Happy 2017 everyone! These are my empties from November and December of 2016:
Quick post for today! In a continuing effort to stop buying new things and actually use up things that I have, I will be sharing which products I’ve used up every month. As such, here are the things I’ve used up in January:
Let’s Cure Honeybunny 40 Propolis Ampoule – full review here
Of all the honey / propolis products I’ve used, this is my favorite. It’s the closest thing to an all-in-one product that works for my skin. If you don’t mind a somewhat strong scent, I highly recommend it!
Benton Honest TT Mist – full review here
I went through this thing really fast! This is great for calming my skin and is exceedingly gentle!
The Yeon MaYou 8 Multi Care Cream
I mentioned this cream in my horse oil ingredient spotlight post. It doesn’t have enough water content on its own for my skin, but if I apply over a body gel or immediately after stepping out of the shower, it leaves my skin buttery soft and smooth. I likely will not repurchase, simply because it smells strongly like orange flavored Pez candy.
Curology – reviewed here
This is my second prescription. This obliterated my acne and would have done the same with my post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, except I had to stop using it as frequently because it was so harsh on my skin. My third prescription is less potent but it’s still got my acne in check!
Not pictured because I threw these out too quickly—>
CosRX Advanced 92 Snail All In One Cream
Biore Aqua Rich Watery Gel – reviewed here
I don’t even know how many bottles of this I’ve gone through but it’s a lot! This is my favorite sunscreen for day-to-day usage because it dries super quickly and leaves no cast.
And that’s it for January! I actually liked all of these products quite a bit and used them all fairly regularly. For February, I’m trying to focus on using up some products that I don’t reach for as frequently, so I can be done with them. What have you guys finished for January??
RoseRoseShop sent me the Benton TT Mist for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own. The LJH Mist was purchased by me.
I had initially decided to do a comparison review of these two products because I expected them to be very similar. After all, they both contain high amounts of tea tree water – 70% in the LJH mist, 80% in Benton- and let’s be honest, who wants to read two FULL reviews of nearly identical mists?
However, after spending some time with both products (7 weeks with Benton and 4 with LJH), I’ve realized that not only are these products very different from each other, they are also some of the most overachieving mists I’ve used! My initial expectations were completely off base and I couldn’t be more thrilled!
Without further ado, here are the two tea tree mists:
At a Glance
BENTON HONEST TT MIST
Price: $5.96 on RoseRoseShop, $8.48 on Jolse, $12.13 on Cosmetic-Love, $6 on Memebox (get another 8% off all Memebox orders from TopCashBack)
Packaging: Soft plastic, non-aerosol spray tube
Fragrance: None detected
Acne Triggers & Irritants: Butylene Glycol (1) is an acne trigger
Full Ingredients: Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water (80%), Sodium Hyaluronate (7%), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract (5%), Butylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Althaea Rosea Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Beta-Glucan, Polyglutamic Acid, Aspalathus Linearis (rooibos) Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Psidium Guajava (guava) Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum (Japanese pepper) Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (lichen) Extract
LEEJIHAM (LJH) TEA TREE 70 MIST TONER
Price: $27 on HKCPlaza (currently 60% off), $33 on Birchbox, $33 on Glow Recipe (get $5 off your first order), $33 on Memebox (get another 8% off all Memebox orders from TopCashBack)
Packaging: Hard plastic, cylindrical spray bottle
Fragrance: Tea tree scent of light – medium strength
Acne Triggers & Irritants: Butylene Glycol (1) is an acne trigger
Full Ingredients: Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract (70%), DI-Water, Niacinamide, Sorbitol, Humectants, Disodium EDTA, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Rhus Semialata Gall Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Oleanolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract
The production value of the LJH mist is really high in every way! The packaging looks unexceptional in photos but is much more impressive in person. It’s larger than I expected, made of a sturdy plastic, and looks quite sleek. The misting mechanism is top notch as well, releasing a consistent, finely dispersed amount of product with each pump. On the skin, the LJH mist has a lot of slip, absorbs quickly, and doesn’t leave any residue. It’s a very well formulated product from both an ingredients and cosmetic elegance point of view. It does smell very slightly of tea tree, which I dislike but I feel like most people wouldn’t give it a second thought.
