Skincare 101: Everything you need to know about Exfoliation.




Welcome back to my blog ♥

This is the fifth part of my Skincare 101 series where I'm planning to cover all these following sections, to help you understand better the whats, hows and whys of skincare even if you are beginner.

- What is your skin type? 
- Basic Korean skincare routine
10 not so common ingredients widely used in K-beauty
- Double cleansing: why should we double cleanse?
- Exfoliation: Chemical vs Physical ← We are here
- Wash-off masks: Types and purposes
- Toners: Types, and how are they different from western toners?
- Acids
- First essences: What are they exactly?
- Serums, Ampoules: What is the difference?
- Moisturisers: Lotion, Emulsion, Gel and Cream: What's the difference?
- Eye creams: Why should you use and eye cream?
- Sheet masks: Tips and Tricks
- Pores: how to deal with them?
- Acne: Products that helped me and my siblings to get rid of my acne.


Now that you can identify your skin type, are familiar with the different steps of korean skincare routine and know the importance of double cleansing, let's move to the next topic: Exfoliating.

Exfoliating is another important step in our skincare routine that many people ignore, or just do it because they were told they should and sometimes even end up overdoing it and harming their skin, thus the reason I decided to detail it and share with you guys everything you should know about it

Should I exfoliate? Why?

Just like our hair, our skin keeps growing in layers: New skin cells are generated everyday on the bottom of the outermost layer of our skin (epidermis), to replace older cells that keep changing shape (from "chubby" square cells to flattened ones) and moving toward the very top before they flake off and shed.

As we get older, our skin loses its capacity to shed away the outer dead skin, and thus dead skin cells start accumulating on top of our skin trapping with them lots of oils, keratin, melanin and impurities which makes your skin look dull, dark and dry. So for your skin to go back to its glowy and radiant glory, you have to exfoliate to get rid of all these build-ups, clean up your pores to make them look much smaller and cleaner, reveal new fresh and healthy skin, enhance your skin's ability to absorb all the goodies you're gonna apply later on, and promote skin turnover.

How many types of exfoliants are there?
Currently, there are two main types of exfoliating agents in the market: Physical and Chemical.
They practically do the same thing but in a different way. Here are some of their main characteristics so that you'll know which one is best for you.

Physical Exfoliation:

Anything used to manually scrub your skin clear of dead skin and debris is a physical exfoliant, be it scrubs (products with tiny grains and bits in it), brushes, sponges or washcloths.

Pros:
After scrubbing your skin, you can instantly notice how smooth your skin feels and how radiant it looks. Physical exfoliation also stimulates blood circulation in your face which gives you that rosy glow that you shouldn't confound with irritation.

Cons:
Can be easily overdone. You should massage your skin gently since the scrubby granules (black sugar is the most commonly used in k-scrubs, but can also be water soluble beads or seeds) are enough to get the job done, and if you rub them on your skin roughly you can end up irritating your skin and sloughing off not only the dead cells but also expose the raw skin tissue to bacteria.
Moreover, not all physical exfoliants exfoliate equally, as some of them can be quite harsh for your skin, like brushes with stiff bristles or scrubs made out of nutshells or fruit bids, as the latter are too sharp and can create some micro-tears, which are little tears in the skin that look like the scratches made by sandpaper on the wood.
Keep in mind that you SHOULDN'T use scrubs when you are having an active breakout!!

Besides scrubs, are there other forms of physical exfoliants?
As far as I know, there are two other forms that are practiced by professionals: Microdermabrasion which is practically scrubbing the face by using a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer, and is especially ideal for people with discoloration, wrinkles, stretch marks and light scarring.
There is also Dermaplaning, which sounds both fun and scary since they use scalpels to scrape off the topmost layer of the skin consisting of dulling skin cells, to reveal a fresher layer and make the skin look smoother and brighter. But remember, you can't do it by yourself! you need to get it done by some experimented specialist.


Chemical Exfoliation

Chemical exfoliants remove dead skin cells with the use of chemicals, most commonly low percentage of gentle acids, to help with the skin cell turnover, which is a fancy way to say that they get rid of all of these dead skin cells to make way for new cells (shine) to take/turn over, and reveal not only smoother but brighter skin as well as stimulate collagen production, reduce wrinkles and and firm the skin. Chemical exfoliants come in the form of peels, cleansers, toners, serums, and even moisturizers.

