Etude House Moistful Collagen Cream REVIEW

Hi everyone, today I’m going to briefly talk to you about Etude House’s Moistfull Collagen Cream, which I bought from one of their stores in KL. The reason why I say briefly is because skin care, unlike makeup, works differently for different people. Therefore, even if I were to, say, rave about a certain product, another blogger could possibly deem it rubbish and for that reason I’ve tended to review more makeup than skin care. However, I still want to try out new products and review them for you guys so I’ll now occasionally talk about items such as moisturisers and cleansers.

Also please bare in mind that I have combo skin, (oily t-zone + dryish cheeks) so if you have a drastically different skin makeup you may wish to ignore everything I’m saying lol. So without further ado, here is the review!


ETUDE HOUSE MOISTFULL COLLAGEN CREAM

Amount: 75ml

Options: Cream / Deep Cream (which I also bought)

Price: $20.40 (Official E.H price) / $14.30 (Jolse)

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Ingredients:

(Italic = potential acne trigger)

(Bold = ingredients +3 on COSDNA’s safety scale, [lower the better, 1-9])

Hydrolyzed Collagen, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Adansonia Digitata Fruit Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Betaine, Kaolin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Pca Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Stearic Acid, Silica, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Poloxamer 407, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Phytantriol, Ppg-5-Laureth-5, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Alcohol, Water, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

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In all honesty, I’m surprised that I bought this. For a while now I’ve been using Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturiser, and whenever it ran out, I just went back to Boots to pick up another one. I never really felt the need to change it, and due to a lack of initiative as a beauty blogger to try and find the very best product I could, I never looked to see what else was on the market. That was until the fated day when I set foot in an Etude House store for the first time. I think I must have lost it a little, because I went around the shop putting whatever caught my eye in my basket, (much to the assistant’s delight). One of the several items I put in was this moisturiser, and like most of the items put in, I had little to no prior information regarding it.

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Product loyalty anyone?

So when I came back to England I went onto Etude House’s website to see what they claimed this would do.

Small Super Collagen water particles in the Moistfull cream always keep your skin hydrated and leave your skin feeling like jelly.While this cream is soft, its contact on your skin is firm and hydrates your skin all day, leaving your skin healthy.
– 120 hours of Super Collagen™ water effect with proven experimental data
– Improvement on skin layers with outstanding hydrating level seen within 5 days
– Skin gloss lasts 12 hours after application
* Tested by IC Korea with 23 persons of 20~25’s

I was a little underwhelmed by the description that the website gave, as it seemed a bit fluffy and I wasn’t sure about the 120 hours for the super collagen water effect and what not. But then again, this isn’t game changing stuff so maybe there wasn’t much to say.  I did however snort a little at the ‘skin gloss’ that lasts 12 hours, cause at the end of a long day, that’s just face grease.

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Packaging wise, the pot looks quite small, (it fits in the palm comfortably), however you only need a little product to cover the face. I would suggest using the spatula provided in the box and applying just under one spatula full, however mind that you give it a rinse every once in a while just to keep it clean. You can also just use your finger, as long as they are clean. Hygiene people.

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The reason why you don’t need so much is because the consistency  is more gel like than a thick cream, and so glides across the skin easily. It leaves your skin feeling soft and slightly cooled, however does leave a moderate amount of shine. Some people don’t mind this, (I don’t) but some do. If you have an all over oily complexion you may not like this as you’ll look very greasy at the end of the day without some serious powder application (and re-application).

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Overall:

+ Moisturises well leaving skin ‘springy’ and soft

+ Keeps skin hydrated throughout the day

+ Gives skin a glow (could be seen as a negative)

+ A well known brand so product is easy to buy

– Some might not like the shine left behind

– No pump so could be unhygienic


I think is moisturiser would work well for most skin types, except those with skin types that are in the extremes, i.e. very dry or very oily. Since this is a gel formula I think it’s best for summer use for mildly dry to oily /dry combo skin, and for normal to moderately oil skin in winter. I would recommend this primarily for young adults, however there is also a deep cream version that you can buy which would cater more towards a drier / more mature skin / winter skin routine.

For my skin at the moment, I would say it works well and does its job as my face feels very soft immediately when I apply the cream at night and is still soft when I wake up in the afternoon morning. When the weather gets colder I’ll definitely try out the deep cream and post a review so stay tuned!

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Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner REVIEW

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Hi everyone – today I’m going to review the cult classic Glow Tonic by Pixi! I’ve heard a lot about this product on social media but I’ve never gotten round to trying it. However, I was binge watching QVC one night and this came up, so I thought, why not? There were two options available, a 500ml version for £28 and a 2 x 250ml version which costed £30 (which I bought). On one hand I was slightly annoyed that it would cost me an extra £2 for the convenience of a smaller bottle, but I quickly got over it considering I wanted to take this with me when travelling. It arrived in under a week and I couldn’t wait to try it out and share what I thought, so let’s get started shall we?

