Benton has released their second physical & chemical sun cream specifically for use during outdoor activities and I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the first testers for this new product! Thanks so much again to Benton for this opportunity and providing me the Benton Papaya-S Sun Cream for review. I had already tried out a few of their other products in the past and enjoyed using them so was very excited to have this opportunity to try out their latest addition.
The Benton Papaya-S Sun Cream is both a physical and chemical sun cream that is meant for outdoor activities like sports. This sun cream includes ingredients to protect the skin against both UVA and UVB rays. Like the name for this sun cream, the key ingredients come from the papaya fruit.
The packaging for this sun cream is similar to the other Benton product designs with a clean simple look and like the other sun cream available, all monochrome with a pop of colour – in this case orange. The sun cream comes in a white plastic squeeze tube with a metallic silver lid. The squeeze tip of the bottle is easy to dispense the correct amount of product without being messy.
This sun cream is an opaque white cream with a high SPF50+ (PA++++). The sunscreen is quite liquid but feels quite thick and sticky in texture when applying. I found that the stickiness made it a little difficult to apply smoothly. Although, after fully applying it onto the skin it didn’t feel too thick or heavy. The initial sticky feel after applying the sun screen disappears after a minute or so. After seeing the colour and texture of the cream I was sure that it would leave a white cast but luckily it didn’t. I found the best way to avoid getting a white cast is to make sure not to apply too much product at once and to really massage it well into the skin. The cream looked natural and didn’t look or feel greasy. I like that this sun cream gives a natural looking glow (as seen in the 3rd swatch in the image below). I also felt like the sun cream helps to brighten up the skin without creating that typical tell-tale ghostly white look after applying some sunscreens.
It’s now August, so time for a new monthly favourites. It’s still Winter here in Australia but luckily not long now until Spring! I’m excited to escape the cold weather, and looking forward to warmer days. Anyways, now time to take a look at my July Favourites.
I got suckered into buying these cute Etude House Darling Lip Talks lipsticks as the cases were just too cute to resist. My favourite cases were the Fries and Vitamin designs as they are so fun and adorable. I really like that they are customisable and love to mix and match the cases. Apart from the adorable cases, my favourite colour was of course #GR701 – a fun color changing pastel blue lipstick that changes to a soft pink shade upon application. It gives the lips a nice natural pink colour that blends and enhances your natural lip colour so will suit all skin tones and lips! If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen this cute lipsticks in some of my recent posts.
I have been using this Triple C Lightning Liquid for a couple of months now and have been loving the results I am seeing. My skin has definitely changed for the better. I actually just posted a review of this recently, you can check out my full review here: Cosrx Triple C Lightning Liquid Serum.
July was quite a busy month of long days and late nights, which isn’t particular great for the body or my skin. This meant in July breakouts and pesky pimples made an unwanted appearance on my face. These Cosrx pimple patches really were a life saver and helped to keep my uninvited guests on my face in check!
When I first heard that Cosrx was creating the Triple C Lightning Liquid I was very keen on trying it out. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one from their first batch. The product sold out very quickly as they only produce these serums in a small batches to ensure the freshness, so I was stoked I managed to get one at all. It’s second batch that was released a few months ago also sold out quickly and is currently unavailable again.
What is the Cosrx Triple C Lightning Liquid?
The Cosrx Triple C Lightning Liquid is a Vitamin C serum created in collaboration with Charlotte Cho of SokoGlam. The serum contains a high amount of Vitamin C that can help to lighten dark spots and brighten your overall skin tone along with many other benefits.
The entire packaging for this Cosrx Triple C Lightning Liquid is so different from the usual simple white packaging of other Cosrx products. The serum comes in a glossy black box with metallic gold text that looks very luxurious and premium, like that of a high-end beauty brand. Similarly to the outer packaging, the serum also sticks to the black and gold colour scheme. The serum is in a sleek black glass bottle with metallic gold text printed on it and a black screw top lid. The dropper for the serum was packaged separately in a plastic pouch. The dropper itself has a shiny gold lid with a white dropper. I also received a bonus little makeup pouch that is black with cute little yellow lightning bolts printed on it. I really like the look and feel of the packaging for this serum as it looks so classy and sleek.
