Thursday, 21 February 2013

Reviewette: Holika Holika Canola Honey Sleeping Pack

The other day I finally forced myself to try one of my samples I got ordering Korean cosmetics - I was really excited to try Holika Holika's Honey Sleeping Pack in Canola! I tried it the other day and wrote this post up the night after but I also wrote about Kyary's concert so this was scheduled a little later! The experience was still fresh though, don't worry!
productinfo
Brand: Holika Holika
Name: Honey Sleeping Pack
Type: Canola
Price: $9.25 (full size)
Where to buy: Koreadepart
packaging
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The packaging is classic Holika Holika, ultra cute. Although it isn't pink or as sickly or mystically cute as their other items, it's still utterly adorable. Obviously it has a honey/bee theme to it - the full sized product is even cuter!



A little honey pot! I'm sure it also came with a little wooden honey scoop/stirrer but I might have been imagining things? Anyhoo, both packagings are super cute, the sample doesn't let the full sized product down here. Actually, the sample has the same design as the full size product lid so it definitely coordinates.
application
A sleeping pack is a bit like a heavier or more nourishing moisturiser - you apply it in a thick layer before bedtime, massage it in so it's not totally everywhere or sticky and go to sleep! Your skin works overtime absorbing all the nutrients and repairing your skin overnight, hopefully leaving it soft, supple, balanced and moisturised.

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I've read other reviews saying this sleeping pack is super sticky and goopy, like applying real honey to your face but mine wasn't like that at all. It was like a slightly stickier/thicker gel moisturiser. The sample had a lot more product than was needed for one application but I smothered it all on anyway, hoping that the amount was right for one application and that it'd have super effects! Ignore my totally gross blister on my finger and that weird purplish spot...I caught my finger with my sewing machine needle but it didn't quite break the skin yet still brought all the blood to the surface - creepy! D:

The smell wasn't particularly noticeable - neither sweet, like honey or canola-y...whatever canola smells like, heh heh! So yeah, I smothered it all on and massaged away...there was quite a bit still left on my skin so I rubbed it into my hands as well. After a short time my skin felt a bit more nourished even then! My skin was a little raw and irritated from just removing my make-up and cleanser but it felt like the honey was soothing it.

When I woke up my skin felt a little more moisturised than usual but not a huge amount. I have a raw red patch near my eye that I've had for a couple of days - I think it's something similar to prickly heat and may be caused by the fact I've had the heating on at night, so maybe my moisturiser blocked my pores and they got irritated? Anyway that wasn't caused by the sleeping pack obviously but it was still there in the morning! I was hoping the pack would sort it out... >_<

Now, later on at night I have a spot appearing on my chin...the kind that hurts when pressed, like it's underneath the surface. I've just checked with "face mapping", or where spots are in relation to your face and what they mean - my "Auntie Flo" is about to visit, if you know what I mean and spots on the chin are most common at that time of the month so thankfully I don't think it's caused by the pack!
mythoughts
This pack is okay and provides a little more moisture than normal moisturiser or face masks so maybe I'd get this for a once-a-week treat or when my skin needs a little extra pampering. The price isn't anything to grumble about, which is why I'd get it every so often but I'd definitely try other sleeping packs before settling on this. I'd like to try the blueberry and acerola versions of this! 3 out of 5 stars for me!


14 comments:

  1. Oh, I had no idea Holika did sleeping packs! It looks super cute too, but I'm so happy with my TCM (Chinese) sleping packs that I don't think I'll ever switch them for another brand. I think the packs are really way too big, I can use one for over 1 week (which makes it really cheap since one pack costs around 1 USD). I also put it in thicker amount only on my nose, which is the driest place on my face, and dab just a tiny bit on the rest of my face. It certainly works better than just serum + moisturizer, as long as I use the packs I have no dry skin patches at all. The only downfall is that it smells like a herbal soup, I'm pretty much used to the smell now, but it makes my eyes tear a bit while I apply it around.

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    1. Oh, that sounds awesome! I haven't got any knowledge of Chinese brands but I'd definitely love to learn! I always feel Korean cosmetics are awesome!

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    2. I get everything at sasa.com, because they have very often completely free shipping, unlike koreandepart. I don't have such a big collection of Chinese stuff either, but Shills (Taiwan) and TCM (Continental China) are wonderful and a lot cheaper than most Korean brands.

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    3. Oh, I'll check them out! I sometimes look at eBay sellers as they have free shipping too but some things are so overpriced and Koreadepart keep everything at Korean retail prices - Etude House Sweet Recipe Chocolate Eyeshadows are $13 on Koreadepart and $35 on eBay! :o But I'll definitely check out Sasa and the above brands! Wasn't Shills Japanese? Maybe I'm confusing it with another brand...

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  2. Thanks for the great review! I think the key with this pack in particular is continued application. For me personally, after night one my face was nice and soft, and produced less and less oil during the day the more I used it! Of course it's not a miracle product that made all my oil go away, but it certainly helps a lot!

    Best!

    Fauunzie xo

    fauunziesfinds.blogspot.com

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    1. Ah, maybe I'll keep half an application and apply it the next night to see if it is better then! Thanks for the tip! Laura <3

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  3. Good Review! I received a sample too and I think it is the pack that enhances the little red bumps. I applied it and I noticed I had developed a few extra pimples the next morning....
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    1. Aww, that is a real shame then. :( I guess some ingredients don't agree with your skin but it's different for all types. Thank you for your comment!

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  4. I love the post ! totally love the Korean fashion and makeup, especially because I live in Korea
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    1. Thanks so much for your comment! I'll definitely check out your blog and the website, I'm always looking for new places to buy Korean fashion and makeup! <3

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  5. I'm thinking of using this tonight, but to just to be sure, I had to check some reviews first. So, thanks for doing the review. I'm glad I have very little reason to be afraid of. hehe I'm prone to allergies, you see.

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    1. I hope you get good results from it! I'm unsure what the ingredients of it is so I hope you don't have any reactions! Thank you so much for following me, I've followed back! :D

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  6. I got this recently in Acerola. I didn't like how sticky it was....but I guess I should've expected that seeing as honey is one of the main ingredients lol

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    1. I found it a little sticky, I agree. I guess drier skins would be more in need of the sticky, barrier-like feel so that it keeps in moisture. Although Tony Moly's Red Appletox Cream has honey in it but it melts onto the skin and isn't sticky at all when fully applied/spread, in my opinion! Maybe try that?

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