By contrast, the Benton TT mist did not make the best first impression. The soft plastic tube, while practical in its portability, is mostly unremarkable, and the mist that comes out is way too dense and forceful! I actually stopped using it as a mist, for the most part, choosing instead to spray into my hands then patting onto my face. Also, the liquid that comes out feels exactly like water, which made me extremely suspicious that this mist would be a repeat of the CosRX centella water toner, which not only felt like water but was about as effective as water.
Here’s a video that shows how different the mists that each of these products produce are:
However, after spending some time with both mists, the Benton mist has completely won me over while the LJH mist sits mostly unused in my stash.
The LJH is not a bad product by any means. It’s a light-to-medium strength astringent toner with some moisturizing properties, likely from the niacinamide it includes. I think it would be a great product for oily but dehydrated skin types, but it’s not something that suits my skin type very well. I also think it has slightly too much slip, but that’s probably a personal hangup.
The Benton mist on the other hand, is neither astringent (this is a VERY good thing for dry skin) nor hydrating, but is remarkable in how effectively it calms my skin. My skin is very prone to redness and inflammation, especially on my cheeks and around my nose. Using this Benton TT mist not only reduces visible redness immediately, but after a few weeks of consistent usage, my face has been generally less prone to redness. If you’ve got sensitive or easily irritated skin, I can’t recommend this enough. It is also extremely gentle (again, it feels like water) and has become the first product I reach for on days when my skin is irritated, sensitive, and/or over-exfoliated.
In short, the Benton mist is perfect for my skin’s needs! I don’t even mind the lack of moisturizing power, because I’ve got tons of other products in my routine to do that. What I don’t have is another product that can soothe my skin nearly as effectively. The only complaint I have with this product is the misting nozzle.
Despite a rocky start, the Benton TT mist has earned a long-term spot in my skincare routine. It is neither astringent nor moisturizing, but has remarkable anti-inflammatory effects on my skin. The LJH mist would be a good product for oily but dehydrated skin types (I think) but does not suit my skin type.
Disclaimer: The Benton TT mist was provided to me for review purposes by RoseRoseShop. The opinions expressed are my own. The LJH Mist was purchased by me. This post contains affiliate links. See here for my full disclosure policy.
A few months ago, I wrote a post comparing three different snail creams. Because I am a maximizer, I’ve since went out and tried 5 more.
Snail secretion filtrate is one of the cornerstone ingredients of Korean Skincare. It’s known anecdotally for its skin-repairing properties, particularly useful in healing the skin post-breakout, and more scientifically, its constituents should make it a good humectant.
My experience with snail mucus has been less stunning than the experience of some others and if you are new to the world of rubbing snail mucus on your face, I think it’s important to set reasonable expectations. I have very dry skin and most snail products I’ve tried are nowhere near moisturizing enough for my skin. Snail may have humectant properties, but it’s not going to be a replacement for something like glycerin or hyaluronic acid. Also, because I have acne, I was hoping snail secretion filtrate products would help minimize my breakouts or at least reduce the post-inflammatory pigmentation from my breakouts. If it made any sort of difference, I didn’t notice. It’s definitely not going to be as effective as something like salicylic acid in that regard. It may seem unfair to expect snail secretion filtrate to perform like these other powerhouse active ingredients with tons of scientific backing, but if you’re like me, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype around snail mucus and be disappointed when it turns out to be anything less than a do-it-all, miracle-working wunderkind. Snail’s a good ingredient, but it’s not going to fix everything wrong with your skin, do your taxes, and tuck you in at night. If it did, Korea would not be known as the land of the 21-step skincare routine.
Furthermore, there are about a million different skincare products on the market these days, and they can perform very differently, despite all featuring snail mucus. Today, we will talk about 8. These are:
- Scinic Snail Matrix Cream
- Cosrx Advanced Snail 92 All in One Cream
- Caolion Snails Mucin Water
- Skinwatchers Green Snail Hydrating Gel
Imported / rehashed from the aforementioned previous comparison post:
- Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream
- Mizon Snail Recovery Gel
- Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream
Let’s get started, shall we?
