URBAN DOLLKISS Urban City Fresh Blown Eau De Parfum

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This cute eau de parfum is a new offering from URBAN DOLLKISS formerly known as Baviphat.

The line contains ten different fragrances and the brand writes that these are meant to be used layered together in order for the user to create their own personal fragrance, which is also why the line has been divided into four categories: citrus, floral, fruity and musk.

I currently own NO.3 Lime Basil and Sage, I might buy some of the others and test out different layering techniques.

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Packaging

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The bottle is made of glass and it is shaped as an apple, with the closure being made of some kind of metallic plastic. The closure is the only thing I don’t like about this perfume bottle since it is quite fragile and I have to be careful while opening or closing.

This bottle features a roll-on application which I love since it assures a mess free and controlled application.

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The bottle contains 8 ml of product, which might sound like a tiny amount but remember that this is not an eau de toilette but an eau de parfum, so a little goes a long way and it also lasts longer on skin.

In the end the bottle is cute and reminds me of those small vintage perfume bottles that used to be easy to find at markets.

 

The Scent

I chose NO.3 Lime Basil and Sage since I am fond of fresh herbal scents and they are quite uncommon on the market.

 

The notes are as follows:

Top: Grapefruit, Lemon  and Lime.

Heart: Jasmine, Basil and Sage.

Base: Patchouli.

 

When I looked at the full list of notes the first, in the ad there was no list only a description, I became a little bit worried since this perfume has both patchouli and jasmine. Both of those notes have a tendency to give me a headache but I am pleasantly surprised at how much I love this scent.

For me this smells like a crisp summer morning.

Personally speaking I’m very tired of the typical summer scents that get’s released every year, they all smell too similar to each other!

So I am pleased to have found something that still is very summery but does not fall into the stereotypical rendition of a summer fragrance.

The scent starts off a little bit sharp but as time progresses and the citrus top notes starts to mellow down a little, the heart notes really does come out to play and the herbal notes mesh perfectly with the jasmine.

Jasmine is in my opinion one of the more masculine florals, combine that with herbal notes and you get a heart accord with a unisex feeling to it. That makes it sound heavy but it is kept fresh thanks to the top notes.

The patchouli is the only base note in this fragrance but I think it was a good idea from the one concocting this. The patchouli gives this fragrance a nice earthy quality that keeps this fragrance from becoming too airy or fleeting.

After wearing this for a couple of hours the patchouli starts to give off a more smoky quality, which is very beautiful in my opinion.

 

Verdict

This scent is on its way to become a new favourite.

The way it progresses when I wear it is so beautiful and complex.

The price point is also very good but I do see that the price varies depending on where you buy it. I paid five dollars for this and I’m happy to have found a perfume that I love that is budget friendly.

 

I feel that perfumes are something that is extremely personal and as such it is difficult to give recommendations, but I hope that my description of this scent was useful and that you liked this post. The photos in this post came out very blurry but I believe they still captures how the product still looks.

Thank you for reading!

Etude House: Cherry Jelly Lips Patch

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I finally managed to get my hands on this lip patch that I’ve wanted to try ever since I tried the honey jelly lips patch after new years eve.

Review here of the Honey Jelly Lips Patch.

Both packages are quite similar with differences being the colour scheme and text. The hydro gel lip patch has the same shape and look a the other one.

This cherry lip patch is supposed to plump, vitalize, moisturize and revitalize lips thanks to ingredients like collagen, cherry extract and sodium hyaluronate.

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The scent of this product is a very light but fresh cherry scent. It is a scent I believe could have been used as part of a summer fragrance since it is comfortable and light.

The instructions are the same as with the other lip patch from Etude House.

You have use it immediately after opening the packaging, put the jelly patch onto clean lips and leave it on for 10-15 minutes and after removing it you are to massage any remaining serum into your lips.

It feels very soothing and refreshing but I thought it was a bit weird that it had difficulties staying on my lips by itself. The last one had no problem with this but I noticed that the cherry jelly lips patch has a thinner consistency and I believe that might have something to do with it.

But it disappoints me to say that this did almost nothing for my lips.

It was lovely enough and I did enjoy it but when I remove this and I can still feel that my lips are quite dry still, then I feel that this was a waste of money and time. Yes these lip patches are not the most expensive products out there but I still expected this to be better.

I did not rave about the honey jelly lips patch either but I have used it after my initial review and I see it as something I can indulge in on my care days, but this one won’t be rebought.

 

 

Sample Monday: Skin Food – Black Sugar Mask Wash-Off

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This is a sample I’ve wanted to try out for sometime.

This is an exfoliating face mask, which is accordingly to Skinfood, contains mineral-enriched brazilian black sugar which promotes smooth glowing skin.

