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

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The Glamour Collection: A Curate A Collection with Glamour and Giggles

As one of the winners of Beauteque’s Curate A Collection contest for bloggers, I not only had the opportunity to curate my own collection, but also to review a collection of one of my fellow winners. I am reviewing The Glamour Collection by Priyanka of Glamour and Giggles.  Keep reading to find out more!

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Aloe Moisturizing and Soothing Mask

This is a nourishing essential face mask containing aloe extract that helps to maintain the balance of moisture in your skin and soothes irritated skin.

To use: Apply to clean face for 15-20 minutes. Remove and massage remaining essence into skin.

Ingredients: Water, 1,3-Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Polyvinylpyrrolidone, Xanthan Gum, Chlorphenesin, Allantoin, Hydroxy Ethyl Cellulose, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Methyl Paraben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Trehalose, Fragrance. (COSDNA)

FaceQ (Face Queen) is a brand that I haven’t tried before, but I must say, the packaging is simply adorable!  This is a Taiwanese brand, which explains why I haven’t seen it as of yet. I love aloe masks, so I am definitely happy to have another one in my arsenol of masks.

This line of masks boasts a 3D mesh structure, which is designed to help the face become and stay moisturized. It also claims to help reduce the look of fine lines and aging. Value: 1.90$

source: http://facequeen.com.tw/img/water_pic.png

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It’s Skin It’s Top Professional Fix Gel Eyeliner

Define eyes with this rich eyeliner.

To use: Pack brush with product, then draw line on with a steady hand, from the inner corner of eyelid outwards.

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I’ll admit that I haven’t had this much experience with this type of eyeliner. I’m a rather simple gal for eyeliner. Usually I will tightline my eyes and call it a day. This eyeliner makes me want to try to fancy it up a little bit since it’s so nice and has ridiculous staying power. (I’m talking I needed to break out eye specific remover to get it to budge off of my hand.) This particular eyeliner comes in two different colors- black or brown.  Value: 13,99$

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The Face Shop Herb Day Massage Cream

Cucumber cream moisturizes and soothes. Aloe cream moisturizes and replenishes. Mugwort cream refreshes, rejuvenates and fights signs of aging.

To use:  Apply cream and massage in for about 5 minutes, then rinse off. Use 2-3 times weekly.

Ingredients:  Water, Mineral Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, petrolatum, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, propylene glycol, glyceryl stearate, beeswax, cetearyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, aspalathus linearis extract, lilium candidum flower extract, Borago Officinalis Extract, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, centaurea cyanus flower extract, Artemisia vulgaris extract (50ppm), anthemis nobilis flower extract, peg-100 stearate, dimethicone, sorbitan sesquioleate, triethanolamine, benzophenone-9, butylene glycol, carbomer, disodium edta, methylparaben, phenoxyethanol, propylparaben, fragrance (parfum), caramel, green 3 (CI 42053)

I’m so happy to have gotten mugwort in this!Mugwort is a member of the daisy family and is said to help with acne due to the high content of vitamin E.  I have the Cucumber from awhile back in a Beauteque bag, and I really like it. While I may not need to fight signs of aging, it’s still a very nice cream. I don’t usually spend a full 5 minutes massaging my face. I will usually do a minute or two before I am “over it”. Luckily, there is also a one minute massage option.

Value: 9$

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Etude House Look at My Eyes Shadow

To use: Apply on lid, crease or browbone depending on shade with shadow brush.

This color is called PP501 Sweet Potato Latte. It’s sort of a cross between a light brown and a bit of purple. I find that it is subtle enough that I would happily wear it on a regular basis. This product also comes in a large variety of colors, which is great  if you love the formula. It’s really pigmented and I find it goes on without a lot of fall out or cakiness.

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A’pieu Soochaebit Finger Blusher

This cream blusher has a smooth texture and natural color.

To use: Apply a small amount to apples of cheeks with fingers.

I received this in WH01, which is a highlighter. I chose the highlighter because it’s not something that I generally have in my beauty supply collection. This goes on smooth and doesn’t feel sticky. This product comes in quite a few colors, and I’m actually intrigued to try one of the blushes since having the chance to try the highlighter.

