Landbis Hyper Sharp Intense Black Liner review


http://www.bornprettystore.com/perfect-waterproof-eyeliner-cute-patterned-design-makeup-p-13962.html
Landbis Hyper Sharp Intense Black Liner (2g)
100% new retail and high quality.
Perfect to create charming and sexy eye looks.
Meticulous brush head copy you to draw much easier than control
Easy to use,suitable for professional use and home use.


I am a huge fan of black eyeliner.
Always have been, but back in the day I never used them at all.
I just stuck to pencils.
Instead I decided to forgo the super slick look a black liquid eyeliner gave you in exchange of the smudgier and easier to use pencil counterpart.
There was really only one reason for that: Old school liquid liners are a pain to use!

I love vintage cosmetics, but if Mascara would still look like that I would not use it either!
I have a very steady hand thanks to years of drawing practice and art school, but still trying to make a nice straight line with those flimsy thin brushes is not something I considered easy or fun.
And don’t get me started on the formulas that flake or smudge after just looking at it the wrong way!
So as always, I decided to be comfy and practical instead of rocking a style I preferred.

It is 2014 and thank goodness the liquid eyeliner game has changed significantly in the past 20 years!
Behold the pen liner!

Landbis Hyper Sharp Intense Black Liner review
Just look at that beautiful tip!
I know, I know, it isn’t really fresh news.
So what, I want to hail this wondrous piece of technology a few years late.
It is not like I am ever on time at the game anyway.

Landbis Hyper Sharp Intense Black Liner review
So adorable!  
If you are one of those people that lives under a rock like me, or in a cave (I don’t judge!), and you haven’t tried a pen liner yet, I highly recommend it!
It makes using eyeliners a breeze and they even come in a large variation of colors.

liquid-eyeliners
Black, Grey, and Purple. I couldn't find my brown or Turquoise liner
A little while ago I decided to pick this adorable cat shaped pen liner up from Bornpretty store, and it has become my go to eyeliner since!
It is super black and incredibly easy to use.
The tip is quite hard so it is easy to draw a thin line.
It is flexible enough to make a thicker line when pushed down a little as well, though.
The color flows smoothly and freely and there is no tugging or overflow at all.
The product is water and smudge proof, if you let it dry first, if you rub over it before it is dry it will smudge.

Landbis Hyper Sharp Intense Black Liner swatch
Freshly applied, smudged when still moist, water poured over it after dried
It doesn’t smudge or fade on the eyes at all, at least not on my non oily lids.
I have worn it an entire day while it stayed fresh at the end like just applied.
Most importantly it doesn’t flake either!
I even gave up using black eyeliner for a few years since I couldn’t find an affordable brush liner that doesn’t flake.

Landbis Hyper Sharp Intense Black Liner review

This liner is a great cheap quality product that performs its job perfectly.
Now they just need to make a lot more colors so I can get one in all the shades of the rainbow and form a bad ass kitty posse of awesome!

Ingredients: Here



Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha




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Woeful Windsday

http://lilaclace.blogspot.de/2011/10/mary-blair.html
Concept art by Mary Blair

Tonymoly I'm Real Avocado rich cream review

http://www.etonymoly.com/goods/content.asp?guid=2906&cate=139

Tonymoly I'm Real Avocado rich cream (90ml)
Avocado extracts create a moisturizing layer to keep the skin shiny
How to use
At the last stage of skincare, apply moderate amount all over face according to skin texture.

I am starting to prepare for the upcoming Winter season and the weather it brings.
Since I live in Germany Winter is not a piece of cake.
Temperatures will drop soon and stay in the minus degrees for at least a month or two.
The air is always on the dryer side but Winter makes it feel like water absorbing sandpaper.
And that is just how my skin feels, too!
So yeah, I start looking for a winter moisturizer at the end of Summer and beginning of Fall. The sun might still be shinning some days but before you know it it is freezing outside and there is nothing in the house that is rich enough for poor dehydrated skin.
I think preparing your skin for the coming season is very important and if I do that my skin suffers less when the cold weather hits.

http://www.optibacprobiotics.co.uk/blog/2014/01/health-images

Avocado is supposed to be this wonder fruit.
A magic ingredient to solve all our health woes.
I thought I would give it a try and see if it would smother my skin in hydration powers.
Since it is still warm, I can afford to experiment with my moisturizers.
If they aren’t very good, my skin won’t become completely pruney and can recover in a short time.


