Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask
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Let's put aside the talk about how I've been too busy to train our new colleagues at work in order to be able to blog but let's rather dive right into the main event! (And to answer the frequent question of what I actually do - I'm an admission officer at university so summer is a reallyy busy time for me!) A few weeks ago I was contacted by Wishtrend if I'd be interested in trying out their newly launched Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask (Affiliate link) and hell yes, I did! 

The reason I immediately agreed to review this item was because I was very excited when I saw that their new product was a hybrid of a gel moisturizer and a skincare mask that enhances the effects of Vitamin C - as someone who constantly battles hyperpigmentation, this sounded too interesting to me to let it pass. (and y'all know my eternal love for anything gel-like!)

First things first, can we talk about this gorgeous packaging?? I'm honestly not a big fan of jars because I am very hyper about hygiene and carelessly bringing bacteria into my skincare (mostly, because I'm just a huge clutz) but look at this iridescent packaging! My eyes pretty much lit up anime-like when I opened this for the first time.

It's pretty much impossible to catch with photography, but this thing sparkles like my bathroom never does. #sadtruth Here's the breakdown of the main ingredients as per Wishtrend's website:

Main Ingredients: Vitamin E (Tocopherol Acetate), Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, Adenosine 

1) Vitamin E- A major lipid-soluble antioxidant in the skin. It is found in most of the skin’s epidermis, dermis and stratum corneum, and protects against peroxide and pro-oxidants (prevents oxidation in cosmetics)- The skin’s protective function will be weakened if Vitamin E levels are insufficient, allowing harmful foreign substances to invade and promote aging of the skin- Prevents cell aging by keeping the cell membrane from lipid peroxidation- Possesses skin softening properties, and soothes inflammation- Protects skin against damage caused by sunlight 

2) Niacinamide- Reduces pigmentation by preventing melanin pigment from migrating to the epidermis- Suppresses sebum secretion, and improves acne caused by oily skin- Helps stabilize vitamin C, having enhanced effects when used with vitamin C- Formulated with an adequate concentration of 2%, as it may induce burning when used at high concentration 

3) AdenosineActive ingredient prescribed in maximum dose, to serve the function of improving wrinkles- Strengthens fibroblast proliferation in dermal layer, and promotes collagen synthesis- Possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective in wound healing and regeneration- Effectively improves acne caused by oily skin
Main Functions: (1) Whitens skin, (2) Improves wrinkles, (3) Prevents aging

Sounds pretty good, no? Let's have a closer look about what is really in it:
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Kira Kira Crate March 2017 Review
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I won't bore you with the details of why I didn't post recently and instead will dive right into the review of my very first Kira Kira Crate! I have always been a huge fan of subcription boxes and was very delighted when the kind people of Kira Kira Crate reached out to me to let me try out their march box.

What is the Kira Kira Crate? In this Japanese subcription box, you will get 6-8 full-size beauty items straight from Japan, which is probably every beauty blogger's dream. The box also includes a magazine with translations and instructions for those who are not able to read Japanese. It includes a variety of items from skincare, beauty and bath items. You can look up past crates here and get an idea what kind of items are featured in the box. I really appreciate that they send me their "normal" march box and not some special kind of "blogger box" which I have been seen from other companies and which makes it really hard to cast fair judgement over what the company does offer. So already a small bonus point there. :) What did I get in my box..?

Avance Lash Serum N Tweety

This was by far my favorite item in the box! It's a lash serum that claims to make your lashes longer and more voluminous. The serum came with a cute tweety pouch that I will definitely use on my next flight as it has the convenient zipper and it semi see-through :) I have used this only for a week and have to report back what it actually does (be sure to follow me on IG as I'll likely report there instead of another review) but it seems very promising as I think my lashes are just a tiny bit more full (but that could very well be only my imgaination - have to look at my before and after pictures in a few weeks to confirm!) I absolutely adore the tweety design and it's something I probably would have gotten if I spotted it in a drugstore in Tokyo :)

Rilakkuma Face Mask

I was super excited to see the Rilakkuma masks but also slightly bummed that I didn't get the Korilakkuma one! Dammit! Rilakkuma is cute but Rilakkuma is so much cuter, sigh ^^ I'm definitely excited to try these as they will turn you into Rilakkuma! I actually never tried those character masks before. These masks are from Pure Smile, a company that I have used a lot when I was living in Japan for face masks and was always quite pleased with.
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Country&Stream Honey Peel Off Pack Review Or: The Peel-Off Mask From HELL.
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There are so many exciting things going on right now - I am in the middle of making my apartment more homely, building myself tables and a nice area in my kitchen for lots of people to sit and chill (will definitely share pictures once finished!) and I might take on new responsibilites at work as well as a payrise! Things have been really busy, but also real good. Except for the item I NEED to review today: Nothing good will ever come out of this. It's the devil in disguise (LITERALLY.) Please take a second to say hello to the most evil peel-off mask on the (Japanese) market: The Honey Peel Off Pack from Country & Stream.