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The instructions on the backside of the packet is simple and easy to follow.

You are supposed to cleanse your skin first but to leave it damp before massaging this mask into your skin. You can add water or oil while massaging this in if you want a more “softer” exfoliation or if you have more sensitive skin. This is then left on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.

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The texture of this is what I expected, extremely gritty but with some liquid to hold it together. I massaged this very carefully in and as I suspected this would be too rough for me if I had gone in like I do with my regular face scrub.

I love the scent this has. It is a refreshing true-to-life lemon scent and not the typical candy-lemon scent that is more common.

Sitting with this in 15 minutes is easy, it is comfortable and feels nice. The colour of this mask is a caramel brown and I forgot to take a picture of this unfortunately.

When it came to wash this off, I was positively surprised at how easy this was to wash off. I had expected this to be a little bit sticky or leave a little bit of residue but instead I am left with soft and refreshed skin.

I am pleasantly surprised by how nice this left my skin.

I had to moisturize my skin afterwards since this is indeed a little bit harsh, in that regard I believe that I should have had mixed it in with a bit of toner/water, but all in all that’s not a bad thing as it is usually something you should do after scrubbing away dirt and dead skin.

This was a nice experience and I checked out the price for this mask and it is quite cheap and you do get a lot in the jar. I believe I might order this in the future.

But I have to say that this product might not be for dry or sensitive skin.

 

 

 

Lindsay: Luxury Gold Magic Mask

 

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This is the first time I’m going to try a modelling mask. These have just come to my attention but I’ve been a little bit sceptical to these since I heard  about how messy these have  a tendency to be.

But I was advised to try this series of modelling masks from Lindsay since they are supposedly easy to use and also filled with nice ingredients.

I feel the need to explain what a modelling mask really is.

A modelling mask differs from a regular peel-off mask in that these form a rubbery surface that “locks” all the skin loving ingredients close to skin and make sure that they don’t evaporate.

These modelling masks from Lindsay are easier to use since they already come with pre measured packets, where one is a liquid with skin loving ingredients and the other one is a powder which in addition to as fore mentioned ingredients also contains a thickener, which gives the mask its texture.

 

What it is supposed to do

This mask has a lot of claims and it says in the description that it is a luxury spa treatment for home use.

This is going to help hydrate, moisturize, soothe, fight acne, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, brightening, anti-oxidant, reduce redness and repair UV-damage.

Amongst its good ingredients are niacinamide, aloe vera, hydrolized collagen, pearl extract, colloidal gold, centella asiatica extract and adenosine.

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Packaging

This is one of the simplest but ingenious packaging that I’ve come across. It doubles up as a container and mixing bowl, it also makes it easier to dispose of since you just put everything into the bowl and put the cap back on.

The packaging also comes with a pink plastic spatula. It is nice when mixing the ingredients together but I found it too rough when it came to application so I used my H&M spatula instead.

 

 

Steps 1&2

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Backside of step 1 packet.

The first step in this mask consist of a thick golden liquid with barely any scent.

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Ingredients list of Step 1.

Purified water, Butylene Glycol, Algin, 1, 2-Hexane Diol, Potassium Alginate, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Colloidal Gold(5ppm), Niacinamide, Hyaluronidase Acid, Adenosine, Pearl Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Red Iron Oxide, Fragrance

 

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Backside of step 2 packet.

The second step contains the powder and has a very strong floral scent to it. The gold and glitter in this powder got lost in the picture.

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Ingredients list of Step 2.

Glucose, Diatomatious Earth, Calcium Sulfate, Potassium Alginate, Tetrapotassium Pyrophosphate, Hyaluronidase Acid, Magnesium Carbonate, Allantoin, Niacinamide, Colloidal Gold(5ppm), Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Gold Extract, Peppermint Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Mica, Synthetic fluorphlogopite, Red Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow Iron Oxide, Fragrance

 

Application

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Mixing these two together forms a thick paste and I followed the instructions to a T.

You are supposed to cleanse and tone your face prior to applying this, it needs to be applied thick in order to make the removal easy and for this mask to work its wonders for the 20-30 minutes it requires.

This mask is cold when you apply it, giving an instant soothing effect that lasts for a couple of minutes before the outside dries down into a rubber texture on the outside. When that happens you can feel the mask lock down the moisture/ingredients so that they can start working with your skin thanks to your body heat.

This is actually quite comfortable, I can have my glasses over the mask without them getting stained/dirty all while I can feel this mask working with my skin especially after it hits the 10 minute mark.

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Picture taken after applying.

In the instructions it says to remove this from the chin in an upwards motion and to wash off the remaining residue with warm water.

Doing this leaves my skin super soft and I can definitely see my skin texture/tone and since I’ have some stress related zits and redness, it was nice to see that they had faded considerably.

