Saturday, December 31, 2016

Get it before it's gone or My mini reviews of Beautibi's Classic Mini Box and 23.5N Holiday Set available till uh... the end of the day

EEK! I fixed the post... Go while you still can!

Wow. I normally try to let the new year pass without much notice because... well let's not get into that. This year however I have to get this post up. Because Beautibi has cool stuff in case you weren't already aware... and this post contains two really cool sets that are only available till the end of 2016.

Let's just celebrate the fact that Beautibi is located on the west coast rather than the east right now...

Beautibi wins the award for most amazing stuff I had never heard of for 2016. This shop along with one other are to blame for ruining my blog. Honestly it's hard to maintain my bitter old hag status with so many nice products. I don't even sound like myself talking about them. Thanks.

Anyway Enough about me. Let's talk about the stuff you should check out before you miss it!

first up is the Classic Mini Set -$10

So What's in it?

I think the Hyggee products are probably the most talked about in the classic mini set. They were the number one reason I was frustrated by the Classic Beauty Box (the full sized edition of this set.) You see the classic box had two options geared towards different skincare goals. Well... I want ALL the things for my skin! The only product listed with Beautibi at the moment... is the Hygee One Step Facial essence.  It comes in two options Fresh and Balance How to choose when I love them both?  

Is anyone else waiting to see more from this brand? 

Am I the only person who was really confused by the name?  How many steps does an essence usually entail? Of course then I realized that I am one of many probably using more than one type of essence and serum type step in a routine. I think the idea is that this one if you pick the right one will replace all others. Lofty goals man.

The Fresh option is clearly not meant for my skin type if you read the full description it becomes even more clear. The only thing on the list of concerns that spoke to me was concern about large pores. I mean... who isn't concerned about pore size? Oh right... people who are less incredibly vain than I am!

Anyway the words "chiffon like texture," bifida ferment, lactobacillus, and the mere mention of avocado derivatives in the product made me want to try it anyway!  

I was completely shocked when I finally saw them both in person and discovered that Fresh was clear while balance was the more cloudy option. I think the richness associated with creams over gel creams and my love of creamy essences have programmed me to think that clear products are not as targeted to dry skin.

That isn't to say Fresh skips out on the moisture camp at all! It won't replace a moisturizer for me but it doesn't promise it will. I do have to say though that I don't think I would use Fresh as a standalone product. I break the rules... ignore the instructions and I mix Fresh and balance together. 

Balance has ingredients that excite me slightly less... but I fit every word of the target market described in the product page. I have dry aging skin. I drink too much coffee!  I live in a dry climate and well... I can maybe get away with letting my face air dry once in a while but honestly that's because I have an armory of moisturizing cleansers (stay tuned for more on that later.) 

But then I'm puzzled by  concept of a perfect oil to moisturizer ratio. What does that mean? Well the product doesn't separate but my new favorite makeup remover does... and I actually think it's cool.

And as I mentioned already it blows me away for some reason that the more moisturizing product is clear! 

I also mentioned that I like to mix the products and I wouldn't use Fresh regularly alone. The description wins one point I suppose. If I was picking one of the two I would have to go with Balance. However... I prefer Balance mixed with Fresh to Balance alone.

Yeah. I do not conform to "skin type standards." That's rebellion for me in my "past my youth state," I guess. 

Anyway that's why I think the opportunity to try them both in the Classic mini set can't be passed up. It's hard to know which one you will prefer and currently the mini options aren't available individually. Plus the bottles are really cute. I like cute.
"FRESH: Includes hydra sebum which helps to control excessive sebum. Chiffon-gel textured essence has high water density that immediately helps skin to be hydrated and improve skin texture without any stickiness." -Beautibi

Hot weather oily skin

Ingredients: Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, Methyl Trimethicone, Water, Propanediol, Dipropylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Lactobacillus Ferment, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Polyglyceryl-6 Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Panthenol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Choleth-24, Tromethamine, Polyacrylamide, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyglyceryl-6 Behenate, Laureth-7, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butyl Avocadate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phospholipids, Ceramide 3, Cholesterol, Arginine, Propyl Gallate, Phytosterols, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol

COSDNA for the curious 

"BALANCE: Bi-phase product has the perfect ratio of oil to moisturizer. The top layer contains five oil ingredients, while the bottom layer contains birch sap moisturizer. When shaken, mixing the oil and moisturizer layers will create tens of thousands 'Moisture in Oil Capsules.' These capsules will help dry skin feel silky and balance skin condition."-Beautibi

Dry skin aging dry weather 

Ingredients: Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Squalane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Seed Oil, Water, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Lactobacillus Ferment, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Glyceryl Caprylate, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phospholipids, Ceramide 3, Cholesterol, Arginine, Phytosterols, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol

COSDNA for the curious

Simplistic wonder essence 

Ingredients:Amaranthus Hypochondriacus Seed Extract, Butylene Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycerin, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glutathione, Pinus Radiata Bark Extract, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyglutamic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Soy Isoflavones, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA

COSDNA for the curious 

I feel like Simplistic Wonder Essence is the unsung hero of the Classic Box so I'm glad it's available in the Classic set so people can try a little before making a full sized leap. People who pick up the set hoping to try other things might discover they love this too. Like the Hygree minis this isn't available as a single right now and uh... I have no idea if it will be or how much it will cost.

I have sort of an obsession with Beta Blucan, Bifida Ferment, Licorice Root Extract, Centella, and well I could go on but based on just these this produce was something I was looking for and didn't know existed. I thought the Hyggee products looked cool enough that I couldn"t pick between the sets and this is the product that made me think grabbing both would be worth it. I honestly didn't think I could own too much of this. I was correct!

clearly the product is popular enough to warrant bringing more from the brand on board because the Simplistic Supreme Skin Salve and Simplistic Begin Cleanser have been added to the lineup already! 

107 Premium Vinegar Soap 

So what is Exciting About Soap? That the On the Soap in question Hydrating Of the options I've tried and it still beats cleansers that advertise being gentle and low PH. So don't ask me the PH right now.

The 107 Premium white mini soap was my intro to vinegar in skincare.  I enjoy vinegar covered foods the inclusion didn't make me shy away... although I wouldn't use undiluted vinegar on my skin. 

Wait for the full review of the full size soap... and yeah I'm going for a full sized soap because I love this one. 
If it's a higher PH I'm OK with that because it doesn't affect my skin negatively. 

Although I kind of appreciate this soap as a mini because I cut my soaps up before use to keep as much of a bar untouched by water as long as possible.  Lathering up a whole bar of any soap is a waste and this is fancy soap. Fancy soap that I like to use for full body cleansing. The magic of a bar soap (that  is well made and you protect from water ,) is longevity compared to liquid soaps. 

This soap is extra magic because according to the description it's solidified liquid soap. How do they do that? I'll try to get more information for the four soap review (gotta pick up the black one first...)

I would describe the scent as unique. I know that's vague but what I can say is that I do not notice that it smells especially like vinegar... and it's the vinegar soap. This shouldn't shock me because the cream and cream essence samples also feature vinegar and not real vinegar scent. It doesn't linger and well.. I'll try to describe it better in my four soap comparison.

Ingredients: Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid , Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Sugar, Sorbitol, Alcohol, NAOH, Tetrasodium EDTA, BHT, Sodium Sulfite, Vinegar(Gamun’s Hyo 5years), Coconut Oil, Oriental Herb Complex (Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Saururus Chinensis Extract, Angelica root Extract, Green Tea Extract, Artemisia capillaris Extract, Sophora Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, dandelion Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Glycyrrhiza Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Rehmannia Chinensis Root Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Pinus Densiflora Leaf Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Nettle Extract), Fragrance

"107 Premium White soap contains precious traditional vinegar that has been naturally fermented for over 5 years of time. The soap has over 20 oriental medicinial herbs that rejuvenates and hydrates the skin. It gives maximum moisturizing while cleansing dried up dirty oils in your pores. It deeply cleanses skin of dirt and gives fresh and healthy lookng complexion." -Beautibi 

107 Premium Snow Sheetmask 

"107 ONEOSEVEN Snow White mask pack creates powerful whitening and smoother skin that you can visibly notice and feel. Get a healthy looking complexion and clear, bright skin." -Beautibi