What types of acids are used?

There are two types that are commonly used, and that are available in varying percentages so you can work your way up depending on what your skin needs.

AHAs or Alpha Hydroxy Acids:
Are derived from natural substances and work on the surface of the skin, which means they work best for people with superficial skin concerns such as sun damage, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin texture. They are also ideal for people with dry skin since they dissolve the "glue" that prevents their dead skin cells from flaking off and gives them that uneven and bumpy skin texture as well as their dry patches (what I hate the most), but unfortunately, that's where their job ends since they are water soluble and can't penetrate any further into pores. So if you think AHAs are what you need, look for ingredients like: Lactic acid or Glycolic Acid.

BHA or Beta Hydroxy Acids
Unlike AHAs, these are oil-soluble molecules that are able to penetrate deeply into he skin and pores and thus can target deeper problems. It also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which makes them perfect for people with acne prone skin who are battling with blackheads and acne. So if that's what you are looking for, then Salicylic acid is your friend.

Can I use both at the same time?
Of course! Each of them target a different area so coupling them would take care of both superficial and deeper problems.

Anything else I should know about these Acids?

- As mentioned before, AHAs and BHAs come in a variety of concentrations that you should work your way up instead of using a high percentage product that might be too harsh for your skin. AHAs are usually really effective at about 10% while BHAs and effective at only 1-2%. You can go a little higher later on but make sure to observe how your skin reacts to it and you aren't being too harsh on it.
- AHAs and BHAs should be applied right after cleansing (with a low pH cleanser, or use a clarifying toner that balances the skin's pH without adding much to the skin), and leave it on for about 20 to 30 minutes to absorb and do their job. They will dissolve the dead skin and all the other debris to clear the way for other products to be fully absorbed, which improves their effectiveness.
- Since they expose new skin cells to the world, this fresh skin is more sensitive to the sun than usually which means it is imperative to use sunscreen.
- When you first start using these acids, they might cause purging which is characterized by tiny whitehead in the usual trouble spot, it's as if they're kicking all the dirt out. However, this shouldn't be confused with breakouts due to the products that is characterised by inflamed acne in unusual spots.
- Usually, you can see results after using AHA and BHA products within a month. So if you don't this means that product isn't for you.
- Also, when you aren't noticing any effects, this doesn't essentially mean that it's because of the active ingredient in there but maybe the whole formulation isn't for you and you need to try a new one.
- Reacting positively to a product doesn't last forever. Chemical exfoliants tend to result great and sometimes spectacular improvement in the beginning, but after a while this improvement will slow down in pace. I know life is unfair. But this doesn't mean that you should stop exfoliating because this way you old skin will show back again. All you have to do is change the formulation or give your skin a break for about a week or two and go back to using you BHA/AHA product again.
- Unlike physical exfoliants, you can't really over scrub your skin, which makes them perfect for sensitive skins, but this doesn't mean that your skin can't be irritated by using them. Exfoliants shouldn't be coupled with other harsh treatments like retinols, otherwise you'll end up with a flaky, blotchy and irritated skin, so make sure you read your products' ingredient list before adding any additional product to your skincare routine. Furthermore, chemical exfoliation makes the skin photosensible (especially when coupled with ingredients like citrus essential oils and ginger) since it exposes new skin cells to the sun, so make sure to apply a sunscreen before taking one step outside!


What about peeling pads?
This is a combination of them both. The pads themselves have often an embossed side to act as a manual exfoliant, while the product they are soaked in acts as a chemical exfoliant. Keep in mind that they contain a low concentration of the active ingredient (around 0.5%) most of the time, which means that they aren't as effective as essences and serums with a higher concentration, but on the bright side, you can use it daily as a toner.


How often should I exfoliate?

Generally, we should exfoliate twice a week, but there are some factors that we should take into consideration like skin type: twice a week might be too much for people with sensitive and delicate skin, while it might not be enough for those with an oily skin since the oil might trap the dead skin cells and prevent them from shedding. Or what other products you are using: if you are applying toner with a cotton pad, using actives (AHA/BHA) or cleansing your face with a brush, then you are already mildly exfoliating your face daily and you wouldn't need to use a scrub/peel as often. But in the end, we are all different with different bodies and needs, that's why I think we should do what we feel like our skin really needs, be it daily or once a month, it's all about what suits us best.


