isoi Bulgarian Rose Blemish Care Serum Re-Review

Saturday, 28 February 2015

I have mentioned this product twice on my blog before and I was happy to see it for the third time in my Bntnews beauty box. My thoughts on this product was that it was a good, light delicious smelling serum. However it did nothing for mine (not that I had much) or my sister's acne.

As I've mentioned before, my skin has changed drastically due to hormonal changes. It is no longer dry, but oily and acne prone and I now have dark scars and clogged pores all over my T-zone. I'm amazed (and horrified) at the swift demise of my skin. Hence this re-review will be telling you guys how this product reacted with my 'new' skin type. The result wasn't pretty.

 The serum contains rose oil to promote moisture, clarity and whitening properties in the skin. It also contains Asiatic pennywort extract which enhances recovery from acne and treats and calms active blemishes. The main function of this serum is to prevent and treat blemished skin.

 This is how much I used in 10 days, with twice daily applications. As you can see, the serum disappears quite fast.

Everything about the packaging is gorgeous, from the weighty frosted glass to the purple pink colour!

The serum is light and smells like delicious turkish delight, which I absolutely love. It spreads quickly and absorbs within a minute, leaving my skin feeling a bit taught. I tried this serum as my sole skincare item after cleansing for 10 days, morning and night. During this time I visibly noticed my skin deteriorate before my eyes. I continued using it because I thought no way this blemish care serum could cause blemishes!? Plus it didn't break me out before? 

At the end of the 10 days my skin was a mess, with blackheads and clogged pores covering my forehead and chin. I stopped using the serum and changed up my skincare routine drastically and my skin is (very) slowly recovering. Wish me luck.

Overall, I don't know what happened! This product worked well with my dry skin and I had no pimples whatsoever. Considering the lightness of this serum I would usually recommend it for oily skin, however it clearly did not work for me. 

I can't recommend this serum, having bad skin is terrible enough. A product that exacerbates it is simply heartbreaking, no matter that it didn't affect me before. 

Have you ever used a product and liked it, then used it again later and hated it? I would love to know!

*I was gifted this product for review, all my opinions are 100% honest.

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SNP Animal Sheet Masks Review

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

This month, Bntnews sent us Bntgirls a smashing box filled with innovative makeup and skincare products! The first product I am going to review is super cute, funny and effective all at once. It's the animal sheet masks from SNP!

SNP animal mask packs contain coconut water for an immediate calming and moisturising effect. A highly enriched essence helps in providing the skin with enough moisture to stay healthy.

I am a huge fan of coconut water and flesh and I make sure to drink the juice of a fresh coconut every 2-3 days to nourish my body and skin from the inside. Here is a neat summary of the benefits of coconut water:

Maintenance of body temperature
Rich in minerals for healthy skin
Makes dry skin soft
Increases skin’s immunity
Increases moisture, improves skin texture and color, controls oil 
Relieves skin inflammations or skin troubles
Relieves skin stimulated by UV rays

Fitting with the theme of the product, SNP donates a part of profits to Korea's Animal Protection Society! So not only do you get to be a cute animal for a day (or 20 minutes), you are helping to protect animals in Korea.

When I first saw the masks, I thought that although the design and colours were amazing, however I was worried that it contained harmful and unnatural dyes that would be irritating to my skin. After further research I found that the mask itself is made of natural pulp, similar to those used in baby diapers to be kinder to sensitive skin. The colours used are non irritating and FDA certified, the same ingredients used in sanitary napkins, diapers and dust masks which gave me relief!

Each of us girls received a different animal package of masks, but inside were all 4 animal masks for us to review. I got the dragon package, which happens to be my favourite mask!

Dragon: Heals and calms damaged skin whilst restoring moisture/sebum balance.
Tiger: Improves wrinkles and boosts elasticity.
Panda: Brightens skin tone.
Otter: Restores skin balance and protects it while providing energy.

The graphic designer did an outstanding job with the masks and their packaging. The matte packets with the mini animal faces photograph extremely well and just look like so much fun!

The fit and material is the same for all the animal masks. The material feels like your average woven sheet mask.

The Good: the mask fits my forehead perfectly and does not extend up into my hair. There are very few air bubbles thanks to some strategically placed slits that allow you to pull the mask in a fitting direction.

The Bad: the eye holes are on the small side and the mask kept slipping down into my eyes. Thankfully the serum did not irritate my eyes at all, especially lucky seeing I was wearing circle lenses.

Favourite first, the dragon mask! 

