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If you’ve followed me for a while, you might have noticed that I don’t review subscriptions boxes very often – it’s really just because I have a lot of products so find it hard to review. However, one box that has had my attention for literally years is the nomakenolife (or NMNL) box – they launched back in 2016 with a focus on super cute Korean and Japanese beauty products.
I was in particular interested in Japanese products- I adore J-Beauty but find it really hard to purchase overseas, and even harder to actually find out what I’m buying as there’s very little English information online. Because of this, I find it very helpful to have them selected and sourced for me to try out. The team from NMNL is actually Tokyo based too, so they’ve got their thumb on the latest trends and best selling products.
They also have special perks for subscribers – you gain points for every consecutive month that you’re signed up and can exchange them for exclusive items, get discounts or even shop on JapanHaul – and there’s some really cute stuff.
If you want to take a peek, head on over to the nomakenolife website. But before you do, let’s jump into this box!
I’m back with another review (of course), and this time it’s another Koelf hydropatch – for your elbows. For a lot of us, we pay so much attention to moisturising our faces, legs and necks (especially our necks, okay) and more difficult to see spots tend to be neglected. Dry elbows don’t look very nice and nor do they feel great. Cracked skin can make sure a pretty painful experience, especially in an area that moves and rubs against other surfaces so often.
I have to admit that my own elbows are pretty neglected. They have been dry to the point of hurting before, which isn’t something to be that proud about. For that reason, I was looking forward to trying this out. I wanted something that could give my elbows a quick hydration that lasted even after the product wore off. It was also important for it to be easy to use and not affect my movement, as I do a lot of work at home.
If you’ve read my previous Koelf review, you will know that I also tested their heel patch. For this one, I’ll be using my own body instead of my mum’s (but thanks for helping me apply it, mum!) and giving you my thoughts on it. Like the previous, this product was also sent to me for review by RoseRoseShop so don’t forget to check them out too!
Did you know that I’ve never actually worn one-day lenses before? All of the ones I’ve worn have been 3 – 6 month pairs because I always feel like it’s such a waste to throw them out after a single use (and the prices seem to add up). However, I was recently approached by a Hong Kong company called Pinkicon to try out a pair of their lenses and I decided to give the one-day set a go – partly because I was really curious about how these would differ from my long lasting ones, and also because I’ve never really worn brown contacts before! I often like bright, stand out colours that differ a lot from my original eyecolour, so I was interested to see how a subtle change would change my overall look.
These are from the Fairy brand by Sincere-Vision, a Japanese brand that seems to be really popular. Their Select range is, I guess, a selection of their best colours? These lenses are meant to give only a subtle moderate widening of the eyes (as they have a more natural radius) and the subtle colour is meant to add dimension to your iris, giving you a soft ‘dewy’ look. They’re super pretty and available on Pinkicon’s website for USD$20 for a pack of 10 (or 5 pairs)!
Hi everyone! I’m here today to introduce (and give you my thoughts) on my new collaborator –StyleKorean. They are a Korea based online store that specialises in kbeauty and had actually contacted me about sending some things over for me to review. I’m so thankful for the opportunity and great support that they’ve given me! I’ve been posting on this blog steadily and trying to improve my content, so it’s always really great to find people who enjoy what I post – especially when they also share my passion for bringing great asian beauty products to a wider international audience.
StyleKorean has been operating since 2012 and, since 2015, have international warehouses in both Korea and Hong Kong as well them offices in Hong Kong, China, USA and Korea. They are extremely professional and you can read more about them on their website.
Looking through their store, I am absolutely taken aback by their clean and user friendly web design, which is often a weakness of kbeauty stores. The website is very easily to navigate and they also stock a wide range of brands and products – including some that are less common on other websites: 3CE, Memebox and Son & Park being some of that I am most excited about.
If you want to check out their website, click the below banner! Otherwise, let’s proceed with the haul:
I’ve been complaining a lot about the dry, cold weather here in Sydney. With it now moving into spring and with me having terrible allergies, it honestly isn’t getting much better. For that reason, I’ve been using sheet masks more frequently lately – goat’s milk, snail (of course), hyaluronic acid and now… 24k gold. I’m personally a big fan of hydrogel masks because I like how firmly they stay on the face. I’m not a very ‘lie back and relax’ sort of person so I like to keep working while the mask is doing its magic.