How would I know if I'm over-exfoliating?

Our skin is not a wooden board that needs sanding, that why we should always exfoliate gently, and moderately. But sometimes, we might overdo it without realising it, and end up pulling cells away that aren't ready yet to be shed and harming our skin instead of taking care of it.
There are many signs that occur on your skin when you overuse your exfoliant, and among others, the followings are the most common:

- Excessive dryness
- Irritation
- Redness
- Sensitivity
- Inflammation
- Stinging or burning sensation
- More breakouts

So if you experience any of the aforementioned signs, stop using your exfoliant and give your skin a break for a while for it to recuperate, and focus on mild and calming products instead.


Any recommendation?
As promised, I'll add some recommendations at the end of every section of this Skincare 101 series. So here we go:

Scrubs:
Personally, I mainly use ones with black sugar with them which explains my recommendations:

Skinfood Black Sugar Wash-off Mask:
This one is a cult favorite, and there is a reason why it is. I love how it exfoliates the skin and keeps it smooth and supple without being extra harsh, and for a very affordable price. You can read my full review here if interested.
Get yours at Amazon for $8.75



Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish:
This scrub has been my favorite for a long time since it has better effects than the skinfood one, but although it claims to be gentle and suitable for people with sensitive skin, I wouldn't recommend for those of you with sensitive skin it since imo it's harsher than the skinfood one. You can read the full review here as well as a full comparison between this one and the skinfood one here.
Get yours at:
- Amazon
- StyleKorean
- Wishtrend


Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Wash-off Mask:
This is the milder version of the above mentioned Skinfood scrub, but still makes your skin feel instantly soft and glowing. Bonus: It also smells super good (unlike the original skinfood black sugar scrub that has a strong lemon detergent scent)
Get yours at:
- Amazon
- StyleKorean


Innisfree Real Quinoa Mask:
One of the recently launched scrubs/wash off masks. The first time I used it I was really put off by how awful it smells (apparently that's how quinoa smells..), but I still decided to give it a second chance and now I'm loving it. The quinoa skins exfoliate the skin gently yet effectively, while the product itself nourishes the skin. It didn't only give me an instant glow and softness (like most facial scrubs) but I noticed that my skin became brighter and healthier after using it regularly. You can find my full review here by the way.
Get yours at:
- Amazon
- StyleKorean



Konjac Sponges:
Konjac sponges are super soft and gentle you can even use it daily with your favourite foam cleanser to softly exfoliate your skin, but don't forget to keep them really clean and replace it regularly to prevent getting unwanted bacteria on your face.
You can use whatever konjac sponges you can find (just make sure that these are real konjac sponges) since they are practically the same.



Peeling Pads:

For the last two years, peeling pads became a trend so of course I made sure to try some of them and see for myself what are the ones that are actually worth the hype. Here are some recommendations:

COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad:
One of last years best sellers and I can absolutely understand why. The pads aren't really rough and the BHA concentration isn't high either, but together they do a decent job exfoliating your skin and clearing it after regular usage.
Recommended for: All skin types, especially Acne Prone Skin.
Get yours at:
- Amazon
- StyleKorean
- Wishtrend


Missha Super Aqua Smooth Skin Peeling Pad:
I first heard about these pads from Edward Avila and then decided to give them a try. IMO, they work as well as the COSRX ones, but I can't help but like the COSRX ones more. But I still decided to include them since many people who didn't really like the COSRX ones seem to like this one. Remember, What might work for you might not work for others ;)
Recommended for: All skin types
Get yours at:
- Amazon


COSRX One Step Moisture Up Pads:
Another decent daily exfoliant that comes with an extra bonus: Heaps of moisture. I personally am obsessed with these pads since they do a good job improving my skin texture and getting rid of all of those flaky skins I have while giving my dehydrated skin the moisture it needs. I didn't know how much I needed these pads until I tried them.
Recommended for: Dry/Dehydrated to normal skin
Get yours at:
- Amazon
- StyleKorean
- Wishtrend



