Saturday, November 22, 2014

iSOi Bulgarian Rose Intensive Energizing Cream Review

 I have previously reviewed two products from this brand, iSOi Bulgarian Rose, the Pore Tightening Tonic Essence and the Blemish Care Serum, and I have always liked their packaging - simple, clean and fresh. Aside from that, I also like how mild their products are which is especially great for sensitive skin. Because of the mildness of their products, I was quite curious to try out this one because it is an Intensive Energizing Cream for Day and Night. "Intensive" was the word that got me. 

The Intensive Energizing Cream is actually part of the skin care line from iSOi Bulgarian Rose that targets skin lifting and firming for daily care.

Taking this from iSOi website, the Intensive Energizing Cream is described as:

Cream contains 25 different natural ingredients, rich with nutrients and vitamins for the skin
All-purpose solution: lifts saggy skin, whitens and moisturizes dry skin
Brings back original vitality of the skin and promotes the skin’s own ability to recover
Slows down aging by smoothing wrinkles and feeding the skin with nutrition from the Cream contents

They had also kindly listed down all the ingredients for this cream if you are ever so curious on what it's made of. 

Water, Glycerin, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Trehalose, Betaine, Glyceryl Stearates, Cetearyl Alcohol, Arbutin, Stearic Acid, Arachidyl Alcohol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Ceramide 3, Adenosine, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Pleurotus Cystidiosus Ferment Filtrate, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Coptis Chinensis Root Extract, Castanea Crenata (Chestnut) Shell Extract, Malpighia Emarginata (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Corchorus Olitorius Leaf Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Melaleuca Viridiflora Leaf Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Rhus Semialata Gall Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Sophora Japonica Bud Extract, Prunella Vulgaris Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract

As you can see above, their ingredients consists of extracts and oils from flowers and fruits that are known to have great benefits for the skin. Of course, you can't forget their main ingredient which is rose oil, and once you open the jar, you would feel like you just stepped into a rose garden with it's rosy scent. 

It comes in a frosted, glass jar, which is similar to the packaging of their other products, and a gold plastic cap. Inside the box, is a spatula, which I like to have in handy for hygienic purposes. 

As I was saying before, I was curious on how "intense" this Intensive Energizing Cream will be since the products I've tried from the brand before were all so mild, and with my dry skin, I really wonder how this would fare. I was surprised how well this cream actually worked. Since I had pretty low expectations, I was really happy that it gave my skin the hydration it needed. This cream is geared more towards anti-aging and as I've said in reviews for anti-aging products, the key is always hydration. We often get wrinkles because our skin is not properly hydrated and I think this product does the job well. It is a day and night cream but I only use this at night because it is too rich for a day cream especially if you layer it under makeup. Applying this under makeup would make you oily throughout the day and even with my dry skin, I did notice a lot of oil on my T-zone after 5 hours with makeup.

This product has exceeded my expectations and it is currently one of the night creams I have on rotation. To be honest, after receiving a lot of creams from bnt, I hardly ever realize what I use at night most of time after I review a product. I just have the creams in one area of my vanity and just choose at random. If a product makes it into the vanity area for my nightly raffle draw of which moisturizer to use, then it is a great product. If it doesn't make it there and is hidden somewhere... well, out of sight, out of mind. 

This is something I would definitely recommend and the quality is great however, there is only one downside about it and that is its price. On the iSOi website, it retails for $90, which is definitely a lot of money. I think it is a good investment but the price of $90 is still too much for a 60ml jar. I do believe that effective and quality skin care products can be quite expensive but it still depends on how much money you are willing to put down. If you do get this product, I'm sure you wouldn't regret it but my advice, especially with buying any beauty products online, make sure to get from trusted sellers and check the ingredient list for sensitivity to ingredients as well as read reviews - you might find some scents, or other things offensive about a certain product.  

*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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Guerisson 9 Complex Cream Review

With it's bright and fancy packaging, the Guerisson 9-Complex Cream was the first product from the BNT Beauty Box that caught my eye.

