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    Sheep Oil Cream For Your Face?

    TGITFW (TG it’s the freaking weekend) guys! I started a new semester at uni two weeks ago. It’s only week 2, and things are starting to pile up! The 3-month break threw me off my uni game (more than) a little, guys. Help. Anyway, today I’m reviewing a product from my February BNT Box (long due, sorry!) and it is the Kicho Sheep Oil Cream (“wait.. what?!” I know, that was my initial reaction too!). I’ve never heard of a sheep oil cream before I received this. I mean, I’ve heard of horse oil creams before because they’re a big hit in Korean beauty. But a sheep oil cream? Then I went to Perth, Australia and I see that they’re all over the place! It’s called lanolin cream in Australia, though.

    Kicho Sheep Oil Cream

    Kicho is a Korean beauty brand that prides themselves on creating products that satisfy these points – Basic, Harmony, Needs, Pure and Honest. Their products are simple and not overly complicated, they work in unity with your skin, they give your skin what it needs, their products are made of natural ingredients, and most importantly, they always deliver what they promise.

    I love the packaging of this Kicho Sheep Oil Cream! The product comes in a glass jar and a metal lid which looks very luxurious. And have you seen that outer packaging?? It’s a sturdy box that has floral patterns all over it, and it should also have a holographic Kicho sticker on the side of the box (which I forgot to photograph) to show its authenticity. There is 60ml of product in this, and it retails for $58. Pretty pricey, right?

    Kicho Sheep Oil Cream

    The main ingredient of this Kicho Sheep Oil Cream is, of course, lanolin! Lanolin is a fatty substance found naturally in sheep’s wool. Lanolin is widely used in beauty products because it is the closest oil to our skin’s natural sebum. The extraction of lanolin does NOT harm the sheep – I would never try it otherwise! Lanolin is an effective ingredient in hydrating and soothing the skin. Apart from the lanolin, this Kicho Sheep Oil Cream also boasts an 8-berry complex that’s full of vitamin C which is an effective antioxidant to brighten, firm and moisturise the skin.

    Kicho markets this Sheep Oil Cream as suitable for all skin types, but I had my concerns. Since I have oily skin, I was a little worried that this oil might be too rich for my skin, and cause my skin to break out.

    Kicho Sheep Oil Cream

    The cream itself is a pale yellow colour and has a faint citrus scent. The citrusy scent is actually very refreshing and smells really nice (well, if you’re a fan of citrus scents, that is). It’s not overpowering and it doesn’t linger on the skin so even if you’re not a huge citrus fan, it probably won’t bother you. The texture of this is a lightweight cream and it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. However, it does feel slightly greasy to the touch after applying it. Because of this, I would only use this cream during the night time.

    So back to the question in mind – does this really work on oily skin? Well, my friends, the answer is both yes and no. No, because it’s too oily to use in the morning. Any makeup that you put on top of this will just slide right off! I use a different moisturiser with SPF in the morning anyway so this doesn’t bother me. But yes, because it doesn’t break me out and it actually does what it says. I put this on as my night time moisturiser and wake up with smooth, hydrated, and bright skin. I don’t really have any problems with ageing skin yet, because I’m only in my early 20s, so I haven’t noticed anything on the anti-aging side of things.

    This Kicho Sheep Oil Cream would be an amazing product if you have dry skin. Dry skin is usually caused by the lack of sebum in our skin. Because lanolin is so close to our natural skin sebum, it will help to hydrate the skin. When your skin is moisturised, it will get rid of the dry flakes that cause rough skin, leaving you with baby smooth skin. I have combination skin (mostly oily, though) and some dry patches on my lower jaw area and this product has really helped get rid of those.

    If you have combination or oily skin that is in need of a little brightening, smoothing and some hydration, this would be a good product to check out. If you don’t mind having a separate day time moisturiser, that is. At $58, this is a little pricey, but I don’t mind splurging occasionally on a good skincare product.

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    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

    *This product was sent to me in my February BNTGirls box. BNTGirls is a group of bloggers and we’re sent a box of Korean beauty products to try out each month. This does not affect my review and all opinions are 100% honest and my own. This post also contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here.
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    Beauty Tips Korean Celebrities Swear By

    Annyeonghaseyo! Today we’re talking Beauty Tips Korean Celebrities Swear By! I’m sure you’ve noticed their gorgeous, glowy skin, and how some of them are 42 and yet look 24! You might have heard that Asian genes are responsible for women looking younger than they really are and, umm, I’m Asian and I’d like to be blessed with that please! But in all seriousness though, Koreans take their skincare very seriously, y’all. If you’ve ever Googled it, you’ll know what I mean! You’ll find 10-step skincare routines, 15 minute cleansing routines, and 5 serums-at-a-time routines.. and that’s just the more common ones! Relax, we’re not gonna go into anything crazy like that today, haha. Yes, we’re still gonna talk about the beauty tips Korean celebrities swear by, but only the ones we can actually do 😉

