Review: nomakenolife (Japanese & Korean Beauty Box)

NMNL No Make No Life Beauty Subscription Box January Review

This product was sent to me for review purposes. Please note that affiliate links are used.

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!

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Review: Bikini Bottom Bundle (Juno & Co)

This product was sent to me for review purposes.

Every now and then, a collaboration comes that is just so perfect, that it’s hard to understand why they didn’t do it sooner! And this level of perfection came together in the form of Juno & Co (super famous for their microfibre sponges) working together with Spongebob Square Pants!

This adorable Bikini Bottom Bundle is available on the Juno & Co website for USD$24. It is the perfect gift option for this Christmas with nostalgic appeal and a good variety of products – the price point is around the same compared to buying similar permanent products individually, but this special design is exclusive to this bundle.

Of course, if you’re not a Spongebob fan or want to try just a single version of their sponges first, you can still get a variety of the Microfibre Sponges on the official website for USD$6 – or AUD$10 at Mecca for Australians and New Zealanders.

Before you get into your shopping though, let’s get into this review!

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Review: Face Halo Original

This product was sent to me for review purposes.

I actually can’t believe how long it’s taken for me to get on board with the Face Halo Makeup Removers, but I’m never going back! Face Halo launched back in 2017 and their makeup removers were so innovative and completely new to the market. In a way, I feel like their introduced a whole new product category and have since triggered a plethora of copies.

Their makeup removers are essentially a sustainable alternative to makeup wipes so are perfect for people who are environmentally conscious or those who like to remove their makeup as soon as they get home, but maybe save the full cleansing routine for later in the night.

All of these Face Halo Makeup Removers are reusable and washable, so a single pack is going to last a significant amount of time. Aside from the Face Halo Original (which retails for AUD$30 for a pack of three), they also have the Face Halo Pro, Face Halo X, Face Halo Body Exfoliator and some Accessory Packs!

All of these are available on their official website (which has free shipping Australia-wide), or you can also check out AdoreBeauty and BeautyBay. But before all that – let’s get into this review!

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Review: Jeju Cherry Blossom Collection (Innisfree)

Innisfree Cherry Blossom Collection Kbeauty Review

This product was sent to me for review purposes.

Cute collections always make me smile and, of course, Innisfree has succeeded again with their 2020 Jeju Color Picker Collection – this year inspired by cherry blossoms! It is perfectly timed with the season in Korea and was available from March to the end of April, but availability has been extended due to recent events. Instead, they will sell the remaining stock once they reopen stores too!

All of these products take inspiration from the blossoms, so you can expect gorgeous packaging and a lot of pink! This collection includes a Nail Set, Matte Mineral Setting Powder, Luminizer, Lip Tinted Sticks (available in 3 shades) and – of course – the Cherry Blossom Eyeshadow Palette. I was lucky enough to get my hands on most of this collection and I am in love! It’s actually rare that I like every single thing in a collection, but I couldn’t find a way to dislike anything. I’ll say it now that this is definitely highly recommended from me.

That being said, Innifree stores in Australia are currently closed due to COVID19 so they are only selling from their official stockist (AdoreBeauty), as well as other unofficial stores. I noticed that AdoreBeauty only carry their skincare so if you’d like to get anything from this collection, you may need to wait until stores reopen here in Australia. It’s worth the wait though!

And now, let’s get into this review!

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Review: A’Bloom (Althea)

Althea Korea A'Bloom Kbeauty Review

This product was sent to me for review purposes.

Althea Korea is absolutely killing it with their new releases. Aside from the great curation that they have on their website, I have also been really enjoying the products from their exclusive (i.e. in-house) brands – from super creamy and pigmented lip tints, to a lightweight and velvet-soft sunscreen, it seems like they are taking all of the right steps! Although I haven’t loved everything (their Milk Peel Cream Mask was not a favourite of mine, although many others enjoy it), I am generally really excited when ever they have new product launches.

In the past, all of their exclusive releases have been under their main Althea Collection (which includes their Bare Essentials and Petal Velvet line) but this one is a little bit different in that they just launched a new brand!

This is called A’Bloom and is like the more cute, fun and youthful little sister to the core brand. At the moment, the range consists of four fruit based sheet masks (Watermelon, Peach, Avocado and Lemon Lime), the BHA Blackhead Blaster and two Meringue Puffs (in either the Baby size or the Giant). Prices are ridiculously affordable with sheet masks starting at 10 for USD$3.50 (or 50 cents if bought individually) and the most expensive item is the BHA Blackhead Blaster which is still a steal at USD$4. This range is definitely great if you’re on a budget or just want to try out something new that won’t break the bank.

So, I was lucky enough to have been sent the entire range to test out so let’s get into this review. I want to go into every single item here for you! Let’s go!

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Review: MCoBeauty

MCo Beauty Brows Beauty Review

This product was sent to me for review purposes. I was not paid for this post and affiliate links are not used in this post.

It’s funny to think that just a few years ago, I used to go around with my (very faint) brows completely bare (and yet somehow did my actual eye make up very dark). I know much better now though and I find that I actually really enjoy doing my eyebrows, even if I have less to work with than some people.

If the eyes are the window to the soul, then your brows are the curtains – and trust me, we all like nice curtains. MCoBeauty recently reached out to me about trying some of their products, and they ended up sending me a bunch of brow products – which is great because I have been wanting to experiment more with them. I’m a bit of a creature of comfort so I’ve been using the same products for months.