The Guerisson line is actually from the beauty corporation, Claire's, which was established in 1997 in Korea and started with dental care and has, since then,  branched out to several different beauty products as well as made it's market in China and USA. Claire's also has different beauty brands such as LUMACA, BlancSecret, wonlyo, Cloud9 and Adarga.

The Guerisson line consists of 3 products, the Mayu Hydrogel Golden sheet mask, the 9 Complex Cream and the 9 Complex essence. The products are made from German horse oil, an ingredient that claims to repair skin damage, especially towards acne scars, stretch marks and acne scars. It also claims to whiten and brighten skin as well as give 72 hours of moisture. It is said to be great for people with sensitive skin as well as babies. 

As I mentioned above, the packaging is bright, an orange with brown accent color. It also has a horse design as it's logo which I presume is to represent the main ingredient which is the horse oil. The packaging is fancy and it comes in a well made box and the product itself in a small glass jar with a rose gold tin cap. It also comes with a small spatula wedged in between the bottle and the box, and is labeled in gold, "Guerisson."

The cream is buttery yellow in color and is very rich. It It isn't really a thick cream but it feels really rich and moisturizing on the skin. In fact, upon application, it melts right into the skin and it doesn't leave a layer of grease or moisture like most creams do. Although this is the case, this cream is very much hydrating and soothing to the skin. I love that it comes with a spatula, thus making it really hygienic for use. The cream also has a citrus scent to it, which I really like. 

This product claims to reduce and repair acne scars and hyperpigmentation, as well as whiten the skin, however, in the weeks that I have been using this, I haven't noticed a significant change in skin tone. I do think this is a really good hydrating cream although, I'm not confident that it can moisturize the skin for up to 72 hours. I really haven't tried putting it on that test since I'm just can't stand not washing my face for more than 24 hours. 

Overall, I think it's a great product and I'm currently loving it along with all the products UI'm trying out for bnt this month. It is a good night cream and you can even get away with using it as a day time moisturizer. Since it doesn't leave any greasy layers on the skin, it is a good makeup primer as well. I actually recommend its use as a primer for people with dry skin, since it would provide adequate moisture and not make you look greasy throughout the day and it also wouldn't give you dry patches.

This product retails at Claire's website for ₩ 54, 000 ($54) but is on sale for ₩ 36,000 ($36). The price is pretty steep for a 70g jar and just basing it on that price, it is a mid-high end beauty product. I've checked online for price comparisons and I've seen it retail for as low as $18 through eBay, and as much as $148 in BeeCrazy, a online beauty shop based in Hong Kong. I think that's too much for just a jar so I would suggest scouring the web for a cheaper price point but always make sure that the seller is trusted so you don;t get knock off products.

*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, November 17, 2014

Faith in Face Cherry Scoop Hand Cream Review

I have never been much of a hand cream user but I've dabbled with a few of them over the past year. With me being somewhat of a clean freak and always washing my hands, applying alcohol based sanitizers and doing major dish washing at home, my hands surely gets dry pretty easily.

Today, I'm bringing you a review on Faith in Face Hand Butter in Cherry Scoop. I have previously reviewed Truly Waterly Cleansing Water from the same brand and it was a joy to use.

Containing 20% Shea Butter, this Cherry Scoop hand cream promises intensive nourishment and a touch of cherry and nuts! It also comes in a Fresh Garden Scent!

For starters, the packaging is so adorable and it has the same girly, retro theme as the Cleansing Water. I love how it is in a squeeze tube that makes it easy to chuck in your purse and use it whenever. 

The cream is rich and thick but it sinks into the skin pretty fast without the greasy feeling. It makes my hands soft and it smells lusciously sweet and amazing. The scent is not overpowering but it lingers on your skin even after a few hours. 

