JUST SHEET IT: Elizavecca Deep Power Ringer Mask Red Ginseng Review

Hey babes!

I have another item sent from Elizavecca to review today! It's a mask from the Deep Power Ringer Mask line in Ginseng. Other masks in the line come in different flavours, each addressing different skin issues. This particular one claims to whiten, improve wrinkles, and make skin "shiny" (which I assume to mean hydration). Luckily I don't really have any wrinkles to improve, but I still have a bit of PIH that I'd like to get rid of.

One of the first things I noticed about this mask once opened was the strong fragrance. It has a very intense, medicinal herb sort of smell. Unfortunately, I'm not a big fan of this smell and I found it super distracting - it definitely lessened my enjoyment of this particular mask. The mask material itself was very soft and clingy, which I liked. The mask was super saturated with essence too - as soon as I put it on, it began to drip down my neck.
Elizavecca Deep Power Ringer Mask Red Ginseng Review
However, I found the fit of this mask to be a bit off. Most masks are a bit big around the forehead area, but only by a few millimetres. This one stuck out at least a 1/4 inch from ear to ear above my hairline. The eye holes were also freaking massive - I initially though I might have accidentally stretched the mask, but no amount of tugging and adjusting would make them fit properly.
I kept it on for about 25 minutes and my skin definitely looked as it usually did after masking - soft, hydrated, and with a bit of surface redness evened out. The packaging doesn't have the ingredients list in English, but I was able to track it down online. Taking a look at it, it's great to see Niacinamide at the top in a mask that claims to whiten. Witch Hazel Extract is a welcome addition too - I love it for my skin!

Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Portulaca Oleracea (Common Purslane) Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus (Black Hoof Mushroom/Meshima) Extract, Monascus/Rice Ferment, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Velvet Extract, Ubiquinone, Adenosine, Carbomer, Arginine, Chlorphenesin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Vincetoxicum Atratum Extract

Overall, despite the strong smell and odd fit, I did like how my skin looked after using the mask. I'd like to try the other masks in this line! Overall this gets a 3/5 from me.

Have you tried anything with ginseng before?

Lexie xx

rating scale
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.

where to buy Elizavecca online
Jolse | Amazon

where to buy Elizavecca in-store
I haven't seen this particular product in NZ.

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AMP-OULE IT UP: Wish Formula I'm Pro Ampoule Pad Review

Hi my lovelies!

Jolse recently sent me a PR parcel with some Wish Formula goodies to try, and the first one up is the I'm Pro Ampoule Pad. I've never tried an ampoule pad before, or even applied an ampoule with a cotton pad so I was definitely super curious to see how this would work for me. The pad claims to have brightening, antioxidant, and skin revitalising properties - a quick glance at the ingredients list reveals ascorbic acid, AKA Vitamin C as the star ingredient for achieving this. However, this form of Vitamin C is the most unstable of them all, so I'm curious to see if individual packaging/doses would help reduce product oxidisation!

Each dose comes in a 7ml packet containing both the ampoule and pad, which has a small loop on one side for ease of application. A box contains 10 sachets, so that's a total of 70mls of ampoule, which is alright considering most ampoules & serums average 30ml.

The pad itself was quite thin - not as thin as a sheetmask, but certainly much thinner than the average cotton pad. The pad was definitely soaked quite thoroughly with ampoule - a good sign! However, I found the ampoule was quite slippery, and it made it difficult to hold onto the pad without using my thumb to stabilise it on my face. Discarding the pad and using hands to pat it in was definitely the best way to ensure it was allllll over my face for best results. Despite alcohol ranking high on the ingredients list, I didn't find this drying to use, but there was no apparent immediate brightening effect. The only thing about Vitamin C is that it takes multiple applications over time to see visible results. I also did not experience any tingling that is common with Vitamin C serums. Considering there was a fair amount of Vitamin C in this, I tested the pH and it came out to 3.5 - appropriate for Vitamin C and a similar pH to most Vitamin C serums, if I'm not mistaken.
After I was done patting the rest of the ampoule into my face (the pad definitely had a lot on it!) I squeezed the excess ampoule from the pad and found that it was a marigold colour - the colour oxidised Vitamin C turns. Oxidised Vitamin C isn't BAD for you per se, but I think there's a lot of doubt if it is beneficial at that point. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like single use packaging has helped Vitamin C here - I would say there was probably some oxygen in the packet when it was packed. It does have "Keep refrigerated for better absorption" on the back, but even if I had refrigerated this, what's to say it hadn't already oxidised in transit?

