Review: Innisfree capsule recipe pack (green tea)

Innisfree_Green_TeaThis Innisfree Capsule Recipe Pack (green tea), £3.75 (Yesstyle) was one of the first Korean beauty products I tried and it’s been one of my absolute favourites ever since. It comes in this cute little capsule, which can be re-sealed as it has a solid lid. You can get three or even four uses out of this mask and as it’s a mask in a capsule rather than a sheet mask you can really easily vary how long you leave it on for and how much you want to use. I mostly use this mask as a little boost under my make-up in the morning. You just put it on after you’ve cleansed and toned then wash it off after 5-20 minutes (depending on how intensely you want to use it). Moisturise and then you have a nice dewy base you can put your make-up onto.

This mask is really moisturising and leaves your skin feeling lovely and soft and with a nice natural glow to it. It doesn’t smell particularly strong but while the scent isn’t very exciting it feels really nice and light on your skin. Innisfree use natural ingredients that are very gentle on your skin. If you want to get an extra soothing effect you can leave this in the fridge for a little while beforehand. I recommend this little mask for all skin types and at £3.75 for at least three uses it’s not exactly expensive.

Annabelle x

Review: Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask: Rice

Innisfree_Rice_MaskInnisfree is a great Korean brand, known for their natural ingredients and their products are usually good for sensitive skin. You can get their products fairly easily online or in some high street stores (I purchased this from Yesstyle for about £2.35). Rice is great for brightening your skin and really giving it an extra healthy shine. It’ s also a great ingredient for helping to lighten acne scars and blemishes.

This sheet mask went onto my face really nicely and was a good size. This product has a slightly unusual essence to it, it’s more like a milky cleanser than a serum. Because of the different texture of the essence there wasn’t really much left in the packet afterwards. So while this is a nice mask that left my face feeling soft and with a nice little glow it isn’t one where you can eek out the essence for other uses.

Afterwards my skin had a nice little glow to it and was soft to touch. It wasn’t perhaps as big a difference as you can sometimes see with some sheet masks that really make your face glow, but it was very gentle on my skin. I like to dab a little bit of moisturiser on my skin after I use sheet masks just to help lock the moisture in. You may find with this mask that it’s a little heavy to use moisturiser afterwards but it really depends on your skin. But overall this a nice little mask and very gentle on sensitive (and acne-prone) skin.

Annabelle x

Review: The Cure Green Tea Collagen Essence Mask

The_Cure_GT_MasksI bought a set of these masks on offer in TK Maxx a little while ago to try out as I’ve never used anything by this brand before. After I used the mask I felt that it actually left my skin feeling a bit dry and irritated. There was very little essence left after the recommended 15 minutes was up. Unusually for a sheet mask as well there wasn’t really any essence left in the packet after I’d taken out the mask. One thing I did notice straight away when I unfolded the mask is that it’s much thicker than a lot of other sheet masks.

The_Cure_Green_Tea_MaskAfter using the mask my skin looked a little red as well and lacked the usual nice glow you can get from a good sheet mask. I’ve used a lot of green tea products as it’s one of my favourite natural ingredients and I’ve never had any problems with dry or irritated skin before so I can only conclude that it is this particular mask that my skin is reacting to.

I played around this mask and tried varying the length of time it is left on. It is better if you leave it on for only five minutes but even then you really can feel the mask drying out and my skin still felt irritated and dry. So as far as my recommendation goes I personally wouldn’t buy this again and I would suggest that you avoid this if you have particularly sensitive skin. If you have less sensitive skin though you might find this works okay as I know some people do like this mask.

Annabelle x

Mini Superdrug Clearance Haul

My local Superdrug set up a clearance isle so naturally I used the excuse to stock up on a few things. It turned out a bit pink…

All the prices on here are the retail prices. In clearance it came to only £10 altogether.

Pink_Haul_All

Garnier_Moisture_Bomb_MaskGarnier Moisture Bomb Camomile Tissue Mask, £2.99 (Superdrug)

This is a new Garnier sheet mask so it’s not being stocked in some shops yet but I imagine it will be everywhere very soon. I’ve not tried any of the Garnier sheet masks before but I’ve heard very good things about them. I wanted to try this range out to compare it with the Korean and other sheet mask products. As this is stocked in many high street shops for someone living in the UK it’d be really useful to have easily accessible sheet masks that I can buy in store. This particular one is aimed at soothing the skin and leaving it nice and soft. It is specifically aimed at sensitive (as well as dry) skin so I’ll be interested to see my skin reacts to it.

