Unboxing & Initial Impressions Sophie’s December Survival Kit K-Beauty Box

Sophie’s Choice Beauty Box is an amazing press sample set out by a brand new private influenster community created by Sophie at Sophie’s Beauty Box.   Let’s dive into the unboxing and my initial impressions on each product, which were originally posted on my Instagram account. 

Skin type/concerns:  Oily, aging, blemish prone, pores, hyper-pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. 

I received these products complementary to review and was not paid.  All reviews are my own honest opinion and  I never have been asked to write copy for a brand.  This blog post might contain promo codes, affiliate and referral links, which using my links will help generate a small commission that helps support my blog at no extra cost to you.
One of my favorite “finds” this year is La Muse Return 2 Visual Balm  ~ brightening, pore smoother, skin soothing BB cream, that has a thick balm texture, but is actually lightweight, provides deep hydration and no stickiness.  I am pretty jazzed to try another La Muse product, this time in a body cream ~  they made several scents in their perfumed line and Blossom is a floral musk scent.  The cream is a nice medium weight lotion, containing shea butter & oils of macadamia, apricot and argan seeds & kernels, aloe, fig, centella, ceramides, squalane and beta glucan.
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Blossom is described with top notes of orange & grapefruit, middle note of jasmine and a base note of freesia & musk.  Quite frankly, the only scents I pick up on are the musk and freesia.   The musk is quite strong but there is a delicate freesia note peeking behind it.  When I first tried this, I wasn’t a huge fan but this scent grew on me.  I actually do like it, however be warned it is very strong!  Beauty Tap carries the Original Scent of La Muse Perfumed Body Cream, which looks to be a white floral.  Do you like perfumed body creams?  What is your favorite type of scent?  Where to Purchase: Beauty Tap La Muse Korean Site * ]   If you are in Korea, you obviously can order directly from the Korean site. I recommend Korean Buddy (click here) ~ I have used them many times in the past and have always been pleased with their service.  All you have to do is send them the links and they will come up with the product total.  You pay them, they get the products, weigh it and then give you the shipping costs.  If you have never used Korean Buddy before, you can save 50% off the handling fee by using my blog as a referral https://beautyfindsforme.wordpress.com  

 

In addition to the little bebe Huangjisoo cleanser, I also received a huge gift box filled with 3 additional cleansers. I actually love the foaming cleansers from Huangjisoo , a EWG certified, cruelty free, using over 95% natural, organic ingredients.  They are free from palm oil, parabens, ethanol, artificial color & fragrance and vegan friendly. And for a foaming cleanser, they have a pH level of around a 7.5, but the ingredients are so lush and moisturizing, my skin never feels stripped with this creamy foaming cleanser.  Huangjisoo creates several types of foaming cleansers and I think I am only missing one now ~ the one for troubled skin, which I may purchase on my own once I get through all of these cleansers!  All of their foaming cleansers are formulated to create micro foam bubbles, keep your skin moisturized after cleansing, hypo-allergenic, over 98% natural and organic ingredients and uses a natural surfactant: sodium cocoyl apple amino acids.  

Pure Daily Brightening Foam Cleanser contains 7% antioxidant green tea, apple extract to help improve skin tone, vitamin C rich acerola to help brighten skin.   Smells like citrus 

Pure Daily Anti-Pollution/Anti-Aging Foaming Cleanser (bebe) contains antioxidant purifying schisandra chinensis (magnolia berry) and vitamin C rich prickly pear, healing lavender and cleansing marjoram oil, all designed to help tired skin rejuvenate.  Smells herbal, woodsy

Pure Daily Moisturizing Foaming Cleanser  contains 3% wheat seed extract, to help hydrated and soothe skin, with amino acids and polysaccharides.  Smells herbal, woodsy

And then I received their Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil, made with 96%  premium plant based oils, 27% Californian jojoba oil & 19% olive oil ~ no chemical preservatives, water soluble formula.  No water and with 98% vegetable oils, it will help unclog pores and remove oil (fight oil with oil!) and makeup.  This smells like citrus as well and I am in need of an oil cleanser, so this came at a great time!  You can find Huangjisoo at Amazon USA, full sized versions plus a lovely little mini sampler of all their foaming cleansers. The beautiful watercolor prints in the photos are actually the boxes ~ I opened them up and flattened them out.  Totally beautiful!   Where to Purchase:  Amazon USA

Brightening Foam Cleanser Ingredients: Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids, Water, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Extract, Acorun Calamus Root Extract, Trehalose, Malpighia Emarginata (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Oil,  Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, Malt Extract, Glycerin, Panax Ginseng Leaf/Stem Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis (Baikal Skullcap) Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Morus Alba (White Mulberry) Leaf Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract, Phaseolus Radiatus Seed Extract, Lithospermum Erythrorhizon Root Extract, Genistein, 1,2-Hexanediol, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract,  Squalane, Beta-glucan,  Propanediol,   Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil Origanum Majorana Leaf Oil, Viola Odorata Oil, Orchid Oil  cosDNA

