Review: TonyMoly Pokémon Bulbasaur Pore Foam Cleanser


I probably shouldn’t try new skin care products, my skin tends to react to things and when I get a proper routine I should probably stick to it, but I’m always tempted by new cleansers when I see them. In a recent Korean Beauty haul I found one of the Pokémon and TonyMoly collaboration foaming cleansers. There’s a range of four different types for different skin concerns and each has a different Pokémon on the front.

This is the Isanghessi (Bulbasaur) version (£4.94) which contains egg white and Portulaca oleracea extract. I used google to see what this actually is and apparently it’s a plant that’s used in traditional Chinese medicine for a lot of things but it’s supposed to sooth skin and help with irritation so it’s a calming ingredient. I’ve been using it for over a month now so I think I’ve seen what it does so time for a proper review of this as it’s definitely one of the cutest cleansers I’ve ever owned.

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Review: The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Aloe Nose Strips


A while ago I bought a few beauty things from TK Maxx and found these Jeju Volcanic Lava Aloe Nose Strips from The Face Shop for £4.99 for this pack of seven. I’m not sure on the original price of these but I do find that nose strips help my skin a lot if I use them every month or so and I know that my skin seems to get on with aloe products so I thought I’d give them a go. I went into my local TK Maxx yesterday and saw them in the store so they are still around at this price if you can find them.

These nose strips are the standard style where you wet your nose and apply the strip across before leaving it to harden and peeling it off. There’s something satisfying about peeling these things off and seeing what they’ve removed. It’s a bit gross but I find it interesting anyway. These from The Face Shop have volcanic ash, aloe extract and soy bean extract which isn’t a combination I’ve tried before for these, they’re normally charcoal based.

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Review: CNF The Iceland Mask Peach Sheet Mask


In a recent Korean beauty haul I bought a set of sheet masks that have Iceland Glacial Water listed as a main ingredient. The main thing that drew me to them is the different sheet mask flavours, that feels more like the right word than scent, as these include Mangosteen (you can find my review of that here) and today’s mask Peach. These just sounded so refreshing and I was intrigued to see how well they’d work compared to other Korean and British sheet masks I’ve tried.

I think the company that makes these is CNF, that’s the company name in the contact info on the back, and it’s not one I’d heard of before finding these. The Iceland Mask Peach sheet mask is supposed to be the moisturising one of the set and the set of five cost £5.91 with a silicone puff to help pat the sheet mask on from the f2plus1 eBay store, it’s cheaper now so it may change. Given how impressed I was with the first I tried I was really looking forward to this one so took it away with me when I stayed in Wales.

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Review: Ameliorate Transforming Body Lotion


This may sound like an odd thing to get excited about, but when I first saw this in the list of products in the Marks and Spencer’s Beauty Advent Calendar I was really looking forward to trying it. I think that the Ameliorate brand in general is pretty new, it’s still in the new products section on the M&S website, so this Transforming Body Lotion is a relatively new product. It claims to help rough, very dry skin and was specifically formulated original for skin with keratosis pilaris (skin that looks like permanent goose bumps, which I have, though I’d recommend google for the science behind it) though I didn’t realise that until looking it up now. I was intrigued to see how this would work for me and, although I haven’t used it for the four weeks it recommends because I had the mini size, I can definitely see the difference when I stopped using it and wanted to get this post up as soon as possible really.

Their own website has a range of products, I think they all have the formula in that helps rough and dry skin. Marks and Spencer has the full range, including the exfoliator, body wash, hand cream and non scented version. I think I’m going to be getting the set they have to try the others before going for a full sized one. The Transforming Body Lotion itself is also available from Boots. They all cost the same, £22.50 for the 200ml tube, so it’s just personal choice as to who you choose to buy it from if you want to give it a go.

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Review: Face Inc Silver Streak Peel Off Face Mask


You may know that I do love a good face mask, especially peel off or sheet masks, and so I had to ask for the Unicorn themed gift set that had a mix of Face Inc and Nails Inc products including face masks and nail varnish, two of my weaknesses, for Christmas. This Silver Streak peel off mask was one of the products in there and a pretty silver coloured peel off mask.

I can’t find the official description of what it’s supposed to do, there wasn’t much on the box and all of the online stores have taken it down, but apparently it’s supposed to refresh your skin and brighten your complexion so I was expecting something cooling and refreshing when I used it. I wasn’t the most cautious I’ve been when using peel off masks, I often get a couple of uses out of a pod, as it claims to be for face, body and hands and I tried it on my face, neck and the backs of my hands.

There’s something satisfying about removing a peel off mask, whether it has any benefits for my skin or not it’s just fun. This one has the added bonus of being a silvery colour, though it’s not straight up robot silver as I was half expecting, more a subtle silver shimmer that gives you a sort of sheen and glowy look when it’s on.

