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OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum Review

ostvitaminCserumI’d read all the amazing reviews about the best selling OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum, and immediately put it on my wish list. Judging from other reviews I had read, it seemed to be a little bottle of magic. It claims to brighten the skin, help heal scars, remove blackheads, and tighten pores…all things I could definitely use help with, especially the brightening part since winter has taken away my “glow”. When Wishtrend offered to send me a bottle, I snatched up the opportunity. Does the little brown bottle live up to the hype?

In 2 words: GIRL. YES.

The OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 serum is packaged in a dark amber glass bottle with a dropper. The dark glass is imperative because vitamin C oxidizes in sunlight, and that’s the last thing you want to happen. It is best to store your bottle in a dark and cool place as well, to preserve as much vitamin c goodness as possible. I actually keep mine in the fridge, but anywhere is great as long as it’s not your bathroom or near a window. Vitamin C has long been used in serums and skincare products, but most of the time not in a high concentration. Vitamin C is so popular because it helps produce collagen, acts an an anti-oxidant, and restores and regenerates the skin. It’s particularly helpful for fading acne scars, evening your skin tone and firming your skin. This particular serum has 20% vitamin C, which is the pretty much highest percentage you can get on the market.

The serum itself is a slightly orange tinted, slightly thick and sticky liquid. It smells quite like a citrus fruit, but the smell doesn’t linger. You only need a few drops to cover your whole face. I had read a few different reviews and even read the Wishtrend website before I received the product, and heard that the OST serum could slightly tingle upon application. The first time I used it, it stung my face pretty bad. It was definitely more than a tingle. My immediate first instinct was to splash my face with water because it felt like my face was burning.

Me: (standing in my bathroom doorway, fanning my face and pacing) Oh my god.
Johnny: …………………..what are you doing?
Me: It’s burning! I knew they said it would tingle but this is some other shit! (fanning face)
Johnny: ………………………………………………..Should you wash it off?
Me: NO! I gotta work through it.

Shortly after this exchange, the burning sensation passed. I was still slightly paranoid the rest of the night, checking my skin in the mirror to make sure I didn’t have some weird allergic reaction. After the initial application of the serum, my skin did feel slightly sticky, but once I continued with the rest of my skincare routine, everything was back to normal.

Fortunately, when I woke up the next morning, my skin looked brighter and WAY smoother. It was sort of like I had a real life instagram filter on my face. (hey girl hey Valentina filter!) After that first tingling/burning reaction, I read that a lot of people like to mix it with their toner, so, that’s what I started doing and my results are soooo much better. I don’t experience any of the tingling sensation, and what’s more, when you mix it with your toner, you don’t get as much of the stickiness that you have when you use it by itself. I personally use it with my Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin, and have also used it with my Nature Republic Argan Toner. I’ve even heard of people adding a few drops to their moisturizer!

I like to use the serum at night, only because it is slightly exfoliating, and I like to be able to wash off the dead skin in the AM. If you follow a Korean skincare routine, the serum would come after you cleanse and use a toner. Since I mix my toner and this serum together, I like to think of the serum as sort of a booster, and then I still apply a separate serum/essence afterwards.

Again, like most of the reviews out there, I have had fantastic results with the OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum. I’ve been using it consistently for 6 weeks, and there has been a definite change in my skin’s appearance. Most noticeably, my skin is much brighter and more even. It feels smoother as well and just generally looks healthier. It looks like I get 12 hours of sleep a night, wake up at 5am to do sunrise yoga, and juice all day long (when in reality I sleep maybe 6.5 hours a night, I frequently wake up 30 minutes before I need to catch my bus to work, and I had Burger King for dinner 2 nights last week…sigh). For me, the brightening and smoothing aspect of this serum was my biggest result, and one that I am definitely happy with. We can all use a little glow in our lives!

The OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum is available at Wishtrend for 19.99USD, which is a super awesome deal for such a great product.

Disclosure: Financial compensation was not received for this post. A sample product was gifted from Wishtrend. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own. 

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission should you make a purchase using said link.  