From left to right, Finger Blusher, Eyeliner, Eyeshadow
From left to right, Finger Blusher, Eyeliner, Eyeshadow

This collection has a value of 47.58$ and retails for 26$ on the Beauteque site. I am so impressed with this collection and I cannot say enough about how great a collection that Priyanka curated. If you want to snag your own bag, you can check it out here. There are options for the eyeshadow, eyeliner and finger blusher colors. (I think it’s fantastic that you can select what would work best for you.)

What did you think of this collection? Did you order one for yourself?

Let me know what you think!

Cheers,

Kristen

Nautical and Nice: Curate-a-Collection with Beauteque

This is the moment that you all  I have been waiting for. Here’s the low-down on the collection that I helped to curate as part of a blogger contest Beauteque held. I, along with two others, Michele from Beautyfindsforme and Priyanka GlamourandGiggles had the amazing opportunity to each curate a collection. It was truly an awesome experience, and if you haven’t checked out Beauteque yet, get on that!

Without further ado, here’s the result of all of our hard work. I present to you, Nautical and Nice, featuring pictures taken on a nice sandy beach.

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Mizon seaweed jelly scrub

This gentle scrub cleanser is rich of seaweed it has strengthening and  exfoliating  benefits. Seaweed is filled with vitamins and nutrients that provide anti inflammatory effects reducing swelling of pores  and blemishes. Lifts away dirt, oil, and dead skin cells.

To use: massage into skin for 1 to 2 minutes, rinse off with warm water.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract, Caulerpa Lantillifera Extract (sea weed),Glucomannan (konjac), Amber Powder, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Powder, Undaria Pinnatifida Powder (sea weed), Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 60, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/ VP copolymer, Methyl Chloro Isothiazolinone, Xantham Gum, Methyl Isothiazolinone, Chlorphenesin, 1,2- hexanediol, Fragrance

I love the ingredient list for this scrub! The seaweed ingredients help strengthen your skin and exfoliate. Seaweed is chock full of vitamins and minerals that are great for the skin. It can help clear out your pores while being very gentle to the skin. This scrub also contains konjac, which is a vegetable root that is often seen as a sponge, but can obviously be used in other ways. The konjac is one of the ingredients that makes this scrub slightly tacky to the touch.

I find this to be very gentle on my skin, which I appreciate. It’s something that I am comfortable using often since it’s not too abrasive. Plus, having skin prone to acne and oiliness, it helps keep my pores a bit cleaner and clearer.

Finally, this scrub is free of so many bad things for your skin. Such as: parabens, GMO, benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, artificial colors, benzophenone, sorbic acid,  ratyum petrolatum, talc, sulfate-based surfactants, triclosan, synthetic antioxidants, benzalkonium chloride, and imidazolidinyl urea. Most of the aforementioned ingredients are artificial preservatives.

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My Beauty Diary black pearl mask

This essence formula nourishes and brightens skin with a unique combination of ingredients from the sea: Tahitian black pearl extracts (rich in proteins and amino acids that restore luster )and deep sea red algae (which gives a boost of vitamin C ). A variety of plant and fruit extracts, like pineapple, cucumber, and lime, lighten your natural skin tone and minimize dark spots, while citric acid gently exfoliates dead skin cells. Cosphingo, a patented long-lasting moisturizer extracted from seaweed, provides hydration.

To use: Apply 20-30 minutes to clean skin, the remove. Massage remaining essence into skin.

IngredientsWater, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract,  Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Lecithin, Polysorbate 80, PEG-15 Hydroxystearate, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Polysorbate 20, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Polyglutamic Acid, Iodopropynyl Cutylcarbamate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycosphingolipids, Tocopheryl Acetate  (COSDNA)

I adore My Beauty Diary masks and when I remembered that this one existed, I knew that I had to pick it to include in this theme. These masks a saturated and fit well (in my experience). In the case of this mask, the pearl helps the skin look bright while the plants/fruits also help to make the skin more vibrant. I hate when my skin looks dull, so this mask is a winner for me.

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Nature Republic Hawaiian Seaweed Pack

Gentle mask that peels off. Seaweed extract cleanses pores clearly to create smooth skin. Adheres to skin lightly to remove impurities and dead skin cells clearly. Deep sea water contains minerals that offer vitality to the skin.

To use: After cleansing, apply a moderate amount all over the face except the eyes and mouth areas. Peel off from the chin to the forehead after 10-15 minutes when it gets dry completely. Rinse off with warm water.

