August And September 2018 Empties

Hello my loves!

In this little post I will share with you what I’ve managed to (finally!) use up lol ;’D !

I’ve been wondering for a while now if I should keep it strictly Kbeauty or add all the Western products in here as well? You tell me ^^ !

This time I’ve decided to add all the empties from the past two months to add a little variety ^^

Shall we start?

L’oreal Paris perfect match concealer 1.R/C Rose Ivory

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I always struggle with a good under eye concealer! They’re always too yellow/orange or they don’t give any coverage orz !!! I picked it randomly because I was hoping for the colour to be more pink’ish and cool-toned and it was my real perfect match lol! Really creamy, not too heavy, wasn’t getting cakey and the colour was amazing for my skin tone!

However, when I was in Poland I didn’t see that shade in the stores o.O ! So I’m not sure if you can actually buy this one in every country (which is actually quite disappointing.. )

My score: 10/10

 

Essence make me brow (01 blondy brows)

 

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One of my holy grails! No jokes! I loveeee this eyebrow mascara!!! The shade is perfect, cool ashy blonde and the wand is also tiny and I could never make a mess with it lol! The price is also super amazing! And apparently, it’s also a good dupe for Benefit’s eyebrow mascara 😉

My score: 10/10

 

Koelf gold royal jelly hydrogel eye patch

 

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Hmm… I’m honestly not so sure about this one… While using them they’d make my under eye area feel nourished and relaxed but I didn’t really see anything apart from that! I was hoping they’re gonna help me diminish my slowly appearing crows feet wrinkles ( … ;___; ) but nothing like that happened. I don’t know, I really don’t know what to say about this product. Just nothing special for me.

My score: 3/10

 

Innisfree bija trouble cleansing gel

 

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Another product that I have completely NO feelings for! I’m neither positive or negative about it. My skin did feel nice and clean after using it, I have to admit that! However, I find that tea tree scent waaaaaay overpowering! Did it help me with acne? Difficult to say, ’cause I didn’t really have any while using it. Would definitely not recommend to anyone with sensitive skin tho! (tea tree oil again!)

My score: 6/10

 

I ❤ Revolution makeup fixing spray (green tea)

 

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Okay, I’M OBSESSED! It’s a really nice fixing spray and also a very affordable one! Maybe wouldn’t be perfect for those with oily or very oily skin but for my combination was great! I love the scent of green tea, in general, that’s why I chose this one lol Gotta love it tho!

My score: 9,5/10

 

The Face Shop multi 5 layer cotton pads

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I don’t know what do you want me to say about it lol! I really like the idea of square-shaped multi-layered cotton pads! They’re super budget friendly as you can separate the layers! ^^ For toner I’d normally use 2/3 layers. If you have more like a lotion type of toner (that’s a good tip for dry skin btw!) you can always divide all the layers, soak them up with it and place on your face for a couple of minutes to give your skin some nice moisture boost ^^

My score: 10/10

 

SkinFood salmon brightening eye cream

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I was very, very disappointed with this product to be honest ;_; My under eye area can get pretty dark since I never get enough of sleep when I work so I thought that something brightening would help it a lot! But hmm, I didn’t really get any brightening effect, I didn’t feel much moisture either. And I really don’t like the idea of a JAR! Why not a squeezy tube? D:

My score: 1/10

 

Revolution conceal & define liquid concealer C1

 

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Another GREAT concealer ❤ ! I love the shade, I love this slightly bigger dove foot applicator and I LOVE the price! It’s super budget friendly and it’s exceeded my expectations! I would definitely recommend it to all of you! Plus, it’s an amazing dupe for Tarte’s shape tape ;D

My score: 10/10

 

Benefit precisely, my brow pencil (no.2)

 

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Oh gosh, I’m so looking for a Korean dupe to that lol! I LOVE THIS PENCIL! This is by far the best one I’ve ever used from ANY brand!!! I’m so in love I had to buy another one… The colour is AMAZING!!!! It gives you this very natural but also very polished and clean look! Super easy to use, very thin and great spoolie at the need too! The minus? More on the expensive side boohoo… ;_; This is why I had to take one point out of the final score…

My score: 9/10

 

Missha the original tension pact perfect cover no.13 (refill)

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This is another holy grail of mine! I love this bb cushion, it gives me the perfect colour and decent yet very natural looking coverage ^^ Honestly, it’s not going to give you full 100% coverage but it’s still very decent. I love that the shade no.13 is a perfect match for me, to the point that people sometimes ask me if I’m wearing any foundation cause my skin looks so great! This is my 3rd refill I think! I’m definitely gonna be testing more cushions but at the moment this one is my number one!

