This is what it feels like when doves attack your face with volcanic snow...

So this is one of those products I had stashed away ready for a rainy day, and broke out in the last month to try...

Introducing the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask! 

There are like a hundred reviews of this mask already out there, but I think it deserves a little bit of "love" from my corner of the world.  Or loathing. 

Let's do this...!

The Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask, that will from here out be just called CBCM for short, is one of those recent skincaretainment trend products that's had alot of airtime due to its insane bubble-ability once exposed to oxygen, hence spawning sweet selfies (shoutout to my fave zombie mask!)  CBCM claims to exfoliate, cleanse, and rid pores of built up grubbines, while containing beneficial skincare ingredients such as collagen, white clay, green tea, lavendar, and the like.  Full ingredient list can be found on COSDNA.

As you can see above, I've tried this mask quite a few times already!  The mask comes packaged in a tub style jar with an inner lid, to stop air from prematurely activating your mask, and a small spatula to assist with application.

The mask itself has a very thick and gooey consistency.  The jelly texture I assume can be attributed to the collagen contained in the formulation.  I actually find this product a bit hard to spread evenly on my skin.  I either feel I have way too much on some areas or just not enough at all, and sometimes it begins bubbling before I'm happy with the coverage across my whole face.  It activates really quickly when exposed to air, so be sure to keep your inner lid and jar tightly sealed! 

So onto the bubbles....

That sums that up.  But seriously, if you are prone to not liking your face feeling like it's being attacked and/or tickled in the least pleasant way possible this mask is not for you.

I have endured many, many trials with this product in the quest for cleaner pores but....

Washing the mask off is a freaking pain.  Basically it's like trying to remove wallpaper paste, very gooey and very gross.  I've yet to find success getting my face completely clean after using this mask without resulting to using a foaming cleanser and a bit of effort.

Maybe that's why I haven't really seen much success with the product?  To be honest I think my pores look the same level of clean after using this mask & a cleanser as they do if I simply double cleanse.  Hmmm, colour me gray... I mean, not impressed.

Would I buy this again?  No.  But I can't fault it's simple entertainment factor, and there are plenty of other beautyphiles out there that have had some success with this mask, it's just a waste of shelf space for me.  So basically, if you're thinking of trying this out keep in mind it may not necessarily be a miracle worker, but at least you'll get a few amusing selfies and snapchats out of the experience!

BOTB & BB: March 2017 Edition

It's been ages since I last posted one of these!  But after the recent goal to shrink my hoarding pile, I decided it would be fun to share some of the stuff I've recently finished off.... and those that are destined for the trash.

Lo & behold... The March edition of Bottom of the Bottle & Bin Bound!

And the Losers are...

And the Losers are...

Ladies and Gentleman, I present you with this months Losers.  YMMV, but realistically these products sucked ass.

Of particular note are Australis' Velourlips which I REALLY wanted to be awesome, I mean come on LOOK AT THOSE SHADES.... LEEEEEWWWWWK!  Unfortunately, like many other matte shades my lips insta-sahara-ed, and looked feathierer than Big Bird draped in all of the feather boas at Mardi Gras.  TL;DR, they looked bad.

That foundation up there is just NO.  It might be my bad shade selection, or it could be that it clung to all of my dry spots, and considering my skin trends towards oily, that is quite the feat!

The other lip products suffer from formulation hate. Nuff said.

Who's a good girl, finishing all of her products?! ME!

Who's a good girl, finishing all of her products?! ME!

The L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion is pretty much the first domestic version of the Korean BB/CC/Foundation sponge pact I've come across in Australia (though not for long - I'm trialing Maybelline's offer as I write this) and props to L'Oreal for getting in on the trend.  That said, although I finished this up (because at nearly $40AUD I wouldn't dare not to) I wasn't overly impressed.  The coverage was OK, but quite light for something that is being marketed as a "foundation".  Also the sponge that came with this sucked so bad.  Like seriously a good way to put off a sponge pact first timer there.  I had more success using this with a spare Missha sponge I had lying around.  To be honest, it wasn't bad but it wasn't spectacular either.  I won't be re-buying. Fun fact - Made in Korea.  Not so fun fact - Not refillable like the majority of Korean offerings.

