You missed my beauty reviews?
I did end up writing a LOT about food recently, I admit but now I am back with a double! dose of Korean beauty review.
What is up this week?
I got a great opportunity to finally try one of the brands I have been hearing so much about so let’s get straight into it!
“These products have been kindly offered to me for review purposes by an independent provider. All of the opinions presented here and in the video are 100% my own (like I could ever lie) and I would never recommend something I believe is not worth it. Thank you.”
Milky Piggy Storm
The brand I was dying to try out is none other than Elizavecca. You might have heard of the sensational Bubbling Clay Mask people on the internet seem to be obsessed with or the Hell Pore Cleansing Peel off mask. What I previously did not know was that not only has Elizavecca been on the beauty market for more than 20 years but they were also the first ones to bring BB Cream to the world! It has grown incredibly popular all over the world and I will be writing about two of their products; the Kangsi 24K Gold Pack and the EFG Elastic Retinol Cream.
Both gold and retinol have become incredibly popular skincare ingredient and besides the fact that people just want to slap gold on their face it has a profound reason. Besides looking pretty around your neck, gold has some good anti-aging benefits. It is said to target the specific skin cells in the skin and thus promote not only elasticity and wrinkle repair, but help even out overall complexion, reduce inflammation and leave your skin brighter and smoother.
When it comes to retinol it is the new main anti-aging star. It is essentially a form of vitamin A with a tiny structure that allows it to sink into the skin deeply and rejuvenate it from within. It has the ability to improve the elasticity, smoothen wrinkles and even increase moisture. The only downside is that is highly reactive when hit by UV rays so make sure you use your retinol enriched product ONLY AT NIGHT.
Enough said, let’s look at the products.
EFG Elastic (literally) Cream
Immediately after I received my package I decided to test out this cream. As it is my first first hand experience with retinol I was quite unsure what to expect. The packaging is signature bright and colorful but still functional. First plus I have to give this cream is that it comes with a spatula conveniently attached to the second lid (which took us a long time to open).
The ingredients list goes:
Swiftlet Nest Extract, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Beeswax, Cetyl Alcohol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Dipropylene Glycol, Retinol, rh-Oligopeptide-1, Sodium Polyacrylate,Allantoin, PEG-100 Stearate, Adenosine, Carbomer, Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 20, Triethanolamine, Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ceteth-3, BrassicaCampestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cetyl Phosphate, Cholesterol, PEG-5 Rapeseed Sterol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Water, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Ceteth-5,Disodium EDTA, Glyceryl Stearate, Fragrance.
The actual amount of retinol seems to be pretty ok for this price.
Upon finally getting into the jar, I was startled by how sticky the cream was. It is so thick! I feared it would be difficult to spread but not at all. A tiny amount was sufficient to cover my whole face and all the stickiness was gone. What I liked even more was that it sunk into my skin very easily but didn’t feel dry afterwards. I could almost feel it tightening my face but never so much it would be uncomfortable.
The smell is there, a bit too chemical for my liking but still pretty tolerable. Unless you are very sensitive to the cosmetic scent, you should have no problem for it.
Even after continuous use I had no irritation or breakouts, my sensitive dry skin seemed to handle this cream well. And the benefits?
It certainly kept my face well moisturized, my skin was glowing even after the long nights of studying and despite going into the windy weather I still felt comfortable. When it comes to the wrinkles, I luckily did not have that many to start of but I have notices a teeny tiny improvement in my mouth smile lines and certainly no more of them appeared. This feature is however best tested over a longer period of time but to see even a small result like this makes me approve of this cream more.
24K Gold For Ultimate Youth
As I described above the main feature of this wash off mask is the anti aging gold. However, on top of that it also contains 7 types of berries to deliver a dose of hydration and control your pores at the same time. So mask for all skin types? Definitely! I tested it on my dry and sensitive skin while my roommate tried it on her normal to combination skin and both of us were so happy!
The texture of the mask is a bit thicker but spreads fairly easily, once you put sufficient layer (just so you don’t see your skin) it is so gold and shiny, resting on your face. It starts to quickly turn white as it dries, depending on the layer you should leave it on from 15 to 25 min. I did not notice any irritation or unpleasant feeling whilst wearing it or later after I washed it of. Actually, I felt radiant as a jewel.
This has to be one of my favorite wash of masks I have tried. It left our faces so moist (sorry…) plum and actually brightened them as well! I usually refrain from mentioning any benefits right after the first use but here it was clearly visible. My skin felt calmer, super hydrated and I shined without any significant redness the whole next morning. For the price I couldn’t ask for more.
For smell sensitive people I have to admit you might have trouble with the mask but to me the scent was nice and not too strong. Actually even easier smell to handle then the EFG cream and I think this has also less anger of irritating the skin.
Given the prices and the ingredients list of both products I felt like they certainly exceeded my expectations. When it comes to the Retinol EFG cream I think it is a great introduction to retinol products for almost anyone, especially for those with normal to combination skin. Sensitive skin and dry skin can benefit too, it might just not be enough for winter or if you don’t combine your other products well with it. You need to take special care when handling retinol. For the mask, I recommend this to anyone! It is my new obsession and I would certainly repurchase this once I finish this pack. It makes me shine and happy, plus who wouldn’t like gold on their face?
What do you think?
You can purchase both of these products – the mask here
and the cream here. (do it trust me 😉
Have a lovely weekend.