Sephora & Memebox K-Beauty Haul #1!

I am going to start posting my hauls here on my blog and quick flash reviews** on certain products in my haul.  I find that I purchase a lot of items and never mention them ~ the good, the bad and the fabulous!   Also, if my readers are interested in a product that they want more information on, ask in the comments and I will see what I can do!

** Flash reviews ~ I will post the ingredient list and also my initial impressions.  I may do a longer trial on the product, but will update the original blog post with my final verdict.

Sephora K-Beauty Haul #1

First up…Sephora is starting to add some K-Beauty products to their online store and in some B&M stores as well.   They already stock Amore Pacific, which has the best enzyme cleanser EVER, but they are now adding more K-Beauty brands, such as TonyMoly, belif, Touch in Soul, Chosungah 22, and other brands.   I received the belif Aqua Bomb as a sample¹ (read on to find out how you can get a sample too) and fell in love with it.   I went back and purchased a couple of K-Beauty items at Sephora

Let’s get the crappy product out of the way first.

Touch In Sol Mini Magic Mascara Duo Set  I was really excited to see these mascaras, Paper Pusher Stretch Fiber Lengthening Mascara and Stretchex Stretch Lash Effect Mascara, as I am always looking to make my lighter colored lashes (which the tips are so light, you would think I don’t have lashes) look more longer and fuller.  I think I have a nice set of lashes, but because I have heavy upper lids, they really do need some extra oomph to them.  I currently use Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara for the last few years and wanted to see if the two of these together would out perform it.    I didn’t want to spend $22.00 each on the full size versions so I went with the mini set for $15.00.  And I am glad I did.  I had planned to do these great photos of my eye lashes without mascara, with Clinique and this duo together to show how great the difference was ~ but Touch In Sol failed horribly.  I used 3 coats total with Touch In Sol (one coat of Paper Pusher and 2 coats of Stretchex) and it still didn’t beat one coat of Clinique  ~ and Clinique is less expensive at $19.50 (full size).  Thankfully, I am only out $15.00 and not $44.00.  

Paper Pusher Deets (from Sephora)

Stretchex Deets (from Sephora)

Stretchex Ingredients: Hydrolyzed Silk: Promotes moisture retention to hydrate lashes.  Acrylates Copolymer, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Copolymer, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Beeswax, Butylene Glycol, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Cellulose, TEA-Stearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Tribehenin, Tromethamine, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Alcohol Denat., Montmorillonite, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Behenate, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Simethicone, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Silk, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Natto Gum, Dipropylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract.


belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb  I got this as a sample and just adore it! If you follow me on IG, you saw that I posted a pic of the sample.  I went back and got the full size right away, as this gel cream is wonderful for my oily skin! I use it as my night time moisturizer as it is very hydrating, without being sticky ~ so it goes on my face right before I apply a sleeping pack.  My face is so refreshed and hydrated in the morning.  It smells a bit herbal-flower-spicy ~ a nice scent that quickly goes away.   Aqua Bomb looks like a light aqua cream, but it is colorless once you apply it on your skin.   I think in the winter time, when my skin is drier, I can use this as a day cream, but for now, I like it as a night time moisturizer.  According to belif, this cream increases hydration in your skin by 18%!   They have a dry skin version, The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb, as well.   The Aqua Bomb does contain alcohol in it, so if you are trying to avoid that ingredient, then please take that into consideration.    Full Size 50 mL Value $38.00

The True Cream Aqua Bomb Deets (from Sephora)

Key Ingredient Information (from Sephora)

  • Lady’s Mantle: Provides antioxidants and also has pore minimizing benefits; helps remove free radicals from skin.
  • Malachite: Antioxidant that neutralizes free radical activity.
  • Plantin: Creates moisture seal on skin.
  • Oat Husk: Attracts moisture (humectant).