I received a bunch of these as a sample.
I like to collect samples sometimes so I can extensively test products instead of just using it once or twice.
I had enough of this moisturizer to last me 2 weeks.
Since it doesn’t promise any long term effects, I thought that would be enough testing time to give you an opinion.


The cream has a wonderful texture.
It is very rich and thick but melts into skin and sinks in fast.
It smells and feels fresh when applied.
Even though it is quite thick it doesn’t leave any residues at all.
I think that this would be a good winter night cream for combo or even oily skin, and a great all around moisturizer for normal or dry skin.


Unfortunately, it is not suitable for me as a Winter moisturizer. It worked fine in conjunction with my facial oil or essence, But used alone without another moisturizing step it was not hard core enough for my face. Keep in mind though, that slathering Hyaluronic acid and Butter on my face would probably still not be enough for me.
So anyone who has actually found more than one cream that worked for them in terms of hydration will be fine with the moisture powers of the Avocado cream.
I will continue searching for the perfect moisturizer that will make my face smooth as a Bats behind (are they smooth?) until then this is definitely welcome in my line up.
As long as I have a good layering routine, it does perform wonderfully.

Sometimes a great routine can have surprising side effects...
This brings me to a point I wanted to quickly mention.
Sometimes it is not single products that aren’t strong or good enough, but the combination of a few actives that work well together which can truly work miracles on our faces. I can vouch for that, since I have finally found a way to turn my scaly dehydrated dull skin into something glowy and moist!
So, continue looking for the perfect product but mix and match them as well with other things in your line up. You might be surprised.

PH: 5
Ingredients: I couldn't find any but if you do please let me know.


Great for normal to dry skin as a daily cream, or possibly as a night cream for combo or oily skin.
Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha


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Sweetshop scentbox revealed and reviewed

http://us.memebox.com/memebox-global/previous-boxes/scentbox-6-sweets#.VAtG0BbbGSo

To be honest I didn’t think this was going to be a good box when I bought it.
Why did I get it anyway?
I probably hated my gut that day and didn’t want to listen to it.
Well that is only partly true, I am a sucker for candy, baked goods and sweet smells, so I got sucked into the deep dark hole of Sweet Shop themed anything!
Also the box was really cheap, especially with the Memepoints I had laying around.

Instagram, unfortunately spoiled this box for me.
I really hate knowing what I get in a Memebox so I don’t read any Blog posts of unboxings if I have a particular box coming up.
Apparently Instagram is not a safe place though, and I foolishly didn’t notice.

memebox Sweetshop scentbox
My Memebox impersonating Batman
Not only was I less excited about this box because of the initial gut feeling, but also the unboxings of previous scent boxes, which were less than exciting and the Instagram spoil.
On top of that when I opened the box no whiff of delicious smellyness came floating towards me like the milk box and no explosion of cute and pastelly colors blinded my eyes.
I have to say I was disappointed!
 
memebox Sweetshop scentbox
Where is the explosion?
 So do I like this box or not?

Well, if you have ever gotten a Memebox you might know that there is this mysterious phenomenon called “unexciting-but-still-somehow-awesome-box”.
It is not a widely know or documented occurrence but it happens.
It basically means that you get a box which on the surface feels and looks underwhelming and boring but turns out to be better than expected.

memebox Sweetshop scentbox

In this case I had to try some of the products before noticing.

I don’t really have any body or hair products.
Ok I lie, I have tons of hair products!
Just not very good ones, so I am always looking for something that I can smear on my hair and be impressed.
Having waist length hair also means that I use a lot of products and am constantly running low on hair supplies.
The thing is, since I don’t know any great hair products, buying them is utterly unexciting and I can never be bothered.

My hair can never be too big or too long!
So this box contains one shampoo and a body scrub.
As described above, these are very boring products to me and nothing to get my heart pumping.
The first smelling test didn’t go well either since none of them smell like desserts to me.

