BNTgirl x Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture ALOE VERA

Time sure flies when you’re having fun.

One of the first products ever given to me by BNTnews for the BNTgirls was the Comelyco Aloe, which you can read here. Now we’ve come full circle, two years later and I’m reviewing what may be the OG (original) aloe.

From Nature Republic, today I be reviewing their Soothing & Moisture ALOE VERA 92% Soothing Gel.

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Ba-bam! I think it’s one of Nature Republic’s most quintessential products. It’s maybe what everyone associates it to at least. For around $5 USD there’s not much that can be it in price v. quality v. quantity. I still have about a quarter of the tub of the first aloe gel BNTnews gave me. So $5 for good times, you can’t beat that price.

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Of course there’ll be differences, the most major of the two would be that Nature Republic’s features 3% less aloe, and I think that may be a good thing. The comelyco one was a bit too gel like and wouldn’t absorb into my skin properly, but I definitely felt like the Nature Republic one did.

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Now the acne test, good news guys I actually had a minor hormonal break out to truly test this product last week. I’m weak especially on my forehead and my chin.

So the before:

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The after (about 15 hours into viciously applying it onto my chin):

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As you can see from the images, the redness definitely toned down A LOT. And overall it just calmed the whole problem area down.

I really like aloe, it’s a awesome gift from nature (heh, nature republic) and it’s yummy and it’s awesome for treating acne and sunburns.

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So all in all, I definitely think everyone should just have a tub at home.

It’s $7 of happiness guys, totally worth.

You can get it for $7 and free 2 day shipping with prime here

10/10

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BNTgirls x KICHO CAMELIA SLEEPING PACK

Ah, sleep. I miss it a lot nowadays, I’ve got projects lined up next to exams and quizzes.

So when I do sleep I might as well double it up as skin care time as well.

Sleeping packs are just the right product to use when you lack the time to do a proper routine but you want to jam pack a super cream in.

You put a slightly thicker layer of it on right before you sleep and ta da, face done for the night and you’ll wake up fresh as a daisy.

Today I’ll be reviewing KICHO Camelia Sleeping Pack.

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Like the cream I reviewed from the same brand, KICHO, before, it’s beautiful packaged. Ribbons, pink and flowers. They know how to woo a girl into skin care with their packaging. It’s the whole package, heh.

The packaging doesn’t stop on the outside too, like the cream, they continue with the flower montage and have it beautifully placed inside as well.

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If I ever wanted to be a package designer, it would be for Korean cosmetics, they have just been knocking it out of the ballpark, and KICHO has been killing it. So beautiful. I love how it’s just so well thought out. Even before using the product and falling in love with the sleeping pack itself, the packaging definitely woos me.

Now onto skin care, sorry I’m such a packaging freak. I really love nicely packed things.

There are 4 key ingredients for the sleeping pack:

  • camellia oil
  • rose water
  • fermented black ginseng
  • lanolin (sheep oil, back again at it)

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It’s just a nice thicker, yet lighter type of cream. It absorbs slightly slower than a regular face cream, but it’s pretty solid.

It got rid of all my dry spots on my face, especially the tip of my nose and the sides of my face. After using it for about 2 weeks, every other night, my skin has been rehydrated.

It comes with a brush to help apply it evenly, but since I usually do the rest of my skin care with my hands I just apply it with my hands as well.

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It has a nice mild fragrance which doesn’t irritate me or my skin, super plus. Overall, I’m definitely loving this sleeping pack. It’s a nice thing to have when I’m crunched on time and I want to make sure my skin doesn’t die, even though I feel like I’m dying internally.

Hope everyone’s exams are going well.

I’m rating this, like the cream, 9/10.

Same as the cream you can buy it online on the KICHO site or at Whole Foods in NYC!

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BNTgirls x KICHO SHEEP OIL CREAM

The luxury of sheep oil.

I always knew sheep skin fancy, so I got myself one in Poland, and I like eating lamb. But sheep oil cream was a new one for me. I guess it only makes sense to use the entire sheep though!

Today I’ll be reviewing KICHO SHEEP OIL CREAM.

KICHO is a new brand for me to be reviewing but it seems like they’re coming to New York via Whole Foods! The place that gives you organic produce will give you another organic-ish produce, the KICHO Sheep Oil Cream!

The cream is made from pure lanolin extracted from New
Zealand sheep skin, i.e the wool, also featured in the photos. So fluffy! So plush!

Lanolin  + 8 Berry cream is said to be:
moisturizing, whitening, anti-oxidizing.

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First thing you notice is the BEAUTIFUL packaging of the cream, it’s so pretty. And the container for the cream is made of solid glass. I love the heavy feel of creams, it just feels less cheap.

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When you open it, you see that the lovely pattern of flowers continue, I love how cohesive the packaging is. It’s just so put together, the flower pattern inside and outside.

