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Review: Tatcha Ritual Discovery Kit

Tatcha 1After writing a post on facial toners and listing Tatcha as one of my favorite one, a representative from Tatcha actually reached out to me to share more of their collection with me. I was super excited since this was the first time a brand reached out to me to try out their product. I’ve been interested in their other products so I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to try it out! Don’t worry though, I will be honest with my opinion and won’t let this free product sway me.

She first asked me to fill out their online skin care questionnaire to find out what kind of skin type I have. You can also fill it out here. I like how they have a questionnaire for people to figure out which products to buy and it’s not a buy one fit all since we know everyone has different skin types. I got sensitive, which I’m not surprised since my face is pretty sensitive to harsh chemicals!

She sent me the Tatcha Ritual Discovery Kit, which is a great intro to their essential four-step ritual. This kit comes with the Camellia Cleansing Oil, Rice Enzyme Powder Exfoliant, Brightening Serum, and Moisture Rich Silk Cream.

Tatcha Collage 1The Camellia Cleansing Oil is really unique from all the other oil cleanser I’ve used. The direction says to massage this oil onto your dry face and hands for 10 seconds and then rinse away. I was skeptical about this product but it actually works! I love how gentle this oil is on my skin but yet strong enough to melt away all my makeup. Another great thing about this oil cleanser is that it doesn’t leave an “oily” residue that most oil-based cleanser does. The only negative thing I about this product is that it contains one medium hazard ingredient.

Ingredients (one medium hazard ingredient):

Cetyl EthylhexanoateOryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate, Polyglyceryl-2 SesquicaprylateCamellia Japonica Seed Oil, Glyceryl Behenate/eicosadioate, Water, Algae ExtractCamellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Fragrance (Natural), Phenoxyethanol

Formulated without:
Mineral Oil, Synthetic Colors, Synthetic Fragrances, Sulfate Detergents, Parabens, PEGs, PPGs, Urea, DEA, TEA or Phthalates.

Tatcha Collage 2The Rice Enzyme Powder Exfoliant is a super gentle, non-abrasive exfoliant that works on all skin type. I like how it just gently polish the top layer of my skin, leaving it really smooth. The design of the opening of the jar isn’t the best since you can tell some of the powder gets stuck in the crack. Also you have to be careful your fingers are dry when you’re opening and pouring out the container so you don’t want any water to get in the hole, which will contaminate the powder. This product also has three medium hazard ingredients.

Ingredients (3 medium hazard ingredients):

Oryza Sativa (rice) Powder, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Potassium Myristate, Cellulose, Water, Papain (papaya Extract), Camellia Sinensis (green Tea) Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin (pearl) Protein, Oryza Sativa (rice) Bran, Algae Extract, Glycerin, Dextrin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol

Formulated without:
Mineral Oil, Synthetic Colors, Synthetic Fragrances, Sulfate Detergents, Parabens, PEGs, PPGs, Urea, DEA, TEA or Phthalates.

Tatcha Collage 3The Deep Brightening Serum is a very light, almost liquidity serum. The serum is very gentle so it should work on all skin types. It’s a small bottle but one pump goes a long way. The scent is very light.

Ingredients (2 medium hazard ingredients):

Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Squalane (Olive Origin), Isocetyl StearateInositol (Rice Extract), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Isostearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl AlcoholSericin (Silk Extract), Arginine, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Sodium Hyaluronate, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit ExtractGlycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sorbitan Stearate, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenerated Lecithin (Soy Origin)Algae ExtractCamellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Fragrance (Natural), Phenoxyethanol

Formulated without:
Kojic Acid, Hydroquinone, Mineral Oil, Synthetic Colors, Synthetic Fragrances, Sulfate Detergents, Parabens, PEGs, PPGs, Urea, DEA, TEA or Phthalates.

Tatcha Collage 4The Moisture Rich Silk Cream is a super light-weight cream. They call it a “gel-cream of liquid silk”, which is a perfect description of this cream. There’s a light, almost citrus fragrance.

