Tuesday, July 31, 2012

[SKINFOOD] Mafura Oil Daily Mask Sheet

I slowly get used to sheet masks and so I finally ordered a few weeks ago the Mafura Oil Daily Mask Sheet from [SKINFOOD]. This sheet masks are kinda pricey when purchased outside Korea, that's why I didn't buy it earlier.
Anyway, when I received my parcel I saw that the whole box was a bit damaged and the lid of the Mafura Oil Daily Mask Sheet was missing. I still can use it but I'm worried that the sheets might dry out faster now!

The top of the box should actually look like this:

Three (3) different types are available:
- Mafura Oil Daily Mask Sheet (anti-trouble)
- Brazil Nut Oil Daily Mask Sheet (moisturizing)
- Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil Daily Mask Sheet (vitamin c & deep hydration)

Description: A convenient pack of anti-trouble mask sheets for daily use. Gently seals the skin to relieve skin troubles.
Mafura Oil Story: This oil from the seeds of the African Trichilia tree is chiefly used for culinary purposes and provides skin relief.
The box has a light brown color and looks like those tissue boxes everybody knows. On top would usually be a brown flip-top lid but that's missing on my one. It looks a bit weird without but at least I can use the product!
Inside the box are 20 sheet masks: in a seperate package which reminds me of make-up remover wipes!
The ingredients of the Mafura Oil Daily Sheet Mask are the following ones:
Water, Glycerin, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Trichilia Emetica Seed Butter, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Betaine, Raffinose, Polysorbate 80, Disodium Edta, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Triethanolamine and Methylparaben.
The soft cotton sheets are easily to get out of the box by opening the lid and pull out a sheet like a tissue from a tissue box. Don't forget to close the lid again after use otherwise the product inside will dry out faster!!
Each sheet is soaked with a essence and are slightly scented.
The sheet itself doesn't fit perfectly on my face especially my nose area isn't covered well. After 15 minutes the sheets getting more dry and I massage the remaining essence into my skin.
The Mafura Oil Daily Sheet Mask is recommended for oily or troubled skin and can be used daily!
How to use: 1. Cleanse and tone skin. 
2. Apply 1 mask sheet on the face by pulling it to sit tightly against the skin. 
3. Remove the sheet after 10 to 15 minutes and massage in the surplus essence.

Price: around 16,50,- €/ US$20 
Bought at: eBay (rubyruby76)     
What I love: 
There is nothing I really love yet! But the sheet masks are easy and fast to use!
What I don’t like: 
I would prefer that each sheet is packed separately. They might dry out fast inside the box!
Will I buy this again? No, I won't!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

[ETUDE HOUSE] BeBe gentle cream

Actually, I wanted to write a review about the [Holika Holika] Egg Soap (white) I got over a year ago and which is very popular. But after I opened the container today I saw that the white egg became yellowish and feels oily somehow. I guess it's a bit too old already, therefore I don't think I will further use it.
Nevertheless, I used one of these eggs when I got them 2011 and I still remember that the white egg soap made my skin super sleek and pores became smaller after washing my face, but it also felt a bit dry. I was thinking about ordering the black (charcoal) egg soap or the ones from [TONYMOLY]  but since I own too many other cleansing foams I didn't do it till now.

Another product I got not long ago is the BeBe gentle cream from [ETUDE HOUSE] which I use always after taking shower. You can also get a foot mask and a elbow mask from this line!

Description: A gently body massage cream supplies moisturising, elasticity and soothing care with natural ingredients.
The gentle cream comes in a large, flat tube, contains 150ml and has a flip-top lid. The pastel green tube with the cute prints on it looks very nice! The description on the back is in Korean and English!
The active main ingredients are Microemulsion A, Salicylic Acid, Urea and Shea Butter. Some other ingredients are Oatmeal, Lily Extract and Cactus Flower Extract!
The consitency of the BeBe gentle cream is non-greasy and slightly thicker than a body lotion. It reminds me rather of a body milk or sunscreen milk. 
This cream might also be great for people who doesn't like strong perfumed products coz the scent is super soft.
Since the cream has a slight sticky texture you have to massage and pat it into your skin for better absorbtion. I apply it after taking shower, concentrating on dry body areas, and I love the smooth feeling afterwards.
I would like to try out the BeBe foot mask as well but I'll get a similar product from [TONYMOLY] first!
How to use: Apply cream to any part of body by massaging into skin. 

Price: around 13,- €/ US$16
Bought at: eBay (zinopark)     

What I love: 
The cute design, soft scent and smooth feeling it leaves on my skin! 

What I don’t like: 
Nothing yet! 

Will I buy this again? I don't think so! It's a bit pricey and I think I will get another body lotion instead. But would like to get the BeBe foot mask, though!

