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REVIEW: Nature Republic White Vita Floral mask sheet

Hello everyone, I am back again with another review. I don’t have much to say in this introduction so let’s just get straight into the review.

This post will be short and brief as this is more of a first impression rather than a full review on the product itself.

 

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White Vita Floral Mask Sheet

 

This was one of the free sheet masks my mum received in Korea while shopping in Nature Republic. Because she doesn’t use face masks, she gave this to me.

Brief background: Nature Republic is a South Korean skincare and cosmetic brand. They provide affordable products that also primarily consist of natural ingredients. They are also very famous for their aloe vera products.

Description: As it states on the front, this mask focuses on brightening and moisturising the skin. This will be perfect for those with dry/combination skin.

Packaging: Right off the bat, I find the packaging attractive. I have always loved Nature Republic’s sheet mask packaging, particularly their use of fruit and vegetable images.

 

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Ingredients List

How to Use: As usual, apply this after cleanser and toner and leave on for 10-20 minutes. After removal, massage excess essence into skin.

First impression: I was not surprised to find this mask to be VERY creamy. I have combination skin, leaning towards dry so I actually prefer creamy masks. Some may find them a little too heavy on the skin. After using for 15 minutes, I massaged the remaining essence into my skin and it just left my skin feeling so soft and smooth. It takes a little work to fully massage the whole thing because of how thick the cream is. However, I like how smooth and soft my skin is after using this mask.

Final thoughts: Would I repurchase? Definitely. It adheres well to the skin and lives up to its claims. If you have oily skin, I highly suggest opting for another sheet mask.

 

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REVIEW: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Hey everyone! I’m back again with another review. I finally finished uni so now I have the time to review more products. Thank god 🙂

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Disclaimer: The image above is NOT mine. I just had to use one from the internet as I have already thrown away my old bottle before I had the chance to take any photos of it

This is a foundation that has SO much hype surrounding it so naturally, I was very excited to try this out and I had very, very high expectations of it. This is what Mecca Maxima has to say on this foundation:

A complexion perfecting foundation that provides natural looking medium to full coverage. Oil free, hydrating makeup.

Key claims:

  • Medium to full coverage
  • Oil free
  • Hydrating makeup
  • Enriched with coconut water to replenish skin
  • Gives a naturally radiant looking skin

You can purchase this at Mecca Maxima for $57 AUD for 30ML worth of product.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Disclaimer: The image above is NOT mine. I just had to use one from the internet as I have already thrown away my old bottle before I had the chance to take any photos of it.

My first encounter with this foundation was actually as a gift given to me by my best friend. Unfortunately, the shade she gave me was many shades lighter than my skin tone. Way too light even for my winter shade. So one day, I decided to pop into Mecca Maxima and request for a tester.

I actually love the samples from Mecca Maxima. Even though the sample pot is tiny, I can still get more than 5 uses out of it.

I was colour matched by a beauty consultant and she matched me with the shade “Nude”. This foundation comes in a whopping 18 shades. Your skin is pretty much guaranteed to find a perfect match!

For reference, my MAC shade is NC30 and Nude is just a tiiiiiny smidge lighter than my skin but it still fits well.

 

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Disclaimer: The image above is NOT mine. I just had to use one from the internet as I have already thrown away my old bottle before I had the chance to take any photos of it.

This foundation comes in a standard frosted glass pump bottle. I think the packaging on this is just beautiful.

Keep in mind, that the packaging is heavy so if you were to travel, i’d recommend transferring some product into a small pot.

Refer to the captions for more information!

The fourth image was taken an hour after the first one and the sun had moved so the lighting in my room had changed.

My final thoughts: I absolutely LOVE this foundation. It certainly lives up to its claims. It really does give my skin a very nice looking glow without getting oily. It doesn’t crease anywhere which I love considering I usually crease in my smile lines. It’s a buildable foundation and the finish isn’t cakey. It’s also lightweight and does not feel heavy on the face.

I wouldn’t say its entirely matte or dewy but it definitely leans more towards the dewy side. I just love how radiant my skin looks when I wear this and I would definitely be open to purchasing a full sized bottle in the future.

Pros:

  • Makes the skin look glowy and radiant.
  • Doesn’t make the skin oily.
  • No creasing
  • Buildable
  • Lightweight
  • Beautiful packaging
  • Comes with a pump

Cons:

  • Heavy bottle
  • A little on the pricey side

Overall rating: 5/5! 🙂

 

 

REVIEW: Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream – Moist

My parents were recently in South Korea and one of the things I asked her to bring back was Etude House’s famous Precious Mineral Blooming Fit which is something that I have used before. As it turns out, they no longer sell it.

