[ REVIEW ] BENTON Aloe BHA Skin Toner

Yet another acid on the face. My desires to achieve the perfect skin and the ideal skincare routine that works for me throughout the day had me to explore some more BHA products and this little bottle sent to me from Style Story is of no exception. If you haven’t already read, then please check out Powder Wash and Blackhead Liquid from my Style Story range; as this toner comes under the same category, in which I got this bottle for free for reviewal purposes.

Unfortunately, I did want these posts to come out a lot earlier, but with being really sick and busy with SO much schedules blocking my way, I have been super behind with my posting so I do strongly apologize.

As per usual, this writer has troublesome skin. Not only is the skin dehydrated with a combination skin type (oily in the t and dry in the u), he also suffers from acne and sensitivities around the mouth area.

****side note: this review is indeed sponsored and I will be providing a discount code for you guys, but as any other review I make in this blog, all comments are made up of my own thoughts and feelings and in no way am I changing up anything to glorify or bash this product to see fit, unless that is truly how I feel.  I also want to note that being a sponsored post, I will NOT be making any profits from any sales towards any of these products. If you feel uncomfortable making a purchase from this post, then feel free to shop elsewhere. Otherwise, the complementary code I will be giving you guys are free for your use. OK ONTO THE REVIEW!

PLEASE REMEMBER NEVER TO ALLOW ALL ACTIVE INGREDIENTS TO WORK IT’S MAGIC ON YOUR SKIN (about 30 minutes) BEFORE CONTINUING WITH THE REST OF THE SKINCARE. AVOID LAYERING ACTIVE INGREDIENTS ON TOP OF EACH OTHER AS THIS MAY CAUSE YOUR SKIN TO BECOME OVERLY SENSITIZED OR REDUCE THE EFFECTS OF THE ACTIVES USED PRIOR.


Packed with ultra beneficial ingredients such as aloe and salicylic acid, this toner hydrates and preps your skin to help with the absorption of skincare products in the next step in your routine. It has a pH of 6, which is ideal for skin.

  • Aloe: Soothes, moisturizers.
  • Salicylic Acid: Exfoliates, reduces sebum, and is anti-inflammatory which is great for acneic skin.
  • Snail Mucin: Supports natural cell regeneration and replenishes moisture to increase firmness

For all skin types.

This toner, being a BHA containing 0.5% active salicylic acid, helps those with acne prone skin, blackheads and rough skin texture to recreate a flawless skin appearance. With aloe vera extract, it helps to condition, soothe and restore lost hydration to the skin, snail filtrate to repair and treat damaged skin, and sodium hyaluronate to add vitality and moisturizing care. From what the toner claims, it helps to practically treat any skin condition that the average person may suffer.

Let’s check the ingredients to see exactly what we’re dealing with.

INGREDIENTS: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Arginine, Salicylic Acid (0.5%), Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Beta-Glucan, Polyglutamic Acid, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Extract,  Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Cross Polymer

Ingredients that are highlighted have a safety reading of 4, which doesn’t mean much for a lot of people. It just means there MAY be effects to the skin if used improperly over a long period of time. This ingredients list is pretty darn good, with that 1 safety ingredient, that really shows some sort of alarm (that can be totally disregarded if you aren’t too conscious of minor safety labels.) Other than that, no ingredient causes acne, or irritations other than snail secretion that may irritate those who have severe dust allergies, or those who are allergic to aspirin. Salicylic Acid is an active ingredient in this product, so it is strongly recommended to steer clear away from direct sunlight if unprotected, and allow the product to work on your skin for about 30 minutes, before continuing with the rest of your skin care. Since your skin will become sensitized from actives, it is strongly recommended to wear sunblock every single day and avoid direct sunlight to areas of application, or mixing other active ingredients within the 30 minute time frame.

The first ingredient isn’t aqua which is so damn pleasing to see, and a common factor in all Benton cosmetics. Other than the last ingredient in the list, the product is virtually made up of floral, and natural ingredients which may also please a lot of people who are looking specifically for skincare that isn’t jam packed with additives and preservatives. Trust me, working in the skincare industry opened my eyes up to the fact there are so many people who refuse to use skincare that contain anything PEG (or alike), preserved or fragranced.

DO NOT USE or patch test if you are allergic to aspirin, dust, if you are prone to/suffer from erythema, tumefaction or urtication.

The packaging is simple and green colored. A sturdy plastic bottle with a small pump applicator and a very simple description. Honestly, it fits my aesthetic, but for other people looking at it, the Benton Aloe Skin Toner may look dull and plain. However, in saying so, the Benton packaging (for the entire stock and not just the toner) does give you that pharmaceutical feel to it, and doesn’t look cheap. In fact, it was a surprise to my few friends after telling them that Benton is on the affordable side of the K-Beauty realm and that it doesn’t cost an arm or a leg for their cosmetics. Since I used this toner WITH and without the COSRX BHA (for experimental purposes), I used this toner for longer than a month, and I’ve only hit a quarter of the 200mL of liquid it comes with, so this will last you quite a while.

For the product inside, the toner is clear with the viscosity ever so slightly thicker than water. It absorbs almost instantaneously into the skin, leaving your face sleek, smooth and less oily in texture. My skin never felt dry, nor did it feel sticky in the slightest, which was a shock to me as aloe tends to leave my skin tacky, and snail products end up leaving my hair glued to my face. There is an extremely slight scent in the product, that you can only detect if you stick your nose in the liquid, and it smells fairly fresh. Quite pleasing honestly, since I hate overly scented toners. I had no reactions to the toner, even if I were to cut my skin accidentally if I were to be too rough with my face razor, nor did it cause me any breakouts. In fact, since using this toner, I feel like my acne has subsided dramatically and whatever odd breakout that does occur on my skin, is healed within days with just this toner alone. I would say it is amazing, but I’m sort of angry, because I still need to review some acne patches and now that I’m not having breakouts these days, it’s really difficult to do so.

Again, just like the COSRX BHA, it is wise to check the condition of your hands when applying this toner, as after all, it is a BHA and some BHA products can cause your hands to peel. If that is the case, then I recommend to use a cotton pad upon application, though I haven’t had any problems with it thus far, and my hands usually ALWAYS peel.

Usually when I apply toner, I leave my face dampened after cleansing and apply toner directly onto the skin, with patting motions to fully absorb the liquid and the excess moisture from cleansing. I tried with this toner to see if I could do the same, but resulted in suds smearing across my skin. I recommend you to fully dry your face before applying this toner, taking a pump or two directly into the palms of your hands/cotton pad, and patting it into the skin to apply evenly and absorb well. From thereon, comes the waiting game, where I’ll probably take myself to bed and watch a few Youtube videos for half an hour before continuing on with the rest of my skincare.

From the duration of using this toner, I can definitely say my skin is nowhere near as oily anymore, makeup lasts a lot longer than what I’m generally used to and my skin looks and feels balanced. There isn’t any great changes in the appearance or cleanliness of my pores (well, what do you expect with only 0.5% salicylic acid) but there have been amazing results with treating and controlling the texture of my skin, and acne, which are my main two concerns and the actual claims for this product.

Prior to applying toner, I washed my face with a 5.5 pH cleanser. I started off with a moisture content of 34.7% and an oil content of 15.6%. Overall, skin was already adequately balanced.
After applying toner, skin’s water content was 52.5% and oil level was 23.6%. Moisture levels increased by 17.8% and sebum by 8%. Overall, skin remained well balanced.

For price, one bottle at Style Story costs about $22.95 AUD, which, just like the Tosowoong Cleanser, is by far one of the cheapest toners I have used in my entire life. The cheapest toner I have had to date has cost me $22 AUD. With only less than a dollar difference in pricing, I’d definitely choose this toner again, over the $22 toner that comes from the Korean roadshop brand starting with the letter E. Why wouldn’t you want to get your hands on this?

An extra bonus for you guys; if you shop at Style Story and use the coupon code ANTHONY15, then you can drop the price even more by 15%, which then makes the price sit at $19.50.

If it still works that is, hahahaha.

PROS:

  • pH balanced at 6 on the pH scale, to work with your acid mantle barrier and your skin.
  • 200mL is a decent amount per bottle
  • Being a BHA, it isn’t drying on the skin whatsoever, and didn’t cause me irritations if I shave too carelessly on the day.
  • Virtually has no smell.
  • Lasts quite a long time.
  • Makes skin really smooth, fights acne pretty well.
  • Very good ingredients list. The only concern was salicylic acid with the category 4 rating, which can ultimately be disregarded since it doesn’t really mean much.
  • There is no water/aqua in the ingredients list; it is replaced with aloe barbadensis leaf water.
  • CHEAP AS HELL

CONS:

  • Being a BHA, you have to wait 20 to 30 minutes for the product to work at is optimal state before continuing with the rest of your skincare.
  • Since you’re supposed to wear SPF every single day anyway, it’s not really a con, but you’re encouraged to wear SPF daily since BHA can make your skin more sensitized to UV rays and sun damage.