Friday, July 20, 2012


After a few month I finally ordered two (2) new BB Creams!! One is from [ETUDE HOUSE] and the other one is from a brand I recently got to know: it makes your skin sing or better known under the short form [i.myss]. I guess this brand is rather new?! 
Anyway, the korean boyband 2AM (투에이엠) is the new face for i.myss.
Btw, why are so many guys the face of a cosmetic brand (2AM, SHINee, JYJ, CNBLUE,...)???

So, when I saw this new brand I got very curious and wanted to try out one of their BB Creams. I got the A.CARE TROUBLE COVER BB CREAM for acne-prone/ troubled skin.

Description: A special trouble care line freshly repairing the stressed skin by madecassoside and easing the trouble by natural ingredient extracted from tangerine fruit.
The BB Cream is inside a white paper box which has on the front a member of 2AM (sorry, I don't know their names...). On the back is the description in korean and on the side in english.
The product itself comes in a flat, whitish tube with a twist-off lid. It contains 50ml!
The ingredient list is quite long: Water, Talc, Magnesium Sulfate, Orange Oil, Lemon Fruit Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Bergamot Fruit Oil, Citronella Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Citrus Unshiu Fruit Oil, Tangerine Peel Oil, Tea Tree Leaf Oil. Salicylic Acid, Iron Oxides and more.
The consistency is creamy, not too thick, though. It has a good coverage and mattyfies my skin for a few hours. Unfortunately, the A.CARE TROUBLE COVER BB CREAM is available in one shade only which I would describe as Natural Beige
For my white/ pale skin this shade is a bit too dark what makes me sad.
I can only apply a thin layer or need to mix it with a (lighter) BB Cream or a Primer. It might suit asians or ppl with darker skin, though!
The scent is slightly fruity, ethereally (from the oils).
I wished I could leave a more positive feedback but the shade is just not the right one for pale skin types. Hopefully they will offer more color options in the future.
But I like the coverage and the matte finish!
How to use: At the last step of foundation touch, take a proper amount to apply along with skin texture smoothly and tap softly to help absorbtion.

Price: around 11,50,- €/ US$12  
Bought at: eBay (cosmetic.love)    
What I love: 
The coverage is good and it leaves a matte finish. Nice scent as well!   

What I don’t like: 
Only one shade which is too dark for my pale skin. Oil control is ok but my skin still gets shiny after a few hours.
Will I buy this again? Nope, because of the color!! Would like to try out other ones from [i.myss], though.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

[ETUDE HOUSE] Happy fresh foam White Clay

Actually, I should stop buying cleansing foams for awhile because I got many tubes/ soap bars already and have to use them up withing 2 years. But after I saw at eBay that [ETUDE HOUSE] released a new cleansing foam line called Happy essential foam/ Happy fresh foam I needed to get at least one of these. I decided to get the Happy fresh foam White Clay which is recommended for oily skin.
Since I immediately felt in love with this cleanser I also ordered two other versions: the essential foam Collagen and the fresh foam Witch Hazel. Will review these two later as well!!

You can get 5 different types:
- Happy essential foam Collagen (moisturizing & firming)
- Happy essential foam Hyaluronic Acid (moisturizing & elasticity)
- Happy essential foam Vitamin C (brightening)
- Happy fresh foam Witch Hazel (pore astringent & sebum absorbent)
- Happy fresh foam White Clay (moisturizing & sebum absorbent)

Description: Formulated with 10% sebum absorbers and 20% moisturizers, this fresh cleansing foam gently removes impurities with rich lather while White Clay helps to eliminate excess oil and reduce shine. Skin is happy again, feeling clean, smooth, and refreshed.
This cleansing foam comes in a white tube (same as the Happy Teatime ones) with a sticker around which has always another color: the fresh foam White Clay's one is light grey and blue.
It contains 150ml and has the typical flip-top lid!
While most of the things are written in korean on the back of the tube, the ingredient list in english is on the clear outer packaging:
Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Diatomaceous Earth, Potassium Hydroxide, PEG-32, Lauric Acid, Hydrated Silica, Kaolin/ White Clay 2250mg, Bentonite, Menthol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Disodium Edta, Sodium Benzoate and Fragrance.
The white foam has a thick & creamy consitency and a super soft, kinda milky, scent. I really love those scents! <3
You can easily mix it with water to form lather, then wash your face. I put a small amount of the foam on my clarisonic brush and wash my face this way. Afterwards my face feels very smooth and less dry! I hope it will help to keep my skin oil free for a longer time, too.
All in all, it's a very nice cleansing foam for oily skin which cost less and can be used everyday. 
I hope that the Collagen and Witch Hazel ones are as good as this one. Will review these two after I received them!
How to use: Wet face. Squeeze small amount into palm and rub hands together to form lather. Massage over face, avoiding eye area, then rinse thoroughly.

Price: around 8,50,- €/ US$10 
Bought at: eBay (cosmetic.love)    
What I love: 
At the moment, everything! The soft scent, the smooth feeling afterwards and that it is for oily skin.   