Until I took a shower.

The shampoo was first, it smells like childhood!
This fake plastic berry scent that used to be popular in Venezuela when I was a kid but I haven’t really smelled for years, is quite pleasant to my nostrils.
Besides that, the shampoo cleans well, lathers like no other and is super light weight on my hair.
That sounds pretty good to me.

berry shampoo
Bubbles!
When I first smelled the body scrub I didn’t really know what to think about the smell.
It is sort of sweet but in a very perfumey way, and I don’t like strong smells at all.
In the shower it wasn’t strong though.
It is also a sugary scrub that isn’t too big and in my opinion has perfectly sized granules for a body scrub. It is also suspended in oily creaminess instead of soap which makes it feel like you are in a spa and hydrates your skin into a super soft surface.
That sounds pretty good to me as well!

After doing a "40 hours without skincare" experiment I decided to try one of the Choosy masks as part of getting my skin back to its regular shape.
Well it was an experience!
The mask did indeed smell like candy and was incredibly weird to use.
If you know me a little, you might already guess that weird equals good in my book!
Do they work?
Yes they do!
But I will review all of my Choosy lipmasks in detail.

choosy-lipmask

I have not played with the Hope Girl Balm tint yet but it does indeed smell sweet and fruity.
This concludes my little anecdotal stream of thought about the products I have tried from this box.

So all in all, even though I was quite reluctant to like this box, I enjoyed 90% of the products contained already.
They are all good quality and useful products I don’t own yet or need.

I guess it is just like getting really warm socks as a gift. You might not get excited in the moment but you will love them every second of wearing time during the winter!

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What are acids and why should I put them on my face?

hydroxy-acids

What are acids exactly?

Hydroxy acids are exfoliants that speed up the cell turnover rate in your skin which in turn makes dead skin shed faster.
Your skins natural turnover rate starts at 1 week as a child, around 3 weeks in your 20s and then slows down significantly as you age.

http://www.ishtarskinlights.com/blog/mandelic-acid-about/

Not shedding a proper amount of dead skin can result in rough, scaly, discolored skin which may look more lined and might even be more prone to breakouts and other kinds of blemishes.
Using an exfoliating product helps take off that layer of dead skin and reveals fresher, smoother and healthier skin beneath.

http://www.ishtarskinlights.com/blog/mandelic-acid-about/


What types are there and how do they work?

The two types of Hydroxy acids are Alpha (AHA) and Beta (BHA)

Types of Alpha Hydroxy acids that are also found in food are: 

  Glycolic acid – Sugar cane
  Lactic acid – Milk
  Malic acid – Apples and Pears
  Citric acid – Citrus fruits
  Tartaric acid – Grapes
  Mandelic acid - Bitter Almonds

The only type of Beta Hydroxy acid is Salicylic acid.

The biggest difference between AHAs and BHAs is that AHAs are water soluble and BHAs are lipid/oil soluble. Which makes BHAs more suitable for oily skin types.

All types of Hydroxy acids are chemical exfoliators but every one of them has different attributes as well which makes them unique and more suitable for certain skin concerns than others.

I will call it Ghouloxy acid! For the natural undead complexion!
I will talk about the 3 wider used acids and also about a little outsider acid that in my opinion will be the next popular one on the school grounds of skin magicians.

AHAs
Even though AHAs are water soluble they actually have hydrating properties which makes them great for drier skin types. They help significantly to decrease sun damage and hyper pigmentation scars. By reacting with the upper layer of the epidermis they weaken the binding properties of the lipids that hold dead skin cells together reducing the appearance of wrinkles and rough skin.
After prolonged use they also might stimulate the productions of collagen and elastin.

Glycolic acid is one of the most used AHAs on the market, followed by Lactic acid, these two AHAs penetrate deeper into skin than others. When using Glycolic acid there can be a higher risk in getting skin irritations, since the molecules are much smaller. Lactic acid is often preferred to be used for people with sensitive skin since it penetrates less deep and thus having a smaller chance of irritating skin.