I found the smell of it to be pretty horrible too to be honest - I'm chalking this up to the plant oils present in the product, especially the sandalwood. Not only was the scent strong, it stuck around too - both my fiancé and I could smell it (he thought I smelled like soy sauce, funnily enough) even when I had moved on to the next steps in my routine! I have seen people compare the smell to OST C20 Vitamin C serum, however I don't find that product unpleasant smelling in the slightest.
Let's take a look at the ingredients:

Water, Ascorbic Acid (10%), Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Bicarbonate, Potassium Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Pinus Radiata Bark Extract, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, Coceth-7, Tocopheryl Acetate, Santalum Album Oil, Backhousia Citriodora Leaf Oil, Disodium EDTA, Aralia Elata Root Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Glycerin, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Wine Extract, Tocopherol, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment

I think the inclusion of retinyl palmitate is a bit random and possibly not the best form for it to be delivered to the skin in. There is just a lot going on here and I'm not sure that there needs to be!

Cost wise, I've seen this retailing for about US $20. Considering that's only 10 applications/box, it's definitely not cost efficient when compared to a traditional bottled serum, and especially since individual sachets don't guarantee freshness of product. It's also very wasteful to be honest - I wouldn't like to throw away excess packaging so frequently when I can easily use a bottled serum which only generates waste when it's unboxed or when it's empty.

I did find that my skin was definitely smoother the day after using this, however any brightening benefits would take continued use over a period of time in order to see results. I'm not sure that I can happily recommend this product - I'll give it a 2/5. While it did smooth my skin, I believe there are other products out there that would be a better choice for brightening skin.
Lexie xx

rating scale
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.

where to buy Wish Formula online
Jolse | Buttermilk Skincare | MemeBox

where to buy Wish Formula in-store
I haven't seen Wish Formula in NZ.

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GET MISTY: Elizavecca Hell-Pore Water Up Peptide EGF Mist One Button Review

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Hey babes!

I recently was sent a few goodies from Elizavecca, the brand that makes that clay bubble mask! They definitely have way more gems than just the bubble mask - the first one I'll be posting about is the Hell-Pore Water Up Peptide EGF Mist One Button (whew, what a mouthful)! I have been using it in my routine just after toning with rosewater in the morning, and just after applying tretinoin at night. I've also been using it to prep my skin for sheetmasks - one of the best tips I've ever heard from the AB community is using an essence or toner before a sheetmask can really help with absorption!
It comes in a 150ml bottle with a spray nozzle and a super cute lil pig being sprayed with it on the front. The spray nozzle makes this super convenient to refresh your skin with anytime of day. I'm not entirely sure why it's part of the "Hell-Pore" line, as it doesn't claim to address pore size or even issues related to large pores, such as oiliness.

It specifically claims to "Help the skin whitening / Help to relieve wrinkles". Fortunately I don't have too many wrinkles to test the second claim, but I have quite a bit of PIH from acne that I'd like to even out! Niacinamide is about halfway down the ingredients list, so I'm not sure if it's at an ideal concentration for efficacy. It has a slightly acid pH of 5, which is a suitable pH level for skin.

