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Skinfood Honey Moisture Gel 90 Review

Product Description

A moisturizing gel with 90% honey extract to hydrate sensitive, dry chapped skin. Gives rough skin nutrition and glow.


I’ve been using a few drugstore brands for moisturizers for a bit as I felt like I was spending too much for daytime moisturizers lately. I would rather spend a little more for my night regime than my morning since I put makeup on top of it. I tried out two Olay moisturizers but didn’t like either of them very much. In case anyone was wondering, it was the Olay Moisturizing Lotion Sensitive Skin and Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream, which started to dry up and flake on my skin (EEKS!). I decided to switch back to Asian brands because Olay was failing me.

I’ve mentioned before that I like when products have a more natural ingredients list because my skin is quite sensitive and acne prone. Honey is known to have many benefits for our skin including: being naturally antibacterial, provides moisture, and helps sooth our skin. Skinfood claims that this product contains 90% honey extract! Had to give that a try after seeing that in the product description.

First off, I would like to note that I don’t think the Honey Moisture Gel 90 is only meant for a face moisturizer. It’s basically meant for all body use. Which would explain the big size! I didn’t pay close attention to the size so when I received the product, I was surprised by how big the container was. Probably around the same size as the The Body Shop’s body butters. Which means, if you love it, this is great news LOL! Or if you don’t like it on your face, you can use it on the rest of your body :p.

I decided to go with a gel moisturizer this time around because I felt like I was starting to break out from the heavier creams I used during winter. Apparently adding face oils to my regime every night was too much for my skin to handle. The problem with gel moisturizers usually is that they are not moisturizing enough for most skin types – unless you have oily skin. I was hoping the honey extract would help in this particular problem. The texture of it is similar to other gel moisturizers. What makes it different is the slightly tacky feel. It applies on smooth, but after application if you lightly tap your face, there is a slight tackiness to it. Not enough to really bother me, but it does exist initially.

However, if you give the product some time to settle into the skin, I actually quite like it. It makes my skin feel quite moisturized, but not overly so where I feel like my face is a bucket of oil. I think if you expect it to be super moisturizing you’d be sadly disappointed. This is great for people with slightly oily skin or combination skin. If you have dry skin, I suggest that you stay away LOL! It is a good choice for the summer when you need a little bit of moisture without it irritating your skin as you sweat from the heat outside. It also hasn’t bothered my acne-prone skin so that’s always a plus!

I have not used it on the rest of my body so I cannot comment on that, but I think I’d usually prefer something more moisturizing for the rest of my body.

It doesn’t smell like honey to me, but there is a slight scent. Nothing overwhelming or distinct though.


Skinfood Salmon Brightening Eye Cream Review

Product Description

Containing arbutin and the extracts of Omega 3-rich salmon roe produced in Hokkaido, Japan, this eye cream brightens and relieves dark circles around the eyes.

I have the worst dark circles. Even with concealer, it is barely hidden. Without concealer I look like a panda bear. So I figure the only real way to fix this is to actually find a way to lighten up the dark circles instead of just concealing it.

Skinfood’s Salmon Brightening Eye Cream uses arbutin and salmon roe extract to brighten. When I opened the jar I expected a creamier formula. Instead, I was met with a more solid formula. It softens up with a touch, but stays solid in the jar.

The formula is quite light. I can feel the product after I apply but it quickly gets absorbed by my skin. It provides moisture, but nothing long term. I also haven’t seen any difference in my skin when it comes to brightening.

Not a bad eye moisturizer, but probably better choices out there. It didn’t provide me with a long-term results when it comes to moisturizing, nor did it seem to have brighten up my dark circles much.


Skinfood Agave Cactus Prime Gel Review

A makeup primer that effectively conceals enlarged pores while cooling and hydrating skin.

I was looking for a primer that would help hydrate my skin without it being greasy because of my combination skin. Since this primer was a gel, I thought it’d match in the non-greasiness area. It’s also supposed to be moisturizing because of the Agave Cactus.

Skinfood’s Agave Cactus Prime Gel comes with a sponge that you can use for application. If you don’t want to use the sponge, you can twist off the screw cap to reveal the pointed tip instead. I applied it with my hand instead of using the sponge because I feel like it’d be pointless to let the product get absorbed by the sponge.

The scent of the product reminds me a bit of dish detergent.. LOL! A lemony sort of scent, but softer. It’s not entirely bad, but it could obviously be better. When applied it feels cool on the face, but does it help reduce the appearance of enlarged pores? No.

Actually, the primer doesn’t really seem to help with much at all. Does it help with a smoother application of foundation? Sure, putting any sort of primer on under would help to some extent. But how effective is it, really, in smoothing out the skin before foundation? Not much. It’s always evident how effective (or ineffective) a primer is when I start putting concealer on under my eyes because my eyes are so dry. If it helps to smooth and hydrate I should have nice, even coverage under my eyes. However, it definitely doesn’t help if you have dry skin because it does nothing to help hydrate the skin despite its claims.

Perhaps people with oily skin might like this because it doesn’t add on any greasiness to the face and it also left a cool feeling to the face. That might help the skin calm down a bit if you have sensitive, oily skin. It also seems to mattify the skin a tiny bit. For me though, this primer didn’t really do much so it’s definitely not something I’d recommend for people with dry or combination skin.


