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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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    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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    Paula’s Choice Skincare | Review

    Oh, hello there! Yes, I haven’t posted in ages. No, I don’t have an excuse hehe. But today I’m back at you with a new post on some Paula’s Choice skincare products that I’ve tried out over the past month. These products were kindly sent to me by Nana from Facial Malaysia to try out. Facial Malaysia is a beauty centre that not only offers Paula’s Choice products, but they also have facial treatments. Paula’s Choice products are all manufactured in the USA, have no added fragrances or dyes, and are cruelty-free.

    Paula's Choice Skincare Review

    If you’re new here (hello!), I have combination skin that is mostly oily, with dry patches on my cheeks and jawline. Finding the perfect skincare products for my combination skin can be challenging because the product has to be lightweight enough for my oily skin, yet hydrating enough for the dry parts of my face. Ya feel me, fellow combo gals? 

    Paula's Choice Skincare Review

    Nana and I discussed my skin type and concerns. I have acne-prone skin that can sometimes look dull, so I told her I wanted something gentle that would help give me radiant skin. She picked out the Paula’s Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser to help balance the moisture levels on my skin, and also the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion that is gently exfoliating while keeping the skin hydrated and soft to achieve the radiant skin that I (and everyone in the entire world, I assume) want.

    Paula's Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser Review Paula's Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser Review

    Paula’s Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser

    I use this after removing my makeup with a cleansing water, and it removes all the leftover makeup and dirt that the cleansing water might have missed. One pump of the product is the perfect amount for the entire face as it lathers up very well. After washing this off, my skin feels refreshed and cool. It doesn’t overly strip my skin of all oils so my skin doesn’t feel dry and tight. However, the drier parts of my face can start to feel a bit tight if I don’t apply my skincare straight after. That doesn’t really bother me because I usually put on my skincare straight after. If you have combination to oily skin, this is a great cleanser that works. But because it’s specially formulated for oilier skin, it will probably be way too drying on dry skin.

    Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant Review

    Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant

    This is a super gentle exfoliant that’s great at keeping your skin soft and bright. BHA helps in removing dead skin, unclogging pores, hydrating the skin and also has anti-aging properties. When I first started using this, I noticed my skin getting quite dry. This was because I was using this as a moisturiser …yep 😐 haha. The “Lotion” in the name kind of threw me off a little. After realising my mistake, I started using a moisturiser after this exfoliant and I’m freaking in love. This has really helped tighten my pores and keep my skin hydrated. My skin doesn’t have as many dry flakes as it used to and feels super smooth to the touch.

    I’ve really enjoyed using these and they now have their own place in my daily skincare routine. The Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser helps to remove all traces of makeup and dirt, keeping my skin clean and refreshed. It’s a great cleanser, but I wouldn’t run out to purchase it right now. That’s something with cleansers – I always feel like they’re good if they do the job, and most of them do, you know? The Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant is a completely different story, though! If you have problems with rough skin, large pores, or dry skin, I suggest checking this out! It has helped my skin out so much and I would definitely repurchase this.

    Facial Malaysia:

    http://www.facialmalaysia.com

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    Jiawun

    *PR Samples. Products were sent to me for review purposes, but this does not affect my review. All my thoughts and opinions are 100% honest. You can read my full disclosure 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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    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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    Lafine Vegetable Firming Massage Cream

    Kicking off my BNTGirls Box reviews for December, this is the first item in my box: the Lafine Vegetable Firming Massage Cream. If the name or the packaging looks familiar to you, it might be because I’ve written about the Lafine Vegetable Deep Cleansing Cream and also the Lafine Vegetable Cleansing Foam from previous BNTGirls boxes! When I got this in my box, I was so excited because who doesn’t love a good massage (ok, me. They’re painful. But who doesn’t love a good face massage?).

    Lafine Vegetable Firming Massage Cream

    This Lafine Vegetable Firming Massage Cream is to be used in place of a moisturiser, after cleansing and toning the face. According to Lafine, it calms fever and heat, so it’s a great after-sun product in the summer time. It’s meant to be a massage cream that helps to firm the skin. Like the Cleansing Cream and the Cleansing foam, it has five skin-friendly ingredients that are cucumber, tomato, parsley, water parsley and carrot.

    Lafine Vegetable Firming Massage Cream Lafine Vegetable Firming Massage Cream

    When I first opened this tub, I remember thinking to myself, “Nope.” because of the consistency of the product. This product is a thick (and I mean thick) cream consistency. I tested it out on the back of my hand and it doesn’t fully absorb into the skin. Not only that, it leaves a greasy residue. I knew this wouldn’t end well.

    So I gathered my courage and tried it out on my face that night. As per the instructions, I used a generous amount and massaged it into my face in circular motions from the insides to the outsides of my face. It’s really thick, and it feels quite warm (almost like a real back massage) when you rub it into the face. After massaging my face for about 10 minutes, an oily residue was left on my skin. It felt heavy and made my face feel “dirty”. Because I normally have oily skin after being out the whole day, I associate the oily feeling with needing a wash. But I braved on for this review and went to bed!

    Lo and behold, when I woke, there was a huge pimple on my forehead. It might have just been a coincidence, so I decided to try it again the next week. I then woke up with another one of those “under the skin” zit on my chin. After that, I decided it wasn’t worth it and just stopped using it all together. This Lafine Vegetable Firming Massage Cream might be a good product if you have oily skin, but if you have combination skin or oily skin like I do, definitely skip out on this one! Lafine does have some amazing products, I really loved their cleansing cream and cleansing foam, but I can’t say the same about this one.

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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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