My score: 10/10

 

And that’s it my Beauty Lovers! ^^

I’m so glad I’ve had more good products to show you than the bad ones 😀 !

I hope you liked it ^^ !!

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Love,
Miru

 

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My Current Morning Skincare Routine

Heya!

You’ve probably noticed already that I’m a huuuugeee fan of Kbeauty! Which also means I love Korean skincare routine ^^ !

In this little post, I’m going to share with you my current morning skincare routine’s products!

Enjoy ^_^ !

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My skin is by no means perfect, it’s the complete opposite of perfect, to be honest. It’s combo/oily, I used to have a really bad hormonal acne so I’m left with a lot of scars (you know, this holes in your skin..) and a bit of redness. My pores are also incredibly easy to get clogged, I’m still fighting with the blackheads and whiteheads. Did I also mention that I’m in my late 20s?

Okay, you get the point.

I change my skincare routine from time to time and I also like changing the products I use. Mostly because some of them either don’t work for me, or they just turn out to be too heavy for my skin and congest my pores. Well, these are the main reason for which I wasn’t sure about writing this kind of post…

These products I’ve been using for a while now and I’m quite happy with them. I will probably change them (I will make sure to update you about it, no worries ;D ), but for now, I’m quite pleased with them ^^

1. Primark’s micellar cleansing water

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You can actually use any micellar water. Before I was using the one from Garnier. I don’t wash my face in the morning, I prefer to remove all the dirt and sebum with micellar water. I’m just using a cotton pad, soak it with a bit of the product and now I’m ready for the next step ^^

2. Toner

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I really like this toner from SKIN79 in the morning, I’ve already got my second bottle! This is a very mild and refreshing toner, it’s also 500ml so it’s gonna last you for a while! For all the dry-skinned folks they also make a pink – moisturising – version ^^

3. Essence

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I think that Innisfree is one of my fav skincare brands. This light essence is refreshing and yet hydrating at the same time. I haven’t noticed any difference in terms of my pores tho lol so I think I will be changing this one in the future.

4. Gel cream

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I love this product! I know it’s not Korean but oh my god, I’m so looking for a dupe to it! I’ve got a version for combo skin, it’s watery and light but after you use it makes your skin feel so fresh and full of hydration! It’s really a great feeling! I don’t know if you’ve noticed btw, but in the morning I like my skin to feel fresh and hydrated! And I guess this type of products you will see in general when it comes to my day time skincare!

5. SPF

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Yes, it’s not a mistake – it’s a product for kids. However, it doesn’t have any funky colour to it so why not use it? It’s a really great SPF,  a little goes a long way, it doesn’t have any scent to it and it’s safe to use both on your face and body!

Okay, guys!

I hope I didn’t bore you to death lol! Maybe you’ve found something new and interesting in this post? ^^

Don’t forget to comment, share and obviously subscribe! 😀

Love you all!

Miru

How To Find The Best Cleanser For Your Skin Type!

Finding the best cleanser can be a proper nightmare sometimes, I know that myself! Foam? Gel? Milk? There are so many to choose from!

In this post, I’ve prepared a mini cheat-sheet for you guys! ^^ It’s all about the 2nd cleansing!

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Starting with the oil…

If you read my blog post on 10 steps Korean skincare or even The Practical Guide To Find The Best Cleanser For Acne-prone Skin, then I’m sure you already know I’m going to start with the cleansing oil (or a cleansing balm)!

Cleansing oils are a MUST HAVE for me and they should be the same for you too ^.~ !

They’re very high in emollient oils that not only cleanses but also moisturises your skin! They remove the dirt and even the waterproof makeup without lathering. These are not the typical oils you can find in the kitchen, they are made to be water soluble so they don’t leave that heavy and greasy residue.

Because they’re very gentle on the skin and as I mentioned before they can be very moisturising – I very often hear that they’re the best for dry skin.

However, in my opinion, they’re perfect for ALL SKIN TYPES, as you should follow up with the second cleanser anyways ^^

Cleansing milks/creams.

+ Definitely the best for dry skin
very high in emollients
+ low in surfactants
+ removes dirt
+ won’t dry out your skin since it doesn’t produce much lather
+ gentle on the skin

– can struggle with waterproof makeup
– can leave a residue
– can clog pores

Cleansing foams/gels.

