Sunday, 30 August 2015

Korean Skincare Products For Dry Skin

Are you part of any Facebook groups? I'm on a few for general makeup and beauty discussion, and the other day a few people were talking about Korean beauty. One person asked if it's good for oily skin, and someone said 'Yes, it's good for combination-oily skin, even the products for dry skin are quite drying.' I think such a blanket statement is untrue - to suggest that every single Korean skincare brand, line and product is not suitable for dry skin is a very bold and unfair thing to say. In fact, I found Korean skincare better for my dry skin than Western skincare.

Before I started learning about skincare routines, it was very dry, with lots of dry patches and flakes around my nose, forehead and cheeks. Once I started learning about skincare regimes and products for dry skin, my skin became a lot better. I learned about Korean skincare regimes and products and have been using them for years now, so here are a few Korean skincare product recommendations for dry skin.

The Face Shop Seed Fermentation Cleansing Oil Balm
Cleansing balms transform from a creamy balm to a smooth oil, and dissolve all makeup, including waterproof and long lasting makeup. They are really soothing for dry skin, and can be used on their own or followed up with a foaming cleanser. I have used this product and it's a great cleansing balm. It smells nice and it's a big tub so it lasts a long time. You can buy it directly from The Face Shop's website or eBay.

Enesti Yuzu Foaming Cleanser
This foaming cleanser is suitable for dry skin. I have it at home but I haven't used it yet. You could get it in a Memebox but you can also buy it on eBay.

Etude House Moistfull Super Collagen Ampoule Essence
One of Etude House's bestselling product lines is the 'Moistfull Collagen' line. However, they made an even more hydrating line in the form of 'Moistfull Super Collagen'. Don't read too much into the collagen aspect as it has been proven that skin cannot absorb molecules as large as collagen to 'inject' into the skin, but it is still a very hydrating line with other good ingredients.

Tony Moly Red Appletox Honey Cream
This cream has lots of honey in it, and even has a slightly elastic, honey feel but once you rub it into the skin, it melts amazingly and absorbs right in, with absolutely no sticky or greasy film. It also smells amazing, like fresh apples and is a great hydrating cream for dry skin. It also comes in a larger than usual tub, making it great value for money.

Secret Key Snail & EGF Repairing Cream
Another cream I highly recommend for dry skin is Secret Key Snail & EGF Repairing Cream. I recommend the entire line actually, it was one of the first lines I used in my Korean skincare journey. Snail mucin evens, brightens and hydrates skin whilst EGF repairs it. The line also has a toner, serum and emulsion that I know of, and a Gel Cream formulation for combination-oily skin types too,

So there are a couple of Korean skincare recommendations for dry skin - Korean skincare can be for everyone and is very fun to get into and learn about! I haven't done a product recommendation for every single skincare step, these are just products that I would particularly recommend and are easy to insert into your pre-existing skincare routine. Are there any products you would like to recommend?

Friday, 28 August 2015

Review: Coreana Senite Pure Nokdu Sheet Mask

Today I have a sheet mask review for you - it's the Coreana Senite Pure Nokdu Sheet Mask. I got it as a free gift when I bought the Coreana Senite Polynesian Intensive Cream from Koreadepart a while ago.

Brand: Senite (brand of Coreana)
Name: Pure Nokdu Sheet Mask
Price: $11.53 for 5 sheets
Where to buy: Koreadepart

Senite is a sub brand of Coreana - it is slightly less expensive than its umbrella brand (is that the right term?) and is marketed towards a slightly younger adult audience. However, the packaging is still very elegant and classy.

I have no idea what 'Nokdu' is - it says it has fermented mung bean extract in it so maybe it's that in Hangul. The mask promises to moisturise, soothe and repair the skin.


The packaging is quite classy and elegant. I quite like it! The packaging for the mask is blue and orange with a fancy border pattern round the edge of the pack. 

For some reason the Koreadepart listing shows the mask packaging as a green, mung bean shade. I'm not sure if they changed the packaging at some point or it's a different mask, but I can't find any info on any other Pure Nokdu mask.
I can tell the sheet mask is slightly thicker than cheaper ones I own as soon as I take it out of the packaging. As well as the face mask, it also has a neck mask. I've never tried a neck mask before so it was a pleasant surprise.

I applied the face mask first. The mask was too long for my face, but every single mask I've ever tried has been the same. The part that goes above your upper lip always hits my lip, and I have to fold the mask up to get it to fit. I think next time I'm going to cut it at that point, then I can layer each part to fit.

The neck mask was fine - I would assume it'd be fine on anyone, unless you have an oddly shaped neck?! However, when I applied the neck mask, it gaped in the middle and slid down if I moved or kept my face/neck upright. I kept having to pull it at the sides to tighten it.

The mask felt soothing and refreshing going on. The scent was subtle, a little clean and floral smelling, it didn't affect me at all. After 20-30 minutes the mask started going dry so I removed it and let the excess serum soak in. I used some of the remaining serum on my hands and back of my neck.

My skin felt a little more moisturised and plump after using the mask, but not massively so. I didn't notice any brightening effect, although it didn't claim to have any - sometimes a mask will give you a nice healthy glow though, which is always welcome. My neck felt a little more moisturised after using the neck pack too ", but again, not overly so.
This mask was nice to use and it feels like a treat to use 1-2 times a week but I didn't notice a massive moisturising effect on either my face or neck. You might see better results if you use the mask regularly but then it gets kind of expensive. I see a mask as an occasional skincare treat that I would like to see immediate results from, and that gives a more potent/different effect than my usual skincare routine, otherwise what's the point in using it? I would more than likely just buy cheaper sheet masks over this one. Both masks were okay but the neck mask was a little annoying to wear. I would give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Review: Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

I know I keep doing reviews but in all honesty, I haven't done much recently other than make stock and go to events to sell haha... This is a review of Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, I got a small travel sized pot in a Bonus Time gift.