    Double-Cleansing

    This doesn’t only apply to Korean celebrities, but every. single. Asian girl swears by double-cleansing. You know how after you wash your face and there’s still foundation on the cotton pad after you apply your toner? Yep. Double-cleansing is essentially just washing your face twice. First with a cleansing water or oil to remove makeup and dirt, and then with a foaming cleanser to remove oil, dirt and bacteria. I started double-cleansing a few years ago, and it has changed the way my skin looks so much. Everyone and their mothers (literally!) should start double-cleansing because it helps remove all the dirt on the skin, so you don’t get clogged pores which result in acne.

    My favourite cleansing water right now is a tie between the Bioderma Sensibio H2O Water and the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water (which is half the price of the Bioderma!). If you prefer a cleansing oil, I’d highly recommend the Banila Co Clean It Zero Sherbet Cleanser which takes off even the most waterproof makeup. They are all (very!) gentle cleansers that are effective at removing makeup. The foaming cleanser that I’m currently using (and loving!) is the Paula’s Choice RESIST Perfectly Balanced Cleanser (full review here).

    Beauty Tips Korean Celebrities Swear By

    3-Second Rule

    Now I won’t lie.. this one is pretty near to crossing the crazy line! I personally haven’t tried this, but Ha Ji-Won swears by this tip, so it must be pretty darn good right? I mean, she looks nowhere near 38! The 3-Second Rule is basically never letting your skin go product-less for more than 3 seconds. Meaning you have to get product on your face within 3 seconds after cleansing your face. The reason for this is to never let your skin get dehydrated. Yes, sounds crazy and it must be impossible to get your toner on in 3 seconds right? Ha Ji-Won suggests keeping a hydrating beauty mist in your shower (or where ever you wash your face). This is her secret to keeping her skin hydrated, elastic, and looking young.

    My favourite hydrating beauty mists of the moment are the Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray and the Cosrx Centella Water Alcohol-free Toner. If you want to try a cool, semi-DIY beauty mist, check out the First Cosmetics Mulbit Vitamin Sparkling Mist (review here). If you’re not much of a beauty mist gal, Ha Ji-Won has her own beauty product, the J.One Jelly Pack, which she applies straight after cleansing her face (within 3 seconds to be exact!). It’s a multitasking product – a primer and moisturiser in one, with hydrating and intense firming properties.

    The ‘Tok Tok’ Technique

    The ‘tok tok’ technique is a much cuter way of saying ‘patting your skincare in’. This is one of the best beauty tips Korean celebrities swear by – patting in your skincare instead of sweeping/rubbing it in. The ‘tok tok’ gets its name from the sound it makes when you (gently!) pat your skin – try it haha! Patting your skincare into your skin enhances absorption of the product. This technique works especially well for serums, beauty oils, essences, and even moisturiser.

    Never Skip Sunscreen. Ever.

    Korean celebrities never skip sunscreen. Ever. Ever, ever, ever. This is definitely something I’m guilty of, but I’ve been doing better! I haven’t skipped sunscreen in two months now. It takes one extra step, but protects your skin from premature aging, pigmentation and skin cancer.

    I’ve been loving the Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid for Face. It’s super lightweight and doesn’t feel greasy on the skin. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel tacky.

    Patience is a Virtue

    I had the pleasure of meeting model and actress Lee Sung Kyung during a Laneige event last year. She let us in on her super simple secret that creates flawless makeup application that lasts all day. If you find your foundation sliding off your face within an hour of applying it, you need to try this! After patting in your moisturiser and sunscreen, give it a couple of minutes to absorb. With your fingers, gently press into your skin. If it still feels damp and tacky, the product hasn’t fully absorbed yet. Wait until the product is fully absorbed before applying your foundation!

    Sleeping Mask Please!

    Sleeping masks are one of the most important steps in a Korean skincare routine, even in supermodel and actress Song Hye-Kyo‘s routine. Sleeping masks work their magic while you sleep at night, leaving you with smooth, hydrated skin when you wake up. A good sleeping mask applied at night can replace your primer the next morning!

    The sleeping masks that I personally swear by are (get ready… it’s gonna be a long list!) the Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Mask. This is amazing if your skin is feeling particularly dry that day. Put it on, and you’ll wake up to baby smooth skin! I also love the Etude House Moistfull Collagen Sleeping Pack for intense hydration. These two are amazing at hydrating and smoothing the skin, but are definitely thick and tacky. If you like something more lightweight, you can also check out the L’Oreal Hydrafresh Genius Water-Bursting Mask!