I love, love, love this peel off mask! Aside from the fact that I quite enjoy peel of masks, this one is really quite lovely in spite of it’s brownish-green appearance.  I put this on and wore it for about 20 minutes before attempting to peel it off. It left my skin nice and soft. It was also a fair bit less oily when I peeled it off, which I definitely appreciate in this heat. And, even though the oiliness was gone, my skin wasn’t dry– it was actually pretty hydrated. I didn’t find that it had much of an odor, which I appreciated it. It had a bit of a smell upon first going on my face, but it quickly dissipated.

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Skinfood Seaweed Mineral Waterproof Eyeshadow

A beautiful neutral shadow complements everyone.

To use: swipe across lid.

With this eyeshadow, you can pick either honey or beige when you order your bag. The color pictured above is honey, and it’s a nice and creamy neutral. What I love about this eyeshadow is that it covers well and it also has a handy blending tip at one end of the stick. This was a little soft when I first opened it, so I would suggest sticking it somewhere cooler so that it firms up a little bit.

If you’re interested, this eyeshadow comes in multiple colors– most of them neutrals.

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Innisfree Sea Salt Whipping Cleanser

A refreshing cleansing foam that cleanses the skin thoroughly with a rich, sea salt extract-infused foam that’s as soft as a whipped cream. Soft, rich foam thoroughly. Sea salt removes dirt from pores, while jeju mineral salt protects skin.

To use: lather well, then massage into face. Rince with lukewarm water.

Ingredients: Sea Salt Extract, Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Bambusa Vulgaris Water, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Water, Lauric Acid, Cocamide Dea, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Silica, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Mineral Salts, Ceramide 3, Fragrance

Innisfree makes a few different versions of this cleanser, and all of them have varying amounts of jeju mineral salt. This particular version has 30% salt. The other versions, Sea Salt Perfect Cleanser and Sea Salt Jelly Cleanser hae 40% and 20% respectively. The version I chose is smack dab in the middle in terms of salt content. This lathers up nicely and you can really feel the salt on your face, which provides a nice and gentle exfoliation.  One word of warning, be careful around your eyes! You don’t want to accidentally get this in them.

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This collection is selling for 29$ on Beauteque.com and is currently still in stock as I’m posting this review. I truly hope you all enjoy my hard work and will let me know what you think!

Cheers,

Kristen

Be Your Best Self: Week of Positivity

From August 3rd to 9th, Beauteque is celebrating a Week of Positivity. This week is all about being, feeling and active positively. The to-live-by phrase for the week is ” Be Your Best Self.” (You’ll see more about what that means if you keep reading.) Small acts of kindness, such as paying for someone’s coffee or taking the time to have a real conversation, can make a huge impact on someone’s day and cause a ripple effect.

This week, Beauteque is holding a promotion where 50% of their proceeds will be going to Dress for Success. Dress for Success is all about encouraging women and building up their self-esteem by helping them. It’s a not-for-profit organization that helps women by providing professional attire, support and career development to encourage success.

To celebrate this week, I’ve been asked to participate in a Be Your Best Self tag. I love the idea of spreading positivity and encouraging others to do the same. That being said, some of these questions were really tough! I’m great at recognizing greatness or good qualities in others, but, like many, I’m not so good at or comfortable doing so about myself.

