Life is full of disappointment, so I count myself pretty lucky when the biggest disappointment of the moment is a beauty product not working out. That being said, it still sucks, so if I can help you avoid the same fate, well, I’m happy to do it. Of course, the things that don’t work out for me might be the perfect product for you, so take your own preferences and experiences into account when reading this post. I like to keep all of my reviews balanced by mentioning both the pros and cons of the products I’m discussing, but today we’re getting extra sassy. Just a bit of good fun, no harm or offense intended, so please don’t take it personally if you happen to love (or made!) any of the products I’m talking about today. Now, let’s unleash the sass fairy…
We’re changing it up this month! If this is the first one of my Jini Beauty Box reviews you’ve read, then this won’t seem strange at all to you, but my regular readers will know that I usually subscribe to the normal/combination skin variety. In light of the changes my skin has been going through thanks to Differin, I decided to try the box for dry skin this time around. It was also nice to change it up a bit. Since the selection window in March, my skin has actually bounced back to its natural state of being combo to slightly oily, but I enjoy hydrating products no matter what my skin is doing at the moment. This is actually one of my favorite boxes in all of the time I’ve been subscribing to Jini Beauty Box, so I’m very excited to share this box with you!
Disclosure: I purchased this box with my own money. This post does not contain affiliate links.
Y’know how sometimes after you go through a rut with your beauty products, you come out of the rut with like 30 new loves? Well, that’s what happened here. I haven’t done a favorites post in several months because there just wasn’t anything making me excited enough to call it a favorite. There are a few exceptions to that, things I’ve been loving for a while, but just forgot to talk about for one reason or another. Psshh, how rude of me. I’m making up for it now by sharing the goods, including a few product combos that I think are really stellar. Are you ready for this jelly? Good, then I’ll stop blabbing and get into it!
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French Luxury Meets Korean Innovation [Review] Erborian Yuza Double Lotion, Eau Ginseng, and Bamboo Matte Lotion
One of my favorite things about skincare, especially Korean skincare, is the innovation. New ingredients, new textures, new methods: I live for that stuff. There are numerous brands bringing out some very interesting products right now, and I think Erborian is one of those brands. Keep reading to find out why I think these Erborian lotions are something special.
If you haven’t heard of Jini Beauty Box before, they’re a bi-monthly k-beauty subscription box that retails for $44.95. The box contains mostly skincare and one or two makeup items per box. You’re promised 6-8 full size products/deluxe samples, 2 sheet masks, and a few bonus sample packets. The unique premise with this box is that it’s curated by skin type (normal/combination, dry/mature, oily/acne, or sensitive/troubled). If you want to learn more about this box, I have an entire post here that explains everything about this box in-depth. Ingredients for all of the products included in the box can be found here.
You have until March 13 to sign up for the March/April box!
Disclaimer: I paid for this box with my own money. All views expressed are my own, authentic opinions. This post does not contain any affiliate links.
Neogen Real Fresh Foam Green Tea Cleanser | Full Size
Jini Beauty says:
Wash away dirt, impurities, and excess oil with fermented green tea extract. This beloved cleanser brightens and hydrates skin without stripping away its natural moisture. Directions: (as step 2 cleanser) Pump 1 or 2 dollops of the cleanser into hands and lightly massage foam onto wet face. Rinse off foam with lukewarm water.
I haven’t really used this cleanser enough to form an opinion on it yet. My skin is quite dry at the moment from the Differin gel I’ve been using, so I don’t feel like I can really give this a fair shot. After my skin settles down, I’ll begin using it more regularly and update you guys at some point. For now, here’s what I can tell you. The pump dispenses, big, soft, fluffy foam that doesn’t immediately break down into a liquid, so it’s like rubbing fluffy clouds on your face. There’s not much of a scent to it in my opinion, but I have seen a few people mention it had an artificial/chemical-y smell to it, so proceed with caution if you’re very sensitive to smell. To me it doesn’t really smell like anything, just… clean? This cleanser also rinses easily and doesn’t leave a film behind.
Double & Zero Piggy Girl 3-Step Nose Pack | Full Size
Retail value: $?
Jini Beauty says:
Each step plays an active role in clearing up your nose: step 1 melts and controls the sebum, blackheads, and other gunk inside your pores, step 2 cleanses and removes all that gunk, and step 3 tightens pores with collagen and soothes skin with witch hazel bark. Directions: (After toner) Adhere the given nose strips in order of steps 1 to 3 and leave on for the number of minutes specified by the clock diagram at each step. For step 2, wet nose thoroughly before using the strip. Gently tear off or remove the strips after use.
Mamonde Moisture Ceramide Sleeping Peeling Mask | Deluxe Sample Size
Retail value: $ 3.15 (15 ml) | Full size $16.78 (80 ml) Amazon
Jini Beauty says:
This ingenious sleeping mask doubles as an exfoliator that melts away dead skin cells in your sleep. Hibiscus improves skin’s natural moisture barrier to maintain hydration during this peeling process. Directions: (Last step of night skincare) Spread the mask evenly over face and leave on overnight. Wash face as usual in the morning.
