Friday Fave: 15/01/2016

Well, this isn’t technically a “Friday” Fave. I spent the past week either at work or sleeping trying to get rid of an awful cold. So hopefully, it’s okay that this Friday Fave is coming out on a Saturday.

 

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This pic is actually from when I opened my Beauteque bag.

This week, I am going to share my current (and favorite for Winter!) toner. The Secret Key Milk Brightening Toner. I actually received this last year in a Beauteque bag. I put off using it initially since I had another on the go, and then again because it was summer and the last thing I felt I needed was more moisture on my oily face.

If you’re new to toners, this is the first step after cleansing. This isn’t like a toner you often see in a drugstore in USA or Canada. It’s not going to dry out your face since it’s job is to help prep the skin for the upcoming steps in your skincare routine. It can also remove the last bit of dirt/makeup on your face, if there’s any left after cleaning. I use a cotton pad with some of this on it and smooth it on my face. I let it dry before going on to the next step. It feels very smooth on my skin and dries with no noticeable residue.

So why is this so great? First and foremost, it doesn’t contain any alcohols. While alcohols can be okay sometimes, it’s not something you want when you have mega dry skin due to cold winds and changing temperatures. (This has been helping my skin so much these past few weeks. Winter, I kind of hate you right now.)  It also has milk protein extract, which is simply fantastic for your skin. The secret (ha!) of this toner is that the ingredients help get rid of dead, dull and dry skin cells, which help make your skin brighter and moisturized.

Ingredients: Milk Protein Extract, Glycerine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Green Tea Extract, Soybean Extract, Tomato Berry/Stem/Leaf Extract, Raspberry Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Solanum Tuberosum (Potato) Pulp Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Hydroxyethyl cellulose, Cucumber Extract, Pumpkin Extract, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Flower Extract, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (source)

You’ll also notice that this toner doesn’t contain some other rather harmful ingredients. Namely, parabens, mineral oils, phenoxyethanol, benzophenone and animal oils.

source: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Secret-Key-Milk-Brightening-Toner-248ml-Radiant-skin-Moisture-Oil-balance-/271642148511
source: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Secret-Key-Milk-Brightening-Toner-248ml-Radiant-skin-Moisture-Oil-balance-/271642148511

If you like what you’ve read and are wondering where you can get this, there are a few different options online. You can check out Secret Key (They are buy 1, get 1), Tester Korea currently has ever toner in this line except the milk one, and Beauty Net Korea. You can also likely find it on Ebay.

Have you tried this toner? Do you love it as much as I do? Let me know!

Cheers,

Kristen

Friday Fave: 08/01/2016

This week’s Friday Fave isn’t one thing. It’s a bunch of things. I’m a lover of masks and one of my favorite brands of masks is My Beauty Diary. I have oodles of these on hand (mostly due to a really great sale I stumbled upon in the summer (only 2,50$ a box of 10!!)) and I simply love them! My Beauty Diary is a Taiwanese company and you can find a lot of their products online. I’ve also noticed that many Loblaws stores have started carrying them, so for those of you in Canada, that might be a good place to start.

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I currently have seven different types of these masks in large quantities. I’ll be going through my top 3. As for some general awesomeness… All of the MBD masks that I’ve tried have been thoroughly saturated with essence and adhere well to my face. They’re a little long under my chin, but that just means that I wrap it under and give my neck/chin some TLC. I also love the cute little packages. Which has nothing to do with the product inside, but it does make me want to use it more.

Mexico Cactus Mask

This is a mask for hydration and moisturization. And let me tell you. In my experience, it definitely does. Every single time I’ve used one of these, I’ve been left with super soft and moisturized skin. This mask contains Vitamin C to help with moisturizing and to keep skin supple.  I guess this mask being a hydrating mask makes sense. Cacti are where a lot of water/liquid is found in a desert.

Ingredients (on packaging): Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Morus Nigra Fruit Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Triethanolamine, Laminara Digitata Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Opuntia Streptacantha Flower Extract, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Polyglutamic Acid, Sodium pca, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Lecithin, Polysorbate 80, peg-15 Hydroxystearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Glycosphingolipids, Tocopherylacetate.

Imperial Bird’s Nest

This is another mask that has hydration and skin nourishment as its claim. With winter being rather brutal to my skin, it’s really not surprising that these type of mask are some of my go-to products. At first, it was really weird to think about putting something contain bird’s nest on my face, but I found I quickly got over that.This mask is made with ingredients like bird’s nest, collagen, corraline, and sugar maple.

