I'm AJ and I'm from New Zealand but am currently living in South Korea. I am an amateur at most beauty and makeup things. This is my blog about beauty products from around the world especially South Korea.
Today I am reviewing some facial lifting patches from a company called Skederm. I have used some of these types of patches before but only for review purposes. I’ve never bought them myself and probably never would. Not that I think they are bad or anything; it’s just not something that I feel would work for my needs. I don’t mind testing them out and checking what they are all about so if you want to know more please keep reading.
First off a little about the brand it’s self. Skederm seems to make Kbeauty products mainly for the US market. They sell in both Korea and America and have their head offices in Seoul. All products are developed and then tested and analyzed vigorously. They hold clinical trials and only sell products that are verified. Skederm also has a range of other products including creams and serums. You can check out more on their website here.
These patches that we were sent come in a box of 5. The lifting patch is supposed to help to increase firmness and elasticity. It’s clinically proven to be effective in facial lifting. They retail on the skederm website (skederm.co.kr) for 20,000 won or (skederm.com) for US$19.95. You can also find this brand at LOHBs in Korea.
They are hydrogel patches that fit tightly under your chin and loop around your ears. The idea is that with continued use it will help to tighten and lift the face. It’s supposed to give you a slimmer looking jawline. They suggest leaving it on for 20-30 minutes but you can leave it for up to an hour if you want to. They do also suggest using it in the morning to get rid of a puffy face. You can put it on for 30 mins while you are getting ready and doing your hair.
When you take it out of the pouch there are two sides. One is the hydrogel sticky part that you are going to put onto your skin and the other is a velvety material. The hydrogel part is covered with a plastic film that you need to peel off. There are two holes at either end where you hook it around your ears. You can make the ear holes bigger if you need to by cutting the holes slightly with scissors. I didn’t bother but it might have made it a it more comfortable.
I have quite a round face and I basically not much of a jawline at the moment. I was not really expecting this to do anything but as I mentioned I’m happy to try them out. I was really not thinking that they would even fit me because when you take it out of the pouch it looks quite small. I was surprised to find how stretchy it was. I was able to stretch it out to fit me without too much trouble.
Once it is on it feels very tight and it pulls on my ears a bit. I think if you had a smaller face it would be a lot more comfortable. However it was not as bad as others I have tried and you only have to wear it for 20 to 30 minutes which is not too bad. I did like that these were quite sticky so they stayed on the skin really well. The hydrogel felt nice and cool too.
It has ingredients such as adenosine and hydrolysed collagen which are used to reduce wrinkles and improve elasticity. Then it also has aloe vera juice, glycerine and betaine to help moisturize the skin.
These are the type of products that you have to use regularly if you want to see results. You would have to buy 2 or 3 boxes and at 20,000 won a box that is a bit of a commitment. However it is cheaper and less invasive than clinical options. Of course it also won’t give you the same dramatic results as a clinic. If you have a big event coming up and just want a bit of firming or de-puffing then it might be something worth looking at. Alas this one wasn’t for me.
These were sent to me by the K-Beauty Expo Korea for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
This year we were given a pack of ten of the Bano White Jade Injection Mask. I have used this before but I decided to do the same thing that I did with the Oka mask and wait until I had used them for a consecutive period of time before doing my review. That way I can see if there is any benefit to using the same mask over time and get a good feel for how the mask performs.
The packaging is basic but it looks nice and is eye catching. This line of masks has great colors which makes them stand out well. All of the four masks are made with different material so they are all very different to each other.
The mask sheet for the White Jade Injection Mask uses a tencel material. Tencel is a thin, lightweight fabric made of natural cellulose from tree pulp. It’s soft, breathable, comfortable and anti-bacterial all of which make it great for sensitive skin. It also has excellent moisture absorption which helps the penetration of active ingredients to your skin. The mask sheet comes packaged with a plastic backing sheet which makes it easier to unwrap.
I found the fit on this was not the best for me. The eye holes were too small for my liking however my other issue, which is the piece above the mouth and under the nose, was actually okay on this mask. Usually these are too wide and annoy me by going over my upper lip. The other issue was that I thought it was a little slim, there was a small gap on each side of my face where it didn’t quite reach the edge. It was also a tad wrinkly but it still adhered okay and didn’t move around much. So overall it had some good and some not so good points.
The mask is soaked in a thin essence but there is not much left oven in the packet. I was not a huge fan of the fragrance of this one. I think it’s a little too strong for a mask that I am putting on my face. It’s not that its a bad scent I just thought it was too much especially since as I mentioned above the eye holes were a bit small. This means that the essence is closer to your eyes and if you are not careful you might end up with some in your eye.
Some of the ingredients include vitamin C, glutathione, niacinamide and licorice root extract for whitening and brightening effect. It also has soothing bamboo water and Milk Protein extract for skin nutrition. allantoin for moisturizing. You can see a full list of ingredients from the website listed below.