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The Glow Tonic claims to “even out skintone for a brighter, clearer complexion” and “reveal healthy glowing skin” with clinically proven results. It states that it can be used with sensitive skin, is alcohol free and hypoallergenic.

Ingredients wise it looks pretty clean. Here is the full list:

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Glycolic Acid, Ammonium Glycolate, Glycerin, Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose, Urea, Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Hexyl Nicotinate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Biotin, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance.

Aloe vera and witch hazel act as anti-inflammatories whilst the 5% glycolic acid is used to improve the appearance and texture of the skin. I was also pleasantly surprised to see urea in there which helps the skin’s barrier function and is a good moisturising ingredient.


Normally I use Benton’s Aloe BHA Skin Toner, but with less than a quarter left I wanted to shake things up a little. Whilst I wanted to use the Pixi Glow Tonic both AM and PM, I hadn’t used acids on my face for a while, so decided to just use it once a day in the evening. After cleansing, I applied this with a cotton wool saturated with the product and gently wiped it over my face avoiding the eye area. The next day, as I always do, I applied SPF 50+ suncream by Eucerin (review) over my face and neck. Even though I’ve only used this toner for a week, and only in the evening, I have to say that I’m really impressed with what it has done for my skin. My Benton started refining the texture of my skin and calming it down, and the Pixi Glow Tonic is continuing that. Especially around my nose and cheek area my skin feels smoother and softer. I haven’t seen a vast improvement in the evenness of my skin tone, but when using this toner my skin doesn’t turn red or get irritated which may be due to it being alcohol free.

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Overal I think I would give this toner a 4 out of 5. I’ve only been using this toner for just over a week and I’ve already started to see some visible results which is a good sign. My skin is improving bit by bit, and I hope to see the results continuing long into the future. As a bonus, the toner smells divide and really helps relax you at the end of the day. However it’s a little pricey at £30, although you do get 2 and make a saving of £6, (each 250ml bottle retails at £18). It’s also quite hard to come by as it’s not available in the pharmacy and I’ve never seen it in any department shops. So would I recommend this? Definitely!

Just a reminder, if you use this toner, or plan on using it, you must wear adequate sun protection in conjunction as this is an exfoliating product. This means that the top layer of the epidermis is taken away leaving delicate live skin cells. This will make your skin more prone to sun damage so this is very important for healthy skin. This also goes for any product that is a chemical exfoliator!

Winter Dream Cream

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The days are getting shorter, the nights colder. You may also find that your skin is getting drier. As Winter gets into full swing it’s possible that you might just need that little moisture boost to help fight dry and flaking skin + to protect against those pesky chapped lips.

This orange + white striped pot of dream cream is the ‘Yu-be Moisturizing Skin Cream’ + it is a multipurpose moisturiser that can be used on the face, cuticles, lips – pretty much all over the body.

On the packaging it is described as a concentrated glycerin moisturiser enriched with vitamins B2, C + E to help hydrate, soothe and smooth rough, scaly + dry skin. It is also suitable for vegans, gluten free, devoid of animal-derived products + not tested on animals.

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The ‘Yu-be Moisturizing Skin Cream’ is a pale yellow, thick cream that has a consistency almost like a balm. The colour is because the cream contains camphor, which is used to give a cooling effect similar to that of menthol. Only a small amount is needed as, when warmed on the skin, the cream will begin to spread very easily + once applied, it absorbs quickly, leaving skin soft + smooth.

I use this cream either as a night treatment cream when I start seeing the dreaded flakes across my t-zone or as a lip mask before I go to bed. After cleanser, toner + serum, I apply the ‘Yu-be Moisturizing Cream’ in the areas where my skin is flaking, and where it isn’t, I apply my normal moisturiser. When I wake up I am flake free + my skin is super soft, smooth + even a little calmer.

I would highly recommend this product especially if you have dry skin, or if you are prone to it during the colder months. Even if you have combination skin or slightly-moderately oily skin, the cream can be mixed with a hydrating toner or serum to make the consistency more liquid + diluted. As a warning note though, some people may find the camphor smell quite overwhelming, however it does fade in a matter of minutes. Also – less is more!

 

Let me know if you’ve tried this cream and what you’ve used it for! Happy Winter everyone!

AC

Eucerin Sun Fluid Mattifying SPF 50+ REVIEW

This review doesn’t seem that fitting at the moment because, at the time I’m writing this, there is a thick layer of dark clouds out the window. Not much sun so I haven’t timed this well, BUT, even if it’s cloudy you should still wear suncream. Here is a product that I’ve found that works well for my skin. Check it out below!


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Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum REVIEW

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Cost: £14 (Free P+P)

Seller: Ebay


Brand Reputation

Innisfree is South Korea’s first all natural skincare and cosmetics company and is owned by Amore Pacific. Products include many organic ingredients and many from Jeju Island. Some of their bestsellers include Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask, Water Glow Cushion and No Sebum Mineral Powder.

What Does It Claim?

A moisturizing serum with the organic Jeju green tea water and green tea seeds to hydrate your skin from within.