The best concentration of daily AHAs are between 5 and 8 percent so look for them on second or third place on your ingredients list. They also need to have a PH of 3 to 4, since their efficiency decreases if the PH is higher than 4.5.

Mandelic acid is my favorite AHA!
It is more difficult to find but it has a unique super power.
It combines the properties of both AHAs and BHAs into an acid that should make everyone happy!

Just as happy as watching Vincent Price ramble!
Mandelic acid has the same properties as other AHAs of course, such as rejuvenating photo aged skin, eliminating PIH, improving fine lines, and  having a visible brightening effect due to its exfoliation powers.
Mandelic acid also has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties with which it has the ability to treat inflammatory acne and with its unique antibiotic action it can even help reduce acne in people who don’t respond to other acids or antibiotic treatments. Since it has a larger molecular structure than Glycolic acids, it is less irritating but actually more efficient. Which makes it suitable for sensitive skin types, even the ones that couldn’t tolerate other acids, and perfect for people that have rosacea since it also has anti-inflammatory properties.

It can penetrate into pores like Salicylic acid, only not as deep, while still releasing debris by increasing cell turnover and loosening blackheads for easier extraction. It helps keep sebaceous filaments at bay and even works well for people who did not have desired results with other acids.
It is not know to cause de-pigmentation, which makes this also suitable for darker skin types.
Maybe now you know why I love the power of Bitter Almonds more than my other acid buddies.

Not yet so far!
As I mentioned above, BHAs are lipid soluble which means that they are able to fully dissolve in oils, which makes them better at penetrating pores and more suitable for oily and acne prone skin types.
Just like AHAs they decrease the appearance of wrinkles, roughness and sun damaged skin. Since Salicylic acid contains anti-inflammatory and anti bacterial properties dermatologists often prefer BHAs to AHAs since they are less irritating. That also makes them suitable for sensitive, reddened skin or people with rosacea.

BHAs work wonderfully at lower concentrations of 1 or 2 percent at a PH of 3 to 4. If you are looking for a product that contains BHA try to find it towards the middle or end of the ingredients list.

The side effects of acids may be skin irritation, redness, burning, itching and increased sun sensitivity. Darker skinned folks may experience a higher risk of scarring pigment changes.
That is why patch testing with more pigmented skin is very important!

http://thebeautybean.com/site/skin-2/what-to-expect-with-a-chemical-peel-before-during-after/

How much more photosensitive will you be?

The top layer of dead skin has naturally some sun protection properties, so when you remove it with acids or a physical exfoliant, you decrease the natural sun protection abilities of your skin.
Which means it is even more important to use sunscreen everyday.

A wonderful look but not necessary when using acids thanks to SPF

Will my face burn off when using acids?

Nope!
Acids only eliminate the top layer of skin that is formed by already dead skin cells.
It will not remove functioning and healthy cells. It doesn’t penetrate deep enough into the skin to do so and it is also the reason why it doesn’t “erase” tattoos since the ink is in the deeper levels of the skin.
There can definitely occur minor acid burns, but these are more likely to happen when using a high dose of acid which can be found in weakly or monthly treatments and acid products for professional use only.

Will my skin purge if I use acids?

http://www.mywomenstuff.com/2011/01/your-say-do-you-believe-that-some-skincare-causes-your-skin-to-purge-before-it-gets-better/

The only products that may cause “purging”, which is basically worsening of your skin after introducing new cosmetics, would be acids and retinol since the exfoliation can cause your cells to push the blockages from the inside out to the surface. The products don’t actually create new spots rather than revealing them faster than they would have by themselves. Any break outs you experience from other type of products are not “purging” but probably a reaction to the product itself.
I recommend discontinuing use since your skin does not seem to be happy about it.
The “purging” you may get from using acids should stop after about 2 to 4 weeks, if you observe it for longer than that you might want to see if there may be other reasons for your breakouts.


Why and who should use them?

Anyone who suffers from hyper pigmentation, acne, rosacea, that is concerned with aging or has too sensitive skin for physical exfoliation, should probably consider using some kind of acid.
These are often one of the more powerful and practical actives to help you get the skin you want.

