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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Facial Peeling Gel Review: IOPE Moisture Skin Soft Peeling Gel, Ecopure Aloe Peeling Gel & Etsy Update

As promised, a review of two Korean Facial Peeling Gels! I will be reviewing Ecopure Aloe Peeling Gel and the IOPE Moisture Skin Soft Peeling Gel. 

Both are marketed for people with dry or combination/dry skin, like mine. Ecopure boasts of being 89% natural and "5 free," which is about the limit of what I can understand from the bottle. IOPE was recommended to me by a Korean beauty salon salesperson, who really understood my skin type!

To experiment, I am using them on my hands.

IOPE is on the right and Ecopure is on the left. Texture is quite different because Ecopure turns a bit grainy just from spreading it and is a bit more sticky because of the aloe content. 

Ecopure on the left, IOPE on the right.
Also note that IOPE has small, blue beads to help with the massaging: 
See the little beads in the photo? I don't think they make a difference.

After rubbing! There is practically no difference in the amount of gel rubbed off. The beads just disappear. 
After cleaning it off, my hands feel significantly smoother. There is practically no difference except that Ecopure will dry a little slower due to the aloe content.

After washing it off. 
Although on the hands it is quite similar, it is a different story when used on the face. Although both do not remove whiteheads and blackheads, they bring them to the surface to make them easier to remove with a blackhead mask or washing off with a  washcloth.

IOPE dries out my skin a lot more, so it actually creates some more flaky skin after the scrubbing on areas that were originally dry and flaky. However, my cheeks are extremely smooth after using it. To combat the dryness, I always use a moisturizing mask or a heavy moisturizer afterwards. The good thing is that the drying effect wipes out acne effectively and even shrunk my pores after a year of use.
Price: Expensive. $30 a bottle (100 mL)

Ecopure is extremely moisturizing, to the point that after use there is no flaky skin and I only need to use some toner. Due to this, I would only recommend it to people who have dry skin, since otherwise it may be overly moisturizing. I have not seen any differences in my pores or acne. 
Price: Relatively inexpensive. $13.95 a bottle (150 mL).

Overall: Choose the one best for your skin type. Both are good for smoothing out the skin, but IOPE does not work well on skin that is extremely dry and flaky. IOPE caters more for people with acne, while Ecopure moisturizes. 

Finally, an Etsy update:

Limited edition! Only one available. It is a cuff to stud earring featuring three mini stars dangling off a silver plated chain. The stud is genuine 925 stamped sterling silver. You can buy it here

It can also be seen on tumblr:  Please follow me!

A special note: If you notice I have watermarked that image, because someone stole my blog picture without permission or crediting me! Please know that all photos are my property, so please do not take them without permission or crediting. You can always ask me first if you want to use something from my blog. This includes text!  

This review represents my honest opinion and was not endorsed by any company. All products were bought with my own money and all photos taken by me.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Nail Polish Review: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Clear, Wet n wild Kaleidoscope

I decided to do a very plain, clean manicure featuring only these three nail polishes:
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Clear, Nicka K Express Fast Dry Top Coat, Wet n wild Kaleidoscope

My new manicure is a break from all the colorful nail polish. I simply had on two coats of Sally Hansen's Clear, a coat of Nicka K Top Coat on that, and finally some Kaleidoscope at the tips for some sparkle.

 Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Clear is very shiny, and really hardened my nails. The photo below was taken 5 days after my manicure was done. Not a single chip! The only downside is that it takes too long to dry, but I solved that with a coat of Nicka K Top Coat. Since it is in clear, the top coat will not change the color of the polish. 
Sally Hansen clear is extremely shiny! Unfortunately the glitter of kaleidoscope is not captured here.

Although in the bottle, the polish looks dense, the tips took a few strokes to paint such "dense" glitter.
I definitely recommend the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in clear, because it is so shiny, anti-chip, and protects my nails from breakage or denting. Wet n Wild Kaleidoscope is not really recommended, unless you are willing to spend time painting on several layers to get denser glitter. As usual, both nail polishes are below $4, and can both be purchased at the drugstore.

This review represents my honest opinion and was not endorsed by any company. All products were bought with my own money and all photos taken by me.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Update on Etsy Store: Single Cuff Earrings

So I never got around to updating about my Etsy store status.
Here are two ear cuffs that I posted a while ago:

This version is very girly, because this is in pink. =P

I love how the light shines through the crystals here! The stars are made of stainless steel and very cute.

Something even better about these: they come with color choices: 
Gorgeous Swarovski crystals! Again, my camera cannot capture their beauty.

Please visit my store here

Also, a new nail polish review coming soon, as well as comparison of two Korean peeling gels!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Nail Polish Review: Nicka K Top Coat, Nanacoco Ocean Blue

Nanacoco Ocean Blue nail polish with Nicka K Express Fast Dry Top Coat.

Taken under indoor lighting. The Ocean Blue nail polish looks very green. 
Ocean Blue was bought at my local beauty supply store for about $2. It is a beautiful metallic nail polish. Although it should be blue, it is much more like green under normal lighting. The second picture is directly under the sunlight, which shows its true blue color. The pictures simply cannot capture its glittering beauty!

Under regular indoor lighting, with the Nicka K Topcoat on. Not a fleck of blue anywhere!

Under sunlight. If you look at the tips, you can see where I repainted, which is a different blue than the rest of it, which has Nicka K Topcoat on it. 

A big issue with this polish is that it chips in a day! It eats through topcoat, so I had 5 layers of the Nicka K Top Coat to make my nails smooth. Even with all that, my nail polish came off in sheets! Perhaps I need a better topcoat.

As for the Nicka K Express Fast Dry Top Coat, it does indeed dry the polish wonderfully in a few minutes and has a gorgeous gloss.
 However, it cannot be used on fresh nail polish, because it will smear! You must wait a bit for the base layers to adhere to the nails. Furthermore, it changed the color of my Nanacoco nail polish into a bronzy green, rather than a blue. So I would take caution in using this on metallics and polishes that reflect light.

I would not repurchase Nanacoco Ocean Blue unless I have a good enough topcoat to prevent it from chipping.
I would repurchase the Nicka K Express Fast Dry Top Coat, since it was only about $1 and would be okay to use with regular color nail polish.

This review represents my honest opinion and was not endorsed by either company. All products were bought with my own money and all photos taken by me.