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Of course you’d want to see the cream on my face. It’s quite moisturizing and a tad oily, so I only use it as my night cream. But the cream lasts throughout the dry winter-spring nights and leave my skin rejuvenated when I wake up.

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It’s a nice heavy cream, especially for the night routine. It smells a bit lemon-y, which I found a bit odd, but not off putting.

Overall I found this to be a super solid cream, very comparative to the horse creams I was using before it, and I’ve replaced them with this cream instead.

I’ll be giving this a 9/10. Very good cream.

You can pick up one if you’re in New York City, at the Time Warner Whole Foods.

Otherwise you can check it out here on their site.

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BNTgirls x NATURE REPUBLIC Ginseng Royal Silk Gold Hydrogel Mask

MASK DREAMS SUCCESS!

Lately I’ve been heavily breaking out on my face, I should say that the break outs for me are relatively mild usually, maybe one or two pimples. But recently I’ve been getting clusters of them. CLUSTERS!

So I’ve pulled out all my masks and I’ve been doing treatments ON THE DAILY. Okay, maybe not daily, I don’t have time for that. Perhaps, every other day?

So needlessly to say, my face was ready to embrace NATURE REPUBLIC’s Ginseng Royal Silk Gold Hydrogel Mask. 

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The mask comes in a fancy packaging, much like the cream that I previously reviewed. It even has the same scent as the cream!

I would describe this mask as a everything mask, because it seems to be targeting…everything. It has all the right ingredients to make a power puff girl, sugar, spice and everything nice.

Or:

Pure (99%) gold

Six-year-old red ginseng

Royal jelly collected from Jiri Mountain

Amino acid extracted from golden silkworms

Yeah know, the ingredients to make a girl lovely again.

Before:

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I’ve got redness all over my face, and I’m trying to hide my chinples(chin pimples) with the mask, haha the shame. My skin is just sadness.

So the directions say to leave it on for 20-40minutes, I always do the max, for maximum effectiveness, 40 minutes! So basically 40 minutes of selfies.

It’s hard to take a cute selfie looking ugly, but regardless of the gold bling bling mask, the outcome was fantastic.

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40 minutes later, and I’m looking definitely more than 40% happier, my chinples have seemingly faded a lot and the overall redness in my face decreased significantly.

I can only recommend this since it worked out so well for me.

However it comes with a pretty heft price tag.

You can buy 6 masks for $47 here.on amazon.

But if you can do some waiting it’s only around $4-7 on korean sites.

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Review: Benton Honest TT Mist Review

Oh my gosh, this has been the first non-BntNews review in a while. And I’m looking forward to posting my travel vlogs/blogs soon while on spring break. 3 weeks to go.

Today I’ll be reviewing something I got from Roseroseshop and South Korean retailer of all sorts of Korean skincare and cosmetics. They have fairly decent prices, so if you want to check them out, here’s the link.

Today I’ll be reviewing Benton Honest TT Mist. I’m pretty excited because this is my first Benton product that I’ve ever used and it’s super fantastic-elastic.

I feel kind of bad because I actually received this product about 3 months ago to start testing and using and I’m only uploading a review now. But the good news is that I’ve heavily tested it for the past three months and I have only good things to say about it.

Benton truly seems to care about the skin with the products, and it was especially shown with their mist. It has a pH similar to skin, which makes the mist a gentle, neutral to skin spray. It leaves the skin feeling fresh all sorts of the day.

I brought it along with my winter travels to California, and it feel like it helped my skin adjust to the drier winters there. My skin was just super dry there (it ded) and I used the spray at least twice a day (morning and night) to just make sure my skin didn’t die for the rest of the day.

If I had a drier skin patch, double sprayed there, skin dry patch faded. If I had a surprise pimple area, double sprayed there, pimple faded.  If someone was mean to me, double sprayed there, person faded.

You get the idea, I sort of used it as a all purpose spray, and I loved it. I think I finally understand those Korean dramas where the girls just spritzed everywhere all the time. I turned into that. Universal Studios, check. Disneyland, check. Pre-dinner, check. Las Vegas, check. Basically everywhere I was spritzing.

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I’m a bit sad now as I’ve finished about half the bottle now but I can at least tell you all that I love it.

Plus it’s cheap. You can get it from roseroseshop here for ~$7. That’s crazy cheap, especially for something that I used basically all the time. Time to repurchase. Can’t wait.

Even though I was given this as a product to review for roseroseshop, this of course contains my 100% honesty.

Thus 10/10. I’m definitely rebuying. SPRITZ!

BNTnews x VELY VELY Magic Wand Lip&Eye Hybrid Concealer

EYEBAGS! Yeah, that caught your eyes there didn’t I.