Ingredients (two medium hazard ingredients):

Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isocetyl Stearate, Squalane (Olive Origin)Inositol (Rice Extract), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbitan Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin (Soy Origin), Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Batyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Arginine, Bis-behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, CarbomerSericin (Silk Extract), Xanthan Gum, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Thymus Serpillum ExtractAlgae ExtractCamellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Fragrance (Natural) , Phenoxyethanol

Formulated without:
Mineral Oil, Synthetic fragrances, Sulfate Detergents, Parabens, PEGs, PPGs, Urea, DEA, TEA or Phthalates.

Tatcha 6My skin is nice and soft and bright!

Verdict

Overall I think the Tatcha Ritual Discovery Kit is a great kit to start with if you never used Tatcha before and you wanted an intro to their line. I like how the kit is travel size so I can bring it on my carry-on when I travel. My favorite product out of this kit is the Camellia Cleansing Oil since it takes away all my makeup and is gentle on my skin. My normal travel size facial wash is gentle enough to wash my face but not strong enough to take off my makeup. I usually use coconut oil to take my makeup off but they’re not easy to bring on carry-on since it leaks and is sensitive to heat. My next favorite is the rice enzyme powder just because it’s a nice, gentle exfoliant that makes my skin soft and smooth. I like using the cleansing oil and rice enzyme powder together especially when I’m wearing makeup since I know my skin is getting a thorough cleanse. I would most likely buy the travel size camellia cleansing oil again since it’s hard to find a gentle oil cleanser that’s small enough to bring on a carry-on. The only con about this kit is that not all the ingredients are safe so you just have to be aware of that.

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Review: Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask

Innisfree 1One of the best part of having friends who travel is that they end up bringing back all kinds of goodies! One of my friend went to Korea and bought me a pack of Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Facial Mask Sheets. I was excited to try these masks since they’re suppose to be all natural.Innisfree Collage 1Shea Butter Ingredients (4 medium hazard ingredients):

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Carbomer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Manuka Honey Ingredients (3 medium hazard ingredients):

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Betaine, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Honey Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor OilXanthan Gum, Carbomer,  Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Mugwort Ingredients (2 medium hazard ingredients):

WaterGlycerinButylene Glycol, AlcoholCitrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Betaine, Artemisia Princeps Leaf ExtractXanthan Gum, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor OilEthylhexylglycerinAloe Barbadensis Leaf JuiceSodium HyaluronateOpuntia Coccinellifera Fruit ExtractCamellia Japonica Leaf ExtractCamellia Sinensis Leaf ExtractOrchid ExtractCitrus Unshiu Peel ExtractDisodium EDTAPhenoxyethanol, Fragrance

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Blackberry Ingredients (4 medium hazard ingredients):

WaterGlycerinButylene GlycolCetyl EthylhexanoateCaprylic / Capric TriglycerideCitrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Rubus Fruitcosus (Blackberry) JuicePolyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose DistearateGlyceryl StearateDimethiconePEG-100 StearateCarbomerXanthan GumEthylhexylglycerin, AdenosinePotassium HydroxideSodium Hyaluronate, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit ExtractCamellia Japonica Leaf ExtractCamellia Sinensis Leaf ExtractOrchid ExtractCitrus Unshiu Peel ExtractDisodium EDTAPhenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Green Tea Ingredients (3 medium hazard ingredients):

WaterGlycerinButylene Glycol, AlcoholCitrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Betaine, Camellia Sinensis Leaf ExtractXanthan Gum, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, 1-2 PropanediolSodium HyaluronateOpuntia Coccinellifera Fruit ExtractCamellia Japonica Leaf ExtractCamellia Sinensis Leaf ExtractOrchid ExtractCitrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Extract, Lactic Acid, Ascorbic AcidDisodium EDTAPhenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Bija Ingredients (2 medium hazard ingredients):

WaterGlycerinButylene Glycol, AlcoholCitrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, BetaineXanthan Gum, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor OilEthylhexylglycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Torreya Nucifera Seed OilSodium HyaluronateOpuntia Coccinellifera Fruit ExtractCamellia Japonica Leaf ExtractCamellia Sinensis Leaf ExtractOrchid ExtractCitrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Disodium EDTAPhenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Innisfree Collage 3

Tea Tree Ingredients (2 medium hazard ingredients):

WaterGlycerinButylene GlycolAlcoholCitrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Betaine, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf ExtractXanthan GumPEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor OilEthylhexylglycerinAloe Barbadensis Leaf JuiceTorreya Nucifera Seed OilSodium HyaluronateOpuntia Coccinellifera Fruit ExtractCamellia Japonica Leaf ExtractCamellia Sinensis Leaf ExtractOrchid ExtractCitrus Unshiu Peel ExtractDisodium EDTAPhenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Rose Ingredients (2 medium hazard ingredients):

WaterGlycerinButylene GlycolAlcoholCitrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit ExtractBetaineRosa Centifolia Flower JuiceXanthan GumPEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor OilEthylhexylglycerinSodium HyaluronateOpuntia Coccinellifera Fruit ExtractCamellia Japonica Leaf ExtractCamellia Sinensis Leaf ExtractOrchid ExtractCitrus Unshiu Peel ExtractDisodium EDTAPhenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Pomegranate Ingredients (3 medium hazard ingredients):

WaterGlycerinButylene GlycolAlcoholCitrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit ExtractBetainePunica Granatum Fruit ExtractXanthan GumPEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, CarbomerEthylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Potassium HydroxideSodium HyaluronateOpuntia Coccinellifera Fruit ExtractCamellia Japonica Leaf ExtractCamellia Sinensis Leaf ExtractOrchid ExtractCitrus Unshiu Peel ExtractDisodium EDTAPhenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Innisfree Collage 4

Aloe Ingredients (3 medium hazard ingredients):

WaterGlycerinButylene GlycolAlcoholCitrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit ExtractBetaine, Aloe Barba Densis Leaf JuiceXanthan GumPEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor OilCarbomerEthylhexylglycerinPotassium HydroxideSodium HyaluronateOpuntia Coccinellifera Fruit ExtractCamellia Japonica Leaf ExtractCamellia Sinensis Leaf ExtractOrchid ExtractCitrus Unshiu Peel ExtractDisodium EDTAPhenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Cucumber Ingredients (3 medium hazard ingredients):

WaterGlycerinButylene GlycolAlcoholCitrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit ExtractBetaine, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) JuiceXanthan GumPEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor OilCarbomerEthylhexylglycerinPotassium HydroxideSodium HyaluronateOpuntia Coccinellifera Fruit ExtractCamellia Japonica Leaf ExtractCamellia Sinensis Leaf ExtractOrchid ExtractCitrus Unshiu Peel ExtractDisodium EDTAPhenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Strawberry Ingredients (2 medium hazard ingredients):

WaterGlycerinButylene Glycol, NiacinamideAlcoholCitrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit JuiceBetaineXanthan GumPEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor OilCarbomerEthylhexylglycerinSodium HyaluronateOpuntia Coccinellifera Fruit ExtractCamellia Japonica Leaf ExtractCamellia Sinensis Leaf ExtractOrchid ExtractCitrus Unshiu Peel ExtractDisodium EDTAPhenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Innisfree Collage 5

Kiwi Ingredients (4 medium hazard ingredients):

WaterGlycerinButylene Glycol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic / Capric TriglycerideCitrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit ExtractActinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Juice, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Carbomer, Xanthan GumEthylhexylglycerinPotassium HydroxideSodium HyaluronateOpuntia Coccinellifera Fruit ExtractCamellia Japonica Leaf ExtractCamellia Sinensis Leaf ExtractOrchid ExtractCitrus Unshiu Peel ExtractDisodium EDTAPhenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Lime Ingredients (2 medium hazard ingredients):