Ingredients:Aqua, Dipropylene glycol, Methyl trimethicone, Glycerine,Alcohol Denat, SD Alcohol 40B, Dimethicone, PEG/PPG/polybutylene glycol-8/5/3 glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Dimethiconol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentaerythrityl tetraethylhexanoate,  Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60,Malachite Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, Pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol,  Panthenol, PEG-150, Carbomer, Tromethamine, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Nepeta Cataria Extract, Rubus Idaeus Leaf Extract, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract, Stellaria Media Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract,Urtica Dioica Leaf Extract, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated lecithin, Stearic Acid, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, C14-22 alcohols,  Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cholesteryl hydroxystearate, Cholesterol,Ceramide 3, Triethanol amine, Trisodium EDTA, Citrus aurantium dulcis, Citrus aurantifolia, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Citronellal, Citronellol,  Limonene, Citral, Geraniol, Linalool, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Dimethylacrylamide Crosspolymer analysis

¹  For as long as supplies last, with any $25.00 or more purchase at Sephora, use promo code “aquabomb” to get a 10 mL sample of The True Cream Aqua Bomb .  Have dry skin?  Use “truthbomb” and get a 10mL sample of  The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb


Memebox Haul #1

The other week, Memebox announced some new products, including a Coconut Gel.  Okay, I love my Aloe Vera Gel, but I am a sucker for Coconuts!   I also picked up Innisfree Green Persimmon Pore Pads, as it is summer and my face really does get oily, and a couple of facial sheet products.

Innisfree Green Persimmon Pore Pad These are great little pads that really cool off my face, while removing dirt and controlling oil, while tightening my pores.  Not much more I can say here about them ~ they are by Innisfree, so that is a brand I really like!   40 sheets Value $17.00

Description: Innisfree’s Green Persimmon Pore Pad effectively tightens and minimizes enlarged pores as it also controls excessive sebum at the same time. Formulated with Green Persimmon extract and clove flower extract, this pore pad nourishes the skin with vitamins and minerals that promote firmer skin. These herbal ingredients also leave the skin refreshed and revitalized keeping it smooth and healthy.

How To Use: After cleansing, before beginning of your daily skincare routine, place the tightening pad on your face for 10 seconds, avoiding eyes and lip area. Gently wipe off  afterwards. Store pads in fridge and use it wen it is cold

Ingredients: water, alcohol, dipropylene glycol, PEG/PPG-17/6 copolymer, diospyros kaki (Persimmon) fruit extract, eugenia caryophylus (clove) flower extract, citrus unshiu peel extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, opuntia coccinellifera fruit extract, camellia japonica leaf extract, orchid extract, propanediol, octyldodeceth-16, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, ethylhexylglycerin, butylene glycol, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, fragrance analysis


Dewytree’s Bee Venom Blemish Mask I like Bee Venom products and I like Dewytree masks, so I picked this up as it is for oily skin.   Value  $2.50

Description: Having troubles with pimples, dark spots or acne scars? Dewytree’s Bee Venom Blemish Mask is specifically formulated to help the skin achieve a more even skin tone. It contains bee venom and royal jelly which plays a huge role when it comes to eliminating blemishes as it gently removes damaged skin and replace it with nutrients that enhance skin complexion. Royal Jelly is also a popular natural ingredient that helps fight bacteria. With this, it minimizes possible skin troubles by keeping it free from impurities and bacteria.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Glycereth-26, Sorbitol, Panthenol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Royal Jelly Extract, Bee Venom Extract, Fragrance analysis

Mediheal E.G.T Essence Gel Eyefill Patch  Mediheal is another brand I enjoy and I felt this looked like an interesting product to try out as well.  Value $1.00

Description: Get rid of dark circles and saggy eye bags with Mediheal’s EGT Essence Gel Eyefill Patch! The patches are specifically formulated to soothe exhausted eyes which are commonly caused by stress or certain makeup products. It mainly contains highly concentrated marine collagen extract which helps the skin by promoting elasticity and flexibility. It reduces sagginess under the eyes while also sealing in moisture and vitamins that will help the eye are regenerate new and healthy skin cells.