    Those are some of the best beauty tips Korean celebrities swear by! If you want to get radiant, youthful-looking skin, try out these simple (except one that’s pretty crazy. yes, i’m looking at you, 3 second rule) tips. Also, beautiful skin doesn’t just start and end with what you put on the outside, it also depends majorly on what you put inside (sounded less wrong in my head)! So drink more water and eat your veggies, kids! hehe.

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    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

     

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    Catalina Geo Lash Power Volumizing Mascara

    Happy Christmas Eve, beauty nerds! I hope you’re having a wonderful day filled with joy, laughter and of course, family! Unfortunately, I caught a cold a couple of days ago and I’m not feeling the best. However, I’m still looking forward to a good feast and spending time with my family and friends. Anyway, on to today’s post: a review on the Catalina Geo Lash Power Volumizing Mascara that I got from my BNTGirls December box.

    Catalina Geo Lash Power Volumizing Mascara

    The Catalina Geo Lash Power Volumizing Mascara is a volumising (I’m torn between s and z, since the name spells it with a z, but we follow the British spelling here in Malaysia) mascara which claims to be a 3D Volume Effect with its excellent volumising function. It boasts a 12-hour wear time that creates long, voluminous lashes with no clumps. Not only that, it also claims to be smudge-proof, but easy to remove. Sounds amazing, right? Are these claims actually true, though?

    Catalina Geo Lash Power Volumizing Mascara

    Packaging

    Firstly, lets start off by talking about the packaging – gorgeous! It comes in a gold, reflective tube with metallic gold floral details all around it. Because of this, it looks super luxurious and expensive. However, it doesn’t feel as luxurious as it looks. It looks like it’s made of metal but it definitely isn’t because it doesn’t have that “weight” like the YSL Lipsticks have. It’s still the most gorgeous packaging on a mascara that I have in my makeup collection though!

    Catalina Geo Lash Power Volumizing Mascara

    Brush

    The brush on this claims to be “One-Touch Volume Up + Curl Up”. The wand is a normal length, not too long or too short, which is perfect for a neat mascara application. The applicator itself is a firm brush instead of those spiky, plastic ones. The brush is a medium size and works well to apply mascara to the top lashes. However, it is a little big for my bottom lashes (but of course, my bottom lashes are pretty much non-existent lol).

    Formula

    The formula of this is quite wet to begin with, but dries very quickly after you apply it to your lashes. Because it dries so fast, you have to work very fast with it to avoid clumps. The mascara is very pigmented and is jet black, which I love. The mascara lasts the entire day on me without smudging, but is very easy to remove with a cleansing water.

    Results

    The lengthening and volumising properties of this mascara are amazing! I should’ve taken pictures but my eyes are in a horrible state at the moment because I’m feeling a little under the weather. I’ll update this post with a picture when I get a chance to, though. In just one coat, my lashes look double the length and volume! However, it does look a little bit clumpy even with just one coat. Since it dries quite quickly, it’s really hard to avoid clumps. Not only that, this mascara does not hold the curl of my lashes. I’m not sure if it’s because I have super stubborn lashes as is, but it makes my lashes fall stick straight right after applying the mascara.

    Overall, the Catalina Geo Lash Power Volumizing Mascara is an okay mascara. It’s definitely not the best mascara I’ve ever tried but not the worst. I like the brush on the mascara very much because it coats my lashes well in a few swipes. It’s very lengthening and volumising, and it stays on all day. But, the inability to hold curl and the clumpiness is a huge downfall for me. Unless you have super curled lashes to begin with, I wouldn’t recommend this.

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    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

    *PR Samples. This is sent to me for review purposes from the BNTNews team as part of the BNTGirls box. BNTGirls is a group of bloggers that receive and review Korean beauty products. To read my full disclosure, click here.
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    THELAVICOS Nutrition Hydro Gel Mask

    TGIF, guys! Today’s post is a review on another Korean skincare product that I got from my BNTGirls box for December. Today we’re talking about THELAVICOS Nutrition Hydro Gel Mask. Can I just say how much I freaking love sheet masks, and how much more I love hydro gel masks? Hydro gel masks are those that look like they’re made with gelatin (lol I honestly don’t know how else to describe it. Help a gal out, Google!) that stick really well on the skin and looks like a second layer of skin after you apply it.

    THELAVICOS Nutrition Hydro Gel Mask

    This one that I got is the THELAVICOS Nutrition Hydro Gel Mask for Whitening & Anti-Wrinkle, and it came in a box of 5 sheets. The description of this reads, “Nutrition total skin care resolves various complex skin concerns at once to make skin youthful by providing total care”. I don’t typically look for products that whiten my skin or anti-wrinkle products (just yet), but I really like anti-aging products that improves skin elasticity. I was hoping this mask might be helpful for that. Since it claims to resolve various skin concerns, I was also hoping it would help to hydrate, brighten and smooth my skin.