For someone who washes hands as often as I do, I highly recommend this. It has been pretty cold where I am lately and my hands and face are the first to experience dryness. This hand butter has been a great help in keeping my hands hydrated since rough, dry hands aren't pretty. I pretty much have been keeping this in my bag wherever I go!

*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, November 13, 2014

Amaranth Ultra Hydrating Cream Review

I was in a pinch on which product I was to do next because I've tried out almost all the products and am greatly impressed. I finally decided to go ahead and do a review on the product that I have been using daily since I got it, which is the Amaranth Ultra Hydrating Cream.

I was fairly surprised to find out that the Bello-Vita Cell Optimizer S-Essence I reviewed over a month ago was from Amaranth Cosmetics as well. I wasn't too fond of that product because of the perfume scent but I was willing to give this product a chance (and I'm glad I did!). I don't know how to read Hangul but upon browsing Amaranth Cosmetics website I found out that Sorabee is an affiliate company, and if you don't know, I'm really in love with the Sorabee Balancing Aqua Cream and I have also included it in Summer 2014: Morning Skincare Routine.

The packaging for the product is simple but luxurious. It looks really high end to me with it's sleek blue color, with silver and white accents. It comes with a pump so it is quite easy to dispense and hygienic for use. There was another surprise in store for me because upon perusing the box, I found the Samsung logo (photo below). I'm not entirely sure how Samsung is related to Amaranth Cosmetics (they might be an affiliate or sister company), let me know if you know. :) Come to think about it, the packaging for this product looks like the pebble blue color Samsung uses for the Galaxy phones. 

Pave your way to a beautiful and healthy skin. It suits your needs. This is what the brand stands for. The Ultra Hydrating Cream is step 1 in a 4 step special care series by the brand. This product claims to instantly smooth and revitalize the face by putting back moisture and elasticity to the face with it's vegetable moisture water drops. It's main ingredients are Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, and Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract.

  • Rosa Centifolia Flower Water or Rose Water is beneficial to the skin because of it's anti-inflammatory properties. It also reduces redness and blotchiness on the skin.
  • Panax Ginseng Root Extract - Discovered to have a lot of benefits and healing properties, ginseng roots is used in skin care for anti-aging because of its large amount of phytonutrients. It activates skin metabolism and improves and boosts blood circulation that detoxifies the blood as well as the skin from free radicals and in turn makes the skin healthier and brighter.
  • Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract - It's used to relieve inflammatory skin conditions and help calm irritated skin

Just reading the claims and the ingredient list, it was very promising and I really love hydrating skin care products. The look and texture of this Ultra Hydrating Cream is very similar to the Sorabee Balancing Aqua Cream, however, unlike the Sorabee Cream, the water droplet effect is barely noticeable because it is thinner. It dissolves and absorbs to the skin more quickly. A little goes a long way and a very tiny amount of this product (about half a pump) can cover your whole face.  

Although it says it's an ultra hydrating product, this is not the case. It probably might be just that for people with oily to combination skin type, but for normal to dry skin, this wouldn't be enough as a stand alone night cream. However, this product is great as a daytime moisturizer and makeup primer. It smooths out the whole face and the bumps become non-existent thus, makes base makeup look extremely flawless. It provides a light moisture throughout the day but isn't heavy enough to cause oiliness. In fact, it gave my face a semi-matte to a natural finish the end of the day without touching up.

Above is a photo of me with a completely bare face and a photo after applying the cream and a light layer of foundation. Just notice how flawless and natural looking my skin is. I would definitely keep using this as my primer and as a replacement of my Sorabee Balancing Aqua Cream which I have emptied more than a month ago. If you ever see this product, give it chance, you just might like it. 

*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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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Leaders Moisture Therapy Body Oil Cream Review

I'm starting off my BNT Beauty Box review with my favorite thing out of all the great products. This is probably the best beauty box I received from BNTNews because the products are so amazing that I can't get enough of them. 