The benefit of hydromasks, aside from their stickiness, is that the gel allows the essence to be absorbed slower, giving your skin more time to really drink it all up. Most of them have a good cooling effect as well, which is great on hot days or days when you’ve been out in the sun. The downside, I find, is that these masks tend to have a lot less essence and a thinner formula than the average sheet masks – something that I noticed, but may not necessarily be fact.
Overall, I do really enjoy hydromasks so I had a lot of fun trying this one. If you’d also like to grab one, they’re available on Alpha Beauty – who so kindly sent me these to review!
I am obsessed with Disney – I think that is a fact that everyone should be aware of. Whenever there is a Disney collaboration, my head pokes in in interest… which is exactly what happened here. Looking at the different products on Alphabeauty’s website, I was drawn towards all of the Alice in Wonderland collaborations that seemed to be happening over in Japan. K-Palette’s 1 Day Tattoo came recommended to me by Sophia, so I was pretty excited to test that out.
I am generally very loyal to my Clio Kill Black, which is the first and most effective liquid liner that I’ve learnt to use on a daily basis. Aside from that, I’m very much a gel liner type of girl because I like to have as much control over my liner as possible and a very deep black. This one, however, comes really close to the Clio!
If you’re interested in checking this out, go to Alphabeauty’s website. Otherwise, let’s go!
As Kbeauty fans, I think that it’s very (very) easy for us to accidentally neglect all of the other products that are out there for us – even those that are still within the Asian beauty industry! The fact is that the Korean industry is huge, with many low-end, high-end, mainstream and even indie brands that are constantly putting out new products, developing new formulas and just really demanding our attention. However, some people might have noticed that I had paid a little attention recently to Japanese cosmetics and skincare. Admittedly, I don’t have much knowledge or experience in their industry (and could hardly name even ten brands) but I have heard some great things about them!
For this reason, I am so happy that I have been sent some pretty interesting things by Alpha Beauty to review! All of these brands are completely new to be and, while I had heard of their names before, I am definitely going in with zero subjectivity no preconcieved expectations.
I’ll be giving everyone a brief overview of the products that I have received (and have already started testing). If you are interested in Japanese cosmetics or skincare, check out Alpha Beauty!
Remember that super cute, ridiculous bottle of lotion that I reviewed before? The one that was sent to me by JapanSkin? Well, what I didn’t mention in that previous post (or perhaps I did and I had simply forgotten) is that it isn’t the only thing they had sent me! Also by the Japanese boutique brand Kamiya, I also received one of their hand creams and green tea blotting paper to test as well and I was very happy with them. Although the hand cream was nothing spectacular (and I’m not a frequent user of it anyway), I absolutely loved the blotting paper. It was very absorbent, smelled really good and the packaging was simply innovative. It’s very clear to see that Kamiya had experience with paper because they’re just very good at it!
If you’re interested in anything that I’ve shown here, or the Kamiya Silk Lotion that I reviewed earlier, then just go to JapanSkin. These are not affiliate links and, whilst I have been sent these products to review, I always give my honest opinion (even if they’re not completely positive)!
It’s been a comparatively slow sort of week from me, and I found that I’m falling a little behind on my reviews! I have so many products I’ve recently been testing that I’ve wanted to discuss, but spending a lot of time at work and balancing some other projects mean that I’ve needed to take some nights to myself. No worries though because I’m back.
Today, I’ll be showing you one of the products that was sent to me by JapanSkin to review. I found them through Instagram and was really interested in the products they carried because – surprise, surprise – I’ve never actually used Japanese skincare products before. However, I’ve been told that they’re really great.
They’re very responsive and very professional at JapanSkin, which I really enjoyed. I also love that, by looking at their Instagram feed, I can tell that they are not just businessmen but actually use and understand the products that they are selling. I would definitely recommend them to friends (and you readers!)