REVIEW: Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask – Rice

I have used a few masks from Innisfree before however, I never had the chance to review them. This was given to me by my brother but you can purchase this at any Korean cosmetics store in Sydney for $1.80 AUD which is very affordable considering majority of the sheet masks range from $3 to $9.

So let’s just jump straight into the review!

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Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask – Rice

This mask is part of Innisfree’s It’s Real Squeeze line which consists of 10 different type of masks. The line contains Aloe, Acai Berry, Rose, Tea Tree, Cucumber, Manuka Honey, Green Tea, Pomegranate, Rice, and Shea Butter. All of these have different purposes, catering towards whatever your skin needs.

I have tried a few of these before (before I started reviewing) however, for now I only have the rice mask. The rice mask is made to give your skin a dewy finish so I would not recommend this to those with oily skin.

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Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask – Rice

This is what Innisfree has to say about the line:

“It’s real squeeze mask – A top 10 best seller that provides a customised solution suited to various skin concerns with freshly squeezed natural ingredients”

I use this after cleansing and applying toner. I leave it on for about 15 mins and gently pat the remaining serum into my skin.

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Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask – Rice (Ingredients list)

This mask feels like thick and paper-like. I’m not a fan of the thickness of the mask because I feel like it does not stick to my face as well as I would like it to. The serum inside is quite milky and moisturising. Although I would have liked a little more serum. I’m one of those who likes to dump thick layers of skincare on my face. However, it is moisturising and left my skin feeling soft and smooth. There is little to no scent which is good for those who are sensitive to scents, like me.

This mask isn’t outstanding but it does the job and it is also affordable. This is nice mask to use for those who are looking for something affordable but is also a quality product.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Moisturising

Cons:

  • Mask does not adhere to skin very well

Overall rating: 3.5/5

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REVIEW: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

This is a product I have wanted to try for SO long. The amount of hype and high ratings this concealer has was enough for me to run to the closest Mecca Maxima and purchasing one for myself.

This was, and still is, the first and only product I own from Nars. There are many other products by Nars that I definitely want to try in the future but I just thought i’d take baby steps and try their oh-so famous concealer first.

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Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

First of all, how frickin beautiful is the packaging though? I love it so much. It’s very simple and sleek which I find very classy. It also contains Nars’ traditional matte finish on the lid which I know a lot of people complain about because it attracts dirt and stains but so far, I have never had a problem with it and still looks brand new to this day.

As mentioned above, I purchased this at Mecca Maxima for $44 AUD. Inside the tube has 6ml worth of product which I know doesn’t sound like a lot to some people. However, I personally don’t go through concealer very quickly as I simply just apply two dots underneath my eyes.

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Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

“This iconic concealer has a beautiful, luminous lightweight finish that is a favourite among makeup artists. With skincare benefits that hydrate and light diffusing technology that creates a softer, smoother looking complexion. This concealer diminishes the appearance of fine lines and signs of fatigue making it an essential for everyone to have. Coverage is buildable, long wearing and crease-proof”

This concealer comes in 16 different shades which is great for those who struggle to find a perfect match which is common among drugstore products. I have this concealer in the shade ‘Custard’ which is a yellow tone for light to medium complexion.

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Ingredients list

My thoughts on this concealer is very positive. This is now my everyday concealer and I absolutely love it. It covers my dark circles very well and makes me look more awake. However, my most favourite part about this concealer is that it does not crease at all throughout the day. Of course, I still set it with my Rimmel Stay Matte powder. I love that it does not sink into any fine lines which I had a problem with in the last concealer I used. As the name suggests, this concealer is quite creamy and is buildable.

Pros:

  • Beautiful, classy packaging
  • Lightweight finish
  • Does not crease into any fine lines
  • Buildable coverage
  • Large range of shades

Cons:

  • Nothing at all

Overall rating: 5/5

REVEW: Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste

Aesop was one of those skincare stores that I have always seen everywhere but never actually went inside and browsed. For some reason I was just never interested in going inside until my brother, who is also a skincare junkie himself, decided to shop there.

I lost my Aesop virginity to this product and I was very curious about how it would affect my skin. First impressions with skincare brands leave quite an impact on me so I had very high hopes for this.

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“Fine river-bed Quartz contained in a cream base sloughs away tired surface cells while Lactic Acid offers a mild chemical exfoliation to leave skin immaculately cleansed, soft and polished.”

This cream-based exfoliating formulation suits most skin types and also claims to polish, smooth and refine the skin.

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The price for this is $55 AUD for 75ml worth of product which I personally feel is a little expensive for an exfoliator. I’m currently using my Skinfood Black Sugar exfoliator which is probably a holy grail product for me and it only costs around $8 AUD! For something around $55, I am expecting GREAT results.

I’m not really a fan of the type of packaging Aesop uses which feels kind of like a really strong foil. I’ve just always preferred a general plastic squeeze tube or tub. However, because of its foil-like packaging, it’s easier to get every bit of product out, leaving no waste.