Garnier_Rose_Water_TonerGarnier Naturals Rose Water Toner [200ml], £2.29 (Superdrug)

If I were judging this product just on appearance I think it’d win first prize. This cute pink toner is part of the same Garnier range as the mask above and is also aimed at soothing sensitive skin. This is also a new product and contains 96% natural ingredients so it should be as gentle on your skin as it claims.

 

 

L'Oreal_Cleansing_MilkL’Oreal Paris Skin Perfecting Cleansing Milk [200ml], £3.99 (Superdrug)

Cleansing milks are my current new love at the moment so I picked this one to try out. I like to double cleanse so I use a cleansing milk after my main cleanser to soften my skin and give it a nice glow. I’ve found with cleansing milks in the past that using them by themselves doesn’t leave my skin feeling as clean as I’d like so I wouldn’t use them as a cleanser on their own. I’ve previously bought a toner from this L’Oreal range, which I found a bit heavy for my skin so I’ll be interested to see how this one turns out.

Neutrogenia_Grapefruit_MoisturiserNeutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Oil Free Moisturiser [50ml], £4.99 (Superdrug)

I’ve seen this product before in a pink box but this cute little poka dot one has to be my prefered one. This light moisturiser aims to hydrate your face while not clogging up your pores. If it works as fantastically as it smells then I’ll be very excited indeed.

 

 

NIVEA_Pearly_Lip_Balm

NIVEA Pearly Shine SPF 10 Lip Balm [4.8g], £2.15 (Superdrug)

When it comes to lip balms you can never have too many. This cute little pink one adds a nice shine to your lips and is great to just keep with you in your bag. I’ve used the NIVEA lip balms quite a lot before and never had any problems so I’m expecting this one to be pretty good.

 

 

Annabelle x

TK Maxx Sheet Mask Finds

Masks_All

TK Maxx is a great place to find new masks, whether you’re just venturing into the vast world of sheet masks or looking for a new brand to try. They often have a lot of single masks from a range of brands, including some less well-known ones. If you’re looking for a specific brand you might not find it as their collection on offer can be be very random but it changes pretty often so it’s worth keeping an eye on them as what you’re looking for might just pop up. I love to have a little shop around and see what I can find. They’re also priced pretty cheaply and boxes of sheet masks pop up in their clearance sections pretty frequently. TK Maxx also sell sheet masks on their website, including their clearance section ones, though you do have to pay postage for any orders under £75 (which would be a lot of masks!)

The_Cure_GT_MasksThe Cure Green Tea Collagen Essence Mask [5 pck], £4.99 (Reduced to £3.00) (TK Maxx)

I love anything with Green Tea in so I simply couldn’t resist this pack of five masks. Green Tea is a great all-round natural ingredient that helps both heal and also calm the skin. This particular mask is aimed at all skin types and is designed to hydrate the skin. I’ve not been able to find out too much about this brand from looking online so since this is the first time I’ve used one of their masks I’ll be interested to see how it turns out.

Seolreim_Mask

Seolreim Cosmetic Blooming Cell Dual Effect Mask: Calming Project, £1.99 (TK Maxx)

This unusual looking mask caught my eye and I just had to try it. As a general rule Korean sheet masks that have a medical design to them are usually pretty hard to go wrong with. The material for this mask is designed to be very gentle and soft on the skin so it should be good for sensitive skin.

MIZON_Lavender_Mask

MIZON Enjoy Vital-Up Time Soothing Mask, £1.99 (TK Maxx)

Usually I’m not a huge fan of lavender but recently I’ve come to love my lavender pillow spray (thisworks, £18.00 Boots) so I thought I’d give this one a try. Lavender is great for sensitive skin and is very gentle on spot-prone skin. Mizon specialises in a lot of products designed to hydrate your skin so this mask should be pretty good.

