OH, SHEET: Elizavecca 3-Step Pore Solution Super Elastic Mask Pack Review

elizavecca pore solution mask pack review front packaging
Hey babes!

Another of the items that Elizavecca kindly sent me for review is this 3-Step mask pack! I was pretty excited to try this as I’ve never tried a three step mask before, and was keen to see how it would help my skin. The one that was selected for me is the Pore Solution mask, which is meant to tighten pores. I do have oily skin and some gross pores around my nose, so I had high hopes for this. I was initially super confused by the packaging of this mask - the image on the front of the packaging seems to imply that this is a peel off mask that physically pulls gunk from your pores, when that isn’t the case. The mask also comes with a cleanser and essence to prep the skin and make the most of the beneficial ingredients of this mask. 
I found the cleanser to be super thick, and frothed into an even thicker, luxurious foam - it felt SO GOOD on my face. However, it felt very alkaline, and showed a pH of 8 when tested, which is too alkaline for use on skin. It was also very fragranced - the entire line has a clean, floral fragrance (to my nose at least). It didn’t bother me that much, but I know not everyone loves strong fragrances! After drying, I patted the essence on.
The essence was incredibly thick and viscous - the thickest essence I’ve ever seen! It was reasonably easy to spread and apply to the skin, but it didn’t really seem to melt or absorb into my skin. After trying to pat it in, I moved onto the mask.
It fit reasonably well to my face - the only thing I didn’t like was that the thicker material made it crease and hang off my chin a little bit, but this wasn’t a massive issue. The mask was soaked in essence, but not so much that it was dripping off my face.
There was definitely a massive improvement in hydration and redness when I took the mask off - my face was visibly soothed, with irritated pimples less red and raised. I didn’t find that my pores were more reduced than with any other mask, unfortunately.

Taking a look at the ingredients list, it’s good to see niacinamide so high up for brightening and evening skin tone. I could only find a list from COSDNA, so I’m unable to verify if this is the exact list that is on the back of the packaging. There are a few botanical ingredients too, such as a red seaweed, chia seed, and green tea extracts. It also boasts swiftlet nest extract, which is the same type of nest found in the famous birds’ nest soup. 

Water, Glacier Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Betaine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Chlorphenesin, Jania Rubens (Red Seaweed) Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Maltooligosyl Glucoside, C12-14 Hydroxyalkyl Maltitol Ether, Polyglutamic Acid, Fucose, Mineral Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract,Camellia Sinensis Leaf Oil, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Potassium Hydroxide, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Charcoal powder, Swiftlet Nest Extract


Overall, this gets a 3/5 from me. I didn’t think the cleansing step was absolutely essential, but having the right essence to prep your skin beforehand can take a mask from average to amazing. I did enjoy the results from this mask, but I'm not sure the packaging on the front accurately reflects the type of mask this is.

Have you tried a multi-step mask 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

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

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NOT THAT KIND OF BUBBLY: Wish Formula C200 Bubble Peeling Pad Review

wish formula bubble peeling pad review packaging
Hey babes!

I have another exciting review of a product kindly provided by Wish Formula & Jolse. The C200 Bubble Peeling Pad is a product design to help exfoliate and brighten the skin using acids and fermented botanical extracts. What I think is pretty sweet about it is that it just foams when you squeeze the pad - I’ve never seen anything else like this and was keen to try.
The puff itself is double sided, with netting on one side and soft sponge on the other. It has a fresh, lemony scent which I found quite pleasant, and not overwhelming at all. It foamed easily when squeezed, and I’ve made a gif to show just how easily it foams:
In order to exfoliate & brighten, the formula boasts lactic, glycolic, AND ascorbic acid. That’s a lot of acids to have on your skin at once, but all three are great for exfoliating and evening skin tone. It has a slew of other great botanical ingredients, seen here in the ingredients list:

Water, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Ascorbic Acid, Polyglutamic Acid, Apium Graveolens (Celery) Extract, Brassia Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Solanum Lycoperisum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Brassica Rapa (Turnip) Leaf Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (carrot) Root Extract, Brassica Oleacea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Arginine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, DMDM Hydantoin