    THELAVICOS Nutrition Hydro Gel Mask

    This mask comes in two parts – one for the top of the face from the forehead to the nose, and one for the bottom from the upper lip to the jawline. When I first opened the packaging of the mask, it was quite messy. The mask is very saturated with the essence (which is great), but it was so slippery that the backing of the mask actually came off in the packaging. This left me with the pieces of hydro gel masks which are so slippery that I can barely hold, let alone put it on my face. After struggling for what felt like 802 minutes, I finally got the mask on.

    THELAVICOS Nutrition Hydro Gel Mask

    A few minutes after putting it on, I felt a slight tingly sensation on the drier parts of my face. My skin has been horribly dry these past couple of days. It started to feel more and more tingly. After a couple of minutes, the tinglyness subsided and my face feels cool and fresh. The instructions on the mask says to leave it on for about 20-30 minutes and I took it off around the 25 minute mark when the mask felt like it was dry.

    Results

    After taking the mask off, my skin looks so much brighter! I think the tinglyness on my dry areas was actually the essence working in that area and hydrating my face because my skin looks so glowy, bright and hydrated. I don’t think it whitens, but it does brighten by hydrating and removing the dull, dry skin on the face. This mask is amazing after a long day, especially in the 35°weather right now, because it feels cooling and refreshes my face.

    Overall, I really like this THELAVICOS Nutrition Hydro Gel mask and I’m thinking of repurchasing when I run out. It’s a great relaxing mask that helps to hydrate and brighten, all while cooling down and refreshing the skin after a long day out.

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    Jiawun

    *PR Sample. This was sent to me as part of the BNTGirls box for December. BNTGirls is a group of beauty bloggers that receive and review Korean beauty products from BNTNews Korea.
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    Mulbit Vitamin Sparkling Mist

    I love myself a good face mist and I have to admit when I saw this Mulbit Vitamin Sparkling Mist, I was super intrigued. Honestly the word “sparkling” in the name really caught my eye because I’m easily amused like that lol. Anyway, this Mulbit Vitamin Sparkling Mist came in my BNTGirls December box, and I’m reviewing it for you today! I think it’s quite a cool concept, but some might find it to be gimmicky. Either way, lets find out!

    Mulbit Vitamin Sparkling Mist

    The Mulbit Vitamin Sparkling Mist comes in a gorgeous sparkly blue box and houses two bottles – one contains the “vitamins” and one is an empty (well, initially) spray bottle. The spray bottle looks very luxurious – it’s a glass spray bottle with gold accents. There are 4 different pastel coloured vitamins in the bottle, and they each have a unique use.

    Different Colour, Different Use:

    Green: Anti-wrinkle

    Blue: Skin Reproduction

    Yellow: Skin Whitening

    Pink: Skin Condition Management

    Mulbit Vitamin Sparkling Mist

    How to Use:

    Basically, you’re supposed to fill the empty glass bottle with two-thirds of warm water, and then drop in a vitamin of your choice. Once you drop the vitamin into the water, it fizzes immediately (hence sparkling mist) and starts to melt. Then, I leave it to melt for a good 5-10 minutes and then secure the cap back on the bottle. If the vitamin has not fully melted or done fizzing, you have to reopen the cap in 1-2 hours to release carbonated gas. If it is not released, the increase in pressure can ruin the spray. To me, this is both cool and also a little bit tedious. Because there are no preservatives in their vitamins, you can only keep the spray you made for 4 days, and then you’ll have to remake with another vitamin.

    Results

    I like the spray bottle that comes with this. The spray is a fine mist that distributes evenly across the skin. Depending on the colour of the vitamin you use, the colour of the spray differs as well. As you can see from the pictures above, the blue creates a gorgeous ocean blue colour. However, I’m sure you can imagine the colour that the yellow creates (I actually showed this on Snapchat, follow me there (@Jiawunn) for what I like to call science experiments lol, but with makeup. And send me ALL your makeup snaps too, I’m on there 24/7. Yikes!).

    The actual product though, sadly, is a huge miss for me. It smells amazing, it has a very light scent that smells and feels fresh on the skin. However, it didn’t really do anything for my skin. After using this product almost daily for a month, I haven’t been able to notice any sort of difference on my skin. It doesn’t break me out, but it doesn’t do anything to my skin either. This Mulbit Vitamin Sparkling Mist was a huge let down because I was really excited and wanted this to work.

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    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

    *PR Samples. This product was sent to me as part of the BNTGirls box. BNTGirls is a group of bloggers that receive and review Korean beauty products.
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