I’ve never tried too much from Fresh—really, just the occasional samples I receive from Sephora. I’ve really liked some things (Soy Face Cleanser, Sugar Lip Treatment) and I’m decidedly “meh” on others (Seaberry Face Oil, their perfumes), and I’ve never actually ponied up for any full-sized Fresh product because, let’s face it, it’s really overpriced stuff. The only thing I would consider buying is the Soy Face Cleanser, but on the other hand, it’s pretty common to get a deluxe sample of it from Sephora, so I haven’t needed to.
The Rose Face Mask is yet another example of an overpriced Fresh product I received from Sephora last year. I got a 15 mL sample tub of it last year in November as part of my Sephora birthday gift, and I’ve been using it here and there over the last few months.
Rose Face Mask hydrates and tones the complexion to restore radiance and suppleness to all skin types. The unique, cooling gel formula is infused with real rose petals that literally melt into the skin.
The ingredients include a number of naturally-derived extracts: rose petals, rose water, sea water, cucumber extract, chamomile oil, camellia leaf extract, red algae extract, rose oil, aloe extract, rooibos leaf extract, yeast extract. It also contains hyaluronic acid and caramel, presumably for color.
I know I’ve been AWOL a lot this month—that’s summer for you! But here’s a nice, pic-heavy post of fancy goods (this will make sense, soon) to help make it up.
Earlier this summer, I tried out two more Korean online beauty stores in an effort to find more shopping options for my burgeoning Asian makeup/skincare addiction. I normally shop with Cosmetic Love (referral link is in the sidebar), but I don’t want to be left hanging if anything happens to them. Sweet Corea was the first of the two shops (and I’ve already received a second order, which I’ve yet to post about) and Tester Korea was the other.
Here’s what I ordered, with all prices in USD (more detailed pictures follow):
Innisfree My Palette × Jean Jullien #3 (Small) [$7.40]
Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 글리터 8 [$4.62]
Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 쉬머 10 [$4.62]
Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 글리터 13 [$4.62]
Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 쉬머 26 [$4.62]
Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Super Water Proof Mascara [$13.73]
Nature Republic Rose Petal Moisture Mask [$12.40]
Scinic Iceland Water All In One Ampoule [$14.80]
SkinFood Blackbean Mascara Fixer [$5.50]
TonyMoly Double Needs Base Mascara [$4.64]
Bonus: due to a recent trade deal between Canada and South Korea, I think most Korean products imported to Canada are exempt from duties and customs! Otherwise, I’d have been leery of ordering this much in one go.
Shipping to Toronto, Canada from Seoul, South Korea was $17.38. Yes, this was a pretty big order considering it was my first time trying Tester Korea! I usually keep my first orders small, but they let me add quite a lot to my shopping cart at that $17 shipping level…so I added more stuff. To be fair, the only really heavy things were the Scinic and Nature Republic skincare items; the A’Pieu Triple Wear Foundation was a bit heavy, as well. Everything else was fairly small and lightweight.
My order took 12 days to ship, which was vexing, but I’d also ordered just before a holiday in Korea, so it’s understandable. From the shipping date, it took three weeks to arrive in Toronto, which is pretty good considering Canadian customs has been very slow over the last year. My Korean orders tend to take 3–4 weeks to arrive.
They packed my order very well and securely. My husband brought my package in and he had a good laugh at my new “Fancy goods”:
I’d never tried a sleeping mask before this one by Korean brand Mamonde. I think the jar just looked so pretty, and rose as an ingredient in anything tends to sway me!
The jar is a cute, beehive-inspired hexagonal shape, presumably because the product contains honey, and the design is all around adorable in a vintage way. The jar is glass and the lid is metal, for bonus tactile points. It’s a surprisingly small jar, containing 80 mL, as you can see in this photo I took with a Revlon nail polish for scale:
Everyone’s doing a little better today—no more fevers, just a little congestion—and Peanut made it back to school today, yay! I managed to use some of my Peanut-free time to write up my February Ipsy Glam Bag post. There are loads of goodies this month.
Seriously, Ipsy is totally killing it for me these days—and I got another nail polish!
When I saw that I was getting one of two shades of Trust Fund Beauty nail polish, I had my fingers crossed for $12 Latte, since I already have a mini of the other color, I Give Good Tweet. When I opened my Ipsy bag on Tuesday, out fell the deep, mauve-toned brown I had been hoping for. Awesome. (I’ve lucked out once before, when I received Urban Decay’s Lounge eyeshadow instead of Fireball, which I already had.)
I’ve also recently accumulated a lot of Ipsy points, mostly via referrals, so I have to give a huge thank you to those who used my referral link to join Ipsy! I was able to redeem some of the points for a couple of things last month, so I received those with my February Glam Bag.
Last time, I complained about how Ipsy’s point rewards always sold out too quickly, and that there weren’t enough of them. Lately, I’ve found it easier to jump onto the new rewards: they seem to upload refresh them on Friday nights (my time is EST). The point amounts required seem to have increased a little, but they’re also kind of inconsistent with regard to the dollar value of the rewards, too. I’ve seen an item retailing ~$6 cost ~400 pts, and an item retailing ~$40 cost ~800 pts. Who knows? Anyway, I don’t know if they really did anything or if I am just checking the rewards more often and lucking out, but it does feel like it’s been improved!
