Cosrx – Honey Overnight Mask – Review

An overnight mask that provides intensive hydration with refreshing moisture.

In a Few Words
An overnight mask that provides intensive hydration with refreshing moisture.

Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask has a gentle formula suitable for dry, rough and sensitive skinh soothes dry skin and heals rough and flaky patches. The mask can be used several ways:
1. As an overnight mask : Use the skin care routine before bed. Apply a decent amount on the skin.
2. As a wash-off mask : Apply a generous amount of honey mask and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash off with toner or tepid water.
3. As a cream (in the morning) : Use in the end of the basic skin care routine and proceed with your normal makeup step.
The Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask has comes in either a 60 mL plasic tub or tube and sells for about $15.00.

This mask was … fine. As far as overnight masks go, it’s very light in texture and hydration. I initially bought it because I don’t like heavy lotions, but it’s thinness is the ultimate reason why I dislike it. This mask has a gel like texture, feels like nothing in the face, and isn’t extremely hydrating or heavy. Normally, I don’t like products that feel very occlusive so when I found an overnight mask that was so gel, I thought it would be the perfect fit for me! But it just doesn’t pack the punch of creamy masks like the Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Overnight Mask or Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. It turns out I really like to be able to still feel the overnight mask on my face the next morning because I feel like my face is staying hydrated all night. The creamier sleeping masks also make my skin feel softer and plumper than this mask did.

This mask might be for you If you aren’t very dry and are looking for an lightweight sleeping pack.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
85% Bee Propolis
Hyaluronic Acid

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
sulfates, triclosan, coal tar, formaldehyde-releasers, sodium lauryl sulfate, formaldehyde, tea, talc, mineral oil, peg, propylene glycol, mit, dye, parabens, phthalates, alcohol

Possible Irritants:
N/A

Vegan:
No

Tested on animals:
No

Complete Ingredients:
Propolis Extract, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, 1, 2-Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Arginine, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Hyaluronic Acid, Allantoin, Panthenol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Adenosine, Honey

Sephora VIB Sale Cart Fall 2017

The most wonderful time of the year is here! The Sephora Rouge/VIB sale happens every year around the end of October or beginning of November. This year it will be {ROUGE: November 3-6 AND November 10-15 code 20FORROUGE} and {VIB dates + code, when released}. This sale gives you 20% off of everything, no exceptions!

The most wonderful time of the year is here! The Sephora Rouge/VIB sale happens every year around the end of October or beginning of November. This year it will be {ROUGE: November 3-6 AND November 10-15 code 20FORROUGE} and {VIB dates + code, when released}. This sale gives you 20% off of everything, no exceptions!

I’ve been slowly curating my cart for weeks because I can go a little crazy sometimes and make impulsive purchases just because they are on sale! This year I’ve picked out a few special items, a few essentials, and I even got suckered into a Sephora Favorites box!

Visart Warm Neutral Eyeshadow Palette – This was the first thing to go into my cart! A Visart palette was in and out of my cart 100 times last year and completely regretted it. I don’t own anything by the brand yet, but the Warm Neutral Palette looks like a fantastic everyday palette for me.

Bobby Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Based Moisturizer – This was one of the first high end skincare products I ever purchased almost 10 years ago! I haven’t bought it again since that first tub and my skin has changed a lot, but I decided kind of nostalgically to try it again. I will probably use it as a primer in addition to my current routine, rather than using it in place of my moisturizer.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – I usually pick up a lip mask every sale because winter is coming. The past years I’ve bought the Bite Beauty Agave Mask and the Fresh Mask and I wasn’t really blown away by either so I’m excited to try something new!

Jo Malone London Basil and Neroli Cologne – I’m a little nervous about this purchase because I have only smelled this perfume and it was months ago… but I loved it and I couldn’t stop smelling myself throughout the day! I hope it’s as wonderful as I remember – earthy and citrusy and fresh.

Briogio Ultimate Hair Goals Kit – I was planning on stocking up on the the Briogio Don’t Despair Repair Mask and this kit is the same price and an 8oz jar and includes an 8oz jar of the mask plus 3 deluxe samples of their Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection and Heat Protectant Creme, Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray, and Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo. I know I like the leave-in conditioner and I am really excited to try the shampoo because my scalp get so dry and flakey in the winter!

Briogio Don’t Despair Repair Gel-to-Oil Overnight Treatment – This is meant to hydrate, strengthen, smooth, and soften the hair – my hair and scalp is hella dry and damaged and I’ve never tried an overnight treatment. I like the brand because it’s silicone free so I feel like their conditioning products actually do something more than just coating the hair.

Sephora Favorite Soko to Tokyo – I have never bought a Sephora Favorites box before because I usually feel like there’s 2-3 products I like and the rest will most likely go to waste. This box is perfection! It’s a combination of products I know I love (Tatcha Polished and belif True Cream Aqua Bomb) and products that I really want to try (SKII Facial Treatment Essence).

Honorable Mention: ABH Subculture – I’m in LOVE with these colors but I’m not sure if I can handle the formula – I’m just not sure if I can work with it so it’s hanging out in my cart and I will probably just decided as I’m checking out…

Update: Between writing and posting, the Sephora Favorites Soko to Tokyo has gone out of stock and Kevin Aucoin The Sculpting Contour Powder and snuck into my cart.

belif – Moisturizing & Firming Eye Cream – Review

In a Few Words
An intensely hydrating eye cream.

Belif’s Moisturizing & Firming Eye Cream is “a hydrating and nourishing eye treatment that provides long-lasting moisture and firmness to the delicate eye area. This ultra-hydrating and firming eye cream provides lasting hydration and elasticity to the delicate eye area without heaviness. It is formulated with natural oils, including cupuacu seed butter and macadamia nut oil, which help to keep the eye area looking youthful, supple, and firm. This product is dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. It is free of mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic preservatives, dyes, and fragrances, and animal origin ingredients.”