What I don’t like: 
Nothing yet!

Will I buy this again? I think I would! Already ordered two other versions.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


To remove bleackheads on my nose I usually use those nose strips from time to time. My favorites are currently the ones from Bioré I purchased during my stay in Taiwan. They work quite good!
But a while ago I also ordered from [THE FACE SHOP] two tubes of the BLACK HEAD EX NOSE CLAY MASK. This line is recommended for people with oily/ combination skin.

From the BLACK HEAD EX line are available:

I can't really find these products at eBay anymore, therefore I think that these might be replaced by the New Zealand Volcanic Clay line.

Description: The Black Head EX Nose Clay Mask is a peel off mask that is designed for deep cleansing and dissolve blackheads. Contains Mulberry, Coix Seed and Black Rice Extracts, which has anti-aging properties, leaving skin shine with healthy glow, youthful and supple. 
The slim but long white tube has a mulberry print on the front, the description on the back (Korean only!) and contains 50g. The twist-of lid is brown!
Some of the ingredients inside the clay mask are White Mud (0,1%), Black Complex (Black Bean, Black Tea, Blackberry, Black Rice), Mulberry Extract, Charcoal Extract, Aloe Extract and more.
The consistency is thick and sticky with the typical peel-off mask scent (can't describe it). The color is whitish-grey!
After washing and toning my skin I apply a thick layer of the clay mask to my nose area. I wait until it completely dried (usually around 20 minutes) and start to peel it off like a nose strip. Then I wash my face again with water to remove the residues.
When I remove the dry clay mask I can see that it removed a lot of the blackheads/ whiteheads but not all. I'm still satisfied with this product! The only thing I don't like is that I have to wait for a long time until it completely dried. When I remove it too early it's not working good coz it's still wet and sticky.
How to use: Apply Nose Clay Mask to your nose with full coverage, wait 10~15 minutes for the mask to dry, peel it off and rinse your nose thoroughly with water.

Price: around 4,- €/ US$6
Bought at: eBay (can't remember sellers name)    

What I love: 
It removes a lot of my blackheads/ whiteheads! 

What I don’t like: 
It takes a long time to dry!

Will I buy this again? No, I won't! I would like to try out the Volcanic Clay Nose Pack, though, but ordered the Charcoal Nose Strips first.

Thursday, July 12, 2012


When I purchased [ETUDE HOUSE]'s WONDER PORE Freshner I also got the WONDER PORE Soda Capsules. Recently they released some new products:
- WONDER PORE Modeling Clear Pack + Pack Spatula
- WONDER PORE Clay Clear Pack

The Clay Clear Pack sounds interesting and I still consider whether to get it or not. The WONDER PORE Brush I would recommend for people who wanna cleans their face with a brush, but don't wanna spent lots of money for an electronic facial brush like the clarisonic/ SIRIUSONIC one.

Description: This product is a facial rinse-off cleanser for pore care, preventing enlarged pores, less firmer skin and moisturizing by eliminating what hurst skin health from within.
The light blue box is made of plastic, approx 10x6,5cm big and contains 2x8 capsules (1g each). I used 3 capsules already, therefore some are missing on the pics below.
On the box is the description in Korean and English and the ingredients are the following ones:
Lactose, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, PVP, PEG-150, Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract, Dandelion Leaf Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Water, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Sodium Stearyl Fumarate and Riboflavin.
Like the Freshner, the Soda Capsules are also a 7in1 TOTAL PORE SOLUTION:
- Maintain ph 4.5 +/- 1
- Refine the skin tones
- Keep the elasticity of pores
- Deep cleanses pores
- Minimize appearance of pores
- Control a large amount of the sebum
- Moisturize inside and outside of skin
Each capsule is not bigger than a small coin and has a yellowish/ beige color with brown sprinkle spots. They remind me of a fizzy tablet!
To use them take a bowle with warm water and add one (1) capsule. These will start to melt and produce some bubbles. I didn't notice any scent but the water got a yellow color.
After the capsule completely melted, wash/ rinse or face with the water and massage it into your skin.
Since I used 3 capsules only I can't see any big improvement on my skin yet. [ETUDE HOUSE] recommend to use it 2~3 times a week.
Nevertheless, I can say that my skin feels softer afterwards and doesn't get as dry as when I clean my face with plain water or a soapy cleanser. 
How to use: Melt 1 soda capsule with water at the last stage of facial cleansing day or at night. The capsule will melt fast with bubbles and gently rinse your face with this water.

Price: around 8,50,- €/ US$10  
Bought at: eBay (rubyruby76)   

What I love: 
It doesn't dry out my skin as much as plain water or a soapy cleanser does. 

What I don’t like: 
There is nothing I dislike yet! 

Will I buy this again? No, I won't! It was nice to try out but I'm too lazy to use it and I'm not sure if just 'water' really will help to reduce my pores size.