RATING:

QUALITY ★★★★★
PRICE ★★★★★
REPURCHASE RATE ★★★★★
OVERALL ★★★★★

★☆☆☆☆ – I want all my time wasted and all my money back for this crap. If I could turn back time and tell my past self not to use this, then I would without a single doubt. If I find this in my collection or if someone gave it to me, I’ll set it on fire and pray to the All Maker to repent for using such a terrible product.

★★☆☆☆ – It’s pretty bad and I definitely wouldn’t recommend this to anybody, but it’s nice to give it a go for myself. I’ll only use it if it was given to me for free and I’m severely desperate.

★★★☆☆ – It’s nice but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get another one for myself. Maybe if it was on special then I’d consider buying it, otherwise there are better products that I like a lot more than this.

★★★★☆ – It’s quite good and I would repurchase definitely. It’s not a staple yet, but if I can’t find anything better, then I’ll happily stick to this product.

★★★★★ – OH MY GOD GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS BECAUSE IT IS A LIFE SAVER AND WORTH EVERY SINGLE PENNY EVEN IF YOU BECOME POOR BECAUSE OF IT OMG

Now that you know what the stars mean, you can figure out what I mean by my personal ratings.

VERDICT: Once again, I am thoroughly impressed with Lauren from Style Story, who recommended this toner to me, because I always thought nothing would be able to replace that Etude House toner I’ve been using for YEARS ON END. She really knows her skin very well, and I’m so glad to have made this discovery too. Not only does it contain only good ingredients, I can vouch for the claims it offers, in that it kept my skin so smooth, balanced and free from acne. I can’t ask for anything more. It’s also so cheap and effective, I’m probably going to ditch my History of Whoo skincare (which is a bit devastating).


Have you been sleeping on BHA products? Are you now intrigued by them and want to give them a shot? Or maybe you’ve used this product before, or have a different BHA that you’ve totally fallen in love with. Let me know down in the comments below what you think of the Aloe BHA Skin Toner by Benton. Don’t forget to like this review, share with your friends and family and don’t forget to add my SNS sites down below for extra content and everyday life.

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[ REVIEW ] COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid

So Anthony goes from washing his face with powder, to exfoliating his skin with ACID? Yes, the infamous BHA Blackhead Power Liquid is finally in my hands, and it’s thanks to Style Story for sending it to my house, along with some other goodies. If you haven’t already read, I have typed up a post on the Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash and gave it a good rating based on how it works alone. (YOU SHOULD READ THAT POST AS WELL). Just like the powder wash, this BHA product is a huge favorite amongst the KBeauty junkies, is all over Instagram as a HG product and has pretty much taken the world by storm. Even a few of my friends who aren’t about the Korean skincare life, have sworn by this one bottle of liquid and has told me many times to hurry up and grab myself one. So now that I finally have, let’s take a look as to why every single person seems to have fallen in love with this damn product.

Keep in mind this writer has troublesome skin. Not only is the skin dehydrated with a combination skin type (oily in the t and dry in the u), he also suffers from acne and sensitivities around the mouth area.

****side note: this review is indeed sponsored and I will be providing a discount code for you guys, but as any other review I make in this blog, all comments are made up of my own thoughts and feelings and in no way am I changing up anything to glorify or bash this product to see fit, unless that is truly how I feel.  I also want to note that being a sponsored post, I will NOT be making any profits from any sales towards any of these products. If you feel uncomfortable making a purchase from this post, then feel free to shop elsewhere. Otherwise, the complementary code I will be giving you guys are free for your use. OK ONTO THE REVIEW!

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What is COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid?

An oil-soluble acid exfoliant the can clear the dead skin cells deep within the pores to minimize the appearance of enlarged pores and prevent break outs. With a light watery texture, it works with your skin to soften and improve over time, to provide a flawless, blemish free and brighter skin tone.

Unlike the majority of BHA products in the market, COSRX uses betaine salicylate as the main ingredient opposed to the more generic and more common, salicylic acid. This means that it is ideal for those who suffer from acne, as it can help to fight the signs of acne production before it occurs, and also helps to treat the pre-existing acne on your skin. It also contains willow bark water as the main ingredient unlike other branded products that use the generic “aqua” as their moisture ingredient. The BHA Blackhead Liquid can also help oily skin types to control the amount of sebum produced on the skin.

Being that it gently exfoliates your skin and helps to deep cleanse the pores at the same time, you can use the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid everyday, opposed to your physical/chemical scrubs that you can only use once or twice a week. It is also balanced with a pH of 4, to protect your acid mantle whilst providing you with a deep clean for the perfect skin texture and appearance.

This product judging by the description, tackles everything I need in life. Not only does it work to minimize the pores, but it also helps to keep the pores clean from impurities or blockages, in turn helping those who suffer from excess sebum production. It also helps to control and fight off signs of acne, whilst gently peeling away the dead skin for a more softer and brighter skin tone. Overall, the claims offer you less oil, better pores, no pimples, brighter skin AND improved skin texture all in one. Now I must say, who wouldn’t want that? BHA, being an acid type, obviously needs a pH low enough to function properly, so it’s nice to see that this product sits at a pH of 4, which is slightly acidic to work well with your skin. Each bottle comes with 100mL of product, which is the standard for most road store branded toners and exfoliants.

On that note, let’s take a look at the ingredients and see how well this little list fairs against our skin.

INGREDIENTS: Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, Butylene Glycol, Betaine Salicylate, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arginine, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Ethyl Hexanediol

Ingredients listed in bold have an acne reading of 1, and ingredients highlighted have a safety reading of 3. Since safety only measures the impact of how an ingredient will affect your skin with prolonged use over a VERY long duration of time, I don’t think it’s something really worthy of mentioning, considering so many other external factors are more likely to cause you harm than something that appears at the end of an ingredients list. Butylene Glycol, as I’ve mentioned in so many of my blogs, has an acne reading of 1 and acts as a solvent and moisturizer. This ingredient basically helps to prevent your skin from drying out, and is vital in a product like this BHA Power Liquid, since BHA tends to dry your skin out. I’d say the alarm is there only for those who suffer extreme cases of acne and may be alarmed by ingredients that show even the slightest probability of acne induction. As for normal people who usually don’t express acne, or someone like me who has only minor to moderate acne occasionally, this isn’t something to be wary about.

I’d say overall, the ingredients list is pretty darn good, and it’s nice to see there aren’t any artificial preservatives or artificial fragrances added to this product. I’d dare say that even a sensitive skin type person may be able to use this based on the ingredients list alone. COSRX uses 4% betain salicylate in the ingredients, which I personally find high, compared to other brands who use roughly 1 or 2% salicylic acid, so keep that in mind. Betaine salicylate is actually more gentler on the skin than salicylic acid is, which also makes it more easier to use for those with sensitive skin types. Also, note the first ingredient isn’t “water” or “aqua” but instead, it’s willow bark water. If you didn’t know, willow bark water has slight BHA properties in it as well, though compared to betaine salicylate, it isn’t worth the mention, other than the fact it replaces general water which usually ends up being a filler ingredient in most cosmetics.

DO NOT USE if you are allergic to betaine salicylate, or the other ingredients in the list. You also shouldn’t use if you incorporate any products that include retinoid (vitamin A) or vitamin C products as this will cause your skin to have severe irritations and backlash, and it’ll decrease the effects of both the vitamins and this BHA. Another note, if you’re allergic to aspirin, then I strongly suggest you visit a doctor or patch test before making a purchase of this product.

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Unfortunately the camera couldn’t pick up on the liquid content inside the bottle, since the liquid is virtually clear toned as well. So far within the time of me trying out this product, I have used a little over half way down the black label (somewhere in between Power and Liquid).

For the packaging, the bottle is sleek; it’s see through and labelled black, with a clear cap and a black pump dispenser. Nothing screams out to me with the design, but being that COSRX is on the affordable side of the Korean skincare world, it doesn’t look nor feel cheap. The bottle itself is a sturdy plastic, meaning that if you’re a clutz like I am, you’re not going to damage the bottle if you accidentally drop it on the floor. Since the bottle is clear, you have a good indication as to when your liquid is running low, which is probably the best part of the whole design in my opinion.