I’m totally fascinated by this because it’s something I’ve never seen before. It combines the exfoliating and brightening power of an acid with the hydration of a sleeping pack. What’s more impressive is the addition of ceramides to help strengthen the moisture barrier, which can be deteriorated if the skin is over-exfoliated. The texture was great: thick, soft, and comforting, but not so heavy it felt like my skin was being suffocated (not that skin actually breathes, that’s a myth). It also smells amazing, just like hibiscus. I’m a total exfoliation junkie and I love a good wallop of moisture, so this is something I’m really enjoying. It also came at a perfect time as I’ve been low-key burning my face off with Differin (if you wanna know more about that, check my Instagram). I feel like this mask really helps to seal in all of my other layers, and I love the concept of hydration + exfoliation, so this is something I can see myself repurchasing.
Mamonde Moisture Ceramide Light Cream | Deluxe Sample Size
Retail value: $9.60 (15 ml) | Full size $31.99 (50 ml) Amazon
Jini Beauty says:
This hibiscus cream has a special ceramide formula that provides fresh hydration without any stickiness. It helps smooth away flaking skin and rough patches while building a firm moisture barrier. Directions: (After serum) Dab a small amount of the cream over face and massage into skin.
A.H.C. The Real Eye Cream For Face Season 4 | Full Size
Retail value: $10.81 Amazon
Jini Beauty says:
Say hello to this famous eye cream that doubles as an intensive face cream. It reduces wrinkles and fights aging with ingredients such as fermented collagen, natural moisturization factor, goami extract, snail filtrate, ceramide complex, and 14 kinds of peptides. Directions: Pat a small amount of the cream under eyes and around creases. Spot treat other areas of face that are prone to wrinkles or where wrinkles have already formed.
Peripera Milk Moist Lip Balm in Peach Milk | Full Size
Retail value: $6 Club Clio
Jini Beauty says:
Say goodbye to dry chapped lips with this tinted lip balm in strawberry milk or peach milk flavors. The lip balm is infused with milk extract rich in moisture, protein, and vitamin D. Directions: Squeeze tube to dispense lip balm and apply directly to lips.
A’Pieu Tangle Jelly Mask Grape | Full Size
Retail value: $3.80 Amazon
Jini Beauty says:
This sheet mask contains 1,000 ppm of grape extract to vitalize and brighten your skin tone. The elastic jelly texture allows for deeper nourishment and absorption of the extract. Directions: (After toner) Place mask over face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Pat remaining essence into skin for additional absorption.
Natural Pacific Premium Metal Snow Mask | Full Size
Retail Value: $4 eBay
Jini Beauty says:
Your skin will enjoy radiance as bright as snow through this mask’s active ingredients of pearl extract, niacinamide, and vitamins. The unique silver coating helps retain moisture to allow for higher absorption and longer lasting hydration. Directions: (After toner) Adhere mask over face and leave on for 10-20 minutes. Massage in the excess serum.
A full list of ingredients for the products in this box can be found here on their website. Reviews of all of the previous months’ boxes, as well as additional information about the service can be found here. If you’d like to subscribe to Jini Beauty Box, you can do so here. Additionally, Jini Beauty can be found on Instagram (they post spoilers for each month’s boxes!) and Twitter. I can also be found on Instagram and Twitter, come hang out with me!
I’m slowly but surely making my way through reviewing The Ordinary products I purchased when the brand first launched. Previously I reviewed the Niacinamide 10% Zinc 1% Blemish Serum, and I’m currently testing the 10% Lactic Acid, so if you’d like to follow along with my testing process check out my Instagram. The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% is a treatment product that offers similar benefits to retinol, but promises less/no irritating effects such as drying and peeling skin. Is this product from The Ordinary a low-cost, low-irritation retinol option worthy of praise? Let’s find out!
Combo, acne-prone, clog-prone
I have a lot of texture and a bit of hyperpigmentation from the frequent clogs in my skin, so I mainly use a retinol/retinoid to reduce texture and pigmentation.
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Ethyl Linoleate, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Bisabolol, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Retinol, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteareth-12, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum, Acacia Senegal Gum, Cetyl Palmitate, Sucrose Laurate, Polysorbate 20, Behentrimonium Chloride, Potassium Citrate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Disodium EDTA, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
- glycerin: A humectant that can help to protect the skin from dehydration
- Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate: a form of retinol said to give the same results as retinol without the irritation
Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (abbreviated HPR), […] is an ester of Retinoic Acid and works similar to Tretinoin (Retin–A) but without the irritation. Unlike Retinoic Acid, results of the standard RIPT (Repeat Insult Patch Test) skin irritation test showed no irritation after 21 days of continual use. And because it is not a drug it can be used in cosmetic products. Results of a two week study showed that a 0.1% concentration of HPR applied topically gave a 50% improvement in skin roughness and a 40% improvement in skin surface scaling, an indicator of dryness. No irritation was evident in any of the test subjects. And unlike Retinol and other derivatives that must be converted to the biologically active form of Retinoic Acid, HPR binds directly with Retinoid receptors to initiate a response (i.e. cell proliferation and differentiation) in the skin. Think of receptor binding as turning on or off a light switch. When the Retinoic Acid binds to the receptor the light switch turns on, initiating a cellular response. By the same token, HPR is also capable of turning on the light switch, whereas, Retinol and Retinyl Palmitate must first be converted to Retinoic Acid.
- Retinol: Aids cell turnover, good for improving texture and pigmentation.
- Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract: Anti-inflammatory, strengthens capillaries
- Caprylic/capric triglyceride is a coconut-derived ingredient, so you’ll want to avoid this if you’re sensitive to coconut-based ingredients