Skinfood / Innisfree Review

I was looking through my old reviews to see what other ones I need to review again to move it onto this blog. Then I realize I had missed a whole batch of items from one of my hauls. I never even reviewed them on my LJ :O! So I guess these will be new reviews I’m doing! haha. I took the pictures back then so they’re kind of..well.. bad.. and blurry, don’t mind! ><

Skinfood Tomato Whitening Toner

This skin-brightening toner containing arbutin and tomato extract rich in lycopene, vitamins, and minerals makes dull skin clear and blemish-free, improving skin tone.

I’ve been using this toner for a long time now and I got to say, I don’t see anything amazing. With that said, I still feel like it’s more pleasant on my skin than toners I’ve bought here in Canada. It doesn’t irritate my skin nor dry it out – which I find in the ones here.

The product is scented like much of Skinfood’s products. I like scented products though – as long as they’re not overly done. The scent, I wouldn’t say smells like tomatoes, but it’s a very fresh one. My friend who also bought something from the Tomato Whitening line loves the smell because it reminds her of something “clean” LOL! Actually, my friend’s going to be starting her own blog soon, which I will be hosting on another subdomain. I’ll post up her link when she starts posting! She joins in a lot of my hauls so she can provide reviews on items I never bought before during our Korean skincare/makeup hauls!

Whitening-wise I haven’t really seen anything, but that might just be because I’m not using the whole line. Leen, who bought the emulsion said she noticed some whitening effect. Maybe I need to splash it on my face more generously.. LOL, I don’t know. Make dull-skin clear and blemish-free? That I don’t think it does. Mainly because this was mainly advertised as a whitening line, not to calm troubled skin. Whether I use it or not when I’m breaking out, it was the same.

Skinfood Parsley & Mandarin Mild Foam (For Troubled Skin)

This foam cleanser for troubled skin contains parsley and mandarin extracts to effectively control skin problems.
It also contains dandelion and lily complex extracts for a soothing effect.

Just like the other foaming cleanser I reviewed from Skinfood, this comes out like a cream and when lathered, it turns foamy. Only a little bit is needed to make enough foam for the whole face so the whole tube lasts quite a while.

When I first used this I actually really disliked it. I thought I bought another crappy foaming cleanser from Skinfood. I was wondering why all their foaming cleansers seem to strip every last bit of oil from my face. I stopped using it for a while but when my face started breaking out again I decided that I should give this another go. I actually bought this product during the summer so I thought it wouldn’t be as bad to try it out while I’m sweating like crazy from the heat. I was scared if I waited till winter to try it again my skin would suffer in the harsh Canadian winter.

To my surprise, I find that I reach for this cleanser a lot more now. Whenever my skin decides to spaz on me, I use this one and my skin quickly bounces back. When I used another one my skin seems to take forever to clear back up. I definitely think that if you get a bit of acne you should try this one out because it keeps my skin under better control compared to any of my other cleansers. Nothing can keep away the acne that pops up on my face when it comes to that time of the month though =_=.

I do have to say though, that what I said before about it stripping away all the oil is still true. It takes away a little more than I’d like, but oddly enough, I’ve come to like it o_O. I just put on a thicker moisturize during the night and use a different cleanser in the morning to balance it out. My face feels super clean after using it though. But the “soothing effect” that it mentions is probably false.

If you have sensitive skin, I think it’s best to stay away. Taking away as much oil from face is this cleanser does will probably just irritate it even more. Try it out if you have combination or oily skin.

Innisfree Apple Juicy Liquid Foaming Cleanser

This rich and bubbly cleanser improves clarity instantly as it lifts away dull and dead skin cells.
Unlike many cleansers, Innisfree Apple Juicy Liquid Foaming Cleanser effectively removes dirt, excess oil, and makeup.
Formulated with organic apple extracts, it is extremely gentle on the skin and provides protection to the skin's fragile lipid barrier
Skin is soft, fresh, and glowing.

I think this was my first Innisfree purchase! haha. I read a review somewhere, I think, that it was a pretty good cleanser so I decided to try it out. I love, love, love apple scented products or flavors. Green Apple BBT is yums, no? I opened up this cleanser and took a sniff and was instantly grinning. Exactly like green apples. And when I wash my face I grin because it smells like green apples after too LOL!.

That’s all the praise I can give it haha! Other than the fact that it smells delicious, I think it’s a pretty mediocre cleanser. It didn’t do anything special – just cleansed my face. I didn’t see suddenly see my skin glowing after I used it. Oddly enough, I feel like this cleanser doesn’t…go deep enough into the skin?? My face never feels completely clean. Maybe I’m too used to the Parsley & Mandarin Foaming Cleanser, I’m not sure. I feel like because it doesn’t cleanse deep enough, I see my face break out more often while I’m using this. I need a cleanser that cleans more deeply because I wear makeup and if it doesn’t do a great job it breaks me out after.

It doesn’t remove makeup unless it’s just your regular old eyeliner-mascara, I would think. I’m not too sure because the stuff I wear are all made to last really long (like my Majolica Majorca mascara that doesn’t budge through anything @_@!) If you have waterproof makeup on it wouldn’t do much.

I think it is pretty gentle since it doesn’t irritate my skin so I would just recommend people with normal to dry skin/sensitive skin. If you have combination-oily skin you might feel like it doesn’t cleanse good enough either. I actually want to try out their foaming/oil ones now though… I can’t help it.. I want a good one in apple scent haha!