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As for the actual product inside, the liquid is clear and has the viscosity of water, only slightly thicker. It feels a tad oily upon application but absorbs almost immediately into the skin and leaves a sleek, but soft skin texture that isn’t too sticky, nor too dry. There is a very slight chemically scent present, but dissipates within minutes after application, and didn’t really bother me. I wouldn’t have noticed either way if I wasn’t sticking my nose into the liquid. I didn’t notice any irritations on my skin at all, unless I were to be too rough with my daily face shave and cause micro tears in the skin. Even then, the pain only lasts a few seconds before it completely disappears. The directions specifically state to apply with a cotton and as if you’re cleaning your skin, wipe against the skin texture in your toner/essence stage of skin care, and avoid the delicate eye areas. After application, be sure to use sunblock. I’ve read other reviews on this product, and the majority of people have also stated to use cotton pads, only if your hands start to peel; since this product is designed to remove dead skin. I’ve trialled this product for nearly a month now, and I’ve yet to see my hands shed, so I guess it depends on your skin and how your skin can tolerate it.

When I apply the BHA liquid, I generally tone first using a cleansing toner of some sort, otherwise I apply directly onto my skin right after washing. Using a cotton pad, I take a few pumps and I work my way up from my neck, then take another pump directly onto the finger tips and massage into my nose and porous areas of the skin. I then allow the product to work it’s magic in the space of a half hour wait. In this time, I generally sit around, watch a bit of Youtube or have a mug of coffee. The waiting game is the hardest part for me. The reason being, is that you need enough time for the product to fully absorb into the skin for the exfoliating to be at it’s most optimal, otherwise you run the risk of the product not working to it’s full potential, thus causing your skin to reject by producing blackheads or acne. After half an hour, I just go about my regular skin routine, making sure to have some form of SPF coverage, as BHA can cause your skin to sensitize, especially in direct sunlight.

Now, if you’ve been reading my blog posts for a while, then you’d know that I’ve always mentioned that my pores have been small and I’ve never really had any trouble with blackheads whatsoever. Well, ever since using this product, I can now apologize to you all because, this bottle of liquid magic has tightened my pores even more than I could ever imagine, and has kept my skin so clean that I am most probably going to revise my entire outlook in life. This means that I can stop my Meiji Collagen intake since this BHA liquid can do everything the Meiji did for me, without the expense of $50 AUD per month. I could probably even replace my HG essences with this one product. (GOODBYE MISSHA FTE). On top of that, using for nearly a month, twice a day (surprised my skin could even tolerate it) has only reduced the amount of liquid by a teeny tiny bit, so I can verify that this bottle will last you a very long time.

Most reviews I’ve read on “cult favorite BHA products” found in the Western market often state that they dry your skin out like no tomorrow. I was half expecting it to be the same with this COSRX product, or at a level comparable to Clinique’s skincare products, but I was surprised to find that my skin never felt dry, but at the same time, my sebum levels in the skin actually reduced by a ten-fold throughout the day. I am even inclined to say that my excessive oily t-zone is slightly shifting to a more normal to oily skin type.

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I’ve taken 3 tests to check my skin condition prior to using the Power Liquid to give you guys an average indication of what state my skin was. The average water content in my skin was 50.9% and sebum at 22.8%. Overall, my skin was well balanced.
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After application, I retook the test 3 times. On average, my skin had a water content of 51.4% and a sebum reading of 23.1%.  That means, my skin increased in moisture by 0.5% and sebum by 0.3%. Overall, my skin stayed well balanced.

For price, one bottle at Style Story costs about $21.95 AUD, which, just like the Tosowoong Cleanser, is by far the cheapest toner/essence/exfoliator (whichever you want to categorize this product as, that is), I have used in my entire life. The cheapest toner I have had to date has cost me $22 AUD, the cheapest essence at $48 and the cheapest exfoliator at a hefty $55 AUD. Of course, the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid wins, and quite frankly, the effectiveness of this product compared to the three I mentioned put together, shits all over them all. Why wouldn’t you want to get your hands on this?

An extra bonus for you guys; if you shop at Style Story and use the coupon code ANTHONY15, then you can drop the price even more by 15%, which then makes the price sit at $18.65.

PROS:

  • pH balanced at 4 on the pH scale, to work with your acid mantle barrier and your skin.
  • 100mL is a pretty decent amount per bottle
  • Being a BHA, it isn’t drying on the skin whatsoever, and only caused me irritations if I shave too carelessly on the day.
  • Slight smell that disappears really quickly.
  • Lasts quite a long time.
  • Makes skin really smooth, fights acne pretty well, brightens face complexion, clears pores from blackheads and tightens pores.
  • Very good ingredients list. The only concern was butylene glycol with an acne trigger of 1, which isn’t too bad as it’s more likely going to impact on the hydration levels of your skin more than it clogging your pores or aggravating acne.
  • There is no water/aqua in the ingredients list; it is replaced with willow bark water which has slight BHA properties to it, which is fitting for this product.
  • CHEAP AS HELL

CONS:

  • Being a BHA, you have to wait 20 to 30 minutes for the product to work at is optimal state before continuing with the rest of your skincare.
  • Since you’re supposed to wear SPF every single day anyway, it’s not really a con, but you’re encouraged to wear SPF daily since BHA can make your skin more sensitized to UV rays and sun damage.

RATING:

QUALITY ★★★★★
PRICE ★★★★★
REPURCHASE RATE ★★★★★
OVERALL ★★★★★

★☆☆☆☆ – I want all my time wasted and all my money back for this crap. If I could turn back time and tell my past self not to use this, then I would without a single doubt. If I find this in my collection or if someone gave it to me, I’ll set it on fire and pray to the All Maker to repent for using such a terrible product.

★★☆☆☆ – It’s pretty bad and I definitely wouldn’t recommend this to anybody, but it’s nice to give it a go for myself. I’ll only use it if it was given to me for free and I’m severely desperate.

★★★☆☆ – It’s nice but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get another one for myself. Maybe if it was on special then I’d consider buying it, otherwise there are better products that I like a lot more than this.

★★★★☆ – It’s quite good and I would repurchase definitely. It’s not a staple yet, but if I can’t find anything better, then I’ll happily stick to this product.

★★★★★ – OH MY GOD GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS BECAUSE IT IS A LIFE SAVER AND WORTH EVERY SINGLE PENNY EVEN IF YOU BECOME POOR BECAUSE OF IT OMG

Now that you know what the stars mean, you can figure out what I mean by my personal ratings.

VERDICT: For me to turn around and say that I did notice a change in my pores, and the cleanliness of my pores went from what I thought to be extremely clean, to unbelievable changes, this definitely can’t receive a rating other than HG. There really isn’t anything else I can say other than for you all to go and purchase it online for yourselves before it’s sold out in every single retail store near you AND online.


Have you been sleeping on BHA products? Are you now intrigued by them and want to give them a shot? Or maybe you’ve used this product before, or have a different BHA that you’ve totally fallen in love with. Let me know down in the comments below what you think of the BHA Blackhead Power Liquid by COSRX. DOn’t forget to like this review, share with your friends and family and don’t forget to add my SNS sites down below for extra content and everyday life.

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[ REVIEW ] TOSOWOONG Enzyme Powder Wash

Wait… Washing your face with powder? That’s right! Washing your face with powder isn’t a new thing for us Asian beauty lovers, but for some, it’s out of this world. I’m talking the infamous Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash, which I’m definitely sure you guys have heard of multiple times. It’s not only a cult product in the blogging world, but in the Asian beauty world as well, and I can definitely see why so many people love it so. However, keep in mind that this writer has very troublesome skin. I suffer from a combination/dehydrated skin type (oily in the T and dry in the U), is prone to acne and has sensitivity generally around the nose and chin. How will a powdered wash that closely resembles something you use in your laundry, work for my troublesome skin? Keep on reading to find out.

****side note: this review is indeed sponsored and I will be providing a discount code for you guys, but as any other review I make in this blog, all comments are made up of my own thoughts and feelings and in no way am I changing up anything to glorify or bash this product to see fit, unless that is truly how I feel.  I also want to note that being a sponsored post, I will NOT be making any profits from any sales towards any of these products. If you feel uncomfortable making a purchase from this post, then feel free to shop elsewhere. Otherwise, the complementary code I will be giving you guys are free for your use. OK ONTO THE REVIEW!

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What is Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash?

A powerful powder-to-foaming cleanser that washes away deep-seated dirt and impurities, revealing clearer, more moisturized skin. Enriched with Vitamin E, it also leaves skin feeling soft and fresh with a flawless finish.

