November 2017 | Alexis Adrienne

26.11.17

TIME FOR TEA: Naruko Tea Tree Shine Control & Blemish Serum Review

Hey, babes!

Today I have another Naruko product from the Tea Tree line to show you - the Serum. I actually bought this on one of our first days in Taiwan, and I’ve been using it since. I was first drawn just to the fact that it’s a tea tree product, but I later found out that it also contained niacinamide which is a huge plus!

I picked this up for NTD 499 at Watsons at the same time as I grabbed the masks. Unfortunately, I threw away the packaging so we will have to rely on COSDNA for the ingredients list. Some of the key ingredients for oil control and acne reduction are tea tree, niacinamide, and salicylic acid. I know that last one isn’t on the COSDNA list, but I definitely remember seeing it on the packaging.
The serum comes in a weighty green glass bottle with a pump, which I like. I find that glass makes products seem just that much more luxe, even if they are actually quite affordable. I tend to use 2 pumps on my face in the morning, which I very gently pat on. Despite the serum having a thicker formula, it spreads and sinks in easily. It also has a very nice cooling effect, which I enjoy. The scent is a mix of tea tree and mint - it’s fairly mild, but can linger a little bit. Despite alcohol being fairly high up on the ingredients list, I don’t smell it at all.
Since I’ve started using this, I haven’t had any issues with breakouts (which usually happens when I travel!) and my skin definitely has more brightness and clarity to it. I was also hoping the salicylic acid would help reduce the size of my pores, but sadly that didn’t happen. Oh well! I’ll just have to try the Naruko Job’s Tears Pore Shrinking line ;). My skin is also less oily when I use this, which is great considering it’s routinely 50%+ humidity where I am! The bottle says for all skin types, but I would personally be wary of using this due to the alcohol if I had a dry skin type - so keep that in mind!

Overall, I’m pretty happy with this serum and will continue to use it! 5/5 from me.

What are your favourite serums to use?

A 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 Naruko
Amazon* | eBay*

purchased  / contains affiliate links*

17.11.17

OH, SHEET: Naruko Tea Tree Shine Control & Blemish Clear Mask Review

Hey, babes!

One of the brands that I was most excited to try in Taiwan is Naruko - a cult Taiwanese beauty brand. Founded by Niuer, known in Taiwan as the Beauty King, Naruko was founded in 2008 and immediately became an award-winning beauty brand. From the diverse line-up of Naruko products, today I have the Tea Tree Shine Control & Blemish Clear mask.

My skin is oily and acne-prone, so this is the perfect mask for me. I’ve been wanting to try this for SO long and am so excited to finally have the chance to. I bought this box of 8 masks at Watson’s (local pharmacy chain) for NTD 299, which at today’s rate roughly equals NZD 14.47.

The mask itself isn’t completely drenched in essence, but it isn’t dry either, which makes for a drip-free, not super messy mask experience. The material is thick but pliable, and molded to my face easily. I actually really like the fit of the mask - it holds itself up really well without sliding down my face too. It’s lightly scented, but with not quite an authentic tea tree scent. However, it’s not unpleasant or overpowering. The mask also provides a super pleasant cooling sensation, which is a welcome relief from the tropical heat.
Something that I was surprised to find out was that Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) actually is NOT on the ingredients list! It has a whole heap of other fantastic ingredients such as Witch Hazel Extract, Tranexamic Acid (which is a very exciting new skincare ingredient!), Salicylic Acid, and Sodium Hyalorunate, but Tea Tree is nowhere to be found.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Ethyl Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract, Tranexamic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Chlorphesin, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Salicylic Acid, PEG-40 Hydronenated Castor Oil, Serenoa Serrulate Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta Seed Extract, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Piroctone Olamine, Kalanchoe Spathulata Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Scutellaria Alpina Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Peucedanum Ostruthium Leaf Extract, Gingko Biloba Extract, Artemisia Umbelliformis Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract, Epilobium Fleischeri Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Fragrance.

I do think it’s odd to market this as a Tea Tree mask if Tea Tree isn’t in the formula - perhaps it’s a small amount under fragrance?

Despite not listing Tea Tree, the effects of this mask are just fantastic. My skin felt hydrated without being tacky, and it reduced the redness on my unwanted lil pimple friends, as well as on my face as a whole. My skin also felt wayyy less oilier, but this isn’t a cure-all for oiliness. I’ve personally accepted that I’m always going to be oily, and I do find that going into reviews with that kind of mindset is more realistic, and leaves me less disappointed in products.

I give this a 5/5 - so far, Naruko has totally been worth the hype.

Have you tried Naruko before?

A x

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 Naruko
Amazon* (box) |  eBay* (individual)

purchased  / contains affiliate links*

14.11.17

NATURAL BEAUTY: Sahasra Beauty Review

Hey babes,

A little while ago I was generously sent 3 products from up and coming brand Sahasra Beauty for my honest review. I received the Glycolic Acid Toner, Multani Mitti Clay Mask, and Natural Jelly. Sahasra Beauty is based out of the United States with a focus on holistic and natural beauty.

I do love the minimalist labelling of the products and the lack of extra packaging, which reduces waste (always a thumbs up in my opinion!). The only thing that I would suggest is instructions for each of the products, suggesting different ways to use it. Some of this information is available on the Sahasra Beauty website, but to be honest I am not going to go online every time I want to figure out how to use a product.

Glycolic Acid Toner
I was excited to try the Glycolic Toner as who doesn’t love Glycolic Acid for giving them clear, glowy and radiant skin? Sahasra Beauty’s toner in particular is made with Sweet Orange Hydrosol, which lends the toner with a very sweet orangey scent. Some people would prefer this to the natural smell of glycolic acid, but I personally found it a little overpowering. I could still smell it on my face after I had progressed to the next steps in my skincare routine, which I got sick of pretty quickly. As I’m on tretinoin, I only used this twice a week to avoid over-exfoliating my skin. I applied this by pouring a small amount into my hands and patting gently all over my face. Using a cotton pad with acids irritates my skin very quickly, so with this method I’m able to benefit from using an acid without over stimulating my skin. I found that my skin was always super smooth the morning after using this, and overall I really enjoyed using it except for the lingering orange smell. 4/5 from me!

Multani Mitti Clay Mask
This is the first kind of mask that I have tried where it comes as a powder, and you choose what liquid to mix it with. Going back to my point before, I wish it came with suggestions on the back of what to mix it with rather than having to google it. I ended up mixing it with a rosewater toner. It was pretty fun to mix up and apply, and oil-spotted as it dried (I love when masks do this, it makes it feel like it’s actually doing something lol). My skin was definitely less oily and very smooth after using this. I didn’t feel any stinging or discomfort while using this, but for about two days after I experienced stinging around my chin mouth area. I can pretty accurately attribute it to this mask, as it was the only new thing I had tried prior to the stinging/irritation. I would not recommend this for those with sensitive skin due to this. 3/5 from me.

Natural Jelly
I really enjoyed using the Natural Jelly as a lip treatment/lip balm! I love that it’s such a generous tub - definitely enough to multipurpose as a cuticle treatment, dry skin treatment, etc. I preferred it as a lip treatment for the tingly, peppermint effect. The only issue I had with it was sometimes it would crystallise a little bit, and I would be left with tiny rough bits to rub into my lips. The tiny bits would melt down fairly quickly, but I would just really like something that is smooth from the get-go. This gets a 4/5 from me!

Overall, I would give these a 3.5/5 due the individual issues I had with these and the lack of instructional packaging.

What new brands have you tried lately?

A xx

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