Ingredients: Water,Glycerin,Naiacinamide, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Panthenol, Snail Secreation Filtrate, Propolis Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Pearl Extract, Beta-Glucan, Thuja Orientalis Extract, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Caster Oil, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Propanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tromethamine, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance 

This mask became a fast favorite. It's thin, it clings well... durable soft material.  Leaves my face hydrated and bright and it smells... natural rather than NATURAL! I described it once as smelling like dirt. That wasn't well received. I meant earthy. $3 a sheet isn't really daily use for my budget but honestly it ranks higher than many masks that cost a lot more. This mask is a keeper. I would buy by the box... if I were not so horribly behind on mask reviews. 

Yeah the mask and the soap add up to the cost of the whole set....

Pick a set!

Set A (Balancing) contains 1 of each gelly Mask and 2 of the Rice Soothing Ultra Feather Mask

Set B (Brightening/hydrating)  contains 1 of each gelly Mask and 2 of the Red Pearl Barely Ultra Feather Mask

23.5N Rice Soothing Ultra Feather Mask

I have no idea what exactly the sheet is made of but I can say that it's both thin enough to cling well and durable enough to not tear easily. I do wish the eye holes were a little smaller. I like to moisturize my eye area. While the eye holes are gaping it also doesn't cover my nose entirely and I have a rather flat face. Enough that dentists have commented on it...

Anyway those are small gripes but you know when a mask is $5 a sheet I get a little pickier.

Ingredients: Aqua, Carbomer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Rice Extract, Glycerine, Fermented Rice Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

Single $5

Box 5 for $22

See the Fit? Yeah I took these for an Instagram follow followup that is uh...

Really late. Look I just hate how my eyebrows look. Yeah I'm that vain. Sue me.

Anyway... I wanted to get more and try again for a better photo. Oops. Enjoy these while you can because I'm swapping them later...

The 23.5N  Soothing Rice Gelly Mask and SheetMask are a Pair! I don't have enough of a sheet mask budget to use them together every time. Like the Red Pearl Barely mask I would pick the belly mask over the sheet mask. Again... shocked! I like the Rice Soothing Mask the best of all the Gelly Masks... at the moment. The addition of ceramics (and without the weird ceramide smell of many creams,) just pushes this one over the edge of the others. I would still have a hard time with the idea of eliminating the others now that I've found wash off packs I actually like.

In case you haven't read about the others my favorite part is that these don't require rinsing. It's optional! To repeat myself further... I don't personally find these moisturizing enough to follow the "use as a sleeping pack" tip I have a feeling that others with less dry skin could. Especially this one!  The rice sheet mask just has more impact on my face with the same brightening level so it wins between the two sheet masks too.  

23.5N Red Pearl Barley Whitening Ultra Feather Mask

Known as "The Grain of Life Health" , red pearl barley is abundant in Vitamin B1, B2. Effectively reducing dark spots, pockmark and uneven skin tone without light-sensitive weakness as acids widely-used in dental treatment. Read Pearl Barley Whitening mask is great for nourishing skin, uneven skin tone and brightening. 

Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Hyaluronate, Red Pearl Barley Extract, Tremella fuciformis Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Carbomer, Benzyl Alcohol , Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

The 23.5N Red Pearl Barley Gelly Mask is like a companion to the Red Pearl Barely Ultra Light Feather Mask. The other Gelly mask that pairs with a sheet mask is the Soothing Rice. Do the Bamboo mask and Oriental Beauty Masks have a sheet mask partner? Wow I should have asked that before writing this... but hey not knowing the answer gives me a reason to mention them later!

To me it just makes sense to pair them together although I tried them individually the first time because I wanted to see if I even liked either product alone. It's weird for me to say this because I'm not typically a wash off pack user but these don't have to be washed off! They can be used as a sleeping pack. I don't find this mask hydrating enough to use alone as a sleeping pack but it is one I enjoy. 

I enjoyed the sheet mask. It definitely lasted long enough and left my face #bright and #hydrated. I just have so many sheet mask options and masks I want to try that if I had to pick one to keep on hand... well I would go with the Gelly Mask. Weird right? It felt weird to me!