Looks pretty harmless, no? Yeah, don't let the cute little chubby bear fool you. Fool me once, shame on me you say. This is the devil's child and I have no idea what the people from Country & Stream thought when formulating this spawn of evil - I absolutely loved their lip balm until I found out that it breaks me out. Duh. Guess there's a reason to lure people in with cute chubby bears.... (just kidding - I don't want to bash the brand. But man this is just bad.)

I bought this on one of my trips to Japan and thought well, you can't really go wrong with honey, right? As a big honey and propolis fan, I thought this would be a nice mask once in a while to pamper myself. Turns out this thing was created to destroy my skin. But more on that later. The packaging is to die for, as expected for a product from Japan and probably the main reason why this caught my eye. If I remember correctly, this was about 800Yen and I bought it in Plaza which is one of my favorite stores to browse for new Japanese skincare products! (Sadly, I don't know the ingredients for this as they are not printed on the tube -there was a plastic thing over the tube that I threw away a long time ago, I suspect that's where the ingredients would have been printed- but since I am not recommending this product, why bother with ingredients! Ha!)

In comes in a little plastic tube and holds 60g of product. The instructions are pretty clear: Wash your face and make sure that it is really patted dry. Afterwards, put on a "pearl-sized" amount of product on the areas displayed, leaving out the sensible eye and lip areas. After 15-20 minutes, peel it off and you are good to go! There is an underlined warning in the description that says you shouldn't let it dry too long under no circumstances. Maybe that should've gotten me thinking but well, I've been always been the adventurous kind of beauty blogger. What could possibly go wrong.....? -cough cough -

When I squeezed the product out I immediately noticed how extremely sticky it is. Like, you know honey? Smooth, velvety but slightly sticky consistency? Yeah, this is nowhere near honey - I had actually the feeling of putting glue on my face, that's how sticky this stuff is. I couldn't even really spread it across my skin because it was so immensely sticky to begin with. Needless to say, it was already quite the challenge to get enough product out of he tube. But hey, nothing can stop my curiosity.
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How to combat hyperpigmentation 101: How to really fade that shit (super long + detailed)
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YES. ITS FINALLY HAPPENING. I know I promised this post ages ago but it never left my mind as it might just be the single most important posts I've ever typed. Without my struggle with acne, this blog wouldn't exist. If I didn't hit hard rock-bottom with my skin, I would have never went down the deep Korean beauty rabbit hole and I probably would have missed out on a lot of fun with friends I probably would have never made. Also, I finally moved into my first own apartment in July and I just got internet connection about a week ago so now it's time to finally get back into the game. Me so happy :')

There are many reasons why people develop acne and looking back now, my personal struggle was definitely more on the psychological side. I never had problems with acne before -no one in my family does- so it came quite as a shock when I developed quite severe and painful acne seemingly out of nowhere. Looking back, moving every few months to a new country, missing friends and family, writing two master theses in two different languages, working part-time and going to university in a foreign country.........yeah. I now see it might have been a little much, thank you skin for watching out for me. (No, I didn't feel particularly stressed at that time as I am very stress-resistant but I guess my skin needed to vent about my crappy life choices. I'll allow it.) 

Which brings me to my first and most important point: Stopping the acne. Obviously, it's quite impossible to combat hyperigmentation when your skin regularly throws a rage party on your face without thinking of cleaning up after itself. Unfortunately, as manifold as the reasons for acne are, as various are the possible solutions for calming your skin. 

While the root of my problem was mainly psychological, I was also quite oblivious at that time when it came to skincare and just slathered on my face whatever I considered fancy without really thinking about what it did to my skin. Getting in place a well thought-out routine has not only helped me to calm down my acne tremendously, but to also keep it that way without the use of harsh chemicals or even antibiotics (which didn't help me anyways..).

I got ahead of myself and tried various AHAs that only made my face itchy and didn't help at all with the acne. It's definitely a lot of trial and error necessary, but products with good old BHA (beta hydroxy acid or salicyclic acid) did a good job at keeping the more deep and painful pimples at bay. Also, when my skin looked still like this the only thing that helped me is the Duac acne gel that I got as a prescription from my derm. 
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