Daiso Japan Charcoal Peel Off Mask

 

Daiso Japan Charcoal Peel Off Mask

Daiso Japan Charcoal Peel Off Mask $6.49 from Amazon

 

Hey Everyone!

I have been neglecting my skin lately due to a sporadic schedule and exploring Australia. However, I did bring a few beauty goodies with me during my big move overseas, and told my partner about this amazing Daiso Japan Charcoal Peel Off Mask I had with me. He’s so sweet and lets me do super fun skincare treatments on him. It’s so satisfying peeling off a tight mask and discovering the yucky stuff hiding in your skin, and that’s exactly what this product does!

Daiso Japan Charcoal Peel Off Mask is very effective, easy to peel off (I hate it when peel off masks are weak and messy) and I’m able to see what exactly was extracted from my face! I highly recommend this product and will be adding it to my regimen. Hey, despite me not tending to my skin as diligently as I should be lately, I’m at least protecting my skin from the strong Australian summer sun by wearing an  SPF of 50! So remember, even if you skip a few things in your skincare routine due to being busy, lazy or both, please protect your skin from the harsh sun!

 

Back to the pack… it’s amazing and under $7.00 USD! The consistency of this mask is a little goopy and smooth. I apply a liberal amount to my entire face and check my social media updates while it dries, tightens and sucks out the grime from my skin. My only complaint is the smell. It can be a bit astringent, and wish it wasn’t, so keep that in mind! Once it starts to dry it is fragrance free, but while applying it is a little unsettling.

What are some of your favorite skincare products? I love skincare supplies that are heavy in charcoal. It brightens your complexion and does an amazing job at cleansing your skin without being too harsh.

 

 

Healthy Habits for Youthful Skin to Adopt in Your 30’s

Healthy Habits for Youthful Skin to Adopt in Your 30's

Me at age 32

Hey Everyone!

I get asked often what my secrets are to looking younger than I am. I don’t try to dress, act or carry myself in a younger manner, but I guess when you’re young at heart and a little eccentric you feel younger and perhaps that emulates your appearance. This doesn’t mean I got to dodge the skin obstacles those of us in our late 20’s and 30’s face. I also embrace my age. It’s important to have a healthy mindset about aging. When I was in my 20’s I was really obsessed with preventing any signs of aging. Especially since my mom looks no where near her age. I wanted to be like her a lot, but she also took really great care of her skin and health through the years. I had to learn to accept my flaws and maintain a healthy glow from the inside out with diet and a more positive outlook.

I don’t spend a dreadful time in front of the mirror prepping my skin or wearing lbs of makeup to cover my age, but with a few healthy habits I’ll share with you what I do to appear a bit more youthful.

Healthy Habits for Youthful Skin to Adopt in Your 30's

Diet – I drink plenty of water, antioxidant loaded green tea and enjoy treats such as polyphenol-packed seaweed snacks as a part of my mostly plant based diet. I am overweight and not by any means a health nut (but I love super inspiring health nuts) but I do make an effort to make better choices. I also enjoy raw almond butter and chia seed jelly on whole wheat bread, which are loaded with healthy fats and anitioxidants. All important for a healthy heart, supple complexion and fighting free radicals which stresses out your skin.

Exercise – I have a love/hate relationship with exercise. Sometimes I love it and feel focused and consistent, then I go through periods where I hate it and want to eat pizza and play video games. When I feel like this, I go for a walk. I’ll go to my local gas station or servo station when I’m in Australia, and pick up a few healthier alternatives to snack foods. If I’m buying junky stuff, portion control babies! Exercise stimulates blood flow, which is super important for a healthy glow and collagen production.

Smoking – I was a smoker in my 20’s and am extremely happy I quit. I did develop fine lines near my mouth which started to form in my late 20’s. I’m not trying to sound preachy, but smoking is horrible for your health and less important, your vanity. Let’s be real though. Your skin is a mirror of your health. What you put into your body will show up on your skin.