23.N Rice Soothing Gel Mask

Ingredients: Aqua,Rice Extract,Aloe Extract,Sodium Hyaluronate,Adlay Extract,Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract,Carbomer,Ceramides,Benzyl Alcohol,Methylchloroisothiazolinone,Methylisothiazolinone

20ml for $6

 23.5N Red Pearl Barley Whitening Gel Mask

Ingredients: Aqua,Sodium Hyaluronate,Red Pearl Barley Extract,Tremella Fuciformis Extract,Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract,Carbomer,Benzyl Alcohol,Methylchloroisothiazolinone,Methylisothiazolinone

23.5N Oriental Beauty Tea  Balancing Gel Mask

"This gel mask contains more oil-controlling ingredients like polyphenos and hydrating ingredients, tannin, than any other tea types. Mask is derived from natural plants that are great at clarifying skin condition, refining pores and controlling sebum."-Beautibi

Ingredients: Aqua,Tea Extract,Sodium Hyaluronate,Carbomer,Tremella Fuciformis Extract,Niacinamide,Benzyl Alcohol,Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract,Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

The 23.5N Oriental Beauty Tea Gelly Mask was the last jar I emptied from the 23.5N Holiday Set... and today is the last day to pick up a set with all 4 masks gelly masks and 2 sheet masks... 

That was after getting it in the mask party box.

It wasn't the last because I didn't like it. It just happens to have an intended purpose that I focus on the least!  I do often forget that calming doesn't have to be for acne. I experience flushing from just about everything and I'm super sun sensitive naturally... and I throw photo sensitizing skincare and prescriptions on top of all of that. Yeah.

This isn't a dry out your skin to solve the problem treatment even if you are targeting acne. I think I'll give my next jar a shot in more frequent rotation by adding it to my calendar.

I prefer not to wash it off since it can be used as a sleeping pack. For me it isn't enough moisture let alone occlusive enough to be my final layer but I'm desert dry year round. My hands and lips both crack without careful maitainence  level dry!

I enjoy the cooling feeling. I probably wouldn't use it on broken skin or if you are sensitive to peppermint!

23.5N Bamboo Ultra  Hydrating Gel Mask

"This gel mask is offers light hydration, is moisturizing and works wonderfully for dehydrated skin. Abundant in bamboo leaf flavone and Si. Effectively providing a hydration boost for thirsty and dry skin, leaving skin smooth and soft."-Beautibi

Ingredients: Aqua, Phyllostachys Reticulata (Bamboo) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cucumber Extract, Carbomer, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Royal Jelly Extract, Benzyl Alcohol,Methylchloroisothiazolinone,Methylisothiazolinone

Feel free to express shock and awe as I declare that this is the most hydrating of all four Gelly masks. 

Yeah... it's in the name. I want to say this is the only product with bamboo that I've used. That isn't true. It's the only product that featured bamboo heavily enough that I remember it that I also enjoyed enough to write about. I know I tried a bamboo sheet mask. I can picture everything about the packaging except the text that tells me the brand name. Clearly the mask wasn't that memorable. royal jelly is always a nice thing for me in skincare too. (And to eat...) This ties with the Red Pearl Barely Gelly Mask for second place. Yes that means that there is no fourth. My review my rules!

In case you skipped reading about the others because this is the ONE you want to know about (because you maybe have dehydrated skin that it's meant to help? or even better you know someone else who does and you know a mini makes the best intro gift? These wash off packs win for me because... you do not have to wash them off. Even this one the most hydrating isn't quite enough to use as a standalone sleeping pack for me even in the hottest days of summer. It's my second favorite because I like the added brightening of the Soothing Rice. That said this mask is my 1 if I'm going in for repair when I've neglected my skin. I can't use it as the only step but in only helps and never hurts when my skin gets ultra dry to the point of sensitivity. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016


Work in progress...

This Blog uses affiliate links, referral links, Google Adsense, and is now directly connected to a newly opened shop called Leturos Meloria that contains some of the products reviewed within. All products reviewed after the opening of the shop will disclose if the product was tried before or after the shop came to exist.

What's an affiliate link?

An affiliate link provides a commission when used. There are many different programs from many different shops. At the moment I have Amazon Associate Links, Wishtrend Links, and Memebox Affiliate links. It does not cost you anything extra to use them! 