  1. Was there a time where you had to be brave in a difficult situation?
    Absolutely! In spite of my rather high strung nature, I keep a level head in emergency situations. I’ve had situations where I needed to keep a level head in order to keep everyone safe. It’s not something I like doing, but it’s nice to know that I am can.
  2. Who inspires you to be your best self?
    This is a really tough question for me. I don’t generally look up to people. I find that I find inspiration in the moment. It could be from reading an article about someone being selfless or doing something cool, or it could be witnessing something really cool. I keep tabs on the news and what is happening in the world– the good and the bad. I always seem to come across something that inspires me and makes me have faith that people can be good, caring and awesome. Check this out for an example.
  3. What is your greatest personal achievement?
    I’d have to say having a full time job in my chosen field (education). I love my job even though it’s a lot of work. It’s very rewarding and I’m proud that I was able to achieve that dream.
  4. Share a time where you acted selflessly.
    This answer is a bit similar to #10, but I often act with others in mind.  If it’s within my power or abilities to help, then I will do so. Recently, I went to hang out with a friend because she was scheduled for surgery and I didn’t want her to be miserable.
  5. What is the best compliment you have ever given?
    I find the best compliments are the ones that are both spontaneous and that mean something to the person who is receiving them. Sometimes a simple compliment of “your hair looks especially amazing today” can set the day off on the right foot for someone. Or recognizing them for something they did that went above and beyond. I’ve seen first hand how a small bit of praise can make a huge difference.
  6. What is the best compliment you have ever received?
    I can’t think of a particular instance for this, but I am rather ballsy when it comes to performing in front of people. I love singing for a crowd. I find it rather empowering when people recognize that it’s not always easy to get in front of a crowd, especially of people that you know. So, I guess my answer would be something along the lines of “That’s so brave/ I would never feel comfortable doing that” etc. While it’s nice to hear that they thought I sounded great, it somehow feels even better to know that they think I did something that they couldn’t do.
  7. What’s your best beauty tip?
    Take care of your skin! I am not much of a makeup person, so having clear skin is important to me. I do my best to drink lots of water and I take the time to cleanse, prep and pamper my skin. It can take awhile, but I feel that it’s worth it.
  8. What beauty product makes you feel your best self?
    I love eyeliner and mascara because they accentuate my eyes. I really love my blue eyes.  I’m a rather expressive individual and having my eyes framed just so makes me happy.
  9. What do you do that makes you feel like your best self?
    I tend to stress. A lot. There are a few things that I have found to help me mellow out and be more relaxed.
    *First and foremost, singing is my best stress reliever. I sing so much (sorry neighbors!) but it really helps center me.
    *Another thing I like to do is pamper myself and curl up with a book (especially after a warm bath or shower). I like putting on a sheet mask, put on comfy jammies and selecting a nice novel.
    * I also recently started taking different art classes, such as glass fusion, and I find it’s really calming. After a bad day, there are few things more theraputic than breaking some glass.
  10. What is something that you love about yourself?

I love that I am loyal. I would do just about anything from my friends (or family). Whether that be sitting in a parking lot while they vent to me over the phone after a rough day, making them soup to make them feel better, or just being there for them. Once you’ve proven yourself worthy of my loyalty, you have it, no questions asked.

So, here’s the fun part. I am going to nominate a few people to tackle this Be Your Best Self tag. I am challenging three other bloggers to attempt this. I nominate Acadian Beauty, Beejuboxes and The Pretty Pomegranate.  (I hope you all will accept this challenge, but don’t feel pressured! It’s all about spreading the love and positivity.)

If I haven’t challenged you and you want to attempt this, go for it! Just make sure to explain why your’e doing it (like I did at the top. Feel free to copy my little BYBS blurb). To make it a little easier, I will post the questions in the comments.

Be your best self,

Kristen

Beauteque Bag: June Unbagging

I am so sorry for the delay in posting this! Between work being insane and going away for a week, I’ve gotten seriously behind on my posting. Usually my postings of these bags aren’t in the same month (shipping to Canada takes a bit, sadly) but I’m not usually quite this late.

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Sorry for the less than stellar photo! I stuck this card somewhere so I “wouldn’t forget”, and of course, I did.

I couldn’t be more pleased with the June bag. These curations just keep getting better and better!

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Tony Moly Timeless EGF Second Skin Eye Goggles

Offers anti-aging and brightening powers, will improving elasticity of the eye area, leaving this delicate area refreshed and younger looking.
To use: cleanse your face and pat dry. Remove film on back of patch and apply to an area with the largest part closest to the nose. Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes and remove.
Value: $7

EGF is Epidermal Growth Factor which helps encourage skin renewal. That seems like a very useful ingredient in a mask which is said to help elasticity around the eye area.  I really want to try this mask, but I suspect that I will fall asleep if I do. That being said, my eye area is in serious need of some TLC. I think the pricing was wrong on this product card, because even Beauteque’s website has it listed much cheaper, at 4.50$.

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iCharming Witch’s Pouch Lip and Eye Remover

Remove lip and eye makeup in luxurious comfort.
To use: apply a cotton swab and sweep gently across eye area and lip area.
Value: $10

I love these types of eye/lip makeup remover because they really, really work. I’m just about finished a  bottle of oil based remover that I received eons ago in a memebox. With these types of removers, be sure to shake it to mix it all together before using.  iCharming seems to be part of the company Witch’s pouch, which has a good reputation, though I have yet to receive anything of that brand.