Free from silicones, alcohol, formaldehyde, coal tar, talc, mineral oil, peg, phthalates, formaldehyde-releasers, dye, mit, parabens, tea, triclosan, propylene glycol AND has a ph level of 5.5, it’ll keep your skin soft, moisturized and balanced.

Not only are the claims impressive, the powder comes in a whopping 70g worth of product. I don’t know about you, but compared to other cleansers, you’re looking at a very LARGE amount and a lot of uses. A pH level of 5.5 means that it is well balanced for virtually all skin types and will work well to not only cleanse the skin, but protect the acid mantle from any damages. The description strongly emphasizes that it is free from so many bad ingredients, which gives you the impression that the cleanser will be packed with only good right? Let’s examine the ingredients list now.

INGREDIENTS: Corn Starch, Sodium Lauroyl Aspartate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Palmitate, Badger Oil, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Papain (140 mg), Maltodextrin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Titanium Dioxide, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Perfume

OK so this list of ingredients, I can say isn’t the best mix for your skin. The ingredients that are in BOLD writing have an acne/irritation alarm, and ingredients HIGHLIGHTED in color show a safety rating alarm. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) according to COSDNA, has an acne rating of 5, which raises alarms for my skin since I am very prone to small bumps and pimples. Papain  shows an irritation level between 0 to 3 and Alcohol Denat show an irritation level of 5. The ingredients in the light orange have a safety reading of 3 whereas those in the dark orange have a rating of 4. Now, with safety, it only raises an alarm as there is a possible chance there might be skin damages from using these ingredients, and basically comes to how your skin tolerates them, and of course, personal discretion.

I’m a little upset that this wash contains titanium dioxide, as this ingredient is commonly used in physical sunblock to protect the skin from UV rays and isn’t the most kindest to the skin if left there. Also, there seems to be an equal amount of “safe” ingredients to those that raises some sort of alarm, which is a bit disappointing. HOWEVER, and I want to strongly emphasize that, though the ingredients list seems absolutely shit, we have to remember that some of these ingredients (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Alcohol Denat in particular) work by stripping the skin IF the cleanser is sitting at a pH too high for our acid mantle to tolerate. With a pH of 5.5, these “nasty” ingredients aren’t as effective as they are made out to be and instead, are more likely to work only as a solvent or surfactant to clean the skin.

That said, I’d only really advise someone to not use this product if your skin literally can not tolerate SLS, alcohol denat and the other various ingredients. If your main concern for avoiding using this cleanser because the ingredients are stripping of moisture, then you have nothing to worry about.

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Over to the packaging now, the bottle is quite large and made of sturdy plastic. The nozzle where the powder comes out from is covered with a blocker, to prevent powder from pouring out everywhere, and can be discarded if you like (which is what I did). Utilizing a flip top cap, you can protect the powder from contact with water to prevent product wastage. The actual opening for the powder is positioned in the middle, which is so convenient because it means only the powder in the cap comes out from the opening and not the entire powder. You can seriously control how much actually comes out from the bottle that way. Though, I find the packaging really nice, the only downfall is that you can’t see how much powder you have left inside, unless you give it a shake and judge from the sound/weight of the bottle. Everything else seems really good. Oh, people have mentioned that the wash is travel friendly because it comes in dry form, and I’d like to say that it is, though compared to the Suisai powder wash from Kanebo, yeah I think you’d all agree that the Tosowoong in comparison to that brand, Kanebo wins. Nonetheless, carrying your Tosowoong in your luggage bag isn’t going to cause you trouble at all.

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The spout tip allows the powder to come out freely into the cap part of the packaging, whilst the dish carries all the powder that has been shaken out from the spout. If you kept your nozzle blocker, then you can remove and attach as needed, and is a useful addition to the design of this packaging that allows the product to be travel friendly.
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The cap is a screw on which makes it really easy to adjust and open the product for the first time. This also means that the cap will be secure in place and you won’t be accidentally spilling all your product everywhere.
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If you look at the opening, it sort of resembles a smiley face mouth shape.
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So of course, I had to edit in some eyes.

For the actual product itself, the powder seriously looks like something you’d use in your laundry. No joke, even the granules feel like it and smell so as well. Don’t mistake this for laundry powder! I usually take a small amount (and by small, I mean slightly less that the portion you get with the Suisai powder, which is roughly 0.4g) into my hands and add a few drops of water to form a lather. Whipping the powder into the water creates a thick marshmallow like foam that you can apply to your damp skin and cleanse like usual. Another alternative to using this powder is to leave a few teeny tiny granules in your foam and work it into the skin like an exfoliating scrub to remove the excess dead skin cells sitting on the surface of the skin. Either way, the foam very gently cleanses your face and gives you micro exfoliation each and every time you use it. This also means you’re gently exfoliating your skin twice a day, if you choose to use the Tosowoong wash morning and night.

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The granules feel very solid when in dry form and strongly resembles laundry powder on texture, size and scent.
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When adding water, you only need a tiny amount to just dampen the soil to create your foam. It’s up to you whether you want to completely dissolve the powder into a foam, or leave a few granules in solid form to act as a foam type physical scrub.

Rinsing the face, I can immediately tell my skin becomes more brightened and so much more smoother in texture, and the most important, NOWHERE near dry. My skin is as soft and well nourished as ever, and I actually think I’ve found myself a new HG cleanser. I’m yet to experience an irritation, nor have I broken out from using it thus far. Most people usually use and review skincare after a month of trial, but I can already say that I am beyond impressed with this little powder using it in such a short time. I want to note that it works exceptionally well as a day cleanser, but as a night cleanser, it is gentle and though it actually cleanses your skin very well, I would prefer something a little more “heavy duty” feeling IF I am wearing heavy makeup on that day. For days like that, I would opt for my April Skin Magic Stone in grey, which you can read a review on here.

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This might be a little bit unnecessary but I wanted to measure out my skin before washing my face. Since I wanted to be a little bit more accurate, I took three tests before washing my face to give you an average score on the condition of my skin. Prior to washing, my skin had an average water content of 33.6% and an average sebum content of 15.1%. Overall, the skin was imbalanced.
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Just like the previous test, I once again took three tests to give you an average score reading of my skin after washing my face. On average, my skin had a water content of 56.8% and a sebum reading of 25.5%. That means my skin increased in moisture levels by 23.2% and sebum by 10.4%. Overall, the skin is balanced.

The price of this is incredibly cheap. Let’s go back to the Suisai powder again for comparison. For 15 pieces of Suisai, it can cost you around $20 AUD and for a 32 piece pack, you’re looking at $35. Usage for the Suisai is strict, in the sense that one individually wrapped piece can only be used one time, so 32 pieces will only last you 16 days AT MAX. The Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash on the other hand? One bottle is $15.95 and shopping with Style Story, you can get three bottles, where the 3rd bottle is half price, sitting at $23.90. If we do a little bit of maths here, then three bottles of the Tosowoong sits at $55.80 AUD. If you want to get the Suisai powder for a similar price, then you’re looking at buying one pack of 32 pieces, and one pack of 15 pieces. That gives you a total of $52 spent, and only a measly 47 washes, whereas the Tosowoong can easily exceed 3 months per bottle, and on average, 9 months with 3 bottles? If that isn’t a bargain than I don’t know what is.

If that isn’t clear enough for you, then the cheapest ASIAN beauty face cleanser I have ever used in my life (ETUDE HOUSE BAKING POWDER SOMETHING WASH THING), sits at $18 AUD and lasts the same amount of time of usage, and frankly the Tosowoong is even cheaper than that. If you really wanted to, you could even stretch the powder distribution out to your own discretion and get even more uses out of it than the 3 months.

An extra bonus for you guys; if you shop at Style Story and use the coupon code ANTHONY15, then you can drop the price even more by 15%, which then makes the price sit at $13.55.

PROS:

  • pH balanced at 5.5, which is perfect for your skin.
  • Dry formula means you can transform a foam cleanser to a foam exfoliant with ease. The fact that the standout ingredient is Papaya, the cleanser naturally exfoliates your skin when used normally anyway.
  • Dry formula also means that it is fairly travel friendly and won’t cause you too much of a problem. If you’re comparing it to the Suisai however, then you will be disappointed, but otherwise, it’s really good in that aspect.
  • Gives your skin a strong brightening effect without stripping it from moisture or giving you that tight squeaky feeling.
  • So incredibly cheap, even without my special discount code you can use at Style Story. For a cleanser to sit at only $15.95 per bottle and $55.80 for three, it’s by far the most cheapest cleanser I’ve seen in the AB buyers market, in forever.
  • Gave me no irritations whatsoever, and didn’t break me out.
  • Gives me washing powder nostalgia; I love the scent of laundry detergents, and I love sniffing laundry so I instantly fell in love with this fragrance. Probably might be a con for you guys.

