Beta Glucan Daily Moisture Cream

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IUNIK

The beta glucan daily moisture cream is from a Korean skincare brand, iUNIK, that emphasises simplicity in its design and ingredients. For 60ml and I purchased this cream for $22.95, it had lasted me for over 4 months!

The top two listed ingredients are water and butylene glycol. I’m surprised beta glucan is not the first listed ingredient, however it is along the first line. I’m also not sure the amount of each ingredient is, as there are not percentages written. Butylene glycol is an humectant, used to retain skin moisture and is said to be effective in moisturising the skin. The ingredient is also compatible with non-water-soluble products, as the ingredient helps dissolve other ingredients resulting in easier application. I’ll also highlight the beta glucan ingredient, which is used to soothe irritated skin as well as plump and firm the skin.

There’s a very slight scent and I found the consistency to be non-sticky, easily applied and water-based. The cream did not cause any irritation on my sensitive skin and I saw instant moisturising benefits. During colder days, I felt like the cream was not thick enough even after layering a lot more for the day. On drier days, the cream felt made my oiler throughout the day, so the best time for me to use it, was on days when I was just at home.

I probably won’t buy it again, as it did make my skin oiler. However, I loved the light-weight feel of the cream, making it a great everyday use. Price point was amazing too, because you get a long usage out of it and was super gentle on the skin.

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Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Mask

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COSRX

Th overnight rice spa mask is best used during the evening, as the consistency is on the thicker side, working to promote skin cell rejuvenation and moisture levels. The mask’s aim is to brighten, even out the skin tone and relive inflamed skin with the use of rice extract.

There was no scent and I found the consistency to be non-sticky, which made the mask very easy to apply. I only applied a bit during the evening and did see a little difference. My skin felt soft in the morning and although I did not see my skin tone even out, my skin’s texture did smooth out a little. I wouldn’t say this product did wonders for my skin, however the mask was perfect for dry, sensitive skin like mine. The product claims to make your skin firmer, however for me, I did not see any difference. It did howver, definitely did its job to moisturise my skin and smooth out a little of my rough patches.

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Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence RX (Pro Ferment)

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MISSHA

Essence is applied after the cleansing and toner step, used to specifically target imperfections, similar to face serums. The difference is essences is used as the first step in treatment and is water in its consistency. Not necessarily required in your skin care, however for me, I find essences to add a deeper layer of hydration and has anti-wrinkle benefits.

The Time Revolution essence is quite affordable compared to others in the beauty market and you get 150ml worth of it. I usually use about 3 drops, which covers both my face and neck. The essence does a good job in smoothing out any rough patches on my skin, feels super plump and provides light hydration. There’s this glass-skin effect after application and what I love is that it feels light, so you can also apply it during the day. Main ingredients are fermented yeast extract, rice extract and pearl extract.

Non-sticky and it does not have a scent to it. The liquid also comes in a sturdy hard-glass container, it feels super luxe. I have had no bad reactions to it and the essence I find, blends well with other skin products I use. Is the essence a must-buy, maybe yes maybe no, but it slowly delivers results after a number of uses. For me, I do notice my skin looking a little duller when I skip applying this essence.

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Jeju Volcanic Pore Scrub Foam

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INNISFREE

The Jeju volcanic pore scrub foam, is my go to step on days when I’ll be treating myself to a facemask. But make sure to add this step after cleansing, so the scrub can exfoliate without the extra work of removing an additional layer of makeup/dirt. You’ll get a lot out of the scrub with just a pea size amount, as the scrub lathers smoothly across the skin. Make sure to apply on damp skin, to ensure the scrub is activated. To emphasise, this scrub has been super gentle, I’ve not seen any redness and does not dry out my skin afterwards.

Clusters of Jeju volcanic clusters are used to absorb sebum, and to help amplify this is the added red clay. I see after using this scrub, is that my skin feels smoother and difference in brightness. Like any scrub, make sure to only exfoliate 1-2 times a week.