WaterGlycerinButylene GlycolNiacinamideAlcoholCitrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit ExtractCitrus Aurantifolia (Lime) JuiceBetaineXanthan GumPEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor OilEthylhexylglycerinSodium HyaluronateOpuntia Coccinellifera Fruit ExtractCamellia Japonica Leaf ExtractCamellia Sinensis Leaf ExtractOrchid ExtractCitrus Unshiu Peel ExtractDisodium EDTAPhenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Bamboo Ingredients (2 medium hazard ingredients):

WaterGlycerinButylene Glycol, AlcoholCitrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Betaine, Bambusa Vulgaris ExtractXanthan Gum, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor OilEthylhexylglycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf JuiceSodium HyaluronateCamellia Japonica Leaf ExtractCamellia Sinensis Leaf ExtractOrchid ExtractCitrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit ExtractDisodium EDTAPhenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Verdict

Overall these are great, simple sheet masks when your skin needs an extra boost. I like how Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Facial Mask Sheets takes inspiration from natural food and plant products and the sheets actually smell like the food/plant it’s suppose to be. My face feels nice and supple the next day after using these masks. The only downfall is that not all the ingredients are safe but at least it’s not that many compare to other facial sheet masks.



Review: Cremorlab Mineral Water Mist

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I ran out of my last toner so I decided to try Cremorlab Mineral Water. I got sucked into trying this toner out since their thermal waters comes from Geumjin, which is a region in Korea. The thermal waters there are known for their richness of minerals and provide great hydration for skin. Sounds great so why not try it out?

Ingredients (11 medium hazard ingredients):

Water, Butylene Glycol, Isohexadecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Water, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Orchid Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hordeum Vulgare Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, ChamomillaRecutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Yeast Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Glycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Octyldodeceth-20, PEG-5 Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Bisabolol, Caprylyl Glycol, Arginine, Polysorbate 80, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Algin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polysorbate 60, Cetearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Alcohol Denat., Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid

Pros:

  • Easy, even spray dispenser.
  • The nozzle doesn’t get clogged up.
  • Comes in three sizes: 50ml, 120ml, 300ml

Cons:

  • Cannot bring this bottle in your carry-on bag since it is an aerospray.
  • Not all the ingredients are safe.

Verdict:

I like how easy the dispenser is to spray the toner. Reminds me of a hairspray container. The nozzle doesn’t get clogged and it provides an even mist. The only thing I don’t like about this toner is how many medium hazard ingredients there is. Not sure why there’s so many ingredients in just a toner. It didn’t feel any different from any other toners I used. I probably wouldn’t buy this again since there’s plenty of other safer toners out there.



Review: Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream

Missha 1Missha 2One of my friend gave me Missha BB Cream as a present. I was delighted since I just ran out of my bb cream from Korea. This was the perfect time for me to try a new BB cream. I actually never heard of this brand until my friend gave it to me. Apparently this is one of their best seller product.

Missha BB Cream comes in 5 colors:

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Ingredients (4 high hazards, 12 medium hazards):

Water(Aqua), Cyclomethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Oxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mineral Oil, Phenyl Trimethicone, Talc, Arbutin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Dimethicone, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Squalane, Adenosine, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Beeswax(Cera Alba), Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Caviar Extract, Algae Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract, Ceramide 3, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance(Parfum), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol

MAY CONTAIN[+/-; Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891), Iron Oxides(CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)]

Cons:

  • Not all the ingredients are safe.
  • There’s a slight grey undertone color.

Pros:

  • All in one cream: UV protection (SPF 42), anti-aging, treat dark spots, and provides coverage.
  • Lightweight cream.
  • Pretty affordable.

Verdict:

It works great as a bb cream for those that want a natural, light coverage. If you have any blemishes, you still need a concealer for that. There’s a slight perfume scent. One of my friend that used this bb cream said there’s a slight grey undertone which I didn’t noticed at first since I have a darker complexion than her. With this bb cream, you just have to keep dabbing/blending it into your skin for it to match your skin tone. The only thing I don’t like about this product is all the harmful ingredients.

Missha 5Wearing the Missha BB cream.