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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: The Face Shop YEHWADAM Revitalising Eye Cream

I’m not really a frequent user of eye cream. I don’t know why, I’ve just never felt the need to use it. So I can say that I haven’t experimented with different eye creams. However, I recently did a review on the Water Bank Eye Gel by Laneige.

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The Face Shop Yehwadam Revitalising Eye Cream

This eye cream belongs to the YEHWADAM line which focuses on anti-ageing and is inspired by traditional Korean beauty methods found in ancient books and teachings. Products from this line are made with natural Korean ingredients processed by traditional methods. This line however is one of The Face Shop’s more higher end lines so the products are quite expensive.

For those living in Sydney, you can purchase this eye cream at The Face Shop for $80 AUD for 25ml of product.

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The Face Shop Yehwadam Revitalising Eye Cream

First of all, let’s just appreciate the beautiful packaging. The cream comes in a circular frosted glass jar that looks and feels very luxurious to the touch. As expected, the jar itself is quite heavy.

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Top of the lid

I love the detailing of the lid. I really appreciate attractive packaging on skincare products.

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The Face Shop Yehwadam Revitalising Eye Cream

When you remove the lid, you will find a plastic cap covering the cream which prevents the cream from moving around and making a mess underneath the lid. It also comes with a plastic spatula which is great as it is more hygienic.

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Ingredients list

I’ve inserted a picture of the ingredients list above. After doing some research on the website, I was able to gather some information about the ingredients used and their purpose:

Safflower from Sancheong, Jiri Mountain: Improves skin tone and complexion.

Ginseng from Punggi: Re-energises skin with ginseng extract, which some say is the secret to younger looking skin.

Goji berry from Cheongyang: For radiant, glowing skin.

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The Face Shop  Revitalising Eye Cream

I apply this cream using the plastic spatula to scoop out a pea sized amount of product and gently pat the cream under my eyes using my ring finger.

The consistency of this cream is quite thick and feels very hydrating. I really love how the cream feels on my skin. The moisturising effect lasts for a long time. It also works well at tackling the dark circles underneath the eyes. Although I can’t say it completely lightens it as much as a concealer would but the hydration it provides is amazing. I have always been more fond of thicker creams for the reasons above. Although the price is quite ridiculous, I really do love it and you get a high quality product with effective results.

Pros:

  • Beautiful packaging
  • Very hydrating
  • Long term moisturising effects

Cons:

  • Expensive

Overall rating: 5/5

REVIEW: Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream

I am back to do a second review of another product from Laneige’s Water Bank line. It is their gel cream. I previously did a review on the Water Bank eye cream.

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Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, cyclopentasiloxane, glycerin, Alcohol, cyclohexasiloxane, dimethicone, chenopodium quinoa seed extract, Magnesium sulfate, zine sulfate, manganese sulfate, calcium chloride, ascorbyl glucoside, chamaecyparis obtusa water, sodium hyaluronate, ceramide 3, acetyl glucosamine, copper tripeptide-1, niacinamide, tocopherol, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, clyceril stearate, Dicaprylyl carbonate, Cyclomethicone, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl ethylhexanoate, Stearic acid, Ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, trisiloxane, palmitic acid, Phenyl methicone, Potassium cetyl phosphate, polyglyceril-10 stearate, polyglyceril-3 methylglucose distearate, polysorbate 20, polysilicone-11, polyacrylate-13, polyethylene, polyisobutene, propylene glycol, PEG-100 stearate, PEG-5 rapreseed sterol, PEG/PPG-20/15 dimethicone, phytosphingosine, hydrogenated lecithin, hydrogenated polyisobutene, hydroexythel acrylate/sodium acryloyldImethyl taurate copolymer, disodium edta, phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

This gel cream is said to activate moisturising genes to increase the production of NMF’s and thoroughly moisturise care from the 20th layer to the skin surface.

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As mentioned in my previous review of the eye cream, I really love the packaging. I just think it is really beautiful as the glass packaging just adds a touch of elegance. However again, it is quite heavy so it is not travel friendly.

Much like the name suggests, the cream is gel like. It is very light and it absorbs onto the skin very well. I really like the way it makes my skin feel when applied. It leaves it feeling very soft and smooth. It also has a very nice fresh scent. Overall, my thoughts on this product is very similar to the Water Bank eye gel. Laneige is very consistent with their products and I look forward to trying more products from this line.