Are they better than physical exfoliation?

http://www.oprahmag.co.za/fashion-beauty/beauty/exfoliation-too-much-of-a-good-thing

Since Hydroxy acids are less abrasive, they are often recommended for people with break outs.
The friction from manual exfoliation tends to break open active acne, causing tiny skin wounds and spreading bacteria. This also applies to people without acne.
Not only can some scrubs be harsh and cause your skin to develop micro tears, you can also easily over exfoliate and irritate your skin.

Some skin types are not recommended to use manual exfoliators such as people with rosacea, eczema, very dry or sensitive skin, and as mentioned above, people with active acne.

It is also important to mention that most physical exfoliants use microbeads, which are incredibly harmful for our environment since they end up in our water and enter our food chain.
Samplehime wrote a very interesting article on the subject.

How to use acids?

Since using acids can indeed produce some side effects it is recommended to not just slap products containing them on like any other moisturizer.
They should be introduced slowly to let your skin adapt to them first before using them more often. You need to keep in mind that everyone is different and always proceed with caution while observing and listening to what your skin has to say.

Introduce it slowly, going overboard is hardly worth it!
This is also the method that I use and the one that my husband follows.
I am happy that I started introducing acids slowly into our routine, especially since it turned out that Johnny Clyde actually can’t tolerate all types of acids, and this reduced possible damage that could have happened otherwise.

First decide what acid you think suits your needs best, always start with the smallest concentration and work your way up.
Wash your face and Tone to achieve the natural PH of your skin faster.
Since acids need a low PH to be most effective, using a toner helps the acids work better.
Apply whichever type of Acid product you decided on, be it a gel, a toner or a lotion.
Wait 15 to 30 minutes for it to work its magic.
You don’t have to do this step of course, but applying more products right after the acids will raise the PH of your skin and thus stopping the Acid powers.
Afterwards you can proceed with your routine as usual.

It is possible for your skin to go through some changes when using acids, which means that you might have to adjust the type of products you are using, such as introducing a more gentle or hydrating moisturizer. You should already be using sunscreen of course, but if you are not it is important to do so on a daily basis when you start using acids.
Otherwise you might undo all the acid magic with sun exposure.
I usually don’t use acids when I know I will be spending more time in the sun, like on a holiday or when I go to the beach (not that I do that anyway).

http://www.momsguidetosandiego.com/2013/05/hate-the-beach/

When you start using acids it is recommended to only use it once every 2 or 3 days for at least a week or more to see how your skin reacts.
If all is well, you can shorten the wait time between applications until you use it every day.
If your skin can’t handle this, it is absolutely OK to only use Acids as often as your skin is comfortable with.
I sometimes use them once a day or even twice when my skin was really bad but not until I already used them for over a month.
Your skin is not happy when it is overly red or pink without going back to normal, itchy, tender and painful.
If you get any of these symptoms, stop using your acid treatments and wait for your skin to normalize itself for a few days before you reintroduce them again, slowly.
You might be using them too often, at a too high concentration or simply an acid your skin doesn't like.

As I mentioned before, Johnny Clyde can not tolerate most Acids.
He has tried Glycolic and Salicylic acids which make his skin feel tender after just one application and after repeated applications it becomes pink and even painful.
He does tolerate weekly Lactic acid treatments and a daily Mandelic acid cream.

What his face looked like
What he will describe if you ask him
And to be honest some people don’t have as good results with some acids as others.
I have noticed that even though I can tolerate all of the ones I have tried, they do not really help me with sebaceous filaments, and even though BHAs are supposed to be specifically useful to remove them, they did not help in Johnnys case either.
Mandelic acid has been a miracle worker though and the improvement has been dramatic!

I highly recommend taking before and after pictures!
The improvement while using acids can be very slow and often not noticeable by ourselves.
It will probably take at least 4 weeks to see any improvements and up to six months to see a drastic change.
But if you are patient you will be rewarded!
I actually didn’t notice hardly a difference until I saw my own before and after pictures.

Benton contamination before and after
Call me impressed!
 
