My Indifferent Experience with RoseRoseShop + Haul

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RoseRoseShop is an e-commerce website where you can purchase Korean make up and skin care products directly from Korea. Honestly, this site kind of sucks. Keywords here being “kind of”. Okay, I’m starting off to a very negative start but hear me out–it’s not all pessimistic! I know I said I’m indifferent in the title, but made the shipping itself just made me so frustrated. Maybe, I’m just hella impatient. But, comparing my experience with MemeBox and WishTrendRoseRoseShop pales in comparison. I heard Jolse is better, so I think I’ll try them out next. So, why am I so frustrated with this site? First of all, they had an item on their site that was out of stock, yet it looks like it isn’t. When I emailed them about it, they said they didn’t have the resources to fix the issue. Or at least I think that’s what they said. Their English wasn’t the best. I can’t really blame them for that, but I wish they had someone that did know English fluently. I haven’t even placed an order and I’m already having issues. I should of taken that as a sign for the worst. In the end, I did order about 11 items from them. So, today I thought I’d share my experience with RoseRoseShop.

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Nicely packaged in bubble wrap. Only a couple of boxes the products came in were slightly smushed.

Site/Accessibility: Not the prettiest. Yet, simple and straightforward. However, I did come across an oddity. As I had mentioned in my introduction, there were items being featured on the site that were not actually in stock, hence not intended for purchase. If there’s an item that is indeed out of stock then it shouldn’t be listed on the site at all. I’m sorry but that is just ridiculous. Other than that, I didn’t have too much of a problem navigating the site. Keep in mind, there are wholesale items to purchase on RoseRoseShop. So if you are wondering why a product is $100+ it’s probably because you aren’t purchasing just one unit of that product, but at least 10+ units of that product. Simple fix to not encounter such listings is to change the filter to Price: Low to High.

Price: It seems pretty cheap, but with shipping prices it kind of balances out to be around the same price as other sites. But, I compared prices between MemeBox and WishTrend and it was cheaper to purchase everything at RoseRoseShop. Ultimately, RoseRoseShop was the best price-wise.

Shipping: H-O-R-R-I-B-L-E. I realize I opted for the cheapest shipping, which can take up to 20 days. But, if I’m spending $12 for shipping, I expect it to be a little faster than that. It took 22 days for my order to get to me. It was nerve-racking watching the tracking of my package. According to RoseRoseShop, my package had shipped. But, the USPS tracking site stayed on Pre-Shipment for several days before showing any progression. I’ve never encountered that before so I was very worried. Especially, after reading the several bad reviews I found on the blogosphere. Most the reviews said they had missing items from their packages because those items were suddenly no longer in stock. Thus, the items were removed from their order without any prior notice until after the packaged was shipped out. After reading all that, you can’t blame me that much for being worried. Thankfully, my order was complete and nothing was missing from my order. The products were all wrapped in bubble wrap. Though some of the boxes the products came in were slightly smushed.

Overall: 7/10 I am not amused. I am however, relieved. I am extremely hesitant to order again from this site. Even though my items were all accounted for and nothing was damaged, I’m still feeling pretty indifferent (lol) about this site. That said, I think they have potential to grow and become much better. I may revisit in the upcoming future. Hopefully, by then, they would of worked out all of the kinks. I am not saying this site is bad. My experience was just unfortunate. But, I hope by reading this post you’ll be able to become more aware about what this site has to offer and feel less anxious about ordering from RoseRoseShop. I feel as though I let myself be overly influenced by other peoples’ experiences. I forgot that just because their experience wasn’t good, doesn’t mean mine will be the same.

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Despite my complaining, the products themselves are wonderful. Onward, to the haul portion! (I will do a review on some of the products I really am enjoying!)

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The haul. Gotta love Asian packaging.

(1) [NATURE REPUBLIC] Collagen Dream Vitamin C Capsule Foam Cleanser – 150ml 

“Nature Republic Collagen Dream Vita C Vitamin C Capsule Foam Cleanser contains tiny vitamin capsules that burst during the massaging process to provide active vitamin ingredients directly to the skin. Vitamin C boosts your skin’s elasticity and provides for a brighter and clearer skin tone. It also contains collagen to maintain a moist and elastic skin post-cleansing. This product is a foam cleanser that only requires a small amount that can be whipped up into a soft, creamy, and rich lather.” (momomango.com)

(2) [COSRX] Acne Pimple Master Patch – 1pack (24pcs)

These patches when placed on your pimples will reduce them in size overnight.

