June 2017

beautiFRIDAY: Etude House Tint My Brows GelOn today’s BeautiFriday adventure, I tried out Etude House Tint My Brows Gel. This product is not new to me and I occasionally use this gel when my eyebrows are shaped and cleaned. If I knew how to draw my eyebrow, I would use this product more but I really don’t know how to shape my brows. A beauty Guru once told me, “Eyebrows are sisters, not twins”. I laughed at that idea because my eyebrows aren’t even second cousins. They are strangers, who one time sat next to each other on the subway. Whenever I get my eyebrows threaded by a new person, they always tell me that I have difficult brows with hair growing in two different directions. I just nod my head and pretend that’s the first time anyone has ever told me that.

So why have I decided to review this product? I recently started watching “Fight my Way” when the eyebrow scene came up, I could not stop laughing.

beautiFRIDAY: Etude House Tint My Brows Gel

And not for the obvious reason. When using this product, you need keep the product on for 2 hours. You can either block off two hours and watch a couple of episodes of your favorite dramas or you can do what the main character did and go about your business. I have done both. I am also the same lady that wears a face mask to Disneyland.

After two hours, you gently remove the harden gel, and the product leaves behind a nice beautiful tint with perfect brows. At least that’s the theory. If you plan to use this product, I have several helpful hints. This product could last (according to their website 2-4 days). I would say 2 days tops, if even two days. But my face is oily and I’m pretty sure, after my 20-30-minute skin regime, the product doesn’t stand a chance. So be careful when washing your face. Stay clear of your eyebrows. I will say, that it does fade nicely and not patchy. Which leads me to the second helpful hint. Color! Make sure you get the right color. The product is dark when you apply it, but when you peel it off, it’s much lighter (just like using henna). As for my last tip, everyone makes mistakes. If you make a mistake, everyone will know and your day will be ruin! But not really. There are many ways to fix it. If you just applied the gel, you can use a q-tip and clean up your brows to your desired shape. However, if you have removed the product and find that your brows are a little wonky you can fix it up with concealer or a highlighter. Or you can make your eyebrows bold with an eyebrow pencil. Either way, this isn’t permanent, so don’t stress. If you really can’t fix it, just remove it with your normal oil and foam cleanser and try again. After all, practice makes perfect.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would. But again, I only use this product when my eyebrows are shaped and clean. When you choose the right color, it leaves behind a natural finish. The tint is a long-lasting product, but depending on your skin type and your skincare regime, it does affect the results. But even if it only last a day or two for me, Etude House Tint My Brows Gel is a product worth trying.

beautiFRIDAY: Skin Food Hydro Fitting Snail Mask Sheet

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beautiFRIDAY: Skin Food Hydro Fitting Snail Mask Sheet

Written by Ji | 16 June 2017

beautiFRIDAY: Skin Food Hydro Fitting Snail Mask Sheet

June gloom is taking no prisoners and wrecking havoc on my beauty routine. My normally oily skin is now feeling and looking dry.  Even with my routine, the strange weather is having a major impact on my face.  I have already changed out my skincare products to suit the warmer weather, but it appears that more work is needed to keep my face bright and fresh.

On today’s BeautiFriday adventure, I tried out Skin Food Hydro Fitting Snail Mask.  This facial mask is one of my favorite mask to use for hydration.  This product is packed with a heavily perfumed serum.  I don’t mind the floral scent too much but if you are sensitive to smells, I would pass on this mask.  The scent does linger.  I normally use a mask towards bedtime.  That way I can finish off my routine after using the mask.  When I wake up in the morning, I could still smell the mask fragrance.  But that could also be because I tend to move a lot at night, so some of the product could have rubbed off on my pillow.  But still, the lingering scent could be problematic to those who are sensitive to scents.  I love the way my skin glows after using this product.  Any signs of dry skin are gone and my face looks much healthier.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would.  This mask is on point for its price range. Your face instantly feels refreshed and hydrated, giving you a dewy look that would have people envious.

beautiFRIDAY: [Too Cool For School] Dinoplatz Dear Brachiosaurus Blotting Paper

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beautiFRIDAY: [Too Cool For School] Dinoplatz Dear Brachiosaurus Blotting Paper

Written by Ji | 02 June 2017

beautiFRIDAY: Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Dear Brachiosaurus Blotting Paper

With the beautiful yet harsh warmer temperature approaching, my skin “glow” is now becoming excessive.  Just going to the market, my face looked like I just ran 25 miles through the desert, to buy milk.

I have looked over the archives and could not find an article on this product.  I could have sworn I wrote about this.  How could I not write about a product I use daily? And if for some reason, if I did happen to miss it, please forgive me.  I won’t write this article as a review but more like a helpful tip on how to keep that “glow” in control.