"Soothing mask to take care of sensitive and red skin with AC-soothing energy refining skin healthy and translucent".

The dragon mask did not drip when I opened the packet and there was no defining smell present. 5 minutes into wearing the mask, I noticed a distinct cooling sensation on my skin which was really enjoyable as it's hot in Australia at the moment. 

The design is based on a traditional dragon which reminds me of Japanese art and theatre. I absolutely love the intricate patterns and the bright shades of green! 

Not only is the design amazing, but this mask had the most effect on my currently acne prone and angry skin. I had some small red pimples/irritations on my cheeks that morning and the mask had a marked effect on reducing redness and refining the size of my pores!

Amazing right?

There was some excess serum left on the mask after 20 minutes of wear and the serum absorbed into my skin well, leaving it slightly sticky. I found that make up adhered to my skin better than usual, however it did not do much in terms of oil control. My face was shiny as per usual 4 hours later. 

If you have acne prone, oily skin, the dragon mask is your pick!

Roar! Up next is the tiger mask!

"Anti-wrinkle mask to boost dulling skin cells with elastic energy leaving skin radiant and resilient"

The first thing I noticed about this one was the powdery, perfumey scent which I was not crazy about. This mask also did not drip when I opened it. 

The tiger is my second favourite in terms of design. The art style is similar to the dragon and is quite realistic in my opinion! I love the attention to detail in the design from the pink nose to the markings on the forehead.

When I removed this one, I found that the mask had been sucked almost dry! There was hardly any excess serum left, which meant my skin had absorbed most of it. My skin was left slightly tacky afterwards, similar to how it felt after the dragon mask. My skin looked dewy which I suppose could be taken for 'radiant'. However, my nose was greasy 2 hours later and then rest of my face followed in turn. 

This mask was too heavy for my oily, acne prone skin. Give it a go if you have dry/normal skin.

Panda mask is up!

"Whitening mask to restore dull and rough skin with brightening energy delivering luminosity and softness"

Unfortunately Mr Panda was my least favourite of the animal kingdom. Lemon is commonly used in brightening skincare, however this mask smells like lemon detergent- sickly sweet and artificial. It was also very wet and dripped all over my carpet when I opened it. 

I found the design to be my least favourite as well. It looks cheaper than the rest, probably because it contains a lot more white space, making it look thinner. Pandas are ridiculously cute animals, however the joker grin mouth has more of a creepy effect than cute!

This mask also had a marked cooling sensation on my skin. Other than that, I didn't really notice much effect on my skin, other than it feeling moisturised. Overall, this mask is nothing out of the ordinary. 

I don't recommend this one.

Last, but not least is otter!

"Aqua moisture mask to reinforce moisture retention of dry and water-insufficient skin with aqua energy creating moist an silky skin"

I only received one otter mask to trial, probably because the description least suits my oily, acne prone skin type. After my messy experience with the panda mask, I opened this one over the sink. Thank God I did because blue water literally squirted out of the packet! Be very careful with this one, as it was the only one where the serum was stained by the blue dye. There was no particular smell to this mask, which is preferable.

The design of the otter is the cutest in my opinion. The shade of blue and the lack of eyebrows totally reminds me of Doraemon!

As expected, there was lots of leftover serum which I used all over my legs. My skin absorbed the serum moderately well, but where the other masks left my skin feeling a good kind of tacky, my face ended up feeling full-on sticky! When I had dry skin, this mask would have definitely been my favourite for sure. 

Try the otter mask if you have dry skin!

My favourite is definitely the dragon mask because it was the most suited to my skin type and had a great effect with just one use. I would recommend all the masks except the panda, as they run true to their claims. Overall, I think these sheet masks are great because not only do they add some fun to your pamper sessions, they are effective on the skin!

Will you buy these? Which is your favourite design?

*I was gifted this product for review, all my opinions are 100% honest.

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Etude House Dear My Enamel Gloss Review

Sunday, 22 February 2015

I hope everyone had a smashing weekend! I, for one, was extremely depressed all weekend because I finished watching Samurai Champloo, the one and only anime I have ever loved. I generally don't like anime because I find the female characters extremely grating (honest truth, sorry), but Samurai Champloo has none of that. Every aspect of the series is simply astounding both at its time of creation (2004) and today. The contrast of hip hop music (RIP Nujabes) with the Edo period setting and crazy personalities kept me enthralled and obsessed until the end. Not to mention I have a big crush on Jin, hehe. If you haven't watched Samurai Champloo, please do!