Scinic Snail Matrix Cream
- See full ingredients here.
- Potential Acne Triggers: Butylene Glycol (1), PEG-100 Stearate (1), Cetyl Alcohol (2), Dimethicone (1), Beeswax (0-2), and Triethanolamide (2)
- Potential Irritants: Cetyl Alcohol (2), Carbomer (1), Beeswax (0-2), and Sorbitan Stearate (1)
- Snail: 23%
- Other notable ingredients: Glycerin, Adenosine, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Human Oligopeptide-1, Amino Acids (alanine, glycine, leucine, serine), Extracts (Licorice Root, Panax Ginseng, Hordeum Vulgare Seed, Cucumis Sativus Seed, Nelumbo Nucifera Seed, Punica Granatum Seed, Borago Officinalis), Oils (Caprylic / Capric Triglycerides, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed, Sunflower, Brassica Campestris Seed, Shea Butter), Beeswax
This cream is housed in a heavy, glass jar and feels very luxurious. It is very white colored, looks richer than it actually is, and is VERY stringy. It leaves the skin a little tacky but not sticky. For this reason, I find it best to use this cream at night because it’s a little difficult to apply sunscreen and makeup over it until it sinks in completely, which takes time. The cream feels very occlusive but is not enough to keep my (very dry) skin hydrated overnight by itself.
Even though this cream does not have the highest snail content, it (true to Scinic’s reputation) is brimming with a large variety of other useful ingredients and various extracts! I actually do find this cream to be nicely soothing on my skin, which can either be from the snail mucus or the other ingredients.
Luxurious packaging, impressive ingredient list, soothing, minimally fragranced
Stringy texture makes it difficult to apply, not moisturizing enough for very dry skin
Cosrx Advanced Snail 92 All in One Cream
- See full ingredients here
- Potential Acne Triggers: Cetearyl Alcohol (2), Stearic Acid (2), Dimethicone (1)
- Potential Irritants: Cetearyl Alcohol (2), Carbomer (1)
- Snail: 92%
- Other notable ingredients: Capric / Caprylic Triglyceride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arginine, Adenosine
This cream is housed in a huge, plastic tub and has a texture that resembles what I would imagine a tub of snail mucus looks like. It’s gooey, translucent, and, well, mucus-y. Luckily, on my skin it is light, sinks in immediately, and does not leave any greasy residue or really any residue at all.
The main thing this cream does is make my skin really, really soft. The first couple of times I used it, I couldn’t stop touching my face! My skin also stays soft for the whole day. Unfortunately, I do not find this cream to be very moisturizing at all, but because it sinks in so quickly and is so light, I remedy this problem one of two ways. Either I use this cream as an ampoule or emulsion step and layer another, more moisturizing product over it, or I mix it with a few drops of face oil. Because it is scentless and not sticky, it is one of my two go-to creams to mix oils into.
High snail content, makes skin super soft, no fragrance, easy to layer with or to mix oils into
Not moisturizing enough for dry skin
Caolion Lte Mucin’s Cream Water aka LTE V3 Mucin’s Hydration Cream
- Because I am SO intelligent, I took a picture of what I assumed were the ingredients and threw out the packaging before I translated the ingredient list. Turns out, that wasn’t the full list so I only have the first 30 or so items, which you can see here. If/when I repurchase, I will translate the rest.