Recommendations

Now you might want to know which products contain BHAs or AHAs.
I decided to write a little list of some that I have either used or heard positive things about.
I need to mention though, that some of the most popular and hyped about Brand that produces products containing acids is Paula’s Choice. I have used both the 1% BHA and 8% AHA gel and even though they have worked well, they were not especially better than other products I have tried. So you might want to either start with cheaper options if you are an acid newb or order some of their samples before shelling out all that moolah!

http://www.samplehime.com/2014/03/my-favorite-skincare-for-acne-prone.html

I also wanted to mention that it is a waste of money to purchase cleansers with acids.
They have too high of a PH for the acids to be stable and they need time to actually exfoliate your skin.
Which it doesn't have when you wash it off immediately.
If you use the cleanser to exfoliate, it will unfortunately not work, but if you like its cleansing abilities, than keep it of course!

I will post the products with a rating from 1-10 so you guys know which ones I liked best.

Avene Triacneal
Glycolic acid
PH: 3.5
Surprisingly hydrating, only a little amount is necessary, spreads easily, good for any skin type, especially dry
7.5

Pharmaceris Sebo Almond peel 5%
Mandelic acid
PH: 3.5
Not hydrating, dries very fast, very gentle, helps eliminate acne and sebaceous filaments, perfect for sensitive skin or people who hadn’t had great results with other acids
9

Paula’s Choice 1% BHA gel
Salicylic acid
PH: 4
Very thin liquid gel, doesn’t dry out skin, only very little product necessary, expensive but lasts for a long time
6.5

Paula’s Choice 8% AHA Gel
Glycolic acid
PH: 4
Very thin liquid gel, doesn’t dry out skin, only very little product necessary, expensive but lasts for a long time
6.5

Lactic acid treatment
Lactic acid
PH: 1
Very strong, needs to be used with caution, can be mixed into lotions for a milder exfoliation, great to use on the body, lasts a long time, can only be used as a monthly treatment
6

hydroxy-acids-recommendation

Products I haven’t tried but heard good things about are:

Mizon AHA and BHA Daily Clean Toner, Mizon AHA 8% Peeling Serum

Make Up artists choice Acid products

Silk Naturals toners

Other Paula’s Choice acid treatments

Have you used acids yet? Which ones and what is your favorite?
Feel free to ask any more question on the subject in case I missed a point!

Who can resist Jeff Goldblum?

 I want to point out that the Gifs and Memes used in this post are of humorous and sarcastic nature and your face will not burn or melt off. There is no actual pictures of Hydroxy acids and their negative effects on skin shown. If you use daily exfoliants there is a very low risk of getting a chemical burn, which usually only occurs with stronger treatments and chemical peelings.  
Unless you are allergic you shouldn't get more than redness and tenderness. 
You should still be cautious if you have never used chemical exfoliators before.

Woeful Windsdays

Post it illustration by John Kenn Mortensen

Nature Republic Snail Therapy Skin Booster and Emulsion review

http://www.yesstyle.com/en/nature-republic-snail-solution-special-trio-set-7-items-booster-120ml/info.html/pid.1035353398
Nature Republic Snail Therapy Skin Booster and Emulsion

I was given this deluxe sample set from a friend thanks to an awesome sample exchange arrangement we have.
I loved it so much I decided to buy more to make sure they performed as wonderfully as I thought.

Even though I don't like reviewing products together, since I always test them separately at least for a little bit to see how they work by themselves, I will do it this time since they come as a set.

That is as good a place as any to relax!
  
Nature Republic Snail Therapy 90 Skin Booster
Ultra-moisturizing booster revitalizes dull and dry skin with the use of highly concentrated snail mucus extract and adenosine. Regenerative formula repairs damaged cells and smoothens lines and wrinkles, while generous moisturizers keep skin constantly hydrated for improved suppleness and noticeable change in texture. Suitable for all skin types.


I will start with the least impressive of the two, the Skin Booster.
"What the heck are Skin Boosters?" you might think.
Well, they are kind of like fancy Toners, meant to help prep the face and be able to aid the absorption powers of your skin to be able to suck in more of the following goodness and thus boosting the rest of the products in your routine.
As you might have noticed I am not a big fan of Toners, I mean I use them daily and I believe they are essential but I just haven't used one yet that made me sing in joy.
So, even though I try plenty I usually stick to my very-basic-but-it-does-its-job-2-euro-toner.

