KBeauty Review: It’s Skin Secret Solution Clear Patch

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Heyyy, so I’m finally back with another pimple patch review. We are now at review 4 in my pimple patch series. It’s been a while- I finally finished my last final of my last semester of grad school early today. I still have a 15-page paper to start, but that’s not due till come end of the month, so gurl, I’ll work on that later (like on the night of the deadline).

This review will be on It’s Skin’s Secret Solution Clear Patch. Oooh, so secret secret aren’t we, jk.

I ordered this off of TesterKorea.com for 3,440 KRW (3.08 USD). To be clear this is a 5 sheet pack, each sheet has 12 patches, so these are on the cheaper side. As you can see, they are kept in this super adorable cardboard-like envelope casing ❤

They have directions in English in the back, but I think we all know how pimple patches work by now. They recommend the patch to be stuck on your face for 8-12 hours for optimal results, which is pretty much in line with patches from other brands.

This is how the sheet’s individual packing looks like:

Nothing new from the outside cardboard-like packaging…

I just realized that I forgot to take pictures of the actual patches on the clear sheet(they mostly likely already made it all the way from my garbage bin to the landfills by now)!!!! Ugh, such a fail. School finals always turn me into a mess T_T

But to give you a comparison to work with, it’s so so so similar with Mamonde’s AC Balance Spot Patch.

The sheet of 12 patches run 4.5 in. (height) x 2 in. (width). Like Mamonde, there are 2 sizes to the patches- 6 of them have a diameter of about 0.5 in. and the other 6 with a smaller diameter of 0.25 in.

These patches are on the thin side, so I have been wearing them during the day more as a pimple barrier from the germy city of NYC than as to actually heal my pimples. I have been breaking out like ridiculously lately (no idea why, but I do know I looking like a freaking pepperoni pizza face), so a sheet of 12 patches lasts me like 2-3 days.

Their adhesiveness if on point, so they last the suggested 8-12 hours on your pimples. I do feel like these give a little better of a healing property to my pimples that then the Mamonde and Tony Moly patches (only a little), but still nothing beats the legendary Cosrx’s Master Patch or SkinFood’s trouble Clear Spot Patch.

I give these little ones a 4 out of 5 stars– I definitely see a reducing of swelling and redness of pimples after having a patch on it for a day. Also, they are priced nicely, so if you are looking for a subtle day-time pimple patch to protect and semi-conceal your face pepperonis, theses are the ones to go with!

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KBeauty Review: Mediheal PDF AC Dressing Ampoule Mask

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I ordered a few facial masks from Hollar.com (surprisingly they do carry a small lineup of Kbeauty products, I was like- whatttt whatchu guys doin’ here). The masks I bought are from Mediheal. I never tried this brand before, though I know it’s a pretty popular one, so I was like let’s see if I have been missing out on anything. They were like 2.25 to 2.50 USD each- typical face mask pricing.

I’m going to jump into a short review of the P.D.F A.C Dressing Ampoule Mask that I used last night. Whoever names Mediheal‘s masks must be obsessed with acronyms, like I get that you like them acronyms but damn gurl.

This mask’s formula is aimed towards acne-prone skin, which I needed because my skin has been breakin’ out the past few months. It’s like a pimple party is getting it on up here.

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Here are some fuzzy a** photos

Here are some better shots of the packaging I took this morning if you like to do duh package reading.

Packaging is sleek and cute ofc (when it comes to Asian skincare when is packaging not cute).

The mask is soaked, like drenched soaked, and there is a mild perfume-y scent to the ampoule. The sheet is on the thicker side of masks and it almost has a gel-like feel to it. The shape of the mask fitted my face nicely and I left it on my face for like 30 to 40-ish minutes, until the mask started loosing it moisture.

After I took off the mask, I patted my face to help absorb the residual ampoule sitting on my skin and that stuff would just not go anywhere. The formula was just slipping and sliding on my face. It felt so heavy, greasy, sticky, and tacky. I tried massaging it into my face for a few more minutes and then, I left it sitting for another few more minutes (in hopes that it will dry or be absorbed into my skin), but no girl no. I ended up wiping it off with a tissue.

It made my hands all tacky and when I took the better/clearer photos of the packaging this morning, the empty package was stillll feelin tacky. Just ugh. Why would you do this to me, Mediheal? What have I ever done to cross you?

After, I wiped the excess sticky ampoule off my face it felt a bit more comfortable. Went to bed and woke up this morning with typical morning skin. I don’t see any difference in my skin from the mask, no improvement but also no …dis-improvements (is this a word? but you kno what I mean).

