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[Toner] – Naruko Calendula Soothing & Calming Toner

Hi peeps, so as per tradition, I am starting off this post with an apology for the long pause. I was in the midst of panicking over an exam in Dec, then Christmas and New Years happened, and after that was some personal stuff that I can’t really talk about, so that’s about my excuses for my disappearance. Again I am so sorry 😣.

On to today’s review though! So, this toner was just something I picked up in Taiwan while walking through a drugstore (like always, I impulse buy!). I actually quite like the Naruko brand (esp their sheet masks), but what really caught my eye was the calendula part. My all time favourite tone has always been the Kiehl’s calendula toner, it just does wonderful things for my skin, but the price tag was a bit too heavy for my wallet so I haven’t repurchased in a long while and have been forever searching for a replacement.

Long story short, this wasn’t it. It was kind of a disappointment. It didn’t do much for me. Although reading the ingredients it does have some good stuff in there, just maybe not enough?

Firstly the texture, it was liquid (obvy) but it has a slight slip to it, kind of feels like dish soap but a much much diluted version. It felt a bit sticky on my face, and I was not a fan.

The ingredient list did not list fragrance but I felt the smell was quite heavy, not that it was a terrible smell, but the scent was heavy.

It did however made my skin looked dewy when I had it on.

And lastly, I was most disappointed with the pH level (looks like a 7). This was after I started looking at pH levels of skin care (specifically cleanser and toner) and realizing how important pH level is in skin care.

Naruko is a Taiwanese brand, and so this was made in Taiwan.

Price wise it was on the cheap side. I cannot recall how much I purchased it for but I believe it was under $10.

In conclusion I will not be purchasing this. I have however found a toner I recall like, but that’s for next time, until then…😃

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Posted by on February 4, 2018 in All Things Prettified!, Skin Food

 

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[DIY] – Do It Yourself BB Cushion

 

IMG_20170916_165239 I’ve seen a few articles/videos floating around on the internet about DIYing your own BB cushion. Normally, I don’t DIY much makeup/skin care things, mostly because (if you haven’t noticed yet) I like to try new products, and I mean I REALLY like to try new products. But staring at my hoard of BB creams that I likely won’t ever use up, I thought maybe this would be a good way to make use of my BB creams. So that I can finally finish them and have reasons to get new stuff to try!! *evil laugh*

I went mainly by this video from Meejmuse

I know there are some people on amazon/ebay that sells new cushion and containers that are made just for this, but I didn’t really want to spend any money on that. My Missha BB cushion just dried out, and so I decided to clean it up and reuse the material to make my own BB cushion. Here’s what I used:

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  1. Skinfood Red Bean BB cream
  2. Sofina’s Primavista Ange – Long Keep Base UV
  3. Biore UV – Aqua Rich Watery Gel SPF50 PA++++
  4. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair 
  5. Naruko Calendula Soothing & Calming Toner

I just started adding stuff to the container and mixing it. The Skinfood BB cream was already a match to my skin tone, so I wasn’t too concern about the colour. The texture of BB cushion is more watery than BB creams, so I knew I had to water it down, so I added in some serum and toner to get to the more watery consistency. Then added the primer (“long keep base”) for a brightening effect and also longevity. The sunscreen was a bit of an after thought. The BB cream already had SPF, it just wasn’t strong enough. I honestly didn’t put in much thought into this, instead of colour I was more concerned with the consistency, so I added products that would help it get to the consistency I wanted.

So I ended up with this:

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I did a swatch compare of the BB cream (further from wrist) and the BB cushion I made (closer to wrist).

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You can see the colour of the cream on it’s own is definitely darker, and there is more coverage. The BB cushion didn’t seem to have much coverage, and the colour is on the lighter side.

I used this BB cushion on a test run today, it doesn’t cover much, but I can layer without feeling heaviness. It does even out skin tone, so if you are just looking to even out skin tone, and don’t have too much skin issues, this would be good. It could be the serum, but it felt pretty amazing on my skin 😀 I am loving this!

Maybe this will be the only way I can finish up all my BB creams.

That is all peeps! Until next time 🙂

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2017 in All Things Prettified!, Make-up-holic

 

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[Un-masking] – Naruko Raw Job’s Tear Sheet Mask

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 Hello recent haul from Sasa.com! As my night cream slowly running out, I started looking into a replacement cream. I ended up with a Juju cosmetics one, and of course for the free shipping I had to get some other stuff (that’s really just an excuse…). So came with it, Naruko Raw Job’s Tear Sheet Mask, and Black Gel Mask from Shill’s. I have a pile of sheet masks that I haven’t used up yet…oops! All well!!! XD

Anyways, I tried it out the very next day, and I was pleasantly surprised. I actually didn’t expect much from Naruko products after I tried their lotion and toner. But the sheet mask was surprisingly good. The box of ten was on sale for $12.70USD from $16.90USD. I originally saw this mask for $24.99CND at a local Asian supermarket, and it was on my mind for a few weeks and so I decided to order it with the cream.

The Brand:

Naruko is a Taiwanese brand established by the famous (at least in Taiwan) Niu Er (牛爾) cosmetologist. From what I known from this shows, he focuses mainly on natural things and being eco-friendly. His brand actually reminds me a lot of the InnisFree brand from Korea, which I also love. Though like I said, I tried some of his other stuff, and it wasn’t that great for me. However, I do want to point out, I would probably love it in Taiwan. Most of the things I tried from him were very light weight and cooling, probably not the best for the dry weathers of Canada.

Ingredient list for those who like to know what’s in there.

image The packaging is pretty simple and un-flashy, one of the things I love about this brand.
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The mask sheet itself isn’t as fitting as my all time favourite My Beauty Diary, but it’s pretty good. It soaks up a lot of the essence and doesn’t dry out fast. I can leave this on for a good 40 mins and it’s still pretty wet. There’s not much scent for the actual product, and what’s there isn’t unpleasant. My face feels really dewy after I remove this mask. The other thing I really like about this mask is the essence doesn’t leave a sticky feeling after I massage into it. Some of the other masks I’ve used from Korea leaves a sticky feeling until the very next morning, after I wash my face. I hate it when my hair sticks to my face…arg!

The mask claims to be whitening, calming, moisturising, and helps repair damages done by UV rays. I don’t know about the whitening claim, but it does indeed calm and moisturises my skin. I am always pretty suspicious of whitening claims from skin care products, I never really feel like they work that well.

Finally, one thing I really like about this brand, is the whole eco-friendly concept of their packaging. This box was made from the packaging! All of their packaging turns into something else that you can reuse.

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I am giving this mask a rating of 4/5, since I’ve only used it a couple of times, I will reserve some points for if it turns out to be a dud haha.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2013 in Skin Food

 

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