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Bronzed Goodness – My Favorite Korean Eyeshadows

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I had a completely different post planned for today, but then I was looking at myself in the mirror and noticed that my new Too Cool for School eyeshadow I bought yesterday looked fucking amazing. I actually bought it because the saleswoman had a gorgeous bronzed smokey eye and I was like, “um girl what are you wearing on your eyes, give it to me immediately.” It was love at first swatch. Then it hit me…I should write a blog about my favorite Korean eyeshadows! Ya’ll already know that Korean eyeshadows aren’t my favorite, but there are a few exceptions, and they all just so happen to be in the same color family: bronze. I have lots of yellow and golden undertones, and bronze is just that one eyeshadow color that is always and forever flattering on me. I just love me a good bronze eye shadow. I’m lazy as hell during the week and it’s just so easy to swipe a bronze shadow over the lid to add just a bit of dimension to the eye.

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From left to right: Etude House – Look at My Eyes Eyeshadow in BR402, Too Cool for School – Glam Rock Shadow in Golden Edge, Innisfree Mineral Single Eyeshadow in #27

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First is the Etude House Look at My Eyes Eyeshadow in BR402. It’s a gorgeous true bronze color that is my go-to shadow color when I’m in a rush and don’t want to devote 10 minutes on doing a smokey eye. There is a slight gold glitter in the pan, but thankfully there isn’t any fallout. It’s highly pigmented, with just one swipe being all that I need all over my lid. This is also the shadow I keep in the makeup bag in my purse, just in case I end up somewhere and need to touch up. Since my eyelids are legit an oil well, I always use a shadow primer. With the primer, this eyeshadow doesn’t crease for at least 10 hours. It’s also SUPER cheap, costing about 4,000W. A+++++

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Second is the Too Cool for School Glam Rock shadow in Golden Edge. I literally bought this eyeshadow yesterday, and it’s the one that gave me the idea for this post. It’s just SO pretty. I think the saleswoman might have thought I was a bit crazy because I audible gasped when I swatched it. It’s a gorgeous golden bronze shade with a metallic finish. It actually sort reminds me of MAC’s Woodwinked…not the exact same shade, but in the same gold family. Woodwinked has always been a bit *too* gold for me, but this color is absolutely perfect. The formula of this shadow is super silky, highly pigmented and it blends like a dream. I’ve had it on my lids since 7:45am this morning (it’s now 7:34pm), and there are no signs of creasing. Again, I always use a shadow primer, but that’s still an awesome wear time! It really brightens up my eyes, and is a gorgeous color for spring and summer. It’s also really affordable, costing 8,000W. I think it might actually replace my beloved Etude House shadow.

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Last is the Innisfree Mineral Single eyeshadow in #27. So apparently the Innisfree shadows have a mineral makeup formula, similar to something from Bare Essentials. The rest of the line is a bit chalky and weird, but the #27 shadow is freaking fantastic! It’s a metallic dark brown bronze color that looks great in the outer V of your eye, or even the crease. This particular color is very smooth, and is quite easy to blend. It’s also highly pigmented. This color is my go to whenever I want to do a more sultry, smokey eye.

I’ve swatched all three on my hand, without any primer, just to show you how pigmented and rich they are. Again, from the left: Etude House, Too Cool for School, and Innisfree.

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SO PRETTY! Heart eyes emoijis everywhere! I think I fell in love with them all over again. Seriously, everyone needs to get these shadows. All together, they are cheaper than one MAC eyeshadow in Korea.

What are your favorite Korean eyeshadows? Let me know in the comments!

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Innisfree Orchid Enriched Cream Review

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So, after a small hiatus, I’m back! Things were a little hectic last week, with it being Johnny’s last week in Korea, so I wanted to make sure to spend as much time with him as possible. He left today for Vietnam, and I’m already a bit sad about it. It’ll be a month before I see him again, and I’m missing his birthday in 2 weeks. Sigh. Well, enough of my sappiness! Let’s get into the review for my new favorite night cream, the Innisfree Orchid Enriched Cream.

I received samples of both the Innisfree Orchid Enriched Cream and the Night Cream as I was buying a few things from Innisfree for my family before I left to the US. I tossed them in my samples box and didn’t really think anything about it, until I went had my weekly rifle through the box. I tried the night cream first, and I immediately fell in love. I even wrote about it on my Facebook page, and a bunch of people held the same sentiment. I had my heart completely set on getting the night cream, until I went into my local Innisfree to buy it and ended up getting the Enriched Cream instead.

Why? Well, it’s finally starting to warm up, and I’m moving to Vietnam soon and the night cream is really, really intense. It’s incredibly moisturizing, almost too much, especially as the weather is changing. The enriched cream is a great balance, as it’s not as heavy as the night cream.