He knows!
ThisBooster makes me feel like it does give me more benefits than the above mentioned Toner, but since I try to bombard my face with products that are practically swimming in great actives and ingredients I don't feel like that step is necessary.

The thing is that I do like using it if I have it (or any moisturizing toner for that matter) but it doesn’t actually make a difference in my skin condition.
If I add it to my routine my skin doesn’t look or feel better and when I stop using it my skin doesn’t get worse either.
The reason for that is that my skin is so incredibly dry that the moisture isn’t enough and since I have so many snail products in my routine already the slimy goodness doesn’t make much of a difference either.
That being said, if you do have a Toner or Booster in your routine and it does make a difference this is definitely one you should try.
From the ones I have used, it is one of the better ones!


It smells very fresh and fruity in a comforting and subtle way.
It is a joy to use since it is refreshing and absorbs instantly as soon as it touches your skin.
It does that so fast, you actually need to use quite a bit since it is absorb before you can spread it.
I believe this would be great in a spray bottle, actually!
It is liquid but thicker than water with a slight slimy look that is reminiscent of most Hyaluronic acid products.

Shaky camera provided by Johnny Clyde
I don’t feel like it helps me absorb the following products any more but my skin is such a little sponge that it has always sucked in anything I apply faster than you can say Skin Booster.
All in all it is a solid product that would be a joy for Toner and Booster aficionados.

Nature Republic Snail Therapy 80 Emulsion
Nature Republic Snail Therapy is a skin repair product line that contains highly-concentrated snail mucus that is harvested from clean ponds. This amazing regenerative snail mucus makes the skin smooth and healthy by working wonders on the skin with various skin problems such as blemishes, acne scars, red blotches, a dull skin tone, and sagging. This liquid emulsion contains 80% snail mucus for restoring and repairing your skin.

Now onto the Emulsion.
Oh my, do I love this stuff!
I have noticed that my skin seriously benefits from using an Emulsion in my routine!
So I have been hunting down for a solid product I can keep in my permanent line up.
Something gentle and smooth yet hydrating with lots of actives.
The first time I tried this my skin was in horrible condition!

I present to you, my winter skin!
Winter was slowly ending and my skin was completely destroyed by the crazy weather.
I received these samples and after about 3 to 4 days of using them my skin started feeling much better.
I got instant relief for my parched rough skin when applied but the longer I used it the better the condition of my skin became.
Even after the Booster ran out, simply using the Emulsion made my skin very happy.
It was actually kind of smooth for once!
Not super magically smooth like it was with the A;T Fox gel cream but quite wonderfully so, especially compared to the winter catastrophe!
Now that I have found a much better routine that I had during the winter, the Emulsion doesn’t do any miracles for me (since my skin is already pretty smooth!) but it is a perfect addition to my routine, since it does fulfill all of the wishes I had for an emulsion.

It smells just like the booster, fruity fresh and subtle.
I really like the smell actually!
It is milky and a little thicker, with that tad of stringiness that I observed in the Booster as well.

I have no idea why my fingers were moving like that...
It is very nice to apply, smooth and refreshing.
The Emulsion is quite lightweight as well so no heaviness or oiliness at all!
I think it might possibly be moisturizing enough to use for oily skins instead of a moisturizer, but normal and dry skin should definitely follow this up by another product.
It does really Snazz up any routine!

The snail goodness is soothing and simply wonderful and the texture and smell makes this a great product all around.


The ingredients for both these items are nice and gentle and I believe they would be great replacements for the people that are currently looking for a new powerful snail product after the Benton disaster.

It seems that Nature Republic has since upgraded this line and it is now called Snail Solution.

PH: Skin Booster 4.5, Emulsion 4.5
Ingredients: Skin Booster, Emulsion



 I give the Booster a 4.5 and the Emulsion a 5.
Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha



Purchased at Roseroseshop (sold out)
Available on Ebay
Set available at Koreadepart