I picked up the Etude House Dear My Enamel Gloss on my travels in Korea. I don't remember how much I paid for it, but you can get on KoreaDepart for $4.34 USD. I was looking for a nice darker every day nude and shade EBE 102, Chic Enamel Beige,  matched that description best.

A combination of lipstick and lip gloss with vivid real color and enamel gloss
Hybrid coating system maintains moisture on the lips
Rose oil and honey extracts for lip nutrition and hydration
Long lasting

I actually really like the packaging! It's expensive-looking and has some weight to it. I have also been carrying it around loose in the front pocket of my backpack alongside pens, keys and various other items and there are no sign of scratches anywhere. Impressive.

There is an angled, sponge doe foot applicator which picks up the perfect amount of gloss each time.

When I swatched it in store, I was super impressed by the pigmentation and thick texture. I am a lip gloss girl (as opposed to lip stick) and I adore thick, moisturising formulas for my dry, lined lips. As you can see, the gloss is extremely thick, sticky and pigmented.

Immediately after application.
 I am in love with this gloss when I first apply it! It makes my lips look plump, smooth and incredibly glossy. The pigmentation is strong enough to really create that smooth creamy finish that looks like a glossy lipstick. There is no shimmer or glitter in these, which I like. SO much love for how it looks fresh on my lips!

2 hours later.
The gloss reveals it's flaws a few hours into application. No matter how how well I exfoliate and prep my lips before hand, the result is the same every time. The gloss starts to ball up on itself and my lips start to look gummy and patchy like I haven't exfoliated my lips in weeks.

Reapplying the gloss makes the effect worse as the new gloss sticks to the balls (ew) of old gloss. So I now have bigger balls of gloss stick to my lips -__-.

4 hours after application.
 I did not attempt to save my lips and reapply any other products for the sake of this review. The gloss completely wears off 4-5 hours later and takes the moisture from my lips with it. My lips end up sucked dry and look really lined and patchy from tiny gloss remnants hiding in the creases. I know, it's gross!

I am so disappointed in this product because I really like the packaging, colour and finish, but it wears absolutely horribly on me. Not to mention my lips feel sore from the dryness after the product has worn away. Glosses are supposed to be more forgiving on your lips because of the extra moisture! Therefore, there I would NOT recommend this product to anyone. 

Has anyone tried the Etude House Crystal glosses? Are they any better?

*I bought this product with my own money. All my opinions are 100% honest.

Oh hai Jin!

New Highlights at Bubbles for Beautiful Hair

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Two weeks ago I finally got around to getting my hair done with a Groupon for Bubbles for Beautiful Hair. I actually purchased it last year and planned on getting my long hair chopped off at Bubbles, but I tried calling and Facebooking with not much luck- they Facebooked me back saying I could come in on various days but I was near exam time so I just wanted it chopped immediately. That led to my horrible experience at Top Image hair salon, read my rant here!

Now I've been to Bubbles for Beautiful hair, I wish I had gone for the chop last year with them. The salon is located far away in Maddington, but the staff were so nice and service so great that I would consider going back to them! Sherlene, the owner, is such a bubbly and interesting person! I'm not a very chatty person, but I found myself drawn to her boundless energy and motherly personality. She is from Mauritius and has an amazing french accent (hehe). She ended up showing me a creative dark blue colour job she'd done recently on her friend's son, and it made me want a creative colour so much.

So I ended up getting boring highlights because I can't have anything too crazy because of clinic. I've mentioned before that every single hairdresser likes to insult my hair and tell me it's dry. Of course I know it's dry, it's been that way since I was born -___-. Sherlene actually said my hair looked healthy, so I was happy! The chop must have done it some good!

This time I warned Sherlene about my cartilage piercings in my right ear because they are incredibly painful when bumped, and she took the utmost care in avoiding the area.

Look how freaking blendey the highlights are! Not a single streak and my black to dark orange caramel belayage looks the most natural it's ever been. I was really happy with the service at Bubbles and would definitely recommend them to anyone that lives near the area. They recently were awarded a prize for being Groupon's Top Rated business in 2014. Well deserved I'd say.

They are located at:

Unit 1, 13 Blackburn Street
Maddington, Western Australia

Don't you love great hair salon experiences? FYI this post isn't sponsored or anything, I just wanted to write about my experience!

Also, if any hair sponsors are looking for bloggers to promote their work, drop me an email :).

Style Story Deluxe Box Unboxing- Australia's First Korean Beauty Box!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Hello all! As most of you know, Meme box has closed it's doors to the international market. In perfect timing, Aussie company Style Story just released their monthly Style Boxes to us!