I have mention before, with warmer temperatures, my oily skin and I battle it out.  I am well prepped for the summer weather by changing my primer, using a setting spray, special moisturizer and foundation to help fight excess sebum.  But even with the change of facial products, it is still not enough to keep my face oil free.

On today’s BeautiFriday adventure, I wanted to do a shout out to, [Too Cool For School] Dinoplatz Dear Brachiosaurus Blotting Paper.  No matter what type of blotting paper I use, I always have the same results.  The reason why I love [Too Cool For School] Dinoplatz Dear Brachiosaurus Blotting Paper is because of the their packaging and presentation.  Their packaging is super cute and convenient.  It comes with a mirror, blotting paper, a blotting pad and a cute compact container.  On especially hot days, I would use up to three sheets in one sitting.  If I do need to use that many sheets, my makeup does transfer to the blotting paper.  And if my face is really oily, the blotting pad that holds the blotting paper will lose its stickness and will no longer hold the sheets.  I do not blame the product for these incidents, it’s just one of things that happen when you have oily skin.  But I’m very grateful they give you extra strips so you can keep using the blotting pad as long as possible.  The blotting pad, for me, is not only useful, but also adds a cuteness factor when you are touching up your face in the “powder room”.  I find using the blotting pad, really helps remove my excess sebum more than using my fingers to dab the blotting paper across my face.  While I do like their cute picture, I would also like the option to buy something more suitable for work or something a little bit fancier.  But don’t get me wrong, I love cute concept pictures.  I have stationary and accessories dedicated to my favorites characters.  But sometimes, during certain occasions, I would prefer something more elegant.

Like I said, I have tried many types of blotting paper and this one by far helps me the most.   Even with all products I use to help keep my sebum in control, there is only one thing that really helps and that’s to use blotting paper.

 

*The picture above was taken from the Sephora website.  My container and blotting pad are not in great shape and so I ordered a new one from their site.

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beautiFRIDAY: Mamonde Wannabe Cushion Tint

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BeautiFriday: Mamonde Wannabe Cushion Tint

Written by Ji | 19 May 2017

 

BeautiFriday: Mamonde Wannabe Cushion Tint

On today’s BeautiFriday adventure, I tried out Mamonde Wannabe Cushion Tint in the color Fillmore.  I loved the last Mamonde product I tried, so I had high expectations for this cushion tint.  The packaging was simple.  Just plastic, wrapped around the product.  I do appreciate how a product is packaged, so I was a tiny bit disappointed.  Not to mention, I felt like Mamonde was a little confused on how to present this Cushion Tint.  It felt like they had the “mullet idea”.  Business in the front and party in the back.  I just don’t find using those two fonts aesthetically pleasing.  But those are simply personal issues and has nothing to do with what kind of product this is.  After all, you can never judge a book by its cover.

While I felt it lacked in the packaging department, this Cushion Tint had a nice bold color with a creamy consistency.  When I first applied the product, it glided smoothly and had a nice rich color.  This is a nicely scented fruity product that does not feel too heavily perfumed.  My favorite thing about this product is the lip applicator.  During the day, I blended out my lips, to make the color less dark and perfect for spring.  At night, I reapplied for a nice bold mauve pink color.  I really appreciate any products that are 2 in 1.  I carry a lot of makeup in my kit, and if one product can do 2 colors.  I am one happy lady.

 

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would.  This affordable price lip product has a high quality feel.  With the lip applicator on the bottom, you are able to wear this cushion tint during the day, and bold it out for the night.  If Momonde could make the packaging sleeker or just remove that pattern on the bottom, I would be one happy camper.

BeautiFRIDAY: Mamonde Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense

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BeautiFriday: Mamonde Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense

Written by Ji | 05 May 2017

 

beautiFRIDAY: Mamonde Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense

With the nice summer temperatures coming in, I decided to buy a couple of Mamonde lip products to go with the fun and sunny weather.  For today’s BeautiFriday adventure, I tried out my first Mamonde product, the Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense in Velvet Red.  When I swatched the color at the store, I noticed it wasn’t a “velvet red” I am accustomed with.  It wasn’t a deep red, but more of mauve reddish color.

The next day, I did my normal beauty routine and prepped my lips to try my new lip product.  After opening the product, I gave the product a quick sniff and noticed there was no scent to this lip tint balm.  I applied the product as a liner first, then proceeded to fill in the rest of my lips.  Mamonde Creamy Tint Color Balm glided smoothly across my lips, and I was impressed with the color and texture of the product.  I still wouldn’t call this a “Velvet Red” color, unless they were referring to the texture than I would agree.  It does have a nice velvet feel.  The lip product is matte but not drying.  Since I do have darker lips, the swatch on my arm versus my lip is completely different.  It has a nice medium red color with hints of pink in the sunlight.  While I was doing errands, I took another selfie, and noticed the color looked more deep red with their lighting.  By the end of the day, there was hints of orange.  So depending on lighting, this lip product could be different shades.