CONS:

  • Ingredients list will definitely raise eyebrows, but it’s not going to affect the final outcome of usage. You still will get really nice skin that feels soft, bouncy and looks refreshed and brighter.
  • I’d actually say it works exceptionally well as a day cleanser, but for heavy makeup users, I would prefer something a little more heavy duty. Don’t get this wrong though, because this DOES clean your pores after makeup very well; I think it’s more just my personal preference.
  • BECAME MY HOLY GRAIL CLEANSER AND IT’S SO CHEAP I’M BEGINNING TO QUESTION EVERYTHING IN LIFE

RATING:

QUALITY ★★★★★
PRICE ★★★★★
REPURCHASE RATE ★★★★★
OVERALL ★★★★★

★☆☆☆☆ – I want all my time wasted and all my money back for this crap. If I could turn back time and tell my past self not to use this, then I would without a single doubt. If I find this in my collection or if someone gave it to me, I’ll set it on fire and pray to the All Maker to repent for using such a terrible product.

★★☆☆☆ – It’s pretty bad and I definitely wouldn’t recommend this to anybody, but it’s nice to give it a go for myself. I’ll only use it if it was given to me for free and I’m severely desperate.

★★★☆☆ – It’s nice but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get another one for myself. Maybe if it was on special then I’d consider buying it, otherwise there are better products that I like a lot more than this.

★★★★☆ – It’s quite good and I would repurchase definitely. It’s not a staple yet, but if I can’t find anything better, then I’ll happily stick to this product.

★★★★★ – OH MY GOD GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS BECAUSE IT IS A LIFE SAVER AND WORTH EVERY SINGLE PENNY EVEN IF YOU BECOME POOR BECAUSE OF IT OMG

Now that you know what the stars mean, you can figure out what I mean by my personal ratings.

VERDICT: It’s HG. Need I really say more? The Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash is perfect for day time use, and even night use. Though it doesn’t feel like your skin is clean from anything after washing your face with this, visible results will definitely speak for itself. I can’t believe I have been sleeping on this product for so damn long!


Have you used the Tosowoong Enzyme Powder before? What are your thoughts on it? Looking to make a purchase after reading this post? Let me know how you’re going as well, because I’d love to hear your experiences too. Is powder your thing, or is it a weird experience that you’re not budging to try? Don’t forget to check out Style Story and browse their online store, because they’re offering 15% off purchases using ANTHONY15 as the discount code. Don’t forget to like this post if you found it interesting, share with your friends and family, and stay tuned for the next blog update.

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Too drunk to clean – The morning after skincare routine

I’m pretty sure a lot of you guys have been in this situation before; going out to drink and going past the point of sanity and control, allowing your inhibitions to fully take over your mind and soul. I’m pretty sure you’ve also gone home and fallen asleep straight away, waking up in horror to find out you forgot to remove your makeup, or you did such a bad job washing that your skin ends up looking horrid the morning after. I’ve had my fair shares of hitting the sack with a full face of makeup on, contacts still in my eyes and vomit stained clothing worn to bed, so I definitely know the struggles of trying to make yourself look decent the next day. I wanted to share my guide to how to turn yourself from zombie to potato, because as I’m typing this post, I’m in this state and trying to utilize this time to the best of my abilities. I don’t know, maybe this little guide might help you one day.


First things first, treat the morning after as if you’re cleaning yourself up at the end of the night. Whether you managed to remove your makeup successfully or not, there may be a risk of not cleaning your skin effectively, especially if you have had a few drinks too many. I always start off by removing all of my clothing, and with clean hands, apply a heavy duty cleansing oil to my skin (I used the DHC Cleansing Oil, enriched with olive extract), making sure I target the porous areas of my skin by massaging in circles to lift the makeup, dirt and sebum away. Hop in the shower and gently wet your face enough to allow the oil to emulsify and further massage your face for a minute before washing it all off.

You’re already in the shower which kills two birds with one stone, so take the time to wash your hair and body, taking extra care to lather up around areas you may have gotten vomit onto. Nobody likes a person who smells like puke. It’s honestly up to you whether you want to wash your face while showering as well, but I prefer to wash after I’ve gotten out of the shower, since I shave every morning, and prefer to shave before I cleanse my skin.

Now, remember I mentioned to treat your skin like it’s night time, so take a cleanser that cleanses a little better than your general morning wash (I use the white April Skin soap for it’s strong detoxing effects and pore management skills) and effectively wash away all of the uglies, making sure to target the pores and areas of concern. At least, by doing this, you’re making sure your skin is definitely free of built up makeup in the pores.

You’d think to use a clay mask or a detoxing mask right after, but you have to keep in consideration your skin may be dehydrated from all the drinking you had, so try and avoid any masks that may further dry out your skin. You’ve already used an oil and a strong cleanser so don’t make your skin even more parched than it already is. Instead, try and introduce moisture back into your lifeless face and tackle the deep cleans in the evening. For now, take a super hydrating toner (I used the History of Whoo Soo Yeon skin since it’s purely based on hydration) and with a cotton pad, gently wipe against the skin texture in an upwards motion to prep the skin for skincare and condition the skin texture from any damages.

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I forgot what brand the DIY masks are, but you can find them in most Asian beauty outlets, stores like Daiso (or Miyu if you live in Perth) and other Asian small ware stores.

Now, this is where the skincare actually starts. Rather than a sheet mask you can by at any road shop store, make your own using a DIY mask pack. Here, I took a single piece of condensed mask and a hydration based essence (I used the IOPE Bio Essence because I ran out of the Missha FTE and had this on hand instead, since it works similar anyway). These masks are a great way to save money, and they’re so convenient to use, especially if you have too much toners, or your toner is about to expire. Take your mask and completely soak it in your essence. It will expand and elongate, almost looking like a miniature tape worm, and at that point, you can unravel it to reveal a full faced sheet mask. Apply the mask to your skin for a 5 to 10 minute mask pack that works just like a normal sheet mask. The reason I personally do this instead of using a regular sheet mask, is simply that the DIY mask keeps your skin feeling light but hydrated, whereas regular sheet masks tends to contain thick essences on your skin which may leave your skin too heavy feeling. The morning after a drinking night, your body tends to feel heavy and weak, so rather than making your face feel the same way, keep things light so at least your skin isn’t feeling fatigued either.

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Excuse my choppy ass nails.
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On God I am so ugly. As you can see, this mask has a TERRIBLE fit and the sheet itself, the image shows you just how thick the paper is. But, being a DIY mask you really can’t (and shouldn’t) expect much at all if you’re fussy about the cutting and paper like me. Oh, and do you see the skin tone difference between my face and my neck?

Take your DIY sheet mask a step further if necessary; I drowned my face in mist (I used the Avene Thermal Spring Water; I had it in the bathroom but it’s literally just a can of pure water) and applied a thin layer of a light gel cream (I used the Naturie Conditioning Gel because it contains coix seed which is known for deep nourishment and moisturizing capabilities) on top of the mask to add extra hydration and allow my skin to drink up the gel cream slowly. This makes your sheet mask a little more saturated, again, without the super heavy feeling. Oh, forgot to mention, keep in mind the DIY mask material isn’t the best, nor does it have a nice fit at all. In fact, you’ll probably hate the material just as much as I do, yet it’s so much more simple than using a regular mask, and you’re cutting the usage time by almost, if not, half.

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Any gel will do honestly, but I love the Naturie Conditioning Gel simply for the fact that it provides more hydration than the Aloe Vera Gel that I previously used, and this has brightening effects that can help to fight the signs of hyper pigmentation in the skin.

Now that you have the treatment done, you can go a little ham with the hydrating products. I tried keeping the skincare as simple as possible but maximizing the hydrating capabilities. First, apply a pea sized amount of serum to the driest parts of the face (I targeted my cheeks and under eyes with the History of Whoo Ja Saeng essence) using less than half a pump. Pat to absorb using the middle and ring fingers. Next, apply 3 to 5 drops of facial oil to the finger pads of your hands (I used the Innisfree Green Tea oil) and gently pat into the skin, again, focusing more on the dehydrated parts of your face. This combination works really well to replace the eye cream stage in your skin care, as eye creams tend to be heavy. If you’re an avid contact wearer, or your eyes just feel too heavy, this really helps to replenish the lost hydration without the heaviness that your regular eye cream may give you.