So…I love, love, love my Ipsy bag this month! Here’s what I got (four out of five are full-sized products!):
What I Redeemed 800 Ipsy Points For
Ren Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream (200 Ipsy Points for 30 mL deluxe sample; 50 mL full size US$45 / CA$56)
Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Crown of My Canopy (300 Ipsy Points for 5.4 g full size; US$4.99)
Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals (300 Ipsy Points for 5.4 g full size; US$4.99)
What I Received
Juice Beauty PHYTO-PIGMENTS Last Looks Cream Blush in Flush (3 g full size; US$24)
Naked Cosmetics HD Finishing Powder in Banana (0.35 oz full size; US$23.99)
NYX Butter Lipstick in Lifeguard (4.5 g full size; full size US$6)
True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask (7 mL sample; 50 mL full size US$90)
Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in $12 Latte (17 mL full size; US$15)
Ipsy makeup bag
Ipsy Coupon Codes
Juice Beauty: 25% off any purchase + free shipping on $30 orders with code ipsy217 (through 03/31/2017)
Naked Cosmetics: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 03/31/2017)
NYX: 25% off Butter Lipstick with code BUTTERUP (through 03/31/2017, US only)
True Botanicals: 15% off your first purchase with code TRUEIPSY15 (through 03/31/2017)
I received Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief in a GWP size a long while ago (November 2015, to be accurate) and I recently dug it up in an effort to use up all my skincare.
Skin Types: All
Lush cream-gel penetrates skin, enhancing natural hyaluronic acid—nature’s perfect moisture magnet. For 24 satisfying hours, skin is plumped, dewy, glowing—from the inside out. Oil-free.
It doesn’t mention this on the website, but the packaging says you can also try it as a 5-minute moisture mask. I find this slightly confusing: if you use this as a moisturizer, which is how it’s advertised, it would just stay on your skin all day, anyway. If you use it as a mask, you’d just apply it and rinse it off after the suggested 5-minutes? Why?!
In any case, I really like this moisturizer! I don’t think I’ve ever tried any of the Moisture Surge moisturizers, so I feel kind of dumb, now. They’ve been around forever, haven’t they?
Time for annual Sephora haulage! It’s hard to pass up 20% off, even when I haven’t been shopping much at Sephora all year.
Ugh, you know it’s winter when everyone starts getting sick! My husband started feeling a little under the weather yesterday, and this morning poor Peanut started feeling badly, too. A couple of barf-ups later, he’s much better—I have a sinking feeling it’s a norovirus-kind of bug. We all got hit with it around December last year, and I hate it. I remember hugging the toilet half the night, yet not actually barfing. I hope I don’t come down with it again (if I do, it’ll probably be tonight! Joy!) and especially that our little infant Olive doesn’t get affected.
Anyway, on to the fun stuff. (Cleaning up barf? Not fun.) I posted my first order here; also, just before the sale ended, I snuck in one extra order! Here are all the goodies from both orders:
Deborah Lippmann Her Majesty Gel Lab Pro Set (8 color polishes + Hard Rock base & top coat)
Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder in Translucent
Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Color in Bloodroses Noir
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick in C406
Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer in Sally
Nails Inc. Superfood Nail Fuel Collection (4 color polishes + NailKale Superfood Base Coat)
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Audrey
Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Pro Essential Brush Stash
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser & Rose Face Mask (Sephora Birthday 2016 deluxe samples)
Versace Bright Crystal EDT (sample) — they didn’t send this! 😦
Versace Eros Pour Femme EDP (sample)
And with this haul, I am VIB for 2017, as well.
I actually still have a couple Deborah Lippmann sets to go through from previous years (yes, not one but two). I promise to go through them SOON! Aaaack. Also, super excited to try the new Gel Lab Pro line in this set.
Well…I guess I’m going to need more popcorn for the next four years. The new US President Elect’s victory speech was unexpectedly conciliatory. I can only hope he will rise to the occasion and prove half the electorate—including me—wrong. Good luck, USA.
Review of 111SKIN Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask
I got this sheet mask in my August Ipsy bag and finally got around to using it last week. It’s most definitely the fanciest mask I’ve ever tried, since it’s from a luxury British skincare brand, 111SKIN, and retails for GBP£20. For one, single-use mask. Which is also made in Korea.
I’m actually not very big on sheet masks, and have only tried a few different kinds, so I won’t be able to do a really in-depth comparison. To be honest, I didn’t sleep very much last night, so I’m going to keep this very short!
The Bio Cellulose Mask uses the latest in face mask technology to instantly transport beneficial nutrients into the skin and provide instant hydration
111SKIN Bio Cellulose Mask utilises the most advanced mask technology on the market to deliver beneficial nutrients into the dermis. The mask adheres to your face like a second skin. The gel like structure of the mask will instantly cool and regulate body temperature. Since the fibres of the masks are 500x finer than tissue masks, the bio cellulose instantly locks moisture into your skin and enables a deeper penetration of three key ingredients that we have added. This mask contains Arbutin to brighten, Silk Amino Acids to condition and Centella Asiatica to stimulate collagen production.
The mask is interesting: a thin gel-like sheet, sandwiched between two pieces of gauze that protect it in the package. You gently remove the gauze on either side of the mask, and place it over your face.