Mediheal_Platnium_Mask

Mediheal Platnium V-Life Essential Mask, £1.99 (TK Maxx)

This quirky packaging caught my eye (I just can’t resist nice packaging!) and I’m pretty excited to try this one out. This is a brand I haven’t tried much before but they turn up pretty frequently in TK Maxx so I’m hoping it’ll be a good one.



 

Labiotte_Artichoke_MaskLabiotte Marryeco Nutri Moist Sheet Mask with Artichoke, £1.99 [reduced to £1.00] (TK Maxx)

As you may be able to tell from the picture this mask was reduced because it has a mark on the front of the packet. While not quite as photogenic as it would be without this it doesn’t affect the mask at all so I happily snapped this mask up. This mask is supposed to both relax and revitalise you skin. Artichoke is great for hydrating your skin and is supposed to be good for reducing the effects of UV on the skin. So this would be great mask for the summer if it’s nice.
Elizavecca_MaskElizavecca Power Ringer Mask Pack, £1.99 (TK Maxx)

So I really love this brand as they do some fabulously quirky (but still very effective) products. I’ve found a few of their products in the past like the Elizavecca Sparkle Cream a bit heavy on my skin but that shouldn’t matter for this mask. This brand often adds exciting little quirks to their products so I’m excited to see how this one turns out.

Annabelle x

Review: GOSH Eyebrow Kit

GOSH_Eyebrow_2I bought this GOSH Eyebrow Kit Multi (£8.99, Superdrug) a couple of months ago and it’s been a staple part of my make-up ever since. The kit is designed to both fill and shape brows. I have quite big eyebrows and I’ve found this kit great for filling in the gaps in my eyebrows without actually making them look bigger or darker. You can easily do this as well of course. The powder comes in three different shades and are easy to mix together if none of them quite match you. The kit also contains a little eyebrow wax to fix your eyebrows in place once you’ve finished and to hold in the powder.

GOSH_Eyebrows_BetterYou don’t get much gel compared to the powder so you may find (as I am now) that while the powder lasts a long while the gel runs out before. I’m now having to buy a clear gel to fix my eyebrows after I’ve filled them in. Despite this though the eyebrow kit is definitely one of my favourite products currently in my make-up bag and I really recommend it. The little mirror means you can just pop this kit in your bag and touch up your brows if and when you need to.

Annabelle x

April Empties

So here’s a little round up of my empties from April. I seem to have run out of perfumes in particular this month (so I suspect perfumes will be appearing in my haul posts quite soon).

Empties_All_April_2


2chic_Hair_Mask_BetterGiovanni 2chic Blackberry & Coconut Milk Ultra-repair Intensive Hair Mask, £4.88 (Amazon)

While this was a gift and so I didn’t buy this through Amazon the Giovanni 2chic range isn’t too hard to get online. This product was the first one I’d used from this range and I was quite impressed. It really helps soften dry and brittle hair and gives it a nice shine. The hair mask is very thick though so if you have quite long hair you won’t get too many uses out of it.

Lush_Ocean_Salt_Scrub

Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub, £8.75 [100g] (Lush)

This is a re-purchase and one of my favourite face products. I’m a big fan of Lush products because of how gentle they are on sensitive skin. This scrub really exfoliates your face without irritating it and is very gentle if you have any spots. I really only use it on my face as the small pots aren’t really enough to use on your body as well. The larger 600g pot (£28.95) however would be perfect if you want a gentle exfoliator for your whole body.

Nivea_Micellar_Water_empty_1

Nivea Daily Essentials Sensitive 3 in 1 Caring Micellar Water, £3.69 (Boots)

This is another re-purchase. You can buy this cleanser easily at a whole range of high street shops, online ones and even supermarkets. Specifically designed for sensitive skin this cleanser leaves your skin feeling really clean. It’s also nice and light and I like to use it as part of my double cleansing in the morning along with a milky cleanser.

Now onto the perfumes…

Perfume_Empties_Better

So I finally stopped being able to eek out the last drops of these perfumes and have had to consign them to empties at long last. These three are some of my favourite scents and while I haven’t re-purchased any of them at the moment I’m sure they’ll crop up again on this blog sooner or later.

