Monday, September 1, 2014

iSOi Bulgarian Rose Pore Tightening Tonic Essence Review

Quite a generous amount of essence is in this iSOi Bulgarian Rose Pore Tightening Tonic Essence that claims to "Make Your Pore Skinny." I haven't had much experience with iSOi except for the Bulgarian Rose Blemish Care Serum which I do quite like for eliminating redness on my skin - not so much for blemish care since my skin isn't acne prone and I couldn't quite attest to it's claims. I'm really excited about this Pore Tightening Tonic Essence since it's supposed to make your pores smaller and to be honest, I really have large pores.

The product comes in the white box with pale green trimming which I believe is the color code for the Pore Tightening line. The bottle itself is very pretty and is very similar to the Blemish Care Serum - it's a green frosted glass bottle with a silver top cap. Green is one of my favorite colors so just seeing this bottle made me even more excited about trying out this product.

Everything written in the box except for the name of the product and the brand is in Hangul so I had to look up the ingredients for this. It is mostly made of Bulgarian Rose oil, witch hazel, apple, lemon and grape fruit acids. This is especially formulated to remove dirt from the pores, minimize skin troubles, controls excess sebum and minimize pores. It is recommended for people who have oily and sensitive skin.

To use this product, it is recommended to pour the essence into a cotton pad and sweep it from the inside to outside of the skin. Personally, I like to pour a small amount of the essence onto the palm of my hand and pat it on my face rather than using a cotton pad mainly because I feel like the cotton pad absorbs a lot of the product more than my skin. Since it is a tonic essence, I see where they are going with using a cotton pad - to remove excess makeup that is left after cleansing. This will also clean and firm the lips so sweeping a cotton pad with the tonic essence on the lips would also remove dead skin cells.

The texture of this product is watery with a little bit of slip to it, reminding me of the MyPu Hyalu Water Volume Snail Gel Cream, but definitely more watery. It feels refreshing and light on the skin and it absorbs quickly too - similar also to the Bulgarian Rose Blemish Care Serum. Since it is such a lightweight product, I have been using this prior to makeup application as a toner, moisturizer and primer in one. It did pretty well underneath my makeup since it also has sebum control.

Probably the thing I really like about this product is it's scent. It has a very light and fresh scent to it that is very refreshing and just makes me look forward to using it. But alas, it doesn't really make my pore skinny. I have been trying this product out for weeks and my pores are still large. I am close to giving up on the quest of finding a product that would significantly minimize my pores but to no avail. I've tried a lot of products from masks, to toners, serums, etc., and all that they would do is give me temporary pore minimization which lasts for a couple of hours, even a day.

Before I forget, the Bulgarian Rose Pore Tightening Tonic Essence is actually the 2nd step on the 5 step Pore Tightening line. The Bulgarian Rose Pore Tightening Line from iSOi consist of (1) Oil Control Pink Pack, (2) Pore Tightening Tonic Essence, (3) Pore Tightening Control Serum, (4) Pore Tightening Program, and (5) Pore Tightening Fresh Gel Cream. For more information about this you may visit

*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Bello-Vita Cell Optimizer S-Essence Review

Here's another product review from a brand which I'm quite unfamiliar with and it's called Bello-Vita.

Today's review is focused on this Bello-Vita Cell Optimizer S-Essence. The packaging for this particular product is beautiful - the box is decorated in gold filigree which gives it the impression of elegance and sophistication. The bottle is also gold in color with a plastic cap of bronze ombré which shows the gold neck of the spray nozzle inside. 

So what is an essence? An essence contains concentrate of ingredients for a specific purpose, which for this product is a cell optimizer which allows the skin cells to absorb nutrients more effectively. Essences are usually watery and light in texture and feel so it is usually mistaken as a toner.

Bello-Vita boasts of their Biocell System and Fermentation Science which is a fermentation process for the ingredients and allows these ingredients to maintain skin balance and optimize the skin condition. 