How to Use
After cleansing and toning, 2-3 drops of the serum can be applied directly to your face followed by your usual skincare routine. The Triple C Lightning Liquid is recommended to be used as a night treatment since it is an exfoliator and can make skin more sensitive to the sun. Thus, whilst using this serum it is best to always apply sunscreen like you usually would during the day. For those with more sensitive skin or trying out a Vitamin C Serum for the first time, it is recommended that you mix 1-2 drops of this serum into your toner, essence or moisturiser for the first 2 weeks. This method allows the skin to adjust to the highly concentrated amount of pure Vitamin C in the serum that some people may experience sensitivity to on their skin upon application. This was my first time using a Vitamin C serum so I followed the recommendations to mix it into my moisturiser for the first 2 weeks.
No Make No Life (NMNL) is a Tokyo-based subscription box that delivers a monthly boxes of beauty related goodies ranging from skincare, makeup and more. This company are also the ones behind the Tokyo Treat and Yume Twins subscription boxes. The No Make No Life team aim to curate and deliver high-quality and unique Japanese beauty products that will help to improve your daily beauty routine. Each month’s box of goodies are sent out in a simple black tough cardboard box with the brand initials “nmnl” printed on the top. I have now been subscribed to the No Make No Like boxes for a while now and really enjoy the surprised of discovering what I receive each month.
Now, time to have a look at what I received for the NMNL July box.
First up, I received the Profael Massage Jelly Pack which is an in-shower jelly pack that you apply to wet skin and rinse off to leave skin feeling soft, supple and well hydrated. I like the concept of an in-shower moisturiser as I’m very diligent with my face skincare routine but to be honest not quite as much when it comes to taking care of moisturising my body! I have tried an in-shower moisturiser before but didn’t quite like it, so was looking forward to trying this out to see if I would have a better experience. The Profael jelly pack is a clear gel that is a quite thick in texture but once applied to wet skin is easy to spread. I tried this out a couple of times already and not too sure if it really help to moisturise my skin. The gel did leave my skin feeling slightly more hydrated than when I didn’t apply this in the shower but my skin still felt quite dry and lacking moisture. I think it’s more suited for those with normal to oily skin or for use in Summer for a quick and light moisturisation. Though, for those like me with drier skin, this won’t nearly be enough to moisturise your skin. I couldn’t find the actual retail cost for this jelly pack but saw that it was selling online for $9.52AUD ($7.53USD).
This Sweets Sweets CC Cream is a multipurpose base makeup product. It is meant to colour correct, conceal pores, moisturise and provide high sunscreen protection whilst also brightening your overall skin tone. The Sweets Sweets brand is actually a sister brand of Canmake, a popular drugstore beauty brand that sells lots of cute makeup products. I like that this has high SPF50+ rating which is always a huge plus for me. I haven’t really tested this out on my face yet but I tried it out on the back of my hand and didn’t quite like it. The colour I received was 03 Peach, which is a salmon pink colour. I love peach toned blushers but as a makeup base it didn’t quite look right for my skin tone. The CC cream did not feel moisturising and did not seem to colour correct or brighten my skin, and instead felt like it gave my skin a pinkish flushed colour I had just went for a run! I don’t see myself really using this, but I’ll be sure to update this when I test this on my face. This CC Cream was selling online for about $34USD which I definitely don’t think is the actual retail value in Japan.
The Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel is for all skin types including those with sensitive and troubled skin. The aloe gel contains 80% Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice that is rich in polysaccharides (helps to hydrate and retain moisture in the skin) and 10% Propolis Extract (known to have soothing properties). I love that this Benton Aloe Gel uses natural extracts and natural preservatives, and is free of alcohol, water, parabens, mineral oil and other harmful ingredients.
The Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel comes in a nice clean and simple matte white box with all text printed in dark green. The container itself that holds the gel itself is a dark green soft plastic 100mL squeeze tube with a black cap and nozzle tip. I like the clean and minimalistic design of the packaging. The squeeze tube makes it easy to dispense the aloe gel.
The aloe gel is a clear coloured gel, not green, so yay to no artificial colouring. The gel is also fragrance-less. The slight scent of the gel I think comes naturally from the aloe juice, and fades away very quickly after applied to the skin. In terms of the texture, it is a very lightweight gel that absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving any oily or sticky feeling. The aloe gel also helps to soothe and calm the skin.
I know I’ve said this a few times already but wow, 2017 is really flying by and it’s already more than halfway through the year! A new month means it’s time for a new monthly favourites – June Favourites. Here are some things that I loved in June.
