Review: J:DEW Green Moist Essence – OMG That Lavender/Bergamont Scent

J DEW Review Green Moist Essence (11)

I received the J:DEW Green Moist Essence complimentary for review from an online Korean cosmetics and skincare shop, Q-depot. I have dry skin and wanted something that would provide moisture and/or brightening. Working with Q-depot, they were kind enough to give me three J:DEW options in the format of a face cream, emulsion or essence. I love the concentrated power of essences/serums so I opted for that choice and I’m very impressed thus far in my two weeks of testing. Key ingredients are organic aloe vera and green tea from Jeju Island and adenosine that will fade away wrinkles and bring firmness back to skin. And can I just say that I love, LOVE the lavender and bergamont scent it has? This product was a super surpriser because I wasn’t expecting much from a brand I’ve never heard of before. Click on to read more about this great moisturizer.

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Unboxing February 2016 3b (Beauty Beyond Borders) Box

Beauty Beauty Borders 3b Feb 2016 (9) Cover

I received a second complimentary February 2016 3b (Beauty Beyond Borders) box for review/feedback purposes and I’m so glad to get reintroduced to this $12/month K-Beauty subscription service again! I tried 3b for three months as an unsponsored customer and you can read my prior reviews here in 2015. 3b wanted to get my honest opinions on their new offerings so I tried mostly everything in the bag in the past 2 weeks. February’s bag has a very hyped up product from Benton and Leaders’ most popular sheet mask. Click on to see the all the contents!

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Unboxing January 2016 3b (Beauty Beyond Borders) Box

3b Beauty Beyond Borders Jan 2016 Review (1)

I received a complimentary January 2016 3b (Beauty Beyond Borders) box for review/feedback purposes last month and I’m so glad to get reintroduced to this $12/month K-Beauty subscription service again! I tried 3b for three months as an unsponsored customer and you can read my prior reviews here in 2015. 3b wanted to get my honest opinions on their new offerings and kindly sent me January and February boxes with no obligation to review. I was so excited to see a lot of great stuff in January’s bag that I decided to post an official review here and because I personally got to try ALL the items in the bag in the last 2 weeks. Click on to see the all the contents!

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Jini Beauty K-Beauty Subscription Box Launches! Feb 2016 Review for Dry/Mature Skin

Jini Beauty Review Dry Mature Skin Feb16 (19)

Jini Beauty is a new K-Beauty subscription service that sends you a box of curated skincare items for your specific skin type! They are the ONLY Korean beauty subscription service that currently sends out different boxes for Dry/Mature, Normal/Combination, Oily/Acne, and Sensitive/Troubled skin! They launched in February 2016 and I had the honor to review complimentary box for Dry/Mature skin in exchange for my honest review! The subscription is $24.95 month to month and you can pre-pay for three, six or twelve months and the amount per box decreases a bit the longer you commit. I am TRULY in love with this box and I’m already using everything to create a mini routine! Click to see everything in the box and what I loved about each item! (more…)

Review: Kocostar Brightening Mask with Chitosan Fibre – A One, Two Punch in Sheetmasking But Maybe Not In A Good Way

Kocostar Brightening Mask Chitosan Fiber Review

It’s been a while since I’ve strolled in the 34th Street Urban Outfitters but when I do, I raid the back beauty section with hidden Korean brands gems. It’s changed a lot where there were fewer varieties of brands and most weren’t prominently featured anymore getting it’s own shelf space. I had word that some Goodal products were marked down as cheaply as $7 (and lo and behold there was a massive Club Clio/Goodal sample sale in Chinatown the following week I found out). I digress. The newest and most interesting product I picked up was the Kocostar Brightening Mask made from Chitosan fibers and it wasn’t the strange “Chitosan” word that intrigued me but it was a two step mask in that the essence and sheet mask were in different chambers. At the time you’re ready to mask, you need to fold the mask length-wise in thirds and then squeeze on the essence “zone” so that it pops the seal that connects the two compartments. You then drain the essence into the sheet mask “zone” and wait for it to gel up before letting it hit your face. “Cool!” was my first thought but I later learn that “cool” isn’t always better.

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