Sun – When I head outdoors, I ALWAYS wear sunblock/sunscreen. I am obsessed with SkinFood’s Tomato Whitening Finisher with SPF 50. If I’m not in a makeup mood, I at least apply this to my skin. I’m either under a bright Californian sun or an aggressive Australian sun, both which can be pretty harsh if you don’t manage your skincare.

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Mentality – We all struggle with body image issues from time to time. Even the girl you think is perfect and has everything going for her has issues with her appearance at some point. It’s important to remind yourself that you are beautiful, and not expected to be perfect. However, keep in mind it’s also important to take small steps daily to be healthy on the inside and out. Whether you struggle with your weight, or have scars, stretch marks, thinning hair, or whatever. Remember that your value isn’t based on how great you look. Your value is on how good you feel about yourself and how you treat yourself and others.

I like to get up and go for a walk, and make an extra healthy meal, drink a green juice or treat myself to a pedicure when I’m feeling gross and horrible. It may seem silly but once you get into the habit of this you’ll start to feel good physically and mentally.

I hope this advice helps! I’ll be writing a post on kawaii makeup tricks for your late 20’s and 30’s soon, as well as my skincare regimen since I get asked a lot what I use and what my routine is like.

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REALBEL Black Charcoal Foam Face Wash

REALBEL Black Charcoal Foam Face Wash

REALBEL Charcoal Foaming Face Wash $6.30 by Amazon 

Hi Everyone!

I noticed I haven’t posted a face wash review in quite some time, and have been using this amazing product by REALBEL for the past month and a half and had to share my thoughts on here. No, the packaging isn’t super kawaii like most of the beauty products and cosmetics that I share in the Beauty section of AmbyCakes, but this face wash is so fantastic I had to tell you all about it.

First off, the price point is fantastic at just a little over $6.00, for the quality of this product and it’s packaging, it’s well worth it! The charcoal brightens my skin tone immediately and leaves my face feeling extremely clean. I love charcoal based skincare products in general and am usually really satisfied, so I definitely recommend them if you come across any by brands you trust!

The REALBEL Charcoal Foaming Face Wash is light in formula too and lathers really well. It’s pretty satisfying. I always recommend lathering a face wash into your skin for about one minute then rinsing for another. I know some women in Korean claim that the best technique is to cleanse for one minute and rinse for four, but that seems a bit much for me.

I hope you enjoy this charcoal face wash and feel free to leave feedback! I just had to share this really affordable and well-rounded product. By far one of my favorite face washes I’ve tried!

REALBEL Charcoal Foaming Face Wash: 

Pros: 

heart favicon ksc Effective

heart favicon ksc Gentle

heart favicon ksc Quality Packaging

heart favicon ksc Amazing Price Point

heart favicon ksc Light Forumla

Cons: 

tumblr_lkl6q24eyw1qfamg6 No Fragrance (for me it is a little bit of a letdown but I’m sure it’s not for many)

tumblr_lkl6q24eyw1qfamg6 Not Available Everywhere (found online via Amazon)

 

 

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NESURA Deep Charcoal Pore Strip Review

NESURA Deep Charcoal Pore Strip Review

Hi Everyone!

I am a HUGE fan of pore strips and products to get rid of blackheads and keep pores on my nose as small as possible. I’ve tried so many products from the East that I’ve absolutely adored in the process. One of my favorite pore strip products is by NESURA. Their Deep Charcoal Pore Strips are effective, efficient, do not have a foul smell, and you can definitely see the results once the strip is dried. I also love how it isn’t awkwardly shaped too!

NESURA is really affordable too! Only $7.50 for a pack of 10! I order these on a consistent basis because I love them so much. I definitely plan on trying more pore strips gels and exfoliants, but for now, these are a staple!

The only complaint I’d add is, like all pore strips I’ve tried, you get a little residual that you need to wash off with warm water. I can’t find anything else to really complain about, and am aware at how common this is.

