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. 

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