Because this is an exfoliator, naturally I use this product after double cleansing my face.

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So moving on to my final thoughts of this product. This product does soften and smooth out the skin BUT (yes there is a very big but here) the smell is way too suffocating for me. It smells like some sort of foreign or exotic plant and it is VERY strong. I’m very sensitive to scents and I’ve always leaned towards the more fresh, citrus-y scents.

This product is adequate in terms of exfoliating my skin but overall, I would not use this again purely based on the smell. I’ll just stick to my Skinfood Black Sugar Mask.

Pros:

  • Foil-like packaging helps execute every last bit of product
  • I really don’t have much else to say about this product

Cons:

  • Smell is way too strong and suffocating

Overall rating: 2/5

REVIEW: M.A.C Matte Lipstick – Taupe

I have quite a good general understanding of M.A.C and the line of products they carry. However when it comes to actual experience? It’s quite limited to just their Prep+Prime Fix+ makeup spray which I have written a review on here.

This is my first time using a lipstick by M.A.C and I was super, super excited to use it. I had very high expectations for their lipsticks due to its popularity and long line of dedicated users.

I purchased this at a Myer department store for $32 AUD, which isn’t exactly the cheapest price for lipsticks but I was willing to spend a little extra for better quality.

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M.A.C Matte Lipstick – Taupe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M.A.C lipsticks come in many different shades, totalling up to over 200. They also carry different finishes such as matte, sheen, cream, satin, or even frost. Customers are pretty much given a large range of options.

I myself chose to purchase their matte lipstick because I’ve always been more in favour of matte finishes.

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M.A.C Matte Lipstick – Taupe

The shade I have chosen is called Taupe which is a muted reddish-taupe brown. I apologise because I am not the best at describing colours.

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M.A.C Matte Lipstick – Taupe

The lipstick is contained in M.A.C’s traditional and classic bullet packaging which I really like. It’s sleek and simple.

For those who are curious, this is what M.A.C has to say on the product:

“Formulated to shade, define and showcase the lips, MAC Lipstick is available in hundreds of hues and high-fashion textures. It’s the iconic product that made MAC famous.”

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M.A.C Matte Lipstick – Ingredients list

Right above is the ingredients list which I have inserted for those who are sensitive to certain ingredients and are curious to know what the lipstick contains.

The lipstick contains vanilla which would explain it’s slight vanilla scent.

I just want to say how much I LOVE this lipstick. It’s matte but it’s not drying at all and feels velvety on the lips and applies so smoothly. This has become my go-to everyday lipstick. It’s the perfect nude shade for my skin tone. This however, does require some touch ups after eating but that doesn’t really bother me.

Just a disclaimer, the picture above isn’t always what Taupe looks like on my lips because I occasionally wear a lip balm underneath that already has a tint to it but this does give a general idea of what it looks like.

I now buy into the hype and love this product gets. I highly recommend this!!

Pros:

  • Not at all drying
  • Applies smoothly
  • Doesn’t sink into fine lines
  • Attractive packaging.

Cons:

  • Requires touch ups throughout the day
  • On the pricey side

Overall rating: 4.5/5

REVIEW: Lovely Cookie Blusher

Etude House was one of the first few Korean brands that I had discovered when I took an interest in South Korean culture. Their Lovely Cookie Blusher was also one of my first few purchases from them.

I purchased this blush in Japan for ¥500 which is roughly around $5 AUD.

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Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher

This blush actually came with a little powder puff which I never used so I disposed of it. I will insert a photo of what the original packaging looks like for those who are curious.

This as one of those makeup items I purchased on a whim and I came into this with no knowledge of it.

This is what Etude House has to say about it:

“A blusher that supplies cheeks with vivid colour for a preppy and gorgeous look. Easy and fun to apply with powder puff.”

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Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher

The packaging of this blush is adorable with Etude House’s traditional cute, princess-y aesthetic. The blush is contained in a plastic, dome-like compact which allows the powder puff to sit perfectly inside.

I’m personally not a fan of the powder puff. It fails to dispense a desirable amount of product on my cheeks . It is also not waterproof and easy to clean. Because of this, I apply this blush on the apples of my cheeks with my trusty powder brush from Nude by Nature.

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Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher – shades

This blusher comes in eight different shades which mainly consist of baby pink/coral type of shades which I am personally a fan of. I really don’t like certain type of blush colours (e.g. hot pink)

The shade I have is No. 6 Grape Fruit Jelly.

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Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher – No.6 Grape Fruit Jelly

The picture above is what the blush looks like. If you’re wondering why there’s a hole, it’s because I poked it with a needle to see how deep it was.

I have had this for 3 years and I have only made a faint dent. This lasts for so long!

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Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher

Everything on the back of the packaging is written in Japanese so unfortunately I am unable to provide any further information on what is written.

This blush is not the most pigmented blush out there. It just adds a soft wash of colour on the cheeks. However, it IS buildable. I am not one for very bright and strong blushers and I love to use this blush on days when I want to go fo fresh, dewy look. It is very easy to blend and does not fade throughout the day.