I found that this mask has a nice cooling effect which I like. I usually leave these masks on from between 20 to 40 minutes. The directions say to leave for 15 to 20 minutes but you can stretch it out to 40 easily enough. You probably wouldn’t want to go longer than that as it is will be getting a bit dry by then.
After removing the mask my face is always a little damp and more so if I only had the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes. You do have to pat it in a bit. The essence dries does to a slight tackiness. I does absorb but it takes a while so I think this is a good night time mask. You don’t really want to be waiting around for it to absorb in the morning.
I found my skin was soft, hydrated It gives a nice glow. Skin looks brighter and has that bouncy feel that you get when your skin is well hydrated.
Out of the four Bano Injection Masks available this would be the one I would be least likely to reach for. Purely because it has whitening in it and I’m just not into that. This mask does also have some moisturizing properties so I didn’t mind using it and trying it out for a bit.
Overall I found this to be a good mask. It had some good moisturizing results and felt nice when I was using it. I didn’t notice any particular benefits to using the same mask over an extended period of time. I used this one every day for a week. I had all the initial benefits so my skin felt moisturized and looked bright after using it but that was it and that’s not too bad of an outcome.
I would use this again and I will surely do so as I have a few that I have bought in the past left in my stash. As I mentioned above it’s not one I would generally reach for but I don’t mind using it every now and again.
You can find out more about this mask and other Bano products on their website http://www.banobagicosmetic.com. The box of 10 retails for 35,000 won on this official website. Bano masks are also sold globally through a variety of third party shops both online and off.
This product was provided to me by the K-Beauty Expo Korea for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
This is another product that I have reviewed in 2017 however I only posted that review on Instagram so I figured this year I would post a full review here on the blog. Instagram can be a bit limiting for reviews as you can only post a certain character count.
I also wanted to make sure I addressed this product again because it was one of my favorites and still remains so. I have used up all of the tube I was sent last year and was glad to get another one this year which I am working my way through at the moment.
The Kicho Ultra Moisturizing Sun Cream SPF50/PA+++ is specifically formulated for the face and has both UVA and UVB protection. I feel like this is one of the best SPF 50 sunscreens on the market. Most of the time if you are looking for a sunscreen with a high SPF you have to compromise on something. With their attention to customer needs Kicho have managed to bring us a product that delivers it all.
Kicho means “basic,” (기초) in Korean, and refers to a stripped-back, natural approach to skincare. This one word serves to illustrate the brand’s mission—they seek to strip products of unnecessary, and worse, harmful ingredients. These products don’t seek to thrill through never-before-seen ingredients, but rather stick to high-quality, natural, proven, hypoallergenic ones, sourced from around the world. If you want to find out more about Kicho their website is www.kichocosmetics.com.
The packaging is very simple but luxurious looking; it’s mainly white but with a gold trim. It comes in a handy tube with a pump applicator. I really appreciate the pump as it makes things a whole lot easier, more hygienic and travel friendly. You can see how they have really thought about the packaging and what makes products work. It contains at 1.69 fl. oz of product.
When I first tried this I thought that it might be a bit heavy for me as I don’t like creams and tend to stick to gels. However I was pleasantly surprised at how this cream absorbs into the skin; it feels like a nice moisturizer and during the harsh summer months here in Korea I have just been using this as a moisturizer and sun cream. I don’t feel like I need to use a specific moisturizer as this does the job of both products and if I can keep down the amount of products I put on my skin in the morning I am happy. It’s too hot to have too much on.
Another of the things that I love about this product is the scent. It has a wonderful fresh, delicate, plant-like scent. I’m not sure exactly what to compare it to but every morning when I use it I always think how pleasant and fresh it smells. There is none of the usual SPF scent to be found in this product.
According to the website this sunscreen contains Allantoin and phyto-ingredients for hydration and moisturizing. Natural fermenting yeast ingredients protect the skin from fine dust and encourage skin rejuvenation and regeneration. It has lightweight oils such as sunflower and soybean to condition the skin without leaving a greasy residue and antioxidants such as broccoli, wheat, ginkgo and green tea.
The following is a full list of ingredients List for Kicho Ultra Moisturizing Sun Cream from the Kicho website.
The website also points out the issues that often crop up in sun care products – white cast, stickiness, strange scent and non-compatibility with makeup. I like that Kicho have taken the time to think about what the customer wants and have developed a product that addresses these concerns.
I do have to give them credit because this product really lives up to what they say about it. It has no white cast, it absorbs into the skin well and leaves no sticky residue behind, it has a nice fresh pleasant plant scent and it works fine under makeup. For me this is the read deal and I might have to get myself another tube at the expo.
