INNISFREE - Green Tea Seed Serum - Review

I bought this serum a long time ago in a one of my Testerkorea hauls and I kind of forgot about doing a review about it, mostly because this wasn't what I was expecting. Read up to know my final thoughts and experience with this serum !

Oh and have you check out my 2015 Music Love playlist ? You might like some of the songs I was obsessed with this year ;)


What the brand says


A moisturizing serum with organic Jeju green tea and green tea seeds that hydrate your skin from deep within. Rich in amino acids and minerals, green tea from Jeju's own green tea leaves hydrates your skin. The fresh green tea deeply hydrates your skin and the green tea seed oil creates a strong moisture barrier to keep your skin moisturized longer.


The packaging

This serum comes in a cute green bottle containing 80 ml of product. The dispenser has a brown cap which is appreciated and the bottle is clear enough so that you can tell how much product is left. I actually love the color combination of green and brown, giving it and earthly vibe.



The product


This serum comes in a clear watery consistency  which gets absorbed fairly quickly. It has a refreshing feeling when you apply it on your skin.




My thoughts

 I loved this serum when I first bought it, I didn't patch test and I was just using it straight away without thinking much (big mistake !). The serum is hydrating and would be perfect for all skin types, however, dry skin would need other moisturizing products as this won't be enough. I used this product when my skin was all messed up from a disrupted skin barrier and it was dry and really tight, this product helped a bit but wasn't enough. 
However, I quickly realized that this product was breaking me out. It was a nice consistency, the packaging is cute and the effect isn't transcending but it's alright, however, my skin hated it. I broke out in tiny closed comedones and I had to stop using it. I did end up giving it away to my sister who liked it at first but broke out in a similar fashion. However, this product is one of Innisfree's most popular serum and is loved by many, it's not because it didn't work out for me that it won't for you either.

This product is perfect for :

Any skin types will like this product but oily skin type will love it as it gives hydration without being heavy and too much. Because the product is quite watery and absorbs well, it is also a perfect serum to apply before your makeup. If you're looking for a fresh and lightweight serum for the summer, this one is for you !

It was a bittersweet experience, but I've come to realize that a lot of Innisfree products just don't work with my skin.


Mizon - Good Night White Sleeping Mask - Review (+ 2015 Music Love Playlist)

It has been a while ! What can I say ? The end of 2015 is near and I couldn't not post because this year has been huge for my blog. Quite honestly, since the last post I've been so busy with my studies and personal project that I didn't have the time to update Wished Chronicles.
If anything, it wasn't in vain because I aced most of my finals (let's not talk about the one not included in the most) and now let's talk about this post's review : 

Mizon - Good Night White Sleeping Mask  

 

What the brand says

I couldn't find any official description but this mask is supposed to be a moisturizing masks which contains niacinamide as the brightening agent. 
Granted, the name could sound gimicky but this mask aims primarily at brightening your skin not whiten it as I could have said countless time on this blog.

Ingredients 

Aqua, Cyclomethicone, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Trehalose, Glycerin, Alcohol, Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 20, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp Copolymer, Triethanolmaine, Carbomer, Sclerotium Gum, Broussonetia Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Pantethine, Placental Protein, Natto Gum, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Disodium Edta, Methyl Parabven, Propyl Paraben, Ci17200, Ci42090, Fragrance

 

Packaging 

The product comes in two different packaging : one in a tube format with 50 ml of product which retails for around 4-5$ usually on RSS and the jar format with 80 ml of product retailing for around 10$ on RSS with free shipping. This brand is commonly sold by various Asian Beauty e-shops, so check out the list here

You might wonder why I bother having the same product in different packaging : The jar is actually mine, I wanted the tube version for sanitary purposes. It's always easier and cleaner in a tube but it wasn't available when I ordered it back then, since, I've been talking about this sleeping mask all the time and my sister and mother had better luck than I did. 
If anything, I'd recommend the tube version whether it is for the price, packaging or even quantity.



The product

This sleeping mask comes in a clear cream-gel texture, it's almost as thick as a cream but is easily absorbed like a gel consistency. This product does have small scent, I wouldn't be able to describe it but for someone who's very sensitive to scents, it wasn't off putting.



My thoughts


I've read various review of this product before purchasing it, they were mixed reactions for the most part but the price and high amount of niacinamide made me buy it ! It's actually pretty hard to see if a brightening product makes any difference if you don't keep up with regular testing pictures of your face. However, I saw the difference in mine without the use of any pictures : I've used this sleeping mask diligently this summer one or two times per week, slathered on as the last step of my routine. I wasn't using my number one brightening product at that time (this baby) and my face got brighter during the.. summer ! I didn't tan because I was testing various sunscreens but this product worked for me. My face was brighter and my number one skin critic (my mother) noticed the change in my skin. If she tells me something is good or wrong in my skin or my make up, it surely is. 

Honestly, this sleeping mask is pretty cheap, accessible (free shipping on roseroseshop) and pretty efficient. However, if you want to see any results you might as well keep using it (without overdoing it, one or two times a week is enough) along with sunscreen as daily protection. If you want to add another brightening product in your routine, you might want to take a look at C20 Vitamin C Serum.

This product is perfect for :

Just about any skin types. Great if you're on a budget and you want something that will brighten your skin in the long run. 
If you're looking for a moisturizing sleeping mask, this Mizon sleeping mask isn't for you !


We're already at the end of 2015, I've made a Youtube playlist of my 2015 Music Love. Some of these songs weren't released in 2015 but these are all of the songs I was genuinely obsessed with this year :




I could've added EXO's whole EXODUS album, Travis Garland's last EP or even Troye Sivan's Blue Neighbourhood album but I refrained myself with these gems ! (Oh.. And yes, I have varied music tastes ;) )

Happy Holidays - Dini

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