All in all I would not buy this PDF AC mask again, but I’m still going to try out the other masks that I ordered from Mediheal (crossing my fingers that those won’t be as sticky). For giving no difference to my skin, that nightmare tacky/sticky feeling it gave me was just not worth it. I give this mask a 1 out of 5 stars. #stickyaf

KBeauty Review: Nature Republic Bee Venom Emulsion

HeyHeyHey, I’m back with another Korean skincare product review. As you’ve probably already noticed, there’s all sorts of crazy ingredients in these Asian skincare products, like snail secretion, donkey milk, mushroom necks, snake venom, etc., etc.- you name it, they use it.

So ofc, there’s got to be a bee venom product out there right? Abso-fcking-lutely. This brings me to the leading lady of today’s review: Nature Republic’s Bee Venom Emulsion

So, my reasons for trying out this exotic concoction is: one, I’ve tried the Mist Essence from this line and it was amazeballs and , two, it claims to be for acne-prone skin because it contains salicylic acid to fight breakouts and 70% bee venom to unclog pores/buildup.

I purchased this from a Nature Republic store location in NYC for about 30 USD and I have to admit this is a pretty stupid spur-of-the-moment purchase. I could’ve looked up this product online and see that it easily retails for no more than 15 USD. So the store location up-charged me by a 100% for this- thanks for that, now I’m going to avoid that location like I’m avoiding a fcking plague.

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The bottle of product is a bit taller than 7 in. (~17.78 cm) and the mouth of the bottle is not the most conventional opening for any type of skincare product. The bottle is made of a hard plastic that you can’t squeeze, so the only way to get product out of that opening is to shake the bottle until something spills out (hopefully in an appropriate amount).

The texture of the emulsion is super nice- it’s light and just the right amount of creamy. The problem is that is doesn’t absorb well, it just sits on my skin like a sticky and moist film. You can see that I applied the emulsion on the back of my hand and, after massaging & patting into my skin, it leaves a shiny finish. Normally, products that my skin drinks up leave a nice matte-ish and smooth finish. When I apply this to my face, the shiny and sticky finish is even more apparent than compared to the back of my hand. I feel like a total grease-ball. Just ugh -____-

As for the scent of the product, it’s not overpowering, but it’s a strong refreshing scent of something similar to ginger and honey. Maybe this is what Nature Republic imagined bee venom to smell like. Not a bad scent at all, I actually quite like it. The scent doesn’t linger long, give it an hour or so to fade almost completely.

This emulsion is said to be for acne-prone skin, but it’s really hard to imagine it helping my skin with the way that it just sits awkwardly on my face. The formula makes me oilier that I already am and I am a very, very oily-skinned person. I feel like the greasy product will just clog my pores more so than it already is and lead to breakouts.

I don’t plan on using this routinely, maybe only for my dry winter skin days. I give this disappointing emulsion a 1.75 out of 5 stars because of its hard to absorb formula and the horrible bottle design. Especially for the price that I paid, this emulsion is def not worth it.

KBeauty Review: TonyMoly AC Control Spot Patch

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Welcome to part 3 of my pimple patch reviews! What I have here is TonyMoly’s AC Control Spot Patch. I actually went through this pack quite fast because it’s that time of the month for me. Gurl, you know what I’m talk’in about.

I will be referencing these patches to the Mamonde ones that I reviewed in part 1 of my pimple patch review series just because these are oh so similar. I ordered these on TesterKorea.com for 1,000 KRW (that comes out to 0.87 USD, which is like dirt cheap). I order almost all my pimple patches from TesterKorea because they have a pretty good selection of them on their site at a very reasonable price.

Right off the bat, the packaging is already alike in appearance to Mamonde’s. The sheet of patches comes in a slim aluminum wrapping. The slim packaging makes it easy to be slipped into my makeup bag or into my luggage when I’m traveling. My only con about these is that the package isn’t resealable, so I need to find a Ziploc baggie to store these once they’re opened.

Bonus points: For once, there are actually directions in English on the back of the packaging. Thank you, TonyMoly, from saving my poor attempt to decipher the message with my severely broken Korean.

Once you open the pack, you will find the clear sheet of pimple patches. The only notable difference with the Mamonde patches is that all 12 patches only come in one size- about 1 cm in diameter. However, this doesn’t bother me at all because the 1 cm size is pretty much the one-size-fits-all of pimple sizes. I offer my sincerest apology and sympathy if you do get pimples larger than 1 cm in diameter tho- that must be fcking painful. Otherwise, the efficiency, thickness and transparency of these patches are on par Mamonde’s.