(3) [Neulii] Assorted Samples

Assorted samples from RoseRoseShop’s own skincare line, Neulii.

(4) [SKINFOOD_Sample] Black Raspberry Eye Cream Samples – 10pcs

“This herbal medicinal anti-wrinkle eye cream contains black raspberry extract, and jayangboeumdan (滋養補陰丹) and cheongyeondan (淸連丹) extracted from 12 kinds of oriental medicinal herbs that have traditionally been used by women to treat rough, dry skin. It provides deep moisturization to skin in eye areas. Anti-wrinkle adenosine adds resilience to skin, keeping it healthy-looking.” (eng.theskinfood.com)

(5) [Ciracle] Anti Blemish Aqua Cream – 50ml

A light gel moisturizer with acne healing properties. Key ingredients include aloe vera.

(6) [Ciracle] Red Spot Cream – 30ml

This product heals and soothes pimples and reduces hyper-pigmentation caused by acne.

(7) [Mizon] UV Mild Sun Block – 50ml (SPF35 PA++)

This physical sunblock is perfect with those with sensitive skin.

(8) [WELCOS MERIT] Killing Me Zombie CC Cream – 40ml (SPF30 PA++)

A CC cream will adjust to your skin tone, evening out your complexion while also providing wrinkle care, whitening and UV protection,  with SPF 50+ PA+++.

(9) [MISSHA_Sample] Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence (Intensive) Samples – 10pcs

“This essence improves fine lines and skin tone. The miracle water hydrates, restores, rejuvenates, and gives you a glowing complexion.” (www.misshaus.com/)

(10) [MISSHA_Sample] Time Revolution Immortal Youth Moisturizer Samples – 10pcs

“Immortal Youth Skin Rebooter is a 2-in-1 treatment of skin + lotion for firm, healthy skin. It contains 90% ferment essential ingredient to recharge and care for complex skin concerns due to skin aging. Helps brighten and protect skin, and improve skin damages.” (www.misshaus.com/)

(11) [Holika Holika] Petit BB in Moisturizing – 30ml

This bb cream has hyaluronic acid and makes drier skin types rejoice with it’s moisturizing formula. Also, has 30 SPF PA++.

 

Thank you for reading! Please look forward to more content in the future!

– Marissa

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Review: bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Acne-Clearing Foundation in Clearly Pearl 02

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Happy Holidays, everyone! Xmas is just right around the corner, how crazy is that!? I’ll say Happy New Years to you all in advance! I hope to see you in the new year! 🙂

Alrighty, backstory time! Debbie shared her Sephora VIB 20% off friends and family discount with me, so I just had to get something (though not really). I initially wanted to purchase the L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil, because everyone raves about it and I thought it would be great for my eczema. But, when I smelled it in-store, I absolutely hated it and I wasn’t going to spend $25 on a product I didn’t like the smell of–doesn’t matter how amazing it is! I’ve been wanting a higher-end foundation and when we were browsing around the bareMinerals area we both found something that interested us. Debbie found the bareMinerals Jumbo Size Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Collector’s Edition and I found the bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Acne-Clearing Foundation! I remember BubzBeauty from YouTube was using this product in one of her vlogs, so I just had to have it–I just love her recommendations! I had no idea it was a new-ish product; so today, I thought I’d share my experiences!

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When you first open the lid you’ll find this little protective tab. Do you ever check your product if it’s been tampered with, before you purchase the product? I tend to do that with beauty products. I once went home with a nail polish that someone opened and swatched because all of the nail polish was all over the rim. -._.-

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I’m in love with this packaging! It’s so pretty and shiny! I’m a sucker for anything shiny.

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This little stopper makes sure your foundation doesn’t go all over the place! Perfect for my clumsy self.

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This mesh filter keeps the foundation in place! This packaging is really clumsy-proof!

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Here’s another shot of the foundation, with its lid. It’s seems like not much product (6g/0.21oz) but a little goes a long way.

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This is before application! My skin as been doing pretty well these days, but I still suffer from acne every once in a while as you can see on my chin. As well as redness around my nose, chin and cheeks. Please, excuse my Hello Kitty attire! It’s very cold in my household! ^^

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This is my face with a few layers of the bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Foundation. As you can see, my redness is gone and my complexion is evened out. My blemishes are nearly gone, but not completely concealed.  (Gosh, my lips are a little chapped, ignore that too! Can you see my inspiration board behind me!? lol.)

Product Info: Comes in 12 shades, pretty varied from light to dark skin tones, with even variations of cool, warm, golden and neutral skin tones. Which is great, because I have a neutral skin-tone with golden undertones. The shade I use is Clearly Pearl 02, which is for skin-types with light skin with neutral tones. You’d think the shade, Clearly Cream 03for light skin with golden tones would fit my skin type better, be it’s actually too dark, almost orange on my skin. Thank goodness, for shade matching at Sephora! This is my number one qualm with drugstore foundations–I can’t try the product before purchasing! I hate guessing what shade would be best or buying more than one foundations of the same type, just in case the other shade(s) don’t work out. But, I digress. This foundation is dermatologist-tested and noncomedogenic, treats blemishes, reduces the appearance of redness and pores, and helps to prevent new blemishes from forming. Contains salicylic acid–it’s lightweight, non-drying formula creates a natural-looking coverage that you can feel comfortable wearing all day, everyday.

Price: $27 USD, without tax. But, with the 20% off it was about $23 USD with tax. Even at full price, that’s not too bad for a higher-end foundation. You get 6g/0.21oz of product! Granted, a little goes a long way.

Packaging: Genius! It comes in a reflective circular pot (makes it easy to find!), with a twist off lid. The lid has a stopper that prevents any product from leaking all over the place. Which I’m super happy about, since I can be clumsy with powdery makeup. The mesh filter contains the powder foundation. Just swish your brush against the mesh filter, tap off excess and apply! To be honest, I think I like this packaging because it’s shiny. I like shiny things! Don’t judge! 😛 Plus, I kind of feel the reflective packaging makes it a little more glamorous! Just me? No? Lol.

Coverage: Light-Medium. I’ve noticed this is the reason a lot people really didn’t care for this foundation, because it just didn’t give people enough coverage. While, it’s definitely not full coverage, I couldn’t disagree with them more. This foundation is buildable and looks natural on the skin! It has almost an satin finish on the skin. It’s doesn’t cake on you, but it will accentuate dry patches, so I don’t recommend this for dry-skinned folks. What I love is that it evens out my complexion, getting rid of most of my redness and blemishes. The coverage reminds me of a BB or CC cream. Which I love, because I don’t like my foundation being overly done, to the point where it looks like a mask. Don’t get me wrong, I like full coverage foundations for special occasions or when taking photos, but it’s a bit too much for everyday. Bottom line: This foundation makes it look like your skin but better!

Effectiveness (of Acne-Clearing): Most reviews said it didn’t do anything for their blemishes, but it also didn’t make their skin any worse. I have to say, it works for me! I don’t know what it is, but salicylic acid does wonders for my skin! I had a few pimples that shrunk in size after I used this foundation. I was ecstatic! Who doesn’t love killing two birds with one stone? Debbie is actually sensitive to salicylic acid, yet ‎benzoyl peroxide works for her. I’m the complete opposite! So, make sure you know what works for your skin or not! That’s a common rule with trying out any new products! Remember to test out any new product on your wrist first! Apply, wait for a few minutes. If there no irritation, then you’re good to go.

Overall: 9/10 I absolutely love this foundation! It’s the nearly perfect everyday foundation. Nowadays, I’ve been reaching for my bareMinerals Blemish Remedy over my bb creams and my heavy-coverage foundations. Granted, I’d probably won’t not use this for special occasions, unless my I’m having a really good skin day. But, it’s great for everyday or for those no-makeup-makeup-kind-of-days. It’s definitely natural looking. It’s your skin but better! For $27 I think it does a very good job. The packaging is really cool looking, all silver and reflective. Though I have to say, it is prone to thumbprints. That may annoy you, but for me, I just buff them off with a micro-fiber cloth–no biggie. This is not a full coverage foundation, so if you were looking for that, I suggest you continue looking. It wears more like a BB cream or CC cream. It’s very natural looking, as it evens out your skin tone, it also gives your skin a satin finish. Does not cake and is very buidable but it will accentuate any dry patches, so dry-skinned girls beware! As for the acne-clearing properties, it works on my blemishes and pimples because salicylic acid is quite beneficial for my skin type. But, I’m not you! You know what works for your skin and what doesn’t. I will say though, this foundation definitely won’t make your skin any worse. I haven’t broken out using this product, even when I accidentally slept with it on. (Please, don’t follow my bad habits!) For reference, I have oily/combination, sensitive and acne-prone skin. If you are looking for an everyday, no-fuss, natural looking powder foundation with acne-healing properties, I suggest you try out the bareMinerals Blemish Remedy! I hope it treats you well, as it has for me!