They are the new sister brand of ModelCo, a well-known, Australian drugstore brand most well known for their tanning products. McoBeauty, however, claims to be ‘your new luxe for less beauty obsession’. They focus primarily in the cosmetic area and have been making a social media splash with their affordable but quality products. In fact, everything in their range is under AUD$30. They are cruelty-free and vegan certified too, which is great for people who want more affordable, lifestyle suitable options.

All of their products are currently selling at Woolworths (if you’re Australian) or you can also check out the full range on the MCoBeauty website where they do free standard shipping for orders over AUD$50 too!

Before you do that though, let’s get into each product that they sent over, as well as my thoughts.

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Review: You Glow Glen Coco Kit (Dear, Klairs via Althea)

Althea Angels Dear Klairs Kit You Glow Glen Coco Review Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop Supple Preparation Facial Toner and Toner Mate Cotton Pad

These products were provided to me by Althea for my honest review. Affiliate links are not used in this post.

Dear Klairs is a brand that I had tried before in the past, and that had very good quality and simple products that worked well for my skin. When Althea Korea reached out to the Angels community about reviewing a handful of their products, I jumped onto the opportunity right away! They put forward three different ‘kits’ (these are not sold in kits but were paired together in this way for blogging and review purposes) and I chose their You Glow Glen Coco Kit – which, aside from having the coolest name, I figured would work best for me as it contains brightening and antioxidant products.

For this kit, I ended up reviewing three different items: the Toner Mate 2 in 1 Cotton Pad, the Supple Preparation Facial Toner (pictured below is the smaller travel size, not full) and the Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop – which is a very popular product that I had been curious about for a while!

So far, I have used these products for a good amount of time so I have some great thoughts on it. However, I will also continue to use them (especially the Vitamin Drop) to see how I go with longer term results.

And, without further ado, let’s get on with the review!

Althea Angels Dear Klairs Kit You Glow Glen Coco Review Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop Supple Preparation Facial Toner and Toner Mate Cotton Pad

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Spotlight: Esqido Lashes (Unisyn™ and Mink) and Companion Eyelash Glue

Esqido False Lashes Lash Glue Review Mystic Gin and Tonic

These products were sent to me for review by Esqido. I was not paid for this post and no affiliate links are used.

This post is going to be a little different for me because, instead of talking about make up or skincare, I’m going to be showing up the false lashes and eyelash glue that I was sent to test from a brand called Esqido! For those that know me in real life, they will know that I don’t actually wear false lashes that often – that because I have rather small eyes and they will generally take me at least a half hour to get on. However, I was really excited when Esqido reached out to me, partly because their designs look so beautiful and fluttery, and also partly because they have a massive celebrity clientele! I’m talking Rihanna, Naya Rivera and Shay Mitchell (whose lashes I have always envied) – along with a long list of influencers too. They have also been worn by Arden Cho and, seeing that they work so naturally on her eyes too, I was super keen to give this a try.

I originally chose these false lashes through the Esqido Lash Guide, which is an interactive quiz that helps you to choose the perfect lashes for your eyes. I was originally recommended Gin & Tonic (Unisyn™), as well as Silhouette (Mink), but since the latter was out of stock I decided to try out an alternative style – Mystic (Mink). They’re both quite dramatic lashes, so I was curious about how I would go ahead with these but I’m pleased to say that I’m very happy with the results! In addition, Esqido also sent me their Companion Eyelash Glue, which worked well for me and help the lashes to my eyes very firmly.

And that’s all for my introduction! Instead, let’s jump into my spotlight of each individual product because there’s a lot of information that I want to share (and these products make really pretty pictures). I originally wanted to write this as a full blown review for each individual product, but I think that it will be better to give my thoughts and observations, and then share photos of the application, because I feel like lashes can be such a personal thing that it’s hard to rate.

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Review: Smith & Cult

I had been eying some of these Smith & Cult products since I first saw them online – and now they’re finally stocked at Sephora and much more easily accessible, so I just had to write a post about them. This brand is founded by the same woman who did Hard Candy (Dineh Mohajer launched it in the 90s) so you know that they have plenty of experience and knowledge in all things nails and beauty. Similarly, Smith & Cult started out with their nail products first and have now branched out into cosmetics, and I really couldn’t be happier about the quality of their products!

These were sent to me as samples from PR, but I had actually contacted them myself about reviewing the brand because I was personally so impressed by the quality of what I had seen at Sephora! Of course, I did want to get more information about them as well, as I feel like they have been a bit under-represented outside of Instagram (where their unique nail polish bottles are a blogger’s haven), so it was really good to get an insight into their brand values and their range too.

So Smith & Cult is, according to the website, all about the duality of personalities – represented by bold, sharp colours and cosmetic looks. In a way, their concept is a bit similar to Urban Decay (another favourite of mine); feminine, edgy and unique. It’s easy to see why I’m such a fan, since they embody all of the values that I hold so dear to me. All of that said, today I’ll be discussing three products from their line and giving you my thoughts on them – The Tainted Lip StainedLash Dance Mascara and a selection of their Signature Nail Polishes.

Ready? Lets go!

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Review: Miniso Australia

I’m so sorry for my general absence on everything except for Instagram lately – work has been dragging me through life! That being said, I did take the time to post a haul video on the fun products that Miniso Australia gifted me to review – check below for the haul video. There is also a make up tutorial for my look in the video, using all of these products (all of which you can get for under $8) – that will be coming up in the next week or two, depending on when I get an entire day to myself to edit.

Check it out and remember to subscribe, comment, like – all of the good stuff!

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