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So what’s the deal with orchids? Well, according to Innisfree, there is a special type of orchid that is able to survive the harsh winters in Jeju Island, and blooms beautifully in the spring. Well, winter has really been wearing on my skin, and I want to be a gorgeous orchid in Jeju. Who doesn’t?

The Innisfree Orchid Enriched Cream is packaged in a 50mL plastic tub, without a spatula. It’s pretty lightweight, if you needed to travel with it for some reason. It’s touted as an anti-aging cream, which is perfect as I’m in my late 20s…you can never start the anti-aging products to early, I say. It also helps with brightening, pore care, and tightening. It’s a really pretty light violet color, and has a gorgeous light floral scent. I think it may be my favorite scent out of all the Korean products I’ve tried. It reminds me of spring!

I apply this product during my night time routine, after my Benton lotion. It has a slightly thick gel-cream texture, that really adheres to the skin. It feels ultra luxurious, without the luxurious price tag. It doesn’t absorb very fast, and leaves a bit of a sheen to the skin. It’s also slightly tacky on the skin after application, sort of like a night mask. It’s basically the reason I use it only at night, as I can’t really imagine layering makeup on top of it. If you’re into the whole K-drama heroine glow though, then this product will be right up your alley.

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Above is a picture of my right after my nighttime skin routine. You can see how it leaves the skin a bit shiny, but it doesn’t bother me since I’m going to sleep. Despite the sheen and slight tackiness, I really do love this cream. Winter has made my skin so dull and this cream has helped to bring some of its glow back. It’s helped minimize my pores, and the overall brightening of my skin. When I wake up in the morning, my skin is unbelievably soft and plump. There were a few days 2 weeks ago where I didn’t even wear face makeup to school because my skin just looked too good and I didn’t want to cover it up. If that isn’t a testament to how awesome this cream is, then I don’t know what is!

If you have oily or acne prone skin, this product may not be for you, as it does contain silicone and is a bit thick on the skin. But my dry skinned ladies (and men), if you are looking for a new cream to use, I highly recommend it. Innisfree hits another home run in my book!

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Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Deep Moisture Sleeping Pack Review

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The Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Deep Moisture Sleeping Pack easily has the longest product name…pretty much ever. I live for sleeping masks; they are just the perfect little addition to my skincare routine. This is the fourth one I’ve tried, and again, it’s been an overall positive experience. (Note, the only one I didn’t like was the Innisfree Green Tea Sleeping Pack..it was always really irritating to my eyes. So weird!)

First off, the Nature Republic mask is like all sleeping masks, meant to be applied right before bed to seal in moisture and give the skin an extra super charged boost of hydration. The box for this particular product says you can use it directly after your toner, but I use it as my optional last step in my skincare routine at night whenever my skin feels a bit blah. I apply a thin layer on top of my toner, serum/essence, emulsion and cream (though not daily). Maybe it’s just me, but I sort of feel weird just slapping it on after my toner. I also decanted a bit of this product in a small jar from Daiso when I flew to LA, which I talked about briefly in my long haul beauty flight routine.

It’s packaged in a plastic opaque jar, and doesn’t come with a spatula/mini spoon if you’re into that sort of thing. Personally, I just wash my hands before I wash my face and apply my products, so it’s no big deal. It’s a pale green color, with a slightly thick hybrid gel/cream consistency. It’s lightly scented with a clean and fresh scent, but isn’t too overwhelming. The scent does stick around for awhile though, but it isn’t too big of an issue for me. I actually quite enjoy it.

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On the days that I do decide to use it, I spread a thin layer all over my face, focusing on the areas that need the most attention. For me, that’s my forehead and around my nose. One of the things I’ve noticed that once this is applied, it doesn’t absorb very quickly. It just sits on your face for awhile, very much like a normal face mask would. It sort of creates this very thin moisture barrier…you can almost feel the rest of your skincare being trapped underneath the mask. That’s why I thought it was perfect for my flight to LA, since the air in the planes are so dry. It does have a bunch of different silicones in it, so that would probably explain why it doesn’t absorb into the skin as fast as other sleeping packs do. This doesn’t bother me *that* much, but when I do use it, I apply it as early in the night as possible, so my skin isn’t all sticky on my pillow. As with other sleeping masks, make sure to wash your face in the AM!