Peeling Gels

Missha Aqua D-tox Peeling Gel:
This is one of the first peeling gels I've ever used. It's on the cheap side yet give decent results. If you are on a budget and need a chemical exfoliant, this might be the right one for you.
Get yours at:
- Amazon


Dr. G Brightening Peeling gel:
This peeling gel's ingredients are quite interesting. it is rich with both peeling and hydrating agents which makes is really effective yet gentle on the skin.
Get yours at:
- Amazon


Missha Super Aqua Oxygen Micro Essence Peeling:
And in case you need to add some fun to your skincare routine, you would probably love this one. While bubbling up, it does a really decent job getting rid of all of these dead skin cells while stimulating the blood circulation at the same time. It doesn't leave any residue nor strip the skin from its moisture.
Get yours at:
- Amazon


That's it for today. Hope it was helpful and don't forget to like, share with your friends and family and comment down below to let me know if there is anything you want me to include, or any questions in general.

Have a lovely day ♥

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[PERIPERA] Peri’s Water Moisture Cushion: Review




Hiyaa~~
Here I'm back again with another bb cushion review ~~
You might already know that I love peripera lippies, that's why I decided to give their bb cushions a  try as well (and if the main reason I got them is because of their cute packaging, no one has to know)


Description and claims:





Volume: 13g


Packaging: 10/10

This bb cushion comes in a BlackPink (ahm) box with the usual peripera drawing that reminds me so much of 2NE1 on the front and some additional information on the back.



The cushion's packaging is similar to your typical bb cushion, with a pearly pink top and a black base, a push button and quite thick beige air puff.




Scent: 8/10

It vaguely smells like a mixture floral soaps and sunscreen. Nothing overwhelming.


Shades: 6/10

This cushion comes in only 2 shades:
- No 1 Light Vanilla
- No 2  Natural Beige
I got the No 1 shade and seems like it's darker than the usual 21 bb cushions I have. I compared it with Missha M Magic Cushion but the difference doesn't show much on camera.


Undertone: This cushion has a neutral undertone that runs sliiiiightly on the pink side (well at least compared to the missha bb cushion, it looked less yellow to me).
SPF: 50 PA+++ which means you might look like a ghost if you took pictures with flash while having this bb cushion on (or any other korean bb cushion for this matter)

Texture: 6/10

The cushion is saturated with product, and the BB cream is so lightweight, spread thinly and adheres well to the skin. It can be kinda sticky and transfers during the first couple of minutes.



Coverage: 5/10

This BB cushion has a light to medium coverage that can't be really built up. I personally had to apply at least two layers to hide all the redness around my nose and cheeks, so if you are looking for coverage, this might not be the right one for you.


Finish: 7/10

This BB cushion has a dewy finish, and feels really hydrating thanks to the avocado oil and Shea butter included in it.
Having a dehydrated combination skin, I'm always concerned about foundations clinging to my dry patches and emphasizing them, which this BB cushion sadly did, and separating around my nose and cheeks, which surprisingly didn't happen after using this one even though it is fairly moisturizing.


Lasting power: 5/10

Just like many other moisturizing BB cushions, this one doesn't last for longer than 4-5 hours before you'll have to reapply it. It doesn't cake up when you reapply it (just make sure you aren't applying more than 2-3 layers), and wears off nicely, no ugly separation around my nose and cheeks.


Do I recommend it?

Umm no not really.. Unless you have a perfect skin and need to add this natural dewy glow to your skin. Also, keep in mind that the shades run a little darker than your typical 21.

You can buy it:

Peripera Peri’s Water Moisture Cushion retails for $11.50 and is available in 2 shades at ibuybeauti (make sure to check them out, they are having crazy discounts right now, you wouldn't want to miss their deals, they also offer free shipping for orders over $50)




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Wishtrend K-beauty Haul: Klairs, I'm From, COSRX, Papa Recipe and Skin&Lab




When I came back home today, I found a wishtrend package waiting for me with my overly curious cats sniffing it and trying to figure out what's this new thing doing here lol. 

I've been recently updating you guys about new products I get through my IG stories, but many of you told me that you prefer reading haul posts since this way you get to know what products I've got, my first impressions (in case I opened the product) and why I got that product and not something else. That's why I thought about going back to writing haul posts from now on (tell me in the comments down bellow if you want me to write a post where I'll talk about all the products I've got recently).