In a Few Words
An intensely hydrating eye cream.

Belif’s Moisturizing & Firming Eye Cream is “a hydrating and nourishing eye treatment that provides long-lasting moisture and firmness to the delicate eye area. This ultra-hydrating and firming eye cream provides lasting hydration and elasticity to the delicate eye area without heaviness. It is formulated with natural oils, including cupuacu seed butter and macadamia nut oil, which help to keep the eye area looking youthful, supple, and firm. This product is dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. It is free of mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic preservatives, dyes, and fragrances, and animal origin ingredients.” I bought my Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream at Sephora, it comes in a 25mL jar and was $48.00.

I have an extremely dry eye area and need a hydrating eye cream that really packs a punch and this eye cream delivers! One problem I have with finding a good eye product is the fact that my eye area is so dry that a lot of products burn or cause irritation, but I have no problems with this product. This cream is thick and rich and absorbs quickly. It is so hydrating that it literally makes my eye area feel like velvet. I also really like that it come in a 25mL jar, while most eye creams are 15mLs.

I can’t really speak to this creams firming capabilities, but I would recommend this to absolutely anyone who’s main concern is just moistrurization – it’s well suited for dry skin and it’s not too heavy for normal to oily.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Calendula flower extract
Rose flower extract
Cupuacu seed butter
Macadamia nut oil

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Mineral oil
Parabens

Possible Irritants:
N/A

Vegan:
Yes

Tested on animals:
No

Country of origin: Made in

Complete Ingredients:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Polydecene, PEG-75, Methyl Trimethicone, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ceteary Polyglyceryl-10 Behenate/Eicosadioate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Dimethicone/ Alcohol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Jojoba Esters, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hydrogenated Lecithin, C12-16 Alcohols, Palmitic Acid, Arachidyl Alcohol, Beta-Glucan, Methylpropanediol, Polyglutamic Acid, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Oilvate, Sorbitan Olivate, Betaine, PEG-40 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Behenate/Eicosadioate, Panthenol, Silica, Tromethamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, *Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, *Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, *Nepeta Cataria Extract, *Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, *Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract, *Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract, +Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract, +Viola Tricolor Extract, +Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, +Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract, +Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, **Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, **Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, **Achillea Millefolium Flower Extract, **Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Leaf Extract, **Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, **Vaccinium Myrtillus Friut Extract, **Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract, Trisodium EDTA, ++Fragrance, Citronnellol, Limonene. *Napiers Original Formula. +Napiers Moisture Formula. **Napiers Formula AA. ++Fragrances of Natural Origin.

CosRX – Low pH Good Morning Cleanser – Review

In a Few Words
A basic gel cleanser appropriate for most skin types.

Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser suitable for all skin types – including dry and sensitive. The cleanser has a pH of 5 so it doesn’t disrupt the skin’s acid mantle and doesn’t over dry or strip you skin of its natural oils. It is formulated with tea tree oil and a form of BHA (Betaine Salicylate) to help control breakouts, minimize the appearance of pores, and exfoliate.

In a Few Words
A basic gel cleanser appropriate for most skin types.

Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser suitable for all skin types – including dry and sensitive. The cleanser has a pH of 5 so it doesn’t disrupt the skin’s acid mantle and doesn’t over dry or strip you skin of its natural oils. It is formulated with tea tree oil and a form of BHA (Betaine Salicylate) to help control breakouts, minimize the appearance of pores, and exfoliate. The CosRX Low pH Good Morning Cleanser comes in a 150ml plastic tube and costs about $11.00.

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The Takeaway

I bought my Low pH Good Morning Cleanser on Amazon, I used entire bottle, and it lasted me about 3 months. I used this cleanser as a second cleanse in the evening or as a first cleanse in the morning. Most retailers say that it can be used to remove makeup, but I would’t recommend that. I like to use oil cleansers to remove makeup, but I did try the Low pH Good Morning Cleanser a few times and found that it didn’t really breakup a full face of makeup and it burned my eyes.

I have dehydrated, acne prone skin and, even though the pH is right with the product, it did leave my skin feeling a little dry and tight. I tended to save this for days my skin was calm because it could be a little too much for my face – I usually prefer a creamy cleanser (like the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser) for a second cleanse. I did mostly like Low pH Good Morning Cleanser because helped me maintain a clear face and a smaller appearance of my pores, but I didn’t really enjoy using it.

I love the ingredients, pH, and price of this product. I think this is a budget friendly, basic cleanser for anyone with normal to oily skin – dry and dehydrated faces might want to stay away from this.

This would be a great cleanser for most people with normal to oily skin.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Tea Tree Oil – antimicrobial, antioxidant
Saccharomyces Ferment – moisturizing agent
Betaine Salicylate – antimicrobial, exfoliate
Japanese Cedar – antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory
Kudzu Root Extract – anti-inflammatory
Sacred Water Lotus Leaf Extract – antioxidant

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Parabens
Sodium Lauroyl Sulfate
Phthalates

 

Possible Irritants: None I would pick out

Vegan: Yes

Tested on animals: No

Country of origin: Made in South Korea
Other info: N/A

Complete Ingredients:
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Polysorbate 20, Styrax Japonicus (Japanese Snowbell) Branch/Fruit/Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Saccharomyces Ferment, Cryptomeria Japonica (Japanese Cedar) Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (Sacred Water Lotus) Leaf Extract, Pinus Palustris (Pine Pitch) Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Pueraria Lobata (Kudzu) Root Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Allantoin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Betaine Salicylate, Citric Acid, Ethyl Hexanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA.