Korean beauty products have been trending in the Philippines for years now, almost every beauty enthusiasts I know have some random Korean beauty brands sitting in their collection. Why is that so? Was it the cute and chic packaging? The popular Korean celebrities endorsing them?
I didn't know much back then but discovering the impressive potency of using their facial sheet masks almost everyday got me into joining the K-beauty bandwagon and since then I couldn't get enough of 'em!
One of the reliable online sellers of Korean skin care and cosmetics that I recently found is BNS Philippines (stands for Beauty 'N Style in Seoul). The brands that I saw in their Instagram account are those that I am not yet that familiar of BUT the eye-catching blingy packaging of Style 71, the world's first cosmetic jewelry brand, got me curious!
They also have this raved-about Ariul Seven Days Mask Set that has lots of variants to choose from: green tea, pomegranate, bamboo water, avocado, tea tree, lemon, and aloe.
How to use:
After cleansing and toning, apply the sheet mask by aligning the nose, mouth and eye holes. Smooth the sheet to fit the curves of the face. Apply for 15-25 minutes. Remove and discard the mask, patting in any remaining liquid gently into your skin.
Optional: follow up with a moisturizer to seal all the great ingredients from your sheet mask into your skin. Use as often as desired.
Based on my observation, using these facial masks daily for 7 consecutive nights gave my skin a brighter glow and more even-toned looking complexion. The effects look subtle somehow the camera couldn't capture it easily but in person, the difference is obvious to me and my husband who practically sees me everyday.
The facial sheet masks smell fruity, oriental, and fresh. Its cold temperature lying against my warm facial skin is sooooo relaxing, there were times that I literally slept with the mask on. It isn't that bad when it happens but it is advised to leave sheet masks on for only 20 minutes maximum to avoid the mask from absorbing back the product essence that has already passed onto your face.
Narke Girl Tone-Up Cream
- It contains vegetable extract and fermented living bio ingredients that moisturize, firm and smoothen skin. It has excellent skin-lightening effect while strengthening and protecting the skin.
Niacinamide, plum fermentation filtered water, gold extract, pear powder, and glutathione; peptides, plant stem cell extracts, beta-glucan natto gu vegetable oil, lecithin, aloe, licorice, piper methysticum extract, and various vitamin ingredients.
Initial product review:
After washing my hands with soap and water, I applied the Narke Girl Tone Up Cream on my bare hand. I instantly noticed the difference between the dull-looking dry skin in the before photo versus the moisturized and healthy-looking skin on the after photo. The effect was it looked brighter, more glowing, and it felt softer.
KKO:T Essence Lip Tint Balm Transparent Glass Flower Lipstick
This product is a nutrient-filled lip tinted balm that contains a dried flower inside. I got the pink one which is nice 'cause it is my much-preferred color!
The main ingredients are sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, squalane, and tocopherol, etc. that can be used as a quick hydrating solution to dry and rough lips. Applying it on the lips is easy for its formulation is lightweight, it felt like nothing is on my lips: no icky, sticky and oily feeling. Good job!
I admire its simplicity and understated beauty. The single flower inside is indeed eye-catching! A must-have for beauty enthusiasts who appreciates pretty aesthetics.
The product is encased in a transparent acrylic container which looks nice. As for its lip moisturizing properties, I like it. However this doesn''t leave any tiny hint of color on the lips yet it enhances its appearance for making look smoother and more plump.
Style71 Jewel BB Luxury Cushion (Full Cover)
This cushion has a Triple Function of:
UV protection (SPF 50 PA+++),
Anti-Wrinkle (skin protection/moisturizing),
Skin Brightening (Whitening, radiant skin)
It contains natural ingredients with a perfect coverage all day long.
Now, wow! This packaging is the bomb!!! I got the attractive design "F-07 Lip" and it's 100% handmade with crystals, made in Korea, yo!!! Love. love, love! This design totally screams "ME!" I will definitely keep this forever!
Did you know that their jewelry compact is made with 7 jewelry ingredients inside? They believe that these are the secrets to eegant and bright skin tone like a jewel!
There's ruby (for skin circulation), pearl (amino-acid, dermatropic, light), amethyst (glowing look), coral(skin protection), amber (alleviates skin conditions and atrophy), nephrite (anti-bacterial), and tourmaline (contains minerals, removes wastes, gives revitalized look).
This Jewelry Cushion is made with special water: 100% Belgium Spau hot spring water! It boasts of abundant minerals that moisturizes the skin all day. Spau is a town of mineral water springs frequented by the aristocrats and Kings since Roman times. It is the eponymous town of "spa"we are now familiar today!
The vital ingredients of the Jewelry Cushion are:
Belgium spring water, Damask rose water, teatree extract, evermat, hibiscus, aquaxyl, evening primrose extract, chamomile extract, and Narcissus scaly bulb extract.
Upon initial observation, the formulation of this Jewelry Cushion is buildable from sheer to medium to heavy finish. They say that it has full coverage that can instantly even out uneven skintone however if you have dark acne spots and fresh reddish blemishes, this product can't fully cover them, therefore using a concealer and color corrector is a must!
I like how natural its finish looks just like your second skin only better! It is enough to cover minimal redness but not too much that it would look cakey or too heavy.
Here I am wearing the Style 71 Jewel Bb Luxury Cushion and Style 21 Jewelry Velvet Lipstick Color in #002
Son Style 71 Jewel Velvet Lipstick Color in #002
This eye-catching velvet lipstick has more to offer than just its pretty 100% handmade Jewel Crystal casing for this line has a variety of vivid colors to choose from for all occasions as well as it has a moisturizing formula that protects the lips.
I love its highly-pigmented, buildable formulation because I can adjust it from looking sheer to matte opaque! I tried applying several layers of this on my lips and here is the result:
What I like is this Velvet Lipstick has a vivid color already seen in just one heavy swipe, a velvety soft texture that is smooth and has a moist finish, and a long-wearing effect. It doesn't easily budge! Wow!
Ariul Stress Relieving Purefull Cleansing Tissue
This makeup removing tissue gently and quickly cleanses and moisturizes your skin with a natural fragrance that refreshes your senses for a relaxing effect. It claims to be deeply cleansing, non-drying, and hydrating on the facial skin.
Sure, there's plenty of face wipes out there but do they deliver aromatherapy and truly take off all the grime? This one truly removes any traces of makeup without creating any stinging. Just gently wipe your skin until all makeup is removed. Afterwards, follow with cleansing using facial foam and water (plus facial scrub optional).
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