Ingredients (packaging)water, glycerin, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, phenoxethanol, sodium lactate, chlorphenesin, triethanolamine, polysorbate 20, sodium hyaluronate, xanthan gum, citric acid, hydroxyethyl urea, adansona digitata pulp extract, algae extract, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, hydrolyzed swiftlet nest, kappaphycus alvarezii extract, laminaria digitata extract, lecithin, centella asiatica extract, codium tomentosum extract, cichorium intybus (chicory) leaf extract, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, hydrolyzed rice protein, magnesium gluconate, hydrolyzed soy protein, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, gentiana lutea root extract, maltose, polysorbate 80, malva sylvestris (mallow) flower extract, saccharum officinarum (sugar cane) extract, acer saccharum (sugar maple) extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel extract, PEG-15 hydroxystearate, carbomer, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, polyglutamic acid, sodium hydroxide, fragrance (parfum), glycosphingolipids, tocopheryl acetate.

Sake Yeast Mask

This is a mask for whitening, brightening, and moisturizing. It’s for all skin types and is also said to be anti-aging, regenerating and softening (partially due to the collagen). Sake is a Japanese style of rice wine and this particular sake is brewed with deep ocean water. I had one of these on the other day and my face was a lot smoother and less dry after the fact.

IngredientsWater, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Rice Ferment Filtrate (Sake), Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract,Citrus Medica Mimonum (Lemon) Peel Extract,  Phenoxyethanol Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Chlorphenesin, Triethanolamine, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Lactate, Sarothamnus Scoparius Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Citric Acid, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Xantham Gum, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Lecithin, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract, Saccharum Officium (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 80, Peg-15 Hydroxystearate, Carbomer, Parfum,  Sodium Hydroxide, Iodopropnyl Butylcarbamate Glycosphingolipids, Tocopheryl Acetate

 

I also regularly use the Arbutin (Brightening and Freshening), Lemon Vit-C (Brightening and Luminosity), Natto (Moisturizing and Tightening) and Collagen (Firming for intense plumpness). I just really, really, really love these masks. I’ve only had good experiences with them and I want to try to get my hands on some of the other types that are available (once I make it through more of my stash). The next one I think I am going to try to find is the Apple.

Have you tried My Beauty Diary Masks? Do you love them as much as I do? Let me know!

Cheers,

Kristen

 

Friday Fave: 01/01/2016

It’s time for Friday Faves! Since it’s January 1st, it’s the perfect time to start the year off right. This week, I’ll be reviewing The Saem Healing Tea Garden Cleansing Water in Tea Tree. I received this back in September in my Beauteque monthly bag.

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Cleansing waters seem to be all the rage right now. I can definitely understand why. They’re perfect for when you’re feeling a little lazy and need a quick clean, or when you need to take off some makeup. I like to use it in the morning to remove my night time skin care. I just don’t have the patience at a ridiculously early hour to do a full cleanse. I’m barely coherent enough to make coffee at that point. They’re also great because they don’t need to be washed off.

This cleansing water features tea tree from Australia. It has three major claims. It claims to remove makeup in one go while still leaving skin moisturized, removes excess sebum and impurities and doesn’t irritate the skin. This type of product is designed to be used with a cotton ball or pad. The cotton needs to be saturated and then you can start dragging it over your skin, going outwards. The product doesn’t contain artificial pigments, synthetic fragrances, benzophenones, parabens, animal ingredients, mineral oils or talc.

I’ve decided to test this product out as a part of this review. I already know that I quite enjoy it. But how does it stack up against some heavy duty cosmetics.

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Here are the products used:

1) Urban Dollkiss Easylooks Soft Lipsticks in 04 2) Tonymoly Auto Lip Liner in 04 3) Skinfood Seaweed Mineral Waterproof Eyeshadow Stick 4) It’s Skin It’s Top Professional Fix Gel Eyeliner in 01 5) Etude House Color Pop 6) Secret Key Holic Pigment Glitter 7) It’s Skin Babyface Waterproof Eyeliner 8) Skinfood Choco Eyebrow Powder Cake

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The top picture is after one swipe. The picture on the left-hand side is after 3 swipes and the final picture is after some serious scrubbing. That being said, I’d never put on eyeliner that thick. Given the staying power of some of these products, I’m actually pleasantly surprised. I don’t wear heavy makeup, so I haven’t had any issues. But, it’s nice to know that if I decided that I needed some heavy duty eyeliner, that this could likely handle it.

Sadly, I only have about 1/3 of a bottle left of this lovely, lovely stuff. It’s surprisingly hard to find at a price that won’t make me cry… plus not having ridiculous shipping to Canada. So even though I love it, I won’t be buying another bottle anytime soon unless I can find it at a reasonable price. I also have two bottles of different cleansing waters en route from The Face Shop.

Have you tried this product? What did you think? Let me know!

Cheers,

Kristen

New Series: Friday Faves

It’s no secret that I’ve been a huge slacker this past while. I have so many unpublished and half-done posts. It’s shameful. With 2016 just around the corner, I’m starting a new series that will guarantee a weekly post as well as share some of my fave things/products. I will still be doing unboxing posts, but this will just be in addition to it.

So, before I embark on this journey, I have to ask. Any products that you’d like to see?

 

Let me know what you think!

Cheers,

Kristen