STYLE BOX is Australia's first ever beauty box packed exclusively with Korean beauty products! STYLE BOX will help you discover and try new Kbeauty products in a convenient, fun and cost effective way and help you avoid expensive beauty mistakes.

To purchase a STYLE BOX visit

The Basic Box is a perfect intro to KBeauty for people who aren't already familiar with Korean beauty products. It gives you a taste of the kind of products we sell at STYLE STORY and introduces them to some of the main Korean beauty brands (i.e. Missha, Tony Moly, Etude House, Holika Holika, Nature Republic, Innisfree, Skinfood etc). It includes an assortment of 6 full size, mini and trial sized products. 

$20 a month
$108 for a 6 month subscription. Save $12!
$192 for a 12 month subscription. Save $48!
*$4 flat shipping rate within Australia

The Deluxe Box is aimed at people who might be more experienced with Kbeauty brands and products or simply people that like to get great value for money! It includes great savings on many of our STYLE STORY products, contains larger products than our Basic Box, has more full sized items and will also include high-end Korean beauty products from time-to-time (such as Laneige, IOPE, Sulwhasoo, Su:m37 etc).

$36 a month
$200 for a 6 month subscription. Save $16!
$390 for a 12 month subscription. Save $42!
*$4 flat shipping rate within Australia

I've dabbled in Aussie beauty boxes before and never once considered buying a subscription to any because the products were not to my taste at all. I mean dry shampoo, hand creams and body lotion from brands you can get from Priceline? Hardly innovative. Style Story's boxes are more expensive but you get an interesting selection of 4 full sized products and 2 samples, unique to Korea. After seeing the contents of my Style Story deluxe box, I must say I am very impressed with the girls' curation of Kbeauty products! I found it to be an excellent mix of innovative and practical items.

I was greeted with a printout of the items and a short description of each inside a plain, white box. The packaging is not pretty, but all the products came safe and undamaged.

I was really impressed with the mix of unique skincare and cosmetic products, none of which I have tried before! Here's the rundown:

1. TonyMoly crystal tear glitter eyeliner
2. It's Skin blackhead clear oil gel
3. The Face Shop fermented adlay foam cleanser
4. It's Skin Babyface mascara 'secret fixer'
5. It's Skin prestige yeux ginseng d'escargot (sample)
6. Holika Holika nabi cream (sample)

Add a touch of bling to your eyes with these gorgeous crystal tear trough eyeliners by Korean beauty favourite Tony Moly. Create a classic glamorous eye look or perfect your Korean aegyosal (“cute under eye”) with this versatile and easy to use fine tip applicator, the perfect accent for highlighting the inner corners of your eyes, under eyes and under eyebrows.

I don't wear glitter liners every day but I like the option of using them for creating that wide eyed innocent look. This one is very sparkly so I make sure to dab some excess away before it dries. It doesn't sting my eyes at all (I've used some cheap glitter liners that stung like crazy!) and is super easy to use. I think everyone can make use of this product and I'm happy to have received this in my box!

Say goodbye to ugly blackheads on your nose with this dermatologically tested blackhead dissolving gel by It’s Skin. Developed based on clinical dermatological studies, It’s Skin Black Head Clear Oil Gel will keep your nose clear and soft, dissolving blackheads and unclogging pores with no irritating friction. 

My skin has been crazy oily these days and I've noticed I have more blackheads forming than before. I've managed to keep them at bay by using the oil cleansing method every night, but the method is very time consuming! I am really excited to try out this product and will probably try it all over my face, instead of just my nose. Almost everyone has nose blackheads, and I think this is such a good choice to include in a beauty box. I am really happy to try this one out and I hope it works!

The Face Shop Fermented Adlay Foam Cleanser is a milky white gel face wash from Korean natural beauty brand The Face Shop, which contains star Asian beauty ingredient Adlay. Adlay – also known as Chinese Pearl Barley is famous throughout Asia for its healing properties. It is known to clear acne, blemishes and redness. It also softens harsh skin. By fermenting key ingredients, the effectiveness of the active ingredients is increased. The fermentation process makes the product naturally form amino acids, vitamins and antioxidants.

Many Korean companies are making similar packaging for their cleansers, which is great because you get a lot of product in this kind of tube. I'm always happy to try out different cleansers and I've tried this one a few times. A smudge of product transforms into a really thick, dense foam and my skin is left feeling a little stripped, as it usually does with foaming products. I also find the smell quite weird- like a strong, harsh wheaty smell. This is the first time I have tried a fermented cleanser, so points for innovation and I'm glad I tried it. But it's only an okay cleanser for me.