1. More moisturizing and fresh with the 100% squeezed green tea
Rich in amino acids and minerals, green tea from the fresh Jeju green tea leaves hydrate your skin

2. Dual Moisture-Rising Technology from the green tea and green tea seed oil
The fresh green tea water deeply hydates your skin and the green tea seed oil creates a strong moisture barrier to keep your skin moisturized for a longer period.

3. The first skincare applied after face wash, so it holds moisture inside your skin to prevent any moisture loss.

Ingredients

Green Tea Extract (75.9%), Propanediol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Ethanol, Glycerin, Betaine, The green Tea Seed Oil (208mg), Prickly Pear Extract, Orchid Extract, Tangerine Peel Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Orange Extract, Tangerine Extract, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sorbitan Olivate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cocoa Extract, Dextrin, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

Doesn’t contain: parabens, synthetic colorants, mineral oil, animal-originated ingredients, imdazolidinyl urea

The thing that pleased me most was that green tea extract was the first and main ingredient. Sometimes a product will market itself containing an ingredient that may not even be in the actual thing. A bit about green tea and it’s properties: the medicinal properties of tea are attributed to flavonoid phytochemicals called polyphenols. The polyphenols found in tea mainly belong to the subtype called catechins. Green tea has more catechins than black tea (about 25% vs 4%). Numerous studies have shown tea polyphenols to have protective effects against free radicals, cardiovascular damage, some cancers, infections and toxins, and there have been a number of encouraging studies of skin benefits of green tea. Studies have demonstrated that topical green tea formulations reduce sun damage. Green tea appears to exert sun damage protection by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation rather than by blocking UV rays. Therefore, green tea may synergistically enhance sun protection when used in addition to a sunscreen. A small study also showed benefits of 2% polyphenone (via a particular type of green tea extract) in papulopustular rosacea. [From http://www.smartskincare.com/treatments/topical/greentea.html]

So, from a little research I’m pleased with the ingredients, especially the benefits of the green tea, (it’s also organic and from Jeju Island, and everybody loves Jeju Island), however, it would be even better without the added fragrance.

Appearance + Packaging

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One side of the packaging. It’s nice that Innisfree have included information in English, and I’m not sure if you can see it, but it also tells you where to include it in your routine

The outer packaging feels like it’s made from recycled packaging and the text is printed with soy ink, which fits into the brand’s naturalistic image. The actual product is housed in green hard plastic with a brown pump. The pump releases the amount recommended for one application, (but of course if you need more, use more.) If you apply all you products to your neck as well as your face, (you really should), you may want to use two pumps.

I’m not sure why, but the green container makes me feel happy – maybe because it connotes nature and leaves and all that summery stuff?

IMG_4228IMG_4227 Initial Thoughts

Before buying this I used the h20+ Oasis 24 Hydrating Booster, although only about 3 times a week. I invested into the Innisfree serum wanting to try it out in conjunction with a new Japanese toner I had bought, and also because I rarely finish products unless I really like them (or can’t afford to buy anything new fml). When I first started using this serum I really enjoyed to scent and found my skin to be getting softer each day I used it. However, the effects started wearing off after a few weeks and I wondered if it was just my new toner and BHA helping my skin, and whether this was a dud product in my skincare routine. However, when I took it out completely from both my morning and evening routines I found my skin dryer and more irritated than before. Once I started using the Green Tea Seed Serum again, my skin was fine. So all in all, I think it’s a really good, moisturising product that really helps keep skin smooth and calm.

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Second Thoughts

After using the product for a longer period of time, I still think it really does something that I can’t comprehend to make my skin look… well, just better. However, I do think that it is not as moisturising as I initially thought. Especially when I was using a BHA almost every day, I found if I didn’t use enough moisturising toner and a rich balm my skin would start getting really dry and my redness would flare up. And so, I came up with the conclusion that, in times like winter, and when I’m using BHA solutions using this serum isn’t enough to keep my skin properly hydrated. However, as the weather is getting really hot, I’ve really enjoyed using it, and I think it is a really good item to add to your routine as it’s light and easily absorbed leaving your skin supple but not sticky.

Overal Opinion

+ A decent – good moisturising serum that maintains moist and soft skin

+ Easily absorbed

+ Smells awesome (fresh and clean)

+ Great in summer as it’s light and refreshing

+ Lasts a long time

– Slightly pricy

– Probably not suitable for very dry skin, or for those who use a lot of BHA/AHA exfoliants

– Maybe not as effective if not used with moisturising toners and lotions etc

Rating: 3.5/5 or 4/5

Would I Recommend It?

I think I can comfortably say that if you want a simple serum that does (to an extent) what it says on the tin, but I think the rating I give it varies in accordance with a multitude of factors. For instance, as this is summer, and the weather is super hot at the moment, I would give this a higher rating, however, in winter, I would probably recommend something a bit more rich. By itself, the serum does hydrate your skin, and it’s a dream to use of a stuffy night, so if you’re looking for a serum to buy and use this summer and want to use a product that’s highly recommended by a lot of people, definitely give it a go if you can.