They then explained that the product I am reviewing today is actually their new and updated version of the Precious Mineral Blooming Fit. They even changed the name to ‘ Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream’.

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Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream – Moist

After receiving this product, the first thing I noticed was the packaging. It’s definitely more simple than the previous version. I’ve inserted the image of the previous version below for those who are curious.

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Etude House Precious Mineral Blooming Fit BB Cream

I find the packaging on the new bottle to be simple and honestly, quite cheap looking. It’s now comes in a basic squeeze tube. I wished they kept the pump.

I purchased this for KRW15,000.

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Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream – Moist

This BB cream comes in two different formulas. Matte and moist.

This comes in 5 shades:

  1. Beige
  2. Petal
  3. Sand
  4. Tan
  5. Vanilla

I have the shade Tan which is the darkest shade. For reference, my MAC shade is NC30. Tan is a tiny bit lighter than my skin and is a little pink for my yellow skin but it is still an okay match. Nothing a little bronzer can’t fix.

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Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream – Moist

“Multi-functional BB cream that protects and clears the skin through beautiful covers and blocking effects”

This BB cream contains SPF50+ PA+++ so it saves you from applying sunscreen separately. However, I sometimes on particular days, I like to apply extra sunscreen underneath.

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Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream – Moist

This product has no scent. Again, I am leaning towards the previous version because it had a nice, soft, flowery scent.

After my daily morning skincare routine and priming with Etude House’s Beauty Shot Face Blur primer, I apply this BB cream.

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My face after applying Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream – Moist

This BB cream has a dewy finish and leaves a nice glow to the skin which I would not recommend for those with oily skin.

These two images were taken on the same day and time in two different lightings. The second is in natural lighting and you can see that this BB cream is a tiny bit pink but it looks okay. This is also my face with the rest of my makeup finished.

This has light coverage which would work really well for those who naturally have nice and clear skin. It feels lightweight. As the day progresses, the BB cream holds up pretty well. However, it cakes a little around my upper lip. If you sweat, this tends to fade especially around the forehead but it still isn’t too bad. From what I can remember, the formula is very close to the previous version and I don’t notice any difference.

Pros:

  • Lightweight feeling
  • Leaves a nice glow to the skin
  • Affordable
  • Has a wider shade range as compared to other Korean brands
  • Contains SPF50+

Cons:

  • Fades a little after sweating
  • Still a limited shade range
  • Cheap looking packaging

Overall rating: 3.5/5

REVIEW: Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask

It’s been a while since I’ve posted because I’ve been so busy with uni work 😦 but I’m back!

I’ve wanted to try this sheet mask for so long. This was recommended by one of my favourite beauty YouTubers meejmuse in one of her videos where she talks about the best of Korean face sheet masks which you can watch here.

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Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask

I purchased this mask at MDRanking in Sydney for around $2.50 AUD for a single mask. It’s not exactly cheap but it’s almost impossible to find affordable Korean sheet masks here in Australia.

You may also buy this sheet mask online.

 

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Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask

I was never familiar with this brand prior but I’m always open to trying new skincare products. Papa Recipe is a South Korean skincare brand established in 2012 by a doctor. Papa Recipe is formulated with natural ingredients without the use of artificial preservatives.

Unfortunately, there isn’t an offical website for this brand where I can find more information on other products that they carry.

 

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Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask

This Bombee Honey mask is enriched with honey extract and is made to supply moisture and nourishment. This aims to target different skin needs while maintaining the moisture and vitality of the skin.

This mask also said to contain exclusive gold complex which helps moisturise the skin and boost the hydration. I’m not too sure what gold complex is myself but it sounds good.

 

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Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask

I use this after cleaning and toning my face as per usual. While using it, I was surprised to find a lack of a honey scent, although it doesn’t really matter much to me.

This mask is made out of natural bio-fiber paper which made it very easy to apply and stick on to the skin. I really hate thick, hard, and paper-like sheet masks which I have experienced with some Innisfree masks. There is a generous amount of essence soaked into it so it really feels like your skin is taking in all of that goodness.

My face felt super soft and supple after using it and I definitely would use this again in the future.

Pros:

  • Targets different skin needs.
  • Little to no scent. Good for those who are sensitive.
  • Sticks onto the face very well.
  • Soften and smooths the skin.

Cons:

  • Not as accessible as some other brands.
  • More on the pricey side.

Overall rating: 5/5

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

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