Say goodbye to baby thin lashes with It’s Skin Baby Face Base Mascara in “Secret Fixer” by Korean beauty label It’s Skin. Amp up the volume in your lashes by giving your normal mascara something to grab onto with this boosting base mascara, which is designed to be applied underneath your regular mascara.

I've always wondered at the effectiveness of base mascaras, so again points to Style Story for including this product! The packaging is simply adorable like the rest of the Babyface series- to me it looks like a little cartoon cloud! I have tried this once with good results, and am really looking forward to experimenting with different mascaras to layer. Once again, really happy to receive this.

5. It's Skin prestige yeux ginseng d'escargot (sample)

I haven't tried these samples yet, but I'm intrigued by the Nabi cream which claims to give oily skin a 'cottony' feel. Generally I'm not fussed about these and would prefer one small item over two samples. 

Overall, I'm really impressed with the selection of product's from Style Story's first Deluxe box. I feel like they really put thought and effort into choosing a mix of innovative and lesser known products and brands. Considering a one off purchase of this box is $40 including shipping, it is definitely a higher price point than I would usually consider, but I was happy to receive every product (I actually Googled each product price online and added them up. Turns out this box is cheaper than buying each item separately from various discounted stores!). Compare that to the one Memebox I purchased which was cheap, but highly disappointing, I much prefer the Style box. Plus, it came within 4 days with automated email tracking! 

Good news is that Style Story has launched their international box for New Zealand, Asia, the UK, Canada, the United States of America, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands and Germany! Get yours here!

Are there any products above you guys would like me to review?

*These items were gifted for review. All opinions are 100% honest. 

Nature Republic Aloe Vera Cleansing Gel Cream Review

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

I picked this up in one of the Nature Republic stores on my Korea trip because it just looked like a winner. I love aloe vera, the smell and texture is just so beautiful and cooling on the skin! Plus, I was in the market for a gentle makeup remover that didn't need a cotton pad because I'm lazy. My favourite makeup removers have been creams or balms, so this was my first time trying a gel formula.

If I remember correctly, I think I bought it for $9AUD which kinda sucks because Koreadepart is selling it for $3.38 USD! What is this, paying almost triple the price for a Korean product in Korea! 

The squeeze tube is great, precisely the kind of packaging I prefer because there's no scooping product out of a tub (and thereby getting water inside when you are in the shower). I was initially impressed with the large size of the tube (150mL), but it turns out you have to use a lot of product each use. 

I do like the light green colour scheme though, it makes me think of all things refreshing and cooling!

"The fresh gel type cleansing gel effectively removes makeup residue and impurities from your skin with its rich aloe vera extract" 

"Gently massage a fair amount over face and tissue off. Follow with a foam cleanser"

This generous amount you see is only just enough to cleanse my entire face once. It's quite a lot in my opinion!

The gel had so much potential- just look at that rich, creamy gel texture! As soon as I saw it I thought it would be really effective in dissolving my makeup simply because it looks and feels so creamy and emollient. Alas, looks can be deceiving. Not only do you have to use a lot of product to do the job, the product does not perform well.

This product feels great on the face, all smoothy and slippery plus I really enjoy the aloe scent whilst I massage it in. I don't 'tissue off' the product, I just use water to wash it off. It is definitely a moisturising and soothing product because my skin feels very comfortable afterwards. The problem is, it simply does not remove makeup well enough.

I have used this product around 10 times to cleanse my makeup off at the end of the day. I have even used it twice in a row to see if it was able to take off all of my makeup, but it did not. Below are some examples of my face after 1 use of this product. This particular day I was wearing light eye makeup and a red lip.

Definitely a bit of 'grudge girl' action going on. My mascara is still there and I have dark eyeshadow stains under my eyes which did not wipe off with a towelling.

You can see I'm definitely having skin issues at the moment :(.
I hadn't tried this on red lips before and I laughed when I opened my eyes and saw this in the mirror! The gel took some of the lipstick off, but a lot remained in the creases of my lips which must have smudged when I was washing my face with my hands. 

In terms of base makeup, under close inspection I can see tiny glitter flecks on my face- a good indicator that my BB cream and powder is not fully removed.

Overall, I want more out of a makeup remover. I would not trust this to remove even light makeup and you would definitely need to depend on a deep cleanser to do a proper job. I say save your money! All $3 of it!

*I bought this product with my own money. All my opinions are 100% honest.