Now back to the haul, I've recently ran out of some of my HG products, so I wanted to restock last week and ended up getting the whole store (not really hahah, But I was gonna spend 40$ ended up spending 180... Someone should confiscate my credit card tbh), and since I spent over $159, I got free DHL shipping. So here is what I purchased:


First of all, I'll start with what I was meaning to get in the first place...


Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream:

This is one of my all time favorite moisturisers because IT IS moist and rich, and does a lot of good for my poor dehydrated skin and takes care of my dry patches. I've tried a lot of other moisturisers but I just find myself going back to this. I've reviewed it already so check this post if you wanna know more about it.
I thought that they only repackaged it but after checking the ingredient list, I found out that they added the following ingredients towards the end of the list, they are mostly essential oils which are probably meant to add a more pleasant scent to this moisturiser, and I don't know how to feel about it... people with sensitive skins are usually irritated by essential oils and this line is meant for people with dry and sensitive skin... Maybe I'm mistaken? I don't know I'll have to try it first and then decide (It better have the same effects as the jar version of it!)

Anyways, I got it for $24.50 from here (don't forget to check the end of the post for discount coupon codes and all that stuff)


Klairs Supple Preparation Toner:

The other product I wanted to get. I have purchased 3 bottles of this just before they repackaged it and came with the 180ml version, so I had plenty of it. I remember comparing the ingredient lists and there was no changes that bothered me. Anyways, this is my HG morning toner (my mom loves it as well) and I've been trying to survive without it (as well as the klairs cream) and all my flaky glory came back yay (It is also due to the fact that I was really sick this past week and as if it wasn't enough I got a food intoxication yay)
Anyways (I should learn how to stop going beside the point), you can find my full review here if you are interested in reading it. And also, you can purchase it from here for $21.99

And now let's move to things I wasn't supposed to get but ended up buying anyways...

Klairs Toner Mate 2 in 1 Cotton pads:

Honestly, I've never paid over $2 on cotton pads (120 pads to be exact), but recently I've seen everyone and their mother talking about these pads so I was like why not try them out this once, $6.5 won't hurt (it does), and ended up buying it. I haven't opened it yet because then they would be done before I could forget about the 6$ I spent on them... They better be super good and worth the money (I sound like some stingy grandma but.. cotton pads are cotton pads). Follow me on IG if you wanna know what I think about them. I'll probably say what I think about them in my IG stories in the couple next days.
Anyways like I said, they're sold at wishtrend for $6.5 or you can get 2 free boxes of these when you buy 2 Klairs toners for $43.98 here (Okay I feel stupid right now... Why didn't I think about this since I'm gonna have to get another toner in about 2 months or so?)


I'M FROM Volcanic Mask:

I was wondering whether I should repurchase the innisfree clay mask or try this one instead, and I almost got the innisfree one (because that's what any sane person would do since the other one is much much cheaper) BUT, me being me, got this one instead.
In my defence, I've tried some of this brand's other masks and I LOVED them, they also give their products some really short names which makes it easier for my poor memory (lame excuses), and have such great quality glass jars that come in handy (I need this jar) (Okay that was a lamer excuse)

Anyways, I will let you know what I think about it on saturday (probably), so make sure you are following me on Instagram ^^
I got it for $28.90 here.


I'M FROM Honey Mask:

I've tried this mask before and lemme tell you: (에라 모르겠다) I LOVE IT ~~ (I'm a Bigbang trash sorry TT not sorry :3)
Aaaanyways, it is really moisturising and leaves your skin really smooth and nourished. I also mix it sometimes with a clay mask on my skin's bad days to take care of my pores without drying my skin out (You should try it sometime)
You can get this mask for $37.90 here.


Papa Recipe Bombee Cream:

I don't remember who was raving about this cream on instagram, but at this moment I thought "This is exactly what my skin needs for the warmer months! let's get it" but... I was broke at the moment :) thank you very much.
if you have ever tried this cream or any product from the bombee line, let me know what do you think about it in the comments below.
You can get this from wishtrend for $19.80


Skin&Lab A Plus Lifting:

So when I was about to check out, I stumbled across this cream and remembered how my mum needs some lifting cream (especially that her birthday is today) Hopefully it would work out for her.. I've read some good reviews online and I generally like this brand so I have high hopes for this cream.. Better not disappoint me Skin&Lab.