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TonyMoly Cotton Balls

Remove old Polish in prep for new shade with this cleverly packaged bundle of cotton balls.
To use: pour a moderate amount of nail polish remover on cotton ball, and swipe across nails to remove polish.
Value: $4

Oh my goodness! This is almost too cute to use! I’ve put them on my bathroom counter and they definitely add a little flair.

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iCharming nail polish

Greet the season in polished style with a high gloss finish nail polish.
To use: apply after removing old nail polish with the Tony Moly cotton balls and polish remover, apply nail polish and vertical strokes to nails.
Value: $5

This is  a pinkish color with big sparkles, even though it doesn’t quite look like that in the photo. Check out below for a swatch.  This isn’t really a color that I will wear, but it can likely be passed down to a younger person who is more into sparkles than I am.

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Baviphat Peach All-in-one Peeling Gel Mini

Exfoliate, reduce appearance of pores, and brighten skin with a vitamin C rich treatment.
To use: apply to dried off skin and rub in circular, gentle motions until product turns into small flakes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
Value: $5

I love peeling gels! It’s so much fun to apply it and rub it around knowing that there goes all of the dead skin cells. I am glad to have a little jar like this because it makes it so much easier to induct my friends into these types of things. Lugging around a full size container just isn’t in the cards sometimes.

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Baviphat Strawberry Toxifying Mask

This deep cleansing wash off clay mask helps to tighten pores, control sebum and give relief to troubled skin. It contains strawberry extract and fruit acids full of vitamin C that can speed up removal of dead skin cells and tighten pores. Antioxidants stave off signs of aging and protects skin.
To use: apply to clean skin for 15 to 20 minutes then rinse off with warm water.
Value: $26

This mask looks a lot like strawberry yogurt pink and actually smells of strawberries! So basically, not only is the packaging cool, the product inside is pretty sweet too. This is a clay mask that dries on the face but doesn’t flake off.  One of the varieties of  clay, bentonite, is used to tighten and get rid of the gunk in your pores. Since I have many clay masks, I actually passed this off to a friend who seems to like it.

source: http://koreacosmetics.eu/ee-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15/ee-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11/ee-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-20-21/baviphat-strawberry-toxifying-mask-ee.html

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May Island Peach Hand Cream

Smelling a fresh peaches, this cream contains extracts of speech, apricots and shea butter for your smooth skin yet.
Value: $6

I seem to have quite the collection of fruit shaped hand creams now. I love that it smells so nice and it’s decently moisturizing. If I’m being honest, it could be awful and I would still probably love it for its’ shape and smell.

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Overall:

I paid roughly 24$ USD for this bag and received a value of 63$. That being said, with some creative looking, you can often find these items at a cheaper rate.  I am so pleased with this bag and I love the adorable packaging! I think that this month is one of the best yet, and as I mentioned above, I think the curation just keeps getting better and better.

Head to Toe Aloe Unbagging

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3w Fresh Aloe mask sheet and Tosowoong Pure Mask in Aloe

Description: This aloe vera sheet mask settles into the skin, soothing and hydrating to the applied skin and removing grease and oil. Pop the face mask into the refrigerator 1 hour before use for an instant cooling sensation.
Directions: To a clean face, apply the sheet mask, after 15 to 20 minutes, gently remove the mask and smooth in any remaining essence.

 I love aloe masks. Actually, I love all masks. I like the 3 W masks. I find they  work nice and don’t leave my skin too sticky. I love the idea of sticking them in the refrigerator. With it being as hot as it is, I could definitely use something to cool me down. Value: 1.80$ and 1.99$

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Welcos Aloe Vera Soothing Gel Mist

Description: this gel mist combine the smooth and cooling features of an aloe gel with a refreshing easy to mist. This all in one product can be used on both the hair and body, soothing and hydrating all applied areas.

Directions: use gel mist whenever skin or hair feels dry. Hold the gel mist about 10 inches away from the skin or hair, and spritz on as much as needed. Once applied, smooth in gel for even absorption.

I am loving this mist. Its gentle on my skin and has definitely been a lifesaver in this heat. I’m not one who likes warm weather so this has been a welcome addition to my beauty stash. I’m so glad that is a big bottle. Value: 6.80- 7.99$

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It’s Skin Aloe Soothing Gel

Description: This Aloe gel can be used whenever the skin feels irritated or dry. It rejuvenates the skin and has a lasting cooling effect, temporarily relieving the skin from any irritation.