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All Day Vitamin Brightening & Balancing Facial Serum

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JUMISO

Highly concentrated with vitamins such as A, B, C, D, E and K… don’t worry no more letters haha. A thick, non-sticky facial serum is easily absorbed into the skin, with benefits such as increased skin nourishment, brightening and a more balanced skin throughout the day! Due to its thickness and non-water consistency, the serum is not easily spread however, it is easily absorbed.

For me there has not been a dramatic change to my skin, however there is slight changes to the brightness of my skin and its elasticity. Frequent and consistent use of this serum is required, to see the results.

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Seaweed Night Cream

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MARIO BADESCU

Packed with vegan-friendly ingredients, seaweed as its main, the cream provides a powerful, moisturising layer during the night. I found the texture quite interesting, it felt silky, non-greasy and soft! I noticed after a few days of using the cream, during the day my skin retained the natural glow and youthful bounce. There’s a slight scent to it and don’t worry, your skin won’t turn green.

Collagen is another key ingredient, to enhance your skin tone and smooth out unwanted wrinkles. Hydraulic acid is also present, keeping your skin moisturised in harsh, drying conditions.

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Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

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MARIO BADESCU

Recommended for all skin types, this facial spray can be used before applying your makeup, as a pick-me-up or when your skin is looking too matte/dull. I’ve been using it in the morning as a light moisturiser, after showering, before applying makeup and right before bed! I love how it evenly sprays, the spritz is between fine to mid. Because of the light texture, it works great as a moisturising base, if you’re like me getting way too oily throughout the day. The fragrance to this spray is quite light, it doesn’t linger and it is actually quite soothing.

Packed with botanical and herbal extracts, these natural ingredients help with rejuvenating and soothing tired skin. I have had no negative reactions to this spray, mainly due to its non-harsh ingredients used. 1-2 spritz is more than enough! Apparently you can also use it on your hair.

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Detoxifying Clay Masque Super Greens

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SUKIN

Retailing for less than $20 AUD, this clay masque is packed with natural, super green ingredients, such as avocado, baobab, reship oil, kale, goji berry and bentonite. These vitamin-boost ingredients are used to increase skin brightness, reduce fine lines and provide antioxidants to help detox the skin.

I don’t believe I ended up finishing this masque, just left aside. It was refreshing when left on my skin, though when I removed it, it had little effect. My skin felt somewhat the same before and after applying the masque. I used it for 2-3 months, but did not see any of the benefits it claims to provide. The upside of it, was that it was not harsh on my skin and was easy to wash off.

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Organic Fruits Peeling Finger Mitt

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WHAMISA

Included is 25 finger mitts, that are soaked in organic essence. I jumped onto this Korean beauty craze a while back and wanted to see what the fuss was about! So mind you, I bought this product almost a year ago. What I loved about this exfoliating method, was the use of finger mitts. You can control the areas you want to work on, such as the location and amount of pressure. The organic essence contains betaine silicate and fruit acids, both gentle on the skin. The amount of dead skin will depend on the individual, but for me it was quite light. Not harsh at all, though I wished the mitts had a bit more essence.

Fermented apple, raspberry extracts, hyaluronic acid and beta-glucan are also infused, to  ensure your skin is nourished and moisturised. For me, this affect was quite mild, it did not completely dry my skin out and it did not feel entirely moisturising. I’d say this product is quite gentle and there’s a little hint of fragrance.

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Banana Bright Eye Creme

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OLE HENRIKSEN

The formula was thick and was rich in consistency, it was truly satisfying when it was applied. Due to the thickness of it, you just need a little when applying. I use it during my night-time routine, but I did read you can also use it before your morning cosmetics.

Targeting fine lines, wrinkles and those pesty dark circles, this collagen-boosted eye cream will be your right-hand weapon! The secret ingredient I think, would be its use of Vitamin C. The banana pigment, it says, would be a great colour corrector for the eye area. I haven’t tried it, but that answers why it has that banana pigment to it.

My results was great! I found my eye area brighter, like I would look less like a panda when the weeks went by. Eye concealer I found was easier to buff out, due to the application of the eye creme the night before. The eye creme had an effect of smoothing and hydrating the under-eye area. I wished I bought the larger version.

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