Sample Review: Iope Moistgen Skin Hydration Set

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I got this kit for free from Althea Korea last February. They offered to give a few samples to customers and I was lucky enough to avail of it before they ran out of stock.  (related: UNBOXING: Althea Korea Sample Set) As you guys know, I’m a frequent traveller thus samples are indeed very handy for me. I don’t need to worry about my skincare routine that much and purchase a lot of small bottles where I can put a small amount of my favorite products in because I can use the opportunity to try on my samples instead.

I’ve been using the IOPE Moistgen Skin Hydration set on my last few travels. They’re only 2-3 days long at most thus I cannot really judge the long term effects of the said products, my review will be based on my first impression with the samples involved. It won’t be anything too comprehensive or too critical.

Softener – This has a light consistency which is somehow thicker than water. It absorbs very quickly into the skin.  I can say that it is indeed hydrating. Also, it leaves a slightly sticky film on the face but it goes away after a few minutes.

TO PURCHASE OR NOT TO PURCHASE? Although I like this product because it’s not that heavy, I think there are other toners/softeners there that would fit my preferences better. This product isn’t light enough for me, so, no. 

Serum – Although this serum has a light creamy consistency, I find it quite sticky and difficult to apply–I had to take more than what I originally took from the bottle several times to make sure that my whole face had been covered. However, I can say that this product easily absorbs into the skin.

TO PURCHASE OR NOT TO PURCHASE? I had difficulty with this product with my first few tries thus I am unimpressed by it, so, no.

Eye Cream – I haven’t tried a lot of eye creams yet, but I think this one is my favorite. Too bad I don’t have it in full size. I like it because it’s creamy and it easily absorbs. I don’t need to worry about accidentally putting some products in my eye as I glide it carefully below my lashline.

TO PURCHASE OR NOT TO PURCHASE? PURCHASE. DEFINITELY.

Emulsion – Although it’s really difficult to get some product from the very small bottle due to its creamy consistency, I liked how smooth and easy it was to apply this emulsion. It also absorbs really quickly, but it still leaves a heavy feeling on the skin especially after all the products applied beforehand. However, that feeling gave me the assurance that this does hydrate the skin as what it promises.

TO PURCHASE OR NOT TO PURCHASE? Definitely among my choices for an emulsion.

Cream – The last among all the products but definitely not the least. This has a light creamy consistency but somehow I find it difficult to apply. This cream is quite sticky–which is an immediate turndown for me… and it feels heavy on the skin.

TO PURCHASE OR NOT TO PURCHASE? No.

All the products from this set came from the same line thus each one of them has a common trait with the others–they all have similar scents and they all have a similar hydrating feeling on the skin due to the fast absorption. These products had no negative effect on my skin–I did not breakout nor did it change anything. Also, it barely had a positive effect either. The skin only feels moisturized in the first few hours after application. When I wake up in the morning after a few good hours of sleep, my skin does not feel different at all. Which is quite disappointing because there is a change of skincare routine whenever I use this set–I deviate from my usual products–which means that it should have at least a small but noticeable effect on my skin to verify its effectiveness. My skin didn’t feel extra supple or extra smooth or extra fresh at all unlike when I try new products in which I am blown away by the immediate results. I don’t think this set does anything to my skin at all. Although I am very willing to buy a full size of the eye cream because I really liked its consistency and how smooth the application was.

I don’t really know to whom I should recommend these products, but they might give better results when used regularly. I do think that they are able to give the skin that hydration as long as they are used for a longer period of time. People with dry skin should give this line fro IOPE a try.

XOXO,

Meesh 🙂

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Sample Review: Skinfood Royal Honey Essential Toner and Emulsion

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This blog post is another addition to my TO PURCHASE OR NOT TO PURCHASE? Series. I just decided not to put that phrase on the title anymore because it’s too long. Anyway, for this review I’ll be talking about Skinfood’s Royal Honey Essential Toner and Emulsion. This is actually one of the first few samples that I had—way before I started this blog, which is why I’m almost out of the toner (as you can see in the photo above.) I use this along with another Skincare sample duo from Skinfood (I’ll be doing another blog post about that soon.) whenever I travel. If I used this product alone for consecutive days, I think this will last me a week–enough for me to decide if I really liked the product or not.

(I don’t know if it bothers you, but I talk about both the toner and emulsion as one because they both go together, like bacon and eggs. But I’ll be reviewing the two products individually.)

I actually stole this from my mother when she bought some products at Skinfood. Stole, as in the moment the cashier offered her the samples, I took them and told her they’re mine. My mom just rolled my eyes on me and took her shopping bag. I wanted to have Royal Honey samples because I love honey products, they’re absolutely moisturizing and I feel my skin become plumper whenever I use something with honey on my face. Therefore whenever I see a product with honey on it, I immediately decide that it’s for me.

