January 2017 | Alexis Adrienne

31.1.17

GOING BATTY: Wish Formula The Bat Eye Mask Review

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Hey babes!

I’ve got another product kindly sent from Jolse for review today - the Wish Formula Bat Eye Mask. The key ingredients are centella and honey, along with some ferments too. It claims to brighten and hydrate the undereye area for a more even skintone. I don’t have much darkness in my undereye area (at least I thought I didn’t) but I was definitely pleasantly surprised by this product! 
Each mask comes individually wrapped with 8ml of essence. The mask was definitely well-soaked in it, and there was heaps of excess in the packet which I tapped all over my face. One of the first things I noticed was a faint vinegar smell from the mask when I opened it. It wasn’t overwhelmingly unpleasant, but it was definitely there. Luckily it wasn’t a lingering scent!

I was curious to see how this mask would work for me because I do not at all think I have dark circles/any kind of darkness on my undereye area. I found that the flap that goes between the brows tended to droop away from my face, but otherwise it stuck to the rest of my face quite well. 
When I removed the mask after 30 minutes, I was SO surprised to see that my undereye area actually looked brighter and more even! Like I said before - I don’t consider myself to have any issues in my undereye area so I was surprised to see such a noticeable difference! I liked the result so much that I genuinely think this formula should be made into a full face mask, perhaps without the vinegary smell…

Let’s take a look at ingredients:

Water, Diproplyene Glycol, Glycerin, Blackstrap (Blackstrap Molasses) Powder, Butylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arctium Lappa (Greater Burdock) Root Extract, Citrus Lemon Fruit Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St John’s Wort) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Saponaria Officinalis (Carnation) Leaf/Root Extract, Saccharomyces/Honey Ferment Filtrate, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Beta-Glucan, Lactobacillus/Olive Leaf Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Peppermint Leaf Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus/Clover Water Ferment Extract, Panthenol, Ascorbic Acid, Allantoin, Adenosine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Chlorphenesin

A lot of online retailers seem to hype up the vitamin c in this mask, but it’s quite far down the bottom of the list, meaning it probably isn’t present in an amount to have a significant effect. This is the list straight off the back of the packaging - I found a lot of discrepancies in the lists online, but I’ll follow this one as it’s literally on the back of the packaging.  
I’m definitely super tempted to buy more, however it’s definitely better value to buy a pack of 10 for around US $20, as the masks are individually priced at US $3-4, depending on where you look. 

This gets a 4.5/5 from me - the .5 knocked off is a combination of the vinegar smell and the relatively high price for something that really only masks a small portion of the face.

Have you tried any really great undereye masks lately? Let me know! 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 Wish Formula online
 Jolsebeautibi | GlowRecipe | MemeBox | RoseRoseShop

where to buy Wish Formula in-store
I have not seen Wish Formula in NZ.

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28.1.17

SMELL THE ROSES: Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel Review

Hey babes,

I grabbed Thayer's Witch Hazel Rosewater Toner a while ago, and after going through two bottles I think I'm FINALLY ready to give a my review on it! The packaging I have here appears to be the older style - photos on the brand website and twitter show a bottle with a red lid. I decided to pick it up as I figured my skin could use some extra soothing after recently starting a tretinoin skin regime. I use it every morning and night after cleansing my face, and before applying tretinoin. It brings down my redness from pimples, and is also great at reducing skin irritation right after plucking my brows!

This stuff has honestly made such a difference in how irritated and angry my skin is - it refreshes it without leaving it dry, and smells amazing. In addition to just toning my face with it, I've got a couple other uses too.

The first is as a mask! If I have a particularly sore break out on just one area of my face, I split apart the layers of a cotton round, soak it with witch hazel, then let it sit on the area for 15-20 minutes. If I want a more full-on treatment, I'll soak a mask tablet with the toner and apply to my entire face. Usually, a combination of spot masking then using a full mask such as the TonyMoly Tea Tree mask does MIRACULOUS things to angry pimples! I highly recommend this for soothing sore pimples.

The second is as a refreshing/setting spray! It works amazingly well for reducing the cake factor that makeup can sometimes lend, and I've already been using it as a general refreshing spray in this summer heat.
I love how simple this ingredients list is:

Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Fragrance (Natural Rose), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel), Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower Water, Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract

I love this stuff! It gets a 4.75 from me - points are reduced for being pricey in NZ (I pay NZ $29.95 in-store, even shipped from iHerb it's still a bit pricey due to weight-based shipping) but I do love how it's soothed and changed my skin. A bottle generally lasts me 3-4 months, using twice daily on a cotton round and occasionally as a full mask.