As always, thank you for reading and I hope you look forward to more from us soon!

PS. I’m re-branding the blog! The logo is a WIP! But, enjoy the new bigger images!

– Marissa

The Woes of Living With Eczema

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So, eczema! Oh, dear lord. Where can I start!? I was official diagnosed with eczema about two and a half years ago. Before then, I only had been having issues with my contact dermatitis on my hands. Which, long story short, is an allergic reaction to certain irritants. To be honest, I didn’t really take care of my skin. I took scalding hot showers, I never used lotion on my legs, arms or torso, and my diet could of been better. You can even say, I was asking for it but that would leave a little left to be desired. Just like a lot of my posts, I’d thought I’d share what it’s like living with eczema and how I deal with it. I still have a lot to learn and I’m constantly researching about it, but nevertheless I’d like you tell you how it all started! It was a sunny afternoon, as it typically is here in Southern California. I decided to go on a run and afterwards I went ahead and took a shower, washed up, nothing out of the norm; I didn’t have much shaving gel left so I did what I could and shaved my legs very hastily. After that I went about my day as per usual. What I didn’t know then, was I probably gave myself razor burn. My skin was not happy and it was telling me so after the days passed. Yet, I didn’t pay much attention to my skin as I really should of. That was my biggest mistake. I broke out in heavy patches of bumps and lesions, burning, bright red and itching like no other rash I’ve ever gotten in the past. My skin was angry, as if it had a mind of it’s own! I didn’t know what to do. I tried aloe vera, calamine lotion, every lotion I had at my disposal. Nothing worked. I scratched at my skin only getting temporary relief from my nails diggings into my dermis. It only got worse and taking showers became extremely painful. Thick, dark, black scabs started to form where the lesions were, my body somehow trying to heal itself. I was scared. I thought that was something direly wrong with me. My parents who are nurses were convinced it was chicken pox, even though I already had it once as a kid. Adult onset chicken pox they told me. I went to the ER twice. The first time they gave me antibiotics to kill whatever it was they thought it was. But, they were wrong. I went back a second time and they prompt me to see a dermatologist at once. Saw the dermatologist and he didn’t even what was wrong with me at first. They thought I could possible have PLEVA, which I researched beforehand. Never try to self-diagnose yourself, it’s soooo stressful and not worth worrying over something you probably don’t have. They did a biopsy on one of my many lesions to sent out to the lab, to see if what I feared is really true. Fortunately, for me it was not PLEVA! BTW, don’t look that up if you have a squeamish stomach!! My final diagnosis, was diploid eczema! Diploid, meaning the way the lesions form on the skin. Technically, it means coin-shaped. Honestly, I couldn’t of been more relieved.

So, had do I deal with my eczema daily? Boy, it’s not easy! I’m still trying to find way to deal. Especially at first, I had to change my habits quick, for my skin is no longer very forgiving. Moisturize! Moisturize!!! MOISTURIZE!!! I’m not kidding you, I have to, no matter what or I have to deal with angry red, dry, flaking bumps that can turn into those nasty lesions. After I shower most importantly, I need to re-moisturize my skin. I still love my scalding hot showers, but I shorten the amount of time my skin is under hot water. BTW, don’t use hot water! Use warm water. I just can’t give up my hot water! After about 15 minutes, I start making the water cooler and cooler, so my internal temperature drops back to normal. Heat really leeches the moisture from your skin, leaving it preamble to dry skin. How many times did I say moisturize in this paragraph? Lol, “moist” is such unpleasant sounding word to me. Anyone, else? Anyway, I digress. Very important to keep your skin hydrated (why, did’t I just use this word from the beginning?). My favorite HG moisturizer is the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, which happens to be made for people with eczema! I was recommended to use this product by my dermatologist!  If you have any concerns, ask your dermatologist! Sounds like common sense, but I know it can be a pain to go to the doctors! Just go! ^^

*UPDATE – 01/22/2016

Changing up the products I use on my skin as been a life saver! I’ve  to products that use natural fragrances such as peppermint oil or almond oil. Which is why I love, Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap, it uses ingredients such as organic coconut oil, olive oil, palm kernel oil, hemp oil and jojoba oil. It comes in peppermint, almond, lavender, hemp, citrus, eucalyptus, rose and other natural scents. I use it as a body cleanser, but you could use it for face, as a shampoo or even as a household cleaner.