I believe this Cell Optimizing S-Essence is part of a skin care line from the brand and this Cell Optimizing line claims to "remove dryness, paleness, improve elasticity, remove toxins and leave the skin feeling rejuvenated and healthy."

I actually like the fact that it is in a spray bottle so you can just mist it all over the face and tap the face for absorption. Probably the only thing I can comment on this product is its scent. It has a strong floral scent to it that it basically feels like spraying perfume straight to your face. The scent does go away after a couple of minutes but it still bothers me every time I spray this on my face. The product feels like water unlike the other essences I've tried which felt like a lighter version of serums. 

I'm not so sure if it does help my skin absorb nutrients more effectively and retain more moisture. It is an extra step to my night time skin care routine which I don't really mind since it's a small step. If only this product doesn't smell that strong I would go to say that I really like this product, but since I don't really care much for the scent, this is just an okay product for me.

*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Leaders AC-Free Spot Patch Review

After trying out and reviewing sheet masks from Leaders Insolution from the previous BNT Beauty Box, I was excited to try out more products from Leaders.

The AC-Free Spot Patch is a spot acne treatment. It contains salicylic acid and teatree oil to help calm and clear the skin. There are 50 patches in the box divided into 5 foil packets, each packet contains 10, clear, round adhesives which you apply to your pimple. There are 4 smaller round stickers and six bigger ones. 

This is pretty easy to use, just cleanse the face and remove the patch from the film and apply it to the area where you need it. Leave it on for around 8-12 hours and remove. 

I have to admit that I was a skeptic about this product. Since I'm not a person who usually breaks out, it seems to be quite a coincidence when I have one teensy tiny pimple on my chin the day my box arrived. Excited to try out the product, I immediately launched myself in taking photos and cleansing my face and just put this thing to the test.

Alas, here's the result:

I washed my faced, applied the patch and left it on for the rest of the night. I slept a good 8 hours and surprisingly that bump went down and the redness dissipated too. 

I am quite impressed by this product and I don't think I need to further explain myself since you can clearly see results from the photo above. I'm not so sure how well it would work for those with severe acne but for those who do get occasional break outs, the Leaders AC-Free Spot Patch is quite handy to have around especially when you see and feel a nasty bump growing the day or even hours before an event you have to go to.

Highly recommend this product along with the sheet masks from Leaders! 

*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Migabee Seabuckthorn Pureberry Oilsoap Review

This month's BNT Beauty Box is full of interesting and fairly new (at least to me) products. I had previously reviewed the Faith in Face Cleansing Water which was surprisingly good and along the lines of cleansing is another quite promising product which is the Migabee Seabuckthorn Pureberry Oilsoap. 

Made from natural ingredients mostly fruit extracts, the Seabuckthorn Purberry Oilsoap is good for all skin types and it "removes makeup, dirt and oily ingredients; covers the skin with detailed and soft texture, and is made of water soluble oil soap."

After a little bit of research on this product, I found out that this is not only use as a facial cleanser but is a multi-use product. It can be use as a body wash and shampoo as well. This reminds me of a similar product I tried out before in a lavender scent but for my sake I just couldn't remember the brand. And speaking of lavender, this is also available in Lavender, Peppermint, Honey and Rosewater. 

My niece really likes how this soap smells and she said it smells like flowers and lemons. It is not strong and offensive but the scent does cling on to you after washing with it. 

This bottle is full-size and contains 310mL of product - a lot if you ask me. The front of the bottle contains a list of ingredients and a short description of the product in English. Turn the bottle around and all you will see is Korean characters. I believe there is instructions there somewhere but since I can't read Hangul I just tried to figure out how it works by trial and error. 

What I did was to rub it on gently to my dry face. Having a light makeup on (BB cream, bronzer and brow product) it broke down the makeup and actually cleansed my face pretty well. It also foamed up really nicely just as shown on their promo photo. 

However, with a full face of makeup on (long wearing foundation, bronzer, blush, waterproof liner and mascara), I find that it doesn't really do a good job of removing everything. It would break down the makeup but it wouldn't foam up. As you can see on the demo photo below, there's still remnants of the red lipstick, eyeliner and mascara. 