I tried this out for the first time last month and really enjoyed using this. It was light and gave me a “my skin but better” look. The Water Fit Cushion has a medium coverage but is buildable to a stronger coverage if desired. The cushion claims to give deep hydration, which it definitely does! I love that these Innisfree cushions have alot of custom cases to choose from and love the simple design of mine. This was actually given to me for my birthday this year by my aunt and cousin in a k-beauty package along with a lot of other makeup and skincare goodies. I’ll be posting a review of this at a later time.
This is another new product I began using in June and loved it! I actually got this eyeliner as a part of one of my previous No Make No Life boxes (the April box which I actually forgot to review, woops!). I love using liquid eyeliners as they are usually very opaque and easy to create sharp precise lines. I love that I received this eyeliner in brown as I find that black liquid eyeliners can sometimes be a bit too harsh and unnatural especially for use in day time. This Brigitte eyeliner is a nice dark brown, almost black but not too dark. I wore this eyeliner out for a full day, for more than 10 hours and during a concert. And, even after wearing it for an entire day and lots of sweatiness from being stuck in a mosh pit the eyeliner didn’t budge. Although, the eyeliner from the inner corners of my eye had smudged away a bit. This tends to happen all the time for me as my double eyelids have a lot of creases, especially in the inner corners of my eyes, that results in eyeliner or eyeshadow rubbing off from the friction when I blink.
No Make No Life (NMNL) is a Tokyo-based subscription box company that delivers monthly boxes of goodies ranging from skincare, makeup and other beauty products. This company are also behind the monthly subscription boxes Tokyo Treat and Yume Twins. The name for the NMNL box comes from a popular Japanese phrase “nomakenolife” that is commonly used by those in Japan who believe makeup is an essential part of their life. Their philosopy is to curate and deliver high-quality and unique japanese beauty products that will help to improve your daily beauty routine.
Each month’s box of products are sent out in a simple tough black cardboard box with the brand initials “nmnl” printed on the front. The NMNL boxes always have a theme and for June, this was ‘2-in-1 beauty products’.
In this month’s NMNL Box I received a total of 5 beauty and skincare products. So now let’s take a look at what was inside this month’s box!
The Angel Recipe All In One Essence is a clear and lightweight gel formula that has little white micro bubbles that burst when spread on you skin. It contains ingredients such as collagen, vitamin C and arbutin. The essence is meant to nourish and brighten skin, even out skin discolouration and more. The gel absorbs quite quickly into the skin and would be suited for use during summer as it is lightweight but may not be moisturising enough for those with drier skin types. There is also a slight scent that fades very quickly after application. The Angel Recipe essence retails for 1000 yen (around $9 USD).
The Country & Stream Honey UV Water Gel is a honey and lemon scented watery gel based sunscreen that can be used for both the face and body. It contains honey, royal jelly extract, a range of different collagens and many more skin friendly ingredients. In terms of texture it is nice watery, light and moisturising gel that doesn’t leave a white cast on the skin like most sunscreen products. I quite like the overall texture but the scent I can do without as it has quite a strong artificial perfume smell. For that reason, I don’t think I’d use this for my face but will definitely use it as a body sunscreen. This UV water gel retails for 900 yen ($8 USD).
I’m always on the lookout to try new skincare products that are both moisturising and good for acne-prone skin. On that note, I was super excited to receive these lovely skincare goodies from Style Korean. In this Style Korean Skincare Haul I have products from Benton and Cosrx that are known for having lots of great skincare products including many aimed for acne prone skin types. I’ll be posting up a review for all these items later on my blog after trying them out for a good amount of time.
First up in this haul is the Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel which is aimed at those who have sensitive and trouble skin. The gel is said to contain 80% Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice that is rich in polysaccharides (helps to hydrate and retain moisture in the skin) and 10% Propolis Extract (known to have soothing properties). I was so excited to try out this Benton Aloe Gel now that it’s winter and my skin is drier than usual, especially with the many hours I spend sitting in front of a heater! I love that this aloe gel is free of alcohol, water, parabens, mineral oil and other harmful ingredients, but instead only uses natural extracts and natural preservatives. I’ve already started using it for a couple days as a daytime moisturiser, and so far so good! The aloe gel is a clear coloured gel (not green, yay to no articial colours!) that is lightweight with only a slight and almost non-existent scent.