What people may not know... Commissions have a minimum earning before payout. So while I have these links available for anyone to use at the time of this post 11/30/16 I have not actually earned a commission from these links. I plan to disclose earnings if this blog does in fact become profitable. 

I am not required to disclose earnings but... If I have have any I will because I think it's pretty interesting. 
What's a referral Link?

A referral link is meant to be beneficial to both parties. They are typically for first time customers only. 

  • Holy Snails Save $5 off your first Purchase  (I earn 500 "Snail Shells" Which can be cashed in for $5 store credit. These are cumulative rewards so the Holy Snails Referral program is my favorite. It's also the ONLY referral link I've seen used at the time of this post (11/30/16) 
  • Memebox get 20% off your first order  I believe my link was used one time. I get a code for $10 off that can not be stacked with other codes if this link is used. If I ever get a surplus of these I'll post them to giveaway. 
  • Beautibi take $5 off your first purchase  (I believe I would get $5 store credit.) 
  • and more if I decide to use/add them

What is Adsense?

My blog displays ads. When using Wordpress the only way to remove those ads was to pay a fee. Guess what? Blogger is a Google platform so they offer the opportunity to make a commission on views. I don't get to pick the ads (sorry.) 

I am unsure how exactly commission is calculated. I can say however that for me at least it certainly isn't a huge source of income. There is a minimum of commissions achieved before a payout occurs. At the time of posting (11/30/16.) This blog has never received a payment from Ad Sense and has earned... less than $2 in "owed." If a payout occurs and this blog becomes profitable I will disclose the amounts. This is not required. Only disclosure of the use (which is done automatically,) is required. I just think it's interesting. 

How am I connected to Leturos Meloria?

Well that is a good question and a complicated story. To keep it short: I pick the products and if you buy them I will be the person packing and shipping them out.

The shop story itself is much much longer. Am I the shop owner? Not really no. Is this blog to promote the shop/the shop to promote the blog? No.

The shop is complicated. It's not huge money making scam. The blog and the shop being connected is unavoidable with open disclosure BUT... they are not meant to promote each other.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Want to See More of Me?

Want to see more of me? 
I'm on reddit /r/asianbeauty as CanIPutItOnMyFace
You can also follow me on twitter GorgonFace42
I’m CanIPutItOnMyFace if you are into Facebook… I’m trying it out.
I probably use Instagram the most also CanIPutItOnMyFace… that’s funny to me because I had to be convinced to even download the application and then spend three years not using it. What can I say? I’ve turned into a sheet mask exhibitionist…
And I'm trying to expand a bit into real youtube videos beyond my ranting. They won't be awesome... but I'll do my best. Laugh at my, laugh with me. It's cool. Check it out.
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Friday, November 25, 2016

Holy Snails Lemon Shark

holy snails lemon shark

I was Holding This Back...
To avoid being cruel to those who missed out. After all... It was a limited edition run...
Then I saw this on Facebook. Man I am so glad I caught it. I have not been checking in much. I'm so out of it I messaged the shop to ask if I had imagined talk of a future product... anywa...
"Introducing Sauce du Mois, our monthly special Shark Sauces with fun and exciting additional extracts!  December's Sauce du Mois is Lemon Shark, but to celebrate, we're doing an early release on Black Friday."

There will NOW be a featured rotating "Sauce du Mois" or Sauce of the month and it started with LEMONSHARK! Now I'm still pushing for it to be part of the full line.... but really it's too close to shark sauce. Also... I love Lemon Shark but I'm on pins and needles to see what's next. Please tell me there are only like... four that rotate quarterly. I can't... I can't handle the excitement of a new version each month and I JUST ORDERED MEGALADON (I wanted it filled with Lemonshark but... well you  know... Rules. 
What Is It?

"Lemon Shark contains everything regular Shark Sauce does, but also includes Lemon Peel Bioferment, which is used to help with brightening and reducing age spots and irregular skin pigmentation.  It is not the same thing as lemon essential oil, and does not photosensitize.  The fermentation process is supposed to be filtered to remove allergens, citral, and geraniol, however if you have a lemon/citrus allergy, please consider our regular Shark Sauce instead."
Yes! Shark Sauce review here... Which Brightens already... With Extra brightening Power... This is... AMAZING! My plan was to just get myself some Lemon peel bioferment and swipe a little on daily to supplement my Shark Sauce since Lemon Shark was to be no more (it can be used in concentrations of up to 100%... so it's safe guys...) But Now... well maybe I'll just see how often this comes around....