Kim, another BNTGirl actually received the Rosewater version of this Oilsoap and she had a severe reaction to it (read more of her experience here). Thankfully, this Seabuckthorn Oilsoap didn't give me the same reaction. The only thing I didn't quite like about this product aside from it not removing all of my makeup thoroughly is that it stung my eyes. Not that badly but still uncomfortable. 

I probably wouldn't use this as a shampoo but I might try it out as a body wash. It has been moisturizing on the face so it would be great on the body as well. Anyway, I'm not really a huge fan of this cleanser since I like my cleansers to remove every single makeup product on my face. I'm just gonna save this for those days where I'm removing light makeup.

*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summer 2014: Just Peachy

Peach and coral is a great summer color and I realized that summer is over and I still haven't done any peach/coral makeup look for my Summer 2014 series. Because of that, here's a peach makeup look great for those of you still trying to reminisce (and enjoy) the summer days and nights. This will be the end of my Summer 2014 series and look forward to my Fall 2014 series (I actually have one makeup look drafted already)!  

  • Makeup Forever Mat Velvet + in #55 - It's still pretty hot during the daytime so I'm loving the MUFE foundation to keep my face matte. I love the coverage of this foundation and it simple is one of the best foundation I've tried. 
  • Maybelline Fit Me concealer in 20 Sand - To conceal my nasty under eye circles, brighten and highlight the high points of my face, I used a lighter concealer. Applied it under my eyes, bridge of the nose, around my nose and chin, blending it out with synthetic fiber brush. 
  • NYX Sunny Bronzer - Contoured my face using a matte bronzer. Apply it on the hollows of the cheeks, temples, jaw, bringing it down slightly on the neck and the sides of the nose. 
  • 3CE Duo Blush in Peach Crush - Using a stippling brush, I picked up the product by swirling it on the pan so it mixes both pink and orange shade to make the perfect peach shade, tapped off the excess and applied it on the cheeks blending it towards the back of the cheek.
  • 3CE Triple Shadow in Body to Body - Take the middle, pink highlight shade and use it as a highlighter. apply it to the high points of the face where the light naturally hits - tops of the cheeks, bridge of the nose, Cupid's bow, chin and forehead. 
3CE Eyebrow Mascara in Brown & Gold - I applied the brown mascara to the brows. It fills in any sparse spaces on my brows. Letting it dry for a minute, I go over with the gold mascara to lightly lighten my brows and to match my hair color. 


  • Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal in Barely Branded -  I used a cream, shimmery nude shade as a primer for my lids. I just applied this using a clean finger.
  • 3CE Triple Shadow in Body to Body - Take the first shade (rose gold shade on the left) with a clean finger and apply it on the lids on top of Barely Branded. Smooth out all edges with your fingers. If you find it hard to blend out the shadow, take a clean blending brush and blend away. 
  • 3CE Under Eye Flash in Pitter Patter - Take a brown or khaki colored liner and line the upper lash line, extending the line past the corner of your eyes and connecting it to the outer half of the bottom lash line. The liner I'm using is waterproof and has a bit of shimmer too. A brown liner complements the peachy pink shade so well plus it makes the whole look softer and romantic as opposed to a black liner. 
  • 3CE Under Eye Flash in Romanticism - Take a lighter rose gold liner and apply it on the inner corner of the the eyes and on the inner half of the lower lash line. 
  • 3CE Triple Shadow in Body to Body - With a pencil brush, apply the last shade (peach shade on the right) on top of Romanticism.
  • NYX Slide On Liner in Brown Perfection - Tightline the eyes
  • Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Mascara Waterproof - Curl the lashes and apply mascara on the lashes. 