Anyway, here’s are my thoughts:

Essential Toner – It has a watery consistency which makes it easy to apply. It also doesn’t take long until you feel your skin absorb all the product. My skin instantly felt hydrated after application. The only bad side of this toner is the scent. It smells really old, which isn’t surprising because Royal Honey is aged honey. However, I didn’t like it because it also makes me feel old. My goal in using skincare products is to look and feel young and fresh. That scent makes me feel the otherwise.

To purchase or not to purchase? Nope. I would highly recommend this product for other people because I know it’s a good one. But then I really didn’t appreciate the smell. I’m quite particular with the fragrances, so a single scent that I don’t like will instantly put me off–the only thing that will make me put up with a scent that I don’t like is when I desperately need the product, like if it’s prescribed by the doctor. But if it isn’t necessary, it’s a no.

Essential Emulsion – I actually liked this product. It was difficult to get an ample amount of the product off the container due to the stickiness. But once applied to the face, the stickiness instantly fades after a minute or two and the skin immediately feels smooth and soft. This product does not have the odd scent that the essential toner had–which is a plus for me.

To purchase or not to purchase? Probably. I’m not yet sure if I should invest in emulsions because I think moisturizers and overnight creams work best for my skin. However, if ever I decide to make emulsions a staple in my skincare routine, this would be among my choices.

Also, I have realized lately that Skinfood products are way more expensive in their physical stores here in the Philippines compared to online stores–they’re like twice the price! So I don’t think I’ll be purchasing from Skinfood that often (in physical stores) unless if I like the samples that they are offering.

That’s all for this review. If you have questions or suggestions, let me know 🙂

XOXO

Meesh ❤

Sample Review: Origins Rose Re-texturizing Mask

Hello guys! This is the third and the last mask sample that I bought from Origins. I wasn’t really planning on buying this, but the saleslady insisted that I should purchase this because I bought the charcoal mask. The charcoal mask was intended to open up and clear the pores while this one is meant to tighten them.

(And if you guys noticed, I tend to believe in what salesladies tell me. They never fail to tempt me.)

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I’m not really a fan of the rose floral scent which I expected from this product so I chose to try this last among the three.

If you want to see my review on the Charcoal mask, click here. If you want to read my review on the Out of Trouble 10-minute mask, click here.

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This was my face before application. Sorry for the hand, my shirt was wet because I just washed my face. (I know, I can’t do things right! Lol)

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It’s a really rich mask in baby pink that has a very strong rose fragrance which I personally didn’t like. The mud had tiny bead particles on it which I didn’t expect, so I guess this product can also double as an exfoliator. I didn’t really enjoy the time that I had the mud on my face because first of all, I didn’t like the scent and second, it really stings. I was afraid that the stinging sensation was actually a signal that this product was doing more harm than good so I simply took it off the moment I was done taking this photo.

(The things I do for blogging, *sighs*)

After taking the mask off, my skin did feel tighter. This proves that the product does indeed “re-texturize” the skin because even though I only had it on my face for two minutes or so, the effect was instant. It’s good and bad at the same time because yes, it is indeed effective, but if the product came in too strong for me so if I allowed it to sit on my face for the usual 10 minutes, it might actually cause some major damage. Also, I don’t think the stinging sensation will go away while the product is still on my face, and I don’t want to risk my skin or to endure any more pain for a product review.

Anyway, I can still feel the bead particles as I was applying toner. This could only mean two things: either I didn’t wash off the product well, or the beads were meant to stay. Either way, none of these two were a plus for me.

The verdict? Will not purchase. However, I would still recommend this product because it has immediate results. This is best for people with large pores as this mud mask is meant to shrink them and tighten the skin. I wouldn’t recommend this for people who don’t like fragrant products especially those who are allergic to floral/rose scents.

After this, I gave this sample to my sister. She didn’t say anything about it yet so I can’t really tell if this works for other skin types better. She has oily skin, and I have normal skin with dry patches along the T-zone area.

I hope you liked this review 🙂 Until next time!

XOXO,

Meesh ❤

 

 

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

Hello everyone! Even before I started obsessing over skincare, I have heard a lot of great things about Charcoal masks. Thus, it was definitely on my list when I was looking for skincare products to use. Sadly, I didn’t find any charcoal product that seemed convincing enough to purchase until I found this sampler. I was honestly very willing to buy the full size because I’ve always wanted a charcoal mask, but then again I do not want to regret owning a product because it doesn’t work for me. And I didn’t want to spend a lot of cash that day (TBH I was only looking for an eye cream, but I ended up with clay mask samples lol), thankfully I found these samples from Origins. They’re very convenient knowing how much their items cost.