These patches are ever so lightly tinted, so they do help a bit in blurring your pimples. These are thinner than the typical sheet of computer paper, so they don’t do much in actually healing your pimples or sucking up acne secretion. I prefer to use these during the day to act as a barrier from the pollution and my nosy hands (I swear my hands be reaching for my face involuntarily throughout the day). I do feel like these lack adhesiveness, but it might be due to the serum that I layered before I applied the patch. I used these TonyMoly patches one time during the night, and 1 out of the 3 patches I used fell off by morning time.

I give these a 3 out of 5. These are not the best nor the worst patches that I have used. I probably won’t be purchasing these again, but if given the choice of these or the Mamonde patches- I would no doubt choose these for the reason that they are pretty much the same, but sold at a lower price.

Part 1: Mamonde AC Balance Patch

Part 2: SkinFood Trouble Clear Spot Patch

KBeauty Review: Skin Food Trouble Clear Spot Patch

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Today I’m back with a part 2 to my pimple patch reviews! The star of today’s review is Skin Food’s Trouble Clear Spot Patch (Somaderm Spots).

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Compared to my previous review of the Mamonde AC Balance Spot Patch, these are a bit pricier- I got these from TesterKorea.com for KRW 3,740 (which is like USD 3.24). These patches are packaged very nicely- they are resealable, so it keeps your patches freshhh~

There’s 24 patches in a pack and you can see that I’m almost done with this TT_TT the patches were sealed in another layer of clear wrapping, which shows Skin Food was very meticulous about keeping these babies fresh and clean. It’s not pictured (because I’ve been using the shit out of this pack), but the patches came in 3 different sizes (diameters of 0.75 cm, 1.00 cm, and 1.25 cm). For reference, the 3 patches that are remaining in the picture are of the largest size, 1.25 cm.

Inside is also a little manual that explains how this products works. Ofc it’s all in Korean, but it’s pretty self explanatory- place it on your pimple after washing your face and keep on for ~6-12 hours.

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The patches are thick, I would say like at least 2 or 3 times thicker than the Mamonde patches. They are also not transparent at all and have a off white tint. Thus, I tend to put these on my face at night, so no one stares at me like I unintentionally have something sticking on my face.

Because these are thicker, they work so much better in drawing out and absorbing acne secretion. For me, they work especially well on popped pimples. You can literally see the secretion that is absorbed into the patch when you peel them off in the morning, it turns the patch a deeper white (I know, this is sounds nasty as fck, I’m so sorry if you are eating as you read this). The patches also helps with swelling and closing up the acne wound.

If you have every tried using Cosrx’s Acne Pimple Master Patch, these are very very very similar to them- like from the packaging to the actual patches. On top of that, these are actually cheaper than the Cosrx patches by a dollar or so. The dollar you are saving adds up when you stock up in bulk, so gurl you know what to buy when you have the choice of Skin Food or Cosrx.

These are my favorite acne patches right now and I honestly have no cons to point out. I have been sticking these on my pimples at night and switching them out to thinner patches during the day. These patches are a life saver in helping me control my acne. I give these magical patches a 4.9 out of 5.

Part 1: Mamonde AC Balance Spot Patch

Part 3: TonyMoly AC Control Spot Patch

Skincare Review: St. Ives Green Tea Scrub

As soon as I see or hear the 2 words green tea or matcha I’m immediately like, Shut up and take my damn money already. This brings us to the topic of our review today~ the St. Ives’ Green Tea Scrub. I spotted this when I was shopping on Amazon and just had to try this out. The reviews were raving and the price is relatively low, as like all other St. Ives products. I just got this in the mail earlier today and I’m already using this because I’m just too excited to try this baby out. Thus, this will be a first impression review because I’ve only used it once.

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Whoever shipped this wrapped the shit out of it. There was saran wrap, bubble wrap, and paper all over. This green tea scrub is a exfoliator on the gentler side and it’s suppose to:

-clear blackheads

-calm redness

-treat acne

-prevent blackheads & acne blemishes from forming

-unclog dirt & oil from pores

The scrub is in the usual St. Ives tube, which usually lasts me like at least half a year. Compared to the higher end or Kbeauty facial exfoliators, this is definitely a bang for your buck.

The scrub is a pretty shade of light green, which resembles the shade of matcha powder. In the close-up image below, you can see that there is no exfoliating beads in the scrub, like St. Ives’ other exfoliators and instead, it has a fine sandy texture. I’m also giving this thing bonus points for smelling like a green tea frap from Starbucks because everyone knows that drink is the eff’ing best if you can ignore the calories it comes with. 