I’m a long time sufferer of eyebags, they attack my face relentlessly because of the lack of sleep in my daily life. I should’ve studied art history in University. I CAN STILL CHANGE MY MAJOR. Jk I can’t.

So needlessly to say I was ready to try the newest product that bntNews sent me. Today I’ll be reviewing VELY VELY Magic Wand Lip&Eye Hybrid Concealer. 

It’s a dual sided/function concealer, it has a liquid side which is suppose to be for the under eye areas and the cream side which is suppose to conceal the lip lines, for a gradient lip look.

The liquid side is a bit lighter than the cream side because it’s meant to “brighten” the eye look.

As you can see the cream side blends right into my skin, it’s like a perfect shade match which is awesome because there’s only one shade available on the site (LOL).

I’m a NC15-NC20.

Here it is blended. Blends right into my skin so that’s pretty solid. 10/10 for shade matching( for me specifically! Good luck everyone else!).

So first I’ll be reviewing the liquid side first.

The applicator is a cute doe foot which allows you to dab as little as you want, because in this case a little definitely goes a long way.

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And then I just blend it away gently using my ring finger to tap it into my skin.

The liquid concealer pretty much stays the entire day after setting it with some powder. So that’s pretty nice, I would say it’s a medium coverage, because it conceals quite a bit of my bags but they’re sort of still visible.

Now for the cream side, I use it how it was intended here and just to blur out my lip line, so that I can build my own lips or create a nice gradient effect. Again I use my ring finger to stay consistent.

It’s in the shape of a lipstick bullet, SUPER CUTE.

and in my finished look I put on the VELY VELY butter crayon in shade Dragonfruit which you’ll see in my next review.

I think it does a pretty solid job for what it’s intended for.

It conceals my eye bags and my lip line well and in the end I look pretty decent.

So I’m giving this a solid 9.5/10, it’s not my HG concealer, but you know I’ll still grab for it daily anyways.

You can find it here or here.

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BNTgirl x Nature Republic Ginseng Royal Watery Cream

In my last blog I spoke about white winters, and what happens when I come home from Los Angeles? White out. Yeahhhhhh ski weather!

But obviously they’re some downsides to the cold weather, one of which is the dry dry, super dry skin that occurs. I have to blast the heat at home, or I might die. So instead of me dying, my body takes a casualty, my skin.

Today I’ll be reviewing a product that has been an immense help for my winter skin; NATURE REPUBLIC Ginseng Royal Watery Cream. Super fancy stuff.

Now, you might ask why I say super fancy, and I say it is because BA-BAM GOLD FLAKES! GINSENG! ROYAL JELLY! GOLD SILKWORM! Tell me that doesn’t look fancy.

Every time I put it on my face I feel like a K-Pop star, and that’s not only because of the super fancy ingredients, lots of K-Pop stars feature it in their routines, and I even saw Taeyeon from SNSD post about it on her instagram. Goals!

I’m feeling fancy.

As for the cream itself it does succeed in the “watery” part of it’s name. The cream absorbs quickly and sets as a light cream that can be used in both your day or night routine.

I love that it doesn’t have the “greasy” feel that some creams give off and doesn’t really have a minimum time to allow it to set. I just put on the rest of my make up after using it and my make up doesn’t melt off. Very nice stuff.

Overall I think it keeps my face hydrated and feeling fancy everyday. Who wouldn’t feel fancy rubbing gold flakes all over their face.

But as you guys know, I LOVE PACKAGING THE MOST! A good packaged item got me like bae. And Nature Republic has done wonderfully, to make it not only look high end but feel it too.

It’s a solid container, that has a nice screw on top, and a nice body to hold the cream as well. Plus it’s super sanitary with a little scooper that comes with it.

The fun part about this product was this is the first product I was actually able to see in the physical store. There was a Nature Republic in downtown LA, in Santee Alley.

I give it a 9/10. It was a a great cream, and I feel fancy while using it. But of course if you want to feel fancy you gotta pay that fancy price.

It retails like a high end cream, 66,000 Won in Korea.

But I found a amazon link for $36 here.

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BNTgirl x ISILOE Premium Whitening

It beginning to look like a white Christmas.

Oh, not the snow on the ground, I’m in California right now on break, so no snow, I meant my face.

Haha, today I’ll be reviewing ISILOE Premium Whitening Set! It’s a super luxurious set that contains a softener, a cream, and a eye cream (concentrate).

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First I’ll review the softener, to begin with I had no idea what a softener was so I googled it. What I learned was that it’s basically a toner, and it removes the dead skin cells on your face. You’ll use it before the cream on your face to make sure the cream can be it tip top absorption rate.

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I tested this product by using it as my night routine for about a month. Overall I found that this was a good set to have, I always woke up with radiant skin that was flawless, no dryness or flaky skin that comes with my combination skin in the winter. Just based off that, I think this product is already a solid 9/10.

