Monday, November 23, 2015

Pure Heals by Nature Village Ginseng Berry Eye Lift Patch Review

There are all kinds of masks nowadays. There's your everyday run-of-the-mill face masks that you can DIY or buy from your local drugstore, the ever so popular sheet masks for quick face rejuvenation, lip masks, cheek masks, eye patches and even feet masks! 

The  eye mask patch or eye patch mask, however you want to put it, are the best on giving those tired looking eyes of yours a boost! 

Today's feature focus review is on the Pure Heals by Nature Village Ginseng Berry Eye Loft Patch. It is a hydrogel type of mask that is especially made for the the thin and sensitive eye area. It is made of ginseng berry which is the red fruit of the Panax ginseng plant. Panax ginseng root has been widely used herbal remedy for ages and has a lot of known benefits but the ginseng berry has been gaining popularity recently because it has been found to have higher concentration of amino acids and proteins than the roots. Ginseng berry is also rich in saponin, a component that helps the skin become healthy and firm. Other ingredients are rose extracts (anti aging and rich in antioxidants), chamomile flower (calming), squalene (an essential Omega 2 oil that can naturally be produced in the body and is a strong antioxidant), betaine (an amino acid that can also be normally found in the body; anti-aging and anti-inflammatory) and adenosine (anti-aging and anti-wrinkle). 

As per ingredient, we can highly note that this Ginseng Berry aims to improve skin elasticity especially underneath the eyes, provide rehydration and moisturization, brighten, revitalize and provide needed skin nutrition that would slow down aging and reduce wrinkle formation. It is also great to note that this product is not tested on animals. 

The box packaging is mostly in Korean but pertinent product information is in English so you would definitely know what you're getting. The jar is very pretty with a copper mirrored lid. I intentionally photographed it with the camera showing so you would see the mirrored effect. 

The hydrogel patch is clear and slightly thinner than other hydrogel (sheet) masks that I have tried and also in comparison to the SNP Bird's Nest Aqua Eye Patch. It has a great scent - fresh, clean and faintly of mixed berries. There's no herbal ginseng scent to it which I first thought it would have. 

To use, apply underneath the eyes after washing the face and applying essence and leave on for 20-30 minutes. For photo purposes, I removed the day's makeup with  makeup wipe and just popped this underneath my eyes for 30 minutes while I did some badly needed room cleaning. The patch feels cool and tingly and it instantly made me feel wide awake. Even after 30 minutes of use the patch did not dry out and I noticed that it significantly reduced the puffiness, the area is well-hydrated and slightly firm. Slight tightness and hydration indicates that it is a good anti-wrinkle product.

I thoroughly enjoyed this eye patch. It's great for spa nights, waking up tired or bloated, and for prepping your face before glamming up for an event.

I'm not entirely sure how many pieces of hydrogel patches are in the jar but it is a lot so you can definitely enjoy using them once or twice a week without fear of it running out too quickly. It also comes with a spatula to help you take each patch. The patches are drenched with the essence so be careful not to spill the jar! 

The only thing that I didn't quite like with this product is it's price. It retails for 54,000 won which is equivalent to $54. It's really expensive and I'm such a cheapo but it is definitely a great product that I highly recommend! 

I would also like to point out that this product is a bit hard to purchase abroad and I'm hoping to see more of the brand on our favorite online Korean beauty stores but if you're in Korea and you see the brand, check it out! They're most popular product I believe are the Propolis ampoules. Let me know if you by chance come across an online beauty store that carries this so we can let others know where to get this. :) 

 *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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Saturday, November 21, 2015

3CE Fitting Cushion Foundation Review

I have tried a lot of Stylenanda 3 Concept Eyes makeup products and I'm very happy with them. 3CE is pretty much one of my top, go-to, makeup brands and I'm excited to try this fairly new and interesting product.

Introducing the 3CE Fitting Cushion Foundation with SPF 50+ and PA+++.  This cushion has whitening, anti-wrinkle and UV protection properties. It claims to be a lightweight foundation in a cushion compact form that "keeps your face looking perfectly fresh just like the start of the day and prevents further darkening of the skin." The formula is of low viscosity and it helps adhere to the skin and provides great coverage as of a liquid foundation. Promising, eh? 

The packaging is very 3CE-esque. Nothing new, just the same matte black and white design. Inside the box is your compact and a refill cushion.

So this is what the inside of the compact looks like. It's a typical design. You have the mirror, the sponge, a flip tray which is also a protective cover for the actual cushion foundation which is on the bottom.