Brand: Clinique
Name: Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
Price: £5 for a 15ml travel size, £34 for 50ml/$38.50
Where to buy: Clinique UK mini size and full size, Clinique US, Boots, Clinique counters worldwide

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief is a gel/cream formulation that gives skin extra hydration for up to 24 hours. It absorbs lightly into the skin with no sticky or greasy feel. It's oil free, so it can be used by all skin types, even sensitive or skins needing oil-free products. You can use it after Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion, as a 'treatment moisturiser' if your skin feels dry, and can even be used over makeup if you apply by rubbing the cream on your hands and lightly pressing onto the top of your skin.
The packaging is a mini version of the full sized packaging, except the full sized packaging is made of glass and the lid is silver. I guess the packaging is slightly cuter than Clinique's normal packaging, in my eyes anyway, as it's pink haha. The jar packaging is fine by my standards, I use a spatula or cotton bud to scoop the product out so I don't use my fingers anyway. This travel sized pot was 15ml, if I remember correctly.
True to its name, Moisture Surge is not quite a gel, not quite a cream. It feels nice being spread onto the skin and absorbs easily, but I feel it absorbs a little too easily for my skin, and I'm left feeling like I need more hydration. I decided I would like to try the 'Intense' version of this cream.P1130747
The cream has a very soft and silky feel after absorbing, which many fans of this cream love. It does have a nice feel, but it doesn't really bother me if my skin feels dry still. I used this after all my regular skincare, and if I was using DDML, I'd apply this afterwards. If I wasn't using DDML (i.e. I've ran out), I would apply this after my emulsion or facial oil.

There are a couple of uses for this cream - like I mentioned above, you can apply it like a normal moisturiser, on top of makeup or you can also apply a thick layer on your face, wait 20 minutes and either wipe off with a tissue or massage the excess in. So it's essentially a cream you can use as a 'pack mask' in Korean cosmetics terms heh heh. My mum used it as a pack mask on a flight to France and she said her face felt soooooo nice afterwards.
This cream simply wasn't enough for my dry skin. I can imagine it is lovely for combination/oily skin if you are feeling dehydrated or want an extra treat for your skin. The ability to use it as a face mask is quite different and nice, but I tried the 'Intense' version of this cream and preferred that, so I wouldn't purchase this with my own money or recommend for dry skin. 3 out of 5 stars.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Review: Clinique Foaming Sonic Facial Soap

Today I decided to start on decreasing the amount of draft posts I have on my blog, and there was a review I forgot to post even though I did all the photos for it! So today I'll be reviewing Clinique Foaming Sonic Facial Soap.

Brand: Clinique
Name: Foaming Sonic Facial Soap (on Boots, it's Foaming Facial Wash)
Price: £16.50/$20
Where to buy: Clinique US, Clinique UK, Boots, Clinique counters worldwide

I bought this soap when it first came out, and was on a special price of £10 at Boots. It was also a discount time for employees so I actually got it for around £8.

This soap is designed to be used with the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush, but of course you can use it on its own. It's a creamy, foaming facial cleanser designed for all skin types, even dry skin. You get 150ml of the facial soap, which is pretty decent. A friend who was an employee of Clinique thought it was Clinique's Rinse-off Foaming Cleanser repackaged, but after using she said it was a lot softer, creamier and fluffier/mousse like as well as gentler. I would agree, since I used a small sample of the Rinse-off Foaming Cleanser and it was a bit too drying for my skin.
Most of Clinique's skincare comes in green packaging and this is no exception. It has the large silver Clinique logo with the product name and other information in dark green lettering. The tube is soft, malleable plastic with a hard plastic snap-top lid. It has gotten to the point where I can't squeeze any more cleanser out of my tube, so I've cut it in half to get the remainder out. There is soooooo much left in the top corners and bottom of the packaging, enough left for several more months use! So don't throw away the tube as soon as you can't squeeze any more out, you monster!
Here I'll demonstrate using it on a Sonic Brush, but I've used it with just my hands as well.
Comparing the brush versus hands method - the lather is a lot creamier and fluffier when you use the brush with the cleanser. With both methods, you can change the foam type depending on how much water you use with the cleanser - for a very bubbly, light foam, use more water, and for a rich, creamy, thick lather, use less. The thick creamy lather cleanses your skin more than the thinner lather, so depending on your skin type, the thick lather may make your face feel dry after cleansing with it.

The cleanser makes my skin feel clean and soft, but a little too 'squeaky' clean for my likings. I have to put skincare on after a couple of minutes, or else it feels too drying. I haven't had any problems using the cleanser though, like dry patches or breakouts.

The cleanser is fragrance free, dermatologically developed and allergy tested like all Clinique products.
This facial cleanser is okay; it's a little tooooo cleansing for my dry skin, but it may be better on combination/oily skin. You can change the type of lather it makes depending on your skins needs - my face doesn't feel as squeaky clean if I make the thin bubbly lather. In all honesty, I would not have purchased this cleanser if it wasn't for the special deal, and probably even the employee discount. I certainly wouldn't pay £16.50 for it. A Korean foaming cleanser is cheaper, more gentle and probably more effective on my skin so I would rather try something else. 3 stars out of 5 for me.