December 2016 | Alexis Adrienne

17.12.16

JUST SHEET IT: TonyMoly I'm Real Tomato Radiance Mask Sheet Review

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Hey babes!

I'm still working through that massive TonyMoly mask haul I did AAAGES ago and today I've got the tomato mask to review for you. It piqued my interest as a radiance mask, since radiance is often a synonym for brightening/whitening in skincare. I also read good reviews about it so I was super keen to try it!

Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. However, it's debatable as to exactly how much lycopene the tomato extract contains, and considering how far down it is on the ingredients list, it will be interesting to see the instant and latent effects of this mask.
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One of the first things I noticed about it was the smell - honestly, I thought it was so rank that I only wore the mask for about 10 minutes the first time I tried it (normally I'll put one on and read for like an hour or watch a show!). I'm not sure if I was feeling particularily sensitive to smells that day but it smelled terrible. Looking at the ingredients list, I think it was just a combination of the extract smells that threw me. I'm not a fan of anything that smells like peaches unless it's a real peach! Needless to say, I didn't see any results (instant or otherwise) after wearing it for just 10 minutes.

I decided that I had to try it again in order to give a fair review on it, and tbh I'm pretty glad I did. The mask still smelled a bit, but wasn't as overpowering as the first time. I wore it for 40 minutes, and was quite pleasantly surprised to see how bouncy and smooth my skin was after removing the mask! If you can get past the smell, this is a great mask to use.
Let's take a look at the ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Glycereth-26, Butylene Glycol, Peg/ppg-17/6 Copolymer, Bis-ethoxy Diglycol Succinate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Chlorphenesin, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Tromethamine, Solanium Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, 1,2-hexanediol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Honey Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Disodium Edta, Fragrance

Overall, this gets a 3/5 from me. Unfortunately, the smell really ruins this mask for me, despite the positive results!

Have you tried this mask before? What's your favourite tomato-based skincare product?

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 TonyMoly online
Peach & Lily (individual) | iHerb* (variety pack) | YesStyle* (individual) | RoseRoseShop (individual) | q-depot* (10-pack) | BeautyJoint (individual)

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

purchased / contains affiliate links*

10.12.16

IT'S A MIRACLE: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Review

Hey babes!

It's no secret that sponges are my favourite way to apply base makeup, and I've definitely tried my fair share of them. They give me an unmatchable, skin like finish that I just can't get from brushes! The RT sponge was actually the very first one I bought YEARS ago, but I haven't reviewed it until now. Real Techniques is super widely available - iHerb has the best prices IMO, but Farmers and Unichem Pharmacies also have them (at a markup) if you can't wait for shipping times.
Despite the fact that it says "wet or dry" on the packaging I ALWAYS use my sponges wet. Just the thought of using a dry makeup sponge on my skin grosses me out! Not to mention all the product wasted...
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The mark of a good sponge for me is how much it expands when it's dampened. For comparison, those shitty $3 Kmart ones didn't expand at all and that's why it feels like you're punching yourself in the face when you use them. The RT sponge expands quite a lot, making it more comfortable to use and expanding its surface area to blend foundation with.

This sponge is definitely a favourite in my rotation and highly recommend it! It gets a 5/5 from me.

Have you tried this RT sponge? What's your favourite way to apply foundation?

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 Real Techniques online
iHerb (single)* | iHerb (2 pack)* | iHerb (4 pack)* | Real Techniques

where to buy Real Techniques in-store
Farmers | Unichem Pharmacy

purchased / contains affiliate links*

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