Have you tried any witch hazel 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 Thayer's online
iHerb*

where to buy Thayer's in-store
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22.1.17

JUST SHEET IT: Elizavecca Deep Power Ringer Mask Red Ginseng Review

Hey babes!

I have another item sent from Elizavecca to review today! It's a mask from the Deep Power Ringer Mask line in Ginseng. Other masks in the line come in different flavours, each addressing different skin issues. This particular one claims to whiten, improve wrinkles, and make skin "shiny" (which I assume to mean hydration). Luckily I don't really have any wrinkles to improve, but I still have a bit of PIH that I'd like to get rid of.

One of the first things I noticed about this mask once opened was the strong fragrance. It has a very intense, medicinal herb sort of smell. Unfortunately, I'm not a big fan of this smell and I found it super distracting - it definitely lessened my enjoyment of this particular mask. The mask material itself was very soft and clingy, which I liked. The mask was super saturated with essence too - as soon as I put it on, it began to drip down my neck.
Elizavecca Deep Power Ringer Mask Red Ginseng Review
However, I found the fit of this mask to be a bit off. Most masks are a bit big around the forehead area, but only by a few millimetres. This one stuck out at least a 1/4 inch from ear to ear above my hairline. The eye holes were also freaking massive - I initially though I might have accidentally stretched the mask, but no amount of tugging and adjusting would make them fit properly.
I kept it on for about 25 minutes and my skin definitely looked as it usually did after masking - soft, hydrated, and with a bit of surface redness evened out. The packaging doesn't have the ingredients list in English, but I was able to track it down online. Taking a look at it, it's great to see Niacinamide at the top in a mask that claims to whiten. Witch Hazel Extract is a welcome addition too - I love it for my skin!

Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Portulaca Oleracea (Common Purslane) Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus (Black Hoof Mushroom/Meshima) Extract, Monascus/Rice Ferment, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Velvet Extract, Ubiquinone, Adenosine, Carbomer, Arginine, Chlorphenesin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Vincetoxicum Atratum Extract

Overall, despite the strong smell and odd fit, I did like how my skin looked after using the mask. I'd like to try the other masks in this line! Overall this gets a 3/5 from me.

Have you tried anything with ginseng before?

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 Elizavecca online
Jolse | Amazon

where to buy Elizavecca in-store
I haven't seen this particular product in NZ.

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17.1.17

AMP-OULE IT UP: Wish Formula I'm Pro Ampoule Pad Review

Hi my lovelies!

Jolse recently sent me a PR parcel with some Wish Formula goodies to try, and the first one up is the I'm Pro Ampoule Pad. I've never tried an ampoule pad before, or even applied an ampoule with a cotton pad so I was definitely super curious to see how this would work for me. The pad claims to have brightening, antioxidant, and skin revitalising properties - a quick glance at the ingredients list reveals ascorbic acid, AKA Vitamin C as the star ingredient for achieving this. However, this form of Vitamin C is the most unstable of them all, so I'm curious to see if individual packaging/doses would help reduce product oxidisation!

Each dose comes in a 7ml packet containing both the ampoule and pad, which has a small loop on one side for ease of application. A box contains 10 sachets, so that's a total of 70mls of ampoule, which is alright considering most ampoules & serums average 30ml.

The pad itself was quite thin - not as thin as a sheetmask, but certainly much thinner than the average cotton pad. The pad was definitely soaked quite thoroughly with ampoule - a good sign! However, I found the ampoule was quite slippery, and it made it difficult to hold onto the pad without using my thumb to stabilise it on my face. Discarding the pad and using hands to pat it in was definitely the best way to ensure it was allllll over my face for best results. Despite alcohol ranking high on the ingredients list, I didn't find this drying to use, but there was no apparent immediate brightening effect. The only thing about Vitamin C is that it takes multiple applications over time to see visible results. I also did not experience any tingling that is common with Vitamin C serums. Considering there was a fair amount of Vitamin C in this, I tested the pH and it came out to 3.5 - appropriate for Vitamin C and a similar pH to most Vitamin C serums, if I'm not mistaken.
After I was done patting the rest of the ampoule into my face (the pad definitely had a lot on it!) I squeezed the excess ampoule from the pad and found that it was a marigold colour - the colour oxidised Vitamin C turns. Oxidised Vitamin C isn't BAD for you per se, but I think there's a lot of doubt if it is beneficial at that point. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like single use packaging has helped Vitamin C here - I would say there was probably some oxygen in the packet when it was packed. It does have "Keep refrigerated for better absorption" on the back, but even if I had refrigerated this, what's to say it hadn't already oxidised in transit?