The Kicho Ultra Moisturizing Sun Cream SPF50 PA+++ was sent to me for review purposes by the K-Beauty Expo Korea. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
I’ve already reviewed the Oka Recipe Moisturizing Sheet Mask Pack once before as part of my 7 Oka Masks write up from the K-Beauty Expo last year. However this year they sent me a box of ten of this Moisturizing Sheet Mask. I thought that I would revisit it and see how it fared for extended use. It’s good to be able to use a mask more than once so you can get a real feel for how it performs.
This mask says it is moisturizing and nourishing for your skin. The mask sheet is made from 100% cellulose fiber from cotton seed which is supposed to be lightweight, have good adhesion and be able to hold lots of essence.
There is definitely a good amount of essence. The mask is covered in it and there is about a teaspoon left in the packet.
The essence has a nice fresh smell and contains ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Mugwort and Witch Hazel. You can find a full list of the translated ingredients in the pictures above.
It’s not the best fit for me but the sheet is thin and the essence is quite wet so it can be smoothed and folded down to stick to the face easily enough. The fit wasn’t dreadful or anything, however it does have some points against it. These are the things that I judge all masks on. The eye holes are a bit on the small side and the strip under the nose is too thick for my liking. These are minor issues but they annoy me. On the other hand it is great for my nose. I have a large nose so usually the flap is too small but these are a decent size.
I usually leave the mask on for about 20 to 30 minutes. Within that time I’ve found the mask does not dry out much. My face is always damp when I remove the mask. I have to pat in the excess for quite a while.
I also find it still feels like I have something on after that. It never quite sinks in completely. It’s not sticky or unpleasant but it’s there.
After using this mask my skin always feels moisturized and that is the main thing. Continued use has not shown any great additional effects past the initial moisturizing effect. I would still use it again as it’s a solid mask.
This item was provided to my by the K-Beauty Expo. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
Some recent additions to my ever growing Etude House collection are the new Soft Drink Tints. These are adorably packaged to look like little soda bottles.
So of course first up we can see that these are super cute. They all smell amazing too however they are very strong so if you are sensitive to scents then these might be a bit much for you. They all smell and taste like different soda flavors. The colors are all nice and pigmented (the blue one is more of a glossy pink) and they last well on the lips.
PP501 Great Grape
PK001 Peach Tok Tok
OR201 Grapefruit Fantasy
RD301 Zero Red
BL601 Milky Soda
I also bought one of the tumblers that you could buy that went with them. They had five colors that matched the tints. I bought the green grape one because I thought the purple looked good. I love the kitty lid on it. These were pretty cheap, I think you could get them for 2,500 won with purchase or for 8,000 won just by itself.
Here are some swatches of all the colors and I’ve included some lip swatches so you can see what they look like on. They are all really pretty even the more orange colors which I don’t usually care for.
They last on the lips okay for a few hours so long as you are not eating or drinking. They do then start to do that annoying thing where it wears away from the inside and leaves a ring of darker color around the edges. It is much more prominent in the darker colors like the red and purple in particular. You just have to keep an eye on the color and make sure to take your tint out with you for top-ups.
The blue/green one (Milky Soda) is not a tint but more of a gloss so you don’t get the fading issue. It just has the barest hint of pink colors to it. However it also doesn’t last as long because of its more glossy nature. It’s a nice gloss though and you can use it with the other tints or any other products to give them a lovely glossy shine.
Overall I’m really liking these at the moment. Great packaging and a nice product too. They are not the best but for 8,000 won or cheaper if you get them on sale I can’t really complain. Oh and did I mention they are super cute?
I have been sent a few products from the K-Beauty Expo over the past few months. They have been sending out smaller packages this year to give us time to try and review everything. Make sure you check out my Instagram for more information about all the products and some reviews.
This is what has arrived so far for March/April 2018:
Hi everyone, I’m very excited to ‘belatedly’ announce that I have been selected to be a Beauty Editor again for the 2018 K-Beauty Korea Expo. I’ve already been posting about this on Instagram but I have been a bit lazy on getting onto it over here on my blog.
The K-Beauty Expo Korea is held ever year at Kintex in Goyang-Si, Korea. This year it will be on October 11th to 14th.
I was a Beauty Editor last year and you can find all my blog posts and reviews from 2017 here. I also attended in 2016 and you can read about my experiences as a visitor here. I had a great time last year working with the K-Beauty Expo Korea team so I am excited to check out what is coming for 2018.
Below are all of the other Beauty Editors this year and their social media links. Please check them out if you want to see more about this expo and Korean Beauty in general.
If you are thinking about coming to Korea and attending this year please let me know. I would love to hear from you and will try to answer any questions you might have. I know the area well and would be happy to give you a run down of what to expect; especially if it’s your first time visiting Korea.
I will be posting more in the coming weeks including lots of reviews and brand information from participating companies.