So you can find this here for $18.90


COSRX One Step Moisture Up Pad:

You might or might not have heard about the COSRX One Step Pimple Pad (I've talked about them here and here by the way), everybody was talking about them last year and saying how great they are for acne and all that jazz so of course I ended up getting them and loved them eventually (I mean, I love every COSRX product out there...)
 A few weeks later, COSRX announced that they would come up with a moisture version and the dehydrated skin on my forehead screamed out of joy but of course, there had to be something missing: This product wasn't available on sale online (of course) and I had to watch all of these people talking about how they liked it, so poor me had to wait and wait and wait again until they finally decided to provide it internationally and I could get my hands on it. I just hope it is really worth the wait (I'll update you about this one as well)
I got it for here by the way for $19

With my order, they sent some samples as well (they usually throw in more samples or some sheet masks, I dunno..)



Coupon Codes:
Wishtrend usually come with monthly coupon codes but they surprisingly didn't this month (or maybe I just missed it), but still, You can use my referral code: 125028803 upon registration (there will be a specific field in your registration form) or use it during your first purchase to get $5 off your first purchase (your order should be over $30 though)


That's all I got this time, I was eying some more products but luckily I had some sanity left in me and didn't empty my bank account (my dad would have kicked me out if I spent one more dollar I swear)
Let me know what do you think about these products if you have tried any of them.
Until next time ~~


Disclosure: All of the products mentioned here are bought with my own money, there are affiliate links in this post though, which means if you decide to use them, I will receive a little comission (4%) that would help maintain the blog. This commission wouldn't be added to the cost of the products but come right out from the retailer's pocket. Also, being affiliated with wishtrend doesn't affect my opinion on these products and opinions expressed here are all 100% honest and my own.



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[WISH FORMULA] The Bat Eye Mask: Review



I rarely ever have dark circles or fine line under my eye unless I'm reaaaally sick (or I'm about to faint), which I am right now, that's why I thought this is the right time to try out this Wish Formula Bat Eye Mask that Jolse sent me recently, maybe it would brighten my purplish under eyes and make my eyes look less tired.

Description:





How to use:
- Apply on the face after toning the face
- Leave on for 15~20 minutes
- Remove the mask, gently dab the residue onto the skin


Volume: 8ml

Ingredients:
Water, Diproplyene Glycol, Glycerin, Blackstrap (Blackstrap Molasses) Powder, Butylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arctium Lappa (Greater Burdock) Root Extract, Citrus Lemon Fruit Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St John’s Wort) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Saponaria Officinalis (Carnation) Leaf/Root Extract, Saccharomyces/Honey Ferment Filtrate, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Beta-Glucan, Lactobacillus/Olive Leaf Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Peppermint Leaf Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus/Clover Water Ferment Extract, Panthenol, Ascorbic Acid, Allantoin, Adenosine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Chlorphenesin

Packaging:

This mask comes individually wrapped in a cute Bat thingie. see for yourself.




Sheet: 10/10

This mask is made out of pure cotton material and is OH SO ADORABLE. It reminds me a lot of Batman's logo. The mask was soaked in a lot of thin watery essence, and there was even more essence in the packet.




Fit: 9/10

This mask fits nicely as you can see.

excuse my tired face...


Performance: 6/10

I applied the mask on my face and left it on for about 30min, when I took it off it was pretty much dry. My skin felt kinda moisturised and really soothed, and most of the redness around my nose disappeared and my skin felt a tad tighter. As for my almost nonexistent fine lines and purplish dark circles, they were sliiightly improved but there was nothing really impressive. Overall, it was a nice product to try once in a while, but that's all in my opinion. (I tried to take an after pic but there wasn't much difference on the photos so I gave up.. Even in the before pic, my phone camera didn't pick the purplish color up)



Would I repurchase it?

I don't think so. It was a nice experience but I don't have many issues under my eyes so I don't really need it. Maybe I'll clean the sheet mask and use some cucumber juice whenever I need it or something.


Where tu buy?

Wish Formula The Bat Eye Mask retails for $3.81 a sheet or $16.98 a box of 10 at Jolse



Disclosure: Financial compensation was not received for this post. A sample product was gifted from Jolse. Opinions expressed here are 100% honest and my own.