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Honestly at this point, you can pick and choose what skincare you want to use, or your skin is crying for. This is just to show you some of the products I used today to fight of the signs of ugly from a night out drinking at the club.

Lastly is the final hydration stage. It’s honestly up to you whether your skin needs a lotion, a cream, a mist or all three. I used just a lotion (The History of Whoo In Yang Lotion) and mist (STYLENANDA 3CE Glossing Face Mist) for the entirety of my face, and a cream (History of Whoo Secret Court Cream) only on my neck to bump up the hydration levels, and give my skin a little bit of dewiness.

With skincare done, some of you might have to go out in the morning, or have a hectic schedule to complete by the end of the day. I have this problem where I enjoy drinking the day before I have work, a function or just something on in particular. So in saying that, after my skincare, I have to have something that makes my skin appear less zombie like and at the very least, potato like, but avoid using makeup. I’ve been loving this skincare powder from Club Yuagari which contains hyaluronic acid and collagen and applying it after my general skincare to lift the appearance of the skin. Unlike regular powders, you can wear this alone on top of your skincare and fall asleep in it without the risk of skin irritations, or implement it into makeup as a regular powder if you choose to.

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My powder casing looks so terrible that I had to borrow the work tester to take this photo. Show of hands from the people who don’t care about their products and ends up with faded packaging, or dirty/smeared packaging. I know I’m not the only one!!

The powder itself, is finely compressed and applies to your skin white. It doesn’t leave your skin with a white cast with flash photography if used in an appropriate manner, and makes your skin naturally brighter. The powder comes in three scents; pastel rose (which I own), orange blossom and white flora. I bought my skincare powder from Cosmehut in Carousel for $35 AUD.

This photo, you can find on my Instagram, where I posted it there as well. Literally this is my bare face with just the powder on, and my eyebrows recovering from a failed tint. My friend said I look like a girl that I know, which made me feel both, happy and sad. Happy that I look like someone pretty, but sad that I’m not pretty enough to have my own identity as labelled “pretty”

I have a feeling that someone will ask me why I went out drinking, and in a hungover state, why I’m typing up a blog post. Well, Perth had it’s very first KPOP event and I really wanted to go (not only do I like KPOP, but I haven’t been out in a VERY long time and who knows when another KPOP event will happen here). Now, at the club (yes the event was held at a club, and a small one at that) there were lots of people and when there are too many people, momma has to have a few drinks to calm the heart because there were many fINE ASS BOYS THERE, but going with my friend, I guess I had a sense of responsibility and so I was successfully able to leave in one piece, and not drunk. So after the event, the both of us went back to her house, and since it was only 1am, I decided to go back out on my lonesome and play around a bit, got myself shit faced and here I am now, trying to utilize this time with something productive and this blog post is pretty much the end result.

If you too have any beauty tips and tricks to help your skin after a long night of drinking, please share them all below. This little guide is just a routine that I personally follow each and every time, and has not let me down yet. If there are any other KPOP events coming around in Perth, know that I will most likely be there and yes, you may see me being ugly, in a drunk state, or both. Be warned.

******ps I’m not going to GOT7 in Perth, sorry. I don’t think I will have time, since the concert falls on the day I have something planned from a whole 2 months ago. If you guys are going, please let me know how the concert was, and take lots of photos of Junior, Mark and Jackson for me please ❤

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[ REVIEW ] CPAqua Whitening Mask with Arbutin

Another review, another sheet mask. I have been super busy as of late, constantly working and trying to juggle my hectic schedules with my alone time (that being me working up a sweat at home trying to clean the house, fit in laundry and do work on my days off whenever possible; what a life) and it was really nice to finally make some space for myself to indulge in a face mask. That said, I was actually given this sheet mask for free, to try out and give feedback on. Since I do blogging (mostly on my Japanese platform) I thought, why not share with you guys this little mask experience as well.

Here’s to me introducing you all the CPAqua Sheet Masks from the ever so famous brand from Taiwan hitting the shores of many different countries around the world, My Beauty Diary (or so I heard it’s from them, from a coworker).

***for reference, I have combination sensitive skin type (oily t-zone, normal to dry u-zone), prone to acne and my t-zone seems to get dehydrated very easily. My skin tone is sitting at NC30 while it is Summer here in Australia.


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-獨家核心貫穿成分CPAQUA™ NEW!
核心貫穿成分CPAQUA™為眼淚保濕機制的關鍵成分,提升肌膚保濕效果,加強肌膚彈潤感。
-五段式美白科技─運用阻黑因子調節膚色白皙明亮感;加上高純度熊果素α-Arbutin抑制酪胺酸酶活性,阻礙黑色素合成,達到防護、抑制、阻斷、回復、淡化,五段式完整美白,讓肌膚淨透白。
-阻黑因子NEW!
創新成分阻黑因子,具亮白功效,使膚色均勻透亮、提升肌膚明亮光澤感
-3D晶凝縷布膜NEW!
3D晶凝縷布膜緊密服貼臉部曲線,輕薄又透氣的布膜材質,能乘載滿滿濃密型精華,並加強關鍵保濕因子吸收與釋放,深度保水與鎖水至肌底。

CPAQUA utilizes key ingredients to enhance skin moisturizing effects, and elasticity.
– Contains α-Arbutin in a high purity form to inhibit the formation of melanin in the skin cells, protect, block, restore and desalinate the skin for optimal skin health. The arbutin in the mask helps to alleviate darkened skin for a more brightened skin tone, for lustrous and translucent skin appearance.
– Condensed silk cloth sheet mask using breathable cotton material to allow for a thick essence to be absorbed into the mask, and thus transferring the essence directly into the skin for super hydration capabilities

***excuse my choppy ass translating abilities

Basically to summarize, the mask is claimed to improve the skin TONE and also provide brightness to the skin. Note that I did capitalize the word “tone” because this is an alpha-arbutin mask, and arbutin is deemed one of the “safer” whitening ingredients used to lift the skin tone to difference shades. The sheet mask also claims that it will keep the skin well moisturized, which is a huge hurdle to jump when it comes to whitening skincare products.

Whether it be a wash, a mask, toner, lotion, you name it, whitening skincare that helps to LIFT the skin tone up a few shades tend to leave your skin feeling (and looking) dehydrated, lacking of moisture and overall terrible. Sure, you get a change in skin tone, but at the expense of hydration. The other option is to retain the hydration capabilities at the expense of the whitening function itself. Instead of lifting the skin tone, your skin appears more brighter, in the sense it looks like you are glowing from within. There is no change to your skin tone whatsoever, but your skin looks more glossy and your skin is kept well moisturized.

With this mask, I want to see which category this falls into.

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According to the back side, the mask is needed to be kept on for only 10-15 minutes, which is already less than the standard 15-20 minutes or the dreaded 25-30 minutes. It is also noted on the bottom left corner that the mask is made in Taiwan, so a little confused as to why the mask has Japanese writing on the front, but only Chinese on the back. Nonetheless, a sheet mask is a sheet mask, and I have had no problems with any Taiwanese sheet masks as of yet.

INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum, Chlorphenesin, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, PVP, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Yeast Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Soy Amino Acids, Alpha-Arbutin, Phospholipids, Cyclodextrin, Diglucosyl Gallic Acid, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

Ingredients highlighted in orange have a safety reading of 3 or 4, and ingredients highlighted in red have a safety reading of 5 or higher.

This is an analysis using CosDNA, which shows that though none of the ingredients have any alarms for acne or irritation possibilities, there is a few ingredients that MAY alter, or damage the skin over an extensive period of usage. I want to mention that though the hydrolyzed jojoba oil ester wasn’t raised as an alarm, jojoba extracts derive from jojoba itself, which categorizes as an essential oil over technicalities; essential oils clog pores which may cause acne and irritations in some. Just a little thought.

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Ok, time for the part where I actually discuss the product itself, how the product came and what I though of the product. I started off by measuring my skin for a starting point to see how my sebum and moisture levels were affected by the mask. FYI I removed all my makeup using Shiseido Perfect Watery Oil, washed my face using The History of Whoo In Yang cleanser, and toned using Etude House AC Clean Up Toner.

WATER CONTENT: 40.8%
SEBUM CONTENT: 18.3%
OVERALL: WELL BALANCED

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Opening the mask, the product had little to no serum left over in the packet, and had me scraping the walls of the plastic for some essence to apply to my neck area. The immediate scent was that of a mild to moderate scent which reminded me of an alcoholic beverage I once had at the club. I think it was called a “Wet Pussy”. Terrible name, but not bad of a drink. I suggest you try one for yourself, to “see how the mask smelt like”.