Pure Daily Anti-Pollution/Anti-Aging Foaming Cleanser Ingredients: Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids, Water, Propolis Extract, Allium Sativum (Garlic) Extract, Trehalose, Echinacea Angustifolia (Coneflower) Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea (Green Purslane) Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, Lithospermum Erythrorhizon Root Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Scutellaria Baicalensis (Baikal Skullcap) Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Acanthopanax Senticosus (Eleuthero Ginseng) Root Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera, Ginkgo Biloba (Maidenhair Tree) Leaf Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Arginine, Propanediol, Adenosine, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Viola Odorata Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Leaf Oil, Origanum Majorana Leaf Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil cosDNA
 
Pure Daily Moisturizing Foaming Cleanser Ingredients: Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids, Water, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract Polygonum Multiflorum (He Shou Wu) Root Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Trehalose, Rubus Core Anus Fruit Extract, Cinnamonum Cassia Bark Extract, Portulaca Oleracea (Green Purslane) Extract, Morus Alba (White Mulberry) Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Glycerin, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Yeast Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Seed Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis (Baikal Skullcap) Root Extract, Equisetum Giganteum Extract, Propolis Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Cimicifuga Dahurica Root Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Beta Glucan, Acacia Concinna Fruit Extract, Allantoin, Ceramide, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol,  Cupressus Sempervirens (Italian Cypress) Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Leaf Oil,  Origanum Majorana Leaf Oil, Citrus Reticulata  (Tangerine) Leaf Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil  cosDNA

Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil Ingredients: prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, olea europaea (olive) oil, sorbeth-30 tetraoleate, camellia sinensis (green tea) seed oil, macadamia ternifolia (macadamia) seed oil, polyglyceryl-10 caprylate/caprate, tocopherol, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, calendula officinalis (pot marigold) oil, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) leaf/twig oil  cosDNA

I have never heard of this brand before, so I was excited to try out some new masks! Coscodi Rosy Pink Light Pomegranate Mask Sheet ~ containing 1% pomegranate extract and 0.2% hydrolyzed collagen along with hyaluronic acid, this will help increase moisture to your skin. Made with eco-friendly cotton sheet, that claims to have excellent adhesion to the skin, it will help with the absorption of the fruity-candy scented, watery essence, of which there is a LOT.  It’s fit is big and has folds, doesn’t adhere that well on my skin at all.  My skin is quite hydrated and moist after I remove the mask, no sticky/tacky residue.  It does what it claims except for the adhesion bit.  Where to Purchase: [ Coscodi Online Site ]

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Methylparaben, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Panthenol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 80,1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Beta-Glucan cosDNA 

Coscodi Sparkling Wine Mask Sheet Red is an anti-aging mask due to its wine extracts ~ wine contains an natural antioxidant called resveratrol, which helps combat free radicals.  This also has a natural source of BHA exfoliant with willow bark, to help clean out your pores.  This mask has a very grape juice scent (no booze here!) and lots of watery essence.  The mask is made from a cotton cupra material, which is linter from cottonseeds.  The fit is good and it feels cooling and hydrating while on my face, but it doesn’t adhere very well from the get-go.  I was able to leave it on for 30 minutes and it was still quite moist.  My skin was refreshed and hydrated with no sticky or tacky residue, dries down nicely.  Where to Purchase: Amazon USA  | Facetory | Coscodi Online Site  ]

Ingredients:  Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Wine Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Betaine, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trehalose, Allantoin, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pyridoxine Hcl, Maltodextrin, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Silica, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Adenosine, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol  cosDNA 

Candy O’Lady! Have you heard of this brand? I believe the Candy O’ Lady Holiday Candy Mask is a limited edition for the holiday season, as I could not find it online. This is a berry-delightful with vitamin C-rich strawberries to brighten and hydrate your dull partying skin. The mask has a lot of watery essence that is sweetly candy scented. The mask fit is pretty bad as the sheet is very stiff for some reason and therefore, doesn’t adhere that well to my face. However, after removal, it didn’t leave a sticky or tacky residue and my skin felt very refreshed and hydrated.

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Glycereth-26, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine, Sodium Hyaluronate,PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Hydrolized Collagen, Glutathione, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Allantoin, Trehalose, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Extract, Tricholma Matsutake Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Iris Versicolor Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Flower Extract, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Jasminum Officinale Flower Extract, Freesia Refracta Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance cosDNA

I have tried the Candy O’ Glow Peel Off mask in Flamingo before and this is my favorite of the 3 types they make. They come in these super cute tubes that look like toothpaste. Flamingo has niacinamide for brightening effects and kaolin for pore cleansing. It does contain alcohol, but that is normal for peel off masks. Flamingo is a bright metallic pink mask that smells like alcohol-candy, reminding me of sweet tarts. You have to apply a thick layer or this mask is difficult to remove. Flamingo gave me immediate brightening results and my skin looks very clean ~ for me, it also temporarily tighten pores and cleaned out gunk. These are fun and colorful, but really they are just Skintertainment!   Where to Purchase: [ Amazon USA | YesStyle ]

Ingredients:  Water, Alcohol Denat., Polyvinyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, PVP, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cellulose Gum, CI 77491, Panthenol, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance, Carmine, Disodium EDTA, Tin Oxide, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Seed Extract, Niacinamide, Kaolin, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Arbutin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 cosDNA