Pros:

  • The shades are very natural
  • Buildable
  • Cute packaging
  • Very affordable
  • Lasts very long

Cons:

  • Powder puff is practically useless

Overall rating: 4/5

REVIEW: Tony Moly Master Lab Sheet Masks

This would be my first time using sheet masks for about 2 months now and I am SO happy. I stopped using face masks for a short period of time because I was trying to hold on back on my spending towards skincare products. However, I just could not resist.

I purchased these in a pack of 10 for $20 at a Korean beauty store called AHA. I had never actually seen or heard of these prior. The packaging and title just intrigued me. This was also recommended by the lady who served me at the store.

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Tony Moly Master Lab sheet masks

These sheet masks belong to Tony Moly’s Master Lab collection, consisting of five different types which aim to moisturise, hydrate, brighten, and repair skin damage.

This mask is said to transform dull and tired skin into healthier-looking, moisturised skin in as little as 20 minutes.

I really love the packaging on these. I don’t know why, but I’m always drawn to sheet masks with a medical type of aesthetic.

Intensive Moisturising – Ceramide Moisture Care

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Tony Moly Master Lab sheet mask – Intensive Moisturising

You will see down below that a lot of these sheet masks cater towards dry skin much like this one. However, this one in particular is for dry skin with flaky cracks. This claims to deliver rich moisture deep inside the skin using ceramide.

Intensive Moisturising – Collagen Elasticity

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Tony Moly Master Lab sheet mask – Intensive Moisturising

I feel like this Master Lab mask would work well for those with older skin as this caters to help sagging skin due to the lack of elasticity. This sheet masks claims to make the skin more elastic and firm with collagen.

This leaves the skin with a highly absorbing and moisturising finish.

Intensive Hydrating – Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating

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Tony Moly Master Lab sheet mask – Intensive Hydrating

This Master Lab mask recharges the skin with moisture which works best for those with dry skin.

Intensive Damage Care – Snail Mucin Skin Damage Care

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Tony Moly Master Lab sheet mask – Intensive Damage Care

If your skin type is rough due to dryness, this would be the best one to use as this Master Lab mask in particular really helps to assist those problem areas by boosting the skins radiance.

Intensive Brightening – Vitamin C Brightening

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Tony Moly Master Lab – Intensive Brightening

For those who have dull skin and could really use a boost, this would be the one for you. This Master Lab masks contains Vitamin C which really helps brighten the skin.

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Tony Moly Master Lab sheet mask – Intensive Hydrating

I was surprised at how thin these sheet masks are. They feel very delicate to the touch and because of these, there was more essence soaking into the masks themselves which I really, really liked.

This stick beautifully on my face and there is no hassle during application which I occasionally experience with other sheet masks. But because of how small my face is, I still need to do a bit of folding on the sides but that doesn’t bother me because I need to do that with every single sheet mask I’ve used anyway.

Tony Moly’s Master Lab sheet masks work very well and live up to their claims. This leaves my skin feeling very healthy and moisturised and I pretty much have no complaints with these.

Pros:

  • Very thin mask
  • A lot of essence soaked into the mask
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • I have no complaints

Overall rating: 4.5/5

 

REVIEW: The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Clay Mousse Pack

This is another skincare product that belongs to my brother which I tried using a few times. As I’ve said in the past, I’m not really a huge fan of clay masks. It’s not that I hate them, It’s just that I never really felt the need to use it.

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The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Clay Mousse Pack

This clay mousse belongs in their Jeju Volcanic Lava line which focuses on the pores and protecting the skin from pollution and purifying the pores to bring out ones natural beauty.

I’m not sure how much this was as I was not the one who purchased this

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The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Clay Mousse Pack

I use this after double cleansing my face by applying onto a dry face. I then rinse with lukewarm water after 10-15 minutes.

As stated on the box, this clay mousse is formulated with ingredients from Jeju island which supposedly helps defend the skin against the elements and fine dust.

It is recommended to be used around 1-2 times a week for those with normal to dry skin. However, for those with oily skin, this can be used everyday.

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The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Clay Mousse Pack

The clay mousse comes in a tin can with a pump. The pump has a little plastic tab that prevents any of the clay from coming out when unused.

Also everyone should know that you have to press quite hard for the product to come out and when it does, a lot comes out.

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Ingredients List

I’ve inserted a picture of the ingredients list above for those who would like the full list.

As expected, the texture and consistency of the mousse is quite thick and when applying it on your face, it can feel really heavy. After a few minutes, this will dry which can make your face feel VERY stiff. It actually feels uncomfortable and very drying.

The mousse did clean my pores, particularly the sides of my nose and my chin which are usually prone to white heads. I’m pretty happy with how much it cleaned my pores and it works pretty well but I just really don’t like the stiffness I feel while wearing it.

Pros:

  • Cleans out the pores well

Cons:

  • Skin feels very dry and stiff while wearing it

Overall rating: 3.5/5