The spray itself is a slightly cloudy liquid that has a mild, sweet floral scent. It's not as strong as a rosewater toner, but the scent is definitely there. I personally quite like it and I think most others would too! Something that I thought was pretty neat was the scratchy for the verification code on the packaging - it's not something I've seen on a lot of products! This is quite a budget-friendly product too - it averages around $14-15 USD where I've seen it online.
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 I would say that this is more like an essence in spray form rather than a toner - when I pat it into my skin after spraying (as per instructions) you can definitely feel a bit of slip as it soaks into the skin. This is probably due to the jojoba oil and phytosqualane in the formula. These two also add a definite sheen to the skin, so I imagine this would work well as a dewy-finish setting spray for those with drier skin! I do see a few recommendations on the Elizavecca website to use this both before and after applying makeup for a dewy finish... Not that I need it with my *naturally dewy* (oily af) skin!
Let's take a look at the full ingredients list:

Water, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed Oil), Phytosqualane, Glycerin, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, rh-Ogliopeptide-1, rh-Polypeptide-3, Disodium EDTA, Diglycerin, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Fragrance

Nice and short, without too much going on. I'm personally not that sold on peptides in skincare, but I do like this as a whitening booster in my routine and will continue to use to as such. I have seen a change in my PIH since using this,  It gets a 4/5 from me!

Have you tried this before, or any spray skincare items?

Lexie xx

rating scale
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.

where to buy Elizavecca online
Elizavecca.comBBCosmetic | eBay

where to buy Elizavecca in-store
I haven't seen this exact product in-store in NZ.

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JUST SHEET IT: TonyMoly I'm Real Tomato Radiance Mask Sheet Review

tonymoly tomato radiance mask review nz

Hey babes!

I'm still working through that massive TonyMoly mask haul I did AAAGES ago and today I've got the tomato mask to review for you. It piqued my interest as a radiance mask, since radiance is often a synonym for brightening/whitening in skincare. I also read good reviews about it so I was super keen to try it!

Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. However, it's debatable as to exactly how much lycopene the tomato extract contains, and considering how far down it is on the ingredients list, it will be interesting to see the instant and latent effects of this mask.
asian beauty review tonymoly i'm real tomato radiance mask
One of the first things I noticed about it was the smell - honestly, I thought it was so rank that I only wore the mask for about 10 minutes the first time I tried it (normally I'll put one on and read for like an hour or watch a show!). I'm not sure if I was feeling particularily sensitive to smells that day but it smelled terrible. Looking at the ingredients list, I think it was just a combination of the extract smells that threw me. I'm not a fan of anything that smells like peaches unless it's a real peach! Needless to say, I didn't see any results (instant or otherwise) after wearing it for just 10 minutes.

I decided that I had to try it again in order to give a fair review on it, and tbh I'm pretty glad I did. The mask still smelled a bit, but wasn't as overpowering as the first time. I wore it for 40 minutes, and was quite pleasantly surprised to see how bouncy and smooth my skin was after removing the mask! If you can get past the smell, this is a great mask to use.
Let's take a look at the ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Glycereth-26, Butylene Glycol, Peg/ppg-17/6 Copolymer, Bis-ethoxy Diglycol Succinate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Chlorphenesin, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Tromethamine, Solanium Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, 1,2-hexanediol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Honey Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Disodium Edta, Fragrance

Overall, this gets a 3/5 from me. Unfortunately, the smell really ruins this mask for me, despite the positive results!

Have you tried this mask before? What's your favourite tomato-based skincare product?

Lexie xx

rating scale
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.

where to buy TonyMoly online
Peach & Lily (individual) | iHerb* (variety pack) | YesStyle* (individual) | RoseRoseShop (individual) | q-depot* (10-pack) | BeautyJoint (individual)

where to buy TonyMoly in-store
The Cosmetic Store | Vanessa | Ippondo

purchased / contains affiliate links*

IT'S A MIRACLE: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Review

Hey babes!