3CE Lip Color in Lala - Take a peach lipstick and apply it on the lips. I finally made this lipstick work for me with this particular look. I mentioned in my review of this lipstick that it sometimes looks good and sometimes it doesn't. I have yet to try it out with a darker eye makeup but maybe it might work as well. If it does, then definitely you'll see a fall makeup look with this shade as well. ^^

I hope you enjoyed this look as I have enjoyed wearing it for the last couple of days. Summer is ending and to be honest, I'm not really looking forward to the fall season but I hope good things come to me. 

Oh, please let me know what you think of the photos in this post. I did this makeup look at night time and I'm not sure if the lighting is okay. I usually do makeup looks during the day with natural sunlight for the photos but I ended up doing this at a very awkward time of the day, 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

nügg Face Masks Review

nügg Face Masks was made available with the vision of providing "approachable and affordable luxury skin care that is truly effective and good for your skin - all of this in the form of nuggets of natural goodness." 

What's interesting is that nügg Face Masks are portion-sized masks that caters to different skin type and targets different skin problems. 

nügg Face Masks utilizes the Natural Oil Dispersion technology to combine natural oils in water to penetrate the skin and in the process, hydrates, soothes, and protects the skin. Each "nugget" of nügg Face Masks contain over 90% of natural or naturally derived ingredients and are formulated without chemical emulsifiers, synthetic fragrances synthetic colors, petrochemicals and parabens.

A lot of bloggers have been reviewing this product as of late and it made me really curious and adamant to try it out, but it being available only on Target stores and with me not really shopping at Target that often, I thought that I would probably try this product out long after it is too hyped up already. Thankfully, the PR company for nügg Face Masks contacted me and asked if I would be willing to try them out and consider reviewing them. Why the hell not? I like face masks and anything beauty related and I immediately jumped on the opportunity of trying these babies out.

I received all 6 of the face masks. Each mask, as mentioned above, caters and targets different skin type and problem.


Deep Cleansing





It is pretty easy to use this mask, just peel open the lid and apply the mask generously to a clean face and leave on for 5-10 minutes and rinse. I prefer massaging the product onto my face for a good 2-3 minutes before leaving it on my face. I also like bringing this product down my neck as well.

The texture of the masks are very similar to each other except for the exfoliating mask which has exfoliating beads. The texture of these masks seems to be a cross between a gel and a lotion which feels really good on the skin.

Individually, these masks seem to do what they were supposed to do (hydration, soothing, exfoliating, etc) which is good to note especially if you're really looking for a specific product to fulfill the need of your skin. Among the 6 nügg Face Masks, my favorite seems to be a tie between the Deep Cleansing (Cucumber and Jojoba) and the Revitalizing (Flaxseed & Peppermint) Mask. I enjoy popping my face masks in the fridge around 10 minutes before using them and these 2 masks are the best because it gave me intense cooling sensation. 

My skin felt really soft and nourished after rinsing. For those much needed "treat yourself" moments and event preps, this product is quite handy to have around. I actually used the Deep Cleansing Mask before date night (and mind you my skin looked great - with and without makeup! ^^)

Date night look. Used the Deep Cleansing Mask prior to makeup application and it made my skin really smooth and I believe it helped my makeup stay all throughout the night.

Each nügg Face Masks is supposed to be good for one use but I personally feel like there is too much product in one container. The directions does say use generously but I still think the mask would be good enough for two uses and I wish the container is resealable so I would be able to use the remaining for next time.      

Aside from wanting the container to be resealable, the only other issue I have with this product is opening it up. It has a plastic and foil combination lid to peel off and I had a problem opening 5 out of the 6 masks. As the photo above shows, the plastic separates from the foil and is left on the lid. 

I really recommend  nügg Face Masks. They are seriously good and for the price, which is $2.99 for a single serve capsule and $14.95 for a five piece Multi-Pack, you can't go wrong.  nügg Face masks are available at Target (in-stores only) and online at  nügg Beauty

If the company would be able to address my small issues on the packaging, I would give this product 5/5, but for now, I'll give it a 4.5. ^^

Enjoy your Nuggets of Natural Goodness and try out these masks for yourself. 

*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.