- Potential Acne Triggers: Cetearyl Alcohol (2), Butylene Glycol (1)
- Potential Irritants: Cetearyl Alcohol (2)
- Snail: Unknown. Not very much
- Other notable ingredients: Glycerin, Sugar Maple Sap, Sodium Hyaluronate, Bambusa Arundinacea Juice, Beta-Glucan, Adenosine, Extracts (Tremella Fuciformis Mushroom, Myrothamnus Flabellifolia Leaf, Mistletoe Ferment, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment, Anise Fruit, Dioscorea Japonica Root, Lotus Root, Limonia Acidissima, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf, Oldenlandia DIffusa, Honeysuckle, Lactobacillus/Silkworm Cocoon Extract Ferment Filtrate, Camellia Japonica Flower, Tagetes Erecta Flower Anemarrhena Asphodeloides Root, Paecilomyces Japonica/Saussurea Involucrata Ferment Extract Filtrate, Centella Asiatica, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root, Camellia Sinensis Leaf, Licorice Root Extract), Oils (Capric / Caprylic Triglycerides, Anthemis Nobilis Flower, Matricaria Flower, Orbignya Oleifera Seed)
This cream has very little snail in it, but I included it in this listing because 1) mucin is in the name, 2) it’s AWESOME, and 3) translating the endless array of ingredients was such a pain there was no way I wasn’t going to publish it somewhere.
I live in LA but travel somewhat frequently to Chicago for work and Colorado for fun / snowboarding. This is the cream I rely on to protect my wussy West Coast skin when that happens. This cream is dense but spreadable, smells like candied ginger, provides a good amount of hydration but mostly is a damn good occlusive. It forms a physical barrier, like a cocoon, that protects my skin from the elements of the world. Yes, it does leave a film on my face, which is something I usually cannot stand, but unlike the plethora of moisturizers my skin hasn’t liked for that very reason, the resulting residue with this cream is intentional which makes it less bothersome for me.
Really, really excellent occlusive cream for dry skin or for normal skin subjected to harsh winds and cold, impressive ingredient list, delicious candied ginger smell
Not very much snail, leaves a film which may bother some people
Skinwatchers Green Snail Hydrating Gel
- See full ingredients here.
- Potential Acne Triggers: Cetearyl Alcohol (2), PEG-100 Stearate (1), Stearic Acid (2), Beeswax (0-2), Triethanolamine (2), Chamomile (2)
- Potential Irritants: Cetearyl Alcohol (2), Sorbitan Stearate (1), Beeswax (0-2), Carbomer (1)
- Snail: Unknown, but not very much
- Other notable ingredients: Glycerin, Beeswax, Adenosine, Green Tea, Guava, Witch Hazel, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 and Copper Tripeptide-1
Another cream with snail in the name that does not actually contain very much snail at all. Booooo. The best thing about this product is that the texture is light and quite lovely. It’s a watery gel with enough cohesion to hold its shape when you scoop it, but without any stickiness, stringiness, or tackiness at all.
Unfortunately, this hydrating cream is not very hydrating at all and is instead heavily fragranced. It’s not an unpleasant smell – to me, it smells like generic cologne- but it’s not a scent I want to apply on my face.
That said, I had no trouble using up this gel on my body. It packs enough hydration that it works well layered under a heavier cream, and the texture really is quite lovely, kind of like aloe but a little less wet.
Great texture, very economical, absorbs easily, soothing
Heavily fragranced, not very hydrating despite its name, contains very little snail
Mizon Snail Recovery Gel
- See full ingredients here.
- Potential Acne Triggers: Butylene Glycol (1), Triethanolamine (2), Dimethicone (1), Olea Europa Fruit Oil (2)
- Potential Irritants: Carbomer (1)
- Snail: 74%
- Other notable ingredients: Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Extracts (Centella Asiatica, Portulaca Oleracea, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Bark), Oils (Olive, sunflower)
This gel was the winner of my original battle of the snails comparison post. It’s got a lovely gel-like texture, sinks into my skin nicely, and has a nice soothing effect. It’s also packaged in tube, which I prefer over jars for ease-of-use reasons, and is mostly fragrance-free. It’s not super hydrating, unfortunately, but it’s one of my go-to moisturizers in warmer months and one of the few products I rely on for a quick mid-day post-gym skincare routines.
High snail content, practical packaging, light gel-like texture that sinks in quickly, very soothing, very faintly scented
Not moisturizing enough by itself for my dry skin
Disclaimer: It’s been more than half a year since I’ve used the tworemaining two snail creams I discuss. I’m working off of memory and my old notes, so take that for what its worth.
Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream
- See full ingredients here.
- Potential Acne Triggers: Butylene Glycol (1), Stearic Acid (2)
- Potential Irritants: Carbomer (1)
- Snail: 64%
- Other notable ingredients: Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Niacinamide, Human Oligopeptide-1, Bee Venom, Arbutin, Adenosine, Arginine, Urea, Salix Alba, Oils (Sunflower, Safflower, Argan), Extracts (Plantago Asiatica, Laminaria Digitata, Diospyros Kaki Leaf, Ulmes Campestris, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit, Pulsatilla Koreana, Usnea Barbata)
Given its ingredient list, this product should be pretty amazing, but on my skin it was unremarkable. I did not find it very hydrating, despite all the humectants and moisturizing ingredients it contains, and I was annoyed by the fact that this cream would never fully absorb into my skin. I did experience some pigmentation-lightening effects from this cream, likely due to its arbutin content, but even that effect was subtle.
High snail content, superstar ingredient list, fragrance-free, helps with fading post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
Feels heavy yet is not very occlusive or moisturizing
Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream
- See full ingredients here.
- Potential Acne Triggers: Dimethicone (1), Triethanolamine (2)
- Potential Irritants: Alcohol Denat (5), Carbomer (1)
- Snail: 70%
- Other notable ingredients: Glycerin, Arbutin, Adenosine, Extracts (Adansonia Digitata Seed, Portulaca Oleracea)
It’s a shame I didn’t like this “cream” more, because I actually find it to have the most noticeable lightening effects on my skin, which again is likely due to the arbutin content and not the snail. It has a gel-like texture that is lovely by itself, but has the tendency to ball up and pill if I try to apply anything over it. This is a huge problem because I almost always want to layer either sunscreen and/or a heavier cream over this. The other big issue I have with this product is like the Skinwatchers cream, it smells like generic cologne. If memory serves, the fragrance is less strong than SW, but it’s definitely a deal-breaker for me.
High snail content, helps with fading post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
Pills when layered, heavily fragranced
I think I purchased this from Beautynetkorea but I can no longer find it there. It is available on Missha US.
I guess the winner here is Cosrx Advanced Snail 92 All in One Cream. I see it almost as a treatment product because it leaves my skin feeling soft and renewed. I am also encouraged that it contains 92% snail secretion filtrate, because that likely means the effects are indeed coming from snail mucus! For fellow dry skinned boys and girls, I would be remiss not to give an honorable mention to the Caolion Mucin’s Cream Water. Even though it does not contain very much snail, it’s a hardcore moisturizing and occlusive product, and those are hard to find!
Disclaimer: 100% of products mentioned here are purchased by me. This post contains some affiliate links. See here for my full disclosure policy.
This order arrived last week from RoseRoseShop in what seemed like record time! I haven’t gotten a chance to try some of these things but this is a fun haul (I think) plus It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a haul so let’s remedy that!
What I Ordered
- A’pieu X Doraemon Airfit Cushion
- A’pieu X Doraemon Cushion Blusher
- Mizon Seaweed Jelly Scrub
- Mizon Cotton Shower Sheet Essence
- Goodal Anti-Wrinkle Want Night Sleep Cream Pack in Anti-Wrinkle
- Etude House Strawberry Hair Rollers
- Innisfree Hallabong Perfumed Diffuser
- Dinoplatz Pearl Bay Invasion Samples – both shades (samples)
- Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner & Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel (samples)
- Mamonde Rose Honey Sleeping Mask (samples)
I placed this order at the end of October and it arrived on my doorstep in 2 weeks! RoseRoseShop seems to be on top of their shipping game these days.
Please see here for my updated snails comparison post.
I’ll keep this quick because there is already a lot written about these two products. I was really excited to try out this combo due to the nearly unanimously positive reviews, but sadly the products didn’t live up to the hype.
First the essence. Thin, jelly like texture. It feels really nice to apply and I think I prefer this kind of thicker essence to the watery first treatment essences. Click here for ingredients and cosdna analysis. Continue reading