Well the last days of Winter are finally upon us, and they can't be over soon enough I say. Give me Summer any day! I finished up quite a few products over the months I was on unofficial blogging hiatus, pictured are the August empties & my thoughts. Let's start at the left...
LadyKin Affinitic Snail Cream
Purchased from YesStyle for $23 AUD. I am going to state the obvious here, I purchased this solely for the cute packaging. Sure, I wanted to try a snail cream, however I was swayed heavily by appearances when choosing one. Described as per the YesStyle website "Lightweight facial cream contains a generous dose of snail secretion filtrate that heals damaged skin, boosting its elasticity level and leaving it dramatically smoother and optimally hydrated longer. Skin-fortifying ingredients prevent water loss, promoting water retention and protecting from external irritants for renewed health." This cream often gets rave reviews, however I was not uber impressed with it. The texture is a gel-cream type, which is indeed very lightweight but I felt it just did the job of a regular moisturizer and nothing more. I didn't feel my skin was "drastically smoother" and my hopes that it would contribute to the healing of my acne scarring were dashed at the bottom of the jar. All that said, it is still a very nice basic moisturizer in a cute jar.
Would I buy it again? Probably not given that I need performance over prettiness as I get older.
Laneige White Plus Renew Spot Treatment EX & Lirikos Sun Protection Water Fluid (Samples)
Samples received from YesStyle. I managed three applications from each of these samples (surprising!) First up Laneige - This product has some really great feedback online regarding fading pigmentation issues and acne scarring. I concentrated on a recent very red spot on my forehead for my three test applications and saw no difference at all :(. I want to think that this is just down to the few times I've used it, but to see not even the tiniest improvement over the three days? Awwww. The consistency is quite a thick white cream. Lirikos' Sun Protection Water Fluid is exactly that - a very thin consistency SPF 30/PA++ sunscreen for your face. This applies easily but despite its thin texture still feels a little greasy on my skin and gives a very slight you-are-so-ghosting-sunscreen caste.
Would I buy either of these as full size? Hmm I think I'd like to try Laneige's but in reality neither of these impressed off the mark
Dewytree Aqua Collagen Peptide Sleeping Mask
Received via Memebox & retails for $28. Bad england aside on the packaging I really liked this product and have been using it nightly for the last few months. It lasted ages! It promises to tighten up signs of aging and brighten up the complexion for healthier, younger looking skin. The ingredients card from Memebox boasts collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid, green tea extracts, and other long words rich in vitamins C, K, and B. What I can say is that my skin felt super soft and moisturized every night I used this. I think it definitely has helped improve my over all skin texture.
Would I buy it again? Yes, but I really shouldn't. I have three sleeping packs ready to go right now... -___-;;;
Cheeky Alice by Vivienne Westwood
Received as gift. Smells awesome.
Would I buy it again? Yes.
Clio VF21 CC Cushion
Purchased via a Korean beauty seller on ebay for $21 AUD. I've already reviewed this product previously here with photos. I've been using off & on on days when I prefer lighter coverage, but as mentioned previously I'm not bowled over by it.
Would I buy it again? No, other BB/CC cushions await!
Ipsennature 5 Seeds Apple Water Brightening Scrub
Just another Memebox item. This scrub is made from apple water (wtf is that?), apricot, raspberry, walnut, rice, and corn seed powders. Mmmm tasty. It's a scrub and does the job it's supposed to do, but I don't feel the need to track down this obscure brand anytime soon.
Would I buy it again? Nah.
Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion Sampler (All 3 Shades)
Received with some EH samples. I love that you can try all three shades in miniature form and see which one best suits you. For me none of these do. I gave them a try since I received them free, but they really are suited to younger skin. They also have very little coverage so you want to have great skin to start with. The three shades are designed to combat specific skin issues: Mint - Redness & acne; Peach - Darkness & dull skin; and Pink - adds vibrancy (which isn't the same as Peach apparently). I like the concept behind this product, but the thin watery texture means it doesn't do the part of a base or a good primer. There are plenty of reviews online by younger bloggers though who have found some success with them.
Would I buy it? No.
Tosowoong 10 Hours
Received via Memebox. This protein hair treatment comes in a odd syringe style packaging and is so thick & rich I could easily get four treatments out of it for my shoulder length hair. My hair is super damaged from dying it blonde at home, well the ends are (I am currently growing it and avoiding hair color causing an odd ombre look). It's a cool product and quite conditioning, but in reality it is nothing special.
Would I buy it again? No
Morningtree Revitalizing Deep Spot Treatment
Received via Memebox and retails for $34? WTF? TBH I have no idea what the hell is going on with this product. It promises many things - whitening, anti-wrinkle, repair of darkened spots on your skin including the Y zone... blah blah. The tube is pretty cool with it's three metal roller balls for application however... THIS IS BASICALLY A Y ZONE TREATMENT. I don't even want to try it anywhere else on my body let alone my face. I ended up trialling this on some pigmentation on my stomach and it did nada.
Would I buy it again? Yeah, no.