NESURA Deep Charcoal Pore Strips:

Pros: 

heart favicon ksc Effective! They work great even on well maintained skin

heart favicon ksc Neutral Scent

heart favicon ksc Affordable! $7.50 for a pack of 10 on Amazon

heart favicon ksc Adorable Packaging

Cons: 

tumblr_lkl6q24eyw1qfamg6 Residual once removed

Baviphat Lemon Whitening Sleeping Pack Review

Baviphat Lemon Whitening Sleeping Pack Review

Baviphat Lemon Whitening Sleeping Pack$14.87 from Amazon 

Hi Everyone!

I purchased this Lemon Sleeping Pack by Korean skin care brand, Baviphat a few months ago simply because I needed a new sleeping pack and I am obsessed with anything that smells like lemons. The adorable lemon packaging also sold me and I love how the container is reusable. If you aren’t sure what a sleeping pack is, they’re very popular in many parts of Asia, and are pretty much a night cream. Sometimes they are in a concentrated cream form and other times they are a thick gel.

Sleeping packs are perfect to apply after you’ve thoroughly washed and toned your face right before bed to prevent your skin from drying out and keeping it nice, even and supple. Depending on your skin type you can find speciatly sleeping backs that will be in favor of your skin’s condition, so no need to worry if you happen to have oily skin.

Baviphat Lemon Whitening Sleeping Pack Review

I personally have dry-normal skin and benefit greatly from sleeping packs. The Baviphat Lemon Sleeping back didn’t really brighten my skin too much (whitening is a popular term for brightening skin not bleaching it btw) but the formula itself was nice.

Baviphat Lemon Whitening Sleeping Pack Review

One huge complaint I have is the sleeping pack started to dry out after a few months. It’s partially my fault for swapping sleeping packs but I’ve personally never experienced a product drying out so drastically before and was a bit disappointed.

Overall, my skin always felt nice and silky when I woke up, and at $14.87 USD I think it’s a fair price to try out. Just be aware of your product drying out if you don’t use it on a super consistent basis. Would I buy the Baviphat Lemon Whitening Sleeping Pack again? Not likely. It was a good product, but not OMG I need this in my life forever type of beauty product.

Baviphat Lemon Whitening Sleeping Pack Review

Baviphat Mango Skin Gel –

Baviphat Lemon Whitening Sleeping Pack Review

There are so many other fruit inspired skincare products by Baviphat that I’m eager to try out next from a mango skin gel and a peach peeling gel so I’ll be sure to invest more attention into this brand. This was my first product review of a Baviphat item and I enjoyed it very much!

Baviphat Lemon Whitening Sleeping Pack: 

Pros: 

heart favicon ksc Delicious Fragrance

heart favicon ksc Light Yet Moisturizing Formula

heart favicon ksc Fair Price

heart favicon ksc Reusable Kawaii Packaging

 

Cons: 

tumblr_lkl6q24eyw1qfamg6 Product Dried Out Quickly

tumblr_lkl6q24eyw1qfamg6 Did Not Notice a Difference in Complexion

 

Review: The Face Shop Lovely Mix Mini Pet Perfume Hand Cream #4 Fruity Floral

Review: The Face Shop Lovely Mix Mini Pet Perfume Hand Cream #4 Fruity Floral

The Face Shop Mini  Pet Hand Cream$8.38 from Amazon

Hi Fam!

I have a really cute review today for a super kawaii hand cream by The Face Shop called Lovely Mix Mini Pet. This hand cream is lightly fragranced which reminds me of baby lotion and the product itself is pretty concentrated. I’m loving how the formula isn’t greasy at all, but leaves skin feeling extra velvety soft. I was pretty impressed by how nice this product felt on my hands and arms to be honest. I wasn’t expecting much and bought this little cute hand cream simply because… KITTENS!! Squee!

It is a bit pricey for how small the container itself is, which is a little over 1 oz and exactly 30 ml. Not much for almost $9.00 but I’m glad I tried it. Would I personally purchase this product again? Most likely not other than for the cute packaging, which at least is made of a very high quality plastic and you could easily reuse it for something else if you desire.

