The Asian beauty secret…Does it work?
Erborian green tea konjac sponge
Recently I’ve been seeing these weird looking sponges floating around the shops and online. I was very curious to see what they were, so I decided to pick one up myself. I discovered they are called Konjac Sponges. All I knew about these Konjac Sponges was that they can contain ingredients like Green Tea and Charcoal.
I did a bit of research on the sponge and found it’s actually made from the root of the Asian plant Konjac. Koreans have long been using this method to cleanse the face and body as it is known to dislodge dirt, oil and blackheads whilst softening the skin, so of course, I had to try it out!
As I was walking through Westfield something caught my eye… a NEW MAKEUP SHOP!! Of course, I went in, it would have been rude not to…. Walking in, I couldn’t help but think, is this the UK version of Sephora, I really hope so.
The first thing I noticed when I walked in were the staff. Every member seemed to be busy, stocking the shelves or rearranging the products. I did notice one member of staff doing her make up, but this didn’t bother me as I understand working in a makeup store, you would be tempted to touch up and, in my opinion, it does make a huge difference when a staff member selling you make up, has nice makeup themselves (plus it gives me makeup inspiration!)
In today’s society, everybody is after the ‘Kylie Jenner’ plump lip look and if you do not want to undergo the cosmetic procedure of having dermal filler then Too-Faced may have just the right product for you, this means no filler or injections. The gloss retails in stores both online and on the high street for around £10.00- £12.00 for a mini gloss and £22.00 for regular sized lippy where you get 4ml of product, some lip fillers can cost around £250.00 for 1ml of Juvéderm and often much more. So surely it makes more sense to buy a lip plumper for £10.00- £22.00, instead right? No Pain, no hefty bills, no regrets…
Who are Tony Moly?
Tony Moly is without a doubt one of the cutest South Korean brands out there. What really makes them stand out from the rest, are its innovative ingredients and the MOST adorable packaging.
They have a full range of absolutely “to die for” packaging from egg shaped pore tightening cooling packs to tomato shaped hand creams. Alongside what some would call weird, or others would call incredibly innovative ingredients including their fermented snail secretion and bamboo sap skincare range.
& How did I discover this banana hand cream?
My most recent trip to Hong Kong had me stumbling upon a pop-up store in a shopping center for Tony Moly. Don’t worry, you can still purchase this hand cream in the UK at Selfridges for £9.50.
CEW never fail when deciding the topic of their conferences and this one was no exception. Beside being held in the fabulous Google offices, CEW and Google shared with us the priceless information we are all wanting these days…how beauty brands can build and thrive in a society where the consumer has unlimited information at the touch of a screen.
If you can’t tell by my previous blogs, I love The Ordinary. Their products have done wonders for my skin. So, when I read Glamour’s article about their new sun-cream line, I was over the moon. Straight after work I ran to the store, hoping they hadn’t sold out - as I was going away the next day, so it was get in, pick up the sun-cream and leave. Which is exactly what I did. The sun cream retails at £ and is packed in the standard size tube all the rest of the creams are, however it has a bronzy tint to it, tying in well with the bronzy glow we all associate summer with, love it.
Looking on the internet, I couldn’t find much on this product, there’s hardly any reviews and retailers such as Beautybay.com simply describe it as ‘a nourishing lip mask’, so when I tried this product out, I thought I must share my thoughts on this product…as it seems no one else is.
Katy Young, Harper’s Bazaar’s beauty director, hosted a panel with three of the industry’s innovative ladies, who explore the highs and lows of founding and growing their own successful cosmetic businesses’ both nationally and internationally. The panel includes the fabulous Jo Malone where she shares with us her personal and professional journey from ‘Jo Malone’ to ‘Jo Loves’ and the story behind the beautiful scents which the world has fallen for.
Everything banana scented normally uses isoamyl acetate, which is a chemical that is naturally found in bananas, giving them their distinctive smell. However, it is not necessarily reliable to assume every product with this ingredient is going to smell like bananas. Different concentrations of isoamyl acetate smell very differently. For example, diluted concentrations make the product smell like pears, and is very misleading when you are assuming the product will smell like bananas.
Makeup packaging that is almost too cute to open is a trend that will never go out of style. With so many chocolate lovers out there, chocolate bar inspired makeup is a classic in makeup packaging trends and is a timeless piece that brands will forever recreate. Revolution’s new launches of chocolate bar palettes have taken a step up in the chocolate bar packaging game. Revolution have adopted a similar packaging style for their I Heart Revolution I ♡ Chocolate eyeshadow palettes (£8.99) to Too Faced chocolate bar eyeshadow collection (£49), but for a fraction of the price!