Believe it or not, but your fashion choices can affect your eczema. I’m very much a leggings-type-of-wearing-girl. But, eczema plus tight fitting clothes, spells disaster for someone like, myself. Granted, I still wear leggings a lot of the days of the week. It tends to make my skin a tad itchy when I wear tight restraining clothes, basically it causes irritation. Especially if you are wearing itchy fabrics, such as, rayon, wool, etc. Speaking about restraining clothes, I love wearing yoga pants to the gym even though I’m not attending a yoga class. Don’t judge me! LOL. They are so comfortable! However, my eczema doesn’t cease to complain, so I kind of just live with it now. Kind of horrible, but it’s an on growing process. One tip: Make sure the detergent you use is safe for sensitive skin users! All those added fragrances could spell disaster for your sensitive skin! Everyone will react with a different severity, however. I use, Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean Liquid Laundry Detergent as well as Woolite. (UPDATE: Arm & Hammer has made a detergent that is safer for those with sensitive skin. However, the regular one, the one I listed in this post is actually very tough on clothes and on skin. My mother uses it to wash her nurse scrubs with it!!! I guess, I didn’t do enough research because I read it was good for those with sensitive skin. Maybe, I got confused because they do have a detergent specially made for those with sensitive skin. I apologize profusely!) Liquid detergents tend to rinse out much easier! I have no idea if those certain detergents are actually good for eczema users, but it doesn’t seem to bother my skin! You might not react the same as me though, so I’d do some research or maybe test it out somehow–spot test? O.o There are a lot of natural soap detergents in the market, you just have to do a little more searching to find them! Health food stores do carry some brands. I’d start there!

Very Important! Do Not Scratch! I’m so bad with it comes to this. Having an itch you can not scratch is the worst feeling ever, at least for me. But, if you don’t want to make the condition of your skin way worse, I advise you not scratch at those pesky bumps or they will turn into nasty lesions or worse, get infected! I even find myself scratching in the middle of the night subconsciously! To stop this, I’ve been cutting my nails very short, so I can’t do too much damage to my skin. But, I hate doing this because I love painting my nails! I prefer my nails shorter but not that short. It’s definitely a double-edge sword kind of fiasco, I’m battling with myself. Is that weird? LOL. Who am I kidding, I know the answer to that. People think I’m weird, it is what it is. Though, I prefer to be called quirky!! ^^

I’ve been told eczema is related to your diet, but I personally haven’t felt any different when I eat more of a certain food(s). Some of foods that you should probably avoid is: dairy, like cheese and milk, foods with high amounts of gluten, etc. But, honestly I rather inform you about foods that can help with your eczema such as:

1. Cold water fish like salmon, cod, and halibut are loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce symptoms of eczema flare-ups.

2. Nuts and seeds, especially flax seeds, are also high in Omega 3s.

3. Buckwheat is rich in quercetin and is a great gluten-free alternative — gluten is believed to be a possible trigger for eczema.

4. Apples are rich in quercetin, which is also a key ingredient for fighting eczema. It’s an anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine agent. Also rich in quercetin are berries, citrus, and broccoli.

5. Eggs and oatmeal have something important in common: Zinc. The mineral helps fight off eczema.

6. Bananas are rich in histamine-lowering Magnesium and Vitamin C.

7. Chicken stock can help rebuild your skin.

Soure: The Stir, Cafe Mom

How do I deal with hypo-pigmentation and hyper-pigmentation? This is probably the worse symptom of eczema, IMO. It’s really hard to look at your skin when it has all these imperfections! I mean, I know everyone has at least some, but it just makes me sad to look at my multicolored legs. I have patches of skin that are much darker than my actual skin tone and I have little patches of skin that are much lighter than my skin tone. So, honestly I don’t know to exactly get rid of them, at least not immediately. I’ve heard Shea and Cocoa Butter are essential in fading dark spots and evening the tone of your skin. This personally seems to be working on me. Also, at the time, around when I was finally diagnosed, I had my good friend’s wedding to attend, as a bridesmaid. ^^ I wanted my hyper-pigmentation gone right away because we would of course be taking pictures. So I bought Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula, because I’ve heard it works wonders and is extremely affordable. It works! At least it does on me. After going through like several bottles, I decided to try Carol’s Daughter’s Scar Butter and while the reviews on the internets have been positive, it doesn’t work for me. My pigmentation faded only slightly compared to Palmer’s. Plus, I found it extremely annoying that you had to apply it three times daily!! Like, c’mon! Who has time for that!? So, I went back to Palmer’s and I’m currently using the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E: Fragrance Free, Hypoallergenic for Sensitive Skin. So much better!!! My pigmentation is fading much more quickly and hopefully will be almost gone, as I ironically, have another wedding to attend as, yup, a bridesmaid.

Another quick tip! As I mentioned above, supplements are extremely beneficial for those with eczema! I take these three supplements daily! I take Oil of Evening Primrose (1000mg), which has been used to treat eczema way back when! I also take a Vitamin D-3  (2000 IU) because I’m apparently deficient. It’s very common to have a deficiency in Vitamin D-3 nowadays. You can actually get your needed Vitamin D in foods like mushrooms and even going out into direct sunlight for about 15 minutes, be careful not to stay out too long. You should always wear sunscreen if you are going to be in sunlight for more than 15 minutes! Lastly, I take an Daily Omega-3-5-6-7-8-9-11 (1200 mg Fish Oil, 660 mg Total Omegas). I personally love the burp-free tablets! No yucky fish burps! Or you can use a trick my dear friend told me about: Freeze your fish oil tablets! This will prevent you from having that yucky fish burp! Also, try to find supplements that don’t have too much fillers! You don’t need that unnecessary stuff in your body.

I definitely do not have all the answers to “curing” my eczema, it’s still very much an everyday battle. If any if the readers and or random visitors have any tips for us, that would be like to share, that would be extremely helpful.

Until next time,

Marissa

 

J’adore Influenster Vbox – First Impressions

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Disclaimer: All products received are for complimentary testing purposes from Influenster.

Back with another Impressions post! I hope you enjoy it!

I first heard of Influenster on (Danielle) LePooke’s youtube channel, she’s a beauty guru that also does a lot of un-boxing videos on several kinds of different subscriptions services. She’s really informative, go and give here a visit! Tell her, Mar from HereForThePretty send you! Even though I saw LePooke do several un-boxings on Influenster, I didn’t really take notice of it until much recently. I don’t why! It’s quite fun!! I’m glad I was introduced to it, I’m having a blast!

Today, (technically, not today, considering it takes me time to do most of my posts! Lol.) I just received my very first Influenster Box and I am very pleasantly pleased! All these yummy goodies to use! I feel like a kid on Christmas day. I totally squealed in glee when I saw everything nicely packaged in this gorgeous pink box. They really do have great attention to detail, you got to love that. ^^

These are the items you can receive in the J’adore Influenster Vbox (I received 5 products in total):

Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask: $9.39

Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates: $5.29

Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray: 9.99

Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes: 3.99

Red Rose Simply Indulgent Teas: 4.49 for carton of 20 tea bags

Vaseline Men Spray Lotion 7.99 for 6.5oz can (I didn’t receive this one, considering I don’t have a boyfriend. ^^;;;)

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I don’t really know where to begin, I guess I can explain Influenster a little bit. Influenster is a free subscription service, where you can try several different samples. How is it free you ask? You must provide information to Influenster. You can do this is many ways. Provide reviews to different products or services or connect your social media sites to Influenster, etc. I know this sounds fishy, giving out information like this. but they won’t provide any of your private information to third-parties without your permission, so don’t worry! It’s a great way to try out products that you’ve always wanted to try or heard of but never had the chance to (try).

I haven’t tried everything just yet! It was almost overwhelming seeing all these products once I opened it, because I didn’t even touch my box until a few days ago.

I recently tried the Red Rose Simply Indulgent Tea, in flavor, Creme Caramel and it was okay. I was prompt to try it out after watching Shiley Wu’s video on her J’adore Influenster Vbox on YouTube. She seemed to really enjoy it so I’d thought I’d give it a go. I added vanilla almond milk to make more of a latte. I really did enjoy the flavor it’s just I wanted it to be stronger. I like my tea strong!! This tea was described as being decadent and indulgent without the calories and I think they accomplished that. It was very light though so I kind of wish it was deeper in those flavors of creme and caramel. I’ll try and steep it even longer next time around even though it said to steep for 3-5 minutes. The other flavor I was given to try was, Lemon Chiffon. That’s really exciting because I love the flavor of citruses and chiffon cake is so nice, light, fluffy and not too sweet. It’s a such a delicate flavor that I really think I would find it interesting. At least I hope so! I’m going into this with such a big expectation!

Okay, so who hasn’t tried Hershey’s chocolate?! Of course it’s good lol. I prefer the Hershey’s Kisses because they are the perfect size for a mini pick up during those unfortunate times of fatigue or as a snack or for a little treat or because you want chocolate or because they come in pretty colors of silver, pink and red. You get where I’m going here? LOL. Funny though, I remember Bubz from Bubzbeauty saying (in a vlog) she was eating Hershey’s chocolate and that the aftertaste reminded her of vomit. Now I can’t eat or think about Hershey’s chocolate without thinking about that. I just don’t taste it!!! BTW, who knows if she’d ever see this, but congrats on the tiny peanut that’s coming into this world, in the near future! ❤

I’d use the Frizz Ease Straight Flat Iron Spray if my hair wasn’t already naturally straight. But, if I ever feel like having pin straight hair I’ll definitely give this a go. I’ve tried Frizz Ease products in the past and I did enjoy them.

The Kiss Looks Natural Lashes are sooo pretty yet look natural!! I’m very tempted to use this during my friend’s wedding in June. I hardly ever wear false lashes because I think it’s too much work to do daily. “Ain’t nobody got time for that!!!” So, I usually only use them for special occasions.

The Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask! ^_^ I was super excited about this product because I love the Aztec Healing Bentonite Clay. While they are different, they are within the same realm. BTW, this uses Natural Oceanic Clay instead. Whatever that means…this is why we have Google! lol. I still remember the days of going to the library, if you needed information on something. I miss those days, to be honest! Anyway, this clay mask claims to pull impurities from your skin, leaving your skin feeling clearer, smoother, softer and shine-free. I used this mask before bed and when I woke up the next day, I was quite surprised of how good my skin looked and felt. It wasn’t anything drastic but my skin looked and felt a tad better. I don’t know about my skin being any clearer but I’ve only this mask once so we’ll see how it treats me after a few weeks. But, I think my skin is definitely smoother, softer and pretty much shine-free. I’ll definitely continue to use this product! Oh, good to note: For some reason, my sample was slightly runny, it wasn’t a thick paste, more like a gooey liquid-solid. Kind of like cornstarch with a little water added to it. It’s a solid if you clump it up but then turns into a liquid if you let it go. An amorphous solid, I think it’s called. It’s a bit messy but I didn’t mind it much.

So, what do you think? Will you give Influenster a try? ^. ~

Until next time,

Marissa

WISHTREND: Wish Box Summer Box No. 12 (Thoughts)

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I’ve heard so much about wishtrend.com and their awesome wish boxes from beauty gurus on YouTube. So, when I saw the Summer Box No. 12, I knew that I had to purchase it. All of the items in this box appealed to me and I knew I would try every single product. Plus, it was such a good deal! I was so excited to get my package in the mail, it arrived in about almost two weeks. The shipping is quite expensive at about $10 USD but I still it’s worth it. Unfortunately, any type of discount or promo code will not towards the wish boxes!

wish_websiteEven the box it came in is nicely designed!

This Wish Box no longer available for purchase on the website unfortunately, but you can still try the actually products individually if you want to. Except for the toner, it’s no longer on the site.

Products included in this Wish Box:

wish_productsFour full sized products and two sample sized products! Not bad, if I do say so myself!

[IK’S] Real Aloe : Moist Max Toner [I don’t know why but this is no longer available to purchase on the site]
[TOSOWOONG] Soft Touch Suncream
[Klairs] Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream
SPA Scalp Scaling Shampoo
[Ciracle] Red Spot (Healing) Cream
[ROJUKISS] Natural Aqua Celtic Cream (Lime Tree) [This was the secret item!]

wish_packagingBeautifully packaged!! I love their attention to detail!wish_packaging2So shiny! The main products are in here. (See picture above for reference.)wish_overviewLook at all those samples!! How exciting!!

[IK’S] Real Aloe : Moist Max Toner 8/10

The packaging is so pretty!! Hehe. Anyway, a few months back I had a huge breakout all over my face and chest. It was horrible and painful. So, I started using this toner instead of my regular Burt’s Bee’s Rose Water Toner. It’s very gentle, doesn’t burn, calming and it feels slightly cool on the skin. I went through this toner rather quickly, which made me a bit sad. I think I might transfer it to a travel size spray bottle like I do with my Rose Water toner, to ration it. My toner lasts twice as long when I do this! Try it out!