The puff sponge is pretty; white and black in front and on the back is pink. I like how it doesn't absorb too much of the product that way you actually know that the product goes on your face and not just on the sponge.  It applies nicely and blends out the cushion really well.

So the Fitting Cushion Foundation comes in two shades, 001 for Bright Coverage and 002 a Natural Coverage. I'm guessing that it is just a light shade and a slightly darker shade.

When I first saw the number 001 on the packaging I was already thinking this would be too light for me and I was so shocked at how pale the shade was when I swatched it. It's like 5 times lighter than my natural skin tone! I was like,  "here we go again with a ghostly pale cushion."

But it wasn't all that bad when blended out on my face and it was only a shade or two lighter than my actual skin tone. Below is a photo comparison of me without any makeup, a photo with half of my face with the cushion and then the after application photo. I think it looked pretty good.

The coverage is great. Thank goodness I have no breakouts this month so it worked really well on my skin. I highly recommend applying a light layer since it a buildable cushion foundation. The formula is of a thicker, wet foundation, almost gel and cream like that I couldn't really explain. It quickly dries into a smooth and silky matte finish, almost powdery. And speaking of powder, it smells like baby powder which is very fresh and light. It also photographs nicely as seen on the photos.

One of the things I've noticed throughout my wear of this particular product is that it is not very long wearing. It is marketed as a "fitting and long lasting" lightweight foundation but in my experience it is not. It only lasted me about 3 hours and I started noticing unevenness in my skin tone and I could see dry patches on my skin. My skin isn't that bad lately but it has transitioned along with the cooler weather to a combination to dry. I'm dry on certain areas like my cheeks but my T-zone can get slightly oily throughout the day. Because of the finish for this foundation being smooth and powdery I thought that this would be a good product to hold off the oil but it didn't really work out on that aspect.

The Fitting Cushion Foundation is also anti-darkening, which promotes brightness and I think they nailed it on that area. My skin looks bright and flawless upon application and it evened out my skin tone. As you can see in the before and after photos you can see dullness in my skin and it just looked tired but it instantly gave me a brightened look on the after photo. Also, I didn't need to apply any concealer for my dark circles.

I went ahead and did my makeup just to show you how the foundation looks. I tried using as much 3CE products as I can in the makeup look. Adding bronzer to lightly contour definitely gave my face warmth and dimension as opposed to just a flat looking face with only the foundation. I'm listing all the products down below if you're curious to what I've used.

Brows: Wet n Wild Brow Kit & 3CE Brow Mascara in Gold
Eyeshadows: 3CE #Saturn & Urban Decay Darkside & Blackheart (Naked3)
Eyeliner: 3CE Creamy Waterproof Eyeliner in #1 Cats
Mascara: 3CE Pink I'm Good
Bronzer: Too Cool for School Art Class by Rodin
Blush: 3CE Duo Color a Face Blush in #Peach Crush
Lips: 3CE Lip Color in #501 Bella

I'm giving this 3CE Fitting Cushion Foundation a 2.5/5 rating. It sucks because I really want this product to work out and I have really high hopes for it since it's by 3CE. Sadly, for numerous reasons I just can't give it a high rating. One, it is not a shade match. If I got the 002 Natural Coverage I think that would suit me better than this because it is extremely light but nonetheless it blended nicely which made up for it. Two, it's not as long lasting as I expected since it only lasted for a couple of hours when it was clearly claimed to be a long wearing product. Third, it highlighted dry patches which is not cute. Fourth, it doesn't control oil at all. 

For it's pros, it is a great brightening product, it did as it claimed and eliminated use of concealer underneath the eyes. No more dullness and redness on the skin as well. It also looks amazing after application and photographs well. It has sunscreen so it helps protect your skin from harmful UV rays. It is compact, great for traveling and you get a refill when you purchase the set. 

This product retails for $39 on Tester Korea and $43 on the Stylenanda 3CE website which I think is a pretty steep price but on the other hand you get a refill pack with your purchase. 

For the first time, I've encountered something from 3CE that I don't like. What a bummer. I still love the brand though but I was really hoping that I would like this. I'm really on the verge of losing hope on finding a Holy Grail BB Cream/Cushion. 

I hope you enjoyed reading my very long and in depth review of this product. I just realized that October 2015 marked my 2nd year as an official BNTGirl. I was sent a trial BNT Beauty Box for the blogger program August 2013 but got my BNTGirl badge on October 2013! Whew! Time flew by so fast.  Happy 2nd Year (and 1 month) Anniversary! Looking forward to more bntNews reviews in the future! 

 *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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