But performance wise, the Nature Republic Super Aqua Deep Moisture Sleeping Pack lives up to its claims. I wake up in the morning with bright, plump, hydrated skin. It’s perfect for the nights you know you aren’t getting a full nights rest, but want to look like you did. I will say that if you have acne prone or congested, oily skin, this product may not be for you. I haven’t experienced any breakouts while using it, but I’m going to have to say that the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX still has my heart for my #1 favorite sleeping pack. While the Nature Republic mask is good, it doesn’t wow me. I just don’t find myself reaching for this as much as I did with the Laneige one, which I used down to the last tiny bit.

Do you use sleeping packs? What are your favorites?

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Happy Bath Cherry Blossom Moisture Body Mist Review

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Confession time: I’m a total body care snob. I’ve never been a huge fan of most of the Korean body care products available here. I have really dry skin and my body creams and lotions need to be a very specific texture: not runny, not watery, not greasy. No shimmer, no foaming shit, no sheen. Besides a few of the products I’ve tried, Korean brand body lotions are way too thin and watery for me and I just don’t understand how anyone is getting any sort of moisture from them, but that’s a whole different story. This all changed when I found out about the Happy Bath Cherry Blossom Moisture Mist.

Let’s have a little bit of story time. One night, I went to a jjimjilbang (Korean spa) for a little TLC. When I go to the jjimjilbang, I bring ALL of my products. Hair masks, body exfoliators, body oils, face masks, shaving necessities…it’s an experience for me. After primping and soaking and shaving and exfoliating and getting my whole life, I went back to the lockers to get changed. Except out of all the things I brought  with me, I didn’t bring any body lotion. None. Not even a hand cream. Cue the horror. Actual horror. I may have experienced a slight panic attack. I literally cannot get out of the shower without putting lotion on. My skin crawls just thinking about it. I don’t even remember a time in my life where not having lotion was an option. It’s as much of a necessity as brushing my teeth.

After sort of collecting myself, I remembered that the general getting ready/makeup area of the locker rooms normally have stations with necessities like hair spray, face lotions, etc. I wrapped a towel around myself and prayed for some sort of lotion, as at this point my legs already started itching and burning from having just shaved (my legs are the actual worst when it comes to dry skin). I sadly didn’t find any lotion, but what I did find was the Happy Bath Cherry Blossom Moisture Body Mist. I figured well…this is better than nothing and liberally sprayed my body, rubbing it in as I sprayed.

And what happened next was nothing short of a miracle. The spray was actual moisturizing! Not as much as my normal body creams, but it cured my itchy, burning legs and actually felt really nice on my skin. AND THE SMELL. Omg. It smells exactly how someone who just finished soaking in a jjimjilbang should smell: clean, floral, pretty. I couldn’t stop smelling myself as I walked back to my locker to get dressed, and hours later I could still smell it on my skin. I fell in love, but just assumed that I’d never be able to find the product again. Cue me going into Olive Young one day and seeing it on sale! I snatched it up immediately and it’s now a firm staple in my nighttime shower routine.

So what exactly is this Happy Bath Cherry Blossom Moisture Mist? I did a little research and found out first, Happy Bath is owned by Amore Pacific (who owns everything like Innisfree, Etude House, Laneige, IOPE, etc.), so I knew that they were the real deal. It’s described as a spray lotion, with top notes of cherry, peach, and freesia. The middle notes are cherry blossom, rose, and jasmine and the base notes are amber and sandalwood. It sprays on just like a normal body mist would, except it has a slightly thicker consistency than water. It’s sort of like if you mixed a lotion and some water and put it in a spray bottle. More than anything about this product, I love love love love love the smell. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a scent freak. I have quite a keen sense of smell and scents are very important to me. I’m OBSESSED with how this smells. It smells so clean and pretty and fresh, and the scent lasts all night. I don’t use it in the day, but only because the scent clashes with my perfume.

If you are the kind of person who hates body creams/lotions but still wants a little bit of moisture, this is perfect for you. Just remember you actually have to rub it in like a lotion, otherwise it does stay a little sticky on the skin if you just spray it and let it sit there. It’s the perfect moisturizer for those in extremely hot climates (or when summer rolls around in Korea), because it’s so light and refreshing. Put it in the fridge for an even better experience!

You can find the Happy Bath Cherry Blossom Moisture Mist at Olive Young for approximately 13,000w. I found it online at Korea Depart here.

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