Chanel_no5_empty_1

Chanel No. 5 Eau de Toilette Spray, £62 [50ml] (Boots)

So yes this is both an incredibly famous perfume and also an incredibly expensive one. The No. 5 has a very musky scent to it so if you’re looking for a Chanel perfume but prefer floral scents you might do better with the Coco Mademoiselle (also about £62 although you can find it cheaper if you’re willing to shop around online for it). If you know you like and want to buy the the No. 5 it is cheaper by unit price to get the 100ml (though it does mean splashing out £88!). I really loved the perfume (I’m more of a fan of musky scents than floral) but it is rather pricey so while I recommend it I also suggest trying to find it in a sale.

Gucci_Bamboo_empty_1

Gucci Bamboo Eau de Toilette, £55 (50ml) (Boots)

This perfume too is a little on the expensive side. I tend to get my perfumes from Boots as they have some very good discounts if you keep an eye on them. This perfume is the only one I’ve ever bought after smelling one of those samples you get in magazines and even now I still think it’s one of the nicest smelling perfumes I’ve ever come across. It has quite a musky scent to it so again it’s probably not ideal if you prefer lighter floral scents. It is also very long lasting, the best of any perfume I’ve tried yet.

Armani_Si_Empty_1

Giorgio Armani Sì Eau de Toilette, £45 [30ml] (Boots)

This one was a gift so I’ve simply listed Boots here as an example as you can get it from a wide range of shops. This is the most floral out of the three, although it isn’t an overly sweet scent. While I liked the scent it didn’t stay particularly well so I had to re-apply it quite frequently. It’s a nice scent that offers something floral yet with a hint of muskiness that acts as a nice mid-way point between the two. Despite this though I probably wouldn’t buy this for myself because having to re-apply it frequently means that you quickly work your way through quite an expensive perfume. Although if someone gave it to me as gift again I certainly wouldn’t say no.

Annabelle x

Korean Beauty Haul

Haul_All_Side

So for my first post I thought I’d start off with a haul of one of my favourite things, Korean skincare. I got all these products from three main places.
The first was Yesstyle, which is a great online store with lots of Korean products as well as a big range of Japanese and Taiwanese ones that I’ll be trying out and blogging about later on. They often have a lot of offers and free shipping to the UK is offered after you’ve spent £30 (it’s hard to spend less, trust me). They have similar offers to other parts of the world and ship to lots of different countries. The post can be a bit slow however, especially if you order something that’s not immediately in stock.
The second was TK Maxx, which sometimes has nothing and other times has lots of discounted skincare products. It’s always worth checking it out just in case.
The last shop is Urban Outfitters, which has been following the recent high street trend of stocking a handful of Korean skincare products. I’ll be doing a post about this a bit later on and reviewing the different high street products available.

Etude_House_Eye_Patches

Etude House Collagen Eye Patch One Set, £2.01 (Yesstyle)
This is a re-buy and one of my favourite under-eye products. It works really quickly to brighten the skin under my eyes and I feel it makes a visible difference. Etude House is a massive brand in Asia and I’ve yet to find a product of theirs I don’t like. You do only get one set here so in comparison to other products where you can get around 60pcs for around the £10 mark they are that bit more expensive but I do feel they’re worth it.

Its_Skin_Capsule

It’s Skin Todak Todak Pack Moisture, £2.50 (Urban Outfitters)
This isn’t a brand I’m very familiar with so I’m excited to try this out. I found this cute little face pack in Urban Outfitters but they also have a range of It’s Skin Effectors on beautybay.com. This particular one is seaweed and lime, which I’m looking forward to trying as I’ve found products with lime in have really brightened up my skin in the past.

Piggy_Cream

Elizavecca Moisture Sparkle Cream, £5.00 (TK Maxx)
If you’ve heard of this brand then you’ve probably heard of their famous bubble clay mask. They have a lot of exciting products and this one was a steal in TK Maxx, with most places like Yesstyle retailing it at around £12.99. This product is something I’ve used a little before and I feel it brightens up my skin, although as it’s quite heavy I’d recommend using it a few times a week rather than daily, especially if you have have quite oily skin.