 

Pros:

  • Fresh scent
  • Very light
  • Softens and smoothens skin
  • Beautiful packaging

Cons:

  • Heavy packaging

Overall rating: 4.5/5

REVIEW: Dr.G Aquasis Water Vital Sleeping Mask

I recently ran out of my sleeping mask so I was on a mission to go out and purchase another one. I decided to browse in W cosmetics and they happened to be having a sale. Among the many items on sale I happened to see a buy 1 get 1 free for Dr.G’s Aquasis Water Vital Sleeping Mask.

This was another brand that I was not familiar with. After doing some research online, I have found out this is a South Korean brand created by Gowoonsesang dermatology My Skin Mentor Dr.G.

Price: AUD $40

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Main ingredients: Aqua soothing water (Replenishes moisture)
Pentavitin R (Plant complex to maintain moisture)
Madecassoside and Aloe Vera (Calming, anti-inflammatory)
Sepicalm, Buckwheat Seed Extract (Cools skin’s temperature)
Mistletoe, Glutamic Acid (Calming and moisturising)

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I use this at the very end of my night time skincare routine.

This sleeping mask is supposed to restore hydration into the skin while sleeping. It is also said to include NMF ingredients to calm and moisturise the skin overnight.

The product comes in a tub with a blue shell around the actual tub itself and because of this, I quite like the packaging. It also has a cover underneath the lid to prevent any mess on the lid itself.

The texture of this cream is very, very light and gel-like. It feels cooling on the skin an absorbs well. The cream also has a slight fragrance which smells quite fresh. This does a decent job at hydrating the skin, I feel that it isn’t as moisturising as i’d like for a sleeping mask. It might be the fact that I am very used to my previous sleeping mask that had a very thick consistency.

Pros:

  • Light texture
  • Absorbs well
  • Fresh scent
  • Nice packaging

Cons:

  • Not as moisturising as I want it to be

REVIEW: Tony Moly Aquaporin Moisture Cream

During my sheet mask haul, I received various samples including Tony Moly’s Aquaporin Moisture Cream.

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This moisture cream is part of Tony Moly’s Aquaporin line with its main feature being intensive hydrating skincare that is said to deliver moisture to the deepest areas under the skin through water channels.

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The size of this sample is fairly generous with 30ml worth of product inside. Unfortunately, I am unable to find the ingredients list online so I am not too sure of what exactly is in this.

This product claims to last for 24 hours long and absorb very quickly. I can say for sure that this does absorb quite fast, however as for its duration, I have to disagree as I don’t feel its effects for 24 hours long.

The cream has a very lightweight, gel-like consistency which feels very nice and smooth on the skin. It also doesn’t have much of  a scent which is good for those who are particular with certain smells. I think this cream does an okay job at moisturising my face, however I feel that it isn’t moisturising enough for my liking. For me personally, it also doesn’t last for the whole 24 hours. I actually think the moisturising effect on this is short lived.

Pros:

  • No scent
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Not moisturising enough
  • Only moisturises for a short period of time

Overall rating: 2.5/5

REVIEW: Sulwhasoo Snowise Ex Whitening Fluid

Today I will be reviewing a product from a brand I have never tried before. The brand is Sulwhasoo, one of Korea’s luxury cosmetic and skincare brands with their price ranging from $60 to $300. Their main ingredient used across their products is ginseng which supposedly contains ingredients that are beneficial to the skin. I came across this store called Cosmo Cosmetics, a store selling discounted cosmetics, was having a 50% sale at the time and I was lucky enough to purchase Sulwhasoo’s Snowise Ex  Whitening Fluid for only $25!

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(Sorry for the low quality photo as this was taken inside my bedroom).

Size: 125ml

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The Snowise Ex Whitening Fluid is an emulsion with its main purpose is to clarify and brighten the skin. I very much like the packaging. The product comes in a marble-like pump container which feels very luxurious. The only downside is that due to the packaging, it is VERY heavy which will be a problem when travelling.

The consistency of this cream is very light and milky. It absorbs quite fast and smoothly onto the skin and leaves it feeling very moisturised. As for the brightening part, I don’t see much difference to my face as my dark spots stay the same shade. The one thing I really don’t like about this is the ginseng scent. The smell sort of reminds me of a senior citizen’s bedroom.

Pros:

  • Luxurious looking packaging
  • Moisturising

Cons:

  • Packaging is VERY heavy
  • Doesn’t brighten the skin much

 

Overall rating: 3/5