Erborian Korean Skin Therapy

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Erborian. A premium Korean-French hybrid skincare line that believes in mixing “ancient Korean traditions with signature Parisian luxury.” The product line is technologically advanced (uses high-tech cosmetic engineering), blended with the inclusion of ingredients such as Matcha Green Tea, Bamboo, and Ginseng. It breaks down the typical Korean skincare routine down from twelve steps to three, which saves time, and yet does not sacrifice quality. A simplified routine, with products that are gentle, yet effective on the skin. So, why hadn’t I tried them before? Goodness! 😍  

I was sent a few of the brand’s products to try out, and I am so happy for the opportunity to use a few items from the Ginseng collection. Between the Eau Ginseng Concentrated Lotion, the Elixir au Ginseng, and the Ginseng Shot Mask, my skin is super smooth and soft. I can’t stop touching my face. Seriously. It’s a problem. It typically doesn’t take long for skincare products to work on me, which greatly reduces testing time. But these three products worked so quickly on me that I was almost startled. I remember standing in front of the mirror for awhile, because something about my face was different, but I couldn’t figure out what it was. Until I realized that the few fine lines that I had around my eyes were drastically reduced. That was Day 5.

 

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The products:

Eau Ginseng Concentrated Lotion – This is an energizing lotion (toner) that was made to moisturize and smooth the skin, while giving it a beautiful glow. I can attest to its hydrating properties, and how good it feels on the skin. This is one that you want to pat into your skin after cleansing your face in the morning and in the evening. ($39.00)

Elixir au Ginseng – This is the brand’s Youth Micellar Emulsion Essence. This is an anti-aging serum designed to help achieve younger looking skin. Panax Ginseng (aged 6 years) is used in this product for moisturizing and smoothing purposes, and the serum is immediately absorbed into the skin due to its fine emulsion. This is also applied to the skin in the morning and the evening, and although it has been said that you only need two drops, I find myself having to use four or five (or half of a dropper!) in order to really spread it around my face and neck. Given the price point, though, I understand why less drops at a time are recommended. ($110.00)

Ginseng Shot Mask – This mask is again noted for its moisturizing and smoothing properties (see a theme here? 😉 ). Firming, smoothing, and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while leaving the skin with a beautiful glow are the goals of this product. 15 minutes is all that it takes. ($7.50)

I strongly recommend this product, and that’s not something that I normally do. For me, Erborian is the real deal, and the above products are now staples in my routine. Of course, what works for one may not work for another, but I strongly believe that this brand is worth a try. The entire line can be bought at Erborian.com and at Sephora.com. If you decide to give Erborian a try, or have already tried their products, let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Liebeskind Berlin Esther Satchel…

Liebeskind Berlin is a leather goods brand out of Germany that I wish I’d heard about sooner! Going through their website (usa.liebeskind-berlin.com), I saw many beautiful products that I would love to own from the brand. Their items are well made, sturdy, made of quality leather, and can seemingly stand the test of time.

Alrighty! So, that brings us to the Liebeskind Berlin Esther Satchel and the Liebeskind Berlin Leather Coin Zip Pouch. I ordered these from Nordstrom Rack as some of my birthday gifts to myself, and while I was extremely excited while waiting for them in the mail, that excitement turned into a bit of disappointment once they got here and I opened the package.

For starters, this is what I bought:

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The Esther satchel that I ordered…

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The Leather Coin Zip Pouch

This is what I received:

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Also an Esther Satchel, but…

Notice something different? The purse that I ordered and the purse that I received are not the same purse. Both fall under the Esther Satchel, as the bags have the same general design, but different embellishments. However, the one that I ordered had two zippers across the front, while this one has a different look altogether. Thankfully the coin pouch came as it was supposed to. Now, I kept the handbag that was sent, as it is lovely as well (and I love it now), but I’m still in my feelings about the situation. So instead of rehashing the subject by typing out the whole story again, I will post a YouTube video that I made about the subject below.

What are your thoughts? Have you ever ordered from Nordstrom Rack and it surprisingly ended up being fulfilled by Hautelook as well? If so, what was your experience with that? Did you receive the items that you actually ordered, or were they substituted with no explanation?

Missha Time Revolution Night Repair

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Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator. Say that three times fast!