When I woke up the next day, I could clearly see how brightened my skin was and how fresh I looked compared to the day before.

 

Conclusion

This is going to be rebought!

Its more expensive than other korean mask but it works wonderfully and I could very clearly see improvements in my skin and the effect lasted all week.

Probably the best face mask I’ve had the pleasure to try out.

 

Monday Samples: Etude House – Wonder Pore

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The wonder pore line is legendary for it’s effectiveness in helping dehydrated skin with large pores. Particularly in helping cleaning pores out and making roughened skin soft and supple.

I have two of these sample sets so this sample review is going to be a bit more in-depth. It also helps that my skin has started to react to the warmer temperatures we’ve been having lately, my skin has bumps, larger pores and a rougher texture than normal.

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In this sample set there is four different products.

  • Wonder Pore Deep Foaming Cleanser
  • Wonder Pore Tightening Essence
  • Wonder Pore Clearing Emulsion
  • Wonder Pore Balancing Cream

Reading up on what the different products do I have to say that this seems like a comprehensive skin line since it’s products are meant to both treat and moisturize.

But how does this line hold up?

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This cleanser claims to have ten benefits:

  • Deep cleansing of pores.
  • Sebum control.
  • Skin tone improvement.
  • Pore tightening.
  • Improves pore elasticity.
  • Moisturizing.
  • Improves PH-value.
  • Smoothes skin.
  • Cooling effect.
  • Removes dead skin cells.

Of course since I only have two sample packets of this, it will be impossible for me to see how true these claims are since skin care products needs time to work their magic, but it can give an estimate of its effectiveness.

This face cleanser contains a mint and vinegar complex that is meant to cool and soothe your skin and it also contains blue beads that is intended to softly exfoliate your skin.

That’s one thing that I enjoyed about this cleanser, it does not contain as many abrasives as a lot of cleansers meant for rougher skin types often has which can sometimes become too much sometimes.

The formula does have a nice cooling effect and it did actually make my pores feel and look better than before, which did surprise me a bit since I did not expect that in two consecutive uses, another surprise was that my skin felt moisturized and soft aswell.

The scent is also very comfortable, very fresh and light.

I believe that this cleanser would show itself as even more effective if I bought the full size and I might just do that soon.

 

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This essence is supposed to tighten pores, firm, giving a cooling sensation and help control sebum and keep it matte.

I like the scent of this, it differs from the cleanser in that it has a stronger lemon smell to it. It really feels comfortable when massaging this into my skin and its partly because of the texture.

Which is a thicker serum with a nice slip to it.

It dries down really fast and it leaves a matte surface while my skin feels incredibly supple and fresh. My pores seems to be freshened up but not smaller and that might very likely be because I’ve only tried two samples of it and that I may get more results with consistent use.

It is very likely that I’d buy the full size of this.

 

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This emulsion is supposed to help combination/oily skin with moisture, ph-balancing, smooth out rough skin texture and oil control.

The first thing I notice when applying this is just how nice it feels, I can feel this product working with my skin and it is extremely lightweight which is just a great bonus. It is refreshing and gives my skin a nice glow.

Yet another product that its highly likely I will buy in the future.

 

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This is a gel based moisturiser infused with mint extract.

It is meant to help balance the skin’s oil and moisture balance, skins elasticity and treating enlarged pores.

This is also a treat to apply since it just like most of the other products has a cooling effect that feels incredibly soothing.

This also made my skin more even, my large looked almost gone and putting on my foundation was a dream. I love the effect this has and I felt that I did not need to put a base which is part of my regular routine.

I think this will also be bought the next time I’m ordering at Etude House.

 

Conclusion

I’m very impressed with these and I do want to order them soon.

The line sounds perfect for summer temperatures and for me these samples worked very well, so I wonder how my skin would have looked like with regular use.

 

Have you tried any of these products?

What do you think?

 

Sample Monday: Etude House – Baking powder pore cleansing foam

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I have a ton of samples in my holographic bag and it’s about time they get used!

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After what I’ve heard this face wash is a cult favourite among k-beauty lovers.

This face wash is supposed to give your pores a deep cleanse, removing excess sebum and dead skin cells + makeup residue.

For someone with combination skin this sounds like the perfect match for summertime, as my skin has a tendency to become extra oily when the temperature rises, with the additional bonus of both black and white heads. It is also nice since I believe this can remove even the most stubborn sun screens.

But how does it hold up?

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The first thing I notice is the texture of this. It is very strange for a face wash to have an extremely creamy texture with some added abrasiveness, which I believe is the baking soda and the scent reminds me of a dishwater my mom used to buy in the 90s. It is not offensive or nasty it just smells clean with an added hint of lemon.