Directions: This can be used on both the face and the body as the last step in  skin care. Apply when skin feels irritated.

Ironically enough, I got a sunburn the day after getting this bag and had the chance to use this. It felt so nice against my sunburn and definitely made it so it wasn’t totally unbearable. Value: 2.99$

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Silicon massage pad

Description: This small and flexible silicone massage pad is perfect for a deep down clean, removing any excess dirt that regular face wash cannot lift alone. The tiny bristles can get into hard to reach places and gently remove dirt, oil, and grease from deep in the pores.

Directions: While washing your face, use a massage pad with your daily face cleanser and scrub all over part of your face.

This looks like it would feel pretty weird on my skin. I haven’t tried it, but I plan on doing so soon. Value: 2$?

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Nature Republic Smoothing Aloe Moisture Emulsion

Description: This non greasy emulsion is a light moisturizer. Once the emulsion is applied, it instantly starts to absorb into applied areas, leaving the skin feeling fresh and hydrated.

Directions: Apply by tapping emulsion evenly across face and neck, until all emulsion  is rubbed in. For best results use after an aloe toner.

I actually haven’t opened this yet as I have so, so many other products on the go. Value: 7.99$

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Nature Republic Aloe Vera Body Cream

Description: A body cream that soothes and protect the skin from irritation. This cream moisturizes dry, irritated skin, and leaves skin feeling dewy and soft.

Directions: Apply evenly to areas of dry skin. Works great after the shower to prevent the skin from drying.

I really am digging the smell of this moisturizer. It smells slightly of aloe but I really like it. I find it smells fresh, if that makes any sense. I’ve been using it after showers and find that it’s working pretty well. Value: 5.50$

 Overall:

I paid 29$ plus 6.95$ shipping to Canada.  For this head to toe bag, I actually couldn’t find most of the prices/products on the Beauteque site, so a lot of the prices are averages from elsewhere online. This bag is worth roughly what I paid for it, excluding shipping. I’m fairly happy in spite of that because this time of year, aloe is a must have for me.

Did you get this bag? What did you think?

Cheers!

Kristen

Beauteque Mask Maven: May

It should come as no surprise that I have a love for masks. Sheet masks, wash off masks, novelty masks– you name it, I like it. So when Beauteque announced the arrival of their newest subscription service, Mask Maven, I signed up for a 3 month subscription to try it out. I am now on a month to month basis for this after finishing up my 3 month sub.

From their site, here’s the essential information:

  • 9-11 masks per month
  • Variety of masks available
  • 15$ a month for month-to-month and for a 3 month subscription, 14$ for 6 months and 13$ for a year
  • Shipping is: 3,95$ to the USA, 6,95$ to Canada, 8,95$ to Europe and 9,95$ to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong or Singapore
  • If you subscribe, you will be resubscribed the 20th of the month.
  • You have until the 10th to subscribe to get that months bag. From the 11th onward, you will receive the next months bag.

All product descriptions are sourced from the Beauteque website, from the URL for the product in their site.

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My Beauty Diary in Strawberry Yogurt

The natural strawberry extract in this mask is rich in fruit acids, minerals, and enzymes that brighten and soften the skin for a more youthful look. Combined with the active lactic acid ingredients from yogurt, the formula balances sebum production to shrink the appearance of pores and reduce the size and redness of blemishes. The mask also contains arbutin, a popular whitening ingredient that resists melanin and breaks it down beneath the skin for a brighter, more pearlescent complexion. With a sweet, fruity scent and instant results, this mask is all you need to improve your skin’s natural beauty.

Value: 1.99$

Oh my goodness this was a lovely mask! I really loved how moisturizing it was. It really amused/impressed me that it was on a piece of plastic to keep it from sticking together and making it that much easier to peel apart and put on.  If I didn’t already like My Beauty Diary masks, I certainly do now.

 

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Baroness Pomegranate Mask Sheet

This moisturizing Baroness facial mask sheet is highly concentrated with pomegranate extracts which refresh, heal, and firm the skin. It reduces skin discoloration and regenerates the cells for an all over clean complexion.

Value: 1.80$

I haven’t opened this one yet, but I’ve used Baroness masks before. They’re decent. I don’t really have much more to say other than pomegranate is quite nice for my skin.