[TOSOWOONG] Soft Touch Suncream 8.5/10

I use this as primer but this is a a moisturizer with sun blocking properties. I love this product! I use this product in conjunction with the RojuKiss Natural Aqua Celtic Cream. What I really like is, after a few minutes from applying this, the red patches on my skin goes away. Since it doubles as a sunscreen, I don’t have to add a step to my make up routine. The only down fall to this product, IMO, is probably the smell. It’s not horrible but I wish it was better. It’s like a heavy floral scent. Thankfully, the smell does not stay with you.

[Klairs] Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream 4/10

This BB creme supposedly blends into the shade of your skin, so it comes in only one shade. It claims to enhance the natural appearance of your skin. Unfortunately, I am not a fan. I really wanted to like this BB cream but every time I used it, I only felt more and more disappointed. When I first applied this BB cream, I was thought the coverage was pretty light but it covered up any redness I had, so I was happy. It gave me a healthy yet pale complexion. Like shiny ivory. (BTW, don’t use this product on blemishes, pimples, irritated or sunburned skin. It’s a bit odd that you can’t use it on blemishes and pimples, but I digress.) I was pretty pleased and went about my day as usual. But, when I went to use a public restroom, then to wash my hands, I looked at my face in the mirror with horror–my face was splotchy! The BB cream somewhat oxidized, my skin was full of dry patches and it was slightly red, as if I were sunburned. At first I though it was something else causing these reactions, but after using the BB cream for a week and a half I knew that it was the culprit. I must be allergic to something in this BB cream. My skin is super sensitive and I also suffer from eczema. So while I like the BB cream initially, in the long run it’s an extreme let down. So, I give it 4 points only because it looks good when I first put in on. If it didn’t react so adversely to my skin, I’d might of really liked this BB cream. I’m so bummed because this product was the main reason I wanted to buy this Wish Box.

SPA Scalp Scaling Shampoo 7/10

I don’t know if this really works. I didn’t notice my dandruff getting any worse or any better. But the smell is quite pleasant. It smells like citrus fruits to me. Fortunately, it did not dry my hair out. My hair was left leaving very clean. This shampoo would be really great as a clarifying shampoo, to get rid of all that buildup. Maybe, if I had the full sized product and was able to use for a longer period of time, I might see results. But, I was only give a sample size. I saw some reviews on the website saying they really like this shampoo so I may give it another chance one of these days.

[Ciracle] Red Spot (Healing) Cream 9/10

LOVE IT! Personally, I think it works best on fresher acne scars than say that scar that’s been there since your high school days. If you are still in high school or younger, then hopefully you don’t have to worry about scars and such. Unfortunately, I think the only way those deep scars will go away is through laser removal. Anyway, It tones down the red patches on my face and it’s been helping with some of the hyper-pigmentation. Sadly, it is only a sample size! I want more!

[ROJUKISS] Natural Aqua Celtic Cream (Lime Tree) 8/10

I’m not totally in love with this product but it’s been treating me well these past few months. It’s a gel consistency and it’s blue in color. The application is light and absorbs into the skin quite quickly. I use this underneath my makeup and with Tosowoong Soft Touch Suncream. It does what I want it to. My skin feels hydrated throughout the day and no dry patches appear. Dry patches have been a problem for me lately. It must be this cold weather. Especially, if I’m using acne medicine, it causes my skin to flake quite a lot. This moisturizer doesn’t really do much to help that. But, since I haven’t been getting breakouts lately, *knocks on wood* this moisturizer does the trick. Good for everyday use and isn’t sticky, it applies very smoothly. The only problem is the packaging. It’s in a jar form and I kind of hate dipping my fingers into it every time I use it, so I use a q-tip to scoop the product up. Annoying but it gives me peace of mind doing it this way.

Overall: 7.5

I did like this Wish Box, but I took off points because that BB cream was just a huge let down. Especially, since I was so excited to try it out. Most of the other products were just okay, but the suncream and the moisturizer are definitely my favorites. Would I purchase aonther Wish Box in the future? I say yea, I would. The shipping is kind of high but if they ever do a free shipping promo again, I’d definitely take advantage of that. I believe the free shipping promo is still going on if you are reading this around the time I posted this. This particular free shipping promo can be applied to the Wish Boxes but that’s not always the case. Usually, promo codes can’t be applied to Wish Boxes. So, just keep that in mind! I recommend trying out the Wish Box, if you want to try several new products at once. It’s definitely worth it, as they give you a ton of cool samples to try out as well.

As always, thanks for reading and look forward to more from us in the future! Happy Holidays!