How to use: After washing and toning, place the eye patches on the undereye areas and leave it for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove the gel patches after 20 to 30 minutes and dispose properly. Using your fingertips, gently pat the eye area to allow the essence to be fully absorbed.

Ingredients: Water, glycerin, 2-Hexanediol, ceratonia siliqua gum, glycine soja (soybean) oil, human oligopeptide-1, phosphatidylcholine, btylene glycol, carbomer, polysorbate 20, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, salmon egg extract, ascorbyl glucoside, ubiquinone, chondrus crispus (carageenan), scutellaria baicalensis root extract, paenia suffruticosa root extract, glyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, chlorella vulgaris extract, brassica olaracea italica (broccoli) extract, hydrolyzed collagen, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sodium hyaluronate, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, phenoxyethanol, methyparaben, propylparaben, disodium EDTA, Potassium hydroxide analysis

RXU Lab Calming X9 Coconut Gel  This is what I really wanted!  This is the coconut gel and the bottle is a round shape with a coconut label on it.  So cute :)   This is very cooling, made with 92% pure coconut extracts  ~ I just put it on my skin and this thick, clear gel immediately cools my skin and really helps soothe my hot, tired skin.  And it does smell like a fresh coconut ~ not an overpowering scent, however, and the scent does quickly go away.   This is a great alternative to Aloe Vera gels and this is supposed to help brighten and even out your skin tone as well.    Full Size 240 mL Value $12.00

Description: Soothe irritated skin with RXU Lab’s Calming X9 Coconut Gel. This gel contains 92% of pure coconut extract which is a natural antioxidant. This coconut gel is specially formulated to soothe and heal aggravated skin by restoring moisture and nutrients to help the skin recover quickly. With its unique formula, this coconut gel does not leave the skin greasy as it gets absorbed by the skin fast.

I don’t have the full ingredients list in English, but based on Qoo10 website, I have found the main ingredients list.  The translation is really rough, as this is a flash review.

  • RX-1   Centella Asiatica extract, Chamomile extract, Green Tea extract, Rosemary extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Licorice extract, Polygonaceous ::   seven extracts that are internationally recognized as skin anti-irritation to help strengthen the skin barrier.
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  • X-2 Eucalyptus Leaf Oil::   Has excellent antibacterial effect and effective for acne skin detoxification and has a soothing effect.
  • X-3 Allantoin:: Pure natural materials extracted from plants like wheat and sugar beet sprouts. Allergy calm and relaxation, activation and regeneration excellence in skin roughness prevention of skin problems, healing cells
  • X-4 Chamaecyparis Obtusa (Cypress) Water:: Prevent skin damage and relieve the itching and has  excellent soothing effect on the skin; lowers the skin temperatures.
  • X-5 Coconut Oil/Water:: Cultivate a healthy skin moisture-oil balance.  Helps alleviate blemishes, hydrates skin and has a soothing effect 
  • X-6 Plum Extract (it is showing up as the first X-7) :: Plums improve blood flow and skin soothing effect, is excellent whitening effect, turn down the heat inside the skin effect of excellence, Contains fruit acids to exfoliate and help tighten pores.
  • X-7  Bisabolol (German chamomile (Matricaria recutita))::Bisabolol  is used as a medicinal plant with the tribes who live in the Amazon. Bisabolol is known to have anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties
  • X-8 Portulaca Oleracea Extract::  Portulaca Oleracea contains large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids than any other plant. This excellent fast-acting skin anti-irritation calm the skin.
  • X-9 Ginseng Extract:: Protects skin from free radicals due to aging.  It should give energy and vitality to tired skin. It improves skin energy, skin and immunity involved in promoting healthy skin 
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So, have you tried any of these products?   Interested in them?  Let me know in the comments below!   I love my Coconut Gel, and I just ordered a Bamboo Gel by TheSaem as well from Jolse ~ I guess I love my cooling gels! 

[ descriptions in italics from linked site.   This blog post contains affiliate links ]

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