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[LEADERS INSOLUTION] 7 Wonders Himalayan Camellia Pore Minimizing Mask: Review



Hello everyone, and welcome back to my blog ~~

After trying out Leaders Moisturizing Recovery Coconut Mask and Teatree Relaxing Renewal Mask and falling for both of them, I decided to try their 7 Wonders Himalayan Camellia Pore Minimizing Mask, hopefully I will like it as much as I did the other two.

Description:

The camellia flower is considered the miracle oil in East Asia, and is used to make anti-oxidant rich green and black tea. It restores skin by reducing fine lines and the appearance of pores.

Treats:
- Rough skin
- Irritation
- Enlarged pores
Effectiveness:
- By diminishing fine lines & acne scars
- Refines rough skin
- Soothes troubled & irritated skin
- Visibly minimizes pores

How to use:

Apply to a freshly cleansed face. Remove mask from packaging and peel off protective film from one side. Attach mask to the face and remove the outer protective film. For best results, leave mask on for 20-25 minutes before removing. Gently massage the excess serum into face and neck until fully absorbed.

Volume: 30ml

Ingredients:

Water, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Betaine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Fragrance, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Ledum Palustre Extract, Saururus Chinensis Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Artemisia Capillaris Flower Extract, Ecklonia Cava Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-40, Retinyl Palmitate, Biotin, Ascorbic Acid, Folic Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ceramide 3, Glyceryl Linolenate, Glyceryl Linoleate, Glyceryl Arachidonate.

Packaging:





Just like the Moisturizing Recovery mask (reviewed here), this mask is a 3 layers mask: The outer two should be peeled away to reveal the middle layer, which is the actual mask (Many people don't read instructions and end up putting the 3 layers on their faces and complain about how heavy it is and how it doesn't adhere well to the skin) 

Sheet texture: 10/10

Again like their other coconut mask I've tried, this one is made of 100% naturally fermented coconut gel that claims to deliver 10 times more hydration. it's of a really good quality: It's pretty thin and smooth (it kinda looks like a rice roll paper), and adheres to the face perfectly which means you can move freely during your sheet masking session.

This is what it looks like once I took it off


Essence: 10/10

This mask comes with a 30ml of thick essence which is a generous amount imo, and unlike other sheet masks where the essence keeps dripping all over the place and is practically wasted (unlike you recycle it like I do), you can pour this essence over the coconut gel mask and it will surprisingly absorb it all and efficiently deliver it to your skin.

Fit: 9/10

This mask fits nicely. The eye holes aren't too big (like the horrible elizavecca sheet masks) nor too small. Also, there is no left over sheet mask overlapping your hairline.

Performance: 8/10

So after exfoliating my face to make sure my skin will absorb all the goodies and there would be nothing stopping my pores to minimize, I put this mask on.
It adheres perfectly to the skin there are no air bubble or anything in between. I kept the mask on for 30min and during this masking session, I didn't feel any irritation or unpleasant feeling.
After taking it off, my skin felt hydrated, less irritated and plump, and looked more radiant and glowing. I'm not sure it minimized my pores since I don't have huge pores to start with (they are pretty small so I was expecting it to make them almost unnoticeable tbh), but after reading some reviews of people with actually huge pores, I think it does minimize huge pores and make them less apparent.

Would I repurchase it?

I don't have huge pores to start with so I don't really need it, but I love how it plumped my skin up and made it look more radiant.


Where tu buy?

For US (and Canada I believe) residents:
Leaders 7 Wonders Himalayan Camellia Pore Minimizing Mask retails for $6 a sheet or $58 a box of 10 at Their official website and is also available many other places like Ulta and Ipsy I believe. (it is available pretty much everywhere.. you are lucky guys)

For international buyers:

I've checked every K-beauty website I know but couldn't find this mask anywhere (you can find the other Leaders masks on W2beautyStylekorean and Koreadepart, but not this one).

All that's left is to check the good ol' amazon and see if they ship to where you live (they don't ship to Morocco..) it retails here for $5.5 a mask and here for $40 a box of 10.
Please let me know If you could find it anywhere that ships internationally ♥



Disclosure: Financial compensation was not received for this post. A sample product was gifted from Leaders Cosmetics USA. Opinions expressed here are 100% honest and my own.



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