So let’s review the toner first, I applied it directly to my face with my hands and patted it down. Though if one wanted to be more sanitary you could use a cotton pad, but I’m lazy.  At first I thought the scent was a bit overwhelmingly floral, but the more I used it as my regular routine I found myself to like and enjoy the scent more.

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But most importantly the container pump is legit the best. Sometimes I find that products are hard to get out of the container, but with this one, you just need to exert the right amount of force needed for the pump mechanism to work. 10/10 I love a good packaging. Hnngggg.

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The cream is really nice as well, it absorbs into the face easily and doesn’t leave my face greasy feeling, just hydrated. the cream lasts basically 24 hours and keeps my face feeling great for a whole day, I didn’t use a day routine because it just went from night to day flawlessly.

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It has a much more sensible lighter floral fragrance. and the same great packaging. I’m really in love with the pump, and the lovely hidden gem.

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TADA. Isn’t the packaging gorgeous? Honestly, the packaging itself has won me over, we can basically stop this review because I’m in love with it.

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The eye cream concentrate for me was okay, I don’t have a favorite eye cream because they tend to feel a bit too thick for me but this was okay, it didn’t wow me but it did its job! Hydrates the skin under my eye well!

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Overall I’d rate this product a 9.5/10. Packaging is the best, and if you’re into a pretty but well functioning product go ahead and go wild.

Unfortunately I don’t have a price yet since it’s a new product and I think they’re testing it.

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BNTgirl x Pure Heals Ginseng Berry Eye Lift Patch

Oh god I needed these.

Midterms just ended for me and I’m a serious victim of eye bags, not the cute aegyo eye bags, the omg what happened to sleep ones. Also, not to be confused with designer eyebags you obtain from jetsetting to foreign countries for brief amounts of time.

Today I’ll be reviewing Pure Heals Ginseng Berry Eye Lift Patch!


Eye patches are a great mini mask for the eye bags specifically because they still allow you to continue with whatever you’re doing ( in my case, studying like a mad man). So I really appreciate them because they just feel nice in general.

What’s specifically excellent about the Pure Heals one is that not only is it cooling during initial contact but for the entire extended wear of the eye patch entirely. Plus I like the fact is a clear gel, it looks a little bit more normal.


Even better bonus about the eye patches is that they work( at least for me)! I just put them on for 20-30 minutes and continuing the ritualistic studying that is engineering.

Here are some before and after pictures:

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The skin around my eyes definitely plumped back up and looked much healthier.

Does what it’s advertised to do, so that’s super cool.

Only bummer is that the MSRP is 53,000 Korean Won or around $53USD, so it’s quite a baller amount. But if price isn’t a issue or you need some major help ASAP, give it a try.

Still a solid though, so I’d give this a 8.5/10, minus 1.5 for the price. I’m a student, broke life.

 
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BNTgirl x UGARDEN PERFECT OIL MASK – Camellia

Wow, time really flies doesn’t it?

I’m feeling really busy nowadays, what feels like 30 minutes is actually two hours. Yesterday I studied for what I thought was a few hours but turned out to be 5 hours! But sometimes I like to take a breath and relax, watch the world go by. Or Netflix and chill by yourself. But really, it should be Netflix and chill AND mask.

I love multi-tasking, and when it’s a mask that takes 20 minutes, I can squeeze a episode on Netflix in quickly too. Face feels refreshed and my mind gets a little break.

Today I’ll be reviewing UGARDEN Perfect Oil Mask (in Camellia). It’s a two in one (awesome) mask that comes with oil and a mask! Time to start buffering that Netflix and mask it on.

The first step, like always, is to clean your face (or make sure it’s clean).

Ta da, clean face.

Afterwards you rip off the off the top part of the mask package, the oil, and rub your face with the oil.

You know I’ve always wondered what camellia would smell like, question answered. The smell smacked my nose silly when I inhaled too strongly to begin with, and I would not suggest to others to sniff your oil too strongly. But smelling it delicately afterwards, I appreciated the smell a lot more. It was still strong but pleasant.

After that I rested for 20 minutes of looking like this. And watching some Netflix, I’m currently watching a “Death in Paradise.” Solid murder mystery series, my favorite genre.

I was done. Ta da.

Check out that all too dewy glow. I was radiant, practically glowing even. The only downside of this mask was that you kept that dewy glow, literally forever- till the end of time. I just washed my face after three hours because I didn’t want to keep glowing and I wanted to sleep.

Overall a fine mask to add to my ever growing mask collection. The cool part was that it had a section for the neck, gotta prevent those neck wrinkles.

I’d rate it a 9/10, bit too dewy for me but still a nice mask, kept me well hydrated.

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