Majolica Majorica's Lash Meister (this one in dark bluish black) is awesome.  I love that the applicator is basically a doubled sided comb, with the smaller side to target lower lashes.  This fibre mascara is like close to being my favourite mascara ever.  If it were waterproof I would be saying HELLO HG.  Rebuying... yes!  

E.L.F Lip Exfoliator is cheap and effective.  The gentle granules work great on my dry ass lips. The slightly vanilla balm flavour also helps.  And it is really cheap for it's quality... I mean it ... like $8AUD at Kmart.  I have already repurchased.

L'Oreal Nude Magique CC Colour Correcting Cream came to my collection just prior to my Bali trip.  I wanted something easy and natural looking for my makeup game in the tropical heat. It's OK, does the job, and surprisingly has pretty good coverage for what it is.  But would I rebuy?  Nah, there are plenty of BB creams that do just as well.

I don't think I will ever get over Dolly Wink's Liquid Liner in Black.  I really wasn't a fan of liquid liner pens until I used this one, and while I'm off trying other brands, I will never forget my first love. TT_____TT DW xxx

And here we have it, Beauty Lovers, the grand winner: Biore UV Aqua Rich Sunscreen.  MY FIRST OFFICIAL HG PRODUCT.  I can see why this suncreen has such a cult following amongst us beautyphiles.  Seriously, this sunscreen is magic!  It's a dream under makeup, has no white cast, and never clogs my pores up.  Regrettably I thought I'd use up another sunscreen I had o hand before re-ordering my precious Biore, what was I thinking? I miss it so much...

Now the moment I've all been waiting for...

Well, lucky me my Jolse order rocked up right in time for my birthday tomorrow (YASS all the anti-aging Vitamin C thanks!) and I have to say, as usual Jolse's sample game is on point.  In fact I was super blown away with the samples this time, but as I started unwrapping my items, found even more samples secreted between layers.

Epic!

Below, I smashed together a quick "unboxing" slideshow.  Oneday I'll video one of these.

So as you can see, there were alot of samples this time around!

My order consisted of:

  • A'PIEU Cocorico Silk Blanket Mask (Silver) x 2
  • A'PIEU Gruyere Cheese Cream
  • Ciracle Eye Contour Gel
  • CosRx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid
  • CosRx Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
  • Dr. Jart+ V7 Radiance Toner
  • Elizavecca Milky Piggy Glactomyces 100% Essence
  • Elizavecca Milky Piggy Kangsi Pack
  • Holika Holika Lazy & Joy Ceramide Capsule Cream
  • Monstory Cool Cool Mon Slow Aging Sleeping Mask
  • Only S Trend C20 Vitamin C Serum (again!)

Now let's talk about these samples, besides the usual Jolse socks, bath mitt, pore strip and blotting papers, I received:

  • CosRx PHA Moisture Renewal Power Cream (x4)
  • Etude House Berry Delicious Color in Liquid Lips Juicy (x2)
  • Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish (x2)
  • Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream (x2)
  • Etude House Fix and Fix Primer Tone-Up Rose (x2)
  • Etude House One Shot Gel Cleanser & Fresh Moisture Foam (x2)
  • Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream Matte (I think there are 3 shades in each set - x2 sets)
  • Goodal Green Tangerine Emulsion, Serum, and Cream (x2 sets)
  • Heimish All Clean Balm 5ml (x1)
  • It's Skin Blueberry sheet mask
  • Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB Cream (x2)
  • Missha Super Aqua Oil Clear Gel Cream (x1)
  • Rizette Magic Whitening Cream+ (x2)
  • Tony Moly The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream (x2)

It's probably the first time I've been super excited about complete range of samples I've received - I can't wait to try pretty much everything.  It took about 4 business days for Jolse to ship out, and since I'm aiming to order seasonally, my haul amount qualified for free DHL Express.  I ordered on Monday evening last week, so pretty good turnaround again.