Super quick review:

I was given the opportunity to try the Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule by Missha, and was happy to test it out. I have actually been looking at Missha products for awhile, so this is officially my entry into the brand. Night Repair is supposed to help smooth and firm up the skin, while giving moisture and nutrients to the skin as well. And I would have to say that it’s living up to its claims thus far. I added this to my nighttime routine, and when I wake up in the morning, my skin is moisturized, smooth, and bright, and who’s going to complain about that, right? 😊

Night Repair has Fermented Bifida as its main ingredient, and I find that my skin does really well with products that include a fermented ingredient. In fact, several of Missha’s products include a fermented ingredient. I look forward to continuing the use of this product, and incorporating more products from the Missha brand. Thank you @0.8l_usa and@missha.official for allowing me the opportunity to try this product out!

 

*this product was sent to me for review

In The Lab: DIY Honey Facial Cleanser

Honey. The honey craze comes and goes…and always comes back again. I’m seeing a lot of skincare products hitting the market again with honey in them, and until I can get my hands on a few of them, I figured that I’d use what I have in the kitchen for now! This is just a quick recipe that should get you through until you can get your honey skincare products too!

 

Small batch (should last 1 week):

2 tablespoons honey (antibacterial, probiotic, removes dirt and impurities, gentle on skin)

1 tablespoon coconut oil (antimicrobial, has Vitamin E, antioxidant, anti-aging, hydrating)

1/2 teaspoon turmeric (antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-aging, improves skin elasticity, helps even out skin tone)

 

Mix thoroughly, You can put it in the refrigerator if you’d like (the coconut oil will make it solidify), but you don’t have to. If you are wearing makeup, remove this first, whether it’s with makeup wipes, liquid remover, or another facial cleanser. I use the Walnut Complexion Scrub from Ole Henriksen before using the honey cleanser, because as you all know, I am the exfoliation queen, thank you very much. 🙂

Take a small portion of the honey cleanser, rub it between your hands, and then apply to your face using gentle circular motions. It will smell like honey and turmeric. You will be okay. You will. 😉 Once you feel that your face has been cleansed sufficiently, rinse. When you pat your face dry (damp), make sure that you either use a washcloth that you don’t mind being slightly stained by the turmeric, or pat your face dry with a paper towel, preferably a soft one.

Your face should feel pretty soft and moisturized, and maybe even a bit glowy! Since I’ve been using this, I’ve had the problem of not being able to stop touching my face afterwards. It just feels so soft! But even though it feels nice and moisturized, make sure that you use an actual moisturizer of some sort when you’re done if you feel the need to.

As with anything, whether it’s store bought or DIY, results may vary. If you are allergic to any of these products, please do not try this, as your health is important! If you do try this out, please let me know what you think in the comment section below. Enjoy! 🙂

Delivery from Hong Kong: Qeautybox!

I’d wanted to check out Qeautybox since it began, due to it being the brainchild of Queenie Chan, who you may know from YouTube as BeautyQQ. I’ve followed her channel for around seven years, and she’s always in a constant state of creativity, and has no problems with sharing what she does, and how she does it. Absolutely love her, love her energy, and also how nice of a person she is! She’s done plenty outside of YouTube, among which would be writing books, having a perfume line, and now…Qeautybox! It’s a box subscription service of sorts, but without the commitment. When new boxes are put together, you go to the website, order whichever box you’d like, and that’s it. You’re not locked down to a monthly subscription, or one where you have to remember to skip the month. Which is good, because some of us completely forget that we have the option to do that at times. *raises hand*

The Qeautybox that I ordered was one of the Travel boxes. The choices were the Airbus Box and the Boeing Box. I chose the Boeing. Included inside:

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This clutch, y’all…this clutch. *heart eyes* It is a functional clutch purse, with a strap, and an extra pocket on the inside. Now, I cannot cram everything that I normally carry in my purse in this, because it would look quite bulky if I did, and I wouldn’t be able to zip it up. But you can still carry quite a bit in here! I love that it was designed to look like a credit card. Love!

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This “passport” is super cute as well! There are even stickers (“stamps”) inside to mark all of your Qeautyland travels. 😉 The luggage tag was a nice addition, especially as I was in need of a new one. 😀 The colors! *sparkles*

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Above is the Best Sample Kit from CNP Laboratory, and the Jojo Azulene Mask.