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This sampler costs 199php. I bought it at Origins SM Mall of Asia. I think it lasted me around 3 uses.

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This is how my face looked like prior to application. As you can see I still have that pimple on my chin that I mentioned on this post.

If you guys noticed, there’s a visible whitehead on my chin which wasn’t on my face if you saw the photos from my previously linked post. Well, I have had the pimple for like two weeks already and this white stuff just appeared the night after I used the 10-minute out of trouble mask. I’m actually thankful that it finally appeared because with it, I can use pimple stickers to help me heal my acne. These stickers won’t be much of help if you only have a red swelling acne because its purpose is to suck the sebum, or the white gooey thing on the pimple to speed up the healing process.

I actually used a pimple sticker after this and two nights after, the pimple was gone. Well, it did leave a scar on my face but at least I’m not constantly worrying about the redness and pain that my acne gave me.

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The mask had a heavy consistency but it was very easy to apply.

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It has a cooling sensation which I liked and it hardens quite fast. It didn’t tell how long should it be left on the face so I just let it stay for ten minutes. During the whole time I can feel it sucking out all the impurities on my face as it tightens my skin.

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This is how my face looked like after application. The pimple is still there, yes. But I ultimately feel refreshed and my skin was lighter and smoother. I finally understood why people are going crazy over charcoal.

The verdict? Definitely to purchase. 

I’m really looking forward to using this at least twice a week because I can feel like this product really does what it promises. I do have some other masks that has the same purpose as this charcoal one, but judging on my first few tries with this product, I think this is far more effective than the other ones that I have.

 

That’s all for today, XOXO

Meesh

TO PURCHASE OR NOT TO PURCHASE? Origins Out Of Trouble 10 Minute Mask

Hello everyone! I recently got myself samples of Origins masks at SM Mall of Asia for 199php each. I know that I have mentioned from my earlier post that as much as possible, I would avoid spending cash for samples, but this one is an exception. Getting freebies from Korean skincare products are easy as pie because they give them out like there’s no tomorrow. US brands, on the other hand, do not have the same practice in giving away samples. Though I know for a fact that they do give out free stuff, they’re not as generous as Korean brands. I’m just thankful that they have these products in small sample sizes so I wouldn’t have to purchase them in full size and possibly regret shedding some cash on it. I bought three samples and will be reviewing them individually in this blog. As stated in the post’s title, I will be reviewing the Out Of Trouble 10 Minute Mask for this entry.

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Out of all the three products that I purchased, this mask caught my interest the most because it says that it can rescue your skin from acne. One of my major skincare problems is acne and I would love to discover the best products that would help me with combating those pesky little imperfections.

This was how my face looked like prior to application:

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(I know, I don’t have the smoothest face in town! Forgive me, I’m working on it. Huhu)

As you guys can see in the photo, I have a small pimple on my chin. I had three other pimples in that same area that already minimized into a scar but this one just popped up when I thought I was finally getting rid of my acne. It was really frustrating for me because I don’t usually get pimples on that area of my face–it’s usually on my nose or right cheek–and somehow all those oil and dirt managed to find another home in my beloved face! Which is why I was really excited to try this mask, I’m really hoping that it would help me with my problem.

Aside from that pimple, I have a few little bumps scattered around my face especially on my nose, forehead, and cheeks. I honestly feel horrible every time I see them in the mirror because they just remind me of how far away I am from my fantasies of having smooth and flawless skin. I’m not quite sure if this product can help in that area as well, the least I can hope for is for it to not worsen anything.

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The product had a thick paste-like consistency. When I was scooping some of it from this small container, it felt quite heavy. But contrary to that, it was very easy to apply and to rinse off.

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It felt like I had toothpaste all over my face during application because of its consistency and the cool menthol feeling it gives. It didn’t harden in 10 minutes like how I thought it should, it’s either because I applied more product than I was supposed to or because the temperature of the room didn’t cooperate–either way, I don’t think this small issue affected the efficiency of the product. I didn’t wait for it to dry anymore because I wanted to follow the instruction and I’m afraid that it’ll damage my face if I don’t remove it after the recommended 10 minutes.

I think this product is best for people with oily skin because it effectively sucks out all the dirt, oil, and sebum from the skin. However, this mask does not leave your skin feeling dry nor dehydrated. It sucks out all the impurities and leaves all the good stuff on your skin.