"Shark Sauce™ does not contain sharks, shark extract, shark wings, or any other shark derivatives. Its name comes from a nickname of one of our muses, Fifty Shades of Snail, for whom it was originally created."

This might confuse people a bit... but Fifty Shades of Snail was on Reddit before her blog... and her username references sharks. Reminds me a bit of Darling Clandestine. I like to call Holy Snails my Darling Clandestine of Skincare.  How do I get a product named after me... I think I'll have to make it myself. Anyone know where I can affordably get sea cucumber extract?  It's my "thing" lately... and hard to find honestly....

It is honestly important to note that it does not contain sharks though becasue some skincare products use an oil that can be derived from multiple sources... including... sharks. 

"Shark Sauce™ is a hydrating serum that contains 5% Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and 3% N-Acetyl Glucosamine, which work together synergistically to fight hyperpigmentation.  They, along with Panthenol (Vitamin B5), also work to help improve your skin barrier."

"Licorice Root and Green Tea Extracts soothe and brighten skin, while Hyaluronic Acid and Sodium Lactate (the sodium salt of Lactic Acid, a popular AHA) hydrate.  The Sea Kelp Bioferment is the result of sea kelp fermented with Lactobacillus, which breaks it down into more bioavailable compounds for your skin to use.  It is a natural film former, and functions as a great oil-free moisturizer."

What's In It?

It has the same ingredients as Shark Sauce EXCEPT in place of some of the water it has Lemon Peel Bioferment. Got it? I'll list out the ingredients for Shark Sauce for you anyway

Ingredients:  (Distilled Water, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid), Lactobacillus/Nereocystis Luetkeana Ferment Filtrate , Niacinamide, Licorice Root Extract, N-Acetylglucosamine, Sodium Lactate, Panthenol, Green Tea Extract, (Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben), Disodium EDTA PLUS LEMON PEEL BIOFERMENT soooo.... using this... assuming no other additives...

I Ran it through COSDNA for people who are into that... COSDNA doesn't even know what Lemon Peel Bioferment is... so... Just look up shark sauce. you know your sensitivities BETTER than a website. Patch test, introduce slowly. Be safe. Wear condoms... wait... 

(sorry guys the ingredients tab is blank so I'm guessing. but the listing does say all that changed is the addition...

How Do I use it? 
I use it as a... serum... an essence? I light moisture layer that also brightens my skin? Its not the first step (for example a product like Snow Bang would go on first.) And while its suggested as a light moisturizer for me it's a tad too light for that so it goes on BEFORE my heavier stuff.  Once a day, twice a day... I like to mix it up. Face, neck and chest treatment thank you very much (why did I not order two bottles.... oh yes... ran out of gift card and had... gifts to buy....and things to review...) Ah well...
How Did It Work For me?

This is so good it knows half a star off Shark Sauce because I HAVE found something better.... Lemon Shark. Go get some. And if you hate it... hit me up man... If I have the funds I'll be after more...
Final Rating?


Want to try it?

Sorry guys no mini versions of the Sauce of the Month... I would make decants if I had enough to share but... I don't know when I'll see it again. 

Buy it here through December (the end of December unless I'm mistaken it's only up a tad early for BLACK FRIDAY! Be thankful that this time we have a whole month to decide and (hopefully,) stock up! instead of a single batch to fight for...

Now next time snail mail comes... I've missed it every time. I've got my claws out! 

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Want to See More of Me?