Unfortunately, my experience with this pad wasn’t very good. I used it on a bare, clean face using the rough side first (as per instructions). It stung on any fresh pimples, which is pretty common for anything acidic. However, despite how lightly I was trying to apply pressure with the puff, the abrasive netting and acidic foam was just too much for my skin. It began to sting all over quite unbearably, and I wasn’t able to flip the pad to the soft side to pat all over my face. I had to rinse it off of my face ASAP! After rinsing off my face I discovered I had somehow actually scratched my face with the pad. I applied a mask afterwards like instructions suggested, which definitely helped to relieve how parched my skin was feeling after such rough exfoliation. 

I did notice that my skin was definitely smoother after moisturising, but I also had new breakouts in places i don’t normally break out in the days after using. 

Unfortunately, I can’t recommend this product. It was definitely too much for my sensitive skin. A 1/5 from me.

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

where to buy Wish Formula in-store
I have not seen this brand in NZ.

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ROSES & HONEY: Papa Recipe Bombee Rose Gold Honey Mask Review

Hey babes!

I have a new release from Papa Recipe today - the Bombee Rose Gold Honey mask. I was pretty excited for this and picked it up as soon as it was in stock at one of my favourite local AB shops, The Cosmetic Store. I paid NZ $26.90 for a box of 5. It comes in gorgeous pink-toned packaging, and boasts rose extract and gold as key ingredients, in addition to the usual honey, propolis, and royal jelly in Bombee masks.
For some reason, I initially thought these masks were hydrogels - I'm not really sure how I got that idea into my head, but because I thought they were, NZ $26.90 was seemed reasonable for 5 masks. When I opened them and realised that they were actually made of normal sheetmask material, I definitely felt a little let down. The gold pattern LOOKS cool but I don't believe it provides any other benefit.
On opening, the scent is definitely the same of the original Bombee mask, if only a slight touch more floral and less sweet. Like the normal line, the sheetmask is soaked with essence.

Water, Methylpropanediol, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Rosa Damascena Flower Water (1,000ppm), Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract (10ppm), Propolis Extract, Honey Extract, Pearl Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Butylene Glycol, Betain, Allantoin, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Hydroxide, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Gold (10ppm), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Chondrus Crispus Flower, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethyl Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance
papa recipe rose gold honey mask review ingredients packaging
To be honest, I wouldn't recommend this over the regular line in the interest of cost and actual benefit. There is currently no genuine scientific evidence to prove that gold has any benefit for skin, which is a shame as that's the driver for the higher price of these masks.

I didn't find this as hydrating as the original line either. My skin definitely was more hydrated and bouncy than before wearing the mask, it just wasn't AS bouncy as it could have been, or really should have been considering the higher price and premium ingredients of this mask.

I did like the overall fit of this mask better than the original Bombee - it's slightly smaller, so I have less overlap of the mask going straight onto my hair. I also found that it generally adhered to my face very well with minimal discomfort. While it is a little bit thicker than the original mask, it still feels luxurious to wear.
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Overall, this gets a 3/5 from me. It's not that it doesn't work, but I don't think the extra ingredients (especially the gold) are worth a higher pricepoint than the original Bombee mask*, which I can find locally for NZ $19.90/box of 10.

Have you tried anything from Papa Recipe, or any honey-based skincare?

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

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

purchased / contains affiliate links*

GOING BATTY: Wish Formula The Bat Eye Mask Review

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Hey babes!

I’ve got another product kindly sent from Jolse for review today - the Wish Formula Bat Eye Mask. The key ingredients are centella and honey, along with some ferments too. It claims to brighten and hydrate the undereye area for a more even skintone. I don’t have much darkness in my undereye area (at least I thought I didn’t) but I was definitely pleasantly surprised by this product! 
Each mask comes individually wrapped with 8ml of essence. The mask was definitely well-soaked in it, and there was heaps of excess in the packet which I tapped all over my face. One of the first things I noticed was a faint vinegar smell from the mask when I opened it. It wasn’t overwhelmingly unpleasant, but it was definitely there. Luckily it wasn’t a lingering scent!