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The mask sheet itself was double protected; thick plastic backing paper for the back and a thinner plastic backing paper for the front. I found this a tad extra, like the mask REALLY didn’t need all of that protection. At the very least, I found out where all the serum that would have been at the bottom of the packet went, because both of the backing papers were completely soaked with essence I could have used them alone as sheet masks as well and would have gotten 3 for the price of 1 (even though the mask was for free anyway).

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As for the mask itself, the sheet was incredibly thin, very similar to the My Beauty Diary classic sheet masks. The sheet fit nicely on the skin, with the tiniest bit extra just at the back of my jaw, which wasn’t a problem at all. What WAS a problem however, was the mouth cutting which was the most stupid part of the mask. They fricken cut a smile shape into the mouth area, like you’re supposed to smile with a sheet mask on? Really guys?

Bar that little mishap, the nose was a little small which is common with sheet masks, and the paper itself would have been very top notch in my books had it not been for those two little things.

The mask half dried on my face within the 5-7 minute mark, as was nearing dry by 10 minutes. I definitely do think their mask timing described on the packet to be incorrect, as most people would decide to take the mask off within 5 minutes of usage since it literally dries that fast. Remember, you don’t want to pull a sheet mask off when it is bone dry, but when it is  dry to the point where moisture is felt, but not saturated; lightly damp to say. At 10 minutes, that was how the mask felt on my skin, so I felt obliged to remove the mask before I damage my skin from the cotton.

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Right after taking the mask off, I could immediately see that my skin tone was a lot brighter than before (though the camera shows otherwise). The mask also appeared to brighten my skin, and the camera makes my skin look really moisturized and supple.

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Looking at this photo now, I can see I got foundation on my shirt, gosh darn it. Anyway, patting the essence into my skin, my face slowly became more and more dry, dehydrated and really sticky. The essence absorbed really quickly, but left such a sticky residue which was odd, considering my face was parched dry. My skin was also slightly irritated around my mouth area towards the end of using the mask and the process of tapping the essence into my skin. I feel that this is best suited for night use, not only being a whitening mask, but the serum I find, is too sticky for day usage, and definitely way too heavy for under makeup.

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Now for the final check-in, my skin not only looks brighter in skin tone, but it appears to be lighter in skin tone as well, at the expense of dry feeling skin. Results do show otherwise, with a 16.6% increase in hydration content, and a 7.5% increase in sebum content in the skin. However, even with the increase of moisture levels, results do show that the skin has lost it’s balance with the use of this mask, which is something to take into consideration for.

WATER CONTENT: 57.4%
SEBUM CONTENT: 25.8%
OVERALL: AVERAGE

PROS:

  • Paper was thin and felt like second skin on the face
  • Really nice fit around the perimeter of the face
  • Quick mask, averaging on 5 minutes of use per mask. Adequate for those who need a quick fix, have no time for sheet masks, or find masking uncomfortable
  • Lightly saturated, meaning you won’t get a heap of essence dripping everywhere all over the place like other sheet masks
  • Serum absorbs quickly
  • Brightened up my face
  • Actually lightened the skin tone of my face. With constant use, I think that this mask might even have permanent effects

CONS:

  • Drying on the skin and caused a moisture imbalance afterwards
  • Slightly strong alcoholic scent (well I found it alcoholic, you might describe it differently)
  • Slight irritation around the mouth
  • Stupid ass mouth cutting in the paper
  • No excess essence left in the pack
  • Essence is quite sticky on the skin
  • Too thick for day usage/under makeup

RATING:

QUALITY ★★★★☆
PRICE ☆☆☆☆☆
REPURCHASE RATE ★★☆☆☆
OVERALL ★★★☆☆

★☆☆☆☆ – I want all my time wasted and all my money back for this crap. If I could turn back time and tell my past self not to use this, then I would without a single doubt. If I find this in my collection or if someone gave it to me, I’ll set it on fire and pray to the All Maker to repent for using such a terrible product.

★★☆☆☆ – It’s pretty bad and I definitely wouldn’t recommend this to anybody, but it’s nice to give it a go for myself. I’ll only use it if it was given to me for free and I’m severely desperate.

★★★☆☆ – It’s nice but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get another one for myself. Maybe if it was on special then I’d consider buying it, otherwise there are better products that I like a lot more than this.

★★★★☆ – It’s quite good and I would repurchase definitely. It’s not a staple yet, but if I can’t find anything better, then I’ll happily stick to this product.

★★★★★ – OH MY GOD GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS BECAUSE IT IS A LIFE SAVER AND WORTH EVERY SINGLE PENNY EVEN IF YOU BECOME POOR BECAUSE OF IT OMG

Now that you know what the stars mean, you can figure out what I mean by my personal ratings.

VERDICT: I think for a whitening mask, it’s quite decent. The ingredients list isn’t the best, but it isn’t terrible. The cutting of the mask overall, isn’t horrid either (disregarding the horrid mouth part) and the sheet is very thin resembling that of second skin nature. Though the hydrating factor isn’t very evident in the essence contained in the mask, it is easily fixed with a highly moisturizing lotion or cream you can use after the mask. For a whitening product, this definitely does brighten the complexion and whiten the skin overall, so I guess the mask wasn’t wrong on that aspect. The fact that the mask was quick and easy to use, especially since I’m not big on masking in general, also gets bonus points. I wouldn’t personally repurchase this mask, only because I would rather a hydrating “whitening” mask to prevent my dehydrated skin getting much worse, but overall, I’d be happy to receive this as a gift, or purchasing when on discount/cheap.


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Product Empties [ BODY ]

I usually don’t do empties posts, and I probably won’t for quite a while; but while I have a lot of empty products, I thought why not let the public know exactly what I have been using and my thoughts on these all. Welcome back to the Beauty Aesthetics, and for the first post of 2017, let’s rummage through my trash! (Quite literally, because I pulled everything out from the trash, so don’t expect clean bottles. The photos I took are pretty “trash” themselves.)

As a reference, in case some of you guys don’t know, during Summer I have oily sensitive skin, prone to acne, and enlarged pores. During Winter, I have combination sensitive skin, prone to acne. My pores seem to be manageable during Winter than it is during the Summer time. I have extremely damaged, color treated hair, with a slightly sensitive scalp all year round, and I have extremely sensitive skin around my armpits, on parts of my arms, thighs and delicate skin on my ankles.

I had to split this post up, because otherwise it’ll be WAY too long. This one in particular will only include items used on my body. Click the links below to read the other Empties posts

Skincare
Makeup
Hair (up soon)
Miscellaneous (up soon)


NIVEA Men Active Clean Shower Gel

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A 3-in-one multipurpose for men containing active charcoal to clean your body from bacteria, sweat and excess sebum, whilst removing odor for a fresh smelling self.

I only bought and used this because I was out of body wash one day and was desperate for something. Hearing from a lot of people that Nivea, despite it being a very cheap drugstore brand label, has a lot of products that are supposedly good for those with sensitive skin. I am one of those people and so I decided to give it a shot. I mean, it wouldn’t hurt right? (Other than experiencing excruciating pain, burning, peeling skin and constantly feeling like my armpits are on fire, but eh.) To my surprise, this worked really well with my skin, and I only felt like I was burning 1 out of 10 times. Not too bad Nivea!

It claims that you can also use this on your face AND hair, so explorer Anthony decided, why not? I was doing a lot of experimentation while I’ve been away. For the face, oh my All Maker, it sucks ass so bad. It literally does nothing other than dry my face out. Perfect for a “typical” man; me? Not so much. As for hair, this also does nothing and practically only dries it out. Again, typical.

I think considering the price, I will definitely repurchase easily, and I’m so glad that I had no reactions with something like this on my body.

BIORE Body Deli Body Wash Liquid Type

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Biore Body Deli is a body wash that is said to be strong enough to clean your body that is covered in sun block, but gentle enough to skin that it keeps it feeling moisturized and soothed.

I can vouch that my skin always felt soft using this body wash, and that my skin was always clean after. The scent is very strong, consisting of citrus and floral sort of perfumes that fill your bathroom. One pump was enough for a thick lather to cover your entire body. I never experienced any irritations whatsoever using this body wash, so I knew I could rely on this whenever my skin wasn’t happy. As for repurchasing, I’m on the fence with this wash, since it was $20 AUD and compared to the Nivea that was retailed for about $4 per bottle, thats already 80% cheaper compared to this. I’d say, if it wasn’t so damn expensive, then I’d not hesitate to grab myself a few more bottles. As for now though, who knows. Maybe my desires for having the good stuff will take over my body, controlling my hands to reach into my wallet and passing the evil cashier all my money.