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The CNP Laboratory sample kit included one use of the Anti-Pore Blackhead Clear Kit, and I don’t get blackheads, but my pores clog very easily. I tried this kit (used the masks and the tools above), and the pores on my nose were cleared right out! It gives almost the same effect as the nose strips do, but far less painful, and is far more gentle on the skin. This is a product that I would like to use again.

The kit also included three samples each of the Invisible Peeling Booster (removes dead skin cells, revives and brightens skin – I have not tried this one yet), the Propolis Energy Ampule (kept my skin moisturized overnight), and the Mugener Ampule (did not see much of a difference, but it’s for irritated skin, and my skin wasn’t irritated, so…).

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The JOJO mask was nice. There is a moisture booster essence (upper right corner of the package) that you put on first, and then you apply the sheet mask. The mask was moisturizing, but I did not see much of a difference in my skin with this one. It was relaxing, though, and it will always get points for that. I love sheet masks. I really do. I need to start a collection. *thinking and plotting*

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The next three products were the Betadine Feminine Wash (self-explanatory – I haven’t used this product), Nature’s Unicellular Toning Water (used after cleansing to help hydrate skin – I’m ready to try this, but am waiting to, as I am almost finished with a micellar water that I’ve been using), and iS Clinical Cleansing Complex (deep cleanser – I really like this one. My face felt super clean after using it!).

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NudeStix Lip/Cheek Pencil in Ripe. It doesn’t work for me as a lip color, but I can use it on my cheeks as a blush, heeeeeey! I love the container that it comes in, and it also comes with a sharpener. The company was thinking about us when they put that in there. Had to be. I mean, seriously, who doesn’t need an extra sharpener? 😀

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This is a Korean Ginseng Berry Tea (link here), which is supposed to be good for immune system health, fatigue, and memory. All I know is that it tasted good. 😀

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This FLOXIA Regenerating and Redness Control Cream was really nice. I don’t have much of an issue with redness, but the cream was very moisturizing. I got about four uses out of the sample, and used it at night. My skin was still moisturized and bright when I woke up, so this one gets the seal of approval based on that alone!

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This is the Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel, and is a soap-free formula for face and body. Avène is one of my favorite brands, and I wish that it were easier for me to get my hands on it locally, or to get some of the company’s products that are available in other countries, but not in the United States. One of my favorite cleansing waters from the brand comes to mind, and I cannot get it here in the States, but I digress. *sighs* I have not tried this Cleansing Gel yet, as I’m trying to get through some other cleansing products at the moment. But trust and believe that I’m excited to try it! Again, I love the brand, as their products have always worked well with my skin.

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This one made me smile, because I’d just returned from a trip where THANN products were made available in my room (thank you, Marriott!). I was telling myself that I should have grabbed a few more of the products when housekeeping came by and asked me if I needed anything…and then asked me if I wanted more products! Why did I say no?!? *laughs* But I came home and got this Qeautybox in the mail, having already forgotten what was inside. So when I pulled this out of the package, all I could do was giggle! This is the Rice Extract Body Milk from THANN. It doesn’t say which collection it’s a part of, but I’m going to assume it’s part of the Aromatic Wood collection (there’s also Oriental Essence and Jasmine Blossom), because it smells just like the products at the hotel, and they were the Aromatic Wood collection. It’s kind of a woodsy citrus scent, if that makes any sense. Orange and tangerine oils, and all of that yumminess.

 

 

There was also a card included in the Qeautybox for use with Y5Buddy Pocket WiFi Egg rentals. It’s only good for a specific set of countries, and is good for two free days of the rental service. I’ve never tried to use a service like this one, but it has always interested me. I might have to try it the next time I’m overseas, if it’s available wherever it is that I land. This particular card is only good until November 1st of this year, and I have no set travel plans for the rest of this year, so unfortunately I won’t be using this one. But it’s a great idea!

 

So that was it for my Qeautybox! As far as the price goes, each box is different. The Boeing Box ships from Hong Kong and costs HK $198.00, which for me came out to be around $37 USD (with shipping). It’s pretty affordable, and you get to try out some things that may not be readily available in your country. Which is good, because…being exposed to new things! But maybe not so good if you really love the product! Which is why it’s nice to be able to order from overseas. 🙂 If you’ve ever tried out Qeautybox, let me know how you liked it in the comment section below! 🙂