L’arvore Pomegranate Nature Source Cell Mask ~ I have never heard of this brand before and it is very difficult to find online!  This mask has anti-oxidant, moisturizing pomegranate, which helps nourish, soften and restore elasticity, while the organic acids in a pom have a slight brightening and exfoliating effect.  This also has a “superfood complex 6”  containing  sea mustard, moisturizing, skin softening wheat sprout, spirulina, antioxidant broccoli, avocado, green tea seed and also healing centella asiatica extract. The sheet mask is nice and soft, good fit on my face, dripping with a sweet, lightly scented floral fragrance.  This felt nice and refreshing on my skin while I was wearing the mask.  After 40 minutes, I removed it and the dry down was fairly quick with no stick or tacky residue.  I didn’t really notice any brightening but my skin felt smooth and hydrated, very fresh

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Betaine, Hydroxyacetophenone, Centella Asiatica Extract, Propanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Arginine, Sodium Hyalurnoate, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract (.1%), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Sprout Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Spirulina Platensis Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Seed Extract, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance cosDNA 

As I cannot use rose flower extracts, these next 3 items will just be a description.  I do know that both the Urang and Skin & Lab products are cult classics with rave reviews.   Urang True Rose Repair Essence  This essence will create soft, supple skin; made with organic Bulgarian rose water, packed with vitamins A and C, helps calm skin.  It also has nourishing rose flower oil and moisturizing aloe and olive extracts.  This is made without artificial fragrances, additives or harmful preservatives.   Where to Purchase: [ O Lolly | Amazon USA | Cupidrop

Ingredients: Rosa Damascena Flower Water* (50.7%), Water, Glycerin* (7%), Sclerotium Gum, Betaine, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil (0.1%), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract* (0.05%) (*Organic Ingredient) cosDNA 

Skin & Lab Dr Color Effect Red CreamNurture your skin with the power of a million roses. Enriched with the nourishing power of rose stem cells, Red Cream works to brighten and tighten skin while providing deep moisture. The unique, bouncy gel cream also contains an antioxidant-packed complex of the world’s most nutritious super fruits: pomegranate, blueberry, acai, raspberry, cloudberry, and wolfberry. This non-sticky cream helps soften fine lines and restore lost moisture, leaving skin plump, bright, and smooth”   Where to Purchase: [ Wishtrend | Amazon USA | YesStyle ]

Ingredients: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Niacinamide, Cyclopentasiloxane, Biosaccharide Gum-, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Chamaemorus Fruit Extract, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Flower Extract, Rosa Rugosa Flower Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Flower Extract, Tulipa Darwin Flower Extract, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Rosa Hybrid Flower Extract, Polyglutamic Acid, Beta-Glucan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lithospermum Erythrorhizon Root Oil, Bis-Stearyl Peg/PPG-8/6 SMDI/Peg-400 Copolymer, Allantoin, Betaine, Panthenol, Rosa Damascena Callus Culture Extract, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-10, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Rose Flower Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance  cosDNA

Huangjisoo British Rose Hydrating Mask “Premium grade British rose hydrating mask consists of 98 % vegetable substances such as ROSE FLOWER WATER and does not irritate the skin. Daily Mask Pack for All Skin Types to give the dry Skin a rosy vitality. Cooling gel formula mask pack, It contains Rose Water from British rose and fills the skin thoroughly with clean moisture.” Where to Purchase: [ Amazon USA ]

Ingredients: water, glycereth-26, rosa centifolia (cabbage rose) flower water, tremella fuciformis (mushroom) extract, polyglutamic acid, laminaria japonica extract, punica granatum (pomegranate) extract, polygonum multiflorum (he shou wu) root extract, angelica gigas root extract, squalane, panax ginseng root extract, butylene glycol, rubus coreanus fruit extract, cinnamonum cassia bark extract, propanediol, camellia sinensis leaf extract, 1,2-hexanediol, morus alba (white mulberry) leaf extract, anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower extract, iris florentina root extract, lycium chinense fruit extract, coco-caprylate, yeast extract, triticum vulgare (wheat) seed extract, scutellaria baicalensis (baikal skullcap) root extract, equisetum giganteum extract, ginkgo biloba leaf extract, vitis vinifera (grape) seed extract, zanthoxylum piperitum fruit extract, cimicifuga dahurica root extract, tocopheryl acetate, beta-glucan, pulsatilla koreana extract, xanthan gum, hydrolyzed extensin, ethylhexylglycerin, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), glycerin, allantoin, polyglyceryl-10 oleate, pelargonium graveolens flower oil, arginine, cyclopentasiloxan, hydrogenated lecithin, cyclohexasiloxan  cosDNA 

   

Many thanks to Sophie for sending me these wonderful products!!  I hope this gives you an idea about these products and let me know in the comments below which ones you are most interested in or ones that you have tried already.  I believe the application for an invitation to be an ambassador is still live on Sophies Beauty Box Instagram account, so if you are interested, check it out and see if you qualify!  
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