Want to see more of me? 
I'm on reddit /r/asianbeauty as CanIPutItOnMyFace
You can also follow me on twitter GorgonFace42
I’m CanIPutItOnMyFace if you are into Facebook… I’m trying it out.
I probably use Instagram the most also CanIPutItOnMyFace… that’s funny to me because I had to be convinced to even download the application and then spend three years not using it. What can I say? I’ve turned into a sheet mask exhibitionist…
And I'm trying to expand a bit into real youtube videos beyond my ranting. They won't be awesome... but I'll do my best. Laugh at my, laugh with me. It's cool. Check it out.
Use Linkedin? I'm Trying it... find me here. Simone Martin.... because that's my name. "I'm taking it back."
I am still figuring out Pinterest please send help!
If you have questions feel free to email me at

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Holy Snails El Dorado Review

Holy Snail's El Dorado
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Holy Snail's El Dorado
All Holy Snails products come with cool cards like this! The ingredients are on the back. I would include a photo of that but I got mine wet so... It's not pretty. Sorry guys. 

What is it?

I'll hand it over to Chel first because her shop description is flawless as usual. My comments follow. 

"What is El Dorado? Is it a mythical city of gold? A man? A bird? An island in the desert that can only be reached by sail (sail sail)? The answer is simple: it is liquid gold in the form of 7% THDA (oil soluble, stable Vitamin C). Accompanying it is 1% Vitamin E and many rich treasures from the desert, including Prickly Pear, Agave, Yucca Root, Avocado, Jojoba, andEvening Primrose.
THDA, or Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, is a very stable form of Vitamin C. It has been shown to stimulate collagen production, reduce photodamage, brighten and even skin by inhibiting melanogenesis, and provide antioxidant activity. It does not exfoliate.  This is not a substitute for sunscreen."

This product is incredibly unique I had never heard of this form of vitamin C before!  Thank You Chel for introducing me to something new to love... again. I love facial oils. I love vitamin C in my routine. Two in one? Sign me up! Sign me up! I also really have to give a shout out to Chel for noting that it does not exfoliate. You want a different type of vitamin C if you are looking to increase cell turnover. She is very clear about what this product does and DOES NOT offer. Also not a sbstitute for sunscreen. Many people mention the benefit of vitamin C serums to boost protection from the sun... even if this is the case... not a sun screen substitute. If you want to skip it... personal choice but she is not advising you to use her product as a replacement. 

Who can use it?

"Suitable for:  All skin types.  Many Snail Mail testers with Oily or Combination skin were able to use this with no issue, although there was one user with oily skin who reported it had trouble sinking in fully. If you have concerns, please consider a sample size bottle first to see if it is too heavy."
Everyone! And I recommend that if you want a sample size... you check out a giveaway I have going on because there might be one popping up on the prize list... I personally have no issues with it sinking in within seconds. Even when I made my little mistake with my first use... Even with multiple moisture layers under it (but not an occlusive step... where it goes in the routine is explained in "how to use." I have very dry skin though so YMMV. Samples are cool. Holy Snails offers them for a reason. Although... Her products are NOT hard to destash if you jump in fora full size and find you don't love it.

What's In It?

Ingredients:  Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Tetrahexyldecylascorbate, Prickly Pear Extract, (Ethylhexyl Palmitate & Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Root Extract & Abronia Villosa Leaf Extract & Agave Americana Stem Extract & Yucca Brevifolia Root Extract & Opuntia Coccinellifera Flower Extract & Fouqueria Splendens Stem Extract & Larrea Tridentata Extract), Tocopherol

COSDNA for the curious Yeah there are flags. I don't love COSDNA. I think it's outdated. I include it because other people like it as a reference. You know your skin better than a website. In fact...

"Please always patch test any new products. Our products have very concentrated ingredients, so please patch test to make sure you do not have any sensitivities to any of them. This product does not cause purging, so if you experience breakouts or irritation, please discontinue use. There is a Sample/Travel Sized version to try if you are unsure of your ingredient sensitivities."
The product description page even warns you to check out the list for sensitivities, patch test, and try out the product slowly. Good advice man. Good advice. 

Check out that packaging...

Holy Snail's El Dorado
see the nice pump?
Holy Snail's El Dorado
Technically the back... the logo

How do you use it?