It's no secret that sponges are my favourite way to apply base makeup, and I've definitely tried my fair share of them. They give me an unmatchable, skin like finish that I just can't get from brushes! The RT sponge was actually the very first one I bought YEARS ago, but I haven't reviewed it until now. Real Techniques is super widely available - iHerb has the best prices IMO, but Farmers and Unichem Pharmacies also have them (at a markup) if you can't wait for shipping times.
Despite the fact that it says "wet or dry" on the packaging I ALWAYS use my sponges wet. Just the thought of using a dry makeup sponge on my skin grosses me out! Not to mention all the product wasted...
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The mark of a good sponge for me is how much it expands when it's dampened. For comparison, those shitty $3 Kmart ones didn't expand at all and that's why it feels like you're punching yourself in the face when you use them. The RT sponge expands quite a lot, making it more comfortable to use and expanding its surface area to blend foundation with.

This sponge is definitely a favourite in my rotation and highly recommend it! It gets a 5/5 from me.

Have you tried this RT sponge? What's your favourite way to apply foundation?

Lexie xx

rating scale
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.

where to buy Real Techniques online
iHerb (single)* | iHerb (2 pack)* | iHerb (4 pack)* | Real Techniques

where to buy Real Techniques in-store
Farmers | Unichem Pharmacy

purchased / contains affiliate links*

Movember Isn't Just For Guys: Moustache Nail Art

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Hey babes!

I've been bitten by the nail art bug again (after the longest dry spell EVER) and I'm super excited to share my latest creation with you all!
I busted out a stamping plate I've had for ages from Winstonia in one of their older stamping plate sets. I can't seem to find the exact set on their website - I must have got it so long ago!
I used my clear jelly stamper to stamp the moustache at the top of the plate over two coats of Lime Crime Milky Ways. My accent nail is two coats of It's Frosty Outside topped with a coat of Just Crown Me Already. The black and white glitter is Salt N Pepa from Polish Me Silly (formerly known as Lush Lacquer).

I hope you enjoyed this sweet and simple moustache mani! Did you do anything for Movember?

Lexie xx

JUST SHEET IT: Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask Review

Hey babes!

I'm finally ready to review a mask that has helped my skin so much while being on tretinoin. The Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask review quickly surged to cult status, and it's pretty easy to see why. It features honey and propolis extracts, both of which are incredibly beneficial to skin. Researchers found that combined, propolis and honey have synergistic healing effect on wounds - this is exactly why so many people find that this mask heals and soothes sore, red pimples! Propolis also has an amazing antimicrobial effect which is super effective on any bacteria in the skin.
korean cosmetic review papa recipe bombee sheetmask review

On to the mask itself - a box contains 10 masks, each of which contains 25g of essence. Something I had heard a lot about this mask was how wonderful it smells! The smell is quite strong, but not overpowering. It smells sweetly floral and of honey - super soothing and relaxing. The mask is quite thin, but perfectly so - while the eye holes and nose holes weren't a 100% perfect fit, the thinness of the mask still allows it to contour to my face quite well. The mask is also super saturated with a clear, viscous essence. Combined with such a thin mask, it kind of felt like a hydrogel on my face.

kbeauty review papa recipe bombee honey mask

In addition to the honey and propolis extracts, the mask contains quite a few other beneficial ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Honey Extract, Propolis Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, PVM/MA Copolymer, Trehalose, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Panthenol, Carbomer, Arginine, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Acorus Gramineus Root/Stem Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Fragrance

After I removed the mask, my skin was noticably hydrated. As I patted the remainder of the essence into my skin and continued with my routine, my skin was incredibly bouncy - much more so than before I had put the mask on. I also found that any active breakouts I had were less angry and irritated, and my face was overall much less red, which made my face look brighter.

I paid NZ $25 at The Cosmetic Store, but I have seen the masks (whitening & black variations as well) available at Ippondo for NZ $19.99. I haven't seen them locally for sale individually, but they are online.

Overall this gets a 5/5 from me! I always reach for this mask because of how well it soothes my skin after use and the long-term benefits of honey and propolis.

Have you tried any Papa Recipe products?

Lexie xx

rating scale

1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.

where to buy Papa Recipe online
Amazon* | MemeBox (individual) | YesStyle* | WishTrend

where to buy Papa Recipe in-store
The Cosmetic Store | Vanessa | Ippondo

purchased / contains affiliate links*
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