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As for what they claim to do, I noted the passes in green and the mehs/fails in red.

-clear blackheads

I wouldn’t exactly say that it clears blackheads, but I did notice that right after using this scrub, some of my blackheads surfaced and made it easier for me to extract with a blackhead remover. So in a way it does help clear blackhead.

-calm redness

Honestly, I see no difference in the redness of my face before and after using the scrub. Even though this is green tea flavored, this is a exfoliating scrub, so I didn’t actually believe it was going to get rid of redness anyways.

-treat acne

One of the ingredients in this scrub is 1% of Salicylic Acid, which is the oldest trick in the book to treat acne. Salicylic does not work for everyone and I fall into this group, so it did not treat my acne. But for those that do benefit Salicylic, this scrub may help treat acne with more uses, so do give this a try.

-prevent blackheads & acne blemishes from forming

Umm, I’m not sure how this product will prevent blackheads and acne blemishes, but I ain’t falling for this claim smh. I do, however, believe that with continued use, the scrub will help control blackheads and promote the fading of acne blemishes/scars because the scrub gets rid of dead skin and encourage the growth of new skin cells.

-unclog dirt & oil from pores

Like I mentioned before, the brought out my blackheads, so the sandy texture of the scrub is doing its job of unclogging dirt from my pores. My face felt very fresh, smooth and clean afterwards, so double thumbs up for meeting this product claim!

Despite all the red claims, I still give this a 4 out of 5 because it does its job of exfoliating, it smells and feel nice, and the price is on point, gurl. I do plan on using this regularly on my exfoliating days. Whoever marketed this product was just trying really heard to sell with their exaggerated and impossible claims- nice try tho.

KBeauty Review: Mamonde AC Balance Spot Patch

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My latest obsession are acne patches and I have been buying them left and right. I can literally count them like they’re stacks of money. I love the idea that these little patches are like the one-stop-shop for pimples. They claim to provide the following benefits:

-act as a barrier from dirt, pollution, and bacteria

-draws out and absorbs acne secretion

-treat and heal acne

-conceals acne

-prevents acne scarring

Don’t they sound like pure fking magic? Yes, they do- that’s why I hoard them. So, today I will be reviewing Mamonde’s AC Balance Spot Patch. I recently finished the pack, so I figured it would be perfect timing to review it now before I forget all about it. I ordered this online from TesterKorea.com for 1,500 KRW, which is roughly 1.36 USD (their stuff is priced rather reasonably, plus I had a free shipping code ^_^). Let’s start with the packaging:

It’s a thin aluminum package, roughly running 4.5 in. (height) x 2 in. (width).

As noted on the front of the packaging, it contains 12 acne patches and they come in 2 sizes. Six of them have a diameter of about 0.5 in. and the other six with a smaller diameter of 0.25 in. How considerate of them to provide two sizes for our varying sizes and shapes of pimples- I’m so moved T_T (jk, I’ve seen other brands provide even more sizes).

The patches are super thin. I took some close-ups to show just how skinny they are. They’re almost like… rice paper? Sorry, I’m bad with providing comparisons.

As for what they claim to do, I noted the passes in green and the mehs/fails in red.

-act as a barrier from dirt, pollution, and bacteria

The patches are for sure keeping out the dirties from my pimples. I put them on my pimples after I wash my face in the morning or night and they are adhesive enough to stay on till I am ready to peel them on. The back of the packaging says to leave them on for 8-12 hours, so that’s precisely what I do.

-draws out and absorbs acne secretion

I noticed that these patches work best for your pimples that have been popped. They will suck out all the remaining secretion and help relieve swelling.

-treat and heal acne

I didn’t feel the patches do anything for treating or healing my acne in particular, especially my hormonal cystic ones. So don’t expect your pimples to disappear overnight just because you stuck one of these things on. For my tiny pimples though, these patches did seem to clear them in about a day or two (but this is only very, very slightly faster than if I hadn’t used them).

-conceals acne

On the packages it states that the patches are “transparent film”, but as you can see in the close-up image above, they are not 100% transparent. That’s okay though, it helps me blur my pimples, so no one can see them from afar.

-prevents acne scarring

Only my hormonal cystic acne gives me scars and these patches do absolutely nothing to help prevent that, nor do they speed up the fading of scars. Thus, don’t bother using these patches for this purpose.

Overall, I give these babies a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Part 2: SkinFood Trouble Clear Patch

Part 3: TonyMoly AC Control Spot Patch