I have previously reviewed a bunch of different sheet masks and even andacne patch from Leaders and they have proven to be the best products I've ever tried in their categories. I wasn't surprised when this Body Oil Cream delivered great results as well.  

The Leaders Moisture Therapy Body Oil Cream  is dermatologically tested and claims to soften and moisturize the skin. It has amino acid complex, vitamin capsule and herb complex as it's main ingredients. It's such a shame that I can't read Hangul because I would really love to know what kind of vitamins and herbs are used in this product. 

Everything about the packaging of the box and bottle is pretty much simple, straightforward and a little bit clinical looking. The bottle is a clear plastic with a white, push top cap to dispense the product. If you look at the product inside the bottle closely, you can see some gold granules, which I'm assuming is the vitamin that is encapsulated. 

In the photos above, I tried to give you a close up of what the product itself looks like. It is clear and very gel-like in consistency and you can see the gold granules. This dissolves easily and instantly on the skin. You can definitely feel the oil component but it doesn't leave the skin greasy. I love how it has a faint citrus scent to it, like tangerines, and this makes you feel sweet, fresh and clean. 

As you know, the weather here in the East Coast has been extremely weird and cold. We have warm days still but mostly cold and windy and my skin has suffered a lot since the fall season started. With my dry skin, I am grateful for this product since it deeply moisturizes my skin. I also love how the effect is long lasting unlike most body lotions seem to be where they keep the skin moisturized only for an hour or two and then your skin becomes dry again. I believe this is due tp the fact that this product is oil based. 

I really am so in love with this product and if you have the chance to purchase this one, I suggest you do! It has been a life saver for my dry skin. I'm not sure how much this retails for but this product comes in an 300ml bottle and for it's quality and effectiveness I think this would be a good beauty steal. Leaders is on Pinterest, so check out their other products as well!

*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, November 10, 2014

Fall 2014: Simple Nudes

I'm really all about bronzed face and neutral eyes all year round and during the fall and winter season I really like wearing nude lips. It has been a long time since I've worn my MAC lipstick in Brave and for some reason this lippie only works for me during these colder months. I absolutely cannot wear this during spring and summer even with a bronze face and neutral eyes for some bizarre reason but it's finally working now. :)


  • Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in #23 & The Face Shop Lovely Me:Ex Angel Skin foundation in NB35 - I have been trying to use up all my base makeup so I am mixing a light BB cream with a darker foundation to get a perfect matched base. Also, the BB cream will help keep the skin moisturized throughout the day.
  • Conceal Rx Physicians Strength Concealer in Natural Light - Conceal and brighten under eyes and the bridge of the nose.
  • NYC Sunny Bronzer - Contour and bronze the hollows of the cheeks, the temples, forehead, nose, jaw and neck.
Lioele Auto Eyebrow Pencil in #2

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original - Apply all over the lids
  • Urban Decay Vice 2 Habit Eyeshadow - Apply all over the lids up until the browbone.
  • The Face Shop Lovely Me:Ex You & Eyes in 23 Toast - Apply above the crease area to act as a blending shade.
  • Urban Decay Vice 2 Rewind Eyeshadow - Apply it on the crease with a crease brush or dome shaped brush. This will slightly define and contour the eyes. Stick with just these shadow for a neutral daytime look but you can darken it up for a smokey look with a deep brown shadow. Also bring this shadow to the outer half of the bottom lash line with a pencil brush. 
  • NYX Slide On Eyeliner in Brown Perfection - Draw the liner on the top lash line. Also tightline and apply on the waterline for thicker looking lashes.
  • Red Cherry lashes in 747 S - Curl the lashes and apply mascara as you like. Instead of mascara, I used natural looking falsies. 
MAC Lipstick in Brave - a mauve based nude

It is a very simple look with the use of nudes. I really like how this lip color compliments the look so well. I hope you like this look as much as I did.

Here's a preview of my BNT Beauty Box for November and I am so excited to be doing reviews on these products! Tell me which one are you keen to here about first! :)