But when you lather this up it changes into a nice foam. Putting this onto your face feels different from other face washes I’ve tried, I can instantly feel this start to work it’s wonders and it does sting a little bit while i work this in with circle movements.

It is also the first time I’ve ever experienced a face wash that I feel is difficult to remove.

After the removal I could still feel a little bit of stinging and I worried that my skin might have reacted negatively to this product, but after a minute the stinging sensation went away and I could check the results of this face wash.

I can see that my pores have been cleaned, they also look smaller and my skin does not feel tight after using this, which was something I feared since it contains baking soda and it did sting my face a bit.

But I’m not sure if I’m going to buy a full size of this to be honest.

It is not because it’s not a good product but more to do with me already having found a routine that works for me. It is probably one of those few products that I’ve gotten a sample from that I can honestly say wowed me a bit since I saw an immediate improvement.

I can say that this might not be a product that is suited to sensitive or dry skin.

In the end I’d advise people to try a sample of this before buying the full size just to be safe.

 

 

 

 

TonyMoly: Magic Food Mushroom

I wanted to higlight some skin care products that for the last year have become holy grails for me and which I have repurchased.

These three coupled together do wonders for my combination to oily skin. What makes these three so potent is the fact that they do contain extract from three different mushrooms: matsutake, shiitake  and chaga. All of these mushrooms are known for being beneficial, especially chaga which is considered one of the strongest antioxidants we know of.

The packaging is cute but sturdy and I have taken to use empty containers for storing herbs or salt, after giving them a good cleaning of course. Another thing is that these contain 70 ml of product and I highly suggest that you use a spoon or a spatula and not your fingers so that the product keeps itself fresh longer.

I really love these so let’s get into the review.magicfoodmushroom_3

 

Strawberry Mushroom Sugar Scrub

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This is a very mild exfoliator using strawberry seeds and sugar. It does state that if you have sensitive skin that you can add some water to your face before massaging the product on your skin, I usually use this in the shower as I feel that without moistness you have to use more of the content and frankly each of these mushrooms does not contain more than 70 ml.

I love how gentle this scrub is and how it melts on your face leavig your face clean and free from dirt. However I do suspect that some people might find this sugar scrub too mild for their taste. But I feel that most scrubs on the market is too harsh in general to be used in the face even if they are advertised as such.

It does leave my face feeling polished and ready for further treatment. An added bonus is the fresh and sweet scent of strawberries which I’ve become fond of.

 

Choco Mushroom Cream Pore Pack

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This pore pack is gentle and soothing with it’s chocolate smell and soft texture. Formulated with cocoa powder and ghassoul powder, this gently removes impurities from my skin and even manages to calm down any irritated zit on the occasion I have one of those. I use this when I’m extra oily or when my skin texture is a bit bumpy, I feel that this pore pack smooths skin texture and also helps a little bit at making dull oily skin look fresh again.

The texture of it is like a mixture of a gel and cream, very thin consistency that melts a little bit when it comes in contact with your skin.

One thing is that I feel that this might not be suitable for people with very dry skin as I don’t feel any of the moisturizing effcts that TonyMoly claims it have, on the other hand this product can feel drying if I use it during winter, again I have oily to combination skin and based on my experiences this might not be the right product for someone with very tight and dry skin.

 

Golden Mushroom Sleeping Pack

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This is my absolute favourite of the mushrooms. It is a necessity for me during the winter when my skin can become tight, dry and flaked. It is one of the extremely few skin care products that i feel worked immediately and that I did not have to use consistently over time to see results.

This leaves my skin feeling divinely soft, fresh and suple.

One thing that I want to mention is that the consistency of this sleeping pack is very thick and you don’t need much in order to create an even layer of this. The first time I used this I took too much on my spoon and discovered how thick it became and that my skin could not absorb this well enough.

But with an appropriate amount it applies smoothly and absorbs easily into the skin.

The only con to this is that i feel that the floral smell can be a little bit too much for a product you are going to sleep with on your face. It’s most likely not something that going to be an issue with everyone but I’m mentioning it.

However it is a product i have to be careful to not use too often as it is extremely rich and might leave me with greasier skin and whiteheads. Definitely something a person with extremely dry skin perhaps would like to try out but I have found that this is too rich for me to be using everyday or even every second day. It is a product that I only use when my skin is in need of some tlc, such as when the grade slips beneath 10- celsius or when I’ve been super stressed.

I’m not sure about the anti wrinkle effect though.

 

Overall

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One thing I find very wierd about these is that they do seem not to complement each other. All three seems to have been formulated for different skin types.

But I love these and I have used them consistently in 2016 and even rebought them. For me that is actually a little bit rare as I often find myself jumping from product to product.

Have you tried any of these?

What did you think of them?