I love using a good face mist thoroughout the day, and usually like to pop one in my bag or on my desk. I like to spritz some face mist on my face whenever it’s feeling a little dry and in need of an extra moisture boost. I’m keen on trying this mist out as I’ve only really used the Avene Thermal Spring Water spray and as much as I love it, I want to try something new! This Benton HonestLine of products is about presenting honest ingredients that consumers can be assured of using on their skin. This TT (Tea Tree) Mist contains Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water instead of water, Hyaluronic Acid and other botanical extracts to hyrdate the skin and have a cooling effect. This face mist is meant to help to ‘improve rough and damaged skin from stress and pollution’.
I love a good leave-in sleeping mask as they are great for giving your skin that extra bit of hydration. That being said, I have yet to find one that I truly love (drop me a comment if you know of one, would love to know!). Cosrx is such a well loved brand by many beauty bloggers and known for their acne-prone targeted skincare lines, so hopefully this Cosrx Honey Overnight Mask will not disappoint. This mask is enriched with over 85% propolis extract and natural bees wax to provide ‘intensive hyrdation with refreshing moisture’.
2017 is really flying by so quickly and it’s already the 2nd week of June, so a time for a new monthly favourites. It’s officially winter here in Sydney and the weather is getting quite chilly. Below are some things that have helped me to make it through this cooler weather. Winter is by far my least favourite season as I completely hate the cold! Now on to the favourites.
First up is the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask which is a product that I’ve used since last year. I especially love using this during Winter as cooler weather tends to lead to dry skin and chapped lips, especially with all the hours spent sitting in front of a heater! This lip mask has been a completed life (or lip) saver.
I’ve always loved using the Innisfree Green Tea balancing cream but I thought I’d change it up and try something new. I heard lots of great things about the Orchid line products, and this cream was one of the raved about items. I finally came around to trying this out and completely see why it so well loved! The cream is super moisturising and has a subtle flowery smell that isn’t too overpowering. This cream is a bit on the heavier side and is more moisturising than the Green Tea cream so is better suited for use during winter months or for those with normal to dry skin types. After application, my skin feels soft, supple and very well moisturised.
Colder weather means dry flakey skin, at least for me, so this Neogen Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Pads in Wine have been my go to exfoliator to get rid of any dry patches on my face. I love these peeling pads as they help to exfoliate my skin yet isn’t too abbrasive so doesn’t irritate my skin. I love that the peeling pads are so full of essence that it is practically dripping which is awesome as it helps to add moisture back into the skin whilst I exfoliate.
This blusher is a beautiful coral peach shade that is fun, youthful and gives a nice subtle flushed looked. This blusher helps to brighten up the dull rainy winter days! I love that it looks really natural and is quite pigmented so I don’t need to apply much for the colour to show up on my cheeks.
I like to use this powder foundation on top of my BB cushion or BB cream on days I want some extra coverage. This shade matches my skin tone completely and blends in seemlessly. I also love that the coverage is buildable and doesn’t cake on my skin, so gives a very natural finish, and almost looks like I’m not wearing any makeup at all!
I have to admit I’m not really a morning person and find that I am always dragging my feet whilst getting ready for the day. That being said, I never forget to show my skin some love by applying a basic skincare routine at bare minimum because it’s always important to take care of your skin at any age to prevent signs of aging and protect your precious skin! In light of that, I thought I’d share with you my current morning skincare routine.
After washing my face, I like to follow up with a toner to make sure my face is well cleansed and ready for moisturising. I like to use the Mamonde Rose Water toneras it feels super refreshing, smells like a bouquet of fresh roses and helps to add moisture back into my skin!
That’s it for the cleansing part of my routine. Now on to moisturising. I love to spritz a generous amount of the Avene Thermal Spring Water spray to give my skin an extra boost of moisture before applying any other products.
Now time for some sun protection. My go-to face sunscreen at the moment is the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Extreme Fluid sunscreenwhich like the name says, it a very watery sunscreen. I love to use this for my face as unlike other sunscreens it doesn’t leave a white cast on your face and because of the liquid consistency doesn’t feel heavy on the skin like many other sunscreens. But not to worry, the liquid consistency doesn’t make it any less effective at protecting your skin from the sun as it still has 50+ SPF!