All posts filed under: Beauty

Review: I’m From Vitamin Tree Water-Gel

Moisturizer & oils are a daily require for my skincare regimen, but summers are hot in the mediterranean & this gel caught my attention during my search for a moisturizer slightly less suffocating than my usual occlusive creams. Brand I’m From is based in South Korea, it is a sister cosmetic company of Skin & Lab and Chica Y Chico. The ingredients are spotlight for this brand, I’m From lists the origin & farm name from where it was harvested. I love the transparency, but it was difficult to find other information on this brand. Product Claims Here are the product claims from Wishtrend: The premium whitening water gel is optimal for oily skin where a cream type product could feel a bit heavy. The gel is rapidly absorbed by the skin, and the cooling sensation helps to quickly calm redness. In addition, as certified by the FDA for its whitening function, it transforms the skin to appear brighter and more clear for a radiant look. I think I’m From did a number of things …

Skincare Haul & First Impressions: DM Edition

I recently found myself in a German border town, which meant I got to relive my most missed activity from my Austrian days: Raiding the local DM. I had a flight to catch so I did not get to collect all the pretty skincare things my grabby hands desired, but DM’s section of recent product releases contained a few things that caught my attention. There are a few old favorites that I stocked up on as well. The Cool, New Stuff Balea Reinigende Maske mit Hyaluron & Algen-Extrakt “Cleansing Mask with Hyaluronic Acid & Algae” Value: €0.95 / Mask There are 2 – 3 uses in this wash-off mask pod. It is a cooling gel with a fresh scent. I think oilier skin types might really enjoy this extra boost of hydration since it is very lightweight, but benefits were minimal on my dry skin. Balea Tuch Maske Cool Camel Advertised Claims: Cooling moisture & Contains almond oil Value: €0.95 / Mask This is a limited edition item, however I think it can be skipped …

Review: Acwell Bubble Free pH Balancing Cleanser

This pH balanced cleanser surged to cult classic status in the K-beauty world last yer. The Klog featured it, social media influencers raved about it & everyone else was trying to their hands on it. This low foaming gel does come with a price tag that rivals mid-range brands from Sephora so I grappled whether to buy this or not for over a year. The popularity has been dying down, this cleanser has been replaced with other trendy cleansers on the Instagram. I am eager more than ever to see if this cleanser lives up to the hype! Brand Acwell seems like it was launched by another South Korean cosmetic company, BNH Cosmetics, in 2009. This is the same year that BNH Cosmetics launched as well. There appears to be some discrepancy, BNH’s site claims to have taken over Acwell in 2009 though I could not find any records of the company existing before 2009. Nothing is inherently negative here, the company has existed for close to a decade at this point. I have some …

Beauty Empties [01] | Winter 2018

I have got a full bin so it is that time again, trash diving! Otherwise known as finally throwing away some of the empty junk I have been accumulating on top of my dresser. While I have been a skincare addict for years, I have only begun to accumulate my garbage recently because empties are some of my favorite blog posts to read! Most of this will likely be skincare, along with some body & hair products I have used recently. I am including house scents because candles are just another hopeless addiction of mine. The Good: Origins Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay Missha 95% Aloe Soothing Gel Kind Natured Body Wash – Soothing Sea Salt & Bergamot Wet N Wild Photofocus Lash Primer Balea Enzyme Peeling Mask Essence Make Me Brow The Average: Innisfree Jeju Bija Anti-trouble Cleansing Gel First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Tosowoong Natural Pure Propolis Brightening Essence Le Petit Maseillais Déodorant Extra Doux – White Peach Batiste Dry Shampoo – Original Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil Micro-Oil Shampoo Drunk Elephant TLC …

Review: April Skin Sugar Coconut Cream

Whenever I find a coconut derived cosmetic, my usual reaction mimics Oliver Twist & requests to have some more, please! Whenever I find a new coconut product I have to try it, always. I slather my hair & cuticles in pure coconut oil, I use it to as my makeup remover if there are not any new cleansing oils peaking my interest. I did not second guess tossing this moisturizer into my cart as soon as I saw it. Brand April Skin is a South Korean cosmetic company that launched in 2014, their tagline is Beauty from Nature. The brand caught some negative attention throughout 2016 for oversaturating the K-Beauty market with sponsored reviews & ads when their BB cushions launched, otherwise they have seem to have stayed clear of any industry issues. The brand has a donation campaign called April Cares that promotes infant & elderly care. Product Claims Here are the claims from the brand website: It contains 87% coconut water which helps moisturize skin, instead of just purified water. Natural ingredients provide …

Review: Aritaum Aloe No Wash Cleansing Water

I have met many cleansing waters I do not like in my search for perfection. I already have a Holy Grail in this cosmetic category, the cult classic Bioderma Sensibo H2O Micellar Solution. That has never stopped me from wandering & trying others though, which is why this Aritaum cleansing water caught my attention. Brand Aritaum is a South Korean brand established in 2008, their parent company is Amore Pacific. The brand preaches more than just superficial beauty, they believe in self-care & offer a full range of cosmetics to care for the entire body. Aritaum has recently made headlines as being part of the trending preservative-free movement. I could not find any information of Aritaum’s social or charitable efforts, but Amore Pacific is active in environmental conservation & promoting female leadership. However, Aritaum franchise owners in North America have filed formal complaints with The Federal Trade Commision [USA Government Agency] against their parent company for anti-trust violations, which Aritaum alleges their parent company pushes an unreasonable financial burden onto individual shops. Product Claims Here …

Skincare Haul: Boots Edition

The traditional drugstores most of the West has come to know & love are elusive in Southern France. No Walgreens, no Boots, no DM. The French Pharmacy culture is world renowned, but it comes at a higher price tag & many lackluster cosmetics. So when I have the opportunity to raid a proper drug store, I do not squander it. I recently had a small Boots at Heathrow within my reach so I thought I would share my haul! Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel Cost: £1.50 / 50 ml, £0.89 per Ounce Notable Ingredients: Vitamin E, Sulfate-Free & Silicon-Free; Full Ingredients This is what started this entire shopping spree! I ran out of cleanser so I went to find a travel size. I do not usually gravitate towards Simple products, I have not had great experiences with the few I have tried & typically something is amiss in the ingredient list for my preferences. Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk Cost: £8.00 / 350ml, £0.68 per Ounce Notable Ingredients: Ginseng, Botanical Oils, AHAs, Fermentation & Algae; …