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This is how my face looked like after application. I know that the changes weren’t that evident in this photo, and I surely can’t captivate the feeling that I had after I rinsed off the mask. But my skin looked lighter as well as the redness of my pimples lessened. The rough areas of my face felt smoother and I can really feel that this product helped in lessening my troubles with my face. I’m pretty much sure that with frequent use of this mask, it will give out satisfying results.

Sooo…. TO PURCHASE OR NOT TO PURCHASE? To purchase. 

After trying this on, I actually used this product overnight for two consecutive days as a spot treatment for my acne. My acne is now gone but I’m still left with a scar that I will still have to figure out how to get rid off.

Also, the saleslady told me that this sample is only good for one to two applications, but I think this can last for at least five applications. the 199php that I spent for this sample is totally worth it.

Until then! XOXO,

 

Meesh 🙂

 

 

TO PURCHASE OR NOT TO PURCHASE: Etude House Moistfull Collagen Facial Freshener, Emulsion, and Cream Sample Review

Hello everyone! I know it’s been a week since my last update. I was out of town and I didn’t bring my laptop with me so I wasn’t able to update even though I had been dying to. However, I did bring some of the sample products that I had during my travel so I would be compelled to try them all. I had more than enough sample products to last me a week which led me to come up with this series: TO PURCHASE OR NOT TO PURCHASE? This will be a series of sample reviews in which I will evaluate the sample products that I have and decide whether I’ll purchase it full size or not.

Now, as for my sample sources, rest assured I will only stick to the freebies that stores give out every purchase unless if the store does legally sell samples. I don’t want to purchase them because I want to save my money for the full size products that are absolutely worth my money. But I might shed some cash if there’s an interesting product that has a sample available for sale.

Therefore these products may or may not be of my own choice, it depends on what samples are available in the store.

For this series, I will begin with this Etude House Moistfull Collagen set that I got a few weeks ago by purchasing Etude House products worth 2,000php.

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All these three products were placed in a small box and were given to me for free upon checkout. This whole kit is efficient for a quick skincare routine. Etude House is so generous with their freebies!

Here’s what I got to say for these products and my verdict:

Facial Freshener – This product serves as a toner. It has a thick consistency which I didn’t want my toner to have, and it totally reminds me of The Body Shop Drops of Light Essence Lotion that I usually put after the toner. Using this and using the Essence Lotion at the same time feels totally weird because I feel like I’m just applying the same product twice. However, this facial freshener has a sweet fragrance in which I’m neutral about but I’m pretty much sure some people would appreciate that scent.

To purchase or not to purchase? Nope. As I have said, I didn’t like its consistency for a toner. I would prefer applying products with watery consistency in the first few steps of my skincare routine.

Emulsion – I actually have this product in full size, I bought it before I had this set of samples (crazy, right?). This emulsion is also quite sticky so I only use a small coin-sized amount on my face and wait for it to dry or to to be at least absorbed by my skin before I go on with my next skincare step. I used to apply this in the morning before I apply my sunblock but it leaves my face sticky the whole day so I ditched applying this product in the morning and started using this at night instead.

To repurchase or not to repurchase? Nope. This moisturizer isn’t something I would tell people to completely avoid as I’ve noticed that it does help improve my facial complexion and it hydrates my skin well. But after using this product, I would still want to explore my other options for emulsion because I’m pretty much sure I can find something else that would suit my liking.

Cream – Of everything in this set, I think this is the one that I liked the most. This actually leaves the skin smooth after application. I think this product works best with the emulsion as they were formulated to be used together. It has a light creamy texture and the stickiness goes away after a few minutes. But I think I would only use this product at night with the emulsion.

To purchase or not to purchase? Probably. Since I already have the emulsion, I would probably purchase this too so I can enjoy using both products. I haven’t tried using this cream without the emulsion yet, so I don’t really know what it’s like with other products. However, if I didn’t have the full size emulsion, I wouldn’t immediately say yes for this cream, but it’s not a complete no. This product would most likely be in my list of options for facial cream.

Over all, I think the whole Moistfull Collagen line does stay true to its promise of giving your skin a youthful glow. After using all these products every night for one whole week, my face did look fresher than it was before, dark spots were lighter, skin complexion became smoother and cheeks were slightly bouncier. I think I’m starting to get that perfect korean complexion! Haha! Kidding. But rest assured, this line of products is great if you want softer, smoother, and younger looking skin. However, its stickiness did have a huge impact on me and kinda turned me off. This line isn’t my favorite from Etude but I would recommend this to people who wants positive results and wouldn’t be bothered by the stickiness of the product.

These products are best used for nightly routines.

I hope this review helped you and if you guys have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to leave a comment.

That’s all for now! More sample reviews coming up soon 🙂

XOXO,

Meesh