Review: The Face Shop Lovely Mix Mini Pet Perfume Hand Cream #4 Fruity Floral

There are other cute containers to choose from I saw online and would love to be a sucker and buy them too. Sigh…

The Face Shop Mini Pet Hand Cream: 

Pros: 

heart favicon ksc Adorable Packaging

heart favicon ksc Reusable Container

heart favicon ksc Hand Cream is Velvety

heart favicon ksc Light Pleasant Fragrance

Cons: 

tumblr_lkl6q24eyw1qfamg6 Expensive at $8.38

tumblr_lkl6q24eyw1qfamg6 Only 1 oz/ 30 ml of Product

 

Hello Kitty Silky Cotton Puffs

Hello Kitty Silky Cotton Puffs

Hello Kitty Silky Cotton Puffs$15.60 from Amazon

Hey Fam!

On today’s post, I’d like to share with you a really awesome product I was reluctant to try out, and figured it was only focused on the packaging. These Hello Kitty Silky Cotton Puffs took me by surprise because I honestly thought the product itself was going to be a basic cotton pad packaged in Hello Kitty attire.

These silky cotton sheets are extremely durable, and pretty silky! I’ve used them to remove makeup and apply toner.

Hello Kitty Silky Cotton Puffs

I’m currently using Etude House Wonder Pore so check out that review HERE! 🙂

Hello Kitty Silky Cotton Puffs

The pads absorb really well too. I haven’t tried them for removing nail polish, but I’d assume they’d work very well since the cotton doesn’t fray off like basic cotton pads at all! They’re tightly woven and so well made I feel a little sad tossing them out. They’re that great!

Hands down, these Hello Kitty Silky Cotton Puffs are 100% amazing and exceeded my expectations. I hope you guys give them a try! I’ll add them to the store too!

I only purchased these pads specifically for a beauty review. I’m not sure if I would purchase them again, only because $15.60 is a little steep, but if you could find them locally or anywhere else online for a more reasonable price, I’d say go for it. However, I was 100% satisfied.

Hello Kitty Silky Cotton Puffs:

Pros: 

heart favicon ksc Extremely well made

heart favicon ksc Multipurpose

heart favicon ksc Decent Size

heart favicon ksc Kawaii Packaging

Cons: 

tumblr_lkl6q24eyw1qfamg6 Pricy at $15.60 

tumblr_lkl6q24eyw1qfamg6 Kawaii Packaging isn’t Reusable

I hope you guys enjoyed this review!

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TONYMOLY I’m Real Broccoli Vitality Sheet Mask

TONYMOLY I'm Real Broccoli Vitality Sheet Mask

TONYMOLY Vitality Sheet Mask $10.00 for 10 masksfrom Amazon

Hi Fam!

I promised to post content more consistently, but I’ve been on bed rest for the past week and promise, things will be different from here on out! I had this Vitality Mask by TONYMOLY in my drawer for quite some time now, and finally decided to give it a try. The initial thought of paying for a cloth mask that costs around $7.00 at your local Sephora seems a bit ridiculous, but I did manage to find them on Amazon for only $10.oo for a pack of 10!

Sheet masks are great to use when you’re traveling since air quality in airplanes tends to be pretty dry and cool, so it’s fantastic to have these on hand when you’re bulking up that passport. I also love using them a couple of times a week to keep my skin hydrated and maintained.

These masks were just as good as any other sheet mask, but nothing to phone home about. Luckily, they don’t smell like broccoli lol! They don’t really have a fragrance to them, which is fine with me because no fragrance means less chemicals on your skin.

TONYMOLY I'm Real Broccoli Vitality Sheet Mask

Terrible low quality selfie!

I did notice the masks were a bit thinner than your standard sheet mask. Although it doesn’t mean they were delicate. They were still sturdy, awkward and stayed in place until it was time to remove them, which is about 10 minutes for me. Overall, I liked the TONYMOLY Vitality Sheet mask, but they were just as good as any others out there. However, I recommend comparing prices online for TONYMOLY products if you’re here in the States because I’ve noticed a ridiculous increase in prices at Sephora and Ulta, so be sure to check Korean beauty websites or Amazon!