Tony_Moly_Cream

Tony Moly Panda’s Dream White Magic Cream, £2.99 (TK Maxx)
This was another bargain from TK Maxx, with this cream retailing at around £10.00 elsewhere. This is a very cute little cream and is for brightening and moisturising your skin. It also contains bamboo extract, which goes nicely with the panda theme. Like the Moisture Sparkle Cream I’ve found this is a bit heavy for everyday use but is great to use a couple of times a week to give your skin a boost. It’s not just a face cream of course and it is great for nourishing your hands in particular.

Innisfree_Green_Tea

Innisfree capsule recipe pack (green tea), £3.75 (Yesstyle)
This is another re-purchase and currently my favourite innisfree product. With this I felt a really quick visible difference in brightening my skin. It’s great for if you want to give your skin a quick boost. It’s really easy to use and not particularly expensive. Innisfree is a brand that really focuses on using natural ingredients so their products are great for sensitive skin like mine. I find that I can’t use a lot of face products because of how sensitive my skin is but I’ve never had a problem with innisfree.

Innisfree_Rice_Mask

Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Rice, £2.35 (Yesstyle)
You can get a lot of innisfree masks wholesale on Amazon and also Yesstyle, in either mixed packs or as a set. As I’ve never tried this mask before I thought I’d just get the one. This particular mask is a bit of a marmite product so I’m excited to try it out. I really like the brand so I’ll be interested to see if I like this one too. Innisfree masks aren’t too expensive, which is great, although you do have to be a little careful as their sheet masks do rip pretty easily.

A useful trick I’ve found for sheet masks is that you can put them in the fridge for a little while beforehand to really get a cooling effect.

SNP_Opera_Mask

SNP Beijing Opera Aqua Mask, £1.99 (TK Maxx)
Modelled on genuine Beijing Opera masks this looks like a fun little sheet mask to try out. It contains coconut water and hylauronic acid and is designed to hydrate and moisturise your skin.

 

 

 

SNP_Gold_Mask

SNP Gold Collagen Ampoule Mask, £1.99 (TK Maxx)
This is another SNP find from TK Maxx. I’ve been wanting to try out a gold mask for a while now. You can get this one online quite easily from Amazon as well as quite a few other retailers. This mask is designed to both hydrate and firm your skin, which is something I always look for in a mask.

 

 

MBD_BoxMy Beauty Diary White Lily Brightening Essence Mask, 7pcs £11.23 (Yesstyle)
So admittedly this is a Taiwanese not Korean brand but it is one of my absolute favourite brands for sheet masks. While I haven’t tried this particular mask before I’ve used a lot of My Beauty Diary face masks and really liked them so I bought a seven-pack of these ones. The White Lily mask is designed to both brighten and calm the skin, which is great for sensitive skin. These masks are also infused with multi-silk, which is incredibly gentle on your skin. Their masks do tend to be quite small but they’re not particularly expensive and there is always lots of essence left over that you can use either on your body or under make-up to give your skin extra radiance.

Mediheal_Mask

Mediheal P. D. F. A. C Dressing Ampoule Mask ex, £1.99 (TK Maxx)
Containing ingredients such as salicylic acid this mask is designed to treat irritated skin and to tackle spots and other problem areas. This is a great mask to try for skin that is both spot-prone and sensitive. Mediheal have a focus on using natural ingredients and on balancing out your skin so their products are great for a whole range of skin types.

 

Oh_K_Masks

Oh K! Coconut Water Fibre Face Mask, £8.00 [3 pack (I may have used one already…)](Urban Outfitters)
These masks are available on beautybay.com, ASOS and many other retailers so they’re not too hard to find. They are a good size and fit nicely so you don’t have to worry about the edges of your face being left out. The coconut water aims to nourish and hydrate so they’re great for giving tired skin a little boost, especially if it’s quite dry.

 

Princess_Bath_Salts

Kokubo Princess Bath Salts in Smooth and Silky Honey, £3.32 (Yesstyle)
So not technically a Korean product either but this was my impulse buy of the day. Infused with milk extract, vitamins, minerals and royal jelly it aims to promote skin renewal. I’ve never used this brand before but I love bath salts so I thought I’d give this one a try. Kokubo has a lot of bath related products, with a whole range on Yesstyle that I’m sure I’ll be trying out soon.

 

Annabelle x