+ The best for oily skin
high in surfactants
+ low in emollients
+ produces a lot of lather to cleanse your skin thoroughly
+ removes dirt and waterproof makeup (usually quite easily)
+ doesn’t leave residue

– can be drying

Extras.

At this point, I’m going to mention some other popular cleansing methods!

Micellar Water

+ great for all skin types, including sensitive
+ high in gentle surfactants
+ low in emollients
+ doesn’t lather
+ removes dirt
+ doesn’t leave any residue
+ doesn’t need to be rinsed off (HOWEVER! Most of the Korean micellar waters DO say to rinse them off!)
+ gentle on the skin
+ to me personally could do as a second cleanser after oil/balm

– doesn’t remove makeup very well on its own

Cleansing wipes

+ great in emergencies

– don’t remove makeup in 100%
– don’t cleanse your skin in 100%
– you have to rub your skin with them
– may leave a residue
– can be drying

Soap

– not good for any skin type, just avoid it!
– disrupts your skin’s protective barrier
– drying
– can be irritating

Exfoliating

– best to just avoid
– small particles can be irritating for your skin

I hope I’ve touched up on every popular cleansing method and gave you a brief summary on how to find the best cleanser for your skin type ^^ !

If you have any questions about this post, please let me know in the comments section 😀

Love,
Miru

K-Beauty: July 2018 Empties!

Hello my Lovelies!

Today I’ve prepared some nice and easy post for you guys! I haven’t done anything like that in ages to be completely honest!

Don’t forget to tell me if you like this kind of posts ^^ ~

 

K-Beauty: July 2018 Empties!

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1. SCINIC – Vita Ade Cleansing Oil

The BEST cleansing oil I’ve used so far to be honest! It was my holy grail last year and I swear by it! It’s very delicate for the skin but in the same time very harsh on makeup, so even using it to remove my eye makeup wasn’t causing any kind of iritations! I love it’s citrusy smell and the fact it’s so affordable (online 😀 ). Atm I’m testing more cleansing oils but this one is my NO.1 !!!

Rating: 10/10

2. TONYMOLY – Pocket Bunny Mist (moist)

Very nice mist, I have to admit, plus this super cute packaging!!! I have to tell you one thing about me using face mists: I don’t use them on the face lol! I know, I know.. So how do I use it? It’s simple, I just spray them on my beauty blender instead of using tap water ^^ this mist made the application process so easy and smooth, I love it! The only downside in my oppinion? The price is very often around 10GBP so if you use it as a regular face mist it won’t last you long (60ml :c ).

Rating: 9/10

3. WELCOS – Grape Seed Deep Cleansing Foam

This was a tricky one. I wasn’t very satisfied with this cleanser, it just didn’t do much. And it was a bit iritating on my spots too :c It was also suppossed to have some anti-aging properties but I don’t know, didn’t notice any difference. Plus, I wouldn’t say it’s a foam, it’s actually a CREAM. I know the price was cheap (3.99GBP if I remember well..) but I think I’d rather invest a tiny bit more and get myself a better one.

Rating: 2/10

4. TONYMOLY – The Fresh Phytoncide Pore Gel Cream

I loved using this one! Extremely refreshing scent, super light weight and affordable! I don’t know about this “pore” thing tbh, because I never EVER see any difference with that so I’m not going to debate about it lol. Apart from that, ideal for oily/combo skin, makes your skin look and feel really smooth, overall it’s a great gel cream for everyday use! Also pretty affordable ^^

Rating: 9/10

5. SKIN WATCHERS – Pore Control Essence

Another disappointing one. First of all: TINY BOTTLE! 30ml!!! It just didn’t work for me at all, didn’t do completely ANYTHING to my skin. Didn’t make it better (but at least didn’t make it worse either…) but I think it was just a waste of money :c would not recommend…

Rating: 1/10

6. PETITFEE – Gold EGF Eye & Spot Patch

Quite weird product which I don’t completely understand.. I love under eye patches,  really adore them! However with this one… hmmm… weird shape,that’s one thing. I love this typical tear-shaped ones, this one I could never make sit properly under my eyes and not slide x_X uhhh! Two, I still have no bloody idea what’s that “spot patch” suppose to mean. It didn’t help with any spots, so what’s the deal with it? Or maybe it’s a spot on your face where you need some extra hydration or something? Tried it, didn’t work! Didn’t really work underneath my eyes either.