"How to use:  Both of the carrier oils used in El Dorado (Avocado and Jojoba) are occlusives, so they should be used near or at the end of your routine. It can be used in place of, before, or after your moisturizer, but to get the maximum benefit of the 7% THDA, it is not recommended to mix it with other oils or moisturizers. If you are using other Holy Snails products, the product layering order would be Snowbang EssenceShark Sauce, and then El Dorado Oil Serum."
"This product does not contain any photosensitizing ingredients, but the most vital and effective anti-aging step in your routine will always be sunscreen. Please note that while this has photoprotective properties, it is not a substitute for proper sunscreen. Please always use (the correct amount of) sunscreen for best results in fading hyperpigmentation.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Always consult with your professional skin care provider. It does not have any fragrances."

See I told you all would be revealed!  Again she repeats that it is not a substitute for proper sunscreen. Thank you for being so thorough.  I use um... A few more things than just Snowbang and Shark Sauce (lately it's been Lemon Shark... Then Holy Snail Water Actually,) before my El Dorado... but yep it doesn't go on before. And unlike some oils I wouldn't use this as a "booster" for a sheet mask. For my skin it's not going to work in place of a moisturizer. I'm a bit too dry. I actually like it as a mid day routine step. If I'm not doing a full routine but I need to refresh... The right cleansing water and some El Dorado are part of my "perk up" recipe. 
This is one pump. You can barely see it because it's clear. One pump is decent face/neck coverage for me technically but I'm greedy and I like to use two. For most people one is plenty. How she found pumps so well calibrated I will never know. 

How did it go for me?

Dear Chel... Please Make something that sucks. For me? Please? Or... just doesn't work for my skin type at least. Make a product that works really well for the oily and acne prone folks but not so well for the dessert dry like me. I feel like a shill here. Even Manyo Factory has a few detractors from me... Granted I've tried 20+ of their over 140 product line and your line has... way less... I'll give it time. Yeah that's my big complaint about the product. I like it. If you didn't already know I like Holy Snails product's check out my post with links to my other reviews...

I already sort of started explaining how I use it. You know how it says its fragrance free? Well I go two ways with fragrances. I either am offended on a migraine level (usually sweeter smells do this... shaving creams marked towards women, candle shops, perfume aisles (until I found Darling Clandestine....) or I just smell very little. I noted this in my Klavuu reviews and many others before and to come. I think part of it comes from years of smoking (I don't currently smoke so don't nag... actually even if I did it's not your place to nag a stranger... I'm not telling you to hit the gym...) and part of just the way I am. So anyway I unscented products usually have some scent because if fragrance is not used the natural ingredients themselves have an odor... this is the case it seems with Holy Snail Water (Review pending it's written guys I just have to format....)  

So I kept on pumping out more and more trying to figure out what it smelled like because I assumed it just really really didn't linger. My body got a treat. My bottle would have lasted longer had I not done that... and shared some with a few friends because I couldn't resist. 

Still even with my mishaps and sharing I got a full month of testing with no problem. Then I got more testing time without an a standard vitamin C serum (nope it's not a substitute.) I went without it in my routine... nope... I didn't like that either. It's an oil that brightens. It doesn't have a scent so I can use it no matter how I'm feeling. It feels good on my skin no matter how poorly I've treated it. It quickly sinks in and smooths my face out in a pinch... while adding benefits. Yeah that day I covered my body in it by accident?  If I were rich this would be right up there with Snow Bang and Manyo Factory Galatomyces Niacin Essence for Full Body use daily. 

Final Score?

5/5! I am a not loyal to vitamin C serums OR facial oils. This though... does not force me to cut out either from my routine. I've gone  without it and noticed a difference I did not like. I was just about to crack into the sample size I purchased for my giveaway since no one knew about it anyway (actually I was just going to reorder,) when... The announcement came! The formula is being updgraded to 10% THDA instead of 7%. Available starting on Black Friday... That's TOMORROW! Stay tuned for a follow up post guys.

Rating scale

1- I want both my money and the time I spent using this product back. It should never be used and if I encounter another in my collection it goes to the trash bin.2- The product is nothing special but not horrible. I would use it again or give it away if I got it as a free sample.
3-The product is nice enough but I would not repurchase because I have many better options. May be better suited for others
4-I really like this and would likely repurchase if I do not find something better.
5-I love this product and it has become a staple in my collection.
So now you know what the numbers mean!

Where Can You Get Some? 

Grab a Whole Bottle! $45 for 30ml 

sample sized El doratio 5ml $10 

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