November 2016 | Alexis Adrienne

24.11.16

Movember Isn't Just For Guys: Moustache Nail Art

movember nail art winstonia
Hey babes!

I've been bitten by the nail art bug again (after the longest dry spell EVER) and I'm super excited to share my latest creation with you all!
I busted out a stamping plate I've had for ages from Winstonia in one of their older stamping plate sets. I can't seem to find the exact set on their website - I must have got it so long ago!
I used my clear jelly stamper to stamp the moustache at the top of the plate over two coats of Lime Crime Milky Ways. My accent nail is two coats of It's Frosty Outside topped with a coat of Just Crown Me Already. The black and white glitter is Salt N Pepa from Polish Me Silly (formerly known as Lush Lacquer).

I hope you enjoyed this sweet and simple moustache mani! Did you do anything for Movember?

Lexie xx

18.11.16

JUST SHEET IT: Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask Review

Hey babes!

I'm finally ready to review a mask that has helped my skin so much while being on tretinoin. The Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask review quickly surged to cult status, and it's pretty easy to see why. It features honey and propolis extracts, both of which are incredibly beneficial to skin. Researchers found that combined, propolis and honey have synergistic healing effect on wounds - this is exactly why so many people find that this mask heals and soothes sore, red pimples! Propolis also has an amazing antimicrobial effect which is super effective on any bacteria in the skin.
korean cosmetic review papa recipe bombee sheetmask review

On to the mask itself - a box contains 10 masks, each of which contains 25g of essence. Something I had heard a lot about this mask was how wonderful it smells! The smell is quite strong, but not overpowering. It smells sweetly floral and of honey - super soothing and relaxing. The mask is quite thin, but perfectly so - while the eye holes and nose holes weren't a 100% perfect fit, the thinness of the mask still allows it to contour to my face quite well. The mask is also super saturated with a clear, viscous essence. Combined with such a thin mask, it kind of felt like a hydrogel on my face.

kbeauty review papa recipe bombee honey mask

In addition to the honey and propolis extracts, the mask contains quite a few other beneficial ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Honey Extract, Propolis Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, PVM/MA Copolymer, Trehalose, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Panthenol, Carbomer, Arginine, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Acorus Gramineus Root/Stem Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Fragrance

After I removed the mask, my skin was noticably hydrated. As I patted the remainder of the essence into my skin and continued with my routine, my skin was incredibly bouncy - much more so than before I had put the mask on. I also found that any active breakouts I had were less angry and irritated, and my face was overall much less red, which made my face look brighter.

I paid NZ $25 at The Cosmetic Store, but I have seen the masks (whitening & black variations as well) available at Ippondo for NZ $19.99. I haven't seen them locally for sale individually, but they are online.

Overall this gets a 5/5 from me! I always reach for this mask because of how well it soothes my skin after use and the long-term benefits of honey and propolis.

Have you tried any Papa Recipe products?

Lexie xx

rating scale

1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.

where to buy Papa Recipe online
 YesStyle* | WishTrend*

where to buy Papa Recipe in-store
The Cosmetic Store | Vanessa | Ippondo

12.11.16

FACEOFF: Hada Labo Gokujyun Hydrating Lotion or Shirojyun Whitening Lotion?

Hey babes,

I've been happily using these two almost identical products for a little while now, and I figured it's finally time I share which one I think is better. They're both super similar, but have slightly different key ingredients which decide which one is ideal for your skin.
hada labo gokujyun shirojyun whitenening hydration review comparison
The version of Hydrating Lotion that I have is the light version. As an oily-skinned gal, I wasn't sure that I needed all the punch of the regular version. Here is the ingredients list straight off the bottle for the Hydration Lotion:

Water, Diproplyene Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Succinate, Methylparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate (Small-Size HA), Sodium Hyaluronate (Medium-Size HA), Succinic Acid, PPG-20 Methyl Glucose Ether, Hyaluronic Acid (Nano HA), Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate (Super HA)

So despite only being the light version, it still boasts four different types of hyaluronic acid. Each type is meant to penetrate a specific layer of the skin, boosting hydration. I'm not exactly sure how this works and how they're able to specify each kind of HA on the ingredients list, I wonder if a cosmetic chemist can explain this? In comparison, here is the ingredients list (again, straight off the bottle) for the Whitening Lotion:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Arbutin, Sorbitol, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Disodium Succinate, Styrene/VP Copolymer, Methylisothiazolinone/Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate/Water, Sodium Hyaluronate (Medium-Size HA) Succinic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hyaluronic Acid (Nano HA), Sodium Hyaluronate (Small-Size HA)

Bizarrely, it's a little bit different from the ingredients list I originally found and posted about in my full review of the Whitening Lotion. I'm more inclined to go with this one as it's literally on the packaging - in my original review, I had to Google it because I ordered the product straight from Japan. I bought these two in Singapore from Watsons (a pharmacy chain in SE Asia).

Anyway, you can see that while the Whitening Lotion only has three kinds of Hyaluronic Acid, it's got a few other goodie ingredients like Arbutin and a gentle form of Vitamin C, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate. These two are the key whitening ingredients for this lotion, and it's good to see Arbutin fairly high up in the ingredients list.

Both of them have a thin, watery texture that needs to be patted into the skin for best effect - not swiped on with a cotton pad! The Hydrating Lotion is clear, while the Whitening Lotion is slightly milky. My skin feels pretty much exactly the same after using either of them: hydrated and bouncy. Both would be great additions for anyone looking to add some hydration to their routine!

My advice to anyone choosing between buying either of these two is to evaluate what your skin needs. Is PIH a concern? Just hydration? Or is PIH already taken care of by another product in your routine?

Personally, I would probably repurchase the Whitening Lotion. Even though I do use other products that address PIH, it's just such a big concern for me that I really want every product in my routine to address that issue.

I hope this comparison has helped some of you decide between the two lotions! What is your favourite hydrating lotion/toner?

Lexie xx

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where to buy hada labo gokujyun hydrating lotion

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