I was curious to see how this mask would work for me because I do not at all think I have dark circles/any kind of darkness on my undereye area. I found that the flap that goes between the brows tended to droop away from my face, but otherwise it stuck to the rest of my face quite well. 
When I removed the mask after 30 minutes, I was SO surprised to see that my undereye area actually looked brighter and more even! Like I said before - I don’t consider myself to have any issues in my undereye area so I was surprised to see such a noticeable difference! I liked the result so much that I genuinely think this formula should be made into a full face mask, perhaps without the vinegary smell…

Let’s take a look at ingredients:

Water, Diproplyene Glycol, Glycerin, Blackstrap (Blackstrap Molasses) Powder, Butylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arctium Lappa (Greater Burdock) Root Extract, Citrus Lemon Fruit Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St John’s Wort) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Saponaria Officinalis (Carnation) Leaf/Root Extract, Saccharomyces/Honey Ferment Filtrate, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Beta-Glucan, Lactobacillus/Olive Leaf Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Peppermint Leaf Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus/Clover Water Ferment Extract, Panthenol, Ascorbic Acid, Allantoin, Adenosine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Chlorphenesin

A lot of online retailers seem to hype up the vitamin c in this mask, but it’s quite far down the bottom of the list, meaning it probably isn’t present in an amount to have a significant effect. This is the list straight off the back of the packaging - I found a lot of discrepancies in the lists online, but I’ll follow this one as it’s literally on the back of the packaging.  
I’m definitely super tempted to buy more, however it’s definitely better value to buy a pack of 10 for around US $20, as the masks are individually priced at US $3-4, depending on where you look. 

This gets a 4.5/5 from me - the .5 knocked off is a combination of the vinegar smell and the relatively high price for something that really only masks a small portion of the face.

Have you tried any really great undereye masks lately? Let me know! 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
 Jolsebeautibi | GlowRecipe | MemeBox | RoseRoseShop

where to buy Wish Formula in-store
I have not seen Wish Formula in NZ.

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SMELL THE ROSES: Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel Review

Hey babes,

I grabbed Thayer's Witch Hazel Rosewater Toner a while ago, and after going through two bottles I think I'm FINALLY ready to give a my review on it! The packaging I have here appears to be the older style - photos on the brand website and twitter show a bottle with a red lid. I decided to pick it up as I figured my skin could use some extra soothing after recently starting a tretinoin skin regime. I use it every morning and night after cleansing my face, and before applying tretinoin. It brings down my redness from pimples, and is also great at reducing skin irritation right after plucking my brows!

This stuff has honestly made such a difference in how irritated and angry my skin is - it refreshes it without leaving it dry, and smells amazing. In addition to just toning my face with it, I've got a couple other uses too.

The first is as a mask! If I have a particularly sore break out on just one area of my face, I split apart the layers of a cotton round, soak it with witch hazel, then let it sit on the area for 15-20 minutes. If I want a more full-on treatment, I'll soak a mask tablet with the toner and apply to my entire face. Usually, a combination of spot masking then using a full mask such as the TonyMoly Tea Tree mask does MIRACULOUS things to angry pimples! I highly recommend this for soothing sore pimples.

The second is as a refreshing/setting spray! It works amazingly well for reducing the cake factor that makeup can sometimes lend, and I've already been using it as a general refreshing spray in this summer heat.
I love how simple this ingredients list is:

Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Fragrance (Natural Rose), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel), Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower Water, Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract

I love this stuff! It gets a 4.75 from me - points are reduced for being pricey in NZ (I pay NZ $29.95 in-store, even shipped from iHerb it's still a bit pricey due to weight-based shipping) but I do love how it's soothed and changed my skin. A bottle generally lasts me 3-4 months, using twice daily on a cotton round and occasionally as a full mask.

Have you tried any witch hazel 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 Thayer's online
iHerb*

where to buy Thayer's in-store
KS Cosmetic

purchased / contains affiliate links*

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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