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Nature Republic Shea Butter Hand & Nature Moisture Hand Mask

This moisturizing hand mask is good for your everyday lifestyle and you can wear them as your daily gloves. This moisture hand mask “hugs” every inch of your hands and its rich ingredients af vanilla, shea butter, honey, milk, and almond leaves your dry and rough hands hydrated and silky, while rich collagen makes your hands as soft and smooth as a baby’s.

Value: 4$

I am oddly excited about this mask. I like different types of masks and a hand mask is definitely different. I put it down somewhere in my apartment before going to use it and I  have NO clue where I left it. When I do remember, this will be used. My hands could use some serious TLC.

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Etude House Raspberry Scrub Massage Yogurt

This yogurt wash-off pack gently massages the skin with its peeling particles. The raspberry has an antioxidant effect that provides rich vitamins to achieve clear and soft skin. 

To Use: Dry face after cleansing and dispense appropriate amount, evenly applying onto face in a circular motion for 2-3 minutes with fingertips. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. 

Value: 4.50$

I have actually received this before in a Beauteque bag. I really like this scrub, so having a few more around is a-ok with me. Plus, having extras around means that I can pass it on to friends and get them just a hooked on Korean Beauty supplies as I am. Mwhaha!

 

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Cucumber Essence Mask

Value: 1.80$

I’ve used a few of these Daylight and Hue masks before, and I will say that they often seem to have different flavors. Cucumber is pretty normal and I’m glad to see a soothing mask in the mix. It’s just a matter of time until I get a sunburn and need some skin soothing.

 

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Etude House Korean Ginseng

Reverse signs of aging with the revitalizing and nourishing benefits of Korean Ginseng in this sheet mask. This non sticky formula soaks into your skin on the perfectly shaped mask. Use on tired skin

Value: 1.99$

I adore the I Need You masks. The packaging is too cute! I will agree that  these masks aren’t sticky (I’ve tried others). I am not necessarily in need of anti-aging masks, but I will take nourishment and revitalizing any day.

 

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Missha Pure Source Honey Sheet Mask

100% Pure Cotton Sheet Mask with serum derived from natural ingredients. It moisturizes for radiating skin with Honey Extract.

Value: 1.99$

I love honey masks! They are so good for moisture. I really like that these masks are 100% cotton and that they come pretty drenched with essence. I find that they don’t dry out and I can wear them for awhile.

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Leaders Pore-Scaling Black Aqua Mask

Change your complexion with this renewing black mask enriched with various nutrients. Gets rid of excessive sebum, dead skin cell buildups, unclean skin, and dull-darkened skin. Formulated with extracts like Volcanic Ash, Sugar Maple Extract, Soybean Extract, and more to purify and tighten enlarged pores. 

Value: 3.50$

I am very curious about this mask. I am saving this for a day when my skin is very oily so I am left wondering if it is actually a black colored mask or simply has black in the name due to ash. I have (what I feel) are large pores on my chin and nose, so I hope that this actually does make a difference. I’d be very happy if that were the case.

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Hanaka Pomegranata Q10 Mask

This mask is made out of 100% natural wood pulp fiber from Japan and is completly decomposable after use, an eco-friendly mask! 

Value: 1.80$

I like that I keep seeing new brands. I was introduced to Hanaka by Beauteque previously, and I am once again interested to see another mask. I like that this isn’t a Korean mask as Hanaka is a Japanese brand. I am definitely ok with that. I like discovering these types of things.

 

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It’s Skin Todak Todak Pack Vitality

Leaves skin smooth, sillky and moisturized. Contains grape which is full of vitamin C and moisture to create clean and healthy skin. Contains blueberry for youthful looking skin.  

To Use: After cleansing, apply a moderate amount all over face gently. Rinse off with warm water after 10-15 minutes. 

Value: 3.50$

I’ve had a Todak Todak pack before and I found that it worked nicely. This one has a lot of blue/purple things in it to make my skin nice and soft.

Overall:

I paid about 22$ with the cost of the bag and shipping to Canada (in USD). I received a value of 26.87$. It’s a little under what I paid, once I factor in shipping. I received a lot of different masks and I appreciate the variety this month. I look forward to seeing what is in my June bag.

 

What did you think of the May bag? Did you discover any new faves?

Cheers,

Kristen