Rating: 2/10

7. ETUDE HOUSE – Wonder Pore Essence

Really cute essence, very nice for oily/combo skin. The consistency was a bit gel’ish but it felt nice and light-weight on the skin. Didn’t cause any iritation, just a nice basic product.

Rating: 6/10

 

Okay, that’s it for now ^^ Hope you did enjoy this little post!

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Love,

Miru

The Practical Guide To Find The Best Cleanser For Acne-prone Skin!

In my experience, cleansing your face with the right products is EXTREMELY important! Why? During the day your skin produces sebum. You might be outside where all the toxins and polluted air are going to cling to your face. You might be using skincare (which I hope you do 😀 !), spfs or makeup and imagine that mixed with your natural oils, pollutions and bacterias! Sounds like a perfect environment for SPOTS! So, to make your skin clean – you have to clean it first!

1. What do you need to know about choosing your cleanser?

Important thing:
Very often in Western world all the anti-acne products are super DRYING! They’re loaded with alcohol and other ingredients that may be harmful for your skin and cause potential irritation! Have you ever heard that if the product makes your skin tingly/itchy it means that it actually works? Omg, that’s such a LIE! And if your skin goes all red after using it? Stop immediately. Remember about the balance! Stripping your skin off oil (natural ones) is going to cause your face (and the rest of the body) to produce EVEN MORE OIL! Why? Because it needs to balance the loss out!

The good cleanser will leave your skin feeling comfortable and soft. If your cleanser make your face feel dry, tight or itchy – again, stop using it.

And the last thing:

a good cleanser doesn’t have to break your bank! There are so many fantastic cleansers for very affordable prices! So don’t worry if you can’t buy this magical cleanser from brand X! ^^

2. What can cause acne?

There can be a lot of reasons but I’ve listed the most common ones ^^

– you might be on your period
– you apply hair care or hair styling products too close to your scalp
– you touch your face with dirty hands or dirty phone (bacterias!)
– you eat too much greasy or acidic foods (those chips and crisps…)
– you’ve hit your puberty
– you’re stressed

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3. What are the ingredients to look for and what do they do?

– BHAs:
what: alicylic acid, some formulations of citric acid.
why: They’re water solluble and are good for oily/acne skin.
how: They penetrate to deeper layers of skin, clear excess sebum, unclog your pores, reduce blemishes, blackheads, whiteheads and even rosacea.

– AHA’s:
what: glycolic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid, citric acid
why: They’re water solluble and great for dry skin.
how: Because they work in the top layer of the skin, it removes the bond between dead skin cells, helping the skin to exfoliate.

– Hyaluronic Acid: 
why: It’s a strong humectant that absorbs water (about 1000 times it’s weight!) and plumps the skin.
how: it aids in the repair and regeneration of skin affected by dryness, environmental stress or irritation. 

– Glycerin: 
why: It’s a very strong humectant.
how: Ingredients like glycerin can help maintain hydration and prevent skin irritation during the cleansing process.

– Argan Oil:
why: has go ultra hydrating properties and according to some studies it also decreases sebum production
how: it’s non-greasy and has got revitalising properties.

– Honey:
why: fights acne, helps fade acne scars and cleanses your skin
how: it contains anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties, reduces the swelling and redness. The high sugar concentration and its acidic properties stop the replication of the bacteria.

4. What ingredients you should avoid and why?

– Mineral Oil:
why: it coats the skin like a plastic bag which causes your pores to clog and suffocate, prevents oxygen to eneter the skin and traps in dirt, toxins and excess sebum

– Alcohol:
why: very drying and dehydrating for the skin

– Petroleum Jelly:
why: as a sealant, petroleum jelly can prevent the skin from releasing toxins, sweat, and sebum. If this happens, the skin can’t breathe or eliminate toxins, thereby blocking pores and causing breakouts.

– Lanolin: 
why: Lanolin is a natural ingredient produced by a sheep skin to keep their wool soft, just like we produce sebum to keep our skin soft. Lanolin is used in cosmetics and skin care products to provide softness and moisturization, but unfortunately, it is highly comedogenic!

 

 

5. My cleanser recommendations! (+ links!)

 

Mentholatum – Hada Labo AHA+BHA Face Wash (Acne Care)

TOSOWOONG – Acne Foam Cleansing

 

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G9SKIN – AC Solution Acne Foam Cleanser

 

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Thanks for reading ^^

Love,
Miru