I found the smell of it to be pretty horrible too to be honest - I'm chalking this up to the plant oils present in the product, especially the sandalwood. Not only was the scent strong, it stuck around too - both my fiancé and I could smell it (he thought I smelled like soy sauce, funnily enough) even when I had moved on to the next steps in my routine! I have seen people compare the smell to OST C20 Vitamin C serum, however I don't find that product unpleasant smelling in the slightest.
Let's take a look at the ingredients:

Water, Ascorbic Acid (10%), Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Bicarbonate, Potassium Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Pinus Radiata Bark Extract, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, Coceth-7, Tocopheryl Acetate, Santalum Album Oil, Backhousia Citriodora Leaf Oil, Disodium EDTA, Aralia Elata Root Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Glycerin, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Wine Extract, Tocopherol, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment

I think the inclusion of retinyl palmitate is a bit random and possibly not the best form for it to be delivered to the skin in. There is just a lot going on here and I'm not sure that there needs to be!

Cost wise, I've seen this retailing for about US $20. Considering that's only 10 applications/box, it's definitely not cost efficient when compared to a traditional bottled serum, and especially since individual sachets don't guarantee freshness of product. It's also very wasteful to be honest - I wouldn't like to throw away excess packaging so frequently when I can easily use a bottled serum which only generates waste when it's unboxed or when it's empty.

I did find that my skin was definitely smoother the day after using this, however any brightening benefits would take continued use over a period of time in order to see results. I'm not sure that I can happily recommend this product - I'll give it a 2/5. While it did smooth my skin, I believe there are other products out there that would be a better choice for brightening skin.
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 Wish Formula online
Jolse | Buttermilk Skincare | MemeBox

where to buy Wish Formula in-store
I haven't seen Wish Formula in NZ.

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2.1.17

GET MISTY: Elizavecca Hell-Pore Water Up Peptide EGF Mist One Button Review

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Hey babes!

I recently was sent a few goodies from Elizavecca, the brand that makes that clay bubble mask! They definitely have way more gems than just the bubble mask - the first one I'll be posting about is the Hell-Pore Water Up Peptide EGF Mist One Button (whew, what a mouthful)! I have been using it in my routine just after toning with rosewater in the morning, and just after applying tretinoin at night. I've also been using it to prep my skin for sheetmasks - one of the best tips I've ever heard from the AB community is using an essence or toner before a sheetmask can really help with absorption!
It comes in a 150ml bottle with a spray nozzle and a super cute lil pig being sprayed with it on the front. The spray nozzle makes this super convenient to refresh your skin with anytime of day. I'm not entirely sure why it's part of the "Hell-Pore" line, as it doesn't claim to address pore size or even issues related to large pores, such as oiliness.

It specifically claims to "Help the skin whitening / Help to relieve wrinkles". Fortunately I don't have too many wrinkles to test the second claim, but I have quite a bit of PIH from acne that I'd like to even out! Niacinamide is about halfway down the ingredients list, so I'm not sure if it's at an ideal concentration for efficacy. It has a slightly acid pH of 5, which is a suitable pH level for skin.

The spray itself is a slightly cloudy liquid that has a mild, sweet floral scent. It's not as strong as a rosewater toner, but the scent is definitely there. I personally quite like it and I think most others would too! Something that I thought was pretty neat was the scratchy for the verification code on the packaging - it's not something I've seen on a lot of products! This is quite a budget-friendly product too - it averages around $14-15 USD where I've seen it online.
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 I would say that this is more like an essence in spray form rather than a toner - when I pat it into my skin after spraying (as per instructions) you can definitely feel a bit of slip as it soaks into the skin. This is probably due to the jojoba oil and phytosqualane in the formula. These two also add a definite sheen to the skin, so I imagine this would work well as a dewy-finish setting spray for those with drier skin! I do see a few recommendations on the Elizavecca website to use this both before and after applying makeup for a dewy finish... Not that I need it with my *naturally dewy* (oily af) skin!
Let's take a look at the full ingredients list:

Water, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed Oil), Phytosqualane, Glycerin, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, rh-Ogliopeptide-1, rh-Polypeptide-3, Disodium EDTA, Diglycerin, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Fragrance

Nice and short, without too much going on. I'm personally not that sold on peptides in skincare, but I do like this as a whitening booster in my routine and will continue to use to as such. I have seen a change in my PIH since using this,  It gets a 4/5 from me!

Have you tried this before, or any spray skincare items?

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 Elizavecca online
Elizavecca.comBBCosmetic | eBay

where to buy Elizavecca in-store
I haven't seen this exact product in-store in NZ.

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