REXONA Men Motion Sense XTRA Cool

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A body antiperspirant that is said to control sweating for 48hrs no matter the situation, be it that you sit out in the sun for 50 years, or constantly working up a “sweat” at the gym. Whatever your lifestyle may be, you won’t sweat with Rexona.

Now, to be frank with you all, I don’t sweat from my armpits a great deal, nor do I sweat much in general, unless I am literally out in the sun, or I am having a fever. I usually only sweat from my head, my palms, and my feet only, and that’s from HOT weather. Why the antiperspirant then? Since I have sensitive skin around my armpits in general, that means I’m prone to bacterial infection around that part of the skin, and so it’s best for me to use something that will not only kill off the bacteria, but prevent bacteria from producing there throughout the day. FYI sweat doesn’t cause stench, bacteria does. This antiperspirant was literally a random choice because it was on sale from $5 AUD to about $2 AUD. Glad I chose it, because this has the least scent out in the Aussie market, and it didn’t irritate me whatsoever. Also, it didn’t leave me with the dreaded white marks on black clothing. Repurchase? Sure, why not.

LYNX Dry Dark Temptation

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Similar to the Rexona, this is supposed to help perspiration for 48hrs and give you a lovely scent that is supposed to “help you pick up chicks” with their “masculine” fragrances. I CALL BULLSHIT!

Ok, so I stole this off my brother cause I needed to use something desperately (I just finished work and I had to leave for an outing ASAP o no time to hit the showers, quickly spray myself and go) and I really hated this so much. It smelt so bad; whoever made the fragrances with these “scented” antiperspirants need to re-evaluate their life choices cause this is straight up nasty. Being real here, I didn’t even purchase it, but I did end up using the rest of the can up, so hence why it’s in my empties. Since I didn’t buy it, I can’t really say I will repurchase, but will I actually go out of my way to go get one? I think not.

ISSEY MIYAKE L’eau D’Issey Pour Homme

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I don’t like fragrances much, but this has got to be one of my favourite fragrances in the world, alongside Acqua Di Gio. They both actually aren’t the best for my skin, and spraying directly onto clothing isn’t good either. My trick is to spritz this onto a THIN facial cotton and gently dab it onto my wrists, behind my ears and top of the shoulders. Not only does that get enough fragrance onto my body without it being too overwhelming, but it reduces the chance of me getting a reaction to the alcohol in these eau de toilettes. Definitely repurchasing because they are my all time favorite scents and my go to for nights out, or just in general whenever I want to smell nice.

CRABTREE AND EVELYN Caribbean Island Wild Flowers Eau de Toilette

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I bought this not for the scent, but for the packaging. Before purchase, this comes in a white case that houses the fragrance. Literally, the day I bought this shit, I lost the casing and it made me upset but nonetheless. The fragrance is a muted floral sort of smell that isn’t too overwhelming, but enough to tickle your nose if you hate strong scents. i didn’t care for the smell actually; it was nice, but it wasn’t great. Sort of reminded me of old ladies, which I have no issues over, but… I don’t know, I enjoy smelling like an old lady from time to time, but this scent is questionable for daily use. I guess I’m sitting on the fence with this one whether I want to repurchase it or not, because in saying so, I would happily use it if I have it, but I won’t care if I don’t have it or not.


What are your empties for 2016/2017? Have you used any of these products before, or have any products for me to try out this year? Let me know in one of my SNS below, or leave me a comment on this blog post! Also, please let me know if you want any full reviews of any of these products (if one isn’t up already, or you want an updated review)

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Product Empties [ MAKEUP ]

I usually don’t do empties posts, and I probably won’t for quite a while; but while I have a lot of empty products, I thought why not let the public know exactly what I have been using and my thoughts on these all. Welcome back to the Beauty Aesthetics, and for the second post of 2017, let’s rummage through my trash! (Quite literally, because I pulled everything out from the trash, so don’t expect clean bottles. The photos I took are pretty “trash” themselves.)

As a reference, in case some of you guys don’t know, during Summer I have oily sensitive skin, prone to acne, and enlarged pores. During Winter, I have combination sensitive skin, prone to acne. My pores seem to be manageable during Winter than it is during the Summer time. I have extremely damaged, color treated hair, with a slightly sensitive scalp all year round, and I have extremely sensitive skin around my armpits, on parts of my arms, thighs and delicate skin on my ankles.

I had to split this post up, because otherwise it’ll be WAY too long. This one in particular will only include makeup items. Click the links below to read the other Empties posts

Skincare
Body
Hair (up soon)
Miscellaneous (up soon)


TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL Perfect Day Makeup Fixer

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This is a facial mist you apply after your makeup to not only make your makeup last throughout the entire day, but to create a radiant complexion without any greasiness or dry patches on your skin. The mist is very fine, to not disrupt the makeup you have applied to your face, and dries very quickly for those who need a quick fix and out-the-door sort of product.

I really enjoyed this mist so much, as the claims were super true to what they were offering. The mist was super fine so it set my makeup instantaneously, made my skin bright, kept my makeup lasting all day and didn’t cause any dry patches as a lot of makeup mists tend to do. What I didn’t like was that it never lasted very long, so after a week or so (that is saying I wear makeup everyday; otherwise after 7ish days) the bottle was empty. Considering the price was $20 AUD, I thought this product was not value for money at all, and there are better alternates to this mist that perform just as well, for less of the price. I have so far repurchased 3 bottles, but I’m not too sure whether I’m ok for making it a 4th.

SOFINA Primavista Ange Long Keep Base UV

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The pink primer that helps to control sebum production in the skin, make makeup last throughout the entire day, but isn’t drying so perfect for all skin types.

I love this primer, and has become a holy grail for me. Not only is it a pink base, to brighten up the skin complexion, it also controls oily skin types, but isn’t drying in the least. I never have a problem using this primer and I have literally made everyone around me use this one product for flawless makeup every single day. I have already repurchased the primer 5 times so far, and I’m not changing up my base any time soon. I swear, if you can, get your hands on this baby ASAP!

IOPE Cushion Blusher #1

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Utilizing the air puff and cushion technology, IOPE came out with their revolutionary blush cushion for perfect blush application that gives you a rosy, yet natural glow. Perfect for those who want to express innocence, or for those who enjoy that “no makeup, natural beauty” sort of look.

I hated this product; it did not show up on my skin personally (because I’m pretty dark) and it doesn’t do anything other than make my face look oily. Not the healthy “I just got out of the shower” sort of sheen either. I’m talking the “I dipped my face in a bowl of extra virgin olive oil, so who wants to crack and egg on my face and see how long it sizzles for” sort of oily look, which ain’t cute. If you enjoy wasting your money, grab this and you’ll be satisfied. For us normal people, turn a blind eye to this piece of shit like I’m doing now, because you will be beyond disappointed. I’m just trying to save you money and time; thank me later.

TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL Artclass by Rodin Createur du Contour

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With three shades of warm toned browns, this will give you the perfect contour without looking too orange, or too grey. The shades mimic actual shadows on your skin, to give you the perfect sculpted appearance without looking too overdone.

HOLY GRAIL! I NEED NOT SAY ANYTHING ELSE
I’ve so far bought 15 (because I contour TF out of my face every single time) so I generally hit pan within 3 weeks. I can’t express my love into words, so please think of something for me to say so that I can express my feelings perfectly.

ARITAUM Pore Master Sebum Control Powder

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Finely milled translucent powder that helps to cover pores, and control sebum at the same time. Because it has no color, it is perfect for ALMOST all skin tones. I say almost, because some POC have more reddish undertones and less pinkish or greyish undertones, so it MIGHT not suit them the best.

I loved this because it controlled sebum, covered my pores, and was dirt cheap. I can’t say anything else, because it literally is just a generic finish powder that does what it claims. I would repurchase this, if the Innisfree No Sebum powder isn’t available.

INNISFREE No Sebum Powder

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Literally the same as above, there is no comparison to the Aritaum Pore Master, with this product. It literally is the same thing, same claims, same functions and same results. I will interchange the repurchasing of this product depending on stock availability. As far as pricing goes, there is literally a 50c difference here in Perth, so even then, there is no difference other than branding and packaging.


What are your empties for 2016/2017? Have you used any of these products before, or have any products for me to try out this year? Let me know in one of my SNS below, or leave me a comment on this blog post! Also, please let me know if you want any full reviews of any of these products (if one isn’t up already, or you want an updated review)

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