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Review: Soap and Glory What a Peeling De-Clog Face Mask


I have to say I do love a good face mask. Recently I’ve mainly been buying sheet masks but there’s something oddly satisfying about peeling of a peeling sheet mask. One thing I’ve found is that they tend to be fun but a bit underwhelming when it comes to the long term positive effects on my skin. If I see a new one from a brand I love though I do tend to give in and try it.

This Soap and Glory What a Peeling De-Clog Mask costs £4 and you get two little pods of face mask. I think it’s intended for one use each but there’s too much for me to use in one go so I’ve used the one pot twice. It claims to de-clog pores and the other benefits are supposed to be: lifts away impurities and dirt, removes excess oil, purifies, smoothes and brightens which sounds like a lot from one mask. Having said that I gave it a go as my skin has recently been a bit congested and I’ve been getting mini breakouts so I thought I’d give it a challenge and see how it coped.

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Review: CNF Mangosteen Sheet Mask

mangosteen-sheet-mask-1I do love a good sheet mask and, in my recent Korean Beauty haul, I found some new ones I’ve never heard of before, this The Iceland Sheet Mask in Mangosteen is one of them. I think the brand is CNF, there’s not much in English and I’m going by the contact information at the bottom of the sachet on the back. I got the set of five for £5.91 with a silicone puff so they’re around £1 each, a lot cheaper than sheet masks available in the UK.

Until a couple of years ago I’d never heard of a mangosteen, then my parents found them cheap on the market so came home with some. They’re a bit like a lychee in scent and flavour but look like the photo on the sachet. This particular sheet mask is aimed at calming your skin and, as my skin has been misbehaving a bit recently, I thought it would be a good one to start off my once a week face masks to see if I can get through my collection!

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Korean Beauty Haul


I recently made another order from the F2plus1 eBay store for Korean beauty products, I think it seems to be this time of year that I make these orders. A couple of these products were ones I’ve had my eye on for a while and I may have bought some more sheet masks. I already have enough to last months but these ingredients sounded unusual and I do love anything lychee or mangosteen so they ended up in my basket.

I’m always a bit wary about ordering from eBay, especially when it comes to cosmetics as there are so many fakes out there and I think a fake plastic figure is one thing but something you put on your skin is another. But I trust the f2plus1 store as I’ve bought from them before. They also have an online store away from eBay, BeautynetKorea, which I haven’t used but think it’d be as trustworthy. It does take a while to get here, two or three weeks in general, but considering it’s all the way from South Korea that’s pretty quick.

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Blogmas Day 23: Lush Tree D Bath Oil Review and Advent

Todays post may turn out to be a bit shorter than normal as neither of the parts is as long as I thought they’d be. I originally planned on doing a whole post to review the Lush Tree D Bath Oil but I really couldn’t think of enough to say about it. It’s definitely disappointing so I wanted to get this post up before the sales start as it might be one people are tempted by. I’ll go into more detail in the post if you want the full review but the short version is it just isn’t worth the money. Unless I have a dud but the ones I’ve seen in store seemed the same.

The second part is more positive and it’s the Marks and Spencer’s Beauty Advent Calendar gift for today; the Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream from Marks and Spencer’s Beauty. I haven’t really tried this one out properly, it’s a night cream and it’s today’s gift so no chance really, but also apparently I got this exact tube last year. It’s a 15ml tube as the mini and a full sized jar 50ml costs £22 so this tube is worth £6.60 I think. I will try it tonight and put my first impressions (or is that second given I did that last year too) in this post anyway.

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Blogmas Day 22: Advent and Finally Organising My Makeup Storage

I’m never sure whether to class makeup primers as makeup or skin care, it’s sort of the step between the two, but it seems like this primer is also a moisturiser which is great if you have dry skin. The Autograph Hydrating Confidence Boost Primer is today’s gift from the Marks and Spencer’s beauty advent calendar so now you pretty much have the whole routine for pre makeup prep in mini sizes from this calendar. The full sized 30ml tube is £12.50 meaning this 15ml mini one is worth £6.75, so sort of mid range when it comes to price, and it’s cruelty free and vegan and vegetarian friendly.

It’s been a bit of a long project, or rather it’s been an on and off project, since I got the drawers for in my wardrobe to store my beauty things but it’s finally finished and I have my makeup drawer all organised. I’ve been thinking of doing a bit of a post on what I have and how I store it but not sure if anyone would be interested. It’s definitely not a big collection, it all fits in the one drawer, after my various destashing sessions throughout the year and probably half of it is eyeshadow palettes so not a huge variety in there either. Would anyone be interested in that?

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