What I liked most about this tint balm was how nicely the product faded.  For the purpose of the article, I didn’t’ touch up my lips, just to see how resistant this product was.  This product does transfer while eating or drinking and the color does fade.  But it fades nicely and still looked like I had a softer color lip tint on.  When you’re busy and on the go, it’s hard to touch up your face, so this lip tint balm gets an extra point.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would!  Mamonde Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense had a nice velvety texture that helps the product glide smoothly on your lips.  The product leaves yours lips matte but the balm keeps the product from drying out your lips.  The color stayed on my lips for a few hours without the fading.  But even when it did fade, it faded beautifully into a lighter red pinkish color.  I am officially a fan of this product.

beautiFRIDAY: Erborian Bamboo Waterlock Mask

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BeautiFriday: Erborian Bamboo Waterlock Mask

Written by Ji | 16 April 2017

 

BeautiFriday: Erborian Bamboo Waterlock MaskOn today’s BeautiFriday adventure, I tried out the Erborian Bamboo Waterlock Mask.  This product was a random purchase, when the lady at my local Sephora store convinced me this product would change my life.  That’s a pretty big claim, but Sephora has a great return policy and they even sent me a coupon rewarding me for being a member of their club.  How could I not buy it?

I have my Korean skincare routine down pat, so I don’t really change it up.  But if this product was as good as the lady claims, then I’m game.  After my nightly routine, I followed the direction on the back and applied a small amount to my face.  The texture is similar to any night mask but the scent was amazing.  The light notes of floral/plant scent matched the name of the product and left a nice lingering scent.

When I woke up in the morning, I washed off the excess residue and loved the way my skin felt.  Subtle, fresh, and rejuvenated.  I usually do reviews after several weeks to a month, because you rarely see any improvement overnight but this mask gave overnight results.  My skin was softer, felt moisturized and smoother.   And according to the instructions, I should do this once or twice a week.  I can even use this as a 10-minute mask.  Which makes me feel better since this product is in the midrange price (about $43).

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would.  Like I said, I don’t normally change my routine, but this mask is amazing.  Erborian Bamboo Waterlock Mask is a great product to help dry skin feel moisturized.  And since I do not have to use it nightly, I could make this little jar last a long time.

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beautiFRIDAY: Whamisa Organic Sea Kelp Facial Sheet Mask

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BeautiFriday: Whamisa Organic Sea Kelp Facial Sheet Mask

Written by Ji | 10 March 2017

Whamisa Organic Sea Kelp Facial Sheet Mask

On today’s BeautiFriday adventure, I wanted to introduce you to an old favorite, Whamisa Organic Sea Kelp Facial Sheet Mask.  This face mask is amazing.  Most people want to see a product work instantly and give instant results.  This product will do just that.  For $14 on Glow Recipe, this product will give you instant satisfaction.  I hope I didn’t scare anyone off with that price. I know most people only want to spend $1-$2 per mask, even mentioning a $5 mask would seem unconventional.  But let me tell you why this mask is worth every bit of the cost.

I know most face mask will instantly show some sort of results, whether it’s an illusion of a brighter face or give the look or impression of a more moisturized face. But in a few hours, your face is back to normal, the “glow” is gone, leaving you with a dull and sometimes dry skin.  My skin is sensitive and when the temperature changes, so does my skin.  This sheet mask rejuvenates, hydrates, and produces a glow like no other face mask in its price category.   My skin felt and looked hydrated for days.

Let’s talk about the product. The Whamisa Organic Sea Kelp Facial Mask come with a top and bottom part.  The product is thicker than most face mask and I did have a little bit of difficulty molding it to my face.  And since it is heavier mask, I did have to sit back a bit, so the mask would stay on my face.  Which is not a bad thing, relaxing while wearing a face mask is one of my favorite things to do.  The scent, if you are sensitive to smells, this might be an issue.  This mask has a strong kelp/ocean scent.  The smell never dissipated the whole time I wore that mask.   This face mask was so packed with serum, the texture was a lot slimier than other face mask.  Again, not a bad thing.  Because the product is “drenched” in fermented sea kelp and bamboo serum, is probably why the product works so well.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would.  This face mask is worth the price.  If your skin is looking a bit dull and needs a pick me up, I would recommend this product.  This face mask nourishes your face with fermented sea kelp and bamboo serum, leaving your skin hydrated and dewy.