TONYMOLY Broccoli Vitality Sheet Mask:

Pros:

heart favicon ksc Cute Packaging

heart favicon ksc Does NOT Smell like Broccoli

heart favicon ksc Hydrates Well

heart favicon ksc Sheet Is Sturdy

heart favicon ksc Covered in Serum

Cons: 

tumblr_lkl6q24eyw1qfamg6 Product’s Prices Vary Drastically

tumblr_lkl6q24eyw1qfamg6 Isn’t Worth $7.00 per Mask

tumblr_lkl6q24eyw1qfamg6 Nothing Special

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SKINFOOD Tomato Milky Face Pack Review

SKINFOOD Tomato Milky Face Pack Review

Hey Everyone!

I was purging my beauty products this evening and realized I had A TON of super cute beauty samples from previous orders. I’ve always meant to try them but… I’m lazy and I forget!

I am personally a HUGE fan of the Korean skincare brand, SKINFOOD. I LOVE their makeup and skin care products, some, like the Peach Sake Serum are amongst my favorite to review and share with you guys.

This evening I exfoliated my face, waxed my brows and felt 100 times better so, I figured I’d test out this Tomato Milky Face Pack. I assumed it would be a decent serum to keep skin well hydrated after so much TLC.

I was wrong.

This stuff you guys, is absolutely AMAZING!

SKINFOOD Tomato Milky Face Pack Review

First of all, it isn’t a serum. It’s a concentrated skin cream. I ended up using half of it on my neck and clavicle since I got too ambitious and heavy-handed and squeezed all of the product out of it’s sample pack. OOPS… You really only need a small amount for your entire face. My face is so dewy and feels silky soft. I will be purchasing this product and will be sharing a thorough review with you guys.

SKINFOOD Tomato Milky Face Pack Review

This photo of me is not ended, no filters no special lighting. Please excuse the hot mess look. This photo was taken at like 3 a.m!

My skin’s complexion looks so much more even and bright. This photo doesn’t do it justice either. I’m not wearing any makeup over or under this product. I just wish it were great for outdoor use (not that I frequent the outdoors) but still.. no SPF. It’s understandable though since it’s more appropriate as a night pack.

 I’m legitimately 100% super happy with this pack even though I’ve only used it once. There is NO irritation at all nor is it heavy. Skin was instantly brighter!

I hope you all enjoy! Take care!

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Etude House Silk Scarf Hair Mist Review

Etude House Silk Scarf Hair Mist Review

As a huge fan of Etude House beauty products, I was extremely excited to try some of their haircare from the Silk Scarf line. The first item I purchased was the Etude House Silk Scarf Moist Hair Mist. My hair is thick, long, a bit coarse and pretty much has a mind of it’s own, so I can use all the help I can get.

The fragrance of this product is as delicate as the package design suggests and reminds me of Tinkerbell perfume for those of you old enough to remember what I’m talking about. It’s light sugary and floral scent lingers in your hair. I love it!

Unfortunately, that’s the only thing I love about this product. Aside from smelling like a fairy princess, this product does absolutely nothing for my hair type at least. It doesn’t protect against heat treatments, condition, leave my hair feeling soft…or anything. It pretty much acts like a fragrance for my hair.

Again, I have very thick, long and coarse wavy hair. It may work for you if your hair type is finer, straight, naturally silky. Although I should be disappointed with this product, I still use it so much to the point where my bottle is almost empty.

Maybe in the near future I’ll try it with the complete line of Silk Scarf hair products, but on it’s own, this product, for my hair type, is unfortunately a bust.

Etude House Silk Scarf Moist Hair Mist: 

Pros: 

heart favicon ksc Price point is around $10.00

heart favicon ksc Adorable packaging

heart favicon ksc Delicate and addictive fragrance

Cons: 

tumblr_lkl6q24eyw1qfamg6 Does not make a difference in hair health or aesthetic (at least for coarse thick hair)